Portland Me, Maine ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Portland Me, Maine, 6 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Portland Me, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 14.0 months. The average case processing time in Portland Me is 427 days.The Portland Me average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 52%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Portland Me ODAR office was last updated on 2/12/2015.

SSA, Portland Me ODAR Office
One Portland Square, Suite 600
Portland, Maine 04101-4092
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Phone: (207) 780-3271 -- Fax: (207) 780-3705
eFile Fax: (207) 761-3994 (For sending evidence)

OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Portland Me 6 14.0 months 427 days 1.7 25% 52% 23%
Maine14.0 months427 days1.725%52%23%
National Average:12.8 months432 days2.018%44%38%
Hearing Wait Time: 14.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 1.71
Average Processing Time 427 days
Cases Pending 4257
Dispositions 710
New Cases 1278
Hearings In Person 62%
Video Hearings 38%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied
Judge John F Edwards 32%34%34%
Judge Vickie Evans 25%52%23%
Judge Guy E Fletcher 15%54%31%
Judge John L Melanson 26%50%24%
Judge Katherine Morgan 22%62%16%
Judge Joseph Shortill 23%63%14%

Comments about Judges at the Portland Me Maine ODAR office:

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Judge: Guy E Fletcher
Date Posted: 3/2/2015 3:25:38 PM
Submited By: Paul Parker

I haven't received A decision yet but honorable judge Fletcher is very understanding and Attentive to viewing hearing and understanding our cases he listened to what I had to say and I could'nt have asked for a better judge

Judge: John L Melanson
Date Posted: 9/18/2014 10:54:55 AM
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I found him to be a fair man. It's of utmost importance to be prepared and speak clearly.

Judge: Vickie Evans
Date Posted: 11/22/2013 12:57:26 PM
Submited By: Kim

I thought she was kind, considerate, and a compassionate human..she listened, and actually cares about the person sitting in front of her...no matter what my husbands outcome, I know she really listened...excellent person...

Judge: John F Edwards
Date Posted: 2/25/2013 7:19:23 AM
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Your attorney is a fruitcake OR in the judges pocket. I NEVER should have been denied. Not 1 of my doctors can understand why.

Judge: John F Edwards
Date Posted: 2/13/2013 5:14:58 PM
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My attorney told me this Judge takes no crap. If you have your things together you will do good!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Advice from some one who knows.

Judge: John F Edwards
Date Posted: 1/29/2013 8:09:23 AM
Submited By: B.W.

Based on my hearing, this judge needs to be reprimaned and FIRED!! I have numerous ailments ALL DIAGNOSED AND DOCUMENTED. I have been gainfully employed since the working paper age of 14, (now 50). I CANNOT STAND , SIT OR WALK for more than 10-15 mins at a time. FORGET lifting heavy objects. I also have COPD,CHF,SLEEP APNIA and NOW restricted from driving do to Narcolepsy. This POMPOUS ******* denied me. Even his Professionl Vocational Advisor said there was nothing else for me. HOW CAN HE BE ALLOWED TO DO THIS. How can I take care of my family?????

Judge: Kim K Griswold
Date Posted: 1/14/2013 10:59:30 AM
Submited By: Justin

She hates people and twists words to suit the federal governments agenda.

Judge: Kim K Griswold
Date Posted: 1/14/2013 10:13:40 AM
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I do not care for Kim K. Griswald, as she does not care for me. Yes, I have used substances throughout the years, probably because of my condition. My only hope to make it in this world was social security income, and now that's shattered. She grilled me on my marijuana use, and honestly that stuff HELPS me, and I know this, because I'm me. It's 2013, and I just got my decision of unfavorable. Thanks Kim

Judge: John F Edwards
Date Posted: 1/3/2013 7:26:53 PM
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Judge Edwards dismissed my case for my SSD without a Hearing, "Request for Hearing Denied". He explained DDS found my onset date to be later than my last insured date. Therefore, no hearing is needed. (?????????????????????????)

Judge: John L Melanson
Date Posted: 12/16/2012 11:58:49 AM
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Beware! this Judge will twist your words, and dissaprove of everything you say, just to get his way and to accomidate his unfavorable decision! He hates peopole who smoke, or drink and is very paranoid when speaking about medication use. This Judge is worse then all of the rest, he's a very bad man!

Judge: Katherine Morgan
Date Posted: 11/28/2012 10:20:51 AM
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Never had an issue with her

Judge: Vickie Evans
Date Posted: 10/26/2012 7:56:40 PM
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She rocks. But,don't lie to her, otherwise she will turn onyou.

Judge: Katherine Morgan
Date Posted: 10/26/2012 7:36:52 PM
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This judge is incompetent? Probably. But, look at her "approval" rate--among the highest in the entire Ageny. Haven't you heard what EVERYONE says about her? "Always late, but worth the wait!". I wonder what you did or said that led her to deny your claim. You can always appeal to the Appeals Council.

Judge: John F Edwards
Date Posted: 7/17/2012 8:48:58 AM
Submited By: Cheryl Day

Ok where do I begin about this so called judge John Edwards. In May of this year I finally after in a half years got to have my social security disability hearing. Fisrt when I proceeded with my sworn testimony the judge snapped at me about my attempted suicide and was so rude and unprofessional I could'nt believe what I was hearing He said he did'nt believe that some could take 44 vicodin and live, he would not listen when I told him that I threw them up in a 24 hour period. The work advisor made sure I would be distacted also by his constent yawning and moaning and groaning throughout my hearing. So after the hearing my lawyer told me the judge would not vote in my favor. and I would have to reaply for my social security disability claim. So I had to call someone in the state to put a complaint in about this judge and found out some interesting news. Accourding to my source they have seen the transcript and the judge had some pretty horrible stuff about me in there. He does'nt even know me.