Oakland, California ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Oakland, California, 10 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Oakland, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 10.0 months. The average case processing time in Oakland is 340 days.The Oakland 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 Oakland ODAR office was last updated on 3/10/2014.

SSA, Oakland ODAR Office
Oakland Federal Building, Suite 200N
1301 Clay Street
Oakland, California 94612
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Phone: 866-366-4916 -- Fax: (510) 637-3424
eFile Fax: (877)394-4588 (For sending evidence)

OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Oakland 10 10.0 months 340 days 1.3 17% 55% 27%
California9.9 months343 days1.917%48%35%
National Average:11.7 months389 days1.919%44%37%
Hearing Wait Time: 10.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 1.33
Average Processing Time 340 days
Cases Pending 4505
Dispositions 1261
New Cases 2010
Hearings In Person 100%
Video Hearings 0%

Comments about Judges at the Oakland California ODAR office:

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Judge: Mary P Parnow
Date Posted: 3/25/2014 3:25:21 PM
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This ALJ used to be a dealer -- for an amended onset you could likely get a win. Now she's becoming quite conservative, denying lots of cases and obfuscating her decisions, even for cases she would have granted a year ago!

Judge: Richard P Laverdure
Date Posted: 3/20/2014 3:54:12 PM
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One of the worst judges in the Oakland ODAR, which means he's still better than most judges nationwide. His personality is typically grumpy and he'll push new reps before him very hard. If he notices a mistake, he'll slam you for it. If he makes a mistake, he backs off very quickly with a little push. He will often treat claimants very skeptically and trip them up or be outright mean. That said, he's not a dumb judge -- more like an evil genius -- and can see merit in a case if there's treating support, good records, as well as credible explanations. After you've been before him a few times he apparently will start to warm up to you, but I haven't seen that yet.

Judge: Sanya Hill-Maxion
Date Posted: 3/20/2014 3:50:31 PM
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1 of the top 2 judges in the Oakland ODAR. If you lose with her, then you have no case, essentially. She will ask reps to expand on any arguments they make with specific references to law, regs, rulings, or the evidence, before she considers them. Judge Hill-Maxion will give you a lot of leeway to develop cases post-hearing, to clarify negative issues, and if an ME says a listing, she'll end the hearing very quick to grant.

Judge: Major Williams
Date Posted: 3/13/2014 3:16:55 PM
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I was shocked by the treatment I received from this judge. I am a case manager and was representing my client who is deaf and intellectually disabled. My client did not understand the importance of being present and did not show up. However my agency is his representative payee for his Social Security benefits and I had all documentation to prove it. Judge Williams stormed in the living room and yelled at me saying that my client better show up or the case will be dismissed. I approached him identifying myself and he scram that he did not want to hear me. I am familiar with many courts and have been representing my disabled clients for over 5 years and have never been treated with such disregard by anyone else. I was shocked and so was everyone else in the waiting room including the security guard. It is sad that someone with no social skills has such a high position in a federal agency such as the Social Security Administration. he dismissed the csse and my client will soon be homeless.

Judge: Major Williams
Date Posted: 2/26/2014 1:13:57 PM
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In my experience he is open, considerate, and fair minded. I too felt lucky to have him hear my case. He stayed on topic, and considered all of the evidence I presented. I felt he did exactly what an ODAR ALJ is supposed to do -- make sure that the rules and laws are properly applied.

Judge: Sanya Hill-Maxion
Date Posted: 9/30/2013 11:27:13 AM
Submited By: batchan



i would like my case reviewed by judge sanya hill maxion, not judge lavendor, any more he's is always appointed as judge in my cases, why is these appeals called a case any how? or give me judge william jr., these judges has the lowest denied rate and dismissles. i have surely not been judged as a person with behavorial issues. thank you

Judge: Sanya Hill-Maxion
Date Posted: 8/29/2013 7:37:47 AM
Submited By: sanja hill-maxion



I had my hearing yesterday . Everything wentwell. even t mess with my anxiety. attacks .. crying . T it went well. I hope for the best

Judge: Sanya Hill-Maxion
Date Posted: 5/11/2013 10:20:28 PM
Submited By: Michael Booker



A very fair and understanding ALJ who knows the law and ensures that the "right" things happen. That's very important because of the waiting time to get Social Security. It was a pleasure to go before her, regardless of her ruling.

Judge: Timothy G Stueve
Date Posted: 5/11/2013 6:33:11 PM
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I had this judge at my ALJ hearing. I believe he was compassionate and fair. I was nervous and know I made a few mistakes but he was kind. Received my fully favorable decision exactly 2 weeks after hearing. Thank you

Judge: Randolph E Schum
Date Posted: 3/29/2013 8:27:21 AM
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He's very conservative and will only pay very strong cases. Can be snide/sarcastic in comments to reps. Does not hide his disdain for the ill-prepared or people with credibility issues.

Judge: John J Flanagan
Date Posted: 3/29/2013 8:09:57 AM
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Our experience has been consistent with the other comments here. He does a thorough job explaining to the claimant just what's going to happen in the hearing and why he's asking the questions he does. He's a very fair judge and knows what he's doing.

Judge: Nancy Lisewski
Date Posted: 2/20/2013 9:45:55 AM
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I find her to be respectful to the claimant and the representative. She may not approve many cases but she is professional.

Judge: Philip E Callis
Date Posted: 2/14/2013 11:00:35 PM
Submited By: Janada Jones



Judge Phillip E Callis was a understanding judge that gets down to the details of your disability. He gives you the opportunity to get your point across in explaining your reasons why you can't work. If you get the judge you are in the right enviroment of getting what you deserve.

Judge: Michael Blume
Date Posted: 2/11/2013 5:43:55 PM
Submited By: Mel



This judge failed to review all the information for my mothers case and basically implied that my mother and her doctor were lying about all her ailments.. She has degentive bones\disc disease and as a result she can not work.. He asked her how long she was able to sit for, my mother said "around 10 mins" his reasoning was since she can sit at the hearing for 40 mins that she can work.... Which is dumb because either way no one can get a job that allows them to support themselves by sitting for 40 mins at a desk.. He disregarded what the V.E and what her doctors said and believed the bull his doctor said.. The V.E told him that there was NO job she could get but he paid no attention to that FACT.. I strongly dislike this judge and hope he loses his job due to being disabled and gets denied disability.

Judge: Nancy Lisewski
Date Posted: 2/6/2013 8:06:05 PM
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Low-class. Should be disbarred. She is disgusting.

Judge: Randolph E Schum
Date Posted: 2/6/2013 1:36:04 PM
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I have heard that this Judge is possibly in cahoots with some Dr. Spencer guy who just does what he's told. Who appoints these people?

Judge: Robert P Wenten
Date Posted: 1/18/2013 1:17:45 PM
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Nice liberal ALJ. Not overly supportive but very fair. It is your job to provide him with medical support that makes his job easier. If you are under 50 and have very limited medical support, it's not gonna be your lucky day.

Judge: Caroline H Beers
Date Posted: 1/18/2013 1:15:39 PM
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Her approval rating must be an error. She may seem nice, but she NEVER grants.

Judge: John J Flanagan
Date Posted: 1/18/2013 1:12:48 PM
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Decent ALJ. He does all the questioning. He tends to ask many questions as well. Therefore, his hearings last between 45 minutes to 1 hour. He does a good job of reviewing the submitted medical records. As always, it is in your best interest to have solid treating doctors' opinions and objective testing.

Judge: Sanya Hill-Maxion
Date Posted: 1/18/2013 1:09:52 PM
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The 2nd best ALJ in Oakland. She has a relaxed and kind personality. She will listen to what your are saying. However, you still will need have favorable MD opinions that are supported by objective medical records/testing

Judge: Mary P Parnow
Date Posted: 1/18/2013 1:07:12 PM
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She is OK. If you play ball and amend your disability onset, she will likely grant in your favor. However, amending your onset will reduce your backpay substantially.

Judge: Major Williams
Date Posted: 1/18/2013 1:04:32 PM
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Hands down the best ALJ in oakland. If you get him, consider yourself very very lucky.

Judge: Richard P Laverdure
Date Posted: 1/18/2013 1:03:18 PM
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alj laverdure has a terrible personality. He is always somewhat grumpy and/or annoyed.

Judge: Mary P Parnow
Date Posted: 12/27/2012 4:47:31 PM
Submited By: quita johnson



She have a good heart

Judge: Robert P Wenten
Date Posted: 12/5/2012 2:03:11 AM
Submited By: Albert Seymore



The Judge i name get it done Judge because its all about right and wrong with this Judge he`fair shoot right from the hip he understand when things are not right thought the social security administration field office doing the thing they do best or less I also would like to let the Judge know that the ruling he done in my case was overruled by the field office supervisior this is a blatant violation of the rules. I know if you knew this you will look in to this the field office is charging me with allege overpayment that you rule in my favor but was overturned by the fielf office in fremont this case is going on 7 years the field office is doing what they want i would like to request the WRIT OF MANDAUS

Judge: Nancy Lisewski
Date Posted: 11/8/2012 8:17:32 PM
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Brash, rude, and condescending. She has decided the case before you even walk through the door. Disgrace.

Judge: Randolph E Schum
Date Posted: 10/15/2012 9:43:06 AM
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This judge is one of the most fair, judicious judges in the system. He is highly intelligent and takes great care and concern in deciding his decisions.

Judge: Nancy Lisewski
Date Posted: 9/7/2012 12:58:35 PM
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Conducts a quick hearing. Lets the representative do most of the questioning. However, she will find any loophole to deny; especially D & A.

Judge: Philip E Callis
Date Posted: 9/4/2012 3:15:10 PM
Submited By: dana west



Wonderful judge i give him five stars, because of his respect and insight P

Judge: Randolph E Schum
Date Posted: 8/8/2012 11:18:02 AM
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A horrible person. One of the worst ALJs out there.

Judge: Nancy Lisewski
Date Posted: 8/2/2012 2:44:02 PM
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Looks for the legal ways to deny - disregards the person.

Judge: John J Flanagan
Date Posted: 7/30/2012 8:08:23 PM
Submited By: Michael Booker



Very decent judge who was fair and thorough. I really appreciated his professionalism and the respect that he showed.

Judge: Timothy G Stueve
Date Posted: 7/12/2012 12:39:07 PM
Submited By: Ivan Cain



To ad to my earlier comment, his decision was based also that I can prepare meals. FYI- I don't prepare meals. I only make a sandwich, or put something in the microwave. I don't know how to cook. A disabled person should'nt be able to make a sandwich? Get real!! These facts that were used are unexceptable. In my opinion, he was finding reasons that are unexceptable to deny my claim. Is this all you could come up with for reasons to deny someone? If so, it's really sad that we put our lifestyles in the hands of people like this. In my opinion, he should contact me, overturn his decision and make it right. Will he? A REAL ALJ would.

Judge: Timothy G Stueve
Date Posted: 7/12/2012 10:25:25 AM
Submited By: Ivan Cain



I recently had Timothy G. Stueve as my ALJ. I was denied because he based his denial off of untrue facts. I had solid evidence that i'm disabled and he made several mistakes in his decision. He based his decision off of facts for example, "I able to make my own decisions", "I'm able to drive" and "I get along with my girlfriend and co-workers". First of all, a physically and mentally disabled person that suffers from serious disabilities are able to drive, make some decisions,and get along with a few people.And my question is, how does he know how I get along with my girlfriend? And get along with co-workers? The problem with this is I haven't worked since February 07. The occupational person that set in on the hearing could only come up with 3 jobs I could possibly do. And with common since my disabilities would keep from doing these jobs. The facts he used were false and now I have to appeal his decision and wait a year or better for the results. I haven't been able to work for 5 1/2 years now because of my injuries. And now because of Timothys denial, I have to wait another year? I have not had a income since June 09. Very sad we have ALJ's that make bad decisions.

Judge: Sanya Hill-Maxion
Date Posted: 6/12/2012 2:54:11 PM
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Pleasant, smart and compassionate.

Judge: Mary P Parnow
Date Posted: 4/30/2012 9:15:06 AM
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To clear up the prior post. Her decisions are gutless

Judge: Mary P Parnow
Date Posted: 4/30/2012 9:05:34 AM
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ALJ is gutless.

Judge: Randolph E Schum
Date Posted: 4/28/2012 9:49:00 AM
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A good man and a great humanitarian. My son Timmy was able to get new crutches because of him.

Judge: Sanya Hill-Maxion
Date Posted: 4/23/2012 2:33:04 PM
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A pleasure to appear before, and gave us a great ruling.

Judge: Sanya Hill-Maxion
Date Posted: 3/22/2012 3:03:25 PM
Submited By: Cary S



One of the best judges I have ever appeared before.

Judge: Sanya Hill-Maxion
Date Posted: 3/15/2012 10:42:31 PM
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Although, I do not know the outcome of my hearing just yet, I must say this Judge made my hearing so easy, so stress free. Very pleasant, and I felt very fair. Sweet, seemed to care.

Judge: Nancy Lisewski
Date Posted: 3/13/2012 1:08:16 PM
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Appears to know the file well. Does not request opening statement.