Trevor Skarda , San Jose, California ODAR Office, Administrative Law Judge

For the 2011 *fiscal year, Judge Trevor Skarda has disposed 492 cases at the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in San Jose, California. Out of those 492 dispostions, 34 were dismissed, 115 were approved and 343 were denied. This means that the percentage of dispositions that Judge Skarda has approved in San Jose for the 2011 fiscal year is 23%. The information below for Judge Trevor Skarda was last updated on 6/11/2019.

Average statistics
Office*Fiscal YearTotal DispositionsTotal DecisionsTotal DenialsTotal AwardsCases
San Jose 2011 492 458 343 115 7%23%70%
Stockton 2011 230 195 98 97 15%42%43%
Stockton 2012 619 543 285 258 12%42%46%
Stockton 2013 683 605 305 300 11%44%45%
Stockton 2014 561 504 228 276 10%49%41%
Stockton 2015 503 432 224 208 14%41%45%
Stockton 2016 582 490 205 285 16%49%35%
Stockton 2017 466 387 182 205 17%44%39%
Stockton 2018 204 172 92 80 16%39%45%
San Francisco 2019 15 11 11 0 27%0%73%
San Rafael 2019 9 6 4 2 33%22%44%
Stockton 2019 395 355 170 185 10%47%43%
*The United States Government fiscal year is from October 1st - September 30th.
Trevor SkardaNo Stats for FY 2020
All ALJs in San Jose Office 17% 51% 32%
All ALJs in California20%45%35%
All ALJs in the Nation20%42%38%
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Judge: Trevor Skarda
6/20/2018 7:14:15 AM

I appeared before him in December 2017. I was very happy that he had already gone over my records and was able to ask specific questions. He has a rather laid back attitude but his questioning is very direct and professional. He doesn’t waste any time and keeps the hearings short. He issued a partially favorable decision in my case, and I thought the decision was well written and very helpful to my understanding why he changed my onset date. If you are assigned to this judge, don’t fret. Just make sure you are prepared.

Michael Reese
Judge: Trevor Skarda
5/17/2018 9:29:18 PM

So I read all of the comments about this Judge in preparation for a full day of hearings before him. I will say after six hearings that I think the criticisms are unfairly leveled against this ALJ. He knew each case extremely well before they ever walked into his hearing room. He wanted the time in the hearing to be focused on the relevant issues and not, as so many ALJs are prone to, asking scores of ultimately irrelevant questions. He was very cordial to the claimants and even took the time on several of them to thank them for their cases, since we (he, the VHR, me, the VE) were all there to service their case and the system that they worked so hard to pay into. I think the attorneys in Stockton must be trying to keep other attorneys from the area by saying he's so rough (joking), but I found him to be fair and delightful to deal with.

Judge: Trevor Skarda
12/15/2015 11:26:08 AM

I had this judge for my hearing; he had some hard questions, but between my statements & medical records, the case was approved. Total time maybe 20 minutes. No complaints!

Judge: Trevor Skarda
8/8/2014 10:19:02 AM

He is the WORST!!!! I had private doctors do my evals as well as there retarded doctors and he only went with the retarded doctors opinion. I am not mentally disabled, I am physically disabled and all he wanted to focus on was my mental. Therefore DENIED!!! I personally thought they picked up a bumb off the streets of Stockton and told him to play judge when he walked in. Shorts, robe, long greasy straggly long hair. I felt like asking him to please take a shower when he came in. Not impressed at all. Maybe he really does need to go to law school again. At least personal hygiene and professional training. His remark in my denial letter "claimant was well dressed and put together so she can take care of herself". HELLO I am going to court, I thought I should get out of my jammies. Maybe he should take some of his own criticism.

Judge: Trevor Skarda
5/7/2014 4:38:46 AM

Professional judge with solid statistics. He is not the worse judge in this office or Northern California. Yes, he's very laid-back and no, he's not coddling you. He has to decide how to use the taxpayer's money and he takes that seriously so he will question you about smoking, weight, etc... If obesity aggravates your condition or smoking, why should taxpayers pay for that? I'm not asking that but that is the question the judge will want to know. Or why should we pay this claim for a diabetic who refuses to take his insulin. So judges will ask tough questions. Judge Skarda, like most judges will go with the state's RFC if there are no opinions from treating providers OR opinion evidence from treating provider's based solely on subjective complaints or not consistent with record as a whole. Claimants will view him hardly because they've only seen him once. As an attorney, I can say he's fair and professional, and quite thorough in how he handles his cases.

Judge: Trevor Skarda
4/8/2014 2:19:40 PM

ALJ Skarda apparently believes that it is his patriotic duty to save the country money by denying disability claims. I represent claimants in the Sacramento, San Raphael, Stockton, Fresno, and Redding hearing offices, and Skarda is the most conservative ALJ in Northern California. For instance, in one case my client went to hearing in a necessarily prescribed walker. Her medical records were voluminous, with many opinions from her specialists. Despite conflicting medical source statements from my clients specialists regarding her RFC, Skarda gave the VE ridiculous hypotheticals, which were answered by the VE with equally ridiculous representative jobs. In the written decision, Skarda gave controlling weight to the state agency examiner's opinions, despite overwhelming contrary evidence from the claimant's doctors. This ALJ needs to be brought to the attention of The Division of Quality Service and disciplined or removed from the bench.

Judge: Trevor Skarda
9/8/2013 5:12:30 PM

Christopher Trevor Skarda has let his license to practice law expire from what I saw online, so he must think he has this job for life. He does act snobby and prejudiced. He made sure to ask if I smoke. He also made a big deal of my weight, I felt shamed, then did not consider it a disabling factor or symptom of the disability. Yes, I saw that look of contempt on his face several times during the hearing. A good piece of my disability, mentally and physically, was from physically violent domestic abuse, which was never considered or discussed in my decision letter. I seriously question his ability to decided anything fairly because he seemed more interested in his own biases in the decision letter.

Judge: Trevor Skarda
1/7/2013 1:03:06 AM

Skarda took the opportunity to insult client during hearing. Not much better with his decision than manners.

Judge: Trevor Skarda
1/5/2013 8:11:04 PM

This judge's decisions should be looked at closely.

Judge: Trevor Skarda
11/19/2012 1:10:13 AM

just my opinion he acts like a know it all brat & dont expect fair decision

Judge: Trevor Skarda
11/16/2012 2:52:24 PM

Even though his approval ratings have improved since he worked in San Jose(70% denied), this is not a judge you want to appear before. Most of his opinion is based on the Social Security doctor's evaluations and not the overall medical record. The problem I see with this is that the Social Security doctors only see the patient once and their opinions are obviously swayed to the benefit of their employer and not the patient.

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