Hon. Stanley R. Chesler See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
D.N.J.  
Average Rating:6.8 - 17 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%)
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What others have said about Hon. Stanley R. Chesler


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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 20708
Rating:8.8
Comments:
We just had a white collar defendant sentenced to the bottom of the guideline range for an embezzlement conspiracy. I believe he would have sentenced our client to the top of the range but for his actually listening to the arguments of counsel. He's very bright and sized up our arguments immediately. He candidly told us how little he thought of some of our arguments and we adjusted our strategy. He was a pleasure to deal with throughout our lengthy pretrial and sentencing proceedings. I believe that he would have denied every one of our pretrial motions, but no surprise there. He strikes me as a tough law and order type, which should be no surprise given his many years as a prosecutor. All in all, a very bright, industrious and hardworking judge. He seems to be always on trial. He and his courtroom deputy run a very tight ship though, moving cases along steadily. But they were amenable to my several requests for adjournments.

Litigant

Comment #: 18077
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Totally disgusted with Chesler's decision.
He IS politically biased and has no concern regarding Constitutional Issues, even though they were raised multiple times against an agency.

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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 11507
Rating:9.3
Comments:
Very smart, hardworking and fair. I am surprised by some of the negative comments about Judge Chesler. He is one of the best.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 10526
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
How could a seemingly intelligent person, conclude there is no merit to the case brought by the Management workers of AT&T. It would be useful to share the logic that was applied to determine why legally and technically there was no foul on the part of AT&T when they stole my pension plan. At least IBM revearsed their position on this same action once it was brought to their attention that this was discriminatory by the older, more than 15 years, work force. To say the least, I feel violated again. Thank you...

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 10342
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
As a now retired management employee from AT&T I can tell you that the absolute very reason the judge did not send it to jury is that the jury of our peers would clearly see that all evidence and documents (the vast majority having being acquired directly from AT&T own internal documents and presentations and from it's officers depositions)clearly show that AT&T did knowingly set about to do away with the Traditional Pension Plan for it's managers while instituting the Cash Balance Plan. This applied only to management and not to occupational. Why? The simple answer is because they could do it to the managers with all it's wear-away and oppresive penaties (@6%/per year)for early commencement (commencing prior to age 55) and could not accomplish the same feat against all the bargained for occupational employees. Made me wonder exactly why I paid so high a price in sacrificing a great deal of my family time to execute those duties and expectation the the company and my management expected of me. My Center never closed. It is open 7x24x265. Oh, and by the way, the executives of AT&T made sure that there were special provisions in place to protect them from any wear-away when Cash Balance came into play. This protection was also made available as evidence to the judge from AT&T's own internal document. What a travesty of justice! My hope is that we win on appeal,this judge is unseated

Other

Comment #: 10263
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
How did Judge Chesler get the AT&T Pension lawsuit? A judge appointed by Bush 4 years after the suit was filed dismisses the case after 11 years. Bush was elected with the help of a very large donations from AT&T and is good friends with many of the company executiives. It appears that the judge looked for every loophole available to dismiss the case when the moral and ethical thing would have been to send the case to trial and let a jury decide. Conflict of interest???

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 8757
Rating:2.5
Comments:
Never held a job other than with the goverment and it shows. Loves to hear himself talk. Should listen as well as he pontificates - he would be a much better judge. Very fond of hiimself. Reasonably bright. Prime example of the Peter Principle.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5929
Rating:2.7
Comments:
Far too opinionated and just loves to hear himself pontificate - even when he is totally unprepared and wide of the mark. Has his favorite cadre of lawyers. Not the least bit impartial. Way too clubby with his favorite lawyers.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5922
Rating:9.2
Comments:
Judge Chesler has a first-rate mind and an outstanding judicial temperament. He is head and shoulders above his peers (save Dick Debovoise) in New Jersey and around the country.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5086
Rating:3.0
Comments:
Let defendants rejoice! In case after case, Judge Chesler is the most obviously biased judge in the courthouse. Rest assured that if he can't dismiss a claim under New Jersey law, he'll find another way to do it. A real disappointment.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5082
Rating:7.8
Comments:
Judge Chesler is a model jurist. He is bright, practical, streetwise, and genuinely respectful to counsel.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 3469
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Solid judge - - smart and tireless. Recent experience suggests, however, that he is simply way too chummy with the regulars in his court. This didn't necessarily sway the outcome (not favorable to my client) but the regulars certainly got far more deference than they deserved and that was disappointing. If you are not part of the club, you'll be cut no breaks and for sure you'll be left out of the inside jokes, war stories and secret handshakes as if you weren't even standing there. No beef with the result but the process itself was disappointing. I have seen most other federal judges here and elsewhere do a much better job of maintaining at least the appearance of a level playing field even when their pals were appearing before them.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 2976
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Inspires the best in lawyers. It is always an honor to appear before him.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 2213
Rating:9.2
Comments:
One of the few former USMJ's who clearly deserved the promotion. I wish he handled all my cases

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 1285
Rating:9.5
Comments:
A gentleman and a scholar, yet firm. Why can't all judges be like this?