Hon. Robert N. Chatigny See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
D.Conn.  
Average Rating:5.8 - 11 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)
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. Robert N. Chatigny


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Other

Comment #: 12007
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I had this judge in my case. He was very fair and thoughtful. He took everything into account in my case. While I certainly didn't want to do time, I feel what I got was fair. While out on supervised release, he imposed a couple of restrictions on me, which I feel have made me a better person

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 11673
Rating:9.5
Comments:
Brilliant Judge Opinions are thoughtful and sound

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 11526
Rating:8.7
Comments:
A terrific judge. Takes his job very seriously and agonizes over decisions. This leads to his one fault: he's slow getting opinions out. Perhaps better suited for the appellate bench for this reason.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 11376
Rating:9.8
Comments:
My experience was the opposite of the commenters below. Judge Chatigny was fair, thorough, and gracious in a case I tried before him, and has been the same in various pretrial matters.

Other

Comment #: 9880
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Thinks it is OK to shut the press out of the courthouse and out of hearings.

Other

Comment #: 5448
Rating:2.0
Comments:
Did not handle well an administrative complaint having to do with supervising staff. (Part of his role as chief judge.) Hard to tell whether he was oblivious to, hoodwinked or approved of the inappropriate behavior some staff members were engaged in.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 3683
Rating:2.0
Comments:
An odd, odd man. Takes his role as a manager more seriously than he does his role as a jurist. Perhaps he should just become chief clerk and leave the law alone.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 3206
Rating:5.4
Comments:
Judge Chatigny has been angling for a seat on the Second Circuit since the day he was appointed. He is ambitious, vain and self-righteous, given to petulant outbursts when things aren't just so. He should perhaps be an appellate judge as his demeanor is unsuited to the trial court.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 2217
Rating:3.7
Comments:
He had what it took to be a great federal judge but once he became Chief Judge, he became more tyrannical - sees himself has entitled to a far greater role in how lawyers litigate their cases and represent their clients than most lawyers believe is appropriate - became too managerial, burdening lawyers with bureaucratic duties. Is a bright guy but his view of his role as judge brought him disrepute among the bar. Many would like to see him go.

Prosecutor

Comment #: 2168
Rating:2.3
Comments:
a disgrace in his handling of the Michael Ross case