Division Eight: Associate Justice Victor Viramontes

Associate Justice Victor ViramontesVictor Viramontes is an Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Eight.

Justice Viramontes began his legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Carlos R. Moreno in the federal district court for the Central District of California in 1999. Thereafter, he was an associate at Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe, where he practiced from 2000 to 2001. He joined the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) as a staff attorney in 2001 and worked there until 2005. Between 2005 and 2008, he served as a trial attorney at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and then as a senior trial attorney from 2008 to 2010. Justice Viramontes rejoined MALDEF as national senior counsel in 2010. 

In November 2017, former Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. appointed Justice Viramontes to the Los Angeles County Superior Court. In October 2022, Governor Gavin Newsom nominated Justice Viramontes to the Second District Court of Appeal, Division Eight. He was rated “exceptionally well qualified” by the Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation. The Commission on Judicial Appointments unanimously confirmed him in November 2022. 

Justice Viramontes received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University and a Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School.