Tupelo, Mississippi ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Tupelo, Mississippi, 5 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 21.0 months. The average case processing time in Tupelo is 557 days.The Tupelo average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 46%. 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 9/7/2016.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Tupelo 5 21.0 months 557 days 2.2 15% 46% 39%
Mississippi18.0 months533 days2.218%39%44%
National Average:16.8 months525 days1.920%44%36%
AVERAGE TIME
Hearing Wait Time: 21.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 2.17
Average Processing Time 557 days
Cases Pending 4942
Dispositions 2062
New Cases 1803
Hearings In Person 61%
Video Hearings 39%
LIST OF JUDGES / 18
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied
Judge H.J. Barkley III 16%46%38%
Judge Jonathan H Leiner 16%29%56%
Judge Roger Lott 15%51%33%
Judge Gregory A Maddox 14%46%41%
Judge Rebecca B Sartor 13%43%44%

LATEST COMMENTS         to leave your own comment, select a judge from the list above and leave a comment on that judge's page
Waiting patiently
Judge: Jim Fraiser
9/16/2016 2:02:37 AM



He was a compassionate judge listened to me and knew I was creditable, and he ruled in my favor at the hearing on April 20, 2016 thank you Judge Frasier


Judge: Lisa M Johnson
9/13/2016 8:40:02 PM



I have a case coming up with her soon. I worked for 30 years making really good money. Now I'm unemployed and broke and can't get the medical help I need because I can't afford insurance. I would rather being doing what I did and I didn't stop because I'm lazy. I pray that God will show her that my life lays in her hands and guide's the honorable judge to see the reality of her decision is crucial to my well-being.

Sherman Meadows
Judge: Rebecca B Sartor
8/13/2016 9:55:18 AM



The allowance rate on the initial claim is 30 % and less than 5% on the Reconsideration but the allowance rate with the Judges is 44% so your best chance is with the ALJ. The key to getting approved is be prepared. You need a Rep that is interested in your case and SSA is not just a sideline. You and YOUR Rep need to Know the requirements for entitlement : the decision is based on age, education, vocational background and your DISABILITY. The judges in the Tupelo office are good judges I have always found Judge Sartor to be respectfully to me and the Claimant. She, as well as the other Judges, will try to give you the benefit of doubt but they cannot approve your disability if you do not have medical evidence to support YOUR Case- SSA will tell you that you must prove that you are disabled. No i have not won all my cases with her or the others but when the Hearing was over I knew and the Claimant knew that the decision would be fair and based on the evidence. This is the best shot at approval that you got so get a GOOD REP and be prepared.

Roger Boudreaux
Judge: Mary Gattuso
7/29/2016 4:48:21 PM



Hi I'm mr Boudreaux. I had to go infront off judge Marry Guttuso 7/27/16. For a 18 wheeler accident me and my Grand Mother was in volved in. I was pleased how she asked about my grandmother and how was she doing. She was very compassionate and told me to stand up if needed because she understood my pain i am going thru. Only thing that was weirded was the VE said I was hypothetically able to work a dish washing job or office work. Which I can not perform do to sleepy medications,and weak back muscles I learned something new today about compassion and understanding others do have .


Judge: Jim Fraiser
7/26/2016 12:11:19 PM



Judge Fraiser is not a very nice person. I was struck by a car while walking. I suffered severe injuries to my body, head, spine, leg and arm/shoulder. Judge Fraiser suggested I could work as a parking lot attendent! When I tried to remind him that we had discussed the PTSD I have, and real fear I still have of moving cars around me, he told me to SHUSH! I was denied! I have written a complaint and refiled. A PARKING GARAGE? Is that some kind of sick joke?

Stacey rivers
Judge: Ricky V South
6/1/2016 1:23:24 AM



I just had hearing with judge South I was denied I have choric pain in legs back also neck I use a crane to walk also stomach ucle and bad headaches this judge is so not Fair I have no income what so every I don't no how unfair people sleep at night just unfair! I am on different pills that makes me sleep others help me this is not Right no God in this judge .


Judge: Michael D Shilling
5/12/2016 1:17:47 PM



let us start a movement to abolish this position, one can do better dealing the state agency this this far right judge who goes by his personal agenda to rule. no way to justify the numbers he puts up except to say that this is his agenda.

Buggs Bunny
Judge: Michael D Shilling
5/3/2016 10:41:02 PM



What is unemolyable? then u seniev my case.I gave up a good job.The person that said jobs I couls do 3 ..Lawyer asked with my limetATRions 00.aND STILL DENIED /. can i work there .seems easy justv say

Needs justice and peace
Judge: Jerry M Lang
4/2/2016 8:06:01 AM



Based on his opinion he denied me because of my age, stating I'm 44 and can bounce back. My doctors all signed off for my disability and I still was denied, maybe judge Lang should get off the bench and retire cause he's hurting people more so than helping them. In my deniel letter it also stated I have a email address so I'm able to communicate, I had a email address long before I got sick so that shouldn't make a difference at all!!

Melissa R. Yopp
Judge: Jonathan H Leiner
3/22/2016 3:54:05 AM



Thanks to this Judge for his unfavorable ruling in my case... I'm sure that three years of back payment had something to do with your decision. I've worked since I was 18 years old and never taken a dime from this government. I prayed everyday that God would see me through my horrible disease and by God he will! Without the help of this nation's twisted government!!!

John
Judge: Frederick McGrath
3/15/2016 7:02:39 AM



ALJ McGrath went above and beyond recently, and by his efforts, allowed my client her hearing when there had been a serious miscommunication regarding my client's file (it had been sent to another hearing office by mistake, and the hearing cancelled - all without notice to myself or my client). Another ALJ might have shrugged their shoulders and said nothing could be done, so sorry; ALJ McGrath instead tracked the file down, had it sent back to North, and worked the hearing into his already scheduled docket. While we are still awaiting results, we are grateful to have been able to conduct the hearing as we had planned, especially since my client traveled from TN to Athens for the hearing. Thank you Judge McGrath!

Freedom
Judge: Frederick McGrath
3/3/2016 8:52:02 AM



He is The hardest working ALJ in the Nation and that office!!!


Judge: Michael D Shilling
2/4/2016 1:17:11 PM



he only accepts government exam. treating phys are "inconsistent with the record." very little reasoning in his decisions . he does what his masters in Washington tell him to do. may he receive the same justice that he hands out is my sincere prayer. at least he keeps the hearings short so that he will not have to be confused with facts when he writes his short form denials.

DONALD
Judge: John T Molleur
12/13/2015 7:18:02 PM



i seen him on 12 8 2015 when should i expect to here from him?????????

Richaard Cullen
Judge: Denise A Copeland
11/4/2015 9:49:08 AM



I just had "My Day in Court" and I'm still do not the the outcome, but I do feel that I was given the time and respect I needed. She was kind,considerate and concerned about my condition and I trust her opinion.

Rebecca
Judge: Denise A Copeland
9/11/2015 6:13:55 AM



This judge is compassionate and took the time to review the information about my case to finalize her decision. She exhibited professionalism and sympathy and I saw a woman who truly loves her profession and takes pride in her work. Her heart is full of kindness.I want to sincerely thank her for giving me faith in our judicial system and for treating me fairly and respectfully. Thank you so much For helping me.

PraisingmyLord
Judge: Jim Fraiser
8/20/2015 8:12:31 PM



I have an upcoming date with Judge Jim. I pray tgat my Lord lays it on his heart to see & understand my type of disability and he approves me. And to Sadanddisapointed, i am trueky sorry your daughter was turned down. Don't give up. Try again. I will pray for all that didn't get it......,.God bless!


Judge: Jerry M Lang
7/27/2015 6:06:12 PM



This judge is a true jerk. I was denied because in my medical records he saw on one of office visit notes where I had discussed with my rheumatologist that I had gone a cruise with my family and how bad I felt on the trip and how bad I hurt and all I wanted to do was sleep and the doctor had increased my med at that visit. He also denied me because I was told to go to the gym and stretch and move by my doctor. What am I suppose to do just sit in a recliner all day or stay in bed????? If I had been denied based on the reports from several doctors that would be one thing but he denied me based in his opinion!!!!!

Michael Meadows
Judge: Lisa M Johnson
7/10/2015 3:33:52 PM



I am a citizen of these united states I feel that judge lisa Johnson went against the profesionals on my case .they said I was unable to perform any work she did not take there advise. I feel I was discrimated against .one of her questions was what type of home I lived in I answered mobile home.she just shook her head. This judge was wrong in my case and I don't know what to do to take care of my family.I worked from the time I was 14 and now I am 45 with diabetes ,depression ,degenerative disc disease in my back along with arthritis through out my body. I have tried to find work and been turned down or unable to do the work due to my condition.In my opinion this judge did not do her job .God bless her she knows she was wrong.

Mark D.
Judge: William J Bezego
6/26/2015 10:27:53 AM



The Judge was very fair, gave time to get paperwork turn in from a Dr. Appt after my hearing. Straight forward approach,

Lincoln Cain
Judge: Jerry M Lang
6/24/2015 6:49:35 PM



HE IS A DISAPPOINTMENT AS A JUDGE VERY UNFAIR I AM 100% DAV THE VA. HE DID NOT THANK ME FOR MY SERVICE. IT A SHAME HAVE TO FIGHT OVER IN AFGHANISTAN AND COME HOME AND FIGHT THE SYSTEM. BUT I WILL APPEAL HIS UN FAIR DECISION. HE Will BE JUDGED ONE DAY AND HE WIll ANSWER FOR HIS UNRIGHT DECISION.SO WILL US ALl.

sean fried
Judge: B. T Amos
6/13/2015 6:02:13 AM



i had him in may 2014 took 15 minutes he said i won that day if you have a good work history thats a plus hes the best out there very fair


Judge: Michael D Shilling
6/10/2015 4:13:57 AM



He should be removed. He is not qualified and he is causing irreparable harm to the claimants who must go before him as well as the Social Security Administration.

Daniel Wright
Judge: Mary E Richardson
6/7/2015 8:28:51 AM



Thank you for ur time and being understanding and very nice. God bless you!


Judge: Roger Lott
5/22/2015 4:37:24 AM



he don't know how I feel from time to time. I'v been denide of my disability and I think that is wrong. how come other people get thiers on the same problem (COPD) and I can't. well there is a judgment day some time and we will see who judges an d who don't. two years and 4 months wasted .

Thankful
Judge: Denise A Copeland
4/28/2015 3:03:39 PM



I want to say thank you to Judge Copeland for taking the time to thoroughly examine my case.You are Fair and there is hope in our justice system..

John Payne Jr.
Judge: Jim Fraiser
4/21/2015 7:32:34 AM



THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU JUDGE FRAISER, My file has been hanging in the balance since 2012, was sent to Jackson Ms.from Ga.. Between Belinda Hemphill, Judge Fraiser and Sonya Frisby I had an appt. schld within 2 weeks for a hearing. I have to use the library computor due to being homeless and a friends phone. I have prayed a Judge would see my file and approve based upon the facts, but at least I got an appt date because Judge Fraiser saw it as dire..Thank you Sir and those ladies who help make this possible...God Bless you all and Jackson Ms ODAR for doing their job above the national avg. Thank you so much

Allen
Judge: Denise A Copeland
4/20/2015 10:30:13 PM



Nice straight forward even got on to my lawyers who were very sorry in getting documentation.I fired them and now I'm waiting on my letter for a decision.I'm Praying that it is fully favored.with my mental conditions.I haven't seen any comments for Judge Copeland.


Judge: John T Molleur
1/29/2015 4:58:54 PM



i have to go in front of him what should i expect


Judge: Jerry M Lang
1/27/2015 6:57:11 AM



Can't understand why his approval rating is one of the lowest every year not just in the Memphis area but the whole state of Tn. just sad

Bo Rowland
Judge: Rebecca B Sartor
12/20/2014 6:03:59 AM



My brother was recently unapproved. I have contacted my Senator, Congressman, the Governor's Office, and by no means plan to stop there. I teach law and Administrative Law is the "most scariest" of of law. "I am now concerned with all of the taxes I pay, exactly where my money is going."


Judge: Mary Gattuso
12/11/2014 3:11:54 PM



Judge Gattuso is competent, courteous, and professional. I had my first hearing with her today. I don't know if my client will be approved but I am confident that the judge knows the law, the issues and the facts of this claim. I appreciated her insight and courtesies.


Judge: Rebecca B Sartor
11/13/2014 10:59:01 AM



I saw others comments that she is unfair I agree


Judge: Paul Reams
11/13/2014 10:55:49 AM



This judge denied my claim I have many conditions that's limits me from sustaining a job he have no sympathy and he is unfair and unreasonable

Debbie
Judge: B. T Amos
11/10/2014 8:10:47 AM



Went before this judge several weeks ago. He seemed caring, and fair. He only asked me a couple of questions but I felt he believed me and that's what was important to me. We are waiting for his decision.

Unknown2
Judge: Frederick McGrath
10/8/2014 3:52:25 PM



Judge Frederick McGrath approved my case on yesterday. I believe he's a very witty, smart & compassionate guy....charming & interesting...I may add... My hearing was brief & to the point...The past 21 months of my life has been the most challenging time in my life...happy to know it will get better soon...very thankful I was approved.

Steve army oif 09-10
Judge: William M Zellman
9/30/2014 7:11:20 PM



The first Judge I saw over a year ago had a approved rating of over 20%. This judge Well.... 34. Denial at 46% and dismissal at 20%. Meaning- GOOD LUCK PAL. I will say this judge seems knowledgeable. However, I provided several pages of documents from the VA over 1400 pages- and I am RATED 100 % DISABLED BY THE VA VA disabled. YET- SOCIAL SECURITY finds I can work. And this judge seems to find the same thing. So heres my options. I can appeal. Well---- Guess what, this veteran is going to appeal. I have provided stacks and stacks of documents. I read what your feedback said- you discredited my doctors. REALLY? People that talked me out of suicide. You never once asked me what I do in a day. I saw something in my review about cooking cookies. I haven't cooked anything in over 9 months. I almost burned the house down on more than one occasion. And I don't feed my dogs. You never asked me what I do. I sit and stare at the floor. People that reviewed my file said I grocery shop- I have not done this in close to a year. I do not leave the home only once a week to go to a apnt with the doctor. You said you had no evidence to support the claim of migraines. Well- request it? I can provide it. Your people discredited doctors at the va and the vet center. People that have degrees and are professionals and only treat vets with ptsd, anxiety disorder, and tbi- when I saw these people I was never told "Oh by the way the social security administration does not recognize us as creditable doctors?" WELL WHO DO YOU ? I AM RATED 100% disabled through the VA disabled for gods sake. What more do you need? I was told I can appeal my decision. Or file a new one. Well guess what- I am appealing. Its going to the feds to decide. I believe you were wrong. What is sad, is now..... I have to wait another year to hear something. Shame on you. And shame on that last judge. I had a lawyer. I had stacks upon stacks. Proof. Yet you said I could carry on a conversation. We met for what? A hour. Come to my home. Sit with me for the afternoon. Spend the day with me. Spend the night with me. Talk to my former employer.Talk to former friends. I have none now. But talk to former friends. Talk to my wife. Talk to my kids. Get answers. You would see- You made the wrong decisions. I hope you sleep well tonight. Karma is well- you know what

Social Security Disability Attorney
Judge: Frederick McGrath
8/27/2014 3:10:35 PM



As an attorney, I practice before several Social Security hearings offices and numerous judges throughout the Southeast. My experience with Judge McGrath has been consistently positive, and I have found him to be fair-minded and efficient in his handling of cases where I have appeared before him. While he takes a streamlined, no-nonsense approach to hearings, he appears to do this out of a sense of duty to move his cases efficiently and to minimize delay in resolving claims where claimants have already been required to wait months (or even years) without income leading up to finally getting their day in court.


Judge: B. T Amos
7/8/2014 10:05:02 AM



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.

Dannie
Judge: Jonathan H Leiner
6/30/2014 2:30:43 PM



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

clifford jones
Judge: Jerry M Lang
6/11/2014 11:41:17 AM



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
6/4/2014 11:54:48 PM



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
4/15/2014 2:02:17 PM



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.

Adrian
Judge: Denise A Copeland
4/7/2014 11:15:52 AM



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
2/24/2014 2:43:48 PM



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
1/29/2014 7:30:09 AM



Knows his cases - keeps hearings short and to the point. Look forward to hearing with Judge South.

No name
Judge: Michael D Shilling
1/19/2014 5:36:36 PM



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

No name
Judge: Michael D Shilling
1/15/2014 4:18:57 AM



Bad judge dishonest frauder

No name
Judge: Michael D Shilling
1/8/2014 3:55:14 PM



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
11/25/2013 5:31:13 AM



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
9/20/2013 7:21:44 AM



He's an odd fellow. Beyond that, he doesn't like it when attorneys ask leading questions.

PW
Judge: Lisa M Johnson
9/16/2013 6:47:52 PM



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
9/6/2013 8:09:56 AM



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.

Cynthia Owen
Judge: Deborah S Davis
8/22/2013 7:12:33 AM



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


Judge: Paul Reams
8/6/2013 10:30:26 AM



was wondering did you client win their disability case with Judge Reams?

Patrick Czech
Judge: Paul G Martin
7/1/2013 2:46:26 PM



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
5/30/2013 2:19:23 PM



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
5/22/2013 7:13:34 AM



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.

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



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
5/17/2013 11:55:16 AM



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
5/10/2013 2:46:21 PM



Has anyone been in front of this judge?


Judge: Paul Reams
5/1/2013 10:41:39 AM



looking for anyone that has been in front of him for your disability case.

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



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
4/16/2013 2:06:29 PM



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

ms w
Judge: Mary Gattuso
4/10/2013 4:38:06 PM



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
4/10/2013 7:25:04 AM



Appears all ALJ's are afflicted with "mental conduction".


Judge: William M Zellman
4/7/2013 3:59:37 AM



he turned me down even with mental conduction

Rebekah
Judge: Jerry M Lang
3/29/2013 3:16:13 PM



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
3/28/2013 2:26:12 PM



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
3/28/2013 2:05:14 PM



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
3/13/2013 2:18:17 PM



If you can go to school, you are not disabled


Judge: Frederick McGrath
3/11/2013 7:35:08 AM



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.

Dreaming
Judge: William J Bezego
3/10/2013 2:09:37 PM



Please keep thrownig these posts up they help tons.

Shannon
Judge: Frederick McGrath
3/7/2013 7:45:47 PM



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.

Caretaker
Judge: Frederick McGrath
3/7/2013 6:57:22 PM



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
2/26/2013 9:20:28 AM



Nice guy. He's very courteous to claimants and to attorneys. Good about holding the record open as well.

Claimant Representative
Judge: William M Zellman
2/25/2013 8:17:00 AM



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
2/23/2013 11:18:12 AM



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

JIMMY BECK
Judge: Jerry M Lang
2/22/2013 7:32:48 AM



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
2/21/2013 10:04:47 PM



VERY BAD JUDGES

DEBBIE HARRIS
Judge: Rebecca B Sartor
2/21/2013 9:55:48 PM



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
2/21/2013 1:39:17 PM



Unfeeling and cold. Watch out! More worried about getting finished with hearing than making a just decision.


Judge: William M Zellman
2/20/2013 1:39:59 PM



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
2/19/2013 9:58:18 AM



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
2/18/2013 9:48:28 AM



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
2/18/2013 9:24:48 AM



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
1/7/2013 8:33:22 AM



good temperment, courteous to the claimants and attorneys,


Judge: B. T Amos
12/24/2012 8:24:33 PM



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
12/24/2012 10:59:26 AM



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
12/5/2012 7:25:10 PM



Dishonest behavior.

Timothy
Judge: Deborah S Davis
11/20/2012 5:07:39 PM



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
10/30/2012 1:03:19 PM



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
9/20/2012 8:01:59 AM



Most thorough questioning from an ALJ I have seen in 30 years of practice. Done in a respectful and nonjudgmental manner.


Judge: Jim Fraiser
9/7/2012 11:21:55 AM



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
9/7/2012 10:25:39 AM



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.

Matthew Lamb
Judge: Joseph F Gilliland
9/4/2012 2:52:23 PM



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
8/26/2012 12:31:10 PM



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
8/25/2012 1:42:38 PM



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!!

Heavne
Judge: Mary Gattuso
8/19/2012 4:18:52 PM



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
8/12/2012 7:27:19 AM



Awesome. Smart, efficient, productive and would be an asset to any office.


Judge: Michael D Shilling
8/9/2012 10:07:02 AM



YOU WEAR AN AMERICAN FLAG AND DENY 100% VETERANS, YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF


Judge: Michael D Shilling
8/8/2012 12:56:28 PM



AWFUL JUDGE POS


Judge: B. T Amos
8/4/2012 9:59:12 PM



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.

Derick
Judge: Jerry M Lang
8/2/2012 5:44:29 PM



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
7/11/2012 1:36:20 PM



DOES NOT FOLLOW THE LAW


Judge: Lisa M Johnson
6/30/2012 12:58:54 PM



i really do pray for this women.......


Judge: B. T Amos
6/19/2012 4:35:07 PM



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.

Debbie Harris
Judge: Jim Fraiser
6/19/2012 8:32:19 AM



bad judge

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



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
6/14/2012 5:19:55 PM



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
6/8/2012 1:18:24 PM



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
6/7/2012 7:23:33 PM



Not a good judge.

pamela williams
Judge: Mary E Richardson
6/5/2012 11:01:22 PM



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
5/24/2012 5:20:24 AM



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.

NO NAME
Judge: Michael D Shilling
5/12/2012 8:12:56 AM



VERY BAD JUDGE DISHONEST FRAUDER


Judge: Jim Fraiser
5/12/2012 8:07:18 AM



JIM ABUSE HIS AUTHORITY AND WHY IS THE FBI INVOLVE IN THESE CRIMES


Judge: Ricky V South
5/1/2012 3:35:09 PM



Excellent ALJ!

Sadanddisappointed
Judge: Jim Fraiser
4/22/2012 3:40:30 AM



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.

susan
Judge: B. T Amos
4/19/2012 7:09:33 AM



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
4/13/2012 8:02:15 PM



Great Judge!


Judge: Donna Dawson
3/20/2012 2:17:55 PM



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
3/14/2012 4:26:47 PM



He lies about things that wasn't even said at the hearing, bring your lawyer when attending any of his hearings..