Hon. Lawrence Ecker See Rating Details

County Court
Westchester County
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Attorney Average Rating:   2.4 - 7 rating(s)
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)

What others have said about Hon. Lawrence Ecker


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY6284
Judge Ecker is that rare combination of incompetence, bias and poor temperament that gives our judicial system a "black" eye. Fortunately he is up for mandatory retirement in 2016.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY6276
I've had several appearances before Judge Ecker, and I have to say each time I do I wish I had become a doctor or a plumber... He is often confused and does not have a handle on the facts. He certainly does not read the material in motions of memorandum of law. Does not like to have his mistakes pointed out. He picks the information he feels justifies his favoring the female litigant.. Just a very ignorant and cantankerous excuse of a person.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY6265
Judge Ecker is competent, and fair to both parties. He goes to great lengths to facilitate settlements and resolve matters before trial.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5903
I am not sure what I can add that has not already been stated... This "judge" is nothing more than a black-robed buffoon. I would give him less than a one-star rating if the system let me.

I good example is his "Thwaites" decision where he attempted to undermine the parole boards

decision not to grant Parole... Good old Larry decides to say the parole board made a
mistake, based on Larry retroactively applying a new law that was clearly intended to be
applied prospectively. Since then several parolees have tried to use "Thwaites" as a
citation... every other Judge has shot it down saying "Karry got it wrong". The appellate
division even stated Larry was wrong in at least 2 cases: MATTER OF DAVIDSON v. Evans, 104
AD 3d 1046 - NY: Appellate Div., 3rd Dept. 2013, MATTER OF SINGH v. Evans, 2013 NY Slip Op
4665 - NY: Appellate Div., 3rd Dept. 2013.

I know first hand that the other judges in Westchester think he is an idiot, dislike
and avoid him. He is however (and everyone knows) friends with the administrative law
judge, who is letting him keep his job until he retires in 2 years. He pretty much does
whatever he wants, no matter the damage to the reputation of the court.

He makes a mockery of the judicial system, and other judges should be embarrassed that he
is permitted to call himself a judge. I cannot say enough bad things about this bad person.

A mentally defective
monkey flinging "poo" would dispense better justice....

Other judges are embarrassed that he is permitted to call himself a judge. I cannot say
enough bad things about Ecker.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5839
Awful ill tempered Judge who seems to have a self control issue. Makes inappropriate comments/ This judge who only gives children to their mother's care for no reason other than malice. States things on one record contrary to what is stated on another record. His Court Attorney, Dave Steinberg, really runs the show. He is arrogant and has no knowledge of the law, doesn't read the motions, hasn't a clue what is going on, and then still renders a decision full of errors. Threatens those try and correct his errors. Ecker ruins children's lives by ignoring any aspect of forensics that are in the father's favor, or the whole report if it says the father should have primary custody. He should not be on the bench, if you can avoid this judge, run, don't walk, and don't look back!


Comment #: NY5769
Rating:Not Rated
Judge Ecker seems to do what he wants, even if his decisions run contrary to the law, or standard practice, and accepted formulas.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5747
udge Ecker's lack of knowledge and incompetence is painful to deal with.

I just wish there were "negative" numbers for some of these rating rather than 1 to 10.

Judge Ecker gets extremely hostile when you correct him for critical issues. His catch phase to avoid being corrected is that "We are moving forward, not backwards". It's astounding this man is on the bench.

He is very much against male litigants in matrimonial matters.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5746
Ecker's lack of judicial competence seems vast, but is completely overshadowed by his bias against the male litigants in his court. In cases where a litigant is female, he will make errors in her favor, claiming he is not aware that DRL236B is on applicable prospectively for cases filed after Oct 2010. For male litigant's who have filed in 2012, he will then claim he is not aware DRL236B is mandatory... He has also repeatedly granted attorney fees for "friends" in matrimonial matters, even though their is no signed retainer and it was brought to his attention. In summary, Ecker makes so many mistakes he even had to have a sign put up no his bench to say "Were moving forward" to help reduce the number of times people try and put him on the right track.


Comment #: NY5536
He seems to have a distain for male litigants in divorce that matches his distain for the law, and simple math. His ruling on Pendente Lite Relief was nothing more than criminal from my perspective.