Stroock’s Government Affairs Business Unit Adds Noted Litigator and Transaction Advisor Seamus Curley as Partner in Washington, DC
Brings broad spectrum of experience for government contractor clients – from bid protests and disputes to procurement compliance and M&A diligence, as well as emphasis on federal leasing, construction and other real estate matters
Washington, DC, June 5, 2017 – Making a prominent addition to its Government Affairs Business Unit, Stroock announced the arrival of Seamus Curley, an experienced litigator and transactional advisor to leading government contractors at the federal, state and local levels. Mr. Curley joins Stroock’s Washington, DC office as a partner.
Formerly a partner with DLA Piper in Washington, Mr. Curley brings a broad-based practice on behalf of government contractor clients, with an emphasis on protests and disputes involving high-value procurement contracts and government real estate matters. He has litigated in state and federal courts and before administrative forums on bid protests, size-related protests and appeals, Contract Disputes Act matters, as well as commercial disputes. He also regularly advises contractors on pre-dispute matters, including the preparation and negotiation of requests for equitable adjustment seeking increased compensation or schedule relief.
“Seamus is a superb addition who not only expands our litigation capabilities in Washington, DC, but dovetails well with our leading government affairs practice,” said Alan Klinger, Stroock’s co-managing partner and chair of the firm’s Government Affairs Business Unit. “His wealth of experience will prove invaluable to our clients and their most challenging litigation needs.”
Mr. Curley also advises firms on due diligence for mergers and acquisitions involving government contractor targets. In addition, he helps clients navigate the complex rules governing domestic preference/country-of-origin requirements, such as the Buy American Act and Trade Agreements Act, as well as business ethics and compliance issues. He also frequently negotiates subcontracts and teaming agreements and represents contractors responding to government audits or conducting internal investigations.
Mr. Curley has significant experience at the intersection of real property law and government contracts, including representing commercial landlords on real property leases with government agency tenants and companies involved in government-funded construction projects.
“Seamus’s reputation for delivering successful outcomes for contractor clients adds more depth to our already substantial government affairs practice,” said Jeff Keitelman, Stroock’s co-managing partner. “His diverse expertise — from litigation and bid protests to M&A, compliance and government real estate work — will be a significant asset to our many contractor clients. We’re fortunate to have him join our growing team at Stroock.”
Mr. Curley frequently speaks and has published on government contracts issues, including on compliance matters, the mechanics of and strategies related to bid protests, and domestic preference rules.
“Stroock has an elite government affairs practice and provides an excellent platform for my government contractor work,” noted Mr. Curley. “The firm is also home to one of the best real estate practices in the country, which will enhance the work I do for our contractor clients in their frequent real estate transactions and matters, whether with government tenants or in the private sector.”
Mr. Curley was named as a Rising Star by Law360 in 2013 for his work in real estate and government contracts law, for which he has helped secure victories for clients in multimillion-dollar procurement matters. He was also named a Rising Star by Washington, DC Super Lawyers in 2014. Mr. Curley received his LL.M. in Government Procurement from George Washington University Law School, his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law, and his B.S. from Boston University.
Stroock provides strategic transactional, regulatory and litigation advice to advance the business objectives of leading financial institutions, multinational corporations and entrepreneurial businesses in the U.S. and globally. With a rich history dating back 140 years, the firm has offices in New York, Washington, DC, Los Angeles and Miami.