Hon. Anthony J. Fiorella, Jr. See Rating Details

Housing Court
Kings (Brooklyn) County
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.9 - 4 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. Anthony J. Fiorella, Jr.



Comment #: NY4881
This judge is only interested in what he can make on the side and under the table. He should not be trusted in any case involving attorneys from the firm of Novick, Edelstein, Reisman, Wasserman and Leventhal, P.C. He is good friends with the firm's lead attorney, Scott Edelstein. (They both belong to the Columbian Lawyers Association.)


Comment #: NY4876
This judge is a crook. In 2001, after being defrauded by a Section 8 landlord who rented me an illegal apartment and attempted to obtain my subsidy, this judge illegally evicted me from an illegally converted recreation room in the Bronx. This judge deliberately and illegally upheld a holdover proceeding in violation of Art. 7, Sec. 302 of the MDL. When I objected, this sleazy judge had me assaulted by court officers and sent to a psych ward of their choosing, where they were in contact with the doctor without my consent. The doctor kept trying to get me to give him permission to contact this judge and his friend, attorney Scott Edelstein. This judge is a disgrace to the bench.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY3388
I found this judge to be a nice gentleman. I did represent a landlord of a 3 story house, but he seemed objective and wanted to work something out with the parties. He is quite laid back but at the same time that made the atmosphere much better than other parts of housing court, and he is doing his job. Same as his law clerks.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY2820
If he's on the bench before 10:30, it's a cold day in hell. Works as little as possible. Can do a decent job is he puts his mind to it, which isn't often. Burned out after too many years in Housing Court.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY1926
Stupid, lazy and biased. Never shows up before 10:30, despite being repeatedly warned about this by his supervisors. Completley pro landord. Thankfully this is his last term.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY1275
I am a civil practice attorney and, in 1996, was also a tenant in an L&T proceeding brought against me by a cheap slumlord. The slumlord had harrassed tenants in my building by bringing over 100 frivolous lawsuits against two-thirds of all the tenants in the building. The slumlord's tactics generally worked because a lot of the tenants would take a cheap buyout rather than spend $10,000 to fight their meritorious cases against an aggressive landlord attorney in court. I had heard that Judge Fiorella was conservative and very pro-landlord. I may have been aided by the fact that I had one of the City's best and most confident attorneys representing me in my case, but I found Judge Fiorella to be very even-handed and friendly to both sides (a rarity). Although I was very concerned about Judge Fiorella's pro-landlord reputation, I was overjoyed when he correctly ruled in my favor that I was a legal tenant of my apartment. I was very grateful that Judge Fiorella rose above his own pro-landlord viewpoint and ruled in my favor.