Hon. Mariana R. Pfaelzer See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
C.D.Cal.  
Average Rating:7.9 - 7 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)
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%)
  Items marked with (*) are averaged into the displayed overall rating
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What others have said about Hon. Mariana R. Pfaelzer


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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 19197
Rating:10.0
Comments:
This judge knows her patent law. Appears to be better prepared on the case than every lawyer in the room.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 18563
Rating:1.8
Comments:
She is long past her prime, and needs to retire.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 13836
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Super-smart, highly conscientous, a true prince of the bench (and I say "prince" because "princess" is pejorative). Her Proposition 187 rulings in 1994-95 all were upheld by the Ninth Circuit.

Other

Comment #: 9606
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Her ruling on Prop 187 was one of the greatest miscarriages of Justice in history. One of the elites who feels that democracy only applies when I say so.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 4336
Rating:9.0
Comments:
Gives serious consideration to issues. Fair trial provided. Has senior status and so not always available, even if initially assigned to the case.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 4257
Rating:8.7
Comments:
Demanding but gets the law right -- always. You had better know the details of your case and the controlling law before appearing before her, or she will cut you to the quick.