Hon. Rebecca R. Pallmeyer See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
N.D.Ill.  
Average Rating:6.5 - 13 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. Rebecca R. Pallmeyer


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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 19901
Rating:4.9
Comments:
needs to run her own court room ans stop letting da prosecutors tell her what 2 do!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 19860
Rating:2.5
Comments:
Damn, this lady is slow with opinions. Seriously, it has been over a year. If she cannot do the job, she should not be there.

Other

Comment #: 18954
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She has no heart and only pays attention to the prosecutor. She needs to pay attention to the defense attorney too because she puts innocent people in prison.

Other

Comment #: 18703
Rating:1.0
Comments:
the worst of the worst. flighty, insincere, does not listen or understand complex cases. only interested in herself and her own career; truly a pawn for the government. this woman is the exact opposite of what is true and fair about our country and a shining example of why our government gets away with frivolous cases in the name of politics. she is in no way competent enough to hold this position.

she is truly a disappointment to the united states justice system. i feel sorry for anyone who has to stand before this puppet, as her mind was probably already made up before the trial began.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 18192
Rating:6.2
Comments:
Polite and knowledgeable but very indecisive. Takes a very long time to decide motions for summary judgment. Changes her mind on trial rulings. She despises motions for attorney's fees and does all she can to avoid or delay ruling on them. She will not conduct hearings on them. I had her reversed on failing to do so.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 12737
Rating:4.4
Comments:
Career judge who spent only six years in private practice. She is ambitious, insincere and adept at demonstrating false modesty. Her goal is to be on the seventh circuit, so she cows to the government any time she is given a chance. By far the worst trial judge in the building. Don't mean distirct judge, I mean TRIAL judge. Bad instincts and an inability to intuit anythijg evidentiary. Then again most of her trials are crminal matters, so all she need do is follow her orders from the ausas. She loves to do that. Her written opinions are solid, but slow to issue.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 11838
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Great job to Hon. Rebecca R. Pallmeyer
for NOT letting the Governor out of jail prior to completing his jail sentance. No other jailed person can leave jail because a loved one is ill. All must be fair and if one is going to comkmit a crime the crime has to be served. Kudos Judge!!!

Other

Comment #: 11837
Rating:1.0
Comments:
THIS JUDGE DOES NOT KNOW THE MEANING OF JUSTICE. SHE MAY KNOW THE LAW, BUT HAS ZERO COMPASSION. GEORGE RYAN MAY HAVE BROKEN THE LAW,BUT HIS WIFE DID NOT. TO DENY HIM BOND AT SUCH A SAD TIME IN HIS WIFE'S ILLNESS IS BEYOND UNDERSTANDING.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 8686
Rating:9.7
Comments:
Had a case that settled with her, the first round of settlement she personally oversaw a settlement conference and spent a whole day with us. Got her hands dirty. Didn't always rule for me, but I really like her. A very good judge who is courteous to lawyers. It's a surprise she hasn't been moved to 7th Circuit yet.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 6866
Rating:9.5
Comments:
I have had several cases in front of her. First, she is probably one of the nicest people I have ever met, and she handles her courtroom in that manner. She is very patient and open to listening to counsel and litigants. She never loses her cool. She makes great calls from the bench after listening to both sides. Her rulings usually take a while to issue, especially on contested/briefed motions, but she gets it right. One of the best judges in the building, and my favorite to appear in front of.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 3289
Rating:4.7
Comments:
Kind and patient on the bench, but when it comes time for the rulings, her true strongly-pro-prosecution colors come out.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 2890
Rating:9.8
Comments:
Incredibily patient with pro se litigants, almost as patient with litigators, but at the same time she knows what she's doing.

Other

Comment #: 2235
Rating:9.0
Comments:
Pallmeyer has reportedly always wanted to be a judge. Until last week, I would have said she is in the perfect calling because she typically is a good one. But then she sentenced the former Governor to a ridiculously light 6.5 years after a 4 month public corruption trial that was riddled with problems with the jury. She appeared to make all of the right calls legally, but turned to jelly when it came time to sentence the governor. If she gets reversed, they should remand the case to Judge Ruben Castillo. Perhaps he can teach her a thing or two about ensuring that sentences have a deterrent effect on would-be criminals. As it currently stands, she shouldn't be allowed to preside over anything other than civil cases.