ABOUT JUDGE DINOLFO
Judge Vince Dinolfo is a dedicated public servant with over 20 years on the bench serving justice. Judge Dinolfo’s extensive judicial experience has strengthened our community and his dedication, work ethic, and integrity are exemplary.
Judge Vince Dinolfo was elected to Monroe County Court in November, 2010 and has served as a County Court Judge for the last 10 years, presiding over thousands of the most serious felony cases and felony trials. Judge Dinolfo adheres to his motto “dignity in, dignity out” and treats every person in his courtroom with respect throughout the duration of their case.
Upon starting his term in Monroe County Court in 2011, Judge Dinolfo was recognized for his vast knowledge and understanding of both criminal law and civil law and he was immediately chosen to serve as an Acting Supreme Court Justice. Judge Dinolfo has presided over thousands of civil cases over the last decade which has provided him with invaluable Supreme Court experience.
In addition to his duties as a Monroe County Court Judge and Acting Supreme Court Justice, in 2013, Judge Dinolfo began presiding in Treatment Courts and in 2018, he was given the opportunity to preside over Veteran’s Court. Judge Dinolfo often refers to the Treatment Courts as “courts of accountability and second chances” where lives are turned around for those who are willing. Additionally, Judge Dinolfo now serves as the Coordinating Judge of all Treatment Courts throughout the 7th Judicial District, including the counties of Monroe, Ontario, Livingston, Wayne, Seneca, Cayuga, Steuben, and Yates, providing his leadership in the fight against addiction.
Earlier this year, the COVID-19 epidemic struck our community and changed the way courts were allowed to operate. Justice continued to be served and Judge Dinolfo was the first judge chosen to lead the superior criminal courts where he handled most essential criminal matters throughout the area. Even under these new and challenging circumstances, Judge Dinolfo remained committed to ensuring that our community was cared for.
As he firmly believes that the court system operates for all, Judge Dinolfo was honored to be selected to serve on the New York State Handicapped Access to the Court’s Committee to ensure equal access to the justice system.
Last year, Judge Dinolfo received the Community Recognition Award from the Out of the Darkness Recovery House recognizing his work in addiction recovery for women.
Before his election to Monroe County Court, Judge Dinolfo proudly served his hometown of Irondequoit from 2000 to 2010 as a Town Justice where he was recognized by his peers and was chosen to serve as President of the Monroe County Magistrate’s Association.
From 2006 to 2010, Judge Dinolfo served as Principal Law Clerk to the Honorable Edmund Calvaruso, Monroe County Surrogate Court Judge, where he conducted pre-trial hearings and conferences as well as prepared legal opinions. From 1987 to early 2006, Judge Dinolfo was in the private practice of law where he represented thousands of clients, families, and various businesses handling each case with the same focused attention that he brings to all of his endeavors.
Judge Dinolfo started his career as an Erie County Assistant District Attorney from 1985 to 1987 as a prosecutor.
Judge Dinolfo has been an instructor at Judge’s Certification School where he has provided training and education to fellow judges and he has been a guest lecturer for the Monroe County Bar Association continuing education for lawyers. Judge Dinolfo visits students in their classrooms and enjoys judging Moot Court Competitions. He is a strong advocate for investing in our youth and he coached youth soccer and basketball for 15 years.
Judge Dinolfo is a 1984 graduate of Capital University School of Law, a 1980 graduate of St. Bonaventure University and a 1976 graduate of Greece Athena High School.
Family has always ranked as Judge Dinolfo’s greatest accomplishment. This year, Vince and his wife, Cheryl, celebrated their 36th wedding anniversary. They have three children: Patrick (Callie), Russell, and Jennifer and now have three grandchildren.