San Antonio, Texas ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in San Antonio, Texas, 24 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in San Antonio, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 16.0 months. The average case processing time in San Antonio is 541 days.The San Antonio average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 34%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the San Antonio ODAR office was last updated on 9/7/2016.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
San Antonio 24 16.0 months 541 days 2.0 21% 34% 45%
Texas13.8 months459 days2.321%38%41%
National Average:16.8 months525 days1.920%44%36%
Hearing Wait Time: 16.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 1.96
Average Processing Time 541 days
Cases Pending 10427
Dispositions 7602
New Cases 6146
Hearings In Person 77%
Video Hearings 23%

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Judge: Charles L Brower
10/11/2016 9:59:36 AM

I found Judge Charles Brower to be very just and willing to hear the claimant expressing himself. Judge Brower was very humane and polite to the claimant and myself. He explained the whole hearing process to the claimant, he then went to admit the evidence into record. He swore the claimant and VE in. Then Judge Brower immediately interviewed the claimant, he then asked me if I had any questions for my claimant. I then interviewed my claimant and when done the Judge asked the VE two questions then got off the record.

Judge: Ben Barnett
10/11/2016 9:10:36 AM

I Judge Ben Barnett to be a very patient and understanding Judge. He will ask for both an opening and closing statement. As well as ask 75% of the questions. Judge Barnett will give the representative a chance to ask claimant questions before questioning the VE. I found Judge Ben Barnett to be quite fair, as he followed all of the SSA guidelines.

Emergence Health Network
Judge: Ilene B Kramer
10/6/2016 8:55:52 AM

I found Judge Kramer to be extremely fair and caring. She made my client feel comfortable and asked detailed questions pertaining to his disability. A licensed practitioner was also present and explained what she thought of evidence. An opening statement and theory was given. She's very knowledgeable on the rules of Social Security.

Judge: Charles L Brower
9/15/2016 8:27:25 AM

I recently represented a claimant before Judge Charles Brower. Judge Brower was very humane and polite to the claimant and myself. He explained the whole hearing process to the client, he then went to admit the evidence into record. He swore the claimant and VE in. He immediately interviewed the claimant, he then asked me to explain and prove on the Medical record evidence, the client's dx that meets the SSA Listing, I presented the evidence to prove dx limitations he experiences and history his symptoms. I believe this Judge was very just and willing to hear the claimant expressing himself.

J.C. Clarkson
Judge: Lissette C Perez
9/14/2016 1:25:35 PM

Judges tend to be cold and uncaring when their decisions do not benefit us. Otherwise, we praise them and their professionalism. It is just human nature I guess. The bottom line is that the law is the law, whether we like it or not. The same happens when we get a traffic ticket, Damn cops, so cold & uncaring. The light was yellow, I swear. Judge Perez seemed professional to me. Perhaps because she ruled on my favor.

Kristi D
Judge: Janice L Holmes
8/3/2016 1:02:12 PM

Mrs. Holmes is a very kind and compassionate judge. I recently went in for my hearing and she is a very good listener and ask questions that pertain to your disability and how it effects you. She does not try an minimize your limitations what so ever. She is very awesome and sweet and not a scary person at all. I have a social problem and she did not come across scary at all where it put me in one of my panic modes. If you have an attorney representing you I wouldn't even waste the expense on them cause she will do all the questioning to the ve is their is one present and she believes your testimony is truthful... I highly recommend her and don't even know what the outcome of my decision is but it is what it is. She does her job very well and I appreciate her in all aspects.... Kristi D.

Judge: Gary L Vanderhoof
5/15/2016 10:56:23 AM

Is he in Las Vegas now? I have a May 2016 hearing with a Judge Gary L. Vanderhoof in Las Vegas.

Judge: Gary L Vanderhoof
4/4/2016 7:46:50 PM

I find him to be conservative but very fair. I have been a disability lawyer since 1984. He knows the law and follows it.

Judge: Bernard J McKay
3/11/2016 10:43:20 AM

Judge McKay is rude. He took one look at my husband and already knew he was going to deny his case. Him asking questions is just for show. His job as a judge is just to deny cases. He probably gets a bonus at the end of the year for every case he denies. My husband is 100% permanent and Total disabled from the VA, medically retired from the military and that judge thought nothing was wrong with him. My husband has too much stuff in his medical file not to be granted but yet this judge found something petty to deny his case. This judge is a joke and good luck to the next victim.

The Packard Law Firm
Judge: Ilene B Kramer
10/1/2015 2:24:36 PM

Judge Kramer is an extremely fair and impartial Judge, who really listens and cares. I recently had a case where, due to a clerical error in a previous Judges Decision, the claimant was improperly denied. I raised this issue with Judge Kramer and she agreed to hear a motion to revisit the prior case. This just shows how Judge Kramer is willing to take a comprehensive approach to her hearings. She could have easily dismissed the motion and focused only on the present case. After Judge Kramer listened to our motion, we were able to correct the clerical error in the previous case. It made a huge difference to my client and restored his faith in our government. Had it not been for Judge Kramer's vast knowledge of Social Security laws and procedures, as well as the claimant's file, this wrong may have never been corrected.

Judge: Gary L Vanderhoof
8/24/2015 6:38:23 PM

you have a better chance of winning the powerball than a favorable decision from him. completely dismissed all my dr diagnosis. you wouldnt win if you were just a head on a stick.

karla beyer
Judge: Barbara Powell
8/13/2015 1:23:59 PM

I had a hearing with judge Powell on August 12th, I found her to be very polite,respectful, and understanding of my situation, I had no issues with her. She was great. Not scary at all.

Judge: Joseph Liken
8/11/2015 4:10:21 PM

I saw Judge Liken today and I believe he is a very good listener. I felt very comfortable in his courtroom. He was not intimidating like many judges. Regardless of the outcome I was happy to be seen by Judge Liken.

Judge: Charles L Brower
5/19/2015 1:00:54 PM

Please hope that you dont get this judge. He was not only arrogant but also unprofessional. Talking about the case before me and how he knows shes faking it.. That he can tell when someone is in pain. Really? How can you physically see pain. Because of this judge i am bed bound, unemployed, no income, 35 and living with my parents. Im legally disabled, yet a man with no medical degree decides if i suffer or starve. I never got to bring in my witnesses, my lawyer was unprepared, ssi never sent me to their doctors, and I couldn't even read my statement.. seam fair?? What a joke.

Judge: Mark M Swayze
3/30/2015 8:03:04 AM

Very detailed oriented knows the file expects the attorney to know the file . Spends a long time with vocational issues.

Judge: Melinda W Kirkpatrick
3/23/2015 6:26:10 PM

She was very rude and showed no compassion. She had the wrong information on my file. She brought up a doctor's appointment that I did not go to, had no appointment with and according to her I went for the doctor to write me a note to obtain a floor apartment and not be forced to live on the second or third floor of an apartment building(problem with HER information, we live in a house that is paid for) the appointment was never set up and I wouldn't't have set it because we own our own house and make no payments. All of these judges need to be put out to pasture. They do not have a clue about the people and the information that pertains to that person. Out of touch with reality and human beings.The statement up above states that the judge may view your post. I hope she does, after the screwed up way she handled the hearing somebody needs to tell her she is INCOMPETENT.

William F. "Rick" Breare III
Judge: Bernard J McKay
9/10/2014 10:21:43 AM

I received a very fair and thorough hearing from Judge Mckay regarding my SSDI case. I sincerely appreciate his attention to detail in my case, and am thankful for his personal recommendation to find a copy of the book, "Listening to Prozac". Judge Mckay is very professional and very sincere.

Judge: Barbara Powell
8/11/2014 7:41:47 AM

Judge Powell is an intelligent hardworking professional who believes that people who deserve help should get it and that those who seek that to which they are not entitled should not serve as a burden to the taxpayer. We need more judges like her.

J. C. Clark
Judge: Lissette C Perez
7/23/2014 3:34:06 PM

I found that this judge was cold & uncaring. There was not even a doctor( Lic. physician) present at hearing. All & all the performance was BAD.

Gloria Moore
Judge: Ilene B Kramer
6/12/2014 9:56:42 AM

Judge Kramer is a impartial and fair Judge. She really listens! Weighs in the good and throws out the garbage. I'm glad to know that she cares about Texans and sits on the bench fairly for the people and the law

Judge: Melinda W Kirkpatrick
3/6/2014 7:01:02 AM

She is a very compassionate and caring Judge. She do know if your are disable or not. The thing I liked most about her was that she took the time to listen to what I was saying composed to the questions she asked me. I would recommend her to review a case for me at any given time.

Judge: Ben Barnett
3/5/2014 6:28:05 AM

I found Judge Barnett to be a very good listener he asked for opening and closing comments and let my lawyer ask all the questions, when she was done he had 3 questions for me and 1 question to the vocational expert and even though he has a 31% approval rating i found him to be quite fair, not because he found me disabled but because he followed the guidelines of the ssa.At this time i would like to thank my attorney from Freedom Disability Michelle Huerta for a job well done.

Judge: Charles L Brower
2/4/2014 6:16:48 PM

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.

Frieda Parson
Judge: Gary L Vanderhoof
2/3/2014 10:42:13 AM

Wow I was sitting here reading everyone's comments about this ALJ I was denied also and I have stage 3 colon cancer and have a statement from my treating doctor stating I was permanently disable and he threw that out so I'm going through the appeal process I hope each and everyone of you guys appeal your cases because I don't think his decisions was the right decision on all of our cases

Judge: Jonathan P Blucher
10/15/2013 4:46:49 PM

70% of his cases denied? I am sure he is proud of that and must get some type on Bonus..! #1 in San Antonio for not helping the disabled people he is there to serve under the LAW.

Judge: Jonathan P Blucher
10/11/2013 11:36:32 AM

He is a good listener, then Play's GOD and changes your statements to his own benefit to deny your case. SAD!

Gloria Davis
Judge: Joseph Liken
8/9/2013 7:42:36 AM

I LIKE TO START OFF BY THANKING THE JUDGE FOR GIVING ME MY HEARING.AND HE ISa very. Good listen. Thank you very much and God bless you and your family.

Misty Coley
Judge: Jonathan P Blucher
6/24/2013 12:28:32 PM

i was a case he denied. he flat out lied as well as deleted some information. i have 4 mental illnesses and many physical illnesses. he only named depression and said i did not complete high school. that is a lie. depression is a SYMPTOM not an illness. it is a symptom of the Bipolar type 2 i suffer. and the PTSD. i also have a learning disability with numbers. discalcula. i did not complete high school. but i am sure my lack of diploma has no effect on the medical fact that i suffer many mental/physical illnesses. i was unfairly judged simply because ALL my disorders were not even mentioned in my entire file. this is NOT OKAY. and i am doing all i can to fight this abomination. it is not justice.

Judge: Melinda W Kirkpatrick
6/14/2013 3:58:36 AM

This judge looked to be ok but she isn't , she listed somethings that wasn't true on my deny.

Judge: Jonathan P Blucher
6/11/2013 9:12:55 AM

This judge likes to think he knows more than doctors in all fields. Even the Pysch that he sent me to he dismissed her findings. He dismissed the findings in my ongoing chronic illnesses, mental disorders, and 3 other government agencies placing me on a perm disabled listing. He did not take into consideration that with all the Pysch doctors I had to see, both in the VA and his own, had my GAF score all over the place, knowing from my testimony and several others that they were changing my medication still trying to find the right combo, so of course my mind and thinking will be different. He also dismissed several of my medical conditions because, since the va already considers me totally disabled, the va doctors but that my illnesses were being managed. Not taking into consideration the statements of many close to me that *being managed* in the VA term was that I was heavily medicated and having to be in bed for hours several times a week making it impossible for me to gainfully employed. This judge thinks he is right and doctors are wrong on to many occasions. When he writes his final denial he leaves out much of the real problems to make his own case of knowing more than actual trained medical professionals. If you are not in a wheelchair and completely unable to speak or move around on your own, this judge will deny your case.

Cynthia Barrientes
Judge: Peter F Gazda
4/3/2013 8:52:06 AM

Today was my hearing, and I had Judge Peter F. Gazda. He was very detailed in his questions and listened to my case. On a personal level he thanked me for serving our Country, which made me feel proud of myself again.

Judge: David W Engel
3/27/2013 6:56:35 AM

This ALJ is thorough and methodical. Will ask for opening statement and do general questioning. Usually does one hypo based on DDS opinions of RFC and one based on FCE or client's testimony.

Judge: Barbara C Marquardt
2/27/2013 10:11:39 AM

I am writing this on behalf of my son. My son has an average IQ. He has excellent verbal skills but cannot put his thoughts in writing. His doctor has diagnosed to have brain damage. He also has ADHD, bipolar disorder, post traumatic syndrome and sleep apnea. The judge ridiculed and belittled my son and told my son that he belonged in prison and would amount to nothing but a janitor. The judge denied him and failed to understand that his deviant behavior has to do with his ADHD, bipolar and post traumatic syndrome. I rate this judge #1. She has no working knowledge of mental disabilities and is not current on how bipolar leads to violence, crime or other deviant behaviors.

Judge: Gary L Vanderhoof
1/10/2013 10:13:30 AM

Judge Vanderhoof statistically denies almost everyone. You are very unlucky if you have him. Apparently he is dumped in the Corpus Christi, Texas area so he does not deny everyone in San Antonio, Texas.

Judge: Barbara C Marquardt
1/3/2013 12:02:22 PM

I think she was a worker's compensation ALJ. Not Claimant or attorney/representative friendly. Appears to have already had her mind made up prior to hearing. Very negative ALJ.

Judge: Gary L Vanderhoof
12/11/2012 7:02:10 AM

Judge Vanderhoof denied my case, I have medical evidence that shows 3 different dissabilities,Essential tremors,Anxiety disorder and Degenerative Arthritis and he still denied me. When I did receive my letter of denial he failed to mention in the report my Degenerative Arthritis which would have qualified me. I have trouble walking,sitting,standing because of my arthritis,my body is in a constent tremor which keeps me from holding an eating utensil or a pen to sign my name if I need to,my Anxiety disorder is because I cannot function like I use to. Why I was denied I will never know.

Judge: Gerardo Mariani
12/7/2012 6:14:41 PM

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: Gary L Vanderhoof
12/2/2012 7:00:02 PM

The guy denied my claim, based on not believing the psychiatric evidence that clearly showed my severe depression and my inabiity to work.Funny how a guy that needs a psychiatrist himself gets to deny my psychiatric case

Judge: Gerardo Mariani
12/2/2012 6:53:19 PM

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
11/24/2012 6:35:11 PM

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
11/20/2012 3:06:44 PM

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: David W Engel
9/27/2012 6:27:50 AM

Fair judge, but be ready to address unemployment, inconsistent statements in the file, or drug and alcohol issues. He does not overlook that kind of thing at his hearings but tends to be cool that hit those issues head on honestlyrather than try to cover them up as if they did not exist.

Judge: Gerardo Mariani
9/23/2012 4:26:04 PM

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: David W Engel
9/17/2012 7:14:42 PM

With all these silly websites, such a great page keeps my interent hope alive.

Judge: Melinda W Kirkpatrick
9/17/2012 10:38:19 AM

She is a very fair and accurate Judge.she listens to what people really has to say. She has a heart unlike so many in her type of position.

Judge: Alvaro Garza
7/12/2012 12:37:39 PM

senor Garza, I am still alive. Eli Salinas, El Paso. Ed Elizondo is visiting in El Paso. 07/12/12.

Judge: Don A Harper
6/27/2012 7:02:33 PM

REally knows the law and is very efficient in his manner of conducting hearing.

Judge: David W Engel
6/9/2012 8:22:36 PM

A lot nicer than wolfe but approves less cases. Pretty cool judge.

Terry Wilhelm
Judge: Don A Harper
4/15/2012 9:33:16 AM

Went before Judge Harper on April 4th, 2012. I was impressed with Judge Harper. He listened to all sides equally. He asked precise questions and listened to my answers. He listened to my lawyer as well as the medical and vocational experts. All you can hope for is a Judge that will listen to all points equally. Even if I am denied benefits I do believe that Judge Harper gave me an honest and unbiased day in court.

Judge: Ben Barnett
4/2/2012 8:02:18 PM

Friendly and fair judge. Will ask for opening and closing. Will do 85% of the questioning.

Judge: Jonathan P Blucher
3/21/2012 12:13:51 AM

Judge: Joseph Liken
3/18/2012 1:16:37 AM

This judge is a good listener and very fair