Hon. Ronald L. Ellis See Rating Details
Magistrate Judge See Comments
S.D.N.Y.  
Average Rating:8.0 - 40 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)
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What others have said about Hon. Ronald L. Ellis


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Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: 19172
Rating:2.7
Comments:
To far too the left considering his personal background. seemed uncaring and constraint in his jurisprudence.

Not a legal scholar that would add to my repertoire. No comparison to the great legal minds of the 1960

A big disappointment to the the badge of civil right in respect of community of culture and character

Other

Comment #: 18000
Rating:1.0
Comments:
if you think your civil rights was violate by another & caused you injury & you file your case in federal court then be prepared for additional insults & ingury
pro see discrimination by Hon. Ronald L. Ellis that treats pro se plaintiffs like criminal defendants

he berates them with argumentative intimidation while defiance council sits back & enjoys the show & be entertained on billable hours as judge Ellis inaugurates the pro se to inflict pain by pushing all the buttons to provoke anger to create humiliation to inflict greater injury with intent to discredit the pro se & force them to give up there case for no other reason other then being forced to be self represented when the court rejects motion for appointment of council.
i warn all pro see indigents to grow a thick skin & have all your fact in order before appearing in front of this judge because he will do all he can to pick you apart & beat you down & he will enjoy every secant of making you feel as if you was told to go to hell & he would make you feel like you was looking forward to the trip & all you had to do was take one step into his courtroom & you are truly in hell. .
he will make you squirm like you are the accused defendants for no other reason other then that he can get away with it all these years until present as he is now 62 so welcome to the real cold world of federal judiciary where laymen's justice is mythological in this federal courthouse unless your name ends with esquire
this judge should be in criminal division

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 12563
Rating:8.3
Comments:
A good solid Magistrate Judge. He listens to all of the parties and gives everyone their day in Court. He is tough, but truly tries to do the right thing.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 8419
Rating:7.0
Comments:
I was before Judge Ellis for a number of years on a series of interconnected, complex fraud cases. My "batting average" with him on motions was probably less than .500, and sometimes I thought his decisions were very far off in terms of the law. But, even when he ruled against me, I knew he had given me a full hearing and was doing what he felt was right from a legal perspective. And he always treated all counsel with infinite respect. I have no truck for Madoff but looking at the facts and applicable law I think Judge Ellis's decision was the correct one, and because I believe him to be a man of great integrity and compassion, also think the decision was not an easy one for him. Those who blindly criticize Judge Ellis for this decision should understand their true quarrel is not with him but with the applicable law, and if the highest calling of any judicial officer is to stand between the defendant and the mob, history will record that Judge Ellis has not just honored his oath but honored his office. It would be a privilege to appear before him again.

Other

Comment #: 8035
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge's decision to not revoke Madoff's bail was a travesty. He furthers the social image that our legal system caters to the privileged. Everyone deserves a fair trial and bail if they qualify. That said, Mr. Madoff continued to re-victimize his original victims by further shielding assets for them. So, he is basically still stealing. That's not enough reason to revoke bail?

Other

Comment #: 8003
Rating:5.0
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While I agree with the adherence to the Constitution, I disagree with the assessment that Madoff is not a flight risk. He has to have a sizeable stash of funds somewhere in an offshore account. And enough money can buy anything, even a flight to a country without extradition laws. I fear that given enough chance, outside of steel bars, he will be gone and thus escape justice, though true justice will never be attained in this grossly abhorrent case that has affected so many.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 7824
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I'd briefly like to respond to all the members of the public posting denunciations against Judge Ellis. He should be praised for standing up to the government since it was the government that initially agreed that Madoff should remain free on bond. We have a constitutional right to bond in this country, absent risk of flight or danger. Judge Ellis very correctly made the calculation that Madoff would neither flee nor endanger others. Rest assured all you armchair court watchers, Bernard Madoff will spend the rest of his life behind bars. That's what will happen in this case. Guaranteed, no exceptions. Unless he tells the government where Jimmy Hoffa is buried, he'll never see the light of day again come sentencing. Just give the system a chance to work. You'll see. So, please, give this judge a little break for bravely following the law and applying it to the facts of the case. We do not want judges beholden to public opinion (mob justice). We also don't want judges too beholden to the government or to the defense. Judge Ellis does what judges do, and that is to engage in balancing and making the tough call, rewarding some and disappointing others. If you think he didn't agonize over this decision, think again. Hooray for Judge Ellis, brave defender of our Constitution and of reasoned legal analysis.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 7819
Rating:6.5
Comments:
Judge Ellis has an excellen disposition, is always perpared, and is even-handed, not pro-government -- at least as far as I can tell. But he allows defendants a bit too much slack in meeting discovery deadlines.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 7804
Rating:9.6
Comments:
Judge Ellis did exactly what he should have done in the face of what prosecutors gave him. I'm impressed.

Other

Comment #: 7788
Rating:1.0
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If I was charged with something like this, would I receive the same fair and impartial treatment? Ha.

Other

Comment #: 7787
Rating:Not Rated
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I am disgusted at Judge Ellis' decision to let Madoff live in his zillion dollar luxury apartment. He deserves to be in jail for the misery he has caused.

Other

Comment #: 7774
Rating:1.0
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How can an honest jurist allow a man such as Madoff to live in luxury while his victims suffer massive losses? One justice for one class, another for another. The American way? Unfortunately, probably yes.

Other

Comment #: 7764
Rating:1.0
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Until crooks see people like Madoff doing hard time in the general prison population, complete with the whistles, smiles, "you stole my Granny's money" and don't drop the soap in the shower, NOTHING will change. It's interesting to read the comments by litigators, who seem to love this guy. Guess they know when they get caught with their hand in the cookie jar, stern scolding will be all they have to worry about

Other

Comment #: 7756
Rating:1.0
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Outrageous! Kids who harmed nobody languish in jail, while smug financial predators rule the world, no matter how many lives they destroy. There's no justice left.

Other

Comment #: 7750
Rating:Not Rated
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The decision to let Madoff stay out of jail is so disgustingly unjust and fundamentally wrong that it makes me sick to my stomach. This is an excellent example of our corrupt dual system of justice, one for the rich and famous and one for the rest of us. It is an insult to the rule of law and a slap in the face to all of his many victims. This is a horrible decision. It may be technically compliant but it is highly cynical and not in the spirit of justice...another example of "The Law is an Ass". Madoff certainly has the means and the wherewithal to disappear, change his appearance, possibly stage a "suicide", cover his trail and evade prosecution. He has ruined many lives and is the biggest single crook ever and he's still living in luxury. Shame on the system!

Other

Comment #: 7742
Rating:1.0
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"The government fails to provide sufficient evidence that any potential future dissemination of Madoff's assets would rise to the level of an economic harm." So, it sounds like Judge Ellis doesn't exactly trust Madoff not to continue violating the terms of his bail - he only believes that Madoff has wiggle room in complying with those terms and has not as yet reached the point where it requires sanction. Reminds me of the F. Scott Fitzgerald quote "The very rich are different from us..." Judge Ellis seems to understand that concept perfectly and has no hesitation in applying it from the bench.

Other

Comment #: 7737
Rating:1.0
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I don't understand this judge's ruling but, then again, he has a legal education and years of experience in such matters.

I am a simple person who believes that if Madoff had broken the law after his indictment the judge might want to set an example - yet this is common sense.
America has been systematically duped by those with the education, power and wealth. (If you hold all the cards then you also can change the rules.)

I am glad that this judge has the strength of his convictions - it's too bad all of those people who are the true victims of one man's greed will have to wait for the slow turning of the wheels of justice.

Other

Comment #: 7733
Rating:Not Rated
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If Madoff had been a common citizen he would have been sent to prison.

Why is Judge Ronald Ellis so lenient with this thief?

Other

Comment #: 7731
Rating:1.0
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Judge Ellis's ruling to not rescind Madoff's bail is ill-conceived.  Madoff is a classic con man and is likely looking for a private aircraft to get him out of the country.  Ankle bracelets are not infallible.  In addition, a privately hired security team to "ensure" one's own retention is like the fox watching the henhouse. This is another blow to our trust in the American financial markets that are already low and sinking lower. Poor ruling by Judge Ellis.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 7722
Rating:9.3
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Cordial with attorneys. My clients absolutely loved meeting him during a settlement conference. He's very good with the litigants.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 7437
Rating:2.0
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Likes to issue sanctions without good cause and is pro-plaintiff in civil rights cases.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5379
Rating:9.7
Comments:
Patient, knowledgeable, respectful - a true prince.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5321
Rating:3.2
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When the issues are even mildly complex, he prefers to take sides rather than put in the requisite analysis.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 4320
Rating:9.0
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Great, courteous judge who could stand to grow a pair when faced with clear misconduct by an attorney that demands serious sanctions; he tends to give slaps on the wrist even when he actually does find egregious misconduct.

Other

Comment #: 3951
Rating:10.0
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Decides issues with great care, thought, and intellect; fair, patient, and kind. A model judge.

Other

Comment #: 3912
Rating:9.0
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Compassionate and fair-minded.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 3904
Rating:9.8
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Judge Ellis is a pilar of high standards and a true example of what makes our justice system the best in the world.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 3901
Rating:10.0
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Works hard to arrive at the most fair result possible, but within the bounds of the law. Takes every case before him very seriously.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 3637
Rating:3.7
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Seems to want to make everyone happy, but in the end misses the point. He frequently contradicts himself and issues poorly thoughtout decisions. Should retire.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 2821
Rating:10.0
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Intelligent, committed, and fair. A++.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 2740
Rating:9.5
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An excellent judge. Committed to fairness and works hard to understand both sides of a civil matter. Excellent in settlement discussions.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 2685
Rating:10.0
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Excellent judicial temperament.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 2679
Rating:10.0
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He is a class act. There should be more like him.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: 2478
Rating:7.6
Comments:
He treats lawyers with courtesy and respect and give each side an opportunity to be heard. However, he seems decidedly pro plaintiff in civil rights cases.