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Briana Krawczyk, '17, an associate at Barclay Damon LLP, is among the 30 young professionals being recognized for her career achievements, leadership and initiative, community engagement, and potential to become a community leader by Business First of Buffalo.

“It is truly so humbling and gratifying,” she says of the honor. “I have always prided myself on working hard and on how disciplined I am. There were so many missed social opportunities because I chose to study. To be recognized this young is such an honor, and makes me so excited to see what I can accomplish in the future.”

The Niagara Falls, N.Y., native says she enrolled at Niagara University during her first visit to the campus, “because the staff I spoke to were so kind and informative. I knew NU had a good reputation, and I wanted to choose a smaller college to get better one-on-one opportunities.”

Krawczyk majored in international management because she was interested in business, but wanted something “more niche” than a general business degree. This program was a “great springboard” for her, she says.

“It provided me with basic stepping stones to lead to law school, while also allowing me to explore the many areas of business and what opportunities were out there.”

She notes that the late Dr. Peter Baxter, her Pre-Law 101 professor, “truly changed my life. He was such an amazing and practical teacher. He was engaging, funny, but so knowledgeable. He took me under his wing and helped me with my law school applications and the drafting of a written personal statement, a requirement for law school applications. He also coached me through the LSAT. If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

After graduating from Niagara, Krawczyk attended the University at Buffalo School of Law, earning her JD in 2021. While in law school, she served as an investigative intern with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, as a judicial intern with the Erie County Surrogate’s Court, and as a law clerk with Duke, Holzman, Photiadis & Gresens LLP. She joined Barclay Damon LLP in September 2021.

Krawczyk is also active in the community as a volunteer in the Sisters of Charity Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and as a member of the board of directors of the University at Buffalo School of Law Alumni Association’s Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD). In addition to 30 Under 30, Krawczyk was named to the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America®: Trusts and Estates in 2024.

While she doesn’t know exactly what her future holds, Krawczyk knows it will include private practice, and she aspires to become a judge one day. But for now, “I hope to continue to grow my law practice, develop good relationships with my clients, and achieve as much success for them as possible,” she says.