People: Shirley Curfman, Partner

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Shirley Curfman

Partner

Los Angeles - Downtown
Direct: (213) 270-9637
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Ms. Curfman is a partner in the Los Angeles downtown office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  As a member of the Corporate & Finance Practice Group and Real Estate Practice Group, she represents buyers and sellers of asset portfolios, handles major asset securitizations and stock transactions, and structured finance transactions. She also represents issuers, credit enhancers, trustees and investment banks in tax-exempt and taxable financings, both public offerings and private placements, and represents lenders and borrowers in bank financings, issuances of letters of credit, as well as work-out negotiations and corporate restructuring. Ms. Curfman advises companies in connection with derivatives, commercial paper issuances, and regulatory issues relating to finance companies, insurance holding companies, and reporting companies under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. 

Ms. Curfman advises participants in the student loan industry with respect to compliance with the Higher Education Act and has served as outside general counsel to two nonprofit student loan issuers. She represents non-U.S. clients in connection with their U.S. operations and U.S. licensors in connection with manufacturing, licensing and distributing of patented products overseas.

Ms. Curfman is a member of the Founders Leadership Council of the Education Foundation for the Commercial Finance Association (an international trade organization for commercial finance lenders), having served as chairperson of the Foundation’s Governing Board, is a Governor Emeritus of the Institute for Corporate Counsel, and is on the Advisory Board of The Entrepreneurship Institute–Southern California.  She also serves on the boards of several nonprofit corporations and has been a speaker and panelist with respect to a variety of topics, including covered bonds, environmental issues for lenders, international business transactions, business ethics and client development by women professionals.

Ms. Curfman has been listed in Strathmore’s Who’s Who each year since 2000 and honored as Professional of the Year in 2008.  She has been listed as a member of the Presidential Who's Who Among Business and Professional Achievers for 2008-2009, and listed in Southern California Super Lawyers each year since 2005.

Ms. Curfman is a partner in the Los Angeles downtown office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  As a member of the Corporate & Finance Practice Group and Real Estate Practice Group, she represents buyers and sellers of asset portfolios, handles major asset securitizations and stock transactions, and structured finance transactions. She also represents issuers, credit enhancers, trustees and investment banks in tax-exempt and taxable financings, both public offerings and private placements, and represents lenders and borrowers in bank financings, issuances of letters of credit, as well as work-out negotiations and corporate restructuring. Ms. Curfman advises companies in connection with derivatives, commercial paper issuances, and regulatory issues relating to finance companies, insurance holding companies, and reporting companies under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. 

Ms. Curfman advises participants in the student loan industry with respect to compliance with the Higher Education Act and has served as outside general counsel to two nonprofit student loan issuers. She represents non-U.S. clients in connection with their U.S. operations and U.S. licensors in connection with manufacturing, licensing and distributing of patented products overseas.

Ms. Curfman is a member of the Founders Leadership Council of the Education Foundation for the Commercial Finance Association (an international trade organization for commercial finance lenders), having served as chairperson of the Foundation’s Governing Board, is a Governor Emeritus of the Institute for Corporate Counsel, and is on the Advisory Board of The Entrepreneurship Institute–Southern California.  She also serves on the boards of several nonprofit corporations and has been a speaker and panelist with respect to a variety of topics, including covered bonds, environmental issues for lenders, international business transactions, business ethics and client development by women professionals.

Ms. Curfman has been listed in Strathmore’s Who’s Who each year since 2000 and honored as Professional of the Year in 2008.  She has been listed as a member of the Presidential Who's Who Among Business and Professional Achievers for 2008-2009, and listed in Southern California Super Lawyers each year since 2005.

Education

  • J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law (1979)
    Order of Barristers
    Executive Member Moot Court Board
    Wright Competition--Best Advocate
    Best Brief, First Place Team
  • B.A., Azusa Pacific University (1970)
    magna cum laude

Admissions

  • California
  • Colorado

Courts

  • U.S. District Court for the Central and Southern Districts of California

 

Affiliations

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • State Bar of California
  • American Bar Association

Presentations

  • Speaker and panelist for International Council of Shopping Centers, “Lender Liability”
  • Speaker for the Utah State Bar, “International Business Transactions”
  • American Business Women's Association, “Business Ethics and the Law”
  • Santa Barbara Women Lawyers, “Rainmaking by Women Lawyers”
  • Interview with Southland Today, KDOC-TV, “Women in the Law”
  • Panelist for The Presidents’ Forum of Southern California, sponsored by The
  • Entrepreneurship Institute, “Maximizing the Value of Your Business in the New Economy