- Accountants' & Attorneys' Liability
- Class Action Defense
- Consumer Financial Services
- Financial Services Litigation
- Complex Business Litigation
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Retirement Products & Services
- Privacy & Data Security
|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, co-leader of the Litigation Practice Group, 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 (2010-2015) and insurance law (2014-2015)
Honorable C. Roger Vinson, U.S. District Court - Northern District of Florida.
Documents by this lawyer on Martindale.com
California Joins Maryland and Ohio in Addressing “Price Optimization”
Thomas W. Curvin,John S. Pruitt,Stephen E. Roth,Cynthia R. Shoss,Phillip E. Stano, February 24, 2015
The California Insurance Commissioner issued a notice on February 18, 2015 to more than 750 property and casualty insurers doing business in California, announcing that “any use of Price Optimization in the ratemaking/pricing process or in a rating plan is unfairly discriminatory in violation...
Braun v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc: Opening the Door to Class Actions?
Thomas W. Curvin,Irene A. Firippis,Patricia A. Gorham,Allegra J. Lawrence-Hardy,Phillip E. Stano, February 6, 2015
In Braun v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.,1 the Pennsylvania Supreme Court upheld a $187 million jury verdict in favor of class action plaintiffs. The rationale of the ruling raises the concern that Pennsylvania state courts may become a favored destination for forum shopping class action plaintiffs.
Insurance Industry Sweeps Retained Asset Account Doubleheader
Frederick R. Bellamy,Thomas R. Bundy,Nicholas T. Christakos,Thomas W. Curvin,Ellen M. Dunn, September 1, 2014
On August 26, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held in Vander Luitgaren v. Sun Life Ass. Co. of Canada, No. 13¿2090, 2014 WL 4197947 (1st Cir. Aug. 26, 2014), that an insurer, acting as a claims administrator, properly discharges its duties under the Employee Retirement Income...
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