Hon. Charles E. Ramos See Rating Details

Supreme Court
New York County
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.8 - 20 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 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. Charles E. Ramos


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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5301
Rating:1.1
Comments:
This judge has a nasty temper, is unprofessional, rude, willing to engage in character assassination, doesn't read papers, ignores the law, is very biased. In short, this judge shouldn't be on the bench.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY4966
Rating:2.5
Comments:
He just does not read your papers -- and will, nevertheless, decide from the bench. If he is against you, for whatever reason, he will act as an advocate. I have won and lost cases before him. He should not be on the bench.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY4614
Rating:8.3
Comments:
I have been in front of Justice Ramos many times. In my experience, if you are prepared and have First Department support for your position, you will do just fine. If you are relying on practical arguments and are willing to be reasonable Justice Ramos will meet you halfway. I think that he is probably one of the best judges on the commercial division bench.

Other

Comment #: NY4519
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Incompetent and overbearing.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY4509
Rating:9.8
Comments:
A great judge, and extremely bright. No-nonsense. Make sure that you know his rules before you go in front of him. He routinely denies motions unaccompanied by briefs. Be sure to listen carefully to his questions and answer them.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY2766
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Makes up his mind and won't listen to any competing arguments, read the papers, except for the purpose of attacking the side he has decided against.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY2541
Rating:6.6
Comments:
Won a number of big cases in front of him so, of course I like him, but he never seems to read your motion papers. Tends to shoot from the hip at the inception of the case,which only is good if he comes down on your side so you need to be very prepared to advance your case early on in any motion practice. If he gets on your bandwagon you can keep him there especially if you are on the right side.

Not afraid to mete out drastic results, including civil contempt against a lawyer/defendant. Wants to do justice.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY2066
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge is prone to make snap judgments and is generally unwilling to change his mind, even in the face of evidence and case law to the contrary. I have been on both sides with this judge and one thing I've learned is that with J. Ramos, it's hit or miss. Be careful and make your record.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY1653
Rating:7.6
Comments:
Smart, sometimes appears to make up his mind early, but listens to both sides and can be convinced. Courteous at trial to witnesses and counsel.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY1159
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Reports that he does not read motion papers are absolutely correct. Indeed, he seems to pride himself on this approach. If you call him on it, he still won't consider the record or briefing. During one oral argument, I represented to him what a federal judge had held in the case before remanding. It was a critical point in my opposition to a TRO application and found total support in the record. Judge Ramos said he knew the federal judge well and found it "hard to believe" the federal judge said what I said he had said. Having had my honor and candor with the court challenged (I am not in the habit of making misrepresentations to any judge), I respectfully referred Judge Ramos to the previously submitted transcript reflecting the federal judge's holding. Judge Ramos refused to turn to that exhibit and again said he found it "hard to believe" the federal judge said what I (and the transcript) said he said. Completely ridiculous. Arrogant and has no regard for the facts or law. Totally unsatisfactory experiences time and again.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY1000
Rating:7.9
Comments:
Intelligent and quite probing at oral argument. He gives each side an opportunity to be heard. He is also quite pragmatic.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY918
Rating:4.3
Comments:
Unwilling to read the papers and has no interest in what the First Department holds. He will dare you to take an appeal even if he is deciding a motion in clear contravention of First Department law.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY780
Rating:4.3
Comments:
Judge Ramos jumps to fairly rigid conclusions at the earliest stages of litigation and it can be a struggle to persuade him that his first impression was mistaken. This flaw is compounded by his habit of not reading the papers submitted. If at all available, removal is the safest course of action.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY769
Rating:7.0
Comments:
If you come in prepared and you are on the side of right, you will do well with Judge Ramos. Sometimes he jumps to conclusions prematurely and gets a bit hot under the collar, but if you hang in there, keep your cool and press your argument with rational, intelligent arguments that are not designed to try and pull the wool over his eyes, Judge Ramos will listen. He can be turned around and almost always does the right thing; sometimes it's just a bit of work to get there.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY588
Rating:2.3
Comments:
Horrible courtroom demeanor. Disrespectful to counsel who appear before him and worse yet, disrespectful to the litigants. Downright incompetent court attorneys who work for him, although they think they are smart and know everything (a bad combination of hubris and incompetence). If you personally cross them, they will make sure you lose. All of this leads to unnecessary rancor and expense for the litigants. The attorney who commented that this judge does not belong on the bench is absolutely right. Litigants beware!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY523
Rating:7.0
Comments:
He runs an efficient courtroom, but prepare your argument well because he will not have read the papers. Very fun judge to argue in front of because he asks a lot of questions and will give you ample time to explain your position, even if he does not agree with you.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY513
Rating:7.3
Comments:
He sometimes appears to shoot from the hip but he is prepared to listen to both sides and apply the law thoughtfully.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY410
Rating:1.5
Comments:
He is not fit to be a judge. He has no respect for the law or for people's right to a fair judicial process. It is an embarrassment that he is on the bench.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY405
Rating:3.3
Comments:
He's smart. But he's not omniscient (which he believes he is). You'd think he or his minions would actually read the papers before a hearing, or listen to oral argument on an issue of fact or law with which they are unfamiliar. Not to mention his law secretaries are hell on wheels.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY392
Rating:1.4
Comments:
This judge is convinced that he is so smart he does not need to read the parties' briefs before deciding complex cases.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY380
Rating:3.5
Comments:
Very intelligent and diligent. But Judge Ramos has a temperament issue. Far too quick to make snap decisions and to communicate those decisions in a way that leaves one side or the other feeling that they did not get a fair hearing.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY359
Rating:7.7
Comments:
A very intelligent, thoughtful and hard-working judge. He gives both sides a fair hearing and works hard to reach the right decision, based on a detailed analysis of facts and law. One of the best.