Hon. Arlene R. Lindsay See Rating Details
Magistrate Judge See Comments
E.D.N.Y.  
Average Rating:4.3 - 12 rating(s)
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Ratings

*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)
  Items marked with (*) are averaged into the displayed overall rating
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What others have said about Hon. Arlene R. Lindsay


Comments


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 21718
Rating:2.3
Comments:
I can see this is a defense oriented judge even before I begin discovery. I agree with other posters. The Judge is awful, just awful.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 20997
Rating:3.2
Comments:
This woman is clearly not fit for her position. She's extremely biased. She will have already made up her mind before the defense calls a single witness. She has a tendency to rule completely in favor of one side or another. I echo the sentiments of others in saying that's she's incredibly temperamental. Her best trait is that she's a little more flexible when it comes to scheduling than most other judges, but not by much.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 18828
Rating:2.2
Comments:
Echo # 11830, 9782, 6007, 5039. Plain awful, avoid like plague, get out of the jurisdiction if need be. No concern that there are human beings being affected by the litigation. Very vindictive when her order is reversed, and God help you then.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 11830
Rating:2.2
Comments:
Echo #s 5039, 6007, 9782. One of the worst magistrates. Imperious, contemptuous even when she has not understood a thing. As someone said, avoid like plague - leave the jurisdiction if need be!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 11488
Rating:8.8
Comments:
On the bench, Lindsay appears fair and cordial. She will give the attorneys a fair going over and requires that they be prepared. Entertains all arguments, so don't be shy.
Has insisted on hard work during trial and pushed to speed things along, even pressing attorneys to work on usual days off. Very understanding to juries.
Issues well, reasoned, thoughtful decisions. Will take some time to render a decision in even simple matters.
Flexible in scheduling and understands the complications that can arise in litigation and real life.
Having appeared before her over the years, the demeanor of her clerks has varied from super nice and helpful to mean and nasty.

Does not push settlement.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 9947
Rating:1.5
Comments:
Orenstein (Brooklyn) may be worse re temperament. When both are up for review, lawyers should take action.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 9782
Rating:4.2
Comments:
While not the "worst judge" I've appeared before, I echo #6007 and #5039. Gets personally incensed when you get her ruling reversed, and affirmatively acts to render the reversal practically useless. Unilateral rulings from the bench on issues never raised in the papers, and without even hearing the other side. Nightmare

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 6007
Rating:2.0
Comments:
This judge is mean-spirited.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5497
Rating:9.7
Comments:
Judge Lindsay is flexible in scheduling matters and understands both sides of the law. Her explanations are scholarly and she demonstrates patience during trial. She is available for discussions. She is hardworking to the point of extremes - here's hoping your case is not near a holiday! Her clerks and deputy are all fair and cordial. She should be a district judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5039
Rating:1.7
Comments:
This person is the worst judge that I have ever appeared in front of in over twenty years of litigation. She is extremely impressed with herself to the point of narcissism, and takes it out with a vengeance on everyone in "her" courtroom. Note: it is not the "People's" courtroom. Her clerks are no better. They are rude, inflexible, imperious and extremely difficult to talk with, even concerning the most mundane matters. Do not volunteer to transfer your case to a magistrate from a real Federal judge! She will treat you with disdain and outright contempt. I cannot overstate how difficult she is, and everyone suffers, both sides, since she is so contentious and downright unfit for the bench. Hopefully, she will not be reappointed and will then have to work for a living, since it was obvious by the decisions in my case and those of my friends, that she never bothered to read our papers. Avoid her like the plague.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 3996
Rating:8.8
Comments:
Smart and fair. A pleasure to appear before. Likes and rewards prep. Is good to attorneys as long as they don't play around or try to BS her. Listens on bail.