Hon. Robert W. Sweet See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
S.D.N.Y.  
Average Rating:4.9 - 37 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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Litigant

Comment #: 25443
Rating:1.0
Comments:
No hearings, no chance to examine witnesses, no oral arguments and no sense that he gives a damn about his job. Judges should be limited to 25 years. Some, like Jack Weinstein, are wonderful but most are like this guy, an absentee landlord collecting court fees.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 25441
Rating:1.0
Comments:
He sits in his cabin thousands of miles from pearl street, wondering how to avoid his responsibilities.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 25426
Rating:1.0
Comments:
A dull witted old man coasting on his 70s era political successes.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 25425
Rating:1.0
Comments:
All bob wants to know is what is the easiest, fastest & least socially damaging way for him to get rid of a case.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 25416
Rating:1.0
Comments:
It takes him months to announce that he isn't going to do anything. I guess he uses carrier pigeon from his Idaho resort, because it isn't like he comes to court or anything.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 25415
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I can't very well comment on the temperament and general leanings of a man who doesn't come to work, doesn't know his cases and doesn't do anything.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 25407
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I don't know if he is the laziest judge in SDNY but he's definitely in the running and his cases are decided based on two principles: 1) What is the easiest option? 2) What will antagonize people in power less?

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 25406
Rating:1.0
Comments:
The below comments sum him up nicely I'll just add that he is totally impersonal: No hearings, no arguments, no advocacy beyond papers which are met with brief unexplained decisions, sometimes not longer than a few sentences.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 25404
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Ghastly. Illiterate, disinterested, semi-retired but with a full salary, he is bored and totally lacking a scintilla of work ethic.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 25287
Rating:1.0
Comments:
He takes the position that he’s there (there being his retirement home 2000 miles from here) to pull a paycheck & the rest is your lookout.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 25263
Rating:1.0
Comments:
His clerk is a nice kid but is no substitute for a lazy old man who should have hung it up twenty years ago.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 25256
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Doesn't come to work, doesn't read papers, doesn't know the cases. My hunch is he has a template that he (or his clerks) re-write every time.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 25221
Rating:9.7
Comments:
Even after all these years, Judge Sweet is still sharp and a pleasure to be before. Don't let his age fool you--he has read your submissions and, while he'll let you say your piece, does not suffer fools gladly. (Made that mistake at least once.) Fair opinions.

Probation or Pretrial Officer

Comment #: 25215
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Should have retired decades ago. He's like a ghost: You hear rumors that he is a judge there but you never see him or notice him doing any work.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 25063
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Just thinking about his indolence makes me violently libertarian.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 24738
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Lazy and not terribly bright.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 24691
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Two years of litigation & I never saw him.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 24335
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Evidently bored- doesn't even bother with showing up or having hearings.

Litigant

Comment #: 24052
Rating:2.0
Comments:
A disgrace. Opinions self-contradictory and full of typos and material errors. Creates the law on his whim. Even if you win the shoddy nature of his work will ensure the dispute continues.

Litigant

Comment #: 24021
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Doesn't read pleadings or come to court. Doesn't hold hearings- decides on papers which, as I mentioned, go unread. He's north of 90 and treats this as a hobby he can do while waiting to die.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 22045
Rating:9.7
Comments:
RWS is as good as it gets!! A gentleman, a scholar and a bit of a scoundrel -- which makes appearances before him a pleasure

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 21584
Rating:9.8
Comments:
If only we had more judges like Judge Sweet. He is smart as a whip, fair, even-handed and courteous. He is one of the last and greatest "gentleman judges." I have been before him multiple times, over a 25-year period, and he is outstanding. I haven't always won, but I have always been treated fairly, and my cases have always been given proper consideration.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 20804
Rating:9.7
Comments:
A five-star judge that embodies everything that we expect from the bench. Intelligent, sharp-witted, polite, understanding, yet will not allow arrogant litigators to corrupt his courtroom. Up-and-coming judges need to take lessons from Judge Sweet. It is a pleasure to appear before him.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 18408
Rating:5.5
Comments:
His decision in as personal injury case occurring in a reidential unit at Governor's Island strongly indicates an unwillingness to decide such cases fairly.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 8542
Rating:8.7
Comments:
Thinks he is the smartest guy in the room and frequently is. No nonsense approach. Be prepared. Understands attorney motivations and will freely discuss those motivations. Effectively cuts through non-essential facts or issues. Sympatico to litigants and counsel if they warrant it.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 5096
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I tried several cases before him, and have nothing but good things to say. He is one of the last "gentleman judges"- fair, respectful, very intelligent and even-tempered. A professional all the way and a decent person. No matter who you are, you get a fair shake from him.

Other

Comment #: 4249
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
A pleasant, reasonable and personable gentleman(I was his secretary for a time a number of years ago during his service on the federal bench).

Litigant

Comment #: 3643
Rating:9.0
Comments:
VERY GOOD JUDGE , FAIR LISTEN AND YOU WILL ALWAYS GET A FAIR HEARING

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 2296
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Judge Sweet is an extremely diligent and always well-prepared judge with a very developed sense of humor and a wealth of real life experience as a former deputy mayor and partner at Skadden Arps. he is a pleasure for any well-prepared lawyer to asppear before either in argument or trial. He is a compassionate and flexible judge in criminal matters.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 1780
Rating:9.7
Comments:
an amazing man for 81 yrs old. still has it and nothing gets by him.only drawback is he takes long vacations in idaho but works from there. former vice mayor of NYC under lindsey.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 1383
Rating:7.0
Comments:
Pleasant personality.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 1244
Rating:8.2
Comments:
Acerbic is the best word to describe this Judge. He is certainly fair, but a bit of a yeller. That said, Judge Sweet is very experienced and writes good opinions. You will definitely get a fair shake in his Court, but if you BS, you're dead.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 1183
Rating:8.8
Comments:
A Very Good Judge