Hon. Gregory Wilson Alarcon See Rating Details
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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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)

What others have said about Hon. Gregory Wilson Alarcon


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4903
I held off. Whoever is writing the new and detailed comments certainly has a lot of time to wax positive about a very, very bad judge. Why do non-lawyers get to comment?

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4902
Judge Alarcon has great self-control, handles his courtroom in a dignified and even-handed manner, and his rulings on evidence are intelligent and solid. He does not engage in personal attacks on parties or counsel. His consideration of legal issues reflects excellent study, analysis and good judgment. I have found Judge Alarcon's courtroom clerk to be very helpful. She will go out of her way for you, in order to cut through bureaucracy. She is patently impatient with incompetent people -- in particular, bad lawyers.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4869
I call this guy a "lawyer's judge." He is a very nice guy, who is flexible almost to a fault. He also is the type of judge where oral argument actually matters, and I have seen him switch rulings from his tentative based on oral argument, so, a hint: prep for it.

His clerk does seem moderately crazy, but she is the type who, if you treat her well, she will treat you well, unless your ex parte is inane and she is saving you time. She basically is the filter to get in front of him, and she takes that job very seriously. She is definitely someone who could take a lesson in "chilling out," but I'm sure that's what he told her to do.

He definitely is not "prompt" or "hardworking," given that he usually took the bench the few times that I appeared in front of him twenty to thirty minutes late. That being said, I would like most of my cases to get assigned to him if I had the choice, given some of the other options in Stanley Mosk.


Comment #: CA4849
Rating:Not Rated
I've never had any issues with this judge, but his clerk is insane. She ridicules all the attorneys in open court, and shouts at them, and orders them to "sit and not move." A group of attorneys had reached out to me to sign a letter months ago regarding this woman, and I had declined because I had not witnessed what they had described. It's now clear. The whole experience in this courtroom is very disturbing.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4615
I recently tried a very difficult case in front of Judge Alarcon. My experience makes me very skeptical of the negative reviews. His clerk, Cher Mason, while brisk, runs an efficient courtroom and has the thankless job of controlling what is otherwise the usually very bad behavior of attorneys. Judge Alarcon is a non-interventionist judge who lets you try your case. When you ask him to call balls and strikes he does so, quickly and evenhandedly. He was instrumental in ensuring an efficient trial, and was more than helpful in encouraging what was thought to be an impossible settlement while the jury was deliberating. In my opinion, he did not choose sides and was quite well-versed on the complex legal issues, and literally did research from the bench while we were debating special jury instructions. I hate to say it, but many of the negative comments smell of sour grapes. Sometimes, you deserve to lose. The moral of the story: respect his clerk and know and follow the rules. His courtroom will not tolerate the shenanigans that many lawyers are accustomed to perpetrating.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4221
Shortly after filing the lawsuit, an email was forwarded by one of my clients saying that Judge Alarcon had promised the other side that he would soon rule in their favor. When this email was presented to the court, Judge Alarcon had no comment, but his insane clerk did a lot of screaming and hollering. On hearing day, the tentative was apparently organized with an eggbeater, as it was indecipherable legal gibberish, but the conclusion was that when the statute said, "No," it really meant "Yes" -- if that's what the wealthy side wanted it to say. It was clear that the law played absolutely no role in his decision -- the only factor was the clout of the other side, as the early email showed.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3581
A horrible judge and not fit to be on the bench. .In more than one occasion, he ruled illegally. Either he does not understand things or he is too lazy to even look at the arguments thus not making any sense when he rules. His clerk, Ms Mason seems to be running the show in his court room and making the critical decisions. A horrible Judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3437
Very even tempered smart judge. Let's you try your case.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA3008
If you are on his good side, you luck out.
He seems to care. Frankly, he could care less about the outcome of a case. That is his problem. Because he says nothing, you will think he actually is listening.

Terrible judge to be in front of the jury bc juries believes his Mister Rogers attitude. You get him on your bad side, jury will go that way as well. Even when he is wrong.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2651
Doesn't read papers. Just sits and listens to arguments on motions, nodding his head as if he understands what's going on. Research attorney decides motions. Courtroom clerk is rude and domineering.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2607
Rating:Not Rated
Let's you try your case. Allows you to pick your jury. Don't get on his bad side.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2419
Judge was nice to jurors, but SUPER rude to counsel. Never left his chambers and immediately left the bench. He would not talk to his clerk, he would email her. So, when we needed a ruling he would say he had emailed it his his clerk (she was right there), but the attys never rec'd it. Lazy is a good description. Must have gotten to be a judge b/c his dad was one?

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA1092
No idea how he managed to get on the bench much less stay here. Lazy and intellectually devoid of legal ability.