Kurt Strovink’s broad experience in insurance, technology, and the automotive industry affords him unique insight into the multitude of challenges facing individuals and businesses today.
Kurt attended Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. His academic success at Arizona State generated interest from top law schools across the nation and ultimately led him to accept a merit scholarship at the William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, a school counting more than one hundred current members of the judiciary and U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger among its illustrious alumni.
During law school, Kurt won top honors for his appellate brief in the Rosalie Wahl Moot Court Competition and served as research assistant for Professor Ken Port overseeing the landmark Mitchell Study on Trademark Law that was featured in the Washington and Lee Law Review and has since spawned the renowned Intellectual Property Institute. Despite the rigorous demands of law school, Kurt devoted his free time to assisting those less fortunate at Twin Cities Christian Legal Aid.
As a practicing lawyer Kurt remains passionate about community service and contributes hundreds of pro bono hours per year as a member of the Institutional Review Board (Medical Research Evaluation Committee) for the Franciscan Health System. As a member of the Board, he reviews clinical trials of medical devices and pharmaceuticals conducted within the health system. The committee is responsible for evaluating whether the proposed studies will benefit the health and safety of the research subjects, overseeing the work of the investigator, and reporting major discrepancies to the FDA.
When not practicing law, Kurt enjoys spending time with his family, dog training, hiking in the Olympic Mountains, and the occasional game of golf.
Washington State Independent Auto Dealer Association, Keynote Speaker
Frequent speaker on the state of legal compliance within the automotive industry, new federal regulations affecting dealerships, and common pitfalls to avoid.
William Mitchell College of Law, Doctor of Jurisprudence
Rosalie Wahl Moot Court – Distinction for legal writing
Twin Cities Christian Legal Aid
Chief research assistant to Professor Ken Port in the field of Intellectual Property
Arizona State University, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
Summa Cum Laude
Washington State Bar
Federal 9th Circuit Bar
WSBA Business Section
WSBA Creditor Debtor Rights Section
WSBA Labor and Employment Law Section
Vice President, Ries Management
As Vice President of Ries Management, Kurt led a team of consultants tasked with assisting automobile dealers navigate the maze of finance and insurance. A large portion of his work involved evaluating the stability, profitability, and legality of insurance products and sales procedures. Through numerous dealings with the leading names in the F&I industry, Kurt developed a masterful understanding of reinsurance programs that he put to use helping clients maximize revenue in producer owned reinsurance companies (PORC) and non-controlled foreign corporations (NCFC).
Team Leader, Nortel Networks
At a mere 19 years of age Kurt was selected to oversee a project of national proportions – the installation of fiber optic network rings forming the backbone of our nation’s communications network from Los Angeles to New York City. Kurt often reminisces about the challenges he encountered as a 19 year old leading team members some 30 years his senior. His work with Nortel took him to more than 34 states in less than 2 years.
Frequent Contributions8300 Cash Reporting Rule Advertising Buy Here Pay Here Criminal Dealership Law F&I Finance and Insurance Gramm-Leach-Bliley Legal Compliance OFAC Penalties Privacy Rule Red Flags Rule Responsibility for Employees Risk-Based Pricing Safeguards Rule TILA Truth in Lending Act USA Patriot Act Used Car Rule Violations