Hon. Debra Freeman See Rating Details
Magistrate Judge See Comments
S.D.N.Y.  
Average Rating:7.3 - 15 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)
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What others have said about Hon. Debra Freeman


Comments


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 21807
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Great patience and perservence in reaching a settlement in a my personal injury case.

Other

Comment #: 21507
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I am very surprised that Judge Freeman signed off on a criminal arrest warrant (including a strip-search, cavity search, etc.) issued for a foreign diplomat, on extremely flimsy grounds. It was a blatantly malicious extortion effort by the Bureau of Diplomatic Services. I am disappointed by such a failure to exert judicial common sense, and now look at the mess created. It's sad.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 20622
Rating:8.5
Comments:
Extraordinarily thoughtful and fair, Judge Freeman exemplifies the best of the Federal judiciary. Few judges are as patient with pro se litigants.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 19119
Rating:1.7
Comments:
I don't know how Judge Freeman got on the bench. She's not very smart. But at least she's really slow.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 13234
Rating:9.7
Comments:
Foremost among the other SDNY magistrates, Magistrate Freemen gives you her entire day, if need be, for settlement conferences and does her best, in an evenhanded way, to achieve a meeting of the minds

Other

Comment #: 9190
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I simply would like to award this judge with five stars for her haste to make proper judgment in her cases.

Litigant

Comment #: 8965
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She stated on the record that she was receiving too much paper but never issued a case management order. Stated that she had NOT read the filings. Her report and recomendation were entirely quoting opposition, never explaining how the other side was incorrect. quoted NON expert decelerations and opposing counsel.
Ruled on summery judgement before a filing date and before reply papers were due.

Was mean and insolent in court, cutting of a pro se litigant at every turn.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 8828
Rating:4.8
Comments:
indecisive and quick to make comments without due consideration

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5598
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Very impressive in conducting settlement discussions. Rational, compassionate, persuasive, and honest. Also does not seem averse to work.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 4677
Rating:7.8
Comments:
Although she detained our client while duty magistrate, it was a close case. While she ultimately accepted the government's exaggerated proffers, we got some early discovery which may be useful in resolving the case. She appeared evenhanded, gave us all the time we needed and let us make our arguments, without restriction. Her temperament is beyond assail. Listening to her conduct pleas, she appeared thorough, courteous and professional and didn't need to hear herself pontificate like some others sitting up there. From other defense counsel in her Court, the word is that she's generally OK.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 2010
Rating:5.3
Comments:
Lacks assertiveness; doesn't seem to understand when she's being fed a load of crap.