Hon. Matthew F. Cooper See Rating Details

Civil Court
New York County
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.8 - 16 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 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)
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What others have said about Hon. Matthew F. Cooper


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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5766
Rating:1.3
Comments:
Teamster Thug Democrat Party bag man who specializes in Denial of Due Process, Violation of Cannons of Judicial Conduct, and his own protection racket that takes your money and puts it into the hands of his divorce industry cronies. Not sure that any of the other Matrimonial Parts in Nw York County are any better or worse. Just know what to expect with Cooper. DO Not Let Him Appoint council for your child, Do Not Let him order Expensive Forensics. If Cooper is incapable of doing IN Camera, he Should Go back to representing Teamsters Garbagemen.
Do not Let Your Lawyer Play into Cooper's hysterics. His appointments are not necessary or required by law. Cooper operates in complete ignorance of the CPLR.

Other

Comment #: NY5448
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Gender Bias and Ignorance reign supreme in the farcical world of Matthew F Cooper's PART 51

What organization would the wise guys of the Democratic party turn to in order to deal with sensitive matters of family law and child custody? Why the Teamsters Local 237 of course. Though in all fairness Cooper had a failed year as an Adjunct professor at CUNY in between.
Cooper is a Theatrical Thug, prone to hysterics. Ignorant of the law and not very discreet about his bias in court ( towards women, and big firm lawyers)

Judges like this one are what give the American Legal system such a bad name.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5402
Rating:1.0
Comments:
He never should have been appointed into this position. He destroys to many peoples and kids lives. He better should have lived during the old times of medieval inquisition. There it was normal to have this restricted view to the world. And the fact that he rules to the favor of certain lawyer friends, no matter how the case is set and no matter if he has to break the law or to turn the case into a direction he wants, is no secret. I hope that the days will come, where his bosses or the committee of judical conduct looks into his business with scrutiny and finds out.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5286
Rating:9.9
Comments:
This is a great judge. He is fair, even-handed, and scholarly.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5261
Rating:2.4
Comments:
Judge Matthew Cooper was a Housing Court Guardian for some time, and also a lawyer for the Teamsters. He has no experience with or knowledge of matrimonial law.

His famous quote is: "I don't want to be known as the judge who destroyed a Picasso." (This was from a recent case involving the removal of a painting from a public space. Judge Cooper sided with doing nothing; this is a statement of his rationale.)

He is biased, lazy, and unable to control his rude and demoralized staff, all the while letting his friends run his court around him.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY4867
Rating:9.9
Comments:
I have been before many judges as a litigator, and Judge Cooper is one of the best, in my opinion. His decisions make sense and are based upon his knowledge of and respect for the law. At the same time, he has common sense -- which a lot of people in the legal profession do not have. I enjoy watching him on motion days, and I learn a lot from doing so. Keep up the good work.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY4334
Rating:1.8
Comments:
Matthew Cooper is not someone you would want on the bench at your case. The reasons are simple. He hold grudges, and if he feels personally slighted he will harbor deep resentment towards that party , and that will bias the outcome of the case. He will also ignore the misdeeds of Law Guardians appointed by him to a case, as they have an 'inside agreement' almost an old school club that excuses lazy work, or lack thereof.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY4332
Rating:2.6
Comments:
Did you ever read the files and the audio tapes.? I think not, how can you divide a family forever. A family that loved each other, Children aged 5 and 8 making decisions
You have ruined my life as a grandmother. They are the love of my,life.

Other

Comment #: NY4330
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Did you ever listen to the powerful audio evidence or listen to the evidence or even perhaps read the evidence submitted?

You have destroyed my life. I am old. I loved my grandchildren. They loved me. They were my life. How could you be so cruel?

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY4131
Rating:2.4
Comments:
One of the worst. Doesn't read papers; hates pro se litigants; makes snap judgments which usually favor the lawyer he knows the best.

Court Staff

Comment #: NY3619
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
A judge who really cares about his wallet, even-handed with the question from which party he get's the money, compassionate with the money giver and fair to his money advice worker in the bank...

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY3523
Rating:10.0
Comments:
A judge who really cares, is even handed, compassionate and fair....

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY3471
Rating:2.0
Comments:
Conduct unbecoming of a judge.
His bias against men is obvious. You are already tried, convicted and hanged from a tall tree if you're a man in his court.
Perhaps, dealing with nasty post divorce judgment cases has clouded this man's ability to be an impartial justice, in which case he should do the honorable thing and resign.
His demeanor is undignified, berates litigants in his loss of self-control outbursts without even hearing both sides, and does not treat everyone with the dignity, respect, patience, and consideration they deserve.
This is not an impartial court judge as he should be, and his legal acumen is subpar.
Does not conduct the courtroom in a neutral manner and does not treat all parties fairly.
Does not adequately promote compromise, settlement, and alternative dispute resolution amongst the parties.
This judge should be reported to the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct and should be removed from the bench.
He does a diservice to all honorable judges and causes all participants, litigants and attorneys, to lose faith in the justice system. That can have horrible after-effects on society as a whole.
It's a shame that the process exists to promote such individuals to the crucial position of a justice.
Professionalism and judicial temperament are absent in this court.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY3377
Rating:1.8
Comments:
He is very lazy . He doesn't read motions before he takes the bench . It is very clear he doesn't want to be bothered , he just wants your case to be off his calendar . He is also very short tempered and at times rude . He is very closed minded and get very defensive if you point out a mistake he has made , or something he has overlooked . Rather than correct his mistake he gets very annoyed and closed minded . I guess because he knows it is very costly and time consuming to take an appeal . I understand his job may be daunting at times but there is no excuse to speak disrectrul to people , which he always does . It is very sad that such an angry , lazy man has so many people lives in his hands .

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY3174
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Disgusting and stupid, not knowing the law and not interested to know more about the law. His ego is huge. When challenged going with all his power against the litigant. He is not bias, he is criminal.

Other

Comment #: NY2923
Rating:1.0
Comments:
DDIGUSTING HUMAN BEING, COULD CARE LESS ABOUT CHILDREN.. HE IS WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE SYSTEM, HOW HE AND PEOPLE LIKE jUDGE EVANS HAVE JOBS IS THE REASON OR GOVERNMENT SUCKS. WE HAVE THE DUMMIES WRONG THE COURTS, THEY BELONG AT THE DMV

Other

Comment #: NY2711
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge is lazy and does not read any documents. He puts his own interest in the foreground. He delays the decisions to a point where he hopes that the litigants give up and settle. So from his point of view it makes sense to not read any document. So if you come in front of this judge, give up, you will not experience something like justice. Save your time and your money. He can only be taken as a bad example how a judge shouldn't be. He drives people who are seeking for help into desparation. I guess he admires Judge Strauss, who drove a woman into a situation, where she finally killed her ex husband.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY2346
Rating:1.5
Comments:
Prejudice in favor of big law firms and attorneys and their clients. No respect for the unconnected person. Has been known to shake his finger at mothers of children and admonish them inappropriately in an off the cuff manner. He should be ashamed of himself. He should have better judgement.

Other

Comment #: NY2345
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Be careful of this judge. Bias against women. Favorable to big well connected attorneys and their clients. Too off the cuff. Does not follow his cases well enough. Does not keep up with changes. Not good with kids in pre and post divorce proceedings.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY1908
Rating:9.6
Comments:
He is a gem. Hands on, fair and effective. Dives into a case, gets involved, knows the issues and parties and gets to work. A far cry from some of the other judges at 60 Centre Street.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY1689
Rating:1.6
Comments:
Sent all submissions to his clerk while he joked with the well connected attorney whose partner sits on the committee that decides his next assignment, what a disgrace.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY1531
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Excellent.