Thomas W. Curvin: Lawyer with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

Thomas W. Curvin

Thomas W. Curvin

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Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Accountants' & Attorneys' Liability
  • Appellate
  • Class Action Defense
  • Consumer Financial Services
  • Automotive
  • Financial Services Litigation
  • Complex Business Litigation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Retirement Products & Services
  • Insurance
  • Cybersecurity & Privacy
Contact InfoTelephone: 404.853.8314
University University of Miami, A.B., magna cum laude Phi Beta Kappa
Law SchoolUniversity of Notre Dame Law School, J.D., magna cum laude Lead Notes Editor, Notre Dame Law Review
Admitted1992, Georgia

Professional Activities

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

BornMilton, 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.

Selected Experience

Sutherland wins dismissal of putative nationwide class action for major homeowners insurer.

Achieved favorable outcomes for stadium owners in challenges to nearly $600 million in public financing for the construction of two new professional sports stadiums in Atlanta.

Secured dismissal of a putative class action against a major property and casualty insurer alleging that interest must be paid on all claims not resolved within 60 days after report dates.

Awards and Rankings

Recognized by Chambers USA: Guide to Leading Business Lawyers in the area of litigation: general commercial (2010-2015)

Selected for inclusion in Georgia Super Lawyers (2008-2009, 2011-2015)

Recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America i n the area of legal malpractice law - defendants (2016)

Named to The Best Lawyers in America in the area of legal malpractice law - defendants (2010-2016) and insurance law (2014-2016)

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ClerkshipsHonorable C. Roger Vinson, U.S. District Court - Northern District of Florida.


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Price Optimization: 2015 Year in Review and a Look Ahead
Eric A. Arnold,Thomas W. Curvin,John S. Pruitt,Stephen E. Roth,Phillip E. Stano, January 20, 2016
2015 saw approximately one-third of U.S. states1 join the first state, Maryland, in issuing guidance to property and casualty insurers with respect to price optimization; action by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) in approving a white paper on price optimization; and...

Supreme Court Reinforces Federal Policy Favoring Arbitration and Rejects Application of Preempted State Law
Thomas R. Bundy,Thomas M. Byrne,Nicholas T. Christakos,Thomas W. Curvin,Patricia A. Gorham, December 21, 2015
Consistent with decisions over the past several years upholding the validity of mandatory arbitration provisions and class action waivers, on December 14, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court held that state courts cannot end-run and avoid application of the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) by applying state...

The Latest on Price Optimization
Eric A. Arnold,Thomas W. Curvin,John S. Pruitt,Phillip E. Stano,Mary Jane Wilson-Bilik, October 22, 2015
Nearly one-third of the U.S. states have now issued directives on the use of price optimization to determine insurance rates and, to date, most states have taken a skeptical view of the practice. Meanwhile, at the national level, a task force of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners...

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Thomas W. Curvin

999 Peachtree Street, N.E.
AtlantaGA 30309-3996


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