Kurtis R. Urien
Kurtis Urien is an associate for the firm’s transactional department. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Urien worked as a solo practitioner practicing business law and litigation. Prior to owning his own practice, Mr. Urien worked as an associate attorney where he started practicing business law and litigation.
Experience and Practice Areas
Mr. Urien has advanced experience in advising entrepreneurs and emerging companies in entity selection, formation, capital structure planning, securities regulation compliance, corporate governance, business succession planning, mergers & acquisitions, capital markets, employment matters, effective business tax planning, and social enterprise. Mr. Urien also negotiates, drafts, and implements many different types of contracts including buy/sell agreements, employment and independent contractor agreements, real property leases, property management agreements, agreements affecting intellectual property rights, purchase and sale agreement, commercial lending instruments, manufacturing, distribution, and sales agreements, and securities documents. Mr. Urien also has experience in all phases of business and employment litigation and knows the importance of properly drafting agreements and transactions to solve potential problems ex ante. Mr. Urien also practices employer side employment law, commercial law, secured transactions, finance and lending law, fintech law, and technology law.
Mr. Urien is an expert on social entrepreneurship and conscious capitalism. He advises and works with flexible purpose and benefit corporations: the new California business entities that were created by recent California social enterprise legislation. His expertise also stems from his scholarly contribution to several law journal articles on the subject.
Mr. Urien has also been fortunate to author a law journal article on equity crowdfunding, social entrepreneurship, and the JOBS Act published in Texas A&M’s first volume of its flagship law journal and was privileged to co-author an article published in The Ohio State’s Business Law Journal on cryptocurrencies, crowdfunding, and social enterprise and entrepreneurship. Mr. Urien has contributed to many other business law related law review articles.
Mr. Urien is currently a part-time lecturer in the Business and Political Science Departments of the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, California. He is currently teaching the Introduction to Legal Studies course and also teaches Economics and Conscious Capitalism, Business Law and Organizations, Business Ethics, and Employment Law.
Mr. Urien attended Fresno State where he earned a B.A. in Political Science and attended Western State University College of Law where he earned his J.D. and graduated magna cum laude, ranked number 4 in his class. While at Western, he earned the Distinguished Business Law Scholar award for excellence in business law academics, scholarship, and practical training. Mr. Urien was also awarded Witkin (AmJur) awards for his scholarship in Corporate Finance and Accounting, Federal Income Taxation, and Torts. He was also a member of Western’s law review as a student writer, editor, and symposium board member and served as a Dean’s Fellow where he mentored fellow students.
Mr. Urien is a member of the Real Estate section and Young Lawyers’ division of the Orange County Bar Association and is admitted to California State Bar.
Mr. Urien has been recognized by SuperLawyers.com as a 2017 and 2018 Rising Star and is kind of a big deal. Only up to 2.5% of attorneys in Southern California re selected to Rising Stars. He has been described as a rock star, a diamond in the rough, a lawyer ahead of his time, and a law graduate who knows more about business law than any other law graduate.