Joseph A. Curcillo

About Joseph A. Curcillo, III

Joseph A. Curcillo, III is Of Counsel to Curcillo & Maclay in Harrisburg. He has been practicing criminal law since 1985. Because Attorney Curcillo has experience serving as both a criminal defense lawyer and prosecutor, he offers well-balanced insight into most effectively handling criminal cases. Contact our office to schedule an appointment.
Joseph A. Curcillo, III

Of Counsel, CFO of Curcillo & Maclay

As a former prosecutor, he serves as a challenging courtroom adversary when he is representing his criminal defense clients. As a former prosecutor, he handled numerous DUI, white-collar crime, and child abuse cases, as well as other types of criminal cases. Today, Attorney Curcillo's main practice area is criminal defense.

In addition to representing clients through his private practice, he currently holds the positions of Dauphin County Chief Solicitor, as well as Solicitor for East Pennsboro Township in Cumberland County. Mr. Curcillo brings highly valuable insight to the juvenile law cases he handles, as he acted as a Juvenile Master for the Court of Common Pleas of Dauphin County from 2000 through 2011.

As an active member of the Dauphin County, Franklin County, and PA bar associations, he remains highly involved in the local legal community.
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Background as a Prosecutor

Attorney Curcillo graduated with his J.D. from Temple University School of Law in 1985. Over the next decade, he went on to become an Assistant District Attorney and Deputy District Attorney in two PA counties (Clearfield and Dauphin counties), a partner at a private law firm (MacIntyre, Curcillo & MacIntyre), a Special Child Abuse Prosecutor for the District Attorney of York County's child abuse unit, and Acting Chief Deputy Attorney General for the PA Office of Attorney General.

He eventually redirected his focus to criminal defense, venturing out into his own private practice. Today, he is a highly experienced criminal defense lawyer who works vigorously to uphold the rights of individuals who have been arrested and charged with all types of crimes.

Because of the extent of his knowledge and skill, Mr. Curcillo has frequently provided presentations on trial advocacy strategies in Continuing Legal Education programs for the PA Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the PA Bar Institute, and the Dauphin County Bar Association.

In addition to that, he has worked as an adjunct professor at the Widener University School of Law and as an Evidence and Courtroom Presentation instructor at the regional Municipal Police Academy.
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Involvement in the Legal Community

Attorney Curcillo has taken on numerous leadership roles in a number of professional organizations. He is currently President of the Dauphin County Bar Foundation, Zone 3 Director for the PA Bar Foundation, a member of the PA Bar Association (PBA) Criminal Justice Section and of the PBA Editorial Committee, and a member of the PA Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers' Board of Directors.

He has previously served as President of the Dauphin County Bar Association (DCBA). In addition to his legal association activities, Mr. Curcillo serves as President of McDevitt High School's Board of Directors as well as President of the Psychic Entertainers Association.

Clients can turn to Attorney Curcillo for defense in various levels of the court system. He has been admitted to practice in the state courts of PA; in the U.S. District Court's Western, Eastern and Middle districts of PA; in the U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit; and in the U.S. Supreme Court. 
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Areas of Practice

  • Criminal law
  • DUI / DWI
  • White collar crimes
  • Traffic violations
  • Entertainment, sports, and leisure law
  • Motor vehicle accidents - plaintiff
  • Personal injury - plaintiff

Litigation Percentage

  • 90% of practice devoted to litigation
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Experience

  • Of Counsel, Curcillo & Maclay, 2017 - Present
  • Managing Attorney of Curcillo Law, LLC., 2012 - 2016
  • Chief Solicitor, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, 2012 - 2016
  • Solicitor to Board of Commissioners at East Pennsboro Township, Cumberland County, January 2010 - 2014
  • Partner at Beinhaur & Curcillo, February 1997 - 2011
  • Hearing Officer at Capital Tax Collection Bureau, February 2010 - October 2011
  • Juvenile Hearing Examiner at Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas, January 2000 - March 2011
  • Vice President / Treasurer at Colonial Land Transfer, January 1997 - August 2009
  • Adjunct Professor at Widener School of Law, January 1994 - May 2006
  • Instructor at Municipal Police Academy, February 1988 - January 2005
  • Speaker, Entertainer, and Consultant at Thought Emporium, Ltd, January 1995 - Present
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Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Western District of PA, 1986
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of PA, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of PA, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1997
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Education

  • Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, PA: J.D. - 1985
  • Temple University, Philadelphia, PA - Major: Engineering
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Honors and Awards

  • NACDA, Nationally Rated Top 10 Ranking, Criminal Trial Lawyers 2016 - 2017
  • National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Trial Lawyers 2014 - 2017
  • American Society of Legal Advocates, Top 100 Lawyers 2016 - 2017
  • Superior DUI Attorney, The National Advocacy for DUI Defense 2014 - 2017
  • Select Lawyers Susquehanna Style 2014 - 2017
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® - 2006 - 2017 
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ - BV® Distinguished™ - 2001 - 2017
The BV® certification is an excellent rating for a lawyer. As a widely respected mark of achievement, it differentiates a lawyer from his or her competition.

Classes / Seminars

  • Instructor: Criminal Law, Procedure, Evidence, and Testimony; Municipal Police Academy, Harrison Community College
  • Instructor: Intensive Trial Advocacy Program, Widener School of Law
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Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Criminal Justice Section, 2004 - Present
  • PBA Bar Foundation, Zone 3 Director, 2008 - Present
  • PBA Editorial Committee, 2008 - Present
  • PBA Bar Foundation, Promotion and Events Committee, 2008 - Present
  • PBA County Conference of Bar Leaders, Board, 2010 - 2017
  • PBA House of Delegates, 2005 - Present
  • PBA Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, 2007 - 2010
  • Dauphin County Bar Association (DCBA), President, 2005
  • DCBA, Vice-President, 2003
  • DCBA, Secretary, 2002
  • DCBA Court Relations Committee, Chair, 2005 - Present
  • DCBA Court Relations Committee, Bench Bar Conference, Chair, 2007 - Present
  • DCBA Board of Directors, 2000 - 2006
  • DCBA Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation Program, 2004 - 2006
  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (PACDL), Board of Directors, 1997 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Legislative Chair, 2000 - Present
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Past Employment Positions

  • Regional Director, Medicaid Fraud Control Section at Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, October 1995 - January 1997
  • Acting Chief Deputy Attorney General at Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, October 1995 - March 1996
  • Deputy Attorney General at Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, November 1991 - September 1995
  • Special Child Abuse Prosecutor, Child Abuse Unit, District Attorney of York County, July 1990 - November 1991
  • Solicitor to the Coroner at Dauphin County, PA, January 1990 - January 1991
  • Partner at MacIntyre, Curcillo & MacIntyre, June 1989 - June 1990
  • Instructor at Harrisburg Area Community College, September 1989 - May 1990
  • Deputy District Attorney at Dauphin County, September 1987 - June 1989
  • Assistant District Attorney at Clearfield County, August 1985 - September 1987

Fraternities

  • Phi Alpha Delta
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