J. Curtis Griner


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

Member, North Carolina Bar Association

Member, Mecklenburg County Bar

  • Brazilian Portuguese

Curtis provides general corporate representation to clients in a variety of industries. His practice includes a broad range of business transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and corporate restructurings. Curtis regularly negotiates and drafts general commercial contracts and counsels companies in connection with entity formation and corporate governance matters. He also has experience with strategic buyouts, “going-private” transactions and private placement offerings, as well as employee stock option plans and employment agreements. He has represented corporate clients in the fields of private equity, medical technology, energy, hospitality, manufacturing, and construction.

Prior to his current practice as a corporate lawyer, 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 negotiating deals and resolve any disputes that may arise without the need for costly litigation.

Curtis regularly provides pro bono legal services to a number of dog rescue organizations, including the Greater Charlotte SPCA, Saved by a Flash and South of the Bully

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J. Curtis Griner
T: +1 704 343 2013F: +1 704 373 8833201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

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.

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.

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

Mecklenburg County Bar Leadership Institute Class of 2015

McGuireWoods Excellence Award (2011)

Co-author, "Reducing M&A Costs Through Seller Due Diligence," Law360, March 20, 2015