Houston Bissonnet, Texas ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Houston Bissonnet, Texas, 15 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Houston Bissonnet, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 10.0 months. The average case processing time in Houston Bissonnet is 361 days.The Houston Bissonnet average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 32%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Houston Bissonnet ODAR office was last updated on 9/18/2014.

SSA, Houston Bissonnet ODAR Office
9945 Bissonnet Street
Houston, Texas 77036-8203
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Phone: (866) 779-5456 -- Fax: (713) 349-7380
eFile Fax: (877) 847-1603 (For sending evidence)

OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Houston-Bissonnet 15 10.0 months 361 days 2.1 24% 32% 44%
Texas10.8 months379 days2.420%37%43%
National Average:12.5 months405 days2.018%44%38%
Hearing Wait Time: 10.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 2.13
Average Processing Time 361 days
Cases Pending 8069
Dispositions 6018
New Cases 7407
Hearings In Person 74%
Video Hearings 26%

Comments about Judges at the Houston Bissonnet Texas ODAR office:

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Judge: Richard A Gilbert
Date Posted: 7/24/2014 9:18:05 AM
Submited By: Ambrun Moore



Very nice judge and truely compassionate

Judge: Donald J Willy
Date Posted: 2/25/2014 7:01:40 AM
Submited By: Vickie



I felt the Judge was fair and listened to all the medical records and evaluated all the evidence. To anyone going to social security for a disability know the system is failing. It should not be a process of pain and long waits, We still have not gotten a letter of decision even though a great length of time has based. I do not feel it is the Judges fault, but a system failure.

Judge: Gary J Suttles
Date Posted: 2/6/2014 4:34:13 PM
Submited By: reginna c. martin



I think it's time to overhaul the ssi systems and get rid of these judges who think they know everything. When I know five different people who get ssi that are convicted felons , drug users makers and destroyers of their families and hard working honest people are turned down well WE HAVE a PROBLEM! When a person gets treated worst than a felon or drug addict(crack, coke) What's this world coming to. Keep up the good job Judge Suttles, you have to retire some time. I will keep going and when I lay here suffering I will think of you.

Judge: Charles L Brower
Date Posted: 2/4/2014 6:16:48 PM
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Judge Brower started my hearing by asking about how I was and breaking the ice with Super Bowl small talk. He asked why I thought I was disabled and I went on to explain. He sincerely viewed all the medical evidence that my lawyers turned in prior to the hearing And asked me questions about my various Dr. visits. There was some evidence and things I said, however, that did make him have some doubts about the validity of my claim. In the end he gave Me sufficient opportunity to explain myself and he took my sincerity into serious consideration in regards to making his final decision. He apologized for upsetting me emotionally and thanked me for "fighting for myself". Things look very good. He's a good and fair judge.

Judge: Gary J Suttles
Date Posted: 12/23/2013 5:37:23 PM
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they need to get this judge off the bench. He denies people that can not work,and has proven there case.I am one of them .

Judge: Thomas G Norman
Date Posted: 12/14/2013 2:12:00 PM
Submited By: Joshua De Leon



I know this is just a comment place but from the comments, I can guess Judge Norman is pretty good at his job. I'm not looking for sympathy just a fair chance for my mom. Would anyone by chance have his e-mail because I really would like to speak to him. I don't know how these things work but I would appreciate any help as soon as possible! I don't want my mom to suffer any longer nor do I want to lose her. She has been denied 4 times and hasn't worked for about 5 years.

Judge: Thomas G Norman
Date Posted: 10/24/2013 11:28:50 AM
Submited By: L. Sullivan



I must say I was pleasantly surprised. Of course I was nervous, but was put at ease upon meeting Judge Norman. His staff was also very pleasant, which helped me feel more confident to speak once the hearing began. I have a somewhat unusual situation that brought me to an ALJ hearing, but Judge Norman understood my challenges more than I expected. My advice is to be sure you are prepared prior to your hearing and whenever you speak to any Social Security personnel, be sure to take detailed notes or record the conversation. Keep your documents organized, so they are readily available and up-to-date. This way you have solid evidence of what transpired. I did not feel I needed a representative, so I did my own forms and letters. I hope I did well enough to receive a favorable outcome. Either way, Judge Norman is a cool guy.

Judge: Rafael Lugo-vilanova
Date Posted: 10/2/2013 2:40:52 PM
Submited By: CHARLES SLONE



I JUST WANT TO THANK JUDGE LUGO-VILAOVA FOR A FULLY FAVORABLE DECISION. JUST GOT WORD TODAY 10-2-2013. MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU AND YOUR SOUL....

Judge: Robert N Burdette
Date Posted: 9/27/2013 2:57:39 PM
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Judge Burdette was very courteous and respectful. The District Court Judges in Harris County could take some lessons from this Judge. As an attorney, it is refreshing to be in front of a Judge like Burdette.

Judge: Allen G Erickson
Date Posted: 9/23/2013 8:00:57 PM
Submited By: Donna



I have not yet had the privilege of meeting Judge Erickson, but I am scheduled for my hearing tomorrow morning. Since I didn't see any comments on here, I decided to post and comment that my attorney's office has told me that Judge Erickson is extremely fair and knowledgeable. He apparently has a reputation for taking time to listen to and read all the evidence. I'm not worried so much about the hearing as I trust that he will be fair, what I'm concerned about is making the one hour drive to the courthouse and struggling with using medical supplies in front of people.(I just pray I won't have to!) When I stumble in front of people it's very embarrassing, so I just have to remind myself that the people in the courtroom will know why I'm struggling and it'll be okay. I will most definitely come back and post a follow-up comment tomorrow, since I believe that if I came in here wanting to see feedback, I'm sure others will as well. Note: I'm giving the 5 stars based on what I have heard, since I won't meet him myself until tomorrow. Thanks for understanding.

Judge: Donald J Willy
Date Posted: 4/1/2013 9:59:14 AM
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My friend had her hearing on 1/28 and it's been over 60 days, still no written decision. She is really trying to be patient - but she said she had no idea it would take so much longer after a hearing to recieve a decision. She said Judge Willy was very inquisitive but seemed to show compassion. Hopefully, she will get a favorable decision and a letter is forthcoming; within the 90 day timeframe.

Judge: Patricia C Henry
Date Posted: 3/18/2013 9:55:32 AM
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Read what she did to me @ haveyouseenparveen.com

Judge: Paul W Schwarz
Date Posted: 3/4/2013 8:45:42 AM
Submited By: Marilyn Streetman



Judge Swartz was professional, forthcoming and extremely pleasant to me at the hearing. He took the time to explain the process before I presented my case before him. The SSA should be pleased to have such knowledgeable and competent Judge. He allowed me to present my case uninterrupted. I believe from his demeanor that he makes fair decisions based upon the evidence presented before him. Overall I give Judge Swartz a five star rating. I was very pleased with the professionalism afforded me in this matter.

Judge: Ralph F Shilling
Date Posted: 2/26/2013 11:58:11 AM
Submited By: michael russ



I was denied benefits by this judge,I dont understand how he came to his desision,when the perponderance of the evidences plainly show that im disable. Dianosed with Complex post-traumatic stress disorder,major depressive disorder,polysubstance dependence,panic disorder and personality disorder.What type of person could funtion properly with these diagnosis.

Judge: Donald J Willy
Date Posted: 2/10/2013 8:13:05 PM
Submited By: Paul



Judge Willy is a real judge. He is not a bureaucrat. He has compassion and follows the law. I was not represented by a lawyer, and he explained the law and rules to me. He suggested questions I might want to ask the government doctors. It has been a long wait for disability, and Judge Willy was the first voice that offered me some justice.

Judge: Patricia C Henry
Date Posted: 2/4/2013 8:26:21 PM
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I agree with one other commenter - this judge is a total idiot!!! She needs to be admitted to a mental health unit and that's no lie!!!!

Judge: Donald J Willy
Date Posted: 1/28/2013 10:54:29 AM
Submited By: Tracy



I believe that Judge Willy is a honourable and respectable Judge. He seems to be a very patient and fair Judge and that speaks volumes to me. He took the time to actually listen to my case, and I felt like his ear was the one that was meant to hear it. He asked questions of both myself and the Social Security doctors and made a point to understand from both sides. I haven't had a decision on my case yet and he advised that at my hearing, whatever the outcome I think that he was a fair Judge.

Judge: Vadim Mozyrsky
Date Posted: 1/25/2013 9:51:08 AM
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Fair judge. He knew my medical record and was polite. I got a chance to say everything I wanted to say. I'm not do sure about the vocational expert who said I could work as a hand packager. I don't know what that is.

Judge: Thomas G Norman
Date Posted: 12/14/2012 1:32:01 PM
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I found Judge Norman to be extremely fair and compassionate. I did not have any problems with him at my hearing. He was also very polite and friendly when he addressed me. I did not have a lawyer, I don't know if that affected how he perceived me. But I was very impressed with him. My claim was approved at the ALJ hearing level.

Judge: Richard A Gilbert
Date Posted: 12/13/2012 5:41:34 PM
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Thanks Judge Gilbert He was a very knowledgeble Judge and very understanding

Judge: Gerardo Mariani
Date Posted: 12/7/2012 6:14:41 PM
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He does have difficulty hearing but I have always found him to be very fair. That isn't to say he can't make mistakes but I don't believe his denials are based on bias.

Judge: Gerardo Mariani
Date Posted: 12/2/2012 6:53:19 PM
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This judge presided over my hearing. At all times, he was very proper and professional and showed a deep knowledge of the law. He corrected the vocational expert in his testimony and that led to an allowance in my case. People that bad mouth him are very unfair and very ignorant.

Judge: Gerardo Mariani
Date Posted: 11/24/2012 6:35:11 PM
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The guy is not only totally clueless, he's also totally deaf. Crazy how someone with these deficiencies gets to play God with my life.

Judge: Gerardo Mariani
Date Posted: 11/20/2012 3:06:44 PM
Submited By:



Judge Mariani needs to retire. I was rude to me from the start. Needless to say, he had made his decision on my case way before I had a chance to speak.

Judge: Vadim Mozyrsky
Date Posted: 11/10/2012 5:42:13 PM
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This judge is very professional, kind and courteous. He will let you explain yourself to the fullest, but also ask the appropriate questions as well. Make sure you have all medical records to back up your testimony. Because if not he will see right through you, his numbers can contest to that. Again if you don't have the medical records to back up your statement, I suggest you don't waste his time or your time........

Judge: John D Sullivan
Date Posted: 10/16/2012 12:22:25 PM
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Takes control of his Court and moves proceedings along swiftly, yet will allow an Appellant time to present ALL his/her evidence fully. Often questions the Government's Labor Classification Expert and sworn Appellant from the Bench.

Judge: Gerardo Mariani
Date Posted: 9/23/2012 4:26:04 PM
Submited By: ginnie



Judge Mariani is very knowledgeable and very fair. Although he denied my claim, he conducted himself very properly and very respectfully. That is a JUDGE!!!!!!

Judge: Janis Estrada
Date Posted: 7/17/2012 11:02:42 AM
Submited By: AConcernedCitizen



Having had the complete and utter displeasure of meeting her, it is quite easy to rate her with the lowest marking, I would rate even lower if possible. She is rude, condescending, unethical, and completely incompetent as a judge. She cannot remain impartial and makes her decisions based on personal reasons, not the facts presented her. I am ashamed that a person of this caliber and low moral fiber is allowed to hear cases that determine the future of honest applicants and depend on her decision to better their unfortunate situation.

Judge: Donald J Willy
Date Posted: 7/13/2012 7:17:27 AM
Submited By: Marilyn



I finally got my disability hearing. I arrived early, but the hearing started about 30minutes late. When we went back to the courtroom, the judge explained that he had some earlier cases that went longer. However, he listened to me and the Social Security doctor for over an hour. So I got my time. Judge Willy was fair. He wanted to hear all the evidence. He told me upfront that he would not be making a decision at the hearing, but would send me a written decision later. He wanted to read all the evidence. At the hearing he asked some pretty hard questions, but he asked the Social Security doctor some very hard questions as well. At the end I thought he wanted to hear everything, and was interested in my case. He was very polite and a gentleman.

Judge: Donald J Willy
Date Posted: 6/16/2012 12:31:08 AM
Submited By: Karen



This Judge offered my friend an onset of her benefits if she would take it that day and sign off on it that he would approve her disability and then denied her after the fact. She signed the paper not knowing what it truly meant and she is mentally impaired so I believe this Judge and her attorney have taken advantage of her. When I received my benefits I signed an onset and received my benefits approval that day and this is unfair and unjust.

Judge: Ralph F Shilling
Date Posted: 6/13/2012 12:23:40 PM
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my heart rate goes up to 180 in less than five minutes after walking like a turtle. And this judge say's i can work.

Judge: David Gutierrez
Date Posted: 6/8/2012 1:40:24 PM
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Very nice and professional. You will win with good evidence and a good representative.

Judge: Patricia C Henry
Date Posted: 6/4/2012 1:41:01 PM
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This judge is a total *****!!

Judge: John D Sullivan
Date Posted: 5/15/2012 3:54:40 PM
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Extremely polite and professional.

Judge: Ralph F Shilling
Date Posted: 4/17/2012 12:37:45 PM
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I was denied my this judge. so many errors were made such disresprect beyond to describe. I would wish anyone this Judge.

Judge: Paul W Schwarz
Date Posted: 4/11/2012 6:54:53 AM
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Make sure that you have your records submitted prior to your hearing or he will eat you alive. He only likes med list and rep forms submitted on the day of the hearing.

Judge: Susan J Soddy
Date Posted: 4/9/2012 5:53:59 PM
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a zero Get someone else she will deny you before your case is reviewed..

Judge: Ralph F Shilling
Date Posted: 3/29/2012 10:05:10 AM
Submited By: annoymous



I recently had an appeal with Judge Shilling, he spoken to me with compassion and hearthfelt for my suffering which seem genuine. This being the first for me and never seeing what a Disability Judge asked. Truth be told, the guy was hard to read, not even my representative could read him. He also doesn't seem to care to much for representative's in general. He wants to hear it from the horse's month per se.

Judge: Gary J Suttles
Date Posted: 3/5/2012 3:22:56 PM
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Judge Suttles denies everybody and I heard the he denied a lady the had cancer and a few months later she died. This is not right and I think that someone need to investigate him. I know there are rules and guidelines to follow, but if a person is disable why would you do that to them. He is using his authority to his advantage. He need to start denying some of these people for SSI that have not put money into the system instead of the ones that have put their money in the system.