Grand Rapids, Michigan ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Grand Rapids, Michigan, 9 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 11.0 months. The average case processing time in Grand Rapids is 332 days.The Grand Rapids average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 37%. 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 9/18/2014.

SSA, Grand Rapids ODAR Office
Campau Square Plaza Building, Suite 300
99 Monroe NW
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
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Phone: (866) 613-2860 -- Fax: (616) 456-9061
eFile Fax: (877) 904-5481 (For sending evidence)

OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Grand Rapids 9 11.0 months 332 days 2.2 18% 37% 45%
Michigan11.7 months378 days2.116%47%37%
National Average:12.5 months405 days2.018%44%38%
Hearing Wait Time: 11.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 2.19
Average Processing Time 332 days
Cases Pending 4096
Dispositions 3835
New Cases 3705
Hearings In Person 95%
Video Hearings 5%

Comments about Judges at the Grand Rapids Michigan ODAR office:

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Judge: Nicholas M Ohanesian
Date Posted: 9/3/2014 8:31:07 AM
Submited By: florence



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

Judge: Janet L Alaga-Gadigian
Date Posted: 8/12/2014 6:24:12 PM
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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
Date Posted: 6/30/2014 7:04:33 AM
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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

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



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
Date Posted: 6/4/2014 7:32:12 PM
Submited By: pim



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
Date Posted: 5/6/2014 6:56:55 PM
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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
Date Posted: 4/23/2014 12:29:46 PM
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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
Date Posted: 2/12/2014 10:42:56 AM
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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

Judge: Nicholas M Ohanesian
Date Posted: 12/13/2013 2:20:12 PM
Submited By: richard schram



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
Date Posted: 11/18/2013 3:59:04 PM
Submited By: V.B



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
Date Posted: 10/21/2013 2:41:22 PM
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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
Date Posted: 9/11/2013 2:18:47 PM
Submited By: Hannibal



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
Date Posted: 9/5/2013 5:36:16 AM
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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
Date Posted: 9/4/2013 4:55:05 PM
Submited By:



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
Date Posted: 8/28/2013 6:03:45 AM
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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
Date Posted: 6/28/2013 5:41:36 AM
Submited By: Doug



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
Date Posted: 6/10/2013 1:49:21 PM
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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
Date Posted: 5/11/2013 6:33:11 PM
Submited By:



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
Date Posted: 4/26/2013 2:07:40 PM
Submited By:



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
Date Posted: 4/17/2013 11:45:09 AM
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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
Date Posted: 4/12/2013 9:36:30 PM
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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
Date Posted: 4/8/2013 1:38:16 PM
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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
Date Posted: 12/8/2012 11:10:02 AM
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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
Date Posted: 12/6/2012 8:54:31 AM
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Judge: Nicholas M Ohanesian
Date Posted: 11/27/2012 5:47:36 AM
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This judge does not follow the law. He makes up his own law.

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



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

Judge: James F Prothro
Date Posted: 10/31/2012 11:11:20 AM
Submited By: MI Atty



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

Judge: James F Prothro
Date Posted: 7/23/2012 2:41:44 PM
Submited By:



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
Date Posted: 7/16/2012 10:22:43 AM
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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.

Judge: Timothy G Stueve
Date Posted: 7/12/2012 12:39:07 PM
Submited By: Ivan Cain



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.

Judge: Timothy G Stueve
Date Posted: 7/12/2012 10:25:25 AM
Submited By: Ivan Cain



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
Date Posted: 7/7/2012 2:58:32 PM
Submited By: Victoria



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
Date Posted: 3/25/2012 10:15:28 AM
Submited By: Jim



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
Date Posted: 3/20/2012 6:23:09 AM
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Very courteous with claimants. Don't let that fool you. He will use any excuse possible to turn down a claimant.