John F. O'Donnell is the Presiding Member of NYSBA's Judicial Section.
Justice O'Donnell was elected as a Family Court Judge in Erie County in 1987. He became the Supervising Judge of that court and was named as an Acting Supreme Court Justice in 1991. He was elected to the Supreme Court in the Eighth Judicial District in 1995 and re-elected in 2004.
Justice O'Donnell presided over the first Erie County Integrated Domestic Violence Part. He is a member of the Family Violence Task Force and both the Statewide and Fourth Department Advisory Committee for Attorneys for Children.
Justice O'Donnell received his J.D. degree from St. John's University School of Law and B.S. in Political Science from Canisius College. Justice O'Donnell is past president of Charles S. Desmond Inn of Court, and a former adjunct faculty at Buffalo Law School.
Justice O'Donnell is also a past president of the Eighth District Supreme Court Justices Association, a former director of WBASNY Western New York Chapter, and past chair of the Fourth Department Attorneys for Children Advisory Committee. He is a recipient of the President's Award from WBASNY-WNY, the Sandy Kulick Award from Lawyers Helping Lawyers, and Jurist of the Year award from the Matrimonial and Family Law Committee of the Erie County Bar Association.
Justice O'Donnell resides in Buffalo.