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Curtis is a Senior Counsel in the Energy and Infrastructure practice group. Curtis is located in the Houston office where he focuses on representing energy companies in high-stakes litigation.
Curtis began his career in New York, representing financial industry plaintiffs in claims arising out of the 2008 financial crisis. After clerking with a federal judge, Curtis moved to Houston in 2013, since which he has developed a wide range of experience representing energy and healthcare industry clients in cases ranging from commercial contract disputes to personal injury lawsuits and product liability claims.
JD, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Senior Editor - Columbia Law Review, Columbia Law School, 2010
BA, Government, University of Texas, Austin, 2007
Curtis is admitted to practice in New York and Texas state courts. Additionally, he is admitted to practice in the Southern, Northern, Eastern and Western District Courts of Texas.
- New York State Bar
- Texas State Bar
- Represented energy division of European conglomerate in response to breach of contract claim regarding sale of an allegedly defective heat exchanger.
- Represented claimant Houston-based chemical manufacturer in four-week arbitration hearing against engineering firm.Case concerned alleged construction defects in chemical processing plant. Obtained favorable award plus attorneys' fees.
- Represented plaintiff oilfield services company in breach of contract and trade secrets theft trial against former employee. Ultimately obtained complete victory at trial plus attorneys' fee award.
- Represented European fuel broker in claims brought by Texas refiner that broker's product caused damage to third-party, ship vessel owner. Successfully briefed and argued motion to dismiss based on mandatory arbitration provision.
- Represented defendant oilfield services company in breach of contract and trade secrets theft lawsuit brought byformer vendor.
- Represented defendant Houston-based employer in ERISA dispute with healthcare provider. Obtained summary judgment in U.S. district court, which was affirmed by the Fifth Circuit.
- Represented defendant power company in dispute with subcontractor regarding scope of work on construction of transformer station in Montana.
- Represented defendant foreign pipe manufacturer in Texas state court against claims by domestic oil and gas producer that defective pipe caused well failure. Jury trial lasted four weeks and resulted in complete win for client.
- Represented defendant Eagle Ford waste disposal facility in dispute with former partners. Drafted Rule 91(a) motion to dismiss and argued motion to state court judge, winning on all counts and obtaining attorney fee award for client.
- Represented opioid distributor in claims brought by Texas counties that distributor failed to monitor opioid sales.
- Represented collegiate athletic association in personal injury and wrongful death claim alleging that association concealed dangers of college football.
- "Understanding Your Efforts Clause," Texas Lawyer, March 21, 2017
- "The Scope of Choice of Law Clauses in International Arbitration," Law.com, May 12, 2017
- "Texas' Motion to Dismiss: An Overview and a Way Forward," Texas Lawyer, January 14, 2016
- "3 Ways to Attack Pleadings in Texas State Court," Law360, November 5, 2015