Hon. William Alsup See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
N.D.Cal.  
Average Rating:4.0 - 23 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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What others have said about Hon. William Alsup


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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 20956
Rating:3.3
Comments:
Believes himself to be insightful, but often fails to understand basic legal issues. Can be nasty and petty when he feels challenged by counsel. His main concern is hurrying things along.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 20918
Rating:2.3
Comments:
The other reviews of J. Alsup are far too generous. He is the worst kind of judge. He has no business being on the bench. He issues absurd rulings simply to punish counsel. He gets hung up on hypertechnical issues totally unrelated to the merits. And if he doesn't like you or your client, watch out. Every little thing will go against you. If he won't retire, I may have to consider retiring myself or moving.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 20842
Rating:6.2
Comments:
Assumes the worst of lawyers appearing in his courtroom. Vindictive and egotistical.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 20819
Rating:2.6
Comments:
I find this judge unable to fairly observe the facts. Terribly temperamental, he tries to bully people in his courtroom, especially pro se litigants. This erratic behavior gets in the way of the process. He will retaliate when he is angered by whatever he perceives as a problem. Rudeness and unnecessary disrespect to a degree simply intolerable in a federal judge. He is obviously intelligent, which only raises the question as to why he acts the way he does.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 20180
Rating:6.7
Comments:
Alsup is a very hard worker, to be sure. He's very smart and will rule by the book, but he'll give you the impression he's ruling from his moral compass, which is part of his courtroom shtick. He can be terribly temperamental. He takes no b.s. in argument. If you say someone said X, or the contract says X, or the case says X, he will make you point out exactly where. If you can't do it, you've lost. Be prepared, play everything straight, and you can stand up to him when he tries to bully you, which he actually kind of likes. If your client isn't wearing the white hat, you're toast.

Other

Comment #: 19689
Rating:5.0
Comments:
While I found him to have a bit of a hair trigger on procedural issues, lawyer preparation, etc; I did find him to be able to fairly observe the facts. By doing so he helped me avoid a trial since settlement was the only way the plaintiff could exit gracefully.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 19688
Rating:2.5
Comments:
Arbitrary, abusive, easily manipulated by accusations of attorney misconduct which he uncritically accepts. Consistently fails to demonstrate judicial balance in temperament or decision making. A disgrace to the federal bench.

Litigant

Comment #: 13843
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Flip flopper on his orders and will retaliate when he is angered by whatever he perceives as a problem.
The erratic behavior gets in the way of the process and has a negative impact. It cost a lot of extra money to keep a case on track.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 13222
Rating:3.5
Comments:
Appears to delight in torturing the attorneys that appear before him. A view shared by both sides of the bar. Rudeness and unnecessary disrespect is simply intolerable in a federal judge. He is obviously intelligent. Which raises the question as to why he acts the way he does. A very angry person. Regardless of his obvious pro-corporate bias if you draw him it will be unpleasant for everyone.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 13167
Rating:1.3
Comments:
Awful. Caused needless complication of a case that was ready to be settled. The worst kind of arbitrary and capricious judge. He should retire.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 12414
Rating:5.3
Comments:
The worst kind of judge- an inflexible bureaucrat who is discourteous and inconsiderate towards counsel and who cares more for case administration and clearing his docket than he does working with the parties to secure a just and cost-effective result. He gets opinions out quickly, but they are poorly-reasoned and his conduct at oral argument often displays a complete ignorance of the law in question, is purely reactionary in nature, and seems fueled by pettiness and a disrespect for the Bar.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 11462
Rating:2.5
Comments:
Eratic, testy, petty, and often unprepared. Demonstrates a meticulous unfamiliarity with the briefs. Hearings are predictable. He let the first person speak, then react emotionally to something, and the hearing is devoted to his uninformed, and very transient, new interest.

His written rulings seem thoughtful, but either they are intellectually dishonest, or he gives his clerks too much freedom to conform the opinion to his desired outcome.

You can't say he's pro- or -anti anything in his rulings. He's erratic. He is not stupid. He's intellectually lazy regarding the cases before him.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 10132
Rating:2.8
Comments:
Irascible, and cavalier with the law and facts. Egotistical and thin skinned. No professional respect for counsel who appear in his court, we're all a bunch of liars and fools. On the other hand, if your opposing counsel annoys him, he'll take care of you.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 8872
Rating:2.3
Comments:
May think he's smart, but he is woefully ignorant of simple financial and accounting issues. Forms a pre-conception of your case and then stops listening to anything you say, and starts getting testy when you try different angles to point out how his view doesn't fit the facts. In an SEC Ponzi scheme case, he took the amazing tack that the complaining victims, who lost everything, were profiting from the fraud! It will be interesting to see how much of those remarks end up in the transcript.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 8717
Rating:5.2
Comments:
Nasty, nit-picker, on a power trip.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 8363
Rating:3.6
Comments:
Smart enough but has no respect for and overly suspicious of attorneys. Couldn't get along with attorneys when in private practice and now taking it out on all of us. Makes lawyers and clients jump through ridiculous procedural hoops.

Litigant

Comment #: 7820
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Terrible, terrible judge. I agree with the other critical reviews. Totally intolerant of pro se litigants. Opinions are smart and well-written but he absurdly mis-cites both facts and law. Completely off the wall legally, and pro-statist. Terrifies everyone. Abrasive, abusive. Lawyers do not want to get in front of him. Former Mississippi judge. Prefers corporate cases, does not like to waste time on civil rights. Will do anything he can to clear his docket lists. Found transcripts severely altered to protect abusive and biased remarks made from bench. Hard to believe that he actually clerked for William O. Douglas. Tries to present himself as a liberal but is anything but. Enjoys a great reputation with the establishment because everyone is terrified of him.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 6832
Rating:3.3
Comments:
He's a Clinton appointee who used to clerk for William O. Douglas of the U.S. Supreme Court -- a guy known for torturing his law clerks for sport. No doubt that is where this sourpuss developed the relish for torturing everyone else. What I don't understand is why a guy as smart as he is, who clearly enjoys the law as much as he does, goes out of his way to make everyone else so miserable. You have a lifetime appointment, Bill: chill, enjoy it, and inspire lawyers to be better instead of beating us down.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 6727
Rating:1.7
Comments:
Rude, insolent, a generally nasty fellow. Has never met a prosecutor he didn't like. The other comments are generally accurate.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 6065
Rating:4.3
Comments:
Unprofessionally peevish in demeanor.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 5879
Rating:8.8
Comments:
Brilliant, disarming, crafty, dangerous. A real character. I like Judge Allsup, but be careful...

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5585
Rating:6.2
Comments:
Plaintiff-oriented and anti-insurer in civil litigation; somewhat testy in demeanor. Very bright.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 2226
Rating:6.2
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He's the smartest guy in the building. If you don't believe it, just ask him and he will confirm it himself.