Hon. Susan F. Zwick See Rating Details
Subcircuit Judge
Circuit Court
Cook County
Cook Judicial Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   6.1 - 3 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. Susan F. Zwick


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: IL988
Was concerned when I read reviews about her favoritism towards large firms but those concerns were dispelled when she ruled firmly against the big firm. She clearly spent considerable time with the record and the law and issued a comprehensive, timely and appropriate decision. Also, had good demeanor and knowledge during the trial.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: IL824
Pro-large firm and her attorney friends. She is poorly prepared in court, and creates facts to justify her acts. She becomes a litigant; she suggests objections for the favored side and then sustains them, and rephrases poorly phrased questions with "do you mean?" and so forth. Her industriousness is misplaced and misused. She makes a polite first impression, but she is more like a litigant than an impartial judge, so the polite facade is meaningless in a courtroom where she is presiding. If a judge appears on the bench in a timely manner, but creates havoc, the system of justice does not benefit. The variables are not weighted. Her flexibility depends on who is seeking it.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: IL122
Very smart and educated judge but favors plaintiffs, at least in PI cases - and favors even more the big-name lawyers and/or her lawyer friends. Tough as nails and hard on both sides but favoritism seems to call into question some rulings.