Hon. Alan D. Scheinkman See Rating Details

Supreme Court
Westchester County
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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. Alan D. Scheinkman


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY8199
The idea of the commercial division was to create a part where substantial commercial disputes could be litigated in an appropriate manner. This justice runs a part that is the anathema to intelligent litigation of a commercial dispute, so much so that I would never bring a case into the commercial part in Westchester County for risk of having him preside. Commercial disputes are not PI cases. They frequently are document intensive. If both parties jointly come before the court and say they need more time to complete whatever they are attempting to complete, in the commercial arena there is little reason for the judge to reject the joint request of the parties and hold them to deadlines that they cannot reasonably meet. There is no reason to rush cases to trial/Note of Issue when all of the parties jointly profess that the case is not ready. Why in the world would New York create a commercial part and then have it run this way?

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY8012
No one thinks nearly as highly of Justice Scheinkman as Justice Scheinkman thinks of himself. Why listen to other people when he can listen to himself. He has absolutely no regard for the litigants and is an embarrassment to our court system.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5020
Justice Scheinkman is scholarly and works extremely hard. His written decisions usually get it right, but truthfully, they don't have to be so long. It's true that he is hard on lawyers when it comes to scheduling, but everyone knows that lawyers will take advantage of a judge who doesn't put his foot down and demand an end to discovery. If I could offer one suggestion, it would be for him to talk less, and sound less pontifical.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY4031
Has ability, but not nrearly so much as he thinks. Impatient. Doesn't listen to lawyers who know their case a lot better than this judge presumes he knows.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY2911
At first blush I was impressed with the "federal court" atmosphere in the courtroom - formality, everything on the record, an apparent willingness to enforce clearly stated rules and deadlines - but it didn't take long for me to realize that it was all a show. The judge only enforces rules and deadlines in an arbitrary fashion, and even then often fails to follow through, he is terrified of having to decide a written motion, has an average grasp of the law, and is not so much formal as arrogant and condescending. I also join the others who commented on his affection for the sound of his own voice and his strong prefernce for talking over listening, even when he doesn't know what he is talking about. Not to mention the nasty law clerk who mirrors the judge's flaws. They must get along fabulously.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY2196
I agree with the second comment. Scheinkman is, frankly, one of the worst judges before whom I have had the displeasure of appearing. He is incredibly arrogant, and is frequently demeaning to lawyers. I have also seen him shift from arbitrary obnoxiousness to cool respect in a split second, when suddenly confronted with lawyers from "big Manhattan firms." His pretrial rulings are frequently ridiculous, and seem calculated more to show his power than to aid in the administration of justice. His new "rules" have basically ruined the Weschester Courthouse, and the administration of those rules is totally unpredictable and inconsistent. I now advise clients to avoid this Court, and I try to do so myself when possible.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY1088
I find the 3/4/08 post puzzling. I have watched and been amazed at the lack of even a pretense that His Honor was affording an opportunity to be heard. But he loves to hear himself. He is no doubt very smart but he is also almost maliciously inflexible and unconcerned about the difficulties lawyers have juggling impacts justice for litigants. When it comes to the "administration of justice," Justice Scheinkman is single-mindedly about "administration" with far too little regard for justice.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY587
Justice Scheinkan obviously enjoys what he is doing. He is very smart and runs a tight ship in the courtroom, but gives the lawyers plenty of opportunity to be heard. If he has a fault, it's being too loquacious.