Hon. Jack Stoller See Rating Details

Housing Court
New York County
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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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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY11771
Rating:2.4
Comments:
I was actually on the winning side of my case but was still very unimpressed by Judge Stoller.
He wastes too much time permitting unnecessary adjournments and delays.

While at the bench he was focusing on something else on his computer screen, requiring both parties to have to repeat themselves multiple times. His decision had a number of inaccuracies (because he wasn't paying attention) that actually benefited my client. Obviously I did not complain, but if I were the opposing party I'd be pissed off.
The man should be sitting at a park bench feeding pigeons instead of being behind the courts bench.

Other

Comment #: NY11641
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This judge is in the pockets of major landlords in NYC...specifically the house Attorney for Sol Goldman Co was chatting it up with this crooked judge...talking about social events and their friendship...as Judge Stoller STOLE my rent stabilized apartment that was my home for more than 25 years because I committed the crime of taking care of my stroke paralyzed father and my cancer dying mother for a number of months during the most traumatic and tragic period that my family has ever experienced. During this time I paid my rent in full on my 46th street apartment and came back weekly as I escorted my dying mother to chemotherapy, to pain doctors and to hospitals...all the while caring for my Dad who could not even turn over in bed without help. Judge Stoller is a fraud who displayed his phony empathy as he appeared to listen to the evidence....yet when this heartless man delivered his decision he barely mentioned my mother, my father or the family tragedy that caused me to be away part of the time from my apartment. He also ignored clear case law that allows some a tenant to care for family away from his apartment during medical emergencies. Congratulations Judge Stoller. You managed to steal my home in order to jack up the rent rolls for your greedy landlord friend. Shame on you!

Litigant

Comment #: NY11619
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Knows the letter of the law, but primarily focused on justice. Seems very good at applying both perspectives to his rulings. Also, gives both sides feeling they've had a fair chance to s try state their case.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY11204
Rating:5.6
Comments:
Technically brilliant. Inhuman.

Litigant

Comment #: NY10900
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Stunning, he stops at nothing to insure litigants are given full understanding of the law, access to the law and empowers legal moves forward. I have faith, owing to his diligence that I can defeat my Landlord and his army of Phd Lawyers.

Litigant

Comment #: NY10801
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Following up on the persons comment below. I agree that Stoller writes decisions on the bench. That is b/c rather than paying attention to the case at hand, he is typing on his computer. Therefore, he is unable to fully hear/pay attention to what people are really saying.

Stoller permits squatters to routinely adjourn their case (without merit), which only backlogs the court system.

Please also note, that in the decisions he writes, he will fabricate facts that people say to fit the narration of the story he wants to hear b/c he was not paying attention to the case.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY10752
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Judge Stoller is one of, if not the best judge in Housing Court (Manhattan). He is very efficient, even handed with both parties, cordial to attorneys and witnesses alike. Additionally, Judge Stoller always knows the relevant case and writes many decisions on the bench which speeds up an already overburdened court process. I wish we had another half dozen judges like Judge Stoller at 111 Centre Street.

Litigant

Comment #: NY10425
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Jack Stoller ego is larger than courtroom. He is a self centered egoist with a hard edge that he works very hard to conceal. He make up his mind way too early with no amount of compelling evidence will change it. Not open-minded at all. He is arrogant judge who chaffs at anyone who dares suggest a different view. A very bad case of "robitis".. he Just barely bright enough but not committed to using his modest intellect for justice.

Litigant

Comment #: NY10317
Rating:2.0
Comments:
After months of mediations settlement hearings to finally get to my merits trail of my non-payment case. Unfortunately the Housing court moved me to judge stoller room. The judge made up his mind as soon as I entered the courtroom, I had over 100 HPD violations presented on my non-paymnet case; rats-water leaks-peeling paint on walls-broken door. The judge simply made up the law as it suits him - - I got screwed evicted after he was asking me to pay all rent owe with 2% reduction which is not fair to my case, on the other hand judge stoller did nothing to the landlord - no fines, 2% silly rent abatement. This is great way for him "to hide" that he protect the wealthy landlords.

Other

Comment #: NY10287
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I lost my apt and had moving to New York's shelter!!!! This man is the opposite of fair and impartial and sad excuse for justice, the reason why this country is failing so serve the people, he works only for the landlords and he shuts down pro-se.

Litigant

Comment #: NY10282
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Stoller had no qualm evicting a tenant who presented clear evidence of a landlord-tenant relationship for over 6 years. It's shocking how hostile and rude he is to tenants, he is more interested in clearing his calendar than seeking justice!

Litigant

Comment #: NY10273
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
it is very suspicious after Judge Jack Stoller was a Tenant lawyer for 10 years whom protecting tenants right. soon after he was elected to become a Judge in Housing court New York, he quickly turned to be on the other side in the favor of the Landlord. It's impossible to understand the majority of his cases in the favor of the landlord. Judge Jack Stoller is a compliant judge with the "other" side.

Prosecutor

Comment #: NY10259
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Very poor behavior for a Judge. Primarily concerned with avoiding work and closing cases.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY9820
Rating:7.3
Comments:
Probably in the upper half of the Housing Court bench in Manhattan. Would be a star in Queens or Brooklyn.

Litigant

Comment #: NY9695
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Just got the order/decision today, I will get evicted due to non-payment, I want to appeal and went to the supreme court, noticed by the court clerk, Jack Stoll, the judge even wrote the wrong spelling of my landlord. He is so rush to let the landlord proceed to evict me. This is totally not fair, however, I asked the order of show course and he just signed to restore the calendar but he signed the date to correct the wrong spelling at the end of the month, that will make my case hard to do appeal. So unfair.

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.