Hon. José M. López See Rating Details

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Attorney Average Rating:   2.5 - 4 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   6.0 - 2 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)

What others have said about Hon. José M. López


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: DC419
nice guy should not be a judge

Court Staff

Comment #: DC214
Judge Lopez is a fair and even-handed jurist that gives all litigants the benefit of the doubt, and doesn't allow counsel to get away with over-spinning issues in a given case. Some would criticize Judge Lopez for being too accommodating, but these critics obviously don't take into account that different judges employ different methods to attain the goal of consistently resolving cases efficiently but without sacrificing legally sound judgments and rulings. Efficiently managing one's courtroom - which Judge Lopez does quite well nearly always notwithstanding the fair share of imbeciles that come before him - cannot be overstated. If it weren't for courtroom efficiency, single-issue and non-complex matters would take years to adjudicate or resolve, such as is currently the case in California's state courts, which nearly all currently run at snail's pace.


Comment #: DC194
We had an unusually long and complicated case, made so by the plaintiff who largely perjured herself in the complaint and on the stand. the complexity of the issues alleged and the facts that were presented as proof that the allegations were unfounded seemed to confuse the Judge enough for him to issue a decision that was internally contradictory and convoluted with little regard for the proven facts in the case.

He was fair and objective in running the hearing, but seems to have missed the point. A complaint lacking merit should be dismissed.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: DC137
Judge Lopez made a very, very poor ruling on an estate matter that was subsequently reversed on appeal after costing my client over $50,000 in lost money that could not be recovered from the co-personal representative. The judicial disability commission should have severely reprimanded him for mistakenly signing an Order that awarded an outrageous sum of money to a co-personal representative without following the legal standards for awarding commissions to personal representatives. My client won on appeal but never recovered over $50,000 in monies that the co-personal representatives received in error. He did not read the file and did not consider an opposition that was in the file at the time of his ruling. My client's loss was so great after losing her daughter. It was unthinkable how this judge caused so much damage to her and the estate.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: DC134
Officious and unbright

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: DC130
Unable to make difficult decisions, i.e., "to judge," and therefore is very poor. Cannot deal with misbehaving counsel and lets counsel get away with poor conduct at the expense of their clients and the system.