Curtis M. Fifner joined Elk + Elk in 2021. His practice areas include medical and nursing negligence, wrongful death, trucking and car crashes, and serious personal injury claims resulting from the negligence of others.
Curtis is a third-generation attorney and the first in his family to represent injured Ohioans instead of physicians and insurance companies. Curtis graduated from Centre College of Kentucky with a bachelor’s degree in Government. He then attended Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law, where he was chosen to compete for the school’s appellate advocacy team. In his third year of law school, he was selected to coach the team as a Moot Court Associate Justice.
After graduation, Curtis spent the first fourteen years of his legal career with a plaintiff’s firm that allowed him to have primary responsibility for his cases and obtain significant first-chair trial experience at a young age. He is committed to learning and utilizing the best, most cutting-edge techniques to serve his clients, whether taking depositions or persuading jurors in trial.
Curtis continued to hone his trial skills and become a better and more effective advocate by successfully completing the three-week program at Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College in September 2016 and being a member of the Founding Class of Trial School. As a result of his immense trial experience, Curtis was invited to apply for membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) in January 2019, where he remains one of the youngest members of the Ohio chapter.
His accomplishments have been recognized by multiple organizations as he has been named a “Rising Star” or “Super Lawyer” every year since 2014 and was named “Top 10 Under 40” by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys. Curtis has also been an invited lecturer to fellow plaintiff’s attorneys and resident physicians on the topic of medical malpractice.
When Curtis is not spending time with his wife and daughters outside of his busy legal practice, he is likely on the golf course, rooting for one of his beloved Cleveland sports teams, or advocating at the Ohio General Assembly to protect the inviolate right to trial by jury guaranteed by the Ohio Constitution as a member of the Ohio Association for Justice’s Legislative Committee, which he has chaired since 2020.
David G. – May 2023
I had the privilege of being represented by Curtis Fifner in a personal injury case, and I am incredibly grateful for his exceptional expertise and dedication. Curtis’ in-depth knowledge of personal injury law, combined with his compassionate approach, made me feel confident and supported throughout the entire process. Curtis’ professionalism and commitment to my case were truly remarkable. He took the time to listen to my concerns, communicated complex legal matters effectively, and ensured I was involved in every decision. His meticulous attention to detail and relentless work ethic were evident in every aspect of my case, resulting in a favorable outcome that exceeded my expectations. Overall, I highly recommend Attorney Curtis Fifner for anyone in need of exceptional legal representation in a personal injury case. He is a truly outstanding lawyer, and I am grateful for his exceptional representation.
Colleen R. – October 2022
We’ve been dealing with Curtis for so long that now that our case is settled we’re going to miss him! He took one of the most horrific times of my life and got us through the legal process. He was extremely responsive, answered all of our questions and every time we spoke, I hung up feeling so much better. What makes Curtis great is that he really knows what he’s talking about but what makes him stand out is that he genuinely cares. Simply put, he will get the job done and you will have no worries and feel like your old friend is taking care of you. I hope to never have to use him again but would hands down recommend him to anyone.
Kelsey I. – September 2022
I would definitely recommend Curtis! He went above and beyond in helping and definitely worked in the best interest of his client.