Johnstown, Pennsylvania ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, 10 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 19.0 months. The average case processing time in Johnstown is 610 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 7/8/2016.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Johnstown 10 19.0 months 610 days 2.0 18% 45% 37%
Pennsylvania19.3 months574 days1.924%42%34%
National Average:16.5 months517 days1.920%44%36%
Hearing Wait Time: 19.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 1.97
Average Processing Time 610 days
Cases Pending 4718
Dispositions 1651
New Cases -881
Hearings In Person 75%
Video Hearings 25%

LATEST COMMENTS         to leave your own comment, select a judge from the list above and leave a comment on that judge's page

Judge: John D Sullivan
7/27/2016 10:08:04 PM

Very polite. He seems to be a fair judge he listened to everything from all parties. Said he would review all evidence and make a decision. Court went fast but not rushed

Judge: Raymond J Zadzilko
3/28/2016 3:23:13 PM

Judge Zadzilko made me feel at ease and comfortable with his professional attitude, as I didn't want to be there in this disabled situation in the first place but. He listened to everything I was asked by all members involved and he treated me with dignity and respect and handed me fully favorable decision after all the facts and documents were reviewed. I Thank this honorable Judge very much.

Cynthia garsa
Judge: John D Sullivan
1/26/2016 12:17:41 AM

Not a good judge not fair.he dosnt care too hurt the disable people feelings he put you down he dont care he has done a bad conduct i should report this judge for bee rude mean and not caring.i think he should bee sitting in ehere he dont desever too be judge i hope you lose next time

Judge: Donald M Graffius
12/3/2015 10:08:11 AM

He acts like a typical Judge so I suppose he is professional. Has no clue about medical issues nor compassion, I am quite shocked reading the above positive comments. Problem, these Judges are supposed to be non-adversarial & he does not follow that standard. Seems to forgot we are suffering w/medical condition, not in his courtroom as a criminal.

Judge: Lawrence J Neary
8/7/2015 8:30:22 AM

This judge is a poor excuse of what our Judicial system is about! How is he allowed to go against evidence, from a Vocational Expert, a Social Security doctor and 2 other doctors that all said the same thing! He is a judge where did he get his medical degree? How can he judge someone's pain through a video? All my doctors agreed I was disabled, so how can he go against medical evidence! My opinion is that he seen I was almost out of work credits since fighting disability for 5 years so he did not even read my file and it was a lot easier to deny me knowing that I could not re-file! But the joke is on him cause now we are going to District Court, then Federal Court, not to mention I am turning him in for Judicial misconduct for not following the laws of irrefutable evidence! I have a right to a fair hearing, I have rights! In a criminal trial they have to follow rules of evidence, there is no way around professional witnesses! All attorneys are afraid of Judges because they have to stand in front of these Judges and these judges will deny all their clients, but this judge does not scare me because I am allowed to air my opinion!

Tiara D.
Judge: Richard P Gartner
7/28/2015 7:49:10 AM

My lawyer told me that Judge Gartner was a new judge so our attention was on high and we were hoping for the best but prepared for the worst. I'm in the hospital now as we speak and was unable to attend my hearing due to hospitalization and some haunting health impairments. I was able to get a letter from doctor by the skin of my teeth so that Judge Gartner wouldnt dismiss my case due to me being unable to physically appear. We sat by the phone waiting to see if he was going to postpone or dismiss. Surprisingly he approved my case without even speaking or seeing me. I was floored and excited!! My lawyer and I were amazed because I was told that something like this was rare and highly unlikely. I want to thank him for looking and observerving the evidence and realizing that I am in a position of health decline. I am honored to to be the first person from what I see to write a honorable report on Judge Gartner. This will be a huge burden taken off of my family and myself. I now can pay for my own medications and can pay out my tab at a few of my health appointment locations. I've read only a few reviews and I must say I believe I was assigned to the most favorable guy in the building!! Thank you Judge Gartner for everything and it would have been my honor and a pleasure if I was able to meet you in person.

Dr. Denise Richardson
Judge: Donald M Graffius
5/19/2015 9:58:49 AM

Thank you Judge Graffius. Your approval is greatly appreciated. Chronic, debilitating pain is difficult to assess. Your professionalism is palpable.

Judge: Geoffrey S Casher
4/24/2015 7:28:47 PM

Judge Mr. Casher was understanding . Mr. Casher made me feel very comfortable during my recent hearing . Also Judge Mr. Casher was VERY concerned and also VERY fair with his decision with my hearing case and files .

Judge: Joanna Papazekos
4/17/2015 11:00:29 AM

This judge cherry picked my disability case and I lost due to extremely unethical and irrelevant reasons. I am not only disappointed but disgusted.

Judge: Marty R Pillion
11/25/2014 11:55:12 AM

I had a hearing with him in october of 2010, my doctor has had me fully disabled since january of 2007 and I still lost my decision. I'm now on disablity 2 years later. I presented the same case and won. he lied about everything he wrote, the guy must not have a heart to give me a unfavorable decision. because of me losing my case in 2010 I lost my pension that I was going to recieve. I wish there is a way to get him to read this and let him know how he ruined my life. I wish you would man up and admit you made a big mistake so I could get my onset date change so I could recieve my full pension

Judge: Lawrence J Neary
9/8/2014 3:07:15 PM

This man lied. That is all I will go into here. Applied due to Chronic Pain due to back issues, and Depression, General Anxiety, Social Anxiety, and Panic Attacks. He says specifically in his findings/judgement that I seemed to be comfortable at the hearing and DID NOT change positions. I asked, audibly in the hearing if I could adjust the mic so that I could stand at points in time as I can sit for more than 5 minutes at a time. That should have been recorded? My nephew (24 yr old vet) was there too, I stood SEVERAL times during the hearing. I was visibly shaken, sweating (I left the place with a wet shirt, essentially.) and I hurt extremely due to how long it took--even though I DID change positions AND stood/alternated. How is he allowed to lie? I mean, an OPINION on a finding is one thing. This man specifically said something that several people & mic recordings CONTRADICT.

Judge: Donald M Graffius
2/8/2014 6:41:31 AM

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

Judge: William H. Hauser
12/4/2013 9:15:36 PM

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
11/9/2013 10:51:50 AM

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
10/7/2013 10:39:29 PM

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.

paul stancliffe
Judge: Barbara Artuso
9/25/2013 10:24:46 PM

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!!!!

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

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
6/16/2013 12:16:21 PM

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
4/4/2013 5:50:54 PM

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
3/31/2013 1:00:21 PM

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

Judge: John B Langland
3/21/2013 4:42:13 PM

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
3/17/2013 10:44:02 PM

very good judge and really cares about the person appyling also very respectful and nice to person applying

Judge: William H. Hauser
3/14/2013 5:46:08 PM

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
2/19/2013 1:18:34 PM

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.

Kenya 7
Judge: James J Quigley
2/7/2013 6:37:05 PM

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
11/12/2012 9:46:13 AM

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
10/16/2012 12:22:25 PM

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
9/13/2012 8:29:15 AM

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
9/12/2012 2:35:26 AM

Listens to evidence presented by the claimant knows not to be a judge like judge mills

Judge: Marty R Pillion
8/29/2012 7:45:20 AM

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
8/8/2012 5:50:41 PM

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
8/5/2012 11:27:47 PM

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
7/28/2012 7:40:45 AM

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
7/2/2012 8:03:38 AM

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
6/13/2012 8:44:39 PM

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
5/15/2012 3:54:40 PM

Extremely polite and professional.