Hon. Stephen J. Hillman See Rating Details
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Average Rating:7.1 - 7 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. Stephen J. Hillman



Comment #: 18919
If you are a murderer who has murdered an enemy of Judge Stephen Hillman (e.g. murdering a drug dealer,) the judge will dig down the barrel to find any petty loophole to get you out of prison. If, however, you are a politic critic wrongly and illegally accused of distributing political literature on “federal property,” the judge will dig deep down the barrel to find any loophole to keep you in prison as long as possible without any constitutional rights. His favorite scam to bypass the Constitution is to rule that you are “insane.” He type casts you as a “nut case” so that he can rule all your eyewitnesses as “irrelevant” by saying that you are unaware that all those witnesses watching you get arrested where not really there. They were just “fantasy witnesses who never existed.” Then he will refuse to allow you to have a jury trial by keeping you at GATEWAYS Community Correction Center. Judge Hillman claims that GATEWAYS is not a real prison so that GATEWAYS is a loophole to the 6th Amendment right to a jury trial. This is how Judge Hillman gets away with keeping you in prison for a year without listening to any of your eyewitnesses.


Comment #: 5978
Judge Hillman's intellect is obvious in every encounter I have ever had with him. Time and time again I am impressed with his careful and thoughtful reasonings. He is fair and knows his stuff. If you ever get to talking to him, it becomes clear that his passion for his work is what drives him.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5414
In settlement conferences, Judge Hillman is pleasant and affable, but not one to put pressure on either side. He is plaintiff-oriented in civil cases. He is pro-discovery and anti-corporate in law and motion matters.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5008
Rating:Not Rated
I've practiced before Judge Hillman for many years. He is by a wide margin the laziest magistrate judge on the Central District Bench, and this extreme laziness impairs and infects everything he does. He will do anything to avoid both hearing and deciding matters properly put before him. He truly is a bench warmer, has no intellectual curiosity or interest in law, and punches his time clock to get his salary. Thus, he is just a lousy judicial officer. He won't do his job and nobody wants to make him do it. He is timid, frail, and moribund. Hopefully, he soon will retire and will be replaced by at least a warm body.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 4576
Seems to get the law right, but will not impose sanctions even when obstructionism is blatant by government counsel. Appears timid and frail. Former federal public defender.


Comment #: 3784
Seemend fair in his reasoning although against me, im appealing. If you get him assigned to you, he will be fair and you will get a shot.