Douglas S. Curran
Douglas Curran is a partner and co-founder of the firm’s New York office. Doug is a strategic and aggressive litigator who tirelessly seeks to craft creative solutions to his clients’ high-stakes legal challenges. He has extensive experience representing corporations and individuals across a broad range of industries, including financial services, media and entertainment, biotechnology, energy, and telecommunications. Doug involves himself deeply in the details of his clients’ businesses, which allows him to effectively and efficiently secure highly favorable outcomes on their behalf.
Doug routinely advocates for clients in connection with federal and state court litigation and trials, arbitration and mediation proceedings, and criminal and regulatory investigations. He has a proven track record of obtaining litigation victories and highly favorable negotiated resolutions to the complex commercial disputes that businesses and individuals must face in today’s competitive marketplace.
Prior to joining Pierce Bainbridge, Doug spent nearly a decade litigating high-stakes disputes at two of the nation’s most prominent firms, Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Covington & Burling LLP. Doug earned a B.S.F.S. in International Relations from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service before graduating with honors from Duke University School of Law, where he served as Articles Editor for the Duke Law Journal. He clerked for Judge Susan H. Black on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.
In addition to his complex commercial litigation practice, Doug is also passionate about his pro bono work. He has worked with several non-profit organizations offering legal services, and has devoted significant time and resources to advocating for prisoners’ rights and representing underprivileged individuals in domestic and civil matters.
Complex Commercial Disputes
Crisis Litigation/Trial Substitution
Media and Entertainment
Start-Up and Early-Stage Companies
White Collar Criminal Defense
Internal and Regulatory Investigations
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Aggressively sued a would-be competitor on behalf of a biotechnology startup company in expedited trade-secrets and patent-ownership litigation involving cutting-edge treatments for autoimmune diseases. Successfully secured the IP rights that are at the heart of client’s business, and protected a multi-billion-dollar biopharmaceutical transaction.
Served as trial counsel for an investment fund in a complex multi-forum litigation involving client’s affirmative allegations of embezzlement, financial fraud, and breach of contract. Resulted in several multi-million-dollar judgments in client’s favor against opposing parties.
Represented a major media company in several high-profile business disputes involving contract and royalty rights relating to the worldwide distribution of audio recordings through digital media. Resulted in major litigation victories and negotiated resolutions with industry-wide implications.
Conducted complex internal investigation of major financial institution in response to several regulatory inquiries and threatened consent order. Resulted in regulator’s decision to not issue a consent order.
Conducted internal investigation of private company and affiliated non-profit entities involving allegations of embezzlement, fraud, and financial wrongdoing. Resulted in DOJ decision to not prosecute clients.
Sued distributor of luxury outdoor furnishings on behalf of international product manufacturer to resolve multi-million-dollar contract dispute. Resulted in highly favorable negotiated settlement the day before a major trial, and facilitated client’s entry into the U.S. market.
J.D., Duke University School of Law, cum laude, 2009
B.S.F.S., Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service, cum laude, 2006
Covington & Burling LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Law Clerk Hon. Susan H. Black, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
State of New York
Southern District of New York
Eastern District of New York
Northern District of New York
State of Illinois
Northern District of Illinois
Super Lawyers, Rising Star - Business Litigation, 2016-present