Hon. Thomas J. Shields See Rating Details
Magistrate Judge See Comments
S.D.Iowa  
Average Rating:8.0 - 4 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)
  Items marked with (*) are averaged into the displayed overall rating
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What others have said about Hon. Thomas J. Shields


Comments


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5449
Rating:9.0
Comments:
Judge Shields is an absolute pleasure. He is smart, involved, and completely respectful to counsel. He is very even-handed in his rulings. He is not afraid to roll up his sleeves and get involved in the facts of the case. Very impressed by him. My home district is the SDNY. Shields is as good as any of our best.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 2153
Rating:8.3
Comments:
Judge Shields is an excellent trial judge, particulalry for civil cases, and I would not hesitate to consent to him for a balanced, fair trial before a judge who knows the rules of evidence. He is patient and lets the lawyers try their cases, as long as they are prepared and do not waste time. On the other hand, Judge Shields believes that most cases should be tried. If one has a case in which you think you may have a meritorious summary judgment motion, I would reconsider consenting.