The Honorable Gilbert M. Lopez

Los Angeles Superior Court, Department 005

Biography

The Hon. Gilbert M. Lopez is a judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in California. He was appointed to the bench in 2001 by former governor Gray Davis. He filled the vacancy created by the resignation of the Hon. Patrick Murphy.

Judge Lopez graduated with his B.A. from the University of Southern California. He went on to earn his J.D. from Loyola Law School.

Prior to his appointment to the bench, Lopez served as a court commissioner for the Superior Court starting in 2000. He was elevated from a Southeast Municipal Court commissioner position as a result of the court's unification. He became a Municipal Court commissioner in 1995.

Before joining the court, Lopez was a sole practitioner in private practice from 1990 to 1995, and prior to that, he was a partner with the law firm of Genesta and Lopez. During his time in private practice, he specialized in immigration law, personal injury and criminal defense.

Judge Lopez, who is Native American, was said to have built his own bench, jury box, and bailiff desk for his courtroom, using money out of his own pocket when the court could not afford to furnish them for him.

His memberships have included the Southeast District Bar Association and the Mexican American Bar Association.

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