Hon. Dana M. Sabraw See Rating Details
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Average Rating:8.1 - 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. Dana M. Sabraw


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 32880
team player with district attorney office, he broke all rules for the team. no way was he going to see his buddies the defendant even have to answer this complaint. knowledge of federal code ,poor or maybe mistates it. he will dish out deep seated gop justice. does not know he had a conflict in the case or did and he wanted to do one for the team and would not recuse. he should be demoted to juvenile court.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 25644
Very bright and very even-handed. A model judge for everyone.


Comment #: 22637
Rating:Not Rated
Judge Sabraw is a gentleman in all ways, even handed and fair. All judges should aspire to follow his lead.

Court Staff

Comment #: 22244
Absolutely, by far one of the best judges in the District. He's highly intelligent, extremely even-handed, respectful to all parties, runs his trials smoothly, and has an amazing judicial temperment. He is an absolute gentleman, and we are lucky to have him in our District. That being said, though it would be our loss, Judge Sabraw truly should be on the Ninth Circuit, which desperately needs judges like him. And to be clear, though I am former court staff, I did not work for him directly. He is a judge that every judge should strive to emulate.


Comment #: 10035
After attending a motion hearing 04/02/10: the courtroom was very orderly and the Honorable Judge Sabraw's demeanor was one of calm;
it seemed comfortable to address
the court at his presence...
This isn't to say I'm happy (not at all so far) with his decisions. I'm objecting/complying to a court order for producing a summons to CA (did it sort of) yet still pursuing justice.


Comment #: 9361
Perhaps the smartest judge in the district. At motion hearings, he is as informed as the parties regarding the facts and applicable law. He is calm, evenhanded, prepared, and understanding.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 8051
One of the finest judges before whom I've appeared.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 7420
Smart and fair. Plays hand close to vest. Gives whichever side he disagrees with just enough rope and then . . . .

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 6625
Another rubber stamp for the government.