Hon. William A. MacLaughlin See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   7.5 - 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)
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What others have said about Hon. William A. MacLaughlin


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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA26675
Rating:2.6
Comments:
Friendly demeanor but nightmare in practice. Frankly, he's had symptoms of dementia for years. Easily confused. Forgets his prior day's rulings and changes them. Wastes jury time, then blames the lawyers. Overturns verdicts. I've seen several mistrials in his courtroom caused by his own confusion. He may be a "gentleman," but justice dies in his courtroom.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA19916
Rating:10.0
Comments:
The ultimate gentleman and someone who will work as hard as the trial attorneys before him. He is bright, prepared and always open minded.
He also has a terrific clerk who is one of the few that understands that the court is intended to serve the public and counsel who advocate for those members of the public.
I have been before him multiple times and would not hesitate to return.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA11663
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Bright and hardworking. Always attempts to accommodate counsel. A very "user friendly" courtroom with good staff.