Hon. Richard M. Berman See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
S.D.N.Y.  
Average Rating:6.0 - 10 rating(s)
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Ratings

*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%)
  Items marked with (*) are averaged into the displayed overall rating
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What others have said about Hon. Richard M. Berman


Comments


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 21627
Rating:2.0
Comments:
What a bizarre judge this guy is. He spends the entire time on the bench looking in the gallery to see who's watching him, and doesn't pay attention to what the parties are saying. He comes out and chats with his "audience" before the proceedings. He thinks he's a game show host and not a judge. He seems very erratic and out of touch with reality.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 11511
Rating:6.8
Comments:
Judge Berman is unfailingly polite and exceedingly self protective. His sentencing for relatively low level criminality seems harsh. His adherence to the guidelines seems slavish.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 3632
Rating:9.2
Comments:
Judge Berman seems to know the right thing to do. He had no problem overruling an unfavorable R&R from a Magistrate in a recent case to do the right thing. He carefully considered all my objections and ruled on each one with discretion. Clearly not afraid to do the right thing and follow the law.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 3472
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
My last experience left me wondering why he even wants to be on the Bench. He displayed a complete lack of interest in managing or attempting to resolve the case. Also, his courtroom persona is oddly stiff and unnecessarily supercilious. There was animosity and disdain toward all counsel from the outset. I could not square this persona with the far more engaging (and potentially effective) persona displayed back in Chambers.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 1701
Rating:7.5
Comments:
a decent,fair judge who pushes for settlements

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 1083
Rating:6.0
Comments:
It is close to impossible to get a decision out of him. He appears to be afraid to decide motions and hold trials.