Hon. Lawrence Ecker See Rating Details

County Court
Westchester County
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Attorney Average Rating:   1.2 - 3 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 #: 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.