Hon. James E. Towery See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Santa Clara County
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Non-Attorney Average Rating:   2.0 - 11 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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Litigant

Comment #: CA12918
Rating:9.0
Comments:
I have experienced something different as most. I actually am happy to have him as my judge. He’s the first judge I’ve had that values fathers. He has given the mother many lectures about how important a father is to the child. He’s not bullied by moms unprofessional attorney. He’s given me everything I’ve asked for. He has given me a relationship with my child after mom tried to keep child away for no reason. I am self represented and I’ve found him fair. He actually reads our filings before court.

Other

Comment #: CA12849
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Can not help disputes parties to understand the procedures. Failed to consider children interest at first priority. He should retired immediately for the best interest of USA as a whole.

Litigant

Comment #: CA12835
Rating:2.0
Comments:
J. Towery easily succumbs to hysteria proffered by the father...and without evidence. He is quick to tsk, tsk, tsk the mother while simultaneously not letting mother's attorney have a chance to speak. Towery is lazy and wants to push issues to a custody evaluator, where such is likely not warranted given evidence against the father and our situation. In a situation of selecting an expert, Towery chose a "hometown" expert who was clearly and grossly underqualified for the situation. Towery has yet to acknowledge the mother's clear evidence and father's lack of evidence and only hysterical allegations.

Other

Comment #: CA12752
Rating:1.0
Comments:
An frightening example of cronyism and why people have lost faith in the judiciary. An empty bench would have more intellectual and moral capacity and do far less harm.

Litigant

Comment #: CA12343
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge should always think about the interest of children being protected as first pripority or prior consideration.
Also, some lawyer abuse the civil procedure and providing false information in some family case without any legal consequences.
Over emphasis on procedure and ignorance of the very important principle that protecting the best interest for children in family case is always ranked first.
Pay particular attention to those lawyer who are unwilling to seek private settlement and often use complicate way to solve simple problem, aim at making more money,

He should zero tolerate to those bad prepared lawyer over the court.

James has a lot of room for further improvement in helping clients with or without lawyer represented.

I am so sorry to give him such low ranking but it is good to remind him perform better in future.

The worst is no more expectation from him.

Thanks a lot

God bless you

Litigant

Comment #: CA12325
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Before he was a judge (1994/95 I hired James as my attorney in a employment case. After approximately one year into the case I was told to settle for next to nothing or get another attorney. I was surprise since up to this time he assured me we hit the lottery with our case.
Unable to fine a new attorney in time we settled.
I later was asked to return to the company we were up against (new owners investment group purchase) The opposing attorney we were up against Dave Solinger took me aside and told me we had them by the balls (excuse the expression please) but he happened to be in Las Vegas at a lawyers convention and won the case from James Towery in a poker game. He was not kidding and very serious about it. I attempted to find an attorney from San Jose to Santa Rosa to go after him. No one would accept due to his BAR position. I never did regain my company status. I was with that company as a leader for 20 years and terminated over a religious issue.

Other

Comment #: CA11346
Rating:1.0
Comments:
How this individual is still allowed to have to title "Honorable" is beyond me! It is KNOWN and has been KNOWN for many years that he is morally and ethically bankrupt!!! He is a predator that has and is destroying the lives of many California residents!!! It's time someone stand up and hold the governor accountable for putting him in the position to destroy good human beings!!! In addition....allowing him to continue his terror on innocent people - it's clear premeditation!!!
No legal codes neeeded...there is right and wrong!!! THIS IS WRONG!!!

Litigant

Comment #: CA11120
Rating:3.0
Comments:
Very conservative judge, he does not like self-represented people which is a mistake giving too much power to incompetent and manipulative lawyers. When respectfully challenge he is willing to consider hence not a 1 for performance.

Court Staff

Comment #: CA10942
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge uses court staff to break the law. He was formerly at the State Bar and is connected to bad and unethical lawyers and judges. He is very gender biased and a social and political climber. He is on his third wife, who worked for over 30 years. Karen Sinunu Towery helped James Towery bury the bodies as they steal all they can in family court kickbacks to lawyers, custody and real estate experts. He is in bed with criminally indicted Valerie Houghton.

Litigant

Comment #: CA10502
Rating:4.0
Comments:
While some of the rulings that I've seen him make were questionable, I do appreciate that he prepares for each session. He often starts by stating based on his review of the file and the various pleadings, he would tentatively make certain rulings. Every time I have a court session I hope that Judge Grilli is unavailable and that Judge Towery takes over that day.

Court Staff

Comment #: CA10247
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I have observed this judge not acting fairly to women and poor people. He was a lawyer and head of the State Bar and he protects certain lawyers and gets them tons of money, on the backs of children and child support.

Court Staff

Comment #: CA10050
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Egotistical Judge who himself is 3x divorced. He is crooked and thinks he is smarter than any federal judge who will find his mistakes and fine him.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA9639
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Like the hog, the EGO eventually takes over. To be in a position with such an intoxicated EGO, is so wrong on all levels. Shame on those who Judge, especially a Judge who should remember Karma visits everyone eventually..

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA7769
Rating:1.3
Comments:
This judge is terrible. He fled the State Bar for misconduct and got planted in family court where he issues unlawful orders and gives kickbacks to other fellow cronies from his legal buddy days in Santa Clara County . The State bar didn't take care of this crook and now he is the problem of all litigants in family court in Santa Clara. Awful.