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 honest, insightful, and had a good sense of humor when needed."
- Attorney on a Professional Malpractice Legal Dispute
"Magistrate Judge McCurine, Ret., was excellent. We would definitely use him again."
- Attorney on a Medical Malpractice Matter
"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
"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
"Judge McCurine is by far the best I have worked with. His demeanor and approach were key to getting our case settled. Our client was quite impressed and we certainly thank the hard work put forth to resolve this case"
- Attorney on a highly emotional and sensitive IP Copyright 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 had the most effective and engaging style that I had seen in a long time."
- Attorney, Los Angeles, California
"Judge McCurine was able to effectively communicate with an extremely emotional party."
- Attorney on a Maritime Law Matter
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