Long Beach, California ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Long Beach, California, 6 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 11.0 months. The average case processing time in Long Beach is 362 days.The Long Beach average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 53%. 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 3/10/2014.

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
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Long Beach 6 11.0 months 362 days 1.8 20% 53% 26%
California9.9 months343 days1.917%48%35%
National Average:11.7 months389 days1.919%44%37%
Hearing Wait Time: 11.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 1.82
Average Processing Time 362 days
Cases Pending 4400
Dispositions 1099
New Cases 1669
Hearings In Person 86%
Video Hearings 14%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied
Judge Robert A Evans 16%52%32%
Judge John P Giannikas 22%51%27%
Judge Edward C Graham 27%44%29%
Judge Jeffrey A Hatfield 14%70%16%
Judge John C Tobin 20%59%21%
Judge Peggy M Zirlin 27%42%30%

Comments about Judges at the Long Beach California ODAR office:

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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: 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.