Hon. Harvey A. Silberman See Rating Details
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.6 - 2 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   5.0 - 4 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. Harvey A. Silberman



Comment #: CA24935
I pray that God bless Honorable Judge Silberman with the strength he needs to get through each day

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA23860
I found him to be self-absorbed and easily swayed by the opposing attorney’s underhanded tactics. I seriously question his judgment and professionalism for tolerating such antics.


Comment #: CA21583
Rating:Not Rated
My dissolution of marriage ended after 2 years (2015) in court. And up to now 2019, I still have issues regarding Spousal support. I find Judge Harvey Silberman a very smart, fair and compassionate judge. I never had lawyer but I was always prepared and do my “homework” every time I’m in court. For me is a “psychologist” too, he knows when you lie and once he discovers you’re lying on his courtroom he is furious and becomes sarcastic. Never be in court unprepared. He is a kind of judge that wants
proofs and evidences.


Comment #: CA20132
This judge is extremely biased and does not like fathers no matter the circumstances. He favors mothers more in court (I myself a mother). Observing the way he handles cases is just disgraceful. He contradicts himself quite a bit and tends to ignore major issues brought up in court in family law. I would hire an attorney if you are faced with this judge.


Comment #: CA19120
Rating:Not Rated
Harvey should be removed from the Bench. He has no business being a judge. What a travesty to the judicial system.


Comment #: CA18400
I have read the comments about this judge and find them to be inconsistent with my interactions with Judge Silberman. I find him to be smart, compassionate and fair. I am lawyer so I have been before him previously. I was very impressed one time when we were in chambers, opposing counsel and I were arguing a point when Judge Silberman interjected with a third point of view, the children and their interests. If you go in to his department with unreasonable expectations you will not be happy with him. But if you see both sides and have reasonable expectations, you will be grateful he was your Judge.


Comment #: CA13696
Rating:Not Rated
Straight fathers beware. Comments below are good. The Honorable Silberman favors people against straight men. Hire a Pasadena lawyer. You have no hope if do not. I'm an accountant. This was as big mistake I made. He always talks and doesn't stop. He talks for no reason. He doesn't stop when a soapbox is near. My ex steals the kids for two months out of town. I got laughed at. My brother the lawyer came one day. He told me I was screwed after court. My brother had never seen a judge like him. Straight or gay. Men run away from. Do not walk. Run away. Good luck dads. You're going to need a lot of luck. When does the Judge retire?

Court Staff

Comment #: CA13446
Without a doubt the worst judge I've ever encountered. He's bitter, he's short with people, he's an East Coast snob (but yet comes from no money) and he truly hates men. And he hates fathers even more. He has absolutely zero desire to help fathers. Zero. Then there's the favoritism. Judge Silverman would throw a father off a 10 story building if he got in the way of Judge Silberman's desire for approval from female lawyers and litigants. Truly a disgrace to the bench. Can there be any surprise that he was not just indicted but indicted for bribery when he ran for judge?

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA9029
Judge Silberman is very good. He knows the law and appears to genuinely care about the families that appear before him.