Former Justice Kevin Dillon dies; served as district attorney

Jan 7, 2016

Kevin Dillon, a former judge, district attorney and prominent criminal defense lawyer, died after a long and debilitating illness. He was 65. 

Kevin Dillon, former State Supreme Court Justice.
Credit Photo from Erie County Bar Association

Dillon was one of the region’s most respected lawyers who came from a distinguished legal family. He followed in the footsteps of his father, Mike Dillon,  to become Erie County district attorney and later a state supreme court judge.

Dillon is probably best known as the defense lawyer with law partner Mark Mahoney for ".22 Caliber Killer" Joseph Christopher.

Well-known attorney Paul Cambria talked with WBFO about Dillon’s legacy.

"He was a really terrific judge," Cambria said.  "Thoughtful. Considerate. Very temperate, which is a premium these days. There are a lot of judges that lose their temper and so on. He wasn’t one of them. He was a fantastic guy. It’s such a shame we lost him so early."

Cambria knew Dillon for more than 40 years. While the two men found themselves on opposite sides in many cases, as defense lawyer and district attorney, Cambria said Dillon was always fair and had a firm grasp of the law.