Hon. Eduardo C. Robreno See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
E.D.Pa.  
Average Rating:4.1 - 15 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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Comment #: 33055
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
For three quarters of a century the Meehan family led Philadelphia’s Republican Party.

Michael Meehan, has been the Chairman of the Philadelphia Republican party while holding a partnership position at the law firm of Eckert Seamans.

Chairman Meehan publicly supported Judge Robreno's appointment to the federal bench in 1991.

Chairman Meehan's brother in law, Ed DiDonato, practiced in a bankruptcy firm as one of three named partners.

Eric Frank, one of the named firm partners to DiDonato (Chairman Meehan's brother in law), was appointed as a federal bankruptcy judge in 2006 and his term expires in 2034.

DiDonato routinely appears before Eric Frank, his former law partner.

DiDonato has repeatedly appeared before Judge Robreno.

Appeals from Eric Frank have been presided over by Judge Robreno.

Frank and Robreno have ruled in favor of DiDonato's interests when the merits of a case are clearly in favor of his opponents. The opinions issued on their face feature falsification of facts of record and not addressing the controlling facts and issues.

Judge Robreno's daughter has recently been hired for the second time as a partner at Eckert Seaman's the same law firm where Chairman Meehan is a partner.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 33020
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
A lower court judge has issued several decisions replete with factual and legal errors while aware that Judge Robreno would preside over any appeal of his decision. The record was clear in each instance that the lower court judge not only sought to and did nullify facts of record but blatantly and methodically misrepresented facts of record throughout his opinion. The record made clear of the litigant harmed by the trial judge possessed limited resources. In the multiple opinions the trial court judge exhibited absolutely no fear or concern that Judge Robreno while reviewing the misconduct of the lower court judge would pursue action (ethical, disciplinary, reversal) against the trial court judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 32992
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
The issuance of an appeal proof "decision" devoid of any factual or legal analysis runs entirely contra to any public expectation of a district court judge. When a judge does so in a disparate balance of power context between the litigants in favor of the litigant yielding the most resources and political power there can be no redress in the legal system. If he behaves like a judge only in high profile cases there is no hope of redress in the legal system. However, there are professionals who find injustice repugnant and will pursue a thoughtful, well documented, investigation and scrutiny of the case, along with a review of the Judge's past decisions, biases, patterns of ruling for his own political convenience while ignoring the law and justice.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 32987
Rating:1.0
Comments:
In a case where there was clearly documented irrefutable evidence of fraud, Judge Robreno called the parties to a dispositive hearing. Robreno scheduled the hearing after hours on a bitter cold evening in the dead of winter. The female litigant, her counsel, and the big law firm attorneys managed to get by after hours security and navigated their way through the hallways of the darkened courthouse to Robreno's courtroom which was locked. Eventually Robreno's clerk opened the huge majestic door and asked who was present. Palpable fear that press would appear even though courthouse closed? During this horrific charade settlement was raised but never explored. The Judge ruled against the female litigant shortly thereafter. Robreno's decision, an empty opinion that served to nullify/ignore all salient facts of record, was affirmed by the same circuit court judge with the same empty opinion that rubber stamped a previous ruling from Robreno against a female litigant. Horrific.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 32978
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Slip and fall case with significant, permanent, established damages and liability. Female litigant. Opposition was huge law firm. Robreno was acknowledging validity of the case. Then case took a complete 360 when facts were nullified by Robreno in a "non opinion" at summary judgment. On appeal case found itself before Third Circuit where panel was led by judge who has history of failing to issue decisions in these types of cases involving similar litigants.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 32897
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Found Robreno to be extremely biased in favor of defense/big law firm. In cases before Robreno female litigants with huge damages with clear liability had the unfortunate experience of an appeal from Robreno finding itself before what some believe to be a misogynistic circuit judge who routinely did not issue opinions in the appeals of Robreno's questionable decisions. Female litigants rendered powerless and victimized. Justice denied.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 30893
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
In a multi-defendant criminal case, he was careful and diligent to ensure that justice was achieved. He was compassionate where appropriate and tough when it was called for. I may not have agreed with his results but know that they were fair.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 23673
Rating:8.3
Comments:
Had 3+ day civil jury trial. Treated lawyers for both sides with respect. Ran a very nice court room. Easy to work with, and always gave counsel their opportunity to be heard.

Other

Comment #: 18334
Rating:2.0
Comments:
Judge Rebreno folds to the winds. He will take the word of law enforcement over prosecutors.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 12735
Rating:2.8
Comments:
From commencement of the action to the time of verdict, Judge Robreno was exceeedingly biased in favor of the defense. He made every ruling in favor of the defense, even denying a 'routine' motion to compel discovery. Astoundingly biased. He made absolutely no effort to settle the case. Your best advice as plaintiff's counsel - get out of the case by settling it and doing so early on.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 12049
Rating:1.7
Comments:
Another of arlen specter appointees (along with E.D. Judge Michael Baylson)on the E.D. of PA bench. If your client finds him or herself in that camp then he or she should have smooth sailing from the moment of case inception until the very bitter end. Wonder what his law clerk thinks as the judge has him partake in authoring intellectually dishonest off the wall opinions? NOT a judge for the people of this Commonwealth during this post world economic crisis. A judge for big law firms that put him on the bench.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 12006
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Currently handling all federal asbestos-related personal injury claims and moving that mountain along nicely. Innovative and fair.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 8791
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
defense bias

why can't we get judges on the federal bench who are evenhanded?