Hon. Stephen M. Moloney See Rating Details
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   6.9 - 4 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 2 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. Stephen M. Moloney


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA25407
I used to work with this judge at a private firm. He certainly liked to talk and talk. Not exactly the brightest attorney attorney, and he had difficulty absorbing anything that did not involve auto liability or employment disputes.


Comment #: CA25341
Rating:Not Rated
Judge Stephen Moloney ruled in favor of Predatory Lender!CASE# BC699310. Homeowners beware if you have a dispute with your lender on your primary residence he does not care if they have a promissory note, loan disclosures, had their statutes of limitations expired.


Comment #: CA24941
Rating:Not Rated
On 10/22/19, 32 of us potential jurors were called to Judge Maloney's Division 41 court. After several hours of voir dir,
there were two alternates who needed to be selected. It was late in the day and rather than moving forward and making the selections, Judge Moloney required the remaining potential jurors to return the following day when it took no more than 15 minutes to select the two alternates.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA13171
The comments about Judge Moloney being demeaning to women are wrong. I just finished an almost two-week jury trial in his court, as a female attorney, and he is demeaning to no one. In fact, he goes out of his way to be respectful to all genders and cultures, refusing to excuse for cause a juror whose English was not perfect, because "We have a diverse jury pool, and I have to be respectful of that--I can't excuse any juror that doesn't happen to speak the King's English." I did win my trial, but I had made up my mind to write this before that was a certainty.

He is exceptionally thoughtful, diligent, and precise. He is kind, with an easy and approachable demeanor. Really, he is the model of what a Judge should be in every respect.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA12515
Judge Moloney was very even handed and fair in his rulings and the manner in which he conducted the trial.xcellent judge.


Comment #: CA9520
Rating:Not Rated
Judge Moloney put on a dog and pony show for the court reporter. My attorney and I thought he would rule in our favor.

Our opponent's Counsel failed to connect the dots of his case, failed to produce a preponderance of evidence (the standard of proof CCP 1161a demands).

Moloney's Decision did Counsel''s job for him by connecting the dots that Counsel had failed to do.

His Decision was riddled with error of law, misinterpretations of black and white title documents amongst other intentional back-stabbings.

Thank God for Appellate Court.


Comment #: CA8213
I agree with the other post below of how he is demeaning to women. However, he didn't hide it well. Told me (a woman) I wasn't allowed to speak in court and his ruling was completely Bias. I hope to file a complaint against him.


Comment #: CA8007
Loves to hear himself talk. Thinks he's God's gift to the legal arena. He is the definition of "inconsiderate" and is demeaning to women but tries to hide it well. One phrase to sum him up? "The Kiss of Death."

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA6828
Every close call goes to the defense.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6505
Rating:Not Rated
Judge Moloney is a model of what every judge should be. He's fair, thorough, attentive, engaged, kind, and wise. My assessment could, of course, be influenced by the fact that he recently gave us a favorable ruling. Still, I believe I'd say the same even if he hadn't.