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Philip J. Curtis

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

Legal Assistant: Susan Gray

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 right 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 attorney. 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 mergers and acquisitions; sales of businesses and equipment; business reorganizations; business succession planning; complex real estate transactions; and employee benefits and retirement plan design, preparation, and administration.

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.

Mr. Curtis also represents individuals in designing and implementing estate plans, including complex trusts; resolving tax issues; 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 the University of Michigan, Mr. Curtis attended the University of Arizona, where he swam from the Arizona Wildcats.

As a lifelong resident of Jackson County, Mr. Curtis enjoys his family, and giving back and serving his community by, among other things, serving on the Board of Directors of the Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea, Michigan, and supporting many other worthwhile arts organizations including the Jackson School of the Arts and the Jackson Symphony Orchestra. He also serves as trustee for several charitable trusts and private foundations.


  • 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: Business Law, Probate & Estate Planning 
  • Jackson County Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Purple Rose Theatre - Board of Directors (Chairman 2008 to 2014)
  • Philip C. Curtis Charitable Trust for the Encouragement of Art - Trustee
  • Jackson School of the Arts - Board of Directors (Former)
  • Jackson Symphony Orchestra - 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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