Hon. James A. Mangione See Rating Details
Superior Court
San Diego County
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Attorney Average Rating:   7.3 - 3 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   5.0 - 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. James A. Mangione


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA48051
Extremely plaintiff-oriented. Does not follow the law. Pompous and arrogant. If you represent the defense, he should b a definite 170.6.


Comment #: CA38472
Rating:Not Rated
While this judge was in private practice as a partner at Wingert Grebing Juskie LLP, he jointly worked with Michael O'halloran a bankruptcy Lawyer to represent his close friend, a lawyer who was sued for debt collection.
To protect the public, Judges are required to file "Notice of Judicial Disclosure" regarding their prior legal and professional relationships with any former associate/ lawyers, a law firm they are familiar with. They must recuse themselves if they know the relationship would influence, has bias, or prejudice any party to a case. (Code Civ. Proc., 170.1 and Rules Proc. of State Bar rule 5.46.)


Comment #: CA35837
Rude, arrogant, controlling, cuts litigants off and doesn't let the parties (including attorneys) speak fully. The other reviewers here are correct, in that he rushes the parties (after they prepared and waited for months for the hearing) and sends the parties out without making useful, wise or enforceable rulings. His clerk also has a bad attitude. Mangione clearly doesn't like his job, but he likes the control and prestige of being a judge. He should not be a judge. He said he could not wait to get out of Family Court later this year, but I'm sure once he is transferred to Criminal or Civil court, he will then say he can't wait to transfer out of that court too, and take all of his poor qualities as a judge there, too. He tells attorneys and parties not to tell him something if it is in the documents, which is a terrible practice that I have never seen before, since there is always more to explain than what is summarized in the court documents. Most important: he makes assumptions about (profiles/stereotypes) the parties before they speak, which impacts his rulings, rather than listen to them present their case. He sizes the parties up, thinking he has them figured out before they speak, then applies his prejudged opinions on whether he likes or dislikes that persona, impacting his demeanor and rulings. The worst and most useless judge I have seen.


Comment #: CA27227
Most Judges wait for the Evidence to be presented before they make ruling ! Must had a golf game so rushed it along and @#$&ed a family out a home. To a grifter with 10 Names and know for identity theft ! JUSTICE is BS


Comment #: CA24400
He told us to make it work for our child. Sent us out to reach an agreement we didn’t come to one (but we came close) so he sent us back out. I respect his view on the importance of two healthy parents parenting while setting aside any petty differences

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA21775
Judge Mangione is an outstanding judicial officer who is extremely bright, fair and a wonderful addition to the San Diego bench.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA19955
Outstanding judicial officer. San Diego County is very lucky to have him on the bench. He knows the file. He is patient with litigants.


Comment #: CA19800
Judge Mangione is a good guy who wants it like it is and doesn't like BS. While my family law case had a mixed outcome, he was fair and deliberate in his verdict. I would highly recommend him