Hon. Sean D. Wallace See Rating Details
Associate Circuit Judge
Circuit Court
Prince George's County
7th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   6.5 - 12 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   2.0 - 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)
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What others have said about Hon. Sean D. Wallace


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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD2223
Rating:4.5
Comments:
As a plaintiff's attorney, I advise you to stay far, far away from him. I had to argue a motion in front of him, and watched as he grilled plaintiff's counsel after plaintiff's counsel, while letting defense counsel make their arguments without interruption or follow-up questioning. If you're a plaintiff, you've lost before you even step foot in his courtroom. He is the least impartial judge I have seen, by far.

Other

Comment #: MD1820
Rating:2.0
Comments:
Arrogant. Does favor defendant over plaintiff.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1441
Rating:5.0
Comments:
Seems to scrutinize and question plaintiff's counsel more than the defense. Perhaps with his civil defense background he cant break that habit of being skeptical of plaintiff cases. Plaintiff's counsel should know going into a hearing/trial that you are going to have to work slightly harder than your counterpart.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1193
Rating:7.3
Comments:
Excellent, quiet demeanor. Made the right decision, but fudged on the law trying to the do the right thing on one issue which caused some problems.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1151
Rating:2.7
Comments:
Because of a mix-up, he had the wrong case file. He insisted on hearing the case even though the other judge was ready for it and Judge Weatherly already said we couldn't use that courtroom because she did not think we had an emergency.

He then ruled on a motion already ruled on by Judge Weatherly and insisted on a trial even though the motion had all but disposed of the case and we were merely there to calculate the right amount. In effect, he held up the emergency courtroom for a whole day on a case he should never have heard, and real emergencies were then turned away.

He peppered me with questions about the defendant which were best answered by the defendant who was present in the courtroom with his attorney. In fact, his questions throughout the case clearly showed that he was a light-weight.

Finally, he applied the wrong law on a very elementary legal principle and therefore reached the wrong conclusion.

I don't know how you can screw up a case any worse.

Mensa members, fear not.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD1113
Rating:2.5
Comments:
I hear his name and I laugh! My opposing counsel in one of our cases and I got together to compare notes, and both reached the same conclusion: how did he get on the bench? I could list all his transgressions but I'd need a whole website. A complete joke!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD1080
Rating:5.4
Comments:
I have only had J. Wallace in family law matters. I first encountered him right after he was appointed to the bench. J. Wallace made it quickly known that he was the smartest lawyer that he knew, case law be damned.

However, as time progressed his ego deflated and he has the makings of a very good judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD432
Rating:9.9
Comments:
Very smart and very well prepared. By far the best judge on the bench in P.G. Co.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD407
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Judge Wallace has a very good grasp of both procedural and substantive law, will hear argument fairly on objections and motions, and allows the parties to try their cases within clear and predictable boundaries. He is certainly one of the best judges in the County.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD404
Rating:8.1
Comments:
Judge Wallace displays an evenhanded and calm temperment with an ablity to quickly grasp complex civil litigation matters

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD397
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Judge Wallace is all-around an excellent judge. He has the perfect temperament for a judge. He is hard-working and knowledgeable. Never has he been unprepared for either a Motions Hearing or Trial. He conducts Settlement Conferences with an even hand and is always respectful to counsel and litigants.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD396
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Judge Wallace is the most prepared judge that I have appeared in front of in the 21 years of practice whether it be motions arguments or trial. He reads everything that is submitted to him and actually spends time researching issues that the attorneys fail to brief. He treats everyone that appears in front of him with the up most respect and is extremely patient.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD142
Rating:2.3
Comments:
The most arrogant judge that I have ever been in front of. Stubborn and not as knowledgeable as he thinks he is. A serious case of "robe-itis."