Donald Creadore attended Hartwick College, near Albany, New York (USA), and became involved in numerous extracurricular activities. Among other titles, he served as the president of the management club, and a disc jockey and treasurer for the campus radio station. Thereafter, Donald Creadore attended law school at Loyola University, in New Orleans, Louisiana, the only state of the United States to recognize the civil code tradition of law which, incidentally, China also recognizes.
After graduating in 1986, he returned to New York City, and accepted a job offer from Lloyd F. McMahon, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York. Judge McMahon had just finished his term as Chief Judge for the Southern District and had attained Senior District Judge status. For two years, Donald Creadore experienced first-hand the mechanics of what makes a trial lawyer effective before both the judge and the jury, as practiced by some of the most competent lawyers in their country (USA).
Thereafter, Donald Creadore worked as an associate at a top-25 law firm, as well as for a mid-sized law firm before striking out on his own in 1995. Soon, he was retained by a display company that had one of its trucks confiscated by the local New York City police as it was traveling through the city over a bridge crossing. Obviously, the client wanted the truck and its contents returned as soon as possible; it was just ten days until the Fourth of July, and the contents were intended for numerous displays planned to occur throughout the East Coast of USA. Over the weekend, Donald Creadore determined that the regulation was unconstitutional for a variety of reasons. It was a risky argument to rely upon since they were asking the judge to throw out the entire law, rather than relying upon a technicality or an issue of interpretation. To their credit, the trial court determined that the regulation was, in fact, unconstitutional for the reasons argued by them, and the decision was affirmed upon appeal. Needless to say, the client was impressed with the swift victory and the prompt return of its truck; the whole matter- from seizure to appeal - took less than one week. To Donald Creadore, the effort was well worth the results, and the experience exposed him to a whole new body of law that was genuinely interesting.
That client introduced him the American Pyrotechnics Association, and he is a member of its Display Committee; and, since, 2003, he has written the legal column for Fireworks Business (A kind of magazine which is published by American Fireworks News). Donald Creadore is also an active member of the Pyrotechnics Guild International ("PGI") and National Fireworks Association ("NFA").
Donald Creadore's pyrotechnics law practice has since expanded to where it now includes clients around the country, as well as around the world, including numerous Chinese pyrotechnics manufacturers. An obvious reason for his success has been an unbroken string of victories both in courtroom and in administrative hearings before the ATF and various federal and state regulatory agencies, with one exception.
Donald Creadore is admitted to practice in New York, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, and before the United States Supreme Court. He has also been admitted to, among other jurisdictions, the Southern, Eastern and Northern District Courts of the New York State, the Northern District of New Jersey, the District of Nebraska, the District of Central California, as well as the state courts of Missouri and Kansas. Currently, Donald Creadore has offices located in New York City (near Chinatown), and New Orleans, Louisiana.
Donald Creadore has been formally engaged as Counselor of Fireworkstown.com since Jan. 1st, 2008. The Creadore Law Firm provides the litigation support for Fireworkstown.com. At the same time, he is available to provide legal aid and representation to Chinese fireworks manufacturers.
Donald E. Creadore, Esq.
305 Broadway - 7th Floor
New York, New York 10007
Tel. (212) 355-7200
Fax. (212) 583-0412
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