Hon. Michael M. Johnson See Rating Details
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   8.2 - 6 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. Michael M. Johnson


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA27274
He read everything. That's a blessing. He asked good questions on material points. I felt sometimes that he could have acted more rapidly, but he wants to be fair, not rushed, so if you are in the right, you'll prevail. If you're trying to pull the wool over his eyes, he will figure that out. An excellent judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA10004
Rating:Not Rated
Does not apply the law. Definitely helping out his friends. Too bad a character like this represents our courts.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA9984
I strongly agree with a previous reviewer's opinion: this judge looks at minorities through a different pair of lenses, he will treat you unfairly while smiling at you, regardless of the rules of law, regardless of rock solid evidence. Every time I was before him I've always got the short end of the stick, no exception. Once may be co-incidence, but lightening only strikes the same place twice inside Judge Johnson's courtroom.


Comment #: CA7961
Rating:Not Rated
If you are a minority litigant you should run from Johnson. He feels he is above the law. Absolutely no respect for prior courts rulings and or rulings and findings from the California Court of Appeals. Johnson consistently will make negative comments about the California Court of Appeals and laws he does not agree with. RUN RUN RUN!!!!!!!!!!


Comment #: CA7489
Judge Michael Johnson is a passive-aggressive judge who will negate all the evidence on your side even if overwhelmingly in your favor and supported by multiple witnesses and evidence and twist the facts of the case in question so he can rule in favor of your opponent all the while being friendly and giving your side the impression you are winning - even your opponent will think you are winning. Then he will use all his discretion to create a decision as the “purported” trier of fact to support his personal position on the case with complete and total disregard for the law, facts, and evidence and craft a decision in such a way to make appeals difficult and costly. He has no moral or judicial integrity or regard for the truth. If you are stuck with Judge Johnson as the judge of your case, always request a jury trial!! Simply put, Judge Johnson should not be sitting on the bench.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4752
He is one of the very best judges that I have ever had the pleasure of trying a case before. He is very punctual and hardworking, and he lets the lawyers try the case. He has a great temperament, and is very good with the jury. His court staff is excellent. We need more like him downtown.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2463
Fair and evenhanded, listens to both sides. In civil, slight tilt towards D, but flexible, lets the lawyers try their case, an absolute privilege to be in trial with him. All LASC judges should aspire to be as good as this judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA2237
One of the best judges in central. Hears both sides and gives a detailed ruling. Keeps the trial moving and doesn't telegraph his views to the jury.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1775
Judge Michael Johnson is pro-defendant in civil matters. He will disregard, to some degree, the law in order to reach the result that he thinks is correct. On the other hand, he has an excellent judicial temperment. He treats the attorneys in his courtroom with respect.