Hon. J. Paul Oetken See Rating Details
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Average Rating:7.8 - 9 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 #: 32638
Judge Oetken made determinations in a complex case that showcased his intellect, willingness to learn new concepts, and his firm commitment to justice. The Judge asked probing questions at oral argument and engaged counsel thoroughly. Use your best arguments because he will understand them.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 32634
He is a great Judge and a gift to the Mother Court (or would be to any court). He has actually studied the issues that are before him, so you don't walk in being perceived as a Patent troll, though that is not to say that I've brought a Patent case before him.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 24524
Judge J. Paul Oetken is yet another Obama-appointed, New York City Southern District Court judicial activist, with little to no knowledge or respect for the law, or case precedent, just an over-arching desire to please his Deep State masters within the halls of money and power.

He routinely writes judicial opinions and decisions that blatantly go against higher appeals courts than his, even when he knows that he will either be over-ruled or recorded in history as a Deep State Rothschild Central Bank enforcer, rather than as an American honest judge.

Judge Paul Oetken is definitely not an America-Firster, nor does he have any respect for the U.S. Constitution, merely having lust for his own personal power, the money and power of his Deep State cronies, and an unending contempt and disdain for the Rule of Law.

He is everything that is wrong with the federal (and state) judiciary of modern day America, especially within that Deep State legal cesspool known as New York City.

Thank God President Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court - perhaps he will re-create an atmosphere of honesty, fairness, respect for the rule of law and case precedent, and love for the U.S. Constitution that these Deep State Obama-appointees could never even hope to have, or want.


Comment #: 24233
Rating:Not Rated
Awful! Questionable civil rights ruling, seems to be afraid of government authorities.

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.