Hon. William F. Kuntz See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
E.D.N.Y.  
Average Rating:2.6 - 12 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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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 35103
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
To the last poster: well if you’re a former large law partner and NBA whatever, then you must be right. That’s said, what about his refusal to disclose his conflict in the American Home Mortgage Service matter, and his unapologetic stance when caught?

Other

Comment #: 35100
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge Kuntz was my mentor. One of the hardest working and effective lawyers I have worked for and with over a long career before retiring in 2017. He has a brilliant mind and spends the energy to think through issues. I wonder if these comments like pompous etc are related to the fact that he is African American. As a former large firm partner and former Chief Counsel of the NBA Players Association , I can without hesitation say that the negative comments are horse poop.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 35061
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Responses of William F. Kuntz, II Nominee to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York to the Written Questions of Senator Chuck Grassley

What is the most important attribute of a judge, and do you possess it?

Response: The most important attribute of a judge is possession of a firm commitment to the rule of law and the consistent due administration of justice. The judge must embody the integrity of the judicial system by the systematic application of the applicable law to the facts of the case before the court. That administration of justice must be exercised in a manner thoughtful, respectful, fair and impartial to all counsel and to all parties. Patience and courtesy must always be preserved to ensure the dignity of the proceedings. I believe I possess that attribute. Please explain your view of the appropriate temperament of a judge.

What elements of judicial temperament do you consider the most important, and do you meet that standard?

Response: The most important elements of judicial temperament are, first and foremost, that any judge be consistently respectful, modest, fair, courteous, patient, impartial, objective, evenhanded and ready, willing and able to rule clearly and decisively. I believe I meet that standard.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 35060
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
The Following is a quote from fixthecourt.com:

"In the process of reporting its story on judges’ missed stock-based recusals, the Wall Street Journal reached out to all 131 judges whose missed recusals they identified.
Many of them apologized and had the court clerk file a notice about their error(s). It’s possible that a fair number of those cases will be reopened. Other judges were defiant and didn’t see an issue.
In any event, we’d like to note some of the excuses they gave the reporters. 

. . . .

Judge William Kuntz II (E.D.N.Y.) said that the conflict-check software failed to mark that an American Home Mortgage Service affiliate, in which Kuntz had a financial stake, was a conflict.
Remember how then-Judge Barrett’s public conflicts sheet included seven variations of “Shell Oil Co.”? Here’s why: according to Judge Edgardo Ramos (S.D.N.Y.), only exact matches get flagged by the conflict-check software. With Ramos, the software failed to mark “ExxonMobil Oil Corp.” as a conflict since, he said, he only has “Exxon Mobil Corp.” on his conflicts list."

https://fixthecourt.com/2021/09/100-federal-judges-failed-recuse-owned-stock-litigant-whats-excuses/

Here is a link. to the WJS article:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/131-federal-judges-broke-the-law-by-hearing-cases-where-they-had-a-financial-interest-11632834421

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 33662
Rating:1.0
Comments:
[Redacted by Ed.] denies due process to anyone who is not a government lawyer, racist - [Redacted] makes sexist and racist remarks against the victims of crimes and attorneys who aren’t working for the government, indulges in victim shaming, uses extrajudicial information he found on the internet to make rulings (not admitted into evidence by either side ), uses hearsay and extrajudicial gossip to make rulings in his orders. In my 20 years of practice, I’ve never seen such a Judicial travesty, he doesn’t understand the fact that a judge CAnt go on the internet and google litigants and then make rulings based on the third party opinions and issues irrelevant to the legal issues he is deciding. The constitution is his preferred brand of toilet paper. There is no justice in America with a judge like Kuntz.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 33535
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I filed a complaint in his courtroom that had to do with city government corruption. It involved a tro and a seal motion.
Judge Kuntz ruled against the tro and the seal as well which would hinder justice department investigation. Since the offending parties were going to be served, I dismissed the action without prejudice immediately after the decision ( same day ! ) with rule 41 authority to refile without prejudice. Kuntz then goes ahead and orders against action WITH PREJUDICE !!!
In another situation of notice of removal, statute provides for 30 days from date of being served , right to amend.
Within 7 days of filing I filed intent to amend pleading needing not an extension greater than 30 but requesting up to the 30 days.
7 days later he ruled on the original pleading.
I didnt find out until 5 days later when I went to file the amended notice of removal that he had already made his ruling to remand. The day I filed this was Nov. 2, 2020, the 29th day.
Under 1443 ( 1 ) grounds, thankfully, it can be appealed..... and will !

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 25185
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Truly dumb like a stump. Horrible temperament, no effort to either read papers or be up on the law. ... a disgrace to the judiciary.

Other

Comment #: 24889
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
bad judge attitude doesn't want to understand anyone. He is quick to put people in jail and gives the highest sentence. He is one of the worse judges ever and because he is a federal judge he takes it up above and beyond his powers , this is the worse judge to come across.

Other

Comment #: 24764
Rating:1.0
Comments:
horrible job doesn't Want to understand anything only wants to hear the ausa. What council says doesnt mean anything to him he doesn't take anything into consideration. Horrible job , doesnt care about the law. He only uses your past against you this guy needs to go he doesnt follow rules by the law you will be very un happy with him and if you do get him pray to god.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 24756
Rating:1.7
Comments:
Bad attitude, pompous, doesn't follow basic law, can't tell if he doesn't understand the law or doesn't care about the law, rude tonlawyers and witnesses. Bad judge. If he's on your side, not much you need to do.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 23431
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Very fair and doesn't put up with bullsh*t. Opposing counsel tried to bring a frivolous motion and he told them sure, go ahead, and then I'll sanction you. Other judges would have let them just bring the motion and I would have had to spend time opposing it, all for nothing. Very no-nonsense.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 22720
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This Judge is rude to counsel, unnecessarily loud, ignores the rules of evidence to "find the truth" (a direct quote) and in my case decided a contractual claim based upon a contract in another case which was completely irrelevant and never introduced in to evidence. Unlike pleasant Judges like Block and Weinstein, this Judge has an attitude.