Hon. Lynn R. Kotler See Rating Details

Civil Court
New York 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. Lynn R. Kotler


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY11725
Worst of the worst of Judges. Has no inclination to follow court rules, or non-partisanship in a heated dispute. She makes pretenses in saying that she has no interest in previous matters that occurred, then comes down on one side with an absolute bias!


Comment #: NY11436
Rating:Not Rated
Judge ignored all the plaintiff evidence, including from Oral Argument.


Comment #: NY11164
A lightweight. She seems almost offended when a motion is filed and she's required actually to decide an issue. And once she finally issues an order, good luck getting her to enforce it if and when your opponent doesn't comply. In a case of any length or complexity, she's capable of pulling out a document randomly and relying on it without any self-recognition that she's not up speed sufficiently to put the document in context. She's fully capable of flip-flopping on issues from one court appearance to the next. Add in that her calendar days typically are a zoo, and you'll find that her court part is a prime example of just how bad it can be to practice in state courts.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY9624
Judge Kotler has been moved from the traffic division to NY Supreme Court. (Category on this website has not yet been updated).

Judge Kotler is another of the acting Supreme Court judges appointed by the last outgoing Head Administrative Judge in 2017. In this instance, reassigned from traffic to general civil litigation. It is a pretty heavy lift to go from family, to traffic, to Supreme and that has shown in this judge's decisions. Have found that this judge has zero involvement in litigation management, even in complex cases that would proceed more smoothly with some involvement. Legal knowledge and comprehension is poor in a number of areas that are fundamental to most experienced judges. Not the brightest. Unfortunately I suspect that Judge Kotler plans to seek a non-acting Supreme seat, which does not bode well for lawyers trying to move complex cases through that Part.