Hon. Lawrence S. Knipel See Rating Details

Supreme Court
Kings (Brooklyn) County
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Attorney Average Rating:   7.9 - 10 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   4.0 - 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)

What others have said about Hon. Lawrence S. Knipel


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY8620
the 2016 and 2017 comments about not being a "hot" bench, not handling complex civil lit, and not taking time to support decisions is all on point. I don't know who he was when he was in another part or what he does with your simple negligence or med mal cases, but its abundantly clear who he serves now, and that is his own interests or those of the lawyers who can help serve his interests.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY8531
He does not read papers, if you ask to go on the record his clerk says he is not in and the reschedule you to come back, he cannot handle a motion with more than 3 items in it as he gets lost after the second one DO NOT make any motions that may ask for more then two things in relief, he is not patient and just waives his hand. If the idiot sat and listened to arguments and thought them through completely vs. 5 minutes on complex litigation I would not have three appeals pending right now and by the way, two of them unopposed and still waiting on three decisions for almost a year now and his law secretary never has the courtesy to return a call. Who are we kidding with this guy


Comment #: NY8119
Terrible. He refused to listen to legal arguments.
He did not understand that an interim order of the
court expires after the case is over. Refused
to address lack of standing on the part of a non-
existing plaintiff. He rushes through and refuses
to read papers or examine evidence. He is over
rated. He should be 4 or 5 at most.


Comment #: NY7345
Rating:Not Rated
Likes to Rush thru things. I am pro se and on two occassions allowed the defendants attorneys to argue motions without ever submitting opposition, he has allowed my medical information to stay on the public access system and did not even look at a motion for trial preference indicating I should stay on public assistance and live without dignity. Not as good as everyone says.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY4511
I have tried two medical malpractice cases in front of Judge Knipel. He is a wonderful judge. He is very smart, knows the law inside out and is a real gentleman. He is a very nice man as well! A+!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY3627
Rating:Not Rated
Terrific Judge, terrific human being!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY2391
Intelligent, inciteful and fair. Has excellent command of his courtroom.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY1775
Smart, reasonable and hard working. The rest of the judges could learn something by sitting in his part, probably that they need to take him out back and shoot him for making them look like the petty fools they are.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY1281
Well reasoned and fair, treats lawyers with respect.Pays attention to every detail in medical mal cases Pleasure to appear in front of.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: NY1280
One of the more intelligent judges in Kings. Distressed when he left the part that our practice dealt with. It has not been the same since.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY1204
Wonderful judge. Treats attorneys with decency and respect. Very knowledgeable. Listens to all arguments carefully and will take papers on submission if necessary.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: NY893
One of the more intelligent judges in Kings Supreme. Understands the issues, follows the law. You can't ask for more than that.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY228
Handles a large motion calendar with aplomb.