Hon. Bob LeBlanc See Rating Details

Circuit Court
Orange County
9th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.4 - 4 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   2.0 - 4 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. Bob LeBlanc



Comment #: FL6422
Horrifically uninformed, lazy, a cog in the system without care for those appearing before him. More qualified to be a free DJ than capable of fulfilling the requirements of a role requiring the administration of justice.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL6162
Typical of lawyers that can't cut it in private practice - surrender to the bureaucracy, insulate your incompetence, and secure your retirement without fear of accountability.

An unfortunate robe parading as a jurist. He ignores law, precedent, and equity and rules emotionally.

Looking forward to voting for whatever runs against him in the next election. If you're appearing before him, be certain you perfect the record for the appeal - you'll need it.


Comment #: FL5895
Don't confuse his quiet demeanor as an interest in arriving at "justice" - it just means he's dragging things out as long as possible so the attorneys can bill as much as possible.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL5643
After completing a significant number of trial days (more than a week), it was clear he'd made his mind up early on, before all evidence was in, and his final ruling was so problematic and ignorant of the facts as to be unenforceable and unintelligible.

The above could not have been assisted by his proclivity to allow continuous interruptions, cross-talk, and lots of direct questions from the bench; the transcripts read like a 50's film noir script.

Not a problem solver and, sadly, everything citizens have come to expect from the voluminous amount of money spent on the courts. In short, awful performance.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL5562
Having now rotated off the bench, it's slightly safer to comment on Judge LeBlanc. I handled a divorce proceeding with him that was protracted and complex and should have settled years before being brought before him. The case was driven by the respondent (wife) who had been counseled she could take the petitioner for "millions".

Sadly, the case exhausted the family's money, drove both into debt, and ended poorly for both - because of Judge LeBlanc.

He ignored direct precedent and statute and disregarded testimony as his mind was made up. A sad representation for a system alleged to be in search of "equity".


Comment #: FL5469
I'm a real person. One who had a nasty custody divorce in front of Judge Leblanc. It was nasty because my ex-wife is a sociopath. She lied 5 times in front of Mr. Leblanc and he knew it. I'll say one thing though. First, he didn't give me everything I wanted. But second, that he was mostly fair. I say mostly because he rules in ways that will best keep you out of his courtroom in the future. Even if it's not fair (his words paraphrased). For example, my ex was unemployed for the hearing, but had a stable record of making $40k-50k a year. We showed tax returns, pay stubs, all the proof that she has a history of making $40k+. Yet he coddled her, in regards to child support, and asked her if she thought she could make $30k? Of course she was eager to say yes to that number. I was flabbergasted. But he saw how horrible she was with money, and how she couldn't keep a job, so he wanted child support (she pays me) to be low so that he wouldn't have to see her in contempt court later. But alas, jokes on him, because she's currently 6 months behind and now making close to $40k a year again. So we'll be back next month, now to a different judge though. I'll be back to report on her. But Mr. Leblanc did see right through a lot of things in my ex. Her lies. And he ruled in favor of me for majority custody. He gave us a parenting plan that I didn't at first like, but have grown to appreciate. If you're going up in front of him, I'd say one thing. Be prepared to be brief and concise in your points. And expect him to go easy on things you think he should throw the book at. All in all a good judge though. Reminded me a bit of the judge from "my cousin vinnie". Not sure why. LOL.


Comment #: FL4624
He did not uphold the Florida state statutes. He said he had to side with the petitioner, and that the respondents request was denied. Then turned around and did exactly what the respondent requested. He even recognized that the respondent would not assist in facilitating a relationship with the child and other parent and then took time away from the petitioner. It was the worst the ruling I have ever heard!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL1216
One of the brightest and nicest judges we've ever had. A model for others.