Hon. Kenneth M. Karas See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
S.D.N.Y.  
Average Rating:7.7 - 14 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. Kenneth M. Karas


Comments


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 21721
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I found him to be condescending, patronizing and engaged in improper colloquy with apposing counsel. Indeed, his mind was made up. As Jefferson said, these are miniature monarchists with their own little fiefdoms. Which is why when President, Jefferson through out the original Judiciary Act written in the 1790's. The poison of appointed judges.

Litigant

Comment #: 21320
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This Judge Karas is the worst. He has a total lack of candor. He is either deliberately misstating facts or grossly incompetent. I have documentary evidence proving that he misstated the material facts of a case. I'm going to release it to all the media, especially alternative media.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 13117
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Just a fantastic judge and a fantastic guy. Fair, funny, kind, patient. Smart. Spends all the time in the world on your issues and treats lawyers humanely. Never gets angry. If all judges were like this the profession of lawyering would be a pleasure.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 10469
Rating:5.9
Comments:
extremely gifted; attempts to hide very conservative ideology; loves to engage lawyers in high level discourse, but normally had already made up his mind and is playing game of "gotcha"; will rise in judiciary depending on ideology of executive branch.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 10030
Rating:9.7
Comments:
Smart well-prepared judge. Reads everything before he takes the bench and can see issues immediately. I disagree with comment about his treatment of female attorneys. He treats everyone equal - so long as attorney is knowledgeable about case and prepared to discuss issues intelligently.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 8626
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Do not even think of going before his court unprepared. He is very fair

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 8499
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Recently tried a month-long criminal case before Judge Karas. First rate judge. Down the middle on rulings, kept a comfortable atmosphere, works hard, treated everyone -- including defendants -- fairly. Some unconventional procedures, e.g., five day week working 9:30 to 2:00 with one 20 minute break. Ordered the government to produce Exhibit list in advance of trial but also expects pretrial objections to exhibits-- difficult with more than 1,000 documents. Occasional flashes of temper but not long-lasting and usually justified. Overall: a pleasure. Staff was helpful and professional.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 6894
Rating:2.0
Comments:
Nasty, anti-plaintiff, and does not like female attorneys who express themselves forcefully.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 6828
Rating:9.5
Comments:
I just finished trial with Judge Karas and it was an absolute pleasure to appear in front of him. Both sides were treated equally and fairly. I give him the highest rating.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: 5863
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This judge should be ashamed of himself. His ruling to send Marion Jones to jail for 6 months is nothing more than an attempt to get his name in the paper. I am not a Marion Jones fan, but thanks to this judge's ruling I am even less of a fan of a legal system run by an overzealous and selfish judiciary.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5037
Rating:2.0
Comments:
This judge makes up his mind from the scheduling conference, lets everyone know it, and never gives the other side a fair chance to persuade him. He took a year and a half to decide an SJ motion for a predetermined result. He's very smart, but unfair.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 3204
Rating:10.0
Comments:
First rate, well-prepared, insightful judge. Apparently has a heavy docket as things take a while to be heard but if Judge Karas reflects the quality of people being put on the bench then we are in good shape.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 2661
Rating:9.6
Comments:
It is remarkable how quickly this young former prosecutor has developed into a first-rate judge. He has a great temperament and is clearly very smart. It is a pleasure to appear before him.