Memphis, Tennessee ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Memphis, Tennessee, 10 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Memphis, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 12.5 months. The average case processing time in Memphis is 414 days.The Memphis average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 44%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Memphis ODAR office was last updated on 9/18/2014.

SSA, Memphis ODAR Office
309 Monroe Street
Memphis, Tennessee 38103
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Phone: (866) 348-5830 -- Fax: (901) 523-9282
eFile Fax: 877-844-8753 (For sending evidence)

OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Memphis 10 12.5 months 414 days 2.5 19% 44% 37%
Tennessee13.8 months433 days2.214%50%36%
National Average:12.5 months405 days2.018%44%38%
Hearing Wait Time: 12.50 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 2.45
Average Processing Time 414 days
Cases Pending 6801
Dispositions 5225
New Cases 5304
Hearings In Person 95%
Video Hearings 5%

Comments about Judges at the Memphis Tennessee ODAR office:

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Judge: Paul M Stimson
Date Posted: 8/7/2014 12:04:51 PM
Submited By: kenneth w.



Judge Paul Stimson was a fair and impartial judge for me, he awarded me a fully favorable decision for my case file, he did his homework on my medical file and was correct to the end when questioning me about my medical records and it was absolutely correct with him and the vocational expert. I thank Judge Stimson for his decision and his time. thank you....

Judge: Sheldon P Zisook
Date Posted: 6/16/2014 1:52:40 PM
Submited By: GARY HONEY



ZISOOK MADE INAPPROPIATE COMENT TO ME THAT WOULD HAVE PUT ME IN CONTEMPT OF COURT, I REPORTED THIS TO SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN WITH NO HELP AND TO SOCIAL SECURITY ADMIN. THEY SAID THERE WOULD BE AN INVESTIGATION. MONTHS LATER AND NOTHING HAS BEEN DONE YET !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Judge: Jerry M Lang
Date Posted: 6/11/2014 11:41:17 AM
Submited By: clifford jones



This is a fair judge my lawyer lost my medical record and didn't show court and he role in my favor this is a fair judge!

Judge: Sheldon P Zisook
Date Posted: 5/2/2014 10:24:03 PM
Submited By: Susan S.



Very kind, very professional and very detail oriented. This judge took the time to hear the facts of my case and I believe he applied all the rules and regulations to my case. I was Fully Favorably approved and I most certainly appreciate the keen insight of this judge.

Judge: Sheldon P Zisook
Date Posted: 2/25/2014 4:18:50 PM
Submited By: GARY D HONEY



I did not approve of this disabled judge from the beginning, he forgot he swore me in. asked the court reporter if I had been sworn in, she said no. So he swore me in a second time ( real competent !!) Then when repeating my name, he said he was going to call me by my first name" BECAUSE HE DIDN'T WANT TO MAKE LOVE TO ME !!!!! " I TOOK OFFENSE TO THIS. THIS WAS TOTALLY UNAPPROPRIATE. I WOULD BE HELD IN CONTEMPT IF I SAID THAT TO A JUDGE. HE HAS A DIFFERENT CODE OF EHTICS THAN ANYONE BELOW HIM HAS. I WOULD HAVE BEEN FIRED FROM MOST OF MY RETAIL JOBS IF I APPROACHED ANYONE WITH THAT COMMENT. HE SHOULD NOT BE ON THAT BENCH. HIS JUDGEMENTS WERE EXXAGERATED AND UNTRUE, SO HE ALSO LIES. I AM TOATLLY DISQUESTED. I REQUESTED THE AUDIO OF THE HEARING AS PROOF. I HAVE FILED A COMPLAINT AGAINST THIS INCOMPETENT OUTSPOKEN JUDGE.

Judge: George W Jenkins III
Date Posted: 2/25/2014 2:51:56 PM
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This Judge is a pure bread Liberial. It appears he does not review the cases at all...

Judge: Carmen Graves
Date Posted: 12/2/2013 5:43:06 PM
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Seemed to be very knowledgeable and fair with hearing process.

Judge: William R Ingram
Date Posted: 6/17/2013 6:33:03 AM
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Recently had hearing with this ALJ on remand of a case. ALJ did not seem familiar with file; he wanted to rush things along; he did not seem to be following the directives of the Appeals Council as to what should be addressed at the remand hearing.

Judge: William R Ingram
Date Posted: 5/30/2013 2:15:19 PM
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ALJ is older with long white hair; has pleasant demeanor. Will often ask Rep to identify key exhibits supporting theory of case at beginning. Will ask claimant questions like "Could you be a Wal-Mart greeter? or a salesperson at Bass Pro Shop?" Hearings often start late. Award rate is in the middle/average range.

Judge: Jerry M Lang
Date Posted: 5/19/2013 1:45:45 PM
Submited By: witness to the injustices



Out of line, abuses power, demeaning, ignores attorneys and reams of legitimate records,takes away hope, why would an applicant who has worked for 30+ years seek to live on $700/mo? To wait 2 years for a hearing only to be told one can sort limes on a processing line part time? Anyone have such a job for 20 minute shifts? No wonder there is such a high suicide rate for those that become disabled after long careers.

Judge: J. D Reap
Date Posted: 4/14/2013 6:47:46 PM
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Very thorough and compassionate!

Judge: Carmen Graves
Date Posted: 4/7/2013 12:49:14 PM
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Sounds like this Judge roots out the fakers. Too many claim they are diabled but are seen driving around in a corvette. GET A JOB Learn to spell

Judge: Jerry M Lang
Date Posted: 3/29/2013 3:16:13 PM
Submited By: Rebekah



It is a very shallow statement to state that a person who can go to school is not disabled. There are many people that are born with disabilities or become disabled in life, yet they are offered extra help to go to school and grants are offered to disabled people to go to secondary school. I have rheumatoid arthritis, a lung condition related to the R.A., and a heart condition, and I receive disability because I am no longer able to perform the type of work I did before my diagnosis. I am now in college and seeking a degree in psychology so that I can one day return to work and no longer have to depend on disability. Yes, I do have to take small class loads and I have to inform my instructors of my condition, and at times get extended time some of my work, but I am sure trying. Just because a person becomes disabled does not mean they should have to sit and stare at walls and depend on $700 a month income; they have every right to improve their education, thus giving them a chance to improve their choices for work opportunity and not have to live the rest of their life drawing a disability check. The Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) passed in 1975 and the Americans with Disabilities Act both offer help in education for those who are disabled; yes, the government does recognize that a person can be disabled, yet go to school.

Judge: K. Barlow
Date Posted: 3/26/2013 7:52:11 AM
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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. My hearing took 8 minutes, I received a favorable bench decision. Thank God

Judge: Hubert E Graves
Date Posted: 3/15/2013 3:31:17 AM
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Judge Graves is a very fair and compassionate human being and I found him to be a very proficient, competent and learned Judge.

Judge: Carmen Graves
Date Posted: 3/13/2013 2:31:55 PM
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Sounds like this Judge roots out the fakers. Too many claim they are diabled but are seen driving around in a corvette. GET A JOB

Judge: Jerry M Lang
Date Posted: 3/13/2013 2:18:17 PM
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If you can go to school, you are not disabled

Judge: Robert Hodum
Date Posted: 2/23/2013 8:21:46 AM
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BONUSES?!...... "....A former administrative law judge in the Huntington office told the Wall Street Journal in a May 2011 article he thought supervisors didn't crack down on Daugherty because he helped the office meet its goals for processing cases, which would bring bonuses. The Social Security Administration started investigating Daugherty after that May 2011 article, which pointed to Daugherty as an example of the financial strains that threaten to drain one Social Security disability fund dry. Daugherty told the newspaper he had done nothing improper in awarding disability payments to people. He resigned in mid-2011."

Judge: Robert Hodum
Date Posted: 2/22/2013 9:17:05 PM
Submited By: Bill Brown, Palm Springs, CA



Just becasue you were denied benefits on appeal does not mean the judge is bad. Stop trying to live off the taxpayers and get a job.

Judge: Jerry M Lang
Date Posted: 2/22/2013 7:32:48 AM
Submited By: JIMMY BECK



MR JERRY LANG IS A JERK. NO ONE LIKES HIM AND HE DENIES MORE THAN 70% OF THE CASES HE HEARS. BACK IN 2006 WHEN I HAD MY FIRST CASE HEARD IN HIS LITTLE COURTROOM, HE AWARDED ME WITH A CLOSED PERIOD SETTLEMENT. HE STATED THAT AFTER MY 1ST BACK SURGERY THAT I COULD RETURN TO WORK, UNFORTUNENTLY THE PROBLEM IS, MY MEDICAL ISSUES CONTINUED TO DECLINE AND WHEN I SAW HIM AGAIN IN 2009, I NEEDED A 2ND BACK SURGERY AND I HAD ADDITIONAL MEDICAL ISSUES IN ADDITION TO WHAT I ALREADY WAS DEALING WITH. NOT ONLY DID HE DENY ME AN AWARD FOR MY 2ND HEARING VIA TELECONFERENCE BUT HE DID SO WITH THE KNOWLEDGE OF HAVING MORE MEDICAL ISSUES AND ACCEPTED THE FACT THAT I WAS DISABLED FOR A PERIOD OF 3 YEARS BECAUSE HE GAVE ME A CLOSED PERIOD AWARD. SO YOU TELL ME, 1ST TIME CLOSED AWARD, 2ND TIME THINGS ARE WORSE AND I AM DENIED. THAT MAKES NO SESNE. JUST LAST WEEK, 02/19/2013, I WENT BACK TO DYERSBURG TO SEE A DIFFERENT ALJ BUT THAT MAN CALLED IN SICK AND GUESS WHO I WAS SUPPOSE TO HAVE? MR JERRY LANG AKA: JERK! SO IVE HAD 2 BACK SURGERIES NOT TO MENTION MENTAL ISSUES AND A BLOOD CLOT WHEREAS I HAVE LIFE LONG DEBILITATING NEGATIVE ISSUES AS A RESULT. WHEN I FOUND OUT WHO WAS GOIN TO HEAR MY CASE, I JUST DISMISSED IT. IT WOULD BE A TOTAL WASTE OF TIME BECAUSE WE ALREADY KNKOW HOW THE MAN OPERATES. IM GOING TO MOVE TO ANOTHER STATE AND IF NOT, THEN ANOTHER COUNTY FAR FROM ALJ JERRY LANG. I HOPE THIS MAN SUFFERS SOMETIME IN THE FUTURE FROM CHRONIC PAIN, THEN AND ONLY THEN HE WILL UNDERSTAND. IT WOULD BE MUCH BETTER IF HE JUST COMMITED SUICIDE AND SAVED THE TAX PAYERS MONEY AND SAVERD ALL THE MANY PPL THAT NEED DISABILITY TO BEABLE TO HAVE SOME FORM OF QUALITY OF LIFE. MY NAME IS JIMMY BECK FROM DRESDEN TN AND I APPROVE THIS MSG. IF ANYONE HAS AN IDEA HOW TO GET AROUND CRUEL JUDGES THAT SEEM TO ENJOY TORTURING INNOCENT INJURED INDIVIDUALS, THEN BY ALL MEANS SHOOT ME A EMAIL EMAIL: STUCKNCA@YAHOO.COM

Judge: Hubert E Graves
Date Posted: 1/23/2013 1:36:49 PM
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This ALJ needs to be released from the bench. He appears to have some pretty serious illnesss'.

Judge: Robert Hodum
Date Posted: 12/25/2012 1:29:09 AM
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Im scared....i had a hearing with Hodum....and he gave the Vocational Expert an extra week to find jobs for me.....so im wondering if thats a bad thing???

Judge: Carmen Graves
Date Posted: 12/10/2012 6:37:01 PM
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Spits on due process. Not fit to adjudicate.

Judge: Carmen Graves
Date Posted: 11/25/2012 11:52:09 AM
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Absolutely rude and obnoxious. As previous poster stated, she did not introduce herself to claimant or lend any formality to the hearing. Seemed like she was upset or annoyed. Very terse with her questioning and cut off claimant/attorney more than a few times. Her behavior was very Judge Judy-ish.

Judge: K. Barlow
Date Posted: 11/10/2012 6:34:07 AM
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Judge Barlow adheres to regulations and respects the medical evidence that is presented. She is very knowledgeable and she treats claimant with respect.

Judge: Carmen Graves
Date Posted: 10/3/2012 1:41:25 AM
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Negative ALJ

Judge: J. D Reap
Date Posted: 9/14/2012 10:04:40 AM
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He has not made a decision on my case yet...but I would say he was respectful. He seemed to care about how I was able to take care of my daughter..which I think is a good question. He was hard to read. Said it would be eight more weeks of waiting...;( As we all know eight weeks can be life changing...but what other option do I have?

Judge: Robert Hodum
Date Posted: 9/11/2012 3:13:18 PM
Submited By: Darlene owan



You are ever so right I live in Tennessee and the judge Denied me of my disability, and for a appeal I have to Wait two years before I hear from my appeal and that Stands an eighty five percent chance of being denied. I will need to make a new claim and loose all my back. And I am fifty five and of age for my benefits.

Judge: Carmen Graves
Date Posted: 8/22/2012 6:24:25 AM
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Bases Fact against fiction, gives a very fair hearing and listens well. Direct questions and reviews the cases with diligence.

Judge: Robert Hodum
Date Posted: 8/22/2012 6:15:14 AM
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Sounds like a FAIR judge to me.....

Judge: Larry B Creson
Date Posted: 8/16/2012 2:07:24 PM
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Is a very fair Judge.

Judge: Hubert E Graves
Date Posted: 8/11/2012 11:15:53 AM
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This Judge is very fair. May God's Blessing be upon today and every day of your life. Thank You.

Judge: Jerry M Lang
Date Posted: 8/2/2012 5:44:29 PM
Submited By: Derick



It appears that this is one tough judge. I just had my case reviewed by Mr.Lang; I'm worried that because I'm trying to go back to school so that someday I don't have to depend on disability, this will ruin my case. If I lose my case, I don't stand a chance of finishing school because of our financial situation. Please, if anyone has a story to share about their case, I would love to hear about it.

Judge: Hubert E Graves
Date Posted: 7/27/2012 9:05:44 PM
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This Judges I love.

Judge: Paul M Stimson
Date Posted: 7/19/2012 2:55:26 PM
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ONLY THING CAN BE SAID I truly believe he and my attorney worked really hard making sure that a minority female should not receive a dime of money I worked and paid in the system,I can no longer work because of skeletal disease and heart condition . even though he had medical evidence he turned me down twice. both are allowed under ssdi.

Judge: Carmen Graves
Date Posted: 6/25/2012 1:15:49 PM
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Video Hearing. POOR quality video and audio. Each time after claimant and I spoke there was a weird "feedback". She sets 4 hearings at the same time and expects claimants and representatives to wait. You may wait a long time even if your hearing notice says 8:30 AM. ALJ went on the record and swore claimant in. She never introduced herself to the claimant. No review of exhibits and if there were any objections to the exhibits. No VE. Seems to be looking for a way to deny claimants instaed of giving a fair and balanced hearing.

Judge: Robert Hodum
Date Posted: 4/4/2012 11:00:11 AM
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He's a coward who makes decisions on peoples behalf behind their backs instead of face to face. That kind of cowardice needs recognition. I'll bet if he was required to make decisions in the company of the litigants, his track record would be better. I'll bet if he were to see one of his former litigants on the street, one that was denied, he would turn tail and run like the yellow scum he is.

Judge: Robert Hodum
Date Posted: 4/4/2012 10:48:29 AM
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No doubt his decisions are based on ethnicity rather then facts. If medical information supports that I'm disabled, and I'm denied, then racism is the only conclusion that I can come up with. I truely think that he bases his decisions on the ethnicity of a persons last name or the color of their skin. He needs to be removed. He's no doubt a racist.

Judge: Robert Hodum
Date Posted: 3/30/2012 2:05:16 PM
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Judge Hodum is the most worthless piece of **** on the face of the earth. He does not take into account all viable information before making his uninformed decisions and does not have the mental ability to take all variables into account and understand them. Therefore, his decisions are uninformed and radical. If this is the type of garbage we have sitting on our disability benches in the State of Missouri, then no one need apply for benefits. His ability to twist the facts in the governments favor and deny claims based on partial information, should make him a prime candidate for a socialist decoration of the highest order.