Hon. William M. Nickerson See Rating Details
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Average Rating:6.5 - 6 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. William M. Nickerson



Comment #: 18336
I understand that His Honor filled in for another (senior) judge, who may have been incapacitated. Excellent job, and greatly appreciated.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 9736
An excellent judge with a practical sense that far surpasses his colleagues in the US District Court for Maryland. He is smart, always well prepared, even handed and fair. It is unfortunate that he has senior status.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 7716
Slow but very thorough. Issues very good and complete opinions in commercial cases.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 7708
One word says it all: lazy.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 7241
Rating:Not Rated
Just had a sentencing proceeding before Judge Nickerson following a guilty plea in an "honest services" wire fraud prosecution. Guidelines were 12-18 months and the government recommended 14 months. The judge imposed a sentence of probation and 500 months community service. He got it. He recognized that the defendant was an otherwise honest and honorable businessman who worked extremely hard building, under very difficult circumstances, an international business, and that he did not enter into the questioned relationship with his coconspirator for the purpose of committing a crime. He questioned the government's allusion to sentences in other, inapposite cases and clearly had read the lengthy sentencing submission and numerous letters of support. It was the correct ending to a difficult case -- but one that could have had a much sadder conclusion in the hands of a less temperate and flexible judge who was tethered to the Guidelines.