Hon. William I. Garfinkel See Rating Details
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Average Rating:9.7 - 6 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)
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What others have said about Hon. William I. Garfinkel


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 19921
Excellent judge. Smart, personable, has managed to entirely avoid the plague of black-robitis. He treated the parties I represented with respect and showed care for them as human beings. Played an effective role in settlement. He is truly a gem of a judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 13464
Fantastic. Smart. Funny. Empathetic. Willing to work on issues to help sides reach agreement. Wish he was a full judge. We are lucky to have him.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 9001
Rating:Not Rated
the best settling judge i have ever worked with in 30 years. earns credibility with both sides and is creative, determined, and always amicable. should have been a saint, and may be one in next life

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5231
Kind and compassionate as well as brilliant. I've never been disappointed with the fairness and integrity of this judge. It says a lot that he is one of the best, if not the best, in a very talented pool of magistrate judges and Article III judges in this district. I won't be surprised to see him sit on the Second Circuit when the political climate changes. Given his relative youth, he has lots of time. It'll be great to see it happen.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 3691
I agree completely with the rating and email dated 11/18/2006 and cannot say it better. Lawyers and parties in the District of Connecticut would be lucky to have Judge Garfinkel as an Art. III judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 3091
I don't know anyone in the federal bar who doesn't like and have great esteem for Judge Garfinkel. This judge devotes an extraordinary amount of time, often at the expense of getting home for dinner, to helping lawyers settle their cases. Clients like him. He's warm, caring and sensitive. Great guy - would make a fine Article III judge if only brains and political neutrality were the governing standard for the politicians who pick em.