Thursday, March 23, 2006
Justice Curry to Join Arbitration Firm
By a MetNews Staff Writer
Justice Daniel Curry of Div. Four of this district’s Court of Appeal will join the panel of the arbitration and mediation firm Alternative Resolution Centers when he retires in May, the firm said yesterday.
ARC said Curry is expected to work as a mediator, arbitrator, and private judge in California, New York and Hawaii.
“Justice Curry has enjoyed a distinguished career as a trial lawyer and general counsel to two major American companies,” Brock Gowdy, managing partner of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius’ San Francisco office said in a statement. “He served with great distinction as a trial judge and most recently as a Justice on the California Court of Appeal. This incredible breadth of experience will serve him well in assisting parties to resolve important issues in the alternative dispute resolution arena.”
Robert E. Cooper, a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, said Curry’s “background is impressive and broad, which will make him a particularly persuasive and powerful mediator. But most importantly, Dan quickly sees the practical business realities of business litigation and understands how to drive a sensible solution. Dan has an engaging manner and a good sense of humor, which will endear him to even the most antagonistic of litigants. I predict he will be very successful as a mediator.”
A commercial trial attorney and corporate counsel for nearly 30 years, Curry was appointed to the Superior Court in 1992 by then-Gov. Pete Wilson. He heard a broad range of fast-track cases in downtown Los Angeles and in Santa Monica, where he sat in the law and motion department.
He was elevated to the Court of Appeal in 1998 and authored more than 800 opinions.
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