Hon. Vanessa Lynne Bryant See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
D.Conn.  
Average Rating:3.3 - 22 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. Vanessa Lynne Bryant


Comments


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 18904
Rating:2.3
Comments:
She does work hard, but is biased, and has a terrible disposition.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 18776
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Generally excellent judge. Very patient. Very courteous.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 18717
Rating:1.0
Comments:
apart from the fact that she is petty, abusive, and plain mean, she does not understand that a judge is not an advocate. The venom which drips from her lips when imposing a sentence is something that I have never seen. Her behavior demeans her position, the entire bench, and ultimately the entire criminal process.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 18541
Rating:10.0
Comments:
A competent, albeit misunderstood, judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 18328
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I would say she is intellectually dishonest, except that using any form of the word intellectual in connection with her work is too flattering.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 18114
Rating:1.0
Comments:
The worst judge for the District. She is arrogant, stupid, incompetent, abusive, and petty.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 18009
Rating:10.0
Comments:
A misunderstood but usually excellent judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 13699
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judges should exercise good judgment. She invariably does not. There is a very important difference between exercising judgment and being judgmental. She is extremely judgmental about criminal defendants and mistakenly believes that she is exercising good judgment. She spins any fact put in front of her as a negative against the defendant in the process of condemning that defendant (especially if the defendant is not a citizen of the US).

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 13540
Rating:4.5
Comments:
I find her to be a mixed bag. I agree with the comments on her temperament but find her opinions hit or miss. Some of her work product is well-reasoned and fair.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 13416
Rating:1.0
Comments:
A bully on the bench - disrespectful of the lawyers that appear before her. Not well prepared.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 12410
Rating:1.0
Comments:
The only positive about Judge Bryant is that she's no longer a Superior Court judge, so we have to deal with her less often. She's ignorant, and thinks she's brilliant which is a really bad combination. Plays classical music in chambers to pretend she's sophisticated and effete. Her opinions are written at the level of a twelve year old. We could be lucky and let them promote her out of this District to the Second Circuit!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 12326
Rating:2.1
Comments:
Not bright, not thoughtful, doesn't read the law, doesn't read the briefs. If she were in private practice, I don't know that I would hire her to handle a small claims matter. Fully deserves the low rankings she is receiving.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 11949
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Mean, arrogant and petty. Lives in a world bounded by resentment and ignorance.

Other

Comment #: 10556
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Watching a sentencing was almost unbelievable. Not only did she call the defendant the wrong name numerous times, she could not understand a financial statement, upon which she was to make a judgement as part of the sentencing. Even the US attorney and PO left shaking their heads and embarrassed. Her sentence was harsh and when explaining her reasoning was almost unintelligible and did not take into any account what the people who appeared on behalf of the defendant had to say. It was almost a canned speech delivered without emotion and almost with disgust. She seems very unqualifies to be handing out "justice" because no one in her court room is treatedly justly.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 9935
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Almost comical. I've never seen anything like it.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 8913
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Very, very poor, much as she was as a State Court judge. She chooses sides at the outset, refuses to permit oral argument, even where both parties want it, and does not assist parties in resolving basic issues - even by referral to a magistrate judge. She shows little interest in the cases pending before her and pressing matters languish on her docket (still waiting for over a year for rulings on pre-trial motions). She devalues an otherwise very strong roster of federal jurists in the District.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 8909
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Horrible. Won't even give a continuance to complete discovery when insurance company first appears in case shortly before jtm is due. Incompetent. Very sad and unfortunately long term situation.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 8738
Rating:2.0
Comments:
a god awful inflexible nasty jurist. She picks sides has not even the slightest empathy for the attorneys who appear before her. She picks dates without consultation with the parties and then refuses even modest continuances. The only thing good about her is that all parties fear her so much cases tend to resolve.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 7435
Rating:1.5
Comments:
She has lived up to everything the bar associations said about her during her confirmation hearing -- she's unqualified to be a federal judge. In fact, she's a disaster of monumental proportions. She lacks either the interest or the intelligence to understand even basic legal issues. When you combine that with laziness and a penchant for taking the easy way out on most issues, the attorney or client who has the misfortune of appearing before her will be constantly frustrated. Perhaps she's OK for a simple slip and fall case but the court should try to keep complex cases away from her because she's simply in over her head with no lifeline.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 6691
Rating:1.8
Comments:
An horrific calamity of a judge. She is arrogant, stupid, incompetent, abusive, petty and lazy. On top of that, she is going blind - the only thing she can see is the clock because she is careful not to work after 4:00pm. She has no grasp whatsoever of the rules of evidence. This embarrassment to the judiciary should never have been appointed to the bench, but when the ABA committee rated her unfit and incompetent the politicos replaced the committee. The only category where she rates above a 1 is evenhandedness - she treats everyone with equal disrespect and disdain.