Judge Craig Loma Griffin was born in Huntington Park, California and received his B.S. in business administration from California State University, Long Beach in 1982 and his J.D. summa cum laude and order of the coif from Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School in 1989. During law school, he served on the B.Y.U. Law Review as lead articles editor and also on the Internal Law Annual as associate editor. After passing the California bar in 1989, he worked as a law clerk to the Honorable Thomas Gibbs Gee at the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Thereafter, in 1990, he joined Morrison and Foerster until 1994 when he left to join Connor and Associates and then Connor, Blake and Griffin in 1996. His work in private practice focused on general civil litigation, bankruptcy, and appeals. He has served as a delegate to the State Bar Conference of Delegates and was also a member of the Orange County Bar Association Technology Section. In 2004, he went to work for the Fourth District Court of Appeal as a senior appellate attorney, where he remained until he was appointed to the bench in 2009 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. He is a republican.