Tallahassee Fl, Florida ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Tallahassee Fl, Florida, 6 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Tallahassee Fl, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 15.0 months. The average case processing time in Tallahassee Fl is 476 days.The Tallahassee Fl average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 45%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Tallahassee Fl ODAR office was last updated on 3/10/2014.

SSA, Tallahassee Fl ODAR Office
1961 Quail Grove Lane, 2nd Floor
Tallahassee, Florida 32311
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Phone: (888) 472-5996 -- Fax: (850) 942-1034
eFile Fax: 877-435-0334 (For sending evidence)

OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Tallahassee Fl 6 15.0 months 476 days 1.7 19% 45% 36%
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 1.74
Average Processing Time 476 days
Cases Pending 4730
Dispositions 1037
New Cases 1475
Hearings In Person 65%
Video Hearings 35%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied
Judge Steven L. Carnes 20%41%39%
Judge Andrew Dixon III 16%50%33%
Judge Jeffrey Marvel 25%40%35%
Judge Janet McCamley 16%47%37%
Judge Stacy Paddack 16%42%42%
Judge Claire R Strong 19%52%30%

Comments about Judges at the Tallahassee Fl Florida ODAR office:

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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: Michael J Amendola
Date Posted: 3/31/2013 4:03:25 AM
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He's awesum

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: 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: Andrew Dixon III
Date Posted: 2/23/2013 9:18:40 AM
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Repeated questions asked by the attorney during the hearing. Did not do good job asking hypothetical. Seems angry and was not very friendly.

Judge: Janet McCamley
Date Posted: 2/18/2013 3:10:09 AM
Submited By: Steve

This Judge is very fair and looks at all the facts.

Judge: Amy Uren
Date Posted: 10/16/2012 1:31:15 PM
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Well, I haven't recieved my decision yet, but I pray that God leads her to rule the right way! Thanks for the information, but I will stay prayed up!!!!

Judge: Charles W Dorman
Date Posted: 10/14/2012 6:30:45 AM
Submited By: JGD

Charles Dorman is a retired Brigadier General from the Marine Corp. His military history is reflected in his approach to his work as an ALJ by his sense of obligation to duty. I had the pleasure of being before him many times during his time in Tallahassee. He was always very prepared. No matter how large the file, he was familiar with every page of the claimant's file. Although he didn't have a background in Social Security Law, he learned the law quickly. I did not always agree with his determinations, but when he denied a case, his denials where well founded. Obviously, not all cases are clear cut, and could go either way.

Judge: Amy Uren
Date Posted: 10/11/2012 11:50:10 AM
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Utterly unreasonable. Don't be fooled by a pleasant working demeanor. Your claim will be denied unless you are rolled into the hearing room on a stretcher. She will pull any small thing out of the record and weave it into a reason to deny a claim. As evidence of her toughness, her pay rate has declined from around 50/50 to 37%. Well qualified individuals are being denied by ALJ Uren. Plan on appealing her decision, every time.

Judge: Stacy Paddack
Date Posted: 9/9/2012 2:31:45 PM
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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: Stacy Paddack
Date Posted: 8/28/2012 11:49:56 AM
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Sooooo sweet and nice. You kind of wonder how such a nice lady ever turns anyone down....

Judge: Amy Uren
Date Posted: 4/26/2012 8:15:38 AM
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Judge Uren is tough, and I have to appeal her decisions regularly, for she is far too willing to elevate State Agency doctor opinions above the opinions given by primary treating docs. On the positive side, however, Judge Uren is courteous and patient, and will afford your claimant all the time needed to present the entire case. She is thorough in her questioning as well. I rate her at four stars because she is professional and a delight to deal with. She'd get five if she would pay out claims at a slightly better rate!

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

Judge: Janet McCamley
Date Posted: 4/10/2012 11:03:33 AM
Submited By: Julie Carmichael

Doesn't seem to understand why someone can't work at a sedentary job. Someone with back pain can work a few hours or 8 hours a day or a few days and then have too much persistent pain to work for days after. I have watched my stepson try to work for years and I have seen him flat of his back on the floor writhing with pain.

Judge: Charles W Dorman
Date Posted: 3/25/2012 2:27:08 PM
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