Salt Lake City, Utah ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Salt Lake City, Utah, 4 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Salt Lake City, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 12.5 months. The average case processing time in Salt Lake City is 406 days.The Salt Lake City average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 54%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Salt Lake City ODAR office was last updated on 11/12/2014.

SSA, Salt Lake City ODAR Office
125 South State Street, Suite 3102
Salt Lake City, Utah 84138
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Phone: 877-628-6579 -- Fax: (801) 524-3348
eFile Fax: 877-486-2941 (For sending evidence)

OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Salt Lake City 4 12.5 months 406 days 2.0 17% 54% 29%
Utah12.5 months406 days2.017%54%29%
National Average:12.2 months421 days2.018%44%38%
Hearing Wait Time: 12.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 1.62
Average Processing Time 375 days
Cases Pending 3586
Dispositions 2238
New Cases 2659
Hearings In Person 90%
Video Hearings 10%

Comments about Judges at the Salt Lake City Utah ODAR office:

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Judge: Kurt D Schuman
Date Posted: 9/14/2014 5:31:27 PM
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Was rude, sarcastic, seemed like he had more important things to do. Not at all the characteristics I expected from a federal judge in such an important event for the claimant.

Judge: Robin L Henrie
Date Posted: 8/17/2014 1:21:18 PM
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If you can work, why would you get ssdi? Crazy!! But that would be expected when dealing with judge Henrie! He makes things up!! and no one is allowed to say wait LOOK at this. If everyone was held to the same standard then fine. But that's not to be. A VERY POOR JUDGE!!

Judge: Marsha Stroup
Date Posted: 8/8/2014 9:55:50 AM
Submited By: GR



I have been before Judge Stroup several times over the years representing claimants. She is always personable and allows the claimant's to have a fair and full hearing. In my opinion, she weighs the evidence objectively and without pre-conceived biases as some ALJ's seem to do. She knows her record well, and is thoughtful and balanced. Even in the cases that have been disapproved, my clients felt respected by her which says a lot about her nature.

Judge: Nicholas T Kuzmack
Date Posted: 7/12/2014 7:56:56 AM
Submited By: Restored Faith in the Justice System



When I finally got a hearing I was assigned to Judge Nicholas Kuzmack. I did not have an attorney. I assume by looking at me the Judge could tell that I have been through hel_ and body was the evidence. Good for me the court had a tissue box in arms reach. My guess many disability seekers are broken down by the time they see the judge and need the tissues. I was afraid when I was seated by the security guard. There was a court reporter, a vocational specialist representing social security, a state attorney, and another attorney. Five people to question me without an attorney to represent me. The judge started off by introducing everyone in the room. A microphone was in front of me to respond to questions. After the judge told me who everyone was he started telling me he was denying benefit something or other. This is why you need your attorney present. I did not even know what he was talking about. Then the judge starts asking me questions concerning a list of doctors I was seeing. This is what I did at home before seeing the judge at this hearing. If you are representing yourself I suggest you do this too. I made a list of every doctors appointment with the doctors name, address, phone, what I saw the doctor for and what treatment the doctor gave me. Attached I had all surgery reports from all my doctors and all MRI, CT, and x-ray reports with pathology reports. The judge thanked me for having all this in order as it made it easier for him to ask me questions concerning my illness and treatments. Also, the judge enter these reports into my record. The judge did not look very health himself as he was on oxygen and he is still working. Yet, I believe because he has a health issue he can better understand health issues and the suffering involved with those who seek their disability in his court. After the judge went through my list of surgeries and diagnosis he asked the vocational specialist what job I would be fit to do as I had done in the past. The vocational specialist respond she did not believe I could do the work I had done before. She was correct. I took care of others who could not care for themselves. At the time I would go home and cry as I was in so much pain and could not get medical treatment for myself. Always asking God for mercy as I did not find in my family as they wanted me to help them. I will say this judge was fair. I have found in my life that "fair" must be on another planet. However, this judge reviewed my records, he asked me health questions, and he consulted his specialist as to their opinions on my illnesses. If you are assigned this judge I would go prepared. Do not go into his court without your paperwork. I sent my paperwork by certified mail to social security three times and when I appeared in court they had no record of this. Therefore, do not depend on others at social security to do their job. You take your paperwork to your hearing with this judge so he can make an informed decision based upon your medical records. I think Judge Kuzmack is a rare judge. You have to respect someone who does their job well and listens to the facts. I would give this ODAR judge five stars. I hope he does not retire soon for those in line for a hearing with him he would be the best judge for you to get a "fair" hearing.

Judge: Jan Donsbach
Date Posted: 7/11/2014 2:08:02 PM
Submited By: lose soul



This Judge does not go by evidence and medical files presented by actual doctors, he rather send you to an doctor, which is social security doctors where they can deny your cases, this is all a setup, judges need to be investigated as well as the clinics they send you to.

Judge: Kathleen H Switzer
Date Posted: 7/3/2014 10:23:50 AM
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ALJ Kathleen H Switzer is a very fair judge that reviews your medical evidence thoroughly. If you provide the Judge with complete documented prove such as MRI’s , Cat scans, Surgery reports, A complete history of medical records that also include a doctors clearly written RFC that documents you can't do sedentary work you will be approved. If you do not have clearly documented proof of the fact you cannot do sedentary work you should not expect to be approved. The Administrative Law Judges have rules to follow, just because you say I have pain or depression is not a reason that Tax Payers should pay your bills. If you are capable of performing Sedentary work that takes place mostly sitting down, but allows lifting up to 10 pounds, occasionally carrying objects (like files), and walking and/or standing up to two hours per day then ALJ Kathleen H Switzer will order you to do so. Thank you Judge Kathleen H Switzer for carefully reviewing all my medical evidence and providing me with a fair justified decision.

Judge: Nicholas T Kuzmack
Date Posted: 4/24/2014 9:15:02 AM
Submited By: J Daw



I knew Judge Kuzmack in law school. This does not surprise me. He had a good idea what the law was for then, and clearly has it now.

Judge: Kurt D Schuman
Date Posted: 3/20/2014 3:41:51 PM
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Judge Schuman tends to stick close to a script for the beginning of his questions and then delves deeper if he sees anything that isn't in the record or that is confusing. He tends to be moderately prepared for the hearings beforehand, reviewing the evidence somewhat. However, he's cagey and tries to confuse reps with whether he'll grant or not. Hearings tend towards an hour long. Nice in person to most reps, but he'll push claimants ******* certain issues, such as lack of exercise, post-onset work activity, age, and even how they pay the bills. He is very understanding to inability to afford treatment. Apparently he was kicked out of the Denver office and does most hearings in Casper, WY. All in all, a middling type of judge.

Judge: Lyle Olson
Date Posted: 2/10/2014 2:15:25 AM
Submited By: Daniel R Zirbes



Awakened by a bad dream again. In it, running, searching, knowing safe harbor is close, shelter I afforded myself. Awakened, realizing reality, I find no succor.

Judge: Lyle Olson
Date Posted: 2/8/2014 9:32:13 AM
Submited By: Daniel R zirbes



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Judge: Lyle Olson
Date Posted: 2/8/2014 9:31:52 AM
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Judge: Nicholas T Kuzmack
Date Posted: 12/2/2013 9:42:11 PM
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Judge Kuzmack, Thank you for being so compassionate and understanding. You are the best. The comment above is so true when they said that "Judge Kuzmack's goal is to help people and not deny them if they have a disability". I just wish I had him a lot sooner. I was approve by Kuzmack in August 2013 after 8 yrs, still waiting to get paid from SSD though.

Judge: Robin L Henrie
Date Posted: 11/21/2013 2:52:27 PM
Submited By: Alison



I had my hearing on September 5, 2013 and I was really nervous because of everything that I read about Judge Henrie. But he was very kind and respectful to me, I didn't have any problems with him. I am disappointed that I was denied benefits but I thought his decision was fair anyways. He was encouraging about my part-time job and my future. Don't be nervous if you have him for a hearing; he's very kind.

Judge: G. A Martinez
Date Posted: 10/4/2013 12:43:03 PM
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Very unsupportive of fibromyalgia claims. Even if you have the support of your doctors (even multiple doctors) he will ignore them in contradiction to Social Security requirements which require that their opinions be given determinative weight, just because he doesn't like the disease. If you have a fibro claim, try to get another judge because you will likely not get approved.

Judge: Robin L Henrie
Date Posted: 9/10/2013 12:43:32 AM
Submited By: angela fuentes



I finally had my opportunity on Sept 6th, 2013 to appear in court in front of Judge Robin Henrie, I was terrified because I had read the reviews online about him. Although he has not made a decision on my case yet, I feel that he was very kind, he did not in any way belittle me, the questions he asked me were appropriate, he accommodated to my needs to make sure I was comfortable, and I appreciated that. So for anyone that has a hearing with Judge Henrie don't get caught up with all of the negative things you read. Obviously the decision was not in their favor or they wouldn't have anything negative to say right?

Judge: G. A Martinez
Date Posted: 8/16/2013 10:49:34 AM
Submited By: SydneyH



I had my hearing with ALJ Martinez on January 18, 2013. On February 8, 2013, I learned ALJ Martinez denied my claim. I immediately appealed, and on March 1, 2013, the Appeals Council vacated and remanded ALJ Martinez's decision. The SSA transferred my case to Jericho, NY on March 15, 2013. On May 6, 2013, an ALJ based in Jericho, NY (using the exact same medical evidence that ALJ Martinez had access to on January 18, 2013), approved my claim without the need for a re-hearing.

Judge: G. A Martinez
Date Posted: 4/14/2013 6:36:48 PM
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Great judge!

Judge: Robin L Henrie
Date Posted: 4/4/2013 3:46:26 PM
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Interesting comments by the person on 03/21/13. I heartily agree there are many receiving Social security benefits that are able-bodied men and women who could be out in the work force. I personally am acquainted with more than a couple that lied their way into receiving money that they do not deserve. I am disgusted by them. Not only did they not pay into the system for years on end but also can be found golfing, do all sorts of physical chores and even taking vacations. That said, I greatly resent the post on the 21st which lumps everyone together that were denied benefits by Judge Henrie. I posted earlier about my husband’s efforts in trying to find something, anything he could do after his impairment. 3/21 poster, my husband and I have worked for over 35 years each, indeed I now work two jobs to make ends meet while we wait for help from Social Security. We have both paid into the system and you are right, we feel he should be granted disability; his poor physical condition prohibits him from finding any gainful employment. We have exhausted all avenues to help him find something he can do. I will not go into what his day is like living with constant pain, managing his many medications and trying to think outside the brain fog that surrounds him. Judge Henrie looked for ways to disqualify him even when 4 doctors independent of each other said he could not work, the State of Utah’s Rehabilitation Department said they could not retrain him for any gainful employment and a psychologist working with him also testified to his inability to re-enter the work place. Having an independent doctor’s opinion (one who had never seen my husband, mind you) count more than those that had been working with my husband for years is reprehensible. Suggesting absurd careers that had already been established as undoable by the experts who had had already testified was insulting and belittling to a man who sorely sought a way to provide for his family outside of government aid. We have both paid our dues for just such a catastrophic event in our lives but are now awaiting an appeal for something that should have already gone through. Your careless post on 03/21/13 was insulting and thoughtless.

Judge: Robin L Henrie
Date Posted: 3/26/2013 7:27:59 AM
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I had my hearing on March 6 2013. Judge Henrie listened with kindness to my situation. He asked me many questions regarding my disability. One of my disabilities was unique and was difficult to prove that I desreved disability. I have a lot of medical records dating back many years and a great lawyer by my side. I ALSO AM A CHOSEN ONE THAT DID NOT GET DISCREINATED ON! I GOT APPROVED! Thank you Judge Henrie HAPPY EASTER!

Judge: Robin L Henrie
Date Posted: 3/21/2013 8:45:08 AM
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Our country is stretched thin with entitlement programs and people that are upset about not getting money they feel "entitled" too are calling for this Judge's impeachment and attacking him? Here's an idea. Why don't you see what jobs out there you can actually do whether than try to take advantage of the money that I pay in taxes. I see people on disability every day and see how this system is exploited by those that see themselves are vicitims and unable to help themselves. Give me a break!

Judge: Robin L Henrie
Date Posted: 3/11/2013 11:04:27 PM
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Beware of Judge Robin Henrie. This man is openly a racist. His record reflects his hatred for Blacks, Hispanics, Jews, and impoverished whites. His low approval ratings parallel anti-Semitic policies toward Jewish families in the Salt Lake City, Utah area. There is a myriad of complaints file with SSA concerning Judge Henrie. SSA has willfully failed to investigate one single complaint. As of this writing Rescue My Chosen People is engaged in a full blown investigation of Judge Robin Henrie. Thomas Cain, Rescue My Chosen People.

Judge: Robin L Henrie
Date Posted: 1/31/2013 10:46:59 AM
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My husband went before this judge last year. He had greatly desired to return to work after a series of unfortunate events left him permanently disabled. Four different doctors who evaluated him independantly as we well as the vocational rehab specialists with whom he pleaded to be retrained all agreed he was severely disabled. At the hearing, Judge Henrie offered rediculous suggestions for possible jobs my husband might be able to do. The Rehab specialist said he could not do any of them. In the end, my husband was denied anyway. The judge gave heavy weight to the testimony of a doctor he had privately contacted to review my husband's files. This doctor who had never seen my husband said he felt my husband was capable of working 6 hours a day. Very little weight was given to the testimony of those that had been working with my husband for the last several years. A shocking decision. Clearly this judge is not interested in justice, but only in denying as many cases as possible through wahtever means possible. Shame on Judge Henrie for these biased decisions. Shame on the doctor he holds in his back pocket that makes arbitrary medical decisions without ever seeing a patient. I am ashamed of the system that we have paid into all of our lives that has failed us in our time of need.

Judge: Nicholas T Kuzmack
Date Posted: 1/28/2013 10:59:58 AM
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This is one of the best Judges in the Country. He is understanding and compassionate. His goal is to help people and not deny them if he thinks they have a disability.

Judge: Robin L Henrie
Date Posted: 1/24/2013 2:56:41 PM
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When My attorney found out that I had judge Henrie they dropped me like a hot potatoe the night before the hearing. I showed up alone and he walked all over me. He did ask if my attorney was there, what they might say. I wonder how we go about getting him impeached. He Really needs to go.

Judge: Robert J Labrum
Date Posted: 1/2/2013 1:12:25 PM
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If there is evidence in the file supporting the claim, he does a good job. If the evidence isn't very clear, he will likely deny the case.

Judge: Marsha Stroup
Date Posted: 1/2/2013 1:11:30 PM
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She is actually the Regional Chief Judge, and doesn't really do many Utah cases.

Judge: G. A Martinez
Date Posted: 1/2/2013 1:09:56 PM
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Evidence doesn't really matter. That may help or not. Because he does not review the evidence, his cases are often reversed on appeal.

Judge: Robin L Henrie
Date Posted: 1/2/2013 1:07:30 PM
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He has one of the lowest approval stats in the region, not just Utah. He is often reversed on appeal. If you are with him, you are in trouble. When the vocational expert says there are no jobs, the judge will start trying to find jobs.

Judge: Robin L Henrie
Date Posted: 9/25/2012 7:54:21 PM
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Awful Man.

Judge: Rand G Farrer
Date Posted: 7/7/2012 4:22:58 PM
Submited By: Janet Joan DelVecchio (Richardson)



Judge Rand G. Farrer was the Judge at my SSDI hearing in December 2010. The hearing took place at the Comfort Inn Hotel Conference room. It is located on Blufff Street in St. George, Utah. Judge Farrer is the perfect portrait of a Boy Scout in action. Serving as a professional that exhibited a gentle kindness his clients. It seems that Judge Farrer, as his name implies, is fairer than others. It was easy to be in his presence and inspiring to watch him act within the bounds of his profession with such ease and grace. May I say that he knows the hearts of his clients well, and judges them in truth because of this gift. I feel blessed to have had Judge Rand G Farrer to hear my case and to determine its outcome.

Judge: G. A Martinez
Date Posted: 6/22/2012 11:18:19 AM
Submited By: Ted



Beware! Medical evidence is not enough, bases decisions on personal opinion and bias, even in contradiction to medical opinion.

Judge: Robin L Henrie
Date Posted: 5/31/2012 1:15:38 PM
Submited By: paul armendariz



The reason so many people are denied by judge henrie is that he overlooks personal dr opinions and only accepts social security paid dr.s. At my hearing the vocational expert AGREED with my lawyer that no job would be able to accomodate me based on my limitations. so afterwards i thought that would help me. WRONG! somehow judge henrie had the expert rescind his findings and even listed the very same jobs that he agreed i couldnt do at the hearing in my denial letter saying i could now do them! judge henrie i hope you know you have made me unable to pay for my medicine and my rent and my wife and children. im a dead man walking thanks to you.

Judge: G. A Martinez
Date Posted: 5/8/2012 9:36:55 AM
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