Attorney Profile
Curt L. Surls

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  • California, 1988


  • Loyola Law School, J.D., 1988
  • University of Iowa, B.A.


  • National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA)
  • California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA)
  • Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI)
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Current Chair of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) Labor and Employment Law Section (2015-2016)
  • Member, Fair Judicial Election Practices Committee
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation

Curt Surls has been practicing in Los Angeles, specializing in employment law, for over 30 years. Mr. Surls is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a non-profit professional association honoring lawyers whose careers have demonstrated dedication to the welfare of the community and the traditions of the profession. Mr. Surls was also named as a “Southern California Super Lawyer” in Los Angeles Magazine each year since 2007, and was listed among the “Best Lawyers in Southern California” by American Law Media/US News and World Report  for multiple years, most recently in the upcoming 2016 Edition (Tier One).

Mr. Surls received his B.A. from the University of Iowa and his J.D. from Loyola Law School (Los Angeles). Prior to opening the Law Office of Curt Surls in July 2012, he was a partner with Bornn & Surls for over 15 years.  Mr. Surls was also an attorney with the Oakland, California civil rights firm then known as Saperstein, Seligman & Mayeda, specializing in employment and civil rights class actions. Mr. Surls also worked for the State of California as counsel to the Director of the Department of Industrial Relations.

Mr. Surls started his legal career with the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, initially as a law clerk and later as a staff attorney in the East Los Angeles branch office.

Mr. Surls is on the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Labor and Employment Section and currently serves as Section Chair.  Mr. Surls was Chair of the Section’s 2012 Labor and Employment Law Symposium.  He also serves on the Fair Judicial Election Practices Committee.  Mr. Surls served as Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Disability Rights Legal Center ( from 2008 to 2010.

Mr. Surls is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association and the California Employment Lawyers Association, both organizations that emphasize the practice of employment law on behalf of plaintiffs.  He is also a member of the Disability Rights Bar Association and the Association of Workplace Investigators.

He is a regular speaker on employment law panels for, among other organizations, California Employment Lawyers Association, National Employment Lawyers Association, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Continuing Education of the Bar, Beverly Hills Bar Association, Orange County Bar Association, Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles and the South Bay Bar Association.  He has also written many articles on employment law.

Curt Surls serves clients in the Los Angeles region, including Los Angeles County, Orange County, Riverside County and San Bernardino County.