Hon. Gary Y. Tanaka See Rating Details
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   10.0 - 2 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   10.0 - 1 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. Gary Y. Tanaka



Comment #: CA19579
I was a co-defendant in a matter with a difficult and recalcitrant co-defendant who I expected would cause problems and anguish throughout trial. Judge Gary Y. Tanaka showed something I had rarely experienced in court: humility, kindness, and civility to all parties and he deftly the various issues that emerged during trial.

Judge Tanaka has a relax and warm style; he is very patient ad helpful (as a pro per, I was not fully verse in court procedures and etiquette which many judges hold against a person such as me, but not Judge Tanaka). I found him quite knowledgeable, even-handed, helpful, that he read all the papers submitted (we were assigned to him by Dept. 1 on a limited jurisdiction case), made sound arguments and decisions, and managed to resolve the case efficiently.

Another favorable remark about the Judge Tanaka is his top notch judicial assistance; they put everyone at ease. I found out they have been with the Judge for many years, even though he had several reassignments, and I completely understand why they had stayed with him. I highly recommend hearing a civil case in front of him.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA19035
Great judge. Commits a lot of time to understanding the issues of the case and carefully considers in limine motions. Highly recommend.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA17040
Just completed litigation in front of Judge Tanaka. Completely even handed, extremely patient and understanding. Very flexible on pre-trial motions. Read all the documents/exhibits presented so he would have a full handle on them. The matter settled and only settled because of his diligent efforts. During trial, the parties attempted settlement and failed. Judge Tanaka offered his services to mediate a settlement and the parties agreed. Judge Tanaka spent hours working with the parties and managed to obtain a reasonable settlement for all concern. I highly recommend him.