Oak Brook, Illinois ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Oak Brook, Illinois, 11 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Oak Brook, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 19.0 months. The average case processing time in Oak Brook is 637 days.The Oak Brook average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 50%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Oak Brook 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
Oak Brook 11 19.0 months 637 days 1.8 17% 50% 33%
Illinois17.2 months543 days1.521%41%38%
National Average:16.8 months525 days1.920%44%36%
AVERAGE TIME
Hearing Wait Time: 19.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 1.81
Average Processing Time 637 days
Cases Pending 5036
Dispositions 3729
New Cases 3260
Hearings In Person 43%
Video Hearings 57%

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Tyrell Mitchell
Judge: Janice M Bruning
8/10/2016 3:03:12 PM






Judge: Rebecca LaRiccia
1/16/2016 8:12:32 PM



Very unhappy this judge mixing up all the facts in the case and also not looking into the misdiagnosis on my case file. I had severe pain in my back upper and lower and possible nerve damage, I was bed ridden for months even and currently in physical therapy. The judge had the vocational counselor come out and tell me I could do work in a factory which indeed could harm my health condition, I could not believe this when I heard it. Not only did the judge make many assumptions she thought I was just perfectly fine, she took everything out of context and reversed it backwards on me. I even sent her more evidence as to her mistakes in her judgements, she never looked at my case and dismissed everything.. my new evidence and xrays , Dr's letters etc. The fact my case was from the get go misdiagnosed and my previous condition of 15 years erased and now I am classified as having some mental condition I was appalled and disgusted with this I will surely appeal with a lawyer. No wonder she has a 43% approval rating, thanks for the facts.


Judge: Steven H Templin
1/5/2016 12:37:04 PM



i suffer from seizures and depression and biopular just had a heartattack from all the stress but was not approve for ssi i worked and put money in ssi so really they not giving me nothing i put this money in here for this reason and now i can"t get whats mine i do not understand what is the point of taking out of ssi if you can"t get back whats yours how can they just keep your money that should be against the law i only want whats mine.

Andi
Judge: Janice M Bruning
10/14/2015 10:03:58 AM



I had a video hearing because Milwaukee County is so backlogged. I was nervous and intimidated by Judge Bruning. She was not kind, but not unkind either. She asked me rapid fire questions and I got flustered. I kept apologizing to my attorney because I knew I wasn't making sense. Then I waited, and waited. I was told by my attorney that Judge Bruning made her decision regarding my case at the end of July, although he couldn't find out what the decision was. It is now the middle of October! Does this judge not realize that her decision affects people's lives? Their futures? It is not fun being sick/disabled in the USA.


Judge: Edward P Studzinski
9/9/2015 8:21:25 AM



He was very nice at my hearing

tim a
Judge: Steven H Templin
3/27/2015 7:25:46 PM



I had judge templin, He listen and talked. real easy going made it easy for me to understand. I thank him for the time he took with my case.


Judge: Edward P Studzinski
3/4/2015 5:32:58 PM



I've had several hearings before this judge. If you prepare your hearings well he can be very approachable. Submit a prehearing brief at least 3-4 days prior to the hearing. I've found the best approach is to discuss each allegation individually and outline objective findings. This does not have to be long and formal. Simply open noting any major issues (outstanding records, DLI issues, amending onset). Keep your brief simple and to the point. Address any issues - DAA, lack treatment... In closing you can address proposed RFC or GRID argument. If you don't have objective support for an allegation he is not going to give it a lot of weight. He is very favorable to treating source statements and opinions. He will tell you why he has an issue with the claim - address that issue specifically and support your argument with direct citation to the record. Know your record and cite, cite, cite! Be prepared to amend your onset for GRID and/or lack of treatment. He will come right out and ask about listings - do not make a loose listing argument, just move on to step 4 or 5. He will go back and forth with you about the allegations and can be persuaded. If you come in prepared and submit the brief ahead of time your hearing will go much more smoothly and you will give your client an increased likelihood of approval.

DENIS CASEY
Judge: Steven H Templin
2/10/2015 9:30:38 AM



I have had back surgery bone fusion,deteroration disc,,nerve issues ect and I have had a shoulder replacement ,,,shots ,,steroids,epaderral therapy about 6 months worth,,have been in the trades and construction and never ever had a pencil pushing job,,i live w/pain and I was denied,,im 53 white,,,and have a good mind and can speak well,,not so much on spelling,, lol ,i guess I don't fit the requirements of being disabled,,,,,,there is no way I can climb squat kneel bend push pull reach and do all the other things that are expected out of a person in that field of work to do! but they think I still can,there dr, said I was ok ,,all of mine just the opposite,there dr,said I was fine 18 months later im getting a shoulder,,,I JUST DONT UNDERSTAND HOW MUCH MORE I HAVE TO GO THREW TO GET APPROVED,,,,i have always worked and worked hard I have arthritis and its still not enough,,,,WHY?bt I have a friend that's blind in 1 eye and he gets it? W,T,H, GOOD FOR HIM,,BUT I DONT GET A DIME!


Judge: Edward P Studzinski
11/2/2014 3:11:04 PM



He was an unprofessional jerk. I truly believe he was intoxicated at my hearing. He made the advocate cry and he screamed like a little pig. Was so unorganized..... Refuse to let me have a copy of the proceedings to prove he was drunk. I plan on running him to him someday soon. He refused to let me cross exam any witness. I'm suffering from heart disease which has caused massive depression and anxiety. Over paid piece of crap.... I've paid into as for 30 years yet its being given to illegals that haven't paid a dime.


Judge: Edward P Studzinski
7/17/2014 11:02:41 PM



I've never met a judge or public servant as rude as him in my life. The vocational expert listed all the jobs that i was qualified for with the medical conditions that i have. i responded back with; "How many of those jobs am i qualified to perform while taking the medications that i take daily which are lyrica, flexeril, percocet, elavil, TOPOMAX, AND WARFARIN. MY PAIN MANAGEMENT AND ORTHOPEDIC DOCTORS WANT ME TO BE ON DISABILITY BUT, AFTER MY BLOOD CLOTTING PROBLEMS EVENED OUT MY HEMATOLOGIST WROTE IN MY MEDICAL RECORDS, "MAY RESUME NORMAL WORK AND HOME ACTIVITIES. REFER TO OTHER TREATING PHYSICIANS FOR FURTHER RECOMMENDATIONS." THIS DOOR KNOB OF A JOB QUOTES THE HEMATOLOGY REPORT AND SAYS TO ME; "tHIS PERSON IS A DOCTOR, AND SHE SAYS; "YOU CAN RETURN TO WORK!" I TOLD HIM; "MY DENTIST IS CONSIDERED A DOCTOR, AND MY SON'S PEDIATRICIAN IS CONSIDERED A DOCTOR. MY OPTOMETRIST WHO OPERATED ON MY EYE WHICH IS BLIND FROM ACCIDENT, WHO THE STATE SAYS IT ISN'T BLIND IS A DOCTOR, HOWEVER IF I WAS GOING TO HAVE A HEART OR LIVER TRANSPLANT, I WOULDN'T WANT NONE OF THE 3 DOING THE PROCEDURE, AND I DOUBT YOU WOULD EITHER. WHEN I PULLED OUT THE MEDICATIONS AND LAID THEM ON THE TABLE, ALONG WITH THE SIDE EFFECTS AND WARNINGS, AND THEN ASKED THE VOCATIONAL EXPERT WHAT JOBS I COULD PERFORM WHILE TAKING THOSE MEDICATIONS 3 AND SOME 4 TIMES A DAY, SHE SAID THE JOBS AVAILABLE ARE ZERO. MY APPEAL WAS HEARD IN THE MIDDLE OF LAST MARCH. I WAS TOLD I WOULD GET THE RESULTS OF MY APPEAL IN 30-40 DAYS. I'M STILL WAITING AND IT'S THE END OF JULY.


Judge: Steven H Templin
7/1/2014 11:48:25 AM



This so call judge acted so sympathetic to me and could clearly see how much pain was in yet he denied me anyway tell me where is the justice. I know people who did not put into the social security as I did yet they are drawing money from ssd.I just do not understand this system.


Judge: Joel G Fina
4/29/2014 7:39:44 AM



It my belief he pays more attention to social security doctors then claiments personal doctors who know claiments cases , its my hope he would realize people need to be given fair unbias decisions to his cases.


Judge: Edward P Studzinski
4/16/2014 11:52:06 AM



I received my Letter of Denial from Judge Edward Studzinski, and I found it very unfair that he only used parts of my medical information, and only took parts of my testimony from the hearing, to create his denial decision. I honestly don't know how this is okay for him to do, or allowed. It is not surprising to find out he used to work for Social Security, as an attorney, against people filing for disability.


Judge: Edward P Studzinski
3/6/2014 12:56:46 PM



This guy is so rude. Love the hoop earring too! smh This guy should not be a judge. He acts like he has a chip on his shoulders. He interrupted every single person in the room and spoke to the claimant as if he were lying or on trial. Even our rep was shocked! This is a SSDI hearing and SHOULD NOT be adversarial! This judge was unbelievable. Someone should sue him. This hearing was awful.


Judge: Janice M Bruning
2/19/2014 10:09:22 AM



I appeared before Judge Bruning for the first time. She was very polite and treated the claimant with the utmost respect. She is well prepared for the hearing and will asked detailed questions to the claimant and representative. We aren't sure of the outcome yet, but the overall feeling of the hearing was positive.


Judge: Rebecca LaRiccia
1/28/2014 3:46:12 PM



When the court started judge Lariccia read off to me my condition. She had not read all my medical and when told this at the hearing she still could not accessit without my lawyers help. She went into the hearing with precocieved notions and never changed them. When the vocational counselor from the state went over jobs he stated i couldnot perform light duty with my conditions I stated to the Judge. In her decision Judge Lariccia said she agrees with the doctor that I have severe pain but I can still perform a light duty job. Then she spelled out what i could perform as it relates to lifting. Noware in any reports or FCE did it say I could do that. Also she said the vocational couselor said I could perform light duty with my spoken evidence. He never said that. I faxed in a release for the hearing proceedings and never recieved them. In my opinion Judge Lariccia was not prepared for the case, and looking at her basis for decision she never read all the medical.

Tracey
Judge: Edward P Studzinski
1/23/2014 12:49:33 PM



This judge really needs to be investigated he has a hundred percent denial rating and treats individuals like criminals... my girlfriend had this man she said he was very rude and inconsiderate... he would let her or her attorney finish their sentences he would interrupt them... people with disabilities are not criminals one day you'll be disabled and I hope you get treated like your criminal judge or one of your other family members get treated that way... shame on you... for how you treat other's this man needs to be remove from his set...


Judge: Rebecca LaRiccia
12/10/2013 11:36:01 AM



Excellent Judge. Very friendly and compassionate. Definatly happy to present in front of her. She is always fair and knowledgeable.


Judge: Edward P Studzinski
8/10/2013 4:19:26 PM



I haven't gotten the decision from him yet, but if the hearing is any indicator, it will be a denial. This man treats you like you are on trial for a crime rather than seeking help. He was outright rude to my attorney. If I get approved for this I will be shocked. But, it ain't over til it's over. He may surprise me yet...


Judge: Edward P Studzinski
6/26/2013 2:16:24 PM



Why is this guy still a judge? He is rude, crude, biased and acts like the claimant is a criminal. Why hasn't anyone sued for this? We should all get together.


Judge: Rebecca LaRiccia
3/27/2013 7:45:59 AM



This ALJ used to be in the NHC in Chicago. Her award rate has been fairly consistent. She is pleasant, sometimes ready to start hearings early. She asks for opening and then she questions claimant. A good, strong work history is always a plus. She will do bench decisions too. In my experience this ALJ is very fair. All judges have to formuate opinions on crediblity and severity of symptoms.


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



Nice guy, quiet, polite.


Judge: James A Horn
2/20/2013 9:59:29 AM



Linda, I am in the same boat. Had my appeal hearing on 1-2 2013. My attorney says they may have a decision by end of April. I don't get it. What takes them so long? My life is hanging in the balance and getting sicker by the day. Anyone out there have a clue? Mary


Judge: Janice M Bruning
1/26/2013 8:58:33 AM



This is a terrible judge. Please don't get her. She has the WORST rating among judges for approval. She doesn't seem to understand. I took a bad fall in Dec. of 2010 and torn up my left knee. I cannot stand for any length of time, I can only sit for about 15 mins before both legs go completely numb, then I cannot stand without nearly falling. I can't even get into a tub to bathe. She has no REAL idea as to how I function on a daily basis.

linda
Judge: James A Horn
11/27/2012 7:12:28 PM



I have no opinion. I had my hearing in early September. I'm still waiting on a decision. The stress is killing me. Do I lose everything I've worked the last 30 years for or not. I didn't ask to be disabled. I'm not just disabled from working. I'm disabled from being able to enjoy my grandkids. I can't take a walk with my husband. I can't go along with the kids to the park. I can't even carry my 4 month old granddaughter. I'm only 54 but my life stopped a few years ago when my back gave out. Now I'm in constant pain. I have a stimulator implanted which helps, but I'm still in constant pain. Here I am, my life in the hands of someone who does not know me. The "30 to 60" day decision is on day 84 now. I really wish I could have just kept working and not face the endless consequences of poor physical health......


Judge: Rebecca LaRiccia
11/16/2012 2:52:46 PM



This judge has approval rating of 43% and apparently uses the same justification for all her cases. She states while the impairment is "severe" and there is objective evidence to support it, she does not agree with limitations and pain expressed. Who is she to know how much pain somoneone is in and how can she deny the medical evidence that supports the pain? Shameful..


Judge: Edward P Studzinski
10/1/2012 9:20:45 AM



as an attorney who has been in front of him, i have to agree that he spends a lot of time letting you know he needs to be shown evidence on every little point. he treats everyone with little respect (by talking over attorneys and claimants to make any point he thinks is important and questioning claimants as if they are all liars) and clearly looks for any reason to give everyone a hard time. he questions treating source opinions as if the doctors will just say anything to help a claimant.


Judge: Steven H Templin
9/19/2012 2:50:09 PM



This so called Judge did,nt look at any of my medical evedence, Talking, making commetary while my Attorney asked me and the Experts questions, When I gave my ansewers he made comentary over my ansewers, He did'nt conduct himself properly, This was not conducted anything like a hearing, Going before him is a complete waist of time, I think this Judge has something wrong in head.


Judge: Steven H Templin
9/3/2012 10:21:09 PM



Judge Templin you sir have made a huge mistake in the decision in my case. I can only hope and pray that you take more time in your future cases and look at them like you should (more closely) . Don't rush them and read every thing more closely. Do your Job sir !! May God Bless you in your future . I will continue to pray for your soul even know you messed my life up. May the peace O of God be with you Judge Templin . I love you and forgive you for putting me and my family on The streets of Elgin . I pray for God to forgive your mistakes that you have made. May God awake your soul to your mistakes Love Dan


Judge: Steven H Templin
9/3/2012 9:05:44 PM



He made a huge wrong decision in my case. I hope he takes more time and a good look at his cases in the futre


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



WORKPLACE BULLY!

elizabeth bissonette
Judge: Edward P Studzinski
8/27/2012 9:14:18 PM



Ive never seen a Dr. Lee in my life. Badmouthing the states own doctor REPEATEDLY throughout the entire 15 pages, quite a charm. I have visited this page NUMEROUS times because I am besides myself with misunderstanding of the truth and the LAW. NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE............... know justice........... know peace

elizabeth bissonette
Judge: Edward P Studzinski
8/27/2012 3:42:35 PM



His exact words as described by social securities own medical examiner on line 12 "patient has less than 20 degrees of visual field which meets the ssd definition of legal blindness". I guess a judge, not a doctor let alone the states own medical examiner knows what I can see. Well, he does not. He is not a doctor or a specialist of the eye. I cannot believe this judge is allowed to sit on a bench and make up whatever story he wants about my vision and its allowed. Thats why the state has their own state appointed doctors. So that there can be an accurate and legally binding decision made about blindness. If it were up to the judges to decide without legal decisions from their own doctors it would be a farse like this. This is illegal and it is wrong to make up your own findings and decisions. Thats what medical doctors for the state are here for. To help people like me and keep people that lie from lying.

elizabeth bissonette
Judge: Edward P Studzinski
8/27/2012 3:27:53 PM



On page 13 of 15 Judge Studzinski argued the opinion of "suzanne lee" saying he "thinks my vision is more like 25%I which does not meet ssa guidelines. He didnt bother to look at the signature of the doctor. Jason Brooks is my doctor. I was sent to him by the social security administration. Judge Studzinski is arguing that his own state appointed doctor for the social security administration. He states that the medical examiner for the state of indiana and representing the social security administration is incorrect. How could this be Judge Studinski? And his tests were included in the finding to support this. Those test results were in your opinion not satisfactory as commented at my hearing. Well, why do they have tests for blindness then? Why does the state of indiana employee state appointed doctors to tell social security the truth. Like I said, he wants to go above a medical experts decisionand create his own. What has happened to me is a tradegy and a disgrace. I hope this never happens to anyone else with this condition in any other state, by any other Judge.

elizabeth bissonette
Judge: Edward P Studzinski
8/24/2012 11:20:22 AM



This is a continuation of my previous post. I was denied social security by judge studzinski on august 20th and today august 24th i recieved a letter from medicaid applied on june of 2012the saying I am eligible for medicaid for the BLIND starting september 1st 2012.This judge is not only less than zero he is bias, discriminatory, and sick. I am going BLIND for Gods sake and this man has the lowest respect I have ever had for another human being. If I can I am filing charges against him in Hammond federal court. This is a discrace against the needy and the blind and he should be made accountable for my poverty hunger and confinement to my house. I cant go get help from the guild for the blind, no, he said I should return to work. And p.s. the medicaid people said it was doctor jason brooks, social securities own doctor for the state of indiana that signed my papers for the blind and p.s.s attorney tom scully is the worst lawyer ive ever witnessed. I have never heard or seen such an unproffesional, missing half my documents, unprepared loser in my life. I am ashamed of the law that represented me and i am even more ashamed of judge studzinski.

elizabeth bissonette
Judge: Edward P Studzinski
8/23/2012 12:41:42 AM



Well I would have to give him less than zero. I am going blind due to an inherited eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa. I have no periphreal vision left, I cannot see outside of the rim of my water glass. I have fallen down a flight of stairs leaving me with 2a bulges in my vertebrae, I was told by the state medical eye examiner that I am legally blind and am not allowed to drive. The depression from going blind is too much to bear, I cry almost every day. First my eyes are failing now I cant drive. I am a genetic defect and it is not my fault. This disease affects only. 05% of the entire world and there is no cure. It leads to complete tunnel vision, where you can only see through a hole, and then it leads to complete blindness. I waited 22before months in agony, hungry, worried,terrified because I cannot get the help I need, and then a denial by judge studzinski. I need more than anything to go to the guild for the blind in chicago where I was invited to learn braille and mobility training and join a support group. I am so mentally unstable with depression I cannot express my agony in words. There are no words to describe my fear. I have been dealing with the loss of vision since 2006. It is so far gone now that I am afraid I wont get the help I need when I go blind. I am terrified I wont be prepared. I dont know if I can make it as a blind person at all. I can thank judge studzinski for making my life worse than it has ever been. Close your eyes for an entire day and imagine being blind. I would rather be in a wheel chair with no arms or legs.I cry all day and it hurts so bad that noone will help someone going blind.


Judge: William J Mackowiak
8/14/2012 1:57:38 PM



Its also easier to deny without applying the facts and the law. Nice selective argument you chose.


Judge: William J Mackowiak
8/9/2012 9:56:41 AM



Allowing someone is always easier than making a comprehensive review of the facts and the law

Christina N.
Judge: Kenneth E Stewart
3/26/2012 12:58:31 PM



This was one of the best ALJs I have ever dealt with!! He was more than fair & patient with a new rep who gave a new rep ample time to compile & submit evidence & gave ample opportunity to review our case objectively! It is a shame he had to retire & hopefully his space was filled with a comparable, objective ALJ who is impartial & who looks at the whole case & not ready to deny immediately!


Judge: Edward P Studzinski
3/21/2012 7:10:55 AM



Judge has one of the highest denial rates in this office. Even though these hearings are non-adversarial, he conducts hearings as if claimants are on trial. One can tell he has already made up his mind before the hearing. Not surprising when you research his background -- he use to be the Attorney for the Office of General Counsel, Social Security Administration (in other words, he argued on behalf of SSA when claimants appealed their decision to the federal court). When giving hypotheticals to vocational experts, he conveniently leaves out key limitations. In short, go in planning to appeal -- therefore, make the record clear, object, and cross-examine witnesses so you can have appealable issues.


Judge: Steven H Templin
3/8/2012 6:57:49 AM



I highly recommend Judge Templin for the federal bench as a U.S. District Court Judge. He is learned in the law and has the judicial temperament to exercise authority and ensure orderly procedure in the courtroom. Terry M. Louie