Hon. David Sotelo See Rating Details
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   2.9 - 7 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)

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What others have said about Hon. David Sotelo


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA13369
This is the worst judge I've ever been before in over 30 years of practice. He hates women attorneys (I am one) and is mean to in pro per litigants. He insists on scheduling things in a very short period of time, causing great time and expense to litigants, especially women.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA13161
An embarrassment to the judicial system. Writes tentatives that ignore simple facts and clear legal issues without explanation. Will listen to oral argument with a blank expression, then will affirm his tentative without comment or explanation. Read the other comments or spend some time in his courtroom. Stay away from this courtroom at all costs.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA12702
Rating:Not Rated
If you want any chance in this courtroom, bring a court reporter with you. It's a night and day difference between his treatment on the record and his treatment off the record.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA11763
Horrid judge. Former prosecutor who only likes criminal law; knows nothing about civil law, and doesn't care that he knows nothing about civil law. Takes a side early, and only rules in that side's favor, regardless of legal merits. Russian roulette with this judge on any issue. Very dim. Doesn't care that he doesn't know law. Doesn't care that he is openly biased. A blind monkey would give you a better shot at lawful justice.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA10483
One of the worst. He seems to have little knowledge of the Civil -side of the law and apparently has no interest learning it. His decisions appear arbitrary. He seems to pick a side that he likes and completely disregards any law with which he either disagrees or does not understand. He tries to appear no-nonsense and efficient, but really uses that as an excuse to favor one side over another. He makes no secret at the outset as to which side he prefers.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA8701
I have been practicing law for over 40 years. He is one of the worst judges I have ever seen. He thinks he is smart, but he isn't. He simply doesn't understand the law or even care about making the correct decision.

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.