Howard G. Curtis


Howard G. Curtis
Mr. Curtis became of counsel to McInerney & Dillon after a 27 year career in the U.S. Army and 10 years of private legal practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. Concentrating in construction and government contract law, he has represented numerous project owners, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and sureties, including the successful bidder in MCM Construction, Inc. v. City and County of San Francisco (1998) 66 Cal.App.4th 359.


Until 2002, he served on the Army Staff in the Pentagon and in field assignments as a senior active duty Judge Advocate specializing in government contracting and commercial and environmental litigation and bid protests before the U.S. General Accounting Office. He was officially designated by the Army as an Acquisition Law Specialist. A Vietnam War veteran, his military decorations include the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star Medal.


Mr. Curtis received a B.S. degree in science and engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, in 1969. He was selected by the Army to attend law school on a full scholarship and received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1977. While in law school, he was a member of the Law Review and chosen for publication in the San Diego Law Review. While on active duty, he graduated from a year-long course of advanced legal education at the Army's Judge Advocate General's School recognized as equivalent to an LLM degree.


Mr. Curtis is admitted to practice before the California Supreme Court, the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and the U.S. District Courts in the Northern and Eastern Districts of California and the Northern and Western Districts of Texas. Mr. Curtis is a member of the American Bar Association and the ABA's Public Contract Law Section and Forum on the Construction Industry. Mr. Curtis has been an author and platform speaker on California Mechanics Lien Law for Lorman Education Services.


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