Meet the District Attorney

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn welcomes you to the Erie County District Attorney's Office.

DA Flynn is our chief law enforcement official representing the citizens of Erie County.

The District Attorney's Office, regardless of the police agency conducting the investigation, is responsible for the just prosecution of nearly every crime committed in Erie County. This includes the prosecution of misdemeanor cases in the city, town and village courts; the prosecution of felony cases in State Supreme Court and Erie County Court; and the prosecution of misdemeanor and felony cases in several specialty courts. This office is also responsible for all post-conviction litigation in the state and federal appellate courts.

In addition to annually litigating approximately 35,000 criminal cases in over 60 different courts, the District Attorney presents cases to the Erie County Grand Jury and serves as its legal advisor. This office also provides legal advice and investigation support to all federal, state and county agencies charged with investigating criminal activity in Erie County.

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Old County Hall once again lit in purple to "Shine the Light" during Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October 2018.

Caring Cards

DA Flynn passed out "Caring Cards" to seniors in the Town of Tonawanda. Greeting cards were collected by the Center for Elder Law & Justice to let the elderly know that they are cared for and help is available, if needed.

Juneteenth 2018

DA Flynn marched in the parade to celebrate the 43rd annual Juneteenth in Buffalo.

National DA Association Summer Conference 2018

DA Flynn at the National DA Association Summer Conference 2018 in Spokane, Washington.


In July 2018, DA Flynn and NYS Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott announced three individuals were charged for allegedly falsifying documents related to the use of minority-owned business in state project.

Mulberry Street

DA Flynn joined the FruitBelt Coalition at a groundbreaking ceremony for upcoming renovations at the Mulberry Street park.

National Night Out 2018

DA Flynn attended National Night Out events throughout the City of Buffalo.

Valentino Dixon freed

DA Flynn, joined by Assistant District Attorneys Sara Dee and David Heraty (right) and Senior Chief Investigator Joe Riga (left), announces consenting to vacate the 1991 murder conviction against Valentino Dixon who was freed after serving 27 years in prison. 

Towne Gardens arrests

DA Flynn joins U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy and law enforcement to announce the indictment of 12 gang members who operated out of the Towne Gardens apartments. 

DV Grant Press Conference

In observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, DA Flynn announces that Erie County's Domestic Violence High-Risk Team received a $900,000 federal grant to continue and expand its mission to protect survivors.

marketplace apps

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn was joined by Buffalo Police Department Captain Jeff Rinaldo to warn the public about an increase in robberies and larcenies that have occurred during exchanges arranged through online marketplaces. 

UB Class

DA Flynn spoke with an undergraduate law class at University at Buffalo about the role of the District Attorney.

JJ Bolvin

At a child abuse prevention and awareness rally, DA Flynn met JJ Bolvin. His family fought to pass JJ's Law, which expands the look back window up to ten years for child abusers and allows increased penalties for repeat offenders.

Gun Violence Panel

DA Flynn speaks with a young woman outside of the first "Community Conversation on Gun Violence" panel discussion at Bennett Community School Campus.

Lead Paint Arrest

DA Flynn announced the arrest of a Buffalo landlord who continued to allow tenants to reside at his property after two children were hospitalized for lead paint exposure. It was the first case in Erie County to be prosecuted under public health law enacted in 2014.
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