Hon. Alice Schlesinger See Rating Details

Supreme Court
New York County
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Attorney Average Rating:   6.9 - 12 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   5.0 - 2 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)

What others have said about Hon. Alice Schlesinger


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY6282
Both smart, insightful and wise, fair, knowledgeable and courteous, with a sense of humor. Reasons and writes clearly. Be sure to be prepared as she asks probing questions, and will know your case better than you if you are not prepared. The suggestion she is pro-plaintiff is off-base, as the prominent malpractice defense firms are all regulars and well known in her part and seem to be treated pretty well in all procedural matters and in discovery.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY6086
Unquestionably the most biased and the worst trial judge I have ever seen.


Comment #: NY6044
Knowledgeable, courageous and fair.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5993
While this judge undoubtedly has a slight bias toward the plaintiff, she is one of the most intelligent, fair and courteous judges on the bench. Her part is run very efficiently. For all of the defense attorneys who complain about her, please realize that plaintiff attorneys get treated unfairly in 90% of the parts in the city.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5737
very pro plaintiff

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5150
If you are white and/or a woman, this is your judge. She is extremely biased. If you are a racial minority, run away from her as far as you can. This is the worst judge that I have ever tried a case before.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY2430
Very Intelligent. Knows the law inside out. Very fair,
patience of a saint, we often wish she would sanction and hold in contempt the defense attorneys, as they try very hard to con this judge, she does see thru them but does not hold them accountable. Believes in justice for all. Is able to quickly assess, dissect and wisely arrive at the correct legal conclusion. She is in a league of her own, and has a great deal of integrity and skill
A devoted professional to her craft. It is an honor
to be before her.


Comment #: NY2246
Here is a judge who refuses to follow the law of the land decided in the United States Supreme Court case Elliot v. Piersol - when a court is without jurisdiction its judgments are a nullity.except when this birdbrain judge thinks she doesn't have to follow the Supremacy clause of the US Constitution

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY1869
Justice Schlesinger is always pleasant, never condescending and completely prepared. She reads papers carefully prior to oral argument. She is, undoubtedly, plaintiff oriented, in that she appears to do whatever she can (within reason) to keep a plaintiff's case alive.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY1777
She is very nice woman. She has enough brain power to contort any set of facts or rule of law to suit a plaintiff. She is very unfair, but at least she doesn't yell. If you represent a defendant, especially one with insurance, you lose.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY1042
Intellectually first-rate... learned, polite and reasonable. Rarely if ever makes a bad ruling... it's a pleasure to try a case in front of her.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY524
Very good judge. Might lean toward plaintiff and/or party with fewer resources. Very well prepared, listens to oral argument, often reads her decisions onto the record immediately after oral argument, a pleasure to appear before.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY367
An excellent trial judge!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY334
Rating:Not Rated
Judge Alice Schlesinger is smart but very, very plaintiff oriented. When assigned to her courtroom, plaintiff's attorneys behave with great delight and defense attorneys know that they have an uphill battle before them.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY39
Justice Schlesinger is one of New York County Supreme Court's medical malpractice judges and has a good knowledge of the law in a medical malpractice context. Her law secretary and the referees that sit in her part are also very knowledgeable and run the show for matters not needing the court's personal attention.