Hon. Paul Adam Engelmayer (S.D.N.Y.)
An exceptional jurist. Bright, even-handed, and fair. He wove practical realities into a complex decision and facilitated a settlement that no one, including me, believed possible. He is everything honorable about the federal bench and the practice of law.
Civil Litigation - Private - (4/24/2018 10:30:55 PM)
Hon. Linda R. Reade (N.D.Iowa)
Having clerked for six different judges over my career, I can unequivocally say that Judge Reade is simply the most malicious person I've encountered in a courtroom. I truly pity litigants and defendants forced to appear in her courtroom as her vindictive nature and vile temper are absolutely unpredictable. Judge Reade does not recognize anything remotely resembling equality under the law, and her mood swings create a very intimidating workplace.
Court Staff - (4/24/2018 7:52:26 PM)
Hon. Percy Anderson (C.D.Cal.)
I spent an entire morning in Judge Anderson's courtroom yesterday at a sentencing hearing for my client and watched four sentencing hearings before mine. Despite his terrible reputation, I watched him depart below the guidelines on one case, agree with the defense that a guideline enhancement does not apply on another case, and split the difference on two others. On mine he gave the low-end of the guidline range. He also went below three years of supervised release a couple cases, including mine. So for as much grousing there is about Judge Anderson, on this day anyway, I've certainly seen much worse. But then as I was leaving, a couple civil litigants had their case called. That's when I heard the yelling from the bench...oh geez.
Criminal Defense Lawyer - (4/24/2018 4:58:50 PM)
Hon. Marsha J. Pechman (W.D.Wash.)
She caught the Seattle Police Department acting negligent in an investigation and she put it in the court record. God bless her from a pro se family that wouldn't have otherwise known this was the way the case should have been filed. We were up against a seasoned Seattle City Attorney (Andrew Meyerberg) who attempted to get us to open a sealed deposition pre-trial. Disgusting and underhanded. We're glad Pechman made the statement she did.
Criminal Defense Lawyer - (4/24/2018 3:54:43 PM)
Hon. Marsha J. Pechman (W.D.Wash.)
Although the case against the Seattle Police Department was dismissed by Judge Pechman, were it not for her our pro se family would not have known what the case against the SPD should have been filed as (ie., negligent investigation). She made it clear in her statement of dismissal.
Litigant - (4/24/2018 3:48:59 PM)
Hon. Leonard D. Wexler (E.D.N.Y.)
One of the old guard. He did the law according to Wexler, not the federal rules. A decent though irascible fellow. Rest in peace.
Criminal Defense Lawyer - (4/22/2018 8:38:00 AM)
Hon. Legrome D. Davis (E.D.Pa.)
There may be worse judges but I have never dealt with one that is worth than judge Davis. He has a serious chip on his shoulders. He is unreasonable and grabs on to faulty facts along the way. It will be a great day when he is forced from the bench. Others have said it - pompous, pontificating. A complete and total disgrace.
Criminal Defense Lawyer - (4/17/2018 6:33:04 PM)
Hon. Paul S. Diamond (E.D.Pa.)
This judge has no right being on the bench in federal court. A disgrace of the justice system. Shame on anyone who plays his game . Cushy job bc he would never make it off the bench!
Criminal Defense Lawyer - (4/17/2018 12:14:48 PM)
Hon. Juan R. Sanchez (E.D.Pa.)
Some write that other judges are the worst ever. Maybe, but at least they qualified as real judges. Without all the help Sanchez receives from his interns, he hasn't a clue. See if you can find one person who thinks highly of this idiot. Good luck. He alone pollutes our entire judiciary. Poll his former interns. Promise anonymity.
Civil Litigation - Private - (4/12/2018 7:47:45 PM)
Hon. Karen Gren Scholer (N.D.Tex.)
As a thirty-year federal litigator, I have to say that watching this newly appointed judge navigate the complexities of federal jurisprudence is like watching a chimpanzee try to steer an ocean liner through a crowded port. And unfortunately, she seems to enjoy running into things. You can practically hear shrieks of simian delight as she ignores fifty years of federal precedent and sends your case into the abyss. I predict oceans of reversals in the next several years.
Civil Litigation - Private - (4/11/2018 12:32:07 PM)