Hon. Lisa Hart Cole See Rating Details
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   6.6 - 6 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)

What others have said about Hon. Lisa Hart Cole



Comment #: CA4889
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.


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

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3304
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
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.


Comment #: CA3020
Rating:Not Rated
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
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
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
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.