Hon. Daniel A. Ottolia See Rating Details
Superior Court
Riverside County
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.2 - 6 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)

What others have said about Hon. Daniel A. Ottolia


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA10756
I've appeared in a few cases before Judge Ottolia, and I disagree with the reviews below. In my experiences, his rulings were well-reasoned and based in the law. I would venture a guess that some of these negative reviews were submitted by attorneys/parties that had poor cases.

I would certainly not mind getting more cases before this judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7735
If you are a plaintiff or represent a plaintiff, this judge should be at the top of your "kick list" (CCP 170.6). He is shockingly pro-Defendant. He will do everything in his power to kill, or at least compromise your case. He overtly favors the defense. He should not be on the bench. Stay far, far away from him. Any positive reviews he gets are from civil defendants (businesses) who are benefiting from his bias. You are better off with ANY other judge, or forum, even arbitration.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7535
He granted judgment to defendants despite clear and certain evidence submitted that they slandered me. Signed witness statements were disregarded by this outrageously defendant biased judge. As others have stated, there is little doubt he takes "donations". Statutory laws, case law and rulings, facts and evidence mean nothing to him. If he dislikes you and is biased against you, the stench makes it hard to breathe in his courtroom. His disdain and malicious attitude is raw and incredibly overpowering. This guy should be de-frocked.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7526
I am finishing a two week trial in his courtroom. I have enjoyed having him as a judge immensely. I had appeared before him on motions but this was my first trial with him. Excellent judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6818
He is the worst. He is shockingly ignorant. He refuses to apply well-settled legal principles. If you are a plaintiff, he will grant any motion the defense brings, even if it is completely stupid. He does not understand even the most basic civil litigation rules and processes. Truly one of the worst judges of all time.
Paper him at all costs if you are a Plaintiff. Otherwise, sharpen your writ skills. If you are defendant, file every motion possible, without regard to merit, and you will win.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6780
Appeared before him in a long civil trial with the most obstreperous counsel I have seen in 30 years of practice. Counsel was particularly rude to the court on numerous occasions. i did not know such judicial patience and calmness existed until I saw it for two months with Judge Ottolia. He was exceptionally pleasant and kept his humor. In spite of the treatment he suffered through from opposing counsel he maintained his fairness, which given the treatment, I did not think possible.

He seemed deeply interested in being fair and treating all with dignity. I enjoyed the experience a great deal under difficult circumstances, thanks to Judge Ottolia and his exceptional staff.


Comment #: CA6650
We have been chosen to his court in Riverside county Superior. I have read about him and. He immpresses me too the fullest. Not many judge's. Know there case's very. Well do to lack of Lawyer's mistakes. Some do not understand that he is human and I respect anyone who can put up with lawyer's who are not prepared. I have read his Bio and I am very immpressed. So if you feel you were un-fair treated take it up with your lawyer and stop putting blame on good decent judges like Hon.Daniel a. Ottolia. Looking forward to meeting him.


Comment #: CA4538
Rating:Not Rated
This judge is incredibly hostile, arrogant, unjust to the max, and mean-spirited, and there is a high probability that he takes bribes from defendants. He ignores the applicable statutes, abuses plaintiffs with insulting treatment and gives nothing but extreme courtesy to the defendants. He ought to be in jail.