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ABOUT JOHN

Over the last 34 years, Judge DeMarco has been involved in the legal system in a number of different capacities: a prosecutor, trial lawyer, corporate counsel and a sitting judge. Throughout his judicial tenure, his contributions to jurisprudence, court administration and the community have earned him significant recognition. Keep reading to learn more about his qualifications and accomplishments.

BACKGROUND

Judge DeMarco was admitted to practice law in New York State in 1985 and began his career as a prosecutor at the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office.  After three years, he entered into private practice where he spent the majority of his career (20 years) as a partner at the law firms of Hodgson-Russ and Phillips-Lytle in the litigation/trial practice groups concentrating in the areas of business litigation and white collar criminal defense.  He also served as Town Attorney for Irondequoit between 1993 and 2000.

Judge DeMarco’s judicial career began in Irondequoit Town Court where he was twice elected and served from 2001 to 2009.  He was elected to the Monroe County Court bench in 2009 and a year later was appointed as Acting Supreme Court Justice.  In January 2014, Judge DeMarco took over as lead judge of the Rochester Treatment Courts and in 2016 he was appointed as the Treatment Court Supervising Judge for the 7th Judicial District. 

As a Monroe County Court Judge, he has presided over a thousand criminal cases, including hundreds of violent felony offenses and approximately 50 homicides.  Additionally, Judge DeMarco has decided dozens of local court appeals and post-conviction motions.  

Judge DeMarco was appointed to serve as an Acting Supreme Court Justice and in that capacity he has handled numerous civil cases expeditiously and equitably, including, but not limited to, landlord tenant disputes, guardianship proceedings, civil confinement petitions, sex offender registration classifications, name change applications, pistol permit applications and revocations, default judgments, matrimonials and adoptions.

As the Supervising Judge of the Treatment Courts for the 7th Judicial District, Judge DeMarco has been integral in expanding, and presiding over, some of the most reputable and high volume courts in the State.  The Rochester Treatment Courts are a national model that have been recognized as the gold standard of best practice to other communities looking to establish or improve their Treatment Courts.

Judge DeMarco has by choice devoted half of his first term in County Court to addressing the opioid crisis not only in Rochester and Monroe County but throughout the eight-county 7th Judicial District.  He has personally presided over the Felony Drug Courts (Judicial Diversion Program, DWI Court and Veterans Treatment Court) and has played an instrumental role in the successful transitioning of literally hundreds of people from addiction to recovery.  Because of his experience, he was tasked by the Administrative Judge on behalf of the Chief Judge of the State of New York to spearhead the creation of an Opioid Court/Stabilization Part of the Rochester City Courts.​

JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE

Monroe County Court Judge &
Acting Supreme Court Justice (2009 - Present)

Elected County Court 2009, appointed Acting Supreme Court Justice 2010

 

One of six elected county judges presiding over predominately felony criminal matters and civil proceedings, e.g. civil confinements, sex offender classifications, guardianships, adoptions, landlord/tenant disputes, pistol permit applications and revocations, default judgments, name change applications and matrimonials; presiding appellate court for city, town and village court appeals

Superivising Judge, Treatment Courts (2016 - Present)

Oversight of Monroe County’s five Treatment Courts: Drug Treatment Court (including the newly established Opioid Stabilization Part), Judicial Diversion Program (aka Felony Drug Court), DWI Court, Mental Health Court and Veterans Treatment Court; since 2016 the supervisor of the treatment courts in the counties of Cayuga, Livingston, Ontario, Seneca, Stueben, Wayne and Yates

Presiding Judge, Judicial Diversion Program,
DWI Court & Veterans Treatment Court (2013 - 2018)

Presiding Judge and oversight of 250+ matters each calendar year focusing on clinical, employment, educational and mental health recovery of those non-violent defendants eligible for diversionary programs in partnership with six local and regional hospital and recovery centers 

Supervising Judge, Town & Village Courts (2014 - 2016)

Administrative responsibility for oversight of all Town and Village Courts in the counties of Monroe, Cayuga, Livingston, Ontario, Seneca, Stueben, Wayne and Yates

Irondequoit Town Court Justice (2001 - 2009)

One of three elected judges that presided over criminal and civil proceedings in one of Monroe County’s highest volume courts, handling approximately 20,000 matters per year

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Work Experience

  • Partner-Phillips Lytle LLP, Rochester, NY (1999 - 2010)
    Trial lawyer, civil and criminal litigation

  • Partner-Hodgson Russ LLP, Rochester, NY (1995-1999)
    Trial lawyer, civil and criminal litigation

  • Harris, Evans, Fox & Chesworth (1989-1995)
    Trial lawyer, civil and criminal litigation

  • Municipal Attorney-Town of Irondequoit, Rochester, NY (1993-2001)

  • Monroe County Assistant District Attorney (1986-1988)

Speaker

  • Monroe County Bar Association, Judicial Training

  • Rochester General Hospital  2017

  • Nazareth College 2015

  • National Association of Drug Court Professionals - Houston Conference 2018

  • National Institute of Corrections - Washington Conference 2017

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

  • New York State Drug Courts Strategic Plan Advisory Board 2018

  • National Association for Drug Court Professionals - Justice for Veterans - NYS Legislative Advisory Group 2018

  • Board Member - National Institute of Corrections - Justice Involved Veterans Network 2015 - present 

  • Monroe County Jury Board

  • St. John Fisher College - Board of Directors - Justinian Society 2014 - present

  • National Association of Drug Court Professionals

  • Bar Associations: American, New York State and Monroe County

  • Assigned Counsel Advisory Committee for the Monroe County Bar Association

  • New York State and Monroe County Magistrate Associations 

  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association

  • New York State Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section

  • Criminal Justice Act Panel Attorney - Federal District Court 

  • National Drug Court Institute 

  • National Center for DWI Courts

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 

  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America

AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS

  • National Mentor Court Status for Rochester Veterans Court 2013 - 2016 (NADCP)

  • American Veterans (AMVETS) National Certificate 2018

  • Out of the Darkness Judicial Honor Recipient 2018

  • Awarded 1.8 million SAMHSA Grant to establish Opioid Stabilization Part 2018 

  • Awarded $500,000 BJA Grant to enhance Rochester Veterans Court 2018

  • Recognized as Pilot Site by National Institute of Corrections/Veterans Court 2019

  • Monroe County Magistrates Association Recognition Award 2009

     

​Judge DeMarco played a significant leadership
role in the establishment of the following:

  • Rochester Opioid Stabilization Part 2018

  • Veterans Pod at Monroe County Jail 2017

  • Veterans Treatment Court Ontario County 2015

  • Funding for Rochester Veterans Court Mentors 2016

EDUCATION

University of Kentucky 1978-1979

St. John Fisher College, B.S. 1982

California Western School of Law, J.D. 1985

University of Buffalo School of Law 1984

ADMISSION TO THE BAR

NYS, Appellate Division, Fourth Department 1986

Federal District Court, Western and Northern Districts of New York 1987

Bankruptcy Court 1986