Curtis Plaza is a partner in our Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring Group.  For over twenty 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, health care centers, and pharmaceutical companies in restructurings or liquidations in a gamut of business sectors, including hospital/health care, 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 large, 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. 

From the beginning of his career as a legal clinic coordinator following college, Curtis has made a commitment to legal work for the community.  Curtis 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 our attorneys for the public good.

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.  Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business has included Curtis in its 2021 publication.  Curtis is called “thorough, engaging, strategic and personable,” and is said to understand “the inner workings of bankruptcy proceedings and the players involved.”
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Awards and Recognition:

Best Lawyers in the field of Bankruptcy and Reorganization Law, annually from 2015 to the present.

Thomson Reuters list of New Jersey Super Lawyers for Bankruptcy Law, annually from 2013 to the present. 

Recent Presentations and Publications:

Annotated Trust Indenture Act, Contributing Author, Committee on Trust Indentures and Indenture Trustees of the American Bar Association Section of Business Law.