Hon. Brenda S. Spears See Rating Details

Housing Court
Bronx County
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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. Brenda S. Spears


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY5934
My client's apartment had a gas leak which was reported to the landlord who ignored it emergency services were called. They had to break into the basement to fix it. The landlord then illegally changed the locks on the apartment. Before we could offer a defense, Spears ruled against my client until she could prove that she could pay the "back rent". It was overturned on appeal.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5791
I appeared pro se before her when she sat in Manhattan. I was trying to get my rent-stabilized apartment back from people to whom I had legally sub-let month-to-month.

Not only did she deny my petition, she socked me with $1200 in legal fees. Tenants had hired Tim Collins and he brought in a draft lease I had sent these subtenants years ago (I'm a lawyer, but not a litigator), but which I never signed. She held me liable under that draft lease even though my signature did not appear on it and there was no other evidence I had agreed to it.

If filed a brief saying you can't do that. Her written opinion said my brief was not timely filed and ruled against me. The time stamp shows it was timely filed.

I think she did it because Collins is one of her pets.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5727
Pro-landlord. Ignores the law. Condescending, obnoxious and rude. Frequently reversed.


Comment #: NY5549
I have experienced complete alignment with the landlord for the most egregious actions. I was not permitted to present my case for reasons unexplained hence the landlord's attorney was able to secure for his client business as usual with impunity. Her courtroom demeanor is aloof and cold-hearted. Her court milieu reeks with negativity and her staff clerks are rude and very inhospitable. There definitely should be an undercover observer of her courtroom and review of her rulings from a historical perspective. In fact there should be some monitory system put in place to review what takes place in these court rooms in general.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5292
The New York Times is looking at her recent decisions, in order to do an article on her complete disregard for the law. I finally got the attention of a reporter who is looking into her long-standing history of making decisions that blatantly overlook the law in favor of landlords. She is the only judge with this reputation, and enough complaints have been lodged to call attention to her biased and unlawful decisions.


Comment #: NY5281
This judge should have been removed from the bench years ago. She is a disgrace to the entire NYC Housing Court.


Comment #: NY5269
Rating:Not Rated
Run from this judge. She gives all of the judges in the NYC Civil Housing Court a bad name. The fact that the Administrative Judge is willing to keep her on the bench with complaints filed against her shows just how far the Court will go to protect one of their own.


Comment #: NY5129
Judge Spears is, without a doubt, the worst judge in the New York City Housing Court. She is totally biased in favor of the landlords, and tenants cannot even be heard in her courtroom. She should be removed immediately.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY4893
This is my opinion: this judge is both lazy and stupid -- one of the very worst combinations you can find. She practically revels in her power to elevate ignorance to judicial determinations. This person has no business being appointed to the Housing Court where she sits, and she should be removed before she hurts any more innocent people with her unlawful and ignorant determinations. I have no idea how she was found competent to sit on the Housing Court bench, unless her testing involved lots of pictures and finger paint.