Hon. Mark J. Lopez See Rating Details
Associate Judge
Circuit Court
Cook County
Cook Judicial Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   9.1 - 1 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 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)

What others have said about Hon. Mark J. Lopez



Comment #: IL1417
Rating:Not Rated
Not at all interested in collecting on court ordered child support. Child does not matter.


Comment #: IL1416
Same as others experienced here. Total disregard for pro se litigants and welfare of the child. Never asks why deadbeat parents have thousands of dollars for an attorney but does not have the cash to pay child support. Endless status and continuance calls, never reads documents presented. There is never any punishment for contempt of court orders. Cases go on for years.


Comment #: IL1413
I was not surprised to see the previous reviews. I many similar experiences with this Judge. I appeared as a pro se litigant. If your opponent has an attorney, Judge Lopez won't even listen to what you have to say. Judge Lopez was extremely rude and insensitive. He cut me off constantly, never letting me make a point. He made many condescending remarks. He was impatient. He made rulings that had no basis in law. He didn't bother to read our motions. He ordered the non-custodial parent to pay almost half of his 28% obligation after repeatedly refusing to allow me to present evidence that a downward deviation was not applicable. All of this was only after he repeatedly refused to hear our case sending it to different judges until the Presiding Judge ordered him to hear it. We spent an absurd amount of time being bounced from court room to court room trying to get this straightened out. This is completely contrary to his behavior when I was represented by an attorney.


Comment #: IL883
He despises pro se litigants. He refuses to punish non-custodial deadbeat parents, saying that as long as they pay something, it is better than nothing. He tries to make pro se litigants think that they don't know the law, and makes rulings that are adverse. He has no concern for the welfare of children, and speeds through hearings, and will cut you off, and never looks at documents presented to him. He does not abide by health care and family support regulations and documents.


Comment #: IL850
Rating:Not Rated
Judge Lopez seemed to be more involved in playing out the process of the law than in making an expedient decision. It was his job to make sure that the best interests of the children were being served. This was not observed on many fronts. He did not seem interested in hearing sufficient amounts of testimony to make adequate determinations. He denied services that would have helped him to make more precise decisions. His determinations were confusing and without foreknowledge. He did not enforce statutes for child support.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL839
Rating:Not Rated
Judge Lopez has no understanding of enforcing child support orders. While waiting in his courtroom, he managed to side with every non-custodial parent without that parent showing cause for reduction of child support. In every case he had one magic number: $75.00. I felt that he just didn't care, and could not get out of the courtroom fast enough. As Illinois is a state with one of the worst records for child support enforcement, Judge Lopez reinforces this fact, along with displaying a near-total disregard for the custodial parent.


Comment #: IL735
Rating:Not Rated
Judge Lopez seems less concerned with the facts of the family issues and trying to make judgments to benefit the child. He seems more interested in the process. This process forces families to incur significant expense in evaluations and allows attorneys to file ridiculous motions that drag out the process and cause more financial damage than necessary. During trial he will get bored with testimony and cut short the case without giving both sides an equal amount of time to present their case. After putting all sides into a financial penalty box and a judicial version of a time-out for the parents; he then will make a decision irrespective of the professional opinion of any of the experts he appoints, and concoct a wacky solution of his own making that resembles none of the professional evaluators' recommendations.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: IL210
Judge Lopez is an excellent judge.