Kingsport, Tennessee ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Kingsport, Tennessee, 7 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Kingsport, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 10.0 months. The average case processing time in Kingsport is 335 days.The Kingsport average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 57%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Kingsport ODAR office was last updated on 11/12/2014.

SSA, Kingsport ODAR Office
2405 South Wilcox Drive
Kingsport, Tennessee 37660
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Phone: (423) 246-7351 -- Fax: (423) 246-3974
eFile Fax: (877) 601-3827 (For sending evidence)

OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Kingsport 7 10.0 months 335 days 2.7 9% 57% 34%
Tennessee13.8 months455 days2.114%49%37%
National Average:12.2 months421 days2.018%44%38%
Hearing Wait Time: 10.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 2.44
Average Processing Time 341 days
Cases Pending 4207
Dispositions 4262
New Cases 4486
Hearings In Person 79%
Video Hearings 21%

Comments about Judges at the Kingsport Tennessee ODAR office:

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Judge: Charles R Howard
Date Posted: 10/19/2014 1:05:10 PM
Submited By: flora gray



Seems like he doesnt care if your really disabled or not with all medical records he just doesnt care

Judge: Charles R Howard
Date Posted: 8/6/2014 7:40:55 PM
Submited By: tim m



This is an evil judge. He does not care what the treating physicians opinion may be. He is a control freak.

Judge: Michael J Davenport
Date Posted: 7/2/2014 11:38:12 AM
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I recently appeared in front of Judge Davenport. My wife suffers from severe social phobia and mental psychosis. The Judge was very kind to allow me to sit in the room with my wife. I feed the judge listend fairly to my wifes testimony. Responded well with the lawyer and VE. He asked well target hypothetical questions to the VE regarding my wifes conditon. Regardless of the outcome; I feel Judge Davenport provides a fair and non judgmental court room where the actual evidince is used and the judge does not predetermin cases.

Judge: Gerald I Krafsur
Date Posted: 6/6/2014 9:47:33 AM
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I had a hearing with this judge, he was very nice, listen to the testimony from the state. And the state official was also very friendly to my attorney and me, I was told unofficially that I was approved,so iI waited and waited, now I have found out the judge was found incompetent, and now I have to be heard by a nother judge, the state official made decision not the judge, I'm very confusedand upset, what do iI do

Judge: Michael J Davenport
Date Posted: 5/9/2014 4:32:09 PM
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Wish I could appear before him with more cases. Reasonable, calm, professional, rational and logical--whatever his decision, I believe he will make it fairly and will consistently apply the law. Know your case, though, and be prepared to adapt your presentation if he points out an issue about which he wants more information. In my most recent case, he asked me to address a past work issue at the beginning of my questioning.

Judge: Charles R Howard
Date Posted: 4/21/2014 5:02:43 PM
Submited By: Stevie Bancroft



Judge Howard is very, very comprehensive in his review of your records. The questions he asked me proved he had reviewed my records. In his written decision approving my award, on two occasions he disagreed with the opinions of the doctors who reviewed my case for SS, stating they were not in touch with my case and their opinions were without merit. Although it took 2.5 months to get my written decision, it was favorable to me.

Judge: S. D Schwartzberg
Date Posted: 4/2/2014 11:41:44 AM
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After the hearing, and before I said anything, my own attorney apologized for the judge's treatment of me, stating that he had never seen the judge do that before. During the hearing, it was clear that the judge had already made up his mind before I had walked into the room, something my attorney said was commonplace for this judge. Also, the judge totally dismissed the expert testimony of medical professionals. Lastly, the judge presented three hypotheticals to a Vocational Expert that included none of elements or limitations of my medically documented disabilities! So you tell me, how was the VE supposed to respond?! And consider this... there is a reason why this judge has the LOWEST approval percentage of eight judges for this office.

Judge: Douglas G White
Date Posted: 2/12/2014 12:42:36 PM
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I just had my hearing today. I have not received a decision yet obviously, so the outcome is not impacting my review. Judge White was super friendly and personable. He was sensitive in discussing health issues that one can often be self-conscious about but are obviously a key factor regarding a claim. (I.E. in my case super morbid obesity)I feared that I would made to feel inferior and bothersome at my hearing, but instead both Judge White and the vocational expert validated the concerns addressed in my claim and I felt respected by both of them. Judge White seemed knowledgeable about my claim which clearly indicated that he had truly taken time to review it prior to the hearing. He was patient and allowed my attorney to express her input regarding my claim to her satisfaction. Overall, I am highly satisfied with my interaction with Judge White.

Judge: Marshall D Riley
Date Posted: 11/4/2013 11:36:10 PM
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Judge Riley was absolutely awesome. He is truly a fair judge that listens to you.

Judge: S. D Schwartzberg
Date Posted: 10/28/2013 2:14:26 PM
Submited By: Nww



Very fair! Took all my disabilities into consideration. He let me talk, he took the VE testimony into consideration.

Judge: Charles R Howard
Date Posted: 10/25/2013 1:27:42 PM
Submited By: Shannon Brooks



I really appreciate Judge Howard's time and am very pleased with his ruling. He is a very honorable person, and the SSA is lucky to have him as a ALJ. He looked at all information/documentation pertaining to my case and made his ruling without bias.

Judge: Charles R Howard
Date Posted: 10/16/2013 4:21:08 PM
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This is a very cruel man. He is very sarcastic and unprofessional. He does not care what the medical doctors have to say. This man abuses his power.

Judge: John L McFadyen
Date Posted: 6/21/2013 1:41:02 PM
Submited By: Constance E. Crosby



I was very pleased with my experience with Judge McFadyen. He was very fair in listening to the vocational expert's opinion, and made his decision based on the exam by the doctor that the state initially sent me to early on in my case. I never even seemed to need all of my own records and was very surprised, pleasantly so. I also never expected such a positive experience, but I am very grateful for it. With my mental condition, I would never have been able to cope well with an awful experience as described above, and I am sorry to know that others have not had good outcomes. I waited a long time to get mine, but it was worth it in the end. Judge McFadyen, I can't thank you enough!

Judge: Peter Z Behuniak
Date Posted: 4/12/2013 5:32:26 PM
Submited By: Janet G. Cantrell



I worked for Client Centered Legal Services in SW Virginia for several years in the late 1970's and early 80's. I represented clients at their Social Security/SSI and Black Lung claims before the ALJ's at the Kingsport Office: Judge Behuniak, Overton and McArdle during that time. I learned so much and had a great deal of respect for those judges. Now working for a lawfirm in Tampa for the second time, working with claimants and loving my job.

Judge: S. D Schwartzberg
Date Posted: 2/9/2013 10:18:15 AM
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Interesting how divergent the other 2 comments are. Likely based primarily on whether the person was approved or denied?

Judge: Charles R Howard
Date Posted: 2/9/2013 10:16:37 AM
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Could it be that he holds contempt for non-attorney representatives? Be forewarned.

Judge: S. D Schwartzberg
Date Posted: 1/28/2013 3:35:08 PM
Submited By: Robert Stafford



This judge was very fair.... He let me speak and then questioned a VE , who said I couldn't work.. I received my fully favorable decision in 2 weeks.

Judge: John L McFadyen
Date Posted: 12/27/2012 2:11:37 PM
Submited By: Robert Dunbar



Judge John L McFadyen is a wonderful judge that approved me after several months. He did ask for a drug list dating back 4 years which was tough to get. Overall he is a great man.

Judge: Keith C Pilkey
Date Posted: 10/12/2012 2:19:38 PM
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He is the finest man I have ever known.

Judge: Charles R Howard
Date Posted: 10/10/2012 10:53:09 AM
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Goes out of his way to discredit RFCs from treating physicians. Really reaches to find credibility issues. Not a good ALJ.

Judge: Marshall D Riley
Date Posted: 10/3/2012 11:24:07 AM
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Good, Judge

Judge: Charles R Howard
Date Posted: 9/7/2012 10:44:07 AM
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Mechanical. Give more weight to DDS opinions than to treating physician opinions. Highly matter-of-fact.

Judge: S. D Schwartzberg
Date Posted: 9/7/2012 10:42:42 AM
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What a joke. Draws incorrect inferences maliciously. Totally mean-spirited, and seems to have quite a Napoleonic complex. Ignores or impugns evidence that should lead to a clear approval.

Judge: Keith C Pilkey
Date Posted: 9/7/2012 10:40:47 AM
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Reasonable, nothing tricky about him. Straightforward, but does not accept BS. Good judge.

Judge: John L McFadyen
Date Posted: 9/7/2012 10:39:04 AM
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Mean spirited. I think he actually IS part of the NJ Mafia. If he ever feels threatened to have to pay a case, he will reschedule with VE, ME, PE and anyone else he can think of. Likes others to do his dirty work for him, as he absolutely manipulates what can be asked and how it can be asked. That said, he's a tough bird and I personally like him. He does a lot of amended onset dates and closed periods. Seems to ask for pharmaceutical records frequently, so be prepared.

Judge: Gerald I Krafsur
Date Posted: 9/7/2012 10:34:51 AM
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I really miss Judge Krasfur. So nice, and so unconcerned with what ODAR told him about his allowance rates. I wish you health and enjoyment in retirement.

Judge: Patricia H Hawkins
Date Posted: 8/29/2012 9:17:31 PM
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patricia you relly hurt me my kid and my wife when you did not grent me my disibilty after five years with out nothing i work hard all my life labor work i can't do it no more my back is gone

Judge: John L McFadyen
Date Posted: 7/20/2012 9:31:42 AM
Submited By: Maria Krisann Woods



I have a serious complaint regarding Judge McFadyen. I have waited so long for a "fair hearing". I was question by my Attorney (all of which is on audio recording) stating with Fibromyalagia ALONE, not to mention the connective tissue disease, chronic cervical neck pain I have live with alone that is debilitating ) He had my record from the start of my disease in 2001 when I worked as a Medical Assistant Full time from 1992 (Aug.) Til 2005. I had to start decreasing my hours, and TRIED MY BEST TO CONTINUE MY LIVELIHOOD but my HEALTH WOULD NOT ALLOW IT. It took away so much from me. He states on the beginning of the tape "The reason for a hearing is for a chance to voice your case" I DID He asked me TWO questions. One was wh3n was the last time I drove? I said a couple weeks ago to "GET" movies. Along with his NUMEROUS & MANYMISTAKES (which I can & Will back up) He writes "I WENT to the movies" small? YES but 4 pages of his "mistakes". I now have Senator Lamar Alexander's Office very involved, and my goal is to MAKE SURE NO ONE ELSE HAS TO FEEL THE WAY I HAVE. Not to mention the Discredit he gave my DOCTORS, he even dismissed one of their whole Documentations. HOW CONVENIENT? Maria Krisann Woods

Judge: Gerald I Krafsur
Date Posted: 6/5/2012 7:45:20 PM
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Once again SSA comes down on a ALJ who they feel pays to much. While the ALJs who pay consistently pay 20 percent or less of their claims and are bullys continue on with no regard for the disabled. There is no balance with SSA.

Judge: Gerald I Krafsur
Date Posted: 5/28/2012 4:49:32 AM
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I wonder how the removal of Judge Krafsur will affect those disability claimants that recently appeared before him for a hearing, but have not had a ruling on the hearing.

Judge: Gerald I Krafsur
Date Posted: 5/27/2012 12:56:57 PM
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This ALJ should have been looked at a long time ago. He pays 30 year olds for back pain based on one MRI of the spine that revealed no more than minimal degenerative disc disease. Takes no pain medication and does seek treatment from a doctor. He will pay a person for a mental illess just beacuse the person says that they are sad now and then and again takes no medication for this and does not see a doctor. They live normal lives perfomring normal activities and more, such as chopping wood, volunteer on EMS, riding horses, being on a baseball team and actually playing on a regular basis, etc. Medical records contain little or no medical evidence to support his decision that a person is disabled. And he will not send the person for a consutlative evaluation at the expense of the government to see if the person acutally havae the medical problems that they are reporting. This ALJ disgards the SSA rules and regulations that are there to guide the ALJ in determining if a person is disabled or not. He is such a joke. He also like to take 2 to 3 hours a day at thye gym to work out on government time, anyone else would be have to take leave time. I know this from my own personal experience working for SSA. ALJ's should be held to the same standards as the rest of the staff.

Judge: Gerald I Krafsur
Date Posted: 5/22/2012 10:41:48 AM
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I believe this man is highly capable and has proven this time and again with his years of service in the law community. He truly believes that the system is flawed and performed his job the way that he was trained to do it. He may not make the best decision every time but he does not deserve to be stripped of all integrity for working within a flawed system the way he was trained.

Judge: Gerald I Krafsur
Date Posted: 5/19/2012 8:45:53 AM
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Glad the system finally caught up to this guy. He's been a menace for over 20 years. Keep in mind he's not an Article III judge, he's an Article I judge. That means he's not appointed for life. He serves at the pleasure of the Congress. This is the worst type of Judge. It's all about him. It's his own ego bestowing gifts upon his subjects. The lack of judicial temperament as evidenced by the lawsuit he filed against his superiors (funded with taxpayer money), and his recent arrest for DUI, are only the icing on the cake. I hope they make an example of him. He won't have a single moment of self reflection or remorse.

Judge: Gerald I Krafsur
Date Posted: 5/15/2012 2:53:27 PM
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I have known this ALJ for years too. He was an attorney for Dr. Michael Baden (who was the cheif criminal pathologist in the O.J Simpson case) who was suing former New York Mayor Ed Koch. I do not think this would qualify him as "a joke". Sounds pretty capable to me. If a judge feels people qualify for payment, should he not pay? Besides, if he pays everyone he ever sees, will it even cost the taxpayers as much as 1 military plane? The money paid to these people is most likely not sitting in a savings account, but is being spent on the necessities of life. What bothers others is if a person should get paid, and does not. Imagine if that was you or family. Best err on the side of caution i would think.

Judge: Gerald I Krafsur
Date Posted: 5/15/2012 11:20:09 AM
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How bad must the one case he denied have been?

Judge: Gerald I Krafsur
Date Posted: 5/8/2012 7:29:48 PM
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I know for a fact and from personal experience that this ALJ is a joke.

Judge: John L McFadyen
Date Posted: 5/8/2012 7:11:16 PM
Submited By: Terry Lewis



He's fair.

Judge: John L McFadyen
Date Posted: 5/2/2012 9:58:15 AM
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Mean spirited. Looks like he should be in the NJ mafia.

Judge: Gerald I Krafsur
Date Posted: 4/30/2012 8:58:14 PM
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Judge Krafsur needs to be reminded that he is not Santa Claus, and that the benefits he so liberally bestows -- at a rate unprecedented among the members of the ALJ corps, save one from Huntington, West Virginia who has recently resigned under fire and amidst multiple allegations of wrongdoing -- are rapidly bankrupting the Social Security trust fund and giving aid and comfort to Right Wing forces who seek to dismantle the public "safety net" entirely. Does anyone really believe that virtually every claimant who appears before this judge meets the statutory definition of disability?