The Honorable Chad W. Firetag

Riverside County Superior Court, Department 3

Biography

The Hon. Chad W. Firetag is a judge for the Riverside County Superior Court in California. He was appointed to the bench by former Governor Jerry Brown in 2015. He filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Sherill A. Ellsworth (Ret.).

He is a registered Republican.

Judge Firetag graduated with his B.A. in political science from the University of California, Riverside in 1998. He went on to earn his J.D. from the University of California, Davis School of Law in 2001.

While in college, Firetag served as an intern at the Riverside County District Attorney's Office in the Domestic Violence Unit.

Firetag first worked briefly as an associate at the firm Rutan and Tucker LLP before becoming a named partner at the Law Offices of Grech and Firetag in 2002. Firetag would practice at the firm for eleven years. He spent the bulk of his time in private practice as a criminal defense attorney.

Then, in 2013, Firetag joined the Riverside County Public Defender's Office as an assistant public defender, a position he would hold until his appointment to the Superior Court in 2015.

While on the bench, Judge Firetag has presided over a civil calendar.

From a personal standpoint, it annoys him when counsel says, "just one more thing - for the record."

Judge Firetag is a native of Riverside, where he attended Arlington High School. He began competing in mock trial competitions at Arlington, and his team, that he captained, won the mock trial national title in 1994.

He enjoys running and has competed in triathlons. He is also an accomplished guitar player.