Greensboro, North Carolina ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Greensboro, North Carolina, 11 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Greensboro, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 16.0 months. The average case processing time in Greensboro is 516 days.The Greensboro average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 60%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Greensboro ODAR office was last updated on 8/7/2014.

SSA, Greensboro ODAR Office
101 South Edgeworth Street, Suite 300
Greensboro, North Carolina 27401
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Phone: (866) 690-2091 -- Fax: (336) 333-5435
eFile Fax: (336) 333-5016 (For sending evidence)

OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Greensboro 11 16.0 months 516 days 1.9 13% 60% 27%
North Carolina15.5 months501 days2.115%51%35%
National Average:12.4 months402 days2.018%44%38%
Hearing Wait Time: 16.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 1.88
Average Processing Time 516 days
Cases Pending 6918
Dispositions 2938
New Cases 3824
Hearings In Person 96%
Video Hearings 4%

Comments about Judges at the Greensboro North Carolina ODAR office:

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



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: Joseph A Pachnowski
Date Posted: 8/25/2014 12:30:08 PM
Submited By: Kimberly Johnston-Jennings



I received my approval in the mail. Thank you for listening to me and understanding what I go through with my illness.

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

Judge: Scott C Firestone
Date Posted: 5/12/2014 10:21:46 AM
Submited By: Peter j conger



Judge Firestone is a assume person not just a judge he took time to talk to me he understood everything that i was going through in my life..i was at my worst didn't know whether to go on living or die he must have felt my pain..his compassion n kindness gave me hope again..he truly gave my life back to me..thank you judge Firestone..GOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS

Judge: Frederick Johnson
Date Posted: 4/27/2014 10:13:23 AM
Submited By: War Vet



This judge was very understanding of my medical condition and I received my decision with in 2 months. Thank Judge Johnson for approving my case even though I am young and for understanding the seriousness of my illness.

Judge: Dana Rosen
Date Posted: 4/26/2014 4:44:43 PM
Submited By: Blacklist From CRST Trucking



Judge Dana Rosen definitely lets you know she's boss. But was fair in my ruling. Especially given the fact I represented myself and never been to court before. She can be short but is very fair when both parties(my employer) leaving feeling the decision should have went better. She gets my vote. I'm ready to close this chapter.

Judge: Paul T Williams
Date Posted: 2/20/2014 6:41:01 AM
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Excellent judge thank you.

Judge: Frederick Johnson
Date Posted: 1/30/2014 2:21:12 PM
Submited By: veteran



This judge was Respectful, professional during my testimony and hearing.

Judge: Paul T Williams
Date Posted: 1/2/2014 9:25:52 AM
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Judge Paul T Williams is very nice and understanding! He has a great spirit and makes you feel very comfortable. Keep up the good work judge!

Judge: Joseph A Pachnowski
Date Posted: 12/5/2013 8:34:09 AM
Submited By: Denise Judkins



Got my approval from him on 11/25, great judge. Thanks so much <3 Just so everyone who gets him knows, he may seem distant, but he is listening, and is only interested in the medical facts.

Judge: Robin R Palenske
Date Posted: 11/15/2013 3:17:42 AM
Submited By: Happy and blessed!



She was very good the evidence spoke for its self! Fully favorable!

Judge: Paula Wordsworth
Date Posted: 11/9/2013 10:51:50 AM
Submited By:



Having medical professionals declare me perm disabled and in writing from them, she evidently has no compassion for truly disabled, I have now lost everything in my life , i have no home no vehicle, No income, I worked my whole life never took anything from anyone. I feel I was discriminated against by being a white male. Maybe if I was fat and lazy I would have been approved.

Judge: Joseph A Pachnowski
Date Posted: 10/23/2013 11:22:44 AM
Submited By: Denise Judkins



Went before him yesterday, not sure what he was thinking, and as others have stated he didn't seem interested in what anyone had to say. I do not no what my final result will be, I will come back when I find out. I just have faith that he will read through the medical evidence, and is a fair judge, and is paying attention he just hears so many of these a day that he has learned to show no emotion. I am sure he knows his job.

Judge: John E Case
Date Posted: 10/1/2013 10:19:13 AM
Submited By: JULIE FUSTON



URGENT JUDGE AND NEEDS ATTENTION IN THE WORST WAY. WHAT DO I DO ..I was found disabled back in dec last year. ssi is with holding my monthly check from me that i use to live on. they made a mistake on what to pay my attorney and are now withhoding my ssi because Judge John E. Case re-opened my case after finding i was disabled and added more back-pay. I am about to be evicted because I havent been able to pay my rent on disablity alone which is only $375. my rent is $600 a month and my only source of income is social security. shouldnt that amount that my attorney was owed come from my back pay and not my monthly check im suposed to live on. i called both local and main social security offCie and they tell me there is nothing they can do to help me. Judge if you read this please I beg you to respond to me. I asked my attorney for help and they tell me my case is done and theres nothing they can do either. PLEASE HELP ME. You were a very nice Judge and made me feel comfortable but now i feel overwhelmed that no one wants to help me. Please help. this is real urgent. im sick over it.

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

Judge: Scott C Firestone
Date Posted: 4/15/2013 8:49:47 AM
Submited By: Jeffrey W. Boyle



Don't kid yourself, Jason! He would have moved your case back three times anyway, because he can't handle most situations, either.

Judge: Scott C Firestone
Date Posted: 4/14/2013 12:43:20 PM
Submited By: Jeffrey W. Boyle



Well i had entirely different treatment from this 'person' and can not publish my true feelings publicly. I am however in contact with intelligent organizations and superiors who will take the time to review the lack of integrity, honesty, and competence required for his position, and if I had my way, would like nothing better than to see him removed from what is clearly a job that is well above his capabilities.

Judge: Scott C Firestone
Date Posted: 4/2/2013 11:27:42 AM
Submited By: Jason Rosario



You R O C K in the USA!

Judge: Frederick McGrath
Date Posted: 3/28/2013 2:26:12 PM
Submited By:



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: Daniel J Stein
Date Posted: 3/27/2013 6:44:06 PM
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Good ALJ. Listens carefully to claimant 's and considers the entire record before making decisions.

Judge: Paul T Williams
Date Posted: 3/27/2013 5:23:27 PM
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Excellent judge.

Judge: Joseph A Pachnowski
Date Posted: 3/27/2013 5:21:27 PM
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Very cold judge. Does not seem to be inersted in the case or the claimant. Absoutely no personality what-so-ever.

Judge: Dana Rosen
Date Posted: 3/27/2013 10:44:09 AM
Submited By: Texas Walker



Uggh!!! What a despicable human being... A total jerk at my hearing for no reason. Ignores evidence and takes months to make a decision.

Judge: Paul T Williams
Date Posted: 3/22/2013 6:29:52 AM
Submited By: Mr.Sham



Hello my name is Mr.Sham I had judge Paul T. Williams on 3-21-2013 he was very nice and really concerned about my personal life my up bringing was also very concerned about my seizure disorder all in all he really puts you at a relaxed possion while you are in front of him my lawyer said he was nice and fair I didn't get a same day decision but in my heart and soul I think that me and my lawyer Jason Wilson of Foley&Wilson attorneys at disability cases done a wonder job for me and there assistant Page Barrett are the best and so very nice if you need a good one choice Foley&Wilson pllc Attorneys At Law 314 Nourth Church Street Fisher Park Law Building Greensboro N.C. 27401 phone # 336-478-3266 i suggest you call and talk to Mr.Wilson or Mr.Foley.

Judge: Scott C Firestone
Date Posted: 3/11/2013 10:20:33 AM
Submited By: Jason P Rosario



Sir Judge Scott C Firestone is truly amazeing.Hes compatioante and careing.He didnt have to but did infact move back my court case three times.cause im unable to handle most sittuations myself.and only have my mom to help me,And she has her own problems and mental health problems.Hes truly awsome.

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

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



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

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



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

Judge: Robin R Palenske
Date Posted: 2/12/2013 11:45:21 AM
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Judge Palenske is horrendously unfair. She shot us down on a very solid case, but didn't just deny it. She sat on it for over six months before issuing the denial. Absolutely unacceptable.

Judge: WILLIAM F TAYLOR
Date Posted: 1/9/2013 12:24:25 PM
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He is very nice, understanding and caring. I have never met anyone like him!!

Judge: Dana Rosen
Date Posted: 1/4/2013 12:18:06 PM
Submited By: Greensboro Rep



She is an unfair ALJ, who is close-minded, does not listen to pertinent testimony and constantly restricts questioning. Personality-wise, she is incredibly rude, interrupts and is argumentative, even catty over things, such as semantics during questioning, and anything petty. She loves to show whose in control. I respect her position but not people who act like this. She even tried to say my client needed to lose weight! My client was barely 10 or 15 lbs overweight--- and behind the bench, she looks at least 50 lbs overweight. with that fat rosy face of hers She's one of those people who use their power to be mean because they are powerless and feel worthless in their personal life.

Judge: Emanuel C Edwards
Date Posted: 12/26/2012 5:40:33 PM
Submited By: Julian Rawley



Judge Edwards was a very straight forward and fair judge . That treated me like a human instead of a number, seemed as he cared about my problems . I thank god for having him as my hearing judge.

Judge: Michelle D Cavadi
Date Posted: 12/18/2012 9:21:54 AM
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absolute nightmare - she is a twit from twittersville - she is snooty, will not look at you with a serene caring look, acts like she owns the world and most definitely is the type, I think, that would undermine anything - she may know her law and what it takes to be a judge, but she is not a people person. Lost my case and hope to God Almighty I don't get her again after filing my appeal - not impressed - she need to go back where she came from -

Judge: Paul T Williams
Date Posted: 11/26/2012 5:24:27 PM
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Judge Williams was so nice, and really put me at ease during my hearing! I learned just 2 weeks after my hearing that I was approved. Thank you so much Mr. Williams!

Judge: Robin R Palenske
Date Posted: 9/30/2012 12:12:10 PM
Submited By: Sandra Benton



very few questions.Let the lawyer who knew very little about me ask the questions. not very happy.

Judge: Robin R Palenske
Date Posted: 9/12/2012 4:22:13 PM
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Her conservative personality should have nothing to do with how she decides claims. She is to appy the rule of law and to take a fresh look at each individual claim.

Judge: Robin R Palenske
Date Posted: 9/7/2012 10:30:04 AM
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Space Cadet. Which Judge Palenske will show on a given day? On bad days, she has sworn in witnesses more than once. Asks very few questions in general. While I tend to share her conservative philosophy, she is not an easy judge.

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

Judge: John E Case
Date Posted: 8/23/2012 1:49:55 PM
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A judge could not make a claimant feel more at ease. He is very good judge.

Judge: Robin R Palenske
Date Posted: 7/10/2012 6:01:00 PM
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If you don't have representation, you don't stand a chance with Judge Palenske. She and the sytem work against those of us who cannot afford an attorney due to the length of time waiting to be heard. Beware!

Judge: Robin R Palenske
Date Posted: 6/28/2012 5:28:12 PM
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Obviously trying to be "THE" tough ALJ. "Trying" for sure.

Judge: Robin R Palenske
Date Posted: 5/23/2012 2:09:32 PM
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Fair

Judge: Joseph A Pachnowski
Date Posted: 5/17/2012 10:07:30 AM
Submited By: Warren Woeste



I gave a one I did not think a 0 would be counted. He disregarded all of 3 my doctors evidence and went by the 3rd party doctor's report and it was full of lies. My lawyer informed me of the last 9 cases he has had in front of this judge 8 have received a unfavorable decisions. My lawyer dose not take cases he doesn't think are strong cases. If they don't win they don't get payed.

Judge: Robin R Palenske
Date Posted: 4/20/2012 2:22:00 PM
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Frighteningly poor.

Judge: Helen O Evans
Date Posted: 3/30/2012 6:33:43 PM
Submited By: Bridgette Coleman



Dear Judge Evans, I'am writing about you just in my case, you said your decision was unfavorable in my disability case. I think the decision, was very wrong. You told my lawyer Mr. Weeks that I had won, then I recieved this letter form Greensboro that does'nt make any sense at all.