Welcome to the law office of Dana A. Curhan, a law firm focusing on criminal and civil appeals and post-judgement motions. We also prepare criminal and civil pleadings on a contract basis for attorneys and law firms.
About Attorney Curhan
Attorney Dana A. Curhan is a graduate of Columbia College and Harvard Law School. He has been an appellate lawyer for more than 32 years and as been in private practice since 1989. In that time, he has drafted appellate briefs in more than 800 criminal and civil cases in both state and federal courts and is by far the most prolific brief writer in Massachusetts history.
Attorney Curhan is admitted to practice before the state and federal courts in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. In addition, he is admitted to practice in the United States Courts of Appeals for the First and Eleventh Circuits, as well as the United States Supreme Court.
Attorney Curhan has been recognized as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer (“Top Rated Appellate Attorney”) every year from 2008 to 2016. He is a member of the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL).
From 1996 to 2002, he was a hearing officer for the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers. From 2006 to 2010, he was a member of the Board of Bar Overseers, finishing his term as Vice Chair of the Board.
Attorney Curhan has written numerous articles and contributed to a number of legal publications. He lectures frequently on issues relating to both criminal and civil appeals, as well as ethical issues.
Attorney Curhan has prepared more than 275 appellate briefs in civil cases in the Massachusetts and federal courts. Topics addressed in these briefs include business litigation, family law, real estate, wills and trusts, employment litigation, zoning and municipal litigation, environmental litigation, and tax issues.
Attorney Curhan has prepared more than 550 appellate briefs in criminal cases in the Massachusetts and federal courts. Cases handled include more than fifty homicide appeals, as well as drug offenses, sex offenses, robberies, and other so-called blue-collar crimes. Attorney Curhan also handles white-collar offenses, such as tax fraud, bank fraud, money laundering, and other financial crimes.
Attorney Curhan has drafted close to 1,000 civil and criminal pretrial motions and supporting memoranda for other lawyers and law firms. Those include motions to suppress and dismiss on the criminal side, and on the civil side, motions for summary judgment, motions to dismiss, complaints, answers, motions in limine, and trial motions of various sorts.
Attorney Curhan has drafted hundreds of criminal post-trial motions and petitions, including motions for a new trial, applications for further appellate review, gatekeeper petitions, federal habeas petitions, and petitions for a writ of certiorari in the United States Supreme Court.
Attorney Curhan routinely handles single justice petitions in both criminal and civil cases. Such petitions typically ask for relief from a justice of the Appeals Court or Supreme Judicial Court while the case is still ongoing in the trial court. Although relief is not often granted, there are circumstances where a mistake made in the trial court is so egregious that it taints the entire case and cannot be remedied during the regular appeal process.