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Drake University Law School, J.D.
SUNY at Plattsburgh
Monroe County Bar Association
New York State Defenders Association
New York State Association of Criminal
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All New York State Courts
United States District Court, Western District of New York
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Donald M. Thompson, Esq.
For over twenty years, Don has maintained a private practice devoted to trial, appellate and post-appellate representation of the criminally accused. Additionally, he has served as counsel for defendants facing the death penalty in both state and federal courts. Don has represented death row inmates in conjunction with the Southern Prisoners' Defense League, in state and federal habeas corpus proceedings and before the United States Supreme Court.
While conducting an active litigation practice, Don also served as a part-time Rochester City Court law clerk for twelve years. He is also a past trustee of the Monroe County Bar Association and past chair of its Criminal Justice Section. Don is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education seminars on criminal trial and appellate practice, including the Appellate Division Fourth Department appellate training seminar, as well as seminars presented by the New York State Judicial Institute for judges and judicial law clerks.
Don has worked independently and together with the Innocence Project to obtain the release and exoneration of wrongfully convicted defendants, including Douglas Warney, who was released after serving 10 years of a 25 to life sentence when renewed DNA testing helped establish that he was innocent of the murder for which he had been convicted and the actual perpetrator confessed, Frank Sterling, who was released after serving nearly 19 years of a 25 to life sentence when renewed DNA testing proved he was innocent and the actual perpetrator confessed, and Freddie Peacock, who was exonerated 21 years after his wrongful conviction when DNA testing showed that he was innocent of the crime for which he was convicted. Don has also assisted clients in recovering damages based on wrongful convictions.
Don is the recipient of the 2011 Founder's Award from the Judicial Process Commission. In 2010, the the New York State Defenders Association awarded Don the 2010 Service of Justice Award for his work in exonerating Frank Sterling. In 2005, Don was the recipient of the New York State Bar Association's Charles F. Crimi Memorial Award, as well as the Monroe County Bar Association's Charles F. Crimi Memorial Award, which recognizes a lawyer who demonstrates his commitment to the legal needs of the poor and disadvantaged. Don is also the recipient of the 2010 New York State Criminal Defense Lawyers' Gideon Champion of Justice Award.
Don is listed in the 2009 - 2011 New York Super Lawyers - Upstate Edition in the Criminal Defense section. View his listing.