Fort Wayne, Indiana ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Fort Wayne, Indiana, 6 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Fort Wayne, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 14.0 months. The average case processing time in Fort Wayne is 457 days.The Fort Wayne average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 44%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Fort Wayne 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
Fort Wayne 6 14.0 months 457 days 2.0 15% 44% 41%
Indiana16.9 months518 days2.017%47%36%
National Average:16.8 months525 days1.920%44%36%
AVERAGE TIME
Hearing Wait Time: 14.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 2.00
Average Processing Time 457 days
Cases Pending 3119
Dispositions 2092
New Cases 1951
Hearings In Person 78%
Video Hearings 22%
LIST OF JUDGES / 18
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied
Judge Daniel Balutis 13%37%49%
Judge Stephanie Katich 14%29%57%
Judge Terry Miller 14%51%35%
Judge Steven J Neary 14%52%35%
Judge William D Pierson 19%44%37%
Judge Yvonne K Stam 13%57%30%

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

Judge: Terry Miller
11/17/2016 5:05:33 AM



He was nice but asked correct questions.If you are honest he will judge fairly.Made me fell like he was listening. Very fair judge.

manny
Judge: Maryann S Bright
8/25/2016 9:34:42 AM



I don't have anything nice to say about judge Bright. She hears what she, wants to hear. Then twist your words around very disappointed by the way she came up with her decision just plain ignorant.


Judge: Matthias D Onderak
3/15/2016 12:29:54 PM





Darlene
Judge: Daniel Balutis
12/14/2015 12:58:45 PM



I for one would be happy to have Judge Balutis presiding any case presented to the court. I find him to be reasonable, open-minded, and solution based. His presentation is with expertise, and his professionalism does not go unnoticed. I find him to be an asset to the ODAR office.

Vanesa
Judge: Michelle K Lindsay
3/30/2015 12:09:26 PM



Judge Lindsey is fair and very professional and she is nice and knows how to tLk with kids and make them and myself feel nervous she is awesome. I'm waiting on my decision crossing fingers for son he has eplisey. Have a great day vanesa


Judge: Melinda W Kirkpatrick
3/23/2015 6:26:10 PM



She was very rude and showed no compassion. She had the wrong information on my file. She brought up a doctor's appointment that I did not go to, had no appointment with and according to her I went for the doctor to write me a note to obtain a floor apartment and not be forced to live on the second or third floor of an apartment building(problem with HER information, we live in a house that is paid for) the appointment was never set up and I wouldn't't have set it because we own our own house and make no payments. All of these judges need to be put out to pasture. They do not have a clue about the people and the information that pertains to that person. Out of touch with reality and human beings.The statement up above states that the judge may view your post. I hope she does, after the screwed up way she handled the hearing somebody needs to tell her she is INCOMPETENT.

jpm
Judge: Patricia Melvin
3/8/2015 2:29:25 AM



Very good judge


Judge: Patricia Melvin
7/25/2014 12:09:14 PM



I have had one hearing with this judge. She does ask most of the questions. Also she understands claimant's "most of them" continue care and wants the file updated before she decides. With that said I believe she reads the whole file. Doesn't require an opening statement. Seems like most judges do not require it or don't want to waste there time with the rep stating what they have already read. Practice tip: But you must always be prepared to open so you don't look like an idiot.

kevin hall
Judge: Yvonne K Stam
4/21/2014 11:07:51 PM



the worst judge anybody could ever have and a lying judge at that, very unhelpful judge, very well known to hold grudges from other alj's decisions didnt even look at the real problem this judge is in an awful judge and should not be involved in the social security she has no heart no sympathy and no care for the claimants feelings or disabilities she is only out to care for herself! the worst judge anybody could have!

Edith
Judge: Cynthia Floyd
4/12/2014 5:31:46 PM



Be prepared for the worst. She rolls her eyes, gasps for air, and plunges her body on the bench incessantly. When attempting to coax you into telling her things you can do, she bobs her head up and down. She will not allow you to talk about all your conditions; only the ones she wants to talk about. She will omit any medical evidence which supports your case. She is also a liar. She will state you said things and reported conditions that are not supported by the transcript. Maybe she doesn't know that the claimant and attorney are privy to transcripts. With this judge, if you can make a sandwich, you're a chef. If you can take a bath, you're a lifeguard. If you can drive a car, you're a taxi driver. If you can buy a gallon of milk, you're a seasoned shopper. If you can pick up a broken glass, you're a housekeeper. If you can watch television, you're a movie producer. If you live with someone, you are a socialite and get along well with others. If you live alone, you are 100% self sufficient and therefore, not disabled. If you stopped taking meds due to finances, you've not followed doctors orders. If you have continually taken prescribed medicines, your medical condition is being controlled with said medicines. She relies heavily on the initial SSDI findings of years past and discredits opposing and more recent medical opinions. This, in spite of the fact that you have probably never met with a state employed doctor. Her apparent knowledge of the law is nil. Her propensity for error is unmatched. Her ethics do not encompass common honesty as falsehoods and lies abound.

Amanda J Wroblewski
Judge: Steven J Neary
4/10/2014 12:51:16 PM



Judge Neary, My name is Amanda Wroblewski. You granted me SSDI benefits starting October4, 2008. Their were some changes in the status of my situation, which I did report, How ever, Due to a clerical error, my information wasn't processed properly. Now I have been back and forth fighting with man who took away my benefits 11 months later. I have asked for waivers, He denied all of them, I have appealed his decision, He didn't care. I filed a complaint of my civil and disability rights, and I have no idea what happened now this has been going on since 2008. Denied, appeal, waiver, you name it I followed it through. I did manage to send in lost information that I did work in 2006, 2007 and 2008. The IRS is fully aware. I was accused of receiving benefits on my son who is Autistic, Which you denied him of those benefits. I'm asking you to please re-instate me. At least that's what I was told in 2009. You were the Judge on my son's case, as well as mine. I saw you 4 times, finally You approved. Can you over ride his decision this representative who works at my SS local office. He's a secretary. Judge Stalbrink, and a Federal Court Judge Harry C.Dees Jr. agree, and now I'm asking you for your help. This has gone on long enough. Yes my son is still Autistic and lives with me and for me, well I've gotten worse. There was no reason for him to bully over $540.00. I'm not the one who failed to put the information in the computer correctly. And I'm sorry, I don't think I should have to start all over. But only you can over ride there decision, to have me re-instated, since you were the Judge assigned to my case. Sincerely, Amanda J Wroblewski. Please

CJ
Judge: Melinda W Kirkpatrick
3/6/2014 7:01:02 AM



She is a very compassionate and caring Judge. She do know if your are disable or not. The thing I liked most about her was that she took the time to listen to what I was saying composed to the questions she asked me. I would recommend her to review a case for me at any given time.


Judge: Melinda W Kirkpatrick
6/14/2013 3:58:36 AM



This judge looked to be ok but she isn't , she listed somethings that wasn't true on my deny.

JeepDude
Judge: Terry Miller
4/28/2013 8:28:26 PM



I thought Judge Miller was fair and very thorough. He considered all the facts and made a decision to approve my claim at the end of my hearing. I did feel that many of the questions were such that if someone trys to embellish their story or lie, Judge Miller would pick up on it and the hearing probably wouldn't go well.

Attorney
Judge: Romona Scales
4/9/2013 5:29:14 PM



Had 4 hearings with this judge, she asks hypotheticals that all over the place. Asked about 7 different hypos on each hearing. Hard to tell how she will rule. Asks a lot of questions herself, lets attorney have 15 minutes to discuss the medical conditions and limitations.


Judge: Daniel J Mages
3/18/2013 3:00:31 PM



Very Nice judge he asks almost all questions and his hearings are super short. Get there early.

Brett H
Judge: Yvonne K Stam
2/10/2013 3:15:11 PM



former atty for claimants now an intense, smart, egotistical, opinionated, biased, but very well prepared ALJ known to hold grudges. we had a claimant who had been denied by another ALJ but had since gotten worse and had new severe impairments (cervical DDD, lumbar DDD, depression) which we documented with 2 years worth of treatment and tests (MRIs, etc). At hearing and in decision denying claim, ALJ Stam ignored the new problems and acted like claimant made it up. ALJ interruppted questioning by me saying she had already covered that topic, but she had not really. [I was asking specific Qs about Claimant's trouble using her hands]Then stopped my Qs of VE on same topic. AC upheld her denial withou comment.

VTP
Judge: Patricia Melvin
1/29/2013 9:33:45 AM



Really nice judge asks most of the questions ensure that all medical records are in

VTP
Judge: Yvonne K Stam
1/29/2013 9:32:58 AM



Very nice, very helpful, used a vocational expert half the time, but she is old school. Ask some questions but not in order, and does not ask all, you have to be on your toes.


Judge: Bryan J Bernstein
1/6/2013 4:19:09 PM



Facts and Common Sense mean nothing to this man.

msl
Judge: Melinda W Kirkpatrick
9/17/2012 10:38:19 AM



She is a very fair and accurate Judge.she listens to what people really has to say. She has a heart unlike so many in her type of position.


Judge: Terry Miller
3/23/2012 8:08:28 AM



I would recommend not to be fooled by this ALJ stats. He will certainly be nice to the Claimant but it is not uncommon for him to dismiss the opinions of the treating physician when well supported and to search for any minor inconsistency to try and trip up the Claimant and damage his or her credibility.