Justice Gilbert Nares was appointed to the Court of Appeal by Governor George Deukmejian where he has served for the past 25 years. Prior to that he was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., to the San Diego County Superior and Municipal Courts where he served as a trial judge for 12 years. Justice Nares was both a supervising judge for the Superior Court's North County Branch and a presiding judge of the Municipal Court’s North County Judicial District.
A native Californian, Justice Nares was in private practice with the law firm of Daubney, Banche, Patterson & Nares before his appointment to the bench. During his time in private practice he was elected president of the Bar Association of Northern San Diego County. He is a recipient of the Bar's Lifetime Achievement Award. Justice Nares served on the Board of Trustees of both the Oceanside Public Library and the San Diego County Law Library.
Justice Nares received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of San Diego (economics and philosophy) and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of San Diego School of Law. He was later named a Distinguished Alumnus.