Ben Kurtz is a litigation partner whose diverse practice in federal and state courts focuses on the preparation and trial of complex civil cases involving a broad range of business and commercial issues across several industries. Ben has broad experience in all aspects of litigation and has handled hearings and trials across the United States involving breach of contract, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference with business, conspiracy, civil RICO, real estate disputes, class actions, products liability, and complex shareholder and partnership disputes.
Ben has also advised and successfully represented many private equity clients and their portfolio companies, including Advent International, GTCR, Thomas H. Lee Partners, Madison Dearborn Partners, Peak Rock Capital, Evergreen Pacific Partners, Waud Capital, and Levine Leichtman Capital Partners, in various disputes, spanning earn-out and valuation litigation, shareholder disputes, and indemnification litigation. In recent years, Ben has served as lead counsel for several of these private equity clients in Rep & Warranty insurance claims and achieved multiple seven and eight figure payouts.
Ben also devotes significant time to community service. Since 2012, he has led Kirkland’s participation in the Constitutional Rights Foundation of Chicago’s Lawyers in the Classroom program, motivating dozens of Kirkland attorneys to volunteer their time teaching civics lessons to students at Chicago public schools several time each year. Ben also maintains an active pro bono practice and regularly advises non-profit organizations, including Team Rubicon, on litigation and other legal matters.
Supreme Court Upholds a Mandate of Death when the Jury is in Equipoise: Challenged Under the Apprendi Interpretation of the Sixth Amendment, 2008 U. Ill. L. Rev. 1071
Admissions & Qualifications
- University of Illinois College of LawJ.D.magna cum laude2008
Articles Editor, University of Illinois Law Review
Rickert Award for Excellence in Legal Writing
- University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignB.A., Philosophy2004