Hon. Mark J. Lopez See Rating Details
Associate Judge
Circuit Court
Cook County
Cook Judicial Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   6.2 - 2 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 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. Mark J. Lopez


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Other

Comment #: IL1974
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I have had Judge Lopez handle my case for the past three years and it has been a total nightmare. His conservative views are a big flaw as he's not impartial to both parties, unless of course you are a dead beat, in which case he will pardon everything. I'm at the point of filling for bankruptcy, because I have endless attorney fees and everything my ex asks for he grants. Private school, tutoring, etc. Not that I'm against the best interests of my children, but Judge Lopez believes the cost of parenting is bankruptcy. Parents will do everything they can for their children, not what they cannot provide. He also changes his views. If you are a custodial parent and do not get what you wanted, as long as you continually file motions he will eventually grant it. It's a nightmare and he is ruining my life. I can't be a father to my children, because I can't afford to see them and I live out of state. I pray that no one has to encounter this scum ever.

Other

Comment #: IL1866
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge Lopez is judged harshly by those who don't get their way in court. He is always fair, listens to both sides, and makes a sound judgement based on the law and facts presented. He is the epitome of professional and I will even dare to say considerate. It's sad the most vocal are the ones who don't get to skirt what is right when it comes to doing the correct thing by their children. I speak for those of us who have fought uphill battles with regards to child support and custody hearings. In the 7 years that the HONORABLE Judge Mark J Lopez has handled my case, he has NEVER made a bad call when it comes to my children. And when I observe him his stance on what is right hasn't changed in any case because he stands on the side of the law not personal opinion or bias. For that I appreciate him and wish there were a million more judges just like him! -Davis

Other

Comment #: IL1841
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Lopez does not seem to care about justice when it comes to child support cases when you are not represented by an attorney. He ignores the facts when presented to him plainly. Gets bored, tunes out, and begins to look onto the next case while your case is being presented. Cases drag for years. He often tells you to bring additional documents for the next hearing and when you do bring them he tells you “I’m working on it. Don’t interrupt me.” WHY IS HE STILL A JUDGE IF HE CANNOT SERVE JUSTICE? Taxpayers should not have to deal with such a rude, inconsiderate judge. In addition, it is often clear when a deadbeat parent is lying and claiming to not have any money but Judge Lopez could care less. He will often ask the noncustodial parent if they have money, but never bothers to ask the custodial parent. He lacks knowledge about college expenses and how those costs should be split between parents. He fails to understand the true costs the custodial parent faces, to him there is virtually no cost.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: IL1681
Rating:3.3
Comments:
Judge Lopez sadly will have to have this legacy follow him for the remainder of his professional career. A legacy of failure, failing children, failing the pro see defendant, failing humanity.

I will personally follow judge lopez through out the remainder of has career and make sure his legacy; one of dispicable decision making, one of basic disregard for judicial expediency, one of preferential treatment for those defended by the big firm attorneys, will follow him where ever he goes.

Good luck running for office or practicing in the private sector. The wonderful effiency of this supply and demand economy is built to eliminate less than adequate providers of service. No one can hide behind the judicial vail forever.

Other

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

Litigant

Comment #: IL1416
Rating:1.0
Comments:
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.

Litigant

Comment #: IL1413
Rating:1.0
Comments:
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.

Litigant

Comment #: IL883
Rating:1.0
Comments:
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.

Litigant

Comment #: IL850
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
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
Comments:
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.

Litigant

Comment #: IL735
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
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
Rating:9.1
Comments:
Judge Lopez is an excellent judge.