Patrick M. Curran, Jr.

Patrick Curran advocates for and advises employers in nearly every area of labor and employment law. He has particular expertise in the litigation and arbitration of labor and employment disputes, and has represented employers before state and federal courts and administrative agencies in a broad range of matters including the alleged violation of non-solicitation, non-competition, and confidentiality agreements, theft of trade secrets, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, wrongful termination, and violation of federal and state wage and hour, anti-discrimination, and anti-retaliation laws (including class and collective action lawsuits alleging violation of those laws). Mr. Curran also has extensive experience representing clients in alternative dispute resolution proceedings, including arbitration, mediation, and agency conciliation, and counsels employers on a wide variety of employee relations issues, including non-competition, non-solicitation, and confidentiality agreements, employee handbooks and policies, employment agreements, terminations, and compliance with federal and state employment laws.

Mr. Curran is a member of the Executive Committee of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, and has served as Chair of the Chapter's Younger Lawyers Division. Mr. Curran has also served as a lecturer at the Boston University School of Law, where he taught a seminar on legal research and writing, and as a CLE seminar panelist on litigating employment law cases. He graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center and, after law school, clerked for the Honorable Peter J. Messitte in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.

Mr. Curran wishes to acknowledge the contributions of the following persons to this and to prior editions of this publication: Asha A. Santos, Nicole Corvini, Jermaine Kidd, David Mason, Andrew Silvia, and Todd Torres.

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Firm Overview

Ogletree Deakins is one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management in all types of employment-related legal matters. The firm has more than 900 attorneys located in 53 offices across the United States and in Europe, Canada and Mexico. Ogletree Deakins is the “Law Firm of the Year” in Labor Law - Management and Litigation-ERISA categories in the 2020 edition of the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list. In addition to handling labor and employment law matters, the firm has thriving practices focused on business immigration, employee benefits and workplace safety and health law.

Ogletree Deakins represents a diverse range of clients, from start-up companies to Fortune 500 corporations. In Corporate Counsel magazine’s October 2013 survey, “Who Represents America’s Biggest Companies,” which reports on firms representing Fortune 500 companies, Ogletree Deakins received 170 mentions, more than any other firm. In the magazine's Best of 2019 guide, published in April 2019, Ogletree Deakins was named the top Employment Practice Law Firm in the Outside Counsel category.

In addition,

  • More than 250 of our attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2021 edition of Best Lawyers in America.
  • 76 of our attorneys are in the 2019 edition of Chambers USA.
  • 57 of our attorneys have been inducted as Fellows in The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.

Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Practice

Ogletree Deakins has one of the largest teams of employee benefits and executive compensation practitioners in the United States. Ogletree Deakins was listed as a national “First Tier” law firm in the employee benefits (ERISA) practice area in the 2019 edition of the U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” list. As part of a firm that focuses on labor and employment law, our Employee Benefits Practice Group has a special ability to relate technical expertise to the client’s “big picture” issues. Knowledge of the detailed requirements of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) and other applicable laws is our beginning, not our ending point. Our goal is to provide practical advice that allows an employer’s benefits strategy to work in harmony with the employer’s overall personnel, financial and business objectives.

Employers nationwide have come to depend on Ogletree Deakins for their employee benefits regulatory and compliance advice, both on a day-to-day basis and for unique projects involving corporate restructurings, acquisitions or benefit plan redesign. Our highly trained employee benefits practitioners provide consulting, planning and compliance advice to clients regarding employee benefits plans of all types, including both retirement plans and welfare or fringe benefit plans, sponsored by employers in the private, not-for-profit and public sectors. These include tax-qualified retirement plans, welfare and fringe benefits programs, cafeteria (Section 125) plans, nonqualified deferred compensation plans, severance pay plans, bonus plans, equity compensation plans and executive retirement plans.

We also advise clients on such matters as healthcare reform compliance issues, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) portability, privacy and nondiscrimination requirements; Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) continuation coverage rules, reporting and disclosure obligations to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), retirement and welfare plan nondiscrimination requirements, fiduciary compliance, fiduciary and other liability limitation arrangements and a whole range of cost containment strategies. In addition to our depth of experience with conventional group health plans, our attorneys advise clients on the development of defined contribution or consumer-directed health plan approaches, including programs that offer health savings accounts (HSAs).

New and established clients often turn to members of Ogletree Deakins’ employee benefits group to handle litigation involving employee pension or welfare benefits plans – sometimes brought on behalf of a single individual, but often brought on behalf of a class of plan participants – including claims under ERISA alleging breaches of fiduciary duties or violations of ERISA’s substantive requirements. The ERISA litigators in our practice group are an integral part of the overall benefits practice. They routinely draft plan documents and related instruments for qualified and nonqualified retirement plans, welfare plans and fringe benefit plans; advise clients regarding the employee benefits aspects of corporate mergers, acquisitions and restructurings; or counsel clients regarding other aspects of tax or regulatory compliance. Because our benefits litigators speak the language of employee benefits plan design and administration, they are able to communicate directly and effectively with the client’s human resources personnel, actuaries and other professionals to quickly recognize and marshal the facts essential to the defense.

Office Locations

Atlanta, GA

Austin, TX

Berlin, Germany

Birmingham, AL

Boston, MA

Charleston, SC

Charlotte, NC

Chicago, IL

Cleveland, OH

Columbia, SC

Dallas, TX

Denver, CO

Detroit, MI

Greenville, SC

Houston, TX

Indianapolis, IN

Jackson, MS

Kansas City, MO

Las Vegas, NV

London, UK

Los Angeles, CA

Memphis, TN

Mexico City, Mexico

Miami, FL

Milwaukee, WI

Minneapolis, MN

Montreal, QC

Morristown, NJ

Nashville, TN

New Orleans, LA

New York, NY

Oklahoma City, OK

Orange County, CA

Paris, France

Philadelphia, PA

Phoenix, AZ

Pittsburgh, PA

Portland, OR

Portland, ME

Raleigh, NC


Richmond, VA

Sacramento, CA

San Antonio, TX

San Diego, CA

San Francisco, CA

Seattle, WA

St. Louis, MO

St. Thomas, VI

Stamford, CT

Tampa, FL

Toronto, ON

Torrance, CA

Tucson, AZ

Washington, DC

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