Justice Gomes was born in Fresno in 1946. He graduated from Fresno High School in 1963 and Fresno State University in 1969. He received his Juris Doctorate degree in 1972 from the University of Pacific McGeorge School of Law.
Justice Gomes was admitted to the practice of law in California on December 14, 1972. He was also admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the United States District Court.
Justice Gomes served as a Deputy District Attorney for Fresno County (1972-1975) and Chief Trial Deputy District Attorney (1975-1977). Thereafter he engaged in the private practice of law with the firm of Gomes, Gomes, Fisk and Berman. Upon appointment by Governor Jerry Brown, Gomes became Judge of the Municipal Court, Consolidated Fresno Judicial District, on October 31, 1980. Governor Brown elevated Gomes to the Fresno Superior Court effective December 14, 1982. While on the superior court, Gomes served as Presiding Judge of the Criminal Department for 11 years. In May of 2002, Governor Gray Davis nominated Gomes as Associate Justice, Court of Appeal, Fifth Appellate District. Gomes was confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments May 31, 2002.
Before taking the bench, Justice Gomes served on the Fresno County Bar Association Criminal Law Committee, was cofounder and president of the Fresno County Prosecutors Association, and served as chair of the Fresno Trial Lawyers Association, Criminal Law and Procedure Committee. As a member of the California Judges Association, Gomes has served on the New Judge Education Planning Committee, as chair of the Criminal Law and Procedure Committee, and as program chair for the Criminal Law Institute.
Justice Gomes has served as a faculty member for California Judicial College (CJER), and as moderator and lecturer at many of CJER's programs. He has also participated on many program and institute planning committees.
Married since 1970, he has adult twins; an attorney daughter, and a probation officer son.