Hon. Francois A. Rivera See Rating Details

Supreme Court
Kings (Brooklyn) County
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.4 - 17 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   7.0 - 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. Francois A. Rivera


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Other

Comment #: NY5914
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
"Chief Justice" Francois Rivera is a petty tyrant who has an equally petty court clerk. "Chief Justice" demands a singular demeanor in court where you get chastised if you answer a direct question, if you can hear of the constant loud telephone calls and gossiping of his clerk.

Avoid this guy.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5623
Rating:9.7
Comments:
Justice Rivera is very formal in the Courtroom, particularly during the conduct of the trial. In the motion part, all oral arguments are recorded.

At trial, he articulates his expectations regarding attorney's conduct, and for which failure to adhere is at that attorney's peril.

He also expects attorneys to be aware of the law applicable to all aspects of the matter before him, both procedural and substantitive -- so preparation is a must. He is even-handed, though, and he gives each attorneys an oppportunity to be fully heard before ruling on any motion or application during trial.

In all, I believe we need more Judges like Justice Rivera, he demands and gives proper respect in the Courtroom and his particular conduct tends to make attorneys better legal practitioners.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY5605
Rating:2.3
Comments:
I SEE THAT NO ONE HAS NOT HAD TROUBLE IN FRONT OF THIS JUDGE. MY STATEMENT WAS MADE PREVIOUSLY. I WOULD LIKE TO ADD THAT THIS JUDGE HAS CHANGED THE LAW IN RETROSPECT, FOR WHAT THE LAW READ IN 2003, OF WHAT CONSTITUTES ACCEPTENCE OF REAL PROPERTY. A QUIT CLAIM DEED DOES NOT HAVE TO BE RECORDED TO SHOW IT WAS ACCEPTED, AND YOU CAN NOT CHANGE THE LAW NOW IN RETROSPECT TO ACCOMPLISH YOUR OWN AGENDA. HE HAS VIOLATED MY CIVIL RIGHTS OF THE 6TH AMMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTON, BY DISALLOWING ME TO REPRESENT MYSELF PRO-SE'. A VERY BIAS INDIVIDUAL WITH HIS OWN AGENDA. I SAY IT AGAIN. HE THINKS THAT FOR GOING TO AN APPEAL FOR SOMEONE WHO APPEARS BEFORE HIM, IS NOTHING MORE THAN JUST A WALK IN THE PARK. PERHAPS HE SHOULD JUST GO TAKE A WALK IN THE PARK AND REFLECT A BIT !

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5304
Rating:2.0
Comments:
Truly, one of the worst judges in the state. He must believe that someone anointed him King because he does not follow the law and ignores undisputed facts.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5197
Rating:2.1
Comments:
He is the worst judge around. He is a true bully. He seems to thrive on making lawyers squirm for no reason. When he makes a mistake, he blames the lawyers, and is not man enough to admit his own errors. He has a Napoleon complex.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY5105
Rating:1.7
Comments:
He believes that he is a legal genius, and yet he writes the most convoluted decisions which make no sense whatsoever. It's as if he hasn't even read the papers.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY4916
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This judge is sadistic, pompous, overbearing, condescending and downright rude. He will look for any opportunity to humiliate lawyers. I am dubious of the authenticity of the positive comments about this judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY4794
Rating:3.0
Comments:
This judge is a bad representative for the whole profession. He is quite disrespectful no matter what, prepared or not! He just loves the idea of having the power or, at least, he thinks he has it. I was disgusted sitting in his courtroom listening to all of his "jokes" that weren't that funny when, at the same time, he was talking down to counsel, one after another. Throughout the calendar call, he was making very inappropriate remarks. He was just unprofessional, and it sounded like he was trying to compensate for whatever was going on outside of the courtroom.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY4319
Rating:6.0
Comments:
It is my opinion that this jurist, while quite knowlegable in the law and the rules of evidence, is a bully of the first magnitude and is disrepectful to counsel at trial and in pre-trial proceedings. It is obvious that he was toilet trained at gunpoint.

Other

Comment #: NY4286
Rating:10.0
Comments:
If he comes off as pompous and disrespectful, it's because you're an idiot and you said something to warrant it. He is very willing to listen to you and any points you may have but if you waste his time talking for no reason he will make you look like the fool that you are. Come prepared and spoke when prompted to do so and you'll be okay. The longer he stays in the courtroom the less patience he has for stories so be careful past 12:30.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY4129
Rating:3.9
Comments:
Thinks he is brilliant but rude and dumb

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY3589
Rating:1.4
Comments:
A stickler for minutiae of procedural rules, which he uses to duck having to deal with substantive issues. No common sense. A bit arrogant.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY2579
Rating:10.0
Comments:
The single most remarkable thing about this Judge is that absolutely everything will be on the record. He handles everything on the record with a transparency that other Judges should emulate. I've appeared a lot in his Part, listened to a lot of argument, and he always gives each side a full fair hearing, and then makes a decision with the full rational clearly state, including the basis in law which he relies. There is no back room pressuring, no private lectures to intimidate, which so common among other jurists.

Other

Comment #: NY2139
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Hon. Francios Rivera is a smart honest and fair judge he handles all his cases with the most respect towards both parties

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY1821
Rating:3.6
Comments:
Justice Rivera is an eloquent man but his pomposity overpowers his judicial ability. Believes he is smarter than he actually is, refuses to really listen and jumps to conclusions. Would be better served to stop assuming he knows everything.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY1772
Rating:5.0
Comments:
The hardest working stupid judge in the business. He can listen to oral argument for hours and make an assinine decision and then try to get the parties to sign off on something so that he doesn't get overturned. Pompous ass.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY1517
Rating:2.7
Comments:
Terrible judge. Dishonors the profession

Other

Comment #: NY1516
Rating:2.0
Comments:
Pompous and arrogant. Had no appreciation or understanding of the case litigatad before him. A total joke

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY1257
Rating:9.3
Comments:
An overall excellent judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY484
Rating:8.6
Comments:
Brilliant judge with an arrogant streak. Very capable trial judge who knows how to run a trial. If you make intelligent, well-reasoned arguments, he will respect you and treat you accordingly. Be very prepared on motion day. He will give you the opportunity to be heard. Has lightened up the last couple of years. Definitely more patient then he used to be. If you try to sell him the Brooklyn Bridge, he will bury you and enjoy every second of it. Leans toward plaintiffs; however, he gives defendants a fair chance. Just doesn't bend over backwards to help defendants.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY382
Rating:2.3
Comments:
This guy is a menace. He has no idea how limited he is and he is neither neutral nor objective. He leans hard. It was impossible to get a fair trial. He should be demoted to some menial task or removed altogether.