Hon. Kiyo A. Matsumoto See Rating Details
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Average Rating:8.8 - 7 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. Kiyo A. Matsumoto


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 35017
Firm but fair in the criminal context. Reads everything and knows the case better than counsel. Smartest one in the room but an abundance of modesty. Judge will give you every opportunity to best represent your client. Will not tolerate anything but the unadulterated truth in or out of the courtroom, so you have to do the work.
A better draw in a criminal or even civil case, I cannot imagine -- for either party!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 33490
Judge Matsumoto is a star on the EDNY bench, with a keen, sharp mind, expertly analyzing the issues and quickly delivering a bullet-proof decision. Whether your side prevails or not, you always feel that you were given a generous opportunity to litigate your case and that you received the best justice possible in her courtroom. Firm, but not inflexible. Fair, but not soft. A great legal mind, but never speaks down to you.

On a sentencing last year, she imposed a below-guildeine sentence when presented with modest 3553(a) background and charachter evidence. I would suggest the not-insignificant custodial term imposed was the fairest administration of justice under the circumstances. But she could just as easily imposed a guideline term and I still would have felt that we were treated faily. Perhaps, she sees the case better than counsel.

In sum, she's decent, kind, fair and smart. What more could you ask for?

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 24269
A superior judge. Very courteous, thoughtful and knowledgeable about the law. Listens carefully to arguments made by counsel and displays an excellent grasp of legal issues and principles. The court system needs more judges like her.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 21152
Fortunate is the defendant whose case is assigned to Judge Matsumoto. She is eminently fair and compassionate. A thoughtful and kind judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 13238
Concur wholeheartedly with comments of "Criminal Defense Lawyer".

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 8565
Judge Matsumoto is extremely hard-working and sincerely tries to be fair to both sides. Her demeanor is excellent. Listens carefully to your arguments.