Hon. Alvin K. Hellerstein See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
S.D.N.Y.  
Average Rating:6.4 - 17 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. Alvin K. Hellerstein


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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 21220
Rating:5.0
Comments:
While taking a plea in a criminal case, he embarked on an extensive, unfair cross-examination of the defendant that was dripping with mistrust and which called for information that went well beyond the elements of the offense. Be forewarned.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 18681
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
On 8/15/2006,I submitted comment No. 1686. Having since litigated before this Judge over the past six years, I am most disappointed to say that I have seen all too many instances of bias and quite a detrimental level of ego-centricity from this Judge. Regrettably, I must withdraw the comment.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 13195
Rating:5.0
Comments:
Judge Hellerstein is a strange bird who seems to know what he's doing, yet relishes in abusing the power his position affords him for his own amusement. A microcosmic example of megalomania in the micro-universe of his own courtroom. He might be nicer when he hits the boys room to perform as the mere mortals must do.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 11765
Rating:8.0
Comments:
Very fair judge. Was very thorough in consideration of summary judgment motion; read the papers and came to a ery reasoned judgment.

This judge is very involved in settlement negotiations and tries to promote settlement in small dollar matters. Observed court conferences in several small civil matters where the judge virtually dictated the settlement terms to the parties' attorneys.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 9720
Rating:8.3
Comments:
Meted out a just sentence in a prosecution of murder in aid of racketeering that involved defendant's cooperation. Gave just weight to the seriousness of the underlying offenses and imposed a modest sentence that both the government and defendant accepted as fair, given the length and extent of cooperation.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 9512
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Biased against plaintiffs in police misconduct cases. He asks both sides for their versions of the facts at the initial conference and then, as if he were the fact-finder, attempts to discourage the plaintiff's attorney by saying that it sounds like the police acted properly.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 7557
Rating:4.2
Comments:
As decent as he appears, his handling of the WTC cases has been an unmitigated disaster and shown a staggering lack of competence.

Other

Comment #: 6498
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I've been in front of this judge as a defendant, and I have to say that he is a very fair judge with perfect wisdom in making fair judgements. I appreciate the fact that he understood my circumstances, and based on that he gave me a fair sentence. I thank him and praise him for being a humble and a fair judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5186
Rating:3.5
Comments:
Having been in front of Judge Hellerstein in a civil matter, I found that he is more inclined to clear his docket than to spend the time necessary to listen to the facts and rule based on the merits of the case. He showed up with his mind made up and nothing could change his decision even when all the facts pointed to his having misruled and not understood the underlying case.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 4471
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Was present at a recent sentencing before Judge Hellerstein where he sentenced a defendant with serious medical issues to a period of home confinement equal to the low end of the guidelines imprisonment range. Though outraged by the offense (various false statements to a bank to maintain a substantial line of credit) he recognized that the BOP would not likely deal effectively and speedily with likely medical emergencies (the client had several previous heart attacks). Usually courts reflexively conclude the BOP can deal with any medical condition -- which is total b.s.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 3997
Rating:9.7
Comments:
A very decent man. Perfect selection to handle the 9-11 mess. Very smart and knowledgable. Soft spoken with victims and lawyers for all sides. Dignified and a little professorial but seems to really understand the plight of the people and the needs of the nation.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 3657
Rating:3.0
Comments:
Unfortunately, he reaches a result, and then backs into the result through his decision, without appreciating the facts/law for the case. After doing so, makes flip comments such as "these cases are really tough". I do appreciate the informal nature of his conferences.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 3046
Rating:9.6
Comments:
Intellectually smart, street smart, experienced and thoughtful. Most importantly, a very decent and honorable human being.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 1686
Rating:9.2
Comments:
A Jurist of distinction and dynamic balance. Judge Hellerstein rules his Court room with stern dignity, tempered by a natural humility. He displays insight, focus, knowledge, inherent wisdom and unwaivering concern for the interests of humanity.