Douglas Curtis


Curtis, Douglas

Doug Curtis is an experienced trial attorney who has led clients to successful outcomes in jury trials, bench trials and arbitrations. His clients have included leading telecommunications, hardware and software, financial services and manufacturing entities in commercial disputes in both federal and state courts in New York and elsewhere.

A skilled litigator with international experience, Mr. Curtis has handled a wide variety of civil and criminal cases, including matters involving commercial disputes, financial fraud, intellectual property, trade secrets, press freedoms, privacy, fair trade practices, corporate espionage and anti-corruption laws. Mr. Curtis also has substantial experience in the area of corporate governance and compliance in a global context.

Mr. Curtis has an active practice handling complex litigation matters, many of which have gone to trial in both federal and state courts in New York and elsewhere.

Mr. Curtis joined the firm after more than five years as a senior legal executive at Reuters, the world's largest international multimedia news agency. At Reuters, he had responsibility for litigation, ethics and corporate compliance and oversaw internal investigations around the world. Before being promoted to Executive Vice President, Mr. Curtis served as Deputy General Counsel and Head of Litigation for the Americas and then as General Counsel for Continental Europe, the Middle East and Africa.  

Honors & Awards

  • Selected for inclusion in Metro Edition magazine as a "New York Super Lawyer" from 2011-2015.

Publications & News


April 17, 2015

WilmerHale Honored by New York’s City Bar Justice Center

On April 1, a group of lawyers from the firm’s New York office attended the City Bar Justice Center’s 10th annual gala, where WilmerHale and IBM were honored for their leadership and dedication to public service.

January 13, 2014

Fiduciary Duty Claims Against Construction and Design Professionals

An article by Brent Gurney, Doug Curtis and Rachel Murphy, published in the January 13, 2014 edition of New York Law Journal.

July 19, 2013

WilmerHale Hosts Pro Bono Client, Elevator Repair Service, in New York Office

WilmerHale hosted an exclusive sneak preview of Arguendo, the latest work in progress by the award-winning Elevator Repair Service, in its New York office on July 16. Arguendo is a lively performance of the oral argument delivered in the 1991 First Amendment case Barnes v. Glen Theatre.

May 2, 2012

Guidance on "Developing an OCI Game Plan" Offered by WilmerHale Partners in the New York Law Journal

April 23, 2012

Developing an OCI Game Plan: Taking Ownership of Your Career from the Start

An article by Douglas Curtis and Jay Holtmeier, published in the April 23, 2012 edition of New York Law Journal.

February 17, 2012

George Mykulak Named Fellow of Litigation Counsel of America

April 5, 2010

WilmerHale Named to The National Law Journal’s 2010 Appellate Hot List

March 14, 2008

Guantanamo Claims Before EU Court of Human Rights

Prisoners describe abuse and inhuman and degrading treatment at Guantanamo in claims before European Court of Human Rights

January 24, 2007

WilmerHale Wins Unanimous Verdict in New York Supreme Court for Loral Space and Communications

Recent Highlights

  • Representation of investment bank in lawsuit asserting fraud in connection with the bankruptcy of a subprime loan originator
  • Representation of satellite company in successful trial (jury verdict) and appeal of judgment in connection with $50 million commercial dispute
  • Representation of software company in ongoing earn-out dispute
  • Representation of company licensing certain intellectual property rights in connection with royalty dispute 
  • Internal investigations of financial institutions and others in connection with alleged financial and accounting irregularities
  • Representation of mutual fund companies in connection with market timing investigations conducted by the SEC and state enforcement agencies 
  • Representation of leading telecommunications provider as trial counsel in successful litigation (jury verdict) with a competitive local exchange carrier
  • Representation of a national standardized testing organization in successful litigation in the Eastern District of New York over the theft and unauthorized redistribution of secure test forms
  • Representation of Project Billboard, a non-partisan public benefit organization engaged in an issues campaign in the period preceding the November 2004 elections, in litigation in the Southern District of New York over the Project's right to disseminate a non-partisan message via privately-held billboards
  • Representation of an investment management company in federal litigation in the District of New Jersey over the appropriateness of selling mutual fund "B shares"

Professional Activities

Mr. Curtis is currently chairman of the Board of Directors of the Elevator Repair Theater Company, vice chairman of the Board of Directors of The Legal Aid Society, and vice chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Center for Law and Economic Justice. Mr. Curtis also serves on the New York Committee of Human Rights Watch.

Mr. Curtis is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Additionally, he is a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA), an invitation only trial lawyer honorary society.

Mr. Curtis served as an Adjunct Professor at the Washington College of Law at American University from 1996 to 1997, teaching a course on "Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility."


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JD, magna cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1988, Treasurer, Harvard Law Review, Sears Prize

Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po), 1985, Rotary Foundation Scholar

AB, magna cum laude, Harvard University, 1984

Bar Admissions

New York

District of Columbia




The Hon. Patricia M. Wald, US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 1988 - 1989