Hon. Karen C. Friedman See Rating Details
Associate District Judge
Circuit Court
Baltimore City County
8th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.0 - 9 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 2 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. Karen C. Friedman


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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD6423
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I agree with the others that found her to be lacking - avoid if at all possible - both of her rulings were completely off base.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD6379
Rating:1.0
Comments:
We also had a poor experience - entirely inflexible, lacking in understanding of the issues at hand.

Litigant

Comment #: MD6349
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge is terrible, but must have friends - all three scored her as a 10 all on the same day (and one more 10 two days later).

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD6302
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Couldn't disagree with the other comments more. Judge Friedman has presided over a couple of my cases thus far, and she is rarely "emotional" or "inconsistent." If anything she is very thoughtful and intently listens to all aspects of the argument, as she soaks it up like a sponge, before delivering her opinion.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD6299
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Highly intelligent, balanced and mindful of all the parties to an action. She takes her role very seriously and has a deep love of the law with all its complexities. She is civil with all the parties and produces well reasoned and thoughtful decisions. Baltimore City needs more judges like her.

Prosecutor

Comment #: MD6295
Rating:9.0
Comments:
Judge Friedman is one of the most compassionate and down to Earth judges that I have come in contact with. She encourages advocacy but focuses on the practical issues facing litigation.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD6294
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Judge Friedman is a terrific judge. She is smart, capable, fair, and compassionate. She is able to handle complicated legal matters, while delivering sentences with respect for defendants. The citizens of Baltimore City are lucky to have her on the bench.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD6267
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I agree with all of the other comments - she should not be on the bench.

Litigant

Comment #: MD6249
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Our trial was mostly about business issues and Judge Friedman simply could not understand the financial pieces - she must not have any business background, even the simplest accounting was beyond her. She was also in a hurry to finish by 2 which did not help her ability to understand the discussions - it took so very long to explain everything.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD6241
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Friedman really struggles to understand the legal issues - is a fairly new judge and it shows. Tread carefully - she is sensitive and emotional and needs a lot of explanation and review of the applicable legal statutes.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD6230
Rating:2.3
Comments:
Judge Karen Friedman has appeared emotional and inconsistent for several trials, in addition to exhibiting a lack of understanding or ability to comprehend financial and business matters. Avoid if possible.