Hon. David Sotelo See Rating Details
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.5 - 2 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 1 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. David Sotelo


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7594
I've had the displeasure of confronting many bad judges in my career. Judge Sotelo is one of the worst and does not belong on the bench. If you're looking for a judge who respects, understands, and upholds the law without allowing his personal feelings to get in the way of his decision-making, he's not the one. He does not seem to care about his image either and makes it crystal clear that he does not care about black letter law and will rule based upon his personal opinions as to what is right and wrong. It's only a matter of time before the California Council for Judicial Performance will be addressing his conduct. It's truly unfortunate that judges in California do not have to qualify to become judges but are merely appointed at the whim of the governor. Judge Sotelo is a perfect example of what can and, often, does go wrong.


Comment #: CA7484
Bright, fair-minded, and courteous. Possesses the proper judicial temperament, and is very conscientious.


Comment #: CA7476
Refuses to give basis for his decisions, especially to Pro Pers. Is quite rude to Pro Pers as well. Get him off the bench. Do not vote for him.


Comment #: CA6992
Rating:Not Rated
this guy is lazy and stupid. he was 20 years a prosecutor and knows next to nothing about civil law and has no inclination to learn. stay away from this guy no matter which side you represent.