Curtis M. Plaza


Curtis Plaza is a Partner in the Firm’s Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring Group.

For over 20 years, Curtis has represented businesses, financial institutions, and indenture trustees in commercial restructurings and bankruptcy cases throughout the United States. Clients appreciate the representation and assistance Curtis provides in assessing implications of a new bankruptcy or insolvency matter, implementing legal and business solutions in response, and obtaining the best result or recovery possible.

Curtis helps lead a team of skilled attorneys with extensive experience representing corporate trust groups in default and bankruptcy matters. In that capacity, clients have trusted Curtis to lead successful representations in some of the largest and most sophisticated restructuring cases throughout the country, with recent representations of positions totaling over $3 billion in investments.

Curtis has represented commercial clients, banking institutions, investors, asset purchasers, real estate interests, insurers, bonding agents, manufacturers, retailers, distribution and logistics clients, construction companies, corporate service providers, restaurants, food suppliers, educational institutions, government entities, entertainment sponsors, healthcare centers, and pharmaceutical companies in restructurings or liquidations in a gamut of business sectors, including hospital/Healthcare, pharmaceutical and intellectual property, manufacturing, automotive and trucking, global shipping, airline, transportation, environmental remediation, gaming, retail, clothing, grocery, vending, food services, real estate development, communications, and energy cases. Curtis has also represented institutional clients in the pursuit and defense of claims in national class action matters.

Within our firm, Riker Danzig’s partners trust Curtis with leadership roles including as a member of the firm’s Management Committee and as Chair of the firm’s Summer Associate Program, which oversees the development of Riker Danzig’s talented new lawyers.

Curtis is called “thorough, engaging, strategic and personable” and is said to understand “the inner workings of bankruptcy proceedings and the players involved.”

From the beginning of his career as a legal clinic coordinator, Curtis has made a commitment to legal work for the community. He continues that work in regular representation of pro bono clients and by serving as Co-Chair of the Firm’s Pro Bono Group, promoting and organizing the significant amount of work performed by its attorneys for the public good.

Areas of Emphasis

Distressed Assets

Loan Workout

Bar Admissions

New Jersey

New York

United States District Court, District of New Jersey

United States District Court, Southern District of New York

United States District Court, Eastern District of New York

United States District Court, Northern District of New York


Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 1999

University of Notre Dame, B.A., cum laude, 1995

Rankings & Recognitions

Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business included Curtis in its 2021 and 2022 publications, noting Curtis “offers solid and timely counsel,” and “is very hands-on and understands the needs of each case.”

Curtis has received several recognitions in peer-reviewed listings for his work, including in Best Lawyers in America® in the field of Bankruptcy and Reorganization Law since 2015, and the Thomson Reuters list of “Super Lawyers®” for Bankruptcy Law since 2013.

See Awards and Honors Methodology.

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