Hon. Diane Joan Larsen See Rating Details
Circuit Judge
Circuit Court
Cook County
Cook Judicial Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   2.6 - 2 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 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)

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What others have said about Hon. Diane Joan Larsen



Comment #: IL1818
Terrible (and essentially unconstitutional due to its faulty narrownessof interpretation) decision to deem the Illinois Map Amendment unconstitutional.


Comment #: IL997
Rating:Not Rated
got transferred recently from law division where she was elected or appointed to, to an entirely different division of chancery, apparently due to multiple acts of misconduct by her and certain of her staff, like below...

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: IL722
Doesn't move cases along, regularly goes against previous orders, and lets frivolous matters linger.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL265
After appearing before Judge Larsen, I have little respect for Cook County judges.


Comment #: IL264
I was the defendant in a bad faith defamation suit. Plaintiff BW sued me for writing that he had been indicted for dealing drugs.

The other plaintiff, ECW, was BW's defense attorney for the drug arrest/indictment.

When I obtained pro bono counsel from Latham & Watkins, the plaintiffs non-suited the case.

My attorneys pursued sanctions.

During the deposition of ECW, the plaintiff's attorney behaved badly, including throwing a briefcase at my attorneys.

Judge Larsen decided that both sides were behaving badly and prevented my side from deposing BW.

Neither BW or ECW provided a credible story how BW could be indicted (subsequently dropped) w/o the defendant or his attorney learning of the indictment.

In addition to Larsen making some horrible rulings (I've been told she is inappropriately reluctant to sanction attorneys), she allowed James Roche, the plaintiff's attorney to call my attorneys "jagoffs" in her courtroom.

Larsen is far too permissive of attorneys filing bad-faith suits and generally misbehaving. She's not stupid, but uses her mental prowess to avoid sanctioning attorneys who violate the rules, not reaching just decisions.