Curtis D. Smith, Attorney


For more than three decades, Curtis D. Smith has helped construction industry clients resolve litigation, disputes, and legal challenges. In addition to his depth of litigation experience, Curt negotiates construction, design, and design/build contracts. His range of advice and counsel includes: 

  • Construction defect claims
  • Construction delay, disruption, and payment claims
  • Design professional liability
  • Public contracting
  • Insurance and surety law 
  • Mechanics' liens and bond claims
  • Business litigation 
  • Contract negotiation and disputes 

Nationwide Construction Litigation Counsel  

Working in multiple dispute resolution forums, Curt litigates construction and business cases in state and federal trial and appellate courts, as well as before the American Arbitration Association, throughout the United States. He also frequently resolves matters in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) venues, including in mediation, arbitration, negotiation, and mini-trials.

Curt serves as chapter attorney for the Minnesota Subcontractors Association, in addition to his memberships in the American Bar Association, Minnesota State Bar Association, and Hennepin County Bar Association.

Practice Areas

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota Subcontractors Association – Chapter Attorney
  • American Bar Association – Forum on the Construction Industry
  • Minnesota Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association

Honors & Recognition

  • "Minnesota Super Lawyers," 2003-2005, 2008-2010

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Tax Court


  • William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, MN, J.D., cum laude
  • University of Illinois, B.A.

Classes / Seminars Taught

  • “ConsensusDOCS – Review of Important Provisions” – Women Construction Owners & Executives, USA, June 4, 2008
  • “Bidding & Negotiating Contracts the ASA Way” – American Subcontractors Association of Minnesota, April 24, 2008
  • “General Contractor Panel Discussion” – American Subcontractors Association of Minnesota, February 28, 2008
  • “Construction Project Management” – National Business Institute, February 7, 2008