Hon. David G. Brown See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
San Diego County
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Attorney Average Rating:   8.4 - 13 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   4.0 - 16 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 G. Brown


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Litigant

Comment #: CA5648
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Horrible Temperament, gets angry easily. Often accuses people he doesn't like of "playing games" or committing "legalistic maneuverings" to justify terrible decisions.

Doesn't like to work too hard, with an inability to handle complex litigations, often berating counsel for submitting more filings.

Terrible trial judge. He loves to run out the clock and up the bill on people who can scarcely afford it... repeatedly.

Not even-handed, at all, and often uses military metaphors completely out of place to make his points. No one cares about a reservist who barely even carried a gun.

Court Staff

Comment #: CA5430
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Terrible judge who is biased towards Marine's. It does not matter what evidence you present in court, he will always rule in favor of the father, especially if the father is a Marine. He protect his Marine's even if it means jeopardizing the welfare and safety of children. Police reports, hospital records and photos of the abuse, CPS reports of physical abuse towards the children were not enough to temporarily change custody orders. He did not "feel" that the there was any immenent danger towards the children. His lack of respect for women and mothers is blatant in how he treats them in court. He should be removed simply because he has a conflict of interest in regards to Marines.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA5411
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
If this judge is going to criminal, and you're assigned him, I suggest you start your appeal process before your trial begins. He disobeys his commissioner, everything he orders is "with prejudice" and he disregards the appropriate rules for what constitutes evidence, allowing medical records with out verifying the holder as being authentic. He's a terrible judge. But if his ability to protect criminals in family law suits you as a criminal, you might be fine. If you're a victim of a crime, I suggest you prepare yourself for Judge Brown's poor judgement. I don't know about this Van Thiel guy, but is sounds strange.

Litigant

Comment #: CA5279
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I see that Brown has managed to clean up some of the very legitimate criticism even from this page. He is manipulating his stats, here, and Craig Van Thiel is happy to continue brown nosing, as can be seen from the previous comment. I'm not saying this because rape-apologist Judge Brown gave my entire 401k to my wife, either. Van Thiel's hand in, even this website, reveals that an inappropriate financial relationship will continue between them even after he leaves family court.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5257
Rating:10.0
Comments:
excellent judge with a good and appropriate sense of humor. He will be missed when he returns to a general criminal, civil and even long cause family trials in 2015.

Court Staff

Comment #: CA5067
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I beat my wife and kid repeatedly for years and got primary custody. 10/10, will repeat offend. Thank god for court staff who are willing to lie on the stand for abusive fathers.

Litigant

Comment #: CA4905
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Brown is careful to use a father's well-documented abuse as a tool to control the mother, especially in pro per. He keens on the abusive behaviors of the father, and uses them to his own advantage. He threatens, he demands, he glares in order to bully mothers into complacency. His goal must be his own statistics. Safety is not a consideration, just his stats. He clearly does not want to be a family court judge. He must have been placed there, like a grunt left on the front lines, to be expendable.

Litigant

Comment #: CA4904
Rating:1.0
Comments:
The dishonorable Judge Brown can't remember his own words. From hearing to hearing, he has forgotten half of what he has said. He does not have the ability to handle his work load, and often complains in open court about the lack of both resources and time. Don't you dare make it look like you are going to need more than your ten-minute slot.

Other

Comment #: CA4652
Rating:1.0
Comments:
He comes across as a narcissistic person in a position to destroy emotionally healthy mothers and children. He has been compassionate and passionate to make sure that there is no justice -- he has given an unemployed high school dropout who victimizes his daughters more than their mother. Lowlife attorneys and child attorneys like to use him, as they have the same narcissistic personality. It is not about the children's welfare. This judge and the child's attorney refused to hear the children, the therapist, the social worker and the entire testimony of the mother. The hatred for mothers and children that this judge displays grieves our hearts. It is all about getting the money and watching the mothers and children suffer. We are praying to God for Him to remove this evil judge from the family court system.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4503
Rating:9.9
Comments:
Altogether a wonderful judge. Very fair!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4089
Rating:9.6
Comments:
A very hardworking judge who never belittles or minimizes his current assignment. He treats everyone on his difficult calendar with kindness and respect.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3907
Rating:9.7
Comments:
Excellent judge. Extremely hard working. Never complains or puts down his family assignment. Intuitive about child custody and visitation. Highly recommended.

Other

Comment #: CA3774
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Brown is one of the worst judges I have ever come across. He should recuse himself from cases dealing with the military when hearing family cases. He is a retired Marine and is extremely biased when it comes to giving military personnel all of the benefit of the doubt.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA3699
Rating:4.5
Comments:
Simply stated, Judge David G. Brown should not be a Family Court Judge.

Litigant

Comment #: CA3698
Rating:3.0
Comments:
Judge David G. Brown does not seem to care about the truth or equality in his court. He has allowed the opposing council to be absolutely unethical and the child's council to violate the respondent's Constitutional Right to Due Process. When it came to financial equality, he allowed the petitioner, who earns almost 100,000 dollars annually, to freaze all accounts and to take a loan from her multi million dollar having mother. The respondent, whom has no annual income and holds a Ged educational level, was forced to defend himself throughout this marriage dissolution. The petitioner spent around $100,000 on her attorney and maintains a masters degree from Vanderbilt University. In all, Judge David G. Brown is biased and does not offer an equal and Just proceeding in the Division 17 Family Court located in the San Diego Superior Court.

Other

Comment #: CA3458
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge is an idiot. He does not understand family law or the law. He made two back to back rulings in favor of a couple whose spouses were suing. In each case, proof of assets were presented and he ignored each. Also he calculated a child support based on garnishments the crook husband created and deducted it from the child support he owes the client.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: CA3405
Rating:9.6
Comments:
Good judge. Takes the time to fully understand the cases and review attorney arguments. This judge is more than fair to pro per parties and gives them chances that would not be granted to represented parties.

This judge is very good with complex litigation and discovery issues.

Other

Comment #: CA3398
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Are you kidding me? Another court hearing where this judge has denied one side or the other the ability to defend or prove their side? This judge needs to be removed.

Litigant

Comment #: CA3319
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Twice in dealings with this Judge has he denied the right to due process, both times entering an order which can not be challenged until he is off the bench. The courts need to screen the cases and find these illegal actions and take action against the Judges performing them. We the people not the powered run this country, take a stand, picket the court house, and keep close to your rights.

Other

Comment #: CA2923
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Not fair. Pro father for custody of children. needs to learn more about family law. But it does seem the court in vista is all for dads the past few years. Every mother I know that should have their children are getting them taken away and custody given to their lying scumbag ex husbands! This court is ruining our cisterns lifes! Judge Brown comes,off nice and respectful but watch out! thank god steve thorne, mediator, retired! His disdainment for women is obvious! Heard from uncountable women about him. The same story, he sides, with the man. This court needs to be investigated for our childrens !!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2689
Rating:9.6
Comments:
Judge Brown has been doing a family law assignment for the past year. He is very respectful to all attorneys and litigants in this very high emotion and high intensity environment. He has done a very good job learning a very difficult subject matter.

Litigant

Comment #: CA1875
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Watch Out! This judge is very anti pro per and very pro collection attorney. He gives a speech at the first hearing to say that the majority of debtors in his court room are guilty and should pay up or take their judgement. Don't listen to that. Make the collectors prove their case. Most of the time they can't if you will carry it thru to the end.

Litigant

Comment #: CA1874
Rating:5.0
Comments:
BEWARE, this judge is respectful but has the opinion that everyone sued on a credit card case or other collection debt is guilty and should bow down to the collection attorneys in these cases and either pay up, settle the case in some manner etc. I guess Judge Brown doesn't believe in the collectors having to prove their case.

The first day I was in court he gave a big spiel on how 99% of the people there owed their debt and should pay up or take their judgement. BAD ADVICE. Make the other side prove their case. If you take it all the way 9 times out of 10 they do not have anyway to prove you owe the debt.

I won a case against an original creditor in this case so don't listen to judge Brown. Make them prove you owe the $$. I won thru no help from Judge Brown by the way. He will rule against anything you submit even if its blatantly a wrong ruling. I won because the Plaintiff attorney dismissed the case after a hard fought battle on my part.

Court Staff

Comment #: CA1538
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Judge Brown has been doing the limited civil calendar for almost 4 years. This calendar was almost 10,000 cases behind when he was assigned. It's clearance rate now approaches 95% which means that almost of these mostly credit card debt cases which exceed in the North County judicial district of San Diego County almost 10,000 a year (with no indication of slowing as of 2010)are resolved by trial, settlement or bankruptcy. He explains to the plaintiffs their options and the potential consequences. Remember the large majority of the plaintiffs are in pro per for the same reason that brought them to this court -- unemployment or underemployment. He treats everyone with respect and trys his best to let the pro per plaintiffs make the decisions that are best for them overall. The large majority of the plaintiffs in these cases are banks and credit cards and can easily prove assignment.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1532
Rating:5.5
Comments:
BEWARE! Starts weekly limited civil calendar with speech that is very prejudicial towards defendants. Essentially tells in pro per d's that they have 1-2 legal defenses, but otherwise owe plaintiffs the debt. meanwhile, many third party Debt collectors cannot prove assignment of the debt. Brown encourages d's to negotiate payment plan while ps counsel is there, aS if it's some sort of opportunity! Don't be fooled by his kind demeanor and bad advice: defendants have rights, should press plaintiffs to state a case!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1338
Rating:9.9
Comments:
Excellent judge...good temperment and very experienced in complex civil matters.

Court Staff

Comment #: CA1309
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Judge Brown is fair and even-handed. Treats everyone with respect.

Prosecutor

Comment #: CA1276
Rating:9.3
Comments:
Fair and personable, Judge Brown treats all who enter his courtroom with respect.

Other

Comment #: CA1275
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I was a juror on a trial that Judge Brown presided over. I thought that he was tough, but thorough and respectful to both sides. He maintained steady control over the proceedings and I sensed that he was quite fair. He was patient and kind to the jurors throughout the process. As a result of the time he spent with us during instructions, we were better prepared to deliberate. Considering the diversity of opinion amongst the jury panel, his clear instructions made it possible to reach our decision. It was a positive and enlightening experience.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1267
Rating:9.8
Comments:
He is a very nice man and handles difficult calendars and does his best to be fair to both sides.

Litigant

Comment #: CA1265
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Excellent judge with a difficult calendar.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA519
Rating:2.4
Comments:
He rules for the prosecution. He refuses to limit prosecutorial misconduct. He will wilfully overrule prior orders of judges if he feels it will benefit the prosecution.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA58
Rating:9.5
Comments:
Outstanding people skills. Perseveres to facilitate negotiations leading to a settlement. If the case can be settled, he is the judge you want to lead the lawyers and parties to it. Hard worker.