4 based on 4 reviews


  1. Elmo says:

    For years now, I am still waiting for the
    SSA, to switch me from SSI, to adult child
    Social security, or SSDI. Judge Souza,
    Took my information, but said that there
    was not enough evidence to switch. But he
    did allow me to keep the SSI. Now 11 years
    later, I have evidence of being eligible for the switch, but it is too late, and I’m stuck.
    I will not be able to make it financially on
    SSI, so the future for me is very bleak. I wish
    I could have another chance to get switched
    as my local social security office keeps
    reminding me saying ” you’re on the wrong
    Income program” I always say I know.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I appreciate Chief Judge Souza. I thought he was nice and down to earth. He reminded me of my Uncle back home spoke to me. Direct, respectable and honestly. Chief Judge Souza is very easy to talk with. I hope all the people that were sent denial letters by other judges, will go back and re-read the top page and realize that there was an error and to be fair, it is in your best interest when finding an attorney that he or she takes the time to serve you the best . In mentioning this, I am the person who is responsible for notifying a certain Judge that used this error against me due to my being Homeless in Seattle,WA. The formal letter requesting a hearing use to state that : There is a phone hearing/interview at 1:30 P.M. and then the date: ____________. Then below this paragraph there was space of 6 lines, then below that was wording that stated you were to also attend this appointment in person. I missed this the first couple times, I had read it, but after, a particular Judge whom I had never met, talked down to me, and treated me disrespectfully and there was no reason for that kind of behavior. I had caught the error and I am hoping from now on there will be more fairness and respectful and honest outcomes in the near future for all those who are in need. Sincerly, and Take care,

  3. Anonymous says:

    I felt Judge Souza was down to earth. Reminded me of my Uncle Delano in Oregon. Judge Souza is direct and reliable, respectable during the hearing. I use to be timid, shy and passive aggressive, which hurt me and my character. Sometimes, people think I am angry, when I am talking, writing letters. I can be intense and I am very passionate about the truth, my circumstances. I care about people, and their well being and for the good for others. I hope that all those people before me that had gone through the Social Security application and hearings process will go back and appeal their denial letters due to the copy of letter that the Social Security Administraton office’s automatically printed out letters to prospective clients that read like this: You are expected to go to a hearing and you have a phone interview at 1:30 P.M. with Judge So and So ____________________________ and the remainder of the letter, it states that you are also to be at the hearing in person. I am the person responsible for those letters being amended due to another Judge, whom, I will not say due to Privacy laws and common sense. I will say that through my going through the a Judge_______________________I found out that, I could write a letter to our Representative, asking for assistance. I had been discriminated against me for being Homeless.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Judge Souza terminated my benefits after I’d received them for 18 years. I’m 55 yrs old and unable to work due to bipolar disorder.
    The SSDI psychologists reports said I was disabled as did my own Dr and therapist. He threw those reports out. Instead, he called a Dr in another state who has never seen me. That Dr said so what, she has mood swings, don’t we all and laughed. This was the testimony Judge Souza went by.
    He also relied heavily on false information about me online and photos from my Facebook page. He has little to no knowledge of mental health issues. Having a photo of oneself smiling sitting in the sun does not mean that a person no longer has bipolar disorder. If my Facebook page was a problem then probably no one should qualify for SSDI.
    Judge Souza also based decision on a report done by undercover police Sent to my house under false pretenses. Sending male police officers to my house has caused PTSD. I am a rape victim and he should have considered that would be a trigger for me.
    This 3 year appeal process has left my health worse than when I started. The entire SS process needs to be looked at. It’s damaging and the wrong people are getting terminated in order to cut the budget for the state of MO.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Judge Souza was very kind. He was very familiar with my case and adjourned the hearing within 20 minutes. I received a favorable decision 3 months later.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Denied my claim a few weeks later after the hearing when I had all of my records and an attorney… Now I will have to wait even longer……….

  7. Anonymous says:

    I agree with previous comments. He was friendly and straightforward. Knew the file well. Issued a favorable bench decision.

  8. Anonymous says:

    One of the best judges I have appeared before in representing clients before SSA.

    Very prompt (convened hearing 2 min. early!!)and very friendly. Joked with my client to put him at ease. He obviously read the file prior to the hearing. He chatted with my client for 10 minutes, then issued a favorable bench decision.

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