Hon. Lori S. Sattler See Rating Details

Family Court
Bronx County
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Attorney Average Rating:   3.2 - 8 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   2.0 - 16 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=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. Lori S. Sattler


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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY6012
Rating:3.8
Comments:
Judge Sattler seems fair and sticks to the agreement. She seems very unwilling to make a decision when there is an impasse in families. I thought that's what you come to family court for, when families can not agree. Judge Sattler seems disinterested in hearing perspectives of each side and determining. I found her to be inherently lazy and a bit overwhelmed by the task she has been entrusted with. She is no boat rocker and at least in my case, values motherhood over fatherhood. She seems to think that the roll and purpose of a father is to write checks and keep quiet. She seems very new, unseasoned, and lacks confidence in her decisions. She is like an undergrad dialing it in and happy with a "C".

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY5991
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Terrible judge. Can't say how awful this woman is.

Litigant

Comment #: NY5641
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She does not read the documents at hand and makes clear assumptions without looking at numbers or the actual ruling. She said she will write out her decision so we never come back...I didnt know she meant she would not only lie...but not do what was intended by the court documents to force us never to come back. And the child suffers in the end. Horrible Judge..biased! Stay away!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5622
Rating:1.9
Comments:
My client also suffered horribly at her hands. Inability to make good decisions and just hates reading the papers. She actually seems quite biased favorably towards mothers, especially financially, unless a father is millionaire/billionaire to contest. Quite obvious that she is sensitive to her decisions getting appealed but therein lies the irony of her rulings. She delays cases which quite often tilts the balance of the case as it moves away from relevant facts and important issues as time goes on.

Litigant

Comment #: NY5621
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Here is a Judge who is bone lazy, simply does not care about the best interests of children. She pre-judges the case, relies on her staff for opinions on the case and simply REFUSES to read papers or dig deeper. Also, she is HUGE on ruling impossible child support numbers to support the corrupt system without looking at facts of each case.

Amen to whoever wrote about this Judge forcing settlements and delaying tactics. She refuses to make timely rulings and simply HATES to read anything such as motion Exhibits with evidence. Not a smart Judge, unable to look at obvious lies, perjuries, fabrications and inconsistencies. Anything goes in her Courtroom, she just hates motions and paperwork, even when they are in the best interests of children.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY5499
Rating:2.4
Comments:
Terrible judge. Careless and lazy. Doesn't bother to look at any supporting evidence.

Litigant

Comment #: NY5435
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I went to Sattler seeking to enforce my visitation and that my daughter is being alienated from me,what does she do she give the father an Order of Protection faster than she can give me visitation and now I am waiting still on both issues after three years! What a disgrace! If she can't make decisions then get her off the bench!,,, she's obviously not someone who can be trusted behind the bench to make intelligent decisions!,,

Other

Comment #: NY5432
Rating:1.0
Comments:
just awful to the powerless. Loves protecting powerful wealthy men. Really dislikes other women. Is a mess on the bench. Her court room is a disgrace. I have been in hundreds of courtroom but this judge is biased and partial. She has set the women's movement back 100 years when she basically ruled that if a woman has an abortion she cannot be a good catholic.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY5404
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I fully agree with the rating, that she is just another joke of the judical system. The great ratings are obviously from herself or "friends". I personally had to suffer, because of her carelessness. It was very hurtful, that she wasn't able to read papers and to weigh evidence even in front of her face. So she delivered a child right into the hands of an abusive father. Awful!! After her decision I suffered a sudden hearing loss because of the stress level she caused with her behaviour.

Litigant

Comment #: NY5288
Rating:10.0
Comments:
She is fair, possesses excellent judgment, and is good on the law.

Litigant

Comment #: NY5287
Rating:10.0
Comments:
This judge is fair and intelligent. She also works really hard to settle cases with a fair result, and her staff really works hard. She is my favorite judge thus far, out of all of the judges that I have appeared in front of before. She follows the law.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY5275
Rating:9.7
Comments:
The negative comments are typical of disgruntled litigants in a highly emotional area of the law (matrimonial disputes). The comments about the "abortion case" are particularly ill-informed: (1) that trial was about the mother's rampant prescription drug abuse; and (2) evidence of her abortion was admitted only because the mother herself made a big deal about what a good Catholic she was (thus, the father's lawyer was allowed to introduce evidence to refute that contention). Judge Sattler made the right call.

Litigant

Comment #: NY5127
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Just another joke of the judicial system! How do we keep appointing and/or electing these matrimonial judges? This woman is just another one who is nothing more than a disgrace. She is afraid of her own shadow, does not up hold her own orders, and certainly should not be presiding over post-judgment divorce cases -- she is just enforcing parental alienation and making this an increasingly horrible place to raise children. It's no wonder she has none of her own!

Litigant

Comment #: NY5041
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I cannot say how awful this judge is. I cannot believe that she moved up from Family Court. She was horrible in Family Court -- and even worse in the Supreme Court. She is so biased in favor of the father, that one has to suspect illegal "purchases" of judgments. I have had personal experience with this judge, and there is no such thing as ruling in favor of the child. It is all about the father -- to the loss of the child. She also very illegally denied my child her right to a legal guardian, because she said she "knows that the guardian will just say the child wants to be with the mother." Yes, indeed, this is what New York's divorce courts need -- another judge above the law.

Other

Comment #: NY4995
Rating:1.0
Comments:
It's sad that a female judge is so sexist against women. If the woman can be judged for having an abortion, then the man should be judged for sleeping with hookers. (Something that is actually illegal in most states, unlike abortion.) This judge should be removed, because she's clearly not impartial.

Other

Comment #: NY4994
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Divorces can get ugly, but the judge is supposed to be impartial to the ugliness -- not to join in and add to it. An abortion does not make one a bad parent, just as popping out kids does not make one a good parent -- just as reaching the bench does not make one a good and fit judge. It is important to remove your political stance from your judgments of cases.

Other

Comment #: NY4988
Rating:10.0
Comments:
It seems that all of the respondents in this matter equate abortion with fitness. In that respect, they miss the issue. The judge simply ruled that testimony of the former wife as to whether or not she had an abortion could be used to measure her credibility. The issue of abortion is immaterial, but the wife's truthfulness is not. The judge was correct.

Other

Comment #: NY4960
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge must be getting a nice big brown paper bag from the megabankers to allow an old abortion into a custody case. She should ask all of the prostitutes the husband frequented to testify as to his parenting skills. Yanking kids out of their school -- this guy will just hire a nanny while he runs his evil empire anyway. He gave away custody once, and only wants it back to spite his ex for pressing abuse charges. I mean, come on! You think she ran into a doorknob, people?

Other

Comment #: NY4922
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This judge is awful. The custody case where she allowed abortion to be used as a weapon against the ex-wife was disgusting. What is wrong with her? She doesn't deserve to sit on any case. Disbar her!

Other

Comment #: NY4887
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Forcing a woman to testify about her abortion (and reading her rationalization for allowing this) makes me question the intelligence and neutrality of this judge. She seems unfit in so many ways. She is not qualified to be an impartial judge, and she does the wrong thing. Perhaps she is just corrupt; she is not serving the people and is a shameful judge, hurting all women -- and men, really. What a poor excuse for a judge.

Other

Comment #: NY4352
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This Judge should be removed and banned from the legal profession. She is uncaring and detached from her cases and (humanity) in general. Judge Sattler is indifferent to the safety of the children that are placed in her care. She makes decisions with a cold disregard for these children's lives and safety. She should not be allowed to make such decisions and I wonder if she is able to sleep at night knowing that she is ruining so many lives, and in some cases, placing children's lives and safety at risk.

Litigant

Comment #: NY4039
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Another Judge, produced by the New York Court system, elected and not selected. The quality is the same as with the politicians. Legal knowledge restricted, prejudice extendeded. She decides on a very superficial level, where it is just by coincidence, if sometimes justice wins.
In principle with judges like that, you could also put a monkey in a black robe and let the monkey throw a coin.
She really should be taken off the bench.

Litigant

Comment #: NY3883
Rating:1.0
Comments:
AWFUL and an insult to the legal system. She looks to get rid of cases as fast as possible. She does not read any documentation or even the motion itself. Takes the rights away from people by not allowing them to speak and defend themselves. Court staff sees what goes on and can't do anything. She whispers inappropriate comments to the court officer that are offensive to the litigants. When facts and evidence are brought up she shuts it down and ignores it. She doesn't allow the attorney to even finish a sentence and acts as if a case can be presented in sound bites. She clearly doesn't read the law and rules on hunches. She allows anything to go not following any rules. I'ts like the wild west where you feel like you are a prisoner without Miranda rights.She dismisses a case in 15 minutes without hearing out all sides. It seems she makes up her mind before she even gets to the case and doesn't waver when facts or evidence are presented. Indeed a very very sad addition to the legal system in which she made me lose all trust. She needs to be de-benched or disciplined.

Court Staff

Comment #: NY3594
Rating:3.0
Comments:
She does not want to grasp fine points. She want to remain only on a very superficial level. I am sorry that an awful Judge was only replaced by a average person who don't want to get involved. She sees the abuse going on in front of her eyes and she ignores it. Because nothing should disturb her carreer planning. She thinks that the more she rules something the more she could make a mistake. So stay out of everything and force the people to settlement, no matter if this is justice or not. She don't really care, as long as this is outside of her responsibility. If there is a responsible administrative Judge reading these lines, let her go upstairs or get her off the bench. But she is no win for postmatrimonial department. Another Judge who doesn't want to read the motions and just listens to the gossip of other court staff to make her mind up. Disappointing and unfair Judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY3472
Rating:4.8
Comments:
Unable to grasp fine points of a case and sort fact from fiction.
End result is damaging to all involved, even those who think they won the case.
Not a competent judge overall, mediocre at best, just as most of the judges in NY State Supreme Court who are products of the NY Democratic machine.