Curt was born in Montreal, Canada and has been practicing law in South Florida since 1984. Over the years he has developed an unmatched reputation for diligence, passionate advocacy and fair dealing. With over 100 civil and criminal trials under his belt, Curt is one of the most experienced and well-rounded trial attorneys practicing in South Florida today.
After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree from St. Thomas University in 1980, Curt attended Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center where he was a member of the NSU Law Review. After earning his Juris Doctorate from NSU in 1983, Curt was admitted to practice law in the State of Florida (1984), the United States Supreme Court (1994) the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida (1986), the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida (1988), the United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan (1992), the United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit (1998), the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit (1998), the United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit (1999) and the United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit (2005).
Curt has over 30 years of trial experience and has been a civil and criminal trial lawyer since 1984. He has been selected for the Martindale-Hubbell “AV” rating as being preeminently qualified in his field as judged by fellow attorneys. He has also been recognized by the media for his trial work in various civil and criminal cases. He has received numerous awards for his work on behalf of his clients; including the “Best Defense” by the Miami New Times in 2000 for the federal criminal defense of an International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) union member acquitted on federal drug smuggling charges in the United States District Court in Miami. He was also recently recognized by The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers (2013).
Curt has tried over 100 cases in both state and federal courts throughout the country including approximately 23 different states and U.S. territories; including the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. He has tried to a verdict or settled a wide variety of cases in civil courts, family courts, criminal courts and probate courts. Curt’s trials have ranged from Racketeering (RICO); money laundering; bribery; narcotics; Medicare fraud; and mortgage fraud cases in federal court to wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases in state court. This has allowed him to represent diverse clients ranging from doctors, lawyers, and artists to longshoreman, harbor workers and regular, hard-working blue collar workers.
Here is a sampling of some of Curt’s reported cases to get an understanding of the breadth and range of his experience:
Rosenberg v. Dep’t of Prof’l Regulation, Bd. of Chiropractic Examiners, 488 So.2d 153 (Fla. 3d DCA 1986) (Curt successfully represented three doctors (chiropractors) who were disciplined by the Florida Department of Professional Regulation for fraudulent and deceptive advertising and had the statute declared unconstitutional and disciplinary sanctions cancelled);
Philipps v. Talty, Case #08-1737 (First Circuit, 2008) (Curt represented the surviving parents of a child killed by an intoxicated American motorist in St. Martin, Netherland Antilles);
Ecolab, Inc. v. Armand, 18 So.3d 731 (Fla. 4th DCA 2009) (Curt successfully argued and affirmed an appeal of an order entered into by trial court allowing his client a post-verdict interview of jurors for non-disclosure of litigation history in an auto accident / negligence case);
Robinson v. State of Florida, 702 So.2d 213 (Fla. 1997) (Curt reversed both the First Degree Murder conviction and sentence of death of an alleged gang leader who was on Death Row awaiting execution and has now been released from custody after the case was remanded to the trial court where the case was resolved by subsequent disposition);
Shocki v. Aresty, 994 So.2d 1131 (Fla. 3d DCA 2008) (Curt successfully represented an individual appealing a repeat violence / stalking restraining order which was imposed upon him by his condo/neighbor and which was reversed and vacated by the court of appeals);
USA v. Marshall, Case #02-16858-BB (11th Circuit, 2002) (Curt reversed a conviction with a 10 year mandatory minimum sentence imposed against his client under federal drug statute against former International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) leader and supervisor of the Port of Miami Terminal Operations Company);
United States v. Johnson, 210 F.3d 359 (3d Cir. 2000) (Curt successfully argued before the Federal Appeals Court in St. Croix, U.S.V.I. for a reversal of the U.S. District Court’s denial of a motion to enforce the government’s plea agreement);
Nadell v. Las Vegas Metro. Police Dept., 268 F.3d 924 (9th Cir. 2001) (Appeal of an order denying prevailing party attorney’s fee in federal civil rights case brought against the L.V.M.P.D. by an injured woman who was falsely arrested and beaten by the police in her own home);
Juri v. State, 46 So.3d 1010 (Fla. 3d DCA 2010) (Curt represented a former politician / State Representative and Hialeah Mayoral candidate convicted of voter fraud; grand theft; and improper campaign contributions);
De La Cruz Suarez v. U.S., 601 F.3d 1202 (11th Cir. 2010) (Curt represented Appellant in an appeal of alien smuggling conviction and sentence imposed in federal court in Miami);
United States v. Hanley, 190 F.3d 1017 (9th Cir. 1999) (Curt represented Appellant in an appeal of money laundering and federal fraud charges from the U.S. District Court in Las Vegas, Nevada on an appeal to the 9thCircuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, California);
Pama v. State, 552 So.2d 309 (Fla. 2d DCA 1989) (Curt reversed a 15 year minimum / mandatory drug trafficking sentence imposed against his client due to sentencing errors of the trial court); and
Afrazeh v. Miami Elevator Co. of Am., 769 So.2d 399 (Fla. 3d DCA 2000) (Curt successfully represented plaintiff in an elevator accident in appeal of his former counsel’s attorney’s fees).
It is this diversity in both clients and areas of practice which make the practice of law, from Mr. Obront’s perspective, interesting and exciting. Curt lives in Key Biscayne, Florida with his wife Angela and his three children, Tyler, Jackson and Francesca.