Akron Oh, Ohio ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Akron Oh, Ohio, 13 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Akron Oh, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 15.0 months. The average case processing time in Akron Oh is 490 days.The Akron Oh average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 44%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Akron Oh ODAR office was last updated on 5/19/2016.

SSA, Akron Oh ODAR Office
121 South Main Street, Suite 400
Akron, Ohio 44308-1426
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Phone: (866) 708-3209 -- Fax: (330) 535-6052
eFile Fax: (877) 482-0825 (For sending evidence)

OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Akron Oh 13 15.0 months 490 days 2.1 16% 44% 40%
Ohio15.3 months507 days1.918%39%43%
National Average:15.9 months509 days1.920%44%37%
Hearing Wait Time: 15.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 2.08
Average Processing Time 490 days
Cases Pending 6258
Dispositions 2518
New Cases 2901
Hearings In Person 86%
Video Hearings 14%

Comments about Judges at the Akron Oh Ohio ODAR office:

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Judge: Tracey B Leibowitz
Date Posted: 5/14/2016 1:30:25 PM
Submited By: Julie silver

This is getting ridiculous I didn't apply for a broken rib been there healed and went back to work I will contact my congressmen and a judge is notGODI am hurting this has been a slow and painful process and im gonna do what I have to do just like when you deny our veterans and how many died waiting well I'm airing it in every way thumbs down

Judge: Tracey B Leibowitz
Date Posted: 5/14/2016 12:05:54 PM
Submited By: Julie Silver

You don't have one star for favorable what's up with that not one from me

Judge: Lynn Ginsberg
Date Posted: 4/1/2016 11:19:16 AM
Submited By: Leslie Starkey

Judge Ginsberg's office (legal assistants) have been very courteous and much more helpful than the offices in St. Louis, MO where they continually said they never received my medical records verifying that I indeed have Lupus, accelerated degeneration of most joints including spine, severe or anaphylactic shock reactions to medications needed for treatments, and other records. Judge Ginsberg's office has kept up with all of my records thus far and has answered my questions fully.

Judge: Paula J Goodrich
Date Posted: 3/3/2016 8:43:25 PM
Submited By: Brian Soderston

Very nice, she treated me with respect. Don't know the outcome yet, but the judge was polite and thorough.

Judge: Dwight D Wilkerson
Date Posted: 12/12/2015 7:55:51 AM
Submited By: Maintenance Electrician

Thank you Judge Wilkerson. I appreciate you taking the time to review my case and make your decision. I was very greatful when I got the decision. Thank you again for being a great Judge.

Judge: Joseph G Hajjar
Date Posted: 12/2/2015 10:00:31 AM
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I dont think this judge was fair. He didnt take into account anything my treating doctors had to say, only to give all weight with a state examiner that had either never met me, or briefly met me. My life has been so negatively affected by this decision,and appeals take over a year. It isnt fair that he could take this decision so lightly when my entire life depends on it, and when legal errors are made,it will take over a year to fix it. Maybe he would be a little more compassionate if his pay was suspended for an entire year every time he made a mistake in someones case. Just because it will eventually be paid if approved doesnt mean its ok to make someone suffer for a year like I am suffering now. Not knowing if your going to have a place to live is a horrifying feeling,and being absolutely helpless to the situation is even worse.

Judge: Frederick Andreas
Date Posted: 10/22/2015 9:27:30 AM
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I was very surprised and somewhat offended that the judge went on the record to ask me about my experience representing claimants. What if this had been my very first hearing, would that have made him biased? The judge was very pleasant and very fair. I have a significant amount of experience, but what about new reps? It was the first time I had encountered this, and it wasn't pleasant, but the judge was very nice.

Judge: Dwight D Wilkerson
Date Posted: 9/12/2015 8:49:10 PM
Submited By: Bill Olive

The VA would not submit the letter that would have granted me my disability, stating that it was a 'conflict of interest'. Only after I had a meeting with the VAMC administrator did they send the letter to this judge. There was no regulation or conflict of interest that prevented them from sending the letter. However, the judge made his decision 5 days prior to the release of this letter. Thanks VA! Now I lose my house, my car, and my child will be homeless while in her senior year of high school. She is an AP honors student and will be homeless. I worked for 35 years. Served my country. SSA's own doctor said I was disabled, the vocational expert said there were no jobs in the economy for me, yet the VA and this judge made a horrible decision. Time for the media and the VA OIG to get involved.

Judge: Virginia M Robinson
Date Posted: 1/16/2015 11:31:27 AM
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On January 15, 2014 I had a hearing with this woman. First thing out of her mouth was " I see you are a dog breeder". I am going to make a long story short. I had gone in front of Judge Adams who brought it up because of an old face book page (had one litter). He denied me, and we refiled a new claim that was not suppose to be used, but she used it anyway. So when those words came out of her mouth, my Attorney's jaw dropped. So we finished up with the vocational woman saying that I could be a waitress. ( 10 lb weight limit, can't walk more that 10 minutes without a lot of pain). Then again back to the old case, and she said that I was 49 when I started this process, I am going to be 55 this year. She did this on purpose. My attorney filed for an appeal which should be coming up soon. He said that she committed reversible error by going outside the period at issueand cites testimony and documentary evidence from the previous decision to buttress the current decision, completing ignoring black letter law of res judicata and thereby committing reversible error. This is just a couple of things that happened, there is about 6 in total that she messed up. I have stated nothing but the truth in this statement, and have records to prove it. I see people on judge judy all the time on SSDI and they get it for the stupidest things! I have many issues and it's just not right.

Judge: Keith J Kearney
Date Posted: 12/5/2014 11:23:43 PM
Submited By: Bert Prisby

Judge Kearney was a very level headed and completely professional person. He made me feel at ease with all the questions he asked while asking me directly the questions instead of asking my attorney. He made me feel as though I was in the process so he could make the best possible decision. He was a very fair man and who completely explained and introduced everyone who was in the court proceedings. It went very smoothly and I felt he understood what I have been going through. He is a very honest and fair man. Thank you for your time and professionalism.

Judge: James A Hill
Date Posted: 9/12/2014 5:59:29 PM
Submited By: jason wise

Had my hearing 9/11 had no faith in any court or any doctor until judge hill treated me with class and dignity thx judge hill

Judge: Barbara Sheehe
Date Posted: 7/8/2014 5:03:20 PM
Submited By: Todd Miller

Very nice and fair judge thank you judge sheehe

Judge: Keith J Kearney
Date Posted: 5/1/2014 4:33:12 PM
Submited By: Debbie Protopapa

I only just had my hearing for ssd this morning but I have to say that regardless of the outcome, I found Judge Kearney to be a very pleasant and likeable man. He made me feel very comfortable and at ease throughout my hearing. If I was given the choice of judges I wouldn't think twice in choosing Judge Kearney.

Judge: Keith J Kearney
Date Posted: 4/1/2014 12:41:29 PM
Submited By: KH

I think Judge Kearney is a very nice compassionate man. I do not know the outcome of my hearing yet but that's okay for now. I was so nervous and tried my best to not get too emotional and he understood.

Judge: Yelanda Collins
Date Posted: 2/3/2014 3:30:57 PM
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I didn't think it was possible to feel more depressed, anxious, sad, panicked, and sick. Thank you for proving me wrong Ms. Collins. I was a tax-paying citizen for 16 years before becoming ill. I told Ms. Collins of my plan of action to get well in the not-to-distant future. I told the truth as nervous as I was. What I received in return was an unfavorable decision in which 2 things were stated that I never said (and I am sure I didn't say them because they are just plain untrue) and most of what I did say was omitted or ignored. This has been such a heavy, dejecting process. I am sad, but I am also so angry that this woman who knows nothing about me (and has the facts wrong about what she thinks she does know) gets to decide if I am sick enough to use the Social Security that I have paid into my whole life for what it is intended for. I understand that many do take advantage of the system. I told the truth and had all my ducks in a row. So, why am I sitting here worrying about how I am going to tell my kids that we have to move our of the only home they have ever lived in?

Judge: Robert C King
Date Posted: 9/12/2013 2:52:32 PM
Submited By: Greg

Judge Robert C King is one of the worst judges in all of the entire United States of America. let alone "Akron, OH". He is very rude and very uncompassionate to peoples conditions. I know his job is to Deny, Deny, Deny as much as humanly possible and his record shows that. His demeanor is he is sick and tired of hearing people basicly whine and complain, but you are there for that reason to just get your point/disease across. But that is "His Job"! He needs to retire and let someone else move up in that office who can give a Fresh perspective on cases. My opinion only. Thank You for your time.

Judge: Keith J Kearney
Date Posted: 9/9/2013 7:57:09 AM
Submited By: Denise Kuhn

WE have people out here that get SSD and work full time and only have fibromyalgia n depression. I go to work fighting my pain with my back swelling back and hips and legs. I have gone to doctors after doctors and they can not find what the cause is, while that I fight to work to keep a roof over my head 21 hours a week. I go to school to keep my mind going and fight sitting and standing. This lawyer denied me for that. But orhter people get it for easy things. this is a shame people fighting for the pain they can not tolerate. I will fight more. it is that days i dont even want to be here because of the pain.

Judge: Keith J Kearney
Date Posted: 9/5/2013 3:19:08 PM
Submited By: Denise Kuhn

I don't understand how come it takes so long to make decisions on cases. I fight my pain everyday,wake up every day n go to sleep in pain. There are times after working i want to go the ER because i hurt so much. No medicine will help my pain Dr.s have tried everything. I work go to work n fight my pain just to keep a roof over my head. I go to school to keep my mind going n better myself and fight pain walking,sitting and standing. I have a feeling it will be denied and I'll have to start all over again. These doctors out here really don't want to help you if your on medicaid and it is a shame.

Judge: Christine Coughlin
Date Posted: 5/30/2013 12:32:12 AM
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Very professional and very fair Thank you Judge Coughlin for saving my life May god bless you

Judge: Hilton R Miller
Date Posted: 12/2/2012 6:18:31 AM
Submited By: Sarina M. Franchina

I appreciate the work Judge Miller has done for this state. Thank you.

Judge: Ronald A Marks
Date Posted: 8/16/2012 5:12:44 PM
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I have read his book and appeared before him many times. There are some postings that say his book and,in fact,Judge Marks is anti-lawyer. I am from Youngstown where he lives and I can tell you that nothing is further from the truth. He is a true lawyer's Judge. Your clients might be underserving now and then but you are going to get a fair shake and then some from him.

Judge: Charles Shinn
Date Posted: 7/20/2012 6:55:53 AM
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Good judge. Has excellent demeanor at hearings and is respectful to claimants. His decisions are generally consistent with my position on the case.

Judge: Paula J Goodrich
Date Posted: 6/28/2012 9:46:08 PM
Submited By: Richelle Landman

she was very nice and polite!

Judge: Christine Coughlin
Date Posted: 6/28/2012 7:16:23 AM
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I am an attorney who came from out of state to represent a client who had moved to Virginia. Appearing before Judge Coughlin was a pleasure. She is professional, fair, and has a wonderful disposition for the bench.

Judge: Thomas A Ciccolini
Date Posted: 6/9/2012 6:18:11 AM
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Judge: Ronald A Marks
Date Posted: 5/28/2012 3:27:52 PM
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I was not happy with my client's outcome but he provided an interesting hearing, lots of questions on esoteric matters. I thought a real jurist but sometimes a little odd. Late note:I just got a response to my post hearing memo and he reversed himself. He communicated with me by email and said he was impressed with my memo and reconsidered, giving the benefit of the doubt to the claimant. Go figure.

Judge: Ronald A Marks
Date Posted: 5/26/2012 11:32:43 AM
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I agree, very professional, very fair and has had a higher than most pay rate.

Judge: Ronald A Marks
Date Posted: 5/25/2012 5:08:26 PM
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I note that Judge Marks numbers for 2010 were only for 10 months as he retired at the end of October. On that basis his numbers don't look too good for claimants but if you look at his numbers in Cleveland where was the HOCALJ, his favorables were significantly higher.

Judge: Jeffrey Raeber
Date Posted: 3/7/2012 12:47:56 PM
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nice guy