Cincinnati, Ohio ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Cincinnati, Ohio, 16 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Cincinnati, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 18.0 months. The average case processing time in Cincinnati is 618 days.The Cincinnati 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 Cincinnati 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
Cincinnati 16 18.0 months 618 days 1.9 21% 44% 35%
Ohio15.5 months507 days1.918%39%43%
National Average:16.8 months525 days1.920%44%36%
AVERAGE TIME
Hearing Wait Time: 18.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 1.87
Average Processing Time 618 days
Cases Pending 9868
Dispositions 4309
New Cases 3631
Hearings In Person 75%
Video Hearings 25%

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jessica
Judge: Steven Collins
6/30/2016 12:38:07 PM



I had this judge last month.... I have really bad panic attacks and hate being around people... He explained the whole process to me an was very sincere... Felt very comfortable for once.. Still waiting for my results... But either way... Great judge.

Alyssa Taylor
Judge: Kevin J Detherage
6/8/2016 1:41:12 PM



Fair and competent. An ASSET to ODAR!

Penélope Grace
Judge: Kevin J Detherage
6/8/2016 11:54:14 AM



Caring Outstanding Intelligent Fair Patient, THE BEST!

Jessica Heckle
Judge: Robert W Flynn
4/19/2016 2:40:08 PM



I just completed my hearing today and I have to say, whatever the decision is, Judge Flynn truly comes across as a fair and compassionate judge. This entire process has been so nerve wracking, but I felt at ease and, most importantly, listened to. Especially since I haven't been as fortunate to have as much therapy so far to deal with my anxiety and depression like I need to. So, regardless of the decision, I appreciate being treated with respect and compassion as this long journey winds to an end.

Shane humphries
Judge: Kenneth Wilson
3/7/2016 8:20:49 PM



Mr. wilson i honestly didnt mean any disrespect just put urself in my shoes fighting for four years an getting denied mostly because i dont have any medical insurance or any money an i cant go to the specialist an other doctors that i need to go to especially about my heart an the neck surgery needed to get an like me you couldnt get anyone to understand thats why i dont have these specific details that are needed an the thought of not seeing my kids an possibly by the time i get approved two of them is gonna be grown up an ive missed out on time ill never get back with them if i could work i would i hate all this everything that makes my life worth living i have lost because i am unable to work an the denials i got before this last one i had a place to live an was hanging on but i couldnt afford to get denied when i went in front of you in court i new that pretty much my life was in ur hands i know that sounds dramatic but its true an i have witnesses that will testify to my situation i even asked my lawyer if i could let you know all of that at the end of the hearing an she said it wasnt a good idea i just knowed if i would have ben you athen i would have wanted to know if my decision could possibly put a persons life in danger meaning me not having food of a way to go to the doctor an get my medication well i just thought i should double check an make sure you new i wasnt trying to be rude at all an i truly believe if another person was in my situation they would say what i have said an everything i have said is true if proof is eded i can prove utit an i hope you read these comments thank you for youre time.

Maintenance Electrician
Judge: Dwight D Wilkerson
12/12/2015 7:55:51 AM



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.

David Francy
Judge: Thuy-Anh T Nguyen
12/7/2015 11:29:48 AM



very thoughtful seemed to really listen. I am very nervous and hope to hear some good news before christmas.

S. CADDELL
Judge: Kenneth Wilson
11/10/2015 9:12:20 PM



Fair,thorough, very attentive to my case and I really appreciated this judge for treating me like a person. God bless.

Bill Olive
Judge: Dwight D Wilkerson
9/12/2015 8:49:10 PM



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.

Nancy C
Judge: John M Prince
8/12/2015 8:17:14 AM



I was belittled by This judge. My hearing was done via video because I was in Kentucky. I can honestly say that Within the first few minutes of the hearing I felt I had no chance of winning. He was just going through the motions, but clearly had his mind made up even before I answered the the first few questions. This was not the worst part. During the disability and disclosure process you have to answer (honestly) all questions put to by your attorney. He asked if I did any drugs. I had back in my 20's but not since. This judge actually said this question has nothing to do with your case, but I see here you did drugs at one time. He said the name of the drug and literally snickered and asked me why I did it and what it was like. I was in shock and felt like he used his POWER to make me reveal information that was clearly something he did not need for me admit on record. It's bad enough to feel guilty about some decisions you made 30 years ago, but to have it brought out and put on record and feeling it was done clearly for his enjoyment was nothing short of horrendous for me. I walked out feeling humiliated and started crying immediately after as I walked out of the door. I received my judgement one week after the hearing. I am appealing his decision. It is my right to decline a video hearing, so I will never have to face John Prince again.

D
Judge: Peter Jamison
7/28/2015 12:28:45 PM



Too early to know the decision, but Judge Jamison was very kind during the hearing, really putting the claimant at ease. He was patient with her and took time to really explain everything.

Anonymous
Judge: Monica LaPolt
6/16/2015 1:50:02 PM



This judge is a joke, and I haven't even been in front of her yet. A "Peggy" in her office just called and told me that I had to come downtown, taking a day unpaid off work, bring my daughter (who has Down Syndrome) to show them that my daughter is disabled. As if the doctors letter showing her as having Down Syndrome wasn't enough! What does this judge think? She lost her extra chromosome since we filed the paperwork? Not only that but my wife has to take an unpaid day off work as well because someone needs to be there to take care of our daughter during the remainder of the session. All of this after 15 months of waiting for this judge to hear the appeal, and cancelling once, within 7 days of the initial appointment. It's no wonder people hate the government so much, if all government employees are as incompetent as this I now know why.


Judge: Gregory G Kenyon
5/14/2015 3:09:41 PM



This man was the kindest most caring individual I have come in contact with during the whole disability process. I never imagined a judge being so kind and reassuring. This Judge is fair and made me feel like my life had some hope. Thank you Judge Kenyon!

Sharon Smith
Judge: Kenneth Wilson
2/1/2015 9:27:35 AM



5 star good judge

Alexander Christian Ellis
Judge: Gregory G Kenyon
11/11/2014 12:52:17 PM



Thank you, Judge Gregory G Kenyon and staff for hearing my case and also expediting my case. I am very grateful. Sincerely, Alexander Christian Ellis

dorothy hauser
Judge: John M Prince
10/19/2014 3:00:38 AM



My husbands judge very nice calm and understood everything you said to him. Very respectful judge. His attorney told him he is a really great judge. And he was right.


Judge: Monica LaPolt
10/2/2014 7:12:41 AM



She runs a fair hearing but is severe in her rulings with a low approval rate. Not an ALJ you necessarily want to be in front of with anything but a very good case.

Shanun Lock
Judge: Kevin J Detherage
8/29/2014 8:25:18 AM



Judge Kevin Detherage is a very fair and equitable judge he listens attentively to all his cases and makes his decisions according to the law I respect that. S. Lock

Jason
Judge: Kevin J Detherage
8/13/2014 10:32:23 AM



It was nice to see this judge seemed to care and actually spent the time to try and understand my issues and why I in front of him instead of an "in-out" case like ordering a meal at mcdonalds.


Judge: Paul E Yerian
8/4/2014 4:49:47 PM






Judge: Paul E Yerian
8/4/2014 4:48:20 PM



I'm very please that Judge Yerian did a OTR decision for me. I appreciate the hard work that goes into each case file he must go through.

Kelley Greer
Judge: Monica LaPolt
6/26/2014 12:57:28 PM



After having a hearing with this ALJ which doesn't impress me that she is even considered a judge! After reading reviews on this gal, how is she still a so called "Judge?" She lied right to my face under oath at my hearing! Does she NOT know that is perjury? This gal needs to lose her title, and her job with her dishonest behavior! I was lied to by several in this office and nobody knows what they are doing! I've taken my complaint higher to the Indiana Bar, I would be happy to see this gal lose her job and legal license! Unreal!! Why is a "judge" allowed to lie??? I shall keep you posted that whole office needs to be investigated and further more-jobless!! Give the jobs to honest Americans that wl do the job!! Sometimes authority gets ya "judge!"

Kathy D. McQueen
Judge: Kevin J Detherage
6/23/2014 12:04:26 PM



I think Judge Kevin J. Detherage is an outstanding judge. Wishing him all the best in Ohio!!!

Natalie R
Judge: Gregory G Kenyon
6/15/2014 5:22:13 AM



I agree with Approved a Thank a The Lord..... I do not know how it will turn out but can say I think he is more fair than SS people, who led me astray in circles for years, false info etc.... Which has cost me dearly in so many ways. Judge Kenyon, made me feel at ease I was terrified, but his kindness and caring way helped so much. Thank You for your time sir.n nNatalie R

allen
Judge: Paul E Yerian
5/30/2014 10:51:20 AM



Why is he so slow ....... Been nearly 2 years and still no answer.

Andrew Atkinson
Judge: Kenneth Wilson
5/22/2014 1:40:18 PM



Judge treated my wife with the upmost respect. Friendly & fair.


Judge: John M Prince
5/14/2014 9:12:23 AM



He was genuinely compassionate, attentive, and it appeared that he wanted to do all he could to help disabled individuals.


Judge: Deborah Smith
4/29/2014 1:42:29 PM



I stood before Judge Smith. I was one of the average 57 to 58 percent denied every year. Two of my personal Doctors found me disabled. She gave them, "No weight" in her words. She did give the paid SSA paid Doctor who never examined me "full weight". That has been several years ago. I still can not work and have not worked for every one of those years. I made 50 thousand a year. Now I make nothing, with no disability. Judge Smith let me down. The comments of "honest and fair" of the previous post are the only reason I left this. If the Judge reads this, I wish she could know what I have suffered because of her judgement. I have not worked in ten years now and everything is on the shoulders of my wife. I hope it was just a poor judgement and not meeting denial numbers.


Judge: Monica LaPolt
4/6/2014 5:36:05 AM



She dismissed my doctors recommendations and decided to think she was my doctors. Denied by her with untrue things in denial letter. I really think she didn't read my file right as she stated as she said I was still doing some hobbies which it clearly stated I have not done them in years. Anyway federal appeal ruled she was wrong so that tells you right there she doesn't do her job right and should find another job. If denied by her take it to federal and you will win.


Judge: Paul E Yerian
3/17/2014 8:39:37 AM



It appears he is very slow at his reviews.. He has asked again to speak with me at the hearing office.

Sharon Hummel
Judge: Monica LaPolt
3/10/2014 2:18:35 PM



This judge is a joke! She threw out or had a negative response to everything in my file. I couldn't believe the untrue or negative responses in my denial letter. Someone isn't doing their job properly. Threw out both of my doctors responses, said I was a liar, my daughter and sister. I am very sick have been for a long time now and no one will help me. I am about to loose my house and anything I have. I have worked my entire life very hard and to be treated like this is a insult. This judge needs replaced. They need to take in to account their responses. I would be interested in knowing how many suicides occur from judges and doctors that seem like their only goal is to kick you when your down. Be a professional like you are supposed to be!!!! I am very angry how good people are treated from judges and doctors, people we are suppose to respect.


Judge: Larry A Temin
2/24/2014 1:45:30 PM



I thought Judge Temin was fair and very professional in his demeanor. He handled the proceeding with grace and reviewed the information in an unbiased manner


Judge: Christopher B McNeil
2/18/2014 6:22:15 PM



Not only is he insensitive, he is misogynistic. He needs to be impeached if he hasn't already lost his ALJ seat.

Mike Reynolds
Judge: Larry A Temin
2/4/2014 7:24:40 PM



Honorable? His hearings are pointless. He doesn't listen to the claimants, has made up his mind long before the claimant is given an opportunity to testify. He is paid to be a "judge", to examine all evidence and make decisions based upon the evidence. Instead, he always adheres to DDS's determination, unless your client has taken a sudden turn for the worse. Has zero imagination


Judge: Monica LaPolt
2/4/2014 12:00:43 PM



I thought she was very nice and understanding. She was very knowlegable about my file and all the evidence included. I have not yet receieved a decision, but felt she was fair during the hearing.

Peter A. von Volborth
Judge: Larry A Temin
1/30/2014 1:36:41 PM



Judge Temin is a good friend and former High School class mate. He is honorable and displays great integrity. The comment above is unwarranted and totally out of character.

APPROVED THANK THE LORD
Judge: Gregory G Kenyon
1/25/2014 10:59:33 AM



very GREAT JUDGE CARES ABOUT PEOPLES ILLNESS AND GIVES YOU A CHANCE TO TELL HIM HE MADE THE PROCESS NOT SO SCARY THANK GOD FOR THIS JUDGE

Precious Symphony
Judge: Kevin J Detherage
1/20/2014 7:32:40 PM



Very smart judge and very competent. Decisions are fair, objective, and well-reasoned. He takes the time to hear the issues and renders solid decisions.


Judge: Kenneth Wilson
1/10/2014 11:31:49 PM



Fair, Objective, and Thorough.


Judge: Kenneth Wilson
8/28/2013 9:17:30 AM



was great

David Freudenthal
Judge: Deborah Smith
6/14/2013 7:02:27 PM



Still honest and fair.


Judge: Kevin J Detherage
6/8/2013 5:13:08 PM



This guy doesn't have a clue. That he has been appointed to this type of position without having any background in Social Security law is a testament of all that's wrong with the federal judiciary. Unfortunately, the bottom line here is that he simply isn't very smart. His decisions repeatedly ignore the issues critical to just resolution of the claimants' respective claims and typically go off on irrational and bizarre tangents. He has no idea how to conduct a hearing in a timely manner and is incapable of focusing in on questions that bear some materiality to the issues at hand. God help you if you draw this moron as your judge because you will need all the hope He can provide you.


Judge: Vincent Misenti
4/19/2013 6:30:55 AM



This ALJ challenged my question to the claimant as to what restrictions his doctor had given him. The ALJ said the question was not admissible because it was hearsay. What does this say about his knowledge about administrative/SS hearings


Judge: Vincent Misenti
4/12/2013 8:12:37 PM



Misenti was an ALJ for the California Department of Social Services, widely regarded as the worst in the state. He doesn't listen, learn or reason, and thinks most claimants/applicants are malingerers.


Judge: Christopher B McNeil
4/3/2013 1:28:11 PM



He has stepped over the line, in writing, putting testimony into the mouth of a witness that said witness was not qualified to and in fact did not make. Now is the time to review his decision in your case for obvious legal error constituting misconduct. If he's done it once, he's done it before. For misconduct that violates legal ethics and/or judicial canons, a grievance can be filed with the Ohio State Bar Association.


Judge: Anne Shaughnessy
4/2/2013 2:56:30 PM



She has the personality of a rock!


Judge: Monica LaPolt
3/18/2013 2:45:24 PM



Her numbers say it, 25% you are going in just to make a record to appeal. She will interrupt you often. She pulls a lot of negatives out of the file so be prepared for drug/alochol and yes prison time even though it is outside the time frame of an AOD or PFD. She will also have the VE classify work as PRW although it doesnt fit SS definitions of PRW. If your client worked doing anything at all for any length of time it is PRW.


Judge: Monica LaPolt
3/18/2013 2:39:59 PM



She is the new CJ in Indy. VERY NICE!!! But she specifically asked me to let the other attorneys know that she expects you and the claimant to be at hearing and ready to go 30 minutes prior to the hearing time. The notice says that, and she EXPECTS that! She asks most questions, then turns it over to attorney. AND she told me she does not want me to get testimony regarding what doctors have told them, or what she could read in the medical evidence.


Judge: Monica LaPolt
3/18/2013 2:39:20 PM



nice judge, she knows the file, usually will let you cover sections on limitations and adl's. Moves quickly through the hearing.

Holley
Judge: Donald G Smith
3/15/2013 4:36:47 PM



He scares me, but I trust him at the same time. I just Hope he doesn't believe what the medical expert wrote in my interrogratoy! The medicaid doctors at the beginning thought i was crazy, and i became very upset when one of them said I was just looking for drugs, I cursed at her and said no i want to go back to work so i can support my family! With a few F words, so of course the medical expert blew that up out of proportion.


Judge: Christopher B McNeil
2/15/2013 10:23:17 AM



True Karma would be for Judge McNeil to have to live with only a few of the disabilities of those to whom he denies any assistance. He should be ashamed of himself.


Judge: Gilbert A Sheard
1/23/2013 7:31:53 AM



An old sweetheart, really. For some reason, he makes me think of old girlfriends with whom I didn't try hard enough.


Judge: Larry A Temin
1/23/2013 5:05:17 AM



He has the demeanor of a funeral director with an upset stomach, as if a whole lemon is permanently caught in his throat.


Judge: Christopher B McNeil
12/7/2012 4:53:07 PM



I have to agree with the above reviews. The average rate of Approvals in the entire country is 45%. He only approves 20%...should be investigated, but of course he won't be because he's not giving out the government's money.

Fred F.
Judge: Monica LaPolt
12/4/2012 1:11:03 AM



I had Judge LaPolt as my disability judge and thought that she ignored my medical records and letters from employers about my disabilities.I am a diabetic and have denegenitive disc disease the lower 3 discs in my back are black on xrays and MRI's.She ignored these findings in all of my evidence presented to her.Her letter to me in my denial letter were very upsetting and I have lost my house and wife for her unprofessionable findings.I hope she gets into another type of law before she ruins more lives like mine.


Judge: Christopher B McNeil
8/16/2012 10:42:29 AM



I feel really bad for anyone who gets stuck dealing with this judge. He will try every little way to deny a case despite medical evidence as clear as a bell right in front of his face. Apparently the medical examiners findings and opinion's mean nothing to this jack***


Judge: Gilbert A Sheard
8/9/2012 9:17:05 AM



My favorite ALJ. Runs a very efficient, pragmatic hearing.


Judge: Daniel Dadabo
8/2/2012 6:12:27 AM



Dear Judge Daniel Dadabo, I wanted to thank you for given me the chance to take back and regain control of my life. You and Nash Disability Law and North River mental Health, Illinois Masonic and Old Irving Park Medical have helped me under stand a part of my life that I didn't not believe. My life long struggles with mental illines and bullying and abuse have not been easy and I suspect that with continued therapy and help from the SSA I can become a productive and postive individual again. I didn't want to admit there was anything wrong, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia and autisim are not thing that you want to tell people there is such a stgma around that poeple either shun you or attack you and abuse you, which I have experienced my whole life til this day. Every day is a struggle just to be able to put close to clean myself properly, even being able to talk to some are accept a simple hug or hand shake any time some seems out of order I can become enraged or scared like a child. It makes it impossible to have any sort of relationships or to go to school or hold on to a job or go shopping! Once Again I would ask for your continued help along with help from Nash Disability and the SSA perhaps I can get better and get the help I need repair my life and take back control of my life from those who have taken so much away from me! Best regards, Gregory Tarczynski


Judge: Donald G Smith
7/19/2012 6:19:27 AM



I concur. He seems to have a problem accepting VA opinions. Will often send out interrogatories and ask questions like- does claimant's impairment meet a listing. If they did meet a listing , most cases would not be at ODAR.


Judge: Donald G Smith
6/8/2012 1:30:29 PM



Comes from somewhere in Kentucky (I think)- has the cutest Southern accent and he's sweet as pie. Don't be fooled: he'll deny for reasons completely foreign to me. He almost always send claimant to pre-hearing consultative exams, or send for medical interrogs. Sometimes he uses them; sometimes he doesn't. I have not seen any particular M.O. with him. Just watch out....


Judge: Kenneth Wilson
5/23/2012 1:39:49 PM



****


Judge: Christopher B McNeil
5/22/2012 6:11:10 AM



he really is a **** joke


Judge: Christopher B McNeil
4/20/2012 2:10:22 PM



This ALJ's behavior matches his low approval rating. His written decisions are a joke as well. If you are an attorney or representative be prepared to read a decision that spends as much time arguing with you as it does discussing why he denied the claim. He is just another embarrassment for the agency.

Diane Elizabeth Butler
Judge: Daniel Dadabo
4/8/2012 11:36:06 AM



Judge Daniel Dadabo; I'm Diane Elizabeth Butler, the lady the wrote the following: ("You help me and because of your help I am on the road to healing and becomming a resourceful individual. Thank You Judge Daniel Dadabo. Sincerely, Diane Elizabeth Butler") Well with all that said...I need to speak with you regarding an issue. I'm being BULLIED. The statements I made above are Sincere and Truthful. As I make every attempt to HEAL AND BECOME RESOURCEFUL AGAIN; The adverse actions that are enforced against me could keep me sick to getting sicker and have to remain a liability to the administration. The deliberate action of those who are attacking me and continually working against me keeps me in a constant fight.Medically you know I cannot stay any long period in a constant "flight to fight" It will raise my cortisol and keep it high which will eventually cause another "CRASH" ---When what I'm doing to heal and become resourceful is really me staying discipline and focused. Please allow me to meet and speak with you... my home number is ***-***-****, cell: ***-***-**** ..email: delizabeth26@yahoo.com.. Please speak with me.. I need your Wisdom and Guidance... Sincerely, Diane Elizabeth Butler

Diane Elizabeth Butler
Judge: Daniel Dadabo
4/2/2012 2:36:14 PM



You help me and because of your help I am on the road to healing and becomming a resourceful individual. Thank You Judge Daniel Dadabo. Sincerely, Diane Elizabeth Butler