Hon. Mark A. Talamantes See Rating Details
Superior Court
Marin County
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.9 - 7 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 2 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. Mark A. Talamantes



Comment #: CA12383
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.


Comment #: CA8451
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.