Chad Curlett, the firm's Managing Partner, is an accomplished white collar defense and trial lawyer. A leader in the federal criminal bar, Chad is a past Chair of the Criminal Law Section of the Federal Bar Association and President of the Maryland Chapter. Immediately prior to founding Levin & Curlett LLC, Chad was a partner in the litigation department at Saul Ewing LLP, serving as chair of the securities litigation practice and vice-chair of the white collar and government enforcement practice group. Chad previously served as an Assistant District Attorney in both the Trial Division and Investigation Division of the Manhattan District Attorney's Office.
Recent matters representative of Chad's practice have involved:
In late 2010, Chad served as Chair of the Greater Baltimore Committee's Ad Hoc Committee on Best Practices for the Baltimore City State's Attorney. Chad and members of the Ad Hoc Committee surveyed and evaluated the best practices of leading prosecutors' offices in the Northeast, including the Manhattan, Brooklyn and Philadelphia District Attorneys' Offices, the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia and the State's Attorneys' offices in four Maryland counties. The Ad Hoc Committee's report was presented to Baltimore City State's Attorney Gregg Bernstein as he took office in January 2011.
Chad previously served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office. His work in the Trial Division included the prosecution and trial of felony criminal cases involving narcotics and weapons offenses, assault and homicide. Appointed by then-District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau to Investigation Division Central, Chad focused on the investigation and prosecution of domestic and international financial crime involving the use of Wall Street banking institutions.
In the summer of 2004, Chad was engaged to join the Atrocities Documentation Team, a genocide investigation undertaken by the United States Department of State in eastern Chad. The team conducted field interviews of Darfurians in UNHCR refugee camps established along the border of Chad and Sudan to protect those fleeing from advancing forces. On the basis of the investigation, the Bush Administration took the public legal position that the actions of Sudan's government in Darfur, acting in concert with the Janjaweed militias, constituted genocide.
Chad began his legal career in the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, the Netherlands, where he was principally involved in the investigation and trial of a Bosnian Serb General for genocide committed in Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina in July 1995. Chad remains active in the international criminal bar and is admitted as defense counsel in several international criminal tribunals.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers Magazine||2018|
|Managing Partner||Levin & Curlett LLC||2011 - Present|
|Partner||Saul Ewing LLP||2006 - 2011|
|Assistant District Attorney||New York County District Attorney's Office||2001 - 2005|
|Law Clerk||International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia||1999 - 2001|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Federal Bar Association - Maryland Chapter||President||2018 - Present|
|New York City Bar Association||International Law Committee||2015 - Present|
|Federal Bar Association||Past Chair - Criminal Law Section||2014 - 2017|
|Leiden University, Leiden Law School||LL.M - Master of Laws||2001|
|Hague Academy of International Law||Certificate||1999|
|Brooklyn Law School||JD - Juris Doctor||1998|
|Johns Hopkins University||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1993|
|State of Maryland v. Jeffrey Bolger||Acquittal after trial.|
|James Owens v. Baltimore Police Department et al.||Order of the District Court Reversed.|
|State of Maryland v. Joseph Walker||Acquittal after trial.|
|Cantor Fitzgerald v. American Airlines||Case settled.|
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