Lexington, Kentucky ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Lexington, Kentucky, 11 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Lexington, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 13.0 months. The average case processing time in Lexington is 428 days.The Lexington average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 41%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Lexington ODAR office was last updated on 11/12/2014.

SSA, Lexington ODAR Office
22410 Buena Vista Rd
Lexington, Kentucky 40505
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Phone: (866)783-7301 -- Fax: (859) 233-2402
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OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Lexington 11 13.0 months 428 days 2.1 17% 41% 42%
Kentucky12.8 months417 days2.116%44%40%
National Average:12.2 months421 days2.018%44%38%
Hearing Wait Time: 13.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 2.22
Average Processing Time 422 days
Cases Pending 7412
Dispositions 5718
New Cases 5818
Hearings In Person 50%
Video Hearings 50%

Comments about Judges at the Lexington Kentucky ODAR office:

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Judge: Karen R Jackson
Date Posted: 11/3/2014 11:10:41 PM
Submited By: Relieved



When I first pulled this judge for my hearing I was not very hopeful given her approval statistics and the posted comments. That's why I wanted to come back and post my experience with this judge. I found her to be business like but approachable. I personally could not tell which way things were going to go from the hearing one way or the other. However, my lawyer was very confident. The findings letter was spot on what was said in the hearing and what was in my medical records. I found no inconsistency at all. I ended up with a fully favorable decision. I hope that gives a little hope to others that draw this judge.

Judge: Robert B Bowling
Date Posted: 10/29/2014 3:35:01 PM
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this judge should only have - stars to evaluate his judicial worthiness, You sir are completely heartless and uncaring. I watch my dear friend suffer agonizing, unrelenting and unimaginable pain on a daily basis as she was unfortunate enough to develop reflex sympathetic dystrophy along with other disabling ailments, yet you in your infinite wisdom and understanding of social security law and rules state that although her impairments are severe and affect her ability to perform work related activity you can still find reason not to award her deserving and much needed benefits. How can that be?????

Judge: Frederick McGrath
Date Posted: 10/8/2014 3:52:25 PM
Submited By: Unknown2



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.

Judge: William M Zellman
Date Posted: 9/30/2014 7:11:20 PM
Submited By: Steve army oif 09-10



The first Judge I saw over a year ago had a approved rating of over 20%. This judge Well.... 34. Denial at 46% and dismissal at 20%. Meaning- GOOD LUCK PAL. I will say this judge seems knowledgeable. However, I provided several pages of documents from the VA over 1400 pages- and I am RATED 100 % DISABLED BY THE VA VA disabled. YET- SOCIAL SECURITY finds I can work. And this judge seems to find the same thing. So heres my options. I can appeal. Well---- Guess what, this veteran is going to appeal. I have provided stacks and stacks of documents. I read what your feedback said- you discredited my doctors. REALLY? People that talked me out of suicide. You never once asked me what I do in a day. I saw something in my review about cooking cookies. I haven't cooked anything in over 9 months. I almost burned the house down on more than one occasion. And I don't feed my dogs. You never asked me what I do. I sit and stare at the floor. People that reviewed my file said I grocery shop- I have not done this in close to a year. I do not leave the home only once a week to go to a apnt with the doctor. You said you had no evidence to support the claim of migraines. Well- request it? I can provide it. Your people discredited doctors at the va and the vet center. People that have degrees and are professionals and only treat vets with ptsd, anxiety disorder, and tbi- when I saw these people I was never told "Oh by the way the social security administration does not recognize us as creditable doctors?" WELL WHO DO YOU ? I AM RATED 100% disabled through the VA disabled for gods sake. What more do you need? I was told I can appeal my decision. Or file a new one. Well guess what- I am appealing. Its going to the feds to decide. I believe you were wrong. What is sad, is now..... I have to wait another year to hear something. Shame on you. And shame on that last judge. I had a lawyer. I had stacks upon stacks. Proof. Yet you said I could carry on a conversation. We met for what? A hour. Come to my home. Sit with me for the afternoon. Spend the day with me. Spend the night with me. Talk to my former employer.Talk to former friends. I have none now. But talk to former friends. Talk to my wife. Talk to my kids. Get answers. You would see- You made the wrong decisions. I hope you sleep well tonight. Karma is well- you know what

Judge: Charles J Arnold
Date Posted: 9/15/2014 3:46:19 PM
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Guess he needs glasses or his competency level isnt there gives very little weight to dds drs but says my medical records indicate my limitations are more severe than dds drs say, then just finds me unfavorable. You need to retire rather than collecting pay from disability insurance just to deny people! I rate your approval rating a total thumbs down.

Judge: Ronald M Kayser
Date Posted: 9/14/2014 6:01:09 PM
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How on earth is this joker an ALJ? Obviously anti-claimant to the extreme, something needs to be done to remove him from his position. Bad human being.

Judge: Don C Paris
Date Posted: 9/12/2014 2:13:45 PM
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Would love to see a post from someone who: 1) Had a client offered an amended onset; and 2) Client didn't agree; and 3) Judge denied. A simple "that happened to me" would suffice.

Judge: Ronald M Kayser
Date Posted: 9/10/2014 8:46:12 PM
Submited By:



Another denier judge. His agenda is obvious: send them all to the McDonalds job fair and if they don't get hired, they're lazy.

Judge: Frederick McGrath
Date Posted: 8/27/2014 3:10:35 PM
Submited By: Social Security Disability Attorney



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.

Judge: Karen R Jackson
Date Posted: 7/3/2014 11:58:11 AM
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WEll I received my letter today and as with the other poster on here this Judge changed the facts of my case and turned them around where I could not get my benafits so if you get this Judge be prepaired for there to be nothing but lies told in your report I do feel sorry for some one who will change the facts around just to make herself look good the government .

Judge: Kelley Fitzgerald
Date Posted: 6/18/2014 10:03:54 AM
Submited By: JustCurious



Does it usually take 6 months or better to get the judges answer to wether the person is approved or not? I was told 4 to 6 weeks for an answer. I'm just curious as I don't know how these things go. This is all new to me.

Judge: Karen R Jackson
Date Posted: 6/11/2014 12:11:16 PM
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I had a hearing with this Judge on May 28th 2014 the person from SSI told her that I could not do anything and %100 on my side but I will have to wait 6 to 8 weeks to find out what the Judge has to say about it ? I hate waiting games !!

Judge: Frederick McGrath
Date Posted: 6/4/2014 11:54:48 PM
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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: Michelle Thompson
Date Posted: 5/28/2014 8:27:26 PM
Submited By: vet



I would like to just say she is a fair and just judge she truly listen and provide fair decisions based on the evidence if more judges were this unbiased and did everything on a case by case basis and not under any preconceived stereotype this world would be a better place

Judge: Kenneth Wilson
Date Posted: 5/22/2014 1:40:18 PM
Submited By: Andrew Atkinson



Judge treated my wife with the upmost respect. Friendly & fair.

Judge: Michelle Thompson
Date Posted: 5/19/2014 8:08:53 PM
Submited By:



She took the time to listen to me and was very caring.

Judge: George A Jacobs
Date Posted: 4/22/2014 12:10:20 PM
Submited By: LarryYoung



Judge Jacobs had the wrong medical records discredited me and made me out to be a liar.I have ben thinking for 6 yrs they had the write medical records.I thought I was going crazy.I paid taxes until I was run off the road in June 2055 have not recieved a dime in benefits and my wife has breast cancer they told me it would be another.14 months until my second ALJ hearing.I need helpn.

Judge: Don C Paris
Date Posted: 4/19/2014 2:23:56 PM
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He is an extremely knowledgeable judge. He knew the medical issues in my case and they were very complicated. I have to stay in bed 75% and the dds in NC did not consider my fatigue and other symptoms. I hope I can now afford the new treatment for Hep. C.

Judge: Roger L Reynolds
Date Posted: 4/12/2014 2:05:27 PM
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I had a non disability case before judge Reynolds. The law involved was complicated outside his comfort zone. Nevertheless he tried. Very unprepared and unprofessional in his questioning, he only looks for clues to deny claims and ignores evidence that supports the claim and he cherry picks. His research of claim related information is incomplete and misleading. Makes things up in his decision that the claimant never said. This is a judge to avoid if you can, a disgrace for the judge profession community.

Judge: Jonathan Stanley
Date Posted: 3/11/2014 11:58:21 AM
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Three long years of fighting thank you sir for your decision.no complaint here he was excellent

Judge: GLORIA B YORK
Date Posted: 3/10/2014 7:02:54 PM
Submited By: James



Had my hearing with her on March 4th. Treated me with respect being a combat vetetan. Hearing lasted 45 minutes and she asked the VE two hypotheticals and told me I would get a written decision in the mail. Keeping fingers crossed.

Judge: William M Zellman
Date Posted: 2/24/2014 2:43:48 PM
Submited By:



After an application process that lasted years, I had just about lost any hope of getting SSDI. I was very very nervous about the hearing, especially after reading the reviews about Judge Zellman on this site, but he was understanding and fair. My lawyer was a great help and support to me as well. I made it through the hearing and anxiously awaited the judge's decision, which came a few weeks later. I was very grateful and relieved to have been awarded SSDI benefits. I wanted to write about my experience to give people hope who are still struggling. Don't give up!

Judge: Karen R Jackson
Date Posted: 1/13/2014 9:16:52 PM
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she seemed to be concerned and really wanting to help , then when I received my decision , wow... is all I can say... unless the person who writes the decision up had a mix up , everything wrote down that I said was totally opposite from what I said in the hearing and this made me look like I was lying... and all is recorded on tape... I just don't understand but I will not give up and I will continue to pray for her for the job that she does...

Judge: Kenneth Wilson
Date Posted: 1/10/2014 11:31:49 PM
Submited By:



Fair, Objective, and Thorough.

Judge: George A Jacobs
Date Posted: 9/7/2013 2:19:49 PM
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His "findings" regarding my case were absurd. He seemed to be looking at someone else's case completely when coming to his unfavorable decision. The impartial vocational expert even agreed that I should be on disability but he ignored her completely. I was informed by his assistant before even going into the courtroom that I was required to say "yes, sir" or "no, sir" when answering questions and that I was to keep my answers to his questions short. He didn't seem to be paying attention to my case at all and had his decision as soon as I walked into the room. I felt bullied and unheard.

Judge: Karen R Jackson
Date Posted: 8/31/2013 12:45:34 PM
Submited By: Waiting



Does anyone have any info this judge? Have you had a case with her? What did you think? I scheduled soon and anxiously awaiting my hearing.

Judge: Kenneth Wilson
Date Posted: 8/28/2013 9:17:30 AM
Submited By:



was great

Judge: ROBERT SPURLIN
Date Posted: 8/13/2013 10:40:32 AM
Submited By: Major Pain



Judge Robert Spurlin seemed to be in a great mood today. I went to court very well prepared. Their medical doctor and the Vocational expert already submitted a report that I was truly disabled. went in at 8:27a.m. my appointment was set for 8:30a.m. I was in there for maybe 10 minutes if that long and got my approval. He only asked me about 3 simple questions as he had already had his decision before I got there. so, I can't complain at all. Thank God.

Judge: Roger L Reynolds
Date Posted: 7/3/2013 9:16:49 PM
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Signed up since 8/26/2010. Both my rotator cups, both shoulders, neck and lower back.. GREAT PAINS. After a year and a month of wait from Rodger's denial, Appeals Council Action states, '' We considered whether the Administrative Law Judge's, Roger Reynolds, action, findings, or conclusion is contrary to the weight of evidence of record.'' '' Given the already very restricted residual functional capacity finding by the Administrative Law Judge, we found that this information does not provide a basis for changing the Administrative Law Judge's decision.'' Once lawyers that knows him finds out it's Roger Reynolds they will say that he approves no one and recommends to auto drop it and file a new claim but social security will not let you until this one is settled. That's why I had no lawyer on court day. That's bad when can't get a lawyer to represent one just cause they know he DENIES everyone.

Judge: Greg Holsclaw
Date Posted: 5/8/2013 1:04:55 PM
Submited By: Liz



I had my hearing two days ago, and the VE said there are no hypothetical jobs for the hypotheticals that were presented. I initially felt good about the hearing. Now I am back to discouraged. Anyone know how often he sides with the VE?

Judge: George A Jacobs
Date Posted: 4/25/2013 9:47:53 AM
Submited By: pam lock



he was not fair to me i cant work at all how can he sleep at nite knowing i am hungary and homeless i will eat the ttrash now his trash

Judge: Frederick McGrath
Date Posted: 4/16/2013 2:06:29 PM
Submited By:



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)..my 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: William M Zellman
Date Posted: 4/10/2013 7:25:04 AM
Submited By:



Appears all ALJ's are afflicted with "mental conduction".

Judge: Roger L Reynolds
Date Posted: 4/9/2013 6:56:47 PM
Submited By: charles w perrin jr



very unfair judge was thrown from a car in 09 have problems focusing remembering feel unconnected and depressed high axiety.all from a head injury that still shows the side in my head has a big dent.i also have degenerated disk disease hard to stand and walk.and denied me because I use marijuana to forget about the pain and craziness in my head.all these old farts need to be put out of office.they need new blood people who understand the use and benefits of marijuana. oh well try again what don't kill us makes us stronger.

Judge: William M Zellman
Date Posted: 4/7/2013 3:59:37 AM
Submited By:



he turned me down even with mental conduction

Judge: Bonnie Kittinger
Date Posted: 4/1/2013 10:26:15 AM
Submited By:



Which I had any other judge but her something is wrong if she only approves 20 percent of her cases.

Judge: Todd Spangler
Date Posted: 3/28/2013 2:42:34 PM
Submited By:



Based on our experience ALJ does have a tendency to come to the hearing without a strong handle on the facts of the case and rep may need to get him back on track. He will do most of the questioning and won't usually ask for opening or closing.

Judge: Willie L Rose
Date Posted: 3/28/2013 2:38:57 PM
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I've had one hearing with this ALJ. I found it very hard to understand him when he speaks. He did not seem familiar with the medical evidence in the file. He does not usually ask for opening or closing statements. Questions claimant first and then let's rep follow up. From the comments by others it sounds like he has a tendency to be less than cordial with claimants.

Judge: Frederick McGrath
Date Posted: 3/28/2013 2:26:12 PM
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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: Jim Fraiser
Date Posted: 3/28/2013 2:05:14 PM
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Based on our experience this ALJ used to be very friendly, easy going and had a much higher award rate. In the last couple of years he's become much tougher and has a very conservative award rate. He tends to like to work fast, asks rapid fire, pointed questions to claimant. Usually asks one hypo based on DDS and one assuming inability to do full time work. Does not usually ask for opening or closing and does most of questioning himself.

Judge: Frederick McGrath
Date Posted: 3/11/2013 7:35:08 AM
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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
Date Posted: 3/7/2013 7:45:47 PM
Submited By: Shannon



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
Date Posted: 3/7/2013 6:57:22 PM
Submited By: Caretaker



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.

Judge: William M Zellman
Date Posted: 2/25/2013 8:17:00 AM
Submited By: Claimant Representative



Thoughtful, considerate, compassionate, understanding. Stopped the hearing in the middle and awarded benefits on the spot. Being well prepared obviously bore fruit.

Judge: William M Zellman
Date Posted: 2/20/2013 1:39:59 PM
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i agree. its so frustrating im a leg amputee, psoriatic arthritis, ptsd, i could go on and on. my denial stated there was no way i could do any past work i had done, but they had ONE job listed i could do i looked up the job code and it was a small parts seperator at a desk. any little thing to turn you down

Judge: PETER C EDISON
Date Posted: 2/20/2013 8:14:17 AM
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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.

Judge: Sheila Lowther
Date Posted: 2/19/2013 9:15:22 PM
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I got denied by this ALJ and she was very nice and listened very carefully. I have Fibromyalgia along with other things. In my denial letter she actually accused me of lying. I don't know what I lied about I was very nervous and I can't help that I am that way. I just told the truth and it really upsets me to be called a lair. I have never lied about my condition, no one but myself know how I feel unless they have walked in my shoes. Not even the doctors. I know they see all walks of life with everyone they see on a daily basis. And yes I would say at least 75% do lie. If I have to lie to get something, then I will do without but I have worked most of my adult life, paid in to ss and they tell me I am not disabled? I will not stoop to the level that some do.

Judge: William M Zellman
Date Posted: 2/19/2013 9:58:18 AM
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It's very frustrating. I wasn't making a whole lot when I had to stop working. I didn't need to though, as my wife made more then enough to support the family. I truly loved my last job, and the people I worked with. If I could still work, i'd be back there in a second. I told Judge Zellman that, and he stopped me, and said basically, that I was lying. I have yet to actually get the final decision from him, but my rep and I both know it's denied. I just wish he's hurry up and send it, so it'll officially be done, and I can start over. Maybe with a real lawyer this time.

Judge: William M Zellman
Date Posted: 2/18/2013 9:48:28 AM
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guys i feel your frustration, the last 3 years i worked i made a little over 50,000 each year. ive been trying since jan 2011 to get my disability and i just dont understand why any judge with a ounce of common sense would think i wanted to give up the lifestyle i had for 1,000 a month. ive been in front of a judge once and was denied now im on my second try yet i see people with hardly anything wrong with them who gets approved. again i dont get it

Judge: William M Zellman
Date Posted: 2/18/2013 9:24:48 AM
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Agreed. He plowed me into the ground. Had his mind made up before I even had my hearing. I never had a chance, even with a lawyer.

Judge: Katherine D Wisz
Date Posted: 2/11/2013 2:43:05 PM
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EXCELLENT.

Judge: Gloria W Green
Date Posted: 1/26/2013 5:23:47 PM
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Judge green give those who have disbilty an cannt work their benifit they deserve

Judge: George A Jacobs
Date Posted: 1/14/2013 6:17:20 PM
Submited By: Bridgette Johnson



I just want to say Thank You Judge Jacobs. The process is very lengthy and I continue to go down hill, mentally as well as physically but I have never been a quitter. There was so much in my files a lot I did not agree with but choose to accept because you did partially rule in my favor and I don't blame you for not granting a full judgement because I believe if I had been smarter and more educated I back in 2009 I would have not stopped until I found a doctor who was dedicated to finding out why I was so I'll. I am just truly blessed that now I can move forward and with my benefits I can try to find some sort of assisted living...You truly are a fair judge..

Judge: Todd Spangler
Date Posted: 1/8/2013 9:53:08 AM
Submited By: VTA



Watch how evidence is characterized in your case he does not seem to read file prior to hearing so you will need to educate about the case AT hearing. He is friendly but that is fatal to your case if you underestimate what he knows about the file. When going to VE in GRID cases watch as he does not have sedentary evaluated he will just address medium and light work even though there are NO transferrable skills.

Judge: Jonathan Stanley
Date Posted: 1/7/2013 9:02:45 PM
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31 years of hard work then not able to work.Only to have to fight till your life and everyone in the households is in shambles. Then if you win out this alj will get personal and start picking. You or your attorney will be given no credit for testimony even when you have to take an oath. So if you have been a hard working tax paying decent citizen all of your life then this is what to expect.

Judge: Katherine D Wisz
Date Posted: 1/4/2013 12:44:34 PM
Submited By: Raleigh Rep



As a rep, my first encounter with her was horrible! I just knew she was like that all the time. But I've seen her many times since then, she's awesome actually. Pleasant, professional and she listens, she does not rudely cut people off, and lot of female judges are rough (look at percentages overall on this site), especially to female reps, she is not like that. She is intelligent as the review above said, she has a toughness too that I respect but I see compassion in her. She is fair and I do not think she denies claims lightly as some other judges in this office.

Judge: Bonnie Kittinger
Date Posted: 12/28/2012 5:40:52 PM
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Yes, she is a terrible ALJ.

Judge: George A Jacobs
Date Posted: 12/28/2012 1:12:37 PM
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i really think he is not a fair judge he does not listen to your case he all ready has he mind made up before you ever leave the cour room

Judge: Bonnie Kittinger
Date Posted: 12/28/2012 8:42:51 AM
Submited By: James Martin



You denied a HOMELESS man, who has been fighting SSA (SSD/SSI) since 2003 and you should have READ his information as stated by the Veterans Administration Hospital for his conditions Medical and Mental. As classified by this site, you have approved 13% of your cases, I guess you feel that in order to get SSI a person must be close to DEATH, well.... I hope someone will help me.....

Judge: Bonnie Kittinger
Date Posted: 12/11/2012 1:58:48 PM
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Clueless

Judge: Bonnie Kittinger
Date Posted: 12/5/2012 8:43:34 AM
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New ALJ?

Judge: GLORIA B YORK
Date Posted: 11/29/2012 2:03:32 PM
Submited By: Ashley johnson



Very nice and easily understands children's cases!!!

Judge: Willie L Rose
Date Posted: 11/20/2012 1:46:22 PM
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Im wondering what can be done about this man disrespectfulness in the court room it ridiculous how he behaves hollering I assume thats his way of intimidating sad who can talk to in reference to his conduct.

Judge: Gloria W Green
Date Posted: 11/20/2012 9:38:13 AM
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Any one thinking to go before judge Green just to get signed up ,because tired of working or whatever is in for a very rude awakening.Do not expect to have it easy even with hard evidence.She makes sure that you are really at the end of your working life.She also leaves no stone unturned.She is an asset to ssa.The people that are in dire need and have all the evidence to prove you will be given a fair chance.I would not wish this experience on any one and I had years of documentation.They have gotten to a point where so many people that are trying to work the system,that it is hard for the people that actually want to still work but are not able are having to really prove your case.

Judge: ROBERT SPURLIN
Date Posted: 10/28/2012 11:00:14 AM
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I went to court with this judge on Oct 23, 2012 I had Bypass Surgery in May, 2012 a heart attack in July of 2010...This judge seems to be polite he asked me questions in which i answered I mentioned that i had my bypass surgery which he had over looked my attorney told him which exhibit page it was on in which he seemed satisified also stated that I had gotten worse since the last time I saw him which was last year (remanded back)after I start to read off my meds he stops me and says that he needs to have a M.E. and wanted to reschedule my hearing OR I could have a inaroggatory intern answers somes questions and I may not have to come back for another hearing. He also wants to change my onset date...Dont know if that means I might be approved and also to give him a few weeks he didnt say that my case was closed but, my attorney says to give him 30 days...I hope this will all be over soon...Ive had this judge twice the only issue the last time isthat all my medical records were not in even though he gave TEN days to have them in so I was DENIED at that point. Now Im so hoping that this nightmare is almost over...

Judge: Don C Paris
Date Posted: 10/10/2012 6:57:10 AM
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This chief ALJ is tough. If you have hearing, you are probably going to lose claim. Reps & attorneys seem to agree about that. Seems to make up his mind during pre-hearing screening & you probably can't change his mind. Uses extremely leading & loaded questions (result oriented) to claimants. Interrupts claimant rep's if they attempt to do same. Can be rude and overbearing to rep's & attorneys. However, friendly and direct with claimants. Apparently signs lots of on the record prehearing decisions, so award rate with hearings is lower. Per some local attorneys, he may offer amended onset dates pre-hearing and then deny claim completely if offered amendment not accepted by claimants.

Judge: Greg Holsclaw
Date Posted: 10/10/2012 6:44:33 AM
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Sort of new in Lexington ODAR. Seems fair, efficient, friendly but business like in hearings. Can be tough in decisions, so close case outcome very uncertain.

Judge: Roger L Reynolds
Date Posted: 10/10/2012 6:39:09 AM
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Can be extremely tough judge. Award rate probably lower than indicated because he occasionally issues closed period & amended onset date favorables. Real award rate probably closer to 20-25% and has no problem denying mentally ill claims with drug or alcohol history, and no problem denying middle aged claimants with failed lumbar fusions.

Judge: Ronald M Kayser
Date Posted: 9/17/2012 7:12:11 PM
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This judge is completely unfair. I feel for anyone who has to deal with him because you basically have no chance. You will not be given a fair trial and do not be surprised if you are accused of being a deadbeat because you have medical problems. Do not be relieved if you happen to get an honest report from one of his scheduled consultations because if he does not like what is said in your report, he will find someone, paid by them, to say there is nothing wrong. People should be aware of this judge. Anyone who has a 24% approval rate should be looked into. There are not that many people in the state who will fight that hard and go through all of this crap to get a measley 6-700 dollars a month unless they desperately need it.

Judge: Jim Fraiser
Date Posted: 9/7/2012 11:21:55 AM
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I found Judge Frasier to be quite understanding and personable. He did change the onset date, however he had a sound basis for so doing. I say, "Keep up the good work."

Judge: Frederick McGrath
Date Posted: 9/7/2012 10:25:39 AM
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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: Gloria W Green
Date Posted: 9/2/2012 11:47:41 PM
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I think this is a fair judge.She could have heard my case all the way thru, but she stopped me and suggested that I seek council.As she cases like mine are very complicated and hard to win without council.

Judge: ROBERT SPURLIN
Date Posted: 8/26/2012 4:40:14 PM
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Judge Spurlin is also known to harass and ridicule disabled people. He's a worthless piece of garbage.

Judge: Willie L Rose
Date Posted: 8/26/2012 3:52:01 PM
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THIS JUDGE IS SOMETHING HE DOESN'T LOOK INTO YOUR MEDICAL RECORDS HE PRETTY MUCH TELLS YOU HIS DECISION IN THE COURT ROOM NOT FRIENDLY AT ALL. HOW CAN HE DETERMINE IF YOUR DISABLE OR NOT HE IS NOT A DOCTOR. BUT ALL OF YOUR DOCTOR RECORDS ARE SUPPORTING YOUR FINDINGS. HE GOES ON A SOCIAL SECURITY DOCTOR WORD WHO HAS SEEN ME ONE TIME NOT MY PRIMARY DOCTOR WHICH I HAVE SEEN FOR 9 YEARS WHAT A WORLD WE LIVE IN .

Judge: Jim Fraiser
Date Posted: 8/26/2012 12:31:10 PM
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Guys I understand your frustration. Been denied, however not by judge fraiser but my point is I know people that have very limited things wrong with them and yet they get approved no problem. Also I think these judges shouldnt be able to make such decisions based on medical evidence when they have no clue what some of it means. they are not doctors and have never worked in the medical field. So how can they determine whats severe or not? Or as my denial stated you have 3 severe impairments but not severe enough. Oh the world we live in

Judge: Jim Fraiser
Date Posted: 8/25/2012 1:42:38 PM
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I think Jim Frasier needs to step down!!!! He thinks he is above the law. He is very judge mental!!! He is an awful Judge!!

Judge: Michelle Thompson
Date Posted: 8/23/2012 5:03:21 PM
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I dont think she took in to consideration what I have to go through everyday dealing with children that have ADHD and ODD have twins one approved other one keep being denied I wish she could walk in my shoes and see how it feels to get calls from school because your child cant stay in her seat or that the child is being suspended for fighting hope she one day look at the whole picture and not just her question she asked us

Judge: Michelle Thompson
Date Posted: 8/23/2012 4:57:14 PM
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I don't understand her decision I have twins one approved other denied several times never went to court one other twin but the oldest getting denied they both have the same medical history and they take med everyday which is five to be exact and hopefully when I appeal I will have some type of representation because why do one get approved and the other one keeps getting denied keep in mind they are only three mintues apart bug the oldest twin keep getting denied ever chance I apply

Judge: Charles J Arnold
Date Posted: 8/17/2012 8:39:18 AM
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i agree by the way he acted during my hearing i thought i would surely get approved then couple weeks later denied...should i even appeal or just start over

Judge: Katherine D Wisz
Date Posted: 8/17/2012 6:36:12 AM
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Judge Wisz is a very intelligent and professional judge. She is always well prepared and is courteous to the claimants and representatives. She is one of the best judges in the agency.

Judge: Charles J Arnold
Date Posted: 8/16/2012 1:56:30 PM
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he will make u feel right at home and you will leave thinking you did well. then a letter saying your denied. better be ready if you get this guy

Judge: ROBERT SPURLIN
Date Posted: 8/14/2012 11:32:03 PM
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I just found out this guy is a judge. Completely and totally unqualified to be one, in fact not even qualified to be dog catcher. His main attribute is ONE thing. Connections. That's how he got the job, and that's how he'll keep it. In fact, it scares the heck out of me that he has this kind of power over people's lives. No moral compass, and no values. Good luck Florida. We were VERY glad when he left his state job and moved away. Kentucky just...smells better now.

Judge: Willie L Rose
Date Posted: 8/13/2012 3:26:46 PM
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The judge does not do a indepth study of the evidence of record. The judge discounts the findings of the claimant's allegations although they are supported by the evidence of record.

Judge: ROBERT SPURLIN
Date Posted: 8/6/2012 10:42:58 AM
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The issue being discussed is whether Judge Spurlin does HIS homework. Just because a judge is approving some cases--that happen to be yours--it's both self-serving and idiotic to assume all criticism is invalid. If you have nothing more than childish comments to add, take a walk.

Judge: Sheila Lowther
Date Posted: 8/4/2012 10:53:58 AM
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I am not sure if this was the judge that I got to see. Even though I have not received a decision as of yet I must say that the judge was nice. She smiled & let me know straight up that hey who needs to be here is not here so I will have to do something else. If this can be paid out, I will. Bottom line to that. So now I sit here in pain waiting. I have been diagnosed with cancer which has spread to my lungs, chronic muscle spasms, bone pain & type 2 diabetes (uncontrolled). Most days with medication I am a zombie or sleep. Without the medication I am in pain. My doctor wants to increase my Percocet to 2 at one time in hopes that would relieve the pain. Now tell me, how will I go to work sleep? Come on now

Judge: Charles J Arnold
Date Posted: 8/1/2012 2:39:26 PM
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Very nice man seemed to listen not sure how my case will go but as a person he was very nice.

Judge: PETER C EDISON
Date Posted: 8/1/2012 10:13:47 AM
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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

Judge: PETER C EDISON
Date Posted: 7/30/2012 4:53:14 PM
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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: ROBERT SPURLIN
Date Posted: 7/19/2012 3:20:19 PM
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You guys are too rough on him. He is just a Judge that wants only the truly disabled to collect benefits. Once you get to know him he is not a bad guy and in fact he does pay my clients. Ease up people just do your home work and he will eventually pay your cases.

Judge: Traci M Hixson
Date Posted: 7/9/2012 6:20:04 AM
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Judge Hixson is very good. She is competent and thorough. I fell heard in her courtroom. She listened carefully and was familiar with my medical history at the time of the hearing.

Judge: ROBERT SPURLIN
Date Posted: 7/6/2012 1:01:11 PM
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Brusque, unprepared, and elderly. During hearings, it appears that he looks for reasons to raise his voice. In one instance, he loudly alleged that there was no medical evidence to support a RFC from a particular treating source, only to be corrected that there were indeed more than 63 pages of evidence from this provider that he apparently failed to examine or even notice. In his denials, his idea of dealing with Social Security Ruling 96-7p is to simply insert in italics all of the claimant's testimony on one page. He then generally dismisses all of it as unpersuasive, without actually discussing what specific aspects he found objectionable.

Judge: Todd Spangler
Date Posted: 7/4/2012 10:00:07 PM
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Appraetnly this is what the esteemed Willis was talkin' 'bout.

Judge: Sheila Lowther
Date Posted: 7/3/2012 2:46:34 PM
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why is it that when someone that has worked their whole life,i'm in Chronic Heart Failure and can't get any help.i signed up on SSI,been denied twice.i repealed it,now i have to go before a judge.i also have a Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm,and will need surgey in a few months.i saw my heart doctor today.he said i'll see you again in 6 months.i looked up and said if i'm still alive.my body is so weak.he said my heart is in real bad shape,it's barley pumping now.why can't i get any help.all i get is 200 foodstamps.i can't pay my doctor bills.i need help now.i have medicine i need too for my heart.is there any help out there for me.i don't have much longer to live i already know this.like my doctor said today,if i was a drunk or druggie,i would have had help already.can you try and help me?why do i have to go before a judge? to get help.

Judge: Charles J Arnold
Date Posted: 6/29/2012 8:18:06 AM
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very nice judge, never once said a negative word to me. now its just a waiting game for the decision. I have plenty medical records to prove my case but i really believe that in alot of these cases people are in fact disabled but the judge just doesnt wanna hear it. which is wrong in so many ways.i mean when you look at some of these judges approval rates in the low 20% range you pretty much know your chance of getting it is over.

Judge: Traci M Hixson
Date Posted: 6/28/2012 11:41:29 AM
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Judge Hixson is a very incompetent judge.

Judge: ROBERT SPURLIN
Date Posted: 6/23/2012 11:38:18 AM
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This judge violated several procedures reviewing disability cases.

Judge: Jim Fraiser
Date Posted: 6/19/2012 8:32:19 AM
Submited By: Debbie Harris



bad judge

Judge: Todd Spangler
Date Posted: 6/12/2012 1:47:18 PM
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I had my ssa hearing at 9:00 this morning , june 12th. Judge TODD SPANGLER Preceded over my case and was on time and very professional the whole time. He touched base on every issue i had. He was very blunt and to the point but would also explain why! The Vocational expert and court recorder was also nice and professional! I admit to being real nervous when i first went in the room but Judge SPANGLER was pleasant talking and calm which made me feel the same way after the hearing started. So my experience with Judge TODD SPANGLER was a very good one! GOOD LUCK ! I HOPE YOU GET JUDGE SPANGLER ALSO !

Judge: Michelle Thompson
Date Posted: 6/7/2012 4:49:36 PM
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Hottest looking ALJ I've seen. Very cute french sounding accent and a nice demeanor as well.

Judge: Kenneth Wilson
Date Posted: 5/23/2012 1:39:49 PM
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****

Judge: Gloria W Green
Date Posted: 5/18/2012 1:01:54 AM
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My bad her approval rating is not 76% it is 69%. But dad gum still seems high....wow..

Judge: Gloria W Green
Date Posted: 5/18/2012 12:54:30 AM
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Couldnt help but notice the national average for approved disability is 49%. But judge Green seems to give everybody disability at a approval rating of 76%. Wow! Sign me up so I dont ever have to work again, my back hurts...lol

Judge: GLORIA B YORK
Date Posted: 5/16/2012 9:11:09 AM
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Judge: Jim Fraiser
Date Posted: 5/12/2012 8:07:18 AM
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JIM ABUSE HIS AUTHORITY AND WHY IS THE FBI INVOLVE IN THESE CRIMES

Judge: Charles J Arnold
Date Posted: 5/10/2012 10:37:08 AM
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Very nice , respectable person. Thank u for ur time

Judge: Jim Fraiser
Date Posted: 4/22/2012 3:40:30 AM
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How does this man sleep at night....really? Has denied my disabled daughter twice already and she has overwhelming evidence proving she is disabled. Idk how all these ppl faking it to make it can get a check yet she has to struggle and cant get help? Someone needs to pray for these folks to start approving...because the economy is already bad enough without us all scrimpimg and sacrificing to get the help we need and medicine and choosing between medicine food and bills to live.smh i bet none of the judges have to evvvvver sacrifice and worry and go hungry or without meds or utilities or be homeless....we have.

Judge: Kelley Fitzgerald
Date Posted: 4/14/2012 10:33:36 AM
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Judge: III Evans
Date Posted: 3/21/2012 7:01:19 AM
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tough but fair. knows the file better than most judges. be prepared if you go before him. not a bad looking guy either.

Judge: William M Zellman
Date Posted: 3/14/2012 4:26:47 PM
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He lies about things that wasn't even said at the hearing, bring your lawyer when attending any of his hearings..