Hon. Dennis R. O'Brien See Rating Details
Superior Court Judge
Superior Court
Monmouth County
Vicinage 9
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Attorney Average Rating:   2.1 - 4 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 3 rating(s)
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General Rating Criteria

* 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=Chronically Late,10=Always on Time)
* General Ability to Handle Pre-Trial Matters (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
* General Ability as a Trial Judge (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
Flexibility In Scheduling (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)


Criminal Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
Involvement in Plea Discussions (1=Not at all Involved, 10=Very Involved)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Pretrial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Trial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Sentencing Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)


Civil Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation (1=Not at all Evenhanded,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
Involvement in Settlement Discussions (1=Not at all Involved,10=Very Involved)
General Inclination (1=Pro-defendant, 10=Pro-plaintiff)
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What others have said about Hon. Dennis R. O'Brien


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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NJ2044
Rating:2.5
Comments:
Judge O'Brien is an egotistical person whose sense on self-esteem is easily threatened. As a different reviewer stated, when challenged he put the litigant in jail - ostensibly for contempt. He is to be avoided like the plague. I believe he is a bright man, but he is more concerned about whether or not he is receiving what he considers the proper respect than he is in the best interests of the children or fairness to the bar or litigants. In my opinion, he is to be avoided like the plaque lest you offhandedly, inadvertently offend his fragile ego.

Litigant

Comment #: NJ1994
Rating:1.0
Comments:
A terrible judge who ignores facts and makes/uses his own assumptions over logic and expert opinions without explaining his thinking because there is no explanation. He is in the corporation's pockets and his ambitions are solely his own, not that of the court or the individual. He sits on the bench for his own benefit and it shows. Good luck if you get him, unless you are a Fortune 500 company, then you are good to go.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NJ1463
Rating:1.1
Comments:
As it relates to Family Court (Divorce), be strongly advised that he lacks any and all financial knowledge whatsoever. His lack of pecuniary knowledge is insulting to the legacy of a Georgetown education, much less a fifth grader. His on-the-record self-admissions of being a marketing major, and that business-related finances are akin to a voodoo (that he admits to having never been able to garner) are repellent. This spells immediate disaster if you are a father, as he is wholly biased in favor of women. I noticed that female plaintiffs with female attorneys were repeatedly awarded whatever their fraudulent hyperbole espoused. The duplicity of his revelations regarding being a good listener is even more repellent. I presume that the only thing that he hears is the sound of his internal deficiencies. He has no compunction about putting you in jail for trying to make him do his job. His lack of knowledge breeds jealousy for the successful self-made businessman. Power corrupted this financial neophyte, and you will pay for his inadequacy with a liquidation of your 401(K) and a weekend at the Monmouth Correction Center. It is hard to have any respect for the judicial system when the poster child of bias and recklessness is in the dangerous position of determining your fate without having read a single fact, much less comprehending them. The Monmouth Court is a sick building, apparently, but not from environmental issues -- rather, the years of putrid decisions made by the uninformed. God forbid if the litigant doesn't have the resources to outlast his rotation. The ultimate insult, added to injury, is having the most regarded attorney in the County spontaneously approach you and say "I heard your case today, and you need to get away from this bozo as fast as you can, otherwise his girlfriend (the plaintiff's attorney) will have the membership interest in your company." Be afraid...be very, very afraid.

Litigant

Comment #: NJ1461
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge is in no way fit to preside. I am sitting here reading my divorce decree. He says how I provided no proof of income, debt or judgements, and then refers to my W2s and credit report. He says that my ex was financially dependent on me, but she was able to live on her own in her own place for four years during the separation and trial. He did not want to hear a single word that I had to say. (And I noticed that with a lot of the cases that I was forced to sit through while waiting my turn.)

Litigant

Comment #: NJ1248
Rating:1.0
Comments:
He does not listen to facts and states that it doesn't matter who cheated on who and extreme cruelty doesn't matter in divorce cases. Yes, it is a 'no fault' state..but abuse is abuse and should not be overlooked. He also frowns on police intervention...so if some states they want to put a bullet in your head and they get arrested, this judge punishes the victim.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NJ1198
Rating:2.3
Comments:
He ignored written, notarized proof that the plaintiff, a CEO of a state run institution, (curious that both the judge and plaintiff have state appointed positions?) lied in several of his claims and still awarded him money and reduced child support based on those lies. He had no interest in the well being of the children.

Other

Comment #: NJ1197
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
He is the least person I will give a grade with the judicial system. He does not read what is relevant for a case. He used his power to make any unfair case legal. He has it in writing he believes in lies but punish others to comply with the ruling against the other who has proof but does not take the time to listen.

Other

Comment #: NJ1049
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
He gets no rate. He is a judge who does not follow the law legally. He is a judge who thinks he is above the law to make his own ruling.
I am a female and disgusted with his ruling. He does not need any proof or w-2 to make a ruling. If you have any lie written and give him as briefing he beileves it. Just today he award a female $50000.00 against another person property and their vehicle.
I have this in proof of why he thinks he is above the law.
I probably will make contact with the mayor.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NJ931
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
He is all for the mother and biased against fathers. It doesn't matter what your court papers say or what they can prove against the mother. He will always rule against the fathers.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NJ839
Rating:2.3
Comments:
He is a nightmare, does not use the law at all, does not take notes and makes things up as he goes. He literraly said a 3rd gree felony for theft of $40,000 was a disorderly persons offense and read in violation of rules of evidnece a blanket "settlement offer to stop all ligitation" into the record and called it extortion in a Family court matter. He needs to be impeached.