Hon. Ellen S. Venzer See Rating Details

Circuit Court
Miami-Dade County
11th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   6.0 - 11 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   6.0 - 5 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. Ellen S. Venzer


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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL3993
Rating:9.3
Comments:
Judge Venzer is a very thoughtful judge who will truly listen to testimony presented, review evidence provided, and wrestle with arguments made. She asks intelligent questions of witnesses and attorneys both, demonstrating both her concentration during the course of the proceeding and her desire to understand the material being presented. She treats both sides with respect and gives adequate opportunity to the lawyers to question witnesses and argue their points. Most importantly, she is willing to make a decision based on the evidence and the law, even if her ruling is likely to generate criticism from the general public. It is very rare to find a judge who has the courage to do the right thing, especially when under intense scrutiny. Judge Venzer is a wonderful example of a judge who possesses both the intelligence and confidence to make the correct, albeit sometimes unpopular, ruling. She brings a level of humanity to the courtroom, never forgetting that the individuals before her are people and that her decisions have an impact, often profound, on their lives.

Other

Comment #: FL3939
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I observed how patient she was on that case with Amanda Evans whose family I know. I think she outs men like Judge Marc Schumacer to shame since she listened to Amanda even when Amanda used profanity and Schumacer would not even allow me to present medical facts causing me to loose custody of my daughter to liars. I do believe that most women make better Judges from my experience. I will be forwarding this recommendation to Rev Al Sharpton and my other friends who are close to the President to make him aware of her good example to other Judges....... Ken Ramnath, Director, Celine Int'l, Inc... Wall street, NYC.... email... ken.ramnath@gmail.com

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL3876
Rating:9.7
Comments:
One of the Best

Other

Comment #: FL3875
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I find it amusing that the negative comments are predictably from defense attorney's point of view
She is smart and clever and has the 6th sense
(Common sense) when dealing with defendants and their BS over paid "mouth pieces". If you are guilty tell her so and throw yourself on the mercy of the court, if not bring your "A" game. Crying should be reserved for victims not perps. Her integrity is 2nd to none, period

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL3621
Rating:1.1
Comments:
Judge Venzer allows the prosecution to run her court room. She does not try to work with the inmates at all nor the defense team. She is not a big fan of house arrest and she will keep off setting court days as long as the prosecution says so. Not a good judge

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL3561
Rating:9.7
Comments:
Judge Venzer is a brilliant jurist. She has the experience, intelligence and ability to control the courtroom in terms of the plaintiff(s), defendant(s) and lawyers. She is truly amazing, which I learned firsthand when she was the judge in my personal matter. Judge Venzer is fair and impartial.

Other

Comment #: FL3127
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I went with my brother to close his case and she didn't even give him a chance to speak. She was also joking around the whole time with the cops and everyone that was working with her that day. She called one man "shaggy," kidding around. Justice is a serious matter and she should not take her job as such a joke when all the people in the court have been so distressed about what they're there for. She is very disrespectful and, as I've seen others say, she's very unprofessional and it's true.

Other

Comment #: FL3126
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge Ellen Sue Venzer does not know her job.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL3125
Rating:1.3
Comments:
Extremely biased. I was assigned to her multiple times and she's very disrespectful and seems to be in a bad mood with every case. She treats the courtroom like a classroom. Her job is serious and she should be able to handle it without being so rude and unprofessional.

Other

Comment #: FL3121
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge is completely biased and abuses her power in a very immature way. Why does she have this job if she's not going to be polite or respectful? She laughs, and might make a joke about you in front of everyone in the courtroom if you were to cry. Very unprofessional, indeed. The day I went to court she admitted that she was in a horrible mood and took it out on everyone and ended the cases early because "she didn't want to be there." Even the public defenders and lawyers were laughing in disbelief at how unprofessional and ridiculous she was acting.

Other

Comment #: FL3120
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I can honestly say that this is the most unprofessional, immature, and unfair judge that I've ever seen in my life. To begin with, she sped through the whole thing with over 30 people because she said she wanted to leave already. She will look you up and down and judge you based on your appearance, and if she thinks you look "dirty" (as she calls it), she won't even give you, your public defender, or any witnesses a chance to speak or to defend yourself. Oh, and if you start to cry, she'll laugh at you, and if you or your public defender tries to explain, she'll interrupt you and tell you that she doesn't want to hear it or that she doesn't care. She was in a very foul mood (so she said herself) the day I went to court, and literally took it out on everyone there in a very immature manner. Let's put it this way: I have wanted to be either a lawyer or a judge basically all my life in order to give fair judgement, and when I went there not only for a friend but to learn a bit from the judge and observe, from what I saw I would never treat any criminal that horribly, no matter what. She has to understand what her job is and do it right, and if not, don't do it at all. It is unfair and, as I said before, completely unprofessional how she treats everyone in the courtroom (even the lawyers were laughing in disbelief as she gave the them such attitude for no apparent reason). But of course they have to respect her. Ultimately, she does not deserve her job if she can't handle it -- and she definitely cannot handle it.

Other

Comment #: FL3113
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Judge Venzer is among the best judges in the state. I have appeared before her numerous times and found her to be fair, intelligent, and honest, unlike so many of the attorneys and defendants that have stood before her.

Other

Comment #: FL2691
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
minus at all,Why? answer is because she do not know her job and that is the problem.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL2689
Rating:8.9
Comments:
Judge Venzer is a great judge who I have been assigned to several times. She takes her job very seriously and performs it with integrity. I've only seen lawyers get on her bad side when they've attempted to pull a fast one on her. If you you're doing an honest job she'll treat your fairly. Very intelligent and down to earth individual.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL2465
Rating:1.8
Comments:
Without question the worst Circuit Court Judge in Miami-Dade, and most down there are a close second. If she is ever assigned to your case, run and run fast. Uses her bench as a throne. Does not enforce or rule on the law. She creates it as she goes along, especially when one of the lawyers before her is a "friend" or "friend of a friend". Very politically motivated.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL2217
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
She is an idiot. She pretends to listen to your case and at the last minute changes everything she said. If she wasn't :in bed" with a couple other judges she wouldn't know what she would do? She is biased and prejudiced and shouldn't be on the bench.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL2026
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Not very intelligent. She once stated to me that the case law I was citing in a civil was old, although there were no new cases on the issue and the issue was settled law.

Takes sides instead of being impartial.

Can be come rude and opinionated when you advocate for your client.

She was appointed and got the position due to her step father Retired Judge Richard Yale Feder.

Another one who should not be judging others.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL1766
Rating:4.4
Comments:
Not very bright. Highly opinionated. Gets very nasty if you piss her off.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL1228
Rating:9.4
Comments:
Judge Venzer is one of the brighter judges in Dade County. She takes her job seriously and expects the same from lawyers who appear before her. Expect a fair shake. And, I agree, don't mess with her.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL999
Rating:9.1
Comments:
Very outspoken. Very smart. Don't mess with her -- she is too smart for that.