Marshall M. Curtis Receives 2016 Summer Meeting Award for Leadership
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
For his distinguished career of engaged member leadership at the bar and in the VBA, the association presented its 2016 Summer Meeting Award to Marshall M. Curtis, a principal in the Reston law firm Whitham, Curtis & Cook P.C.
Among other contributions, VBA President James Patrick Guy II said at the July 23 presentation, Curtis’s “leadership was critical to the formation of the Intellectual Property Law Section (now the Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law Section) of the VBA in 1997.” Guy also praised Curtis’s many contributions as a member of the executive committee of the VBA’s Law Practice Management Division. Curtis is serving his fourth three-year term on the LPMD executive committee, has led the Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law Section and has been a VBA member since 1994.
At the VBA's 126th Summer Meeting in Hot Springs, Guy referenced Curtis’s characteristically self-effacing response as illustrative of the reasons he was chosen for the award: “Being recognized as having contributed in some small way to as worthy an organization as the VBA is very deeply felt,” Curtis said. “There is a sense of virtue in the undertakings of the VBA that seems to be a calling in its own right, and privilege to do far more than I could do or have done. I feel that I have done little more than seize upon opportunities presented by the VBA following in rapid and continual sequence from the initial nomination presented by Judge [Terrence] Ney to form an IP law committee.”
When he entered private practice in 1988, Curtis had worked for 20 years as a patent examiner in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Past recipients of the Summer Meeting Award include Justice and Mrs. Lewis F. Powell Jr., Justice Elizabeth B. Lacy, law school deans, Tim Kaine when he was Virginia governor, U.S. attorneys and George K. Martin, managing partner of the Richmond office of McGuireWoods LLP.