Montgomery, Alabama ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Montgomery, Alabama, 14 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Montgomery, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 16.0 months. The average case processing time in Montgomery is 561 days.The Montgomery average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 50%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Montgomery ODAR office was last updated on 3/9/2018.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Montgomery 14 16.0 months 561 days 2.0 18% 50% 32%
Alabama17.3 months594 days2.020%46%34%
National Average:17.3 months577 days1.921%43%36%
Hearing Wait Time: 16.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 2.04
Average Processing Time 561 days
Cases Pending 8326
Dispositions 2736
New Cases 2001
Hearings In Person 57%
Video Hearings 43%

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Judge: Amy H Naylor
10/13/2018 8:18:28 AM

ALJ Naylor reviews pending cases and makes OTR allowances as warranted by evidence in file. My clients appreciate this so much, as do I.

Judge: Ruth Ramsey
10/5/2018 6:17:23 PM

I pray for anyone who goes before this judge. It doesn't matter if your doctor fights for you or not, she will tear your records apart and pick what she wants to hear. I especially feel for anyone with suicidal tendencies that go before her, as she is more like to leave you homeless or cause your death than to approve your disability. She has no clue how terrible mental illnesses are to live with, nor does she care.

James Smith
Judge: Joseph F Dent
10/4/2018 4:47:28 PM

The First thing This Judge Dent said is I'm A Veteran Too I receive 80 % His opening statement told me is Get Denied. VA. Total permanent. I was Awarded I am Recomending Judge Dent be removed. Possibly In These Near Perfect People. There Heads Get too. Swelled. I Have No respect for this Judge.

Judge: Paul W Johnson
10/3/2018 5:53:26 PM

Judge Johnson was a very caring and compassionate person. He really has a great heart and shows compassion for you. God bless you.

Judge: Michael D Anderson
9/26/2018 11:07:22 PM

My first hearing was postponed by Judge South who 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: 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.

John A Balint
Judge: Rolesia Dancy
9/20/2018 11:19:24 PM

Judge Dancy this john balint u tried my case on the 16th of august and im steadily getting farther and farther in debt im about to loose my house is their anyway u can help the pending process speed up if i was denied or approved i could surely use the piece of mind of just knowing im sure i was approved but i can't even pay one bill or get help and here comes another

Ella Jean
Judge: Angela L Neel
9/18/2018 8:20:47 AM

Finally, in this very long process, I was able to explain myself in person and not just receive the rubber-stamp denial. It took two long years and I am so grateful to have been able to sit in front of Judge Neel and have her actually listen to me and understand what I was facing. She was compassionate, caring, professional and most of all - understanding! Thank you Judge Neel!

Judge: Rolesia Dancy
7/11/2018 5:54:49 PM

I think Judge Dancy did a very professional job. She asked me a lot of great questions. After which she asked the vocational counselor a lot of great questions. My only concern is that I don't know how much longer I can wait for her decision. I am on the verge of being homeless because I can't work. I lost my kids because I don't have utilities in the delapitated house I currently live in. I am only trying to keep it so I don't lose all the belongs my wife and kids hold so dear.

I. Will. Appeal.
Judge: Angela L Neel
4/17/2018 7:52:21 AM

Judge Neel is a very pleasant ALJ. It always hasn't been this way with certain judges in this office (thankfully they are gone now). However, if you are under the age of 50, you can pretty much forget an approval from her. As of this writing, she has the lowest approval rating of them all. That should tell you plenty. Stats don't lie. Although she is "up" from her 28% approval rating when she was in Tampa. Progress? 5 stars for being pleasant, courteous and professional. 0 stars for bieing biased against younger individuals. 3 stars overall.

Judge: Geoffrey S Casher
4/5/2018 8:34:34 AM

Hope you don’t get G. Casher. He thinks he’s a god as he sits high on his thrown. He does not give you a chance of telling your story. He just asks three or four questions. And doesn’t want to hear anymore from you. Waisted three years of my life. If I did not find God in those last 3 years. I would have killed myself. Why go on in such pain. But I have faith in Jesus Christ. Everything will be ok.

Judge: Angela L Neel
12/17/2017 7:46:55 AM

I thought for sure I was going to lose my hearing, I went into the room with no confidence what so ever. I suffer from PTSD, GAD, depression, memory loss, chronic pain and I have IBS from a near fatal accident. When I met Judge Neel she was very nice and very personable, she put me at ease when I sat down and her questions were asked in a manner that wasn't intrusive or very hard to answer, I got confused a couple of times because I don't process information like I used to and formulating words is still a daunting task for me. I can't remember how long the hearing lasted? but I was happy to hear she would approve me with an amended onset date, now I'm just waiting on the decision letter and approval letter. A huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders even though I still have a wait time before I recieve benefits but I guess I'll just have to keep making it day by day and taking it one day at a time like I have been and continue to try to get better. I'm also very happy that I'll be able to have my severe neck pain addressed and will be able to see my Psychiatrist Dr. Pillai again (I had health insurance but couldn't afford it anymore and lost all my benefits), now that I can get approved for Medicaid, it'll be a year before I can get Medicare. Judge Neel is a really great Judge, she is fair and compassionate and she doesn't want to see me fail so I'm hoping one day I can go back to school and work. We'll see where my road to recovery takes me. So please don't rely on these negative ratings of her, if your claim is legit, your medical file is strong and you are truly disabled I wouldn't worry about having her as your judge. Thank you Judge Neel, you changed my whole outlook on my future and now I feel like I have a chance at life again.

Judge: Vincent P Intoccia
12/3/2017 9:05:01 PM

Vincent is a thoroughly knowledgeable alj. He reads the file before your hearing. He consults with the lawyer and VE DURING THE HEARING. All my medical evidence was there. He changed my onset date. He swore me in and asked a few questions. The VE replied No to jobs out there for me. Hearing was short and he knew my case before I walked into the roo. And I am pretty sure before I left he knew his decision. He is a real huma. Being with respect to other human beings and follows the rules of his job. Great judge

Judge: Perry Martin
11/12/2017 10:13:22 PM

Very nice judge

Judge: Geoffrey S Casher
10/2/2017 1:56:50 PM

I was wrong. This Judge is wrong. If you get this Judge be prepared to get denied.

Stacey Jones
Judge: Vincent P Intoccia
9/20/2017 10:22:02 AM

I love the judge compassion for others! He is respectful and nice! He has a huge heart and will listen to what you have to say! God know what he was doing when he bless judge Vincent to my daughter Tatyana case!

Angelia Marcella
Judge: Mary E Helmer
9/14/2017 8:06:51 PM

I thought Mrs Helmer was a very nice and well informed judge. She treated me kindly in her courtroom as did her court reporter. To me, she is a great and fair judge to have for your disability decision.

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.

Judge: J. S Childs
6/20/2017 8:26:21 PM

Completely Incompetent Judge and System. Not only was my Birth Date incorrect, after fixing it and supplying Documentation...but the decision wasn't even based on what I applied for. The decision was based on information that was completely incorrect and I never once said was an issue. What a waste of time and effort. My dog could've done a better job.

Judge: Geoffrey S Casher
6/15/2017 8:00:30 PM

I read every review of this judge and all I can say about this man is that he is very thorough. I was asked just about every question imaginable so that he could get an accurate picture of my disabilities. I have yet to get the results and we are praying that he gets it right. Judge Casher was very professional. If you are really disabled don't worry. If you are faking I imagine you will be found out. If I get negative results I will be sure to report. Good luck everyone.

Judge: John B Langland
6/9/2017 6:31:42 PM

I cant believe this judge is actually a disability judge! He hasnt a clue about the not so common chronic illness and how it makes that person feel! There are a few not so common chronic illness that turns a persons life upside down in matters of minutes they hole life change. What ones was a active, working, outgoing person turned into a not active person, cant work person, not outgoing person because of all the limitations and bizzare symptoms this chronic illness has. Seems like this judge does not want to hear what the person with the not so common chronic illness has to go through each and every day the struggle, the fight, depression and the emotions and not to give up on life!! It is not just black and white with a not so common chronic illness at least what this judge could do try to do some research on not so common chronic illnesses so he might be able to have a better understanding of what people go through!!! Of course this judge dont walk in that persons shoes so he really doesnt know how their feel in the inside!! It is sad that a persons lifely hood lays in the hand of a judge that has no heart! He surley should not be a disability judge!!!!!

Darrin Hall
Judge: J. S Childs
6/9/2017 4:07:12 PM

J s childs was a very nice judge regardless f the outcome of my situation. God bless Mr. Childs

Judge: Geoffrey S Casher
6/5/2017 10:09:49 AM

My families welfare depended on this crooks last words, and he got it wrong but my family suffers badly, I can no longer stand to watch this it's my fault,I've become the anchor around their necks, if I was able to work I would love to, so it's my turn to check out and my bloods on cahers hands, if my back was broke in half he would not have cared, shame on a supposed judge,, may my spirit haunt him the days of his life, it's time for me to go now, goodbye cruel world goodbye, you were very wrong casher,so very so,

N Carson
Judge: J. S Childs
6/1/2017 9:27:13 AM

Terrible decision; wasn't based upon the law nor the facts in the case. Even the VE testified no work was available due to amount of absences and time off required for my medical care; and he still ruled against me.

Judge: Melissa J McIntosh
5/26/2017 1:28:06 PM

I had my hearing 24 May 2017 with Melissa J Mcintosh. This was my first and only hearing since initially being denied 2 years ago when I first filed. I have just been waiting on the hearing. Mrs. Mcintosh is very nice, friendly, respectful and courteous. I was not expecting it, but at the end of the hearing, she even thanked me for my service to our country. That in itself is worth a star! She made me feel at ease through the entire hearing. I don't get nervous in front of people anyway but just the same, it was great having such a nice Judge. My 5 stars have nothing to do with being approved/disapproved because I have not received her decision yet since the hearing was just a few days ago.

Judge: Bruce W MacKenzie
5/10/2017 7:08:24 PM

This man is a joke....Smart ***..pays no attention to case or Dr comments...if he denies file a complaint against him with the SSA..

Betty Abbott
Judge: Bruce W MacKenzie
4/10/2017 4:34:04 PM

I am so scared to death, i go before this judge in less than 24 hrs. I am so hoping to get a favorable decision. I suffer with a very disabling rare neuropthy. I also have 6 mental health issues, on top of needing surgery on my right shoulder. I haven't been able to afford proper medications that i so desperatly need for almost a year now. I have prayed and asked everyone for prayers for me. I really need this so i can get the proper help i need.

Judge: Geoffrey S Casher
4/4/2017 10:57:13 AM

I am a decorated veteran I was prepared to give of my life,if that is what's required of me to expose the likes of Jeff casher then it's a worthy cause if it'll keep him from hurting others,

Judge: Geoffrey S Casher
4/4/2017 10:21:08 AM

It's not the point my case was denied but the outritht lies and partial truths he used, and how he twisted it around,but he did put it in writing and signed it,so all I know. To do is file complaint with lcq and write letter to potus,which I intend to do,I mean outright lied and left out anything positive for my case!

Judge: Geoffrey S Casher
4/3/2017 5:47:59 PM

I made the mistake of using Freedom Disability and after close to 3 years, just got a denial from my hearing. The judge on the case Geoffrey Casher used lies and fabrications in his denial notice; which doesn’t surprise me when he has an approval rating of 25% compared to 60% for the Nation. I guess that is why his salary increased from $106K to $167K in the last 10 years. Just a couple of the ludicrous points the judge made: - Taking more importance from a med consult that lasted 4 minutes and was supposed to be for examining my migraines when he did not even mention the migraines, only my back problems. My back was hurting from sitting in a car 45 minutes being driven to Hinesville for this 4 minute appt. but was supposed to mainly be for the migraines from what the judge said at the hearing. He wrote out all kinds of stuff i supposedly can and cannot do, all based on a 4 minute appt. The judge took this as fact instead or the numerous doctors notes and appointments from my Neurologist and Psychiatrist and Coastal Harbor and Mayo Clinic. - He mentioned me not having medical records or on medicine in the last year. Well that is only because I could not afford to go to my doctors or get medicine without insurance or being on Disability. I went from $65K a year working at St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System to being on Food Stamps. When I applied for Food Stamps I also applied for Medicaid but was turned down, they said I could reapply after getting Disability. I also tried ObamaCare… they told me I did not make any money so that would not apply for me either. So all i could do is wait these almost 3 years since applying for Disability, hoping to make it to the point i could go back to the doctor and get back on my medication. - He mentioned 3 scenarios during the hearing to the Vocational Expert, the 1st had the Expert give 3 jobs (Delivery driver- hard to do since I can not drive from my light sensitivity and migraines, Addresser and Marker- both of which would consist of reading and being in the light)… the 2nd and 3rd scenarios had the Expert say there was no job I could do at all. But mysteriously on the denial report, he fails to mention anything about the 2nd or 3rd scenarios, only the first one listed above. People are prosecuted for fraud, and judge casher deserves to be imprisoned for the fraud he is committing on disabled citizens.

Judge: Ruth Ramsey
3/27/2017 2:28:45 AM

Very nice judge. Judge Ramsey is fair. Great Judge!

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

After reading these mixed reviews, I feel intimidated

Susan Rudd
Judge: Mary E Helmer
1/2/2017 7:09:36 PM

I found Judge Helmer to be very pleasant to deal with in the courtroom. She told my lawyer, after I left the courtroom, that she found me credible, but when I got her unfavorable decision in the mail, it was totally opposite. She basically refuted everything I said, so I really don't understand that because to me her statement to my lawyer and her decision were totally opposite. In all fairness to Judge Helmer, I did not have enough medical documentation to put my SSI disability through though I didn't realize that at the time since this was my first time going before an administrative law judge.

Susan Rudd
Judge: Walter V Lassiter
1/2/2017 6:19:44 PM

Judge Lassiter is the last judge I went before in March 2016. He told me in court, I would get his decision around May 2016. I got a letter the end of December 2016 stating I had to go before yet another judge. I felt like he was condescending and prejudiced against me because I didn't have a lawyer. I had the best lawyer (a lady at ODAR said so), but she didn't win my case the first time, and since that time, I have emailed her office, I have called, and begged them for one more appointment because I have a lot more medical documentation than I had when I went before Judge Helmer. I get absolutely no response. I sure won't recommend her to anyone. I feel like I have done more work on my case than she did. After I got no response from her office after repeated attempts, I contacted another disability lawyer. Her receptionist asked me some questions, and told me they would have to be on my case for a year before another hearing. I don't feel I can hold out that long. As for Lassiter, plain and simple, he was an ***. As stated previously, he was condescending, and a total *** to me. It was apparent he did not like me, and I most certainly did not like him. I really don't even feel he warrants the one star. A judge shouldn't be biased. They should be fair. He most certainly is not that! I understand he is ex-military. I do thank him for his service to our country.

Judge: Angela L Neel
12/8/2016 9:09:12 AM

To whom it may concern, In my Herat of hearts I believe the judge did not take the time to see the BIG PICTURE. I'm in need and feeling hopeless and helpless. Back in April 2014 was my first denial. Then another, then I went before the judge. That time I had a lawyer that I never spoke with or had any communication till 5 minutes before my hearing. I went in and then another denial. My denial said because I was seeing a PA instead of a DR that a PA are not qualified enough and many more things. I have PTSD due to being beaten and molested starting at age 4. I have flashbacks all the time. I have severe depression and it's hard to leave my house, she also gave no weight to my therapist saying how bad of shape I'm in and can't work. In 2013 is when I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. From then I tried to work another full year, in which I had to quit due to my pain, and my depression. Then I was diagnosed with very high bp, high cholesterol, gout, carpal tunnel and arthritis in my hands which makes it so I can't open or carry anything. If we leave the house I need to take an electric scooter because I can only walk for a few minutes. At home I need to put my feet above heart level several times a day due to all my swelling. How could I possibly work when I need to do this? Not to mention if I have to type or text I can only do it with one finger. I am now considered to be morbidly obese because I can barely walk due to the fibromyalgia, and my hypothyroidism. I can only sit or stand for just a few minutes st a time. Because I can't work and I don't have any money from disability, my pain has worsened and I continue to gain weight. I have gone from about 20 pills a day to about 4 because I have no money. I have been through repeated withdrawals. And to add to all of this I now have diabetes. So my day consist of laying around in pain and crying. Since I had to leave my job I've lost my car, I've come close to losing my house several times. We've had to max out credit cards for food and my meds. I would prefer to be working and making money instead of fighting like crazy trying to get a disability check of a big whopping $430 a month. I couldn't in a million years know a person that would quit their job to sit at home for that amount. My work credits are going to expire and I don't have time to start all over. My case in at the appeals council for review. I did qualify for them to expedite my case, however that's not gonna help me and my family if I get another denial. I need help, we need help. So many people deserve it and are denied. From what I read my judge denies most of her cases. I am in support groups for fibromyalgia. I've met many women who were approved with just fibromyalgia with seeing a PA and having no other diagnosis. And we're approved in the same building I was denied. How can cases be on a pick and choose basis? I have no more fight left in me. After my denial by the judge, I was close to suicide. I'm not sure how I can handle another denial. I'm hurting and I'm desperate. I can't even afford to see my PA anymore. Someone has got to please look over my case and to be a little more human when they are reviewing a case. Not everyone is looking to screw the system and live off of a few bucks. When my credits expire I'm done I can't do anything else. This appeal is my last chance. I just can't keep being a burden to my husband and my adult kids. I just don't know what else to say but please help me. I've sent letters to my congressman and to the mayors office, the governor, and to the Division of Disability Determination. I know there are tons of cases waiting to be reviewed, I'm not better or more deserving, im just a person in a lot of pain who's work credits are going to expire. I need a miracle! A fully favorable decision. Can't someone somewhere help??? Like maybe my denial judge.. Angela L Neel Thanks for taking the time to read this. Desperately yours, N S Sent from my iPad

Teddy pritchett
Judge: Walter V Lassiter
12/4/2016 6:44:30 PM

I grew up with Walter. He was always an *******!!! He was then, and obviously the that hasnt changed one bit!! He is a little older than me. I was friends with his little brother. When he came home on pass from the military, he would frown down at us. He treated us very poorly!! Instead of imparting wisdom on us, he merely frowned down at us! He will ALWAYS be a "Uncle Tom", in my book!!

Rico Kelly
Judge: Reni F Barnett-Jefferson
11/15/2016 2:49:12 PM

Judge Barnett Jefferson was the judge on my daughters case she held out on making a decision over two years and wasn't even concerned with the problems with my daughter and her disabling conditions she was more concerned about my religion where I worship and my faith when I stated that I was Jewish she immediately changed her tone and acted very different towards me during the rest of the hearing she also took about 3 months before she made the decision after the hearing. I thought this was the last time that I would have to deal with her; however I have another daughter who is also disabled and she pulled her case for review after I submitted paperwork after my other daughter denial stating she discriminated against me during my daughters hearing; so now that I know that she is the Judge on this case I feel that there is some type of retaliation towards me or persecution toward me because I submitted paperwork requesting a telephone hearing several times and ALL my requests were ignored no responses al all; the day before the hearing I finally get her assistant Shaun Johnson on the phone who said I needed to submit medical records stating I couldn't come to the hearing before she grant me a telephone hearing; I never heard anything back from her and called again the afternoon before the hearing and was told she deny a telephone hearing and she denied it even after I submitted paperwork from a hospital saying I was injured from a fall. This woman has serious issues toward African American women/mothers and people of different faith or religion. She is not empathetic at all she has "NO Emotions" or care towards Disabling children. I can't believe that she is allowed to make any decisions on any type cases with her attitude demeanor and deceiving looks. I want her to know I am not afraid of her and that I am pursuing religion discrimination against her not just for myself or daughter but for others. Also I want her to know that she will one day have to answer to a higher Power than herself (God Almighty Jehovah GOD of Israel) for her mistreatment and hatred towards others of different faith and people of color. I don't know what have happened to her to dislike her own people but obviously something is wrong with her and she needs to be examined by a psychologist. I hope and pray that she will find it in her heart to repent before she is JUDGED. I can't wait until she meet her MAKER!

Judge: Bruce W MacKenzie
10/17/2016 4:34:28 PM

Sorry excuse of a judge... appears not to be concerned did not listen got attitude with attorney.. if you get him plan on filing with appeals council and file a complaint against him...maybe he will have a disability himself so he can see how it feels

Judge: Perry Martin
8/17/2016 11:35:31 PM

This man is corrupt, He denied me and did not even look at all my medical records. I appealed this myself with no lawyer and won my appeal. I am being sent right back to this snake again. i will next take it to federal court if he doesit again, So please, if you get this judge prepare to be denied even if you are paralized from the neck down.

Richard A. Mainor
Judge: Frank M Klinger
8/15/2016 6:33:00 PM

I had my Disability hearing in July of 2016 with Judge Klinger presiding. It took less than 4 weeks before I received notification of a fully favorable ruling. Thank you Judge Klinger and your staff for a decision that will help me receive the resources that will improve the quality of my life from this point forward. God Bless you and your family!

Judge: Walter V Lassiter
8/15/2016 7:41:16 AM

Do not know what my cases outcome will be, however these judges should really think about what all people must go through, hardships, pain and suffering, before they appear before them. I was on disability from age 22-27. I was awarded my disability without having to appeal, the FIRST time i applied. Disability did a "review" and in their opinion, i was magically better, so my benefits stopped. I have fought that decision to no avail, i lost. I have reapplied, secured an attorney, and i have went to my odar hearing with judge Walter Lassiter. My attorney even cringed at this judge! She wanted me to concede my case and simply reapply! She did not want to have to go before this judge at all. I haven't came this far for nothing! The VE, Judge both agreed that i can never be "a contributing member of the workforce" and despite Ssa doctors giving ssa the report that i cannot work, i was STILL denied, which is what has brought me to this waiting period. All i can do is grit my teeth and pray for the best. After all, i have 10+ years of social security's doctors records that concur.....I'm mentally disabled.....stop fighting me ssa

Judge: Bruce W MacKenzie
7/13/2016 1:16:04 PM

Is more concerned about his rating than anything...Dr. info and ssi doc along with voc rehab.. in agreement but he is not all more concerned about rating was contacted about filing a complaint but attorney said it would cause me problems because system is not fair and coruption is in system like all parts of goverment just keep fighting but he has not lost everything he has worked for denied because I am educated ...what goes around comes around..

Matthew D, Burgett
Judge: Joseph F Dent
6/3/2016 8:44:43 PM

Judge Deat, Yes i am a Christian. Yes i do have a Good mind. The info that you Gave me will be used to prove my point with the Va and gives me The Truth of what they have done to me over the last 9+ years. If you knew what i went thru to just get the meds. They refuse to grant me that alone. There lies with what i wanted show them Prof of what is going on. You need to look up ptsd with Dystonia. I would show you 90% of what i brought to the table was totally right. Now this gives me what i need To know for myself and to push on. It is not right for Good men to have to do to get understood. I Thank you. I got exactly what i needed. That alone shows he pick a good man to be a judge.

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: Angela L Neel
5/16/2016 9:12:54 AM

My family and I had a difficult time with the SSA process and procedures. Judge Neel was patient and helpful. Judge Neel ultimately saved a great deal of time for our family while following proper procedures. She was a guiding light that is a great asset to the SSA. Thanks Judge!

Judge: Angela L Neel
5/16/2016 9:07:51 AM

Judge was very fair. I was helping my father with the very arduous task of navigating the world of SSA. Judge gave a great deal of help. She was fair, ethical and ultimately had great impact with our family situation. I'm glad my tax dollars are going towards this caliber of administration.

Sebrena Tolbert
Judge: Paul W Johnson
4/5/2016 6:49:13 PM

I was so blessed and grateful to have Judge Johnson hear my case. As soon as I walked into the court room , he dismissed the Vocational Specialist. He stated this case will be very quick and won't take no more than 10 minutes. He only asked me 1 question regarding my condition and said my doctors documentation was sufficient enough for him. He really showed alot of concern for me and my health. It took me exactally 20 months to get a hearing, but after today , April 5, 2016, I can truthfully say after having Judge Paul Johnson hear my was worth the wait. Thank s to God for seeing me thru during this long ordeal, thanks to my representative for her countless hours of hard and thanks to Judge Johnson for hearing my case and approving it in the same day. All SMILES

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: Walter V Lassiter
1/27/2016 10:25:34 AM

One word - HORRIBLE!!! He treated me with no respect and acted as if I were lying to him despite the fact that all of my medical records supported my conditions. After I refiled and got a competent Judge, I was approved WITHOUT going to court!!! Speaks volumes!!

Judge: Reni F Barnett-Jefferson
1/27/2016 10:21:06 AM

This Judge is very smug and acts as if she has something to prove. She has no empathy and wore a smirk during her hearing. She gave no credit to my treating physicians and all the credit to physicians reviewing my case that I'd never met. Unfortunately, it took over a YEAR to get a decision in my case and of course, she denied it. It is currently on appeal in Washington. She is a poor excuse for a Judge.

Judge: Angela L Neel
1/22/2016 5:09:37 PM

The worse judge yet. Look at her ranks. End of story

Judge: Michael J Amendola
1/15/2016 8:20:01 AM


Angela Gregory
Judge: Perry Martin
1/10/2016 2:28:05 PM

I have applied Judge Martin decision it has been 15 months now. I have both been approved for my government civilian disability and student federal loan disability but can not get social security. My doctor has writing down that I'm disability but no social security. I hope to GOD I will get it soon. It has been hard now i can't afford my medical and doctors.

Angela Gregory
Judge: Perry Martin
1/8/2016 5:37:55 PM

It has been over 3 years I have was denied. I have been approved by the government disabled from my civilian job.I also got approved for my student loan for the federal aid department. But Judge Martin denied I don't why.

Chanda Dicke
Judge: Carl B Watson
12/15/2015 12:35:56 PM

Very kind judge -- took away all of the fear because of his understanding, questions, and time to speak. I went without an attorney and it seemed to go well. I really felt like he "heard me." I still have not received the results -- but feel sure that he will do what is "right." Thank you Judge Watson.

Judge: Walter V Lassiter
11/10/2015 6:35:25 AM

Judge Lassiter, I hadn't heard about how tough you were. I was so nervous because I'd been denied many times before. But you couldn't have been any nicer, more respectful, or compassionate. What people say is true, you are tough and to the point and let us not talk about your poker You listen, you read, then you question and wead out the bs but you want what's best for the claimant. Thank you for your approval!!

Charlotte Barnes
Judge: Vincent P Intoccia
10/22/2015 6:12:19 PM

I pray Judge Intoccoa see this post. My sick sister (Cherrie Stinson) had her hearing on August 19, 2015. The Judge told her she would know his decision within 8 weeks. Today is Ovtober 22, 2015 and she still doesn't know anything. She has triplet boys (ages 9) and they have recieved an eviction notice from public housing. Her lights will be turned off next week. I'm really worried about her severe health and her poor mental state!! Someone PLEASE help!!

Judge: Tracy S Guice
10/7/2015 5:41:50 AM

Apparently only good comments are allowed here. So I will see how wonderful it was to have our claim denied by this so called judge. She is a member of the greediest generation and must have had too many approvals and was told to deny a 100% VA rated disabled vet so she could have money for her time share in Florida. She is not fair. She is not compassionate. I can say with the kindness at the bottom of my heart that if you get this person for your case you might as well get ready to be denied.

Judge: Tracy S Guice
9/30/2015 5:13:00 PM

VERY compassionate and nice ALJ - really listens to claimant's and reps and wants to make the correct decision if the medical evidence and SSA Regulations provide for a finding of disability. I have appeared in front of Judge Guice mny ties and she is always fair.

Judge: Joseph F Dent
8/5/2015 12:32:14 PM

He was very kind to me, after being denied twice in the past, and he approved me with very few questions at the hearing. He is a fair judge and a good person. I do think he wants to help people and shows compassion. He had really read my records, was knowledgable about my situation and had a few questions about things. He's smarter than the other two judges I saw. Do Not Lie To Him. My lawyer advised me be as honest as I could possibly be even if it makes me look bad as being lied to or omitting things is his thing that really pisses him off. He does ask provoking questions that you may not like answering, but answer them honestly anyway. I did and I was approved, and my answers were a little embarrassing. We don't apply for disability because we're well. Good luck!

Judge: Joseph F Dent
7/16/2015 12:33:56 PM

I was moved by his compassion and caring comments. He's a wonderful human!!

Judge: Joseph F Dent
7/11/2015 8:13:53 PM

Judge Dent is firm but very fair. I was very happy to amend my onset date and very thankful with a partially favorable decision. God Bless you Judge Dent.

Steven S
Judge: Angela L Neel
5/27/2015 1:20:18 AM

I went before Judge Neel in April of 2015 in Tampa. I had a very high-paying career but unfortunately I have been unable to work since March of 2011. My medical bills are frequent and high, and I am on or have been on nearly a dozen medications. Some days it is a severe struggle just to exist. I was rapidly losing hope of receiving the assistance I need. When I received the notification of my hearing and that I was going before Judge Neel, I knew almost nothing about her except her record. In person I found Judge Neel to be extremely attentive, very compassionate, truly fair, and she seemed genuinely interested in my well-being. She told me that she wanted me to take proper care of myself and to improve my eating habits and to try and find a way to get in some exercise: all very excellent advice. Judge Neel clearly takes her position as a guardian of the SSDI trust very seriously, and I was extremely gratified that she issued a fully favorable ruling in my case. Judge Neel may not realize it, but because of her compassion for my disabilities and her willingness to help me, she is not only helping me to manage my issues, but she is helping the tremendous burden that my condition places on my family. Thank you, Judge Neel.

Pat McCusker
5/24/2015 9:51:13 AM

This is the most fair ALJ I have ever encountered.

German Jr Quiñones Mercado
Judge: Angela L Neel
5/9/2015 3:33:31 PM

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Judge: Geoffrey S Casher
4/24/2015 7:28:47 PM

Judge Mr. Casher was understanding . Mr. Casher made me feel very comfortable during my recent hearing . Also Judge Mr. Casher was VERY concerned and also VERY fair with his decision with my hearing case and files .

Judge: Joseph F Dent
4/3/2015 1:06:58 PM

My daughter's disability benefits has been stopped,thanks to Judge Dent. I am on disability,and, cannot support myself and my daughter. She was also denied Medicaid.This Judge Dent has ruined many people's lives,from what I have been told. We will fight this to the end.

Judge: Reni Barnett-Jefferson
1/30/2015 11:20:53 PM

ROBE-ITIS or Inferiority Complex?!?!?! This woman was excellent as an Attorney Advisor (and I do not use the word 'excellent' lightly) but they gave her a robe and she turned into a different person (and that's putting it nicely). Not only does she not make sound decisions, she delays her 'Unfavorables' putting Claimants at a MAJOR disadvantage when it comes to DLIs and AC decisions. Something must be done. Sadly, she is a complete disaster as a judge.

Judge: Walter V Lassiter
1/30/2015 10:53:41 PM

Is there a NEGATIVE RATING???? The only reasonable thing a Claimant and/or a Representative can ask for in a Disability Hearing is that the ALJ be fair - Lassiter is NOT fair. As a matter of fact, he has admitted (off the record, of course) that he 'does not believe in the system' and that he desires to be the lowest paying ALJ. This attitude begs the question, WHY are you behind the bench? When you accepted the job, you knew it was to the a disability ALJ not a District Court Judge (Criminal or Civil) - so...if you are this disgruntled, PLEASE do everyone a favor, including yourself, and do something else!!! Good Bye and Good Luck!

Carmen allen
Judge: J. S Childs
12/14/2014 3:08:05 PM

He make the process so simply and understanding.i am happy that he was my Judge regardless of the outcome of order

Judge: Carl B Watson
12/10/2014 11:02:21 AM

I have not received my decision yet but I have to say that Judge Watson maybe the most compassionate judge that I have ever met . He is really engaged during testimony and he listens to every word . If u are lucky to get this judge I would say your chances are probably 50/50 . He has a poker face so u can't tell one way or the other .

Benjamin Fortner III
Judge: Carl B Watson
11/25/2014 4:21:04 PM

I had my court date on 11-6-2014. My attorney and I were well prepared. My doctors record well documented everything we said impaired me mentally and physically. I have not received the judgement at this time. ILJ Carl B Watson was very nice and he had a tremendous amount of respect for my attorney and I. He was well prepared and already had a lot knowledge about me and my disabilities. He deserves all the respect from anyone who goes before him. Thanks Judge Carl B Watson.

Judge: Carl B Watson
10/9/2014 3:23:30 PM

There couldn't be a nicer, understanding, and respectful judge in all of the SS judges. He looked at all of my papers, asked questions, allowed me to explain and in the end wished me the best of luck. If you get him and you are disabled...he will judge you fairly

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.

Judge: Joseph F Dent
9/29/2014 11:14:13 PM

I have found this judge to be extremely arrogant and dismissive of claimants. He once told a homeless client that "at least he has a tan." He also found that a schizophrenic client was able to socialize/maintain social functioning by going to church... a church he regularly attended because he thought he was Jesus. Your case could go either way- judge will often ignore numerous documents confirming disability by claiming he didn't find the claimant credible.

Judge: Candace A McDaniel
9/3/2014 10:00:38 PM

I was really nervous going into the hearing. I was told that this judge was a very hard and skeptical judge. She did not at all make me feel uncomfortable, and never was she rude. She was to the point and she seems to look at everything. I have not received my decision yet but I would never speak badly of her either way. These judges don't know you personally. They have only documented facts to go by. Anyone going through anxiety about your hearing... just be yourself and be honest. The judges won't bite you. Thank you to all the judges who hear many stories.

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: Carl B Watson
8/27/2014 7:16:17 AM

Very polite and respectful...Decision was made in one month...He made the experience easy. .Best Judge you could have

Judge: Vincent P Intoccia
7/30/2014 11:26:34 AM

i saw the judge in april, this is almost august i dont know what my decision was because they wont say they keep saying it is with a writer... i have been waiting since 2012 this is almost two years of life on hold and hurry up and wait, smh.. why does it takes so long in depressed and frustrated... overall the judge seem very sensible but y does it takes so long for decision?

Erroll Boglin
Judge: Michael D Anderson
6/23/2014 8:19:48 PM

The judge thanked me for my service to my county, and my state of Alabama for 25 and 29 years. THANKS ,your welcome .

Judge: J. S Childs
6/12/2014 1:06:47 PM

No complaints..very compassionate human being. Whatever the decision he renders I am glad I had him.

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: Angela L Neel
5/22/2014 11:43:29 PM

Very good at what she does. Fair.

Melissa Melendy
Judge: Vincent P Intoccia
5/8/2014 9:15:10 AM

He was a very proffessional judge in my opinion. and very respectful in his questions and demeanor. He gave fair opportunity to voice my side. I will be confident with his decision. Thumbs up!

Judge: Joseph F Dent
3/28/2014 2:26:30 PM

My wife is having her ss hearing in April with judge Dents, can anyone give any feedback on their experiences with him?

Judge: Perry Martin
2/22/2014 6:54:08 PM

I waited over 2 months for a favorable decision. This man saved my life. Thank you Mr. Perry Martin for understanding my condition.

Judge: Mary E Helmer
1/29/2014 7:40:03 AM

Mean-spirited. Does not make it to 1 on a scale of 0 to 10.

Judge: Reni Barnett-Jefferson
1/29/2014 7:38:56 AM

Obnoxious, does not apply law; maybe she is just not informed.

Judge: Vincent P Intoccia
1/29/2014 7:35:15 AM

Judge is by far the best ALJ at the ODAR in Montgomery. He reviews - better said - he READS his cases before a hearing. If a case meets the standards of the law, he approves the case without a hearing. He appreciates a well prepared case and a brief. Distinguished in the conduct of a hearing. Projects impartiality. If he denies a case - I do not appeal - I am confident he has fairly studied the case and strictly uses law, regs, SSR's policy - So, know the law before you go in his hearing.

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.

LaCynthia Williams
Judge: Frank M Klinger
12/21/2013 11:29:20 AM

I had my hearing 12/09/13 with judge Frank Klinger everything was going smooth for a while until he got to the Ve. He asked him if i could do my past job and he responded with a yes and the other 2 or 3 hypotheticals he said no to so I was wondering if anyone else got approved that way or not. The judge seems a bit nice but I am scared of the outcome that it may bring. I just hope that I got an approval on my case because I have been denied benefits years ago and never got approved.

Judge: John B Langland
10/7/2013 10:39:29 PM

My hearing appointment took about 9 months. Judge Langland understood my situation and acknowledged that I had tried to resolve the overpayment thru the Wichita office and I then had to move on to see him to resolve the problem. I had tried and tried to resolve the issue thru the Wichita office but no one listened. The Judge recalculated my account and I had a partial favorable decision. Sadly, the powers now are not complying to his order or decision, and the Missouri office has written me 3 times in a month. Each letter indicates there is more than one person on my case, and so far out of the loop. But, no one signs the letters, so I do not have a name to complain. One letter states my W.C. does not affect my S.S. I have not been on W.C. since 2007. Judge Langland seemed fair in my case, the bad part is someone is not following or enforcing his decision. I do not know what to do now, trying to go back to see the judge. It is bad when the Judge makes a decision, and then the decision is not honored by the SSA staff in the Missouri office. I feel totally harassed by the staff in the office.

Judge: Angela L Neel
9/22/2013 5:36:46 AM

Great ALJ. Extremely compassionate, fair and understanding.

Fully favorable
Judge: Angela L Neel
9/9/2013 5:28:46 PM

Don't be discouraged about the stats posted on this website. If you have sound medical and don't give up and pursue your case to the end . Judge Neel is a fair judge.

Stacey rivers
Judge: Paul W Johnson
8/31/2013 5:14:20 PM

judge Johnson a kind man may God bless you.

Judge: Perry Martin
8/26/2013 6:23:02 AM

Judge perry martin was my judge in August and he seemed very nice and compassinate I'm sleepless waiting for his decision nobody has a condition the same as I do all in one so'm in limbo waiting

Tommy S. Carpenter
Judge: John B Langland
8/4/2013 11:34:14 AM

Judge Langland looked at what he wanted to see not at the evidence as a whole. Sure I made statements from time to time that I was doing ok. But those times are short lived. He gave more weight to a Psychologist who Ive never met than Dr.s who have treated me for 10+ years. He held it against me that I took my last dime to try and open and run a shop but failed to realize I left the shop because I couldn't handle the stress and **** near had a nervous breakdown over it. He commented that I had no periods of de-compensation which is a blatant falsehood. Anyone who knows me can tell you Ive been unemployed a lot more than employed. I have service related PTSD and Major reoccurring bouts of depression. My whole life is a total wreck. I want nothing more than to work and be normal but I fail at every attempt. I just want to run and hide away in dark places alone. I have stress disorder which makes my brain trigger fight or flight responses. I beg to be normal but Im not and ive faced that reality. Yes people do make positive statements to their Psychiatrists not because we are magically healed but because we have good days and bad. I try and try and want people to see me as ok but in the end Im not ok. My life has been one disaster after another. I hope he can sleep at night knowing he didn't even listen to his own vocational expert. Thanks Mr. Langland for seeing what you wanted to see not the whole story. Ill be filing an appeal immediately.

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) 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

Judge: John B Langland
4/4/2013 5:50:54 PM

Just the type judge we need. Doing his part not to bankrupt the country. Im sure every case thinks they are justified. That not true!!!! Make an appeal if you dont like the outcome!!!! Thank God he is not just a rubber stamp. We need someone with backbone to say No!!!Keep up the good work!!!!

Judge: Michael J Amendola
3/31/2013 4:03:25 AM

He's awesum

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: John B Langland
3/21/2013 4:42:13 PM

This judge is so unfair and is denying disability to people that cannot posibly work. It is shocking, that this can happen in America. If their is any way to stop him, please do. He is a criminal judge, and should be in prison. He is creating _ injury to welfare system in kansas. Many are suffering, please help !

big mike
Judge: David L Horton
3/15/2013 7:13:38 PM

Went before the judge today. he seemed fair and respectful lawyers do very little for what they maket don't think if you hire a TV lawyer that they will be the who you get they send a young flunky lawyer that you don't meet until 10 min before court

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: Joseph F Dent
3/10/2013 8:00:07 AM

I think you hit a bullseye there flleas!

Judge: Carl B Watson
3/8/2013 7:11:04 PM

I had my hearing in front of this judge on 3-7-2013. I was very nervous going in with not knowing what to expect. I read the reviews on this site and was really scared of going in for my hearing. But I have to say that this judge is very respectful. Although I do not know the decision made on my case, I do not think that there is a better judge that you could want. He was very nice, respectful, prepared, and listened to everything my attorney and I had to say.

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: Perry Martin
2/25/2013 5:18:07 PM

waited over two. Months for decision that was unfavorable did not accept doctors diagnosis

2/20/2013 8:14:17 AM

This judge is cold-hearted and has no empathy for mental illness claimants. He not only called three psychiatrist and a social security psychologist, two primary doctors liars but me as well. His problem is since he can't see the illness physically then you can work. I believe he wants me to go out in the workplace and have one of my mental breakdowns whereby I hurt someone or vice-versa for him to see that a person that suffers with bipolar I & II are very moody people who can't always control themselves. I also suffer with manic depression, PSTD, social anxiety, anxiety, claustophic, panic attacks, OCD, high blood pressure, asthma, bronchitis, heart disease,etc. I am a 50 year old black female who has worked 30 years of her life always giving and caring for others. I have attempted suicide twice because I am my wits end. It took almost 4 years for this unfair system to tell me no I don't qualify for sdi in which I paid into the system. I guess, I will have to prove to this ### and the rest of them that I refuse to let others come here and live off of me when they never worked a day in this country.

Judge: Joseph F Dent
1/5/2013 4:11:51 PM

i have 10lb lift restriction,cant sit or stand over 15min at a time,two herniated disc L4-L5 and L5 s-1,nerve damage in right shoulder,nerve damage in back,i have to use a cain and back brace,migraines,anxiety and depression im sure i missed something but with all this he denied my disability GOD only knows why i wonder want else has to be wrong with me to get help!!!!

Mr. Beshaun C Price
Judge: Candace A Shaughnessy
12/21/2012 2:55:22 AM

I am so greatful to Judge Shaughnessy for her approving my Soc Sec Disability this time last year. She saw through the negatives of my case & recognized that my set of challenges warranted an approval. I just don't know where i'd be medically as well as socially if this had not occurred. The income has helped to adjust to a somewhat debilitating situation & now i can purchase all my meds without taking half doses or skipping. As far as i'm concerned Judge Candace Shaughnessy is an angel in disguise. She certainly was an instrument of God's grace! I shall never stop thanking God enough for her ruling. I wish she & her family the most perfect Christmas a family can have, can i do any less! Thank you for allowing me to share what's been in my heart for a year now. Happy Holiday!

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: Carl B Watson
9/15/2012 6:04:40 AM

Very kind man. Well prepared and treats everyone with respect.

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.

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

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

8/1/2012 10:13:47 AM

although judge edison wasnt my judge I understand your frustration my hearing was june 20th and I havent recieved a decision letter in the mail yet. My conditions is left leg ampuation, psoriatic arthritis, and post tramatic stress syndrome. now if that doesnt qualify as disabled after i worked many years in the workforce then what would? I often think the same thing you guys do. what does it take to get approved roll in there on a hospital bed or a wheelchair. however my judge was extremely nice and seemed interested in my case but the low approval rates they have speak for themselves

7/30/2012 4:53:14 PM

This ALJ barely even looked at me during my hearing (June 2012) and never reviewed any medical findings after July 2011, which confirm my diagnosis. Also he basically said I was a liar and therefore denied me any disability benifits at all. I am on 19 prescribed medications, I can barely function while taken them, they have impaired my thinking skills. I also have hyper somnia, means I sleep for hours at any given time of day, but somehow that evidence was not in his report. If I was pushed in to the hearing in a wheel chair with drool hanging from my mouth, maybe he would believe me. But since I am an upbeat person ( to hide all the crap on the inside)he sees me as functional. I have good days and I have bad days , some days I have no pain and other days all I have is pain. I'm a mixed bag-who in their right mind would hire a person like myself? I can't sit or stand for too long, i can only do minimal light non-thinkinh kind of work, I will fall asleep on the job, I will forget the task I've been given and wander the office. I would get fired within a week, that or get that special baseball helmet for my head. this man infuriates me

Judge: Perry Martin
7/15/2012 8:25:56 PM

Hi this is Janie again i am still waiting my decision i did get news that it has already been placed with a writer i cant wait to get my decision i hope it is favorable i need this so i can properly support my children i wanted to thank Judge Martin for being so nice and making me someone with lots of mental issues comfortable enogh to be able to tell my story thanks again for listening!!! P.S. I know the next person that recieves him as a Judge on their case will feel the same for him.

janie xilohua
Judge: Perry Martin
7/6/2012 3:37:56 PM

I am still waiting now but i have no doubt he is a good judge either way i still think he is cool its been a very hard road for me with disability but he will make the right decision for me and still not knowing the outcome of my hearing how ever it turns out i still have the upmost respect for him!!!!!

janie xilohua
Judge: Perry Martin
7/6/2012 3:37:10 PM

I am still waiting now but i have no doubt he is a good judge either way i still think he is cool its been a very hard road for me with disability but he will make the right decision for me and still not knowing the outcome of my hearing how ever it turns out i still have the upmost respect for him!!!!!

Judge: Perry Martin
6/28/2012 1:24:26 AM

judge martin is so nice something about him the day of my hearing he was very into everything i had to say and like my other post said it does not matter if he does not award me i will still respect him he was not mean in anyway to me his job has to be hard and i would not like to have to decide something like that daily because naturally when people do not get what they wanted or expected they then suddenly do not like you on the other hand if you were to get what you wanted you would love him but in this world things do not lways go the way that you would like sorry you had a bad day and i hope all works out for you in the end!!!

Judge: Perry Martin
6/23/2012 11:08:18 PM

i am still waiting the results of my hearing with judge martin i think he was very nice and made me feel as if he was listening to everything i had to say and taking it into consideration he seemed interested and caring and no matter how my case turns out and what decision i get i will still have respect for him because he was listening and he has a job to do that has to be very difficult to see who is actually disabled or just trying to collect so i will had it to him they do what they think is best and if denied and you are truly disabled i encourage you to take it that extra step i do not think the judges are looking at anyone and acting as if they are lying under oath but just simply trying to find weather the conditions meet the ssa codes good luck to everyone and very much luck for those who truly need it!!!

Judge: Perry Martin
5/26/2012 7:24:38 PM

i have been waiting for two yrs on my hearing , and have barely made it i have a legitament reason for not being able to work , i havent complaind about waiting because im not the only one who waites , i really didnt expect to be treated like a lier right out of the box , it was demeaning , and degrading , ive earnd the right to benefit from social security ive paid my dues , personally i dont know the man , he treated me like i was a crook and thats all i have to say

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

Excellent ALJ!

Judge: Michael J Amendola
4/10/2012 12:05:51 PM

Great Judge!

martin cortez
Judge: Vincent P Intoccia
4/2/2012 11:47:50 AM

You rock vince was just thinkin of you