Hon. Ross M. Klein See Rating Details
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.4 - 7 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   4.0 - 3 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. Ross M. Klein


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA9618
I agree with the other negative posts. On the four motions I had with Judge Klein, he had his less than youthful law clerk work up all of them, and he actually has the law clerk sit in on all hearings for guidance. During the hearing, you could tell he had no knowledge of the legal arguments. Judge Klein should be papered every time.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA9011
The other negative comments are accurate. Judge Klein does not read the papers and has no idea what the proceedings before him are about. He regularly has his law clerk conduct oral argument while he enjoys his morning coffee from his trademark Mickey Mouse mug. The law clerk in question is not nearly as smart as he thinks he is and "his" rulings are poorly reasoned. A peremptory challenge is strongly recommended here.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA8924
Judge does not read the papers on Motions and allows his law clerk to make all of his rulings. Constantly interrupts and mocks counsel for his morning amusement. Klein is a disgrace to the judiciary.


Comment #: CA8079
Hon Ross M. Klein is an evenhanded,fair and honest judge!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7303
Rating:Not Rated
I agree with an earlier post - Judge Klein doesn't read briefs. I recently had a case with him and the issue on which the motion turned was not a gray area. I supported my position with citations to three cases, a couple secondary source and codes. The opposition did not distinguish or refute the authority, or cite any authority whatsoever. Judge Klein refused to rule on the motion and gave the opposition another bite at the apple simply based on an oral request at the hearing, but without any grounds why the hearing should be continued.. we shall see...

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA5891
This judge was my public defender when he worked in Norwalk Superior Court.... Ross Klein committed misconduct by forcing me to accept a plea.. He was supposed to be my attorney but he was helping the Judge and District Attorney... It was one of the most horrible experiences I ever encountered... Judge Ross Klein has a lot of bad past misconduct and I hope he is a better Judge then he was a Public Pretender.....

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3457
The favorable review below must have been written by Judge Klein's grandmother; in whose eyes he can do no wrong as my experiences have been the opposite. Judge Klein seems to not read the motions before him and instead defers to whatever his law clerk tells him to do. He is curt and dismissive.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3244
This judge is simply evenhanded and brilliant. He is hardworking and cares about his calendar and the litigants before him. A most impressive jurist.


Comment #: CA2428
I asked the judge, with a doctor's note for a continuance, and he deferred to the plaintiffs attorney to decide? WTF!!!


Comment #: CA2159
Refused to grant an early termination of a probation request due to the nature of the charge, when there was NO PROBATION VIOLATION MADE! Why not reward a probationer for doing well? Obviously Judge Klein does NOT believe in this!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA242
Klein can be a little snarky and rigid for some, but he'll give you a fair trial. Efficient, professional, and a brilliant legal scholar. Bring your A-game. Continuances disfavored.