Christopher M. Curran | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Christopher Curran
Christopher Curran

Christopher M. Curran

Partner, Washington, DC

T +1 202 626 3643 / +1 202 626 3600


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“Sources describe Christopher Curran as ‘a formidable adversary’ and [an] ‘extremely impressive’ trial lawyer.”

Chambers USA 2014


Christopher M. Curran is a trial and appellate lawyer based in the Firm’s Washington office. He has consistently been recognized as a leading litigator for his work representing domestic and multinational clients in complex civil and criminal litigation. In addition to his representations of corporations and business executives, he has represented many foreign sovereigns in U.S. court proceedings.

Mr. Curran has won high-stakes verdicts and judgments in jury and bench trials across the country, and has argued appeals in the District of Columbia, Second, Third, Fourth, Ninth, Eleventh, and Federal Circuits, as well as in the United States Supreme Court. A significant part of his practice focuses on issues of international law and federal government regulation of business, particularly in the field of antitrust. Many of the cases he handles are class actions, often consolidated in Multi-District Litigation (MDL) proceedings. Frequently, Mr. Curran serves as global coordinating counsel to ensure a consistent defense in various tribunals around the world.

In addition to handling trial and appellate litigation, Mr. Curran represents clients in connection with government investigations before government regulatory bodies, including the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Department of Commerce, the Department of the Treasury, the Department of Defense, the International Trade Commission, Congressional committees, and State Attorneys General.

Mr. Curran has extensive experience in the anti-bribery provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. He has advised clients on the propriety of proposed conduct and on responding to questionable conduct by employees, has conducted internal investigations, and has helped companies to establish compliance practices and programs.

Mr. Curran served three three-year terms on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit’s Advisory Committee on Admissions and Grievances, serving as its Chairman for much of that time.

In 2014, Mr. Curran was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers – an honor extended by invitation to only the most experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy, and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility, and collegiality.

Bars and Courts

  • New York State Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • US Supreme Court
  • US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • US District Court for the District of Columbia
  • US District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • US District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • US District Court for the Western District of New York
  • US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • US District Court for the District of Maryland
  • US Court of Federal Claims


  • JD, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Associate Editor, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, 1985
  • BA with distinction, University of Virginia, Echols Scholar, Lawn Resident, 1982


  • English


Among the significant publicly reported matters on which Mr. Curran has served as lead counsel are:

Successful defense of multi-billion-dollar "opt-out" price-fixing antitrust case in electronics industry, winning defense verdict after seven-week jury trial in Northern District of California.

Successful defense of multi-billion-dollar class-action price-fixing antitrust case in electronics industry; prevailed after six-week federal jury trial in Northern District of California, with client owing no damages.

Successful defense of a major antitrust action brought by US Federal Trade Commission against pharmaceutical manufacturers relating to settlement of patent litigation. After 40-day trial, won defense verdict. Successfully briefed and argued Eleventh Circuit appeal upholding trial verdict.

Successful defense of various Asian rubber-thread manufacturers against allegations of price-fixing in violation of US antitrust laws. Defeated $100 million civil class action, winning jury verdict. Argued and won affirmance of verdict in Fourth Circuit, setting important precedent on extraterritoriality of US antitrust laws.

Successful defense of major Norwegian shipping company against Federal criminal antitrust charges; prevailed after bench trial.

Successful defense of paper manufacturer in civil antitrust action brought by US Department of Justice. In two-week trial, successfully refuted allegations of territorial allocation among competitors.

Successful defense of federal criminal action against individual charged with obstruction of justice; won jury acquittals on both substantive counts.

Successful defense of major Saudi bank alleged to have financially supported terrorism. Won pre-trial dismissal of $1 billion claim in Southern District of New York. Argued and won appeal in Second Circuit.

Successful defense of major New York bank in private US federal civil action and in federal government and regulatory investigation related to misappropriated funds. Won civil action on merits, including award of $1.74 million in attorneys' fees, and obtained dismissal of regulatory investigation.

Successful defense of Central Bank of Jordan in federal action brought by foreign banker. Prevailed on pre-discovery motion to dismiss. Also lead counsel on appeal in DC Circuit affirming dismissal.

Successful defense of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in federal action brought by Iraqi national alleging wrongful seizure of bank; prevailed in district court and in DC Circuit.

Successful defense of Libyan Government in multi-billion-dollar US litigation; negotiated historic US-Libya bilateral agreement resolving such litigation.

Successful defense of private civil action against importers of foreign-made steel products alleged to have violated US antitrust and trade laws. Successfully removed case from state court to federal court on pre-emption grounds, successfully defeated motions for TRO and for preliminary injunction, and won pre-trial dismissal of case.

Successful defense of Republic of Costa Rica in $352 million federal antitrust action brought by cellular telephone company. Prevailed on motion to dismiss after limited discovery.

Successful defense of Republic of Kazakhstan in federal action arising from international commercial transaction. Retained after default judgment was entered and was being enforced; prevailed by having default judgment vacated, enforcement enjoined, and claim dismissed.

Successful representation of Government of Vietnam in US federal action to determine current ownership of US assets that had been frozen upon the 1975 fall of Saigon. Won $3 million dollar judgment.

Successful defense of private-equity firm in NY State Attorney General criminal investigation.

Numerous representations of corporations and executives in US and foreign cartel investigations.

Awards & Recognition

Litigation Trailblazer & Pioneer, National Law Journal, 2015

Trial Ace, Law 360, 2015

Benchmark Litigation Star – District of Columbia, Benchmark Litigation, 2015, 2014, 2013

Benchmark Litigation Star – United States, Antitrust, Benchmark Litigation, 2015

Washington DC Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2015

Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 2015


Inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers, 2014

Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America, Lawdragon, 2014


Competition MVP, Law 360, 2013

Litigator of the Week, The American Lawyer, 2013

Lawyer of the Year, Global Competition Review, 2013


Visionary of the DC Bar, The Legal Times, 2009