Hon. Cary H. Nishimoto See Rating Details
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   2.6 - 13 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. Cary H. Nishimoto


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA48159
The worst, laziest, most clueless, biased judge in Los Angeles County, with the lone exception of Maryann Murphy. Guts plaintiffs' cases at every turn. No objection or argument is too stupid or frivolous for him to sustain if it hurts the plaintiffs. Sleeps throughout trial on the bench in full view of the jury. Might be the laziest judge in the country. Will not work. Ever. Under any circumstances. 100% unfit to serve. An utter embarrassment to the bench. A joke.


Comment #: CA44507
Rating:Not Rated
Starts out minute one trying to get rid of a plaintiff's case, the quicker the better so he can go back to doing nothing. Is nice to defense attorneys bc he thinks they might appeal, and to juries bc they are voters. If you're neither, be sure you have a court reporter and make a record. This judge makes the case for reversed 10 times and you're gone.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA28396
Avoid at all costs, doesn’t understand current law or recent changes. Horrible rulings. Take a court reporter if you’re stuck here, preserve the record because the only way to get him to rule correctly is under threat of appeal.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA19532
Arrogant, rude, hard-headed, and obtuse. He’s not a difficult judge that strictly and harshly follows the law, instead he doesn’t understand the law, ignores it, and/or refuses to educate himself on the law. Blatant disregard for applicable case law on evidence and, when he does get it right, fails to apply it evenly. If at all possible stay out of his courtroom. The day he retires or is voted out should be celebrated by those interested in maintaining the integrity of the courts. His presence in a courtroom is a miscarriage of justice.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA8726
A definite 170.6 for plaintiff (or any party who needs a judge who thinks about the law and the evidence instead of himself before ruling). He is filled with unfounded arrogance and self regard, and views the courtroom as a stage on which he is the star. Either he does not read papers and cases at all or, if he does, at the expense of "short breaks" that can last several hours while he retreats to chambers. Makes jokes to jury that distract and are not appreciated, and frequently insults or berates counsel in front of the jury over matters of either no consequence or matters on which he himself is actually quite wrong. Appears to suffer from health issues. Time to retire.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5908
Judge is terrible. Automatic 170.6 for plaintiffs. Simply ignores the law and does what he wants. With no court reporters, he is very dangerous.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3305
Refused to take five minutes of testimony on an ex parte matter that would have resolved a jurisdictional issue. Either did not understand the law or was too lazy to read 12 pages of pleadings (which included the App for a TRO, P & A's and Declarations). Incredibly lazy. We still have time for a 170.6.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2652
He is extremely biased, doesn't believe he is required to follow the law and is arrogant. He is an automatic 170.6, as far as I am concerned.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2321
Generally speaking I'd rather be assigned to his courtroom than any other courtroom in the Southwest District. He has run a general jurisdiction courtroom for many years now and knows what he's doing. He's polite and respectful to counsel. I've won and lost before him, maybe had rulings I didn't agree with, or thought should have gone my way, but that happens in any courtroom.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2314
He requires that you serve your ex parte papers on the opposing party no later than 10:00 a.m. the day prior. Last I checked you only had to give notice by that deadline but this judge requires that you serve your papers by that time as well. Obviously this creates a problem and basically destroys the purpose of ex parte procedure. Section 170.6 was made for judges like this.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2286
Very lazy and will just ignore the law if he's too busy to deal with your motion. Disrespectful, arrogant and unpredictable. Everything you don't want it a judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2253
A little man in every sense, he easily carries his stature into the court room. Inappropriate remarks from him as if he is doing stand up comedy for his clerk and reporter. They weren't laughing nor were the plaintiff and defendant. Was Napoleon French?

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2150
Not the smartest judge out there but he does try and does read paperwork. He tries to be fair and is polite and courteous. He has very limited trial hours which can make trials take a long time. He will not allow an argumentative or leading question, even on cross. Won't admit docs that have not come in via subpoena so be sure to do that before trial. He can be a bit dry, but once in awhile he cracks a joke. He is very nice to jurors.