Hon. Manuel J. Mendez See Rating Details

Civil Court
New York County
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.4 - 21 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   4.0 - 3 rating(s)
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* 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. Manuel J. Mendez


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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY7221
Rating:1.6
Comments:
Mendez demonstrates incompetence, indifference, and outright malice. He ignores the basic and fundamental principles of the CPLR, not because he does not understand these principles but because he thinks he has the right to decide on when and whether those should be applied in a particular case. If it is established that he made a clear error in law, rather than acknowledge said error, he will pretend it did not happen and write another indefensible conclusion that is without basis law, fact, or reason. While another attorney below wrote that he contradicts himself from decision to decision, I found that he contradicts himself within a decision. The function of the judiciary is truth seeking, but Justice Mendez will do everything possible to prevent and undermine that function in particular cases, but not all cases. His conduct on cases gives the appearance of impropriety and an investigation should be conducted, if one has not already started. I agree with the reviewer below who so brilliantly wrote Mendez “commits democide against NY State citizens.”

The due administration of justice is the strongest pillar of any free society. Mendez should stand aside and let those who will serve this function have his seat. He is not up to the task of serving everyday citizens. It is revealing that he refuses to look into the face of litigants before he picks up the pen to decide her fate.

I join those other attorneys who highly recommend his removal.

Other

Comment #: NY7181
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Very fair and balanced judge to both sides. Gives good thought process to issues.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY7143
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Through Judge Mendez's incompetence, indifference and malice, he commits democide against NY state citizens. As a result of Mendez's depraved disregard for the law, his nonlethal orders/decisions in the end eliminate and destroy individual lives beyond any repair. He adjudicated a case of mine this year and showed disregard and disdain for the provisions of the CPLR. Mendez undermine public confidence in the fair administration of justice and should be removed from the bench. Mendez refusal to apply the law had a devastating impact upon my client. Mendez did not properly apply the law, nor the rules of procedure, nor the rules of evidence. He does not clearly explain the basis for his decisions and often contradicts himself from decision to decision. Mendez never demonstrated familiarity with the case record and documents; and did not fairly weigh all evidence and arguments before rendering a decision. My opinion is that he prefers high profile cases to get his name in the press and ignores the cases of every day citizens. Mendez's professional conduct gives the the appearance of impropriety and I highly recommend his removal.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY7036
Rating:9.9
Comments:
I find Judge Mendez to be one of the best and hardest working judges in NY County. Decisions on motions are timely and well documented. Cases that should be settled are settled and he is even handed at trial. What more can we ask.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY6985
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Maintains a kangaroo court. Best to do a change of venue. Mendez doesn't read the motions nor knows the facts of the case before him. From my experience before Mendez, he prefers to get rid of the case or damage the case in pretrial dealings.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY6925
Rating:2.4
Comments:
After appearing before Judge Mendez a number of times, I have concluded that he is incompetent. Decisions do not follow well-settled precedent and in some instances, have so thoroughly misapplied case law that IMO, it is utterly perplexing. It is shocking that a state court judge, in NYC no less, does not have a US JD- and presents a good case for the legislature to require one. I suspect that explains part of the problem- there seems to be a basic lack of understanding of the legal system, an inability to perceive the meaning of decisional law, or apply it to the facts at hand. Quite frustrating to deal with on this count. Takes notes during arguments, but is non-participatory, asks no questions. Seems like a pleasant guy, but unfortunately, that does not make up for a lack of competence in the substantive law or the mishandling of procedural matters. I agree with those who have said that there is/will be a large number of appeals. I can only suggest reading decisions closely, including the cases cited - there is a decent chance that they contradict the decision itself.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY6817
Rating:1.0
Comments:
A buffoon judge. I have practiced over 40 years in NY/NJ and this judge doesn't know what he is doing. In my most recent case, Judge Mendez dispensed with motion practice and decided to create his own laws. He cited case law that was taken from opposing counsel's motion that did not pertain to my client's case nor situation. My only guess is, that he didn't think I would read the cases that he cited. He creates a chaos court.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY6799
Rating:8.9
Comments:
Judge Mendez knows the Law, manage very well the CPLR and is without a doubt one of the fairest judges in New York County. He moves cases, is compassionate and a gentlemen.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY6719
Rating:1.0
Comments:
My partner and myself were discussing Manny Mendez last night and came up with the conclusion that he is incompetent. We looked up his background and realized that he didn't go to a US law school - only a lame one year program. This is the reason he steps outside of the law including ignoring the CPLR, NY Practice, the Uniform Rules for NYS Trail Courts. and sadly the US Constitution. He needs to be taken off the bench. A reactionary judge.

As a side note: As a parent, would you like to pay your child's tuition knowing that your child's teacher was an admitted heroin addict and dumb enough to bring 20 bags of heroin into the court? Yet Manny Mendez overturned an administrative court's decision to allow the addict to have his classroom job back. Only in America. Think about that as you write those college checks.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: NY6247
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Frankly Judge Mendez does not follow the rule of Law. At first I thought he was naive and dumb but I soon realized that he is not a novice judge. He does not like to have a case go to trial and will do ANYTHING to avoid a trial. He trips all over his ego to allow himself to do a final judgement. Stand your ground as a litigator and appeal every order or judgement because the First Department is getting many appeals on his orders/judgements.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5967
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I've been before Mendez 3 times and his decisions are not evenhanded. My advice is to do a Motion to Change Venue, especially if your case involves an African-American. Mendez does not follow Common Law nor NY State Statues. I think he is trying to set legal precedent with his court orders and judgements. I had sound evidence before him and he ignored the evidence.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5862
Rating:9.8
Comments:
Quick and Proper Decisions - Even though he didnt give me exaclty what I wanted one time - He is still fair and I thought very pleasant to argue before.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: NY5770
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Mendez demonstrates his ruthless racism in the courtroom. Does court orders in preliminary conferences without written motions which makes other party unprepared for court orders. Does not manage his case load appropriately. Needs to be removed from the bench.

Other

Comment #: NY5735
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Where did they get this judge from? Please EVALUATE him!!!!

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: NY5734
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This is an incompetent judge. He makes glaring mistakes which often increases client's legal fees. Mendez's incompetence is disturbing and needs to be noted by the court system.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5733
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Incompetent. Does not know the CPLR and does not follow the law. Openly favors Hispanics.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: NY5555
Rating:1.0
Comments:
The judge has an anger management issue and takes it out on the defendant. If he's disinterested or wants to affirm, for whatever reason, he is capable of ignoring what he doesn't want to confront within the case.

Other

Comment #: NY5270
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This judge is horrible. He is extremely biased and not that smart. He is pro-defendant. He has a horrendous temper, and actually gets angry if you ask for the reason for a sustained objection. He will destroy your case if he wants the other side to win. He is the worst judge that I've seen in the Supreme Court after fifteen years of practice. He will rule one way, and then change it, because your adversary says so. You will definitely be hearing about this judge, based on his behavior in the courtroom.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5115
Rating:9.9
Comments:
He is one of the fairest and hardest-working judges in New York County -- no six-month wait for a 35-page decision on every motion. He moves cases to resolution so that the litigants and their lawyers can go on with the rest of their lives. He is compassionate, and a consummate gentlemen. He does not let lawyers get over him, and gets from the outset exactly what is going on.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY4961
Rating:1.1
Comments:
Judge Mendez did criminal law before he became a judge. Usually those who can cut it as a lawyer go into government-paid judgeships. Judge Mendez is the most ill-prepared judge on the bench. He ignores CPLR, and actively shows his bias on the bench. He is sexist and rude in the courtroom, and another attorney told me that he behaves like this when there is no court reporter. This is a very sad situation for the justice system.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY4931
Rating:9.9
Comments:
He is bright, fair to both sides, and lets the attorneys try their case. Judge Mendez is a great assignment, for both plaintiffs and defendants.

Other

Comment #: NY4793
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Any man who thinks firing a teacher for bringing heroin into a courthouse is "unduly harsh" has serious issues and needs to be removed.

Litigant

Comment #: NY4238
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Horrible judge. Appears to not have a full understanding of the CPLR.

Rude and far from impartial. One of the worst encountered in NYC.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY4200
Rating:10.0
Comments:
His decisions are well-researched and well thought out (even though he keeps ruling against me). He will soon be regarded as a great judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY3799
Rating:9.7
Comments:
Excellent temperment, knowledgeable, not afraid to make a decision if he thinks it is right.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY3369
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I just tried a case in front of Judge Mendez. It was a fair experience. He lets the attorneys try their case and acts as a "gatekeeper". It was a great experience. We need more judges like him!

Litigant

Comment #: NY1950
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge and his court attorney are incompetent. Judge decides cases before him on improper basis. Appears to be racist.