Hon. Mark H. Epstein See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.7 - 2 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 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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Litigant

Comment #: CA23598
Rating:1.0
Comments:
this guy runs his courtroom like a circus...cracking jokes in the middle of hearings and overall unprofessional demeanor

Litigant

Comment #: CA20013
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Epstein was a complex litigation attorney so putting him in a family law courtroom makes no sense at all. He is very wishy washy and has no knowledge on DV, parent/child bond, NPD, parental alienation syndrome, etc. It is very unfortunate that childrens lives and futures have been affected by his lack of experience and knowledge. I am glad to hear he was transferred to child support court - enough families have been torn apart by him.

Other

Comment #: CA18770
Rating:3.0
Comments:
One of the worst family law judges around. He rules off the cuff with no basis. He makes orders that are not enforceable, intentionally. He does not understand trauma, DV, Narcissistic Personality Disorder, and refuses to listen. Someone finally listened, because he's been transferred to Child Support.

Litigant

Comment #: CA18742
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I don't think he is misogynist nor hates women. I think that it is a very inconsistent comment based on his record. It is quite the opposite. But I do agree that he is very inconsistent (wishy-washy).

In my experience it seems that in order to appear as fair or just he is likely to favor the mother even though there is clear evidence that the mother is not acting in the best interest of the child. He really goes out of his way to tilt the narrative using interpretation of the evidence that can only be described as a logical leap. I truly believe that it is because he really does not have any experience with regard to child mental abuse. He prefers to make decisions that make him look like he is being "fair" to both parents (with some great leniency on the mother side) in order to avoid any accusations of gender bias against a mother. This is done at the cost of the child's well being. He is too inexperienced and highly temperamental to make any other type of decision. He does not understand that being fair to both parents has nothing to do with what is in the best interest of the child. He really needs to start focusing on the obvious that the evidence has presented. Judges before him and on the same floor are able to do it.

Other points of agreement on this thread are the following: he shouts a lot and he doesn't listen. He also does not know family law that well. He also ignores evidence and recommendations by experts mainly because he really does not know how to use the evidence to make the most sound decisions. He has made huge mistakes that have had consequences that he truly cannot fathom and does very little to correct.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA15997
Rating:5.7
Comments:
Judge Epstein tries to be compassionate and act in the best interest of the child; however, he does not appear to understand the complexities of domestic violence, emotional abuse and personality disorders (spefically NPD and other borderline disorders) which is a great detriment to not only victims, but their children. Even with hard evidence, Judge Epstein gives the perpetrator the benefit of the doubt empowering the perp to not only continue, but also increase his abuse without recourse. And of course, if it is a he said/she said abuse matter, Epstein will believe the man endangering her and the children to future abuse. Very sad.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA15996
Rating:5.7
Comments:
Judge Epstein tries to be compassionate and act in the best interest of the child; however, he does not appear to understand the complexities of domestic violence, emotional abuse and personality disorders (spefically NPD and other borderline disorders) which is a great detriment to not only victims, but their children. Even with hard evidence, Judge Epstein gives the perpetrator the benefit of the doubt empowering the perp to not only continue, but also increase his abuse without recourse. And of course, if it is a he said/she said abuse matter, Epstein will believe the man endangering her and the children to future abuse. Very sad.

Other

Comment #: CA14988
Rating:2.0
Comments:
He is so wishy washy. One day he's nice with you and the next he's on the other side! He clearly doesn't know what he's doing. He was just appointed two years ago and used to work as a business litigation and corporation attorney. A business and corp attorney has no business being in a family court.

Other

Comment #: CA14987
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge Epstein hates women. He is a bully and a misogynistic sexist and horrible human being.
He drags all the divorce cases. He is not familiar with family law and has no compassion toward victims of domestic violence. He laughs at women suffering from abuse and doesn't take the abuse seriously. He used to be a corp attorney and should go back where he belongs.