Mr. Curtis is a shareholder practicing primarily from the Las Vegas office and joined Thorndal Armstrong in 1996. He maintains and manages a progressive statewide civil trial practice, mostly in a general liability and specialty insurance defense context, in both state and federal court. He brings 26 years of trial experience to his practice areas which include retail, gaming and other premises liability, construction defect, transportation, medical malpractice, professional errors and omissions, first party bad faith, motorsports, and personal injury defense. His representative clients include some of Nevada's largest gaming properties, retail chains, construction companies, communication providers, rental car agencies and insurers. In addition, Mr. Curtis frequently serves as both a private arbitrator and mediator, and also as a panel member of the Clark County Court-Annexed Arbitration Program, has presided over 600 hearings to date. With this experience, Mr. Curtis was recently appointed to serve as a Pro Tempore Judge assigned to the Eighth Judicial District Short Trial Program.
Mr. Curtis is frequent lecturer, author, and volunteer. In addition to multiple articles, he is the co-author of the Depositions and Discovery Chapter in the Nevada Civil Practice Manual, the author of the Construction Law Compendium published for the USLAW Network, the co-editor of Nevada Law Summary for A.M. Best Digest, and also serves as the head of the firm's Publication Committee. Mr.Curtis is proud to serve as the firm's Pro Bono coordinator, and through the Legal Aid Center of Las Vegas's Children's Attorney Project provides counsel, advice and representation to abused and neglected children. He also is dedicated to the charitable initiative of the Special Olympics 2014 USA Games. He is an active member of the Defense Research Institute, the USLAW Network, the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance, Risk and Insurance Management Society, Las Vegas Defense Lawyers, and Associated General Contractors of America. Mr. Curtis is rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell. His scores and updated peer/judge comments are available here.
Mr. Curtis is a Las Vegas native and with his family enjoys racing, fishing, mountain biking, climbing and basketball. He is very active in off-road racing and races Ford trucks in the deserts of the Southwest United States and Baja Mexico. Over the last 30 years, Mr. Curtis has raced in almost every 4 wheel desert class and as a driver and codriver has shared in multiple SCORE and BITD class championships and wins in Stock Full, Stock Mini, Pure Stock Mini, Class 3, Class 8 and Unlimited Trophy/Trick Truck, including the 2007 BITD Trick Truck Championship. In the spring of 2010, he was one of a team of three drivers of a vintage Ford Bronco to race from Mexicali to La Paz, finishing second place in the inaugural NORRA Mexican 1000, a reenactment of the 1967 Baja 1000.
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Nevada State Bar, Fee Dispute Committee||Member||N/A|
|Eighth Judicial District Short Trial Program Judge Pro Tempore Panel||Pro Tem Judge||N/A|
|Eighth Judicial District Mandatory Arbitration Program Panel||Panel Member||N/A|
|Legal Aid Center of Las Vegas||Pro Bono Attorney||N/A|
|Las Vegas Defense Lawyers||Member||N/A|
|Risk and Insurance Management Society||Member||N/A|
|Claims & Litigation Management Alliance||Member||N/A|
|Clark County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|State Bar of California||Member||N/A|
|Defense Research Institute||Member||N/A|
|American Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Associated General Contractors of America||Member||N/A|
|Ford v. Gouin, 834 P.2d 724 (Cal. 1992)||N/A|
|Sanchez v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 125 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 60, 221 P.3d 1276 (2009)||N/A|
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|Deposition & Discovery, Nevada Civil Practice Manual||Co Author||2012|
|Nevada Law Summary for A.M. Best Digest||Co Editor||2012|
|Construction Defect Section, USLAW National Compendium of Law||Author||2011|
|Loyola University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1988|
|University of California - Los Angeles||Economics/Business Double Major||BS - Bachelor of Science||1985|