Hon. Elaine W. Mandel See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   2.6 - 9 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. Elaine W. Mandel


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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA42209
Rating:2.9
Comments:
She shoots from the hip. Doesn’t always follow the law and doesn’t understand her function in ruling on a summary judgment motion is fact finding, not fact determination.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA40338
Rating:1.2
Comments:
Judge Mandel is stuck on her tentative rulings. She will not consider oral argument points even if the law is supporting your cause. She seems angry, short in explanations, and having low patience. I have argued in front of her a couple times on different matters. I did not find her to have any fairness or compassion which is the basic requirements of a judicial officer.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA37876
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Mandel is a hot temper, rude, loud & impatient judge. She is often very angry & takes sides while picking her favorite attorney! While a victim might be getting victimized second time by her, she refuses to be fair & provide relief! The biggest liar in her court room wins! She is pro-defendants specially those of her own kind! Her judicial assistant Priscilla is a nightmare who get all the minute orders wrong. Together Mandel & her judicial assistant are a disaster you want to avoid! 170.6 this inept judge immediately! Stay away from her court room!

Other

Comment #: CA37678
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
The way We see her is that she thinks her court room is her private office that she can do her ruling based on her emotion! Like versus dislike . She does not follow law, statues and regulations . She also look at different races , different religious somehow differently and discriminate based on her feeling! She look as if she is bringing her biases into court room . They say justices is blind but she Can not separate between her feelings and her emotions, separate from her judgment when she does her ruling! Raciest and prejudice!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA37671
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
All the negative critiques of Judge Mandel's judicial temperment and lack of attention to the details of her docket are absolutely true. I would add that she does not understand the law in many critical instances, for example case-determinative law and motion, and seems to resent any endeavor to understand the law because it would impose more burdens on her. Also, as stated in many critical posts of her, she harbors grudging bias, not merely against the "flavor" of particular cases but against particular attorneys. She is a miserable wretch.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA36388
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Elaine W Mandel is the worse judge in Los Angeles county. She is a hot temper, impatient and the most unprofessional judge you will come across! She is constantly complaining that her case load is too much, she complains about her real estate & neighbor’s dispute cases as if you’re bothering her bringing in a motion which she always gets wrong anyways! She picks her favorite then act as if she is their lawyer, 170.6 this fool if you’re unfortunate enough to be assigned to her! The tax payers are paying her salary so she should stop complaining or go back to small claims court where she really belongs!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA36036
Rating:2.3
Comments:
Does NOT read the motions filed, doesn’t even look at her own docket for filings, states the most ludicrous ideas that are so out there, that you are just waiting for her to order a unicorn to bring you into her next hearing. The biggest liar (opposing council) in the room can easily fool her. Shocking that she has held on to her job this long! As a former small claims judge, she should seriously reconsider going back there where she can rule from her gut feelings which are 90% wrong!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA28846
Rating:2.1
Comments:
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
Rating:3.9
Comments:
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
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge so angry lmao I was like wow ok

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA27502
Rating:6.0
Comments:
This judge so angry lmao I was like wow ok

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA23293
Rating:3.0
Comments:
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.