Hon. Garland E. Burrell, Jr. See Rating Details
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Average Rating:4.0 - 12 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. Garland E. Burrell, Jr.



Comment #: 22970
He is totally uninterested in any opinion other than Fed prosecutors office. Blinded by years of being on the bench. Apparent he is highly rated among law enforcement. If your a defendant, you have no chance at fair hearing.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 22069
Sullen, mean and self absorbed, I remember standing before him for 20 minutes while he lectured me on how I was wasting his time and that he had "important" tasks that had been entrusted to him by the Ninth Circuit, blah blah blah.

I never said a word the entire time, barely suppressing the urge to say "but if I'm here, and you're here, isn't this really OUR TIME"?

Just another mean black judge overcompensating for the fact that they are black and think everyone thinks they are only on the bench because they are black. Which may be true in his case. Thankfully I never had to go before him again.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 19114
Rating:Not Rated
Judge Burrell is thoughtful, intelligent, and thorough. Most importantly, he is willing to reconsider his initial opinions of an issue and he will go deeper than the briefing to ensure all potential issues are addressed. My impression is he does not want to be wrong, but he is willing to admit when he is, and these qualities in a judge are key to a fair judicial system.


Comment #: 13280
I was convicted of a federal felony because, after my house burned down and my wife and I lost all of our possessions, I told a grand jury that my house burned down and I lost all of my possessions! At trial I had two prosecutors, Judge Burrell and AUSA Daniel S Linhardt. I was ridiculed at every turn by Judge Burrell while he showed great deference to lying AUSA Linhardt, who prosecuted me because I wouldn't lie to help him prosecute my brother for white-collar crime. In a pre-trial hearing Judge Burrell intimidated my paid attorney to the point that I was denied effective representation - he told my attorney that he *will* sanction him after the trial!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 13089
Judge Burrell is often criticized for being gruff to litigants. My experince is that his gruffness is directly related to the amount of preparation the attorney does to advance the case along. Judge Burrell and all of the other jduges on the Eastern District bench are very busy and want attorneys to be prepared to help move cases along. if you are not prpared, Judge burrell will make his displeasure known to you. WOuld take Judge Burrell over most of the newest appointments (except for Muller) for any case.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 12106
All that is wrong with lifetime appointments. Thinks he knows everything. Hates all criminal defendants and their lawyers. Takes it personal if a criminal defense attorney advocates on behalf of their client. Mean spirited and willing to sentence 70 year old, wheelchair handicapped, moderately retarded, illiterate, minority women (prior victim of horrendous assault) to lengthy prison for low level fraud, over request of probation and prosecution. Her bad luck was to be african american, which Judge Burrell is. he takes it out on her. Amazingly unconcerned with the law or applying it in criminal cases and appears unable to read and apply a criminal precedent.


Comment #: 5331
Judge Burrell is not the brightest bulb on the court although he's taken over as Chief Judge for the man who was the brightest bulb and who will be sorely missed but is at greener pastures, following his father's footsteps (as a dean, not the same school) as Dean of Duke Law School although his buddy Erwin has now gone to Riverside!! My goodness, what will become of the court with the highest caseload in the country?

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 4253
Judge Burrell is studious, careful, and even-tempered. Slow but fair.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 1858
very incompetant, irrational, blindly biased pro-government, intellectually impaired, mean spirited, and ill tempered, insecure....