Hon. Michele M. Woodard See Rating Details

Supreme Court
Nassau County
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Attorney Average Rating:   3.8 - 6 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   3.0 - 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. Michele M. Woodard



Comment #: NY5603
Hon. Michelle M. Woodard can act unprofessional at times. An example is humming when she does not want the jury to hear a conversation. She does not seem like she is interested in the job. She drags out cases, and makes rather strange comments. Our case is not over, and if we do well, of course, I'll feel a bit different. Similarly to a coach and referee relationship. But even as a laymen, I can see she is unpredictable and capricious.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY4358
Nice lady, but not too bright. Very lazy.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY4153
When I write these reviews, I try not to cross a line of personal attacks, so I will start out by saying that Judge Woodard is a very nice person who does great work giving back to the children in the community with her mocktrials, etc. I also applaud her grassroots effort in getting elected. That stated, I think Judge Woodard makes herself look really dumb by making rulings from the hip rather than taking the time to actually research the law on an issue. It is a mistake as her rulings from the hip are generally wrong. I do not know how much trial experience she had before coming from the bench, but her lack of knowledge of the rules of evidence or civil procedure are glaringly apparent to all who are before her. Attorneys try to use her lack of knowledge to their advantage in obtaining rulings that are completely absurd. I have only had a couple of matters before her and I was victorious ine each. Yet, I have actually sat and listened to cases in her courtroom and been baffled by her lack of knowledge of very rudimentary things. She will make a simple 1 week slip and fall case drag on for 5 weeks, which is a disservice to the jurors, the bar, the clients and for judicial economy. She should reserve decision on everything and hire a smart law secretary to do her research for her if she is not capable of doing so.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY3825
Rating:Not Rated
I just finished a case last week before this judge. It was a case that was on for compliance. Judge Woodard ended up learning the facts and law on the case while respecting everyone's position. She also gave strong , logical advice and insight into the issue. While getting all the attorneys and parties to see all issue clearly, she took four hours out if her busy day after personal issues dealt her a heavy heart that same week, and turned the conference into a settlement meeting. I found her to be bright, down to earth, and fair. The litigants also thanked the judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY2315
Since when does she handle foreclosure cases? Defense tried to vacate a default judgement. She has no clue about the intricacies of FC law. I wish she would take a look at some key decisions before she letting someone bully her into a decision. Out of her league if you ask me. These judges have no incentive to read memorandums

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY2225
Judge Woodard, here's an update from your bad decision which now affects my child. My child wants to attend an ivy league university(and is well capable / academically qualified). Due to your lousy decision, influenced by the ever incompetent Andrea Phoenix, my child is denied educationally, enriching experiences that would make her competetive and successful in achieving her dreams of attending Columbia U or Harvard.

Thanks for the road block you flung in my child's educational path!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY1747
Nice woman. Unfortunately, not too bright.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY699
Very fair - she endeavored to understand the facts and issued a legally accurate decision. I believe that justice was well served in this case.