Hon. Nora B. Fischer See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
W.D.Pa.  
Average Rating:4.7 - 4 rating(s)
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Ratings

*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%)
  Items marked with (*) are averaged into the displayed overall rating
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What others have said about Hon. Nora B. Fischer


Comments


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 18300
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This Judge is unimpressive to say the least. She is only concerned with eliminating cases from her docket. She is biased, openly bullies litigants, is predisposed in her rulings without regard to the facts of the case and shows no desire to fairly hear the facts of a case and evaluate them. This is the wrong judge for any complex civil litigation.

Litigant

Comment #: 18138
Rating:3.0
Comments:
Judge Fischer is not only openly bias, but also some of her ruling are unreasonable, contradicts law, and she does not follow her own federal rules of procedure.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 18133
Rating:3.3
Comments:
Judge Fischer was, in my opinion, one of the worst judges I have appeared before. She decided, during motion practice, who she wanted to win and then distorted the law to achieve that result. She also made comments which undermined serious settlement discussions. Her temperament was acceptable but that was the only part of the experience that was.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 6702
Rating:9.9
Comments:
Judge Fischer was a gifted and well-respected federal litigator and trial lawyer before joining the bench. She is extremely hardworking and has always handled extremely complex cases. Anyone with the opportunity to appear before her should take it!