Orange, California ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Orange, California, 8 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Orange, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 18.0 months. The average case processing time in Orange is 523 days.The Orange average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 35%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Orange ODAR office was last updated on 9/7/2016.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Orange 8 18.0 months 523 days 2.2 23% 35% 42%
California18.1 months548 days1.820%45%35%
National Average:16.8 months525 days1.920%44%36%
AVERAGE TIME
Hearing Wait Time: 18.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 2.16
Average Processing Time 523 days
Cases Pending 5894
Dispositions 3312
New Cases 3401
Hearings In Person 98%
Video Hearings 2%
LIST OF JUDGES / 18
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied
Judge Kyle E Andeer 20%42%38%
Judge Helen E Hesse 25%21%54%
Judge Joan Ho 23%15%63%
Judge Sharilyn Hopson 21%34%45%
Judge John Kays 20%51%29%
Judge Joseph P Lisiecki III 25%41%34%
Judge Alan J Markiewicz 20%45%35%
Judge John W Wojciechowski 25%37%38%

LATEST COMMENTS         to leave your own comment, select a judge from the list above and leave a comment on that judge's page

Judge: John W Wojciechowski
8/22/2016 10:12:48 AM



I felt that he was very fair. When I walked out I felt like he wasn't looking for a reason to deny my claim but more so a reason to approve it. He was a bit standoffish but all in all I felt that he gave my case a fair look. The VE was another story. She was clueless rude and lacking in every area. But the Judge Wojciechowski was a respectable fair man, at least in my hearing.

R.Robinson
Judge: John Kays
8/9/2016 11:21:28 PM



Judge John Kay's ? Was very understanding and fair.He know his stuff and also take the time to listen to you. I Did not get any negative feed back from him I was honored to have him as a judge...


Judge: Helen E Hesse
3/14/2016 3:48:07 PM



I believe that if we you had a understanding Judge that there would not be so many denials and upsets. We get Attorneys to help understand the concepts of the meaning of the law and what to expect.


Judge: Keith Dietterle
12/18/2015 12:25:05 PM



A fair, thoughtful, considerate, and insightful ALJ. This is from a representative who has been before him many times.

Eddie
Judge: Alan J Markiewicz
9/4/2015 3:27:42 AM



In my case, it was already decided and it was in my favor, but when he wanted to see my medical file to check on some notes, it was not in the hearing to begin with, and he postponed a month for the file to be ordered for a decision in the following month. It has been going for almost (4) without any results. My attorney fault for not being prepared at the hearing.

Michelle
Judge: Mason D Harrell
8/21/2015 12:15:03 PM



Judge Mason Harrell Jr. Is a fair judge waiting on his decision.


Judge: Sharilyn Hopson
8/3/2015 12:51:07 AM



I have a neuromuscular disease. She sent me to an internal medicine doctor. Then ignored the results. She told me she doesn't like me and that my doctors, my mother and I are all liars.


Judge: Mason D Harrell
6/4/2015 3:31:26 PM



Judge Harrell was fair. When he asked questions I didn't feel like he was trying to trick me like the previous ALJ. He was aware of my medical issues where the previous ALJ was uninterested.


Judge: Sharilyn Hopson
5/16/2015 12:37:26 PM



MY ADVICE: DO NOT GO INTO HER COURTROOM. Reschedule, find a new lawyer, whatever, but avoid her at all costs. Horrible, absolutely horrible. She breaks rules, the law, and still the appeal council does nothing. A useless parasite on the system. She ignores anything that any doctor you have ever seen has said, any claim of pain is "you're a liar", puts you into job categories you've never done and can't do because of your sciatic lumbar pain and arthritic knees, and literally fabricates testimony and evidence so that she can deny your claim. I've been through many custody hearings and by far Sharilyn Hopson is by far *the worst* judge/administrator I have ever come across.

Cesare
Judge: Kyle E Andeer
2/28/2015 3:10:52 PM



How long did it take before you hear back from the hearing office? Were you approved? Thanks.


Judge: Joan Ho
10/2/2014 6:57:21 AM



She conducts her hearings in a very unfair manner. She will spend an hour grilling the client and then tell his attorney, who has just started his/her examination, that there is a shortage of time. Her mind is made up prior to the first word of testimony, and this is reflected in her attitude and questioning. Judges decisions are slanted with the negative highlighted and the positive ignored. This is a an ALJ to avoid.

Shaneela Marlett
Judge: Mason D Harrell
7/12/2014 9:42:14 PM



I am an attorney. I see lots of comments on here about the law that are completely wrong. If you want to see what kind of Judge you have, look at the percentages of awards provided on this site. Do not look at the comments for an understanding of the law. It seems many of the commenters are very misinformed about the hearing process. All and all, I highly recommend using an attorney at your hearing so someone who understands disability law can help you understand the procedure.

Attorney M.
Judge: John W Wojciechowski
6/13/2014 9:46:41 PM



Very rude, patronizing, unethical and cold-hearted. Worst judge I have yet to app[ear before. Does not have any empathy or compassion whatsoever. Claimant is clearly disabled due to his mental disability of bi-polar and social anxiety. He overlooks the whole thing and finishes hearing swiftly denying him. If you appear before him for a mental disability, tough luck. Claimant is currently being evicted due to an unethical judge. He lacks knowledge in the mental health department. Why is he a SSI judge for the disabled?


Judge: John Kays
5/28/2014 10:42:26 PM



Judge John Kays was the worst experience I have ever had with our legal system. He did not allow me to explain my situation, in fact the only thing he said to me "on the record" was "good morning". He then went on to converse with my attorney and inform her that he had one report from an urgent care doctor that SS sent me to for evaluation in which he was referencing..out of 8 doctors and 1 of them a specialist at a very well known Clinic, he was going to make his decision off of that one doctor and deny my claim, because as he said "It's his job and he can review the entire case if he wants too and that's what he was going to do". It seemed this judge had made up his mind before even seeing me, wasting my gas, and time. As soon as I walked in the room he stared me down and continued to stare at me during the entire 3 minutes of my "hearing", in which he did not hear me or talk to me at all. In my opinion, this was a waste of time and this judge is NOT fair,and seems to have a "God" complex. He never asked me any questions or allowed ME to explain my case, cause he was gonna do what he wanted to because he could and that was that. Terrible experience. I feel bad for anyone who gets this judge. Beware!!


Judge: Alan J Markiewicz
5/25/2014 8:57:18 AM



Even if he denies my case, I feel that he was a fair judge. He took the time to listen to what you had to say, and like everyone says, he allows you to make an opening and ending statement, which I feel like I should have done, but I had my attorney with me. You can't take his decision personally, even if this site says that he denies most of his cases, his job is on a level that many of us will never understand. The system works slow, but it does work.


Judge: John Kays
4/30/2014 12:40:48 PM



I TOTALLY AGREE WITH JERRY YOUNKIN ACCURATE ASSESSMENT OF JOHN KAYS- IS INCOMPETENT!

Joe L Esquivel
Judge: Helen E Hesse
4/30/2014 9:38:35 AM



Helen, you were one heck of a good Atty. Thank you for your awesome work.. :-)


Judge: Kyle E Andeer
4/28/2014 6:38:17 PM



Andeer seems to have a good professional relationship with his assistant and the VE. I just had my hearing and my attorney said it can go either way. I now wait impatiently and pray for a positive outcome in a timely manner. All in all, it was uncomfortable, as anticipated, but not unpleasant.

Shaneela Marlett
Judge: Mason D Harrell
12/13/2013 12:00:12 AM



I am an attorney. I see lots of comments on here about the law that are completely wrong. If you want to see what kind of Judge you have, look at the percentages of awards provided on this site. Do not look at the comments for an understanding of the law. It seems many of the commenters are very misinformed about the hearing process. All and all, I highly recommend using an attorney at your hearing so someone who understands disability law can help you understand the procedure.

Mark Trout
Judge: John Kays
12/3/2013 11:46:42 AM



Judge John Kays was such a pleasure to see in today's system. He was very knowledgable, professional and wise. He allowed me to tell my story and listened patiently. He is what our country stands for! Honorable Man.

Kathleen Hoover
Judge: Sharilyn Hopson
6/26/2013 11:36:23 AM



Judge Hopson was lovely. She was very respectful and made the proceeding comfortable. She asked questions that showed she had reviewed the evidence. Judge Hopson genuinely cared about my sons disabilities. We are waiting for ruling via mail. Did not have lawyer.

TW
Judge: Mason D Harrell
5/16/2013 1:54:22 PM



This judge gave great weight to the testimony of the experts who did not have a face-to-face interview with me and little weight to the doctors who had a personal face-to-face interview with me. Judge Harrell's final determination was filled with subjective inconsistency and relied on his on medical reasoning. Judge Harrell played doctor with my case. Of course, I appealed to the board in Virginia who discovered that the audio tapes of the medical doctor and vocational experts were missing and remanded my case for a new hearing in front of a different judge. Judge Harrell definitely needs a refresher course in ethical behavior.


Judge: Keith Dietterle
4/6/2013 10:31:35 AM



Takes 7 months to make decision! Requests supplemental hearing then cancels and finally makes a quick decision and not a fair one I might add. You think after taking that long for a decision he would of at least read medical records or listened to the medical expert that was there that stated I was disabled.


Judge: Christine Long
3/14/2013 4:06:00 PM



Very professional and compassionate.


Judge: Mason D Harrell
3/11/2013 12:48:45 PM



He is a coward. He is abusive and takes advantage of his position. He is a liar and a thief.

Joseph A. Weber, Esq.
Judge: John Kays
2/28/2013 12:34:20 PM



I can't believe the negative comment above even remotely has anything to do with Judge Kays. He's super knowledgeable, professional, and clearly reads and knows the file prior to the hearing. We don't win every case in front of him, but he treats our clients fairly.


Judge: Charles E Stevenson
2/7/2013 3:47:17 PM



Although gruff sounding, he is an open minded and fair judge.


Judge: Sharilyn Hopson
11/17/2012 2:31:51 PM



She is so unprofessional. She discredits every doctor you have even if they are the treating physician. She outright states that there is a disability, but doesn't believe the doctors, even when there is FDA evidence of the challenges one faces. Distorts information and twists the hearing so it is not in favor of the person to receive the disability payments. She will even discredit their own doctors and not accept their evidence. She places so called experts on the stand that know nothing about the disabling conditions, than uses their testimonies.


Judge: John W Wojciechowski
11/14/2012 12:54:09 PM



very little knowledge or sympathy for mental impairments. Very condescending and argumentative with claimant.


Judge: Sharilyn Hopson
11/6/2012 2:02:03 PM



She and her team of consultants not only ignore the medical evidence of disability, they outright state that there is none, making her decision so obviously biased.

Unfairly judged
Judge: Mason D Harrell
8/23/2012 2:04:45 PM



Judge Harrell is very intimidating. In addition, he broke Social Security laws when I had to see him more than once, and he referred to my previous hearing when I had no legal representation. By SSA law, he was not allowed to review my previous hearing because I did not have legal representation. SSA law also states that once a judge had denied your case, you will not see that judge again. Further, he intimidated the Occupational Expert when she said there was no job I could do. He basically forced her to change her decision. To cover his errors, he claimed that he audio portion was distorted, and I had to return again. All in all, I had to see him three times and he broke at least 3 laws. He is the head of the judges in the San Bernardino area. AWFUL JUDGE!


Judge: Sharilyn Hopson
8/8/2012 11:18:57 PM



She was so unprofessional in the hearing and rude. I was so shocked. I am suprised she allowed to be on the bench.


Judge: Alan J Markiewicz
8/3/2012 12:54:29 AM



He is very nice, calm and pleasant in the court room, but has no clue how to make a descision! He contradicted him self in my denial letter, stating I was extremely symptomatic when in hot environments, and is unable to stay standing for longer than 10 mins. THen he says the job I can do is a Parking lot attendant. Come on man it is 115 degrees in arizona how can I be a prking lot attendant! No CLue!!!!! I have now started a new claim and am already on my redecision. THey said they have to uphold his decision. Hello


Judge: Alan J Markiewicz
7/25/2012 9:15:07 PM



He is nice at the hearings but it looks denies a lot of his cases. He will allow you to make and opening/closing.

JERRY YOUNKIN
Judge: John Kays
7/16/2012 1:04:06 AM



THE HONORABLE ( ?? ) JUDGE KAYS IS AN EMBARASSMENT TO THE BENCH. HE SORELY LACKS THE NECESSARY ATTRIBUTE OF BEING ANALYTICAL...SOMETHING CRUCIAL TO THE FAIR AND PROPER ADJUDICATION OF SSI CASES. OH, AND BY THE WAY...NEVER GET A CASE REMANDED BACK TO HIM BY THE APPEALS COUNCIL, A 3-JUDGE PANEL OF HIS SUPERIORS....HE WILL DENY YOUR CLAIM A-G-A-I-N FOR SURE, REGARDLESS OF IT'S MERIT. IN SUMMATION, JUDE KAYS IS AN ARROGANT, NAROW-MINDED PAPER PUSHER, WHO LACKS THE COMMON SENSE AND JURISPRUDENT INTELLIGENCE TO FUNCTION IN A REAL COURT SETTING, SO HE HIDES IN THE ODAR WHERE HE SEEMS TO RUN UNCHECKED, RENDERING HIS UNFAIR AND RANDOM DECISIONS BASED ON HOW HE FEELS THAT PARTICULAR DAY, AND MAYBE DEPENDING ON WHETHER HE GOT LAID THE NIGHT BEFORE. MAY THIS SO-CALLED JUDGE FACE A TIME IN HIS LIFE WHEN HE WILL BE DENIED THE COMPASSION HE FAILS TO SHOW OTHERS. **** WAS MADE FOR PEOPLE LIKE HIM, AND MAY HE MAKE THE TRIP SOON!


Judge: Sharilyn Hopson
7/11/2012 2:00:58 PM



She is a friendly judge at the hearings. You want to make sure you prepare your client to explain their limitations well. Because answers like "a while" or "not to long" is not going to work. She does tend to use ME especiall in psych cases.