Hon. David B. Vaughan See Rating Details

Supreme Court
Kings (Brooklyn) County
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Attorney Average Rating:   3.1 - 17 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   4.0 - 5 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 B. Vaughan


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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5295
Rating:2.8
Comments:
This person has lost all desire and enthusiasm with regard to functioning as an effective jurist. From the outset he displays uncalled for disdain for attorneys who appear before him. He makes no effort to coneal his unhappiness about being given a trial assignment. His demeanor before the jury is one of impersonal apathy. During trial he outwardly huffs and puffs; and moans and groan in front of the jury. He should not have received certification, as he is consistently cranky and despondent.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5291
Rating:2.3
Comments:
He is a terrible judge. He decided an MSJ within thirty seconds, without having read the papers.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY4972
Rating:1.9
Comments:
My mother once said: "If you having nothing nice to say…"

Litigant

Comment #: NY4884
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I never saw him -- he just denies everything that I submit.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY4294
Rating:1.7
Comments:
I would sum up Judge Vaughan in 6 words:
"lazy, stupid, and hates his job".
He works two and a half days a week, reads the newspaper on the bench instead of listening to the evidence, and makes stupid faces in front of the jury. He should do us all a favor and resign from the bench.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY4288
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Brilliant, hard working.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY4164
Rating:1.0
Comments:
He is a disgrace to the profession. I just appeared in his motion part with 40+ motions on. I heard he was running late. He apparently planned to be running late b/c he had decided all 40+ motions the night before with short form orders. His law clerk told everyone no adjournments or additional papers would be allowed. My complex motion got a one sentence denial. He existence makes a mockery of the profession.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY3346
Rating:2.6
Comments:
Not very bright or industrious. Had him on a rather complex civil matter (not a personal injury case). He didn't grasp the legal arguments and had no interest in understanding the law involved. Really soured my client on the legal system. His law clerk was also dismissive and generally nasty.

Other

Comment #: NY3131
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Good man, good judge. He exhibits great depth of intelligence, experience and knowledge.

Other

Comment #: NY3105
Rating:10.0
Comments:
My experience with Judge Vaughan is that of an intelligent and considerate man. In addition, he is one of the most productive judges in Kings County.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY3027
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
He is defendant oriented because he is jealous of the money they make as he knows he never could have made it as a plaintiff's lawyer--Have seen him at functions and he drinks like a fish. And yes, a truly bad bad guy.

Litigant

Comment #: NY2057
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge David B Vaughan is extremely arrogant rules on his emotions, his court room is bias, may god help who get this judge on their case

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY1862
Rating:8.0
Comments:
Judge Vaughan obviously read carefully voluminous motion papers in my case. His questioning at oral argument and his ruling on the motion showed that he had a firm grasp of the issues and a sense of justice. He is no shy about letting you know what he thinks, but is also open to persuasion. Essentially everything a judge should be.

Other

Comment #: NY1732
Rating:1.0
Comments:
His title should be DIS-Honorable Vaughan. He is a disgrace to our legal system! He reads the Daily News/Post while witnesses are on the stand. He was reading The Masters of Golf while the plaintiff was giving testimony! When asked to make a ruling on an objection he became irritated replying "What? What? What is the question?" He is impatient with the Plaintiff's entire part in the trial often interrupting- like a spoiled child- asking: "Are we done yet? Let's go, counsel. Ok, Ok, we get it let wrap this up".
He was drowsy in the afternoons and actually fell asleep during the trial for 6 minutes!He is Definately a Defendant's judge. He makes noises (sighs & sucking his teeth) & rolls his eyes when valid points are made on the plaintiff's behalf. His ONLY interest in the Court Room is the clock! He watches it like a hawk...if he is dying to get out of the court room so badly, why doesn't he do the great County of Kings a favor...and...GO!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY1248
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Probably the worst trial judge in thirty-some years of trial work. Arrogance and ignorance in equal measure.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY1131
Rating:1.4
Comments:
If reading the newspaper during a trial and sarcasm were Olympic events, Judge Vaughan would win a gold medal.

Why doesn't he just retire already? An uncaring judge who would rather be elsewhere.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY1002
Rating:1.6
Comments:
I pity the ones who get this judge; he so far from being fair it is incredible that he is a judge. If he doesn't like your case he will let the jury know it through gestures, facial expressions and rulings. Truly a horrible assignment and awful judge to have on a case. In the end it is the litigants who suffer.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY844
Rating:1.3
Comments:
Justice Vaughan was once asked, "Which problem in our judiciary is larger: ignorance or apathy?" His response was, "I don't know and I don't care." Just an awful assignment.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY799
Rating:1.4
Comments:
The worst judge I have ever appeared before in 25 years of civil trial litigation (plaintiff). A defendant's judge and makes it known. Reads the Daily News while plaintiff's experts are on the stand. Rolls his eyes when plaintiff does something that helps his case. A miserable, uncaring judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY793
Rating:6.9
Comments:
I had a positive trial experience last year. No problems

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY698
Rating:1.3
Comments:
One word - vile!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY657
Rating:1.2
Comments:
The most despicable human being I have ever encountered. Horrible on every level.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY490
Rating:6.4
Comments:
Doesn't appear to enjoy handling trials. Looks like he would rather be somewhere else. Sour disposition. Even-handed. He doesn't like anybody.