Hon. Kimba M. Wood See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
S.D.N.Y.  
Average Rating:7.9 - 13 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%)
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What others have said about Hon. Kimba M. Wood


Comments


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 13161
Rating:5.3
Comments:
A self contradiction. When she is good she is very, very good. When not....And unfortunately she is too often not. My most recent experience had her taking more than nine months to decide a case where she basically rubber stamped another opinion with no independent analysis. A great disappointment for she is capable of much more.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 11501
Rating:4.2
Comments:
Her temperment was an abomination and her knowledge of the law was lacking. She failed to timely address critical legal issues impacting the trial and she kept flip flopping on her prior rulings.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 7920
Rating:9.0
Comments:
Outstanding trial judge. Courteous and fair and her court is a pleasure to work with logistically. Again, tough but very fair.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 5503
Rating:7.0
Comments:
Judge Wood is unfailingly pleasant, courteous and respectful to counsel and to the defendant. She listens carefully to the arguments of counsel and strives to do justice. I think, however, that over the years her tilt has become increasingly pro-government. She has become a harsh sentencer, and tends to favor the government on disputed issues of fact and law. Still, you could do a lot worse.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 5261
Rating:9.3
Comments:
A fair judge. Know your case, be prepared and respect her rules.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5135
Rating:10.0
Comments:
She is a model for the rest of the Bench. A remarkably good person.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 4006
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
She handed down a very fair sentence to an 87-year old Organized Crime member. Listened to all the arguments, went through all the Guideline analysis and came down with something everybody -- including the government -- could live with.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 3755
Rating:9.9
Comments:
Practical, fair, and interested in finding the truth.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 3070
Rating:7.8
Comments:
A good judge who has been around and knows how to tell the difference between a silk purse and a sow's ear. Not afraid to do the right thing.