Hon. Lois Bloom See Rating Details
Magistrate Judge See Comments
E.D.N.Y.  
Average Rating:5.5 - 22 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)
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What others have said about Hon. Lois Bloom


Comments


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 22009
Rating:7.3
Comments:
I had a conference with Judge Bloom the other day. My case is against Loretta Lynch and the US Marshals. My opinion is that Judge Bloom's experience working in the Pro Se office in SDNY has given her an empathy to Pro Se litigants. She was kind, courteous and yes, voiced her opinion about the case, but also allowed me to speak "in my own words" about the merit's of the case. She allowed for a little debate and did not come across as God as some others. Now, she also gave me somber news about the probability of my case succeeding past dismissal, but is going to allow the process to proceed. I had to submit an amended complaint which she allowed and then made sure her assistant called down to the Clerks office to have my summons and complaint ready for me. It was very cordial of her. She admonished the AUSA not to play any games. Now, I have been around enough to know that Judges like to yell at the Government sometimes to kind of show a "faux" fair and impartial process, but that systemic and not only attributable exclusively to Judge Bloom. When it came to holding accountable Government agencies and employees, she said it is improbably and the law "protects" them, and said the probability is less than 2%, and "it is what it is" which I couldn't believe. But as far as procedures, for my case, I have no issues with Judge Bloom and you could do far worse as a pro Se litigant. The case is 14--cv-1047 EDNY if anyone wants to take a look.

Litigant

Comment #: 21291
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I appeared before Judge Bloom as a pro se litigant claiming a civil rights violation against the NYC police. Judge Bloom took the time to explain the process and the law as it related to my claim. She helped me through a tense first appearance in the Federal Court. I felt safe and comfortable in her courtroom. I was able to settle the matter favorably immediately after the preliminary conference. Overall, it was a good experience.

Other

Comment #: 21258
Rating:1.0
Comments:
To the person who posted comment #21089: you must be talking about another Judge Lois Bloom.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 21089
Rating:9.6
Comments:
Judge Bloom is industrious. She aims to be fair to all sides, and always gives the underdog a fair shake.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 12575
Rating:1.0
Comments:
If ever there was a magistrate less suited or qualified to serve on any bench, this one is it. Irascible, unpredictable and nasty in temperament and injudicious in discovery rulings. She also pre-judges cases, stating at an initial status conference that the defendants had no chance for summary judgment (in a pro se employment case) and has no compunctions about expressing her uninformed opinions.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 12030
Rating:2.2
Comments:
Erratic judicial temperment. Lack of understanding of the nuances of civil litigation. Insecure. Condescending. Rambles.

Other

Comment #: 11389
Rating:2.0
Comments:
Judge Bloom fiercely discourages pro se litigants with disdain for their cases even when civil rights violations are blatant. This is extremely unfair when you consider most pro se litigants are not sure of how to proceed or even whether to go forward or not.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 10286
Rating:9.0
Comments:
Judge Bloom is a credit to the federal judiciary. She has a unique legal background which translates to her even-handedness on the bench. If anything, she goes out of her way to give pro se litigants a fair shot and their day in court. She rightfully expects litigants and attorneys to be forthright and work in good faith to resolve their differences before seeking judicial intervention. Her opinions cut right to the legal and factual issues without unnecessary surplusage.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 10006
Rating:3.3
Comments:
Lacks the temperament to be a Judge. Compensates for insecurity with nastiness. Rigid mindset and wooden and inflexible interpretation of precedent. Rambles needlessly often going in circles. Seems to have a defense bias in civil cases as well.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 9638
Rating:3.3
Comments:
Magistrate Judge Bloom lacks the qualifications to be a Magistrate Judge. She is not very bright, lacks real world experience, and has unimpressive credentials. She attempts to compensate for these deficiencies by being nasty and by bullying litigants. Once she forms an opinion, she does not listen to, or maybe fails to understand, opposing arguments. She should only handle pro se litigation, which is what she was hired for in the first place.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 9562
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This magistrate is extremely prejudicial to pro se litigates. She gave the defendants two opportunities to file for summary judgment but denied the plaintiff the right to cross move for summary judgment. She is 1000% against pro se litigates and should be removed from the bench ASAP

Litigant

Comment #: 9561
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge is an dum dum. Does not give detailed orders, one time took six months to issue an order for plaintiff to get discovery then denied the plaintiff the right to have a deposition after he received the discovery from the defendant stating time to do so elapsed. Talks from both sides of her mouth. Have a case pending over 7 years sitting on her desk. Plaintiff is terminally ill and she is holding off on the file in hopes of the plaintiff dying so she will not have to work and render a decision. Lazy and incompetent.

Other

Comment #: 9341
Rating:10.0
Comments:
very proud and happy to see you protecting clients rights.....your old friend beth

Other

Comment #: 8864
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Lois Bloom should not be re-elected. I've never before seen such partial treatment towards defendants. This woman gave bail to several fugitives who were recently captured abroad. One of these fugitives was given bond on the basis of the income of a family member w/ a minimum wage job. Then she stated how bad she felt for the family who hasn't seen him since HE fled the country. This is a matter of course for Bloom.

Litigant

Comment #: 8638
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This posting is is in response to comment #7244. I am no fan of Lois Bloom. No question she is harsh to pro se Plaintiffs. But that poster had already been reviewed by the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit as to his claims, and [the Second Circuit] affirmed Judge Bloom on that matter. 436 F.3d 102.

Other

Comment #: 8375
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Judge Lois Bloom is impressive in her interpretation of the law and in her appraisal of the family/community supports that enable people to uphold and strengthen those laws.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 7244
Rating:1.9
Comments:
Magistrate Bloom cannot interpret the law under the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 16 USC Section 1451 and implementing Regulations 15 CFR Part 923.

She is very biased towards Pro Se litigants and favors dismissal of their cases -- see cv-03-0040 and cv-03-1295. I can give additional information that would provide for her to not be renewed as magistrate in 2010.

Litigant

Comment #: 6681
Rating:4.0
Comments:
Unusually harsh attitude for a judge who works so often with pro-se litigants. I also got the impression that she wasn't familiar enough with my case.

Litigant

Comment #: 4024
Rating:4.0
Comments:
As a pro se plaintiff who appeared before her, it was unbelievable just how biased she appeared towards the defense. She did not even try to appear even-handed and expressly told me that I have no case and that she would grant summary judgment for the defendants if I didn't agree to a what was almost a nuisance value settlement (even though discovery had not yet begun and defendants never even moved to dismiss). It's a shame that she is the one who handles all the pro se cases for the Court.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 3095
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Judge Bloom is one of the best judges to appear before so long as you are prepared and reasonable. She doesn't suffer fools gladly but treats everyone with respect, especially pro se litigants, and moves your cases along even where you have failed. She is extremely organized and punctual and respects your time as an attorney. Just be prepared and you'll be fine.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 2058
Rating:4.8
Comments:
very insulting

engages in questioning that makes the proponent into a fool only to be corrected and set straight

yuck!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 2028
Rating:8.2
Comments:
She seems willing to grant bail even where the government is on a mission to detain your client. If your cient has contacts to the community and not too bad a records, you should take the chance and argue for a better deal than the government is offering re bail.