Mobile, Alabama ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Mobile, Alabama, 14 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 12.0 months. The average case processing time in Mobile is 447 days.The Mobile average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 47%. 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 7/9/2014.

SSA, Mobile ODAR Office
550 Government St., Suite 200
Mobile, Alabama 36602
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Phone: (866) 563-4698 -- Fax: (251) 441-5993
eFile Fax: 877-871-2433 (For sending evidence)

OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Mobile 14 12.0 months 447 days 2.1 20% 47% 33%
Alabama12.8 months432 days2.119%45%37%
National Average:12.3 months400 days2.018%44%38%
Hearing Wait Time: 12.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 2.09
Average Processing Time 447 days
Cases Pending 9504
Dispositions 5281
New Cases 5536
Hearings In Person 48%
Video Hearings 52%

Comments about Judges at the Mobile Alabama ODAR office:

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Judge: Linda J Helm
Date Posted: 6/12/2014 11:46:03 AM
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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
Date Posted: 4/28/2014 8:59:50 AM
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Extremely disrespectful. Very demeaning and angry. Acts unprofessional. Made decision before I walked into the room.

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



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
Date Posted: 2/19/2014 11:53:03 AM
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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.

Judge: Alan E Michel
Date Posted: 2/19/2014 8:56:35 AM
Submited By: Richie Gambino



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.

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

Judge: James F Barter
Date Posted: 10/2/2013 2:47:53 PM
Submited By: Loren



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
Date Posted: 8/20/2013 6:20:22 PM
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No personality, other than being very angry. Was unprepared and unprofessional, as well as, totally unprepared for my hearing.

Judge: James F Barter
Date Posted: 8/20/2013 8:33:35 AM
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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: D. B Stalley
Date Posted: 4/16/2013 8:52:45 PM
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Very fair and compassionate. She gives the claimant time to express thmselves

Judge: Katie H Pierce
Date Posted: 4/4/2013 1:11:46 PM
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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: PETER C EDISON
Date Posted: 2/20/2013 8:14:17 AM
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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.

Judge: Linda J Helm
Date Posted: 1/16/2013 6:28:09 AM
Submited By: michelle sainz



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

Judge: Linda J Helm
Date Posted: 1/16/2013 6:24:01 AM
Submited By: michelle sainz



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
Date Posted: 12/31/2012 7:40:34 PM
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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
Date Posted: 12/31/2012 6:58:19 PM
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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.

Judge: James F Barter
Date Posted: 11/13/2012 6:00:56 PM
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Harsh but fair.

Judge: Linda J Helm
Date Posted: 9/10/2012 2:05:06 PM
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Good luck with this mean spirited woman.

Judge: PETER C EDISON
Date Posted: 8/1/2012 10:13:47 AM
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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
Date Posted: 7/30/2012 4:53:14 PM
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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
Date Posted: 5/10/2012 2:42:33 PM
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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
Date Posted: 4/5/2012 5:06:21 PM
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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