Buffalo, NY – Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced the appointment of veteran Buffalo attorney David L. Edmunds, Jr. to a vacancy on the Buffalo City Court. Edmunds will fill the vacancy created when City Court Judge Debra L. Givens was appointed to the New York State Court of Claims.
“As I considered potential candidates to take the place of Judge Debra Givens, Mr. Edmunds stood out for his decades of dedicated service and leadership in the Buffalo legal community,” Mayor Brown said. “Throughout his career, he has shown himself to possess the character, intellect, and temperament necessary to serve our City and our residents well. We are very fortunate he has accepted the position.”
Edmunds, who was sworn in by Chief City Court Judge Craig D. Hannah in a ceremony in the Mayor’s Office, will serve the remainder of Givens’ term, which runs through December 31, 2021. Judge Givens is the first woman and the first African American to serve on the state Court of Claims.
Born and raised in Buffalo, Edmunds, 65, and is a graduate of Hutchinson Central Technical High School. He received his Juris Doctorate from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Rochester. He is also a member of Sigma Pi Phi fraternity.
Edmunds began his legal career as a Reginald Heber Smith Community Law Fellow at Neighborhood Legal Services in Buffalo, representing low-income clients in all legal services areas.
He has served as Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Liquor Authority for the past 11 years, using his broad legal and managerial background to manage operations that are necessary to perform the mission of the Authority.
He previously served as Special Counsel at Buffalo’s Phillips Lytle, L.L.P., where his practice was focused in the areas of civil litigation defense, including matters involving personal injury, premises liability, and professional liability, ethics and professional responsibility.
He also served as the Chief Counsel to the Attorney Grievance Committees for the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth Judicial Department.
He was also a partner at Buffalo’s Damon and Morey LLP, now known as Barclay Damon LLP, and previously served as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General-in-Charge of the Buffalo Regional Office for the New York State Department of Law.
Edmunds has also served in several leadership positions in the legal community, including Vice-President and Executive Board member of the New York State Bar Association, and President of the Bar Association of Erie County, the Minority Bar Association of Western New York, and the Minority Bar Association Foundation.
Since 2006, Mayor Brown has appointed nine individuals to the bench, including five minority Buffalo City Court judges and five female judges. Those judges include: Craig D. Hannah, Betty Calvo Torres, Susan Eagan, Amy Martoche, JaHarr Pridgen, Shannon M. Heneghan, Peter J. Savage III, Phillip Dabney, Jr., and David L. Edmunds, Jr.