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Paul C. Curnin

425 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017-3954
Phone:  (212) 455-2519
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Paul Curnin is Co-Chair of the Firm’s Litigation Department and a member of the Executive Committee.  He concentrates on securities and derivative matters, government and internal investigations, and corporate control litigation.  Mr. Curnin represents corporate clients, boards, board committees, and individuals.  He has handled numerous SEC enforcement proceedings and internal investigations. 

Current representations include the Board of AIG in actions brought by former CEO of AIG; the special litigation committee of a medical device maker in investigating and resolving multi-faceted derivative litigation; the former independent directors of BearingPoint in a lawsuit alleging breaches of fiduciary duty for failing to sell the company; KKR in a state law securities fraud action arising out of a bankruptcy as well as in merger litigation; the chief compliance officer of a global bank in connection with DOJ, SEC and U.S. Senate investigations; the former CFO of Porsche in connection with various securities fraud allegations; numerous analysts from a leading rating agency before the DOJ and SEC; the former CEO of Merrill Lynch in civil securities litigation; and numerous confidential investigations.

Mr. Curnin joined Simpson Thacher in 1990 and became a partner in 1995. He has been listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business since 2004 in the categories of securities litigation and government investigations, where sources have described him as “one of the finest lawyers on the planet” and “someone who is very effective and extraordinarily decent”. The Legal 500 has recognized Mr. Curnin as “an outstanding litigator with an excellent case-management ability.”  In 2012, Mr. Curnin was named a BTI Client Service All-Star by in-house counsel for outstanding client service. Mr. Curnin also has been recognized as a Litigation Star for securities and white collar crime by Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation. In 2003, he was named one of the top “45 Lawyers Under 45” in the United States by American Lawyer.

Mr. Curnin is the Chairman of the Second Circuit Committee on Admissions and Grievances and a member of the New York City Bar Committee on Financial Reporting.   Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Curnin was a trial attorney with the Federal Defenders for the Southern District of New York, and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Roger Wollman of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and the late Honorable Lloyd F. MacMahon of the Southern District of New York.

Recent publications include “Defending Subprime Claims” in Litigating Securities Class Actions (LexisNexis 2011); and “Mergers and Acquisitions” in Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts (3d ed. 2012).

Mr. Curnin received his B.A. from Dartmouth College in 1983 and his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 1987. 

The Supreme Court Considers Challenge to Key Legal Theory in Class Action Securities Litigations
Supreme Court Considers Scope of Preclusion of State Law Securities Fraud Class Action Litigation Under the Federal Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act
•  Hon. Roger Wollman, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1987-1988; Hon. Lloyd F. MacMahon, U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1988-1989.
•  Fordham University School of Law, 1987 J.D.
•  Dartmouth College, 1983 B.A.

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•  Securities/Shareholder Litigation
•  Government and Internal Investigations
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