Steven N. Kurtz
Mr. Kurtz began his career as a commercial and bankruptcy litigator. He has conducted multiple bench trials and evidentiary hearings in the federal and state court systems, as well as appellate work. He has served as lead counsel in numerous complicated commercial “meltdowns,” including fraudulent transfers, lender liability, fraud, PACA, transportation, garment industry, high tech and multi-jurisdiction matters. After a successful career as a litigator, Mr. Kurtz began, at first, dabbling in documentation, which has morphed into structuring complex commercial finance transactions and helping his clients develop and implement cutting edge lending products. Mr. Kurtz now spends about 50% of his time in litigation and 50% of his time in transactional matters, and has a large national presence and burgeoning international practice. His clients include factors, asset based lenders, commercial finance companies, innovative fintech lenders, banks and entrepreneurs. Mr. Kurtz also serves as outside general counsel for several entrepreneurial and commercial finance companies.
Mr. Kurtz has served as a Judge Pro-Tem for the Los Angeles County Superior Court and regularly provides pro-bono work in order to give back to the community.
Mr. Kurtz leads a very active life. His primary focus is his wife, Leslie, and daughters, Ashley and Megan. He enjoys road biking, mountain biking, yoga, stand-up paddle boarding, and reading. Mr. Kurtz is also the President of the Calabasas Shul.
Mr. Kurtz received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from San Diego State University, and his Juris Doctorate degree from McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific.
Mr. Kurtz is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, American Bar Association, American Bankruptcy Institute, Financial Lawyers Conference, and Commercial Finance Association.
Nominations and Recognitions
Mr. Kurtz has served as Co-General Counsel of the International Factoring Association, a Regent of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, on the Board of Directors of Los Angeles County Bar Association (Remedies Section), and has previously served as a Director of the Financial Lawyers Conference and California State Bar Uniform Commercial Code Committee Section.
Mr. Kurtz was voted a “Super Lawyer” by Los Angeles Magazine for the past several years.
Publications and Speaking Engagements
Mr. Kurtz has been a regular contributor to the Commercial Factor newsletter and has also been published in other journals and magazines. He has had multiple speaking engagements including, but not limited to, the International Factoring Association, Commercial Finance Association, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Financial Lawyers Association, San Fernando Valley Bar Association and a commercial finance conference in Bogota, Colombia.
Areas of Expertise
• Business Law and Transactions
• Creditors’ Rights
• Commercial Finance
• Outside General Counsel
• Expert Witness/Consultant
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