Harold Kurland


Harold, a founding member of the firm, applies his creativity, energy, and extensive experience to resolve litigation-related problems, whether as an advocate or a neutral. As a trial lawyer, he is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and an Associate of the American Board of Trial Advocates.  He has tried substantially more than 50 cases to verdict, in jurisdictions across New York State, in California (Superior Court, LA County), and in Connecticut (U.S. District Court, New Haven). He also has briefed and argued cases in the New York Court of Appeals, the First, Third, and Fourth Departments of the Appellate Division, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, the Western, Northern, and Southern Districts of New York, and the California Court of Appeals. Harold also has substantial experience serving as a neutral, having arbitrated more than 30 cases and mediated more than 200 disputes. Harold’s practice includes contract and commercial litigation, construction, and defense of medical malpractice cases, in addition to his work as a mediator and arbitrator. As an advocate, Harold always works collaboratively with his clients and puts their interests first, whether that means early case resolution or full jury trial.

From 1985 until April 2000, when he helped to establish what is now Ward Greenberg, Harold was a partner of Nixon Peabody LLP and its predecessor, which he joined right out of law school. Outside the office, Harold enjoys having time with his family, both at their lake home and traveling.



  • Cornell Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1976
    – Article Editor, Cornell Law Review
  • Dartmouth College, A.B., cum laude, with highest distinction in history, 1973

Admissions to Practice

  • New York State
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals, D.C., Second, and Third Circuits
  • U.S. District Courts of New York (All Districts)
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court of Pennsylvania (Middle)
  • U.S. District Court of Texas (Northern)


  • American Bar Association
    – Litigation Section
    – Construction Industry Forum
  • New York State Bar Association
    – House of Delegates, 2008-2011
    – Committee on Professional Ethics, 2010-2016
    – Commercial and Federal Litigation Section
  • Monroe County Bar Association
    – President, 2009-2010
  • Foundation of the Monroe County Bar
    – President, 2017-2018
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
    – Certified Mediator
  • International Mediation Institute
    – Certified Mediator
  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, New York Chapter
  • New York Office of Court Administration
    – Advisory Committee on Civil Practice
  • American Arbitration Association
    – Mediator
    – Arbitrator, Commercial and Construction
    – Instructor, Commercial Arbitration
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • Rochester Inns of Court
    – Past President and Master

Presentations & PUBLICATIONS


  • American College of Trial Lawyers
    – Fellow
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
    – Associate
  • American Bar Foundation
    – Fellow
  • New York Bar Foundation
    – Fellow
  • Recognized by Chambers USA (Upstate New York), since 2016
  • Selected to The Best Lawyers in America©, since 2005
    – Commercial Litigation
    – Litigation - Construction (2018 "Lawyer of the Year" Rochester, NY)
    – Mediation
    – Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
  • Selected to Super Lawyers®, since 2007
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Rating


  • Volunteer Legal Services Project, Inc.
    – Past Member, Board of Directors, 2001-2017
  • Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Inc.
    – Past Chair, Board of Directors
    – Member, Governance Committee
    – Member, Honorary Board
  • Dartmouth Club of Rochester
    – Past President
  • Genesee Valley Club
    – Member, Board of Governors, 2015-current


  • "I have worked with Harold Kurland, at Ward Greenberg, as an arbitrator and as a mediator. He pushes hard but realistically toward a settlement in mediation, and he has a good knowledge of the law and damages in arbitration."
    – James C. Moore

  • "WG partner Harold Kurland is also a very effective mediator and a well-regarded trial lawyer."
    Anonymous, U.S. News — Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms"

  • "Harold Kurland at Ward Greenberg is as knowledgeable and effective a mediator as there is."
    Anonymous, U.S. News — Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms"