Hon. George E. Silver See Rating Details

Supreme Court
New York County
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Attorney Average Rating:   6.6 - 11 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 1 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. George E. Silver


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY9514
"At the end of the day the bottom line is" that Judge Silver has permitted his status to eclipse his sensibilities and scholarship as a judge.

That's right. "At the end of the day the bottom line is" that Judge Silver has it all figured out so he doesn't need to listen or understand. His stock catchphrase will do the heavy lifting.

"The bottom line is that" every day in his courtroom is a taping of the Judge Silver show. He conducts himself like a late night comedian and uses the bench as a pulpit to regurgitate a demeaning brand of humor that only he can understand. His clerks and officers stand around and smirk at his jokes, no doubt out of fear and compulsion.

Chances are, regardless of the dispute, Silver will pontificate about how stupid an attorney is for doing ... well, for doing anything. If you bother to engage in motion practice, it is evident that you are wasting Silver's time.

"At the end of the day the bottom line is" that Judge Silver is not concerned with the merits of things; he is concerned primarily with dispensing quips and zingers and patting himself on the back for being clever. Unfortunately, it appears that he is here to stay.

Perhaps, "at the end of the day", if we are lucky, he may yet find himself immortalized as a character in a play or novel about the absurdities of the American legal system.


Comment #: NY9108
Silver has no business being New York Supreme's Supervising Judge, since he refused to take appropriate corrective action upon being informed Judge Nancy Bannon engaged in flagrant misconduct in April of 2017 in violation of the New York Supreme Court's own rules pertaining to adjournments. Instead, he made a baseless determination that though Judge Bannon violated the court's rules, she substantially complied with them in regards to how adjournments may be requested.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY8796
Judge Silver is an outstanding judge. He works hard to settle cases and often provides invaluable insight that helps move cases toward settlement. It is pleasure to appear in his part. Houst

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: NY8214
Very unprofessional on the bench. Berated attorneys but was not sharp on the law himself. A bad combination in a discovery part.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY7467
Rating:Not Rated
Judge Silver is an honest, caring, and no
Nonsense jurist. Having been in private practice and presided over huge cases, he has dealt evenly with the large egos that enter his courtroom each day with grace and class. He knows the true value of a case. Period. New York bar should be grateful to have him there.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY6809
ve known George Silver since before he became a Judge when he was an attorney running around in the trenches of the Courthouse like the rest of us. So when he became a Judge I was very happy to see a practicing attorney who was grounded and down to earth was actually appointed to the bench. However, seeing him recently and being before him I am shocked at his unprofessional behavior and personal attacks on attorneys that have nothing to do with the case that is before him. For example, very recently I witnesses him screaming at another attorney for this attorney's unacceptable body language. Not once did I hear Judge Silver discuss the actual case before him. That entire day it appeared he was in a bad mood and was determined to take it out on the attorneys in the Courtroom. This is not the George Silver I knew so many years ago.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY6302
Highly competent. Fair beyond is piers.
New York county, very lucky to have a jurist who is not only brilliant , but having been in practice understands the in and outs of civil litigation. An active participant in helping resolve issues.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5736
Judge George Silver is easily one of the most capable judges in the Supreme Court. He is very bright, efficient and personable. He can get tough with lawyers who are not prepared, and rightly so. Judge Silver gets actively involved with settlement negotiations and does what most judges do not do,... he gets cases settled. Completely fair minded and even handed.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY4801
I must say that I am dumbfounded by the prior comments of this judge. Judge Silver initially comes across as personable, friendly and tries hard to seem funny and witty. However, after appearing before him several times over the years, what becomes readily apparent is that this persona masks a highly ineffective, inefficient and disinterested judge who is much more concerned about his and counsel's attire than he is about being an effective judge. Regrettably, Judge Silver is smart enough and charming enough to know how to schmooze with his fellow judges, including the chief administrative judge, in order to insulate his incompetence and ineffectiveness from the scrutiny it deserves.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY4302
He is with out a doubt, one of those jurists you enjoy appearing before. What you see from Judge Silver is what you get. No hidden agendas, no favorites. Show up on time, know your case, and be reasonable in your demands.You may not get what you want, but you will never get intentionally hurt.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY4162
Wonderful and intelligent judge. Handles all the car accidents in NY County, so he knows a lot about car accident litigation (which is great). Very fair, listens to all sides and has insightful comments.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY3504
He is an Awesome jurist. Moves cases, makes good decisions and gets cases settled.