Hon. Margaret Parisi-McGowan See Rating Details

Family Court
Queens County
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Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 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)
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Court Staff

Comment #: NY11779
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Can confirm other comments. She is extremely biased, narrow minded and a bully. Very nasty and yes, very obviously has a God complex. Barely reads the documents/ motions etc. and makes snap decisions with no basis. What is she actually being paid for? To subvert and eradicate justice, it would seem. In my opinion, this judge is just another bloodsucker on the taxpayer's hard earned money.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY11604
Rating:2.0
Comments:
She has severe limitations as a judge. Stubborn and hold extremely narrow-minded and entrenched views. Hard to break those built in prejeutices she brings with her to court and in front of your client. Unfortunately, these judges keep on asking to extend their term etc and due to a lack of opposition, they often win and usually tend to run uncontested in Queens. The one silver lining about her is that she will put intense pressure and coerce both parties to settle so if one litigant behaves, she has plenty of time and opportunities to see whose most to blame for prolonging litigation unnecessarily.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY11601
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Representative of a type of a particularly narrow mindset based on her own views and comments passed in court around sensitive issues such as domestic violence and mental health.

She has a very rigid ideas around mental health and domestic abuse cases. She once told s litigant “it’s not possible for you to be a DV victim based on your level of education.” Quick to steotype others and goes by her gut feeling/instinct. Gives litigates she dislikes dirty looks and rolls her eyes. Hates reading motions.
Stubborn judges like her typically have a God
complex.

She’s a perfect reason for why it’s necessaey to have more diversity in the court system across the board. Gender, socioeconomic status, class, race, income stata, religion, age, life experience, background - you name it. Judges like McGowan’s tendency to default to built in biases and prejudices is a huge reason why we need an overhaul. When you have judges who rule based on rigid, narrow-minded views, stick to conservative values and are unflinching in their positions, if the litigants who come before them have a different life experience or background, it’s disheartening to make a case on behalf on your client.

Where’s the diversity in the court system?

Usually, there’s a huge call for diversity in NY - it’s time we get some other races, ethnicities & perspectives in there, that is more representative of the diverse mix in NYC!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY11560
Rating:2.5
Comments:
Temperament is volatile and unpredictable. She's predisposed to attend court appearances with very strong biases in place. She is very abrupt. If she can, she will try to flout the rules for diligence procedures and then strong arm, bully and coerce the litigant to settle without giving substantive weight to due process. Beware. She "shoots from the hip".

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY11559
Rating:2.5
Comments:
Temperament is volatile and unpredictable. She's predisposed to attend court appearances with very strong biases in place. She is very abrupt. If she can, she will try to flout the rules for diligence procedures and then strong arm, bully and coerce the litigant to settle without giving substantive weight to due process. Beware. She "shoots from the hip".

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY8805
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Completely biased against attractive women and ignores the facts of people's career prospects. Bullies and threatens professional licenses to allow professionals to be further victimized by their emotionally abusive spouses and doesn't get that the legal profession has a glut of attorneys and six figure jobs don't go to people who didn't go to T1 law schools. Doesn't listen to facts at all and seems to support Mama's boys.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY7024
Rating:2.3
Comments:
Coerces settlements by telling litigants she will rule in certain ways after hearing attorneys at her conference table.

Other

Comment #: NY3399
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I think she is one of worst judge's there is in queens.Not once would she hear my statements defending myself reguarding my children.She is very unfair to biological parent I personally hope she gets thrown out from the court system.This experience being in her court room ruined my life,I plan to get justice for me and family and the many other lives she destroyed!!!