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 has been recognized as a leader in his field by Chambers USA, The Legal 500 and Euromoney's Benchmark Litigation; named a BTI Client Service All-Star by in-house counsel for outstanding client service; and named by The American Lawyer as one of the top “45 Lawyers Under 45” in the United States.
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Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
BTI Client Service All-Star
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, and corporate control litigation. Paul 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 the 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.
Paul 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 him as “an outstanding litigator with an excellent case-management ability.” In 2012, he was named a BTI Client Service All-Star by in-house counsel for outstanding client service. Paul 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 The American Lawyer.
Paul 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.