Hon. Gabriel W. Gorenstein See Rating Details
Magistrate Judge See Comments
Average Rating:6.8 - 15 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. Gabriel W. Gorenstein


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 28726
Rating:Not Rated
Temperament is awful. Lacks empathy and scholarship to earn respect and trust of counsel. Lacks ability and skill set to have meaningful settlement discussions and resolve cases. Does not understand value.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 27906
I recently had a settlement conference in a difficult with Judge Gorenstein and he was instrumental in helping the case get resolved.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 25412
Rating:Not Rated
Needlessly nasty.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 23973
I have had several cases in front of Magistrate Gorenstein over the years. He is fair, smart, even handed and involved. He is not warm and fuzzy but he is by no means nasty or mean. He is respectful and courteous to the lawyers and respectful of their schedules. I have enjoyed appearing before him.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 23210
He is an absolute horror

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 22643
I appeared today before Magistrate Gorenstein for the first time on a serious personal injury matter that was before the Court based on diversity jurisdiction. Magistrate Gorenstein was well versed in the issues, had clearly read our submissions and did an exemplary job in bringing the case to a swift and fair conclusion. He was generous with his time and fair to both sides. His style was to take control and it worked well. He conferenced separately with both sides and gave us each an opportunity to discuss our respective positions without showing any wisp of partiality. Without his input, this case never gets resolved. I thank him and hope to have the opportunity to be in his courtroom again in the near future


Comment #: 19329
Methodical, thorough, and detail oriented. His decisions are based on facts.

He sticks to his decisions and holds counsel to deadlines.

A no-nonsense judge who does his job well! Exactly the kind of judge you want if you have a good case.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 13418
Another "wonderful" (sarcasm) addition from the US Attorney's office who knows little about civil litigation. Bad combination of not able to grasp issues and condescension. He's wrong a lot, but he's never wrong.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 13381
One of the most professional Judges I have ever encountered. Smart, respectful and efficient. He'll listen to every argument but has no trouble making up his own mind and sticking to it. Make sure you know the rules and don't try to abuse his courtesy.


Comment #: 13068
Alaba Oluyomi v. Janet Napolitano-Govt

*Granted judgment in favor of Govt despite refusal of the Govt. to comply with discovery request.

*Explained away the legal standard, that is, showing pretext in job discrimination cases.

*Suppressed and ignored strong evidence of the pro se plaintiff--Alaba Oluyomi, and promoted mere statements (lies, lies) fabricated by the Govt, lacking evidence in the record.

*Condescending during a court conference to a pro se litigant.

*Granted judgment in favor of Govt despite strong evidence in the record showing the Govt provided multiple false testimonies under oath, under the penalty of perjury.

Committed multiple legal errors prejudicial to the outcome of the case.

Unfairly dismissed a civil case.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 9330
demeaning to some attorneys who have twice his experience and knowledge of civil litigation. makes attorneys engage in mock trial show instead of serous mediation.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 8326
I used to work with this judge. He's extremely bright, thorough, professional, courteous and industrious. He belongs on the Second Circuit, in the place of a number of judges there (that don't belong).

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 1723
Somewhat stiff and formal; not very warm but smart and effective. Manages discovery well; does not tolerate BS but gives yout time if you need it. He took a very proactive role in a settlement conference in one case and got a real settlement, i.e. case settled but no one walked away happy.