Hon. Michael P. Vicencia See Rating Details
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   1.6 - 9 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 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)

What others have said about Hon. Michael P. Vicencia


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6655
Incredibly, the man has not an iota of legal acumen. And, he has no ability to fathom a legal argument. I would feel sorry for him except for the fact that he makes a mockery of our system. Period.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6596
Likely appointed for his father's political connections. Terrible judicial temperament. Ill prepared. An embarrassment.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: CA6339
Rating:Not Rated
This is one situation where the below comments are fairly accurate. Complete lack of a proper judicial temperament-period.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5763
As others have said, he is certainly rude, impatient, and arrogant. More troubling, however, is his astonishingly poor understanding of or the law. He should not be on the bench.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA5036
Judge Vicencia is in Long Beach. He used to be in dept 8. He gives no priority to private counsel. He'll hear pro pers before he hears private counsel's matters.

He is robe heavy. He was papered by the public defender's office. He has a temper. He shouldn't be on the bench.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA5027
This judge is arrogant. A lot of attorneys paper him.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4909
This judge was a complete jerk at the first CMC. I dumped him on a peremptory challenge. I've been around too long not to know that judges who are jerks early on only get worse as the case goes on.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4743
This judge is openly unfair and biased, and should not be allowed to adjudicate matters. His ability to hold political judicial council positions allows him to abuse the law and misrepresent the integrity of the court. He openly shows favoritism for larger corporations and/or institutions, which taints the integrity of the court.


Comment #: CA4742
Judge Vicencia boasts of his favoritism, bias and judicial abuse. He yells, screams, and openly punishes persons (and cases) that he dislikes. He is very politically active in the judicial arena, and therefore favors large corporate institutions in cases. He openly supports such abuses as meeting with opposing counsel in ex parte hearings without notice to the party that he despises -- he refuses to admonish them for horrific abuses and imposes sanctions without a motion. He will literally do the opposing counsel's work for them. He is utterly corrupt!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4545
"Impatient" and "sarcastic" are accurate comments. This judge has little regard for the rule of law. Judge Vicencia's own law applies in his courtroom. He should have run for office like his father. He does litigants a real disservice.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4120
Impatient and sarcastic. Acts as if his court is the major concern of those who control the judicial budget. He uses sarcasm to disguise his ignorance of the law.