Judge Profile

Christopher J. Burns

Judicial Experience:

  • Justice, Supreme Court, Erie County, Re-Elected, 2010 to 2023
  • Justice, Supreme Court, Erie County, Elected, 1996 to 2009
  • Associate Justice, Appellate Div., 4th Dept., Appointed by Gov. George Pataki, 2000 to 2003
  • Justice, Town Court, Elected, 1984 to 1995

Other Professional Experience:

  • Adjunct Faculty Member, Medaille College, 1997 to 1999
  • Faculty, Local Court Justice Training, Office of Court Administration, 1989 to 1995
  • Attorney, Private Law Practice, 1984 to 1995
  • Assistant District Attorney, Erie County District Attorney's Office, 1979 to 1983

Education:

  • J.D., University at Buffalo Law School, 1979
  • B.A., Canisius College, 1974

Admission to the Bar:

  • Federal Court, Western District, 1982
  • New York State, Appellate Division,Fourth Department, 1980

Professional Civic Activities/Honors/Awards:

  • Member, New York State Bar Assn., 1980 - present
  • Member, Erie County Bar Assn., 1980 - present
  • Director and Past Vice-President, University at Buffalo Law Alumni Assn., 2000 - present
  • Member and Past President, Eighth Judicial District Justices Assn., 1996 - present
  • Past Vice-President, Judges and Police Conference, 1980 - 2003
Profile provided by the New York State Office of Court Administration.