1.9 based on 9 reviews


  1. Anonymous says:

    I read his report and he incorrectly cited who I was in multiple ways at different times. Not only was he representing the facts wrong, but he wasn’t even being consistent with himself. Debar him and put him at the deep fryer.

  2. Michelle says:

    The judge explained how the case was going to proceed. Explained that he was going to call an internal medicine doctor, a psychologist, and a vocational expert. He proceeded to call the internal medicine doctor, who said I met the disability requirements on 3 different sections. After getting off the phone with the doctor, he thanked me for coming in and asked if I had any questions. So I did ask if was going to call the others on his list? He said he was not going to argue with the doctor, and said I would receive my decision within about 2 weeks. I am assuming this means I am approved, but I wanted to write a review because before my court date, I read these previous reviews and was so scared. He was very polite, respectful and professional in my case.

  3. Chris Hodges says:

    Judge Paul Hebda is conducting hearings illegally, is my belief – this is based on re-reading ssa.gov repeatedly and asking legal assistance in other states since Alaska has zero real legal help. Hebda is hostile, unfair, does not allow you to ask civil question. He is a very angry and illogical man, who seems to have a grudge against the universe…..let’s talk, Darth Vadar? He made derogatory personal comments about me that are based on zero facts and his court flat out lied to the ssa about my case. He tried to dismiss my case saying that I have “brain cancer” which I don’t, and that I am mentally incapacitated, which I’m not. He had the recorder stop typing when he made the inappropriate personal remarks about my character, which I pointed out to him. We are now in the Federal Court of Appeals and I am filing a Federal Lawsuit against him and the entire Alaska SSA. The Alaskan SSA is 100% corrupt, in case your planning on dealing with them. I am a resident of another state now and have checked in with 4 other states SSA offices regarding my SSA matter. ALL the other states agree with me. I have kept EVERYTHING proving how corrupt the AK SSA is. I suggest you do the same.

  4. Jason says:

    Most unprofessional judge I have ever been in front of. He and the ME spent 20 minutes embarrassing my client for being overweight. Claimant should have gridded out but he put a 56 year old with a neck surgery at heavy work. Sad and horrific!!!!

  5. Kat Hu says:

    Don’t listen to advice about taking your appeal higher up. I appealed to the federal court and won. The federal judge saw through judge hebdas ridiculous reasoning for denial and chewed him a new one.

  6. Me says:

    I have been in front of Judge Hebda twice and am waiting on my decision. I did not find him as a tyrant or out of control. He has a specific way he runs his courtroom and expects you – and your representative – to adhere to it. I have to admit during my first hearing he did as much as acknowledge me and in the second he did. I thought that very odd. Even though I do not feel real good about the outcome of my case due to his low approval numbers – and my representation – I am going to give this Judge a break. He’s tough, but if you come prepared I believe he will do the right thing. Thus I give him 3 1/2 stars.

  7. SRShaw says:

    Judge Hebda really did me a good turn. The firm I hired, Premier Disability out of Minnesota did a poor job representing me. Premier hired a contract attorney to appear at my hearing. This man, Casey Cox, out of Oregon only had access to my files for a week prior to the hearing yet was able to get me a favorable decision from Hebda. Hebda was so displeased with Premier that he denied the fee agreement, meaning he did not want them paid out of my back pay. 6 months later Premier tried to get paid through a process called a fee petition. They did not reply to the judge for 170 day (there was a sixty day limit). Now I began to call the national SS number every two weeks trying to get my money. I went to the local field office a few times trying to resolve this. One young man there (finally) read the two denials of payment and agreed with my claim that the 6000 was mine. He went to bat for me through the SS nightmare channels. Eventually, like a year later, after many calls and not losing my temper, his boss filed a “supervisor to superviser” request to resolve this mess and I just received notice that the he 6000 is mine

  8. Anonymous says:

    Do not file for Social Security Disability in Alaska unless you are on your deathbed, literally. SSA routinely denies good cases all over the US, but then in most states you will have a fairly reasonable judge to fix the denial. NOT IN ALASKA. Judge Hebda and LaCara have records that reflect little or no compassion for whatever ails you. (They award the fewest cases in the entire nation) They not only don’t care, but they aren’t willing to spend someone else’s money, (yours, if you paid federal taxes) to help you while you are down on your luck. If you only have an average case, nothing spectacular like brain cancer, move down to Hawaii or the lower 48 ASAP before filing for Social Security Disability.

  9. BigAL says:

    I had judge Paul Hebda over my case twice. The first time he denied. He ignored medical evidence such A physical capacity report and a letter from my treating doctor then I had to go through the appeals council and won and had a second hearing with him again where I had new medical issues. Where he ignored medical evidence again in my case and denied me a second time. He’s the kind a judge that pretty much makes a decision before your hearing even begins and has prejudice against disability cases. I advise you if you have a physical capacity report saying you cannot work and your doctor writes a letter saying you cannot work and he ignores your evidence and denied you go to the bar association with your paperwork and file complaints against him because this judge needs to be removed from office!!!!!

  10. Anonymous says:

    I am a 53 year old man with crohns disease. I was formerly approved for SSDI and attempted to recur to my job as a civil engineer. I had a few jobs at various companies, all of which i was let go due to absenteeism ( I was still sick). Judge Hebda expressed his displeasure with the way my case was presented in the paperwork by my attorney and spoke about his dislike for the firm I hired. I was issued a Contract Attorney who had only had my case file for a few days prior to the hearing, but somehow managed to convince the judge to give a “fully favorable” ruling. I was thoroughly impressed by the judge himself advocating for me. If you live in The Pacific Northwest I recommend my contract attorney, Mr. Casey Cox, whole-heartedly. Thanks Judge Hebda!

  11. A Little Mouse says:

    I had an experience with Paul Hebda. 😉

    I ended up filing a complaint against him for chauvinistic comments at my first hearing. After my complaint was submitted my case was then swiftly sent to Spokane Washington for review and it was approved.

    My lawyer then took me out of $30,000 and he had his license suspended for hurting several other disability claimants last year. I’m in the process of suing my lawyer which will be starting very soon.

    After Paul Hebda denied my claim- I was forced to go back to my job, where I put up with sexual harassment from a dirty old elderly man.

    In part due to the duress the denial created in my life-

    I had a back injury that injured my Cervical, Thoracic, and Lumbar Spine.

    I will probably be on disability for the rest of my life, even after I recover from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

    The Social Security Administration is probably one of the most poorly organized and unjust systems in the United States. It rates right up there with the negligence and abuse of our Veterans.

    Every day that I wake up and cannot bend or move, and I’m in pain…

    I remember Paul Hebda.

    These Judges get paid well and in order to look like they are doing their jobs- they deny claims, many of which should not be denied. When Paul Hebda looked at me and asked me if “I could cook”…

    I knew instantly that he was choosing me to meet his “quota” for denials, and that there was no hope for me at that time.

    I will spend the rest of my life in physical pain. My life will never be the same; and Paul Hebda will still have his retirement and benefits in the end. That’s all this is really about to these Judges.

    Hopefully my lawsuit against my lawyer will be won. I plan to raise a lot of concerns to our Congressmen to raise the issue that Social Security needs to be reformed “again.”

    The government went to providing benefits to almost everyone who applied instantly, to murdering its citizens. An estimated 10-15,000 deaths occur each decade to people waiting, who may have been saved had their benefits been approved from my understanding.

    The government saves so much money on the deaths of our veterans, and the disabled by torture. They also save money on the deaths of our disability claimants, who may have lived had their disability claims been approved sooner.

    It took twelve months for a man in my hometown to get disability. He was sleeping in a tent in a remote area due to being homeless. He almost lost his foot due to a spider bite, and he did not have the knowledge or the transportation to go receive health care. My friend took him all her camping supplies, and drove him to several doctors’ appointments, and helped him get food. She wrote to a congressman to help the man get his claim approved sooner, but it still took twelve months. He almost died.

    There are worse places to live. BUT

    This country has a long way to go before it will ever be a place that measures up to what it dictates.

    Thank you!!! ALJ Paul Hebda! AND God Bless America!!!!

    I pray that Karma comes around to those who are responsible for human suffering.

    Sometimes that’s all we can do…

  12. Anonymous says:

    Judge Hebda is, essentially, an idiot. Of all the judges, he is probably among the top 5 worst, if the worst overall. His rationale in the written decisions are filled with contradictions, hypocrisy, improper application of the regs/rulings, ignorant of relevant medical records, giving great weight to false information, mischaracterizing (lying about) important evidence, and written as if by a high schooler. In the hearing he’s always harping about tiny issues, yelling at reps and claimants alike, as well as holding hearings that go for hours long. He’ll complain and complain about the cases before him and if he makes a mistake, he’ll blame anyone but himself. And, if you make a mistake, he’ll slam you for it long after the hearing is done or the case has moved on. He tends to forget or not know fundamental parts of the disability process, such as case law, rulings on DAA, and even changes to the regulations themselves. He’s not a fair judge, nor honest, and definitely not smart either. If you get him, try to find a way out of it, even if that manes dropping your case altogether. Trust me, one hearing with him, and you’ll spend the next 2-5 years trying to untangle the damage he’ll do to your case.

  13. Anonymous says:

    It has been my personal experience and only my opinion that the Judge is out of control. He is angry, short tempered and, as other comments allude to, he makes too many “mistakes”. I have to wonder if the gross concentration of errors in my case are actual “mistakes”, especially after reading about other cases.
    Additionally, we applicants are held to the fire for mistakes, but he is not held liable for his mistakes that have ruined our lives (applicants).
    Another concern of mine is the low benefits approval rating (accuracy unknown) shown on the internet.
    Furthermore, how can he dismiss a neurologist’s findings mentioned in one comment within this site. I never received the report from a psych. hired by SSA. Later, I found the report was in my favor.
    My suggestion to you all is to go to your senator’s, not just the democratic side, but the republicans and independents, file a complaint, be concise about issues with the judge and the SSA. I have done that and, one office is helping me. The Senator said, “I don’t know why I have to handle their (the SSA) issues, so the senator is not thrilled with the organization. If we don’t squeak, we wont get the grease we need.

  14. Anonymous says:

    I’m an attorney and I’ve never been in front of a more openly hostile judge, ever.

  15. Anonymous says:

    I am the one who posted on Paul T. Hebda on 4/17/2013. I received a partially favorable decision around June 10th, 2013. Despite not agreeing with his ruling, I would have to say that I still like him as a judge. I have some disagreements in his decision and found at some points that there were contradictions in his statements and even some wrong information in what is written.

    I have not decided if I am going to appeal his decision or not. Will give myself the weekend to hopefully get a better grip on if I have a chance at an appeal to his decision. According to the partially favorable, my onset date was moved one year ahead, basically not giving me any back pay at all. I truly feel my disability was a strong case before his new onset date. I appreciate his decision, but I think I will chance taking it to appeals. I don’t have much going for me in life and I feel I really don’t have anything to lose. I am pretty much at my lowest so there is no where to go but up.

  16. Anonymous says:

    I had my hearing with Hebda a while back. I have not recieved a decision yet, but I found him to be very kind, patient and aware of how hard it was for me to come before a judge in my hearing. I felt like he had some compassion and that made me a little more comfortable and the whole hearing bareable. I was sent to a doctor for a Mental Status Exam after my hearing and had a very favorable report from that doctor. I await Hebda’s decision now.

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  18. T. Lamb says:

    I think Judge Hebda is not particularly objective in his decision making process. He Claimed I worked during 2011, which is not true. He also felt like the evaluation the Neurologist performed carried no weight because the neurologist has only seen me one time, yet hypocritically sited over and over physicians who only saw me once and avoided being too descriptive of my injuries and illnesses to protect the Veterans Administration.

    It would be difficult for me to form an objective review of Judge Hebda. In court he was pleasant and things were done quickly. But he denied my claim and his reasoning for denial is not consistent with his reasons for acceptance. Judges who have double standards are not good judges in my opinion. The whole idea of going before a judge is so a reasonable person can make a decisions without a predisposition for denial.

  19. Milton Brabb says:

    I went before Judge Hebda he denined me due process holding my benefits back to get me a payee for know aparent reason,,He stated i abuse marijuana and because of it i need a payee,TWO doctors in there reports stated i was able to receive benefits both were not mentioned in his report,,yet the same report was used to award me fully disabled,I told him I had PTSD and needed my wife with me during my hearing and he said no.I stood before him in fear because of it,yet it states i could have her with me in the booklet i received,,he denied me my rights and then discriminated against me my judgement date was april 2nd to date im still fighting to regain my pride and benefits and my family of 3 kids are suffering This judges actions were shameful when i went through everything the state asked to get judgement then have it delayed over my Legal marijuana use Permit # available..im a 52yr old disabled vet married 28 years, in alaska since 79 why treat me this way Judge??????

  20. Anonymous says:

    I went before Judge Hebda last Oct. and was denined my Dissability Claim. I then appealed, again. At the same time, I atempted to hire a lawyer. After several months the lawyer sent me a letter stating part of the reason he chose not to take my case is that Judge Hebda is flat-out a lier, and that he misleads the claimant, and that his mind is made up befores he hears your testimony. Among other comments/statements about this particular Judge. How do I get a fair hearing???

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