Ft Lauderdale, Florida ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Ft Lauderdale, Florida, 20 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Ft Lauderdale, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 15.0 months. The average case processing time in Ft Lauderdale is 583 days.The Ft Lauderdale average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 45%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Ft Lauderdale ODAR office was last updated on 6/11/2019.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Ft Lauderdale 20 15.0 months 583 days 2.1 20% 45% 35%
Florida15.1 months543 days2.220%44%36%
National Average:14.9 months500 days2.120%42%38%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied

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Judge: Michael J Kopicki
3/23/2020 5:22:51 PM

Very unfair he didnt review my whole chart, dimissed things that were important. ty

Judge: Mary Brennan
3/10/2020 4:48:47 PM

Hi, Yes it me again Ms. Hargrett and once again the Judge has took the law in her own hands and given me an unfavorable decision. For the second time I will be going to the Appeal Council on my own because these lawyers has to be working with her. Lord My life is almost over and this judge sit behind her desk and careless, her mind was made up before I walked in her court room. She needs to be disbarred

Judge: Donald G Smith
2/16/2020 9:42:11 PM

if you come to his home and be a layer guess what. You are dipping your grave, because everything is on ink and paper. If you are a Veteran ,he will said THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE with eye contact. also your medical record and medical expert report its in the front of HONORABLE JUDGE. Every case are different . you must convince your self if you are DISABLE before you go to that HEARING and no make any excuse like: i do not speak english. HONORABLE JUDGE SMITH . THANK YOU SIR < THANK YOU YOUR HONOR and YOUR STAFF REAL PROFECIONAL

Judge: Mary Brennan
2/4/2020 3:45:48 AM

Hi, I've been fighting this system for years and even been before Mary Brennan which led my case before a Appeal Council who remanded it back to her because the facts did not add up. That was almost a year ago, I've been hospitalized and chain to beds like a dog in the streets because I have seizure and even through I do as my doctors ask it's still happens. I will be going to court soon but until then all I do is 🙏 that No one have to endure the pain, hurt and the mental problems with this system that supposed to be designed to help you when you like I am. I got a lawyer this time and even my doctors and specialists don't understand WHY the judge fighting against them and my medical records. I 🙏 far all if you can work do so and save your money for times like this. Please 🙏 for me. Thanks. Thank You

Judge: Sylvia H Alonso
1/30/2020 9:22:18 AM

This Judge needs to be FIRED! I am a disabled 100% P&T Service Connected Veteran with military medical records. And 3 MD's professional opinions and medical evidence for my military disability. All my records are from military service and the VA. Sylvia H Alonso, gets off on her power and scoffs and made faces. Snatching her glasses off during my hearing. And yelled at me about "what I looked liked". Sylvia H Alonso will make your case what "SHE FEELS" she wants your case to be. Not giving any consideration to the education of the medical professionals, Doctors, records, and the governments written rules of law for injured or disabled veterans. Disabled in the line of duty with medical records from the United States Military Government. Sylvia H. Alonso rules according to her personal beliefs. She will play with your life like its a toy. And humiliate you in the process. I lost my home and had to file bankruptcy due to the negligence of a timely decision that's now at 9 years! Once my case was expedited. This so called "Judge" took her time and denied my case AGAIN. Not once did she mention I was a service connected disabled military veteran. She ask questions to catch you in something or a lie. So she can twist your case to favor a denial for her personal beliefs. Sylvia H. Alonso behavior was recorded during my hearing for social security. I have filed a complaint letter with the social security administration to warn them of her behavior. My case was sent to appeal through my lawyers. But that's another 18 months of waiting. ON TOP OF 9 YEARS! Let me make this clear. This could have been settled by Sylvia H Alonso.. But this woman made a choice to give an unfavorable decision again based on her personal beliefs. THIS WOMAN IS A BLACK HEARTED MONSTER! Sylvia H Alonso enjoys her power over Doctors, other Judges rulings and lawyers. If the doctor says your sick. Sylvia says your cured! Have a nice day... I thank God and the VA for being their for me. The Veterans Administration is AWSOME! And I credit them with saving my life! May God bless the workers at the VA. I love the United States of America. And If given the opportunity, I would defend this great country again!

Candace Beaux
Judge: Irwin Bernstein
1/17/2020 1:13:44 PM

Searching thru old photos....and found some of you! And Gloria! Would love to re-connect! If you agree, please let me know! Candy Wilkinson Beaux AZSweet@gmail.com

Vicki Corkern
Judge: Michelle Thompson
12/27/2019 9:04:38 AM

The disability rules, law, I should of got my disability, but this judge denied me my disability. I am a very sick person, there is days I can barely walk, I honestly don't know if I am going to make it some days.. I have so much pain , so forgetful, the social security doctor said I was disable to work, because of my disease. She mention of me being obesity, and lack of education. It never stopped me working before. I have worked ever since I was 12 years old, worked hard for over 40 years. I have worked for everything I have, and now I am not able to work and about to lose everything I have ever worked for, because I am not able to work, and this Judge made this unfair and inhumane decision, on behalf I felt she is a prejudge Person. It is such a shame that a judge can make this kind of decision, because they don't like a person. What has our country become to. So sad that's it's become that such cases are treated like this. God be with us all.

Tony miles
Judge: Walter C Herin
12/3/2019 2:54:47 PM

Some lady post he was not racist it was prolly judge herin himself. The discrimination case as many are online nice try "brandy" Im sure after all these post he try to clean act up.

Judge: Walter C Herin
11/27/2019 7:12:34 AM

judge Walter C. Herin Jr is not racist he's the best judge I have been in front of, he is taking his time reviewing my baby case and not going off what the others jugdes said.....I have been in front of several adj.judges and they ain't take the time too review my baby case because i got her denial before 30 days so i know definitely they didn't review it thoroughly but Judge Herin Jr is taking his time and I thank God for a Great judge we had on Nov.20,2019......

Judge: Sylvia H Alonso
11/9/2019 2:01:57 PM

This judge is very negligent, unforgiving, and should not be practicing law, clearly does not know the law. She requires the utmost, you can have substantial evidentiary support, records, labs, and clinical notes and she will still push your case to their “medical expert” which gives contradicting information/reviews. She is extremely negligent, failed to review records and important documents that were submitted to her MONTHS prior to hearing. She doesn't care to hear much of a testimony from the patient. She demeanor seems very judgmental and seems prematurely deny case before you have even been given a fair chance to deliver your testimony.

Judge: Sylvia H Alonso
11/7/2019 8:17:53 AM

This woman is a monster. She is a vile, ugly and a sinister human being. Her apathy is disheartening. Doctors that I've seen know her by name and one told me, "SHE HURTS PEOPLE." She loves her power and it's all that she craves and eminates in her hearings. She dismisses and scoffs at medical documents and medical expertise. LET ME SAY THAT AGAIN: SHE DISMISSES MEDICAL DOCUMENTATION, MEDICAL RECORDS AND MEDICAL EXPERTISE!!!!!! She will look over your claim with an agenda already decided and will sway and manipulate your documents to make her decision justified. She will call you a liar, as she did me, and make you feel hopeless and less than. She compared one of my disabilities to "a couple people I [she] knows" are fine. - With all due respect, Judge Alonso, anyone who rubs shoulders with someone of your power SHOULD NEVER BE COMPARED TO ME AND MY LIFE! EVER! She belittles doctor medical assessments. She shows that she is more powerful than anything a doctor says or diagnosed. She questions you only to try and catch you. There is absolutely no compassion or care in her hearings. This woman is a judge because she wants power and gets off on it. I pray that she finds love through Christ because she is a mean and nasty human being. The least she can do is show compassion for the claimant but she will not and never will. Remember, "SHE HURTS PEOPLE."

Robert johnson
Judge: Charles J Arnold
10/27/2019 4:32:46 PM

I had a hearing in April of 2019 and then in June got a letter that he wants to do a rehearing which is set for the middle of next month November 2019 No one i know has ever heard of this happening.i hope this is a good thing

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.

Judge: Michael Mannes
10/22/2019 3:45:56 PM

This has to be the very bottom of the cesspool of the administration. The reason that the system is so flawed is the claimant cannot get past such arrogance, The world of karma always seems to come back around. I cannot wait.

John F Hooks Jr
Judge: Walter C Herin
10/2/2019 7:57:20 AM

thought he was great judge ,but didn`t like the outcome , I`ll try again!!

Judge: Theresa R. Jenkins
9/19/2019 10:24:02 AM

Judge JENKINS was very kind and listens I have not recieved a decision yet my hearing was on the 29th of Aug. but my experience in her court room was really good I was comfortable and felt respected and well treated and listened too.

Judge: Theresa R. Jenkins
9/19/2019 10:23:27 AM

Judge JENKINS was very kind and listens I have not recieved a decision yet my hearing was on the 29th of Aug. but my experience in her court room was really good I was comfortable and felt respected and well treated and listened too.

Imvestigate walter cunt herin
Judge: Walter C Herin
9/9/2019 9:10:15 AM

There should be an investigation on walter c herin. HE gives you a rfc report without asking you to do anything.A person of color has no chance everyone knows he racist

Judge: Jonathan Sprague
8/26/2019 12:10:44 PM

Judge Sprague is a straight forward and fair judge, after waiting for 3 years for a decision and the mountains of medical records I presented I was awarded a partial decision based on the merits of my disabilities. Thank you Judge Sprague

This judge has a discrimination case
Judge: Walter C Herin
8/21/2019 7:42:30 AM

James v. Herin South Carolina District Court Judge: Cameron Mcgowan Currie Referred: Bristow Marchant Case #: 3:16-cv-02041 Nature of Suit 442 Civil Rights - Employment Cause 42:1983 Civil Rights (Employment Discrimination) Case Filed: Jun 17, 2016 Terminated: May 02, 2017 Docket Parties (2) Docket last updated: 10 hours ago Tuesday, May 02, 2017 45 misc Document Mailed Tue 10:20 AM ***DOCUMENT MAILED43 Order Ruling on Report and Recommendation,44 Judgment placed in U.S. Mail to Vernice L James (cbru, ) 44 misc Judgment Tue 10:18 AM JUDGMENT dismissing this action with prejudice (cbru, ) 43 order Order Ruling on Report and Recommendation Tue 10:15 AM OPINION AND ORDER adopting 39 Report and Recommendation, granting 32 Motion to Dismiss. Signed by Honorable Cameron McGowan Currie on 5/2/2017. (cbru, ) Wednesday, April 12, 2017 40 misc Document Mailed Wed 2:25 PM ***DOCUMENT MAILED39 REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION re32 MOTION to Dismiss and Memo in Support filed by Walter Herin, Jr placed in U.S. Mail to Vernice L James. (cwhi, ) 39 motion Report and Recommendation Wed 2:24 PM REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION of Magistrate Judge Bristow Marchant. It is recommended that the Defendants motion to dismiss be granted, and that this case be dismissed with prejudice. Objections to R&R due by 4/26/2017. Add an additional 3 days only if served by mail or otherwise allowed under Fed. R. Civ. P. 6 or Fed. R. Crim. P. 45. Signed by Magistrate Judge Bristow Marchant on 4/12/2017. (cwhi, ) Tuesday, April 04, 2017 37 respm Response in Opposition to Motion Tue 10:30 AM RESPONSE in Opposition re32 MOTION to Dismiss and Memo in Support . Response filed by Vernice L James.Reply to Response to Motion due by 4/11/2017. Add an additional 3 days only if served by mail or otherwise allowed under Fed. R. Civ. P. 6.(cwhi, ) Att: 1 Exhibit A-E, Att: 2 Envelope Monday, March 06, 2017 36 misc Document Mailed Mon 3:33 PM ***DOCUMENT MAILED35 Order on Motion to Substitute Party placed in U.S. Mail to Vernice L James. (cwhi, ) 35 order Order on Motion to Substitute Party Mon 3:32 PM ORDER granting 31 Motion to Substitute Party. United States added. Walter Herin, Jr terminated. Signed by Magistrate Judge Bristow Marchant on 3/6/2017.(cwhi, ) Monday, February 27, 2017 34 misc Document Mailed Mon 3:02 PM ***DOCUMENT MAILED33 Roseboro Order, placed in U.S. Mail to Vernice L James. (cwhi, ) 33 order Roseboro Order Mon 3:02 PM ROSEBORO ORDER directing clerk to forward summary judgment explanation to the opposing party and directing that party to respond in 34 days. Response due to 32 MOTION to Dismiss and Memo in Support by 3/30/2017. Add an additional 3 days only if served by mail or otherwise allowed under Fed. R. Civ. P. 6 or Fed. R. Crim. P. 45. Signed by Magistrate Judge Bristow Marchant on 2/27/2017. (cwhi, ) Friday, February 24, 2017 32 motion Dismiss Fri 10:36 AM MOTION to Dismiss and Memo in Support by Walter Herin, Jr. Response to Motion due by 3/10/2017. Add an additional 3 days only if served by mail or otherwise allowed under Fed. R. Civ. P. 6 or Fed. R. Crim. P. 45.No proposed order.Motions referred to Bristow Marchant.(Bailey, Terri) Att: 1 Memo in Support, Att: 2 Certificate of Service Thursday, February 16, 2017 31 motion Substitute Party Thu 12:21 PM MOTION to Substitute Party Notice of Substitution of Party by Walter Herin, Jr. Response to Motion due by 3/2/2017. Add an additional 3 days only if served by mail or otherwise allowed under Fed. R. Civ. P. 6 or Fed. R. Crim. P. 45.Proposed order is being emailed to chambers with copy to opposing counsel.Motions referred to Bristow Marchant.(Bailey, Terri) Att: 1 Certification by United States Attorney Monday, January 23, 2017 30 misc Document Mailed Mon 11:20 AM ***DOCUMENT MAILED 29 Order on Motion for Extension of Time to Answer placed in U.S. Mail to Vernice L James PO Box 8032 Columbia, SC 29202 (egra, ) 29 order Order on Motion for Extension of Time to Answer Mon 11:19 AM TEXT ORDER granting 28 Motion for Extension of Time to Answer. Walter Herin Jr. answer due 2/27/2017. Entered at the direction of Magistrate Judge Bristow Marchant on 01/23/2017.(egra, ) Friday, January 20, 2017 28 motion Extension of Time to File Answer Fri 9:53 AM MOTION for Extension of Time to File Answer re1 Complaint by Walter Herin, Jr. Response to Motion due by 2/3/2017. Add an additional 3 days only if served by mail or otherwise allowed under Fed. R. Civ. P. 6 or Fed. R. Crim. P. 45. No proposed order.Motions referred to Bristow Marchant.(Bailey, Terri) Friday, December 02, 2016 27 misc Status Report Fri 2:42 PM STATUS REPORT And Notice to Court as to Answer Due Date by Walter Herin, Jr.(Bailey, Terri) Att: 1 Exhibit 1 - Declaration of Walter C. Herin, Jr. Thursday, October 13, 2016 26 notice Notice of Appearance Thu 1:43 PM NOTICE of Appearance by Terri Hearn Bailey on behalf of Walter Herin, Jr (Bailey, Terri) Wednesday, October 12, 2016 25 service Summons Returned Executed as to USA-Complaint Served Wed 9:12 AM SUMMONS Returned Executed by Vernice L James. Walter Herin, Jr served on 10/3/2016, answer due 12/2/2016. (cwhi, ) Monday, September 19, 2016 23 service Summons Issued as to USA Mon 2:43 PM Summons Issued as to Walter Herin, Jr. U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General. Service due by 12/22/2016. (cwhi, ) 22 misc Document Mailed Mon 2:35 PM ***DOCUMENT MAILED21 Order Service - Non-Inmate placed in U.S. Mail to Vernice L James. (cwhi, ) 21 order Order - Service - Non-Inmate Mon 2:34 PM ORDER authorizing service of process by clerk and directing plaintiff to notify the clerk in writing of any change of address. Signed by Magistrate Judge Bristow Marchant on 9/19/2016. (cwhi, ) Friday, September 16, 2016 18 discov Answer to Interrogatories Fri 11:07 AM ANSWER to Court's Special Interrogatories from Vernice L. James by Vernice L James.(cwhi, ) Att: 1 Envelope Monday, August 22, 2016 17 misc Document Mailed Mon 4:09 PM ***DOCUMENT MAILED15 Proper Form Order and required document placed in U.S. Mail to Vernice L James. (cwhi, ) 16 order Order on Motion for Leave to Proceed In Forma Pauperis Mon 4:07 PM REFERENCE 15 ORDER granting 4 Motion for Leave to Proceed in forma pauperis. Signed by Magistrate Judge Bristow Marchant on 8/22/2016.(cwhi, ) 15 order Proper Form Order Mon 4:05 PM PROPER FORM ORDER. Case to be brought into proper form by 9/15/2016. Signed by Magistrate Judge Bristow Marchant on 8/22/2016.(cwhi, ) Monday, August 01, 2016 11 discov Answer to Interrogatories Mon 3:35 PM ANSWER to Court's Special Interrogatories from Vernice L. James by Vernice L James.(cwhi, ) Att: 1 Exhibit - List of expenses Thursday, July 07, 2016 10 misc Document Mailed Thu 2:20 PM ***DOCUMENT MAILED9 Proper Form Order and required documents placed in U.S. Mail to Vernice L James. (cwhi, ) 9 order Proper Form Order Thu 2:19 PM PROPER FORM ORDER. Case to be brought into proper form by 8/1/2016. Signed by Magistrate Judge Bristow Marchant on 7/7/2016.(cwhi, ) Friday, June 17, 2016 4 motion Proceed In Forma Pauperis Mon 3:48 PM MOTION for Leave to Proceed in forma pauperis Related [+] by Vernice L James. Response to Motion due by 7/5/2016. Motions referred to Bristow Marchant.(bshr, ) 3 discov Local Rule 26.01 Answers to Interrogatories Mon 3:48 PM Local Rule 26.01 Answers to Interrogatories by Vernice L James.(bshr, ) 1 cmp Complaint Mon 3:47 PM COMPLAINT against Walter Herin, Jr, filed by Vernice L James. Service due by 9/19/2016(bshr, )

Judge: Jonathan Sprague
7/15/2019 3:11:21 PM

I give this judge a F.... for not paying attention to my case and not seeing me as a person and not a book of files...seems I'd never get approved because I'm to pretty and had some sort of education.. I have seizures on the regular and suffer from PTSD depression n some otheri won't say but I guess here in America u cant even get help unless you are WHITE AND DIEING....I WANT JUSTICE I DESERVE THE HELP OTHERS ARE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF.....IM TIRED SIGNED ANGRY BLACK WOMEN

Judge: Scott A Tews
4/25/2019 7:21:02 AM

Good luck, I won my case with Judge Scott Tews presiding and never got anything but SSI which is better than nothing I was getting through SSD after being told I had it by the staff @ the SS Administration, I guess the system is bogged down from being robbed by politicians and people that never deserved to draw it so if you’re a real American born citizen with long running healthy problems, Get in the elevator cause your probably gonna get the shaft. Judge Tews told me he was giving it to me but something went wrong and I actually get $224 out of $780 a month on SSI after ?? deductions ?? How the heck can you deduct from $780 and live? You can’t without help thank God for family and friends. I would love to give a high rating because he was nice and seemed understanding but lied to me I didn’t get SSD.

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.

Judge: Tracey B Leibowitz
4/13/2019 1:42:51 AM

The honorable Tracey Liebowitz is a thorough a judge as I’ve ever seen.

Judge: Sylvia H Alonso
3/9/2019 8:33:45 AM

I went to my hearing yesterday with Judge Sylvia H Alonso she was very professional very understanding in my case I like so much the way she approaches questions like how frequently i made my nails my answer was once a month because with that question demostrates my honesty also she ask me about how long ago i broke up with my boyfriend i answered the true he broke up with me because my sickness and my tedious treatment of prescriptions that generated a lot of side effect like my lack of energy to perform the majority of activities i feel very sad and with a lack of hoping about life and cancer recovery is not easy but i have to said thank you dios for my life and to provide me with a fear and understanding judge that make me feel positive in my case I dont know the results yet but regardless the result I have to say she knows that i cannot perform the jobs that the vocational witness mentioned as security and light duties is not in my background as a po and also i try in an alternative field in a store as lost prevention and i cannot be stand or seated for long periods of time no more than 15 minutes and i have days i cannot move from bed and my frequency to oncology and psychiatric is every month and medical doctor every week for blood test and hormones teraphy i have to be ausent more than three times in a week and i dont think no job duties accepting that but anyway the process was limited time only 25 minutes and the end the vocational witness consumed the majority the time at the end but in resume, the judge very strong but fair at the same time I trust her more than my attorney or anybody involved in my case Thank god for the judge Silvia H Alonso I know for her professionalism she is going to understand my case. signed a 62 yrs old woman cancer survivor on hormonal treatment and psychiatric treatment with a lot side effect thank you god and thank you Judge.........with all my eternal respect.

Judge: Rebecca Wolfe
2/28/2019 6:38:42 AM

This lady didn’t give me a chance, she would not allow me to bring my wife in to speak on my behalf. After waiting over a year she still denied my claim. I’m an American fighting for what I earned , but an immigrant could come a get ssi without ever paying into social security.

Judge: Donald G Smith
2/19/2019 3:24:10 PM

Judge Smith was nodding off during my entire hearing! How this man is a judge is beyond me. I’m opening an investigation into his misconduct & I hope others will come forward. There is no way he’s qualified to determine someone’s financial future when he can’t even stay awake for 30 minutes! These courtrooms have cameras on us, it’s high time they start recording the judges as well!

Judge: James Andres
1/7/2019 8:53:00 AM

Once again I had a hearing with Judge Andres on Dec. 10th 2018. When I told the judge about the report he filed on me and that it was filled with mistakes he blew it off saying someone else writes the reports. This time he made mention of the fact that I was in his words 'Articulate' I asked how could that matter? I then asked the Doctor if a person could be both disabled and articulate, the doctor said of course. This Judge James Andres has been unfair to me since day one and he does not listen well. I suffer from heart disease and PTSD. If you have to see this Judge bring a lawyer with you because without one he will only take advantage of you as he did with me. I could go on and on about the way he treated me but I wish other people well and better success if you sit before this man.

Mike A.
Judge: Valencia Jarvis
12/9/2018 2:19:09 PM

I had Valencia Jarvis as my S.S. judge and she lied about my medically documented impairments in both physical and also psychological aspects and stated the exact opposite in her findings. To show how truly unfair of a judge this piece of work is, the states own vocational expert stated that I could not do any form of work at all even at sedentary levels and she stated the opposite of this as well in her decision. Unfortunately this is how she is allowed to continue to deny countless others through lies and falsifying documented evidence. Even though I had a rather lengthy rebuttal letter written up on my behalf to the appeals council trying to bring her upon charges for what she did to me showing documented proof that Valencia Jarvis lied to deny, which the appeals council agreed with 100%, they didn't feel this proof warranted my wrongful deny decision to be overturned but rather remanded back to the ALJ stage. Wasted 6 years + of my life and I am still at step one thanks to Valencia Jarvis who I notice does this to an extremely large number of those she oversees case wise. How can people like this stay in power with NO repercussions what so ever??? They need to have star categories going in the negative scale because she deserves a negative ten rating or better yet jail time for her illegal doings via changing court documents to state the opposite. There HAS to be laws against that one would think right? If that were me or you, we'd be in jail IMMEDIATELY so why, even though made aware, does the Social Security Administration get her off their docket or do the right thing and get her disbarred and arrested!!!!!

Judge: Wendy Hunn
12/7/2018 8:26:23 AM

Negative rating. If you have experienced abuse from Judge Wendy Hunn, contact Jean at jarvis7151@hotmail.com.

Judge: Valencia Jarvis
11/20/2018 3:28:43 AM

I had Valencia Jarvis as my ALJ. I personally didn’t feel like she was ******. I am white and she never made me feel uncomfortable for being white. There were certain points in the hearing when I noticed she wasn’t looking at me while I tried to explain myself, but then again she could have just been trying to process what I was saying? I have a hard time expressing myself verbally and feel that the hearing could have been a bit longer and maybe I could have been able to express myself better. This whole process has given me major anxiety and I feel so hopeless waiting on a decision that will probably end up in a denial, after reading all of these comments , I really have no hope.

Anne Palazzola
Judge: Walter C Herin
8/21/2018 9:13:05 AM

Judge Herin Jr,,,,Gravy Or Sauce? You Are One Of The Coolest Judges I’ve Ever Encounted!

Been There, Done That
Judge: Valencia Jarvis
7/20/2018 1:11:47 PM

She's cold and robotic. You basically have no chance with her. Clearly looking to deny cases. No objective at all. Not fair. Not compassionate. She's going to deny you and use your words out of context. Don't take it personally. She's been told to do it. Don't bother appealing it. Turn around and file again and you will def get a new judge who will be better. She's saving SSA all by herself I'm sure she thinks that anyway.. Sorry if you get her. She should get zero stars

B Jedele
Judge: Jennifer B Millington
7/6/2018 10:06:22 PM

Judge Millington was very kind. She was familiar with my case, And made me feel very at ease as soon as I entered the courtroom. Disability hearing is very stressful. I felt confident that she truly cared about my situation. I feel that she was very compassionate, And listen to all my responses to questions that were asked of me.

Bonita Hargrett
Judge: Mary Brennan
7/1/2018 8:03:52 AM

I'm so saddened that a justice system sit back and let Judge's take people life and safety in their hands like a joke. After my appeal this judge went against all medical evidence and got a medical doctor that was limited to all my medications and limited to all the findings in my case and use him as a witness. If a Doctor does not have all medical records and Never seen you how could he say or judge me on my disability. I don't need a attorney to speak for me, it common sense. I will not stand bye and be rail roaded by this system because that not right. I'll do anything to work if I could, but I will not put my life in danger or other just because this judge is trying to save money and lie. I am faithful and she might not like her judgement but all I ask is to be fair and Honest. Stop treating hard working people as if they trying to take from the system. But give to the one who never work because they don't have to pay back pay. Shameful and I'm going all the way if I have too Federal Court.

Judge: Theresa R. Jenkins
6/28/2018 5:24:10 PM

Judge Theresa R. Jenkins is discerning, she's respectful and she's fair...'nuff said.

Keeli Araque
Judge: Sarah Cyrus
5/21/2018 3:11:27 PM

It took me three years and a lot of my own energy and work due to slack on my attorneys part to get my SSDI approved. Judge sarah Cyrus is my heroine because she pointed out to me that my attorney’s had been “waiting” my case out for max payment. Due to their negligence I’m sorry to say I will be losing my left lower leg. But judge Cyrus personally set up my SSA appt and expedited my insurance so I could finnaly get the help I deserved. If I could take to dinner anyone in the world, dead or alive, I would choose judge Cyrus because decent people are scarce. Thank you for your service you give me hope that there are people out there that care.

Bonita Hargrett
Judge: Mary Brennan
5/7/2018 11:11:30 AM

Hi, I really don't understand why the Judge's act more like their doctors instead of Judging you on facts. They find everything that has nothing to do with your case and truly letting people suffer and some are dying waiting on a decision. I watch a judge misuse her authority and denied a lady of a breathing treatment and this lady died. People don't give up and please don't go back to work and put other and your life in danger just because you are denied. You have rights, stick to them because if anybody gets hurt because you was not supposed to be working. You got to live with that. I can't really Rate this judge yet but I felt she was being more of a doctor than a judge.

Jessica Perez
Judge: Charles J Arnold
4/19/2018 5:08:48 AM

Judge Arnold was very kind and seemed very understanding to my daughter situation. We’ve been fighting for social security for 3 years for my adopted daughter who is autistic. We are waiting for his descision but I am confident about how court went he seems fair. But we shall see.

Waldemar Westwalewicz
Judge: Mary Chrzanowski
3/18/2018 7:47:50 AM

Mary you are good woman and I love you for this, all the best from Australia, Waldemar

Clora leath
Judge: Sylvia H Alonso
2/4/2018 7:47:10 PM

I loved this judge she was sincere and understanding if all people can have a heart like her i think this world would go great. thank you judge alonzo for understanding my concerns and pain SHE'S THE BEST

Phillip W
Judge: Donald G Smith
1/18/2018 6:53:13 AM

1/8/2018 Very fair and professional in mannerisms. Put me at ease and made answering questions less stressful. Whole staff courteous and polite.

Phillip W
Judge: Donald G Smith
1/18/2018 6:51:08 AM

1/8/2018 Very fair and professional in mannerisms. Kentucky charm made put me at ease and made answering questions less stressful. Whole staff courteous and polite.

Judge: Wendy Hunn
1/13/2018 1:13:50 AM

The most unprofessional and least compassionate judge that ever existed.

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Judge: D. K Dugan
12/22/2017 5:41:13 PM

The Sweetest Compassionate Man ever, may God Bless Him. Thank you for saving my life your honor.

John M
Judge: Richard J Ortiz-Valero
12/17/2017 7:07:00 PM

Treated my case professionally and gave me a full approval. If you make sure you have all your Dr. information documented and get at least 1 Doctor to agree that you are permanently disabled you should be ok. In my case I had 2 Board Certified Doctors fill out forms in agreement with my diagnosis of full disability along with may years of Doctor visits and surgeries. Bottom line if you take the time to get the medical documentation in order this Judge is fair (in my opinion).

John M
Judge: Richard J Ortiz-Valero
12/17/2017 7:06:50 PM

Treated my case professionally and gave me a full approval. If you make sure you have all your Dr. information documented and get at least 1 Doctor to agree that you are permanently disabled you should be ok. In my case I had 2 Board Certified Doctors fill out forms in agreement with my diagnosis of full disability along with may years of Doctor visits and surgeries. Bottom line if you take the time to get the medical documentation in order this Judge is fair (in my opinion).

Holly M.
Judge: Donald G Smith
12/6/2017 3:15:54 PM

I had a great experience with Judge Smith! I waited 7 years to get my disability and just happened to have he hardest judge the first time. With Smith he listened to me very intently and he was Curtious and fair. He approved me right there but did not want to step on the previous judges toes so he gave me 32 months backpay with full benefits. He’s ranked right in the middle of being a fair judge and that he is! Thank you Judge Smith for everything. I know your job is hard and I appreciate how you handled my case. People you better have your doctors on top of all of their paperwork and you better have a darn good reason for coming to see him for disability.

Judge: McArthur Allen
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Judge: McArthur Allen
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Judge: Elizabeth C Palacios
11/13/2017 10:35:13 AM

Judge Palacios was the coldest, rudest, most disorganized judge I have ever seen. Having a little compassion for the SICK isnt too much to ask!

Judge: Valencia Jarvis
10/26/2017 8:37:39 AM

This is Dr. Irving Kushner. I am a medical expert for rheumatology cases. I testified for a hearing for you on August 11th. I have not yet received a call order, without which I cannot submit an invoice. I have sent several e-mails to and left voice mail messages for my sole contact person in your office - Joann Myer - asking that this be looked into, but have not received a reply. I have tried to reach your operator, but have not succeeded. I get music. Can you help me? 216-751-5885 Ixk2@case.edu Claimant Fitzgerald

irving kushner MD
Judge: Denise Pasvantis
10/26/2017 8:36:23 AM

This is Dr. Irving Kushner. I am a medical expert for rheumatology cases. I testified at a hearing for you on August 11th. I have not yet received a call order, without which I cannot submit an invoice. I have sent several e-mails to and left voice mail messages for my sole contact person in your office - Joann Myer - asking that this be looked into, but have not received a reply. I have tried to reach your operator, but have not succeeded. I get music. Can you help me? 216-751-5885 Ixk2@case.edu Claimant Trimarchi

Judge: Robert Gill
10/17/2017 2:01:23 PM

I need your help social security has been sucking pay from my disability since the moment you approved me please help me. They have sent me to a doctor she ask me why I cried as I spoke of my decapitated father , then asked me what red spelled. Week later a note side they reported insufficient information . They have done this to invade my life without sufficient report . Went to another doctor three months later nothing three days later a note for a hearing. Please help me please the lawyers will not help me until I lose my case . Alone no one will hear me

Anthony John Apanavicius
Judge: Wendy Hunn
10/6/2017 1:19:01 PM

I am a disabled veteran 100% unemployable status rated by the US Army & Veterans Affairs... took me close to 3 years to get approved for SSDI in November 2014, the VA social worker I had, was looking over my papers & told me to question their decision for onset dates, the US Army & Veterans Affairs had me down for February 2009, I was MED BOARDED while on active duty, so my completion/release date from active duty was September 2010. My social worker noticed their on set dates given were set for February 2014, she had advised me to question my local office as to why. That same day I did go question my SSDI case worker, she also thought it was odd, right month, wrong year... she stated could be a simple mistake, & she assisted me with an 'appeal for on set dates' it was processed in January 2015. I was already approved & collecting benefits at this time. I ended up moving to Florida to Oregon, in early April 2015. I did addr as changes & all. I was told by case manger Lisa on Oregon it should be any day, as they only take I believe she said 90 days. Still. Never heard anything prior to move. Then in June 2015 I received a denial letter for my appeal, I panicked & called local office in Port Saint Lucie, Florida. The lady on phone at local office pulled up a copy of denial letter sent to me. She told me to calm down, it's only a denial for your "appeal for onset dates", that if I go to 2nd page it states any benefits previously established would continue/remain the same, she said it was just for my onset dates appeal, that it can take a few times when I have time come down & she will help me re-file the appeal again. She confirmed my payments were all set with no interruptions. In October 2015 my payment never hit bank, I again called questioning, figuring maybe a holiday or something? I was told I'd have to come in to find out why, so I did, that same day. They had 2 people come & explain why. They stated it's due to earned income, I asked what's that mean? They said you are working... I explained no way I'm 100% unemployable, I can't work... they said yes you are for a company called DFAS... I then explained what DFAS is, it's the main payroll office for any & all military pay... active duty, reserves, retiree, & VA disability benefits, for all branches of the military... the guy then admitted was an error, he told me we can't just flip a switch to reinstate, so I'd have to file for a "hearing request" so he helped me fill it out, with full explaination of what was going on, an error, I don't worked & what DFAS is, he said it would be expedited since I'm a disabled veteran, & I should hopefully be reinstated within a month or 2, he doesn't see why they'd waste time for a hearing for something so simple to fix, being an error & wrongful, he asked me why I hadn't come in sooner when I got letter explaining I was going to be being cut, I told him I didn't get a letter, he looked up in computer & said it was sent out, "oh wait" it's scheduled to go out Friday, the Friday after I was cut/missing payment, I then asked so now how do I come in prior to clear up, if your letter is post dated to go out Friday, 2 days after you guys cut my benefits on a Wednesday... for another "oh crap look from both guys... I never heard anything, till January 2016, received a letter stating I had a video hearing date in February 2016. So I attended this hearing alone, no attorney, under impression I was going to clear a simple error showing I am not working & what DFAS is. At this hearing Judge Wendy Hunn never ever once asked about DFAS or earned income, instead it's like they were avoiding the reason they had cut me off, & now trying to run it as a reconsideration case, they had teleconference in a mental health doctor who when Judge asked his opinion stated, his disability dates are February 2009 by the army & Va, you only sent me records from 2009 & back... so based off these I couldn't tell you, she asked him again I didn't ask that all I asked is based off what you reviewed what's your thoughts, he then again stated based off these medical records 2009 & back, they report his mental health at moderate at the time so I guess no... she then said thank you & hung up... she then questioned me on ADL's & issues I have... I explained all, she kept mentioning my "wife" I eventually cut her off & corrected her, "my husband you mean?" My husband is listed on my claim as a dependent... so how they got "wife" to start boggles me, obviously people don't actually review files prior to attending hearings... anyways, after I corrected her, got a dumbfounded look & nothing but sarcasm & attitude there after... I guess she's not much of a LGBTQ 🏳️‍🌈 advocate... whatever.... she then had her occupational/vocational specialist that works for social security run scinarios of what type of work I could do, based off my disabilities & limitations, her own specialist stated, there are no jobs your honor that will hire this man on full time with benefits & keep him on with his disabilities & limitations... she was about to then end the hearing... she noticed I had a stack of papers with me, she asked what it was, I explained it's the copies of my MED board from army & VA, and a copy of my medical records I was given when I was released on September 2010, along with a few pages here & there as hospitals & clinics have me over the years till now as well, she stated, well I don't have even 1/4th that, I said well I guess you don't have much then... I said I can make copies of what I have, I don't have "everything" from 2010-present just a few pages here & there... as I saidF what they give me copies of. She then replied with, if get your copies, come across just 1 duplicate (period) I am immediately going to push everything off my desk into trash no questions. I said I don't know what you do or don't have... she asked if all my care was done at VA hospitals... I told her well yes most of it, other then a few referrals where va sent me to specialty clinics... she told me to leave a list with the lady ok my end of screen who was in charge of setting up & connecting the video hearing for me & collecting signatures... this lady had me write all down & leave with security guard, stated she had more cases to conduct, Couldn't sit and wait... so I did, I left with security guard along with a detailed timeframe break down of my entire process from 2009 till present... I never heard back till June/July 2016, I received a denial letter, stating because I am single father now, I can go work, & I can work in catering/banquet server/or fastfood... mind you I walk with a cane & walker, and am in a wheelchair for a few weeks here & there thru year because my pains are that bad I can't stand or walk... so not only did their own paid & appointment doctors back in 2014 prior to my original approval state I was disabled, this judge went against what her own vocational specialist told her of work I can perform, decided my case 100% knowing she had not a full set of medical records, forced a mental health doctor to make a decision off partial records dated prior to my onset dates, have himts of discrimination of sexual orientation & marital status... being a single parent does not make any of my disabiliea dealing with easier; only harder, I struggle every single day, due to my disabilities & lack of what I can do... my daughter is behind, she is in therapy for speech, occupational, & developmental skills... because of me... because I can't carry her all day, I have issues picking her up, I can't get down in floor & play wth her, I can't go to parks with her, believe me I tried & ended up in ER next day severely bruised coxxyx, I can't afford day cares, my own anxieties I don't have any friends here... I don't speak to anyone, there for my daughter now has social anxieties as well... she claws her own face, pulls her own hair out, & scratches/pinches her own arms & legs till they bleed if people try to talk to her or get too close Now... so this judge who did not fully review anything, half ***** my case, went against everything & everyone... & I'm almost for sure she discriminated against me once I corrected her of my marital status of being married to another guy/husband... & because I am now a single parent because my husband took off & abandoned my daughter & I when she was 4 months old because he couldn't deal with my disabilities & limitations... that I was in pain all day, everyday, & limited what & when we could do things, he decided to take off with another guys he met & knew for 2 weeks over our 7 years, marriage, & having a child... I'm Biological father through surrogacy, so it's my blood child... regardless of my pains I do what I have to to make sure she is taken care best that I can... I am in tears caring for her at times, trying hardest to hide it, so she doesn't see... it's not easy being disabled, & having a daughter who is now almost 3 years old who is behind, & being treated because of disabilities brought in due to my own disabilities & life issues from injuries while serving this country in the US Army, in deployment to Iraq... shame on this judge... now I'm having to appeal in federal courts which is hell, Florida has limited attorneys for federal cases & I have yet to find one... supposedly only around 28 through entire state... they it only screwed memes stated above, but they also made sure to tile it perfectly to where my LID (Last Insured Date) expired a few weeks after hearing date, but almost 4 months prior to a decision letter... so I couldn't even restart process with a new claim & attorney now, was told to have them manually adjust LID date, something about because I was approved and collecting date should have been frozen anyways, they need to manually adjust it so I can hire an attorney & restart a new claim... went into my local office was told to leave... they can't speak To me because since I'm in process of a federal appeal in court, it's basically a lawsuit against social security, aontjey wouldng speak to me or Assist me in anything now. Great system we have, rule all set up to favor them... & screw citizen over... I bet they never have issues getting approved in life when needed...

Suzette Sanborn
Judge: Charles J Arnold
9/15/2017 7:52:22 AM

NEED HELP! Last job 2007. Filed 2009. Multiple Incurable Illnesses. Long time still suffering!

John Michael Miceli
9/8/2017 2:32:20 PM

Jose G. Roland said if social security ever approved my disability then he would make sure I get benefits back til 2004 when I was shot 2 times and became disabled , in 2010 I was given a favorably but the judge started it 2008 so they stole / hijacked blackmailed my past benefits and lowered my current and future benefits this is why I have no money and my checking account is overdrawn every month now 3 days ago my truck blew up , and I don't have any money to replace it because I have been behind from 2004 I stile owe my family and friends over $50,000.00 but right now we have a hurricane and I don't have money to even pay for fuel thanks to theft of my benefits , if I have the money they stole from me I would not have to decide which bills to pay each month , and would be able to get my teeth replaced so I can chew my food without choking all the time and then also get a reliable truck to dive instead of temporary junk like I been living with now I have no truck , i borrowed my grandfather junk truck but i don't have enough money for fuel to leave and get back , and I may not have a place to come back to , and no insurance for 2 reasons 1st I payed my manufactured l home with loan from dad so I would not have to barrow his money and pay monthly mortgage with interest , but after I payed if off the state canceled my insurance because I don't have a creditor to protect and they gave me a long list of things I have to have a contractor say like my roof will last 5 years , and that my structure is solid and will last and hold my roof , well no contractor will do that if they did not build it or repair it because they can't see inside the walls and under the urethane roof , and then on top of that I cant afford insurance , so why am i made to suffer I did not and don't want to be disabled , the 2nd judge said off the record without saying it that even though I"m disabled , and was even worse before that because I tried to work even though I kept getting hurt , that trying is the same as working , only I did not have any gainfully employment , so they blackmailed me out of my back benefits , or he will find a reason to give me an unfavorable , again and have to appeal and another 3 to 5 years to new trial and he said he will then make the same request , so long story short why don't you keep your word and have ssd pay me from 2004 till 2008 and then fix my benefits to reflect what it should be as i had worked my hole life from age 14 , never calling in sick sometimes working 2 full time jobs at 1 time to make my own way paying in to ss and fika and taxes and even my own self employment tax , I'm not a dead beet like some of those people that you need to screen out ,so will you please help me by keeping your word to me and requesting my back benefits , I will reserve my rating of you till you get back to me as I do not know if you are aware of what had happen to me

Josie Velasco
Judge: Frederick R Waitsman
9/7/2017 3:35:19 PM

It was my pleasure to appear before Judge Waitsman today. He took a genuine interest in me and the presentation of my appeal. He exuded competence and excellence, and an appreciation for the excellent preparation of my legal counsel. I think he sees clearly and without bias, and is quite able to accurately assess the validity of a client. Thank you for being a man of obvious character, Judge Frederick Waitsman,

Shawn snow
Judge: Sarah Cyrus
9/1/2017 7:51:57 PM

This judge was great she actually listened to what I had to say and actually made her decision from what was in the medical record and what my dr had said.I had a previous hearing with a different judge who was very combative and just went by the ss a examiner's who never met me. She wrote she didn't believe my dr or what was in the medical record. Thank you judge Cyrus you have made a huge difference

Mascheria G Perdue
Judge: Valencia Jarvis
8/21/2017 1:47:19 PM

This is sad. I had also this judge, She disproves me for all kinds of craziness. At the time my lawyers were no help. because the day of my hearing I had a bad ear problem. And because I said about my mother. I have 5 daughters and at the time all of us was taken care of her. But what does have to do with the tea China? I had got a settlement and she made me feel like trash because she said they just paid you off. That hurt me so bad. I am one that does not play with the government. I work for what I wanted. Now because she sent me back out in the work force. I lost my job because I can not walk. SSI is a joke. These guys will not even send me to their doctors. The main doctor that want to see me. I can not go to him because I have to pay 420 to see him. You all might be judges but there is a judge much higher than you all. And you will give an account of what you have done to people. At first, I hated this judge because she uses my mother to for my claim. Everyone is fast to through the old folks in the Nursing home. What was wrong with me giving my mother water or feeding her. My other daughter would help clean her. SSI has a way of using trick words to see if you are lying. But they are quick to put a child on SSI who mother knew the guy she was with had a mental problem.But yet she still had a child by him and then go to SS. To get a check .But a person like me who can not walk nor stand nor sit for a long time. They quick to say you can work. Like I said I hated this judge .But God changes it and gave me a love for her. I do feel sorry for her and all the other judges that feel that they are God. I am in pain 24/7. Orlando judges have a better rating than any of these judges here do. She heard my case in 2015 in Brevard County. My prayers are that this judge and every other judge would put themselves in the person body and feel what they feel. I told this judge about my back crying and now because of her judgment, I can not walk that good at all.

Disabled Veteran
Judge: Denise Pasvantis
8/14/2017 8:35:09 PM

I am a disabled veteran (Viet Nam era), rated by the VA. I had the displeasure of having my hearing in front of Denise Pasvantis. This poor excuse for a human treated and talked to me like I was dirt; she disallowed me to call my witness, rudely told me to be quiet when I asked to present VA documents as evidence, and cross examine the "expert witnesses" (what a sham); I have never been treated so horribly by someone in an official capacity. How this person got to be a judge is beyond me, how can our government allow such prejudice, hatred and discrimination to exist in our courts?? A disability proceeding??? To help our disabled that need help?? I live on a fixed income, I fought for this country. These angry people such as this woman should be sent to Afghanistan to fight, or see our soldiers fighting; maybe then her unprofessional hate filled attitude would change. Sorry, but this is what I had to sit and see for 2 wasted hours. I hope no one else has to go thru what I did, I am going to yell as loud as I can to whomever will listen, this intentional bias should not be in our courts.

Judge: Richard J Ortiz-Valero
7/27/2017 12:51:02 PM

He denied my father for social security when he CLEARYLY needs it! Provided his medical history and had a medical professional at the court hearing stating he cannot hold a full time job. My father can barely stand for more than 15 min due to his back. Very unfair for him as my father has worked his entire life and now when he needs help, he gets a slap in the face. This denial is based off opinion and not FACTS! This is so unfortunate to the people that actually need the help.

Judge: Valencia Jarvis
6/3/2017 8:01:05 AM

Valencia Jarvis entirely ignored social security's own physicians as well as my medical history. In her decision she wrote, "I think this person can work". I have an amputated right leg and other ongoing health issues. What more do you need to be disabled in her judgement? Consistent with her track record, she ignored the facts and ignored the law. I do not know how the federal government is still employing this ***** woman in a position of responsibility.

Judge: James Andres
5/8/2017 5:19:31 PM

Further reading of his decision has left me shocked. Judge Andres interpretation of what took place is a joke. To think he is in such an important position that effects many peoples lives is scary. This is sickening abuse of one mans power. Being turned down is something I could have handled if not for the obvious mishandling of information by this judge. This is a sad bureaucratic system at work.

Robert Henry
Judge: James Andres
5/1/2017 10:11:09 AM

Judge Andres had his mind made up on me and I never had a chance. But what bothered me most was the paperwork that came explaining his decision. It was full of inaccuracies and mistakes. During my last hearing his told me to be brief with my answers, he rushed me. Part of my problem is an inability to express myself quickly my concentration is limited. So Judge Andres had me speak quickly but the doctors just took their sweet time answering all the questions and in the process this only confused me further. Don't like this judge but more importantly have no respect for his actions. Shameful. Ask yourself.....If you went to any law school and asked students what law career they hoped to pursue, very few if any, would say they hoped someday to be a judge in a disability court.

Judge: Robert Baker
4/24/2017 5:53:42 PM

The judge baker is the best in miami odar office he aprove my case quikly

Judge: Jonathan Sprague
4/17/2017 9:05:26 AM

I would like to thank Judge Sprague for being fair and recognizing my limitations based on the facts of my case. Being initially denied multiple times i was very nervous going in, but he examined the evidence, asked pertinent questions and will make a fair decision. I have not received the letter in the mail yet, but whatever the determination, i want to thank the judge anyway. He is a good man.

Matthew Buckman
Judge: Brian Turner
3/12/2017 6:02:30 PM

100% Professional, Compassionate and Likeable.

Nury Alonso-Jorge
Judge: Rebecca Wolfe
3/8/2017 2:23:11 PM

Judge Wolfe was very professional but at the same time she was warm and friendly. She made you feel at ease and made this process much easier. Thank you and God bless you judge Wolfe.

jojo appy
Judge: Robert Gill
2/19/2017 2:30:22 PM

I wish he new the pain I suffer from daily it's to the point of unbearable hoping medical marijuana places open soon nothing Works . He approved me at hearing and thank him for really knowing who deserves it. Went by what medical officer said and my medical reports. If I got denied I would of ended my life. For the scam artists out there i hope you lose. Your just making people like me to wait longer. god bless you judge GIll.

Judge: Tracey B Leibowitz
2/3/2017 7:53:41 AM

Tracey is the best Judge She was very professional and realized My disability. I'm very grateful for having her as my JUDGE. All you have to do is look at my medical records. Also, my attorney was prepared My mom helped me fill this out

Judge: Jennifer B Millington
12/5/2016 5:51:57 PM

she was awesome i had her for my last hearing understanding and compassionent had hearing in oct just waiting for decision.

Kevin Fitz
Judge: Valencia Jarvis
11/17/2016 12:44:05 PM

Unfortunately I had judge Jarvis in 2013 she is a racist she is the worst judge she twist the facts I had a heart attack one month after on Christmas I have a 4 centimeter embolism in my heart in my aorta she is a racist she has a percent of less than 17% if you're not white you will not pass the worst judge she needs to be disbarred when I was at her hearing it was a black man before me don't know his condition or anything he was in for 5 to 10 minutes I was drill 45 minutes to an hour she Twisted the facts you didn't listen to anything she has to have there has to be checks and balances why are her numbers 1/3 less than the next lowest person less than 17% approval she is a racist she does not need to be on there and when I do go to my next hearing I am going to formally complain whether I win or lose it doesn't matter I'm going to die in a year anyway okay so anybody that has Judge Jarvis you will lose you wasted your time and money Security is a right not a privilege I paid over $160,000 met the top of the top and I get turned down I lost 3 years now I had to go back now I have to go again to a different one they need to fire her ass please pass on this information my family daughter daughters friends are going to expose her on all social media ask anybody that reads this and the other ones before me to do the same she needs to be fired or possibly even thrown in jail because she's actually killing people by denying them the right it makes no sense to pay into Social Security as a right and she has her own agenda she is a racist they need to fire her and throw her in jail Kevin fits said so

Judge: Mary Chrzanowski
11/9/2016 4:26:49 PM

This judge is really a great judge. She took the time to hear and understand me and my illness. I really appreciated having her to hear my case. Thank you Judge Chzarnowski.

Judge: Wendy Hunn
11/4/2016 8:22:10 PM

Although I've never met her I'm very grateful my case was handled by Judge Hunn.

Judge: Thurman Anderson
10/31/2016 6:06:27 AM

I had my hearing with Judge Thurman Anderson, and I got the feeling that he would be fair. I didn't know for sure, but I had a feeling. I received a fully favorable decision, and I took the time to read every word. I wasn't just concerned about getting my benefits...I wanted to know how he came to his decision, because I have been suffering for such a long time. He was very thorough and I believe he could tell just how much I've been through. I feel so blessed that I had an ALJ who was willing to review all of the evidence, and make a decision based on that evidence. Thank God for Judge Anderson.

Judge: Denise Pasvantis
10/29/2016 11:22:52 AM

This Judge has no compassion for really disabled claimants. She don't even take the time to try to understand your case.Just remember her approval and denial rates are already worked out in her head.Your just a number.

lucky me
Judge: Tamia N Gordon
10/26/2016 11:05:02 AM

SHE IS A NASTY ASS JUDGE AND WILL NOT BE A JUDGE LONGER SHE VERY UNFAIR REALLY DONT KNOW WHAT THE HELL SHE DOING I WENT FOR HEAR AUGUST 2015 gt letter five days afterwArd not approve could told me THAT in court room and I hD good lawyer but been on appeal since my lawyer said she made a legal error did not consider anything my doctor said or my diagnosis schizophrenia anxiety DEPRESSION pstd they need to throw her ass out courtroom pn streets y cars driving

Antonio Durso da Rocha
Judge: Robert Gill
9/30/2016 8:11:22 PM

Robert Gill is calm person,straighrforward,self-effacing reception for the claimant's testimony.

Judge: Robin R Palenske
9/23/2016 8:05:13 AM

I just want to let the public know be very aware that these comments are not always true and anyone including the judges family, friends, and associates can make anonymous comments. I don't know this judge I just wanted to get this comment in.

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

Laurie Cohen Otto
Judge: Wendy Hunn
9/12/2016 12:19:34 PM

She has all the attributes of an excellent judge: prudence, compassion and knowledge. Meeting her was an absolute pleasure, a person who I will always remember.

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.

Paul L. Jenkins, Esq.
Judge: Robin R Palenske
9/4/2016 2:19:17 PM

Judge Palenske has been the recipient of some incredibly false and ridiculous critiques on this board. Firstly, her award rate is in line with the national average, which would itself indicate that she is applying the law faithfully and fairly. As a highly successful SSDI attorney, I have appeared before her many times. She rightly expects lawyers to fully and thoroughly present their cases. She listens more than she talks, and many of her colleagues on the Bench could learn from the thoughtful way in which she conducts her hearings. She is always respectful and courteous to each and every claimant, and always arrives at well reasoned legal conclusions regardless of whether the outcome is an award or a denial. If you have a good lawyer who follows Judge Palenske's specific pre-hearing instructions, and takes the time to carefully develop your testimony in court, this judge will award your case, provided that the medical evidence supports the severity of your allegations. By all standards of judicial fairness, temperament, and preparation, Judge Palenske is a model ALJ.

Joseph Saintelus
Judge: Mary Brennan
8/2/2016 1:20:08 PM

I am the mother of a 21years old young male who always had asthma heart murmur and developmental delays .Started school and has had an IEP since he was 3. At the age of 14 he went into cardiac arrest got a pacemaker at 15 and restrictive lungs and still has delays Joseph Saintelus takes 11pills a day not including his asthma pumps and he doesn't have the friends he used too he went into a shell therapy reports show Joseph has problems with depression you denied him without looking over his whole case he couldn't go to any heart specialist for three months no insurance and children and families wouldn't help because you already denied him without checking the new evidence. I am already on a fixed income paying 500 deductible for heart surgery it's sad when you live here and can't get proper help. For anyone going to court always have a lawyer or you will get screwed this is for Joseph Joey Saintelus i am your voice we been waiting months for Medicaid with no help

Judge: Tamia N Gordon
8/1/2016 10:47:15 PM

Worst Judge of its kind! At the hearing i broke down crying explaining my condition and she didn't show one bit of compassion. A month later she denied me even with a good Lawyer and a well prepared medical record from my doctor. She has send me to a state psychologist who along with my doctor agreed on my condition and still denied me. I hope she can sleep at night.

Judge: Stacy Paddack
7/26/2016 10:10:27 PM

I haven't even had a decision as of yet. I really just feel like I need to speak up about Judge Paddack. She made me feel so much relief after she spoke to me. I am very grateful that she was assigned my case, as I was scared to death going in. She seems to be a wonderful person and judge!

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

John Ward
Judge: Robin R Palenske
7/24/2016 8:16:43 AM

She made me feel very comfortable considering my health issues. I have a problem staying focused and communicating to people. I'm waiting for her decision and pray that it is favorable. This was written for me by Gwen Ward my wife.

Keith Robert Edwards
Judge: James Andres
7/4/2016 6:40:55 AM

Nervious, after almost 3 years to get see him, and two months ago. a law firm starts with "P" miss leaded me to believe I had terminated their empolyement for poor communication skills,and laziness. I rescheared and found a local go gether that knows how to hunt for the paper work. Anyway I feel better going it alone,at this point. Cant even afford anymore time. Really Lost how people can get medical documation, Nobody within 3 counties wont take Medicad share of cost... My duedilgence, he is one of the highest 10% paid Adminstrative Judges, which means he's good and knows his "A" game. I have lost my life twice, Daughter,wife( after 24yrs.) It takes so long to get here, if favorably then another 3months or more before the calvary comes. Guess thats cause people trying to get for broken toes....still cant believe that. the way i look at his stats its a 50/50 chance, top ten in Admin. Judges i wouldve to give him a 10 even if i am diened .... Paper work i found out is 80% your case and 20% is testimony.

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

Judge: Jennifer B Millington
6/2/2016 7:24:22 PM

Very thorough and professional, and friendly as anyone I've ever met.

Julie silver
Judge: Tracey B Leibowitz
5/14/2016 1:30:25 PM

This is getting ridiculous I didn't apply for a broken rib been there healed and went back to work I will contact my congressmen and a judge is notGODI am hurting this has been a slow and painful process and im gonna do what I have to do just like when you deny our veterans and how many died waiting well I'm airing it in every way thumbs down

Julie Silver
Judge: Tracey B Leibowitz
5/14/2016 12:05:54 PM

You don't have one star for favorable what's up with that not one from me

Judge: Valencia Jarvis
3/31/2016 11:20:34 AM

I had my hearing with the "judge" back in 2013. Of course, it did not go in my favor. Yes, look at her ratings. Even when she was a judge in Missouri, her ratings were almost exact as they are here in Fort Lauderdale. I was very shocked when I received the first denial letter, after the hearing. She MOST CERTAINLY makes her own rules. So many different times where she had manipulated what I had testified, to suit her decision. She is very dishonest when she writes out her decision letter. I think the only thing that was true on the letter was my name and age. The rest....fabricated. What's crazy is, this is OUR money that we paid into over our working years, obviously, otherwise we wouldn't have a sum that we should be collecting. I also agree with the ones who say she is prejudice. I believe it!! As soon as she seen me walk in, she had made her decision, before I even spoke one word. It seemed odd to me also that she kept asking me questions, concerning my partner. Did she have me on her insurance, was she the one that took care of me, did she buy my clothes, did she pay for my medicine?, etc. None of that was mentioned in the letter. I do feel for the ones who have upcoming hearings with this woman. She is not a fair judge....period. Why no one at the SS administration has stopped and asked the question of why her stats are ALWAYS the same every year, is beyond me. My total outcome after all of this??? Right back to where I was 4 years ago......

l gilchrease
Judge: Robin R Palenske
3/28/2016 8:38:48 PM

She fabricates, cherry-picks, and manipulates evidence to conform to a predetermined decision. Does not know the meaning of "Judge" and does not deserve the title.

Judge: Thurman Anderson
3/28/2016 11:26:11 AM

Had my first ever ODAR hearing with Judge Anderson. I don't know the outcome but I felt that the claimant was treated fairly and received a thorough hearing.

Judge: Richard J Ortiz-Valero
3/11/2016 9:58:15 PM

Very professional, very fair and courteous.

James P. Colson
Judge: Jennifer B Millington
3/3/2016 2:25:26 PM

Judge Millington was extremely nice and helpful in my hearing.

Judge: Valencia Jarvis
1/13/2016 2:57:54 PM

Valencia Jarvis - The most unluckiest judge in the planet!!!! Out of 73 dispostions in 2016, ODAR set only 7 cases that she was able to approve. Statisticians should study such abnormal phenomenon.

Jeffrey Manners
Judge: Sarah Cyrus
12/24/2015 1:44:23 PM

When you get your decision, if denied first of all appeal but more importantly read thoroughly. I had this judge and got denied. There were many discrepancies, lies and fabrications concerning my medical records.

Judge: Theresa R. Jenkins
12/8/2015 2:34:07 PM

Judge Jenkins was precise, thorough, diligent, and professonal. Judge Jenkins based her decision on medical opinon as well as her conclusion from facts she gathered from me.

Judge: Valencia Jarvis
10/16/2015 12:45:28 PM

I would like to find out if this judge is prejudiced against white people. If her approval is mostly of black people we may be able to have her disbarred.

Judge: Valencia Jarvis
9/27/2015 2:09:23 PM

This woman has to be on the craziest power trip ever. She makes things up, twists reality, and apparently knows more than the doctors do. IF you get her, pray for a miracle. I know there's a lot of fraud going on, but she denies people who are legitimately disabled in order to combat the high SSA rates. I'm suspicious of a racism element as well, but I won't confirm it because it's not like she flat out called me a honky.If you do get her, DO NOT GIVE HER AN INCH. She'll take your inch and turn it into a mile. I told her the medicine will sometimes work, about 10% of the time. She turned that into "the medicine works almost all of the time". Variety of different things were manipulated to suit her decision. She had already denied me the minute I spoke, the rest of the trial was just a formality and a way to twist the truth into her fraudulent, deceptive decision.

Carlos Rafael Diaz
Judge: Tamia N Gordon
8/9/2015 8:11:39 AM

The judge Gordon is very professional,human,and respectfully.I had a hearing with Judge Gordon on August 4,2015.I still waiting for my decision.She is a very special person.

Georgia Martin
Judge: Tamia N Gordon
6/20/2015 1:02:36 PM

I had this judge on 05/15/2015 was denied but i can't fault her she was on doing her job by going by the rules and after reading her decision why I was denied I would have to agree because lawyers don't summit all your medical documents, medical history also your doctor's don't properly document your findings and history properly. So don't blame the judge blame the ones we have represented us and ourselves for not making sure everything is in files before meeting with judges. I went before this judge and was denied but I would give her a 5 star rating because she was polite, listen and took every piece of evidence that was given to her in to consideration, because they most important part of my disability was not present like my fibromyalgia and hypothyroidism. Thank you. ALJ for doing your job well. May the Lord continue blessing you in all areas of your life God Bless.

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?

Old Rep
Judge: M. D Evans
4/21/2015 12:04:30 PM

Terrible judge. Does not apply the rulings and regulations properly and ignores expert testimony. Relies on DDS consultants and rejects opinion evidence offered by treating doctors and consultants.

Judge: Theresa R. Jenkins
3/27/2015 8:50:05 AM

This judge is totally unprofessional and sets her own rules. fails to consider "your" medical doctors testimony but gives all wait to SSA examiners. She claimed I claimed several impairments but no medical records to back those claims thus my testimony was not credible. This judge had MORE than enough medical records to prove disability otherwise. Regarding my mental health, she claimed no history of suicidal attempts or ideations, yet, in the record was 4 recent medical records I went to an er with suicidal ideations, I have cut my wrist, Go to a mental health facility whom conducted an evaluation for SSA and stated I was very much not able to hold a job due to conditions. I have ( prior to hearing ) over the past year, SENT THE SSA ODAR OFFICE suicidal letter letting them know, i would be killing myself ( luckily I did not - wouldnt want them to win) but records are ALL in the exhibits and evidence. A week prior to hearing, was in the hospital, 2 different surgeons stated I needed an important surgery but they refused to do the surgery because my health make me a high risk for major complication and a 50% chance of something going wrong! she FAILED to reference that. Even at the hearing, I asked her, "please review all the files in depth", she promised me she would, said she takes her job seriously and will review all the medical records. BS - Prior to Hearing, SSA ODAR office sent me a cd with the exhibits that would be reviewed during hearing ( evidence ). The CD they sent me, had a complete strangers medical records on it. After the denial letter, I wrote that office in disgust being they had a complete strangers medical records in my evidence file and "if" they would have "thoroughly" reviewed my evidence, they would have seen the mistake..2 days after I told them about this, they sent 4 officers from Homeland Security to my house to retrieve that CD..They tried im sure, to sweep it under the rug, but I have also contacted all major news outlets about this.

SSA Victim
Judge: Theresa R. Jenkins
3/6/2015 12:43:00 PM

Horrible experience with Judge Jenkins: Got my denial letter today and A SLEW of false information. additionally, there were SEVERAL medical records she failed to consider. any information , regarding my medical issues, she ignored. ONE MAJOR issue was this: I was hospitallized and told I needed surgery, yet 2 different hospital surgeons refused to do the surgery because of my poor health and the real possibility of something major going wrong. She didnt even consider this. again, their are A LOT of medical evidence/records she failed to review. Yet, the information provided by the SSA's doctors ( of course in the governments favor), she referenced, my doctors testimony, she gave little or no weight! Additionally, something troubling- her office sent me, a encrypted CD with all of the exhibits/evidence for my review. this is a CD you have to have a passcode to open. last evening, after I received the denial letter and within the denial letter, she referenced exhibits, I went to my CD, opened the documents to compare testimony and discovered around 24 pages of a medical file for some complete stranger..Not giving out the name, but it was a female who gave birth to a baby premature with a great deal of health issues. We have similar last names but a complete stranger. I have her medical history, account number, etc..I will be contacting my local news outlet about this. Im sure they will want to do a story regarding patients medical privacy. Im going to do my best and try and track down the patient in my file and let her know about this. Clearly A HIPPA violation. As well, it goes to show that the ALJ, judge Jenkins, certainly did not review my entire medical history, for if she had, she would have assuredly seen this inexcusable mishap .

Judge: Valencia Jarvis
3/4/2015 5:56:46 AM

Another one here where she totally lied on my decision. She stated I was a social butterfly, yeah, those words killed me, and said I had numerous friends to visit, etc.. Well truth is, I've been socially isolating for the past 3 years and have had a total of 1 friend visit. Something I testified too. She also said I could grocery shop by myself, etc, which I haven't done in quite some time and also testified too. I told her that in the beginning I wasn't compliant with my diabetes because I was in denial, well she wrote that I wasn't compliant NOW, which is NOT what I said in my hearing, I told her that I have been VERY compliant now because I was in the beginning of kidney issues. Oh and per her decision I have no cognitive issues, yet I also testified that I couldn't remember any of my medical classes anymore, had to have reminders to take my blood sugar and my medications and hubby took over all bills because I kept forgetting to pay them. She also used the "grid" to determine that I wasn't disabled, which she WASN'T supposed to use for her overall determination, yet that was her greatest weight for denial, and she used a grid for someone below age 50, I am now 53! So her "grid" thinking is totally skewed. I have no idea why this woman is in any position to control peoples lives!! Oh and she totally discounted what both my doctors wrote, that there is NO WAY I can hold a job for 8 hours a day, or even 4 hours a day, she just dismissed what the people who see me 3-6 times a year said and took only the SSA doctors, who I've never seen into account. She's a farce, and shouldn't be allowed to make decisions that affect others lives. I hope she's fired before my appeal comes through.

Judge: M. D Evans
2/23/2015 4:31:53 PM

I went before Judge Evans today in Melbourne and therefore will not have a decision anytime soon according to my atty, 3-6 months. However I just wanted to say he seemed very nice and cared about my disability. I think the problem with denials is the use of DOT job descriptions. The vocation expert goes by a book that tells job descriptions according to title. What the VE was reading was no where near my job description but...... The judges have to rule by the book, just sayin!

Judge: Valencia Jarvis
2/12/2015 4:40:24 PM

I had the same experience as the last person who wrote in about Valencia Jarvis. She made up facts to support her decision to deny me benefits, and ignored she facts that were in evidence contradicting her ruling. I can't say she's mean spirited. She might simply be incompetent. Regardless, it's clear that a judge (Valencia Jarvis) who is consistently at the lowest end of granting approvals is using criteria that is inconsistent with standards set by social security. It's beyond me how Valencia Jarvis still has been able to hold onto her job. Perhaps social security hold performance reviews? i don't know. It's sad and shameful that Valencia Jarvis is still allowed to be in a position of responsibility for which she is clearly ill-suited and its allowed to cause pain to people who deserve better. I deserve better. We all deserve better.

Atlanta Advocate
Judge: Robin R Palenske
1/26/2015 12:12:17 PM

One of the worst judges in this office. Doesn't use vocational experts. Forgets to swear in witnesses. Sits on denials for months at a time. Will find the dumbest reasons to hold the record open in cases. For people that have waited years to have their cases heard, be prepared to wait even longer to hear back from her. Poor doesn't properly describe the job that she does. Taxpayers definitely deserve more.

Judge: Stacy Paddack
12/19/2014 10:06:13 AM

Fair and passionate about what she does. Very concerned about determining the need of others and what is right legally. She is very HUMAN about and UNDERSTANDING of your disability.Love her!

Judge: Wendy Hunn
12/15/2014 10:19:50 AM

Very good ALJ. She is honest.

Judge: Charles J Arnold
9/15/2014 3:46:19 PM

Guess he needs glasses or his competency level isnt there gives very little weight to dds drs but says my medical records indicate my limitations are more severe than dds drs say, then just finds me unfavorable. You need to retire rather than collecting pay from disability insurance just to deny people! I rate your approval rating a total thumbs down.

Judge: Theresa R. Jenkins
8/14/2014 11:06:01 AM

I had a Phone interview w/Judge Jenkins, and she listened to what I and my friend had to say.....no matter the outcome of my case, I was very pleased w/Judge Jenkins.

Judge: Michael J Kopicki
8/13/2014 3:41:30 PM

A fairly good judge. I have appeared in front of Judge Kopicki a number of times and I find him to be intelligent, sincere, and thorough, even in cases he turned down. If a case he turned down is remanded to him he has been fair about reconsidering his prior decision. He is neither liberal nor conservative in his decisions. On occasion he has prejudged a case and digs in his heels during the hearing, but usually he is open-minded. I have not seen him to be cyncial.

Judge: Valencia Jarvis
8/7/2014 12:05:27 PM

I had Valencia Jarvis as my S.S. judge and she lied about my medically documented impairments in both physical and also psychological aspects and stated the exact opposite in her findings. To show how truly unfair of a judge this piece of work is, the states own vocational expert stated that I could not do any form of work at all even at sedentary levels and she stated the opposite of this as well in her decision. Unfortunately this is how she is allowed to continue to deny countless others through lies and falsifying documented evidence. Even though I had a rather lengthy rebuttal letter written up on my behalf to the appeals council trying to bring her upon charges for what she did to me showing documented proof that Valencia Jarvis lied to deny, which the appeals council agreed with 100%, they didn't feel this proof warranted my wrongful deny decision to be overturned but rather remanded back to the ALJ stage. Wasted 6 years + of my life and I am still at step one thanks to Valencia Jarvis who I notice does this to an extremely large number of those she oversees case wise. How can people like this stay in power with NO repercussions what so ever??? They need to have star categories going in the negative scale because she deserves a negative ten rating!

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

Linda Davis
Judge: Frederick R Waitsman
7/28/2014 12:51:57 PM

I just want to say that I went before Judge Waitsman on July 24, 2014. He was kind and I felt like he really listened to what I said. He put me at ease in a very stressful situation. In this 2 year process he restored my faith that somebody would actually take the time to look at the facts and listen to what I had to say. I don't know the decision yet, but I do know that I had a fair Judge.

Kenneth Tennant
Judge: Sherry D Thompson
7/16/2014 12:01:17 PM

Can you explain, without using the word: CORRUPTION, or mentioning crooks, ie Debra Bice, Carolyn Colvin, Sherry Thompson, David Thompson et al., why a 100% Service-Connected DISABLED veteran, who hasn't been gainfully employed since honorable discharge 1987 would be denied ssdi benefits ? Do you think the SSA has more criminals employed than does the VA ? Have you blown the whistle on any of the crooks you see at the SSA ?

Marilyn Sullivam
Judge: Walter C Herin
7/15/2014 12:40:43 PM

Judge Herin had a great disposition and listened to what I had to say.He thourouhly questioned the vocational guy.Regardless of my outcome will be favorable or unfavorable I thought he was very professional.

Judge: Ruben Rivera
7/8/2014 8:50:15 AM

After going in front of this Judge three diffrent times and him denining me all 3 times i finally won after 6 years of fighting this judge is one of the hardest in my opion to get a good decision out of

Judge: Elizabeth C Palacios
7/8/2014 8:39:12 AM

I have been fighting for my benifits since 2008 i was in front of Judge Rivera three diffrent times and he denied me and then i came before Judge Palacios and to be very honest she was extreamly fair and finally after six years of fighting and appeals i finally got a judge who understands even though she did work for the appelte division she was still fair

Gretchen Lang
Judge: Scott A Tews
7/2/2014 9:13:40 AM

My hearing is over, and told my Disability was approved by the judge and my lawyer, I called ODAR today I was told its on the judges desk waiting to be approved. Confused, I called lawyer today and am now waiting for a call back. I would like an explanation by them.

Judge: Jennifer B Millington
6/30/2014 10:02:34 AM

I have appeared many times before ALJ Millington and she has the most pleasant personality and temperament of all the Denver ODAR judges. Of course, everyone has a bad day, I guess, but a "nasty temper" is something I have never seen. She is also one of the few judges I have appealed, obtained a remand from the US District Court back to her, and, after a rehearing, she agreed with me and reversed herself, granting benefits. I am always relieved to get her on an SSDI or SSI claim. I know she is going to treat my client like a human being and she will listen carefully. I think she reads the file well before the hearing.

Tammy Cox
Judge: Sarah Cyrus
6/18/2014 2:40:27 PM

Hard to say. Seems sweet. Just waiting for decision is a killer. Seem to be getting worse

Judge: Valencia Jarvis
6/3/2014 7:41:22 AM

To the person that wrote the most recent post on 5/13/2014. Sounds exactly like my outcome. She completely ignored the medical data. Only gave "great weight" to the report from the Disability doctor that reviewed my records,never saw me in person and was an prior felon with 90+ felony drug charges against him and is currently under a probationary license in FL. I too wondered if I don't look sick enough or if it is because I am a white middle-aged man that has put in 30 years in the work force and payed taxes, maybe she saves her 16% approvals for her Black friends. She is immoral and disgusting. If you choose to appeal, make sure to put those facts in the appeal and also state that you refuse to be heard by her again. That is what my attorney has done, still waiting the appeal. If they insist that you go before her again, find a friend in Dade County and put in a change of address, then your case can be moved to another judge in the Miami system instead of having to go before her a second time in Broward. Good Luck!

Judge: Barry Peffley
6/2/2014 1:56:17 PM

I pray that he approve me..

Judge: Stacy Paddack
5/29/2014 11:06:44 PM

Very pleasant, treated me like a human being.

Judge: Michelle Thompson
5/28/2014 8:27:26 PM

I would like to just say she is a fair and just judge she truly listen and provide fair decisions based on the evidence if more judges were this unbiased and did everything on a case by case basis and not under any preconceived stereotype this world would be a better place

Judge: Michelle Thompson
5/19/2014 8:08:53 PM

She took the time to listen to me and was very caring.

Judge: Valencia Jarvis
5/13/2014 6:00:26 PM

This woman, Jarvis, takes all the information provided in the hearing and twists EVERYTHING to suit her decision. She leaves out information, as well as evidence and states that the "claimant" says this or that, when it is UNTRUE!!! Isn't she suppose to uphold to a certain oath of truth as well??? Many things in my "decision" letter were just fabricated lies...plain and simple. Even though there are so many doctor reports and questionnaires filled out by credible doctors, she says that she gives "no weight or little weight" to what they say. That is, unless your a doctor for Social Security, then by all means...she will state that she gives THEM all the weight in the world! She loves to play God and decide someones fate, who really needs to have the decision go in their favor. Shame on her for thinking she could just wily nilly say, "I don't like this person, I find your decision UNFAVORABLE". Maybe I was dressed too nice (out of respect for a hearing), maybe I didn't look sick, maybe I was well spoken?? Maybe because I'm ***, go ahead and deny me my benefits?? I am just so amazed, that looking at her "Approval rating", this woman is still allowed to "Judge" people and decide their fate. I have ZERO respect for her or anyone like this person, who decides what is accepted and what is not.

Peter j conger
Judge: Scott C Firestone
5/12/2014 10:21:46 AM

Judge Firestone is a assume person not just a judge he took time to talk to me he understood everything that i was going through in my life..i was at my worst didn't know whether to go on living or die he must have felt my pain..his compassion n kindness gave me hope again..he truly gave my life back to me..thank you judge Firestone..GOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS

kevin sutherland
Judge: Valencia Jarvis
5/1/2014 7:16:24 AM

Im very happy with the ruling on my case by this judge. I was approved. Very pleased with the outcome.

Judge: James Andres
4/13/2014 12:11:32 PM

I am appalled at the courtesy afforded to me on my initial visit. I phone in I get told in a very courteous manner waiting for med. rec. which should be in by the 17th call back after that. The next day recv. docs. from the court the first in a very official way. The latter doc. was very unprofesional and illegible. consider this within my 10 days to reply. Thabk You. MJL/0632

Judge: Tamia N Gordon
2/28/2014 3:22:58 PM

Denied my very mentally ill son, this judge is one of the worst in Fresno. Totally non compassionate. Hopefully we don't lose our son because of her decision.

Judge: Barry Peffley
2/19/2014 11:10:11 AM

Very good Judge.

Judge: McArthur Allen
2/18/2014 6:47:54 AM

He is a joke for an ALJ!!!! I was denied on the grounds that the doctors that I was MADE to go to were not creditable!!?? Are you kidding me? They are licensed in our state and treating patients,performing surgeries,prescribing medications yet they are not creditable!!?? Wow!!

Judge: McArthur Allen
2/13/2014 9:30:14 AM

I've worked for a law firm that has done Social Security law for 20+ years and who won't take a claim unless he feels the person is disabled. He's had a 95% record of favorable decisions until Fayetteville ODAR opened up. What a train wreck! I really feel for the claimant's who desperately deserve to be on disability and are denied. They then go to the Appeals Council where they sit for another 12 - 18 months while the claimant's lose everything they've worked for.

Judge: Valencia Jarvis
1/26/2014 11:34:01 AM

This is one of the Doctors (If you can call him that) that Florida uses to determine the Health and Well being of it's Disability claimants. Judge Jarvis said she gave his report the "most weight" yet he had not reviewed the majority of my medical records since the tests and Specialists reports came after his review of my records. He has surrendered his medical license in two others states due to this same type of activity. Currently under Probationary License in Florida. Had 90 charges against him in Florida. Has been admitted twice (that I can find) to drug rehab for abusing Hydrocodone, Yet he is still used in Florida and paid by our Government to review Disability cases. Lets Put A Stop to this!

Breanne McDowell
Judge: Valencia Jarvis
12/12/2013 8:12:59 AM

This judge denied my mother and denied her for the wrong diagnosis. She stated my mother has well controlled diabetes and Hep C, neither of these are true. After waiting two months and using every resource that I had to continue to take care of my mother to be told this is SICK. I take care of her, I see how ill she is, how many times she falls and blacks out from sugars, how she goes with out insurance and I pay for her medications. How we have been evicted and are behind and sinking even more daily and have no chance of any help. It just SICK. She said my mom didn't keep her appointments. Well your honor, there is one car, my mother has problems driving due to her sugars changing consitently and feels unsafe. I work full time in the medical Field If I lose my job how can I keep us going even if its not that well. It is Christmas and we have nothing losing our place to live my car is behind my mother is short on her medications and you Deny her!. I plan to make sure that this goes as far as I need to take it. This is poor judgement on your part as a judge. Stating that you were not in agreance with the Doctor that stated clearly she is disabled, I would like to say They are a physician you, your honor are a judge! I work in the medical field I see poeople get this for as things as simple as sinus issues, My mother is Ill, the least you could have done is got her correct diagnosis but that could be be cause you are a judge and not a doctor. Following the doctor's would have been helpful!

Happy and blessed!
Judge: Robin R Palenske
11/15/2013 3:17:42 AM

She was very good the evidence spoke for its self! Fully favorable!

Judge: M. D Evans
11/8/2013 4:16:16 PM

Denied my case with no witnesses and his whole summary said nothing about my medical problems. He stated my angry was not depression related but that I was an alcoholic! I quit drinking 20 years ago in my youth because I was working out and trying to live healthier. Never had a problem with alcohol so this seems like a libel suit. Also the rest of his dribble said nothing about me and he never said a word about my emphysema, left eye blind, no vision right eye, asthma, or anemia. I worked for 30 years and it was not easy but money went into ssd just in case I needed it. We need to get rid of these judges who get paid from this money that was suppose to be for us. How about they give me the money I put in back and we will call it even? Appeals court agreed with me and yesterday it went back to him. He had me see to doctors both paid for by ss and after checking there records, they both see 100 patients a month for ss and have a 99% record of saying people should be denied. At the hearing the judge hired a neor doctor in Texas to testify. I am in Florida. This guy has a 100% denial record. He also has no experience in Psychiatry and optometry yet he testified that I had no depression and could see fine! When my attorney tried to cross examine this guy evans cut him off and refused all his questions! He would not allow my attorney to question him and when he asked to have his testimony thrown out because of Evans denied it. My attorney said he does this to him all the time.

Judge: M. D Evans
10/13/2013 6:11:29 PM

I suffer from uncontrolled epileptic seizures, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, foot drop, severe nerve and muscle damage right leg, nerve damage left leg, and anxiety. Judge Evans denied my disability...I was shocked!..according to his 15 page denial letter, he did not take into consideration the notes from my neurologist, the denial letter stated I have fibromyalgia which I do not have, It was written I have seen doctors in Tampa (um..no... I cannot drive due to seizures)but I live 2 hrs away, and it was shown I was admitted to a facility, when in fact I was not. Judge Evans based his decision upon all of my ER visits due to having grand mal seizures. All the ER doctors were baffled because they are not specialized in seizure disorders and do not realize that 2% of patients on medications still suffer seizures. I have appealed and the appeal was granted. Waiting on another hearing. My conditions have gotten worse. My life has been detrimentally affected due to his lack of investigation and proper research on the evidence that was presented by my attorney. Thumbs down to this judge. He was acting as if he was sitting on the right hand of God that day. Shame on him. I have worked all my life and my medical conditions prevent me from even being able to walk to the mailbox, and seizures several times a week. I feel really bad for the people that will have to go in front of him in the future, especially if you are Caucasian. I was in a prayer group before entering the courtroom. Might I suggest you pray that God will give Judge Evans compassion and pray that God will soften his heart...this denial has absolutely devastated my life, in all ways. Thank you for reading this.

Judge: Theresa R. Jenkins
10/2/2013 3:36:09 PM

I concur completely with the preceding 5-star opinion. Judge Jenkins is an exemplary judge.

Judge: James Andres
9/11/2013 11:41:18 AM

These posts really scare me!!! From what I understand, I have to go before this Judge. I went for a hearing already and a decision was made, but because the Judge retired, the decision is void and I have to go for another hearing. I am in desperate need of help and now after reading these comments, it looks as though I may not have much luck in getting the help I need. Signed, homeless!!

Judge: Dean W Determan
9/11/2013 11:32:23 AM

I went before this Judge and he was very understanding. He listened like he really cared. Sadly, from what I understand, he has retired and all his cases have been passed along to other Judges and all his decisions were void and claimants have to for another hearing and start all over again. I waited 2 years for a hearing, and a decision was made after my hearing with Judge Determan and now that decision is no good, so I have to start all over again. I don't think this is in fair in the least bit!!

Major Pain
8/13/2013 10:40:32 AM

Judge Robert Spurlin seemed to be in a great mood today. I went to court very well prepared. Their medical doctor and the Vocational expert already submitted a report that I was truly disabled. went in at 8:27a.m. my appointment was set for 8:30a.m. I was in there for maybe 10 minutes if that long and got my approval. He only asked me about 3 simple questions as he had already had his decision before I got there. so, I can't complain at all. Thank God.

Pray for me
Judge: Valencia Jarvis
6/24/2013 8:04:35 PM

So sad for me I was denied and Im really sick my mind would not let me answer the questions I was all mixed up. Don't those judges see that you have worked all your life and you would get more money if you could work.

Judge: Theresa R. Jenkins
5/23/2013 8:36:32 AM

Judge Jenkins is a warm, compassionate human being. She reads her files thoroughly and expects reps to be prepared. She is respectful and courteous to claimants and puts them at ease. She isn't a soft touch by any means but she applies the law fairly and without favor. Gets 5 stars from me.

Jeffrey W. Boyle
Judge: Scott C Firestone
4/15/2013 8:49:47 AM

Don't kid yourself, Jason! He would have moved your case back three times anyway, because he can't handle most situations, either.

Jeffrey W. Boyle
Judge: Scott C Firestone
4/14/2013 12:43:20 PM

Well i had entirely different treatment from this 'person' and can not publish my true feelings publicly. I am however in contact with intelligent organizations and superiors who will take the time to review the lack of integrity, honesty, and competence required for his position, and if I had my way, would like nothing better than to see him removed from what is clearly a job that is well above his capabilities.

Jason Rosario
Judge: Scott C Firestone
4/2/2013 11:27:42 AM

You R O C K in the USA!

Judge: Valencia Jarvis
3/27/2013 3:29:36 PM

"I am going to try and appeal" I see. You filed an applic. and was denied. You've filed a Recon and was denied. Then, you got an Unf. Dec. by an ALJ. Now, you will try to convince the AC that the ALJ was wrong. In fact, you are disabled. A non-disabled would have hired an Atty.

Judge: Valencia Jarvis
3/25/2013 6:33:05 PM

My claim was denied. Apparently attending college means I do not have a disability. Nevermind the fact that the only reason I am still in school is because of the laundry list of accommodations that my schools "office for students with disabilities" gives me. Unfortunately trying to get an education is a mistake. Maybe it is just a mistake for me given all the students I know that receive assistance from the same office and have been approved. I am going to try and appeal, hopefully the next judge I see will not be her. Maybe she should try and deal with my medical issues for just one week and then tell me I don't have a disability.

Joe Applicant
Judge: Tamia N Gordon
3/24/2013 9:42:40 PM

Very Fair, very thorough in her decision process, I wish to address all of the people leaving negative feedback on this website. If you have all of your documents in order and have followed all of the rules you have nothing to worried about. This is a legal process that goes by the guidelines that are thoroughly spelled out for each individual if you follow them and meet the requirements for being disabled you will be given a favorable decision, If you do not meet the requirements then stop crying and complaining about the Judge was not fair to you, because baby the judge was fair, you where the one that was unprepared. You and you your self are to blame if you do not get a favorable rating. Follow the law and the law will prevail in your favor.

Judge: Donald G Smith
3/15/2013 4:36:47 PM

He scares me, but I trust him at the same time. I just Hope he doesn't believe what the medical expert wrote in my interrogratoy! The medicaid doctors at the beginning thought i was crazy, and i became very upset when one of them said I was just looking for drugs, I cursed at her and said no i want to go back to work so i can support my family! With a few F words, so of course the medical expert blew that up out of proportion.

Judge: Thurman Anderson
3/14/2013 4:35:11 AM

Judge Andersan is an extremely fair ALJ and has a character beyond reproach. God bless America.

Jason P Rosario
Judge: Scott C Firestone
3/11/2013 10:20:33 AM

Sir Judge Scott C Firestone is truly amazeing.Hes compatioante and careing.He didnt have to but did infact move back my court case three times.cause im unable to handle most sittuations myself.and only have my mom to help me,And she has her own problems and mental health problems.Hes truly awsome.

Judge: M. D Evans
2/25/2013 5:00:07 PM

Received my long awaited decision, it wasn't fully favorable but that's because Judge Evans was fair to both sides. I believe his judgement was impressive because what I read in his findings was a judge that not only took my professional doctors words but also heard my personal battle with my disorders. He made the right decision, I told the complete truth an when he pushed for a answer I didn't think what was the right or wrong answer I gave him the honest one. If you go in front of him, tell him 100% what it is that's going on with your disability he listen, but remember he's very sharp : ) he wants to here the way it is an you show him respect an he returns that in his court room. God bless his decision, he tuff but fair. THOMAS

Judge: Mary Brennan
2/19/2013 1:03:02 PM

Total dishonest witch! They are uncareing POS!! Esp this one. She seems to think she is an expert on EVERYTHING!!

Judge: Walter C Herin
2/14/2013 9:47:24 AM

this gentleman was the most self-righteous judge i have ever come across. very preachy and smug.

Judge: Robin R Palenske
2/12/2013 11:45:21 AM

Judge Palenske is horrendously unfair. She shot us down on a very solid case, but didn't just deny it. She sat on it for over six months before issuing the denial. Absolutely unacceptable.

Luiz Puodzius
Judge: Dean W Determan
2/5/2013 9:22:13 AM

I agree with Brian.

Luiz Puodzius
Judge: Robert Gill
2/5/2013 9:19:10 AM

Judge Gill is calm, straightforward, self-effacing reception for the claimant's testimony, as well as his courteous and concerned demeanor towards claimant and myself, made all present feel at ease and able to most-effectively lay out the case before him as quickly as possible. The word "mensch" comes very much to mind.

Judge: Denise Pasvantis
2/5/2013 9:10:37 AM

This ALJ does not believe that Bipolar Syndrome is a real medical impairment. If you are Bipolar and your hearing will be held in front of her you will have to file an appeal.

Judge: Walter C Herin
1/30/2013 12:47:23 PM

Judge Herin saved my life!!!! My lawyer told me that Judge Herin would give me a fair hearing, and he was right!!!! I got approved today for my benefits. Thank you Judge Herin!!!! Thank you thank you thank you!!!! You are a great man. You saved my life!!!!

anthony dominguez
Judge: Michael J Kopicki
1/26/2013 5:49:06 PM

Judge was fair

Judge: Valencia Jarvis
1/25/2013 2:00:25 AM

whats up with valencia jarvis denial numbers?? anyone know about her remand rate?

One of her FORMER victims!
Judge: Mary Brennan
1/19/2013 1:26:19 PM


Judge: James Andres
1/12/2013 1:26:31 PM

There are no words to explain how I feel but I will try, After going before Judge Andres in Ft. Lauderdale 3 Minutes into the hearing, I felt like I was A piece of **** asking for Disability help for a Broken Toe. My family and I are Devastated beyond words or description My Treating Doctors are "Blown Away" that I was denied. Now I know why so many people decide Suicide and kill themselves. If the public could see my evidence,....Well, It's one that would shock the Conscious of the Community..... i.e. Blow peoples minds...

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: McArthur Allen
12/7/2012 2:18:13 PM

I've found Judge Allen to be smart, fair and patient.

Judge: Jennifer B Millington
12/5/2012 11:08:38 PM

Disorganized and nasty temper.

David Lillesand, Esq.
Judge: Jose Perez-Gonzalez
11/18/2012 11:27:07 AM

I had a complex Special Needs Trust case before the judge, who quickly identified the main trust law issues, and was able to interpret the trust correctly (in spite of horrible drafting by the attorney who drafted the trust document), The judge had done independent research before starting the hearing, was extremely pleasant and nice to the parents of the severely disabled child, and got right to the issues in the case.

Judge: Frederick R Waitsman
11/13/2012 6:57:36 AM

What a blessing this man was to myself and my family. After 5 years of fighting for benefits, Judge Waitsman approved me. He was kind and considerate and could see that my pain is real. We've lost so much since the onset of my illness to have someone in his position see the emotional toll this has taken was very humbling. Thank you Just Waitsman for all that you have done.

10/28/2012 11:00:14 AM

I went to court with this judge on Oct 23, 2012 I had Bypass Surgery in May, 2012 a heart attack in July of 2010...This judge seems to be polite he asked me questions in which i answered I mentioned that i had my bypass surgery which he had over looked my attorney told him which exhibit page it was on in which he seemed satisified also stated that I had gotten worse since the last time I saw him which was last year (remanded back)after I start to read off my meds he stops me and says that he needs to have a M.E. and wanted to reschedule my hearing OR I could have a inaroggatory intern answers somes questions and I may not have to come back for another hearing. He also wants to change my onset date...Dont know if that means I might be approved and also to give him a few weeks he didnt say that my case was closed but, my attorney says to give him 30 days...I hope this will all be over soon...Ive had this judge twice the only issue the last time isthat all my medical records were not in even though he gave TEN days to have them in so I was DENIED at that point. Now Im so hoping that this nightmare is almost over...

Sandra Benton
Judge: Robin R Palenske
9/30/2012 12:12:10 PM

very few questions.Let the lawyer who knew very little about me ask the questions. not very happy.

Andrea Hebner
Judge: M. D Evans
9/28/2012 1:02:42 PM

I had mt disability hearing with Judge Evans..I have (epilepst)seizures,fibromyslgia,osteoarthritis,knee problems....I have tried to get many jobs..andnoone will hire me because of my seizure disorder.They say I would be a liability to their company..Judge Evans Denied my disablility..for my seizures I suppose,,I have been throught the Disability system for 5 years now,trying to get this so I can have a normal life and go to the dictors and get the medications that I need...I am very frustrated with our Disability system..and with Mr.Judge Evans for denying my disability,when I truly need it...thank you for listening...

Judge: McArthur Allen
9/17/2012 11:28:55 AM

This Judge Allen is a liar and a cheat!! He is extremely dishonest. His appointment should be reconsidered.

Judge: McArthur Allen
9/15/2012 11:05:30 PM

Bad Judge!!

Judge: Robin R Palenske
9/12/2012 4:22:13 PM

Her conservative personality should have nothing to do with how she decides claims. She is to appy the rule of law and to take a fresh look at each individual claim.

Judge: Stacy Paddack
9/9/2012 2:31:45 PM


Judge: Robin R Palenske
9/7/2012 10:30:04 AM

Space Cadet. Which Judge Palenske will show on a given day? On bad days, she has sworn in witnesses more than once. Asks very few questions in general. While I tend to share her conservative philosophy, she is not an easy judge.

Judge: Walter C Herin
9/4/2012 12:43:55 PM

This judge spends half the hearing time talking about himself. And the stories are boring. You're supposed to believe he had a difficult childhood. But he did not. And it's no excuse for his smarmy attitude. Needs to get a real job.

Judge: Stacy Paddack
8/28/2012 11:49:56 AM

Sooooo sweet and nice. You kind of wonder how such a nice lady ever turns anyone down....

8/26/2012 4:40:14 PM

Judge Spurlin is also known to harass and ridicule disabled people. He's a worthless piece of garbage.

Judge: McArthur Allen
8/25/2012 7:34:59 PM

God will judge the wicked judge by Jesus. Judge Mcarthur Allen needs to accept Jesus Christ into his life or else he will finally get what he deserves.

Judge: Michelle Thompson
8/23/2012 5:03:21 PM

I dont think she took in to consideration what I have to go through everyday dealing with children that have ADHD and ODD have twins one approved other one keep being denied I wish she could walk in my shoes and see how it feels to get calls from school because your child cant stay in her seat or that the child is being suspended for fighting hope she one day look at the whole picture and not just her question she asked us

Judge: Michelle Thompson
8/23/2012 4:57:14 PM

I don't understand her decision I have twins one approved other denied several times never went to court one other twin but the oldest getting denied they both have the same medical history and they take med everyday which is five to be exact and hopefully when I appeal I will have some type of representation because why do one get approved and the other one keeps getting denied keep in mind they are only three mintues apart bug the oldest twin keep getting denied ever chance I apply

Judge: Charles J Arnold
8/17/2012 8:39:18 AM

i agree by the way he acted during my hearing i thought i would surely get approved then couple weeks later denied...should i even appeal or just start over

Judge: Charles J Arnold
8/16/2012 1:56:30 PM

he will make u feel right at home and you will leave thinking you did well. then a letter saying your denied. better be ready if you get this guy

8/14/2012 11:32:03 PM

I just found out this guy is a judge. Completely and totally unqualified to be one, in fact not even qualified to be dog catcher. His main attribute is ONE thing. Connections. That's how he got the job, and that's how he'll keep it. In fact, it scares the heck out of me that he has this kind of power over people's lives. No moral compass, and no values. Good luck Florida. We were VERY glad when he left his state job and moved away. Kentucky just...smells better now.

8/6/2012 10:42:58 AM

The issue being discussed is whether Judge Spurlin does HIS homework. Just because a judge is approving some cases--that happen to be yours--it's both self-serving and idiotic to assume all criticism is invalid. If you have nothing more than childish comments to add, take a walk.

Judge: Charles J Arnold
8/1/2012 2:39:26 PM

Very nice man seemed to listen not sure how my case will go but as a person he was very nice.

7/19/2012 3:20:19 PM

You guys are too rough on him. He is just a Judge that wants only the truly disabled to collect benefits. Once you get to know him he is not a bad guy and in fact he does pay my clients. Ease up people just do your home work and he will eventually pay your cases.

Judge: Donald G Smith
7/19/2012 6:19:27 AM

I concur. He seems to have a problem accepting VA opinions. Will often send out interrogatories and ask questions like- does claimant's impairment meet a listing. If they did meet a listing , most cases would not be at ODAR.

Judge: Walter C Herin
7/12/2012 9:22:18 AM

Awful judge. No compassion whatsoever.

Patricia Shoffner
Judge: Valencia Jarvis
7/11/2012 9:19:43 PM

Even though the Vocational expert said I wouldnt be able to keep a job, she denied my claim. So after 21/2 years we still go hungry. Ive worked since I was 14, and now Im too sick to work and they arent there for me. I just dont get it. Ive cried all day and dont know what to do. If this is your ALJ, God help you all.

Judge: Robin R Palenske
7/10/2012 6:01:00 PM

If you don't have representation, you don't stand a chance with Judge Palenske. She and the sytem work against those of us who cannot afford an attorney due to the length of time waiting to be heard. Beware!

7/6/2012 1:01:11 PM

Brusque, unprepared, and elderly. During hearings, it appears that he looks for reasons to raise his voice. In one instance, he loudly alleged that there was no medical evidence to support a RFC from a particular treating source, only to be corrected that there were indeed more than 63 pages of evidence from this provider that he apparently failed to examine or even notice. In his denials, his idea of dealing with Social Security Ruling 96-7p is to simply insert in italics all of the claimant's testimony on one page. He then generally dismisses all of it as unpersuasive, without actually discussing what specific aspects he found objectionable.

Judge: Tamia N Gordon
7/5/2012 6:20:24 PM

comes off very nice and sweet but her decisions due not refect her attitude on the bench.

Judge: McArthur Allen
7/5/2012 1:53:53 PM

I'm homeless now because of this judge and my doctor not nothing what the truth is about my disabilty. God will judge the both of you for what you have done to me.

Judge: Charles J Arnold
6/29/2012 8:18:06 AM

very nice judge, never once said a negative word to me. now its just a waiting game for the decision. I have plenty medical records to prove my case but i really believe that in alot of these cases people are in fact disabled but the judge just doesnt wanna hear it. which is wrong in so many ways.i mean when you look at some of these judges approval rates in the low 20% range you pretty much know your chance of getting it is over.

Judge: Robin R Palenske
6/28/2012 5:28:12 PM

Obviously trying to be "THE" tough ALJ. "Trying" for sure.

6/23/2012 11:38:18 AM

This judge violated several procedures reviewing disability cases.

Judge: McArthur Allen
6/22/2012 11:43:43 AM

No.... This Judge don't support Veterans with PTSD

Judge: Donald G Smith
6/8/2012 1:30:29 PM

Comes from somewhere in Kentucky (I think)- has the cutest Southern accent and he's sweet as pie. Don't be fooled: he'll deny for reasons completely foreign to me. He almost always send claimant to pre-hearing consultative exams, or send for medical interrogs. Sometimes he uses them; sometimes he doesn't. I have not seen any particular M.O. with him. Just watch out....

Judge: McArthur Allen
6/8/2012 1:15:06 PM

Apparently this ALJ is not willing to support veterans with PTSD. Client has over 650 pages of VA records supporting his severe impairment; this ALJ did not mention them in his decision.

Judge: Michelle Thompson
6/7/2012 4:49:36 PM

Hottest looking ALJ I've seen. Very cute french sounding accent and a nice demeanor as well.

Judge: Michael J Kopicki
6/2/2012 5:44:27 PM

Terrible judge. Ignores evidence; twists statements, and is one of the most cynical individuals I have ever dealt with. Believes he knows more than doctors' do. I sincerely feet sorry for any disabled individual that has to go in front of him. Personally speaking, I don't think he's that intelligent and informed medically, despite what I am sure he believes of himself.

Judge: Robin R Palenske
5/23/2012 2:09:32 PM


Judge: Charles J Arnold
5/10/2012 10:37:08 AM

Very nice , respectable person. Thank u for ur time

Judge: Elizabeth C Palacios
5/4/2012 2:42:09 PM

This is an ALJ who worked for the appeals council and you can tell in her decisions which are fairly negative. She may make sure to ask for very specific evidence to justify her denial. Most claims she has no intention of paying. She will probably write better decisions than most ALJ's since she is from the AC and is used to making up reasons to deny Claimant's appeals. I think she is fairly negative.

Judge: Robin R Palenske
4/20/2012 2:22:00 PM

Frighteningly poor.

Elizabeth M Reece
Judge: Frederick R Waitsman
4/17/2012 11:59:23 AM

I went in front of Judge Waitsman on April 13,2012 and he was wounderful.He listend to every piece of my case and I was very happy with the way he acted toreds me and my Lawyer.I dont know if I was approved yet but either way he was nothing short of wounderful.I am very glad he was my Judge he made everything as easy as possible.And I want to tell him Thank You for Everything!!!!

Judge: McArthur Allen
4/12/2012 9:26:43 PM

Judge: McArthur Allen
3/26/2012 3:04:35 PM

Yea, This judge is dishonest.

Brian G. Eichelhart
Judge: Irwin Bernstein
3/23/2012 5:02:21 PM

Thank God he is gone, he was horrible

Brian G. Eichelhart
Judge: Jose Perez-Gonzalez
3/23/2012 5:01:02 PM

Not only is he one of the best Judges we have he is friendly and compassionate. He will surely be blessed for his good works.

Brian G. Eichelhart
Judge: Dean W Determan
3/23/2012 4:58:43 PM

Without a doubt one of the best and compassionate Judge's on the bench. He understands claimants and hopefully SSA will get the message and hire more Judges like him.

Brian G. Eichelhart
Judge: James Andres
3/23/2012 4:54:04 PM

I had 4 hearings with him and he denied ALL 4 claimants, this is statistically impossible. I do not know what his gig is but he will have to learn the hard way about aggressive South Florida lawyers.

Judge: McArthur Allen
3/19/2012 2:40:45 PM