Burch & Cracchiolo P.A. (Phoenix, AZ) is pleased to announce that founding partner, Daniel Cracchiolo, was recently inducted into the Maricopa County Bar Association Hall of Fame.
Daniel Cracchiolo, together with his law partner Frank Haze Burch, founded the law firm that bears their name in January of 1970, which is located in the central Phoenix corridor. He serves as Chairman of his law firm, Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A.
Born in Detroit, Michigan in 1929, Dan Cracchiolo can claim a long and illustrious history in the legal profession. He received his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Arizona in 1952 and that same year he joined the State Bar of Arizona and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Evo DeConcini, a justice of the Arizona Supreme Court. Thereafter, he spent three years as Deputy County Attorney of Maricopa County. In January of 1954, he was called to serve in the United States Air force with the rank of First Lieutenant and served honorably until discharged in late 1956. He is a member of the prestigious International Academy of Trial Lawyers (1981), the American Judicature Society and the International Association of Defense Counsel, among many other professional organizations, and he appears under two separate categories in Best Lawyers in America. Mr. Cracchiolo has been the recipient of many awards, including the Center City Starr Award (1999), the Italian-American Man of the Year (2002), a “Special Award of Honor” by the State Bar of Arizona in recognition of more than 50 years of service in the legal profession, and the Champion of the Year Award through the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix (2004).
Mr. Cracchiolo has been an integral part of the Phoenix community and various philanthropic organizations for many years. He was president of COMPAS (Combined Metropolitan Phoenix Arts and Sciences), a fund-raising group established many years ago to support the region’s five major cultural organizations: the Phoenix Art Museum, the Heard Museum, the Phoenix Zoo, the Desert Botanical Garden and the Phoenix Symphony.
Since its inception in 1985, Dan Cracchiolo served as president and director of the Steele Foundation, a private foundation dedicated to the support of religious, educational and scientific endeavors. Endowed by his clients, Horace and Ethel Steele, the Steele Foundation now donates approximately $ 5 million each year to various community causes. Beneficiaries include Steele Indian School Park, Burton Burr Library, The Phoenix Art Museum, the Science Museum, the Heard Museum, and the Herberger Center. Other recipients of grants and support include religious educational institutions, the University of Arizona and Arizona State University, and various health organizations and charities throughout the state. In 2009, Mr. Cracchiolo was honored with the dedication of the Daniel F. Cracchiolo law library at the University of Arizona School of Law and in 2010 he was inducted into the Maricopa County Bar Association Hall of Fame.
Dan Cracchiolo continues to be active in his professional pursuits at the law firm of Burch and Cracchiolo as well as many philanthropic endeavors through his leadership with the Steele Foundation.