Judge Thomas M. Goethals


Thomas M. Goethals is a Superior Court Judge in Orange County, California where he is currently assigned to try long cause criminal matters. He was previously the supervisor of all of Orange County’s felony trial courts. Judge Goethals, worked as a deputy district attorney in Orange County for twelve years. During his years as a prosecutor he tried nearly 150 jury trials and also supervised both the homicide and law and motion sections. In 1990, Judge Goethals left the DA’s office to enter private practice. Until his appointment to the bench in 2002, he was a partner at the firm of Pohlson, Moorhead and Goethals where he tried both civil and criminal matters. Since 1998, Judge Goethals has been an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. He has recently also joined the adjunct faculty at Whittier Law School, and he regularly teaches other California judges through the state’s CJER program.


Loyola Law School - Juris Doctorate

Santa Clara University - Bachelor of Arts


Professor of Law

Current Employment:

American International School of Law - Professor of Law

Judge of The Superior Court - County of Orange

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