Kansas City, Missouri ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Kansas City, Missouri, 16 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 16.0 months. The average case processing time in Kansas City is 492 days.The Kansas City average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 38%. 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 9/7/2016.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Kansas City 16 16.0 months 492 days 1.9 21% 38% 42%
Missouri17.6 months521 days1.520%39%41%
National Average:16.8 months525 days1.920%44%36%
AVERAGE TIME
Hearing Wait Time: 16.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 1.85
Average Processing Time 492 days
Cases Pending 7203
Dispositions 5765
New Cases 6914
Hearings In Person 55%
Video Hearings 45%

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Judge: Evelyn M Gunn
9/25/2016 7:38:42 AM



If you have a case, you will win. If not, prepare better.

Afraid to post at this time
Judge: Christine A Cooke
9/6/2016 11:35:42 PM



My first hearing with Judge Christina Cooke was on 10/2013. I appealed it August 2012 after the initial denial in 7/2012 (Applied in February or March.) First date in June 2013 was postponed because the Judge couldn't make it. I was late because I have Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (and a ton more.) My husband worked evenings and forgot to set his alarm! We we're 10 minutes late. Made a 45 trip in 20 minutes I think. I finally got my decision after Christmas dated 12/13. She wasn't fast in any manner! Because of her, I not only had to give my 8 year old son to his dad to raise. I have a 7 year old son with my husband. My disabilities caused my husband to want a divorce. I had no income yet he kept pushing for me to move out. Abused me in front of our son and even had another family of 4 move in to push me out. I finally ended up at Hope House for 3 months until I got my own one bedroom apartment. During this time, my husband took out a "Order of Child Protection". Even though I won in court, I am being charged the $1300 for the GAL fee! So I lost my home (and he threw everything away!), my son and my husband! I LOST MY FAMILY AND EVERYTHING I OWNED BECAUSE OF HER WRONG DECISION! YES, I AM VERY UPSET WITH HER! I'M JUST GLAD THE FEDERAL COURT SYSTEM WORK AND PRAY SHE REALIZES THIS TIME HOW WRONG SHE WAS. AND THAT IT DOESN'T TAKE 2 MONTHS TO GET MY DECISION (ARROVAL.) I took my 1st claim to Federal Court (this claim) and my new appeal is 9/2016 with Judge Christina Cooke! She was very unfair, and used the oldest information possible and picked and choose what parts she wanted to use. Words direct from the Federal Court when they sent it back for a new hearing as well! She took a medical experts opinion, over my own Rhuemotologist that I had been seeing every 3 months (at minimum) for 2 years, simply because "he encouraged me to exercise to decrease pain!" So I face her with my new attorneys now! Good luck to anyone who has her. Her approval rate has increased from then, I believe. So hopefully she is being more careful in her decision making process now.

Diana Booth
Judge: Diana Erickson
9/6/2016 10:51:31 PM



JUDGE DIANA ERICKSON Is a very open-minded, understanding Judge, that is very fair! My second claim appeal went to her for the hearing. I was very nervous because her approval rate was the lowest of all of the other ALJs! My attorneys Parmele and Parmele, requested a decision on review (think that's what it's called.) Basicly asking for her to look at all of the evidence and approve my case, without going to a hearing. The morning of the hearing I get a call from ODAR. I was getting coffee and missed it. I just saw the missed call and knew the office wasn't technically opened and figured it was my attorneys. I called and she asked if it was me and I said yes. She said I'm trying to get ahold of your attorneys, but wanted to let you know that you don't need to come to the hearing today. I didn't understand. She said " I'm not supposed to tell you, but the Judge made a decision on record this morning. Your appeal was approved!" I just started crying and couldn't talk for a minute. Thanked her a billion times and told my ride to turn around and what happened! She changed my life! That was on 1/26/16 and I got my first payment the end of February or beginning of March! I'm took my 1st claim to Federal Court and my new appeal is today at 9am with Judge Christina Cooke! She was very unfair, and used the oldest information possible and picked and choose what parts she wanted to use. Words direct from the Federal Court when they sent it back for a new hearing as well! She took a medical experts opinion, over my own Rhuemotologist that I had been seeing every 3 months (at minimum) for 2 years, simply because "he encouraged me to exercise to decrease pain!" So I face her with my new attorneys now! Good luck to anyone who has her.


Judge: Diana Erickson
8/27/2016 1:32:31 AM



I have not received my decision from Judge Erickson yet, but I have to say I've been through this process before and she was a very pleasant judge to have. In the past I was told it was a waste of time to represent myself, I don't know how it turned out, but she did at least let me speak, and I feel, really listened to me. I was nervous going in, and still shakey going out, but it was not because of Judge Erickson, but rather just nerves. Compared to my last hearing, Judge Erickson was very fair, and pleasant.


Judge: Janice E Barnes-Williams
7/26/2016 9:31:55 AM



This judge was respectful, but based her decision on the Social Security doctor's 10 minute exam, instead of my primary care doctor's evaluation of me. I knew going in she had a very low approval rating compared to others in the KC office. She seemed to have her mind already made up at the beginning. Just bad luck on my part to have her assigned to my case instead of one of the others. Good luck to others if she ends up being your ALJ.

K. Williams
Judge: Janice E Barnes-Williams
7/11/2016 9:43:57 AM



This judge wasted an ALJ hearing!!!, Judge Janice E Barnes-Williams did not allow to have witnesses present and the judge did not allow the spouse in the hearing room, and then without cause dismissed the case for 21 days to allow for time to get an adjudicate or attorney. Now if we wanted to hire an attorney, don't you think we would have done it by now, within the past 14 months? We wanted either a denial or approval today and it was our right to present our case with out consultation. I am thoroughly angst that this happened, it was a waste of our time, gas, parking fees, etc... to see this judge.


Judge: Raymond L Souza
6/26/2016 2:02:20 AM



Denied my claim a few weeks later after the hearing when I had all of my records and an attorney... Now I will have to wait even longer..........

SD
Judge: George M Bock
6/4/2016 8:29:25 PM



Judge Bock was very professional during my hearing. He offered myself and my attorney opportunities to speak and state our testimonies without rushing us. I feel he listened to us and our testimony was weighed with the evidence. My advice would be to be prepared and not be nervous. If you have your facts and speak the truth, the truth will prevail. They have a job to do and I feel this judge does his well.


Judge: Michael Comisky
5/12/2016 1:06:29 PM



may he receives as he dishes out. stays on his leash for the government. onesided aint the word why even have a hearing if you draw this alj. more proof that this position should be changed. draw this alj and lose draw another and win,

RTB
Judge: Gerald Meyr
5/11/2016 11:49:14 AM



Judge Meyr was professional and ran his courtroom with integrity. He never talk over anyone and was patient during our testimony. He even explained that he would not be making eye contact because he was reading the notes and listening to us at the same time. I feel confident this judge has no agenda other than to make a fair determination.

Mr. Gouge
Judge: Sherianne Laba
3/17/2016 12:22:16 PM



Best judge ever, fair, tough, doesnt put up with BS, but has a heart.

Gary
Judge: Peter Jung
2/18/2016 11:30:11 PM



he is terrible judge did not consider all evidence and violated so many of my rights not allowing evidence submitted disregarding dr diagnosis and made a decision based on proven false acusations from the state therefor he is bias I have decieded its best to file a complaint with Office of Quality Performance and Review


Judge: Christina Y Mein
1/16/2016 12:50:43 AM



I am writing this for my husband who is completely distraught after we read his decision and I am beside myself. I should be clear since she assumed he authored certain well written cogent letters to doctors when in fact I had to and he signed I've been his POA for two years. I've been to all his therapy and Dr appointments he has in the last several years had 6-7 Dr's cardiologist neurologist neorosurgeons primary dr phsycogist psychiatrist ambulatory, therapists and I've lived with him for years. He's had so much testing and blood drawing every 3 months and MRI's X-rays psych evaluations. Btw I should note I am also an HR expert with over 16 years real world experience and degrees and certifications so I know a thing or two about disabilities job hiring types of jobs policy relating to breaks and limitations and all that governs it. They should live with him before they decide to make uneducated and incredibly dubious comments, assumptions, and claims. He Never met a more two face dishonest person and I agree after what I read and know to be true. She has her own agenda clearly either that or I'd have to question her competence on disabilities and disability law. She threw out Social Securities own Dr's evaluation and said he wasn't credible. She claimed his Reg dr wasn't credible because he didn't list all his conditions even though the records reflected them and details which her personal dr said should be in his records based on testing and because he didn't have him on a higher dose of Oxycodone consistent with his physical conditions and medical records. She then said his psychiatrists wasn't credible because her diagnosis and limitations were only her medical opinion, even though they were supported with extensive testing and records. The judge added more conditions and limitations beyond what My husband had initially and the vocational expert said some weren't even in the manual so she wasn't even sure He could do the non skilled 3 jobs she selected from nation wide which were only 20,30 and 50 thousand jobs nationwide. She went on to add more limitations in the decision. The jobs all but one existed mostly in reality as a duty within other duties for a office job title like document scanner almost everywhere no matter your job one of your additional duties is to scan your own documents. Almost no one hires a "document scanner" circuit boards mostly are made in China, packers mostly ups or fed ex or a company like amazone where he can't have the limitations imposed. She claimed no foot peddles no in an out of hot or cold no bending stopping crouching crawling lifting no real thought or decision making. Little interaction with co workers or supervisors. There's not a job in the world that allows those limitations. She didn't tell the whole truth as reflected by the record about explained actions that when in school He was a slow learner and needed help and graduated a year later yet she said he graduated so it was a sign of lack of disability. She claimed because he attempted to cut our 15X15 ft yard with a self propelled mower he wasn't disabled yet it was explained in hearing and in my letter he had to take many breaks and I had to help finish she could ask the neighbors for Christ sake. She claimed I the wife was not credible when she never met me and had no information on me other than what I Privately wrote to her about his symptoms conditions and limitations which were 100% true.

R
Judge: Scot Gulick
12/10/2015 2:37:37 PM



I believe Judge Gulick is fair. I know he looked at all of the facts to base his decision.

pamela j. webb
Judge: James F Gillet
9/16/2015 9:56:02 AM



He seemed very nice and was very detailed he was respectful. I just went today so no decision yet. He is sending me for more exrays


Judge: Peter Jung
8/10/2015 11:17:58 AM



judge jung is fair

RJ
Judge: Mark Naggi
6/29/2015 4:16:55 AM



I don't know how Judge Naggi can possibly have a 58% approved rate. He went out of his way to deny my disability claim. He tried to play doctor by claiming that since I haven't tried cortisone shots in 15 years then I haven't tried enough. Well Judge you are no doctor and my doctors laughed at the idea. They understand that cortisone only works in the joint it is injected into. Not an option when you have 30 joints that are affected. Furthermore, he threw out an affidavit from a doctor for no better reason than it was a clear indication of the validity of my claim. He did the same with my testimony. Since my hearing the stress from the continued uncertainty of my future has cost me my family, my home and my truck. I have to rely on others just to have a roof over my head. Judge Naggi and all the others in disability determination are ruining lives by constantly denying legitimate claims. And it is my opinion and only an opinion that they are doing so not out of ineptitude but purposefully and maliciously.


Judge: Peter Jung
5/27/2015 12:02:37 PM



has anyone had a favorable experience with judge jung? did he permanently transfer to the kansas city office?

Stooone
Judge: Christina Y Mein
1/26/2015 12:42:15 AM



Great judge Either way my decision goes I was very impressed with her, she listens is smart and cares about the situation. Glad she is there

Jamie
Judge: Christina Y Mein
12/16/2014 1:26:12 PM



Very pleasant Judge. I applied for SSDI in May 2013 denied in July 15 2013 and appealed the decision July 15 2013. Hearing date was November 17 2014. Fully favorable Decison on December 8 2014. I'm only 39 years old and have severe DDD in lower lumbar. My attorney had all my evidence together like MRI ,X-rays and notes and RFC from my orthopedic surgeon. Good luck to everyone cause it is tough and a long wait. But Judge Mein was very nice and seemed very sincere about what I had to say and she was great. Thank you.

darrell
Judge: George M Bock
11/22/2014 7:05:02 AM



I want to say judge George M Brock was very fair and very pleasant judge he listened as u explained what is keeping you from working was not judgemental at all and made me feel at ease while i was in his court room..i am so glad i appeared before him after hearing my case i recieved a fully favorable decision thank you judge brock


Judge: Mark Naggi
9/9/2014 11:35:19 AM



At my hearing Judge Naggi did not seem to have any agenda other than determining a fair ruling. He displayed great patience in trying to sort through some issues with my confusing medical records, was considerate, and while I don't know yet the final outcome, I am confident by his professionalism and demeanor that he will make his ruling based on what he believes is fair and just.

jason dodson
Judge: Mark Naggi
6/27/2014 1:22:40 PM



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
5/27/2014 5:26:12 PM



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
5/1/2014 1:49:15 PM



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
3/25/2014 10:45:22 AM



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
3/1/2014 5:40:39 PM



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
2/21/2014 3:02:23 PM



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??

johnathon ivey
Judge: Christine A Cooke
12/24/2013 1:17:46 AM



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
12/4/2013 10:55:55 AM



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.

Jennifer Croy
Judge: Mark Naggi
8/15/2013 4:40:06 PM



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
8/6/2013 5:01:39 AM



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
4/16/2013 5:24:13 PM



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
4/13/2013 10:22:38 AM



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
3/13/2013 11:10:45 AM



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
3/7/2013 4:25:17 PM



Very professional and efficient.


Judge: Raymond L Souza
2/8/2013 3:11:48 PM



I agree with previous comments. He was friendly and straightforward. Knew the file well. Issued a favorable bench decision.


Judge: Christina Y Mein
2/6/2013 6:41:59 PM



Very respectful and understanding. Professional.


Judge: Michael A Lehr
1/17/2013 4:24:49 PM



Very professional and efficient.

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



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
12/9/2012 8:39:43 AM



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
10/17/2012 6:20:26 AM



Very professional and respectful.


Judge: Richard N Staples
8/10/2012 6:49:11 AM



Richard Staples is very fair.


Judge: Christina Y Mein
8/8/2012 11:18:58 AM



Another young judge who doesn't get it.


Judge: Christina Y Mein
7/12/2012 12:00:47 PM



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.

scott nation
Judge: Richard N Staples
6/29/2012 7:28:22 PM



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


Judge: Raymond L Souza
6/26/2012 2:01:27 PM



One of the best judges I have appeared before in representing clients before SSA. Very prompt (convened hearing 2 min. early!!)and very friendly. Joked with my client to put him at ease. He obviously read the file prior to the hearing. He chatted with my client for 10 minutes, then issued a favorable bench decision.


Judge: Linda L Sybrant
6/19/2012 9:12:12 AM



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
5/19/2012 12:00:31 PM



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
5/7/2012 11:26:00 AM



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