Hon. R. Gary Klausner See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
C.D.Cal.  
Average Rating:5.2 - 27 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. R. Gary Klausner


Comments


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 21953
Rating:4.3
Comments:
Pro government and pro institution, not so much pro no-name litigants. If you're up against a large corporation or the government, you will have a tough mountain to climb. He requires you to set hearings rather than submit on motion papers, requires blue backing when most of the courts in CA have dispensed with it; requires chambers copies the very next day despite e-filing; and cancels hearings at the last minute when he knows you've got a distance to go -- then takes papers on submission anyway.

On the other hand, is very strict on plaintiffs when it comes to personal jurisdiction and subject matter jurisdiction. If an institutional party or a governmental party gets caught lying or misleading in the case, that's the death knell with him. He can be scholarly but generally expect to dot your I's and cross your T's with him.

He is courteous and appears even-handed. Seems he is happy where he is. There is no hint of any liberal or judicial activism in his rulings generally but there is sometimes an agenda flowing in an undercurrent. He is more conservative than most judges in CA so you know where most of his rulings are headed.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 21077
Rating:3.3
Comments:
Does not certify class actions. Refuses all requests for extensions of time, even when stipulated by both sides. Sets trial dates out 12 months from complaint filing date, even when the parties stipulate to a longer case schedule.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 13274
Rating:9.3
Comments:
Great judge who makes the legal system as efficient as can be. He is fair on evidence and treats each party equally. He is also not hesitent on granting motions for summary judgment, which is helpful when your client is spending lots of money to defend a meritless case.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 12683
Rating:2.9
Comments:
Despite clear controlling law and controlling statue on Actual Innocence and U.S. Attorney Malicious Prosecution, Judge Klausner is so pro-government that he put an Innocent man in prison for years. Even after the U.S. Attorney admitted under FRCP, Rule 36 that the man was inocent and they were conflicted, he refused to set him free. Judge Klausner did not even give the man a Evidentiary Heraing in a Habeas Corpus (28 USC 2255) action. Judge Klausner clearly breached his oath of office and violated his Constitutional Duties showing bias to the Government.

Litigant

Comment #: 12682
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Will railroad civil-rights plaintiffs (e.g. claims against government or major corporations). If you appeal what is an obvious railroading, your case will probably be intercepted in the 9th Circuit by judges friendly with Klausner and the appellate decision will be a terse rubber-stamp of Klausner's handiwork below.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 12067
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Although he tends to be polite, don't be fooled -- he's a terrible judge.

"ultra-conservative and intellectually dishonest" -- absolutely!!

Klausner decides matters based on who he thinks should prevail, regardless of the law, and will issue findings unsupported by the record.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 10182
Rating:9.3
Comments:
brilliant judge. agree very inflexible but is fair throughout

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 10158
Rating:4.0
Comments:
This judge ruled for me on summary judgment, and I was obviously happy for that. But he does not appear to be an intellectual "heavy weight" and he is the most inflexible judge I have ever seen when it comes to scheduling. Overall, I was not impressed.

Other

Comment #: 10026
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Klausner is very unfair; fails to listen to the defense. Disregards any requests by the parties, does not respect binding agreements. Overall, he is extremely right-wing. Almost always, rules maximum sentence!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 9798
Rating:3.5
Comments:
This judge is biased and unfair; rarely listens to what the defense has to say; almost entirely leans toward the government, and even in cases where a below-the-guidelines sentencing recommendation is stipulated to in the plea agreement, this judge is VERY reluctant to respect the parties' agreement. If possible at all, make your plea agreements binding on the court, if you are in front of this guy. He is lazy, inflexible, doesn't follow the precedent, and is not interested in understanding complex issues. If you are trying a criminal case in front of him, be very confident in the outcome of the case, because this judge will slam your client up to the maximum at sentencing for exercising his constitutional rights.

Other

Comment #: 9307
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I have not been in front of Judge Klausner since the mid 70's but he was always fair and willing to listen to "your side of the story". I have always respected him and appreciate the guidance he gave a wild young man just getting out into the world.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 6885
Rating:9.8
Comments:
Excellent judge, all around. Consistent, fair, thoughtful. Does not like to grant continuances unless you have a very compelling need.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 6575
Rating:9.7
Comments:
He's very big on case management, and takes pride in efficiently getting cases through the docket. Unlike most judges, he issues his orders in a timely fashion.

He is also very fair in my experience.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 6542
Rating:9.7
Comments:
I agree with the last post. I have had only positive experiences with Judge Klausner, even though he has not always ruled in my favor. He is very intelligent and seems truly committed to preserving the integrity of the court (even if this means not necessarily winning friends along the way).

There is no question he is well respected by his peers. As to the comment below decrying his ability to handle complex litigation -- Judge Klausner was recently assigned one of the most complex patent cases ever litigated (Katz). The 9th Circuit panel responsible for assigning this lawsuit to Klausner obviously recognized his superior case management abilities.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 6540
Rating:9.9
Comments:
One of the most even-handed, thoughtful judges in the Central District. He may be tough, but he is fair and consistent.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 6425
Rating:8.9
Comments:
Opinions are usually fair, but not enough explanation. Very inflexible.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 6267
Rating:2.2
Comments:
Biased, inflexible and unwilling to accomodate attorneys even for basic courtesies. He fails to cite controlling authorities in opinions, though maybe he has dumb clerks. Regardless, the folks saying that this judge is "brilliant" apparently have a very low standard and/or are lacking in brilliance themselves.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5954
Rating:1.1
Comments:
Unintelligent, ultra-conservative and intellectually dishonest.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: 5942
Rating:9.7
Comments:
A brilliant judge - extremely accomplished both as a federal judge and prior as a supervising judge. Respected across the board by his colleagues, both liberal and conservative alike, which led to an easy confirmation by the Senate Judiciary Committee back in 2002. Remains extremely conservative, which is probably why he draws the criticism of many of the posters here. Consistent in his rulings. Not very flexible.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 5852
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This pro-government dolt is not even a benchwarmer: he is so lazy he doesn't spend much time on the bench and truly is a nine-to-fiver. When he is on the bench he knows very little and relies almost entirely on his law clerks. He should have stayed on the state court bench where he could have hurt fewer people.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: 5828
Rating:9.4
Comments:
Brilliant judge. Fair. Does not waste time

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5824
Rating:2.5
Comments:
Has zero understanding of complex litigation. Terrible judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 5774
Rating:1.4
Comments:
This judge is unintelligent and has no common sense. He spent his entire legal career working for the government and is extremely pro-government. He is an example of the Peter Principle: he rose to his highest level of incompetence and remains there.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5739
Rating:1.4
Comments:
Judge Klausner is a right-wing idiot. He does not understand the law, does not know how to apply the law to facts, and guesses which way is pro-government or pro-business or anti-civil rights, and then goes for the government, for business, or for law enforcement. But some times he gets confused and can't make a decision - when, for example, business is pitted against government. He is just a judicial mediocrity.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 4964
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
To say this one is not the sharpest knife in the drawer would be dangerous because he does too much damage. He is as dumb and as lazy as they come. He doesn't understand federal practice at all, and all his work is done by his law clerks. Thus the outcome of any given trial depends on kids one year out of law school.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 4363
Rating:1.6
Comments:
Reversed on civil rights case where he granted summary judgment to defendants. He did not understand the evidence or the law.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 4331
Rating:4.5
Comments:
Generally no oral argument of motions. Onerous pretrial rules. Attorneys in state court were ecstatic when he was elevated to federal bench, i.e., no longer presiding over their cases. Has a reputation for granting civil defendant motions to dismiss. Not where you want to be, but there are worse in Central District. Pleasant demeanor.