Hon. Donna Fields Goldstein See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   2.1 - 9 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   2.0 - 7 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. Donna Fields Goldstein


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Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: CA5666
Rating:8.9
Comments:
Fair. Cuts through irrelevant to the significant issues.

Litigant

Comment #: CA5210
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Unfortunately for me, my medical malpractice case was assigned to her.My biggest mistake was that I wanted to 170.6 her but I didn't. She is mentally unstable and is easily persuaded to change her tentative rulings as she is extremely uncertain about herself.She allows herself to be easily manipulated by defense counsels as she is pro big corporations. In my case the doctor botched my cancer treatment procedure which spread my cancer and not only this judge granted the defendants' MSJ but also deemed me a vexatious litigant when I did not have 5 cases finally adjudicated against me in the last seven years.The same doctor which I sued for malpractice was placed on probation by the Medical Board as in the same period of time he operated on me he acknowledged that he was heavily abusing alcohol, prescription medication which he self proscribed and hard core drugs such as methamphetamine and cocaine. But, hey according to this judge he did nothing wrong and I am the vexatious litigant. When her decision will be reversed on appeal I will 170.6 her for sure. Oh, I did file a complaint against her with the Commission on Judicial Performance.

Litigant

Comment #: CA5096
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Does not know the law and cannot remember evidence or witness testimony. Arrogant, inept and incompetent. There should be a movement to remove her from the bench as she jeopardizes the legal process. Represents the best in judicial corruption and incompetence. Being sued in a Bivens Claim.

Litigant

Comment #: CA5095
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Does not know the law and cannot remember evidence or witness testimony. Arrogant, inept and incompetent. There should be a movement to remover her from the bench as she jeopardizes the legal process. Represents the best in judicial corruption and incompetence. Being sued in a Bivens Claim.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA5089
Rating:1.3
Comments:
To call this jurist terrible would be to defame those jurists that are actually terrible. Ill-prepared, disdainful of logic or reason, and caustic if asked to consider anything except her original, shallow positions.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5046
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This could be the worst judge I have ever encountered in 20 years of practice. Severely biased towards big law firms, including firms with attorneys that used to work at or with her at Manatt Phelps. Does not understand or care to understand the law or the court files. Rules without reading pleadings, etc. Appears lazy. Perfect for big corporate parties and their firms and will coddle them. Rude and dismissive and a epic nightmare for everyone else.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4843
Rating:1.5
Comments:
This judge is terrible, and doesn't know the law. Burbank has two of the worst judges in LASC.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA4693
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
All of the judges appointed by Gray Davis should be hauled away -- and there are many in Stanley Mosk, unfortunately.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA4584
Rating:1.6
Comments:
This judge is very opinionated and full of herself.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3801
Rating:1.3
Comments:
I have to say that she is one of the least desirable judges that I have come across. She is not resolute about her rulings and is easily persuaded by counsel's nagging rhetoric than by law and evidence. She is very short-tempered and sometimes rude.

Other

Comment #: CA3616
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I was found NOT GUILTY on one of two counts in a DUI hearing with this Judge - at sentencing she said "I know you were found not guilty, but I think you were." She proceeded to give me an most extreme sentence - mind you I didn't hit anyone, my level was just at the limit - and even the partner of the cop who pulled me over said I past all test, and his partner who sited me lied - despite all this - she handed me the book - what a horrible person for a position like this. Who can over rule a jury's decision?? This woman did. She should be removed!!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2849
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She has psychological problems that should preclude her from being a judge. She is very narcissistic, petty, and hostile towards any woman who is better looking than she is.

She also didn't let me take two copies of the PACT brochure, just like a previous commentator had mentioned.

Get rid of her!

Litigant

Comment #: CA2800
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Wow. I'm now even more frightened after reading these other reviews that mirror my impression. She needs to be OFF the bench. She has shown a total disregard for the law and procedure, as if the rules don't apply to her. Her decisions have been unjust and wacky, and it's clear that comment #1254 below is 100% accurate. I'm getting her removed from my case, for sure, but she needs to be removed from the bench permanently.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2598
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
She has a personality disorder of some sort. She always has to be right, tries to ruin people's lives...Once she wouldn't let me take two copies of the PACT brochure, and said I had to make a photocopy at my office if I wanted two of them. Very strange woman!

Litigant

Comment #: CA2437
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I agree with Comment #: CA1524. She just wants to hurry up and get out of the courtroom and who cares who is harmed. The innocent have no chance and unless you have millions to defend yourself, you're just out of luck.

Other

Comment #: CA1978
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Fair, thorough and intelligent, she is an asset to the legal system.

Litigant

Comment #: CA1849
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Awful beyond belief. Conducts trials in chambers, off the record. Doesn't remember facts; doesn't refer to notes. Talks about her dog all the time.

Loser.

Other

Comment #: CA1524
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge (lower case on purpose)is everything that is wrong with the court system. She pays no attention to rules of evidence, does not listen, makes up her mind before hearing all facts, basically making her own rules. If you are a slimy lawyer not afraid to lie, you will do well with her. She should be scooping ice cream somewhere.... thanks a TON Gray Davis.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA1422
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Although she left family law to the relief of most attorneys, she remains a judge. No doubt ruining as many lives as possible. I once told her I wanted something heard on the record (as opposed to in her chambers) and was told that I could stay in the courtroom if I liked, but she was taking the matter into chambers, without a court reporter, of course.