Hon. John M. Leventhal See Rating Details

Supreme Court
Kings (Brooklyn) County
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Attorney Average Rating:   7.8 - 5 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   10.0 - 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)

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What others have said about Hon. John M. Leventhal


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY10793
Judge Leventhal appears to be a sharp lawyer but like many judges in the Second Department he is a truly terrible judge. He reaches the result he wants regardless of the facts and the law. He seems to believe he knows enough about the cases before him to reach conclusions not argued by counsel on the basis of his misunderstandings of the facts. The vague opinions issued by his Court allow him to cite cases that in fact contradict his rulings. Make no mistake about it: Judge Leventhal intentionally disregards the law in his decisions. It is judges like him that make appellate practice in the Second Department a crap shoot.


Comment #: NY5709
He is very strict wen he tells you he is going to do he will do but with compassion. If all the judges were like him we would not the backups on court that we have. One of the highest understanding judge. I would not be surprised if he ends up as a judge on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Court Staff

Comment #: NY5708
Rating:Not Rated
He is lazy and has others do his work.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY4634
Wonderful, reasonable, brilliant and a judge with heart. I was a guardianship attorney and had the privilege of appearing in front of Justice Leventhal on many matters. He is truly a gentleman and a scholar.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY1920
A jude that does what he tells you he will do if he tells you do not do something and you do it he will tell you what will happen to you an that is what will happen to you He is one of the best and fair judge I have ever know

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY145
The intelligent and pugnacious Judge Leventhal has a refreshingly down-to-earth manner, but his prosecution biases are manifestly evident.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY133
This judge is a brilliant jurist -- a real scholar who takes the time to get it right. His opinions are akin to Federal decisions in their thoroughness. He is a judge who wants to see justice served without fear or favor to either side.