Hon. Mark A. Talamantes See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Marin County
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.1 - 9 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 7 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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Other

Comment #: CA18539
Rating:1.0
Comments:
he should be thrown out of the system. he is siding. he is in the parents best interest not the Childs

Other

Comment #: CA17853
Rating:1.0
Comments:
He's horrible as a judge! I have set in on 3 cases, so disappointing. This judge is never prepared, ignores an abundant factual details on the cases, always favors the female and all the staff knows it. I recently watch him give back custody on 3 yr old toddler to a mother who has been dx for mentally ill, severe eating disorder, alcoholism , drug abuser, multiple arrests, who recently attempted suicide a few months ago again !!! I can't believe he works in Marin county. His decisions destroy families. No common sense!! He needs to be put out to pasture.

Other

Comment #: CA17770
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
A breath of fresh air to the Marin County Family Court.

Litigant

Comment #: CA17768
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge Talamantes is a breath of fresh air. He is logical and practical...as all Judge's should be. I wish ALL Marin County Family Court Judge's were as common-sense orientated as he is.
PS He was not my Judge for my family Court case but after witnessing him in Court, I REALLY wish he had been.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA16004
Rating:1.5
Comments:
Don't just take this from me, the rumors are true. Talamantes is not level headed and a crap shoot who will rule based on a personal, rather than legal, standpoint. Aside from ruling on law, a judge is a model that should show respect to the practitioners and litigants that prepare diligently to argue in good faith. Talamantes is no model. He should not be on the bench.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA15051
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Notwithstanding his time on the bench, this jurist apparently lacks the minimum qualifications to do the job. He has been assigned to the Family Law division after being distinguished as the only judge ever to merit a blanket disqualification from the Marin County District Attorney's Office. He has no working command of the rules of evidence and procedure and, seemingly, no interest in entertaining legal argument predicated upon them. He is apparently well aware of his inadequacy, for he seeks to obfuscate it with bluster and bullying. We find many newly minted judges who experience a rocky start. Fortunately, most are able to learn on the job and achieve some modicum of competence. That has not been the case with this judge and he has surely been around long enough to know better.

Other

Comment #: CA13328
Rating:1.0
Comments:
He doesn't read the responses carefully, and ignores as much evidence as possible to support his decision that was made up before he hears the case! Soft spoken but very unfair! Fathers beware!

Litigant

Comment #: CA13181
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Did not read my response, filed on time. Blew off suggestions for a mediator and family counselor. Used a one column ledger to weigh allegations when three were necessary. And made a fateful decision for someone who was not present but was minutes away and at the very least should have put on a speaker phone. Capricious is right. I will add lazy, cruel and biased. You want a wrecking ball to splinter your family into more pieces? You have come to the right place. And I miss my mom. Thx for the opportunity to offer feedback.

Other

Comment #: CA13138
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Talamantes clearly lacks any knowledge when it comes to family law and previous rulings of the appellate court. He was raised by a single mother and takes his "daddy issues" out on fathers in the courtroom. His extreme bias prohibits him from making any fair and equitable rulings.

Other

Comment #: CA12383
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Talamantes is a horrible addition to Marin county courts. He is most often unprepared and confuses cases. He is one sided and fails to hear each side before ruling. It is often clear he has made up his mind before hearing any argument. Orders coming from his court often come to only one party and rules are not enforced, leaving the other blind sided by this judge. Families nor children are well served by judge Talamantes.

Litigant

Comment #: CA8451
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Horrible judge. Ignores the law. Being in his court is like being in a Central American dictatorship where the judge acts like a dictator not a judge. Where the whims of the judge trump rule of law. Law be damned. Facts be damned.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA8115
Rating:9.6
Comments:
I really like the new probate judge. A strong addition to the Marin bench. Smart, prepared. And based on the surprising comments here, it would appear he's doing his job. A keeper for sure.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7968
Rating:1.6
Comments:
Judge Talamante’s behavior on the bench has raised serious questions concerning his role as a judge and exhibits a pattern of behavior that indicates an extremely blatant courtroom bias against pro se litigants.

The record repeatedly shows that Judge Talamantes often ignores statutory laws as well as the previous rulings of the Appellate Court and Supreme Court. Judge Talamantes often renders dishonest decisions that he knows to be devoid of factual or legal basis and is engaging in impeachable conduct. Recently I witnessed him deprive a trust beneficiary from filing objections in a probate matter because he asserted that the case was taking too long. When the beneficiary asserted that she had a right to file, Talamantes retorted, “and I have a right to hit you with sanctions.” As an attorney you should also be careful in front of this judge. He often fails to read the parties' pleadings and will simply rule in favor of the side he feels is more reputable or less likely to appeal.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7080
Rating:1.9
Comments:
Horrible judge. Very limited ability. Does not grasp or comprehend issues. Petty, arbitrary and capricious. Worst judge imaginable. Should not be a judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6281
Rating:9.1
Comments:
Clearly Judge Talamantes was a former civil litigator. Well versed on civil procedure and can handle complex matters. Trial was efficient. Good with the jury. Well prepared and on top of it. Mild-mannered.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6176
Rating:8.3
Comments:
A comfortable courtroom with the opportunity to be heard. Didn't get everything I wanted, but got a fair shake. Well prepared - he knew my case, facts and the law. Pushes settlement.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5759
Rating:2.4
Comments:
run the other way. unprepared, uninformed and does not bother to be, do not expect hard decisions or his time. 170.6. what a disappointment, others are better.