Portland Me, Maine ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Portland Me, Maine, 7 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 16.5 months. The average case processing time in Portland Me is 521 days.The Portland Me average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 54%. 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 5/19/2016.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Portland Me 7 16.5 months 521 days 1.8 18% 54% 27%
Maine16.5 months521 days1.818%54%27%
National Average:15.9 months510 days1.920%44%37%
AVERAGE TIME
Hearing Wait Time: 16.50 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 1.79
Average Processing Time 521 days
Cases Pending 2637
Dispositions 1320
New Cases 1431
Hearings In Person 76%
Video Hearings 24%
LIST OF JUDGES / 18
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied
Judge Christine Cutter 22%34%44%
Judge Lamar W Davis 15%52%33%
Judge Linda J Helm 20%45%35%
Judge John L Melanson 21%49%30%
Judge Katherine Morgan 14%67%19%
Judge Carol A Sax 0%100%0%
Judge Joseph Shortill 20%70%11%

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

Judge: Linda J Helm
3/17/2016 5:09:19 AM



How many denied claims were that of veterans who are receiving pensions from the VA and considered disabled by the VA?


Judge: Virginia Kuhn
2/23/2016 2:48:08 PM





Adam
Judge: Katherine Morgan
11/4/2015 1:37:45 PM



I Just left my hiering with this Honorable Judge my name is Adam I'm 26 years old. I will never forget how careing and Compassionate that this charge was to me I've never met anyone in my entire life who is more dedicated to their job than this woman she really has it in her heart to help as many people as she possibly can I will never forget the sincerity in her voice and she told me that everything will be alright I will never ever ever forget her she has changed my life forever she deserves an award for being the fairest judge in the world.

Sheila
Judge: Katherine Morgan
5/18/2015 8:43:20 AM



Katherine Morgan was kind and she told me that I did a good job with my appeal. Apparently I didn't do that good though because I lost and she approves almost everyone. I'm not sure that she took as much time reviewing the facts of my case as she probably should have though because some on the statements that she made in her decision were not correct. For example, I had told her that my employers had reported more tip income than I actually received, and she wrote that I only reported the hourly wages of about $2.00 an hour and excluded the tips all together. This was not even the employment that was primarily in question, it was from work done before that. She also did not put any emphasis on my residual functioning ability limitations which was an important factor in my case.


Judge: Katherine Morgan
3/5/2015 2:07:06 PM



I have not received my decision, so this is an unbiased review. I found Honorable Judge Katherine Morgan to be kind, compassionate, and patient. She intently listened to my testimony and asked fair questions all the while paying close attention to my answers. I was brought to tears at one point while discussing a tragedy that happened in my past and was told to take my time testifying, that my sadness was justified. This Judge has my utmost respect.

Paul Parker
Judge: Guy E Fletcher
3/2/2015 3:25:38 PM



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
9/18/2014 10:54:55 AM



I found him to be a fair man. It's of utmost importance to be prepared and speak clearly.


Judge: Linda J Helm
6/12/2014 11:46:03 AM



I have not received my judgement yet, but regardless of whatever decision is made, it will not alter my feelings about the hearing. Judge Helm was very nice to me as I was in a severe amount of pain that day. She took her time asking questions and gave me a lot of time to answer each question fully and to elaborate on them. I in no way felt she rushed me, nor was she dismissive. I have a very complex case and Judge Helm made sure that I was questioned every way from Sunday, and all bases were covered.

Kim
Judge: Vickie Evans
11/22/2013 12:57:26 PM



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
2/25/2013 7:19:23 AM



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
2/13/2013 5:14:58 PM



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.

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



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?????

michelle sainz
Judge: Linda J Helm
1/16/2013 6:28:09 AM



RE: I didn't find this lady mean spirited . I thought she would approve me . I was suprised when I was denied seeing that the vocational expert and Judge Helm both said There was no jobs available for me so why was I denied? OH and because I filed taxes the year previous she kept insinuating that I was filing for earned income credit but I worked to see if I could and Can not

michelle sainz
Judge: Linda J Helm
1/16/2013 6:24:01 AM



I was @ your hearing. with no lawyer. The vocational expert said that I could work bilateral only for 3 hours then lay flat on my back after. Judge Helm asked the vocational expert what jobs are availiable for this kind of work . The vocational expert said NONE JUDGE. I was denied my social security. Can someone plese explain this


Judge: Kim K Griswold
1/14/2013 10:13:40 AM



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
1/3/2013 7:26:53 PM



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
12/16/2012 11:58:49 AM



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
11/28/2012 10:20:51 AM



Never had an issue with her


Judge: Vickie Evans
10/26/2012 7:56:40 PM



She rocks. But,don't lie to her, otherwise she will turn onyou.


Judge: Katherine Morgan
10/26/2012 7:36:52 PM



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: Linda J Helm
9/10/2012 2:05:06 PM



Good luck with this mean spirited woman.

Cheryl Day
Judge: John F Edwards
7/17/2012 8:48:58 AM



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.