San Antonio, Texas ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in San Antonio, Texas, 19 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 13.0 months. The average case processing time in San Antonio is 434 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 7/9/2014.

SSA, San Antonio ODAR Office
10222 San Pedro
San Antonio, Texas 78216
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Phone: (210) 731-3301 -- Fax: (210) 733-8054
eFile Fax: (877) 864-5402 (For sending evidence)

OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
San Antonio 19 13.0 months 434 days 1.9 20% 34% 46%
Texas10.4 months375 days2.321%37%43%
National Average:12.3 months400 days2.018%44%38%
Hearing Wait Time: 13.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 1.93
Average Processing Time 434 days
Cases Pending 14000
Dispositions 5711
New Cases 8119
Hearings In Person 65%
Video Hearings 35%

Comments about Judges at the San Antonio Texas ODAR office:

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Judge: Ilene B Kramer
Date Posted: 6/12/2014 9:56:42 AM
Submited By: Gloria Moore



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: Barbara Powell
Date Posted: 4/4/2014 1:27:07 PM
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She is a CRAZY lady! Do not, I repeat, DO NOT do any kind of business with her. She will just blow everything out of proportion and make an excuse for everything so she gets her way. I agree that she is a very bizzare, unproffesional, and ignorant. She really needs to re-learn how to interact with normal people.

Judge: Ben Barnett
Date Posted: 3/5/2014 6:28:05 AM
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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
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 L Vanderhoof
Date Posted: 2/3/2014 10:42:13 AM
Submited By: Frieda Parson



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
Date Posted: 10/15/2013 4:46:49 PM
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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
Date Posted: 10/11/2013 11:36:32 AM
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He is a good listener, then Play's GOD and changes your statements to his own benefit to deny your case. SAD!

Judge: Barbara Powell
Date Posted: 8/27/2013 3:48:15 PM
Submited By: can'tsayforsure



I have worked with Barbara Powell in a Social Security appeals office (not Dover). Awestruck is absolutely correct; guess she hasn't changed since I knew her. After reading her statistics on this site, I was amazed she had produced as many cases as she has and has actually paid some but also noted that she perhaps was pressured to produce more cases and her denial rate jumped far upward two years ago. Since I'm not her, can't know why but I can guess.

Judge: Joseph Liken
Date Posted: 8/9/2013 7:42:36 AM
Submited By: Gloria Davis



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.

Judge: Jonathan P Blucher
Date Posted: 6/24/2013 12:28:32 PM
Submited By: Misty Coley



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: Jonathan P Blucher
Date Posted: 6/11/2013 9:12:55 AM
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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.

Judge: Peter F Gazda
Date Posted: 4/3/2013 8:52:06 AM
Submited By: Cynthia Barrientes



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: Barbara C Marquardt
Date Posted: 2/27/2013 10:11:39 AM
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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
Date Posted: 1/10/2013 10:13:30 AM
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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
Date Posted: 1/3/2013 12:02:22 PM
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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
Date Posted: 12/11/2012 7:02:10 AM
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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
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: Gary L Vanderhoof
Date Posted: 12/2/2012 7:00:02 PM
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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
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
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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: 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: Alvaro Garza
Date Posted: 7/12/2012 12:37:39 PM
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senor Garza, I am still alive. Eli Salinas, El Paso. Ed Elizondo is visiting in El Paso. 07/12/12.

Judge: Barbara Powell
Date Posted: 6/29/2012 7:43:24 PM
Submited By: Awestruck



The woman is scary like a school marm from the 1950's. Her behavior is bizarre, unprofessional, disrespectful, and downright ignorant. Where does the SSA find these creatures? If she insists on working, she should have a job where she does not interact with others.

Judge: Don A Harper
Date Posted: 6/27/2012 7:02:33 PM
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REally knows the law and is very efficient in his manner of conducting hearing.

Judge: Don A Harper
Date Posted: 4/15/2012 9:33:16 AM
Submited By: Terry Wilhelm



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
Date Posted: 4/2/2012 8:02:18 PM
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Friendly and fair judge. Will ask for opening and closing. Will do 85% of the questioning.

Judge: Jonathan P Blucher
Date Posted: 3/21/2012 12:13:51 AM
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Judge: Joseph Liken
Date Posted: 3/18/2012 1:16:37 AM
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This judge is a good listener and very fair