Toledo Oh, Ohio ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Toledo Oh, Ohio, 11 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Toledo Oh, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 11.0 months. The average case processing time in Toledo Oh is 441 days.The Toledo Oh average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 37%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Toledo Oh ODAR office was last updated on 6/11/2019.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Toledo Oh 11 11.0 months 441 days 2.3 17% 37% 45%
Ohio15.4 months535 days2.317%39%43%
National Average:14.9 months500 days2.120%42%38%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied

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Judge: Nancy M Stewart
3/26/2020 2:54:09 AM

Nancy this is gurinder the voices stopped but I need help and you didn't help me or decide fairly and fix my first problem

Judge: Leslie Perry- Dowdell
1/27/2020 4:53:56 PM

Update: Denied by Judge Perry-Dowdell -she is a hired gun, that is clear! I had my ALJ hearing on 11/4/2019. She denied my claim despite a preponderance of medical evidence. Her denial cited an ailment I do not have (x2), failed to reference the multiple SSA qualifying ailments I do have, she disagreed with even one of the SSA physicians and then penalized me for making the flight across country (4 hours) little did she know I had to get up every 15 minutes to walk the aisle to try and feel my legs and be wheeled off the plane in a wheelchair both flights. I was down for days following the travel. I was raised in a military and law enforcement family as well as worked in law enforcement, where we’re conditioned to not complain despite the fact you may feel like dying inside. I was also advised by counsel not to speak much as she wouldn’t care. That was clear. My advice to anyone who deserves benefits, keep fighting. And plead your case accordingly.

Judge: Michael C Blanton
12/28/2019 12:32:55 AM

All judges with a low approval rate (40% or below) should take tips/notes from this judge. He is nice, caring, and compassionate.

Judge: Leslie Perry- Dowdell
11/5/2019 8:39:46 PM

I just my hearing 11/4, it lasted 1.5hours. Unfortunately, I woke up pretty sick that morning and had traveled across the country, so I was at a bit of a disadvantage. I’ve read the comments on this site and while yes, she is intimidating as any and all judges probably are in that type of setting. I must say, Judge Perry-Dowdell is just doing her job and she does it well, she’s thorough. Recommendation: to anyone up for a hearing, and I’m not sure if this is allowed... perhaps jot down a few key factors you don’t want to forget to mention. I say that because I have difficulty remembering things/dates due to multiple surgeries (anesthesia). And of course hindsight is always 20/20. Best of luck to anyone truly deserving of benefits.

Judge: Ryan Johannes
11/5/2019 9:14:57 AM

The facts don't lie, the medical records don't lie and the evidence of my condition doesn't lie. This judge is NOT a neutral party. His VE is NOT a neutral party.. If the VE were a neutral party he would not have testified against me. I have been singles out and targeted for political reasons. If I still lived in Massachusetts, I would have had the help I've begged for months ago. This judge doesn't care about facts. Only what he thinks and says is final. I have been forced to an appeals council of which is a waste of time and money. This unfavorable decision was made to hurt me even more than what I already am. Yet again; the medical evidence and doctors reports don't lie and are indeed reported in my favor. But to this judge, none of that matters.

Judge: Ryan Johannes
11/4/2019 9:24:53 AM

Because of this horrid judges decision, my health has become subpar. So I will be writing a letter naming those involved in this politically charged decision. When I die from complications my family will have a lawsuit against this over paid asshat, his lying VE, Mrs.Hall and Matt Harrison. Had he ruled in my favor (of which he should have) there would be no issue and I wouldn't be posting here numerous times a day. This decision is not only wrong but unethical. This judge had his decision made before the hearing even happened. He conspired with Nicholas Fidanza to ruin an already broken and ruined man. I am in need of these services and this judge didn't give a Fuck about real facts presented. I will not apologize for having a hearing on his many days off.. He and the aforementioned people are all over paid and do little to no work. They make decisions off of political affiliation and these won't stop until I die from the health complications He has made worse. Fuck you Johannes and Fuck all of you involved in this wrongful and spiteful decision.

Judge: Ryan Johannes
11/4/2019 8:16:02 AM

This judge and his VE are total Nazis. They don't care about facts that doctors report on, they don't care about people's conditions and don't care weather we actually need the help we are asking for. This judge has made my life a living hell since the hearing. The health insurance I have doesn't cover much at all, so the insurance that comes with disability would be the extra help I desperately need. I need 2 mras; one on my carotid artery and another on my cerebral artery. 2 cat scans of my brain, one with and one without contrast. My health and mental health need the help I asked for and I did not get the favorable decision of which should have been made. This judge should have ruled correctly and not out of spite and enjoyment. My life is already in shambles and I can't even see the doctors I need to because I don't have any money. I have been treated poorly by this judge and his office. How can a judge this evil sleep at night knowing he denied someone with legit issues that warrant a favorable decision. He abuses his power and Nicholas Fidanza does the same. Mr.Fidanza has no clue as to what I deal with and yet he testified against me acting as if he knows me and my struggles daily. Now I am forced to start all over again and to have a large lawyers Bill to add on to the extra stress.. After a year of waiting I would have had a nice retro check and now I have nothing. I was on disability before and have been made aware that it's easier to get back on than to orginally get accepted. This was much harder than my original claim years ago. They are doing this out of spite and personal attacking my disability. These people are fucking nazis, liars and evil. Signed, A legit victim of the dishonorable Johannes

Judge: Ryan Johannes
11/3/2019 3:40:53 PM

Judge Johannes is not a doctor or specialist in the field. He is a judge that ruled against doctors findings and rules out of spite, politics and shear ignorance. He does not deserve to make decisions for people with disabilities. He is a loser, hack and an asshole for making the wrong decision.. He made this decision just to make my tough life even tougher. He gets off on these decisions and should be tried for perjury... Fuck this clown

Judge: Ryan Johannes
11/3/2019 8:59:56 AM

These posts will not stop until I get the true ruling and nothing more. The ruling is indeed to be favorable and nothing more.. Until then, I shall keep posting against this poor excuse for a human being.

Judge: Ryan Johannes
11/3/2019 8:57:33 AM

This judge is terrible. His decision has had my ptsd, depression and anxiety at full throttle more so than usual. I've missed typos and the autocorrect in previous posts. This judge doesn't care about people's disabilities, doesn't care what you have to say, treats you like you're not disabled and makes his illegal decisions based on your political affiliation and spie. He has his buddy Nicholas Fidanza testify against you, his staff lies to you constantly, they lie about emails between the 2 parties and disregard the facts of mental health professionals. They all need to be fired and charged for the lies under oath. Judge Johannes doesn't allow you to state your case and doesn't care about medical conditions. I was prescribed celexa and it also caused me terrible side effects along with health complications. He didn't take any of the facts from that as truth and his people didn't even help with it. It took me calling a Ms.Warren in Tallahassee to get an earlier hearing, which was no problem with her. When I got the earlier hearing it was curtains for me with this terrible excuse of a person. His staff lied that there were no sooner hearings and Ms.Warren proved they lied in getting me a new/earlier hearing back in September. This was a cut and dry case. Favorable and yet he ruled unfavorably out of politics and spite just to hurt me and make an already unbearable life worse.... I hear about people killing themselves because of this stuff. I am not one of them. But someone else will. Judges like this is the exact reason why we see things like parkland, ohio, el paso, Newtown and other instances of the like happen. When someone needs help and have legit problems this judge ignores the professional reports and has his friend testify against you. You are only allowed yes or no answers and aren't allowed to state your case or cross examine the liar Nicholas Fidanza's purjurous testimony. I had allsup to help and they did nothing to help. I did all their work and they expected to get paid.. So I fired them and went at this myself. The case I have is strong and a favorable ruling. But this judge is so drunk with power, he doesn't give a Fuck about the facts. Just that what he says goes and that facts don't matter in his bullshit ruling. He is a menace and deserves cancer and als for his ignorant ruling. Fuck this judge and Fuck the people he has working for him.. And especially Fuck Nicholas Fidanza. He knows nothing of my daily struggles and has no clue about mental health

Judge: Ryan Johannes
11/2/2019 7:31:05 PM

This poor excuse for abhilan being had his friend testify against me, didn't let me testify on my behalf, only allowed yes or no answers, denied me regardless of facts and denied me for being a registered Republican in Florida. He doesn't deserve to be a judge, down at care about anything other than hurting someone who needs help and had a debilitating disability. He ignores mental health professionals and their recommending me for acceptance and is a total Fucking Nazi with his his drunk with power attitude. He decided to deny me to get his rocks off and nothing more. His denial is unjust and illegal. The testimony by Nicholas Fidanza was all lies and the decision should be overruled asap. When a judge doesn't agree with the evidence he is presented, rules against legal reports in my favor and doesn't give a Fuck about the help I need it the condition I have, he deserves to lose his seat, job and get ALS.. Fuck you judge Johannes and Fuck your illegal spiteful decision.. I don't have 15-24 months to wait and I refuse to start all over again just because you're an asshat that loves to hurt people. THE REPORTS DIDNT LIE AND YOU CAN BURN IN HELL FOR THIS, YOU FUCKING LOSER!!!!!!

Judge: Ryan Johannes
11/2/2019 10:21:05 AM

This judge is NOT a mental health professional and doesn't aknowledge the facts of such professionals. He is evil in his decisions and enjoys destroying someone in dire need of help. The reports don't lie! 2 state psychologists and a mental health councilor say the opposite of this ignorant dickhead's decision. He is a poor excuse of a judge and gives actual good ALI's a bad name. Anyone with a half a brain, empathy and understanding would make a better decision than what this Fucking clown has made. These comments won't stop until this asshat's purjurous decision is overturned and found in the correct ruling towards me. His ruling is wrong and a retarded field mouse could do a better job in his seat. He doesn't accept the evidence and rules the wrong way. The reports don't lie, but this judge sure does. Fuck this loser! The civil courts will see it my way and I WILL sue him for the emotional damages he has caused. I hope that one day he needs these services and gets treated worse than his egotistical ass has treated me... He deserves to be blackflagged and charged for making a false ruling and a ruling out of spite & political affiliation. This guy is a joke and is clearly under qualified to make the proper decisions

Judge: Ryan Johannes
11/2/2019 5:37:22 AM

I will not waver on exposing this ignorant and sadistic judge. He only allowed me to answer yes or no to the questions, was intimidating, lies about his findings and had Nicholas Fidanza testify aginst me. Nicholas Fidanza doesn't know My struggles in life, yet had the balls to testify that I had nothing wrong with me. Fuck that clown! He knows nothing about me or what I deal with! He should be tried for perjury and charged for lying under oath. This judge doesn't care what you have to say, asked if I had insurance.. The insurance I do have doesn't have mental health (which means I can't see a regular doctor), doesn't help me with the tests I need to figure out the physical health problems I've been having and doesn't cover therapy appointments. I'm a rare case where I can't take pharmaceuticals because if I do, I will have a VERY bad reaction and Fucking die. But that doesn't matter to the judge. I need better health coverage but can't get it. This judge is a Fucking asshole that gets kickbacks for denials. The numbers on this judge are a lie. It is definitely 52% denial. Not approval!! This judges staff lied constantly and there were far too many coincidences to count. Lie after lie, I am sick of it. I asked for help and he denied it because he gets off on denying people in desperate need of help. He only used one report in his findings and non of the other reports that were written in my favor. I am without a home, a way to get treatment and having a nervous breakdown because of this piece of shit person and poor excuse of a judge. He only cares about democrats and illegals getting the world while someone with legit problems like myself, gets nothing for help. Matt Harrison lied about emails he received while I was in the phone with him, Mrs.Hall did the same thing. They all colluded together to conspire against me and this denial shows how much they respect my issues and the doctor their Fucking office sent me to see... AVP services wrote a favorable report and the judge disregarded said report. This ignorant Fuck has one of 2 options.. Reverse his bullshit ruling or be sued. The proof is all there in my favor. But he doesn't care or like facts that I needed these services. All the proof of the lies have been documented the last few months. I will not stop until the ruling is overturned and my retroactive money is issued. I am right, he is wrong and loves hurting people. Not to mention, his office sends the cops to partake in a "well being check" when one isn't needed. They do that So the cops kill us for sport. Talk about sick fucks that just want to get paid. Fuck you judge Johannes. I hope you get ALS, you poor excuse for a human!!!

Judge: Ryan Johannes
11/1/2019 1:16:47 PM

I am now going to crusade against this so-called judge, Matt Harrison, Mrs.Hall, Nicholas Fidanza and anyone involved in this unethical ruling... They don't care about people and the help they desperately need. They lie, play the victim after lying and then lie some more. I will keep posting about these unethical people. They are scUM and don't care about evidence. The evidence is in my favor so there for I should be accepted and receive payments. Not be forced to wait 15-24 months at the appeals council level. They enjoy hurting people, sending the police to kill us and leave us homeless for the shear fact of feeling powerful. They are terrible humans and deserve to be treated as such. Fyi, you don't go to trial if you're a good person.. Only criminals have hearings like this. The proof is there and they denied me out of spite and made it personal. If anything I say is false, I would have a favorable decision... NOT this bullshit! Fuck you judge Johannes and your unethical ruling. In sure if you were a criminal court judge you would put innocent people behind bars because it gets you off.. Sick fuck

Judge: Ryan Johannes
11/1/2019 12:13:01 PM

This judge doesn't want me to get the back pay from the last year. That's another reason why he denied me. Now an attorney I have spoken with says I should start all over from the beginning.. That is a lot of money to lose and I'll have none when he gets me accepted because of his fees. Judge Johannes is a piece of shit and a horrible person. Typical Democrat that helps only his own and hurts people like me.. I hope karma fucks you in the worst way imaginable.

Judge: Ryan Johannes
11/1/2019 10:28:36 AM

This so-called judge and his cronies are disgusting excuses for people. It's my right to file a federal lawsuit for an unjust ruling. This is a personal attack on me as a person and this office has it out for me. They have made an already unbearable life of living with my condition even worse. They forced me to go to the appeals council just to make my life harder than it already is. I am at the beginnings of a nervous breakdown because of this. They ruled wrongly out of spite, political affiliation and their own powerhungry attitudes. They give illegals everything while us Americans who need this help are left to suffer. I will keep posting until this decision is overturned and dulled in my favor. Like any court of this land, the evidence that shows is not how the dishonorable judge ruled. He needs to be blackflagged and charged with contempt and made an example of in such fashion. Favorable paperwork from 3 mental health professionals states a favorable decision.. So to rule unfavorably is unethical, wrong and a poor excuse for human beings. I won't go without a fight and I won't waver until the false ruling is overturned.

Judge: Ryan Johannes
11/1/2019 7:47:12 AM

Judge Johannes is a corrupt, unlawful and ignorant judge. I wasn't allowed to state my own case, cross examine Mr.Fidanza or explain my problems. The hearing lasted a half hour tops, and I don't even think it was that long. The only report this dishonorable judge used was that of a doctor who made the session political. Sean channel is a Democrat that didn't like that I said I would hypothetically vote for trump in "16". The dishonorable judge mentioned said report by quack Channel and disregarded the three reports by not only 2 state doctors used by disability services but also my councillor I have been attending. This judge is crooked, corrupt, dishonest, evil and doesn't care about people with disabilities. He made his decision political as I am a registered Republican. I waited over a year to be denied and lies to by his office. I called the head of hearing operations in Tallahassee to get a sooner hearing and not 2 hours later, I got a call back about a sooner hearing. I don't believe in coincidence and this was no coincidence that she got me a new and sooner hearing. I was constantly lied to, treated like I don't have a disability, treated like a criminal and treated like I'm financially well off with no need for the help. The insurance I have spent cover mental health, I can't pay for a doctor for such services and they acted as if I don't need any of this help.. The proof is there for me to need these services and his dishonor is a hack. He doesn't deserve to make these kinds of decisions. The 52% approval is a blatant lie. This judge wanted me to get a lawyer and denied me because of not having one to represent me too top it off... I don't deserve to be treated like a second rate citizen for needing help. I don't deserve to be treated like a scam artist when I have legit problems that need help. These people deserve to lose their jobs and NEVER practice administrative law ever again. They should be tried for purjury and treated like the criminals they truly are. I have been targeted and denied out of spite. These post will keep going until the wrongful decision is overturned and I am awarded what the hell I need for help. People like this deny vets that need help and this is why people like that kill themselves. I'm not saying I'm one to do that. But I am saying this is why people commit suicide after getting denied the help they desperately need.

Judge: Ryan Johannes
10/31/2019 2:02:44 PM

Judge Ryan Johannes has a civil suit coming. I was on disability prior to his unfavorable decision. The factors that I presented are in my favor. One of which was a state doctor dds sent me to back in April. This poor excuse for a judge runs a kangaroo court, didn't care to hear anything from my side and had a vocational hack by the name of Nicholas fidanza testify against me. Mr.Fidanza down at know me from a hole in the wall and had no right to say what I am able to do. He doesn't know My daily struggles with Ptsd and the paperwork doesn't lie. I was forced to the appeals council out of spit and political targeting. I will be going to the news next. I have spoken with my state rep. and filed a complaint against the ft.Myers hearing office with the inspector General's office. The only way for me to not file a suit is to reverse this egregious and evil decision. My advice for anyone whom gets this dishonorable judge; request a different judge that will listen to you and actually take in to consideration the 3 professionals that wrote reports in your favor. Be wary of Nicholas Fidanza. He is the judge's crony in denying people. Be wary of the liars Matt Harrison and Mrs.Hall, for they lie about everything and also have a hand in this political targeting. Mrs.Hall sent the cops to do a "well being check" when one wasn't needed when she knows these Nazis with badges just shoot and kill folks with mental problems like what I have. Worst office, people and treatment I have ever experienced.

Judge: Ryan Johannes
10/31/2019 7:33:01 AM

Be careful of this judge. If you are applying for disability, ask for a different judge. He denied my claim for ptsd, anxiety and depression. There were 3 reports of which were favorable to my condition. Judge Johannes denied my claim out of spite and political affiliation. This judge and his office are not to be trusted. Like I stated before; 3 reports state that I am in need of services and this horrible judge denied me

Judge: Leslie Perry- Dowdell
10/10/2019 6:54:51 AM

I had my hearing with Judge Perry-Dowedell on Monday morning, and my attorney informed me beforehand that she is not the judge you want to get if you’re hoping for SSI/SSDI benefits. She has the lowest approval rating of all the Administrative Law judges, so from the perspective of the taxpayers, she’s a great judge because she doesn’t just hand out social security money to everyone who applies for benefits. But from my perspective, the perspective of someone who nearly died from a spine injury and who spent 6 months learning to walk again, she is the worst judge you could ask for. I had a history of substance abuse, as I self medicated crippling anxiety. But she spent 50% of my hearing talking about that instead of why I can’t work and why I applied for benefits. I can’t stand more than 30 minutes at a time, I have permanent numbness, spasms and pain in my neck upper back that radiate down through my right leg and ankle. I can’t push pull or lift with force, and all of this was documented. She did not give me a decision at the hearing, so I guess it’s good news that at least she didn’t dismiss my case. We will see. But unless you are blind or paralyzed or something, and judge Leslie Perry-Dowdell is assigned as your judge...well, don’t get your hopes up.

Judge: Timothy Belford
9/19/2019 3:39:12 PM

Great judge. Very caring. Thankful I got him! What a blessing. Didnt dismiss my disabilities

Luz N Orozco Sancez
Judge: David F Neumann
8/20/2019 3:24:14 PM

My identity was stolen i no longer recieve my ssd benefits. Do not know why, when i was recieving it for 10 yrs what can i do this happened in september of 2014 to date and do not know what to do. I am worst than before with more ailments. Can some one contact me plse asap. Thank u greatly appreciated luz n orozco sanchez D.O.B: 10/21/1971 some one made the mistake in the system and i am now paying for their mistake

Judge: Gabrielle R Vitellio
8/10/2019 4:04:29 PM

Judge Gabrielle Vitellio took time to listen to my son and his case. She made him feel like she understood him, and made him feel comfortable in the courtroom. Everyone in the whole office in Toledo was very nice and helpful.

Pro Se
Judge: Mary C Peltzer
1/5/2019 5:24:30 AM

This ALJ, Nancy Berryhill (acting as head of SSA) and R Trent McCotter, US Asst Atty crossed the judicial immunity threshold. These public servants decided, on their own, that the State of Virginia would not recognize an out of State Common Law marriage. To add insult to the injury that barred a Constitutional right, they say it is repugnant to society and compared it to bigotry. The Eastern District Court disagreed with the nonsense, Virginia WILL recognize an out of State common law marriage. This needs to be addressed within the Social Security Administration, they knew or should have known. The physical and psychological impact of discrimination is well documented.

Judge: Dianne S Mantel
12/14/2018 9:22:54 PM

I went in front of Judge Mantel and she was very kind! I had a very bad migraine and wasn't feeling well at all, and she was very understanding! My anxiety was sky high entering the court, but she helped me feel at ease. I couldn't have asked for a better judge!

Judge: Leslie Perry- Dowdell
11/19/2018 8:39:41 PM

I was told by my lawyer that the judge I got wasn't the best and when I went in to the court room she had a look of disdain on her face like I was bothering her being there. Then she asked ****** questions like how many pets I have and how I cared for them when I live with husband who does the major work, why did I file for SSD when I was getting unemployment as I was let go due to my disability cause I couldn't type, which the OVR guy said I could go back to work and do same thing and i flunked a online typing test. and the big thing we had to fight Greentree traffic to be there at 8 am so we left at 645 to get thru into Pgh so we were way early and husband dropped me at burger king about a block away then we walked to fed bldg after having a breakfast there and it took awhile as I had to stop n rest a couple times on my knee, ankle and back. She couldn't get it thru her head that we were early and I didn't want to sit on exterior steps till it opened with a bad back. After this whole ordeal she turned me down and then I found out if I appealed that decision shed get that appeal and more than likely turn it down again. So I eneded up reapplying and lost 3 yrs of time....and $.

Judge: Nancy M Stewart
10/13/2018 3:31:31 PM

Judge Nancy Stewart was so nice and fair. I wish I could of gave her a hug. She helped me when I was going to give up on life. She could see I have been suffering from my illnesses. I love her so much for caring and believing in me.Thank you Judge Stewart. I will forever be grateful. Now I can focus on my illnesses and try to get better. God help me..please.... I love you god. And I pray for you to bless Judge Stewart. Amen

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...

Michael James Manning
Judge: Gabrielle R Vitellio
3/13/2018 7:27:45 AM

This Judge is against the white male. The evidence showed I was disabled but her stance on a white male cannot be disabled showed through. She is very very predujice against white males.

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: Michael C Blanton
2/10/2018 4:59:46 PM

Hello I wanted to know how kind did it take for you to get a decision letter from him .. please respond .

Judge: Amy Budney
12/8/2017 5:47:30 AM

Had my hearing December 7th with Amy Budney. I felt like she really listened to my issues and smiled which made me feel much more comfortable in answering her question. She was kind and companionate. My lawyer helped me through as well in keeping me comfortable throughout the hearing. I was really happy about my hearing. I don’t know if I’m approved yet, but I must say that my hearing was way better than expected. Amy is a great judge.

Judge: Richard Horowitz
10/20/2017 6:35:40 AM

Judge Horowitz was a very caring judge and made me feel very comfortable and was attentive and understanding of my pain!!!

Kelly Torok
Judge: Leslie Perry- Dowdell
10/4/2017 5:03:35 AM

yes it's such a process...and I wish I could do it again.. I keep thinking of important things I should have said but was very anxious and felt like I shouldn't babble on and on :( and she only asked me thre questions which I found strange, talking to other people who were questioned for almost an hr...and her record on here is the lowest so I am not very hopeful with my outcome. But I do have to say She was very different than I expected after reading the posts on here. She seemed very nice.

Judge: Leslie Perry- Dowdell
10/2/2017 8:17:27 PM

To anonymous post of 9/28/17. I went through that exact problem and thinking as you. I was in front of judge Valaskavich. I wasn't nervous but have trouble thinking when the pain is bad. Mornings are the worst. She seemed to understand that without me having to say it, and the struggle it has been waiting to hopefully get approved. Again I did not tell her of any of my struggles. Utilities threaten to be shut off every month and so much more. That makes it so hard to deal with the depression because I always worked hard to pay for everything and now even if I get turned down, still can't work any job. So prayers to you and all people who really have to get approved!

Judge: Leslie Perry- Dowdell
9/28/2017 6:26:29 AM

I posted yesterday about my hearing... after thinking about it there was so much more I wanted to say and could have said but I was nervous and my anxiety was starting to overcome me so now I fell like I did not do well because of it, I would hope the judges realize how hard it is to answer questions under nervousness anxiety and pain. :(

Judge: Leslie Perry- Dowdell
8/7/2017 12:05:55 PM

so I have no chance at all is what I am reading :(

Judge: Michael C Blanton
6/14/2017 8:48:37 AM

My hearing went before ALJ Blanton one week ago and I found him to be very kind. As I was getting settled, he even made a couple of witty jokes that helped me calm down and see him as a man instead of a prosecutor. It also seemed apparent the Judge Blanton reviewed my file ahead of time, based on the questions he asked me and what he asked the employment expert. Overall, my experience was good. ALJ Blanton showed everyone in the room kindness and respect. Most importantly, he demonstrated what and why the bailiff calls out, "The HONORABLE judge...".

Richard Lemke
Judge: Jan Leventer
5/18/2017 7:28:32 AM

I was approved by telephone, Judge Leventer phoned my attorney and told him for me not to come to court that she approved my case, well this was back in January 27, 2017, and I still have not received an award letter, back pay, or payments. We have written her twice that we are in dire need and we are losing our home. No one seems to care! I have called Social Security office numerous times and they have no clue!

Kenny mcbee
Judge: Dianne S Mantel
4/6/2017 10:36:25 AM

I would like to thank judge mantel for making me feel comfortable when I was in front of her cuz I have severe anxiety cuz of my back and neck pain. And it's hard for me to talk to my family .I felt more comfortable talking to her that's how understanding she is. As long as you tell the truth and be honest she will be fair. Honesty goes a long way in life and I would like to thank you again judge for making me feel comfortable when I was in front of you.

Judge: Jan Leventer
10/13/2016 8:22:53 AM

Honarable Judge Leventer, changed my life sooo much for the better, which I want to point out she is an amazing person , She is an amazing Social Security judge. The best in my eyes, Godbless this woman for helping me and granting me my benefits which changed my life for the way better. Thank you sooo much Honarable Judge Leventer.

Ben Weisenfeld
Judge: Richard Horowitz
10/7/2016 5:37:33 PM

My wife saw judge Horowitz & felt that the interview went well, and that he seemed sympathetic to her pain and mobility issues. When the decision came back denied, the report showed that he had a poor understanding of her case and was clearly not so sympathetic. He painted her as a malingerer ("Why is she using a walker when I see no script for one?" he asked, despite the fact that you don't need a script for a walker & I guess a self sufficient e.r. nurse who tries to handle things on her own gets a black mark against her for it.) and openly asked (rhetorically) on paper why she wasn't taking narcotic pain meds if her pain was so bad. The record clearly states that she has an allergy to opiates, so his reading comprehension is not so hot. If he actually wondered about it, why didn't he ask her himself, or maybe read the record. I think we need a better lawyer & a different judge before we go back for a second round of 'Let's add insult to injury in the Federal Disability Court.' I give him 1 star for being kind to my wife to her face, but he loses 4 for poor reading comprehension, poor decision making, and backstabbing.

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.

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: Jonathan Eliot
7/13/2016 3:12:22 PM

What a waste of judge. Doesn't listen to you or read what your doctor has sent him. Didn't listen to the VE. The VE stated there are no jobs I could do and yet he still turned me down. I thought it was a robot sitting at the judge's stand where a real person should have been. Devoid of any personality. Try to avoid him if you can.

Judge: Virginia Herring
7/11/2016 9:52:55 AM


Judge: Nancy M Stewart
6/1/2016 7:01:45 PM

Had hearing this am with Judge Stewart. It was a pleasant experience. She made me feel at ease, listen to everything I had to say and approved my claim after five years waiting. Thanks Again Your Honor.

Vickie L Adkins
Judge: Amy Budney
5/14/2016 6:14:37 PM

I had my hearing on May 11. 2016, i have a lot of health issues,one being severe anxiety..i was very nervous about my hearing..when my attorney and i were called into the court room,Judge Amy Budney looked up and smiled..This put me at ease..Judge Amy introduced herself,the court reporter,the vocational expert and what to expect form the hearing,again smiling..i feel like Judge Budney really cared and was interested in my case..she looked at me as i was speaking and really listened...Regardless of the outcome of my case,i want to thank Judge Budney for being so polite,so kind and for your smiles.God Bless

Judge: Dianne S Mantel
4/5/2016 11:33:11 AM

Judge Dianne S Mantel is as fair a Judge as you can hope to have for your case. She will listen to you and gives you every opportunity to make you case. I can say this. If you deserve to be approved she will approve you. If you deserve to be Dismissed or Denied she will do so. Remember, you have to have a lawyer. She is an Excellent Judge.

Judge: Michael C Blanton
3/30/2016 9:06:51 PM

What a day, anxiety was high and emotional is an understatement. Mr. Blanton was truly understanding and gave me time to compose myself after the tears, anxiety and emotional outburst. He was very understanding and patient with me. I wait to hear my decision via mail but I felt he was very fair and had compassion.

Judge: Leslie Perry- Dowdell
2/27/2016 11:13:53 AM

This judge does not look at everything I had letters from Drs saying I could not work , she said I was getting better. Which is not true, she looked at stuff that did not Protane to my cause and used it can't understand English. I feel I was wrong color and never had a chance because I was white.

Judge: Jonathan Eliot
2/14/2016 6:12:03 AM

A very nice man. He asked many questions concerning my disability and other health problems I didn't list on my application. He was very compassionate when I broke down and gave me time to get myself back together to answer more questions. When it came to the VE listing jobs I could preform, it felt like the judge was on my side when he kept reminding her of my restrictions. By the end the VE had no jobs I could do. The judge then stated that I would hear from him in written form. The only thing I wish is he could of give me an answer right there. I hope that the reason I have to wait is for him to take a closer look at my records. It's been a long journey to this point

Judge: Richard Horowitz
1/7/2016 5:26:49 PM

This is a very good judge he takes his time and make sure that when he make a decision on your case he does it right and correct I would recommend anyone that goes in front of him that the wait is well worth it

Judge: Terry M Banks
12/7/2015 10:42:02 PM


Judge: Mary Sparks
12/4/2015 10:25:51 AM

I have not gotten approved at this point but I felt compelled to write that Judge Mary Sparks was compassionate and patient as well as understanding. I think, whether approved or not, this judge is one in a million and Social Security is fortunate to have her as well as the people that come before her for judgement. Wonderful person indeed. Thank you your honor for being such a humanitarian.

Judge: Jonathan Eliot
10/12/2015 11:39:43 AM

This guy is the poster child for the new "model" ALJ ODAR has hired, i.e. robotic in demeanor; devoid of any emotion during the hearing; asks an inordinate number of questions, many of which aren't necessary/non-sensical and/or irrelevant to the underlying issues; and seemingly euphoric when he goes to great lengths to slam a claimant's credibility in his hearing decisions.

Judge: Leslie Perry- Dowdell
9/11/2015 6:08:29 AM

SSD is not taken lightly by this Judge. She is confident and reviews her cases well. The administration could use more judges like her. Social Security awards cannot be given away, they must be given to those who truly need them. Thank you Judge for representing the taxpayers well.

Judge: Jan Leventer
6/17/2015 5:58:59 PM

This judge set my mind at ease as soon as she spoke. She is very polite and seems to listen, it's like your talking to someone who cares.

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: 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: Leslie Perry- Dowdell
10/10/2014 10:47:58 AM

Rude to attorneys and claimants even when case is well prepared. Seems to bully people when questioning.

Judge: Kim L Bright
8/19/2014 8:11:22 AM

She is a fair Judge, very polite. Still waiting on decision.

Judge: David F Neumann
8/17/2014 11:17:38 AM

I have a court date on the 8/20/2014 I hope I do good I'm nervous.

Judge: Mary C Peltzer
8/16/2014 7:41:22 PM

felt the judge didnt care.

Judge: Ryan Glaze
7/30/2014 1:48:12 PM

Judge Glaze's statistics pretty much say it all. He tows the new agency line of keeping pay rates low regardless of the facts. He has ZERO compassion for the individuals who appear before him and treats them with disdain during their hearings. He appears to have already made up his mind prior to a hearing and then manipulates testimony to support his conclusions.

Kenneth Tennant
Judge: Sherry D Thompson
7/16/2014 12:01:17 PM

Can you explain, without using the word: CORRUPTION, or mentioning crooks, ie Debra Bice, Carolyn Colvin, Sherry Thompson, David Thompson et al., why a 100% Service-Connected DISABLED veteran, who hasn't been gainfully employed since honorable discharge 1987 would be denied ssdi benefits ? Do you think the SSA has more criminals employed than does the VA ? Have you blown the whistle on any of the crooks you see at the SSA ?

Gerald Major
Judge: David F Neumann
6/26/2014 8:50:28 AM

Great and fair but firm judge! Very knowledgeable and fair but firm. Good man and Judge.

Judge: Michael C Blanton
6/25/2014 8:03:35 PM

He was very understanding and nice. Allowed me to enter the court room with my husband and got straight to the point so we were not in there for ever. Almost like he took his time reviewing the case file before hand and already had his decision made.

Judge: Ellen Parker Bush
4/30/2014 4:50:17 PM

I am beginning to wonder if only black people get approved. Every bl person I know that applies gets approved. I am not prejudice, I am just wondering if they have some type of QUOTA they must fill??

kevin hall
Judge: Yvonne K Stam
4/21/2014 11:07:51 PM

the worst judge anybody could ever have and a lying judge at that, very unhelpful judge, very well known to hold grudges from other alj's decisions didnt even look at the real problem this judge is in an awful judge and should not be involved in the social security she has no heart no sympathy and no care for the claimants feelings or disabilities she is only out to care for herself! the worst judge anybody could have!

Michael Manning
Judge: Melissa Warner
4/19/2014 10:59:20 AM

unless you are non white she will not approve you!!!

Amanda J Wroblewski
Judge: Steven J Neary
4/10/2014 12:51:16 PM

Judge Neary, My name is Amanda Wroblewski. You granted me SSDI benefits starting October4, 2008. Their were some changes in the status of my situation, which I did report, How ever, Due to a clerical error, my information wasn't processed properly. Now I have been back and forth fighting with man who took away my benefits 11 months later. I have asked for waivers, He denied all of them, I have appealed his decision, He didn't care. I filed a complaint of my civil and disability rights, and I have no idea what happened now this has been going on since 2008. Denied, appeal, waiver, you name it I followed it through. I did manage to send in lost information that I did work in 2006, 2007 and 2008. The IRS is fully aware. I was accused of receiving benefits on my son who is Autistic, Which you denied him of those benefits. I'm asking you to please re-instate me. At least that's what I was told in 2009. You were the Judge on my son's case, as well as mine. I saw you 4 times, finally You approved. Can you over ride his decision this representative who works at my SS local office. He's a secretary. Judge Stalbrink, and a Federal Court Judge Harry C.Dees Jr. agree, and now I'm asking you for your help. This has gone on long enough. Yes my son is still Autistic and lives with me and for me, well I've gotten worse. There was no reason for him to bully over $540.00. I'm not the one who failed to put the information in the computer correctly. And I'm sorry, I don't think I should have to start all over. But only you can over ride there decision, to have me re-instated, since you were the Judge assigned to my case. Sincerely, Amanda J Wroblewski. Please

Jeff Spence
Judge: Harry E Siegrist
3/28/2014 3:08:06 AM

I dont know Harry Siegrist,,,what I am aware of is that what was discussed during the hearing was ignored on my unfavorable decision. Nothing in me understands Is the system designed to leave some completely in the dark. My mind is so beyond normal worked over 2 dozen jobs in 13 years yet SSA states my impairments are not severe enough, wow. They have found me disabled but they claim its not total disable its only partially disable,,,What part is that? Diagnosed with Major Depressive disorder and other disorders as well but,,they say Im invested in being sick how does someone do that. 2 years Ive been getting federally funded as well as federally funded run around. I take prozac and trazdone Do people have a clue what I take them for. This has been my experience Take your meds and good luck,,wow some country we live in Aint no help or hope for folks like myself,,Im doomed. Jeff Spence Atlanta Ga. God bless humanity

Judge: Melissa Warner
3/25/2014 4:36:07 PM

Judge Warner To do what she is paid to do ask only questions of her witnesses that favors a no decision which she is paid to do!!!!

Amy Christiansen
Judge: Ellen Parker Bush
3/16/2014 9:37:10 PM

I haven't gotten my decision yet, But this judge was very nice. She made things go real easy. I was a nervous wreck before hand but she made me feel comfortable in no time. No pressure, just pleasurable and business like. I'm hoping to win, of course, but either way I felt she handled things well. I had a hard time holding still in the court room, I was very anxious and nervous but she was calm and very nice which in return made me calm down some too!

Myllette Puckett
Judge: Harry E Siegrist
2/3/2014 2:08:52 PM

Very concerned with ones health and well-being.

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

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

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: Earl Ashford
5/13/2013 12:04:08 PM

Was a great judge. Listened,asked questions. Appeared to be very thurogh. Kind of glad he caught my case. I would want a judge who looks at everything versus one that just rubberstamps things.

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

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

Judge: Harry E Siegrist
4/14/2013 6:40:13 PM

Very thorough and personable.

Judge: Kim L Bright
4/14/2013 6:31:50 PM

Very fair and polite judge. Professional, respectful manners.

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 .

John Wilder
Judge: Ryan Glaze
3/2/2013 6:44:10 AM

CONGRATULATIONS JUDGE RYAN GLAZE We are very pleased. John Wilder Strongsville, Ohio

Judge: Melissa Warner
2/15/2013 4:25:50 PM

I was very pleased with her honor, very thorough, precise, and thoughtful.

Judge: Earl Ashford
2/10/2013 4:12:33 PM

Seems like real nice guy. Hearing done in easy going manner. Only trouble is he denies way too many cases.

Brett H
Judge: Yvonne K Stam
2/10/2013 3:15:11 PM

former atty for claimants now an intense, smart, egotistical, opinionated, biased, but very well prepared ALJ known to hold grudges. we had a claimant who had been denied by another ALJ but had since gotten worse and had new severe impairments (cervical DDD, lumbar DDD, depression) which we documented with 2 years worth of treatment and tests (MRIs, etc). At hearing and in decision denying claim, ALJ Stam ignored the new problems and acted like claimant made it up. ALJ interruppted questioning by me saying she had already covered that topic, but she had not really. [I was asking specific Qs about Claimant's trouble using her hands]Then stopped my Qs of VE on same topic. AC upheld her denial withou comment.

Judge: Yvonne K Stam
1/29/2013 9:32:58 AM

Very nice, very helpful, used a vocational expert half the time, but she is old school. Ask some questions but not in order, and does not ask all, you have to be on your toes.

Judge: Leslie Perry- Dowdell
1/22/2013 11:19:11 AM

This judge is clearly consistent. She has the lowest rate of approval of any judge in the state and within minutes of my hearing commencing I didnt need a crystal ball to tell me she was going to turn me down, her body language, attitude, questions and tone of voice made it clear to me she was going to reject my claim despite the physician I was sent to who had experience evaluating these cases telling me after my exam that he saw no reason that I did not easily qualify for disability benefits. When my attorney appealed we ended up back in front of her. Totally absurd.

Judge: Mary C Peltzer
12/17/2012 6:28:46 PM

Compassionate, reviews all information carefully. Thank you Judge Peltzer.

Michigan Freemason
Judge: Harry E Siegrist
10/11/2012 11:44:33 AM

A very intellectual judge who knows the law and reviews his cases on factual evidence. I hold the highest regard for the Honorable Judge Siegrist!

Judge: Ruth Tyszka
8/27/2012 12:41:58 PM

I don't think her dicison is made by evidence I think its based on if she likes you as a person I am disabled with three small children and been disable for long time and she denied me........

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: Leslie Perry- Dowdell
8/14/2012 4:40:39 PM

I am the wrong color :(

Judge: Leslie Perry- Dowdell
8/2/2012 9:16:12 PM

Does not seem to comprehend English

Judge: Mary Sparks
7/5/2012 12:54:14 AM

Absolutely first rate and cpoper-bottomed, gentlemen!

Judge: Melissa Warner
6/22/2012 7:19:07 AM

not too bright is an understaement

Judge: Mary Sparks
6/12/2012 10:57:55 AM

ALJ Sparks is the Greatest Judge to come through Social Security. Judge Sparks not only is compassionate but reviews the cases thoroughlly. I had an attorney who was not performing his duties and she was able to correct his action. My Attorney was able get the medical records I needed and my case was granted in my favor. Awesome Judge

Judge: Melissa Warner
6/8/2012 2:59:35 PM

Fairly negative ALJ. Conducts hearings in fast paced manner. I think she is fairly new but not to bright.

Judge: Michael C Blanton
5/10/2012 8:07:58 AM

This is an excellent ALJ. I'm sure his denial rate will go up at some point a little but he will show compassion and treat everyone fairly.

Judge: Harry E Siegrist
4/2/2012 12:15:57 PM

A warm, wonderful, exceedingly wise Judge with a high pay rate.

Judge: Ruth Tyszka
3/29/2012 11:07:45 AM

the best judge in toledo

Judge: Ruth Tyszka
3/27/2012 12:43:28 PM

Judge: Ruth Tyszka
3/26/2012 8:46:42 AM

always prepared always insightful. good demeanor

Judge: Ruth Tyszka
3/24/2012 9:33:17 AM

judge tyszka is very deliberative and considerate

Judge: Ruth Tyszka
3/24/2012 9:30:53 AM

judge tyszka is very professional. a great judge