- Accountants' & Attorneys' Liability
- Class Action Defense
- Consumer Financial Services
- Financial Services Litigation
- Complex Business Litigation
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Retirement Products & Services
|Contact Info||Telephone: 404.853.8314|
|University ||University of Miami, A.B., magna cum laude Phi Beta Kappa|
|Law School||University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D., magna cum laude Lead Notes Editor, Notre Dame Law Review|
Executive Committee Member and Founding Member, State Bar of Georgia Professional Liability Section
Member, Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
Member, Litigation Section, Torts Trial and Insurance Practice Section and Forum on Franchising, American Bar Association
Member, International Association of Defense Counsel
Member, Insurance and Reinsurance Committee, International Association of Defense Counsel
Member, D.R.I. Professional Liability Steering Committee
Member, Atlanta Bar Association
Member, Federalist Society Atlanta Lawyers Division
Member, Board of Directors, Boy Scouts of America Atlanta Area Council
|Born||Milton, Florida, March 4, 1966|
Tom Curvin defends property and casualty, life and health insurers in class action, coverage, and extra-contractual litigation in state and federal courts across the country. In recent years, Tom has defended insurance class actions involving homeowners insurance, premiums, claims practices, and coverage questions, commercial general liability coverages, automobile claims handling and coverage questions, medical payments coverages, catastrophe claims, and reinsurance, among other topics. In that capacity, Tom also has served as national coordinating counsel in mass tort litigation implicating various property and casualty insurance products. Outside the class action area, Tom represents insurers in bad faith and coverage litigation and counseling.
Tom defends national and regional law firms in professional liability matters arising out of corporate transactions, franchising, securities, trusts and estate planning, and litigation, among other practice areas. These matters range from defending against claims of professional negligence to claims of aiding and abetting alleged Ponzi schemes.
For more than 15 years, Tom also has advised automobile manufacturers on state regulatory and licensing issues and regularly defended them in federal and state court litigation, arbitrations, and administrative proceedings involving disputes with dealers, suppliers and customers. Tom's experience includes litigation stemming from add-point and relocation challenges, buy-sells, dealer candidate turn-downs, sales performance and fraud-based terminations, and reverse discrimination claims.
Sutherland wins dismissal of putative nationwide class action for major homeowners insurer.
Sutherland secures dismissal of class claims of negligence and fraud against major international law firm.
Sutherland wins summary judgment in lost profits damages case brought by would-be dealer.
Awards and Rankings
Recognized by Chambers USA: Guide to Leading Business Lawyers in the area of litigation: general commercial (2010-2014)
Selected for inclusion in Georgia Super Lawyers (2008-2009, 2011-2014)
Named to The Best Lawyers in America in the area of legal malpractice law - defendants (2010-2014) and insurance law (2014)
Documents by this lawyer on Martindale.com
Idaho Unclaimed Property Rule: Insurers Must Confirm Whether Insureds Have Died
Thomas W. Curvin,Ellen M. Dunn,Phillip E. Stano,Steuart H. Thomsen,Mary Jane Wilson-Bilik, July 8, 2014
In a recently issued notice of rulemaking, the Idaho State Treasurer’s Office has proposed a temporary rule that, if permanently adopted, would alter two key definitional provisions in the state’s unclaimed property laws relating to life insurance policies and annuity contracts. The...
First Circuit: Proof of Death Prerequisite to Payment of Life Benefits
Thomas W. Curvin,Ellen M. Dunn,Phillip E. Stano,Steuart H. Thomsen,Mary Jane Wilson-Bilik, June 6, 2014
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has confirmed that proof of death is a reasonable requirement for payment under a life insurance policy, and is a prerequisite to monies becoming “payable” under unclaimed property laws governing such policies. On May 27, a three-judge...
No SLUSA Protection Absent Material Connection With Sale/Purchase of Covered Security
Thomas M. Byrne,Nicholas T. Christakos,Thomas W. Curvin,Ellen M. Dunn,Matt Gatewood, March 10, 2014
In Chadbourne & Parke LLP v. Troice, the U.S. Supreme Court held on February 26, 2014, that the victims of Allen Stanford’s multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme can proceed with their claims against law firms, insurance brokers, and a financial services company that allegedly helped...
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