Hon. Mel Red Recana See Rating Details
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.0 - 8 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   4.0 - 2 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. Mel Red Recana


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA13003
He may be one of the best judges I've been before. I don't think there's a nicer one at Stanley Mosk. I think his judicial style is to sit-back and let the lawyers have it out (to a point). For both sides, that's more than fair. He makes decent rulings and explains himself. He gives opportunity for argument with an open-mind. And my client didn't even win the case in his courtroom.

His attendant is tough as a boot, though. Mean too. Which is odd, since Recana's clerk is also an extremely nice guy.

If you get assigned to Dept. 45, expect a fair and pleasant experience.


Comment #: CA12904
Use all the legal jargon and tactics you want but I believe this judge instinctively listens to all and will decide and award based on the merits of honesty and integrity.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA10830
Lazy. Doesn't read pleadings. Doesn't follow law. Not too bright.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA10631
Rating:Not Rated
This guy has lots of problems and is not fit to serve as a Judge. The biggest problem is he is lazy and does not follow the law. Complicated motions are a big problem as he will not read them and counts heavily on his law clerk to write tentatives. The clerk does not understand the law and as a result rulings are far from fair and just.

He is not afraid to issue a poor ruling as he believes the appellate court will support him regardless of how wrong he might be. Unfortunately in District 2 this is likely true.


Comment #: CA9610
I was appalled after what Ive seen at the Compton Courtroom. To much talking bout what a nice guy he is...but Not about how he is as a judge...and to buddy buddy w/the attorneys.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA8973
Very experienced.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA2654
Judge Recana's strength is his judicial temperament. There isn't a nicer judge out there. However, his knowledge of the law, particularly the Evidence Code, is seriously lacking. At trial, he tends to let everything in and rarely sustains even legitimate evidentiary objections

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1138
He wrote and published a book, "HOW TO TRY YOUR CASE IN COURT AND WIN", but he hates self-represented litigants. DOES NOT PRACTICE WHAT HE PREACHES!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA1103
He is basically a nice guy. However, I agree that he disregards civil procedure and case precedent. He does not seem to be afraid of being reversed on appeal. Keep that in mind. I would say that he is pro-plaintiff in civil litigation, at least until you get to trial.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1091
Great judge and a great guy all around.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1076
Never prepared, hearings drag on forever and it will take months to get a ruling if ever. disregards all civil procedure and case precedent. Extremely plaintiff oriented.