Philadelphia, Pennsylvania ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 12 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Philadelphia, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 20.0 months. The average case processing time in Philadelphia is 616 days.The Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia ODAR office was last updated on 9/7/2016.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Philadelphia 12 20.0 months 616 days 1.8 28% 45% 27%
Pennsylvania19.9 months587 days1.924%42%34%
National Average:16.8 months525 days1.920%44%36%
AVERAGE TIME
Hearing Wait Time: 20.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 1.79
Average Processing Time 616 days
Cases Pending 9798
Dispositions 3757
New Cases 4629
Hearings In Person 95%
Video Hearings 5%

LATEST COMMENTS         to leave your own comment, select a judge from the list above and leave a comment on that judge's page
Sonya Hodges
Judge: Charles Walters
7/19/2016 8:40:47 AM



He is a good judge. He listens, he approved my case. Last July 2015.... update on June 10 2016, I got a Brain Scan SPECT. ..The Brain Scan showed Abnormal blood flow to 3 parts of my brain.... Thank you so much Judge Walters.... For not denying my CASE... I'm a Vet diagnosed with PTSD & now I have the EVIDENCE IN MY BRAIN.. THANKS FOR LISTENING TO ME in my hearing !


Judge: Regina L Warren
6/21/2016 8:59:21 AM



She was very thorough in her explanation of the case and broke it down so a lay person, like myself, could understand and comprehend their case.

Disabling Tears of Joy
Judge: Joseph M Hillegas
9/30/2015 12:37:21 PM



A stern, fair, fact-finding Judge. Although the entire claim processing time was long, Judge Hillegas, through patience, careful review of all facts/evidence will without a doubt make an informed, unbiased decision.

Mark Tucci
Judge: Eric Schwarz
4/20/2015 7:38:30 AM



Honarable Judge E. Schwarz is a very fair judge. He allowed me time to seek the help of an attorney, however the lawyers that claim to work for a percentage of the payment, actually have fine print that you may incur other charges. That being said Judge Schwarz was very informative. He also helped me with the Vocational Expert, after she stated a particular job that may be in my wheel house, he questioned her by saying with Marks disability(s) is he able to perform this type of work and she stated that there was no notations for my disability and that I may or may not be able to. The judge did not try to play down any of my issues and asked me questions pertaining to those issues. He has decided to send me for an evaluation to compile more facts about my statements. I will respect his decision, as I wait with my fingers crossed. Judge Scwharz, I'm my opinion is extremely professional, I have nothing negative to say about the hearing and treatment by the judge. He treated me with dignity and respect.


Judge: JONATHAN L WESNER
2/4/2015 6:29:45 AM



As an attorney who has also appeared before Judge Wesner, I am amused by the earlier comments. They must necessarily have emanated from a claimant or attorney in a case which was unfavorable. That, or possibly from an advocate who was intimidated by the Judge's superior intellect.


Judge: Regina L Warren
11/2/2014 2:26:46 PM



Judge Warren very thorough, competent. By the book & efficient...

voice of truth
Judge: Javier A Arrastia
6/4/2014 3:59:08 PM



Well at least this guy wasn't unpolite to me. I can't say that he was rude to me. He seemed respectful to me - so that's good. But ........................................................... This judge looked at my case for disability, and both my lawyer and I truly thought that my case was legitimate to begin with. And maybe this judge is just doing his job, but at the end of the day - this judge ruled my case "unfavorable". He obviously thought different. This may be a little of a long memo. Forgive me - as I have a habit of writing lengthy memos (I guess I have a lot to say), but let me say on a quick note - I felt that the judge really really really sugarcoated my case. He seemed to say that my disabilities were not that bad or severe enough to qualify for benefits. Yet on the other hand- on his decision he did admit that my disabilities were definitely severe enough to negatively impact my working abilities. He even used information regarding my past work experiences from about 15 years ago ? Jeez - maybe something a little more recent would be more useful ? A LOT can change in the past 15 years for crying out loud. And I've always heard that alot of Social Security judges will use every trick in the book to avoid giving a claimant (and usually a deserving claimant) benefits. They say that the claimant does not have it that bad while they really do. This judge fits that description perfectly. Again I know judges are doing their job and going by "criteria and qualifications", but seldom do these judges and other Social security workers realize that they are hurting a lot of people who need help; with Social Security's iron fist, super-strict requirements. It seems to me that you have to be almost a corpse with no signs of life to qualify. And all the while - the social security Adm has no problem having you jump through 20 million hoops to get evaluated to "MAYBE" get benefits. I could vent about the incompetence and insanity of the whole Social security system but I won't even go there. But what angers me the most more then anything else is the fact that all these Social Security judges and workers are quick to deny you, they use every trick in the book to deny you , while saying that you can work. And after all the dust settles and they hand you the "unfavorable" decision, you would think that since they say that you can work - that they would at least point you in the right direction to get a "specific" job. A job in which a more disabled person could do. But no - they can't even do that - after they "deny" you; they shove you off with no help at all and leave you to more financial hardship, while they go back to their comfortable little offices without a care in the world. I wonder how they can sleep at night. Hey maybe Javier Arrastia isn't a bad guy personally , but sorry - at the end of the day - to me - he's just another typical Social security worker who does whatever they can to make their own job less stressful and if denying more people means more promotions for them - so be it. So my rating - I give Javier A. Arrastia a "unfavorable" 1 star out of 5 stars. Sorry, but I am not happy.

Nunzie Agobi
Judge: JONATHAN L WESNER
5/28/2014 6:56:49 AM



This guy is one of the smartest judges in all of ODAR by far. A bit brusque at times, he knows how to get to the heart of the case.


Judge: JONATHAN L WESNER
5/19/2014 10:14:02 AM



Unfair Judge by faR


Judge: Owen B Katzman
4/2/2014 6:51:02 AM



Very short and disrespectful to the claimant and rep. Seems like he is out to prove that he is the judge and you are not. If you have him be ready to appeal.

kathy mcgee
Judge: Regina L Warren
10/5/2013 12:12:59 AM



SHe is great & was very nice

SUE MC NULTY
Judge: Nadine Overton
5/1/2013 4:13:47 PM



THIS IS ONE COOL JUDGE SHE WAS VERY COMPASSIONATED, KIND, & UNDERSTANDING. SHE HEARD MY CASE & WAS FAIR TO ME & JUST LIKED HER VERY MUCH . THANKS JUDGE OVERTON IF U WANT A GOOD JUDGE THIS IS THE ONE FOR YOU TO HAVE YOUR CASE HEARD. SHE LISTENS LETS YOU TELL OUR SIDE OF THE CASE & WAS JUST SO NICE ABOUT EVERY THING SHE MADE U FEEL SO AT EASE THAT I FELT RIGHT AT HOME. SO THIS IS THE JUDGE YOU WANT TO HEAR YOUR CASE . TRUST ME


Judge: Nadine Overton
4/13/2013 4:40:15 PM



rough judge but too the point and she listens too clients and interested.


Judge: Regina L Warren
4/10/2013 4:09:49 PM



Cold and lacking in any apparent human empathy in the face of claimnts who are really hurting.


Judge: Owen B Katzman
3/6/2013 7:59:40 AM



Fair, respectable, but not easy.


Judge: JONATHAN L WESNER
2/3/2013 1:55:44 PM



Not a nice Judge at all above I agree with above comment


Judge: JONATHAN L WESNER
1/30/2013 8:53:09 AM



Very scary Judge


Judge: Regina L Warren
6/15/2012 1:57:11 PM



You best know your case when you appear before her. She's tough, but fair.


Judge: Jon C Lyons
5/8/2012 5:58:36 PM



Appreciates pre-hearing memo