Long Beach, California ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Long Beach, California, 14 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 21.5 months. The average case processing time in Long Beach is 624 days.The Long Beach average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 51%. 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 9/7/2016.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Long Beach 14 21.5 months 624 days 1.9 19% 51% 29%
California18.1 months548 days1.820%45%35%
National Average:16.8 months525 days1.920%44%36%
Hearing Wait Time: 21.50 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 1.92
Average Processing Time 624 days
Cases Pending 6172
Dispositions 1867
New Cases 2138
Hearings In Person 87%
Video Hearings 13%

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Judge: Peter J Baum
10/24/2016 7:46:29 AM

I went before judge Baum back in 2011 and he granted me 100 percent disability with bk pay and than I was denied because my roommate started getting his Soc.security someone filled us a married couple so I was cut off and had to reapply again fo disability and was supposed to get bk 4years of bk pay when I was approved again and judge C.Davis only granted me 1 1/2 years bk pay when I was determined 100 0/0 bk in 2012 by judge Baum now I feel discriminated by judge Davis so I plan to appeal his dicission to get all my bk pay I deserve from 2012 to the present time no better judge than Peter Baum god bless him

Gina Fletcher
Judge: John Gaffney
10/12/2016 5:03:19 PM

Hi. I'm Gina Fletcher and I saw this judge on may 17, 2016. Waiting for outcome. After bilateral hip replacements, pending back operation and diagnosiss from OMH, I was told that I should get determination width n four months. Hope so. Having hard time.

Faith scott
Judge: Paula Fow
9/8/2016 11:49:25 AM

Even though I was nervous and must have had a seizure in her court room. This judge seem to be nice.

Judge: John P Giannikas
6/23/2016 1:21:23 AM

After waiting over 2 1/2 years from my initial SSDI case being filed and the wait for the ALJ hearing, I just received my Notice of Decision - Unfavorable from this "Judge" regarding my PTSD, fragments of shrapnel from a gun shot wound that I nearly died from, and IBS during my active duty time in the service. I'm currently receiving 100% Service Connected from VA Compensation & Pension disability benefit from these disabilities mentioned, but this "Judge" stated that "After careful consideration of all the evidence, the undersigned (Judge) concludes the claimant (Me) was not under a disability" according to their SSA definition. Give me a break "Judge," even a blind person can recognize when someone is disabled based on the overwhelming evidence that I've submitted. This "Judge" seems to made a decision on my case before it even started. His own Vocational Rehabilitation counselor told him at the hearing (which was recorded) that there was no substantial gain of employment for panic attacks from my anxiety disorder/PTSD. I believe the true reason why my case was denied was because this "Judge" didn't want to award me the $48,000 retro pay for making me wait 33 months, along with the additional $1,500 per month for SSDI. I'm a bit disappointed, but not mad at all because I'm still getting VA benefits and will reapply for SSDI very soon because I know I have a very strong case and just need the right person to get me that favorable approval. It just does not make any sense to me on why I was not approved, but another fellow veteran with the same exact disability is getting SSA and 100% SC C&P. Please get a very good Lawyer for ALJ hearings, especially when dealing with this "Judge."

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

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.

Gregory Penix
Judge: Susanne Lewald
10/29/2015 1:46:33 PM

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.

Bobby Bergdoll
Judge: John C Tobin
10/25/2015 2:51:01 PM

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'.

Ruby Johnson
Judge: Edward C Graham
10/7/2015 3:20:04 PM

Judge: Robert A Evans
9/2/2015 3:18:07 PM

I have my hearing today 09/02/2015 JUDGE was very nice thank you your honor

Judge: Jeffrey A Hatfield
6/17/2015 6:20:52 AM

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.

Paul Parker
Judge: Guy E Fletcher
3/2/2015 3:25:38 PM

I haven't received A decision yet but honorable judge Fletcher is very understanding and Attentive to viewing hearing and understanding our cases he listened to what I had to say and I could'nt have asked for a better judge

Bay Area Rep
Judge: Katherine Loo
12/25/2014 11:00:46 PM

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: Nancy Lisewski
5/19/2014 2:09:19 PM

IF you want a fair Judge that listens and ask the best questions about your case, she reads and understands, i been threw alot but i kept on because i have worked, and this judge is differant than the other one i had. shes a great judge i will tell anybody that. thank u judge NANCY FOR YOUR FAVORABLE DECISION ON MY CASE. ITS BEEN A LONG AND HARD ROAD FOR ME.

Judge: Cynthia Floyd
4/12/2014 5:31:46 PM

Be prepared for the worst. She rolls her eyes, gasps for air, and plunges her body on the bench incessantly. When attempting to coax you into telling her things you can do, she bobs her head up and down. She will not allow you to talk about all your conditions; only the ones she wants to talk about. She will omit any medical evidence which supports your case. She is also a liar. She will state you said things and reported conditions that are not supported by the transcript. Maybe she doesn't know that the claimant and attorney are privy to transcripts. With this judge, if you can make a sandwich, you're a chef. If you can take a bath, you're a lifeguard. If you can drive a car, you're a taxi driver. If you can buy a gallon of milk, you're a seasoned shopper. If you can pick up a broken glass, you're a housekeeper. If you can watch television, you're a movie producer. If you live with someone, you are a socialite and get along well with others. If you live alone, you are 100% self sufficient and therefore, not disabled. If you stopped taking meds due to finances, you've not followed doctors orders. If you have continually taken prescribed medicines, your medical condition is being controlled with said medicines. She relies heavily on the initial SSDI findings of years past and discredits opposing and more recent medical opinions. This, in spite of the fact that you have probably never met with a state employed doctor. Her apparent knowledge of the law is nil. Her propensity for error is unmatched. Her ethics do not encompass common honesty as falsehoods and lies abound.

Judge: Susanne Lewald
3/26/2013 7:07:06 PM

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
3/21/2013 4:28:50 PM

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.

Maia Bradford
Judge: Peggy M Zirlin
3/18/2013 10:54:35 AM

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
3/12/2013 4:40:47 PM

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: Nancy Lisewski
2/20/2013 9:45:55 AM

I find her to be respectful to the claimant and the representative. She may not approve many cases but she is professional.

Judge: Nancy Lisewski
2/6/2013 8:06:05 PM

Low-class. Should be disbarred. She is disgusting.

Judge: Susanne Lewald
1/29/2013 3:24:38 AM

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: Peter J Baum
12/20/2012 11:52:16 AM

Fair, happy with case

Judge: John P Giannikas
11/26/2012 3:51:08 PM

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: Nancy Lisewski
11/8/2012 8:17:32 PM

Brash, rude, and condescending. She has decided the case before you even walk through the door. Disgrace.

Jim Hustin
Judge: Jeffrey A Hatfield
10/18/2012 1:25:44 PM

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: Nancy Lisewski
9/7/2012 12:58:35 PM

Conducts a quick hearing. Lets the representative do most of the questioning. However, she will find any loophole to deny; especially D & A.

Judge: Nancy Lisewski
8/2/2012 2:44:02 PM

Looks for the legal ways to deny - disregards the person.

Judge: Jeffrey A Hatfield
5/22/2012 4:50:36 PM

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..

Anna F
Judge: Jean R Kerins
5/18/2012 3:21:02 PM

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

Judge: Jean R Kerins
5/15/2012 5:16:16 PM

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

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.

Jean Tanter
Judge: Eric V Benham
3/22/2012 2:52:47 PM

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.

Judge: Nancy Lisewski
3/13/2012 1:08:16 PM

Appears to know the file well. Does not request opening statement.