Stockton, California ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Stockton, California, 7 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Stockton, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 15.0 months. The average case processing time in Stockton is 586 days.The Stockton average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 36%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Stockton ODAR office was last updated on 3/9/2018.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Stockton 7 15.0 months 586 days 2.1 17% 36% 48%
California18.4 months609 days1.921%44%35%
National Average:17.3 months577 days1.921%43%36%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied

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Judge: Sanya Hill-Maxion
4/17/2019 9:05:54 PM

She was a very nice judge. Her compassion made it easier and less nerve racking for me. Think the hearing went in my favor today. Thank you judge for making the process stress free.

Jonathan Bromberg
Judge: William J King
2/21/2019 11:50:01 AM

Judge king was well prepared; he had clearly reviewed the entire file and had read the pre-hearing brief that I wrote. He was courteous to the claimant and he was organized and thoughtful in his questioning. I have no idea how he will rule but I felt my client had a fair and comprehensive hearing.

Judge: Dianne S Mantel
12/14/2018 9:22:54 PM

I went in front of Judge Mantel and she was very kind! I had a very bad migraine and wasn't feeling well at all, and she was very understanding! My anxiety was sky high entering the court, but she helped me feel at ease. I couldn't have asked for a better judge!

Judge: Daniel G Heely
11/30/2018 11:30:40 PM

Daniel Rodriguez
Judge: Jane M Maccione
11/6/2018 7:35:47 PM

Eventhough my packet of paperwork stating my decision includes says "carefully reviewed the facts" by reading these facts she has on her decision it really seems like she did NOT review it carefully and she makes too many points on what isnt relevant to my disability condition at all. She SEEMS like shes truly concerned, up front in person, also says she understands how tough it is to go through my disability, in my case, Epilepsy, and seems like she threw together all this information and made her main points and final decision as if I applied for being mentally handicapped.

Judge: Daniel G Heely
9/7/2018 1:16:57 PM

Had my hearing on July 9, 2018. This judge was very thorough explained everything very well as i did not have representation. Still waiting on decision was told 6-12 months which i feel is outrageous but i still think he is a fair judge and was sympathetic to my disability

Judge: Trevor Skarda
6/20/2018 7:14:15 AM

I appeared before him in December 2017. I was very happy that he had already gone over my records and was able to ask specific questions. He has a rather laid back attitude but his questioning is very direct and professional. He doesn’t waste any time and keeps the hearings short. He issued a partially favorable decision in my case, and I thought the decision was well written and very helpful to my understanding why he changed my onset date. If you are assigned to this judge, don’t fret. Just make sure you are prepared.

Michael Reese
Judge: Trevor Skarda
5/17/2018 9:29:18 PM

So I read all of the comments about this Judge in preparation for a full day of hearings before him. I will say after six hearings that I think the criticisms are unfairly leveled against this ALJ. He knew each case extremely well before they ever walked into his hearing room. He wanted the time in the hearing to be focused on the relevant issues and not, as so many ALJs are prone to, asking scores of ultimately irrelevant questions. He was very cordial to the claimants and even took the time on several of them to thank them for their cases, since we (he, the VHR, me, the VE) were all there to service their case and the system that they worked so hard to pay into. I think the attorneys in Stockton must be trying to keep other attorneys from the area by saying he's so rough (joking), but I found him to be fair and delightful to deal with.

Judge: Howard K Treblin
4/9/2018 4:53:00 PM

I was having a case in court in front of Judge Howard K. Treblin on August 18, 2015 and I have got approved. In other words, the judge said that I am disabled under section of social security. After three years and exactly this month on April, 2018 social security send me a mail said, you are not eligible for SSI and you have to return all the money back that you received it after the judge decision . That is meaning they ignore the judge decision and jump on it. In fact, I am a disable and I do not have any income because I am not working and the amount of overpayment is very high because it covers more than 5 years so how can I return it? Why they made it all that big amount and then ask for back the money lately? I wish if judge can read my post and give me any advice. I will be appreciate it .Thanks

Judge: Vincent A. Misenti
2/10/2018 6:29:05 AM


Judge: Raymond L Souza
11/2/2017 11:38:40 AM

Judge Souza terminated my benefits after I'd received them for 18 years. I'm 55 yrs old and unable to work due to bipolar disorder. The SSDI psychologists reports said I was disabled as did my own Dr and therapist. He threw those reports out. Instead, he called a Dr in another state who has never seen me. That Dr said so what, she has mood swings, don't we all and laughed. This was the testimony Judge Souza went by. He also relied heavily on false information about me online and photos from my Facebook page. He has little to no knowledge of mental health issues. Having a photo of oneself smiling sitting in the sun does not mean that a person no longer has bipolar disorder. If my Facebook page was a problem then probably no one should qualify for SSDI. Judge Souza also based decision on a report done by undercover police Sent to my house under false pretenses. Sending male police officers to my house has caused PTSD. I am a rape victim and he should have considered that would be a trigger for me. This 3 year appeal process has left my health worse than when I started. The entire SS process needs to be looked at. It's damaging and the wrong people are getting terminated in order to cut the budget for the state of MO.

Judge: Vincent A. Misenti
10/30/2017 11:29:57 AM

Vincent A Misente. My disabled son of a Traumatic Brain Injury and left side leg, hip, arm, hand and fingers are severely stroke ridin. He has short term memory loss from head on collision which had 2 fatalities. This judge approved .y son for ssi for ONE (1) month!! How is this even possible or allowed? This judge denies more then 50% of ssi applicants. Makes me wonder how many lives he has made worse by dening their disablty ssi? This judge should be removed from this position..

Judge: Vincent A. Misenti
10/30/2017 11:19:14 AM

My son just went infront of this judge. My son has a Traumatic brain injury and had 3 major strokes in a coma . due to strokes his left side is very stroke ridin. Leg arm and fingers.. This judge approved his SSI for 1 month.. This judge has no purpose to be in his position. Makes me wonder how many other people he has ruined by his inaccurate decisions. People who truly need ssi. For a month? How is this even possible? Why would any judge deem this ignoramus decision? Appeal again and requesting a different judge.

Judge: Sheila Walters
7/31/2017 11:57:45 AM

My pleasure having Judge Walters as my Judge. She was kind and courteous. Didn't ask to much because she had over 3000 pages she had read over. Haha sorry about that got a hard life given to me. Very appreciative to have met you. Keep Up the hospitality. Have a great year.

Jawad a Rashid
Judge: Sanya Hill-Maxion
6/23/2017 6:26:57 AM

On 6/22/17 I had hearing before an ALJ. I have no words to explain how She is an outstanding kind judge to appear before like an Angel may God the most high bless her forever and give her the best of her life.... Thanks for your kind generasity.....

Jamie T.
Judge: Daniel G Heely
4/11/2017 6:08:24 PM

I had my hearing today and no matter what people think, Judge Heely does a thorough job. I can't remember the recorders name but she was very pleasant as well. Judge Heely was great, especially when I forgot questions while answering or if my comprehension of what was being asked was incorrect and I didn't answer right. Thank you for having patients with me sir. Now I'm wiped out but I am glad I had the chance after 2 1/2 years to finally be heard.

Kenny mcbee
Judge: Dianne S Mantel
4/6/2017 10:36:25 AM

I would like to thank judge mantel for making me feel comfortable when I was in front of her cuz I have severe anxiety cuz of my back and neck pain. And it's hard for me to talk to my family .I felt more comfortable talking to her that's how understanding she is. As long as you tell the truth and be honest she will be fair. Honesty goes a long way in life and I would like to thank you again judge for making me feel comfortable when I was in front of you.

Judge: Raymond L Souza
3/27/2017 11:24:25 AM

Judge Souza was very kind. He was very familiar with my case and adjourned the hearing within 20 minutes. I received a favorable decision 3 months later.

Sershi S
Judge: Daniel G Heely
11/26/2016 12:16:35 AM

He s a anything but impartial , now my own attorney will not take my letter of disagreement of unfavorable decision to appeals counsel What wrong with this picture , I feel stabbed in he back . He at I'm disabled why more proof do I freaking need . I. Disgusted did I say wrong thing to you or what ????????????

Judge: Sanya Hill-Maxion
11/17/2016 4:54:01 PM

She is very nice and lovable person.She is a best judge. God bless her always.

Gilbert Gutierrez
Judge: Timothy S Snelling
11/6/2016 11:55:46 PM

Im looking for attorney or judge to help me get my ssi...

Judge: Laura S Havens
10/29/2016 10:45:24 AM

I am believing that God will be at work getting this hearing judge to hear and see the truth. That she will not be biased, but base everything on the evidence and nothung but the proof. I thank God in advance for being in control and the Judge for not being biased.

Hank Rockwell Jr
Judge: Christopher R Inama
9/23/2016 2:04:42 PM

Too bad there isn't a rating lower than one or I would give this Obama Ass Clown that rating.

Melody perez
Judge: Daniel G Heely
9/19/2016 12:12:17 PM

No decision yet but, judge heely was polite, friendly, and professional. I felt relaxed and comfortable, considering my future will strongly be affected by his decision. Its in Gods hands now. Overall good experience.

Bonnie H
Judge: Daniel G Heely
8/9/2016 3:00:36 PM

I suffer from severe panick attacks, PTSD, Anxiety, and depression and my case was denied. Can I get something from him when I go out looking for a job that says "this person can't be fired for taking unscheduled breaks when she is having a severe panick attacks that feel like a heart attack etc.. and this person can't be fired for missing days from work for having to take days off when they get really bad" I am extremely disappointed. I know a few drug addicts on disability how can they get it so they can keep getting high but I am struggling with several things here and I can't?

Judge: Raymond L Souza
6/26/2016 2:02:20 AM

Denied my claim a few weeks later after the hearing when I had all of my records and an attorney... Now I will have to wait even longer..........

Judge: E. Alis
5/12/2016 8:35:47 AM

Wonderful judge!!! Always super courteous to both CLTs and attorneys. He also handles Stockton hearings. He is very new to the SSA bench. Not at all jaded or cynical, like so many other SSA ALJs in CA who, in my opinion, have clearly lost their ability to be objective or fair and should have been forced to retire years ago.

Judge: Dianne S Mantel
4/5/2016 11:33:11 AM

Judge Dianne S Mantel is as fair a Judge as you can hope to have for your case. She will listen to you and gives you every opportunity to make you case. I can say this. If you deserve to be approved she will approve you. If you deserve to be Dismissed or Denied she will do so. Remember, you have to have a lawyer. She is an Excellent Judge.

Judge: G. Ross Wheatley
3/27/2016 1:14:34 PM

Judge Wheatley is very nice in person but his first decision was harsh but at that time I had no insurance and therefore no personal doctors' opinions. At the second hearing with him he was again very personable but stern. He had 3 experts to testify at my hearing but once he heard the first two, together with the Soc Sec dept.'s doctors' examination reports (I did 2), all four of their doctors said I was disabled. He approved my case from the bench. He did not talk to me at all except to swear me in. So I believe once he had the actual opinions from my doctors (which I was able to get with medi-cal) and their 4, he did the right thing.

Judge: Christopher R Inama
1/21/2016 5:06:29 PM

I felt that Judge Inama was annoyed at the prospect of even having to hear my case. He looks for any reason to deny benefits and I felt his disgust towards me the whole time I was in front of him. He has no business being in this position of holding people's livelihood in his hands!

Judge: Timothy S Snelling
12/22/2015 6:55:27 PM

he needs to be reviewed on his cases based on how many hispanics he denied.

Bernadine Martin
Judge: Danny Pittman
12/18/2015 4:27:04 PM

Danny Pittman has denied me twice I have worked about 30years. First denied he made a decision before more medical records came. Then they tell me I can work with limitations then I hear I can't work then they I can work. As I deal with since 2010 until this year he denied me again. Medical records and X-rays don't lie and doctors will not put their jobs on the line to lie. I am a dietbic, depression, insomnia, shoulder needs to be replace knee replacement glacoma, two disc problems in my lower back, can't sleep on my back. I feel it's discrimination because I am native Americans/African American. I wasn't treated fairly and that's not right or fair I have other medical condition but my records is on file. I been fighting to get my Disabilty since 2010.

Judge: Trevor Skarda
12/15/2015 11:26:08 AM

I had this judge for my hearing; he had some hard questions, but between my statements & medical records, the case was approved. Total time maybe 20 minutes. No complaints!

Judge: E. Alis
9/8/2015 8:38:53 PM

This ALJ is new to this ODAR. He is a very nice person. Fair and thorough in his questions. Treats both claimants and attorneys with respect, courtesy, and kindness.

Judge: Sanya Hill-Maxion
9/8/2015 8:25:36 PM

A very nice, compassionate judge. Goes out of her way to make claimants and attorneys welcome and comfortable with the process. Very fair and thorough questioning. If the evidence is not there, you will probably not prevail, but I can tell by her demeanor that everyone who appears before her is treated with kindness and respect.

Judge: Evangelina P Hernandez
6/19/2015 2:50:17 AM

Hon.E.Hernandez. Her body language,way she sat,appropriate eye contact & words used,tone,facial expression,calm assertiveness were consistent,Hence, my perception; Judge was not prejudiced bias or angry but patient in control.Hon. E. Hernandez omits power,without abusing it. "Her performance in official capacity, "Brings Honor to title Judge".

Kimberly Hansen
Judge: Timothy S Snelling
6/8/2015 2:48:10 PM

I was very nervous at first, but he assured me that he just wanted to know my story...I cried a little, he was understanding, compassionate, and mase me feel much more relaxed. I do not yet know my results but I would rather go in front of Judge Snelling than any other judge.

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Judge: Christopher R Inama
5/28/2015 10:23:03 AM

I felt some sort of disdain and contempt coming from Judge Inama at my hearing. I think he wanted to deny me and then set about finding a way to do so. I paid into the system for 20+ years and now I am making a legitimate claim, and he denies me. The system failed, and this judge failed. Disgusted.

Judge: Timothy S Snelling
5/22/2015 4:10:01 PM

very high kudos to Judge Snelling,he was professional in my ALJ Atty was also very professional in asking me the questions..Judge wasnt harse but investigative at the trial I was really nervous and being that I am in Texas he decided to have my trial by phone..he didn't act like he wasn't going to make the decision that day he was fair and Honest.we went to local SSI office on 22nd of May and had person print out letter which is Favorable in Judge Snellings decision. to me which I've never have seen him or my Atty he had to go over all the evidence my Atty presented to him.Judge snelling in my book is fair.

Judge: Sanya Hill-Maxion
1/15/2015 11:31:28 PM

In 2007, my ME did not have time to read my medical records, did not believe a word I had said, and stopped my W.Comp from that day forward. In 2010, one day prior to my hearing with Judge Sanya Hill Maxion, I knelt for the 2nd time ever in my life at home, and prayed to God and Jesus above, to please let my SSDI judge be a human being, be kind, caring, and loving, and be someone who would give me the judgment that HE would give to me. Whatever it would be, I would accept it. I knew in my heart that HE knew that I was truly injured and could not continue to work. The moment I entered the hearing room and saw Judge Sanya Hill Maxion, I saw the love on her face. If God was a woman, she was Him. And my Allsup representative was my guardian angel. When I go home, I cried and cried with gratefulness. I used to know OF God, but now KNOW Him. He IS love. Thank you God, and thank you, Judge Sanya Hill Maxion, and my Allsup guardian angel!

Jerry Ballard
Judge: Danny Pittman
1/14/2015 3:04:44 PM

This judge did not do his Home work. the court refused to allow me to present evidence I thought important and in the letter that followed after my day in Court, I was called a liar while my disabilities are fully documented from the military. He chose to use a reference from a Doctor at VA Hospital named Dr. Martin Lauber who lied and falsified my Medical Records and He never mentioned that I said under oath that the Doctor lied and i could prove it. In my view, This Judge must get paid by Social Security to deny certain cases. I worked 40 years and paid into Social Security and when I become Disabled? I can't draw my Social Security because the social Security Administration robes us who are disabled I am 80% disabled from VA I have 50% sleeping Disorder and 30% nerve damage from active duty in the Military. I have been to 4 Physical Rehabs and over 3000 pages of medical records. The fact is I did not get my Disability because I am white and not Hispanic. Social Security you are crooks and i bet you pay an incentive to judges who deny cases too but that is my view and my right to hold it. my social security goes to social Security unions for their trips not to those who need it

Judge: Evangelina P Hernandez
12/7/2014 9:01:03 PM

Judge is perfect at her job listens to your testimony without discrimination of character takes the time to fully understand your medical issue and evidence provided very pleasant and respectful they could not have appointed a better person for this job thank you for your fairness!

Judge: Trevor Skarda
8/8/2014 10:19:02 AM

He is the WORST!!!! I had private doctors do my evals as well as there retarded doctors and he only went with the retarded doctors opinion. I am not mentally disabled, I am physically disabled and all he wanted to focus on was my mental. Therefore DENIED!!! I personally thought they picked up a bumb off the streets of Stockton and told him to play judge when he walked in. Shorts, robe, long greasy straggly long hair. I felt like asking him to please take a shower when he came in. Not impressed at all. Maybe he really does need to go to law school again. At least personal hygiene and professional training. His remark in my denial letter "claimant was well dressed and put together so she can take care of herself". HELLO I am going to court, I thought I should get out of my jammies. Maybe he should take some of his own criticism.

Judge: Trevor Skarda
5/7/2014 4:38:46 AM

Professional judge with solid statistics. He is not the worse judge in this office or Northern California. Yes, he's very laid-back and no, he's not coddling you. He has to decide how to use the taxpayer's money and he takes that seriously so he will question you about smoking, weight, etc... If obesity aggravates your condition or smoking, why should taxpayers pay for that? I'm not asking that but that is the question the judge will want to know. Or why should we pay this claim for a diabetic who refuses to take his insulin. So judges will ask tough questions. Judge Skarda, like most judges will go with the state's RFC if there are no opinions from treating providers OR opinion evidence from treating provider's based solely on subjective complaints or not consistent with record as a whole. Claimants will view him hardly because they've only seen him once. As an attorney, I can say he's fair and professional, and quite thorough in how he handles his cases.

Judge: Evangelina P Hernandez
4/20/2014 12:48:42 PM

Excellent judge. Fair and thorough. Helps put claimants at ease.

Judge: Trevor Skarda
4/8/2014 2:19:40 PM

ALJ Skarda apparently believes that it is his patriotic duty to save the country money by denying disability claims. I represent claimants in the Sacramento, San Raphael, Stockton, Fresno, and Redding hearing offices, and Skarda is the most conservative ALJ in Northern California. For instance, in one case my client went to hearing in a necessarily prescribed walker. Her medical records were voluminous, with many opinions from her specialists. Despite conflicting medical source statements from my clients specialists regarding her RFC, Skarda gave the VE ridiculous hypotheticals, which were answered by the VE with equally ridiculous representative jobs. In the written decision, Skarda gave controlling weight to the state agency examiner's opinions, despite overwhelming contrary evidence from the claimant's doctors. This ALJ needs to be brought to the attention of The Division of Quality Service and disciplined or removed from the bench.

Judge: Sanya Hill-Maxion
3/20/2014 3:50:31 PM

1 of the top 2 judges in the Oakland ODAR. If you lose with her, then you have no case, essentially. She will ask reps to expand on any arguments they make with specific references to law, regs, rulings, or the evidence, before she considers them. Judge Hill-Maxion will give you a lot of leeway to develop cases post-hearing, to clarify negative issues, and if an ME says a listing, she'll end the hearing very quick to grant.

Judge: Danny Pittman
1/17/2014 2:58:56 PM

This is the worst alu judge I know he denied me cause I visit my dad and go to church he reasons other then that were lies said I had surgery I never did claimed I made statements that werent true and attacked my character waiting for appeals decision to take case to federal court

Judge: Sanya Hill-Maxion
9/30/2013 11:27:13 AM

i would like my case reviewed by judge sanya hill maxion, not judge lavendor, any more he's is always appointed as judge in my cases, why is these appeals called a case any how? or give me judge william jr., these judges has the lowest denied rate and dismissles. i have surely not been judged as a person with behavorial issues. thank you

Judge: Trevor Skarda
9/8/2013 5:12:30 PM

Christopher Trevor Skarda has let his license to practice law expire from what I saw online, so he must think he has this job for life. He does act snobby and prejudiced. He made sure to ask if I smoke. He also made a big deal of my weight, I felt shamed, then did not consider it a disabling factor or symptom of the disability. Yes, I saw that look of contempt on his face several times during the hearing. A good piece of my disability, mentally and physically, was from physically violent domestic abuse, which was never considered or discussed in my decision letter. I seriously question his ability to decided anything fairly because he seemed more interested in his own biases in the decision letter.

sanja hill-maxion
Judge: Sanya Hill-Maxion
8/29/2013 7:37:47 AM

I had my hearing yesterday . Everything wentwell. even t mess with my anxiety. attacks .. crying . T it went well. I hope for the best

Judge: William C Thompson
8/25/2013 4:10:52 PM

Beware of so-called "credibility determinations" made by ALJs, who are also found to be "less than credible". Administrative Law Judge William C Thompson, Jr., has been found to substitute his own medical opinion for that of qualified physicians. Further, ALJ Thompson has been found to refuse to follow instructions of the Appeals Council when a case is remanded to him. In 2012, Federal Magistrate Judge Carolyn Delaney cited numerous errors and abuses of power by ALJ Thompson in John Oliveri v. Michael J. Astrue (Case Number 2:11-1634 CKD; see The actions of ALJ Thompson were found to be so egregious that when Judge Delaney remanded the case to SSA, she ordered that it be sent to another Administrative Law Judge- a vote of “no confidence” in William C Thompson, Jr.

Michael Booker
Judge: Sanya Hill-Maxion
5/11/2013 10:20:28 PM

A very fair and understanding ALJ who knows the law and ensures that the "right" things happen. That's very important because of the waiting time to get Social Security. It was a pleasure to go before her, regardless of her ruling.

Judge: Sheila Walters
4/16/2013 5:33:01 PM

Pleasant to deal with. Willing to listen to a case, without advocating for Social Security. treats claimants like people

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.

Judge: Raymond L Souza
2/8/2013 3:11:48 PM

I agree with previous comments. He was friendly and straightforward. Knew the file well. Issued a favorable bench decision.

Judge: Sanya Hill-Maxion
1/18/2013 1:09:52 PM

The 2nd best ALJ in Oakland. She has a relaxed and kind personality. She will listen to what your are saying. However, you still will need have favorable MD opinions that are supported by objective medical records/testing

Judge: Trevor Skarda
1/7/2013 1:03:06 AM

Skarda took the opportunity to insult client during hearing. Not much better with his decision than manners.

Judge: Trevor Skarda
1/5/2013 8:11:04 PM

This judge's decisions should be looked at closely.

CS Thomas
Judge: William C Thompson
12/18/2012 9:58:24 PM

20 Code of Federal Regulations § 404.941(b): “We may conduct a pre-hearing case review if- (1) Additional evidence is submitted; (2) There is an indication that additional evidence is available; (3) There is a change in the law or regulation; or (4) There is an error in the file or some other indication that the prior determination may be revised.” Administrative Law Judge William C Thompson, Jr., uses the Initial Agency Examinations to characterize the non-severity of claimants' stated impairments. Then, upon receipt of claimants' medical records from claimant treating physicians, the ALJ uses said medical records to mischaracterize the claimant, based on the Initial Agency Examination. By so doing, it becomes clear that the ALJ makes such determinations in the absence of [C]urrent medical records. The [C]urrent medical records are not reviewed by the same Agency Physicians. Rather, ALJ Thompson argues that he reviewed the medical records and found them to be lacking. The determination process appears to be flawed, where there is [I]nsufficient time for an ALJ to receive additional medical record evidence, either during or after the Hearing, and where the process itself is used to "lock in" a sequence of events where the initial finding of "non-disability diagnosis" from the Initial Examining Physicians becomes immune from scrutiny and comparison through “legal trickery" where the ALJ "uses the inefficiency of their own internal process to hamper 3rd party medical record opinion and declare the Initial Examining Physician determinations to be [S]ubstantial Evidence for which the claimant is denied disability status." This has national implications due to the number of disability applications filed with the Agency each year, and is a possible Constitutional violation of the 14th Amendment that guarantees all citizens the right to Due Process and Equal Protection Under the Law.

Judge: William C Thompson
12/8/2012 9:21:37 PM

I filed an original application for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits on January 14, 2005. Two years later, the SSA requested medical documentation and received over 200 pages of medical records from the Department of Veterans Affairs. These records were supposed to be processed by the medical doctors of the Social Security Disability Determination Service (DDS). Instead, the records were mishandled by SSA employee T. Rupp on February 8, 2007, by marking the records "No DDS Development of the Medical Record is Necessary", which meant that the records were sent to the Adjudication Unit without qualified physician review, opinion, and updating of SSA’s internal claimant process files and agency client tracking database claim for benefits, and a hearing was held six weeks later on March 23, 2007 in the absence of any medical certification by DDS (the SSA Determination Unit) of the required second set of claimant’s treating physician records (2 years’ worth of claimant’s treating physicians VA medical records) for adjudication and evaluation by Administrative Law Judge William C Thompson, Jr., who did not request a continuance so that the medical records could be properly evaluated, but instead took it upon himself, who is not a physician, to make a determination without qualifying physician opinions regarding the records (in effect, practicing medicine without a license). On appeal in federal district court, Daniel P. Talbert, a Social Security Attorney, further concealed the fact that the required second set of claimant’s treating physician medical records were never processed and reviewed by qualified SSA medical staff. ALJ Thompson and Daniel Talbert both mischaracterized my actions in filing a claim for benefits, and both sought to juxtapose the initial medical record (initial 15-minute consultative exam by Social Security contract physicians) and reports from the DDS medical records in place of qualified physician opinions by SSA Determination Unit for the second set of required reports (2 years’ worth of claimant’s treating physicians VA medical records) to be created and provided to the Adjudication Unit for opinion and a decision. The second set of records and reports are absent, and in the absence of these reports, the ALJ STEPPED INTO THE SHOES OF THE DETERMINATION UNIT (DDS) WITHOUT AUTHORIZATION, COMPLETING THEIR WORK AND IN SO DOING, CRAFTED HIS OWN RECORD REPORTS, THEN EVALUATED THEM FOR FAIRNESS, THEN, BASED ON THE NOW “COMPLETE” RECORD, DECIDED THAT THE CLAIMANT DID NOT MEET THE STANDARD FOR DISABILITY BASED ON THE SUBJECTIVE REPORTS HE CREATED AND LATER DETERMINED WERE DEFECTIVE OR INCONGRUANT, E.G., NOT MEETING THE QUALIFICATIONS FOR DISABILITY STATUS, THEN LATER RULING ON HIS OWN MEDICAL OPINION- DENYING THE CLAIMANT DISABILITY BENEFITS. T. Rupp, ALJ Thompson, and Daniel Talbert are all SSA employees who caused or contributed to the mishandling of my medical records, and the act of publicly humiliating me by posting my private, sensitive, and confidential medical record data on the Internet, which is now prominently displayed upon typing my name in a search engine. These abuses occurred at the Office of Adjudication in Stockton, California, Office of the General Counsel in San Francisco, California, and at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California in Fresno, California.

Judge: Trevor Skarda
11/19/2012 1:10:13 AM

just my opinion he acts like a know it all brat & dont expect fair decision

Judge: Trevor Skarda
11/16/2012 2:52:24 PM

Even though his approval ratings have improved since he worked in San Jose(70% denied), this is not a judge you want to appear before. Most of his opinion is based on the Social Security doctor's evaluations and not the overall medical record. The problem I see with this is that the Social Security doctors only see the patient once and their opinions are obviously swayed to the benefit of their employer and not the patient.

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: Christopher R Inama
8/7/2012 3:07:37 AM

I forgot to say that he looks for the legal ways to deny. Don't be fooled by the way he treats you.

Judge: Christopher R Inama
8/7/2012 2:39:33 AM

This judge is not looking for truth. He has other priorities.Race and nationality matter to him a lot.

Judge: Danny Pittman
7/6/2012 11:35:43 PM

This so called Judge ( puppet ) is Put in a position to do the right thing And completely and utterly failed us. Looking over his ruling with our Newley Hired attorney I'm completely beside Myself, that his ruling was unfavorable. He left out so much! If I were to do my Job like he did for us we would be in the Soup line. I do find solace in the fact That every knee shall bow. And everyone Will give an account for the things they've Done and in this case haven't done.

Judge: Raymond L Souza
6/26/2012 2:01:27 PM

One of the best judges I have appeared before in representing clients before SSA. Very prompt (convened hearing 2 min. early!!)and very friendly. Joked with my client to put him at ease. He obviously read the file prior to the hearing. He chatted with my client for 10 minutes, then issued a favorable bench decision.

Judge: William C Thompson
6/14/2012 6:08:16 PM

Several crtical cases have erupted lately; a likely response from the higher courts "becoming wise" about some ALJ's and their rather "dodgy medical record development," fully developed in haste when necessary, regardless of whether or not comprehensive diligence is present, then simply finding against you, forcing you to either go away or waste agency and judicial time and effort to show just how far the rabbit hole goes on this "special medical docket and greater weight technique reasoning and conclusion making." CATHEY v. COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY DONALD CATHEY, Plaintiff, v. COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY, Defendant. No. 1:10-cv-01562-LJO-BAM. United States District Court, E.D. California. May 10, 2012. FOR PUBLICATION UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT MINDY BREWES, ü Plaintiff-Appellant, No. 11-35216 v. ý D.C. No. COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY 6:09-cv-00748-** ADMINISTRATION, OPINION Defendant-Appellee. þ Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Oregon Michael R. Hogan, District Judge, Presiding Argued and Submitted March 9, 2012—Portland, Oregon Filed June 14, 2012 Before: William A. Fletcher, Raymond C. Fisher and Jay S. Bybee, Circuit Judges. Opinion by Judge Fisher

Judge: William C Thompson
6/13/2012 7:39:58 PM

Judge Thompson is the worst in the system. When a case is remanded back to him by the Appeals Panel because his decision is not supported by the evidence, he searches for information on his own and submits inaccurate information as if it is a fact, when it is not. I have several severe disabilities and Judge Thompson has made biased remarks in his decisions regarding some of my doctors, and also said he doesn't give any weight to the reports of my neurosurgeon, who just happens to be the Chief of Surgery at one of our local hospitals, and is well respected throughout California. Who is Judge Thompson that he can just disregard medical evidence and reports at his own whim? Then after introducing his own evidence, after we already had the hearing, denied us the right to dispute what he said.

Judge: Sanya Hill-Maxion
6/12/2012 2:54:11 PM

Pleasant, smart and compassionate.

Judge: Sanya Hill-Maxion
4/23/2012 2:33:04 PM

A pleasure to appear before, and gave us a great ruling.

Cary S
Judge: Sanya Hill-Maxion
3/22/2012 3:03:25 PM

One of the best judges I have ever appeared before.

Judge: Sanya Hill-Maxion
3/15/2012 10:42:31 PM

Although, I do not know the outcome of my hearing just yet, I must say this Judge made my hearing so easy, so stress free. Very pleasant, and I felt very fair. Sweet, seemed to care.