Hon. Philip N. Tirabassi See Rating Details
Associate District Judge
Circuit Court
Baltimore County County
3rd Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   7.0 - 6 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)

What others have said about Hon. Philip N. Tirabassi


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD6838
I have litigated numerous cases in front of Judge Tirabassi and I have always found him to be a spirited, well-informed, and even handed judge. His honor frequently resorted to case law of his own, and was willing to review that which I provided in making his rulings. He is always in good spirits on the bench and adds a little humor where appropriate, which is important in this day and age where so many district court judges seem bored and disinterested. He genuinely cares about the fairest outcomes for the parties in his cases and, in my opinion, is one of the best judges on the Baltimore County district court bench.


Comment #: MD6828
Rating:Not Rated
I appeared in front of Judge Tirabossi as a defendant and considering that I had completed the required drug and alcohol counseling he allowed me to have non supervised probation and no inter-lock.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD6823
J. Tirabassi brings his experience as a private attorney to the bench and he considers all facts, evidence, and mitigation (when applicable) of each individual case when rendering a decision.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD6788
You won't find a more "good for the goose, good for the gander judge." Very intelligent, has the years of civil and criminal experience and not a state employee with a robe. Calls it as he sees it, Don't feed him a load of crap and your client will thank you. Sometimes he is hard to read but always very fair and practical. Praying a jury trial should not be an option. A fine jurist.


Comment #: MD6761
He is next to a criminal if not a criminal. I had a case of harassment against me. It was supposed to be a charge that I put up NO TRESPASSING signs which is not only legal but the police themselves advised me to do this. The day after the signs were up my neighbor went after me. Within a few days he had charged me with harassment of going after him and his entire family which was a lie plus action on the signs which he considered harassment. On trial day he brought two neighbors who all committed perjury against me. The judge not only believed them and not me he was vicious. I told him I had a video of my neighbor and he did not allow me to present the video in court. He badgered me claiming that my neighbor was only mowing the lawn which was untrue. It was a nightmare. He claimed that I had been harassing my neighbor not just for a month but for years. The only reason he did not convict me was because my neighbor brought up one incident which legally is not harassment.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD6703
This guy is a disgrace to the bench. Lets personal bias dictate his rulings. A real piece of garbage this guy is.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD4137
Judge Tirabassi seemed very disturbed entering the court room. He veiwed my client as beneath other defendants because of the case she was being charged with. Overall he had a very biased opinion from just reading the case notes judge tirabassi did not care to hear anything from my client in regards to what she was doing for her treatment and recovery. I also took it as a personal insult when he sentenced my client and I quote "you will go to jail when I see you again"

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD3880
One of the few judges nowadays who has actual experience in private litigation practice. Has a VERY dry sense of humor so sometimes you're not sure if he's joking (he probably is). I always enjoy being in front of him. His years of experience in actual practice of law give him knowledge of civil litigation and he knows the juggling act that lawyers have to do every day.