Johnstown, Pennsylvania ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, 8 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Johnstown, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 13.5 months. The average case processing time in Johnstown is 398 days.The Johnstown average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 45%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Johnstown ODAR office was last updated on 7/9/2014.

SSA, Johnstown ODAR Office
334 Washington Street, Suite 200
Johnstown, Pennsylvania 15901-9954
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Phone: (866) 331-7134 -- Fax: (814) 535-4057
eFile Fax: (814) 533-6640 (For sending evidence)

OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Johnstown 8 13.5 months 398 days 2.3 18% 45% 37%
Pennsylvania14.2 months431 days2.225%40%35%
National Average:12.3 months400 days2.018%44%38%
Hearing Wait Time: 13.50 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 2.32
Average Processing Time 398 days
Cases Pending 5796
Dispositions 3131
New Cases 5030
Hearings In Person 61%
Video Hearings 39%

Comments about Judges at the Johnstown Pennsylvania ODAR office:

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Judge: Donald M Graffius
Date Posted: 2/8/2014 6:41:31 AM
Submited By: Jim



Goes by the facts, fair. Good judge God bless him

Judge: William H. Hauser
Date Posted: 12/4/2013 9:15:36 PM
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I have been a non-attorney Representative since the early 80's; Judge Hauser is a rarity in that he KNOWS the medical record of the Claimant. He prefers discussing each exhibit for medical substantiation of symptoms; such a pleasure to present a case to for deserving client to an ALJ that listens and understands the Representative's theory of the case.Great Judge!trying to give him five stars but does not seem to stay..but he is a fiver!!! If your Representative does not like him it is because when an attorney or representative does not know your case, it will be obvious!

Judge: Paula Wordsworth
Date Posted: 11/9/2013 10:51:50 AM
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Having medical professionals declare me perm disabled and in writing from them, she evidently has no compassion for truly disabled, I have now lost everything in my life , i have no home no vehicle, No income, I worked my whole life never took anything from anyone. I feel I was discriminated against by being a white male. Maybe if I was fat and lazy I would have been approved.

Judge: John B Langland
Date Posted: 10/7/2013 10:39:29 PM
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My hearing appointment took about 9 months. Judge Langland understood my situation and acknowledged that I had tried to resolve the overpayment thru the Wichita office and I then had to move on to see him to resolve the problem. I had tried and tried to resolve the issue thru the Wichita office but no one listened. The Judge recalculated my account and I had a partial favorable decision. Sadly, the powers now are not complying to his order or decision, and the Missouri office has written me 3 times in a month. Each letter indicates there is more than one person on my case, and so far out of the loop. But, no one signs the letters, so I do not have a name to complain. One letter states my W.C. does not affect my S.S. I have not been on W.C. since 2007. Judge Langland seemed fair in my case, the bad part is someone is not following or enforcing his decision. I do not know what to do now, trying to go back to see the judge. It is bad when the Judge makes a decision, and then the decision is not honored by the SSA staff in the Missouri office. I feel totally harassed by the staff in the office.

Judge: Barbara Artuso
Date Posted: 9/25/2013 10:24:46 PM
Submited By: paul stancliffe



she is what a judge should be and made me feel very comfortable and i have high anxiety and was calm and collect thanks to her professionalism.i won but win or loose she is a great person and thank the lord for people like her!!!!

Judge: John B Langland
Date Posted: 8/4/2013 11:34:14 AM
Submited By: Tommy S. Carpenter



Judge Langland looked at what he wanted to see not at the evidence as a whole. Sure I made statements from time to time that I was doing ok. But those times are short lived. He gave more weight to a Psychologist who Ive never met than Dr.s who have treated me for 10+ years. He held it against me that I took my last dime to try and open and run a shop but failed to realize I left the shop because I couldn't handle the stress and **** near had a nervous breakdown over it. He commented that I had no periods of de-compensation which is a blatant falsehood. Anyone who knows me can tell you Ive been unemployed a lot more than employed. I have service related PTSD and Major reoccurring bouts of depression. My whole life is a total wreck. I want nothing more than to work and be normal but I fail at every attempt. I just want to run and hide away in dark places alone. I have stress disorder which makes my brain trigger fight or flight responses. I beg to be normal but Im not and ive faced that reality. Yes people do make positive statements to their Psychiatrists not because we are magically healed but because we have good days and bad. I try and try and want people to see me as ok but in the end Im not ok. My life has been one disaster after another. I hope he can sleep at night knowing he didn't even listen to his own vocational expert. Thanks Mr. Langland for seeing what you wanted to see not the whole story. Ill be filing an appeal immediately.

Judge: James Harty
Date Posted: 6/16/2013 12:16:21 PM
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I felt Judge Harty was very fair and thorough and he gave me approval within 6 wks! He listened to all I had to say as well as my lawyer. I really appreciate what he did for me.

Judge: John B Langland
Date Posted: 4/4/2013 5:50:54 PM
Submited By: TLH



Just the type judge we need. Doing his part not to bankrupt the country. Im sure every case thinks they are justified. That not true!!!! Make an appeal if you dont like the outcome!!!! Thank God he is not just a rubber stamp. We need someone with backbone to say No!!!Keep up the good work!!!!

Judge: Charles Pankow
Date Posted: 3/31/2013 1:00:21 PM
Submited By: John



This judge uses fictious evidence and denies real evidence to come to a decision. Unlawful use of position..

Judge: John B Langland
Date Posted: 3/21/2013 4:42:13 PM
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This judge is so unfair and is denying disability to people that cannot posibly work. It is shocking, that this can happen in America. If their is any way to stop him, please do. He is a criminal judge, and should be in prison. He is creating _ injury to welfare system in kansas. Many are suffering, please help !

Judge: Charles Pankow
Date Posted: 3/17/2013 10:44:02 PM
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very good judge and really cares about the person appyling also very respectful and nice to person applying

Judge: William H. Hauser
Date Posted: 3/14/2013 5:46:08 PM
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Unlike the comment above, Judge Hauser does NOT respect the Law, nor the Process! Judge William H. Hauser fabricated evidence, ignores the majority of the evidences submitted, made numerous mistakes, and was definitely NOT compassionate. He counted WATCHING TV against me, as activities that disproved my pain! I attempted to work but failed because of my disabilities. I worked only 40 hours in 3 months, and he stated this attempt disproved my pain! One of the greatest mistakes he made was this: He stated that I couldn't work my previous work, such as a Customer Service Job where I answered phones all day. Then he stated that I could work a job where I call out on phones all day. Wait, I cannot work a job where I answer phones all day, but I can work a job where I call out on phones all day? Do you think that's reasonable? When they say "fair," it's misleading. The only reason why they say that is because he will approve about 60% of his cases. They do not state what types of claims he approved. For example, if he denies 90% of his cases when the person is truly disabled, unable to work, and has more than enough evidence then that's not fair. For the record, they have a list of disabling conditions, known as the Social Security Administration's "Blue Book." If you have a condition that meets, or is equivalent to, the criteria in the SSA's "Blue Book," then they consider you disabled. The SSA's criteria is less severe than my condition, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome - The Hypermobility Type, and I was denied. My condition is easily 10-15 times more severe than what they have listed in their "Blue Book." Sadly, that is an under-estimation.

Judge: Charles Pankow
Date Posted: 2/19/2013 1:18:34 PM
Submited By: Gregory



Judge Pankow dismissed the majority of 6 years of medical evidence submitted by 5 different licensed professionals in the Health Care Field. This judge was biased, unfair, and is creating injustice in the court system. The United States of America, Please review this official's agenda and moral standards of Justice.

Judge: James J Quigley
Date Posted: 2/7/2013 6:37:05 PM
Submited By: Kenya 7



I really hope I receive this judge I have been suffering with Crohns disease and other health issues that make it hard to maintain nevertheless work any where. I have heard so many great things about him I really pray and hope he is my judge and really can understand the issues and pain and everyday frustration I have been through. Kenya 7

Judge: Marty R Pillion
Date Posted: 11/12/2012 9:46:13 AM
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He knows the law! He goes through very detailed questions with the Claimant and tries to make sure they understand everything. He's also good about questioning the vocational experts on their sources of information. His decisions clearly explain what he used to come to that decision, and he explains how much a claimant would really be expected to work. Claimants might not necessarily think he's a sweet, kind, and caring person, but they can be assured that he really considers the evidence and is trying to come to the right decision.

Judge: John D Sullivan
Date Posted: 10/16/2012 12:22:25 PM
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Takes control of his Court and moves proceedings along swiftly, yet will allow an Appellant time to present ALL his/her evidence fully. Often questions the Government's Labor Classification Expert and sworn Appellant from the Bench.

Judge: Barbara Artuso
Date Posted: 9/13/2012 8:29:15 AM
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She really goes out of her way to make the Claimant feel comfortable and as "in control" of the process as possible. She's very professional towards the Claimant, representative, and VE, and has an engaging delivery. She is genuinely interested in what the Claimant has to say.

Judge: Joanna Papazekos
Date Posted: 9/12/2012 2:35:26 AM
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Listens to evidence presented by the claimant knows not to be a judge like judge mills

Judge: Marty R Pillion
Date Posted: 8/29/2012 7:45:20 AM
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He does not look out for the disabled person.He looks out for his record,and looks for any reason to fine a unfavorable dicision.....

Judge: Raymond J Zadzilko
Date Posted: 8/8/2012 5:50:41 PM
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Extremely polite and professional. He is very good with Claimants. This would be a good judge for a new representative to have. I can't say enough good things about him!

Judge: James J Quigley
Date Posted: 8/5/2012 11:27:47 PM
Submited By: Karon



I rate him a 10 :) Mr./Judge Quigley is a very kind,well spoken and highly educated man. I know I had to have shown my complete nervousness but, after speaking and listening to him talk with kindness ,I felt relief. He was truly a great Judge even though I was denied and my case is almost at the three year point (from the first date I applied) which has deeply effected my overall health... I totally understand and more importantly respect his professional opinion and decision, I can only hope to have him review my very complex SSD case records.He is a patient man and I pray that Mr.Judge Quigly and the good Lord will render the right decision any day now, for this has been a very trying, exhausting,long and difficult journey for myself as well as my family. God Bless and best wishes..

Judge: William H. Hauser
Date Posted: 7/28/2012 7:40:45 AM
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He has great respect for the process and the law. Engages representatives in a thoughtful back and forth that helps clarify the issues in any given case. Rewards good arguments and solid preparation. He truly possesses all the traits of a superior judge: compassionate, even-handed and measured in his approach, and well versed in his review of every case. Every judge should apply the regulations as expertly and fairly as he does.

Judge: Donald M Graffius
Date Posted: 7/2/2012 8:03:38 AM
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He has a low approval rate, but has a professional demeanor during hearings, and is clearly familiar with the claimant's case.

Judge: James J Quigley
Date Posted: 6/13/2012 8:44:39 PM
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A wonderful person! So kind during the Hearing. A good ALJ for a new attorney to SSA.Want a fair hearing on an iffy case, he is you ALJ. Did I say NICE FELLOW...really.

Judge: John D Sullivan
Date Posted: 5/15/2012 3:54:40 PM
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Extremely polite and professional.