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Donald Mark Thompson

Appeals Attorney at Rochester, NY

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About Donald

Learn Donald’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Appeals
    Direct appeals in criminal cases to all levels of state and federal appellate courts, challenges to convictions based on newly discovered evidence or DNA evidence, federal habeas proceedings, other collateral challenges to criminal convictions

    37 years, 500 cases

  2. Other

Licensed for 36 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 1987
Updated 11/17/2022
State IA
Status Inactive
Acquired 1986
Updated 03/14/2023

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Easton Thompson Kasperek Shiffrin LLP
16 W Main St Ste 243
Rochester, NY, 14614-1601


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Posted by Thomas K. Conolly | May 18, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Donald Mark Thompson is a liar and a very poor quality attorney not to be trusted at all.
I hired Donald Mark Thompson in Oct, 2009. He charged me $15,000 cash up front for a simple marijuana charge that I was entitled by law to go through drug court. I had legally borrowed money from my home equity loan and proved that to him with every bank transaction I ever made with my credit union within the first month 8 years ago this Oct. The police stole from my home and bank account over $25,000. My co defendant spent half as much money and had several Class B felonies that should have not qualified him for drug court. Specifically, he was charged with a large quantity of heroin, methadone, morphine and several other non prescribed class B felonies, and 140 marijuana plants growing in his house. I ended up completing drug court after 1.5 years. I ended up with a conviction and my co defendant got a sealed record. That was his third conviction. 2 in NYS and one in NJ. All sealed and he is now earning over $100,000 per year legally as a professional engineer. I am disabled and live on a tiny SSDI check after being run over on my motorcycle by a drunk driver. They did not take a penny from him. Mr. Thompson for 8 years has been dragging his feet and committed Mal Practice against me. He was thrown out of the Federal court in Rochester NY and yesterday I had an 8 minute hearing in NYC appeals court. He promised to call me after the meeting but did not keep his word. Would you want an attorney like that working for you? I am now going to retain a Mal Practice attorney from a bigger city who says I have a very strong case against him. I have offered to mitigate damages several times, asked for his Insurance carrier and policy. He refused. I asked if the partners are aware of his incompetence and if they would like to settle without insurance or court. Today I left messages for his partners so that they are aware of this nonsense wasting 8 years without a single Federal court appearance. In the beginning he told me he does a lot of work in the Federal court and that was why he was charging twice the going rate. He said the police had to lie to get a search warrant since I was nowhere's near my house when arrested. He calls himself a deep thinker. I think differently. He should have settled with me long ago. Many many years ago. This could drag out 8 more years and he could care less about me or my family. That gets personal. He is not a man of his word and hurt me much more than he helped.
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  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Easton Thompson Kasperek Shiffrin LLP
  • 2008 - Present
  • Law clerk, part time
  • Rochester City Court
  • 1990 - 2002
  • Owner
  • Donald M. Thompson,P.C.
  • 1987 - 2008


  • Drake University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1986

Legal Cases

  • People v. Douglas Warney
  • Wrongfully conviction vacated, defendant released


  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Board Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Pretrial Services Corporation
  • Board Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • New York State Defenders Association
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • Monroe County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Charles F. Crimi Memorial Award
  • New York State Bar Association
  • 2005
  • Charles F. Crimi Memorial Award
  • Monroe County Bar Association
  • 2005

Speaking Engagements

  • More than you can shake a stick at
  • Criminal defense and appeals
  • N/A

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (0)
Endorse Donald
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. A lawyer can accomplish certain things. A compassionate lawyer can accomplish far better things. My friend, Don Thompson is of the latter variety."
Appeals Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"One of the very best around. Donald is caring and hard working. He is compassionate and smart. I have entrusted him with clients and he has done extraordinary work on those cases. He is truly a lawyer of last resort. Donald is a brave lawyer who truly walks the walk in saving lives. I am humbled to have him as a colleague and lucky to have him as a friend."
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Rochester Appeals Lawyer Donald Mark Thompson
Donald Mark Thompson
Appeals Attorney
Rochester, NY
Licensed for 36 years