3.8 based on 4 reviews


  1. Beth F Gordon says:

    I had my disability hearing by phone in June. I found Judge Cates to be communicative, thoughtful and thorough. I had the sense that he truly understood my case. I have not recieved a decision at this writing.

  2. B says:

    This judge was not rude with me, if people feel this judge was rude to them, they must of gave the judge a reason, and another thing this judge has been working with social security for a very long time, I’m pretty sure he knows what he is doing, regardless of the outcome of your case

  3. Anonymous says:

    My first review needs some updating a year later:
    Unfortunately, I found my attorney’s warnings about Judge Cates to be valid the second time around also. Judge Cates sympathized with an abuser from my past on two occasions. During both of my hearings, Judge Cates justified the abuser’s actions and berated me – on the record – as though I were at fault and the abuser were justified. During the second hearing, Judge Cates even admitted – on the record – to identifying personally with the abuser’s position in a direct way. So strange was this behavior, that I wonder how the Chief Judge and Appeals Council have not caught on by now. Such predatory behavior in the courtroom makes this judge a wild card. My attorney’s goal is to win my appeal, so he only plans to file a potential judicial conduct review if I don’t win the third upcoming appeal.

  4. Randy russell says:

    Earl c cates is one of the ***** that troll planet earth He has the mentality of a ***** Hopefully he will have a massive heart attack
    And die I pray every day this Foul excuse for a human lives eternity in ****

  5. Anonymous says:

    My attorney did tell me that Judge Cates is an egotistical, condescending person who likes to insult people. Unfortunately, I found this to be true. In my case, no amount of sensible evidence in support of my case erased this wealthy man’s contempt for a person like me who is unable to defend myself. He even attacked my character and intergrity. In fact, he has a 10% higher rate of denial and a 10% lower rate of approval than both the state and national averages for SSDI judges. This means most judges are more impartial than Judge Cates, and few deny or dismiss more cases.

  6. Anonymous says:

    This judge and social security are pushing the idea on my case that my intelligence is reason enough for my denial. My case has nothing to do with my intellect and it is infuriating. My health problems have destroyed my life and taken almost everything from me and this problem has plagued me since I was born. My problem has no short term cure and could continue until my death. My life situation deepened on this and I could become homeless in less than 10 years due to those who provide for me.

    My denial was insulting and I now have to wait for another four years to come back to this judge according to my lawyer. The reason for denial completely ignored testimony and seems as if my records were not read except for one positive. I have four doctors who said I was incapable of sustaining work, three of which were not my doctor.

    This situation makes me steam in hatred for a amount of time that I have forgotten. I can’t sleep at night because of this some days. This judge should not be employed and should answer to the state bar. I do not feel my case was taken seriously.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Judge Cates was rude and accusatory. He started off by asking why I don’t think I have to work. I told him about the health issues that have plagued me since childhood. He then said, “Just because you don’t want to work doesn’t mean you don’t have to work.” I knew at this point that the hearing was a lost cause. Of course, I was denied benefits, and the reasons were a joke. For instance, he said that I had no corroborating evidence from my doctors that I was sick. When I told 2 of my doctors what he said, they just shook their heads in disbelief, because my records are overflowing with evidence. For anyone who is scheduled to see this judge, you have my deepest sympathies.

  8. Stephen says:

    I’ve met with this judge once during the summer of 2015 and will be meeting with him again for a followup soon to cover some additional evaluations Judge Earl C. Cates Jr. requested. My opinion of Judge Cates is that he’s thorough. Whether or not he’s fair, favorable, or partial is a perspective I believe everyone must understand. He is a human being and makes decisions based on personal experiences and knowledge. Personally, I wouldn’t be in the appeals process unless there was both personal opinions combined with the agreeable perspectives from 3rd parties to appeal another human beings decision. So, know that whether you will agree with the perspectives of Judge Earl C. Cates Jr. or not, he is very thorough and may require additional information, time, hearings, etc. How he uses the additional information one can only speculate. Just be aware that any favorable decisions he makes are not handled lightly or without numerous inputs and considerations throughout his evaluation of your case.

  9. W.Y.Jones says:

    I haven’t received notice yet. I know I didn’t present my case well. Unfortunately, so overwhelmed with life that I didn’t visit doctors I should have earlier so possibly not enough supporting documentation. I hope I’m wrong and I’m hoping that some last minute psych reports will help my case. This Judge in the hearing seemed nice, if not a little short with me. The employment advocate suggested I could, also, work as a parking attendant (this is where I needed more medical documentation that I didn’t have-due to lack of money to visit other doctors. Doctors I hadn’t seen in some time unfortunately and that I didn’t even think about advising my disability attorney about until about 1 1/2 months ago). God grant me strength and be merciful towards me, whatever the outcome.

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