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Hon. Adalberto Jordan
District judge
S.D.Fla.
11th Circuit
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(1=Strongly Pro­Employee,10=Strongly Pro­Employer)

(1=Strongly Pro­Immigrant,10=Strongly Pro­Gov.)

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What others have rated

Hon. Adalberto Jordan

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Temp*  Sch*  Indu* Comp*   Punct*    Ev-Cv*   Ev-Cr* Flex  Bail  Crim  Settle Trial Sent Coop Average
Other

12701

1/1/11

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Civil Litigation - Private

12317

1/2/11

10

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3
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10

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Court Staff

12383

1/2/11

10

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9.7

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Civil Litigation - Private

11980

1/2/11

3

7

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1

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8

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1

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3

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Civil Litigation - Private

11982

1/2/11

9

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9

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Civil Litigation - Private

10650

1/2/10

9

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10

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9.2

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Civil Litigation - Private

9342

1/2/09

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5

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9.8

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Criminal Defense Lawyer

8595

1/2/09

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3
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10

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Civil Litigation - Private

7662

1/2/08

9

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6

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9

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6.3

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Court Staff

7382

1/1/08

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9.3

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Court Staff

7453

1/2/08

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9.6

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Civil Litigation - Private

4940

1/2/07

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9.5

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Criminal Defense Lawyer

2320

1/2/06

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9.2

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Criminal Defense Lawyer

2208

1/2/06

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9

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Criminal Defense Lawyer

1993

1/1/06

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Participates in Oral Argument (1=Rarely,10=Always)
Quality of Questions During Oral Argument (1=Poor,10=Extremely insightful)
Attitude during oral argument (1=Consistently inappropriate,10=Consistently respectful)
Scholarship as reflected in Opinions (1=Poor,10=Outstanding)
General Inclination in Criminal Appeals (1=Strongly Pro­Government,10=Strongly Pro­Defense)
General Inclination in Civil Rights Appeals (1=Strongly Pro-Defendant,10=Strongly Pro­Plaintiff)
General Inclination in Labor Law Appeals (1=Strongly Pro­Employee,10=Strongly Pro­Employer)
General Inclination in Immigration Appeals (1=Strongly Pro­Immigrant,10=Strongly Pro­Gov.)
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12701

1/1/11

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Civil Litigation - Private

12317

1/2/11

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Court Staff

12383

1/2/11

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Civil Litigation - Private

11980

1/2/11

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Civil Litigation - Private

11982

1/2/11

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Civil Litigation - Private

10650

1/2/10

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Civil Litigation - Private

9342

1/2/09

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Criminal Defense Lawyer

8595

1/2/09

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0

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0

0

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Civil Litigation - Private

7662

1/2/08

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Court Staff

7382

1/1/08

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Court Staff

7453

1/2/08

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Civil Litigation - Private

4940

1/2/07

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Criminal Defense Lawyer

2320

1/2/06

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Criminal Defense Lawyer

2208

1/2/06

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Criminal Defense Lawyer

1993

1/1/06

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Other

13100

1/1/11
7
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Litigant

6154

1/2/08
10
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Other

2698

1/2/06
10
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Litigant

2256

1/1/06
5
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Litigant

1943

1/2/06
10
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Temp*
Sch*
Indu*
Comp*
Punct*
Ev-Cv*
Ev-Cr*
Flex
Bail
Crim
Settle
Trial
Sent
Coop
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)    
Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation (1=Demonstrates Bias 10=Entirely Evenhanded)    
Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation (1=Demonstrates Bias 10=Entirely Evenhanded)    
Flexibility in Scheduling (1=Completely Inflexible    10=Very Flexible)    
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense 10=Pro-Government)    
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Pre-Trial (1=Pro-Defense 10=Pro-Government)
Involvement in Civil Settlement Discussions (1=Least Involved 10=Most Involved)    
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Trial (1=Pro-Defense 10=Pro-Government)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Sentencing (1=Pro-Defense 10=Pro-Government)
Typical Discount Off Guidelines for Cooperators (1=10% 10=100%)    
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Hon. Adalberto Jordan

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comment #:
13100
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average rating is 3 out of 5
average rating is 3 out of 5
I was a criminal defendant that went to trial with him as the judge. Although there is no such thing as fairness for a criminal defendant in the federal system on account of interest/politics/and other facts not going to mention here, this judge at least came close. During my sentencing, early 2003, I stated to him at my closing: Good luck to you Judge on being an Appellate Judge.
1/1/11, 11:48 AM
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12701
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average rating is 3 out of 5
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It is not particularly surprising that the court staff would be bending over backwards to be in the 'he is a swell guy' column since their jobs may be at stake. That said if he is the most brilliant mind that SDFL has to offer then the state of justice in that district is very sad indeed. Most of lawyers who still practice in front of him would be too gutless to tell the truth and the sycophants will probably mention to the judge as they meet at some 'legal' convention in the Bahamas, 'Eh, judge, I gave you thumbs up on some web site.' hoping to carry some favor. This judge does not like to work, he cannot grasp complex issues. His clerks cannot be blamed for nothing getting done for years because it is the judge that tells the clerks what to do, not the other way around. SDFL is probably the only jurisdiction in the U.S. which has a 90 days expiring local rule to make judges actually work instead of playing golf.
1/1/11, 10:58 AM
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12317
rating:
10
average rating is 3 out of 5
average rating is 3 out of 5
He is the smartest judge in the district and unbelievably patient with litigants. It sounds like the Eleventh Circuit is calling, which is wonderful for him, but will be a huge loss for trial lawyers in Miami.
1/2/11, 2:21 PM
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comment #:
12383
rating:
9.7
average rating is 3 out of 5
average rating is 3 out of 5
I have worked with several federal judges in my 28-year career and he is by far the best judge I ever worked for. Totally well rounded individual who deserves to be on the Circuit Court, if not the Supreme Court. He is just brilliant in the law.
1/2/11, 11:17 PM
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comment #:
11980
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3
average rating is 3 out of 5
average rating is 3 out of 5
Complete inability to handle technology. Does not read papers but rather likes to rule from the hip when swayed emotionally at a hearing by a fast talking lawyer (loves hearings.) Vindictive, and will do anything to make his rulings stick even when overturned by his betters.
1/2/11, 7:47 AM
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11982
rating:
9
average rating is 3 out of 5
average rating is 3 out of 5
I may not have got the rulings I wanted, but it was very clear that this judge read all the papers, clearly understood the issues in dispute, and issued pragmatic, fair and well reasoned decisions. He was also very courteous and respectful to all counsel during oral argument. I can't understand the comments from #11980, they're completely at odds with my experience and all other posts for this judge.
1/2/11, 8:14 AM
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10650
rating:
9.2
average rating is 3 out of 5
average rating is 3 out of 5
This is a truly outstanding judge. His BS meter is right on and his temperment is terrific. Orders are slow but that is weighed out with his outstanding attirbutes.
1/2/10, 11:51 AM
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comment #:
9342
rating:
9.8
average rating is 3 out of 5
average rating is 3 out of 5
Always displays respect to all participants. Very bright.
1/2/09, 7:54 AM
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8595
rating:
10
average rating is 3 out of 5
average rating is 3 out of 5
Easily the fairest judge I have ever appeared before.
1/2/09, 4:45 PM
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comment #:
7662
rating:
6.3
average rating is 3 out of 5
average rating is 3 out of 5
Very bright but also very slow in ruling. Can wait for years on a decision on a motion. Needs more industrious clerks.
1/2/08, 8:08 AM
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comment #:
7382
rating:
9.3
average rating is 3 out of 5
average rating is 3 out of 5
He should be on the U.S. Supreme Court. Superlative judge.
1/1/08, 10:37 PM
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comment #:
7453
rating:
9.6
average rating is 3 out of 5
average rating is 3 out of 5
Exceptionally brilliant, talented, and compassionate.
1/2/08, 6:57 AM
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6154
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0
average rating is 3 out of 5
average rating is 3 out of 5
Judge Jordan presided over my suit against a city and several of its officers. He is the perfect example of everything positive about the legal system. Never once did he stray from his duty of following the law as it was meant to be without any bias or predjudice. Everyone within the legal profession would greatly benefit from ever meeting or hearing him in court.
1/2/08, 2:44 AM
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comment #:
4940
rating:
9.5
average rating is 3 out of 5
average rating is 3 out of 5
If you have ever wondered who will be included in the examples of great trial judges when today's young lawyers retire and write their memoirs, look no further than Judge Jordan. He is brilliant (a former clerk to Justice O'Connor) and effortlessly commands the respect of everyone in his courtroom.
1/2/07, 3:22 PM
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average rating is 3 out of 5
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1/2/06, 8:04 AM
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comment #:
2320
rating:
9.2
average rating is 3 out of 5
average rating is 3 out of 5
This judge seems to be very much substance over form. Reminds me a lot of Judge Moreno's fair approach, although more theoretical.
1/2/06, 12:37 AM
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average rating is 3 out of 5
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1/1/06, 10:36 PM
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comment #:
2208
rating:
9
average rating is 3 out of 5
average rating is 3 out of 5
The most intelligent judge among the active judges. The only criticism may be that he is too patient with frivolous arguments and takes too long to rule, but when he does it is perfect.
1/2/06, 3:36 AM
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1993
rating:
10