Justice Leo F. McGinity graduated from St. Francis Xavier High School and Georgetown University. He received his law degree from New York Law School in 1954 and began practicing law. From 1969 until 1976, he served as Councilman for the Town of Hempstead.
McGinity was elected as a Judge of the Nassau County Court in 1976. In 1982, he was elected as a Supreme Court Justice in Nassau County. In the following year, he was appointed as a Supervising Judge of the Nassau County Criminal Courts. Justice McGinity served as Administrative Judge for the Nassau County Courts from 1986 until 1996, when he was appointed to the Appellate Division, Second Department by Governor George Pataki. Following his retirement from the bench in 2003, he returned to private practice and worked in alternative dispute resolution as an arbitrator and mediator.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1945 until 1946. Justice McGinity was also a member of the Nassau County Bar Association, Nassau County Crime Council, National Conference of State Tax Judges, and was a Master with the Matrimonial Inns of Court. He served as president of the Nassau County Criminal Courts Bar Association in 1963.
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