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Federal Practice

Graham Curtin’s lawyers have extensive experience litigating matters in the federal courts, both at the trial and appellate levels.  Many of the firm’s attorneys appear regularly in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and have argued before the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  Other federal courts where our attorneys have been admitted and appeared include the Supreme Court of the United States, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Northern and Eastern Districts of New York.

Graham Curtin has handled numerous complex litigations in the federal courts, both as lead counsel and as New Jersey counsel working with a client’s national counsel.  Among the subject areas of federal jurisdiction in which the firm has expertise are the following:

  • Patent, copyright and trademark infringement
  • Antitrust law
  • Employment law, including ERISA
  • Securities law
  • Environmental law
  • Lanham Act matters

The firm also regularly appears in a wide variety of litigations that arise under the federal court’s diversity jurisdiction or that are removed to federal court thereunder, including cases involving the following areas of the law:

  • Insurance coverage
  • Products liability
  • Professional malpractice
  • Unfair competition
  • Theft of trade secrets
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Franchise practices
  • Contract
  • Personal injury

All our federal practitioners are well-versed in the intricacies of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the Federal Rules of Evidence, the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, and the applicable local civil and appellate rules.

The firm’s federal practice group is headed by Thomas R. Curtin, who is a former trustee of the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey and a former member of the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates and of the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association.  Since 2008 Mr. Curtin has served as Chair of the Lawyers’ Advisory Committee of the United States District Court of the District of New Jersey.  In that role he has worked closely with the district’s judges on issues that impact the practice of law including rule making, standing orders and attorney discipline.


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