Sacramento, California ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Sacramento, California, 15 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Sacramento, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 16.0 months. The average case processing time in Sacramento is 563 days.The Sacramento average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 50%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Sacramento ODAR office was last updated on 6/14/2017.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Sacramento 15 16.0 months 563 days 1.9 19% 50% 31%
California18.9 months605 days1.822%46%33%
National Average:18.2 months573 days1.921%45%34%
Hearing Wait Time: 16.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 1.85
Average Processing Time 563 days
Cases Pending 9221
Dispositions 4057
New Cases 3445
Hearings In Person 82%
Video Hearings 18%

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Judge: Sara A Gillis
9/12/2017 5:49:06 PM

Judge: David M Blume
9/7/2017 5:16:37 PM

I'm very Thankful to Judge Blume for taking the time to listen to my case and judging fairly based on my records. Thank you once again and God Bless!

Judge: Mark C Ramsey
8/14/2017 12:58:32 PM

Sooo glad he is finally gone. He is a very unkind person and denied everyone he could no matter how disabled. I wish him what he has dealt to others.

Judge: David G Buell
7/19/2017 2:35:33 PM

This applies to all of the judges but A Tyrant will always find a pretext for his Tyranny.

Judge: Mary M French
7/11/2017 9:44:19 PM

I had to wait five months until my decision and was surprised by her decision. She was fair in her comments during the hearing. Thank you Judge French for taking the time to listen to what I had to say.

Judge: Peter F Belli
6/22/2017 3:51:49 PM

He's a miserable excuse for a human being. He routinely talks over the claimant, asks leading questions, interrogates rather than questions, and is condescending to counsel. He's a poster child for someone who apparently deplores claimants, and has no semblance of trust or compassion. Other than the paycheck and perhaps his inability to prove competent in the private sector, he has zero business being an ALJ. Retire soon; you're a disgrace to the legal process.

Jonathan Myers
Judge: Sara A Gillis
6/19/2017 10:05:48 AM

I was so thankful when my attorney gave me the news before my hearing that my ALJ was someone "very measured, very fair." I mean, who wouldn't want their hearing judge to be measured & fair? Sara Gillis turned out to be that & more! And while I haven't yet received a decision in my case, I wanted to post this, if for no other reason than to ease someone's fears. The unknown can be the hardest part of the whole appeal process, and I'm thankful that Sara Gillis was my hearing judge.

Judge: Carol L Buck
6/11/2017 10:54:34 AM

I have not received a decision yet; although, I'm not sure why there isn't more positive comments? She seemed to be a very fair and empathetic judge. I have a good amount of optimism that things will work out in my favor, eventually!

Judge: David G Buell
12/23/2016 8:24:57 AM

I just had my hearing before the judge this week. He was compassionate and kind in my case.He seemed truly willing to hear my side.I await my decision but know I have gotten a fair hearing no matter what the decision is.This judge does not talk down to you but talks to you.I believe he knows when a person is not being honest.People need to realize honesty is the best policy.

Judge: Dean Yanohira
12/12/2016 4:24:50 PM

horrible juge

Judge: Dante M Alegre
12/7/2016 9:04:25 PM

Does not meander about but instead efficiently gets down to the heart of the issue of the claimant's case. Judge Alegre is a very fair and knowledgeable in my experience as an attorney rep.

Judge: David G Buell
11/10/2016 12:47:22 PM

He had his mind made up before I limped in the door based off of my age. The denial was incomplete and he contradicted himself 6 times. Think it is time for him to retire.

Judge: David G Buell
11/10/2016 12:47:08 PM

He had his mind made up before I limped in the door based off of my age. The denial was incomplete and he contradicted himself 6 times. Think it is time for him to retire.

Judge: Daniel Myers
7/15/2016 9:07:35 AM

Most judges lead you to believe they are smarter than you and Mr, myers is not an exception. This worthless ALJ completely ignored most of my medical evidence, ignored and apparently thought that what i was telling him in court was not believable, he didnt believe my lawyer and he didnt believe the work guy that was there that said i could do no work. How is this guy even allowed to be a judge? I've not worked in 4 years and i'm homebound most of the time. I'm in the process of appeal but it shouldn't have even gone to that had certain people known how to do their jobs.

Judge: Christopher C Knowdell
7/13/2016 5:47:20 AM

I had my hearing 07/06/2016 I still don't know what the decision will be but I can say that this judge was willing to listen to me and my concerns and weather or not I get a favorable decision from judge Knowdell he's a very good judge as he's the 2nd judge I've seen as last year I had Judge Blume and honestly comparing both it seems as if Blume didn't take his time or either he had way too many cases to do and gave any decision and with Knowdell he actually listened to me lIke no one has and with my situations I couldn't help but cry cuz he made me feel like their is at least one person that honestly understands what I'm going thru. I give Judge Knowdell 100 stars regardless if he denies me...I give him that amount of stars jus for his time and service he gave me ! Valerie R.

Judge: David G Buell
6/30/2016 7:12:32 PM

I can't really give him any stars yet, but I am concerned about Judge Buell. My wife has evidence and proof of unable to do any type of sedentary work, my lawyer asked for a On the Record review and he is stating that a hearing is required. I don't know why the system is setup to play the people that are disabled and everyone that really isn't disabled can get it with a flip of a switch. My wife isn't working and yet have to wait 15 months for a hearing. It's stuff like this that I really don't believe in our government.

Joy Brewer
Judge: Mark C Ramsey
5/25/2016 9:31:55 AM

I used to work for Judge Ramsey. He is the pillar of concern, empathy and fairness. I sat thru many, many hearings and listened to some very sad stories. I also learned a lot about the human equation from him. Judge Ramsey is the judge I would want to stand before if I were a claimant.

Judge: Plauche F Villere
4/30/2016 11:44:23 PM

Really great And compassionate Judge Thank you with all my heart really Thank you

Jerold Glen Cauthon Jr
Judge: Carol L Buck
3/15/2016 4:14:25 PM

If anything good has been said of this...."woman", it must have come from herself, posing as someone else. She is the most hateful and biased judge one could possibly go in front of. She will not even let a person finish answering a question that she asked...if it is not the answer she wants to hear, forget whether or not it is relevant. I can just imagine the suffering she has caused many people who were deserving of their disability, of which they paid into, not her. She acts as if a person must beg to get back what they have paid into for the very reason they are there to try to get it. It is a crying shame that Americans must sit in front of an idiot such as Carol Buck and grovel for what they have paid into. It is not her money, and it is not the government's money. It belongs to those who paid into that fund, not Congress to waste on pet projects. If not for the lady from the Disability Action Center who was there to try and help me...I would have got up and walked out on this hateful judge.

Kathleen Olsufka
Judge: Mary M French
2/17/2016 6:51:25 PM

Thank you, Judge French.

Radu Nica
Judge: Sara A Gillis
12/12/2015 10:46:01 AM

There are so many nice things I can say about juge Sara A Gillis . Im blessed that I mywelf also have had a great remarkable judge that took me from a sight that I didnt see a hope She is a great blessing in my life and my family.I want to thank her for believing in me. For know I can see the sight. Thank you Sara A. Gillis.

Angelo Millican
Judge: Sara A Gillis
10/14/2015 1:24:46 AM

Very nice and patient judge I was really blessed to have gotten a really great attorney and judge God is good all the time.

Judge: Mark C Ramsey
9/21/2015 5:48:57 PM

I forget to say Mr, Marks boss man Dean is very nice.

Judge: Mark C Ramsey
9/21/2015 5:31:08 PM

Mr. Mark is a very good judge. He tell me I'm not sick and get a job. I listen to him. My cousin tell me to tell him that ball is not round. I say no and get a job. I now have job and a American wife. She says I need money and get another check. I get two jobs. My wife get fod stamps and ssi. my life is happy thank you mr, judge.

Judge: Carol L Buck
9/10/2015 7:18:31 PM

I have represented clients before ALJ Buck many times over the last few years. I have found her to be fair, thorough, and compassionate toward claimants. She is also one of the few judges in CA who will issue favorable bench decisions, telling claimants during a hearing that she finds them disabled (provided obj. evidence supports this finding).

Leonard Leonardo
Judge: Carol L Buck
8/28/2015 1:05:23 PM

Judge Carol L. Buck-Sacramento-Please do not delete. Nothing bad is said.I am only saying the truth that needs to be put out there. Items used to turn my son down. I am Leonard Leonardo father of Nicholas Leonardo. My son had a MRI and other brain scans. Dr. Lum from Roseville, was his doctor. It showed he needed a operation on his brain. He had crushed vains in his brain. Judge Buck, said it was because of alochol. He was born with it, most likely. He has ADHD, which causes great problems on the work place. But, Judge Buck, said it was caused from alochol. He is BI-POLAR and has problems there also. Judge Buck, said it was caused by alochol. He has a high education so he is ok the judge said. He was kicked out of every high around. He finally got a GED. He doesn't have a work history. He has tryed very hard to work in his life. He only had to work 6 hours a day and recieve underumployeement for 40 hours. He couldn't even do that. You didn't read what the doctors said, just the part about alochol. He did go to emergency alot of sizures, but blame it all on alochol. He gets sizures when he does not expect them. You blame everything on the alcohol, which was there to cover up the problems he has in life. I know a woman who got ssi for being to fat. Let's be fair. My son is in rehab and still suffers everyday, in his brain to try and make it from day to day. He has not drank for over two months. He still has all his problem, but still you can blame it all on drinking. Please help him.

Leonard Leonardo
Judge: Carol L Buck
8/16/2015 1:40:13 PM

I am writing concerning your mistake with my son's turn down for ssi. #1 not enough back ground of employment. He was born with crushed vains in his brain. Written from a doctor of a mri. Written prof. #2 Cause trouble in hospital. Do to mental illness/ alcolo. #3 Alcolo a cover up for his mental illness. Something to ease his mental problems. #4 Over looked he is bypolar. Written info on your report. #5 Has seizures whrn not drinking. #6 Blaming his problems on alcolo. #7. Proven paper work that he has ADHD, but blaming again the achol. #8 You said he has high school education. He was kicked out of like 6 high schools, got Ged on his own. #9 You said he has no past relevant work. Because is has mental problems. He is truly metally ill. #10. Without looking at anything else you said alcoho was his problem. Check everything out and you will see you just used this to make a excuse not to give him ssi. Everything you said that he couldn't get ssi, was every reason you should have given him ssi that he deserves. Now he will go back on the streets after going to rehab. He was clean for 45 days before rehab. Me and his mother still dealt with a serious mental problems the same day he went into rebab. It was the worst day ever. But you blamed everything on drinking. Mentally ill people do make honest mistakes. Humans aren't perfect, specially metally people. I know, my father was mentally ill and my brother dies from mental illness. I also have mental illness and am looking for mental help today. But I am not crazy enough to see the mistakes you did turning my son down. Please help him.

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: David G Buell
4/28/2015 6:22:39 PM

This judge appeared to have his mind made up before the hearing. He said I was lying and making my symptoms seem worse than they really are. He said I have an account on LinkedIn which makes me look quite good (who tries to make themselves look bad there?) He also found an account on Eharmony and said people with depression don't want to date. He clearly has NO Knowledge of mental illness.

Judge: Carol A Eckersen
4/27/2015 11:45:35 AM

Judge Carol A Eckersen was GREAT! No lawyer would take our case, but Judge Eckerson took the time too look deeper in to the case then anyone has ever even offered. She sent us copies of documents that we didn't know existed. Her final judgment was in our favor, because she took the time to seek the truth. Thank you so much Judge:)

Judge: David M Blume
2/19/2015 12:14:39 PM

Everyone speaks so nice because they are the ones who got approved as for me fighting for 2 years went down the drain again.

Judge: David M Blume
2/17/2015 10:42:43 AM

Just want to say, this judge is so kind and fair, I just cant say enough about him, I don't know how the claim turned out right now, but just a very good judge, and person. SSA is lucky to have Judge Blume.

Judge: Carol L Buck
2/3/2015 6:41:28 PM

This Judge is the worst!!! She is not fair! She denies credible and truthful witnesses' if they do not agree with her impression. She does not use the reports that are signed under oath if they do not agree with her interpretation. As a witness she called me a liar, incredible. I should sue for defamation of character. I have lived a long life and never lied for anyone!!!

Judge: Robert C Tronvig
10/21/2014 12:04:35 AM

Quick and Easy Hearing. Thank you Judge Tronvig and Roopen with Smolich and Smolich for representing me after I was denied twice.

Judge: Carol L Buck
10/13/2014 9:27:26 AM

Good judge. Very thorough, fair. Goes the extra mile to put nervous claimants at ease.

Judge: Plauche F Villere
10/13/2014 9:23:05 AM

Great judge. Very compassionate and respectful to claimants regardless of their case merits. He actually walks to the door to shake hands with claimants, welcoming them into the hearing room. Issues favorable bench decisions if possible. Also, issues denials where the evidence doesn't support their case. In 7 years of practice, I have never met a kinder, more humane judge. He is a credit to the SSA and judiciary!

Edward Hawkins
Judge: David M Blume
6/17/2014 8:53:50 AM

I feel its important to look at all aspects of a case. in my case i feel he listened to what i had to say although noone can ever understand what another person goes through on a daily basis. i have worked the last 18 years for the same company and really wished i could still. i do feel that he tried to understand and looked at all my reports from doctors to try and make a fair decsion. i have not found out what that is but he did ask questions and i did my best to answer them. he also ask the vocational specialist questions, so i would say he was fair in the way he handled my appointment. ive been more upset with the ssi doctors that ive had to go see, i feel they need to be looked into because you see them for a couple minutes and for me they didnt even know what was wrong or why i was there, the doctor thought because i was missing parts of four fingers that was the reason, even though my body was jerking uncontrollably and thats why i was there. i did tell this to the judge and he was very kind about letting me know i would not be judged that way in his office, so i would just like to thank him no matter what his descion is at least he was kind to me and listened to all i had to say. so again thank you for that.

Malinda Prior
Judge: David G Buell
6/10/2014 10:43:07 AM

the Honorable Judge David Buell of the Social Security Addministratuon is one of the most passionate judges i have had the pleasure of sharing ny hardship with and i prayer that as hard as it is to believe he must uphold his duty and grant ssi to everyone equally which means there must be proof to support a disability that are used to base qualifications on these I'm sure were set long befor he became the. Honorable judge David buek

Daniel Myers
Judge: Daniel Myers
5/29/2014 3:52:32 AM

Daniel J. Myers has served as an ALJ for Social Security since September 2009. For nine years prior to that, he was a hearing officer presiding over special education disputes throughout Pennsylvania. Prior to becoming a hearing officer, Mr. Myers represented the Pennsylvania Department of Education in administrative, state and federal courts. Judge Myers also has served as an attorney in Washington, D.C. for the U.S. Department of Education, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the U.S. Department of Labor. Judge Myers received his J.D. from the George Washington University Law School in 1984 and a B.A. *** laude from Bradley University. He is a past president of the James S. Bowman Chapter of the American Inns of Court, a certified mediator, and a frequent speaker in special education and administrative law training programs.

Vinod K Jain
Judge: David M Blume
4/30/2014 3:34:23 AM

Very Learned, well studied all the Disability Laws. But more importantly apply these laws in right perspective in positive manner. GOD BLESS THIS SOUL

Vickie Noyes
Judge: David M Blume
3/29/2014 10:42:03 PM

Although I do not know the outcome of my hearing, I am appreciative of being able to have a fair hearing. I felt Judge Blume fully listened to me, put me at ease as he saw how nervous I was. I felt respected and valued for my years of work. No matter the outcome I can honestly say that I had a fair hearing and was able to present all of my difficulties and struggles with employment.

Judge: Mary M French
3/14/2014 11:39:16 PM

I wish for Judge French to just for one day live the nightmare my life has been before I appeared in front of her but especially after I received her decision to deny my SSI claim. I was in the ER two days later for wanting to kill myself. If only some of these cold, heartless judges were forced to truly understand the horror of living a life ruled by mental illness...being suicidal for a year...having to live on $450 a month...enduring horrific side effects from psychotropic drug after drug...and then being denied the pittance of SSI you've waited years for.

Judge: Mary M French
2/26/2014 9:49:23 AM

No matter the outcome, thanks for your professionalism and real world demeanor.

Judge: David G Buell
12/4/2013 10:17:40 AM

He is a harsh judge and it seems as though he has made up his mind about a case prior to hearing.

Judge: Carol A Eckersen
9/12/2013 3:02:52 PM

Great judge. Very friendly and good at putting distressed claimants at ease.

Judge: Mark C Ramsey
5/19/2013 6:33:02 PM

He is a bad Judge. He is unprofessional and unfriendly.

Judge: Plauche F Villere
5/15/2013 7:34:20 PM

Dear God, may I please have this judge for my case, after several years of pain, despair, anxiety, hopelessness, I would like to know I'm talking to a person that listens and understands, after two denials I see I might have to wait another year, I spoke to Binder/Binder, of course they want me, now I've done all the work and will probably do all the rest they will get 25%. I would have hired them in the first place but I don't want to share my money, I have had it hard enough just this past year, Being 60 is a curse after working all your life, you fit nowhere, absolutely no dental unless your getting a tooth pulled, thank God for food stamps, 200 month and Sacramento Health services, losing all faith in life, I will ask God to help me through this again. No one tells you how bad it really is when you get old, I will lose my chance at a housing voucher now, out of 50,000 I was one of the 3,000 chosen in Sac county, no income to back it up, can't complain anymore, here is to another year, I only hope I don't have a heart attack waiting, p.s. the Roseville ss office and dds office, I can't even tell you how much faith I had in you.

Judge: Robert C Tronvig
4/23/2013 11:14:37 AM

I really appreciated Judge Robert C Tronvig Jr. I was very nervous to talk to the Judge, however he made me feel very confrontable. His decision was Fully Favorable, a lot of that has to do with Binder & Binder also (Love them). Judge Tronvig believed that I had worked hard all my life and gave me praises for working for the government agency I worked for, because it was a very demanding job. Thank You Judge Tronvig, and keep your winning personality and smile.

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: Peter F Belli
3/19/2013 11:16:18 AM

My case came before Judge Belli. He was argumentative and never called on either of the two experts at the hearing. He did not give me a chance to answer his questions, and acted as though I was not answering his questions, when I was doing my best to do so. I see he has the lowest approval rate in all of California, maybe even the nation, so I don't have much hope of a good outcome. I don't want to say this hearing was a waste of time, but I certainly did not feel as though I got a fair hearing. I think his denial of my case was a foregone conclusion before I ever stepped into proceeding.

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.

Stephanie J Elmo
Judge: Bradlee S Welton
3/7/2013 6:20:14 PM

Even though I did not have a positive outcome (I'm now homeless) I felt Judge Welton was fair and impartial with regards to my social security disability claim. I will try to get my life back on track and move forward. If the Judge believes I can return to work, then that is what I intend to try.

Janada Jones
Judge: Philip E Callis
2/14/2013 11:00:35 PM

Judge Phillip E Callis was a understanding judge that gets down to the details of your disability. He gives you the opportunity to get your point across in explaining your reasons why you can't work. If you get the judge you are in the right enviroment of getting what you deserve.

Justine Ellinger
Judge: Daniel Myers
2/5/2013 9:25:56 PM

I'm unsure whether Judge Myers reads these posts but either way I would just like to sincerely thank you for your decision about my case. I could imagine there are numerous cases in which the claimant tries to pull a fast one & just wants to get out of working but I truly am unable to work in my condition & I greatly appreciate you acknowledging that my disabilities are in fact real. I wish I wasn't in this situation, I was always a very hard worker & would give anything to have my life back to where it was over 4yrs ago, but unfortunately, physically & emotionally my body won't allow it. So again, I'm truly thankful for your decision to allow to get the help I need!

Judge: Caroline H Beers
1/18/2013 1:15:39 PM

Her approval rating must be an error. She may seem nice, but she NEVER grants.

Judge: David M Blume
12/31/2012 8:25:02 PM

Judge: Plauche F Villere
9/15/2012 2:27:36 PM

Wonderful judge!!! Not just because of his obviously high approval rate. He respects everyone and goes out of his way to put nervous claimants at ease by asking them about their personal lives prior to beginning the hearings. You can tell he really cares about people and sees the humanity behind the numbers.

Judge: Mark C Ramsey
9/5/2012 10:49:27 PM

This civil servant lives in an Ivory Tower. I don't have insurance, because I can't work. No doctor is going to send me to a specialist when I cannot afford to pay. Three physicians told him I cannot work, but he ignored them and took the word from an ex convict whom I haven't seen in over 5 years which he is NOT suppose to do. I agree with the other poster, but what comes around will indeed go around to him. He's good at calling people liars and unfit in their jobs. He deserves to lose his own job for being incompetent and lying about written testimony from those who actually know my case and live with me daily.

dana west
Judge: Philip E Callis
9/4/2012 3:15:10 PM

Wonderful judge i give him five stars, because of his respect and insight P

Judge: Mark C Ramsey
8/17/2012 7:10:20 PM

I believe that this judge allows personal feelings to interfere with his duty as a civil servant. I hope that something happens in his life where he understands the pain and suffering that the victims of his incompetence experience. He has no feelings or care for the people that have the misfortune of having him preside over. I feel the state should look at this record and consider taking his license away. I am disgusted with what is allowed to sit on the bench and pretend to be human in this state.

Judge: David G Buell
7/17/2012 8:34:12 AM

Fairly negative ALJ as reflected in his decisions. I agree that both extremes aren't good but the WV ALJ didn't start this controversy. SSA knows exactly what it is doing and is no hurry to investigate the ALJ's who pay 20-30 percent of their claims or less.

Judge: David G Buell
6/29/2012 8:11:51 PM

Would the statics be more reflective of the real world if this particular judge and judge Morris' decisions were removed from the data matrix? I firmly know that individuals such as this DO SCEW THE DATA, but we as citizens can't get rid of them any more than we can get rid of the WV Judge which started this controversy in the first place. What I do know is that both extremes are hurtful to the SSA objectives.

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

Judge: Daniel Myers
4/24/2012 12:35:19 PM

Judge Myers reviewed my file and denied my disability case without reviewing the file's medical evidence. After notification of his mistake, he again denied and ignored medical evidence submitted. He contradicts himself in his decision and totally ignores the medical documentation submitted.