Curtis Parvin focuses his practice on business, transportation, products liability, professional liability, environmental litigation and the defense of serious personal injury cases. He also has substantial experience handling appellate matters, including cases before the California Courts of Appeal, the California Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Curtis has considerable trial experience. His most notable victories to date include a commercial construction defect case on behalf of a Fortune 50 company where he obtained judgments and settlements for the client exceeding USD 11.2 million, and the defense of a mass products liability case which was chosen as one of the year’s Top Ten Defense Verdicts by the Daily Journal.
In October 2016, Curtis was elected to membership into the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) by the ABOTA National Board of Directors.
Curtis is AV Preeminent® certified by the Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating system. He was also selected as one of the Top Attorneys in Orange County by Orange Coast Magazine in 2010. Curtis was recognized by Super Lawyers for Business Litigation from 2007−2010 and was listed in Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition in 2008 and 2009.
US District Court for the Central, Eastern and Southern Districts of California
US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
J.D., cum laude, Pepperdine University School of Law, 1984
B.S., University of California at Irvine, 1980
California State Bar Association
Orange County Bar Association
American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA)
State Bar of California, Litigation Section: former chair, committee chair, statewide programming chair, executive committee member, officer, advisor and representative
Obtained defense verdicts in: a franchisor/franchisee dispute alleging breach of contract and fraud; a wrongful death trucking accident; a multiple plaintiff truck vs. bus accident; an independent claims adjuster errors and omissions claim; a real estate litigation matter involving a blocked view and trespass claim; a real estate broker errors and omissions claim and environmental contamination matter arising out of the sale of a gas station and mini-mart; a wrongful termination and sexual harassment case; legal malpractice cases arising out of a divorce proceeding and a probate/estate planning matter; a product liability claim involving carbon monoxide exposure; an insurance bad faith case; an assault and battery case involving multiple parties at a college track meet; and several automobile and premises liability cases, including a defense verdict in just 8 minutes in a premises liability trip and fall case.
Achieved major victories for other clients, including a USD 5,000 verdict in defense of a product liability case involving a surgical laser where the demand was USD 350,000; a successful defense of a binding arbitration insurance bad faith case; the court-ordered dismissal of a multi-party toxic tort claim obtained by obtaining the exclusion of plaintiffs’ experts from testifying at trial; and favorable verdicts in admitted liability cases where only damages were contested.
Successfully defended a master franchisor of a copy chain against claims of franchise act violations, fraud, unfair competition, and Section 17200 claims filed in California state court and obtained a sizable attorney’s fees award.
“Recent Developments: Anti-Indemnity, Graves Amendment and Owner-Operator v. Employee Issues,” Chartis Transportation Board Meeting
“Mold 101,” Bridgeport Continuing Education
“Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Construction Defects [Discovery and Litigation] but Were Afraid to Ask,” Beverly Hills Bar Association
“Fungus Among Us – A Discussion of Molds, Mildews and Fungi and Their Impact on Construction and Toxic Exposure Litigation,” State Bar of California Annual Meeting
“Minding Your Own Business – Privacy in the Workplace,” State Bar of California Annual Meeting
“Proposition 51: The Deep Pockets Initiative,” State Bar of California Annual Meeting and various other venues
“How to Deal with a Difficult Judge,” Orange County Bar Association, State Bar of California Annual Meeting
“Demystifying the Litigation Process,” Warren, McVeigh & Griffin/Risk Management Letter
“Non-Deposition Discovery,” Orange County Bar Association
“The California Fair Claims Settlement Practices Act,” various venues
“Insurance Survival in a World of Terrorism, Mass Torts and Regulation,” Professional Liability Underwriting Society
“The Cyber-Minefield: New Legal and Ethical Obligations for Inside and Outside Counsel after Qualcomm v. Broadcom,” various venues
“The Central and West Basin Litigation,” California Water Law Conference, CLE International
“Protecting Against ADA Claims,” presented to commercial and retail property owners and organizations in various venues
“Incident Report Handling: A Practical Guide,” presented to a consumer product manufacturer client
“Reengineering the Litigation Lifecycle II,” Sandpiper Partners LLC roundtable, New York and Chicago
Co-author, “Service Animals and Comfort Animals,” The Source, Institute of Real Estate Management, Orange County Chapter, October 2017
“Truck Crashes Happen – Be Ready,” Transport Topics
“Responding to the Catastrophic Trucking Accident,” Mondaq
“Demystifying the Litigation Process,” a multi-part series published in The Risk Management Letter
“The Deep Pocket Initiative: It’s Imperative Not to Ignore the New Math for Apportioning Damages in Multiple Tortfeasor Cases,” California Bar Journal
“The Effective Management of Construction Defect Cases,” Orange County Lawyer