G. Michael Curtin, 61, of Hudson, Ohio, passed away unexpectedly on December 15, 2017 at home. Born in Brooklyn, New York to Gerard M. Curtin and Marilyn (nee McSherry) Curtin on August 8, 1956, Michael was raised in Livingston, New Jersey where he attended grade school at St. Philomena School. He then attended high school at St. Benedict’s Preparatory School in Newark, New Jersey and graduated from Livingston High School in 1974. Michael earned a B.S. from Georgetown University in 1980. While at Georgetown, he was one of thirteen students selected by the faculty to be inducted into the National Finance Society. Michael earned a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1983. While in law school, Michael was a member of the Moot Court Team, a finalist in the Dean Dunmore Moot Court Tournament, and awarded The Oral Advocacy Award conferred upon a student scoring the highest in the Moot Court Program.
Michael began practicing law with the law firm of Keller, Scully & Williams in Cleveland, which later became Keller & Curtin. In 2003, Michael and his wife, Cindy, opened their own law office known as Curtin & Curtin in Akron where their practice focused on insurance defense and business litigation.
Michael was a well-respected, well-known trial attorney in Northeast Ohio for over three decades. He successfully tried over 100 jury trials in state and federal courts. He was a frequent lecturer and author for continuing legal education classes. He was awarded an AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards. He was also awarded a Top Rated Lawyer in Litigation by Martindale-Hubbell and named a Top Lawyer in Ohio. He was member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Akron Bar Association, and formerly the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association.
Michael was a loving husband and devoted father. He was involved in his children’s sports coaching their youth soccer and baseball teams. He sponsored many teams but was a frequent Hudson Kiwanis baseball sponsor. He continued to follow his childrens' sports through high school and college. One time he offered to take the Roanoke Women’s Lacrosse Team to the local Japanese steakhouse if they beat their archrival. The team was so motivated, they won their game and Michael treated the team to dinner. This was just one example of his competitive spirit, whether regarding sports or debating politics. Discussing politics was a second love. He had the opportunity to meet many national and state politicians. Michael was generous and always willing to help a friend in need. He volunteered on various committees at Seton Catholic School and supported many of their events. A longtime member of The Country Club of Hudson, Michael served on the Board of Trustees and was president in 2001.
Michael is survived by his beloved wife of 27 years, Cindy (nee Hackbirth) Curtin of Hudson, children Lauren Elizabeth Curtin and Michael Peter Curtin, sisters, Sherry (Dave) Varrelman of Philadelphia, PA and Tricia (Mark) Munley of Mendham, NJ, nieces and nephews, Brendan Pailet, NYC, Kelsey Pailet, Philadelphia, Tristan and Marguerite Munley, Mendham, NJ, Lily and Lexi Hackbirth, Virginia Beach, VA. He is preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Peter John Curtin.
Friends are invited for visitation Friday, December 29 from 4 PM – 7 PM at Redmon Funeral Home, 3633 Darrow Road, Stow, Ohio. A mass at St. Mary Church, 340 N. Main Street, Hudson, Ohio will be held on Saturday, December 30 at 10:00 AM.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Seton Catholic School, 6923 Stow Road, Hudson, Ohio 44236 and/or the Roanoke College Women’s Lacrosse Team, Roanoke College, 221 College Lane, Salem, Virginia 24153.