Seattle, Washington ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Seattle, Washington, 16 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 14.5 months. The average case processing time in Seattle is 489 days.The Seattle 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 Seattle ODAR office was last updated on 7/8/2016.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Seattle 16 14.5 months 489 days 1.4 29% 32% 39%
Washington15.7 months517 days1.622%44%34%
National Average:16.5 months517 days1.920%44%36%
AVERAGE TIME
Hearing Wait Time: 14.50 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 1.37
Average Processing Time 489 days
Cases Pending 9462
Dispositions 3573
New Cases 4680
Hearings In Person 84%
Video Hearings 16%

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Judge: Virginia M Robinson
6/16/2016 8:17:23 PM



I went before this judge today and she seemed to be a very nice woman. I can only just pray that she sees the truth and rules in my favor. I am a broken man from head to toe and I can only hope the system works the way it's supposed to. After all these years I've been working full-time so hard on my body since my early teens. I Won't Give Up if she rules against me I will appeal and continue this fight. It's been a long few years and I hope this social security legal stuff that weighs so heavy on me goes away and I can focus on my deteariating health. Im always in pain. Everyone, please say a prayer for me I need it. Thank you

Tonya
Judge: Stephanie Martz
3/15/2016 8:42:12 AM



I went before Judge Martz in late July 2015. My application was filed in 2012. My injury was 10,10,10. Due to the incompetence of my attorney asking for contuences and the judge wanting more appointments it is now late March 2016. I am homeless and without a penny. They know this. This is only making my condition worse.The vocational representative that was at my hearing states there is no job I could do with my limitations. I fired my attorney but was told He had to submit it. He hasn't. But wait " He works for me" Apparently not. Where do we go for help.

James D
Judge: Keith Allred
3/13/2016 9:42:21 PM



JUDGE WAS A COMPLETE CLOWN!!! TOLD ME I COULD HOLD A JOB ON XANAX HYDROCODONES AND SEROQUEL DUE TO BIPOLAR, ANXIETY AND SCIATIC NERVE DAMAGE. HE ALSO FALSIFIED THE PAPER IN THE DENIAL STATING I SPENT SIX MONTHS IN JAIL AND WAS RELEASED ON GOOD BEHAVIOR.. THATS HILARIOUS BECAUSE ONLY TIME IVE BEEN TO JAIL I WAS THROWN IN AD SEG THE HOLE FOR FIGHTING!!! MY LAWYER IS DECENT DID HER BEST, BUT THIS OLD MAN DISCRIMINATES UPON YOUR PAST, IF YOU HAVE TATTOOS. YOUR DENIED! HE EVEN SAID GOOD LUVK WITH YOUR KIDS AND FINDING A FULL TIME JOB AFTER GHE VE SAID NO JOBS I WONT WASTE TIME APPEALING WITH A GEEZER ILL REAPPLY WHEN I LEAVE TEXAS, GODBLESS


Judge: Larry Kennedy
2/22/2016 10:54:03 AM



US Advocates appear before all administrative law judges across the country- while some judges may seem harsher than others, all are not in the "business" of denying claimants' claims that appear before them. They review the case folder before them, take the claimants testimony, review the medical evidence, request an occupational experts opinion, etc., then compares the entire file against the criteria in which the Social Security Administration allow the judge to grant the award or denial based on. Im pretty confident in saying that if your claims folder is developed properly, highlighted how you meet the criteria of disability according to SSA, the judge is more than happy to grant disability. On the flip side a poorly developed claims folder is guaranteed to be denied. A judge can not produce a medical claims folder that does not exist, nor a work history, or clear inconsistencies. It can only review whats before each of them.

Anonymous
Judge: Tom L Morris
2/9/2016 4:21:52 PM



I just had my hearing today. I don't know what the outcome will be but I will say that I feel that judge morris was attentive and asked the appropriate questions. He was very professional and polite. He did seem not very interested in anything that my doctors said but that could be wrong. He did listen to me and my attorney and also the vocational expert and asked the proper questions so we'll see how it goes. I've been fighting this since September 2013 and living on $197/mo.


Judge: M. J. Adams
1/28/2016 10:06:28 PM



I was certain before we left the room he will disapprove me. I got the impression he is not keen toward veterans and never let me counter the false comments being made.

Melissa
Judge: Tom L Morris
1/26/2016 8:07:03 PM



It took him 11 months to decide my case there was no reason for to have to last that long he kept putting in for more extensions wanting more paperwork and then I got the senator involved and then he denied it he won't let you talk in court he talks down to you like you're stupid he doesn't have a lot of patience and I've been told by numerous people if you get this job you're going to get an automatic denial in fact my attorney when we walked in there says I hate him he's horrible he's nothing but a pain in my rear and there's no way we're going to get this will get it at the appeals level so I went to court April 9th and got the decision on January 26th got the full denial decision today like what other people said if you have this judge don't bother showing up he's just a waste of your time and is going to draw all out as far as he can


Judge: Kimberly Boyce
1/25/2016 1:28:11 PM



I showed up with RA, severe depression, two herniated discs and a neurostimulator implant. I was postponed for over a year, until my "date last insured" ran out. Then I was denied. I nearly killed myself from grief. If you get this judge, go crazy or something in the court room. Get it thrown out, or moved. Good luck.

Jerome Cramer
Judge: Sue Leise
12/7/2015 4:27:55 PM



I want to thank judge Leise for believing in me and awarding me with a Check to help me get my life started back up after a 6 year battle of a brain tumor. After two surgeries and a lot of Bikram Hot yoga, I am completely healthy. I'm now a full time teacher of Bikram Hot yoga in Katy TX. I have a new life now. With the money I got, I moved to TX from Oregon, got my car fixed, an apartment and so on. I'm now helping people get healthy, I love my job, and I love this new life I have. I'm so grateful. I could not have moved and got this full time teaching job if I had not received this money. I just want judge Leise to know that I spent every penny on starting my life over and now I'm back to a productive person in our community, and I give back every day. Thank you and God bless you.

Anonymous
Judge: M. J. Adams
12/3/2015 6:34:31 PM



Had a hearing the other day, no decision yet. This ALJ was arrogant, rude, seemed closed-minded, and was very impatient with people. The irony is that the characteristics and unprofessional behavior of this guy were such that he would likely not keep a job in the private sector if this behavior was chronic which it seems to be based on other comments, ie has impairment in how he relates socially, yet he is the one looking down his nose from his self-constructed ivory tower judging others' impairments. Strange system we have.

Attorney
Judge: M. J. Adams
12/2/2015 3:27:02 PM



Judge Adams was pleasant only until something benign irritated him, then his true colors showed. He was rude, unprofessional, and closed minded. He even said things that were incorrect, but in a contemptuous way, which further underscored why he is unfit for this job. As an attorney, I give respect and expect the same. Judge or not, he is also an attorney who should be professional and not disrespect himself by being so rude and unprofessional. He asked scant and slanted questions that seemed biased against the claimant.

Jim
Judge: Laura Valente
11/18/2015 8:05:11 PM



I was denied twice by Valente. I filed in Federal Court, got a new hearing without an attorney, got a new ALJ & got a Fully-Favorable decision. So much for fairness, impartiality & discrimination on Valente's part. I think, but may not be right, that Valente's father was a lawyer in Chicago & somehow finagled this job for her & they all moved to Seattle as who wants to live in Chicago with 20+ shootings a day. I wonder if she even has a law, medical or any other degree besides a high school diploma.

PJohnson
Judge: Helen F Strong
11/13/2015 8:38:23 AM



Bless GOD for Judge Helen Strong! She's nice, fair and thorough in her decisions. Perhaps she looks over her cases before the hearing and have a pretty good idea of what the decision could be. It takes will documented and ongoing medical records, good work ethics. Having a good work history helps as well. Also, a good attorney advocating for you to win benefits helps a great deal. Truly more judges like Judge Strong are needed in this process. I was told she was nice and was a fair and thorough judge. I agree! My decision was GOD sent and I thank GOD that He sent Judge Strong to be the presiding judge for my hearing. GOD knew my case had merit and was warranted. You must believe all that's good is in God's timing!

Jim
Judge: Laura Valente
10/17/2015 9:40:20 PM



Reading the comments it seems as if you are a woman & break down & cry throughout the hearing you will get approved.

Deborah O'Keefe
Judge: Laura Valente
10/6/2015 2:15:38 PM



I just found out today that my SSDI claim was approved. I'm beyond grateful to Judge Laura Valente. I, originally filed an SSDI claim, three years ago. Judge Laura Valente heard my case in June of this year, and approved it four months later. She was very professional and compassionate. Thank you so very much Judge.

Steve Reno
Judge: Laura Valente
9/22/2015 1:26:38 PM



Deborah, I hope you get approved but with Valente my bet is you will be denied. I hope I am wrong!

Deborah O'Keefe
Judge: Laura Valente
8/4/2015 6:06:49 AM



I had a video hearing with Judge Valente, a few month's ago. I feel that she was respectful, compassionate and thorough. I'm a veteran and the widow of a veteran. My time in the Navy, the loss of my Husband and, the past 35 year's have all, finished me off, physically and mentally. There's no way I could hold down a job, but I'm not, financially making it. I pray that I get approved, and soon.

Anthony
Judge: Keith Allred
7/10/2015 9:34:11 AM



I can confirm the last person's comments. I've waited more than enough time to have received MY OWN MONEY from social security disability only to have this so called judge WASTE my time and tax payers time with the circus over there they call a disability hearing. This Keith Allred should be ashamed of himself for ruining credibly disabled people's lives. He gives all the weight o his decision to a five minute office visit by A DOCTOR WHO IS PAID BY SOCIAL SECURITY TO DENY CREDIBLE ILL PATIENTS. I've had two more surgeries and countless tens of thousands of hours of suffering all to go to this joke of a disability hearing run by this sham of a federally run tax payer funded garbage can called disability determination services. If you get Keith Allred don't even bother wasting your time. He is a going to automatically deny you. Sorry to those who have this so called judge. I can't Even give him a half star rating. He gets a ZERO rating.

Katherine
Judge: Ilene Sloan
6/20/2015 4:16:06 PM



Can hardly believe this woman is someone to look up to. Completely, over the top RUDE and beyond unfair. Must be trying to help cut the budget because she's certainly not fair to those of us that truly need help. Outraged!

stephon johnson
Judge: Helen F Strong
6/9/2015 4:10:55 PM



My name.is stephon johnson I hope I get this judge she seems very nice cause I do have mental helath with me and I would love to have her as a judge so I hope she reads this


Judge: Kimberly Boyce
5/27/2015 6:52:02 PM



Judge Boyce's job is not to fairly take in the information and judge it, it is to turn down as many cases as possible. You can tell this from the second she opens her mouth. She acts as if you are an annoyance to her; rolls her eyes, groans, etc. If you give her an answer that doesn't fit her agenda she gets angry. I knew from minute one that I had no chance. Even with her own witnesses saying I could not work, she turned me down. If I could rate her negative stars I would. She obviously is not qualified for this position nor to judge the evidence. Everything is based off of her personal feelings.

Jeff A
Judge: Sue Leise
5/1/2015 12:17:53 PM



She was very thorough but affable. Had my case been denied I probably would not be quite as generous but it was approved.


Judge: Tom L Morris
4/21/2015 12:58:28 PM



I know some court clerks. When I told them WHO the disability judge was, they said "Oh, no wonder she was denied." This client had BRAIN SURGERY and has a timeline of all the ER and Dr trips and her medical file is 3" thick. The 10-page DENIAL still claims she's making "more of it than the facts present."His REASONING, was based on OLD information too. Decision took 5 MONTHS. This has drug out for 2 YEARS now, no income. Did I mention she has a neurosurgeon and is on so much medication for pain, seizures, etc., that driving or working is not possible? Yet she has a friend with a foot injury that is on Disability...explain that? And he doesn't let witnesses or the client talk AND the vocational "expert" said she could be a "grain sorter" SERIOUSLY? It's a JOKE! Shame on you TOM MORRIS! You make me SICK!


Judge: Kimberly Boyce
4/15/2015 2:23:37 PM



Not much to say about Judge Boyce that hasn't already been said. She's a horrible judge who was trained like a parrot to say "No." You know they call the documents they produce "opinion statements?" That is because they're not qualified to determine whether or not someone is disabled. And they're not meant to. They're meant to interpret the evidence. Judge Boyce doesn't care about evidence, though. She's there to tear you down and say "no." She said she "didn't understand how having money would help my mental state." Clearly she's never felt actual hunger or cold. Clearly she knows nothing about mental health issues, or at least has grown so soulless that she's willing to blanket deny people no matter what. With the vocational expert sitting next to her saying "I don't think this person would be able to find/hold a job competitively even as a janitor" she denied. Even with a stack of paper 7 inches thick documenting life-long chronic depression, social anxiety, chronic recurring migraines, PTSD, and a bunch of other issues, "no." If you have Judge Boyce, give up any hope of winning your case now. No matter what paperwork you have. Cancel the hearing, start over.

Jim
Judge: Laura Valente
3/24/2015 2:18:34 PM



Obviously ALJ Laura Valente gets her medical knowledge from watching the DVR's of Dr. Phil & Dr. Oz. They just threw out her decision in my case for the third time in nine years. She has zero knowledge of mental disorders. Instead of doing a little research she thinks all she has to do is look at you & she can tell if you have anything wrong with you. They should put her in the criminal court system as she only takes ten seconds to arrive at a decision. The first time I walked into her court & before she turned on the recorder she said 'I can tell by looking at you that you are not depressed or suicidal. These ALJ's get their jobs by knowing someone or as a political favor. They don't get them based on intelligence or education.

LawBringer
Judge: Kimberly Boyce
3/23/2015 11:31:18 PM



If Kimmy Boyce-Thoman is your HO "judge" you're screwed. This individual has broken so many laws I don't even know where to begin. She wouldn't let me in her office since I might throw up (part of my disability). Interesting note about that. I only stated that the bucket filled with stuff that I brought was for vomiting in the supposedly private conference room with my lawyer. Federal wiretapping violation anyone? This is after she forced me to attend the hearing in person (against medical advice). I have a spinal cord injury and severe PTSD - I'm a shut in partially due to mental stuff, but also to protect my spinal cord. This is all documented in my file, but good ol' kimmy didn't give a s**t about what actual doctors had to say about it. She's just looking to get a dismissal. My hearing was for 245pm - she wanted to start at 230pm. Thank god I was there, as she would have dismissed the case. Since I was there, she then said she only wanted to talk to my lawyer. While my lawyer was in there, my hearing was held without me, and decisions were made without my consent or knowledge. My lawyer came out and told me she couldn't represent me, as there was no way that Kimmy was going to do anything but deny deny deny. In that case the lawyer can't get paid - so I understood my lawyer's reaction. This also cleared up the reason why my last three lawyers gave up when they saw who the HO was. In other words, this "judge" has actively prevented me from having representation in a federal court. AND YES THE SSA HEARING ROOMS ARE UNDER FEDERAL LAW. Since they have the ability to deprive you of property and/or liberty, you have the RIGHT to representation. Guess she's going to have to learn that the hard way. In the hearing I wasn't allowed in, a continuation was granted. For what?? I have no idea, as I wasn't there. Boyce then let me know thru my lawyer that if I didn't withdraw my case, then she would cut off my SSI and demand repayment. Umm... coercion by a federal employee - lovely. If you've had this judge and similar experiences, please contact me at assist@endedesanfanges.com as I am trying to get more than just criminal charges filed. Good luck guys. Try to go to Tacoma.


Judge: Caroline Siderius
3/17/2015 10:42:02 AM



judge Siderius was very nice, respectful and genuine. Thank you judge siderius. and I would recommend her. she takes all medical evidence into considartion.


Judge: Keith Allred
1/19/2015 12:49:18 AM



Falsefied documents lied on legal paper work. Violated civil rights. Needs to be sued for civil rights violations and damages. Should be ashamed. LIED ON LEGAL DOCUMENTS. PADDED THE CASE WITH FALSE MEDICAL RECORDS


Judge: Virginia M Robinson
1/16/2015 11:31:27 AM



On January 15, 2014 I had a hearing with this woman. First thing out of her mouth was " I see you are a dog breeder". I am going to make a long story short. I had gone in front of Judge Adams who brought it up because of an old face book page (had one litter). He denied me, and we refiled a new claim that was not suppose to be used, but she used it anyway. So when those words came out of her mouth, my Attorney's jaw dropped. So we finished up with the vocational woman saying that I could be a waitress. ( 10 lb weight limit, can't walk more that 10 minutes without a lot of pain). Then again back to the old case, and she said that I was 49 when I started this process, I am going to be 55 this year. She did this on purpose. My attorney filed for an appeal which should be coming up soon. He said that she committed reversible error by going outside the period at issueand cites testimony and documentary evidence from the previous decision to buttress the current decision, completing ignoring black letter law of res judicata and thereby committing reversible error. This is just a couple of things that happened, there is about 6 in total that she messed up. I have stated nothing but the truth in this statement, and have records to prove it. I see people on judge judy all the time on SSDI and they get it for the stupidest things! I have many issues and it's just not right.

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



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 justice
Judge: M. J. Adams
9/9/2014 2:25:40 PM



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.

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



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.

Norm
Judge: Sue Leise
8/29/2014 8:20:32 PM



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.

mary hoeft
Judge: Sue Leise
8/26/2014 4:01:43 PM



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.

Grateful
Judge: Keith Allred
8/13/2014 11:18:51 PM



I found Judge Allred to be very professional. He gave me all the time I needed to explain my situation and was patient and took the time to listen. If you find his name on your paperwork, you can plan on a relaxed, fair, and complete hearing. Judge Allred is more than apt at reading people too so no BS, be straight and honest or he will call you out!


Judge: Larry Kennedy
7/1/2014 2:12:07 PM



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
6/21/2014 8:43:51 AM



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
5/30/2014 3:21:49 PM



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.

kimmy boyce-boyce
Judge: Kimberly Boyce
4/19/2014 3:51:00 PM



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.

james russell terry
Judge: Kimberly Boyce
4/4/2014 7:35:45 PM



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


Judge: Keith Allred
4/1/2014 2:01:11 AM



Allred was fair but the time it took for the dission to go thru writting and then singnature was way too long (2 1/2 months).


Judge: Keith Allred
3/30/2014 1:13:17 AM



Judge Allred gave me my day in court and thats all anyone should expect.I believe anyone who gets this judge will receive a fair hearing.


Judge: Ilene Sloan
3/8/2014 10:40:26 AM



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..

Brenda Mccormick
Judge: David J DeLaittre
2/27/2014 9:04:31 PM



A very kind, caring and knowledgeable Judge.

Mike
Judge: Laura Valente
2/7/2014 5:17:16 AM



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.

Vanessa
Judge: M. J. Adams
1/31/2014 4:02:29 AM



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.

Holly
Judge: M. J. Adams
1/21/2014 11:16:34 PM



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
1/2/2014 9:38:52 AM



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.

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



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: Larry Kennedy
10/11/2013 8:30:37 AM



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.

Cynthia Nelson
Judge: Stephanie Martz
10/2/2013 3:32:55 AM



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

Jim
Judge: Laura Valente
9/22/2013 11:42:56 PM



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

jeffrey james
Judge: Sue Leise
8/26/2013 1:38:55 PM



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
6/29/2013 6:09:10 AM



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.

Adam Boklage
Judge: John W Rolph
6/18/2013 9:40:17 AM



I'm an attorney who only practices Social Security disability law, and who routinely appears before judges from seven different ODARs (Portland, Eugene, Tacoma, Seattle, Spokane, Boise and Las Vegas - a total of 67 ALJs), and on occasion at virtually every ODAR across the country. I have seen it all, from wack-job judges who are truly insane -- pity anyone from Moreno Valley, CA or Billings, MT -- to judges on some sort of an agenda to deny (or approve!) as many people as possible. I can say without hesitation that Chief Judge Rolph is one of the most courteous, professional, thoughtful and genuinely compassionate judges that I have encountered. This is NOT the same thing as a high allowance rate. He only pays about 50/50, which means that he is denying a lot of cases who probably should be approved. However, I truly believe you get a fair shot with him. While he may not approve every claim, my experience is that he treats every claimant with respect as a human being. As bad as it is to have your claim denied, it is incredible how many judges insist on belittling people and treating them like crap. Judge Rolph never does this. The only time I have ever seen him lose patience, and even then it was slight, was when a claimant insisted on lying to him (and me) about current drug and alcohol use, was deceitful and very dishonest. Anyone who does that deserves a lot worse. Bottom line: I would love to win every one of my cases, but I would be more than happy if every one of my clients were assigned to Judge Rolph.

no way 2
Judge: Laura Valente
6/8/2013 1:23:52 AM



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


Judge: Tom L Morris
5/22/2013 10:18:12 AM



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

Kenneth Alan Hughes
Judge: Caroline Siderius
4/19/2013 10:18:20 PM



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
4/12/2013 8:05:41 AM



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
4/9/2013 2:57:10 PM



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
4/3/2013 7:49:27 PM



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


Judge: Mary Gallagher Dilley
3/10/2013 1:42:38 AM



no decision from her yet. but i liked her. seemed very fair.

Carol Bailey
Judge: Timothy Mangrum
1/21/2013 5:30:44 PM



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
12/4/2012 4:08:51 PM



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


Judge: Tom L Morris
12/4/2012 3:53:06 PM



Don't bother showing up.

ra
Judge: Laura Valente
10/25/2012 4:21:34 PM



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

John Silver
Judge: Gordon W Griggs
10/4/2012 4:14:47 PM



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.

no way
Judge: Laura Valente
8/17/2012 8:31:52 PM



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
7/28/2012 3:32:23 AM



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
7/23/2012 2:10:31 PM






Judge: Larry Kennedy
7/23/2012 3:43:07 AM



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
7/16/2012 11:39:34 AM



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
6/26/2012 10:24:59 PM



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
6/26/2012 9:51:19 PM



U grill people to a point of no return... Have some compassion and don't be such a tuff women.....

Experienced Attorney
Judge: Joanne E Dantonio
6/14/2012 11:59:42 AM



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
5/10/2012 8:05:32 AM



Not one of the better ALJs. Her decisions are not written well.


Judge: Cheri L Filion
4/10/2012 7:23:22 PM



-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.