Hon. Allan J. Goodman See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.4 - 10 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 #: 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