Hon. Joel R. Wohlfeil See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
San Diego County
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Attorney Average Rating:   6.7 - 5 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   7.0 - 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. Joel R. Wohlfeil


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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA32792
Rating:8.7
Comments:
Judge Wohlfiel is by-the-book, maybe a bit inflexible and favors ambiguous law over equitable concerns. Even though he made a bad ruling against me on an anti-SLAPP motion I don't think he fully understood, I found him to be fair and equal to both sides, even a sole practitioner against a behemoth law firm. He actually reads the complaints and the briefs. If he doesn't fully understand an issue, he will take a matter under submission and research it. I was impressed with the time he devoted to my case but he also likes to kick-the can down the road instead of making decisions based on undisputed facts. But he's even tempered and clearly listens. My case was transferred for trial to Judge Enright, who ignored all Judge Wohlfie'ls prior rulings, and every statute and law in favor of big-law. Judge Wohlfiel is a stickler for the rules and procedures, but I know everything would have turned out different (and correct) if my case had remained in his court. I would highly recommend this judge as long as you follow the rules to the letter and the law is on your side.

Litigant

Comment #: CA32784
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Judge Wohlfiel has some of the most difficult cases. He is well liked. He is very thoughtful and reads everything thoroughly. He understands complex issues. He gives every litigant every opportunity to present its case. When ruling, he views all the facts and rules base on the law and the facts without prejudice. He requires attorneys to follow the rules, byt he gives substantial leeway to difficult situations. I have obsered him since 2017.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA32776
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge either did not have time or he did not take the time to accurately review all of the documentation to make a fair ruling in a vindictive lawsuit. If he had been able to differentiate between the truth and outright lies and cunningness, he should have ruled differently.

Other

Comment #: CA32701
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Can't take your family to a restaurant, but you can take them to a strip club?

Other

Comment #: CA14077
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge represented me when he was attorney. Tried to call him but staff refused to put me through. Would like to get in touch with him very much without going down there if possible.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA13358
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Very good judge, fair and efficient.

Litigant

Comment #: CA10758
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge Wohlfeil is one of the most unfair Judges, He fail to allow dUE Process, caters to the Insurance attorney, violates the Laws and rules of Court. Allow Defendant Attorney representative when the law forbide such,Abuse of Position. Act like Attorney, not a judge. Uphold wrongdoings, RACIST and DISCRIMINATION, case evidence clear, rule opposite, make his own rules. PREJUDICIAL.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA9911
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Very well organized and polite to all parties, I was very impressed with his attention to detail. Although he had a very busy schedule he took the time necessary to hear all evidence. A true professional in every way.

Other

Comment #: CA8894
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I have served on several juries over the course of several decades. I can say without hesitation that this is the first time I have been so impressed with the overall demeanor and knowledge of a judge.
As the presiding juror in a case presented in his court in April, 2016 I was impressed with Judge Wohlfeil's attention to every aspect of the case and his ability to convey to the jurors a sense of appreciation for our service.
He is the only judge I have encountered who took the time to send a personal letter of thanks to each of the jurors who served in his court.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5927
Rating:10.0
Comments:
The most polite judge ever! He treats attoeneys with respect.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3866
Rating:4.0
Comments:
Scary nonsensical rulings! Very much favors the one that he perceives to be the "little guy." Nice guy, but he should have been a social worker.