Meet our new mascot, Mr. Chesterton

On February 11, 2014

Attorney John Curtin surprised us all, but perhaps his family the most when, after 30 “dogless” years, he purchased an English Bulldog. John says, “I’ve always wanted a bulldog. My wife and daughter didn’t, then one day they met Mr. Chesterton.”

Since Mr. Chesterton came into John’s life around Christmas, he has become a fixture at the law firm where he shares an office with John.

I asked John to provide me with a favorite dog quote:
It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.  ~Mark Twain

Is there new love in the air at Robbins & Curtin? I think the photo speaks for itself…

Attorney, John Curtin and his new best friend, Mr. Chesterton

Attorney, John Curtin and his new best friend, Mr. Chesterton

Robbins & Curtin, PLLC is among the “Best Law Firms” for 2014

On November 5, 2013

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, has announced the 2014 “Best Law Firms” rankings. We are delighted that Robbins & Curtin, PLLC received a Tier 1 Ranking in the 2014 Edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers’ “Best Law Firms.”

Firms included in the 2014 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.

The 2014 “Best Law Firms” rankings can be seen in their entirety by visiting

Congratulations, Joel and John, for living up to the “Best”!

On October 1, 2013

Inclusion in Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer-review, and lawyers are a tough crowd. Best Lawyers asks voters the question: “If you were unable to take a case yourself, how likely would you be to refer it to this nominee?” Nominees are then given a 1 – 5 rating.

Joel B. Robbins is the only attorney listed for Civil Rights Law in Phoenix, AZ and both Joel B. Robbins and John M. Curtin are listed for Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs.

To see the entire list of “Best Lawyers,” check out the Best Lawyers 2014 supplement to the Arizona Republic newspaper.

Recent press involving Robbins & Curtin attorney, Joel Robbins

On June 18, 2013

Joe Arpaio’s Shoes Spit-Shined by Phoenix Magazine
Rules of Engagement
Family of Phoenix police Sgt. Sean Drenth granted line-of-duty death benefits

John Curtin is recognized as a top contributor on legal website, avvo

On May 23, 2013

Individuals can get free, personalized legal advice by posting their questions on avvo. In order to receive “Top Contributor” status, John has responded to over 145 questions and has received positive feedback about his responses from the avvo community.

Robbins & Curtin, PLLC receives 2013 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” Ranking

On January 29, 2013

U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers® have included Robbins & Curtin, PLLC in the 2013 “Best Law Firms” rankings. These rankings provide a comprehensive view of the U.S. legal profession that is unprecedented both in the range of firms represented and in the range of qualitative and quantitative data used to develop them.

The U.S.News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process.

To be eligible for a ranking, a law firm must have at least one lawyer who is included in Best Lawyers as part of the annual peer review assessment. Both Joel Robbins and John Curtin have received that distinction year after year. For more information on Best Lawyers®, please visit

Attorney Joel Robbins comments on the $3.25 Million Wrongful Death Settlement for the Deborah Braillard Case

On December 4, 2012

Click here to read the story and view the video footage from ABC channel 15. After going back to court, the Braillard case concluded in November with Maricopa County agreeing to pay $3.25 million to settle the case involving the 2005 death of the diabetic inmate. 

Robbins & Curtin attorneys featured in Arizona’s Best Lawyers 2012 Edition

On July 30, 2012

An excerpt from the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America was included with Sunday’s copy of The Arizona Republic. In it, John M. Curtin and Joel B. Robbins were listed among the best Personal Injury Litigation attorneys in Arizona.

The method used to compile Best Lawyers remains unchanged since the first edition was compiled more than 25 years ago. Lawyers are chosen for inclusion based solely on the vote of their peers. Listings cannot be bought, and no purchase is required to be included.

Congratulations, John and Joel!

Robbins & Curtin Wins Federal Pink Underwear Appeal

On March 14, 2012

Eric Vogel was a seriously mentally ill young man. Shortly following an arrest in 2001, Maricopa County jail officers recognized his psychotic state, and he was ordered to be transferred to the psych unit. However, as a precondition to being taken to the psych unit, detention officers required that he “dress out” into the jail-issued pink underwear. Eric, in the midst of an active psychosis, believed that he was being raped during this process. The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in a published opinion, held that the trial court had erred in excluding evidence regarding the pink underwear. The federal appellate court held:

That he had been dressed in pink was not a delusion. But what was essential to the plaintiff’s case was Wagner’s testimony that the shock and humiliation of the “dress-out” in pink was preying on his mind. The court’s suppression of any reference to pink underwear was an abuse of discretion. . . .

When a color of such symbolic significance is selected for jail underwear, it is difficult to believe that the choice of color was random. The County offers no penalogical reason, indeed no explanation whatsoever for its jail’s odd choice. Given the cultural context, it is a fair inference that the color is chosen to symbolize a loss of masculine identity and power, to stigmatize the male prisoners as feminine.
Wagner v. County of Maricopa, — F.3d –, 2012 WL 718490, slip op. at 4 (9th Cir. 2012).

Evan Haglund and Joel Robbins drafted the briefs, and John Curtin argued the matter before the Court in San Francisco. A complete copy of the opinion can be found here.

For media coverage of the opinion and the Vogel case, please refer to “Vogel, Eric” on our Press page.

Attorney John Curtin receives highest rating from Avvo

On March 13, 2012

Please join us in congratulating attorney John Curtin for receiving the Avvo Superb Rating. This is a meaningful credential earned by a select few in the legal community. It reflects critical facts about John’s career – his hard work, superb professional conduct and experience. Congratulations, John!

Click here to view John Curtin’s Avvo profile.

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