Hon. Lee H. Rosenthal See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
S.D.Tex.  
Average Rating:9.1 - 18 rating(s)
Please send me alerts on this judge
E-mail Address:




Add your own rating

E-Mail Address (will not be displayed)
   
Confirm E-mail Address      
Zip
Occupation
Add a comment only

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
Comments



What others have said about Hon. Lee H. Rosenthal


Comments


Other

Comment #: 21632
Rating:10.0
Comments:
In response to comment #17401 below: Judge Rosenthal is one of the brightest judges in the state -- and arguably in the circuit -- and she has *zero* tolerance for b.s. cases. It makes no difference how "well-researched" your briefs are: if a case is b.s., it's b.s., and thanks to the copious amount of research that she does prior to any hearing, she'll know it from the get-go (and often do what she did in your case: ask the defense for its MSJ even before anything's been formally written). Sorry if you're butthurt over it, but it's your own fault if you can't manage to come up with more than a scintilla of evidence to prove that you have any sort of case.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 19298
Rating:10.0
Comments:
One of the smartest judges on the bench.... Tough to get reversed. Fair and balanced. Will look up the lw on the bench before ruling and discuss it will reviewing the law.

Litigant

Comment #: 17401
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Rude and dismissive of the carefully researched briefs of my attorney. Rosenthal clearly plays favorites by dismissing attorneys from our lawsuit without stating any reasons for doing so other than ruling they had "qualified immunity." Then, she refused our motion for remand to the state court and basically told my attorney she would grant a motion to dismiss our case before its was presented. When p[resented with several precedent decisions from other judges in the SDTX she said the facts were different without stating why they were different.We will be requesting a mandamus from the 5th Circuit.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 9901
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Brilliant and fair judge. Perhaps the only federal judge in Texas that an out of state lawyer would feel comfortable trying a case before (but I'd still have local counsel play a significant role)!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 9216
Rating:9.8
Comments:
Judge Rosenthal is a brilliant and fair judge. She has complete control of her courtroom, and manages it well. Her opinions are prompt, fair, and well-reasoned.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 8569
Rating:9.7
Comments:
Excellent in every respect. An honor to practice before her.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 7697
Rating:5.5
Comments:
Judge Rosenthal suffers from being predisposed to making a decision, shooting from the hip. She has the ability but perhaps has been on the bench too long. She twists her opinions in a manner not befitting the respect that her position holds.

Litigant

Comment #: 6693
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
When it comes to the Rules, she doesn't just bend, she breaks. She is a first-class hypocrite in this regard.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 6156
Rating:5.3
Comments:
Judge Rosenthal definitely is not a friend to civil rights plaintiffs. She generally gets high ratings for scholarship, and I'm sure she has the intellect. However, she is very outcome-oriented, and she bends the law to produce the desired result.

Prosecutor

Comment #: 3558
Rating:10.0
Comments:
By far, the best judge in the entire SDTX. She has the best demeanor. She really researchs the legal issues before her, and her rulings withstand appellate scrutiny more so than the other judges in the district.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 3513
Rating:8.6
Comments:
Clearly, one of the smartest judges around. Generally fair, but tends to be conservative, and as a result tends to slightly favor corporations over individuals in my opinion. But, clearly, one of better judges.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 3481
Rating:10.0
Comments:
A true legal scholar of the highest caliber. Judge Rosenthal is a pleasure to appear before and a testament to our profession. Fair, honorable, committed, and industrious.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 3418
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Absolutely one of the best. A true scholar, wonderful demeanor, even-handed, extremely efficient.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 2975
Rating:9.3
Comments:
A brilliant mind and one of the fairest judges around. Runs a tight courtroom.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 2933
Rating:9.5
Comments:
Extraordinarily smart and hardworking. Revels in the intellectual side of the law. If you have a complex civil case, this is the court to get!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 1803
Rating:9.8
Comments:
One of the best. Practice in her court is a pleasure . . . most of the time. Occasionally (rarely) you'll catch her on a bad day, and she'll be a little bit less than perfectly pleasant.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 1537
Rating:8.6
Comments:
Very even-handed for Houston.