Hon. Melinda Johnson-Taylor See Rating Details
Superior Court
King County
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Attorney Average Rating:   8.9 - 1 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 4 rating(s)
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* 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. Melinda Johnson-Taylor



Comment #: WA1179
This woman is absolutely horrible. She had a decision ready in writing before my attorney even spoke. She rewarded my ex a ridiculous sum of money a month for moving away without consent. Basically requiring me to take care of my ex's bad financial decision and I'm unable to even pay the amount ordered. My ex moved over 80 miles. In addition, she awarded my ex primary custody because she didn't understand the parenting plan and based on the idea that my ex took care of my son for a month without letting me see my son. This is the worst judge you could get. This woman needs to step down or be fired.


Comment #: WA1149
Absolutely horrible judge. Horrible.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: WA983
This is a relatively new family law commissioner. At first, she didn't have enough background to made really well thought out decisions. Sometimes there are arcane cases that impact a case, and she simply didn't know them all. That has changed.

Now, she may still make a decision that that I disagree with, and believe that she has glossed over some issue, but on the whole, she has improved greatly, and is making good decisions. She has surprised me at times lately with how carefully she has reviewed cases before her, and that was a very pleasant surprise. I don't see her every day or every week, but it is clear to me that she is turning into one of our better commissioners, because of her increasing knowledge of the law, her increasing ability to sniff out the BS that always comes into family law cases, and her temperment of being thoughtful and respectful of the litigants, while still working hard to make rulings that follow the law.

As a family law attorney, I know how hard it is for litigants to accept some court rulings. In her case, I have an easier job, because she is doing an excellent job of getting close to what the law indicates she should do. Her problem is that oftentimes there is information that doesn't become known until later in the case, and in retrospect, her decision should have been different, but that is more a function of how cases come to her, and before either attorney knows all the facts of the case. Given the limited information that she is given before she makes a decision, I think she is doing an excellent job.


Comment #: WA977
Rating:Not Rated
she seems to enjoy a good boxing max between attorneys. Absolutely no experience and she should be held accountable. She needs to step down and quit kidnapping our children based on whos story sounds better.


Comment #: WA786
The first reviewer nailed my experience exactly. She let my ex-wife's attorney repeat lies that were in her declaration after I had submitted evidence to disprove them. I was left wondering if she even read the declarations or looked at the evidence. She seemed to make the decision solely on whose lawyer talked faster..I am devastated and my young son's future is in jeopardy after she allowed a mentally ill woman to retain custody, because she had a slicker lawyer.


Comment #: WA768
She made a terrible decision based on a nothing but her own mental biases.

Did she have my daughter’s best interest in mind when she separated my child from her loving father who raised her? Of course not. Did she have a shred of evidence against me? No.

Did she have evidence that my daughter’s mother was a horrible mother and a liar? Yes, as evidenced by a government report. Nay, despite ALL actual evidence to the contrary, she “adjudicated” the legalized kidnapping of my daughter.

What explains her purposeful and unjust destruction of a family? What I witnessed is that she relied not on evidence or analysis but on the gamesmanship of the lawyers playing out in front of her. She allowed lawyers to lie in the face of evidence.
The damage she has caused will last for generations.
I've lost trust in the court system.