Curtis started with the firm as a summer law clerk in 2018. Upon admission to the bar, Curtis began as a full-time associate with the firm in 2019. Curtis’ practice is focused on meeting the various needs of local and national general contractors and subcontractors. Those needs include contract drafting and review, bidding disputes, pre-litigation payment disputes, contract compliance issues, mechanic’s lien litigation, labor and employment issues, catastrophic injury and wrongful death litigation and construction defect litigation.
Curtis also handles construction design defect cases for local and national architectural and engineering firms. This practice includes civil, structural and mechanical engineering and residential and commercial architectural services.
Curtis has over 10 years of experience working in the construction industry. This experience includes working on a wide range of projects, such as new home construction, residential remodeling and industrial construction. Curtis’ construction experience gives him a practical advantage and provides additional value to his construction clients.
While in law school, Curtis was a member of the nationally-ranked University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law Mock Trial Team. As a mock trial team member, Curtis has traveled across the nation honing his skills as a trial attorney. This experience allows Curtis to understand how all aspects of a particular dispute will be perceived by a jury or a judge, which Curtis uses to advise his clients as to the best practices and approaches for preserving their cases prior to and during litigation.
Vogue Condominiums Owners Association, Inc. v. CML-MO HAF, LLC, et al.
Venue: Jackson County, Missouri This case concerned the development of a multi-unit, mixed-use condominium and commercial retail building located in downtown Lee’s Summit, Missouri, which is a popular destination in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area due to its vibrant bar and nightlife scene. Jeff Baker and Curtis represented a masonry contractor who was hired by the property developer to install a large portion of the stucco façade on the building in subsequent construction defect litigation. The construction defect litigation focused on multiple claimed areas of water infiltration, including the roof, parapet walls, windows, doors and the stucco façade. After significant fact investigation and discovery and extensive expert discovery, Jeff and Curtis were able to obtain a complete dismissal of their client from the lawsuit.
Septagon Construction – Liberty, Inc., et al. v. Little Blue, Inc. d/b/a Summit Concrete, Inc., et al.
Venue: Jackson County, Missouri This case involved a large, multi-party payment dispute concerning the construction of a large medical building. The claims asserted included a host of mechanic’s lien claims filed by several of the subcontractors for the project. Jeff Baker and Curtis represented the electrical utility contractor, who held an interest in the dispute by way of non-payment and a mechanic’s lien asserted against the property. Following an arbitration between the general contractor and the developer and targeted written discovery, Jeff and Curtis were able to secure full and complete payment for their client.