Hon. Richard Seeborg See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
N.D.Cal.  
Average Rating:8.8 - 9 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%)
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What others have said about Hon. Richard Seeborg


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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 24383
Rating:2.6
Comments:
This judge has good and bad attitudes. It is according to whether or not he likes you. I have been practicing law for over 25 years and he wasn't involved in my civil litigation getting settled. In fact, he was the problem. I did not give him high marks because I believe that I could have settled my sooner with another judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 23194
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I have observed Judge Seeborg handling complex legal issues on a First Amendment issue and his insights, questions, and demeanor all spoke of a highly effective and qualified judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 22384
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I'd give him 11 stars if I could !

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 22273
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Thorough in reviewing Motions for Summary Judgment. Takes the time to understand the issues and the law. Very good at picking up the nuances in arguments presented.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 9287
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I am always pleased when my cases are assigned to Judge Seeborg. I can count on him to be learned, conscientious, well-prepared, even-tempered and unbiased. I do not understand why it is taking so long for him to be elevated. He will be a wonderful asset to the Northern District bench.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 6765
Rating:9.3
Comments:
How on earth has this magistrate judge not been elevated yet? He is a far better judge than most of the federal judges sitting on the Northern District bench. His opinions are issued immediately with no delay, he reads through them, thoroughly researches issues, and is just all around a fantastic judge who treats people with unfailing courtesy.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5468
Rating:10.0
Comments:
One of the smartest judges on the federal bench. Loves complex matters. It is a real pleasure to be before him. He prepares for hearings, and you never have the sense that you have lost something because he didn't or couldn't understand it or didn't bother to consider it. Very fair, does not show bias to either side, very timely. Outstanding demeanor. One of the very best judges to appear before. He does tend to make up his mind before a hearing, and although he will allow argument, I've never seen him change his mind from his tentative decision. He also will do his own research and not just rely on the papers submitted by counsel. Very well-written decisions. He does not like it when attorneys include personal comments or attacks in their papers or fail to meet and confer, which also keeps things very professional. If only all judges were like this.

Litigant

Comment #: 3843
Rating:8.0
Comments:
Works very hard to understand highly complex technical matters. Very impressive level of comprehension in such matters, especially considering the Judge has no technical background. Slimy attorneys tend to take advantage of, and benefit from, the Judge's good nature.