BIOGRAPHY: JAMES F. CURRAN
James F. Curran is of counsel to the law firm of Goldsberry, Freeman, and Guzman, LLP. Jim counsels management in all areas of employment law, and defends institutions and companies in employment, tort and business litigation, as well. Jim has trial, appellate, mediation and arbitration experience in both state and federal courts.
Jim has for several years defended large corporate employers, including Fortune 500 companies and a variety of small and mid-sized organizations, in cases involving allegations of wrongful termination, discrimination and harassment based on sex, race, disability, sexual orientation, and other protected characteristics, and wage and hour violations. He has significant experience defending public entities and their managers, including the California Department of Managed Health Care and the California Department of Corrections, as well as individual managers from those agencies, the California Department of Fish and Game, and the City of Folsom. Additionally, Jim has jury trial experience in the defense of employment, personal injury, product liability and commercial lawsuits for a wide variety of clients.
Jim has presented numerous training seminars on, among other topics, sexual harassment prevention, family and medical leaves of absence, investigating claims of harassment and discrimination, and wage and hour law. He serves as a judge pro tempore for the Sacramento and El Dorado County Superior Courts.
Jim attended the University of San Francisco and Oxford University, graduating from the former institution with honors in 1982. Attending USF on an Army ROTC scholarship, he graduated as the top cadet in his class and was selected to be the cadet battalion commander. He wrote numerous articles for the USF Foghorn, the college newspaper, and was a member of the varsity cross-country team. At Oxford, his studies emphasized philosophy, metaphysics, Elizabethan drama, church history and Victorian novels, and he played on the Oxford University varsity basketball team. After college, Jim served for four years as a field artillery officer in the United States Army, earned his "Airborne" wings as a qualified parachutist, and participated in several marathons and triathlons. He then attended the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, in San Francisco, graduating in 1989. While at Hastings, Jim competed against other nationally prominent law schools as a member of the National Moot Court Team, volunteered to prepare wills and medical powers of attorney as part of a Hastings program serving people dying of AIDS, and served as a judicial extern for the California Supreme Court.
Jim is a member of the California State Bar, the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Sacramento County Bar Association, and the Federal Bar Association. Finally, Jim serves as a court-appointed special advocate, or "CASA," advocating for abused and neglected children in the foster care system in Sacramento County.
Admitted to bar:
University of San Francisco and Oxford University|
UC Hastings College of Law
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