Chattanooga, Tennessee ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Chattanooga, Tennessee, 14 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Chattanooga, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 16.0 months. The average case processing time in Chattanooga is 567 days.The Chattanooga average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 50%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Chattanooga 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
Chattanooga 14 16.0 months 567 days 2.0 17% 50% 33%
Tennessee16.0 months514 days2.117%50%33%
National Average:16.8 months525 days1.920%44%36%
AVERAGE TIME
Hearing Wait Time: 16.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 1.99
Average Processing Time 567 days
Cases Pending 7351
Dispositions 4588
New Cases 4687
Hearings In Person 73%
Video Hearings 27%

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Judge: Carey Jobe
11/14/2016 3:41:54 PM



This Judge is a joke! He uses his position to make decisions to exact vengeance on attorneys that challenge his authority!

Tammy Rothwell
Judge: William O Gray
11/2/2016 2:47:44 PM



Judge William O. Gray, I am ashamed that my maiden name is Gray, and hope to hell I am not to kin to you in any way. I should have qualified for disability for a number of reasons. I read if you qualify for at least one on the state of Tennessee list you should be approved. I myself suffer from at least 6 or 7, and I am having to look this up as I go, because I have had pneumonia 7 to 8 times, it has left my lungs severely scarred, and I am left with COPD because of that fact. Mt detreating disc alone and because where they are located, my tailbone, keeps me in chronic pain. As far as my mental state by denying me after loosing my daughter and now my sister, you have gave me a death sentence. Mentally I can not control my emotions, but you and Doctors would know that if I had insurance where I could get mental help, as far as my spine, there is no cure, my thyroid is completely gone, I depend on a pill, without this pill I will die....and again I have no insurance, no cure for replacing a whole thyroid either....and then there's my lungs...no cure for the damage that the pneumonia has done already. You wouldn't let me talk about my past history of my health before 2014, but let me explain why my body is so frail at the age of 42. In 2000 I had to give birth to a dead baby vaginally, her head could not soften and come down the birth canal normal....so I started to hemmorrage, they transfused me 9 units of blood in me. as fast as they were giving it to me I was losing it. Then knowing the risk I tried for my fourth child, took shots everyday to thin my blood, but I almost lost him too. I have suffered a lot of brain damage between coding and having pneumonia so many times and I get a letter from you saying DENIED!!! You have killed me, my parents are in their 70's, I can not work, and if you had looked into my last job you would have seen I kept calling in because of my health. Because of my Grave's disease my immune system is compromised, and my Dad is helping me with this comment or I would have forgot to tell you a lot of it. Judges like you, I really don't know how you sleep at night. You had my life in your hands and you crushed me like a bug, well Mr. Gray, ....My Father J. Gray says what comes around goes around you will be judged now by the ultimate judge. I will make copies of this any send it to FB, Every social media I can think of... Ive been suicidal twice. I can not believe you denied me after everything that is wrong with me physically and mentally, it is so negligent. Especially since I know a guy who got disability from a broke leg....that's it,....a broke leg!!!!!!!

Rachel Y.
Judge: Richard A Opp
10/21/2016 6:10:17 PM



Honorable Judge Richard Opp, I can not tell you how wonderful it was to go to court in front of you and see you not only listened to me but you read the medical evidence you looked at everything and was familiar with my record before I walked in the door. You treated me like I was a real person. After years and years of fighting for any help or disability and believing in my heart again I would not get it because of how the last law judge treated me. Like I was dirt and worthless and a lair. Without even concitering any of my medical and throwing out anything that did prove I am disabled. You Sir were a god-sent to be in front of. You were very professional and took my fears away even through my body pain sitting there that day was great. You Sir understood and read the MRI reports and the rest of the evidence. You Sir I can not thank you enough for treating me like I wasn't garbage to be sitting in front of you. I wish more judges ( like you did ) would take the time to read the record and not just say I don't want to be bothered.

service connected disabled veteran usmc
Judge: Richard A Opp
10/4/2016 9:50:24 AM



Honorable Judge Richard Opp is absolutely honorable and very deserving of that title, he is very fair, if you have a legitimate case and the evidence to back it up he will decide in your favor, you cant ask for anything more. My disability lawyer Casey Cox of dovedisability.com of Camas WA, is an awesome disability lawyer and if you want a disability lawyer that will actually work for you and fight for you, he is it. Casey was aggressive, wouldnt take no for an answer, kept right on fighting even after some denials and that is key, dont let SSDI deny you and try and make you think you cant win because you can if you have a legitimate case, consistency is key, attack, attack, attack and we won because of GOD's divine help of course. May GOD bless these honorable gentlemen. service connected disabled veteran usmc


Judge: Lesley Troope
8/26/2016 9:37:50 PM



Thorough and fair. Judge Troope took time to carefully review entire file and followed procedures. Also very compassionate. Grateful to have met her.

CEPJ
Judge: Kristen Glover
8/22/2016 11:20:36 AM



I must admit that I went before this judge with overwhelming feelings of anxiety but just hoped and prayed for the best outcome based on my truth. Though her statistics show her to be tough, I think it's more that she is a no non sense judge. I found her to be very compassionate as if she was hearing someone like me for the first time ever; I had her undivided attention. She was making reference to my records so that I knew she'd read them. She challenged some of the contents in my records but I never felt bullied. She made me feel that she cared and I honestly believed that she did and could relate to my circumstances and how those circumstances led me to require assistance. I use to say that I want my life back however I have come to accept that it may not even be possible so now I just pray for a normal life again. I'm more than grateful for her professionalism and compassion.


Judge: Lauren Benedict
5/24/2016 3:08:47 PM



Thorough understanding of the case, applies the law to the facts correctly and gives claimants a full and fair hearing. ODAR needs more ALJs like Judge Benedict.


Judge: Kristie Luffman-Minor
3/17/2016 12:51:11 PM



Mrs.minor i just wanted say thank you for hearing my case on the morning of feb23.I found you ro be very thoughtful and concerning towards my case thks.

Kerry Weaver
Judge: William O Gray
2/6/2016 9:32:18 AM



Judge Gray was fair and kind in my decision and along with myself, my wife and kids thank you. You have taken alot of worry out of there minds. From the bottom of my heart i thank you and God bless you and your family


Judge: Ronald J Feibus
2/4/2016 10:14:48 AM



I think Judge Ronald J. Feibus has gotten a bad report in the past I went Jan 2016 I thought he was an excellent Judge very respectable and straight to the point. He seems to honestly care about people and he listens. If your faking being disabled he will know these Judges don't have time for people trying to get approved for SSDI, SSI or anything else. Don't go before this Judge without an Attorney and your Attorney needs to do his or her homework!!! Be prepared as a individual but mostly be HONEST have faith in God and be positive! Good luck to all!


Judge: Carey Jobe
1/3/2016 12:44:09 PM



Ive waited 5 years my advocate didn't do her job looking for a Atty that can do something.. This is crazy but a person can get caught selling her much needed meds ,she got her disability. Really maybe he needs to step down r look at what drs r saying

amclendon
Judge: Windell R Owens
11/18/2015 10:44:19 AM



Judge Owens is VERY thorough, but very fair! He is an excellent Judge in my opinion. As long as the claimant is honest and the rep is prepared, you have a good chance! He does numerous lengthy hypotheticals and asks for the rep's legal theory before testimony.


Judge: Ronald J Feibus
9/21/2015 7:31:22 AM



Didn't think he was awful, at least not at the one hearing I've had before him. Got the feeling he probably doesn't like non-attorney reps too much. He did assert himself and explain things and run the hearing, but he was not insulting or rude. He seemed to want to control how the hearing progressed according to his standards. It's his room; I tried to follow along. Thought he treated me and the claimant respectfully, even if he did at times "instruct" me. Perhaps that tendency to teach may make him seem difficult to attorneys. Having no law degree, I felt he still treated me pretty well.

Jason jett
Judge: Robert Waller
9/16/2015 4:09:42 PM



This judge made decision denying me disability the vocational expert clearly stated three times that I could not work and in my decision it says that the guy told him that I could work or perform its sad that he made a judgement on false pretence thank guy its appreciatex


Judge: Ronald J Feibus
5/8/2015 10:45:02 AM



An experience that left me feeling bullied and victimized. Still trying to recover. I'm too,old and sick to have to deal with that kind of abuse.

Easter Smith
Judge: John H Maclean
2/4/2015 6:02:58 AM



I been through so much sickness since may 2012 on top of caring for sister with some of the same sickness who died like my and another sister had lumps in breast one sister had cancer all over body 6 months after a supposed benign mass removed, the other 2 and a half years after hers was removed then my mom died 2015 of breast cancer this is so hard for me can't afford to get all medicine on the way losing ever thing including my thoughts my trip to ER the Dr told me my primary needed to get me help to get left breast evaluated. Since then having siezures

Dana Cook
Judge: Richard A Opp
11/20/2014 12:20:36 PM



Very fair judge. He was very polite and very professional. It was obvious that he and the vocational expert had reviewed my medical records beforehand. After almost 3 yrs of fighting and waiting due to my age, he approved my case on the spot. Very grateful.


Judge: Carey Jobe
10/5/2014 6:28:43 PM



How could he deny my son when he has only one ventricle, artificial valve, pacemaker, and arrhythmia, and panic attacks? After waiting 2 1/2 years. I don't understand.

rodneypedigo
Judge: William O Gray
8/3/2014 7:25:14 PM



good judge

FAITH LYNN GORDON
Judge: John H Maclean
2/25/2014 1:42:23 PM



I appeared before Judge Maclean on January 14th, 2014, and he was very prepared for my case. He was very considerate, and seemed understand my circumstances and my case very well. He is very fair in my opinion. I think he tries to always do what is right for the people. For this reason, I am writing this with hope that Judge Maclean will see this and hopefully, I will get my case handed to the UNDERWRITING DEPARTMENT. I really need your help Mr. Maclean, and I do hope that you will get them to work on my case very soon. I have been waiting, and I called the office today, but all I got was voice mail, and I left 3 messages with no return phone call, or reply. PLEASE HELP ME!! MY CAR WAS REPOSSESSED AND I AM ABOUT TO BECOME HOMELESS! I just don't understand why this process is taking so very long to simply send over to the underwriters...PLEASE HE ME!!!


Judge: Carey Jobe
1/17/2014 9:50:35 PM



Judge Jobe was tough but fair. Gave my husband a partially favorable decision. Moved his disability date up some but was thorough and pleasant!

Michael Smith
Judge: John H Maclean
10/3/2013 1:58:49 AM



I appeared before Judge Maclean last week. Judge Mac lean was extremely prepared for my hearing. He wasvery concerned, I felt, for my well being and that of my family. However my attorney, Mr. Shapiro of Herd and Smith, was in my opinion not prepared for the hearing. He failed to produce the pre trial brief requested by Judge Maclean,now a week out, after being given 30 days to complete the brief,my attorneyhas notified me that they have been given additional time to complete the brief and I should anticipate a 2 to 4 month wait before Mr. Maclean makes a final ruling in my case. I do not feel like this is at the Judges request. I believe it is in some way an attempt in the behalf if my attorney to draw out the decision in my case in an effort to increase their revenues received, as a % of my back pay. I don't knowwhat to do I can barely put a meal together for my children and my psychological conditions continue to get worse. Judge Maclean in my opinion will not allow this if he knew the current temperature of my families financial conditions. I DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO!! HELP JUDGE MACLEAN

JULIE FUSTON
Judge: John E Case
10/1/2013 10:19:13 AM



URGENT JUDGE AND NEEDS ATTENTION IN THE WORST WAY. WHAT DO I DO ..I was found disabled back in dec last year. ssi is with holding my monthly check from me that i use to live on. they made a mistake on what to pay my attorney and are now withhoding my ssi because Judge John E. Case re-opened my case after finding i was disabled and added more back-pay. I am about to be evicted because I havent been able to pay my rent on disablity alone which is only $375. my rent is $600 a month and my only source of income is social security. shouldnt that amount that my attorney was owed come from my back pay and not my monthly check im suposed to live on. i called both local and main social security offCie and they tell me there is nothing they can do to help me. Judge if you read this please I beg you to respond to me. I asked my attorney for help and they tell me my case is done and theres nothing they can do either. PLEASE HELP ME. You were a very nice Judge and made me feel comfortable but now i feel overwhelmed that no one wants to help me. Please help. this is real urgent. im sick over it.

Hopeless
Judge: Jeannie S Bartlett
8/13/2013 4:41:46 PM



I hope this judge can sleep at night. She was not fair. I have not been able to hold down a job in 5+ years. I have RA and a spinal cord injury. I can walk but with extreme pain. I am losing my house and my credit while she thinks I should get a job at a ticket booth for minimum wage.

pattty
Judge: Richard A Opp
4/2/2013 10:59:44 AM



It is very important, to have your Primary Care Provider to complete the Residual Functional Capacity(RFC) forms for you. The Judge needs evidence of your total impairment(s) and limitations. The Judge must adhere to the federal guidelines. Your work history will speak for you. If you are 55 or older, and have the appropriate medical evidence and your documents are well organized by you or your representative, this is a plus. Answer all questions honestly, and make sure your paper work is up-to-date. Be prepared to answer questions concerning your Daily Activities. Visit youtube.com and search for "Social Security Disability Hearings", the videos are very helpful. The Lawyers provides helpful information.


Judge: Windell R Owens
3/28/2013 2:32:43 PM



I've had one hearing with this ALJ. He was very professional, calm, and gave claimant a very fair and complete hearing. His award rate has come down a bit over the last year. He will ask some general background questions and then will give you specific direction on how he wants the medical testimony developed. He asks a full range of hypotheticals. He ended up denying this claim for lack of supportive medical but it was still a very fair hearing and a well reasoned decision.


Judge: Richard A Opp
3/18/2013 8:00:59 AM



He seems to be biased towards intelligent men. Somehow, he does not think they are suffering from major depression unless they break verbs and fit into his limited scope of what a depressed man should look like and how they should articulate.

a judge
Judge: John H Maclean
2/26/2013 3:51:55 PM



Judge Maclean transferred to Savannah several yeats ago

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Judge: Richard W Gordon
2/26/2013 3:50:50 PM



Judge Gordon retired in December 2012

tena brooks
Judge: Richard A Opp
2/6/2013 6:37:46 PM



VERY FAIR, EVIDENTLY READS YOUR FILE CASE CAREFULLY BEFORE HEARING.ASK FAIR QUESTIONS AND IS VERY POLITE AND WELL MANNERED WHILE SPEAKING TO YOU. BUT, ALSO SEEMS TO BE "all business" which if your truly disabled shouldn't be a problem. got me approval letter within 10 days.

david
Judge: Carey Jobe
1/23/2013 2:53:40 PM



he does not listen to what the doctors say my wife was approved 18 yrs ago for the same thing but i got a part time job so the took it away but the jude did not care about her problems that are worse now

Wasnt Me
Judge: Richard W Gordon
12/13/2012 1:27:07 PM



I think he was absolutely fair.

Bambie
Judge: Windell R Owens
10/1/2012 6:08:57 PM



Very nice, took my conditions and feelings serious. Used all my Doctor's reports instead of ce exam report. Made me feel relaxed and at ease. VE at hearing was also considerate.


Judge: Ronald J Feibus
9/17/2012 11:13:52 AM



I went for my hearing on July 26th 2012 and I received my denial letter on September 15th 2012. I am assuming it was denied because he did not give much weight to my doctor saying that I cannot work. That is what the letter actually says. I cannot believe they allow judges to go against what the doctors say, why do they even ask for the paperwork if they will just go against it anyway. I am so devastated with the denial but I am not giving up. I will continue to trust God for a good outcome. This judge really needs out of this position.

terry andaerson
Judge: John H Maclean
9/17/2012 2:33:07 AM



john h maclean is a good judge i listen to what you got to say. and if the medcail not right he send you to won of his doctors.i went in front of him a couple months ago and he a good judge .only dang i really dont care for he didnt ask me how long my kids been doing with out becuse of me that what really sad .but i was far and a good judge


Judge: John E Case
8/23/2012 1:49:55 PM



A judge could not make a claimant feel more at ease. He is very good judge.

Rep
Judge: Richard A Opp
8/17/2012 1:46:07 PM



It was evident that he had reviewed the record extensively prior to the hearing (unlike most judges out there). He was respectful and extremely fair.


Judge: Ronald J Feibus
8/16/2012 12:09:53 PM



This is an awful Judge he should not even be on this panel of judges for the determination of what is peoples lively-hood and their only ray of hope. He is rude, uncaring, he should have went to school to be a doctor instead of a judge as he over turns doctors diagnosis and more or calls them liars and feels he is smarter than any of them. He should not be on the bench in any form. This man needs serious help he is a bad person and I can only hope the Government will see through this man and get him off this panel of judges.

michael dillard
Judge: William O Gray
7/12/2012 2:30:42 PM



judge gray done a good job on my disability case.he was fair and a kind person.thank you judge gray.


Judge: Edward A Snyder
6/20/2012 7:42:28 PM



Update to 5/18/2012 review.... The "Mild" heart condition now REQUIRES OPEN HEART SURGERY!!!!, yet my wife is able bodied to work. Edward A. Snyder, you sir are an incompetent boob.


Judge: Joseph V Barker
6/14/2012 5:56:33 AM



The late Judge Barker passed away December 2011


Judge: John H Maclean
6/11/2012 10:54:59 AM



Judge Maclean transferred to Savannah ODAR several years ago.

Grant Wallace
Judge: Edward A Snyder
5/18/2012 8:11:13 AM



Gave an Unfavorable Ruling. This judge re-worded witness statements and cherry-picked medical reports to justify his ruling. Treating Physician diagnosis were discounted in favor of state examiners that have never seem the patient and possibly have not seen the most recent medical tests. Heart condition was quoted as "mild" from a 2007 evaluation while there was a 2010 evaluation rating the condition as "Moderate to Severe with 60% pumping efficiency" that was ignored. Edward Snyder is either biased or incompetent. His approval rate is below both Chattanooga and TN averages.


Judge: Richard W Gordon
4/28/2012 9:45:48 AM



A brilliant man and a wonderful humanitarian. My son Timmy was able to get new crutches because of him.


Judge: Richard A Opp
4/25/2012 1:45:31 PM



MAY GOD BLESS THIS ALG. I AM A DISABLED VETERAN WHO SERVED MY COUNTRY. I BECAME DISABLED IN 2005. I HAVE APPLIED FOR SSD BENEFITS FOR 6 YEARS, I AM HOMELESS, LOST MY RETIRED MILITARY WIFE, WHO SERVED THIS COUNTRY BEFORE PASSING AWAY.WORKED EVERY SINCE I WAS 15 YEARS OLD. THE SSA DENIED ALL MY REQUESTS, OTHER JUDGES DENIED MY REQUEST. BUT, JUDGE OPP FINALLY APPROVED IT. HAVING BEEN BORN IN HARD TIMES, SUFFERING WAS NOT NEW TO ME. THE MONEY WAS NOT AN ISSUE TO ME. JUST BEING AWARDED SOMETHING THAT I EARNED, AND, IN MY WORSE OF THE WORSE TIME, NEEDED. THIS ONE JUDGE READ ALL THE DOCUMENTS, AND SAW THAT FOR 6 YEARS, I WAS UNFAIRLY DENIED MY BENEFITS. HE WILL BE TRULY BLESSED WHEN HE LEAVES THIS WORLD. AND, I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HIM FOR SEEKING THE TRUTH.


Judge: Ronald J Feibus
4/20/2012 2:29:50 PM



Just awful. Even his fellow ALJs can't stand him. He has a burning desire to be the smartest guy in the room...a tall order regardless of the company. That said, his ego can be an advantage. If you don't obstruct his quest to prove his intelligence, he will often debate himself right into awarding the case. Caveat: LOVES to play doctor and evaluate the treatment prescribed. Also, he has had lumbar disc surgery and because he had a generally good outcome, naturally presumes everyone does (refer back to "smartest guy" issue).


Judge: John H Maclean
4/11/2012 2:00:35 PM



If you have notice that he is your judge, be sure to write a pre-hearing memorandum, which he especially appreciates. If it's your first time before him, he may try to test a representative's preparation. Overall, he is respectful to both representatives and claimants. He is always prepared for a hearing, always fair, and does his best to make the right call by applying the regulations the way they were intended. A lot of ALJs could learn a lot from Judge Maclean.


Judge: Richard A Opp
3/5/2012 9:46:47 AM



My husband had a hearing in Rome Ga a few weeks ago over a tv. He really liked him and said that he seemed to be really nice. Just want to say thank you for hearing his case. God bless.