Hon. Richard A. Stone See Rating Details
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   7.3 - 9 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   9.0 - 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. Richard A. Stone


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7576
Excellent trial & settlement judge. Evenhanded, fair and smart. He is respectful of the parties and takes thought & time in his rulings. Heard he has retired recently and is now doing private mediations.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7548
phenomenal judge - very collaborative and willing to have informal meetings in his chambers to resolve matters so that the parties need not file ex parte motions etc. Very good grasp of the law and a pleasure to deal with. Great listener and hard working.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7114
Very defense oriented in my opinion. Did not understand basic contract issues in a breach of contract case.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5194
Always willing to listen to both sides in my experience. Respectful of all counsel. Very hard-working. Very likable and uses his personality to get counsel to work together.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4268
Absolutely the best judge I've ever been before, and I lost plenty of law and motion matters before him. He did not make a single erroneous ruling in a jury trial. Incredibly helpful, good-natured, respectful and smart. I only wish I could be before judges like him all the time.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA4168
Rating:Not Rated
This judge encourages settlements, and if you don't settle, you are crucified!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4029
A terrific judge! He reads everything, knows the law, is fair to both sides, and is both courteous and collegial.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA2200
Model judge, walking example of judicial canons. Too fair, let's both sides argue when the point is clear. Encourages settlement. Expects both sides to act like adults and not whine.


Comment #: CA1494
I'm sorry to hear about the other bad experiences about Judge Stone. My experience was a complete 180, this man was kind, and generous even when I missed first call, and as late and I didn't call ahead he was still very fair. All the review sources from the Daily news to Wests Judge profiles have said nothing but kind things about him

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA410
Judge Stone was biased, mean, and incompetent in the case we tried before him. He is no rocket scientist, and did not know the basic proposition of law that a corporate executive is liable for his own torts. Before our case, I heard him say that he would call the insurance adjustor off the record to assist him in making his verdict! He was obviously biased in favor of the other side, and went out of his way to punish our side which he had pre-judged. Pretends to be nice and reasonable, but underneath is an insecure, dumb and petty bureaucrat.