Michelle Wolfe , Charleston Wv, West Virginia ODAR Office, Administrative Law Judge

For the 2010 *fiscal year, Judge Michelle Wolfe has disposed 70 cases at the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Charleston Wv, West Virginia. Out of those 70 dispostions, 3 were dismissed, 46 were approved and 21 were denied. This means that the percentage of dispositions that Judge Wolfe has approved in Charleston Wv for the 2010 fiscal year is 66%. The information below for Judge Michelle Wolfe was last updated on 6/11/2019.

Average statistics
Office*Fiscal YearTotal DispositionsTotal DecisionsTotal DenialsTotal AwardsCases
Charleston Wv 2010 70 67 21 46 4%66%30%
Wilkes Barre 2012 707 518 325 193 27%27%46%
Wilkes Barre 2013 634 521 342 179 18%28%54%
Wilkes Barre 2014 573 451 360 91 21%16%63%
Wilkes Barre 2015 435 338 257 81 22%19%59%
Wilkes Barre 2016 440 348 243 105 21%24%55%
Wilkes Barre 2017 462 367 251 116 21%25%54%
Wilkes Barre 2018 179 137 94 43 23%24%53%
Wilkes Barre 2019 386 307 207 100 20%26%54%
*The United States Government fiscal year is from October 1st - September 30th.
Michelle WolfeNo Stats for FY 2020
All ALJs in Charleston Wv Office 15% 52% 33%
All ALJs in West Virginia18%43%39%
All ALJs in the Nation20%42%38%
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Judge: Michelle Wolfe
1/4/2020 12:29:16 PM

I am an attorney who represents a fair number of disability claimants. If you are coming to this site to find out more about an administrative law judge, I want to share some things with you so that you have some perspective while reading all these comments. Your case is unique. While there are common case types and situations that are regularly before the ALJs, the system works at not being an assembly line and looking at all the facts and circumstances. My opinion is that the majority of the time the system eventually works for most claimants. There is still a significant minority of cases where it does not. I get contacted by a lot of people who have lost their case at the ALJ level. They feel like a lot of people on this board felt after being denied. I review their written decision and talk to them in detail. The majority of the time the ALJ made the right decision. So what went wrong? It's usually one or more of the following things. (1) Well meaning doctors, government/nonprofit social workers and other well meaning individuals encouraged them to apply without fully understanding the disability programs (2) they went into the hearing not knowing or understanding both the strengths and potential weaknesses of their case (3) they didn't see the right type of doctors, get all the tests needed, and/or try all the possible treatment options out there. When I talk to these individuals the most common thing I here is "Well nobody told me that. I wish I knew that back then." So is the judge the reason you lost? Maybe. Maybe not.. Every case is different. Did you lose for other reasons instead or other reasons as well? Probably.

Judge: Michelle Wolfe
9/8/2018 7:23:25 PM

Got my unfavourable decision letter today and I'm so filled with mix emotions. I suffer from axiety, depression, and alot of post matic stress, though I am a mother of 3 young school aged children, I guess to SSD these symptoms do not meet their standards, one because I've never committed myself to a hospital, letters from family, friends, and psychiatrist was not good enough , letter said weighed very little . What gets me is I have always worked, it's not that I decided I'm gonna quite my job and live off SS was never my plan, but when you suffer from these issues that are uncontrollable at times it's hard to be in society alot. One thing that was mentioned because I was asked is if I used social media ? Who doesn't? That was used against me. I have social anxiety, panic attacks and it effects me even though I'm being treated for it. One thing that was mentioned was I continue to say I have systoms but still refill my prescriptions on a regular basis? Am I not supposed too? There was a note in there I appeared sloppy. I'm confused, but yet I was alert and made eye contact, was I not supposed to at my hearing? I don't do drugs, I don't drink, I don't party, yet I see so many people get approved for addictions. Well mental health is a disease as well, which many abuse their medicine. I'm trying to do right by seeing a psychiatrist and a therapist and take my medication as directed and I'm punished for it. The only thing I guess I can do is appeal it and hope someone sees me through a different pair of eyes and compassion. She apparently did not. I felt she was nice and professional, good luck to anyone who may get her for a judge in my opinion she is not very compassionate.

Judge: Michelle Wolfe
6/4/2018 7:06:48 PM

I went before Judge Wolfe this morning. I had no legal representation, and she did give me the option of postponing the hearing until October of this year. I waived my right to representation, for a couple of reasons. I did not want to drag the process on any further, and I cannot afford an attorney. After reading the above posts about this judge, I’m sorry that some of the folks felt she was unfair. My hearing was scheduled for 11:00am and I was taken in at 10:30. She allowed me to enter notes from two specialists I am currently seeing, as well as a list of medication I am taking. I thought she was very professional and fair; as was the vocational expert, Ms. Doherty. If people thought Judge Wolfe wasn’t fair, maybe it was because she said things people did not like or did not want to hear.

Judge: Michelle Wolfe
5/14/2018 12:28:51 PM

How long did it take to get a discion from judge wolf? My hearing was in March. It's now May still haven't heard anything.

Judge: Michelle Wolfe
4/20/2018 10:31:30 AM

I do believe people have fabricated their story to receive disability benefits I have seen it for myself I have seen a lady who received benefits for obesity I once lived on a street where many people were receiving disability benefits and working on the side and they live very very well now you have my husband a veteran a correctional officer and a police officer and a person who would do almost anything for for anyone he was born with diabetes and at the age of 54 it has taken a toll on both mind and body his disease is attacking his nervous system to a point where sometimes I don't recognize him I have been with my husband for 24 years so I know everything about him he is not the same man mostly because judge Wolf's decision judge you must understand when you worry about your statistics you're slowly killing my husband I have seen my husband with such anxiety and depression to the point where I was worried he was going to kill himself and I still worry today I am now supporting my family my son quit college because he can't be left alone when he was alone his sugar would drop and blind him he has fallen several times he now has more injuries than he had before the sad part is his income came to a halt and we are just about making it he believes it's his fault that's what you did to him I believe in the justice system Department I just don't believe you do your job well enough to know what you're doing to him he is he is a Broken Man yes his illness is bad but your decision is killing him I just don't know how you sleep at night knowing your decision is so important to my husband my husband's health I believe you pushed him over the edge sometimes he just stares out of space he has tried to work around the house but his attacks are so bad that it puts him out of commission for a week I just want you to know you ruined my husband's life I believe because of your decision these for years without his hancom has been very hard we had a wonderful life to have it destroyed with your decision we may lose everything thank you for nothing what keeps me going today is that I believe in karma I hope this post helps you to believe that there are many people who are disabled and can't do it please remember when you make your decision make sure it's the right one you don't want to be the reason people kill themselves and just one more thing my husband is a college-educated person those meaningless jobs you were offering my husband was very demeaning try to put yourself in their position bagging groceries with an education like his I hope this never happens to you you're having your education and being offered a grocery bagger thank you for reading my post and I hope it helps you to make better decisions at your job or switch to another one one you can do without hurting anyone

Judge: Michelle Wolfe
10/30/2017 8:37:22 AM

I felt the need to post a review after reading the unfair and mischaracterized reviews of Judge Wolfe. I have appeared before her many times as an attorney representing people applying for disability benefits. She has ruled for my clients and against my clients so I feel like I am in a position to evaluate her consistency and fairness. What people reading her reviews need to realize is that she is always extremely well-prepared for hearings and expects the same of the attorneys and claimants who appear before her. She asks tough questions, notices details about claimant's behavior and testimony and reviews physician and expert reports carefully. She knows the guidelines that one must meet to qualify for disability. I understand the frustration of people who do not receive benefits (and have felt this frustration on behalf of some of my clients) but I have always felt that she is very fair and consistent. She is dedicated to being a fair judge.

Judge: Michelle Wolfe
10/26/2017 4:23:00 PM

Judge Wolfe was very patient and fair. I appreciated that she always showed me respect when I appeared before her. I wish we had more judges like her.

Judge: Michelle Wolfe
8/30/2017 7:32:12 AM

I have my hearing in 2 weeks. I have been waiting since 2014. My attorney said he is not hopeful because she is the toughest so I decided to Google her. After reading all these comments I realize I have no hope if she turns down multiple Dr's statements. There is nothing left for me.

Judge: Michelle Wolfe
4/7/2017 7:19:29 AM

My husband sees Judge Wolfe Tuesday. He and I are not at all worried with a wrongful decision, even if in his favor or not. I feel like all these negative comments are from bitter people who really did not have a solid case. My husband is 56 y/o and is truly disabled. He has worked and paid taxes since he was 16 y/o. Can all these people who posted nasty comments on here say this??? I am going to go with NO. With multiple knee surgeries and a replacement and more than several hand surgeries and other medical issues I am sure the Judge will be more than fair AGAIN even in his favor or not. I would love for anyone to try and work with the pubic especially the ones who feel they are entitled to whatever they can get their hands on and live off the system for their whole life. SO TIRED of paying MY taxes and seeing that happen!

Judge: Michelle Wolfe
1/30/2017 4:49:07 AM

Why hasn't Michelle Wolf been red flagged for her blatantly unjust denial rates? Her pay scale climbs enormously while veterans, stage four cancer patients, and countless other legitamite claims are denied by the stroke of her pen. A growing number of victims of the conscience severed judges who deny claims is growing. Rubber stamped denials are a pathetic reality in the Luzerne County Swamp. Granted, there are false claims presented, but a viral number of denied justifiable claims should be thoroughly investigated. After all, it's you, the American disabled funds.

Judge: Michelle Wolfe
1/14/2017 4:23:03 AM

As others have said, she cherry-picks information and twists it. She also completely disregarded everything my current doctor said (and all the records she had sent), and even implied some really hurtful and completely untrue things in an underhanded, snide way in her findings report. She basically called me a liar, when everything I said was the truth! A ********, corrupt *********. I hope she **** a ******** *****.

Judge: Michelle Wolfe
10/11/2016 6:36:32 AM

Michelle Wolfe should be investigated, for being corrupt. I have been disabled now for many years and have been broke because i am unable to work, making my life horrible because i have no income to live off of. my doctor even declared me disabled. This vile women, disapproved my claim, I certainly hope, one day you get whats coming to you Michelle Wolfe!!!!!

Judge: Michelle Wolfe
11/22/2014 4:44:11 AM

Michelle Wolfe should be investigated for receiving kick backs, or simply being unethical for ignoring medical facts and denying legitimate claims making life a living **** for many disabled Americans struggling without their ENTITLEMENTS.

Judge: Michelle Wolfe
11/3/2014 9:16:00 AM

A claimant with end stage cancer was denied benefits by Judge Wolfe. A blood clot in the cancerous organ came loose and caused a stroke, killing the claimant. The records were in order for the Judge to find the claimant disabled at step 3 or step 5. She chose otherwise. The case is now on appeal. In a year or so, perhaps never, the case will be remanded. One thing is certain, a deserving claimant was denied benefits. Remember Judge Wolfe every time you hear about the "billion dollar judges" awarding benefits and fraudulentt disability claims. As with most things, there are two sides to every story. Since this side of the story is not as glamorous, it doesn't get told.

Judge: Michelle Wolfe
10/21/2014 8:49:06 AM

Michelle wolf should be investigated to see if she gets paid to deny real people with real disabilities. I had my hearing with her mind you i am already 100 percent total and permanent form the military. She refused to look at all the evidence. She even dismissed social security's own doctors who evaluated me and the voc rehab lady who said i could do no work. I feel since i get va compensation she was biased against me in the first place in hearing for 2 hours she did not ask much questions. How can a judge not take into consideration their own evaluators? plus 900 pages of medical notes. someone should question why she has a 17% percent approval rate the lowest rating for ssa judges in the entire country. does she think everyone is trying to screw the system? we are all not lying burdens on society. we have real medical and psychological problems. The docs says low tress and no interaction with people so how can i work? docs say must be able to take breaks when needed and may miss up to 4 days of work a week even voc rehab lady said part time sedentary work copy machine operator really? claims jobs open for this in pa 425 where i checked unemployment and Google jobs none in this job description. She refused any rebuttal and request for information from my attorneys.... her words were i dont have too give it to you....she picked what she wanted out of my records and twisted it around and claimed i had not gone to docs in 3 years but i have my records to prove otherwise....have to file appeal to council and file complaint against her with ssa.

Judge: Michelle Wolfe
10/15/2014 10:46:32 AM

Because Michelle Wolfe IGNORES medical evidence I have been penniless for 4 years, and now have no medical coverage because my 66 year old husband lost his job and my health insurance. As an UNPAID disabled American I can not afford Obama Care, and slip through the cracks and do not qualify for medicaid. Does Michelle Wolfe go to work with a tumor in her leg? Does she have 2 plates in her neck and require more surgery? Does she have psoriatic arthritis and an allergy to anti-inflammatories? Does she live with chronic pain and wear a fentanyl patch? Does she have medical coverage, and can she get the medical attention she needs? A very calloused individual would ignore scientific proof and facts just to keep her denial numbers high. An unfair, unjust person. Another corrupt judge in Luzerne County. How does she sleep at night?

Judge: Michelle Wolfe
6/23/2014 6:43:21 PM

keep up the good work judge there are way to many people sucking on system To the person who took the time to post the above statement. Without knowing any facts or the people suffering because of ignorant underhanded wrong decisions some of these ALJ's make. For you to make a blanket statement like that shows what a vile disgusting person you must be. Karma really is a powerful thing.

Judge: Michelle Wolfe
2/25/2014 11:02:11 PM

keep up the good work judge there are way to many people sucking on system

Judge: Michelle Wolfe
2/8/2014 4:35:19 PM

She just denied my case. Her decision will have me homeless within a few months. I am on my own, I have no wife or any kind of safety net to help pay the bills while I fight to get what essentially is my own money back so I can survive. I am a 52 yr old man that has been working since high school. I can't afford medical nor do I qualify for Medicaid because I have more than 250.00 in my bank account..Not much more... I dont have the money to seek proper medical attention and that is something being used against me in my case.. In her decision she stated my doctor says my condition doesn't require any medication. I guess the fact he prescribed a new medicine recently along with the meds he has been prescribing for the past 4 yrs doesn't count ...Judge Wolfe should be ashamed of herself. One consolation is that Karma is a powerful thing.

Judge: Michelle Wolfe
1/10/2013 3:02:43 PM

Irksome problem with her is that she schedules hearings close together, and then falls way behind over the course of the day. It's not unusual to have your hearing heard 2 hours late. If her decisions were good, it would be tolerable, but she denies many cases that should be awarded.

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