Hon. Sidney I. Schenkier See Rating Details
Magistrate Judge See Comments
N.D.Ill.  
Average Rating:8.9 - 16 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)
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What others have said about Hon. Sidney I. Schenkier


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Other

Comment #: 24579
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Excellent

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: 23851
Rating:10.0
Comments:
excellent

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 22567
Rating:9.7
Comments:
I've handled criminal and civil cases before this judge. I have nothing but respect for him.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 21506
Rating:9.8
Comments:
I have deep respect for Judge Schenkier. Yes, perhaps his demeanor and some comments can come off as flip, but I chalk it up to his (very) dry sense of humor. Otherwise, no complaints. He is a true scholar, deeply committed to the law, who demands civility and thoroughness from both sides. Be prepared.

Litigant

Comment #: 21406
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
We were necessarily pro se in our case against lenders. I'm not sure what this magistrate judge's duty was in our case with Judge Norgle, but it seems he left the case early on, at some point when we requested court supervision of our deposition and settlement talks, which was then denied by Judge Norgle. I think that either the magistrate or the defendants' attorneys were writing up Judge Norgle's orders.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 20693
Rating:9.0
Comments:
Judge Schenkier is fair, bright, and usually civil. Very good judge, and my favorite magistrate.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 18913
Rating:10.0
Comments:
By far one of the best judges in the Northern District of Illinois, if not the entire Seventh Circuit. And I did not mean to limit my commen to "Magistrate Judges," either. He is fair, efficient, and is as knowledgeable as he is reasonable. His only "flaw" is that he does not tolerate lawyers who are unprepared, lacking in civility or unwilling to recognize the weaknesses in their case. If you appear before Judge Schenkier, you WILL discuss the merits of the case -- sooner, not later.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: 13574
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
One of the must insufferably arrogant judges I have ever met.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 13150
Rating:9.8
Comments:
He is a very good judge. But, beware-if you don't know the law applicable to your case and don't have mastery of the facts, you are in for a rough ride. My sense is that he appreciates trial attorneys who know what they are about, but has little regard for those who do not. And, perhaps, that as it should be.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 12785
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I have nothing but admiration and respect for Judge Schenkier. He is thoughtful, incredibly intelligent and very hard-working. Sure, he has moments when he can be aggressive (particularly when he is forcing you to recognize weaknesses in your case during a settlement conferece) but THAT'S HIS JOB.

If you want or need a smart judge willing to roll up his sleeves, then consent to him. I have on multiple occasions and I have never been disappointed. Have I settled for more than I would have preferred, yes. Was it a fair outcome: absolutely.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 10646
Rating:2.8
Comments:
Imperious and arrogant . Feels he can treat counsel for both sides like they are surfs before the throne.
I found him condescending to all parties and bordering on aggressive .

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 7118
Rating:9.7
Comments:
Judge Schenker is outstanding in settlement conferences and even-handed in discovery. I don't always agree with his rulings (and I have been on the receiving end of plenty), but I always understood the logic and they were always grounded in the law. I appreciate the fact that he allows lawyers the chance to make a record and does not personalize things (often) unless the judge perceives the parties to be completely off base. The best endorsement I can give is this: I consent to him 90% of the time that I get him; the other 10% was in cases where the other side wouldn't agree to the consent.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 3930
Rating:9.8
Comments:
He is a great young judge

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 3420
Rating:9.2
Comments:
I have never seen a Magistrate work as hard as Schenkier to settle very difficult issues. Everyone should be so lucky as to get him as a Magistrate.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 2251
Rating:6.4
Comments:
He is rude to the lawyers who appear in front of him. He acts as though he should not be bothered with such issues as discovery disputes, when that is the reason he is there. I am extremely unimpressed with him and find his superiority complex terribly unprofessional. Perhaps I caught him on some bad days, but that is all I have to go on.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 2175
Rating:9.5
Comments:
Schenkier does not suffer fools gladly. That said, he is ideal for settlement conferences and discovery disputes, which is good since that is all he is supposed to do. He tends to get impatient with lawyers at times, but that's because he is probably fuming over the fact that he has not been made an Article III yet and is probably one of the 10 brightest judges in that building. He is practical, pragmatic, and sets the right tone.