Clare Kurdys

Associate Attorney

Attorney Clare Kurdys

When democratic rules are ignored and there is no law capable of providing shelter, the people who suffer most are those who can least afford to lose. Creating an infrastructure of laws, rights, enforcement, and adjudication… can spell the difference between vulnerability and security, desperation and dignity for hundreds of millions of our fellow human beings.

“Making the Law Work for Everyone”
Madeleine Albright & Hernando de Soto

When you are looking for a lawyer, chances are you are facing one of the worst or most difficult experiences in your life. Unfortunately, the legal system is not always designed, or practiced, in a way that works for everyone. Most lawyers will tell you that they know how the system works, that they will play the game to win—but that’s not what you need. You need someone in your corner who understands that their job is to make the system work for you and your best interests. Clare’s approach to the practice is making the legal system accessible so you can pursue your claims and rights to the fullest extent possible.

Clare chose to start her legal career with Zaytoun Ballew & Taylor to learn from the best civil litigators in North Carolina, lawyers who care about solving complex problems and protecting their clients. Although her practice is just beginning, she has already begun working on cases involving personal injury, medical malpractice, civil rights and police misconduct, the NC Public Records Act, business and personal tort actions, and multi-party litigation. She has already successfully argued major motions in front of Superior Court judges across the state and prepared briefs for the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Courts.  

As a Double Tar Heel, Clare obtained her B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2012, and then received her J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 2020.  During her time at UNC, Clare was an active member of the UNC Domestic and Sexual Violence Clinic, protecting victims and children, and served on the UNC Professional and Graduate Student Honor Court, where she represented students and made sure UNC continued to produce the best doctors, dentists, lawyers, and professionals in the country. She passed the North Carolina State Bar and the Multi-State Bar examination shortly after finishing law school and became licensed to practice in 2021.

Before attending law school, Clare worked with some of North Carolina’s top state officials in the NC Democratic Senate Caucus. With the caucus, she traveled from county to county, learning about the unique cultural and economic landscape of North Carolina, and the need for advocacy not just in Raleigh, but across the State. She may not have been in your backyard, but Clare understands that all North Carolinians face problems and need support.   

Clare feels most at home standing beside her clients in a courtroom, but she has fostered a wide range of legal skills beyond civil litigation. Clare served as a Summer Clerk at the North Carolina Court of Appeals under the Honorable Judge Allegra Collins and assisted as an intern at the North Carolina Department of Justice, Tort Claims Division. She spent her final year of law school studying copyright and corporate law with Fortune 500 tech company, Red Hat, Inc., working with the Open-Source Legal Team and Assistant General Counsel, creating industry wide policy initiatives and legal training materials for Red Hat’s 3000+ employees.  A lawyer can never have too many tools in their toolbox, and Clare is ready to utilize each one to serve you.

Beyond her legal practice, Clare lives in the Triangle with her husband, Brian, and local rescue dog, Clementine. The three of them love visiting both local state parks and the WNC mountains for hiking and finding the best places for street food wherever they go. Clare is also an avid gamer, creative writer, and amateur home chef.

Bar Admissions

North Carolina State Bar, 2021

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, 2022

Education

Juris Doctor, University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, 2020

B.A., Political Science, The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2012