The Honorable Kim Garlin Dunning

Orange County Superior Court, Department retired


The Hon. Kim G. Dunning (Ret.) served as a judge for the Superior Court of Orange County in California. Dunning was appointed to the bench by former Governor Pete Wilson on April 24, 1997, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Jean Rheinheimer. She retired in 2019.

Dunning earned a B.A. in economics from Stanford University in 1972. She then received a J.D. from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in 1977.

After graduating from law school, Dunning entered into private practice. She first worked as an associate at Morris, Polich & Purdy (1978 to 1980) and Murtaugh, Hatcher & Miller (1981). Then, in 1982, she joined the City of Santa Ana, where she briefly served as a deputy city attorney.

Dunning began working as a senior research attorney for Associate Justice Thomas F. Crosby of the California Fourth District Court of Appeal in 1983. She held that position until 1995. At that time, she briefly returned to private practice in 1996, working as an attorney with Ramsey & Johnson before her appointment to the Superior Court of Orange County in 1997.

Raised in Los Angeles County, Dunning attended Inglewood High School. When not presiding over the bench, she has enjoyed playing golf with her husband.

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