Hon. Frederic Block See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
E.D.N.Y.  
Average Rating:6.2 - 20 rating(s)
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*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=Chronic`y 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=Most Lenient,10=Most Harsh)
Typical Discount Off Guidelines for Cooperators:    (1=10%,10=100%)
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What others have said about Hon. Frederic Block


Comments


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 21444
Rating:1.3
Comments:
Judge Block just released what may be the most stupefying and grotesque appellate opinion one will ever come across, while sitting by designation on the Ninth Circuit. The issue on appeal was whether the district court abused its discretion in not giving the State of California defendants the opportunity to develop an issue during discovery that they neglectfully didn't develop when they had the opportunity to do so. Judge Block turned that issue into a de novo review of the underlying question that the State wanted to conduct discovery on, decided that he could address the underlying issue because the State of California (the party that would benefit from him doing so) said it was permissible, decided the issue in the first instance (on appeal!) even though neither party had developed it through discovery at the trial court level and the record was devoid of any real evidence on the matter, issued a ruling against the plaintiff on a political question that the statute of limitations ran out on forty years ago (if there ever was one), and created quite possibly the worst Indian law opinion to come out from a federal court in the past twenty years -- which is saying a lot, considering the current make-up of the Supreme Court. Everyone should take a look at the opinion in question before they have to appear before this guy. It's titled Big Lagoon Rancheria v. California, No. 10-17803 (9th Cir. Jan. 21, 2014). What the opinion tells me is that Judge Block either has a blatant disregard for precedent, rules of procedure, the fairness of proceedings, and the rights of litigants, or he has some very serious prejudices that he needs to deal with in a professional setting.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 19603
Rating:10.0
Comments:
J. Block treats every one very well no matter how low the position of power that person is in -- one mark of a truly great man. I meet a lot of judges -- J. Block is the only one I really admire. I am baffled by any negative comments and feel they can't be accurate. Especially the one below--it simply seems mean spirited. I am reading J. Block's book now, and it's really humble and honest (not usual hallmarks of attorneys as well all know) and full of inspiration and guidance. --from the point of view of a young attorney.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 18557
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Vain, impatient, lazy, intemperate, biased and arrogant. Never refers to precedent when deciding legal issues. Like a stuck clock, he'll be right from time to time by accident, but should retire so he'll have more time to write books about his great self.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 13737
Rating:1.0
Comments:
The man is an embarassment to the bench.

Ill-tempered, ill- mannered, he makes no secret of his abudant biases and ignores case law and precedent.

A pompous, arrogrant "judge" who does not give those in his rifle-sight a chance to even state their case.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 12234
Rating:9.9
Comments:
I had the unique opportunity to participate in both Civil and Criminal cases before Judge Block, both as a attorney for a criminal defendant at trial and as the attorney for civil litigants over the years. Judge Block really immerses himself in the cases and uses all of his exceptional academic energy and vast experience to bring about a just result, which seems to be all he is interested in.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 11932
Rating:9.2
Comments:
Great temperament. As I awaited my client's sentencing, we watched a parade of criminal violations of probation and other criminal matters in which he was unfailingly polite, fair and willing to accomodate all parties and see justice was served, yet protecting the public while limiting the needless suffering of others. He fortunately gave a non-guideline, non-custodial sentence to my 70 year old client who PG to a tax count and who has medical issues and other significant 3553(a) factors. A hefty fine was imposed but Justice was amply served by this Titan of the bench.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 11906
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Amazing at his job. Looks beyond the nonsense.

Other

Comment #: 9327
Rating:8.0
Comments:
Saw Judge Block at the Cioffi/Tannin trial today, 10/16/09, Fri. He appeared fair to both sides and even tempered when handling issues brought by each side.
The only negative comment: He should give up the gum chewing during the proceedings.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 8346
Rating:3.6
Comments:
I tried a civil case before him several years ago. I found him below average in getting and applying the law of evidence. Overall, I would say he tried to be fair, but was not particularly insightful. Way too self-involved. One day we were prepared to break early and I told him I wanted to go to my son's high school graduation in the afternoon. He came back an hour late from lunch, causing me to miss part of the graduation.

Prosecutor

Comment #: 6279
Rating:8.3
Comments:
Reminds me of Jackie Mason. From "egg foo yong" to "this is an absurd prosecution" in McGriff, I really dig this guy.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: 5049
Rating:4.8
Comments:
By far the worse judge I have appeared before.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 4854
Rating:1.8
Comments:
A disaster. How he got on the federal bench is beyond me.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 3633
Rating:8.0
Comments:
Has maintained his fair and and even stance after assuming senior status. Judge Block is always a good Judge when considering complex civil matters, although rarely one to make a radical decision. Predictable, yet very fair.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 2268
Rating:8.0
Comments:
Practical, efficient, fair, even-tempered

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 1191
Rating:6.5
Comments:
doesn't want to waste time

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 1062
Rating:7.5
Comments:
Has a very good "feel" and understanding of the job. A real pleasure to appear before.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 1061
Rating:7.5
Comments:
Has a very good "feel" and understanding of the job. A real pleasure to appear before.