Hon. Ivan L.R. Lemelle See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
E.D.La.  
Average Rating:3.1 - 6 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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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 12558
Rating:1.3
Comments:
The worst Federal Judge in the South. It is truly ashame that someone of his unqualified caliber is allowed to sit on the Federal Judiciary. Lawyers both plaintiff and defense want to avoid him like the plague because they know once he presides that the case will be appealed and overturned because of his misguided legal conclusions.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: 12285
Rating:2.7
Comments:
He cites Supreme Curt cases that he obviously doesn't know much about and tries to bluff you into a mistake. Someone needs to tell him that this is not a poker game - but real life for my clients. Obviously, he believes in using brashness as a cover for his lack of knowledge. The one great thing about having your case before Lemelle is that he is easily beaten on appeal.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 11996
Rating:1.2
Comments:
One of the worst Judges in Louisiana. I've been in front of his court many times and have won some and lost some but the level of incompetence is stunning for a federal judge. He has a very difficult time grasping even elementary legal principles. I'll give him one prop though he was somewhat involved in the settlement discussions in three of my cases even though he had no idea what the cases were about.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 6561
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Calls it like he sees it, and will rule for you if you have the law and the facts on your side, which is more than you can say of many federal judges. Has a tough side to him, but is not beyond reflection, and remains approachable in debate.

Other

Comment #: 6554
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Horrible. Incompetent. Arrogant. Exhibit A for not giving federal judges lifetime appointments. Does not know the law, civil or criminal, though he thinks he's a scholar.