Hon. Holly E. Kendig See Rating Details
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.9 - 12 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   2.0 - 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)

What others have said about Hon. Holly E. Kendig


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA6569
Great if your on the defense. Plus your case will anguish forever because she can't handle her law and motion calendar or trial calendar. Just filing a demurrer will get you an extra year. 170.6 if your plaintiff, especially if your case is anything more than completely simple. Absolutely zero understanding of the law, and extremely biased against plaintiffs. Will insinuate plaintiff's counsel is lying and worse. She needs to get off the bench.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5889
One of the most biased, intemperate, insecure judges on the bench.


Comment #: CA5396
Her quote to my Attorney: "I should have you sanctioned for representing people like this."
"an unlawful detainer case is unwinnable".
Notables-lowly process servers get a free pass,
as do wealthy real estate moguls.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4872
She is very smart and very well-prepared.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: CA4621
I sat through a trial of a colleague's, so I had the benefit of watching her and her decision-making process when it came to ruling on objections. It was clear to me that she had absolutely no deliberative process whatsoever. She was solidly in the plaintiff's camp, and sustained every one of his "speaking" objections. Her doing so, and not admonishing the plaintiff's attorney, allowed him to testify and destroy the momentum of the defense attorney during his examination. I truly have never seen a more biased judge. She makes Judge Manny Real look neutral. She's god-awful.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4310
The best comment that I ever heard about her is that she should just get up from the bench and take a seat at the defense table. She is the judge that 170.6 was made for. Save yourself a huge headache and paper her or she will ruin your life.


Comment #: CA3317
Mercurial. On a run of the mill case she's fine. On a complicated case she doesn't want to deal with it. Tends toward indecision. She transfers the burden back to the attorneys.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2459
A definite 170.6

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2413
I found Judge Kendig to be a very biased judge and, like others here have said, once she makes up her mind, there is no argument that you could make to change it. In my case, I read CA Supreme Court dicta to her to support my position to which she replied that I was wrong. Then when I later got another Court Order showing that her previous decision was wrong, she got even worse. And regardless of her credentials (I know many people who bought their way into Ivy League schools), all that her prior positions and her appointment to the bench show is that she is very political. It does not make her a fair and impartial jurist.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2411
Excellent judge. Need more like her.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1864
This judge is the most underrated judge currently sitting on any California superior court.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1405
Judge Kendig does not read the caselaw that is cited in the briefs nor does she follow prevailing authority on certain issues. She is neither polite nor courteous to certain attorneys. As stated by one of the other commentators, once she makes up her mind, she cannot be swayed away from that point, which is not proper for a judicial officer. She ignores her obligations to both sides. I will definitely 170.6 her if I ever have another case assigned to her.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1372
Judge Kendig is extremely intelligent and is well versed in procedure and evidence. She is very knowledgeable with respect to most areas of substantive law and is a quick learner if she is faced with an unfamilar legal issue. Many attorneys have initially underestimated her abilities by allowing her polite and proper court demeanor and williness to listen compeletely to both sides. That is a mistake and an attorney can gain great advantage on his/her opponent by not making it.

She has her law degree from Yale and was on its law review. Do the math and figure out what other justice and well know national politicians attending Yale law school while Judge Kendig was earning her degree. She was the first woman senior partner litigator at O'Melveny & Myers, and I believe was head of its litigation department for several years before being appointed to the bench. She was and still is a better lawyer than any lawyer that appears in her department.

She is a registered democrat. I only know this because of the background research our firm performed when a case was assigned to her department. Before appearing before her I had concerns because my clients and I are republicans for Orange County, and wealthy republicans at that.

Not only did I litigate a matter over a period of 4 months before her, but I sat in her courtroom on countless mornings during law and motion calendar waiting for our trial to commence. Never did I see any type of bias or agenda, overt or otherwise. In fact, and I feel there are only a few judges in the State that I would also be comfortable saying this about, the only agenda Judge Kendig has is to follow the law and treat all parties and counsel equally. While no person can eliminate all of their personal biases, there is not a civil matter that I would hesitate bringing before Judge Kendig, as I would rather have a judge who may look at things very differently than I do but has the goal of following the law and treating all parties equally, than a judge with an agenda, even if I think the agenda favors my client.

But, in that ringing endorsement are two negatives in being before Judge Kendig. The first is that she gives all sides essentially all the time they need to present their argument or case. As a result, her docket is huge, and it takes forever to get her to finally pull the trigger, end the argument and make the decision. The second is that she is so smart and knowledgeable, she often times spots issues none of the counsel in the case had considered, and she doesn't hesitate to offer up her observations to either side and at any point. I fully understand the purpose for doing it, but it can make some proceedings in her department a bit unpredictable.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1301
Judge Kendig is highly intelligent and sophisticated. Once she decides the outcome she wants, the case is over. She knows how to steer the case into a place where her discretion determines the outcome.
Her instincts are pro-little guy, so plaintiffs can get a good deal.