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Curtis is a Senior Counsel in the Energy, Infrastructure, and Environmental practice group, based in the Houston office. His practice focuses on representing owners of critical infrastructure in construction disputes and other commercial matters. Curtis has represented plaintiffs and defendants, and is comfortable doing both.
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 plaintiff hospital owner in state court lawsuit against architecture firm and project manager. Case concerned breach of standard of care with respect to design and construction of hospital flooring.
- Represented respondent chemical plant owner in arbitration brought by contractor relating to purported unpaid amounts under contract. Case involved complex scheduling and technical matters.
- Represented defendant energy services provider in tortious interference claim brought by competitor after losing bid for refinery inspection services. Case concerned extensive third-party discovery issues relating to subject refinery.
- Represented defendant European manufacturer of heat exchanger in state court lawsuit brought by general contractor. Case included product liability and breach of contract claims, purportedly assigned by owner to general contractor.
- 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 defendant pipeline operator in breach of contract action arising out of Winter Storm Uri.
- Represented Houston-area utility district in arbitration against neighboring district. Case concerned division of shared maintenance and construction costs between the two districts.
- Represented defendant pipeline operator in wrongful death action arising out of explosion.
- 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 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.
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- "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