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.
"Magistrate Judge McCurine, Ret., was excellent. We would definitely use him again."
- Attorney on a Medical Malpractice Matter
"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
"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
"Good at coming up with creative solutions."
- Attorney on a HOA Dispute
"Judge McCurine was able to effectively communicate with an extremely emotional party."
- Attorney on a Maritime Law Matter
"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 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 has a different approach to mediation that, while unorthodox, was very effective in the subject action."
- Attorney on a Business/Contractual case
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