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Deborah R. Gross

Deborah R. Gross

Of Counsel



Before becoming Of Counsel to KC&R in October of 2015, Deborah R. Gross, Esq. was a member of the Law Offices of Bernard M. Gross, P.C. She concentrates her practice on plaintiffs’ securities fraud, antitrust and consumer class actions litigated throughout the country, and also has arbitrated a number of cases on behalf of investors who have disputes with their brokers.

In early 2018, Deborah completed her service as Chancellor of the 12,000 member Philadelphia Bar Association, which, founded in 1802, is the oldest association of lawyers in the United States.

Deborah was President of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation for 2013 and 2014, including during the Foundation’s 50th Anniversary celebration. The Foundation’s mission is to promote access to justice for all people in the community, particularly those struggling with poverty, abuse and discrimination. The Foundation provides funding to over 30 grantee organizations. She is responsible for the establishment of the Cy Pres Committee of the Foundation which requests courts to award the residual moneys from class action lawsuits. She was previously the Vice President of the Foundation, Chair of its Cy Press Committee and co-chair of two Andrew Hamilton Benefits. She has been a trustee of the Foundation for ten years participating in the Grants Committee, the Finance Committee and the Development Committee.

She is the proud mother of three adult children, Adam, Emily and Zachary, and her husband Stuart Kurtz is an attorney and co-founder of his own law firm in Wayne, Pennsylvania.

Representative Cases

  • Plaintiffs alleged that defendants, through a series of accounting and actuarial manipulation, caused Aetna to falsify its publicly filed financial statement by reporting materially understated medical expenses and artificially inflated operating earnings. A settlement was achieved on behalf of the class for $82.5 million

  • Case involved defendants’ false and misleading statements and omissions of material facts concerning the proposed merger between Hexion and Huntsman. A settlement was achieved for $18 million

  • Plaintiffs alleged that company's Registration Statement and Prospectus failed to disclose the serious risks posed by the continuing decline in lead participation at AMF Bowling Centers and the risk that AMF reported financial results were not false and misleading. The matter settled in Plaintiffs' favor for an eight-figure sum

  • Defendants knew but did not disclose the material information concerning excess inventory of Motorola cell phones held by Motorola’s domestic customers. The case was settled for $25 million


  • ​University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School, B.S. 1982
  • Boston University School of Law, J.D. 1985

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • Massachusetts

Court Admissions

  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court of Massachusetts
  • United States District Court of Colorado
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

Honors & Activities:

  • Third Circuit Judicial Council Bench Bar Relations Committee
  • Historical Society of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Brandeis Law Society
  • Temple Inn of Courts
  • Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Lawyers Club of Philadelphia
  • Temple Adath Israel