Tupelo, Mississippi ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Tupelo, Mississippi, 9 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Tupelo, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 11.0 months. The average case processing time in Tupelo is 413 days.The Tupelo average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 41%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Tupelo ODAR office was last updated on 6/11/2019.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Tupelo 9 11.0 months 413 days 2.5 14% 41% 45%
Mississippi12.0 months443 days2.517%37%46%
National Average:14.9 months500 days2.120%42%38%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied

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Judge: David Willis
3/18/2020 3:51:34 AM

memfoa@aol.com and Steven Jones are the same people. A simple internet search would show that it is Steven Jones Mr. Jones is a convicted felon and served time in Texas for a hit and run while drunk driving. He has not seen this Judge in person outside of a jail cell in over 43 years, but because his feelings were hurt on Facebook, he has used this website to post his lies. This "libel" statements should not be allowed. This website is for Claimants that have comments about the Judges that they have appeared in front of, not a personal dispute that has NO CONNECTION TO SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY!

Judge: David Willis
3/5/2020 12:02:20 PM

This Judge shows no empathy ,no heart, and often harassing about how his tax dollars being are spent on lazy ass people. I have a screen shots of such post. He has a sever case of alcoholism from childhood. I would hate to think I had to go b4 this Judge ,take a look at approval rate .He should be taken off the bench. This is the truth I will send you copies of this federal Judge David Willis and often brags about his making of 175,000and paying 30,000 in income taxes. If you would like to see these obnoxious post contact memfoa@aol.com This post has been sent "rights to a good disability Judge.

Steven Jones
Judge: David Willis
3/3/2020 6:53:32 PM

Dana Fitts
Judge: Joseph Bestul
1/18/2020 10:22:07 AM

This judge was very kind, very professional, and very respectful. He made sure to listen to what I had to say. He made me feel important and NOT IGNORED..Thank you.

Judge: Lisa M Johnson
1/9/2020 10:12:39 AM

I had my disability hearing with judge Lisa Johnson and she approved my application . She is a very knowledgeable and fair judge . Judge Johnson get straight to the point and ask you the questions required by law to determine if your case is approved or denied . She is serious about her job . First and foremost I want thanks God for my favorable outcome ; also thanks to judge Lisa Johnson for approving my disability .

Judge: B. T Amos
11/26/2019 8:02:43 PM

I had this judge in 2015. While my lawyer was asking me questions about my disability, Judge Amos would glance my way without staring me down. He was obviously observing my demeanor, proper attire, age, and work history. The vocational expert seemed to agree with my answers. After my lawyer, one of the best in the state, and I left the courtroom, he told me that the judge was impressed. About three weeks later, I was approved.

Judge: Michael D Shilling
10/9/2019 12:13:50 PM

may the Good Lord grant him the same "justice" that he hands out. one good reason to abolish the alj core and redo the system. when your decision depends on which judge that you draw something is very wrong.

Judge: James F Prothro
9/26/2019 8:01:38 PM

This Judge was a total Azz! After 25 years of military service,being put out unfit to work any job and receiving 100% disability from VA. All my doctors and notes from clinic said I was unable to hold any job. This judge said I could bake cakes and clean houses. I would love to clean his out. I serve and protect him that long, pay in my part and he sits behind a damn screen and just looks down, never makes eye contact, never once said thank you for your service, Nothing!! It’s a shame people that don’t need help get approved and the ones like me get denied so the sorry a zz people can mooch off government. Well I served and paid my part. They can get their ass up and go to work like I did. I am sick of seeing sorry lazy people get approved and hard workers get denied. It’s ass backwards if you ask me. This judge acts like it’s his damn money I’m asking for. It’s not! It’s mine that I’ve paid in SOB!! I have about hearing coming up in grenada on 15 November and I prey to the good lord that I’m blessed after this one. You can not rat this sorry ass judge because it doesn’t go that low. His will be Hell for denying all the ones that needed help. And the government wonders why soldiers lose it and do crazy things as they say. That’s right if you fight for your country your crazy. While these judges make all the good money and laugh while we protect them. Fingers crossed on next hearing. I wish all the ones on here that had this judge like me good look on next one. Hon bless everyone who spoke against him. HE IS THE SORRIEST PIECE OF CRAP TO WALK THE EARTH. I COULD STAY ON MY SOAP BOX BUT IM GETTING ANGRY RIGHT NOW.

Carol owens
Judge: Wesley R Kliner
4/16/2019 12:50:23 PM

I'm sure a great judge I didnt understand questions alot dew to memory loss and not understand what asked,think denied,I hurt inside and out being abused molested nerve damage can hardly walk or take care of my son ,I'm sure soon his dad will take him them I wont care anymore about anything it's been 5 years struggling going with out food nest just to give him,I hate staring at 4 walls from PTSD rapped depressed cant use left side of body,I hate living like this but you r the judge ,my words dint come out right I try but I dont understand and try honest,ur a great man I'm sure just wish u saw the real me god bless

Judge: James F Prothro
12/20/2018 11:18:19 AM

I just found out that Judge Prothro has denied my husband's disability 7 months after he appeared before him in court. That in itself is ridiculous, but his record of denials is even more outrageous. The attorney warned us that he would probably be denied, so it's no surprise. However, not only is my husband suffering from a shoulder and neck injury suffered while overseas, he now has cancer as well and we will have to file with the appeals court which will take even more time. I did not rate this judge because he doesn't deserve one! This will cause financial hardship for our family and possible bankruptcy. I don't know how the man sleeps at night.

Stephanie Herrin
Judge: Jim Fraiser
12/16/2018 3:30:33 PM

Seems my review wasn't put on here. My husband was told by a doctor he is not able to work and my husband has several chronic problems he has COPD with a 50% lung compasity which he has to do breathing treatments throughout the day and he does the brio puffer everyday. He also has Ademia he has had 2 open heart surgeries and he was in an accident that left him crippled broke both legs he has a pin in his right hip that is the size of a railroad spike also he has a rod from his hip to his right knee with screws holding his knee together he also has a plate in his left ankle with screws holding it in and he has a screw in the talos of his left foot. His left foot swells constantly which causes him to have to prop it up several times a day and ice it just to be able to walk and the swelling never goes all the way down he walks with a Cain because he has no balance anymore he desperately needs surgery on his left foot again but with him but having any kind of insurance he is forced to live with it and he also has high blood pressure and high cholesterol and severe depression my husband is NOT able to work he has not been able to in years the Judges decision should be looked at again and my husbands conditions and medical records should be takin into consideration again. If he reads this I Pray he finds in his heart to reconsider we are sending an appeal and we are at a loss as what to do if he doesn't help I can see my husband dying because we just could not afford to get medical help. I am the only one with an income and I am 100% disabled this has been so hard on me and him both I can see how depressed he has become again and it has me worried because he is not able to get the proper medical help and he is NOT able to work. Please please please Judge Frazier if you read this I Pray you will reconsider my husbands case he has had a long hard road and he has come a long way but you ultimately hold his life in your hands all of his back pay and his medical help please reconsider my husbands decision we really need help I'm desperately begging you to hear us out one more time. We will be sending an appeal please if you will we Pray you will look at how his life is in the ballots with your decision in more way than one. Thank you sincerely Stephanie Herrin

Judge: James F Prothro
11/23/2018 2:01:16 PM

Just got my denial, what a joke. Both my psychiatrist and family doctor recommended disability. Out of options now. Blood is on this corrupt judges hand.

Judge: James F Prothro
10/6/2018 8:53:59 AM

The worst Alj I have ever known. After reading all the bad reviews on him. I knew I had already lost my case in which I did despite all the medical evidence and doctor's report. For one thing he need to retire because he does not focus on anything you say to him. All he say is umm hmm the whole time in court but of course he make over $180,000 a year to deny people their benefits with an 11-20% approval rating which is God awful sad. His day is coming sooner than he thinks.

Judge: Ricky V South
9/26/2018 11:03:35 PM

Judge South was very nice and helpful and advised me to retain counsel before proceeding with my hearing, promising he would get me a new hearing date in a timely manner and he did so. He was suppose to reside over that case, however he had a conference on that date and Judge Anderson proceeded over my case. I was absolutely terrified, but Judge Anderson was very diligent and asked many questions, the right questions if you will, he was extremely nice and compassionate and I was given a fully favorable decision at the hearing and received it by mail in less than two weeks as he so promised. I feel both judges played a part in my favorable decision so I thank them both. Having a disability and waiting years to see a judge is terribly stressful and I am very grateful for these two judges being so compassionate.

Judge: Mary E Richardson
9/24/2018 3:52:22 PM

Mary Richardson was very thorough and understanding during my hearing. She thanked me for my service and proceeded with my hearing.

Judge: Lisa M Johnson
9/11/2018 6:03:27 PM

Very rude and disrespectful when asking questions. I was already upset and have severe mental anxiety and she only made it worse. Cancel and ask for another judge!

Judge: Paul Reams
9/10/2018 7:22:52 AM

This judge is very negative responses to all of my conditions and represents the Disabled unfairly he should not be a judge of the courts...

Judge: Michael D Shilling
9/5/2018 4:17:31 PM

This judge is a ***!!! All he cares about is upholding his high denial ratings! My "Unfavorable" denial letter was full of nothing but opinion! Medical records submitted from decades ago when I was originally diagnosed were dismissed cuz they were from too long ago. ***? What kind of a backwards state is this? Let Karma take care of this *** ******.

Judge: Wesley R Kliner
8/16/2018 6:09:08 AM

I got a unfavorable decision. I can't even think right now. All I can think is I am going to work somehow in pain everyday to try support my daughter whom for the last 5 years has had to do without because her Mother gets fired for not being able to perform or calling in because she couldn't walk due to pain and having too many absences. I have been evicted, lost my car, my credit ruined and my marriage ruined and now I can't even get disability. I am a loser with a teenage daughter that has nothing. I don't know what you have to prove to get a favorable decision. I waited 6 1/2 months to hear bad news. Way to go US government! All hail the USA! Land of the free and home of the brave. Where you can come in from any country and not pay taxes and get free services but if you are born here and work all your life and needs some help, you have to spend months and months waiting on a hearing to see a judge and then wait months and months to get a decision that is likely unfavorable. Spineless were your words Judge Kliner, not mine. You said "you have no spine left" I appreciate your time but had hoped for a different decision.

Judge: H.J. Barkley III
8/6/2018 7:31:05 PM

I had HJ BARKLEY III as a judge, he gave me a Unfavorable Decision because of my age, even when they said i couldn't do no work of any kind . This man did not care what was going on with me or my health, This judge told me it could all be fixed with a balance breakfeast i mean come on really judge!!! Times are getting harder for people and we keep voting judges in like this man# why

Debra Benton
Judge: Sandra R DiMaggio Wallis
7/31/2018 9:04:16 AM

Please Help Me.Please

Judge: Wesley R Kliner
7/23/2018 5:26:56 AM

24 weeks post SSD hearing and I am still waiting. I realize it is not judge Kliner's fault, decision writing at the social security offices have had my case since 4 weeks post hearing. It has almost been 6 months and to say I am stressed is a understatement. I felt very confident when I left the hearing but now I am not confident at all. I feel like I am waiting for bad news. If you are reading this and waiting for an answer, know that 90 days for an answer is not the norm anymore. It can take up to 6 months for an answer post hearing. It has been so long since my hearing that my memory of Judge Kliner is dimming. He was very friendly and very easy to talk to. I hope I get a favorable answer soon.

Judge: Wesley R Kliner
6/6/2018 7:13:29 AM

I have not got my decision yet, it has been 18 weeks since my hearing. I had actually tried to work but Judge Kliner seemed to understand my reasons for trying to work. He had read my case file before meeting me face to face. He was very sweet and made me feel at ease. I struggle everyday with my spine issues and he seem to understand that. It has been a very hard 5 years. This was my second hearing. I was denied by another Judge the first time due to a miscommunication between one of my doctors and my paperwork. I am hopeful this go around and I hope to get a favorable decision, my family had sacrificed and suffered due to my health issues and I am ready to be able to provide for my girls.

Judge: Michael D Shilling
5/10/2018 10:52:40 PM

I don't think that the judge has ever been around or understand the mentally ill. He should take some classes where the family as well as the mentally ill share some of their daily frustratations and difficulties. He only seems to see what is happening on the surface. I was very disappointed in some of her observations. He is not able to pick up on what happens behind closed doors . I think he is more concerned about his numbers instead of the person involved. Very sad

Judge: Lisa M Johnson
4/25/2018 7:40:31 AM

From the beginning the judge seemed to be against me because of my age I guess. She denied me and I have medical proof that I'm disabled and I do believe that she is against a young person being on disability.

Judge: John T Molleur
3/8/2018 11:50:37 AM

Judge Molleur denied my case. I had lumber fusion of the l4,l5, S1 with all of my attending physicians writing that I am unable to work. Even the Dr that sits in the hearing stated on record that hypothetically he cannot do any work of any type. I was in severe pain and and was unable to sit while the hearing was going on. However the Judge still denied me. How unfair the people that need it can't get it.

Miyoshi Mcclain
Judge: Mary Gattuso
3/5/2018 8:01:04 PM

I had to go in front of Judge Mary Gattuso on December 6,2017 and she was very open-minded and willing to listen to me I just hope that everything goes well with my disability case I haven't heard anything yet but hopefully soon

Judge: Susan Poulos
2/27/2018 10:52:47 AM

I have rheumatoid arthritis and she has denied me twice. I am hoping to get to see a new judge because she just doesn't care about people. She has lied in her denial letter. She says things like I continue to travel to the islands every year because I have darker skin. I came into court with a heavy purse and she doesn't believe my doctors! I don't understand why she is allowed to do this. I haven't traveled to ANY islands and the bag I had with me in court had almost nothing in it. It contained slippers, wallet and some papers. My surgeon, pain management doctor, RA doctor and primary care physician are not liars! And she can make statements like saying she doesn't believe them without any evidence to show why should be thrown out and she should be reprimanded for making such statements! There are so many people who get disability benefits who are not disabled and many disabled people who get denied. Something is very wrong going on. She is proud of her very low approval rating. She just wants to save the system money and couldn't care less about the people who need it. I have worked since I was 15years old and put alot of money into S.S. and can't get the help I need now that I am unable to work again. I have to give a 1 star rating because 0 is not an option. Believe me, I would give 0 if I could. Whether she reads these comments or not is unimportant because I don't think she cares what people say or think or need anyway.

Judge: Lisa M Johnson
11/22/2017 5:55:42 PM

I had my disability hearing with Judge Lisa M. Johnson in July she was very to the point and fair nothing but great things to say about her.she is a very pretty Judge too I hope anyone in the future gets this Judge I waited a very very long time for my disability to be approved and Praise GOD, I am free of burdens and can finally get the help I need.

Sharon Moten
Judge: Sandra R DiMaggio Wallis
11/15/2017 8:24:27 PM

Judge Sandra Dimaggio Wallis really helped my wife in receiving her fully favorable decision. She was a very understanding Judge being that my wife suffers with debilitating complex regional pain syndrome (crps) and bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome (cts). Thank you so very much Judge Sandra Dimaggio Wallis!!! You are the best!! May God bless you tremendously! 👏👏👏👏👏

David hart
Judge: William Wallis
10/20/2017 12:50:18 PM

This is one of the most fair and down to earth judges ive had the pleasure to be question by. Professional and compassionate person. Keep up the great work and thank you. D.Hart 2017

Brian Hoff
Judge: Denise A Copeland
9/10/2017 12:26:27 PM

I had my hearing the first week in April, it is now 9/10/17 and still have not heard anything from ODAR. All they keep telling me is that it is in unassigned writing. Sounds like they need to hire more people to write up judges decisions.

Judge: Lisa M Johnson
8/23/2017 8:54:27 AM

I appeared almost 90 days in front of Judge Johnson. She was quite perturbed by my attorney and the fact the video system wasn't working certainly didn't help matters. But we couldn't reschedule. My health is declining and I can't afford to go to the doctor..not to mention we are about to lose everything due to my illness. Why is it taking so long to hear to judges decision?

Judge: Susan Poulos
7/10/2017 3:18:16 PM

I suffer and I mean I suffer and she denied me my disability but that's fine. I have worked hard in my life never ask know one for nothing. I hate to say this but I pray she suffers just half as bad as I do before she dies. Sorry but that's how I feel I guess cause I am not a drug addiction I lost

Judge: Ricky V South
7/9/2017 9:02:09 PM

I felt that Judge South knew somehow exactly where i was coming from and how much ive suffered. He was compassionate and took time with me answering questions, etc. I have been in so much pain with so many health problems and i dont know how i would have lived without my approval, which means income and insurance. Just make sure that your doctors give good legible notes because otherwise ANY judge will have a hard time determining your case.

Ricky Walker
Judge: Jim Fraiser
6/16/2017 8:56:42 PM

Such a calm and relaxed court room.Judge was very respectful and polite. He was to the point with great questions and very attentive to my answers. Allowed plenty of time for me to respond. He made his ruling from the bench and I was out of there. Thank you Judge Fraiser for such an experience in life.

Judge: Denise A Copeland
6/16/2017 9:52:30 AM

Very kind and compassionate judge. Had my review in April, still haven't gotten my decision yet though but that is due to it being stuck in the ODAR office in Birmingham. When I call the ODAR office I was told they dont have any writers at this time. What I gathered from that is that even though the Judges are making a decision they are sitting in an office piling up waiting to be written up. This kind of scares me. If you are waiting after your hearing in the Birmingham are the ODAR # is 866-613-2863

Intimidated by Reviews
Judge: Frederick McGrath
2/21/2017 10:23:01 AM

After reading these mixed reviews, I feel intimidated

Henry Brown
Judge: Jim Fraiser
1/29/2017 1:23:51 AM

Thank you Judge Fraiser. You saw all of the evidence in my medical records and gave me a favorable decision. Thank you sir!

Amy schanck
Judge: Mary E Richardson
11/26/2016 1:59:25 PM

She is a great judge very helpful and thorough

Judge: Mary E Richardson
11/18/2016 2:16:53 PM

Thank you for your time . you were very nice and understanding to me.

Judge: John T Molleur
11/14/2016 6:49:41 PM

All I can say about Judge John T Molleur is he is fair. I was told by my own attorney he was mean and all that but I didn't feel any hostility from him at all, he let me explain my situation no matter how long I took. I had my hearing on 8 Sept 2016 and was told my case was approved on 10 Nov 2016. Now just waiting on my letter and back pay. The thing he wanted was me to change my onset date which I totally approved of, so I have nothing negative to say about him, he asked what he's required to ask but obviously he agreed with me. The Vocational expert did say there was no job for me to do as well, I guess that helped but I haven't gotten my package yet.

Judge: Lisa M Johnson
10/14/2016 6:28:12 PM

Well yesterday I had my hearing and meet Judge Johnson. She is a very sharp person and everything didn't go in my favor but I thought she was very fair compared to my last judge. Judge Johnson is a very pretty woman and I truly believe she will give me a favorable decision as long as she sees that I worked my whole life and made good money. I only stopped because I could no longer go on. Plasm 23. Emmett

Stephanie Allison
Judge: Mary E Richardson
10/7/2016 4:54:56 PM

Judge Richardson saw my case about 3 to 4 weeks ago, and approved me for Social Security, however my file is still sitting in her office "pending"...I'm praying that someone will see this and get this to the appropriate office so that I can recieve my Money..I have been unable to work for 2 years just had a stem cell transplant in May and about to be evicted for the 3rd time...please if you read this I need someone somewhere to help push this through..Thank you for reading and May God bless you

Judge: Paul Reams
9/26/2016 12:37:20 PM

Great Judge very pleasant and understanding. My lawyer says he is on of the best.

Waiting patiently
Judge: Jim Fraiser
9/16/2016 2:02:37 AM

He was a compassionate judge listened to me and knew I was creditable, and he ruled in my favor at the hearing on April 20, 2016 thank you Judge Frasier

Judge: Lisa M Johnson
9/13/2016 8:40:02 PM

I have a case coming up with her soon. I worked for 30 years making really good money. Now I'm unemployed and broke and can't get the medical help I need because I can't afford insurance. I would rather being doing what I did and I didn't stop because I'm lazy. I pray that God will show her that my life lays in her hands and guide's the honorable judge to see the reality of her decision is crucial to my well-being.

Judge: James F Prothro
8/25/2016 8:49:15 AM

ALJ Prothro spent the beginning of his tenure as an ALJ in Grand Rapids MI. and built a reputation as the most damaging ALJ for claimants. As an attorney who has significant experience with a large quantity of ALJs over many years, it is my opinion he was the worst ALJ I have ever had to deal with ever. He is now in Mississippi. I hope things go better for claimants in Mississippi.

Sherman Meadows
Judge: Rebecca B Sartor
8/13/2016 9:55:18 AM

The allowance rate on the initial claim is 30 % and less than 5% on the Reconsideration but the allowance rate with the Judges is 44% so your best chance is with the ALJ. The key to getting approved is be prepared. You need a Rep that is interested in your case and SSA is not just a sideline. You and YOUR Rep need to Know the requirements for entitlement : the decision is based on age, education, vocational background and your DISABILITY. The judges in the Tupelo office are good judges I have always found Judge Sartor to be respectfully to me and the Claimant. She, as well as the other Judges, will try to give you the benefit of doubt but they cannot approve your disability if you do not have medical evidence to support YOUR Case- SSA will tell you that you must prove that you are disabled. No i have not won all my cases with her or the others but when the Hearing was over I knew and the Claimant knew that the decision would be fair and based on the evidence. This is the best shot at approval that you got so get a GOOD REP and be prepared.

Roger Boudreaux
Judge: Mary Gattuso
7/29/2016 4:48:21 PM

Hi I'm mr Boudreaux. I had to go infront off judge Marry Guttuso 7/27/16. For a 18 wheeler accident me and my Grand Mother was in volved in. I was pleased how she asked about my grandmother and how was she doing. She was very compassionate and told me to stand up if needed because she understood my pain i am going thru. Only thing that was weirded was the VE said I was hypothetically able to work a dish washing job or office work. Which I can not perform do to sleepy medications,and weak back muscles I learned something new today about compassion and understanding others do have .

Judge: Jim Fraiser
7/26/2016 12:11:19 PM

Judge Fraiser is not a very nice person. I was struck by a car while walking. I suffered severe injuries to my body, head, spine, leg and arm/shoulder. Judge Fraiser suggested I could work as a parking lot attendent! When I tried to remind him that we had discussed the PTSD I have, and real fear I still have of moving cars around me, he told me to SHUSH! I was denied! I have written a complaint and refiled. A PARKING GARAGE? Is that some kind of sick joke?

Stacey rivers
Judge: Ricky V South
6/1/2016 1:23:24 AM

I just had hearing with judge South I was denied I have choric pain in legs back also neck I use a crane to walk also stomach ucle and bad headaches this judge is so not Fair I have no income what so every I don't no how unfair people sleep at night just unfair! I am on different pills that makes me sleep others help me this is not Right no God in this judge .

Judge: Michael D Shilling
5/12/2016 1:17:47 PM

let us start a movement to abolish this position, one can do better dealing the state agency this this far right judge who goes by his personal agenda to rule. no way to justify the numbers he puts up except to say that this is his agenda.

Buggs Bunny
Judge: Michael D Shilling
5/3/2016 10:41:02 PM

What is unemolyable? then u seniev my case.I gave up a good job.The person that said jobs I couls do 3 ..Lawyer asked with my limetATRions 00.aND STILL DENIED /. can i work there .seems easy justv say

Needs justice and peace
Judge: Jerry M Lang
4/2/2016 8:06:01 AM

Based on his opinion he denied me because of my age, stating I'm 44 and can bounce back. My doctors all signed off for my disability and I still was denied, maybe judge Lang should get off the bench and retire cause he's hurting people more so than helping them. In my deniel letter it also stated I have a email address so I'm able to communicate, I had a email address long before I got sick so that shouldn't make a difference at all!!

Melissa R. Yopp
Judge: Jonathan H Leiner
3/22/2016 3:54:05 AM

Thanks to this Judge for his unfavorable ruling in my case... I'm sure that three years of back payment had something to do with your decision. I've worked since I was 18 years old and never taken a dime from this government. I prayed everyday that God would see me through my horrible disease and by God he will! Without the help of this nation's twisted government!!!

Judge: Frederick McGrath
3/15/2016 7:02:39 AM

ALJ McGrath went above and beyond recently, and by his efforts, allowed my client her hearing when there had been a serious miscommunication regarding my client's file (it had been sent to another hearing office by mistake, and the hearing cancelled - all without notice to myself or my client). Another ALJ might have shrugged their shoulders and said nothing could be done, so sorry; ALJ McGrath instead tracked the file down, had it sent back to North, and worked the hearing into his already scheduled docket. While we are still awaiting results, we are grateful to have been able to conduct the hearing as we had planned, especially since my client traveled from TN to Athens for the hearing. Thank you Judge McGrath!

Judge: Frederick McGrath
3/3/2016 8:52:02 AM

He is The hardest working ALJ in the Nation and that office!!!

Judge: Michael D Shilling
2/4/2016 1:17:11 PM

he only accepts government exam. treating phys are "inconsistent with the record." very little reasoning in his decisions . he does what his masters in Washington tell him to do. may he receive the same justice that he hands out is my sincere prayer. at least he keeps the hearings short so that he will not have to be confused with facts when he writes his short form denials.

Judge: James F Prothro
2/1/2016 1:02:53 PM

. His reasons for denial are ridiculous and many parts of the denial were flat out false and misleading. We're merely a toy to this judge, he's infamous for a reason. Discuss appealing this judge's decision with your lawyer before getting into the court room. I've seen other stories of lawyers not taking up cases against this judge, it's understandable, he's incredibly unfair. He seems nice but very out of touch with this world (in a cognitive sense), he seems to have some issues with paying attention. I'm not saying this to bash him, he's an awful judge I'll just say that, but he literally seems to have concentration issues and really should retire. The really sad part is what I just said is what many others have said.

Judge: James F Prothro
12/31/2015 7:17:00 AM

It is very clear that Prothro is a terrible ALJ. In my opinion, the worst I have ever dealt with in three decades. Obviously, his decisions can be appealed. But, attorneys and claimants should keep in mind that UNFAIR TREATMENT COMPLAINTS can be forwarded to the Regional Office. This is the only recourse within the system to try to convince SSA to get rid of ALJ's who are bias. If complaints are not filed, SSA really has no notice that there is a problem and won't review his conduct. The fact is the vast majority of ALJ's do a good job and make decisions based on applying the rules. But, when one is clearly playing games to deny as many claimants benefits as possible something should be done.

Judge: John T Molleur
12/13/2015 7:18:02 PM

i seen him on 12 8 2015 when should i expect to here from him?????????

Richaard Cullen
Judge: Denise A Copeland
11/4/2015 9:49:08 AM

I just had "My Day in Court" and I'm still do not the the outcome, but I do feel that I was given the time and respect I needed. She was kind,considerate and concerned about my condition and I trust her opinion.

Judge: James F Prothro
10/15/2015 11:21:52 AM

All I can say is, if you get this "judge", and I use the term VERY loosely, then start preparing your appeals ASAP. He will deny your claim without good reason and the SSA has started to refuse to reconsider his opinions. Be prepared for a LONG court fight if you are unlucky enough to draw this "judge" for a hearing. Just look at the numbers on his cases, he provides a favorable ruling less than half of the time of the WORST other judge in the GR office, and they are, for the most part, worse than the state average. Why he hasn't had a peer-review that has sent him packing by now begs the question, just who evaluates the judges? Anyone? I doubt it!

Terry Jackson
Judge: Mary E Richardson
10/15/2015 9:14:43 AM

This judge was professional but compassionate and seemed to take a genuine interest in my case. I will be forever thankful for having this understanding and fair human being presiding over my case. Thank you for everything!

Judge: James F Prothro
9/18/2015 9:08:21 PM

I have had extensive physical and psychological issues since I was a toddler. My grandfather who raised me was my hero and never missed but one half day of work and I always strive to be just like him. But with my pain headaches seizures which I have had all of my life the doctors say probably even in the womb I am unable to function in the workplace. Vomiting, trying to work with my eyes closed to avoid the light and noise, I finally came to the conclusion that higher education was my only recourse then I sustained a severe head injury which stopped the possibility of that even happening. Now Judge Protho has denied my case? How am I to survive? The state of Indiana has declared me disabled for years and has since put me on disability insurance. If medical records went back more than a few years it would be easy to see that I have suffered most of my life have suffered multiple trauma to the head have thousands of tumors throughout the body, seizures, migraine headaches and much of the time can't even get out of bed for days I can't work. If for no other reason just because of the days missed but there are many more be assured. I am absolutely sick, disgusted, confused, the homeless shelters I have been don't even like dealing with my illnesses what am I to do?

Judge: Denise A Copeland
9/11/2015 6:13:55 AM

This judge is compassionate and took the time to review the information about my case to finalize her decision. She exhibited professionalism and sympathy and I saw a woman who truly loves her profession and takes pride in her work. Her heart is full of kindness.I want to sincerely thank her for giving me faith in our judicial system and for treating me fairly and respectfully. Thank you so much For helping me.

Judge: Jim Fraiser
8/20/2015 8:12:31 PM

I have an upcoming date with Judge Jim. I pray tgat my Lord lays it on his heart to see & understand my type of disability and he approves me. And to Sadanddisapointed, i am trueky sorry your daughter was turned down. Don't give up. Try again. I will pray for all that didn't get it......,.God bless!

Judge: Jerry M Lang
7/27/2015 6:06:12 PM

This judge is a true jerk. I was denied because in my medical records he saw on one of office visit notes where I had discussed with my rheumatologist that I had gone a cruise with my family and how bad I felt on the trip and how bad I hurt and all I wanted to do was sleep and the doctor had increased my med at that visit. He also denied me because I was told to go to the gym and stretch and move by my doctor. What am I suppose to do just sit in a recliner all day or stay in bed????? If I had been denied based on the reports from several doctors that would be one thing but he denied me based in his opinion!!!!!

Michael Meadows
Judge: Lisa M Johnson
7/10/2015 3:33:52 PM

I am a citizen of these united states I feel that judge lisa Johnson went against the profesionals on my case .they said I was unable to perform any work she did not take there advise. I feel I was discrimated against .one of her questions was what type of home I lived in I answered mobile home.she just shook her head. This judge was wrong in my case and I don't know what to do to take care of my family.I worked from the time I was 14 and now I am 45 with diabetes ,depression ,degenerative disc disease in my back along with arthritis through out my body. I have tried to find work and been turned down or unable to do the work due to my condition.In my opinion this judge did not do her job .God bless her she knows she was wrong.

Judge: James F Prothro
7/2/2015 1:42:13 PM

He is very unfair and twists your words around and I know in my file he said things I never said. I know because I went through my cd of the hearing very carefully. We went to federal court and they remanded my case back to him. My lawyer informed me that most lawyers in Grand Rapids won't even take a case that was handled by Judge Prothro but this one will because he hates this judge and thinks he should be removed from this job and he is not the only lawyer that I have talked to thst feels this way

Mark D.
Judge: William J Bezego
6/26/2015 10:27:53 AM

The Judge was very fair, gave time to get paperwork turn in from a Dr. Appt after my hearing. Straight forward approach,

Lincoln Cain
Judge: Jerry M Lang
6/24/2015 6:49:35 PM


Judge: James F Prothro
6/24/2015 3:55:59 PM

I love a Southern gentleman, and that he is. I believe he is just doing what he is paid to do; maybe a little too much. I know better though, he will deny anyone no matter what, I just pray.

sean fried
Judge: B. T Amos
6/13/2015 6:02:13 AM

i had him in may 2014 took 15 minutes he said i won that day if you have a good work history thats a plus hes the best out there very fair

Judge: Michael D Shilling
6/10/2015 4:13:57 AM

He should be removed. He is not qualified and he is causing irreparable harm to the claimants who must go before him as well as the Social Security Administration.

Daniel Wright
Judge: Mary E Richardson
6/7/2015 8:28:51 AM

Thank you for ur time and being understanding and very nice. God bless you!

Judge: Roger Lott
5/22/2015 4:37:24 AM

he don't know how I feel from time to time. I'v been denide of my disability and I think that is wrong. how come other people get thiers on the same problem (COPD) and I can't. well there is a judgment day some time and we will see who judges an d who don't. two years and 4 months wasted .

Judge: Denise A Copeland
4/28/2015 3:03:39 PM

I want to say thank you to Judge Copeland for taking the time to thoroughly examine my case.You are Fair and there is hope in our justice system..

John Payne Jr.
Judge: Jim Fraiser
4/21/2015 7:32:34 AM

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU JUDGE FRAISER, My file has been hanging in the balance since 2012, was sent to Jackson Ms.from Ga.. Between Belinda Hemphill, Judge Fraiser and Sonya Frisby I had an appt. schld within 2 weeks for a hearing. I have to use the library computor due to being homeless and a friends phone. I have prayed a Judge would see my file and approve based upon the facts, but at least I got an appt date because Judge Fraiser saw it as dire..Thank you Sir and those ladies who help make this possible...God Bless you all and Jackson Ms ODAR for doing their job above the national avg. Thank you so much

Judge: Denise A Copeland
4/20/2015 10:30:13 PM

Nice straight forward even got on to my lawyers who were very sorry in getting documentation.I fired them and now I'm waiting on my letter for a decision.I'm Praying that it is fully favored.with my mental conditions.I haven't seen any comments for Judge Copeland.

Judge: John T Molleur
1/29/2015 4:58:54 PM

i have to go in front of him what should i expect

Judge: Jerry M Lang
1/27/2015 6:57:11 AM

Can't understand why his approval rating is one of the lowest every year not just in the Memphis area but the whole state of Tn. just sad

Judge: Mary Gattuso
12/11/2014 3:11:54 PM

Judge Gattuso is competent, courteous, and professional. I had my first hearing with her today. I don't know if my client will be approved but I am confident that the judge knows the law, the issues and the facts of this claim. I appreciated her insight and courtesies.

Judge: Rebecca B Sartor
11/13/2014 10:59:01 AM

I saw others comments that she is unfair I agree

Judge: Paul Reams
11/13/2014 10:55:49 AM

This judge denied my claim I have many conditions that's limits me from sustaining a job he have no sympathy and he is unfair and unreasonable

Judge: B. T Amos
11/10/2014 8:10:47 AM

Went before this judge several weeks ago. He seemed caring, and fair. He only asked me a couple of questions but I felt he believed me and that's what was important to me. We are waiting for his decision.

Judge: Frederick McGrath
10/8/2014 3:52:25 PM

Judge Frederick McGrath approved my case on yesterday. I believe he's a very witty, smart & compassionate guy....charming & interesting...I may add... My hearing was brief & to the point...The past 21 months of my life has been the most challenging time in my life...happy to know it will get better soon...very thankful I was approved.

Steve army oif 09-10
Judge: William M Zellman
9/30/2014 7:11:20 PM

The first Judge I saw over a year ago had a approved rating of over 20%. This judge Well.... 34. Denial at 46% and dismissal at 20%. Meaning- GOOD LUCK PAL. I will say this judge seems knowledgeable. However, I provided several pages of documents from the VA over 1400 pages- and I am RATED 100 % DISABLED BY THE VA VA disabled. YET- SOCIAL SECURITY finds I can work. And this judge seems to find the same thing. So heres my options. I can appeal. Well---- Guess what, this veteran is going to appeal. I have provided stacks and stacks of documents. I read what your feedback said- you discredited my doctors. REALLY? People that talked me out of suicide. You never once asked me what I do in a day. I saw something in my review about cooking cookies. I haven't cooked anything in over 9 months. I almost burned the house down on more than one occasion. And I don't feed my dogs. You never asked me what I do. I sit and stare at the floor. People that reviewed my file said I grocery shop- I have not done this in close to a year. I do not leave the home only once a week to go to a apnt with the doctor. You said you had no evidence to support the claim of migraines. Well- request it? I can provide it. Your people discredited doctors at the va and the vet center. People that have degrees and are professionals and only treat vets with ptsd, anxiety disorder, and tbi- when I saw these people I was never told "Oh by the way the social security administration does not recognize us as creditable doctors?" WELL WHO DO YOU ? I AM RATED 100% disabled through the VA disabled for gods sake. What more do you need? I was told I can appeal my decision. Or file a new one. Well guess what- I am appealing. Its going to the feds to decide. I believe you were wrong. What is sad, is now..... I have to wait another year to hear something. Shame on you. And shame on that last judge. I had a lawyer. I had stacks upon stacks. Proof. Yet you said I could carry on a conversation. We met for what? A hour. Come to my home. Sit with me for the afternoon. Spend the day with me. Spend the night with me. Talk to my former employer.Talk to former friends. I have none now. But talk to former friends. Talk to my wife. Talk to my kids. Get answers. You would see- You made the wrong decisions. I hope you sleep well tonight. Karma is well- you know what

Social Security Disability Attorney
Judge: Frederick McGrath
8/27/2014 3:10:35 PM

As an attorney, I practice before several Social Security hearings offices and numerous judges throughout the Southeast. My experience with Judge McGrath has been consistently positive, and I have found him to be fair-minded and efficient in his handling of cases where I have appeared before him. While he takes a streamlined, no-nonsense approach to hearings, he appears to do this out of a sense of duty to move his cases efficiently and to minimize delay in resolving claims where claimants have already been required to wait months (or even years) without income leading up to finally getting their day in court.

Judge: B. T Amos
7/8/2014 10:05:02 AM

This judge runs a great hearing with no nonsense, though he cherry picks to the extreme in his decisions. He's not the worst judge you can get in St Pete, but you could definitely do better.

Judge: Jonathan H Leiner
6/30/2014 2:30:43 PM

I'm trying to see have anybody had this Judge and got a fair hearing and got a ruling within three month cause he is very nice but move like a turtle slow

Judge: James F Prothro
6/30/2014 7:04:33 AM

This guy knows more than any doctor all he will do is deny you you are wasting your time just have some comfort in the fact that he will be judged one day....I do believe that he thinks it is his own money this man has ruined more lives why cant someone due something about him

clifford jones
Judge: Jerry M Lang
6/11/2014 11:41:17 AM

This is a fair judge my lawyer lost my medical record and didn't show court and he role in my favor this is a fair judge!

Judge: Frederick McGrath
6/4/2014 11:54:48 PM

This Judge knows his job. He gets straight to point and does not waste anytime or taxpayers money. He is well prepared. He has an idea of what his decision will be before the hearing. He shows concern about the claimant and takes everything into consideration. He does his job well without hesitation. He can see right through a person if they are full of BS. Great service for the people!

Judge: Rebecca B Sartor
4/15/2014 2:02:17 PM

Do not like judge sartor. She just looks at the social security dr findings too much. She had me nervous and upset for the get go. I believe she already had her mind made up when I went to the hearing. A lot of things can come up from the time u see their dr and the hearing. In my denial letter is looks like I am completely lying abt all of my problems. I am not making up migraines bc it is no fun getting botex shots all over my head.

Judge: Denise A Copeland
4/7/2014 11:15:52 AM

How strange there are no comments for Denise Copeland? She is my judge and while I'm very glad I didn't get some of the others according to what I've read, can anyone tell me anything about this judge?

Judge: William M Zellman
2/24/2014 2:43:48 PM

After an application process that lasted years, I had just about lost any hope of getting SSDI. I was very very nervous about the hearing, especially after reading the reviews about Judge Zellman on this site, but he was understanding and fair. My lawyer was a great help and support to me as well. I made it through the hearing and anxiously awaited the judge's decision, which came a few weeks later. I was very grateful and relieved to have been awarded SSDI benefits. I wanted to write about my experience to give people hope who are still struggling. Don't give up!

Judge: Ricky V South
1/29/2014 7:30:09 AM

Knows his cases - keeps hearings short and to the point. Look forward to hearing with Judge South.

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Judge: Michael D Shilling
1/19/2014 5:36:36 PM

Never worked a day in his life and no compassion for people who need help better be on death bed before he even thinks about it.his day of judgement is coming. Bad judge

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Judge: Michael D Shilling
1/15/2014 4:18:57 AM

Bad judge dishonest frauder

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Judge: Michael D Shilling
1/8/2014 3:55:14 PM

Ur a liar and a fraud er u state info in ur denial letter that wasn't even said at hearing to ur advantage

Judge: Sandra R DiMaggio Wallis
11/25/2013 5:31:13 AM

i am just sicken to be denied again. i worked hard in my young yrs and now that im sick i have to beg to be approved what i have paid into.

Judge: Jonathan H Leiner
9/20/2013 7:21:44 AM

He's an odd fellow. Beyond that, he doesn't like it when attorneys ask leading questions.

Judge: Lisa M Johnson
9/16/2013 6:47:52 PM

I had my hearing today with Judge Lisa Johnson. She was tough and very straight to the point! Asked me about my medical conditions and what prevents me from working and then asked the VE if there were any jobs I could do and he said no! Judge Lisa Johnson ruled on the record that I was approved! My advice is to be honest and listen very carefully to her questions she speaks fast, but if you pay attention you will do fine! It's been 2 yrs fighting for this and it was a relief to get a decision the same day on the record! I was a Legal Assistant so this being a desk job already I couldn't stand up at any jobs! Prayer works!

Judge: Paul G Martin
9/6/2013 8:09:56 AM

I just went through my appeals process at the ODAR office and was denied. I have two auto immune diseases and the judge has denied me. I find it very sad to think the judge denies people who actually need it, yet gives people disability that does not deserve it. I worked for my money and now that I need it I can't have. Gee, do I say thank you Judge Paul for denying me and now I am going to lose everything. Who are you to say a person can work 8 hrs a day or anything else for that matter. You don't live with them. You get a healthy paycheck every week so what do you care what anyone else goes through. Thanks for nothing.

Cynthia Owen
Judge: Deborah S Davis
8/22/2013 7:12:33 AM

My case is pending... She is a very nice and fair Judge..

Judge: Paul Reams
8/6/2013 10:30:26 AM

was wondering did you client win their disability case with Judge Reams?

Patrick Czech
Judge: Paul G Martin
7/1/2013 2:46:26 PM

The WORST judge I have ever had the experience of meeting. I have an eye missing, fibromyalgia that was confirmed by a rheumatologist, neurologist, 2 pain clinic specialists and my PCP. I had my psychotherapist write a detailed evaluation of my anxiety and depression problems, and I have 2 herniated discs and chronic insomnia. The judge denied me in Jan. of 2012. We appealed it and two judges remanded the case back to the same judge for not giving enough weight to a couple of doctors. I had my second hearing on Jun. 4th, 2013 and 24 days later, the same judge denied me again because I did not have one or more illnesses that were termed disabled. My PCP even wrote a letter that stated that I was in no shape both physically and mentally to assume a 40 hour/wk job and there were no questions asked of the vocational expert that was present. I believe the judge did not like the other Appeals judges disagreeing of his handling of my first hearing and thus denied my second appeal. I rate this judge along with Merrill and Levin. I will appeal this again to the Appeals Council and I hope this time they will approve it instead of making me proceed to the Federal Court. I've waited 3 and a half years for this whole process and it has gotten me nowhere.

Judge: James F Prothro
6/28/2013 5:41:36 AM

Judge Prothro forgets us that have funded SSA all our lives through our paychecks. And forgets who signs his paychecks. I would challenge him to live the life for one year of those lives hee wrecks!

Judge: Paul Reams
5/30/2013 2:19:23 PM

I'm a rep and have had one hearing with ALJ Reams. He appears to be early 60's is one of the most pleasant gentleman I've appeared before. He takes time to explain some basics to the claimant. He asks Rep for an opening statement and listens attentively. He questions the claimant in a general way, covering past work, impairments, symptoms and functional problems. Let's rep follow up. As he explained, he usually asks a range of hypos to the VE covering limitations that both allow work and would prevent work. He allows rep to give closing argument if desired. He is very nice, very respectful to all involved and seems quite fair in his consideration of the evidence.

Judge: Harold D Davis
5/22/2013 7:13:34 AM

As a rep I have had several cases with Judge Davis. He will typically call you in ahead of time, make sure you understand that he doesn't allow leading questions and doesn't want you to elicit extremely emotional testimony about suicide attempts, etc. He generally does not ask for opening statement. He begins questioning with a nice, easy pace; his questions are very clear and straightforward covering the basics about onset and impairments. He likes documentation re any income after onset (STD, LTD, WC, UE, etc). If client is 50+ and has good strong work history it's a plus. He usually has a VE and likes to do hearings that take about 30-45 min. I have found him to be very pleasant, very fair and he does a good job.

witness to the injustices
Judge: Jerry M Lang
5/19/2013 1:45:45 PM

Out of line, abuses power, demeaning, ignores attorneys and reams of legitimate records,takes away hope, why would an applicant who has worked for 30+ years seek to live on $700/mo? To wait 2 years for a hearing only to be told one can sort limes on a processing line part time? Anyone have such a job for 20 minute shifts? No wonder there is such a high suicide rate for those that become disabled after long careers.

Judge: William J Bezego
5/17/2013 11:55:16 AM

very fair to claimants, has the judicial temperment and command of the law, very considerate of claimants, my clients always feel that they got their "day in court"

Judge: Gregory A Maddox
5/10/2013 2:46:21 PM

Has anyone been in front of this judge?

Judge: Paul Reams
5/1/2013 10:41:39 AM

looking for anyone that has been in front of him for your disability case.

vance adams
Judge: Sandra R DiMaggio Wallis
4/19/2013 9:32:33 PM

I have found through personal interaction that Judge S oandra R DiMaggio Wallis is a consummate professional who engages claimants with an object and open mindset. It is my hope that she continue to facilitate her duties with the application of knowledge and the faculty of wisdom with which she has received from our Most High God.

Judge: Frederick McGrath
4/16/2013 2:06:29 PM

my first claim was DENIED by this alj, even though he stated in his decision that i did in fact have two severe impairments.. of course the AC kept his ruling intact and my atty filed in federal court. well here it is 6 1/2 yrs from initial filing and 3 yrs after it was denied at appeals council and taken to fdc, my claim was remanded due to ERROR by the alj for NOT giving my treating doctors RFC any weight and going by what the ssa med examiner (which i never saw to begin with)said at some point before my initial denial (which only took a few months to get)..my hearing was NOT that quick, and also we waited for at least 15-20 minutes before hearing started as the VE was LATE. mind you judge started without the VE, and he finally arrived about 10 minutes before my hearing was over..he heard me answer the last 2 question is all. yet the judge took his opinion that there were thousands of jobs in the national economy within our region that i could do?? i am like the rest of you, i believe he has his mind made up before you go in the door...well, he messed up on this one and now i get a new hearing and hopefully with another judge

ms w
Judge: Mary Gattuso
4/10/2013 4:38:06 PM

This judge was very unfair .Didn't let the lawyer talk, only gave weight to ssa doctors.She has a real problem listening to people and she thinks that her way of thinking is the only one that matters. She should not be a judge for anything ,especially someone's livelihood .

Judge: William M Zellman
4/10/2013 7:25:04 AM

Appears all ALJ's are afflicted with "mental conduction".

Judge: William M Zellman
4/7/2013 3:59:37 AM

he turned me down even with mental conduction

Judge: Jerry M Lang
3/29/2013 3:16:13 PM

It is a very shallow statement to state that a person who can go to school is not disabled. There are many people that are born with disabilities or become disabled in life, yet they are offered extra help to go to school and grants are offered to disabled people to go to secondary school. I have rheumatoid arthritis, a lung condition related to the R.A., and a heart condition, and I receive disability because I am no longer able to perform the type of work I did before my diagnosis. I am now in college and seeking a degree in psychology so that I can one day return to work and no longer have to depend on disability. Yes, I do have to take small class loads and I have to inform my instructors of my condition, and at times get extended time some of my work, but I am sure trying. Just because a person becomes disabled does not mean they should have to sit and stare at walls and depend on $700 a month income; they have every right to improve their education, thus giving them a chance to improve their choices for work opportunity and not have to live the rest of their life drawing a disability check. The Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) passed in 1975 and the Americans with Disabilities Act both offer help in education for those who are disabled; yes, the government does recognize that a person can be disabled, yet go to school.

Judge: Frederick McGrath
3/28/2013 2:26:12 PM

Our office has had numerous hearings with Judge McGrath. He has a reputation for scheduling several hearings at the same time and taking them on a first come/first served basis; will start early if you get there early; does NOT like submission of medical records on the day of the hearing. Generally does not ask for opening; lets rep do most of questioning and just cuts in when he has a question. I think he often has a good idea of how he feels about a case and uses the hearing to see if it changes his mind. His award rate is not out of line, so he's not denying everything that comes through the room. (Claimants need to understand it isn't the number of pages of records you have, but how well the opinions are supported by clinical evidence, diagnositic testing and your own credibility).

Judge: Jim Fraiser
3/28/2013 2:05:14 PM

Based on our experience this ALJ used to be very friendly, easy going and had a much higher award rate. In the last couple of years he's become much tougher and has a very conservative award rate. He tends to like to work fast, asks rapid fire, pointed questions to claimant. Usually asks one hypo based on DDS and one assuming inability to do full time work. Does not usually ask for opening or closing and does most of questioning himself.

Judge: Jerry M Lang
3/13/2013 2:18:17 PM

If you can go to school, you are not disabled

Judge: Frederick McGrath
3/11/2013 7:35:08 AM

Yes he has mind made up before the hearing. He schedules way too many hearings on one given day and they are conducted to quick. Rarely uses a VE. The Jacksonville ODAR is filled with fairly negative ALJs.

Judge: William J Bezego
3/10/2013 2:09:37 PM

Please keep thrownig these posts up they help tons.

Judge: Frederick McGrath
3/7/2013 7:45:47 PM

Judge Frederick McGrath claimed he could not read the RFC filled out by my doctor because "the doctor's handwriting was not completely legible and his signature was indistinguishable." There were approximately 30 cases he ruled on before he saw me the day of my hearing and it seemed like he had already made up his mind on each case before the people even entered the courtroom. He wrote about my mental health in his official ruling even though my claim was entirely a physical case with all of my mental health issues (depression because I am unable to work) being a direct result of my physical disability.

Judge: Frederick McGrath
3/7/2013 6:57:22 PM

I was denied even though I have more than 4,000 pages of medical records, dozens of doctors supporting my claim and submitting written statements, and the court-appointed vocational expert testified that there was not a job I was suitable to do. Mcgrath ruled against this suggestion and said I could do a job that did not require standing, sitting, working with my hands, concentration, memory, interaction with people, and would allow me to lie down for extended periods of time each hour. I also require a caretaker (who is writing this message as I am unable to do so) on a fulltime basis to feed, cloth, bathe, drive, make appointments and manage my dr. schedule, clean, cook, and take care of basically all of my needs/activities of daily living. He made the decision in less than 5 minutes and asked me less than 10 quick questions. His decision was overturned on appeal and has been sent back to be heard in court for a second time. I first applied for disability in 1999 and have spent the last 6 years appealing his ruling. I am going back to court in the next 6 months or so and will let you know who I get and the judgement.

Judge: William J Bezego
2/26/2013 9:20:28 AM

Nice guy. He's very courteous to claimants and to attorneys. Good about holding the record open as well.

Claimant Representative
Judge: William M Zellman
2/25/2013 8:17:00 AM

Thoughtful, considerate, compassionate, understanding. Stopped the hearing in the middle and awarded benefits on the spot. Being well prepared obviously bore fruit.

Judge: Deborah S Davis
2/23/2013 11:18:12 AM

all i have to say is i love this judge she was very fair in my case and weighed the evidence and made the right decision in my case thank you judge davis and may god bless you very good judge to have decide your case

Judge: Jerry M Lang
2/22/2013 7:32:48 AM


Judge: Rebecca B Sartor
2/21/2013 10:04:47 PM


Judge: Rebecca B Sartor
2/21/2013 9:55:48 PM


Judge: Lisa M Johnson
2/21/2013 1:39:17 PM

Unfeeling and cold. Watch out! More worried about getting finished with hearing than making a just decision.

Judge: William M Zellman
2/20/2013 1:39:59 PM

i agree. its so frustrating im a leg amputee, psoriatic arthritis, ptsd, i could go on and on. my denial stated there was no way i could do any past work i had done, but they had ONE job listed i could do i looked up the job code and it was a small parts seperator at a desk. any little thing to turn you down

Judge: William M Zellman
2/19/2013 9:58:18 AM

It's very frustrating. I wasn't making a whole lot when I had to stop working. I didn't need to though, as my wife made more then enough to support the family. I truly loved my last job, and the people I worked with. If I could still work, i'd be back there in a second. I told Judge Zellman that, and he stopped me, and said basically, that I was lying. I have yet to actually get the final decision from him, but my rep and I both know it's denied. I just wish he's hurry up and send it, so it'll officially be done, and I can start over. Maybe with a real lawyer this time.

Judge: William M Zellman
2/18/2013 9:48:28 AM

guys i feel your frustration, the last 3 years i worked i made a little over 50,000 each year. ive been trying since jan 2011 to get my disability and i just dont understand why any judge with a ounce of common sense would think i wanted to give up the lifestyle i had for 1,000 a month. ive been in front of a judge once and was denied now im on my second try yet i see people with hardly anything wrong with them who gets approved. again i dont get it

Judge: William M Zellman
2/18/2013 9:24:48 AM

Agreed. He plowed me into the ground. Had his mind made up before I even had my hearing. I never had a chance, even with a lawyer.

Judge: William J Bezego
1/7/2013 8:33:22 AM

good temperment, courteous to the claimants and attorneys,

Judge: B. T Amos
12/24/2012 8:24:33 PM

2012 Statistics for this particular ALJ: Judge B T Amos 12% Dismissed 48% Approved 40% Denied These statistics are available online had those who are critical chosen to thoroughly research. In addition, the Social Security Regulations are online for those who wish to research the criteria for being awarded disability payments under the law. The statistics being cited in previous postings are those thus far for fiscal year 2013, which started October 1, 2012.

Judge: B. T Amos
12/24/2012 10:59:26 AM

Agree with the previous comments. I think they are right on point. Keep in mind that this ALJ is not alone. There are many more like him and in fact many that are worse than him. Despite contrary belief no one believes everyone is disabled and that someone should get something for free. However, something needs to change within the system. There are judges who pay consistently 10-20 percent of their cases. The system needs to change.

Judge: Deborah S Davis
12/5/2012 7:25:10 PM

Dishonest behavior.

Judge: Deborah S Davis
11/20/2012 5:07:39 PM

Had a video teleconference hearing today (11/20/12) with Judge Deborah Davis. She was fair, thorough, deliberate, seemed always to be looking for a more complete understanding of the facts of the case, gave the claimant and me ample opportunity to present our case and to ask questions. I appreciated her approach.

MI Atty
Judge: James F Prothro
10/31/2012 11:11:20 AM

He is by far the worst judge I have ever had a hearing with.

Judge: B. T Amos
10/30/2012 1:03:19 PM

An extremely fair Judge who cuts to the chase, knows the law and applies it properly. I would rather be denied by a Judge of this caliber, than to be paid by a liberal, everyone who walks into the hearing office Judge.

Judge: Ricky V South
9/20/2012 8:01:59 AM

Most thorough questioning from an ALJ I have seen in 30 years of practice. Done in a respectful and nonjudgmental manner.

Judge: Jim Fraiser
9/7/2012 11:21:55 AM

I found Judge Frasier to be quite understanding and personable. He did change the onset date, however he had a sound basis for so doing. I say, "Keep up the good work."

Judge: Frederick McGrath
9/7/2012 10:25:39 AM

What a hoot! Seems to have his mind made up by the time we sit down. Holds 6 minute hearings. Gives great weight to RFCs. Somewhat of a "Nero" approach, either thumbs up or thumbs down, without excessive narrative. Does not like substance use or middle aged women with mental health issues.

Matthew Lamb
Judge: Joseph F Gilliland
9/4/2012 2:52:23 PM

Your decision on my wifes case does not make any sense to me. Would you be willing to discuss the exact reason that she was denied? Thanks.

Judge: Jim Fraiser
8/26/2012 12:31:10 PM

Guys I understand your frustration. Been denied, however not by judge fraiser but my point is I know people that have very limited things wrong with them and yet they get approved no problem. Also I think these judges shouldnt be able to make such decisions based on medical evidence when they have no clue what some of it means. they are not doctors and have never worked in the medical field. So how can they determine whats severe or not? Or as my denial stated you have 3 severe impairments but not severe enough. Oh the world we live in

Judge: Jim Fraiser
8/25/2012 1:42:38 PM

I think Jim Frasier needs to step down!!!! He thinks he is above the law. He is very judge mental!!! He is an awful Judge!!

Judge: Mary Gattuso
8/19/2012 4:18:52 PM

This judge was fair and weighed everything on my case. She is a very nice lady and I hope anyone who is faced with an ALJ let it be Mrs. Gattuso.

Judge: Ricky V South
8/12/2012 7:27:19 AM

Awesome. Smart, efficient, productive and would be an asset to any office.

Judge: Michael D Shilling
8/9/2012 10:07:02 AM


Judge: Michael D Shilling
8/8/2012 12:56:28 PM


Judge: B. T Amos
8/4/2012 9:59:12 PM

This is, without a doubt, the best Judge before whom I have presented cases. His hearings are crisp and to the point. He holds no-nonsense hearings and wants only that you fill in the blanks..he knows the file backwards and forwards and wants you to focus on material not covered or on discrepancies in the record. Word to those interested in what he is looking for: your client need not go in and tell a lie. This is one of his pet peeves. Be up front with him, and don't annoy him by allowing your client to exaggerate his/her condition. If the medical evidence supports the client's testimony and meets the letter of the law regarding disability he will issue an award; otherwise, he will not.

Judge: Jerry M Lang
8/2/2012 5:44:29 PM

It appears that this is one tough judge. I just had my case reviewed by Mr.Lang; I'm worried that because I'm trying to go back to school so that someday I don't have to depend on disability, this will ruin my case. If I lose my case, I don't stand a chance of finishing school because of our financial situation. Please, if anyone has a story to share about their case, I would love to hear about it.

Judge: James F Prothro
7/23/2012 2:41:44 PM

as an attorney who has had a significant amount of experience with prothro, i can be fair and objective. though some aljs are more conservative than others, i have found the decisions from prothro are much more than just conservative. i believe he is one of, if not the only alj in the country who gives about twice as many part favorable decisions as favorable. many of the part favorable decision i have seen are very damaging to claimants. his fully favorable rate is about 10%. what is most alarming is the decisions are very hard to understand when looking at facts. he often gives little credit to treating doctor opinions which can result in a strong case resulting in the claimant and their doctor being called liars for the most part. my personally opinion is he gives all the part favorable decisions to push his allowance rate up to about 30% even though only about 10% get fully favorable decisions even if they have strong support from their own doctors and strong medical evidence. when considering the fact that i have presented cases to at least 100 aljs as an attorney, i would pick prothro last if given a choice. of course the draw is random. i don't believe a claimant deserves to get there benefits without solid evidence to support their claim. but i do believe everyone deserves to have a fair alj review their case. my opinion is prothro is unfair. my advice to other attorneys is to fight hard for your clients and use the appeal process when appropriate.

Judge: James F Prothro
7/16/2012 10:22:43 AM

Do you want to play a game of whose on first? Since my denial in May, I have been recuperating as result due to the judge's loose terminology, discriminatory and insulting language plus sexual harassing undertones with the term "exotic." Prothro has no idea about abuse and abusive language, but that is right he is from Grand Rapids. I am still seething in anger, and this judge is very lucky that my medications have been bumped up because I can be a little anti-social and have been in trouble with the law, which I fear can happen in the workplace when provoked. Yet the judges thinks people with disabilities are stupid hence the way we are treated and hence why many feel they deteriorate over time. I mean if this erupts and I harass, harm or get violent whom sues whom? But I'm sure judges already have the means to dispose of people like us. I might as well say "Hiel Hitler" when it comes to the office of disability and jurisdiction in this country. You have no criterion; it is just the judges own subjective opinion. So riddle me this--whom are you speaking to Mr. Judge Prothro and what is your degree? He doesn't deserve any rating not even one star.

Judge: Sandra R DiMaggio Wallis
7/11/2012 1:36:20 PM


Judge: James F Prothro
7/7/2012 2:58:32 PM

He is lucky I waited several months to post a comment. I have a lot of doubt this man has every watched the movie "The Patriot" or has a family member whom fought during any war. This judge is an absolute power judge and denies people their rights whom have worked. He is discriminatory, used sexual harassing language in his denial and was most inappropriate. Just because a person has a disability does not mean they are stupid. He treats people as such as well as he is a coward and does not have the gumption to confront in public his doubts and can deny an individual without proof. He knows the thin red line and knows how to cross it. I believe he is a socialist and cares only about lining his own back pocket.

Judge: Lisa M Johnson
6/30/2012 12:58:54 PM

i really do pray for this women.......

Judge: B. T Amos
6/19/2012 4:35:07 PM

I am an attorney who regularly appears before Judge Amos. I am pleased every time my client gets this Judge because I know we will be given a fair hearing. He relies on the testimony to the extent that it is substantiated by the medical evidence of record. He gives great credence to a client who is up front and truthful, not given to histrionics and embellishment. I don't win every case with this Judge, but I always feel he is fair and well versed in each case.

Debbie Harris
Judge: Jim Fraiser
6/19/2012 8:32:19 AM

bad judge

james w bass
Judge: Lisa M Johnson
6/16/2012 5:35:05 PM

fauded my case....didnt even do what the appeals council told her to do about my depression that it may have worsend after the evailuation of dr. kennon ,phd and dr.frankie stanley.a pychiatist has be treating me since december of 2010 and she didnt belive what he said about my diagnoses for major depression, recurrent severe...so she sent me to a consecutive examination and dr.harod savell diagnosed me with major depressive disorder with psycotic features and both doctors said that i am very disabled..what is right with this county....i have nothing and no money and no insurence i guess they just want us to die off with our sickness....... this judge showed me no justice and wrongfully denied me.

Judge: Donna Dawson
6/14/2012 5:19:55 PM

Richmond is becoming a negative place for Claimant's to obtain disability. I believe ALJ Dawson was trained by ALJ Swank. I think she is a terrible judge as well; however, not as bad as ALJ Swank but I'm sure she will take comfort in the fact that she is on her way.I would give her a zero out of ten.

Judge: B. T Amos
6/8/2012 1:18:24 PM

Will hardly grant any SSI claims, or even SSD claims with expired DLIs. Has HUGE respect for folks with great earnings records. Will probably approve on an AC remand. If you present a fair argument (and you're not SSI, or expired DLI) he'll probably pay- and he'll tell you that at the hearing. If he goes tot he VE and talks about the claimant's capabilities as opposed to what they are NOT capable of- he's going to deny. Ever since I figured out his pattern, I like him. I just don't like how I don't know if I'm going to have him before the hearing!

Judge: Lisa M Johnson
6/7/2012 7:23:33 PM

Not a good judge.

pamela williams
Judge: Mary E Richardson
6/5/2012 11:01:22 PM

I had my hearing about 2 weeks ago and she was nice and straight forward. If you get this judge she will treat you with dignity and with respect. Win or lose she was fair and made me feel comfortable and I really felt like she cared. A very nice lady indeed.

Judge: B. T Amos
5/24/2012 5:20:24 AM

This Judge has a reputation for being an extremely compassionate but fair Judge. He is known for holding crisp and to the point hearings; it is acknowledged by attorneys and other participants in his hearings that he does not allow "smoke and mirror" type presentations during the hearing process.

Judge: Michael D Shilling
5/12/2012 8:12:56 AM


Judge: Jim Fraiser
5/12/2012 8:07:18 AM


Judge: Ricky V South
5/1/2012 3:35:09 PM

Excellent ALJ!

Judge: Jim Fraiser
4/22/2012 3:40:30 AM

How does this man sleep at night....really? Has denied my disabled daughter twice already and she has overwhelming evidence proving she is disabled. Idk how all these ppl faking it to make it can get a check yet she has to struggle and cant get help? Someone needs to pray for these folks to start approving...because the economy is already bad enough without us all scrimpimg and sacrificing to get the help we need and medicine and choosing between medicine food and bills to live.smh i bet none of the judges have to evvvvver sacrifice and worry and go hungry or without meds or utilities or be homeless....we have.

Judge: B. T Amos
4/19/2012 7:09:33 AM

Very disappointed in him. My son went before him and was in their 15 minutes. He never asked him one question. My son was denied. My son is 24, neat in appearance, doesn't abuse his medication (vicotin, xanex, cymbaltra) and has a college degree (college accommodated his disability). I believe this is what he based his decision on. It was never taken into consideration that my son has the body of an 80 year old. He had a double spinal fusion. Has a metal rod from his neck to his butt with about 8 screws 6 inches long in his spine. Doesn't bend, lift or twist. Lives in constant pain. I could go on and on, like how SS's dr said he is the worse case they have ever seen. He has now been denied twice. Maybe he should say he is by-polar and he can be approved like half of the other people around here. It's disgusting.

Judge: Michael D Shilling
4/13/2012 8:02:15 PM

Great Judge!

Judge: James F Prothro
3/25/2012 10:15:28 AM

Hello, over the course of 6 years or so, my ex-wife was denied ssdi by James F Prothro. her attorney wasnt much help at all. she has extensive medical records supporting many conditions that anyone it ther right mind would assume that approval for benefits would be in line, and of course her right to the entitlment of such as she worked for many years and paid in to social security. However, he denied her appeals more than three times over the course of about 4 years. So confused and dont know how to fight this any longer, since the latest decision was also denied by the administration, of which her attorney did nothing, he even has tried all angles to not provide her with all her records. In the mean time she had a masive stroke and missed the 60 day dadline for yet another appeal....the ss office said she cannot appeal because of the missed deadline....should her attorney have been responsible to prevent that?....also the ss office said now that she had been out of work for 5 years, the entire time she continued to be denied, that she was not even eleigible to appy for ssdi.... she was aproved for ssi due to her stroke and now recieves 698.00 a month to try and live on. this seems so so so wrong and we just dont know if there is any way to pursue any other feasible ways to get her ssdi which would be more than her ssi, probably not a whloe lot but, never the less there is also principles and right and wrong....she worked hard and by surely no choice of her own has been battling many disabling conditions since year 2000 but yet the huge amounts of medical records, her attorney, and the judge who she seen 3 times on appeals denied her over a period of time that has now made her even ineligble because she has no work credits that are recent enough....but what about all the work she did do in years past and what about the system just doing her so so so wrong....can anyone "REALLY" help. shouldnt someone be held accountable for this improper injustice concerning her rights as a hard working citizen that paid her dues.... sorry to ramble but just so frustrated and so unfair. Please contact me if you have any real suggestions that would help fight this if at all possible....I can provide very extensive details on the entire situaion that began long ago if that would help. Thank you Jim The ex-husband that is taking care of her since her stroke that occoured on 3-13-2011

Judge: Donna Dawson
3/20/2012 2:17:55 PM

Don't be fooled by this ALJ coming across as pleasant during the hearing. She doesn't appear prepared during the hearing and cherry picks the evidence to find any minor inconsistencies. Another ALJ who makes a habit of dismissing the treating source opinion even when supported by the evidence but has no problems accepting check off boxes from state agency medical consultants.

Judge: James F Prothro
3/20/2012 6:23:09 AM

Very courteous with claimants. Don't let that fool you. He will use any excuse possible to turn down a claimant.

Judge: William M Zellman
3/14/2012 4:26:47 PM

He lies about things that wasn't even said at the hearing, bring your lawyer when attending any of his hearings..