Hon. Bernard A. Friedman See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
E.D.Mich.  
Average Rating:8.8 - 9 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. Bernard A. Friedman


Comments


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 21168
Rating:9.9
Comments:
The most even-handed and well-tempered judge that I have known in 45 years of practice. He is a credit to the judiciary and respected by the public.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 19018
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Outstanding judge - courteous to everyone, will make an effort to make conversation with attorneys waiting in his court room, and very familiar with cases before him

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 18869
Rating:9.7
Comments:
Based upon my limited experience, an outstanding judge because he is bright, courteous, calm and evenhanded.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: 18459
Rating:9.0
Comments:
An even-handed and fair judge. A pleasure to appear before. Has an excellent rapport with jurors, lawyers, and parties. Understands the rules of evidence and has an innate sense of justice. A trial lawyer's judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 13781
Rating:3.7
Comments:
He is nice but not the brightest star. He is very conservative and rules along party lines. He will make it very hard for the case to ever get before a jury which can be good or bad depending on who you represent.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 11550
Rating:7.5
Comments:
Judge Friedman has an amiable courtroom demeanor while running a fairly tight ship. He gives counsel enough leeway to make their case. He does have a strong conservative bias that makes some of his rulings rather predictable.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 6006
Rating:9.7
Comments:
I tried a case before this judge back in 2005. He treated the opposing side with class and grace; he did the same for my side. He should mentor other judges.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5187
Rating:10.0
Comments:
A fantastic judge. The best I have been before in 26 years of practice.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 4730
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Nicest guy in the building. Tries hardest to be fair. Will not be bullied by any government lawyer (or other lawyers, for that matter), and always interested in the individual. Excellent judge.