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Devarieste Curry has extensive experience counseling and representing corporate, non-profit, and individual clients in employment and commercial matters; handling complex, multi-party commercial litigation in federal and state courts; and in mediating commercial and employment disputes. During more than 30 years of handling commercial and business litigation, Ms. Curry appeared in federal courts in the District of Columbia, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky Maryland, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, and in the District of Columbia local courts and state courts in Alabama, Georgia, and Kentucky. As a litigator, she handled all aspects of litigation and achieved success for her clients in all aspects of representation, including mediation, settlements, and trials before juries.
As General Counsel to a national non-profit membership organization for over twelve (12) years, Ms. Curry provided advice and counsel and representations on a range of issues. Her responsibilities included, among others, managing litigation and local (outside) counsel; negotiating commercial contracts; drafting a full range of corporate documents; counseling on employment and human resources issues; drafting ethical guidelines and conflict of interest policies for the governing board; counseling on intellectual property issues and on strategic partnerships; and conducting internal investigations. Ms. Curry also has counseled clients on government and legal ethics issues, and she has conducted internal investigations on employment issues for non-profit and corporate clients. She has counseled corporate officers and senior executives of Fortune 50, Fortune 100, and Fortune 500 companies.
An experienced mediator and negotiator, Ms. Curry is a nationally-certified professional mediator who has a record of, and a passion for, bringing diverse parties together; building consensus; and empowering and encouraging others to achieve maximum results. She mediates cases independently and through Resolute Systems, a national mediation company
The Curry Law Firm, PLLC, Founding and Managing Member, 09/01/16 – Present; McLeod, Watkinson & Miller, Partner, 10/06-08/31/16; The Curry Law Firm, PLLC, Sole Proprietor, 12/03 – 09/06; Curry & Wilbourn, PLLP, Founding Partner, 09/97- 11/03; Law Office of Devarieste Curry, Sole Proprietor, 04/97 – 09/97; Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., 1987 – 04/97, Partner (1993-04/97), Associate (1987-1993), Chair, Recruiting Committee (1995-1996) and member two other years. Howrey & Simon, 1985 – 1987, Associate (Member, Recruiting Committee); The Honorable Judith W. Rogers, District of Columbia Court of Appeals, 1984 – 1985
District of Columbia; the United States Supreme Court; the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; and the U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia; the District of Maryland; and the Eastern District of Michigan
Ms. Curry has served in leadership positions in the District of Columbia Bar; the American Bar Associations, and various voluntary bar associations in the District of Columbia. With the District of Columbia Bar, Ms. Curry’s leadership included serving for five years on the Board of Governors, as Vice Chair of the Legal Ethics Committee, as Chair of the Practice Management Service Committee and the Screening Committee, and as a member of at least five other committees. With the American Bar Association, among others, Ms. Curry served on the Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession.
Ms. Curry’s services to courts of the District of Columbia have included serving as a member of the Advisory Committee on Admissions and Grievances of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. She has also been a voting delegate to the Court’s Biennial Judicial Conferences for over 15 years. She has served the District of Columbia Court of Appeals by serving on the Disciplinary System Study Committee and, for several years, as a member of the Committee on Arrangements for the Annual Judicial Conference of the District of Columbia.
Ms. Curry also has served in leadership positions in a number of civic and public service organizations. Currently, she is a member of the Board of Trustees of Stillman College. She has served as a presidential appointee to the Georgetown University African American Advisory Board, a member of Georgetown University’s Board of Governors, and the National Law Alumni Board of Georgetown University Law Center. She was appointed by Mayor Vincent Gray to the District of Columbia Board of Elections and served for three years on the Board.
Ms. Curry served on the Executive Board of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated for six years and served from 2004 – 2017 as its general counsel.
An ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Ms. Curry has served in leadership positions in her local church and in the National Capital Presbytery in Washington, District of Columbia.