Hon. David Klein See Rating Details

Family Court
Westchester County
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Attorney Average Rating:   3.0 - 5 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   3.0 - 7 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. David Klein


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Other

Comment #: NY5179
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge is a disgrace. He overturned ten years of custody in less than five minutes, without hearing any evidence or reading any of the background on the case. (This case was a precedent in NYC law, having been through an appeal in Civil Supreme and the Appellate Division, with a five judge panel.) He even allowed a child to switch schools mid-semester; the minor child was kept out of school and away from the custodial parent at the non-custodial parent's home for two weeks while the non-custodial parent was trying to overturn custody. He ignored both precedent and the correct venue. He admittedly didn't bother to read anything prior to the hearing, and was obviously confused about what was going on. He refused to allow the respondent attorney to speak. He neglected to call Child Protective Services to speak at the hearing, since they were a part of the process. He was disrespectful and smug to the respondent. Three attorneys that reviewed this case after the fact all said that it seemed to have been decided prior to the hearing. There are courts in Third World countries that are run more fairly. He has no regard for the gravity of how Family Court affects children or parents. He is a disgrace to the court system.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY5164
Rating:9.4
Comments:
How can I say this without sounding biased? I like this guy: he is fair, fun and smart. I am grateful to work with him and I know that he always has the best outcome for both sides in mind. He thinks with his head and his heart. He is a neat judge, for sure.

Other

Comment #: NY5130
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge Klein was a true disappointment to me as a person, as well as a judge. He was misleading, judgmental, untruthful, and let the law slide on people he liked. I was so upset to know that this is the person who is in a position to make the best decisions for our children. It is sad to know that children's futures are in his hands. He is biased, and follows the law when he chooses to do so.

Other

Comment #: NY4733
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Everyone rates people based on their own personal experience. Never base your situation and the potential outcome of your case on someone else's opinion. Honestly, I think that the outcome is really based on why you're there in the first place. I was with Judge David Klein for an adoption proceeding today, and he and all of his staff were professional and compassionate and patient, despite all of the mix-ups. I thank all of them for what they have done for me and my family.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY4390
Rating:1.0
Comments:
He is a blithering Idiot - he can't even remember what came out of his own mouth five minutes earlier. He is not competent to retain information nor does he have any abilities for seeking resolution for litigants. He clearly had not read the file - or truly is impaired. All comments are true below.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY4298
Rating:2.0
Comments:
I have the same assessment as the comment below. Erratic, inconsistent. You simply never now who is going to show up behind the bench. Makes wild, baseless assertions. Shows little to no interest in facts. Seems closed to any ideas other than his own.

Other

Comment #: NY4291
Rating:3.0
Comments:
Erratic, inconsistent. You simply never now who is going to show up behind the bench. Makes wild, baseless assertions. Shows little to no interest in facts. Seems closed to any ideas other than his own.

Other

Comment #: NY3887
Rating:1.0
Comments:
He does not listen to the mother's side of the story, favors the father's rights no matter how bad of a person he is. He gave visitation to someone who is a compulsive liar, a drug addict, a drug dealer and lying blatantly in court about his home address. He is living with a felon and he stated that he lives with his mother. This judge is very unfair. I would not recommend him for Family Court.

Other

Comment #: NY3870
Rating:10.0
Comments:
This judge is a wonderful judge, he truly represents America's value i.e.. Slavery, hypocrisy, cronyism, nepotism,racism,discrimination,and so forth, we need more asswholes like him to really piss law abiding citizens off. Anarchy needs a catalyst!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY3349
Rating:1.5
Comments:
Hon David Klein ignores facts, keeps facts out of the case, and caters to his own (or the law guardian's) pre-determined outcome.

He has demonstrated complete and total willingness to ignore facts before him and prevent facts from coming into a case.

Hon. David Klein has demonstrated complete and total incapacity to deliver justice, on multiple occasions.

It would be hard to find a Judge that demonstrated worse behavior and courtroom mannipulation. This has been evidenced by professional(s) that testify for a living.

Other

Comment #: NY3307
Rating:1.0
Comments:
He is a disgrace, corrupt, along with a total God complex. He is beyond bias and soon, very soon, will be investigated...one reason is throwing out a petition that should my child had been abused and this was "founded" by cps and he threw out my petition for no reason what so ever. Since that time my children have been tormented and the abuse continues. How can this man not be asked to step down as he is, has, and will continue to damage peoples lives, unexplicably children's lives. A total disgrace to justice and what family courts should stand for. What goes around comes around and when it is his turn may God have mercy on his soul.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY3066
Rating:1.2
Comments:
He is the worst judge i ever saw in a court room.He does not follow the law but his own law . He destroys families. He puts children in danger.He needs to step down as a judge before he ruins more families lives. It is a disgrace how he is still on the bench. making decisions ,it is very scary very scary please get remove him at once

Litigant

Comment #: NY2685
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge David Klein is a disgrace to the bench and a danger to our families. He does not follow the law. He creates his own laws that destroy families for no reason. The question is Why? What does he gain from his horrific decisions? Instead of following the law, using common sense and the various resources to help broken families; he decides with who has the most power, money and influence. Why is he allowed to put our children at risk?- because he can with no recourse. I caution any family- man or women to seek help elsewhere- because this man will only hurt your child(ren)and destroy your family!