Judge Profile

Victor E. Bianchini

Judicial Experience:

  • Recalled U.S. Magistrate Judge, U.S. Northern District, New York
  • U.S. Magistrate, Southern District of California, 1974 to 1982
  • Municipal court judge, California state court
  • Superior Court judge, California state court, 1998 to 2002
  • Recalled part-time, Western District of New York to 2006
  • Full-time, Western District and Northern District of New York

Other Professional Experience:

  • Private practice, to 1974
  • U.S. Commissioner, 1968 to 1969
  • Confidential law clerk, Chief Judge James M. Carter of the Southern District of California, 1963 to 1964
  • Mediation and arbitration, Private practice
  • 2nd Lieutenant, United States Marine Corps

Biographical Data:

  • In August of 1964, Judge Bianchini, after having received training as a tank platoon commander, parachutist, and Force Reconnaissance platoon commander during law school, entered active duty with the Marine Corps, and thereafter served as a combat correspondent and photojournalist and combat air crew in Vietnam from 1965 to 1966. He received the Bronze Star with Combat "V", 3 Air Medals and the Combat Action Ribbon. He later received the Legion of Merit following service during Desert Shield/Desert Storm. After release from active duty, he continued to serve in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, retiring in 1991 with the rank of Colonel. He has also served in numerous adjunct professor positions, specializing in the field of evidence


  • University of San Diego School of Law, 1963
  • University of San Diego School of Law in 1963., San Diego State University, 1960

Professional Civic Activities/Honors/Awards:

  • Bronze Star with Combat "V", United States Marine Corps
  • 3 Air Medals, United States Marine Corps
  • Combat Action Ribbon, United States Marine Corps
  • Legion of Merit, United States Marine Corps
  • Judge of the Year, San Diego Trial Lawyers
  • Public Service Award, Foothills Bar Association
  • Family Law Judge honors, El Cajon Superior Court
  • Senior Fulbright Scholar in the Sub-Saharan African country of Eritrea
  • President, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Historical Society
  • Vice Chair, Vietnam Veteran's Village of San Diego
  • Director, Flying Leathernecks Historical Foundation
  • Life member, USMC Combat Correspondents Association
  • Faculty Council, National Judicial College
  • Volunteer debate coach, Mt. Carmel High School Debate Team