Chad E. Kurtz


Chad Kurtz is a member of the firm’s Business Litigation Department with experience in a wide variety of commercial litigation matters. He is particularly experienced in construction and real estate litigation, having represented and counseled developers, commercial and residential property owners, general contractors, construction managers, and construction-equipment manufacturers on a wide range of issues, including breach of contract, breach of warranty, violations of building codes, payment disputes, property-ownership disputes, defective work, property damage, personal injuries, mechanics’ liens, and fraud. Chad has extensive courtroom experience, having tried multiple jury and bench trials and arbitrations.

Chad is committed to providing legal services to the underprivileged. His pro bono efforts earned him The Legal Intelligencer’s Unsung Heroes Award, an award presented to a select group of attorneys making a significant impact on people's lives by devoting their time to pro bono work.

Chad has been an active volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Association for over a decade, and in 2017 he won the Delaware Valley Chapter’s Young Professionals Volunteer of the Year award. He previously served as the vice chair of YoungNationALZ (the Washington, D.C., young professionals’ group), the chair of the Sponsorship Committee for the Washington, D.C., Walk to End Alzheimer’s, and a member of the Advocacy Committee for the Walk. Over the past decade, Chad has raised more than $50,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association.

Chad earned his law degree from Temple University, Beasley School of Law, where he was lead research editor for the Temple Law Review and served as a teaching assistant for a Legal Research and Writing course. While at Temple, Chad served as a judicial intern to The Honorable M. Faith Angell, a U.S. Magistrate Judge of the District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He received his undergraduate degree from Brandeis University and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He is the president of Brandeis’s Alumni Club of Washington, D.C., and also a member of the Brandeis Lawyers Network committee.

Chad is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. He is proud to have been at Cozen O’Connor, first at the Philadelphia office and then Washington, D.C., office, for his entire legal career.



Kurtz Named ''Unsung Heroes'' by The Legal Intelligencer

February 23, 2012

Chad E. Kurtz, an associate in the firm’s Commercial Litigation Department, was named ''Unsung Heroes'' by The Legal Intelligencer.

Cozen O’Connor Announces 2008 First Year Associates In Philadelphia

November 22, 2008

Cozen O'Connor has announced that its 2008 first year associates in the Philadelphia office have been admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar. These new associates were sworn in to the Bar by the Honorable Susan Peikes Gantman, Judge of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania. “We are quite proud of this energetic group and offer them congratulations as they embark on their legal careers as attorneys at Cozen O'Connor,” said Thomas A. Decker, president and CEO of Cozen O'Connor.


Early Dismissal: The Plaintiff's Destruction of Computer Files Leads to Dismissal as a Sanction [E-Discovery Law Review Blog]

August 12, 2010

Although the imposition of sanctions for misconduct involving electronic discovery continues to gain momentum, it is still rare that courts turn to the ultimate sanction: the dismissal of a lawsuit. One plaintiff in an Illinois tort case left the court with little choice. In Peal v. Lee, et al.,...

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  • Temple University—James E. Beasley School of Law, J.D., 2008
  • Brandeis University, B.A., 2005

Awards & Honors

The Legal Intelligencer's Unsung Heroes Award
This award is presented to a select group of attorneys that are making a significant impact on people's lives by devoting their time to pro bono work. ​

  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • Maryland
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court -- Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court -- New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court -- District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court -- Maryland
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court -- Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court -- Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit