Hon. Lawrence K. Karlton See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
E.D.Cal.  
Average Rating:5.4 - 16 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=Chronic`y Late,10=Always on Time)
*Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation:    (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
*Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation:   (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
Flexibility In Scheduling   (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Pre-Trial:   (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
Involvement in Civil Settlement Discussions:   (1=Least Involved,10=Most Involved)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Trial:    (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Sentencing:    (1=Most Lenient,10=Most Harsh)
Typical Discount Off Guidelines for Cooperators:    (1=10%,10=100%)
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What others have said about Hon. Lawrence K. Karlton


Comments


Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: 21683
Rating:2.5
Comments:
Ego is as large as ever but intellect hasn't progressed since the 80's. Sad that no civil defense attorneys believe they will get a fair shot before him.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 18741
Rating:8.6
Comments:
Judge Karlton is prickly, but we're supposed to be tough enough to stand up to him. He often rails at the way the law sits but he follows it. I would put up with whatever he wishes to hand out to have a complicated matter before him, especially when comparing him to some of the newer judges.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 13870
Rating:2.6
Comments:
Cranky, obnoxius and full of himself, and those are some of his better qualities. Has been riding on fumes for a long time, and not very sharp. A disservice to the bench and the legal community.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 13642
Rating:5.8
Comments:
Judge Karlton can be an ABSOLUTE IDIOT over the most trivial of matters. Plain and simple, Judge Karlton makes life difficult for you, even if you are qualified. In fact, right before I entered the courtroom for my first appearance before Judge Karlton, I heard another lawyer call her office and ask them to chill wine for her. I asked why, and she said, "He is always obnoxious, so I need something to calm my nerves after I appear before him." True to form, Judge Karlton was an absolute idiot that day, and I was there in support of civil rights. On another occasion at a trial setting conference, Judge Karlton intimated that if it were the old days he'd have us thrown in jail due to the fact that one attorney asked for an extension. In summary, Judge Karlton is intelligent, but, sadly, the bench will be better off without him.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 12577
Rating:9.0
Comments:
The very best judge on the bench in the Eastern District, but not easy to deal with if you are not fully prepared. He does not suffer fools or foolishness. He will be fully prepared for argument and trial. You should be full prepared too. He is truly brilliant, and has an incredibly vast knowledge and understanding of of the law. His job is his passion in life. There is no substitute for preparation when you have a case with Judge Karlton. He is definitely not an activist as he is sometimes portrayed by sore losers. On the contrary, he has a great deal of respect for the law and judicial process and will provide excellent written opinions and orders that are fully supported by authority. If you enjoy practicing law before a smart, well prepared, experienced judge, then you will enjoy practicing before Judge Karlton. Is is everything a lawyer could ask for in a good judge, which is very rare.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 11866
Rating:2.7
Comments:
The most biased judge in the Eastern District, and admits it openly. Should still be working for the ACLU cause his bias is pro-plaintiff and against law enforcement.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 8699
Rating:2.4
Comments:
"Bias" is his middle name. Has the type of personality that should never be allowed to be a judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 7825
Rating:8.3
Comments:
I've appeared before Judge Karlton a few times over many years and had a trial before him. Judge Karlton is indeed brilliant and sharp, and applies legal standards and precedents rigidly. A word to the wise - prepare for every hearing before him as if your case depended on it, because it does! If you are prepared and can have a proper legal discussion with him, he will show you great respect as a counselor.

Prosecutor

Comment #: 7611
Rating:6.3
Comments:
I'm a state prosecutor handling section 2254 litigation before him. There is not even a pretense of objectivity in these matters in his department. He has a brilliant mind, which allows him to successfully evade any precedent that he doesn't agree with.

Prosecutor

Comment #: 5333
Rating:6.9
Comments:
A Carter appointee who won't take guff from anyone - uses his own jury instructions and puts AUSA's in our place. Scary to appear in front of since he's not on the government's side (at all). But, he's very sharp and you'd better be prepared.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5149
Rating:3.4
Comments:
In a word (well, two words), volatile and arbitrary. He appears to believe that his job is to decide what is fair, rather than to apply the statutes, regs, case law, etc., to reach the required result. Bad judge.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: 4314
Rating:5.8
Comments:
A true beliver, which is not a good tempermant for a judge. In a case defending law enforcement officers against allegations of unlawful arrest, excessive force, and racism, Judge Karlton thrived like he was representing the ACLU. He cross-examined all defense experts, commented on the evidence in front of the jury to plaintiff's benefit, cross-examined the defendants, and raised legal objections during examination and cross-examination of witnesses on behalf of plaintiff's two legal counsel. Unfortuantely, Judge Karlton does not even see how bias he is against the government and law enforcement officials. He is truely dangerous.

Prosecutor

Comment #: 4192
Rating:7.0
Comments:
Everyone knows that Larry in criminal matters is biased against the Government

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 2099
Rating:9.0
Comments:
A courageous judge who decides cases in an even-handed manner. He treats all litigants equally regardless of status. Very strict about compliance with scheduling orders.