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Hon. Dora L. Irizarry (Chief Judge)
District judge
E.D.N.Y.
2nd Circuit
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What others have rated

Hon. Dora L. Irizarry (Chief Judge)

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Criminal Defense Lawyer

23301

1/1/16

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Civil Litigation - Govt.

22097

1/1/14

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Criminal Defense Lawyer

22016

1/2/14

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21842

1/2/14

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Criminal Defense Lawyer

21453

1/2/14

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Criminal Defense Lawyer

21104

1/2/13

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2.5

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Criminal Defense Lawyer

20876

1/2/13

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Criminal Defense Lawyer

18158

1/2/12

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Civil Litigation - Govt.

18171

1/1/12

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Criminal Defense Lawyer

18129

1/2/12

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Criminal Defense Lawyer

13175

1/2/11

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3.3

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Criminal Defense Lawyer

12689

1/1/11

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Civil Litigation - Private

12702

1/1/11

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9.4

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Criminal Defense Lawyer

12562

1/2/11

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Civil Litigation - Govt.

12244

1/2/11

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8.9

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Civil Litigation - Private

11922

1/2/11

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Criminal Defense Lawyer

9793

1/1/10

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Criminal Defense Lawyer

8959

1/2/09

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Litigant

7829

1/2/09

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Civil Litigation - Private

6656

1/1/08

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Scholarship as reflected in Opinions (1=Poor,10=Outstanding)
General Inclination in Criminal Appeals (1=Strongly Pro­Government,10=Strongly Pro­Defense)
General Inclination in Civil Rights Appeals (1=Strongly Pro-Defendant,10=Strongly Pro­Plaintiff)
General Inclination in Labor Law Appeals (1=Strongly Pro­Employee,10=Strongly Pro­Employer)
General Inclination in Immigration Appeals (1=Strongly Pro­Immigrant,10=Strongly Pro­Gov.)
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Criminal Defense Lawyer

23301

1/1/16

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Civil Litigation - Govt.

22097

1/1/14

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Criminal Defense Lawyer

22016

1/2/14

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21842

1/2/14

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Criminal Defense Lawyer

21453

1/2/14

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Criminal Defense Lawyer

21104

1/2/13

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Criminal Defense Lawyer

20876

1/2/13

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Criminal Defense Lawyer

18158

1/2/12

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Civil Litigation - Govt.

18171

1/1/12

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Criminal Defense Lawyer

18129

1/2/12

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Criminal Defense Lawyer

13175

1/2/11

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Criminal Defense Lawyer

12689

1/1/11

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Civil Litigation - Private

12702

1/1/11

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Criminal Defense Lawyer

12562

1/2/11

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Civil Litigation - Govt.

12244

1/2/11

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Civil Litigation - Private

11922

1/2/11

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0

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Criminal Defense Lawyer

9793

1/1/10

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Criminal Defense Lawyer

8959

1/2/09

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Litigant

7829

1/2/09

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Civil Litigation - Private

6656

1/1/08

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Litigant

24106

1/2/17
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Other

23190

1/2/15
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Other

21841

1/2/14
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3386

1/2/06
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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)    
Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation (1=Demonstrates Bias 10=Entirely Evenhanded)    
Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation (1=Demonstrates Bias 10=Entirely Evenhanded)    
Flexibility in Scheduling (1=Completely Inflexible    10=Very Flexible)    
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense 10=Pro-Government)    
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Pre-Trial (1=Pro-Defense 10=Pro-Government)
Involvement in Civil Settlement Discussions (1=Least Involved 10=Most Involved)    
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Trial (1=Pro-Defense 10=Pro-Government)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Sentencing (1=Pro-Defense 10=Pro-Government)
Typical Discount Off Guidelines for Cooperators (1=10% 10=100%)    
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Hon. Dora L. Irizarry (Chief Judge)

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Litigant
comment #:
24106
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average rating is 3 out of 5
average rating is 3 out of 5
She is just not qualified to be a federal judge with people's lives at stake. She is awful.
1/2/17, 12:50 AM
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23301
rating:
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average rating is 3 out of 5
average rating is 3 out of 5
I rarely if ever comment online but there needs to be as much material as possible documenting this dangerous, possibly evil woman. As some other commenters have noted she seems mentally ill-tempered. She is rude, illogical and filibusters her way through tantrums which seem to get worse as she goes on. Most importantly she sentences defendants in a mindless way that seems to rely more on her hatred of defense attorneys than any statutory or factual matters. In the fashion of the worst judges, she will treat a defendant better if she likes the lawyer, regardless of skill or facts or law. Representing a client before her is the ultimate soul-sucking experience and had me questioning my desire to continue in the profession. Practical advice: if you have her and want any semblance of favorable result watch her proceedings and try to identify the lawyers she hates least and get them to represent the defendant. That is your only chance and even that is agonizing. Words cannot do justice (pun intended) to the horror of her.
1/1/16, 11:17 PM
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Welcome to Whose court is this anyway? With (Dis)Honorable Dora Irizarry where every charge is made up and your rights don't matter. Doesn't matter if all the evidence the plaintiff, not your lawyer, uses actually proves your innocence. She will use her opinions to make up rulings, even grossly unconstitutional, to fit her narrative as she goes along even if your impeccably innocent . She will go so far to even make up false accusations and deem them as true. She is the primary argument on why article III judges should not serve life tenures and affirmative action should be abolished. Her cancerous being will plague the court for many years to come. For those unfortunate to enter her court room for any purpose, please know you're going to lose, even if you win. The only silver lining for her is after your case gets overturned for being egregiously unlawful and lack of evidence is the massive civil lawsuit that follows after she trampled on your every individual right and sanity. Just encountering with Irizarry almost makes you want the many mass shootings that occur in this country to target actual sociopaths, and not innocents. This has been my rant and I wish good luck to anyone who has her name on a court summons.
1/2/15, 10:21 PM
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average rating is 3 out of 5
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Well-prepared, reasonable, impartial, timely, well-reasoned opinion on complex civil litigation issues.
1/1/14, 10:06 PM
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average rating is 3 out of 5
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DLI. Demented Insane and Lunatic. She should be stripped of her robes and placed in a straitjacket. For the good of the Court, litigants and perhaps, herself.
1/2/14, 1:18 AM
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The Honorable Dora L. Irizarry! I would like to thank you for judging my court case. I appreciate your respect and fairness throughout to my case. While I can’t go back in time and reverse what I did, you can rest assured that this will never happened again. This is not the type of person that I am.Our family wishes to express deepest appreciation.Thank you for your time. Again, thanks for your objectivity.We wish you all the best in your professional life.Sincerely Miller's family.
1/2/14, 7:31 PM
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1/2/14, 7:35 PM
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average rating is 3 out of 5
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This judge has a horrendous temperament, and is unstable and possibly mentally ill. She should not be on the bench.
1/2/14, 5:09 PM
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average rating is 3 out of 5
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I just finished a sentencing before this passive/aggressive unstable judge. Although the sentence was fair, she spent the entire time attacking me personally and professionally. I learned from my client's family that before I arrived she was making negative comments about me to the whole courtroom. Then she began to complain about her poor pay and the government shutdown. I have a suggestion for her: perhaps she should get off the government payroll and try the private sector. She is the most mean-spirited jurist I have come across in 28 years. My guess is that she does not have a happy home life. I laughed all the way back to my office.
1/2/13, 12:06 AM
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20876
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average rating is 3 out of 5
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Irizarry on the same court as Judges Weinstein, Korman, Dearie and Amon? The political gods must have either been cruel, insane or both when they foisted this joke of a judge on the federal bench. This would have been a hoot had she not gotten lifetime tenure to make countless lawyers miserable each time they have the misfortune to be in her courtroom. No question but that she makes the best case for doing away with lifetime tenure for Article III judges.
1/2/13, 10:11 AM
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average rating is 3 out of 5
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Just a miserable person with a horrible temperament. So awful. Amazing that this person was confirmed. Utterly disgraceful. Affirmative Action is alive and well.
1/2/12, 4:56 PM
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18171
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average rating is 3 out of 5
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Completely unprofessional in her demeanour. Hears what she wants to hear rather than what is said and nasty to a fault. Although she takes forever to issue a decision, the decisions are rarely worth the wait.
1/1/12, 8:50 AM
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average rating is 3 out of 5
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Where do they find such people? Why does the Southern District get so many quality appointments and the Eastern District get so many rejects?
1/2/12, 10:57 AM
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average rating is 3 out of 5
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This judge is the prime example of why the judiciary is often called the last bastion of tyranny in this country. A true nightmare awaits any human being every time he/she has the misfortune of stepping into the twilight zone of her courtroom. Perhaps the best evidence of the absence of meritocracy in the federal judicial selection process.
1/2/11, 1:25 AM
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