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Robert J. Curtis

Managing Shareholder & President

505-389-2031 phone

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Educational and Professional Background

  • New Mexico State University (B.A., Police Science, 1980)
  • University of New Mexico (J.D., 1986)
  • District Attorney’s Clinical Law Program

Admitted to Practice

  • New Mexico Supreme Court (1986)
  • United States District Court for the District of New Mexico
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit; U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Activities and Honors

International Association of Defense Council; Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel; Charter Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America; Member of the New Mexico Rules of Evidence Committee; Listed in Best’s Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys; Defense Research Institute; State Bar of New Mexico; New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association; New Mexico Medical Review Commission; American Bar Association.

2000-2017 – Martindale Hubbel Preeminent Rating
2007-2017 – Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
2007-2017Super Lawyers
2008-2017Best Lawyers in America 
2017 – Best Lawyers Lawyer of year for Medical Malpractice Defense
2017 – Best Lawyers Lawyer of year for Products Liability Defense

Experience

Since 2000, Mr. Curtis has maintained an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell in his area of expertise: medical malpractice defense litigation. He is the firm’s leading partner in the defense of hospitals and health care providers in medical malpractice actions.

Mr. Curtis also defends drug manufacturers and medical product manufacturers in multi-state products liability litigation. Product liability clients include: The Bayer Corporation; Goldline Laboratories; Eon Laboratories; United States Surgical Corp; and American Medical Systems. Mr. Curtis was qualified in New Mexico State District Courts as an expert witness in accident reconstruction prior to attending law school. He currently represents Mack Trucks Inc.; Volvo Trucks Inc. and Freightliner Trucks Inc. in products liability litigation. He also represents Southwest Airlines and Tyco International for claims filed in the State of New Mexico.

In the past, Mr. Curtis has represented the University of New Mexico Hospital; Lovelace Health Services; St. Joseph Hospital; St. Joseph West Mesa Hospital; Northern New Mexico Rehabilitation Center; St. Vincent’s Hospital; Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services; FHP Hospitals, and the Care Unit Hospital. He has represented San Juan Regional Medical Center and Taos Holy Cross Hospital for over 20 years. Mr. Curtis has served as back up counsel for Presbyterian Southwest Community Health Services. Mr. Curtis has also represented qualified healthcare providers under the New Mexico Medical Malpractice Act before the New Mexico Medical Review Commission and in litigation.

Reported Cases

  • Allred by Allred v. Board of Regents of the University of New Mexico, NMApp, 943 P2d 579, 123 NM 545, 1997-NMCA-070, cert den 942 P2nd 189, 123 NM 446. — App and E 961; Pretrial Proc 44.1, 46, 221, 309.
  • Parker v. St. Vincent Hosp., NMApp, 919 P2nd 1104, 122 NM 39, 1996-NMCA-070.-Health 656, 665, 813, 814; Judgem 181(33); Plead 252(1); Prod Liab 5, 23.1, 46.1.
  • Gulf Ins. Co. v. Cottone, NMApp, 148 P3rd 814, 140 NM 728, 2006-NMCA-150.-App & E 197(1); Autos 200; Damag 34; Insurance 3390, 3512, 3514(1), 3517, 3523(1), 3525; Neglig 305, 484; Torts 135.
  • Amicus Brief: Louie L. Lopez, Sr., v. Las Cruces Police Department, et al., May 3, 2006. Certiorari Denied, 139 N.M. 730, 137 P.3d 670, 2006 -NMCA- 074.
  • Zia Trust Co. v. San Juan Regional Medical Center, Inc., Court of Appeals of New Mexico, Jan. 9, 2012. 2012. WL 388813 (N.M.App.)

*Martindale-Hubbell rating was derived from a lawyer poll or survey.

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