Chad Curlett, the firm’s Managing Partner, is an accomplished white collar defense and trial lawyer. A leader in the federal criminal bar, Mr. Curlett is the current Chair of the Criminal Law Section of the Federal Bar Association. Immediately prior to founding Levin & Curlett, Mr. Curlett was a partner in the litigation department at Saul Ewing LLP, serving as chair of the Securities Litigation practice and vice-chair of the White Collar and Government Enforcement practice group. Chad previously served as an Assistant District Attorney in both the Trial Division and Investigation Division of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.
Matters representative of Mr. Curlett’s practice have involved:
- Winning a motions hearing to transfer the case of a 15 year-old defendant charged with first degree murder from the Baltimore City Circuit Court to Juvenile Court
- Winning acquittal after trial of a Baltimore City Police Officer prosecuted for actions undertaken in the performance of his duties
- Winning acquittal after jury trial of a New Jersey Police Detective charged with first degree murder following a road-side shooting near Annapolis, Maryland
- Representing a Wall Street financial services firm in litigation in the Southern District of New York against American Airlines arising out of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001
- Serving on the team of the Independent Monitor appointed by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan to implement two consent judgments entered in the matter of United States of America vs. City of Detroit, Michigan and the Detroit Police Department
- Representing the lead analyst on the financial industry trading desk at a leading New York City hedge fund in connection with the SEC’s investigation into short selling as a contributing factor to the collapse of Lehman Brothers
- Representing individuals and companies in connection with SEC investigations concerning allegations of insider trading and unregistered business activity and investment programs
- Conducting an internal investigation for a Maryland company, in advance of its merger with a publicly traded company, related to possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
- Conducting an internal investigation for a leading Las Vegas gaming company into performance under a contract with an Australian software provider in advance of approval by the Nevada Gaming Control Board of its sports book software platform
- Representing officers and directors of publicly traded Maryland companies, as well as the corporate entity, in shareholder derivative and class action litigation in the United States District Court in Maryland
- Representing the general partners of a Delaware LLLP in litigation in the Delaware Court of Chancery to remove the managing general partner for the misappropriation of millions of dollars of partnership funds
- Representing criminal defendants as a member of the felony Criminal Justice Act Panel for the United States District Court for the District of Maryland and for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
In late 2010, Mr. Curlett served as Chair of the Greater Baltimore Committee’s Ad Hoc Committee on Best Practices for the Baltimore City State’s Attorney. Mr. Curlett and members of the Ad Hoc Committee surveyed and evaluated the best practices of leading prosecutors’ offices in the Northeast, including the Manhattan, Brooklyn and Philadelphia District Attorneys’ Offices, the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the State’s Attorneys’ offices in four Maryland counties. The Ad Hoc Committee’s report was used by the State’s Attorney as a blueprint to implement a series of recommendations based on national best practices.
Mr. Curlett previously served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. His work in the Trial Division included the prosecution and trial of felony criminal cases involving narcotics and weapons offenses, assault and homicide. Appointed by then-District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau to Investigation Division Central, Mr. Curlett focused on the investigation and prosecution of domestic and international financial crime involving the use of Wall Street banking institutions.
In the summer of 2004, Mr. Curlett was part of the Atrocities Documentation Team, a genocide investigation undertaken by the United States Department of State in eastern Chad. The team conducted field interviews of Darfurians in UNHCR refugee camps established along the border of Chad and Sudan to protect those fleeing from advancing forces. On the basis of the investigation, the Bush Administration took the public legal position that the actions of Sudan’s government in Darfur, acting in concert with the Janjaweed militias, constituted genocide.
Mr. Curlett began his legal career in the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, the Netherlands, where he was principally involved in the investigation and trial of a Bosnian Serb General for genocide committed in Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina in July 1995.
- Selected to the 2014 – 2016 Maryland Super Lawyers list in the area of White Collar Criminal Defense.
- Selected to the 2015 and 2016 New York Metro Super Lawyers list in the area of White Collar Criminal Defense.
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- Federal Bar Association: Criminal Law Section (Chair), Maryland Chapter (President-Elect)
- Felony Criminal Justice Act Panel for the District of Maryland
- Criminal Justice Act Appellate and Capital Panels for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- Admitted to the list of defense counsel practicing before the Special Tribunal for Lebanon
- National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Association of the Bar of the City of New York
- Committee on International Law, 2002-2005, 2015-2018
- Committee on Central and Eastern European Affairs, (law student member) 1997-1998
- The Leadership-Greater Baltimore Committee, Class of 2011
- Serjeant’s Inn, a Baltimore law club
June 3, 2016
Twenty-Fifth Annual National Seminar on Federal Sentencing, Orlando, Florida
Plenary Session on Departures and Variances
Panelists: Charles N. Curlett, Jr., Levin & Curlett LLC; Hon. Mark Bennett, United States District Judge, Northern District of Iowa; Brian E. Mass, Esq., Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, P.A., New York, New York; Moderator: Katherine Earle Yanes, Esq., Kynes Markman & Feldman, P.A.
Sponsored by the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Federal Bar Association (FBA), the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), the Criminal Law Section of the FBA, and the Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association (ABA).
September 16, 2016
Federal Bar Association – 2016 National Meeting and Convention, Cleveland, Ohio
Panel on What the Busy Trial Lawyer Needs to Know About the Federal Rules of Evidence
Panelists: Charles N. Curlett, Jr., Levin & Curlett LLC; Hon. Benson E. Legg, JAMS and former Chief Judge of the United States District Court, District of Maryland.