Hon. Tonianne J. Bongiovanni See Rating Details
Magistrate Judge See Comments
D.N.J.  
Average Rating:9.6 - 15 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)
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What others have said about Hon. Tonianne J. Bongiovanni


Comments


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 18632
Rating:9.8
Comments:
I have been appearing in front of Judge Bongiovanni in civil matters for about 8 years now. She is respectful and a delight. She is easily accessible by phone and always fair to both sides. When she assumed the bench, she had limited familiarity with the civil side, having come from the Federal Public Defender's Office. She quickly learned and has proven to be a very good asset to the bench.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 18161
Rating:9.8
Comments:
An excellent Judge. Intelligent, even handed and civil. It is a pleasure to be in her courtroom.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 13417
Rating:9.3
Comments:
A great jurist. She does not take herself too seriously and puts out the best spread of chocolates compared to all the other magistrates. Her Rockem Sockem Robots are definitely cool. And her kindergarten report card on open display is hilarious.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 12782
Rating:10.0
Comments:
A great judge. Hard working, practical, and a good case manager and settlement facilator.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 11759
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I have appeared before Judge Bongiovanni several times in consumer rights cases over the last several years. Her Honor's temperament, concern for the convenience of counsel, knowledge of substantive areas of law, fairness, and Her Honor's brilliant presiding over settlement negotiations leave me astounded. Her Honor is the best jurist I have ever appeared before, and I have appeared before many federal judges. Although she has ruled against my clients at times, Her Honor’s reasoning was persuasive, considered, articulate, and well-written. Her Honor's zeal for fairness and reasoned logic makes the defeats less stinging. The legal profession would have its reputation well burnished if society had more “Bongiovanni’s” on the Bench. A president would be very wise to appoint Her Honor to the next district court vacancy. In a decade or so, I very easily imagine Her Honor's elevation to the Court of Appeals or beyond... Lastly, if I was ever privileged with an opportunity to serve as a judge, I would model my court after Her Honor’s and no other.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 9408
Rating:9.7
Comments:
During the past two years in which Magistrate Judge Bongiovanni has presided over a complex case my office is prosecuting, she has ruled for and against my clients. Each time, however, she gave each issue a considerable amount of time and deliberation, and she reached a fair and just result--without so much as a hint of bias.

An unusually complex discovery matter that involved hundreds of pages of briefing and re-briefing is illustrative of her abilities. She was able to cut through the hyperbole and distractions and get to the heart of the matter. And although she considered every issue and gave it the weight it deserved, her ultimate ruling was unambiguous, decisive, and supported by the relevant facts and law. You may not like the result, but you can't deny that she's considered the issues and made a fair and reasonable ruling.

MJ Bongiovanni has a heavy work load (which is doubtless made heavier because of the time and attention she gives to each matter before her), and she won't put up with time-wasting nonsense for that reason. I'll take that rather than the alternative any day.

EXCELLENT jurist!

Other

Comment #: 9272
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Judge Bongiovanni is smart, professional, compassionate, articulate, witty and above all fair. She certainly deserves to be a DJ but would benefit the system even more further up the line. Her tenure in the FPD's office has served her well.

Other

Comment #: 9097
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I am a law student at Widener School of Law in Delaware. Judge Bongiovanni taught a course I had over the summer and she was PHENOMENAL!! it was a trial advocacy class and she spoke as a guest speaker for one day. She spoke with such zeal and passion for her job, referred to her role as "Service" to the bench which I have not from any judges thus far (and in and out of law school I deal with hundreds of judges. She made a real impression upon me and I am proud that she is on the bench and know that she rules with integrity and grace.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 8830
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
a pleasure to deal with and appear in front of; fair and reasonable.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 8366
Rating:9.3
Comments:
Best temperament, excellent assistance with settlement negotiations, able to identify exactly what the issue is and focus on it toward settlement. Not afraid to make a decision.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 6444
Rating:9.8
Comments:
One of the best magistrate judges that I know of. Committed, hard-working, and fair to both sides. She always wants to render a just decision. Works hard in settlement talks.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 6441
Rating:8.8
Comments:
Very evenhanded, in control of the litigation without being overpowering. Astute case management. Only drawback, and this may be her clerks, is that in discovery disputes, there tends to be multiple layers of submissions, back and forth, with then new submissions to summarize and update the positions, etc.