Paul Curnin is Co-Chair of the Firm’s Litigation Department. He is a nationally recognized litigator concentrating on securities and derivative matters, government and internal investigations, and corporate control litigation. Paul routinely represents corporations, boards, special committees, and individuals.
Selected representations include:
- Valeant Pharmaceuticals in federal securities litigation;
- AIG’s Board of Directors in actions brought by the former CEO of AIG arising out of the subprime crisis and federal bailout;The Board of a major Fortune 50 company in connection with shareholder derivative demands;
- The Board of the Wounded Warrior Project in an investigation of allegations of misuse of donor funds;
- A private equity firm in connection with an investigation in Brazil;
- KKR in connection with the $2.6 billion acquisition of KFN;
- The former CFO of Porsche in connection with various securities fraud allegations;
- Former independent directors of BearingPoint in a lawsuit alleging breaches of fiduciary duty;
- The chief compliance officers of two global banks in connection with multiple federal investigations;
- The former CEO of Merrill Lynch in multiple actions and congressional testimony;
- Multiple private equity firms in SEC investigations concerning expense allocation; and
- The Special Committee of MDC Partners Inc. in an investigation by the SEC related to alleged accounting improprieties.
Paul is consistently recognized as a leader in both government investigations as well as securities litigation by Chambers USA, where sources describe him as “excellent”; “a great lawyer”; highlight his “unparalleled judgment on really difficult issues that have litigation implications”; “one of the finest lawyers on the planet”; and “someone who is very effective and extraordinarily decent.” He is also consistently recognized by The Legal 500 where sources describe him as “an outstanding litigator with an excellent case-management ability.” In addition, he is recognized as a National and New York “Litigation Star” in Securities Litigation by Benchmark Litigation, and was named a BTI Client Service All-Star by in-house counsel for outstanding client service. Earlier in his career, he was named one of the top “45 Lawyers Under 45” in the United States by The American Lawyer.
He is the Chairman of the Second Circuit Committee on Admissions and Grievances and a member of the New York City Bar Committee on Financial Reporting. Prior to joining the Firm, Paul was a trial attorney with the Federal Defenders for the Southern District of New York and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Roger Wollman of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and the late Honorable Lloyd F. MacMahon of the Southern District of New York.
Paul received his B.A. from Dartmouth College in 1983 and his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 1987. Paul joined Simpson Thacher in 1990 and became a Partner in 1995.