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Justice David F. Viviano

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David F. Viviano joined the Michigan Supreme Court in 2013 and currently serves as the Court’s Chief Justice Pro Tem. 


Justice Viviano previously served as Chief Judge of the Macomb County Circuit and Probate Courts.  As chief judge, he was responsible for the administration of one of the largest trial courts in Michigan.


Justice Viviano has participated in a number of initiatives to improve the administration of justice.  In 2008, he worked with a small group of judges to test reforms to Michigan’s jury system, many of which were adopted and are being used throughout Michigan.  For their efforts, Justice Viviano and his colleagues received a national award for jury innovation.  Justice Viviano also enjoys teaching Jury Management at the Michigan Judicial Institute’s New Judges’ School. 


Justice Viviano is a strong advocate for technological innovation in the court system.  He has long been a proponent of a statewide e-filing system and has worked to improve how our local courts manage electronic data and share it with the public and other units of government. 


Before becoming a judge, Justice Viviano worked at two nationally-recognized law firms and then founded his own law firm in Mt. Clemens.  Justice Viviano also served as City Attorney for the City of Center Line. 


Justice Viviano received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Hillsdale College and his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School.


Justice Viviano and his wife, Neran, live in Sterling Heights with their four children.​