Jacksonville, Florida ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Jacksonville, Florida, 14 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Jacksonville, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 21.0 months. The average case processing time in Jacksonville is 621 days.The Jacksonville average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 36%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Jacksonville 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
Jacksonville 14 21.0 months 621 days 1.9 22% 36% 42%
Florida19.8 months615 days1.822%45%34%
National Average:16.8 months525 days1.920%44%36%
AVERAGE TIME
Hearing Wait Time: 21.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 1.90
Average Processing Time 621 days
Cases Pending 12915
Dispositions 5938
New Cases 6216
Hearings In Person 69%
Video Hearings 31%

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Jack
Judge: John D. Thompson
9/17/2016 9:32:18 PM



I went before Judge Thompson in 2012. My medical file is 4850 pages. I was hit by a bus. He treated me like a criminal, dismissed ALL of my treating physicians. He relied solely upon his Dr. Who couldn't tell me my eye or hair color. I had an independent Medical Evaluation declared 100% disabled. The State has me listed as disabled. I had emergency neck surgery the day after my hearing where he declared me fit for duty. Also his expert on work that I can do was 2 jobs that doesn't even exist in our state . No evidence of mine was considered he literally had to stick papers to his coke bottle glasses and still couldn't read. I'm trying again different ALJ, my date of accident was 9-13-2006. He ruled that my back pay scratched and ordered it not to be found disabled and it cannot go back to date of accident rather it goes back to to 90 days after my hearing in 2012. This man is a disgrace to the system. You cannot get a Lawyer to take a case vs him as they know he is lowest approval in the US! He yelled at me when I crossed his expert witnesses and I began reading all of the qualifying adult disabilities that I have in black and white and in pictures. Broken neck, sternum, ribs, broken lumbar, both hips, both shoulders. My nose was ripped off my face and I also suffered from open skull fracture and left front lobe injury, or TBI. If you are assigned this ALJ scrub your claim and start fresh and hope he doesn't draw you again. I have suffered enormously due to his inability to do his job professionally or legally!

Sue
Judge: Gregory J Froehlich
8/31/2016 12:40:12 PM



This judge has the worst rating in all of Florida and I was shockingly disapproved. He had incorrect information that I tried to correct him Of but I have never heard anything more. I am on appeal and I pray he or someone hears my case in a fair way. He even denied I was hospitalized or had ECT treatments. I am almost 55, was a social worker for many years and his vocational person said I could work in a laundry room alone. I am in despair over this. I just don't know what to do. My mom has full blown Alzheimer's and she is only 74 and it started previous to my age. I would work if I could. I have lost everything. I don't even have a vehicle to get to a job. How is it his record is not questioned when in comparison to other judges. I have worked most of my life.


Judge: John D. Thompson
8/6/2016 12:34:32 PM



Went before this judge, and as it turned out he omitted a lot of the evidence stating I was disabled. My lawyer flatout told me the guy had, had his mind made up and simply ignored everything before him. He is also a fairly condescending, and rude judge. I also have to agree with some of the others on here. He CANNOT see, when I saw him staring at a page, he had it within two inches of his face. This isn't a man, or judge you want to review your case. Not only will he show bias and ignore evidence, he is clearly incapable of performing his duties due to his own handicap.


Judge: Brendan F Flanagan
7/29/2016 1:06:06 PM



To classify this guy as a Judge is an injustice to American society. His personal opinions out weighing medical facts, treatments and documentation ( by PHYSICIANS) which he is not, is an absolute disgrace. To simply put it, he is a waste of taxpayers money, whom I myself have paid . ALL of this idiots cases should be IMMEDIATELY reviewed by The Appeals Board and him REMOVED not only from the ALJ position, but disbarment from law practice FOREVER! If you're going to be arrogant and condescending, at least be Smart and fair!


Judge: Lisa B Martin
7/26/2016 4:00:51 PM



Most insensitive and basically unfair judge i have ever read about. Ignored important info and did not consider all of the facts. I feel sorry for anyone that gets her as a judge. I won't even give her 1 star


Judge: William H Greer
7/20/2016 12:36:13 PM



i went before this judge a few years ago. i arrived for my appointment on time but had to wait because the woman who was before me attacked the judge and had to be arrested. by the time i saw him he seemed to be in a bad mood and would not accept any explanations for anything. he wanted simple answers and would not even let my attorney try to explain anything. he wanted yes or no answers. i have muscular dystrophy and am in pain most of the time. i have worked all my life and i am not looking for a handout. i just want and need what i have earned.


Judge: John D. Thompson
7/13/2016 11:48:53 AM



This judge yelled at me for two hours. I thought I was a criminal. He cannot see more than two inches away from the documents he is reading. He should be terminated for his disability. I am filing a complaint and an appeal.


Judge: John D. Thompson
6/13/2016 11:35:34 AM



We won our case with 5 years of back pay awarded, plus medicare right away. Why does Judge Thompson rate 1 star, then? During the hearing, it became fairly obvious Judge Thompson had read nothing of all the evidence provided. He is visually disabled and just doesn't read anything. But there is only so far an ALJ like this man can go - the regulations of 20 CFR must be upheld. During my research for this case I had discovered the "Worn-out WORKER" Rule. The claimant fit right into it - almost to the word. The ALJ had to declare her disabled on her 55th birthday, which was 5 years ago. Game - set - match, Judge Thompson The key to winning is having a check-mat position up your sleeve, i.e. selecting the right CFR Regulation and building your position around it. Thorough research is what wins - hard work and covering every base.

Alicia L. Walker
Judge: Yelanda Collins
6/13/2016 10:20:14 AM



Dear Honorable Judge Yelanda Collins, First and foremost I would like to ask God to bless you for having to deal with so much and such a heavy load far as the workload that you have and I appreciate if you do see this message and God's name that you can add me to your list, Judge Collins I have had to have two major surgeries on my shoulder for major damage that has caused me to be unable to work since 2011- Present, I've been through the Storm and back but with Gods good grace I'm still holding on, I haven't been able to work at all since that time and I have no income and I was 46yrs old at the time of my injury and I'm 52 years old now and I am in diar nerd of financial assistance and I know I promised God I would be patient and I must keep that promise, I'm hoping that you may just take a moment of your time just to acknowledge this plea to beg you to see if you can please help me just to get a hearing date so I can keep my Faith at least to know that help is on the way, I don't even know how I got to this page to be able to express myself to you or even why I choose you out of all the judges but I just want to ask if you can please save me from all the hardship I'm going through just waiting for a hearing, and if you can please help me with any information that will assist me to at least get a hearing date, I have Faith in Our Lord Jesus Christ and all I'm asking for is if you can pray for me to speed up my case or if you can respond to me with any kind of updates on the status of my case, I really need your help if at all possible please help me. Thank you even if this message touched your heart in any kind of way, I'm located right here in Jacksonville Florida, 32208 May God bless you even if there's nothing you can do I appreciate you just taking a moment just to read my comment I know that I can't expect anything more than that but I know All things come through and from Almighty God, so I will stay strong, be patient and keep my Faith that this is my Season, Amen

Darrell Gillespie
Judge: Charles R Howard
5/22/2016 1:38:41 PM



I would like to thank judge Howard for listening to my case. he took the time to look at my medical records in my hearing and made a very very fair decision.Thank you so much.


Judge: Brendan F Flanagan
5/18/2016 11:54:31 AM



I am appealing this man's decision. Not only did he fail to consider all medical records he makes false statements regarding testimony given. Hope the appeals council reviews my trial transcripts.

Grateful
Judge: Kelley Fitzgerald
4/15/2016 4:17:08 PM



Although it took six months from my hearing for a decision, ODAR Judge Kelly Fitzgerald was very thorough, which one should expect for the job done right. I appreciate this. In the courtroom Judge Fitzgerald and staff showed courtesy which eased my fears greatly. All the staff including the security guards were a joy to be around on a very stressful day. Thank You and God Bless.

Rebecca Friedmann
Judge: Teresa J Davenport
4/7/2016 9:00:16 PM



I went before Judge Davenport twice. Both times, she ignored the evidence provided by my doctors and physical therapy evaluations. The second time she asked if I minded if an Occupational Therapist that was present for the hearing and the OT would make a ruling of her own. Even though the OT stated that she believed that there are not any jobs that I can do based on the information present, Judge Davenport still ignored the evidence and ruled that it was a part time/full time working issue not a disability. Judge Davenport ruled both times that my problem had nothing to do with a disability, that the problem was that my employer wanted me to work full time and that I only wanted to work part time. I couldn't work full time due to my disability, and it was getting difficult to work even part time due to the pain I was in. In regards to medical evaluations, she ignored the evaluations from two physical therapist and my own doctors and ruled based on my evaluation from the doctor that Social Security had me go to, I was only there for about 30 minutes. I even had back surgery and she still ignored that as me being disabled. I don't think she should be ruling on disability cases.

John
Judge: Frederick McGrath
3/15/2016 7:02:39 AM



ALJ McGrath went above and beyond recently, and by his efforts, allowed my client her hearing when there had been a serious miscommunication regarding my client's file (it had been sent to another hearing office by mistake, and the hearing cancelled - all without notice to myself or my client). Another ALJ might have shrugged their shoulders and said nothing could be done, so sorry; ALJ McGrath instead tracked the file down, had it sent back to North, and worked the hearing into his already scheduled docket. While we are still awaiting results, we are grateful to have been able to conduct the hearing as we had planned, especially since my client traveled from TN to Athens for the hearing. Thank you Judge McGrath!

Freedom
Judge: Frederick McGrath
3/3/2016 8:52:02 AM



He is The hardest working ALJ in the Nation and that office!!!


Judge: Brendan F Flanagan
11/16/2015 4:11:39 PM



I found Judge Flanagan to be very thorough, and his line of questioning was thoughtful and precise. He is clearly dedicated to only awarding SSDI benefits to those who are truly unable to work, which I personally find commendable. Yes, he does ask some questions several times after re-wording them, but as long as the applicant is being honest, the answers should always be the same, regardless of how the question is framed. Sadly, there are MANY people who apply for SSDI who are not truly disabled; Judge Flanagan makes every effort to ferret such people out and deny them benefits. While it is unfortunate that the general mindset toward SSDI applicants is that they are able-bodied until they prove themselves to be disabled beyond a shadow of a doubt, applicants can thank the MANY people who try to scam the system and obtain benefits when they are not truly disabled for this. In other words, Judge Flanagan is not "the bad guy" in this scenario. To the contrary, it is the lying deadbeats who stand before him and his colleagues claiming to be disabled when they are not who have made the journey to receiving SSDI benefits as tedious and demeaning as it is. I am giving Judge Flanagan four stars instead of five because I did not agree with his decision to award my counsel full legal fees. As he was aware, she made a number of serious mistakes/oversights in presenting my case, and was extremely unprofessional. When Judge Flanagan contacted me and asked for my input, I provided what I felt was a solid argument as to why my attorney did not deserve to be awarded full compensation. While I was disappointed with his decision to award her the full $6,000, I was otherwise quite pleased with his handling of my case. I realize there will be many people who disagree with my opinion - but it is just that: MY opinion, based on MY personal experience with Judge Flanagan. Clearly, people rush to post negative remarks about Judge Flanagan when they are not awarded benefits. My hope is that my positive experience with Judge Flanagan will balance things out a bit. If your SSDI hearing has been assigned to Judge Flanagan's calendar, I believe you will get a fair hearing. If you are truly disabled and provide a scrupulously honest testimony, you will likely receive a favorable ruling. Is it possible that Judge Flanagan sometimes makes a mistake and denies benefits to someone who is truly disabled? Of course - he is human. Judge Flanagan has a responsibility to all taxpayers to be as thorough as possible when hearing cases and rendering decisions, and I believe it is to his credit that he takes that responsibility very seriously.


Judge: M. Hart
11/2/2015 4:54:49 PM



Judge Hart was very civilized and professional in her demeanor and I found her to be a fair and efficient Judge.


Judge: Stephen C Calvarese
10/29/2015 8:17:28 AM



This judge was not concerned about my last jobs as much as my past jobs & was more concerned about the vocational persons coughing & needing a cough drop & what kind of cough drops he had, then listening to me. He asked stupid questions & just because I was not on a bunch of pain meds, made a decision. I think he had already made up his mind & he wasted my time because he never looked at me while I was talking, just watched the screen sipping on his drink. These judges act like it is their personal money, but I wonder how much extra they get when they deny people who are in need of this money that they worked hard for. This judge was real rude, gave no weight to the social security doctors findings, this is the doctor who found all the additional things. I think that we should have to hold a hearing to see if these judges get paid, this judge doesn't need to be appointed back to this counsel, because he has no compassion to anyone in these proceedings. He has denied, more people then he has approved. His court manner -100 & his question asking -1,000. He needs to be replaced with judges who have actually looked at the whole record & not just take bits & pieces. I pray that he will not have my case again, since he denied it & it is back in the appeals. If he is the judge I will quickly send something to the counsel to have another judge, this one is not fair, impartial or reads the records.

wade kirkley
Judge: Brendan F Flanagan
10/25/2015 7:55:11 AM



I was in the 207 denied. He judged my personal life instead of medical thats wrong. I wake up all time thinking what i should have told him. My attorney suxs.when we first walked in the judgement room my atty daid judge i have another case in 45 mins judge said it wont take to long i was scared to day anything my atty advised me to say as little as possible. Now if i could work no one hire me im a liability. Ins cost to much. Im screwed thank judge for everything u didnt do. Now how am i going to support my family. I havent able to by christmas gifts for 2 years

Bridgett Graham
Judge: WILLIAM F TAYLOR
10/18/2015 8:22:41 AM



My first time before a judge and I am glad it was Judge Taylor. I felt he was very fair, understanding, and truly listened.

DISABLED AND DENIED
Judge: Michael A Krasnow
9/29/2015 7:35:50 AM



I agree with the person commenting before me 100 percent! This judge is TRULY UNFAIR and should not hold this position. I know that I for one, DO NOT WANT TO BE CONSIDERED DISABLED! So when you have learned that you will most likely or definitely never be able to work again, IT'S DEVASTATING! A judge should be looking at all of the facts and medical evidence and making a sound decision. So we have to be a vegetable to get disability? Thanks for making me want to jump off a bridge. STEP DOWN.


Judge: Charles R Howard
9/2/2015 9:10:54 AM



Not a good judge at all. over looked my records and said he didn't see certain illness that were in my record. the records iv'e got showing the illness i got sent from his office !

kevin
Judge: WILLIAM F TAYLOR
7/6/2015 5:09:31 PM



judge taylor not fair,has spanish voc lady,

none
Judge: Michael A Krasnow
6/8/2015 1:36:45 PM



Very unfair judge. Looking for any indication of your life being remotely enjoyable as "evidence" that you are not disabled -- if you leave your house for anything other than doctors appointments, if you have gone on a trip, if you garden, if you have any hobbies, if you try to take exercise, if you play any games, if you socialize at all, etc., he deems you capable of working regardless of the advice of your doctors, regardless of whatever the vocational expert says about your employability, regardless of the fact that only people in persistent vegetative states can lie down all day and do absolutely nothing without going insane. Just look at his approval rating compared to other ALJ's -- some approve 60%, he denies 60%. Your best bet is to simply hope your case doesn't land in his lap. You will not get an actual fair hearing.

Frank Reno
Judge: Bernard Porter
6/6/2015 12:27:01 PM



I recently appeared before Judge Porter after fighting for disability for 3 years. I found Judge Porter to be very methodical, touching every point of my request. He seemed very professional and was more than fair to me. Although I was concerned about his decision, especially after having my case rejected twice by state workers, in his decision he described in detail every factor considered. It also detailed what to do in case I wanted to appeal the decision. Overall I was impressed by Judge Porter and his professionalism. If you're trying to scam or don't have a legitimate case I would suggest another judge, this one digs for details and finds them.

Pat McCusker
Judge: PETER C EDISON
5/24/2015 9:51:13 AM



This is the most fair ALJ I have ever encountered.

Steven Kirks
Judge: Brendan F Flanagan
5/14/2015 12:13:04 PM



Judge Flanagan flat out lied to me. Then did not even have the decency to send me notice that he dismissed my appeal. I was told to wait until a decision was reached and finally called only to find out he had dismissed my case two months prior. Talk about ineptitude.


Judge: M. Hart
5/14/2015 8:52:56 AM



This judge lacks compassion, she has no heart. She consistently took information from my records out of context and seems to fail to grasp the fact that different specialists check different things in an attempt to discredit evidence from the doctor I receive the most treatment from. Then she attacked my character claiming that I was exaggerating my symptoms without taking into account the multiple medical conditions that have overlapping symptoms and the many medicines I take that have similar side effects. This decision was a gross miscarriage of justice.

Amy
Judge: Ken B Terry
5/12/2015 8:33:14 PM



3 out of 4 nos on the hypotheticals, 2+ years of medical documentation from 3 doctors practically identical to the Blue Book and you still denied my appeal. Today, Judge Terry, you devastated my family. You have affected our lives in ways that we may never recover, and most of them are not financial. More time should've been spent reading the reports instead of trying to read the person. Your statistics seem to show that you believe most people are liars. Shame on you for thinking you can see inside a person.


Judge: William H Greer
4/14/2015 10:31:17 AM



Judge Greer prides himself on destroying people's lives. Per the oath he has taken as a Judge, his job is to help people who are unable to work due to injuries or issues with their health. However, Judge Greer has repeatedly inflicted additional suffering on the individuals who have had to go before him for a decision that would change their lives permanently. Judge Greer should be held accountable for his actions in regards to numerous ethical violations. His actions should also be investigated for violating people's civil rights which can be proven by information he has written in his Unfavorable Decisions. His approval rate is only 36% and I am sure that if his cases were reviewed, it would be uncovered as to how he quotes information that is untrue in regards to the person who really needs SSDI. Information that he has quoted could ruin a person in more ways then one. Judge Greer needs to be removed from his position for numerous reasons but the main one is due to the pain and suffering he has placed upon people who are in need. I guess Judge Greer believes he is above everyone else just because he wears a black robe. His rating as to how many stars he receives should be a negative number.

Bobbie
Judge: Kelley Fitzgerald
3/30/2015 5:04:35 PM



This judge will smile to your face and you the back as soon she denies you. she has the highest rejection rate out of all the judges and is 10% over the national average HOW CAN THIS BE. In my rejection letter she attacked my character instead of taking the word of an accredited Univesity doctor.

homeless
Judge: Aaron M Morgan
3/17/2015 11:55:03 AM



hey its homeless again judge Moran I for give you for all the pain you have caused me the loss of my home which was my inhairantance which was from my mother.the back money from 2010 when i filed the claim and your unfair and wrong decision in 2012 and would also like to thank the appeals counsil for the poor job that they did in not looking at the new evidents which would have fixed the problem but you also did not do your jobs i sent new records that showed new proof of my disabilty and you say that you looked at them but when you sen the evadents you supposly looked at it was not there wonder were it went. thin air? So i had to refile in 2013 which took my work credits cause i had to refile so now i get ssi not ssd i fought my ass off to keep all my things and lost all of it my mother the house all the things in the house cloths pictures furnture family airlooms all my mothers stuff my stuff as people picked threw it on the side of the road and after all that you will not even do nothing to fix the mistake but i forgive its time to move on because there is one thing you could not take is my happiness and determnation and my spirit.


Judge: William H Greer
3/8/2015 6:15:41 PM



Judge Greer should get all the TRUE facts about a person's case and not make them up as he goes along in order to deny them. My husband's case was denied and after reading the information that we received from the Judge, I am puzzled as to where he received his information much because 99.9% of the information was untrue. My husband is a Wounded Warrior and is unable to work and thanks to Judge Greer, my family has to suffer even longer financially. I firmly believe that if a service member is medically retired from their branch of service and receive VA benefits then they should never have to need for anything because the Government in all forms should see that they are well taken care of. I am not saying this because my husband is injured for life, I am saying it on behalf of ALL WOUNDED WARRIORS!!! Maybe Judge Greer should take his turn over in Afghanistan and maybe his approval rate will increase.

Gary Wagner
Judge: John D. Thompson
3/5/2015 1:25:32 PM



Judge Thompson proved to be an excellent and compassionate judge. He based his decision purely on the testimony of a medical expert and the medical evidence. He rendered his decision the day of the hearing and offered me hope for a possible recovery. He treated me with respect at all times. I can not praise this man enough.

homeless
Judge: Aaron M Morgan
2/19/2015 12:25:10 PM



this judge should be removed from the bench. there doctors siad i was disabled my doctors said the same.my mom died jan 9 2012 his decision came jan 12 2012 denied could not make house payments lightbills food borrowed money to creamate her lost my my work credits lost my back pay and for what because he said i did not look disabled so i guss he just disregards top doctors in there field opinion.thing i lost the house everything but there is vendication i won my case feb 12 2015 in front of judge thompson who they say is the tuffest in florida and the second in the country he said i should have received it then and if he would have been the judge he would have given it to me. so with that being said i am homeless when it should not have happend i lost over half of my back pay and at least half of the monthly money so were justice for the working man there is none.p.s judge thompson was very fair and throw


Judge: Kelley Fitzgerald
1/19/2015 7:22:40 PM



There has got to be a way to get rid of her. She is one of the rudest, corrupt judges I have ever met. She must get kickbacks for every case she denies. I'd love to see her have to go through the process.

flora gray
Judge: Charles R Howard
10/19/2014 1:05:10 PM



Seems like he doesnt care if your really disabled or not with all medical records he just doesnt care

Unknown2
Judge: Frederick McGrath
10/8/2014 3:52:25 PM



Judge Frederick McGrath approved my case on yesterday. I believe he's a very witty, smart & compassionate guy....charming & interesting...I may add... My hearing was brief & to the point...The past 21 months of my life has been the most challenging time in my life...happy to know it will get better soon...very thankful I was approved.


Judge: Stephen C Calvarese
8/28/2014 1:14:44 PM



This judge will create lies, give little weight to your medical doctors opinions, to find you unfavorable. Its shame that these ALJ judges are allowed to conduct themselves like this and it is of no consequence. God Bless America and please rectify and justify our Social Security disability systems.

Social Security Disability Attorney
Judge: Frederick McGrath
8/27/2014 3:10:35 PM



As an attorney, I practice before several Social Security hearings offices and numerous judges throughout the Southeast. My experience with Judge McGrath has been consistently positive, and I have found him to be fair-minded and efficient in his handling of cases where I have appeared before him. While he takes a streamlined, no-nonsense approach to hearings, he appears to do this out of a sense of duty to move his cases efficiently and to minimize delay in resolving claims where claimants have already been required to wait months (or even years) without income leading up to finally getting their day in court.


Judge: Aaron M Morgan
8/23/2014 1:05:55 PM



THIS JUDGE VERY NICE AND FAIR JUDGE l WENT 2 TIME IN COURT AND JUDGE DON'T MISS ANTHING HE LOOT ALL MY DR REPORT AND SECOND COURT HE TALL ME l WIN AND l JUST RECIVED MY DECICION LETTER YESTERDAY NOW L WAIT FOR MY BENEFECT THANK YOU JUDGE KEEP DOING GOD JOB


Judge: John D. Thompson
8/22/2014 9:23:07 AM



By the numbers the second worst judge in the nation. By experience, one of the most disrespectful and unprofessional judges I have ever appeared in front of (22 year attorney). You have virtually no chance before this judge AND will be treated poorly.

tim m
Judge: Charles R Howard
8/6/2014 7:40:55 PM



This is an evil judge. He does not care what the treating physicians opinion may be. He is a control freak.

Ryan Steven Mentier
Judge: Lisa B Martin
7/30/2014 12:04:22 AM



My name is Ryan Steven Mentier I live in Holly Michigan I have been waiting for a Decision on my case I have been living in a tent for a few months now and have been waiting on a yes or no on my disability case for 7 months now.I try to call and I get no answer my layer can't get threw eather

Harry
Judge: John D. Thompson
7/26/2014 1:02:29 PM



This is a judge that commonly makes mistakes that are easily recognizable. In my decision form the Appeals Council they discovered at least 6 obvious mistakes. The judge did not even consider 5 years of medical records from my regular doctor which were submitted. Additionally, he misquoted his own medical expert and blatantly ignored evidence in his final decision. Without explanation he gives limitations that are different than those provided by my doctor and even their consultative doctor. Where does he get his information? Out of thin air it seems. I just wonder now how much longer I will have to wait for a new hearing. I sure hope I see another judge, but that is unlikely. The appeals council generally called him out for every mistake he made, thank God. At some point the SSA needs to recognize that this judge is not doing his job properly. His approval ratings are at best 1/2 of the other judges. That should show that he denies people who are actually entitled to receive benefits.


Judge: Bernard Porter
7/17/2014 10:07:06 PM



After two years of fight for what I paid in you send me a denial you have the lowest approval ratings there I gave you tons of medical records,doctors statements, even a state handicap tag you say I can work how when I can't even walk much less drive like I told you well I will appeal and shen they overturn my case you will see how wrong this was of you I ses you give drug addicts, fat lazy people that don't want to work etc disability everyday when a real disabled person like me suffer we pay you with our taxes to do nothing you sit behind a desk if I had a job like yours I'm sure I could work buf when you had a bone taken out of your spine it hard to do anything your way out of line on this one I contacted mu congressman and more federal government people along with the press your a jerk and I may have to do without cause of you longer but I hope by the end of this you have no job and I know alot of people that love to see your sorry butt gone


Judge: John D. Thompson
6/26/2014 12:09:09 PM



THIS JUDGE WAS A VERY GOOD JUDGE HIS EXPERT DR WITNESS WAS GREAT THE ONLY PROBLEM WAS THE VOCATIONAL REHAB EXPERT WHO DOESNT KNOW JACK THE JUDGE HAD TO KEEP ASKING HIM IF HE WAS TAKING NOTES ON WHAT THE DR WAS SAYING OTHER THEN THAT HE WAS A GREAT JUDGE AND I WAS THERE WITH OUT AN ATTORNEY KEEP GOING JUDGE

JustCurious
Judge: Kelley Fitzgerald
6/18/2014 10:03:54 AM



Does it usually take 6 months or better to get the judges answer to wether the person is approved or not? I was told 4 to 6 weeks for an answer. I'm just curious as I don't know how these things go. This is all new to me.


Judge: Bernard Porter
6/18/2014 7:32:53 AM



Call my lawer yesterday to find out my case is still in unassigned writing after 5 months it not moved is there anyone else out there having this same problem I just can't understand why it not moving when people that had court the same day as me got there case done months ago am I being pushed to the side please anyone out there let me know some information it does no good to call them or the lawer as they all act like they have no clue why


Judge: Bernard Porter
6/10/2014 11:43:35 AM



As of today it been over six months since court and still nothing I'm going on two years now this is not right there no way I can work and if I call this odar center I'm told to call my lawer which is pointless cause he can't give me any information I'm out of money for a doctor etc I need this money and judge porter it your job to see I'm disabled and need this money for medical care so I'm calling my government offices there no need to make people that need there disability badly wait and most the time it to deny them so they have to wait even more years fighting for what is right fully there money I hope the lord forgives your sins of doing people this way then you can beg like we all have done you make a large pay check off of us just to deny our claims or make us wait after we waited for years also the staff is rude there we pay you so be nice I'm done running my mouth I'll just sit here and wait as always and I pray you and your staff have to wait years on something one day and learn to feel for people and not be so evil


Judge: Frederick McGrath
6/4/2014 11:54:48 PM



This Judge knows his job. He gets straight to point and does not waste anytime or taxpayers money. He is well prepared. He has an idea of what his decision will be before the hearing. He shows concern about the claimant and takes everything into consideration. He does his job well without hesitation. He can see right through a person if they are full of BS. Great service for the people!


Judge: Bernard Porter
6/3/2014 5:21:57 AM



In his decision for my SSDI he stated I am inconsistent and not quite believable. So basically I am a liar. This is what I waited 2 years for. No job, no insurance and now no benefits (to which I have paid in). This judge also has a disability so maybe because he can work he thinks others can as well. That could explain his high denial rate.

vet
Judge: Michelle Thompson
5/28/2014 8:27:26 PM



I would like to just say she is a fair and just judge she truly listen and provide fair decisions based on the evidence if more judges were this unbiased and did everything on a case by case basis and not under any preconceived stereotype this world would be a better place


Judge: Bernard Porter
5/28/2014 12:54:13 PM



Judge Porter was very nice and extremely thorough in his questioning. I do hope someone will post here on how long it took them to get their hearing decision in the mail and whether it was approved or not. I have been waiting four and a half months for my decision and I am also worried due to his approval percentage. Seems he made his decision fairly quickly in my case since it has been sitting in writing for over 2 months. Of course, the Judge has no control over this step. Good luck to everyone who is still waiting!


Judge: Bernard Porter
5/23/2014 7:11:38 AM



Four months after he closed mu case still no letter I've called and was told it was at writer then last time I called I told to call my lawer after seeing he only approved 63 cases this year I hope I'm one he have the lowest rate of approval of all judges here well guess I'll keep waiting wish someone could help me out


Judge: Michelle Thompson
5/19/2014 8:08:53 PM



She took the time to listen to me and was very caring.


Judge: Aaron M Morgan
4/29/2014 10:45:53 AM



I went before this judge and the only thing he could use against me was that I smoke cig's lmao. This judge didn't even open my records. He would not stop about smoking. This judge needs banned fromk the bench.


Judge: Brendan F Flanagan
4/29/2014 8:42:10 AM



Should be removed from the bench. He has an agenda. Denies approximately 90 percent of claims. I have had clients die shortly after he denied their claim. He has no business being a judge. A disgrace.

Stevie Bancroft
Judge: Charles R Howard
4/21/2014 5:02:43 PM



Judge Howard is very, very comprehensive in his review of your records. The questions he asked me proved he had reviewed my records. In his written decision approving my award, on two occasions he disagreed with the opinions of the doctors who reviewed my case for SS, stating they were not in touch with my case and their opinions were without merit. Although it took 2.5 months to get my written decision, it was favorable to me.

Sheree J. Johnson
Judge: Ken B Terry
4/21/2014 7:48:28 AM



Judge Terry is a biased an unfair Hearing Officer for this ODAR Court. In His unfavorable decision in my case, he ignored and/or neglected pertinent information purveyed in my testimony. Repeatedly, he contradicts himself throughout his written decision. He makes insinuations and pre-judgments instead of sternly weighing ALL of the evidence before him. He is a disgrace to the Law regarding SSA Rules and Regulations. And yes, his biased and unfavorable decision, despite the fact of overwhelming objective medical evidence as to my disability, is presently under review by the Appeals Council. Moreover, should the Council prove to be as biased as Judge terry, I will file my appeal in Federal Court. Judge Terry should shudder at the very thought of a Federal Judge being summoned to review my case.


Judge: Bernard Porter
4/14/2014 11:27:40 AM



Had hearing back in December was just told friday I need more surgery done but my lawer telling me it sitting at a decision writer judge porter is very nice I hope he did appove my case I've been fighting since 2012 I hope I hear something soon cause my doctor want me at the doctor that did my surgery asap I need the medical or I'm going to be in a wheelchair

Brent Corey McBride
Judge: Bernard Porter
4/8/2014 2:56:54 PM



He was actually very nice and conservative he doesn't ramble on allot like most judges seem to do very respectful of a person needs and disabilities just went to my hearing in front of him and he seems very nice and respect full


Judge: Brendan F Flanagan
2/19/2014 9:57:49 PM



SSA should remove this person from the bench before more deserving American citizens die because he illegally and improperly denied their claim. He does not understand the law or how to apply it. If you case is assigned to this judge, you should demand that your case be assigned to a different judge before your hearing is held.


Judge: Yelanda Collins
2/3/2014 3:30:57 PM



I didn't think it was possible to feel more depressed, anxious, sad, panicked, and sick. Thank you for proving me wrong Ms. Collins. I was a tax-paying citizen for 16 years before becoming ill. I told Ms. Collins of my plan of action to get well in the not-to-distant future. I told the truth as nervous as I was. What I received in return was an unfavorable decision in which 2 things were stated that I never said (and I am sure I didn't say them because they are just plain untrue) and most of what I did say was omitted or ignored. This has been such a heavy, dejecting process. I am sad, but I am also so angry that this woman who knows nothing about me (and has the facts wrong about what she thinks she does know) gets to decide if I am sick enough to use the Social Security that I have paid into my whole life for what it is intended for. I understand that many do take advantage of the system. I told the truth and had all my ducks in a row. So, why am I sitting here worrying about how I am going to tell my kids that we have to move our of the only home they have ever lived in?


Judge: John D. Thompson
1/9/2014 4:03:54 PM



I am guessing that ss system uses him as a pawn to decline people. I have heard from a few lawyers that he brags about declining folks. No matter there condition. I totally feel sorry for such a man to pass over working class people to get his numbers as low as possible. I would love to see someone sue his rear end. He held me in the court room for almost two hours. And then he used this fake *** medical expert that has zero knowledge about neurological issues as a wittness. I and my attorney about fell out of our chairs with the disrespect this judge has proven and his so called medical experts. I look forward to my appeal. I would love to find a way to go after this judge directly in a civil lawsuit. Anyone with any ideas about how to name him in a case do let me know. I would do it in a heart beat. I am 56 years old with brain cancer and got denied.


Judge: John D. Thompson
12/15/2013 5:09:03 PM



I went in front of this judge for my minor child back in November of this year.I have not received a decision yet but another hearing scheduled with him...I can't get anyone to answer my qyestions or messages I leave no return call.I will say he was very unpleasant to be around as he belittled me and I don't want to have to do this all over again


Judge: Gregory J Froehlich
11/25/2013 7:17:16 AM



ALL Tax Payers, Women, Men & Children~~ Beware of this "Judge"~~...I couldn't even tell you what his face looked like, that's how much attention he paid to my case. I truly believe he has the "Black Robe Syndrome" ...This was a Reprimand Case by the Appeals Council & this "Judge" had his mind made up WAY before I even walked in the door. It was almost embarrassing as to how obvious he made it that he had the previous Judges back covered!!! This was nothing but a full blown Conspiracy Plot between Judges & it needs to be investigated, I need someone to please help me... He threw out & discredited ALL of my doctors, ALL of my MRI, medical reports, etc...He threw out & discredited ALL of the SSDI doctor's & reports, ALL of the Voc expert reports, (I have had to go in front of THREE Judges now!)... I am in total shock at how LITTLE he paid attention to ANYTHING & how MUCH he twisted and turned ALL REAL reports into what he wanted it to say or be. I have no words to tell you how he took over the ROLE of playing a real doctor & disregarded all REAL doctors statements & reports. He threw out & discredited third party testimonies, so what was he looking at to judge my case??? It must have been his thumb because there was nothing left for him to read, he threw out & discredited everything BUT his thumb!!!...There is NO need for, or to employ ALJ's if they are ANYTHING like this one~ What a true waste of time, money and resources ~~GOVERNMENT NOTICE~~Please eliminate ALL ALJ positions as they are not needed when they throw out & discredit REAL doctors reports & have their minds already made up before you walk in the door. I have been waiting for MY much needed SSDI benefits & jumping threw hoops from 2009 for this hog wash and total embarrassment??? I will not/cannot stop, I will appeal this no matter how long it takes or what it takes...This "Judge" made me out to be some type of liar & I do not lie! I know & understand that you must weed out the bad seeds, but why would ANYONE wait & beg for their own hard earned money if they didn't really need it??? I would rather be digging ditches and cleaning this "Man's" toilets than be where or how I am, what's wrong with him my dear Lord???? This is nothing but a Conspiracy to keep people who need REAL help down and out & he was punishing me for doing an appeal! This "Man" needs to hire me if he is so confident that I am able to even leave my home! Please contact me "Judge" & tell me where & at what time I should be at work for YOU, because no one else will hire me with all of my conditions & I wont last 2 days at ANY job, and please keep in mind that I must lay flat on my back with my left leg elevated for 30 to 40 minutes, 3 to 4 times a day. I am not joking, you have my number, please call me with my new job details & I promise that I will try if you have that much faith in me that I can work. All I was even asking for was Medical help, and NO to that also? Now what am I going to do, my life is totally destroyed and over. I am so sorry for being rude here, but this is my life now what do I do??? And, he also stated that I applied on Sept 1 2008, (my birthday, ya ok!) then in court he asked me the date & how am I to recall the exact date that many years ago? I said I stopped working on December 24, 2008 so he denied me for this???


Judge: John D. Thompson
11/19/2013 11:14:42 AM



This Judge totally over steps his boundries as an ALJ I 100% respect the position but this judge tries to play doctor as well. I suggest anyone who was denied by this judge to take it to the appeals. Thats how I won cause they found many things he done and said during my hearing that is totally not legit. He had records in front of him and declined to acknoledge them.


Judge: John D. Thompson
11/18/2013 6:17:22 AM



Wow is about all I can say here. Went before this judge and he brought in some medical expert that had no clue about my health. It's like the medical expert is working for the judge. The judge was reading my medical reports and it was like he was reading someone other then mine. He was trying to say I didn't have things that clearly was right in front of him. He also tried to say that I did not follow dr's orders to loose weight to control my medical issue. I am 5'10 170 lbs This judge looks to be shorter then I am and around the 270 lbs mark. I read another post that said he can't read I have too agree with that comment. Cause he was holding the paper work right up to his face trying to read it. I think this judge needs to spend some time going before a court himself being sued for making medical claimes that he surely not qualified to do. I recorded my own hearing cause it will be needed in the future. I don't think this judge understands that most of us would rather be working then fighting his broken system for chump change to survive on. Also I do understand that not everyone is legit either but this mans record of denying so many people is more then the worst judge in the entire system.

It doesn't matter
Judge: Michael Krasnow
11/14/2013 8:41:00 PM



Michael should be disbarred. I will be filing a complaint with Social Security on this individual that thinks he is smarter than Physicians and medical providers and completely discounts anything a Doctor has to say in his/her diagnoses, He has no compassion or common sence. I'm glad I don't have to get up every morning in the same bed as he and have to look at him. He misjudges facts and he bases his decisions on assumtions. From what I understand is most of the ALJ's in Jacksonville are completely miserable in their jobs. I've spoken to the Office of Appeals where complaints can be lodged in Virginia and even they are appalled at his behavior in the decision letter. He will tear you apart. He pointed me out as if I was a monster. If I could give less than one star I would.


Judge: John D. Thompson
11/2/2013 8:34:59 AM



I share in the thoughts that this ALJ is biased or simply negligent. He is basically blind and seems to feel that anyone can work. His expert testified that I qualified if there was one report in the file, which was erroneously omitted (because we did not feel it was relevant and was not a medical report). We supplied the report immediately and well within the time allotted by him. In his denial he clearly stated that the report is not in the file, which it is. Now I have to appeal to the appeals council in Virgina and wait that much longer for them to correct his error. There has to be a reason why his approval rating is so much lower that the other ALJ's. Who is wrong all of them or him? I doubt that it is all of the other ALJ in Florida or even the nation. He needs to be removed from his position and retire or something.

Shannon Brooks
Judge: Charles R Howard
10/25/2013 1:27:42 PM



I really appreciate Judge Howard's time and am very pleased with his ruling. He is a very honorable person, and the SSA is lucky to have him as a ALJ. He looked at all information/documentation pertaining to my case and made his ruling without bias.


Judge: Charles R Howard
10/16/2013 4:21:08 PM



This is a very cruel man. He is very sarcastic and unprofessional. He does not care what the medical doctors have to say. This man abuses his power.

Dale Morris
Judge: Michael Krasnow
6/24/2013 5:47:10 PM



This judge does not judge your disabilities he judges you as a person witch is not right. He believes there is no such thing as a disabled hunter. He believes anyone that can pull a trigger can be a ticket taker though there is thousands of disabled hunters in America. He also believes that Truck driver's that hulls hazmat and make $50.000 a year are uneducated people. Though that person has past 8 Fedaral back ground checks post 9/11 and has never been arrested or failed a drug test and has paid into S.S. for 35 years. Now I cant even get a aspirin because he judges you as a person. Why discriminat against someone then tell them they have bad hygiene.? You think the may have bad hygiene because they cant take care of there self.? This country couldnt make it 1 day without truck drivers and you think there uneducated.? I'm wondering who really is the uneducted person.? Now that I lost everything I ever worked for and will be homeless at the end of July this is how I will be spending my 50th birthday.

William H Greer
Judge: William H Greer
6/24/2013 10:41:22 AM



Judge Greer explained that my sister was employable; he said she needs to work on light duty and stay away from machinery and hot grease. Judge Greer said my sister did not meet20 CFR part 404, Subpart P, Appendix 1 (etc. Judge these are guideline for you to follow, if everyone fit nice into these articles they would not need the human element. My sister, as documented, is having two to three seizures a DAY, she is on medication that keeps her sedated for more than 10 hours a day, her face is disfigured because of the damage done to her mouth and head from her seizure falls. Her job as a manager at McDonalds will not let her back to work after the third rescue wagon coming to their store in one week. It has very little to do with the hot grease or the machinery it's the liability and delay of business when she have seizures. Her doctor won't release her to work due to the side effect from her medication. Who is going to hire her? She can't even catch the bus by herself, she can't be left alone at home by herself, she lives with my 76 year old Mother because we have to work and can't stay home to watch her this been going on 5 years. She worked hard 18 years and gave to the system now she needs the system to help her where is it! This is all documented!


Judge: Patrick F McLaughlin
5/7/2013 11:05:06 AM



He was angry, argumentative and VERY athoritarian. Unlike the gentleman above I have 30 to 45 days wait for judgement. Rating is a zero. I do have solid documentation and a great case. Maybe I remind him of someone he doesn't like....... I was in tears the whole time. Thank you sir for triggering my ptsd....


Judge: Frederick McGrath
4/16/2013 2:06:29 PM



my first claim was DENIED by this alj, even though he stated in his decision that i did in fact have two severe impairments.. of course the AC kept his ruling intact and my atty filed in federal court. well here it is 6 1/2 yrs from initial filing and 3 yrs after it was denied at appeals council and taken to fdc, my claim was remanded due to ERROR by the alj for NOT giving my treating doctors RFC any weight and going by what the ssa med examiner (which i never saw to begin with)said at some point before my initial denial (which only took a few months to get)..my hearing was NOT that quick, and also we waited for at least 15-20 minutes before hearing started as the VE was LATE. mind you judge started without the VE, and he finally arrived about 10 minutes before my hearing was over..he heard me answer the last 2 question is all. yet the judge took his opinion that there were thousands of jobs in the national economy within our region that i could do?? i am like the rest of you, i believe he has his mind made up before you go in the door...well, he messed up on this one and now i get a new hearing and hopefully with another judge


Judge: Brendan F Flanagan
4/5/2013 7:54:14 AM



I wouldn't love him as a taxpayer either. He wastes money. Why don't we just save money by not having a hearing since he routinely goes with the agency opinion no matter what. Not to mention the waste of money from appealing it to the AC and then having it remanded only to go in front of this fool again.


Judge: Brendan F Flanagan
4/4/2013 1:06:31 PM



Interesting guy. Uber conservative. He asks the same question many times, then if any of the answers are not identical, concludes that the testimony is inconsistent. Plays "gotcha" with the evidence. Starts from an "unfavorable" vantage, and is rarely moved from it. Looks like he really enjoys the torment of the hearings process. Lulls the rep into a sense of complacency by posing favorable hypotheticals that he has absolutely no intention of ever considering. In his eyes, everyone is a faking cheat. As a taxpayer, I love him. Otherwise, not so much.


Judge: Frederick McGrath
3/28/2013 2:26:12 PM



Our office has had numerous hearings with Judge McGrath. He has a reputation for scheduling several hearings at the same time and taking them on a first come/first served basis; will start early if you get there early; does NOT like submission of medical records on the day of the hearing. Generally does not ask for opening; lets rep do most of questioning and just cuts in when he has a question. I think he often has a good idea of how he feels about a case and uses the hearing to see if it changes his mind. His award rate is not out of line, so he's not denying everything that comes through the room. (Claimants need to understand it isn't the number of pages of records you have, but how well the opinions are supported by clinical evidence, diagnositic testing and your own credibility).


Judge: K. Barlow
3/26/2013 7:52:11 AM



It is very important, to have your Primary Care Provider to complete the Residual Functional Capacity(RFC) forms for you. The Judge needs evidence of your total impairment(s) and limitations. The Judge must adhere to the federal guidelines. Your work history will speak for you. If you are 55 or older, and have the appropriate medical evidence and your documents are well organized by you or your representative, this is a plus. Answer all questions honestly, and make sure your paper work is up-to-date. Be prepared to answer questions concerning your Daily Activities. Visit youtube.com and search for "Social Security Disability Hearings", the videos are very helpful. The Lawyers provides helpful information. My hearing took 8 minutes, I received a favorable bench decision. Thank God


Judge: Ken B Terry
3/23/2013 2:43:18 AM



I would love to write a book on my experiences with the SSDI process, as has been said to me, it is too unbelievable not to be true. I filed my first claim in May 2003 after being disabled from work for two years. In 2008, my paper file was inadvertantly destroyed, but it took four years for the Advisory Councel to admit this. In March 2013, I was finally able to recieve a hearing and a "fully favorable decision." (NOT REALLY). My hearing was with this judge and I found him to be difficult to testify in front of. He was abrupt and inpatient with my explanations and responses. He seemed unwilling to take simple answers to questions and wanted very long explanations for the most minute situation. The reason for the fully favorable decision was a lot of lawyering by my attorney and a compromise on my part (a huge one to me). It took everything we had (myself and my lawyer) to convince this judge that I was disabled. You need a really incredible lawyer to stand up to this judge.


Judge: Frederick McGrath
3/11/2013 7:35:08 AM



Yes he has mind made up before the hearing. He schedules way too many hearings on one given day and they are conducted to quick. Rarely uses a VE. The Jacksonville ODAR is filled with fairly negative ALJs.

Shannon
Judge: Frederick McGrath
3/7/2013 7:45:47 PM



Judge Frederick McGrath claimed he could not read the RFC filled out by my doctor because "the doctor's handwriting was not completely legible and his signature was indistinguishable." There were approximately 30 cases he ruled on before he saw me the day of my hearing and it seemed like he had already made up his mind on each case before the people even entered the courtroom. He wrote about my mental health in his official ruling even though my claim was entirely a physical case with all of my mental health issues (depression because I am unable to work) being a direct result of my physical disability.

Caretaker
Judge: Frederick McGrath
3/7/2013 6:57:22 PM



I was denied even though I have more than 4,000 pages of medical records, dozens of doctors supporting my claim and submitting written statements, and the court-appointed vocational expert testified that there was not a job I was suitable to do. Mcgrath ruled against this suggestion and said I could do a job that did not require standing, sitting, working with my hands, concentration, memory, interaction with people, and would allow me to lie down for extended periods of time each hour. I also require a caretaker (who is writing this message as I am unable to do so) on a fulltime basis to feed, cloth, bathe, drive, make appointments and manage my dr. schedule, clean, cook, and take care of basically all of my needs/activities of daily living. He made the decision in less than 5 minutes and asked me less than 10 quick questions. His decision was overturned on appeal and has been sent back to be heard in court for a second time. I first applied for disability in 1999 and have spent the last 6 years appealing his ruling. I am going back to court in the next 6 months or so and will let you know who I get and the judgement.


Judge: Teresa J McGarry
3/7/2013 2:52:57 PM



for some reason she sounded like she just didnt like me and this comment was said too me from my lawyer who's now handling my appeal..what's really up with this?


Judge: John D. Thompson
2/28/2013 7:40:00 AM



The ALJ is Biased. It is unfortunate to say so, but Judge Thompson is biased against the claimant, any claimant. Nationwide, 46% of claims are approved at the ALJ level. In Jacksonville, the rate is 38%. For Judge Thompson, it is 14%. He also has an unusually high rate of dismissed cases at 29%. It is widely known around the Jacksonville ODAR, that he brags about being not only a tough judge but being one of the toughest judges in the country. I have been told this by two retired judges. While there may be some variations between judges in the rates of approval, I find myself telling my clients that they will probably not be approved just because the judge is Judge Thompson. Even though the approval rate in the state of Florida averages just below 50%, their chance of approval is only 14% just because they were unlucky enough to get Judge Thompson. This is not equal justice.


Judge: PETER C EDISON
2/20/2013 8:14:17 AM



This judge is cold-hearted and has no empathy for mental illness claimants. He not only called three psychiatrist and a social security psychologist, two primary doctors liars but me as well. His problem is since he can't see the illness physically then you can work. I believe he wants me to go out in the workplace and have one of my mental breakdowns whereby I hurt someone or vice-versa for him to see that a person that suffers with bipolar I & II are very moody people who can't always control themselves. I also suffer with manic depression, PSTD, social anxiety, anxiety, claustophic, panic attacks, OCD, high blood pressure, asthma, bronchitis, heart disease,etc. I am a 50 year old black female who has worked 30 years of her life always giving and caring for others. I have attempted suicide twice because I am my wits end. It took almost 4 years for this unfair system to tell me no I don't qualify for sdi in which I paid into the system. I guess, I will have to prove to this ### and the rest of them that I refuse to let others come here and live off of me when they never worked a day in this country.


Judge: John M Meisburg
2/15/2013 2:59:24 PM



Judge Meisburg is extremely knowledgeable and fair. He follows the law and is fair to the claimants and the government.


Judge: John M Meisburg
2/12/2013 10:23:33 AM



MY daughter has been turned down for SSdi I am her to take up for her because of being tured down,by you We read your wife's web sight and if we took her advice where would we be, my doctor would kick me out of his office if I told him I would listen to your wife, maybe you both need SSDI , ITS BEEN 600 YRS AND FOR ONCE OUR POPE HAS DESIDED TO STEP DOWN BECAUSE HE WAS HONEST AND KNEW IT WAS TIME TO STEP DOWN MAYBE THE BOTH OF YOU SHOULD THINK ABOUT THIS AND STOP PLAYING God with people's lives , this is my opinion ,


Judge: Charles R Howard
2/9/2013 10:16:37 AM



Could it be that he holds contempt for non-attorney representatives? Be forewarned.


Judge: Bernard Porter
1/31/2013 5:46:11 PM



Nice enough but does not seem to understand how treating source opinions are to be treated and he tends to still go through entire VE testimony even if an ME has testified that claimant meets a listing.

John Miller
Judge: Patrick F McLaughlin
1/29/2013 12:06:13 AM



your honor, gave me my dissability in the courtroom.....when we first sat down he jumped all over my lawyer about who he was working for....i did not know what to think being i had never been in front of a judge before. when we decided to appeal the back pay his honor seemed to take it very personnally...again jumping on my lawyer about whose interest he was defending, when my lawyer gets paid if i win or lose.....i was awarded my dissability in the courtroom..his honor seemed to know i was not able to work given i had such a GREAT work record i think his honor knew i was not just trying to get out of work. but the malice and discontent showm towards my lawyer i think swayed his judgement against me after he looked my caase over..all the lawyers and all the judges and i had to find the two that really worked against me. i don't understand how i was awarded dissability at the hearing but during appeals i got unfavorable status????? your honor if you don't like my lawyer don't take it out on me.....there is no way to shop for a lawyer when they all claim the same thing...so as soon as i started getting my longterm dissability i get mail from the advocater group..they were the only ones to approach me and it sounded good so i'm still puzzled why the judge went crazy on my lawyer..has anyone else had this problem with this judge...i don't know if it matters but my lawyer was black....if this was a problem ....i thougt we were passed all that


Judge: Teresa J McGarry
1/11/2013 12:23:00 PM






Judge: WILLIAM F TAYLOR
1/9/2013 12:24:25 PM



He is very nice, understanding and caring. I have never met anyone like him!!


Judge: Brendan Flanagan
12/25/2012 6:51:34 PM



In reply to the comment posted about Judge Flanagan on 03/13/2012: You obviously have no idea what you're talking about or any clue about the programs administered by Social Security; a delay (perceived or actual) in the hearing process does NOT affect date last insured (DLI).

Disabled and still waiting for approval
Judge: David W Carstetter
12/24/2012 11:13:01 AM



Felt comfortable with this judge, like he truly was concerned about my illnesses and well being. He seemed pretty fair, stated that he needed to review my case some more. I'm just waiting patiently for my approval because not only does my life depend on it my child as well. This has been a long journey and I can't wait for it to be over. I just put it in God's hands and just asked of him to open up the eyes,ears and heart of this judge that he rules in my favor. 2013 will be a better year for me and my little one once this ends. I hope to continue my healing process and hopefully one day will get my old self back. Thank you Judge David W Carstetter for being understanding and so caring, God Bless You!


Judge: K. Barlow
11/10/2012 6:34:07 AM



Judge Barlow adheres to regulations and respects the medical evidence that is presented. She is very knowledgeable and she treats claimant with respect.

Janet Denton
Judge: Michael Krasnow
11/1/2012 2:56:56 PM



I believej Judge Michael Krasnow is a very fair and honest judge.

Katie Sullivan
Judge: Aaron M Morgan
10/23/2012 4:39:48 PM



Tough but fair.


Judge: Charles R Howard
10/10/2012 10:53:09 AM



Goes out of his way to discredit RFCs from treating physicians. Really reaches to find credibility issues. Not a good ALJ.

James Edwards
Judge: Aaron M Morgan
9/27/2012 4:34:32 PM



Arrogant little bully!

so sad
Judge: Aaron M Morgan
9/27/2012 4:32:12 PM



Completely disregards the concept that the hearing is the claimant's opportunity for a fair and impartial hearing. Selects certain non-favorable evidence to base his decision on and disregards the remaining record. Attempts to embarrass reps and claimants. Should be reported to chief ALJ.


Judge: John D. Thompson
9/26/2012 1:17:01 AM



You were obviously fortunate. The ALJ pays 11 percent of his claims which screams either not correctly applying the law or bias. Get a clue.


Judge: John D. Thompson
9/19/2012 5:56:34 AM



Obvisiously the comments posted above are from people who received unfavorable decisions. I do not have the same opinion as those folks above. After the hearing I had a new prospective and understand more about the process. Shame on you guys for posting such negative things about this very knowledgable Judge-he's the only person who took the time to thoroughly explain things to me.


Judge: Brendan F Flanagan
9/12/2012 9:43:20 AM



This guy seems to think that all DDS decisions are correct. They why have ALJs? If this is acceptable performance, then let's go straight from DDS to civil court. Hope you lose your job, ALJ (i.e. not a real judge) Flanagan.


Judge: Aaron M Morgan
9/9/2012 8:01:46 AM



HAD HIS DECISION MADE AGAINST ME BEFORE WE FINISHED HEARING, ARROGANT AND MAKES DECISION WITHOUT TWO YEARS OF MEDICAL SCREENING UP TO APPEARANCE BEFORE HIM, RATHER THAN REMANDING FOR FURTHER MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS AND PROGNOSIS WHERE CLAIMANTS HAVE NO MEDICAL INSURANCE OR FINANCIAL STABILITY TO SEE ANY MEDICAL DOCTORS AND REJECTS FAMILY PHYSICIAN REPORTS FROM DECADES OF BEING THE TREATING PHYSICIAN.


Judge: Charles R Howard
9/7/2012 10:44:07 AM



Mechanical. Give more weight to DDS opinions than to treating physician opinions. Highly matter-of-fact.


Judge: Frederick McGrath
9/7/2012 10:25:39 AM



What a hoot! Seems to have his mind made up by the time we sit down. Holds 6 minute hearings. Gives great weight to RFCs. Somewhat of a "Nero" approach, either thumbs up or thumbs down, without excessive narrative. Does not like substance use or middle aged women with mental health issues.


Judge: Michelle Thompson
8/23/2012 5:03:21 PM



I dont think she took in to consideration what I have to go through everyday dealing with children that have ADHD and ODD have twins one approved other one keep being denied I wish she could walk in my shoes and see how it feels to get calls from school because your child cant stay in her seat or that the child is being suspended for fighting hope she one day look at the whole picture and not just her question she asked us


Judge: Michelle Thompson
8/23/2012 4:57:14 PM



I don't understand her decision I have twins one approved other denied several times never went to court one other twin but the oldest getting denied they both have the same medical history and they take med everyday which is five to be exact and hopefully when I appeal I will have some type of representation because why do one get approved and the other one keeps getting denied keep in mind they are only three mintues apart bug the oldest twin keep getting denied ever chance I apply


Judge: William H Greer
8/10/2012 5:27:43 AM



My daughter must go before this person AGAIN. She has a progressive neurological disorder along with severe cardiac issues, and her health if failing at a rapid pace. There is no treatment for her condition, I certainly hope this guy wakes up and realizes not everyone lies about being disabled. Possibly, he needs to return to school for sensitivity training.


Judge: PETER C EDISON
8/1/2012 10:13:47 AM



although judge edison wasnt my judge I understand your frustration my hearing was june 20th and I havent recieved a decision letter in the mail yet. My conditions is left leg ampuation, psoriatic arthritis, and post tramatic stress syndrome. now if that doesnt qualify as disabled after i worked many years in the workforce then what would? I often think the same thing you guys do. what does it take to get approved roll in there on a hospital bed or a wheelchair. however my judge was extremely nice and seemed interested in my case but the low approval rates they have speak for themselves


Judge: PETER C EDISON
7/30/2012 4:53:14 PM



This ALJ barely even looked at me during my hearing (June 2012) and never reviewed any medical findings after July 2011, which confirm my diagnosis. Also he basically said I was a liar and therefore denied me any disability benifits at all. I am on 19 prescribed medications, I can barely function while taken them, they have impaired my thinking skills. I also have hyper somnia, means I sleep for hours at any given time of day, but somehow that evidence was not in his report. If I was pushed in to the hearing in a wheel chair with drool hanging from my mouth, maybe he would believe me. But since I am an upbeat person ( to hide all the crap on the inside)he sees me as functional. I have good days and I have bad days , some days I have no pain and other days all I have is pain. I'm a mixed bag-who in their right mind would hire a person like myself? I can't sit or stand for too long, i can only do minimal light non-thinkinh kind of work, I will fall asleep on the job, I will forget the task I've been given and wander the office. I would get fired within a week, that or get that special baseball helmet for my head. this man infuriates me


Judge: William H Greer
6/20/2012 10:59:06 AM



You’re Honor with all due Respect: My soon to be ex-husband has been in front of you three times in the matter of three years. All which you have denied him. I just wanted to say that I don't agree with your ruling. His condition has caused us to separate and lose everything that we have worked for in our marriage. He has worked hard all his life and has never been a quitter, until now due to him being in pain all the time. I hope that you can find it in your heart to reconsider some of your rulings and think about the overall not just what you have in front of you. Sincerely, Alisa


Judge: John D. Thompson
6/12/2012 3:46:58 PM



WoW, the last comment is spot on but he is worse than that. If he cannot be a better judge, he should quit.


Judge: John D. Thompson
6/8/2012 1:32:33 PM



I'm surprised no one has railed against how evil this man is. Two medical experts for every claim. Will make favorable experts turn their opinions. Will make claimant's cry- on purpose. Evil. Worst judge in the state of Florida.


Judge: Michelle Thompson
6/7/2012 4:49:36 PM



Hottest looking ALJ I've seen. Very cute french sounding accent and a nice demeanor as well.


Judge: Brendan F Flanagan
5/15/2012 8:43:15 PM



His approval rating hs gone consistently down over the last couple of years. I think his decisions are poorly written. He comes across as an arrogant jerk.


Judge: Brendan F Flanagan
4/30/2012 5:20:14 AM



thank you disability pro you are 100 percent rite with what you have said we are in the market for a new laywer to represent us on our apeal if interested write eback and i will foward my info


Judge: Kelley Fitzgerald
4/14/2012 10:33:36 AM



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Judge: Robert Droker
3/20/2012 10:26:09 AM



I would not consider this ALJ to be an average judge who pays claims that are supported by the record and denies ones that are not. He is an ALJ who routinely mischaracterizes and distorts testimony and treating source opinions.


Judge: Brendan Flanagan
3/13/2012 11:55:07 AM



He only considers evidence he wants, makes assumptions, dismisses doctors opinions, throws out your testimony and basically calls you a liar, blames you for your disabilites. He delays his decision so that he gets you closer to the date when you are no longer considered insured for S.S.D. so that you will have to accept S.S.I, which is a lower check even though you have worked and paid into the system for 35 years.