Hon. David R. Homer See Rating Details
Magistrate Judge See Comments
N.D.N.Y.  
Average Rating:9.1 - 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. David R. Homer


Comments


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 18310
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I have had five cases where Judge Homer was the U.S. Magistrate. You couldn't ask for a better judge in terms of working with counsel and assisting the parties in resolving litigation. Very timely on discovery disputes and on substantive issues. The district will lose a truly excellent judge when he retires in 2012. His staff is also very helpful when contacting chambers. But I'm not surprised.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 18002
Rating:9.8
Comments:
Outstanding judge. Mild. Even handed. Judicious.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 13441
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
He has little tolerance for people with disabilities, which is surprising being that he appears to have his own, as does some of his legal staff. ... [redacted by editor]
He picks a side and gives them special treatment. He does not believe pro se litigants are trustworthy. He will tell you straight up, "I think Attorney Brown is just wonderful," and then give them more of an advantage. He seems to think he is above the FRCP. His disabilities make him rely on his staff, who are, for the most part, incompentent and bias [redacted]

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 12921
Rating:6.1
Comments:
He should retire now. This reappointment process is rigged to get him enough time to retire on a Magistrate's pension instead of that of an AUSA. By publicly announcing his retirement before the merit selection process even got underway, he cut his own deal. It's disgraceful. Contrary to Comment #12111, his deteriorating eyesight prevents him from reading proffered trial exhibits, he can't see/evaluate the body language of a witness, he does NOT identify his problem (lawyers from out of town are lucky if they learn about it in time) and he gets angry when an attorney attempts to have a witness read a portion of an exhibit into the record. His bitterness and his increasingly obvious limitations are damaging to the judicial process and the outcome, and it's unfair to attorneys and litigants for him to remain on the bench. The only people served by his reappointment are himself and his staff.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: 12111
Rating:9.2
Comments:
I know I will get a fair chance when MJ Homer is assigned. He works hard, knows the law and shows respect for all attorneys, regardless of side. He also has incredible empathy and patience with pro se litigants. His office is always open to assist in discovery issues and settlement conferences. He is a bit unaccommodating on extensions -even when agreed upon by both sides. Also, when he gets mad, watch out. Fortunately, he has a very long fuse. If you raise his ire, you know you bought it. There was an earlier comment on his eyesight, to which I feel compelled to respond. Judge Homer is not in any manner bitter. He recognizes his visual limitations and voluntarily makes them clear to litigants. I am a big supporter of MJ Homer's reappointment as Magistrate. He is a clear benefit to all litigants in the NDNY.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: 11396
Rating:5.3
Comments:
Smart judge with exceptional command of federal rules. However, he likes to balance playing field when he percieves capabilities of attorneys to be disparate. He also seems to pick some attorneys as favorites, and puts others on a to-screw list. He has a long memory.

This judge has significant eyesight problems and may have difficulty reading trial documents. He is becoming bitter as his eyesight has deteriorates, and it has become clear that he isn't going to be an Article 3 judge. If you're on his good side, he's a good trial judge. If you are on his to-screw list, good luck.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 9257
Rating:10.0
Comments:
This judge is incredible. He was the magistrate judge on a case I had in the NDNY approx 12 years ago. He took my calls - numerous - from the depositions when the defendant was being obstructive and made rulings on the spot - even if he was in trial!! He aided the parties in settlement discussions. It was because of this judge that the case settled in record time for an 8 figure number in the Northern District of New York - remarkable. He most certainly should be an Article 3 judge. It’s a shame he has not been appointed. He is as good as it gets, for both sides.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 8619
Rating:9.8
Comments:
A great Magistrate! Judge Homer is willing to work with the attorneys on discovery issues, scheduling and settlement in a productive realistic way. He is readily available and very approachable, regardless of what side you are representing. Appearing before him is a pleasure.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 8467
Rating:9.2
Comments:
An exceptional jurist. Knowledgeable and helpful to the litigants. A pleasure to appear before.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 3793
Rating:9.3
Comments:
Very hardworking, extremely intelligent, fair, pleasant, and doesn't tolerate BS. An excellent judge.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: 3250
Rating:10.0
Comments:
In 20 years of practice as good a judge as I have appeared before

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 3047
Rating:10.0
Comments:
It is too bad that Judge Homer cannot be cloned and fill every seat on the Northern District's bench. He is extremely intelligent, thorough, and fair to a T to all litigants. Well organized, punctual, and courteous to all. Absolutely fantastic during settlement conferences, can settle even the most difficult case. Writes great opinions, again with fairness to all parties. The only criticism that can be made of Judge Homer is that he can be inflexible relative to scheduling issues. The good far, far outweighs the bad, however.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 2718
Rating:9.0
Comments:
Very hard working, gives well-reasoned decisions, reads your briefs and knows the law. Has limited tolerance for unnecessary delay.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 1911
Rating:10.0
Comments:
An absolutely phenomenal judge. Judge Homer is exactly the type of jurist who provides people with faith in our legal system

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 1434
Rating:9.2
Comments:
Efficient and pleasant judge. Will notice any shortcomings in arguments or submissions. Promptness is a must.