Hon. Elaine W. Mandel See Rating Details
Superior Court
Los Angeles 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)

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What others have said about Hon. Elaine W. Mandel


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA28846
Judge Mandell won't let anyone file a discovery motion unless they have held hands in her courtroom and sung kumbaya with the other side. If her caseload is clogged she has only herself to blame. She really belongs in small claims court where she can rule from her gut and doesn't have to follow the pesky law.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA28352
The good: generally pragmatic; cuts to the chase; good courtroom management; does not seem biased; seemingly smart.
The bad: does not follow the law and rules by her own "gut;" no logical consistency in her rulings (essentially, "splits the baby" even when doing so is contradictory to her rationale for each side of the ruling).
If you're looking for a judge just to get your case over with, regardless of the outcome, then Judge Mandel will be OK for that. (She'd probably be a better settlement judge, than trial judge.)

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA27503
This judge so angry lmao I was like wow ok

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA27502
This judge so angry lmao I was like wow ok

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA23293
Makes up the law she wishes to follow, but admits it, so you have a chance on appeal. Ex-bad faith attorney at Tom Stolpman's office.