The Hon. Thomas J. Griego is a judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in California. He was elected to the bench on November 4, 2014, after an unsuccessful bid for the position in 2009.
Judge Griego graduated with his B.A. in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1980. He continued his education at California State University, Los Angeles, where he received his M.S. in public administration in 1984. Griego would go on to earn his J.D. from Whittier College School of Law in 1990.
While taking night classes at Whittier, Griego joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 1985, where he served as a budget analyst and advocate for the department. He remained with the LAPD until finishing law school.
After graduating from law school, Griego became the chief of staff for the former Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Hernandez from 1990 to 1991.
In that same year, Griego joined the law firm of Rosato and Samuels, where he practiced as an associate for the firm for two years. He entered into private practice from 1993 to 1994. Griego left the private sector in 1994 to join the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office as a deputy city attorney. During his twenty years with the City Attorney's office, Griego helped prosecute cases involving manslaughter, sexual battery, and racial discrimination. In 2011 Griego was assigned to the Anti-Gang Division where he served as a criminal gang prosecutor.
Judge Griego, who grew up in Boyle Heights, enjoys coaching youth sports. He has also volunteered for the Veteran Homeless Valor Program and has served on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for the Real Estate Management Commission.