Hon. Lewis A. Kaplan See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
S.D.N.Y.  
Average Rating:5.9 - 19 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. Lewis A. Kaplan


Comments


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 19402
Rating:1.7
Comments:
One of the worst judges I have come across in several decades of practice. Arrogant without basis. Unnecessarily rude and caustic. Cannot distinguish meaningful distinctions from inconsequential ones. Basically gets the law right but the outcome wrong most of the time, and when he gets it right, it's by sheer accident. Avoid if possible!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 13181
Rating:6.8
Comments:
Judge Kaplan exemplifies the bi-polar judge who is extremely smart and totally biased. He treats lawyers, particularly defense criminal attorneys, with contempt and his rulings cast him in the role of the "prosecutor in robes" who always gets the last word and never loses an argument. Could have been an Academy Award nominee had he played that crotchety old professor in the Paper Chase movie.

Other

Comment #: 12858
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge Kaplan doesn't take the time to understand the basics of the subject matter on which he's ruling. He simply imposes a legal theory that doesn't fit the facts, circumstances, or even the law, and ignores everything that doesn't fit his legal theory, so that facts, circumstances, and the law are eschewed. Judge Kaplan tends to parrot the motions of attorneys that have adopted the same inapposite legal theories that he holds near and dear to his heart. Well pled arguments strongly supported by the facts, the circumstances, and the law simply irritate Judge Kaplan.

Other

Comment #: 12793
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Kaplan seems to be working for big business interests, so if you are representing big business interests, Judge Kaplan will find a way to rule in your favor. If you going up against big business interests, you are out of luck. "Impartiality" is a wholly alien concept fo Judge Kaplan.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 12566
Rating:9.5
Comments:
Very smart. Very fair. Very decisive. Doesn't vacillate. However, can be impatient. Also a little too quick to make up his mind at the outset, and then not receptive to change his mind.

Other

Comment #: 11764
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge is an idiot. Typical dangerous liberal. He now proves what everyone should have known about how dangerous liberals are. He thinks murder is ok, but damaging property is not. I bet he thinks McVeigh being executed was the proper verdict. After all he was white and an American citizen. The clown shows why it is so dangerous to elect liberals. Their policies might be overturned eventually. But the damage they cause by putting people like this in a position of power might be unfixable.

Other

Comment #: 11753
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge is not beholden to any government. He is not beholden to any core values. He is proud of a failed jury and their feeble verdict of Ahmed Ghailani as he pats them on the back. This judge and Ghailani laugh at a dozen dead Americans that this terrorist worked so vigorously to kill. A shameful victory for terrorism in America nurtured by Lewis A. Kaplan

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 10293
Rating:8.2
Comments:
Smarter than almost all lawyers who appear before him - and thinks he is even smarter. Writes extremely thoughtful and well-researched decisions. Not afraid at all to utilize unorthodox procedures or think outside the box. Do not count on receiving extensions that might be routine before other judges.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 9723
Rating:2.5
Comments:
I am a attorney for over 40 years, this judge is the worst-I really believe he is part of what use to be referred to as "THE OLD BOY NETWORK" BEWARE IF YOU ARE THE UNCONNECTED.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 9022
Rating:3.8
Comments:
heavy superiority complex, height of arrogance - thinks he's part of Plato's Republic, ordained divinely to impart justice to us lowly beings. If he gets his head against you, he'll screw you - and he's so bright you have a difficult time getting out of that.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 8503
Rating:2.3
Comments:
Very abrasive, impatient, and shoots from the hip.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 7460
Rating:9.7
Comments:
It is an honor to appear before Judge Kaplan -- come prepared.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 4403
Rating:6.7
Comments:
A smart no nonsense judge that cuts through the attorneys hyperbole, yet shows compassion at Sentencing

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 1081
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Very smart, works very hard and both are reflected in his decisions.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 1069
Rating:6.7
Comments:
Extraordinarily bright and a master of the law but sense of superiority clouds reasonable common-sense judgment. Is quite harsh on most attorneys.