Hon. Thomas S. Zilly See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
W.D.Wash.  
Average Rating:5.9 - 13 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. Thomas S. Zilly


Comments


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 21983
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Zilly meets with wanton federal probation officers before sentencing offenders and believes whatever is said to him behind closed doors, then walks intop thbe courtroom with predisposed opinion and judgment and then pretends that he is being fair. What a joke.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 21982
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
If you are an illegal immigrant and caught dealing kilos of cocaine from San Diego up through and into British Columbia and you get Judge Zilly you are in luck, chances are your sentence will be reduced significantly. This occurred in Zilly's courtroom, and has recurred many times since.

Probation or Pretrial Officer

Comment #: 21981
Rating:3.9
Comments:
Federal Judge Thomaqs Zilly is vindictive and gives special treatment to minorities, as if he fears them. He is a rather transparent and arrogant man, a lot of the same characteristics an evil person would tend to have typical of an Italian.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: 13169
Rating:7.0
Comments:
Zilly is a generally fair and reasonably pleasant Judge. He gets cranky easily, but does not seem to have a god complex. He is frequently wrong on the law and this does not seem to bother him. He really likes to move the evidence along and will dismiss things that he does not think are germane during trial to your detriment. Be tenacious and make your record - you may have to come at issues from several angles before he gets it. He issues decisions quickly and is prompt and timely - so his calendar isn't a wreck and he is fairly flexible with scheduling.

Other

Comment #: 13110
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Why are two of the positive comments virtually identical? That's a rhetorical question, by the way.

Civil Litigation - Private
Comment #: 4568
Writes: "Judge Zilly is a thoughtful, hard-working, and deliberate judge."

Other
Comment #: 5000
Writes: "Judge Zilly is a very hard working, thoughtful and fair judge with an abundance of common sense."

Give me a break!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 11732
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Judge Zilly is, I believe a Senior status Judge. My experiences with him have always been very good. He is a pleasant, but firm, judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 11500
Rating:2.3
Comments:
Almost the stereotype of a bad Federal judge. Pompous and never, ever wrong about anything.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 8578
Rating:9.8
Comments:
Extremely fair. Even keeled. Hard working. Doesn't allow parties to waste time or make a mockery of the court process. Allows the attorney's to heard but makes fair decisions based on actual law, not conjecture.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: 8523
Rating:1.0
Comments:
One of the worst Judges out there. He has allowed his clerks to make the call on important cases. Very vindictive.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 8006
Rating:8.0
Comments:
I really enjoy Judge Zilly - he doesn't have "robitis." He has not lost his humanity and is a very decent jurist.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 6424
Rating:2.0
Comments:
A disaster. Seattle's version of Manuel Real. Particularly vindictive. In one maritime case, after issuing a series of unclear discovery orders, he imposed termination sanctions on a Seattle maritime firm and then had the opinion posted on the court's website for months.

Other

Comment #: 5000
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge Zilly is a very hard working, thoughtful and fair judge with an abundance of common sense.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 4568
Rating:9.3
Comments:
Judge Zilly is a thoughtful, hard-working, and deliberate judge.