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Partner Tom Curti Retires

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Tom Curti retires

We’ve hinted about it and announced it. We’ve celebrated his career and accomplishments. This week, though, it became final: Tom Curti retires.

Tom Curti, Wisconsin transplant

In 1973, Tom moved from his native Wisconsin to Tucson in order to attend the University of Arizona College of Law. He had grown up in a small town outside La Crosse, Wisconsin. The remaining eleven Curti siblings wished him well in his travel to the desert southwest.

Tucson looked pretty exotic, but Tom took to it. Like many Arizona law graduates, he decided to stay. But he has always demonstrated that, though you can take the boy out of Wisconsin … well, you know how that line ends.

Tom has regularly demonstrated a peculiar talent. On entering any room full of strangers, within minutes he can find, befriend and engage in close conversation with the one stranger with Wisconsin ties.

Law practice

Tom graduated from law school and passed the Arizona bar exam in 1976. In fact, he became a lawyer just minutes before his classmate Robert Fleming. The Arizona State Bar assigns every new lawyer a number, issued in chronological order. Tom’s number is nine digits lower than Robert’s.

In early 1977, Tom was persuaded to join the very-new law firm of Vincent & Fleming; the partnership was renamed Vincent, Fleming & Curti. Within a year the three lawyers had added a fourth. That partnership was Tom’s first, and would presage a later return to the same principal partner.

The young partnership (both in time and in ages of partners) broke up in 1979, and the partners went their separate (professional) ways. About that same time, though, Tom met his future wife, Lois. In fact, he was introduced by mutual friends Robert and Rhonda Fleming. Tom and Lois got married and had three boys: Chris, Andy and Stephen.

While Tom was a sole practitioner, Robert was off trying government law jobs. When he went back into private law practice, he and Tom began to work together again — though informally at first. In 1991 and 1992, Tom spearheaded a search for an office building that the two could share.

Beginning in 1992, Tom and Robert moved into the converted residence they have occupied since, at 330 N. Granada Ave. Actually, when they moved in it was 396 N. Granada Ave. — but that’s a story for another day.

Fleming & Curti, PLC, is formed

In 1994 Tom and Robert decided to try partnership again. That choice seems to have been validated by its 25-year successful run. People who are not close observers of the law practice may not appreciate that a 25-year partnership is actually an extraordinary thing.

When Tom and Robert started their second partnership, they had a combined three employees. Today, as Tom Curti retires, the staff has grown to twenty-two. The partners have worked on a local, regional and national reputation for elder law, trust administration, and especially special needs trusts. Tom has been a fixture in that environment for a quarter century.

The Fleming & Curti, PLC, family has included legal assistants, case managers, financial staff (and, for the past several years, a CPA), partners and associate attorneys. In his quarter century of partnership and 43 years of practice, Tom has been known as a calm, centered practitioner with a big heart and exceptional skills. His talents will be sorely missed.

Tom Curti retires

Late last year, Tom decided it was time to play more golf and spend less time staring at computer screens. His colleagues and staff made an announcement, scheduled (and hosted) a big celebration of his practice, and prepared for the now-inevitable eventuality. Still, it has seemed unreal — but this week, it became real.

What will Tom do now? We suspect golf will be involved. So will real estate work (he and his wife have, over the years, acquired property that needs management and development). His sons, and their wives, will undoubtedly make a claim on his time.

What will we do without him?

Tom will be sorely missed. His philosophy of practice will carry forward with the new partners in the firm, Elizabeth Noble Rollings Friman and Jacquelyne J. Mingle. Even a casual reader might note that it will take two new partners to fill in for (not replace) him.

Tom’s legacy will include a spirit of compassion and calm. Besides that, we do not expect him to be a stranger to the firm. If you have had the pleasure of working or interacting with Tom in the past 43 years, rest assured: though Tom Curti retires, his spirit and his influence will not.

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Robert B. Fleming


Robert Fleming is a Fellow of both the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. He has been certified as a Specialist in Estate and Trust Law by the State Bar of Arizona‘s Board of Legal Specialization, and he is also a Certified Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation. Robert has a long history of involvement in local, state and national organizations. He is most proud of his instrumental involvement in the Special Needs Alliance, the premier national organization for lawyers dealing with special needs trusts and planning.

Robert has two adult children, two young grandchildren and a wife of over fifty years. He is devoted to all of them. He is also very fond of Rosalind Franklin (his office companion corgi), and his homebound cat Muninn. He just likes people, their pets and their stories.

Elizabeth N.R. Friman


Elizabeth Noble Rollings Friman is a principal and licensed fiduciary at Fleming & Curti, PLC. Elizabeth enjoys estate planning and helping families navigate trust and probate administrations. She is passionate about the fiduciary work that she performs as a trustee, personal representative, guardian, and conservator. Elizabeth works with CPAs, financial professionals, case managers, and medical providers to tailor solutions to complex family challenges. Elizabeth is often called upon to serve as a neutral party so that families can avoid protracted legal conflict. Elizabeth relies on the expertise of her team at Fleming & Curti, and as the Firm approaches its third decade, she is proud of the culture of care and consideration that the Firm embodies. Finding workable solutions to sensitive and complex family challenges is something that Elizabeth and the Fleming & Curti team do well.

Amy F. Matheson


Amy Farrell Matheson has worked as an attorney at Fleming & Curti since 2006. A member of the Southern Arizona Estate Planning Council, she is primarily responsible for estate planning and probate matters.

Amy graduated from Wellesley College with a double major in political science and English. She is an honors graduate of Suffolk University Law School and has been admitted to practice in Arizona, Massachusetts, New York, and the District of Columbia.

Prior to joining Fleming & Curti, Amy worked for American Public Television in Boston, and with the international trade group at White & Case, LLP, in Washington, D.C.

Amy’s husband, Tom, is an astronomer at NOIRLab and the Head of Time Domain Services, whose main project is ANTARES. Sadly, this does not involve actual time travel. Amy’s twin daughters are high school students; Finn, her Irish Red and White Setter, remains a puppy at heart.

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Matthew M. Mansour


Matthew is a law clerk who recently earned his law degree from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. His undergraduate degree is in psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Matthew has had a passion for advocacy in the Tucson community since his time as a law student representative in the Workers’ Rights Clinic. He also has worked in both the Pima County Attorney’s Office and the Pima County Public Defender’s Office. He enjoys playing basketball, caring for his cat, and listening to audiobooks narrated by the authors.