Hon. Gladys Kessler See Rating Details
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Average Rating:7.4 - 6 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. Gladys Kessler


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 23929
I had a complex civil case in front of Judge Kessler. She issued a very thorough going, scholarly opinion. She is a very fine judge.


Comment #: 10507
Al-Adahi v. Obama Case. The ruling — the latest in a lengthening string of Circuit Court defeats for detainees at Guantanamo — came in the case of Al-Adahi v. Obama (docket 09-5333). It overturned a decision last August by District Judge Gladys Kessler, that a Yemeni national, Mohammed Al-Adahi, was entitled to be released. Tuesday’s ruling was the second within a week by the Circuit Court reversing Judge Kessler in a detainee case, and the new opinion brought a scathing critique of the methods she used to decide in Al-Adahi’s favor. The opinion even lectured Kessler on how to do probability analysis.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 9699
I represented a defendant before her in a lengthy and complex securities fraud trial. Judge Kessler gave prompt and well reasoned rulings in limine and trial motions, of which there were many. She moved the trial along while letting all parties present their case. She was intelligent, diligent and thoughtful in her rulings.

Court Staff

Comment #: 8495
Best?? Abrasive towards court staff, lack of professionalism-often ridiculing court staff who are there to support her, inconsiderate scheduling times for hearings, leniency towards high risk offenders, etc.....

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 6875
Judge Kessler is by far one of the best judges on the district court in DC. You won't find a fairer judge.