Long Beach, California ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Long Beach, California, 18 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Long Beach, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 20.0 months. The average case processing time in Long Beach is 672 days.The Long Beach average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 42%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Long Beach ODAR office was last updated on 6/11/2019.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Long Beach 18 20.0 months 672 days 2.4 21% 42% 37%
California17.1 months562 days2.220%45%35%
National Average:14.9 months500 days2.120%42%38%
AVERAGE TIME
Hearing Wait Time: 20.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 2.35
Average Processing Time 672 days
Cases Pending 2067
Dispositions 1490
New Cases 383
Hearings In Person 81%
Video Hearings 19%

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Judge: Lisa B Martin
10/25/2019 2:00:35 PM



This Judge is Misleading , and dishonest plays the game well and is hurtful in my opinion to society. If the system is truly broke, you might want to start with her in considering why this is. Integrity is missing, Cruelty is verified , A none independent thinker and irrational in her decision making. (poster child for +++) if you would like to witness Orwell 1984 go listen to a disembodied VE, over a phone while trying to keep your head up to stare at a TV to communicate with this Judge, That alone should tell you how much of a criminal everyone looks like in the eyes of our GOV. It is a Humiliating and repugnant experience to be dragged in front of a hearing disabled only to be Harmed with a denial and being called a liar by someone who expressed the cruelty , and carelessness of the beast system well. Pray for our Country.. I mean it, because praying for just the people is not enough.

john barnett
Judge: Guy E Fletcher
9/23/2019 12:44:29 PM



Your honor FLETCHER was very polite, and soft spoken and very concerned with my well being as a person first. He was very professional with all the medical records and even the problems I was having at work before I stopped going completely due to factors with my disability. Your honor FLETCHER is genuine and was able to make this whole process feel like there was purpose when most are about to give up entirely. I am at rest finally after 3 years meeting JUDGE GUY E. FLETCHER for my time to prove I am disabled. Was an honor and thank you if you ever read this for you to take my case and review me. I climbed the walls to be honest this whole time waiting ( with HOPE ) that someone would see the daily struggles I have endured. Im waiting on my case to finalize and awaiting your answer at the moment...( 9/23/19/12:28 ) to be exact your honor is the date and time im commenting on this page. Thank you and bless you for being so caring at my hearing with me and my lawyer. I wish you many blessings for you took my case as dire need as well. My father has stage 4 cancer and I just found out my grandmother has lung cancer as of 5 days ago. I also recently lost my grandfather to cancer no more then 3 years ago during all of this. I have to say it was nice to finally speak on my own behalf and for you cause to be honest a name on paper tells nothing about the person. To all that is reading speak up and be honest please with this judge. Keep your head up people reading. Your time is coming to be herd, and I have to say the wait was worth it. Thank you again your HONOR ( Guy E. Fletcher ) and many blessing to you and your family...-john

Steven
Judge: April M Wexler
9/16/2019 7:12:50 AM



I'm a 42 which had me worried to begin with. I was quit pleased with Judge Wexler. She listen to what I had to say and treated me fairly. That's all that I ask. I believe she will make a fair ruling based on all the evidence.

Helen
Judge: Peter J Baum
8/23/2019 11:15:57 AM



judge peter j.baum He gave my husband a waiver overpayment of $83,000 he is fair we will see what happens.

Victoria
Judge: Edward C Graham
6/28/2019 9:26:50 PM



Superb judge- fair, attentive to detail, easy to understand, thorough, understanding and a pleasure to meet. Thank you Your Honor!


Judge: Lisa B Martin
4/24/2019 6:05:18 PM



She’s a joke the vocational expert said there were no jobs I could do and she still denied me I’m appealing.

Liseth Ramos
Judge: Cynthia Floyd
3/20/2019 1:41:08 PM



She is a very pleasent judge and very respectful she did a good thing for my appeal

I. Rangel
Judge: Ena Weathers
3/5/2019 8:49:37 PM



Esta Jueza es ********** y se ensaña en contra de las Personas y Pacientes incapacitados física y mentalmente, discriminando sin importar la enfermedad terminal que esté padeciendo. No debería estar ocupando ese puesto y tengan consideración de reconocer la necesidad de una real Jueza que Aplique la Ley realmente.

John
Judge: Daniel Benjamin
2/21/2019 7:37:40 PM



I was surprised at the fair and understanding I received from this judge. I have heard horror stories about the the hearing process, I was very comfortable having my court date. Thanks to all in the room .

Discarded
Judge: Yasmin Elias
2/12/2019 6:51:20 PM



Just received my unfavorable decision from Judge Elias. Her decision process was erratic and biased without any consideration for the actual medical diagnosis. She used the opinions of doctors who have no actual medical experiance in the field of medicine needed to make a proper diagnosis. She used 2 medical opinions from two M.D.s who never actualy met me or knew any thing about me other than my name. She stated in her opinion that the medical evidence provided by 2 specialist in the field of medicine specifically related to my disease were " we will not defer or give any specific evidentiary weight to any prior adminstrative medical findings or medical opinions from your medical sources." She then claims that the 2 doctors with zero expertise, one an opthamologis or an eye docter and two, a G.P who was reprimanded by the Arizona medical board for Failing to recognise a Tachycardia event in a patient. Or laymens term a heart attack. So the expert medical opinions of 2 doctors with Zero eperience in making medical decisions on disease or disabilities they have no experiance in, out weighs the medical experiance of doctors who have dedicate there lives to specializing in.. These specialists i had to see to get the medical tests from, were requested by ssa to substantiate my medical condition in order to file my claim for disability. Her decision to ignore actual evidence and make an opinion using failed logic is disturbing. If a judge used this same logic path in a criminal trial the legal system would protect the accused. But it seems in a hearing for disability there is no form of protection or law that states all evidence provided must be used and that any expert testimony must come from an actual doctor who specializes in the field of medicine required to make an actual diagnosis. As it is today ill be requesting an appeal through my attourney as well as contacting my state representative to investigate Judge Elias and her opinions over the last few years to determine weather there is any bias or discriminatory practices . I followed the leter of the law in starting the disability claim, i followed the requested visitations and appointments with the specialists required by the SSA to show medical evidence of my disability , and when the medical evidence showed the diagnosis for the disease stated in the claim for disability She chose it ignore it and discard it an myself without any thought to my situation.

Anthony Salazar
Judge: Eric V Benham
12/13/2018 10:48:52 PM



My hearing with Honorable Eric V. Benham was pleasant. He was thorough, understanding, and respected my points of view. As I pointed out my problems to him, he was very sympathetic to my situation. He examined all the details in a kindly manner, and allowed me to feel comfortable throughout the process. This judge handled my case with sincere respect and consideration.

Bobby Myers
Judge: John Gaffney
12/12/2018 5:38:44 PM



Judge John Gaffney was very professional and treated me with respect. 2 and half months after my appeal hearing I was favorably approved with full SSDI benifits. I am now waiting on my decision letter to arrive. Bobbym

Debra Benton
Judge: Sandra R DiMaggio Wallis
7/31/2018 9:04:16 AM



Please Help Me.Please

David Marler
Judge: Peter J Baum
7/30/2018 12:10:10 PM



Judge Baum. He is a very straight shooting judge and is very fair!

terri
Judge: Yasmin Elias
7/19/2018 2:11:32 PM



Judge Elias used many partial statements so it would appear to mean the opposite of what the actual full event was so it could be used against me. If the entire statement was used in context, it would have been in my favor. She did this several times throughout the decision process. She said I had therapy that I did not. Medical records verify that. Even omitted statements from the vocational expert that were in my favor. Obviously my case was denied because of her false statements and half assed statements. Why have a vocational expert if you're going to ignore him. He said there was no jobs for me given my conditions when my lawyer asked. She must of had a hearing problem during that moment.

T Rutledge
Judge: Edward C Graham
2/24/2018 6:10:58 AM



Best judge ever. Fast, professional and very attentive. I'm very grateful to you, Your Honor!

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


Judge: Kim Soo Nagle
11/21/2017 8:28:25 AM



Extremely fair judge with a pleasant demeanor. She gets right to the point and does not waste time with unnecessary questions. She is very respectful of the Claimant and can be interactive with counsel. She handles most of the questioning and the hearings last 30-45 minutes.

Sharon Moten
Judge: Sandra R DiMaggio Wallis
11/15/2017 8:24:27 PM



Judge Sandra Dimaggio Wallis really helped my wife in receiving her fully favorable decision. She was a very understanding Judge being that my wife suffers with debilitating complex regional pain syndrome (crps) and bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome (cts). Thank you so very much Judge Sandra Dimaggio Wallis!!! You are the best!! May God bless you tremendously! 👏👏👏👏👏

Sommer
Judge: Mark Hockensmith
10/7/2017 4:39:17 PM





Maurice Rankins
Judge: John C Tobin
9/22/2017 10:44:53 PM





CJK
Judge: John P Giannikas
9/9/2017 1:21:33 AM



I just hope and pray that this guy die soon rather than later

Jimmy Frederickson
Judge: Jeffrey A Hatfield
8/3/2017 12:37:57 PM



I always wished I could personally have Thanked! him outside the court room for his kindness and understanding!


Judge: Mark Hockensmith
6/3/2017 9:34:12 AM





Dee
Judge: John P Giannikas
12/7/2016 10:57:52 AM



I attended a hearing at the ODAR with my daughter, who has PTSD and specific phobias. My daughter was assaulted at school and we were treated very abusively by our local school district. They were relentless in engaging in an attack on my daughters and myself, because they lost the litigation that they filed against my family. Yes, school districts litigate against families. This judge does not know that. He knows nothing about the Office of Administrative Hearings Special Education division, due process, or educational assessments. He told me that schools don't sue parents. I have two binders of transcripts that prove otherwise. He also was belligérant to me and my daughter. She had an anxiety attack at the hearing and he told her to stop crying. Thanks to him, she is re-traumatized. The judge also has no understanding that some disabities has a genetic connection, so it is entirely possible that three people in the same family can have related disabilities at the same judge. The inmput of the Vocational Rehab Specialist was also completely ignored. I guess this judge had to seem tough so he took it out on the minority family, because you know that we are all schemers according to the make America great again folks. Lose the quotas and make real decisions. This judge was rude, abrasive, overtalked me, my daughter, and her attorney. He had a made up mind before he heard one word of testimony. Judges should be knowledgeable regarding all aspects of disability rights, including the IDEA. This judge is not.

Gina Fletcher
Judge: John Gaffney
11/25/2016 11:58:16 AM



Hi judge Gaffney, Gina Fletcher. Applicant, again. I bessech you with all the humity I have to please assist me with a response that would help me live a life if quality. Preparing for back operatuin after two hip replacements is traumatizing.I have no income, no stable housing and on cane. I am still seeing psychiatrist as a result of my life being turned upside down. Disability would help me get an apartment, peace of mind and an environment to have providers come help me. Your decision will enhance my life. I've worked for 40 years but unable now. Plez help

Gina Fletcher
Judge: John Gaffney
11/2/2016 10:33:07 AM



Plez, plez, plez help. Can't work. Had both hips replaced and preparing for back surgery. No income. Saw judge on may 17, 2016. No response yet. Plez help me judge Gaffney

Sandra
Judge: Peter J Baum
10/24/2016 7:46:29 AM



I went before judge Baum back in 2011 and he granted me 100 percent disability with bk pay and than I was denied because my roommate started getting his Soc.security someone filled us a married couple so I was cut off and had to reapply again fo disability and was supposed to get bk 4years of bk pay when I was approved again and judge C.Davis only granted me 1 1/2 years bk pay when I was determined 100 0/0 bk in 2012 by judge Baum now I feel discriminated by judge Davis so I plan to appeal his dicission to get all my bk pay I deserve from 2012 to the present time no better judge than Peter Baum god bless him

Gina Fletcher
Judge: John Gaffney
10/12/2016 5:03:19 PM



Hi. I'm Gina Fletcher and I saw this judge on may 17, 2016. Waiting for outcome. After bilateral hip replacements, pending back operation and diagnosiss from OMH, I was told that I should get determination width n four months. Hope so. Having hard time.

LKR
Judge: Michael Carr
9/13/2016 6:40:45 PM



Don't give up, We The People do have the power to make changes to corruption in our government. Many don't know that as a US citizen you have the right to have “ANY” US employee investigated for miss use of power by your Congressman. I am opening a Congressional CASE investigation into how I have been mistreated and discriminated against by the SSDI and Judge Michael Carr, I am also naming Carolyn W. Colvin Social Security Administration “ACTING” Commissioner of SSI for the entire country. All you have to do is look up who your Congressman is and ask for the form to file a Congressional investigation into your case. They are required by law to investigate your case and determine if your were treated unfairly. If we can get enough people to file and name the unfair Judges, we can get them removed from office, as well as the “ACTING” director who is not doing her job by getting rid of the bad apples on her own. In my case, I have a M.D, that has me listed as permanently disabled and my medical records state several conditions that qualify me for my benefits, as well and a PhD that filled out all the required SSDI forms needed to qualify me for my benefits and I am over the 55 year old age requirement for the lowest level of requirements for my benefits, yet Michael Carr took half a year after my hearing to let me know he knows more then the MD's and PhD's about my conditions. He also knew that my only hope for fair treatment would be to appeal to SSDI for a review. Well guess what, ALL appeals are sent back to Michael Carr's office in Falls Church, VA to just be turned down by Judge Carr and his friends in his own office! When this is brought to light by enough of us requesting Congressional investigations into this clearly corruptible practice, We The People can get these unfair Judges and the Carolyn W. Colvin the“ACTING” commissioner of SSI, removed form ever abusing their power at any government job again! I appealed to Her office when I learned of the corrupt policy of sending my case back to Michael Carr's own office just to be turned down and what I got instead of help from her office, was a immediate refusal to even review my case from Michael Carr's own office. ARE YOU WITH ME, it's WE THE PEOPLE TIME!! Please contact your Congressman TODAY! When WE THE PEOPLE start hundreds or thousands of Congressional investigations in to this corrupt system, things will change and quickly! God bless all who will fight, and He will fight for us too. Thanks

Lon Ross
Judge: Michael Carr
9/11/2016 11:40:42 PM



I worked for 40 years and paid my government over a million dollars in taxes. I could no longer work due to my disability's and ask for my benefits that I paid for over those 40 years so I could take care of my 80 year old mother, the widow of a Veteran and policeman. We were hungry and needed food, we were thirsty and needed to drink, so we came to Michael Carr and pleaded for help and he said depart from me. Now he and his family will face the same treatment he gave to us, as it is written in God's word: Mathew 25 / 31-46 “Then He will say to those on His left, Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, Then they (Michael Carr and his) also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me. And these (Michael Carr and his) will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” You and yours, please enjoy Hell, and I will be there with the Lord as a testament against you on that day, you cursed a Veteran and Policeman's widow and her children, now the curse is on you and all you care about, Lon Ross, I will be there on your day of judgment before the Lord.

Faith scott
Judge: Paula Fow
9/8/2016 11:49:25 AM



Even though I was nervous and must have had a seizure in her court room. This judge seem to be nice.


Judge: Lisa B Martin
7/26/2016 4:00:51 PM



Most insensitive and basically unfair judge i have ever read about. Ignored important info and did not consider all of the facts. I feel sorry for anyone that gets her as a judge. I won't even give her 1 star

Kenny
Judge: John P Giannikas
6/23/2016 1:21:23 AM



After waiting over 2 1/2 years from my initial SSDI case being filed and the wait for the ALJ hearing, I just received my Notice of Decision - Unfavorable from this "Judge" regarding my PTSD, fragments of shrapnel from a gun shot wound that I nearly died from, and IBS during my active duty time in the service. I'm currently receiving 100% Service Connected from VA Compensation & Pension disability benefit from these disabilities mentioned, but this "Judge" stated that "After careful consideration of all the evidence, the undersigned (Judge) concludes the claimant (Me) was not under a disability" according to their SSA definition. Give me a break "Judge," even a blind person can recognize when someone is disabled based on the overwhelming evidence that I've submitted. This "Judge" seems to made a decision on my case before it even started. His own Vocational Rehabilitation counselor told him at the hearing (which was recorded) that there was no substantial gain of employment for panic attacks from my anxiety disorder/PTSD. I believe the true reason why my case was denied was because this "Judge" didn't want to award me the $48,000 retro pay for making me wait 33 months, along with the additional $1,500 per month for SSDI. I'm a bit disappointed, but not mad at all because I'm still getting VA benefits and will reapply for SSDI very soon because I know I have a very strong case and just need the right person to get me that favorable approval. It just does not make any sense to me on why I was not approved, but another fellow veteran with the same exact disability is getting SSA and 100% SC C&P. Please get a very good Lawyer for ALJ hearings, especially when dealing with this "Judge."


Judge: Robert J Labrum
6/15/2016 7:56:49 PM





jerry
Judge: Yasmin Elias
3/28/2016 4:32:30 PM



Judge yasmin Elias was the judge at my hearing she was very nice and very professional a give here 5 stars

Julie O.
Judge: Robert A Evans
2/4/2016 6:27:01 PM



I had my hearing yesterday with Judge Evans. He was very kind and made sure I was comfortable at the start of the hearing. He obviously had read thru the documentation I had provided as his questions were relevant to my work history specifically. After answering his questions honestly, and asking a few of my own questions, he stated he didn't need any further info. Then he shocked my totally by stating he was making his decision immediately. He found in my favor. Overall, giving that I was terrified and extremely nervous and I had no attorney representing me, Judge Evans was kind, attentive, and patient with my questions. He is a "class act". Thank you your Honor.

Gregory Penix
Judge: Susanne Lewald
10/29/2015 1:46:33 PM



Judge Susanne Lewald knows that is was asked to be represented by and attorney or free legal assistance. The free legal assistance office refused to represent me on my hearing so I had to go at it alone. Now knowing that Susanne Lewald knows that I am not a legal expert she knowingly took advantage of that and saw that this was an easy win for her with very little effort. To have a doctor and an vocational expert on conference call while we were in a hearing, how is it that a doctor and a vocational expert can make assumptions about me never having seen or met with me don't have all of my medical records or ex rays. They work with SSI their job is to say nothing is wrong even though the truth is rite their before them. An how can the opinion of the vocational expert Nancy Rynd out way the findings of a Doctor when and where do they do that at really. All jokes aside if I am saying that I have trouble straitening up my back when I am brushing my teeth or just to wash a few dishes then what make the vocational expert think that I can work part time doing assembly work sitting when sitting is a major factor also I'm still using my back along with my right hip being out of place an inch of from where it should be and on pain medications AND IT CLEARLY STATES NO WORK AROUND MACHINERY TOOLS OF ANY KIND. Hello where are their heads at really.

Bobby Bergdoll
Judge: John C Tobin
10/25/2015 2:51:01 PM



This ALJ does NOT consider the fact that SSDI/SSI benefits are for American Citizens, which goes against the rules for applying. DEMAND to see how many Non-Americans/Undocumented/Illegal Immigrants this ALJ has 'approved'.

Ruby Johnson
Judge: Edward C Graham
10/7/2015 3:20:04 PM






Judge: Robert A Evans
9/2/2015 3:18:07 PM



I have my hearing today 09/02/2015 JUDGE was very nice thank you your honor


Judge: Odell Grooms
7/5/2015 12:45:02 PM



I recently went before Judge Grooms and found him and his court personnel to be kind, gracious and courteous. This judge is every bit of what a judge should be the process was handeled in a strickly professional and straight foward judicious manner. I found him respectful specific and looking for the same kind of answers. I was to articulate my disability limitations and to give an explanation and example on each point. If anyone had problems with this judge I would suggest you look towards your attorney and not the judge. Every "I" must be dotted and "T" must be crossed your paperwork MUST be in order along with medical documention that matches up. As for Judge Odell Grooms he is NOT a prejudge man I did NOT sense for moment that he looked down on me in any way!


Judge: Odell Grooms
7/3/2015 7:21:39 PM



I'm posting this feedback BEFORE we've gotten a decision from this judge, so you'll know that my comments are not biased by his decision. I found Judge Grooms to be well-prepared, attentive and caring. He wanted to hear from the person with disabilities, not just the lawyer representing her. He was formal, but that's his job. He made sure that everything was on the record so that there would be complete information, should his ruling need to be reviewed. I'm optimistic that he heard what was said, so it will be interesting to see if he is able to find a ruling to match the requests. Regardless, I believe Judge Grooms will be a fair judge and appreciated his courtroom manner.


Judge: Jeffrey A Hatfield
6/17/2015 6:20:52 AM



Good Judge! Walked in the court room nervous, but got relaxed quickly. Asked me few questions and I answered it as is. My lawyer also answered it. Judge asked me if I could shower, cook and drive. I said yes, yes and yes, but may have hard time to cook if I have to reach anything over my head level. And Judge asked me again, if everything is below your head level, can you cook? I said yes. Fully won. Great weight given to my 100% VA and great weight given to my doctors statement. Very nice guy. Thank you.


Judge: Robert J Labrum
6/16/2015 1:20:35 PM



I have appeared before this judge several times representing clients. He is fair, he is prepared, and he understands the law regarding disability claims. If you don't have good medical evidence (as noted by the other commenter on this page), what are you doing at a hearing? SSA can reverse any favorable decision that isn't based on medical records. Why would Judge Labrum waste time approving your claim based on your own personal account, without supporting medical evidence, when it's only going to be reversed when SSA appeals?

John G
Judge: Yasmin Elias
5/14/2015 10:40:00 AM



She is coming to Tucson.

Paul Parker
Judge: Guy E Fletcher
3/2/2015 3:25:38 PM



I haven't received A decision yet but honorable judge Fletcher is very understanding and Attentive to viewing hearing and understanding our cases he listened to what I had to say and I could'nt have asked for a better judge

Mike
Judge: April M Wexler
2/28/2015 8:35:37 PM



I sincerely feel bad for the other reviewer and hope that he/she has been approved or better yet, healed, I had a different experience. I am a 38 year old male with MRI's that show bad arthritis in multiple places, tile table was positive for severe orthostatic hypotension. BUT, the rest of my illness is an "invisible illness". I did not exaggerate anything, if anything I under-played my illness (stupid pride). Judge Wexler listened to everything I had to say and appeared attentive to my complex issues. I'm not yet sure if she ruled fully or partially favorable, I just received notice from my local SSA, not yet from ODAR. No matter what her decision, I believe she ruled fairly in my case at least. Now, I need to work on getting more tests and trying to find treatment that works so I can get OFF disability! I take off a star on the assumption that the previous commenter was indeed denied based SOLELY on ability to drive.

Bay Area Rep
Judge: Katherine Loo
12/25/2014 11:00:46 PM



Unprofessional and rude. Wears crocs and tacky clothes to hearings. She hates the sight of any woman who looks better than her. She has the nerve to criticize people's weight when they are barely overweight. She could lose some weight herself. She really needs to go... She has an ugly personality but it's not surprising, she presents herself like a stereotypical pathetic looking government employee.

Ryan Steven Mentier
Judge: Lisa B Martin
7/30/2014 12:04:22 AM



My name is Ryan Steven Mentier I live in Holly Michigan I have been waiting for a Decision on my case I have been living in a tent for a few months now and have been waiting on a yes or no on my disability case for 7 months now.I try to call and I get no answer my layer can't get threw eather

MICHELLE EDWARDS
Judge: Nancy Lisewski
5/19/2014 2:09:19 PM



IF you want a fair Judge that listens and ask the best questions about your case, she reads and understands, i been threw alot but i kept on because i have worked, and this judge is differant than the other one i had. shes a great judge i will tell anybody that. thank u judge NANCY FOR YOUR FAVORABLE DECISION ON MY CASE. ITS BEEN A LONG AND HARD ROAD FOR ME.

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



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

Edith
Judge: Cynthia Floyd
4/12/2014 5:31:46 PM



Be prepared for the worst. She rolls her eyes, gasps for air, and plunges her body on the bench incessantly. When attempting to coax you into telling her things you can do, she bobs her head up and down. She will not allow you to talk about all your conditions; only the ones she wants to talk about. She will omit any medical evidence which supports your case. She is also a liar. She will state you said things and reported conditions that are not supported by the transcript. Maybe she doesn't know that the claimant and attorney are privy to transcripts. With this judge, if you can make a sandwich, you're a chef. If you can take a bath, you're a lifeguard. If you can drive a car, you're a taxi driver. If you can buy a gallon of milk, you're a seasoned shopper. If you can pick up a broken glass, you're a housekeeper. If you can watch television, you're a movie producer. If you live with someone, you are a socialite and get along well with others. If you live alone, you are 100% self sufficient and therefore, not disabled. If you stopped taking meds due to finances, you've not followed doctors orders. If you have continually taken prescribed medicines, your medical condition is being controlled with said medicines. She relies heavily on the initial SSDI findings of years past and discredits opposing and more recent medical opinions. This, in spite of the fact that you have probably never met with a state employed doctor. Her apparent knowledge of the law is nil. Her propensity for error is unmatched. Her ethics do not encompass common honesty as falsehoods and lies abound.


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



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

Tammy
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: Sandra R DiMaggio Wallis
11/25/2013 5:31:13 AM



i am just sicken to be denied again. i worked hard in my young yrs and now that im sick i have to beg to be approved what i have paid into.


Judge: Kim Soo Nagle
8/14/2013 3:59:59 PM



Reversed and remanded again! A judge cannot lie and claim evidence does not exist when it clearly does.


Judge: April M Wexler
6/26/2013 5:55:03 PM



Judge April M. Wexler is a Judge who is definitely not aware of the fact that many people who are applying for disability are actual people who have serious pre existing and continued long term medical issues and medical problems. I believe she looks at the actual person instead of the combined medical evidence, which includes narratives MRI's, and x-rays provided by the Medical Doctors. Furthermore I believe that Judge Wexler is biased with many of her rulings and decisions. In my case her words to me directly were " If you can drive then you are not DISABLE period regardless of your medical conditions"


Judge: Peter J Baum
6/8/2013 7:10:04 AM



best.judge.ever!

vance adams
Judge: Sandra R DiMaggio Wallis
4/19/2013 9:32:33 PM



I have found through personal interaction that Judge S oandra R DiMaggio Wallis is a consummate professional who engages claimants with an object and open mindset. It is my hope that she continue to facilitate her duties with the application of knowledge and the faculty of wisdom with which she has received from our Most High God.


Judge: Odell Grooms
4/18/2013 10:14:34 PM



Very unfair! God will fix it! I was denied my benefits after putting more than 45 years into the work force. Disabled, denied, but not forgotten by God!


Judge: Susanne Lewald
3/26/2013 7:07:06 PM



This judge heard my case. Claims you can do a job that you have to be fully sighted to do. I don't see up, down, or anything to the left. The way you are taking up for her, you are either the judge herself, or her aide. When you spend as much time as I have going to doctor to doctor, 6 eye specialists and countless medical doctors only to have her ignore all your medical evidence, tends to make me think she is not at all fair or reasonable! Social Security's blue book says I am disabled. Even the VR specialist said I had a chance of getting a job if someone wanted to give me one as a favor to me. Then she turns up with the Vr specialist had said there were 36 jobs I could get. Come on, where did that come from???????????


Judge: Susanne Lewald
3/21/2013 4:28:50 PM



I believe Judge Lewald is fair and knows the record better than most judges. She is always respectful to the claimants and everyone involved in the claim. She is trying to find the truth and is impartial and has an open mind. This is not something that you can say about all Administrative Law Judges that work for ODAR> It may be true that the medical experts are unqualified to be expressing their opinions which often times are the direct opposite of the long time treating physicians(many are retired and not up to date on the latest advances in medicine). As mentioned above the experts are assigned randomly from a National list that is generated by the SSA.


Judge: Kim Soo Nagle
3/20/2013 6:27:40 PM



Judge Nagle really seems to understand the disability process. I have appeared before dozens of ALJs in disability cases in Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia and I rank her among the top three. I look forward to having cases with her in the future.

Maia Bradford
Judge: Peggy M Zirlin
3/18/2013 10:54:35 AM



I had a hearing before Judge Zirlin last week. I found her to be professional and thorough. She asked pertinent questions and listened closely to my answers. Having dealt with many female Lawyers and Judges in my career as a Legal Administrator I found her demeanor agreeable and suitable to the setting.


Judge: Odell Grooms
3/13/2013 8:43:37 AM



Judge Odell Grooms aint **** he told me at my hearing that he agreed that I was disabled vut sent me out a disapproved but its alright wish I could have a white judge instead.


Judge: Susanne Lewald
3/12/2013 4:40:47 PM



The above comment is untrue. Judge Lewald is very fair and more liberal than many ALJs. She weighs the evidence and comes to sound and logical conclusions unlike many other ALJs. And she has no say in the experts used they are assigned randomly.


Judge: Kim Soo Nagle
3/8/2013 10:32:55 PM



Very fair judge. She is smart and knowledgeable about Social Security law.


Judge: Nancy Lisewski
2/20/2013 9:45:55 AM



I find her to be respectful to the claimant and the representative. She may not approve many cases but she is professional.


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



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


Judge: Nancy Lisewski
2/6/2013 8:06:05 PM



Low-class. Should be disbarred. She is disgusting.


Judge: Susanne Lewald
1/29/2013 3:24:38 AM



This judge seems to be very unfair and unreasonable. Ignores the medical facts of the case. Uses expert opinion people that are unqualified to be making these decisions.


Judge: Robert J Labrum
1/2/2013 1:12:25 PM



If there is evidence in the file supporting the claim, he does a good job. If the evidence isn't very clear, he will likely deny the case.


Judge: Peter J Baum
12/20/2012 11:52:16 AM



Fair, happy with case

Nancy
Judge: John P Giannikas
11/26/2012 3:51:08 PM



Judge Giannikas spent a lot of time listening. I had to return after the first hearing for a supplemental hearing. He changed my onset date twice but ruled in my favor. After reading the negative comments about several of the judges in Valparaiso, I think I was fortunate to have my case reviewed by someone who was paying attention.


Judge: Nancy Lisewski
11/8/2012 8:17:32 PM



Brash, rude, and condescending. She has decided the case before you even walk through the door. Disgrace.

Jim Hustin
Judge: Jeffrey A Hatfield
10/18/2012 1:25:44 PM



I waited over a year! ....and was denied the first time filing upon my own. It was over a year before I went in front of Judge Hatfield. I had a strong disability case ..and I truly suffered while waiting to see the judge. He was a very compassionate, and I will never forget him! for listening and helping me with my case.. HOWEVER?.. he's not a push over by no means! he looks at all the facts very well before making his final decision, but he will be fare and is a very good listener! and a good judge!

Paul
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: Nancy Lisewski
9/7/2012 12:58:35 PM



Conducts a quick hearing. Lets the representative do most of the questioning. However, she will find any loophole to deny; especially D & A.


Judge: Nancy Lisewski
8/2/2012 2:44:02 PM



Looks for the legal ways to deny - disregards the person.


Judge: Sandra R DiMaggio Wallis
7/11/2012 1:36:20 PM



DOES NOT FOLLOW THE LAW


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



not too bright is an understaement


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



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

JasonLee
Judge: Jeffrey A Hatfield
5/22/2012 4:50:36 PM



This judge is pretty fair, he's appears to be all business with his findings, but is also very kind and seems compassionate if you are truly disabled. I personally went before him and at the end , he told me that he was sorry that the system had taken so long to review my case..

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.

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





john r brown 2
Judge: Robert A Evans
5/14/2012 7:22:05 PM



my name is john r brown 2. although i was in a state of complete pannic this judge was nice to me and seemed to understand my position. Whether i am approved or not i appreciat his patience with me. ive been waiting a long time to be approved for a real authentic case of true disability and thank the court for their help and support. john r brown 2nd.

Jean Tanter
Judge: Eric V Benham
3/22/2012 2:52:47 PM



Today I had my hearing in front of The Honorable Eric Benham. He seemed to me very pleasant, and was not condescending. It appeared that he was interested in what I had to say and I appreciated that. Everything is not in the medical records, so under oath I was able to tell him what I had been going through with regards to doctors that couldn't diagnosed a problem I was having at least more than 18 months before I made a decision to go see a psychiatrist. He seemed sympathetic and understanding. He is very professional and knowledgeable. Most importantly he listened.


Judge: Nancy Lisewski
3/13/2012 1:08:16 PM



Appears to know the file well. Does not request opening statement.