Heather Vinci

Heather Vinci strikes a good balance between coffee and the law.

Vinci has her own practice, the Law Office of Heather C. Vinci, PLLC, in which she focuses on juvenile law and criminal defense. And with her husband, she owns the North End Coffeehouse in Yuma.

Vinci has been an attorney for nine years, having joined the Arizona State Bar in November 2011.

“When it comes to being an attorney, I love helping others. Whenever anyone comes into contact with the court system, it can be overwhelming and having someone you can trust to help guide you is what is most important about what I do.”Her juvenile work includes delinquency, adoption, dependency and severance cases. And as a criminal defense attorney, she advocates for her clients, helps them navigate the court systems, and advises them on options they have in their cases.Vinci also has served as a judge pro tem in the Cocopah Tribal Court and serves now as its presiding judge.

“A dear friend trusted me and introduced me to the Cocopah Tribal Court as her pro tem judge,” she said. “I began as a pro tem judge in October of 2018. The most memorable professional moment would surely be my promotion in October of 2019 to presiding judge of the Cocopah Tribal Court.

“It has been so rewarding serving the Cocopah Tribe in this role. It has allowed me to learn many different areas of the law. As a judge, I now see not only criminal and juvenile law, but have learned more about family law, guardianship, probate, administrative and civil matters.”Meanwhile, Vinci is in her fifth year as president of the Yuma County Bar Association.

“I hold monthly meetings for the members of the bar association and set up trainings and events throughout the year. The bar further supports and runs the local high school mock trial every March. This has been very rewarding to be involved in and see how excited the children are in the courtroom. It is always clear they put in a lot of work to prepare for the mock trial.”Vinci and her husband took over ownership of the North End Coffeehouse on Oct. 1, 2019.

“My responsibilities in that position are mainly to support the baristas and managers. I do most of the ordering of products and retail items. I make the daily deposits, make sure they have change and pay the bills. Most days I stop in at least twice to see if anything is needed and if they have what they need.”

For others, practicing law and running a business at the same time would be overwhelming. Not for Vinci.“When it comes to the North End Coffeehouse, I love how it brightens the day. The baristas are all so bubbly and friendly. They can always make you smile and some great beverages.”

As for the future, she sees building both the business and her law practice.

“Maybe a second location for North End Coffeehouse,” she said. “Balance between work and family life has always been something I am cognizant about. My husband has a full time job as well, and we have a 3-year-old daughter. If we were to open a second location, it would mean more employees and more product and obviously more work. My husband roasts the coffee beans himself, and right now that means about six to eight hours a week after working a full-time job. The future may hold that, but for now we are still very new to being coffeehouse business owners and want to grow our current businesses.” ✶

What is your favorite quote?

“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think and loved more than you’ll ever know.”

– Winnie the Pooh

What advice do you have for other young professionals?

The advice I give out regularly is that if you work hard, you can achieve anything you set your mind to. Nothing comes for free, but if you have determination and drive, you can reach any goal you set for yourself.

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