Miami, Florida ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Miami, Florida, 13 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Miami, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 17.0 months. The average case processing time in Miami is 560 days.The Miami average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 37%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Miami ODAR office was last updated on 3/10/2014.

SSA, Miami ODAR Office
One Riverview Square
333 S. Miami Avenue, 8th Floor
Miami, Florida 33130
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Phone: (866) 964-5052 -- Fax: (305) 536-4788
eFile Fax: (877) 330-7137 (For sending evidence)

OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Miami 13 17.0 months 560 days 1.6 29% 37% 34%
Florida15.1 months496 days1.820%44%36%
National Average:11.7 months389 days1.919%44%37%
Hearing Wait Time: 17.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 1.59
Average Processing Time 560 days
Cases Pending 8841
Dispositions 1670
New Cases 1945
Hearings In Person 87%
Video Hearings 13%

Comments about Judges at the Miami Florida ODAR office:

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Judge: Lornette Reynolds
Date Posted: 4/15/2014 2:54:50 PM
Submited By: derrick evans



Judge lornette reynolds appears to be a fair judge...she has a good sense of humor and lifted my mood when I was nervous and feeling down...I believe that she is a good judge

Judge: Barry Peffley
Date Posted: 2/19/2014 11:10:11 AM
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Very good Judge.

Judge: Lornette Reynolds
Date Posted: 2/4/2014 9:36:33 AM
Submited By: Maria Galdo



I had my trial with Judge Reynolds and my attorney on Oct 16th, 2013. I have yet to recieve my answer about my trial. I knew going in from my attorney that Judge Reynolds was going to be a tough judge. I thought that she was professional and since she has a lot of cases to hear in a day, time was an issue.ni answered her questions as clearly as I could and knowing beforehand that she was tough made me very nervouse. She seemed fair in the questions that she asked me and allowed me to answer them in full. The only real discomfort I felt was trying to explain to her and putting into words as to just certain parts of my disibility because there was so much more to say.

Judge: Catherine Ravinski
Date Posted: 9/13/2013 8:30:57 AM
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She a very good Judge.

Judge: Lornette Reynolds
Date Posted: 9/10/2013 2:57:01 PM
Submited By: Free



This was a very unprofessional rude judge! I don't know if her and my lawyer had bad blood are what but she talked to him like he was a nothing are nobody, I felt really bad for him. She never looked up at us one time. Soon as we arrived she stated You Only Have Only 30 Min. To make your case. Wow! We spent 30 min just decussing something that was irrelative to my case. Her eyes was glued to that computer like no one was in the room. What a bad judge for all good judges or was it the color of my skin?

Judge: Lornette Reynolds
Date Posted: 4/29/2013 1:02:53 PM
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This judge is competent and professional. She communicates clearly, has empathy and is fair.

Judge: Frederick McGrath
Date Posted: 4/16/2013 2:06:29 PM
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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: Lornette Reynolds
Date Posted: 4/5/2013 5:46:30 PM
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Professional and friendly.

Judge: Lornette Reynolds
Date Posted: 4/5/2013 5:36:28 PM
Submited By: Toni



She was very nice and listened to what the doctor had to say about my illness.She made me feel very relaxed and made sure that I understood everything. My lawyer and her communicated well also. At the end she was pleasant and professional.

Judge: Frederick McGrath
Date Posted: 3/28/2013 2:26:12 PM
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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: Timothy Maher
Date Posted: 3/23/2013 4:05:39 PM
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Judge Maher is an intelligent and compassionate public servant. He clearly takes his responsibilities as a judge seriously. He is fair to the plaintiff and to the tax payer in reaching his decisions. We need more judges like him.

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

Judge: Frederick McGrath
Date Posted: 3/7/2013 7:45:47 PM
Submited By: Shannon



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.

Judge: Frederick McGrath
Date Posted: 3/7/2013 6:57:22 PM
Submited By: Caretaker



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: PETER C EDISON
Date Posted: 2/20/2013 8:14:17 AM
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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: Sheila Lowther
Date Posted: 2/19/2013 9:15:22 PM
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I got denied by this ALJ and she was very nice and listened very carefully. I have Fibromyalgia along with other things. In my denial letter she actually accused me of lying. I don't know what I lied about I was very nervous and I can't help that I am that way. I just told the truth and it really upsets me to be called a lair. I have never lied about my condition, no one but myself know how I feel unless they have walked in my shoes. Not even the doctors. I know they see all walks of life with everyone they see on a daily basis. And yes I would say at least 75% do lie. If I have to lie to get something, then I will do without but I have worked most of my adult life, paid in to ss and they tell me I am not disabled? I will not stoop to the level that some do.

Judge: WILLIAM F TAYLOR
Date Posted: 1/9/2013 12:24:25 PM
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He is very nice, understanding and caring. I have never met anyone like him!!

Judge: Carol J Pennock
Date Posted: 11/18/2012 11:51:28 AM
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Judge Pennock has a medical background, is always thoroughly prepared before the hearing, and will listen if you have a good case. One of the best ALJs I've encountered in 38 years in terms of understanding the medical issues, and a fair and impartial judge.

Judge: Catherine Ravinski
Date Posted: 11/18/2012 11:48:34 AM
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I haven't won every case in front of Judge Ravinski, but she has always treated the claimants with respect and attorneys with professionalism. She is incredibly bright, always thoroughly prepared, and knows the law VERY well - she has been called on to teach other judges and attorneys. She allows opening statements, full presentation of the case, and closing statements. Be well prepared to present the case and you will not always win, but will always get a fair hearing.

Judge: Salena D Bowman-Davis
Date Posted: 11/18/2012 11:42:26 AM
Submited By: David Lillesand, Esq.



The 30% figure of cases approved is totally misleading. Judge Bowman-Davis has been the chief judge. I believe that the large number of dismissals results from her reviewing cases before they are assigned to a hearing judge, so that individuals who filed their Request for Hearing past the deadline, and without good cause, were dismissed early and can then re-file the claim. This is an improvement over prior practice where you would wait a year or more to have a hearing, only to find out that the assigned hearing judge dismissed the case. Note that of the cases she did hear, she approved 145 and denied 32. That, to me, sounds more correct. She is always prepared, respectful of claimants and attorneys, and calls them as she sees them without trying to be the advocate for the administration. To me a good judge is one who lets you present your case, then makes a decision based on the facts, even if it is against you. She is a good judge - and a very nice and polite at the same time.

Judge: Timothy Maher
Date Posted: 11/7/2012 7:30:19 AM
Submited By: Lili M



He's tough, but I can't say that he isn't fair. He denies about half of my cases, but I have to admit that his decisons are well written and well-reasoned. I think he writes his own decisions. They are difficult to appeal. He cites extensively from the record and clearly spends a good deal of time looking for inconsistent representations. Don't go into his courtroom unprepared.

Judge: Timothy Maher
Date Posted: 10/26/2012 8:17:21 PM
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Stellar judge. More judges needs to act like this guy. He takes the job seriously. He knows the record, unlike many of his colleagues, and he is fair. You didn't get paid by this judge? too bad, get a job!

Judge: Timothy Maher
Date Posted: 10/24/2012 6:01:45 AM
Submited By: S. Lainte



Judge Maher is as fair a judge in Miami as you will get. Be warned - he clearly has studied the record before the hearing. You had better do the same or it could be a long day for you or your client. I'm not sure about the sincerity of the person who posted that Judge Maher was under "OPR investigation", but if you look his stats, he pays about 50% of his cases. That seems pretty fair to me. If you have a problem with him, it might well be a problem you created.

Judge: Aaron M Morgan
Date Posted: 10/23/2012 4:39:48 PM
Submited By: Katie Sullivan



Tough but fair.

Judge: Aaron M Morgan
Date Posted: 9/27/2012 4:34:32 PM
Submited By: James Edwards



Arrogant little bully!

Judge: Aaron M Morgan
Date Posted: 9/27/2012 4:32:12 PM
Submited By: so sad



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: Martha R Reeves
Date Posted: 9/17/2012 11:51:19 AM
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Mercurial, self-important, and irritating.

Judge: Antonio Acevedo Torres
Date Posted: 9/10/2012 9:59:19 AM
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The best Judge!He understood my case completely now my family and i can rest assure that we will have a roof over are heads.Thanks! from the button of my heart God Bless.

Judge: Aaron M Morgan
Date Posted: 9/9/2012 8:01:46 AM
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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: Frederick McGrath
Date Posted: 9/7/2012 10:25:39 AM
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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
Date Posted: 8/23/2012 5:03:21 PM
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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
Date Posted: 8/23/2012 4:57:14 PM
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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: Sheila Lowther
Date Posted: 8/4/2012 10:53:58 AM
Submited By: Seriously Help



I am not sure if this was the judge that I got to see. Even though I have not received a decision as of yet I must say that the judge was nice. She smiled & let me know straight up that hey who needs to be here is not here so I will have to do something else. If this can be paid out, I will. Bottom line to that. So now I sit here in pain waiting. I have been diagnosed with cancer which has spread to my lungs, chronic muscle spasms, bone pain & type 2 diabetes (uncontrolled). Most days with medication I am a zombie or sleep. Without the medication I am in pain. My doctor wants to increase my Percocet to 2 at one time in hopes that would relieve the pain. Now tell me, how will I go to work sleep? Come on now

Judge: PETER C EDISON
Date Posted: 8/1/2012 10:13:47 AM
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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
Date Posted: 7/30/2012 4:53:14 PM
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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: Antonio Acevedo Torres
Date Posted: 7/7/2012 6:58:25 AM
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I was recently seen by him and found Mr. Acevedo to be prejudice, unprofessional as in not following hearing guidelines. He did not to hear my case and was doing other things while the case was going on and would not allow any exhibits or other proof, he just wanted me out.

Judge: Sheila Lowther
Date Posted: 7/3/2012 2:46:34 PM
Submited By: Deborah Sue Dubois



why is it that when someone that has worked their whole life,i'm in Chronic Heart Failure and can't get any help.i signed up on SSI,been denied twice.i repealed it,now i have to go before a judge.i also have a Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm,and will need surgey in a few months.i saw my heart doctor today.he said i'll see you again in 6 months.i looked up and said if i'm still alive.my body is so weak.he said my heart is in real bad shape,it's barley pumping now.why can't i get any help.all i get is 200 foodstamps.i can't pay my doctor bills.i need help now.i have medicine i need too for my heart.is there any help out there for me.i don't have much longer to live i already know this.like my doctor said today,if i was a drunk or druggie,i would have had help already.can you try and help me?why do i have to go before a judge? to get help.

Judge: Timothy Maher
Date Posted: 6/11/2012 11:14:38 AM
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This judge is under OPR investigation! Who needs him?

Judge: Michelle Thompson
Date Posted: 6/7/2012 4:49:36 PM
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Hottest looking ALJ I've seen. Very cute french sounding accent and a nice demeanor as well.

Judge: Antonio Acevedo Torres
Date Posted: 3/21/2012 11:50:24 AM
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