"The People's Lawyer" - From Humble Beginnings
My Early Years
José Angel's background is rather unique. He comes from a humble background. His parents, family, and he are former migrant farm workers that traveled throughout the Southwest from Arizona, Washington, Oregon, Utah and California harvesting seasonal crops. His family settled in the Salinas Valley in 1966 and this has been home ever since.

My Education
José attended all the local elementary schools of the Alisal Union School District, El Sausal Middle School and Alisal High School. He went on to Hartnell, San Jose State University, and graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law.

California Bar Examination
José passed the bar exam on his first try in 1983.

Practicing Law
He immediately returned home and started his own law practice from 1984 until 1995.

Municipal Court Judge
He was elected to the Monterey County Municipal Court bench in 1995 and served until 2002.

Superior Court Judge
In 2002 the Municipal Court merged into what is now the California Superior Court of Monterey County and José continued serving as a judge until 2008.

Private Law Practice
In 2009, after working nearly 15 years as a judge, José returned to his private law practice and continued his life-long passion as the "People's Lawyer". José is proud of his humble beginnings and is forever thankful of the mentors that helped guide him along the way. This experience was the foundation of his strong belief in putting back into the local community.

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