Hon. Karen B. Rothenberg See Rating Details

Supreme Court
Richmond (Staten Island) County
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Attorney Average Rating:   3.5 - 4 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. Karen B. Rothenberg


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY8178
What an absolutely scary experience. The Judge had not read the papers, was flippant, and dismissed the case from the bench, with NO OPPOSITION submitted by the pro se defendant that admittedly owed thousands of dollars to our client. No record was made and to add insult to injury she demanded that we write a short form order for her dismissing our case. This is literally what you get when you elect a political hack to the bench.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5081
Rating:Not Rated
Moving a calendar quickly does not make you a fit judge. She is a "cold" bench, never educated on the papers or the issues, not knowledgeable on any complex legal issues, and she plays favorites, siding with the lawyer from the bigger firm or with a bank for a client. What is worse, she seems to never have practiced law before taking the bench.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY4517
Judge Rothenberg is a nice lady who simply wishes to dispose of cases by ruling from the bench. This sounds great in theory, but the problem is that she does not read the papers prior to oral argument. As such, she reaches decisions which are based upon error and does not adequately apply the law to the facts. As other comments note, she could be a great judge if she simply was willing to read the papers and understand the issues more fully before ruling.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY3843
Rating:Not Rated
The comment about oral arguments is spot on. She does not read the papers and does not know the law. She will rule in favor of the best talker not the correct talker.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY3751
Nobody would ever accuse this judge of being the hardest worker in the courthouse. Defense oriented but does not kill plaintiffs. All things being equal, she will side with the defense on close calls. Nice person but not strong enough on the law. She could be an outstanding judge if she worked harder.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY2806
This judge does not read papers. Ever. She hears oral arguments and simply rules in favor of whichever attorney makes the most noise.