Hon. Elihu M. Berle See Rating Details
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.3 - 8 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 2 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. Elihu M. Berle



Comment #: CA13270
Complete and total over-reaching into the lives of the people in the State of California. Needs to retire or get a desk job where he can not give an opinion or disrupt peoples lives.


Comment #: CA13004
Very liberal, arrogant and self-aggrandizing.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA8468
Can not understand one bit. Awful.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA8461
Can't hear him. Old and not intelligent. Should retire.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA7881
You cannot hear or understand what he says. He speaks in mumbled soft tones that, even with a hearing aid, I could not understand. However, he is knowledgeable on the law and is extremely well informed on the facts of his cases (even the most complex litigations). His rulings are fair but it is impossible to give notice and you cannot understand 80 to 90 percent of what he says.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA5255
This guy mumbles and has some odd rules. Sits on rulings.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3074
Judge Berle seems very tough when you first see him. Bottom line, he does not take anyone's crap. He has a kind heart and pretty intelligent. But you better not make a promise and not follow through with it. He is not a Judge you can push around. If you want that type of judge you can easily influence try Judge Fruin.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3007
Judge Berle is an old school judge. And when I say that it means that a person that cares about your sincerity. Never lie to a judge. But never lie to this one. He cares about doing the right thing. But will absolutely not care about you if you mistate the evidence or any facts.

Yes, I tried a case in front of him. Yes, I won at jury trial. But he never once gave me a break on anything, and I had to claw and fight my way to victory.

And that's the way it should be. I just do not like judges that have a predisposition. All I want is an even handed judge.


Comment #: CA2306
Rating:Not Rated
I get a good vibe from this judge - I think he deep down really cares about justice and wants to right the wrongs of the past, even when those involve the dishonesty or mistake of other judges in his jurisdiction - he wants the person who was wronged by a bad or false judgement, to be made right and restore their property and dignity. this is a judge who is not afraid to really be about truth and justice.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1550
Definitely an "old-school" judge, which is good if you're a competent, appropriately deferential attorney who submits excellent written work and doesn't waste the court's time with nonsense. We opposed a particularly difficult client and attorney team, and this judge was on to them from the start. They requested absurd relief and were treated accordingly.

Be unfailingly polite and respectful, understand that you are in the judge's courtroom (and not a public hall), submit and present excellent work, and you'll have no problem with this judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA1205
Old, stubborn and not terribly bright.