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Curtis Greene
OVERVIEW

J. Curtis Greene
Partner

Indianapolis

11 S. Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-3535

P 317-229-3136

F 317-231-7433

OVERVIEW

J. Curtis Greene
Partner

Indianapolis

11 S. Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-3535

P 317-229-3136

F 317-231-7433

Commercial litigator, trial lawyer and skilled negotiator Curt Greene represents private and publicly traded companies nationwide in a variety of civil litigation and business transactional matters. Curt understands business management and operations from the inside out, and brings his first-hand experience and business acumen to his broad dispute resolution and business law practice.

Commercial litigator, trial lawyer and skilled negotiator Curt Greene represents private and publicly traded companies nationwide in a variety of civil litigation and business transactional matters. Curt understands business management and operations from the inside out, and brings his first-hand experience and business acumen to his broad dispute resolution and business law practice.

OVERVIEW

Commercial litigator, trial lawyer and skilled negotiator Curt Greene represents private and publicly traded companies nationwide in a variety of civil litigation and business transactional matters. Curt understands business management and operations from the inside out, and brings his first-hand experience and business acumen to his broad dispute resolution and business law practice.

Curt joined the firm after nearly a decade of both public and private sector service in various operational and executive business management roles, including an array of leadership positions within operations, human resources and financial management. Curt knows how businesses work and the pressures they face. Clients and colleagues alike value that Curt can efficiently analyze operational and financial records and identify the strengths and weakness of the companies he represents.

Curt has represented businesses of virtually all sizes in regional and nationwide litigation matters in state and federal court involving substantial service contracts, commercial sales contracts, business asset and property disputes, and personal injury claims. His in-depth understanding of substantive legal disciplines ranges from contract law, uniform commercial code application, corporate governance and property law to business torts, personal injury, business finance law and others. He also represents businesses and shareholders in derivative and direct suits involving breach of fiduciary duty, self-dealing, conflicts of interest, corporate waste and usurping corporate opportunity.

Notably, Curt is also skilled in product liability defense. He serves as a core member of multiple regional and national litigation teams that represent major manufacturers and market leaders nationally in design and manufacturing defect, wrongful death, breach of warranty and injury suits involving products.

In addition, Curt is an experienced negotiator, serving on contract negotiation teams for major firm clients. Recently, Curt closed an $80 million contract for the state of Indiana. He also handles contract negotiation and drafting for a major contract pharmaceutical manufacturer. Because Curt views contract negotiation from the vantage point and tactical stance of a seasoned litigator, he is able to incorporate safeguards into the agreement that shield his client from future problems.

Moreover, Curt maintains a substantial construction law and litigation practice. Having worked as an executive in a construction company prior to the law, he has experience turning around failing operations, managing customer relations and maximizing profitability. Curt is well-versed in the details of the industry and the challenges construction companies face. Curt represents real estate developers, property owners, general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers in contract and subcontract drafting and review, breach of contract claims, construction defect litigation, indemnity issues, bid protests, mechanic’s liens and related litigation, stop notices, public works prevailing wage issues, and labor compliance matters.

Curt played baseball for Ball State University and was named All-Conference and Academic All-American.

Professional and Community Involvement

Board member, past executive committee member and past chair, Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana (DTCI) Business Litigation Section

Graduate, Indianapolis Bar Association Bar Leader Series

Member, Associated Builders and Contractors

Member, American Bar Association Construction Forum

Member, American Bar Association

Member, Indiana State Bar Association

Member, Indianapolis Bar Associations

Former board member, Indiana Bar Foundation

Former member, Marion County Local Rules Committee

Active in the community on multiple boards and for community organizations

EXPERIENCE
Commercial Contract and Government
  • Negotiated or litigated more than $2 billion in contracts, which included analyzing and litigating major contracts and performing commercial negotiations and contract management, specifically:
    • Led negotiation of the largest contract signed by the state of Indiana in 2018 – more than $80 million, 14-year contract for the phased implementation and maintenance of an upgraded and more efficient modernized tax administration and collections system
    • Negotiated and drafted substantial, eight-figure, modernization services contracts for two other state of Indiana agencies; both engagements were multi-million-dollar contracts for a complex, multi-phased modernization and upgrade of the agencies’ legacy operating systems
    • Helped develop a contract management system with the firm’s Information Technology team that both the firm and a pharmaceutical manufacturing client now use to manage its nearly 2,000 contracts
    • Review and negotiate all Manufacturing Supply Agreements and Master Services Agreements for a pharmaceutical and manufacturing client, most of which are multi-million dollar deals
Commercial Litigation
  • Represented the state of Indiana against IBM Corporation in a high-profile, six-week bench trial, which centered on a $1.4 billion, ten-year Master Services Agreement. The trial included 94 witnesses, 7,500 trial exhibits, and approximately 125 hours of trial testimony. The case has been before the Indiana Supreme Court four times, involving representation of state’s evidence regarding damages at trial on remand. The final resolution has resulted in a $128 million judgment for the state of Indiana.

Construction

  • Lead, manage, direct strategy, and serve as a frontline client contact on all product litigation matters for a component supplier of insulated glass units used in Curtain walls, including defending more than $300 million in allegations regarding complex and expert driven areas of science, construction, and law
  • Represented a national gas and energy company concerning its replacement of bare steel natural gas lines and various other matters, including the prosecution of a seven-figure claim against the client’s contractors for the failure to follow work orders and procedures, leaving more than 2,400 of the client’s customers without gas services
  • Served on the core trial team for a five-week trial in Nashville, Tennessee, including leading the development of the reconstruction and business interruption damages side of the case, which included more than 150 depositions, more than 15 million pages of documents, and more than 15 experts. The initial result was a $204 million trial verdict for our client, owner and developer.
EXPERIENCE
Presentations

Curt has presented and/or moderated multiple seminars on business and litigation issues. Topics he has presented and/or organized/moderated include:

  • Business valuation in litigation – “Business Valuation Litigation and Utilizing Expert Witnesses”
  • Locating, developing, managing and defending expert witnesses – “Controlling the Experts”
  • Tips and techniques for using technology and managing complex cases – “Techniques and Strategies in Unraveling and Presenting the Complex Business Case”
  • Environmental issues impacting business litigation – “Even Litigators Go Green – Environmental Issues Affecting Business Litigation”
  • Realties and impact on the defense bar on litigation funding – "Litigation Financing: The Convergence of Law, Finance, and the Capital Market"
  • Strategy for selecting, presenting, defending and challenging experts, taught annually at IU Maurer School of Law – “Introduction to Experts in Litigation” 
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