BG municipal judge appointed to Superior Court bench

first_imgGregory Gonzales, Battle Ground’s municipal court judge, received a personal call Monday from the governor, informing him that he would be Clark County’s next Superior Court judge. The news was “without a doubt, a dream come true,” Gonzales said.Gonzales will succeed Judge Edwin Poyfair, who is retiring at the end of this month. His appointment was announced in a news release from the office of Gov. Chris Gregoire.Gonzales, 56, has been a municipal court judge, a part-time position, since 2005 in addition to pursuing a general practice of law. He began his legal career at the law firm Weber Gunn. That firm is in the process of dissolving, and this year, Gonzales opened his own Vancouver firm, where he has handled personal injury cases, misdemeanor criminal defense and general litigation.A native of Southern California, Gonzales received his law degree from Lewis & Clark College in Portland and moved to Clark County to began his law career. He said he served as a pro tem judge in the 1990s in District Court and began to have a passion for it. “I enjoy being on the bench. I truly have fun in the right way,” Gonzales said. “That’s where the passion and energy comes from.”last_img read more