Hon. Katherine Polk Failla See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
S.D.N.Y.  
Average Rating:6.5 - 3 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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Comments


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 22119
Rating:3.3
Comments:
Civil Litigation - Private

She is very well prepared but very bias and pro large corporate and anti small business houses. Likes to throw out cases at summary judgments even if there are evidence for jury trial in complex civil cases. Lack experience for complex civil cases as she was a criminal lawyer.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 22074
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
FBI Director Comey used to have an affair with her. So he used his influence to make her a district judge.
Comey is her mentor. In her court, whateve the FBI wants, the FBI gets.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 21278
Rating:9.7
Comments:
I appeared, along with my defense team, before the Honorable Katherine Polk Failla in a civil matter. The defense team and I have over 50 years’ worth of experience combined in the federal court system. We have tried over fifty federal cases; therefore, we believe that our comments about this judge are accurate and worthy of note. Throughout our civil trial, Judge Failla conducted her courtroom with extreme professionalism and expertise, as if she had been on the bench for decades. It was obvious that Judge Failla intently reviewed each party’s motions, as evident from her thoughtful, legally analytic, and factually precise decisions. While we did not prevail on every motion, she provided valid reasoning for her decisions and always abided by the true letter of the law. Judge Failla knows the Federal Rules of Evidence by heart, and applied them fairly to both sides. This judge is prepared and has an amazing ability to comprehend the facts and apply them to the law; hence, preparation before this court is a must. It is also important to know the details of the facts and law surrounding your case. She is a very stern, but fair, judge. I would advise counsel appearing before Judge Failla to be professional and follow the court’s local and individual rules. If you are not prepared, this judge will know immediately. Therefore, my advice to all lawyers appearing before this court is to diligently prepare, because this court will appreciate your preparation. If you are not prepared, then you will be doing a disservice to yourself and your client, and you will be exposed for your lack of knowledge of your case and/or of the law. Overall, it was a pleasure to have a case before Judge Failla.