Curtis M. Plaza advises client companies and financial institutions in the use of practical legal and business solutions to resolve problems in distressed business dealings.  As a partner in Riker Danzig’s Litigation and Corporate Restructuring practices, Curtis has represented banking institutions, indenture trustees, national retail and service businesses, pharmaceutical companies, investment entities, middle-market business concerns, and individuals in litigation in federal and state courts nationally as well as locally in New Jersey and New York.  In addition to his litigation background, Curtis also has significant experience enforcing and protecting legal rights and mitigating risk for clients through out-of-court restructuring transactions and negotiated resolutions, as well as providing outside general counsel services and legal advice to a variety of businesses.

Since 2013, Curtis has been recognized on the New Jersey Super Lawyers list for Bankruptcy Law as published by Thomson Reuters in New Jersey Monthly magazine.  Prior to that, Curtis received regular recognition by Thomson Reuters on the list of New Jersey’s “Rising Stars” for Bankruptcy Law in the years from 2006-2012.  Best Lawyers in America®, a peer review of U.S. lawyers, has included Curtis on its Best Lawyers list in the field of Bankruptcy and Reorganization Law since 2015.  See Awards and Honors Methodology

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Since joining Riker Danzig in September 1999, Curtis has served in a number of leadership roles at the firm, including supervising work of the department’s talented legal team, comprised of several associates and paralegal support, as well as overseeing the development of new legal talent as Partner-in-charge of Riker Danzig’s Summer Associate Program.

Before commencing his career as a lawyer at Riker Danzig, Curtis worked as the Legal Clinic Coordinator for Bread for the City, a community legal assistance program serving Washington, DC.  In recognition of his community legal assistance, Curtis received entry to the prestigious Stein Scholars program for public service and ethics at Fordham Law School.  Today, Curtis continues to provide community legal assistance through the Pro Bono Partnership program, recently serving as legal advisor to a non-profit group providing leadership training for young women, and to a social justice and community center in Newark, New Jersey.

Representative Clients:

Curtis currently represents or has previously represented the following businesses and financial institutions:

Representative Matters:

Curtis has helped clients obtain recoveries, assert and protect rights, and mitigate risk in a large variety of cases, including:

Awards and Recognition:

New Jersey Super Lawyers recognition by Thomson Reuters and New Jersey Monthly magazine, 2013 and 2014
New Jersey “Rising Stars” recognition by Thomson Reuters and New Jersey Monthly magazine, 6 of 7 years from 2006-2012

Recent Presentations and Publications:

Chapter 11 Plan Formulation, Negotiation and Related Strategies, Panel Moderator, 2014 William H. Gindin Bankruptcy Bench-Bar Conference hosted by the bankruptcy judges and State Bar Association of New Jersey. 
Annotated Trust Indenture Act, Contributing Author, Committee on Trust Indentures and Indenture Trustees of the American Bar Association Section of Business Law.