Curtis Alva

Headed by an Experienced Business Litigator



  • Yale Law School, J.D., 1988
  • Idaho State University, B.A., 1985 Political Science
  • Ricks College, A.A.

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer
    Review Rated
  • John M. Olin Scholar, Yale Law School
  • Editor-in-Chief, Yale Journal on Regulation
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • AVVO 10.0 Superb Rated


  • Trial Procedures in Business Litigation in Florida, The Florida Bar, 6th Edition, 2009, 7th Edition, 2012, 8th Edition, 2014, and 9th Edition, 2019.
  • Delaware and the Market for Corporate Control: History and Agency, 5 Del. J. Corp. L. 810, (1990)

Speaking Engagements

  • Cybersecurity Litigation Risks for Public Companies, The 33rd Annual Federal Securities Institute, February 5-6, 2015
  • SEC Enforcement and Private Litigation Developments, The 32nd Annual Federal Securities Institute, February 6-7, 2014
  • Addressing Diversity in the Federal Securities Bar, 46th Annual Securities Regulation Institute, November 5-7, 2014
  • Delaware Corporate Law Developments, The 31st Annual Federal Securities Institute, February 14-15, 2013
  • Addressing Diversity in the Federal Securities Bar, 45th Annual Securities Regulation Institute, November 6-8, 2013
  • Addressing Diversity in the Federal Securities Bar, 44th Annual Securities Regulation Institute, November 7-9, 2012
  • Addressing Diversity in the Federal Securities Bar, 43rd Annual Securities Regulation Institute, November 9-11, 2011

Community Service

  • Co-founder with then Chief Justice Myron Steele of the Delaware Supreme Court, of Changing the Face of Corporate Law, an initiative to attract diverse law students to careers in corporate law, which has brokered more than $150,000.00 in scholarships to diverse students from 19 law schools over five years.
  • Certified Pro Bono
    Counsel to Veterans
  • One of the first attorneys to be certified by the Veterans Administration as a pro bono advocate in the Veterans Claim Assistance Network for veterans seeking free legal assistance with disability claims.

Case List

  • Counsel to Coleman Cable in a $50-million merger with Technology
    Research Corporation.
  • Represented Prescott Group in an appraisal case regarding the merger of Woodbridge Holdings (formerly Levitt Corp.)
    and BFC Corp.
  • Defended Bankrate in a shareholder class action challenging a $570-million merger with Apax.
  • Defended U.S. Sugar in shareholder and ERISA class actions regarding a $1.7-billion sale of assets to Florida.
  • Counsel to Hard Rock Cafe International regarding the $965-million sale from Rank Group to Seminole Hard
    Rock Entertainment.
  • Represented Republic Services against Waste Management to enforce contracts implementing antitrust decrees.
  • Lead trial counsel in a RICO jury trial among international telephone companies.
  • Lead trial counsel for HCA in defense of Medicare fraud and breach of contract jury trial brought by lRL.
  • Counsel to Cendant Corporation in its $3.1 billion hostile takeover of
    American Bankers.
  • Defended Great Western Financial against $6.5 billion hostile takeover attempt
    by H.F. Ahmanson.
  • Represented Turner Broadcasting System in the Federal Trade Commission's investigation of its proposed $7-billion merger with
    Time Warner.
  • Lead trial counsel for United Presidential Life Insurance in a death benefit jury trial.
  • Defended General Reinsurance as a part of a group of more than 40 insurance companies sued by DuPont Co. and Burlington Northern Railway for insurance coverage for superfund liability for up to 75 years of contamination.
  • Lead trial counsel for ID Biomedical in
    licensing dispute.
  • Defended Delmarva Power & Light in securities fraud
    class action.
  • Defended Citigroup in U.S. Department of Justice investigation relating to Primerica Corp.
    and A.L. Williams.
  • Advised the Board of Directors of RJR Nabisco in $31 billion leveraged buyout by Kohlberg,
    Kravis & Roberts.
  • Assisted Tyson Foods in its $1-billion battle with ConAgra for control of
    Holly Farms.
  • Represented Robert Maxwell in a $1.2-billion takeover battle with Kohlberg, Kravis & Roberts for control of
    Macmillan Publishing.
  • Represented the State of Delaware as a specially appointed deputy attorney general in numerous
    jury trials.