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John Joseph Curtin


John Joseph Curtin, American lawyer. Bar: Massachusetts 1957, DC 1959, United States Supreme Court 1961. Recipient Lifetime Achievement award, The American Lawyer magazine, 2005.


Curtin, John Joseph was born on March 12, 1933 in Englewood, New Jersey, United States. Son of John Joseph and Marion (Walsh) Curtin.


Boston College (Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, 1954. Juris Doctor, 1957); Georgetown (Master of Laws, 1959). Order of the Coif. Recipient, Outstanding Student Award.

Editor-in-Chief, Annual Survey of Massachusetts Law, Boston College Law Review, 1956-1957. Member, since 1963. Trial Attorney, United States. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, 1957-1959.

Assistant United States. Attorney, Boston, 1961-1964. Chief, Civil Division, United States.

Attorney’s Office, 1963-1964. Special Assistant Attorney General, Massachusetts, 1970-1971. Vice President, 1978 and President, 19791981, Boston Bar Association.

Chairman, Litigation Section, 1984-1985, Member, House of Delegates, since 1981, President Elect, 1989-1990 and President, since 1990, American Bar Association.


Attorney United States Department Justice, Washington, 1957-1959. Associate firm Hogan and Hartson, 1959-1961. Attorney Office of the United States Attorney, Boston, 1961-1964.

Chief civil division, 1963-1964. Associate then partner Bingham McCutchen LLP (formerly Bingham, Dana & Gould), Boston, 1964—2005, of counsel, since 2005. Instructor Boston College Law School, since 1965.

Lecturer Harvard University Law School, 1977-1982. Board directors National Consumer Law Center, since 1994.


  • Bar: Massachusetts 1957, DC 1959, United States Supreme Court 1961.


Trustee Regis College, 1977-1983, Newton College Sacred Heart, 1973-1975. Member local government advisory committee Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1978. Member Town meeting, Wellesley, Massachusetts, 1970-1979, moderator, 1979-1984, chairman advisory committee, 1974-1975, chairman town improvements coordinating committee, 1977-1979, chairman capital budgeting and investment committee, 1979-1980.

Chairman board advisors Boston College Law School, since 1997. Member board governors, executive committee member Center for Public Resources, since 1994. Member American Bar Association (chairman section litigation 1984-1985, president 1990-1991, chairman working group state justice initiatives, 1994-1997, chairman coalition for justice since 1997), Boston Bar Association (president 1979-1981, chairman task force professional fulfillment, since 1996), American Bar Foundation, American Law Institute, Greater Boston Legal Services (board directors until 1990), Boston College Alumni Association (vice president, president 1975-1976), National Consumer Law Center, Massachusetts Association Town Finance Finance Committee (president 1978), National Association Public Interest Law, Fellowships for Equal Justice (president 1992-1995), National Legal Aid and Defender Association (board directors 1990-1995).


Married Mary Daly, September 27, 1958. Children: Kevin Joseph, Catherine Mary, Joseph Patrick, Ann Mary, Daniel Joseph.

John Joseph Curtin

Marion (Walsh) Curtin

Mary Daly

Kevin Joseph Curtin

Catherine Mary Curtin

Joseph Patrick Curtin

Ann Mary Curtin

Daniel Joseph Curtin