Paul Curnin, Co-Chair of the Firm’s Litigation Department, has significant experience in securities and derivative matters, government and internal investigations, corporate control litigation and corporate governance matters. He is consistently recognized as a leader in his field by Chambers USA, where sources describe him as “excellent”; “a great lawyer”; and highlight his “unparalleled judgment.” He is also consistently recognized by The Legal 500 and Euromoney's Benchmark Litigation, and was named a BTI Client Service All-Star by in-house counsel for outstanding client service.
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Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
BTI Client Service All-Star
The Legal 500
Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation, “Litigation Star”
American Lawyer, Top “45 Lawyers Under 45” in the United States
Fordham University School of Law, 1987 J.D.
Dartmouth College, 1983 B.A.
- 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
Paul Curnin is Co-Chair of the Firm’s Litigation Department. He concentrates on securities and derivative matters, government and internal investigations, corporate control litigation, and has handled numerous SEC enforcement proceedings. He also frequently advises clients on compliance programs and policies. Paul routinely represents corporations, financial institutions, boards, special committees, and individuals.
Paul has substantial experience in securities litigation and transaction-related disputes. Selected representations include:
- AIG’s Board of Directors in actions brought by the former CEO of AIG arising out of the subprime crisis;
- Obtained dismissal of shareholder claims challenging KKR’s $ 2.6 billion acquisition of KFN;
- The former CFO of Porsche in connection with various securities fraud allegations brought by 46 hedge funds; and
- Former independent directors of BearingPoint in a lawsuit alleging breaches of fiduciary duty for failing to sell the company.
He has extensive experience handling sensitive government inquiries and internal investigations. Selected representations include:
- The Board of the Wounded Warrior Project in a highly publicized investigation of allegations of misuse of donor funds;
- Chief compliance officer of a global bank in connection with DOJ, SEC and U.S. Senate investigations;
- L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc., a publicly traded defense contractor, in DOJ and SEC investigations concerning alleged accounting improprieties;
- A private equity firm in an SEC Investment Advisers Act investigation concerning expense allocation issues;
- A former senior officer of an international bank in a cross-border money laundering and trade sanctions investigation; and
- Special Committee of MDC Partners Inc., a publicly-traded professional services firm, in an investigation by the SEC related to alleged accounting improprieties.
Paul is consistently recognized as a leader in his field for government investigations and securities litigation by Chambers USA, where sources describe him as “excellent”; “a great lawyer”; highlight his “unparalleled judgment on really difficult issues that have litigation implications”; “one of the finest lawyers on the planet”; and “someone who is very effective and extraordinarily decent.” He is also consistently recognized by The Legal 500 where sources describe him as “an outstanding litigator with an excellent case-management ability.” In addition, he is recognized as a National and New York “Litigation Star” in Securities Litigation by Benchmark Litigation, and was named a BTI Client Service All-Star by in-house counsel for outstanding client service. Earlier in his career, he was named one of the top “45 Lawyers Under 45” in the United States by The American Lawyer.
He 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, Paul 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).
Paul received his B.A. from Dartmouth College in 1983 and his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 1987. Paul joined Simpson Thacher in 1990 and became a Partner in 1995.