Hon. Mark L. Gelman See Rating Details
Superior Court
Pierce County
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Attorney Average Rating:   2.6 - 2 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. Mark L. Gelman



Comment #: WA1490
Gelman thrives off degrading people. He must have a miserable home life. Total piece of s---. I sat through multiple cases in his office and nearly every person was ridiculed and made to feel bad. If he ever goes for his judgeship I will most definitely take time from work to picket against his higher than mighty a--. He has no interest in facts. Whatever he says is fact. Nothing else matters.


Comment #: WA1489
My attorney told Gelman that paperwork was turned in late because of his actions and it was not my fault in any way. I have the audio of the hearing. He tells Gelman this, but Gelman still sticks me with a $750 sanction. My wife's attorney uses this later to hurt my credibility at trial, because I never paid it, because my lawyer said he would. He never did, until during the trial, but not until my ex-wife's attorney hammered me over this issue. When I was on the stand, I told her lawyer that we need to get the record of the hearing to prove that my lawyer was suppose to pay the 750, she said "I have no further questions". Talk about a crooked system. Gelman's stupid order is to blame. I am filing a bar complaint against her lawyer, as well.


Comment #: WA1425
He is a horable person and will not help children. He will act as if no proof was provided when proof is right in his face. He does not care and will not do his job what so ever.


Comment #: WA1424
He is a horable person and will not help children. He will act as if no proof was provided when proof is right in his face. He does not care and will not do his job what so ever.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: WA1399
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Comment #: WA1398
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Pathological egoist and demeans others by saying he is "a fact finder" and much more thorough than anyone else. Despite any evidence, he accused a victim of domestic violence as being a perpetrator too! Apparently motivated to impress everyone with his familiarity with case law and suggested the "newest commissioner" may have come to a decision he would not have.
His arrogance and hubris has resulted in ongoing potential for harm to a child.
He communicates as though he is the smartest person in the room and demeans others including counsel. As the parent of someone accused of being a covert violent person by him without a modicum of evidence, I was enraged by his abuse of power. I pray nothing further happens to my grandchild at the hands of an addict before justice is actually done. He judged against a Hispanic mother while refusing to amend the parenting plan of two Caucasian parents!


Comment #: WA774
unprofessional, abuses discretion, disregards case law, filed documents, insults lawyers, respondents,