Hon. James M. Fitzgerald See Rating Details
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Average Rating:9.1 - 2 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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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 12186
I tried a significant judge trial to him, and he was a real pro. He is the quinessential wise DJ, who knows what you're up to, and lets you go at it. Really great at diffusing incivility ("your friend here says....") and willing to make the hard calls. Waded into a privilege dispute at trial by conducting an immediate evidentiary hearing and made the call right away. Wrote a long, well-researched opinion that was eventually fully upheld by the US Supremes. (Saratoga v. Martinac). It was a real treat to try a case to Judge Fitzgerald. Potential reviewer's bias: I won.