Hon. Paul M. Haakenson See Rating Details
Superior Court
Marin County
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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. Paul M. Haakenson


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA5768
Rating:Not Rated
Judge Haakenson delivered a moronic ruling and fines into the millions against Lowe's because the 2x4's they were selling were not 2"x4" but 1.5" x 3.5". Is that correct? I have been a carpenter and contractor for 40 years, the entire construction industry is based upon actual 2x4 dimensions, not "nominal" dimensions. This has gone on since the 1930's. This decision will surely be overturned on appeal, and Judge Haakenson's ruling will go down in annals as one of the dumbest ever.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA5762
Paul thinks a 2x4 should actually be 2"x4", thus proving he is a complete moron.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4439
Judge Haakenson is possibly the best judge in Marin County. I've worked on both criminal and civil trials before him, and he is unfailingly prepared, understands the issues of each side, and is sensible and "liberal" in jury selection parameters (good with questionnaires if they're well written). He grants cause challenges if there's actual, you know, bias (unlike other judges on the Marin bench, who don't care and just tell you to use a peremptory). A good guy.