Vince Chiu is a Circuit Court Judge in the Ninth Judicial Circuit serving in the Civil Division in Orange County, and the first person of Chinese-American descent to sit as a judge in Central Florida. As a judge in the Civil Division, Vince handles a docket of thousands of civil lawsuits where damages are over $30,000. The wide variety of cases on Vince’s docket include foreclosures, tort actions, contract disputes, malpractice matters and products liability cases.
Prior to becoming a judge, Vince served for 12 years as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) in the Orlando Division of the Middle District of Florida. During his time as an AUSA, he managed hundreds of federal investigations and prosecutions of a wide variety of federal crimes occurring in Central Florida, including those involving child exploitation, hate crimes, international drug trafficking, terrorism, cybercrime, and white-collar fraud. As an AUSA, he conducted over 35 federal criminal trials, and earned a reputation as a top-notch trial attorney in the demanding setting of the federal courts. During his tenure as an AUSA, Vince also served as Senior Litigation Counsel, which involved training and mentoring AUSA’s throughout the Middle District of Florida while continuing to handle a caseload of the office’s most high profile and complex cases. Additionally, Vince served several years as the primary attorney on the Joint Terrorism Task Force covering Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Brevard, and Volusia Counties. In this role, he worked on numerous significant investigations, including the investigation into the tragic Pulse attack and investigations stemming from many other significant terrorist attacks occurring in the United States and abroad. In 2017, Vince led a massive nationwide investigation into a wave of threats made to Jewish community centers and other Jewish institutions in Central Florida, throughout the United States, and across the world. Vince’s involvement with the Pulse case, in particular, inspired him to pursue a judicial career where he could have an even broader impact on the daily lives of Central Floridians.
Prior to his service with the federal government, Vince served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Columbus, Ohio, where he spent several years prosecuting criminal offenses, including several homicide cases, and served on a state and federal task force to address gun violence in the community.