Nicholas DeMartino

Nick is a lifelong resident of Syracuse and of the City’s “Northside.” A graduate of Henniger High School, Nick holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (summa cum laude) in Political Science from Brockport State University, in Brockport, New York and a Juris Doctor Degree from Western New England College School of Law in Springfield, Massachusetts. Nick began his legal career in 1986 by serving as a Deputy County Attorney with the Onondaga County Department of Law, where he prosecuted child abuse and neglect cases. He then went on to serve for 16 years as an Assistant District Attorney with the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office. During his tenure as an Assistant District Attorney, Nick prosecuted general felony cases, violent felony and career criminal cases, as well as narcotics cases. He also served as Chief of the White Collar Bureau and was assigned to the Homicide Bureau for eleven (11) years. As an ADA, Nick’s administrative duties included serving as Supervisor of Project PROUD, the District Attorney’s felony drug diversion program, Supervisor of Project Safe Schools and was the District Attorney’s liaison to both the Neighborhood Watch Groups of Syracuse and Neighborhood Watch of Central New York.

Nick left the District Attorney’s Office in 2004 as a Chief Assistant assigned to the Homicide Bureau, which included the prosecution of capital cases.

In 2001, Nick served as a Syracuse City Court Judge, during which time, among his other duties; he initiated and presided over Syracuse Community Court.

In 2004 he joined the Syracuse law firm of Costello, Cooney & Fearon as Special Counsel, where he specialized in Family Law, Criminal Defense and Insurance Defense.

Nick served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Cazenovia College, in Cazenovia, New York for 20 years, where he taught Business Law, Sports Law and Legal and Business Ethics. He also frequently serves as a guest lecturer at Syracuse University and at the Syracuse University School of Law.

In 2014, Nick served as President of the Onondaga County Bar Association.

Nick currently serves on the New York State Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section Executive Committee and serves as the Committee’s representative to the New York State Bar House of Delegates. In addition, he serves as chairperson of both the Criminal Law Section and Membership Committee of the Onondaga County Bar Association, and is a member of the OCBA’s Pro Bono “Talk to a Lawyers Clinic.”

Nick’s community activities include serving as president of The Friends of Schiller Park and has served as Chairperson of The Columbus Day Parade Through Little Italy, has coached soccer at the Eastwood Soccer League and basketball at Our Lady of Pompei School in Syracuse. Nick has also served as the host of the radio show, “Music D’Italia.” Nick is the proud father of his daughter, Elizabeth, a freshman at Oswego State University and a son, Joe, a recent graduate of R.I.T., in Rochester, New York.

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