Grand Rapids, Michigan ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Grand Rapids, Michigan, 7 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Grand Rapids, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 17.5 months. The average case processing time in Grand Rapids is 502 days.The Grand Rapids average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 38%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Grand Rapids ODAR office was last updated on 9/7/2016.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Grand Rapids 7 17.5 months 502 days 1.8 19% 38% 43%
Michigan16.5 months501 days1.917%49%34%
National Average:16.8 months525 days1.920%44%36%
Hearing Wait Time: 17.50 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 1.76
Average Processing Time 502 days
Cases Pending 6828
Dispositions 1984
New Cases 3514
Hearings In Person 93%
Video Hearings 7%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied
Judge Michael S Condon 20%35%45%
Judge Donna J Grit 16%41%44%
Judge Lori Imsland 12%39%48%
Judge David Kurtz 16%48%37%
Judge Nicholas M Ohanesian 20%44%36%
Judge James F Prothro 23%22%55%
Judge Steven C Smith 14%74%11%

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Dana Paul
Judge: Nicholas M Ohanesian
10/18/2016 4:35:20 AM

I was pretty nervous going to yet another social security hearing, but the judge was very easy going and it made it more comfortable for me. I think he seemed to be fair and I appreciate how thorough he was.

Judge: Timothy G Stueve
10/9/2016 5:19:22 AM

During my hearing, I was advised of three positions that i could possibly do. Two of them were denied. Then the third position as well was denied. When I received my denial letter. The third position that was denied was changed to something that was never even discussed at my hearing. Therefore, I believe my hearing should be re-evaluated by someone else. How can this judge just change whatever, to whatever he wants it to say?

Judge: Paul W Jones
9/28/2016 1:22:58 PM

Went in front of this judge twice. The first time he only asked what my spouse did for a living and did I currently have health insurance. He complained to my attorney that I had too many medical records. I received a two-page denial that talked about how I couldn't do my job due to my physical impairments, then said I had no impairments so I was denied at step two. SSA voluntarily remanded the case. He was extremely condescending and rude at the second hearing. He started out with saying I was wasting his time because he'd already heard this case. Also, my date last insured had passed; he required me to state "back then, during the relevant time period" before every single sentence. I missed one, and he jumped on me and said we weren't talking about present day. I asked if he needed me to repeat what I said with that sentence tacked on to the front. He said if I didn't he would assume it was irrelevant to my case. I was a basket case by the end of that interrogation. I received an almost identical-to-the-first denial about a week after the hearing.

Judge: Paul W Jones
9/26/2016 11:36:40 AM

Since first handling my case the only thing this person has been is dishonest. In the beginning he attempted to stave off my hearing in a variety of ways including claiming he hadn't had a chance to read documents then blaming it on staff and that there was missing documentation, this is not true, every possible shred of relevant medical records were turned in. I then filed a complaint with the office manager Nicole, and informed her of this and she said, "I'll be sure to tell the judge that.". At my hearing 2 months later Jones wasted 37 minutes on irrelevant conversation regarding the purpose of "false mall walls" and the physics involved in manually moving a 50 gallon drum of flammable viscous liquid. He then proceeded to badger me with the same irrelevant question over and again, then ultimately raised his voice at me, pushing me into a full blown anxiety attack rendering me unable to complete my testimony. An hour of my life wasted on an abusive, arrogant, condescending person who has been spoon fed his life from a silver platter and got his position through his family connections (unfiltered web access can provide a wealth of information). Considering he makes near $200,000 a year (in the top 10 percentile of all government employees) with an average of $9,000 a year in raises since taking his current position (public information available online), people need to wake up and start fighting back, that is taxpayer money in his pocket, he works for us. In my denial letter he misrepresented not only my testimony, but medical records and the vocational experts testimony. More dishonesty. I recorded the hearing, there is no way he can deny this. I now have a gentleman in a brand new 2017 (2016?) Dark charcoal grey 4 door sedan following me around taking pictures of me. I could be wrong but I could have sworn it was him, I have video and photographs to back this up. Considering there are 18 security cameras in my complex, the fact that this and another vehicle have been drawing attention to the neighborhood watch program (they thought they were drug dealers), by the end of this week I will have the past couple of months sifted through by myself and the housing director (a police report has been filed) to identify said driver of vehicle better with and obtain clearer images. I suppose this is an effort to dredge up intelligence on whether or not I am working or some other nonsense... it's only fraudulent if you lie, which is something I have not done and I never do, these subjects will be discussed at my next hearing along with extensive medical documentation as to any situation the SSA or this judge deems it necessary to have me followed and my privacy ruined. I feel this is simply another attempt at staving off my disability claim with some kind of Perry Mason drama, I am not a criminal and have not hidden a single thing from the SSA. Even though I was not given the opportunity to present my case in January this is not the forum to address that particular battle. Something else to think about: There are at least 2 comments on this page that REALLY don't add up...1/25/2016: why would an "anonymous" person give arbitrary advice on "...(not) using a cane unless you use it 100% of the time"? I find this odd as it appears 1 week after my hearing, I am prescribed a cane for 2 different reasons and do not use it all the time, only as needed since it causes the neuropathy in my right hand to act up and discomfort in my right elbow as well, due to a reconstructed left hand, holding a cane on that side is problematic and painful at times. If you are prescribed a cane by a doctor for any reason and require the use of it the day of your hearing, take it with you. 8/28/2013: these are the words of a person defending themselves, doesn't sound to me like a 3rd party, the use of exclamation marks and capital letters denotes anger, not sympathy, there is also the sentence"...and I agree with the guy!" which appears word for word in my denial letter except replace "him" with "her". No matter what a person does, a part of their personality comes through whatever they write, you decide whatever you want regarding those comments. I am fed up with dealing in an affair steeped in lies and corruption. My denial was nothing more than retaliation for filing a complaint against him. His denial letter was actually so absurd and poorly written I actually felt sorry for him, it was nothing more than a string of insults. I will not back down, When a man no longer has anything left to lose... these are not criminal proceedings and people with verifiable disabilities or health conditions preventing them from gainful employment or working a full time job should not be treated in this manner. This is an abomination. File complaints with the Virginia ODAR if he mistreats you in any way or misrepresents your case, they can give you the information including a fax number to speed things up. This aggression will not stand, man.

Judge: Paul W Jones
9/25/2016 11:28:37 AM

Since first handling my case the only thing this person has done is lie. In the beginning he attempted to stave off my hearing in a variety of ways including claiming he hadn't had a chance to read documents and that there was missing documentation, this is a lie every possible shred of relevant medical records were turned in. I then filed a complaint with the office manager Nicole, and informed her of this and she said, "I'll be sure to tell the judge that." (9:50 ish am Nov 6th 2015, I recorded the conversation). At my hearing 2 months later Jones wasted 37 minutes on irrelevant conversation regarding the purpose of "false mall walls" and the physics involved in manually moving a 50 gallon drum of flammable viscous liquid. He then proceeded to badger me with the same irrelevant question and ultimately raised his voice at me, pushing me into a full blown anxiety attack rendering me unable to complete my testimony. An hour of my life wasted on an abusive,  arrogant,  condescending person who has been spoon fed his life from a silver platter and got his position through his father's connections (Google is your friend, firefox your pal, the dark web a godsend). Considering he makes near $200,000 a year with an average of $10,000 a year in raises since taking his current position (public information available online),  people need to wake up and start fighting back, that is taxpayer money in his pocket, he works for us. In my denial letter he misrepresented not only my testimony,  but medical records and the vocational experts testimony. More lies. I recorded the hearing,  there is no way he can deny this. I now have a gentleman in a brand new 2017  (2016?) Dark charcoal grey 4 door sedan following me around taking pictures of me. I could be wrong but I swear it's him, I have video and photographs to back this up. Something else to think about: There are at least 2 comments on this page that REALLY don't add up... read closely, then read your denial letters or any other documents written by him. I am fed up with dealing in an affair steeped in lies and corruption. My denial was nothing more than retaliation for filing a complaint against him. His denial letter was actually so absurd and poorly written I actually felt sorry for him. I will not back down, When a man no longer has nothing left to lose.... these are not criminal proceedings and people with verifiable disabilities or health conditions preventing them from gainful employment or working a full time job should not be treated in this manner. This is an abomination. File complaints with the Virginia ODAR if he mistreats you in any way, they can give you the information including a fax number to speed things up. This aggression will not stand, man.

Annette Liskovec
Judge: Michael S Condon
9/19/2016 3:15:06 PM

We just received my husbands favorable letter in the mail and it has been along time coming... I just wanted to put a response out there that this judge is not all bad news like I have been reading. He really listened, asked questions, and I tell you one thing, Judge Condon is thorough, he goes through your file with a fine tooth comb, He knew my husbands case from the time of his first injury and surgery, he knew every doctor, every surgery, every procedure and everything that he has been through.. He literally knew his file from top to bottom.. Expect to wait a little longer for his decision because like I said he goes over everything ... It was 45 days from my husbands hearing to receive the decision... We couldn't be anymore pleased with Judge Condon!! He literally changed our lives.. The last few years have been excruciating.. Unfortunately my husband will never be free of his pain or his other conditions and will have to battle this the rest of his life BUT we can do this with a little less stress knowing we have some room to breath now...

Judge: Michael S Condon
9/18/2016 8:03:12 AM

The worst judge by far in the Grand Rapids office. Routinely rejects treating physician opinions on the most specious of reasons. I only wish he could experience health problems to maybe develop a hint of empathy. No stars.

Judge: Carol Guyton
9/9/2016 9:39:32 AM

Typical denial rating.My third time applying for disability,unable to work.No earnings since car wreck.Deny deny deny.I pray she is a good woman.bmb

Judge: Paul W Jones
8/29/2016 12:27:44 PM

I went infront of Paul Jones, he ruled against all Doctors, vocational experts, by his own irrational beliefs of fiction and did not rule on factual evidence that was presented, I am still under a doctors care from shoulder surgery last October, it's been 2 yrs now and now another appeal, although this judge claimed I was 53 in his opinion, actually I am 58, 59 in another month....when you have someone like him deciding on many futures, wonder who he knew to get appointed to that position......what a JOKE , at the TAXPAYER'S expense, something that is supposed to be in place for those who are unable to work ,

Judge: James F Prothro
8/25/2016 8:49:15 AM

ALJ Prothro spent the beginning of his tenure as an ALJ in Grand Rapids MI. and built a reputation as the most damaging ALJ for claimants. As an attorney who has significant experience with a large quantity of ALJs over many years, it is my opinion he was the worst ALJ I have ever had to deal with ever. He is now in Mississippi. I hope things go better for claimants in Mississippi.

Judge: Kenneth E Ball
7/15/2016 9:02:11 PM

I have appeared before about 150 ALJs in 30 years of practice. He is among the bottom 10 percent.

Judge: Michael S Condon
4/9/2016 1:58:36 PM

I just received my unfavorable decision and I also wonder if this person is a doctor. My doctor filled out paperwork for me and I was still denied. He was profiling me from the minute i walked in the room and the first question he asked was "Do you receive food stamps" which I do not. We have NEVER lived off the state. I was not asking for WELFARE benefits, i was asking for SSDI (INSURANCE). I have numerous issues and he dismissed every one of them saying they were not severe enough. I invite this judge to my home for one week and see how my disease is affecting me on a daily basis. It is slowly killng me, my disease is a DEATH SENTENCE. All these young kids running around getting SSI cause they can't handle life can get it over and over again.

Judge: Timothy G Stueve
4/7/2016 10:26:53 AM

facts are facts. approval rating of 24%. his personal attitude is controlling. not law-- just his political beliefs. another reason to do away with this section of the agency. draw one alj and you win draw another and you loses.

Judge: Paul W Jones
3/3/2016 9:24:02 AM

"He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you." ~Friedrich Nietzsche~

Judge: James F Prothro
2/1/2016 1:02:53 PM

. His reasons for denial are ridiculous and many parts of the denial were flat out false and misleading. We're merely a toy to this judge, he's infamous for a reason. Discuss appealing this judge's decision with your lawyer before getting into the court room. I've seen other stories of lawyers not taking up cases against this judge, it's understandable, he's incredibly unfair. He seems nice but very out of touch with this world (in a cognitive sense), he seems to have some issues with paying attention. I'm not saying this to bash him, he's an awful judge I'll just say that, but he literally seems to have concentration issues and really should retire. The really sad part is what I just said is what many others have said.

Judge: Paul W Jones
1/25/2016 11:26:40 PM

I had judge jones last week and he was great!! My lawyer and myself were very prepared for our case and were able to have all of my records submitted to him about a week prior to my court date . He was very cordial with us and was never condensing toward me. He came out asking question that I answered quickly and honestly. My case was paid. He comes off as a judge that does not want to see laziness and people trying to get over on the system which from what I hear Is a on going problem in Lansing and any other city or State for that matter. If something is legitimately wrong you go in there and be you!!using a cane or walker if not always the best idea in my opinion unless you use It 100% of the time.My best advise is go in there and be honest and the rest will fall into place ! I would definitely recommend this judge to anybody who gets him!if your sick or injured be honest and don't embellish it just makes you look stupid on this comment section! Sorry for rambling 👍

Judge: Paul W Jones
1/23/2016 11:17:55 AM

What follows is the Administrative Law Judge job description for the U.S. government, nowhere does it state that an ALJs duty is "to protect tax money". That statement is the most ridiculous thing I've ever read and obviously written by an egomaniac.... Summary Responsible for adjudicating claims for benefits offered by government. Reviews evidence and examines other factors and documentation to determine ruling. Works for government. Primary responsibilities Adjudicate claims for benefits offered by government. Work on cases assigned by the government to determine: (1) a person's eligibility for various Social Security or workers' compensation benefits, (2) protection of the environment, (3) the enforcement of health and safety regulations, (4) employment discrimination, and (5) compliance with economic regulatory requirements. Review applicant’s case and examine background. Check all reports and facts thoroughly, including criminal history, immigration and citizen status, and intelligence reports. Prepare analysis for government recommending specific courses of action. Show justification for recommended course of action. Maintain security clearance. Supervise support personnel. Research and analyze laws, regulations, policies, and precedent decisions to prepare for hearings and to determine conclusions Issue subpoenas. Determine existence and amount of liability according to current laws. Authorize payment of valid claims. Compromise on settlements. Monitor activities of trials and hearings. Explain rulings to claimants and how they may appeal. Prepare written decisions. Evaluate claim applications, birth and death certificates, and employer records.

Judge: James F Prothro
12/31/2015 7:17:00 AM

It is very clear that Prothro is a terrible ALJ. In my opinion, the worst I have ever dealt with in three decades. Obviously, his decisions can be appealed. But, attorneys and claimants should keep in mind that UNFAIR TREATMENT COMPLAINTS can be forwarded to the Regional Office. This is the only recourse within the system to try to convince SSA to get rid of ALJ's who are bias. If complaints are not filed, SSA really has no notice that there is a problem and won't review his conduct. The fact is the vast majority of ALJ's do a good job and make decisions based on applying the rules. But, when one is clearly playing games to deny as many claimants benefits as possible something should be done.

Peggy Doornbos
Judge: Donna J Grit
11/28/2015 11:24:49 AM

This ALJ has got to be one of the most biased I have ever seen. I have been fighting this battle for over 9 years. I just won a reverse and a remand from District Court and Grit still denied me. How is it that the federal government can dismiss my student loan due to disabilities yet on the State level they don't acknowledge your disabilities? How is it that my treating doctor for several years, the same one who filled out my government disability form, who just happens to be an investigative doctor for the good State of Michigan is not given weight?

Judge: James F Prothro
10/15/2015 11:21:52 AM

All I can say is, if you get this "judge", and I use the term VERY loosely, then start preparing your appeals ASAP. He will deny your claim without good reason and the SSA has started to refuse to reconsider his opinions. Be prepared for a LONG court fight if you are unlucky enough to draw this "judge" for a hearing. Just look at the numbers on his cases, he provides a favorable ruling less than half of the time of the WORST other judge in the GR office, and they are, for the most part, worse than the state average. Why he hasn't had a peer-review that has sent him packing by now begs the question, just who evaluates the judges? Anyone? I doubt it!

Judge: James F Prothro
9/18/2015 9:08:21 PM

I have had extensive physical and psychological issues since I was a toddler. My grandfather who raised me was my hero and never missed but one half day of work and I always strive to be just like him. But with my pain headaches seizures which I have had all of my life the doctors say probably even in the womb I am unable to function in the workplace. Vomiting, trying to work with my eyes closed to avoid the light and noise, I finally came to the conclusion that higher education was my only recourse then I sustained a severe head injury which stopped the possibility of that even happening. Now Judge Protho has denied my case? How am I to survive? The state of Indiana has declared me disabled for years and has since put me on disability insurance. If medical records went back more than a few years it would be easy to see that I have suffered most of my life have suffered multiple trauma to the head have thousands of tumors throughout the body, seizures, migraine headaches and much of the time can't even get out of bed for days I can't work. If for no other reason just because of the days missed but there are many more be assured. I am absolutely sick, disgusted, confused, the homeless shelters I have been don't even like dealing with my illnesses what am I to do?

Judge: James F Prothro
7/2/2015 1:42:13 PM

He is very unfair and twists your words around and I know in my file he said things I never said. I know because I went through my cd of the hearing very carefully. We went to federal court and they remanded my case back to him. My lawyer informed me that most lawyers in Grand Rapids won't even take a case that was handled by Judge Prothro but this one will because he hates this judge and thinks he should be removed from this job and he is not the only lawyer that I have talked to thst feels this way

Judge: James F Prothro
6/24/2015 3:55:59 PM

I love a Southern gentleman, and that he is. I believe he is just doing what he is paid to do; maybe a little too much. I know better though, he will deny anyone no matter what, I just pray.

John Speckine
Judge: Michael S Condon
6/15/2015 1:17:37 PM

I just received my "Unfavorable" decision in the mail and after reading it, I wonder exactly what a person has to do - especially after the Veterans Administration rated me as "Unemployable". I made it very clear in my testimony that I cannot work set hours. My body tells me when I can and cannot do things - ANYthing. I cannot sit in a position required to type (or otherwise work on a computer) for more than 20 or 30 minutes at a time, after which I need to recline or lay down for an hour or so before I can again sit in that position. I cannot stand for more than a couple of minutes, for which reason I only shower two or three times a week (it hurts to get in and out of the shower and it's excruciating to stand long enough to get clean). I also have trouble sleeping because of the pain in my back and have to take sleep medication to get any sleep at all. I take the medication between 4:00 and 6:00 PM and when I wake up, I'm drowsy and unable to function with any lucidity until about 10:00 in the morning, sometimes noon. I don't know how in the world I am expected to be able to find an employer who would hire me under those conditions. I received notice, via phone, from the Veterans Administration (on May 27, 2015) that my disability status had been moved to UNEMPLOYABLE due to my injuries. This notice was faxed immediately to Judge Condon's office on June 2 (the day I received the written notice), but it is not cited as one of the exhibits used in making his "Unfavorable" decision even though the decision was written on June 9. One would think that if the VA rates me as "Unemployable", that in itself would verify the fact that I'm disabled and can no longer work. I'm at a loss to understand the "Unfavorable" decision that has been handed down in my case. Now, after having already waited over two years to begin receiving disability, I'll have to appeal - again - and wait several more months - again - for the next step to finalize. It's very frustrating.

Judge: Paul W Jones
5/27/2015 7:45:06 AM

I have known and practiced in front of Judge Jones for a number of years. He is arrogant, has made racist comments to me, and has expressed a personal philosophy contrary to his position as a judge. he should not be a Social Security ALJ. If you are a claimant, make damn sure you have an attorney who knows his propensities going into the hearing with you. If he miss treats you file a formal complaint.

Judge: William G Reamon
5/24/2015 11:06:04 AM

Aggressive - he was nasty, cruel and went on and on about things that had nothing to do with the case. Whoever or whatever set him off that day was taken out on me. The lawyer, court reporter and other person in the room were very uncomfortable with his behavior, they could not look at either of us. Thankfully after a few months of deliberation, the finding was favorable. I don't wish what happened that day on anyone!

Judge: Nicholas M Ohanesian
5/3/2015 6:28:02 PM

I went before this judge in October 2013. My first impression he seemed like a normal judge, until I received his decision. This judge did not prepare my case very well. First of all he seemed to minimize my conditions, I have lukemia, but he's in remission so he must be okay. Did not consider the chemotherapy medicine I take everyday to keep it in remission how it makes every joint in my body hurt. I lost the use of my arm and hand in a snowmobile accident in 95. I was 37 at the time and felt I could still work and I did. Seems like that's held against you. Now I've developed degenerative joint disease in my good arm for putting double the work on it. But you can lift 10 lbs on occasion. You know it must be nice for people that don't have any ailments to tell people like my self what their capable of doing. I've worked for 38 years paid into social security, they act like this is their money their giving me. Now I have to play their game to try to get my money I paid in.

Judge: Kenneth E Ball
4/29/2015 12:25:24 PM

This is a terrible judge. He will not believe your testimony of disability, even when you have extensive medical records and proof that even working part-time is too much to handle. I would not give him even one star. He has no understanding of the struggles of a person with chronic medical conditions that taxes your energy and makes you tired even after modest activity. I feel sorry for those that have to appear in front of this person.

Judge: Michael S Condon
11/6/2014 10:12:49 AM

Remember the song "Back Stabber"? This guy "smiles in your face" and comes across real nice and sympathetic in the hearing, but is not interested in what a person has to say about how life goes. He picks and chooses what evidence he likes, and seems to think you need to be in a wheelchair, at least, to get benefits. He has no appreciation for how much pain can impact functioning. Be ready to appeal if you are unfortunate enough to be in from of him.

Brenda MacDonald
Judge: Paul W Jones
10/23/2014 8:54:10 AM

My hearing was with Judge Paul Jones and he turned everything I said around. An example of this: Judge Jones asked me about my boyfriend. I told him that we broke up January 2, 2014. He then went on to say that I was able to keep a supportive relationship with my boyfriend and family. The only time my family was mentioned is when I stated my grandson mowed my lawn for me. How did he get that I had a supportive relationship with my boyfriend and family. I don't have a boyfriend and my family isn't supportive. This is just one example. I thought he was very arrogant and full of himself.

Judge: Nicholas M Ohanesian
9/3/2014 8:31:07 AM

He was really nice . My daughter was nerves but he was respectful.

Judge: Janet L Alaga-Gadigian
8/12/2014 6:24:12 PM

Janet is a whip smart attorney - the court is lucky to have her. She could have been making big bucks in the corporate world but opted to serve.

Judge: James F Prothro
6/30/2014 7:04:33 AM

This guy knows more than any doctor all he will do is deny you you are wasting your time just have some comfort in the fact that he will be judged one day....I do believe that he thinks it is his own money this man has ruined more lives why cant someone due something about him

david e. abney jr
Judge: Janet L Alaga-Gadigian
6/13/2014 7:44:03 PM

She's awesome she was very fair and nice and understanding I was blessed to have such a woman of her kind as my judge. I pray for her and her family everyday she was in charged of changing my life and she did it thank u soo much may the gud lord bless u and your family..

Judge: Nicholas M Ohanesian
6/4/2014 7:32:12 PM

I had my hearing with Judge Ohanesian in the past week and I found him to be fair, respectful,understanding, and patient. He awarded me disabled which I am so grateful! I have been on a long, painful, and stressing medical journey and thank God I had him for my case!

Judge: Paul W Jones
5/6/2014 6:56:55 PM

This guy is by far the biggest ***** i have ever encountered in over many years of Social Security practice. Be ready to go to the Appeals Council if your hearing is with him.

Judge: Nicholas M Ohanesian
4/23/2014 12:29:46 PM

According to this Judge, marijuana use is why I'm Suffering for Bi-polar, Personality disorder, and social anxiety, Funny when that has been the only thing that helped my symptoms. Even after you quit your still looked at as a Drug addict for Marijuana use, so basically it's stupid to ever tell your doctors the truth and I guess I would have better off to have lied. When i had my hearing with this Judge I was Clean from Pot for 6 months, He denied me saying " If I quit using substances, I would be able to work" So he obviously doesent believe a word you tell him. He needs to be fired!!!!!!

Judge: Janet L Alaga-Gadigian
2/12/2014 10:42:56 AM

I went infront of Judge Gadigian for my disability SSN,she is fair,honest and very professional. Judge Gadigian made me feel comfortable while I explained my numerous disabilities. I would like to Thank her and her staff for being FAIR. Once again thank you and God Bless

richard schram
Judge: Nicholas M Ohanesian
12/13/2013 2:20:12 PM

i saw judge ohanesian 12-13-2013 and i thought he was a very decent judge. after briefly looking over my case off the record he advised me to return with an attorney. he didnt have to do that ,he went out of his way to give the advice.

Judge: Paul W Jones
11/18/2013 3:59:04 PM

Judge jones is a fair judge. Im not very old but i been thru alot of things in my lifetime. I thought the judge would pre judge me from this blogs but to me he was fair and understanding. I do believe that i let him lead the conversation more than i should have but i think he gave me a fair shake. I just should have came a lil more prepard. i wasn't gonna blog but i think he deserve to have someone say something good about him since you all are trying to bash him. I just want you to know Judge jones i think you a great Judge and did a fair job no matter what others say

Judge: Douglas W Johnson
10/21/2013 2:41:22 PM

He is one of my favorite ALJs. He knows SSA policy and is always well versed with the claimant's file. It is a pleasure to go in front of him. He is always courteous no matter who the claimant is. A respectable ALJ.

Judge: W. Baldwin Ogden
9/11/2013 2:18:47 PM

ALJ's today need to do what's right and stop denying people based on the dollars allocated. Stop using the fraudulent reports generated from “doctors” hired by SS to say what it is they're paid to say, many if not most of whom are totally out of field or retired putzes looking for a quick easy buck signing their name. Truth is todays ALJ's need to stop treating everyone like malingerers.

Judge: Michael S Condon
9/5/2013 5:36:16 AM

Bad judge. Goes out of his way to ignore claimant testimony, plays doctor in making his own medical judgments, and does not understand the nature of mental illness. No stars for him.

Judge: W. Baldwin Ogden
9/4/2013 4:55:05 PM

Today's ALJs need to reacquaint themselves with the word "malingerer". It's become an epidemic in the disability court rooms.

Judge: Paul W Jones
8/28/2013 6:03:45 AM

judge jones does a scathing cross of claimants, he cant stand laziness and dishonesty. If those factors aren't present, i believe u do get a fair hearing. After all, sympathy is NOT a basis for eligibility. His tough detailed questioning is to try to expose fraud, if its there. there were cases i was sorry to lose, but frankly, i agreed with the guy! dont we all know some of this psych stuff is hot air and pity parties? SSA benefits are awarded based on functional deficits, NOT diagnosis or sympathy! yes his manner can be rough, but he's SUPPOSED to guard our tax $! If u get this judge, be ready to explain how/why u cant function. He will get into every detail. if u are honestly disabled, just answer the man.

Judge: James F Prothro
6/28/2013 5:41:36 AM

Judge Prothro forgets us that have funded SSA all our lives through our paychecks. And forgets who signs his paychecks. I would challenge him to live the life for one year of those lives hee wrecks!

Judge: Michael S Condon
6/10/2013 1:49:21 PM

What a wonderful judge he approved my SSD in May 2013 and got my first ck July 2013 i could not had asked for a nicer and caring man a little more faith came back in me about our system

Judge: Timothy G Stueve
5/11/2013 6:33:11 PM

I had this judge at my ALJ hearing. I believe he was compassionate and fair. I was nervous and know I made a few mistakes but he was kind. Received my fully favorable decision exactly 2 weeks after hearing. Thank you

Judge: W. Baldwin Ogden
4/26/2013 2:07:40 PM

this in response to the ignorant post on 4/12/13 about people working hard for a free ride. 1st, ssd benefits are paid based on what you pay in taxes. 2nd, you have no clue what you are talking about. these case are based on medical evidence, and I know from having 100's of cases with alj ogden that he requires medical opinions from treating doctors to grant benefits. your concern can't be based on experience as an attorney or claimant. maybe, based on reading false information. I am concerned why you would post something so foolish.

Judge: Paul W Jones
4/17/2013 11:45:09 AM

I knew going in front of a judge was going to be hard, but I don't think it could have been any worse. Judge Jones was so pompis, rude, intimating and arrogant that I felt sick after leaving. He has certainly took his power as an ego trip. I have absolutely no hope after going in front of him.

Judge: W. Baldwin Ogden
4/12/2013 9:36:30 PM

I am a bit concerned about this dedicated judge's approval percentage: 74% I would hope that Judge Ogden realizes that very often people who do not want to work will work very hard at finding ways to get a "free ride" from the government.

Judge: Paul W Jones
4/8/2013 1:38:16 PM

This man seems to feel that his job is to inflict as much pain on the disabled as is humanly possible. He smiles and comes across as a nice guy, but he's not. His questioning of clients about their sex lives borders on being prurient. He clearly is denying benefits to deserving claimants. When the sheep are separated from the goats, he is going to have to answer for the hurt he has inflicted on the least among us.

Judge: William G Reamon
12/8/2012 11:10:02 AM

Passive/aggressive. Most of the time,he is a ".. very nice guy," but the pressure of the job, on occasion, turns him into a real jerk. He decides cases on the basis of a good work record (favorable) or DAA (unfavorable). He does not follow the attending physician rule or the 20 CFR 404.1527(d) factors in weighing testimony

Judge: Paul W Jones
12/6/2012 8:54:31 AM

Judge: Nicholas M Ohanesian
11/27/2012 5:47:36 AM

This judge does not follow the law. He makes up his own law.

MI Attorney
Judge: W. Baldwin Ogden
10/31/2012 11:12:51 AM

Get an RFC in before the hearing and you will be just fine.

MI Atty
Judge: James F Prothro
10/31/2012 11:11:20 AM

He is by far the worst judge I have ever had a hearing with.

Judge: James F Prothro
7/23/2012 2:41:44 PM

as an attorney who has had a significant amount of experience with prothro, i can be fair and objective. though some aljs are more conservative than others, i have found the decisions from prothro are much more than just conservative. i believe he is one of, if not the only alj in the country who gives about twice as many part favorable decisions as favorable. many of the part favorable decision i have seen are very damaging to claimants. his fully favorable rate is about 10%. what is most alarming is the decisions are very hard to understand when looking at facts. he often gives little credit to treating doctor opinions which can result in a strong case resulting in the claimant and their doctor being called liars for the most part. my personally opinion is he gives all the part favorable decisions to push his allowance rate up to about 30% even though only about 10% get fully favorable decisions even if they have strong support from their own doctors and strong medical evidence. when considering the fact that i have presented cases to at least 100 aljs as an attorney, i would pick prothro last if given a choice. of course the draw is random. i don't believe a claimant deserves to get there benefits without solid evidence to support their claim. but i do believe everyone deserves to have a fair alj review their case. my opinion is prothro is unfair. my advice to other attorneys is to fight hard for your clients and use the appeal process when appropriate.

Judge: James F Prothro
7/16/2012 10:22:43 AM

Do you want to play a game of whose on first? Since my denial in May, I have been recuperating as result due to the judge's loose terminology, discriminatory and insulting language plus sexual harassing undertones with the term "exotic." Prothro has no idea about abuse and abusive language, but that is right he is from Grand Rapids. I am still seething in anger, and this judge is very lucky that my medications have been bumped up because I can be a little anti-social and have been in trouble with the law, which I fear can happen in the workplace when provoked. Yet the judges thinks people with disabilities are stupid hence the way we are treated and hence why many feel they deteriorate over time. I mean if this erupts and I harass, harm or get violent whom sues whom? But I'm sure judges already have the means to dispose of people like us. I might as well say "Hiel Hitler" when it comes to the office of disability and jurisdiction in this country. You have no criterion; it is just the judges own subjective opinion. So riddle me this--whom are you speaking to Mr. Judge Prothro and what is your degree? He doesn't deserve any rating not even one star.

Ivan Cain
Judge: Timothy G Stueve
7/12/2012 12:39:07 PM

To ad to my earlier comment, his decision was based also that I can prepare meals. FYI- I don't prepare meals. I only make a sandwich, or put something in the microwave. I don't know how to cook. A disabled person should'nt be able to make a sandwich? Get real!! These facts that were used are unexceptable. In my opinion, he was finding reasons that are unexceptable to deny my claim. Is this all you could come up with for reasons to deny someone? If so, it's really sad that we put our lifestyles in the hands of people like this. In my opinion, he should contact me, overturn his decision and make it right. Will he? A REAL ALJ would.

Ivan Cain
Judge: Timothy G Stueve
7/12/2012 10:25:25 AM

I recently had Timothy G. Stueve as my ALJ. I was denied because he based his denial off of untrue facts. I had solid evidence that i'm disabled and he made several mistakes in his decision. He based his decision off of facts for example, "I able to make my own decisions", "I'm able to drive" and "I get along with my girlfriend and co-workers". First of all, a physically and mentally disabled person that suffers from serious disabilities are able to drive, make some decisions,and get along with a few people.And my question is, how does he know how I get along with my girlfriend? And get along with co-workers? The problem with this is I haven't worked since February 07. The occupational person that set in on the hearing could only come up with 3 jobs I could possibly do. And with common since my disabilities would keep from doing these jobs. The facts he used were false and now I have to appeal his decision and wait a year or better for the results. I haven't been able to work for 5 1/2 years now because of my injuries. And now because of Timothys denial, I have to wait another year? I have not had a income since June 09. Very sad we have ALJ's that make bad decisions.

Judge: James F Prothro
7/7/2012 2:58:32 PM

He is lucky I waited several months to post a comment. I have a lot of doubt this man has every watched the movie "The Patriot" or has a family member whom fought during any war. This judge is an absolute power judge and denies people their rights whom have worked. He is discriminatory, used sexual harassing language in his denial and was most inappropriate. Just because a person has a disability does not mean they are stupid. He treats people as such as well as he is a coward and does not have the gumption to confront in public his doubts and can deny an individual without proof. He knows the thin red line and knows how to cross it. I believe he is a socialist and cares only about lining his own back pocket.

Judge: James F Prothro
3/25/2012 10:15:28 AM

Hello, over the course of 6 years or so, my ex-wife was denied ssdi by James F Prothro. her attorney wasnt much help at all. she has extensive medical records supporting many conditions that anyone it ther right mind would assume that approval for benefits would be in line, and of course her right to the entitlment of such as she worked for many years and paid in to social security. However, he denied her appeals more than three times over the course of about 4 years. So confused and dont know how to fight this any longer, since the latest decision was also denied by the administration, of which her attorney did nothing, he even has tried all angles to not provide her with all her records. In the mean time she had a masive stroke and missed the 60 day dadline for yet another appeal....the ss office said she cannot appeal because of the missed deadline....should her attorney have been responsible to prevent that?....also the ss office said now that she had been out of work for 5 years, the entire time she continued to be denied, that she was not even eleigible to appy for ssdi.... she was aproved for ssi due to her stroke and now recieves 698.00 a month to try and live on. this seems so so so wrong and we just dont know if there is any way to pursue any other feasible ways to get her ssdi which would be more than her ssi, probably not a whloe lot but, never the less there is also principles and right and wrong....she worked hard and by surely no choice of her own has been battling many disabling conditions since year 2000 but yet the huge amounts of medical records, her attorney, and the judge who she seen 3 times on appeals denied her over a period of time that has now made her even ineligble because she has no work credits that are recent enough....but what about all the work she did do in years past and what about the system just doing her so so so wrong....can anyone "REALLY" help. shouldnt someone be held accountable for this improper injustice concerning her rights as a hard working citizen that paid her dues.... sorry to ramble but just so frustrated and so unfair. Please contact me if you have any real suggestions that would help fight this if at all possible....I can provide very extensive details on the entire situaion that began long ago if that would help. Thank you Jim The ex-husband that is taking care of her since her stroke that occoured on 3-13-2011

Judge: James F Prothro
3/20/2012 6:23:09 AM

Very courteous with claimants. Don't let that fool you. He will use any excuse possible to turn down a claimant.