Hon. Frank Montalvo See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
W.D.Tex.  
Average Rating:7.3 - 18 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%)
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What others have said about Hon. Frank Montalvo


Comments


Litigant

Comment #: 21335
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge recently had two cases where the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals had to overturn two separate convictions (see No. 11-50482 & No. 11-50484) that he presided over. The Court of Appeals sent this message to the Honorable Judge Frank Montalvo:

"...we nevertheless conclude that the district court’s participation in the plea negotiations warrants reversal in this case. For all of the reasons we have discussed, the district court’s error “seriously affected the fairness, integrity, [and] public reputation of the judicial proceeding.” See Broussard, 669 F.3d at 553 (citation omitted).

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 21235
Rating:3.7
Comments:
This judge is arrogant, impatient, and rude to parties and counsel he does not like. He interrupts both counsel and witnesses frequently. He will take over the prosecution if the government is not performing as he likes. Once, he made me refund a fee as proceeds of criminal activity and not as counsel for a co-defendant, when the source was the same payer, and had the same bank account and the same money. I turn down cases that are assigned to him.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 18951
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Judge Montalvo is the greatest judge I've practiced before. His wisdom is beyond belief. I tell my fellow attorney's that he is touched by God. His integrity is unquestionable. I wish that more judges would be like him. I've bee practicing for 35 yrs., former prosecutor and practice in Colo. and there is no one that I know of who has or is a better judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 13514
Rating:9.7
Comments:
Although inundated with almost all the public corruption cases in the region, he ensures that civil litigants receive a fair and expeditious handling of their cases. He is no-nonsense, disciplined and hardworking, yet he has shown an understanding and compassion that results in a well-balanced and respected judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 13507
Rating:7.4
Comments:
A true conservative Republican. Predictable on some of his leanings in favor of corporations. However, he is not a complete ideologue. I have been surprised at his even-handedness when it came to some civil rights and discrimination cases. While he is harsh on certain types of criminals, he also demonstrates great compassion in the appropriate cases. Agree or disagree with him, no one can deny that his decisions have integrity.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 13166
Rating:3.6
Comments:
I completely agree with "mercurial." Additionally, I practiced before him in state court and he seemed to be lost on some legal issues. His election and appointment are, for the most part, a result of political connections. He is as qualified to be a federal judge as George Bush was qualified to be President.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 11481
Rating:2.5
Comments:
mercurial temperament. several anecdotes of him "raising his voice" at counsel during jury trial. el paso bar was told he was temporary and would be shipped back to san antonio but that hasn't happened yet.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 4309
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge montalvo has not been involved with
a jury trial. He is newly appointed on the bench. Does not believe in the constitiution of these united states. does not believe in jury trails. he annulled the constitution with prejudice.

Other

Comment #: 4306
Rating:1.0
Comments:
very dishonest and not very knowledgable about federal rules of civil procedure. knows nothing about the federal laws.

Litigant

Comment #: 4029
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This Judge has annuled the Constitution and will not hear tax cases against the Internal Revenue Service in which the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service does not have sovereign immunity.

Prosecutor

Comment #: 3586
Rating:9.2
Comments:
Does his homework on issues in criminal matters. Tries to do what is fair and just.

Prosecutor

Comment #: 3584
Rating:9.9
Comments:
Knows the law, follows the law, is impeccable in his record and always trys to do the right thing.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 2934
Rating:9.7
Comments:
Excellent at evidentiary issues as Judge Montalvo is likely the most intelligent judge I have ever been before.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 1799
Rating:9.8
Comments:
Reads pleadings; comes prepared to Court!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 1337
Rating:9.2
Comments:
Have had a very pleasant experience with this new Judge. He won't be pushed around!