The Honorable Gary Y. Tanaka

CA Bar #: 153928 (August 1991)

Appointed By: Gov. Arnold A. Schwarzenegger

Biography

The Hon. Gary Y. Tanaka is a judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in California. He succeeded the Hon. Kenneth A. Black when he was appointed to the bench by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on July 16, 2009.

Judge Tanaka is a registered Republican.

He received his B.S. from Western State University. He went on to earn his J.D. from Western State University School of Law.

After graduating from law school, Tanaka joined the law firm Astor & Phillips as an associate in 1991.

He was with the firm for nine years when he left to join the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office in 2000 as a public defender. Then, in 2001, he became a deputy alternate public defender for the Los Angeles County Alternate Public Defender’s Office. After five years with the Public Defender’s Office, Tanaka served as a deputy county counsel and subsequently as a senior deputy county counsel for the Los Angeles Office of the County Counsel in 2006. He remained at the County Counsel's Office until his appointment to the bench in 2009.

Among his assignments on the bench, Judge Tanaka has presided over preliminary hearings in the Torrance Court.

Recent Rulings by Hon. Gary Y. Tanaka

Recent Cases by Hon. Gary Y. Tanaka

    JOHN SCARBROUGH VS CORINA COLEAN ENFANTE ET AL

    On April 27, 2017 A Motor Vehicle - Personal Injury/Property Damage/Wrongful Death (General Jurisdiction) case was filed in the jurisdiction of Los Angeles County. Judge Gary Y. Tanaka presiding.

    Filed

    Apr 27, 2017

    Status

    Pending

    Type

    Motor Vehicle - Personal Injury/Property Damage/Wrongful Death (General Jurisdiction)

    County

    Los Angeles County, CA

    Case Last Refreshed

    Mar 23, 2021

    NICOLE TAKEMOTTO ET AL VS WILLIAM SCOTT EVANS ET AL

    On February 22, 2017 A Motor Vehicle - Personal Injury/Property Damage/Wrongful Death (General Jurisdiction) case was filed in the jurisdiction of Los Angeles County. Judge Gary Y. Tanaka presiding.

    Filed

    Feb 22, 2017

    Status

    Stipulated Judgment - Before Trial 04/15/2019

    Type

    Motor Vehicle - Personal Injury/Property Damage/Wrongful Death (General Jurisdiction)

    County

    Los Angeles County, CA

    Case Last Refreshed

    Feb 23, 2020

    CHRISTOPHER V NGUYEN VS KELSEY JULIA YOUNG ET AL

    On July 15, 2016 A Motor Vehicle - Personal Injury/Property Damage/Wrongful Death (General Jurisdiction) case was filed in the jurisdiction of Los Angeles County. Judge Gary Y. Tanaka presiding.

    Filed

    Jul 15, 2016

    Status

    Jury Verdict 06/07/2019

    Type

    Motor Vehicle - Personal Injury/Property Damage/Wrongful Death (General Jurisdiction)

    County

    Los Angeles County, CA

    Case Last Refreshed

    Dec 10, 2019

    MARIA MCCLANE VS BEDA CHAVEZ

    On January 3, 2013 A Civil Harassment (General Jurisdiction) case was filed in the jurisdiction of Los Angeles County. Judge Gary Y. Tanaka presiding.

    Filed

    Jan 03, 2013

    Status

    Dismissed - Other on 01/04/2013

    Type

    Civil Harassment (General Jurisdiction)

    County

    Los Angeles County, CA

    Case Last Refreshed

    Jan 02, 2013

    MARIA MCCLANE VS ANA LILIA RAMIREZ

    On January 3, 2013 A Civil Harassment (General Jurisdiction) case was filed in the jurisdiction of Los Angeles County. Judge Gary Y. Tanaka presiding.

    Filed

    Jan 03, 2013

    Status

    Dismissed - Other on 01/04/2013

    Type

    Civil Harassment (General Jurisdiction)

    County

    Los Angeles County, CA

    Case Last Refreshed

    Jan 02, 2013

    LAWANDA HINES VS DYNHURA MUELA

    On October 1, 2012 A Civil Harassment (General Jurisdiction) case was filed in the jurisdiction of Los Angeles County. Judge Gary Y. Tanaka presiding.

    Filed

    Oct 01, 2012

    Status

    Dismissed - Other on 10/01/2012

    Type

    Civil Harassment (General Jurisdiction)

    County

    Los Angeles County, CA

    Case Last Refreshed

    Sep 30, 2012

    GABRIEL H GARCIA VS JUAN ALBERTO RODRIGUEZ

    On February 6, 2012 A Civil Harassment (General Jurisdiction) case was filed in the jurisdiction of Los Angeles County. Judge Gary Y. Tanaka presiding.

    Filed

    Feb 06, 2012

    Status

    Dismissed - Other on 02/07/2012

    Type

    Civil Harassment (General Jurisdiction)

    County

    Los Angeles County, CA

    Case Last Refreshed

    Feb 05, 2012

    PATRICIA DAVIS VS RENE MUHAMED

    On December 13, 2011 A Civil Harassment (General Jurisdiction) case was filed in the jurisdiction of Los Angeles County. Judge Gary Y. Tanaka presiding.

    Filed

    Dec 13, 2011

    Status

    Judgment by Court-Petition Denied on 12/29/2011

    Type

    Civil Harassment (General Jurisdiction)

    County

    Los Angeles County, CA

    Case Last Refreshed

    Dec 12, 2011

    CRISTINA GONZALEZ VS TIMOTHY IVERSON

    On December 13, 2011 A Civil Harassment (General Jurisdiction) case was filed in the jurisdiction of Los Angeles County. Judge Gary Y. Tanaka presiding.

    Filed

    Dec 13, 2011

    Status

    Dism for Lack of Pros-Petn off-cal on 12/29/2011

    Type

    Civil Harassment (General Jurisdiction)

    County

    Los Angeles County, CA

    Case Last Refreshed

    Dec 12, 2011

    CLAUDIA TERESA PADILLA VS CAROLINA RAMOS

    On November 1, 2011 A Civil Harassment (General Jurisdiction) case was filed in the jurisdiction of Los Angeles County. Judge Gary Y. Tanaka presiding.

    Filed

    Nov 01, 2011

    Status

    Dismissed for Lack of Prosecution on 11/16/2011

    Type

    Civil Harassment (General Jurisdiction)

    County

    Los Angeles County, CA

    Case Last Refreshed

    Oct 31, 2011

    SHANTE JENKINS VS EUGENE ROBINSON

    On November 1, 2011 A Civil Harassment (General Jurisdiction) case was filed in the jurisdiction of Los Angeles County. Judge Gary Y. Tanaka presiding.

    Filed

    Nov 01, 2011

    Status

    Dism for Lack of Pros-Petn off-cal on 11/16/2011

    Type

    Civil Harassment (General Jurisdiction)

    County

    Los Angeles County, CA

    Case Last Refreshed

    Oct 31, 2011

    HESHAI L LEWIS VS AMOS DONTE TAYLOR

    On October 31, 2011 A Civil Harassment (General Jurisdiction) case was filed in the jurisdiction of Los Angeles County. Judge Gary Y. Tanaka presiding.

    Filed

    Oct 31, 2011

    Status

    Dismissed - Other on 10/31/2011

    Type

    Civil Harassment (General Jurisdiction)

    County

    Los Angeles County, CA

    Case Last Refreshed

    Oct 30, 2011

    TODD, PRICHARD VS ROBERT VALLEJO

    On October 28, 2011 A Civil Harassment (General Jurisdiction) case was filed in the jurisdiction of Los Angeles County. Judge Gary Y. Tanaka presiding.

    Filed

    Oct 28, 2011

    Status

    Judgment by Court-Petition Granted on 11/14/2011

    Type

    Civil Harassment (General Jurisdiction)

    County

    Los Angeles County, CA

    Case Last Refreshed

    Oct 27, 2011

    SHATTODDA GLASGOW VS KARLISHA MILO

    On October 28, 2011 A Civil Harassment (General Jurisdiction) case was filed in the jurisdiction of Los Angeles County. Judge Gary Y. Tanaka presiding.

    Filed

    Oct 28, 2011

    Status

    Judgment by Court-Petition Granted on 11/14/2011

    Type

    Civil Harassment (General Jurisdiction)

    County

    Los Angeles County, CA

    Case Last Refreshed

    Oct 27, 2011

    KJERSTIN THWEAT VS CYNTHIA GIDDENS

    On October 28, 2011 A Civil Harassment (General Jurisdiction) case was filed in the jurisdiction of Los Angeles County. Judge Gary Y. Tanaka presiding.

    Filed

    Oct 28, 2011

    Status

    Judgment by Court-Petition Denied on 11/14/2011

    Type

    Civil Harassment (General Jurisdiction)

    County

    Los Angeles County, CA

    Case Last Refreshed

    Oct 27, 2011

    MICHAEL JEROME HOPKINS SR VS ERIC ANDRADE

    On October 17, 2011 A Civil Harassment (General Jurisdiction) case was filed in the jurisdiction of Los Angeles County. Judge Gary Y. Tanaka presiding.

    Filed

    Oct 17, 2011

    Status

    Dism for Lack of Pros-Petn off-cal on 11/16/2011

    Type

    Civil Harassment (General Jurisdiction)

    County

    Los Angeles County, CA

    Case Last Refreshed

    Oct 16, 2011

    DAISY CERVANTES VS VERONICA CUADROS

    On September 22, 2011 A Civil Harassment (General Jurisdiction) case was filed in the jurisdiction of Los Angeles County. Judge Gary Y. Tanaka presiding.

    Filed

    Sep 22, 2011

    Status

    Judgment by Court-Petition Granted on 10/11/2011

    Type

    Civil Harassment (General Jurisdiction)

    County

    Los Angeles County, CA

    Case Last Refreshed

    Sep 21, 2011

    ADELINE OQUENDO VS KATHERINE FITE

    On September 22, 2011 A Civil Harassment (General Jurisdiction) case was filed in the jurisdiction of Los Angeles County. Judge Gary Y. Tanaka presiding.

    Filed

    Sep 22, 2011

    Status

    Judgment by Court-Petition Granted on 10/11/2011

    Type

    Civil Harassment (General Jurisdiction)

    County

    Los Angeles County, CA

    Case Last Refreshed

    Sep 21, 2011

    LACRIESHA WILLIAMS VS JASON EARL COOK

    On September 21, 2011 A Civil Harassment (General Jurisdiction) case was filed in the jurisdiction of Los Angeles County. Judge Gary Y. Tanaka presiding.

    Filed

    Sep 21, 2011

    Status

    Dism for Lack of Pros-Petn off-cal on 10/11/2011

    Type

    Civil Harassment (General Jurisdiction)

    County

    Los Angeles County, CA

    Case Last Refreshed

    Sep 20, 2011

    BEULAH STUART VS LACOLE JOHNSON

    On September 21, 2011 A Civil Harassment (General Jurisdiction) case was filed in the jurisdiction of Los Angeles County. Judge Gary Y. Tanaka presiding.

    Filed

    Sep 21, 2011

    Status

    Dism for Lack of Pros-Petn off-cal on 10/11/2011

    Type

    Civil Harassment (General Jurisdiction)

    County

    Los Angeles County, CA

    Case Last Refreshed

    Sep 20, 2011

    JOSEFINA TORRES VS VERONICA ORTEGA

    On September 16, 2011 A Civil Harassment (General Jurisdiction) case was filed in the jurisdiction of Los Angeles County. Judge Gary Y. Tanaka presiding.

    Filed

    Sep 16, 2011

    Status

    Judgment by Court-Petition Granted on 10/03/2011

    Type

    Civil Harassment (General Jurisdiction)

    County

    Los Angeles County, CA

    Case Last Refreshed

    Sep 15, 2011

    LATRICE WILLIAMS VS SHAWN KNUCKLES

    On September 15, 2011 A Civil Harassment (General Jurisdiction) case was filed in the jurisdiction of Los Angeles County. Judge Gary Y. Tanaka presiding.

    Filed

    Sep 15, 2011

    Status

    Judgment by Court-Petition Granted on 10/03/2011

    Type

    Civil Harassment (General Jurisdiction)

    County

    Los Angeles County, CA

    Case Last Refreshed

    Sep 14, 2011

    LATRICE WILLIAMS VS SHAWN KNUCKLES

    On September 15, 2011 A Civil Harassment (General Jurisdiction) case was filed in the jurisdiction of Los Angeles County. Judge Gary Y. Tanaka presiding.

    Filed

    Sep 15, 2011

    Status

    Judgment by Court-Petition Denied on 10/03/2011

    Type

    Civil Harassment (General Jurisdiction)

    County

    Los Angeles County, CA

    Case Last Refreshed

    Sep 14, 2011

    SHARI A LAWTON VS MITCHELL A PRADO

    On September 12, 2011 A Civil Harassment (General Jurisdiction) case was filed in the jurisdiction of Los Angeles County. Judge Gary Y. Tanaka presiding.

    Filed

    Sep 12, 2011

    Status

    Judgment by Court-Petition Granted on 10/03/2011

    Type

    Civil Harassment (General Jurisdiction)

    County

    Los Angeles County, CA

    Case Last Refreshed

    Sep 11, 2011

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