Kurt Rozelsky
 

Kurt Rozelsky serves clients with pragmatic advice resulting in smart litigation solutions. Creativity and a spirited sense of humor define Kurt’s work, leading to strong client relationships and long-term engagements. Kurt applies his familiarity with common and unique client issues across a range of industries to guide clients through proactive and reactive litigation, sometimes in the most stressful of circumstances.

A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Kurt excels in helping clients through complex litigation and trials, often involving technical and expert-driven issues. With his extensive experience handling catastrophic injury and fatality cases, Kurt routinely helps clients make difficult decisions regarding the retention of involved personnel and engagement of technical experts, while addressing applicable federal and state regulations. With a trial practice that includes product liability, catastrophic torts, professional liability, and commercial litigation, Kurt’s clients range from local businesses and individuals to international product manufacturers.

Kurt frequently presents at national conferences on topics including eDiscovery, preparation of corporate witnesses, and ethics. 

Other Experience

Smith Moore Leatherwood (nka Fox Rothschild)

Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors

American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
American Board of Trial Advocates, Associate 
Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
     Commercial Transportation Section, Chair 2013-2015
DRI: The Voice of the Defense Bar 
     Trucking Law Committee, Chair 2010-2012
American Bar Association
     Commercial Transportation Litigation Committee,
     Vice Chair 2005-2008
Trucking Industry Defense Association
The Best Lawyers in America®
     Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants, 2011-2020
     Product Liability Litigation-Defendants, 2012-2020
     Commercial Litigation, 2017-2020
South Carolina Super Lawyers
     Business Litigation (2017-2018) 
     Transportation/Maritime (2009, 2010, 2012-2016)
Greenville Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year
     Product Liability Litigation (2017)
Greenville Business Magazine's Legal Elite
    Commercial Transportation (2012)
    Civil Litigation (2015)
    Personal Injury (2015, 2017-2018)
    Insurance (2016)
    Personal Injury (2018)
Benchmark Litigation
    Local Litigation Star (2010-2018)
    South Carolina Future Star (2008-2009)
Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated 
South Carolina Lawyers Weekly's Leadership in Law Award, 2012
Greenville Business Magazine's Best & Brightest Under 35, 1999
South Carolina Bar
State Bar of Georgia

Community Memberships, Activities, and Honors

United Way of Greenville County
     Chair, 2017 Community Campaign
     Member, Board of Trustees 
     Palmetto Society Board of Directors 
The Family Effect
     Chair-Elect, Board of Directors
Public Education Partners of Greenville County, formerly Alliance for Quality Education, past Board Member
Leadership Greenville, past Board of Regents
Compass of Carolina, Inc., past Board Chair
Greenville Literacy Association, past Board Member
Upstate South Carolina University of Virginia Alumni Association, past President

Personal Interests

Hiking, watching college sports, travel – visited all 50 states
 


Kurt Rozelsky serves clients with pragmatic advice resulting in smart litigation solutions. Creativity and a spirited sense of humor define Kurt’s work, leading to strong client relationships and long-term engagements. He excels in helping clients through complex litigation and trials, in particular involving catastrophic torts. Kurt is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Representative Cases
  • Tried more than 35 cases in state and federal courts in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
  • Defended numerous catastrophic loss claims related to product liability across industries including manufacturing, industrial machinery, electrical products, aerosols, and food service.
  • Handle trucking and transportation matters involving liability, internal safety compliance departments, risk management, and training recommendations.
  • Defended professional liability claims for attorneys, doctors, and pharmacists.
  • Defended a regional real estate developer in contractual matters arising out of large scale development projects.
Bar and Court Admissions
  • Not admitted in Colorado
  • Georgia
  • South Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
Other Experience

Smith Moore Leatherwood (nka Fox Rothschild)

Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors

American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
American Board of Trial Advocates, Associate 
Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
     Commercial Transportation Section, Chair 2013-2015
DRI: The Voice of the Defense Bar 
     Trucking Law Committee, Chair 2010-2012
American Bar Association
     Commercial Transportation Litigation Committee,
     Vice Chair 2005-2008
Trucking Industry Defense Association
The Best Lawyers in America®
     Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants, 2011-2020
     Product Liability Litigation-Defendants, 2012-2020
     Commercial Litigation, 2017-2020
South Carolina Super Lawyers
     Business Litigation (2017-2018) 
     Transportation/Maritime (2009, 2010, 2012-2016)
Greenville Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year
     Product Liability Litigation (2017)
Greenville Business Magazine's Legal Elite
    Commercial Transportation (2012)
    Civil Litigation (2015)
    Personal Injury (2015, 2017-2018)
    Insurance (2016)
    Personal Injury (2018)
Benchmark Litigation
    Local Litigation Star (2010-2018)
    South Carolina Future Star (2008-2009)
Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated 
South Carolina Lawyers Weekly's Leadership in Law Award, 2012
Greenville Business Magazine's Best & Brightest Under 35, 1999
South Carolina Bar
State Bar of Georgia

Community Memberships, Activities, and Honors

United Way of Greenville County
     Chair, 2017 Community Campaign
     Member, Board of Trustees 
     Palmetto Society Board of Directors 
The Family Effect
     Chair-Elect, Board of Directors
Public Education Partners of Greenville County, formerly Alliance for Quality Education, past Board Member
Leadership Greenville, past Board of Regents
Compass of Carolina, Inc., past Board Chair
Greenville Literacy Association, past Board Member
Upstate South Carolina University of Virginia Alumni Association, past President

Personal Interests

Hiking, watching college sports, travel – visited all 50 states
 

Education
  • University of Georgia School of Law, J.D., 1994, cum laude
  • University of Virginia, 1990, B.A., Foreign Affairs
Bar and Court Admissions
  • Not admitted in Colorado
  • Georgia
  • South Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit