Phillip C Lyman , San Jose, California ODAR Office, Administrative Law Judge

For the 2016 *fiscal year, Judge Phillip C Lyman has disposed 324 cases at the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in San Jose, California. Out of those 324 dispostions, 69 were dismissed, 152 were approved and 103 were denied. This means that the percentage of dispositions that Judge Lyman has approved in San Jose for the 2016 fiscal year is 47%. The information below for Judge Phillip C Lyman was last updated on 9/7/2016.

Average statistics
Office*Fiscal YearTotal DispositionsTotal DecisionsTotal DenialsTotal AwardsCases
San Jose 2010 536 468 50 418 13%78%9%
San Jose 2011 562 490 70 420 13%75%12%
San Jose 2012 581 492 114 378 15%65%20%
San Jose 2013 503 399 144 255 21%51%29%
San Jose 2014 442 364 105 259 18%59%24%
San Jose 2015 427 343 139 204 20%48%33%
San Jose 2016 324 255 103 152 21%47%32%
*The United States Government fiscal year is from October 1st - September 30th.
Judge Lyman21%47%32%
All ALJs in San Jose Office 18% 45% 37%
All ALJs in California20%45%35%
All ALJs in the Nation20%44%36%
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Judge: Phillip C Lyman
9/28/2016 5:22:30 PM

I don't even know where to start with this guy. I've had many hearings with this degenerate, and he is as stupid as he is nasty. To the person who said his/her attorney was a disaster, Lyman will do everything he can to make it look like your attorney is a disaster. He hates attorneys. At one hearing he went on a diatribe and lectured me because I could not recall a certain grid rule. Then, it turned out, he didn't know it either. I don't take San Jose cases just to avoid him, but now he is also helping out with the Fresno caseload and I've had him in Fresno twice in the past month. Today he allowed an ME to talk directly to my client (not ask questions) and I objected. Big mistake. Berated again. I could go on. . . .

Judge: Phillip C Lyman
9/12/2015 5:14:12 AM

I must say I took a like to judge Lyman he reminds me of my dad he's all about helping a long as your honest .

Caitlin v Greenberg
Judge: Phillip C Lyman
7/22/2015 12:29:43 AM

I had to fax over three papers he requested,my laywer was an absolute disaster.he didnt even know my case at all..he felt like a probation officer,mr lyman saw this layer was doing me a great disservice and postponed my hearing.I havent gone back to see mr lyman but I can see he IS A FAIR judge and wants to help people like me....

Judge: Phillip C Lyman
2/17/2015 8:43:39 PM

Judge Lyman is an ornery old man who is bitter about his job and likes to take it out of other people. He wastes time giving his little lectures about being prepared and not having all the medical records. Then when you ask for additional time to hold records open he wants you to tell him what is in them, like I am a freakin' psychic! He also won't let you question your client without a reference to the medical records, and will then lecture you about wasting time questioning the claimant. He even is rude to the MEs and the recorders. I dread appearing in front of this Judge and feel bad for my clients who have to deal with his badgering. He needs to change fields....maybe he can work as airport security or at the DMV, he'd fit in well there.

Judge: Phillip C Lyman
3/24/2014 6:31:10 PM

I must say I got a chuckle out of the above comments because going before this Judge was a surreal experience he was so nasty and rude. I have been practicing law for 15 years and this guy is the most unprofessional judge I have ever seen. He also gave me a condescending lecture because I did not fax evidence to the medical expert ahead of time even though the rules don't require it and his own Notice of Hearing states that evidence can be brought to the hearing and not even faxed ahead of time at all. He also lectured the attorney in the hearing before me for not being able to read his mind and not faxing the evidence to the ME before the hearing. I actually kind of feel sorry for the guy because he was so angry.

Judge: Phillip C Lyman
10/21/2013 2:10:07 PM

Easily the worst ALJ I have ever gone before. I have gone before him twice, on both occasions he began the hearing by delivering a condescending half-hour lecture on the importance of having a complete record -- this was after I had informed him that treatment records from only a month earlier had been ordered but not yet received by my office. He held both hearings up for HOURS by delivering petty lectures about irrelevant details, often going back to issues he had already addressed and badgering my clients with belligerent questions. He always calls a medical expert -- to my mind, the mark of a lazy judge who does not want to make his own analysis of the evidence. In my first case with him, I had just received records days before and had submitted them to the efile when they were received. Lyman adjourned the hearing and refused to take even basic testimony from my client. He then lectured about how his office requires that the attorney must submit all records received within 7 days of the hearing DIRECTLY to the medical expert -- the ODAR will not do it, despite the fact that the ME is his witness. In any case, expect to spoon-feed him the record, because he won't be familiar with it. He seems to have a bizarre understanding of the disability framework, also: he heavily implied in one of our hearings that he did not believe it possible for a combination of impairments to render a claimant disabled. I cannot think of a single good thing to say about this ALJ. He is a walking waste of taxpayer money.

Judge: Phillip C Lyman
12/5/2012 11:00:39 PM

One of the nastiest ALJs I have ever had the misfortune to meet. He is horribly disorganized; his hearings ALWAYS begin HOURS behind schedule, probably because he so enjoys wasting time playing mind-games and reaming clients and attys over irrelevancies. He was extremely rude to my client who was struggling with dual life-threatening diagnoses/illnesses. He then denied his claim. Case merits aside, a person who cannot manage to behave with a modicum of decency toward obviously gravely ill claimants lacks the basic humanity to sit in judgement of others.

Deserves -stars
Judge: Phillip C Lyman
9/2/2012 12:20:34 PM

Worst ALJ I have ever appeared before. He will intentionally berate the rep, me & VE. I know several VE that will not even agree to testify in his hearings. On the record he stated that fibro was a mental health condition. He will not question claimant or really allow rep to question. I was in 2 different hearings with him this week and the medical expert testified to meeting listing...oh no... Not this judge, he challenged the me. FYI judge, your not a Dr...hence the ME!! Ugh, not 1 positive thing to say. I do love an ALJ ,that is clearly ,obease, to sit and ridicule my client, whom is much thinner, about how they should lose weight and their DDD will magically disappear....pass on this guy!

zahra sadeghizadeh
Judge: Phillip C Lyman
5/9/2012 8:31:37 PM

Although, I do not know the outcome of my hearing just yet, I must say this Judge very fair. Sweet, seemed to care.

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