Santa Barbara, California ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Santa Barbara, California, 6 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Santa Barbara, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 18.0 months. The average case processing time in Santa Barbara is 566 days.The Santa Barbara average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 44%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Santa Barbara ODAR office was last updated on 9/7/2016.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Santa Barbara 6 18.0 months 566 days 1.7 15% 44% 40%
California18.1 months548 days1.820%45%35%
National Average:16.8 months525 days1.920%44%36%
Hearing Wait Time: 18.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 1.69
Average Processing Time 566 days
Cases Pending 2733
Dispositions 1730
New Cases 1688
Hearings In Person 78%
Video Hearings 22%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied
Judge Kyle E Andeer 17%45%39%
Judge Mary L Everstine 17%38%45%
Judge Dale A Garwal 13%50%38%
Judge Henry Koltys 15%52%33%
Judge Elizabeth Watson 33%0%67%
Judge Roger E Winkelman 17%37%45%

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Lori Reedy
Judge: Roger E Winkelman
9/30/2016 8:57:50 AM

It had been a long journey. I was denied disability. I found out a few months ago after 3+ yrs of waiting. I lie here this morning wondering why & what I could have done differently. My conclusion is I couldn't do anything differently. I was honest & did my best despite how hard it was for me to be at my hearing. Judge Winkleman seems to be a good judge but the problem is he is not a medical specialist & when one has an uncommon & complicated condition, (one which he can't possibly have any understanding of) it's unfair for him to decide if you're "worthy" to be compensated for your disability. I was declared disabled by 2 medical Drs (specialists) & the occupational Specialist assisting at the hearing. Judge Winkleman appeared as intelligent, understanding, & compassionate as the hearing began. Things changed quickly. He became assertive, disbelieving, & assuming. He wanted yes or no answers with no explanation-unless he specifically asked for one. I felt defeated-it's so hard to try to give explanations as to how I feel or how I get through my days living with the chronic pain & other symptoms I've lived with for many years. I don't even understand my disease how could Judge Winkleman even begin to understand. He asked questions such as; Are you able to dress yourself? Are you able to bathe yourself? Etc. I am able to do this & other things-doesn't mean I'm able to hold a job. He asked about Facebook & how many friends I have. I had commented earlier in the hearing that I had no friends. Anyone who's suffers with a disability knows that the FB connection is just another crutch to help ourselves to feel like a valued human being. Judge Winkleman denied my case & with that he denied me in so ways. He denied medical care (can't afford treatment that may help), He denied me trust (trust in the system), he denied me security (abandoned by the system), he denied me self esteem (He didn't believe me), he denied me equal status (feel like less of a person & extremely guilty), he denied me financial help (can't work-my husband bears the load), he denied me peace (wondering what I did wrong), he denied me hope (I'm never going to get better). I believe that Judge Winkleman is a good judge & able to give good judgement awards in clear-cut cases such as disabilities dealing with Cancer, Stroke, Heart disease, etc. When disability cases are associated with invisible diseases, however, there has to be a better understanding & a much better system. I continue to struggle through my days. I really wish Judge Hinkleman was right & that I wasn't disabled. I would give almost anything to live Without this burden & to be able To work & do the things he probably takes for granted. ( For anyone going through this process, I wish you all the luck in the world! Just as a word of precaution-you may want to delete or make private your FB account. Judge Winkleman seemed way to concerned about it. He asked multiple question pertaining to it. I believe wholeheartedly that he checked mine before my case, although this is forbidden. It is also unethical in my opinion. )

Judge: Marti Kirby
9/16/2016 3:40:53 PM

this judge does not look at the MEDICAL EVIDENCE... she goes by your age and if you are under 50 you are screwed...i had 250 pages and 10 yrs of medical evidence and was still denied after witness letters... STRONG medical evidence, letters by therapist, psychs... etc etc... had the dr get a RFC form that states severe in every aspect and still said lack of evidence...what else do they want?...if you are under 50 beware is all i can say...

Judge: Roger E Winkelman
8/16/2016 12:01:16 PM

Homeless and mentally disabled and find out he is my judge. SSI has taken so many year's and just to know by stats that I have a judge that shouldn't be on the bench from Milwaukee to here, great I'm screwed and found out he has my case with the dire need letter. All doctor's say no i cant butt he will deny me. New fiscal year is October, been woundering why i have no date, be the first denial on his next year. Heartless and ruthless is his track record. I don't cate what people say about him just the stats and his decisions. He don't even really care. The one's he gives out he has to. Cant be 100 percent denial of every claim. Have be lucky. Sad time we live in with people like this who have power over you're life and give a rat's behind.

Judge: Roger E Winkelman
8/16/2016 11:14:58 AM

This judge discriminates abd don't care. There are dire need letter he will get ahold of it to make you wait longer. He don't care about what you say and you can work. Have 100 doctors say you can't buy he will deny you, how is thus allowed? Why do we have puppets for judge's? He's one of them like 90 percent are. Sad

Judge: Marti Kirby
8/12/2016 4:03:03 PM

My experience with Judge Kirby was nothing but positive. It was a quick hearing for SSDI. She was genuine, considerate, cooperative, and friendly. The hearing was very brief. She introduced herself and the others in the room kindly. She explained the process of the hearing to me plain and simple. Overall my experience with this judge was nothing but pleasant.

Judge: Roger E Winkelman
6/28/2016 7:02:50 AM

Judge Roger E. Winkelman has a reputation for being rather cold and unsympathetic, it appears he "cherry picked" on my medical records instead of concentrating on the latest x-rays and doctor notes. I feel very sorry for Judge Winkelman, his life seems to be a pitiful one.

Judge: Roger E Winkelman
6/19/2016 12:28:25 PM

Worst human being I have ever met. He kept getting my case mixed up with another one. He wouldn't let me answer the questions. With medicine, it is not always a yes or no answer. How dare he treat me the way he did. A real piece of work! I accept the decision he made in the case, but I do not respect it or him. He should not be on the bench!

Randy Weaver
Judge: Dale A Garwal
4/21/2016 1:44:01 PM

Dear Mr. Garwell, I remain in constant pain, almost blind. I see no reason you totally ignored the letter my doctor wrote on September 22, 2014. My case is in need of attention. Please reconsider my case. I have done nothing wrong, just trying to survive. I have a doctor appointment for tomorrow @ 11 a.m. Sincerely, Randy Scott Weaver

Judge: Marti Kirby
4/12/2016 10:18:13 AM

Obtaining SSDI is a long and an arduous process, however if you do your your due diligence, go to the doctors, therapist, specialists and show you've tried to work and were unable too...then Judge Kirby will be an advocate for your case. I had over 1080 pages of medical documents from my Primary Care Doctor, emergency room visits, my wrist surgery, Orthopedic Surgeon, Pain Management, occupational therapy, mental health therapist, personal letters from friends and family on the decline of my health. And the most important is to get yourself an attorney. Not to battle with the Judge but because it's someone who can speak with her about your case on a legal level. You have to be your own advocate and make sure you have done all the necessary work. This is a time to teach out to friends and family and ask for help. Have them take you to all of your doctor's offices to obtain your medical records. If you go to the emergency room or a walk-in clinic make sure you ask for a copy. Keep a daily journal of your health issues. If you are working even part-time and you have to call in sick keep a calendar or a log it on a journal. All of these things will help your case and hopefully Judge Kirby will rule in your favor. Good Luck to you all! And thank you Judge Kirby and your wonderful staff who have been very kind everytime I call the Moreno Valley office to make sure my records are in order.

randy Weaver
Judge: Dale A Garwal
4/8/2016 3:28:03 PM

Dear Dale A. Garwell, For years you have been denying my request, after getting numerous doctors responses stating that I was not at fault and I continue to remain in severe pain; you continue to ignore it. You have no idea how much pain you have put me through! What I want to know is WHY? I don't even know you, have visited the Ventura office and keep getting the cold shoulder. What makes you so cold & bitter? All I'm trying to do is relieve the extreme pain I have received from numerous accidents. The only thing I can come up with is you are an evil person and have no buisness working for social security. I live with pain. Just want to get relief. Sincerely, Randy Scott Weaver

Wife of disabled
Judge: Dale A Garwal
12/21/2015 1:43:14 PM

Couldn't select the actual judge that heard my husband's case in SB because he must either be new to the Santa Barbara office, or he just came in to help clear some cases out of the queue. I will post our experience on his page in Iowa, and on this SB page. I am writing the information that we were seeking when trying to get an understanding of what to expect. Disability: Heart infraction number of 20, pacemaker and defibrillator Final Decision in this case was: Fully Approved Overall timeline from initial filing to payment receipt: ~3.5 years For those that want to know what to expect from a timeline perspective in this office, here is how it worked for us. Judge Henry Koltys heard my husband's case. He had a poker face the whole time, seemed like he was going to be fair in his ruling. He wasn't warm and fuzzy, but straight to the point & thorough, which is what I would want from someone making decisions about tax payer dollars. He questioned my husband first, for 30-40 minutes, then he sent my husband out, and called me in and asked me some questions about our daily life and accommodations that are made for my husband's heart condition. - Filed for disability in mid to late 2012 with a disability effective date of January of 2012. - Appealed denials twice. - After final appeal was sent, and a request for a hearing was made, it took 12 months to get a court date - received hearing date approximately 6 weeks before the hearing - October 14, 2015: Hearing (approximately 1 hour total) - November 21, 2015: received the "fully approved" decision - December 19, 2015: Partial back-pay payment received Still waiting on the following: - Award Letter outlining benefits - remaining back-payment - back-payment for dependents of the disabled Please note: this rating is for Judge Henry Koltys and not for Judge Dale Garwal

Judge: Elizabeth Watson
9/26/2015 1:59:15 AM

Judge Watson is a good judge.

Judge: Roger E Winkelman
9/14/2015 10:19:11 AM

This Judge is unfair he does not take the correct amount of time to hear you in the hearing room I was rushed out and got a denial letter shorlty after he is rude he is the worst judge out there very unsympathetic and RUDE!!! he does not deserve that position not exactly sure how he got it ...

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: Marti Kirby
12/5/2014 8:00:03 PM

I had the opportunity to meet with Judge Kirby in November 2014 with my friend applying for SSDI. I was surprised to see the negitive comments written because when I met with her she was nothing but kind. Judge Kirby was sympathetic, companionate, and pleasent. She had nothing but patience with us, and I appreciated that very much. I'm happy I had the pleasure of having judge Kirby.

Judge: Roger E Winkelman
7/2/2014 1:52:11 PM

Judge Winkelman is a fair judge. He puts the time in to review your case and make the correct decision. He spent over 45 minutes with me during hearing, asking me questions about my condition and confirming what was already noted by all my doctors. He is smart and compassionate. My feeling is... Judge Winkelman's knowledge on different disabilities is great! And if you are truly disabled he can identify through your Dr. notes and by the questions he asks during hearing.

Judge: Roger E Winkelman
7/1/2014 12:25:57 PM

This man should not be on the bench. See State of Michigan complaints.

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.

Judge: Tamara Turner-Jones
4/10/2014 11:21:29 PM

I feel she is not fair, she makes assumptions and will base your denial on her assumptions. The doctors they send us to are a joke. My sister is dying because they kept denying her and her cancer has returned and spread throughout her body. Frankly speaking I dont know how they sleep at night !!

Judge: Marti Kirby
12/20/2013 4:59:41 AM

What a horrible feeling, not having any money, no where to go, not being able to get hired anywhere, and even if I was that lucky not being able to keep employment because of my disability. After being denied by Marti Kirby I am at a complete loss on how to even exist. My stomach hurts so bad, and i am so wrecked with fear that I can hardly keep food down. I really hoped and prayed Marti Kirby would've given me a hand up instead of a foot down.

Judge: Marti Kirby
12/18/2013 12:34:26 PM

“If you are looking for compassion and common sense try finding another judge. “ After my denial by the SSDI system and another ALJ, I no longer have any faith or pride in the United States. This country is a pitiful disgrace to the world. The rich and able bodied can continue to get richer while the disabled can die and go away, in their eyes the sooner the better. Wonder how many bonuses were handed out for meeting the “disposition” quota's? They might as well fire all adjudicators and judges and just let random computer picks make the decision, it would probably be equally accurate.

Judge: Marti Kirby
12/17/2013 7:37:48 PM

If you are about to present your case to Marti Kirby, I have two words for you: Be Scared. I say this because she does not seem to care about facts. I personally have not worked in two decades, have no real education, have been homeless for over a year and suffer from a condition even Marti told me she believes exists. The job rehabilitation person was present during my hearing and it was decided I was unable to work in any meaningful capacity. I have been told that there are some judges who act as pen pushers for the social security administration and are blind to any evidence, this is in my opinion what Marti Kirby is. Kind of like how a patrol cop needs to reach a speeding ticket quota, Marti needs to deny even valid claims. Her denial of my case could be the final nail in the coffin for me, it was bar none one of the saddest days of my life and will negatively impact the lives of my loved ones who are equally baffled by the denial. If you are looking for compassion and common sense try finding another judge. If you are the social security administration and need a judge to find any tiny reason to deny a hurting person Marti Kirby will fit the bill.

Daniel Williams
Judge: Dale A Garwal
6/6/2013 7:28:07 AM

He was very rude and disrespectful towards myself, and my mother who was attending my hearing. He often stopped us from stating our case, saying he wasn't concerned with how my seizures affect family life; to us, that was key to our defense. He rudely told me that I have to continue to see a doctor even though I absolutely cannot afford to, and they haven't helped. His disrespect caused me to become stressed out, and have a small panic attack during the hearing, going into muscle spams in my right arm. I pointed this out, and he ignored it. He also refused to listen to the fact that I have been out of work for eight years, except two that lasted one month, and one that lasted two weeks. He then told me I can work a house cleaning job at gainful levels, I had to laugh out loud because I had just stated that I couldn't even keep my own home clean, how could I clean multiple homes each day every day? I spend most of my time in bed, unable to move, on a good day I require a cane to help keep me moving. He refused to really listen to anything we said, he was condescending, rude, disrespectful, and accusatory. I walked out of the hearing devastated and angered at him, and ended up in full seizure in my mom's car because of him. He denied me, calling me a lair ("over exaggerate"). This was my second full run through with Disability. Garwal also made the denial at the hearing on my first run through. I've been fighting since 2006, and reapplied in 2010. Still fighting for my life that discompassionate people like Garwal are trying to deny. If you have this judge, tell him to go away and send in another, I know will for my third attempt at Disability...

Sharon Masson
Judge: Dale A Garwal
5/8/2013 12:37:04 PM

He had a very pleasant demeanor and as a result, I felt at ease and relaxed which increased my confidence. I felt my hearing went well. If it turns out that I am denied, I will not give up!

Judge: Mary L Everstine
4/17/2013 8:22:59 PM

Was extremely intimidated due to stories I had heard about this Judge. Stories passed on by legal representation and medical staff. Although I am not confident of the outcome of my hearing I do feel like the hearing went well. Judge Everstine was polite and professional. Now I wait and if denied I won't give up. Good luck to all of you going through the process.

Judge: Mary L Everstine
4/2/2013 9:42:10 PM

I thought this judge was compassionate, caring and left me feeling high hopes. I think too many people lie and aren't truly disabled and i am glad she doesn't just let everyone go through the system and approve everyone that walks in her room. Not everyone deserves it. She's not only intelligent but she's beautiful so i can see how this may intimidate many and catch them off guard. Keep up the fantastic job, Judge Everstine.

Judge: Mary L Everstine
2/13/2013 10:08:39 AM

Her denial rate not only speaks for itself, but with a Claimants rate of 11%.She has Determine that 89% of everyone that come before her is lying and that the treating Doctors is also lying. She need to be removed at once.This should send an alarm to all who come before her,And all of her Cases should be reexamine and I can assure you about 60% of those, would be determine to be Granted.PLEASE GET THE RID OF HER.

Judge: Patti L Hunter
2/11/2013 4:38:07 PM

I really liked Judge Hunter. She may have seemed a bit stone faced, but she was very fair and went the distance for a client that was at deaths door after the hearing. She has retired and I am sorry to see her go.

Judge: Patti L Hunter
12/5/2012 11:04:32 PM

Imperious and very anal. Insists that claimants and their attys fill out a mult-paged form that duplicates the SSA forms already submitted into the record.

Kenneth Norang
Judge: John L Geb
7/12/2012 1:53:50 PM

hes the best Judgfe in Santa Barbra ... Kenneh Kenneth Morang From thr Resorce Lerning Center ...Lomooc Ca .....

Judge: Mary L Everstine
5/30/2012 12:24:32 PM

Never maintained eye contact. My DTRs case should have been won, after three years of doing all the right things. The system states keep seeing those expensive doctors, keep taking those 300.00/month meds, keep those records coming in. How was she suppose to manage that trick for three years. Her attorney and psychiatrist were floored, shocked and saddened by the unfavorable outcome. She cannot survive the "work world", which has been proven. She has mental and physical disabilities, she is a tapestry of disconnects and dysfunction. All she wants is to rent a little room, take care of her dog and survive. Shame on you Judge Everstine. I suggest you take a good look at your current career and act accordingly.

Judge: Mary L Everstine
5/25/2012 1:44:30 AM

Her denial rate speaks for itself! Her staff told me I didn't need legal representation, which was the worse advice I've ever received, and am still paying for that! Her decision letter had contradictions in every paragraph! Despite over 150 medical records I submitted showing I was disabled, Ms. Everstine determined I wasn't. Be prepared to go the distance if your case is heard by this judge and don't go without representation!

Judge: Mary L Everstine
5/17/2012 2:24:41 PM

Ms. Everstine bases her decisions on the medical evidence. More people think they are disabled than they really are.

Judge: Mary L Everstine
5/4/2012 1:43:59 PM

I agree she shuld be removed

Judge: Mary L Everstine
5/3/2012 2:57:03 PM

Ms. Everstine is a very rude and non responsive individual. She is very subjective and not Equitable in her decisions regarding people that are less fortunate than herself.