Hon. Ann Marie Donnelly (E.D.N.Y.)
I’ll agree with most on her - she over her head and really insecure about her lack of civil law experience, she transfers her Article III Powers to magistrates even when neither party consented, rubber stamps anything a magistrate orders without any Review or even a comment as to why she upheld it. She just won’t even rule on motions to reconsider, she never decides any dispositive motions and is clueless of the issues , prosecuted the case from the bench for defendants in civil case, she has a reputation for doing this in criminal cases. Every lawyer who practices in District knows that she is bad on the law , her clerk is the Article III judge while Ann Marie does nothing but show up on the bench with a fabulous manicure and hair done , to start screaming at Title VII civil rights plaintiff. She is so hostile to employment discrimination so do a motion to dismiss without prejudice if you can , or stay if you have a good Magistrate.
Civil Litigation - Private - (8/8/2020 3:15:34 AM)
Hon. Vera M. Scanlon (E.D.N.Y.)
What an awful, LAZY, LAZY, LAZY and foolish Judge. She seems totally unprepared all the time and can barely get herself up on the bench without yawning. Seems to have a real corporate bias and LOVES her some big firm defense lawyers in civil cases and AUSAs in criminal cases (same lawyers, different title). Never gives the small guy a fair chance, no matter how good the case. Her decisions make no sense to anyone (probably not even to her if she didn't write them).
Civil Litigation - Private - (8/8/2020 12:49:05 AM)
Hon. Vera M. Scanlon (E.D.N.Y.)
What an awful, LAZY, LAZY, LAZY and foolish Judge. She seems totally unprepared all the time and can barely get herself up on the bench without yawning. Seems to have a real corporate bias and LOVES her some big firm defense lawyers in civil cases and AUSAs in criminal cases (same lawyers, different title). Never gives the small guy a fair chance, no matter how good the case. Her decisions make no sense to anyone (probably not even to her if she didn't write them).
Civil Litigation - Private - (8/8/2020 12:49:04 AM)
Hon. Claude M. Hilton (E.D.Va.)
Bullying the weak, disabled, poor. Had a case where the HOA violated the contract and applied harassment. Sued. Under his hands, we become the offenders and are to be punished. Nations with poor humans rights records have a fairer justice system (regarding civil disputes) than this judge's justice wrt to the weak.
Other - (8/7/2020 6:29:26 PM)
Hon. Robert W. Lehburger (S.D.N.Y.)
Doesn't matter which side your on with this wanna be aristocrat. He's an arrogant sob who behaves as if he's doing you a favor. He's not above taking personal shots at lawyers as he is apparently unable and unwilling to self reflect on who and what he is. This weasel is not emotionally fit to be a judge.
Prosecutor - (8/6/2020 4:25:30 PM)
Hon. Joseph F. Bianco (E.D.N.Y.)
As a pro-se and an injured party, Judge Bianco granted me leave to amend the complaint with a stunning decision. I could not believe it. We could use more like him. Therefore, Comment #: 22420 saying "If you are Pro Se, Judge Bianco will rule against you. Period" is not accurate.
Litigant - (8/4/2020 9:36:54 PM)
Hon. Stephen V. Wilson (C.D.Cal.)
Thinks he knows it all, when he knows very little; behaves like a punk; mean; ill-tempered; a horrible, all-around person, and a worse judge
Civil Litigation - Private - (7/31/2020 8:02:01 PM)
Hon. John E. McDermott (C.D.Cal.)
This dofuss is old and cranky; intelligent, but fails to apply it; he retired to the bench because he had nowhere else to go; inconsistent rulings; often lazy; very strange.
Civil Litigation - Private - (7/31/2020 7:57:13 PM)
Hon. Jesus G. Bernal (C.D.Cal.)
In spite of some issues, Judge Bernal was a pleasure to try a civil case before. In the lead up to the trial, Judge Bernal partially granted our summary judgment motion with a thorough analysis of the issues. At oral argument, he asked pointed questions, but never belittled anyone. His courtroom staff are professional. Unfortunately, he handles all of the voir dire, so make sure that you are prepared to tender your requested voir dire. He was quick to rehabilitate obviously biased jurors, so be prepared to build a record. He is a bit of a stickler on obeying local and chambers rules in the lead up to the trial, but he is not a tyrant. Although both sides submitted proposed verdict forms and jury instructions, Judge Bernal largely crafted his own. He especially witted down the jury instructions to about 25 pages, from about 60 pages that the parties were proposing. As a result of his taking the reigns for the verdict forms, they were not ready for closing argument. This was unfortunate. In the end, if you get Judge Bernal, then you should enjoy your experience. As a final note, my plaintiffs were Hispanic. One other person commented that they thought that Judge Bernal may be biased in favor of Hispanics. I did not find that to be the case at all.
Criminal Defense Lawyer - (7/30/2020 5:06:41 PM)
Hon. Sandra M. Snyder (E.D.Cal.)
Judge Snyder leaned in favor of a landlord in a clear case of the landlord's liability. At one point, the landlord destroyed relevant videotape evidence, but Judge Snyder did not penalize him. Our MSJ should have been granted, at least in part, but Judge Snyder did everything in her power to deny the motion. Thankfully, we reached a substantial settlement, so all was well in the end. Otherwise, she was a pleasure to be before. She has a great temperament.
Civil Litigation - Private - (7/30/2020 4:55:34 PM)