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Philip J. Curtis

Phone: (517) 787-9481
Fax: (517) 787-5622

Legal Assistant: Susan Gray
sgray@curtiscurtislaw.com

Philip J. Curtis is a partner and managing attorney of Curtis, Curtis & Brelinski, P.C., which was founded by his grandfather, former Jackson County Probate Court Judge George H. Curtis, in 1901. Mr. Curtis joined the firm out of law school in 1970, practicing law with his father, Robert N. Curtis, for many years before his father's eventual retirement.

Mr. Curtis is a business lawyer, advisor and consultant. He serves as general counsel to family businesses in Jackson and throughout mid-Michigan, many times spanning multiple generations of business owners. His business law practice centers on transactions, including business entity selection and formation; mergers and acquisitions; sales of businesses and equipment; business reorganizations; business succession planning; complex real estate transactions; employment agreements and separation/termination planning; and employee benefits and retirement planning.

Mr. Curtis knows the challenges that businesses face, because not only is he a veteran business attorney, he is a long-time businessman himself. He has been an investor, officer and board member in numerous Jackson area businesses throughout his 40+ year career. In 2010, his continued business success was recognized by the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce when he was named the Entrepreneurship Vision Award winner.

He regularly advises and counsels businesses in the following industries: manufacturing/industrial (automotive, aerospace, medical devices, military, food, etc), distribution, supply chain, government, professional services (doctors and other medical professionals, CPAs, engineers, etc.), hospitality (hotels, restaurants, liquor licensing), retail and real estate.

Mr. Curtis also represents individuals in designing and implementing estate plans, including complex trusts; resolving tax issues and preparing tax returns; and as counsel to fiduciaries in the administration of probate and trust estates. He has regularly served as a trustee and personal representative.

Mr. Curtis earned his JD from Wayne State University Law School in 1970. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 1967 (majoring in history). Prior to attending U of M, Mr. Curtis attended the University of Arizona, where he was a member of the swim team.

As a lifelong resident of Jackson County, Mr. Curtis enjoys giving back and serving his community by, among other things, serving on the Board of Directors of the Jackson Symphony Orchestra (JSO) and the Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea, Michigan. He also serves as trustee for several charitable trusts.

Education

  • Wayne State University
    Juris Doctor, May 1970
  • University of Michigan
    Bachelor of Arts, May 1967

Bar Admissions

  • All Michigan State Courts
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

Professional Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan - Sections on Business Law, Probate & Estate Planning 
  • Jackson County Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Jackson Symphony Orchestra - Board of Directors
  • Purple Rose Theatre - Board of Directors (Chairman from 2008 to 2014)
  • Philip C. Curtis Charitable Trust for the Encouragement of Art - Trustee
  • Jackson School of the Arts - Board of Directors (Former)
  • Ella Sharp Museum - Board of Trustees (Former)
  • Family Service & Children's Aid - Board of Directors (Former President)
  • Jackson County Legal Aid Society - Board of Directors (Former President)
  • Jackson YMCA - Board of Directors (Former)

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