Hon. Douglas P. Woodlock See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
D.Mass.  
Average Rating:3.8 - 13 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%)
  Items marked with (*) are averaged into the displayed overall rating
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What others have said about Hon. Douglas P. Woodlock


Comments


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 21987
Rating:3.3
Comments:
You will thank the bullies in your life for preparing you for the experience of appearing before him.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 21688
Rating:2.9
Comments:
Inherently corrupt, condescending and unsuitable to be a judicial officer. Judge Woodlock is morally bankrupt.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 21100
Rating:2.3
Comments:
Judge Woodlock's behavior is atrocious. How was this man raised? I think if his family could see him in action they would be embarrassed. Why treat people so badly? What end does it serve? He is an egomaniac of the first order.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 21055
Rating:2.0
Comments:
This judge is mean, vindictive, belittles others for no good reason and is always on a power trip. He will actually craft an opinion where the ends justify the means and in the process completely ignore the legal standard involved. He is not judicious at all. If he feels like he doesn't like a litigant or an attorney, he will find the law to justify his result.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 20228
Rating:3.8
Comments:
Condescending demeanor towards all counsel and tends to berate counsel even when he is blatantly wrong until counsel concedes. Very rarely prepared but ultimately at least attempts to make an attempt at an opinion rooted in case law and can sometimes actually get it very right.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 18175
Rating:2.5
Comments:
Borderline pathological procrastination issues. No appreciation for the litigants' needs for a prompt resolution of their disputes. Self-important.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 13539
Rating:4.6
Comments:
Childish temperment. Distracts from the case. Self important and grandiose.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 12008
Rating:2.7
Comments:
Woodlock, DJ : Is a pro corporate Judge. I find his rulings to be bias and his attitude less than acceptable..

Litigant

Comment #: 11831
Rating:2.0
Comments:
I do not have a good impression of Judge Woodlock. Based on his past decisions, he is pro-business; he is not for the little person. He dismissed my case in part because he said it was frivolous; it was not, but it would have seriously implicated George W. Bush, who graduated Yale just one year before Judge Woodlock did. Judge Woodlock has allowed his politics to influence his judicial judgment--I will be appealing his decision. Read also the comments below about his egomania.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 9803
Rating:5.2
Comments:
Miserable disposition. Demeans parties, counsel and even other judges without cause. Makes intemperate remarks. Thinks people care about how important he thinks he is. Too bad; smart guy.

Other

Comment #: 8692
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I was sworn in as a citizen of the United States along with 336 other people and their supporters - around 500 in total. Hon. Douglas P. Woodlock presided. He arrived 45 minutes late, and offered no explanation or apology. What could have been more important than this ceremony that 336 people have worked so hard to obtain? What kind of message does this give to these people? And we had to treat him respectfully by standing when he entered and left. I am still fuming at the rudeness and humiliation that I felt, for myself and for all those good people that he treated with such arrogance.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 5707
Rating:6.7
Comments:
Bright but has a horrible temperament. Does the right thing and finds the law to support that result.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5683
Rating:5.3
Comments:
Very impressed with himself. Mercurial and ready to pontificate on all issues despite a sometimes obvious lack of familiarity with the issues. Temperament in court is very knee-jerk on legal issues, but his opinions usually get the law right. Sometimes he lets cases get away from his control. Usually gives all lawyers before him a hard time. (Some speculate this is just a power trip.)