Hon. Laura S. Kiessling See Rating Details
Associate Judge
Circuit Court
Anne Arundel County
5th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.8 - 5 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 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. Laura S. Kiessling


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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD2783
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Excellent Judge

Other

Comment #: MD2398
Rating:3.0
Comments:
Given her alleged background as a prosecutor for so many years … I’m wondering why she now gets it so wrong as a Judge…. At least in the two cases I’ve brought before her. My colleagues and I question whether she had enough real life experiences... I hate to say it but her political connections had to be stronger then her knowledge of the law. A great disappointment for many I’m sure.

Other

Comment #: MD2347
Rating:2.0
Comments:
Arrogant, lacks experience. Extremely insecure, she struggles to express herself in difficult circumstances. Quick to pre- judge male defendants. Obviously experienced a difficult divorce in her own life and a bad marriage. Holds male defendants / plaintiffs to a higher standard of proof. Is overly nice to staff and attorneys in her court so they can win their favor and secure their loyalty to overlook their duty in defending their client. Observed her make deliberate false statements while on the bench.

Litigant

Comment #: MD2325
Rating:1.0
Comments:
A lot of folks don't know that Judge Kiessling was a prosecutor for Anne Arundel County. She sought convictions for child sex crimes, and now she is a family court judge in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court, keeping fathers away from their children. She loves to hide behind FL 9-101 when making a ruling against a father. She hires her former friends as BIA's in every single case that she has. I have no doubt in my mind that if you pull all the hearings she has sat in on, you will find a pattern of the same BIA's and the same opinions that all point to the fathers losing the battle in court. I've been in front of her for the past two years and have never won a hearing, and I had three lawyers. I would not trust any lawyer that says he knows her. They said she makes a good family law judge because she has experience in dealing with child abuse. Go figure.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD2270
Rating:4.4
Comments:
She comes across as very polite and likeable. However, she is extremely biased towards men, and we saw her as someone with a political agenda. She has a hidden level of arrogance.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD2267
Rating:3.3
Comments:
This judge is prejudiced against fathers in custody cases.

Other

Comment #: MD2175
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Kiessling is a very biased judge against fathers in custody matters. I have transcripts of the record to prove it. The whole circuit system of judges in Anne Arundel County is crooked, and they are about to be exposed. Why do you think the admin judge retired?