Curtis Smolar has extensive experience in a wide-range of litigation and arbitration matters. He represents clients in state, federal, bankruptcy and appellate court regarding complex commercial, real estate, intellectual property and bankruptcy disputes. Curtis is well respected and known in the San Francisco Bay Area for his knowledge and vast experience assisting individuals and corporations in real estate and land use disputes. He counsels landlords in all aspects of property management, including the sharing industry, lease disputes and unlawful detainer actions. He litigates boundary disputes; tree ordinance disputes; landlord-tenant disagreements, including without limitation wrongful eviction actions; easements. Curtis represents individuals and corporations in front of the Planning Department, Board of Permit Appeals and Board of Appeals.

Curtis has comprehensive experience representing technology companies and individuals, in corporate formations and commercial transactions, including commercial leases, nondisclosure agreements, intellectual property licenses, ICANN disputes and creative commons licenses. His practice includes businesses and large publicly traded companies in commercial transactions and intellectual property assessment and management, including end-user license agreements and licensing, marketing, and nondisclosure and employment agreements. Curtis currently serves as a legal mentor for Web Forward, Mozilla’s Open Innovation program. Curtis was previously appointed as a judge pro tempore for the San Francisco County Superior Court.

Prior to launching his legal career, Curtis worked for Broadway Video Entertainment as a licensing manager for commercial properties and music licenses. He also worked as a post-production manager for Miramax Films, working directly for Bob and Harvey Weinstein.

Academic Credentials

Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, J.D., 1997
Syracuse University, Newhouse School of Communications, B.S., 1990


American Bar Association
California State Bar Real Estate Section, Financing Subsection (Chairman)
Board of Directors, Palo Alto Little League


State Bar of California
District of Columbia Bar
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit