Simpson Thacher Names Paul Curnin, Thomas Rice Co-Heads Of Litigation

NEW YORK - Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP has announced that Paul C. Curnin and Thomas C. Rice have been appointed as co-heads of the firm's Litigation practice.

Curnin, 49, is a leading litigator in the areas of securities litigation, government and internal investigations and takeover litigation. He has represented numerous corporate clients as well as corporate boards, committees and individuals, and was the lead defense counsel in SEC v. Worldcom. Curnin joined Simpson Thacher in 1990 and became a partner in 1995.

Rice, 55, is a leading commercial trial lawyer with expertise in a wide variety of complex litigation. He was the lead counsel for J.P. Morgan in Enron-related litigations and investigations and, among many other current engagements, acts as liaison counsel for the defendants in In re Municipal Derivatives Antitrust Litigation and as lead counsel for RBS and other investment banking defendants in a variety of residential mortgage-backed securities litigations. Rice joined Simpson Thacher in 1981, and has been a partner since 1989.

Curnin and Rice take over from nationally recognized trial lawyer Barry Ostrager, who will remain an active member of the firm.

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is one of the world's leading international law firms, with more than 800 lawyers in offices in New York, Beijing, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Palo Alto, São Paulo, Tokyo and Washington, D.C.