Hon. David M. Lawson See Rating Details
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Average Rating:8.7 - 6 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%)
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What others have said about Hon. David M. Lawson


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 12246
I agree that Judge Lawson is perhaps the smartest judge I have appeared before. But unlike the other commenting attorney, I do not find him to at all be arrogant about it. I find him to be very fair, to have a healthy regard for the jury's role in civil litigation, and to be extremely creative in resolving problems.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 9563
I have had both criminal and civil matters in front of him and I agree he is without question one of the smartest if not the smartest judge I have ever been in front of. He also recognizes how smart he is and that's the problem. He is a poor listener unless you received a parochial education (catholic) that's to his liking, his temperment is terrible, and he is a generally miserable human being. I suspect that a potted plant could acheive the same or better results in front of him than what I have been able to accomplish.

The civil defense bar recognizes the relationships that he has developed with it's senior members while in private practice (Clark Hill) and that he will not hold them accountable for illegal or unethical behavior.

Plea hearings and the construction of Rule 11 agreements are frustrating if not impossible and you cannot move from behind the podium during trial. If I had to choose between going to the dentist for a root canal and appearing before this man I would choose without question the root canal. The civility principles of the Eastern District apparently do not apply to him or attorneys he has scholastic history with.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 9404
Judge Lawson is a very smart, no-nonsense judge, but with a very even temperament. He plays by the book and is a stickler for compliance with procedural rules. He gets to the heart of an issue quickly and accurately. He comes prepared for argument and will challenge counsel in oral argument. Be prepared.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 9002
Definitely one of the smartest judges on the bench.