Mobile, Alabama ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Mobile, Alabama, 17 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Mobile, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 16.0 months. The average case processing time in Mobile is 540 days.The Mobile average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 50%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Mobile ODAR office was last updated on 5/19/2016.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Mobile 17 16.0 months 540 days 1.8 20% 50% 30%
Alabama15.5 months505 days1.919%48%34%
National Average:15.9 months510 days1.920%44%37%
AVERAGE TIME
Hearing Wait Time: 16.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 1.78
Average Processing Time 540 days
Cases Pending 11169
Dispositions 4342
New Cases 4735
Hearings In Person 43%
Video Hearings 57%

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Judge: David R Murchison
6/25/2016 1:28:19 PM



This judge was very polite and pleasant. He took the time to commend my attorney on a well organized briefing and thorough description of my disabilities. He listened to my testimony, asked the questions pertaining to my case, and made a fully favorable bench decision on my case. I can't stress enough the importance of hiring a GOOD attorney, NOT the ones that advertise on TV that herd you like cattle. It's important that your case be presented thoroughly and accurately. This judge was fair in all aspects of my experiences with him.


Judge: Katie H Pierce
6/2/2016 11:56:59 AM



The Honorable Judge Katie H. Pierce is a very fair and impartial judge. Listens very carefully with extreme patience.


Judge: L. D Pischek
5/17/2016 12:10:09 AM



I'll have to wait, and see

Michael Joe fuller
Judge: Ronald Reeves
3/29/2016 11:34:00 PM



Dear judge reeves, I had a hearing Jan 5th for my disability and I got denied. Just wanted you to know that I wasn't properly represented.. The Lawer I had didn't have all of my dr's papers stating that I could not work. I'm about to have one of my toes taken off due to my diabetes . Along with all the other stuff I have wrong with I really can't work. I would if I could. I'm about to lose everything I've got. I really wish you would reconsider my case. I need help. Please help me. Thanks, Michael j fuller.


Judge: Linda J Helm
3/17/2016 5:09:19 AM



How many denied claims were that of veterans who are receiving pensions from the VA and considered disabled by the VA?


Judge: Laura Robinson
12/2/2015 1:54:37 PM



I had a hearing with this Judge, and I think she is a very pleasant, calm and fair Judge. She was very professional and empathetic in my case.

ANGRY PARENT
Judge: Laura Robinson
11/30/2015 9:35:30 AM



NOT A FAIR JUDGE AT ALL..

Sharon Norwood-Lewis
Judge: Laura Robinson
11/2/2015 10:30:44 AM



Laura Robinson, I would like to know why none of my disabilities were considered in my case on September 9,2015? Instead,you insisted on defaming my character.you used past statements in my mental file to my psychiatrist. You tried to make me look like a drug addict without carefully considering those statements you were referring to dated back when I was a young adult. You not once considered looking or even taking a drug test of me before the hearing.my opinion is you went in pre-judging me before you even viewed the facts. You not once considered the pain I suffer on a daily basis.not once did you consider my disability of cervical spondylodis,which is the wearing and testing affecting the spinal fish in my neck.jobs that involve repetitive neck motions,awkward positioning or a lot of over-head work puts extra stress on my neck.tingling,numbness,and weakness in my arms,hands,legs,and feet.I sometimes have loss of bladder control.neither did you consider my other disabilities,like,major depressive disorder(bipolar),personality disorder,personality disorder NOS,asthma,chronic kidney disease,right renal hydronephrosis,infection in my bloodstream,migraines and a few minor disabilities. My understanding was that you're supposed to base your decision on facts, not assumptions.

Jerry
Judge: Tracy S Guice
10/7/2015 5:41:50 AM



Apparently only good comments are allowed here. So I will see how wonderful it was to have our claim denied by this so called judge. She is a member of the greediest generation and must have had too many approvals and was told to deny a 100% VA rated disabled vet so she could have money for her time share in Florida. She is not fair. She is not compassionate. I can say with the kindness at the bottom of my heart that if you get this person for your case you might as well get ready to be denied.

DB
Judge: Tracy S Guice
9/30/2015 5:13:00 PM



VERY compassionate and nice ALJ - really listens to claimant's and reps and wants to make the correct decision if the medical evidence and SSA Regulations provide for a finding of disability. I have appeared in front of Judge Guice mny ties and she is always fair.


Judge: Alan E Michel
9/29/2015 11:00:28 AM



This judge is unfair. I was denied my disability on issues that I didnt apply for disability on. Once I received my denial letter, he didnt address any issues concerning my health. I was told by my law firm that he dont like to give people their disability under the age of 50. Its mine,,, I worked for it!!!!!

Jason jett
Judge: Robert Waller
9/16/2015 4:09:42 PM



This judge made decision denying me disability the vocational expert clearly stated three times that I could not work and in my decision it says that the guy told him that I could work or perform its sad that he made a judgement on false pretence thank guy its appreciatex

Rhonda Kay Smith
Judge: D. B Stalley
9/15/2015 8:56:41 PM



Fair,Compassionate and Professional Judge. Thank u Judge Stalley!

I will never give up
Judge: Kim McClain-Leazure
8/30/2015 9:48:14 PM



So disappointed in the judge. Stated comments that my psychiatrist did not say. Tried to intimidate me into saying it was correct. I know some people try to abuse the system. I'm not one of those. She discounted all of my documented evidence from all of my doctors. It was a joke. She used the fact that I try to walk without a cane against me. I only use it when necessary. I don't try to over act or pretend. I was so disgusted with her that I started not to file again. I got an attorney who told me to keep filing until you turn 65. He told me that I worked hard over 20 years and did not cause my injury. I had a super work history and loved what I did. I still will not lie under oath. I will tell the truth and I will answer questions correctly. If you have been denied by this judge, please do not give up. I will continue to fight for my case and I encourage you to do the same.

tiny pacetti
Judge: Ben E Sheely
8/26/2015 3:54:32 PM



I appeared in front of judge sheely twice for video court in my ssi case, and he is a very sweet caring person, with all my confidence of im being concerned about me and my health... I just wish I could get an answer soon, im so stressed im scared of having a major stroke or heart attack.. blood pressure staying above 180/113. god help me.. please

Courtney
Judge: Kim McClain-Leazure
7/7/2015 11:36:43 PM



I had my hearing approx 3 months ago and Judge Kim was very understanding. She had the facts in front of her (my medical records) and my lawyer said maybe 5 words. She told me that I had solid evidence to support my claim. She gave me a favorable decision on the spot. I really appreciate all her help.


Judge: David R Murchison
6/30/2015 11:43:22 AM



Very fair and gave a fully favorable bench decision on the spot for my husband. This has been a three year battle and we are seeing a light at the end of the tunnel.

Shirley
Judge: James F Barter
6/26/2015 2:40:49 PM



I have waited 4 years.9 months from my hearing, he made a decision, and not good. SSI ONLY, I simply do not understand ,when all the records clearly showed the disability for the total 4 years. Instead He gave me 9 months, minus one month, so 8 months is what I got,because of my age. Shouldnt have nothing to do with it. Whom can live under 500.00 a month. Step in my shoes, see the pain from all 3 of my illnesses. I thought Judge Barter was trying to be understanding at my hearing, I have been through more trauma then most will ever experience in their lifetime., I truly am being punished by this judge for becoming Ill and unable to work. To much more to say, not enough space. I did not deserve this treatment .

chad
Judge: James F Barter
6/16/2015 11:05:07 AM



My case is undecided, but considering it's lack of information in the area I reside I would expect not to be approved. My lawyer also dumped me nearly two weeks before my hearing forcing me to represent myself. I do not plan on remaining on disability for longer than it takes to be rehabilitated and repair my mangled finances. However, I will say he is a man of good measure and kind this has no hold on his job. He has an obligation to the tax payers and to those in need. Which puts him in a position to be both compassionate and harsh. I have no doubts there can be times he has to deny people that might be on the boarder of necessity just to maintain his ruling reputation. Unfortunately most people that can be rehabilitated will ride that check til they die, So It's not easy to make that choice. Yes we all pay in SSI, but most do not pay enough to get what they do back.


Judge: Ben E Sheely
6/4/2015 1:52:07 PM



I was before the judge recently and felt he was warm and compassionate. He asked relevant questions. My attorney didn't say much at all.

Pat McCusker
Judge: PETER C EDISON
5/24/2015 9:51:13 AM



This is the most fair ALJ I have ever encountered.


Judge: Joseph T Scruton
12/30/2014 9:40:22 AM



I sat before Judge Scruton several months ago and found him to be a very nice person. His questions were direct and to the point. At no time did I feel did I feel uncomfortable with Judge Scruton. His decision was deliver fairly and quickly.


Judge: Paul Reams
11/13/2014 10:55:49 AM



This judge denied my claim I have many conditions that's limits me from sustaining a job he have no sympathy and he is unfair and unreasonable


Judge: L. D Pischek
9/4/2014 3:05:15 PM



Scratch the contempt part of my message. My neighbor said I can't hold a judge in contempt. My neighbor said I mixing an ALJ hearing with an Al Picino movie. Pardon me Judge L D Pischek.


Judge: L. D Pischek
9/4/2014 2:54:28 PM



I have not gone before the ALJ yet. But I hope I get this judge. Going before a judge who has denied so many claims means an award is out there waiting for the right person to take it. I will take that rare award and I'll do it without a representative, or an attorney. After I win I'll tell the judge to come to this page and read that I knew I would win. I'm so sure I will get that award I'm tempted to give out my name. Even if he knows my name my medical evidence is so strong that if it is questioned I will call out of order. Three out of orders and I will hold that judge in contempt. I say to those who say we need representatives and attorneys. You're out of order! 30 days in the hole!


Judge: L. D Pischek
6/26/2014 1:56:22 PM



By far the lowest approval and highest denial rate of any ALJ in Mississippi, so you know exactly what to expect when you have the misfortune of drawing her, your client is going to be denied.


Judge: Linda J Helm
6/12/2014 11:46:03 AM



I have not received my judgement yet, but regardless of whatever decision is made, it will not alter my feelings about the hearing. Judge Helm was very nice to me as I was in a severe amount of pain that day. She took her time asking questions and gave me a lot of time to answer each question fully and to elaborate on them. I in no way felt she rushed me, nor was she dismissive. I have a very complex case and Judge Helm made sure that I was questioned every way from Sunday, and all bases were covered.


Judge: Kim McClain-Leazure
4/28/2014 8:59:50 AM



Extremely disrespectful. Very demeaning and angry. Acts unprofessional. Made decision before I walked into the room.

zanathious horn
Judge: D. B Stalley
4/23/2014 8:37:16 PM



In fair to Africa american men. Young who have worked their whole life. Did not give me a chance. Already had her mind made up . Before I sat down. Called me a fry cook. 34 years I worked as a cook. I am no fry COOK. How did I get to he airing. I said the bus. You're Paine is not that bad. Then. How else was I was to get to the hearing. Did not stand a chance. Based on Race..


Judge: Alan E Michel
2/19/2014 11:53:03 AM



Not sure if it is simply that he is too old or not. But, he is a mean hateful man that unfortuately is an admiistrative law judge. Maybe he got picked on a lot when he was a kid about 90 years ago.

Richie Gambino
Judge: Alan E Michel
2/19/2014 8:56:35 AM



Made comments about movie the Godfather to attorney with an Italian client. Refused to have video hearing because 1696 was not on file and satelllite SSA office would not allow them to use fax machine. However, they do have a fax machine that was available but he refused us to submit 1696. Said we could "mail it in." He needs to retire. Very mean man.

Kim
Judge: Vickie Evans
11/22/2013 12:57:26 PM



I thought she was kind, considerate, and a compassionate human..she listened, and actually cares about the person sitting in front of her...no matter what my husbands outcome, I know she really listened...excellent person...


Judge: David R Murchison
11/21/2013 11:27:56 AM



I'm a Rep and I've appeared before this Judge a few times. He'll try to rope you and your client in with his southern-boy charm, and even intimate that he's on your client's side. He asks only few questions which seems to suggest that he's going to award the case. You'll walk out feeling good. Then you'll be flabbergasted when you receive a denial. Granted, his stats aren't all that bad. Unfortunately--because he consistently acts like your best friend at the hearing--you'll never know which way he's leaning until you get the decision. Because of this, you need to treat each case like you anticipate a denial. You MUST address each and every aspect of your client's impairments in excruciating detail. Cross-examine the VE thoroughly (in terms of their testimony in response to both your and the Judge's questioning). Don't neglect the Step 3 analysis--request a post-hearing CE if necessary. Discuss the applicability of all SSR's in your opening/closing statement. Ideally, submit a brief. These are only a few suggestions. The point is, don't leave any stone unturned.

Loren
Judge: James F Barter
10/2/2013 2:47:53 PM



I found this Judge to be vary unfair and with a lack of understanding and compassion. After being told by His Job Placement Addvocate that there was no type of work out there for my husband to do but yet my husband should find himself a job with the following... (words off the denial letter) "Specifically he is limited to work that does not require more than basic interaction with supervisors, co-workers and general public. He would need a well-spaced work environment to reduce the amount of his interaction. He should not be required to read instructions, write reports, or handle money." Someone please find my husband a job that requires the above noted. No where will hire my husband because of his very limited education and to get a job he can't do how long do you think he will be able to keep this job. I understand that he sees many people that are trying to skimp on the governments pocketbook but jundge please keep in mind that there are those of us who do need the help. And deserve it after paying into the system for years.


Judge: Kim McClain-Leazure
8/20/2013 6:20:22 PM



No personality, other than being very angry. Was unprepared and unprofessional, as well as, totally unprepared for my hearing.


Judge: James F Barter
8/20/2013 8:33:35 AM



I found Judge Barter to be caring and empathetic. Not harsh at all, nor biased. He really wanted to understand the predicament I am in with my disability. Thank you, Judge Barter for being a great Judge!


Judge: Paul Reams
8/6/2013 10:30:26 AM



was wondering did you client win their disability case with Judge Reams?


Judge: Paul Reams
5/30/2013 2:19:23 PM



I'm a rep and have had one hearing with ALJ Reams. He appears to be early 60's is one of the most pleasant gentleman I've appeared before. He takes time to explain some basics to the claimant. He asks Rep for an opening statement and listens attentively. He questions the claimant in a general way, covering past work, impairments, symptoms and functional problems. Let's rep follow up. As he explained, he usually asks a range of hypos to the VE covering limitations that both allow work and would prevent work. He allows rep to give closing argument if desired. He is very nice, very respectful to all involved and seems quite fair in his consideration of the evidence.


Judge: Paul Reams
5/1/2013 10:41:39 AM



looking for anyone that has been in front of him for your disability case.


Judge: D. B Stalley
4/16/2013 8:52:45 PM



Very fair and compassionate. She gives the claimant time to express thmselves


Judge: Katie H Pierce
4/4/2013 1:11:46 PM



I got the feeling that she had just been given a performance review saying she had been approving too many cases. She was incredibly adept at ignoring all the favorables, while seizing on the unfavorables.


Judge: Laura Robinson
3/28/2013 1:56:32 PM



I've had about 5 hearings with this judge. She is very pleasant, calm, professional and empathetic and understanding with the claimants. She is well prepared; will ask rep for opening; she then questions the claimant in a patient and fairly thorough manner and rep can follow up with additional specifics. She usually gives a hypo based on DDS RFC and one based on claimant's testimony or inability to be on task more than 75% of the time. SHe will also ask for closing argument. She strikes me as very fair and impartial.


Judge: L. D Pischek
3/4/2013 7:35:39 AM



This lady is VERY investigative! She smiles alot but listens for contradictions in your answers and will ask alot of questions! You better know what you are talknig about when you enter the courtroom because she is aware of not only your condition but the meds associated with it!


Judge: PETER C EDISON
2/20/2013 8:14:17 AM



This judge is cold-hearted and has no empathy for mental illness claimants. He not only called three psychiatrist and a social security psychologist, two primary doctors liars but me as well. His problem is since he can't see the illness physically then you can work. I believe he wants me to go out in the workplace and have one of my mental breakdowns whereby I hurt someone or vice-versa for him to see that a person that suffers with bipolar I & II are very moody people who can't always control themselves. I also suffer with manic depression, PSTD, social anxiety, anxiety, claustophic, panic attacks, OCD, high blood pressure, asthma, bronchitis, heart disease,etc. I am a 50 year old black female who has worked 30 years of her life always giving and caring for others. I have attempted suicide twice because I am my wits end. It took almost 4 years for this unfair system to tell me no I don't qualify for sdi in which I paid into the system. I guess, I will have to prove to this ### and the rest of them that I refuse to let others come here and live off of me when they never worked a day in this country.

michelle sainz
Judge: Linda J Helm
1/16/2013 6:28:09 AM



RE: I didn't find this lady mean spirited . I thought she would approve me . I was suprised when I was denied seeing that the vocational expert and Judge Helm both said There was no jobs available for me so why was I denied? OH and because I filed taxes the year previous she kept insinuating that I was filing for earned income credit but I worked to see if I could and Can not

michelle sainz
Judge: Linda J Helm
1/16/2013 6:24:01 AM



I was @ your hearing. with no lawyer. The vocational expert said that I could work bilateral only for 3 hours then lay flat on my back after. Judge Helm asked the vocational expert what jobs are availiable for this kind of work . The vocational expert said NONE JUDGE. I was denied my social security. Can someone plese explain this


Judge: Joseph T Scruton
12/31/2012 7:40:34 PM



Same person as above.....forgot to say.... he said I was "Dr Shopping" because my practitioner was OUT one day and I needed to be seen AND; I saw another Dr at the practice so I was 'Dr Shopping". Now I have moved across town so since my practitioner has left town I have decided to get a Dr on the side of town I am in . Lord have mercy!


Judge: Joseph T Scruton
12/31/2012 6:58:19 PM



This judge is un-empathatic. He is down near hateful. I am fully disabled but I was honest because that is how I was brought up. So get this, for instance, I put if I get ONE load of clothes washed and dried, showered and dinner done that is a 'good' day for me. He used THAT against me stating that if I could do those things surely I could do some form of work. SO you have to be an un moving, catatonic slug to be deemed disabled? Okeeeee. So I guess I will quit showering, wear dirty clothes and just throw dishes on top of each other like on hoarders. WHat the......??????? I am incapacitated by irritable bowel syndrome related to my fibromyalgia (which he is still stuck in the dark ages because he deemed it a 'abstract dx' tho I do have scans showing tangible evidence of my neck pain. My neck looks like a train wreck basically. I have compressed nerves every where. Fibro has been proved for over a decade to be REAL and when someone in his family gets affected someday because kharma works that way, he will see. THEN.....he said I could work because I flew home to California to BURY MY MOTHER. Excuse me sir for wanting to say goodbye to my Mom.... I don't have any parents left to lose, but if I did, I would take that under advisement. Does the fact that we live in a DISABLED FRIENDLY SOCIETY mean anything. I was driven directly to my gate. I was golf carted to my connecting flight where I spent the next 3.5 hours SLEEPING. I had already TOLD HIM I SPEND at least 1/2 my night sleeping sitting straight up like, oh, I don't know, AN AIRPLANE. Whoa that took some effort to sit in that seat and sleep. Then, with one SMALL carry on with WHEELS and my sister picking me up 30 feet from my gate, I was off to go home. Same coming back. Flying is not hard for a disabled person if you are carted to your connecting flight, allowed to board ahead (passengers with special needs).... you would not believe the stuff he pulled out of his hat. It is appalling. My IBS has flared the last two days and I have taken 10 immodium with only mild relief. He says I can work as an assembler or inspector. WHERE? Where in this area do they have those jobs. I will tell you THEY DONT! This person had it in for me for some reason. He is not fit to be a judge. Be warned if you get him..... just tell him you cannot do ANYTHING. NOTHING. NOTHING....... you are an incapable slug. I do a bit of crafting when I feel like it. 30 mins is about the most I can do it. REMEMBER you are a slug. You can do nothing. SLUG SLUG SLUG SLUG. I have lost all belief in justice. OUR SYSTEM DOES NOT WORK. It is crap and does not work. I am disabled. PERIOD. I am in pain 24/7 and I hold no acoountability for the actions I take upon myself. I am at the lowest point I have ever been in my life.

OK
Judge: James F Barter
11/13/2012 6:00:56 PM



Harsh but fair.


Judge: Vickie Evans
10/26/2012 7:56:40 PM



She rocks. But,don't lie to her, otherwise she will turn onyou.


Judge: Linda J Helm
9/10/2012 2:05:06 PM



Good luck with this mean spirited woman.


Judge: PETER C EDISON
8/1/2012 10:13:47 AM



although judge edison wasnt my judge I understand your frustration my hearing was june 20th and I havent recieved a decision letter in the mail yet. My conditions is left leg ampuation, psoriatic arthritis, and post tramatic stress syndrome. now if that doesnt qualify as disabled after i worked many years in the workforce then what would? I often think the same thing you guys do. what does it take to get approved roll in there on a hospital bed or a wheelchair. however my judge was extremely nice and seemed interested in my case but the low approval rates they have speak for themselves


Judge: PETER C EDISON
7/30/2012 4:53:14 PM



This ALJ barely even looked at me during my hearing (June 2012) and never reviewed any medical findings after July 2011, which confirm my diagnosis. Also he basically said I was a liar and therefore denied me any disability benifits at all. I am on 19 prescribed medications, I can barely function while taken them, they have impaired my thinking skills. I also have hyper somnia, means I sleep for hours at any given time of day, but somehow that evidence was not in his report. If I was pushed in to the hearing in a wheel chair with drool hanging from my mouth, maybe he would believe me. But since I am an upbeat person ( to hide all the crap on the inside)he sees me as functional. I have good days and I have bad days , some days I have no pain and other days all I have is pain. I'm a mixed bag-who in their right mind would hire a person like myself? I can't sit or stand for too long, i can only do minimal light non-thinkinh kind of work, I will fall asleep on the job, I will forget the task I've been given and wander the office. I would get fired within a week, that or get that special baseball helmet for my head. this man infuriates me


Judge: James F Barter
5/10/2012 2:42:33 PM



This Judge clearly traded his white sheet and hood for a black robe. I never seen such blatant dislike for a race of people. Shame, Shame, Shame!


Judge: Ronald Reeves
4/5/2012 5:06:21 PM



no stars intimidating acts like your a criminal for being disabled very unprofessionL did not even give me (CLAiment) the opportunity to express my disabilities was very ugly and mean to me and my representative. did not want to here how medications affected my work ability(s). HE said should have been included in restrictions by doctors report. medicine affects people diferent and the cautions are on the bottle. However, i wa not given the opportunity to tell how they affected me. i was never asked how my pain and other conditions affected my dAILY LIVING. ( which is tremendous) no work history or what i thought I may be able to do was discussed. (other than brief assumptions) Restrictions and limittations were asked of me,even though they should all have been shown in fCE and medical records. I do not know what the Drs. said I only know whAT I can and can't do. THIS judge has some anger issues or other problems ....... maybe he should apply for disability because he is not fairly and rightiously doing his job.....There are problems concerning this judge and his job duties and dealing with people 4/05/2012