August 2000

Douglas W. Dimitroff

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Doug Dimitroff is one of those many Baby Boomers we're fortunate to have among us. He's a doer...a "mover and shaker".

Born in 1961, Doug grew up in Western New York and is committed to this area.

A lot is said and written about the many young people who leave Buffalo for "greener pastures" elsewhere. But too little is said or written about people like Douglas W. Dimitrff...people who stay here and make an important contribution to changing this community for the better. For example, Doug is one of the founders and a board member of The New Millennium Group of Western New York, and is chair of its Work Force Development Action Group. In this role he was instrumental in developing the website, which brings employers and people seeking jobs together.

Doug is also on the board of Infotel Niagara, a trade association made up of information technology companies.

A native of Buffalo, Doug spent a year at a New York City law firm, White & Case, after graduating cum laude from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School in 1989. He was admitted to law practice in 1990.

He then joined Philips, Lytle, Hitchcock, Blaine and Huber, LLP, where he is now a partner in the firm. A member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and the Erie County Bar Association, Doug is also a member of the Site Owners and Managers Division of the Personal Communications Industry Association. This is a group of companies involved in the telecommunications industry.

At Philips, Lytle, he focuses on the areas of commercial, real estate and telecommunications law.

Doug Dimitroff graduated from Williamsville East High School in 1980. He fondly remembers growing up in Amherst and recalls what a tremendous education he received there.

"Our public and private schools are such a strong part of the foundation of this community," he says. "I think we often overlook how lucky we are to have such great schools in the area."

Fortunately, Western New York has a good supply of young men and women who are "movers and shakers" like Doug Dimitroff. These are the who are building Buffalo's future. They deserve our applause and support.

It was Doug's parents Chet and Joyce Dimitroff who encouraged him at an early age to help others through community involvement.

They also taught him and his two brothers Donald and David and sister Debbie, the importance of a strong family. Doug and his wife Grace, an area pediatrician, have two young girls, Ariana 10 and Gisella 4, and two sons, Cameron 10 and Spencer 2.


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