Oklahoma City, Oklahoma ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 11 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Oklahoma City, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 13.0 months. The average case processing time in Oklahoma City is 453 days.The Oklahoma City average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 46%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Oklahoma City ODAR office was last updated on 4/8/2014.

SSA, Oklahoma City ODAR Office
301 NW 6th Street, Suite 300
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73102
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Phone: (866) 701-8094 -- Fax: (405) 231-5142
eFile Fax: (877) 559-1929 (For sending evidence)

OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Oklahoma City 11 13.0 months 453 days 1.8 21% 46% 33%
Oklahoma11.3 months397 days2.019%43%38%
National Average:11.9 months392 days2.019%44%38%
Hearing Wait Time: 13.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 1.83
Average Processing Time 453 days
Cases Pending 7020
Dispositions 2146
New Cases 2846
Hearings In Person 65%
Video Hearings 35%

Comments about Judges at the Oklahoma City Oklahoma ODAR office:

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Judge: Ralph L. Wampler
Date Posted: 4/22/2014 7:05:11 AM
Submited By: Chris



Terrible judge Denied my SSA Case.

Judge: Melinda W Kirkpatrick
Date Posted: 3/6/2014 7:01:02 AM
Submited By: CJ



She is a very compassionate and caring Judge. She do know if your are disable or not. The thing I liked most about her was that she took the time to listen to what I was saying composed to the questions she asked me. I would recommend her to review a case for me at any given time.

Judge: Daniel Curran
Date Posted: 2/23/2014 7:33:31 PM
Submited By: Allison L Wall



I felt that it was only right to update everyone after my previous post. My husband Wendell Lynn Wall 45 yrs old, husband, father, grandfather and friend to many passed away after fighting for 3+ years multiple illnesses and system shut downs. He went to be with God on February 8, 2014. He always said he would never live to see his disability approved. Congradulations Judge Curran another win under the belt.

Judge: Daniel Curran
Date Posted: 12/31/2013 8:44:21 PM
Submited By: Allison L Wall



After waiting 7 months for your judgement, we get it on the same day the doctors tell us that my husbands time is limited. He is on continuous o2 now and is unable to get out of bed even on somedays, leaves the house only for MD appts or hospital. So here the last day of 2013 all I can say is I WILL PRAY FOR YOU. We started this 3 Years ago and God willing we will see it to the end. DISAPPROVED, WE WILL TAKE YOUR ADVISE AND APPEAL WITH A LAWYER.

Judge: Jennie L. McLean
Date Posted: 12/18/2013 9:53:20 AM
Submited By: Tami



I will be going before Judge McLean in August for my ssdi hearing. I have been waiting on a date since June 12, 2012 and I have to wait until 2014. I hope this Judge is not discriminating against me because of my age, but after hearing your comments I believe she is. I am one of the rare ones that truly is disabled and I hate all of the people that don't really need it because it gets taken out on people like me. I just found out from my attorney how much longer I have to wait, we thought I would get it soon. When I found out I wanted end my life, but then I read these comments and realized she would like nothing more, and I will not give her the satisfaction. I also thought, I was a Paramedic for many years and I was nasty mean like her after awhile because I always had to deal with trash. Its actually called burned out. So maybe everyone should be a public servant for awhile and then you would understand. However, I will probably be arrested in court because I will not put up being treated like crap, my mouth will get the best of me, maybe she needs to be put in her place guess i will bring some duct tape! You all do have me scared. But she has me severely depressed. I don't think I can go much longer without my money. I think she is making me this way because that's how she feels about herself. What comes around goes around.

Judge: Kim D. Parrish
Date Posted: 10/21/2013 5:45:29 PM
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Judge Parrish is extremely prepared for his hearings. He works to listen carefully to issues related in the cases. I wish all our Judges who represent our courts were as dedicated and sincere as Judge Parrish.

Judge: Kim D. Parrish
Date Posted: 9/20/2013 1:47:32 PM
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Arrogant and very narcissistic, not competent to hold such a position . He treats disabled very unfairly. Needs to be reported to federal social security officials about the way he treats disabled individuals and how he makes them feel.

Judge: J. Dell Gordon
Date Posted: 9/16/2013 2:21:15 PM
Submited By: Elizabeth



Judge J. Dell Gordon had completely read my case prior to the hearing. He demonstrated thoughtful consideration of each separate health condition, and the affects as a whole. Judge Gordon was open to discussion and input from all parties. He is a five star judge because he is fair and just.

Judge: Jennie L. McLean
Date Posted: 8/30/2013 3:30:54 PM
Submited By: can'tsayforsure



I know this judge; I worked with her in an appeals office (not Okla.). All the adjectives used to describe her in the comments so far are ones I've heard used about this judge and I probably used some in the day-to-day frustration of attempting to do the work of the office with this woman. As one post mentioned, I too don't understand how she passed muster to become an ALJ. The day she left our office was a day of rejoicing. Each and every one of you with personal experience in a hearing with her should write a description of the judge's behavior and words as quickly as possible after the hearing and send it to: 1. HOCALJ of her office, and, 2. Regional Chief Judge, and, 3. Office of General Counsel, and, 4. U.S. Social Security Commissioner. There likely are others to whom these letters should be sent; do some research. Yes, I understand that you may be fearful of retaliation. If so, send the letter anonymously and state that you fear retaliation. If enough pressure is put, someone somewhere will at least ask a few questions about this judge. Good luck.

Judge: Joseph Liken
Date Posted: 8/9/2013 7:42:36 AM
Submited By: Gloria Davis



I LIKE TO START OFF BY THANKING THE JUDGE FOR GIVING ME MY HEARING.AND HE ISa very. Good listen. Thank you very much and God bless you and your family.

Judge: Kim D. Parrish
Date Posted: 6/28/2013 10:58:56 AM
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I have had a couple of hearings with Judge Parrish. He appears to be in his 60's. Has a very pleasant, low key demeanor. He is thoughtful and clear in his questions. I believe his normal practice is to ask one hypo based on DDS RFC and one based on treating doc's or client's testimony. He does use ME's, although sometimes their specialty is not related to the client's impairments. In my most recent hearing the ME was trying to be an advocate against the claimant and offered a number of speculative opinions.

Judge: Melinda W Kirkpatrick
Date Posted: 6/14/2013 3:58:36 AM
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This judge looked to be ok but she isn't , she listed somethings that wasn't true on my deny.

Judge: Peter M. Keltch
Date Posted: 6/9/2013 12:43:22 AM
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Judge Keltch passed away this week. RIP Judge, God Be With You

Judge: Peter M. Keltch
Date Posted: 3/27/2013 7:25:31 AM
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ALJ is pleasant; tends to bounce back and forth between experts and claimant in unusual fashion; I didn't have the sense that he was all that familiar with the file. Definitely focuses on clinical medical evidence to support RFC opinion.

Judge: Jennie L. McLean
Date Posted: 3/27/2013 7:20:14 AM
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All the above are true. I have had two hearings with this ALJ and she seems to hate her job and everyone who walks in the room. She is rude to claimants and reps. She will start a hearing an hour late (taking 2 hours on prior case) and then tell you you have 45 minutes and if you need more there will be a supplemental hearing. She asks a standard set of background questions that are often redundant and time consuming involving thorough questioning on criminal history, drug/alcohol history and things like "How many times have you traveled more than 25 miles from your home in the last 3 years?" She does not appear the least bit objective or unbiased.

Judge: Peter M. Keltch
Date Posted: 3/22/2013 11:07:57 AM
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I thought this judge was very respectful as well - but over a year later my son who has a severe disability - got an unfavorable ruling from a judge who had never seen him because Judge Keltch has been out for a long period of time and no one said a word. These are people's lives. Can't wait for Obamacare!

Judge: Jennie L. McLean
Date Posted: 3/19/2013 3:39:57 PM
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Sadly, these comments are spot-on. She is a joke of a judge that needs to be smacked back real hard by the Appeals Council.

Judge: Karen Wiedemann
Date Posted: 3/19/2013 7:49:41 AM
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My clients were in El Paso ODAR and ALJ did hearings via video. I had heard horror stories about bad tempers of some LA ALJs, so I was pretty nervous, but I was pleasantly surprised. ALJ Wiedemann is very friendly, knowledgeable, and thorough. She really goes out of her way to put nervous claimants and attys at ease, and I have no doubt that she will render a fair, expeditious decision in my clients' cases.

Judge: J. Dell Gordon
Date Posted: 3/18/2013 12:44:15 PM
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Not familiar with rules or regs, has mind made up prior to hearings regardless of evidence and testimony. Basically someone who took a government job for the pension and benefits, has no observable interest job or claimants. Just showing up and putting in his time and case numbers.

Judge: Daniel Curran
Date Posted: 3/11/2013 11:16:18 AM
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A bias joke of an ALJ who likes to play GOD and thinks he is a ME and VE.

Judge: Peter M. Keltch
Date Posted: 2/8/2013 11:55:50 AM
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18 months meaning to get a notice saying IF your approved after you go to court?

Judge: W Howard O'Bryan
Date Posted: 2/6/2013 12:36:28 PM
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Based on the percentages above, it looks like the Honorable O'Bryan has turned an about face! Wonder why? Should we ask Mr. Coburn? Is he related to a formerly disbarred attorney of a similar name? Wow.

Judge: Karen Wiedemann
Date Posted: 1/12/2013 11:05:24 AM
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Very professional. Wish more of the ALJs I see when representing clients were like her--businesslike, knowledgeable, courteous and friendly in a professional way. She made sure the client knew what was going on, made him the focal point of the whole process. Whether she rules in our favor or not, I believe her decision will be honest and that she made certain to get all the information necessary during the hearing.

Judge: Jennie L. McLean
Date Posted: 12/20/2012 1:16:01 PM
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I THINK SHE MUST BE ON HEAVY DRUGS SHES RUDE AND IGNORANT

Judge: Ralph L. Wampler
Date Posted: 12/19/2012 10:43:21 AM
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Threatening a Federal Judge and a Federal Agency is a crime. I notice you are too much of a coward to put your name up there. Judge Wampler is a good Judge and if I could find you I would "explain" it to you in person so that you might better understand my point and re-consider your impression of Judge Wampler.

Judge: Jennie L. McLean
Date Posted: 12/18/2012 5:00:57 PM
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She was asking questions irrelevant to my case. Made me tear up in regards to why I visited a near by town where a loved one was buried. She is very rude. I think visual taping she be taped because eating and drinking is not appropriate during a hearing. All around not a good representative of a Judge in my eyes.

Judge: W Howard O'Bryan
Date Posted: 12/14/2012 8:20:39 AM
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Truly one of the very best judges I have ever seen. Considerated, very intelligent, the very top.

Judge: Ralph L. Wampler
Date Posted: 12/14/2012 7:47:05 AM
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Unfair comment! Judge Wampler os a truly great judge!

Judge: Tela L. Gatewood
Date Posted: 11/1/2012 5:43:34 AM
Submited By: Tracey



I think Judge Gatewood acessed my hearing very well, she listens without judgeing you. God Bless Your Honor

Judge: Daniel Curran
Date Posted: 10/30/2012 2:04:39 PM
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The man is unstable. Behavior totally inappropriate. Denies African-Americans no matter how severe their medical conditions. So sad that after waiting so long, he was uninterested and dismissive. He must be stopped!

Judge: Jennie L. McLean
Date Posted: 9/29/2012 2:38:42 PM
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I waited three years to see her. I wish I would have looked her up before! Do not even go in front of her without a lawer! She has no idea what manual labor is like. She has no business being a disability judge. I think she should have to clean toilets until she is too old to do it and then get thrown out on the sidewalk with all the homeless she created! Instead of living in a mansion and having people clean her toilet and mow her yard! I have lost all faith in state and federal government in oklahoma.

Judge: J. Dell Gordon
Date Posted: 9/28/2012 11:29:33 AM
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Great judge if you have a good case with actual evidence. Seemed symoathetic and thoughful. Not so much in cases with weak or missing evidence, an unprepared lawyer, or only the claimant's testimony to prove the illness or injury.

Judge: Daniel Curran
Date Posted: 9/24/2012 1:33:02 PM
Submited By: R



Curran I could say a lot of cuse words about his decision on my wifes case.This would'nt help at all and I would get upset futher more,but I can say tho.He does not read what is important.If you need all this information to prove your case then why in the heck is it all not read ??? If you did'nt have it then they would say why dont you have it &^%$#@#$%^&* My wife had a great job and pay was forced to leave because of a botched back operation,the doctor Kevin Teal did and he still works on people. Justice there is none.If you get it praise the lord and run with it.

Judge: W Howard O'Bryan
Date Posted: 9/17/2012 7:46:07 PM
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Seems like a low IQ fellow...wasting tax payer dollars in such a frivolous way!

Judge: Melinda W Kirkpatrick
Date Posted: 9/17/2012 10:38:19 AM
Submited By: msl



She is a very fair and accurate Judge.she listens to what people really has to say. She has a heart unlike so many in her type of position.

Judge: Larry D. Shepherd
Date Posted: 9/16/2012 6:19:48 AM
Submited By: Ronbo



Judge Shepherd was fair to me with my claim that took a year from filling date to a decision, But very slow getting out decision letter

Judge: Daniel Curran
Date Posted: 9/12/2012 5:01:56 PM
Submited By: Frustrated in east Texas



There should be no stars at all for this judge. I hand delivered evidence yet his assistant pulled only what she wanted him to see. She did not pull my financial records for which I had my SSA 1099s and bank statements to back me up. I had a letter of proof for reporting work but it did not use the word work so he would not even allow me to show it to him. There are major discrepancies in my case money wise but he would not allow that either because he was not aware of it. My case is three combined in to one. One took place years ago and I have a letter that proves I did not owe. Yet the monies were taken from me 5 years later without 60 days notice. I requested a waiver after receiving the notice yet the money was taken a few days later even though the letter stated they would take $50 a month out. I requested a waiver which was approved and made no difference. Did the judge know about that? No he did not because his assistant did not pull those papers and like I said he did not know it was three cases rolled into one. A social security worker took it upon himself to write a letter that stated I was being re-evaluated medically, I never reported workers comp. and I never reported my marriage. I have proof for all three which makes him a liar. Did the judge allow that? No he did not because his assistant did not pull those records to put with his files. My husband was no where around when these incidents occurred with exception of our marriage. We went to the social security office three times and they made a copy of our license. The license had an error on it and had to be corrected. We went before our marriage, after our marriage and when the license was corrected. How in the world was I able to get a new social security card and a new Medicare card and use them the next month after our marriage if I had never reported my marriage? Get real. Part of the monies have been paid back either by my agreeing to pay back $100 or $200 a month and by money being withheld without my knowledge or agreement. Those monies have not all been applied to the monies supposedly owed. Did the judge know that? No he did not because his assistant did not pull those records from my files and add to his. My attorneys filed for an appeal and a waiver the same month i received the letter of overpayment on one case. The local office lost those papers. That attorney no longer works social security cases for the Texas legal Hotline for Seniors so therefore he could not take my case back. The other attorney no longer works for Texas Legal Hotline for Seniors. Did the judge know that? No he did not because his assistant did not pull those papers from my files to add to his. Did he go over my files with a fine tooth comb as he stated? NO HE DID NOT. Why? His assistant did not pull those pertinent papers and therefore he did NOT have those pertinent papers to go over with a fine tooth comb. I have 90 days from the date of that hearing to come up with why my husband who was no where around during these incidents save the marriage...why we cannot afford to pay it back. We are both senior citizens and this is all so asinine. If you are working with a Vocational Rehabilitation Service your benefits continue. Then why did mine end?

Judge: Jennie L. McLean
Date Posted: 8/30/2012 7:21:08 PM
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A bias and brutal ALJ and probably crazy. This previous statement was meant for ALJ Mclean not ALJ Levine who is fair. ALJ Mclean is a terrible ALJ who needs retraining.

Judge: Ralph L. Wampler
Date Posted: 8/27/2012 3:40:24 PM
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He denied my case. I think he is unfair

Judge: Peter M. Keltch
Date Posted: 8/23/2012 12:29:34 PM
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Nice guy, just takes about 18 months to get an order.

Judge: Daniel Curran
Date Posted: 8/23/2012 12:00:21 PM
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Oh Danny boy Curran This judge is way out of touch with reality if you get him fold in your cards he is pure dog paste.He is on a sandy foundation on his decisions,dont take in medical statements,FROM A DOCTOR THAT YOU HAVE TO GO TO ,TO SHOW WHATS WRONG, THE DOCTORS DONT WRITE LIES,THERE JOB WOULD BE ON THE LINE. He is heartless and dont give a darn MAYBE IF I AM LUCKY ONE DAY HE WILL HAVE TO HAVE BACK SURGERY AND LET IT BE A BOTCHED JOB AND LET HIM SUFFER !!!!!!

Judge: Karen Wiedemann
Date Posted: 8/16/2012 12:44:45 PM
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Judge: J. Dell Gordon
Date Posted: 8/15/2012 8:17:33 AM
Submited By: pj attorney



He is genteel in his mannerisms, but he does not give an indepedent fresh look at a case. He makes up his mind prior to the hearing and the claimant's testimony and additional evidence proving disability is irrelevant. Therefore, he is not open to reversing the government's prior decision. He is essentially a rubber stamp for the government. He gets one star because I can't give him a negative star.

Judge: John R Morris
Date Posted: 8/10/2012 11:01:33 AM
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Judge Morris is one of the most compassionate judges I have worked with. He really listens to claimants' testimony.

Judge: Jennie L. McLean
Date Posted: 8/1/2012 10:49:52 AM
Submited By: past victim



she is a class *****

Judge: W Howard O'Bryan
Date Posted: 7/8/2012 10:10:38 AM
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Such a nice man. He's been around so long and is so respectful towards the claimant and representative. He lets everybody come in and tell their story.

Judge: Peter M. Keltch
Date Posted: 7/6/2012 11:13:12 PM
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although i havnt got a decision yet i feel this judge was very respectful in his questioning as well as being very informative about the law. i feel as though he was very fair and precise in his courtroom

Judge: Larry D. Shepherd
Date Posted: 7/3/2012 8:29:23 AM
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Judge Shepherd undoubtedly has never cleaned toilets for a living and undoubtedly has no idea of the physical capacity requirements for the one who so cleans. Too bad I can't show him how.

Judge: J. Dell Gordon
Date Posted: 6/29/2012 11:11:31 AM
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Better than most. Top producing judge from Medicare, same at SSA. Decent to lawyers, claimants; tolerant considerate hearing style.

Judge: David Gutierrez
Date Posted: 6/8/2012 1:40:24 PM
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Very nice and professional. You will win with good evidence and a good representative.

Judge: Jennie L. McLean
Date Posted: 6/8/2012 1:33:49 PM
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Coo Coo for coco puffs....thinks she's judge judy...

Judge: J. Dell Gordon
Date Posted: 6/7/2012 2:56:21 PM
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Agreeable enough. Not especially well versed in SS regs & rulings. Appears to be of the opinion that in most cases, a "truly" disabled claimant would have already been found disabled at the state agency level (which is laughable to anyone who has any experience in the field). Basically a time-server.

Judge: Edward L. Thompson
Date Posted: 6/7/2012 2:14:10 PM
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Well, if your client lies about ANY "run in with the law", you lose. If your client has had a drug or alcohol problem in past, you lose. He is very nice but twists the knife while smiling.

Judge: Jennie L. McLean
Date Posted: 6/7/2012 7:39:15 AM
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Well all the other comments are actually nice! She is without a doubt certifiable. I wish she would just contact me and let me file disability on her behalf as she would be approved. I always make a habit to point out her "eye rolls" or desk pounding while we are on the record. I can't figure out how she passed a background check.

Judge: Jennie L. McLean
Date Posted: 5/21/2012 3:35:21 PM
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thank god i didnt get this judge

Judge: Tela L. Gatewood
Date Posted: 5/12/2012 12:08:07 PM
Submited By: chris



Honorable Tela Gatewood is very thorough and considerate. Looks and considers the evidence. Very reputable. Thank you your honor. God bless.

Judge: Jennie L. McLean
Date Posted: 4/30/2012 12:33:45 PM
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Obsessive compulsive, irrational, paranoid about "airborne diseases, mean, rude, ignorant of the law, hateful to claimants, lazy, obtuse, mistreats everyone around her, even her own staffers joke about her behind her back, did I mention stupid?

Judge: Daniel Curran
Date Posted: 4/15/2012 8:35:36 PM
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This Judge seems to be an idiot. He not only disregards professional reports on one's disability, but he appears disinterested in the whole hearing process. He can't wait to get it over with and deny the poor soul's fate. Someone really needs to review him and make sure he doesn't affect anyone's life ever again. This is serious. He has no idea how devestating his decision is to a disabled person. Get him out of here.

Judge: Daniel Curran
Date Posted: 4/13/2012 7:39:27 AM
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To the individual who thought Judge Curran's decision was fair. You were lucky and fortunate not like the many others who were denied without justification

Judge: Larry D. Shepherd
Date Posted: 4/11/2012 3:19:21 PM
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Judge Shepherd gave careful consideration to what is a very long and tedious process. His decision was based on 15 years of medical history and it truely a life changer for my wife and our family. It will ease the burden most of us face to survive, especially in this bad economy, and allow us to enjoy the little things in life that we have struggled with over the past 5 to 6 years. I want him to know he has made a positive difference in our lives.

Judge: Daniel Curran
Date Posted: 3/27/2012 8:16:30 AM
Submited By: eugenia c gleason



Judge Curran knows how to elecit information needed to make a thorough assessment of a case. I found his decision to be fair and did not feel as if he were trying to trip me up on testimony I provided. Very impressed!!!

Judge: Daniel Curran
Date Posted: 3/26/2012 2:57:24 PM
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Another negative ALJ out of this office. Look for him to try and trip up Claimant's in regard to their testimony. His decisions appear poorly written as well.

Judge: Jennie L. McLean
Date Posted: 3/21/2012 1:04:15 PM
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The worst ALJ I have have ever been in front of. She is rude to everyone involved. VE's refuse to be around her. Court reporters file complaints. Claimants are very beat up by her.

Judge: Joseph Liken
Date Posted: 3/18/2012 1:16:37 AM
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This judge is a good listener and very fair