New Orleans, Louisiana ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in New Orleans, Louisiana, 11 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in New Orleans, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 15.0 months. The average case processing time in New Orleans is 468 days.The New Orleans average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 48%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the New Orleans ODAR office was last updated on 9/7/2016.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
New Orleans 11 15.0 months 468 days 2.0 23% 48% 29%
Louisiana13.1 months416 days2.119%42%39%
National Average:16.8 months525 days1.920%44%36%
Hearing Wait Time: 15.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 2.01
Average Processing Time 468 days
Cases Pending 8583
Dispositions 4153
New Cases 5679
Hearings In Person 74%
Video Hearings 26%

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lucky me
Judge: Tamia N Gordon
10/26/2016 11:05:02 AM

SHE IS A NASTY ASS JUDGE AND WILL NOT BE A JUDGE LONGER SHE VERY UNFAIR REALLY DONT KNOW WHAT THE HELL SHE DOING I WENT FOR HEAR AUGUST 2015 gt letter five days afterwArd not approve could told me THAT in court room and I hD good lawyer but been on appeal since my lawyer said she made a legal error did not consider anything my doctor said or my diagnosis schizophrenia anxiety DEPRESSION pstd they need to throw her ass out courtroom pn streets y cars driving

Judge: Daniel E Whitney
8/18/2016 2:26:30 AM

Extremely discriminatory against invisible diseases. Actually had the nerve to say he "didn't believe" my specialist/surgeon OR psychiatrist, even though there was medical documentation, X-rays, scans, etc, to back up my diagnoses. Very rude, sarcastic, condescending. Stared at computer screen entire time & would not even look me in eyes. Also obviously didn't look at all of my medical documentation, because a lot of his reasons for denial, were simply untrue; and he would have known that had he actually looked at all of my records. Left me feeling like just a lazy loser or something. Shame on him for his treatment of those coming in & completely at his mercy, for dishing out denial after denial without thorough review and/or education on the disabilities in question and for his complete lack of empathy for those of us hurting and already embarrassed to have to be at a court's mercy in the first place!

Judge: Tamia N Gordon
8/1/2016 10:47:15 PM

Worst Judge of its kind! At the hearing i broke down crying explaining my condition and she didn't show one bit of compassion. A month later she denied me even with a good Lawyer and a well prepared medical record from my doctor. She has send me to a state psychologist who along with my doctor agreed on my condition and still denied me. I hope she can sleep at night.

Roger Boudreaux
Judge: Mary Gattuso
7/29/2016 4:48:21 PM

Hi I'm mr Boudreaux. I had to go infront off judge Marry Guttuso 7/27/16. For a 18 wheeler accident me and my Grand Mother was in volved in. I was pleased how she asked about my grandmother and how was she doing. She was very compassionate and told me to stand up if needed because she understood my pain i am going thru. Only thing that was weirded was the VE said I was hypothetically able to work a dish washing job or office work. Which I can not perform do to sleepy medications,and weak back muscles I learned something new today about compassion and understanding others do have .

Judge: Glynn F Voisin
6/28/2016 11:22:55 AM

Would like to know from any reps who have had Judge Voisin how he conducts hearings, is opening statement optional, does he let rep do the questioning, etc. Is Judge Voisin pretty good with hypo's. Has win rate over 60% which is rare. Thanks for input.

Judge: Regina L Warren
6/21/2016 8:59:21 AM

She was very thorough in her explanation of the case and broke it down so a lay person, like myself, could understand and comprehend their case.

Judge: Gerald L Meyer
3/9/2016 12:51:59 PM

Really nice ALJ. I represented client who was disabled and the medical evidence supported it. Judge Meyer realized that and did not muddy up the water and accepted evidence at face value. He awarded claim at hearing.

Judge: Thomas G Henderson
2/24/2016 1:17:50 AM

I just looked at his status and he has 100% denial rate....

Judge: James A Burke
1/4/2016 2:26:50 PM

Judge Burke was very fair, and each time I called ODAR the person who answered my request was very helpful and professional! (and I called often)

Jackquine Thomas
Judge: Michael S Hertzig
12/1/2015 5:04:52 PM

I think judge hertzig was very nice

Judge: James A Burke
10/21/2015 2:42:01 PM

Judge Burke was a very kind and professional Judge! He was very respectful and really listened to me , he gave me advice which I followed and I was successful in my case! Thank you Judge Burke!

Jacqueline clinkscales
Judge: Harold Chambers
9/30/2015 11:02:58 AM

My name is jacqueline and ive got judge chambers for my hearing ,ive read some very good things about him and i pray that i get approved .He seems like a very fair judge and im glad to go before him for my case.

Judge: David J Hebert
9/18/2015 9:01:42 AM

although he denied my case originally, I found him to be fair and honest. He is a very good listener and well prepared for the meeting and very informative. I had a second appeal with him a few days ago and found him to be the same, great listener and very respectful..waiting on his decision..

Judge: Charlotte N White
9/9/2015 6:44:01 PM

I think Judge Charlotte White was very compassionate during my hearing, and she made me feel more comfortable about the hearing. I thank her for that because I was a complete wreck.

Judge: Joseph Liken
8/11/2015 4:10:21 PM

I saw Judge Liken today and I believe he is a very good listener. I felt very comfortable in his courtroom. He was not intimidating like many judges. Regardless of the outcome I was happy to be seen by Judge Liken.

Carlos Rafael Diaz
Judge: Tamia N Gordon
8/9/2015 8:11:39 AM

The judge Gordon is very professional,human,and respectfully.I had a hearing with Judge Gordon on August 4,2015.I still waiting for my decision.She is a very special person.

Georgia Martin
Judge: Tamia N Gordon
6/20/2015 1:02:36 PM

I had this judge on 05/15/2015 was denied but i can't fault her she was on doing her job by going by the rules and after reading her decision why I was denied I would have to agree because lawyers don't summit all your medical documents, medical history also your doctor's don't properly document your findings and history properly. So don't blame the judge blame the ones we have represented us and ourselves for not making sure everything is in files before meeting with judges. I went before this judge and was denied but I would give her a 5 star rating because she was polite, listen and took every piece of evidence that was given to her in to consideration, because they most important part of my disability was not present like my fibromyalgia and hypothyroidism. Thank you. ALJ for doing your job well. May the Lord continue blessing you in all areas of your life God Bless.

Judge: Harold Chambers
2/6/2015 9:13:54 AM

Had judge chambers very pleased with him. He was the best judge to have.

Judge: Mary Gattuso
12/11/2014 3:11:54 PM

Judge Gattuso is competent, courteous, and professional. I had my first hearing with her today. I don't know if my client will be approved but I am confident that the judge knows the law, the issues and the facts of this claim. I appreciated her insight and courtesies.

Judge: Regina L Warren
11/2/2014 2:26:46 PM

Judge Warren very thorough, competent. By the book & efficient...

Judge: Thomas G Henderson
8/30/2014 3:58:53 PM

I had my case in front of Judge Henderson in August of 2014, and I don't know if I've been approved or not yet. Still waiting on a letter. Judge Henderson was very to the point but he allowed me to comment and explain anytime I felt I needed to, he also allowed my witness plenty of time to speak. He was respectful and I didn't feel rushed when giving testimony. He made sure I was aware of my right to have a representative before the hearing started, but I choose to proceed without one. I feel like Judge Henderson will treat anyone fairly that goes in with a good attitude and is respectful. But he is very blunt and to the point. All in all, he seemed to be a good judge.

Judge: Glynn F Voisin
8/14/2014 6:43:14 PM

Thankful for his time, dedication, and thankful for his professionalism, for seeing and hearing and having the God given ability to make wise decisions . Thank you for the time given and for reading so much paperwork everyday and for letting me be heard . I appreciate your wisdom and understanding. He also has the gift of discernment which I believe is given to us from God.

Judge: Michael S Hertzig
7/8/2014 2:06:17 PM

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.

mark strickland
Judge: Harold Chambers
7/3/2014 9:37:55 AM

I had my hearing in Feb 2014 was told by the judge would have decision in March it is now July no decision yet.Just wondering how long must I wait for a yes or no decision?

Judge: Steven C Graalmann
6/18/2014 5:32:25 PM

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
4/14/2014 10:54:03 AM

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: Philip P McLeod
3/6/2014 6:56:46 AM

The Judge was very, very thorough. Very professional and understanding, he is a very "by the book" judge. All in all very fair also.

Judge: Tamia N Gordon
2/28/2014 3:22:58 PM

Denied my very mentally ill son, this judge is one of the worst in Fresno. Totally non compassionate. Hopefully we don't lose our son because of her decision.

Judge: Daniel E Whitney
12/19/2013 9:20:52 PM

I think judge whitney was pretty fair thank you

Judge: Connie J Haskins
11/14/2013 3:42:25 PM

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.

kathy mcgee
Judge: Regina L Warren
10/5/2013 12:12:59 AM

SHe is great & was very nice

Judge: Thomas G Henderson
9/18/2013 6:21:18 AM

I don't know why everyone is putting Judge Henderson down. I found him to be a very reasonable, fair and just Judge. If you appear before him and you're honest and don't have an attitude, he will treat you fairly. So many people appear before judges and act like they are owed something! And far too many people just plain out lie to judges! These people just don't seem to understand that the judges are well-educated, professional people who have had a lot of experience with people lying to them.

Gloria Davis
Judge: Joseph Liken
8/9/2013 7:42:36 AM

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.

ms w
Judge: Mary Gattuso
4/10/2013 4:38:06 PM

This judge was very unfair .Didn't let the lawyer talk, only gave weight to ssa doctors.She has a real problem listening to people and she thinks that her way of thinking is the only one that matters. She should not be a judge for anything ,especially someone's livelihood .

Judge: Regina L Warren
4/10/2013 4:09:49 PM

Cold and lacking in any apparent human empathy in the face of claimnts who are really hurting.

Judge: Connie J Haskins
4/5/2013 9:32:02 AM

Really nice judge impression is that she has read the file and your brief. Very professional.

Judge: David W Engel
3/27/2013 6:56:35 AM

This ALJ is thorough and methodical. Will ask for opening statement and do general questioning. Usually does one hypo based on DDS opinions of RFC and one based on FCE or client's testimony.

Joe Applicant
Judge: Tamia N Gordon
3/24/2013 9:42:40 PM

Very Fair, very thorough in her decision process, I wish to address all of the people leaving negative feedback on this website. If you have all of your documents in order and have followed all of the rules you have nothing to worried about. This is a legal process that goes by the guidelines that are thoroughly spelled out for each individual if you follow them and meet the requirements for being disabled you will be given a favorable decision, If you do not meet the requirements then stop crying and complaining about the Judge was not fair to you, because baby the judge was fair, you where the one that was unprepared. You and you your self are to blame if you do not get a favorable rating. Follow the law and the law will prevail in your favor.

Judge: Daniel E Whitney
3/13/2013 2:30:46 PM

Sounds like this Judge is rooting out the fakers

Judge: John A Thawley
3/4/2013 10:24:45 PM

Judge Thawley seems friendly but is the most nasty white devil I had evers Know. This heathen judge did his very best to provoke me to angry. The question he asked was smart questions, his ***** Melisa Stewart laugh at all of his negative questions adress to me.Then the devil used two doctors advice i had never seen before. Mr. Devil went back 10 years on my first injury to take my doctors advice, which is totally stupid. He honesty stated in his decision he didn't believe my doctors because both was African American, where in the world did this heathen come from. Judge heathen read all my notes which are medical evidience that are in my favor and he twisted the truth. My stundent loans are discharge and the same note the heathen have so does the United States of education. Therefore the US government verify I have a disability issue but not the Judge. If I could sue this Judge for not understanding his job i would.

Judge: Thomas G Henderson
3/2/2013 8:37:52 PM

Why are people like this in this line of work so they can destroy as many peoples lives as possible in the shortest amount of time. He will look for a reason to deny you don't say you can wipe your own butt he will deem you are able to work.

Judge: Daniel E Whitney
2/15/2013 12:38:25 PM

This judge is Biased.

Judge: John A Thawley
2/11/2013 9:37:50 PM

Judge Thawley seems friendly enough but after he issued an opinion that said I was disabled he then stated that the claim was denied. It made no sense and I truly have been disabled. Now I have to worry about homelessness. But since I am a White and American I should expect this punishment.

Judge: Steven C Graalmann
2/8/2013 3:37:54 PM

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: Daniel E Whitney
1/7/2013 5:24:00 PM

How can his awards be shown for 2013 and today is only 1/7/13 my hearing date unless the decisions are already made before we get in court, Judge whitney is a hard judge to figure out and beware of the VE they must be trained to say that everyone can be a surveillanc monitor tech, this is the job they say you can do when they can't find anything else for you to do,in reality This job does not exist!

Judge: Harold Chambers
1/7/2013 3:09:36 PM

i went in front of him in dec he is a very good judge just pray i get approve

Judge: Gerardo Mariani
12/7/2012 6:14:41 PM

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
12/2/2012 6:53:19 PM

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
11/26/2012 4:53:52 PM

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
11/24/2012 6:35:11 PM

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
11/20/2012 3:06:44 PM

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.

Clementina Ross on behalf of my son, Ellis Wise
Judge: Raymond F. Gollmitzer
11/17/2012 3:12:09 PM

I am very grateful of your thorough review of my son's case. Words cannot express the depth of my gratitude. This has been a long journey, but I know my son and I have more to overcome. Thank you for your part in clearing the thicket of receiving support for my precious son, who has sickle cell disease and asthma.

Judge: Thomas G Henderson
10/10/2012 12:00:21 PM

When I had my case in front of him he was rushing my attorney and cutting my attorney off. The craziest thing was him rolling his eye and head in the first 5 min of the case. I would not be surprised if he did not hear anything me or my attorney had to say.

Judge: Harold Chambers
9/27/2012 1:04:02 PM

Make sure you submit a pre-hearing brief and be prepared to discuss the evidence. If you know your file, Judge Chambers is a very decent judge to deal with. If you do sloppy work, he won't be very forgiving. Overall, Judge Chambers is one of the good guys but his hearings do tend to drag out longer than most.

Judge: David W Engel
9/27/2012 6:27:50 AM

Fair judge, but be ready to address unemployment, inconsistent statements in the file, or drug and alcohol issues. He does not overlook that kind of thing at his hearings but tends to be cool that hit those issues head on honestlyrather than try to cover them up as if they did not exist.

Judge: Gerardo Mariani
9/23/2012 4:26:04 PM

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: David W Engel
9/17/2012 7:14:42 PM

With all these silly websites, such a great page keeps my interent hope alive.

tyrone sadler
Judge: Harold Chambers
8/28/2012 8:10:54 AM

chambers is out on med leave.Guess i have to wait

Judge: Mary Gattuso
8/19/2012 4:18:52 PM

This judge was fair and weighed everything on my case. She is a very nice lady and I hope anyone who is faced with an ALJ let it be Mrs. Gattuso.

Judge: Daniel E Whitney
7/8/2012 4:15:35 PM

Very nice and understanding. Listened to me with a compassionate ear.

Judge: Tamia N Gordon
7/5/2012 6:20:24 PM

comes off very nice and sweet but her decisions due not refect her attitude on the bench.

larry brock
Judge: Harold Chambers
7/5/2012 11:16:50 AM

Just had video hearing.very fair judge

Judge: Daniel E Whitney
7/2/2012 1:36:28 PM

Very fair , Christain,and truly cares for the truly disable

Judge: Regina L Warren
6/15/2012 1:57:11 PM

You best know your case when you appear before her. She's tough, but fair.

Judge: David W Engel
6/9/2012 8:22:36 PM

A lot nicer than wolfe but approves less cases. Pretty cool judge.

Judge: David Gutierrez
6/8/2012 1:40:24 PM

Very nice and professional. You will win with good evidence and a good representative.

Judge: Daniel E Whitney
4/9/2012 1:09:36 PM

Very unprofessional and biased. Sarcastic, rude, and used ridiculous reasoning to deny me. He actually holds it against you and says it's proof you're not disabled if you manage to get yourself to a specialist. He could care less about the rules or ethics. Pray you don't get this guy.

Judge: Joseph Liken
3/18/2012 1:16:37 AM

This judge is a good listener and very fair