Hon. Eric Hendon See Rating Details

Circuit Court
Miami-Dade County
11th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.3 - 6 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   2.0 - 4 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. Eric Hendon



Comment #: FL6494
Openly and arrogantly violates the law. Refuses to grant special set hearings because he doesn't want to know the facts.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL5994
Does not consider all of the facts. Appears to have already decided matters prior to hearings.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL5892
My experience with this Judge is he does not prepare himself for hearings by reading all the materials presented to him and as a result, he does not understand the basics of the law he is employed to uphold. Either that, or he is unwilling to follow the law due to bias or an inability to comprehend the law he is tasked to understand. He does not appear to understand basic tenants of the law. As a result, he is dangerous to the integrity of the bench and bad law is coming from him. He does not seek out the truth and this is very dangerous. He is a nice guy as a person it seems but not equipped to be on the bench.


Comment #: FL5682
He is certainly biased towards local practitioners. Probably the ones that contribute to his own personal gain or has some other improper relationship. Worst of all, he does not have a knowledge of the laws or even follow the basic rules of procedure. He is costing law abiding citizens money, aggravation, and disappointment in the judicial system. Simply put, he is a bad judge, and should be removed from the bench. Unfortunately, the website does not let me put a zero (0) rating.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL5281
This Judge initially comes across as being well-prepared for hearings. However, he appears to fixate on aspects of an argument without the ability (or willingness) to consider alternative positions. He is either intellectually lazy or simply biased towards certain local practitioners. Beware of this Judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL2660
Judge Hendon was an excellent trial attorney in his criminal defense days. He is modest and down to earth and still feels comfortable with attorneys he has practiced with prior to being elevated to the bench. He is compassionate and ready to listen to argument. He adds class and dignity to the Dade County list of Judges.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL1583
Excellent temperament, fair and focussed!


Comment #: FL916
Very prejudicial. Favors judgements for those who have sued him in the past. Does not correct frequent mistakes made by staff. Does not follow and has very limited knowledge of the Federal Rules.

Court Staff

Comment #: FL335
I agree with the last comment: Judge Hendon is incompetent and will not listen to reason when it involves statutes that he does not understand. His rulings are dangerous.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL130
Judge Hendon is absolutely incompetent. He doesn't appear to understand the most basic legal concepts. Even when shown that he is completely wrong on a ruling, he will not turn back. (During an argument on a motion to strike affirmative defenses, he ruled that "Accord and Satisfaction" was not a valid affirmative defense and I showed him FRCP 1.110 which expressly lists it as an affirmative defense.) He will not listen to reason but makes crazy snap rulings and then sticks to them no matter what. He is awful.