Long Beach, California ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Long Beach, California, 7 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 12.0 months. The average case processing time in Long Beach is 423 days.The Long Beach 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 Long Beach ODAR office was last updated on 11/12/2014.

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
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Long Beach 7 12.0 months 423 days 1.5 23% 49% 28%
California10.7 months377 days1.818%46%36%
National Average:12.2 months421 days2.018%44%38%
Hearing Wait Time: 12.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 1.86
Average Processing Time 381 days
Cases Pending 5682
Dispositions 2502
New Cases 4354
Hearings In Person 83%
Video Hearings 17%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied
Judge Robert A Evans 18%51%31%
Judge John P Giannikas 15%56%29%
Judge Edward C Graham 21%47%32%
Judge Jeffrey A Hatfield 11%67%22%
Judge John C Tobin 20%56%24%
Judge Peggy M Zirlin 25%43%32%

Comments about Judges at the Long Beach California ODAR office:

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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: 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.