Hon. Leonid Ponomarchuk See Rating Details
Commissioner
Superior Court
King County
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Attorney Average Rating:   2.7 - 6 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   2.0 - 7 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. Leonid Ponomarchuk


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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: WA709
Rating:1.0
Comments:
From what I read and saw, Cmm Pornomachuk isn't a good jurist, unfair, lazy, and abusive. I had the misfortune of being in front of him. Sounds like his own sad personal history prevents him from being a good judge of character and provide protection to those who come to him for it. Many judges are arrogant and corrupted. It's unfortunate that "Absolute power corrupts absolutely".

Other

Comment #: WA704
Rating:1.0
Comments:
He is childish, petulant, unprepared and capricious, but seems to have a high opinion of himself.

Litigant

Comment #: WA692
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I found Judge Ponomarchuck to be fair, to have reviewed our court files thoroughly, and to be reasonable and fair in his rulings. While I found him intimidating at times, I was relieved that he wasn't directing it at me, and it did seem warranted in the situation. I think that he paid attention to the history in the case, to what was said in court, and to the demeanor of both parties, and both attorneys.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: WA626
Rating:1.3
Comments:
Judge Ponomarchuk should not be, and never should have been, a judge. He is totally incompetent.

Litigant

Comment #: WA442
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
No way he's even-handed. He, like many (if not most) judges, cares more about his seat and its advancement than the people before him.

The judicial system needs an overhaul, bad! We need better, more caring judges: care about the truth, ethics, and the people before them. As a community, we all affect each other's lives. Ponomarchuk and indifference judges send innocent people out of court with criminal intent budding. If judges set bad example by being unfair, criminals are just being unfair back to society with new crimes, and the circle continues. The cost will come back to the very people who controls the scale of justice (6 degrees of separation). Unfair judges help CREATE crimes in society and hurt us all.

Litigant

Comment #: WA379
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Similar to some of the comments below, my experience with Comm. Ponomarchuk has been underwhelming. He does not judge based on the evidence. It doesn't seem like he even read the submitted materials, and just gloss over the language of the parties, who represents them, and make his ruling. Comments about him being arrogant, rude, short-sighted, lazy seem to have basis in facts. He does not rely on his own judgement but other judicial officers' past decisions' to form his basis. He does seem bored of the "game" as a commenter stated below, yet failed to assert himself in a positive manner to improve lives. He had given up on the fight for justice, he no long champion justice, and therefore should just withdraw himself from the bench. I'm sure he's only doing it for the steady *yawn* paycheck. "Loser" sounds about right.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: WA258
Rating:9.9
Comments:
Commissioner Ponomarchuk is a very good judge who is not afraid to make decisions-- which when made are well thought out

Other

Comment #: WA253
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Ponomarchuk is dangerous. He either does NOT prepare for cases or is driven solely by ideology. His decisions are based on the seriousness and type of allegation rather than the facts presented. I know this to be true based on firsthand experience. Did he have my son’s best interest in mind when he permanently separated my child from his loving father, an upstanding military officer? Of course not. Did he have a shred of evidence against me? No. Did he have evidence that my son’s mother was a horrible mother? Yes, as evidenced by a court-ordered PhD analysis. Nay, despite ALL actual evidence to the contrary, he “adjudicated” the legalized kidnapping of my son. What explains his purposeful and unjust destruction of a family? What I witnessed is that he relied not on evidence or analysis but on the gamesmanship of the lawyers playing out in front of him. He allowed lawyers to lie in the face of evidence. He appeared bored of the “game.” Is this incompetence? Laziness? Arrogance? Looked like all three, to me. Regardless, he did NOT demonstrate the ability to fairly administering the law. From my perspective, he is in violation of his oath and the law, and is not accountable to either. I’d have him arrested if I could. He epitomizes everything people hate about lawyers. How does someone get such a dangerous man removed from the bench??

Other

Comment #: WA241
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Just watch HLN to find out about this case and his unbelievable decision regarding the Conlon/Cushing parenting plan.

Other

Comment #: WA240
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I am watching Jane Valez-Mitchell regarding his STUPID STUPID decision regarding the Conlon/Cushing matter, where he has ordered the minor children into the custody of their father and MURDEROUS STEP-MOTHER!!! The Casey Anthony fiasco showed just how much this country takes seriously the welare of minor children - even when the courts (or juries) do not!...this story is only going to grow, with the media coverage, as well as the fact that I have posted a link regarding this idiot's stupid decision on my FACEBOOK PAGE, along with the contact information for HIM and for the Court AS THIS JURISDICTION HAS PUBLICLY DISPLAYED IN YOUR OWN ONLINE DIRECTORY!!...I hope this man is inundated with mail and postings against this GOD-AWFUL decision, to the point that if his prideful arrogance will not allow him to change his ruling, at least peer pressure from his colleagues will!...if that does not work - perhaps the efforts of Nancy Grace and JVM will!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: WA239
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I so hope you can be tried as an accessory to murder if and when Mrs. Cushing murders again. If you are are best and brightest we should all be scared. What a loser.

Court Staff

Comment #: WA215
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
LEO had "breast reduction" surgery a little while back. It didn't work out too good for him so he's always angry. It's ironic that he is so verbally abusive from the bench and he hands out restraining orders like water against guys who are less abusive. He once ruled in a case that affected his own girlfriend (abuse of power, conflict of interest). He's the biggest hypocrite in there....the other corrupt ones (Jeske, Sassaman, are blind by their own hatred for men.) Fat boy Leo is without excuse.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: WA209
Rating:1.3
Comments:
I was a male petitioner for a DVPO after an assault my ex committed, had third party witness declarations, Police report recommending Assault 4 DV charges against her. Les stated "this is a parenting plan issue not Domestic Violence, DV has to be a pattern of events, this was just one instance" If you are a woman he's your Judge, if you are a man say goodby to your kids" Equal protection under the law, not with this guy.

Other

Comment #: WA159
Rating:2.0
Comments:
Very snippy, boosted his 15 years experience and acted like he was God. Seemed like it was a chore for him to be on the bench. Not impressed at all.