J. Curtis Griner Counsel

Curtis advises companies on a broad range of business and transactional matters.  His practice includes mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital investments, joint ventures, corporate finance, and other complex commercial transactions.  In addition, he counsels companies on a variety of general business matters, ranging from board and shareholder issues to contractual, regulatory, and compliance concerns.

Curtis structures and negotiates complex commercial transactions involving procurement and supply chain matters, including manufacturing, distribution and reseller arrangements; exclusive supply arrangements, such as requirements contracts (sole source) and output contracts (sole user); the acquisition and disposition of raw materials, components, and equipment; marketing and private label arrangements; independent sales relationships; technology and intellectual property development and licensing agreements; confidentiality (e.g., non-disclosure and non-use); and professional services and consulting contracts.

In his early career, Curtis was a commercial litigator who helped clients resolve high-stakes litigation and other complex legal disputes. He has experience at all stages of civil litigation, including taking depositions, appearing at mediation, briefing and arguing dispositive motions, negotiating settlements, and trying cases to a final jury verdict. This experience provides a unique insight that allows him to anticipate and avoid potential pitfalls in doing business and quickly resolve any disputes that may arise.

Curtis regularly provides pro bono legal services to a number of dog rescue organizations, including the Greater Charlotte SPCA, South of the Bully, and Saved by a Flash, and has served on a number of non-profit boards and committees.  He is also an alumnus of Leadership Charlotte, a non-profit organization committed to developing and enhancing volunteer community leadership.



Representation of a private equity-backed leading provider of customer-focused research, data and consulting services for utilities and their partners in its add-on acquisition of a technology solutions provider.

Representation of a commercial surface cleaning and treatment specialist in its sale to a leading industrial services contractor controlled by a Florida-based private equity firm.

Representation of The Upside Travel Company, a corporate travel company launched by Priceline founder Jay Walker, in connection with a strategic investment from Flight Centre Group (ASX: FLT), one of the world’s largest travel agency groups.

Representation of LongueVue Capital, a private equity firm, and its portfolio company Zavation Medical Products, a medical device company, in the add-on acquisition of Pan Medical U.S. Corp., a designer, developer and manufacturer of highly complex medical products.  

Representation of Caruth Capital Partners, a middle-market private equity firm, in its acquisition of Jersey Premier Outdoor Media, a Mid-Atlantic-based outdoor advertising company.

Representation of Clyde Blowers Capital, a Glasgow, Scotland-based private equity fund, in its sale of Cone Drive, a leader in precision drive products, to The Timken Company (NYSE: TKR), a global manufacturer of bearings and power transmission components.

Representation of Health Credit Services, a Charlotte-based fintech company, in its acquisition of MedCentric Credit, a leading competitor in financing medical products and procedures.

Representation of the U.S.-based subsidiary of the largest herbal and flavored team company in Europe in its sale of two tea brands to a leading producer of specialty teas and spices.

Representation of Tennessee Industrial Electronics, a leading supplier of electronics parts and a Summit Park portfolio company, in its acquisition of MASTER Robotics, a leading provider of robot refurbished part sales and services.

Representation of McLarty Capital Partners, a debt and equity investment platform, in its investment in GTG Technology Group, a leading provider of cloud-based software-as-a-service to the intermodal and freight management industries.

Representation of a private investment firm in its acquisition of a Florida-based internet marketing platform that provides advertising services to the law industry.

Representation of a North Carolina-based contractor in its sale to a new principal. 

Representation of Diamond Orthopedic, a medical device company offering revolutionary technology for orthopedic applications worldwide, in its $3.5 million seed round funding led by MagnaSci Fund L.P.

Represented global trader and distributor of agricultural commodities in business combination with subsidiary of Fortune 500 Company and contemporaneous closing of revolving asset-based credit facility.

Represented the special committee of the board of directors of a NYSE company in connection with its entry into a $595 million “going-private” merger transaction.

Represented a Fortune 500 company in its $210 million acquisition of an infant-product company and its UK and Spanish subsidiaries.

Represented group of medical device companies in connection with various corporate matters, including technology licensing, employment agreements, commercial contracts, corporate governance, and shareholder disputes.

Represented physician in acquisition of hospitalist group and sale of age management practice.

Represented medical device company in $1.5 million private placement of equity securities.

Represented distributor of industrial supply products in its acquisition of the lubricant division of one of its suppliers.

Represented renewable energy company in redemption of shares and implementation of employee restricted stock plan.

Represented continuing care retirement community in drafting residence and care agreement and preparing annual insurance disclosure statement.

Represented leading financial institution in a nationwide review of its debt collection practices and compliance with consumer protection statutes.

Representation of Caruth Capital Partners, a middle-market private equity firm, in its acquisition of Jersey Premier Outdoor Media, a Mid-Atlantic-based outdoor advertising company.

Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Represented director and stockholder of medical device company in lawsuit seeking access to company books and records in the Delaware Court of Chancery.

Defended industrial manufacturing company against lawsuit brought by former distributor for alleged employee “raiding” and breach of non-disclosure agreement signed during company’s unsuccessful attempt to acquire the distributor.

Defended distributor of utility infrastructure products in investigation by the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) concerning alleged vertical and horizontal price fixing with vendors and competitors.

Defended financial institution against lawsuit involving breach of cyber security caused by phishing attack and claims under Article 4A of the Uniform Commercial Code.

Defended financial institution in three-week jury trial on claims for constructive fraud brought by developers of a failed residential real estate development.

  • Duke University School of Law, JD/LLM, International and Comparative Law, Editorial Board, Duke Law Journal, 2010
  • Indiana University, BA, with Honors, 2007

Member, Mecklenburg County Bar

Member, Leadership Charlotte, Class XXXVIII

  • Brazilian-Portuguese
  • North Carolina

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Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2021

Named to "North Carolina Rising Stars," Business/Corporate, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2016-2020

Selected for inclusion into the North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society, 2018

Mecklenburg County Bar Leadership Institute Class of 2015

McGuireWoods Excellence Award, 2011

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