Hon. T.S. Ellis III See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
E.D.Va.  
Average Rating:5.8 - 13 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%)
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What others have said about Hon. T.S. Ellis III


Comments


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 19787
Rating:4.8
Comments:
He makes up his mind based on purported facts represented to him by one side and then crafts an opinion to support that result, rather than have the result flow from supported facts and applicable precedent.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 19595
Rating:3.6
Comments:
the worst and most abusive judge i have seen in 30 years of practice. i have practiced in 20 states state and federal and i have never seen anything like it. it was intentional and mean spirited. he abused lawyers and experts, always on the plaintiff side. his conduct was inexcusable. he is not the smartest person in the room though at 5 feet and change he is still the biggest bully i have ever seen.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 18105
Rating:5.3
Comments:
He is convinced that he is the smartest man in the room. Therefore, he stops listening once he has made up his mind. While Judge Ellis is very smart, he is not near as smart as he thinks he is.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 10123
Rating:5.0
Comments:
Would be a much better judge if only more pleasant. generally cranky and biased which often overshadows his hard work and good brain.

Other

Comment #: 9670
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
showed that he was far from objective by dismissing the AIPAC espionage case and compromising United States sovereignty.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 8442
Rating:4.6
Comments:
Extremely intelligent -- brilliant, perhaps. Unfortunately, he ends up being an extra prosecutor. Cannot believe he was ever a defense attorney as he claims. Wish he was not so arrogant and pro-government. It is bad for defendants, as it does not make the government work at all. Thus one of the main reasons the quality of EDVA AUSAs is so low.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 6520
Rating:8.2
Comments:
When Friday motion day comes in his courtroom, it is obvious that Judge Ellis is the smartest man in the room. Unfortunately, he will frequently make it plain that he knows he's the smartest man in the room, and act accordingly. Few judges have his encyclopedic knowledge of case law, and fewer still will show his level of familiarity with the pleadings you submit to him - so you can't usually slip a fast one by him. The fact that he is so very bright and quick, however, can sometimes be a drawback when he mercilessly interrogates one of our less-skilled litigating brethren. I have found him to be relatively even-handed when dealing with private litigants, but when the government is involved he shows a definite pro-government inclination. This is one judge you want to avoid angering, because his temper can sometimes be volcanic. However, he seems to not hold a permanent grudge if you set him off, assuming that you show a respectful level of groveling.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 6186
Rating:4.2
Comments:
He's good for those who cooperate, and terrible for all other criminal defendants. He is extremely arrogant in style and very self-absorbed. But he can have a sense of humor from time to time.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5277
Rating:5.8
Comments:
Can be arrogant and demeaning if he doesn't know you; gets complex rulings right but loves to show off his deep belief in himself. He will read your brief and won't accept bad citations. If you catch him on a rare day good-mood-wise, consider yourself lucky.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 3921
Rating:5.4
Comments:
Big boy scout that could not practice law and who has the highest opinion of himself on record.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 2833
Rating:7.0
Comments:
Needs to prove that he is the smartest person in the courtroom. Usually, he is.