Metairie, Louisiana ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Metairie, Louisiana, 7 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Metairie, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 9.0 months. The average case processing time in Metairie is 321 days.The Metairie average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 35%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Metairie ODAR office was last updated on 6/19/2015.

SSA, Metairie ODAR Office
Galleria Building, Suite 2000
1 Galleria Boulevard
Metairie, Louisiana 70001
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Phone: (877) 870-6383 -- Fax: (504) 219-8917
eFile Fax: (877) 559-1919 (For sending evidence)

OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Metairie 7 9.0 months 321 days 2.1 18% 35% 47%
Louisiana9.6 months346 days2.219%41%40%
National Average:14.1 months449 days2.118%44%38%
Hearing Wait Time: 9.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 2.07
Average Processing Time 321 days
Cases Pending 3316
Dispositions 2322
New Cases 2940
Hearings In Person 63%
Video Hearings 37%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied
Judge Joan H Deans 20%34%47%
Judge Michael S Hertzig 20%35%45%
Judge Christopher H Juge 18%36%46%
Judge Benita A Lobo 16%29%55%
Judge Gerardo Perez 20%30%49%
Judge Timothy G Stewart 16%34%51%
Judge Karen Wiedemann 15%43%41%

Comments about Judges at the Metairie Louisiana ODAR office:

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Judge: Benita A Lobo
Date Posted: 7/23/2015 4:43:11 PM
Submited By: screwedover



Echoing previous sentiments: is out of touch when it comes to mental disorders and came across as snappy and angry. I felt like I did not receive a fair hearing in the slightest. As a matter of fact, I feel as though her decision was made right when I entered the courtroom.

Judge: Benita A Lobo
Date Posted: 7/12/2015 10:52:31 PM
Submited By: railroaded hard



My impression of this judge is that she is angry and openly hostile to attorneys and claimants even the voc rehab person. After reading how long it takes to get approved I was prepared for a denial but nothing prepared me for the judge to be rude and angry? Disappointed that this judge totally ignored Dr.s reports and restrictions? I paid into the system four decades and if nothing else everyone in the courtroom should speak to each other in a civil manner. I knew within the first two minutes she would deny me. I knew it prior to any evidence being presented. Felt like it was a done deal to be denied regardless of the evidence. Something is very wrong here and this lady should not be judging anything until she gets her anger issues under control.

Judge: Gerardo Perez
Date Posted: 6/26/2015 12:58:02 PM
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I had my hearing with Judge Perez 6/24/15. He was very fair, he seemed compassionate and had done his homework before my hearing. I am very satisfied with this judge.

Judge: Timothy G Stewart
Date Posted: 5/27/2015 7:02:55 AM
Submited By: Sartin



This judge was very fair,honest and concerned. He us about his business. When your honest,it will all play out for you.

Judge: Darren Hamner
Date Posted: 4/10/2015 8:46:45 AM
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He asks most of the questions. He asks in a way that sounds sarcastic or like he doesn't believe the answer. But he is very nice and properly applied a Grid from the Bench, so I am happy.

Judge: Bill Jones
Date Posted: 3/2/2015 1:18:27 PM
Submited By: Radha Beaty



Real good Judge. He encouraged me to graduate and I did. He could tell I have back problems. I want to help him speak to the government to help change the proscription slots to more than 6 when on Ssi. He was right I needed the insurance. Thank you so much. I want to meet you and thank you.

Judge: Timothy G Stewart
Date Posted: 1/11/2015 6:22:42 AM
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It would be wise to request another judge if you get this one, he has an agenda of no to please his corrupt government bosses.

Judge: Benita A Lobo
Date Posted: 9/14/2014 5:50:55 PM
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Another ALJ whose stats have remained the same year after year. Judge has a denial agenda.

Judge: Michael S Hertzig
Date Posted: 7/8/2014 2:06:17 PM
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This guy is a nightmare to work with, so good luck. He's completely unreasonable and will soon be facing a number of formal complaints filed with the Agency.

Judge: Elizabeth C Palacios
Date Posted: 7/8/2014 8:39:12 AM
Submited By: Kristina



I have been fighting for my benifits since 2008 i was in front of Judge Rivera three diffrent times and he denied me and then i came before Judge Palacios and to be very honest she was extreamly fair and finally after six years of fighting and appeals i finally got a judge who understands even though she did work for the appelte division she was still fair

Judge: Karen Wiedemann
Date Posted: 7/3/2014 4:08:17 PM
Submited By: jessica I



I love her she is very sweet and patient with her client......I would go back to her any day

Judge: Steven C Graalmann
Date Posted: 6/18/2014 5:32:25 PM
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Judge Steven C Graalmann, Everyone that needs a good Judge Steven Graalmann is very understanding and listens very well on Disability cases, He takes his time to listen to all cases plus gives a very good outcome.

Judge: III Volz
Date Posted: 4/14/2014 10:54:03 AM
Submited By: Wynne



Judge Volz is strictly by the book. He is a good listener and a fair judge. I believe that if your paperwork is in order and a good lawyer you will prevail. To everybody that is posting on here just hope that you will end up with a judge that will listen and not one that doesn't care what you say or what kind of proof you may have.

Judge: Connie J Haskins
Date Posted: 11/14/2013 3:42:25 PM
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Of all the Metairie and New Orleans - based (not visiting) hearing judges I've been in front of over the years, she is the most professional. Many (perhaps even most) of the others encountered unfortunately seem to enjoy being discourteous, to claimants and representatives alike.

Judge: Barbara Artuso
Date Posted: 9/25/2013 10:24:46 PM
Submited By: paul stancliffe



she is what a judge should be and made me feel very comfortable and i have high anxiety and was calm and collect thanks to her professionalism.i won but win or loose she is a great person and thank the lord for people like her!!!!

Judge: MaryJoan McNamara
Date Posted: 9/19/2013 1:20:37 PM
Submited By: Concerned Attorney



This judge is HORRIBLE!!!! She definitely likes to hear herself talk! She is biased, unfair and downright disrespectful! She barely lets council speak and when they do she cuts them off. She does not develop the file properly with CE exams, etc. She seems to be looking for a reason to deny! BEWARE!

Judge: Joseph Liken
Date Posted: 8/9/2013 7:42:36 AM
Submited By: Gloria Davis



I LIKE TO START OFF BY THANKING THE JUDGE FOR GIVING ME MY HEARING.AND HE ISa very. Good listen. Thank you very much and God bless you and your family.

Judge: Benita A Lobo
Date Posted: 4/17/2013 9:16:54 AM
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How can she turn down people who have given all for their country and only ask for what they have earned in forty years of working, even though she, her husband or any of her childern have only taken from my country. She shouldn'nt be allowed to judge a dog show.

Judge: Connie J Haskins
Date Posted: 4/5/2013 9:32:02 AM
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Really nice judge impression is that she has read the file and your brief. Very professional.

Judge: Karen Wiedemann
Date Posted: 3/19/2013 7:49:41 AM
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My clients were in El Paso ODAR and ALJ did hearings via video. I had heard horror stories about bad tempers of some LA ALJs, so I was pretty nervous, but I was pleasantly surprised. ALJ Wiedemann is very friendly, knowledgeable, and thorough. She really goes out of her way to put nervous claimants and attys at ease, and I have no doubt that she will render a fair, expeditious decision in my clients' cases.

Judge: Benita A Lobo
Date Posted: 3/15/2013 12:04:10 PM
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If you are a natural born white or black american and find out your judge is benita lobo cancel and request another judge it will delay your disablity but it is better to delay it than to be denied which will happen if she is your judge. The woman has no cooomon since.

Judge: Darren Hamner
Date Posted: 3/5/2013 3:05:09 PM
Submited By: Beverly Moncrief



I was apprehensive and feeling defeated when I walked into the courtroom. Judge Hamner had declined me on my first hearing and the Board of Reviews sent me back on a remand for a second hearing. This second hearing was in the middle of the afternoon and the closed-circuit medical specialist had been heavily batting against me. I had 400+ pages of medical documentation to support my medical maladies. I was certainly disabled. Judge Hamner with his quiet demeanor listened patiently and at last he said he had heard enough and gave me a favorable decision. God bless you Judge Hamner! I have been vindicated. I grasped my walker and stumbled out. Thank you Fort Worth Tarrant County for recognizing the unmistakable dignified quality demonstrated by Mr.Hamner,and allowing him to bring forth justice to those who deserve it.

Judge: Benita A Lobo
Date Posted: 2/28/2013 3:02:31 PM
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very insensitive to mental health issues. inappropriate demeanor for a judge. she must be trying to bethe next judge judy. well, she is an indian so she has that cold, insensitive, yelling thing going on

Judge: Bill Jones
Date Posted: 2/20/2013 11:36:02 AM
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Exceptional Judge!!!!! He showed me what a real judge is. Almost like a dectective who would get his feet muddy out in the sticks to find the truth and make sure justic is served. He should be more than a disability Judge. He is the man to Protect children and the left behind citizens of this country. Keep up the good work. I second the first post Professional effecient and Friendly.

Judge: Steven C Graalmann
Date Posted: 2/8/2013 3:37:54 PM
Submited By: Attorney



This is a very good Judge because he (1) acts professional, (2) appears to care about the claimants, (3) will entertain attorney discussion about the case, and (4) uses common sense to decide cases. I wish all Judges were as fair as he is. This is not to say he approves alot, because he is 50-50. However, you will not lsoe if you have a good case, even if you have one or two shortcomings in the evidence, as long as it is a legitimate claim.

Judge: Christopher H Juge
Date Posted: 2/8/2013 3:34:02 PM
Submited By: Professional Attorney



Extremely professional. Very sensitive to ensuring a full and fair hearing. Can definitely emphasize with clients. Work history reflecting strong work motivation is a major factor in credibility determination, particularly with younger individuals. Is not fond of illegal drug use/abuse. Make sure you know your case very well (e.g. exhibit and page numbers). If your client's testimony is not true, you will lose. Do not B.S. this Judge, as he is very intelligent and will call you out on it and you will not feel too professional.

Judge: Benita A Lobo
Date Posted: 2/6/2013 12:20:27 PM
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Hearing is conducted very professional. She makes you feel relaxed and enough time to answer her questions.

Judge: Benita A Lobo
Date Posted: 2/5/2013 2:05:31 PM
Submited By: cw



Very strict. Be careful how you answer her questions.

Judge: Bill Jones
Date Posted: 1/24/2013 10:28:52 AM
Submited By:



Very professional, efficient, and friendly.

Judge: Karen Wiedemann
Date Posted: 1/12/2013 11:05:24 AM
Submited By:



Very professional. Wish more of the ALJs I see when representing clients were like her--businesslike, knowledgeable, courteous and friendly in a professional way. She made sure the client knew what was going on, made him the focal point of the whole process. Whether she rules in our favor or not, I believe her decision will be honest and that she made certain to get all the information necessary during the hearing.

Judge: Bill Jones
Date Posted: 12/21/2012 8:53:55 PM
Submited By:



Nice Judge. Don't try to give him any bull though.

Judge: Gerardo Mariani
Date Posted: 12/7/2012 6:14:41 PM
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He does have difficulty hearing but I have always found him to be very fair. That isn't to say he can't make mistakes but I don't believe his denials are based on bias.

Judge: Gerardo Mariani
Date Posted: 12/2/2012 6:53:19 PM
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This judge presided over my hearing. At all times, he was very proper and professional and showed a deep knowledge of the law. He corrected the vocational expert in his testimony and that led to an allowance in my case. People that bad mouth him are very unfair and very ignorant.

Judge: Michael S Hertzig
Date Posted: 11/26/2012 4:53:52 PM
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My hearing lasted almost an hour and a half in front of this judge. My attorney presented medical evidence from my medical records proving I was diagnosed with PTSD and Bipolar disorder. The vocational expert testified that I could get a job but not maintain it. After waiting 2 months he is requested a supplemental hearing and is now ordering that a medical expert be present and another vocation expert! It's already proven that I am disabled according to SSA guidelines yet he is still requesting another hearing when nothing has changed.

Judge: Gerardo Mariani
Date Posted: 11/24/2012 6:35:11 PM
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The guy is not only totally clueless, he's also totally deaf. Crazy how someone with these deficiencies gets to play God with my life.

Judge: Gerardo Mariani
Date Posted: 11/20/2012 3:06:44 PM
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Judge Mariani needs to retire. I was rude to me from the start. Needless to say, he had made his decision on my case way before I had a chance to speak.

Judge: MaryJoan McNamara
Date Posted: 10/18/2012 7:43:39 AM
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Takes longwinded testimony. Likes to hear herself talk

Judge: Gerardo Mariani
Date Posted: 9/23/2012 4:26:04 PM
Submited By: ginnie



Judge Mariani is very knowledgeable and very fair. Although he denied my claim, he conducted himself very properly and very respectfully. That is a JUDGE!!!!!!

Judge: Barbara Artuso
Date Posted: 9/13/2012 8:29:15 AM
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She really goes out of her way to make the Claimant feel comfortable and as "in control" of the process as possible. She's very professional towards the Claimant, representative, and VE, and has an engaging delivery. She is genuinely interested in what the Claimant has to say.

Judge: Karen Wiedemann
Date Posted: 8/16/2012 12:44:45 PM
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Judge: Jean R Kerins
Date Posted: 5/18/2012 3:21:02 PM
Submited By: Anna F



Thank you so much for your kindness and thoughtful consideration. I truely appreciate the hard work that you do everyday.

Judge: Jean R Kerins
Date Posted: 5/15/2012 5:16:16 PM
Submited By: Anna





Judge: Elizabeth C Palacios
Date Posted: 5/4/2012 2:42:09 PM
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This is an ALJ who worked for the appeals council and you can tell in her decisions which are fairly negative. She may make sure to ask for very specific evidence to justify her denial. Most claims she has no intention of paying. She will probably write better decisions than most ALJ's since she is from the AC and is used to making up reasons to deny Claimant's appeals. I think she is fairly negative.

Judge: Joseph Liken
Date Posted: 3/18/2012 1:16:37 AM
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This judge is a good listener and very fair

Judge: MaryJoan McNamara
Date Posted: 3/8/2012 11:46:25 AM
Submited By:



She is not at ODAR in Baltimore but at the National Hearing Center, Rolling Road, Woodlawn, Maryland