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Alum Curella honored with 30 Under 30 award


Hamline Law alumnus Douglas Curella Jr., JD '10, has been named a 30 Under Thirty award winner by Buffalo Business First. Curella is New York State Senator Mark Grisanti’s Chief of Staff and Legal Counsel. The 30 Under Thirty award recognizes 30 professionals under the age of 30 in Western New York who are proven performers in their industry and community.

Curella, has served as Senator Grisanti’s Chief of Staff and Legal Counsel since he took first office in 2011 and was an instrumental part in his historic campaign win against Antoine Thompson in 2010, which was labeled as one of the biggest upsets in New York State Elections history.

“I want to congratulate not only Doug but all the deserving award winners on this great achievement. It is great to see so many young professionals deciding to stay here in Western New York and make a difference in our community,” said Senator Mark Grisanti.

Curella is a licensed attorney in the State of New York and serves as “Of Counsel” with The Knoer Group PLLC. He is a member of the Assigned Counsel panel of Erie County. The New York State Bar Association, American Bar Association and the Erie County Bar Association. Curella also serves as a board member for both the Legal Services for the Elderly Disadvantaged and Disabled as well as Daemen College Center for Sustainable Communities and Civic Engagement. Curella was also a selected a fellow in the 2012 for the Bi-National Executive Seminar on Canada-United States Relations sponsored by Brock University and The University at Buffalo.

Curella earned his undergraduate degree at Buffalo State College before completing his JD at Hamline. He also completed certificate programs in Dispute Resolution, Health Law and Health Care Compliance. In law school, Curella was a member of the prestigious National Moot Court Team and served as a national representative for the American Bar Association.

Curella will be featured in the August 15 edition of Business First, and a reception will be held with the winners on Tuesday, Augusts 13 at SoHo Burger Bar in Buffalo, N.Y. Curella currently resides in Clarence, N.Y.

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