Hon. Stephen P. Pfahler See Rating Details
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   8.9 - 6 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. Stephen P. Pfahler


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA10732
Probably one of the best judges in LA County in my opinion. His rulings are well researched, fair, and even handed. His temperament is ideal. His docket is pretty full, but he moves his cases along, and makes well reasoned judgments in his cases. Very happy when I get a case assigned to him.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA10150
This judge is a model of proper judicial temprament. I have never seen a judge with better courtroom demeanor toward litigants and attorneys.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA9536
I have appeared before him on several occasions and his calm demeanor is as refreshing as his thoughtful rulings. But Lookout for the court attendant.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7564
I have been in front of Judge Pfahler in civil motion practice many times. He comes to each hearing very well prepared; he reads everything; his tentative rulings are detailed and substantive (which is very helpful, win or lose); and he is extremely diligent about issuing rulings in a timely manner. Although he is firm and no-nonsene, he is one of the most pleasant, professional, and respectful judges in the CA Superior Court system. As a plaintiff or defendant, you will be treated fairly.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5750
Kind, fair, drama-free. His staff can be a bit mercurial however.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2172
Judge Pfahler keeps firm control of his courtroom, but he is hardworking and diligent. He has a professional temperament and makes reasoned rulings.