Leslie Perry- Dowdell , Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania ODAR Office, Administrative Law Judge

For the 2019 *fiscal year, Judge Leslie Perry Dowdell has disposed 373 cases at the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Out of those 373 dispostions, 92 were dismissed, 104 were approved and 177 were denied. This means that the percentage of dispositions that Judge Perry- Dowdell has approved in Pittsburgh for the 2019 fiscal year is 28%. The information below for Judge Leslie Perry Dowdell was last updated on 6/11/2019.

Average statistics
Office*Fiscal YearTotal DispositionsTotal DecisionsTotal DenialsTotal AwardsCases
Pittsburgh 2011 412 209 136 73 49%18%33%
Toledo Oh 2011 154 114 57 57 26%37%37%
Pittsburgh 2012 766 395 278 117 48%15%36%
Pittsburgh 2013 560 358 254 104 36%19%45%
Pittsburgh 2014 494 352 253 99 29%20%51%
Pittsburgh 2015 446 312 194 118 30%26%43%
Pittsburgh 2016 404 284 169 115 30%28%42%
Pittsburgh 2017 444 307 195 112 31%25%44%
Pittsburgh 2018 177 120 82 38 32%21%46%
Pittsburgh 2019 373 281 177 104 25%28%47%
*The United States Government fiscal year is from October 1st - September 30th.
Leslie Perry DowdellNo Stats for FY 2020
All ALJs in Pittsburgh Office 27% 34% 38%
All ALJs in Pennsylvania24%38%39%
All ALJs in the Nation20%42%38%
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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: 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: 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: 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 $.

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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

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