Hon. Marc Finkelstein See Rating Details

Housing Court
New York County
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Attorney Average Rating:   2.3 - 3 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)

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What others have said about Hon. Marc Finkelstein



Comment #: NY8151
I have to disagree with the comments below. I went before him, and he was nice and patient, and he has a sense of humor. He tries to work it our for the tenant to avoid eviction. He is not gruff at all, I found him to be very fair.


Comment #: NY7637
He complains constantly [Redacted by Ed. ] to try to force tenants to settle. His doesn't listen. Finkelstein's deference to the landlord's attorney is so solicitous [Redacted by Ed. ] . Frankly it is embarrassing and disheartening to observe him. He is a bully and seems ignorant and/or disinterested in any legal complexity. Childish and temperamental, it appears he reaches a decision early on regardless of the facts. He is a judge that likes to remind his courtroom that he can do whatever he wants, and has the maturity of a toddler in full meltdown. Finkelstein does little to engender respect for the judiciary or the law. I pity any tenant who appears before him. I am a law student and a group of us draw lots to determine who will attend his hearings. The loser has to attend. Watching Finkelstein on the bench is an education in and of itself and sets the bar pretty low for judiciary behavior and thoughtful decisions. [Redacted by Ed. ] . Don't understand why he bothers with the job, the pay must be pretty good.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY7030
He has temper management problems and about half as smart as he thinks he is. He is one of the most intellectually lazy individuals I've ever met. A real embarrassment to NY. When in his part I suggest you try to get sent to a trial judge, you don't want his fingerprints on your case. His wife Judge Milin is much kinder but has limited intellectual capacity. It's a shame that either are on the bench.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY2819
Very gruff. Seems bored with his job. Often treats pro se tenants with derision, even though I don't think he's aware of it.