Hon. Sam Lavorato, Jr. See Rating Details
Superior Court
Monterey County
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Attorney Average Rating:   7.0 - 3 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   4.0 - 3 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. Sam Lavorato, Jr.


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA38226
Rating:Not Rated
One of the best in Monterey County. He is kind and respectful to all parties in the courtroom. He listens to all sides and is very compassionate. His work in drug court was phenomenal. He cares about people and works very hard to help people deal with their drug problems. He is very enthusiastic.


Comment #: CA36489
I had this judge for a civil case his worst offense was he knew the other party because his family law firm represented them a few years back. He shouldn't have been involve in my case. He ran out of the room without hearing our full arguments he would make faces at you that I felt very disrespectful. He was not a man of his word and allowed the court to be disrespected by the other party. We have court orders for a reason not guidelines..
I feel if you have not family law background you shouldnt be on the bench for it.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA34830
Excellent judge!!!! I feel like he listens. He is very fair. In Family Law he was fair and very seldom had to continued hearings. He dealt with the issues at hand. Very well liked. He cares!!!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA34666
Judge Lavorato is an excellent judge in both family law and criminal law. He’s always fair and it is apparent that he enjoys being a judge. People often say that he really cares.


Comment #: CA29895
Judge Lavorato was on the bench when my daughter went through court. He was so fair and humane. He saw the potential in her perhaps more than I did. Today she has her MSW from USC and is a terrific mother of a seven year old. She is giving back and helping others. I am proud of her but also so very grateful to Judge Lavorato who gave her the chance to be all she could be.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA24095
Rating:Not Rated
I have appeared before Judge Lavorato and observed him in his courtroom many times. He is courteous with attorneys and parties; patient with self-represented parties; prepared for hearings; and judicious. The criticism of him is unfair.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA19792
This judge did not perform his duties, ignored perjurous statements and wasted thousands of dollars. Completely and utterly incompetent.


Comment #: CA19791
This judge made no attempt to hear our the case or uphold the law when perjury was proven. Instead, he chose to not hear the case and have parties come back in 3 months. The parties had already waited for their day in court for months only to be completely ignored by him. Left both sides upset, disillusioned with the legal system, and out thousands of dollars for absolutely nothing.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA13547
Rating:Not Rated
A very compassionate judge who cares about people. He is very dedicated to helping people. A good man who serves his community with dignity and integrity. One of the best in Monterey County