Hon. Sara L. Ellis See Rating Details
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Average Rating:3.4 - 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)
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. Sara L. Ellis


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 28846
Should a former city attorney be ruling on cases involving her former colleagues and clients?

Its one thing to have a bias for police but to add bias toward their lawyers is quite another.

How is Chicago able to address police issues when the federal judiciary, in this case, is not willing to allow civilian matters to be heard.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 28511
She is in over her head. She cannot handle complicated legal arguments. She derides and belittles attorneys. Her temperament is awful. She does not like making decisions, so she keeps ordering the attorneys to meet and confer, even when they have already done that again and again and again. Her procedure for motions for summary judgment and for discovery motions is horrible. She wants both sides to file a "joint statement of facts" and "joint motions," which is impossible.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 24957
Unqualified for job. Funny to watch her on the bench when she gets stumped on even basic procedural or substantive issues. Unfortunately, off the bench her clerks don't seem good enough to salvage her lack of qualifications.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: 23335
A fair, steady hand in civil litigation. She encourages settlement at all stages, but isn't afraid to dig in on the issues when necessary.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 23255
A former corp. counsel who still acts like one. She is completely biased towards the government in civil cases.