Hon. Lisa Hart Cole See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   3.7 - 16 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 6 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. Lisa Hart Cole


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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA11357
Rating:1.1
Comments:
Do not appear before Judge Cole unless you have a court reporter on hand. She does not come to the bench prepared to rule based on the facts and law. She is very biased, unjust and lacks any worthwhile judicial temperament. I had the clear impression that she was for sale. She screamed and yelled, and her court assistant, Nancy Li, was beyond rude and inept.

Litigant

Comment #: CA11278
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
TAR & FEATHER. STILL THE PIG. SHOULD BE BACON & PORK CHOPS. SHOULD BE CLEANING TOILETS IN THE COUNTY COURTHOUSES.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA11248
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge Cole has absolutely no business sense, street sense or common sense-- traits necessary to go behind what litigants claim (who with their lawyers, frequently lie or at least recklessly "spin" their arguments) and determine "what's REALLY going on in this case?" She is impulsive, and because of her impulsiveness, many of her rulings do not contain the reflection and wisdom and fairness that come from a wiser and more prudent judge. As but one example of many, she recently issued a "pure" ex parte attachment order on a defendant's assets without ANY notice to the defendant or an opportunity to be heard before she signed the attachment order. In other words, she did not even give the party an opportunity it's to present their side of the case. It turned out that the attachment order was granted bard on ridiculously false facts that any judge (or layperson) with any common sense or street smarts would have known were false. My suggestion if she's your judge? File a 170.6 preemptory challenge and get a new judge. She's at best, a C- student of life.

Litigant

Comment #: CA11050
Rating:1.0
Comments:
A real PIG she is. If I told you what should happen to her I would be arrested.

Litigant

Comment #: CA11049
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Why giving even a single star rating to such a judge? Believing in lies is her specialty. Her rulings are made before entering the courtroom, she is opposed to hearing any information that she does not want to rule on. If you are not rich chances are you will lose your case. This woman should NOT be sitting as a judge in any courtroom, ANYWHERE. Most unfair judge I have ever seen.

Other

Comment #: CA11048
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Incompetent, inhumane, a monster in human flesh. Wonder why she is not fired yet.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA10506
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Cole ruled against me, but her decision was overturned on appeal. The appellate justices said my speech was protected by legislative privilege and dismissed the plaintiff's lawsuit as a SLAPP or Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation to chill public debate. My advice would be to 170.6 this judge, but if you somehow end up in her courtroom make sure you bring a court reporter, even to a status conference, so you have a record of what she said.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA8810
Rating:3.1
Comments:
Weak on business litigation principles. Weak on complex issues. Strong on settlement efforts. Does give detailed rulings, although not necessarily well reasoned. Seems that she can be swayed by the "prestige" of lawyers.

Other

Comment #: CA8589
Rating:1.0
Comments:
So many words spent on this "judge." there are many 4-letter words, but why be excessive. Poor - In - Government. PIG !!!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA8588
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Taxpayers and the California governor need to stop letting fools like this pass judgement on the lives of its residents.

She is a puppet who thinks she is smart but is actually so simple minded that she cant hide that.
If your case involves any company or bank or MBS type investment being held in her pension fund get out before its too late,make it work some other way or be ready to feel her wrath.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA8548
Rating:2.8
Comments:
Very difficult judge for both pltf and def., likes to clear her calendar without regard to proper procedure or local rules, unreasonable, condescending and snippy to every attorney and client, and her staff, in her court. Will probably 170.6 her if I am ever assigned to her court again.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7890
Rating:1.3
Comments:
Unfair and unreasonable. She blames mistakes in her minute orders on her clerks. Lacks basic courtesy. Hire a court reporter for any appearance before this judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7781
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
She tries somewhat to be fair and ethical but just cant put her over inflated ego aside thinking that her way is the right way when indeed it is not.
Likes to belittle litigants in her rulings and dance a wide circle around the facts and reality but there is far more to her deception than meets the eye.
Cant say for sure but would rather lose a limb than be put in her court again and I really think that for some its time to move on give someone else a chance to show what fairness and ethics are really about.337

Litigant

Comment #: CA7743
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
The use of the term "Your Honor" is a joke. Honor is something earned & not just given away. The judges in the 1930's & 1940's Nazi Germany were referred to "Your Honor". They should do away with the term. Some of them are just pigs & should be referred to as "your Oink."

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA7732
Rating:1.3
Comments:
Incompetent, inhumane, and utterly unworthy of respect. Only interested in helping the filthy rich get richer, AT ALL COSTS.

Litigant

Comment #: CA7729
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Her rating is that of the lowest form of female dog. Where does the judicial system find such people? What did she have to do to gain such a position. Let your imagination answer that question. The pig does know what a permanent injunction means.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6615
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
STAY OUT OF THE COURT SYSTEM AT ALL COST.I believe that of system is badly broken and you can not trust the courts,the judges,lawyers,clerks or any other affiliation.Do yourself a huge favor and avoid them all.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6545
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Are the people of this state going to just sit back and allow our tax dollars to go against our well being by paying the salaries of complete Morons,who believe that something in their lives makes them far superior to the rest of us.Have things gone that far downhill?God help us all.

Other

Comment #: CA6523
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I guess it doesnt matter if this goes under non-attorney rating,just means its more likely to be honest.I have never met judge Cole personally and as she dismissed my causes before getting anywhere and paying a great deal of hard earned dollars for that I have just a few things to say.She does have her opinions and yes she def needs to go,where is another question I know off the top of my head a few places but .Def on the corporate payroll could be a bank or large company like a cable company or like that.she ignored my evidence of fraud,deceptive business practices and took a unsigned example of a "destroyed" document that again will set me back over 30k,and its fraudulent,never signed,prepared by a fictitious person.No record of anything and she's the best.Thank you for destroying all that I have worked and saved for.

Litigant

Comment #: CA6377
Rating:1.0
Comments:
The worse. Possibly racist. Definitely sexist. A true idiot. Definitely incompetent. Make sure you go before her with an attorney and audio record all appearances.

Litigant

Comment #: CA6152
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Her performance is lousy. A pure idiot.
Arrogant & unlearned. She claimed to never had heard of a Permanent Injunction. She should not be re-elected. My true feeling cannot be expressed or they would be deleted from this site. At $185,000 per year she is stealing. She works for the taxpayers has she forgotten? Yes!!!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5770
Rating:4.5
Comments:
Opinionated, arrogant and impunctual. On the positive side, she does give out detailed tentative rulings but tends to make short shrift of complex or detailed legal arguments, opting to treat them cavalierly rather than give them serious consideration.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5708
Rating:2.0
Comments:
Extremely moody, better in mornings than afternoons. Took almost a year to get a judgment entered after trial was over. Can be extremely condescending to female lawyers. She is often rude to all lawyers. Does not like to think. If she decides she does not like you, you are pretty much dead to her. She is inconsistent in her rulings, even in the same case. Extremely Arrogant. Always at least 45 minutes late

Litigant

Comment #: CA4889
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Never, ever go in front of Judge Cole without a jury and a court reporter, or you will end up very sorry and very poor.

Litigant

Comment #: CA3400
Rating:1.0
Comments:
A Very rude and self important Judge, who made it clear that her judgements go to the highest bidder.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3304
Rating:8.3
Comments:
I have tried a case to a jury in front of her, and had her as the judge in several other cases -- both in Beverly Hills and in Santa Monica. I thought was very reasonable in pre-trial matters (even though she has ruled against me on several occasions) and an excellent trial judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3088
Rating:9.0
Comments:
I see negative comments about this jurist, but she had very detailed law and motion tentatives that really were scholarly/above what I have seen over the years. She also showed a deftness in getting the matter settled with shuttle diplomacy of a fair, but pointed nature. Do not agree with negative reviews of Judge Cole.

Litigant

Comment #: CA3020
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This judge is frivolous, self-centered, emotion-laden, materialistic, illogical and irrational well-brainwashed buffoons who consider herself to be some self absorbed Precious Princesses and assume the world revolves around her.
There are a few, too few, decent judges but you have an enormous amount of chaff to dig through before you MAY find a decent one. This one should be avoided at all costs.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2149
Rating:2.8
Comments:
Extremely moody, better in mornings than afternoons. Took almost a year to get a judgment entered after trial was over. Can be extremely condescending to female lawyers. She is often rude to all lawyers. Does not like "details" of any type -- rules based on gut reaction, macro-type analysis even when case requires attention to details. If she decides she does not like you, your client, your expert or your case, you are pretty much dead meat. She is inconsistent in her rulings, even in the same case. Huge ego.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA1207
Rating:2.9
Comments:
Generally-uninformed jurist. Overly emotional. Beware if she does not like you, or likes your opponent. You can do much, much better than her in the West District.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA367
Rating:8.3
Comments:
Excellent jurist. Fair. Looks at the big picture. Wants to do justice. Don't worry about "form over substance" with this judge. She wants to get to the right result.