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Justice David F. Viviano

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David F. Viviano is the 109th Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court.  He was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder in 2013 and re-elected to the court in 2014 and 2016.  He is the Supreme Court’s point person for judicial training and e-filing. 

Justice Viviano previously served as Chief Judge of the Macomb County Circuit and Probate Courts.  He was first-elected to the circuit court in 2006, and during his tenure presided over both civil and criminal cases.  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.  A number of these reforms 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 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 and share electronic data with the public and other units of government.  Justice Viviano also expanded the use of two-way interactive video to allow courts to conduct hearings more safely and efficiently.
Before becoming a judge, Justice Viviano worked at two nationally-recognized law firms, Dickinson Wright PLLC in Detroit and Jenner & Block LLC in Chicago.  He then founded his own law firm in Mt. Clemens, Viviano & Viviano PLLC.  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.