Curran & Curran Law

Posted on January 29, 2019
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Curran & Curran Law

The attorneys at Curran & Curran Law provide more than 30 years of combined experience to the field of employment law. Based in Encinitas, employment lawyers Michael Curran and Susan Curran provide personalized service to California individuals and businesses. Clients collaborate directly with the attorneys — not associates or paralegals — when resolving a legal matter.

 

Michael and Susan Curran are zealous advocates who prepare for every case as if it is going to go to trial. Full preparation for trial puts Curran & Curran Law’s clients in the strongest position to discuss options along the way (such as mediation or alternative dispute resolution), so that they achieve the best possible outcome in each case.

Curran & Curran Law brings over 25 years of Litigation and Business Experience in Contracts, Labor/Employment, Personal Injury and Aviation Civil Litigation. Curran & Curran Law has been successful in reaching verdicts as high as$6.225 million to several hundreds of thousands of dollars in various arbitrations and mediation settlements.

 

Legal Team

Michael Curran,
Principal Attorney

Michael Curran is a trial attorney who has been working in different areas of general civil law, labor and employment law, among other areas of business law, and has represented a wide variety of clients in private practice in many aspects of business and civil litigation, ranging from individuals to large corporations. Michael’s practice history has included hundreds of cases in various federal and state courts at trial as well as in alternative settings such as arbitration, mediation, and state administrative proceedings including the California Labor Commissioner.

In addition to his law degree, Michael has earned his Airline Transport Pilot and Flight Instructor Certificates. Michael has served the North and San Diego County courts for over 10 years as a Judge Pro Tem and Settlement Conference Judge and has taught as Adjunct Faculty for Mira Costa College as a Business Law Professor. Michael has served numerous times as a legal expert commentator for KUSI and other local television stations and have been the live on site event announcer for the US Triathlon Series, San Diego Marathon, La Jolla Half-Marathon and approximately 600 other triathlon, running, cycling and fitness events across the country.

 

Susan Curran,
Principal Attorney

Susan Curran is a trial attorney who has been working in different areas of general civil law, labor and employment law, among other areas of business law, and has represented a wide variety of clients in private practice in many aspects of business and civil litigation, ranging from individuals to large corporations. Susan’s practice history has included hundreds of cases in various federal and state courts at trial as well as in alternative settings such as arbitration, mediation, and state administrative proceedings including the California Labor Commissioner.

Susan is very active in the legal community and an active member of the Fiorenzo V. Lopardo American Inn of Court. She has served as Director on the Board of the North County Bar Association for three years as well as numerous committees such as Youth in Court. Susan currently serves as the Chairperson for the North County Bar’s Civil Litigation section where she has set up programs for the legal community such as the North County Judges Panel and an Evidence Seminar. She has assisted dozens of businesses/companies with their legal concerns as well as provided educational seminars to small businesses regarding employment practices.

 

Lesly Adams,
Attorney At Law

Lesly Adams’ passion for representing employees ignited from her experience as a Union leader at United Airlines, where she represented flight attendants in contract matters and grievance hearings. While primarily focusing on the plaintiff’s side of employment law, Lesly is well-versed in all aspects of employment law, including wage and hour matters, sexual harassment, discrimination, and retaliation. Lesly has also successfully represented hundreds of terminated employees at the Employment Development Department Appeal hearings in addition to representing employees with unpaid wage claims at Settlement Conferences as well as Berman hearings before the California Labor Commissioner.

Lesly has volunteered as a mediator for North County Lifeline and as an advocate for domestic violence victims through the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program. Lesly remains active in the San Diego legal community as a Board of Director for the North County Bar Association, as a member of San Diego Lawyers Club, and as the Membership Committee Chairperson of the Fiorenzo V. Lopardo American Inn of Court.

 

Areas of Practice

Aviation

Aviation law is typically a federal matter, overseen by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). These agencies primarily deal with accidents, regulation compliance, and safety. After an accident or in the course of regular aviation business, however, a pilot, company, owner, or individual may need legal representation to address aviation concerns in civil court. Only qualified counselors can properly advise you on these issues.

Business Litigation

Whether your run a small company or a global corporation, there are many times when you may need experienced business litigation attorneys. Every business runs on a series of mutually beneficial partnerships and agreements. When related parties fail to live up to their side of the arrangement, litigation may be the only form of recourse.

Discrimination

The laws against discrimination in California focus on protecting people from discrimination based on ancestry, color, race, religion, nationality, mental impairment, age, gender, sexual orientation, medical condition, marital status, genetic information, or medical diagnoses/conditions. When employees are treated differently and negatively based on protected criteria, whether perceived or real, the act is considered discriminatory.

Employment Law For Employees

As an employee, you should be offered the information you need on employment law in the form of a handbook, training, and in publicly placed fliers in the office. If you do not have easy access to any of the above information, ask your employer to provide you with copies of the relevant information. Understanding your company’s policies is the best way you can make sure your rights as an employee are protected.

Employment Law For Employers

Employers are responsible for understanding and complying with a number of federal and state laws that have been created to protect employees. The laws are designed for the good of companies and individuals, but navigating the sheer volume of statutes and regulations can be complex and overwhelming. Without a good regulation and compliance policy in place, your company could easily become the target in an employment dispute.

Employment Retaliation

Employees should never be afraid of speaking up in the workplace about unethical behaviors or to participate in an investigation. In fact, employees are protected under the law from retaliation for taking part in a protected activity.

Personal Injury

If you’ve been injured in an accident, you should be able to focus entirely on healing and getting back to your life. Unfortunately, many accidents are caused by someone else’s negligent actions, forcing you to deal with something unexpected that would not have happened otherwise. You may have medical expenses, lost wages, and loss of quality of life among other things you can never get back after an accident injury.

Rc-Drone Laws

Drones have been a top selling product for children and adults alike for years now. Online, you can see unprecedented weather footage and aerial views that would otherwise been undocumented. However, remote controlled (RC) drones are also creating buzz regarding legal use. Drones present flight hazards to airplanes and privacy hazards when used in certain ways. Now, drone operators are getting into legal trouble because of their recreational drone use.

Wage And Hour Violations

Even though the California laws for overtime and wages are clear and simple, there are hundreds of cases of employer violations every year. Employers who fail to follow the law can find themselves at the center of individual and class action suits aimed to recover employee wages and hold employers accountable for their violations. Penalties for wage and hour violations in California tend to be severe.

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