Hon. Samantha P. Jessner See Rating Details
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   2.8 - 6 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   2.0 - 2 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. Samantha P. Jessner


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7159
Judge Jessner is by far the worst judge I've encountered in many many years as a civil litigation attorney. Its not just her rulings, which are bad enough. It is her temperament - she is a person who should not be on the bench because she just doesn't have the personality for it. She views herself as an infallible deity and she is unwilling to admit a mistake. She does have a decent sense of humor if you get her on one of her good days.

First, her rulings are atrocious and have no regard for the law. You can quote her case after case after case, and she'll concoct some way to deny a dispositive motion, even if the non-moving party didn't bring the issue up. She'll find it for them. Even if its a restatement section from the 1970s that was never adopted in California. She has a clear and unabashed bias toward plaintiffs. If you're a plaintiffs' attorney, she's a great draw. The best you could get. If you're a defendant, she is well worth burning your peremptory immediately upon assignment.

She constantly complains about being overworked, yet has no ability to control her own calendar. She spends 30 minutes in her morning calendar on the most mundane issues on one case. She lets plaintiffs' attorneys drone on and on about things that have nothing to do with the issues at hand (defense attorneys are promptly cut off).

She shows no respect for attorney schedules. She insults non-English-speaking attorneys from the bench. She makes fun of counsel. And for all of this, she picks on the most minute procedural defects (as long as you're a defendant - never with plaintiffs).

I'll close by relating an exchange I saw between her and another attorney I observed during a recent appearance. After a tediously long oral argument on a motion to compel (on a motion that could have been resolved in 10 minutes), one of the attorneys remarked that her ruling was not fair, and explained exactly why it was not fair. She says, "Counsel, there is only one person who needs to think my rulings are fair." I expected her to say, "the Court of Appeals," because that would be the right answer. No, she says, "Me." That sums up Judge Jessner right there. She has an incredibly inflated view of herself, and it is not justified. She desperately needs to have a few appellate court rulings finding she has abused her discretion. That might help. Until then, avoid her like the plague.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6985
Very biased lazy Judge with unwillingness to follow the law. Does not care aboout Justice and is willing to rule against anyone who she decided to dislike. Has deva arogant atttitude. Issues tentatives but does not post them until your matter is called so you cannot evaluate and question anything she presents. Get the law wrong a lot! Stay away from this witch

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA6667
Rating:Not Rated
Since there are no 0 ratings I cannot give jessner even 1. Awful would be a compliment for this peace of junk judge. I feel bad for these ( and sone are dear friends) who retired because they could not stand anymore the politics in the legal system. Even though they were at the age of retirement, they would have stayed a bit longer but could not deal with what justice is becoming and sometines has already become.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6666
Rating:Not Rated
I read the reviews about this dishonorable jessner. I will soon post what she did and still doing in my case. I will exposed her publicly very soon and drag her name in dog crap. If she thinks she is God, i will bring her down where she belongs: JAIL. Corrupted, incompetent, evil, arrogant, will ruin one's life and opee on that person with her stupid smile. She will learn what it is to mess up with a french political refugee. She picked up on the wrong family. She started a legal war. She will be punished by her won weapon: the law is the law and she will learn it the hard way.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6178
In a civil case, Judge was professional, researched the law and allowed both sides to present their case in a fair manner. Be prepared to state the legal basis to any objection you raise and have supporting case law handy.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5318
She is rude and unprofessional. Each time I have gone before her it has been obvious she did not read the moving papers. She makes offhanded comments in the galley as her "rulings" rather than discussing matters in chambers or taking the bench, likely so that her comments do not become part of the record. She is undeserving of the title "Honorable".

Court Staff

Comment #: CA4312
Rating:Not Rated
Judge Jessner is a psychopath. Her ability to make life-altering rulings is a tragedy. Her mother is the head of the Bar (Patricia Philips), and this makes Sammy Jessner think she can get away with anything. She will go down in history as one of the vilest and most dangerous judges to ever sit on the bench. (And she has a lot of competition!)


Comment #: CA3919
She really is what these people are saying about her. I went in to get my gun rights back after the LAPD put me on a 5150 for 2 hours and then let me go because they realized it was absurd. The DA in the mental health department agreed to submit to my request and recommended that the court give me back my rights. She still denied me. When I told her politely that she had no justification for doing so, she said, "I'm in charge." I then told her: "I'll be contacting the Judicial Affairs Committee, your Honor." She then retracted her verdict and recused herself. The judge in the courtroom right next door immediately agreed to my request and I had my rights back in five minutes. She is truly a very, very scary woman, considering that there are thousands of women just like her nationwide ruining people's lives.


Comment #: CA2296
Rating:Not Rated
EXTREMELY rude to petitioners and has no respect for the law or even HER courtroom employees. Might as well jump to the State appeals court if you are within a 10-foot pool radius of this nut.


Comment #: CA1748
The pits. Evil, biased, and dangerous. She is out of a nightmare. I will be haunted for life due to the vile choices of this Judge Samantha Jessner.
Ruthless, amoral, and phony to the core.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA1384
Samantha Jessner is a corrupt and disgusting woman.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA1177
Judge Samantha Jessner is a shill for the prosecution. She will give them anything they want whenever they want it. She is willing to destroy people to further her own agenda. Disgusting representative of the judiciary. I understand she is under investigation.