Hon. John S. Lansden See Rating Details

Housing Court
Queens County
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Attorney Average Rating:   3.9 - 3 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 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. John S. Lansden


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY6901
Had one housing trial with this Judge.

He was very good with a fairly complex case, and was willing to take the time to make sure justice was served. He strives to bring the actual merits of the matter into play whenever possible, and that makes him a better, fairer Judge.


Comment #: NY6616
This judge is an undeucated person. He looks at the evidence in a file and complete ignores it. He have a lot of good pals who are attorney in the Queens housing court and he make decisions that are not even in support of the law. However, he is going to be exposed.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY6547
how many complaints before he is taken off the bench

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5043
Rating:Not Rated
As an attorney who has represented both sides in L&T, I found Judge Lansden balanced, fair and impartial. While having an erudite and mildly epicurean manner, he is not a class-conscious snob and treats all parties with respect and a meticulous attention to due process. This judge's Southern background is an asset, as it informs his courtly treatment of those appearing before him. While Judge Lansden is currently the overburdened Supervising Judge of multi-ethnic Queens County, his is a caliber transcending his presence in a court of limited jurisdiction. Would that there were more judges of Judge Lansden's stripe in Queens Supreme, where quality groans under a carload of blatant products of NYC party politics! (By the way, the judge did not write this. It is I, a mere mortal lawyer aghast at the sinking of overall competence, commitment and integrity city-wide. It is easy to rejoice in an example of professionalism that is outstanding because the species has become so rare.)

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY4929
Rating:Not Rated
Finally -- a judge that is not deaf to landlords! Judge Lansden is equal and fair to both tenants and landlords. I've been dealing with a deadbeat tenant in Housing Court for seven years, and finally Judge Lansden has given me a glimmer of hope. You rock Judge John!


Comment #: NY1557
Rating:Not Rated
Pro Landlord. Tailors orders. Brags about lavish dinning habit and expensive wine taste. Originally from Tennessee. Southern type of jurist in favor of old money.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY1278
Horribly pro landlord. He was chastised by the appellate term in denying a motion by a tenant to vacate a stipulation (see, http://www.nycourts.gov/reporter/3dseries/2005/2005_51799.htm) which resulted in a needless eviction.

John, if you really believe the BS from the real estate lobby that housing court is biased against landlords and that there has to be a "counterbalance" from your end, then you shouldn't be a judge. Go back to private practice and get your anti-tenant rocks off there.