Hon. Harvey A. Silberman See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   3.4 - 3 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   3.0 - 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. Harvey A. Silberman


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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA31179
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Displays consistent bias toward certain attorneys. His willingness to go many extra miles for them is quite obscene. A truly murine character.

Other

Comment #: CA30922
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Should have 170.6-ed this jerk and avoided his kangaroo courtroom . Came across as someone who had devoted a hell of a lot more time on his coiffure than on reading or understanding my case. A totally unmitigated 24-karat douche!

Other

Comment #: CA30857
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This "judge" should be called out for being so patently partial toward his favorite attorneys. It appears he has decided against re-election, and all this funny business is part and parcel of his post-judgeship pursuits.

Other

Comment #: CA30767
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Silberman is a neurotic megalomaniac with a god complex. He pulled a swithcheroo,totally contradicted his initial directive and conveniently managed to ignore the incontrovertible evidence placed right in front of his eyes. As far as I am concerned, he was biased, capricious and underhanded. A truly moral and ethical eunuch.

Other

Comment #: CA30766
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Silberman is a neurotic megalomaniac with a god complex. He pulled a swithcheroo,totally contradicted his initial directive and conveniently managed to ignore the incontrovertible evidence placed right in front of his eyes. As far as I am concerned, he was biased, capricious and underhanded. A truly moral and ethical eunuch.

Other

Comment #: CA30132
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Judge Harvey Silberman handled our divorce case for almost 2 yrs. He is a very compassionate, fair, and smart. I never had a lawyer, I always go to the court prepared, I did my homework because Judge Silberman wants proofs & evidences. He is a great psychologist! He knows when you lie, (which my ex husband was always caught lying) and he would be furious and sarcastic. He would sometimes bombard you with questions & unknowingly he just wants to find out of your telling the truth. He never wants “lies” in his courtroom. He has a photographic memory. Whether you have no lawyer or you have a lawyer you should be prepared when facing Judge Harvey Silberman.

Litigant

Comment #: CA28479
Rating:2.0
Comments:
If you are a straight man, run away. Now. Do not file in this court. My ex-wife has repeatedly and blatantly violated his orders. He refuses to impose sanctions. She submitted blatantly forged documents to the court. He did nothing. A psychiatrist found my ex has signs of mental illness. He refused to change the custody arrangement. He has, verbatim, said he will not sanction her. Every professional we have dealt with has testified that I should have primary custody, yet he ignores them. My lawyer says she has never seem another judge like him and refuses to file any more cases with him. She would rather roll the dice downtown than deal with his arrogance and irrationality.

Speaking of arrogance, be prepared to pay for it out of pocket. He loves to hear himself talk. Every minute he talks, you are paying your lawyer. He once talked so much we had to enxtend a hearing, causing me to have to pay an expert a half-day fee ($1500) so he could finish 10 extra minutes of cross examination.

And that's in addition to his shouting, name calling and general bullying.

Run. Just run.

Litigant

Comment #: CA24935
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I pray that God bless Honorable Judge Silberman with the strength he needs to get through each day

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA23860
Rating:1.0
Comments:
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.

Other

Comment #: CA21583
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
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.

Other

Comment #: CA20132
Rating:1.0
Comments:
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.

Other

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

Litigant

Comment #: CA18400
Rating:8.0
Comments:
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.

Other

Comment #: CA13696
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
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
Rating:1.0
Comments:
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
Rating:8.3
Comments:
Judge Silberman is very good. He knows the law and appears to genuinely care about the families that appear before him.