Clients say they appreciate my approachable yet strategic, quick-thinking style in the courtroom, as I advocate on their behalf. But, importantly, my philosophy with any litigation is to always look at the clients’ business goals and determine if fighting in court to the bitter end best serves the clients’ interests or whether a business-oriented solution would be a smarter move for the client.
Board-certified by the Florida Bar in construction law, litigator and mediator Ken Curtin has more than 20 years of experience representing developers, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, temporary help agencies, architects, engineers, interior designers, and other design professionals in state and federal courts and in arbitration proceedings. He also advances clients’ interests before Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation agencies such as the Construction Industry Licensing Board, Board of Architecture and Interior Design and Division of Real Estate. Many landlords, including a company that owns regional malls around the country, come to Ken for help resolving the many-faceted disputes faced by commercial property owners including landlord/tenant issues, vendor and land use disputes, and actions involving shopper access such as actions asserting violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Increasingly, Ken handles high-end insurance defense, products liability and construction defect cases, drawing in part from his early-career work in insurance defense for construction projects, and on matters involving collapsed buildings and commercial disasters and hazards such as fires and explosions, and other industrial accidents.
With an MBA and a master’s degree in public administration, Ken also counsels clients on the business aspects of their operations. As a board-certified attorney, he stays tightly hooked into information sources, maintaining close relationships with the relevant regulatory bodies that consider proposals and recommendations within the industry and construction law changes affecting all aspects of the construction industry.
While primarily a litigator, Ken also drafts and reviews contracts, bringing a litigator’s perspective that enables him to realize ambiguities that could lead to litigation, and then he cleans up the document to prevent trouble down the road.
“ Using both my litigation experience and business training, I provide clients advice about ways to improve their protocols and operations to avoid finding themselves embroiled in litigation in the future. ”
- University of Florida College of Law, J.D., 1996
- Florida Atlantic University, M.B.A., 1999
- University of South Florida, B.A., 1991
- New York
- United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
- United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
- United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- United States Court of Federal Claims
Areas of Practice
- AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
- "Top Up and Comer" - South Florida Legal Guide (2009, 2010)
- Florida Super Lawyers® - Business and Construction Litigation (2006)
- Certified Circuit Court Civil Mediator - Florida Supreme Court
- Certified in Construction Law - Florida Bar Association
Professional Affiliations & Memberships
- Florida Bar Association
- Broward County Bar Association
- New York Bar Association
- Palm Beach County Bar Association
- Glazer Children's Museum, Governance and Ethics Committee, Board of Directors