Seventh District Court of Appeals Judge




Judge Gene Donofrio joined the Seventh District Court of Appeals in February 1993. He obtained his B.A. degree in 1975 from Youngstown State University after which he studied at the University of Akron, College of Law. He was awarded his J.D. degree in 1978. After his admission to the Ohio Bar, Judge Donofrio was in the general practice of law for over 14 years. He also was an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for the City of Youngstown as well as Mahoning County. He also served as counsel for the Mahoning County Treasurer and also as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Ohio.

Judge Donofrio has sat by assignment on the Ohio Supreme Court and is a past Chief Justice of the Ohio Courts of Appeals Judges Association.  He was instrumental in acquiring resources for and oversight of construction for the new $3.4 million courthouse for the court. He implemented the off-site Court hearing program at high schools in the district and initiated the law student intern program at the Court.

Judge Donofrio is a member of the Florida Bar and is a member of his local, state and American Bar Associations. Judge Donofrio is a part-time faculty member at Youngstown State University. He has additionally served as legal advisor and board member to alcohol and drug addiction programs and boards. Gene and his wife Janet have three daughters and reside in Canfield.