Hon. A. Howard Matz See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
C.D.Cal.  
Average Rating:5.2 - 17 rating(s)
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*Temperament:   (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
*Scholarship:   (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
*Industriousness:   (1=Not at all industrious,10=Highly industrious)
*Ability to Handle Complex Litigation:    (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
*Punctuality:    (1=Chronic`y Late,10=Always on Time)
*Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation:    (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
*Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation:   (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
Flexibility In Scheduling   (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Pre-Trial:   (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
Involvement in Civil Settlement Discussions:   (1=Least Involved,10=Most Involved)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Trial:    (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Sentencing:    (1=Most Lenient,10=Most Harsh)
Typical Discount Off Guidelines for Cooperators:    (1=10%,10=100%)
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What others have said about Hon. A. Howard Matz


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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 21766
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
It is such a relief that Matz is not a judge anymore. While he was on the federal bench, he created much hardship and misery for most litigants in his courtroom mostly due to his severe emotional disturbance and overly inflated ego. Federal Court is a much better place without this utterly bad person.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 12093
Rating:7.5
Comments:
had a routine motion to dismiss hearing that he refused to reschedule. Defense counsel was two giant law firms and they both said they didn't have an attorney available for the hearing on the motion, so they filed a request to continue. I was plaintiff's counsel and didn't care one way or the other so I stipulated to it. He denied it at 5:30 pm on a Friday (for a Monday 10 am hearing) and at the hearing spent twenty minutes ripping defense counsel up and down. Glad it wasn't me. I used to work at a firm he was a partner at (after he left for the bench) and everyone said really good things about what a lovely guy he is. Maybe, but the black robe sure is taking over.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 9481
Rating:8.3
Comments:
Has little patience for unprepared lawyers, but is clearly on top of things and makes an honest effort to come to a reasonable outcome.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 9297
Rating:2.9
Comments:
Judge Matz is a great tyrant. He places his own interests or the interests of a small oligarchy over the best interests of the general population and Constitution, which he controls with a blind eye towards his multiple injustices and pretty clear violations of the law.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 9271
Rating:1.6
Comments:
The only good thing that can be said about Judge A. Howard Matz is that he's usually on time. Everything else is a pure tale of judicial horror. The most God awful judge you could ever encounter.

Litigant

Comment #: 9250
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge A. Howard Matz is judicial tyranny personified. He takes perverse pleasure in exercising his power over people. Routinely breaks and rewrites the law to suit his agenda. Once he decides to rule in a certain way (which is usually before any evidence has been presented or the case has been heard), no evidence, facts or testimony will have any impact on his decisions. When Judge A. Howard Matz walks into the courtroom, justice runs out the back door. He is a horrible judge.

Other

Comment #: 8871
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I am shocked about the other comments made about this wonderful man. I worked for him at two law firms and to me he was the most ethical, nicest lawyer I had ever met. He was the only one who did so many good things for others and was always kind to me and to all the people that worked there. I believe that he is a good judge and not so bad as these people are saying. I knew the real man with the biggest heart. You can tell what kind of a person a person really is by the way they treat the "little people" I think. He was the most giving and caring lawyer at both firms. The one lawyer with the highest intregity. It was an honor to know and work with him. I was the receptionist and knew him as a the best lawyer I had ever met. Don't believe all these horrible things people have said about him.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 8756
Rating:2.3
Comments:
This guy does not read a single submission and is utterly confused. Horrible opinions, and horrible lack of respect for people in his courtroom. Bad bad judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 5955
Rating:1.3
Comments:
Serious personality problems make it possible for this little tyrant to create enormous stress for everyone in his courtroom. Ironically, he says in his judicial profile that he aims not to create stress. Not a good judge.

Litigant

Comment #: 5951
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge A. Howard Matz is completely pro-government and pro-big money, and justice be damned. He has utter contempt and resentment for pro se litigants. His decisions speak for themselves: he is against justice, against whistleblowers, against pro se litigants, against the Constitution and all for the government and big business. This arrogant know-it-all doesn't even read any motions or submissions - his opinions are made up well in advance of hearing the case. Just look at the Hillarygate fiasco, Guantanamo decision, etc. If you get your case assigned to this judge and you don't represent a major corporation or the government, I have nothing but sincere sympathy for you. Since Matz authored a book on how to avoid disqualification, I would not even suggest that route. Change of venue is the only alternative. If you're a pro se litigant, you haven't got a prayer.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 5014
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This arrogant, Randy Newman-esque and literally small man is a pain in the neck to all. He's a former federal prosecutor, whose son is also now a federal prosecutor and he is pure pro-government and anti-Constitution. His apparent intellect is overpowered by personality problems that permeate everything that he does. He is impatient, snide, rude, and narcissistic, and has no idea what justice is. He would make a good judge in a Kafka judicial horror tale.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 4958
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
He is an intelligent liberal with a personality disorder that causes him to be a lousy judge. He gives homework assignments every night during trials. He is rude and self-centered, and is unable to be fair because of his biases toward big business and government. He is an all-around pain in the neck.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 2585
Rating:8.0
Comments:
Is willing to give a defendnat a break in the right case. Be on time and prepared if you don't want it held against you.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 2002
Rating:4.3
Comments:
Even after acknowledging he sentenced a prisoner to an illegal (post Booker) sentence he refused to correct it and let the indigent pro se prisoner file to the Ninth for relief which resulted in the prisoner serving all of the illegal sentence before the appeal could be heard.