Hon. Thomas C. Platt See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
E.D.N.Y.  
Average Rating:3.4 - 26 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)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Trial:    (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Sentencing:    (1=Most Lenient,10=Most Harsh)
Typical Discount Off Guidelines for Cooperators:    (1=10%,10=100%)
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What others have said about Hon. Thomas C. Platt


Comments


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 18440
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge Platt was the original judge on the Michele Sindona trial in 1978. On Halloween he read a little poem his law clerk had written about the parties to the trial. That resulted in a mistrial and two years of government work that had to be done over.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 13558
Rating:1.2
Comments:
Breathtakingly arrogant, rude, lazy and, apparently, well into his senescence. He reads nothing and makes up his mind before the case is called. He is incapable of grasping even the simplest facts of a case. He is a complete embarassment to the district court. As bad as he is in civil cases I cannot imagine representing a defendant before him whose liberty was at stake.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 13218
Rating:2.3
Comments:
This judge is a joke. If his colleagues were allowed to sit in his Courtroom and crique him, they would vote to have him removed.

Took him 4 days to recuse himself from a TRO hearing when he should have done in by minute twenty. I had to have my partner come into Court from Manhattan with the dailies so I could read to him, and into the record, that I had made the disclosure in our opening statement which served as the underpinning for his recusal; he had insisted that I never told him.

Terrible jurist; dumb, late to the bench and nasty.

Other

Comment #: 10157
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This old bum was overuled by the 2nd Circuit yesterday see decision US v. Hernandez, for a change he got what he desereves, he should retire immediatly!

Other

Comment #: 10115
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
he did not take the time to look at the case. he just stated we had no relationship with the attorney who helad ower recorda for 22months and statue of limition ran out and in his dep he admintes he made a mistake

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 7882
Rating:1.1
Comments:
Everything below is true. The first cases on the calendar were on for 9:30am. He showed up at 11. During oral arguments on a civil motion, it was obvious that he hadn't read any of the briefs, didn't know the plaintiffs or the reason for the motion. I was opposing the motion and didn't even have a chance to make my points before he ruled against me.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5229
Rating:2.7
Comments:
Ignorant, mean-spirited, and disliked by all - including those who work for or with him, as well as most of his fellow judges. Bitter with life, his disabilities, and his future. Pity the counsel before him - both sides.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 5120
Rating:2.2
Comments:
He was not good when he was young and vigorous. Biased, arrogant, and not very bright. He needs to retire.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5066
Rating:1.0
Comments:
It is a thoroughly terrible experience to have a bench trial before this man. It was not revealed until the trial had started that counsel for my adversary had clerked for Judge Platt within the previous 5 years and that they maintained a close personal relationship. When the judge declined my invitation to recuse himself, and dared me to move for recusal, my client (the plaintiff) was forced to accept the situation and commence the trial, since he had spent thousands of dollars flying in witnesses and having experts present. Even if Judge Platt had recused himself at that late date, no other judge was available to take the case that day. Needless to say, Judge Platt was extraordinarily biased towards the defense and against our side; I can only describe his attitude as contemptuous.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 4908
Rating:2.7
Comments:
This judge is mean spirited, spiteful, and ignores the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 2359
Rating:3.3
Comments:
one of the more reversed judges. sarcastic, mean spirited, should retire

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 2132
Rating:2.6
Comments:
This judge is very difficult to practice before. He's rude and dismissive to everyone in his courtroom. He should retire. His opinions are also very inconsistent, and the quality of the analysis depends a lot on the ability the law clerks writing them. No party should have to rely on him dispensing " fair justice."

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 2076
Rating:2.8
Comments:
Heaven help the defendant who draws this judge

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 1855
Rating:5.1
Comments:
THIS IS THE CHAMBER OF HORRORS FOR A DEFENDANT QUITE OFTEN YOU CANNOT HEAR WHAT HE SAYS... YOU ARE BETTER OFF

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 1463
Rating:2.2
Comments:
To call this judge the Prince of Darkness is a complement -- it assumes that he can tell the difference between light and dark. For Judge Platt (if you are a criminal defendant) there exists no light. You'd better win before a jury because there whatever is the top of the guideline, you'll get it.

Other

Comment #: 1355
Rating:3.0
Comments:
I represented the defendant in a civil case in front of Platt some years ago in diversity jurisdiction. There were several New York cases directly on point that required -- REQUIRED -- dismissal. Platt ignored them because either (1) he did not like the big city law firm I worked for or (2) he is just plain stupid. Probably a little of each.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 1283
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
How the reviewer posting comment # 1082 can call Judge Platt "fairly evenhanded" is beyond my -- or any criminal defense attorneys' -- comprehension. This judge brings new meaning to the phrase "Prince of Darkness." Heaven help your client, if you draw Platt. You know this Judge wont.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 1134
Rating:2.3
Comments:
UGH

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 1082
Rating:6.2
Comments:
Generally underrated. Brings common sense and fairness to the process. Although he doesn't suffer fools gladly, he is fairly evenhanded.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 1005
Rating:2.7
Comments:
If you can understand him you might not like what you hear, particularly if you are defense counsel. Although there are exceptions to every rule, you're not likely to leave his courtroom believing you've been in the presense of one of the great judges, or one of the neutral ones. He's decidely progovernment and could hurt you at trial, though he doesn't have much jury appeal.