Judicial Profile: Judge Gary Tanaka

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Torrance Judge Gary Tanaka

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 preliminary hearings in the Torrance Court as of December 2018.

As a Judge in a prelim Court he presides over felony cases in their early stage, determining whether there is enough evidence to hold the Defendant for trial.  It is a very demanding assignment.  His previous assignment was in Division P of the Torrance Court which hears primarily misdemeanor criminal cases originating in Manhattan Beach, Gardena and the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Prior to his tenure in the Torrance Court he was a sitting Judge in Compton where he heard criminal matters.

Judge Tanaka 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.  From the perspective of a Defense Attorney he is a great Judge to appear in front of, he is respectful to all sides and very thoughtful in his decision making process.  As a local South Bay Lawyer, I am often asked whether he would be a good Judge to have, the answer is always yes.

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.

About thetorranceattorney

Matthew Ruff is a Torrance criminal defense attorney located near the 405 freeway on Crenshaw Blvd. Focusing on DUI and serious criminal cases for over twenty years. In addition to criminal cases, Matthew also defends clients at the DMV.
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