Hon. Matthew W. Brann See Rating Details
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Average Rating:3.3 - 6 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. Matthew W. Brann


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 32700
extremely anti-plaintiff

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 32692
Dislikes all civil plaintiffs, criminal defendants, and their counsel equally. Unless you are a minority. Then, he dislikes you a little more.

Prosecutors, civil defendants, and their attorneys can do no wrong in his eyes.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 28813
Has no real feel for burden of proof or evidentiary issues in a civil case. It is quite evident that before taking the bench he had very little, or almost no, litigation experience.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 25852
It was a pleasure trying a criminal case in front of Judge Brann. He is accommodating to the lawyers and a great listener. He is genuinely interested in the substance of the case and recognizes and appreciates good legal craftsmanship. He is eager to make out of town attorneys feel at home and gives great restaurant recommendations -- be prepared though, his favorite place seems to have an unwritten dress code that prefers hipster clothing, long fuzzy beards and lots of tattoos -- the food is great.

Finally, the judge has a habit of nodding when you are making legal arguments to him -- I don't think this is conscious -- he is listening intently. BE CAREFUL NOT TO CONCLUDE THAT THIS MEANS HE AGREES WITH YOU.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 25457
Very pro-corporate bias. Shallow reasoning in his written opinions.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 24767
Legal analysis is poor and appears outcome driven toward corporate defendants. Poor judicial temperament. If he is your draw as a plaintiff's civil rights attorney promptly inform your client about the appeal process.