David F. Viviano is the 109th Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court. He was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder in 2013 and elected to complete the remainder of his term in 2014. He is the Supreme Court’s point-person for judicial training and statewide e-filing.
Justice Viviano previously served as Chief Judge of the Macomb County Circuit and Probate Courts. He was elected to the Circuit Court in 2006 and again in 2012, and during that time 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, then-Judge Viviano worked with a small group of judges to test reforms to Michigan’s jury system. A number of these reforms were adopted and are now being used throughout Michigan. Because of 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 led the Macomb Circuit Court’s e-filing pilot project and has worked to improve how the court manages electronic data and shares it with the public and other units of government. Justice Viviano also expanded the use of videoconferencing to conduct court 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. He 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.