Cleveland, Ohio ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Cleveland, Ohio, 14 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Cleveland, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 12.0 months. The average case processing time in Cleveland is 400 days.The Cleveland average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 35%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Cleveland ODAR office was last updated on 8/7/2014.

SSA, Cleveland ODAR Office
Skylight Office Tower, 5th Floor
1660 West Second Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44113
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Phone: (877) 402-0822 -- Fax: (216) 522-3344
eFile Fax: (877) 904-5539 (For sending evidence)

OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Cleveland 14 12.0 months 400 days 1.5 20% 35% 45%
Ohio13.2 months426 days1.917%41%41%
National Average:12.4 months402 days2.018%44%38%
Hearing Wait Time: 12.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 1.49
Average Processing Time 400 days
Cases Pending 8167
Dispositions 3565
New Cases 4975
Hearings In Person 80%
Video Hearings 20%

Comments about Judges at the Cleveland Ohio ODAR office:

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Judge: Penny Loucas
Date Posted: 8/5/2014 12:21:28 PM
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Judge Loucas is very knowledgeable about the law concerning disability. She looks and asks you about your complete work and medical histories. Your lawyer needs to be very prepared to countering and follow her logic of applying the laws to your case. If you can do ANY type of work, you will not prevail in her courtroom.

Judge: Penny Loucas
Date Posted: 7/10/2014 2:21:50 PM
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THIS JUDGE IS INSANE. IS THERE A WAY TO GIVE A NEGATIVE RATING? ARROGANT, DISHONEST, MISGUIDED

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: Patricia Lobo
Date Posted: 6/21/2014 3:10:39 PM
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Dear 6/10/2014 - Waiting for a Hearing and inquiring about ALJ Lobo. You are not going to have your case heard by ALJ Lobo as she has retired. She was wonderful to appear before and she was very "pro-claimant." Keep in mind that the main thing any of the other ALJs will base their decision upon is the medical treatment evidence you have received for your condition and how you have responded to this. Your testimony is considered to the point that it coincides with your treatment records.

Judge: Patricia Lobo
Date Posted: 6/10/2014 9:17:00 PM
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I am waiting on a hearing date, which should be coming up very soon and I am really hoping to get this judge. I have been told that she is down to earth and very easy to talk to and that is what I need. I suffer from panic attacks, anxiety, depression, bi-polar,personality disorder, mood disorder, a tumor in my neck, and several other problems and am not sure that I am going to make it through my hearing without breaking down or snapping on someone. I very nervous about the situation and I have worked my whole life since I was 12 until two years ago. Can anyone let me know if I am hearing the right things about this particular judge please? Thank you

Judge: Patricia Lobo
Date Posted: 3/12/2014 9:06:33 AM
Submited By: Todd W,



I went before Judge Lobo on 3/11/2014 and, as nervous as I was, she put me at ease and was a wonderful judge. Between my attorney and Judge Lobo, I couldn't ask for a better combination in an effort to receive Disability Benefits. Judge Lobo was very compassionate and seemed genuinely interested in my case and the background leading up to my disabilities. She is truly a caring judge. I am grateful to have had her as my hearing judge and now I just wait and hope for the Best!

Judge: Dennis LeBlanc
Date Posted: 1/6/2014 9:16:39 PM
Submited By: george Hall



The Judge has ruled totally incorrect in a recent case. Since her major back surgery in October the lady has lost over 50 pounds and now only weighs 94 pounds. On top of that she had two other surgeries 2 weeks fter her back surgery and has since been diagnosed with chronic pancreatitus. She has been in and out of the hospitial since October 2, and now is hospitalized again and today had to have a feeding tube inserted since her pancreatitus had worsened. On top of all of this this Judge totally ignored the facts in this case. Just another BS rubber stamp denial. He doesn't even rate having any stars. His 12 page report was horse .... and he knows it. And the examing doctor that stated she could lift a hundred (100) pounds will be sued for improper diagnosis and malpractice.

Judge: Patricia Lobo
Date Posted: 11/21/2013 11:33:28 AM
Submited By: WIlliam M.



I had a court date with Judge Lobo on November 19, 2013 and she was wonderful. She was very understanding and compassionate. She approved my case after almost 5 years of fighting. My wife and I have to say THANK YOU Jude Lobo for your understanding and ruling on the case. I am so grateful to you for this your honor.

Judge: Stephen M Hanekamp
Date Posted: 11/4/2013 5:40:49 PM
Submited By: Amy Willis



Judge Hanekamp was very pleasant and attentive to my issues!!! I could not have asked for a better Judge to handle my case!!! Very nice and professional!!! I still dont know my judgement yet but either way I had a very positive experience with Judge Hanekamp!!!

Judge: Patricia Lobo
Date Posted: 9/23/2013 2:33:38 PM
Submited By: marie



I had my hearing on /aug. 13, 2013...still waiting for a decision. I called ODAR in St. Petersburg and they said a decision has been made and it has been sent to a decision writer....then it goes back to the judge for final editing...then they send the decision out. No one would tell me the decision....I guess it is top=secret..but Judge Lobo was fair, compassionate, sensitive and did say that she would get my file over to processing for payment. That was at the hearing...although it was not a on the record decision, I still have to wait for the "letter". Hopefully I will hear something in the next few weeks....things are getting rough financially.

Judge: Peter Beekman
Date Posted: 8/5/2013 12:58:50 PM
Submited By: Kathy Spragg



Very pleasant judge that is so understandable of peoples disabilitys and the pain they have suffered over time. Thank you

Judge: Kevin W Fallis
Date Posted: 6/8/2013 11:24:08 AM
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Note: These percentages are deceptive. Fallis' effective fully favorable win rate is only 29.2%. Take the total number of fully favorable decisions issued (61) and divide this number by the total decisions issued (209). See http://www.socialsecurity.gov/appeals/DataSets/03_ALJ_Disposition_Data.pdf. These are official ODAR numbers are for the period 9/29/12 through 4/26/13. Although I've never practiced before this judge, numbers like these speak for themselves.

Judge: Patrick J Rhoa
Date Posted: 5/24/2013 5:39:25 PM
Submited By: Karen



Judge Rhoa was very caring and compassionate. He treated me with the utmost respect. Thank you sir!

Judge: Patricia Lobo
Date Posted: 4/24/2013 7:28:50 AM
Submited By: ROSEMARY



IM WRITING TO SAY THAT SHE IS A FINE JUDGE,SHE LISTENS TO WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY AND REALLY SEEMS TO CARE ABOUT WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN GOING THROUGH. I REALLY WANT TO THANK HER FOR ALL OF HER KINDNESS AND APRROVING MY CASE IT HAS BEEN A LONG FOUR YEARS. SHE IS VERY COMPASSIONATE AND VERY PATIENT AND I WAS SO NERVOUS SHE TALKED TO ME LIKE I WAS A HUMAN BEING NOT A NUMBER ON A DOCKET,SHE MADE ME FEEL LIKE I WAS TALKING TO A FAMILY MEMBER AND SHE REALLY DOES UNDERSTAND. IM SURE SHE HAS SEEN AND HEARD IT ALL AND AGAIN I WOULD LIKE TO THANK HER FOR HER DECISION AND HER TIME. THANK YOU AGAIN

Judge: Kendra S Kleber
Date Posted: 4/14/2013 6:41:45 PM
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Judge: Pamela E Loesel
Date Posted: 4/8/2013 7:22:42 PM
Submited By: Jesse



I was made to feel comfortable during hearing, usually I'd have been a sobbing wreck. The interview was a teleconference from Minneapolis, and I guess I just wasn't keen on doing it that way, but Lawyer's rarely tell the truth...After the hearing I felt the only problem was that it felt so nice that she didn't make me spill my guts and cry the whole time, which is hard for a guy to do. But I hope that all the medical evidence holds it's weight, because now I think about it I should have brought much more to bear! Hearing was on 3/5/13 it is 4/8/13 no word but I feel positive because of honesty, alj's had reviewed records before hearing, I could tell by the questioning, which made my day! As with Bi-Polar things are balancing once again, she could read that from medical reports, And I hope that after all the years of suffering institutions, hospitals a brighter future will be in store, although most days are still unreal...

Judge: Eric Westley
Date Posted: 4/4/2013 11:35:47 AM
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I just had a hearing before Judge Westley. He seems nice enough, but I am nervous because of his approval ratings. His approved cases is among one of lowest for the Cleveland Office and it says a lot about him.

Judge: Stephen M Hanekamp
Date Posted: 3/29/2013 7:45:56 AM
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ALJ Hanekamp is one of the most pleasant judges to work with. He knows his stuff, he has a good sense of humor and a nice disposition. He is considerate and understanding towards claimants and he treats reps very well. We need more like him!

Judge: Patricia Lobo
Date Posted: 3/13/2013 9:11:29 AM
Submited By: Racheal Jenkins



Im going up for my hearing im very nervous and scared i know i need help but dont wont sympathy im epalepsy bad gran mal seizures i pray i have ms.patrica she seems fare

Judge: George D Roscoe
Date Posted: 1/15/2013 9:36:25 AM
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Sister said he is a very friendly Judge and listens very carefully.

Judge: Alfred V Lucas
Date Posted: 1/8/2013 7:04:35 AM
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Very fair thank you.

Judge: Alfred V Lucas
Date Posted: 11/22/2012 4:16:37 PM
Submited By: k wilson



He gave my full favorable approval decision (verbally) in 14 minutes!

Judge: Penny Loucas
Date Posted: 9/7/2012 12:08:41 PM
Submited By: Asdrubel Martinez



Good luck

Judge: William J Mackowiak
Date Posted: 8/14/2012 1:57:38 PM
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Its also easier to deny without applying the facts and the law. Nice selective argument you chose.

Judge: Richard N Staples
Date Posted: 8/10/2012 6:49:11 AM
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Richard Staples is very fair.

Judge: William J Mackowiak
Date Posted: 8/9/2012 9:56:41 AM
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Allowing someone is always easier than making a comprehensive review of the facts and the law

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: Traci M Hixson
Date Posted: 7/9/2012 6:20:04 AM
Submited By: Carla T



Judge Hixson is very good. She is competent and thorough. I fell heard in her courtroom. She listened carefully and was familiar with my medical history at the time of the hearing.

Judge: Richard N Staples
Date Posted: 6/29/2012 7:28:22 PM
Submited By: scott nation



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

Judge: Traci M Hixson
Date Posted: 6/28/2012 11:41:29 AM
Submited By: Tim Welles



Judge Hixson is a very incompetent judge.

Judge: Thomas A Ciccolini
Date Posted: 6/9/2012 6:18:11 AM
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Judge: Patricia Lobo
Date Posted: 4/30/2012 1:23:38 PM
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Judge Lobo is a very decent, compassionate, and fair-minded jurist.

Judge: Kendra S Kleber
Date Posted: 3/31/2012 5:59:26 PM
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