Hon. Lawrence M. McKenna See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
S.D.N.Y.  
Average Rating:8.9 - 21 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. Lawrence M. McKenna


Comments


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 13560
Rating:9.5
Comments:
Excellent jurist, not afraid to make the hard call. Fair and willing to work with all counsel. We need more judges like him on the bench.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 13220
Rating:8.4
Comments:
This guy is what a judge should be, and how a judge should act.

Appeared before him, and handled two cases with him when we represented some defendants with common interests in civil litigation, on both of which we prevailed.

He's thoughtful, smart, even tempered and, most of all, respectful of his brethren no matter what side of the argument-he knows what it was like on the other side of the bench and that's a testament to what a good man he is, in addition to a good judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 11502
Rating:10.0
Comments:
What an amazing, thoughtful, intelligent, compassionate and fair gentleman.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 9383
Rating:9.5
Comments:
I tried a Civil case in front of Judge McKenna several years ago - he is everything you would hope a judge would be - smart, prepared, attends to details, compassionate, knowledgable, does not loose sight of the big picture - a gentleman as well.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 7913
Rating:9.7
Comments:
The model of decorum. Unfailingly polite and even-tempered. Firm but fair. Really believes in the presumption of innocence. Very smart and very savvy.

Other

Comment #: 7801
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
The key is to be rich, no matter how you get it, and you get special treatment. If this were Joe Stockbroker or Bill Bank Teller and he took $1 million and tried to send a $1,000 piece of jewelry to a sister, he would not be allowed to live at home while supplying expensive 24-7 double guard duty! No, he would be in jail where he belongs. Once again our system has failed us and rewards the wealthy - regardless of how they got their wealth!

Other

Comment #: 7799
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
The justice that you have done is absolutely nada. How many scoundrels will get away with robbery of the people. He's left in comfort while people and charities are left in turmoil. ... So much for justice.

Litigant

Comment #: 7553
Rating:10.0
Comments:
A fantastic judge and a wonderful human being!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 6644
Rating:7.0
Comments:
Judge McKenna is one of the most decent human beings I've seen on the bench, and a pleasure to appear before. However, he is very slow to decide motions and tends to be result-oriented, irrespective of what the law may be, making his decisions vulnerable on appeal. Almost always denies S/J and almost always affirms magistrates' discovery orders no matter how off base. In the non-complex case, he'd probably be a superstar and in any case, he's far better than a lot of other judges who preside without his sense of humanity and decency.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 5919
Rating:9.7
Comments:
I agree with all of the comments above. A true gentleman. Totally involved with all aspects of each session. At sentencing, mentioned that he had read all of the documents submitted to him at least twice, some of them 3 or 4 times. A better deal for a defendant is not available from any other judge in the country.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 5829
Rating:9.5
Comments:
The most compassionate, humane federal judge in the entire United States. Maybe I should remove the limitation to the federal system. There is no judge in this country I would rather have preside over my client's case than Judge McKenna.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 5355
Rating:9.0
Comments:
Had a jury trial before Judge McKenna, and I echo the comments of others. He is fair, practical, and even-handed.

Other

Comment #: 5067
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
He is a great judge who always tries to see the good in others. Everyone deserves a second chance and Judge McKenna is always willing to give one. May God richly bless you, Judge McKenna.

Litigant

Comment #: 4305
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I was told by many different people that he is the BEST Judge in all of New York. He proved them right! He is fair, kind and treats all defendants with respect and compassion. An excellent Judge and a wonderful man!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 3064
Rating:10.0
Comments:
A true gentleman and treats defendants as people, not as a number. As good a judge as it gets. Down to earth manner.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 1478
Rating:8.5
Comments:
The best judge to be before on a criminal case in SDNY. He is very intelligent, well versed in the law and the most lenient sentencer. Prosecution is treated with respect and goverment arguments are considered fairly. Of course, the government thinks he is ridiculously pro-defense but he does not disregard the law as many of
his pro-government colleagues do.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 1101
Rating:9.2
Comments:
Judge McKenna and his staff are an absolute pleasure. The tone is set by the Judge and flows down to everyone in his courtroom, including the Marshals assigned to it. His courtroom Deputy, Ken, is especially helpful.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 1030
Rating:9.0
Comments:
I had one of Judge McKenna's first criminal cases, and it involved two defendants who bought vintage cars with counterfeit cashier checks. One of the defendants was truly a reprobate and the AUSA, none other than Miguel Estrada, spoke at sentencing of how this defendant was beyond redemption. Judge McKenna stopped Miguel and said that he did not believe than anyone was beyond redemption.

Judge McKenna represented a right to life group before being appointed, and the mistake the Republicans made was that they did not realize that he believed in the right to life for everyone.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 1017
Rating:7.4
Comments:
You can't get a better judge in the SDNY for a criminal matter. Will bend over bacdkwards to give a fair and just sentence.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 1016
Rating:7.4
Comments:
You can't get a better judge in the SDNY for a criminal matter. Will bend over bacdkwards to give a fair and just sentence.