Hon. Michelle Weston Patterson See Rating Details

Supreme Court
Kings (Brooklyn) County
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Attorney Average Rating:   3.5 - 6 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. Michelle Weston Patterson


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY8625
Rating:Not Rated
BEWARE OF THIS JUSTICE. She is BIAS and PREJUDICIAL. She'll cut you off, make rude comments, to intimidate you. Especially if you're pro se/indigent. STAND UP TO HER! Remember, she'll rule against you. She is still a human being. Fight back. Yell back. Don't let her bully you. Just show up in court knowing the facts of your case, relevant statutes and case law. Stand your ground!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY6952
I found this judge to be a pleasure to work with. She has always been fair, despite the fact that I haven't always gotten what I wanted.
I believe she's gotten a bad rap.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY3902
Judge Weston was exceptionally unprofessional and biased. She had an end result in her mind and did everything in her power and behind the powers provided to her by election and statute to bring about that result. She altered the outcome of a complex med malpractice case and has no business being on the bench. The fact that she is a former DA makes her conduct that much more egregious.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY1179
I found this Justice to be unbiased and fairly easy to work with. You either love her or hate her.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY509
She is one of the worst judges in the system. She is totally pro-defendant and tries to turn friendly comments or even a "good morning" into a grudge match. She has been trying to get to the AD for years, so far without success. She is so biased that it sometimes goes against the defense, since it is obvious to the jury that she is taking sides.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY483
Awful judge. Cannot believe that she is in the medmal part. More suited to be the Kings County Dog Catcher than a judge. Will probably be promoted to App Div because the OCA doesn't know where to hide her.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY321
This judge is completely biased and imposed her biases on a complex trial. I am unsure as to whether a global defense bias exists, but in our case she clearly didn't "get it" and did her best to rig the case for the defense. There is also a real question of cronyism. This judge is disrespectful to attorneys in front of the jury. Scheduling with her is a nightmare (it dragged out the trial unreasonably). She has the ability, but she is unsuited by temperament in my opinion to judge complex cases with a lot at stake.