Hon. Gregory A. Presnell See Rating Details
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Average Rating:7.2 - 10 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. Gregory A. Presnell


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 11473
Wonderfully fair.

Probation or Pretrial Officer

Comment #: 9150
Not very astute at understanding law and inclined to be biased in his decisions.


Comment #: 9112
I was representing myself in lawsuit & judgment case. The Plaintiff has a personal grudge against me and kept filing motion after motion. I was in no way equipped to deal with it and did not respond to any of it. However, Judge Presnell ruled on each and everyone of the bogus motions with case law etc and basically denied everything. Each of his rulings were detailed and many pages long. He spared me more court appearances.
Eventually the Plaintiff realized he isn't getting anywhere and decided to move venue to a different court to get a different judge.


Comment #: 8485
Another whopper of a case reversed and remanded. Presnell declared 18 U.S.C.
§ 2250 unconstitutional. This is the sex offender registration act. He declared "The Court finds that the adoption of the statute under which Defendant is charged violates Congress’ power under the Commerce Clause and is, therefore, unconstitutional." Accordingly, it is ORDERED that the Amended Motion to Dismiss the Indictment (Doc. 37) is GRANTED. Mr. Powers shall be released from the custody of the Bureau of Prisons and the Clerk is directed to close the file. The 11th circuit unanimously reversed citing US vs Ambert as controlling something Judge Presnell couldn't find or bother to look up. this Judge is dangerous. Case number 07-00221-CR-ORL_31 (08-12764)

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 7428
What a pleasure to be in his court - he makes plenty of rulings with which I disagree, but he always strives to be fair and is a smart man.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5533
Judge Presnell can sometimes be hot and sometimes not. He is hardworking, even-handed in court, and inclined to take a hard look at the more interesting cases. But then some of his orders really lack luster (and reasoning). He tends to be a bit pro-defendant in criminal matters.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 4999
Judge Presnell is a hard working judge who attempts to get the right result. Very fair and genuine.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 4135
Very impressed. Was willing to take a look at the issues, including complex ones in order to come up with the right outcome. Was not predisposed to favor "hometown" firms.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 1320
Judge presnell has been burned by misformation from the government and probation so he is happy to scrutinize anything either says. He wasone of the first torule that the sentencing guidelines were unconstitutional. He regularly departs downward for street dealers who score as career offenders. On the other hand, he thinks the sentencing guidelines for white collar crimes are too lenient.