Hon. Mark S. Davis See Rating Details
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Average Rating:7.8 - 10 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. Mark S. Davis



Comment #: 29599
Honestly, I wish that Judge Davis would be considered for SCOTUS. He is the most patient, courteous, and diligent Judge I have ever seen, and he cares about getting the law correct.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 23591
Has no clue. prejudiced against females.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 21468
He is easily the best district court judge in the EDVA Norfolk Division.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: 18927
Judge Davis has the perfect judicial temperament. He is courteous to the litigants, he seems to genuinely care about the issues, and he is bright enough to understand the most complex arguments. Excellent judge

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 18003
Rating:Not Rated
Really outstanding judge. I do not agree with him politically and he seems to identify with institutional interests but he will listen to you and decide cases on the law rather than any bias that he has. He has a sense of humor and is a humble person. I love this judge.


Comment #: 10745
Judge Davis is smart, honest, fair, and fearless. Simply outstanding in every way!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 10276
An outstanding trial judge, excellent scholar and fine human being. If we are all lucky he will go to the 4th Circuit.

I have tried long and complex civil cases with him and have litigated numerous hotly contested pre-trial and discovery motions. He is consistently excellent in all phases. He knows the law sometimes better than the lawyers and refuses to let things become uncivil.

I do not agree with many of his political views and don't always like his decisions, but he is even handed and sticks to the law. I always feel that I have gotten a fair hearing. I have won close questions that I expected to lose and have lost close questions that I expected to win. Usually he rules the way prepared and informed attorneys would expect. All of this tells me that he consistently gets it right.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 7504
The state court's loss is the federal court's gain. A truly decent human being. Considering his lack of criminal practice as a lawyer, he learned quickly. Treated defendants as individuals - which could be very good or very bad, depending on the offender and the offense. Very even-tempered, and well-liked and respected by all non-attorney court personnel. Do not mistake his kindness for weakness. Attorneys who demean opposing counsel, witnesses and parties will face consequences.