Hon. Ellen Spodek See Rating Details

Civil Court
Kings (Brooklyn) County
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Attorney Average Rating:   8.5 - 8 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   10.0 - 5 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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What others have said about Hon. Ellen Spodek


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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY4959
Rating:9.5
Comments:
If there is a single courtroom in the entirety of Kings County Supreme Court where a trial attorney has a better chance of getting a fair trial, I haven't found it yet. I honestly feel better knowing that she's on the bench, especially on days when I'm appearing before judges who are not in her league.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY4938
Rating:9.9
Comments:
This is a great judge with a fantastic staff. She is knowledgeable, kind, courteous and even-handed in her rulings. I wish they were all this way.

Litigant

Comment #: NY4822
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Judge Spodek worked weeks with both my attorney and the opposing attorney to come to a resolution that we were all happy with. A credit to the bench!

Court Staff

Comment #: NY4769
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Judge Spodek is one of the hardest-working, nicest jurists in Brooklyn. She is always pleasant, cordial and helpful!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY4667
Rating:8.5
Comments:
A wonderful assignment for both sides, and her staff is courteous.

Litigant

Comment #: NY4007
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Not sure how a Criminal Defense Lawyer found their way into the civil term. Maybe you were in over your head counselor!

Other

Comment #: NY4006
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I am not sure how someone would be aware of what was happening on the bench unless they were in the witness box or on the bench. Sounds like a disgruntled litigant or witness to me!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY4005
Rating:1.4
Comments:
How did she get to the bench? I did a trial where she basically sat on the bench and was surfing the internet while witnesses were testifying. She wasn't even fully familiar with the law. The below comments must be from her court staff.

Other

Comment #: NY3356
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I have spent many years in courtrooms and can clearly say that Justice Spodek is one of the top jurists in Kings County. Evenhanded, level headed and always willing to learn. Always avaialble and a credit the NY bench!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY2656
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Very good Judge. She strives to be even-handed and what else could you want in a judge? Even handedness should be every judge's top priority and it is with her. She is pleasant,smart and knowledgeable too!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY2065
Rating:10.0
Comments:
A credit to the bench. Worked tirelessly to get the right result. Other judges should spend a week in her courtroom to see how it's done.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY1261
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Excellent Judge! Good street smarts.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY251
Rating:10.0
Comments:
A real credit to the Bench. This Judge remembered the basic facts of our case at subsequent settlement conferences and was instrumental in bringing about a favorable resolution. Even-handed and pleasant. Excellent at settling cases.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY250
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Excellent settlement skills. Always good to see judges with sufficient experience as a practicing attorney, sitting on the bench. Was initially concerned, given her background as a defense attorney, but she is totally even-handed and fair to all sides and parties.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY31
Rating:8.9
Comments:
Fair & knowledgable, and if she doesn't know she doesn't pretend. She's a natural.