Hon. Deborah H. Karalunas See Rating Details

Supreme Court
Onondaga County
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Attorney Average Rating:   9.0 - 4 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. Deborah H. Karalunas


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY11104
I had one case before Judge Karalunas and was impressed by her intelligence, professionalism, and her willingness to assist litigants during settlement negotiations. I was also very impressed by the manner in which she dealt with an ethical issue that arose. I was less impressed by her handling of scheduling issues. She was completely inflexible with deadlines; and used her “discretion” to trifurcate a trial to increase costs to force a settlement. It seemed her primary goal was avoiding a trial. All in all, however, a good judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5011
She is both an excellent judge and an excellent person.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY4756
I have appeared several times before this judge. I recently was involved in a complex medical malpractice case and represented the plaintiff's estate. She was very even-handed and her pre-trial rulings were well-reasoned and fair. She has an excellent temperament and because she practiced as a real lawyer, she is sensitive to the lawyers. An excellent jurist.