Hon. Richard B. Lowe III See Rating Details

Supreme Court
New York County
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.2 - 6 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   8.0 - 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. Richard B. Lowe III


Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: NY5585
Started out as a criminal attorney, and it shows in his lack of knowledge in civil matters. Bad temper and gets reversed often by appellate division.

Court Staff

Comment #: NY3810
As a Clerk/Court Staff personnal, I find him [Judge Lowe] meticulous in his personal as well as professional presentation. He leaves little to chance, doesn't mince his words and maintains full control over his court room, which includes sanctioning and/or repremanding errant attorneys, or those careless enough to leave on cellular devices, all of which can occur if a judge maintains a "sloppy" court room environment. He's called: "Old School"; even jurors [males] must come appropriately attired" wearing ties, gives a much better impression. ~RH Dorantes, Sr. Court Clerk, NYC Supreme Court~

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY1731
A miserable and abusive judge. We, representing a corporate defendant, settled our case for $0 despite his threats to kill us at trial with a seven-figure verdict. Evidently at the end of the day plaintiff's lawyer had a more neutral view of the merits than the judge did. He makes snap decisions, is cruel to attorneys appearing before him and is cold as ice if you're not a member of his club, whatever the club is. My impression is the judge was very biased in favor of plaintiff's counsel, though I have no idea why; certainly it is hard to believe he is generally proplaintiff.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY880
Judge Lowe is smart, but not as smart as he thinks he is -- and not smart enough to justify his intellectual laziness, constant irritability, and pronounced tendency to jump to a conclusion after hearing the first five minutes of a case. In a recent civil case I litigated in his courtroom -- involving multiple parties and complicated facts -- Justice Lowe got angry after the parties failed to settle and as punishment bounced the case to a non-commercial part. He was so eager to get rid of us that he did so in a manner that violated the CPLR, got reversed by the transferee judge, and ended up costing all parties a lot more time and money.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY782
Even-handed and firm, Judge Lowe has little patience for unprepared lawyers or a failure to follow the local rules to the letter. Generally regarded as a good draw in the Commercial Part.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY720
Excellent judge. He is fair, hard-working, and willing to tackle difficult legal issues. Strongly encourages the parties to settle, without forcing them into settlement.