Judge Vincent Ochoa Story
I appreciate your taking the time to visit my website. It has been my honor and privilege to serve our community for the last four years as an elected Judge to the District Court Family Court, Department S. Before I became a Judge, I practiced law for 31 years and was a bilingual contract attorney for the Juvenile Court for more than 26 years.
My experience is extensive involving many types of legal matters from Municipal Courts to the Nevada Supreme Court, including jury trials in Federal Court and Appeals to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
I am running to remain a District Court Judge with the support of a significant number of attorneys who appreciate my service and are committed to my continued success on the judiciary. Please visit my endorsement page to see the long list of family law attorneys who support my re-election.
My life journey has been built on hard work and the value of perseverance. My parents were migrant workers and for the first two years of my life, I traveled America with them. My parents were fortunate to find permanent employment in Michigan and had three children. I had to work hard and achieve excellence to be successful. I earned a college degree in economics from Michigan State University and a law degree from the University of Notre Dame. After law school, I had the privilege of serving as a law clerk for a District Court Judge in Las Vegas and as Nevada’s first Hispanic Deputy Attorney General in 1979.
In my life, I have experienced struggles and had to overcome hardships. Our state is just coming out of a severe recession. More and more people do not have the funds to hire an attorney to represent them in a court of law. This is a harsh reality that is very unfortunate. I know that sixty percent of families appearing in Family Court are not represented by legal counsel.
As a Judge, I am sensitive to the extra attention a person needs who appears in court without the assistance of legal counsel. I have always been an advocate for making the legal process easier to understand and simpler to obtain. Increasing people’s access to justice is essential to have an unbiased and fair legal system. One of my goals as a Judge has been to preserve and protect your legal rights and improve your access to proper legal representation. I believe that family law practitioners know me as fair and as a Judge who understands the importance of helping families to overcome hardships and obstacles.
I have the respect of the legal community. I was voted by my fellow attorneys to serve as a member of the Board of Governors for the State Bar of Nevada in 2009. This Board oversees the practice and policy of law in our state. When I became a Judge, I left the board. I have been appointed an Alternate Municipal Court Judge, City of North Las Vegas, an Alternate Hearing Master, Juvenile Court, Clark County, an Arbitrator for the Clark County District Court (1996-2008) and an Alternate Domestic Violence Commissioner. I mention these facts so you will be aware of my experience. This reflects that others who know me have trusted my judgment and placed me into these positions.
My wife, Debra, and I have a wonderful marriage of 40 years and four children and three grandchildren. I promise to continue to serve the Family Court with dedication and distinction and to respect the persons that appear before me in court. I care deeply about justice and fairness and hope I have earned your confidence and vote to serve another term on the District Court as a Family Law Judge.
Judge Vincent Ochoa