Hon. James R. Dunn See Rating Details
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   9.4 - 4 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   6.0 - 2 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. James R. Dunn


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA28531
I was before Judge Dunn on several cases when he was in trial court in Dept. 26. I appeared before him on a settlement conference (he now presides in MSC Settlements at Spring Street Courthouse). He is a very strong judge. He settled a case we thought was impossible.


Comment #: CA11927
I was the plaintiff in a bitter case between condominium owners. Judge Dunn was the settlement conference judge. He said hard cold truths to me which I was not pleased to hear, and I assume he "told it the way he saw it" to the other side; in doing so, he brought sanity to an out-of-control situation. He worked hard (for 7+ hours) and a resolution was reached. My impression is that he is smart, experienced, patient, fair, no-nonsense, has MUCH common-sense, and he works hard. What more can you ask for in a judge?

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7921
Rating:Not Rated
Judge Dunn was our Judge for our MSC. Judge Dunn took the time to spell out all the issues in the case and make sure he understood all relevant facts and the law. Was very fair in his assessment of the case and was very generous in letting our client state his side of the story.

We settled that case that day, after 8 hours. Very fair, engaged, and competent judge.


Comment #: CA5324
I was a litigant/defendant in a civil case before Judge Dunn a few years ago. Both sides agreed to let Judge Dunn decide the case in lieu of a trial by jury.

Judd Dunn showed favoritism toward the plaintiff and his witnesses throughout the trial. He limited the witnesses we could call in our defense because his vacation was to start in another week. He also outwardly displayed animosity toward myself and counsel during the trial.

Additionally, Judge Dunn was not familiar with the ethos and mores of the organization involved in the civil suit. This was vital to to make a competent and informed decision. He ultimately decided in favor of the plaintiff.

As a result of his behavior during the trial, I filed a formal complaint with the California Judicial Commission. The Commission refused to investigate my complaint which I now understand is not unusual and necessitates a web site like the "Robing Room".

I would recommend anyone in trial with Judge Dunn to opt for a trial by jury. It is a lesson I learned too late!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4469
I had a two week court trial in front of Judge Dunn that dealt with complex legal issues. Judge Dunn clearly worked hard to familiarize himself with the law and conducted himself with absolute integrity. He is without a doubt one of the finest trial court judges around.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA2369
Great judge! Fair, good demeanor, thoughtful, smart, extremely high integrity (in fact that is his best quality!) and, I think one of the best judge's in Central.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1210
Good, strong judge. You could do a lot worse at the Mosk Courthouse.