Kansas City, Missouri ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Kansas City, Missouri, 13 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Kansas City, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 13.0 months. The average case processing time in Kansas City is 406 days.The Kansas City average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 33%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Kansas City ODAR office was last updated on 7/9/2014.

SSA, Kansas City ODAR Office
2301 McGee, Suite 350
Kansas City, Missouri 64108-2605
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Phone: (816) 283-8024 -- Fax: (816) 283-7220
eFile Fax: 877-417-4669 (For sending evidence)

OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Kansas City 13 13.0 months 406 days 1.9 22% 33% 46%
Missouri13.1 months430 days1.619%40%41%
National Average:12.3 months400 days2.018%44%38%
Hearing Wait Time: 13.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 1.89
Average Processing Time 406 days
Cases Pending 7074
Dispositions 3539
New Cases 4542
Hearings In Person 74%
Video Hearings 26%

Comments about Judges at the Kansas City Missouri ODAR office:

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Judge: Mark Naggi
Date Posted: 6/27/2014 1:22:40 PM
Submited By: jason dodson



Thank You! for the favorable decision. Very kind judge. was very kind and the hearing was professional. I was scared going in but He made it pleasant. I'm glad I went in and was honest it paid off.!! don't remember his clerks name...she was pleasent with my many calls. and floyd was extremely nice with all my calls over the months with me bugging him. he made it pleasant also!!!!!

Judge: Ross Stubblefield
Date Posted: 5/27/2014 5:26:12 PM
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He will smile in your face while stabbing you in your back. I told the truth and he still denied my claim, uncredible witness he said. 10 herniated discs, with terrible pain. Worked hard all of my life only to have this person call me a liar.

Judge: Evelyn M Gunn
Date Posted: 5/1/2014 1:49:15 PM
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She is a tuff judge! She has postpone my case twice. She repremanded my attorney in the second hearing for not having all my medical records. She told them on the record that they were a disservice to me in doing so. So, hearing number three? Postponed and assignd toa new judge. Now I have to see a new judge. I have a lot of respect for her but am quite annoyed with all the postponements because of the hardship it has created. She is no nonsense and is all about the records. So prepare.

Judge: Michael Comisky
Date Posted: 3/25/2014 10:45:22 AM
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Judge Comisky made me feel at ease during the process explaining what would take place step by step. I actually felt more at ease with the Judge than I did with my lawyer.

Judge: Christina Y Mein
Date Posted: 3/1/2014 5:40:39 PM
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I'm praying that jesus reveals to your heart who I am and you are able to decern through records and truth how much pain I have and how I can't do anywork due to my conditions. The lord has chose not to heal me for his higher purposes and I except that. But I believe I will not be denied at hearing and to him be ALL the praise and glory! Amen

Judge: Christina Y Mein
Date Posted: 2/21/2014 3:02:23 PM
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Don't include me in you lowest approvel and highest denial stats! Base your decision on medical facts and not whatever way you have been doing it PLEASE, back disorders are real! and for some much more dibilitating than others. When I read your stats I instantly thought all this time and pain and this is what I'm gunna get??

Judge: Christine A Cooke
Date Posted: 12/24/2013 1:17:46 AM
Submited By: johnathon ivey



i have to see mrs.cooke in a month in a half and i really hope she rules in my favor lord knows and myself that i need this. some people really dont but i do my lifes nenver been the same since june 11.2012. i have been in so much gref and pain and my daily life is not the same.. please mrs cooke rule in my favor amen..

Judge: Linda L Sybrant
Date Posted: 12/4/2013 10:55:55 AM
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Linda Sybrant should be removed as an ALJ due to the horrible way she treats people who appear before her. In our case it not only appeared she had already made up her mind that disability was not an option (even though the person in her court said there were no jobs that my spouse could do). We had to go to Federal Court and when they ruled that disability should be granted, Sybrant (no I won't call her a judge) said she would only grant back pay for the 2nd filing and denied 3 additional years we should have been paid for the time it took to approve the disability. I have heard others say this is the way she will try to screw you out of what is due.

Judge: Mark Naggi
Date Posted: 8/15/2013 4:40:06 PM
Submited By: Jennifer Croy



He was a great considerate kind judge when asking me questions and I felt he was through and understanding my case, I would recommend him to any one filing for disability for physical or mental conditions. He also waited on my attorney closing statement with consideration for my case.

Judge: Evelyn M Gunn
Date Posted: 8/6/2013 5:01:39 AM
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The Judge was fair and very knowledgeable. I was sorely prepared as a cross examiner, I am not a lawyer. Look, this Judge is following the rules and considering the testimony of the doctors. These cases all ride on your medical information. The treating physician holds all the cards and must spell out your restrictions in a written form. None of the personal suffering matters, it's the content within the four corners of the medical records that count. When it's time to testify you are discussing the documents, not your personal downfall. Get your case files and read every page, somewhere buried in those documents is the reason why your case is failing to meet the rules. Speaking of the rules, since I know you can surf the internet read the Blue Book and check to see if you actually have an ailment listed spelled out in your medical history. Remember it is the medical content being discussed. Back to Judge Gunn, she has a powerful persona and is very much in control of the room. I got the feeling she knew one of the Doctors testifying had not read the complete record, and she shut them down quickly. I got every chance to ask questions along the way, but as I stated if it is not in the record, it doesn't count and is not discussed. Judge Gunn started talking about the grid, codes, this, that and the other. To tell you the truth, there is something wonderful about an intelligent woman that knows her stuff. I was totally distracted by the professionalism she displayed, her courtroom manner was pleasant and not bad to look at either, but I digress. At the end of my hearing my symptoms kicked in, I was thinking maybe I should have gotten a lawyer to do this hearing, when I heard the Judge mention details of the case which indicated she knew what was up. Be prepared and she will help you if you have the records. Contrary to what I heard about this will be the time you can tell your story to the Judge, it is not a story from your mouth but from your paperwork and records.

Judge: James F Gillet
Date Posted: 4/16/2013 5:24:13 PM
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Has some quirks to which one must adjust, but has read the file from beginning to end and is very well prepared to adjudicate.

Judge: Ross Stubblefield
Date Posted: 4/13/2013 10:22:38 AM
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When I was sworn in to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, they should of did the same thing with this judge. No wonder the social security system is total failure. It's based on one big scam and that's truly shameful. So many people have worked hard all their lives literally breaking their bodies and paying into a system that promises at your time of need the assistance will be there. But, when the time comes, they make you wait so long that you lose your home, your car,etc..... You have a nervous break down from the anxiety of waiting and mounting medical bills. These government monkey judges don't care. They all have at least a six figure income and probably the best health insurance money can buy. And bonuses from the government for every claim they deny. So why should they have compassion for their fellow man when their living so well. People wonder why it takes at least two years for the social security disability claim process. It's not because of the case load, there are hundreds, if not thousands of judges out there. The delay comes from the fact that judge will look at a case and study it ever so slowly to come up with as many illegal loop holes and lies as he or she possibly can just to stall the case. It's these lies and deceit that have caused the social security system to crash and burn.

Judge: Ross Stubblefield
Date Posted: 3/13/2013 11:10:45 AM
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This judge kept a smile on his face the whole time I was giving testimony and 39 days later(total wait time two years) denied my claim. Multiple disc herniations with stenosis,multiple discs already fused and cauda equina. How many more spinal surgeries do I need and how much more nerve damage do I have to endure before I'm finally approved for disabilty. This is one piece of crap.

Judge: Jack D McCarthy
Date Posted: 3/7/2013 4:25:17 PM
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Very professional and efficient.

Judge: Christina Y Mein
Date Posted: 2/6/2013 6:41:59 PM
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Very respectful and understanding. Professional.

Judge: Michael A Lehr
Date Posted: 1/17/2013 4:24:49 PM
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Very professional and efficient.

Judge: Guy E Taylor
Date Posted: 12/18/2012 10:11:36 AM
Submited By: Mr. Nonattorney Rep



Not horrible, mean or rude. Very kind & patient with my MR client. Not my first hearing with him and I've never had a problem with him. I disagree with his decisions frequently because they're frequently unfavorable, but as far as his hearing demeanor, never a problem. I can't imagine what the 05/09/12 poster must have done to bring out that kind of behavior.

Judge: Evelyn M Gunn
Date Posted: 12/9/2012 8:39:43 AM
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judge gunn was very rude. she didn't allow me to speak, other than to answer her questions. she attacked my character in my dismissal letter. she was untimely in her decision, because of all things, she went on a long medical leave. she returned and ordered a new hearing 8 months after my first hearing with her, only to cancel that hearing one day before it was to take place.

Judge: Janice E Barnes-Williams
Date Posted: 10/17/2012 6:20:26 AM
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Very professional and respectful.

Judge: Christina Y Mein
Date Posted: 8/8/2012 11:18:58 AM
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Another young judge who doesn't get it.

Judge: Christina Y Mein
Date Posted: 7/12/2012 12:00:47 PM
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A sorry excuse for a judge. To get approved you must be on your death bed. Does she ever take a day off for being sick? If so, how hypicritical can she be? If she had some kind of surgery, would she take time off? Of course she would. If she had the disabilities that some of the cases she heard, she would commit suicide. But she denies them. For any aches or pains that she has, go to work like you expect everyone else to do.

Judge: Linda L Sybrant
Date Posted: 6/19/2012 9:12:12 AM
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This judge made me feel like i was in criminal trial. She also made me come for three hearings. On appeal they found she made many many "errors". aFter one hearing I actually had a breakdown and ended up attempting suicide, ending up in the hospital. I have no problem with the facts or judge being serious. But to be so mean and rude and demeaning, to have such a contempt, it seems she has her mind made up before you come in and she hates her job, or people wiht disabilities. If I knew what I knew now I would have just called it quits for good instead of being put through this. It was / is such a horrible experience that it "feels" personal. This is only my experience, so if you are going throught the process realize you may have a different experience, so dont NOT do it because of my post.

Judge: Guy E Taylor
Date Posted: 5/19/2012 12:00:31 PM
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Horrible mean and rude. Didn't want me to speak at all during hearing (as rep); said I was only allowed 2 more questions to ask, censored the content of my questions and no happy when objected to VE, interrupted my cross of VE. Overall, clt did NOT receive a fair and impartial hearing.

Judge: Michael A Lehr
Date Posted: 5/7/2012 11:26:00 AM
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i think he should have to live with some of these that are denied because he doesnt see enough evidence wellwhen you live with someone 33 yrs and they complain of the pain and they have no insurance to seek medical because medicaid denies them because not proven be disabled especially when you see so many getting ssi because they have mental problems well to some exinct i feel i have mental stress from my spouse fighting to get his disabilty he worked for it seems more get ssi than those who actually worked and the stress of worrying how care for children and bills and shopping because your spouse isnt capable to help you out but then a judge says not enough evidence i dont really know who is hiring anyone walking in with a cane for support but my opion is look more into what is really said not what you think they said and when did a fishing trip with your son make you not diasbled because i see a man with one leg in a wheel chair fishing daily i see a sqezo prantic deer hunting gambling in a casino but bi polar and cant be around a group people but they are in wal mart they are in gambling and my spouse cant stand in walmart longer about thirty min he in pain and in the car with the seat laid back just saying how you pick and chose