The Hon. Craig G. Riemer is a judge for the Riverside County Superior Court in California. He was appointed to the bench by former governor Gray Davis in 2003. He filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Janice McIntyre (Ret.).
Judge Riemer graduated with honors with his B.A. in political science from the University of California, Riverside in 1977. During college, he worked as an intern for the Riverside County Public Defender's Office as well as for former California State Assemblyman Dennis Mangers. He went on to earn his J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law in 1980.
Riemer began his legal career as an associate at the law firm of Swarner and Fitzgerald. During his short time there, Riemer practiced general civil litigation. In 1982, he became a partner at Babcock and Cappelli, where his practice involved real property and commercial litigation. He also practiced as an associate at Dye, Thomas, Luebs, and Mort from 1985 to 1990, where he continued in his practice of civil litigation.
He left private practice in 1990, to serve as a senior appellate court attorney for the Hon. Art W. McKinster, an associate justice with the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth District. During his thirteen-years there, Riemer helped research and draft opinions for the court concerning civil, criminal, juvenile, probate and family law appeals. He was serving in that capacity at the time of his appointment to the Superior Court in 2003.
While on the bench, Judge Riemer has presided over criminal, civil, and probate trials. He has also presided on the appellate panel and the drug court.
His memberships have included the California Judges Association, the Leo A. Deegan Inn of Court, the Riverside chapter of the American Inns of Court, and past-president of the Riverside County Bar Association.
He has served on the board of directors for the Conference of Delegates of California Bar Associations and also served as chair of the Conference's Resolution's Committee.
His professional committees have included the Temporary Judges Committee, the Civil Law Advisory Committee, and the Riverside Superior Court's Executive Committee.
He has served as a volunteer for the Riverside Youth Center and as a presiding judge for collegiate mock trial competitions.
Riemer has also taught continuing legal education programs for the California Center for Judicial Education and Research.
A native of California, he was born in Fullerton and moved to Riverside from Los Angeles in 1980.
J.D. from University of California, Los Angeles School of Law (1980)
B.A. from University of California, Riverside (1977) (Political Science)
Senior Appellate Court Attorney at Hon. Art McKinster, California Court of Appeal for the Fourth District in Riverside County, California (1990 to 2003)
Associate at Dye, Thomas, Luebs, and Mort in Riverside County, California (1985 to 1990)
Partner at Babcock and Cappelli in Riverside County, California (1982 to 1985)
Associate at Swarner and Fitzgerald in Riverside County, California (1980 to 1982)
Intern at Riverside County Public Defender's Office in Riverside County, California
Intern at Dennis Mangers, former California State Assemblyman