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Michael Anthony Telesca, American federal judge. Bar: New York 1957, United States District Court (western district) New York 1958, United States Court Appeals (2nd circuit) 1960, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1967. Recipient Civic medal Rochester Chamber of Commerce, 1983, Hutchinson medal University Rochester, 1990.


Telesca, Michael Anthony was born on November 25, 1929 in Rochester, New York, United States. Son of Michael Angelo and Agatha (Locurcio) Telesca.


University of Rochester (Bachelor of Arts). University of Buffalo (Juris Doctor).


Born in Rochester, New York, Telesca received a B.A. from the University of Rochester in 1952 and an LL.B. from the University of Buffalo Law School in 1955. He was a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1955 to 1957. He was in private practice in Rochester, New York from 1957 to 1972.

He was a judge on the Surrogate Court, Monroe County, New York from 1973 to 1982. On March 11, 1982, Telesca was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to a seat on the United States District Court for the Western District of New York vacated by Harold P. Burke. Telesca was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 20, 1982, and received his commission on April 21, 1982.

He served as chief judge from 1989 to 1995, assuming senior status on May 3, 1996.


Board Governors Genesee Hospital, Rochester. Member of advisory board Association for Retarded Citizens, Al Sigl Center, Rochester. Served to First lieutenant United States Marine Corps, 1955-1957.

Member American Bar Association, American Judicature Society, American Inns. of Court (founder, president Rochester chapter), Justinian Society Jurists, New York State Bar Association, Monroe County Bar Association.


Married Ethel E. Hibbard, June 5, 1953. Children: Michele, Stephen.