Atlanta North, Georgia ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Atlanta North, Georgia, 16 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Atlanta North, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 17.0 months. The average case processing time in Atlanta North is 570 days.The Atlanta North average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 49%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Atlanta North ODAR office was last updated on 9/7/2016.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Atlanta North 16 17.0 months 570 days 1.8 21% 49% 30%
Georgia17.0 months571 days1.422%46%33%
National Average:16.8 months525 days1.920%44%36%
Hearing Wait Time: 17.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 1.75
Average Processing Time 570 days
Cases Pending 7475
Dispositions 4590
New Cases 5305
Hearings In Person 81%
Video Hearings 19%

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J Love
Judge: Melinda K Hart
10/20/2016 1:22:29 AM

Judge hart made me feel ok to talk to her about when i was shot. Its hard because my cousin was killed and he only got shot once and i got shot 3 times. She was very compassionate and caring. Didnt get my decision yet but still want to thank her no matter the decision.

Judge: Steven J Ehlenbeck
10/3/2016 11:05:51 AM

I'm had my hearing in May 2016, My attorney from Matt Berry & Associates told me before entering the room, that more than likely we would get turned down. She said that he has a bad reputation and upon leaving the room I was happy with the hearing, but she stated that he would be turning me down. She was right, I was turned down, I almost lost my left foot and it's disfigured for the rest of my life, my right hand was disfigured also, I lost the use of my index finger which was all cause by the autoimmune disease that I have. This guy will only grant disability to people who are on death door. I'm filing a complaint against him.

Domonique Cooper
Judge: Curtis R Boren
7/8/2016 12:58:24 PM

Judge Boren was extremely compassionate and fair. He treated me with a high level of respect and dignity. He was punctual and efficient. Great judge.

Judge: John S Lamb
6/13/2016 2:13:34 PM

Judge Lamb stated at my hearing there was no work I could do then turned around afterwards and denied my claim. He looked at opinions of their Drs that have never even saw me over all of my Drs opinions (3 diff Drs). I have numerous issues and take to many meds to list. Some of the info that I received back from him isn't even correct. Now to appeal if I live long enough.

Judge: Laurie A Bedell
5/22/2016 3:13:47 PM

Judge Bedell was compassionate, understanding and made me and my witness feel comfortable talking with her. As many of the previous comments posted here are not favorable to Judge Bedell, it is of my opinion, if they had legal counsel representing them, maybe their representative was not as thorough as they could have been on legitimate claims. My reason for stating this is because Judge Bedell seemed very pleased with the amount of information and how it was presented in the overview of my claim by my representative. I have not been fond of the legal system for quite some time but Judge Bedell gave me hope that there are Judges who care about following the law and the legal guidelines they are given. My experience was very positive and I have heard others state the same. I thank Judge Bedell for her professional and compassionate approach in my case and I thank the transponder for her friendly demeanor and the Vocational Expert for her thoroughness of the job market.

Ron Billmyer
Judge: Verley J Spivey
5/19/2016 2:12:59 PM

Judge Spivey is a Superior judge in every aspect of the Disability Law....He has been working at it to my knowledge for over 18 years....he deserves a large pay increase....Ron billmyer Atty at Law TN

Judge: Dana E McDonald
5/3/2016 4:43:24 PM

As an SSDI attorney representative, I echo the praise and endorsement of Judge McDonald. In my experience before this Judge, he is thoroughly familiar with the record, focused, and knows all the nuances and key pivotal issues within a claimant's record and smoothly directs the inquiry towards those issues. Throughout the hearing, he is exceptionally courteous, compassionate and treats everyone with the utmost respect and dignity.

Judge: John S Lamb
4/22/2016 9:48:45 AM

I had the opportunity to present my case in front of Judge Lamb in April of 2016 and he was very helpful. I didn't have an attorney but he still treated me with respect and ensured I understood the process. My decision was favorable and I am grateful for his compassion concerning my case. He also was very knowledgeable of my records and submitted paperwork.

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!

Stoke Victim at 31
Judge: Laurie A Bedell
3/10/2016 6:11:42 PM

She admitted that she did not review my records and she needed time. She was so pleasant but she did not listen to the VE or my doctors. What do you do when you don't qualify for SSA,( productive US citizen who worked since 15) medicaid (and you have a daughter) or food stamps? What are you supposed to do when the system, and the process turns their back on you and drags out the process until you give up or die? How are you supposed to see a doctor when you can't afford "Obama care" and you can't work bc you don't have feeling on your left side of your body? I understand some people don't deserve or have earned assistance! But what about the people who do? What about the people who paid into a system that abandons us? What about us and our children? I waited for my day patiently and at the end of this day I'm crushed! If you have her for a judge please please reschedule or ask for another judge. It's not worth your time or energy to go in front of her.

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

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

Judge: Curtis R Boren
1/28/2016 12:25:17 PM

ALJ Boren is a fair and considerate judge who delivers prompt and thoughtful case decisions. Judge Boren appreciates thorough, well-organized and straightforward presentations of Claimants' evidence. It was a pleasure to be in his courtroom. Thank you, Judge Boren.

Judge: John S Lamb
11/5/2015 12:44:41 PM

I had my day in front of Judge John S Lamb today. He was understanding and very fair. He made me feel relaxed. Needless to say, I think he is very honest judge even though I couldn't go back to the beginning of my disability claim, I understood the decision he made.I thank my lawyer, the vocational expert and judge lamb for the quick and favorable decision. This judge is the real deal

W. Mcmillan
Judge: Curtis R Boren
11/1/2015 2:08:59 PM

This is a kind and fair man. I was so fearful. My hearing was longer than most, but he waded through my tears and nervousness. I didn't know how it would turn out, but I did get my disability.

Dovetta Robinson
Judge: Laurie A Bedell
10/15/2015 3:28:25 PM

She moved pretty swiftly , I'm glad she was my judge great job

Kelly James Jones
Judge: Richard P McCully
10/13/2015 12:54:54 PM

I have worked since I could walk. I have put into the system since I was 11 working on my grandparents farm. I had mental issues all my life. I was diagnosed with a chemical imbalance and behavioral problems by a family doctor as a child. But when it came to their "medical expert" he went with a diagnosis of one out of four doctors that wanted to say my mental health issues were due to drug use in the last several years! Social security had sent me to that doctor when the first one diagnosed me mentally ill. The system is supposed to try to discredit fakers and dopers. I'm all about that. But when the people in charge of my future don't look me in the eye or can't my instincts raise a flag. The vocational expert didn't come up with any viable positions. So that's in my favor I hope. But it's high time mental health doctors and "experts" go back to school. I attend classes online to become "educated" after breaking my body supporting the "educated" and all I do is translate big words into small ones..... But what do I know? I'm just "below average intelligence" "drug addict" that hasn't touched substances for over a year, or had a drink since February. And they wonder how tragedies could have been subverted? Lol. Cuz the experts don't know real psychology from a hole in the ground.

Vanessa Steves
Judge: Kevin T Alexander
9/29/2015 7:34:57 PM

I truly believe you should be sent to SS doctors if they don't believe your drs. I have cried, and just for the life of me can't figure out why I was turned down. I am now awaiting the appeal council to change the decision and only God can help me there. They say it usually gets denied there but I'm trusting with all my heart. Facts were not presented, my absentee wasn't discussed. Nothing. I was so let down by a system I trusted. I should be hearing from the appeals council anytime. My lawyer is Sheila Campbell and a good person. Judges need to realize someone whose worked since they were 16 and lived their job would not sit at 60 unless they couldn't get around like they use too. I would gladly go to their dr

Vanessa steves
Judge: Kevin T Alexander
9/29/2015 12:15:02 PM

Judge Toni Shopshire was very nice but she did not take into consideration I cannot lift anymore. My whole life has changed to where even with med I take I run to bathroom all the time. The vocation it's had what I did all wrong. I have about 6 things including anxiety and depression to fight all the time but no one except a 20 minute psychologist checked me out and didn't know me at all. I've suffered depression over my life change and yet to have a huge turn you down when you've worked all your life???? It's crazy. It should have been passed due to the fact I'd miss work alot and lose my job. We've almost lost our home and all over this. Now it's in appeal. I'm 60 just not tight

Judge: Kevin T Alexander
9/28/2015 12:12:16 PM

I went in front of Judge Alexander on February 9th and Im still waiting on a decision almost 8 months later but its understandable due to fact my attorney had to submit more medical records to him. Im not angry because I feel like the judge listened to my case and I have been waiting since 2010 to be approved. I understand things take time and getting angry does not help anything even though it has took this long. I feel like Judge Alexander is a fair Judge and I feel like he listened to my case and just didnt stamp denied on it!

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.

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 ?

Keith Hall
Judge: Richard P McCully
6/4/2015 2:24:56 PM

I had the pleasure of having judge McCully. Hearing was canceled. I was found fully favorable based on medical evidence outside the ss doctors. He stated in the decision he chose to ignore those Dr's and look at the evidence that proved my case. It has taken approximately 1200 days to get there but it turned out great.

Pat McCusker
5/24/2015 9:51:13 AM

This is the most fair ALJ I have ever encountered.

Judge: Verley J Spivey
4/20/2015 4:10:43 PM

Very unfair judge. My claim had errors, which the judge did not catch. I was denied for no reason. I'm so depressed. I need my benefits, but some scammer who doesn't really need assistance, probably got approved in my place. I hate the way this system is set up, to make you give up. This judge couldn't have cared less about me from the start. It's the worst thing I've experienced in my life. It took me over 3 years to get to the hearing stage. If the vocational expert says you can do some job, you're screwed. It doesn't matter if the VE eventually says you can't work. He will find a way to call you uncredible, and deny your claim.

patricia sanchez
Judge: Laurie A Bedell
3/9/2015 10:21:01 AM

She did read all my medical reports and got the ball rolling for me. She was very respectful. My disability was approved by her.

Carmen allen
Judge: J. S Childs
12/14/2014 3:08:05 PM

He make the process so simply and understanding.i am happy that he was my Judge regardless of the outcome of order

stacy godfrey
Judge: John S Lamb
11/25/2014 7:32:53 AM

I think Judge Lamb was as fair as they come, he took time to read my medical records and knew my health would get no better. My health is getting worse and i am very thankful he took the time to read my medical conditions. I wish he also issued the checks, he awared my disability on June 17, 2014 and recived first check fourth Wed. in Sept. I have yet to get my back pay and everytime I call I get a run around from each person i talk too. I wounder if they had to pay interest I would get it any faster. December 17 will be 6 months, I beleve if Judge Lamb was over that as well we would not have to wait as long and keep getting a run around. Sincerly, Stacy Godfrey

Sandy Gorham
Judge: Melinda K Hart
11/13/2014 1:49:51 PM

Judge Melinda K. Hart was very kind and professional during my trial. In addition, her thorough knowledge about me and my health issues made me feel that she really cared about people.

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.

Linda Davis
Judge: Frederick R Waitsman
7/28/2014 12:51:57 PM

I just want to say that I went before Judge Waitsman on July 24, 2014. He was kind and I felt like he really listened to what I said. He put me at ease in a very stressful situation. In this 2 year process he restored my faith that somebody would actually take the time to look at the facts and listen to what I had to say. I don't know the decision yet, but I do know that I had a fair Judge.

jessica I
Judge: Karen Wiedemann
7/3/2014 4:08:17 PM

I love her she is very sweet and patient with her client......I would go back to her any day

Judge: Laurie A Bedell
6/14/2014 7:42:47 PM

My child has not been approve or denial yet ,but i have to say i thank her and the people who works at her office and mr steve after it been few days after my 60 days and i called and judge Bedell clerks was very nice to me as well as Mr steve .in times like these you need someone just to talk to you nice and Iam so glad that this judge and her staff understands. thx so much

Judge: J. S Childs
6/12/2014 1:06:47 PM

No complaints..very compassionate human being. Whatever the decision he renders I am glad I had him.

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: Steven J Ehlenbeck
4/30/2014 9:58:23 AM

I saw his honor several weeks ago, and Judge Ehlenbeck seemed very nice and concerned about my claim. He asked a lot of questions about my condition. Even though I was not helpful to my own case because I was very goofy during my own hearing, due to my medication, I hope his honor is able to see how the medication I have to take for my heart condition impairs my own judgment and limits my ability to work. My husband was unable to testify in my case, and he would have given better testimony explaining how my condition affects our daily way of living. I know Judge Ehlenbeck has a low approval percentage, but I hope he reads my chart very carefully and not judge me by my testimony alone.

Judge: Dana E McDonald
4/26/2014 9:33:22 PM

As a very successful SSDI attorney, who has been before this judge many times, I want to assure every claimant that Judge McDonald is the consummate professional. He is well-prepared, very fair, and invariably courteous. If the Social Security Administration were smart, they would consider him a model for other ALJs to emulate. He's central casting in every way. Unlike other judges, he never gives the impression that he's already made up his mind. He also never cuts off attorneys or claimants, and does everything possible to put all parties at ease. That said, he rightly expects attorneys to know the file as thoroughly as he does, and to present their best theory of a case, even when the evidence is shaky. To the above poster, the vocational expert would have been asked more than the one question whose answer you liked. I'm guessing your decision was unfavorable because Judge McDonald adopted the Vocational Expert's response to ANOTHER question that assumed LESS than disabling physical and/or mental limitations. With more conservative limitations, there would still be jobs you could theoretically perform. In deciding your case, the judge would have assumed restrictions compatible with work activity (vs. disabling restrictions) because your doctors apparently failed to establish the legal severity of your allegations. This judge is neither pro-claimant nor anti-claimant. He simply applies complex federal regulations with honesty, precision and integrity. That said, quality representation is essential at any SSDI hearing. It's unwise to have poor representation, and absolutely foolish for a claimant to represent him or herself.

Judge: Tamara Turner-Jones
4/10/2014 11:21:29 PM

I feel she is not fair, she makes assumptions and will base your denial on her assumptions. The doctors they send us to are a joke. My sister is dying because they kept denying her and her cancer has returned and spread throughout her body. Frankly speaking I dont know how they sleep at night !!

Gina Phillips
Judge: Steven J Ehlenbeck
4/10/2014 5:36:04 AM

judge Ehlenbeck was cited by Social Secuirty in my case. Appropiate action was taken against him

Judge: Laurie A Bedell
3/31/2014 2:25:37 PM

I agree with all previous post..she shouldnt be a judge!! She denied me of disability and is WRONG. I have every intention to appeal her decision rest assure. She has no business denying ppl that have medical records to support their claim..she is no doctor,therapist or psychiatrist and shouldnt be a judge.

Judge: Verley J Spivey
3/29/2014 3:54:00 AM

A prince of a man! Very respectful and very pleasant towards me. I don't know if he is going to approve my case but I feel that he is the first person at SSA who actually listened to what me and my lawyer had to say and I just hope he will approve my case.

Judge: Jeffrey W Kohlman
3/29/2014 3:41:44 AM

If you get this judge be prepared to "negotiate" away most of your back pay. This so-called judge won't let anyone else in the hearing get a word in edgewise. He must love to hear himself talk. He wouldn't let my lawyer finish a sentence before interrupting him. Very rude man. I thought this was supposed to be my hearing, but 80% of the recording is this judge spouting off nonsense. When he is talking it is either irrelevant to my case or is an exercise in circular reasoning where at the end of his diatribe you realize despite his lecture, he doesn't actually say anything of importance except to belittle you for filing for disability. He tries to intimidate you into giving up the back pay so the lawyer doesn't get anything. Even if he approves your case, you will still have to wait another 2 years or more before Medicare kicks in because he makes you give up most or all of the back period of time. If you don't agree to give up the back period of time, he will threaten to deny the whole case. Very unfair and manipulative and seems to get his jollies out of screwing people over simply because he has the authority to do so. But, someday his actions will come back to haunt him. It would be sweet justice if someday he gets severely ill and then his life in put in the hands of a government bully who is likewise full of himself. SSA is a joke and to think that you have to wait nearly 3 years and then have somebody like this decide if you can get your own money back, without interest mind you, is a travesty.

Donna M.
Judge: Jeffrey W Kohlman
3/24/2014 11:15:35 AM

I saw Judge Kohlman last week and was approved from the bench! I was terrified and nervous but he had read my file THOROUGHLY and was very informed about the statements submitted and my my case altogether...He was very UNDERSTANDING and awarded me from the bench in 12 minutes flat!!! THANK YOU JUDGE KOHLMAN

Judge: Laurie A Bedell
3/16/2014 6:56:32 PM

This woman was long overdue to be removed from the ODAR judges! Too bad it wasn't before she ruled on my case. Others are right when they say she does NOT read medical records. In fact, I dont think she reads them AT ALL. I hope she takes her menapause meds before she is allowed to judge another case. Good riddance!

Judge: McArthur Allen
2/18/2014 6:47:54 AM

He is a joke for an ALJ!!!! I was denied on the grounds that the doctors that I was MADE to go to were not creditable!!?? Are you kidding me? They are licensed in our state and treating patients,performing surgeries,prescribing medications yet they are not creditable!!?? Wow!!

Judge: McArthur Allen
2/13/2014 9:30:14 AM

I've worked for a law firm that has done Social Security law for 20+ years and who won't take a claim unless he feels the person is disabled. He's had a 95% record of favorable decisions until Fayetteville ODAR opened up. What a train wreck! I really feel for the claimant's who desperately deserve to be on disability and are denied. They then go to the Appeals Council where they sit for another 12 - 18 months while the claimant's lose everything they've worked for.

Judge: Kevin T Alexander
2/5/2014 1:37:28 AM

I went in front of Mr Alexander, and I thought that I had proved my case, but I was still denied. I was disappointed, and somewhat upset. I had a VA claim open at the same time, that I went in front of the judge, and not that I am saying that I would have been approved, but 3 months after I got denied by the judge, My VA claim started finalizing and my Service Connected Disability had doubled from 30% to 60%, and I was awarded my VA Disability Pension for total disability. I had appealed to the counsel, but was denied a review. I reopened my disability claim, and I was told, that the judges ruling was the farthest back, that my offset date can be set at. In opening my new claim, I found out that the Social Security did not have almost 8 years of my back medical history. It is my fought, I guess, that the history was missing. I knew that I had gone to the VA hospitals and doctors, so I requested my VA records, and I also told Social Security that I went to the VA, but I found out today, that since I had transferred from one VA Hospital to another, I had only received records from my current hospital. My records from 2003 until 2010, that showed my continuing cycle was never even seen by anyone in the Social Security, like I previously said, even if I would have had all my records, I still might not have been approved, but as of right now, I can't go back to then, and Social Security could only base me on what they had, so whether Mr Alexander reads this or not, I wanted to let him know, that I no longer had any ill feelings toward him. If you are a veteran, and you do not already know, unless it has changed, be sure to name every individual VA Clinic or Hospital that you go to, because just requesting your Medical from your current VA hospital, will not give you your whole history.... I found that out the hard way.

Judge: John S Lamb
1/27/2014 3:56:41 PM

This is one of the worst judges I have appeared in front of. He pays no attention to the testimony, is unfamiliar with the details of the record, and has clearly made up his mind before he ever hears the first word from the claimant. Although he comes across as personable, he shows no capacity for actual empathy and evaluates people from a position of distrust rather than trust.

Judge: Laurie A Bedell
1/14/2014 11:25:00 AM

I agree with the above! She does not listen or pay attention to the records submitted! She discreditted my own counselor who gave testimony before her. She also added her "personal and preduditial (sp) opinions and thoughts", instead of sticking to law. I am very disappointed in the system!!!!

Judge: John S Lamb
11/26/2013 10:27:42 AM

I like Judge Lamb. He made the best decision he could considering my attorney was not prepared. Judge Lamb makes you feel comfortable during the hearing. He can sense when you are nervous and makes you feel like everything is going to be ok.

Judge: John S Lamb
11/11/2013 11:20:05 AM

Judge Lamb is one of the best judges I've appeared in front of. He pays close attention to what the doctors are saying and what the diagnostic tests reveal. He is kind and respectful to claimants. But do not mistake kindness for weakness. If your case is not a strong one, you'll have to work hard to convince him but Judge Lamb has always given my clients the benefit of the doubt.

Robert Reynolds
Judge: Jeffrey W Kohlman
6/13/2013 3:50:04 PM

Judge Kohlman approved my case today after 22months of waiting. He looked at the evidence and listened to what I said even though I was Irate most of the time. He explained the things very well and made as fair a decision as he could have do to an inadequate lawyer that left most of the paperwork at his office and not being prepared. I guess I was the only person who got mad when being awarded. Thanks Judge Kohlman.

Mike White
Judge: Melinda K Hart
5/2/2013 7:28:13 AM

I had the sense she actually listened to what my attorney and I had to say. She was very professional but the atmosphere was very relaxed. I had a good feeling when I left the hearing and found out yesterday her ruling in my case is "Fully Favorable".

Judge: Melinda K Hart
4/27/2013 8:00:33 PM

Professional, compassionate, wise, fair and knowledgeable. Judge Hart bases her decisions on the evidence. I was very blessed to have hear my case. I walked out feeling as if she actually listened.

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: John S Lamb
4/12/2013 1:30:58 PM

I enjoy my hearings with Judge Lamb. He is sarcastic to reps which I don't take as negative and he has always been kind to my clients. I respect him and appreciate his willingness to have a discussion about the case.

Judge: Jeffrey W Kohlman
4/3/2013 10:46:18 AM

Mocked the claimant at the hearing. While claimant was testifying about the intensity of his back pain, which is corroborated by the objective evidence, the judge kept complaining about his own back pain. Throughout the hearing, kept asking the claimant if he was disabled because he also had back pain. A nut.

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).

Judge: John S Lamb
3/25/2013 10:44:34 AM

Good judge. Understanding

Judge: Karen Wiedemann
3/19/2013 7:49:41 AM

My clients were in El Paso ODAR and ALJ did hearings via video. I had heard horror stories about bad tempers of some LA ALJs, so I was pretty nervous, but I was pleasantly surprised. ALJ Wiedemann is very friendly, knowledgeable, and thorough. She really goes out of her way to put nervous claimants and attys at ease, and I have no doubt that she will render a fair, expeditious decision in my clients' cases.

Judge: Dana E McDonald
3/14/2013 3:15:15 PM

The vocational expert when asked by this judge if there was any job that I would be able to do? The expert stated "NO your honor, there is no job that I know of that he would be able to do". But in my decision letter it states that the expert stated that there were several jobs that I would be able to do. Now why is something that was not stated in court, in my decision letter and their for leading to me being denied or as the letter states "Notice of Decision-Unfavorable"

Judge: Laurie A Bedell
3/11/2013 11:41:50 AM

Very nice, but not very good. It is clear that she does not review medical records properly.

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.

Disability Attorney
Judge: Melinda K Hart
3/1/2013 7:39:44 AM

Judge Hart is knowledgeable and fair. She conducts hearings in a professional manner.

2/20/2013 8:14:17 AM

This judge is cold-hearted and has no empathy for mental illness claimants. He not only called three psychiatrist and a social security psychologist, two primary doctors liars but me as well. His problem is since he can't see the illness physically then you can work. I believe he wants me to go out in the workplace and have one of my mental breakdowns whereby I hurt someone or vice-versa for him to see that a person that suffers with bipolar I & II are very moody people who can't always control themselves. I also suffer with manic depression, PSTD, social anxiety, anxiety, claustophic, panic attacks, OCD, high blood pressure, asthma, bronchitis, heart disease,etc. I am a 50 year old black female who has worked 30 years of her life always giving and caring for others. I have attempted suicide twice because I am my wits end. It took almost 4 years for this unfair system to tell me no I don't qualify for sdi in which I paid into the system. I guess, I will have to prove to this ### and the rest of them that I refuse to let others come here and live off of me when they never worked a day in this country. Admin.
Judge: Steven J Ehlenbeck
2/4/2013 12:16:02 PM

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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: Karen Wiedemann
1/12/2013 11:05:24 AM

Very professional. Wish more of the ALJs I see when representing clients were like her--businesslike, knowledgeable, courteous and friendly in a professional way. She made sure the client knew what was going on, made him the focal point of the whole process. Whether she rules in our favor or not, I believe her decision will be honest and that she made certain to get all the information necessary during the hearing.

Judge: Laurie A Bedell
1/7/2013 12:45:45 PM


Judge: Barry L Williams
1/4/2013 3:14:34 PM

Lots of questions does not tolerate substance abuse I havent got my decision yet but I hope to get a decision soon good luvk evrrybody

Judge: Melinda K Hart
12/20/2012 10:52:19 AM

Judge Hart is very professional and knowledgeable. She has no political agenda and decides each case on its own merits.

Judge: McArthur Allen
12/7/2012 2:18:13 PM

I've found Judge Allen to be smart, fair and patient.

Judge: John S Lamb
11/29/2012 10:53:59 PM

I had Judge Lamb in 2009 and he was more than fair with me...Done an On the Record review and apologized for me ever having to wait....Never held the hearing because he said it was clearly unnecessary based on the file...

Judge: Frederick R Waitsman
11/13/2012 6:57:36 AM

What a blessing this man was to myself and my family. After 5 years of fighting for benefits, Judge Waitsman approved me. He was kind and considerate and could see that my pain is real. We've lost so much since the onset of my illness to have someone in his position see the emotional toll this has taken was very humbling. Thank you Just Waitsman for all that you have done.

Judge: Richard P McCully
10/11/2012 11:56:44 AM

He has a knack for going straight to the heart of the matter. He is the only ALJ I have ever had to call me prior to a hearing, looking for evidence so he could pay on the record and avoid conducting a hearing. I really appreciate his willingness to use a Medical Expert in hearings as well. Often, that can make a huge difference in the claim.

Judge: Charles E Auslander
9/29/2012 7:49:47 AM


Judge: Richard P McCully
9/28/2012 6:13:51 PM

I would love to go in front of this man and get him to decide whether my husband was disabled.

Judge: McArthur Allen
9/17/2012 11:28:55 AM

This Judge Allen is a liar and a cheat!! He is extremely dishonest. His appointment should be reconsidered.

Judge: McArthur Allen
9/15/2012 11:05:30 PM

Bad Judge!!

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

Fair and transparent. Nothing "tricky" about 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: Laurie A Bedell
9/5/2012 12:31:54 PM

She does not real medical records very wrll found alot of inconsistant things in here reoprt of why I was denied compared to my medical records.

Judge: McArthur Allen
8/25/2012 7:34:59 PM

God will judge the wicked judge by Jesus. Judge Mcarthur Allen needs to accept Jesus Christ into his life or else he will finally get what he deserves.

Judge: Verley J Spivey
8/17/2012 11:36:37 AM

Unfortunately, as pleasant as he was during the hearing, it's obvious that his command of the law is seriously lacking.

Judge: Karen Wiedemann
8/16/2012 12:44:45 PM

Judge: Laurie A Bedell
8/7/2012 1:08:17 PM

She is nice but not consisent with her reports compared to medical reports....

David Archibald
Judge: Melinda K Hart
8/5/2012 10:23:25 AM

sure hope that I have this Judge, It seems like she takes the time and really looks at the facts and makes a knowledgeable decision.

8/1/2012 10:13:47 AM

although judge edison wasnt my judge I understand your frustration my hearing was june 20th and I havent recieved a decision letter in the mail yet. My conditions is left leg ampuation, psoriatic arthritis, and post tramatic stress syndrome. now if that doesnt qualify as disabled after i worked many years in the workforce then what would? I often think the same thing you guys do. what does it take to get approved roll in there on a hospital bed or a wheelchair. however my judge was extremely nice and seemed interested in my case but the low approval rates they have speak for themselves

7/30/2012 4:53:14 PM

This ALJ barely even looked at me during my hearing (June 2012) and never reviewed any medical findings after July 2011, which confirm my diagnosis. Also he basically said I was a liar and therefore denied me any disability benifits at all. I am on 19 prescribed medications, I can barely function while taken them, they have impaired my thinking skills. I also have hyper somnia, means I sleep for hours at any given time of day, but somehow that evidence was not in his report. If I was pushed in to the hearing in a wheel chair with drool hanging from my mouth, maybe he would believe me. But since I am an upbeat person ( to hide all the crap on the inside)he sees me as functional. I have good days and I have bad days , some days I have no pain and other days all I have is pain. I'm a mixed bag-who in their right mind would hire a person like myself? I can't sit or stand for too long, i can only do minimal light non-thinkinh kind of work, I will fall asleep on the job, I will forget the task I've been given and wander the office. I would get fired within a week, that or get that special baseball helmet for my head. this man infuriates me

Judge: Charles E Auslander
7/17/2012 3:57:38 PM

I call his clerk and theey would call my lawyer office and state that I was calling to much and would nor give any information and tell me to call back in two weeks and we would go thru every month

Judge: McArthur Allen
7/5/2012 1:53:53 PM

I'm homeless now because of this judge and my doctor not nothing what the truth is about my disabilty. God will judge the both of you for what you have done to me.

Judge: McArthur Allen
6/22/2012 11:43:43 AM

No.... This Judge don't support Veterans with PTSD

Judge: McArthur Allen
6/8/2012 1:15:06 PM

Apparently this ALJ is not willing to support veterans with PTSD. Client has over 650 pages of VA records supporting his severe impairment; this ALJ did not mention them in his decision.

Billy BOB
Judge: John S Lamb
5/19/2012 7:13:57 AM

Send Judge John S. Lamb to Jail. He`s obviosly a criminal judge and should be sent to prison,

Judge: Melinda K Hart
5/10/2012 1:06:20 PM

She screwed me out of $20,000.00

Judge: John S Lamb
4/25/2012 1:50:43 PM

Shame on you. Norway

Judge: John S Lamb
4/25/2012 7:30:58 AM

i hope you die and burn in ****, you american *******

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.

Elizabeth M Reece
Judge: Frederick R Waitsman
4/17/2012 11:59:23 AM

I went in front of Judge Waitsman on April 13,2012 and he was wounderful.He listend to every piece of my case and I was very happy with the way he acted toreds me and my Lawyer.I dont know if I was approved yet but either way he was nothing short of wounderful.I am very glad he was my Judge he made everything as easy as possible.And I want to tell him Thank You for Everything!!!!

Judge: Melinda K Hart
4/13/2012 10:28:39 AM

Super nice and very very professional!!

Judge: McArthur Allen
4/12/2012 9:26:43 PM

Judge: McArthur Allen
3/26/2012 3:04:35 PM

Yea, This judge is dishonest.

Judge: McArthur Allen
3/19/2012 2:40:45 PM