Hon. Mark Dinsmore See Rating Details
Magistrate Judge See Comments
Average Rating:6.2 - 5 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)
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What others have said about Hon. Mark Dinsmore


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 21936
Rating:Not Rated
If all you want from a mediator is someone to run numbers back and forth, then this judge won't disappoint you. If he actually reads the settlement conference submissions, you will never know it. He does not provide any insight into the case and does nothing to help the parties bridge the gap. If he is your mediator, don't expect much and you won't be disappointed.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 20886
Beware of any Judge Dinsmore "settlement conference" scheduled after you file an appeal to the Seventh Circuit. It might be an ambush to persuade your client to voluntarily dismiss her appeal.

Court Staff

Comment #: 20735
I served in his chambers as an intern for several months. I thought that Judge Dinsmore was a very fair and even-handed judge. He knew the issues before ruling on motions, and knew when someone was being difficult just to be difficult. He has a natural desire to look at both sides of the case and even deal with issues that weren't directly brought up by the parties and weren't a requirement of the court to investigate. He likes getting cases off the docket, sure, but not at the expense of fairness or justice. There were several times he took time to talk to me one-on-one about a case that I was working on or had taken an interest in. He routinely ate lunch with the rest of the staff, and was happy to answer questions about cases. A great judge for an internship, and - contrary to another comment - does not rule on any motion without being fully aware of the issues presented.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 18875
This guy hits it out of the park. Very bright, hard working, fair and efficient. It is evident he had a lot of litigation experience before becoming a magistrate judge. If you want good and prompt rulings, he is your man. His fairness is a little surprising given that he practiced at a big firm for a long time. He would be a great district judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 12180
The recent roundtable summed this one up the best: he seems inclined to be plaintiff friendly and seems to focus less on the actual case and more on meeting statistics for deadlines to remove cases from the federal docket. He pushes Defendnats to put money on the table and rules without without what appears to be real thought onthe spceifics of the case. Frankly, my opinion is too pushy, too plaintiff friendly and he operates onhis general thoughts without regard to the pscific case. Hopefully experience will change this judge.