Hon. David L. Minning See Rating Details
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.2 - 9 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 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)

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What others have said about Hon. David L. Minning



Comment #: CA12131
Rating:Not Rated
Terrible. Not punctual, not into reading papers. Favors large law firms so perhaps he wants to hook up with one after his pension is locked in.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA10749
This is based on my experience from 2008. Judge Minning is a nice guy, very collegial, and pretty hard-working. However, legal analysis was terrifyingly weak: example, he granted a motion in limine to exclude as hearsay a declaration against interest because it was not made by a party. The declaration against interest hearsay exception applies to all statements, even non-parties! His rulings on motions in limine were devastating to our (plaintiff's case) and resulted in having to settle before trial. He is the type of judge who doesn't have a firm opinion after the papers. He listens to oral argument, becomes confused and can't decide, and just goes with the last lawyer who speaks. Opposing counsel was able to constantly repeat things which were not true, mostly personal attacks against me, and he eventually thought everything was my fault in the case. Not a lot of judgment there.


Comment #: CA7066
Judges are supposed to be impartial. Why do I have to hear that this judge is a "landlord friendly" judge? He was very rude, condescending and completely off base regarding a bogus eviction charge against me. He only emboldens slumlord landlords. What a disgrace.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA6585
He seems to be a bitter old man. He makes up his mind. Doesn't follow the law. He can be a bully. Disqualify him.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3622
We tried a case before him (plaintiff), and every single ruling he made came down against us. I could see that happening if they were all close calls, but the legal precedent on a couple of them was so strong that there's no way he should have ruled for the defense. In the end, we had inconsistent jury verdicts, and he didn't ask the jury to go back and clarify them. After questioning the jury about it, he just slapped together his own idea of what they meant to award and made that the judgment. Not financially feasible to appeal. Horrible. Would definitely bounce this judge if he came up again.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3207
Judge Minning seems to be getting senile. He gives rulings that make sense to him, but are contrary to the law. His temperament is erratic. He will be pleasant to one attorney and, when given the slightest disagreement, he becomes volatile and abusive. I have had two cases before him. No more.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2439
In the last year his work has suffered. Some say he wants to retire but can't because of "points"; others say since death of his adult son, he just doesn't really care anymore. He's a nice guy, but lazy.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1219
He's crusty. I've had mixed results with him in terms of whether he understood the law and correctly applied the facts to the law. Middle of the road jurist at Stanley Mosk courthouse. You could do worse, so I would probably be hesitant to challenge him.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA546
Very pleasant.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA90
I have had the pleasure of handling cases in Judge Minning's court. He is slightly defense oriented, but works very hard. He once had opposing counsel and I deliver supplemental briefing to his home when he was going to be on vacation. He does not seem to have an ego at all. I have heard him say, things to the effect of, "Counsel, you and I disagree, perhaps you should let the Court of Appeals handle this." I have handled complex motions in his court where he has really delved into the issues and thinks hard about them. He has a sense of humor and handles most things in his chambers. There are very few other judges downtown that I would prefer to litigate a case in front of.