Hon. Andrew A Steckler See Rating Details
Superior Court
Alameda County
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Attorney Average Rating:   9.6 - 3 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   4.0 - 1 rating(s)
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* 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. Andrew A Steckler


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA35587
A Good Judge. I read what was said on one of the other comments. In particular with regard to black and white families. I to am black and was in probate court. I believe what happens in probate court is a normal high level of arguments, hotheads, and accusations between family members, something judges may become irritated with. But it is my opinion that Judge Stecklar is very observant and acts accordingly. Because this guy had an attorney who obviously wasn't apprised of his clients wishes and therefore incompetent when failing to convey the matter where his client felt the need to speak in his place. Those type of attorneys should be disbarred. A good attorney's first duty is to his clients needs and purpose for retaining those services. How sad it is that attorneys have made a practice of not delivering and using the excuse of the judges ruling. They know the law, what can be expected, and what to do if a judge deviates from the law. What's the use in an adoversarial system with an advocate?? It's time clients learn what must be done when as often as it may be an attorney fails to act compentently. It's certainly not to pay them for nothing or to ruin your life. How disheartening is that? I'm sure if they had shame they would be shame.


Comment #: CA35425
Rating:Not Rated
Judge Steckler is a very honorable man. He knows whats going on and he is very observant. He is very careful to make wise decisions. Most of all to be fair in making them. Judge Steckler honors a moral code of ethics and is intolerant towards high price games that affect peoples lives. He respects honesty and understands human errors. He is a good guy who believes in good and isn't afraid of demonstrating his goodness. I do have a very good opinion of him and it comes from personal experience. This judge showed us what happens when you speak up for right. He acted immediatley within the power of the law. I respect him and I wish I could expect the same from any judge to be heard by. To have a hearing and have the judge rule in favor of your opposition just because they have a lawyer is so disheartening. What should always happen is a ruling based upon the provisions of law. If someone is pro per it's usually because they can't afford an attorney. This should not bar them from standing up against being taken advantage of and certainly shouldn't be the basis of ruling against them. Thank you Judge Steckler for renewing my faith in the good.


Comment #: CA12429
I was the executor of an Estate. My encounters with Judge Stickler were not positive. There is a distinct difference in how he responds to Black families versus white clients. The white family who preceded me was treated respectfully, they were allowed to ask him questions regarding their case even though they had a lawyer. When I asked to address the Court he told me he didn't have to talk to me becauseI had a lawyer. He further stated if I wanted to talk to him I could fire my lawyer right there and he would talk to me. I was very embarrassed by his statement.

I am a retired Probation Officer Supervisor, so I am not ignorant when it comes to Court procedure. I feel he is biased towards African Americans and he treats you like a child in his Courtroom. Maybe he is just rude and arrogant.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA10104
Provides litigants with a fair trial. The judge has a good handle on the law and is able follow the law. His rulings are clearly stated and well reasoned.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA9524
Patient. Straightforward. Allows both sides to present their case. Reasonable approach to the introduction of evidence. Not heavy handed, but will sustain properly asserted evidentiary objections.