Long Beach, California ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Long Beach, California, 8 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Long Beach, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 16.0 months. The average case processing time in Long Beach is 584 days.The Long Beach average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 55%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Long Beach ODAR office was last updated on 5/19/2016.

SSA, Long Beach ODAR Office
Federal Building, Suite 5300
501 West Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, California 90802
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Phone: (562) 980-4116 -- Fax: (562) 980-4131
eFile Fax: (877)394-4587 (For sending evidence)

OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Long Beach 8 16.0 months 584 days 1.9 18% 55% 27%
California16.9 months524 days1.819%45%36%
National Average:15.9 months509 days1.920%44%37%
Hearing Wait Time: 16.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 1.85
Average Processing Time 584 days
Cases Pending 6440
Dispositions 1146
New Cases 1685
Hearings In Person 88%
Video Hearings 12%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied
Judge Robert A Evans 22%52%27%
Judge John P Giannikas 12%56%32%
Judge Edward C Graham 14%55%32%
Judge Jean R Kerins 0%0%100%
Judge Susanne Lewald 4%50%46%
Judge Katherine Loo 21%54%25%
Judge John C Tobin 21%60%19%
Judge Peggy M Zirlin 28%54%19%

Comments about Judges at the Long Beach California ODAR office:

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Judge: Robert A Evans
Date Posted: 2/4/2016 6:27:01 PM
Submited By: Julie O.

I had my hearing yesterday with Judge Evans. He was very kind and made sure I was comfortable at the start of the hearing. He obviously had read thru the documentation I had provided as his questions were relevant to my work history specifically. After answering his questions honestly, and asking a few of my own questions, he stated he didn't need any further info. Then he shocked my totally by stating he was making his decision immediately. He found in my favor. Overall, giving that I was terrified and extremely nervous and I had no attorney representing me, Judge Evans was kind, attentive, and patient with my questions. He is a "class act". Thank you your Honor.

Judge: Susanne Lewald
Date Posted: 10/29/2015 1:46:33 PM
Submited By: Gregory Penix

Judge Susanne Lewald knows that is was asked to be represented by and attorney or free legal assistance. The free legal assistance office refused to represent me on my hearing so I had to go at it alone. Now knowing that Susanne Lewald knows that I am not a legal expert she knowingly took advantage of that and saw that this was an easy win for her with very little effort. To have a doctor and an vocational expert on conference call while we were in a hearing, how is it that a doctor and a vocational expert can make assumptions about me never having seen or met with me don't have all of my medical records or ex rays. They work with SSI their job is to say nothing is wrong even though the truth is rite their before them. An how can the opinion of the vocational expert Nancy Rynd out way the findings of a Doctor when and where do they do that at really. All jokes aside if I am saying that I have trouble straitening up my back when I am brushing my teeth or just to wash a few dishes then what make the vocational expert think that I can work part time doing assembly work sitting when sitting is a major factor also I'm still using my back along with my right hip being out of place an inch of from where it should be and on pain medications AND IT CLEARLY STATES NO WORK AROUND MACHINERY TOOLS OF ANY KIND. Hello where are their heads at really.

Judge: John C Tobin
Date Posted: 10/25/2015 2:51:01 PM
Submited By: Bobby Bergdoll

This ALJ does NOT consider the fact that SSDI/SSI benefits are for American Citizens, which goes against the rules for applying. DEMAND to see how many Non-Americans/Undocumented/Illegal Immigrants this ALJ has 'approved'.

Judge: Edward C Graham
Date Posted: 10/7/2015 3:20:04 PM
Submited By: Ruby Johnson

Judge: Robert A Evans
Date Posted: 9/2/2015 3:18:07 PM
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I have my hearing today 09/02/2015 JUDGE was very nice thank you your honor

Judge: Jeffrey A Hatfield
Date Posted: 6/17/2015 6:20:52 AM
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Good Judge! Walked in the court room nervous, but got relaxed quickly. Asked me few questions and I answered it as is. My lawyer also answered it. Judge asked me if I could shower, cook and drive. I said yes, yes and yes, but may have hard time to cook if I have to reach anything over my head level. And Judge asked me again, if everything is below your head level, can you cook? I said yes. Fully won. Great weight given to my 100% VA and great weight given to my doctors statement. Very nice guy. Thank you.

Judge: Katherine Loo
Date Posted: 12/25/2014 11:00:46 PM
Submited By: Bay Area Rep

Unprofessional and rude. Wears crocs and tacky clothes to hearings. She hates the sight of any woman who looks better than her. She has the nerve to criticize people's weight when they are barely overweight. She could lose some weight herself. She really needs to go... She has an ugly personality but it's not surprising, she presents herself like a stereotypical pathetic looking government employee.

Judge: Susanne Lewald
Date Posted: 3/26/2013 7:07:06 PM
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This judge heard my case. Claims you can do a job that you have to be fully sighted to do. I don't see up, down, or anything to the left. The way you are taking up for her, you are either the judge herself, or her aide. When you spend as much time as I have going to doctor to doctor, 6 eye specialists and countless medical doctors only to have her ignore all your medical evidence, tends to make me think she is not at all fair or reasonable! Social Security's blue book says I am disabled. Even the VR specialist said I had a chance of getting a job if someone wanted to give me one as a favor to me. Then she turns up with the Vr specialist had said there were 36 jobs I could get. Come on, where did that come from???????????

Judge: Susanne Lewald
Date Posted: 3/21/2013 4:28:50 PM
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I believe Judge Lewald is fair and knows the record better than most judges. She is always respectful to the claimants and everyone involved in the claim. She is trying to find the truth and is impartial and has an open mind. This is not something that you can say about all Administrative Law Judges that work for ODAR> It may be true that the medical experts are unqualified to be expressing their opinions which often times are the direct opposite of the long time treating physicians(many are retired and not up to date on the latest advances in medicine). As mentioned above the experts are assigned randomly from a National list that is generated by the SSA.

Judge: Peggy M Zirlin
Date Posted: 3/18/2013 10:54:35 AM
Submited By: Maia Bradford

I had a hearing before Judge Zirlin last week. I found her to be professional and thorough. She asked pertinent questions and listened closely to my answers. Having dealt with many female Lawyers and Judges in my career as a Legal Administrator I found her demeanor agreeable and suitable to the setting.

Judge: Susanne Lewald
Date Posted: 3/12/2013 4:40:47 PM
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The above comment is untrue. Judge Lewald is very fair and more liberal than many ALJs. She weighs the evidence and comes to sound and logical conclusions unlike many other ALJs. And she has no say in the experts used they are assigned randomly.

Judge: Susanne Lewald
Date Posted: 1/29/2013 3:24:38 AM
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This judge seems to be very unfair and unreasonable. Ignores the medical facts of the case. Uses expert opinion people that are unqualified to be making these decisions.

Judge: John P Giannikas
Date Posted: 11/26/2012 3:51:08 PM
Submited By: Nancy

Judge Giannikas spent a lot of time listening. I had to return after the first hearing for a supplemental hearing. He changed my onset date twice but ruled in my favor. After reading the negative comments about several of the judges in Valparaiso, I think I was fortunate to have my case reviewed by someone who was paying attention.

Judge: Jeffrey A Hatfield
Date Posted: 10/18/2012 1:25:44 PM
Submited By: Jim Hustin

I waited over a year! ....and was denied the first time filing upon my own. It was over a year before I went in front of Judge Hatfield. I had a strong disability case ..and I truly suffered while waiting to see the judge. He was a very compassionate, and I will never forget him! for listening and helping me with my case.. HOWEVER?.. he's not a push over by no means! he looks at all the facts very well before making his final decision, but he will be fare and is a very good listener! and a good judge!

Judge: Jeffrey A Hatfield
Date Posted: 5/22/2012 4:50:36 PM
Submited By: JasonLee

This judge is pretty fair, he's appears to be all business with his findings, but is also very kind and seems compassionate if you are truly disabled. I personally went before him and at the end , he told me that he was sorry that the system had taken so long to review my case..

Judge: Jean R Kerins
Date Posted: 5/18/2012 3:21:02 PM
Submited By: Anna F

Thank you so much for your kindness and thoughtful consideration. I truely appreciate the hard work that you do everyday.

Judge: Jean R Kerins
Date Posted: 5/15/2012 5:16:16 PM
Submited By: Anna

Judge: Robert A Evans
Date Posted: 5/14/2012 7:22:05 PM
Submited By: john r brown 2

my name is john r brown 2. although i was in a state of complete pannic this judge was nice to me and seemed to understand my position. Whether i am approved or not i appreciat his patience with me. ive been waiting a long time to be approved for a real authentic case of true disability and thank the court for their help and support. john r brown 2nd.

Judge: Eric V Benham
Date Posted: 3/22/2012 2:52:47 PM
Submited By: Jean Tanter

Today I had my hearing in front of The Honorable Eric Benham. He seemed to me very pleasant, and was not condescending. It appeared that he was interested in what I had to say and I appreciated that. Everything is not in the medical records, so under oath I was able to tell him what I had been going through with regards to doctors that couldn't diagnosed a problem I was having at least more than 18 months before I made a decision to go see a psychiatrist. He seemed sympathetic and understanding. He is very professional and knowledgeable. Most importantly he listened.