Hon. Leo Ryan, Jr. See Rating Details
Associate District Judge
Circuit Court
Baltimore County County
3rd Circuit
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Non-Attorney Average Rating:   7.0 - 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. Leo Ryan, Jr.


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD6554
He really is not fit for the role of judge. The word "judge" carries with it a sense of fairness and he is not interested. He is like a kid in high school who is unable to appreciate his position and act without bias. He just acts as though power of a judge is fun and he can ignore the law just because. He is not steeped in the law of Maryland and who cares? He gets away by pretending to know the situation. And who is there to stop him? A case to him comes down to who is sitting on his right: the plaintiff who has to be protected and sided with. And to his left is the bad guy defendant who is guilty period. Testimony is a bother so he listens and sides with the good guy plaintiff no matter what and ignores and sees the defendant as the bad guy who deserves to be punished. Testimony is the same. All predictable in his eyes. He can debase the defendant but that is what the defendant deserves in his obvious opinion. But, hey, everybody has a right to have a little fun and to lighten things up. His sense of decency is not evident. His sense of duty is a joke: hey, he showed up, didn't he? the hero has arrived and now the hero does his work. I do not believe he really understands the cases he tries or that he is following Maryland law. I am a Catholic and he is committing a sin every time he puts on that robe and ignores his duty to be fair.


Comment #: MD6234
Went before Judge Ryan this week for a traffic violation. He was friendly, informative, expeditious and lenient. He was upfront about the fact that if you pleaded guilty, weren't going crazy fast, and had a relatively clean record, that he was likely to grant probation before judgement. It was a very busy docket, at times handing out PBJs roughly every 15 seconds. It was clear that he wasn't there to harshly penalize anyone, though I think he could have spent a little more time admonishing the people who also had seatbelt violations, especially the younger drivers. The only way this experience could have been better is if the officer hadn't shown up.


Comment #: MD6146
Rating:Not Rated
Filed a motion to vacate a 10 year old judgment filed against me for a bank that no longer exist and who's attorney is MIA and Judge Ryan denied it. Eventhough there is no one to pay any balance to. I'm stuck with it for 2 more years and my kids and I are now homeless...thanks Judge Ryan. I hope I get to vote you out soon

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD5114
Definitely already decided. Evidence is irrelevant. Especially when Bradford G.Y. Carney is involved.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD2625
He was the worst the evidence showed different the his ruling 500,000 bail with little to no evidence...he rules his courtroom as every ome is guilty...he dont want to hear from witnesses nothing he is the worst judge every one that comes before him files a appeal hapeas corpus...they need to remove him from the bench


Comment #: MD2427
He was even handed and polite, listened to both sides. I lost my case, but I feel like he heard me.


Comment #: MD2087
Rating:Not Rated
I have only seen him in traffic court. He clearly has decided everyone there is guilty and pays absolutely no attention to presentation of evidence from anyone pleading not guilty, even from defendants' attorneys. Although many judges are becoming more attuned to police dissembling or outright deceit and no longer accept the police version of events a priori, Judge Ryan does not appear to listen critically to the police but merely rubber stamps any police version of events. The only recourse is to plead guilty with an explanation. He is somewhat stingy with giving probation before judgment and almost never agrees to reduce the violation. If he does grant a PBJ, he lectures people like they are children who were bad and need to behave from now on. I suppose his methods get him out of the courtroom faster, but it all leaves one with a certain contempt for his court -- which is a shame, because at times he lets himself react as a human being, and I think he is capable of dispensing a lot more justice than he currently does.


Comment #: MD1721
after watching several dozen of his cases i feel he decides the case before it happens. He fails to understand that people before him have not been to law school, but he expects them to understand how to represent themselves. Most judges at least explain whats going on instead he talks down to everyone from his moral high top. His decisions are done without taking the evidence into consideration. He is a terrible judge.