Hon. Sarah Netburn (S.D.N.Y.)
Did an excellent job of achieving settlement in a case with an erratic plaintiff where multiple efforts had failed before. Was well-versed in the nuances of the case, exhibited the patience of Job, and devoted the better part of a day to resolving the matter. I would definitely use her again for settlement.
Hon. Robert W. Sweet (S.D.N.Y.)
If only we had more judges like Judge Sweet. He is smart as a whip, fair, even-handed and courteous. He is one of the last and greatest "gentleman judges." I have been before him multiple times, over a 25-year period, and he is outstanding. I haven't always won, but I have always been treated fairly, and my cases have always been given proper consideration.
Hon. Holly B. Fitzsimmons (Recalled) (D.Conn.)
Judge Fitzsimmons has repeatedly settled complex employment cases for me in a very even-handed and kind way. At one point, she sat for over 40 minutes and allowed a distraught plaintiff to describe in horrible detail what had happened. She was calm, supportive, and effective in bringing the parties together. I've had decisions from her go against me, but they have been well-reasoned and fair.
Hon. Nelva Gonzales Ramos (S.D.Tex.)
You sure are going to have to provide more detail than that to convince me you have a legitimate complaint. I have not seen her on the federal bench, but she was as good as they come on the State Bench, and I doubt she has changed. Even if she made a mistake, there are mistakes and there are mistakes. There are mis-citations and there are mis-citations. There are differences of opinions and there are black and white wrongs. I don't think your comment is due any weight at all. My biggest fear for her is that the system will corrupt her. The federal law is ugly in many respects, and I think it would be hard to remain good in view of such an ugly environment.
Hon. Lynn N. Hughes (S.D.Tex.)
I have handled cases representing both plaintiffs and defendants in front of Judge Hughes, and I have not found him to be biased in favor of one side or the other. What Judge Hughes expects, though, is for attorneys who appear before him to be familiar with the facts of their cases and to be prepared to intelligently discuss both the facts and the law of their claims and/or defenses. Judge Hughes does seem to have a tendency to make up his mind early in a case, but I find that his opinion is based on his view of the viability of the claims and defenses, and is not strictly a bias in favor of the defense, as stated by many commenters.
Hon. Harry Lee Hudspeth (W.D.Tex.)
Judge Hudspeth is one of the finest judges that I have ever been in front of. When he sets a case for trial, he means it; it is going to happen that day. In the jury trial that I handled before him, he paid close attention, was polite and moved us along at good clip. He took extensive notes, was sharp on evidence issues and decisive in his rulings. Judge Hudspeth even drafted the jury instructions and verdict form prior to our charge conference. I was blown away by how into it he was. I hope that I get the chance to try another case in front of him.
Hon. Harry Lee Hudspeth (W.D.Tex.)
Judge Hudspeth is one of the finest judges that I have ever been in front of. When he sets a case for trial, he means it; it is going to happen that day. In the jury trial that I handled before him, he paid close attention, was polite and moved us along at good clip. He took extensive notes, was sharp on evidence issues and decisive in his rulings. Judge Hudspeth even drafted the jury instructions and verdict form prior to our charge conference. I was blown away by how into it he was. I hope that I get the chance to try another case in front of him.
Hon. Thomas B. Russell (W.D.Ky.)
This judge excells in all areas of his work.
Hon. Daniel G. Martin (N.D.Ill.)
This Judge was a pleasure to deal with in settlement. Settled our futures contract case in less than two hours. Smart, practical, and a great sense of humor. Consent to have all cases to which he is assigned heard exclusively by him. He is that good.
Hon. N. Randy Smith (C.C.A)
This judge is very intelligent, with the best, most down-to-earth temperament of any judge that I have ever encountered. He actually welcomes the lawyers ahead of time in chambers, and shakes everyone's hand. I admire temperament more than I do ideology in a judge.