Hon. Eileen A. Rakower See Rating Details

Civil Court
New York County
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.1 - 11 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 3 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. Eileen A. Rakower


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Other

Comment #: NY5285
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Is this the direction of the judicial system in America? It is both sad and frightening.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5279
Rating:2.1
Comments:
I never appeared before her until today. I read the ratings, so I had a bad feeling, but I was willing to give her a chance. I watched her for a couple of hours. She was very polite and gave people time to speak, so I thought that the ratings were wrong. I was ready for a pleasant surprise until she got to my case. It was painful. She was rude and condescending, she yelled and cut my side off repeatedly, she misstated both the facts and the law, refused to allow testimony (we begged her to do so, because she was mangling the facts so badly) and the whole thing felt like the Jerry Springer Show, not like a courtroom. The one good thing is that it's all on record for appeal.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5085
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This judge is clearly defendant-oriented in B.I. cases, and concocts absurd arguments to support her rulings.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY4829
Rating:1.1
Comments:
A disgusting excuse for a law enforcement official and a sick human being. She should have her title stripped from her. I hope she experiences the same torture and pain she has put others through.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY4300
Rating:3.0
Comments:
Said she hoped "i never appeared before her again AFTER we got off the record. BARELY decided in my favor but reversed me on reargument. In summary judgment, when credibility is not supposed to me an issue, called my client's deposition testimony "evasive." It was not, and when I asked her where the record showed as much, she and her clerk spent five minutes looking for it. I made the mistake of saying, "let the record reflect that five minutes have passed and you haven't found it." My bad judgment for openingly criticizing a judge like that, but evasiveness is not a factor on summary judgment, and she HAD used five minutes. I will ask her to recuse herself on any case I appear before her in the future. She accused me of yelling at her when she attacked my client as evasive on the papers, then cleverly waited till the reord was closed before saying she hoped I never appeared before herm again. I apologized instead of insisting that be placed on the record. My mistake. She's a lousy judge who needs to be taken on.

Other

Comment #: NY3487
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Seems friendly at first but then totally change's over the process of trial. She did not look professional at all. She is one of the worst judges i have ever been in front of. She has prejudice and side's in favor of the defense. She also accept invalid information.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY3271
Rating:2.3
Comments:
Utterly lacks judicial temperament, scholarship is poor beyond belief. Needs to be relieved of her duty before something disastrous happens. If she is actually writing these decisions then something has gone seriously wrong in the judiciary.

Other

Comment #: NY3245
Rating:2.0
Comments:
She made numerous errors -
accepting evidence that was defective - it was a foreclosure case in which she failed to properly scrutinize the documents and blindly accepted what ever the banks attorney's alleged. Prejudiced
on the side of the creditors

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY3205
Rating:4.6
Comments:
Starts with a smile, but for lengthy proceedings like trial, agreed, that can become one of the nastiest and rudest judges. She favors gut-style presentations by the attorneys, and herself doles it out from the bench. Scoffed at pretrial motions to preclude complex evidence, then became meddlesome and impatient during its presentation, disfavoring side-bars smooth the wrinkles, having no qualms to make either attorney miserable in front of the jury.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY2706
Rating:9.3
Comments:
Exceptional state court judge. Extremely well-prepared on dispositive motion, scheduled and allowed lengthy oral argument at designated motion appearance (as opposed to normal cattle call with rushed arguments) and decisively issued well-reasoned decision from the bench without reserving decision. Read every single submission and exhibit. Even the losing party said she was great. Refreshing.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY2218
Rating:2.4
Comments:
For a woman she does not seem to want to protect women's rights

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY1892
Rating:9.8
Comments:
A pleasure to try a case in front of-punctual, pleasant disposition and intelligent. They should all be like her.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY1069
Rating:9.4
Comments:
I was extremely impressed with this Judge's familiarity with the facts of each case argued before her on her motion day. She apppears to be extremely diligent in her preparation and has an excellent hold of the law.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY977
Rating:9.8
Comments:
A lovely polite woman who appreciates fairness. Level judicial temperament and not yet too impressed with her status as a judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY707
Rating:2.0
Comments:
She is one of the nastiest and rudest judges I have ever been before. She will make the plaintiff's attorney miserable and favor the defense right in front of the jury.