Gary Tanaka is a Judge on the bench in Torrance Superior Court. Judge Tanaka is a well respected Jurist among the criminal defense bar and prosecutors. He currently presides over Dept P in Torrance Court which hears primarily misdemeanor criminal cases originating in Manhattan Beach, Gardena and the Palos Verdes Peninsula. He has a reputation for being fair and impartial to both sides, has a great judicial temperament and gives well thought out and reasoned legal decisions.
Prior to his appointment in 2009 he had served as a deputy county counsel then senior deputy county counsel for the Los Angeles Office of the County Counsel since 2006. Prior to that, he was a deputy alternate public defender for the Los Angeles County Alternate Public Defender’s Office from 2001 to 2006 and a deputy public defender for the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office from 2000 to 2001. From 1991 to 2000, Tanaka was an associate for Astor & Phillips. He earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Western State University College of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree from Western State University. Because of his experience as an alternate public defender he has great knowledge and practical understanding of criminal law.