Craig Varnen

Curtis parent Craig Varnen joined the Board last year after already serving the school well as a member of the Board’s Finance Committee.
A long-time partner at the law firm of Irell & Manella, Craig is an experienced trial attorney who has represented clients in a broad range of complex, “bet the company” disputes. Craig’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on defending companies and their boards of directors and corporate officers in securities-related lawsuits and regulatory proceedings. Craig is also regularly retained to provide advice on issues of fiduciary duty, conduct high profile internal investigations, and handle cases involving trade secrets and employment contracts. He is a member of Irell’s Executive Committee, Vice Chair of the Litigation Group and Chair of the Securities Litigation Group.

Craig graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, San Diego, where he received a B.A. in Economics. He attended law school at the University of California, Berkeley, where he graduated Order of the Coif and was an editor for the California Law Review. Prior to joining Irell & Manella, Craig clerked for the Honorable Cynthia Holcomb Hall of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Craig supports a number of local and national charitable organizations and regularly volunteers at pro bono legal organizations and non-profit law firms that provide free legal services to people who live at or below the poverty level.

Craig and his wife, Ashley, are the proud parents of Curtis 3rd grade twins Hunter (’24) and Luke (’24).
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