Hon. Boyd N. Boland See Rating Details
Magistrate Judge See Comments
D.Colo.  
Average Rating:7.2 - 16 rating(s)
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Ratings

*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. Boyd N. Boland


Comments


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 19107
Rating:4.5
Comments:
I've been in front of him his entire 20 plus year career as a district court magistrate. He was real open minded and helpful in the beginning of his career but now he's obviously burned out. I'd be surprised if he doesn't retire soon.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 18952
Rating:5.2
Comments:
Extremely harsh on plaintiff's employment counsel. shows bias in favor of defense counsel--especially from large firms. permits egregious discovery violations by defense counsel, and imposes extremely punitive sanctions on plaintiff's counsel where defense counsel stonewalls.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 11722
Rating:3.7
Comments:
This Magistrate is openly biased against Plaintiff's in insurance cases.
An investigation should be conducted into the Magistrate permitting his clerks to write opinions; not surprisingly, his clerks get prize jobs at insurance defense firms.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 9864
Rating:4.8
Comments:
The Magistrate needs to improve his prejudicial treatmentin favor of insurance defense. In the case of Garcia v Berkshire Life Insurance, docket confirms that the Magistrate overstepped his authority to hear a dispositive motion, in his court, without consent of the parties.
The docket further confirms that the Magistrate allowed defense to reschedule a settlement conference to the day before the dispositive motions hearing. During settlement the Magistrate failed to maintain an evidentiary record, as the rules require. Worse, during the settlement hearing, Magistrate proceeded to pressure the disabled plaintiff into a shamefully inadequate settlement. (See affidavit of lawyer, Jeffrey Nobel in support of Motion to Recuse.

It's likely the defense prejudiced the Magistrate with manipulation; however, the appearance of bias in strong.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 8857
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
As in-house counsel for an insurance company, I see a lot of highly biased judges. This is not one. He is courteous, fair, intelligent, and works to make the parties settle because they understand the risks, rather than because they've been bullied by the judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 7905
Rating:6.2
Comments:
Clearly an intelligent and organized person. However, he seems to confuse punctuality and decisiveness with sound case management. As a result, his rulings on procedural matters in a complex construction case have been novel and simplistic and have cost the parties tens of thousands of dollars in unnecessary legal expense.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 7847
Rating:9.8
Comments:
Smart, diligent, practical: you could not do better. Extremely well prepared so you better not speak without thinking ahead. Yes, too lenient with discovery abusers, but he probably sees that as evenhandedness.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 6397
Rating:9.2
Comments:
Was excellent in mediation. Worked very hard to settle case. Was fair to both sides, and was creative in working with the parties to reach an agreeable settlement.

Litigant

Comment #: 5729
Rating:9.0
Comments:
Treated me as a pro se litigant with courtesy and dignity. He was fair and candid during the settlement conference, and handled it competently and effectively. He appeared to be a judge who serves the law above his own ego or agenda, and administered the law with an even hand and a fair eye.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 4270
Rating:8.2
Comments:
Best attributes: civil and courteous to litigants and counsel; sharp analytical mind; manages his docket very diligently and expeditiously.

Needs to improve: coming down harder on (primarily) defense counsel who manipulate the discovery process; actually doing something to counsel who make material misrepresentations in pleaedings and oral presentations and are caught in the act; being more even-handed as between plaintiffs and defendants.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 4180
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Excellent judge and scholar.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 1880
Rating:7.7
Comments:
While he is certainly the best of the local MJs, especially in terms of settlement and docket management, he seems to hold plaintiff counsel's feet to the fire, while giving a little too much leeway to defense counsel [civil, that is]. Also seems to be a little too cynical, so if you show that opposing counsel has made a misreprestation, it seems to roll off od his back a little to easily. Very nice guy in private. A little too form over substance, especially on deadlines, but he usually gets the rulings right. Takes Rule 72 appeals personally, so you need to be careful about what you write, because he reads every one. He also seems too driven by whether he likes your client, and very clearly is prone to accept defense counsel at their word while requiring hard proof from the plaintiff side. He has great potential, but he needs to realize that some even-handedness is needed.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 1731
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Should be an Article 3 As good as there is

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 1692
Rating:8.5
Comments:
Works hard to promote settlement. Responsive and fair on discovery issues. Very personable.