Hon. Michael I. Levanas See Rating Details
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   7.8 - 2 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   2.0 - 10 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. Michael I. Levanas



Comment #: CA6859
Unfair and unjust sides with lawyers that are his friend instead of the truth. Contradicts himself and is not a man of his word. He side with those who have money and allows his friend to get away with lying under oath.


Comment #: CA6724
I dealt with Judge Levanas for years before he went to his new post. I ALWAYS found him to be fair and VERY patient. Over the past 4 1/2 years I have sat through lots of drama from other cases in his courtroom and could not believe the man didn't throw the majority of those people out of his court. But that's where his astounding long-suffering character comes in. I have seen him talk to the children whose cases came before him as if they really mattered. He has always been fair, patient, and very helpful to this old lady.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA5615
Rating:Not Rated
This Sterling case shows he is abomination in the legal world. What a disgrace and certainly not fit to sit on the bench.


Comment #: CA5144
Has lost his judicial inquisitiveness, maybe he never had it though. He should not be on the bench.


Comment #: CA4216
Awful. He didn't remember anything that was testified to, other than the crooked attorney who we're fighting against. This attorney stands to steal our last asset, and Judge Levanas hasn't paid attention to the facts. He has delayed for well over a year, dragging the case out. He will destroy this family. He is completely unfair and is ruling on hearsay!


Comment #: CA3753
I think Judge Levanas is fair, demonstrates professionalism and expertise. He can be abrupt, but only in the face of ill-preparedness or incompetence. His courtroom runs smoothly and he can, on occasion, show a good sense of humor.


Comment #: CA3625
I was reading a recent Praise of Judge Michael I. Levanas. If this is a true endorsement Judge Levanas must have mended his ways. I have been dealing with this Judge in my probate matter for several years & I have never seen this side of him. I find him to be a Bully. Kind to the Elderly? He must have realized that he is elderly. I hope that the previous person rating this Judge the best of luck. As for me I wish Judge Levanas would immediately retire to an Island by himself where he can look at the Transcripts from my case & read the Objections like he should have done in the first place.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3621
He conducted our settlement conference and was instrumental in getting the other side (a highly emotional pro per who wouldn't listen to anyone regarding the legal merits) to settle for a reasonable sum. He was compassionate with her, but was also able to look through the dramatics (crocodile tears by the pro per) to get to the legal issues and get the matter settled. Not a super sharp recall of events when you appear before him the next time, but for a settlement conference, he did a fabulous job.

Also, I saw him handle a very busy calendar re: conservatorships and guardianships, and he was so kind and gentle to the children and the elderly who came before him. After seeing him in action, I wonder whether the reviewers before me got him on a bad day, or if I just got him on an unusually good day. Either way, I would definitely be happy to have him again.


Comment #: CA3598
Does not listen,shows bias towards certain attorneys,& litigants does not use the evidence or facts that are presented to him.Only his opinion matters. He is Rude & is to old to be in touch with the reality of your case.


Comment #: CA2528
He allows his "intellect" to take over vs. the facts presented in front of him.

Transfer your case out of his department immediately. I'm partially convinced he is a judge that only aims to keep his job alive by creating more hearings in order to make money for his department.


Comment #: CA2473
Arrogant, behaves like a bully. Absolutely ignorant of elder abuse issues or doesn't care. Shameful misuse of obvious intelligence or clever use of laziness- either inexcusable.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA391
Doesn't seem to be inclined to decide anything. "Let's have another hearing..."; "I sit as a court of equity and want to do the 'right thing.'" Justice delayed is justice denied and the clients run out of money - bad for clients and bad for lawyers.