Hon. Andrew P. O'Rourke See Rating Details

Supreme Court
Putnam County
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Attorney Average Rating:   7.5 - 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. Andrew P. O'Rourke



Comment #: NY4258
This judge issues a biased ruling on behalf of SLS Residential, ruling the OMH would be barred from taking further regulatory action against SLS, including the revocation of SLS licenses. This was after O’Rourke supposedly reviewing the 3,498+ pages of evidence in one night. The NY State Attorney General filed a motion with the Appellate Division barring enforcement of Justice O’Rourke’s order until the Appellate Division has had an opportunity to review and decide the appeal. This permitted the OMH Revocation hearing to move forward (and it did start on Jan 5, 2009). On December 23 the Appellate Division acted swiftly and issued an Emergency Stay of Justice O’Rourke’s order. Justice O’Rourke’s order was stayed, meaning not in effect. This means the Appellate Division fast-tracked the appeal.

Thanks to the State Attorney General and the Appeals court, this judges gross abuse of power in helping his friends at SLS was swiftly overturned and the issues resolved. The OMH was able to find abuses of SLS, fined them $100,000, revoked the programs Licenses and Operating Certificates.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY227
Very quick, succinct decisions.