Portland Or, Oregon ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Portland Or, Oregon, 12 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Portland Or, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 15.0 months. The average case processing time in Portland Or is 454 days.The Portland Or average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 39%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Portland Or ODAR office was last updated on 7/9/2014.

SSA, Portland Or ODAR Office
Robert Duncan Plaza, 4th Floor
333 SW 1ST Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97204
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Phone: (866) 964-6291 -- Fax: (503) 326-3062
eFile Fax: (877) 714-3616 (For sending evidence)

OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Portland Or 12 15.0 months 454 days 2.2 19% 39% 42%
Oregon14.3 months437 days2.118%40%41%
National Average:12.3 months400 days2.018%44%38%
Hearing Wait Time: 15.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 2.19
Average Processing Time 454 days
Cases Pending 8413
Dispositions 4040
New Cases 5063
Hearings In Person 95%
Video Hearings 5%

Comments about Judges at the Portland Or Oregon ODAR office:

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Judge: Steve Lynch
Date Posted: 7/29/2014 10:27:03 AM
Submited By: Karen Foster



Judge Lynch is a honorable judge. You simply have to be honest about your disabilities (if they are truly disabling). He doesn't pull any punches, is fair and very professional. If you're going before Judge Lynch, just be sure to that you are honest.

Judge: Marilyn S. Mauer
Date Posted: 7/8/2014 2:02:56 PM
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Good luck with her! She's an absolute witch and is by far the most unreasonable ALJ in the entire country. She will do all she can to antagonize your client and criticize everyone at the hearing, including the vocational expert and the hearing reporter. She is a nightmare to work with and ODAR would do well to get rid of her.

Judge: Sue Leise
Date Posted: 5/30/2014 3:21:49 PM
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It was a long and lonely process, but you have given me hope. Thank you Judge Sue Leise. I can't stop crying. I hope the suicidal thoughts will go away as a result of your favorable decision. My parents don't need to be burdened with me any more. I will be able to continue treatment and stay on medication. I have a new "Leise" on life! I would not wish my problems on anyone.

Judge: Dan R Hyatt
Date Posted: 5/23/2014 1:40:20 PM
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Just wanted to say that after reading all the negative stuff about judge Hyatt, I was terrified to go to hearing. Anyway, the first hearing, my lawyer got us kicked of within five minutes, so the judge rescheduled me. My second hearing we had a snow storm and i was having a bad panic attack so i was late. Judge Hyatt could have easily dismissed my case for that but he didn't, he rescheduled me yet again. I went to this hearing and everything went well. He apologized for everything taking so long and was a very nice person. So i just want anyone who has a hearing with Judge Hyatt to please dont pay to much attention to the negative comments. He was very proffessional and helpful. If all those comments were true i dont't think he would be allowed to be a judge. Thank you Judge Hyatt for being patient with me and giving me the chance to have you hear my case.

Judge: Jo Hoenninger
Date Posted: 4/19/2014 2:00:41 PM
Submited By: JSP



Judge Hoenninger was very professional and she knows the laws. She asked me all kinds of questions, and I never once felt as though she were imposing. She was kind and caring in her nature, but professional in her task. Our World needs more Judges who are willing to go the extra mile like Judge Hoenninger did for me.

Judge: Marilyn S. Mauer
Date Posted: 3/29/2014 10:21:31 AM
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Unfavorable for me but made mistakes, so lots of opportunity for an appeal and a reversal.

Judge: Paul G Robeck
Date Posted: 3/16/2014 12:33:59 PM
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LOOK AT JUDGE ROBECKS STATS HE HAS WENT DOWN IN APPROVAL RATINGS.. HE 33% NOW HE APPROVED 78 CASES OUT OF 236 TELL ME SOMTHIN AINT WRONG WITH HIS SCOPE OF WORK. HE NEEDS TO BE LOOKED AT, AND HIS MORAL'S AS DECIDING OVER CASES SHOULD BE AUDITED.. ITS PLAIN AND CLEARLY SHOWS HE'S IS AGAINST PEOPLE WITH MENTAL OR PHYSICAL LIMITATIONS.. HE MUST FEEL HE IS PAYING OUT OF HIS POCKET TO HELP THE ILL PEOPLE OF OUR COMMUNITY WHO TRULY NEEDS HELP FROM SSI OR SSD.. PEOPLE WHO TRULY HAS SOME KNID OF MENTAL OR PHYSICAL ILLNESS OR BOTH. I WONDER DOES JUDGE ROBECK HAS AN PHD FROM HARVARD. OR SOME OTHER DOCTORAL SCHOOL FOR HIM TO PASS HIS PERSONEL JUDGEMENT FOR THE ILLNESS IN PEOPLE. BUT I CLEARLY BELIEVE ITS HIS OWN OPINION THAT HE PASS ALONG UPON EACH CASE. HE DOESN'T CARE WHAT THE MEDICAL RECORD REFLECT OR WHAT SSA DOCTORS SAY OR ANY DOCOTOR. MOST OF THE TIME HE HAS HIS MIND MADE UP OF YOU BEFORE HE EVEN START THE PROCEEDINGS. IF HE DOSE'NT LIKE YOUR WALK OR TALK OR THE WAY YOU LOOK "DENIED" CARRY YOUR BIBBLE WHEN WALKING INTO HIS CIRCUS ROOM CAUSE YOU WILL NEED IT. AND EVEN THEN THAT MAY NOT HELP YOU.. SOME ONE OR OUR COMMUNITY NEEDS TO VOTE THESE KIND OF ALJ JUDGES OUT, NOT BECAUSE HE DONT APPROVE EVERY ONE THAT COMES BEFORE HIM, BUT BECAUSE HE PLAYS DOCTOR WITH OUT A PHD. AND HE PUTS HIS OWN BELIEFS AND VIEWS PERSONALLY UPON EVERY ONE THAT COMES BEFORE HIM. ITS SAD!

Judge: Paul G Robeck
Date Posted: 3/7/2014 7:01:29 PM
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JUDGE ROBECK IS A VERY HARSH JUDGE, I FEEL SORRY FOR WHOM EVER COME BEFORE HIM. HE CLEARLY DISREGARD WHAT THE DOCOTOR SAY AND FORM HIS OWN OPINION OF WHATS WRONG WITH YOU. LOOK AT HIS APPROVAL RATE OF 35% THATS SAY EVERYTHING ABOUT HOW HE FEELS ABOUT 65% OF PEOPLE WHO COMES BEFORE HIM. THATS ALOT OF PEOPLE TO BE DENIED FOR HIS ON PERSONNEL REASON'S.HE LOOSES HIS SCOPE OF WORK AS A JUDGE AND PLAY DOCTOR OF ALL DOCTOR'S, HE EVEN DISCREDIT HIS OWN SSA DOCTORS. WHO DOES THAT? HE TALKED DOWN ON MY CASE ABOUT THINGS THAT HAS NOTHIN TO DO WITH ILLNESS. SOME ONE HIGHER UP NEEDS TO AUDIT JUDGE ROBECK AND HIS ANTICS AND HIS RAGE TWARDS THE ILL PEOPLE MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY OF OUR COMMUNITY. MAY GOD HELP YOU IF YOU COME BEFORE JUDGE ROBECK FOR ANYTHING... YOU WILL BE DENIED...

Judge: David J DeLaittre
Date Posted: 2/27/2014 9:04:31 PM
Submited By: Brenda Mccormick



A very kind, caring and knowledgeable Judge.

Judge: Dan R Hyatt
Date Posted: 2/8/2014 5:06:30 PM
Submited By: retired veteran



Another Bernath Sock-puppet raging on Judge Hyatt's comments page. It diesnt matter Bernath, you have been barred from being a representative by Social Security because of over 50 examples of misconduct with the courts and dealing with clients. Probably cashing and taking their settlement checks like you did in California. You cant even get licensed by the Oregon bar because they refuse to give you one because of your record as a thief and liar in Ca.

Judge: Jo Hoenninger
Date Posted: 2/4/2014 4:24:18 AM
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On the contrary, ALJ Hoenninger is VERY fair. Check out her stats. She is clearly highly intelligent, she really listens, she puts relevant facts together, follows the law. She has no problem disagreeing with the findings of the SSA doctors - and they are the real SSA payrollee lapdogs. You can't ask for more. If a claimant doesn't have a provable case, what do they expect. If anyone has a hearing in front of ALJ Hoenninger, breathe easy. You'll be treated fairly.

Judge: Dan R Hyatt
Date Posted: 2/3/2014 1:49:49 PM
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I used MR. Bernath to fight for me in receiving SSDI. With his kind help I was Awarded SSDI in the shortest time possible. I actually had SSDI check in my hand 6 months after my very first phone call to the BEST and most honest attorney in Oregon-Daniel A. Bernath. I fired Schnieder in a work comp case, they won't work for you but for themselves. Use Bernath, call him and you talk to HIM e mail him and he'll respond that day or the next, just emailed him on a Sunday, he responded the same day.......a half hour later. What other attorney in the U.S. would do that? He is with out a doubt "the" Attorney for SSDI. TFS

Judge: Dan R Hyatt
Date Posted: 1/18/2014 3:09:49 PM
Submited By: Retired Veteran



Reading through these comments it is very apparent that The Judge's page has been "spammed" with negative comments. This is probably the action of one Daniel A Bernath, a shady "attorney" who was denied clearance to practice state law by the Oregon Bar due to "low moral Character" while an attorney while a member of the California State Bar, due to failure to support his children, forging and cashing his clients checks without their knowledge and destroying his legal files. This same Bernath crashed his private plane due to him not putting gas in it, and is now trying to sue several companies for millions of dollars because " he wasn't informed" that the plane could have problems with little or no fuel. He has published a long boring list of accomplishments that are emblellished or unverifible. He claims to be a 90% disabled PTSD from Vietnam, while his service consisted of being a photographer aboard a ship. He photo shopped his face on the picture of a Navy Chief Petty Officer and says he was made an "honorary CPO" when that title can only be given by the US Navy. In summarizing I am posting this to simply ask that the people who want a review of Judge Hyatt disregard the negative posts by Bernath and his sock-puppets. A simple google search will link you to news articles that give a balanced account of the interaction between Bernath and Judge Hyatt. As a side note I am also a retired veteran who draws a 100% VA pension and SSDI, so I understand the concerns of anyone going through the process.

Judge: Paul G Robeck
Date Posted: 1/7/2014 7:29:09 PM
Submited By: me



im worried now after reading all this about this judge that im surely going to loose my case coming up :( it seems no one has a chance with this judge unless you are with out legs or an arm. and even then it seems from his denial percentages and these comments left by others is that he just plainly dont have no regards for the pain or suffering.. even though none of these judges are doctors or mental health specialists.. and they are clearly not god. but play god to save a buck, which is not there money.and then the world wonder why people go insane and commit crazy acts in the community, because their problem's are over looked by such person's or people and society as an whole. until after a crime has happen in the manner of your mental health problems or some other depression or mental episodes that you some times have no control of. then thats when people open their eyes and say oh somthin is really wrong with him and he or she needs help.but when they could have gotten the proper help and attention from the gate from these judge's and other proper social security personel and doctors! but its not the doctors who's pertraying thats nothin wrong with you its these kind of judges on this pannel who pass their on personel opinion with out properly looking at one's evidence to really determin your status and mental health problems. im not putting any of these judges down, but the system and manner in which these judges decide cases needs to be looked at and properly managed by a by party personel or group. almost like a watch dog group. sorry about my misspelling but im clearly in my feeling's by such actions by most of these alj judges..

Judge: Cynthia D Rosa
Date Posted: 12/18/2013 9:00:39 AM
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she is being investigated because she hasnt done her job properly since transferring. she really messed up my wifes life but we got it finally. shes dirty and just denied or dismisses everyone without caring

Judge: Sue Leise
Date Posted: 8/26/2013 1:38:55 PM
Submited By: jeffrey james



I still wait for answer on my claim takes so long as I wait I have no money I cannot work I cannot even afford some meds for depression if denied I might as well give up on life I will be homeless with no income I am not even able to get get my kids school stuff this year all the kids make fun because we are so poor if something does not happen soon we WILL be homeless.

Judge: Paul G Robeck
Date Posted: 7/5/2013 3:25:20 PM
Submited By: yvette kelley



I Yvette Kelley am now representing myself in a appeal that is in process , I have new evidence that has been discovered as to what caused the Disability . In 2005 , DR. Zenhopher from Kasier Sunnyside Hospital diagnosed me with " SUI " a condition in which was severely impacting a hygenic problem that caused me to Uriante all over clothing , The Procedure that was done is " Vaginal Mesh Implant " They are responsible for many deaths and sever issues I had for years not knowing what was causing sever pain and illness . The Johnson and Johnson company is responsible for defective Vaginal mesh that caused me to almost die and lead to sever problems and pain . This should have been noted by my atty , however ..he did not represent me in the way he should have , he over looked all of this and became prejudice Of the Honorable Judge Robeck on my case , resulting in Firing me after 5 yrs.

Judge: Paul G Robeck
Date Posted: 7/4/2013 3:48:07 PM
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This Judge asked questions about things that are not remotely related to the things at hand.I ask you are we guilty before we are even judged,I will tell you that is how I felt while I sat in front of him and he denied me WOW!!.I now have a bulging disc in my neck a torn tendon in my ankle and arthritis in lower back and also p.t.s.d. and he still denied me.

Judge: John W Rolph
Date Posted: 6/18/2013 9:40:17 AM
Submited By: Adam Boklage



I'm an attorney who only practices Social Security disability law, and who routinely appears before judges from seven different ODARs (Portland, Eugene, Tacoma, Seattle, Spokane, Boise and Las Vegas - a total of 67 ALJs), and on occasion at virtually every ODAR across the country. I have seen it all, from wack-job judges who are truly insane -- pity anyone from Moreno Valley, CA or Billings, MT -- to judges on some sort of an agenda to deny (or approve!) as many people as possible. I can say without hesitation that Chief Judge Rolph is one of the most courteous, professional, thoughtful and genuinely compassionate judges that I have encountered. This is NOT the same thing as a high allowance rate. He only pays about 50/50, which means that he is denying a lot of cases who probably should be approved. However, I truly believe you get a fair shot with him. While he may not approve every claim, my experience is that he treats every claimant with respect as a human being. As bad as it is to have your claim denied, it is incredible how many judges insist on belittling people and treating them like crap. Judge Rolph never does this. The only time I have ever seen him lose patience, and even then it was slight, was when a claimant insisted on lying to him (and me) about current drug and alcohol use, was deceitful and very dishonest. Anyone who does that deserves a lot worse. Bottom line: I would love to win every one of my cases, but I would be more than happy if every one of my clients were assigned to Judge Rolph.

Judge: Caroline Siderius
Date Posted: 4/19/2013 10:18:20 PM
Submited By: Kenneth Alan Hughes



I have had this ALJ two times in seperate Fair-Right Hearings and both times she has denied me of my Benefits which I do not agree with the way she looks at her cases along with the choice of words that she used in her decision letters. I would not choose to ever see this What you want to call an Administrative Law Judge and wouldn't recommend this judge to handle other peoples cases. I am unhappy with her performance

Judge: Jo Hoenninger
Date Posted: 4/16/2013 2:30:53 PM
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If your case lands in front of this ALJ you should just go ahead and plan your next step at the appeals council or start a new claim. Clearly the Wicked Witch of the Northwest.

Judge: David J DeLaittre
Date Posted: 4/12/2013 8:05:41 AM
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Judge means well, however, in the end he still has no control over disability. They don't care what he does or says. Federal judges have the final say, I don't think so. Very disappointed, his failure to stand his ground or hold his authority, whatever, cost us everything.

Judge: Rudolph Murgo
Date Posted: 3/19/2013 4:55:34 PM
Submited By: MM



During my hearing, even though my lawyer discounted what was offered by the occupational expert, he never used it for his decision. She offered jobs i could potentially do, and my lawyer asked her questions in regards to my limitations and needs, which she then stated no I couldn't do it with those requirements, yet he still used her info saying I could. Also he seemed more concerned with getting to lunch on time rather then hearing from my witness I brought along, rather they wanted a written statement from her which he later called suspicious because she didn't mention a certain fact. I would argue that is why my lawyer needed to be able to question her. There is something wrong when they are pushed to blanket deny more then approve. I agree there are slim out there looking for nothing but a free ride, but when I have all the evidence that proves my case, and they still deny me based on false info, its hard to believe in the system. Even things such as reports I wan not doing the treatment I was told to. Well they just failed to mention that my health insurance doesn't cover those treatments, and supposedly they are not supposed to count that against you. Then again, I am on the state health program as well, go figure.

Judge: Dan R Hyatt
Date Posted: 3/6/2013 5:31:00 PM
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Well, the good news about losing a case is that you have one more appeal then you get to cost the U.S. Government big money as you take your case to Federal Court. I would recomend that those doing so carefully review the transcript and also get an audio copy. If you can prove malice, you can get the sky's the limit money when you sue. I have known that some of these Judges disregard medical reports and statements without providing an opposing professional opinion. Nice kangeroo court tactic.

Judge: Jo Hoenninger
Date Posted: 2/27/2013 7:24:32 PM
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Clearly an employee of the SSA, need I say more?

Judge: Dan R Hyatt
Date Posted: 2/11/2013 8:48:22 AM
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Hey Dan. Remember when you threw my disabled client and I out of the Disney style SSA "courtroom" and you said to me "haa haa. So what are you going to do about it?" This.

Judge: Dan R Hyatt
Date Posted: 2/6/2013 2:47:21 PM
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Dan R Hyatt, admin law judge attacks helpless lawyer on crutches. Sworn declaration for Restraining Order issued against Dan R Hyatt. During my hearing on March 31, 2010 the administrative law judge wore a black robe and sat elevated from me. The judge was Riley Atkins and he had curly black hair. 2. He said to my lawyer “this is a case only about whether or not the time period is up and extension. I rule that she is past that time and therefore I will rule against her. As that is the only thing we are here for I will not take evidence about her disability.” 3. My lawyer said, “Wait, let’s not go so fast. Let me see the Notice. I didn’t get a copy” 4. Atkins said, “You had the chance to look at it before. Did you make an appointment to come and see the file?” 5. My lawyer said, “No, let me look at it now.” 6. Atkins then handed it to my lawyer (by handing it first to the vocational expert). 7. After my lawyer read of the file and his long discussion with the judge my lawyer turned to me and said, “claimant…” 8. The judge interrupted my lawyer and said, “Show some decorum. Her name is Mrs. Johnston.” My lawyer said that he was making the record clear after the long discussion with the judge so the record would know that he has stopped talking to the judge and was now talking to me, the Claimant. 9. My lawyer read to himself, the Notice and my Request for Hearing before an ALJ. He then asked me some questions and then the ALJ interrupted him again to stop him before my lawyer could complete what he was doing. 10. My lawyer said that he was not “going to close any doors” and that he believed that because of my mental condition that there was “good cause” to extend any deadlines and to deem the Request for Hearing to be a new application at the very least. (That was what I believed I had been doing when I wrote the Request for a Hearing-requesting a new application). 11. My lawyer refused to give up any of my rights and demanded that I be approved to be back on disability today. 12. The judge said the case wasn’t “worked up” and some other things. 13. The judge then said to me, “madam you have to go to the field office and file a new application.” 14. My lawyer said, “She should take advice from her lawyer and not from the guy who is throwing her out of court.” 15. Atkins then said, “Ma’am you should file a new application in Beaverton…” 16. My lawyer then said “Don’t give my client legal advise. I’ve already instructed you on that once. It isn’t your role.” 17. At all times my lawyer acted calm, professional and civil. If he didn’t act that way then I would have had to flee him (because of my severe mental illness). My lawyer acted calm, quiet, professional and civil at all times and that was how I could attend the stressful hearing. 18. My lawyer was not loud or argumentative. He made his objection heard and then made it again as I expect a lawyer to do in a courtroom setting. 19. My lawyer at no time was threatening or intimidating. 20. I then went into the lobby of ODAR with my lawyer where my husband was sitting. My lawyer Daniel A. Bernath looked at my husband and I and said, “let’s get out of here and we’ll talk outside.” 21. Dan then led the way, holding his black cane/crutch in his right hand, pulling his big box of books with wheels with his right hand and wearing a homburg hat. He was looking very dashing. 22. Dan was leading. My husband was following him and I was following my husband when we turned the corner to the elevator lobby of the 4th floor. 23. I saw an old short man wearing a brown colored outfit in blue jeans with silver hair already inside an elevator. Except for him the elevator was empty. 24. When we approached the elevator to get in, the old man quickly ran forward from the back of the elevator and stood at the front of the elevator and shouted “No” “You’re not riding on that elevator” “No”! 25. The old man alone in the elevator was very belligerent and confrontational. 26. My lawyer did not enter the elevator because the old man blocked him. 27. My lawyer never said a word to the old man. 28. The man then bumped my lawyer with his chest. 29. I saw my lawyer kind-of step back from the force of the blow but my lawyer couldn’t back up because the wheels of the box stopped him and there was me and about 4 people trying to get on the elevator and they were right behind him. 30. The man then hit my lawyer a second time but this time with much more power and with his chest and his stomach this time. 31. My lawyer had to work to get his balance after being knocked off his feet. 32. The man then said “call the police. I want him arrested for assault. He just bumped me.” 33. My husband Roman Johnston said in a quiet voice, “no he didn’t. You bumped him.” 34. The man then got a very wild look on his face and was very aggressive and said to Roman, “what’s your name!” 35. The man alone in the elevator became even more aggressive and offensive. He had a very wild look in his eyes. 36. That was the only time my lawyer spoke and he gave legal advice to his client Roman and said, “Don’t answer that.” 37. The security guards came. 38. That man was taken around the corner away from us. I later found out that the old man’s name is Dan R. Hyatt. 39. At no time did my lawyer’s hands leave the box handle or his cane/crutch. At no time did his cane/crutch or box leave the floor. At no time did my lawyer come in contact with that man except when that man hit my lawyer with first his chest and then with his stomach and his chest to knock my lawyer on the floor or back. No part of my lawyer’s body entered the elevator. Dan R. Hyatt used his chest and stomach to repeatedly batter my lawyer who stood out in the hallway. 40. Hyatt didn’t want my lawyer in that elevator at all even though it was completely empty and even though there were 3 to 4 elevators on one side and 3 to 4 elevators on the other side of the hallway. 41. The security guards came and blocked us from leaving and my lawyer asked “am I under arrest” and they said “no but you can’t leave.” He said “then I’m leaving now” and tried to push the button for an elevator but they blocked him from leaving. 42. The federal police came and they roughly grabbed my lawyer’s hands behind him and put handcuffs on him. As they were leading him back to the Social Security Court with his hands tightly cuffed behind him I heard my lawyer say to them “on advice of counsel I have nothing to say.” 43. The federal police asked me if I saw what happened. They took my license information but didn’t write down what I was saying. There was a second policeman and when they confirmed that I had made a statement then said I could leave (but could not talk to my lawyer). 44. I haven’t left my house since that traumatic event in watching my lawyer get assaulted and battered and arrested nearly a week ago. 45. Seeing your lawyer get arrested is like seeing your Father get arrested and hauled away. I trust my lawyer and it was all extremely traumatic to me to see my lawyer get beaten and then get arrested and handcuffed and taken away to who-knows-where. 46. I am going to meet with my doctor so I can discuss the severe trauma I have suffered because I watched my lawyer get assaulted and battered by Hyatt and then arrested by 3 or 4 very large policemen. __________________________________________ Elizabeth J _____________________________________________ Roman J (who witnessed all except for the courtroom events)

Judge: Riley J Atkins
Date Posted: 2/6/2013 2:43:51 PM
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Another lawyer says Riley J Atkins (himself a jew) is a racist. Go to this letter http://www.aspecialdayguide.com/shyster/atkinsbigot%20001.jpg

Judge: Riley J Atkins
Date Posted: 2/6/2013 2:41:02 PM
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I am a black man and applied for disability. Alan Graf was my lawyer. It was obvious Riley Atkins is a racist. Even the lawyer said he was a racist. Riley Atkins demeaned me all through the hearing. Riley Atkins said, “I heard that you were hooked on drugs.” I said, “Somebody lied to you and that somebody isn’t here.” The look on Riley Atkins' face told me everything-he looked at me as if I was a lesser person. Like I was an farm animal, that’s the way Riley Atkins made me feel as a black man. He looked at me like I was a gorilla. Atkins looked down on me and demeaned me as if I was an animal. The tone of his voice-it was like being on a plantation with a guy with a whip on me. Except Riley Atkins didn’t have a whip. His tone of voice was like he thought I was nuts. I thought he was supposed to be a judge but he attacked me, he didn’t ask one question about my condition, he just attacked me. The lawyer Alan Graf said, ‘you don’t have a chance because Riley Atkins is a racist.’ Graf didn’t think that Atkins was a racist; he KNEW he was a racist. Graf said, “This is one of the worse, one of the most racists judge that they got. He turns down African-Americans like they were nothing.” Alan Graf did NOTHING for me. He just sat there and allowed Riley Atkins to demean me and rip me to pieces just for being a black man in America. Graf was scared of Atkins. He didn’t have any power of the case. This was not a fair hearing. The higher court sent the case back to Atkins but then he just found something else to deny me my benefits. Atkins took from 1994 to 2006 to make a decision. I am now 100% VA disabled but Judge Riley Atkins wouldn’t find that I was eligible for SSD. I am now on SSi. Atkins stretched out the case for ten years and then disapproved me for that very reason that he said didn't matter in the first hearing. Atkins just stretched it out as long as he could, kept searching and searching to find a reason to deny me my disability benefits just because I am a black man in America. Milton Manning Denied by Riley Atkins for Social Security Disability but found to be 100% disabled by Department of Veterans Affairs

Judge: Dan R Hyatt
Date Posted: 2/4/2013 7:59:57 PM
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Allegation that Dan R. Hyatt rules against claimants if he thinks their lawyers are "a*******", rules against claimants if they don't have lawyers, has "trouble with interracial couples", masquerades as a US District Court Judge, allegations that Dan R. Hyatt repeatedly lies, involved in theft of US Government property, allegation of criminal coercion and conspiracy letter to Chief Judge regarding local social security "judge" Dan Hyatt and attorney Paula Martin. ALJ Hyatt goes off the record and says he will never approve claimant no matter what the medical evidence says. Oregonn State Bar member, attorney Paula Martin does nothing about this abuse of authority by Oregon State Bar member and "Judge" Dan Hyatt. Claimant goes off to commit suicide because of the abuse of authority by Dan Hyatt and cowardice of Oregon attorney Paula Martin. Read the complaint letter; Daniel Bernath "my true representative" Oregon attorney Paula Martin abused me. click on letter to make it bigger horribly abused by Oregon Bar Member and SSA judge Dan Hyatt. Gutless Paula Martin, "oh we don't want to upset him". Paula M Martin Marla Heikkala & Associates PO Box 61749 Vancouver WA 98666 SSA ALJ Dan Hyatt in Vancouver sat under great seal fraudulently stating that he was a US District Court judge "Judge" Hyatt says OFF THE RECORD that he will never rule in claimant's favor no matter what the evidence says. Oregon attorney Paula Martin says and does NOTHING. click on letter to make it bigger Client tries to state on the record that "judge" Dan Hyatt has just stated he will violate his oath of office but "judge" Dan Hyatt and Oregon attorney Paula Martin shut her up. "evidence didn't matter to 'judge' Hyatt and Paula Martin just let it happen." Because of the abuse of power by 'judge" Dan Hyatt and malfeasance by Oregon attorney Paula Martin "I drove to the ocean...to kill myself" click on letter to make it bigger Signature "sorry, I am still shaking) a year later. Social Security "Judge" Dan Hyatt violated Social Security rules by stating, "you'll never win this case not matter what the evidence" OFF THE RECORD and not summarizing it on the record so the appeals court could read it. "Attorney" Paula Martin did not do her duty by insisting that "judge" Hyatt state on the record what he had just said and by not summarizing it on the record herself.

Judge: Dan R Hyatt
Date Posted: 2/4/2013 11:00:38 AM
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Hyatt said he will "never put you on disability no matter what the evidence says." Hyatt said "I have trouble with interracial couples." Hyatt attacked a lawyer on crutches. Read it here: www.aspecialdayguide.com/shyster Cartoon of Dan Hyatt attacking the lawyer on crutches: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uN5ebDHHxJk

Judge: Paul G Robeck
Date Posted: 12/16/2012 1:15:28 PM
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Unfortunately you cannot choose the judge of your choice to preside over your case. And now the attorneys you hire to represent you are not being told which judge your is going to be assingened to which makes things even more difficult for them.

Judge: Marilyn S. Mauer
Date Posted: 12/5/2012 10:35:29 PM
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Very efficient, kind. Granted my client a favorable OTR. However, I find the clerks in this ODAR a bit disorganized.

Judge: Moira Ausems
Date Posted: 12/5/2012 10:32:36 PM
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I flew to Spokane in the middle of winter to represent a client before Judge Ausems a few years ago. Unfortunately, the weather worsened and I was actually stranded at the Spokane airport in the middle of a blizzard. I called ODAR to inform the clerk and ALJ Ausems was very kind, understanding, and even arranged for me to participate in the hearing via phone from my hotel room.

Judge: Paul G Robeck
Date Posted: 12/1/2012 12:32:50 AM
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Arrogant jerk.

Judge: Dan R Hyatt
Date Posted: 11/3/2012 12:31:31 PM
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Judge Hyatt is the kindest ALJ I have ever met. He is truly a compassionate Judge who takes a wholistic approach when holding his hearings. He doesn't just deny or allow benefits he tries to make sure claimants needs are met emotionally, physically, medically, and mental health care! The hog wash others spread about Judge Hyatt is just lies spread by terrible attorneys who don't like his rulings!!

Judge: Paul G Robeck
Date Posted: 9/29/2012 11:16:33 PM
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This judge was horrible to us. My child is Native American Indian, and this judge was rude and horrible towards us. He denied my child disablilty even though there was sufficient evidence that there was proof of mental disability. This man has no business being a judge because it's obvious if you are not white, then he will be prejudice against you.

Judge: Paul G Robeck
Date Posted: 9/18/2012 4:56:12 PM
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This judge is known by many that he is an elitist, xenophobe, and just plain rude towards attorneys and their clients. He is known by many for these traits. Before cases are over makes judgments that make no sense. His rulings are biased and prejudicial. Heaven help you if he doesn't like the way you look or act. He is know to give more denials than any other judge! It's a fact, just look it up.

Judge: Kelly Wilson
Date Posted: 8/17/2012 1:43:04 PM
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I had a difficult case with difficult issues and she was fair. Opinion was received about 60 days after hearing.

Judge: Rudolph Murgo
Date Posted: 8/16/2012 6:25:05 PM
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JUDGE MURGO DOES NOT LISTEN TO REASONING, AND SEEMS TO CONCENTRATE MORE ON WHAT THE STATE PAYED DOCTORS FOR SSA HAVE SAID NOT BY THE THE PATIENTS DOCTORS. JUDGE MURGO IS VERY BIAS AND SHOULD LOOK AT BOTH THE STATE AND THE DOCTORS THAT THE PATIENT HAS SEEN FOR YEARS,COMPARED TO THE STATE DOCTORS SSA SENDS ONE TO THAT SEES YOU FOR AN HOUR MAYBE AND TREATS EVERYONE LIKE THEY ARE ALL CHEATERS OF THE SYSTEM. I AM ASHAMED TO BE A VETERAN OF THIS COUNTRY ANYMORE, OUR POLITICS IN THE SSA SYSTEM IS HORRIBLE AND SHADOWS SHAME ON ALL IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER. JUDGE MURGO NEEDS TO KEEP HIS PERSONAL OPINION OUT OF THE HEARINGS FOR SSA! READ ALL FACTS TALK TO THE PERSON APPLYING FOR SSA BENEFITS TOO MANY PEOPLE HAVE KILLED THEMSELVES OVER YEARS OF WAITING AND FIGHTING FOR THEIR SSA BENEFITS, AND OTHERS HAVE DIED BEFORE RECEIVING IT. THE WHOLE SYTERM IS CROOKED, AND SO ARE 99.9 PERCENT OF THOSE WHO WORK FOR IT! SHAME ON ALL THAT HAS A HAND IN!

Judge: Moira Ausems
Date Posted: 6/2/2012 2:27:06 PM
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I received a denial for a hearing from Judge Ausems in 2010. In her denial Ausems wrote that I could request that she vacate or set aside her decision if I appealed to her within 10 days. I wrote to her and appealed to her to set aside her decision and submitted my request within the ten day period. I am still waiting to hear back from Judge Ausems. When my representatives went to the ODAR office in Spokane on my behalf to talk with Judge Ausems, Judge Ausems refused to speak with them and they were ordered out of the office at gunpoint by security.

Judge: Richard A Say
Date Posted: 5/31/2012 7:42:24 AM
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Richard a say denied my wifes claim. She hasnt worked in 20 years and is completely disabled. Judge Say ordered her to remove her hat in the court room, My wife has lost most her hair that is why she wore the hat, when she explained this his attitude became extremely agitated we knew we lost our case before it began.

Judge: Steve Lynch
Date Posted: 5/19/2012 7:02:40 PM
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This judge is an absolute joke, the first thing he did was make fun of my name. Then because I went to college and graduated he said I couldnt possibly be disabled,let me tell you that is far from the truth. The list of my disabilities are long: epilespy with a vp shunt, hydracephalus of the corpus collusum, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthrits, fibromyalgia, myositis,cognitive disorder,dysthmic disorder, depression, and PTSD. I honestly wouldnt even give him one star if I didn't have to. Judge Steve Lynch was incredibly unprofessional, he may have thought he was being funny and making light of this situation but this is my life and it is not a joke. Regardless of what Judge Steve Lynch believes I am disabled and will forever be disabled, just because I followed through on one of my dreams to get my college degree after being told that I wouldn't survive past the age of 10 years old, doesn't mean that I am any less disabled than I was before.

Judge: Charles S Evans
Date Posted: 3/22/2012 11:12:11 AM
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Judge: Paul G Robeck
Date Posted: 3/21/2012 11:05:51 AM
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