Hon. Mark I. Partnow See Rating Details

Supreme Court
Kings (Brooklyn) County
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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. Mark I. Partnow


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY6984
I was in front of Justice Partnow for a Summary Jury Trial and could not have gotten a better assignment. He was very fair with regard to his rulings on the evidentiary packages and objections during jury selection. He took the time to learn about the case, which was a difficult case for my client, the plaintiff, on liability though she suffered a significant injury. The case eventually resolved with his involvement for a very fair number given the liability. It has to be noted that Judge Partnow got the case settled at 5:30, where other Judges would have ended the day an hour earlier.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY6947
He is a great Judge to get assigned to!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY6934
It was a breath of fresh air to appear before a judge that knew what he was doing from pre-trial to post verdict. My case involved a bicycle knoockdown with both sides from the Orthodox community and one party being a prominent rabbi. I represented the plaintiffs. The judge knew the law and his rulings were right on point. This judge took an active role in settlement discussions and he truly worked hard to resolve this case in the best interest of the clients. (plaintiffs and defendant.) I can't say enough positive things about this judge and I have appeared before him in past cases representing both plaintiffs and defendants. I am perplexed by any negative feedback this judge has received by other attorneys- you will not get a better assignment than this judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5075
I am a solo practitioner who has been trying cases for over fifteen years. My practice is almost exclusively trial work for other plaintiffs' firms. In the past I was the managing attorney for a small insurance defense firm. I have tried cases in front of Judge Partnow representing both plaintiffs and defendants, and I have found two things to be true: he is prompt and he is fair to both sides. Although some of the other comments seem to cast a negative light on the fact that he expects attorneys to be prepared and witnesses to be lined up, I cannot think of a better judge to be assigned to in Kings County! He takes the time to try and settle the case, and if it cannot be settled, it gets tried. Throughout the trial, summary jury or otherwise, he continues to work towards settlement. As trial counsel to numerous firms, it is good to know that there is no delay in trying a case in front of him. Over the years, both Judge Partnow and his staff have been a pleasure to work with.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY4447
I am a partner in a mid sized plaintiff's firm and have been trying cases for almost 25 years. I couldn't agree more with the comments from the last post, and also disagree with the negative comments. I represented the plaintiff in that case below, and couldn't have asked for a better trial judge. He moved the trial along at a brisk pace with no wasted time, he put thoughtful effort in to try and resolve the case before verdict, treated both sides fairly and clearly knew the law as it pertained to the case. He doesn't interfere or inject himself into the case. I agree that he was a gentlemen on and off the bench. In addition, his staff is courteous and knowledgeable, and were an absolute pleasure to work with. As long as you are prepared to try your case, and have your witnesses lined up, you should have no qualms about being assigned to him.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY4430
I am the Managing Partner of a New York Defense Firm and I have been trying cases in Brooklyn for 30 years. I totally disagree with the negative comments posted about Judge Mark Partnow. I just finished a trial with Judge Partnow on a high exposure case for the defense. The case involved very serious injuries to two plaintiffs with a seven figure exposure to my client’s insurance carrier. Judge Partnow spent hours during the trial negotiating a settlement and when the parties could not agree, he pushed the case forward. The matter settled after the Jury had the case for deliberations. Despite his disagreement with the Insurance carrier’s position on value, he was fair to both sides, engaged in the trial, fair on rulings and knew the law. The Judge was a gentleman on the bench and in discussions in Chambers. I found him to be extremely bright, fair and He lets you try your case. As a Trial lawyer, we can ask for nothing more.
The Judge’s staff including his personal secretary, Clerk and Court Personnel were all courteous, helpful and professional. I would have no hesitation of being assigned to his part.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY3025
Rating:Not Rated
He's always been a bad guy and as others say, he enjoys being a prick!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY2894
A gruff and mean-spirited judge who appears to be interested and be knowledgeable on the law but who then will completely disregard it simply because he can and make horrible rulings that torpedoed my client. "Go ahead and appeal me." If you have a good case he will be sure to place obstacles in your path. If you have a crappy case, his impatience and push to get both sides to settle may work for you.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY1462
I agree with the prior post. Both Judge and staff will use every possible means to scare litigants into settling. Will tell either side that he is precluding their evidence because of scheduling, inadequate notice, inadmissability, etc... Anything to worry the attorney that he will be held personally responsible for a poor outcome not tried fully on the merits (i.e. to make them look bad to the defendant's insurance company or the plaintiff client). However, he is often bluffing. On the other hand, he is no dummy.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY790
Rating:Not Rated
Mean spirited and overly legalistic. Seems to relish the opportunity to "stick it" to lawyers. Gets a satisfied smirk on his face when he issues a ruling that potentially hurts a lawyer. Not a nice man.