Tom Curvin defends property and casualty, life and health insurers in class action, coverage, and extra-contractual litigation in state and federal courts across the country. In recent years, Tom has defended insurance class actions involving homeowners insurance, premiums, claims practices, and coverage questions, commercial general liability coverages, automobile claims handling and coverage questions, medical payments coverages, catastrophe claims, and reinsurance, among other topics. In that capacity, Tom also has served as national coordinating counsel in mass tort litigation implicating various property and casualty insurance products. Outside the class action area, Tom represents insurers in bad faith and coverage litigation and counseling.
Tom defends national and regional law firms in professional liability matters arising out of corporate transactions, franchising, securities, trusts and estate planning, and litigation, among other practice areas. These matters range from defending against claims of professional negligence to claims of aiding and abetting alleged Ponzi schemes.
For more than 15 years, Tom also has advised automobile manufacturers on state regulatory and licensing issues and regularly defended them in federal and state court litigation, arbitrations, and administrative proceedings involving disputes with dealers, suppliers and customers. Tom’s experience includes litigation stemming from add-point and relocation challenges, buy-sells, dealer candidate turn-downs, sales performance and fraud-based terminations, and reverse discrimination claims.
Sutherland wins dismissal of putative nationwide class action for major homeowners insurer.
Sutherland successfully defended a major homeowners insurer in a putative nationwide class action brought by homeowners alleging that property damage to their homes and personal property allegedly caused by defective Chinese manufactured drywall was covered under their homeowners insurance policies.
Sutherland secures dismissal of class claims of negligence and fraud against major international law firm.
Sutherland defended a major international law firm in civil litigation brought by a putative class of investors and a receiver for the now-defunct firm alleging that the firm aided and abetted a Ponzi scheme involving sales of over $60 million in business opportunities.
Sutherland wins summary judgment in lost profits damages case brought by would-be dealer.
Sutherland successfully defended an automobile manufacturer in federal court against claims by a would-be purchaser of a Suzuki dealership, who sued for millions in lost profits damages after Suzuki turned down the proposed transaction.
Awards and Rankings
Recognized by Chambers USA: Guide to Leading Business Lawyers in the area of litigation: general commercial (2010-2013)
Selected for inclusion in Georgia Super Lawyers® (2008-2009, 2011-2013)
Named to The Best Lawyers in America in the area of legal malpractice law – defendants (2010-2014) and insurance law (2014)
Executive Committee Member and Founding Member, State Bar of Georgia Professional Liability Section
Member, Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
Member, Litigation Section, Torts Trial and Insurance Practice Section and Forum on Franchising, American Bar Association
Member, International Association of Defense Counsel
Member, Insurance and Reinsurance Committee, International Association of Defense Counsel
Member, D.R.I. Professional Liability Steering Committee
Member, Atlanta Bar Association
Member, Federalist Society Atlanta Lawyers Division
Member, Board of Directors, Boy Scouts of America Atlanta Area Council