Hon. Mark I. Shames See Rating Details

Circuit Court
Pinellas County
6th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   1.4 - 3 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 2 rating(s)
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General Rating Criteria

* 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=Chronically Late,10=Always on Time)
* General Ability to Handle Pre-Trial Matters (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
* General Ability as a Trial Judge (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
Flexibility In Scheduling (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)

Criminal Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
Involvement in Plea Discussions (1=Not at all Involved, 10=Very Involved)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Pretrial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Trial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Sentencing Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)

Civil Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation (1=Not at all Evenhanded,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
Involvement in Settlement Discussions (1=Not at all Involved,10=Very Involved)
General Inclination (1=Pro-defendant, 10=Pro-plaintiff)

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What others have said about Hon. Mark I. Shames



Comment #: FL5854
This judge neds to be removed from the bench as he has no knowledge of Probate court. His actions showed favoritism and bias. He told both councel how he would rule before listening to the facts of the case at the hearing - forcing the outcome he desired. Dishonest, cruel and needs to be investigated!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL5703
Judge Shames is moody, vindictive, and cruel. He comes from Criminal Justice, where I suppose he was required to be tough. Now he is in Probate, and treats people like they are criminals. These are people who are dealing with stressful probate matters and are typically dealing with the recent loss of a loved one. Judge Shames treats our clients with disdain and disgust. His mood determines the judgment, and will routinely circumvent Florida law to make his rulings. Ironically, his Judicial Assistant is quite friendly.

The way in which Judge Shames speaks to my clients is completely unacceptable. I have lodged formal complaints, and I know I am not the only Probate attorney to do so. He needs to be off of the Probate bench, as he is cruel, condescending, and generally ignorant of Florida Probate law.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL5551
Moody, subjective judge; verdict depends on how his mood is that day. Be careful, he does not work for justice. Possibly works to pad his pockets, or sides with people of the same religion or politics. Very unprofessional. Does not rule based on the law, but based on his emotions or other outside influences.


Comment #: FL5549
Rating:Not Rated
Totally biased, unpredictable, unstable. This man should not be a judge. He does not follow the law, and only God knows how he makes his final decisions. How does he get influenced? Surely there is outside influence...in the form of something material, perhaps???


Comment #: FL5548
Terrible. This Judge is biased, unpredictable, and possibly bipolar. He is completely unstable and unprofessional. He interrupts, and does not follow the law.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL3337
This judge is biased, prejudiced and discriminatory.