Hon. Richard L. Fruin, Jr. See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   3.0 - 20 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   10.0 - 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. Richard L. Fruin, Jr.


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Litigant

Comment #: CA5045
Rating:10.0
Comments:
very logical, clearly understands justice, no BS.
I have been in many courts he has an understanding of the law that I wish all judges had.

Litigant

Comment #: CA5044
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
very logical, clearly understands justice, no BS.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5043
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Fortunately, we still have people like Fruin on the bench. As long as people like him stay on, a wink and a nod is all I need to make sure I win. And that's how I like it. Pro WASP. That's what you need on the bench. I rate him low bc that's the truth. But without him many of us would never win. He will help you strike pleadings, de novo review with a whim, and ignore the other side. My thoughts, all is fair in love and war. And I consider litigation war. With him, you can win by sending out FROGS only. He will handle the rest. Fruin for President.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4635
Rating:1.1
Comments:
In my opinion, he is arrogant and likes to demean attorneys. I have watched as he belittled and disrespected attorneys in open court. I only wish that I could rank him lower. He has a volatile temperament and a short fuse. I would prefer any judge besides Judge Fruin.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3653
Rating:1.8
Comments:
I agree with the comments below that he is mean spirited, rude runs hot and cold and will not think twice about humiliating you in open court. I have nothing nice to say about this judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3073
Rating:5.0
Comments:
1. Get on his good side.
2. Know and Mention his background
3. Do not be fooled by his kindness.
4. Once he likes you, he will do anything for you and will go out of his way to shut out OC.
5. If you know this you will realize that you can use him to your advantage.
6. He will bend over backwards to help those he likes.
7. Do not stress about untenable positions, he will help you achieve them.

HE IS THE BEST !

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3023
Rating:4.1
Comments:
Fruin was a fairly scholarly judge in the sense of him (or perhaps his staff) researching the issues, however, this fact is weighted against his blatant biases and dishonesty as a judicial officer. I tried a civil rights case before him and I have never, repeat never, witnessed a more nakedly prejudiced and elitist attitude from the bench - ever. He was a corporate attorney and he carries this condescending worldview onto the bench and in his relations with counsel. He detests civil rights attorneys. Fruin acted like a mug little aristocrat and he should have been removed from the bench feet first.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2819
Rating:1.4
Comments:
Senile. Demented. Can't remember from one day to the next. Must be removed.Disaster.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2704
Rating:8.0
Comments:
I have read the other comments, and it does not sound like the same individual. I had a trial with Judge Fruin in 2009, and I thought he was on top of the issues and a pretty darn good trial judge. I was on the winning side of the case, but I felt that he treated both sides fairly. I did not experience rudeness with this judge, and I did not see him acting rudely or inappropriately towards other lawyers when I was in the courtroom.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2455
Rating:10.0
Comments:
very deferential to big firms, no matters the case.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1908
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I agree wholeheartedly with the comments above. Judge Fruin is extremely partial to Plaintiffs. He is a mean spirited, rude, ill tempered, short fused nightmare if you represent the defense. I strongly encourage all defense attorneys to ding him or prepare for a judge that is Plaintiff partial. He does run hot and cold and will humiliate you in open court on the record. I cant say enough negative about this rude ill tempered man.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1066
Rating:1.5
Comments:
A foul, unfriendly, biased and rude individual whose face glows red when he is about to ream the unlucky lawyer, usually plaintiff's lawyer, in front of him. When he is growling during sidebars, he looks remarkably like an angry beaver. Watch out for his breath during sidebars, its as rotten as his personality. I wait for the day that he retires into obscurity.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA96
Rating:4.3
Comments:
I agree with the negative assessment of this judge for a plaintiff. The only thing that makes him other than a total idiot is he did not grant summary judgments and was okay during evidence. Plus there are so many bad judges at Central now. He gets weird when you argue the law - challenging you as calling his knowledge into question. He is a former Lawler Felix / Arter & Hadden lawyer.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA92
Rating:1.5
Comments:
Judge Fruin is a plaintiff's nightmare. If you stand as plaintiff before him -- you will not get a fair and impartial hearing on the facts of your case. When reading the other comments about Judge Fruin, I concur that he is totally defense oriented, ill-tempered, unprepared, rude and arrogant, and displays an unbelieveable disregard for the Rule of Law, and the canons of the Code of Judicial Ethics.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA91
Rating:3.8
Comments:
Judge Fruin thinks that he is much smarter than any plaintiff's counsel who enters his court. He is very outcome oriented, and remarkably ill-tempered. He issues sanctions against parties pretty easily, and drops nasty comments on the record about counsel. He is entirely defense oriented, and plaintiff's counsel should strike him, or at least appeal at every chance. The best part about the Hill Street courthouse is that when you start taking appeals, the research attorneys begin to notice you and the judges miraculously become more gracious and judicious in their reasoning.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA81
Rating:2.5
Comments:
He runs hot and cold. From day to day may reverse himself on a specific issue 3 or more times, even doing so in the course of a single week. He routinely sets OSCs on issues which were never raised by opposing counsel, and requests briefing on remote or marginal issues. He often loses papers, then complains when you provide courtesy copies. He regularly fails to read papers. I have seen him criticize counsel for doing exactly as he ordered, because he forgot what he ordered previously.
He displays a remarkable lack of judicial temperament, a lack of civility and an inability to appreciate his apparent biases. Ding him early and often.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA32
Rating:1.5
Comments:
If arrogance and inflexibility were the mark of a good judge, Judge Fruin would be Earl Warren. He loves the power of being a judge, and uses it regularly to abuse litigants and attorneys alike with glee.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA29
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Horrible judge and horrible man. Mean-spirited, irrational, and ill-prepared to handle even the simplest of civil disputes.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA11
Rating:1.5
Comments:
He is bad-tempered, unprepared, rude, and arrogant. He is inconsiderate and enjoys denigrating the attorneys who are unlucky enough to have to appear in front of him.
He consistently misreads the papers in front of him, but is too arrogant to admit when he has made a mistake of fact or law, and covers it by additional rudeness.