Hon. Allan J. Goodman See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.1 - 13 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   5.0 - 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. Allan J. Goodman


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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6742
Rating:1.0
Comments:
There are some transgressions so monumental that they override other considerations. In other professions, we do not ignore criminal behavior because the pastor, priest, social worker, school teacher, cop, etc. had acted well in other situations.

At first, we were under the impression that Goodman was suffering from some mental condition such as onset of Alzheirmers. His behavior was erratic and inexplicable. After several months, the likely explanation is that Goodman was merely helping a buddy of his rip off the City of Los Angeles for $1/4 Million.

The notion was so far fetched that it took a long time for us to see that Goodman was not suffering from something like Alzheimers but from something akin to criminality.

When Goodman saw that his buddy, an atty named Frank Angel, was appearing in Goodman's court and attacking his own client and trying to have his own client thrown out of the case where Angel had been a junior attorney, Goodman ignored Angel's breach of duty to his client by his undertaking representation of second client, who was not a party to the litigation, and by his insisting that Goodman make Angel's new client the petitioner in the case. Frank Angel stated in his papers to Goodman that his purpose to kill off his first client was so that his new client, a corporation, would make him the attorney and make his entitled to huge legal fees to which Frank Angel was not due. Frank Angel's client had rebuffed his attempt to become its lead attorney.

Rather than admonish Frank Angel for his outrageous breach of duty of loyalty and breach of fiduciary duties, Judge Goodman ordered the petitioner to shut up and never raise the issue of Frank Angel's double dealing and his attack on his own client.

A couple days later, Judge Goodman signed a court order allowing Frank Angel to proceed to collect $1/4 Million in attorney fees from the City of Los Angeles.

Not only did Judge Goodman let his buddy stab his own client in the back when the client would not make him its sole attorney, but Judge Goodman also rewarded Frank Angel's treachery by leaving the city not option but to pay Frank Angel $1/4 Million.

Since that time, Goodman has continued in this "criminal behavior" to attack the original petitioner and to have its attorney thrown in jail in order to intimidate the attorney from exposing Goodman's participation in the $1/4 Million rip off.

Although Goodman is now sitting in Div 5 by special assignment and may never return to the trial court level, his absence of any ethics and his eager participation in what appears to be criminal behavior makes any decision in which he participates highly suspect.

Perhaps the only thing which raise a question about the criminality of his behavior is the scope of judicial immunity. A CEO who helped an attorney present a false attorney fee bill to the corporation's Board of Directors would be criminally liable. The scope of judicial immunity should not cover the same behavior when done by a judge's intentionally manipulating his office to achieve the same result.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6431
Rating:1.1
Comments:
Without a doubt the worst judge I have ever appeared before. Biased, rude and completely ignores the law. If you can avoid him you must!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6405
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
He's off the bench now.

I've looked into Goodman somewhat and the extremes in opinions on this site are similar to what I have found. Goodman was an excellent judge unless he chose sides. Then the law was thrown out the window. His favorite could do not wrong and the other side could never please him.

He was a Jekyll and Hyde who could be a vindictively vicious jurist.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA5709
Rating:9.5
Comments:
I have only been before this judge a few times, but he was fair (whether I was winning or loosing) and paid attention to what was written and what was argued.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5368
Rating:8.5
Comments:
I've only been before this judge a few times, but he was fair (whether I was winning or loosing) and paid attention to what was written and what was argued.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4737
Rating:2.0
Comments:
170.6 this judge at all times! He is biased and doesn't care about the law. He is a defendant's worst nightmare.

Other

Comment #: CA4637
Rating:10.0
Comments:
He ruled the way that any honest judge would have ruled. Thank you!

Other

Comment #: CA4244
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Goodman usually is fair in his rulings. However, in the recent WalMart case, Judge Goodman has chosen to ignore the law, make up his own rules and be a liberal anti-WalMart hack.

I'm wondering if this is because of his personal views or if the unions greased him, because it didn't make sense?

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3025
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
He made a rulings contrary to the case which he himself went and found. The cases said, "Up is Up" but this judge said that "up is Down." Bizarre maybe it was a fluke.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2154
Rating:9.6
Comments:
Great on evidence; hard working; very considerate to trial counsel so long as they are prepared. Sensational staff.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1906
Rating:1.1
Comments:
This judge is an amazing jerk. It appears that he chooses which side he wants to win the case and then rules in their favor on all motions, regardless of the merits. He is mean-spirited and rude to counsel. 170.6 at all costs.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1357
Rating:1.8
Comments:
Just Goodman is one to avoid! He does not know the law and his tolerance is for an opinion that doesn't match his is negligible at best. I knows several attorneys with bad experiences with whom all of whom say they will use their 170.6 peremptory challenge to get him off their case. This isn't about winning or losing, it's about having a good judge, which Goodman is not.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1345
Rating:9.9
Comments:
Estremely fair, tolerant, and smart judge. Judge Goodman looks at each case on its own merits and does not lose sight of the contant vs. form.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1204
Rating:8.6
Comments:
There are a lot of judges in Los Angeles County who have absolutely no business being on the civil bench. This judge is absolutely, positively NOT one of those judges. If you want a smart judge who knows the law, this is your guy. If you want a noodle who can be manipulated, then you should challenge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1203
Rating:9.0
Comments:
Great judge. It was an honor to have my case tried in his court room. He is fair, tolerant, smart, and just. Although Judge Goodman is a serious Law man who makes sure everyone in his court room respect the Law and the rules of the court, he also has a sense of humor.
Hon. Judge Allen J. Goodman took his time to diligently examine all documents before his rulings. Did he rule not in my favor? Of course he did! But, that does not make him mean, sour, or biased.
Being in court is not a fun game but, it is a game! One wins and one is defeated. I might be unhappy for not getting it my way but condemning the judge would be unfair and wrong.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1075
Rating:1.3
Comments:
This judge is an amazing jerk. It appears that he chooses which side he wants to win the case and then rules in their favor on all motions, regardless of the merits. He is mean-spirited and rude to counsel. 170.6 at all costs.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1064
Rating:2.5
Comments:
Sour judicial demeanor, rude to litigants and counsel, a martinet in presentation. 170.6