Hon. Laura E. Drager

Judge Drager's Average Overall Review:

1 Stars

Based on 4 reviews

  (646) 386-3355

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Judicial offices

  • Acting Justice, Supreme Court, New York County, Appointed by Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman, 1995 to Present
  • Judge, Criminal Court of the City of New York, Appointed by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, 2002 to 2011
  • Judge, Criminal Court of the City of New York, 1987 to 2001


  • J.D., Columbia University School of Law
  • University of Rochester

Bar admission

  • NYS, Appellate Division, First Department, 1974

Professional experience

  • Kings County District Attorney's Office, Rackets Bureau, Chief & Deputy Chief, 1982 to 1987
  • New York County, Assistant District Attorney, 1976 to 1982
  • Proskauer Rose LLP, Associate, 1973 to 1976



1326. attorney (public defender)

Today for first time I had to go to the Supreme Court and waited all morning in the room where Judge Laura Dragger was handling a very busy room with different divorce couples. I was very afraid of her for all the reviews I got over the weekend in the Internet. I left the Supreme Court today with a very different and high opinion of her. This morning I had the opportunity to observe her and she was practical, honest and look for what it is the best interest for the individuals of not being absorbed for the legal actions and pay unnecessary bills for anybody. She spoke slow and calmly and got the picture very quickly so people can solve their problems quickly. I am the defendant and even I did not get everything I want. I believe she tried to do the best in her ability to bring peace and balance to the case.


8836. attorney (private practice)

A disgrace to the Bench. Appeared to be mentally unbalanced. Screamed at me and repeatedly made nonsequitorial sarcastic jabs in a divorce case. Refused an adjournment when both attorneys agreed on the need for one so the parties could continue out of court settlement talks without her interference. I initially appeared and informed her that my client had paid me to attempt to settle his case but had not agreed to retain me to appear in the case. I appeared at his request as a courtesy to request an adjournment. Judge Drager and her Law Secretary attempted to berate me for extending the courtesy. On a second adjourn date after being formally retained, I informed the judge that my client, who had been repeatedly institutionalized, was again unavailable. She again treated me with the highest level of disrespect making childlike, often incoherent jabs at every comment i made. She also allowed the other side to make long speeches without allowing any reply. On the third and final appearance she refused my request for a short adjournment in view of the fact that I had 2 deaths in my family and my client's hospitalization. She refused the adjournment even though I brought his brother (the vice president of a major corporation) as a witness and both sides advised that we were close to a settlement. Instead she continued her incoherent personal attacks on me and threatened to "default" him even though the other side agreed on the record to an adjournment. Agreed to adjourn only after I indicated that i would appeal her and presumably win since the default would be so baseless. In my 30 years of practicing law which includes experience working for a judge for 8 years and service as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of New York, I have never seen or come across a less competent judge.


995. other

It is reported that she is a "gun for hire"


1018. party to case (with attorney)

Laura Drager refuses to rule by facts and won't enforce her own court orders. Despite 3 orders over 6 years to maintain a medical account at $5k, ex has yet to do so. Refuses to award court costs despite notices of default due to breaches (ex makes $17m a year I get under $150k yearly). We were never even married why is Laura Drager STILL on the case, 8 years later? We should be in Family Court.

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