Hon. Andrew J. Wistrich See Rating Details
Magistrate Judge See Comments
C.D.Cal.  
Average Rating:7.7 - 9 rating(s)
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Ratings

*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)
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What others have said about Hon. Andrew J. Wistrich


Comments


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 8394
Rating:9.7
Comments:
I have had four civil discovery motions before the Honorable Andrew J. Wistrich (won 3, lost 1). He was totally on top of the facts and law in the case, was pleasant to counsel, listened to oral argument, explained his thought process, and was a pleasure. I wish that more federal judges were like him in intellect and demeanor.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 7405
Rating:9.5
Comments:
This judge is always prepared, analytical and patient, not biased and always pleasant to all. Great judicial temperament.

Litigant

Comment #: 6475
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge should have been fired back in 1999 and is still doing the same unfair rulings in 2008. I suspect bias and favoritism. His rulings are overruled by the Ninth Circuit, for which he retaliates. In two cases before this judge he made canned rulings unrelated to the circumstances of the case. He was personable and seemed down-to-earth, but in reality there is no real caring. For example: when faced with a preliminary injunction related to present medical issues, he granted the opposing party a 60-days-plus extension - what happened to 5 days or the maximum of 14 days? Another example is that the defendant conceded the issue but the miffed judge dismissed the claims - it made no sense. Another example is that a summons requires a response within 20 days but the judge granted defendants 50 days ex parte.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5693
Rating:9.8
Comments:
He was an awesome settlement judge. This judge helped to settle a case that I never would have dreamed would settle. He was personable, down to earth, seemed to care about the issues and worked very hard.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5099
Rating:9.8
Comments:
I tried a civil matter before him (jury trial). He was a model jurist: great temperament, bright and hardworking. Lost the case but wouldn't hesitate to try another case before him.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5009
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This prissy, narcissistic, effete intellectual has no business being a judge. He wants to be, and should be, in some library reading esoteric manuscripts. When he deigns to take the bench, he is disinterested, snotty, and can't wait to get back to his chambers where he can read anything but law and avoid doing his job. A disgrace to the bench.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 4982
Rating:2.3
Comments:
Judge Wistrich's prissiness overcomes his intellect. When he is not being prissy he can be a good judge, but when he is in prissy mode he is a pain in the neck. He is intelligent, well-read in law and other topics, but is just marking his time in a no-stress, day job in which he really has no interest. It's a shame, because he could be a good judge, but he seems too bored to want to do his job.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 1696
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Judge Wistrich is a true credit to the federal judiciary.