Judge Daniel S. Lopez
J.D., Loyola University of Chicago
M.A., Claremont Graduate University
B.A., Claremont McKenna College
In 1989, Judge Daniel S. Lopez was first appointed to the East Los Angeles Municipal Court by Governor George Deukmejian. In 1994, Judge Lopez was elevated to the Superior Court by Governor Pete Wilson. He is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College, Claremont Graduate University and Loyola Law School. As an attorney, Judge Lopez worked with the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, Orange County Public Defender’s Office, and was in private practice for ten years prior to his appointment to the bench. During the course of his 24 year career as a Superior Court Judge for the County of Los Angeles, Judge Lopez specialized in criminal assignments covering misdemeanor cases, felony matters and juvenile delinquency cases. Judge Lopez has served as a supervising judge at East Los Angeles Court, Pomona Juvenile Court and West Covina Court. Although he officially retired last year, Judge Lopez continues to pursue his passion of working with the youth of the El Monte City School District, where he established their Mock Trial Academy in 2010. Judge Lopez also continues to preside over their monthly sessions of Truancy Court and Teen Court.
Most importantly, Judge Lopez has been a member of Trinity Law School’s Adjunct Faculty for almost 20 years, where he teaches Trial Advocacy and Juvenile Law & Procedure. Currently, Judge Lopez is on assignment as a retired judge in the East District of the Los Angeles County Superior Court in the Pomona Courthouse.
Judge Lopez is one of eight children born into the Lopez family, where he grew up in the South Gate area of Los Angeles County. He and his wife, Yolanda, have been married for over 40 years and have four adult children and one precious granddaughter.