Mt Pleasant Mi, Michigan ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Mt Pleasant Mi, Michigan, 9 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Mt Pleasant Mi, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 12.0 months. The average case processing time in Mt Pleasant Mi is 382 days.The Mt Pleasant Mi average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 48%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Mt Pleasant Mi ODAR office was last updated on 9/18/2014.

SSA, Mt Pleasant Mi ODAR Office
4035 Sweeney Road
Mt Pleasant, Michigan 48858
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Phone: (866) 873-6604 -- Fax: (989) 773-1579
eFile Fax: (877) 435-0325 (For sending evidence)

OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Mt Pleasant Mi 9 12.0 months 382 days 2.6 16% 48% 36%
Michigan11.7 months378 days2.116%47%37%
National Average:12.5 months405 days2.018%44%38%
Hearing Wait Time: 12.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 2.57
Average Processing Time 382 days
Cases Pending 5696
Dispositions 3030
New Cases 3848
Hearings In Person 78%
Video Hearings 22%

Comments about Judges at the Mt Pleasant Mi Michigan ODAR office:

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Judge: Manh H Nguyen
Date Posted: 9/15/2014 7:33:10 PM
Submited By: Karen F



Thank you for researching and finding out about scleroderma. It is a rare disease that has affected so many of us by attacking our hands, joints and internal organs. We have lost so many patients to this horrible disease. Ten percent of us with scleroderma also get Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension in which the scleroderma has attacked the lungs. I have scleroderma, pulmonary hypertension and breast cancer. Thank you for helping Shelley Miller get the disability verdict she needed.

Judge: Manh H Nguyen
Date Posted: 9/15/2014 7:22:34 PM
Submited By: Sherri Dowdy



My mother has Scleroderma and I see her pain and suffering every day that never ends. For her she was already retired before she was overwhelmed by this disease but had she not been there is no way she could have continued to work. The decision to grant Shelley Miller disability is a step in the right direction for those that suffer daily with Scleroderma. Thank you for being opened minded about a disease most people do not understand.

Judge: Kevin J Detherage
Date Posted: 8/29/2014 8:25:18 AM
Submited By: Shanun Lock



Judge Kevin Detherage is a very fair and equitable judge he listens attentively to all his cases and makes his decisions according to the law I respect that. S. Lock

Judge: Kevin J Detherage
Date Posted: 8/13/2014 10:32:23 AM
Submited By: Jason



It was nice to see this judge seemed to care and actually spent the time to try and understand my issues and why I in front of him instead of an "in-out" case like ordering a meal at mcdonalds.

Judge: Joy Turner
Date Posted: 7/23/2014 11:33:06 AM
Submited By: Juanita & Sebastian walton



I was very nervous going into her courtroom. She understood my case more than I understood my own lol. But she's very caring and down to earth woman. Her smile helped me calm down a lot. Thanks in advance Me Turner.

Judge: Kevin J Detherage
Date Posted: 6/23/2014 12:04:26 PM
Submited By: Kathy D. McQueen



I think Judge Kevin J. Detherage is an outstanding judge. Wishing him all the best in Ohio!!!

Judge: Dawn M Gruenburg
Date Posted: 6/8/2014 12:47:22 PM
Submited By: rhonda



Hope i get her and she approves me i have been fighting since 2011. and have lost just about everything including my mind. my case was remanded on 4/1/14 from federal court. back to the appeals council for them to send it back to the detroit office for another hearing... i am so tired and stressed.

Judge: Lori L Freund
Date Posted: 5/1/2014 9:28:30 PM
Submited By: Tami



I was in Judge Freund's court with my attorney last year and she was very kind and compassionate. She was very fair and professional. I want to thank her for being so patient and treating. Me with dignity.

Judge: Keith J Kearney
Date Posted: 5/1/2014 4:33:12 PM
Submited By: Debbie Protopapa



I only just had my hearing for ssd this morning but I have to say that regardless of the outcome, I found Judge Kearney to be a very pleasant and likeable man. He made me feel very comfortable and at ease throughout my hearing. If I was given the choice of judges I wouldn't think twice in choosing Judge Kearney.

Judge: Dawn M Gruenburg
Date Posted: 5/1/2014 11:15:31 AM
Submited By: Amy mason



I am just leaving a comment about the judge Gruenburg. She was very friendly and kind. I am still waiting on my decision on my son case but she was very helpful and the hearing

Judge: Kyle E Andeer
Date Posted: 4/28/2014 6:38:17 PM
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Andeer seems to have a good professional relationship with his assistant and the VE. I just had my hearing and my attorney said it can go either way. I now wait impatiently and pray for a positive outcome in a timely manner. All in all, it was uncomfortable, as anticipated, but not unpleasant.

Judge: Tammy A Thames
Date Posted: 4/20/2014 11:50:21 AM
Submited By: Kara Oberry



THis Judge was a very personal professional. She took her time, explained the process we were going through and expressed empathy with my case. She made this a personal experience, the first I have had since applying for help with Social Security.

Judge: Keith J Kearney
Date Posted: 4/1/2014 12:41:29 PM
Submited By: KH



I think Judge Kearney is a very nice compassionate man. I do not know the outcome of my hearing yet but that's okay for now. I was so nervous and tried my best to not get too emotional and he understood.

Judge: Kathleen H Eiler
Date Posted: 1/30/2014 6:04:40 PM
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Do not be afraid of this judge. She is very nice. Tell the truth and do not lie and it will all work out if you have the proper documentation and representation !

Judge: Reni Barnett-Jefferson
Date Posted: 1/29/2014 7:38:56 AM
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Obnoxious, does not apply law; maybe she is just not informed.

Judge: Kevin J Detherage
Date Posted: 1/20/2014 7:32:40 PM
Submited By: Precious Symphony



Very smart judge and very competent. Decisions are fair, objective, and well-reasoned. He takes the time to hear the issues and renders solid decisions.

Judge: Dawn M Gruenburg
Date Posted: 1/7/2014 8:58:04 PM
Submited By: kelvin



Judge Gruenburg saved my family. Through the blessings of God, he allowed this judge to replace the previous one that denied me benefits. I cannot thank her enough for the good deed she has given me and my family. I'm holding back tears wanting to thank her in person or by phone, but I know that she is very busy. I just want to say Dawn Gruenburg; you have did a wonderful thing for me and I will never forget you for it. Thank you so much.

Judge: James J Kent
Date Posted: 12/16/2013 5:20:24 PM
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I received my decision. I feel after reading it that he gave greater weight to the Social Security evaluation doctor than to my own doctor who sees me regularly. I have researched online and this alone seems to be the number 1 factor in getting the council to remand this back to the ALJ for another decision. Judge Kent does contradict himself a few times in my report. He also states that I stated something which I know I did not and never would have. I even had documentation on me that day which he never requested to view which would have also shown that I did not state what he says I stated to him. he also has provided me with a sex change several times in his decision, by referring to me as "her" on numerous occasions in my report. I have never been a her, never wanted to try to become a her either. I am not sure why he feels I need to become one or that I am one. He did not take into consideration that my condition is one in which it becomes worse over time hence degenerative.

Judge: James J Kent
Date Posted: 12/4/2013 5:19:30 PM
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Not sure what to think of this guy. prior to my hearing I was informed by my attorney that this judge has a very high approval rate. during my hearing I felt intimidated. After my hearing my attorney tells me she can not see how I could not have won just wait for the decision to come in the mail. Still waiting. I do not have the same level of confidence. Because I am not sure how to feel about this hearing as of yet since I do not have the decision, I am going to rate right down the middle and give him the benefit of the doubt.

Judge: Keith J Kearney
Date Posted: 9/9/2013 7:57:09 AM
Submited By: Denise Kuhn



WE have people out here that get SSD and work full time and only have fibromyalgia n depression. I go to work fighting my pain with my back swelling back and hips and legs. I have gone to doctors after doctors and they can not find what the cause is, while that I fight to work to keep a roof over my head 21 hours a week. I go to school to keep my mind going and fight sitting and standing. This lawyer denied me for that. But orhter people get it for easy things. this is a shame people fighting for the pain they can not tolerate. I will fight more. it is that days i dont even want to be here because of the pain.

Judge: Keith J Kearney
Date Posted: 9/5/2013 3:19:08 PM
Submited By: Denise Kuhn



I don't understand how come it takes so long to make decisions on cases. I fight my pain everyday,wake up every day n go to sleep in pain. There are times after working i want to go the ER because i hurt so much. No medicine will help my pain Dr.s have tried everything. I work go to work n fight my pain just to keep a roof over my head. I go to school to keep my mind going n better myself and fight pain walking,sitting and standing. I have a feeling it will be denied and I'll have to start all over again. These doctors out here really don't want to help you if your on medicaid and it is a shame.

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: 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: Kevin J Detherage
Date Posted: 6/8/2013 5:13:08 PM
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This guy doesn't have a clue. That he has been appointed to this type of position without having any background in Social Security law is a testament of all that's wrong with the federal judiciary. Unfortunately, the bottom line here is that he simply isn't very smart. His decisions repeatedly ignore the issues critical to just resolution of the claimants' respective claims and typically go off on irrational and bizarre tangents. He has no idea how to conduct a hearing in a timely manner and is incapable of focusing in on questions that bear some materiality to the issues at hand. God help you if you draw this moron as your judge because you will need all the hope He can provide you.

Judge: Craig R Petersen
Date Posted: 5/13/2013 6:37:46 AM
Submited By: Duane B



Still waiting on final decision because my case went to "Quality Review" after the Judge's decision. Judge Peterson helped me to feel comfortable at my hearing. Do yourself a favor and be completely honest. Give him the benefit of the doubt because I got the feeling he knows when you're blowing smoke. I was "totally" honest about my being Bipolar and how it's been hard for me to keep a job because of my mood swings and personality disorder. I was so nervous. I take different medications ( 7 ) to manage my Bipolar. He asked a lot of questions but I didn't feel irritated as I normally do ( part of my illness) when someone asks me " a lot" of questions. I'm also a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and my illness has been really ******* my relationships with family, friends and employers. Because Judge Peterson really was kind respectful and courteous, I didn't feel that way at all. Even though his case approval rating is less than 50%, I really feel good about my outcome.

Judge: Greg Holsclaw
Date Posted: 5/8/2013 1:04:55 PM
Submited By: Liz



I had my hearing two days ago, and the VE said there are no hypothetical jobs for the hypotheticals that were presented. I initially felt good about the hearing. Now I am back to discouraged. Anyone know how often he sides with the VE?

Judge: Melinda K Hart
Date Posted: 5/2/2013 7:28:13 AM
Submited By: Mike White



I had the sense she actually listened to what my attorney and I had to say. She was very professional but the atmosphere was very relaxed. I had a good feeling when I left the hearing and found out yesterday her ruling in my case is "Fully Favorable".

Judge: Melinda K Hart
Date Posted: 4/27/2013 8:00:33 PM
Submited By: claimant



Professional, compassionate, wise, fair and knowledgeable. Judge Hart bases her decisions on the evidence. I was very blessed to have hear my case. I walked out feeling as if she actually listened.

Judge: Robert A Lynch
Date Posted: 4/16/2013 5:28:17 PM
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Treats every claimant the same. has obviously prepared for every case. Conducts fair hearings.

Judge: Kendra S Kleber
Date Posted: 4/14/2013 6:41:45 PM
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Judge: Jessica Inouye
Date Posted: 4/11/2013 8:18:58 AM
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Judge inuoye decide my case right. she was fiar and look at everthng. she ok with me.

Judge: Jessica Inouye
Date Posted: 4/3/2013 5:57:23 PM
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Judge Inouye has rapidly established herself as a rising star among the federal administrative law judge corps. Her vast prior litigation experience has been a boon to her acknowledged superior ability in bringing out the truth in cases that she hears. Cases typically present inconsistencies between testimony and the medical record and other evidence. Judge Inouye is recognized as having a superb ability to resolve these inconsistencies in a manner that follows the law applicalbe to disability cases. Of course, not all claimants are happy as some are under the impression that merely applying for disability guarantees that payments will soon follow. In her difficult job, Judge Inouye's top-notch judicial temperment stands her in good stead. I see the above comments came from another stooge from SSA or perhaps the judge herself either way take it worth a grain of salt.

Judge: Jessica Inouye
Date Posted: 4/3/2013 7:47:41 AM
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Judge Inouye knows the law and applies it to the facts before her. That's her job and she does it well.

Judge: Jessica Inouye
Date Posted: 4/2/2013 9:33:47 AM
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37 year old former public defender gets appointed to the federal bench? Hardly experienced in SSA law. She's fulfilling the SSA mission to deny every possible claim. Why bother seeing your own doctor for years on end. She rejects their opinions in favor of some hack doctor who couldn't get a real job so works doing SS evals for $150.00 a pop. Just the latest in SSA's Ayn Randian-esque implementation of disability law. Such a shameful and disgraceful reflection of our era's governance. How many people with Stage III cancer, undergoing chemo for a year, are actively working full time? You are a despicable person, Jessica.

Judge: Joy Turner
Date Posted: 3/26/2013 1:25:10 PM
Submited By: GAB



I really was satisfied with Judge Turner. She seemed to be a very caring person and I was really nervous going into the court room. She helped me to relax by her smiling face. Thank You Judge Turner for hearing my case today.

Judge: Robert A Lynch
Date Posted: 3/22/2013 6:29:20 AM
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Mr. Lynch really screwed up my workers comp[ case, he did not ever have even a paralegal, left me after 7 YEARS to go be a Judge in MI, had to find another attorney towrap up my case, do not understand why he got to be a Judge and i got nearly nothing, spinal cord injury, as is he, rude assistant in his office. Glad he left.

Judge: Jessica Inouye
Date Posted: 3/1/2013 8:52:53 AM
Submited By: Truthful



Super smart. Can tell she's been doing this a long time. Really knows her stuff.

Judge: Melinda K Hart
Date Posted: 3/1/2013 7:39:44 AM
Submited By: Disability Attorney



Judge Hart is knowledgeable and fair. She conducts hearings in a professional manner.

Judge: Jessica Inouye
Date Posted: 2/27/2013 7:18:57 AM
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Not good. Needs to seek other type work.

Judge: Tammy A Thames
Date Posted: 1/31/2013 12:30:22 PM
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I feel that Judge Thames is very good,She took her time with me reviewed all the documents,and took time to hear my case fairly,there was no hurry,although she is a very busy young lady.Thank you, Judge Thames

Judge: Craig R Petersen
Date Posted: 1/8/2013 1:38:07 PM
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We are still waiting for a decision, but he was very polite and had reviewed the file prior to the hearing. He treats both the claimant and attorneys with respect.

Judge: Melinda K Hart
Date Posted: 12/20/2012 10:52:19 AM
Submited By: bear



Judge Hart is very professional and knowledgeable. She has no political agenda and decides each case on its own merits.

Judge: Craig R Petersen
Date Posted: 11/9/2012 7:13:47 PM
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Judge Petersen asked questions, but he allowed me time to respond. He asked another question if he didn't fully understand my initial response. He was mannerable and did not intimidate me as the others I have read about. He did not talk down to me and I did not feel degraded. He was not rude and was very professional.

Judge: Ronald Herman
Date Posted: 10/12/2012 4:23:57 PM
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A Judge that will listen to you if your honest with him.

Judge: Greg Holsclaw
Date Posted: 10/10/2012 6:44:33 AM
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Sort of new in Lexington ODAR. Seems fair, efficient, friendly but business like in hearings. Can be tough in decisions, so close case outcome very uncertain.

Judge: James J Kent
Date Posted: 10/9/2012 6:58:52 PM
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this judge comes off as a nice person but he really isn't. my case was denied because he didn't pay attention to my medical files and i was denied. if you get this judge dont be fooled..

Judge: Craig R Petersen
Date Posted: 8/29/2012 7:30:18 PM
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judge petersen is working at a fantastic pace on the backlog of cases.he is commended for his work ethic , only being on the job for one month...

Judge: Melinda K Hart
Date Posted: 8/5/2012 10:23:25 AM
Submited By: David Archibald



sure hope that I have this Judge, It seems like she takes the time and really looks at the facts and makes a knowledgeable decision.

Judge: Tammy A Thames
Date Posted: 7/23/2012 12:00:05 PM
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She shouldn't rush through her cases so fast. Take some time to read between the lines. Slow down.

Judge: Tammy A Thames
Date Posted: 7/23/2012 11:57:38 AM
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She Sucks.

Judge: Tammy A Thames
Date Posted: 5/25/2012 1:06:09 PM
Submited By: Larry Smith



This is a large case load! This judge should be commended. I wish our judges down south were as productive instead of playing golf or beating their children.

Judge: Melinda K Hart
Date Posted: 5/10/2012 1:06:20 PM
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She screwed me out of $20,000.00

Judge: Melinda K Hart
Date Posted: 4/13/2012 10:28:39 AM
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Super nice and very very professional!!

Judge: Kendra S Kleber
Date Posted: 3/31/2012 5:59:26 PM
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Judge: Janice E Shave
Date Posted: 3/9/2012 7:05:07 AM
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Judge Shave seems very nice. I do not approve of comments that she made about my case. She got information about me that when she blerted out a question about something I said to a Disability Psych. that did a interview with me was way not correct. I feel that she should not attack someone in that way. What was said is Depervation of Character and was way out of line. I would like to see that report and set the Record Straight. She took 3 different accurances and 3 different people and combined it into one incident with 1 person. Which leads me to believe that she was either fed the wrong information by someone that was not listening completely or she intentional did it. I would like to think she would not do that. She stated that she was not medicaly qualified to look at pictures that go with the report made by a Qualifed Phyician and Surgion who took the pictures of my insides, So my question would be how can you be qualified to do a Medical judgment as to if a person is truly in pain or disabled. I feel that judges that sit on this panel should have a medical background in order to get the right decision. Other wise this is a true injustice to the persons she or any other judge that has the authority to make the decision as to how much pain or the nature of the persons true disability.