Boston, Massachusetts ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Boston, Massachusetts, 13 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Boston, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 11.0 months. The average case processing time in Boston is 383 days.The Boston average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 42%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Boston ODAR office was last updated on 3/11/2015.

SSA, Boston ODAR Office
One Bowdoin Square, 4th Floor
Boston, Massachusetts 02114
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Phone: (888) 870-7573 -- Fax: (617) 248-0978
eFile Fax: (617) 742-1871 (For sending evidence)

OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Boston 13 11.0 months 383 days 1.7 22% 42% 36%
Massachusetts11.3 months392 days1.920%42%38%
National Average:12.8 months432 days2.018%44%38%
Hearing Wait Time: 11.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 1.69
Average Processing Time 383 days
Cases Pending 5844
Dispositions 1630
New Cases 1944
Hearings In Person 90%
Video Hearings 10%

Comments about Judges at the Boston Massachusetts ODAR office:

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Judge: Sean Teehan
Date Posted: 3/3/2015 1:25:40 PM
Submited By: Laura

Going into my husband's hearing with Judge Teehan we were very nervous. We had heard so many bad things about him and how harsh he was. Boy were we wrong!! He listened to the Medical Expert and that was it, hearing was over. He didn't even ask the VE any questions. My husband's case was found fully favorable less than a month later! If you have all your medical records and have a legit disability, then there is no reason why a Judge would deny you. Judge Teehan was very fair and understanding. And I'm not just saying this because my husband was approved. he really listens and as long as you have done everything you are supposed to, then there is no reason to fear him. He even thanked my Husband at the end for his service.

Judge: Maria Alexander Nunez
Date Posted: 11/8/2014 7:47:20 AM
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As Chief ALJ of Richmond, she has a moral and ethical responsibility to set the srandard according to the law. Claimants should NEVER be treated with bisa and personal prejudices. Her comments were racist and offensive to me. Her approval rate in Puerto Rico was a whopping 79%! In Boston 100%, and now in Richmond 32%! What does the last name Nunez have in common with PR?She needs to be investigated! With the recent class action lawsuit settlement in response the anti-claimant crew in Queens New York, can anybody say "Class Action Lawsuit against ssa anti-claimant ALJS in Richmond ODAR office?" Its time to shut anti-claimant judges like Nunez down! Is it possible to sue the SSA for emotional distress, pain and suffering caused by anti-claimant judges who deny legitimate claims?

Judge: Matthew G Levin
Date Posted: 9/14/2014 5:27:38 PM
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Look at his approval rates year to year -- the ratios remain the same. Judge has an agenda to deny, period.

Judge: William Ramsey
Date Posted: 8/4/2014 11:17:51 AM
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Had my hear with this judge, in july 2014 i went for a closed period, he ask me a few questions, i answered honestly i was disabled for the period of time i was asking for and he gave me a ruling on the bench. He did his job end of story. Thank god i am able to work again, granted i cant do what i did before but i want to work so i will find something to fit my abilities.

Judge: Sean Teehan
Date Posted: 7/16/2014 9:54:05 PM
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I was told judge Teehan was going to be hard and ruthless. He seemed kind to me. I just worry that I didn't give all my answers with full explanation s or if I even gave all of the important information out of anxiety. I wish I could have had a video hearing. It would have been easier and less stress! This is a life changing decision. Now I will panicked until I get the decision because the percentage is so low to be approved. I really hope they have to really see the medic impairments and not just denied because of a wrong answer. These hearings are frightening as it is. Well, wish me luck please.God bless all of you!

Judge: Sean Teehan
Date Posted: 5/16/2014 2:11:04 PM
Submited By: Lil

Judge Teehan heard my case late 2013. During this hearing Judge Teehan misstated dates as well as the Vocational Specialist's answers, insinuated that I lied about my limitations, was 1.5 hours late hearing my case and offered no explanation or apology for keeping me waiting and then questioned me for approximately 90 minutes. During this questioning Judge Teehan acted as if he were prosecuting me with his condescending tone and excessive questioning. When we left the hearing, my attorney apologized to me for having to go through this hearing that she described as cruel. She stated that Judge Teehan is a nightmare and his excessive questioning was unfair. If I was younger with little medical evidence, then questioning for 90 minutes might have been warranted, however, I am 58 years old, had worked since I was12 years old and never collected welfare or unemployment. I have had several MRI's showing severe back arthritis, moderate canal stenosis, moderate neuro foraminal stenosis, 4 circumferential bulging discs with protrusion into nerves, etc. I have been under the care of a surgeon from MGH and a physiotherapist since late 2010 for my back problems and have had several injections to alleviate the pain and discomfort and unfortunately , nothing has helped. The surgeon at MGH told me that I had so many problems with my back that with surgery I have a 50/50 chance of feeling 30 percent better. These odds aren't worth the risks from surgery and I will have to survive through pain management, injections, PT, medication, etc. Because I can no longer work and was denied SSI, I have had deplete my 401k and all my savings to survive the past 4 years and recently had to move in with a relative because I can no longer afford to pay rent. I have appealed to the SSI Council and will take my case to Federal Court if need be. Additionally, I am lodging a complaint against Judge Teehan for his excessive questioning, his accusation that I signed a document in 2012 stating I wasn't disabled which I never signed and his blatant biased behavior. Judge Teehan is a disgrace and detriment to the SSI disability program and should be reprimanded and removed from his role as a judge based on his biased and disgraceful behavior towards SSI disability applicants. All the SSI Council needs to do is to listen to the tape of my hearing to validate Judge Teehan's misconduct and if has hasn't already, will become their "worst nightmare" if he remains an SSI judge.

Judge: Joel F Gardiner
Date Posted: 11/30/2013 9:32:27 AM
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I went before this judge in summer of 2013, as I enter the courtroom I got a very weird look from this judge,when I stated my age 48 he became very negative. now I have had a few injuries including 2 disc herniations in my lower back 2 disks in my neck which now I have no feeling in my r foot along with sciatic nerve issues running from my back down to my leg into my foot. ive been to 3 doctors in the boston spine groupe. few years later I had a heart attak and a stent operation was done,, then I tore my rot cuff and no longer have strength in my right arm or hand. ive been to several doctors for these conditions and I am on medication. long story short this judge did not review all my doctors and the ones he did he twisted the stories around and .he said because of my age I am still able to work,one example of his explanation,, he is not to lift anything over 5 lbs push pull grasp and no working above shoulder height,, he has also spine impingement nerve damage etc etc.. then goes on to tell me im only in my 40s and to him I don't look like im in any pain,, then has a vocational expert telling him I can go back to work doing automotive work,, and according to 2010 stats there are thousands of positions available,, ahh hello this is 2013 and I cannot bend stretch push pull or grasp,, to me this judge was full of personal attacks due my age,, very negative and very unfair,, when I got my unfavorable decision he had twisted the explanations around did not look at all my doctors records that say not able to work due to conditions.. imo this judge should be fired. I did not ask for these injuries this was the deck I was handed and now have to deal with them for the rest of my life,, thanks judge for being so negative and full of personal attacks because of my now I am no longer insured and cannot collect the money I had paid in to ss. so what do they do with all the money people pay in and cannot collect??? I honestly don't know how this narrow minded judge can sleep at night. and yes this is called freedom of speech,, or did they take my rights away too..

Judge: Daniel J Driscoll
Date Posted: 10/21/2013 7:39:14 PM
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Judge Driscoll was thorough in his questioning and what I believe is apparent fairness as described by my husband. We are not sure it was approved yet and we will wait for his decision. My husband was very confused about himself yet the judge allowed my husband to try and compose himself many times during the hearing. No matter how the decision turns out my husband said the man was doing his job the best he can do. Our attorney said he believed the case was approved. We can only wait to find out if it actually was. God bless these judges that have to make these very difficult decisions regardless of how they rule.

Judge: William Ramsey
Date Posted: 9/30/2013 12:38:24 PM
Submited By: nicole

This judge didn't even look at all my medical I could barely walk and still denied me....HORRIBLE

Judge: Barry H Best
Date Posted: 7/1/2013 1:16:29 PM
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Just received a denial letter from judge Best. I feel as though he ignored all the strong evidence presented by my self and my doctors and based his decision solely on the SSA doctors who saw me. A typical denier judge!

Judge: Rebekah Ross
Date Posted: 4/12/2013 6:23:34 PM
Submited By: nylg yort

found judge ross very open and helpful.

Judge: Paul M Murphy
Date Posted: 4/8/2013 8:51:19 AM
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Despite overwhelming evidence of a heart condition that cannot be treated with meds due to other health problems I was denied. I think he is a nice man,but he just doesn't understand difficult and hard to diagnose cases. I am still waiting on an appeal from his decision meanwhile I have no help or assistance of any kind I will be living out of my car soon!!!!!!! Even if he can't understand what my life is like with my heart problems I have to everyday and wonder why he made that bad decision...

Judge: Matthew G Levin
Date Posted: 2/14/2013 8:06:51 PM
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Horrible. Takes everything negative and ignores the good. Seriously an idiot and doesn't know how to use spell check. I hate him

Judge: Barry H Best
Date Posted: 1/8/2013 4:38:17 PM
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Went to my hearing and He stated He wanted to do a continuance to have a DR present to review the medical documents. I am not sure what this means but He appeared to be nice. Started crying a bit when talking about my problems and He did not try to rush me. Took a few breaths then continued. He was not rude to me at all. Even when I did not understand the question and spoke of something completly different. Seemed to show sympathy and not rush me, unlike the hersay of most Judges doing this when someone becomes upset or emotional.

Judge: William Ramsey
Date Posted: 12/11/2012 5:39:24 PM
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The person above me is being unfair, you were denied plain and simple because you missed your appointment, this judge doesn't approve of that type of behavior. I was told from the beginning that if I missed any appointments that he would dismiss my case. He is the head judge, a very fair man who made me feel comfortable. I received a favorable decision with a different onset date, but he really helped my case and would have received it from the onset date if I had sent him the proper paperwork, it was an oversight on my part, I cannot blame Judge Ramsey. I thank him and I know he has a low rating as far as approvals go, but he sort of sees right through the bologna. You can always appeal your decision from him. I'm very satisfied with his decision and thank him for making me feel comfortable in his courtroom and being a very decent human being as well as his staff. My suggestion would be, be prepared, don't be dishonest and have medical documentations to back up your claims. He wants to see that you are following through with your treatment, otherwise he has to follow the law. Would I have liked a fully favorable decision, of course, but why would I begrudge a man doing his job because of my errors?

Judge: William Ramsey
Date Posted: 12/4/2012 8:50:28 AM
Submited By: John

I just got home from my hearing. I wasn't denied and I didn't get a bench decision but I found the judge to be very fair and thorough. He asked the important questions and did his due diligence in finding the facts out. It lasted about an hour. I was with my attorney. She hit it out of the park. The vocational expert had his questions and a few jobs that I could do in his opinion. It's just the process. Either way, approval or denial, I was satisfied. I can always appeal. My case was strong and had years of documented surgery and Doctors opinions that favored me getting SSI. Nothing in this world is guaranteed. You have to work on it and get an attorney and cough up a couple grand of your money. It's not the judge, it's you. If you were denied you're case wasn't strong. Point blank.

Judge: William Ramsey
Date Posted: 12/1/2012 11:01:28 AM
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Although this particular judge heard me out and asked really good questions and made me feel very comfortable, at the same time he looked as though he was just speeding through my case. I had 12 years of paper work proving my case from a few doctors, amazing letters from my therapist and psychiatrist, DSS records and school records riddled with abuse- denied. The part I think that made it even more obvious that this judge WRONGFULLY denied me was that my particular disability that I have documentation of, 12-13 years of proof, and present day as well, I was actually a SSDI RECIPIENT FOR 4 YEARS FROM 14-18yrs old!!!!!! I only stopped recieving because of my disability, I was homeless and jobless and didnt keep my review appointment with the psychiatrist, who left 5 minutes early I later found out!!!! COMPLETE MISCARRIAGE OF JUSTICE AND PEOPLE LIKE ME WHO HAVE PAID INTO THESE BENEFITS ARE OUT HERE SUFFERING.

Judge: Constance D Carter
Date Posted: 11/18/2012 2:17:17 PM
Submited By: Richard

Judge C.Carter has a low approval rating. It is not the lowest but it is low in comparison to others. I found her to be objective and probing. I found her to be receptive to accurate honesty. I had to settle for a later on-set date but I fault primary care for that.

Judge: Martha R Reeves
Date Posted: 9/17/2012 11:51:19 AM
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Mercurial, self-important, and irritating.

Judge: J. Alan Mackay
Date Posted: 7/30/2012 1:23:29 PM
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I have had ALJ MacKay twice in the past month. He is a stickler on the 5 day rule and will not accept evidence submitted after the 5 days. Period. However, he awarded both cases, one 45 year old with chronic pain and one 54 year old whose past relevant was heavy and whose cardiac impairment limited him to sedentary/light work

Judge: J. Alan Mackay
Date Posted: 7/26/2012 8:55:25 PM
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I have had judge Mackay on two cases, one I won which should never had made it to a law judge as the client was very Ill One I lost that although the Meds did not support the client I knew the client and her problems Personally as she became a friend of the family. I knew it was a long shot but I thought the judge would see she was really truthful and was in need Of these benefits. I think these judges have to realize that most of my brothers and sisters turn away many people we feel don't deserve SSDI but when we bring a client we put a lot of work into their cases and when we loose we suffer as we end up working for months for nothing and that Hurts we do not get a weekly check the cases we bring to you we believe in

Judge: Maria Alexander Nunez
Date Posted: 7/3/2012 2:51:58 PM
Submited By: Danieel

You can always tell an expert! Thanks for contritbuing.

Judge: Stephen C Fulton
Date Posted: 7/3/2012 2:42:25 PM
Submited By: John

A kangaroo court

Judge: Sean Teehan
Date Posted: 6/26/2012 3:23:43 PM
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I was before him recently. I had the impression that he did not approach my case objectively, but was looking for a justification to deny it. When he asked the employment specialist if I was capable of certain work requirements, he misstated what I had told him - under oath - and what was in my medical record. I've been told by two lawyers, unconnected with each other, that Teehan has the reputation of being harsh and biased. Why have his approvals dropped so dramatically in the last two years? Look at the statistics below.

Judge: Matthew Levin
Date Posted: 3/25/2012 10:36:05 PM
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