JD 1994 - Loyola Law School
BA 1990 - University of Southern California
Leigh O. Curran is a partner in AFRCT’s litigation department and concentrates her practice in business litigation.
She has represented publicly- and privately-held businesses and organizations, governmental and quasi-governmental entities, and individuals through all phases of the trial process in federal and state courts. She has represented mortgage loan originators, servicers, property managers, and other clients in financial services litigation matters, including class actions, negotiable instrument litigation, claims under the Truth In Lending Act, Home Owner’s Loan Act, state and federal fair debt collection acts, California’s non-judicial foreclosure statutes, and rents and profits receiverships.
Prior to joining AFRCT, Leigh was corporate counsel for Sun West Mortgage Company, Inc., a full-service mortgage banker doing business in 47 states. She counseled the company regarding litigation, forward and reverse mortgage loan origination and servicing matters, title matters, correspondent, servicing and sub-servicing, and lease transactions, broker and mortgage loan originator compensation, branch openings and leases, vendor contracts, and personnel matters. Before that, she was litigation counsel at the law firm of Bingham McCutchen, LLP (now Morgan, Lewis & Bockius), where her practice included business, environmental, and intellectual property litigation, and where she represented entities including the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, McKesson Chemical Company, Inc., Conagra Foods, and Viewsonic Corporation.
Leigh is admitted to practice before all federal and state courts in California, before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Leigh has published articles relating to property management issues in the Los Angeles Daily Journal and the Journal of Property Management.
Leigh’s pro bono work includes working with Election Protection to obtain an election day temporary restraining order, and, ultimately, a permanent injunction preventing the Secretary of State of a crucial swing state from denying provisional ballots to eligible voters in violation of the Help America Vote Act. White v. Blackwell, 409 F. Supp. 2d 919, 920 (N.D. Ohio 2006).
Leigh received her Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School in 1994 and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California, graduating cum laude in 1990.
Leigh enjoys traveling and is a passionate supporter of USC football.
Leigh’s significant cases include:
Campidoglio LLC v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 134790 (W.D. Wash. Sept. 24, 2014) (summary judgment granted for lender in putative class action);
Hayes v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 91149 (S.D. Cal. July 3, 2014) (putative class action dismissed on the pleadings);
Tofighbakhsh v. Wells Fargo & Company (San Francisco Sup. Ct. Case No. CGC-09-495450) (putative class action disposed of on the pleadings);
Chang v. Wachovia Mortg., FSB, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 110356 (N.D. Cal. Aug. 6, 2012) (summary judgment granted in favor of lender in action by borrower alleging promissory fraud in connection with the processing of a loan modification);
Alameda County Flood Control & Water Conservation Dist. v. Department of Water Resources, 213 Cal. App. 4th 1163 (Cal. App. 3d Dist. 2013) (member of trial team that obtained defense verdict for a group of water contractors in dispute over the method of crediting revenues derived from the Hyatt-Thermalito power facility);
Unitherm Food Sys. v. Swift-Eckrich, Inc., 546 U.S. 394 (2006) (defense of claims alleging that enforcement of a food process patent violated the Sherman Antitrust Act);
Ultradent Prods., Inc. v. Hayman, 2002 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 18000 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 24, 2002) (successfully enforced subpoena for documents against a third party and created new precedent under New York law regarding service of process on entities).