Hon. Don R. Franchi See Rating Details
Superior Court
San Mateo County
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.4 - 3 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 1 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. Don R. Franchi


Court Staff

Comment #: CA12967
The worst judge in the building. Rude to everyone, arrogant and delights in taking sides against one litigant or another before a case even starts. He is openly abusive towards women and god help any male litigant who stands up to his bullying. San Mateo County elected a vindictive, heartless bastard. It is not easy write that about a colleague, but truth is truth. It is sad that unseating judges like Don is almost impossible. One thing I have to admit, Judge Franchi is equally obnoxious to mothers as fathers. He is quite the jurist and best avoided under all circumstances. The Court of Appeal just overturned and remanded another of his irrational decisions. It is unlikely the P.J. will ever rotate Franchi off the family law bench as his temperament and lack of knowledge would make a worse mess in every other department.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA10073
This guy is one of the stupidest judges I've ever seen. Cranky, disorganized. Has decided the case oftentimes before he takes the bench. Tells parties that they better not go to trial because the result will be worse (for them) than what he indicated before trial. Lazy, lazy, lazy. Has managed to get disqualified on about 30% of cases assigned to him.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA9789
He is the man!! He knows a ton of family law and actually generally follows it.

Yes, he can have a bad day now and then when he is cranky, but so do I.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA4677
He is a mediocre judge at best.