Hon. Luis A. Lavin See Rating Details
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   3.8 - 13 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 4 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. Luis A. Lavin


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7448
Without getting into specifics, I didn't find him very bright. I think he can handle legal cases that are not complex, but he doesn't seem to be able to get his head around difficult issues.

He's very politically tied. His husband is on the board of the City of LA or LA County - and the husband's supposedly very wealthy.

In general, he'll make rulings that give him the least amount of work. So, if you're a big law firm, he'll more likely rule for you because he knows you can appeal it.

I also found him to be rather mean-spirited in my cases. Chalfant, across the hall, is more patient.

I haven't had the main hearing yet, and he's gone now. O'Brien has taken his place, and he kind of rules in the same vein as Chalfant.

I'm not sure how i feel about him being appointed to the Court of Appeals. Doesn't seem like he's fair and he seems to rule in whatever way will most likely promote his interests.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7026
Judge Lavin confidently denied my application for a right to attach order. On the same record, another judge granted me summary judgment, whioh a three-member appellate panel affirmed on appeal. His uselessness and intellectual depravity are exceeded only by his boundless self-cofidence. He should be a waiter.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6739
This comment is about Judge Lavin in his role in the Writs & Receivers Department in LA Superior Court. He was given a seat in the department previously held by brilliant, fair judges, Shimer, Yaffe, Jones. My take on Lavin, in a complicated CEQA case is that he is lazy, biased towards big money, and is so stupid he does not know the difference between "mandamus" and "administrative mandamus", or perhaps he does know and is just grotesquely corporate-biased. The man is intellectually unqualified to be sitting in Writs & Receivers because he does not know the basic law of the different kinds of causes of action assigned to that department. Instead he hides behind his general knowledge of the Code of Civil Procudure. Both the most experienced Writs & Receivers lawyers think Lavin is an immediate 170.6 and the young lawyers who appear before Lavin in that department say to me "What the H is wrong with this guy?" Lavin is currently on temporary assignment to the Court of Appeal, as a try-out prior to his permanent appointment there by Gov. Brown. I really do not know which will be worse for Californians on critical issues like the water shortage crisis, leaving Lavin in Writs & Receivers to screw up LA County water, environmental and government-overreaching cases, or to send him to the Court of Appeals where he can harm people in an entire region of the state.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA6208
Biased. Opinionated. All the qualities a judge should NOT be.


Comment #: CA6207
Bias. Unfair. Opinionated... all the things a judge should NOT be.


Comment #: CA6201
If you have the misfortune of drawing this straw, start planning your appeal. Clearly biased in favor of government. Case was decided before entering the courtroom. Postured theories that had no basis in law. Blindly defensive when you point out his fabricated theories. Thankfully, the appellate court saw the error of his ways.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5500
Insecure. Fails to listen past surface gloss arguments. Vacated on appeal.


Comment #: CA5185
Clearly made up his mind before even hearing the case. If you get him, start planning a writ or your appeal. He wants to be an appellate judge and will do nothing in the name of fairness. He will do what the establishment wants so he can become his dream of being an appellate judge. He flat out misinterprets the law and leaves important info out of his decisions in order to make sure you lose the case. He is gay so your only chance of winning is if your client is gay and there was a cause of action that hurt your client. Always bias and pro management, pro big corporation. Who ever has the most money wins in his court room.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5183
He already has his mind made up prior to hearing entire case. Very finicky. He appears to be interested, however that is only an appearance. I don't trust him as a judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4932
He is smart, conceited, and deferential to his law clerks in most cases. He prejudges and is impatient, but gives the appearance of fair-mindedness.

Court Staff

Comment #: CA4744
He likes good looking men and hates women! He removed three mothers from their children, the day that I was in his courtroom, and the dads got custody!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4581
He has a marked bias in favor of governmental entities -- to the point of fashioning theories on their behalf. Although he will listen patiently, and does read the papers, this judge is an advocate, not a neutral arbiter. In order to support the decision that he wants to reach, he will rely on patently inapposite cases.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4461
Number of days my cat has practiced law in a private civil law firm: zero. Number of days Judge Lavin has practiced law in a private civil law firm: zero. Neither is qualified to judge civil controversies.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4458
This judge is highly intelligent and well-prepared. He is overworked, so he does not take sufficient time to study the issues carefully. He is also very opinionated -- once he forms an opinion about an issue, he cannot understand his own errors when they are pointed out and will become defensive, so he loses objectivity in his defensiveness.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3404
I felt that he was thorough, really considered the facts and the law before him, understood the issues well even though it was outside of his usual area, respectful, and gave all sides plenty of opportunity to state their case. I feel like he was a little pro City/defendant. We were the opposing side and we won, but it should have been a slam dunk anyway because the City's position was extremely weak. Really.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2774
Haven't a clue what CA2363 is talking about? He came across as intelligent, judicious, and confident of his abilities. I know Central District pretty well and this judge is nowhere near 170.6.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2363
This judge should be removed from the bench. He outright lies on the bench, you will never get a fair hearing from him on anything. He's in the pocket.
170.6 ASAP