Hon. Valerie E. Caproni See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
S.D.N.Y.  
Average Rating:6.8 - 8 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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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 33314
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I've been practicing over 30 years, civil and criminal. She is easily one of the top five pieces of shit that has ever been on the bench. 'nuff said.

Litigant

Comment #: 32867
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Total trash.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 32828
Rating:3.0
Comments:
It appears as she working for the government most of her career has biased her severely. She is entirely one-sided in claims for attorney fees against a government entity, and has been rather nasty to the plaintiff bar seeking fees. Her use of the caselaw on the issue seems to interpret every element to diminish a fee award, to discourage the attorneys from taking cases representing low-income clients. She drew assumptions about claims there were not based on fact or the experience of any litigator in the field -- for example assuming drafting of a unique document takes about a third of the actual time it took.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 32674
Rating:4.5
Comments:
The role of prosecutor never left her blood. A perfect example of the broken justice system. Gave fines and extra probation to my client that nobody asked for. Dont bother negotiating pleas, she will re write it. Walked into the courtroom with her mind made up before listening. Her mind made assumptions and jumped to conclusions without any proof or reason. Ive never seen anything like this. Its a shame judges like this are running our justice system.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 25620
Rating:6.4
Comments:
Incredibly biased towards the prosecution. Does not belong on the bench. I have tried cases in 25+ districts and Judge Caproni is the most biased judge I have ever seen. She is smart, but she utilizes that intelligence with one focus: putting defendants in prison.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 23354
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Rare find. Like a laser, focuses only on the issues and resolves cases in an academic, equitable fashion. Does not take sides.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 21746
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Just had a jury trial before Judge Caproni and thought she was excellent. Handled it like a veteran. Great demeanor, even handed and knowledgeable.