Hon. Joanne B. O'Donnell See Rating Details
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   2.8 - 7 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   - 0 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. Joanne B. O'Donnell


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5152
Plaintiff's attorneys should stay far away from her in writs and receivers dept 86. She is a nightmare


Comment #: CA5119
Rating:Not Rated
This judge is as corrupt as they come, and should be in jail. She cleared the court, by putting my case last. Then flat out threatened me to take a plea or else,get the maximum time allowed. I told her I didn't even know what the evidence was against me, she replied," You have five minutes to decide, and four minutes have passed." So of course I took the plea. She ruined my life, for nothing, I was innocent of all charges. This was at a pretrial hearing. I wanted to go to trial but, couldn't take the risk, having such a biased, corrupt judge against me. BLACKMAIL UNDER COLOR OF LAW, SHE IS A CRIMINAL AND SHOULD BE IN JAIL NO WONDER SHE CARRIES A GUN.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4933
She is a terrible judge! Luckily, she has been moved to the prejudgment remedies department at Stanley Mosk.


Comment #: CA4286
Rating:Not Rated
You are not likely to get a fair hearing from this judge, simply because she does not read documents. The department does not follow their own instructions and clerks are careless. In my case a clerk actually came out and said that the judge can not find the persons (defendants) who were notified. I had to point out the names of the defendants. Even though I wrote an extensive letter to the judge explaining why my ex parte should be granted (due to imminent irreparable harm not only to the plaintiff but public health as well), she did not find a reason to grant an ex parte. If the judge does not bother about such obvious things, and does not read well in addition, what fair trials can one talk about?

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3930
Rating:Not Rated
She does not entertain any oral argument, and just rules in chambers. Comes out flat-out denying everything, and doesn't even give you a chance to argue otherwise!
Completely unprofessional.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA2580
Dismisses cases just to take the load of her desk. This judge should be taken off the bench!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA2370
Nightmare Judge! 170.6!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2273
Terrible judge. She either has absolutely no understanding of real property law or is taking money from her big business friends. She possesses a low intelligence level and is unfit to sit on the bench.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA252
Willing to take the time to understand extremely complex issues and issue a fair result. Allows enough time in oral argument if the case warrants. Extremely fair, and I represented a business plaintiff.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA46
This judge seems on a mission to eviscerate plaintiffs in favor of business interests. Very poor legal analysis, misreads the law, and gets offended if you call her on it. I get the feeling she is under-confident up there, almost a deer in the headlights. Would not take her ever again due to the defense bias I perceived.