Hon. Sarah Netburn See Rating Details
Magistrate Judge See Comments
Average Rating:7.4 - 11 rating(s)
Please send me alerts on this judge
E-mail Address:

Add your own rating

E-Mail Address (will not be displayed)
Confirm E-mail Address      
Add a comment only


*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)
  Items marked with (*) are averaged into the displayed overall rating

Please type what you see below:


What others have said about Hon. Sarah Netburn



Comment #: 32948
Very knowledgeable & willing to take the time to convey the aspects of the case. Excellent temperament with a balance of fairness & direction.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 31336
Excellent Judge. Extremely smart, practical and has a great judicial temperament. If you get to litigate your case before her, you are very fortunate.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 28725
Great temperament. Works hard. Very fair. She is a worthy member of the federal bench.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: 25204
Rating:Not Rated
A real piece of work. In the event you're unlucky enough to get her, it's worth every penny to discontinue and spend the $400 to get someone else. 'Nuff said.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 24679
Well prepared and skilled mediator. Pointed out weaknesses, did not belittle strengths, maintained credibility as honest purveyor of unvarnished news - good and bad. Concluded the four hour conference with a confidential proposed settlement number at the lowest end of reasonable (from my client's viewpoint) which both sides accepted the next day.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 24257
Truly awful. Handled a "mediation" involving a very frivolous civil lawsuit (labor dispute, I represented the defendant/employer). Totally sided with plaintiff. Insisted on meeting privately with my client. Recommended a number so high it was absurd. Ended up settling the case on our own for a small fraction of that number. She may be a nice person, I don't know, but certainly not even-handed, or even fair, imo.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 23506
Avoid mediation at all costs. She will side with those that have personal connections to her or the law firms she thinks are more impressive. She also seals documents to cover up her favoritism and willingness to ignore the law and facts

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 22964
Very disappointing. She was a court appointed "mediator" in a complicated, acrimonious case. She was way out of her league. Not sure if she understood what was going on. She did very little but communicate each party's settlement offers, with no real attempt to convince either side to give up extreme (and sometimes ridiculous) positions. Both sides agreed there was no point in having a second session. Her numbers are inflated here because she is a very nice person and good on the non-substantive things, e.g., scheduling flexibility and punctuality, but, sadly, that's where it ends.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 21724
Did an excellent job of achieving settlement in a case with an erratic plaintiff where multiple efforts had failed before. Was well-versed in the nuances of the case, exhibited the patience of Job, and devoted the better part of a day to resolving the matter. I would definitely use her again for settlement.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 20824
Judge Netburn dedicated the better part of her day to our settlement conference. She was flexible in her approach, willing to listen to the parties and their desires, and was effective in bridging the considerable gap which existed.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 19090
I participated with her in a civil suit involving trademark infringement and breach of contract; she spent a good four
hours helping the parties reach a settlemnent. Excellent mediator.