Justice David F. Viviano
David F. Viviano is the 109th Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court. He was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder on February 27, 2013.
Justice Viviano previously served as Chief Judge of the 16th Judicial Circuit and Macomb County Probate Courts, upon his appointment by the Supreme Court in 2011. He was first elected to the Circuit Court in 2006, and served in the court’s Civil/Criminal Division. He was re-elected without opposition in 2012.
Justice Viviano has participated in a number of initiatives to improve the administration of justice. In 2008, Judge Viviano was one of a small group of judges chosen by the Supreme Court to test reforms to the jury system in Michigan. At the conclusion of the pilot project, the Supreme Court adopted a number of these reforms, which are now being used by judges throughout Michigan. Because of their efforts, Justice Viviano and his colleagues received the 2012 G. Thomas Munsterman Award for Jury Innovation from the National Center for State Courts.
Justice Viviano has also advocated for technological innovation in the court system for better public service. He led the Macomb Circuit Court’s e-filing pilot project, working with the County’s Information Technology Department and outside vendors. In addition to streamlining court operations, the e-filing project improved the court’s ability to manage electronic data and share it with external users, including the public and other units of government. Justice Viviano also expanded the court’s use of videoconferencing to conduct court hearings more safely and efficiently, and at less cost to taxpayers.
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, where he concentrated his practice in commercial and criminal litigation, zoning, and real estate law. 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. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the Macomb County Bar Association, the Italian American Bar Association, and the Illinois State Bar Association.
Justice Viviano and his wife, Neran, live in Sterling Heights with their three children.