Hon. Robert W. Pratt See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
S.D.Iowa  
Average Rating:6.9 - 13 rating(s)
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Ratings

*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. Robert W. Pratt


Comments


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 9056
Rating:5.4
Comments:
Superbly intelligent judge. However, litigants feel he uses his intellect for a certain agenda. However, litigants can predict these results and plan accordingly and when there is no definite right answer, Judge Pratt gives an intellectually rigorous explanation.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 7201
Rating:2.6
Comments:
A judicial hack for every traditional liberal cause imaginable who complains while marching on his crusade.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 5408
Rating:9.6
Comments:
Post 3890 apparently wishes that more conservative campaign contributors had been appointed. It's nice to have a judge that actually cares about the Constitution, and is not simply a loyal Republican hack. The other comments more accurately reflect Judge Pratt's intellect, fairness, and passion.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 3955
Rating:8.9
Comments:
A good judge. Works hard and is fair.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 3890
Rating:3.8
Comments:
Very very preachy for a former social security lawyer.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 3594
Rating:9.2
Comments:
He does not suffer fools gladly but is a superior judge, works hard, writes well, and attempts at every stage to be fair.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 2674
Rating:8.7
Comments:
Is not pro prosecution - not a puppet for the gov like some federal judges.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 2669
Rating:8.2
Comments:
Very good judge. Quite bright and is extremely fair. Doesn't play favorites or cow tow to large firms or lawyers with hot shot reputations. Isn't afraid to do the right thing even when it's not popular. Understands the importance of an independant federal judiciary. A little preachy at times.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 2598
Rating:6.0
Comments:
Judge Pratt came from a narrow background in private practice but has blossomed as a judge because he is so smart and hardworking. He always tries hard to do justice. A real intellect.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 2520
Rating:5.0
Comments:
Very smart and quick to let you know that. Unpredictable. Opinions show lot's of effeort and good scholarship.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 2375
Rating:6.8
Comments:
Very smart judge - a little odd.