Hon. Stephen P. Friot See Rating Details
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Average Rating:5.8 - 3 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. Stephen P. Friot


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 8850
Judge Friot and Judge Cauthron are the brightest judges in our district. He is the best judge we have in grasping complex commercial transactions and disputes. He works very hard, and expects lawyers to do the same. Although he seems to come to decisions quickly, even when I've lost before him I have never felt as though he acted on a whim or out of bias. He is very confident, but he holds oral arguments on motions more than anyone else and gives everyone their due. If you come unprepared or late, you may be embarassed. He has a strong moral compass, but he is not pious and makes decisions on the law and facts. He is a little harsh at times about arcane aspects of the local rule. I don't agree with the negative view of him posted by others.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 6719
The prior entry is dead right. Judge Friot picks his result, then works his way backwards. His number one priority is docket clearing. Law and justice are far down the list.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 6157
He forms opinions quickly with little consideration of the facts and arguments, thus his opinions can be poorly reasoned and just plain wrong. Docket clearing seems to be his first priority.