Hon. Douglas F. Eaton See Rating Details
Magistrate Judge See Comments
Average Rating:6.0 - 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)
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What others have said about Hon. Douglas F. Eaton



Comment #: 13491
I did not have dealings with Honorable Eaton since he became a magistrate judge but I did when he was an attorney representing me several years ago. His representation involved a complex case with a major corporation engaged in a bitter battle with the employee's union. When I found myself between the proverbial rock and a hard place, Attorney Doug Eaton kept me level-headed and on the right path while things were getting scary and chaotic all around me. He offered me sound advice and continued to represent me pro-bono when my company conveniently turned its back on me. The nightmare eventually ended but the experience changed my life for ever. I believe that what he did for me is exemplary of the character of the person he is and I am certain that becoming a judge was only a natural progression of the level of fairness and compassion he possesses.


Comment #: 6106
Judge Eaton was very fair. I was pro se and up against the Social Security Administration, and had no jurisdiction. An agreement was reached with SSA through the AUSA, and Judge Eaton signed off on it. His ruling (and explanation) was crystal clear. I'm grateful!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 3623
Doesn't understand complex civil litigation, seems to go with his gut over what the law says. I can't say it was such a horrible decision in the case he ruled on; his gut was probably right. But he disregarded the law completely to reach such a result.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 1019
I just had to review this Magistrate and note that he courageously released my aged alleged mobster on a $5 million bond despite strenuous, repeated and loud government opposition and even with the government asking for a stay of the release order. Sure, we had to come back the next day, but despite the government's best efforts, the client is still out. Eaton is a prince in my book for standing up and doing the right thing.