Hon. George W. Lindberg See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
N.D.Ill.  
Average Rating:3.2 - 11 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. George W. Lindberg


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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 18777
Rating:8.7
Comments:
A good judge who is generally misunderstood by incompetent lawyers.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 11817
Rating:1.0
Comments:
His best rulings are when he signs the magistrate consent forms!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 9116
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Rating a judge based on their past work experience and/or family ties is hardly helpful; then again, neither is Lindberg. I don't know if a 1L would be better on the bench, but a 3L could definitely dance circles around the guy.
He is why we have 28 U.S.C. Sec. 636.

Other

Comment #: 7558
Rating:10.0
Comments:
It's good to know that "Mr. Ethics" is on the job, especially in light of the political climate these days. I was an employee under then-Comptroller Lindberg and have the greatest admiration for him, both professionally and as a family man.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 6485
Rating:2.5
Comments:
His standing order sums him up nicely: All discovery to be completed in 90 days. No exceptions. This one-size-fits-all approach to litigation is, by definition, an abuse of discretion.Another intellectual lightweight thrust upon the poor unsuspecting public by Bush No. 1.
This guy is the dullest knife in the drawer, but he is good at signing those magistrate consent forms. He can't try to do the right thing when he has no clue what that is.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5366
Rating:9.3
Comments:
Prompt rulings, tries to do the right thing.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 4205
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Comments 4008, 2920 and 2245 clearly know what they are talking about. Everything that they have said is true because I have seen and (gasp) experienced it with Lindberg more often than I care to remember. The worst thing is his total reliance on his law clerks (that comment about them approaching the bench and whispering in his ear is TRUE!) and incredibly unreasonable dates. This sort of case management does a gross injustice to lawyers with complex cases or major discovery issues.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 4008
Rating:1.7
Comments:
Apparently got bored serving on the Illinois Appellate Court years ago and sought this appointment. Unfortunately, he found himself out of his depth having nil familiarity with either managing a trial court or federal law. Counsel must follow his lead (difficult or impossible to discern) or else he will become vindictive and punitive. Easy to get on his bad side. Has an insane rule that all civil litigants must have a "face to face" settlement meeting immediately after the defendant appears, even if the litigants live across the country and the claim is frivolous or dead-bang winner. Despite nearly 20 years on the federal bench, remains an uneducable dunce on most aspects of federal law.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 2920
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Fully qualified to serve on the Chicago City Council, with a little help.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 2245
Rating:2.5
Comments:
By far the most clueless person in the building. A first year law student could do a better job. His law clerks are often seen approaching the bench and whispering in his ear, causing him to change his mind in the middle of a ruling. Unreasonable does not begin to describe his scheduling orders. He requires ALL discovery to be completed within 90 days. No exceptions, no excuses. Spoken like a person who was never truly in private practice. Needless to say, everyone he gets either settles or consents.