Hon. Zaven V. Sinanian See Rating Details
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   6.3 - 7 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. Zaven V. Sinanian


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7198
He is a full-time settlement judge these days. I absolutely enjoyed the manner in which he conducted our settlement conference. He was very even-keeled. Didn't come at you with an ounce of judicial arrogance. Extremely patient, reasonable. Seriously, couldn't ask for more from a judge. If all judges had his disposition, the practice of law would be so much better.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA5356
I had him in a settlement conference and he understands all the issues. He's very intelligent and knows what hes doing. He's very hard working and he always gets his work done accordingly. Hes my first choice as a judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5031
This judge has a condescending attitude. His decisions are not explained in detail. He gives the appearance of being biased against plaintiffs. Not my first choice for a judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4741
I had this judge for a settlement conference after the court eliminated the ADR program due to budget cuts. His opening statement to the parties' respective counsel was to the effect that he knew nothing about mediation, as he has had no training or experience in same. Thereafter, he only shuffled numbers back and forth. He is uninterested and lazy, and has no accountability. Let the guy go and fund the ADR program with his salary!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4379
I fully agree with the comment below (CA2360). On a motion to have RFA deemed admitted, he denied even though the opposing side never filed responses prior to the hearing. He granted an ex parte to continue the trial date on the FSC when the other side showed up, without having participated in the pretrial exchange. He then denied a summary judgment, allowed a late motion to reconsider, sat on it for 3 months, and then granted summary judgment 5 days before trial. He clearly has no interest in being a judge, or at least a good one.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2360
Rating:Not Rated
He is new judge. Tries very hard not to make any mistakes. He would do or say anything to cover himself. Doesn't read any motions. Very lazy. After two years trial with him we noticed he was not even listening to the main issues of the case. He ruled by mistake. Or had someone copy paste the final argument into his ruling. He doesn't read or put time on anything. He had made up his mind on the first day who is good or bad. Other party played around with court and he didn't care. He ruled three times for president of company to come. They played around no one came and he cared less. he takes the easy way out.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1321
I had him in a settlement conference. He is personable, understands the issues, and understands how litigation works. A good judge.