Hon. Viktor V. Pohorelsky See Rating Details
Magistrate Judge See Comments
E.D.N.Y.  
Average Rating:5.2 - 17 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)
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What others have said about Hon. Viktor V. Pohorelsky


Comments


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 19904
Rating:6.3
Comments:
Ten years ago he was a charm; now he has gotten nasty. I still think he's fair, but now he leans to the defense in civil cases. He laughed at my adversary's description of my client and, in my opinion, favors her because she's a pretty girl. Thank God he won't be trying the case.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 19149
Rating:4.3
Comments:
It is disappointing that one of the most brilliant Magistrates in the E D N Y sometimes fails to read the papers, usually interrupts counsel unnecessarily and always seems to have a predilection against or in favor of a party and their counsel. I think he means well but something is going on in his career or his life that must be affecting his performance.

Other

Comment #: 12274
Rating:1.0
Comments:
In Jury selection is very harsh he has no feelings very ridgid in his ways.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 11333
Rating:10.0
Comments:
A high quality fair minded judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 9888
Rating:2.8
Comments:
The very worst judge in the Eastern District. Denies exhibits with little reason behind decisions. If every case he ruled on was appealed i think half his cases would be overturned.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 4031
Rating:3.8
Comments:
Has real difficulty understanding complex litigation and discovery principles. Holds interminably long hearings on simple issues in which he teeters back and forth, and the irony is that he inevitably seems to shoot from the hip in making a ruling. Also can switch from genial to explosive in a heartbeat.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 3952
Rating:3.6
Comments:
He was unwilling to distinguish between a white-collar woman arrestee with ties to the community, from violent repeat offenders. He took unreasonably harsh positions because of his own experience with some kind of bombing the week before, completely irrelevant and unrelated to the matter (or the defendant) and would not back off of them, even after the fact. Everything he did was (thankfully) ultimately overturned by the two judges (Mishler and Hurley) and even the AUSA. Ultimately, the defendant prevailed in both the criminal and civil actions, but is was his self-centered tunnel-vision which I still can not understand.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 3164
Rating:1.3
Comments:
Cannot fathom complex civil litigation and does not understand relevant exhibits properly.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 1204
Rating:7.3
Comments:
Holds litigants to discovery orders

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 1184
Rating:8.3
Comments:
A quality person.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 1143
Rating:6.2
Comments:
Bit Lazy. Does not read Exhibits, so beware!