Hon. Xavier Rodriguez See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
W.D.Tex.  
Average Rating:8.5 - 10 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%)
  Items marked with (*) are averaged into the displayed overall rating
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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 13209
Rating:9.3
Comments:
Excellent judge. He surely does his own research -not always the way I would like his research to go. But, cannot disagree with the quality of his scholarship. Very good temperament.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 12286
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I found the Honorable Rodriguez to be the worst judge I have ever faced in court. I agree there is nothing per se improper with a judge doing his own research. But no judge should do his own research to find an opinion from a different District Court in a different Court of Appeals that directly contradicts binding precedent in the Court of Appeals where the judge sits. That is not scholarship. It is an abuse of power wielded to find a result that achieves the outcome the judge desires, notwithstanding what the law says. We just cannot have judges doing that.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 10546
Rating:10.0
Comments:
It is rare to find a federal judge who is so committed to getting the right answer. Judge Rodriguez is a scholar who considers the issues from all sides and carefully reviews precedent. He will never limit himself to the arguments of counsel unless he is legally required. This way, all parties get a fair shake in front of Judge Rodriguez whether they''ve hired an A+ litigator.

Also, Judge Rodriguez is fair and patient with young attorneys. He wants to help you learn and will be polite and courteous while you are in front of him.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 10254
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I find that Judge Rodriguez is a true scholar who works very hard to get it right, rather than to follow any bias. It is laughable that an attorney would criticize him for doing his own research. That is just another example of how Judge Rodriguez works overtime and more so than others to get it right.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 9987
Rating:5.5
Comments:
I found Judge Rodriguez to be extremely biased to the point of ignoring binding precedent from both the 5th Circuit and the US Supreme Court, in order to achieve the outcome he clearly desired from day one of the case. At times I felt like I was litigating against both the defendant and J. Rodriguez. (And everyone knows, if you litigate against the judge, you lose.) More than once he engaged in in his own research, independent of any arguments raised by any party. Each time he reached a conclusion that was favorable for the corporate defendant. In two opinions he failed to mention binding precedent. In one opinion he failed to mention US Supreme Court precedent even though I cited to it, analyzed it, and concluded that it was dispositive. My client unltimately reached a settlement with the defendant. I gather he is very fair in criminal cases, but in my civil case invovling a federal question, he clearly was not.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 9686
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Have tried and handled many criminal cases with him. Leans to the right on pretrial issues, but is fair overall, well read, smart, and diligent. Deep sense of fairness at sentencing, and very pleasant demeanor. He has developed well on the bench. Always look forward to have a case in his court.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 9497
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Fantastic judge. He is the best possible draw in San Antonio.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 8888
Rating:9.8
Comments:
A legal scholar. Really works hard and gets it right. Fair minded and even handed.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 6614
Rating:9.6
Comments:
Very good judge.