Hon. Yvonne Lewis See Rating Details

Supreme Court
Kings (Brooklyn) County
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Attorney Average Rating:   3.4 - 11 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   2.0 - 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. Yvonne Lewis


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY8536
She was totally clueless. It should have been an open and shut case. Instead it was in court for 3 years and she still had no idea of the case.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY8521
She essentially defied the order of a Federal Court judge and ordered the striking of a deed transfer ordered by that judge. There aren't words.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY6771
Fair no-nonsense Judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY5106
She doesn't listen to both sides of an argument fully, and is predisposed to favor the plaintiffs in a given case. She never ever reads motion papers, and if she has, then she certainly is clueless on the law. What a nutjob!


Comment #: NY4795
Rating:Not Rated
She is the best judge in the world. God bless her!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY1735
I have had two experiences with this jurist, one civil bench trial and one motion. On trial she was completely disinterested in the testimony, made the parties wait each time the trial was scheduled, and did not even attempt to settle the case even though we were willing to offer the exact amount that she ultimately awarded to plaintiff. On the motion she granted summary judgment without having read the papers and without hearing both side's arguments completely. She issued a short form order and did not discuss the facts and law at all.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY1722
A disability of being able to as much as understand what the case is all about is overwhelming. It is a shame this woman serves a public as a Supreme Court Judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY1561
Doesn't read motion papers, but won't let you actually speak during oral argument. Makes ridiculous decisions and throws temper tantrums. I don't know why someone said she is nice, because she is anything but. If one of the parties on your case actually attempts to speak while before her arguing a motion, I've seen her throw all the attorneys out into the hall (including innocent ones who didn't say a word) and make them wait until all the motions have been heard before allowing them to come up before her again and profusely apologize. Vindictive and petulant is no way to play judge. Plus, her part is always backed up, she doesn't take the bench until 10:30 to hear motions despite having 60 cases on, and then pulls stunts as described above. One of the absolute worst.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY1265
She is th dumbest judge I ever met. She instructed me to answer questions of a witness during cross examination.

She apparently did not understand i was there to ask not answer questions.

I understand her ineptitude is one reason she is being pushed off the bench! Bravo!!!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY878
I tried a case in her court room. She is excellent at jury selection as she doesn't allow jurors to get away with stating that they are prejudiced just to get out of jury duty. She is very fair and has a good heart when need be. She is smart and knows the law.


Comment #: NY858
I have no idea how this judge even passed the bar. She understands the law like I understand quantum physics.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY838
Justice Lewis is a nice woman but a terrible judge and bases her decisions on something other than the law. She just granted plaintiff's motion appointing a receiver for an NPC a second time after her first receiver was reversed! She also granted plaintiff's "cross-motion" for discovery against its own motion! No regard for the law whatsoever.