Minneapolis, Minnesota ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Minneapolis, Minnesota, 13 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Minneapolis, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 12.0 months. The average case processing time in Minneapolis is 371 days.The Minneapolis average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 50%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Minneapolis ODAR office was last updated on 8/7/2014.

SSA, Minneapolis ODAR Office
250 Marquette Avenue, Suite 300
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401
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Phone: (877) 512-3856 -- Fax: (612) 348-1255
eFile Fax: (877) 904-5482 (For sending evidence)

OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Minneapolis 13 12.0 months 371 days 2.4 14% 50% 36%
Minnesota12.0 months371 days2.414%50%36%
National Average:12.4 months402 days2.018%44%38%
Hearing Wait Time: 12.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 2.43
Average Processing Time 371 days
Cases Pending 7108
Dispositions 5412
New Cases 4699
Hearings In Person 93%
Video Hearings 7%

Comments about Judges at the Minneapolis Minnesota ODAR office:

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Judge: Evangelina P Hernandez
Date Posted: 4/20/2014 12:48:42 PM
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Excellent judge. Fair and thorough. Helps put claimants at ease.

Judge: Mary M Kunz
Date Posted: 3/14/2014 11:43:56 AM
Submited By: JEG



Judge Kunz does not judge fairly, as she did not know nearly enough about my disability to make a fair judgment. Why in the world would SS put/allow her in that seat when she may know the law, BUT not EVEN the basics of the SSDI approved disabilities???

Judge: George Gaffaney
Date Posted: 1/14/2014 11:03:17 PM
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Frankly, the first three comments are so fantastically counter to my experience in this guy's hearing room, I have concluded that perhaps his honor posted them himself! At the time of my hearing he was turning down almost nine of every ten who came before him. I'm not talking about a tough, fair minded judge here, he was contemptuous, arrogant, condescending, and biased. I came before him with three RFC's, one from my neurologist of "five years," one from my primary internist of "ten years," and the Neurologists PA, all fully supportive of my complete disability including reams of documentation. In his decision, he accorded all of the weight to the SSA hack, who had never so much as looked upon my face, let alone examined my body! He stated that my "board certified" neurologist was only minimally credible, and that my primary was wholly not credible, a black outrage! Further, he opined in his decision that because I came from the work comp system, I was likely trying to game the system, a speculation wholly unsupported by any evidence whatsoever, and so outrageous based upon the mountains of medical evidence available to him, that it bordered on the criminal!(its a federal crime to retaliate against a worker for having come through the work comp system) This man cost me years of further anguish, the loss of my last few possessions, and the return of my cancer with zero coverage resulting in the loss of my Prostate, bladder, and glands! the appeals council refused to even review his decision, mind you they refused to even "review" it, an action that took them 14 months to inform me of! But I got this evil man back, the federal district court slam dunked him, though it tacked on an additional "two years" of waiting! My attorney at the time of the hearing simply told me straight up, this man is ruthless, even though your case is a no-brainer, its highly unlikely that you will prevail in front of him, he was more then understating the issue...

Judge: William G Brown
Date Posted: 12/5/2013 2:50:11 PM
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I was so scared about speaking in front of anyone, but the atmosphere in Judge Brown court was pleasant and straight to the points. I really liked the way he handle the procedures (straight to the point).

Judge: Roger W Thomas
Date Posted: 12/3/2013 3:12:17 AM
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Before I read this site, I also found inaccuracies, omissions, wrong provider information & information exclusions to support denial. I have had significant increased stress with using my provider time to understand how the medical reference was referenced. It seems like there was deliberate disregard to social security guidelines. I want to believe it is an honest mistake, but he would know I won't qualify to reapply again. Seems to feel families should bear the financial burden rather than the social security administration. Will use the same work history that gave you enough earning credits as a sword to deny you benefits. My hope is the situation can be remedied with providing additional information. If not, I guess it is why there is judicial review.

Judge: William G Brown
Date Posted: 9/27/2013 7:52:45 PM
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I was scared to death, but Judge Brown was very kind. He is the strong silent type who can read you, so above all else BE HONEST, if you are not this judge will see right through it. My hearing lasted less then 30 minutes, but a lot of information was covered during the time. I'm relieved to be done with court, and am thankful that this judge was very fair, and kind!

Judge: Roger W Thomas
Date Posted: 8/28/2013 10:39:09 AM
Submited By: I don't believe in the American dream anymore



Has the lowest rate of approval of Minnesota Judges. He misrepresent the facts so that he can deny you. This man clearly believes that everyone is out to con the system. I have contacted my Dr who denies ever stating what this Judge said. He also used a retired Dr from St Cloud. Being Jewish I am concerned what this Doctor said as St Cloud is the most Anti Semitic city in Minnesota. I was doomed from the start. This judge should be impeached.

Judge: Roger W Thomas
Date Posted: 7/5/2013 9:20:30 AM
Submited By: Great Judge!!



I totally disagree with the comments above. According to the numerous attorneys, he is well-known to be a tough judge to approve it. In my opinion, once he sees a claimant is really disabled, the judge is very nice and reasonable. He was very friendly to me during the hearing and made me very comfortable. I was very relax during the entire hearing.

Judge: George Gaffaney
Date Posted: 3/7/2013 11:24:45 PM
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Super intelligent judge. Cuts to the chase and is fair minded about disability claims.

Judge: George Gaffaney
Date Posted: 2/22/2013 6:08:01 PM
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Best judge I've come across. Smart and experienced.

Judge: George Gaffaney
Date Posted: 2/22/2013 6:03:34 PM
Submited By: An Honest Assesser



Judge Gaffaney presides over hearings with professionalism and intelligence. He is able to get to the heart of the claim and ask all relevant questions. Sometimes the claimants and representatives might not like this, but they have to admit that he is skilled at getting to the truth and bringing out discrepancies.

Judge: William G Brown
Date Posted: 2/14/2013 11:50:06 PM
Submited By: J. Schedlbauer



No clue if I got approved yet. I was so scared I was just about jumping out of my skin the whole time I was in there, but he never once made me uncomfortable. I thought in this type of hearing the judges would treat you like a criminal or a fraud looking for a handout but this was NOT the case with Judge Brown and I'm very grateful I went in front of him. Very kind and empathetic judge.

Judge: George Gaffaney
Date Posted: 2/12/2013 12:36:57 PM
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I don't think he was fair. The witness they provided even stated I could not work with my limitations... And yet I was still denied. There doctor they sent me to put it would be very difficult for me to work.. I just dont get it .

Judge: Raymond L Souza
Date Posted: 2/8/2013 3:11:48 PM
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I agree with previous comments. He was friendly and straightforward. Knew the file well. Issued a favorable bench decision.

Judge: Roger W Thomas
Date Posted: 2/4/2013 1:35:20 PM
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The corruption of the system and those involved and the inability of this Judge and I use this term loosely to execute his duties is astounding. I read some of the other comments posted and could not believe the similarities of what has recently happened with my wives hearing and subsequent "Unfavorable" findings. The double speak and and statements in the findings have so many errors its hard to believe that this judge still has a job, only a weatherman can make such errors and still be employed. This judge clearly put alot of thought into misrepresenting the facts of the case. The so called medical witness (MD) that provided testimony is not even qualified to testify with regards to my wife case. Our lawyer stated after the testimony was complete that if an MD is to compliant to support the claimant for approval, they are usually fired and no longer used to testify as it is the purpose of the system to do its best to deny any and all of the benefits the claimant is/are entitled to. I can only wonder how a they can live with there less than moral behavior. 2-1/2 years and counting, what a wonderful Government we have! I am so glad that I have had the opportunity to contribute over $850,000 to the Social Security Ponzi scheme. I rate the system and this judge a resounding negative 10 stars.

Judge: Michael D Quayle
Date Posted: 1/11/2013 11:26:34 AM
Submited By: VTP



He is a no nonsense judge very cordial but you really need to have a case put together well. Write a brief have all MER's in and state your case. He asks for an opening you should rely on the brief you wrote and he does most of the questioning but will allow atty/rep follow up

Judge: Mary M Kunz
Date Posted: 1/11/2013 11:16:34 AM
Submited By: VTP



Really nice judge treats atty/rep and client nicely but... this is a judge that you really need to prepare well for. She reads very little about a persons impairment related issues BUT educates herself very well with negatives in a medical record (i.e. traveling,smoking,drug use,job seeking,criminal history etc..) I do not believe she reads a brief that is submitted for a case (she hasn't done so in my cases) so when she asks for an opening treat it like she has not read your brief it and address everything as well as any and all the negatives. She will take at face value everything her VE testifies to and has used VE's in the past that "skim" over details of what they are testifying to that is favorable (i.e. will not say the percentage of time a person can be off task rather just say: "not much can a person be off task") Lastly listen closely to her hypo's they tend to not cover impairments in the medical records by treating providers but rather from what she garners or gleens from client testimony and DDS. Look at your case and prepare for this judge as if you are preparing an appeal at Federal District Court level and MAKE A RECORD.

Judge: Michael D Quayle
Date Posted: 12/17/2012 8:49:36 AM
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This judge is horrible. He assumes the worst without my ability to give explanation. Doctors are wrong many times and I couldn't even speak. He was very rude and condescending.

Judge: Roger W Thomas
Date Posted: 11/12/2012 11:59:45 AM
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Not a fan of him at all.

Judge: Richard N Staples
Date Posted: 8/10/2012 6:49:11 AM
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Richard Staples is very fair.

Judge: Christopher R Inama
Date Posted: 8/7/2012 3:07:37 AM
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I forgot to say that he looks for the legal ways to deny. Don't be fooled by the way he treats you.

Judge: Christopher R Inama
Date Posted: 8/7/2012 2:39:33 AM
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This judge is not looking for truth. He has other priorities.Race and nationality matter to him a lot.

Judge: Roger W Thomas
Date Posted: 8/6/2012 2:14:12 PM
Submited By: What A Nightmare



State of Minnesota Obstacles ♦ Up to two-thirds of SSI applicants drop out of the extensive approval process before getting to the hearing level. ♦ Minnesota is ranked 44th out of 50 states in the rate of people on SSI. ♦ In Minnesota, 57.6% of initial SSI claims are denied. Of all claimants who request reconsideration, 81.2% are denied. ♦ Total time from initial SSI application to hearing usually exceeds one year.

Judge: Roger W Thomas
Date Posted: 8/5/2012 5:41:46 PM
Submited By: What A Nightmare



This judge's track record is absolutely horrendous!! With no fault of his own, my brother in-law who lives with us will suffer the consequences of this judges decision for awhile!! We found this information out on this website just before my brother in-laws hearing. Judge Robert Thomas has the worst percentage for cases denied and 2nd worst for approvals. My brother in-law will now be added to this judges negative statistics. My brother in-law had extensive testing done by 3 separate Psychologist in the last 2 years for the mental disability he was born with. The results of 3 independent tests reached the same agreement that there was developmental cognitive disorder and other significant mental deficits that would make it extremely difficult for my brother in-law to work and hold a job. In conclusion this judge gave the opinion of other medical professionals significant weight and or great weight with their subjective comments. Some of these medical professionals had never seen, talked to or tested my brother in-law. The judge made his decision that my brother in-law was not disabled and denied him benefits. Some of the information we discovered when reading this judges decision was erroneous and not true. We were getting free, but horrible representation thru Chamberlin Edmonds. The attorney was supposed to arrive a 1/2 hour before the hearing to discuss my brother in-laws case. She was assigned to us just a week before the hearing. We had no previous contact with her until she arrived just moments before the hearing was due to start (1/2 hour late). We had 2 minutes of conversation with her and walked into the hearing room 5 minutes late. We plan to tell her she's fired. We also plan to appeal the decision of this judge and get more qualified representation thru Midwest Disability.

Judge: Richard N Staples
Date Posted: 6/29/2012 7:28:22 PM
Submited By: scott nation



******** judge not fair at all

Judge: Raymond L Souza
Date Posted: 6/26/2012 2:01:27 PM
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One of the best judges I have appeared before in representing clients before SSA. Very prompt (convened hearing 2 min. early!!)and very friendly. Joked with my client to put him at ease. He obviously read the file prior to the hearing. He chatted with my client for 10 minutes, then issued a favorable bench decision.

Judge: David B Washington
Date Posted: 5/3/2012 7:57:06 PM
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As someone who has brought cases before him many times in the past, I can attest that Judge Washington is indeed a very fine jurist and a compassionate man. One of the best I've come across.

Judge: Michael D Quayle
Date Posted: 4/5/2012 10:24:51 PM
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As an attorney practicing before Mpls ODAR for many years I was trouble by Judge Quayles absolutely disrespectful behavior towards a claimant at a recent hearing. I was absolutely ashamed as an attorney that a sitting judge, who knows better, let his emotions get the better of him. This was uncharacteristic of Judge Quayle and I hope I never witness such unprofessional behavior by him again.

Judge: Michael D Quayle
Date Posted: 3/20/2012 11:08:31 AM
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Judge: David B Washington
Date Posted: 3/12/2012 9:50:50 PM
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Excellent, understanding, empathetic judge who listens and cares about the person.