Hon. William J. Martinez See Rating Details
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Average Rating:8.9 - 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 J. Martinez


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 24526
I echo other comments on this site about Judge Martinez. He's been such a breath of fresh air for this court. He and his staff are by far the friendliest and most approachable at the Arraj courthouse. I've had three civil cases in front of him, representing plaintiffs. His written orders are very well done, thorough and comprehensive. His case management skills are great, you never get a sense your case is adrift in some administrative twilight zone. He denies summary judgment when there are factual conflicts, like he supposed to. Just recently finished a jury trial with him. Although we lost, it was a pleasure to try the case in his courtroom -- his rulings on objections and instructions were well-reasoned and fair, and he treated every one with respect. I loved that I got to talk with the jurors afterwards. Even though he lost, my client is not going to appeal, because he said he lost before a "fair judge", which is all he wanted in the first place.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 23908
I'm a large firm civil litigator, representing primarily corporate defendants. When Judge Martinez was first appointed, I was wary. I thought no way my clients would get a fair shake with an Obama ACLU liberal judge. But things have not turned out that way. I've had 3-4 cases before this judge. In each one he was even-handed, careful and hard-working. I've won more than my share of motions. His written orders reflect considerable thought and analysis, and I've been impressed by how much effort he and his clerks put into some of them. Often on meatier matters I've expected 10-15 page opinions (about par for this court on bigger-ticket disputes), but I've not infrequently gotten 25-30+ page orders - reflecting quite a bit of effort and work. My biggest complaint is that I wish he granted summary judgment more often (something which is usually not too hard to get from his colleagues), but I've resigned myself (and advised my clients) that if he can find a factual dispute we're going to trial unless we settle, which I guess is how it should work. He is courteous and not full of himself like most federal judges, which makes appearing in front of him a pleasant experience. I hope he doesn't get elevated to the Tenth Circuit.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 23614
As a CJA panel member I've represented 5 defendants before Judge Martinez, including one that went to trial and verdict. The judge is very respectful of and courteous to all parties, counsel and witnesses. In my view the most impressive thing about Judge Martinez is that he appears to genuinely want to administer justice fairly and impartially. I've been quite impressed with the quantity and quality of his written orders on a multitude of issues that have come up in my cases. He is compassionate but firm. While I've not won all my motions and issues with him, all of my clients have agreed that this judge gave them their "day in court" and felt they were treated fairly and respectfully by him; this in stark contrast to how some of my clients have fared before other District of Colorado judges.