Hon. Joel A. Pisano See Rating Details
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Average Rating:5.8 - 7 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. Joel A. Pisano


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 11679
If he's friendly with the lawyer on the other side, you're screwed. He may be bright enough, but he is lazy and/or he doesn't use his law clerks like most federal judges to, e.g, review the summary judgment record, prepare bench memos so that he knows what's going on, etc. Also, he's willing to ignore pretty clear law when it's inconvenient.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 11617
I think very highly of Judge Pisano, but, to be fully candid, I won on both of the motions I argued before him. He was well prepared and understood the issues clearly.

Generally speaking, my experiences in federal court are very positive.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 10533
Does what he wants regardless of clearly established law, as long as he believes he can get away with it. Doesn''t write opinions on substantive motions when he knows he''s wrong or could be wrong.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 2348
Despite the fact that he ruled against us, I found him to be extremely intelligent, fair and well-prepared. Very down to earth.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 2336
Lazy, lightweight. Good Magistrate, never should have been promoted. Failed to read Court papers, but ruled anyway. Even handed, as long as he doesn't know one of the counsel. If he's friendly with one counsel, opponent is doomed.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 2210
Not a heavy lifter, intellectually. Protective of incompetent magistrate in my case who utterly mismanaged litigation. A nice enough guy but never grew beyond "good magistrate."

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 1291
enforces orders selectively, depending if he knows the attorneys.