5 based on 2 reviews


  1. L. Espinosa says:

    Judge Richard P. Gartner presided on 12-19-16 @ 11:am during my Disability Hearing via Video Teleconference. I, with God as my lawyer, was in the Miami, Florida (I have been a Miami resident for 57 years) ODAR office and the Judge was in St. Petersburg, Florida. My wait time for this hearing started on October 31st, 2014 until my receipt of the Notice of Hearing on November 21st, 2016 (2 years and 21 days plus the one year before the hearing starting on October 21st, 2013 when I applied). An excruciating, stress-filled three year period of my now 60 year old life, which I cannot wish on my worst enemy. The honorable Judge Gartner is truly HONORABLE in the full extension and meaning of the word. He and his staff ( Roxana, and the others I spoke with were Diana, Tania and Chad) are considerate, respectful and thoughtfully attentive. He asked many specific questions and explained many proceedings, rights and laws in detail. In addition, I had the extraordinary good fortune of having the presence of Ms. Cynthia Stephens (appointed by ODAR), from Professional Evaluations Plus, who gave her professional opinion as to my disabilities when asked by Judge Gartner. I am grateful to all mentioned. May good health, laughter and sincerity be theirs always!
    It is a very real pity that the exact OPPOSITE of my compliments and experience with the St. Petersburg, ODAR is true of the Miami Fl. ODAR receptionist, Duroy, and a man named, Claudio De Leon x 28315 listed as the Miami, Fl. ODAR contact for any questions on the SSA website regarding any questions about the upcoming court hearing. De Leon, answered as if angry that his slumber had been disturbed. He hung up on me after asking where I got his extension; I called him back and his excuse for being rude was that he was the Miami ODAR Operations System Administrator!!! He is an employee of SSA and he was listed as the contact by SSA on their website. SSA is HIS employer. There are no words other than just awful, but a MUST mention as part of my overall experience. I hope this helps others as to what to expect and have the good luck of having Judge Gartner preside at their hearing.

  2. Tiara D. says:

    My lawyer told me that Judge Gartner was a new judge so our attention was on high and we were hoping for the best but prepared for the worst. I’m in the hospital now as we speak and was unable to attend my hearing due to hospitalization and some haunting health impairments. I was able to get a letter from doctor by the skin of my teeth so that Judge Gartner wouldnt dismiss my case due to me being unable to physically appear. We sat by the phone waiting to see if he was going to postpone or dismiss. Surprisingly he approved my case without even speaking or seeing me. I was floored and excited!! My lawyer and I were amazed because I was told that something like this was rare and highly unlikely. I want to thank him for looking and observerving the evidence and realizing that I am in a position of health decline. I am honored to to be the first person from what I see to write a honorable report on Judge Gartner. This will be a huge burden taken off of my family and myself. I now can pay for my own medications and can pay out my tab at a few of my health appointment locations. I’ve read only a few reviews and I must say I believe I was assigned to the most favorable guy in the building!! Thank you Judge Gartner for everything and it would have been my honor and a pleasure if I was able to meet you in person.

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