Hon. Edward M. Chen See Rating Details
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Average Rating:8.6 - 11 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. Edward M. Chen



Comment #: 29790
Rating:Not Rated
This is true Judge Chen is not fair to Chinese plaintiff. He purposely rules against Chinese plaintiff, regardless of whether they are legally correct.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 28934
Best described as having the wisdom of Solomon and the patience of Job.
Lets attorneys make their arguments and keeps an open mind.
Judge Chen sets the standard. Fair, incredibly bright , great temperament.
This man sets the standard and is by far the best judge in the NDCA

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 23676
Edward Chen is one of the most biased, intellectually dishonest judges I have ever encountered. However, if you're representing a crooked corporation, Chen is your guy, as he will find a way for you to win regardless of the facts and the law.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 22481
Very fair and smart judge. Does not show bias to either side. Was well prepared for MSJ hearing and let both sides state their arguments.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 22475
Absolutely fantastic Judge. Best on the Northern District by far. Has no leanings one way or the other. Only worry is for his staff--given how hard he works, they must be working around the clock.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 11410
Magistrate Judge Chen is fair, incisive in his reasoning, patient and pragmatic. Reasonable about scheduling, and sensitive to legitimate needs of parties and counsel, while not at all wishy-washy. Overall, an excellent jurist in every respect.


Comment #: 9068
To whomever posted comments 9020 and 9026, you ought to be ashamed of yourself. Just because you're Asian doesn't mean Judge Chen should agree with you unquestionably. Judge Chen is fair, open-minded and patient. His judgment has been excellent. He has a long trackable history of decisions. While an armchair quarterback might take apart a few cases they don't agree with, it is beyond dispute that he is well-qualified and an asset to the Justice System.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 9020
Rating:Not Rated
Judge Chen is not fair to Chinese plaintiff. He is snobbish and racist. He against his own race.
see Complaint of Judicial Misconduct No. 07-89078

What Magistrate Chen allegedly did was pervasive twisting of the facts and
record to fit his conclusion. Does such pervasive twisting raise an inference
of misconduct? Or is such pervasive twisting merits related?

Edward Chen does not represent the Asian American community, nor does he represent justice in the court room. He bases his rulings completely on whichever party has the most money and power, not on legal standards. We cannot blindly support Chen because he is Chinese. He does nothing for the Asian community, and if you look closely at his rulings, he purposely rules against Asians, regardless of whether they are legally correct. Obama must remove him as a magistrate, not promote him to be a District Court judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 7870
He is the one Magistrate Judge I would wholeheartedly suggest for patent cases. Not only was he fair and reasonable, he wrote a detailed and thoughtful opinion and was willing to entertain a telephone CMC to alter case scheduling when appropriate. I would not be surprised if he were on the short list to fill Article III vacancies on the bench.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 6012
Judge Chen's legal acumen is unparalled. He is a fantastic judge who finds unique solutions. He is a fair jurist who will treat parties equally.