Hon. Ralph W. Dau 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)

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What others have said about Hon. Ralph W. Dau


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA9157
Overwhelmingly biased in favor of Plaintiffs. He has a strong dislike for female trial attorneys, so obvious that when a trial was over (which went in my client, the defendant's favor), the Plaintiff apologized to me for the way Judge Dau treated me during trial and told he thought that it was inappropriate and I didn't deserve it. If you are a female defense attorney run away as fast as you can or you will be very sorry.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6558
I had one experience with this judge and it was not a good one.

Shortly before the hearing, the opposing attorney dropped a hint that he knew Judge Dau on a personal level. At the hearing, the opposing attorney did not even bother to show up. However, Judge Dau ruled in favor of the opposing attorney and in doing so, violated well established case law. Based on my experience, this judge is either shady, incompetent, or both. I will definitely 170.6 him if I draw him again.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5340
Judge Dau is ill-prepared. He never rules on motions right away. He may know the law, but often will ignore it. When you remind him of it, he gets mad. He does not put any efforts at settling a cases and often will deny pertinent evidence that will bring your case to its knees.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA4423
Rating:Not Rated
As to the comment "if you are slack you will not like him" -- that's a pretty arrogant conclusion. Apparently, anybody who doesn't like him is a slob? I asked a group of attorneys who actually try cases, and they all said that he was a horror.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4421
He is sneaky, and will come up with ways to submarine the side that he doesn't like. He makes no effort to settle. He makes a mess of a good case. I was informed by a past clerk that he selects a side to pick on, then destroys them. You are trying a case against him. He is a former Gibson Dunn guy. Get him off the bench.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3924
Judge Dau is the kind of judge that you will either love or hate. If you're well-prepared, know the law, and put some effort into your work, you'll find him to be a good judge who will give you deference. On the other hand, he doesn't suffer fools gladly, so if you slack off, turn in poor work, and basically phone it in, you'll find him to be horrible.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3917
A great judge. Reads, understands, knows. A very smart man, careful and fair.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3273
Rating:Not Rated
Uncommonly judicial. Knows the law, and is fair in applying it.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1838
Reads the stuff; willing to be corrected; wants to be fair. A quick mind. An old style judge willing to check his own laptop on a case if need be.