JUDICIAL CANDIDATE BIO
Seat: Eady-Williams and Hoover
Firm/Organization: The Law Office of Donald J. Vicini, P.C.
Practice Areas: Family Law, Civil Litigation, Mediation, Criminal Misdemeanors
Education: The University of Texas at Austin, BBA (1982)
South Texas College of Law, JD (1990)
Bar and Court Admissions: North Carolina State Bar
U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
Mecklenburg County Bar Association
Professional Involvement: Mecklenburg County Domestic Court Bar Committee
Civic and Community Involvement: Since 2009 I have been a soccer coach, first with the Morrison YMCA and for the last few years with Charlotte Soccer Academy. I coaches two teams each season; girls U14 and U19.
Please describe why you would be the best candidate for the open judicial position (not to exceed 150 words): There were 14,983 family law cases filed last year. I am one of only two candidates with any identified family law experience. During my 27 years of practice I have spent the last 10 years doing family law. I am the only candidate identified as having any family law appellate experience. I have represented appellees in family law appeals and prevailed on every occasion.
My 18 years as a mediator, my role as a father, and 10 years coaching soccer have taught me to always consider various ways to approach an issue. But ultimately, decisions on custody, child support, and the division of hard-earned assets must be supported by the law. The bench should not be the place for on-the-job training. When decisions affect the lives of you and/or your client, the judge should get it right the first time. I have the most experience of any candidate.