Oakland, California ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Oakland, California, 13 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 18.0 months. The average case processing time in Oakland is 569 days.The Oakland average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 56%. 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 5/19/2016.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Oakland 13 18.0 months 569 days 1.3 21% 56% 22%
California16.9 months524 days1.819%45%36%
National Average:15.9 months510 days1.920%44%37%
AVERAGE TIME
Hearing Wait Time: 18.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 1.33
Average Processing Time 569 days
Cases Pending 6093
Dispositions 1393
New Cases 1958
Hearings In Person 92%
Video Hearings 8%

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Judge: E. Alis
5/12/2016 8:35:47 AM



Wonderful judge!!! Always super courteous to both CLTs and attorneys. He also handles Stockton hearings. He is very new to the SSA bench. Not at all jaded or cynical, like so many other SSA ALJs in CA who, in my opinion, have clearly lost their ability to be objective or fair and should have been forced to retire years ago.


Judge: Timothy G Stueve
4/7/2016 10:26:53 AM



facts are facts. approval rating of 24%. his personal attitude is controlling. not law-- just his political beliefs. another reason to do away with this section of the agency. draw one alj and you win draw another and you loses.


Judge: E. Alis
9/8/2015 8:38:53 PM



This ALJ is new to this ODAR. He is a very nice person. Fair and thorough in his questions. Treats both claimants and attorneys with respect, courtesy, and kindness.


Judge: Sanya Hill-Maxion
9/8/2015 8:25:36 PM



A very nice, compassionate judge. Goes out of her way to make claimants and attorneys welcome and comfortable with the process. Very fair and thorough questioning. If the evidence is not there, you will probably not prevail, but I can tell by her demeanor that everyone who appears before her is treated with kindness and respect.


Judge: Randolph E Schum
8/26/2015 4:03:35 AM



this man thinks you are non-compliant if you disagree with your doctors and make your own health care decisions. he is horrible.

eloise Chitmon
Judge: Major Williams
7/24/2015 9:40:39 AM



I give 5 stars. I still have hope to find a new career, although I am limited and still want to find a new career.My first post read n5 stars. Computer glitch, I guess.

franceswf
Judge: Evangelina P Hernandez
6/19/2015 2:50:17 AM



Hon.E.Hernandez. Her body language,way she sat,appropriate eye contact & words used,tone,facial expression,calm assertiveness were consistent,Hence, my perception; Judge was not prejudiced bias or angry but patient in control.Hon. E. Hernandez omits power,without abusing it. "Her performance in official capacity, "Brings Honor to title Judge".

Disable vet
Judge: Richard P Laverdure
4/27/2015 10:32:27 AM



Worse judge ever! He will not make eye contact with you because he does not care. He is a real threat to national security and should be remove a.s.a.p. He is putting disable US citizens on the street homeless.

Michelle Michini
Judge: Mary P Parnow
1/23/2015 7:26:37 PM



She makes me wait five months until she sends me a rejection letter. I am outraged at how low life criminals with prison and drug records who fake schizophrenia to get a free check that goes to the dope man on the first of every month. Check out 17th Street and Imperial Avenue near St Vincent De Paul-Father Joe Villages. When honest people have paid into the system and honestly need help they are continuously denied. I often wonder about people in high positions.


Judge: Sanya Hill-Maxion
1/15/2015 11:31:28 PM



In 2007, my ME did not have time to read my medical records, did not believe a word I had said, and stopped my W.Comp from that day forward. In 2010, one day prior to my hearing with Judge Sanya Hill Maxion, I knelt for the 2nd time ever in my life at home, and prayed to God and Jesus above, to please let my SSDI judge be a human being, be kind, caring, and loving, and be someone who would give me the judgment that HE would give to me. Whatever it would be, I would accept it. I knew in my heart that HE knew that I was truly injured and could not continue to work. The moment I entered the hearing room and saw Judge Sanya Hill Maxion, I saw the love on her face. If God was a woman, she was Him. And my Allsup representative was my guardian angel. When I go home, I cried and cried with gratefulness. I used to know OF God, but now KNOW Him. He IS love. Thank you God, and thank you, Judge Sanya Hill Maxion, and my Allsup guardian angel!

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.

Izzy
Judge: Evangelina P Hernandez
12/7/2014 9:01:03 PM



Judge is perfect at her job listens to your testimony without discrimination of character takes the time to fully understand your medical issue and evidence provided very pleasant and respectful they could not have appointed a better person for this job thank you for your fairness!

el
Judge: Mary P Parnow
9/9/2014 10:07:00 PM



Why does the web sites show mixed comments? If a person doesn't click on site, a person can get the wrong impression of that judge.not right to mix a positive comment with a negative comment. Thats for all judges. Unfair and tricky.

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Judge: Mary P Parnow
8/13/2014 3:40:02 AM



I just posted 5 stars for Judge Parnow, let me add ,I had two hearings ( the second a supplemental) and I am waiting for her decision. And I still give her a good rating.. why..because she gave me a good caring vibe.. My only HOPE of change is a answer " if yes" to hear it in court.. then waiting for the letter of confirmation wont be so hard and stressful.. good luck all.

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Judge: Mary P Parnow
8/13/2014 3:29:01 AM



I've tried to post before.. let me try again. If your Honest and prepared and deserving, I belive Judge Mary Parnow will rule in your favor. I feel she.is fair and open minded.


Judge: Major Williams
8/8/2014 2:59:15 PM



Open and considerate as said above. Moves kind of slowly. Sometimes I think he does not get more complicated issues- you have to explain them to him. But he is very compassionate.


Judge: John J Flanagan
7/21/2014 10:48:46 AM



Filed for disability in 2009, lost,then appealed it, filed for appeal..lost, in 2012 Was told it would go before an appeal council. It's now 2014. I'm awaiting for the yay or nay My conditions have gotten WORSE. it has left me destitute,nearly homeless, absolute poverty.

MICHELLE EDWARDS
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: Evangelina P Hernandez
4/20/2014 12:48:42 PM



Excellent judge. Fair and thorough. Helps put claimants at ease.


Judge: Mary P Parnow
3/25/2014 3:25:21 PM



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
3/20/2014 3:54:12 PM



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
3/20/2014 3:50:31 PM



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
3/13/2014 3:16:55 PM



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
2/26/2014 1:13:57 PM



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.

batchan
Judge: Sanya Hill-Maxion
9/30/2013 11:27:13 AM



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

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



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

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



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
5/11/2013 6:33:11 PM



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

ERVIN S. STEVENS
Judge: David R Mazzi
4/17/2013 4:23:22 PM



I HAVFE BEEN WAITING ON A DECITION FOR SSI CLAIM SINCE 2008,AND JUST BEEN DENIED BY JUDGE DAVID R. MAZZI...MY CONDITIONED HAS WORSEND AND SUPPLEMENTAL SSI IS ONLY GA AND FOOD STAMPS FOR UP TO A YEAR...I HAVE RECENTLY BEEN EVICTED FROM MY FRIENDS HOUSE WHO I HAVE BEEN RENTING A ROOM FROM PENDING SSI CASE...IM NOW OUT ON THE STREETS OF FAIRFIELD,AND THE ONLY OPTION IS MY PAROLE OFFICER TO SEND ME TO A TREATMENT PROGRAM BECAUSE THEY CLAIM THEY HAVE NO FUNDS FOR A MOTEL ROOM...ONLY POROBLEM IS THAT IM NOT ADDICTED TO ANYTHING(ALCOHOL NOR DRUGS).I HAVE JUMPTED THROUGH EVERY HOPE THAT THEY HAVE TOLD ME TO,AND HAVE BEEN AND STILL ARE TAKING THE PSYCH MEDS THAT THEY GIVE ME.THESE MEDS CAUSE CERTAIN SIDE EFFECTS THAT IM UNABLE TO DESCRIBE,BUT ARE UNSAFE FOR ME TO TAKE WHILE WORKING...SINCERELY,ERVIN S. STEVENS..


Judge: Randolph E Schum
3/29/2013 8:27:21 AM



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
3/29/2013 8:09:57 AM



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.

ervin s. stevens
Judge: David R Mazzi
3/9/2013 2:13:28 PM



law judge.what happens when mental illness gets worse over time while for ssi to be granted od denied???who and how should i send the special needes leeter to you...if lawyer who was representing me has decided not to at the last minute of the hearing date,how do i go about getting medical records on my own ,,or represent myself on my own behalfe

Stephanie J Elmo
Judge: Bradlee S Welton
3/7/2013 6:20:14 PM



Even though I did not have a positive outcome (I'm now homeless) I felt Judge Welton was fair and impartial with regards to my social security disability claim. I will try to get my life back on track and move forward. If the Judge believes I can return to work, then that is what I intend to try.


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.

Janada Jones
Judge: Philip E Callis
2/14/2013 11:00:35 PM



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.

Mel
Judge: Michael Blume
2/11/2013 5:43:55 PM



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
2/6/2013 8:06:05 PM



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


Judge: Randolph E Schum
2/6/2013 1:36:04 PM



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: David R Mazzi
1/18/2013 5:07:58 PM



The statistics don't lie. He is by far the most fair and compassionate. His hearings are stress free. He will usually ask most of the questions. You still need to have good medical support. But he is more likely to overlook major deficiencies with your case compared to the other ALJs


Judge: Robert P Wenten
1/18/2013 1:17:45 PM



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
1/18/2013 1:15:39 PM



Her approval rating must be an error. She may seem nice, but she NEVER grants.


Judge: John J Flanagan
1/18/2013 1:12:48 PM



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
1/18/2013 1:09:52 PM



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
1/18/2013 1:07:12 PM



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
1/18/2013 1:04:32 PM



Hands down the best ALJ in oakland. If you get him, consider yourself very very lucky.


Judge: Richard P Laverdure
1/18/2013 1:03:18 PM



alj laverdure has a terrible personality. He is always somewhat grumpy and/or annoyed.

quita johnson
Judge: Mary P Parnow
12/27/2012 4:47:31 PM



She have a good heart

Albert Seymore
Judge: Robert P Wenten
12/5/2012 2:03:11 AM



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
11/8/2012 8:17:32 PM



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


Judge: Randolph E Schum
10/15/2012 9:43:06 AM



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
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.

dana west
Judge: Philip E Callis
9/4/2012 3:15:10 PM



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


Judge: Randolph E Schum
8/8/2012 11:18:02 AM



A horrible person. One of the worst ALJs out there.


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



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

Michael Booker
Judge: John J Flanagan
7/30/2012 8:08:23 PM



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

Ivan Cain
Judge: Timothy G Stueve
7/12/2012 12:39:07 PM



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.

Ivan Cain
Judge: Timothy G Stueve
7/12/2012 10:25:25 AM



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
6/12/2012 2:54:11 PM



Pleasant, smart and compassionate.


Judge: Mary P Parnow
4/30/2012 9:15:06 AM



To clear up the prior post. Her decisions are gutless


Judge: Mary P Parnow
4/30/2012 9:05:34 AM



ALJ is gutless.


Judge: Randolph E Schum
4/28/2012 9:49:00 AM



A good man and a great humanitarian. My son Timmy was able to get new crutches because of him.


Judge: Sanya Hill-Maxion
4/23/2012 2:33:04 PM



A pleasure to appear before, and gave us a great ruling.

Cary S
Judge: Sanya Hill-Maxion
3/22/2012 3:03:25 PM



One of the best judges I have ever appeared before.


Judge: Sanya Hill-Maxion
3/15/2012 10:42:31 PM



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
3/13/2012 1:08:16 PM



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