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John Curtin focuses his practice on medical and hospital negligence and wrongful death. “There are very few lawyers in Arizona who devote themselves exclusively to these types of cases,” says John. “But I view them as a calling. Doctors and hospitals can afford to hire experienced and talented attorneys. People whose lives have been devastated by medical negligence need to have someone on their side with the same degree of experience and skill.” John has practiced law in Arizona for more than 20 years.

In 1980, John Curtin graduated from Lawrence University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. While attending Lawrence, he received the prestigious National Merit Scholarship which requires PSAT/SAT scores in the top .5% of the nation. While in college, John worked summers in a paper mill, and maintained his interest in writing by editing the college literary magazine. Following graduation, John became a drug and alcohol counselor for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections.

“I think my training in psychology has actually served me pretty well.” John says. “A lawyer sees people in conditions of stress, bereavement, grief and emotional pain. It is important to be able to recognize and respond to this, as well as communicate it to others.”

In 1984, John was admitted to one of the top twenty law schools in the United States, the University of Wisconsin. While there, he represented the school in moot court competitions, and was chosen by his classmates to give the commencement address. He graduated with honors in 1987.

Community Involvement:
John is a member of Blessed Sacrament Church, where he has been a lector and member of the parish council. He volunteers time at Andre House and St.Vincent De Paul soup kitchens.

John grew up in a small town, Algoma, Wisconsin, where his father was an attorney in solo practice, until he was elected a judge. “While it wasn’t always easy being the county judge’s son, I was always very proud of my Dad. I admire him greatly. Even today, I think of myself as honored to practice my father’s profession.”

John is married and has two children. His wife, Victoria, is also an attorney. “We’re the only couple I know that has a home copy of the Rule of Civil Procedure,” John jokes. In his spare time, John loves to cook, camp, read and write fiction.


Practice areas


  1. Medical Malpractice: 90%
  2. Personal Injury: 10%



Contingent (33-40%)

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  • John M O'Brien

    An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible.


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  • Mick Levin

    I have worked together with John Curtin on a number of cases. Not only does John do a great job representing his clients, but he genuinely cares about them and it shows in the many successes he has had. I endorse John Curtin.


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    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Robbins & Curtin PLLC

301 E Bethany Home Rd Suite B-100
Phoenix, AZ, 85012-1259


AZActive 198706/01/2015
WIGood Standing198703/19/2015

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Reciprocal - public reprimand
    issued in WI, 2014


    This means that the attorney's misconduct in another state, or jurisdiction, also violated the rules for practicing law in Wisconsin.

  2. Probation
    issued in AZ, 2013


    Probation means an attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The State monitors the lawyer's activities for a period of time in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyers - Personal InjuryBest Lawyers in America2013
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in AmericaAmerican Trial Lawyers Association2013
Arizona Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Arizona's Top Rated AttorneysMartindale/Ameican Lawyer Media2012
Personal InjuryBest Lawyers in America2010
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2000
Top Tort ScholarWisconsin Civil Trial Counsel1987
National Merit ScholarLawrence University1976
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding shareholderRobbins & Curtin, pllc.2004 - Present
Solo practitionerLaw Offices of John M. Curtin, PC1996 - 2004
Founding shareholderFerris & Curtin, PC1993 - 1996
AssociateBilinski & Bohm1989 - 1990
AssociateBeus, Gilbert, Wake & Morrill1987 - 1989
Association namePosition nameDuration
Arizona Association for JusticePresident2010 - 2011
Arizona Association for JusticePresident-Elect2009 - 2010
Arizona Association for JusticeVice President2008 - 2009
Arizona Association for JusticeTreasurer2007 - 2008
Arizona Association for JusticeSecretary2006 - 2007
Publication nameTitleDate
Arizona AttorneyThe (Exquisitely) Civil Litigator2009
Arizona AttorneyThe Legacy of Bernie the Loser2008
Arizona AttorneyThe Apotheosis of Hard Knock Johnson2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Wisconsin, MadisonN/AJD - Juris Doctor (cum laude)1987
Lawrence UniversityPsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1980
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
SeminarMedical Malpractice Rules and Statutes2011
SeminarLien Ethics and Communication2011
SeminarRules of the Road Depositions2010
SeminarIn Search of the Medical Malpractice Crisis2008
Learn at LunchUsing Medical Research to Strengthen Your Case2008
SeminarTop 25 Lien Tips2007
SeminarResponding to ERISA claims2007
SeminarNumbers Don't Lie2006
Annual MeetingThe State of Medical Malpractice2006
SeminarCrossing the Expert2004