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F. Curt Kirschner Jr.


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  • University of Michigan (J.D. cum laude 1985; Clara Belfield Fellowship); University of California, Berkeley (B.A. with distinction 1982; Phi Beta Kappa)

Bar Admissions

  • California

In practice for more than 30 years, Curt Kirschner focuses on the resolution of complex labor and employment disputes, with a particular concentration on addressing employers' rights and obligations relating to disputes arising in the health care and financial services fields. Curt has been designated by the American Hospital Association as its outside counsel for labor matters affecting the hospital industry. On behalf of the AHA, he has authored amicus briefs and comments on a variety of important policy topics facing hospital employers, including federal preemption of state laws affecting labor-management relations, the National Labor Relations Board's proposed rule changes, and the proposed expansion of the federal contractor jurisdiction over hospitals.

Curt has extensive experience in the defense of "corporate campaigns" brought against employers by labor unions, including the pursuit of litigation against unlawful union activities arising from corporate campaigns. He has negotiated scores of collective bargaining agreements, handled numerous proceedings before the NLRB and similar state agencies, advocated on behalf of employers in grievance and interest arbitrations, and provided advice and litigation representation during labor disputes.

Curt's employment litigation experience is similarly extensive. Defending scores of employment lawsuits in state and federal courts and in private arbitration proceedings, he has obtained favorable decisions from juries, judges, and arbitrators in difficult employment cases in many industry sectors, including health care, broadcasting, technology, investment banking, and the public sector.

Honors & Distinctions

  • Top Labor and Employment Attorneys in U.S., HR Executive Online (2010-2019)

    Chambers USA (2014-2019)

    Recommended attorney, employment litigation and labor, Legal 500 (2013-2017)

    Top California Labor Attorneys, Daily Journal (selected five times since 2010, including 2017)

    Northern California Super Lawyers (2004-2019)

    Early neutral evaluator and mediator, Northern District California

    Board of Governors, San Francisco Symphony

    Board of Directors, San Francisco SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)
F. Curt Kirschner