Hon. Sean F. Cox See Rating Details
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Average Rating:4.1 - 17 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. Sean F. Cox


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 23909
Rude and arbitrary. Apparently believes the bigger jerk he is the better the jurist he is.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 22679
His inability to grasp legal concepts is a problem

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 22659
I've been before Judge Cox when he was at the state court, as well as in the federal court, and I was very impressed with his work ethic, as well as his appreciation and understanding of the practice of laws. While it is a shift to go from advocating before the bench to rendering decisions from the bench, he has struck me as a careful, thoughtful judge who makes an effort to understand the issues and to make decisions based on the facts and the law.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 20986
He takes forever to rule, and places form over function, with little regard for what is fair and right. His involvement in settlement discussions is highly inappropriate, uncivil, rude, and discourteous. Ineffective, too, as he seems to forget that he needs to pressure both sides to settle. Result-oriented, and clearly pro-business and defense.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 12292
Not the brightest person on the bench, terrible attitude if the matter doesn't turn out as he thinks it should. His rulings and demeanor are slanted towards whatever side he thinks should win, instead of being neutral he uses his position to get to a result he wants.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: 12260
You never know which Judge Cox you're going to get; nice and cordial, or standoffish and down right rude. Doesn't appear extremely bright, which does make me wonder how he got this position.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 9426
Excellent judicial temperment; I have had a number of cases before him already in his relatively brief time on the bench, and he plays it right down the middle; he does a good job of managing cases, with active involvement of the attorneys.


Comment #: 8682
I was summoned as a potential juror. I could not believe how this judge treated those jurors who responded to his request for hardship claims. He humiliated me when I tried to explain that I had serious medical conditions and that I was caring for my infirmed mother. I could not believe someone like this has an appointment from the president of our United States.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 8471
He is still somewhat new to the federal bench, but if he maintains his current work ethic over the long haul, I can envision Judge Cox becoming a well regarded Article III judge. He obviously works hard and the quality of his opinions seems to be on the rise. Counsel would be well advised to avoid making him angry but most of the time he is a pretty decent guy.


Comment #: 6373
Clearly pro-business, to the point where I questioned if there were collusion in our case. I even looked up his campaign financing to find out if the defendant or their attorneys had contributed to his campaign! His reaction to a phone call from our attorney during a deposition was hostile, illogical, and it appeared from his response that he may have spoken with either the defendants or their attorney prior to our attorney calling. The EEOC issued my husband a right to sue opinion, and we thought we had a very good case - but Judge Cox ended all of our hopes for justice with a summary judgment for the defendant - not only did we not get our day in court, but when the summary judgment came in, three attorneys reviewed the case and agreed we should appeal - but by then, we didn't have enough money to appeal. So big business wins again, and, in my opinion, unfairly aided by Judge Cox.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 6298
Clearly pro-business. Received summary judgment order dismissing my case after one month of waiting. Will strain to interpret inferences in favor of defendant corporation over plaintiff employee, irrespective of summary judgment standard.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5835
He has to be one of the most incompetent federal judges I have ever seen. It is too bad because he appears to be a hardworking judge.

The problem is that he is in way over his head. He just does not get many of the issues before him. He tries to mask his utter incompetence and lack of understanding with his very "unique" style of conducting oral arguments.

I know his brother is the MI attorney general and he was just about the only Republican state judge in Wayne County who was not over 70+ years old.

But, this is just about the worst kind of political hire.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5268
Extremely disappointing new federal judge. He just isn't smart enough to be a judge. He has a definite "short man syndrome." Bad! Bad! Bad! His research lawyer, who is very bright, literally tells him what to do most of the time. Ironically, I won the one-month trial in front of him.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 4406
Hard to gauge his ability as a federal judge since he is still very new to the bench.

Most lawyers who have appeared before him so far say they were underwhelmed by this judge. Some have even said his written opinions are almost embarrassing.

What I know about him from his days in the state court was not much different from what others have said.