Hon. Mark Wood Snauffer See Rating Details
Superior Court
Fresno County
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.0 - 5 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   5.0 - 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)

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What others have said about Hon. Mark Wood Snauffer



Comment #: CA7367
Fair overall if he reviews the actual merits of your case, but getting him there can be a real chore. I'm not sure how he would be at trial, but I've seen him a couple of times in afternoon law and motion hearings during trial and I don't think my pleadings or arguments had his full attention. He's not afraid to go off on a sua sponte tangent on rulings, either, so be prepared to scramble when the tentatives come out.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6427
He is not prepared. Will accept the results of research attorney, even if flat out wrong. Not intellectual at all. No independent thought.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4837
This judge does not appear to do his own work. He shares a research attorney with several other judges, all of whom simply rubber-stamp the research attorney write-ups.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4181
This guy is not wise. He is not even bright. He must have been a political appointment, as it appears that he cannot grasp the simplest aspects of civil law. He used the briefs of the defense counsel in toto in arriving at his decisions - even though they were 180 degrees off from what the law says. I have 15 years of experience in this field and he got even the simplest issues wrong -- even going to great lengths to show that a 16-year-old had the capacity to contract! What? Where?

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA3384
Rating:Not Rated
I feel this Judge is merely overworked & needs a vacation. He does law & motion which is pages & pages in the decisions. He should probably be mover up to appellate court.

I had a recent case before him & he didn't know the party he consolidated my client with had dismissed from the action. He said he'd spent time on their different issue. So much for my client? We were denied relief.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA1128
Has always given my clients, some of them not so adorable, a full and fair forum. Can't ask for more.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA247
We were assigned Snauffer for a complex $60 million case. I found him to very bright and well-prepared. He seemed to grasp the issues easily and understood everyone's position. He generally has a good demeanor, but shows some visible irritation if counsel goes on and on. The only real issue was that almost all motions (even easy discovery motions) were taken under submission and there were long delays in getting rulings. These delays often caused the case to drag on far longer then it should have.