Hon. Michael P. Linfield See Rating Details
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.1 - 6 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   2.0 - 1 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. Michael P. Linfield


Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: CA8526
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
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.


Comment #: CA8164
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
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
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
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
He dislikes women!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA5676
He dislikes women!

Civil Litigation - Private

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