Founding partners Kelly Curnutt and Doug Hafer brought experience from large international firms, as well as small trial boutique firms when they formed Curnutt & Hafer, L.L.P. The firm’s passion, expertise, and determination has earned them Super Lawyer designations and a prestigious AV rating, signifying the pinnacle of skill and integrity under the Martindale-Hubbell Rating System.
Our firm's mission is to treat every client's problem as if it were our own, and we focus on achieving the best bottom line results possible. To reach this goal, we have assembled a team of attorneys made up of accomplished business professionals, compassionate advocates, and experienced litigators. Our attorneys are committed to applying their skills and experience to resolving your problems through creative legal solutions. It is our goal that all of our clients will give us their highest personal recommendation.
Throughout his career, Kelly Curnutt has successfully tried a wide array of cases in state and federal courts, both in Texas and other states, including complex business disputes, oil and gas cases, and injury and death claims. Additionally, Mr. Curnutt has taken and defended hundreds of depositions, briefed and argued over one hundred motions in state and federal courts, and has argued a number of cases in the appellate courts.
For seven consecutive years, Mr. Curnutt has been selected for inclusion in “Texas Super Lawyers,” a listing of top attorneys in Texas compiled through independent polling and research and is published by Texas Monthly. This distinction is held by no more than five percent of Texas lawyers each year. Mr. Curnutt is AV rated by Martindale Hubble, the highest skill and ethics and integrity ranking available. He is also Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and is a Past President of the Arlington Bar Association.
Oil & Gas Litigation
Douglas Hafer is AV rated by Martindale Hubble, the highest skill and ethics and integrity ranking available. For seven years, he was selected for inclusion in “Texas Super Lawyers,” a listing of top attorneys in Texas compiled through independent polling and research and is published by Texas Monthly. This distinction is held by no more than five percent of Texas lawyers for the year. Mr. Hafer is also Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Throughout his career, Mr. Hafer has successfully tried cases in state and federal courts ranging from personal injury to oil and gas to complex business and employment disputes. Additionally, Mr. Hafer has taken and defended hundreds of depositions, and briefed and argued over one hundred motions in state and federal courts. Mr. Hafer also has significant appellate court experience. He has successfully represented appellants and appellees in cases argued before the federal and state appellate courts.
Oil and Gas Litigation
Mr. Barker obtained his law degree in 2019 from Texas A&M University School of Law, in Fort Worth, Texas, where he graduated cum laude. At Texas A&M Law, Mr. Barker was a Ann S. & Henry B. Paup Scholar and a Dean’s List Scholar. Mr. Barker served on the executive board of the Texas A&M Law Review as its Symposia Editor. Mr. Barker also served as a research fellow for the National Agricultural Law Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where he co-authored several articles regarding agricultural law and public policy. Mr. Barker also served as a student attorney for the Texas A&M Legal Clinic. During his time as a student attorney, Mr. Barker assisted and advised individuals and small businesses with entity selection and formation; contract drafting, and assistance with corporate transactions.
Before law school, Mr. Barker graduated cum laude from Texas Tech University with a B.A. in Science in Agricultural and Applied Economics.
Oil and Gas Litigation
Vicki Minter Hafer concentrates her practice in family law. A member of the State Bar of Texas, she is also a member of the Arlington, Tarrant County Bar and Tarrant County Family Law Bar Associations. Prior to establishing her practice with Curnutt & Hafer in 2005, Ms. Hafer worked for two years as an associate attorney for Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell, L.L.C. In 2009, she was selected for inclusion in Texas Monthly’s “Texas Super Lawyers – Rising Stars in Family Law” edition. In 2011, Ms. Hafer was selected as a “Tarrant County Top Attorney” by Fort Worth, Texas Magazine.
Ms. Hafer’s expertise in family law includes cases of adoption, divorce, grandparent access, child support, enforcement, protective orders, and custody, including custody suits affecting the parent-child relationship, modification suits and paternity suits.
For more information, visit http://www.vickihafer.com
Admitted to practice before all Texas State Courts
Admitted to practice before all Northern and Southeastern Federal District Courts of Texas
Negligence, Product Liability
Deceptive Trade/Unfair Competition
Probate and Trust Litigation
Invasion of Privacy
Public Information (State and Federal)
Breach of Fiduciary Duty
Corporate and Business Organization Disputes
Throughout his thirty-plus years’ career, Steve Kotara has successfully handled and tried a wide variety of cases in both federal and state courts, including complex business disputes, professional malpractice claims, and injury and death claims. Mr. Kotara began his legal career at one of the largest and most prestigious law firms in Dallas, and he worked for several years in Fort Worth at one of the top malpractice firms in Texas. Mr. Kotara has taken and defended hundreds of depositions and has briefed and argued over one hundred motions in state and federal court. Mr. Kotara also has significant appellate experience. In addition to handling appeals in state and federal appellate courts, Mr. Kotara was an appellate court staff attorney for over fifteen years in three Texas appellate courts.
Yvette Harper provides paralegal and administrative support to partner Doug Hafer. She also manages and oversees numerous budgetary, information technology and other administrative functions for the firm.
Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
Bachelor of Science, 1995
Major: Political Science
Southeastern Paralegal Institute (Brightwood College)
Paralegal Certificate, 1996
Deanne Schmidt provides paralegal and administrative support to partner Kelly Curnutt. She also provides oversight and service to those clients of Curnutt & Hafer who are involved in personal injury cases.
State Bar of Texas, Paralegal Division
Arlington Bar Association
Executive Secretary, 2006-2012
McMurry University, Angelo State University and
The University of Texas at Arlington