Hon. J. Frederick Motz See Rating Details
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D.Md.  
Average Rating:6.4 - 22 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. J. Frederick Motz


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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 21422
Rating:6.1
Comments:
He is a strongly pro-government former U.S. Attorney who thinks it is his job to help the government. He is generally fair in his sentencing, but he is way too harsh on white-collar criminal sentences. He is a good civil judge.

Litigant

Comment #: 20958
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Motz didn't give my case the required attention. He was partial, impatient and dismissive. Judge Motz treated me and my case most rudely. He upheld the antics and trickery of the corporation's attorneys by saying they didn't need to provide truthful answers until after discovery closed in my case, even after he refused to uphold a motion to compel that we filed in seeking the truth. He singlehandedly prevented my chances to achieve justice in his courtroom when he acted as the judge and the jury. He is, in my opinion, a judge who needs to retire completely because he protects the interests of big business and government at the expense of the very citizens he is sworn to protect. He should no longer serve on the bench because he is a disservice to everyday men and women seeking the justice he robs them of with his faulty, rapid and flimsy rulings.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 19596
Rating:9.7
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When I told my co-counsel we had Judge Motz, he groaned. He was wrong, we had the best judge for our case. His written opinion proved me right. He reads the pleading, understands the facts and does what justice needs.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 11908
Rating:8.5
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I just came across this site, and I was shocked by some of these comments. I'm a plaintiffs' class action lawyer, and was involved in the Mutual Fund Market Timing litigation before Judge Motz (there was at least a dozen plaintiffs' firms in that case, so I'm not revealing too much). At least in that case, Judge Motz was courteous, flexible, professional, knowlegeable, and a general pleasure to appear before. I saw no signs of bias toward the corporate defendants, and, if anything, note that he sometimes made pro-plaintiff rulings that he knew would likely not be upheld by the 4th Circuit, but that in the meantime would help move settlement talks along.

As a general matter, I'm one of the first to decry the "corporate wh-res" on the federal bench. I just didn't see Judge Motz as one of them.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 10156
Rating:5.3
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Judge Motz takes on too many cases and does not give the cases he has the required attention. Ironically I think much like him and President Regan who appointen him. His temperment(now which I can ony assume it is because he feels he has to offset all the other liberal judges on the bench before he retires)is such that he cannot hide his rash inappropriate desire to clear the courts of what he believes must be frivolous cases before digging into to find out the facts are in each case. Judge Motz allows the big company "goliath's" to delay the discovey for years thus preventing "David" from ever having his day in court.

Motz's loses control when because the large corporations use "burn and pillage" tactics thus preventing a timely administration of justice.

It is clearly time for him to take a lesser role in the court or retire. As frustrated he may be he needs to recognize that he is not Don Quijote or Ronald Regan. Motz's recent lack of control in his courtroom is undermining the very reasons he was appointed and more importantly preventing justice in his courtroom.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 9906
Rating:Not Rated
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The Model Code of Judicial Conduct requires judges to be impartial and "patient, dignified and courteous to litigants, jurors, witnesses, lawyers and others with whom the judge deals in an official capacity." Judge Motz has demonstrated a shocking inability to comply with these requirements and therefore should no longer serve on the bench.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 9660
Rating:1.8
Comments:
He is a first rate slug and is one of the laziest judges in the federal judiciary. He does not even read what his law clerk writes and issues on his behalf.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 9602
Rating:1.8
Comments:
Pro-corporation. Very rude. Does not belong on the bench based on his poor temperament.

Litigant

Comment #: 8923
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I spoke too fast Judge Motz took up for the big companies once again. I'll appeal!!!!!

Litigant

Comment #: 8299
Rating:9.0
Comments:
I have a pending employment discrimination case (ADA) in front of Judge J. Frederick Motz. He has been very fair in his rulings. I have two cases that involve the same subject matter and I've filed a motion to consolidate my cases to Judge Motz.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 7707
Rating:3.4
Comments:
Used to be -- nearly 2 decades ago -- a great judge. Now, wed to corporations and the government and growing either lazy or tired.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 7484
Rating:4.7
Comments:
In any case between an individual and a large corporation or the government the individual comes into court standing in a chin high hole.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 6197
Rating:8.5
Comments:
Great judge, cuts through the BS to the heart of the issues.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5516
Rating:9.7
Comments:
Judge Motz is a model federal judge: intelligent, industrious, and fair. Highly recommended.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5438
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Have to agree with other posters who criticize this judge's impartiality. I watched him try to cut a sweetheart antitrust settlement for Microsoft that would have let the company off the hook on nationwide liability by allowing Microsoft to improve its marketshare by "donating" MS software to public schools. Thank goodness Apple and others strongly objected!

Litigant

Comment #: 4528
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
The two comments below, "Never met a corporate defendant he did not love" and "bound by corporate America" says it all. Just read www.thedarkersideofbrown.com

Other

Comment #: 4501
Rating:3.0
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Intellectually bound by corporate America leading inevitably to the demise of the middle class and folks who cannot afford high priced representation.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: 3569
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Judge Motz is capable, concerned, caring, careful, and courteous.

Other

Comment #: 1965
Rating:9.0
Comments:
The ratings of the first commentator so widely miss the mark as to be laughable. Whatever one thinks of the substance of Judge Motz's opinions, no litigator that has ever had a matter before him would rate him lower than a 9 when it comes to his temperament, punctuality, industriousness, and ability to handle complex litigation (he sits on the JPML and is currently handling the largest MDL in the country). That the first commentator assigned such paltry ratings in these categories betrays either a severe ideological bias or a complete lack of experience at the federal bar in Maryland. Her ratings should be disregarded.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 1667
Rating:9.6
Comments:
Possessed of a keen intellect, produces excellent written opinions, conscientious, hardworking and fair.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 1088
Rating:3.8
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Never met a corporate defendant he did not love, especially if part of his country club set. No intellectual honesty of any kind