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 over 1700 cases. Judge McCurine is known to be a quick study, great listener and truly cares about people and of the belief 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 able to effectively communicate with an extremely emotional party."
- Attorney on a Maritime Law Matter
"Judge McCurine was an excellent listener and was able to quickly grasp and offer resolutions to the complexities of the case. While this was a highly emotional case for my client, Judge McCurine made sure my client understood the strengths and weaknesses of the case and conveyed defendant’s position in a neutral manner, while still maintaining a sense of compassion for all parties. It was obvious from the start that Judge McCurine was committed to helping the parties reach a resolution."
- Attorney on a Business/Contractual Dispute
"Judge McCurine was honest, insightful, and had a good sense of humor when needed."
- Attorney on a Professional Malpractice Legal Dispute
"Judge McCurine was tenacious in getting us to resolution and used precisely the right tone with my clients. Outstanding job."
- Attorney on a construction breach of contract dispute
"Judge McCurine had the most effective and engaging style that I had seen in a long time."
- Attorney, Los Angeles, California
"Judge McCurine's approach is insightful and effective. I appreciate everything he did and the humanity he brought to the process. "
- Attorney on a Civil Rights case
"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 terrific and great with my client. A real people person. His assessment of the law and the facts was spot on."
- Attorney, Los Angeles County, California
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