Hon. Jack Stoller See Rating Details

Housing Court
New York County
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Attorney Average Rating:   7.9 - 2 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   3.0 - 1 rating(s)
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* 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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Litigant

Comment #: NY9297
Rating:3.0
Comments:
I have been forced to litigate a case before Judge Stoller for over a year and a half. In a holdover proceeding where I paid the rent after the alleged lease term expired, and an illusory tenancy was created. I was not served notice to terminate my lease or a notice of petition. Judge Stoller is now the judge at trial. And there are now two cases combined at trial. The second case is a non-payment case I was also never served.

A traverse hearing was conducted. The witness testified he witnessed service on the wrong date. That was not the date on the Affidavit of Service. There was no photo of a notice taped on the door. The photo entered into evidence of the building. Opposing counsel cross examined the witness that claimed they witnessed the Notice of Petition taped on the door, based on the date for the Affidavit of Service for a Rent Demand. That was made by another process server. Everyone in the courtroom left court and openly said I defeated them at traverse. However, the judge ruled against me.

I was also initially concerned about him given certain facts. He seemed to be looking for a reason to uproot me from my home of 3 and a half years with no thought to making me homeless. I paid the rent after the alleged lease term expired by certificate of mailing. I was never served notice of termination. I was never served notice on non-payment. And no reason either case was not dismissed on the face. The law seems clear.

I also have not agreed with a number of his rulings and believe: (1) he (unfairly) denied my (substantial) arguments, mainly because he was throwing a bone to my (sorry, violent, abusive, but well-connected) opponent. That repeatedly lied under oath so many times it was transparent (2) he also reversed an earlier ruling of his own after he realized that this ruling would decide the case in my favor and against my opponent (3) and the judge and I got into some very bitter (read "personal" and "vicious") arguments. It was a court trial and he was obviously not fazed in the least by the notion his decisions could make me homeless in the middle of the worst housing crisis without valid cause. However, it seems the judge is building a false record to force me to take it up on appeal.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY6765
Rating:7.5
Comments:
I litigated several landlord tenant cases in front of Judge Stoller. I was very concerned initially about him given certain facts. However, he's a nice guy who is smart, he tries to find out the law and apply it fairly. He does not go beyond what he feels the law permits. I did not agree with all of his rulings and believe: (1) he (unfairly) denied my (substantial) attorney fee request after I won the LT trial on the merits, mainly because he was throwing a bone to my (sorry, arrogant, but well-connected) opponent and (2) he unfairly reversed an earlier ruling of his own after he realized that this ruling would decide the case in my favor and against my opponent. Other than that, I felt like he fairly considered my legal arguments during the four day trial, even when we attorneys got into some very bitter (read "personal" and "vicious") arguments. I actually think he should not have allowed our arguments to get so aggressive (particularly opposing counsel's). But it was a court trial and he was obviously not seriously fazed in the least by our attacks upon each other. I enjoyed trying my case in front of him (and greatly enjoyed destroying my opponent's stupid arguments and case, who I would greatly enjoy seeing buried face first in the sand of the nearest beach until that ugly smirk is wiped completely from his face and his soft, overweight body goes limp).

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5563
Rating:8.3
Comments:
A very nice judge for housing court. Young, bright eyed and up for the task. Professional demeanor too.