Cleveland, Ohio ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Cleveland, Ohio, 20 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 16.0 months. The average case processing time in Cleveland is 525 days.The Cleveland average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 34%. 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 9/8/2015.

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
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Cleveland 20 16.0 months 525 days 1.9 19% 34% 46%
Ohio16.0 months501 days2.118%41%41%
National Average:14.9 months461 days2.018%44%38%
Hearing Wait Time: 16.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 1.85
Average Processing Time 525 days
Cases Pending 7571
Dispositions 5528
New Cases 5211
Hearings In Person 86%
Video Hearings 14%

Comments about Judges at the Cleveland Ohio ODAR office:

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Judge: Stephen M Hanekamp
Date Posted: 9/28/2015 6:12:23 PM
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Wonderful judge. Don't have a decision, of course if denied I will be somewhat angry as would anyone. But, I can't ask for a more level playing field than with this judge. He goes by the book, but makes people comfortable. I hope he serves for many years to come. This judge does not seem to be doing this for the paycheck, but for the greater good...... I stand by these words even if I get a denial.

Judge: Traci M Hixson
Date Posted: 9/25/2015 5:28:22 AM
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Wow! I thought she was a very good judge in the courtroom, I felt that I was heard and the questioning was very thorough to get an idea of why I have had to apply for disablity, until I got my decision...she took my testimony and only used parts of it or used it incorrectly to say that I was not credible! The hearing is audio taped, how can a judge not correctly document your testimony? How can they use parts of it and put it wherever they want to say you are not credible? It looks like she focused on one aspect and then 'cherry picked' through the testimony to find a way to discredit me and justify her decision. Not one mention of anything that was testified to of my daily pain and pain when trying to do household chores and the fact that I stated that my children and husband take the brunt of everything...she simply stated that I testified that I do all this, plus much more! She also discredited me for the fact that I had no choice but to drive myself to the hearing, without stating the reason that I explained and how I felt because of the drive and walk to the office. These are just a few things!

Judge: Peter Beekman
Date Posted: 8/29/2015 10:25:57 AM
Submited By: Sandra Conner

My experience before Judge Beekman was very comfortable and I felt that he actually listened to me as a person with many health problems that have caused me to not be able to do any type of gainful employment. He was fair in his questioning and he LISTENED to me when I was asked to speak. In his decision, he followed all the applicable laws for disability requirements. I am very grateful that he thoroughly reviewed my case and gave me a fully favorable decision. Many thanks for such a competent Judge.

Judge: Joseph Vallowe
Date Posted: 6/24/2015 7:33:28 AM
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I had my hearing in Apr 2015,he pretends to care but he has an hidden agenda. I was not allowed to ask about the side effects of my medication does cause when i am operating a motor vehicle. I know that people say it's not about race but it really is with this judge. Be careful at his hearing his kindnesss can be a sheild. He stated the cause of my ptsd was because my water was disconnected just an example of what he put in his answer.

Judge: James Dixon
Date Posted: 6/15/2015 3:42:58 PM
Submited By: Terrie Green

I went before Judge Dixon on May 13, 2015. He made me feel at ease, and he listened to me and treated me with respect. Judge Dixon is a very good Judge and a honest human being. He told me would let me know decesion in two weeks, whether i am approved or denied, I know Judge Dixon was a fair Judge to me.

Judge: Stephen M Hanekamp
Date Posted: 6/2/2015 8:12:37 PM
Submited By: Christine Mitchell

I just had my case heard last week and it went really well. Judge Hanekamp was very sympathetic to my diagnosis and very respectful to not only me but also to my lawyer. He knew that I had trouble with my heath and gave me extra time to answer his questions. I couldn't have asked for a better Judge. Even though I haven't heard his decision just yet, I still had a very positive experience. There should be more like him around.

Judge: Tammy Georgian
Date Posted: 5/29/2015 12:02:12 PM
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She has the highest denial rate of all the judges 69% as of 5/11. Something's not right about that. Is it because she's new? That needs to be looked into.

Judge: Tammy Georgian
Date Posted: 5/29/2015 11:41:25 AM
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I just thought I would have yo say something about my case. It is just so hard to believe that this judge would denied my case. I have s disease that is not visible to the human eye. When you a disease that's destroying your muscle,that is slow moving and people don't take the time to research and learn about a dfiseade that there is no cure for nor a treatment to make it better. I just don't understand this. I feel the dedesion is wrong.I have worked all my life and just couldn't do it anymore because of all the pains I have on a daily bases. I don't know what it is yo have a good day pain free. Its no right, but who am I .I wonder what purpose am I serving by living everyday.

Judge: William Leland
Date Posted: 3/16/2015 3:46:43 PM
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I am currently waiting for Judge Leland decision on my case. As far as the hearing went, I found the judge to be very polite in asking questions pertaining to my case. I thought he treated me fair and he also seemed to be well educated as far as the disability laws go.

Judge: Cheryl M Rini
Date Posted: 3/10/2015 10:01:18 AM
Submited By: Keith C Montgomery

Carefully prepared on my medical records , listen to me like she cared ,didn't make me feel like just another number , Anyone that gets her as their Judge feel Bless , Thank You Judge Cheryl Rini, And Bless you .

Judge: Sara L Alston
Date Posted: 3/3/2015 2:01:50 PM
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Five stars! Compassionate and knowledgable. She kind of rambles through the medical records, commenting on things she notices. As an attorney I hardly asked a single question. The hearing was fast, the result good (and fair!).

Judge: Cheryl M Rini
Date Posted: 12/15/2014 2:48:01 PM
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Judge: Penny Loucas
Date Posted: 10/3/2014 7:38:50 AM
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BRILLIANT..Judge Loucus has figured out a way to determine the differences between..Educated Pain and Non.Educated Pain - Educated Mental Illness and Non.Educated Mental Illness - Educated Disabilities and Non. Educated Disabilities. BRAVO

Judge: Penny Loucas
Date Posted: 10/2/2014 11:33:34 PM
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Excellent skills in picking apart the information presented in order to make facts appear meaningless...Powerful

Judge: James Dixon
Date Posted: 9/12/2014 12:58:55 AM
Submited By: Gill Page

I think Judge Dixon was far and really listened to my case and made a informative decision.

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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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: 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: 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 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
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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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