Hon. Nita L. Stormes See Rating Details
Magistrate Judge See Comments
S.D.Cal.  
Average Rating:6.8 - 4 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. Nita L. Stormes


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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 23670
Rating:5.2
Comments:
Her reputation as a settlement wizard may be deserved, but in my experience it is not necessarily to the benefit of the court or its litigants. Her MO seems to be to size up who she perceives to be the more vulnerable party and hammer on that party and counsel to force a compromise -- not because of the strength or weakness of a party's position, but because she thinks she's found the most expeditious way to get to a settlement. She is imperious, condescending and favors the home team. This did not facilitate settlement for my client. The reverse was true. Use her if: 1) you have no choice, 2) you need someone to beat up on a party to the benefit of your client, 3) you do not mind being insulted, and/or 4) you have the home town advantage.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 21732
Rating:9.7
Comments:
A complete breath of fresh air. Had two settlement conferences with Judge Stormes. The highest compliment that I can pay to her is that she doesn't act like a judge. She's a real person,very human. She is very engaged in the process, has complete respect for all sides, and doesn't have an ounce of judicial arrogance. If all judges were as nice as her, life would be infinitely better. If you get assigned to her, count yourself lucky.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5249
Rating:10.0
Comments:
An excellent Magistrate Judge. Smart, hard-working, creative and knowledgeable.