Miami, Florida ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Miami, Florida, 10 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Miami, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 16.0 months. The average case processing time in Miami is 558 days.The Miami average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 37%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Miami ODAR office was last updated on 6/11/2019.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Miami 10 16.0 months 558 days 2.4 24% 37% 39%
Florida15.1 months543 days2.220%44%36%
National Average:14.9 months500 days2.120%42%38%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied

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Cynthia Russo
Judge: Carol J Pennock
4/27/2020 2:48:55 PM

Dear Honorable Judge Pennock: I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your diligence and intelligence in considering my case. As we previously discussed, I was at rock bottom without any hope. Thanks to you and your lawful consideration I now have a reason to hope. My mental, physical, and emotional health is dangerously in kept but you have given me a second chance at life. I'm doing as your Honor requested and I feel a good chance to survive. Thank you again. God bless 🙏, Cynthia Russo

Carlos Diaz
Judge: Gracian A Celaya
3/26/2020 9:02:36 AM

Gracian Celaya like I told you before you make an “UNFAVORABLE decision on my daugther Mia Diaz because about you she has nothing.For your knowledge she is right now internal in Nicklaus Children Hospital cause a big problem with the Cronh disease,she do not stop bleeding,they are going to perform a colonoscopy,endoscopy and CT Scam of the all abdominal area.You can check with the hospital about her even with her doctor Eric Hernandez(Gastroenterologist).Then you will see your decision was wrong,unprofessional,disgusting an unfear.Am praying nothing happens to my girl.That is why our planet is with many problems because people like you.

Carlos Diaz
Judge: Gracian A Celaya
3/22/2020 4:26:29 PM

Gracian Celaya you on February make an UNFAVORABLE decision on my daughter because one of the reasons was that the Cronh disease is not a disable condition and for your knowledge today my little baby of only 7 years old went to the bathroom and the only we can see in the toilet was blood because her cronh disease condition.Tomorrow first time the doctor is going to see her in emergency.Am praying anything happens to her and you said she has nothing.If you read this think very well how bad you are as a judge and as a human.Very disgusting and disappointment about “JUSTICE AND ODAR DECISIONS “

Carlos Diaz
Judge: Gracian A Celaya
3/19/2020 3:32:49 PM

Like I said before I was in a hearing with my daughter on February 28,2020 with judge Gracian Celaya.My daugther has autism,Cronh desease,seizures and is treating by a psychiatric for agresive behavior and depression.The decision of this judge was UNFAVORABLE,so this person named judge decided that my daughter is not disabled.I like to say this judge that my daughter is not part of his family or friends,that is why she was not approved.I which none of your family Mr.Celaya will go through for the situation I have with my daughter .You have no feelings,you do not care about the American kids,you only received orders to denied the kids and that is what you do.I do not trust any more in the justice system in this country during we have people like YOU seating in a nice chair receiving orders to denial all cases of disabled kids just to be sure you do not loose your salary or position that is the only you care about it.I am praying God that you do not keep that position for so long cause many kids will be suffering for your decisions.You do not deserve to be working as a federal judge or any place of the courts system.Those beautiful man and woman that pick up the garbage from our houses every morning are more honorable and intelligent than you,and they deserve more respect from me than you.I really don’t know how can you sleep at night with so much unnecessary pain you put in the American families that have to go through your office.I know you didn’t like that my wife do not speak perfect English but you know what she is american citizen like you and is not our decision all the conditions my daughter has.I hope God could have mercy of you,because we never forget what you did to my daughter.You guys take away the assistance to American kids to put that money somewhere else.I will keep fighting ,you will never stop me because I am a father that love his kids,I don’t know is you know what means love a daughter or a son,but I love my kids more than anything and I will keep fighting for them all my life.You are completely inhuman,disgusting and you never must study to be a judge.A federal judge must be impartial and do not receive order’s from nobody else.I hope one day you feel sorry for what you are doing,by then will be to late for God excuses you👎👩‍🦼.You are a very bad person.

Carlos Diaz
Judge: Gracian A Celaya
2/29/2020 10:58:14 PM

My daugther had a hearing with Judge Gracian Celaya on February 28.I think he is very professional,he ask me and my wife everything about our daugther.My daugther has crohn disease from the time she was 3 years old,she is autism,she has seizures and is treated with the psychiatric for been to aggressive.He listen our case completely and talk to my daughter,my wife and me.He has all the records of my daughter and I hope he is going to make justice and make a favorable decision.Like I said before he is very professional and looks to have a big ❤️.

Judge: Clara H Aranda
2/21/2020 10:42:46 PM

Judge Clara H. Aranda She do ask a lot of question, She gave me time to address a question that took me back a minute. She is very professional.

Anthony weston
Judge: Ronald Fleming
2/13/2020 2:07:24 PM

Mr Fleming made me feel calm not nervous..I stated my case an hope everything work out for me an my family.I just to thank him for having time to hear my case.

Steve W
Judge: Margaret M Sullivan
12/30/2019 11:51:10 AM

I received an unfavorable decision from judge Sullivan so I will be as objective as I can. She is straightforward, professional and courteous. The hearing was not adversarial and I didn't get the sense that there were any "trick" questions; however, 99% of the questions she asked me was focused on my physical issues instead of my mental health issues. And it is my mental health issues that primarily makes working almost impossible. It is my opinion that if judge Sullivan had a good understanding of how bipolar depression negatively impacted my ability to work, I would have received a favorable decision. So if you file for mental and physical health issues and she only focuses her question on your physical, make sure you address how mental health issues affects you day to day - especially if mental health is your primary disability as it was mine.

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

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

Judge: Carol A Sax
7/25/2019 12:18:25 PM

Judge Sax denied my case. The va expert agreed i could not work. Judge sax decided i could work part time in a mail room. I am 54 yrs old. I have worked for 30 years. I have spinal stenosis. Depression anxiety. Also carpel tunnel. I found her rude and after 6 years to get denied she has ruined my life.

Judge: Carol J Pennock
7/18/2019 8:55:35 PM

Honorable Judge Carol J. Pennock: Please Your Honor, I’m in desperate need of your favorable decision. I live with my 86 year old mother and if something were to happen to her I will be homeless. She had taken out a reverse mortgage and lost it all over two decades. I will not survive on the street or in a homeless shelter I will lose my daughter and with major depression my future is grim and most definitely fatal. Please consider my case I’m not doing well I’m hearing disturbing voices among other things as we discussed during my hearing. Thank you for your time and please don’t forget me. With the warmest regards, Cynthia L Russo

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

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

Judge: Tommye C Mangus
6/17/2019 9:06:40 AM

You will not get your ssi or anything else you will be denied she dont give a blank about if your disabled and cant work read the review above there all telling you the turth

Judge: Clara H Aranda
5/21/2019 6:29:41 AM

Unprofessional, unethical, lazy, second guesses physicians reports, will not approve even when you get worse, knowing that your condition fits within the SSDI parameters. Should be removed from the bench

Judge: Ronald Fleming
5/13/2019 4:30:57 PM

Had hearing March 5th...I found the judge to be very professional ...pleasant and kind. I had to represent myself and I was nervous because I read he had somewhat of a low rating but i was honest and did the best i could. I ended receiving a bench decision...I left in glad this long fight is over

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

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

Judge: Lisa B Martin
4/24/2019 6:05:18 PM

She’s a joke the vocational expert said there were no jobs I could do and she still denied me I’m appealing.

Judge: Angele Pietrangelo
4/23/2019 9:10:08 AM

I have been fighting for my ssi and disability since 2011 I be in pain all day everyday for me to get denied it's overwhelming. She was nice but with lumbar spinal stenosis pinched nerve herniated disc bulging disc PTSD anxiety. I can't stand sit bend or walk without being in pain it's terrible. I will appeal it.

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

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

I. Rangel
Judge: Ena Weathers
3/5/2019 8:49:37 PM

Esta Jueza es ********** y se ensaña en contra de las Personas y Pacientes incapacitados física y mentalmente, discriminando sin importar la enfermedad terminal que esté padeciendo. No debería estar ocupando ese puesto y tengan consideración de reconocer la necesidad de una real Jueza que Aplique la Ley realmente.

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

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

Judge: Yasmin Elias
2/12/2019 6:51:20 PM

Just received my unfavorable decision from Judge Elias. Her decision process was erratic and biased without any consideration for the actual medical diagnosis. She used the opinions of doctors who have no actual medical experiance in the field of medicine needed to make a proper diagnosis. She used 2 medical opinions from two M.D.s who never actualy met me or knew any thing about me other than my name. She stated in her opinion that the medical evidence provided by 2 specialist in the field of medicine specifically related to my disease were " we will not defer or give any specific evidentiary weight to any prior adminstrative medical findings or medical opinions from your medical sources." She then claims that the 2 doctors with zero expertise, one an opthamologis or an eye docter and two, a G.P who was reprimanded by the Arizona medical board for Failing to recognise a Tachycardia event in a patient. Or laymens term a heart attack. So the expert medical opinions of 2 doctors with Zero eperience in making medical decisions on disease or disabilities they have no experiance in, out weighs the medical experiance of doctors who have dedicate there lives to specializing in.. These specialists i had to see to get the medical tests from, were requested by ssa to substantiate my medical condition in order to file my claim for disability. Her decision to ignore actual evidence and make an opinion using failed logic is disturbing. If a judge used this same logic path in a criminal trial the legal system would protect the accused. But it seems in a hearing for disability there is no form of protection or law that states all evidence provided must be used and that any expert testimony must come from an actual doctor who specializes in the field of medicine required to make an actual diagnosis. As it is today ill be requesting an appeal through my attourney as well as contacting my state representative to investigate Judge Elias and her opinions over the last few years to determine weather there is any bias or discriminatory practices . I followed the leter of the law in starting the disability claim, i followed the requested visitations and appointments with the specialists required by the SSA to show medical evidence of my disability , and when the medical evidence showed the diagnosis for the disease stated in the claim for disability She chose it ignore it and discard it an myself without any thought to my situation.

Edwin Frierson
Judge: Angele Pietrangelo
12/21/2018 11:08:09 PM

I was seen today Dec 21st, The judge was very professional, courteous and patience with me, not overbearing or insensitive I will accept the decision she makes in my case,I feel she will be fair

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: Tommye C Mangus
12/14/2018 1:00:27 PM

She seemed to genuinely listen to me. I was so nervous I kept drawing blanks. Eventually she just let my lawyer question me, which put me a bit more at ease. She only asked the vocational expert 2 questions and the ve said no available jobs both times, so I'm hopeful. It was overall an okay experience considering how stressful the situation is.

Judge: Margaret M Sullivan
11/29/2018 7:06:59 PM

I just wanted to thank God for allowing me to be in front of a fair and professional judge. I had my hearing in May 2018 and I received my decision in November 2018. I can't say that I wasn't nervous and anxious waiting on the decision but I had faith that she would look at my medical records and realize the pain and other conditions that I suffer from on a daily basis. I want to say that this judge is as fair as they come and I that her for her time and consideration.

Judge: Clara H Aranda
8/31/2018 5:52:49 PM

I waited three years to get a hearing date and ended up with nothing because this judge has no understanding of what a chronic condition is.

Judge: Timothy Maher
8/24/2018 12:04:55 PM

It's just been reported Judge (T. Maher) committed suicide in a South Miami Dade residence while holding hostages. Pray for family and survivors. Blessings!

Judge: Yasmin Elias
7/19/2018 2:11:32 PM

Judge Elias used many partial statements so it would appear to mean the opposite of what the actual full event was so it could be used against me. If the entire statement was used in context, it would have been in my favor. She did this several times throughout the decision process. She said I had therapy that I did not. Medical records verify that. Even omitted statements from the vocational expert that were in my favor. Obviously my case was denied because of her false statements and half assed statements. Why have a vocational expert if you're going to ignore him. He said there was no jobs for me given my conditions when my lawyer asked. She must of had a hearing problem during that moment.

John Smith
Judge: Angele Pietrangelo
7/3/2018 9:24:43 PM

I saw the judge on my case a month ago and she was fair and to the point and very professional, regardless of the decision I believe she will be fair and impartial

Kristal Pimentel
Judge: Norman Hemming
6/14/2018 5:21:54 PM

My hearing was on 06/01/18. My medical conditions/records are all documented, so I thought it would be brief. Well, the Honorable Judge Norman Hemming was extremely thorough in asking questions & reviewing my documentation. He was a patient, kind man who allowed me to express & explain myself. He listened without interruptions & then asked any questions. I was so nervous coming into my hearing & Judge Hemming makes you feel comfortable in his presence. I did not receive a decision from the bench but I still want to say thank you to him for being so welcoming. It’s refreshing to see a knowledgeable Judge that knows exactly what concerns he has based on your condition(s). May God always bless Judge Norman Hemming.

Judge: Scott C Shimer
6/13/2018 6:50:03 AM

I went in front of Judge Shimer on 4/19. He was a very nice and courteous man. He asked me some questions about previous work history. He did ask about the onset date bc I have one date and my attorney changed it. He could also tell that I had been crying. It was hard for me to answer some of the questions he asked but he took his time and was very patient. My records show that I am getting progressively worse over the last 6 years that I've been waiting for an answer. He also said he would have his decision in 60 days, my 60 days is up on Monday. Please pray that everything works as God is willing

Judge: Clara H Aranda
4/25/2018 9:23:44 PM

No compassion for people who are at the lowest point in their life and desperately need help.

Corinna wallace
Judge: Angele Pietrangelo
2/5/2018 5:31:30 AM

Judge PIETRANGELO heard my case last week. Unaware of my outcome, however she was very clearly on her expectations, how the proceedings were going to happen, and what you expect. She was very thorough in my case notes, documents and questioning. The interactions between her and my attorney were very professional as well as the VE. I believe she is very fair and respectful. Her decision will be fair and based on facts and not opinions. Im looking forward to my decision 😊

joshua manning
Judge: Margaret M Sullivan
1/30/2018 12:47:39 PM

this is Joshua the judge was nice but the people that work in her office or ******* *** ******* and my so call lawer who turned out to be a avacate well he ******* lies also I'm sick of these ******* judges that can make 150000 a year but wont do **** but sit on there *** ***** law office of stewart barach is a joke no one use him he lies way to much

Lacquita Clark
Judge: Angele Pietrangelo
1/10/2018 10:19:23 AM

Judge: Angele Pietrangelo Was my Judge. I feel she listened very attentively. I Think she will be more than fair on my case. Just wanted to rate her before the decision is made to be fair by her performance. Just wish the decision writers was a little bit faster. My case was August 7th but stayed open 2 weeks so the Judge could get a medical record that had not been sent.

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12/3/2017 5:32:03 AM

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Judge: McArthur Allen
12/3/2017 5:28:34 AM

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

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

Judge: Elizabeth P Neuhoff
10/24/2017 2:55:00 PM

I was nervous before the hearing, however, she outlined what to expect during the hearing. She was very courteous and professional. It took awhile for the decision, however, she did advise me during the hearing that she was short staffed and to please be patient.

Judge: Michael L Levinson
10/11/2017 11:14:37 AM

Did you know that even though you are denied you can still appeal to the board for another decision.

Judge: Michael L Levinson
10/6/2017 1:15:18 PM

I will say that I was not impressed with how I was treated at my ALJ hearing for my SSDI. Being a medically retired veteran and 100% disabled rated by the VA. After going through a heart attack, several spinal procedures and injections for pain from injury sustained in Iraq while deployed for a year and over 20+yrs in the service. I felt he was more concerned that I was receiving my military retirement pay instead of focusing on what I was at the hearing for "My SSDI" that I have paid into and earned over the past 30yrs! As I had to keep saying, I was forced to retire from my full-time job and it's hard to deal with the pain. Over 700 pages of medical documentation from doctors/specialist and still denied! The hearing was a complete waste of time and I think this judge did not like the fact that I draw my earned retirement and applied for my SSDI!!!

Judge: Michael L Levinson
9/26/2017 3:36:58 PM

This judge is great -- he has a sense of humor, abundant common sense, compassion, and a unique ability to relate to a diverse variety of people.

Judge: Tommye C Mangus
8/7/2017 5:59:04 PM

She denied me even though i have medical records proving that i cant work. I can barely get around.

Judge: Clara H Aranda
8/4/2017 12:13:04 PM

Unfair from the start

Lexy miro
Judge: Gracian A Celaya
7/26/2017 1:11:22 PM

Seems fair just had court... What ever he decides i got to deal with it .....he seemed like he had a ❤

Tempres Givens
Judge: Norman Hemming
7/24/2017 9:23:26 AM

I had a hearing July 19 2017 for my son, first time experience for us, but I must say this judge is awesome and may god continue to bless him, thanks judge Norman hemming

6/12/2017 5:48:04 PM

Judge Taylor is very understanding am glad he was my judge

Phy Am
Judge: Carol A Sax
5/24/2017 3:57:22 AM

I hope from the aproval percents of Alj Carol A Sax that were aproval of 63 percent and dissmiss was 20 percent and 18 percent would have her aprove my case since i had a hearing with her so good luck to me and just waiting for hear decion on my case and the results would be different then the first judge i had a hearing with Henry J Hogan which was unfavorble decion which i apealed to the apeal councial that took them 13 months just to denie and say my medical records looks like i was disable after the alj henry j hogans decion to reapply and dds denied me and filed a apeal for reconsideration and got denied again and had to file another apeal request for a hearing with a alj carol a sax so its a long and fustration apeal process and hope the decion results are different then a unfavorble decion from Alj Carol A Sax And good luck to me amen.

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

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

Michelle Frederick chapman
Judge: Timothy Maher
4/18/2017 7:27:10 AM

Judge Mayer was very compassionate when I entered his court room,he was very professional, and patient. I didn't get my letter yet, but it doesn't stop the fact that he is carefully interested in your heath.

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

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

Phy Am
Judge: Carol A Sax
3/10/2017 1:39:13 PM

My case is asigned To Judge Carol A Sax.So my attorney and i prepare to go to the odar and hear about How my lower back pain because of degenitive dic dease and moderate depresion and and anxiety would working full time impossibly.

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

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

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

After reading these mixed reviews, I feel intimidated

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

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

Judge: James C Cartledge
1/19/2017 12:33:20 PM

Fair and understands the law and Rules. Know your file and be prepared to advise him which medical vocational rule applies to your over 50 year old claimant and why. Make sure you can point to a specific exhibit that supports your theory. I had a tough case recently but I was super prepared and he was going to rule against my client until I pointed out the inconsistencies in the adjudicator's original denial and pointed to medical records that supported my theory that the claimant satisfied a medical vocational rule. I had to use the vocational expert on cross examination to show the claimant did not have transferable skills. I was looking pretty bleak during the hearing but I kept fighting and fighting and the ALJ relented and entered a fully favorable. So, moral of the story, you have to really know your file and be prepared to spoon feed the judge your theory with supporting medical evidence and vocational testimony.

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

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

Solus McCrin
Judge: Timothy Maher
12/5/2016 1:09:40 AM

I am dedicated the rest of my life to pray for justice. I have worked all my life at times three jobs. There is an impartial Judge.

Ronald D McKelvy Jr
Judge: Elizabeth P Neuhoff
10/28/2016 5:41:19 AM

Judge Neuhoff was a good and understanding Judge very nice and helped me through my hearing

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

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

Judge: Sheila Lowther
9/16/2016 12:08:32 PM

I appeared before Judge Lowther and I had a very positive experience. She was kind and attentive. I answered all her questions briefly yet honestly. I was quite impressed with her knowledge of my case, she does her homework before the hearing. I want to express to those who are struggling in this process how important it is to have substantial medical documentation that supports your claim. Get copies of your medical records, go to the doctor frequently, don't stop advocating for yourself!!The burden of proving your disability is on you, it's not just what you say, it's what your evidence can prove. I worked day and night getting every piece of paper I could to prove my claim. I even had notarized statements from caregivers, previous employers, family, friends and most importantly a current letter from my treating physician stating the severity of my illnesses. I worked in conjunction with my attorney (whom had not defended a disability case before). I just didn't stop going to the doctor!!! Medicaid paid for my doctor visits, surgeries, and medications because I had no income. I was very nervous going into the hearing, that's a normal response. I just kept calm, concentrated on what the judge asked me and I was honest. I knew everything I said to her could be corroborated by my medical evidence. Keep your head up and don't stop advocating for yourself!

Larry Hester
Judge: Scott C Shimer
8/3/2016 1:41:26 PM

I had my meeting in front of Judge Shimer yesterday, and I will say he is the nicest and fairest ALJ, I had a meeting in front of Judge Kimmelman almost 2 years ago, and she was not as nice as Judge Shimer. I do not know if he will approve me, but my attorney told me I have a very good chance to get approved. I will rate him 5 stars, and recommend him as a very good Judge. He knows the law, and was very helpful with me, because of my severe arthritis that I have.

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

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

Judge: 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

G Martin
Judge: Timothy Maher
7/20/2016 9:57:05 AM

Judge Maher was a compassionate person and went thru the process of how claims are determined. He offered me the opportunity to seek counsel before comtinuing, which I declined. He is a very fair Judge and I feel fortunate to have such an understanding hearing officer

Judge: Lornette Reynolds
6/29/2016 4:40:13 PM

This judge is horrible. She has no compassion to human suffering at all!!! She denied me twice. I am suffering from major depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, psychosis, ADD, and those are only mental issues I have. I am not even going to give you a list of my physical illnesses and number of surgeries I had. I also suspect her in being bias on basis of race and national origin.

Judge: Tommye C Mangus
6/8/2016 7:35:33 AM

She put things that aren't so in her own words, and makes it look like the person is able to do more than they can, conderdicing herself to make her look good in her decision .she definitely needs someone to refresh her skills. She also makes it look like the clients are luring when the facts are there....

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

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

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

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

Ron Raines
Judge: Angele Pietrangelo
4/16/2016 5:17:24 AM

My hearing was today. She was very nice polite and to the point. My impression is that she will be more than fair. I wanted to rate her today before any decisions were made as to be fair to her.

Judge: Yasmin Elias
3/28/2016 4:32:30 PM

Judge yasmin Elias was the judge at my hearing she was very nice and very professional a give here 5 stars

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!!!

Patsy Wheeler
Judge: Lornette Reynolds
2/9/2016 3:30:29 PM

This judge is unprofessional and a lyer. I suffer with PTSD, Severe Clinical Depression, Anxiety and several other health issues and she denied me. That is not what bothered me, during my hearing I was agitated and crying because I don't like being out of my house and I also had a severe anxiety attack to the point where the guards at the hearing office wanted to call ems for me. When I got my unfavorable decision and read all what the judge had to say she didn't mention anything that actually happened in the hearing and said everything was normal. Also she said my doctors notes was contradictory and when that happens I read that they are suppose to send you to see a SSI psychiatrist and she didn't do that. She asked for more evidence which we sent in and she never took all of it into consideration. Judges like this that use her profession to assert her authority is what make the system fail.

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.

lynette ramos
Judge: Ronald Fleming
9/9/2015 11:33:02 AM

he is the worst judge any one can so you know if you get him for a judge you already know that you are going to be denied if your skin is not white

Judge: Lornette Reynolds
8/30/2015 12:14:01 PM

I don't how or where to begin on how to thank you Judge Lornette Reynolds for all you have done for me in my case and approving my disability judgement now I can get all the help I so desperately need both physically and mentally. Once More Thank You Judge Lornette Reynolds

Judge: Scott C Shimer
8/17/2015 5:26:33 PM

Judge Shimer is courteous and prepared. If he has concerns about an issue, such as an alleged onset date of disability or about some evidence in the record, he raises his concerns during the hearing to give Claimants an opportunity to explain and to give representatives an opportunity to address his concerns. Unlike other ALJs, he doesn't sandbag. I may not agree with all his decisions, but I have not found him to respectful, which is not typical.

paul hoehn
Judge: Ronald Fleming
8/11/2015 9:19:17 AM

Evidence and supported documentation be damned. His rulings appears to be based on prejudice and vengeful pettiness. He is a consummate bureaucrat.

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

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

7/6/2015 5:09:31 PM

judge taylor not fair,has spanish voc lady,

kevin hooper
Judge: Elizabeth P Neuhoff
7/1/2015 1:36:28 PM

Judge neuhoff Was a good judge she help you throw the hearing

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

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

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

This is the most fair ALJ I have ever encountered.

John G
Judge: Yasmin Elias
5/14/2015 10:40:00 AM

She is coming to Tucson.

Judge: Tommye C Mangus
3/26/2015 3:54:32 PM

She does not check the facts, she tryed to say i was working a business my wife owns when our tax papers sayes different

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: Elizabeth P Neuhoff
2/24/2015 12:16:15 PM

My attorney sent Neuhoff 120 pages of med records the day before my hearing. I show up and sit for nearly two hours then the judge decides she won't hear my case at this time. So now I have to wait again. She could have told the attorney she wasn't hearing it asp we didn't waste our time. Idk if I should be pissed at the judge or more at my attorney

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 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

C. Clemons
Judge: Scott C Shimer
2/5/2015 8:48:27 PM

Judge shimer was extremely nice when I went to court last August and I thought I would win my case because the advocate told him along with my Drs that I could only work a few hrs a day but would have to sit a lot and lay down due to my back problems. I agreed with that then but apparently he didn't consider what would happen in the future. Now I'm having lots more issues and can't handle the 16 hrs I do work per week. I just got my denial letter today and I just want to cry because I don't know how much longer I will be able to hold out. I just pray he will change his mind when I appeal the decision.

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: Scott C Shimer
10/7/2014 8:51:57 PM

Judge Shimer heard my case last week. I don't know the outcome. But, he was very nice and thorough. He was familiar with my case and asked few questions. He left impairment questions to my rep. He was also thorough with the VE, and was sure to gain her agreement that I would not be able to gain or keep a job. I did cry a lot. And he told me to get it together. It wasnt mean though. I just think he wanted me to get through it. All in all, I think Judge Shimer was fair and knowledgeable.

Judge: Lornette Reynolds
9/4/2014 2:45:34 PM

This judge is Horrible. My husband is very ill and has been for years. They really need to investigate her unfairness!!!

Shannon Montgomery
Judge: Margaret M Sullivan
9/2/2014 9:48:34 AM

She was very fair and she listened. Been fighting case for a long time and I'm grateful that I was given such a kind and fair judge.

Judge: Timothy Maher
9/1/2014 11:49:28 PM

This judge should know the pain of a disability before he makes a judgment in ones case. Clearly this judge has no knowledge of what a disability is. He needs to get his doctor from Social Security do a real exam not some farce of a report that will look good for him to deny my case. What a total farce of a judge and this disability system. This judge needs to be investigated.

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


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

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

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

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

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

I pray that he approve me..

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

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

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

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

Judge: 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.

kevin hall
Judge: Yvonne K Stam
4/21/2014 11:07:51 PM

the worst judge anybody could ever have and a lying judge at that, very unhelpful judge, very well known to hold grudges from other alj's decisions didnt even look at the real problem this judge is in an awful judge and should not be involved in the social security she has no heart no sympathy and no care for the claimants feelings or disabilities she is only out to care for herself! the worst judge anybody could have!

derrick evans
Judge: Lornette Reynolds
4/15/2014 2:54:50 PM

Judge lornette reynolds appears to be a fair judge...she has a good sense of humor and lifted my mood when I was nervous and feeling down...I believe that she is a good judge

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

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

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

Very good Judge.

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

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

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

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

Maria Galdo
Judge: Lornette Reynolds
2/4/2014 9:36:33 AM

I had my trial with Judge Reynolds and my attorney on Oct 16th, 2013. I have yet to recieve my answer about my trial. I knew going in from my attorney that Judge Reynolds was going to be a tough judge. I thought that she was professional and since she has a lot of cases to hear in a day, time was an answered her questions as clearly as I could and knowing beforehand that she was tough made me very nervouse. She seemed fair in the questions that she asked me and allowed me to answer them in full. The only real discomfort I felt was trying to explain to her and putting into words as to just certain parts of my disibility because there was so much more to say.

Judge: Catherine Ravinski
9/13/2013 8:30:57 AM

She a very good Judge.

Judge: Lornette Reynolds
9/10/2013 2:57:01 PM

This was a very unprofessional rude judge! I don't know if her and my lawyer had bad blood are what but she talked to him like he was a nothing are nobody, I felt really bad for him. She never looked up at us one time. Soon as we arrived she stated You Only Have Only 30 Min. To make your case. Wow! We spent 30 min just decussing something that was irrelative to my case. Her eyes was glued to that computer like no one was in the room. What a bad judge for all good judges or was it the color of my skin?

Judge: Margaret M Sullivan
9/10/2013 12:56:11 PM

I am posting this before I receive my decision...if I agree with it or not... she was very fair and allowed me to present my argument. She was very polite, professional and treated me with respect.

Judge: Margaret M Sullivan
6/29/2013 9:59:10 PM

Judge Sullivan is can be very rude during a hearing . She is not fair and does not give very much weight on the treating doctoe give too much weight on doctors that have never even seen you . I give her a BIG FAT F ... This women need manners in a big way ... So don't trust her ...

Judge: Lornette Reynolds
4/29/2013 1:02:53 PM

This judge is competent and professional. She communicates clearly, has empathy and is fair.

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) 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: Lornette Reynolds
4/5/2013 5:46:30 PM

Professional and friendly.

Judge: Lornette Reynolds
4/5/2013 5:36:28 PM

She was very nice and listened to what the doctor had to say about my illness.She made me feel very relaxed and made sure that I understood everything. My lawyer and her communicated well also. At the end she was pleasant and professional.

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: Margaret M Sullivan
3/27/2013 7:47:57 AM

This ALJ's award rate has dropped significantly in the last year or so. She will pay a strong case, but she's gotten increasingly conservative.

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

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

Judge: Timothy Maher
3/23/2013 4:05:39 PM

Judge Maher is an intelligent and compassionate public servant. He clearly takes his responsibilities as a judge seriously. He is fair to the plaintiff and to the tax payer in reaching his decisions. We need more judges like him.

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.

Thought it would be fair
Judge: Ronald Fleming
3/5/2013 8:06:48 AM

He will twist med records that are in your favor and find one misplaced word and rule against you . If you get him as a judge you have 24% shot .

Judge: Elizabeth P Neuhoff
2/25/2013 2:53:10 PM

This judge treated me very respectfully and helped me to understand how my hearing would operate. I felt like I was listened to and understood. I may not win my appeal but I do feel like this judge understood what I was going through. I do not agree with the earlier comments about this judge. Those comments must have been made by someone who is not very nice and does not understand the process.

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: Sheila Lowther
2/19/2013 9:15:22 PM

I got denied by this ALJ and she was very nice and listened very carefully. I have Fibromyalgia along with other things. In my denial letter she actually accused me of lying. I don't know what I lied about I was very nervous and I can't help that I am that way. I just told the truth and it really upsets me to be called a lair. I have never lied about my condition, no one but myself know how I feel unless they have walked in my shoes. Not even the doctors. I know they see all walks of life with everyone they see on a daily basis. And yes I would say at least 75% do lie. If I have to lie to get something, then I will do without but I have worked most of my adult life, paid in to ss and they tell me I am not disabled? I will not stoop to the level that some do.

Brett H
Judge: Yvonne K Stam
2/10/2013 3:15:11 PM

former atty for claimants now an intense, smart, egotistical, opinionated, biased, but very well prepared ALJ known to hold grudges. we had a claimant who had been denied by another ALJ but had since gotten worse and had new severe impairments (cervical DDD, lumbar DDD, depression) which we documented with 2 years worth of treatment and tests (MRIs, etc). At hearing and in decision denying claim, ALJ Stam ignored the new problems and acted like claimant made it up. ALJ interruppted questioning by me saying she had already covered that topic, but she had not really. [I was asking specific Qs about Claimant's trouble using her hands]Then stopped my Qs of VE on same topic. AC upheld her denial withou comment.

Judge: Yvonne K Stam
1/29/2013 9:32:58 AM

Very nice, very helpful, used a vocational expert half the time, but she is old school. Ask some questions but not in order, and does not ask all, you have to be on your toes.

1/9/2013 12:24:25 PM

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

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

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

Judge: Carol J Pennock
11/18/2012 11:51:28 AM

Judge Pennock has a medical background, is always thoroughly prepared before the hearing, and will listen if you have a good case. One of the best ALJs I've encountered in 38 years in terms of understanding the medical issues, and a fair and impartial judge.

Judge: Catherine Ravinski
11/18/2012 11:48:34 AM

I haven't won every case in front of Judge Ravinski, but she has always treated the claimants with respect and attorneys with professionalism. She is incredibly bright, always thoroughly prepared, and knows the law VERY well - she has been called on to teach other judges and attorneys. She allows opening statements, full presentation of the case, and closing statements. Be well prepared to present the case and you will not always win, but will always get a fair hearing.

David Lillesand, Esq.
Judge: Salena D Bowman-Davis
11/18/2012 11:42:26 AM

The 30% figure of cases approved is totally misleading. Judge Bowman-Davis has been the chief judge. I believe that the large number of dismissals results from her reviewing cases before they are assigned to a hearing judge, so that individuals who filed their Request for Hearing past the deadline, and without good cause, were dismissed early and can then re-file the claim. This is an improvement over prior practice where you would wait a year or more to have a hearing, only to find out that the assigned hearing judge dismissed the case. Note that of the cases she did hear, she approved 145 and denied 32. That, to me, sounds more correct. She is always prepared, respectful of claimants and attorneys, and calls them as she sees them without trying to be the advocate for the administration. To me a good judge is one who lets you present your case, then makes a decision based on the facts, even if it is against you. She is a good judge - and a very nice and polite at the same time.

Lili M
Judge: Timothy Maher
11/7/2012 7:30:19 AM

He's tough, but I can't say that he isn't fair. He denies about half of my cases, but I have to admit that his decisons are well written and well-reasoned. I think he writes his own decisions. They are difficult to appeal. He cites extensively from the record and clearly spends a good deal of time looking for inconsistent representations. Don't go into his courtroom unprepared.

Judge: Timothy Maher
10/26/2012 8:17:21 PM

Stellar judge. More judges needs to act like this guy. He takes the job seriously. He knows the record, unlike many of his colleagues, and he is fair. You didn't get paid by this judge? too bad, get a job!

S. Lainte
Judge: Timothy Maher
10/24/2012 6:01:45 AM

Judge Maher is as fair a judge in Miami as you will get. Be warned - he clearly has studied the record before the hearing. You had better do the same or it could be a long day for you or your client. I'm not sure about the sincerity of the person who posted that Judge Maher was under "OPR investigation", but if you look his stats, he pays about 50% of his cases. That seems pretty fair to me. If you have a problem with him, it might well be a problem you created.

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

Tough but fair.

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: Martha R Reeves
9/17/2012 11:51:19 AM

Mercurial, self-important, and irritating.

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

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

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

Bad Judge!!

Judge: Antonio Acevedo Torres
9/10/2012 9:59:19 AM

The best Judge!He understood my case completely now my family and i can rest assure that we will have a roof over are heads.Thanks! from the button of my heart God Bless.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Seriously Help
Judge: Sheila Lowther
8/4/2012 10:53:58 AM

I am not sure if this was the judge that I got to see. Even though I have not received a decision as of yet I must say that the judge was nice. She smiled & let me know straight up that hey who needs to be here is not here so I will have to do something else. If this can be paid out, I will. Bottom line to that. So now I sit here in pain waiting. I have been diagnosed with cancer which has spread to my lungs, chronic muscle spasms, bone pain & type 2 diabetes (uncontrolled). Most days with medication I am a zombie or sleep. Without the medication I am in pain. My doctor wants to increase my Percocet to 2 at one time in hopes that would relieve the pain. Now tell me, how will I go to work sleep? Come on now

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: Elizabeth De Gruy
7/16/2012 11:46:10 AM

God will judge you for lying

Judge: Antonio Acevedo Torres
7/7/2012 6:58:25 AM

I was recently seen by him and found Mr. Acevedo to be prejudice, unprofessional as in not following hearing guidelines. He did not to hear my case and was doing other things while the case was going on and would not allow any exhibits or other proof, he just wanted me out.

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

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

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

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

Deborah Sue Dubois
Judge: Sheila Lowther
7/3/2012 2:46:34 PM

why is it that when someone that has worked their whole life,i'm in Chronic Heart Failure and can't get any help.i signed up on SSI,been denied twice.i repealed it,now i have to go before a judge.i also have a Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm,and will need surgey in a few months.i saw my heart doctor today.he said i'll see you again in 6 months.i looked up and said if i'm still body is so weak.he said my heart is in real bad shape,it's barley pumping now.why can't i get any help.all i get is 200 foodstamps.i can't pay my doctor bills.i need help now.i have medicine i need too for my there any help out there for me.i don't have much longer to live i already know my doctor said today,if i was a drunk or druggie,i would have had help already.can you try and help me?why do i have to go before a judge? to get help.

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

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

Judge: Timothy Maher
6/11/2012 11:14:38 AM

This judge is under OPR investigation! Who needs him?

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

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

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

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

Judge: Ronald Fleming
5/21/2012 12:28:23 PM

Very nice courtroom demeanor -- very pleasant and respectful to the claimant; discussed the case with the rep prior to and during the hearing to work out a favorable resolution to the case

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

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

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

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

Yea, This judge is dishonest.

Judge: Antonio Acevedo Torres
3/21/2012 11:50:24 AM

Judge: Margaret M Sullivan
3/20/2012 9:41:43 AM

A very fair Judge. I hardly ever appeal her decisions.

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