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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

Former Positions Held

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

BAR ADMISSIONS

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

SELECTED PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC ACTIVITIES

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.

EDUCATION

  • GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY LAW CENTER, J.D., 1984, Research Editor, American Criminal Law Review, 1983-1984; Member, National Administrative Law Moot Court Team, 1981-1982; Finalist, Georgetown University National Moot Court Competition, (1981); Associate, Appellate Litigation Clinic (Briefed and Argued Section 1983 case before United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit), 1983-1984
  • STILLMAN COLLEGE, 1971, B.A., Sociology, Magna Cum Laude, President, Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society; Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges & Universities, 1969-1971; Member, Gamma Iota Sigma Honor Society; Recipient, Citizenship Award, 1971.

SELECTED HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Who’s Who in Black Washington, Second Edition, published September 2010, Profiled as one of 16 Women of Excellence
  • Georgetown University Law Center Alumnae Award, for service to Georgetown and the legal profession, 2004
  • Women’s Bar Association of DC, Stars of the Bar recognition, 2004
  • Us Helping Us, People Into Living, Inc., for pro bono legal assistance (presented to Curry & Wilbourn, PLLP, predecessor firm), 2001
  • National Opera Association’s Excellence in Opera Award for pro bono legal assistance, 1999
  • NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., Pro Bono Equal Rights Award, 1994
  • Stillman College, Distinguished Alumni Award, 1990
  • American Bar Foundation, Elected Fellow
  • National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, Distinguished Alumni Citation of the Year, 1988

SELECTED PROFESSIONAL PUBLICATIONS, POSTS AND TESTIMONY

  • You Need More Than Ethics to Keep You Out of Trouble, posted On LinkedIn, 02/18
  • Ethics and Litigation: Ignore Professional Rules of Conduct at Your Own Peril, 5 The Commercial Law Connector, 1, Spring 2008 (National Bar Association Publication)
  • How to Use Trial Experts Effectively: The Opponent’s Expert, 15 The Practical Litigator (ALI/ABA), July 2004, at 17
  • Ethical and Practical Considerations in Client Selection, 18 The Wash. Lawyer 33, Nov. 2003
  • The Double Burden of African American Women Lawyers, The Judges’ Journal, Spring 2000, at 8, 10
  • Strategies for Women Litigators, The Practical Litigator (ALI/ABA), Mar. 1997, at 15
  • United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights, Hearing on Ending Racial Profiling in America,” written testimony submitted for hearing on Tuesday, April 17, 2012.

SELECTED PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS

  • Presentations over a number of years to the Executive Board and Regional Officers of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated on ethics and governance topics, including: Non-Profit Board Governance: Implementing Your Fiduciary Duty; Effective Risk Management Steps; Understanding the Legal Ramifications of Your Everyday Decisions; Non-Profit Board Governance: Board Duty, Confidentiality, and Conflicts of Interest
  • Speaker, Ceremony for New Admittees to U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, What It Means to be a Member of This Bar, Judge Robert L. Wilkins Presiding, 12/05/11
  • Panelist, National Pan-Hellenic Conference 80th Convention, Protecting Your Brand: An Intellectual Property Primer, 05/14/10
  • Speaker, GE — Delta Sigma Theta Leadership Conference, Preparing for Success: Make Ethics Your Constant Companion, 11/15/12 (via Webinar), 10/16/10, 10/24/09, and 10/11/08
  • Lecturer, ALI-ABA, Will You Take my Case?: The Ethics and Practice of Client Selection, 11/20/08 and 10/07
  • Speaker, Investiture of Magistrate Judge (Now Associate Judge) Alfred Irving, Jr., Superior Court, District of Columbia, “Such as Every Man is Inwardly, So He Judges Outwardly,” 09/07/07
  • Speaker, Unveiling of Portrait of the Honorable Judith W. Rogers, District of Columbia Court of Appeals, A Confirmation of Sound Values, 05/07
  • Lecturer, DC Bar Winter Continuing Legal Education Training, How to Use Trial Experts Effectively, 12/05, 12/04 and 12/03
  • Speaker, Arizona University School of Law, Investiture of Professor Myles V. Lynk, Ethics: It’s a Matter of Morals, 02/25/02