Hon. Kenneth R. Freeman 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. Kenneth R. Freeman


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA22243
This judge is interesting, but I agree he cannot handle complex matters. He tries hard and has a good sense of equity. However, he reads tentatives prepared by clerks and he has no idea, sometimes, whether they are correct or not. I doubt he can do a complex trial, although a simpler matter he likely is OK with. Disappointing that we have to settle for this, but I guess we do.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA17216
Judge Freeman would not delay a civil action until my client was out of prison. I won the case anyway with an empty chair, but he completely misinformed the jury on the issue of damages, and he absolutely refused to follow the law on the award of attorney's fees. He simply did what he wanted, even after being slapped down by the Court of Appeal. Avoid at all costs if you are a plaintiff.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7883
Great judge

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5753
He simply cannot handle complex issues, and he is perhaps the least qualified judge I have encountered in more than 30 years of practice. As noted by one other respondent, he does not understand the concept of the lodestar in calculating fee awards and simply picks a number out of his . . . hat. Authoritarian in the courtroom, rude to counsel, and not well prepared. I would NEVER try another case in front of him.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5719
On an attorneys fees motion, he arbitrarily slashed our fees more than 50%, uncritically adopting the insurance defense self-serving "expert"and ignoring our expert. He read the tentative as if he hadn't ever seen it before, then angrily stayed with it, not listening to argument. It was an abuse of discretion, as attorneys fees lodestar reductions have to be justified with concrete citations to what the supposed excess fees consist of, and a judge can't just pick a percentage out of the air. Not a good first impression of this judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4844
He is an excellent judge, who is very knowledgeable and well-prepared.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2619
Worst judge I have appeared in front of in over 30 years of practice. Emotionally unstable.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1197
Even handed and available to litigants. Very well prepared

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1156
While nice enough demeanorwise, he never takes the bench less than a half hour late, usually more, reads tentatives written by his clerks as if he has never seen them before, and generally doesn't fathom more difficult or complex legal issues. Not an automatic paper, but surely we can do better.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA526
Well reasoned tentatives and sensitivity to both sides of a case; very seasoned judge knowledgeable of his role.