Hon. Cynthia Ming-Mei Lee See Rating Details
Superior Court
San Francisco County
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.2 - 7 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   2.0 - 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. Cynthia Ming-Mei Lee



Comment #: CA26408
In my opinion there is nothing honorable about Cynthia Ming-Mei Lee. As an assistant district attorney in San Francisco she had no concern for the fact that the police had violated my Constitutional rights and was going to prosecute me anyway------until my defense attorney chewed her up and spit her out.


Comment #: CA13405
Even without comparable experience, I can see how this earlier comment from an attorney could be a hundred per cent correct: "In 15 years of litigation I have never come across a more mean, arrogant judge."

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA13215
Fair, but tough judge. Just what you want in a judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA11701
In 15 years of litigation I have never come across a more mean, arrogant judge. She seems to want to humiliate and embarrass any attorney who does not suck up to her, like a queen on the throne.
Very sad. I'll take any judge in CA over this one.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA7722
She wasted 30 minutes explaining that she does not have time! She lied, was abusive, mean and very biased. She was wrong on the law which cost over $50,000 in time for litigants and probably over $40,000 in time for the Court.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5052
She is mean and crooked, does not not follow the law and has no knowledge of Constitutional rights.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3886
Misquoted a rule regarding the time required for filing a document to counsel; abrupt and officious; very poor judicial attitude.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3644
AS PJ, she requires all trailing attorneys to come to Court each day, which in this day of Court cutbacks and limited departments is a waste of time and money for all litigants. Hopefully she will see this policy is not helping anyone


Comment #: CA439
Involved in a homicide trial before this judge. Defendant was found Not Guilty of Second Degree Murder, Voluntary Manslaughter and another serious felony, a 246 PC/F. Was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm. The jury, including three alternates, felt the evidence proved it was self-defense. The judge disagreed and was extremely angry about the verdict. At the sentencing hearing she excoriated the defendant for what she thought was his arrogance and his belief that he was above the law. Then the judge, in her own arrogance and mean-spiritedness placed herself above the law, finding spurious aggravated circumstances, and sentenced the defendant to the maximum term. She then fined him $10,000 to be paid into a victim's fund, yet the charge on which he was convicted had no victim. It pains me to see the word "honorable" before this judge's name.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA435
Smart and mean...a bad combination.