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Jon Brenner Kurtz

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Education:

  • University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D. 1994
  • University of Alabama, B.A. 1991
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • magna cum laude

Licensure, Bar Admittance and Certifications:

  • Certified Family Financial Mediator since 2017
  • Admitted to practice in the Federal Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina since 1994
  • Licensed as an Attorney and Counselor at Law by the North Carolina State Bar since 1994

Board Certification:

  • Board Certified Specialist in family law by the North Carolina State Bar since 2001

Law School Instruction:

  • Adjunct Professor, Wake Forest University School of Law (Family Law, 2007)

Professional Honors and Awards:

  • Rated “AV” Preeminent, the Highest Possible Rating in both legal abilities and ethical standards reflecting the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and Judiciary - by Martindale-Hubbell/Lexis-Nexis since 2006
  • Listed in “The Best Lawyers in America” in the field of family law by Woodward/White since 2009
  • Listed among the top “Super Lawyers in North Carolina” by Law & Politics magazine since 2006
  • Rating of 10.0 (Top Attorney and Highest Rating) by AVVO.com
  • Boss of the Year, Legal Support Staff of Winston-Salem 1998-1999

Professional Memberships and Committee Work:

  • Member, North Carolina Bar Association (Family Law Section) and Forsyth County Bar Association since 1994
  • Board of Advisors, Brenner Children’s Hospital 2005- Present
  • Member, Board of Directors, Children’s Law Center of Central North Carolina, 2016-2022
  • North Carolina State Bar, Board of Legal Specialization, Family Law Specialty Committee 2008-2014. Committee Chair, 2013-2014.
  • Executive Board of Directors, Amarr Garage Doors 2005-2014
  • Corporation Member, Lewisville, NC Fire Department 2009-2012
  • Member, Family Law Council, North Carolina Bar Association 2002-2005. Chair, Alimony Legislative Committee 2003-2007
  • Member, Continuing Legal Education Committee, Family Law Section, North Carolina Bar Association 2004-2005
  • Supervising Attorney, Wake Forest University Law School Clinical Program 2001-2005
  • Ethics & Grievance Committee, Twenty-First Judicial District Bar of North Carolina 2000-2003, Chair 2002-2003
  • Member, Executive Committee, Forsyth County Bar Association 1999-2000 & 2002-2003
  • Vice President, Temple Emanuel 2002-2003
  • Member, Clinic Committee – Wake Forest University School of Law 2001-2002
  • Treasurer, Family Law Council, North Carolina Bar Association 2001-2002
  • Board of Directors, Blumenthal Jewish Home for the Aged 1998-2001
  • President, Young Lawyers Division of Forsyth County Bar 1999-2000
  • Corporation Member, Lewisville, NC Fire Department 2009-2012

Appellate Cases:

  • North Carolina Supreme Court Cases
    • Ubertaccio v. Ubertaccio, 359 N.C. 175, 604 S.E.2d 912 (2004)
    • McIntyre v. McIntyre, 362 N.C. 503, 666 S.E.2d 749 (2008)
  • North Carolina Court of Appeals Cases
    • Ubertaccio v. Ubertaccio, 161 N.C.App. 352, 588 S.E.2d 905 (2003)
    • McIntyre v. McIntyre, 188 N.C.App. 26, 654 S.E.2d 798 (2008)
    • Brackney v. Brackney, 199 N.C.App. 375, 682 S.E.2d 401 (2009)
    • Martin v. Martin, 2010 N.C.App. LEXIS 283 (2010)
    • Mills v. Davis, 257 N.C.App. 261, 808 S.E.2d 519 (2017)
    • Crews v. Paysour, 252 N.C.App. 426, 797 S.E.2d 380 (2017)
    • Crews v. Paysour, 261 N.C.App. 557, 821 S.E.2d 469 (2018)

Co-Author and Lecturer, "Alimony, Child Support, and Tax Issues." Family Law Specialization Exam Review: Tips, Topics and Techniques. North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Continuing Legal Education, September 2019.

Lecturer, "Panel Discussion: Exam Study Tips & Test Taking Tips." Family Law Specialization Exam Review: Tips, Topics and Techniques. North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Continuing Legal Education, September 2017.

Co-Author and Lecturer, “Preparing & Managing an Equitable Distribution Case.” Basics of Family Law. North Carolina Bar Foundation, Continuing Legal Education, November 2016.

Guest Lecturer, Wake Forest University School of Law, Child Advocacy Clinic, February 2016 and October 2019, “Child Custody, Mediation & the Role of the Guardian ad Litem.”

Author and Lecturer, “Third Party Custody & Visitation.” Child’s Play: An Overview of Custody Issues. North Carolina Bar Foundation, Continuing Legal Education, May 2014.

Co-Course Planner, 2013 North Carolina Family Law Specialists Annual Conference, Continuing Legal Education Program.

Co-Author and Lecturer, "Religious Beliefs and Custody," The Modern American Family: Representing Non-Traditional Families. North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Continuing Legal Education, February 2013.

Author and Lecturer, "Third-Party Interveners in a Custody Case - Best Interest." Guardian Ad Litem Training. The Children's Law Center of Central North Carolina, January 2013.

Author and Lecturer, “Representing the Parents of Special Needs Children,” In Sickness or in Health, 2011 Family Law Fall Meeting. North Carolina Bar Foundation, Continuing Legal Education, September 2011.

Co-Author and Lecturer, “Managing a Child Custody Case,” The Modern Family, 2010 Basics of Family Law. North Carolina Bar Foundation, Continuing Legal Education, November 2010.

Author and Lecturer, "Custody Motions," Family Law – How To's. A Practical Guide for Handling Family Law Cases. N.C. Advocates for Justice, Continuing Legal Education, December 2009.

Author and Lecturer, “Relationship Between Equitable Distribution, Alimony and Child Support,” Wake Forest School of Law Continuing Legal Education, October 2007.

Co-Author and Lecturer, “Custody Motions,” Family Law Specialist Conference, July 2007.

Co-Course Planner, Basics of Family Law, North Carolina Bar Foundation, Continuing Legal Education, November 2006.

Guest Lecturer, Wake Forest University School of Law, Clinic Program, January 2006 - “Client Interviewing Techniques.”

Author, "Equitable Distribution of Stock Grants – The Lesson of Ubertaccio,"North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, July 25, 2005, Vol. 18, No. 19.

Co-Course Planner, 2005 North Carolina Family Law Specialists Annual Conference, Continuing Legal Education Program

Author and Lecturer, “Creative Uses for Financial Standing Affidavits and Pretrial Orders,” Alimony & PSS – Ten Years After the Fact (2005 Family Law Annual Meeting), North Carolina Bar Foundation, Continuing Legal Education, May 2005.

Author, "Equitable Distribution of Stock Grants – The Lesson of Ubertaccio,"Family Forum, Vol. 25, No. 5, May 2005.

Guest Lecturer, Wake Forest University School of Law, Clinic Program, January 2005 - “Client Interviewing Techniques.”

Co-Course Planner, Basics of Family Law, North Carolina Bar Foundation, Continuing Legal Education, November 2004.

Author and Lecturer, “Legal Traps in Family Law Cases,” Basics of Family Law, North Carolina Bar Foundation, Continuing Legal Education, November 2004.

Author and Lecturer, “Use and Limits of Protection,” Evidentiary Issues in Child Custody Cases: Hot Topics in Family Law,” North Carolina Bar Foundation, Continuing Legal Education, September 2004.

Author, “North Carolina’s Alimony Statute: Is It Time for Guidelines?” North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, Trial Briefs, October 2003.

Author and Lecturer, "How to Avoid Reduction of Your Client's Marital Share in Equitable Distribution," Practical Family Law 2002 Seminar, Wake Forest School of Law Continuing Legal Education.

Guest Speaker, Wake Forest University School of Law, April 1999 - "How to Succeed as a New Lawyer."

Organizer and Lecturer, 1997 - 1999, “What You Didn't Learn in Law School Seminar," Sponsored by Forsyth County Young Lawyers Division.

Guest Speaker, Wake Forest University School of Law, 1998 - "Opportunities for Young Lawyers in the Legal Profession."

Co-Author and Lecturer, "Child Support and Interstate Issues," Practical Family Law Desk Book 1996 - Wake Forest University School of Law Continuing Legal Education.

Co-Author, "Divorce," North Carolina General Practice Handbook 1997, Wake Forest University School of Law Continuing Legal Education.

Co-Author, "Alimony," North Carolina General Practice Handbook 1997, Wake Forest University School of Law Continuing Legal Education.

Co-Author, "Family Law Contracts," North Carolina General Practice Handbook 1997, Wake Forest University School of Law Continuing Legal Education.

Co-Author, "Setting Aside Separation Agreements," Family Forum, Vol. 16, No. 3, January 1996.