Hon. Stephen P. Pfahler See Rating Details
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   8.7 - 5 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


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.