In January of 2014, Gregory Munoz retired from Orange County Superior Court after 14 years to serve as a Mediator, Arbitrator and Private Judge. Drawing on his extensive knowledge of the law, Judge Munoz managed an extensive calendar with an average inventory of 600 cases, handing each from the date of filing until final disposition. Additionally, he presided over hundreds of settlement conferences which resulted in a high percentage of settlements. Prior to his Judicial career, Judge Munoz spent 34 years as a civil litigator, specializing in Tort litigation, Medical Malpractice, Legal Malpractice, Product Liability, Insurance Bad Faith, Highway Design, Construction accidents and a wide-variety of Personal Injury matters. Many lawyers say that Judge Munoz is one of the sharpest Judges' in Orange County and is both well-liked and respected. He is known for his calm, easy-going temperament and is often described as being decisive, hard-working and down to earth. One lawyer said "...he gets it and knows how to handle people."
Partner & President, Hews, Munoz & Swift (1969-2000), general civil with an emphasis on plaintiffs litigation.
Associate Attorney, Dryden Harrington & Swartz (1965-1969), general civil litigation with a focus on insurance defense.
Deputy District Attorney, Los Angeles County (1963-1965)
Education & Professional Affiliations
J.D., University of Southern California Law Center (1963)
B.A., UCLA (1960)
Member, Past President of the Orange County Chapter of American Board of Trial Advocates (1976)
Chairman, Orange County Bar Association Judiciary Committee (1978)
Founder, Past President of the Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County (1974-Present)
Orange County Delegate to the State Bar Convention (1976)
Member, Association of Business Trial Lawyer and its Judicial Advisory Committee (2013)
Achievements & Awards
Judge Munoz has been recognized and received several awards including Judge of the Year in 2004 from the American Board of Trial Advocates; Alumnus of the Year Award in 2004 from Chaffey College Foundation; Community Service Award in 2008 from USC La Raza Law Students’ Association and Lawyer of the Year in 2000 from the Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County.
Hobbies & Interests
Judge Munoz speaks fluent Spanish. He enjoys traveling, fishing, bird hunting, reading, movies, and spending time with his family.
Complaint against homeowner association and landscaper for negligent maintenance of sprinkler system that caused damage to homeowner.
Professional Malpractice Legal
Legal malpractice case by client against attorney for negligently handling divorce case. Cross complaint by attorney for fees.
Trip-and-fall suit by plaintiff against restaurant involving allegations of unsafe sidewalk and defective lighting.
Suit by disabled bus passenger against a bus company for negligently unloading plaintiff from ramp.
Underinsured motorist case that involved issues pertaining to setoffs of previously paid sums by both claimant's carrier and third-party carrier.
Third-party binding arbitration in which plaintiff was involved in multiple rear-end auto accident. Plaintiff sustained major shoulder injury requiring surgery.
Plaintiff was patron at defendant's restaurant when potted plant fell from shelf and struck plaintiff on leg.
Wrongful death action by surviving dependents of decedent who was driving on freeway when he was struck in the head by flying metal parts that came loose from a new truck. Multiple defendants with complex issues including cross complaints.