Hon. Dora L. Irizarry See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
E.D.N.Y.  
Average Rating:3.5 - 23 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. Dora L. Irizarry


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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 22016
Rating:1.0
Comments:
DLI. Demented Insane and Lunatic. She should be stripped of her robes and placed in a straitjacket. For the good of the Court, litigants and perhaps, herself.

Other

Comment #: 21841
Rating:10.0
Comments:
The Honorable Dora L. Irizarry!
I would like to thank you for judging my court case.
I appreciate your respect and fairness throughout to my case. While I can’t go back in time and reverse what I did, you can rest assured that this will never happened again.
This is not the type of person that I am.Our family wishes to express deepest appreciation.Thank you for your time. Again, thanks for your objectivity.We wish you all the best in your professional life.Sincerely Miller's family.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 21453
Rating:2.0
Comments:
This judge has a horrendous temperament, and is unstable and possibly mentally ill. She should not be on the bench.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 21104
Rating:2.5
Comments:
I just finished a sentencing before this passive/aggressive unstable judge. Although the sentence was fair, she spent the entire time attacking me personally and professionally. I learned from my client's family that before I arrived she was making negative comments about me to the whole courtroom. Then she began to complain about her poor pay and the government shutdown. I have a suggestion for her: perhaps she should get off the government payroll and try the private sector. She is the most mean-spirited jurist I have come across in 28 years. My guess is that she does not have a happy home life. I laughed all the way back to my office.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 20876
Rating:1.5
Comments:
Irizarry on the same court as Judges Weinstein, Korman, Dearie and Amon?
The political gods must have either been cruel, insane or both when they foisted this joke of a judge on the federal bench. This would have been a hoot had she not gotten lifetime tenure to make countless lawyers miserable each time they have the misfortune to be in her courtroom. No question but that she makes the best case for doing away with lifetime tenure for Article III judges.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: 18171
Rating:5.0
Comments:
Completely unprofessional in her demeanour. Hears what she wants to hear rather than what is said and nasty to a fault. Although she takes forever to issue a decision, the decisions are rarely worth the wait.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 18158
Rating:1.5
Comments:
Just a miserable person with a horrible temperament. So awful. Amazing that this person was confirmed. Utterly disgraceful. Affirmative Action is alive and well.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 18129
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Where do they find such people?
Why does the Southern District get so many quality appointments and the Eastern District get so many rejects?

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 13175
Rating:3.3
Comments:
This judge is the prime example of why the judiciary is often called the last bastion of tyranny in this country. A true nightmare awaits any human being every time he/she has the misfortune of stepping into the twilight zone of her courtroom. Perhaps the best evidence of the absence of meritocracy in the federal judicial selection process.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 12702
Rating:9.4
Comments:
Well prepared on the bench. Very impressed

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 12689
Rating:2.0
Comments:
At the very bottom of the Federal Judiciary in this district in terms of intellect and perhaps every other way except sentencing, where she is compassionate. But she hates defense lawyers and anybody else who dares to speak up in her courtroom. Very petty and tyrannical.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 12562
Rating:2.0
Comments:
Like a mean kindergarten teacher, with very little understanding of the issues that matter. Constantly making up for her lack of intellect by belittling lawyers over minor matters. Does not belong on the Federal bench.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: 12244
Rating:8.9
Comments:
Judge Irizarry is a very diligent and hard-working judge who makes significant contributions to the bench, bar and larger Eastern District community. You will win her favor if you are well prepared, read the FRCP, the Local Rules and her Individual Practices. She takes great pride in her work and expects litigants and lawyers to do the same.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 11922
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I represented an attorney on a civil contempt that had criminal contempt potential comtempt. She was arrogant, jumped to conclusions and understood very little about my client's errors. Overall, she was terrible, although she did lower his sanction.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 9793
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I represented an attorney on a civil contempt. She was nasty and "caustic" in response to my zealous representation and disagreement with her about the attorney and his character. I was prepared (to you peanut gallery or possibly was that the Judge's mom who said she gets a "bad rap" by unprepared attorneys?). The attorney had life and death personal problems and she was immovable and angry. She threatened me because I "gave her an attitude". She lost my respect from minute one and knew it. It drove her nuts because she is very impressed with herself and wanted me to be. She should in some motion support office with no human contact. Attorney that got to withdraw plea: Okay, so you had a good experience, had everything not gone in your favor, you would not be so eager to praise her, trust me.

Litigant

Comment #: 7829
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This judge is totally inept. My case has been floudering for more that ten years with no end in sight.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 6656
Rating:1.5
Comments:
She doesn't read your papers. She comes to the bench completely unprepared. When you then walk her through your papers and show her where you have exhibits demonstating your point, six months later you get an opinion saying that you did not offer any exhibits. This when your papers have over 400 pages of exhibits!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 5001
Rating:9.0
Comments:
I just came back from an appearance where she breathed new life into a rapidly deteriorating criminal matter. The client wanted to withdraw his guilty plea and go from the frying pan into the fire and Judge Irizarry spent an hour patiently listening to the client's (the defendant) proffered reasons for withdrawal of his earlier lawfully entered guilty plea. Her calm demeanor, understanding and patience paid off and defendant withdrew his plea withdrawal motion, quite probably saving him from at least a twenty-year sentence. It was heartening to see a federal judge take the time to assist this very marginal client and using her skills in preventing his throwing his life away due to his reflexive (and vocal) gripes about a hard-won plea agreement that admittedly required a lengthy custodial term. I went in expecting a difficult and unhappy experience and she truly turned a sow's ear into a silk purse.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: 3816
Rating:7.4
Comments:
She gets a bad rap from unprepared lawyers who can't hold their own in the courtroom, but she is generally a fair, albeit tough judge. While her temperament can easily rub some the wrong way, her decisions are well thought out and her written opinions are always solid.

Other

Comment #: 3386
Rating:1.0
Comments:
should neer have been nominated to be a Judge. Does dishonor to the position.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: 2790
Rating:2.7
Comments:
doesn't seem to read arguments and doesn't address many. her opinions rarely make sense. if you challenge her at all, be prepared for a caustic response. expect her to take at least a year to decide a motion. otherwise, she is terrific.