Hon. Marvin J. Garbis See Rating Details
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Average Rating:5.5 - 4 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. Marvin J. Garbis


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 25214
Seems to favor big law firms as a reflex. Makes his mind up early and bias is quite evident.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 19491
He lacks scholarship, and will often practically cut and paste the defendant's argument. Temperamentwise, he is truly a bully. With a life tenure and no worries, he should not feel the need to brow-beat or insult counsel. Constantly interrupts counsel, at times just to insult them. Clearly a conservative-activist (like most of his colleagues in the 4th Circuit), unscholarly (this is where he differs, at least his pro-business colleagues are legal-minded), bully. In addition to having problems fully grasping the law, he does not posses a high level of factual comprehension. Moreover, he seems unable to view facts in a plaintiff's favor if he personally disagrees with the case. Most of his colleagues at least make an effort to appear respectful of counsel). At the end of the day, he is just a schoolyard bully.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 2874
Judge Garbis is a bit flamboyant and while he will frequently betray a pro-government tilt, at the outset he is: a) letting you know exactly where he is (beats getting cold-cocked); and more importantly, b) he can be swayed if you're WELL prepared and the government wittnesses can be tripped up (fish in a barrel frequently). Have your law down, he does not suffer fools gladly from either side.