In a trial practice extending over 30 years, Curtis Woods concentrates his practice in business litigation, emphasizing complex civil, commercial and white collar criminal litigation, with extensive experience in antitrust, business torts, class action, intellectual property, fraud, RICO, securities, unfair competition, qui tam and franchise termination litigation.
Curt has extensive experience representing clients and their employees before federal and state grand juries throughout the country.
He also has extensive experience in handling post-trial motions and appeals after adverse jury verdicts or trial court decisions.
During his career, Curt has achieved positive results for
clients, at trial and on appeal. He has tried over 40 cases before
juries and judges in federal and state courts. A description
of some of his significant trials and appeals are listed below
(Curt's clients marked with asterisks):
- United States v. IARA (W.D.MO. 2010). Successful
defense of charges for violation of International Emergency
Economic Powers Act.
- United States v. *Kathryn Shields, et al. (W.D. Mo.
2007). One-month jury trial of criminal mortgage fraud
conspiracy case, resulting in the acquittal of client of all
charges (other two defendants convicted by jury). Prior to
trial, government obtained guilty pleas from seven alleged
co-conspirators, all of whom testified for the government at
- United States v. *Tula Turner, et al. (S.D. Tex.
2001). Two-month jury trial of criminal price-fixing
conspiracy case, resulting in acquittal of client who was charged
as ringleader of nationwide price-fixing conspiracy in metal
building insulation. Prior to trial, government had
successfully prosecuted or obtained guilty pleas from several
alleged co-conspirators, all of whom testified for the government
- United States ex rel. Bay Insulation, Inc. v. Supreme
Insulation Co. (S.D. Tex 2002). Successful defense of qui
tam action brought by subcontractor alleging violations of
Federal False Claim Act for overpricing of fiberglass insulation
for government buildings.
- United States ex rel. Spartan Technology, Inc. v.
Honeywell, Inc. (N.D. Ariz. 2000). Successful defense of
action seeking fines for environmental contamination by heavy
metals used in manufature of triggers for nuclear weapons.
- Nail v. *Mueller and MTW Corp. (Kan.Dist.Ct. 2005).
Jury verdict in favor of client in $22 million breach of stock
- Network 2000 Communications Corporation, et al. v. *Sprint
Corporation (Mo. Cir. Ct. and AAA Arbitration 1996).
Successful defense of class action for fraud and tortious
interference claims totaling over $500 million relating to a class
of independent sales representatives obtaining long-distance
customers for Sprint.
- Vantage Investments v. *Holiday Inn, Inc.
(W.D.Mo. 2005). Jury verdict in favor of client in franchise
- Clark Equipment Co. v. *Harlan Corp., 539
F.Supp. 561 (D.Ks. 1985). Court-tried case resulted in
judgment for client on Lanham Act claims.
- Bain v. *Champlin Petroleum Company (W.D.Mo.
1981), 692 F.2d 43 (8th Cir. 1982). Jury verdict in favor of client
in Sherman Antitrust Act §§ 1 and 2, Robinson Patman Act, breach of
contract, breach of fiduciary duty case.
- *The Kansas Power and Light Company and *Kansas
Gas and Electric Co. v. Amoco Corp., Williams Natural Gas
Co., Occidental Petroleum Co., and Cities Service Co., see 866
F.2d 1289 (10th Cir. 1989); 1990 WL 136788, 155542, 155543 (D.Kan.
1990). After two weeks of trial in Sherman Act price-fixing
case, settlement reached in favor of clients in an amount in excess
of $200 million.
- *McCaw Communications, Inc. d/b/a Cellular One v. Cellular
Sales, Inc. (Kan.Dist.Ct. 1991) (breach of franchise agreement
noncompetition provisions by franchisee; counterclaims of
franchisee for unlawful franchise termination, unfair competition
and state antitrust violations); judgment after trial against
defendant for $600,000; defendant's counterclaims dismissed prior
- *Harris v. Missouri Gaming Commission (Mo. Cir. Ct.),
869 S.W.2d 58 (Mo.S.Ct. 1993). Constitutionality of Missouri
Riverboat Gambling Act held unconstitutional after trial to court
and direct appeal to Missouri Supreme Court.
He is listed by Chambers USA: Leading Lawyers for Business as a top commercial litigation and white-collar crime and government investigations attorney. He is also listed in Best Lawyers in America in the categories of Antitrust Law, Commercial Litigation, "Bet-the-Company" Litigation and White Collar Criminal Litigation. Curt is recognized as "Lawyer of the Year" in Antitrust law for 2014 by Best Lawyers in America.
He has been recognized for several years in the Kansas City Business Journal as a member of its "Best of the Bar" list, and by Superlawyers. Curt was recognized as one of the eight "Lawyers of the Year" for 2007 by the publication Missouri Lawyers.
Honors and Awards
- Listed, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
- Litigation: General Commercial, Missouri, 2007-2015
- Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations, Missouri, 2012-2015
- Best Lawyers in America, 2005–2015; "Lawyer of the Year," Antitrust, 2015
- Benchmark Litigation: Litigation Star, Missouri, 2010-2015
- Kansas City Business Journal, Best of the Bar, 2000–2013
- Co-Author, "Revamping the International Prisoner Transfer Program," Law360, February 8, 2012