• Available in Orange County, All of California
  • Available for Mediation, Arbitration, and Private Judging assignments


Judge Aguirre has served the legal community as an attorney and judge with passion and dignity for over 43 years. After 15 years on the bench, he retired from the Orange County Superior Court on February 28, 2017 and is now available to serve as mediator, arbitrator and private judge. As a judge he presided over numerous cases in the areas of family law, government liability, business/contractual matters, and all types of personal injury including medical malpractice. Prior to the bench he was in private practice for 28 years and was the managing general partner of a 92-unit retirement community in Placentia, California.

Judge Aguirre has been heavily involved in the community throughout his career. In 2014, he was named one of the "101 most influential Latinos in the US" by Latino Leaders Magazine. He has held leadership positions with the Orange County Hispanic Bar Association and the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association. He founded the Orange County Superior Court Leadership Academy in 2007. Judge Aguirre currently serves as president of Latino Advocates for Education and as Judge Advocate of the Orange County Council of the Navy League. Judge Aguirre speaks fluent Spanish.


  • Business/Contractual
  • Employment
  • Family Law
  • Government Liability
  • Medical Negligence
  • Personal Injury
  • Real Estate
  • Wrongful Death

Experience Summary

Legal Career

  • Judge, Superior Court, Orange County (2002-17); Unlimited Civil Trials (2013-17); Limited Civil Trials (2010-12); Juvenile Trials (2008-10); Family Law Trials (2004-08); Criminal Trials (2002-04)
  • Founding Member & Managing General Partner, Bradford Square Retirement Community (1985-02)
  • Sole Practitioner, Criminal Defense, Plaintiff’s Personal Injury, and Real Estate Development (1976-02)
  • Attorney, Cohen, Stokke, Owen & Davis, practicing Family Law (1974-76)
  • Legal Aid Society of Santa Clara County (1974)

Education & Professional Affiliations

  • J.D., University of California Los Angeles (1971)
  • B. A., University of Southern California (1968)
  • Mediation Training (Dissolution), Pepperdine University School of Law/Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution (2005)
  • Mediation Training, California Judges Association (2004)

Achievements & Awards

  • Navy League of the United States, Orange County Council, Member, Board of Directors (2010-Present); Judge Advocate (2012-Present)
  • California Latino Judges Association, Member (2002-Present); Vice President (2010-12)
  • George Baily Award, Family Law Section, Orange County Bar Association (2008)
  • Orange County Superior Court Leadership Academy, Founder (2007); Co-Chair (2007-Present)
  • Orange County Superior Court Grand Jury Committee, Member (2006-Present)
  • Judge of the Year, Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County (2003)
  • Support of Youth Award, California LULAC Education Foundation (2002)
  • Co-Founder, Latino Advocates for Education, Inc., President (1996); Member (1996-Present)
  • Alzheimer’s Association of Orange County; Board of Directors (1985-87); Member (1985-Present)
  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Directors (1980-82); Member (1980-Present)
  • Past President, Orange County Mexican American Lawyers Club (1976)
  • Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County, Co-Founder (1974); President (1975)

Hobbies & Interests

In his spare time, Judge Aguirre enjoys spending time with his family, playing handball and piano, and is currently writing a book on WWII Latino Veterans at Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.

Legal Experience

  • Business/Contractual
  • Employment
  • Family Law
  • Government Liability
  • Medical Negligence
  • Personal Injury
  • Real Estate
  • Wrongful Death

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Downtown Los Angeles

601 S. Figueroa
Ste 4000
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: 213.223.1113
Fax      : 213.223.1114

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11601 Wilshire Blvd
Ste 2040
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone: 310.442.2100
Fax      : 310.442.2125

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402 W. Broadway
Ste 2400
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619.814.1966
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1851 East First Street
Ste 1600
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Phone: 714.834.1340
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San Francisco

100 Pine Street
Ste 1950
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415.266.1242
Fax      : 415.266.1243

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980 9th Street
Suite 2200
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916.394.8490
Fax      : 916.394.8495

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