Honorable John W. Vineyard was born in San Bernardino and is a native of the Inland Empire. In 1979 from Redlands High School. He graduated to Northeast Louisiana University in Monroe in 1985. In 1989 Hon. Vineyard graduated from the University of California, Davis - School of Law. Hon. Vineyard began his career at Dye, Thomas, Luebs & Mort. He went on to become a partner at Thomas, Mort, Prosser & Knudsen. He then joined the offices of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP, practicing business and real estate law and managing the firm’s Riverside office. In 2005, he became a sole practitioner as the owner of John W. Vineyard, APC. Hon. Vineyard’s father was a lawyer in San Bernardino.
Judge Vineyard became a commissioner in 2008, doing misdemeanor arraignments and pretrial motions in Southwest. He then went to Hemet Family Law Court and subsequently to Riverside for civil cases. Judge Vineyard was appointed on March 16, 2012. He has been active in the Riverside County Bar Association since he began his legal career. He was the Chair of the Publications Committee from 1991 to 1999. Judge Vineyard was a member of Inn of Court during its formation in 1992 and from 1992 to 1994. He joined the Leo A. Deegan Inn of Court again in 2008 and is currently a judicial master. From 1999 to 2000, he served as the President of the Riverside County Bar Association. From 1993 to 1994, he was also the President of the Barristers Association. Judge Vineyard also served as a volunteer on two committees of the California State Bar, the Committee on Administration of Justice, and the Committee on Rules and Procedures of Court. He served on the Local Advisory Committee of VIP Mentors, mentoring parolees, and twice received recognition as the Attorney Volunteer of the Year. He was a member of VIP’s state board of directors.
Hon. Vineyard also volunteered at the Inland Empire Latino Lawyers Association and received the Attorney Volunteer of the Year award in 2004, as well as the Wiley Manuel Pro Bono Service Award twice. Judge Vineyard is currently active in and focused on the Riverside Sunrise Rotary Club, which he served as President from 2004 to 2005, and the Boy Scouts of America.
- BA from Northeast Louisiana University
- JD from University of California, Davis - School of Law