Hon. Alan D. Scheinkman See Rating Details

Supreme Court
Westchester County
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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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What others have said about Hon. Alan D. Scheinkman


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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5020
Rating:8.1
Comments:
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
Rating:3.7
Comments:
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
Rating:5.0
Comments:
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
Rating:2.4
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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
Rating:3.5
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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
Rating:5.9
Comments:
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.