Atlanta Downtown, Georgia ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Atlanta Downtown, Georgia, 17 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Atlanta Downtown, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 23.0 months. The average case processing time in Atlanta Downtown is 675 days.The Atlanta Downtown average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 46%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Atlanta Downtown ODAR office was last updated on 9/7/2016.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Atlanta Downtown 17 23.0 months 675 days 1.8 23% 46% 30%
Georgia17.0 months571 days1.422%46%33%
National Average:16.8 months525 days1.920%44%36%
Hearing Wait Time: 23.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 1.79
Average Processing Time 675 days
Cases Pending 12686
Dispositions 5458
New Cases 3092
Hearings In Person 85%
Video Hearings 15%

LATEST COMMENTS         to leave your own comment, select a judge from the list above and leave a comment on that judge's page

Judge: Robin R Palenske
9/23/2016 8:05:13 AM

I just want to let the public know be very aware that these comments are not always true and anyone including the judges family, friends, and associates can make anonymous comments. I don't know this judge I just wanted to get this comment in.

Paul L. Jenkins, Esq.
Judge: Robin R Palenske
9/4/2016 2:19:17 PM

Judge Palenske has been the recipient of some incredibly false and ridiculous critiques on this board. Firstly, her award rate is in line with the national average, which would itself indicate that she is applying the law faithfully and fairly. As a highly successful SSDI attorney, I have appeared before her many times. She rightly expects lawyers to fully and thoroughly present their cases. She listens more than she talks, and many of her colleagues on the Bench could learn from the thoughtful way in which she conducts her hearings. She is always respectful and courteous to each and every claimant, and always arrives at well reasoned legal conclusions regardless of whether the outcome is an award or a denial. If you have a good lawyer who follows Judge Palenske's specific pre-hearing instructions, and takes the time to carefully develop your testimony in court, this judge will award your case, provided that the medical evidence supports the severity of your allegations. By all standards of judicial fairness, temperament, and preparation, Judge Palenske is a model ALJ.

Judge: Carla McMichael
8/30/2016 11:06:31 AM

Excellent judge. Thoroughly reviews claimant's file before the hearing. Concise and to the point while still being polite, professional and compassionate.

dina cowger
Judge: Glenn M Embree
8/29/2016 11:42:34 AM

This is for Judge Glenn Embree. I am desperate.I went before him on Feb19 2016. My representation(lawyer) hasn't been able to resolve my case. IRS claims I didn't file 2013 taxes , but I did. I've submitted all documents , and still no resolution. Please help me .I've contacted every office , but no one can help me. My # is 404-246-1147 My name is Dina Cowger. I'm begging please help me.

Shawnythia Walton
Judge: Melinda L Dula
8/24/2016 4:43:33 AM

Judge Melinda Dula, definitely doesn't have a heart!!! She denied my moms case. My mom has suffered from epilepsy for the past 20+ years and has basically took over her mind. It's like living with a parent that suffers from Alzheimer's where they remember some things but can't remember other things. It breaks my heart to know that she is continuously depressed because she hates that she can't work to take care of herself and has to depend on others to take care of her finincally. Not even that but if she didn't have family that stepped up to the plate she would be homeless because she doesn't have any source of income. What these judges forget is that work for the people but they don't have people in mind. One day they will be faced with the same problems that these people face and that's when they will fully understand the magnitude of what these people go through on a daily bases. What these judges also fail to realize is that God always has the final so and he always wins! God has my mom and always has, we will continue to keep the faith!

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

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

John Ward
Judge: Robin R Palenske
7/24/2016 8:16:43 AM

She made me feel very comfortable considering my health issues. I have a problem staying focused and communicating to people. I'm waiting for her decision and pray that it is favorable. This was written for me by Gwen Ward my wife.

Judge: Karen A Cornick
5/28/2016 12:34:38 PM

I'm waiting on her to make a decision on my disability. Lord Jesus after reading all of these comment I just say Mercy Lord!!!!!!

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

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

P Davis
Judge: Karen A Cornick-Craig
5/9/2016 12:12:47 PM

May 09, 2016 She is freakin awful!!!!! I am so disgusted!!!!! HEARING DATE: February 10, 2016 May 09, 2016: Still no decision has been made. 1. She conducted my entire hearing without having acccess to review my treating physicians medical records or supporting documentation. 2. She waited until the end of the hearing to informed me that my medical records were not in my eletronic file. 3. Actually that was not true. My medical records were in the file, she just failed to search my file properly. 4. How could she have given me a fair hearing when she never reviewed any of my medical records or supporting documentation? 5. She just basically asked me gerneric questions but nothing pertaining to my disability claim. 6. No decision has been made yet, What should I do at this point?

Relieved in Atlanta
Judge: Kyle C Alexander
5/6/2016 12:26:09 PM

I was very surprised with the judge, after reading these comments I'll admit I was worried about nothing. I found Judge Alexander to be very nice and seemed to really listen to what I had to say. He was pressed for time, but allowed my attorney to present the particulars about my case. After testifying and answering the questions he had, I was approved. Part of my case was not even presented due to missing doctor notes! I can only say to be prepared to testify. It's not just about a diagnosis but how the diagnosis affects you and your ability to work. A vocational expert will be there to testify about any work you may be able to do despite your disability. Make sure you have proper documentation also. You need to be under a doctors care, and not just go in with an opinion from a doctor.

l gilchrease
Judge: Robin R Palenske
3/28/2016 8:38:48 PM

She fabricates, cherry-picks, and manipulates evidence to conform to a predetermined decision. Does not know the meaning of "Judge" and does not deserve the title.

Judge: Glenn M Embree
3/21/2016 10:13:16 AM

this is a very fair judge, doesn't try to make you fill guilty for being disabled. He is very much straight forward in getting to the facts of your case.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Judge: Nikki A Flowers
11/3/2015 8:05:48 PM

I thought she did not have a lot of knowledge on what social security finds to be disabled. when she was not sure of a case she leans toward denial.

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

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

Judge: Kyle C Alexander
10/16/2015 2:38:06 PM

I had a hearing with Him and he was extremely caring and really put my anxiety at ease to where I was able to explain myself and go into great detail of how bad my physical and psychological disabilities are. I was so scared for months before my hearing. I was mentally and physically exhausted. He took the time to listen to me and was so sweet to me. Thank you your Honor I now feel like a big heavy weight has been lifted off of my chest. God bless you!

Margaret Gibson
Judge: Dale D Glendening
9/9/2015 10:43:24 AM

My records speak for themselves. However, when a judge makes decisions based on how he chooses to rewrite records - I take issue with that. His warbled decision has left me desolate. The sad thing is that he will continue this behavior as long as he is in that position. It's scary to know he controlled not only my well being but countless others, as his record states. Perhaps a lesson in the difference between a heart attack and cardiac arrest (which is what I actually suffered) would be a great start. Then let's teach him about the psychological after effects of said experience along with an extreme medical history of cardiac issues that was also voided to said judge but never once mentioned in decision. Or how about the fact that I did not smoke for 15-20 years @2 packs a day, as he claimed. Or the fact that I wasn't admitted to the hospital a few months later for a "panic attack" but for Ventricular Tachycardia which is a constant extremely rapid heart best - and into open heart surgery within a week thereafter. (240 beats a minutes for episodes of 2-3 minutes at a time) but that's a panic attack??? Getting psychological treatment is difficult with no insurance and not even being able to determine all physical issues. Back issues are difficult to prove when doctor no longer has records available and no "surgical" treatment" was received - Ben after informed said judge that due to pretty much lifelong use of anticoagulants tends to dissuade certain surgical procedures. Really? These are just a few examples of his inability to correctly interpret and understand medical terminology, which makes me ask.....WHY IS HE STILL EMPLOYED???

Judge: Glenn M Embree
8/26/2015 2:46:54 AM

Very honest,fair,compassionate man all around compitent judge

Judge: F. J Hughes
8/18/2015 12:42:50 PM

Review the number of approval percentages below, and ask yourself the question, "Did the law change in 2013, or did the ALJ change?" One should expect better from this ALJ, who is a good man, but has clearly succumbed to internal pressures.

Judge: Dale D Glendening
8/3/2015 1:44:03 PM

I think he is Bias and he does not take the time to review the facts of his cases. I have been before this judge 3 times and had medical records proving my disability and he denied me within 10 days and closed out my case. The reason I feel like he has his picks, is because I filed before the appeals counsel and they reopened my case, sent it back, and told him to review it again.

m Elliott
Judge: Kyle C Alexander
8/3/2015 5:16:30 AM

My wife is suffering from severe depression from losing our son in 1999 been in and out of institutions even a 6 month stay in Columbus whats wrong with this judge

Judge: Leroy C Bryant
7/9/2015 11:12:30 AM

Excellent Judge! He has a great grasp of not only the law, but the pain the claimants go through. In my opinion, the best judge to handle your case. He doesn't just assume we're making this stuff up!

Judge: Todd S Colarusso
7/8/2015 12:50:13 PM

he was very sympathetic and really looked at my case. favorable decision within 3 weeks.

Judge: Melinda L Dula
6/19/2015 5:08:41 PM

She doesn't have heart..... You suppose to help people to get what they need you have denied my my mother 5 years ago an she has been waiting 8 years now it seem like judges want people to die cause yall really don't know what a person go threw or has been . A few word on a paper doesn't means anything think about that . I give you my blessing even doe you denied hers

Lee Brown
Judge: Todd S Colarusso
6/15/2015 8:01:49 AM

This judge clearly MISSTATED the facts .lied . even when the voc tech said no jobs , why have a voc tech in there . I seen this judge within a year of filing ,then they wait 3 yrs to mail my appeal paperwork to WRONG address then he took what a ER doc said 2 years prior to filing to help him deny me . Bet he wouldn't take a ER doc saying how I cant work as a reason to approve .Ignored my 3 other docs saying I CANT work .. Thanks alot ! is this why some ppl lie and file in another state ?

Shawanda King
Judge: S. Charles Murray
5/19/2015 8:17:06 PM

Judge Murray was very organized and concerned about my son. He is really a good judge and is fair.

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

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

Judge: Dale D Glendening
5/9/2015 7:12:47 AM

This ALJ has a 2% approval rate for Fiscal Year 2015. Draw your own conclusions.

Judge: Kyle C Alexander
4/16/2015 4:20:59 PM

I just had a hearing in front of him and he approved me on the spot! Remember if necessary, you can appeal the judges decision. I found the Judge to be rather caring and he took the time to listen and read the brief and any other information as he saw fit.

Judge: S. Charles Murray
4/14/2015 9:46:58 AM

The whole process was intimidating at first, but he soon made me feel very comfortable. I felt like he cold sympathize with me. Whether I approved or not, I don't know, but he was nice.

Judge: Heather Joys
2/24/2015 12:16:56 PM

To whoever wrote the comment about Judge Joys, she has not been at the atlanta downtown hearing office in a long time, so are you talking about an old case or did you recently have a hearing? If you had a new hearing in atlanta it was not likely Judge Joys but i could be wrong

Teresia Watts
Judge: Heather Joys
2/16/2015 10:57:04 AM

I don't feel she is fair. One would have to meet her on their dying bed. She sees color when she makes her decisions. I feel she does everything she can to make you drop your case even if you are living on the streets. You can be assured that if she had her way everyone would be denied.

Judge: Nikki A Flowers
2/9/2015 8:19:51 AM

I went to court for the second time ! My appeal got her decision revoked and lucky me had another court date! She couldn't make a decision because records that were faxed to her got lost!!! LOL ! So the info has been there because I collected and turned in the information! I was told by the professional person that says if u can work! He agreed I can't work! After 6 years you think degenerative disc disease would be approved ! No i have lost everything and now losing hope period ! I'm stuck in a room waiting and will not keep waiting I'm done! My life is ruined! Thanks for all the help!

Atlanta Advocate
Judge: Robin R Palenske
1/26/2015 12:12:17 PM

One of the worst judges in this office. Doesn't use vocational experts. Forgets to swear in witnesses. Sits on denials for months at a time. Will find the dumbest reasons to hold the record open in cases. For people that have waited years to have their cases heard, be prepared to wait even longer to hear back from her. Poor doesn't properly describe the job that she does. Taxpayers definitely deserve more.

Judge: Melinda L Dula
1/13/2015 2:11:46 PM

Still waiting on a decision,with a letter from my doctor stating that I can not work pages of medical problems over three months no decision. I have been out work three years and can't get any help. I know undeserving people who got it in a few months really what am I supposed to do

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

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

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

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

Judge: Dale D Glendening
6/12/2014 3:47:31 AM

He is slow to issue opinions and slow to schedule your hearings. He adds another 12 months to your case if assigned.

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

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

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

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

Jeff Spence
Judge: Harry E Siegrist
3/28/2014 3:08:06 AM

I dont know Harry Siegrist,,,what I am aware of is that what was discussed during the hearing was ignored on my unfavorable decision. Nothing in me understands Is the system designed to leave some completely in the dark. My mind is so beyond normal worked over 2 dozen jobs in 13 years yet SSA states my impairments are not severe enough, wow. They have found me disabled but they claim its not total disable its only partially disable,,,What part is that? Diagnosed with Major Depressive disorder and other disorders as well but,,they say Im invested in being sick how does someone do that. 2 years Ive been getting federally funded as well as federally funded run around. I take prozac and trazdone Do people have a clue what I take them for. This has been my experience Take your meds and good luck,,wow some country we live in Aint no help or hope for folks like myself,,Im doomed. Jeff Spence Atlanta Ga. God bless humanity

Judge: Kyle C Alexander
3/10/2014 8:57:08 AM

I have an upcoming hearing and after reading the above comments I am scared my case will be denied. Any suggestions? I do have a Lawyer, but any comments would be greatly appreated.

Judge: Kyle C Alexander
2/26/2014 8:19:59 PM

This judge have to remember one day he will be judged and it want be good....he deny peoples that is really sick and need help...You are one low down dirty man. Courteous he are that's what fake and sneaky people do laugh in your face while hurting you behind your back. I guess he was bullet at school and now he think he got power to hurt peoples but you hurting the wrong one.

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

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

Myllette Puckett
Judge: Harry E Siegrist
2/3/2014 2:08:52 PM

Very concerned with ones health and well-being.

Judge: Dale D Glendening
1/7/2014 12:32:57 PM

He was extremely professional and had read the file. He was quick to hone in on areas of exaggeration or problematic testimony. He could combat overstatement by relying on evidence in the record and he required evidence for all broad statements or conjecture. Firm, but fair.

Judge: Karen A Cornick
11/17/2013 5:00:18 PM

I totally agree with everyone about this judge. I received my unfavorable decision yesterday. There was a lot of untruths in my decision letter after it was determined that I have four different types of arthritis, depression, rototor cuff syndrome,and diabetes I was still denied. It was also determined that I could be a ticket giver even though I can barely use my hands.

Happy and blessed!
Judge: Robin R Palenske
11/15/2013 3:17:42 AM

She was very good the evidence spoke for its self! Fully favorable!

Judge: Dale D Glendening
11/10/2013 2:39:49 PM

i feel no judge should ever make an impartial decesion since his title does not come under the medical field and no judge can look at a person and tell them how they do or dont feel

Ms. Rose
Judge: O. Lisa Dabreu
8/22/2013 11:17:33 AM

It was very nice seeing an confidently smart African American Judge. I use to want to be a lawyer before i got sick. I have been working since i was 14, and hate that I became ill. With no help or family it is hard taking care of 5 children disable. I love my children so I will continue to fight the good fight of faith. I have lost everything my home, car, credit, ambition, & husband. I just pray that approved or denied. God will use me to continue to spread faith hope & love, I do believe I am pregnant with divine purpose so I will wait to see what the end will be.

Judge: Dale D Glendening
8/5/2013 9:46:59 AM

What a bunch of whiners & losers. I have known this judge for years. If you are disabled, he pays the case. Those of you who are trying to cheat the system, you deserve what you get. It's people like you who clog up the system so those who are truly disabled have to wait. And yes, he does review the files before he has hearings. You claimants' reps are not only lazy, you're clueless. Why not try doing your job right for a change, instead of pissing and moaning about a judge who disagrees with you becuase he realizes your claimant is faking.

Mr Tinney
Judge: S. Charles Murray
6/15/2013 12:35:42 AM

Judge Murray was very professional I appreciate his fairness. He was complimentary to me for being a great support for my wife. Thank You

Judge: Nikki A Flowers
6/10/2013 5:51:05 PM

ALJ Flowers very professional and straight forward.

Judge: Kyle C Alexander
5/17/2013 8:54:43 AM

The chances of getting a fair hearing before this Judge are not good. It almost appears he has a bias toward injured claimants. Any adverse medical opinion will be adopted in his decision. If there is not an adverse opinion in the record, he will send out for one. He is very courteous as he guts your case.

Judge: S. Charles Murray
5/9/2013 7:13:12 PM

I really appriciated that he asked my daughter(who I am filing for) to leave before we talked about her condition. It's really hard to make your kids feel as "normal" as possible then turn around and let her hear about how she will never be "normal". The judge we had before made her stay in the room.

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

my first claim was DENIED by this alj, even though he stated in his decision that i did in fact have two severe impairments.. of course the AC kept his ruling intact and my atty filed in federal court. well here it is 6 1/2 yrs from initial filing and 3 yrs after it was denied at appeals council and taken to fdc, my claim was remanded due to ERROR by the alj for NOT giving my treating doctors RFC any weight and going by what the ssa med examiner (which i never saw to begin with)said at some point before my initial denial (which only took a few months to get) 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: Harry E Siegrist
4/14/2013 6:40:13 PM

Very thorough and personable.

Robert Bishop
Judge: Nikki A Flowers
4/14/2013 11:40:35 AM

This ALJ seemed to me as straightforward and fair. My lawyer bailed on me two days before hearing, and I decided to represent myself. She explained proceedings, and seemed to try to put me at ease. She struck me as impartial to past denial, and more than willing to weigh all evidence on both sides to make a fair and just judgment.I think to many people are looking at her approval/denial ratings, and jumping to conclusions.If you have the evidence, which you need in any case no matter who the ALJ is, she will render a just and fair decision.

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

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

Judge: S. Charles Murray
4/4/2013 1:38:14 PM

Seems to start every hearing with, "Now I'm a federal judge. Don't lie to me, now. Can you be truthful?" Just be prepared for it.

Judge: Dale D Glendening
4/4/2013 1:31:32 PM

Which Judge Glendening will show up on any given day? I've seen days where he approves all 5 cases without a second thought. Other days, he denies them all. It does not seem to be about merit.

Judge: Nikki A Flowers
4/4/2013 1:26:05 PM

She starts out as a denial, then basically challenges you to change her mind. There is nothing of merit about her.

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

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

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

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

Frank jackson
Judge: Nikki A Flowers
3/13/2013 9:13:27 PM

I like her she seems fair and nice

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

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

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

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

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

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

Judge: Lorenzo Level
2/22/2013 6:13:11 PM

Nice guy, quiet, polite.

Judge: Robin R Palenske
2/12/2013 11:45:21 AM

Judge Palenske is horrendously unfair. She shot us down on a very solid case, but didn't just deny it. She sat on it for over six months before issuing the denial. Absolutely unacceptable.

Judge: Todd S Colarusso
1/22/2013 11:27:09 AM

judge todd colarusso is a very fair judge he know if you are really disable thank you for being the judge for atlanta

Judge: Dale D Glendening
1/21/2013 4:19:23 PM

Dale is leading the pack on the worst approval rate, which is pretty amazing considering that Fishman is in Atlanta now. Of course, the odds of seeing him for a hearing is slim, since he has only heard 31 cases since October 1 at the beginning of the fiscal calendar. It makes one wonder - how does this ALJ justify his princely salary?

Judge: Kerry Morgan
1/15/2013 4:49:23 PM

Nice lady. A lot younger than what i expected, but she was really nice and pretty. My attorney told me she used to represent claimants. . She got to the point and didn't beat around bush so I liked that about her.

Judge: Melinda L Dula
12/12/2012 10:53:56 AM

I am still waiting on my decision, but I wanted to say that I thought she was very polite and professional. She is a Judge overseeing a case, so yes there must be evidence proven as with any case.

Judge: Karen A Cornick
12/6/2012 4:23:58 PM

Absolutely terrible.

Michigan Freemason
Judge: Harry E Siegrist
10/11/2012 11:44:33 AM

A very intellectual judge who knows the law and reviews his cases on factual evidence. I hold the highest regard for the Honorable Judge Siegrist!

Sandra Benton
Judge: Robin R Palenske
9/30/2012 12:12:10 PM

very few questions.Let the lawyer who knew very little about me ask the questions. not very happy.

Judge: Robert T Jackson
9/23/2012 7:29:43 PM

I have been waiting since July 11th for a decision. Everytime my lawyer checks the status it's still on the judges desk. Can anyone tell me how long does it take for him to give a decision..geesh. I'm losing everything! !!

Judge: Robin R Palenske
9/12/2012 4:22:13 PM

Her conservative personality should have nothing to do with how she decides claims. She is to appy the rule of law and to take a fresh look at each individual claim.

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

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

Judge: Dale D Glendening
9/10/2012 4:15:10 PM

I agree with the other post here. I went before him without a lawyer and he pretty much said he didn't want to hear from me and for me to go get a lawyer. I checked his record and he has only fully approved 15 cases while denying 35. You better have a lawyer and a good case if you go before him.

Judge: Robin R Palenske
9/7/2012 10:30:04 AM

Space Cadet. Which Judge Palenske will show on a given day? On bad days, she has sworn in witnesses more than once. Asks very few questions in general. While I tend to share her conservative philosophy, she is not an easy judge.

Judge: S. Charles Murray
9/7/2012 10:27:15 AM

Gentlemanly. Seems to have studied the file beforehand, and has more than an inkling of how to proceed to a decision.

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

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

Judge: Heather Joys
9/7/2012 10:22:43 AM

Extremely pleasant. Generally non-confrontational, but not a bleeding heart. Seems to pay much attention to testimony - nearly as much as to the evidence in file.

Judge: Robert T Jackson
9/7/2012 10:21:19 AM

Judge Jackson will literally wear out the claimant on postural and exertional limitations, so prepare well beforehand. Seems generally oriented toward the claimant. Not afraid to make a decision before all evidence is received.

Judge: F. J Hughes
9/7/2012 10:19:34 AM

Nice guy. Misleading, in that he will lead you to think one way about his hypotheticals, and later determines a less restrictive hypothetical to be more appropriate. Often has not read the case by the time of the hearing.

Judge: Dale D Glendening
9/7/2012 10:17:48 AM

A self-absorbed little pissant. Bully. Arbitrary. Mercurial.

Judge: Nikki A Flowers
9/7/2012 10:16:41 AM

She seemed to start in Atlanta as an uber-tough judge, but seems to have mellowed as of late. Fair but tough. Tends to ask a lot of clarifying questions during testimony.

Judge: Glenn M Embree
9/7/2012 10:15:03 AM

Asks many questions himself, most geared toward getting to the crux of the case theory. Transparent. Not tricky. Does not like substance use.

Judge: Melinda L Dula
9/7/2012 10:14:09 AM

Seems overly impressed with herself. Evidence must be there, and you must point it out.

Judge: O. Lisa Dabreu
9/7/2012 10:13:21 AM

Fair, but not a pushover. Evidence must be in file. Often does not use VEs, and when she does, she seems to have difficulty constructing hypotheticals. Uses non-standard adjectives in hypotheticals.

Judge: Karen A Cornick
9/7/2012 10:11:23 AM

Grumpy. Disengaged. Definite bent toward denial. Will at times ignore compelling evidence in file without comment. Tricky hypotheticals.

Judge: Todd S Colarusso
9/7/2012 10:10:09 AM

Fair and transparent. Nothing "tricky" about him.

Judge: Leroy C Bryant
9/7/2012 10:09:02 AM

Has both an excellent grasp of the issues, and a heart for the claimant. Great ALJ. Do not BS him.

Judge: Larry A Auerbach
9/7/2012 10:07:59 AM

Appears to be confused or disorganized much of the time. Nice enough.

Judge: Lorenzo Level
9/2/2012 7:39:56 AM


Judge: O. Lisa Dabreu
7/23/2012 10:09:14 AM

She is a fair judge. Her hypotheticals will mirror hard evidence in the file, so get you file squared away prior to the hearing.

Judge: Robin R Palenske
7/10/2012 6:01:00 PM

If you don't have representation, you don't stand a chance with Judge Palenske. She and the sytem work against those of us who cannot afford an attorney due to the length of time waiting to be heard. Beware!

Judge: Dale D Glendening
6/29/2012 9:07:19 AM

It seems pretty safe to say he hasn't got a clue what a claim is about, hasn't really examined a file prior to the hearing, and isn't capable of grasping the issues of a claimant during the hearing either. Other than that, this is a great judge.

Judge: Robin R Palenske
6/28/2012 5:28:12 PM

Obviously trying to be "THE" tough ALJ. "Trying" for sure.

Judge: Robin R Palenske
5/23/2012 2:09:32 PM


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

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

Jason Stewart
Judge: Karen A Cornick
5/3/2012 12:03:11 PM

I Really think its time she Retires. She is someone who should not be a judge, And if she is gonna stay a judge she really needs to look over cases more so then she does.

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

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

Judge: Karen A Cornick
4/24/2012 9:33:34 AM


Judge: Karen A Cornick
4/20/2012 6:54:04 PM

I Also think judge Karen Cornick does not look over files corectly. My partner was giving less then 14 months to live and have been awaiting her decision almost 5 months. It should have been a very open and closed case

Judge: Todd S Colarusso
4/20/2012 2:24:35 PM

Previously a claimant's attorney. Generally fair, but some of his denials are clearly contrived. He is keying on something in such cases that turns him off but I have yet to identify it.

Judge: Robin R Palenske
4/20/2012 2:22:00 PM

Frighteningly poor.

Judge: Karen A Cornick
4/9/2012 7:10:55 PM

She is disengaged with a rather flat effect. She will basically have a representative handle all the questioning, and mainly solicit negative VE testimony. I doubt she bothers to read or familiarize herself with files before hearings, based on my observations. Her limited questioning to claimants certainly supports that view. Overall, she is one of the Atlanta ODAR's more unimpressive adjudicators.

Judge: Nikki A Flowers
4/9/2012 7:03:17 PM

To her credit, she demands superior preparation on the part of advocates, and will ultimately award a case if it's been expertly argued. Be ready to cite exhibits in support of a case theory, and be ready to defend any positions asserted. Be mindful that she tightly controls when and how representatives may rebut her on-the-record characterizations of what the evidence depicts. As a result of the friendly back and forth repartee that she enjoys, her hearings can run longer than average. While she can be difficult at times, I respect her reverence for process and her willingness to give a representative all the time he or she needs to make the best case.

Judge: Harry E Siegrist
4/2/2012 12:15:57 PM

A warm, wonderful, exceedingly wise Judge with a high pay rate.

Judge: Robert T Jackson
3/7/2012 8:17:46 AM

I went before Judge Robert T. Jackson, Jr last year for my disability hearing and received a full favorable disabiltiy and soon after that I was told that my case was being reviewed. My biggest problem is that I have been trying to get my disability since August of 2007, I was unable to get it then last year after all this time I was told that they are reviwing what he did my issue is that how can you have someone doing a job then turn around and change your minds about his position. I am a single parent with a 14 year old son I have lost my home and car as a resolute of the going back and forth that I have been through during the last 4 years how can I get any help if you tie the judges hands when he makes a choice in giving a person there disability.