Hon. Joan M. Azrack See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
E.D.N.Y.  
Average Rating:8.9 - 20 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%)
  Items marked with (*) are averaged into the displayed overall rating
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What others have said about Hon. Joan M. Azrack


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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 22941
Rating:8.0
Comments:
Recently had a white-collar telemarketing fraud sentencing in front of her, where the client entered a plea to 37-46 range. She had read the papers and gave us as much time as we needed. She is new to district court having been elevated from her long-time USMJ duties. She has been honed well during her many years as a MJ and unqualifiedly appears ready and fit for battle. In the end, she gave a one-third reduction from the minimum guideline range based upon a host of extraordinary 3553(a) circumstances besetting my 69-year old client. She Understood the law and her sentencing powers. Not afraid to exercise her Article III powers, despite being relatively new to the DJ bench. Gave a similar -- but greater -- variance to a co-defendant sentenced later in the day. It's so refreshing to appear before a court that understands that the government's unbridled quest for justice (retribution) must be tempered with compassion, humanity and common sense.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 22719
Rating:3.7
Comments:
Why this Judge would insist on calling a plaintiff client against the wishes of his counsel to urge a settlement is inappropriate and in my opinion inexcusable. Particularly when the Magistrate was wrong on the law. Years of effort down the drain.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 18698
Rating:10.0
Comments:
She's awesome. Picked a jury in fornt of her in minutes. What a pleasure. Funny, smart, friendly.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 18029
Rating:9.8
Comments:
Judge Azrack is a very fine judge. She is courteous, knowledgeable and even handed. She is willing to devote considerable time to resolve cases and achieve a just result.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 13192
Rating:9.7
Comments:
Judge Azrack is a terrific magistrate judge who should have had the word magistrate removed from her title years ago by being appointed to the district court. She is smart, fair, courteous and invariably gets it right. We could use more like her on the bench.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 12913
Rating:9.7
Comments:
A very fine judge. Courteous, smart and tries to reach the right result within the law.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 12265
Rating:9.7
Comments:
A star, to be sure...defines what a federal judge should be...fair, sharp, evenhanded, open minded, rational, great temperament, wise beyond her mantle! Time for her to move to the district court!!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 10518
Rating:9.4
Comments:
Very good judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 9500
Rating:9.6
Comments:
Judge Azrack is smart & balanced. She is considerate of the litigants and parties. She is focused and has a unique ability to see the big picture and help find solutions. She is practical and effective. A star!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 6710
Rating:9.5
Comments:
I concur wholeheartedly with the comments below. Easily the most pleasant MJ to deal with in the ED. Courteous, pleasant, prepared and even-handed.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 4855
Rating:9.7
Comments:
She is superb. Cannot understand why she has not been moved to District Court. Smart, practical, no-nonsense but also a warm, funny human being.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 3069
Rating:10.0
Comments:
She's aces. Great personality, down to earth, easy to talk to.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 3056
Rating:8.0
Comments:
A lovely human being. It is always a pleasure to appear before her.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 2883
Rating:10.0
Comments:
My pick for the best Judge in the Eastern District. She's tough as nails when it comes down to it (and I've been on the wrong side on several occasions).

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 2731
Rating:9.5
Comments:
A fair-minded and compassionate MJ who works hard. One of the best.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 1187
Rating:7.5
Comments:
A good judge who really cares about doing what is right.