Hon. George H. Wu See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
C.D.Cal.  
Average Rating:6.0 - 12 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. George H. Wu


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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 19033
Rating:8.0
Comments:
I have an education law case before Judge Wu and represent the Student. After reading other comments about his pro-govt stance I thought I should include the fact that in our case, he has ruled in favor of Student, and against the government (school district) and an appeal has been filed by school district. I agree he likes to interrupt, could barely get two sentences out in argument, but he is that way for both sides as least. I found that he applied the law fairly, and came to the correct conclusion given the law in our case. Judges are often predisposed against the type of special education due process appeals I frequently file in the district court. He treated us fair, and ruled in our favor on an important issue on appeal from the OAH. I did not find him to be mean. I found him to be conscientious, he knew the case, he was prepared, and had a pleasant demeanor. I disliked how he kept allowing follow up briefs and hearings instead of just making a decision. Afterwards he stuck with his ruling. However, he failed to make a clear Order and failed to clearly state what the scope of remand to OAH is, which was disappointing and now motions to clarify are needed. But overall for special education cases, I give him a thumbs up. Far better than Carter (terrible in special ed cases), or Pregerson or Wilson, etc.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 18435
Rating:3.2
Comments:
Get ready. In civil cases, this judge acts as co-counsel for defendants. Makes arguments for them, sometimes so absurd that not even the defendants have made them. It is as if some of his crankier colleagues teased him about smiling and being too friendly in the courtroom, so he has decided to make himself over to be more mean. If you happen to be in a courtroom waiting for your case to be called and witness him handle criminal matters, you may be lulled into thinking he is a fair, decent jurist. He appears somewhat sympathetic to criminal defendants and understanding of social issues dealing with them, even showing mercy (or making statements that show empathy) even at sentencing. But do not in any way be fooled --- such empathy totally goes out the door in civil cases. In private litigation his annoyance with plaintiffs shows, he asks straw man questions , does not focus on issues that do not support his pro-defense stance and maddeningly, does not let you respond to his questions -- it is not at socratic, which one can appreciate even if it challenges you, but is actually bullying. He isn't one of those federal judges who are so bad that you want to do what you can to get back to state court --- yet --- but it seems that he is trying to be a member of that awful kind of old boys club. A disappointment on so many levels. If you represent regular decent people harmed by Goliath in some way, get them ready because this judge will thwart their chances at justice.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 18403
Rating:4.8
Comments:
Loves to hear himself talk. If you get 5 words out before he interrupts, you're doing well. Too many status conferences, which runs up the bill.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 11658
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
He's a reasonably good judge, though he is somewhat indecisive. The comment that he's the most plaintiff-friendly in the Central District is almost laughable. Far from it.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 10166
Rating:7.0
Comments:
Friendly judge with a great clerk but he seems a bit overwhelmed. He will provide a preliminary opinion on motions and then let parties argue their positions but he doesn't seem open-minded about changing his position no matter what is said. Agree with other comment that he requires many return hearings. He got involved in settlement discussions but could have gotten case settled more efficiently for everyone involved if he had injected himself (s he was obviously wont to do) into the process earlier.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 10032
Rating:3.8
Comments:
He maintains a friendly courtroom demeanor with an excellent clerk, but he is otherwise a disaster. He micromanages to a degree that his calendar is always overfull with return hearings. As a result, he is never prepared for argument, and has rarely read any of the papers. He wings everything, including criminal sentencing, which is a disgrace. He makes up for this by invariably sentencing for less than the proposed term, for the most peculiar reasons. In civil cases, he is the most plaintiff-favorable judge in the District Court, perhaps because he is naturally indecisive, and so reasons that he'll not be overturned by keeping the case alive. He is very intelligent, and has the ability to be very, very much better than he presently is. He is a great disappointment.

Prosecutor

Comment #: 7837
Rating:4.0
Comments:
This judge should be on the People's Court due to his lack of understanding of criminal minds and the fact that career criminals are just that -- career criminals. He lives in a bubble surrounded by his fantasy world that all is OK and criminals are victims of their environment. It is obvious that Judge Wu has never been a victim of crime nor has anyone in his family ever been a victim of crime. He is worthless and should be impeached.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 7402
Rating:3.7
Comments:
Does not appear to read the points and authorities provided to him nor to understand complex legal issues - yet he does not seem to want to read so that he can understand.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5896
Rating:9.6
Comments:
Excellent judge. Not afraid to make hard decisions, and good judicial demeanor.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5663
Rating:5.5
Comments:
Perhaps a nice guy off the bench, this Judge is horrible. Cannot make a decision, poor rapport with counsel.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 4962
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This smiling rules festishist has no life and is as pleased as punch to be a judge. The fact that he has spent virtually his entire career as a government attorney has made him extremely pro-government in both civil and criminal cases. He is a real pain in the neck.