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“I tried my first case, pro se, when I was sixteen years old and fell in love with it.”
Dana Kurtz | FOUNDING PRINCIPAL ATTORNEY
Dana L. Kurtz is the founding President of Kurtz Law Offices, Ltd., a law firm of aggressive trial attorneys located in downtown Hinsdale, Illinois.
Ms. Kurtz is a trial lawyer.
“I analogize the adrenaline rush of a trial to skydiving, which is a passion of mine, and as crazy as it sounds, my form of relaxation and getting a perspective on the world. Skydiving reminds me that I can do anything”. Ms. Kurtz has successfully litigated pattern and practice and class action cases, cases for individuals, as well as employers. She has tried and litigated cases involving civil rights, police misconduct, political corruption, employment discrimination and retaliation, sexual harassment, RICO, the False Claims Act (Qui Tam), breach of contract and various other state law issues.
Ms.Kurtz is experienced in handling cases for individual and multiple plaintiffs and for large billion dollar corporations and small family owned businesses. She works tirelessly for her clients in preparing their cases for trial, and has obtained multi-million dollar jury awards.
Ms.Kurtz is also a tough negotiator and has been successful in obtaining six figure settlements, including many over $1 million.
“As a business owner, I also understand the importance of teamwork in small and large businesses. My experience as a plaintiff’s lawyer gives me a perspective in the business world that most big firm lawyers do not have. I know how to keep my business clients out of litigation and save them money. I also bring unique knowledge to defending our business clients that has resulted in victories for them at trial.”
Ms. Kurtz has also successfully argued before the Seventh Circuit in numerous cases, including Jacobs v. City of Chicago, 215 F.3d 758 (7th Cir. 2000), on issues of qualified immunity and unlawful search and seizure. In Jacobs, the Seventh Circuit reversed the district courts grant of a motion to dismiss on qualified immunity grounds. Jacobsis often cited in Section 1983 cases on qualified immunity issues. Ms. Kurtz also successfully appealed and argued Lewis v. City of Chicago, 496 F.3d 645 (7th Cir. 2007) and Valentino v. South Chicago Heights, 575 F.3d 664 (7th Cir. 2009), in which the Seventh Circuit reversed the lower courts granting motions for summary judgment. Both cases are often cited by the district courts on precedential legal issues.
Ms. Kurtz externed for Honorable Judge Ann Claire Williams in the District Court of the Northern District of Illinois, Fall 1996 and 1997. Honorable Judge Williams was later appointed to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Ms. Kurtz is admitted to practice in Illinois, Oklahoma, and Colorado courts, including the Illinois Supreme Court, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals; Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar; Oklahoma Supreme Court; United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma; Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals; United States District Court for the Northern District of Colorado. Ms. Kurtz is also licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court.