Seattle, Washington ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Seattle, Washington, 15 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Seattle, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 10.0 months. The average case processing time in Seattle is 370 days.The Seattle average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 31%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Seattle ODAR office was last updated on 11/12/2014.

SSA, Seattle ODAR Office
300 5th Ave, Suite 500
Seattle, Washington 98104-3389
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Phone: (888) 366-6144 -- Fax: (206) 615-3731
eFile Fax: (877) 714-3634 (For sending evidence)

OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Seattle 15 10.0 months 370 days 1.4 23% 31% 46%
Washington12.7 months436 days1.420%42%37%
National Average:12.2 months421 days2.018%44%38%
Hearing Wait Time: 11.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 1.73
Average Processing Time 360 days
Cases Pending 5974
Dispositions 5674
New Cases 6120
Hearings In Person 85%
Video Hearings 15%

Comments about Judges at the Seattle Washington ODAR office:

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Judge: Ilene Sloan
Date Posted: 10/17/2014 1:37:28 PM
Submited By: Todd the damaged Plumber



she is a criminal. on the front page of my denial is clearly stated: due to my age, race, and educational background.... I can work. 3 years of denials, my 800 credit score ( for the lest 20 years)is gone, as is any retirement and savings, and finally I have back surgery next week on Wednesday Oct 22nd 2014- my wife works, so I am still and have not been eligible for any state benefits at all, even though our household income was reduced by 60%.

Judge: M. J. Adams
Date Posted: 9/9/2014 2:25:40 PM
Submited By: judge justice



Just so your clear reader who's reading this. You have a 0% chance of winning ssdi in king county if your mentally challenged, or any mental infliction. I'm extremely bi polar have committed suicide attempts regularly with 14 years of mental illness documentation. M.j. adams and kimberly boyce or any of these judges DO NOT CARE about any mental illness claims. At all. They will dismiss you after putting you through abusive interrogation. Just how they do. Federal is where you'll have a 55% chance of winning after 5 years. If your lucky. Washington state is broke, they hope your mental illness leads to death or homelessness skid row so you drop off and don't collect measily 750$ a month. Its darwinism, and washington state and olympia fat cats cut everything related to social well being first and foremost. Thats why your dshs is 197$ a month. Thats why texas state has better ssdi approval ratings (the redest state in america). Somethings wrong with the olympia government and washington state has the worst mental help offerings than any state in america. YOU want your ssdi granted? MOVE. And if you stay prey you don't get kimberly boyce as your judge. She's at a 15-19% approval rating and 0% for mental illness no matter the evidence.

Judge: M. J. Adams
Date Posted: 8/30/2014 10:53:56 AM
Submited By: Appeals Master



I'm sorry to hear that Judge Adams was harsh and didn't look at anyone's evidence. He did the same to me, he took one look at me and made up his mind before I said a word. He sat and smiled the entire time and I knew from the look on his face he wasn't going to approve me. But what Judge Adams didn't know was once I sink my teeth into something I don't let go, at any price. So I appealed it through a panel in Boston, they didn't even look at the evidence. My attorney said "you have a case" and got me another attorney that took my case into Federal Court. Thanks to the Federal Court Judge, Judge Adams verdict was overturned. If your case is good enough to go to Federal court and get overturned, I think you have a better chance of getting your SSI/SSDI. Good luck to everyone.

Judge: Sue Leise
Date Posted: 8/29/2014 8:20:32 PM
Submited By: Norm



If you have Leise for an ALJ you should consider yourself lucky. She is thorough but that is a good thing if you have to appeal or if you get a quality review. Don't try and pull the wool she will see right through it. I doubt many appeal her desicison, don't think many would win that.

Judge: Sue Leise
Date Posted: 8/26/2014 4:01:43 PM
Submited By: mary hoeft



I am still waiting for my decision, it has been almost 60 days however judge Leise was very kind and very patient with me as i was nervous and trying to answer the questions as well as i could. i appreciate her time and even if i am denied i will hold no harsh feelings. i will still appeal any denial however i do not hold harsh feelings because it would be hard as a judge to determine whether or not a person who is maybe borderline disabled meaning i cant work however my work history shows a period of 10 years of work. which ended in termination because of the lack of coming to work due to the depression.

Judge: Laura Valente
Date Posted: 7/5/2014 2:10:16 AM
Submited By: Steve Reno



This is a warning for everyone. I believe but can't prove that ODAR has hidden camera's in both the main lobby & waiting room. This is so they can observe you when you come in through security & why they always keep you waiting to get in to the hearing room. I am sure of this as a couple of the comments made by Valente could have only been made with hidden camera's in both places. The hearings are recorded but if you get a copy of the cd or transcript you will find they have edited out all the stupid remarks the ALJ's put out. This way they can edit out anything & in one hearing of mine added a statement.

Judge: Larry Kennedy
Date Posted: 7/1/2014 2:12:07 PM
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This judge is TERRIBLE! He just wants to play God and deny everyone. He doesn't even look at the evidence. He just automatically denies. We have been trying to get this approved for over 5 years, then a week before my hearing, he postponed it "indefinitely"! How can he get away with this nonsense??

Judge: Joanne E Dantonio
Date Posted: 6/21/2014 8:43:51 AM
Submited By:



This judge saved a life on Wednesday. She undertook an extensive review of a huge paper file, conducted a thorough and difficult hearing and helped everyone in the room better understand this very troubled and injured person who told me in tears after the hearing that the benefits were her last hope. She saved a life on Wednesday.

Judge: Sue Leise
Date Posted: 5/30/2014 3:21:49 PM
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It was a long and lonely process, but you have given me hope. Thank you Judge Sue Leise. I can't stop crying. I hope the suicidal thoughts will go away as a result of your favorable decision. My parents don't need to be burdened with me any more. I will be able to continue treatment and stay on medication. I have a new "Leise" on life! I would not wish my problems on anyone.

Judge: Kimberly Boyce
Date Posted: 4/19/2014 3:51:00 PM
Submited By: kimmy boyce-boyce



15% approval rating in a job meant to help sick and mentally ill people is disgusting. All of her male counterparts have higher approval ratings. Woman judge feels like she has to prove something by denying and ultimately killing off her judgements. Please go do another job.

Judge: Kimberly Boyce
Date Posted: 4/4/2014 7:35:45 PM
Submited By: james russell terry



Not a pleasant situation dealing with Her meat grinder style of Judgement. She has no place being a Judge.

Judge: Ilene Sloan
Date Posted: 3/8/2014 10:40:26 AM
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Just got my unfavorable decision from this "judge" In it she depicted me as a Fat, lazy pot head whom every symptom I have is is bogus, and in my head. She repeatedly calls me a hypochodriac and states that my Doctors opinion whom i have seen for 2 years is invalid, because he tells me what I want to hear to appease me. I have severe chronic pain, caused by Fibromyalgia and CFS. I have also been worked up to look for Multiple Sclerosis as I have intense weakness in my arms, and hands. She twisted every single thing to make me seem someone I am not. Repeatedly mentioned the fact that since I have become disabled, I am on Facebook, and play video games. Which has nothing to do with anything.... I still have to frequent breaks even when doing said things. She also states that because at the time of doctors visists, they noticed no signs of panic disorder, and that I was intelligent, and handled myself appropriately that I was not suffering from a panic disorder, and only suffering at my own convinence when I wanted pitty, or approval from DR.. She is beyond cruel, she dismissed ALL my evidence as nothing but doctors trying to make me feel good. She referred to me as drug seeking as well... I have saught treatment, as anyone else would.. I smoked marijuana a total of 5 times just because they had tried me on everything from Hydrocodone to Fentanyl and NOTHING worked. If you get this Judge, I sincerely feel sorry for you, you WONT have a fair hearing. She even knew that I had 3 kids to provide for, am unable to do so now..

Judge: Laura Valente
Date Posted: 3/6/2014 10:56:47 PM
Submited By: Steve



Evidently a family member or friend is an alcoholic, drug using, liar so Valente substitutes her personal agenda for any facts you present. She thinks she knows more then ALL your doctors combined. I don't know why she even asks questions during a hearing as her response is that you are a liar. In fact, I don't know why she has to hold a hearing as she has already made up her mind. Her approval rate is 19% below the national average.

Judge: David J DeLaittre
Date Posted: 2/27/2014 9:04:31 PM
Submited By: Brenda Mccormick



A very kind, caring and knowledgeable Judge.

Judge: Laura Valente
Date Posted: 2/23/2014 4:45:49 AM
Submited By: Steve Reno



Complaining to the Washington Commission on Judicial Conduct will not do you any good. They will just send you a letter telling you to complain to the ODAR office which happens to be on the 3rd floor of the same building of Valente on the 5th floor. This is nothing more then the fox guarding the chicken coop. Send your complaint to: Office of Disability Adjudication and Review Division of Quality Service 5107 Leesburg Pike, Suites 1702/1703 Falls Church, VA 22041-3255. I had the unfortunate experience of having to go before her THREE times. She is an arrogant BULLY. She has the audacity to say she knows more about what my doctor/psychiatrist prescribes for me then he does. WHAT ARROGANCE!

Judge: Laura Valente
Date Posted: 2/7/2014 5:17:16 AM
Submited By: Mike



I got Judge Laura Valente for an SSD hearing a few months ago. She was an absolute monster in the courtroom - she disregarded every single piece of evidence that validated my disability to cherry pick what fit her motive to deny me. She was abusive, condescending, and did everything possible to pigeon hole me instead of looking at my case objectively. She attacked me for being a Medical Marijuana cardholder and asked several times how I could guarantee my medicine wasn't "Dipped in PCP". The court even refused to let my witnesses in, 3 of my family members who had come on my behalf because "there isn't enough room" in the small 2 person conference room they held the hearing in via video conference. There are even signs up in the lobby area where you wait, after you clear security, that says "No witnesses allowed in courtroom". Yet I received a letter saying I could bring any witnesses pertinent to my case - wouldn't you think my family, the people who take care of me and support me, would have something pertinent to say about my case? That is just the tip of the iceberg. Judge Valente is anything but objective and will do anything possible to attack you to make a case for denial. I will be submitting an ethics complaint through the Washington Commission on Judicial Conduct here shortly. Complaint forms are on their website and I highly suggest that if you have experienced what you believe to be misconduct by Judge Laura Valente that you report it. I went looking for help and all I got was beat up even more.

Judge: M. J. Adams
Date Posted: 1/31/2014 4:02:29 AM
Submited By: Vanessa



I am still waiting for a decision from Judge M. J. Adams. I don't know what his decision will be, but I feel that I provided him with enough evidence to prove I am disabled. I didn't feel disrespected in any way and felt the court proceeding was very professional. I did have representation, but at the end of the day, I am still waiting for a decision. It's been over 60 days now and I must admit that I am a bit worried that the longer it takes that a denial is looming. Still, I wasn't made to feel that I was wasting his or the courts time and I was listened to. Just hoping for the best now.

Judge: M. J. Adams
Date Posted: 1/21/2014 11:16:34 PM
Submited By: Holly



I have to disagree with the other comments left on this page about Judge Adams. I found him to be professional and respectful. His final judgement is pending further information from my Doctor. Whether or not he decides to approve my benefits, I still believe he treated me kindly and fairly. He listened to what I had to say and was not harsh in his tone. I had representation with me, I am not sure if the others who commented did. Maybe that made a difference.

Judge: Joanne E Dantonio
Date Posted: 1/2/2014 9:38:52 AM
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I waited from 1999 to 2011 to have my story finally heard, & when I received my paperwork I cried for over a week straight. She not only turned info about me into bold face lies, but also based my entire 12yr struggle on a Drs opinion that I saw one time! I've had to live in poverty, since my disease makes having kids a huge problem, but if I would have had them if be able to receive benefits. Me attending college & being misdiagnosed for 5yrs cost me everything. I think she's extremely unkind, uncaring, & doesn't take each case into consideration. She saw a young woman, who doesn't look disabled, & wrote up a denial letter that only the most heartless person could ever write. She's the reason I will remain w/out finances to even purchase my 8 meds monthly.

Judge: M. J. Adams
Date Posted: 12/22/2013 10:25:46 PM
Submited By: D Mac



His numbers speak for himself. I was denied with a large amount of evidence. I felt he was very rude and jaded. He failed to look at all my evidence and doctors reports. I felt my case was finished before it started. He was more interested in discrediting me and being mean he should be removed from the bench. It is pure hate that a person with his credentials to sit up their and treat people that have worked their whole life and when they need their benefit's are denied out of spite.

Judge: Laura Valente
Date Posted: 12/2/2013 2:46:49 PM
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Valente tossed out a letter my previous psychiatrist (who had treated me for 3+ years) wrote detailing my conditions by stating that my psychiatrist was treating me for my mental issues not my physical conditions; and so my psychiatrist wasn't qualified to comment on my medical issues. A psychiatrist is ALSO a Medical Dr, not just a psychologist. The best of both worlds so to speak, my psychiatrist is more than qualified to comment on both mental and physical health issues. Valente has disregarded numerous letters and reports from - ex-employers, DVR, psychiatrists, psychologists, and medical Dr's as being inadmissible. My current psychiatrist has written a case study about the problems I've been having. To quote her in part - "I have never seen a person more qualified for disability who has gone so far out of his way trying to get a job when he should be on disability instead". Speaking of quotes - It just burns me every time I see valente "quoting" me when she actually only includes a portion of what I said, where if she included my entire quote it would make sense and then could not be used to call me "Disingenuous". She has accused me of being "disingenuous" (Lying), however, every test administered by the above EXPERTS show that I am not lying or "malingering". It is just her taking only a part of what is said and throwing the rest away so that it fits into her view. What training do these alj's get? How are they chosen? My attorney told me that are hired for life and that there is no recourse to a bad alj.

Judge: Larry Kennedy
Date Posted: 10/11/2013 8:30:37 AM
Submited By:



This judge is obviously biased towards denying claims.He called my wife, childs teacher, and doctor liers. It was obvious from the beginning of the hearing that he had already made his decision prior to us even entering the room.He is obviously not qualified to make determinations based on any claims of impairment.

Judge: Stephanie Martz
Date Posted: 10/2/2013 3:32:55 AM
Submited By: Cynthia Nelson



I feel very blessed that my SSD case was in Judge Martz's courtroom. Judge Martz was very professional and thorough as well as personable while making me feel comfortable in an unfamiliar setting especially since I did not have an attorney representing me. Although I have not received an approval or denial of my claim I have the upmost respect for the manner in which she conducted my hearing. and the way she cMartz ansd Judge Martz and the

Judge: Laura Valente
Date Posted: 9/22/2013 11:42:56 PM
Submited By: Jim



If you get Judge Valente move to another state as FAST as you can!

Judge: Sue Leise
Date Posted: 8/26/2013 1:38:55 PM
Submited By: jeffrey james



I still wait for answer on my claim takes so long as I wait I have no money I cannot work I cannot even afford some meds for depression if denied I might as well give up on life I will be homeless with no income I am not even able to get get my kids school stuff this year all the kids make fun because we are so poor if something does not happen soon we WILL be homeless.

Judge: Laura Valente
Date Posted: 6/29/2013 6:09:10 AM
Submited By:



Can I give negative stars? I was on a remand like no way. I found he/she described Valente very well. She threw out all evidence that helped me. There were two main things I feel that qualifies me & in both appearances she never ask me a single question about either one of them. She is arrogant & ignorant which is a bad combination for a judge. She said by looking at me she could tell I was not depressed or suicidal. That is a great talent. She also questioned one of my prescriptions saying no doctor would give me that drug in my condition. The prescription was out in my car. Every question she ask me she said I was a liar. The latest doctor report I turned in to the court Valente accused me of bribery or coercion of the doctor.

Judge: Laura Valente
Date Posted: 6/8/2013 1:23:52 AM
Submited By: no way 2



I agree with no way. If you draw ALJ Valente you have my sympathy.

Judge: Tom L Morris
Date Posted: 5/22/2013 10:18:12 AM
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seems like you denied more than any judge do you do that to get a big head grow up people do need there benefits they pay for

Judge: Caroline Siderius
Date Posted: 4/19/2013 10:18:20 PM
Submited By: Kenneth Alan Hughes



I have had this ALJ two times in seperate Fair-Right Hearings and both times she has denied me of my Benefits which I do not agree with the way she looks at her cases along with the choice of words that she used in her decision letters. I would not choose to ever see this What you want to call an Administrative Law Judge and wouldn't recommend this judge to handle other peoples cases. I am unhappy with her performance

Judge: David J DeLaittre
Date Posted: 4/12/2013 8:05:41 AM
Submited By:



Judge means well, however, in the end he still has no control over disability. They don't care what he does or says. Federal judges have the final say, I don't think so. Very disappointed, his failure to stand his ground or hold his authority, whatever, cost us everything.

Judge: M. J. Adams
Date Posted: 4/9/2013 2:57:10 PM
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Very cold and unprofessional. Doesnt take the time to ask questions to compare to evidence. Very short, dont waste your time on him. Youll get denied. He acts like he doesnt even want to be there to give benefits to the people who need them. I had more than plently enough evidence that i couldnt work, but he had made his decision before i even walked in the room. After 2 years of fighting, i was denied in less then 10 minutes.

Judge: M. J. Adams
Date Posted: 4/3/2013 7:49:27 PM
Submited By:



Judge Adams sometimes does not evaluate evidence correctly, even when the evidence of disability is overwhelming. See Echtinaw v. Astrue.

Judge: Mary Gallagher Dilley
Date Posted: 3/10/2013 1:42:38 AM
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no decision from her yet. but i liked her. seemed very fair.

Judge: Timothy Mangrum
Date Posted: 1/21/2013 5:30:44 PM
Submited By: Carol Bailey



Judge Mangrum, my name is carol Bailey I was before you on 1/17/2013. I want to thank-you for your decision at my hearing, you can not imagine the tears of joy that fell down my face when my lawyer told me the results!!May God bless you and your family! Thank-you so much from the bottom of my heart.

Judge: Ilene Sloan
Date Posted: 12/4/2012 4:08:51 PM
Submited By:



Very biased against claimants and can be downright cruel to them in the courtroom. Do not expect a fair hearing.

Judge: Tom L Morris
Date Posted: 12/4/2012 3:53:06 PM
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Don't bother showing up.

Judge: Laura Valente
Date Posted: 10/25/2012 4:21:34 PM
Submited By: ra



I just met with this judge and at first she was rough but after i broke down, she became sympathetic and also allowed me to speak freely and get off track to get my point across. I found her to be very polite butt to the books. No neg feedback in my case

Judge: Gordon W Griggs
Date Posted: 10/4/2012 4:14:47 PM
Submited By: John Silver



Judge Griggs treated me with respect and dignity while I was in his courtroom. He was truly professional and appears to take his position seriously. As this was my only appearance in a court of any kind, I wasn't sure what to expect. He made the process much less traumatic. At least one person now sees our court system positively as a result.

Judge: Laura Valente
Date Posted: 8/17/2012 8:31:52 PM
Submited By: no way



She is aggressive, hostile and I felt VERY harassed by her while under going my ssdi claim. There was no compassion or empathy, nor even an attempt at understanding my situation. Her only care was to get more information to justify her original denial of my claim and to work her way around the around the civil courts remand decision.

Judge: Wayne N Araki
Date Posted: 7/28/2012 3:32:23 AM
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This man is a judicial sociopath who likes to toy with disability claimants in the courtroom with rapid fire questioning and is very ignorant of mental illness. He has a very strong prejudice against claimants who are mentally ill. If you have mental illness, there's no hope of getting badly needed Social Security benefits in his courtroom. If you're going before him, make sure you have a lawyer with extremely strong teeth to counteract his foolishness and erroneous judgement. If your court hearing goes past 30 minutes with this guy, you'll know you're getting punk'd by him and you will most likely lose. He should be seriously investigated and then removed from the bench for judicial malfeasance.

Judge: Stephanie Martz
Date Posted: 7/23/2012 2:10:31 PM
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Judge: Larry Kennedy
Date Posted: 7/23/2012 3:43:07 AM
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This judge is obviously biased towards denying claims. My mentally retarded daughter was deny benefits by this a++. The only evidence that he chose to give any weight to was that of a state appointed vocational specialist and psycologist, he dismissed all other evidence which included 18 years of school IEP records, personal physician notes, and special education teacher recommendations. He called my wife, childs teacher, and doctor liers. It was obvious from the beginning of the hearing that he had already made his decision prior to us even entering the room. He dismissed state wasl reports and any other testings supporting our claim and cherry picked through anything that supported his position. 2 years of heartache and waiting down the drain. Look at his record of the last three years, obviosly that of an activist judge in the making. He is obviously not qualified to make determinations based on metal disorders.

Judge: Joanne E Dantonio
Date Posted: 7/16/2012 11:39:34 AM
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I'm assuming you appeal the decisions you disagree with. I have appealed more than one decision in front of this ALJ and each time they were remanded back.

Judge: Verrell Dethloff
Date Posted: 6/26/2012 10:24:59 PM
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Yes these people couldn't care less about people who need them all they care about is getting ratings and getting paid..... I say fight them until the end and take everything u got in ur soul to help ur self.... I am I hate this state they make me want to die....

Judge: Mattie Harvin-Woode
Date Posted: 6/26/2012 9:51:19 PM
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U grill people to a point of no return... Have some compassion and don't be such a tuff women.....

Judge: Joanne E Dantonio
Date Posted: 6/14/2012 11:59:42 AM
Submited By: Experienced Attorney



I must disagree with the prior poster. Judge Dantonio's opinions are well thought out and well reasoned. I rarely appeal her decisions as a result. Although I may not always agree with her decisions, the clients are treated fairly and I know that she will consider all of the evidence in an impartial manner.

Judge: Joanne E Dantonio
Date Posted: 5/10/2012 8:05:32 AM
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Not one of the better ALJs. Her decisions are not written well.

Judge: Cheri L Filion
Date Posted: 4/10/2012 7:23:22 PM
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-5 stars if that is even possible. Uses her own opinions in writing decisions, which are not necessarily based upon factual evidence presented in the hearing, let alone based upon evidence gathered from medical records, written statements from family members etc, etc unless they can be reinterpreted to hinder you case.Will form an opinion using her own life experiences and false preconcieved notions of what is or isn't true or even pertinant to your medical condition. If you are unfortunate enough to be assigned this woman...RUN AWAY, call in sick, whatever, definately change your judge at whatever cost.