Vivian is a native Houstonian. She worked for nearly a decade as an accountant for a Fortune 500 company before opting to go into law.
Motivated by the lack African-American women in the profession, she enrolled at Southern University and at the age of 33, and graduated cum laude from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law in 1992.
That same year, she was licensed by the State Bar of Texas and joined the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, where she was a prosecutor from 1992 to 1995.
Vivian was a hearing examiner for the City of Houston, where she ruled on internal grievances of police officers and firefighters.
As a private practice lawyer, she represented clients in state and federal courts.
She was voted Lawyer of the Year by the Harris County Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Association and the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Association in 2011. That year, she was recognized in Winning Women in Texas Lawyer magazine.
Vivian is a criminal law expert and frequent speaker on trial skills across the state.
In January 2017, Vivian returned to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office as Chief of Staff.
As part of the office’s leadership team, she prides herself on supporting efforts to reform the criminal justice system, so violent predators are jailed faster, victims feel safer, and taxpayers save money on the overuse of jail for low level offenses.
Vivian is passionate about her role as a voice for victims devastated by the acts of predators.
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