Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 14 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Pittsburgh, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 19.5 months. The average case processing time in Pittsburgh is 591 days.The Pittsburgh average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 40%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Pittsburgh ODAR office was last updated on 5/19/2016.

SSA, Pittsburgh ODAR Office
1000 Liberty Avenue, Suite 2308
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222
View Map
Phone: (866) 331-2291 -- Fax: (412) 644-4200
eFile Fax: (412) 644-6327 (For sending evidence)

OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Pittsburgh 14 19.5 months 591 days 2.0 26% 40% 34%
Pennsylvania18.1 months565 days1.924%42%35%
National Average:15.9 months509 days1.920%44%37%
Hearing Wait Time: 19.50 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 1.97
Average Processing Time 591 days
Cases Pending 8529
Dispositions 2307
New Cases 2918
Hearings In Person 98%
Video Hearings 2%

Comments about Judges at the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania ODAR office:

To leave your own comment, select a judge from the list above and leave a comment on that judge's page.

Judge: Leslie Perry- Dowdell
Date Posted: 2/27/2016 11:13:53 AM
Submited By:

This judge does not look at everything I had letters from Drs saying I could not work , she said I was getting better. Which is not true, she looked at stuff that did not Protane to my cause and used it can't understand English. I feel I was wrong color and never had a chance because I was white.

Judge: Timothy C Pace
Date Posted: 10/26/2015 8:07:19 PM
Submited By:

i went in front of judge pace in 2011 and he proceeded to berate me in the hearing ... i wish i could get a copy of the audio recording from that hearing, he denied me even though i had a letter from my doctors stating i am not capable of any gainful employment. i was hit with a mack truck in 2005 and have severe spinal cord injuries and if you go to this ssa site you can see what you have that qualifies you i have several listings from the musculoskeletal system and Neurological sections including multiple herniated disks and syringomyelia.

Judge: Leslie Perry- Dowdell
Date Posted: 9/11/2015 6:08:29 AM
Submited By: M.LaRussa

SSD is not taken lightly by this Judge. She is confident and reviews her cases well. The administration could use more judges like her. Social Security awards cannot be given away, they must be given to those who truly need them. Thank you Judge for representing the taxpayers well.

Judge: John J Porter
Date Posted: 9/2/2015 6:10:09 PM
Submited By:

was respectful listened to everything i had to say. Explained everything

Judge: Joanna Papazekos
Date Posted: 4/17/2015 11:00:29 AM
Submited By:

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: Alma S de Leon
Date Posted: 10/30/2014 6:00:47 PM
Submited By:

Judge De Leon was very professional. She asked a lot of questions and was very understanding and listened attentively to all of my answers. she was extremely thorough and made sure that anything that myself or my attorney had to say was also heard. this was my first and only experience before a judge of any kind and she was everything you would want a judge to be. You can count yourself lucky if she hears your case because you will get a fair hearing.

Judge: Leslie Perry- Dowdell
Date Posted: 10/10/2014 10:47:58 AM
Submited By: Attorney

Rude to attorneys and claimants even when case is well prepared. Seems to bully people when questioning.

Judge: Timothy C Pace
Date Posted: 1/30/2014 12:19:25 PM
Submited By: JSR

Judge Timothy C. Pace: I had my hearing in November of 2013, and like so many people its a very long journey just to get to this court date. My disability and filing started in 2009 and there was some mistakes made within the SSD that put me way behind for me getting my trail date. After, a second filing in early 2012 and now with an attorney I got my date set in the middle of November. I advise anyone who is thinking about getting a attorney, Make sure they are local and NOT a national firm with lawyers scattered all over the country. I spoke to my attorney over the phone 3 times, twice within days of my hiring and never met him until I walked into the court room. My biggest mistake in my life. I did 99% percent of the talking and the lawyer made mistake right from the start, so I took control quickly and finished up the hiring. I even request that his fees be lowered if I won, right there at the time of the meeting. This action was granted by Judge Pace. Why did I gave Judge Pace a FIVE STAR review? Its simple and its based on two things and nothing more. 1) I had to deliver over 500 pages of medical records to the court before my court date because of my attorneys law firms poor handling of my case. So, I had a few calls and face to face meeting with the office staff. The staff was super helpful and truly cared about me as a person and my case. So, the staff shares in this review and the 5 stars. 2) Judge Timothy C. Pace got his five star rating for simply listening to my store. He just listened and you could tell he cared about my journey to disability status. Again, he listened and in the end that's all you can ask of any person: Judge, Doctor, Husband/Wife or partner. I walked out of the hearing knowing that I had my day and what ever happens next happens good or bad. But, I know in my heart and mind that I was heard!

Judge: Leslie Perry- Dowdell
Date Posted: 1/22/2013 11:19:11 AM

This judge is clearly consistent. She has the lowest rate of approval of any judge in the state and within minutes of my hearing commencing I didnt need a crystal ball to tell me she was going to turn me down, her body language, attitude, questions and tone of voice made it clear to me she was going to reject my claim despite the physician I was sent to who had experience evaluating these cases telling me after my exam that he saw no reason that I did not easily qualify for disability benefits. When my attorney appealed we ended up back in front of her. Totally absurd.

Judge: John J Porter
Date Posted: 1/7/2013 8:36:19 AM
Submited By:


Judge: Regina Carpenter
Date Posted: 12/21/2012 7:02:31 AM
Submited By: J. Grimm

By your % approved cases, and looking at the other judges largest % denials, it seems you DO actually listen to people and can understand that they feel helpless and can't provide for their families which makes low self-esteem also. People DO WANT to be proud and productive by working and feeling self-worth. Needing help financially is not easy to ask for (although we've worked for many years..which is why our bodies are broken down in the first place.) I may have a hearing coming up in this office soon...I hope I can be heard by you for it is scary to wait so long and be so clinging to the need for financial help with no chances of benefits. Can other judges even try to put themselves in our places..we have been trying for 2 years for help..why would we do this if we could go out and work for money while financial life worsens each week.

Judge: Joseph F Leary
Date Posted: 11/27/2012 1:15:20 PM
Submited By: Amazed

This judge is a breath of fresh air.

Judge: Timothy C Pace
Date Posted: 10/24/2012 8:55:10 AM
Submited By: anthony

judge Pace is a fair man and open minded.

Judge: John J Porter
Date Posted: 9/13/2012 9:14:05 AM
Submited By:

I had to call and ask for the Gentlemens name , He treated me fairly even though I didn't have an attorney , he rescheduled the hearing and explained things to me , I thought he was fair and to the point , Alot of mix ups with me owning a business and income, Wow more questions concerning that than my actual health issuess So if you go alone be prepared to have tax records and earning statements.

Judge: Joanna Papazekos
Date Posted: 9/12/2012 2:35:26 AM
Submited By:

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

Judge: Leslie Perry- Dowdell
Date Posted: 8/14/2012 4:40:39 PM
Submited By:

I am the wrong color :(

Judge: Leslie Perry- Dowdell
Date Posted: 8/2/2012 9:16:12 PM
Submited By:

Does not seem to comprehend English

Judge: Timothy C Pace
Date Posted: 7/4/2012 10:04:55 PM
Submited By: Tampan

That really captures the spirit of it. Thanks for pnostig.

Judge: Timothy C Pace
Date Posted: 6/13/2012 9:11:34 PM
Submited By:

Well deserved one star. Never met a case he could Approve without Congressional interest. . .