Hon. William F. Highberger See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   3.8 - 13 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. William F. Highberger


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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5080
Rating:2.5
Comments:
Ill-tempered. Often rude. Closed-minded and wed to legal interpretations that have been outdated for decades. Seems to truly hate what he does. Recommend a 170.6 before the ink dries on the assignment!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2634
Rating:2.5
Comments:
Disregarded evidence and made ruling that ignored evidence. Was rude and condescending, was dismissive, not open-minded and generally acted as though he didn't want to be bothered. Is not stupid, but may be lazy. Is so unbelievably pro-insurance company that he will not follow the law or attempt to be fair.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1886
Rating:4.8
Comments:
This judge flip-flops all over the place on his positions on issues. His primary goal is to force parties into settlement. Self-absorbed and ill tempered.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1491
Rating:1.9
Comments:
Pedantic. Pompous. Self-absorbed. Disinterested. Ill-tempered. His personal agenda is typically more important to him than precedent. He disagrees with many modern interpretations and rulings on evidence, so he ignores them.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1484
Rating:1.5
Comments:
My client timely responded to discovery but was unable to do so as he was in the intensive care unit at the hospital. Defendant nevertheless filed a motion to compel. Prior to the opposition being due, my client was released from the hospital and signed the verifications. I opposed with the certifications and a letter from the doctor explaining the situation. Highberger granted the motion and deemed the RFAs such as "defendant did nothing wrong" as admitted, essentially destroying the entire case.

This guy is terrible. Definitely a 170.6.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1339
Rating:1.1
Comments:
Powder keg. You can always tell when he's having a bad day as he often takes it out on counsel. Doesn't prepare and has a habit of speaking incessantly.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1277
Rating:2.0
Comments:
Refuses to follow precedent if it doesn't fit his agenda. Mercurial. Long-winded. Doesn't understand basic rules of evidence. The people who like him tend to brown nose him to curry his favor, and he particularly likes this.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1223
Rating:1.5
Comments:
Judge Highberger comes across as pompous. Likes to hear himself talk. I've never known him to actually read the papers. He seems to make up his mind early on in his cases, deciding all later questions one-sidedly with little regard for the merits.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1213
Rating:7.9
Comments:
One of the smartest judges around. Whoever wrote otherwise is either bitter or clueless. Or both.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1199
Rating:1.4
Comments:
Worst judicial temperament ever experienced; slams doors and insults counsel over minor issues; unprepared and forms opinions without reading cases or understanding legal issues; appears to make decisions based upon his workload rather than upon legal precedent.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1196
Rating:3.3
Comments:
generally poorly prepared. doesn't read cases; constantly complains about his workload as the excuse for ill-informed and unsupportable rulings.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1165
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Excellent judge. Very even-handed, well prepared, and respectful toward counsel. One of the very best.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA393
Rating:9.3
Comments:
Great judge. He should be elevated.