EDUCATION AND BACKGROUND
Mr. Curnutt obtained his law degree in 1993 from the Southern Methodist University School of Law where he was the Managing Staff Editor of the SMU Law Review Association, Oral Argument Champion and Best Brief Finalist in the all-school moot court competition, Outstanding Advocate in the mock trial competition, recipient of an American Indian Graduate Center Scholarship, member of the Order of the Barristers, and Province Winner in the International Graduate of the Year Award for the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity.
Mr. Curnutt received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting in 1989 from the University of Texas at Arlington, where he served as president of his fraternity, was selected to the Honor Roll and National Dean’s List from 1985 to 1989, and served as a YoungLife School Director. Mr. Curnutt was formerly a Certified Public Accountant, having previously worked for the KPMG Peat Marwick public accounting firm prior to entering law school.
Mr. Curnutt was licensed to practice law by the Supreme Court of Texas in 1993. He currently offices in Tarrant County, Texas where he is one of the two founding partners of the firm Curnutt & Hafer, L.L.P. Prior to forming Curnutt & Hafer, L.L.P. in 2000, Mr. Curnutt was last associated with the international law firm of Baker & McKenzie in Dallas, Texas. He is admitted to practice law in the State of Texas, all four of the United States District Courts in Texas, and the United States Fifth and Eighth Circuit Courts of Appeals.
Mr. Curnutt has represented clients in domestic and international commercial litigation disputes involving breach of contract, trade mark infringement, tortious interference with contractual relations, fraud, insurance coverage, class actions, as well as claims involving personal injury, wrongful death, and products liability. He has successfully tried cases in Texas state and federal courts involving claims of civil conspiracy, breach of fiduciary duties, fraud, breach of contract, promissory estoppel, negligent misrepresentations, corporate alter ego liability, and personal injury. He has also acted as lead counsel in several appellate court cases.
Mr. Curnutt is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Tarrant County Bar Association, and is Past President of the Arlington Bar Association. He is also Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Mr. Curnutt resides in Arlington, Texas with his wife, Mary Tom Curnutt, who is the current Justice of the Peace. Their oldest son is enrolled at the United States Air Force Academy, and their youngest is a junior in high school. Both Mr. Curnutt and his wife grew up in Arlington where they collectively enjoy an expansive network of business and personal acquaintances throughout North Texas. Mr. Curnutt is an avid outdoorsman, enjoying camping, fishing, hunting and being outdoors with his family and friends whenever possible. He is also active in community affairs through Big Brothers Big Sisters, Bible Study Fellowship, Rotary International, the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, and Fielder Church.