Sacramento, California ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Sacramento, California, 14 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Sacramento, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 12.0 months. The average case processing time in Sacramento is 413 days.The Sacramento average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 47%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Sacramento ODAR office was last updated on 7/13/2015.

SSA, Sacramento ODAR Office
1610 Arden Way, Suite 250
Sacramento, California 95815
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Phone: (866) 931-2544 -- Fax: (916) 564-5360
eFile Fax: (877) 394-9226 (For sending evidence)

OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Sacramento 14 12.0 months 413 days 2.0 16% 47% 36%
California13.2 months422 days2.018%45%37%
National Average:14.3 months452 days2.118%43%38%
Hearing Wait Time: 12.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 2.04
Average Processing Time 413 days
Cases Pending 9946
Dispositions 4917
New Cases 5128
Hearings In Person 79%
Video Hearings 21%

Comments about Judges at the Sacramento California ODAR office:

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Judge: Carol L Buck
Date Posted: 8/28/2015 1:05:23 PM
Submited By: Leonard Leonardo



Judge Carol L. Buck-Sacramento-Please do not delete. Nothing bad is said.I am only saying the truth that needs to be put out there. Items used to turn my son down. I am Leonard Leonardo father of Nicholas Leonardo. My son had a MRI and other brain scans. Dr. Lum from Roseville, was his doctor. It showed he needed a operation on his brain. He had crushed vains in his brain. Judge Buck, said it was because of alochol. He was born with it, most likely. He has ADHD, which causes great problems on the work place. But, Judge Buck, said it was caused from alochol. He is BI-POLAR and has problems there also. Judge Buck, said it was caused by alochol. He has a high education so he is ok the judge said. He was kicked out of every high around. He finally got a GED. He doesn't have a work history. He has tryed very hard to work in his life. He only had to work 6 hours a day and recieve underumployeement for 40 hours. He couldn't even do that. You didn't read what the doctors said, just the part about alochol. He did go to emergency alot of sizures, but blame it all on alochol. He gets sizures when he does not expect them. You blame everything on the alcohol, which was there to cover up the problems he has in life. I know a woman who got ssi for being to fat. Let's be fair. My son is in rehab and still suffers everyday, in his brain to try and make it from day to day. He has not drank for over two months. He still has all his problem, but still you can blame it all on drinking. Please help him. Leonard Leonardo for Nicholas Leonardo. God bless You. ( please add that ) A

Judge: Carol L Buck
Date Posted: 8/16/2015 1:40:13 PM
Submited By: Leonard Leonardo



I am writing concerning your mistake with my son's turn down for ssi. #1 not enough back ground of employment. He was born with crushed vains in his brain. Written from a doctor of a mri. Written prof. #2 Cause trouble in hospital. Do to mental illness/ alcolo. #3 Alcolo a cover up for his mental illness. Something to ease his mental problems. #4 Over looked he is bypolar. Written info on your report. #5 Has seizures whrn not drinking. #6 Blaming his problems on alcolo. #7. Proven paper work that he has ADHD, but blaming again the achol. #8 You said he has high school education. He was kicked out of like 6 high schools, got Ged on his own. #9 You said he has no past relevant work. Because is has mental problems. He is truly metally ill. #10. Without looking at anything else you said alcoho was his problem. Check everything out and you will see you just used this to make a excuse not to give him ssi. Everything you said that he couldn't get ssi, was every reason you should have given him ssi that he deserves. Now he will go back on the streets after going to rehab. He was clean for 45 days before rehab. Me and his mother still dealt with a serious mental problems the same day he went into rebab. It was the worst day ever. But you blamed everything on drinking. Mentally ill people do make honest mistakes. Humans aren't perfect, specially metally people. I know, my father was mentally ill and my brother dies from mental illness. I also have mental illness and am looking for mental help today. But I am not crazy enough to see the mistakes you did turning my son down. Please help him.

Judge: Odell Grooms
Date Posted: 7/5/2015 12:45:02 PM
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I recently went before Judge Grooms and found him and his court personnel to be kind, gracious and courteous. This judge is every bit of what a judge should be the process was handeled in a strickly professional and straight foward judicious manner. I found him respectful specific and looking for the same kind of answers. I was to articulate my disability limitations and to give an explanation and example on each point. If anyone had problems with this judge I would suggest you look towards your attorney and not the judge. Every "I" must be dotted and "T" must be crossed your paperwork MUST be in order along with medical documention that matches up. As for Judge Odell Grooms he is NOT a prejudge man I did NOT sense for moment that he looked down on me in any way!

Judge: Odell Grooms
Date Posted: 7/3/2015 7:21:39 PM
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I'm posting this feedback BEFORE we've gotten a decision from this judge, so you'll know that my comments are not biased by his decision. I found Judge Grooms to be well-prepared, attentive and caring. He wanted to hear from the person with disabilities, not just the lawyer representing her. He was formal, but that's his job. He made sure that everything was on the record so that there would be complete information, should his ruling need to be reviewed. I'm optimistic that he heard what was said, so it will be interesting to see if he is able to find a ruling to match the requests. Regardless, I believe Judge Grooms will be a fair judge and appreciated his courtroom manner.

Judge: David G Buell
Date Posted: 4/28/2015 6:22:39 PM
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This judge appeared to have his mind made up before the hearing. He said I was lying and making my symptoms seem worse than they really are. He said I have an account on LinkedIn which makes me look quite good (who tries to make themselves look bad there?) He also found an account on Eharmony and said people with depression don't want to date. He clearly has NO Knowledge of mental illness.

Judge: Carol A Eckersen
Date Posted: 4/27/2015 11:45:35 AM
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Judge Carol A Eckersen was GREAT! No lawyer would take our case, but Judge Eckerson took the time too look deeper in to the case then anyone has ever even offered. She sent us copies of documents that we didn't know existed. Her final judgment was in our favor, because she took the time to seek the truth. Thank you so much Judge:)

Judge: David M Blume
Date Posted: 2/19/2015 12:14:39 PM
Submited By: Valerie



Everyone speaks so nice because they are the ones who got approved as for me fighting for 2 years went down the drain again.

Judge: David M Blume
Date Posted: 2/17/2015 10:42:43 AM
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Just want to say, this judge is so kind and fair, I just cant say enough about him, I don't know how the claim turned out right now, but just a very good judge, and person. SSA is lucky to have Judge Blume.

Judge: Carol L Buck
Date Posted: 2/3/2015 6:41:28 PM
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This Judge is the worst!!! She is not fair! She denies credible and truthful witnesses' if they do not agree with her impression. She does not use the reports that are signed under oath if they do not agree with her interpretation. As a witness she called me a liar, incredible. I should sue for defamation of character. I have lived a long life and never lied for anyone!!!

Judge: Robert C Tronvig
Date Posted: 10/21/2014 12:04:35 AM
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Quick and Easy Hearing. Thank you Judge Tronvig and Roopen with Smolich and Smolich for representing me after I was denied twice.

Judge: Carol L Buck
Date Posted: 10/13/2014 9:27:26 AM
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Good judge. Very thorough, fair. Goes the extra mile to put nervous claimants at ease.

Judge: Plauche F Villere
Date Posted: 10/13/2014 9:23:05 AM
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Great judge. Very compassionate and respectful to claimants regardless of their case merits. He actually walks to the door to shake hands with claimants, welcoming them into the hearing room. Issues favorable bench decisions if possible. Also, issues denials where the evidence doesn't support their case. In 7 years of practice, I have never met a kinder, more humane judge. He is a credit to the SSA and judiciary!

Judge: David M Blume
Date Posted: 6/17/2014 8:53:50 AM
Submited By: Edward Hawkins



I feel its important to look at all aspects of a case. in my case i feel he listened to what i had to say although noone can ever understand what another person goes through on a daily basis. i have worked the last 18 years for the same company and really wished i could still. i do feel that he tried to understand and looked at all my reports from doctors to try and make a fair decsion. i have not found out what that is but he did ask questions and i did my best to answer them. he also ask the vocational specialist questions, so i would say he was fair in the way he handled my appointment. ive been more upset with the ssi doctors that ive had to go see, i feel they need to be looked into because you see them for a couple minutes and for me they didnt even know what was wrong or why i was there, the doctor thought because i was missing parts of four fingers that was the reason, even though my body was jerking uncontrollably and thats why i was there. i did tell this to the judge and he was very kind about letting me know i would not be judged that way in his office, so i would just like to thank him no matter what his descion is at least he was kind to me and listened to all i had to say. so again thank you for that.

Judge: David G Buell
Date Posted: 6/10/2014 10:43:07 AM
Submited By: Malinda Prior



the Honorable Judge David Buell of the Social Security Addministratuon is one of the most passionate judges i have had the pleasure of sharing ny hardship with and i prayer that as hard as it is to believe he must uphold his duty and grant ssi to everyone equally which means there must be proof to support a disability that are used to base qualifications on these I'm sure were set long befor he became the. Honorable judge David buek

Judge: David M Blume
Date Posted: 4/30/2014 3:34:23 AM
Submited By: Vinod K Jain



Very Learned, well studied all the Disability Laws. But more importantly apply these laws in right perspective in positive manner. GOD BLESS THIS SOUL

Judge: David M Blume
Date Posted: 3/29/2014 10:42:03 PM
Submited By: Vickie Noyes



Although I do not know the outcome of my hearing, I am appreciative of being able to have a fair hearing. I felt Judge Blume fully listened to me, put me at ease as he saw how nervous I was. I felt respected and valued for my years of work. No matter the outcome I can honestly say that I had a fair hearing and was able to present all of my difficulties and struggles with employment.

Judge: Mary M French
Date Posted: 3/14/2014 11:39:16 PM
Submited By: z



I wish for Judge French to just for one day live the nightmare my life has been before I appeared in front of her but especially after I received her decision to deny my SSI claim. I was in the ER two days later for wanting to kill myself. If only some of these cold, heartless judges were forced to truly understand the horror of living a life ruled by mental illness...being suicidal for a year...having to live on $450 a month...enduring horrific side effects from psychotropic drug after drug...and then being denied the pittance of SSI you've waited years for.

Judge: Mary M French
Date Posted: 2/26/2014 9:49:23 AM
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No matter the outcome, thanks for your professionalism and real world demeanor.

Judge: David G Buell
Date Posted: 12/4/2013 10:17:40 AM
Submited By:



He is a harsh judge and it seems as though he has made up his mind about a case prior to hearing.

Judge: Carol A Eckersen
Date Posted: 9/12/2013 3:02:52 PM
Submited By:



Great judge. Very friendly and good at putting distressed claimants at ease.

Judge: Mark C Ramsey
Date Posted: 5/19/2013 6:33:02 PM
Submited By: Karen



He is a bad Judge. He is unprofessional and unfriendly.

Judge: Plauche F Villere
Date Posted: 5/15/2013 7:34:20 PM
Submited By:



Dear God, may I please have this judge for my case, after several years of pain, despair, anxiety, hopelessness, I would like to know I'm talking to a person that listens and understands, after two denials I see I might have to wait another year, I spoke to Binder/Binder, of course they want me, now I've done all the work and will probably do all the rest they will get 25%. I would have hired them in the first place but I don't want to share my money, I have had it hard enough just this past year, Being 60 is a curse after working all your life, you fit nowhere, absolutely no dental unless your getting a tooth pulled, thank God for food stamps, 200 month and Sacramento Health services, losing all faith in life, I will ask God to help me through this again. No one tells you how bad it really is when you get old, I will lose my chance at a housing voucher now, out of 50,000 I was one of the 3,000 chosen in Sac county, no income to back it up, can't complain anymore, here is to another year, I only hope I don't have a heart attack waiting, p.s. the Roseville ss office and dds office, I can't even tell you how much faith I had in you.

Judge: Robert C Tronvig
Date Posted: 4/23/2013 11:14:37 AM
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I really appreciated Judge Robert C Tronvig Jr. I was very nervous to talk to the Judge, however he made me feel very confrontable. His decision was Fully Favorable, a lot of that has to do with Binder & Binder also (Love them). Judge Tronvig believed that I had worked hard all my life and gave me praises for working for the government agency I worked for, because it was a very demanding job. Thank You Judge Tronvig, and keep your winning personality and smile.

Judge: Odell Grooms
Date Posted: 4/18/2013 10:14:34 PM
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Very unfair! God will fix it! I was denied my benefits after putting more than 45 years into the work force. Disabled, denied, but not forgotten by God!

Judge: Peter F Belli
Date Posted: 3/19/2013 11:16:18 AM
Submited By: MEJ



My case came before Judge Belli. He was argumentative and never called on either of the two experts at the hearing. He did not give me a chance to answer his questions, and acted as though I was not answering his questions, when I was doing my best to do so. I see he has the lowest approval rate in all of California, maybe even the nation, so I don't have much hope of a good outcome. I don't want to say this hearing was a waste of time, but I certainly did not feel as though I got a fair hearing. I think his denial of my case was a foregone conclusion before I ever stepped into proceeding.

Judge: Odell Grooms
Date Posted: 3/13/2013 8:43:37 AM
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Judge Odell Grooms aint **** he told me at my hearing that he agreed that I was disabled vut sent me out a disapproved but its alright wish I could have a white judge instead.

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



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: 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: 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: David M Blume
Date Posted: 12/31/2012 8:25:02 PM
Submited By: mbey





Judge: Plauche F Villere
Date Posted: 9/15/2012 2:27:36 PM
Submited By:



Wonderful judge!!! Not just because of his obviously high approval rate. He respects everyone and goes out of his way to put nervous claimants at ease by asking them about their personal lives prior to beginning the hearings. You can tell he really cares about people and sees the humanity behind the numbers.

Judge: Mark C Ramsey
Date Posted: 9/5/2012 10:49:27 PM
Submited By: Marion



This civil servant lives in an Ivory Tower. I don't have insurance, because I can't work. No doctor is going to send me to a specialist when I cannot afford to pay. Three physicians told him I cannot work, but he ignored them and took the word from an ex convict whom I haven't seen in over 5 years which he is NOT suppose to do. I agree with the other poster, but what comes around will indeed go around to him. He's good at calling people liars and unfit in their jobs. He deserves to lose his own job for being incompetent and lying about written testimony from those who actually know my case and live with me daily.

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: Mark C Ramsey
Date Posted: 8/17/2012 7:10:20 PM
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I believe that this judge allows personal feelings to interfere with his duty as a civil servant. I hope that something happens in his life where he understands the pain and suffering that the victims of his incompetence experience. He has no feelings or care for the people that have the misfortune of having him preside over. I feel the state should look at this record and consider taking his license away. I am disgusted with what is allowed to sit on the bench and pretend to be human in this state.

Judge: David G Buell
Date Posted: 7/17/2012 8:34:12 AM
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Fairly negative ALJ as reflected in his decisions. I agree that both extremes aren't good but the WV ALJ didn't start this controversy. SSA knows exactly what it is doing and is no hurry to investigate the ALJ's who pay 20-30 percent of their claims or less.

Judge: David G Buell
Date Posted: 6/29/2012 8:11:51 PM
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Would the statics be more reflective of the real world if this particular judge and judge Morris' decisions were removed from the data matrix? I firmly know that individuals such as this DO SCEW THE DATA, but we as citizens can't get rid of them any more than we can get rid of the WV Judge which started this controversy in the first place. What I do know is that both extremes are hurtful to the SSA objectives.

Judge: Jean R Kerins
Date Posted: 5/18/2012 3:21:02 PM
Submited By: Anna F



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

Judge: Jean R Kerins
Date Posted: 5/15/2012 5:16:16 PM
Submited By: Anna