4.8 based on 10 reviews


  1. A Nobody says:

    If you’re under the age of 50, you can pretty much forget being approved. At 27% approval, you cannot argue with this theory. While very pleasant in the hearing, she has her mind made up before you walk in there. If the national average for judges approving case is around 42%, an approval rate of 27% indicates something is bad wrong here. Unfortunately, bad things happen to people under 50. This judge doesn’t seem to care about that. One star for being nice in the hearing.

  2. Marlene Bowers says:

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart Judge Neel for taking the time and having patience with my Husband Todd Bowers. This has been a long and trying road for us. He was so nervous and really was shaken up, so thank you again for allowing him the opportunity during his hearing.

  3. Ella Jean says:

    Finally, in this very long process, I was able to explain myself in person and not just receive the rubber-stamp denial. It took two long years and I am so grateful to have been able to sit in front of Judge Neel and have her actually listen to me and understand what I was facing. She was compassionate, caring, professional and most of all – understanding! Thank you Judge Neel!

  4. I. Will. Appeal. says:

    Judge Neel is a very pleasant ALJ. It always hasn’t been this way with certain judges in this office (thankfully they are gone now). However, if you are under the age of 50, you can pretty much forget an approval from her. As of this writing, she has the lowest approval rating of them all. That should tell you plenty. Stats don’t lie. Although she is “up” from her 28% approval rating when she was in Tampa. Progress? 5 stars for being pleasant, courteous and professional. 0 stars for bieing biased against younger individuals. 3 stars overall.

  5. Kelly says:

    I thought for sure I was going to lose my hearing, I went into the room with no confidence what so ever. I suffer from PTSD, GAD, depression, memory loss, chronic pain and I have IBS from a near fatal accident. When I met Judge Neel she was very nice and very personable, she put me at ease when I sat down and her questions were asked in a manner that wasn’t intrusive or very hard to answer, I got confused a couple of times because I don’t process information like I used to and formulating words is still a daunting task for me. I can’t remember how long the hearing lasted? but I was happy to hear she would approve me with an amended onset date, now I’m just waiting on the decision letter and approval letter. A huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders even though I still have a wait time before I recieve benefits but I guess I’ll just have to keep making it day by day and taking it one day at a time like I have been and continue to try to get better. I’m also very happy that I’ll be able to have my severe neck pain addressed and will be able to see my Psychiatrist Dr. Pillai again (I had health insurance but couldn’t afford it anymore and lost all my benefits), now that I can get approved for Medicaid, it’ll be a year before I can get Medicare. Judge Neel is a really great Judge, she is fair and compassionate and she doesn’t want to see me fail so I’m hoping one day I can go back to school and work. We’ll see where my road to recovery takes me. So please don’t rely on these negative ratings of her, if your claim is legit, your medical file is strong and you are truly disabled I wouldn’t worry about having her as your judge.
    Thank you Judge Neel, you changed my whole outlook on my future and now I feel like I have a chance at life again.

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