Kurt Kastorf was working as a young associate at King & Spalding LLP when he came home to find a letter from the United States Attorney General asking him to join the Department of Justice. Over the next eight years—first at the Justice Department and then at WilmerHale LLP—Kurt routinely handled some of the nation’s most challenging appellate, litigation, and regulatory matters.
Kurt now brings his experience as a Washington, D.C. litigator back to Georgia. He has significant knowledge of the local judiciary, having worked for the Supreme Court of Georgia, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.
Kurt litigates cases on behalf of a wide range of clients, from the very large—he has represented two of the three largest internet companies in the world, and two of the three largest U.S. banks—to the small, including individual clients suffering serious personal injuries.
As a U.S. Supreme Court and appellate litigator, Kurt worked for and with many of the country’s most prominent appellate advocates, including Seth Waxman, Ed Kneedler, Paul Clement, and Carter Phillips. He has assisted clients with more than a hundred appeals, and his track record speaks for itself: over a decade of practice in Washington, D.C., Kurt won every appeal in which he served as lead counsel.
Kurt has represented individuals, businesses, and governmental agencies facing complex litigation and regulatory problems at every stage of the process, from when a client first learns of an adverse proposed regulation or a new enforcement action, to when a judgment must be overturned on appeal. Few attorneys in Georgia approach Kurt's knowledge of Federal regulatory matters and the Administrative Procedure Act.
Clients turn to Kurt when environment and natural resources disputes first appear headed towards litigation. He has litigated cases involving nearly 100 environmental statutes, and has worked with a diverse array of Federal agencies, including the U.S. EPA, the Departments of the Interior, Commerce, Agriculture, Energy, and Transportation, FERC, and the Army Corps of Engineers. Notable successes include securing court approval for the first commercial wind farm on Federal land, and obtaining a reversal on an abuse of discretion standard in a Clean Air Act enforcement matter worth several billion dollars.
Trial attorneys call on Kurt throughout the litigation process, from when they are brainstorming a complaint up until the eve of trial, when they need a talented advocate to brief and argue critical evidentiary issues and to serve as co-counsel, protecting the judgment from post-trial motions and on appeal. Kurt has experience both with individual claims such as medical malpractice, products liability, premises liability, and trucking accidents, and with class actions, particularly consumer protection, securities, and antitrust. He also represents plaintiffs in False Claims Act and other whistleblower and fraud actions.
Kurt is a graduate of the National Trial Advocacy College and has taught trial and appellate practice at both the Kessler-Edison Program for Trial Techniques and the National Advocacy Center.
Kurt was selected as a “Rising Star” in the 2013-2017 editions of Washington DC Super Lawyers.
Kurt is a graduate of both the State Bar of Georgia Leadership Academy and the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association’s LEAD program.
Kurt graduated with high honors and a full academic scholarship from Emory University School of Law. He served as the Executive Articles Editor of the Emory Law Journal and Adjunct Editor of the New York University Journal of Law & Liberty, and was the President of the American Constitution Society. He received the Paul Bryan Prize in Constitutional Law, the Henry Quillian Prize in Contracts, and the Dean's Award in seven courses.
Kurt graduated from Emory College with a dual major in philosophy and political science. He was in honors societies in both majors, and served as a Justice on both the Honor Council (enforced academic integrity) and Constitutional Council (judicial branch of student government). He was a competitive policy debater, winning a national championship his freshman year.
Kurt is licensed in both Georgia and the District of Columbia. He is admitted to the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the 1st, 4th, 5th, 7th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and D.C. Circuits, and the U.S. District Courts of the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia and the Eastern District of Michigan. He is also admitted to the Georgia Supreme Court and Georgia Court of Appeals.
Kurt has graduated from both the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association LEAD Class and the State Bar of Georgia Leadership Academy, and is a Master of Lamar Inn of Court.
He is actively involved with Emory University, and has served on the Emory Law Alumni Board since 2012. He also sits on the Emory Law Journal Board of Consultants and the Emory Law School Supreme Court Advocacy Project Advisory Board.
Kurt lives with his family in Candler Park, and is a Den Leader in Cub Scout Pack 586.