Providence, Rhode Island ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Providence, Rhode Island, 8 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Providence, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 13.0 months. The average case processing time in Providence is 361 days.The Providence average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 37%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Providence ODAR office was last updated on 9/8/2015.

SSA, Providence ODAR Office
155 Westminster Street, Suite 1000W
10th Floor
Providence, Rhode Island 02903
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Phone: (877) 583-4082 -- Fax: (401) 272-3052
eFile Fax: (401) 274-2751 (For sending evidence)

OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Providence 8 13.0 months 361 days 2.3 25% 37% 39%
Rhode Island13.0 months361 days2.325%37%39%
National Average:14.9 months461 days2.018%44%38%
Hearing Wait Time: 13.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 2.30
Average Processing Time 361 days
Cases Pending 3539
Dispositions 3242
New Cases 3489
Hearings In Person 71%
Video Hearings 29%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied
Judge Hugh S Atkins 18%49%33%
Judge Barry H Best 32%26%42%
Judge Martha Bower 27%28%46%
Judge Donald P Cole 24%29%47%
Judge Tanya J Garrian 22%44%34%
Judge Jason Mastrangelo 25%21%54%
Judge V. Paul McGinn 23%59%18%
Judge Gerald Resnick 22%43%35%

Comments about Judges at the Providence Rhode Island ODAR office:

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Judge: Randy Riley
Date Posted: 11/16/2015 9:29:51 AM
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I felt this judge was fair. I represented myself and I didn't feel he use that against me in anyway. After my first year and he requested a medical expert to review my medical records. I had a list of problems with the medical experts findings so he granted me another hearing. I had my Doctors write me letters. The second hearing was pretty fast before The medical expert agreed I was disabled and the judge did not disagree. After seeing his stats as well as reviews on this website I was quite scared to face this judge. Looking back if I was doing it all over again I would hire an attorney. Even though I felt I was doing everything I possibly could, I couldn't help but second-guess myself throughout the entire process. But as far as the judge goes I have no complaints. He seemed relaxed fair and it seemed as though he genuinely wanted to get to the truth of my situation.

Judge: Donald P Cole
Date Posted: 10/23/2015 8:03:37 AM
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My hearing was with Judge Cole. I was really nervous about my hearing because I made the mistake of reading the previous posts. I found Judge Cole to be polite and respectful. He gave me an opportunity to state my case and thoroughly went over my medical records. Basically, my experience was the complete opposite than what others have posted. Thank goodness!! :-)

Judge: Barry H Best
Date Posted: 6/26/2015 2:54:45 PM
Submited By: MVM

I have been suffering from severe mental health illness since I was in high school. It has disrupted my employment and caused me to lose careers as well as my home. I have been on medication and in therapy for 22 years. My attorney provided a brief and the judge also received a letter from my psychiatrist explaining the severity of my illnesses and how the destructive symptoms keep me from gainful employment. I'm upset that even when the SSDI criteria is met and backed up with evidence, the judge can still flip a coin on how he wants to handle the decision. I am disgusted with this process, it is unfair and discriminates against mental health illness. Judge Best failed and I find it peculiar he is one of the higest unfavorable decision judges in Rhode Island. Shame on this entire process.

Judge: Randy Riley
Date Posted: 1/30/2015 11:26:18 AM
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Never lets medical evidence get in the way of denying the disabled. Never listens to what the disabled have to say. He needs to be retrained or be removed for incompetence.

Judge: Donald P Cole
Date Posted: 1/21/2015 2:06:15 PM
Submited By: Clare

I had this judge and left the hearing feeling like he did he best to mess with me and my answers.I never felt so outraged in my entire life. Not only did he portray himself to be so high and mighty. It took everything in my power to not go over the table after him. I knew with minutes of him opening his mouth that he did not care about anything in my case.Mental illness is a diseise just like cancer or lupus. Im going on 4 long years of this so my next rodeo better turn out better than this one.

Judge: Jason Mastrangelo
Date Posted: 1/14/2015 2:14:30 PM
Submited By: Allen

I hope he understands what Iam going threw in my life with panic depression cervical spondylosis pain back pain pinched nerves in neck he seems nice asked a lot of questions I hope he understands God bless him

Judge: V. Paul McGinn
Date Posted: 10/22/2014 5:40:11 AM
Submited By: glenn.d

this man was very interested in what was being said,and he took into account all the evidence provided by my attorney.all this evidence was submitted the first time around and was denied.NOTHING HAD yes it depends on the judge you get.very astute listener and goes by the evidence.thanks mr.mcginn

Judge: Gerald Resnick
Date Posted: 9/18/2014 9:27:00 AM
Submited By: Thanh giang

Judge: Donald P Cole
Date Posted: 8/28/2014 5:48:19 PM
Submited By: James santos

Donald P Cole is extremely bias in his view towards mental illness. He is completely contradictory in his decision making and will look for ANY small reason to to take you, the claimants ailments and disabilities and make them appear insignificant. He is aware of it and that's the worst part. At my hearing and in my decision he was opposed to agreeing with almost all my medical records and truly made the things that I suffer with daily sound insignificant. Basically you are lower than him in his opinion and with that attitude a decision on your case will be made. This man should not be an admisitrative law judge considering his overall attitude and bias towards the system. He is highly incompetent to do the job he has been given. If you have him your best bet is to walk into a hearing on your deathbed or you will not win.

Judge: Donald P Cole
Date Posted: 4/13/2014 11:21:46 AM
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This man is an outright liar and very incompetent he literally made up things to make his seem rational there is no honest person with a brain that could have reviewed all my evidence and the many sarcastic remarks about seeing a doctor only to have a form filled out or talk about my disability so I'd like to know where else would I go for medical issues a gas station a laundry mat I chose the logical idea and sought help from medical professionals and the only reason I would go to have a form filled out is because the government required it

Judge: Randy Riley
Date Posted: 11/13/2013 11:04:11 PM
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Corrupt judge working to prevent deserving disabled citizens from receiving financial help. "judge not lest ye be judged" Wonder how he sleeps at night.

Judge: Ronald R Bosch
Date Posted: 9/18/2013 4:13:37 PM
Submited By: Jason Nunez

By far the friendliest, kindest, most warm-hearted Judge and human being you could ever come across. He will always go out of his way to greet you, listen to you, and offer you help even when he has a million other tasks to complete.

Judge: Alberto E Gonzalez
Date Posted: 9/16/2013 11:30:24 AM
Submited By: Mary Kate

Nice, understanding, respectful, fair, and knowledgable without prejudice.

Judge: Barry H Best
Date Posted: 7/1/2013 1:16:29 PM
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Just received a denial letter from judge Best. I feel as though he ignored all the strong evidence presented by my self and my doctors and based his decision solely on the SSA doctors who saw me. A typical denier judge!

Judge: Ronald S Robins
Date Posted: 4/7/2013 10:36:46 AM
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judge Robins, thank you again, I know your desision could have gone either way, but when I left your court room, I felt you listened. I knew either way it went , if I seen you again I would shake your hand an thank you .Your desision made such a impact on mylife , it gave me a chance to try to get close to what I lost because of my disability. I just wanted to tell you that A friend !!!!!! TM.

Judge: Alberto E Gonzalez
Date Posted: 3/1/2013 12:32:16 PM
Submited By: June D. Hazleton

This man far exceeded any expectationsI had in regard to attending this hearing and accomplishing a solution. He is the first person to really listen to my case, not interrupt me, not act in an unbecoming manner because of his authority, and an individual who showed respect for his fellow person. He was a pleasure to deal with.

Judge: Ronald S Robins
Date Posted: 2/13/2013 1:45:46 PM
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Its been awhile since I heard back from his office, look forward to his decision in my case. I must say he returned the same respect I gave him, but didn't have a medical expert or a vocational expert at my hearing? How can I defend my position if I cannot cross examine the states withnesses. Otherwise he listened and made total since when answering my questions.

Judge: Denise Pasvantis
Date Posted: 2/5/2013 9:10:37 AM
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This ALJ does not believe that Bipolar Syndrome is a real medical impairment. If you are Bipolar and your hearing will be held in front of her you will have to file an appeal.

Judge: Hugh S Atkins
Date Posted: 1/25/2013 4:53:43 AM
Submited By: anne

I was approved for full disability by judge Adkins. I must say he is straight and to the disability was for a mental illness called PTSD with OCD and depression from a serious trama I received.i was shaking while speaking and crying a little about my issue since the incident, his face never changed. I was 43 when I filed, was denied by mail 3 times before court.what helped me win my case was I never missed a drs appointment, no drugs, and my story stayed the same every time I had to re live lawyer was new, she was from marrassco and nestle bush. She stayed with me for 3 yrs feeling not overly confident, but so caring. Her name is Jane.i had 4 years of psychiatric documentation and theropy notes from my therapist.i have always worked,that's why the judge believed me, in his statement he mentions that someone just doesn't stop working a high paying job unless there is a serious situation. Thank god judge Atkins looked thru all the documentation, because the state appt.psychiatrist was not on my side. Judge Atkins saved my life, and I thank him

Judge: Alberto E Gonzalez
Date Posted: 1/18/2013 5:02:29 PM
Submited By: Your friendly neighborhood disability advocate

if you want to win with ALJ Gonzalez: 1. have a 3rd party statement 2. have your attorney draft a pre hearing brief 3. have at least one treating physician give a supportive opinion 4. have consistent treating medical records 5. avoid drugs and/or alcohol

Judge: Barry H Best
Date Posted: 1/8/2013 4:38:17 PM
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Went to my hearing and He stated He wanted to do a continuance to have a DR present to review the medical documents. I am not sure what this means but He appeared to be nice. Started crying a bit when talking about my problems and He did not try to rush me. Took a few breaths then continued. He was not rude to me at all. Even when I did not understand the question and spoke of something completly different. Seemed to show sympathy and not rush me, unlike the hersay of most Judges doing this when someone becomes upset or emotional.

Judge: Randy Riley
Date Posted: 1/4/2013 11:11:09 AM
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Condescending and arrogant.

Judge: Ronald S Robins
Date Posted: 8/4/2012 2:48:48 AM
Submited By: KD Fritz

I will have to say, Judge Robins really made me feel at ease. I went in to do one thing, tell the complete truth, obviously, as to my condition and why I am unable to work. I do not know the outcome at this point, but whatever it is, I fully believe that Judge Robins will make the best decision for me. I consider myself a very stoic person; however, when I had to explain the difficulty I had coming to grips with leaving my career behind, I tried extremely hard to not sound as though I was about to bawl! Just not being able to do what I loved to do for 22 years of my life. I hope that who ever reads this understands that these administrative law judges really do make decisions on what your best interest may be. We just might not be able to see it at the time.