Hon. Kevin McClanahan See Rating Details

Housing Court
New York County
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Attorney Average Rating:   2.7 - 5 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   3.0 - 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)

What others have said about Hon. Kevin McClanahan



Comment #: NY7952
very rude judge, works only for lawyers, tells them how to drag cases on all day watches his phone and tablet instead of doing trials, and he favors woman tenants particularly African American woman, everybody else is bad for him, he does not even listen to any hispanic or other race people, but when AA woman are in front of him he drools and makes the case go their way


Comment #: NY5026
If you want to know what kind of a man this judge is, Google his Indiana court case where he tried to win damages in a minor car accident by claiming a torn miniscus in his knee. Oops, that kind of tear is usually the result of wear and tear, testified the doctor! He is such a bad, bad man. There's also a Kenneth McClanahan "Crooked Judge" video circulating on the Internet, but I didn't play it yet. I did meet a very pretty girl in Housing Court who appeared before him who he was very nice to, however...big surprise there! He is a disgrace to the court.


Comment #: NY4475
Great experience in court. This judge is patient and fair. He listens and applies the law. Great judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY4322
A waste of a robe. He is an arrogant, mercurial angry bully who is in love with his sense of power over litigants. He does not know the law and is unwilling to learn.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY3621
I hesistate to call this man a Judge. One expects some level of condescension from idiots on powertrips, but the way he completely and utterly disregards the law in his rulings is truly striking. Don't waste your $45 fee on any HP or harassment claim - you won't be heard fairly. Spend your money lobbying for him to be ousted - as his term is up in 2012 (not sure what month).

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY2914
The worst housing judge I have encountered in 30 years. Comes in late, has no tolerance for work -- expects cases to be done in a moment. Equally unfair to all parties, including landlords, tenants and HPD. Looks down his nose at all, incredibly dismissive. Since he has been the HP judge, no one is bringing HP cases because it's useless. Should not be a judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY614
The other comment must be about a different judge - or, come to think of it, I have seen the unfailingly civil Judge McClanahan become impatient with those who waste the court's time with folly.
Sometimes it's not the judge, it's the lawyer.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY396
A sad excuse for a judge. This man's "robe rage" is so over-the-top, that is a matter of negligence that he is even sitting on the bench. He needs therapy, not a courtroom


Comment #: NY30
Rating:Not Rated
This judge is like a complete gift to landlords in Housing Court. Awful.