Phoenix North, Arizona ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Phoenix North, Arizona, 15 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Phoenix North, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 21.0 months. The average case processing time in Phoenix North is 693 days.The Phoenix North average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 43%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Phoenix North ODAR office was last updated on 6/11/2019.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Phoenix North 15 21.0 months 693 days 2.1 19% 43% 38%
Arizona19.7 months633 days2.318%45%37%
National Average:14.9 months500 days2.120%42%38%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied

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Judge: Kelly Walls
12/10/2019 11:36:30 AM

Judge: Kelly Walls
11/8/2019 7:31:35 PM

10 years and still waiting. 123 exhibits of doctors notes with issues I have. That's not the problem. The problem is if you can wiggle your toes or fingers, you can work. After being a Office Manager/bookkeeper for 18 years she said I can clean houses or work in a cleaners. That's what the so called vocational expert said telephonically. We just have to take his word for it. Mind you the medical records show I can't even do my own housework. I have carpel tunnel in both wrists, my fingers go numb and my hands and wrists hurt all the time. I also have bad knees which I get a new shot that can only be given yearly, trying to prolong getting surgery. My feet are always cold and hurt. I have a bad back and have to get ablations every few months for the pain. They burn the nerves. That's just a few things that are wrong with me. Depression and anxiety that go back to childhood. Judge Walls doesn't even believe my primary doctor or my doctors at the Core Institute. I'm turning 60 in a few weeks. Judge Walls knew she was going to deny me, so why don't they just tell you then instead of waiting 3 months. About 6 years ago the appeals council indicated that the judge needed to change their decision. The problem with that is you don't get the same judge so no one follows the rules. I truly believe that she is a DEMOCRAT that's why she wasted my attorneys and my time, then she waits almost the full 3 months. Well I'm not going away. I worked for 40 years and paid into the system along with my employers. That's for in case of a disability. I really find it hard to believe that a disability judge has the power to destroy someone's life. I bet she doesn't lose any sleep at night. The disabilty judges don't even do their jobs. I hope she doesn't get re-appointed. I will also be getting in touch with Governor Ducey and Senator McSally about why judges can dismiss a direct order from the Appeals Council. My last court date only covered what kind of jobs I can do. She didn't even take into account, my current condition. In 10 years my conditions have only gotten worst. Who gives her the right to call my doctors liars. No compassion. If she can call my doctors liars then why can't we call the employment expert a liar. We didn't even get to see his resources and how many other people has he given the same results to and how many jobs were there and in what state are they in. Cleaners, I didn't even know they still exist!!! What an insult and demeaning after what I have done and gotten paid in the past. They do base it on the national job search at the time of your hearing. I'm sure it changes every week. Just because we are disabled doesn't mean we're stupid. Very disappointed in the Arizona court system. This judge doesn't deserve any stars. Amazing. I bet if I were an illegal, I would of been approved 10 years ago and I probably didn't even need to be disabled. It's a shame that no one reads the comments except maybe the people that were denied.....

Catherine Gaither
Judge: Kathleen Mucerino
10/21/2019 11:58:27 PM

I'm not too certain if this location is even a REAL social security judge?

Judge: Alan J Markiewicz
7/8/2019 6:03:59 PM

I just had my hearing last week, I was so nervous walking into the room but he made me feel at ease, I believe he is a fair judge, they have a tough job at hand, considering the time they are given to make decisions, I thank him for listening to my concerns and for being very respectful

Judge: Earl C. Cates
5/13/2019 9:43:53 PM

This judge was not rude with me, if people feel this judge was rude to them, they must of gave the judge a reason, and another thing this judge has been working with social security for a very long time, I'm pretty sure he knows what he is doing, regardless of the outcome of your case

Judge: Patricia A Bucci
2/1/2019 12:06:28 PM

My name is Cheryl Brown and my husband was approved for his Social Security this judge, he however passed away on December 31st 2018 and was expecting his money on January 16th 2019 I am his wife and I understand that I cannot collect his monthly payment but there is a substantial sum for back payments that we had borrowed against for the past 3 years I have called everybody and I'm hoping you see this post and we'll get a hold of me I'm staying with my daughter Bernadette at 1913 East encinas Lane Phoenix Arizona you can also reach me at 602-596-9681 I hope to hear from you I'm at just for the aliens and I'll give you an all ratings up thumbs up by the way

Judge: Earl C. Cates
11/2/2018 3:47:44 PM

My first review needs some updating a year later: Unfortunately, I found my attorney's warnings about Judge Cates to be valid the second time around also. Judge Cates sympathized with an abuser from my past on two occasions. During both of my hearings, Judge Cates justified the abuser's actions and berated me – on the record – as though I were at fault and the abuser were justified. During the second hearing, Judge Cates even admitted – on the record – to identifying personally with the abuser's position in a direct way. So strange was this behavior, that I wonder how the Chief Judge and Appeals Council have not caught on by now. Such predatory behavior in the courtroom makes this judge a wild card. My attorney's goal is to win my appeal, so he only plans to file a potential judicial conduct review if I don't win the third upcoming appeal.

Randy russell
Judge: Earl C. Cates
9/4/2018 11:41:58 PM

Earl c cates is one of the ***** that troll planet earth He has the mentality of a ***** Hopefully he will have a massive heart attack And die I pray every day this Foul excuse for a human lives eternity in ****

Judge: Patrick Kilgannon
9/4/2018 9:04:28 PM

Judge Kilgannon is prejudice towards youth! I have gone through 4 hearings with judge Kilgannon and 7 of my doctors filled out the physical and mental RFC forms. That showed how severe my back is because I have had a bilateral lumbar laminectomy and now im suppose to have a two level lumbar fusion with hardware. I have such severe degeneration, that I have no choice! On top of that I have severe RA, Lupus, treatment resistant depression, PTSD, Anxiety, Colitis and radiculapathy on both sides of my legs. I had an EMG to confirm it. He decided to listen to the 2 non examining doctors, who didn't comment on my RA or Lupus vs the 7 of my treating physicians. Keep in mind it was 7 different highly trained specialists. I am also on a lot of prescription pain medication. He made me go through 4 hearings which took years even though my case is Dire need and denied me, 2 weeks after my hearing. Now I can't afford my treatments and my doctors appointments and food, water, and shelter. I need that Medicare and that measly money every month. Im now about to file for bankruptcy. Meanwhile people much healthier than me are collecting disability with no problem! All this because of my age! This is disgraceful!

Judge: Lyn Farmer
8/27/2018 7:36:55 PM

After 10 years of trying to get disability, I once again get a judge that refuses to do what the appeals judge said needs to be done on my case. My case was also deemed "dire need" because I was in the process of losing my home. Judge Farmer didn't care. As a matter of fact she actually opened the door and through me and my disabled son right out on the street. I thought that they are suppose to help people, not make them homeless. All doctors reports said I'm disabled but Judge Lyn Farmer doesn't believe any of them. I have carpel tunnel in both wrists and even had surgery on my right wrist. It failed and is worse now then it originally was. Judge Farmer said I can work using a keyboard. Yeah, right, hello, carpel tunnel, failed surgery. The Appeals Council said the judge needed to finish evaluating all the doctors reports and make a new DECISION. There's only 2 decisions - Yes or No. It was suppose to be Yes. Thanks, Judge Farmer for not doing what you were suppose to do.

Judge: Kathleen Mucerino
7/11/2018 6:51:27 PM

I learned if your medical records were not considered accurately, the hearing information was mis-translated in the decision letter, and you know you were treated unfairly, you can issue a formal complaint against the ALJ who mishandled your case. Go to SSA.GOV and search on complaint against ALJ. Anyone who feels their claim was mishandled should file an appeal and a complaint. This is what this judge did to me and I have MRSA, home up for foreclosure on 9/20 and AC has been out for a week. I worked for 47 years. I have been unable to work since 5/2014, used my 401K, sold everything I could and very sick. I wouldn't want this if I could go back to work. I hate not working. Being on Medicaid, I can't get the medical treatment I need. I told her these things. In the letter, she stated she only reviewed my records up to 2015. I couldn't believe it. I paid in for all 47 years and I am about to end up homeless!

Judge: Tin Tin Chen
7/7/2018 4:32:50 PM

Beware if you have a mental disability. She will look for ANY reason to deny you. Like if you have agoraphobia and went to ONE football game because you never went, it was your life long beloved team, you got free amazing seats, had to have many drinks before hand and was scared as hell but wanted to try to give myself one day of happiness in a lifetime of hell, and made the mistake of telling one of my monthly changing therapists that I had a good time. She placed a lot of weight on this one day in my life when my friends were trying to make me happy, in my hometown, from which I am displaced. I get that she's paid to try hard to deny people but beware if you have any intelligence whatsoever. Apparently you need to be psycho, drooling or suicidal to be considered mentally ill in her eyes. Glad to see mental illness awareness is alive and well in AZ. (NOT)! Can I give zero stars?????

Judge: Kathleen Mucerino
7/3/2018 12:27:31 AM

This Judge is either incompetent or plain mean. She didn't review records going forward from 2015 and my illness is much worse. Further, she misquoted the occupational therapist regarding my ability to work saying I could stoop, kneel, etc. I told her in the hearing I can't even use my bath tub because I can't use my arms and legs to get out. I requested a CD of the hearing to make sure I remembered it correctly and I did. I'm filing an appeal but because of her incomplete and inaccurate decision, my home will be foreclosed. I have worked continuously for 47 years and she had all my records. I'm on 12 medications which she didn't address at all. This is just another indication of our terrible government at work. Sad sad sad. They have my money and I'm losing everything.

Judge: Kathleen Mucerino
5/18/2018 10:39:37 AM

This ALJ does not properly apply the law or job classifications based on fact. She arbitrarily and capriciously makes judgement calls. She believes that anyone that can ride a motorcycle can work. I am sorry if arbitrarily and capriciously offends anyone, but this is exactly how she works.

Judge: Kathleen Mucerino
5/18/2018 10:38:32 AM

This ALJ does not properly apply the law or job classifications based on fact. She arbitrarily and capriciously makes judgement calls. She believes that anyone that can ride a motorcycle can work.

Lill Snow
Judge: Thomas Cheffins
5/13/2018 9:08:48 PM

BEST JUDGE EVER. I am 19 year old white male from Arizona . At the age of 15 I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety and was prescribed Xanax 2mg x 4 times a day. Due to the side effects of my drugs, I can not work. However, I need them to manage my condition. The judge was understanding and granted me full disability. Never met a more understanding judge!

Renee Exendine
Judge: Ted W Armbruster
4/28/2018 7:42:59 PM

Your Honorable Ted Armbruster proved to be a conscientious, thorough and experienced ward of the court. Judge Armbruster was well prepared and had perused my case completely. His attention to detail pointed to his experience and ability to follow protocol. Judge Armbruster displayed he was very knowledgeable regarding the years of my long tenured medical issues. His inquiries were sound and required, in order to document his findings, of a fully favorable decision. I commend the Social Security Administration for their preparedness and employing Judge Ted Armbruster.

I'd Rather Not Say
Judge: Jean R Kerins
2/24/2018 6:05:41 AM

She is a total nightmare. She wasn't fair, nor courteous. She was actually downright rude. She barely allowed me to speak. She interrupted me consistently. I was in horrific pain that day and she yelled at me by saying (and I quote) "What is wrong with you, I don't understand!" I'm disabled. That's what was wrong! She is completely unprofessional and emotionally abusive. I felt worse after our hearing. I actually had to go to the ER after that hearing. Thank the Heavens I was a blessed with a sympathetic judge at my Remanded Appeal Hearing afterwards. KERINS MADE ME WAIT AN ADDITIONAL TWO YEARS on top of the one and a half years I had already been waiting. If your case is to be heard before this woman... Be prepared to wait another 2-3 years. Run for the hills. Request another ALJ. It may be time for Kerins to retire. Someone in upper management or government needs to take a serious look at how she handles her cases. Sincerely, Treated Badly

Gary Roberts
Judge: Larry E Johnson
1/31/2018 1:37:01 PM

Judge Larry Johnson was incredible I never felt so calm and he basically was on my side because my case was based on FACTS. He didn't allow anyone to try and put me down I can say A million things Good about this Judge but I'm going to say this if you want A fair hearing pray for Judge Johnson

Judge: Tin Tin Chen
1/25/2018 11:09:51 PM

Hi i recently had a hearing with diane tin chen. When i left the court room i was in more physical mental pain , i could not beleive what i went threw it felt like i was not able to focus with breathing issues and a migraine. I understand that the judges have a job to do . I have paid into my social security many years and i am not looking for a free ride .if i was physically and mentally able i would have not gone threw this .My experience with this day is speechless i will leave this situation in Gods hands. Jesus is in control now.written for my wife christina

Judge: Alan J Markiewicz
12/27/2017 3:30:37 AM

This judge will smile, act pleasant, then deny you. He will give zero weight to your Dr, and all credibility goes to a medical expert (who's never seen you). He also thinks someone with serious back conditions can lift, squat,bend, stoop and crawl. He will give no weight to how you suffer on a daily basis, making it impossible to work. It's no wonder his denials are so high.....

Judge: Patricia A Bucci
11/23/2017 3:36:47 PM

NO STARS AND TEN ***** UP to this *********! Today is Thanksgiving in the USA this *****, Should have NOTHING TO BE THANKFUL FOR. She is a TRAITOR to the US and is RACIST - CHECK HER STATS FOLKS. 33.3 % APPROVAL in Phoenix? Yes Phoenix = 33 % Hispanic (w/undocs.) BUCCI is a MURDERER AND Responsible for MANY DEATHS OF SOLDIERS! Look at the rates of suicide because she wouldn't help those Americans that came for her help. Her NON Ethical staff is JUST AS RESPONSIBLE. Hope your bonuses were enough to overcome your time in ****. These ************ keep changing the facts after you are out of the courthouses and do ALL they can to keep their money to shove us these ************** MURDEROUS ACCOMPLICEASSES. I / we have lost FAR too many because of these PUTRID MOST UNETHICAL IN HISTORY ****! I hope your grand kids know what you are Patricia A BUCCI KILLER OF AMERICAN SOLDIERS AND THERE FAMILIES. Your actions have caused family members OF SOLDIERS to take their lives too. FEDS Don't want you to know people! 33.3 % APPROVAL Seriously? Why is she in Office? >> 66.6 disapproval - *****! *****'* **.

Judge: Kelly Walls
11/1/2017 2:26:00 PM

I’ve been thinking about that judge a lot over the past year, feeling rage as I remember her skepticism at the severity of my illnesses. Why? Because I am reserved. Because I was raised in a home where it was not safe to express pain, grief, depression, anxiety-not even joy was welcome, because it was “too much.” The only welcome expressions were piety and submission. I covered my physical and emotional pain for three decades. And now I’m supposed to perform for a woman who has the details of my life in great detail? She has medical records, personal accounts, counseling notes, the nitty gritty descriptions of the trauma I’ve been through, the acts of violence I have survived, the repercussions of physical, chronic illness-many of them the result of said trauma. And now I’m supposed to be a marionette and SHOW her my pain? I am not a faker. I am not a malingerer. I struggled with a flat affect for most of my life. I learned through the violence bestowed upon me that expressing my emotions or any sign of weakness will only end in harm. I have been beaten, raped, dismissed, denied, and even made homeless because of weakness, pain, and even compassion. I have experienced things that would make this woman catatonic. And now she wants to shoot at my feet with the power she wields to make my life livable, and order me to dance? At what point in the seven years of scrutiny, of madness and excruciating pain, were my symptoms, my cries for help, my doctors’ words that I could never work-I may become more whole mentally, but my health will continue to deteriorate-at what point did my evidence become not evidentiary of my disability? Oh, that’s right. I lost that right when I sought help. When I went to visit my family in another state, because clearly someone who is as grievously ill as I am couldn’t be wheeled in a wheelchair to and from the plane. Surely it’s common that a WELL ADJUSTED, HEALTHY PERSON would need to bring her emotional support CAT just to survive being home. Nevermind that my dad is a severely ill Vietnam vet. Obviously if I were REALLY ill, I’d just let him die alone with the primary cause of my CPTSD. Because disabled people don’t ensure there are no regrets when a loved one passes. Disabled people don’t live on the second floor of an apartment (which I didn’t even choose, and I live here for the grace of God). Nevermind that I go for days without ever going downstairs, because the pain of traversing them isn’t worth it. It’s almost as if the judges appointed to decide whether I’m worthy of receiving the money I put INTO Social Security, have never cracked open a book in their lives. Never spoken to an articulate, damaged, chronically ill person. I may howl like a wounded animal when I’m alone in my bed, vomiting over the side of the mattress into a barf bucket, but I can hold it together, thanks to the adrenaline of fear and anxiety, for half an hour in public. I may excuse myself to go vomit in the bathroom from pain…I may close my eyes and try to distract myself, but my illnesses have never been performative. Sorry, not sorry. Ironically enough, my chronic illnesses-there are eight-have rapidly progressed since my hearing. I haven’t been able to attend any social functions since December. I’ve had to cancel appointments with doctors because I was literally too sick to take a cab there. I’ve skipped appointments and went to the emergency room instead, barfing into a bag, praying the driver wouldn’t kick me out before we reached the hospital. I began low dose chemotherapy in June, because the pain from my illnesses, especially rheumatoid arthritis, was becoming so unbearable that I became suicidal. I wasn’t about to kill myself after the literal hell I’ve survived. So once a week, my partner injects me with poison, in hopes that I can participate in my life again, maybe go to some mental health classes at an organization downtown. Because I do want to live. I want the rest of my life to be the best of my life. When I look back on all the violence and evil I’ve endured, I don’t want that to be all that’s remembered about my life. We need to get rid of this idea that disabled people don’t want to get better. That they’re not allowed to be intelligent or self motivated. I can’t even count the times I was told I was too smart, too articulate, too hopeful, too driven to be disabled. This judge hammered another nail in my proverbial coffin when she declared I was making great progress. I guess any amount of effort in bettering my life disqualifies me from a quality of life through SSDI. Don’t crack open any self help books, you rape and abuse survivors! You’d sure as heck not try to grow as a person! And submit to every doctor that shoves a script in your direction, because you will be considered complicit in falsehood if you don’t! But don’t try *too* hard to feel better, or you’ll be declared “cured,” and left to fend for yourself for the rest of your existence! Maybe being denied will lead you to a life of accepting whatever scraps of compassion you can find. Maybe you’ll be homeless. Maybe you’ll settle for living with an abuser who demands you pay for your housing with your dignity and your body. But likely, you may just die. I am one of the lucky ones, I guess. I lived in gov’t housing until a friend who lived two doors down hung himself on a Sunday morning while I was sleeping at another friend’s house across town. My best friend saw I was declining, and possibly not long for this earth, because losing yet another person to suicide, seeing his empty home every day, might just be the thing that did me in. When my illness progressed, that person couldn’t bear to see me suffer, and treated me with a kindness that changed my view on how I saw them. So now, I have a place to live. It’s not ideal-they have their own anger issues to settle, and things are not always as peaceful as I’d like-but it sure beats dying alone, homeless, helpless, in the Arizona heat. I don’t know what I’ll do if they pass away. I have no way to support myself. What employer will hire me to do work from bed, at sporadic moments of the day, or middle of the night, typing words into a device while I’m in a fetal position, face smashed against the pillow? Oh, that’s right. I CAN STUFF ENVELOPES. I’ve been looking for this mythical employer since my SSDI decision was rendered, but I can’t seem to find the Xerox shop, or a time machine, to travel to a time when that was a real job and would pay me enough to live and pay my doctors/pharmacy/insurance company, and be okay with me doing it from my bed. Let me know if you guys find it. Because I *do* want to work-that’s never been a question. I want to work, contribute to the GNP, grow some pride in my job. I’d love to work nine hours a day, take the bus home, and feel satisfied. But, I’d also like to play racquetball, learn how to make boeuf en boite, go for a jog, teach yoga in San Francisco, and go on a date with Dwayne Johnson. However, I don’t see any of that happening in this lifetime. So, thanks, Judge W, for the consolation prize of back pay for a couple years when I was in gov’t housing. It really helps when I think of the corruption I experienced in state funded housing during that period. The sexual harassment, authoritarian rules, threats of homelessness, rape by another person in the program, as well as the constant gaslighting. You would really dig this place, they told me I was too intelligent to be mentally ill, too! Then they threatened to take me to a homeless shelter if I didn’t get a job. One of the bht’s would show up at my home at random times, sometimes 9, 9:30 at night, and make lewd inferences and stare at my breasts. It was a really edifying experience. I actually did get a job at my old employer, actually! And then I was fired because I was sick too much in the first two weeks of training. My anxiety was so bad, I’d get on the bus, and I’d hold onto the bus pole, my arms shaking from panic, as if I were holding a jackhammer. Eventually, I couldn’t even get on the bus. But, yeah-if that alleviated your guilt in denying a fellow woman, a domestic violence, child abuse, multiple rape survivor with degenerative, incurable diseases that will eventually kill me, good on ya! I think about you all the time as I’m retching into the toilet, praying for the pain to stop. I think about you when I’m sitting in the living room, crying because I’m in too much pain to fold clothes, and I can’t even let my emotional support animal lay against me, because any touch hurts. I hope you think about me when the people in your life get devastating diagnoses or have partners or loved ones that do. It’s a shame that I was too composed, too proud, too whatever it was that made you think I was a liar and made you deny me the chance of having more say in my life. What do the others do? What will I do when my partner dies or tires of me? I’ll die, likely. So, in closing, this week’s plunger of poison going into my thigh goes out to you. So do the tears, anger, and disgust I carry with me every day. Jsyk, I used quite a bit of the back pay to support my household and better my life. I didn’t buy drugs or stupid stuff. I have self help books, medical supplies, a stockpile of meds, hygiene supplies, toilet paper…I even went to Flagstaff (I had to take lots of pain and anti anxiety meds and lay in the back of the truck on a pillow nest the whole way to and from, got a script for steroids, and almost ended up in the hospital, btw) to do some soul searching in the mountain air and be far, far away from toxic humans. I used the hot tub and the sauna and wheeled my walker back to my room. I rode around the mountains, and thanked my lucky stars that I lived long enough to experience such beauty in the midst of all this pain. I bought my partner a vehicle (they did keep me off the streets, after all). I’m going to stay motivated and try to stay positive, even when I’m taking my fourth shower in my old lady shower chair because I’m having a hot flash-again. I hope my partner writes you a letter to let you know when I die, because I’m working on forgiving you, but you need to know that you are denying a very sick, damaged person the very right to dignity and any kind of independence. I’m ringing my metaphorical bell and repeating, “SHAME! SHAME!” every time an unscrupulous judge denies a disabled person the income that is rightly theirs. There are a lot of fakers, but I am not one of them. I will not dumb myself down or do a cripple jig just because the person appointed to give me mercy demands I do. My pain is not performative. Shame on you.

Nancy Jo
Judge: Ted W Armbruster
9/7/2017 10:48:39 PM

I had my hearing with Judge Armbruster a week ago. I just knew that I would be denied. That being said, he was very professional in his demeanor. The questions he asked were required of him and my council and I were able to speak our peace. I became emotional and he gave me time to recoup and answer more questions. Fair yet, by the letter of the law. Not once did he make me feel "less than". I did have a preponderance of medical and had heard of many being denied. With 3 cervical surgeries, depression, anxiety, PTSD and lumbar issues. At the conclusion of the trial, he gave me a fully favorable bench decision. I was amazed and had to let it sink in. My advice, keep your cool and appreciate they have rules to follow.

Judge: Earl C. Cates
8/24/2017 3:22:05 PM

My attorney did tell me that Judge Cates is an egotistical, condescending person who likes to insult people. Unfortunately, I found this to be true. In my case, no amount of sensible evidence in support of my case erased this wealthy man's contempt for a person like me who is unable to defend myself. He even attacked my character and intergrity. In fact, he has a 10% higher rate of denial and a 10% lower rate of approval than both the state and national averages for SSDI judges. This means most judges are more impartial than Judge Cates, and few deny or dismiss more cases.

Judge: Lyn Farmer
8/24/2017 9:44:58 AM

I had my hearing yesterday, but I still wanted to leave feedback. Before my hearing, my attorney told me that it's difficult to gauge the direction that Judge Farmer will lean because she allows the attorney to do the majority of the talking and doesn't ask many questions. However, in my hearing, she led the discussion, with my attorney talking, perhaps, five minutes: once to ask me questions to encourage me to flesh out how my issues affected my daily life and once to counter the vocational expert. (The vocational expert testified that I could do no jobs in the national economy, which is a positive!) Even though I don't have an decision yet, I really felt that Judge Farmer was interested in truly learning about how my disabilities affected my life, and how they prevented me from working. No question she asked -- and she asked a lot -- was unreasonable or unfair. If I were in her place, they would have been questions I would have asked. I know there are judges that already have their minds made up before even meeting a claimant, but if that were the case with Judge Farmer, I couldn't detect it all. Incidently, upon leaving the hearing, my attorney stated that she felt it went very well because she could gauge how the judge was leaning based on her questions, which was toward an approval. Of course, nothing is set until I get that decision. But however the judge leans, I will feel that she was as impartial as possible.

Judge: Earl C. Cates
8/8/2017 4:31:33 AM

This judge and social security are pushing the idea on my case that my intelligence is reason enough for my denial. My case has nothing to do with my intellect and it is infuriating. My health problems have destroyed my life and taken almost everything from me and this problem has plagued me since I was born. My problem has no short term cure and could continue until my death. My life situation deepened on this and I could become homeless in less than 10 years due to those who provide for me. My denial was insulting and I now have to wait for another four years to come back to this judge according to my lawyer. The reason for denial completely ignored testimony and seems as if my records were not read except for one positive. I have four doctors who said I was incapable of sustaining work, three of which were not my doctor. This situation makes me steam in hatred for a amount of time that I have forgotten. I can't sleep at night because of this some days. This judge should not be employed and should answer to the state bar. I do not feel my case was taken seriously.

Who Cares
Judge: Joan G Knight
8/5/2017 10:11:53 AM

I had a complicated case. I have been getting SSI for years but now have enough work credits for SSDI. I had a complete emotional break down during my hearing and Judge Knight was very nice and understanding about it. To be honest I put the wrong date for my on set when applying on my own. She could have just denied me but she went out of her to hint that it need to be changed to win. My personal experience is that she will approve you if you qualify and will be helpful if you about to lose over a technical. She was about the only pleasant part of this annoying process. She even was nicer that my lawyer and his office.

Judge: Sheldon P Zisook
7/25/2017 3:00:00 AM

I had my appeal hearing with Judge: Sheldon P Zisook in April. He was well prepared, professional, and made the hearing very smooth and factual. He knew my case very well and clearly did a full background. All these negative comments really surprise me. I also pray for a favorable decision, but this is my assessment in the hearing process. Yes, I was nervous and I admit somewhat intimidated. Just relax, answer the questions and you will be fine. Remember, these judges represent the applicant, the SSI administration and the SSI trust. They have heavy caseloads. I really don't appreciate the comments about the judges age and passing judgement on their employment. God bless, and thank you for reading my opine..

Judge: Kathleen Mucerino
2/26/2017 12:02:21 PM

I just want to say this Judge approved my case AFTER MANY UNFAIR DENIALS I have been living like a pauper for years fighting for my benefits. I have been so sick and she looked at things and read them researched the facts in my case and saw the unfairness and granted me a fully favorable decision. She has no idea though it won't cure my illness and disability it has enabled me to survive. I thank her so much may God Bless her!! Great judge !!! Fair and honest

Judge: Thomas Cheffins
1/30/2017 1:35:30 PM

I am 60 years old. From 2014 until 2016 I I was disabled with a non-union fracture of the femur. I also had medical history of soft tissue sarcoma. First occurrence was in 2000 and a second occurrence in 2002, and advanced degenerative disc disease. Even by the rigid DDS standards, I have a disabling condition, and should have been allowed SSDI. but that did not seem to occur to the "judge." My doctor generated a letter indicating I was not able to work full time, even at a DOT sedentary level, but this was also disregarded.

CPL felix
Judge: Thomas Cheffins
11/12/2016 3:32:29 PM

Had court last month and I'm a medically retired vet apparatus to him I can work because I tried to find a job Because I have 4 kids in o provide for which nobody would hire me!!! Started stating that I said certain things which I never said ... Twisted things I said in court to his favor to were it made it seem I wasn't disable. I serve my country I get fucked up and this is how he treats wounded veterans .. I can speak English well.. Oh he's not disable .. He has hearing loss but rt he has hearing aids he's not disable. I get migraines take medication everyday but yet don't see doctor everyday. Oh his problem has dissminish in his words. Wait till it happens to one of his kids or grand kids then they will really know how unfair the system is

Judge: Earl C. Cates
11/10/2016 2:02:06 PM

Judge Cates was rude and accusatory. He started off by asking why I don't think I have to work. I told him about the health issues that have plagued me since childhood. He then said, "Just because you don't want to work doesn't mean you don't have to work." I knew at this point that the hearing was a lost cause. Of course, I was denied benefits, and the reasons were a joke. For instance, he said that I had no corroborating evidence from my doctors that I was sick. When I told 2 of my doctors what he said, they just shook their heads in disbelief, because my records are overflowing with evidence. For anyone who is scheduled to see this judge, you have my deepest sympathies.

Judge: Kelly Walls
10/2/2016 7:57:47 PM

I will post for judge Kelly walls first of all she was a very nice judge my hearing was the first my lawyer had with her since she came to az. I had lots of medical records I've seen my mental dr since 2006 my dr filled out rfc with restrictions that meet a listing for anxiety and depression she even said I would miss at least 4 days a month for dr apps or for my conditions judge walls completely ignored my rfcs and my side effects from medication she went by Dr notes that stated on 1 visit I felt a little better with new medication which a month later it wasn't helping anymore which was about my 12 medication try ed for anxiety and depression also I have physical issues she ignored too

Danielle B. Petty
Judge: Sheldon P Zisook
9/30/2016 4:27:05 PM

I had court today for PTSD, degressive depressive disorder and anxiety. The judge and his assistant were very polite even though I was tearful, nervous and full of anxiety out of my control. I really feel like he listened to me and understood I was being honest with my case. I pray I receive a fully favorable soon as no decision was made in court. He is not mean like everyone says and if I could work I would and I respect a man his age working. He has a tracheostomy and speaks through a voice box but is very easy to understand. I was previously a Respiratory Therapist so it may have been easier for me to understand him but he was smart, kind and understanding in my opinion. I have a great respect for my elders and I think he saw that. My medical records prove it all so I have great faith he will make the right decision and approve me as soon as possible. Don't let these other posts scare you all. He isn't who he is made out to be on these negative posts.

Judge: John W Wojciechowski
8/22/2016 10:12:48 AM

I felt that he was very fair. When I walked out I felt like he wasn't looking for a reason to deny my claim but more so a reason to approve it. He was a bit standoffish but all in all I felt that he gave my case a fair look. The VE was another story. She was clueless rude and lacking in every area. But the Judge Wojciechowski was a respectable fair man, at least in my hearing.

Judge: Kelly Walls
7/12/2016 6:35:47 PM

I have not seen any comments on Kelly walls.

Judge: Kelly Walls
6/22/2016 1:51:24 PM

Judge: Lyn Farmer
6/21/2016 5:14:03 PM

Your Honor, What advice could you give to an individual that realizes many errors and omissions have taken place with their disability claim. This would be like a modern day "agent orange" claim. 12" Med Records on his side. ICD on his side. E-E was he. Which direction shall he move towards? Main Street Palisades LLC

Judge: Sheldon P Zisook
3/15/2016 1:14:16 PM

Judge Sheldon Zisook at age 82 shouldn't be a judge any longer. He denied me 2 times even though he sent me to 4 different doctors. Every doctor including my primary said I am disabled but the judge doesn't believe any of them. He plays GOD with peoples lives. After the first denial, it went to the Appeals Council and they sent a letter remanding it back to the judge to take care of what they lined out along with the recommendation to make a new decision. He refused to do what the Appeals Council told him to do. He is bad for Arizona.

Judge: Earl C. Cates
1/9/2016 3:53:01 PM

I've met with this judge once during the summer of 2015 and will be meeting with him again for a followup soon to cover some additional evaluations Judge Earl C. Cates Jr. requested. My opinion of Judge Cates is that he's thorough. Whether or not he's fair, favorable, or partial is a perspective I believe everyone must understand. He is a human being and makes decisions based on personal experiences and knowledge. Personally, I wouldn't be in the appeals process unless there was both personal opinions combined with the agreeable perspectives from 3rd parties to appeal another human beings decision. So, know that whether you will agree with the perspectives of Judge Earl C. Cates Jr. or not, he is very thorough and may require additional information, time, hearings, etc. How he uses the additional information one can only speculate. Just be aware that any favorable decisions he makes are not handled lightly or without numerous inputs and considerations throughout his evaluation of your case.

Judge: Larry E Johnson
12/14/2015 7:23:14 PM

Judge Johnson allowed me to fill in the blanks between health issues, testing being done, and let me tell my story as when it started to present day. Just remember to stick to the major points that got you where you are don't waste time going on and on about one thing. It's your life make sure you know the laws search SSA guide lines as to whats considered disabled. I would say once you have an attorney you must feed them information such as anytime your medication is changed, you have a test done at the hospital, and/or what your PCP pushes you to do such as physical therapy, see a pain management doctor, and if any of these doctors doesn't believe you are in pain or have limitations change doctors we have to have a PCP in your corner. ASK QUESTIONS !!! KEEP RECORDS !!! EMAIL OR FAX EVERYTHING TO YOUR ATTORNEY ASK THEM QUESTIONS !!! Remember it's your life you need to or your wife or your parent has to lead your case to the winner circle. I found Judge Johnson to be fair. Good Luck !!

Judge: Sheldon P Zisook
11/29/2015 3:34:03 AM

My husband received his decision by ALJ Zisook. Since it is "fully favorable", it might sound that I am subjective but really not, just want to give my 2 cents, since I visited this site before and knew that I can leave a comment. Firstly, when my husband had a hearing, several hours later, he said that judge "was not asking stupid questions and didn't prolong hearing more than necessary, because my husband has fear of other people and when he came put, he didn't remember anything that went in there immediately after it was done, because he was scared and just wanted to go home and there, after several hours, he said simply "Judge didn't ask stupid questions and let me go before I had a panic attack". After reading ALJ Zisook's decision today, I really have to say that he addressed every single medical source and his opinion on them. I literally mean he addressed everything, which means he really did look atound a lot before making a decision. And because of that, I would have left him 5 stars even if had denied him. I understand that denail of claim can make somebody become subjective in their comments. I really believe that ALJ Zisook is very professional. You might have different view but we all have our own circumstances (I am writing this instead of my husband, who had not used computer in several years, nor he watches TV etc...). Also, he had Stephanie Lake as his lawyer, I am sure she helped by pointing out to things that I, and especially my husband, would never know.

Judge: Joan G Knight
9/4/2015 3:07:14 PM

This Judge is NOT impartial. She ignores medical evicence and renders decisions based on her personal opinion. She decides the way her political party wants her to. How this woman can be an "impartial" Judge based on her record is beyond me. Thanks to her I am now homeless and unable to work. Judge and Prosecutor in a kangaroo court!

Judge: Alan J Markiewicz
9/4/2015 3:27:42 AM

In my case, it was already decided and it was in my favor, but when he wanted to see my medical file to check on some notes, it was not in the hearing to begin with, and he postponed a month for the file to be ordered for a decision in the following month. It has been going for almost (4) without any results. My attorney fault for not being prepared at the hearing.

Judge: Patricia A Bucci
8/31/2015 1:11:24 PM

The worst judge for this job. Biased and does not believe a word anyone says.

Patricia Bucci
Judge: Patricia A Bucci
7/20/2015 5:55:38 PM

The System is broken if you are not disable you will likely get it folks that are truly disable and need it typically do not get it these Judges are not Medical Professionals but they get to decide if you will be approved I had a hearing with Pactrica Bucci she is the worst Judge in Phoenix you pretty much got to be bed ridden with a few months to live before this Judge will approve you. I waited 3 years to get a slap in the face. I am 50 years old with Herniated Disk, Anxiety. Depression with Psychotic Features they put me through so much going to several of their Doctors test after test after test to no avail I even had to go to another one of their Doctors after the Hearing it is simply a Ponzi Scheme I worked all of my life the Government took money out of my weekly check which Money I will never see again My advice is if your are filing for disability and you are in North Phoenix area MOVE!!!to a different part of the Valley try to get in the Phoenix Area you will be a lot better off look at some of the others Judges approval rates Bucci has a 21% approval rate simply impossible to win...

Judge: Christopher R Daniels
6/16/2015 12:13:41 PM

Judge Daniels is very professional and courteous, though somewhat reserved. He is extremely knowledgeable of the Social Security rules and procedures. He is always familiar with the claimant's file prior to the hearing. He prefers to ask most of the questions at the hearing but will allow representatives the opportunity to make opening and closing remarks and question witnesses. He is always polite to both claimants and representatives. Excellent ALJ!

wanda james
Judge: Christopher R Daniels
6/15/2015 10:50:27 AM

Thank you for going through all my sons records and being fair you are very good at your job.

Stephen B.
Judge: Ted W Armbruster
6/13/2015 9:26:56 PM

Judge Armbruster is a compassionate thorough but fair judge. He asks a lot of questions that make sense; no tricks or games. His decision in my case was based on the preponderance of evidence.

Broken heart and mind
Judge: Patricia A Bucci
12/18/2014 10:45:45 AM

I don't like being called a liar and a like it even less when my spouse is called a liar. Yet that is the strong implication in Madam Buccis written decision on my spouses case. I am too close to my spouse for anything that I say to be considered in the case according to this so called judge. She picked out the medical opinions that she wanted and totally dismissed others. Overwhelming evidence is irrelevant if there is just one differing opinion so the one opinion is chosen over the collective because it is the desired opinion. That seems to be this government employees methodology. Madam Bucci had no clue regarding my spouses medical issues although the conditions are clearly explained in the medical reports the Madam received. If only there was some way that Madam Bucci could experience the pain and frustration that she has wrought... My only comfort is that statistically most Americans experience a devastating illness at some point in their lives. I hope that when she finally does that she will receive understanding similar to her judgments and that people treat her with the same incredulity and insult as she has treated others.

Judge: Patricia A Bucci
10/28/2014 4:52:50 AM

Judge Bucci is nothing shy if ignorant..I am disgusted by her inability to actually read meducal reports. She needs to be permanently fired.

Judge: Larry E Johnson
10/7/2014 11:09:56 AM

I was denied disability because of my attorney's failure to represent me properly. He didn't bother to obtain my medical records until one month before hearing. He didn't want to meet with me to discuss what to expect. I sat there like a fool while being thrown under the bus. There was no vocational expert at hearing. I was told by judge that "I looked to good to be 60 ". I have a bladder condition called interstitial cystitis or painful bladder syndrome. I was basically called a hypochondriac. My bladder recently ruptured during a cyscosopy procedure. I came home with a catheter. I am unable to stand, lift or twist. Judge Johnson found me capable of being a cashier. I am devastated by the misrepresentation. I worked very hard during my life and now at 62, I am financially ruined and no possibility of ever working again. The system has once again failed. **

Judge: Patricia A Bucci
9/26/2014 2:53:12 PM

If you need help filing a complaint you can call 202-502-2600. They will help you step by step. The north phoenix office will not let you file a complaint if you have filed an appeal. They seem to think that the appeal is a complaint and they are no help at all.

Judge: Patricia A Bucci
9/23/2014 12:35:44 PM

I think it is high time that we stop Patricia Bucci from bullying all of us around.

Craig Patterson
Judge: Kathleen Mucerino
7/18/2014 1:33:31 PM

I found this judge to be through, professional and well prepared. She was personable while being efficient even though my appearance was over an hour long. All of the personal (the vocational and the note taker) in her court were clearly on the same page as Judge Mucerino. It seemed to me that they have worked together for awhile. The only question I had after leaving is when the "on set" date of my disability would be considered. According to my attorney it could be the date of application (June 2011)or perhaps the date I stopped working June 2010. An argument could be made that while I continued to work I was in fact disabled I 2006. Since I have no idea of the rules determining this I will rely on the Judge for a determination. No matter the decision I am confident that it will be correct.

Judge: Patricia A Bucci
7/14/2014 1:48:05 PM

Their is a judge in New York that has the same type of approval rate as Bucci. That judge is now being sued for biased oppinions. At a rate of only 25% approval they are finding certain ALJ are only approving people connected to certain attorneys (payoffs?). So maybe it's time to find out Buccis reasoning and make her explain herself to a court herself . If you have worked 20-50 years of your life you've paid your dues. I've never went to a judge for a biopsy or operation so why are they making the decisions i would think a medical review board of actual Dr's would be the better option to determine a persons disability. Oh and by the way Social Security gives ALJ a 2 month time period to make a decision Bucci seems to think that does not apply to her. If you contact SS they will contact the judge and tell her/him to make a decision. people who lived worked paid taxes should not be going homeless for 5-10 years while the system drags out the process. It's very obvious they are just waiting for us to die so they don't have to pay.

Judge: Sheldon P Zisook
6/16/2014 1:52:40 PM


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Judge: John W Wojciechowski
6/13/2014 9:46:41 PM

Very rude, patronizing, unethical and cold-hearted. Worst judge I have yet to app[ear before. Does not have any empathy or compassion whatsoever. Claimant is clearly disabled due to his mental disability of bi-polar and social anxiety. He overlooks the whole thing and finishes hearing swiftly denying him. If you appear before him for a mental disability, tough luck. Claimant is currently being evicted due to an unethical judge. He lacks knowledge in the mental health department. Why is he a SSI judge for the disabled?

Judge: Alan J Markiewicz
5/25/2014 8:57:18 AM

Even if he denies my case, I feel that he was a fair judge. He took the time to listen to what you had to say, and like everyone says, he allows you to make an opening and ending statement, which I feel like I should have done, but I had my attorney with me. You can't take his decision personally, even if this site says that he denies most of his cases, his job is on a level that many of us will never understand. The system works slow, but it does work.

Judge: Kathleen Mucerino
5/15/2014 4:30:48 AM

I don't know her decision yet. But I am very concerned about it as she made a remark at the end that I will NEVER forget. She said "You must understand that it is very hard for me to label someone your age disabled for the rest of your life." I have a progressive autoimmune disease that has NO cure and NO real treatment. It WILL get worse and it WILL eventually take my life. I am in my forties with the health of someone almost twice my age. I pray that she fully understands this and my need to help care for myself and my family. I am scared because of her statement. The unknown is the worst part.

Susan S.
Judge: Sheldon P Zisook
5/2/2014 10:24:03 PM

Very kind, very professional and very detail oriented. This judge took the time to hear the facts of my case and I believe he applied all the rules and regulations to my case. I was Fully Favorably approved and I most certainly appreciate the keen insight of this judge.

Judge: Patricia A Bucci
4/24/2014 11:26:02 AM

Well it's been 8 months since I filed another appeal against Judge Bucci and have not even heard anything back on if it was received. I have been denied twice by this judge even though we won on a remand and got her decision overturned in 03/2012. They sent me back to Judge Bucci again who was obviously peeved we overturned her decision the first time. Why would they send you back to the same judge who denied you already? I am convinced judge Bucci has a vendetta against me for making her look bad on the appeal overturn. She is a bitter biased woman who needs to leave our state!!! I am so disgusted on this entire matter I can't even put my disgust unto words. 5 years I have been waiting for benefits while a I see people all around me get it for stupid stuff and I am far more disabled than they are. This system is so biased and unfair. I worked and pain into SSD for 30 years making 50 k a year. I can't work full time now and never will again. Why am I being penalized? Because Judge Bucci judgmentaland is a very biased judge!

Judge: Claudi L Rosen-Underwood
3/29/2014 4:18:10 AM

I have been seeing my doctors for over 15 years. One of my doctors sent in 4 letters explaining my condition and how it renders me "totally disabled". My other doctor sent in 2 letters saying that in his opinion I am "totally disabled". SSA sent me to 3 of their doctors and all 3 of them said I am "totally disabled". There's 34 medical exihibits in my SS file containing almost 900 pages of medical reports. 8 months after my hearing, I get a decision denying my case! In the decision, this so-called judge actually states that she did not give much, if any, weight to the letters from my doctors because she did not understand what the term "totally disabled" means! I've asked 7 of my grandson's friends if they know what "totally disabled" means and all 7 of them knew exactly what it means and they are all only in the forth grade. It is absurd that a well educated so-called disability judge who is probably being paid over $100,000 per year with tax payer dollars, doesn't know what "totally disabled" means. I don't even know how such a thing is possible. She also said that I didn't have any muscle atrophy but she never got closer than 15 feet to me and as far as I know she isn't a doctor so how could she say I don't have muscle atrophy? That woman doesn't know what totally disabled means but yet she can diagnose whether a person has muscle atrophy without ever examining me or seeing my body. My lawyer appealed my case but he told me that it would take the appeals court over a year to decide my appeal and, get this, if the appeals court agrees with my appeal, they are going to send my case back to the same judge and instruct her to hold another hearing and issue a new decision! Why would they send my case back to the same judge who doesn't even know what the term "totally disabled" means?My lawyer said that even after the appeals court sends my case back to the same judge that it will take this judge another year or more to hold another hearing. So, if my appeal is successful, I will have to wait more than two more years before I have another hearing and then when I do, I will have to go back in front of this same stupid woman so she can just deny my case again. This is so absurd that I cannot even believe it is happening for real. It's like something out of a weird movie or something. SSA is a rip off. I wish I had done like so many and just worked under the table. That my health and well being as well as my life in general is in the hands of such blatant incompetence and stupidity is for me, a death sentence. My own government is spending hundreds of thousands of tax payer dollars to deny me from simply getting back my own money that I paid into SSA for the past 34 years is nothing short of a crime, especially when the person deciding my case has already admitted in writing that she doesn't understand a term that any 4th grader comprehends fully. What's really scary is that I am only one of millions of Americans who are subjected to this kind of inexcusable incompetence from our own government, a government we are paying for. The judge is no better than me. Her income comes from the same place my benefits would come from - the US taxpayer. Except, I paid for my benefits - it's my own money for God's sake!

Judge: Sheldon P Zisook
2/25/2014 4:18:50 PM


fed up
Judge: Patricia A Bucci
2/17/2014 8:27:13 PM

A bitter judge, you can tell in every paragraph of her denial. I think she belongs in Chicago not Phoenix just her tone and misrepresentation in her decisions says alote about her frame of mind. Do these judges have medical or law backgroundg or are they appointed. I do know this my decline by her states I have 2 major ailments she could not argue against but was still declined with 4 jobs listed. Why is she so bitter, might be the heat or good old fashon not knowing her job.

Person Feeling Sorry for Judge Bucci
Judge: Patricia A Bucci
1/15/2014 12:46:30 PM

Judge Bucci has every right to deny someone. I was denied and that is totally fine, like I said it is her job. What I don't like is in her letter she insults you, calls you a liar, tells you that the letters from Dr's don't mean anything. Judge Bucci gives no weight to VA evaluations of people, as she stated in other words in my letter, but yet relied on them enough that SSA never sent me for an evaluation with one of their Dr's. She insults the VA evaluaters who are just doing their job but relied on the opinion of the state medical Dr. who has never seen me or evaluated me (she contradicts herself constantly). I guess the VA has no weight because they didn't state what she thought they should have, what would they know they are just Dr's. Judge Bucci is an insecure, hateful, hag who should be seen for mental issues herself. Like I said it's not the denial of the benefits it's the personal insults within her letter. She needs to be removed from the bench she is far from impartial she needs to understand people in pain use drugs that how we are treated. She never considers that maybe the Dr. who wrote those comments where covering up for the fact that he was the one who proscribed the over dosage leading to the medication addiction. Oops, did I put somebody who never used narcotics before on a larger dose of daily Diladid, well it isn't my fault it has to be his better write that down as well. She stated I drove from Oregon and that demonstrated I could sit longer than I claimed but failed to mention that I was in the ER almost immediately within my arrival in Arizona and had a suicide attempt shortly after. I think those are important facts don't you. She fails to mention the multiple surgeries I have now had on my backs which the Dr's felt needed surgery and pain control. I have had 4 back surgeries, a suicide attempt, I have sleep apnea which has been confirmed by a sleep study, I have had PE's, I'm on blood thinners, I have a GAF Score of 45, I have been diagnosed with Asthma, I have been diagnosed with chronic pain by a professional psychologist who specializes in pain (what does she want)! She manipulates her letters and only points to facts that support how she feels about you as a person and not the medical facts and issues at hand. All I can say is Ma'am, I might be in pain and might have some issues but I'm sure glad I'm not as miserable and hateful as you are. I'm sorry to see that anybody would put you in any position of judgement because you are a clear and concise example of why there isn't any justice in this country anymore and I'm sure your closet has all kinds of dirty little secrets. I'm glad you denied me as I don't want to be in a system with this type of professionalism. I hope you have a miserable life and know your probably hated by all that know you! I don't mean to get off on the facts of the case, it's not that she denied me benefits, it's that she insulted me as a person, manipulated her letter, and called me liar even though a Dr. confirmed the diagnosis. If you get her don't count on getting benefits.

Judge: Larry E Johnson
1/14/2014 4:25:40 PM

I wish to thank Judge Larry E. Johnson for his fairness, and understanding. He can not begin to know the life change he has given to me. After a life of horrific pain and struggle, he saw that the blows from the hammer of life had taken it's toll. I have been a recluse for so very long. He is a very compassionate , and understanding human being.

Judge: Claudi L Rosen-Underwood
12/31/2013 12:22:58 PM

I applied for Social Security Disability September 2011, I worked 32 years. I have had Epilepsy since age 11. My epilepsy consist of Grand and petite Mal seizures, i have rheumatoid arthritis for the last 8 years in my spine and my hips. and i was diagnosed with spinal stenosis back in April of this year 2013 i have been taking epidural shots and I'm in a scooter wheel chair. My disability hearing was August 5th, 2013 location Social security administration building in Phoenix, AZ decision was decided October the 1st 2013. My case was finally closed December 24th, 2013. My case was denied by Claudia Rosen-Underwood. During my hearing the judge asked a Vocational rehab specialist can Tammy work 9 different jobs-each time the Vocation rehab Specialist said I was not able to work, and my Neurologist said I was no longer able to work and my family doctor said I was not able to work both doctors sent social security and my lawyer letters stating I'm no longer able to work. Claudia Rosen-Underwood stated in my social security denial letter she questioned both of my Doctors credibility! ..and she questioned my fathers, who is 78, credibility and said me and my Husband were Lying about my epilepsy and me of lying about me having a Stroke in 2005..and Doctor Shaw) sent me to have a. Cat Scan and MRI both test show Siezure Activity, Even though My Past Doctors and present Doctors have sent all my past medical records to show everything is 100% true

Judge: Patricia A Bucci
12/10/2013 6:22:48 AM

After a 5x heart bypass in 2010 that has left me week and a tumor removed from my spinal cord in 2012 leaving a indent, loss of signal, numbness in legs, unable to be on my feet for 15 minutes and peridural fibroses in my lower back she said I am ok to work. Nevermind needing sleep 2-3 times a day, 6 meds for heart and diabeties, 2 for pain. Even the expert she had at the hearing said their was no work I could perform she herself came up with 4, one being "assembly work". This week I find out if the arteries in my neck needs to be done, at the time of the hearing they were L62%, R74% blocked and waiting to be cleared for another surgery. All this was documented at the hearing, MRI, surgical reports, rehab and not challenged by her. She is in over her head, her denial letter excluded testimony, medical reports even included a paragraph from another case about a lady, come on Bucci, I am a guy, if you are making things up at least get the gender and ailments right its more believable...

Judge: Kathleen Mucerino
12/2/2013 2:11:49 PM

Judge Kathleen Mucerino was great. She was well prepared for my case and asked questions that pertained to my disability. She spoke respectfully and never seemed as if she was uninterested in my case. My lawyer had spoken to me over the phone prior to my hearing and said that she might come off as being short and hard with her questions. It was nothing like that. I was a little nervous going into the hearing, but within minutes, my mind was at ease. I believe that she use my statements and make a well educated decision.

Judge: Patricia A Bucci
11/11/2013 1:07:51 PM

I have just received my decision letter from Judge Bucci for a remand hearing. This means I appealed her denial in 04/2012 and we managed to get her first decision overturned and a remand hearing. After 17 months of waiting, building the case, getting mri's and new evidence I was then sent back to this same judge. Yes you heard it!!! Same judge who denied me the first time. This is standard practice on a remand. We didn't just equal an impairment, we met the requirements of an impairment under diseases of the spine 1.04 with mris that backed us up along with other testing. Judge Bucci failed to even mention the MRI that proved we met the requirement. She minimized my impairments, disallowed every doctor I had in the last 4 years, wrote a19 page denial letter herself, not trusting a law writer to do it and threw stuff in that made no sense at all. We knew she was a bad judge on approvals but we expected to get a partially favorable decision from her considering the evidence we had. Nope..... Denied!!!!! This case has been ongoing since 2010 with no resolution. Now what? I appeal since she blatantly left information out and this is an error in law? Appeal and another 2 to 3 years with no benefits? Reapply? Lose all back pay and 1 1/2 years more no benefits? This is a nightmare I can't wake up from!!!' When a judge abuses power and gets the "I Am God, Doctor and shrink rolled up all in one" spells bad news for claimants desperately needing benefits. My lawyer's advice? Move...move far away from this North Phoenix Office!!!! Lawyers are turning down cases now from claimants who have a hearing scheduled here because they can't win and they can't work for free.

Judge: Patricia A Bucci
9/21/2013 10:56:58 PM

It seems very odd that all these judges had 40% plus cases approved prior to coming to phoenix north but even in there first year in phoenix north they approve a dramatically less amount of cases. Most judges were close to 50% approval before phoenix and to drop 20% approval rating based on nothing but geography is eye opening. It also seems odd that she has a consistent denial percentage over a 3 year period. As if they have a pre designated percentage they are to meet given to them from higher up the chain. This is actually factual on a federal level but the national accepted approval rating is much higher than 27%. I'm sure that is shocking to no one but the concern here is the blatant unfair judgments that are decided based on numbers and not the individuals plight. We could dismiss these percentages based on the fact that phoenix may hold a greater number of legitimately deniable cases than the national average but Judge Bucci was giving close to %50 approval in Chicago. No offense to Chicago but there is a zero possibilitie that Phoenix is any worse than Chicago in the fraud category or for that matter that people in Phoenix are any less capable of deciding for themselves prior to the application period if they are able bodied enough to work or not. The fact that this location has gotten to these numbers without a federal investigation only raises more questions. With a 10-15% approval going to the automatics, such as paraplegics and people of guaranteed wins it only leaves 15-20% shot for people who have unique or debatable disabilities such as pain and immeasurable conditions. I have yet to meet a Dr. that hasn't unequivocally said that there is no possibility that I can work again( I have seen 12 Drs/specialists over just the last two years) and I have been going through this process for three years with no approval and no light at the end of the tunnel. I hope to all who those truly incapable of creating even a meager living the best of luck in getting an approval. Remember if you stay with it long enough eventually your case will be in front of someone who actually looks at you as an individual and not a percentage.

Judge: Patricia A Bucci
9/17/2013 10:04:52 PM

I think it is time AZ residents start standing up about this unfair treatment from the North Phoenix SSD office!!! We are getting treated unfairly and have a far less chance of winning than any other AZ office of disability!!! 4 bad judges who deny 70 % of all hearing cases that cross their courtroom and this is discriminating against us that get our case stuck there. What can we do? Stand up and complain, write to Congress, Senate and everybody else...get it in the news!!!! Queens NY did it last year and they won against the bad judges there. Those judges were not even denying as many cases as this North Phoenix office is denying. If they can do it, why can't we? No, we can't get them fired, but we can try to get them out of our state!!!!

Judge: Larry E Johnson
9/16/2013 8:10:00 AM

I just found out attorney, john kunlein, requested my medical records one month before my hearing. He went back only one year. Why didn't the judge question that?

Judge: Joan G Knight
9/9/2013 11:38:22 AM

People who are Not disabled should Not recieve disability. I agree. People who are SHOULD. The "psyhologist" she used has been banned from tesifiying leaving her to trust her opinion over that of medical specialists and professionals. The manner in which Judge Knight decides these cases is Absolutly with prejudice and show signs of fatigue. Using the law as a method to find loopholes to prevent honest people with real disabilities from recieving the benifits they worked so hard to pay for before becoming disabled is Poor judgement. the requirement for disability was 7 out of 10 sysmtoms. I have met all 10. Where is the "justice" in this? Appeal process? 4 years and counting...ABSURD and Cruel!

Judge: Patricia A Bucci
4/2/2013 1:27:55 PM

Thankfully there is a higher level of judges to go on appeal. Bucci was overturned by higher powers and no, I never received a fair hearing from her. She ignored medical facts , treating source opinions and took it upon herself to make the decision without ever even weighing in consideration the treating sources and opinions. Do your homework folks, this Judge has one of the worst approval ratings in the nation and so does the Northern Phoenix Office. Their approval average is 36% at a hearing level and the national average is 47% at a hearing level. What does this mean? That means out of 100 cases, only 36 will be approved. Out of every 100 people who get to a hearing, 11 people more will be denied benefits that they really needed to survive. It gives pause for thought as to why this North Phoenix Office denies more cases than any other Arizona office. This is federal so all should be about equal but they are not. I pity you if your hearing in in the North Phoenix office.

Judge: Ted W Armbruster
3/18/2013 8:26:41 AM

He is terrible! Good luck with this idiot!

Judge: Thomas Cheffins
3/8/2013 11:01:12 PM

Today i went for 2 hearing and i was granted ssd :) so happy wish all the best to all

Judge: Patricia A Bucci
1/15/2013 2:14:58 AM

May God give her wisdom and guidance on her decision making,she is doing the hardest job as an ALJ,she disapproved my claim but i know she had done her best.God bless you!!!

Judge: Thomas Cheffins
1/2/2013 2:39:29 AM


Judge: Thomas Cheffins
12/28/2012 4:44:08 PM

Agree with the previous comments. He is biased. ALJ routinely goes against treating source opinions even when they are consistent with the evidence as a whole. When multiple treating physicians and even consultating physicians are in agreement on limitations and the AlJ still goes against these opinions then you know something is up. why do certain ALJ's believe they can play medical doctor and God.

Judge: Patricia A Bucci
12/27/2012 11:09:33 AM

Very biased, her decision is already made before yes, before you enter te room. It's not " informal", comments and reports are unfounded and incorrect. Often disagrees with the "states" Dr. Opinions.

Judge: Patricia A Bucci
11/18/2012 9:10:10 AM

I think she is very reasonable,she based her decisions from medical evidence,I'm sure sure she is more than qualified for her job,quit still waiting for my result but no matter what her decision so be it,I'm thankful that I've reached to have a fair hearing.usmc vet

Judge: Patricia A Bucci
11/18/2012 9:09:55 AM

I think she is very reasonable,she based her decisions from medical evidence,I'm sure sure she is more than qualified for her job,quit still waiting for my result but no matter what her decision so be it,I'm thankful that I've reached to have a fair hearing.usmc vet

Judge: Larry E Johnson
11/16/2012 11:12:53 AM

It should be known that Judge Johnson saved a life recently. By way of his diligence and willingness to consider records spanning close to three decades, Judge Johnson saved the life of a woman who was at risk of otherwise falling through the gaps. She was also at her wits end, and reports she would have killed herself if she had not received this help as she was unable to pay for the care she needs, and was unable to make the simplist arrangements to seek help for herself.

Judge: John W Wojciechowski
11/14/2012 12:54:09 PM

very little knowledge or sympathy for mental impairments. Very condescending and argumentative with claimant.

Judge: Earl C. Cates
11/14/2012 12:34:57 PM

I haven't received notice yet. I know I didn't present my case well. Unfortunately, so overwhelmed with life that I didn't visit doctors I should have earlier so possibly not enough supporting documentation. I hope I'm wrong and I'm hoping that some last minute psych reports will help my case. This Judge in the hearing seemed nice, if not a little short with me. The employment advocate suggested I could, also, work as a parking attendant (this is where I needed more medical documentation that I didn't have-due to lack of money to visit other doctors. Doctors I hadn't seen in some time unfortunately and that I didn't even think about advising my disability attorney about until about 1 1/2 months ago). God grant me strength and be merciful towards me, whatever the outcome.

Judge: Patricia A Bucci
11/10/2012 5:32:45 PM

Maybe she cannot perform the ALJ duties. Wrong job to be in. She should find something else to do.

Judge: Joan G Knight
10/5/2012 12:01:16 PM

The only opinion she valued was that of the psychologist and none of my doctors... highly prejudicial! She is far from fair and objective. I only hope she never finds herself disabled and at the mercy of a judge who rules like she does... good luck with that.

Judge: Joan G Knight
9/23/2012 4:45:12 PM

She is an excellent judge. Takes her job seriously. More than some of the other judges that practice. Someone who is not disabled, should not get disability payments. Everyone that works with her feels the same.

Judge: Claudi L Rosen-Underwood
9/14/2012 9:32:47 PM

this judge listened to my case she is very proffesional very effeciant going into her court was like how i ran my crew when i could work a well oiled machine

Judge: Larry E Johnson
8/27/2012 12:17:21 AM

I was surprised to see that ALJ Johnson has better stats than the other 5 Tucson ALJs for 2012. Although this ALJ was a likeable guy at the hearing, his decision had very little to do with the evidence presented. He completely disregarded the testimony from his own vocational expert. He discounted ALL favorable medical opinion and ALL lay witness testimony for the flimsiest of reasons. Many of his finding of facts were inaccurate or simply made up of whole cloth. My conclusion: this ALJ is just plain lazy (which, I suppose, is still better than "evil").

Judge: Patricia A Bucci
8/8/2012 9:16:09 PM

She is an idiot and did not even mention my current doctor's name or my MRI in my denial letter. I was screwed over and now homeless. Who gave her this job?

Judge: Joan G Knight
8/4/2012 3:13:11 PM

Glad you practice in front of her. Her stats tell the story.

Judge: Alan J Markiewicz
8/3/2012 12:54:29 AM

He is very nice, calm and pleasant in the court room, but has no clue how to make a descision! He contradicted him self in my denial letter, stating I was extremely symptomatic when in hot environments, and is unable to stay standing for longer than 10 mins. THen he says the job I can do is a Parking lot attendant. Come on man it is 115 degrees in arizona how can I be a prking lot attendant! No CLue!!!!! I have now started a new claim and am already on my redecision. THey said they have to uphold his decision. Hello

Judge: Joan G Knight
8/1/2012 3:50:07 PM

She does her decisions with objective facts and evidence. I practiced in front of her and found her to make her decision on evidence. If you don't meet the standards of federal law, you are not disabled. She affirms when it is justified.

Judge: Thomas Cheffins
7/28/2012 6:53:33 AM

Nice smiley-puss who is pleasant in the hearing room and a nasty creep in his opinions. I really do not know how he sleeps at night. He has condemned many legitemately disabled people to lives of abject poverty. He has adopted a definition of disability different from the standard that is contained in the social security statutes and regulations. The protection we all pay for with our social security taxes is not available in his hearing room. He denies claims by ignoring treating opinion evidence and just making facts up out of whole cloth. And there is nothing we can do about it. Northern Arizona no longer has the benefit of the social security system that they paid into because of this creep and the others in this ****-hole of an office. My advice; if you are disabled and live in Northern Arizona: move. There is no fair hearing in this office, much less before this "judge."

Amra Domazet
Judge: Thomas Cheffins
7/27/2012 1:57:33 AM

He denied my disability after having two open hart surgeries ,2 strokes,two peacemaker and back problems i have contact senator John McCain and also he can not believe that i was not approved i did an appeal.So will see also have new diagnoses now ptsd and also seizures .Best luck to all with this Judge you will need it

Judge: Alan J Markiewicz
7/25/2012 9:15:07 PM

He is nice at the hearings but it looks denies a lot of his cases. He will allow you to make and opening/closing.

Judge: Patricia A Bucci
7/11/2012 10:06:20 PM

Bad-very bad..

Judge: Patricia A Bucci
6/29/2012 3:20:42 PM

Imagine that. An ALJ who someone thinks is "judgemental." Wow.

Judge: Kathleen Mucerino
6/26/2012 2:08:28 PM

Disorganized and crabby.

Judge: Diana Weaver
6/26/2012 9:16:49 AM

The best ALJ in Phoenix. Will grant favorable bench decisions if at all possible.

Judge: Diana Weaver
6/26/2012 7:42:30 AM

I have represented many clients in hearings before Judge Weaver. She has a very kind, compassionate demeanor. Her hearings are very thorough, with ample time for the client to discuss her or his concerns. In my view, she is one of the finest ALJs in the US.

Judge: Patricia A Bucci
6/19/2012 5:32:21 PM


Judge: Thomas Cheffins
6/19/2012 5:25:35 PM

He denied my disability.Many of the facts he listed in his decision were wrong. I feel he did not listen. One issue he got wrong was listing arthritus as a condition in my left leg when in fact my calf muscle and Achilles tendon were destroyed by gangrene.

Anna F
Judge: Jean R Kerins
5/18/2012 3:21:02 PM

Thank you so much for your kindness and thoughtful consideration. I truely appreciate the hard work that you do everyday.

Judge: Joan G Knight
5/17/2012 1:27:30 PM

26% approval rating tells me far from fair and objective.

Judge: Jean R Kerins
5/15/2012 5:16:16 PM

Judge: Joan G Knight
4/30/2012 12:06:47 PM


Kerry G. Passey
Judge: Ted W Armbruster
4/11/2012 2:34:19 PM

Awesome Judge.

Judge: Janice E Shave
3/9/2012 7:05:07 AM

Judge Shave seems very nice. I do not approve of comments that she made about my case. She got information about me that when she blerted out a question about something I said to a Disability Psych. that did a interview with me was way not correct. I feel that she should not attack someone in that way. What was said is Depervation of Character and was way out of line. I would like to see that report and set the Record Straight. She took 3 different accurances and 3 different people and combined it into one incident with 1 person. Which leads me to believe that she was either fed the wrong information by someone that was not listening completely or she intentional did it. I would like to think she would not do that. She stated that she was not medicaly qualified to look at pictures that go with the report made by a Qualifed Phyician and Surgion who took the pictures of my insides, So my question would be how can you be qualified to do a Medical judgment as to if a person is truly in pain or disabled. I feel that judges that sit on this panel should have a medical background in order to get the right decision. Other wise this is a true injustice to the persons she or any other judge that has the authority to make the decision as to how much pain or the nature of the persons true disability.