Tupelo, Mississippi ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Tupelo, Mississippi, 8 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Tupelo, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 17.0 months. The average case processing time in Tupelo is 515 days.The Tupelo average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 44%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Tupelo ODAR office was last updated on 7/9/2014.

SSA, Tupelo ODAR Office
1150 South Green Street, Suite 3A
Tupelo, Mississippi 38804
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Phone: (866) 275-9405 -- Fax: (662) 842-0423
eFile Fax: 877-470-5097 (For sending evidence)

OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Tupelo 8 17.0 months 515 days 2.1 14% 44% 43%
Mississippi14.8 months473 days2.216%41%43%
National Average:12.3 months400 days2.018%44%38%
Hearing Wait Time: 17.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 2.13
Average Processing Time 515 days
Cases Pending 5100
Dispositions 2447
New Cases 2624
Hearings In Person 67%
Video Hearings 33%

Comments about Judges at the Tupelo Mississippi ODAR office:

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Judge: B. T Amos
Date Posted: 7/8/2014 10:05:02 AM
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This judge runs a great hearing with no nonsense, though he cherry picks to the extreme in his decisions. He's not the worst judge you can get in St Pete, but you could definitely do better.

Judge: Jonathan H Leiner
Date Posted: 6/30/2014 2:30:43 PM
Submited By: Dannie



I'm trying to see have anybody had this Judge and got a fair hearing and got a ruling within three month cause he is very nice but move like a turtle slow

Judge: Jerry M Lang
Date Posted: 6/11/2014 11:41:17 AM
Submited By: clifford jones



This is a fair judge my lawyer lost my medical record and didn't show court and he role in my favor this is a fair judge!

Judge: Frederick McGrath
Date Posted: 6/4/2014 11:54:48 PM
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This Judge knows his job. He gets straight to point and does not waste anytime or taxpayers money. He is well prepared. He has an idea of what his decision will be before the hearing. He shows concern about the claimant and takes everything into consideration. He does his job well without hesitation. He can see right through a person if they are full of BS. Great service for the people!

Judge: Rebecca B Sartor
Date Posted: 4/15/2014 2:02:17 PM
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Do not like judge sartor. She just looks at the social security dr findings too much. She had me nervous and upset for the get go. I believe she already had her mind made up when I went to the hearing. A lot of things can come up from the time u see their dr and the hearing. In my denial letter is looks like I am completely lying abt all of my problems. I am not making up migraines bc it is no fun getting botex shots all over my head.

Judge: Denise A Copeland
Date Posted: 4/7/2014 11:15:52 AM
Submited By: Adrian



How strange there are no comments for Denise Copeland? She is my judge and while I'm very glad I didn't get some of the others according to what I've read, can anyone tell me anything about this judge?

Judge: William M Zellman
Date Posted: 2/24/2014 2:43:48 PM
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After an application process that lasted years, I had just about lost any hope of getting SSDI. I was very very nervous about the hearing, especially after reading the reviews about Judge Zellman on this site, but he was understanding and fair. My lawyer was a great help and support to me as well. I made it through the hearing and anxiously awaited the judge's decision, which came a few weeks later. I was very grateful and relieved to have been awarded SSDI benefits. I wanted to write about my experience to give people hope who are still struggling. Don't give up!

Judge: Ricky V South
Date Posted: 1/29/2014 7:30:09 AM
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Knows his cases - keeps hearings short and to the point. Look forward to hearing with Judge South.

Judge: Michael D Shilling
Date Posted: 1/19/2014 5:36:36 PM
Submited By: No name



Never worked a day in his life and no compassion for people who need help better be on death bed before he even thinks about it.his day of judgement is coming. Bad judge

Judge: Michael D Shilling
Date Posted: 1/15/2014 4:18:57 AM
Submited By: No name



Bad judge dishonest frauder

Judge: Michael D Shilling
Date Posted: 1/8/2014 3:55:14 PM
Submited By: No name



Ur a liar and a fraud er u state info in ur denial letter that wasn't even said at hearing to ur advantage

Judge: Sandra R DiMaggio Wallis
Date Posted: 11/25/2013 5:31:13 AM
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i am just sicken to be denied again. i worked hard in my young yrs and now that im sick i have to beg to be approved what i have paid into.

Judge: Jonathan H Leiner
Date Posted: 9/20/2013 7:21:44 AM
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He's an odd fellow. Beyond that, he doesn't like it when attorneys ask leading questions.

Judge: Lisa M Johnson
Date Posted: 9/16/2013 6:47:52 PM
Submited By: PW



I had my hearing today with Judge Lisa Johnson. She was tough and very straight to the point! Asked me about my medical conditions and what prevents me from working and then asked the VE if there were any jobs I could do and he said no! Judge Lisa Johnson ruled on the record that I was approved! My advice is to be honest and listen very carefully to her questions she speaks fast, but if you pay attention you will do fine! It's been 2 yrs fighting for this and it was a relief to get a decision the same day on the record! I was a Legal Assistant so this being a desk job already I couldn't stand up at any jobs! Prayer works!

Judge: Paul G Martin
Date Posted: 9/6/2013 8:09:56 AM
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I just went through my appeals process at the ODAR office and was denied. I have two auto immune diseases and the judge has denied me. I find it very sad to think the judge denies people who actually need it, yet gives people disability that does not deserve it. I worked for my money and now that I need it I can't have. Gee, do I say thank you Judge Paul for denying me and now I am going to lose everything. Who are you to say a person can work 8 hrs a day or anything else for that matter. You don't live with them. You get a healthy paycheck every week so what do you care what anyone else goes through. Thanks for nothing.

Judge: Deborah S Davis
Date Posted: 8/22/2013 7:12:33 AM
Submited By: Cynthia Owen



My case is pending... She is a very nice and fair Judge..

Judge: Paul Reams
Date Posted: 8/6/2013 10:30:26 AM
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was wondering did you client win their disability case with Judge Reams?

Judge: Paul G Martin
Date Posted: 7/1/2013 2:46:26 PM
Submited By: Patrick Czech



The WORST judge I have ever had the experience of meeting. I have an eye missing, fibromyalgia that was confirmed by a rheumatologist, neurologist, 2 pain clinic specialists and my PCP. I had my psychotherapist write a detailed evaluation of my anxiety and depression problems, and I have 2 herniated discs and chronic insomnia. The judge denied me in Jan. of 2012. We appealed it and two judges remanded the case back to the same judge for not giving enough weight to a couple of doctors. I had my second hearing on Jun. 4th, 2013 and 24 days later, the same judge denied me again because I did not have one or more illnesses that were termed disabled. My PCP even wrote a letter that stated that I was in no shape both physically and mentally to assume a 40 hour/wk job and there were no questions asked of the vocational expert that was present. I believe the judge did not like the other Appeals judges disagreeing of his handling of my first hearing and thus denied my second appeal. I rate this judge along with Merrill and Levin. I will appeal this again to the Appeals Council and I hope this time they will approve it instead of making me proceed to the Federal Court. I've waited 3 and a half years for this whole process and it has gotten me nowhere.

Judge: Paul Reams
Date Posted: 5/30/2013 2:19:23 PM
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I'm a rep and have had one hearing with ALJ Reams. He appears to be early 60's is one of the most pleasant gentleman I've appeared before. He takes time to explain some basics to the claimant. He asks Rep for an opening statement and listens attentively. He questions the claimant in a general way, covering past work, impairments, symptoms and functional problems. Let's rep follow up. As he explained, he usually asks a range of hypos to the VE covering limitations that both allow work and would prevent work. He allows rep to give closing argument if desired. He is very nice, very respectful to all involved and seems quite fair in his consideration of the evidence.

Judge: Harold D Davis
Date Posted: 5/22/2013 7:13:34 AM
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As a rep I have had several cases with Judge Davis. He will typically call you in ahead of time, make sure you understand that he doesn't allow leading questions and doesn't want you to elicit extremely emotional testimony about suicide attempts, etc. He generally does not ask for opening statement. He begins questioning with a nice, easy pace; his questions are very clear and straightforward covering the basics about onset and impairments. He likes documentation re any income after onset (STD, LTD, WC, UE, etc). If client is 50+ and has good strong work history it's a plus. He usually has a VE and likes to do hearings that take about 30-45 min. I have found him to be very pleasant, very fair and he does a good job.

Judge: Jerry M Lang
Date Posted: 5/19/2013 1:45:45 PM
Submited By: witness to the injustices



Out of line, abuses power, demeaning, ignores attorneys and reams of legitimate records,takes away hope, why would an applicant who has worked for 30+ years seek to live on $700/mo? To wait 2 years for a hearing only to be told one can sort limes on a processing line part time? Anyone have such a job for 20 minute shifts? No wonder there is such a high suicide rate for those that become disabled after long careers.

Judge: William J Bezego
Date Posted: 5/17/2013 11:55:16 AM
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very fair to claimants, has the judicial temperment and command of the law, very considerate of claimants, my clients always feel that they got their "day in court"

Judge: Gregory A Maddox
Date Posted: 5/10/2013 2:46:21 PM
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Has anyone been in front of this judge?

Judge: Paul Reams
Date Posted: 5/1/2013 10:41:39 AM
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looking for anyone that has been in front of him for your disability case.

Judge: Sandra R DiMaggio Wallis
Date Posted: 4/19/2013 9:32:33 PM
Submited By: vance adams



I have found through personal interaction that Judge S oandra R DiMaggio Wallis is a consummate professional who engages claimants with an object and open mindset. It is my hope that she continue to facilitate her duties with the application of knowledge and the faculty of wisdom with which she has received from our Most High God.

Judge: Frederick McGrath
Date Posted: 4/16/2013 2:06:29 PM
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my first claim was DENIED by this alj, even though he stated in his decision that i did in fact have two severe impairments.. of course the AC kept his ruling intact and my atty filed in federal court. well here it is 6 1/2 yrs from initial filing and 3 yrs after it was denied at appeals council and taken to fdc, my claim was remanded due to ERROR by the alj for NOT giving my treating doctors RFC any weight and going by what the ssa med examiner (which i never saw to begin with)said at some point before my initial denial (which only took a few months to get)..my hearing was NOT that quick, and also we waited for at least 15-20 minutes before hearing started as the VE was LATE. mind you judge started without the VE, and he finally arrived about 10 minutes before my hearing was over..he heard me answer the last 2 question is all. yet the judge took his opinion that there were thousands of jobs in the national economy within our region that i could do?? i am like the rest of you, i believe he has his mind made up before you go in the door...well, he messed up on this one and now i get a new hearing and hopefully with another judge

Judge: Mary Gattuso
Date Posted: 4/10/2013 4:38:06 PM
Submited By: ms w



This judge was very unfair .Didn't let the lawyer talk, only gave weight to ssa doctors.She has a real problem listening to people and she thinks that her way of thinking is the only one that matters. She should not be a judge for anything ,especially someone's livelihood .

Judge: William M Zellman
Date Posted: 4/10/2013 7:25:04 AM
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Appears all ALJ's are afflicted with "mental conduction".

Judge: William M Zellman
Date Posted: 4/7/2013 3:59:37 AM
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he turned me down even with mental conduction

Judge: Jerry M Lang
Date Posted: 3/29/2013 3:16:13 PM
Submited By: Rebekah



It is a very shallow statement to state that a person who can go to school is not disabled. There are many people that are born with disabilities or become disabled in life, yet they are offered extra help to go to school and grants are offered to disabled people to go to secondary school. I have rheumatoid arthritis, a lung condition related to the R.A., and a heart condition, and I receive disability because I am no longer able to perform the type of work I did before my diagnosis. I am now in college and seeking a degree in psychology so that I can one day return to work and no longer have to depend on disability. Yes, I do have to take small class loads and I have to inform my instructors of my condition, and at times get extended time some of my work, but I am sure trying. Just because a person becomes disabled does not mean they should have to sit and stare at walls and depend on $700 a month income; they have every right to improve their education, thus giving them a chance to improve their choices for work opportunity and not have to live the rest of their life drawing a disability check. The Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) passed in 1975 and the Americans with Disabilities Act both offer help in education for those who are disabled; yes, the government does recognize that a person can be disabled, yet go to school.

Judge: Frederick McGrath
Date Posted: 3/28/2013 2:26:12 PM
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Our office has had numerous hearings with Judge McGrath. He has a reputation for scheduling several hearings at the same time and taking them on a first come/first served basis; will start early if you get there early; does NOT like submission of medical records on the day of the hearing. Generally does not ask for opening; lets rep do most of questioning and just cuts in when he has a question. I think he often has a good idea of how he feels about a case and uses the hearing to see if it changes his mind. His award rate is not out of line, so he's not denying everything that comes through the room. (Claimants need to understand it isn't the number of pages of records you have, but how well the opinions are supported by clinical evidence, diagnositic testing and your own credibility).

Judge: Jim Fraiser
Date Posted: 3/28/2013 2:05:14 PM
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Based on our experience this ALJ used to be very friendly, easy going and had a much higher award rate. In the last couple of years he's become much tougher and has a very conservative award rate. He tends to like to work fast, asks rapid fire, pointed questions to claimant. Usually asks one hypo based on DDS and one assuming inability to do full time work. Does not usually ask for opening or closing and does most of questioning himself.

Judge: Jerry M Lang
Date Posted: 3/13/2013 2:18:17 PM
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If you can go to school, you are not disabled

Judge: Frederick McGrath
Date Posted: 3/11/2013 7:35:08 AM
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Yes he has mind made up before the hearing. He schedules way too many hearings on one given day and they are conducted to quick. Rarely uses a VE. The Jacksonville ODAR is filled with fairly negative ALJs.

Judge: William J Bezego
Date Posted: 3/10/2013 2:09:37 PM
Submited By: Dreaming



Please keep thrownig these posts up they help tons.

Judge: Frederick McGrath
Date Posted: 3/7/2013 7:45:47 PM
Submited By: Shannon



Judge Frederick McGrath claimed he could not read the RFC filled out by my doctor because "the doctor's handwriting was not completely legible and his signature was indistinguishable." There were approximately 30 cases he ruled on before he saw me the day of my hearing and it seemed like he had already made up his mind on each case before the people even entered the courtroom. He wrote about my mental health in his official ruling even though my claim was entirely a physical case with all of my mental health issues (depression because I am unable to work) being a direct result of my physical disability.

Judge: Frederick McGrath
Date Posted: 3/7/2013 6:57:22 PM
Submited By: Caretaker



I was denied even though I have more than 4,000 pages of medical records, dozens of doctors supporting my claim and submitting written statements, and the court-appointed vocational expert testified that there was not a job I was suitable to do. Mcgrath ruled against this suggestion and said I could do a job that did not require standing, sitting, working with my hands, concentration, memory, interaction with people, and would allow me to lie down for extended periods of time each hour. I also require a caretaker (who is writing this message as I am unable to do so) on a fulltime basis to feed, cloth, bathe, drive, make appointments and manage my dr. schedule, clean, cook, and take care of basically all of my needs/activities of daily living. He made the decision in less than 5 minutes and asked me less than 10 quick questions. His decision was overturned on appeal and has been sent back to be heard in court for a second time. I first applied for disability in 1999 and have spent the last 6 years appealing his ruling. I am going back to court in the next 6 months or so and will let you know who I get and the judgement.

Judge: William J Bezego
Date Posted: 2/26/2013 9:20:28 AM
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Nice guy. He's very courteous to claimants and to attorneys. Good about holding the record open as well.

Judge: William M Zellman
Date Posted: 2/25/2013 8:17:00 AM
Submited By: Claimant Representative



Thoughtful, considerate, compassionate, understanding. Stopped the hearing in the middle and awarded benefits on the spot. Being well prepared obviously bore fruit.

Judge: Deborah S Davis
Date Posted: 2/23/2013 11:18:12 AM
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all i have to say is i love this judge she was very fair in my case and weighed the evidence and made the right decision in my case thank you judge davis and may god bless you very good judge to have decide your case

Judge: Jerry M Lang
Date Posted: 2/22/2013 7:32:48 AM
Submited By: JIMMY BECK



MR JERRY LANG IS A JERK. NO ONE LIKES HIM AND HE DENIES MORE THAN 70% OF THE CASES HE HEARS. BACK IN 2006 WHEN I HAD MY FIRST CASE HEARD IN HIS LITTLE COURTROOM, HE AWARDED ME WITH A CLOSED PERIOD SETTLEMENT. HE STATED THAT AFTER MY 1ST BACK SURGERY THAT I COULD RETURN TO WORK, UNFORTUNENTLY THE PROBLEM IS, MY MEDICAL ISSUES CONTINUED TO DECLINE AND WHEN I SAW HIM AGAIN IN 2009, I NEEDED A 2ND BACK SURGERY AND I HAD ADDITIONAL MEDICAL ISSUES IN ADDITION TO WHAT I ALREADY WAS DEALING WITH. NOT ONLY DID HE DENY ME AN AWARD FOR MY 2ND HEARING VIA TELECONFERENCE BUT HE DID SO WITH THE KNOWLEDGE OF HAVING MORE MEDICAL ISSUES AND ACCEPTED THE FACT THAT I WAS DISABLED FOR A PERIOD OF 3 YEARS BECAUSE HE GAVE ME A CLOSED PERIOD AWARD. SO YOU TELL ME, 1ST TIME CLOSED AWARD, 2ND TIME THINGS ARE WORSE AND I AM DENIED. THAT MAKES NO SESNE. JUST LAST WEEK, 02/19/2013, I WENT BACK TO DYERSBURG TO SEE A DIFFERENT ALJ BUT THAT MAN CALLED IN SICK AND GUESS WHO I WAS SUPPOSE TO HAVE? MR JERRY LANG AKA: JERK! SO IVE HAD 2 BACK SURGERIES NOT TO MENTION MENTAL ISSUES AND A BLOOD CLOT WHEREAS I HAVE LIFE LONG DEBILITATING NEGATIVE ISSUES AS A RESULT. WHEN I FOUND OUT WHO WAS GOIN TO HEAR MY CASE, I JUST DISMISSED IT. IT WOULD BE A TOTAL WASTE OF TIME BECAUSE WE ALREADY KNKOW HOW THE MAN OPERATES. IM GOING TO MOVE TO ANOTHER STATE AND IF NOT, THEN ANOTHER COUNTY FAR FROM ALJ JERRY LANG. I HOPE THIS MAN SUFFERS SOMETIME IN THE FUTURE FROM CHRONIC PAIN, THEN AND ONLY THEN HE WILL UNDERSTAND. IT WOULD BE MUCH BETTER IF HE JUST COMMITED SUICIDE AND SAVED THE TAX PAYERS MONEY AND SAVERD ALL THE MANY PPL THAT NEED DISABILITY TO BEABLE TO HAVE SOME FORM OF QUALITY OF LIFE. MY NAME IS JIMMY BECK FROM DRESDEN TN AND I APPROVE THIS MSG. IF ANYONE HAS AN IDEA HOW TO GET AROUND CRUEL JUDGES THAT SEEM TO ENJOY TORTURING INNOCENT INJURED INDIVIDUALS, THEN BY ALL MEANS SHOOT ME A EMAIL EMAIL: STUCKNCA@YAHOO.COM

Judge: Rebecca B Sartor
Date Posted: 2/21/2013 10:04:47 PM
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VERY BAD JUDGES

Judge: Rebecca B Sartor
Date Posted: 2/21/2013 9:55:48 PM
Submited By: DEBBIE HARRIS



JUDGE SARTOR IS A VERY UNFAIR PERSON SHE HAS A SERIOUS CRAZYNESS ABOUT HER WHICH NEED TO BE INSPECTED BY THE INSPECTOR OFFICE

Judge: Lisa M Johnson
Date Posted: 2/21/2013 1:39:17 PM
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Unfeeling and cold. Watch out! More worried about getting finished with hearing than making a just decision.

Judge: William M Zellman
Date Posted: 2/20/2013 1:39:59 PM
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i agree. its so frustrating im a leg amputee, psoriatic arthritis, ptsd, i could go on and on. my denial stated there was no way i could do any past work i had done, but they had ONE job listed i could do i looked up the job code and it was a small parts seperator at a desk. any little thing to turn you down

Judge: William M Zellman
Date Posted: 2/19/2013 9:58:18 AM
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It's very frustrating. I wasn't making a whole lot when I had to stop working. I didn't need to though, as my wife made more then enough to support the family. I truly loved my last job, and the people I worked with. If I could still work, i'd be back there in a second. I told Judge Zellman that, and he stopped me, and said basically, that I was lying. I have yet to actually get the final decision from him, but my rep and I both know it's denied. I just wish he's hurry up and send it, so it'll officially be done, and I can start over. Maybe with a real lawyer this time.

Judge: William M Zellman
Date Posted: 2/18/2013 9:48:28 AM
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guys i feel your frustration, the last 3 years i worked i made a little over 50,000 each year. ive been trying since jan 2011 to get my disability and i just dont understand why any judge with a ounce of common sense would think i wanted to give up the lifestyle i had for 1,000 a month. ive been in front of a judge once and was denied now im on my second try yet i see people with hardly anything wrong with them who gets approved. again i dont get it

Judge: William M Zellman
Date Posted: 2/18/2013 9:24:48 AM
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Agreed. He plowed me into the ground. Had his mind made up before I even had my hearing. I never had a chance, even with a lawyer.

Judge: William J Bezego
Date Posted: 1/7/2013 8:33:22 AM
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good temperment, courteous to the claimants and attorneys,

Judge: B. T Amos
Date Posted: 12/24/2012 8:24:33 PM
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2012 Statistics for this particular ALJ: Judge B T Amos 12% Dismissed 48% Approved 40% Denied These statistics are available online had those who are critical chosen to thoroughly research. In addition, the Social Security Regulations are online for those who wish to research the criteria for being awarded disability payments under the law. The statistics being cited in previous postings are those thus far for fiscal year 2013, which started October 1, 2012.

Judge: B. T Amos
Date Posted: 12/24/2012 10:59:26 AM
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Agree with the previous comments. I think they are right on point. Keep in mind that this ALJ is not alone. There are many more like him and in fact many that are worse than him. Despite contrary belief no one believes everyone is disabled and that someone should get something for free. However, something needs to change within the system. There are judges who pay consistently 10-20 percent of their cases. The system needs to change.

Judge: Deborah S Davis
Date Posted: 12/5/2012 7:25:10 PM
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Dishonest behavior.

Judge: Deborah S Davis
Date Posted: 11/20/2012 5:07:39 PM
Submited By: Timothy



Had a video teleconference hearing today (11/20/12) with Judge Deborah Davis. She was fair, thorough, deliberate, seemed always to be looking for a more complete understanding of the facts of the case, gave the claimant and me ample opportunity to present our case and to ask questions. I appreciated her approach.

Judge: B. T Amos
Date Posted: 10/30/2012 1:03:19 PM
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An extremely fair Judge who cuts to the chase, knows the law and applies it properly. I would rather be denied by a Judge of this caliber, than to be paid by a liberal, everyone who walks into the hearing office Judge.

Judge: Ricky V South
Date Posted: 9/20/2012 8:01:59 AM
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Most thorough questioning from an ALJ I have seen in 30 years of practice. Done in a respectful and nonjudgmental manner.

Judge: Jim Fraiser
Date Posted: 9/7/2012 11:21:55 AM
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I found Judge Frasier to be quite understanding and personable. He did change the onset date, however he had a sound basis for so doing. I say, "Keep up the good work."

Judge: Frederick McGrath
Date Posted: 9/7/2012 10:25:39 AM
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What a hoot! Seems to have his mind made up by the time we sit down. Holds 6 minute hearings. Gives great weight to RFCs. Somewhat of a "Nero" approach, either thumbs up or thumbs down, without excessive narrative. Does not like substance use or middle aged women with mental health issues.

Judge: Joseph F Gilliland
Date Posted: 9/4/2012 2:52:23 PM
Submited By: Matthew Lamb



Your decision on my wifes case does not make any sense to me. Would you be willing to discuss the exact reason that she was denied? Thanks.

Judge: Jim Fraiser
Date Posted: 8/26/2012 12:31:10 PM
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Guys I understand your frustration. Been denied, however not by judge fraiser but my point is I know people that have very limited things wrong with them and yet they get approved no problem. Also I think these judges shouldnt be able to make such decisions based on medical evidence when they have no clue what some of it means. they are not doctors and have never worked in the medical field. So how can they determine whats severe or not? Or as my denial stated you have 3 severe impairments but not severe enough. Oh the world we live in

Judge: Jim Fraiser
Date Posted: 8/25/2012 1:42:38 PM
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I think Jim Frasier needs to step down!!!! He thinks he is above the law. He is very judge mental!!! He is an awful Judge!!

Judge: Mary Gattuso
Date Posted: 8/19/2012 4:18:52 PM
Submited By: Heavne



This judge was fair and weighed everything on my case. She is a very nice lady and I hope anyone who is faced with an ALJ let it be Mrs. Gattuso.

Judge: Ricky V South
Date Posted: 8/12/2012 7:27:19 AM
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Awesome. Smart, efficient, productive and would be an asset to any office.

Judge: Michael D Shilling
Date Posted: 8/9/2012 10:07:02 AM
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YOU WEAR AN AMERICAN FLAG AND DENY 100% VETERANS, YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF

Judge: Michael D Shilling
Date Posted: 8/8/2012 12:56:28 PM
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AWFUL JUDGE POS

Judge: B. T Amos
Date Posted: 8/4/2012 9:59:12 PM
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This is, without a doubt, the best Judge before whom I have presented cases. His hearings are crisp and to the point. He holds no-nonsense hearings and wants only that you fill in the blanks..he knows the file backwards and forwards and wants you to focus on material not covered or on discrepancies in the record. Word to those interested in what he is looking for: your client need not go in and tell a lie. This is one of his pet peeves. Be up front with him, and don't annoy him by allowing your client to exaggerate his/her condition. If the medical evidence supports the client's testimony and meets the letter of the law regarding disability he will issue an award; otherwise, he will not.

Judge: Jerry M Lang
Date Posted: 8/2/2012 5:44:29 PM
Submited By: Derick



It appears that this is one tough judge. I just had my case reviewed by Mr.Lang; I'm worried that because I'm trying to go back to school so that someday I don't have to depend on disability, this will ruin my case. If I lose my case, I don't stand a chance of finishing school because of our financial situation. Please, if anyone has a story to share about their case, I would love to hear about it.

Judge: Sandra R DiMaggio Wallis
Date Posted: 7/11/2012 1:36:20 PM
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DOES NOT FOLLOW THE LAW

Judge: Lisa M Johnson
Date Posted: 6/30/2012 12:58:54 PM
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i really do pray for this women.......

Judge: B. T Amos
Date Posted: 6/19/2012 4:35:07 PM
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I am an attorney who regularly appears before Judge Amos. I am pleased every time my client gets this Judge because I know we will be given a fair hearing. He relies on the testimony to the extent that it is substantiated by the medical evidence of record. He gives great credence to a client who is up front and truthful, not given to histrionics and embellishment. I don't win every case with this Judge, but I always feel he is fair and well versed in each case.

Judge: Jim Fraiser
Date Posted: 6/19/2012 8:32:19 AM
Submited By: Debbie Harris



bad judge

Judge: Lisa M Johnson
Date Posted: 6/16/2012 5:35:05 PM
Submited By: james w bass



fauded my case....didnt even do what the appeals council told her to do about my depression that it may have worsend after the evailuation of dr. kennon ,phd and dr.frankie stanley.a pychiatist has be treating me since december of 2010 and she didnt belive what he said about my diagnoses for major depression, recurrent severe...so she sent me to a consecutive examination and dr.harod savell diagnosed me with major depressive disorder with psycotic features and both doctors said that i am very disabled..what is right with this county....i have nothing and no money and no insurence i guess they just want us to die off with our sickness....... this judge showed me no justice and wrongfully denied me.

Judge: Donna Dawson
Date Posted: 6/14/2012 5:19:55 PM
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Richmond is becoming a negative place for Claimant's to obtain disability. I believe ALJ Dawson was trained by ALJ Swank. I think she is a terrible judge as well; however, not as bad as ALJ Swank but I'm sure she will take comfort in the fact that she is on her way.I would give her a zero out of ten.

Judge: B. T Amos
Date Posted: 6/8/2012 1:18:24 PM
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Will hardly grant any SSI claims, or even SSD claims with expired DLIs. Has HUGE respect for folks with great earnings records. Will probably approve on an AC remand. If you present a fair argument (and you're not SSI, or expired DLI) he'll probably pay- and he'll tell you that at the hearing. If he goes tot he VE and talks about the claimant's capabilities as opposed to what they are NOT capable of- he's going to deny. Ever since I figured out his pattern, I like him. I just don't like how I don't know if I'm going to have him before the hearing!

Judge: Lisa M Johnson
Date Posted: 6/7/2012 7:23:33 PM
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Not a good judge.

Judge: Mary E Richardson
Date Posted: 6/5/2012 11:01:22 PM
Submited By: pamela williams



I had my hearing about 2 weeks ago and she was nice and straight forward. If you get this judge she will treat you with dignity and with respect. Win or lose she was fair and made me feel comfortable and I really felt like she cared. A very nice lady indeed.

Judge: B. T Amos
Date Posted: 5/24/2012 5:20:24 AM
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This Judge has a reputation for being an extremely compassionate but fair Judge. He is known for holding crisp and to the point hearings; it is acknowledged by attorneys and other participants in his hearings that he does not allow "smoke and mirror" type presentations during the hearing process.

Judge: Michael D Shilling
Date Posted: 5/12/2012 8:12:56 AM
Submited By: NO NAME



VERY BAD JUDGE DISHONEST FRAUDER

Judge: Jim Fraiser
Date Posted: 5/12/2012 8:07:18 AM
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JIM ABUSE HIS AUTHORITY AND WHY IS THE FBI INVOLVE IN THESE CRIMES

Judge: Ricky V South
Date Posted: 5/1/2012 3:35:09 PM
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Excellent ALJ!

Judge: Jim Fraiser
Date Posted: 4/22/2012 3:40:30 AM
Submited By: Sadanddisappointed



How does this man sleep at night....really? Has denied my disabled daughter twice already and she has overwhelming evidence proving she is disabled. Idk how all these ppl faking it to make it can get a check yet she has to struggle and cant get help? Someone needs to pray for these folks to start approving...because the economy is already bad enough without us all scrimpimg and sacrificing to get the help we need and medicine and choosing between medicine food and bills to live.smh i bet none of the judges have to evvvvver sacrifice and worry and go hungry or without meds or utilities or be homeless....we have.

Judge: B. T Amos
Date Posted: 4/19/2012 7:09:33 AM
Submited By: susan



Very disappointed in him. My son went before him and was in their 15 minutes. He never asked him one question. My son was denied. My son is 24, neat in appearance, doesn't abuse his medication (vicotin, xanex, cymbaltra) and has a college degree (college accommodated his disability). I believe this is what he based his decision on. It was never taken into consideration that my son has the body of an 80 year old. He had a double spinal fusion. Has a metal rod from his neck to his butt with about 8 screws 6 inches long in his spine. Doesn't bend, lift or twist. Lives in constant pain. I could go on and on, like how SS's dr said he is the worse case they have ever seen. He has now been denied twice. Maybe he should say he is by-polar and he can be approved like half of the other people around here. It's disgusting.

Judge: Michael D Shilling
Date Posted: 4/13/2012 8:02:15 PM
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Great Judge!

Judge: Donna Dawson
Date Posted: 3/20/2012 2:17:55 PM
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Don't be fooled by this ALJ coming across as pleasant during the hearing. She doesn't appear prepared during the hearing and cherry picks the evidence to find any minor inconsistencies. Another ALJ who makes a habit of dismissing the treating source opinion even when supported by the evidence but has no problems accepting check off boxes from state agency medical consultants.

Judge: William M Zellman
Date Posted: 3/14/2012 4:26:47 PM
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He lies about things that wasn't even said at the hearing, bring your lawyer when attending any of his hearings..