Portrait of

Government Experience

  • U.S. Department of Defense—Associate Counsel, Department of the Navy (2011-2013)
  • U.S. Department of Justice: Civil Division—Trial Attorney, Corporate Financial Litigation Section (2002-2008)
  • U.S. Department of Defense—Trial and Appellate Counsel, Judge Advocate General's Corps, U.S. Navy (1995-2000)


  • Duke University, B.A. (1992) magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Albany Law School, J.D. (1995) cum laude


  • District of Columbia
  • New York
Timothy E. Curley, Counsel Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1 202.624.2516
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Timothy E. Curley is a counsel in Crowell & Moring's Washington, D.C. office and a member of the Insurance/Reinsurance Group, focusing on the litigation, arbitration, and negotiated resolutions of insurance and reinsurance disputes. 

Tim has represented large insurers and reinsurers in disputes involving a wide spectrum of issues, including number of occurrences, late notice, bad faith, the exhaustion of products aggregates, consolidation, declaratory judgment expenses, commutation agreements, loss portfolio transfers, duty of utmost good faith, allocation, follow the fortunes, trigger, setoff, arbitrability, and various other contract issues. 

Tim's insurance and reinsurance practice has involved a variety of underlying businesses, including property & casualty, health, and life insurance. Examples include:

  • Representing an insurance and reinsurance group in liquidation proceedings.
  • Providing coverage advice to an insurer on coverage issues related to environmental claims arising from MTBE contamination.
  • Representing a reinsurer in a series of disputes involving a loss portfolio transfer and claims handling by a third party administrator.
  • Representing a large health insurer in a dispute involving stop loss charges and other contractual disputes with a medical provider group.
  • Defending a reinsurer in a dispute involving the aggregation of asbestos bodily injury claims. 
  • Representing a cedent in a dispute with its reinsurer over the number of occurrences presented by asbestos bodily injury claims under a reinsurance contract.
  • Representing a risk retention group in a dispute involving the coverage of claims related to a university's loss of accreditation.

Tim's legal career outside of Crowell & Moring has included periods of government service during which he represented the government in both the litigation and regulatory arenas. Prior to re-joining the firm in 2013, Tim served as an associate counsel at the Department of the Navy Office of General Counsel, where his practice focused on government procurement integrity issues. Earlier in his career, Tim served as a trial attorney in the Commercial Litigation Branch of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., where his practice focused heavily on federal district court litigation. Tim began his legal career as an officer in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps, where he achieved the rank of lieutenant commander. As a JAG officer, Tim argued numerous appeals before the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals and the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, which is the military equivalent of a U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Tim previously practiced reinsurance at another law firm in Washington, D.C.


Admitted to practice: New York, District of Columbia, United States District Court for the District of Columbia, U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the First and Ninth Circuits, Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and the U.S. Supreme Court

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