Dana E McDonald , Atlanta North, Georgia ODAR Office, Administrative Law Judge

For the 2015 *fiscal year, Judge Dana E Mcdonald has disposed 2 cases at the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Atlanta North, Georgia. Out of those 2 dispostions, 0 were dismissed, 1 were approved and 1 were denied. This means that the percentage of dispositions that Judge McDonald has approved in Atlanta North for the 2015 fiscal year is 50%. The information below for Judge Dana E Mcdonald was last updated on 9/7/2016.

Average statistics
Office*Fiscal YearTotal DispositionsTotal DecisionsTotal DenialsTotal AwardsCases
Atlanta North 2010 436 386 90 296 11%68%21%
Atlanta North 2011 421 378 114 264 10%63%27%
Atlanta North 2012 533 469 179 290 12%54%34%
Atlanta North 2013 450 368 148 220 18%49%33%
Atlanta North 2014 467 388 165 223 17%48%35%
Atlanta North 2015 2 2 1 1 0%50%50%
Moreno Valley 2015 374 294 118 176 21%47%32%
Moreno Valley 2016 367 311 123 188 15%51%34%
*The United States Government fiscal year is from October 1st - September 30th.
Judge Mcdonald15%51%34%
All ALJs in Atlanta North Office 21% 49% 30%
All ALJs in Georgia22%46%33%
All ALJs in the Nation20%44%36%
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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: 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: 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"

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