Hon. Edward C. Reed, Jr. See Rating Details
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Average Rating:7.2 - 11 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. Edward C. Reed, Jr.


Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: 13563
A very hard working, very smart judge who works as hard as can be expected for someone who is 86 years old. An excellent judge

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 12257
Tried one case in front of Judge Reed a few years back. He generally did a good job, although I agree with the commentator on his evidence rulings. He uses a telephone system for sidbars that doesn't work well and doesn't always understand the grounds for objections before he makes them. I won the trial, but he made a couple of law rulings against me that were just off. Overall, I like him and would happily take him again. You need to be prepared and to know your file - he may be old, but he's still got his marbles. Takes forever to rule on civil motions.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 10277
Unfortunately, I believe his best years on the bench are probably many years behind him. He appreciates good preparation and punctuality. But, may God help you if you are anything but very vanilla and very corporate in your approach. If he is alienated, he seems to take a side of the case before trial, in the context of Rule 56 Motions,and therafter rules on pre-trial motions accordingly. In my case, he clearly did not follow controlling precedent, and seemingly purposefully ignored and did not mention a key opinion,that both sides agreed was on point, in his written decision on a Rule 56 Motion. At trial, he ruled hastily on matters of evidence, often times not really understanding the relevance of items of evidence. He seems like a nice gentleman, but he really should not be trying cases. He's scary. He gets 80% of his evidence rulings correct, but the remaining 20% seem to kill you. Overall, the worst experience with a trial judge I have had in over 30 years and over 100 jury trials.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 6654
Well known for his research and attempting to follow the law. I hope I am as energetic when I reach his age.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: 5052
He is hardworking and prepared. He expects attorneys practicing before him to share those attributes. I hope I have his stamina when I am his age (he is in his 80s).

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 4611
In my many years of trial work, I have never had a worse experience than in the case I tried before Judge Reed. It was a criminal trial. He was imperious, inflexible, and short-tempered. He did not allow the parties to explain their positions and did not entertain discussion on issues he clearly did not understand. He made snap judgements that were contrary to settled law, did not understand the rules of evidence, and conducted the trial with such incompetence and at such a slow pace that it was impossible to properly put on evidence before the jury. He did not allow side-bars and thus, allowed prejudicial argument before the jury. He is not fit for the bench.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 4533
Judge Reed is one of the brightest judges in our district.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 2558
Very pro-environment. If you have the other side in front of him, start writing your appellate brief.