Hon. Thad Heartfield See Rating Details
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Average Rating:7.4 - 9 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. Thad Heartfield


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 9980
Rating:Not Rated
Always fair to parties. Expects much of attorneys but is mindful of the physical, mental and financial stresses of legal practice. High ethical standards. Great sense of humor!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 9979
Rating:Not Rated
I can think no few federal judge who rivals the integrity and intelligence of Heartfield--on any bench, anywhere. Since he was in solo practice before taking the bench, he both gives and commands respects from the lawyers in his court. Additionally, he does not shy from complex litigation. Were it not for Heartfield's tackling of Texas Instruments v. Hyundai's semiconductor patent litigation ten years ago in a little-known town called Marshall, Texas, there would be no patent docket at all in this district (of course, Ward took the baton), with hungry defense lawyers roaming the streets panhandling after tort reforming themselves out of a job. As for the post on this string about Heartfield being "intellectually dishonest," I couldn't disagree more. Having handled many cases in his court, I find his opinions well-written, well-researched, and intellectually compelling--and I've had him issue summary judgments against me, too. Just because I lost doesn't mean it's because Heartfield was intellectually dishonest. Maybe my case just sucked (it did). Ask any criminal lawyer who knows this district: "Before which judge would you most like your criminal defendant to appear for sentencing?" The answer will unaminously be Heartfield who does sincerely feel for those before him--parties and lawyers alike. I wish we had more like him--and we do, right here in Beaumont.

Court Staff

Comment #: 9976
Rating:Not Rated
Judge Heartfield treats all the lawyers in his courtroom with a great deal of respect while expecting them to be prepared and knowledgable. He also treats criminal defendants with respect and empathy. If an attorney perceives him as unfair, it is a reflection of that person's skills and not a reflection of Judge Heartfield's actual practices.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 9974
Extremely Fair. Does expect lawyers to come prepared to Court. Very hard worker; well versed and respectful. Seeks pure justice in all civil and criminal proceedings.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 2500
Rating:Not Rated
The previous posting (2496) adds little to this website. We'd like to see more detailed analysis and anecdotal information.


Comment #: 2496
Great judge

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 1543
Intellectually dishonest. Finds facts he wants to find, regardless of the evidence, on pretrial motions. A bench trial before him is a slow plea of guilty.