Curtis A. Runger
Curt began his career practicing law with Eugene “Doug” Douglass in 2004, handling “door law” cases, servicing all business that came through “the door.” Unlike many of his peers who joined larger firms where they eased into the practice of law under the close watch of senior partners, Curt immediately litigated a variety of matters ranging from car wreck cases and complex business disputes to contested divorces, probate estates and criminal defense matters. This fast-paced litigation experience forged Curt into one of the most versatile litigators for his age in Memphis. Curt’s reputation for aggressive, yet compassionate representation, coupled with his burning desire to serve as many clients as possible quickly resulted in an influx of new clientele for his practice.
While he enjoyed handling a variety of matters, Curt understood to provide the level of representation his clients deserved, he needed to hire experts in different practice areas, so that he could focus on the areas in which he truly excelled; namely, complex civil litigation, probate matters and transactional work. His vision to provide top notch legal representation for all clients drove him to expand his practice, and in February 2010, Curt and Doug established Douglass & Runger. The two-man operation that started in 2010 grew under Curt’s leadership into one of the most well-respected small firms in Memphis.
Curt brings extensive litigation experience to his clients and has tried many cases to verdict, non-jury and jury. As a self-described “old school, throw-back” lawyer, Curt attributes his versatility to his late grandfather and Harvard Law educated lawyer, Bruce Laybourne, who practiced law at a time where “your lawyer was your lawyer” regardless of the situation. A skilled tactician, Curt understands the intricacies of trial strategy in every case and locks into his clients’ cases providing measured and aggressive representation. Curt’s well documented litigation history includes matters such as:
- Personal Injury cases ranging from car/trucking crashes, airplane crashes, premises liability cases and product liability cases resulting in millions of dollars in recoveries for his clients;
- Business disputes including corporate dissolutions with small companies, partnership disputes, contract/ownership disputes over multi-million dollar contracts, breach of contract cases and collection matters;
- Commercial and Residential real estate litigation, including actions to quiet title, slander of title, fraudulent conveyances, partition, setting aside unlawful foreclosures, condemnation and easement rights;
- Consumer Protection matters ranging from successfully suing, as well as successfully defending car dealerships, obtaining judgments against businesses for unfair and deceptive trade practices and successful prosecutions of breach of warranty cases against national car manufacturers;
- Probate litigation such as will contests, contested conservatorships and trust litigation.
Curt also enjoys the change of pace involved in representing his business and estate clients. An enthusiast for entrepreneurs, Curt assists clients in forming corporations and llcs and provides corporate counsel on all matters related to his clients’ businesses. Highly experienced in transactional work, Curt represents clients and negotiates on their behalf in “Buy-Sell” agreements from franchised businesses such as Subway and Papa Johns to sales and acquisitions of seven figure and eight figure companies like medical clinics and commercial refrigeration companies. Assisting clients in estate planning and helping them navigate the death of a loved one through the probate process is one of the most gratifying services Curt offers his clients. Understanding that the loss of a loved one is difficult regardless of the circumstances, Curt’s experience and compassionate representation has helped countless clients achieve peace of mind in the most difficult of times.
In addition to navigating clients through the estate planning and probate process, Curt is a trusted fiduciary and has served as a Trustee on more than 30 Trusts, including Special Needs Trusts, Family Trusts and Irrevocable Trusts. His knowledge and experience in trust administration, coupled with his estate planning and litigation experience, make Curt an attractive alternative for trust beneficiaries when big banks and trust companies no longer wish to serve as their Trustee or when it is not economically feasible for them to continue to serve as Trustee.
In his free time, Curt loves spending time with his wife Jodi and Westie, Sophie Sue. Curt also loves reading, listening to podcasts, learning and exercising. A die-hard Clemson Tigers football fan, you can find Curt cheering on Dabo Swinney and the Clemson Tigers most Saturdays in the fall.
- Clemson University, 1999 B.A., Language & International Trade, German
- University of Memphis, J.D. 2003
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
- Tennessee, state and federal, 2003
Associations and Memberships
Memphis Bar Association
Tennessee Bar Association
Tennessee Association for Justice
Volunteer for Youth Leadership of Memphis
- City Attorney for City of Gallaway, Tennessee (2013-2017)
Curt was great during our situation. He went above and beyond on getting my situation taken care of. He was very prompt on calling me and keeping me in the loop with everything that was going on. He was great and I will use him again.!
Curt took over my case from another attorney. He made it his priority to get justice for me. When he took over my case the value tripled. I could not ask for a better attorney . He knows the law inside out. I would definitely use curt again and recommend him to a family member or friend.
I hired Curt to help me with my permit to carry that had expired. He was quick, to the point, and very professional. I quickly had my license to carry again in no time. Curt is a good man, with morals and conscience of mind. I would recommend him anytime to anyone. If you want the job done, correctly and honestly, he is the man.
My wife and I retained Curt to represent our daughter during a very difficult time. Curt is a true professional in every way. He represented our family during our time of need and got everything handled just as he said he would. I recommend Curt for all of your legal needs.
Attorney Runger was very professional and informative. I used his services to form an LLC for a mobile app. His advise went past the legality of business formation and into prominent sales and advertising practices. For me, it showed he there for more than a retainer fee. He truly wanted to help my business succeed.
Attorney Runger has a quick response to any inquires. I would recommend an attorney of his caliber to anyone. I am definitely going to use his services for other business ventures!
Curt Runger was great with my case. I was having issues with a traffic ticket, and he made the whole process quick and easy. I would recommend his services to anyone!
I have used Mr.Runger for anything that requires a lawyer and even if it’s a question that’s now law related but still need advice such as real estate, he goes above and beyond to make sure I have the info I need to make the best decision.
I have worked with curt several times and each time he comes through above and beyond. He is in expert in his field and I highly recommend!
Mr. Runger did a great job handling a legal matter for my business. He was very professional and straight forward.
I have worked with Curt for many years. Whenever I have a probate issue in one of my injury cases, Curt Runger is the attorney I turn to for assistance. Curt is efficient and has such a vast work knowledge of the probate laws and courts that I know my clients are in excellent hands. Honest, caring, hard working and reliable. Highly recommend him to anyone (and I do regularly)!
I needed an Attorney with Trust and Estate experience that could help me with a situation in another State. Mr. Runger was highly recommend to me from another attorney whom I highly respected. Mr. Runger was able to assist me in a very short time and very reasonable cost. I highly recommend Mr Runger first r any of your needs!
I’ve worked with several attorneys at Douglass & Runger including Curt Runger and what I can say is if you’re in the Memphis area, work with this firm! Curt and his team are professionals who flat out know how to get results and know the law. They are trust worthy people who care about their clients. The quality of the attorneys is also very high at a great price. Just hire them!
I was referred to Curtis Runger by an attorney friend. Mr. Runger was extremely quick with his communications always responded in a very timely manner. He also provided a clear concise overview of my options. He was “to the point” but at the same time he listened and I never felt like i was being rushed. I would definitely recommend Curtis to anyone without hesitation. Thank you Curtis!
If you need a probate attorney, contact Curt Runger at Douglass & Runger, Attorneys at Law. I had an unfortunate bicycle accident this year. It sent me to the Regional One Hospital in Memphis Tn. Upon my arrival, I had the answer of “no” to the “Do you have a will?” question from the trauma nurse. The accident was just me, my bike, and the road. I didn’t have to search for a personal injury attorney, there was no automobile involved in the accident, but my broken ribs and collarbone had nurses thinking otherwise. I did have questions about creating a legal will. I also have the added complexity of just getting married. What does that mean for creating a legal will that covers what I need covered. My wife and I are changing all kinds of documents. New addresses for me, a new last name for her. You can see where Curt was a valuable resource. He guided me where to start and what to consider in my situation. Thank you Curt and everyone else I spoke with at your office.
I highly recommend Curt Runger. Along with being an excellent attorney, he is incredibly knowledgable and went above and beyond every time. Both he and his staff go out of their way to make you feel at ease. They definitely work to keep your best interests as the end goal. Curt Runger was available on a daily basis, even after hours, and always responded to my questions promptly and professionally. I cannot thank them enough!!!
Over the years I’ve consulted with Curt Runger seeking advice on construction and real estate matters. He has also provided valuable guidance of personal legal issues as well. He is knowledgable and attentive and has proven his worth.
Curtis Runger initially started out helping my sister with a personal injury lawsuit. Unfortunately before the matter was concluded, my sister passed away. Curtis has been a blessing to my mom and myself since her passing; handling her estate, settlement, etc. He was always very professional, polite, intelligent and compassionate. We will always turn to him for any legal matter we may face in the future.
I have worked with Curt and his staff via a few mutual clients. Great Attorneys and Great Folks. They always put their clients first. Very knowledgeable, nice, professional, and they do great work.
I came to Curt’s office with a contract that I was uncomfortable signing because I didn’t fully understand all of the legal terminology. He walked through all 20+ pages of the contract with me, line by line, and explained everything I would be committing to by signing it. I left with a much better understanding of the agreement and was able to confidently sign and execute it. I highly recommend Mr. Runger for all of your legal needs, no matter how big or small.
Mr. Runger Represented me on a personal injury case I was pleased with the results.
Curt Runger was extremely diligent, he took his time in getting the best outcome for my case. He has compassion for what he does and advocates for his clients.
Curt Runger is simply amazing to work with. I have worked with him on a few different things and he is so knowledgeable, takes the time to walk you through each step and always answers questions. I have full confidence in his abilities and will continue to work with him in the future.
I was represented by Curt Runger and was extremely satisfied with his services! Should I, or any of my friends, require legal services in the future, I will most certainly be calling Curt again!
Curt Runger is a responsive, aggressive, ethical attorney. I’ve known him for over a decade and routinely turn to him with legal questions. I’ve never been disappointed.
Curt Runger helped me with an employer contract review that had to be completed on a very short time line. He was extremely responsive and did a full review and several rewrites to help protect my interest. I don’t think that I could have started with the company without his help!