Hon. Laura E. Drager See Rating Details

Supreme Court
New York County
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.8 - 5 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   10.0 - 2 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)

What others have said about Hon. Laura E. Drager


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY6324
Terrific judge. She is smart and fair. Does not allow litigants to run the courtroom but always makes the legally correct decision - whether you are on the right or wrong side.


Comment #: NY6136
Rating:Not Rated
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Comment #: NY5160
Rating:Not Rated
I am in the middle of my divorce, which has been going on for six years. I asked for temporary support more than once, and was denied each time because my husband and I were supposed to be sharing the expenses of the children, only he never did. I told Judge Drager that I was paying for everything, but she wouldn't hear it. And the lawyers are all afraid to speak up, for fear she will yell at them. I have the children, and I am worried about paying my rent now. We have no health insurance and no life insurance. I can no longer pay my attorney. I made a motion before Judge Drager about my finances eight months ago, and she still hasn't decided. Meanwhile, my husband has left the state and is hiding assets. I understand that the courts are swamped, but this is unfair and uncaring. Moreover, what Judge Drager is doing is placing a burden on the state, because I applied for Medicaid and food stamps. Had I been awarded support three years ago, the situation would be entirely different. But now, by the time she decides, my husband could have nothing left to give.


Comment #: NY5072
Rating:Not Rated
My divorce case is still open, so I may not be particularly reliable in my ratings, but the fact of the matter is that I recently entered my 4th year of divorce litigation, and I don't even have children. All I know is that I am a 52-year-old woman on food stamps, facing eviction, with a disability case pending. I never worked full-time and my abusive husband -- who has been convicted both for menacing me and for a DWI in upstate New York -- still menaces me and has control of all of our marital assets. When our case went to trial last October, he was in Paris with his new girlfriend and did not even bother to show up. He told me that now he can do what he wants because "the judge already fixed you, I have so much more money than you, you don't stand a chance." The support order was ignored by him, and all the expenses for rent and utilities are on my shoulders now. The thing that scares me the most is that no one seems to care about justice, and the dismissal of proof is creating isolation outside the court. I hope that I am wrong, but brutality is brutality, and it seems clear to me that I am facing strangulation by the system.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY5018
Rating:Not Rated
I got divorced by Judge Laura Drager, and had a trial. I was warned by my attorneys that she is strict. She did things I liked and things I did not like; however, in the end, I believe that she was fair and ruled by the law.
She kept control of the courtroom, and, in my opinion, was a good judge.


Comment #: NY4259
Hon. Drager is always prepared, reads the papers submitted by the attorneys and genuinely cares. She is astute and knows the law very well. It's a pleasure for an attorney appear in front of her because she is fair.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY4145
Rattling experience. If you are not the moneyed spouse, tough luck. Real shrew. and a bully. No comprehension of the law, ill-tempered.


Comment #: NY3801
I have known Laura Drager since we attended Hunter College High School.
Even then she was brilliant, honorable, ethical and a good friend.
I called her (almost 2 years ago) and asked for advice.
The advice given was within the confines of her role as a judge and was brief concise and accurate.
Although she was the 'starting' point for the complicated matrimonial issue it was a brilliant starting point.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY920
When I was before her, Judge Drager split her time between criminal and matrimonial. Her capricious, screaming demeanor (directed at attorneys and parties alike) might rattle criminal defendants, but is wholly out of place elsewhere. Totally unprofessional. Strong bias against non-monied spouses and less-than-rich litigants. A complete snob who favors well-heeled counsel.


Comment #: NY882
Rating:Not Rated
This judge stands against the non-monied spouse and is against women. Angry and inappropriate. She does not allow the court reporter to record her comments.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY356
Extreme anger management problem. Chooses sides early and is impossible to get to see the other viewpoint.