Hon. J. Paul Oetken See Rating Details
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Average Rating:8.4 - 5 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. J. Paul Oetken


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 23651
Very pleasant, knowledgeable judge. Fair and sensible. Shows respect all the way around.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 23256
Judge Oetken is very pleasant and even-tempered. However, he has no feel for the rules of criminal procedure, the rules of evidence or criminal justice issues in general. He tries to make up for it by taking his cues from the government, regardless whether their positions are supported by the evidence or the law. He seems intent on not ruffling any of the government's feathers. You get the feeling that he reads the government's briefs, but not the defendant's. Overall, he is a terrible disappointment

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 22204
Justice is not only an outcome, but a feeling. You litigate in Judge Oetken's courtroom and you feel justice, no matter the outcome. He knows how to control litigants' attorneys, and can send signals without talking. It's a hard job is the impression he left with me, and one that he does very well.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 21072
An excellent new judge: very well prepared, very fair and very courteous.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 19117
Judfe Oetken is the best new Federal Judge in the SDNY. He cares about getting things right. He runs a relaxed courtroom and possesses a great judicial temperament.