Hon. Jerome B. Simandle (Chief Judge) See Rating Details
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Average Rating:9.0 - 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. Jerome B. Simandle (Chief Judge)


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 23106
While my opinion is high for Judge Simandle for only his court room organization temperament, punctuality, and he is very intelligent, I have little respect for his unwillingness or rather willing to mitigate awards without regard to litigates and basing his feelings(biased of his own opinion is my opinion)_ and opinions into law. His outright dislike to my case was also an embarrassment to his honor and to the attorneys of both sides. His input of ill feelings toward my case was put into his statement of law when it came down to a jury award and the instructions. He was unwilling to allow a jury make their own conclusion and then he could have ordered remittitur. But rather he put his law opinion of award for the jury. Pushed for a settlement and afterward the jury was questioned by both parties. The jury found exemplary evidence in their opinion, of course prior to deliberation, but it was unanimous during our talks they wanted to award much more. A lot more then the judges stated award that was only being allowed to be considered.

So although i won, i felt forced into a settlement not withstanding the Judges intentions was to reduce then anyway, any award the jury would have put forth more than Judge Simandle's allowance. The jury seemed disappointed as well. When Judge Simandle asked the jury his questions, you could see his "surprise in his eyes and tension and confusion. His demeanor changed for the first time. He is very level tempered and shows little emotion... Very little humor if any at all. His own humility, i feel, gets in the way of the litigants and feel it his time for retirement. I won but should have been deserved more and so did the jury. May be the last time the Judge allows discussions with jury after settlement, unless his more sure they will side with his own opinions and the jury not allowed to be of their own... I could not find his fairness to understand and bias his own opinion into law and prerequisite such to the jury and if anything other than what his determination of an award was given, he would have reduced. And made it clear.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: 20825
One of the smartest and fairest judges around - win or lose. Be prepared. Be on time. Know that he is probably smarter than you. Top marks for this judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 20721
This judge is evenhanded, well-prepared and industrious. He does not shy away from complex cases and is very thoughtful. Among the best there is.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 8683
Rating:Not Rated
An excellent judge and public servant. Fair, judicious.


Comment #: 8562
Rating:Not Rated
Judge Simandle is excellent in every regard. If every U.S. judge had his sense of ethics and fairness, and was as dedicated to truth and making sure everyone gets a fair hearing as he is, our country would be in good hands indeed.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5077
I have had three cases before this judge. An outstanding jurist; smart, thoughtful, willing to take on complex issues and capable of doing so. Well prepared on the issues. Pleasant and cordial demeanor. Writes a thorough and well-reasoned opinion. When he rules against you, you can always say, "Yeah, I certainly understand why."


Comment #: 3516
Rating:Not Rated
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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 1167
I have had one case before this judge. I found him to be well prepared, intelligent and articulate. Mostly, I was impressed with his demeanor, which was firm but friendly. My only complaint was that he ruled against me.