Little Rock, Arkansas ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Little Rock, Arkansas, 13 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Little Rock, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 11.0 months. The average case processing time in Little Rock is 386 days.The Little Rock average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 49%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Little Rock ODAR office was last updated on 7/9/2014.

SSA, Little Rock ODAR Office
2405 Federal Office Building
700 West Capitol Avenue
little rock, Arkansas 72201
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Phone: (866) 592-2549 -- Fax: (501) 324-7137
eFile Fax: (877) 559-1933 (For sending evidence)

OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Little Rock 13 11.0 months 386 days 2.2 16% 49% 35%
Arkansas9.5 months353 days2.115%47%38%
National Average:12.3 months400 days2.018%44%38%
Hearing Wait Time: 11.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 2.17
Average Processing Time 386 days
Cases Pending 8072
Dispositions 4677
New Cases 5086
Hearings In Person 51%
Video Hearings 49%

Comments about Judges at the Little Rock Arkansas ODAR office:

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Judge: David L Knowles
Date Posted: 7/11/2014 8:23:17 AM
Submited By: ConcernedCitizen

I know this person who posted the above comment about being homeless. His name is Kevin McBurnett. He lost part of his vision when Cheryl Harris throw a brick at him and she called the police and Kevin when to jail. You know a prisoner is suppose to have rights even in Little Rock, Arkansas. Eventually Kevin is taken to UAMS eye center where a doctor is to save this eye. During the surgery Kevin wakes up and the doctor cuts his eye which causes Kevin to loss his eyesight completely. Kevin is taken back to jail. Once Kevin is out the guard who was from the jail and was in the surgery saw everything. He calls Kevin once he is out of surgery and tells him his cousin is an attorney. He also told Kevin he saw everything and that he was not given enough anesthesia during the surgery and that is why he woke up while the doctor was cutting on his eye. So Kevin goes to this guards cousin who is an attorney. The attorney gets the medical records of this surgery at UAMS or that is what Kevin is told. Months and months go by and Kevin is told by this attorney he is working on the case. The attorney moves his office and Kevin is told the attorney has lost the records. Oh really? I think maybe he cut a deal with the eye doctor and his attorney! The eye doctor was head of the eye unit at UAMS and suddenly he has left that post and has gone back to his country. Now Nussbaum the attorney handles Kevin's disability case and Judge Moody is the judge. You know Nussbaum from travelgate and Judge Moody who married Vince Foster's widow? Of course Kevin is turned down for disability. Kevin has less than 30% vision in his so called "good eye." Totally blind in the other. Under the United States Social Security disability rule Kevin does not need an attorney or judge to decide his case. A legally blind person is qualified for disability. So, why does Kevin have to keep going to court for disability? Kevin was abused by his father, William O. McBurnett. He was beat without mercy and Kevin's mother could not do anything about this as she was beat herself. Kevin begin drinking at ten years old to help him deal with this abuse. He has been in and out of rehabs because of this. Kevin's problems started as a child where he was suppose to be loved and protected. He was not. So, now as an homeless adult he continues to be abused by society. Kevin needs the his social security benefit to get off the streets. You arrogant judges deny him his benefit that he worked and paid into the system? LAWDAWG JUDICAL WATCH

Judge: Wendell C Fowler
Date Posted: 4/17/2014 12:51:40 AM
Submited By: Kaliyah Star

He was a very good listener , he really seemed to care about others

Judge: Wendell C Fowler
Date Posted: 3/22/2014 4:41:42 AM
Submited By: Kim

He is very understanding

Judge: Mark Schafer
Date Posted: 3/20/2014 2:30:53 PM
Submited By: Mark E.

I found judge Schafer to be very fair. You had better be well prepared, and able to answer many questions that he will ask of you. He allowed me to answer every question that he asked of me, and I had all the time I needed to do so. Although I did think he was asking me questions he thought would trip me up. In all honesty I found him very open minded and very fair.

Judge: David L Knowles
Date Posted: 2/7/2014 12:45:08 PM
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I have a hearing coming up soon with this judge. I see that a total of 61% of his cases are unapproved. I am so scared. I am at the library now. I am homeless and have the flu I have had for over two weeks. I went to UAMS and was told they do not take Medicaid patients. I am so depressed that I just really want to die. I don't want to be a burden or a begger but everywhere I go I am treated like an outcast. I quess because that is what I have become. Please pray for me that God will have mercy if I make it to the hearing with this judge. I have no attorney to represent me as I am homeless. If I had disability I could go to the doctor, have a place to live, and take a bath and be clean. I know that's why I am hated. I am not completely stupid.

Judge: Lesly W Mattingly
Date Posted: 2/6/2014 1:00:28 PM
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Read the above post. Have you ever heard of the Americans with Disabilities Act? I suggest you phone the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D. C. and ask for the disability department. If your friend has no vision in one eye and only 20% vision in his good eye you do not need this judge's approval. Blindness is a covered disability with the Social Security Administration. Good luck/ESQ.

Judge: Kevin T Alexander
Date Posted: 2/5/2014 1:37:28 AM
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I went in front of Mr Alexander, and I thought that I had proved my case, but I was still denied. I was disappointed, and somewhat upset. I had a VA claim open at the same time, that I went in front of the judge, and not that I am saying that I would have been approved, but 3 months after I got denied by the judge, My VA claim started finalizing and my Service Connected Disability had doubled from 30% to 60%, and I was awarded my VA Disability Pension for total disability. I had appealed to the counsel, but was denied a review. I reopened my disability claim, and I was told, that the judges ruling was the farthest back, that my offset date can be set at. In opening my new claim, I found out that the Social Security did not have almost 8 years of my back medical history. It is my fought, I guess, that the history was missing. I knew that I had gone to the VA hospitals and doctors, so I requested my VA records, and I also told Social Security that I went to the VA, but I found out today, that since I had transferred from one VA Hospital to another, I had only received records from my current hospital. My records from 2003 until 2010, that showed my continuing cycle was never even seen by anyone in the Social Security, like I previously said, even if I would have had all my records, I still might not have been approved, but as of right now, I can't go back to then, and Social Security could only base me on what they had, so whether Mr Alexander reads this or not, I wanted to let him know, that I no longer had any ill feelings toward him. If you are a veteran, and you do not already know, unless it has changed, be sure to name every individual VA Clinic or Hospital that you go to, because just requesting your Medical from your current VA hospital, will not give you your whole history.... I found that out the hard way.

Judge: Lesly W Mattingly
Date Posted: 2/3/2014 8:31:07 PM
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My friend had to go before this judge for disability. He has an eight grade education and does not speak well in front of others. He is completely blind in one eye and he say he has about 20% vision left. When I talk to him he worries about being homeless which he has been before. He is always depressed. No one will hire him to work and the only skill he had he can no longer see to do. I have tried to help him over the years and be a true friend. I have taken him to the hospital and grocery numerous times, but it takes him a long time in a grocery store. His family has helped him on and off as they can. I just wonder why citizens pay in to SOCIAL SECURITY where in my friend's case he has no social security as he does not know how to fight for it. This judge turned a blind man down for social security and he can not get a job to support himself. I just don't understand this.

Judge: John H Goree
Date Posted: 1/4/2014 5:17:43 PM
Submited By: PhyllisBishopTurn


Judge: Toni Shropshire
Date Posted: 12/5/2013 7:33:10 AM
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Had my daughter hearing with Judge Toni Shropshire the end of September, per her statements there is no job that she can do! But got my denial letter in the mail yesterday 12/3/13... which stated that she could so a unskilled secretarial work. Which I have not seen any listed in our newspaper for her. So where is she to get a job listed as that? So her Atty. is appealing her decision. Wish she would have had a different Judge. After reading through the Judges decision... well I am not very happy with how she twisted some of the statements that my daughter put in the forms she filled out. She has Depression, Anxiety and a few other thing going on one of which is a problem of concentrating and sometimes getting out the work she is thinking of. But the Judge thinks my Daughter was I guess not truthful in her statements and the Doctors reports were not very truthful or something. Just my the way she worded some of the statements. I don't see how on one hand you can say there is not Job someone can do, then to turn around and deny them benefits. For someone that has paid in just like everyone else. So I guess thanks to the new rules and the New President My Daughter will probably not get to draw what she has paid in...and has not become disabled! This is a person that wants to work... but can't. She had rather make the money she was before she came off them to have no income. If I could come face to face with this judge I would tell her this. What is it going to take for the hard working AMERICANS THAT HAVE PAID IN DEARLY TO THE SYSTEM TO BE ABLE TO DRAW THE BENEFITS THEY ARE DUE WHEN IT IS NEEDED? NOT FOR SOME JUDGE TO SIT UP THERE AND BE PREDIJUSE TO US AMERICANS THAT HAVE PAID DEARLY TO THE SYSTEM... JUST SO SOME OTHER PERSON THAT HAS FRIED THEIR BRAIN ON DRUGS CAN DRAW INSTEAD OF US... HELLO AMERICA WE HAVE A PROBLEM HERE.... WE NEED TO FIX IT.

Judge: Mark Schafer
Date Posted: 9/27/2013 7:15:00 PM
Submited By: Straight Shooter

I found Judge Schafer to be a No nonsense sincere steward of the people's money. He ask some pertinent questions and allowed me to answer without interruption. He was well aware of what was in my case file and often made reference to statements that were made my myself or my doctors. He may come off as a hard case because most people aren't use to hearing the truth. I appreciated his direct no nonsense approach. He is a lawyer's nightmare if he's not prepared to represent his client.

Judge: John H Goree
Date Posted: 6/28/2013 10:54:28 AM
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I have had at least two hearings with this judge. He is always well prepared and knows the file. If there are any negative issues such as drug/alcohol abuse or criminal history you should be prepared to explain it. He is firm but fair. Will do general questioning first and then turn over to rep. Credibility is very important.

Judge: Harold D Davis
Date Posted: 5/22/2013 7:13:34 AM
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As a rep I have had several cases with Judge Davis. He will typically call you in ahead of time, make sure you understand that he doesn't allow leading questions and doesn't want you to elicit extremely emotional testimony about suicide attempts, etc. He generally does not ask for opening statement. He begins questioning with a nice, easy pace; his questions are very clear and straightforward covering the basics about onset and impairments. He likes documentation re any income after onset (STD, LTD, WC, UE, etc). If client is 50+ and has good strong work history it's a plus. He usually has a VE and likes to do hearings that take about 30-45 min. I have found him to be very pleasant, very fair and he does a good job.

Judge: II Gabbard
Date Posted: 5/17/2013 11:46:11 AM
Submited By: Trish Coker

Well I got my decision today and it was unfavorable. We will be appealing.. Judge Gabbard followed the 5 steps.. But said I had severe disabilities but listed 3 jobs I could do.. None are located within 100 miles of me! Gabbard denies most of his cases. We have a chance of getting decision remanded or overturned because of the jobs are not plentiful here.. Gabbard does need to me replaced on the bench!

Judge: Eliaser Chaparro
Date Posted: 5/14/2013 10:02:41 AM
Submited By: Hurting One

This Judge is a very compassionate man that will listen to the truth. He will ask to hear a person's story. I think he is a rare individual to be in the position he holds, and to have the amount of empathy for others - it is just uncommon. He seems to be very fair, I hope so anyway as he listened to every word spoken.

Judge: Mark Ferguson
Date Posted: 4/18/2013 2:02:18 AM
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I had my hearing in front of a younger guy he was in his late 30s to early 40s but i don't remember his name. He was very nice he asked me most of the questions looked at my evidence and asked my lawyer if he had anything to add. He said no he thought i had said everything i needed to so he want going to waste his time. It lasted maybe 15 minutes then asked me if i had a drivers license and said he was rolling my date back to the date of my car wreck. I don't know if i won or lost but my lawyer said he felt really good about it.

Judge: II Gabbard
Date Posted: 4/4/2013 9:47:43 PM
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I had my hearing on March 21 with Judge Gabbard. I am awaiting the decision but after reading his low approval rating I am scared to death even though my attorney assures me everything went very well. I liked Judge Gabbard he is a very nice man and was very intelligent in the questions he asked.

Judge: Mark Ferguson
Date Posted: 3/28/2013 1:51:30 PM
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I've had two hearings with this ALJ and my experience is consistent with other comments here. He's very easy going, pleasant to work with, non-confrontational. Like most ALJ's over the last couple years, if they had a high award rate they seem to have gotten pressured to come down in the 45-60% range.

Judge: Mark Ferguson
Date Posted: 3/27/2013 6:58:43 AM
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Pleasant, easy going. Questions claimant generally and then lets rep develop specifics. His award rate has come down over the last year.

Judge: David J Manley
Date Posted: 1/30/2013 2:28:37 PM
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WEll, I did finally get my decison. Denied. deos he even read the medical records? Report was filled with contridicting statements. Absolutely ridiculous. We pay into this system, we are owed this,. Its not their money to hold., He denied me due to the fact that that I can care for my personal care and for my children. appealing and probably wont get very far.

Judge: David J Manley
Date Posted: 1/11/2013 2:48:52 PM
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I found this judge to be nice, seemingly fair. I have not gotten my decision yet, but he treated me with respect. I was expecting the hearing to be harsh. It was hard due to sitting up adn the lighting in those rooms ( I have severe vertigo) but besides that.... the judge was nice to me and let my husband sit in with me

Judge: Mark Ferguson
Date Posted: 1/6/2013 11:19:17 AM
Submited By: patricia

this was very good i was at ease with him.

Judge: David J Manley
Date Posted: 12/24/2012 3:03:58 PM
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unfair, unjust, slaughters one's character, makes false statements in his denial's, very harsh, insecure, dis-respectful.

Judge: Mark Ferguson
Date Posted: 12/18/2012 2:50:47 PM
Submited By: Jen

Seamed very down to earth. Spoke clearly and said to let him know if I did not understand the question so I felt better at ease. I did not fear him like I expected to 'fear the judge'. I felt like he was understanding of unusual circumstances, even though I did not receive a verdict that same day.

Judge: Mark Schafer
Date Posted: 12/15/2012 3:05:51 PM
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I feel the same way you do, Judge Shafer was reading a case log which didn't even belong to me, he was getting all the wrong information. I too was told there were no jobs I could do as stated by the VE, when given a hypothetical scenario there was nothing available. It makes me angry to know that the system would approve people for disability who go from day to day with no physical impairments and individuals who profess to be mental get approved and control their own monies. God knows what is best and he has the last word, Faith the size of a mustard seed works everytime. Therefore sit back and allow God to work.

Judge: Mark Schafer
Date Posted: 11/28/2012 10:57:46 PM
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Do not go to this judge, he will lie about every thing you say to him, he will not consider your doctors evidence he will only listen to what he has to say,i dont even know why he is a judge if he cant judge his own mind. In my case he made statements that were untrue, and lied about statements i made, i laughed at his denial because i knew i would win at the next level, it was like he thinking about someone elses case while he was working on mine. for ex, he said the ve, said i could work two jobs when incase the the ve said there was no jobs i could work. Thats ok, i will still get it.

Judge: Don Curdie
Date Posted: 9/12/2012 9:52:42 PM
Submited By: Barbara Burrow Deuschle

You can't get any better than DON CURDIE! I'm proud to know Judge Curdie!

Judge: Don Curdie
Date Posted: 7/4/2012 8:32:21 AM
Submited By: Larry E. Binz

This is the same person I knew as Don "Redbird" Curdie in our days at Catholioc High, Class of 1965. Tell the judge I saw the article in the Sunday July 1 edition of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. I have been living at Clarksdale, Miss. for the past 8 years and basically retired after 45 years in communications. Take care, Judge Don. Larry

Judge: II Gabbard
Date Posted: 6/18/2012 12:24:28 PM
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Very cool