Hon. Dean T. Kusakabe See Rating Details

Family Court
Kings (Brooklyn) County
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Attorney Average Rating:   1.4 - 2 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 4 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. Dean T. Kusakabe



Comment #: NY9935
He is not EFFECTIVE or EFFICIENT and has poor punctuality....he gave me a court date and didnt ask if I was ok with it or available ??????


Comment #: NY8900
This judge conspires with the Children Law center attorney and his clerk to delay cases. The law clerk is not objective and frequently talks with and makes decisions with the Children's Law Attorney. They pick sides and then conspire against the other parent. You never get to see the judge again because your case is always being postponed. The judge does not follow established custody agreements and when you hire a lawyer, the clerk postpones your case, so you never see the judge again. IT was the worst experience in Judge Kusakabe's court and I hope he reads this.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY8837
This judge was given 15 years on the bench, with no election, after a very mediocre career as an 'attorney for the child'. He is a living fraud on the court. His cronyistic relationship with the Children's Law Center is a scandal. His new court attorney Sara Wang was employed with the CLC for 15 years and talks to her buddies there every day. How can the Unified Court System allow this conflict of interest? If the Commission for Judicial Conduct were not a kangaroo court for judges, they would investigate and disbar him.


Comment #: NY8397
Judge Kusakabe relies too much on clerk and biased Children's Law Center attorney, who conspires with the Law Secretary to delay cases, and not on the letter of the law... I will never understand his rulings... UNFAIR... His cases need to be reviewed..

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY7305
Rating:Not Rated
Lazy and not fair. Gives far too much credence to the contemptable Children's Law Center attorney's for the child who false witness, testify, perjure themselves, meet exparte and conspire with his Law secretary. Delay cases is what he does. He should be closely monitored and removed from office.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY6926
Never looks at the witnesses, preferring to sit over his keyboard with his back to the courtroom; does not have one clue about rules of evidence. Highly prejudiced. Makes snide under-his-breath comments about parties. No regard for (or perhaps more charitably no knowledge of) the letter of the law. Takes forever to make the simplest decisions. Overall worst judge I've encountered in 30 years.


Comment #: NY5660
Incompetent, issuing orders accidentally; forgetting orders made in previous hearings. Prejudiced, hypocritical, bigoted, and with scant regard for the interests of the children he is supposed to be defending.