Hon. John R. Smoak See Rating Details
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Average Rating:9.6 - 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. John R. Smoak



Comment #: 6130
Rating:Not Rated
Though he beat me out for the seat he now occupies, he seems to have turned out to be an outstanding choice for the job. A complete breath of fresh air compared to some of the other intellectual gorillas who occupy the federal bench in this district. Of course, I think I'd have been a better choice... ;) Still, he's working out very well.

Court Staff

Comment #: 6110
I have found Judge Smoak to be a brilliant jurist. His opinions are scholarly, well-researched, and well-written. He moves cases along efficiently and effectively, demonstrating the discipline expected of a West Point grad. Unlike most judges, Judge Smoak has had over 30 years of experience trying cases. Thus, he has an intuitive grasp of the law and understands the concerns of counsel. Before becoming a federal district judge, Judge Smoak received a pre-eminent rating by Martindale.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 1164
judge smoak is very practical in his application of the rules and law. i find his courtroom to be an even playing field for all parties. he was a pleasure to try a case before.