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Daniel E. Curry





dec [at] ssdslaw [dot] com


Areas of Practice

Daniel E. Curry represents public and private labor unions and their members in a broad range of labor and employment areas. His labor law practice includes Federal and State litigation, labor arbitration, and proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board and the California Public Employment Relations Board.  Mr. Curry counsels labor unions on strategic labor organizing, collective bargaining, internal union affairs/LMRDA, Workplace Safety/OSHA, and legislative and regulatory matters. He is admitted to the Bar of the states of California, Kansas, Arizona, and New York, as well as numerous federal appellate and trial courts.

Professional History

Mr. Curry has extensive experience litigating matters before the NLRB and California PERB, including City of Glendale, PERB Dec. No. 2694-M 2020), which established significant precedent regarding layoffs due to subcontracting of bargaining unit work and resulted in a $5.5 million settlement, and Tesla Inc., 370 NLRB No. 101 (2021), which held that Tesla committed numerous unfair labor practices at its Fremont, California manufacturing plant.  In 2022, Mr. Curry argued on behalf of the United Auto Workers before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in the case Telsa v. NLRB; a decision is pending. Other victories include arbitration awards ordering reinstatement and backpay for wrongfully terminated employees and obtaining a sizeable settlement agreement against a movie production company for contract violations.


Mr. Curry is a chapter editor for the California Public Sector Labor Relations and contributing editor for The Developing Labor Law, two prominent labor law treatises. He is also a member of the AFL-CIO Union Lawyers Alliance, the Labor and Employment Law Section of the American Bar Association, and the National Lawyers Guild, LA Worker's Rights Committee.


Mr. Curry previously worked as a law clerk in the legal departments of the Communication Workers of America and the Service Employees International Union, where he provided assistance to national campaigns to organize hospital workers and to raise the minimum wage. He was Articles Editor of the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics and is the author of "The March Toward Justice: Assessing the Impact of Turner v. Rogers on Civil Access-to-Justice Reforms," 25 GEO. J. LEGAL ETHICS 487 (2012).


Outside of his legal practice, Mr. Curry is an avid cyclist, backpacker, and craft beer connoisseur.

Education & Professional Associations

  • Georgetown University Law Center - Articles Editor, the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics.

  • Communication Workers of America, Clerkship

  • Service Employees International Union, Clerkship

  • American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section

  • AFL-CIO Union Lawyers Alliance

  • California Employment Lawyers Association

  • National Lawyers Guild, Los Angeles Worker's Right Committee

Presentations & Publications

  • 2021 ABA 15th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, Panelist - Employee Mobility, Remote Work and Trade Secrets Litigation

  • 2019 ABA 13th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, Panelist - NLRB Rulemaking under the APA: Proposals to Revive Notice and Comment Rulemaking and Its Effect on Practitioners

  • Chapter Editor, Chapter 16, "Duty of Fair Representation", California Public Sector Labor Relations, 2nd edition (ongoing)

  • Author, "The March Toward Justice: Assessing the Impact of Turner v. Rogers on Civil Access-to-Justice Reforms," Note, 25 GEO. J. LEGAL ETHICS 487 (2012)

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