A View From the Bench with Judge James Gray

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Chapter Event: Orange County


The meeting will feature Judge James Gray (Ret.) and his perspective from over 25 years of sitting on the bench in Orange County Courts. He will provide us with an insightful evening of a judge’s view of the expert witness, and will share with us his experience with experts in various fields, how he has viewed their testimony from the bench – what they have done well, and the mistakes that they have made – as well as how experts can effectively communicate facts and opinions to the court. This is a great opportunity to learn how the judge views our testimony, how he or she rules on expert testimony, admissibility, the role of the gatekeeper, and more!

This will be an informative meeting. There will also be the opportunity to network with other experts before the meeting starts as well as following the meeting.

2019 Kick-Off Event Evening Networking hosted by DIRTONU, Inc.


Judge James P. Gray

Judge James P. Gray (Ret.) served as a judge in Superior Court in Orange County for 20 years from 1989 to 2009. Immediately prior to this he served as judge in municipal court in Orange County for five years. He now works in private mediation and arbitration for ADR Services in Irvine.

Prior to serving on the bench, Judge Gray was a staff judge advocate and criminal defense attorney for the U.S. Navy JAG Corps. He has been awarded the National Defense, Vietnam Service and Combat Action Ribbons. Judge Gray also worked as a Federal Criminal Prosecutor with the US Attorneys Office in Los Angeles. He also worked for five years in private practice with Wyman, Bautzer, Rothman & Kuchel.

In 1995 he received the 1995 “Judge of the Year” by the OC Constitutional Rights Foundation of Orange County, and they now call their annual Judge of the Year Award the Judge James P. Gray Judge of the Year Award. He received the 1992 “Judge of the Year” award from the Business Litigation Section of the OCBA. Judge Gray also has received honorary doctor degrees from Western State University College of Law and Chapman University School of Law.

Judge Gray has been a Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica. He was the Libertarian Candidate for Vice President of the US in 2012. Judge Gray is married to Dr. Grace Walker Gray, and has four children, including one adopted son from Vietnam.

This course has been approved for 1 CFLC credit


Antonello Ristorante
(Room: Wine Cellar)
3800 South Plaza Drive
Santa Ana, CA 92704


Advance Registration
Member price: $55.00
Non-member price: $65.00

On-site Registration
Member price: $75.00
Non-member price: $85.00

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