Hon. Frederic L. Link See Rating Details
Superior Court
San Diego County
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Attorney Average Rating:   6.1 - 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. Frederic L. Link



Comment #: CA36808
In all my years in the field of Law, I have never encountered a more embarrassingly incompetent judge than Judge Link. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve won plenty of trials in his courtrooms, but even I know when I’m dealing with a good ol’ boy versus a judge who actually earned his gavel through hard work and experience. Perhaps it’s my Yale Law School/ivory tower bias, but the guy clearly hasn’t studied the penal code a single day in his life. What do you expect from a rich kid who attended the biggest party school (and least impressive UC) in California? I’ll be laughing when I see the fat ol’ Scrooge kick the bucket. The guy has clearly already had a few strokes, and it’s unclear why that wouldn’t be grounds for impeachment.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA35183
I have tried many cases in San Diego courts and throughout CA. Link is the best ever. No, he's not a friend or relative. A bit crusty, but dam smart on the law and Evidence Code. I would prefer hiw any time.

Court Staff

Comment #: CA35152
Reads like same person wrote the glowing reviews on Link. Knowing how egotistical he is, I bet he wrote them.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA16394
I have tried cases for 30 years. I did a semi-difficult fraud case with him. He was spot on in all his evidence rulings. His knowledge of the evidence code is impeccable. After the trial ended,, I realized I had totally agreed with every evidence ruling he made - and I have never said that before - and not all rulings went in my favor. He has excellent courtroom control, so if he acts like a king of the court, respect it, follow it and listen to him. This man knows what it takes to be a real judge and dispense justice. I would take him on any case. I also tried a case of defamation with him and he correctly threw it out immediately - which was correct. I was plaintiff atty on the first one and defense on the second. He needs to school the other civil judges that haunt the other departments.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA15047
I have been a trial lawyer for 29 years. He is the best trial judge I have been before. His knowledge of evidence law is encyclopedic. His control of his courtroom is undisputed. Some lawyers do not like him. I suspect they appeared not fully prepared. No organic fertilizer allowed.


Comment #: CA14229
Rating:Not Rated
One of the best in San Diego. Has the ability to get to the heart of the case and makes attorneys move their cases. Other Judges could learn from him.


Comment #: CA11699
Rating:Not Rated
Total egotist, and not nearly as bright as he thinks he is. Plays favorites with lawyers.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA8324
Judge Link is a sweet curmudgeon. Though he will appear a bit surly and short with counsel, that is simply his way of letting you know who's boss, and perhaps to test your mettle. He is a fine man though and an excellent trial judge. You know you will get a fair shake with him.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA2773
He needs to be removed from the bench. Makes findings which are not based on the law, but instead based upon his own personal prejudices. I agree with the other review. He is a chameleon and gives the appearance that is an even handed judge, but has his own agenda.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2630
I've been a lawyer for over 20 years. The worst judge that I have ever encountered. Nobody even close. If you are the defendant (civil or criminal) run from this guy as fast as you can. He seems like a cool guy before the trial, but you'll be hating life after the trial begins.

To give you an idea of what a wacko he is, he wears three black stripes on the arm of his robe, representing three people that he sentenced to death. That should tell you enough.