Hon. Michael H. Dolinger See Rating Details
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Average Rating:9.1 - 8 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)
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What others have said about Hon. Michael H. Dolinger


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 22618
Truly one of the best magistrates. Smart, hard working and fair. Understands complex issues. Not a "split-the-baby" type; unafraid to make a decision.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 21684
Rating:Not Rated
My experience has been diametrically opposed to the other reviews posted. This Magistrate has shown a total lack of scholarship and understanding of the issues, which he appears to decide from "the hip" and as a result of bias. His memory of past matters before him relevant to new issues has been appalling poor. Granted, this is with respect to "procedural" issues (which he may deem of less significance, but are not unimportant in the least), not substantive issues, which I hope he never gets to address. His "temperament" from his rulings has been reflective of his bias. Hopefully, the other reviewers have captured the Magistrate that should be sitting. Unfortunately, I have not.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 21212
He is a knowledgeable, courteous and even-handed judge. He is a credit to the bench.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 19401
Magistrate-Judge Dolinger is a fine judge, being courteous, even-handed and fair. He listens to arguments and reads submissions carefully and is open to changing his mind on cases.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 18627
A fine magistrate-judge. Cordial, scholarly, even-tempered and even-handed. Not egotistical.

Court Staff

Comment #: 13838
Fair, efficient, extremely well-organized. Meticulous researcher (and he knows key appellate cases on a wide range of issues by heart) and writer. If you work with him you'd feel that you are training with a master.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 12876
An excellent Judge. Fair, and comfortable in his role. Exhibits little tolerance for delay in discovery, and is execellent in facilitating settlement without being overbearing. Listens to both sides, with a genuine concern. A real asset to the profession, a gentleman.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 11371
Rating:Not Rated
The judge comes to court very fully prepared and asks questions designed to probe the weakness or strength of the case. In discovery conferences, he's very hard on delay and obfuscating tactics. He once suggested to opposing counsel that he visit the law library to better understand his discovery obligations. Overall, he was fair and level-headed (i.e., not a yeller).