Hon. Michael P. Vicencia See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   3.0 - 18 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 4 rating(s)
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General Rating Criteria

* 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=Chronically Late,10=Always on Time)
* General Ability to Handle Pre-Trial Matters (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
* General Ability as a Trial Judge (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
Flexibility In Scheduling (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)


Criminal Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
Involvement in Plea Discussions (1=Not at all Involved, 10=Very Involved)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Pretrial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Trial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Sentencing Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)


Civil Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation (1=Not at all Evenhanded,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
Involvement in Settlement Discussions (1=Not at all Involved,10=Very Involved)
General Inclination (1=Pro-defendant, 10=Pro-plaintiff)
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What others have said about Hon. Michael P. Vicencia


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Other

Comment #: CA13384
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Clearly favors plaintiffs. Unfair. Rude. Erratic. Disrespectful. Biased.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA13106
Rating:8.6
Comments:
I ended up in this court unwittingly and was nervous as a result of these reviews. This was NOT my experience. I found Judge Vicencia smart with a case specific knowledge of wage and hour law of all things. He was fair but tough on anyone unprepared or inclined to babble on. He argued the opposite position with each lawyer. He made quick work of a trial and was compassionate and polite to the client. If your on the right side of your case and well prepared, I would choose him on any occasion.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA12988
Rating:8.0
Comments:
I read the other comments here and was concerned that I had not papered Judge Vicencia. But after having my first substantive hearing with him and observing his conduct with other counsel in other matters before ours was called, I didn't see anything that would give me concern.

Opposing counsel had late filed a brief just one court day prior, and he had clearly still taken the time to read through it and give it fair consideration. He went out of his way to ensure there was no prejudice and listened with real consideration to my arguments.

Perhaps there's another side that I didn't see, but from my experience Judge Vicencia's demeanor was nothing like what has been described in some of the other comments.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA12879
Rating:1.1
Comments:
Never go before this judge without a court reporter!

Other

Comment #: CA12631
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Just for the sake of truth and accuracy, the critical comments of this judge unfortunately are true. It hurts our system of justice, but it must be told. The positive comments, the few there are, must be related to something other than the truth, a relationship, favors etc..

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA12518
Rating:1.0
Comments:
BEWARE- The below comments are all accurate. This man is not willing to hear any oral argument. He doesn't issue tentative rulings. Your better off not making an oral argument because once his mind is set, citing to pertinent case law goes over his head. Good luck to you.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA12452
Rating:2.1
Comments:
The negative comments and criticisms are on point. I've never been the subject of his ridicule or tirades but have had to sit through a number of his calendars. He should know better. An embarrassment to the bench.

Litigant

Comment #: CA12212
Rating:1.0
Comments:
He doesn't have the wherewithall to stand in the courts as a person who is sensible and cordial nor does he exhibit a fairness in his rulings and decisions. He allows defense litigants to speak nonsense and takes it for fact erroneously. He is unconscionable and not fit for the bench to be a Trier of fact.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA10730
Rating:7.3
Comments:
As many below have noted, this judge is VERY no-nonsense, and does not suffer for fools. During oral argument, he will make sure both sides are heard, but will cut directly to the chase to let you know his tentative ruling, and focus your arguments on the questions he has with regards to his position. I personally liked this trait, but I am sure that many attorneys would rather try to distract him by merely reciting the contents of their motions. Those who do, however, will be cut-off, and will do so at their own peril.

The one major issue I have with Judge Vicencia is his complete inflexibility with scheduling in his cases. His docket is absolutely jam-packed, and it takes over half of a year to get anything heard in his courtroom. It is clear he is willing to do anything he can to dispose of his cases. While this can be a noble endeavor, he takes it to an extreme. During my most recent case with him, he set trial mere weeks after the scheduled demurrer hearing date, making it impossible to file a coherent MSJ. When the Plaintiff was granted leave to amend their complaint, we had to go in ex parte to continue the trial again...but he once again set the trial date to be almost immediately after the new demurrer hearing date. When I advised him that would not be sufficient time to file a coherent MSJ (as you are statutorily entitled to do), he simply retorted "then take the case to trial! I don't understand why attorneys are so afraid to try cases nowadays!" Sorry judge, that just isn't what the law says. I was thankfully able to dispose of the case on demurrer, but the way he handles his calendar will definitely increase your stress level a few notches.

I also saw a couple of attorneys appearing ex parte on the case before mine who had stipulated to continue the trial date due to a substitution of counsel a few weeks before trial (and who had not yet conducted discovery because of dispositive motions in the case). He completely lit into them, and summarily denied their request. My only word of advice with Vicencia is don't expect any favors from him related to scheduling, and get your discovery done in the case ASAP. If you don't, you will be up a creek without a paddle.

Overall, I think this judge is good at cutting through the BS, and getting to the heat of the meat in the case. But, he will put you over a barrel when it comes to his calendar. It may not be your fault that it takes 9 months to get a hearing in his courtroom, but he will certainly act like it is.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA9510
Rating:9.5
Comments:
I have read the scathing comments of Judge Vicencia and strongly disagree. I have been before him numerous times as have my law partners. We all consider him to be a very intelligent and fair judge. The only attorneys I've seen him berate are, frankly, inept, disingenuous, or woefully unprepared counsel. Since many LA Superior judges give such counsel a pass more often than not, I can understand how Judge Vicencia would be a shock to such counsel as he holds them fully accountable for their conduct and the conduct of their clients. If you intend to engage in unethical, unlawful, or even simply boorish conduct, then Judge Vicencia will be a terrible wake up call for you.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA8951
Rating:1.0
Comments:
To be avoided if any sense of court decorum, civility or legal acumen is important to your case.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7360
Rating:1.0
Comments:
An astonishingly poor judge. Unprepared. Not smart. Volatile. It is as if a gigantic child has reached the bench and now functions there with all of the legal acumen of a precocious 12-year old. Justice is not served by his presence on the bench.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6655
Rating:1.1
Comments:
Incredibly, the man has not an iota of legal acumen. And, he has no ability to fathom a legal argument. I would feel sorry for him except for the fact that he makes a mockery of our system. Period.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6596
Rating:1.8
Comments:
Likely appointed for his father's political connections. Terrible judicial temperament. Ill prepared. An embarrassment.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: CA6339
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This is one situation where the below comments are fairly accurate. Complete lack of a proper judicial temperament-period.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5763
Rating:1.0
Comments:
As others have said, he is certainly rude, impatient, and arrogant. More troubling, however, is his astonishingly poor understanding of or the law. He should not be on the bench.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA5036
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Vicencia is in Long Beach. He used to be in dept 8. He gives no priority to private counsel. He'll hear pro pers before he hears private counsel's matters.

He is robe heavy. He was papered by the public defender's office. He has a temper. He shouldn't be on the bench.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA5027
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge is arrogant. A lot of attorneys paper him.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4909
Rating:1.3
Comments:
This judge was a complete jerk at the first CMC. I dumped him on a peremptory challenge. I've been around too long not to know that judges who are jerks early on only get worse as the case goes on.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4743
Rating:1.1
Comments:
This judge is openly unfair and biased, and should not be allowed to adjudicate matters. His ability to hold political judicial council positions allows him to abuse the law and misrepresent the integrity of the court. He openly shows favoritism for larger corporations and/or institutions, which taints the integrity of the court.

Litigant

Comment #: CA4742
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Vicencia boasts of his favoritism, bias and judicial abuse. He yells, screams, and openly punishes persons (and cases) that he dislikes. He is very politically active in the judicial arena, and therefore favors large corporate institutions in cases. He openly supports such abuses as meeting with opposing counsel in ex parte hearings without notice to the party that he despises -- he refuses to admonish them for horrific abuses and imposes sanctions without a motion. He will literally do the opposing counsel's work for them. He is utterly corrupt!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4545
Rating:2.9
Comments:
"Impatient" and "sarcastic" are accurate comments. This judge has little regard for the rule of law. Judge Vicencia's own law applies in his courtroom. He should have run for office like his father. He does litigants a real disservice.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4120
Rating:3.4
Comments:
Impatient and sarcastic. Acts as if his court is the major concern of those who control the judicial budget. He uses sarcasm to disguise his ignorance of the law.