Hon. Don R. Franchi See Rating Details
Superior Court
San Mateo County
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.1 - 5 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   3.0 - 4 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. Don R. Franchi



Comment #: CA14926
Drunk with power and cares nothing about children.


Comment #: CA14754
He's a numbers guy and is quick on his feet with tax issues. This skill comes in very handy in Family Law. He seems fair, keeping in mind that not everyone gets what they want. He thinks ahead and manages the players very well.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA14372
Anything below 5 is FAILING. He only spoke with Attorney to Plantiff and NOT at all to Defendant, who had no money and WAS NOT GRANTED SUPPORT for Council. It was biased from the get-got. Probably could be a mis-trial. He is an unfair & extremely prejudiced and biased Judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA14371
He seems to be exrremely biased, ever though when substantial evidence (which he would not hear),regarding finanacial ability of plantiff. I understand he has CPA background, yet he refused to use any income other than W-2...for a life-long 'self-employed' person. Seemed to be gender-bias toward males, as well. He knew he was creating a total disadvantage (and life changing event) for defendant, yet blantantly went ahead with a 'good ole boy' attitude. Still wondering if this case can be re-tried because of his lack of responsibility to uphold law and his glib and unconscious nature. He went to the same High School has the plantiff - and probably should have recused himself.


Comment #: CA14305
I agree with other comments on this forum. He was completely rude. Did not give me a chance to speak and did not question the respondent. I felt I was mistreated and given an unfair chance. No justice was served concerning this very serious manner with the father of my children. I felt bullied and now I have spend thousands of dollars on a lawyer when I should be spending it on my children.

Court Staff

Comment #: CA12967
The worst judge in the building. Rude to everyone, arrogant and delights in taking sides against one litigant or another before a case even starts. He is openly abusive towards women and god help any male litigant who stands up to his bullying. San Mateo County elected a vindictive, heartless bastard. It is not easy write that about a colleague, but truth is truth. It is sad that unseating judges like Don is almost impossible. One thing I have to admit, Judge Franchi is equally obnoxious to mothers as fathers. He is quite the jurist and best avoided under all circumstances. The Court of Appeal just overturned and remanded another of his irrational decisions. It is unlikely the P.J. will ever rotate Franchi off the family law bench as his temperament and lack of knowledge would make a worse mess in every other department.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA10073
This guy is one of the stupidest judges I've ever seen. Cranky, disorganized. Has decided the case oftentimes before he takes the bench. Tells parties that they better not go to trial because the result will be worse (for them) than what he indicated before trial. Lazy, lazy, lazy. Has managed to get disqualified on about 30% of cases assigned to him.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA9789
He is the man!! He knows a ton of family law and actually generally follows it.

Yes, he can have a bad day now and then when he is cranky, but so do I.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA4677
He is a mediocre judge at best.