Having aspired to be a lawyer since she was 12 years old, Victoria Watson Kurtz, Esq., serves as an associate attorney with Johnston Law, with which she specializes in all areas of employment and labor law, contract law, and general medical malpractice and complex personal injury practice. Since 2018, she has also worked as a yoga instructor. Prior to obtaining her current positions, she found success as the associate general counsel for Hire Quest, LLC from 2017 until 2018, a law clerk for the Steinberg Law Firm and a student research assistant for Prof. Jorge R. Roig of the Charleston School of Law from 2016 until 2017. Earlier, she was active as a clerk for the Akim Anastopoulo Law Firm and Judge Dorothy Mobley Jones through the local family court, and served as a courier for Baker Ravenel & Bender, LLP. Before embarking on her professional journey, Ms. Kurtz affiliated with Chiropractic USA in marketing and as an assistant.
In 2013, Ms. Kurtz attended the University of South Carolina, and received a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice and corrections. Subsequently, she earned a JD, with high honors, from the Charleston School of Law in 2017. Ms. Kurtz graduated magna cum laude, ranking fifth in the class. In order to remain aware of changes of the field, she affiliates herself with the South Carolina Women Law Division and the American Bar Association. Likewise, Ms. Kurtz contributed her time and services as a pro bono law student for the Charleston Animal Society.
Ms. Kurtz has been awarded on several occasions for her work in law. In addition to earning the CALI Award for Excellence, a legal research and writing fellowship from Charleston Law School and first place in the Moot Court Final Four Competition at Charleston Law School in 2015, she has also participated in National Veterans Law Moot Court Competitions through George Washington University School of Law, National Appellate Advocacy Competitions through the American Bar Association and the E. Earle Zehmer National Moot Court Competition. Ms. Kurtz was ranked the no. 1 legal advocate at the American Bar Association Regional Competition. Looking forward into the future, she aims to become a partner in her firm.
Ms. Kurtz attributes her success to mentorship. She was uniquely able to have mentorships from a family court judge. At the Charleston School of Law, she had plenty of professors that made sure her and her classmates succeeded. David Koysza, senior counsel at Boeing University, was an incredibly important mentor to her. Ms. Kurtz’s motto is to take things one day at a time.