Hon. Donald Leo

New York City Criminal Court Judge

Judge Donald Leo was born and raised in New York City’s Chinatown, was educated in the public school system and has lived his entire life in New York City.  He graduated in 1988 from New York University with a double-major in Political Science and Art History, and graduated in 1991 from Brooklyn Law School with a juris doctor law degree.

Upon graduation from law school, Donald joined the New York County (Manhattan) District Attorney’s Office and was assigned to the Trials Division and Sex Crimes Unit, where he prosecuted narcotics and violent felonies, specializing in sex crimes and homicides.  He left the District Attorney’s Office in 2004 and joined the corporate investigations firm of Fortress Global Investigations, where he was the Managing Director in charge of business development.

In 2007, Donald returned to public service by joining the New York State Office of the Attorney General, and became the Deputy Bureau Chief of the Sex Offender Management Bureau, where he was responsible for the civil confinement of violent sex offenders pursuant to New York State Mental Hygiene Law Article 10 after their release from prison.  In December 2015, he was appointed as a New York City Criminal Court Judge by Mayor Bill DeBlasio.  He currently serves in the Domestic Violence/Special Victims Part of Kings County Criminal Court and lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.


September 23, 2017
Bootcamp: Road to the Bench: Review of the Application, the Interview, and getting Endorsements
9:00 AM  -  10:30 AM