St Petersburg Fl, Florida ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in St Petersburg Fl, Florida, 11 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in St Petersburg Fl, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 15.0 months. The average case processing time in St Petersburg Fl is 478 days.The St Petersburg Fl average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 53%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the St Petersburg Fl ODAR office was last updated on 3/10/2014.

SSA, St Petersburg Fl ODAR Office
830 Central Ave 2nd Floor
St Petersburg, Florida 33701
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Phone: (877) 452-4193 -- Fax: (727)893-3381
eFile Fax: (877) 847-1597 (For sending evidence)

OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
St Petersburg Fl 11 15.0 months 478 days 2.1 17% 53% 30%
Florida15.1 months496 days1.820%44%36%
National Average:11.7 months389 days1.919%44%37%
Hearing Wait Time: 15.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 2.12
Average Processing Time 478 days
Cases Pending 8117
Dispositions 2294
New Cases 2222
Hearings In Person 100%
Video Hearings 0%

Comments about Judges at the St Petersburg Fl Florida ODAR office:

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Judge: Joseph F Dent
Date Posted: 3/28/2014 2:26:30 PM
Submited By: Chris



My wife is having her ss hearing in April with judge Dents, can anyone give any feedback on their experiences with him?

Judge: Donald E Garrison
Date Posted: 3/16/2014 6:26:14 PM
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I had a hearing with him a few days ago. I have no idea how he ruled but he was very thorough and seemed fair.

Judge: Patricia Lobo
Date Posted: 3/12/2014 9:06:33 AM
Submited By: Todd W,



I went before Judge Lobo on 3/11/2014 and, as nervous as I was, she put me at ease and was a wonderful judge. Between my attorney and Judge Lobo, I couldn't ask for a better combination in an effort to receive Disability Benefits. Judge Lobo was very compassionate and seemed genuinely interested in my case and the background leading up to my disabilities. She is truly a caring judge. I am grateful to have had her as my hearing judge and now I just wait and hope for the Best!

Judge: Elving L Torres
Date Posted: 2/6/2014 11:30:55 AM
Submited By: Kathy McMullen



My daughter went before him, she cried because he was so kind nice, she said "I believe he is fair, honest, kind and was very patient with her. Not knowing her decision yet, she still felt comfortable with him.....

Judge: Arline Colon
Date Posted: 1/30/2014 11:33:12 AM
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I have just received my "answer" to my case which I have been fighting for 8 years this April. Unfavorable! My last hearing was in December of 2009 when I was denied by her "mentor" (now retired), Phyllis Pierce. Ms. Pierce denied my claim in a mere 3 days. Judge Colon LIED about the facts of my case (just as Peirce did). Twisted the evidence set before her to suit her "decision." And in fact, I was not even afforded a hearing this time. Just an "unfavorable" after waiting over 2 years from last "decision." Her reasoning, no point in it as I already had one. My case (and the evidence that supports my disability) are so strong, I have won in Federal court twice. Second time the Federal judge was LIVID that the SSA did not do their jobs and ORDERED that the evidence be considered. It was not. Five doctors have all agreed that I am disabled, yet Judge Colon seems to fancy herself an expert above them all. I want to know who is policing these judges who are not doing their jobs. Playing fast and loose with people's lives and the EVIDENCE that supports valid claims for disability benefits. She should be fired! it is just that simple! If you cannot do your job without preconceived ideas and be unbiased, you have NO business doing this at all!

Judge: Steven D Slahta
Date Posted: 1/1/2014 12:29:12 PM
Submited By: Julie



I have not had you for a Judge but I am rating you for those who have. How do I request you for a Judge because I am suffering from PTSD and BI-Polar disorder, if I get a bad Judge, it won't be good. I can not go back to work because I will probably hurt someone and if I am forced to stay home because of the denial from a Judge then I would be depressed enough to hurt myself. Do you know how bad I feel not being able to buy my children stuff because I am in pain and mentally can't work, I feel like a crappy parent, my children need shoes and I can not afford to even buy them. Then I wait all the time to see a Judge, and I do have the worst luck humanly possible,so I will get the Judge who hates life, disabled people, and mentally ill people. Now my children get to go without even longer because of someone elses poor and unfair decision. Please tell all of us who truly can't work and need this money desperately, how to request you for our Judge. Thank you for caring and listening!

Judge: Patricia Lobo
Date Posted: 11/21/2013 11:33:28 AM
Submited By: WIlliam M.



I had a court date with Judge Lobo on November 19, 2013 and she was wonderful. She was very understanding and compassionate. She approved my case after almost 5 years of fighting. My wife and I have to say THANK YOU Jude Lobo for your understanding and ruling on the case. I am so grateful to you for this your honor.

Judge: Scott T Miller
Date Posted: 10/8/2013 3:59:16 PM
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He is very a very unfair Judge.He twisted my words around to use against me.Took 2 months to decide unfavorable!

Judge: Patricia Lobo
Date Posted: 9/23/2013 2:33:38 PM
Submited By: marie



I had my hearing on /aug. 13, 2013...still waiting for a decision. I called ODAR in St. Petersburg and they said a decision has been made and it has been sent to a decision writer....then it goes back to the judge for final editing...then they send the decision out. No one would tell me the decision....I guess it is top=secret..but Judge Lobo was fair, compassionate, sensitive and did say that she would get my file over to processing for payment. That was at the hearing...although it was not a on the record decision, I still have to wait for the "letter". Hopefully I will hear something in the next few weeks....things are getting rough financially.

Judge: James P Alderisio
Date Posted: 9/16/2013 10:07:04 AM
Submited By: Anxious Survivor



I am waiting from August hearing. Anyone know how takes to get decision with Judge. Just reaching for hope. I am struggling everyday with no income or means to make income due to my disability. I did feel comfortable with Judge. He seems like a fair Judge basing decision on facts and extensive medical records etc. He did ask me lots of questions that I answered truthfully. He was very kind especially knowing my anxiety and depressed mental state.

Judge: James P Alderisio
Date Posted: 8/31/2013 9:03:09 AM
Submited By: aggiepepo



very good judge, i got fully favorable at the hearing, asked me some questions, also consulted with ehe vocational person, after reviewing my doctors findings and recomendations, everything went thru smoothly.

Judge: Arline Colon
Date Posted: 5/8/2013 7:37:46 PM
Submited By: JBird



She totally rocks!

Judge: Arline Colon
Date Posted: 5/2/2013 9:08:40 PM
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I am almost 60 years old and have worked since I was 16. I finally became so disabled from serious mental impairments and life-threating physical and mental impariments...including early onset Alzheimer's AND a terminal illness... that I finally had to stop working, use all my savings, and file for disability. Judge Colon is a vicious pathological LIAR and outright EVIL. She denied me my benefits, based on her utter distortion of my well documented Case and her BIZARRE interpretion of Law.

Judge: Patricia Lobo
Date Posted: 4/24/2013 7:28:50 AM
Submited By: ROSEMARY



IM WRITING TO SAY THAT SHE IS A FINE JUDGE,SHE LISTENS TO WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY AND REALLY SEEMS TO CARE ABOUT WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN GOING THROUGH. I REALLY WANT TO THANK HER FOR ALL OF HER KINDNESS AND APRROVING MY CASE IT HAS BEEN A LONG FOUR YEARS. SHE IS VERY COMPASSIONATE AND VERY PATIENT AND I WAS SO NERVOUS SHE TALKED TO ME LIKE I WAS A HUMAN BEING NOT A NUMBER ON A DOCKET,SHE MADE ME FEEL LIKE I WAS TALKING TO A FAMILY MEMBER AND SHE REALLY DOES UNDERSTAND. IM SURE SHE HAS SEEN AND HEARD IT ALL AND AGAIN I WOULD LIKE TO THANK HER FOR HER DECISION AND HER TIME. THANK YOU AGAIN

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: Arline Colon
Date Posted: 4/2/2013 12:15:43 PM
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As a representative who practiced in front of Judge Colon for over a year, I can only say this line "Some of those who are taking this so personally may not have been well-served by their representatives" is off-base. Judge Colon's denials were poorly and dishonestly written. At many points in her Unfavorables, she quoted half a sentence, out of context, while deliberately ignoring other evidence. In one denial, she claimed my client was not credible because she has filed for disability three times. Of course, the record showed those three times were 1997, 1999, and 2008, with almost a decade of work after the second. Of the six denials I received from Judge Colon, Federal judges over-turned five of those decisions. The problem is with Arline, who is an embarrassment to SSA, and not with the representatives who practice in front of her

Judge: F. T Eckert
Date Posted: 3/29/2013 8:21:35 AM
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Very pleasant, friendly judge. Usually does not have expert witnesses at hearing. Will allow openings/closings. Normally covers background questions himself and then turns over to rep to develop impairment details. Very fair judge.

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: Donald G Smith
Date Posted: 3/15/2013 4:36:47 PM
Submited By: Holley



He scares me, but I trust him at the same time. I just Hope he doesn't believe what the medical expert wrote in my interrogratoy! The medicaid doctors at the beginning thought i was crazy, and i became very upset when one of them said I was just looking for drugs, I cursed at her and said no i want to go back to work so i can support my family! With a few F words, so of course the medical expert blew that up out of proportion.

Judge: Patricia Lobo
Date Posted: 3/13/2013 9:11:29 AM
Submited By: Racheal Jenkins



Im going up for my hearing im very nervous and scared i know i need help but dont wont sympathy im epalepsy bad gran mal seizures i pray i have ms.patrica she seems fare

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: Joseph F Dent
Date Posted: 3/10/2013 8:00:07 AM
Submited By: David



I think you hit a bullseye there flleas!

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: Scott T Miller
Date Posted: 1/24/2013 12:07:11 PM
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I had a hearing Nov. 20th for my child. And received a fully favorable decision in January. Judge Miller listened to details of my child that no other person seem to car for. I had an awesome Attorney. I have been trying to get help since 2010 and Social Security kept denying her. Thanks Judge Miller.

Judge: Norman R Zamboni
Date Posted: 1/15/2013 9:41:26 AM
Submited By: Jackson



Judge Zamboni is very fair and reasonable. I'm glad I had him on my case. He saw the truth and was very thorough. He isn't just going to give you a favorable decision, but will grant it if you are truly disabled. You shouldn't be in front of him unless you truly are though, as there are too many people who really need SSA and we can't have anybody holding up the process which is already long. Best advice I can give is to just go into the hearing and present your honest case. He will see it all for himself. Don't go in there trying to put on a front because he isn't dumb and I'm sure will see right through it.

Judge: Joseph F Dent
Date Posted: 1/5/2013 4:11:51 PM
Submited By: jb



i have 10lb lift restriction,cant sit or stand over 15min at a time,two herniated disc L4-L5 and L5 s-1,nerve damage in right shoulder,nerve damage in back,i have to use a cain and back brace,migraines,anxiety and depression im sure i missed something but with all this he denied my disability GOD only knows why i wonder want else has to be wrong with me to get help!!!!

Judge: Norman R Zamboni
Date Posted: 12/28/2012 6:18:08 PM
Submited By: D fick



THANK YOU JUDGE ZAMBONI. For being a Judge that can tell when people and their Dr. and test are telling the truth.

Judge: B. T Amos
Date Posted: 12/24/2012 8:24:33 PM
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2012 Statistics for this particular ALJ: Judge B T Amos 12% Dismissed 48% Approved 40% Denied These statistics are available online had those who are critical chosen to thoroughly research. In addition, the Social Security Regulations are online for those who wish to research the criteria for being awarded disability payments under the law. The statistics being cited in previous postings are those thus far for fiscal year 2013, which started October 1, 2012.

Judge: B. T Amos
Date Posted: 12/24/2012 10:59:26 AM
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Agree with the previous comments. I think they are right on point. Keep in mind that this ALJ is not alone. There are many more like him and in fact many that are worse than him. Despite contrary belief no one believes everyone is disabled and that someone should get something for free. However, something needs to change within the system. There are judges who pay consistently 10-20 percent of their cases. The system needs to change.

Judge: Richard D Brady
Date Posted: 12/22/2012 5:50:37 PM
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Was Judge Brady an attorney supervisor in Tampa ODAR before he became an ALJ? If so, he is a really nice man.

Judge: Norman R Zamboni
Date Posted: 12/9/2012 10:32:03 PM
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I don't think that when a judge has Doctors note stating that some one can not work and they still think they have the right to play DR. or GOD with some ones life when they say NO. When people just can not keep paying med bills an and for their meds. I thought that when you work for 30 plus years and you need help I thought we pay it forward when we pay ss out of our pay checks. I guess I was wronge.Do judges really think that when some one gives up their job because they cann't do it any more and stop working for 4 years because they are so sick, I guess the judges just cann't see that.

Judge: Elving L Torres
Date Posted: 12/3/2012 12:14:48 PM
Submited By: jwh



judge torres is a very fair man doing a very difficult job

Judge: John D McNamee-Alemany
Date Posted: 11/19/2012 10:08:24 AM
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I had a slightly complicated case because of the processing and the fact that prior counsel had executed the notice of representation two months prior to the client's actually filing the application, so it misled the judge into thinking there was a prior application. There wasn't. We wrote a brief, the ALJ got it right, all is well. Good judge, listens to the testimony, and willing to correct himself it he is started down the wrong path to misunderstanding a point.

Judge: Norman R Zamboni
Date Posted: 10/30/2012 1:13:58 PM
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ALJ Zamboni is VERY nice, explains everything thoroughly, asks if representative wants to do an optional opening, conducts Hearings with a loose, conversational tone, respects the client and representative, is very sharp and a pleasure to work with!

Judge: B. T Amos
Date Posted: 10/30/2012 1:03:19 PM
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An extremely fair Judge who cuts to the chase, knows the law and applies it properly. I would rather be denied by a Judge of this caliber, than to be paid by a liberal, everyone who walks into the hearing office Judge.

Judge: Scott T Miller
Date Posted: 10/22/2012 7:55:37 AM
Submited By: Melissa



I had my court date with judge Miller Oct 13 I have not got an answer yet been going back and forth seSen 07. He was nice and seemed caring. He is on top of his game with research. Hopefully all goes well. Good luck all ....as I await an aswer

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: Arline Colon
Date Posted: 8/30/2012 7:08:10 PM
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I think it is more sad that someone believes an ALJ can't show bias in spite of her giving fake smiles or not yelling. I think most people could really careless whether an AlJ will play nice to get you to talk and then deny you or just go by the book. However, if an ALJ is only paying 23% of the cases he or she is adjudicating then they are not applying the law. Yes, the grids are beneficial for people over 50 but that does not mean people under 50 aren't disabled. Further, each case should be reviewed on an individual basis and if she is not paying people are under 50 strictly because of age then she is bias, no matter how nice she is to you.

Judge: Arline Colon
Date Posted: 8/23/2012 8:56:12 PM
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It is disappointing to read the wildly uncharitable comments made below about Judge Colon. In my experience, she is an extremely knowledgeable and hard-working person who seeks to apply the facts to the law in an unbiased fashion. I understand that people are going to be quite naturally displeased when they do not get what they want. Some of those who are taking this so personally may not have been well-served by their representatives, who should have explained to them that just because you know in your heart with all sincerity that you have a certain problem does not always mean that you have presented sufficient evidence to prove it. Everyone loves the judges who unscrupulously give away the store to nearly every claimant, whether it is justified or not. However, that is the easy way out. All of the incentives in this system go in this direction. Judges who do not give in to this relentless pressure do so because they feel an obligation to call "balls and strikes" as they see them, knowing full well that at least one side very often wont like the call. Judge Colon may adjudicate cases conservatively, but she shows no signs of the bias she is unfairly accused of here. Does she berate the claimants, make sharp comments toward them or abuse them in any way? Does she behave at all in an unpleasant way toward them? Anyone who has dealt with her can tell you that she does no such thing. I might not agree with her every decision, but I know she is calling them as she sincerely sees them and without an ounce of malice or bias against anyone. As for the alleged bias against younger claimants, that's not Judge Colon, that's the way the rules are written. The "grids" heavily favor older claimants. Finally, to the rep who suggested that you are better off the more evidentiary support you have for the claim: Well, yes, that is the way this is supposed to work. This just proves my point. The better your evidence is, the better your chances are. I would be far more concerned about a judge for whom this was not the case.

Judge: Arline Colon
Date Posted: 8/18/2012 3:43:19 PM
Submited By: Ray Badini



We were told by our attorneys prior to the hearing for my aunt to hope that the assigned judge wouldn't be Arline Colon due to her reputation for fixating on any scraps of testimony to hang the "denied" hat on. Unfortunately bad luck came our way and my aunt got her. Not surprisingly, her subsequent verdict was to deny any benefits despite doctor statements supporting such. Quite the android. Perhaps justice will be served if Colon suffers the misfortune of a genuine injury and goes before a judge like herself who thinks she's faking it. Maybe she'll also get to endure the ignominious recommendation to become a file clerk (even though she can't sit in one place for more than 10 minutes).

Judge: Donald E Garrison
Date Posted: 8/16/2012 9:04:39 AM
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I don't like him. Must have been having a Bad Day the day I went before him. I've waited so long and for what a BIG NO? Its not fair, who are they? Hate it if you get him as a judge.

Judge: Elving L Torres
Date Posted: 8/7/2012 8:31:17 PM
Submited By: cristina rodriguez



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Judge: B. T Amos
Date Posted: 8/4/2012 9:59:12 PM
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This is, without a doubt, the best Judge before whom I have presented cases. His hearings are crisp and to the point. He holds no-nonsense hearings and wants only that you fill in the blanks..he knows the file backwards and forwards and wants you to focus on material not covered or on discrepancies in the record. Word to those interested in what he is looking for: your client need not go in and tell a lie. This is one of his pet peeves. Be up front with him, and don't annoy him by allowing your client to exaggerate his/her condition. If the medical evidence supports the client's testimony and meets the letter of the law regarding disability he will issue an award; otherwise, he will not.

Judge: Donald G Smith
Date Posted: 7/19/2012 6:19:27 AM
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I concur. He seems to have a problem accepting VA opinions. Will often send out interrogatories and ask questions like- does claimant's impairment meet a listing. If they did meet a listing , most cases would not be at ODAR.

Judge: Elving L Torres
Date Posted: 7/13/2012 10:23:03 AM
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I like Judge Torres, he is nice and fair. He definitely does like to amend, or offer closed periods. Will favor obvious physical impairments!

Judge: Arline Colon
Date Posted: 7/12/2012 5:03:22 AM
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She is very nice, but will NOT approve anyone that is under 50 with NO mental impairments. She seems to have ZERO sympathy for physical impairments. Claimants with obvious physical issues do nothing for her. If they aren't crazy, she will deny with a pretty smile!

Judge: Phylis M Pierce
Date Posted: 7/12/2012 4:58:47 AM
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Miserable. Prepare for a denial. She is the Chief ALJ in St Pete, is never in a good mood, and denies everyone lately. Have record complete or you will be scolded. Brace yourself.

Judge: B. T Amos
Date Posted: 6/19/2012 4:35:07 PM
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I am an attorney who regularly appears before Judge Amos. I am pleased every time my client gets this Judge because I know we will be given a fair hearing. He relies on the testimony to the extent that it is substantiated by the medical evidence of record. He gives great credence to a client who is up front and truthful, not given to histrionics and embellishment. I don't win every case with this Judge, but I always feel he is fair and well versed in each case.

Judge: Scott T Miller
Date Posted: 6/15/2012 1:09:00 AM
Submited By: L Sportsman



Part of my disiability is lack of memory. He held that against me. We did a questionaire over two years ago that he held against me. He didn't understand the fact that their are times that things get worse. I could of told them all the truth about me being a abused child, and all the blows to the head.The fact that I have seizures caused by abuse. He didn't like the face that I'm not getting medical attention. I have no insurance. What about that is so hard to understand? Or that I didn't tell the free clinic every thing. I went there a couple times. I have pain in my back and I needed help. oh that got held against me. I guess he thought I did that cause of the hearing. mr. miller i did not lie to you! I told you things that day about myself that I tell no one. I thought you understood me. I was fooled. Chances are now I could be standing at deaths door and i will not seek treatment. i know that every thing I say is held against me.

Judge: Scott T Miller
Date Posted: 6/12/2012 12:08:51 PM
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At my hearing he seamed very nice.I don't think he has a clue what it is like to be in front of a judge. How every time in life you admit to any thing, some thing gets taken from you. This was very rough. I do not think he was fair at all. need less to say I lost my hearing.

Judge: Donald G Smith
Date Posted: 6/8/2012 1:30:29 PM
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Comes from somewhere in Kentucky (I think)- has the cutest Southern accent and he's sweet as pie. Don't be fooled: he'll deny for reasons completely foreign to me. He almost always send claimant to pre-hearing consultative exams, or send for medical interrogs. Sometimes he uses them; sometimes he doesn't. I have not seen any particular M.O. with him. Just watch out....

Judge: Elving L Torres
Date Posted: 6/8/2012 1:28:38 PM
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amend amend amend. Don't go in expected a Fully Favorable decision because even IF he's inclined to pay your case, he'll ask you to amend. You can ask for a different date, and he may be amenable to that. But amend amend amend. He also doesn't appear to believe that psych cases are real. Denies denies denies. Make your case strong. Must have good testimony- he likes to manipulate claimant testimony. If he rephrases what claimant said- make sure claimant knows what he/she actually said and don't let ALJ manipulate the testimony.

Judge: F. T Eckert
Date Posted: 6/8/2012 1:26:32 PM
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He's pretty amazing. Hardly denies any cases. You do most of the questioning and if you do it right and present a compassionate claimant, he'll likely approve. His hypos are usually based on the crediblity of the claimant- which the VE says no jobs, which equals a FF.

Judge: Arline Colon
Date Posted: 6/8/2012 1:25:21 PM
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She's evil. She may appear nice during the hearing, but don't be fooled: when your decision comes out and it's unfavorable- it's character assasination. She doesn't like young people, she doesn't like overweight folks. Even older people who served our country who walk with walkers can sometimes not get granted. A LOT of her unfavorable decisions are being upheld at AC and going to Federal Court, so she's probably not getting enough remands to know what she's doing wrong. She also dismisses a lot- and unfortunately, her dismissals are usually appropriate. But again- evil. Wish I could give you better advice on how to win a claim with her, but I only know for sure what she won't pay (above) and I can't figure out what she WILL pay (ex: she paid an younger individual, SSI only, smoker, with back/heart problems, on oxygen- not compassionate claimant at all- fully expected denial). I think the more support you have (RFCs AND narrative reports) the better you are.

Judge: James P Alderisio
Date Posted: 6/8/2012 1:21:35 PM
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This ALJ is quirky and wacky. He chews on nuts during the hearing and will put up his feet on the desk. He's approved psych cases with DAA (which he will should have) without any treating support, then denied a younger individual with ZERO DAA, and several sets of treating support. Everyone seems to think they luck out with him, but he's unpredictable. Make sure your case is strong and don't think for one minute that because he goes to the VE before you can question your claimant that he's going to approve. He may just be violating due process...

Judge: B. T Amos
Date Posted: 6/8/2012 1:18:24 PM
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Will hardly grant any SSI claims, or even SSD claims with expired DLIs. Has HUGE respect for folks with great earnings records. Will probably approve on an AC remand. If you present a fair argument (and you're not SSI, or expired DLI) he'll probably pay- and he'll tell you that at the hearing. If he goes tot he VE and talks about the claimant's capabilities as opposed to what they are NOT capable of- he's going to deny. Ever since I figured out his pattern, I like him. I just don't like how I don't know if I'm going to have him before the hearing!

Judge: B. T Amos
Date Posted: 5/24/2012 5:20:24 AM
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This Judge has a reputation for being an extremely compassionate but fair Judge. He is known for holding crisp and to the point hearings; it is acknowledged by attorneys and other participants in his hearings that he does not allow "smoke and mirror" type presentations during the hearing process.

Judge: Patricia Lobo
Date Posted: 4/30/2012 1:23:38 PM
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Judge Lobo is a very decent, compassionate, and fair-minded jurist.

Judge: Elving L Torres
Date Posted: 4/27/2012 12:22:38 PM
Submited By: Sherri R Ansel



I do not think this judge had enough info on my case in Febuary, 2011. Plus my attorney did not say but one line before I walked in and that was, This Judge and I do not get along. He, Judge Torres, felt I could work secondary, part time. I had to come to Ohio for medical. Episodic Motor Weakness is what the doctors and neurologist here, have found. If the doctors at the clinics there would have sent me to the proper place, I know this Judge would have disabaled me. POINT: Make sure you know your lawyer and make sure you get the right doctors. I am still in reconsideration but had to transfer to Ohio. The sad part of this is even the judge has guidelines he has to follow. Judge Torres is a fair Judge. It is the Social Security Attorney who did not complete his job, nor the doctors in Englewood, Florida.

Judge: B. T Amos
Date Posted: 4/19/2012 7:09:33 AM
Submited By: susan



Very disappointed in him. My son went before him and was in their 15 minutes. He never asked him one question. My son was denied. My son is 24, neat in appearance, doesn't abuse his medication (vicotin, xanex, cymbaltra) and has a college degree (college accommodated his disability). I believe this is what he based his decision on. It was never taken into consideration that my son has the body of an 80 year old. He had a double spinal fusion. Has a metal rod from his neck to his butt with about 8 screws 6 inches long in his spine. Doesn't bend, lift or twist. Lives in constant pain. I could go on and on, like how SS's dr said he is the worse case they have ever seen. He has now been denied twice. Maybe he should say he is by-polar and he can be approved like half of the other people around here. It's disgusting.

Judge: Scott T Miller
Date Posted: 4/14/2012 12:51:09 PM
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Judge Miller DID HAVE A HUGE backlog but I was being treated the same way, until i found out that he had a heart bypass surgery in Nov. and then had complications after that so they did move alot of cases to other areas that were not as backed up as his. I have been waiting for 5and a half years for a decision and finally got approved but my family was hurting and still is until i get my payments, so I do share your frustration!

Judge: Reinhardt Korte
Date Posted: 3/28/2012 4:06:18 AM
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He is now retired, FYI.

Judge: Elving L Torres
Date Posted: 3/22/2012 12:45:06 PM
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He is firm but fair. Treats people with respect.

Judge: Elving L Torres
Date Posted: 3/17/2012 5:18:40 PM
Submited By: annomymous



He Is a very cruel judge and lacks common sense and compasson for those that are very ill

Judge: Scott T Miller
Date Posted: 3/15/2012 2:38:52 PM
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On the morning of October 20th, 2011, I was allowed to present my case before Judge Miller, regarding my application for Social Security Disability Benefits. As of this date, March 15th, 2012, I have NOT received a reply from Judge Miller. I have contacted my attorney on several occasions, as well as contacting my Congressman, Gus Bilirakis. I received a letter dated February 23rd, 2012,from Mr. Bilirakis stating he did receive my notice of concerns and would be in touch with me as soon as possible. Then, I received a letter from my attorney, dated February 24th, 2012, stating he finally got a call back from Judge Miller's office stating due to a large backlog of cases my file was sent to another office to have the Decision typed and finalized, and, hopefully it would not be much longer until the Decision is mailed to me. Where do I fall in the statistics listed above?

Judge: Arline Colon
Date Posted: 3/12/2012 8:39:51 PM
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Very unfair judge! Don't expect even a "slightly fair" hearing, even if you have multiple long-term, progressive/degenerative conditions. She does not consider numerous obvious & pertinent FACTS, which are provided to her...clearly and detailed, in black & white. Her main focus is a person's age and whether or not they have been able to work while going through the SSDI process. She DOES NOT take into consideration that some people push themselves way beyond their mental & physical limits, to the point of having NO personal life whatsoever due to severe chronic pain and major depression, just so they can keep a roof over their head and not end up on the streets. People like Judge Colon should NOT be employed by S.S.D., where they are required to make "FAIR" decisions for the U.S. Government. She gives the entire process and that division of the government a VERY bad name.

Judge: Reinhardt Korte
Date Posted: 3/12/2012 10:43:38 AM
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This man could easily be compared to Hitler. I listened to him laugh about people he denied disability and talk about how FAT and stupid they are. Fair and balanced - never. Oh well, seems to be the USA system. They find people like this to hear these cases, and then the poor suffer while the rich keep getting richer. The time is coming to an end....and this will no longer happen.