Hon. Keith P. Ellison See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
S.D.Tex.  
Average Rating:9.6 - 26 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. Keith P. Ellison


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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 21482
Rating:9.3
Comments:
This judge is a true gentleman. It is always a pleasure to appear in his courtroom. He is not beholden to either side, and is a welcome change from many judges who are merely an annex for the U.S. Attorney's Office. He calls the case right down the middle. There are no gifts to the defense during the trial -- he really calls it down the middle and is as fair as the day is long.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 21481
Rating:9.9
Comments:
Combine an unbelievably good judge with an unbelievably good human being, and you have Judge Ellison. A better human being has never put on a black robe.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 21477
Rating:9.7
Comments:
He is probably the most learned judge in Houston. He is certainly the judge who cares the most about the members of the Bar, and about Bar/Bench relations. He is almost too nice a person to be a judge. This is a man who takes his job seriously, and agonizes over sentencing.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 18279
Rating:10.0
Comments:
One of the best around--thoughtful, smart and quick.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 13840
Rating:7.5
Comments:
One of the kindest and most knowledgeable judges one could ever meet. Unfortunately, he sometimes rules on dispositive motions with his heart rather than his head and so rules in favor of plaintiffs with sympathetic, although not necessarily legally supportable, claims.

Other

Comment #: 13293
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I think good thoughts,
Whilst others write good words
And to the most of praise add something more...
He stands apart from the rest and holds his rank before...
In his humility, honor, humor and trust.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 13290
Rating:9.5
Comments:
Judge Ellison is extremely open minded and does not make up his mind before considering all the facts and the law. He is also one of the few federal judges who has the courage to re-consider a ruling in light of new case law and then make the right decision.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 12967
Rating:9.8
Comments:
Compassion, fairness and steadiness in moving cases along on his heavy civil docket are this Judge's hallmarks. He is extremely compassionate to pro se litigants and fair with the disenfranchised.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 12671
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Judge Ellison is brilliant legal scholar and one of the finest judges that I have had the privilege of appearing before during my 32 years of practice. He always treated the parties and counsel with respect and fairness. The case was complex and hotly contested but Judge Ellison kept the parties on a steady course. As an out of state attorney I consider it a rare privilege to have had an opportunity to appear before him.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 11930
Rating:10.0
Comments:
When Judge Ellison was new to the bench, I had a serious illness necessitating open heart surgery. During my recuperation, I received a personal handwritten note from Judge Ellison wishing me a speedy recovery and urging me to take things slowly. That was 11 years ago. With my recent negative experiences and the deterioration of the practice of law in the Federal Court system-remembering that small handwritten personal get well note gives me hope that there are Judges in the Federal System that still have compassion and humility. His successor in Laredo Division would do well to take a lesson or two from this class act.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 11471
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Being in Judge Ellison's Court is the most rewarding experience I have had in my legal career. He is a brilliant scholar, a very kind man, and a perfect gentleman. Texas needs more Judges like him!

Other

Comment #: 11374
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Was anyone present at yesterday's (8/25/10) Houston Area Naturalization Ceremony? Judge Ellison crafted the perfect morning for this newest gaggle of Americans. It was a logistical and spiritual - yes, spiritual - triumph.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 10500
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Easily among the best judges I have had the pleasure of practicing before. Judge Ellison is extremely respectful towards attorneys and litigants before him, which typically yields even more respect in return. Yet, he has what it takes to make difficult decisions.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: 10240
Rating:9.7
Comments:
Brilliant, accomplished, compassionate, and humble. A rare combination in a human being, let alone a federal judge. Scrupulously fair and patient.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 10078
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Eloquent, brilliant, and kind. If Hollywood ever wanted to portray the perfect judge, Ellison is the prototype. He actually apologized to me in open court during a civil case when he denied my motion in part. Can you believed a federal judge ever apologizing for anything?!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 8740
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Terrific judge. One of the few I've encountered that has granted a default judgment and stuck with it. Additionally, he displays an inordinate amount of professionalism.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 8340
Rating:9.5
Comments:
What a federal judge should be. Follows the law and has no favorites.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 8087
Rating:9.3
Comments:
A wonderful judge. He was very flexible with all parties' schedules. He handled all discovery matters himself, and took what I consider a reasonable approach to the scope of discovery allowed. He encouraged and preferred to have hearings on all matters (discovery motions, dispositive motions, etc). Very intelligent and very respectful of the jury, the witnesses and the attorneys.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 7969
Rating:9.5
Comments:
Excellent judge. I am proud to be a lawyer is a judicial system producing this first-rate judge. He is very bright and hard-working. Most importantly, he wants to achieve justice. One of our finest!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 7827
Rating:9.5
Comments:
Judge Ellison displays a largely unique combination of scholarship and basic kindness to parties, their counsel and witnesses. He is terribly bright and this likely leads to a level of self-confidence that precludes the perceived necessity to belittle and berate lawyers who appear before him. Instead, while he can enforce the rules when appropriate, Judge Ellison consistently casts himself in the role of assisting the parties in problem resolution in a fair and productive manner.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 6562
Rating:9.8
Comments:
Bright, very scholarly, and a gentleman. He will step outside the box when needed, and has ruled admirably in criminal cases when the guidelines were still mandatory. Agree that he has a sense of humility, but will not be pushed around. In sum, a very enjoyable time working in his court.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5167
Rating:9.5
Comments:
Top notch. Along with Leah Rosenthal, one of the smartest judges in Texas, with a good work ethic and a sense of humility.