Hon. Shirley Kornreich See Rating Details

Supreme 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)

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* 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. Shirley Kornreich


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY12372
There were previously over a dozen reviews on this site, mostly negative, about this judge. They appear to have been taken down.

I've never come across a more arrogant or dysfunctional group of court attorneys, with so little actual commercial litigation experience. Rand and Porter (mentioned below) would frequently engage in shouting matches with attorneys during phone conferences and try to bully them into submission. I don't think the judge had any idea what was going on. The judge, for her part, was fine on the law but was exceedingly pre-judgmental and had an alarmingly high reversal rate. She was passed over for Appellate Division vacancies multiple times before her retirement.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY11434
Before she retired, Judge Kornreich was an empty robe. In the Korn Reich, the real power was in her court attorneys. One in particular, named Porter, acted as though she were the judge. She made determinations for the court without the judge's input, and her opinion is all Kornreich really followed. Get on her bad side, and the judge was against you. Her decision-making consideration came dow to very little of her own judgment, and relied only on her court attorneys. She issued sanctions without any real basis for them, and her personal ties to judges in the AD made appeal extremely difficult. In the end, as she left, what was left behind was a legacy of turmoil. She is referred to as very scholarly. There is a far distance between scholarly understanding for the black letter law, and practical application of it for fair administration of justice. She may have known the law, but she had no understanding for its true purpose in her role. The bench is benefitted by her absence from it.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY10676
Rating:Not Rated
Unfortunately, Justice Kornreich went from among the best to absolutely the worst before leaving the bench. She was always smart and used to be prepared. But she turned into a bully who left all aspects of the case to her even more bullyish clerk Michael Rand. They're both smart but they both assume that every litigant should have hundreds of thousands of dollars to spend in legal fees for the privelege of appearing in their hallowed courtroom. They, and I say 'they' because it's entirely unclear if Kornreich did anything except occasionally pop out and yell at both sides that 'when Rand speaks, he speaks for me', make haphazard rulings based on phone calls and handwritten orders that are not supported by any papers. They set artificial deadlines and draconian relief based on the whim of the moment. I will say that they're equal opportunity bullies. My firm and the other firm got yelled at and threatened about equally. I've heard all of this from more lawyers than I can say, and I can confirm it from my experience. Probably, huge firms in 100 million dollar actions can get good adjudication there. But that's a small part of the world. The rest get screwed. Thankfully, my client's case settled before everyone went broke doing it. This part, in these two individuals' hands, was the worst the system has to offer. The commercial part should be the opposite. And Kornreich and Rand both claim to run the part like federal court, but evidently have seldom if ever stepped foot inside one. Glad she's gone. If he runs for the bench, and i'm sure he will, he should be stopped.


Comment #: NY9759
According to a letter he/Anil Singh himself submitted to the Court, available in NY Court dbase, i.e., accessible to the public, Anil Singh, sat on and steered at minimum sex assault and harassment cases against Columbia University professors, cases he was assigned the same month and year his wife - as he himself explained in letter to the court - was given a (no show)associate/assistant dean job at Columbia University for a spot over $100k annual, again, beginning same month and year he was 1st assigned the cases involving Columbia University professors accused of sex assaults and harassment. The Columbia University professors were represented by Proskauer Rose, Anil Singh and his colleague Shirley Kornreich (& possibly at least one other judge at 60 Centre Street) are known as The 60 Centre Street-Proskauer Rose Judges because they have so many times, including an FBI investigation, been accused of steering and sitting on cases for Proskauer Rose clients, Shirley Kornreich's husband Ed Kornreich is a partner at Proskauer Rose.