Hon. Marilyn E. Litzenberger See Rating Details
Circuit Court Judge
Circuit Court
Multnomah County
Judicial District 4
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Attorney Average Rating:   2.9 - 1 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 1 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. Marilyn E. Litzenberger



Comment #: OR147
Rating:Not Rated
She is horrible and has no idea how the real world works. She should resign. When you have a choice between her and a jury, take the jury -- even if they are deaf, dumb and blind they will do a better job. Absolutely the worst judge in America! Pathetic.


Comment #: OR102
This Judge is a miserable human being. She has no respect for anyone in her courtroom and should be removed from service.


Comment #: OR92
Rating:Not Rated
Bullivant Houser relation led Judge Litzenberger to utterly ignore Oregon Reveised Statue in reaching her decision.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: OR43
Judge Litzenberger is a very pleasant person and always courteous to the parties and attorneys in court. However, she is extremely pro-defense, and tends to treat with kid gloves the lawyers of the big downtown defense firms. She is very slow to get her rulings out after taking issues under advisement. She allowed a complex case to wait for over three years after filing before it was tried before her court and then took the case under advisement for eleven more months before making her rulings. Although this case took a lot of discovery, it could have been completely tried in thirty months or less. In this case, she also took approximately four and eleven months respectively to make rulings on two sets of motions for summary judgment after they were argued. She seems to decide which party or attorney she likes (generally the defense) and then structures her rulings accordingly. Does not seem to be able to grasp complex business, bankruptcy, corporate, corporate governance, securities, duty of officers, directors and attorney fiduciaries and secured transactions law. She has a tendency to write her own orders and rulings and then makes mistakes in the written order as opposed to what she ruled in court. On two occasions some of the attorneys had to write letters to the court pointing out the errors in the written orders. On two occasions letters had to be written to the court regarding Judge Litzenberger's failure to decide matters taken under advisement within the 90 rule of the UTCRs. This is a very pro-defense judge who does not get her work done in a timely manner.