Hon. Randolph F. Treece See Rating Details
Magistrate Judge See Comments
N.D.N.Y.  
Average Rating:5.5 - 14 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. Randolph F. Treece


Comments


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 18339
Rating:1.0
Comments:
The worst of the worst. Tremendous and obvious bias for corporate defendants and no insight into practical problems of handling cases being obstructed by corporations. Swallows every bit of defense sophistry ever utterd. Robitis with a capital R. One of the only judges I have ever encountered who outwardly displays contempt for personal injury plaintiffs. Hope that you do not get this gut. Bad. bad. Bad. Bad.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 18001
Rating:2.0
Comments:
Demonstrates bias in favor of corporate defendants. Can be somewhat arrogant, Makes frequent demeaning comments about lawyers and the civil litigation process. Bad, bad case of Robitis. I have been reluctant to conclude the he shows partiality to black attorneys but that is becoming asn inescapable conclusion.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 12922
Rating:3.8
Comments:
I was thrilled to see a person of color appointed in the NDNY at long last. Sadly, the negative comments are, in my experience, amazingly accurate and his "robe disease" is very advanced. He writes opinions for publicity rather than clarity, and he takes personally any measure of disagreement with him, including with respect to his activities off the bench (i.e. service on boards) and it will damage you in court if you disagree with him on something either outside court or even in an unrelated case.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: 11401
Rating:4.2
Comments:
Pleasant enough, but he had only limited federal practice experience before becoming a Magistrate Judge. He doesn't have much of a working knowledge of rules of evidence or federal practice.

He used to write overlong decisions that were mostly intended to impress as to his scholarship, but that is less of an issue now as it appears he has become resigned to the fact that he won't be an Article 3 judge any time soon.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 9012
Rating:4.5
Comments:
Prior negative comments regarding Judge Treece's poor judicial temperament, shoddy and rambling (and not always on-point) scholarship and written opinions, as well as in his opinions from the bench, even on the most routine discovery matters, about his ego and disrespectful treatment of at least some litigators who appear before him (including but not limited to minority lawyers, ironically), and about his difficulty handling complex civil litigation and non-involvement in settlement discussions are all, regrettably, very accurate.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 8811
Rating:3.8
Comments:
I agree with the ego thing . . . Likes to play "gotcha".

Other

Comment #: 7883
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Extremely fair and intelligent. This judge is good enough to be in
Washington working with President Obama.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 6240
Rating:3.0
Comments:
Judge Treece means well but he lacks judicial temperament and he does not appear to have background or experience in large civil cases and therefore he just doesn't seem to get it. His opinions tend to go on needlessly, even when dealing with routine discovery disputes. The postings regarding typos, sadly, are true. He either needs better clerks, or needs to spend more time reading his opinions before they go out.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 4583
Rating:9.0
Comments:
Thoughtful, even-handed, well-researched decisions. Very straight-forward judge...let's you know where you stand. Keeps discovery on a tight schedule but fair in scope. Prompt in resonding to inquiries. Dislikes posturing and cuts to the heart of a dispute. No apparent bias.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 2808
Rating:3.5
Comments:
Lacks the intellect to be a good judge. Opinions and rulings are erratic and rambling. Does not research his opinions particularly well, or even at all. Is constantly pontificating from the bench and during unnecessarily lengthy phone conferences. Loves to put forward rambling ECF docket notations, complete with spelling and grammatical errors, dumping on lawyers and threatening them with sanctions. Lacks a grasp of even basic aspects of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Loves to criticize counsel for no good reason other than to satisfy his gigantic ego. Is largely worthless for his ability to settle a case, especially one that is complex. Is often too emotional and takes things personally. Will throw a hissy fit if challenged.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 1436
Rating:7.4
Comments:
Great judge. Wonderful personality. Can be swayed by individual circumstances of each case.