Hon. Michael P. Linfield See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.4 - 15 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   3.0 - 4 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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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA12841
Rating:3.0
Comments:
He's a punitive little man. Does not issue rulings based on the law but rather on his personal feelings. Really just a waste of a bench seat. I'm sure he could be easily overturned on 90% of his decisions except that it doesnt make financial or practical sense to take it up on writ. Ding him if you get the chance

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA12767
Rating:2.5
Comments:
Not evenhanded or fair. Makes decisions based on his own personal agenda or worldview.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA12765
Rating:4.4
Comments:
He probably is a Communist; if not, definitely a Socialist

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA12764
Rating:10.0
Comments:
One of the best judges in CA, and maybe in the US. Very smart and evenhanded. Actually reads the briefs from both sides and listens to the oral arguments by both sides and makes a decision that both sides can readily accept. I will vote and donate for this judge to go elevated.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA12637
Rating:9.8
Comments:
I recently had a litigation case with Judge Linfield. When you enter his court room, he actually shows the audience a video and summary of what has occurred today in the history of law, such a famous decisions and the significance in the law, which speaks to his dedication to the field of justice. I found him to be very nice, even tempered, intelligent. His department took the time to draft detailed tentative opinions on motions so that each side could understand the opinions.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA11550
Rating:3.8
Comments:
He makes up his mind about the parties ahead of the case. Does he google them? The party has no chance after he's decided they don't deserve their day in court.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA11549
Rating:8.9
Comments:
I have been a trial lawyer doing complex trials in business and torts. completed a long cause matter sent to this Judge in January 2017. complex malpractice claim for casatrophic injury (quadriplegia) against Los Angeles Hospital and Doctors. SUMMARY I would try any case to this Judge. He was very fair to both sides. He was intelligent and researched, HIMSELF, the law and in MICRA that was not simple. He ruled against us on several important points but he was always well reasoned and fair. We did prevail and he was careful to assure the settlement reached after trial was fully enforceable. He clearly became a judge out of a sense of mission - to do the right thing and bring honor and fairness to every hearing. I would trust him with my own case if i were a litigant.

Other

Comment #: CA11505
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Untrustworthy, biased, lazy - an embarrassment to the court

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA11376
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I have had several matters before Judge Linfield and have tried two cases to him. I am a female attorney, and it is absolutely untrue that he is biased against women. He is a fair and studious Judge. One of the best in Los Angeles County.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA10684
Rating:3.6
Comments:
Stay away. Biased. Ignorant and stubborn. Does not know what he does not know.

Other

Comment #: CA9047
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Stay away. Biased and untrustworthy.

Other

Comment #: CA8963
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Patient, compassionate, fair, intelligent, and with a sense of humor. He is what a judge should be!

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: CA8526
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Judge Linfield is a very intelligent man with a very even temper. I completed a week-long trial in his court, and he never got upset even though he had cause to be frustrated on a number of occasions. In light of his morning history lessons I anticipated he would be very pro-plaintiff. However, during trial I found him to be very even-handed. He never appeared to favor either side, and he was gracious with his time--allowing each side to be heard before he ruled. He is intelligent, fair, and follows the law. He allows each side to try their case without getting in the way unnecessarily. I would happily try another case in his court.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA8524
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I agree with previous comment: law and facts are meaningless for Judge Linfield. You will do better with Judge Judy and certainly with jury. Avoid bench trial with Linfield. Run for your life.

Litigant

Comment #: CA8164
Rating:2.0
Comments:
A word of advice if you have Judge Linfield preside over your trial..... He is not objective. He does not follow the law or let law guide his decisions. He is more guided by his personal feelings about a case. If you have a bench trial with Linfield, think of it as a jury trial. His personal feelings will matter more than law.... as it would with a jury trial. A bench trial with Linfield will be more like Judge Judy or People's Court TV. His decision will not solely be based on law or past trials. In fact, I would say law and case law is almost meaningless to him. Good luck!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA7203
Rating:1.0
Comments:
An embarrassment to our judicial system with clear and obvious personal prejudicial practices. He rightly acknowledges the incredible, unparalleled and phenomenal work of Dr. Martin Luther King yet hypocritically judges others. Dr. King is turning in his grave.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5937
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
He is a dangerous biased judge. Dangerous because he hides it well. He will disregard the law and trap the lawyer into waiving issues on appeal.
Agree with previous comments. Judge Lingield is biased against female attorneys and litigants.
I would 170.6 this judge in any case.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5716
Rating:3.0
Comments:
Bent over backwards for the other side, the plaintiff. Don't know if this is because I am a woman, but that seems to be a problem for him.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA5677
Rating:1.0
Comments:
He dislikes women!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA5676
Rating:1.0
Comments:
He dislikes women!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1218
Rating:8.4
Comments:
Excellent trial judge with a very pleasant demeanor and strong educational background.