Hon. David R. Chaffee See Rating Details
Superior Court
Orange County
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Attorney Average Rating:   8.0 - 5 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. David R. Chaffee


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4740
This guy is a right-winger all the way. He is impressed with himself and wants you to know it. He treats attorneys in his courtroom like they are children. Any plaintiff should run away from this guy. He is a typical OC judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4056
Judge Chaffee is very strict, but also very fair. Be sure to cross your T's and dot your I's and you should be fine. Defense-oriented.


Comment #: CA3781
Rating:Not Rated
Listened to all arguments, saw the forest for the trees and ruled accordingly. As a litigant, I regained my faith in the judicial system.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA3178
Tried a 2-week bench trial with Judge Chaffee. He was an excellent judge, on top of all the issues, even handed in evidentiary rulings.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1280
Judge Chaffee is a superb trial judge and also really reads cases to make his rulings in cases. He can be strict at times, but he also has a kind demeanor--especially for our men and women in the military because he has a son who is overseas in the military. This jurist is a keeper and a good man also.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA598
In bitterly contested case with numerous motions, this judge was acreful, courteous but "pulled the trigger" when opposing counsel went too far. Good civil judge.