Beth Grimes was confirmed as an Associate Justice of the Second District Court of Appeal, Division Eight, in April 2010. She was appointed to the Los Angeles Superior Court in December 1997. Justice Grimes' first judicial assignment was to the dependency court, after which she presided over a felony calendar court and independent calendar general jurisdiction courtrooms in the Stanley Mosk Courthouse and the Santa Monica courthouse. From August 2004 through March 2005, Justice Grimes was assigned as a justice pro tempore to Division Four of the Second District Court of Appeal.
Before her appointment to the bench, Justice Grimes was a partner in the Litigation Department of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, engaged in a business litigation practice since joining the firm in 1980. She has extensive trial and appellate experience in federal and state courts involving a wide range of commercial litigation, including securities, bankruptcy litigation, partnership disputes, employment disputes, product liability, unlawful detainer and other general business disputes.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Justice Grimes received her law degree in 1980 from Stanford Law School, where she was an Associate Editor of the Stanford Law Review. She also attended the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia, for one semester during her senior year, and she attended Mount Holyoke College her freshman year of college.
Justice Grimes is a member of the Judicial Council Advisory Committee on Civil Jury Instructions. She was a member of the Los Angeles Superior Court Executive Committee in 2008. She served on other committees of the Los Angeles Superior Court, including the Research Attorneys Committee, the Media Committee, the Bench Bar Committee, and the ADR Committee.
Justice Grimes was a panelist for the CJA/Rutter Group Employment Litigation Programs in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002. She was a member of the Los Angeles Superior Court JES faculty and taught courses concerning summary judgments, verdicts, anti-SLAPP motions, and employment law. She was a panelist on Legalworks' first and second Annual E-Discovery and Trial Practice Forums in February 2006 and 2007. She has been a guest lecturer at Stanford Law School, USC Gould School of Law and Pepperdine University School of Law.
Justice Grimes has been active in community affairs. She volunteered for the Constitutional Rights Foundation's Courtroom to Classroom program in 2005 and 2006 and sponsored other educational programs for children in her courtroom. She has served on the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles and the Inland Empire; chaired the mothers' group of the Pinafores of the League for Crippled Children; and served as an AYSO coach and referee. She has served on the Board of Visitors of Stanford Law School and as co-chair of the Stanford Law Society of Los Angeles. She is devoted to the pursuit of good nutrition and fitness.