Hon. Thierry Patrick Colaw See Rating Details
Superior Court
Orange 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. Thierry Patrick Colaw


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA10164
Judge Colaw is smart, pragmatic and hardworking. I wish there were more judges like him. He's a model for all.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA8502
One of the best judges in Orange County, or in LA, Ventura, Riverside, San Bernardino or SD for that matter. Will let all the lawyers do their jobs and always willing to help. I wish there were more judges like him. Obviously loves his job. Reads everything and lets you make your record without taking it personally.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: CA6620
Manages to find the fair solution to every issue that finds his courtroom. Also brilliant. He is the new Judge Sundvoldt over in the complex area -- the other judges over there need to start putting him to work as a settlement brainiac, similar to the role Sundvoldt played over there.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA6561
One of the best.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6103
Smart, fair, hard working, not intimidated by complex issues, and extremely courteous and respectful to all lawyers, young and old. A truly exceptional judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5655
Served as my trial judge several years ago. Exceptional demeanor, respectful, and even handed. Couldn't ask for a better judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA3896
Judge Colaw is a model for all judges. He is patient, wise, and treats lawyers and litigants like human beings. He is well-liked by both the plaintiff bar and the defense bar, and for good reason.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3688
Judge Colaw is practical, reasonable, intelligent and thoughtful regarding the issues before him. If you have a business litigation matter, you want Judge Colaw presiding over your case. We need more judges like him.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2070
Judge Colaw handled a 13-week trial that had a lot of issues, including ones of seeming first impression, and his scholarship and approach to the case was a testament to what a judge should be.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA570
Judge Colaw is very practical in dealing with scheduling issues and genuinely tries to accommodate the parties and attorneys. He is reasonable and considers the parties' positions before ruling. Very reasonable and easy to deal with. Especially good in complex cases with many parties--he approaches issues with a pragmatic mindset that all seem to appreciate.