Jacksonville, Florida ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Jacksonville, Florida, 18 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Jacksonville, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 18.0 months. The average case processing time in Jacksonville is 603 days.The Jacksonville average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 39%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Jacksonville ODAR office was last updated on 6/11/2019.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Jacksonville 18 18.0 months 603 days 2.1 24% 39% 38%
Florida15.1 months543 days2.220%44%36%
National Average:14.9 months500 days2.120%42%38%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied

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Jenae elliott humphries
Judge: Stephen C Calvarese
3/7/2020 5:03:27 AM

I made it to 5 to 7 years tpd what benfits am I entilyied to . and I was kidnapped by lvmpd Correctional facility while tpd and set up against my will how do I get u help . I believe its called staged murder that the complex I live at has .

Judge: William H Greer
1/12/2020 6:34:49 AM

ALJ Greer, I cant thank you enough. You, and my amazing attorney Jessica Dumas, have given me a better outlook at living. For so long I was discounted because of my invisible disability. Mental illness has been killing me slowly. You, Sir, saw this. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Judge: Brendan F Flanagan
1/3/2020 3:37:12 PM

In my opinion this was the worst judge ever, I was told I was gonna die a few weeks after he decided I was not fit for Disabillity, With two pick lines in my arm I have been a unable to work for years. I have been in and out of hospitals and ICU often on with no ability to work at all. Not only that he would seriously roll his eyes

Judge: Brendan F Flanagan
1/3/2020 3:36:05 PM

In my opinion this was the worst judge ever, I was told I was gonna die a few weeks after he decided I was not fit for Disabillity, With two pick lines in my arm I have been a unable to work for years. I have been in and out of hospitals and ICU often on with no ability to work at all. Not only that he would seriously roll his eyes as you’re telling him what’s going on to make you to where you cannot work. Unbelievable absolutely unbelievable

Judge: Bernard Porter
12/28/2019 2:50:57 PM

It took 5 years to get approved. My case was remanded to judge Porter. He is very thorough. He ask a lot of question as long as you tell the truth you will be fine. First judge Teresa McGarry totally disregarded all the medical evidence which was her last year and so many people has said she was lazy and didn't approve anyone under 50. I am glad judge porter went on the truth and medical evidence. now ive been waiting on the payment center to process my SSDI it has been 4 months since I was approved .

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.

Judge: John D. Thompson
10/30/2019 2:28:14 AM

Thompson is a disgrace to the judiciary system. He is a sad man who is cruel to those with mental illnesses. After having been treated for 17 years (only for the condition to get worse due to side effects of medication), psychiatrist completing a mental residual capacity form, and the Vocational Expert flat out stating that there is NO work for me; he had the nerve to say that I was a liar to my face. Apparently, he thinks that the 5 medical doctors that I've seen AND my psychiatrist AND the Vocational Expert are ignorant fools. I truly feel sorry for all the disability deserving individuals who were denied by this ignorant judge. Let's hope judge "ignorant" thompson can get his eyes fixed so that he can actually read the medical reports that are right in front of him or a brain transplant because he is an ignorant fool and a sad, sad man. He lies and twists the truth in his own narratives. He is the Liar. Thompson can't admit when he is wrong, worried about his percentages, and a SORE LOSER.

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: Richard Hlaudy
10/16/2019 10:34:15 PM

Throws out all relevant medical records from all doctors across various specialties. Ignores medical source statements from multiple doctors (including social security consulting doctors) stating you medically/physically cannot work. Ignores the fact that there is more than one illness affecting you. Ignores life threatening condition. Ignores the fact that you are in constant pain. Ignores all medical records and lab results PROVING the causes and seriousness of your condition. Ignores impact of drug side effects. Then creates a new version of what was in your medical records by splicing together various irrelevant pieces of medical records out of context. My doctors were livid when they saw the work of fiction in the decision-denial letter.

Judge: Ken B Terry
9/30/2019 5:28:56 PM

I poured my heart out to this judge about my life my condition i almost cried the whole time not because of pitty but because it was my first time talking to someone about my situation... I waiting 3 months for his decision instead of just explaining why i wasnt disable he went the extra mile to let me know i wasnt worth shit in life..I'VE NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT TAKING MY LIFE UNTIL I READ HIS RESPONSE.. I GOT IN MY CAR AND RODE TO THIS LAKE BY MY HOUSE. AND THOUGHT ABOUT MY LIFE AND HARD IVE TRIED OVER THE YEARS.. I JUST KEPT GETTING HURT OVER AND OVER... I HAVE PTSD ANXIETY DISORDERS AND DEPRESSION.. JUDGE TERRY GOD IS WATCHING YOU..

Ken Zah Jagoff
Judge: Ken B Terry
9/27/2019 2:41:58 PM

Ken B Terry has no place on the bench and should be removed. He has no regard for the United States Code and the Federal Code of Regulations and the rules of evidence. He caused me to almost swallow a bottle of Ambien when I read his decision. I've come close to deciding to end my life several times since his decision was issued. I also had to have surgery to correct the herniated disc that was in my neck that hadn't been caught on MRI as of the time of the hearing but he didn't believe my complaints of the symptoms. But the surgeon who performed my surgery confirmed the state of the disk when he removed two of them and fused the neck. Now they are talking about extending the fusion in the future. Nice job Ken! Jagoff!! I had my therapist who is very trained at reading people took a read Ken's decision and he said "This man is angry about something". The Fed. Dist. Court ruled that they could not overturn his decision by law but that they disagreed with it and that had the Fed. Magistrate Judge been my ALJ that he would have approved my case at the ALJ hearing. Ken and the ALJ's that work for the SSA were not appointed according to the Appointment's Clause of the Constitution. But the other courts have ruled that that is o.k. because if the ruling in the challenge had gone the other way against the ALJ Corps. then all of their decisions would be subject to vacated and all of those denials would be potentially approved. I noticed that Ken's approval rate dropped to only 32% in 2018. I wonder why he strayed so far from the average towards the bottom of the list when it comes to approvals in 2018. Was Ken going through a divorce or something unpleasant? If it were not for the Judicial Immunity I would be suing him personally to rectify that which the higher courts did not. The courts are supposed to be there so when someone like Ken wrongs someone like me that I can seek peaceful resolution of the case instead of violent ones. One might not know this but the creation of courts to resolve disputes among men is deviled from Judaism and the Talmud, Old Testament and Torah. This was to provide alternatives to bloody resolution of disputes. But Ken hides behind immunity on his bench and cannot be sued unless you can prove that he violated your civil rights and even then you will have a horrible time trying to file a civil action against a seated judge. If you drew this judge do anything to get in front of a real ALJ and not Ken. Ken your one of the biggest jagoffs that I ever met in my life and I wish I never would have met you or heard your name. Also, Ken needs to read ~404.1527 for the claims filed before 3/27/2017. He clearly has no understanding of this CFR. I hope you rot in hell when you die someday. It won't be by my hand or by my order. But someday you will cross the wrong person aside from me or maybe just die of old age and then you will have to answer for your actions. I hope you 100K+ salary causes you to live well because I have a feeling in your next life you won't be enjoying what happens to your soul assuming you have one.......I survived a sixty foot fall, seizures, 40 foot fall, meningitis, whooping cough, MRSA with P.E. and Acute Septic Renal Nephritis (acute renal failure). I have an idopathic seizure disorder, chronic pancreatitis, six previously fractured vertebra, scoliosis - two types, DDD, sciatica, Depressive Disorder, ADHD, Anxiety Disorder, Suicide Attempts, severe arthritis/arthrosis of the facet joints, my ankle was surgically put back into fractured displacement and has ten screws and a plate in it from the sixty foot fall. And now I am waiting to find out if I have cancer or not. I've had major surgery since Kens erroneous decision and countless injections and an ablation of the L4/5 exiting nerve root to stop the parathesia of the right foot and sciatic pain that Ken didn't believe. And that's after about 20 rounds of injection in my lifetime prior to the displeasure of meeting Ken B Terry. May you rot in hell when your days are done Jagoff!!!

Judge: Kelley Fitzgerald
9/6/2019 2:48:58 PM

She is an extremely fair Judge. She goes over your doctors records with a fine tooth comb. If you don't deserve to be on disability you wont be. Just the way it should be.

charles totherow
Judge: Ken B Terry
8/7/2019 3:27:55 AM

So I had a hearing in front of this judge may 23 2019. I had three car accidents and got herniad disk in my neck and my lower back. I had two neurologists with all medical evidence and 6 other different doctors with all my medical evidence he still denied me for disability and at the hearing seems like he was grilling me about my whole life. I haven't had a steady job in over three years due to this pain and very hard to work. Thank alot asshole

Scoliosis George
Judge: Charles R Howard
8/1/2019 10:23:39 AM

Extremely experienced, thorough and professional gentleman. He exudes wisdom and I'm very fortunate that he presided over my case. Thank you sir, for your compassion and for believing in me. Instead of being placed in a very precarious situation, I can now focus my attention on getting well so that I may return to the workforce. You saved my life and I will never forget it.

R.F. Burling (dgt) on behalf of Elizabeth Olson
Judge: Ken B Terry
5/23/2019 1:23:07 PM

My hearing was on April 4, 2019. Judge Terry I found to be professional , respectful and kind. I was overwhelmed as like I'm sure everyone else in financial dire need is and of course I was emotional and began to cry.I was a public servant for 35 years, a nurse and I loved my patients but as I got sick I had to stop taking care of them and I miss them terrible and if I could I would go right back to taking care of them . I never thought I would be in need of care. Thank god for my daughters . My car is going to be repossed and my home foreclosed on and I'll have to move in with my daughter. I am grateful and do understand the significance of establishing disability in every case. I do think our system may need some enhancing as 2.5 years is along time to be denied or approved . We need to find a solution to this problem because people are loosing there homes after 32 years of fighting so hard to keep our homes. My foreclosure starts June 1st I'm not sure how it will go but it is a materialistic item. I'll go and stay with my daughter. But so far as the ALJ Terry , he was respectful and professional. My attorney was kind too. Guiding and speaking on my behalf. I do think we need to look at the process very closely and I am sure another solution or system can be thought of and the system be revised.

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: Kelley Fitzgerald
4/2/2019 5:30:09 AM

This is my second post about this judge. To this day I cry a few times a week thinking about how much I needed to get approved. I have depression, bipolar, suffer from debilitating headaches at least three times a week. My whole life I haven’t been able to hold a job for very long because I would have to go home sick or call in. I’m so extremely sensitive and I don’t like to be around too many people. There is more but too long to list. I don’t know how they come up with “jobs” they think I can do. How the **** do they know that? They don’t know me. I know I can “do” some jobs but it’s keeping them that’s the problem. I try looking online for something but I get severe anxiety attacks when I think about even applying. My whole life I’ve had this and have been hospitalized for it. SHE looked right over that. I can’t reapply because it’s been too long and ssd only goes back ten years which they wasted four of those. I also got a lawyer online which didn’t help me but it’s too late. No hope left for me. I cannot see a light at the end of the tunnel. ZERO STARS. Very very very depressing:(

Judge: John D. Thompson
2/22/2019 6:34:42 AM

I had a hearing on February 21, 2019. I give zero stars. I'm normally a humbled guy. I rarely let anything get to me. Judge John Thompson is the most arrogant and narcissistic person I've ever encountered. He tries to discredit medical information that's documented and he tried to take on the role like he was the doctor and making a medical assessment. I've never felt so humiliated, degraded and out right belittled. I think his approval ratings and reviews speaks for itself. I really think he should retire.

Judge: Brendan F Flanagan
2/13/2019 10:50:19 PM

Mr. Brendan Flanagan is known and has proven to lie on federal documents. When presented with a testimony from a vocational expert he doesn't agree with, he has been known to remove said testimony and replace it with a fabrication of his own under a different name. In addition he alters information presented by medical professionals, takes medical statements that pre-date an injury or illness to "prove" the applicant recovered, and invents information of his own.

Marlene Morrison
Judge: Aaron M Morgan
12/16/2018 5:14:54 PM

The social security and job compensation Judge's don't treat Black people fair. After waiting for two years to be seen, I was told that if I didn't sign a piece of paper saying I'm waiving my SSD benefits, if not I'll have to wait for another court date. He basically threatened me, knowing that I person who have a waited over two years and now if I say I don't want it, I can received my award soon. But when my white friends applied, they got SSI and SSD, if you look my race, how each person was awarded, YOU WILL FIND DISCREPANCY AND UNFAIRNESS!

Judge: Brendan F Flanagan
12/5/2018 5:11:43 PM

so case was disapproved, every element was not allowed. wow the thought of some of the comments made and to think the defendant didn't even know how to say that the information that they were being asked was wrong or not something that they understood or knew about. WoW and what was the attorney doing but trying to help, and being told to stop. These aren't criminal cases they are disability cases. Judge them and sentence them to a life of no assistance, thats what you've done and contrary to the judges belief it's not his money that these people are receiving most have worked and or had parents or spouses that have worked and are eligible under them to assistance.

Judge: Charles R Howard
12/4/2018 4:11:28 PM

If I could give 0 stars I would for this judge. He has no soul and no heart. He is more about numbers than an individuals true disability. It is a true shame they let him continue to hear and rule on cases. Judges like him need to be screened better because people’s lives with true disabilities depend on his rulings to be fair and just.

Judge: Brendan F Flanagan
10/7/2018 3:58:05 AM

This Judge has a job to do, you can bet he's going to do it. If he don't ask you questions, how's he suppose to render a just decision on your case. Was approved and didn't go in his courtroom to lie or play games.

Judge: Brendan F Flanagan
6/23/2018 6:39:12 PM

The problem here with this judge may be because he believes patients have the ability to work when they do not. To show up to work daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly, and work full time is difficult for many people who could appear only minorly disabled. Judges are not medical people. This is the single biggest flaw in the system. Judges do not have training, experience, knowledge in medical illnesses causing disabilities. To expect a judge to know when a persons disability will significantly interfere with work is ignorant. You must be able to understand the medical implications of the disability in the work placed and you cannot do this if you do not understand the illness and if you do not treat these patients over time and have experience in how patients are actually impacted with varying degrees of severity of the disorders and how different jobs are impacted over time. You really must be a physician to know the answers. Physicians can be biased but so can attorneys trying to get approvals and make money. Attorneys are not always ethical because they receive money based on the outcome of cases where physicians get paid for the treatment. This judge, if stats are correct, lacks wisdom and believes people can do more than they can without crumbling. And the high rate of denials are extreme and he is arrogant and wrong and people die from his arrogance. It is only with a few cases where the healthy and not disabled win disability. His extreme rates of denial are off the mark. He is not the only smart attorney. Most judges do a very good job.

Tee Edwards
Judge: K. Barlow
5/30/2018 5:59:10 PM

Judge Barlow is a ***** who base your case on her own opinion. If she has a bad morning she brings it in the court room with her take it out on claimants. She really is a mean nasty unfair judge who deserve her zero stars and a vacation from human race. I dislike her and she needs another profession that she likes and not torcher humans that stand before her. What a *****.

Melissa J.
Judge: Michael A Krasnow
5/20/2018 7:56:51 AM

I choose to not rate this judge because he doesn't even deserve 1 star. This judge should be disbarred. He spoke to me in a condescending manner as if I was an *****. I am going on 40 but look younger. He had the nerve to ask me how old I was. My age has nothing to do with my illness. I had a bone scan and it showed I have Rheumatoid Arthritis in all of my joints and he didn't even acknowledge it. I also had both hips replaced due to a bone disease. I have severe pain all day so I take Morphine and Nucynta. He still said I can work. I am not supported to drive on the medications that I take. I think he doesn't bother to look at your medical records. HORRIBLE judge.

Judge: Brendan F Flanagan
3/18/2018 4:07:54 PM

I have been waiting on my decision and I waited 3 years to get a court date and wondered if anyone knew how long he takes to issue a decision. I am broke and tired of waiting!

Judge: John D. Thompson
3/16/2018 9:36:29 AM

I have been handling Social Security cases for over 20 years. I have heard all of the nightmare/horror stories about Judge Thompson. And don't get me wrong, I understand he has a low approval rating, but I am going to point out some positives. Judge Thompson is probably the smartest Judge in the area. Maybe this is bad for your case, but if you have a legitimate case, and your client has truly suffered from what they say and they have taken the necessary medications to try to get better, you will appreciate his knowledge. He knows that based on a diagnosis, where you should and should not have pain. He does all of the questioning, this is not the case with all Judge's, and when you have a Judge that does do questions, they ask the questions that paint your client in the worst light, then your representative has to go back over everything, often frustrating some judges. Judge Thompson asks questions of the claimant even if it is possible the answer is going to help your case. Now I know many people probably think that because I gave Judge Thompson 4 stars, and was not completely negative, that someone must be doing this review on behalf of Judge. I do not know him personally, I have just taken clients in front of him. I have seen him deny files that should be approved, and I do understand that this is unfair. But I also believe that as you read all of these reviews that it is also unfair not to acknowledge the places where he excels. So I would like to Thank Judge Thompson, for being dedicated to your work, and making sure you have the medical knowledge that even most medical experts do not have.

Judge: Brendan F Flanagan
3/6/2018 8:01:14 PM

How social security continues to allow judges like this to operate is beyond me. They need to remove judges like this that clearly have an anti-clamant agenda. They also need to investigate the Las Vegas office as their approval rating is ridiculously low as well. To think that someone who is waiting 3 years and hasn't worked the entire time is somehow not disabled is beyond me.

Christie Thom
Judge: Richard Hlaudy
3/1/2018 1:01:52 PM

Judge Richard Hlaudy was great . Thank you

Judge: Bruce Landrum
2/27/2018 7:33:33 PM

Thanks for making my life more stressfull.

Judge: Bruce Landrum
2/27/2018 7:33:21 PM

Thanks for making my life more stressfull.

Judge: Susan Poulos
2/27/2018 10:52:47 AM

I have rheumatoid arthritis and she has denied me twice. I am hoping to get to see a new judge because she just doesn't care about people. She has lied in her denial letter. She says things like I continue to travel to the islands every year because I have darker skin. I came into court with a heavy purse and she doesn't believe my doctors! I don't understand why she is allowed to do this. I haven't traveled to ANY islands and the bag I had with me in court had almost nothing in it. It contained slippers, wallet and some papers. My surgeon, pain management doctor, RA doctor and primary care physician are not liars! And she can make statements like saying she doesn't believe them without any evidence to show why should be thrown out and she should be reprimanded for making such statements! There are so many people who get disability benefits who are not disabled and many disabled people who get denied. Something is very wrong going on. She is proud of her very low approval rating. She just wants to save the system money and couldn't care less about the people who need it. I have worked since I was 15years old and put alot of money into S.S. and can't get the help I need now that I am unable to work again. I have to give a 1 star rating because 0 is not an option. Believe me, I would give 0 if I could. Whether she reads these comments or not is unimportant because I don't think she cares what people say or think or need anyway.

Judge: Richard Hlaudy
2/15/2018 4:17:29 PM

This judge will not hear your case and rule out all evidence you provide.

Tee Edwards
Judge: K. Barlow
1/17/2018 9:36:11 AM

I had a hearing with Judge Barlow today. She seemed upset when came into the room at her end of the video. I just Pray that doesn’t affect her decision on my case. She seemed as if she covered all MEDICAL that was remanded appeal to cover. I Pray she finds me disabled (based on medical evidence) and honor a favorable decision. Overall, she was good.

Judge: John D. Thompson
1/2/2018 3:53:40 PM

Zero stars. John D. Thompson Jr. is racist against Native Americans. I’ve been declared disabled by TWO Doctors. He couldn’t have cared less about their observations. TWO Occupational Therapists explained that I would NOT be able to maintain gainful employment. He ignored them as well.

Judge: Brendan F Flanagan
11/14/2017 12:06:13 AM

Did not read anything in my file but good things, I am so sorry I have had a good day once and a while. You are worthless and do not deserve to be a judge!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Judge: Kelley Fitzgerald
11/12/2017 5:23:33 AM

Wished she hadn’t been the judge I was assigned to. I did not feel comfortable in front of her at all. I had to see her twice. Very sad I went through four years of this mental misery with the whole process but honestly do not think she really paid close attention to detail of my case. I’m more depressed. I did not care for her and for obvious reasons.... I did not get disability. Of course I’m going to feel mad and frustrated, who wouldn’t. 4 YEARS OF HELL I WENT THROUGH ... UGH!!! My rating is -1 star.

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

Judge: Kelley Fitzgerald
7/17/2017 1:26:34 PM

I have done disability battle with this judge for 7 straight years now. I was denied by her in 2011. I appealed and won the appeal by being remanded back in front of in 2014. She denied me again in 2014 and I appealed again and won my appeal. But on a second remand you are assigned to a different judge. I know it is proper to respect a judfes decision but in both of her written decisions her denial bordered on a personal attack. All this and I can't even hardly walk. This judge does not follow the law or pay much attention to medical evidence. I feel sorry for anyone who has to go in front of her. Fortunately her denials are often successfully appealed so don't lose hope.

Judge: Susan Poulos
7/10/2017 3:18:16 PM

I suffer and I mean I suffer and she denied me my disability but that's fine. I have worked hard in my life never ask know one for nothing. I hate to say this but I pray she suffers just half as bad as I do before she dies. Sorry but that's how I feel I guess cause I am not a drug addiction I lost

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Judge: Gregory J Froehlich
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Brian Ramsey
Judge: Joan A Lawrence
6/15/2017 6:16:19 PM

I had a hearing in Dec 2016 and now it's June and still not heard any news. I'm about to be homeless and loose everything.

6/12/2017 5:48:04 PM

Judge Taylor is very understanding am glad he was my judge

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

Judge: Dwight D Wilkerson
5/22/2017 11:28:44 AM

I have been waiting for him for 18 months and I know that even if I got the letter today I will still have to wait 75 days is there any way to speed this process up

Alice Neel
Judge: Kelley Fitzgerald
3/10/2017 1:38:26 PM

I have been disabled for 7yrs now My husband was a veteran and he passed away Oct 2016 He and I both took care of each other now since he has passed I'm about to loose everything We did not have life insurance and I'm not able to work. I hope and pray that she can help me this time I have fell into a depression because of all of this I hope she can help me Alice Neel

Intimidated by Reviews
Judge: Frederick McGrath
2/21/2017 10:23:01 AM

After reading these mixed reviews, I feel intimidated

Judge: Bruce Landrum
1/6/2017 7:34:15 PM

Bruce Landrum....and I call you that cause you are not worthy of the word judge in front of your name..he is very unfair and a inconsiderate ****...I give you 10 years of medical records from the VA plus 3 different outside doctors...And all you can say is that they all are lying...really!!!! Why would the Va build a very big medical file on me and 3 different outside Drs all same the same thing but lie for what??? Dummy...if that was you family you sure as hell would approve it no problem or someone who kisses your ****...thanks for making my condition worse ****....you call yourself a veteran...Lol...the way you treat veterans is like your better than us cause you a judge cause you kiss a lot of **** to get there. Well you are not better than us or any individual....KARMA Bruce...

Judge: Kelley Fitzgerald
12/21/2016 1:03:52 PM

I was actually terrified when I heard I had this judge. I had read all the negative comments and it made me think I was royally screwed. However, that was not the case. It took eight months but she approved my full disability with back pay! Actually she did it just in time for Christmas. So my new year will definitely be looking up. Thank you so much Judge Fitzgerald!

Mary Frazier
Judge: Brendan F Flanagan
12/16/2016 1:32:22 PM

This Judge does not go on the facts presented before him...He had already made a decision is his mind to deny me my benefits without even hearing the whole case out...Because I had went to college @GSU for one semester...Does he not know that people with mental disabilites can go to college with a lot of assistance...Do not want to go in front of him again...because he will deny me again...I pray for this man...in my opinion, i feel that he was bias in my situation.

Judge: Bernard Porter
11/3/2016 11:08:17 AM


Judge: Bernard Porter
11/3/2016 11:06:34 AM


Judge: Teresa J McGarry
10/31/2016 5:26:48 PM

My case is still pending, no decision yet. But I was generally impressed with the Honorable Ms. McGarry. She took the time to explain many things about this process that no-one else had so far. She explained what the issue with my claim was (establishing onset date), and why it might not get approved, and what it would take for it to get approved. I got the impression that she really did want to help me and so I am optimistic about eventual approval.

Judge: John D. Thompson
9/17/2016 9:32:18 PM

I went before Judge Thompson in 2012. My medical file is 4850 pages. I was hit by a bus. He treated me like a criminal, dismissed ALL of my treating physicians. He relied solely upon his Dr. Who couldn't tell me my eye or hair color. I had an independent Medical Evaluation declared 100% disabled. The State has me listed as disabled. I had emergency neck surgery the day after my hearing where he declared me fit for duty. Also his expert on work that I can do was 2 jobs that doesn't even exist in our state . No evidence of mine was considered he literally had to stick papers to his coke bottle glasses and still couldn't read. I'm trying again different ALJ, my date of accident was 9-13-2006. He ruled that my back pay scratched and ordered it not to be found disabled and it cannot go back to date of accident rather it goes back to to 90 days after my hearing in 2012. This man is a disgrace to the system. You cannot get a Lawyer to take a case vs him as they know he is lowest approval in the US! He yelled at me when I crossed his expert witnesses and I began reading all of the qualifying adult disabilities that I have in black and white and in pictures. Broken neck, sternum, ribs, broken lumbar, both hips, both shoulders. My nose was ripped off my face and I also suffered from open skull fracture and left front lobe injury, or TBI. If you are assigned this ALJ scrub your claim and start fresh and hope he doesn't draw you again. I have suffered enormously due to his inability to do his job professionally or legally!

Judge: Gregory J Froehlich
8/31/2016 12:40:12 PM

This judge has the worst rating in all of Florida and I was shockingly disapproved. He had incorrect information that I tried to correct him Of but I have never heard anything more. I am on appeal and I pray he or someone hears my case in a fair way. He even denied I was hospitalized or had ECT treatments. I am almost 55, was a social worker for many years and his vocational person said I could work in a laundry room alone. I am in despair over this. I just don't know what to do. My mom has full blown Alzheimer's and she is only 74 and it started previous to my age. I would work if I could. I have lost everything. I don't even have a vehicle to get to a job. How is it his record is not questioned when in comparison to other judges. I have worked most of my life.

Judge: John D. Thompson
8/6/2016 12:34:32 PM

Went before this judge, and as it turned out he omitted a lot of the evidence stating I was disabled. My lawyer flatout told me the guy had, had his mind made up and simply ignored everything before him. He is also a fairly condescending, and rude judge. I also have to agree with some of the others on here. He CANNOT see, when I saw him staring at a page, he had it within two inches of his face. This isn't a man, or judge you want to review your case. Not only will he show bias and ignore evidence, he is clearly incapable of performing his duties due to his own handicap.

Judge: Brendan F Flanagan
7/29/2016 1:06:06 PM

To classify this guy as a Judge is an injustice to American society. His personal opinions out weighing medical facts, treatments and documentation ( by PHYSICIANS) which he is not, is an absolute disgrace. To simply put it, he is a waste of taxpayers money, whom I myself have paid . ALL of this idiots cases should be IMMEDIATELY reviewed by The Appeals Board and him REMOVED not only from the ALJ position, but disbarment from law practice FOREVER! If you're going to be arrogant and condescending, at least be Smart and fair!

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

Judge: William H Greer
7/20/2016 12:36:13 PM

i went before this judge a few years ago. i arrived for my appointment on time but had to wait because the woman who was before me attacked the judge and had to be arrested. by the time i saw him he seemed to be in a bad mood and would not accept any explanations for anything. he wanted simple answers and would not even let my attorney try to explain anything. he wanted yes or no answers. i have muscular dystrophy and am in pain most of the time. i have worked all my life and i am not looking for a handout. i just want and need what i have earned.

Judge: John D. Thompson
7/13/2016 11:48:53 AM

This judge yelled at me for two hours. I thought I was a criminal. He cannot see more than two inches away from the documents he is reading. He should be terminated for his disability. I am filing a complaint and an appeal.

Judge: John D. Thompson
6/13/2016 11:35:34 AM

We won our case with 5 years of back pay awarded, plus medicare right away. Why does Judge Thompson rate 1 star, then? During the hearing, it became fairly obvious Judge Thompson had read nothing of all the evidence provided. He is visually disabled and just doesn't read anything. But there is only so far an ALJ like this man can go - the regulations of 20 CFR must be upheld. During my research for this case I had discovered the "Worn-out WORKER" Rule. The claimant fit right into it - almost to the word. The ALJ had to declare her disabled on her 55th birthday, which was 5 years ago. Game - set - match, Judge Thompson The key to winning is having a check-mat position up your sleeve, i.e. selecting the right CFR Regulation and building your position around it. Thorough research is what wins - hard work and covering every base.

Alicia L. Walker
Judge: Yelanda Collins
6/13/2016 10:20:14 AM

Dear Honorable Judge Yelanda Collins, First and foremost I would like to ask God to bless you for having to deal with so much and such a heavy load far as the workload that you have and I appreciate if you do see this message and God's name that you can add me to your list, Judge Collins I have had to have two major surgeries on my shoulder for major damage that has caused me to be unable to work since 2011- Present, I've been through the Storm and back but with Gods good grace I'm still holding on, I haven't been able to work at all since that time and I have no income and I was 46yrs old at the time of my injury and I'm 52 years old now and I am in diar nerd of financial assistance and I know I promised God I would be patient and I must keep that promise, I'm hoping that you may just take a moment of your time just to acknowledge this plea to beg you to see if you can please help me just to get a hearing date so I can keep my Faith at least to know that help is on the way, I don't even know how I got to this page to be able to express myself to you or even why I choose you out of all the judges but I just want to ask if you can please save me from all the hardship I'm going through just waiting for a hearing, and if you can please help me with any information that will assist me to at least get a hearing date, I have Faith in Our Lord Jesus Christ and all I'm asking for is if you can pray for me to speed up my case or if you can respond to me with any kind of updates on the status of my case, I really need your help if at all possible please help me. Thank you even if this message touched your heart in any kind of way, I'm located right here in Jacksonville Florida, 32208 May God bless you even if there's nothing you can do I appreciate you just taking a moment just to read my comment I know that I can't expect anything more than that but I know All things come through and from Almighty God, so I will stay strong, be patient and keep my Faith that this is my Season, Amen

Darrell Gillespie
Judge: Charles R Howard
5/22/2016 1:38:41 PM

I would like to thank judge Howard for listening to my case. he took the time to look at my medical records in my hearing and made a very very fair decision.Thank you so much.

Judge: Brendan F Flanagan
5/18/2016 11:54:31 AM

I am appealing this man's decision. Not only did he fail to consider all medical records he makes false statements regarding testimony given. Hope the appeals council reviews my trial transcripts.

Judge: Kelley Fitzgerald
4/15/2016 4:17:08 PM

Although it took six months from my hearing for a decision, ODAR Judge Kelly Fitzgerald was very thorough, which one should expect for the job done right. I appreciate this. In the courtroom Judge Fitzgerald and staff showed courtesy which eased my fears greatly. All the staff including the security guards were a joy to be around on a very stressful day. Thank You and God Bless.

Rebecca Friedmann
Judge: Teresa J Davenport
4/7/2016 9:00:16 PM

I went before Judge Davenport twice. Both times, she ignored the evidence provided by my doctors and physical therapy evaluations. The second time she asked if I minded if an Occupational Therapist that was present for the hearing and the OT would make a ruling of her own. Even though the OT stated that she believed that there are not any jobs that I can do based on the information present, Judge Davenport still ignored the evidence and ruled that it was a part time/full time working issue not a disability. Judge Davenport ruled both times that my problem had nothing to do with a disability, that the problem was that my employer wanted me to work full time and that I only wanted to work part time. I couldn't work full time due to my disability, and it was getting difficult to work even part time due to the pain I was in. In regards to medical evaluations, she ignored the evaluations from two physical therapist and my own doctors and ruled based on my evaluation from the doctor that Social Security had me go to, I was only there for about 30 minutes. I even had back surgery and she still ignored that as me being disabled. I don't think she should be ruling on disability cases.

Lori Fust
Judge: Bruce Landrum
4/1/2016 6:51:50 AM

Judge Landrum is a very fair and thorough Judge. He's very easy to talk to and he listens carefully to what you have to say. If you truly are disabled and you're honest with him, he will give you a fair decision. I am happy to have had Judge Landrum as my judge.

Judge: Joan A Lawrence
3/30/2016 3:46:23 PM

Honorable Judge Joan; I am a 59 year old Disable Veteran with severe neck and back issues; that affect my right arm and legs 24/7. These injures happened while I was serving my Country. The VA has rated me at 120% disable but only received 80% compensation. I have had to work hard all my life, since leaving the US Army in 1976. Now I am left no longer able to work a job due to my medical issues and age; no one will hire me, I have tried. I applied for my Social Security Disability and was denied by Judge Joan. Even though the Vocational Expert told her during my hearing; “that due to my medical condition there was no jobs for me.” Another American disabled Veteran forgotten by our system. Sincerely, and very disappointed.

Judge: Frederick McGrath
3/15/2016 7:02:39 AM

ALJ McGrath went above and beyond recently, and by his efforts, allowed my client her hearing when there had been a serious miscommunication regarding my client's file (it had been sent to another hearing office by mistake, and the hearing cancelled - all without notice to myself or my client). Another ALJ might have shrugged their shoulders and said nothing could be done, so sorry; ALJ McGrath instead tracked the file down, had it sent back to North, and worked the hearing into his already scheduled docket. While we are still awaiting results, we are grateful to have been able to conduct the hearing as we had planned, especially since my client traveled from TN to Athens for the hearing. Thank you Judge McGrath!

Judge: Frederick McGrath
3/3/2016 8:52:02 AM

He is The hardest working ALJ in the Nation and that office!!!

Maintenance Electrician
Judge: Dwight D Wilkerson
12/12/2015 7:55:51 AM

Thank you Judge Wilkerson. I appreciate you taking the time to review my case and make your decision. I was very greatful when I got the decision. Thank you again for being a great Judge.

Judge: Brendan F Flanagan
11/16/2015 4:11:39 PM

I found Judge Flanagan to be very thorough, and his line of questioning was thoughtful and precise. He is clearly dedicated to only awarding SSDI benefits to those who are truly unable to work, which I personally find commendable. Yes, he does ask some questions several times after re-wording them, but as long as the applicant is being honest, the answers should always be the same, regardless of how the question is framed. Sadly, there are MANY people who apply for SSDI who are not truly disabled; Judge Flanagan makes every effort to ferret such people out and deny them benefits. While it is unfortunate that the general mindset toward SSDI applicants is that they are able-bodied until they prove themselves to be disabled beyond a shadow of a doubt, applicants can thank the MANY people who try to scam the system and obtain benefits when they are not truly disabled for this. In other words, Judge Flanagan is not "the bad guy" in this scenario. To the contrary, it is the lying deadbeats who stand before him and his colleagues claiming to be disabled when they are not who have made the journey to receiving SSDI benefits as tedious and demeaning as it is. I am giving Judge Flanagan four stars instead of five because I did not agree with his decision to award my counsel full legal fees. As he was aware, she made a number of serious mistakes/oversights in presenting my case, and was extremely unprofessional. When Judge Flanagan contacted me and asked for my input, I provided what I felt was a solid argument as to why my attorney did not deserve to be awarded full compensation. While I was disappointed with his decision to award her the full $6,000, I was otherwise quite pleased with his handling of my case. I realize there will be many people who disagree with my opinion - but it is just that: MY opinion, based on MY personal experience with Judge Flanagan. Clearly, people rush to post negative remarks about Judge Flanagan when they are not awarded benefits. My hope is that my positive experience with Judge Flanagan will balance things out a bit. If your SSDI hearing has been assigned to Judge Flanagan's calendar, I believe you will get a fair hearing. If you are truly disabled and provide a scrupulously honest testimony, you will likely receive a favorable ruling. Is it possible that Judge Flanagan sometimes makes a mistake and denies benefits to someone who is truly disabled? Of course - he is human. Judge Flanagan has a responsibility to all taxpayers to be as thorough as possible when hearing cases and rendering decisions, and I believe it is to his credit that he takes that responsibility very seriously.

Judge: M. Hart
11/2/2015 4:54:49 PM

Judge Hart was very civilized and professional in her demeanor and I found her to be a fair and efficient Judge.

Judge: Stephen C Calvarese
10/29/2015 8:17:28 AM

This judge was not concerned about my last jobs as much as my past jobs & was more concerned about the vocational persons coughing & needing a cough drop & what kind of cough drops he had, then listening to me. He asked stupid questions & just because I was not on a bunch of pain meds, made a decision. I think he had already made up his mind & he wasted my time because he never looked at me while I was talking, just watched the screen sipping on his drink. These judges act like it is their personal money, but I wonder how much extra they get when they deny people who are in need of this money that they worked hard for. This judge was real rude, gave no weight to the social security doctors findings, this is the doctor who found all the additional things. I think that we should have to hold a hearing to see if these judges get paid, this judge doesn't need to be appointed back to this counsel, because he has no compassion to anyone in these proceedings. He has denied, more people then he has approved. His court manner -100 & his question asking -1,000. He needs to be replaced with judges who have actually looked at the whole record & not just take bits & pieces. I pray that he will not have my case again, since he denied it & it is back in the appeals. If he is the judge I will quickly send something to the counsel to have another judge, this one is not fair, impartial or reads the records.

wade kirkley
Judge: Brendan F Flanagan
10/25/2015 7:55:11 AM

I was in the 207 denied. He judged my personal life instead of medical thats wrong. I wake up all time thinking what i should have told him. My attorney suxs.when we first walked in the judgement room my atty daid judge i have another case in 45 mins judge said it wont take to long i was scared to day anything my atty advised me to say as little as possible. Now if i could work no one hire me im a liability. Ins cost to much. Im screwed thank judge for everything u didnt do. Now how am i going to support my family. I havent able to by christmas gifts for 2 years

Bridgett Graham
10/18/2015 8:22:41 AM

My first time before a judge and I am glad it was Judge Taylor. I felt he was very fair, understanding, and truly listened.

Judge: Michael A Krasnow
9/29/2015 7:35:50 AM

I agree with the person commenting before me 100 percent! This judge is TRULY UNFAIR and should not hold this position. I know that I for one, DO NOT WANT TO BE CONSIDERED DISABLED! So when you have learned that you will most likely or definitely never be able to work again, IT'S DEVASTATING! A judge should be looking at all of the facts and medical evidence and making a sound decision. So we have to be a vegetable to get disability? Thanks for making me want to jump off a bridge. STEP DOWN.

Bill Olive
Judge: Dwight D Wilkerson
9/12/2015 8:49:10 PM

The VA would not submit the letter that would have granted me my disability, stating that it was a 'conflict of interest'. Only after I had a meeting with the VAMC administrator did they send the letter to this judge. There was no regulation or conflict of interest that prevented them from sending the letter. However, the judge made his decision 5 days prior to the release of this letter. Thanks VA! Now I lose my house, my car, and my child will be homeless while in her senior year of high school. She is an AP honors student and will be homeless. I worked for 35 years. Served my country. SSA's own doctor said I was disabled, the vocational expert said there were no jobs in the economy for me, yet the VA and this judge made a horrible decision. Time for the media and the VA OIG to get involved.

Judge: Charles R Howard
9/2/2015 9:10:54 AM

Not a good judge at all. over looked my records and said he didn't see certain illness that were in my record. the records iv'e got showing the illness i got sent from his office !

Nina Deam
Judge: Joan A Lawrence
8/20/2015 9:18:57 PM

I saw her on August 4 2015. I was so nervous. I was told before I saw her that I was to keep it brief and to the point. I don't understand when people go in front of a judge why they can't tell us right then and there. I was told I have a strong case but I have to wait 6 to 8 weeks for a decision. Judge Lawrence was very pleasant and seemed concerned. When I walked in she told me I could stand up if I needed to which I thought it was kind of her due to the pain I was in. I did once but again I was so nervous. When it was all over she told me she hoped that I got to feeling better. She seemed very thoughtful.

7/6/2015 5:09:31 PM

judge taylor not fair,has spanish voc lady,

Judge: Michael A Krasnow
6/8/2015 1:36:45 PM

Very unfair judge. Looking for any indication of your life being remotely enjoyable as "evidence" that you are not disabled -- if you leave your house for anything other than doctors appointments, if you have gone on a trip, if you garden, if you have any hobbies, if you try to take exercise, if you play any games, if you socialize at all, etc., he deems you capable of working regardless of the advice of your doctors, regardless of whatever the vocational expert says about your employability, regardless of the fact that only people in persistent vegetative states can lie down all day and do absolutely nothing without going insane. Just look at his approval rating compared to other ALJ's -- some approve 60%, he denies 60%. Your best bet is to simply hope your case doesn't land in his lap. You will not get an actual fair hearing.

Frank Reno
Judge: Bernard Porter
6/6/2015 12:27:01 PM

I recently appeared before Judge Porter after fighting for disability for 3 years. I found Judge Porter to be very methodical, touching every point of my request. He seemed very professional and was more than fair to me. Although I was concerned about his decision, especially after having my case rejected twice by state workers, in his decision he described in detail every factor considered. It also detailed what to do in case I wanted to appeal the decision. Overall I was impressed by Judge Porter and his professionalism. If you're trying to scam or don't have a legitimate case I would suggest another judge, this one digs for details and finds them.

Pat McCusker
5/24/2015 9:51:13 AM

This is the most fair ALJ I have ever encountered.

Steven Kirks
Judge: Brendan F Flanagan
5/14/2015 12:13:04 PM

Judge Flanagan flat out lied to me. Then did not even have the decency to send me notice that he dismissed my appeal. I was told to wait until a decision was reached and finally called only to find out he had dismissed my case two months prior. Talk about ineptitude.

Judge: M. Hart
5/14/2015 8:52:56 AM

This judge lacks compassion, she has no heart. She consistently took information from my records out of context and seems to fail to grasp the fact that different specialists check different things in an attempt to discredit evidence from the doctor I receive the most treatment from. Then she attacked my character claiming that I was exaggerating my symptoms without taking into account the multiple medical conditions that have overlapping symptoms and the many medicines I take that have similar side effects. This decision was a gross miscarriage of justice.

Judge: Ken B Terry
5/12/2015 8:33:14 PM

3 out of 4 nos on the hypotheticals, 2+ years of medical documentation from 3 doctors practically identical to the Blue Book and you still denied my appeal. Today, Judge Terry, you devastated my family. You have affected our lives in ways that we may never recover, and most of them are not financial. More time should've been spent reading the reports instead of trying to read the person. Your statistics seem to show that you believe most people are liars. Shame on you for thinking you can see inside a person.

Judge: William H Greer
4/14/2015 10:31:17 AM

Judge Greer prides himself on destroying people's lives. Per the oath he has taken as a Judge, his job is to help people who are unable to work due to injuries or issues with their health. However, Judge Greer has repeatedly inflicted additional suffering on the individuals who have had to go before him for a decision that would change their lives permanently. Judge Greer should be held accountable for his actions in regards to numerous ethical violations. His actions should also be investigated for violating people's civil rights which can be proven by information he has written in his Unfavorable Decisions. His approval rate is only 36% and I am sure that if his cases were reviewed, it would be uncovered as to how he quotes information that is untrue in regards to the person who really needs SSDI. Information that he has quoted could ruin a person in more ways then one. Judge Greer needs to be removed from his position for numerous reasons but the main one is due to the pain and suffering he has placed upon people who are in need. I guess Judge Greer believes he is above everyone else just because he wears a black robe. His rating as to how many stars he receives should be a negative number.

Judge: Kelley Fitzgerald
3/30/2015 5:04:35 PM

This judge will smile to your face and you the back as soon she denies you. she has the highest rejection rate out of all the judges and is 10% over the national average HOW CAN THIS BE. In my rejection letter she attacked my character instead of taking the word of an accredited Univesity doctor.

Judge: Aaron M Morgan
3/17/2015 11:55:03 AM

hey its homeless again judge Moran I for give you for all the pain you have caused me the loss of my home which was my inhairantance which was from my mother.the back money from 2010 when i filed the claim and your unfair and wrong decision in 2012 and would also like to thank the appeals counsil for the poor job that they did in not looking at the new evidents which would have fixed the problem but you also did not do your jobs i sent new records that showed new proof of my disabilty and you say that you looked at them but when you sen the evadents you supposly looked at it was not there wonder were it went. thin air? So i had to refile in 2013 which took my work credits cause i had to refile so now i get ssi not ssd i fought my ass off to keep all my things and lost all of it my mother the house all the things in the house cloths pictures furnture family airlooms all my mothers stuff my stuff as people picked threw it on the side of the road and after all that you will not even do nothing to fix the mistake but i forgive its time to move on because there is one thing you could not take is my happiness and determnation and my spirit.

Judge: William H Greer
3/8/2015 6:15:41 PM

Judge Greer should get all the TRUE facts about a person's case and not make them up as he goes along in order to deny them. My husband's case was denied and after reading the information that we received from the Judge, I am puzzled as to where he received his information much because 99.9% of the information was untrue. My husband is a Wounded Warrior and is unable to work and thanks to Judge Greer, my family has to suffer even longer financially. I firmly believe that if a service member is medically retired from their branch of service and receive VA benefits then they should never have to need for anything because the Government in all forms should see that they are well taken care of. I am not saying this because my husband is injured for life, I am saying it on behalf of ALL WOUNDED WARRIORS!!! Maybe Judge Greer should take his turn over in Afghanistan and maybe his approval rate will increase.

Gary Wagner
Judge: John D. Thompson
3/5/2015 1:25:32 PM

Judge Thompson proved to be an excellent and compassionate judge. He based his decision purely on the testimony of a medical expert and the medical evidence. He rendered his decision the day of the hearing and offered me hope for a possible recovery. He treated me with respect at all times. I can not praise this man enough.

Judge: Aaron M Morgan
2/19/2015 12:25:10 PM

this judge should be removed from the bench. there doctors siad i was disabled my doctors said the same.my mom died jan 9 2012 his decision came jan 12 2012 denied could not make house payments lightbills food borrowed money to creamate her lost my my work credits lost my back pay and for what because he said i did not look disabled so i guss he just disregards top doctors in there field opinion.thing i lost the house everything but there is vendication i won my case feb 12 2015 in front of judge thompson who they say is the tuffest in florida and the second in the country he said i should have received it then and if he would have been the judge he would have given it to me. so with that being said i am homeless when it should not have happend i lost over half of my back pay and at least half of the monthly money so were justice for the working man there is none.p.s judge thompson was very fair and throw

Judge: Kelley Fitzgerald
1/19/2015 7:22:40 PM

There has got to be a way to get rid of her. She is one of the rudest, corrupt judges I have ever met. She must get kickbacks for every case she denies. I'd love to see her have to go through the process.

Judge: Joan A Lawrence
11/21/2014 10:35:07 AM

I just had a hearing with Judge Lawrence on 11/18/14. My lawyer kept telling me that she was tough, and that she dosen't approve many cases. Wtbs, my hearing with her was very brief, and to the point. At the end of my hearing she stated that even though i was young, she commends me on continuing to seek treatment and employment through vocational rehabilitation. I am prayerful that she makes a fair decision. My lawyer said we should know in 6-8weeks.

flora gray
Judge: Charles R Howard
10/19/2014 1:05:10 PM

Seems like he doesnt care if your really disabled or not with all medical records he just doesnt care

Judge: Frederick McGrath
10/8/2014 3:52:25 PM

Judge Frederick McGrath approved my case on yesterday. I believe he's a very witty, smart & compassionate guy....charming & interesting...I may add... My hearing was brief & to the point...The past 21 months of my life has been the most challenging time in my life...happy to know it will get better soon...very thankful I was approved.

Judge: Stephen C Calvarese
8/28/2014 1:14:44 PM

This judge will create lies, give little weight to your medical doctors opinions, to find you unfavorable. Its shame that these ALJ judges are allowed to conduct themselves like this and it is of no consequence. God Bless America and please rectify and justify our Social Security disability systems.

Social Security Disability Attorney
Judge: Frederick McGrath
8/27/2014 3:10:35 PM

As an attorney, I practice before several Social Security hearings offices and numerous judges throughout the Southeast. My experience with Judge McGrath has been consistently positive, and I have found him to be fair-minded and efficient in his handling of cases where I have appeared before him. While he takes a streamlined, no-nonsense approach to hearings, he appears to do this out of a sense of duty to move his cases efficiently and to minimize delay in resolving claims where claimants have already been required to wait months (or even years) without income leading up to finally getting their day in court.

Judge: Aaron M Morgan
8/23/2014 1:05:55 PM


Judge: John D. Thompson
8/22/2014 9:23:07 AM

By the numbers the second worst judge in the nation. By experience, one of the most disrespectful and unprofessional judges I have ever appeared in front of (22 year attorney). You have virtually no chance before this judge AND will be treated poorly.

tim m
Judge: Charles R Howard
8/6/2014 7:40:55 PM

This is an evil judge. He does not care what the treating physicians opinion may be. He is a control freak.

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

Judge: John D. Thompson
7/26/2014 1:02:29 PM

This is a judge that commonly makes mistakes that are easily recognizable. In my decision form the Appeals Council they discovered at least 6 obvious mistakes. The judge did not even consider 5 years of medical records from my regular doctor which were submitted. Additionally, he misquoted his own medical expert and blatantly ignored evidence in his final decision. Without explanation he gives limitations that are different than those provided by my doctor and even their consultative doctor. Where does he get his information? Out of thin air it seems. I just wonder now how much longer I will have to wait for a new hearing. I sure hope I see another judge, but that is unlikely. The appeals council generally called him out for every mistake he made, thank God. At some point the SSA needs to recognize that this judge is not doing his job properly. His approval ratings are at best 1/2 of the other judges. That should show that he denies people who are actually entitled to receive benefits.

Judge: Bernard Porter
7/17/2014 10:07:06 PM

After two years of fight for what I paid in you send me a denial you have the lowest approval ratings there I gave you tons of medical records,doctors statements, even a state handicap tag you say I can work how when I can't even walk much less drive like I told you well I will appeal and shen they overturn my case you will see how wrong this was of you I ses you give drug addicts, fat lazy people that don't want to work etc disability everyday when a real disabled person like me suffer we pay you with our taxes to do nothing you sit behind a desk if I had a job like yours I'm sure I could work buf when you had a bone taken out of your spine it hard to do anything your way out of line on this one I contacted mu congressman and more federal government people along with the press your a jerk and I may have to do without cause of you longer but I hope by the end of this you have no job and I know alot of people that love to see your sorry butt gone

Judge: John D. Thompson
6/26/2014 12:09:09 PM


Judge: Kelley Fitzgerald
6/18/2014 10:03:54 AM

Does it usually take 6 months or better to get the judges answer to wether the person is approved or not? I was told 4 to 6 weeks for an answer. I'm just curious as I don't know how these things go. This is all new to me.

Judge: Bernard Porter
6/18/2014 7:32:53 AM

Call my lawer yesterday to find out my case is still in unassigned writing after 5 months it not moved is there anyone else out there having this same problem I just can't understand why it not moving when people that had court the same day as me got there case done months ago am I being pushed to the side please anyone out there let me know some information it does no good to call them or the lawer as they all act like they have no clue why

Judge: Bernard Porter
6/10/2014 11:43:35 AM

As of today it been over six months since court and still nothing I'm going on two years now this is not right there no way I can work and if I call this odar center I'm told to call my lawer which is pointless cause he can't give me any information I'm out of money for a doctor etc I need this money and judge porter it your job to see I'm disabled and need this money for medical care so I'm calling my government offices there no need to make people that need there disability badly wait and most the time it to deny them so they have to wait even more years fighting for what is right fully there money I hope the lord forgives your sins of doing people this way then you can beg like we all have done you make a large pay check off of us just to deny our claims or make us wait after we waited for years also the staff is rude there we pay you so be nice I'm done running my mouth I'll just sit here and wait as always and I pray you and your staff have to wait years on something one day and learn to feel for people and not be so evil

Judge: Frederick McGrath
6/4/2014 11:54:48 PM

This Judge knows his job. He gets straight to point and does not waste anytime or taxpayers money. He is well prepared. He has an idea of what his decision will be before the hearing. He shows concern about the claimant and takes everything into consideration. He does his job well without hesitation. He can see right through a person if they are full of BS. Great service for the people!

Judge: Bernard Porter
6/3/2014 5:21:57 AM

In his decision for my SSDI he stated I am inconsistent and not quite believable. So basically I am a liar. This is what I waited 2 years for. No job, no insurance and now no benefits (to which I have paid in). This judge also has a disability so maybe because he can work he thinks others can as well. That could explain his high denial rate.

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: Bernard Porter
5/28/2014 12:54:13 PM

Judge Porter was very nice and extremely thorough in his questioning. I do hope someone will post here on how long it took them to get their hearing decision in the mail and whether it was approved or not. I have been waiting four and a half months for my decision and I am also worried due to his approval percentage. Seems he made his decision fairly quickly in my case since it has been sitting in writing for over 2 months. Of course, the Judge has no control over this step. Good luck to everyone who is still waiting!

Judge: Bernard Porter
5/23/2014 7:11:38 AM

Four months after he closed mu case still no letter I've called and was told it was at writer then last time I called I told to call my lawer after seeing he only approved 63 cases this year I hope I'm one he have the lowest rate of approval of all judges here well guess I'll keep waiting wish someone could help me out

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

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

Judge: Aaron M Morgan
4/29/2014 10:45:53 AM

I went before this judge and the only thing he could use against me was that I smoke cig's lmao. This judge didn't even open my records. He would not stop about smoking. This judge needs banned fromk the bench.

Judge: Brendan F Flanagan
4/29/2014 8:42:10 AM

Should be removed from the bench. He has an agenda. Denies approximately 90 percent of claims. I have had clients die shortly after he denied their claim. He has no business being a judge. A disgrace.

Stevie Bancroft
Judge: Charles R Howard
4/21/2014 5:02:43 PM

Judge Howard is very, very comprehensive in his review of your records. The questions he asked me proved he had reviewed my records. In his written decision approving my award, on two occasions he disagreed with the opinions of the doctors who reviewed my case for SS, stating they were not in touch with my case and their opinions were without merit. Although it took 2.5 months to get my written decision, it was favorable to me.

Sheree J. Johnson
Judge: Ken B Terry
4/21/2014 7:48:28 AM

Judge Terry is a biased an unfair Hearing Officer for this ODAR Court. In His unfavorable decision in my case, he ignored and/or neglected pertinent information purveyed in my testimony. Repeatedly, he contradicts himself throughout his written decision. He makes insinuations and pre-judgments instead of sternly weighing ALL of the evidence before him. He is a disgrace to the Law regarding SSA Rules and Regulations. And yes, his biased and unfavorable decision, despite the fact of overwhelming objective medical evidence as to my disability, is presently under review by the Appeals Council. Moreover, should the Council prove to be as biased as Judge terry, I will file my appeal in Federal Court. Judge Terry should shudder at the very thought of a Federal Judge being summoned to review my case.

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

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

Judge: Bernard Porter
4/14/2014 11:27:40 AM

Had hearing back in December was just told friday I need more surgery done but my lawer telling me it sitting at a decision writer judge porter is very nice I hope he did appove my case I've been fighting since 2012 I hope I hear something soon cause my doctor want me at the doctor that did my surgery asap I need the medical or I'm going to be in a wheelchair

Brent Corey McBride
Judge: Bernard Porter
4/8/2014 2:56:54 PM

He was actually very nice and conservative he doesn't ramble on allot like most judges seem to do very respectful of a person needs and disabilities just went to my hearing in front of him and he seems very nice and respect full

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

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

Judge: Brendan F Flanagan
2/19/2014 9:57:49 PM

SSA should remove this person from the bench before more deserving American citizens die because he illegally and improperly denied their claim. He does not understand the law or how to apply it. If you case is assigned to this judge, you should demand that your case be assigned to a different judge before your hearing is held.

Judge: Yelanda Collins
2/3/2014 3:30:57 PM

I didn't think it was possible to feel more depressed, anxious, sad, panicked, and sick. Thank you for proving me wrong Ms. Collins. I was a tax-paying citizen for 16 years before becoming ill. I told Ms. Collins of my plan of action to get well in the not-to-distant future. I told the truth as nervous as I was. What I received in return was an unfavorable decision in which 2 things were stated that I never said (and I am sure I didn't say them because they are just plain untrue) and most of what I did say was omitted or ignored. This has been such a heavy, dejecting process. I am sad, but I am also so angry that this woman who knows nothing about me (and has the facts wrong about what she thinks she does know) gets to decide if I am sick enough to use the Social Security that I have paid into my whole life for what it is intended for. I understand that many do take advantage of the system. I told the truth and had all my ducks in a row. So, why am I sitting here worrying about how I am going to tell my kids that we have to move our of the only home they have ever lived in?

Judge: John D. Thompson
1/9/2014 4:03:54 PM

I am guessing that ss system uses him as a pawn to decline people. I have heard from a few lawyers that he brags about declining folks. No matter there condition. I totally feel sorry for such a man to pass over working class people to get his numbers as low as possible. I would love to see someone sue his rear end. He held me in the court room for almost two hours. And then he used this fake *** medical expert that has zero knowledge about neurological issues as a wittness. I and my attorney about fell out of our chairs with the disrespect this judge has proven and his so called medical experts. I look forward to my appeal. I would love to find a way to go after this judge directly in a civil lawsuit. Anyone with any ideas about how to name him in a case do let me know. I would do it in a heart beat. I am 56 years old with brain cancer and got denied.

Judge: John D. Thompson
12/15/2013 5:09:03 PM

I went in front of this judge for my minor child back in November of this year.I have not received a decision yet but another hearing scheduled with him...I can't get anyone to answer my qyestions or messages I leave no return call.I will say he was very unpleasant to be around as he belittled me and I don't want to have to do this all over again

Judge: Gregory J Froehlich
11/25/2013 7:17:16 AM

ALL Tax Payers, Women, Men & Children~~ Beware of this "Judge"~~...I couldn't even tell you what his face looked like, that's how much attention he paid to my case. I truly believe he has the "Black Robe Syndrome" ...This was a Reprimand Case by the Appeals Council & this "Judge" had his mind made up WAY before I even walked in the door. It was almost embarrassing as to how obvious he made it that he had the previous Judges back covered!!! This was nothing but a full blown Conspiracy Plot between Judges & it needs to be investigated, I need someone to please help me... He threw out & discredited ALL of my doctors, ALL of my MRI, medical reports, etc...He threw out & discredited ALL of the SSDI doctor's & reports, ALL of the Voc expert reports, (I have had to go in front of THREE Judges now!)... I am in total shock at how LITTLE he paid attention to ANYTHING & how MUCH he twisted and turned ALL REAL reports into what he wanted it to say or be. I have no words to tell you how he took over the ROLE of playing a real doctor & disregarded all REAL doctors statements & reports. He threw out & discredited third party testimonies, so what was he looking at to judge my case??? It must have been his thumb because there was nothing left for him to read, he threw out & discredited everything BUT his thumb!!!...There is NO need for, or to employ ALJ's if they are ANYTHING like this one~ What a true waste of time, money and resources ~~GOVERNMENT NOTICE~~Please eliminate ALL ALJ positions as they are not needed when they throw out & discredit REAL doctors reports & have their minds already made up before you walk in the door. I have been waiting for MY much needed SSDI benefits & jumping threw hoops from 2009 for this hog wash and total embarrassment??? I will not/cannot stop, I will appeal this no matter how long it takes or what it takes...This "Judge" made me out to be some type of liar & I do not lie! I know & understand that you must weed out the bad seeds, but why would ANYONE wait & beg for their own hard earned money if they didn't really need it??? I would rather be digging ditches and cleaning this "Man's" toilets than be where or how I am, what's wrong with him my dear Lord???? This is nothing but a Conspiracy to keep people who need REAL help down and out & he was punishing me for doing an appeal! This "Man" needs to hire me if he is so confident that I am able to even leave my home! Please contact me "Judge" & tell me where & at what time I should be at work for YOU, because no one else will hire me with all of my conditions & I wont last 2 days at ANY job, and please keep in mind that I must lay flat on my back with my left leg elevated for 30 to 40 minutes, 3 to 4 times a day. I am not joking, you have my number, please call me with my new job details & I promise that I will try if you have that much faith in me that I can work. All I was even asking for was Medical help, and NO to that also? Now what am I going to do, my life is totally destroyed and over. I am so sorry for being rude here, but this is my life now what do I do??? And, he also stated that I applied on Sept 1 2008, (my birthday, ya ok!) then in court he asked me the date & how am I to recall the exact date that many years ago? I said I stopped working on December 24, 2008 so he denied me for this???

Judge: John D. Thompson
11/19/2013 11:14:42 AM

This Judge totally over steps his boundries as an ALJ I 100% respect the position but this judge tries to play doctor as well. I suggest anyone who was denied by this judge to take it to the appeals. Thats how I won cause they found many things he done and said during my hearing that is totally not legit. He had records in front of him and declined to acknoledge them.

Judge: John D. Thompson
11/18/2013 6:17:22 AM

Wow is about all I can say here. Went before this judge and he brought in some medical expert that had no clue about my health. It's like the medical expert is working for the judge. The judge was reading my medical reports and it was like he was reading someone other then mine. He was trying to say I didn't have things that clearly was right in front of him. He also tried to say that I did not follow dr's orders to loose weight to control my medical issue. I am 5'10 170 lbs This judge looks to be shorter then I am and around the 270 lbs mark. I read another post that said he can't read I have too agree with that comment. Cause he was holding the paper work right up to his face trying to read it. I think this judge needs to spend some time going before a court himself being sued for making medical claimes that he surely not qualified to do. I recorded my own hearing cause it will be needed in the future. I don't think this judge understands that most of us would rather be working then fighting his broken system for chump change to survive on. Also I do understand that not everyone is legit either but this mans record of denying so many people is more then the worst judge in the entire system.

It doesn't matter
Judge: Michael Krasnow
11/14/2013 8:41:00 PM

Michael should be disbarred. I will be filing a complaint with Social Security on this individual that thinks he is smarter than Physicians and medical providers and completely discounts anything a Doctor has to say in his/her diagnoses, He has no compassion or common sence. I'm glad I don't have to get up every morning in the same bed as he and have to look at him. He misjudges facts and he bases his decisions on assumtions. From what I understand is most of the ALJ's in Jacksonville are completely miserable in their jobs. I've spoken to the Office of Appeals where complaints can be lodged in Virginia and even they are appalled at his behavior in the decision letter. He will tear you apart. He pointed me out as if I was a monster. If I could give less than one star I would.

Judge: John D. Thompson
11/2/2013 8:34:59 AM

I share in the thoughts that this ALJ is biased or simply negligent. He is basically blind and seems to feel that anyone can work. His expert testified that I qualified if there was one report in the file, which was erroneously omitted (because we did not feel it was relevant and was not a medical report). We supplied the report immediately and well within the time allotted by him. In his denial he clearly stated that the report is not in the file, which it is. Now I have to appeal to the appeals council in Virgina and wait that much longer for them to correct his error. There has to be a reason why his approval rating is so much lower that the other ALJ's. Who is wrong all of them or him? I doubt that it is all of the other ALJ in Florida or even the nation. He needs to be removed from his position and retire or something.

Shannon Brooks
Judge: Charles R Howard
10/25/2013 1:27:42 PM

I really appreciate Judge Howard's time and am very pleased with his ruling. He is a very honorable person, and the SSA is lucky to have him as a ALJ. He looked at all information/documentation pertaining to my case and made his ruling without bias.

Judge: Charles R Howard
10/16/2013 4:21:08 PM

This is a very cruel man. He is very sarcastic and unprofessional. He does not care what the medical doctors have to say. This man abuses his power.

Dale Morris
Judge: Michael Krasnow
6/24/2013 5:47:10 PM

This judge does not judge your disabilities he judges you as a person witch is not right. He believes there is no such thing as a disabled hunter. He believes anyone that can pull a trigger can be a ticket taker though there is thousands of disabled hunters in America. He also believes that Truck driver's that hulls hazmat and make $50.000 a year are uneducated people. Though that person has past 8 Fedaral back ground checks post 9/11 and has never been arrested or failed a drug test and has paid into S.S. for 35 years. Now I cant even get a aspirin because he judges you as a person. Why discriminat against someone then tell them they have bad hygiene.? You think the may have bad hygiene because they cant take care of there self.? This country couldnt make it 1 day without truck drivers and you think there uneducated.? I'm wondering who really is the uneducted person.? Now that I lost everything I ever worked for and will be homeless at the end of July this is how I will be spending my 50th birthday.

William H Greer
Judge: William H Greer
6/24/2013 10:41:22 AM

Judge Greer explained that my sister was employable; he said she needs to work on light duty and stay away from machinery and hot grease. Judge Greer said my sister did not meet20 CFR part 404, Subpart P, Appendix 1 (etc. Judge these are guideline for you to follow, if everyone fit nice into these articles they would not need the human element. My sister, as documented, is having two to three seizures a DAY, she is on medication that keeps her sedated for more than 10 hours a day, her face is disfigured because of the damage done to her mouth and head from her seizure falls. Her job as a manager at McDonalds will not let her back to work after the third rescue wagon coming to their store in one week. It has very little to do with the hot grease or the machinery it's the liability and delay of business when she have seizures. Her doctor won't release her to work due to the side effect from her medication. Who is going to hire her? She can't even catch the bus by herself, she can't be left alone at home by herself, she lives with my 76 year old Mother because we have to work and can't stay home to watch her this been going on 5 years. She worked hard 18 years and gave to the system now she needs the system to help her where is it! This is all documented!

Judge: Patrick F McLaughlin
5/7/2013 11:05:06 AM

He was angry, argumentative and VERY athoritarian. Unlike the gentleman above I have 30 to 45 days wait for judgement. Rating is a zero. I do have solid documentation and a great case. Maybe I remind him of someone he doesn't like....... I was in tears the whole time. Thank you sir for triggering my ptsd....

Judge: Frederick McGrath
4/16/2013 2:06:29 PM

my first claim was DENIED by this alj, even though he stated in his decision that i did in fact have two severe impairments.. of course the AC kept his ruling intact and my atty filed in federal court. well here it is 6 1/2 yrs from initial filing and 3 yrs after it was denied at appeals council and taken to fdc, my claim was remanded due to ERROR by the alj for NOT giving my treating doctors RFC any weight and going by what the ssa med examiner (which i never saw to begin with)said at some point before my initial denial (which only took a few months to get)..my hearing was NOT that quick, and also we waited for at least 15-20 minutes before hearing started as the VE was LATE. mind you judge started without the VE, and he finally arrived about 10 minutes before my hearing was over..he heard me answer the last 2 question is all. yet the judge took his opinion that there were thousands of jobs in the national economy within our region that i could do?? i am like the rest of you, i believe he has his mind made up before you go in the door...well, he messed up on this one and now i get a new hearing and hopefully with another judge

Judge: Brendan F Flanagan
4/5/2013 7:54:14 AM

I wouldn't love him as a taxpayer either. He wastes money. Why don't we just save money by not having a hearing since he routinely goes with the agency opinion no matter what. Not to mention the waste of money from appealing it to the AC and then having it remanded only to go in front of this fool again.

Judge: Brendan F Flanagan
4/4/2013 1:06:31 PM

Interesting guy. Uber conservative. He asks the same question many times, then if any of the answers are not identical, concludes that the testimony is inconsistent. Plays "gotcha" with the evidence. Starts from an "unfavorable" vantage, and is rarely moved from it. Looks like he really enjoys the torment of the hearings process. Lulls the rep into a sense of complacency by posing favorable hypotheticals that he has absolutely no intention of ever considering. In his eyes, everyone is a faking cheat. As a taxpayer, I love him. Otherwise, not so much.

Judge: Frederick McGrath
3/28/2013 2:26:12 PM

Our office has had numerous hearings with Judge McGrath. He has a reputation for scheduling several hearings at the same time and taking them on a first come/first served basis; will start early if you get there early; does NOT like submission of medical records on the day of the hearing. Generally does not ask for opening; lets rep do most of questioning and just cuts in when he has a question. I think he often has a good idea of how he feels about a case and uses the hearing to see if it changes his mind. His award rate is not out of line, so he's not denying everything that comes through the room. (Claimants need to understand it isn't the number of pages of records you have, but how well the opinions are supported by clinical evidence, diagnositic testing and your own credibility).

Judge: K. Barlow
3/26/2013 7:52:11 AM

It is very important, to have your Primary Care Provider to complete the Residual Functional Capacity(RFC) forms for you. The Judge needs evidence of your total impairment(s) and limitations. The Judge must adhere to the federal guidelines. Your work history will speak for you. If you are 55 or older, and have the appropriate medical evidence and your documents are well organized by you or your representative, this is a plus. Answer all questions honestly, and make sure your paper work is up-to-date. Be prepared to answer questions concerning your Daily Activities. Visit youtube.com and search for "Social Security Disability Hearings", the videos are very helpful. The Lawyers provides helpful information. My hearing took 8 minutes, I received a favorable bench decision. Thank God

Judge: Ken B Terry
3/23/2013 2:43:18 AM

I would love to write a book on my experiences with the SSDI process, as has been said to me, it is too unbelievable not to be true. I filed my first claim in May 2003 after being disabled from work for two years. In 2008, my paper file was inadvertantly destroyed, but it took four years for the Advisory Councel to admit this. In March 2013, I was finally able to recieve a hearing and a "fully favorable decision." (NOT REALLY). My hearing was with this judge and I found him to be difficult to testify in front of. He was abrupt and inpatient with my explanations and responses. He seemed unwilling to take simple answers to questions and wanted very long explanations for the most minute situation. The reason for the fully favorable decision was a lot of lawyering by my attorney and a compromise on my part (a huge one to me). It took everything we had (myself and my lawyer) to convince this judge that I was disabled. You need a really incredible lawyer to stand up to this judge.

Judge: Frederick McGrath
3/11/2013 7:35:08 AM

Yes he has mind made up before the hearing. He schedules way too many hearings on one given day and they are conducted to quick. Rarely uses a VE. The Jacksonville ODAR is filled with fairly negative ALJs.

Judge: Frederick McGrath
3/7/2013 7:45:47 PM

Judge Frederick McGrath claimed he could not read the RFC filled out by my doctor because "the doctor's handwriting was not completely legible and his signature was indistinguishable." There were approximately 30 cases he ruled on before he saw me the day of my hearing and it seemed like he had already made up his mind on each case before the people even entered the courtroom. He wrote about my mental health in his official ruling even though my claim was entirely a physical case with all of my mental health issues (depression because I am unable to work) being a direct result of my physical disability.

Judge: Frederick McGrath
3/7/2013 6:57:22 PM

I was denied even though I have more than 4,000 pages of medical records, dozens of doctors supporting my claim and submitting written statements, and the court-appointed vocational expert testified that there was not a job I was suitable to do. Mcgrath ruled against this suggestion and said I could do a job that did not require standing, sitting, working with my hands, concentration, memory, interaction with people, and would allow me to lie down for extended periods of time each hour. I also require a caretaker (who is writing this message as I am unable to do so) on a fulltime basis to feed, cloth, bathe, drive, make appointments and manage my dr. schedule, clean, cook, and take care of basically all of my needs/activities of daily living. He made the decision in less than 5 minutes and asked me less than 10 quick questions. His decision was overturned on appeal and has been sent back to be heard in court for a second time. I first applied for disability in 1999 and have spent the last 6 years appealing his ruling. I am going back to court in the next 6 months or so and will let you know who I get and the judgement.

Judge: Teresa J McGarry
3/7/2013 2:52:57 PM

for some reason she sounded like she just didnt like me and this comment was said too me from my lawyer who's now handling my appeal..what's really up with this?

Judge: John D. Thompson
2/28/2013 7:40:00 AM

The ALJ is Biased. It is unfortunate to say so, but Judge Thompson is biased against the claimant, any claimant. Nationwide, 46% of claims are approved at the ALJ level. In Jacksonville, the rate is 38%. For Judge Thompson, it is 14%. He also has an unusually high rate of dismissed cases at 29%. It is widely known around the Jacksonville ODAR, that he brags about being not only a tough judge but being one of the toughest judges in the country. I have been told this by two retired judges. While there may be some variations between judges in the rates of approval, I find myself telling my clients that they will probably not be approved just because the judge is Judge Thompson. Even though the approval rate in the state of Florida averages just below 50%, their chance of approval is only 14% just because they were unlucky enough to get Judge Thompson. This is not equal justice.

2/20/2013 8:14:17 AM

This judge is cold-hearted and has no empathy for mental illness claimants. He not only called three psychiatrist and a social security psychologist, two primary doctors liars but me as well. His problem is since he can't see the illness physically then you can work. I believe he wants me to go out in the workplace and have one of my mental breakdowns whereby I hurt someone or vice-versa for him to see that a person that suffers with bipolar I & II are very moody people who can't always control themselves. I also suffer with manic depression, PSTD, social anxiety, anxiety, claustophic, panic attacks, OCD, high blood pressure, asthma, bronchitis, heart disease,etc. I am a 50 year old black female who has worked 30 years of her life always giving and caring for others. I have attempted suicide twice because I am my wits end. It took almost 4 years for this unfair system to tell me no I don't qualify for sdi in which I paid into the system. I guess, I will have to prove to this ### and the rest of them that I refuse to let others come here and live off of me when they never worked a day in this country.

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

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

Judge: John M Meisburg
2/15/2013 2:59:24 PM

Judge Meisburg is extremely knowledgeable and fair. He follows the law and is fair to the claimants and the government.

Judge: John M Meisburg
2/12/2013 10:23:33 AM

MY daughter has been turned down for SSdi I am her to take up for her because of being tured down,by you We read your wife's web sight and if we took her advice where would we be, my doctor would kick me out of his office if I told him I would listen to your wife, maybe you both need SSDI , ITS BEEN 600 YRS AND FOR ONCE OUR POPE HAS DESIDED TO STEP DOWN BECAUSE HE WAS HONEST AND KNEW IT WAS TIME TO STEP DOWN MAYBE THE BOTH OF YOU SHOULD THINK ABOUT THIS AND STOP PLAYING God with people's lives , this is my opinion ,

Judge: Charles R Howard
2/9/2013 10:16:37 AM

Could it be that he holds contempt for non-attorney representatives? Be forewarned.

Judge: Bernard Porter
1/31/2013 5:46:11 PM

Nice enough but does not seem to understand how treating source opinions are to be treated and he tends to still go through entire VE testimony even if an ME has testified that claimant meets a listing.

John Miller
Judge: Patrick F McLaughlin
1/29/2013 12:06:13 AM

your honor, gave me my dissability in the courtroom.....when we first sat down he jumped all over my lawyer about who he was working for....i did not know what to think being i had never been in front of a judge before. when we decided to appeal the back pay his honor seemed to take it very personnally...again jumping on my lawyer about whose interest he was defending, when my lawyer gets paid if i win or lose.....i was awarded my dissability in the courtroom..his honor seemed to know i was not able to work given i had such a GREAT work record i think his honor knew i was not just trying to get out of work. but the malice and discontent showm towards my lawyer i think swayed his judgement against me after he looked my caase over..all the lawyers and all the judges and i had to find the two that really worked against me. i don't understand how i was awarded dissability at the hearing but during appeals i got unfavorable status????? your honor if you don't like my lawyer don't take it out on me.....there is no way to shop for a lawyer when they all claim the same thing...so as soon as i started getting my longterm dissability i get mail from the advocater group..they were the only ones to approach me and it sounded good so i'm still puzzled why the judge went crazy on my lawyer..has anyone else had this problem with this judge...i don't know if it matters but my lawyer was black....if this was a problem ....i thougt we were passed all that

Judge: Teresa J McGarry
1/11/2013 12:23:00 PM

1/9/2013 12:24:25 PM

He is very nice, understanding and caring. I have never met anyone like him!!

Judge: Brendan Flanagan
12/25/2012 6:51:34 PM

In reply to the comment posted about Judge Flanagan on 03/13/2012: You obviously have no idea what you're talking about or any clue about the programs administered by Social Security; a delay (perceived or actual) in the hearing process does NOT affect date last insured (DLI).

Disabled and still waiting for approval
Judge: David W Carstetter
12/24/2012 11:13:01 AM

Felt comfortable with this judge, like he truly was concerned about my illnesses and well being. He seemed pretty fair, stated that he needed to review my case some more. I'm just waiting patiently for my approval because not only does my life depend on it my child as well. This has been a long journey and I can't wait for it to be over. I just put it in God's hands and just asked of him to open up the eyes,ears and heart of this judge that he rules in my favor. 2013 will be a better year for me and my little one once this ends. I hope to continue my healing process and hopefully one day will get my old self back. Thank you Judge David W Carstetter for being understanding and so caring, God Bless You!

Carl Wheeer
Judge: Joan A Lawrence
12/6/2012 8:42:59 AM

After Vocational rehab stated i was not employable Joan denied benefits to protect prior judge discrimination. She is not fair and is completely discriminative to the citizens of america.

Judge: K. Barlow
11/10/2012 6:34:07 AM

Judge Barlow adheres to regulations and respects the medical evidence that is presented. She is very knowledgeable and she treats claimant with respect.

Janet Denton
Judge: Michael Krasnow
11/1/2012 2:56:56 PM

I believej Judge Michael Krasnow is a very fair and honest judge.

Katie Sullivan
Judge: Aaron M Morgan
10/23/2012 4:39:48 PM

Tough but fair.

Judge: Charles R Howard
10/10/2012 10:53:09 AM

Goes out of his way to discredit RFCs from treating physicians. Really reaches to find credibility issues. Not a good ALJ.

James Edwards
Judge: Aaron M Morgan
9/27/2012 4:34:32 PM

Arrogant little bully!

so sad
Judge: Aaron M Morgan
9/27/2012 4:32:12 PM

Completely disregards the concept that the hearing is the claimant's opportunity for a fair and impartial hearing. Selects certain non-favorable evidence to base his decision on and disregards the remaining record. Attempts to embarrass reps and claimants. Should be reported to chief ALJ.

Judge: John D. Thompson
9/26/2012 1:17:01 AM

You were obviously fortunate. The ALJ pays 11 percent of his claims which screams either not correctly applying the law or bias. Get a clue.

Judge: John D. Thompson
9/19/2012 5:56:34 AM

Obvisiously the comments posted above are from people who received unfavorable decisions. I do not have the same opinion as those folks above. After the hearing I had a new prospective and understand more about the process. Shame on you guys for posting such negative things about this very knowledgable Judge-he's the only person who took the time to thoroughly explain things to me.

Judge: Brendan F Flanagan
9/12/2012 9:43:20 AM

This guy seems to think that all DDS decisions are correct. They why have ALJs? If this is acceptable performance, then let's go straight from DDS to civil court. Hope you lose your job, ALJ (i.e. not a real judge) Flanagan.

Judge: Aaron M Morgan
9/9/2012 8:01:46 AM


Judge: Charles R Howard
9/7/2012 10:44:07 AM

Mechanical. Give more weight to DDS opinions than to treating physician opinions. Highly matter-of-fact.

Judge: Frederick McGrath
9/7/2012 10:25:39 AM

What a hoot! Seems to have his mind made up by the time we sit down. Holds 6 minute hearings. Gives great weight to RFCs. Somewhat of a "Nero" approach, either thumbs up or thumbs down, without excessive narrative. Does not like substance use or middle aged women with mental health issues.

Judge: Joan A Lawrence
8/27/2012 1:36:50 AM

Judge Lawrence listened and made a fair decision. She has a great demeanor and seems to really care for the folks that come in front of her.

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: William H Greer
8/10/2012 5:27:43 AM

My daughter must go before this person AGAIN. She has a progressive neurological disorder along with severe cardiac issues, and her health if failing at a rapid pace. There is no treatment for her condition, I certainly hope this guy wakes up and realizes not everyone lies about being disabled. Possibly, he needs to return to school for sensitivity training.

8/1/2012 10:13:47 AM

although judge edison wasnt my judge I understand your frustration my hearing was june 20th and I havent recieved a decision letter in the mail yet. My conditions is left leg ampuation, psoriatic arthritis, and post tramatic stress syndrome. now if that doesnt qualify as disabled after i worked many years in the workforce then what would? I often think the same thing you guys do. what does it take to get approved roll in there on a hospital bed or a wheelchair. however my judge was extremely nice and seemed interested in my case but the low approval rates they have speak for themselves

7/30/2012 4:53:14 PM

This ALJ barely even looked at me during my hearing (June 2012) and never reviewed any medical findings after July 2011, which confirm my diagnosis. Also he basically said I was a liar and therefore denied me any disability benifits at all. I am on 19 prescribed medications, I can barely function while taken them, they have impaired my thinking skills. I also have hyper somnia, means I sleep for hours at any given time of day, but somehow that evidence was not in his report. If I was pushed in to the hearing in a wheel chair with drool hanging from my mouth, maybe he would believe me. But since I am an upbeat person ( to hide all the crap on the inside)he sees me as functional. I have good days and I have bad days , some days I have no pain and other days all I have is pain. I'm a mixed bag-who in their right mind would hire a person like myself? I can't sit or stand for too long, i can only do minimal light non-thinkinh kind of work, I will fall asleep on the job, I will forget the task I've been given and wander the office. I would get fired within a week, that or get that special baseball helmet for my head. this man infuriates me

Judge: Joan A Lawrence
7/3/2012 5:15:17 PM

This woman is 67 years old and needs to go home and spend more time with the grandkids. She is an idiot who barely made a living as a lawyer. She should retire now and live out a comfortable upper class retirement and look forward to a horrible eternity

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

not too bright is an understaement

Judge: William H Greer
6/20/2012 10:59:06 AM

You’re Honor with all due Respect: My soon to be ex-husband has been in front of you three times in the matter of three years. All which you have denied him. I just wanted to say that I don't agree with your ruling. His condition has caused us to separate and lose everything that we have worked for in our marriage. He has worked hard all his life and has never been a quitter, until now due to him being in pain all the time. I hope that you can find it in your heart to reconsider some of your rulings and think about the overall not just what you have in front of you. Sincerely, Alisa

Judge: John D. Thompson
6/12/2012 3:46:58 PM

WoW, the last comment is spot on but he is worse than that. If he cannot be a better judge, he should quit.

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

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

Judge: John D. Thompson
6/8/2012 1:32:33 PM

I'm surprised no one has railed against how evil this man is. Two medical experts for every claim. Will make favorable experts turn their opinions. Will make claimant's cry- on purpose. Evil. Worst judge in the state of Florida.

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: Brendan F Flanagan
5/15/2012 8:43:15 PM

His approval rating hs gone consistently down over the last couple of years. I think his decisions are poorly written. He comes across as an arrogant jerk.

Judge: Brendan F Flanagan
4/30/2012 5:20:14 AM

thank you disability pro you are 100 percent rite with what you have said we are in the market for a new laywer to represent us on our apeal if interested write eback and i will foward my info

Judge: Kelley Fitzgerald
4/14/2012 10:33:36 AM


Judge: Robert Droker
3/20/2012 10:26:09 AM

I would not consider this ALJ to be an average judge who pays claims that are supported by the record and denies ones that are not. He is an ALJ who routinely mischaracterizes and distorts testimony and treating source opinions.

Judge: Brendan Flanagan
3/13/2012 11:55:07 AM

He only considers evidence he wants, makes assumptions, dismisses doctors opinions, throws out your testimony and basically calls you a liar, blames you for your disabilites. He delays his decision so that he gets you closer to the date when you are no longer considered insured for S.S.D. so that you will have to accept S.S.I, which is a lower check even though you have worked and paid into the system for 35 years.