Nashville, Tennessee ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Nashville, Tennessee, 10 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Nashville, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 15.0 months. The average case processing time in Nashville is 473 days.The Nashville average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 44%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Nashville ODAR office was last updated on 4/8/2014.

SSA, Nashville ODAR Office
221 Cumberland Bend
Nashville, Tennessee 37228-1803
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Phone: 877-583-4103 -- Fax: (615) 736-2175
eFile Fax: 877-847-1598 (For sending evidence)

OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Nashville 10 15.0 months 473 days 1.9 17% 44% 39%
Tennessee13.0 months419 days2.115%49%36%
National Average:11.9 months392 days2.019%44%38%
Hearing Wait Time: 15.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 1.93
Average Processing Time 473 days
Cases Pending 6026
Dispositions 1990
New Cases 2074
Hearings In Person 93%
Video Hearings 7%

Comments about Judges at the Nashville Tennessee ODAR office:

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Judge: Donald E Garrison
Date Posted: 3/16/2014 6:26:14 PM
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I had a hearing with him a few days ago. I have no idea how he ruled but he was very thorough and seemed fair.

Judge: John R Daughtry
Date Posted: 1/30/2014 9:00:07 PM
Submited By: Barry



This is a very through Judge and one that will not beat around the bush. He will know the answer to the question before you answer, so you had better be honest. I think he is very well studied and a great reader of people. I think he has heard it all and probably seen it all too. I do not know the decision of my case yet but I will go ahead and say I am not sure there is a better Judge, if you want a fair shot. I think it is going to boil down to 2 or 3 things with this Judge, truth, credibility and evidence. Not necessarily in that order. You had better not lie because he will know. You had better be credible because you will be tested. Also, you had better have lots of evidence because he will not just give you a favorable decision without it.

Judge: John R Daughtry
Date Posted: 1/19/2014 4:53:51 AM
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He is very professional respectful and very detailed. He will read every word of every file you submitted. Make sure you are prepared to answer every possible question because by the time he gets finished asking questions your lawyer will not have any to ask. Make sure your answers are consient with your records because he will call you on it if your answers do not match. IT IS OBVIOUS HE READS YOUR ENTIRE FILE BEFORE YOUR HEARING. KNOW YOUR ANSWERS BEFORE YOU GET THERE. He is a good ALJ in my opinion.

Judge: Daniel E Whitney
Date Posted: 12/19/2013 9:20:52 PM
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I think judge whitney was pretty fair thank you

Judge: David A Ettinger
Date Posted: 6/9/2013 8:51:54 AM
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Judge David Ettinger distributes justice with knowledge and compassion. Don't go in front of him unless you are truly disabled. I know this from a recent personal experience. Their needs to be more men like him.

Judge: John R Daughtry
Date Posted: 4/16/2013 10:49:53 AM
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Though I donot know the decision yet he was courteous professional and seemed to listen to me.

Judge: Daniel E Whitney
Date Posted: 3/13/2013 2:30:46 PM
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Sounds like this Judge is rooting out the fakers

Judge: David A Ettinger
Date Posted: 3/13/2013 2:24:14 PM
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you are getting a big retirement check and free medical at the VA. You don't need this money

Judge: Elizabeth P Neuhoff
Date Posted: 2/25/2013 2:53:10 PM
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This judge treated me very respectfully and helped me to understand how my hearing would operate. I felt like I was listened to and understood. I may not win my appeal but I do feel like this judge understood what I was going through. I do not agree with the earlier comments about this judge. Those comments must have been made by someone who is not very nice and does not understand the process.

Judge: Daniel E Whitney
Date Posted: 2/15/2013 12:38:25 PM
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This judge is Biased.

Judge: WILLIAM F TAYLOR
Date Posted: 1/9/2013 12:24:25 PM
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He is very nice, understanding and caring. I have never met anyone like him!!

Judge: Daniel E Whitney
Date Posted: 1/7/2013 5:24:00 PM
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How can his awards be shown for 2013 and today is only 1/7/13 my hearing date unless the decisions are already made before we get in court, Judge whitney is a hard judge to figure out and beware of the VE they must be trained to say that everyone can be a surveillanc monitor tech, this is the job they say you can do when they can't find anything else for you to do,in reality This job does not exist!

Judge: Barbara Kimmelman
Date Posted: 12/9/2012 5:02:12 PM
Submited By: alex



Very caring person, listened to what I had to say.If you get her as a judge just be respectful to her.She seems to really care.

Judge: Linda Gail Roberts
Date Posted: 9/28/2012 6:44:25 PM
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Roberts is unbelievably lazy. It's clear that she doesn't read the files before the hearings.

Judge: Ronald E Miller
Date Posted: 9/17/2012 6:06:05 AM
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Apparently he had reviewed my file thoroughly and seemed to have an understanding of my disability and the impact it has had on my life. He was very professional yet empathetic. So I guess we'll see what happens.

Judge: Michelle Thompson
Date Posted: 8/23/2012 5:03:21 PM
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I dont think she took in to consideration what I have to go through everyday dealing with children that have ADHD and ODD have twins one approved other one keep being denied I wish she could walk in my shoes and see how it feels to get calls from school because your child cant stay in her seat or that the child is being suspended for fighting hope she one day look at the whole picture and not just her question she asked us

Judge: Michelle Thompson
Date Posted: 8/23/2012 4:57:14 PM
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I don't understand her decision I have twins one approved other denied several times never went to court one other twin but the oldest getting denied they both have the same medical history and they take med everyday which is five to be exact and hopefully when I appeal I will have some type of representation because why do one get approved and the other one keeps getting denied keep in mind they are only three mintues apart bug the oldest twin keep getting denied ever chance I apply

Judge: David A Ettinger
Date Posted: 8/21/2012 1:11:15 PM
Submited By: Neil Rogers



I had a hearing in front of ALJ Ettinger on 14 June 2012, my medical condition CONSTRICTIVE BRONCHIOLITS which is the condition I was disability retired after 21 years of active duty Army service, with 4 12 month combat deployments, 2 in Iraq and 2 in Afghanistan. My first deployment I was exposed to Sulfur gas over a 4 week time period. This is the cause of my CB, it was diagnosed by an open lung biopsy at Vanderbilt. During my hearing and contact with my lawyer I was not informed that CB had been added to the COMPASSIONATE ALLOWANCES list, in April 2012 as one of 52 new rare serious conditions by the Commissioner. These would take effect 11 Aug 2012. My appeal was denied several weeks later for a long list of reasons that did not pertain to CB. Surely the Judge would of known about these new conditions added to the Compassionate Allowances list, so why was I denied, CB is incurable, untreatable and progressive. This was proven by evidence provided. Is this because the judge did not know even though he is the expert, if he did know according the SSA website says it is an almost guarantee that you will be approved. So I am confused why something so important was not addressed.

Judge: Linda Gail Roberts
Date Posted: 8/16/2012 2:05:25 PM
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If you are under age 50, it is extremely difficult to be awarded your benefits.

Judge: Linda Gail Roberts
Date Posted: 8/16/2012 9:06:47 AM
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YES SHE IS A *****

Judge: Donald E Garrison
Date Posted: 8/16/2012 9:04:39 AM
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I don't like him. Must have been having a Bad Day the day I went before him. I've waited so long and for what a BIG NO? Its not fair, who are they? Hate it if you get him as a judge.

Judge: John R Daughtry
Date Posted: 8/11/2012 5:28:00 PM
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This judge is not accurate, fair or even "objective." He's made several determinations in our case that are NOT the privilege nor RIGHT of an ALJ. He is NOT a doctor, nor can he say which Doctors have credibility or not. The bottom line is that this person WILL review your case FULLY before you set foot in the hearing room. He will disect your case after and pick apart, based on what we saw, from his own feelings/perceptions/opinions...none of which were truly and legally binding. In other words, John Daughtry treated me like I was a lying, manipulative faker. I hate to put it in the kinds of words, but if you get this judge, I would recommend having all of your doctors come to your hearings so he can tell THEM to their faces that their medical recommendations and diagnosis are "extremely pessimistic" like he said about all 7 of our doctors. He based his whole decision concurring with the SOCIAL SECURITY HIRED DOCTOR who spent all of 15 minutes examining me vs. my doctors who have examined me countless times over the last 7 years.

Judge: Linda Gail Roberts
Date Posted: 8/9/2012 11:07:32 AM
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She's a *****

Judge: Daniel E Whitney
Date Posted: 7/8/2012 4:15:35 PM
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Very nice and understanding. Listened to me with a compassionate ear.

Judge: Daniel E Whitney
Date Posted: 7/2/2012 1:36:28 PM
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Very fair , Christain,and truly cares for the truly disable

Judge: Michelle Thompson
Date Posted: 6/7/2012 4:49:36 PM
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Hottest looking ALJ I've seen. Very cute french sounding accent and a nice demeanor as well.

Judge: Linda Gail Roberts
Date Posted: 5/2/2012 9:56:44 AM
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Don't call her "mam"...she'll get angry.

Judge: Daniel E Whitney
Date Posted: 4/9/2012 1:09:36 PM
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Very unprofessional and biased. Sarcastic, rude, and used ridiculous reasoning to deny me. He actually holds it against you and says it's proof you're not disabled if you manage to get yourself to a specialist. He could care less about the rules or ethics. Pray you don't get this guy.