Hon. Joan Madden See Rating Details

Supreme Court
New York County
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Attorney Average Rating:   7.4 - 5 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   7.0 - 3 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. Joan Madden



Comment #: NY11417
I am in front of Judge Madden pro se,
in an Article 78 proceeding against city agencies and the building owner of my loft dwelling.
We have had an Interim Order, that worked out well for me, but no final decision has come down.
I must say this, with this Judge, if she rules against me, I will take that as indicating that I screwed up somewhere.
This is maybe judge #15 for me, and this Judge takes her job seriously and I know shere will be fair, either way this goes


Comment #: NY10804
Judge Madden is an impartial judge with a sharp mind.


Comment #: NY5637
For sale, but worst of all, only to those in a position to advance her career or personal interests. She demonstrates zero regard for the law, doesn't even enforce her own ruling (issued 7 times in writing at a cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars), while incurring hundreds of thousands of dollars in "court mandated settlement conferences " (which the only party paying is barred from even observing, conducted in the absence of discovery), while all the while being sponsored for appointment to a higher court by the defendants she is clearly protecting!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY2836
Solid, hard-working, decent judge. Not outstanding, but the bench would be greatly improved if its members all reached this level.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY1617
Very good judge, although her court room can take several hours to get through the calendar.

Disagree with a prior rating about settling cases. On a very complex property damage case, Madden met repeatedly with the parties, even well into the night to get a settlement.

She sometimes does her own research on motions and one time relied upon her own legal research that was actually not on point.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY909
Judge Madden is a lovely person, with a pleasant temperament, but she does not manage cases well. She tends to take hours to get through motion calendars, and although she tries hard to understand the issues, she just misses. She does not enforce discovery deadlines, and she has a tendency to change her mind a lot. One very bad tendency she has is to give in to the attorney who gets the last word in, which only encourages bullying in her courtroom and punishes courteous attorneys. She does try, but she is not very effective in trying to settle cases. When she does, the numbers she recommends usually favor plaintiffs quite a bit.