Hon. Norma L. Shapiro See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
E.D.Pa.  
Average Rating:8.9 - 4 rating(s)
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Ratings

*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
Comments



What others have said about Hon. Norma L. Shapiro


Comments


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 21006
Rating:8.4
Comments:
A no-nonsense judge with a rapier wit. Don't upset her; she will sanction you without hesitation if she believes that you can't legally justify your actions. If you have a discovery issue, she will make a quick decision on the phone, if need be. That being said, it is great to have a judge who doesn't think (or doesn't care) about the political ramifications of her decision before she makes it.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 8987
Rating:9.2
Comments:
Judge Shapiro is difficult for some lawyers to take, because she is prepared and expects lawyers to be prepared. She is one of the smartest and most courageous judges on the bench. Wish we had more like her.

Other

Comment #: 4860
Rating:2.0
Comments:
Extremely pro-plaintiff. Poor disposition and temperament. Poor knowledge of the law. Repeatedly advised the plaintiff's attorney that he could board client's no-fault benefits in automobile injury case, then admitted she hadn't handled an auto case in a dozen years. Threatened and tried to bully me into tripling an already overly generous settlement offer. The case was later settled for the previous offer. An embarrassment to the bench.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 3680
Rating:9.0
Comments:
An oustanding judge and human being. Blazed new paths for women in the law. Improves the lives of the poor and downtrodden on a daily basis. An encyclopedic knowledge of the law. Settles cases no other judge could touch. Her skill as a district court judge is unsurpassed.

One warning: When you set foot in her courtroom or chambers, you'd better be prepared. She does not suffer fools gladly.