Hon. Jerry Garguilo See Rating Details

County Court
Suffolk County
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.6 - 7 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   6.0 - 2 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. Jerry Garguilo


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY10880
Very frustrating "jurist" to litigate under. Technically illiterate transfer from matrimonial court to, inexplicably, commercial court, where his abject ignorance about anything related to electronically stored information (ESI) specifically, and as to computers generally, is so disabling that he can neither understand nor make a decision about related discovery matters. This is markedly worsened by his lack of interest in the cases in his charge - amply evidenced by his election not to take notes during in chambers meetings and oral argument which, given his absolutely terrible memory and the highly technical discovery arguments commonly made in commercial claims, means that he has no idea AT ALL as to what has been previously discussed, resolved or ordered during the last in chambers meeting much of the time and never remembers anything he's said in oral rulings during telephone conferences and will not confirm anything he previously ruled even cc'd on memorializing correspondence.
Because of this, when attorneys ask him to actually enforce any of his prior rulings he becomes frustrated and embarrassed and then becomes angry with the attorney requesting same. He also routinely appoints discovery referees when the parties cannot reach agreement on ESI matters thus penalizing the requesting party - even if they are entitled to the discovery requested - by making such litigants pay half of the $350-$400/hr that discovery referees charge for their services. As such, because of his incompetence and technical inability to perform the functions of a judge in the pretrial discovery stage, the victim suffers, having to pay not only his legal fees but tens of thousands of additional referee fees as we

He needs to be reassigned back to family court.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY9432

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY9324
Terrible. Unjust Evil. Totally WRONG. They make up sill excuses so that people get away with not paying when they should.


Comment #: NY8294
A wonderful judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY7691
He is one of the best judges on the bench. Justice Gargulio was a trial attorney and, "gets it". He treats attorneys with respect. He understands evidentiary matters. I wish I had more cases before him.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY7378
Rating:Not Rated
Excellent Judge who runs his courtroom with decorum and decency. Treats all lawyers, witnesses, jurors with respect. You will get a fair trial before this judge. Wish we had more like him.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY6864
Not ready for complex civil cases. How did he get assigned to commercial division? At least he is amiable.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5465
Excellent Jurist. Even handed and well versed in the law. You would be lucky to draw him as your judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5234
We need to vote in judges that respect the public. Pro se litigants are abused in his courtroom, and only the attorneys win. I was verbally abused by the attorney for the other side, and he could not have cared less. I lost my case because I was a pro se litigant. The CI judge did nothing for over a year, and never even showed in the courtroom. They were instructed to just empty the trial calendar. (The chief judge was notified, but did nothing.)


Comment #: NY5037
I was a defendant in matrimonial court before Judge Garguilo. The plaintiff was an employee at his court. During grounds trial, this judge improperly blocked testimony of her affairs with her boss and co-workers, and permitted testimony without the specificity required by statute (see Dodd v. Colbert, 3rd Dept., 2009). He hosed me on every motion. He promised me that he would be impartial, but he wasn't.