Biography

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Vince was born and raised in South Philadelphia where he still resides. He is a graduate of Bishop Neumann High School, LaSalle College and Delaware Law School of Widener University. Vince is a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States.

He has had extensive experience in the law dating back to 1977, when his career began as a file clerk at the Law Office of Stack & Gallagher, P.C. and then as a law clerk to Michael J. McAllister, Esquire. Vince also served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Thomas White, the Honorable Albert W. Sheppard, Jr. and the Honorable James Murray Lynn. He opened his own practice in 1985 where he maintained a general practice with an emphasis in civil, commercial and real estate litigation at 1518 Walnut Street, Suite 906 in Philadelphia, PA.

I started working in a law office at the age of 19. In 1977 I started at the Law Office of Stack & Gallagher as a file clerk. I basically worked for the secretaries filing all the papers at City Hall and Federal Court. I worked my way through college and law school working in the law. After I graduated in 1983 and passed the bar, I immediately started my own practice. I was in my own practice for over 30 years before I was appointed to the bench as a Judge in the Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County.  I started my practice by taking all types of cases and as time went on I concentrated on major personal injury, commercial and real estate litigation. I was a trial lawyer. 

 While maintaining a thriving practice, Vince has served the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in various capacities in excess of seventeen years and is known for his renowned skills in bringing complex matters to resolution. In addition to his excellent skills in reaching an amicable resolution in complex matters, he has successfully litigated hundreds of cases to award or verdict in arbitration, non-jury and jury trials.

Vince has been active with the Philadelphia Federal Credit Union since 1977 serving on various committees. He has risen through the ranks and served as Chief Counsel to PFCU Services, LLC, a position which he held since its inception in 2000. PFCU Services, LLC is a subsidiary of the Philadelphia Federal Credit Union, providing among other things, investment, insurance and payroll services to members of the credit union as well as the general public.

Vince was involved in representing abused and neglected children and served as an attorney child advocate, pro bono. Vince served as Chief Legal Counsel and a member of the Board of Directors to the World Tang Soo Do Association, under the direction of Grandmaster Jae Chul Shin. The WTSDA is a worldwide martial arts association with member studios in over 34 countries. He has served in these capacities pro bono from 1993 to September 2008.

Vince supports numerous charities including Compassion International (Adopt a Child), Cheyenne River Outreach, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Officer Daniel Boyle Scholarship, Goodwill, and the American Red Cross among others.

Vince enjoys spending time with his family, his wife Joanna and their three children. He is also a volunteer-instructor for Castelli Shin Karate since 1990.

Vince is currently assigned to the Southwest division of the court in room 704 of the Criminal Justice Center hearing felony waiver cases.


Paid for by Committee to Elect Vince Melchiorre Judge.