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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Valeant Pharmaceuticals in federal securities litigation
The Board of the Wounded Warrior Project in an investigation of use of donor funds
- AIG’s Board of Directors in actions brought by the former CEO of AIG arising out of the subprime crisis and federal bailout
- The Board of a major Fortune 50 company in connection with shareholder derivative demands
- L3 Technologies in investigations concerning accounting issues
- The Board of Microsoft in connection with an internal investigation
- Hain Celestial in connection with an SEC investigation into accounting issues
- A special committee of the Board of Directors of MDC Partners in connection with an SEC investigation regarding expenses and accounting
- Multiple private equity firms in SEC investigations regarding expenses
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 is a nationally-recognized litigator concentrating on securities and derivative matters, government and internal investigations, and corporate control litigation. Paul routinely represents corporations, boards, special committees, and individuals.
In addition to numerous non-public matters, recent representations include:
- The Special Committee of MDC Partners Inc. in an investigation by the SEC related to alleged accounting improprieties;
- Former independent directors of BearingPoint in a lawsuit alleging breaches of fiduciary duty;
- The Board of a Fortune 50 company in connection with shareholder derivative demands;
- The Board of the Wounded Warrior Project in an investigation of allegations of misuse of donor funds;
- A private equity firm in connection with an investigation in Brazil;
- KKR in connection with the $2.6 billion acquisition of KFN;
- AIG's Board of Directors in actions brought by the former CEO of AIG arising out of the subprime crisis and federal bailout;
- The former CFO of Porsche in connection with various securities fraud allegations;
- The former CEO of Merrill Lynch in multiple actions and congressional testimony;
- The CEO of American Home Mortgage in an SEC investigation arising from the company's collapse;
- The chief compliance officers of two global banks in connection with multiple federal investigations;
- A publicly traded defense contractor in DOJ and SEC investigations concerning alleged accounting improprieties;
- Valeant Pharmaceuticals in federal securities litigation; and
- Multiple private equity firms in SEC investigations concerning expense allocation.
Paul is consistently recognized as a leader in both government investigations as well as 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 “Kokesh v. SEC Supreme Court to Discuss Application of Statute of Limitations to SEC Disgorgement” in Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation (May 4, 2017); “Mergers and Acquisitions” in Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts (3d ed. 2012); and “Defending Subprime Claims” in Litigating Securities Class Actions (LexisNexis 2011).
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.