J. Curtis Griner

Associate

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

Member, Mecklenburg County Bar

Member, Leadership Charlotte, Class XXXVIII

Languages
  • Brazilian Portuguese

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.

Curtis also counsels clients on data privacy and cybersecurity issues.  He assesses privacy practices, drafts internal privacy policies and online privacy notices, and advises on compliance with federal and state data privacy and breach notification laws.  He also advises clients regarding the development and implementation of information security management systems, such as the ISO 27000-series standards and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework.  Curtis is a contributor to the Password Protected  blog, which discusses timely data privacy and information security news and trends.  He is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) and Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) and is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). He is also CompTIA A+ certified as an information technology professional.

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.

In the News

J. Curtis Griner
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Corporate

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.

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, 2016-2017

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