Hon. Mark Falk See Rating Details
Magistrate Judge See Comments
D.N.J.  
Average Rating:5.8 - 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. Mark Falk


Comments


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 12862
Rating:3.0
Comments:
In a case where my client was clearly the wrong defendant (which we had demonstrated to the court and plaintiff by way of un-controverted proofs) Judge seemed to wait for us all to finish speaking before 'tuning in' and simply saying to me "Go get some money on this case". Six months later and the plaintiff finally (though rightly) stipped us out. But left in Judge's hands we would have been paying settlement money on a case where we weren't even correctly in the case. Poorly handled.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 10422
Rating:9.7
Comments:
Honestly, I cannot fathom that anyone has ever had a problem with this Judge. I have had the pleasure of going before him in a civil matter and I found him to be very competent, fair, knowledgeable, and very even-handed. I really wish that we had more judges like him. He has NEVER forgotten what it was like to be an attorney and be in our shoes. He is by far one of the best Judges I have ever gone before. I feel he is constantly looking for solutions and not problems. He is firmly about justice. I find it very impossible, unless you went before him on a very bad day or you were obnoxious, that he was less than gracious and legally competent in handling a person's matter. I swear, if more judges ere like him, the judicial system would be impeccable. He's awesome.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: 9619
Rating:6.2
Comments:
He is indeed charming and he is indeed lazy and, unfortunately as is becoming the rule in this District, not particularly scholarly.

I appeared before him several times on an intellectual property matter which clearly he had no experience with, but unfortunately he never seemed to have progressed in his understanding of the issues as the case moved on.

He is a pleasurable person to deal with, and I can hardly imagine how some of the comments suggesting otherwise could have been written about the same person I know.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5791
Rating:8.2
Comments:
A lawyer's judge. Schedules a lot of conferences and hearings. If the lawyers are serious about settling a case, he will work hard to ensure that a fair resolution is reached.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 4745
Rating:7.7
Comments:
I recently had a good experience with Magistrate Judge Falk. He provided a fair and well-reasoned ruling.

Other

Comment #: 4195
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge Falk is one of the most down to earth, nicest and hardest working judges on the bench. It's a pleasure to appear before him.

Other

Comment #: 3897
Rating:8.0
Comments:
I couldn't possibly disagree more with the previous comment posted that Magistrate Falk is disrespectful or rude.

I had the pleasure of interning for Judge Falk a few years ago, and he is a man who demonstrates the highest level of both integrity and competence.

He is also highly skilled at alternative dispute resolution, preferring to help the parties reach a solution they can live with than have the lawyers run up their clients bills only to reach a potentially unfavorable result. He expects (and makes it clear to parties) that they should have the necessary authority on hand (or readily available) each time the parties are present in court. Perhaps the unhappy poster disobeyed this rule.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 2810
Rating:4.5
Comments:
Falk is a paradox. He is unfailingly polite. Extremely flexible about scheduling matters. And yet he will not write a decision on a motion, preferring to drag the parties into court so he can dictate his decision into the record, and require the parties to draft and submit an order. He is not scholarly. He is a seat of the pants, reasonable judge.

He genuinely seems to enjoy being a judge, and is cordial to counsel. But he is chronically late, and will leave us cooling our heels for hours before a 20 minute conference.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 2329
Rating:3.3
Comments:
On one Court appearance, he actually fell asleep during Settlement meeting with Counsel in Chambers. Later on in open Court, he showed complete disrepect by putting his feet up on the Judge's desk. Kept counsel waiting for many hours for useless settlement conferences, even though we told him case was not going to settle. Very rarely prepared for Settlement Conferences, constantly asked Counsel "What is this case all about?" Many times acted beligerently when we told him case was not going to settle.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 1289
Rating:7.0
Comments:
Takes interest in resolving cases.