Hon. John J. Kelley See Rating Details

Civil Court
New York County
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Attorney Average Rating:   7.8 - 4 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 1 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. John J. Kelley


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY12493
I tried a complex med mal case in front of Judge Kelley. He was very prepared, knew the law, compassionate to all the parties, witnesses and jurors. Worked hard to settle the case under very difficult circumstances and got a result that was fair to all. One of the best trial judges I have ever practiced in front of. An absolute pleasure.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY11364
Judge Kelley is a breath of fresh air. Polite, punctual, even-handed and tries to do the right thing by all involved. He recognizes the time and effort trial lawyers put in and is consistently respectful. He takes the time to read briefs even mid-trial and makes a legitimate effort to get it right. He lets you try your case and does not take offense when counsel disagrees and wants to make a record. Excellent trial Judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY11084
He basicallt broadcasts his imminent decision by his words and demeanor. I strongly feel that he has racial prejudice against blacks.


Comment #: NY11083
Hostile, unprepared, exhibits prejudice in that he's made up his mind even before he's even heard all arguments in court. There's nothing "Honorable about him.WT

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY9721
I was on trial in front of Judge Kelley and his temperament, his attention to detail and methodical approach to his analysis of law and the issues that arise was very impressive. He was the one who guided the case to a resolution.

It is always a testament to a judge's ability when you can say it does not matter if you are a plaintiff or defendant, being assigned to Judge Kelley is a good thing for litigators.

(It certainly does not hurt matters that prior to becoming a Judge he actually practiced as a litigator.)