Foley Bezek Behle & Curtis has a broad range of experience in commercial and civil litigation. FBB&C has represented small and large companies, as well as partnerships and individuals in a diverse mix of litigation matters. We represent both plaintiffs and defendants. Because the firm provides zealous and conscientious service in each of its engagements, we have achieved a prominent reputation. Robert has verdicts and settlement totaling in excess of $325 million.
The power of class actions is to bring together a group of victims, perhaps as many as 5,000,000 or more that have been damaged. Foley Bezek Behle & Curtis has represented victims of consumer overcharges, wage and hour abuses, or Ponzi schemes, to name but a few. BBC has successfully protected consumers, employees and Ponzi victims and recovered as much as $332,000,000 for a single group of consumers.
Robert A. Curtis, a partner, earned his undergraduate degree from UCLA and his J.D from Pepperdine University School of Law. Robert is admitted to the State Bar of California and is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts for the Central, Southern and Northern Districts of California, the Western District of Michigan, and before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Robert has been with the firm for 17 years and practices in the areas of class actions, complex business litigation, lender liability and Internet/e-commerce litigation. He, in conjunction with other partners at the firm, has litigated cases which have resulted in over $325 million in settlements and verdicts against some of the biggest companies in the country. Among his settlements are multi-million dollar successes against East West Bank, AT&T Wireless, Verizon Wireless, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, T-Mobile, Citibank and Bank of the West. In 2011, Robert was awarded the rating of “AV – Preeminent” from Martindale-Hubble. The “AV – Preeminent” rating is a nationally-recognized acknowledgment of Robert’s accomplishments and skills as an attorney and is the highest rating offered by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. Robert has also been recognized as a “Rising Star” in the 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 editions of the Super Lawyers publication. Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars are selected based on peer recognition and professional achievement and according to Law & Politics Magazine, only approximately 2.5 percent of the best up-and-coming attorneys in Southern California are selected for inclusion on the “Rising Stars” list. In 2014, Robert was lead trial counsel for the plaintiff and obtained a $38.9 million jury verdict in a 7-week lender liability trial in Los Angeles Superior Court against East West Bank. The East West Bank verdict was the 12th largest verdict in California and the 54th largest verdict in the entire United States for 2014. Also in 2014, Robert won a 4-week trial in Santa Barbara Superior Court and obtained a complete defense verdict in a case where FBBC’s client was sued for damages allegedly exceeding $2.5 million for breach of fiduciary duty and alleged financial fraud. Robert is an active member in the Santa Barbara County Bar Association and sits on the Alumni Advisory Board for the Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology Law at Pepperdine University School of Law. Robert has previously been a Mock Trial Coach for Santa Barbara High School’s Mock Trial Team and has previously served on the Board of Directors for the Santa Barbara Country Bar Foundation and Santa Barbara County Lawyer Referral Service.
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