Hon. Arthur D. Spatt See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
E.D.N.Y.  
Average Rating:6.7 - 39 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. Arthur D. Spatt


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Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: 23215
Rating:9.3
Comments:
I am always happy when I am assigned a case to which Judge Spatt has been assigned. He is very fair to both sides, grasps the legal issues quickly, is cordial to court staff, attorneys and particularly the jurors. His pet peeve is punctuality, but frankly it is his courtroom so he has every right. You won't find a harder working Judge. He is amazing and always a pleasure to be before!

Other

Comment #: 23208
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I am waiting for an appeal to be decided and it's been with Judge Spatt for over three years. Does anyone look at the years gone by (wasted)as being worth something? Is there an office that oversees timely appeals?

Other

Comment #: 23169
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Carroll v. Krumpter et al, No. 2:2015cv01550 - Document 11 (E.D.N.Y. 2015)

After reading his judgement on this case, I truly fear for my Civil Rights. I do not feel safer knowing he was the person behind gavel. Imagine if all counties had a judge like this.

He seems to ignore civil rights and focus on the technicalities in favor of law enforcement. Law Enforcement shouldn't have indefinite time without constraints to hold onto property. It's considered illegal seizure. It's as violating as an officer of the law, uninvited, walking into my house and helping himself to a cookie and leaving with the entire jar of them.

Confiscating without due process is in fact impeding on his second amendment. The judgement assumes the Plaintiff has an unlimited coffer of funds to replenish his supply of arms and that time does not exist. It will take time to find the appropriate replacements and "during this time he is unable to exercise his second amendment."

Litigant

Comment #: 22784
Rating:1.0
Comments:
One of the worst judges to hear federal civil rights cases, where the defendant/s are law enforcement officers. This is a judge whose mission to protect the freedom of all Americans has long vanished. He has replaced the late Federal Judge Bramwell, and has been an insult to the furtherance of Civil Rights.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 21145
Rating:5.8
Comments:
This judge needs to call it a day. He has little appreciation for the practical issues faced by attorneys appearing before him.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 13701
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge Spatt is a very smart man, but has no feelings, still bettter than the others, like Judge Platt.

God, have mercy on those who are sentenced by him & time has come to have the sentencing guidelines changed.

Other

Comment #: 12117
Rating:9.0
Comments:
As an expert witness in a matter of interest nationwide who spent considerable time being crossed and recrossed and questioned by Judge Spatt for a solid four days, I found him to be extremely fair to both sides in a case involving the constitutionality of government regulation, the delegation of authorities between levels of government, debates involving differing opinions among scientists, and a wide range of matters involving NY State statutory and case law. He grilled me on several occasions, and he pressed for better understandings of often confusing and conflicting information. Having considerable experience as a witness in municipal, Long Island district and NY State courts, I found him and his courtroom to be one of the best and most interesting/exciting of my 3 1/2 decade career. I would want Judge Spatt to hear and decide any civil or criminal case I might be involved in no matter whether I'm a witness, plaintiff, defendant or prosecutor. And he has a wonderfully dry sense of humor that he uses to defuse tensions on both sides of an argument.

Other

Comment #: 9772
Rating:1.0
Comments:
In 2006 I had a civil rights trail in front of Judge Spatt. He was the rudest most arrogant man I have ever met. He was like that to everyone except the jury. He stated on the record that all Muslims were terrorist. That as far as he knew that the only terrorist were Muslim and Arabs. Biased! He would doze off during the trial. He was 83 then. There should be age limits on all Judges. Would you let an 83 year old be your pilot on a commercial flight? This man can sentence someone to death! Whats the difference? Federal Judges have way to much power with no accountability. VERY DANGEROUS.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 9559
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
He can be gruff at times and unreasonable when it comes to scheduling. That said, he's fair-minded, works hard, and writes thoughtful opinions. A good draw.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 9549
Rating:3.8
Comments:
I have to agree with the sentiments some others have voiced--My experience with Judge Spatt is that he makes "gut" rulings, i.e., decides early on what/who he thinks is "right" and then makes factual and legal findings to support that conclusion. Of course, good judges do it the other way around. I have also witnessed first hand Judge Spatt's pro-government bent, at least in civil litigation.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 8794
Rating:9.0
Comments:
Saw right through the government's illogical position and cut to the heart of the issue. He really pissed off the AUSA. It was great.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 8616
Rating:8.7
Comments:
An unsung giant. Accomodated an emergency request, grasped the essentials of a complex dispute quickly and resolved it fairly and prgagmatically, all with outstanding temperment and demeanor. A true pleasure.

Litigant

Comment #: 8507
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I previously ranked Judge Spatt an "8" as "Litigant." I now lower that ranking. Judge Spatt can ben patient and fair. However, I must agree with another subscriber in that he tends to always compliment Government personnel be they AUSAs or Probation Officers and constantly comment on how hard working they are. I think that this is not fair to Defense attorneys, who are also hard working and diligent.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 8272
Rating:3.7
Comments:
Biased. Government is allowed to violate any laws and rules.

Litigant

Comment #: 6426
Rating:8.0
Comments:
I have appeared before Judge Spatt on numerous occasions in both criminal and civil cases. He showed me patience and respect. He is a very tough judge and you had best appear in court fully prepared to argue your case. "Dot every I and cross every T, and if the law is on your side, you will win." I will add, however, that sometimes Judge Spatt does what he thinks is right rather than what the law requires in cases. However, and I cannot over-emphasize this, come prepared: know your law, know your facts, speak up gently, and you will prevail. It is up to you to show the judge where the case should go.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 5260
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I am shocked by the negative comments regarding Judge Spatt. I have appeared before him in numerous cases since he took the federal bench, as a civil litigator, a criminal defense lawyer and a prosecutor, and I have always found him intelligent, fair and industrious. Judge Spatt is the model of judicial demeanor. He permits a lawyer to argue motions and try cases as the lawyer sees fit.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 4685
Rating:9.0
Comments:
He lets you try your case and is fair. You can tell he is one of the few judges on the bench these days that was a very seasoned litigator. He knows the law and get down to the brass tacks.

I have tried 2 cases before him -- one very recently.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 3989
Rating:8.7
Comments:
A lawyer's judge. You must however know your stuff. He prefers civil plaintiffs and young prosecutors but likes to see trial hounds in his courtroom. If you are not afraid to rack 'em then he is your kind of judge.
He works his tail off even at his age. He is up early and will work late. He has not forgotten where he comes from (Brooklyn) nor how lucky he feels he is. He is not an egotist.

On civil cases he likes to help but be prepared. He was an excellent trial lawyer in his day and expects the same from you. He does show patience with newbies however.

Getting more conservative with age.
Wicked sense of Humor. Can be very dry.
Expects and deserves respect.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 3773
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Apparently there is a concerted effort to ruin Judge Spatt's reputation here (as well as those of his clerks). What a disgrace. You should be ashamed of yourselves.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 3766
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Ruined by his clerks,what a shame!

Other

Comment #: 3666
Rating:2.0
Comments:
Has slept thru several hearings & ruled as if he followed it all. Is very biased, the goverment can break every law in the book. Has overlooked major misconduct by the government.

Other

Comment #: 3648
Rating:3.0
Comments:
Judge Spatt is hard of hearing, he is extremely biased and unfair, changes his mind very often or suffers from amnesia ,is extremely pro government, compliments them all the time makes statements that they are the finest public servants, they are corrupt use foul language, it is a disgrace to the US GOvt... Spatt should be forced to retire, he is an evil old man

Other

Comment #: 3647
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge spatt, is one old bum judge who refuses to retire, he is pro government, biased and unfair. He refuses to step down and enjoys every minute on the bench.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 3641
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Should retire immediatly!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 3625
Rating:4.2
Comments:
Usually a fair Judge, but recently seems to have picked very nasty and totally uncaring clerks who have issued awful boilerplate decisions that are completely unsupported. Should read more.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 3507
Rating:1.0
Comments:
If you think this judge is a good decent fair judge, your either drunk or nuts ! This is one of those "life time" appointed judges who is well past his retirement age and refuses to retire, despite his lapsing mental capacity, because he likes playing GOD with other peoples lives far to much to give it up. He is biggoted, opinionated, too quick tempered and completely biased towards whatever the governmental lawyers want. He is a poster child for the reform of life-time appointment laws.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 3140
Rating:5.0
Comments:
In a premotion conference, Judge Spatt refused to consider fairly obvious arguments in support of motion for summary judgment and essentially refused permission to file. He ordered us to trial with almost no notice. Surprise, Surprise, at trial we won a directed verdict. He wasted everyone's time

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 2301
Rating:2.7
Comments:
This judge still thinks that he is a plaintiff's attorney and fails to read the papers in a civil case believing that it will settle. He was flabbergasted by a defense verdict.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 2294
Rating:9.8
Comments:
Judge Spatt was amazing at playing both sides off each other to ensure settlement of the case throughout the trial. His rulings were fair and he is a true gentleman.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 2127
Rating:9.0
Comments:
An excellent judge who is very decent and fair to all litigants. My only complaint is that sometimes he's too quick to jump to an erroneous conclusion. He will keep an open mind and reverse himself, but only if he affords you enough time to persuade him on the law.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 1769
Rating:10.0
Comments:
One of the best!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 1669
Rating:9.7
Comments:
Judge Spatt is without question the most evenhanded, fairest and hardest working judge I have ever appeared in front of or known.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 1628
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Had a bail revocation proceeding before Judge Spatt July 2006 where the client -- an attorney -- violated conditions of post-sentencing bail by travelling to Canada for a cruise to Alaska (with parents), in violation of a condition of bail restricting travel to the continental U.S. The government learned of the violation from Homeland Security, obtained an ex parte warrant and arrested client in Alaska. Client spent 4-5 days in custody before returning to the U.S. The government wanted the client to be held in contempt, with bail revoked and $150,000 bail forfeited. Judge Spatt, to his credit, permitted the client to return home from Alaska with no escort, declined to find a contempt, and fined the client $30,000 rather than forfeit the $150,000. He handled a difficult case realistically on short notice and did not simply yield to the government's over-the-top requests.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 1163
Rating:9.0
Comments:
He is a bottom line, get it done judge. I have tried a case before him. He is fair and is the only former plaintiff's personal injury lawyer on that bench.