Hon. Diana Lewis See Rating Details

Circuit Court
Palm Beach County
15th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.6 - 27 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 1 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. Diana Lewis


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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL3644
Rating:2.4
Comments:
THE WORST EVER......CHEER UP!! SHE'S GONE LIKE DONKEY KONG!!!! DRINKS ON ME TONITE!!!!!

Litigant

Comment #: FL3641
Rating:1.0
Comments:
ZERO

THIS IS A BAD JUDGE AND SHE WILL BE OUSTED BY THE PEOPLE SHE TREATED UNFAIRLY!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL3619
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This woman needs to be gone from the bench. She has a terrible attitude, she is biased, has no judicial temperament at all, is rude to attorneys, is rude to pro se defendants, and does not belong in a position of trust. It is not true that she is "tough on attorneys". What is true is that she is biased. It is not true that there are numbers of both that support her election. Her opponent, Ticktin, has been endorsed by all the major South Florida newspapers, and the endorsements call her such things as "an embarrassment for the judiciary" (Sun Sentinel), the West Boca News said: "Put more bluntly, Judge Lewis on the bench is rude, biased, unprofessional, and lacking in common sense. The Florida Constitution requires that judges face reelection. If that means anything it means that the worst judges should be voted out."

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL3618
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Diana Lewis completely lacks judicial temperament, completely lacks neutrality, and completely lacks manners. Spectators are always horrified at her conduct, attorneys are horrified at her bias, her unreasonable, non-judicial performance. She refuses to follow the law, she refuses to listen to the arguments of counsel from the side she disapproves of. She is the classic example of someone who does not deserve the trust of the electorate and does not belong on the bench.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL3524
Rating:9.0
Comments:
While I would agree that at times, Judge Lewis can be tough on attorney's, more times than not, it is because the attorney is either unprepared or has acted unprofessionally. In my experience, if you are prepared, you will do well in her Court. She does not have a bias for Plaintiff or Defense attorneys as is evident by the number of both that support her elections. As for the comments about her playing favorites, the only evidence of playing favorites are to those that have earned the reputation of being prepared and professional. She will give you the benefits of your prior interactions before her.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL3511
Rating:1.8
Comments:
The temperament of this judge is a disgrace. I feel bad for her, as she is probably not a bad person, but she has no business being on the bench, as she humiliates lawyers in front of others including their clients for her own aggrandizement and no other purpose. She should drop out of the race.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL3437
Rating:2.5
Comments:
This is without a doubt the worst judge I have ever appeared before. She is rude, pompous,obnoxious,and totally and absolutely unprofessional. She has absolutley no business being on the bench. Her judicial temperament and demeanor are appalling. Her foreclosure courtroom is an absolute farce. She makes absolutley no pretense about being fair or unbiased. She's been in the tank for the banks from the beginning and doesn't even pretend otherwise. She is universally despised by all who have the displeasure of appearing in her courtroom. Her agenda is clear. Her bias blatant. Her rulings highly predictable. Besides being an absolute disgrace to the judiciary, on a personal level, she is probably the most vile woman I have ever encountered. Despicable.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL3386
Rating:3.1
Comments:
She is very unprofessional and possesses a poor judicial temperament. She editorializes in open court. The attorneys who appear before her are expected to be professional, but she does not reciprocate. I have been practicing in South Florida for over 35 years, and no one is perfect. We all make mistakes, especially in our early practice years. However, she is the only judge that not only notices the error, but humiliates the offender with nasty relish. I have appeared before hundreds of judges in various Florida counties and, without exception, she is at best no more than average in her decision-making but the very worst with her unacceptable temperament. I do not think that the appellate court carries on the way she does when it reverses one of her decisions. At the present time she favors banks in foreclosure litigation. While she complains and carries on about them, she tends to rule for them. Some one needs to run for her seat.

Other

Comment #: FL3334
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
She is pathetic. We showed evidence that the bank had delayed the modification, and the bank even apologized for it. The bank requested more time, as did my attorney, and they had the completed mod for three months with no answer. She was pathetic! This is a disgrace to Palm Beach, when both attorneys request more time, and the judge refuses. Is anyone seeing what she is doing? She is clearing the cases in an attempt to help the banks that caused the problem in the first place.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL3004
Rating:1.7
Comments:
This judge is outwardly hostile! She intentionally yells at and embarrasses attorneys in front of their clients. I would not talk to a dog they way she talks down to us. From the looks of the other ratings, her uncivil, outrageous and unprofessional behavior has been going on for some time.

Other

Comment #: FL2998
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Has her own agenda and is biased in favor of the banks to move ahead with foreclosures. Did not even listen to the arguments of the attorneys as she grandstanded. No justice at all. Homeowners' rights completely violated.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL1873
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I found Judge Diana Lewis to be rude, biased and completely out of her depth on the bench.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL1708
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Dethroning this queen judge should be a top priority by all the voters of Corruption County.She's just another Handler case fixer for just like Kathleen Kroll.

Litigant

Comment #: FL1478
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I will agree that Judge Lewis has an intemperate disposition and can be more than a little caustic in her remarks to attorneys and litigants alike. I will also agree that she tends to favor the party that is more prepared. That said, I found her to be fair in her ruling and knowledgeable of statutes and governing case law. If you think you are going to get by on your charm and good looks before this jurist, you have another think coming. Be honest, be prepared, be on point and above all, don’t try to blow any smoke up the wazoo of this judge and you will do just fine.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL1356
Rating:7.0
Comments:
I tried a complex healthcare contract case in front of Judge Lewis and lost. Both lawyers were from Miami amd I thought she was fair to both of us. While she seems to take pleasure in yelling at you if you are not prepared, she is fair about it so I never took it personally. She controlled the courtroom, as a good judge should. I would have no issue with being in front of her again.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL1301
Rating:2.6
Comments:
It is my opinion that this person is not suited to be a judge. She is not able to handle the responsibilities of the bench without bringing her personal agenda into the trial. What is unfortunate is that Judge Lewis appears to have a set of favorite attorneys. Some of those attorneys are plaintiffs' attorneys and many others are defense attorneys. Regardless, they feel that she is an unbiased and wonderful judge. They would like to keep her right where she is, because it gives them an upper hand in her courtroom. It is because of this that Judge Lewis should resign or be replaced. We have felt both sides of this personality. When we had a trial in her court against an attorney she liked less than our firm we had a generally fair trial. When we faced one of her friends, we faced a hostile court and it affected everyone, including the jury.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL1108
Rating:1.4
Comments:
Incompetent and pro-defendant.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL1107
Rating:1.4
Comments:
This has to be one of the rudest, most unprofessional judges that I have encountered in my years of practicing law. It is a shame that judges like this are allowed on the bench. She is completely defense-oriented, which is apparent in her rulings.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL1090
Rating:4.3
Comments:
Very biased and ill-tempered. Takes every argument as a personal attack and reacts accordingly.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL1012
Rating:8.6
Comments:
Judge Lewis expects preparedness and that attorneys be candid with the court. She's a real asset to the judiciary in Palm Beach County.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL1011
Rating:9.8
Comments:
In my experience, Judge Lewis is fair, very professional, extremely astute, and almost always makes the right decision. But of course, there is almost certainly going to be a disgruntled party no matter how she decides.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL975
Rating:2.3
Comments:
This person does not deserve to be on the bench. She is neither even-handed nor fair. She favors the defendant in civil litigation. It appears that she can not overcome her history as a defense attorney. Furthermore, she plays favorites with a few select plaintiffs' attorneys who support her by saying that they are somehow more prepared then other attorneys. This is simply untrue. Diana Lewis is simply a poor quality judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL831
Rating:1.4
Comments:
Although Judge Lewis seems to work hard, her judicial temperament is lacking. She appears to favor defendants on a regular basis.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL762
Rating:9.8
Comments:
Let's be objective here. Is there another judge in our circuit who grasps the issues that confront trial lawyers on a daily basis better than Judge Lewis? Perhaps Judge Crow? For those who believe she leans one way or another, I can honestly say from personal observations during trial and motion practice that she leans toward the side who is actually prepared and has support for positions and arguments. What judge wouldn't? As long as you are prepared, respectful of the opposition and the Court, you won't have any difficulty and will actually enjoy the practice of law in front of Judge Lewis.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL606
Rating:8.9
Comments:
Understands the process well. If you come prepared, you will have a positive experience.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL604
Rating:9.8
Comments:
Very smart hardworking judge. She keeps control of her courtroom and if you are respectful to her and prepared, you will have no issues.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL239
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Very defense biased and has the poorest demeanor on the bench. Incompetent.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: FL76
Rating:2.6
Comments:
Very unfair defense-oriented judge. She has a reputation for playing favorites and acting on her own to assist the defense.