Hon. William H. Orrick III See Rating Details
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Average Rating:4.9 - 3 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 H. Orrick III


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 22981
Judge Orrick takes the general approach of determining which side he's going to support based on his particular bias. He then ignores the facts and law that don't support his predetermined position, and, at the same time, he will misinterpret or subvert case law to support his predetermined position. This works out fine if you're on the side that he has a bias toward, but if you're expecting a judge with intellectual honesty, you'll be sorely disappointed.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: 22033
reading the last review could not have been more insightful. Picking a side and relentlessly justifying a predisposed outcome could not have been more accurate. Beware if you are a plaintiff or you file a claim against the government you will never experience justice.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 21538
Judge Orrick is one of those judges who delights in elevating form over substance. He is strict in applying procedural rules, regardless of any actual prejudice. Forget about the exercise of discretion to achieve a just result -- he picks a "winner" and then relentlessly favors that side. Plaintiffs, beware.