Hon. Maureen Duffy-Lewis See Rating Details
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   7.5 - 13 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   10.0 - 1 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. Maureen Duffy-Lewis


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA6284
A basic good egg who is even handed and not afraid to rule, and will, unlike most of the stuffed shirt lazy ones, have the good grace to change a ruling where shown to be in error, even on a motion for summary judgment...thumbs up

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4910
She is extremely knowledgeable about the law, and well-prepared to hear all of the issues presented to her at trial. She is an excellent trial judge, who controls the courtroom and gives both sides a fair trial.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA4875
She is an excellent judge when the situation requires the court to hear complex litigation with a jury. She really knows how to handle both juries and attorneys. Although I lost my case, this judge gave me a fair trial and allowed my attorney to present my entire case. She seems to know the law, and does not tolerate obnoxious lawyers in the courtroom in front of the jury.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA4722
Judge Duffy-Lewis is one of the best judges with whom to have a case. She is very courteous to counsel, respects the individual litigants and makes herself available whenever possible to resolve whatever issues come up in the case. She is up on the law, very pleasant to work with and "tells it like it is" to both sides.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: CA4435
She is a very great judge to work with. She is very pungent, and never late. She is straightforward and rules fairly. She reads every detail and has insightful judgement. Clearly, there are some false comments out here.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4373
This judge has a surprisingly poor grasp of the law. She is indecisive, and is not aware of arguments made in papers. She is easily swayed in hearings because of her lack of understanding of legal issues. She does have a nice temperament, but she makes you appreciate some of the stricter judges.


Comment #: CA4338
This judge has an excellent knowledge of the law and also has a great judicial temperament. She is also very fair. She listens carefully to both sides before making a decision. (And I lost!)

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3918
A truly good judge. Smart, listens, knows. I like her a lot.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2631
Thoughtful judge who took the time to understand the relief requested on an ex parte application. She was not above reconsidering her previous denial of portions of an unopposed stipulation once we explained what we were trying to do and why.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2368
Fantastic judge! Open fair-minded and thoughtful.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2134
Astoundingly ill-prepared. Blatantly obvious that she does not read the parties' papers; asked questions that were clearly and primarily addressed in the briefings.

Very poor grasp of the law. Her orders cite cases in a haphazard manner seemingly based only on the general subject matter of the legal argument. Not persuaded by sophisticated or technically sound legal arguments.

Previous reviewer who said "The more Dr. Suess your writing, the better you'll do. If you're on defense, forget it. It won't matter." was absolutely correct. Seems that a good story and creative truth-telling are much more important than being correct on the law. Content of declarations/affidavits seems to be irrelevant, so long as brief tells a good story and supporting documents kind-of/sort-of back it up.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA2102
A great judge who has a wonderful temperment with litigants and lawyers in her court. Excellent on voir dire. But if you are one of those incompetant unprepared lawyers afraid to try a case to a jury and want to dump your client by settling short, go somewhere else. We need more judges like her. Get rid of the incompetant lawyers and things will improve. They are the ones complaining.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1630
Unprepared. Won't read the evidence or the case law. When she hasn't read your papers, she will belittle your work product in hopes of bullying you into submission. Don't even attempt sophisticated argument. The more Dr. Suess your writing, the better you'll do. If you're on defense, forget it. It won't matter.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1209
Intellectual lightweight. Temperment is nice, though.