Judge McCurine was appointed a Federal Magistrate Judge for The Southern District of California in 2004. After more than 10 years of service, he retired from the bench where he handled all types of civil matters, including, but not limited to, class actions (involving wage & hour issues), insurance matters, allegations of fraud and unfair business practices, complex commercial matters, catastrophic injuries, medical malpractice, and patent, copyright and trademark issues.
Prior to the bench, he was a civil trial attorney representing plaintiffs and defendants for over 30 years. In both his civil practice and as a jurist, he has mediated thousands of cases. Judge McCurine is known to be a quick study, a great listener, and truly cares about people and believes that mediation can resolve any type of civil dispute; therefore, he works endlessly to get results. One attorney commented that "Judge McCurine's background of representing both sides makes him uniquely situated to serve as a mediator; he can easily see both sides of a case." Another attorney said, "He has a special ability to connect with everyone in the room and can highlight the favorable and, more importantly, the damaging aspects of a case with delicacy."
Judge McCurine enjoys the theater and cinema, biblical studies and lecturing, loves a wide variety of music and is a confirmed readaholic.
"Judge McCurine was efficient, organized, and ultimately successful. His approach is well thought out and he is quite personable. I would definitely use him again."
- Owner of a Civil Litigation Firm
"Judge McCurine is a gifted mediator. His extensive knowledge and experience as both a litigator and a judge were invaluable in helping to achieve a settlement. I will be happy to work with Judge McCurine again in the future."
- Attorney, Southern California
"Judge McCurine was hands-down the best mediator we have ever had. "
- Attorney on a Civil Rights/Discrimination case
"Judge McCurine is one of my favorites - he's smart, effective, personable and an all-around ideal mediator for all types of matters."
- Attorney on a Business Contractual case
"Judge McCurine was highly effective and personable in his role as a mediator for our matter. Although the case did not officially resolve at mediation, the matter resolved shortly thereafter based on our client's last proposed offer which was discussed during mediation and without Judge McCurine's assistance, would not have been possible. "
- Attorney on an Employment Hostile Environment case
"Judge McCurine was honest, insightful, and had a good sense of humor when needed."
- Attorney on a Professional Malpractice Legal Dispute
"As always, Judge McCurine did a magnificent job getting the two sides to an agreement. He was also instrumental in reinforcing the message I was conveying to my client."
- Attorney on a Personal Injury case
"I appreciated his hard work and patience during a very long day. His friendly insights and suggestions made a reasonable resolution of a very difficult case possible."
- Attorney on a Medical Malpractice Dispute
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