Colorado Springs, Colorado ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Colorado Springs, Colorado, 10 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Colorado Springs, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 19.0 months. The average case processing time in Colorado Springs is 614 days.The Colorado Springs average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 40%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Colorado Springs ODAR office was last updated on 3/10/2017.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Colorado Springs 10 19.0 months 614 days 1.9 24% 40% 36%
Colorado18.5 months583 days1.924%39%37%
National Average:17.3 months559 days1.821%45%34%
AVERAGE TIME
Hearing Wait Time: 19.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 1.86
Average Processing Time 614 days
Cases Pending 5885
Dispositions 1346
New Cases 1410
Hearings In Person 81%
Video Hearings 19%
LIST OF JUDGES / 18

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Judge: Mark R Dawson
4/26/2017 9:42:00 PM



Everything you would want in an objective finder of fact.

Tommy Sosbee
Judge: Debra Boudreau
4/3/2017 7:37:50 AM



Judge Boudreau needs to understand that although she does truly try to expedite claims from 100% disabled veterans; there are others within the SSA such as Brandon who are prejudiced against veterans. I spoke to Brandon 4 times already. All he can tell me is that my payment was mailed out on 27 March. There is no place inside the United States, where it takes 2 weeks for a government letter to arrive in the mail. I called him last Friday, and he said it might take another week. To me, that sounds like he is procrastinating or delaying my payment intentionally. Why couldn't Brandon just direct deposit my payment, like everyone else does? Then he tells me that my monthly payment will be deposited on the 4th Wednesday of the month? What?? Judge Boudreau understands what expediting really means. Brandon doesn't. Sounds like he is making up the rules as he goes. I just want a straight answer. Maybe Judge Boudreau can speak with Brandon at (816) 936-4526. Maybe she can convince him to do his job.

MDC
Judge: Matthew C Kawalek
3/27/2017 9:55:42 AM



I just received a fully favorable decision from Judge Kawalek. My Attorney advised me he was a fair judge and he was! I was nervous about my hearing after reading the above comment but I feel if your medical records are in order and you are truthful that is what matters most.


Judge: Mark R Dawson
3/13/2017 4:23:20 PM



This judge is a joke. Despite of what you tell him he seems to already have his mind set before you walk in the door. I wish he'd simply retire rather than toying with and destroying peoples lives. Those of us who are truly disabled need judges who truly understand their decision can cost us our lives. If I could give him negative stars I would. Thanks to this loser I'm homeless. May God have pity on him.

Tore the Decision to pieces
Judge: Matthew C Kawalek
3/7/2017 3:01:39 PM



He comes across as a "nice guy" and knowledgeable, as a Judge. Then...you look at his Decision and wonder whether he was even in the same Courtroom as you and whether he has ANY knowledge of the medical Cases he presides over, at the Disability level. You'll note(As of this writing.), that he has ONLY approved 37% of Disability Cases. It ISN'T due to much in false Disability claims, as he is an Appeals Judge. In order to go to Appeal, it must first be approved and THEN you must learn how to survive for anywhere from 12 months to 2 years to have your Case heard. In my situation, I have a wife and she(With Parkinson's Disease, Lupus and Fibromyalgia.) has been supporting our family since my disabilities prevented me from work. This is my 2nd time "through the ringer" with Disability Judges and this has been ongoing for almost FIVE YEARS(Almost 2, of which have been wasted, waiting on this "Judge" to write a 15 page, "clown car" Decision that had little to no reliance on the FACTS of the Case.). I wouldn't recommend this Judge, nor do I fid him as competent to do the job that was assigned "By the People", as he is all about preventing proper care, for those who aren't in need of ambulatory care on a daily basis. I have 2 diseases that are 1 in a million people, a "rash" that is "contained" under low physical stress(perspiration takes it to covering my body.), ongoing Hydradenitis(I get boils/infections that lead me to being hospitalized if I sit in one place too long, perspire too much.), spinal degeneration in my neck, upper, lower and middle of my spine and a myriad of other illnesses that combine with these things to make work...unattainable. Does it matter to him, sitting upon his "pulpit" of "Law"? Not at all. Back to the drawing board? No. On to the Judge Panel in a follow up Appeal. If they approve the medical problems, based on my experience over the past 5 years...not much in faith with this clown of a "system". Now for the biggest problem, with him: As if it isn't bad enough that one had to document anything and everything medically for Disability; this guy actually LIES about "Findings". A flippin' "Judge". SMH Even as you read through his Decision, you find him countering his OWN arguments, WITHIN the Decision. A quick, easy example would be me stating that I have a slight hearing problem(Not part of the Disability Case.) and needing the speakers adjusted for our Video Conference of which I set up nothing. I stated that I can/do go on the Web play a game, talk on rare occasion and have the comfort of my cushioned couch(Can't sit in any office chairs for extended periods, as they further deteriorate my spine and hurt within 10 minutes.) to be able to adjust as often necessary. From his Decision..I can sit in a office chair for a full day of work(No evidence ever presented to show this.), I can Video Conference Chat and am familiar with it(Never stated that, nor do I do it or know how to get beyond clicking on my video system, hitting record and having a short video.) and...I had to get them to move the speaker during our Conference, as I couldn't hear what he was saying. But...I must be an expert. RME Want the truth about Kawalek and the other Judges/Magistrates that do the Disability Hearings? They AREN'T required to have a Degree in ANYTHING medically related! I learned that from one of my old Primary Doctors, who had been part of Disability and was told/required that his OWN medical knowledge/opinion was NOT to be stated on Legal Documents, stating that a person is "Handicapped"(And similar wording.) as the ONLY person that could state it is...a Judge(No knowledge of medical required, nor needed.). The "system" is fictional and, in this Case, Judge Matthew C. Kawalek is one of the LEad Writers for the Fiction. Anyone wonder why "seemingly normal" people "turn to crime"? It's because the "System" forces them into that lifestyle, when it fails them at the Disability level. Fortunately, as stated prior, I have a wife who cares and provides just enough to scrape by. Anything less....I'd probably be being educated in some prison, FREE, and be receiving the PROPER medical care that most/all Inmates receive. When I came out...I'd HAVE Disability. What a joke of a "System" and "Judge", when a Disabled person can be "better off" by GOING to prison, over going to a Government Office. SMH@Both. P.S. IF this guy is your "Judge"...request a new Judge by yourself or through your attorney, as this guy is a flippin' joke.


Judge: Mark R Dawson
11/10/2016 4:55:05 PM



Loser

William Musseman
Judge: William Musseman
10/12/2016 8:23:06 AM



I am blown away by this judge! He did not ask my husband any questions besides irrelevant things such as his height and weight (nothing to do with his claim) and then said ok and had the attorney ask all the questions to my husband. When we just received the decision my husband was denied for the Seventh time, and he is 100% disabled by the military and hasn't worked since 2012!!! In the decision letter there were multiple things incorrect to include his SEVERE impairments 3 of them I have never even heard of so I have no idea where they got that from. They put in there my husband is obese and that was one of his severe impairments mind you he was filling for disability because of his PTSD so what does obesity have to do with that? I have read multiple reviews about this judge and there is not one positive review on him and I think something needs to be done about this!

Virginia Sullivan
Judge: William Musseman
8/22/2016 10:04:24 AM



I'm going to state my peace because frankly, that's all I can do at this point and my heart hurts so bad - at least sharing my experience will hopefully make me feel a tiny bit better and may help others who could go through a similar situation, avoid mistakes that you won’t even know about until it’s too late. My mother is profoundly deaf, she has been profoundly deaf her entire life. She filed for SSI after many years of making it on her own – really from having a good man who loved her despite of her disability. Thank God for my father who has been able to support her and their children mostly on his own throughout our lives. I’m glad my grandparents didn’t institutionalize her as suggested when she was 5 – and I’m glad she ignored the doctors who recommended that she not have children due to her disability. Unfortunately my father became disabled a few years ago, it was then that my mother really decided she would try to get SSI benefits for her disability. She had MANY audiology tests done throughout her life - but apparently they weren't filled out properly. When she finally made it to a hearing with a judge after a few years of being denied, he asked that she have a test done by an audiologist who understood what portions of the form needed to be completed. That judge retired or something so my mother's case was next heard by Judge William Musseman. He heard the facts, read the report that clearly stated that she was profoundly deaf - he quickly closed the hearing. The lawyer was ecstatic. As my mother, the lawyer and my father left the courtroom the lawyer said "you won". My parents asked him how he knew that, he stated that he could tell. The report proved that she was profoundly deaf, and that Judge understood that she was truly disabled, had admitted that she wasn't employable and had closed the case without further questioning. 15 months or so later, my parents received their denial letter. The Judge William Musseman had decided that because the audiology reports, that had been done prior to seeing a judge, had not been completely filled out, and the report that the latest audiologist completed was AFTER her 10 year deadline to file (after she had been unemployed for 10 years is my understanding) - she was not eligible. So at the end of the day, my mother - who has been disabled HER ENTIRE LIFE, who has worked through her struggles, managed to make it without the resources that she did have available – now cannot get the assistance that disabled individuals in our country are entitled to. I can guarantee you that there was never a question about whether or not my mother had always been profoundly deaf. You can hear it in her voice, you can tell by the words she uses – it is beyond ridiculously obvious. Was the denial handed out because someone thought she was being fraudulent? Nobody could say that with truth in their words. My mother COULD have been on disability a long time ago but chose to fight to make it without government assistance. This is her re-payment for that. Insurance doesn’t cover hearing aids. She now has one broken/outdated hearing aid that she can’t wear and another one on the brink of going out. Hearing aids cost anywhere between $4k and $8k. Imagine someone profoundly deaf who can’t afford hearing aids, who can barely hear WITH THEM trying to get employment without them…. This is such an injustice. I could get hundreds of letters from upstanding United States citizens who have known my mother to prove that she has always been profoundly deaf. Even her AUDIOLOGISTS could testify on her behalf. So I called the lawyer myself, and asked what the next step was. He said the Supreme Court. But that he couldn’t take it any farther because of several reasons. One, it would cost him about $20k and he’s only allowed to keep $6 so it would cost his company out of pocket $$ and two – the date of the proper audiologist report could continue to be an excuse as to why she could be denied. I will be writing a letter to every Congressman, Attorney General, Senator, that I can. I know that this is all a waste of my time – but can I really sit around and do nothing? I’m afraid that my mother has given up on everything, and I just can’t do that. She is done fighting for herself. It’s so sad to see someone who has done what is right her entire life, had so many obstacles to overcome – who has worked hard to be an upstanding United States Citizen to get treated like this – it’s just sickening. Every day she cries – and she doesn’t understand. It’s hard enough to explain what happened to her when she can’t hear – it’s even more difficult to explain to her when it’s just so wrong. She doesn’t understand how she was supposed to know the audiology reports weren’t sufficient. “Why didn’t someone tell me” she says. Truth is, who would have known? Her biggest mistake was not engaging a lawyer a lot earlier. She doesn’t understand how they can “get away with this”. There is nothing I can say to her as I don’t understand how someone could be so thoughtless about the reality of her situation and the sheer blatant disregard for someone’s REAL life disability situation. I think it would have been easier if she would have been an alcoholic, or a drug addict which frankly is a choice. She never had a choice. She SHOULD HAVE chosen to utilize gov’t assistance her entire life. Now she has also been diagnosed with COPD to top it all off…. She’s at odd with the world, at odds with God, and has no faith in our Government. At what point will she really just give up? Sincerely, a worried and disappointed daughter and US citizen – Virginia Sullivan


Judge: Mark R Dawson
7/8/2016 2:05:39 PM



I GIVE HIM ONE SHOULD NOT GIVE HIM ONE I WENT TO COURT AND IN JUNE AND I JUST RECEIVED THE UNFAVORBLE LETTER AFTER THERE EDVIDENCE OF SEVERE BACK DISEASE HAVE TO GET FUSION BACK SURGERTY AND HE STILL SAYS I CAN WORK.ALSO EVIDENCE OF METAL PROBLEM AND IT'S STILL NOT ENOUGH EVIDENCE.


Judge: William Musseman
1/11/2016 4:56:17 PM



I had my hearing with this judge. I was denied, even though the guy who says what kind of jobs you can do, stated that there were no jobs that would hire me, due to the restrictions I had, and the time that would have to be missed due to numerous medical conditions. I also had forms from three of my doctors stating that I could not work. I just don't understand when the guy that the courts bring in, says there are no jobs I could do, and then I still get denied??? I have since reapplied, and have to wait another 15 months or so to get my hearing date to try again. It's so disappointing, especially when you have worked for this money, paid into the disability fund, and then get denied.

Raimond Eisaei
Judge: Kathryn D Burgchardt
10/13/2015 11:50:19 PM



Not every case is approved and there are sicknesses that judges have to take a close look at by the law. This judge is just doing her job . I found her reasonable and honorable . Thankful for sure.


Judge: Kurt D Schuman
8/21/2015 5:05:43 PM



Got denied for no good reason. The Disability system isn't nearly adequate to adress all the disabled in this country. This is why we have so many crazy people sleeping on the streets.

Lawyer
Judge: Debra J Denney
8/13/2015 3:23:21 PM



Very nice Judge, my first time in front of her, very fair and to the point, no idea of outcome, but she is fair to the client, and that is all one can ask for in hearings.


Judge: Mark R Dawson
4/21/2015 3:36:01 PM



The Honorable Judge Dawson is a very fair and compassionate judge, taking time to research rare or lesser known disorders that may not be on the Social Security Administration's list of approved disabilities in order to hand down a fair and informed judgement.


Judge: Richard J Maddigan
2/2/2015 10:48:56 PM



Retired effective January 31, 2015

Cheryl Terhune
Judge: William Musseman
12/23/2014 5:39:04 AM



This judge barely listened to me. I felt like I was taking up his "valuable golf time" in fact. I have countless medical records to back up my disability claim - even from a spine surgeon that said surgery wouldn't even help me. Add in my other medical disabilities and what should have been a favorable decision was not, even after 2 years!! I have worked since age 13, always working & many times more than one job at a time even, so I am no "slacker" as I think this judge sees the people that come before him. My lawyer asked if I was appealing (it would be my second) and I am NOT - I am near homeless and starving waiting on a process that is unbearable. The lawyer said "Well, it was our bad luck to draw this judge." Having a decent judge should NOT be "luck of the draw".

Anonymous
Judge: John A Beall
10/19/2014 2:14:22 PM



I wish I would have known about this site before rescheduling my client-employer's hearing date due to a lack of legal representation. He now has been rescheduled with a different judge, which based on these ratings is bad news. All I can do is pray to God and reach out to family and friends support and additional advocacy. After being forced to abandon my previous life and career in exchange for a less important job at half the wage I am worth, and after years of persevering and advocating with all my heart for my client-employer's basic rights to dignity and independence, after all we have been through, I can only pray that whichever judge is assigned will be a judge of honor who is able to really take the time to hear our story and give us the chance to explain 6 years worth of evidence. I also pray that I am able to locate and retain and affordable attorney who is passionate enough about the ins and outs of my clients needs and the enormous challenges that have been wrongly inflicted on my client, my client's advocates and my client's family members. I pray the judge will be able to understand and sympathize with all the barriers to services that have been built by employees who don't even bother to read or understand the very rules that their entire careers are based on.


Judge: Kurt D Schuman
9/14/2014 5:31:27 PM



Was rude, sarcastic, seemed like he had more important things to do. Not at all the characteristics I expected from a federal judge in such an important event for the claimant.

GR
Judge: NICHOLAS J LO BURGIO
8/8/2014 10:08:59 AM



Judge LoBurgio is the most thorough ALJ I have ever had, and through the years of practicing I have learned a great deal from doing hearings before him. I appreciate that he knows the case record very well, and in my opinion strives for fairness in hearing every case before him. He can be tempermental at times, however when you are prepared for your hearings this is rarely a problem and has no impact on his decision-making. Generally he is very pleasant and has a good nature. He is very knowledgeable of the all the pertinent rules and regulations and applies them fairly, and his manner of examining medical experts and vocational experts is un-matched. Having a chance to work before him has strengthened my skill-sets, and I believe he sets a great standard for ALJ's hearing claims. Overall, if you have a case before him, I am of the opinion he applies the law the way he is supposed to do.

GR
Judge: Marsha Stroup
8/8/2014 9:55:50 AM



I have been before Judge Stroup several times over the years representing claimants. She is always personable and allows the claimant's to have a fair and full hearing. In my opinion, she weighs the evidence objectively and without pre-conceived biases as some ALJ's seem to do. She knows her record well, and is thoughtful and balanced. Even in the cases that have been disapproved, my clients felt respected by her which says a lot about her nature.


Judge: William Musseman
6/30/2014 8:08:24 AM



This Judge solely makes his decision on the social security statues, also those by-laws for individuals under the age of 50 are extremely direct. Meaning if you are under the age of 50 chances are that you will be denied,I had suffered a stroke in 05, medical records from 4 different doctors stating that I am in need of a total shoulder replacement & suffer from mid-range of COPD and was told that I can still be a telemarketer. There has to be a human element when making a decision that is going to effect someones life, if you do not have this then a computer can do this job, by just filling out a check list and giving you a award or denial. An individual must be heard, understood & shown at least a little empathy as to what is happening with them as a whole or whats the point of being a judge? Definition of a judge from Websters:to form an opinion about (something or someone) after careful thought.:to regard (someone) as either good or bad. law : to make an official decision about (a legal case) This judge has none of above and does not do this.


Judge: Kurt D Schuman
3/20/2014 3:41:51 PM



Judge Schuman tends to stick close to a script for the beginning of his questions and then delves deeper if he sees anything that isn't in the record or that is confusing. He tends to be moderately prepared for the hearings beforehand, reviewing the evidence somewhat. However, he's cagey and tries to confuse reps with whether he'll grant or not. Hearings tend towards an hour long. Nice in person to most reps, but he'll push claimants ******* certain issues, such as lack of exercise, post-onset work activity, age, and even how they pay the bills. He is very understanding to inability to afford treatment. Apparently he was kicked out of the Denver office and does most hearings in Casper, WY. All in all, a middling type of judge.


Judge: William Musseman
4/22/2013 9:56:24 AM



You need to look at the person and all that is brought to your attention! You are denying people who well deserve and need their disability which some have paid into! STOP being discriminative to people under the age of 50! Do you think they can't and/or don't have medical problems before the age of 50???


Judge: William Musseman
4/1/2013 2:55:44 PM



No B.S. allowed before this gentleman. He is tough, but fair. Workers under 50 will have to prove a listing to win. Be prepared. He rarely questions a claimant.


Judge: Marsha Stroup
1/2/2013 1:11:30 PM



She is actually the Regional Chief Judge, and doesn't really do many Utah cases.


Judge: Kathryn D Burgchardt
11/13/2012 11:50:22 AM



she appears concerned about her clients, I have found her to be of assistance knowing she has to work in such a difficult system. thank you to Kathryn for your hard work, the bad references are probably just people who did not qualify for what they wanted.


Judge: Kathryn D Burgchardt
11/13/2012 11:46:09 AM



she is fair and balanced, the people who are not pleased with their outcome should contact the federal government and ask them why the SS resources are so rationed, this judge has been a savior to many and is operating by the letter of the law. perhaps Obama should be asked why he is destroying access to these resources, but slinging insults is a poor showing and indicates perhaps the level of these malcontents. ignorance and needy people always complain they do not get enough. she performed a great service for me and I will always be grateful


Judge: Debra J Denney
10/10/2012 1:57:16 PM



Very professional, respectful and compassionate.


Judge: Kathryn D Burgchardt
9/16/2012 10:36:10 PM



AMEN! I echo your thoughts on this judge. she used to be a bankruptcy lawyer, and i think that now her life involves making sure that the people that go before her, to be seen for social security, stay bankrupt. she clearly has no skills in logical thinking, or empathy for people facing horrible life changing health, and mental issues. i can't believe that she's allowed on the bench either.


Judge: Kathryn D Burgchardt
6/13/2012 12:20:46 AM



This fidiot is without a doubt the WORST INEPT DISABILITY JUDGE I HAVE EVER HAD THE MISFORTUNE OF COMING ACROSS, SHE GOT HER LAW DEGREE FROM A ******* JACK BOX.THE FOOL IS AN INEPT AS THEY COME.SHES ABOUT AS USELESS AS A MOP TRYING TO SOAK UP THE WATER IN THE PACIFIC OCEAN.She couldnt determine a real case vs a fake case if her ignorant life depended on it. She is totally CLUELESS as to how BACTIERAL MENINGITIS WORKS, THE LONG TERM AFFECTS IT CAUSES (IF THE PATIENT SURVIVES) pRETTY MUCH CALLED ME A LIAR FOR AL THE AILMENTS I UNFORTUNATLEY HAVE. SINCE MY HUSBAND WENT B4 THAT FOOL, SHE SHOULD HAVE RECUSED HERSELF FROM MY CASE.tHIS SO CALLED JUDGE NEEDS TO BE REMOVED FROM THE BENCH AND DISBARRED.