Hon. Michael J. Sullivan See Rating Details
Superior Court
Wahkiakum County
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.7 - 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)

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What others have said about Hon. Michael J. Sullivan



Comment #: WA868
This judge tends to lean on guilty till proven innocent. There is a Family Law case that he has ignored proof and went out of his way to demand the return of children into an abusive and violent home with their mother. Knowing about the person I told him had history of violence domestic and to children he seemed to ignore the facts. Even after Child Protective Services talked to my kids alone and told them the abuse and neglect they went through, he still ignores the facts of this case. He shouldn't be a judge. He has no understanding of child protection laws or family law itself.BEWARE OF THIS JUDGE AT ALL COSTS! ! ! He will not hear you out or adhere to sound proof. I have to do anything necessary to protect my kids for people like him...

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: WA600
A most amiable judge with a patient, friendly, cheerful disposition most of the time. Judge Sullivan has an earnest desire to obtain the right outcome, but, unfortunately, tends to be wrong on the law a lot. Attorneys will need to go to great pains to educate this judge, and even then, don't expect him to get it right. He does tend to have good instincts, however.