Orlando, Florida ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Orlando, Florida, 14 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Orlando, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 14.0 months. The average case processing time in Orlando is 421 days.The Orlando average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 51%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Orlando ODAR office was last updated on 7/9/2014.

SSA, Orlando ODAR Office
Glenridge Building, Suite 300
3505 Lake Lynda Drive
Orlando, Florida 32817-9801
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Phone: (877) 833-2730 -- Fax: (877) 833-2730
eFile Fax: (877) 330-7138 (For sending evidence)

OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Orlando 14 14.0 months 421 days 2.3 17% 51% 31%
Florida16.9 months515 days2.020%44%36%
National Average:12.3 months400 days2.018%44%38%
Hearing Wait Time: 14.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 2.26
Average Processing Time 421 days
Cases Pending 10853
Dispositions 5582
New Cases 6846
Hearings In Person 77%
Video Hearings 23%

Comments about Judges at the Orlando Florida ODAR office:

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Judge: Michael Calabro
Date Posted: 7/19/2014 8:33:12 AM
Submited By: ralph



so i went to my hearing with judge calabro, i had mri reports, and loads of other evidence and was still denied. this judge messed up in the hearing ( was reading off another persons case and had to be told he was doing so)then i was denied and the decision legal document that you receive in the mail had errors as well. i do not believe i was given a fair hearing as i question this judges ability to accurately and justly Handel cases. these are peoples lives they deal with and i know must appeal and could take another year of pain and suffering. this judge should be removed from odar if he makes mistakes of this calibur.

Judge: Chester G Senf
Date Posted: 5/5/2014 5:28:43 PM
Submited By: amanda



I have a hearing with this judge coming up and im so nrevous. I dont havean updated medical evidence. I hope hes nice.

Judge: Janet Mahon
Date Posted: 4/24/2014 5:10:23 PM
Submited By: John Shepherd



Very nice Judge, granted further testing and very sensible. Either way I'm glad I got her.

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



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: E Rodriguez-Quilichini
Date Posted: 3/26/2014 11:22:07 AM
Submited By: peter



cold and unfair judge, he didnt even review the medical records correctly he was more interested in denying the claim based on what he believes instead of the real evidence in front of him, i hope he is replaced.

Judge: Betty Roberts Barbeito
Date Posted: 3/18/2014 11:56:56 AM
Submited By: D. Burks Hunt



Judge Barbeito presided over my case (remand)and I am thankful that she did. She was straight-forward and respectful allowing me, in company with my attorney, to address each issue fully. Finally, I knew my case had been heard.

Judge: Philemina M Jones
Date Posted: 2/5/2014 4:38:16 AM
Submited By:



25 years as an VE. Judge Jones is top of my list. She functions on the bench as all ALJs should act. The job is not hand holding or being your momma. Act like an adult in this court.

Judge: Joseph A Rose
Date Posted: 2/4/2014 3:09:15 PM
Submited By:



Win or lose, he was very fair and understanding. Found him to be very competent and made me the claiment feel at ease in a stressful situation

Judge: Philemina M Jones
Date Posted: 2/2/2014 6:05:44 PM
Submited By:



She is aweful! She won't let you speak to explain your situation whatsoever. She wants yes or no answers and even when you think you've answered correctly, she will yell at you. She will use anything and everything against you avoiding what your doctor and the medical records read. She rolls her eyes, shakes her head at you and yells at you. I don't wish this judge on anyone and wish she was removed! I was told by my attorney she is the worst judge anyone can possibly have.

Judge: Pamela Houston
Date Posted: 1/29/2014 2:19:31 PM
Submited By: Just a Rep



Not sure what to say here..some days she's great, somedays LOOK OUT! Thankfully, there seems to be more good days than bad. She'll be wanting an opening if your the rep of record. She'll probably ask the rep to do the majority of the questioning. Occasionally she will interupt and take over the questioning herself. Sometimes if she's going to award the case she will say so right then and make it short and this is appreicated. She looks at her computer screena nd types a lot so don't be discouraged if she isn't making eye contact with you. Three stars for inconsistent rulings. Two stars for doing the right thing when she gets remanded.

Judge: Barry C LaBoda
Date Posted: 1/29/2014 1:55:58 PM
Submited By: Just a Rep



Very nice judge. Have your case up to date. This will expedite your decision. Explains what will take place and that he is trying to get to know the claimant a bit better. Wants the claimant to be at ease and reassures them some duringthe hearing if he sees they are getting restless or nervous. He will be familiar with the evidence to be sure. Again, have all of your recent medical records in the file before the hearing!

Judge: Robert D Marcinkowski
Date Posted: 1/29/2014 1:42:31 PM
Submited By: Just a Rep



Judge Robert D. Marcinkowski is a fair judge. Don't expect a pat on the back. He's all business and wants to start on time (this is a good thing). Be ready to go. Have a theory of your ase and be ready to explain it to the judge. You don;t need to recite the file, know the Listings or Grid Rule or the corect SSR that applies. Have your case up to date!!!

Judge: Michael Calabro
Date Posted: 12/18/2013 6:18:03 AM
Submited By: Beatrice cruz



On 11/14/13 me and my daughter went to a hearing, my daughter have problem wit speech, she have ADHD, she taking meds, I'm still waiting for appove,I can prepared my future or my daughter cause I don't know what God had for us tomorrow, we went in front of a judge for the first time,We answer all the question, judge Michael calabro was nice, and he was considerate judge.still waiting,I hope everything be approve so I can take my daughter to others dr, and prepare the future for her,to help her and help me,

Judge: Michael Calabro
Date Posted: 11/29/2013 5:43:57 PM
Submited By: Beatris & melony



On 11/14/13 I went to a hearing wit my daughter melony she 8 years old,judge Michael calabro was very nice & considerate judge,he tried to make me & my daughter comfortable.we never in our life went in front of a judge I answer all his question and my daughter answer all this question.when the hearing was over he didn't say that my daughter was approve or denied, the only thing he said was prepared you and your daughter future,

Judge: Michael Calabro
Date Posted: 11/16/2013 6:10:02 AM
Submited By: Beatris Cruz



On 11/14/13 me and my daughter went to see the judge, I will like to know what do the judge mean of saying to prepared me and my daughter future.

Judge: Barry C LaBoda
Date Posted: 11/6/2013 8:44:20 PM
Submited By: Brenda Benjamin



when I walked through that door and he seemed to have a halo around his head,I knew It was a good day.thank you judge Barry,you literally saved my life.

Judge: Joseph A Rose
Date Posted: 9/6/2013 3:40:36 PM
Submited By: j rifenbery



Very nice and considerate Judge.He tries to make you feel comfortable.Just answer best you can and be honest. He gives off a persona of caring very much.Thank you

Judge: Janet Mahon
Date Posted: 8/8/2013 3:00:13 PM
Submited By: Rico C. Jones



Thank you Judge Mahon: I appreciate you for being understanding when i was in front of you on June 5,2013. I also would like to thank you for not denying my case right then and ordered me to see one of your doctors which i have on July13,2013. I am just waiting on the decision that you have reached. Thank you again very much. Thanks for your consideration. Sincerely, Rico C. Jones

Judge: Joseph A Rose
Date Posted: 5/29/2013 7:25:50 PM
Submited By: yankees fan



does he appove on the record requests, before hearings ? if so how long before actual hearing ? please submit a answer asap ? please ? just wondering because I have several herniated disks (7) including neck and took forever to get any type of treatment and was denied on application and reconsideration and practically homeless and need help financialy.And I see him in several months for hearing. Any suggestions ? I hear he is very fair though .

Judge: Betty Roberts Barbeito
Date Posted: 5/2/2013 9:12:53 PM
Submited By:



To "An Observer of Comments": Your comments are very ill-informed. First, SSR 13-1p states, "[p]ossible examples of allegations that the Appeals Council will refer to the Division of Quality Service include, 'the ALJ is biased against claimants who receive workers compensation benefits or unemployment benefits' . . . ." Second, when an individual applies for unemployment benefits he/she is not saying that they are "ready, willing, and able" to perform work eight-hours a day, five-days per week -- the standard used by the SSA.

Judge: Betty Roberts Barbeito
Date Posted: 4/25/2013 3:51:05 PM
Submited By: An Observer of Comments



For the person who commented, "If you are collecting unemployment, you might as well withdraw" actually is correct because when you apply for unemployment you are stating you can work but have no job and you are actively looking for one so, if you are collecting it and filing for disability, there is some fraudulent behavior going on. You can either work or you're disable. Be grateful the judge doesn’t cite you for lying in court.

Judge: Chester G Senf
Date Posted: 4/24/2013 10:05:42 AM
Submited By: Latasha



My attorney and I went before Judge Senf this morning for my daughter's ssi case and even though I don't know the outcome as yet, he is a very good judge that ask straight to point questions about the case and definitely allow you to present your case. I was happy that he excused my daughter from the room and didn't cause any embarassment to her as she was already afraid. He made it quick and painless not leaving me to feel like a bad mother with bad parenting skills, he really listened!

Judge: Deborah A Arnold
Date Posted: 4/18/2013 9:55:44 AM
Submited By: Mary H.



This judge has NO medical background NOR training in disability!!! A disgrace to people that their lives depend on help rightfully due to them and this "judge" has NO!!! idea what she's doing. She caused me MORE grief and pain in my journey thru this process. SS should be ashamed that they have such a person representing them. I hope they aren't all like this and some body please send her to school and the correct protocol to determine major decisions like SS disability for humans !!!! My doctor couldn't even understand what she wrote !!! She babbles on and on and contradicts herself to a point thats it comical. Get her off the board!!!! My case is now going on 4 yrs!! Due to back up and a judge that doesn't know what she's reading or doing.

Judge: Philemina M Jones
Date Posted: 4/13/2013 4:16:03 PM
Submited By:



Eye-rolling and exasperation are indeed hallmarks. She likes to make unlettered, suffering clients cry. One poor illiterate client was asked "When did you become disabled?" Unfortunately, he does not know about how we set alleged onset dates. He answered, "I don't rightly know, ma'am". She thundered abusively at him "WELL, if you don't know, how am I supposed to know?" I don't care if she abuses attorneys--we're getting paid, but these clients are vulnerable and suffering when they walk in. How dare she be so callous? She is sadistic and has anger-issues which have nothing to do with the clients or the attorneys. She is a disgrace to the office.

Judge: Chester G Senf
Date Posted: 4/2/2013 12:32:44 PM
Submited By:



Mr. Moore, I appreciate your comments. Look forward to seeing you in Court soon. Chester

Judge: Betty Roberts Barbeito
Date Posted: 4/1/2013 10:29:23 AM
Submited By:



She is rude, disrespectful and snotty to everyone. Not even close to being fair. Doesn't know what she is doing. Puts you through the ringer and then kicks you some more. Ridiculous is the best adjective to describe it.

Judge: Michael J Amendola
Date Posted: 3/31/2013 4:03:25 AM
Submited By:



He's awesum

Judge: Ken B Terry
Date Posted: 3/23/2013 2:43:18 AM
Submited By:



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: Julia A Terry
Date Posted: 3/19/2013 11:01:26 AM
Submited By: Mark Mora



My wife just received her letter of denial and it is apparent this judge does not know anything about Fybromyalgia or its affects on a person or family, a person can look totally normal on the outside but in lots of pain on the inside. My wife has been suffering with this since the birth of our 2nd child. Judge Terry has not been there to see my wife collapse because half her body was partially paralized, Judge Terry has never had to wake up at different hours of the night to hear your wife crying because her body is in pain, Judge Terry has not had to endure the financial hardship we have faced selling things just to pay doctor bills, Judge Terry has not had to see how disheartening it is to see your wife like that and not able to go walking with the kids or go to a park because of her pain, Judge Terry has not had to witness a whole lot but I believe she made the best decision she could based on the paperwork she had but not on knowledge of this disease. It is very dissappointing when you see someone you love who would give their all to help someone in need go through something like this. My wife would never have written this comment for the Judge because that is the person she is but again I needed to voice our feelings on this matter and I feel these judges need to do a litte more research on this disease. It has been several long years she has had to endure this process only to have an outcome that is as sad as this.

Judge: Pamela Houston
Date Posted: 2/27/2013 7:53:18 AM
Submited By: julius edwards



the best judge ever she is fair but strick at the same time god bless her !!!!!!!!

Judge: Philemina M Jones
Date Posted: 2/5/2013 8:03:43 AM
Submited By: Disability Rep



This judge is condescending and cold on agood day. Previous posters are right- be prepared for lots of eye rolling, sighs, and looks of exasperation directed toward both you and your client. She seems to scratch the bottom of the barrell to look for ways that she can deny a claim. It would seem in her eyes that no one is disabled unless they die and reading some of these posts it seems not even that matters to her.

Judge: Joseph A Rose
Date Posted: 1/19/2013 12:43:18 PM
Submited By: victim of judge rose



Judge Rose has allowed testimony to be entered into record in which a doctor had never seen a patient; "split hairs" with an attorney and took his aggravation out on a claiment. This is a sign its time to step down.

Judge: Betty Roberts Barbeito
Date Posted: 1/12/2013 11:49:30 AM
Submited By:



The worst ALJ ever! If you are collecting unemployment, you might as well withdraw. She is not nice to client, rep, hearing recorder or any experts. She deffenetly uses her power in an abusive way.

Judge: Betty Roberts Barbeito
Date Posted: 12/6/2012 4:22:41 PM
Submited By:



Very thorough but fair

Judge: Pamela Houston
Date Posted: 12/4/2012 12:45:51 PM
Submited By: Danielle Joseph



I had her today and I have to say no matter what she rules she was kind and respectful to me. I will keep fighting and going on. She didn't make me feel like a number today. I appreciated that. I am young so I fear that was a problem especially since reading these notes but in case I know how I feel and I felt like she listen to me and didn't make me feel like I was crazy. (Sonny Joseph typing for her)

Judge: Pamela Houston
Date Posted: 12/3/2012 2:54:46 PM
Submited By: Danielle joseph



I had her today and I have to say no matter what she rules she was kind and respectful to me. I will keep fighting and going on. She didn't make me feel like a number today. I appreciated that. I am young so I fear that was a problem especially since reading these notes but in case I know how I feel and I felt like she listen to me and didn't make me feel like I was crazy.

Judge: Deborah A Arnold
Date Posted: 11/29/2012 3:07:31 PM
Submited By:



Very nice lady. Make you feel at ease and asked the simple questions directed at my disease. I saw her today and could not even catch my breath entering the room I was so nervous and upset. She is very understanding, lets just hope she is understanding when my letter comes lol

Judge: Philemina M Jones
Date Posted: 11/29/2012 9:56:45 AM
Submited By: Jose Lopez



Hope you never have this ALJ. Can you believe that she approved our case with a future onset-date? Claimant has been disabled since 2010, and though ALJ approved the case she said that he has not been disabled until after the hearing. This ALJ should be sent home.

Judge: Philemina M Jones
Date Posted: 11/5/2012 2:44:52 PM
Submited By: It's Going To Be A Bad Day



She's nice until the recording starts then her personality changes. Be prepared for lots of sighing and eye rolling as well as shaking her head. If you are lucky enough to not get any of that be prepared for her looking at you like you have three heads. 32% approval will tell you she doesn't believe you and you will be denied. She would be better suited in a job she doesn't hate. That way she wouldn't take her frustrations out on the people who appear in front of her.

Judge: Joseph A Rose
Date Posted: 10/30/2012 4:39:49 PM
Submited By:



cute as a button

Judge: Pamela Houston
Date Posted: 9/28/2012 9:02:25 PM
Submited By:



thank you MRS. Pamela, for being so well treating veterans with several medical issues, including PTSD, severe back problems, and with all medicines i take everyday, this judge is in orlando?? can you believe she countersaid all i had on my medical evidence? with all due respect MRS. Pamela, try to get another career, because not only me, a medical discharged from the army is going to disagree with your decisions, any one is going to be.

Judge: Robert D Marcinkowski
Date Posted: 9/11/2012 1:18:45 PM
Submited By: Richard Withers



We had a hearing with Judge Marcinkowski today. He is a very competent, knowledgeable and smart judge who knows the law and gets to the point. He understands medical evidence and obviously has a significant amount of experience in SSI matters.

Judge: Chester G Senf
Date Posted: 8/3/2012 6:24:46 PM
Submited By: J.S. Moore Group; Inc.



Over all a good judge. Be prepared to proove your case. Does not use m.e's or v.e's. Get rfc"s from tx sources.

Judge: Joseph A Rose
Date Posted: 7/16/2012 6:47:17 PM
Submited By:



Super judge. Fair and competent.

Judge: Mary C Montanus
Date Posted: 7/5/2012 5:01:10 PM
Submited By: Chris



The famous Ice T s drinking aunt received Social Security for him after his parents died as a teenager. I had to start working as a disabled teenager since I was 15 trying to get out. I am now a grown single women without children, who does not drink, and does not do drugs. However, I live with three alcoholics. My mother, my father, and my sister. I have been denied and discriminated against by the Social Security Administration since way back in the 2000's for having a comprised immune system of my drinking female physician nearly killing me, debilitating me while still suffering debilitating migraines, cluster headaches and vision and hearing disorders. As soon as my father had a heart condition he was immediately given Social Security. When I was hit by a female drunk driver my Social Security claim was treated like an accident claim. The date isn't even for the date of the accident based on my closed head injury. When I was in with the ALJ Montanus the only question my male Catholic attorney asked was how much I weighed. I was given a partially favorable decision based on the male physicians and it is bad. That means they want my alcoholic family to handle my finances. I am still fighting after all these years and their is no end to the discrimination in my area. I wouldn't even give this one star. All of their "working programs" have also been discriminating against me since the 2000's. I couldn't even get food stamps but now that their is a democratic president in the white house. I can now have food stamps. When I have to renew them. The black children and family service workers still ask me if I am pregnant yet. No I did not receive any money from the white drunk driving female that hit me. She had a black female judge and a black female prosecutor on her side because she is dating a black man with two children.

Judge: Mary C Montanus
Date Posted: 6/13/2012 10:40:16 AM
Submited By:



This ALJ makes her decision basically on how she sees the claimant at the hearing, not on what is presented in the medical file. My child who is almost 10 years old suffers from ADHD and is borderline retarded, being retained in 1st Grade for four years in a row. There is sufficient medical information on the medical file, not only from medical experts, but from school as well. She denied the claim because he responded some of her questions at the hearing, not realizing that he made up some of the answers. My attorney and I told ALJ about it, but she still denied the claim. I hope the Appeals Council remands the case.

Judge: Douglas A Walker
Date Posted: 6/13/2012 10:24:31 AM
Submited By: Juanita



This ALJ is extremely unfair and unrealistic. My daughter suffers from ADHD, almost borderline retarded and still plays with dolls at the age of 19. She will not leave home without her stuffed ponies and acts as an 8 year old. At the hearing she took with her two ponies and did not respond to any of his questions. There was sufficient medical evidence from her psychiatrists and psychologists proving her mental condition, still he denied the claim. The Appeals Council remanded the case, and although my attorney showed new evidence that supports her challenging mental impairment he once again denied the claim. The case has been appealed at the Council once again, and we are waiting for it to revoke this awkward ALJ.

Judge: Philemina M Jones
Date Posted: 6/12/2012 7:07:07 PM
Submited By:



Know how to present your evidence to your judge. Enough said.

Judge: Pamela Houston
Date Posted: 6/12/2012 7:02:20 PM
Submited By:



As I perused these comments, which gave me a good hearty laugh, I thought I'd do something generous for my bretheren. Let me start by saying that I don't always agree with this judge, but at least I've been smart enough to know how to present a case to her. Let me help you out. Don't expect her to do your work for you. Do not allow your arrogance to over shadow your ability to ask relevant questions. She doesn't care who helps your client with daily activities. And she'll probably tell you that. Focus on what your client does. If your client says they do nothing all day, she won't believe it. She'll believe that they do what everyone else does, but that they struggle. Don't walk in not knowing your evidence. She reviews it ahead of time and is well versed in much of it before you walk in. When you say she's already made up her mind, I don't completely agree with that. I say that because she has an idea of what she'll do because she's reviewed the evidence- she's an evidence judge- all judges do that. But, if you point to the record and show how findings are consistent, she will hear you out. She expects really good evidence, which we don't always have, but I think she's starting to recognize how bad doctor's notes in Florida can be. Be advised she was a med mal trial attorney for many years, so she's got a grip on medical records. If you leave the hearing relying only on your client's testimony and the medical evidence, you've not done your job. The evidence, many times, can be weak. So, start out by being very direct about the evidence. She will appreciate that. Point to evidence that is consistent. Don't expect her to wrap it up in a pretty bow for you. I agree that younger claimants may have a harder time in front of her. She's tough. But, try a different approach. Simple, direct, wrap it up with VALID references to the record. And, ask reasonable hypotheticals that are supported by the medical evidence. Again- tie it to the record. Also, don't tell your client to moan and groan during the hearing. Be honest about drug and alcohol use. I know an attorney in her office who says she is incredibly diligent in what goes into her decisions. I've had smokers before her, and haven't experienced the problems that are on this site, but I think you all need to understand/change how you are presenting your evidence. The reason I submitted this is because I think these comments on here are entirely undeserved. Probably 10% of the statements on here are true, the rest are from mere frustration. Regardless, taking personal shots at this judge's family are down right rude, unprofessional and give our profession a bad name. So, take a deep breath and take my advise above. Focus on the evidence, not a wish. I will clarify that I don't always like her decisions- but I will admit I've had some on the fence cases as well. I've been doing better since I tweaked my presentation. In all honesty, I do NOT mind at all appearing in her courtroom anytime.

Judge: Douglas A Walker
Date Posted: 6/8/2012 1:43:16 PM
Submited By:



This man asked my 20 year old autistic client who is still in high school with severe paranoia and OCD what he thinks about UFOs. Really?

Judge: Janet Mahon
Date Posted: 6/8/2012 1:42:15 PM
Submited By:



If she feels sorry for your claimant, she'll approve. She's very nice- VERY soft-spoken, hard to hear. She does a lot of eye-rolling, but don't take it personally- I think it's a tic?

Judge: Pamela Houston
Date Posted: 6/8/2012 1:41:13 PM
Submited By:



If you smoke and have pulmonary issues, she'll deny you. If you smoke and have cardiac conditions she'll deny you. She once said in a decision (that the claimants read, by the way) that because the claimant attempted suicide, but failed, it couldn't have been as serious as alleged. The reason she appears nice during the hearing is largely because she's not listening to what's being said. She's already made up her mind. She must have been trained by ALJ Jones. And she has a young son... is she raising him to be a miserable person too?

Judge: Philemina M Jones
Date Posted: 6/8/2012 1:37:27 PM
Submited By:



Claimant survived lung cancer in 2003- chemo port pierced her heart and she devloped cardiac conditions that led to her filing for disability. UF with ALJ Murray (good riddance), got Jones on remand. After requesting all kinds of records prior to the claimant's onset date, and other things both relevant and not relevant, we got all the records and submitted them. Claimant diagnosed with cancer again. Died. Almost one year after the hearing, the ALJ issued a partially favorable decision- granting benefits the date of her 50th birthday, which was two months before she died. Her son will get ZERO benefits because of this decision. I don't know how this woman lives with herself and can sleep at night.

Judge: Philemina M Jones
Date Posted: 6/1/2012 7:19:00 AM
Submited By:



Cold

Judge: Mary C Montanus
Date Posted: 5/19/2012 3:32:03 PM
Submited By: Erin



I was approved for backpayment but denied for monthly benefits in 2010. I have re-applied for monthly benefits due to new injuries since that decision and have gone before Judge Montanus again as of 01/2012. I find that her decisions are fair and based solely on the facts of the situation, not on emotion. Her assistant works just as hard to make sure that ALL avenues have been pursued before a decision is handed down. I am blessed to have people dedicated to bettering the lives of those who truly are in need working in my corner. I pray that the other judges in this division are as atimate about the welfare of the disabled and the bettering of their lives as Judge Montanus. Thank you & God Bless to her, her staff, and their families.

Judge: Janet Mahon
Date Posted: 5/3/2012 10:32:53 AM
Submited By:



Very nice judge. Very personable and soft spoken.

Judge: Philemina M Jones
Date Posted: 5/1/2012 4:34:50 PM
Submited By: Disability Pro



Forgot to rate in my prior post. Overall, tough but fair.

Judge: Pamela Houston
Date Posted: 5/1/2012 1:32:28 PM
Submited By: Disability Pro



Those are fair comments about her stats. Frankly, I have personally been before Judge Houston with very borderline cases. So, I do not endorse the comments of someone else on here who alleged inconsistency in her rulings. I've seen no evidence of that. My specific critique is limited to how I think Social Security Ruling 96-7p should be applied--specifically: all materially relevant testimony should be referenced and discussed in making credibility determinations. Of course, many if not most ALJs give this rule somewhat summary treatment at times. For the record, she is very polite to representatives and clients, and allows representatives to fully state their case. I retract a prior statement I made on this thread which was mainly tongue and cheek, responding to a posting on 3/22 that I found a little too saccharin.

Judge: Pamela Houston
Date Posted: 5/1/2012 10:02:42 AM
Submited By: D



I have worked with Judge Houston for quite a few years, and have found her work to be some of the best around. She knows the law and knows how to apply it. However, there are a couple of representatives that go to the Orlando office who are terribly sub-par and lack knowledge as to how to present a case. They try to schmooze their way through cases with the judges. It's apparent that the comments above derive from one of these representatives who fails to realize his own shortcomings. Look at her percentages above! She doesn't have as many denials as other judges. It's probably the representative trying to make his quick $6,000. And because she didn't approve his case, he pouted and decided to make derogatory comments about the judge.

Judge: Philemina M Jones
Date Posted: 4/27/2012 6:55:31 AM
Submited By: Disability Pro



Be on guard for the poorly crafted and very confusing questions she poses to Vocational Experts. Because consultative examiners and DDS documents are sacred to her, you must undermine the credibility of those exhibits to stand a chance with Judge Jones. However, if you sufficiently undermine the qualifications of a CE examiner or point to inconsistencies in a state agency consultant's findings, she will listen if you press these issues sufficiently.

Judge: Pamela Houston
Date Posted: 4/27/2012 6:50:39 AM
Submited By: Disability Pro



Thanks for chiming in with you self-assessment, Pamela. Those who have seen your often poorly reasoned denials would quarrel that you are "very fine" or "one of the best in Orlando."

Judge: Michael J Amendola
Date Posted: 4/10/2012 12:05:51 PM
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Great Judge!

Judge: Pamela Houston
Date Posted: 3/22/2012 10:44:49 AM
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A very fine judge, one of the best judges in the Orlando office

Judge: Pamela Houston
Date Posted: 3/11/2012 10:27:25 AM
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Inconsistent in her rulings. She gets remanded by the Appeals Counsel often. A judge you can't trust to rule correctly. If your client is under the age of 50, she will find a way to deny the claim. By far one of the more unfair judges on the bench.