Hon. M. Joseph Donald

    Hon. M. Joseph Donald

    Wisconsin Court of Appeals, District I

    Martin Joseph Donald (born February 8, 1959) is an American lawyer and a judge of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals in the Milwaukee-based District I. Donald was appointed to the court in September 2019 by Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers. Prior to his appointment to the Court of Appeals, Donald served 13 years as a Wisconsin Circuit Court judge in Milwaukee County.


    Current term expires July 31, 2026.

    Career history

    Appellate Judge, Court of Appeals - District I (appointed 2019); Circuit Court Judge, Milwaukee County (appointed 1996; elected 1997, 2003, 2009, 2015); Assistant City Attorney - City of Milwaukee (1989-96); Law Clerk for Milwaukee County Circuit Court (1988-89)

    Law-related activities

    Former Deputy Chief Judge Milwaukee County Circuit Court; Former Presiding Judge Vel Phillips Juvenile Justice Center – Children's Court; Creation and Development of Family Drug Treatment Court; Presided over the Healthy Infant Court; Appointed to serve on Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership Council (1996-99); Member of Governor Task Force to Enhance Probation and Parole; Past Member Judicial Selection Committee; Past Member of Marquette Law School Alumni Board; Leaders in the Law Award, 2010 Honoree

    Birth date/place

    February 8, 1959; lifelong resident of Milwaukee, Wisconsin


    Marquette University, B.A. (1982); Marquette University Law School, J.D. (1988)


    Married (Ann Donald); three adult children (Jordan, Hillary, Ryan)

    Interests/Community activities

    Theater, Reading, Basketball, Local History, Cooking


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