Hon. David Sullivan See Rating Details

County Court
Nassau County
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Attorney Average Rating:   9.6 - 7 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   10.0 - 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)

What others have said about Hon. David Sullivan


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY6793
Two words: class act! In reading all of the comments of the other posters, I need only simply say that I concur wholeheartedly. I've appeared before many judges and while I certainly respect most of them and have a good rapport with them, Judge Sullivan stands apart. He's involved in his cases like no other judge before whom I've appeared. He tries to work out plea bargains if he can and if not, he is more than ready and able to preside over litigation. He's fair to prosecutors and defense attorneys alike and his knowledge of the law is vast. He is on top of nuances in the law and typically makes very sound legal decisions. He treats defendants with respect and is considerate to the court staff. How this guy is not the chief judge of the county is beyond me. But all I can say is this judge will leave a legacy that will live on well beyond his years. Years after he retires, attorneys will talk about how great it was to appear in his courtroom amidst the background of Grateful Dead music.


Comment #: NY6292
Judge Sullivan is respectful, friendly, and personable. He made the two days in court as a potential juror very pleasant and painless. I actually enjoyed being there. I learned a lot from him. He is a great Judge!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY5915
I will keep it simple by basically echoing the sentiments already expressed by others. He is a great judge. Very smart, very approachable and humble. Treats everyone, including defendants, with respect. He's very sharp and presides over some very high profile cases. Wish we had more just like him.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY5690
Simply put, this guy is as good as it gets. He is extremely bright and fair minded. He treats lawyers and defendants with dignity and respect. Wish there were more like him!!! I hope he keeps winning elections because we need judges like him on the bench!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY5517
As many have already said, Judge Sullivan is at the top of the great Judges list. He handles pretty tough cases and he understands difficult legal issues. He makes sound rulings based on the law. He is extremely fair before, during and after trial. If he thinks the case is weak for the DA, he isn't afraid to let them know that they probably need to take a second look at the file. You can't ask for a fairer Judge. He never embarrasses attorneys and always lets them know that they will be treated with respect and dignity. He has all of the ingredients of a great judge: he knows the law, he's involved in settling cases, he gives fair trials to both sides and he has the best judicial temperament I've ever seen. What more can you ask for? He's tops in my book!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY5449
Judge Sullivan is easily the best Judge in the entire county. He is an exceptionally brilliant judge who handles many of the most notorious and legally complex criminal cases in the county. Having appeared before this judge on many occasions, both as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney, I can say wholeheartedly that he not only displays an obvious understanding of both the depth and breadth of complex legal issues, but he maintains a level of humility not typically found among judges of his caliber. He is a gentleman and treats all sides fairly thus maintaining the respect of all attorneys who enter his courtroom. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Judge Sullivan studies the cases that appear before him and he labors over the issues ensuring that his rulings are not only fair but well thought out and always corresponding to the letter of the law. You can't ask for a better judge! He treats lawyers and litigants with respect and his chambers are open and inviting to all. Judge Sullivan takes a hands on approach and tries to work out mutually agreeable pleas if possible. On the other, if a plea is not achievable, you will receive a fair trial in his courtroom. He is the most approachable judge in the county and as one of the attorneys commented above, they should clone him!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY1035
A fundamentally decent human being, very cordial and easy to deal with.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY43
Best temperament on the bench. Sullivan (Sully to the regulars)is a pleasure. Chambers is a fun place to go. Many lawyers will just stop in to chat or listen to the non-stop Grateful Dead music. On the bench, Sullivan goes out of his way to make lawyers look good to their clients. He also is exceptionally fair. He is the son of one of NY's great appellate court judges. He is not spoiled at all, however. He is easy to work with and fun to be around. He grasps legal arguments, but it is easier to reason with him than to put it on paper. Even when he has to be a tough guy he has a heart of gold. Somebody should clone this guy.