Honolulu, Hawaii ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Honolulu, Hawaii, 8 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Honolulu, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 13.0 months. The average case processing time in Honolulu is 436 days.The Honolulu average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 64%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Honolulu ODAR office was last updated on 9/7/2016.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Honolulu 8 13.0 months 436 days 2.6 15% 64% 21%
Hawaii13.0 months436 days2.615%64%21%
National Average:16.8 months525 days1.920%44%36%
AVERAGE TIME
Hearing Wait Time: 13.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 2.64
Average Processing Time 436 days
Cases Pending 1872
Dispositions 1066
New Cases 1476
Hearings In Person 66%
Video Hearings 34%
LIST OF JUDGES / 18

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Sershi S
Judge: Daniel G Heely
11/26/2016 12:16:35 AM



He s a anything but impartial , now my own attorney will not take my letter of disagreement of unfavorable decision to appeals counsel What wrong with this picture , I feel stabbed in he back . He at I'm disabled why more proof do I freaking need . I. Disgusted did I say wrong thing to you or what ????????????

Sandra
Judge: Peter J Baum
10/24/2016 7:46:29 AM



I went before judge Baum back in 2011 and he granted me 100 percent disability with bk pay and than I was denied because my roommate started getting his Soc.security someone filled us a married couple so I was cut off and had to reapply again fo disability and was supposed to get bk 4years of bk pay when I was approved again and judge C.Davis only granted me 1 1/2 years bk pay when I was determined 100 0/0 bk in 2012 by judge Baum now I feel discriminated by judge Davis so I plan to appeal his dicission to get all my bk pay I deserve from 2012 to the present time no better judge than Peter Baum god bless him

Melody perez
Judge: Daniel G Heely
9/19/2016 12:12:17 PM



No decision yet but, judge heely was polite, friendly, and professional. I felt relaxed and comfortable, considering my future will strongly be affected by his decision. Its in Gods hands now. Overall good experience.

Faith scott
Judge: Paula Fow
9/8/2016 11:49:25 AM



Even though I was nervous and must have had a seizure in her court room. This judge seem to be nice.

Bonnie H
Judge: Daniel G Heely
8/9/2016 3:00:36 PM



I suffer from severe panick attacks, PTSD, Anxiety, and depression and my case was denied. Can I get something from him when I go out looking for a job that says "this person can't be fired for taking unscheduled breaks when she is having a severe panick attacks that feel like a heart attack etc.. and this person can't be fired for missing days from work for having to take days off when they get really bad" I am extremely disappointed. I know a few drug addicts on disability how can they get it so they can keep getting high but I am struggling with several things here and I can't?

Donald Hunt
Judge: Betty Roberts Barbeito
8/9/2016 8:19:29 AM



Judge Barbeito my name is Donald Hunt you presided over my case in Fresno as we were leaving you asked for some medical records pertaining to an incident where the Dr gave me Demerol and told my mother he was worried about me because my Cd4 counts were very low and my viral load extremely high and with my kidneys failing and I just got over a bad case of cellulitis which nearly turned into sepsis it's pertinent I get these records to you in a timely fashion but I have no car no way to pay for faxes since they are long distance and 1.59$ per page I need he

Michelle
Judge: Mason D Harrell
8/21/2015 12:15:03 PM



Judge Mason Harrell Jr. Is a fair judge waiting on his decision.


Judge: Odell Grooms
7/5/2015 12:45:02 PM



I recently went before Judge Grooms and found him and his court personnel to be kind, gracious and courteous. This judge is every bit of what a judge should be the process was handeled in a strickly professional and straight foward judicious manner. I found him respectful specific and looking for the same kind of answers. I was to articulate my disability limitations and to give an explanation and example on each point. If anyone had problems with this judge I would suggest you look towards your attorney and not the judge. Every "I" must be dotted and "T" must be crossed your paperwork MUST be in order along with medical documention that matches up. As for Judge Odell Grooms he is NOT a prejudge man I did NOT sense for moment that he looked down on me in any way!


Judge: Odell Grooms
7/3/2015 7:21:39 PM



I'm posting this feedback BEFORE we've gotten a decision from this judge, so you'll know that my comments are not biased by his decision. I found Judge Grooms to be well-prepared, attentive and caring. He wanted to hear from the person with disabilities, not just the lawyer representing her. He was formal, but that's his job. He made sure that everything was on the record so that there would be complete information, should his ruling need to be reviewed. I'm optimistic that he heard what was said, so it will be interesting to see if he is able to find a ruling to match the requests. Regardless, I believe Judge Grooms will be a fair judge and appreciated his courtroom manner.

franceswf
Judge: Evangelina P Hernandez
6/19/2015 2:50:17 AM



Hon.E.Hernandez. Her body language,way she sat,appropriate eye contact & words used,tone,facial expression,calm assertiveness were consistent,Hence, my perception; Judge was not prejudiced bias or angry but patient in control.Hon. E. Hernandez omits power,without abusing it. "Her performance in official capacity, "Brings Honor to title Judge".


Judge: Jeffrey A Hatfield
6/17/2015 6:20:52 AM



Good Judge! Walked in the court room nervous, but got relaxed quickly. Asked me few questions and I answered it as is. My lawyer also answered it. Judge asked me if I could shower, cook and drive. I said yes, yes and yes, but may have hard time to cook if I have to reach anything over my head level. And Judge asked me again, if everything is below your head level, can you cook? I said yes. Fully won. Great weight given to my 100% VA and great weight given to my doctors statement. Very nice guy. Thank you.


Judge: Mason D Harrell
6/4/2015 3:31:26 PM



Judge Harrell was fair. When he asked questions I didn't feel like he was trying to trick me like the previous ALJ. He was aware of my medical issues where the previous ALJ was uninterested.

Cesare
Judge: Kyle E Andeer
2/28/2015 3:10:52 PM



How long did it take before you hear back from the hearing office? Were you approved? Thanks.


Judge: Betty Roberts Barbeito
12/20/2014 1:09:14 AM



Great Judge. 100% fair in my complex case. She made it possible for me to have surgery. I was in a really bad situation. She set up a re-evaluation date and provided enough time for surgical recovery. Oh yea.. I almost forgot. I am a Workers Comp claimant. Thank you Judge Betty Roberts Barbeito. You saved me !!

Stephan Gibbs
Judge: Betty Roberts Barbeito
12/15/2014 1:34:07 PM



I had to have 3 hearings. She was very thorough but fair. It took me 4 years but I got fully favorable.

Izzy
Judge: Evangelina P Hernandez
12/7/2014 9:01:03 PM



Judge is perfect at her job listens to your testimony without discrimination of character takes the time to fully understand your medical issue and evidence provided very pleasant and respectful they could not have appointed a better person for this job thank you for your fairness!

haydn bronte
Judge: Jennifer M Horne
10/26/2014 2:39:12 AM



Ms. Horne, why did you help an attorney steal $5,000 from my disabled son? Patrick Hartley was suppose to represent my child at a Social Security Disability Hearing and just never showed up. When the judge called him on the phone during the hearing he told her he was in a separate courtroom due to a scheduling conflict. The judge had a clerk check to confirm this but Patrick was no were to be found. We should have known something was off when Patrick declined to meet us to prepare for the hearing. We won the disability case without representation. The complete file with all medical records had already been prepared by us months earlier. Mr. Hartley provided no services at all and a decision was entered against paying Hartley a fee. Without any notice to us Patrick Hartley appealed this decision and succeeded at getting the decision reversed and collecting over $5,000 of my child's disability payments. A signature on the notice of Administrative Review Determination is as follows: Jennifer M. Horne, Acting Assistant Regional Chief Administrative Law Judge on behalf of Caroline Beers Acting Regional Chief Administrative Law Judge. Patrick Hartley provided no services,and did not show up to the hearing yet he petitioned for over $5,000 from my son's back-pay. The only notice we received that Mr. Hartley was attempting to gain access to any money was a notice from SSA the night before the deadline to dispute the decision along with a notice that Patrick had been paid the fee. This is the second time we have experienced a similar incident and suspect this is standard practice in the legal industry. Please investigate.

Shaneela Marlett
Judge: Mason D Harrell
7/12/2014 9:42:14 PM



I am an attorney. I see lots of comments on here about the law that are completely wrong. If you want to see what kind of Judge you have, look at the percentages of awards provided on this site. Do not look at the comments for an understanding of the law. It seems many of the commenters are very misinformed about the hearing process. All and all, I highly recommend using an attorney at your hearing so someone who understands disability law can help you understand the procedure.

Rodney Pontillo
Judge: Dean K Franks
6/29/2014 6:51:35 AM



After years of abuse, loss of documents and incompetence from state SS workers (I have documented proof and names). Finally to have someone/department who actually listened and looked at the facts. JUDGE FRANKS is fair, really looked at the facts and actually has common sense. Thank you to all in his office Aloha/Mahalo

MICHELLE EDWARDS
Judge: Nancy Lisewski
5/19/2014 2:09:19 PM



IF you want a fair Judge that listens and ask the best questions about your case, she reads and understands, i been threw alot but i kept on because i have worked, and this judge is differant than the other one i had. shes a great judge i will tell anybody that. thank u judge NANCY FOR YOUR FAVORABLE DECISION ON MY CASE. ITS BEEN A LONG AND HARD ROAD FOR ME.


Judge: Kyle E Andeer
4/28/2014 6:38:17 PM



Andeer seems to have a good professional relationship with his assistant and the VE. I just had my hearing and my attorney said it can go either way. I now wait impatiently and pray for a positive outcome in a timely manner. All in all, it was uncomfortable, as anticipated, but not unpleasant.


Judge: Evangelina P Hernandez
4/20/2014 12:48:42 PM



Excellent judge. Fair and thorough. Helps put claimants at ease.


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 !!

D. Burks Hunt
Judge: Betty Roberts Barbeito
3/18/2014 11:56:56 AM



Judge Barbeito presided over my case (remand)and I am thankful that she did. She was straight-forward and respectful allowing me, in company with my attorney, to address each issue fully. Finally, I knew my case had been heard.

Shaneela Marlett
Judge: Mason D Harrell
12/13/2013 12:00:12 AM



I am an attorney. I see lots of comments on here about the law that are completely wrong. If you want to see what kind of Judge you have, look at the percentages of awards provided on this site. Do not look at the comments for an understanding of the law. It seems many of the commenters are very misinformed about the hearing process. All and all, I highly recommend using an attorney at your hearing so someone who understands disability law can help you understand the procedure.

TW
Judge: Mason D Harrell
5/16/2013 1:54:22 PM



This judge gave great weight to the testimony of the experts who did not have a face-to-face interview with me and little weight to the doctors who had a personal face-to-face interview with me. Judge Harrell's final determination was filled with subjective inconsistency and relied on his on medical reasoning. Judge Harrell played doctor with my case. Of course, I appealed to the board in Virginia who discovered that the audio tapes of the medical doctor and vocational experts were missing and remanded my case for a new hearing in front of a different judge. Judge Harrell definitely needs a refresher course in ethical behavior.


Judge: Betty Roberts Barbeito
5/2/2013 9:12:53 PM



To "An Observer of Comments": Your comments are very ill-informed. First, SSR 13-1p states, "[p]ossible examples of allegations that the Appeals Council will refer to the Division of Quality Service include, 'the ALJ is biased against claimants who receive workers compensation benefits or unemployment benefits' . . . ." Second, when an individual applies for unemployment benefits he/she is not saying that they are "ready, willing, and able" to perform work eight-hours a day, five-days per week -- the standard used by the SSA.

An Observer of Comments
Judge: Betty Roberts Barbeito
4/25/2013 3:51:05 PM



For the person who commented, "If you are collecting unemployment, you might as well withdraw" actually is correct because when you apply for unemployment you are stating you can work but have no job and you are actively looking for one so, if you are collecting it and filing for disability, there is some fraudulent behavior going on. You can either work or you're disable. Be grateful the judge doesn’t cite you for lying in court.


Judge: Odell Grooms
4/18/2013 10:14:34 PM



Very unfair! God will fix it! I was denied my benefits after putting more than 45 years into the work force. Disabled, denied, but not forgotten by God!


Judge: Betty Roberts Barbeito
4/1/2013 10:29:23 AM



She is rude, disrespectful and snotty to everyone. Not even close to being fair. Doesn't know what she is doing. Puts you through the ringer and then kicks you some more. Ridiculous is the best adjective to describe it.


Judge: Jennifer M Horne
3/19/2013 4:07:24 PM



Very kind to clients; very efficient in hearings.


Judge: Odell Grooms
3/13/2013 8:43:37 AM



Judge Odell Grooms aint **** he told me at my hearing that he agreed that I was disabled vut sent me out a disapproved but its alright wish I could have a white judge instead.


Judge: Mason D Harrell
3/11/2013 12:48:45 PM



He is a coward. He is abusive and takes advantage of his position. He is a liar and a thief.


Judge: Nancy Lisewski
2/20/2013 9:45:55 AM



I find her to be respectful to the claimant and the representative. She may not approve many cases but she is professional.


Judge: Nancy Lisewski
2/6/2013 8:06:05 PM



Low-class. Should be disbarred. She is disgusting.


Judge: Betty Roberts Barbeito
1/12/2013 11:49:30 AM



The worst ALJ ever! If you are collecting unemployment, you might as well withdraw. She is not nice to client, rep, hearing recorder or any experts. She deffenetly uses her power in an abusive way.


Judge: Peter J Baum
12/20/2012 11:52:16 AM



Fair, happy with case


Judge: Betty Roberts Barbeito
12/6/2012 4:22:41 PM



Very thorough but fair


Judge: Nancy Lisewski
11/8/2012 8:17:32 PM



Brash, rude, and condescending. She has decided the case before you even walk through the door. Disgrace.

Jim Hustin
Judge: Jeffrey A Hatfield
10/18/2012 1:25:44 PM



I waited over a year! ....and was denied the first time filing upon my own. It was over a year before I went in front of Judge Hatfield. I had a strong disability case ..and I truly suffered while waiting to see the judge. He was a very compassionate, and I will never forget him! for listening and helping me with my case.. HOWEVER?.. he's not a push over by no means! he looks at all the facts very well before making his final decision, but he will be fare and is a very good listener! and a good judge!


Judge: Nancy Lisewski
9/7/2012 12:58:35 PM



Conducts a quick hearing. Lets the representative do most of the questioning. However, she will find any loophole to deny; especially D & A.

Theresa Shaw
Judge: Dean K Franks
8/29/2012 6:47:18 AM



A California Superstar who hold the candle high and mighty! Hawaii is very lucky to have his young wit. He was my Judge in 2004.

Unfairly judged
Judge: Mason D Harrell
8/23/2012 2:04:45 PM



Judge Harrell is very intimidating. In addition, he broke Social Security laws when I had to see him more than once, and he referred to my previous hearing when I had no legal representation. By SSA law, he was not allowed to review my previous hearing because I did not have legal representation. SSA law also states that once a judge had denied your case, you will not see that judge again. Further, he intimidated the Occupational Expert when she said there was no job I could do. He basically forced her to change her decision. To cover his errors, he claimed that he audio portion was distorted, and I had to return again. All in all, I had to see him three times and he broke at least 3 laws. He is the head of the judges in the San Bernardino area. AWFUL JUDGE!


Judge: Nancy Lisewski
8/2/2012 2:44:02 PM



Looks for the legal ways to deny - disregards the person.


Judge: Wynne O'Brien-Persons
6/27/2012 7:14:05 AM



When I went into my hearing with Judge Wynne O'brien Perdons I was happy to hear that I was going before a new judge. I have never in my life been before any type of judge or any law enforcement, so to hear she was new put me a little at ease, since this whole disability world is new to me. God knows, I would much rather be able to work then go through all of the chronic pain and suffering that I go through every single day and every night, as I am sure many other people out there who are truly disabled would agree. Looking back at the day of my hearing I was so nervous I couldn't think straight. For me; It was like going to a doctor and having so many questions for them, and wanting to tell them all of the things that I battled physically during the month, but my mind goes completly blank at that presice moment of course. When leaving my appointment all of the questions I wanted to ask comes back to me like a flood, and I would think to myself "I forgot to tell him/her this or that". Unfortuntely, my case was denied, I think because of my own testimony and other reasons. When my hearing was over and I walked out the door, all of things I wanted to tell her came back like a flood, and all I wanted to do was go back in there and cry out for mercy because the pain I am in all the time, and I know I cant work, but I didn't. After reading her desision all I did was cry for days. I felt her jugement of me was so unfair because things were taken out of content, and I truly have alot of pain, how can chronic pain even be measured? I have worked hard all of my life, until I finally had to admit to myself that I am disabled. This was a very hard thing for me to come to terms with. After reading some of the reviews regarding the other judges, I was glad that I went before Judge Wynne O'brien Persons. Best of luck to all of the people who are truly disabled, but were denied.

JasonLee
Judge: Jeffrey A Hatfield
5/22/2012 4:50:36 PM



This judge is pretty fair, he's appears to be all business with his findings, but is also very kind and seems compassionate if you are truly disabled. I personally went before him and at the end , he told me that he was sorry that the system had taken so long to review my case..


Judge: Nancy Lisewski
3/13/2012 1:08:16 PM



Appears to know the file well. Does not request opening statement.


Judge: Janice E Shave
3/9/2012 7:05:07 AM



Judge Shave seems very nice. I do not approve of comments that she made about my case. She got information about me that when she blerted out a question about something I said to a Disability Psych. that did a interview with me was way not correct. I feel that she should not attack someone in that way. What was said is Depervation of Character and was way out of line. I would like to see that report and set the Record Straight. She took 3 different accurances and 3 different people and combined it into one incident with 1 person. Which leads me to believe that she was either fed the wrong information by someone that was not listening completely or she intentional did it. I would like to think she would not do that. She stated that she was not medicaly qualified to look at pictures that go with the report made by a Qualifed Phyician and Surgion who took the pictures of my insides, So my question would be how can you be qualified to do a Medical judgment as to if a person is truly in pain or disabled. I feel that judges that sit on this panel should have a medical background in order to get the right decision. Other wise this is a true injustice to the persons she or any other judge that has the authority to make the decision as to how much pain or the nature of the persons true disability.