Hon. Ricardo D. Zwaig See Rating Details
Associate District Judge
Circuit Court
Howard County
5th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   7.0 - 4 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   5.0 - 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)

What others have said about Hon. Ricardo D. Zwaig



Comment #: MD6434
VERY FUNNY, FAIR, SMART, BEST JUDGE I EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE! He helped so much my daughter and comprehend everything. he saw her for at lest 2 years and still was fair with her. What an excellent judge that Howard county has!! Coupe de chapeaux honorable Judge Ricardo!! we like you very much!! Thank you!!!!!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD6184
The Honorable Judge Zwaig is extremely cerebral. A treatment oriented Judge, he holds protecting our community and neighborhoods in high regard. That said, Judge Zwaig has a treatment-oriented approach and you can literally trust him with your Client's life. He loves to see family involvement and he uses every power and resource available to ensure fairness to Defendant's. Deep knowledge of the law is his forte. He is patient and kind to all when appropriate. He is stern and fatherly to wrongdoers. He reads all your pleadings and ponders them as they are filed and is exceedingly astute. It is pleasure to appear before Judge Zwaig and I say get thee to Circuit Court and beyond. Truly a mental giant who honors our County.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD5770
Must be the smartest guy in the room. Forgets that he is not to litigate with the attorneys. Will bend over backwards against the law. Is a complete Chauvinist pig and routinely demeans women and makes inappropriate comments to and about them. A total failure of the appointment process and takes everything personally. He is vindictive towards litigants and attorneys.


Comment #: MD5001
Rating:Not Rated
Excellent Judge. Judge Zwaig in fair minded. He is smart and totally competent. I have the highest regard for him.


Comment #: MD4496
Rating:Not Rated
He is close-minded, polite, but judgemental. He will use other prior cases in conjunction wit a current which is irrelevant! He will let people who HIRE/pay for a private attorney make deals and pleas for severe charges down to almost nothing. [Redacted by Ed.]


Comment #: MD3852
Hon. Ricardo Zwaig did not understand the written law. I stated the law that we were in court for and he stated "Well, you know, that may be the law but I think that would, you know, I also have to consider the spirit of the law and a mere technicality in that situation would not necessarily entitle you, if in fact you are assured that there is a one-year warranty."
He completely disregards the law here and considers 'the spirit of the law'. This is a court of law, how can he disregard the law?

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD2208
This guy was a great guy and and a great defense attorney, but he's not so great a judge. He is very state-oriented. He does not listen to anyone, as he thinks that he is the smartest person in the courtroom. He's getting worse the longer he sits. (Out of the courtroom, though, he is still a great guy.)