Hon. William Downing See Rating Details
Superior Court
King County
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Attorney Average Rating:   7.8 - 6 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)

What others have said about Hon. William Downing



Comment #: WA624
Judge Downing made a horrendous ruling in a divorce case that I have knowledge of. Several months later, I still cannot understand what motivated the decision. His findings showed extreme bias, as expressed in petty, demeaning comments directed towards one party. The party had no funds to appeal, as Judge Downing was well aware. Beware this judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: WA549
Judge Downing is perhaps my favorite judge that I have ever appeared before. Even if you do not like his ruling, you will understand how he got there. He is incredibly bright and his writing is unparalleled. He listens carefully and considers all factors. I wish more judges attended their cases with the thoughtfulness and thoroughness that Judge Downing exhibits in his case management.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: WA374
Plaintiff's judge. Disregards civil rules when suits him. Very overrated.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: WA55
A bright man. Easily in the top five percent of the King County Superior Court bench.