Orlando, Florida ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Orlando, Florida, 14 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Orlando, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 21.0 months. The average case processing time in Orlando is 631 days.The Orlando average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 47%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Orlando ODAR office was last updated on 9/7/2017.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Orlando 14 21.0 months 631 days 2.1 21% 47% 32%
Florida19.1 months631 days1.723%45%32%
National Average:18.0 months582 days1.921%45%34%
Hearing Wait Time: 21.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 2.11
Average Processing Time 631 days
Cases Pending 11997
Dispositions 5078
New Cases 4015
Hearings In Person 84%
Video Hearings 16%

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Judge: Barry C LaBoda
8/1/2017 10:51:25 AM

Florida Attorney/Reps: Have hearing coming up before Judge LaBoda. Please tell me what he is like, opening statement, he leads off questioning, etc. Thanks.

Judge: Betty Roberts Barbeito
7/21/2017 12:48:47 AM

I agree, Barbeito is horrid. I was set up for a teleconference hearing. The proctors could not get the equipment working properly, so there was a delay starting. Then she went to a doctor who is a board-certified pulmonologist, although my issues are fibromyalgia and extreme arthritis. Most of the hearing was given over to that quack, who made the most ludicrous comments I have ever heard from a so-called doctor. Then she went to the vocational expert who said his piece. Then there was a fire scare and everybody had to abandon the building. I was unable to ask any questions or argue any point. She asked me two questions: 1) what makes you think YOU are disabled, and 2) are you seeing a psychiatrist. I tried to explain that I was between psychs, as I get my care through the VA and the psych I have been seeing had left and no replacement had yet been hired. When I tried to explain that, she immediately cut me off saying, YES OR NO???? She did ultimately grant a PARTIAL approval, which gave me zero back pay and zero for the lawyers fee. But I had to take it because otherwise, I could have ended up with nothing. I have now been off work for 3.5 years, from a job, which, by the way, I LOVED and hated to retire from. My HR manager asked me to stay, and when I explained to him which I was going through, he TOLD me to leave and file for SSDI. To make it even worse, my last employer was the Department of Defense, another federal agency! I left in Dec of 2013 and have yet to receive a penny of SSDI, because, of course, the three years before my hearing date didn't count, so now I am waiting out my five month waiting period. This whole process was a cruel joke. So glad I worked for 45 years, frequently two jobs at time, paying all of my taxes to be treated like criminal by the likes of Barbeito.

Judge: Kevin J Detherage
7/17/2017 9:40:35 AM

His approval rating will fall into the 30s soon. Having practiced SSD law for over 30 years, I knew when I first appeared in front of him my claims were heading toward Appeals Council. He takes over the hearing and asks leading questions of your claimant that are calculated to provide the answers he wants to find against him or her. Now that the law allows judges like him to apply great weight to the opinions of the consultants, he will and already has utilized that rule to increase your client's RFC to a level that conveniently results in an unfavorable or partially favorable decision with no back pay. He will ignore additional limitations when he constructs his RFC and frames his hypothetical questions. Be ready to respond to this by crossing the vocational expert and point to specific exhibit numbers as the basis for additional limitations. You have to get your file ready for Federal Court as his denials are often no based on substantial evidence.

B. Irvan
Judge: Joseph A Rose
5/11/2017 10:39:27 AM

Had my hearing with Judge Rose yesterday and he seemed very compassionate. He asked relevant questions and listened to everything I had to say. Very nice man.

high and mighty
Judge: Douglas A Walker
2/27/2017 6:49:26 PM

damn crook walker denied my backpay

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: E Rodriguez-Quilichini
1/5/2017 9:12:33 AM

The biggest ******* judge ever he is ****** he didn't care about the truth he is just a cold hearted *******

Jim S. Moore
Judge: Chester G Senf
11/17/2016 3:08:53 PM

Fly with angels and touch the face of God. I will miss you my friend.

Paul Thomas
Judge: E Rodriguez-Quilichini
10/19/2016 6:33:33 AM

As a practicing attorney, it is always delightful to appear before him. He has a good temperament and knows his records well. I don't always win but his decisions are fair.

Charles R Hughes
Judge: Douglas A Walker
10/4/2016 2:39:29 PM

Your Honor, I hope you read this before your decision about my case. There were issues I failed to remember which I brought family with me to help. I don't know why they couldn't come in but it would have helped since I feel as though I didn't represent myself well enough. As you know I suffer an incurable disease Tinnitus. It first started out very mild and intermittent and over the years consistently grew worse. For a long time I went to specialists who gave me the same prognosis, which was that there is no treatment and at the rate it was getting worse I would be totally deaf except for the intense ringing. I've suffered a lot of injuries over the years, but this really tops them all. I've been trying to get the VA to take care of me since I was injured during my tour of duty. It has taken me years for them to acknowledge and take responsibility for just a fraction. This has cost me my jobs, friends, everything I enjoyed doing and most of all, communicating with my children. I live in a prison, my mind. I am consumed with the noise in my head. I don't think anybody fully understands what I am going through. My wife didn't so who else could? Now, with all social ties severed, I've literally lived in my bedroom for five years straight now, I will no doubt be homeless. I will not survive on the streets. If I thought that I could return to work I would have. I went from 5,000 a month to around 1500. I help support my brother who has end stage renal disease that your system has denied him benefits for 2x now. He's working on his third and has waited 3 years staying with and helping me cope. Mainly he helps with any phone calls especially between my kids. He will not survive on the street since his surgery left him with a bag attached to his belly, which should it, and most likely will get infected, is a death sentence. Were it not for my kids I would have ended my pathetic existence years ago. Now although I made a personal promise not to put my kids anything more traumatic than the divorce I really don't have much choice. I mean really, live on the streets on top of what I live with 24/7? It's a no brainer and I have just enough left to make the hard choices. I won't take it personal should you decline me SSD but if you really wonder what made me decide to give up google" sounds of tinnitus", click on the hearing institute and number one on the noise list. Turn the volume up and try to imagine that noise about 5x louder. That's my world you're hearing. The fit of depression I've fallen into needs no explaining if you can imagine that 24/7. My VA records and years of doctor visits should tell you I am not trying to scam anybody and I'm certainly not drinking pina coladas sitting on the beach with SSD picking up the tab. I have NO quality of life at all except for the roof over my head and CC tv. Being declined may just be the best for me.

Ruth Ellen Friddle
Judge: E Rodriguez-Quilichini
9/26/2016 9:07:56 AM

This "judge" doesn't listen to their own experts in court. He would rather deny a claim than take to the time to review the medical records. This "judge" should be disbarred!!!!!!!

Donald Hunt
Judge: Betty Roberts Barbeito
8/9/2016 8:19:29 AM

Judge Barbeito my name is Donald Hunt you presided over my case in Fresno as we were leaving you asked for some medical records pertaining to an incident where the Dr gave me Demerol and told my mother he was worried about me because my Cd4 counts were very low and my viral load extremely high and with my kidneys failing and I just got over a bad case of cellulitis which nearly turned into sepsis it's pertinent I get these records to you in a timely fashion but I have no car no way to pay for faxes since they are long distance and 1.59$ per page I need he

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Judge: Douglas A Walker
7/30/2016 1:50:37 PM

Judge Walker was very professional and treated me with respect and complimented me on my work history and was able to clearly see that I have always worked since 17yrs old I was very nervous before the hearing as this process took almost 4 yrs for me and that just made my health issues worse than they were from the start. He lightened up the mood in the hearing and was able to see that I could no longer work and make any kind of substantial income as I had in the last 30 years of customer service and trust me when I say if I could have still continued to be able to work I certainly would have as my income would have been above and beyond and my way of life would have been comfortable instead I went from hero to zero very fast and it took a major toll on my health and life. Judge walker I want to thank you for understanding and being able to see the toll this has been for me. Thank you for treating me like a human and for the favorable decision as I can now start to feel better about myself and try to regain a normal life.

Alyssa Taylor
Judge: Kevin J Detherage
6/8/2016 1:41:12 PM

Fair and competent. An ASSET to ODAR!

Penélope Grace
Judge: Kevin J Detherage
6/8/2016 11:54:14 AM

Caring Outstanding Intelligent Fair Patient, THE BEST!

Judge: Chester G Senf
6/5/2016 7:55:17 PM

In behalf of me and my family,I send my thank you and applications to mr chester senf,not only because I was approved but how he conducted my hearing,he listened of what I have to say and understood my illness n what I m going thru,thank you for your kindness and for been so human

Judge: E Rodriguez-Quilichini
5/7/2016 11:26:03 AM

This judge was very compassionate and respectful and he made my anxiety go away after I realized that he understood my terrible situation. I don't like going to court but he made me feel welcomed and I felt at ease. Thank you!

Judge: Chester G Senf
5/6/2016 7:24:38 AM

This Judge is very competent and fair. He treated me fairly and looked at my entire case. After waiting 2 1/2 years, this Judge was quick. He had already reviewed my case prior to my arrival, was ready to ask relevant questions he had. He gave me a verbal decision on my case, so now I am just waiting on the formal approval. I am glad that we have such a hard working and fair judge here in Orlando.

Judge: Pamela Houston
4/20/2016 10:12:19 AM

Words can not express how I feel about this Judge Pamela Houston I felt like a slave in this Judge court room the unfair treatment, unfair decision, the insult to my entelect and the total direspect to uphold thelaw aand fair treatment under law I am currently contacting every government officials know to man this Judge should not be allowed to conduct her court room in this manner

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: Janet Mahon
3/27/2016 12:11:43 PM

Judge was very impersonal very little to no eye contact just stared at her computer the whole time. I was prepared and my case was strong but obviously she already had her mind made up to deny my case from the beginning. I did notice her approval rate dropped substantially in the last 6 months. I will also say there were many inconsistencies and false assumptions in the final decision. I had plenty of objective evidence that was totally ignored. This whole process is just a wait you out game where the hopes are you will either just die or finally give up. It been almost 3 years of long hard road but I won't give up as I have no other options.

Judge: Maria T Mandry
3/21/2016 12:18:40 PM

no star for you judge not even one. the second I stood in front of you. you preceded to let me and my attorney know that you did not have time to review the case as you read about it to late. you had a vocational jackass decide that I can do a job . wrong I can do any job there is ,there is nothing I cant do.. but I have too suffer severe mental and physical pain to do it. and obviously its okay to you. I have read the denial letter which is also incomplete. as you totally left out the reason I asked for an early decision. anyone reading this do yourself a favor ask for a different judge..

Shirley showman
Judge: Joseph A Rose
3/12/2016 9:58:52 AM

I saw Judge Rose yesterday and I was so scared and nervous when I went into the room but once Judge Rose started talking to me you can see he is a very fair judge he really reads your case very well and he understands when a person is lying or being sincere I poured my heart out to him yesterday and he listened to every word I was very honest to...I have been homeless now for Quite a while my mental is unstable and my leg and back kills me everyday from having degenerated disc disease...but Judge Rose I want to thank you for listening to me you made me feel it was ok to open up and share my pain with you and the reason why I need this so bad...I have faith in God and I know in my heart Judge Rose knows this is my last hope here of ever trying to have some stability in life, if I got denied I couldn't tell you how I would feel or what I would do with myself this is really my last hope....so I'm going to pray do hard that Judge Rose really understands that by him granting me my social security will give me some faith and give me some stability in my life where I know I'll never be homeless again..thank you Judge Rose for taking the time to hear me out yesterday I know whatever decision you make will be in my best interest cause you care about others and you want to see people ok not out here messed up...God Bless You and your family Judge Rose.

Bill Fails
Judge: Pamela Houston
2/25/2016 7:33:02 PM

Judge Houston is the best judge in Orlando!

James Paternoster
Judge: Michael Calabro
2/14/2016 3:44:43 PM

So, the best piece of advice I can give anyone going to argue their case before the judge would be this, submit evidence to win your case. I was applying because of epilepsy. While there, I felt the Judge was looking to see a paper trail of evidence that showed my frequent hospital visits. If your at the stage where you're about to appeal your case before a judge, I would advise trying to show how much your disability is effecting your day to day life with hard facts. Maybe stay away from testimony your giving by saying "I feel like" etc. Although, I am no expert. And TBH I did say "I feel like" quite a bit, but I do know that several times he mentioned how important my records were in his ruling. I would have given 5 stars but I felt that since he approved me, my opinion of him would be slanted in his favor.

Louis Burgos
Judge: Barry C LaBoda
2/10/2016 8:20:21 PM

Judge Laboda Awesome person .Asked me questions made me feel very comfortable .But its been almost 3 months with no written letter .When & how long can a person waitl

Judge: Michael J Amendola
1/15/2016 8:20:01 AM


Teila summers
Judge: Joseph A Rose
11/20/2015 10:17:41 AM

I had my hearing yesterday in front of judge rose I walked in nervous and shaking like I don't know what after awhile of talking with the judge I felt comfortable and I begin to feel at ease. Win or lose my case he is fair he listens and he is a very nice man!!! Also I didn't have a lawyer by my side so the questions were simple and understandable where you can understand what heis saying thanks judge rose.

Judge: Douglas A Walker
10/31/2015 3:45:09 PM

He denied my case the first time but had no choice but to approve it the second time. Yes I had the same judge twice how idiotic. Then he denied me back pay for over five years. Burn

Phillip Wilkes
Judge: Chester G Senf
8/31/2015 4:06:46 PM

Good afternoon Judge Senf My name is Phillip Wilkes I'm a veteran of the U.S. Army I have a hearing in front of you October 6 2015.I look forward to you hearing my case. This has really been a tough road For my family. Thank you in advance.

Michael Lawrence
Judge: Maria T Mandry
8/12/2015 11:48:53 AM

Judge Mandry was very prompt, polite, understanding, and detailed in my hearing. She was extremely fair, and truly understood my conditions. I felt very comfortable in her courtroom, and not nearly as anxious as my previous hearing. I was very fortunate to have her hear my case, consider all the evidence fairly, and grant me a positive adjudication of my disability case. She is thorough, and you need to be able to verbalize your impairments to backup your assertions of being disabled. Having seen my doctors on a regular basis, and their conclusions all matching made it a lot easier. Thanks you Judge Mandry for making the process less stressful, and rendering a fair decision. Also the great expert representation by my lawyers at Levan & Niedenberg out of Ft. Lauderdale assured that all the relevant facts were presented, and favorable outcome. Highly recommend them.

Tracy Greco
Judge: Maria T Mandry
7/20/2015 8:31:37 AM

Judge Mandry is extremely professional and detail oriented. Be prepared to explain your medical records, care and medication she goes over all your medical records and is very thorough. It was my pleasure to have her hear my case.

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.

Richard pridgen
Judge: Janet Mahon
2/15/2015 6:51:04 PM

I have not met my judge yet. But I believe it is going to be judge Janet Mahon. I just read her Bio and I am just happy she is a God fearing woman. I depend on God for the outcomes in my life and she is a godly woman which means her heart is good. I was evicted recentley and she granted me an expedite. Thank you Judge Janet Mahon May God bless you.

Judge: Pamela Houston
1/12/2015 11:32:14 AM

Judge (Pamela Houston) who was kind enough to consider my claim. It's been a long, hard battle to endure pain, mental instability and extreme hardship after not getting a fair shake or much help elsewhere even with a clean background and military service. Pamela has allowed me a chance to recover some of my life back and I will definitely utilize the opportunity wisely. I wish the justice system at every level had more like her and my attorney (Danelle Campbell). They both have my sincere gratitude. Thank you kindly.

Judge: Betty Roberts Barbeito
12/20/2014 1:09:14 AM

Great Judge. 100% fair in my complex case. She made it possible for me to have surgery. I was in a really bad situation. She set up a re-evaluation date and provided enough time for surgical recovery. Oh yea.. I almost forgot. I am a Workers Comp claimant. Thank you Judge Betty Roberts Barbeito. You saved me !!

Stephan Gibbs
Judge: Betty Roberts Barbeito
12/15/2014 1:34:07 PM

I had to have 3 hearings. She was very thorough but fair. It took me 4 years but I got fully favorable.

Judge: Chester G Senf
12/4/2014 10:37:39 AM

I had my hearing yesterday with Judge Senf. He was really kind and patient and I felt like he genuinely cared about my problems. Unfortunately for me, I started a new medicine yesterday and so at my hearing, I was completely "out of it" and stopped taking this particular medication today as I cannot tolerate the way it made me feel. My biggest regret during the hearing is that there are several key factors I forgot to mention (I have major problems with memory and focus due to one of my medical conditions). I also forgot to tell him that my ENT just referred me to a radiation oncologist because a recent ct scan revealed that my cancer may have returned! I'm praying that Judge Senf realized that although I am semi-young (37), that I am in severe and constant pain each and everyday. Overall, he made me feel at ease. I just wish I hasn't been on this new med, so I could have told him everything that I forgot. God Bless all of you and Happy Holidays. I'll be praying for a favorable decision for everyone who rightfully deserves it.

Judge: Barry C LaBoda
10/22/2014 5:34:56 AM

i would like to thank the honorable judge Laboda for his patience and kindness in approving my case after three years of appeals i finally had a human being that seemed to care about me as i struggling individual It is great to know that there are people like u in this world

Diona Chandler
Judge: Joseph A Rose
10/20/2014 8:11:27 AM

Great and compassionate Judge. I was awarded my Disability this year and I up for review. I have faith in God that Judge Rose will rule in accordance win or loose, he made the last hurdle a compassionate one allowing to me get the care that is needed.

Manuel Soldevila
Judge: Barry C LaBoda
10/10/2014 10:43:41 PM

I salute you Judge LaBoda, for standing and fighting alongside with us, the military veterans. I thank you not only for your high degree of professionalism, but also for your compassion and care toward the military veterans. I am an US Army veteran with 2 combat deployments. Our lives, after we return from a deployment is never the same. We lose friends, we get tired, we get lonely, we get depressed, we question if we will come home standing or being carried by six people. We worry about those we love, our children and spouses. But yet, we must be strong for the man on our left and the man on our right. But once we come back, there is another long war against suicide, depression, and many mental and physical challenges. Thank you again Judge LaBoda...and God Bless you!!!

Judge: Robert D Marcinkowski
10/10/2014 8:09:00 AM

In my opinion Judge Marcinkowski was polite & professional, however I did receive an unfavorable decision that outlined in description a totally different person than myself. The notice has described me at twice my real weight and almost two feet taller than my real height. And you say there's an editing department where all the tee's are crossed and the eyes are dotted. hmmmm, I don't think that happened in my case. All I can say at this point is WOW!.....a lot of medical inconsistenties and omitted surgeries not in the notice neither. Makes me wonder what file were you looking at when making MY DECISION? This is causing an uproar like Ive never known. This Notice I received is basically a ticket to an appeal..................AGAIN!

Judge: Pamela Houston
10/3/2014 2:00:33 PM

What a wonderful, compassionate, yet fair judge. All of the Orlando ALJs are outstanding, but she stands out among them. As others have said, she is well prepared, and expects the rep to conduct the bulk of the questioning. She takes an interest in the claimant and does the right thing.

R. Harrison
Judge: Barry C LaBoda
10/1/2014 5:44:35 AM

This Judge is very competent and fair. He treated me fairly and looked at my entire case. After waiting over 2 years to get this far, this Judge was quick and fair. He had already reviewed my case prior to my arrival, was ready to ask relevant questions he had. He gave me a verbal decision on my case, so now I am just waiting on the formal approval. I am glad that we have such a hard working and fair judge here in Orlando.

Judge: Barry C LaBoda
9/28/2014 12:51:34 PM

Just have one question, when they are sending out the written decisions. Do they type like one word a day. You are told it takes 60 days to receive a decision that is basically boiler plate in design. Is this a federal mandate to see if the claimant will die before any funds are paid.

Judge: Philemina M Jones
9/18/2014 8:57:40 PM

Judge Jones is the worst judge ever! With an attitude like hers, she really needs to leave the bench and pursue a career that is more in line with her disposition - driving a city bus comes to mind. Between her constant eye rolling, head shaking and sighing and her devil-may-care approach to her job, she has no place making decisions that affect the lives of so many people. Cold, unprofessional, cynical, and with a record of approving only a third of the claimants who go before her, she needs to be replaced. Her time has come.

Judge: Michael Calabro
9/14/2014 6:29:33 AM

Went before ODAR Calabro on 07/07/2014. And still have not heard anything back. I declared a "dire needs" back on 02/26/2014 because I have been out with permanent injury since 11/2009. That has made no difference. It's only me, and I have lost my home, cashed in and spent any retirement I had, owe the IRS over $10,000, so they have taken everything else, can't pay for medical care, so not getting any, went to see a Dr. that SSDI requested I see, that Dr. shook his head and said he can't figure out what SSDI is waiting on. I can see the writing on the wall.....I'm going to be one of the 66 percent that really will die, but is going to be thrown under the bus to maintain the national average of 44 percent "approved". I started working and paying into SS in 1973, and paid in for nearly 40 years. Just needing to get back some of what I paid in. I'm not some "illegal" looking to get a free ride out of the system.

ms lebron
Judge: Robert D Marcinkowski
9/9/2014 9:46:40 AM

Excellent judge, very smart, and understanding. he treat us in a very respectfull manner and Iam very grateful this was the judge assigned to my child case. very fair judge.I hope this judge is never replaced! we need more judges like him!

Shanun Lock
Judge: Kevin J Detherage
8/29/2014 8:25:18 AM

Judge Kevin Detherage is a very fair and equitable judge he listens attentively to all his cases and makes his decisions according to the law I respect that. S. Lock

Judge: Kevin J Detherage
8/13/2014 10:32:23 AM

It was nice to see this judge seemed to care and actually spent the time to try and understand my issues and why I in front of him instead of an "in-out" case like ordering a meal at mcdonalds.

Judge: E Rodriguez-Quilichini
8/7/2014 5:20:37 AM

I didn't get the vibe that this judge was "cold and unfair" in fact he seemed genuinely compassionate. He seemed as though he understood the pain I was in and the challenges that my disability cause. He doesn't need to be "replaced" as far as I'm concerned ODAR could use MORE judges like him. I know that it isn't customary for a claimant to speak to the alj ever again, but if it were possible, I would like to shake his hand, and tell him thank you.

Judge: Philemina M Jones
7/31/2014 3:37:17 AM

I only give her a 1 star b/c i had no option to rate any lower.

Sheree K
Judge: Philemina M Jones
7/29/2014 2:03:45 PM

Had my appeal hearing today. From the word GO, she was so condescending, rude, and unprofessional. She is everything everyone said she'd be. She did the eye rolling, cutting you off mid sentence, and shaking her head. She immediately makes you feel unwelcome and like a 2nd class citizen. She was so mean and nasty. I am SO disappointed. I could not afford an attorney, and I now see this was a huge mistake. I didn't get a decision yet, so I am assuming its no. 26 years of severe inflammatory arthritis and fibromyalgia. I am basically crippled and she looked at me as if I were lying., even with orthropaedic surgeorn report saying I need bilateral knee replacements and ankle fusion from all the damage the arthritis has done. I waited 2 years for that hearing and she looked at me as if to say "get out of here and stop wasting my time'. I will be reporting her;

Judge: Michael Calabro
7/19/2014 8:33:12 AM

so i went to my hearing with judge calabro, i had mri reports, and loads of other evidence and was still denied. this judge messed up in the hearing ( was reading off another persons case and had to be told he was doing so)then i was denied and the decision legal document that you receive in the mail had errors as well. i do not believe i was given a fair hearing as i question this judges ability to accurately and justly Handel cases. these are peoples lives they deal with and i know must appeal and could take another year of pain and suffering. this judge should be removed from odar if he makes mistakes of this calibur.

Kathy D. McQueen
Judge: Kevin J Detherage
6/23/2014 12:04:26 PM

I think Judge Kevin J. Detherage is an outstanding judge. Wishing him all the best in Ohio!!!

Judge: Chester G Senf
5/5/2014 5:28:43 PM

I have a hearing with this judge coming up and im so nrevous. I dont havean updated medical evidence. I hope hes nice.

John Shepherd
Judge: Janet Mahon
4/24/2014 5:10:23 PM

Very nice Judge, granted further testing and very sensible. Either way I'm glad I got her.

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.

Judge: E Rodriguez-Quilichini
3/26/2014 11:22:07 AM

cold and unfair judge, he didnt even review the medical records correctly he was more interested in denying the claim based on what he believes instead of the real evidence in front of him, i hope he is replaced.

D. Burks Hunt
Judge: Betty Roberts Barbeito
3/18/2014 11:56:56 AM

Judge Barbeito presided over my case (remand)and I am thankful that she did. She was straight-forward and respectful allowing me, in company with my attorney, to address each issue fully. Finally, I knew my case had been heard.

Judge: Philemina M Jones
2/5/2014 4:38:16 AM

25 years as an VE. Judge Jones is top of my list. She functions on the bench as all ALJs should act. The job is not hand holding or being your momma. Act like an adult in this court.

Judge: Joseph A Rose
2/4/2014 3:09:15 PM

Win or lose, he was very fair and understanding. Found him to be very competent and made me the claiment feel at ease in a stressful situation

Judge: Philemina M Jones
2/2/2014 6:05:44 PM

She is aweful! She won't let you speak to explain your situation whatsoever. She wants yes or no answers and even when you think you've answered correctly, she will yell at you. She will use anything and everything against you avoiding what your doctor and the medical records read. She rolls her eyes, shakes her head at you and yells at you. I don't wish this judge on anyone and wish she was removed! I was told by my attorney she is the worst judge anyone can possibly have.

Judge: Kathleen H Eiler
1/30/2014 6:04:40 PM

Do not be afraid of this judge. She is very nice. Tell the truth and do not lie and it will all work out if you have the proper documentation and representation !

Just a Rep
Judge: Pamela Houston
1/29/2014 2:19:31 PM

Not sure what to say here..some days she's great, somedays LOOK OUT! Thankfully, there seems to be more good days than bad. She'll be wanting an opening if your the rep of record. She'll probably ask the rep to do the majority of the questioning. Occasionally she will interupt and take over the questioning herself. Sometimes if she's going to award the case she will say so right then and make it short and this is appreicated. She looks at her computer screena nd types a lot so don't be discouraged if she isn't making eye contact with you. Three stars for inconsistent rulings. Two stars for doing the right thing when she gets remanded.

Just a Rep
Judge: Barry C LaBoda
1/29/2014 1:55:58 PM

Very nice judge. Have your case up to date. This will expedite your decision. Explains what will take place and that he is trying to get to know the claimant a bit better. Wants the claimant to be at ease and reassures them some duringthe hearing if he sees they are getting restless or nervous. He will be familiar with the evidence to be sure. Again, have all of your recent medical records in the file before the hearing!

Just a Rep
Judge: Robert D Marcinkowski
1/29/2014 1:42:31 PM

Judge Robert D. Marcinkowski is a fair judge. Don't expect a pat on the back. He's all business and wants to start on time (this is a good thing). Be ready to go. Have a theory of your ase and be ready to explain it to the judge. You don;t need to recite the file, know the Listings or Grid Rule or the corect SSR that applies. Have your case up to date!!!

Precious Symphony
Judge: Kevin J Detherage
1/20/2014 7:32:40 PM

Very smart judge and very competent. Decisions are fair, objective, and well-reasoned. He takes the time to hear the issues and renders solid decisions.

Beatrice cruz
Judge: Michael Calabro
12/18/2013 6:18:03 AM

On 11/14/13 me and my daughter went to a hearing, my daughter have problem wit speech, she have ADHD, she taking meds, I'm still waiting for appove,I can prepared my future or my daughter cause I don't know what God had for us tomorrow, we went in front of a judge for the first time,We answer all the question, judge Michael calabro was nice, and he was considerate judge.still waiting,I hope everything be approve so I can take my daughter to others dr, and prepare the future for her,to help her and help me,

Beatris & melony
Judge: Michael Calabro
11/29/2013 5:43:57 PM

On 11/14/13 I went to a hearing wit my daughter melony she 8 years old,judge Michael calabro was very nice & considerate judge,he tried to make me & my daughter comfortable.we never in our life went in front of a judge I answer all his question and my daughter answer all this question.when the hearing was over he didn't say that my daughter was approve or denied, the only thing he said was prepared you and your daughter future,

Beatris Cruz
Judge: Michael Calabro
11/16/2013 6:10:02 AM

On 11/14/13 me and my daughter went to see the judge, I will like to know what do the judge mean of saying to prepared me and my daughter future.

Brenda Benjamin
Judge: Barry C LaBoda
11/6/2013 8:44:20 PM

when I walked through that door and he seemed to have a halo around his head,I knew It was a good day.thank you judge Barry,you literally saved my life.

j rifenbery
Judge: Joseph A Rose
9/6/2013 3:40:36 PM

Very nice and considerate Judge.He tries to make you feel comfortable.Just answer best you can and be honest. He gives off a persona of caring very much.Thank you

Rico C. Jones
Judge: Janet Mahon
8/8/2013 3:00:13 PM

Thank you Judge Mahon: I appreciate you for being understanding when i was in front of you on June 5,2013. I also would like to thank you for not denying my case right then and ordered me to see one of your doctors which i have on July13,2013. I am just waiting on the decision that you have reached. Thank you again very much. Thanks for your consideration. Sincerely, Rico C. Jones

Judge: Kevin J Detherage
6/8/2013 5:13:08 PM

This guy doesn't have a clue. That he has been appointed to this type of position without having any background in Social Security law is a testament of all that's wrong with the federal judiciary. Unfortunately, the bottom line here is that he simply isn't very smart. His decisions repeatedly ignore the issues critical to just resolution of the claimants' respective claims and typically go off on irrational and bizarre tangents. He has no idea how to conduct a hearing in a timely manner and is incapable of focusing in on questions that bear some materiality to the issues at hand. God help you if you draw this moron as your judge because you will need all the hope He can provide you.

yankees fan
Judge: Joseph A Rose
5/29/2013 7:25:50 PM

does he appove on the record requests, before hearings ? if so how long before actual hearing ? please submit a answer asap ? please ? just wondering because I have several herniated disks (7) including neck and took forever to get any type of treatment and was denied on application and reconsideration and practically homeless and need help financialy.And I see him in several months for hearing. Any suggestions ? I hear he is very fair though .

Judge: Betty Roberts Barbeito
5/2/2013 9:12:53 PM

To "An Observer of Comments": Your comments are very ill-informed. First, SSR 13-1p states, "[p]ossible examples of allegations that the Appeals Council will refer to the Division of Quality Service include, 'the ALJ is biased against claimants who receive workers compensation benefits or unemployment benefits' . . . ." Second, when an individual applies for unemployment benefits he/she is not saying that they are "ready, willing, and able" to perform work eight-hours a day, five-days per week -- the standard used by the SSA.

An Observer of Comments
Judge: Betty Roberts Barbeito
4/25/2013 3:51:05 PM

For the person who commented, "If you are collecting unemployment, you might as well withdraw" actually is correct because when you apply for unemployment you are stating you can work but have no job and you are actively looking for one so, if you are collecting it and filing for disability, there is some fraudulent behavior going on. You can either work or you're disable. Be grateful the judge doesn’t cite you for lying in court.

Judge: Chester G Senf
4/24/2013 10:05:42 AM

My attorney and I went before Judge Senf this morning for my daughter's ssi case and even though I don't know the outcome as yet, he is a very good judge that ask straight to point questions about the case and definitely allow you to present your case. I was happy that he excused my daughter from the room and didn't cause any embarassment to her as she was already afraid. He made it quick and painless not leaving me to feel like a bad mother with bad parenting skills, he really listened!

Mary H.
Judge: Deborah A Arnold
4/18/2013 9:55:44 AM

This judge has NO medical background NOR training in disability!!! A disgrace to people that their lives depend on help rightfully due to them and this "judge" has NO!!! idea what she's doing. She caused me MORE grief and pain in my journey thru this process. SS should be ashamed that they have such a person representing them. I hope they aren't all like this and some body please send her to school and the correct protocol to determine major decisions like SS disability for humans !!!! My doctor couldn't even understand what she wrote !!! She babbles on and on and contradicts herself to a point thats it comical. Get her off the board!!!! My case is now going on 4 yrs!! Due to back up and a judge that doesn't know what she's reading or doing.

Judge: Philemina M Jones
4/13/2013 4:16:03 PM

Eye-rolling and exasperation are indeed hallmarks. She likes to make unlettered, suffering clients cry. One poor illiterate client was asked "When did you become disabled?" Unfortunately, he does not know about how we set alleged onset dates. He answered, "I don't rightly know, ma'am". She thundered abusively at him "WELL, if you don't know, how am I supposed to know?" I don't care if she abuses attorneys--we're getting paid, but these clients are vulnerable and suffering when they walk in. How dare she be so callous? She is sadistic and has anger-issues which have nothing to do with the clients or the attorneys. She is a disgrace to the office.

Judge: Chester G Senf
4/2/2013 12:32:44 PM

Mr. Moore, I appreciate your comments. Look forward to seeing you in Court soon. Chester

Judge: Betty Roberts Barbeito
4/1/2013 10:29:23 AM

She is rude, disrespectful and snotty to everyone. Not even close to being fair. Doesn't know what she is doing. Puts you through the ringer and then kicks you some more. Ridiculous is the best adjective to describe it.

Judge: Michael J Amendola
3/31/2013 4:03:25 AM

He's awesum

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.

Mark Mora
Judge: Julia A Terry
3/19/2013 11:01:26 AM

My wife just received her letter of denial and it is apparent this judge does not know anything about Fybromyalgia or its affects on a person or family, a person can look totally normal on the outside but in lots of pain on the inside. My wife has been suffering with this since the birth of our 2nd child. Judge Terry has not been there to see my wife collapse because half her body was partially paralized, Judge Terry has never had to wake up at different hours of the night to hear your wife crying because her body is in pain, Judge Terry has not had to endure the financial hardship we have faced selling things just to pay doctor bills, Judge Terry has not had to see how disheartening it is to see your wife like that and not able to go walking with the kids or go to a park because of her pain, Judge Terry has not had to witness a whole lot but I believe she made the best decision she could based on the paperwork she had but not on knowledge of this disease. It is very dissappointing when you see someone you love who would give their all to help someone in need go through something like this. My wife would never have written this comment for the Judge because that is the person she is but again I needed to voice our feelings on this matter and I feel these judges need to do a litte more research on this disease. It has been several long years she has had to endure this process only to have an outcome that is as sad as this.

julius edwards
Judge: Pamela Houston
2/27/2013 7:53:18 AM

the best judge ever she is fair but strick at the same time god bless her !!!!!!!!

Disability Rep
Judge: Philemina M Jones
2/5/2013 8:03:43 AM

This judge is condescending and cold on agood day. Previous posters are right- be prepared for lots of eye rolling, sighs, and looks of exasperation directed toward both you and your client. She seems to scratch the bottom of the barrell to look for ways that she can deny a claim. It would seem in her eyes that no one is disabled unless they die and reading some of these posts it seems not even that matters to her.

victim of judge rose
Judge: Joseph A Rose
1/19/2013 12:43:18 PM

Judge Rose has allowed testimony to be entered into record in which a doctor had never seen a patient; "split hairs" with an attorney and took his aggravation out on a claiment. This is a sign its time to step down.

Judge: Betty Roberts Barbeito
1/12/2013 11:49:30 AM

The worst ALJ ever! If you are collecting unemployment, you might as well withdraw. She is not nice to client, rep, hearing recorder or any experts. She deffenetly uses her power in an abusive way.

Judge: Betty Roberts Barbeito
12/6/2012 4:22:41 PM

Very thorough but fair

Danielle Joseph
Judge: Pamela Houston
12/4/2012 12:45:51 PM

I had her today and I have to say no matter what she rules she was kind and respectful to me. I will keep fighting and going on. She didn't make me feel like a number today. I appreciated that. I am young so I fear that was a problem especially since reading these notes but in case I know how I feel and I felt like she listen to me and didn't make me feel like I was crazy. (Sonny Joseph typing for her)

Danielle joseph
Judge: Pamela Houston
12/3/2012 2:54:46 PM

I had her today and I have to say no matter what she rules she was kind and respectful to me. I will keep fighting and going on. She didn't make me feel like a number today. I appreciated that. I am young so I fear that was a problem especially since reading these notes but in case I know how I feel and I felt like she listen to me and didn't make me feel like I was crazy.

Judge: Deborah A Arnold
11/29/2012 3:07:31 PM

Very nice lady. Make you feel at ease and asked the simple questions directed at my disease. I saw her today and could not even catch my breath entering the room I was so nervous and upset. She is very understanding, lets just hope she is understanding when my letter comes lol

Jose Lopez
Judge: Philemina M Jones
11/29/2012 9:56:45 AM

Hope you never have this ALJ. Can you believe that she approved our case with a future onset-date? Claimant has been disabled since 2010, and though ALJ approved the case she said that he has not been disabled until after the hearing. This ALJ should be sent home.

It's Going To Be A Bad Day
Judge: Philemina M Jones
11/5/2012 2:44:52 PM

She's nice until the recording starts then her personality changes. Be prepared for lots of sighing and eye rolling as well as shaking her head. If you are lucky enough to not get any of that be prepared for her looking at you like you have three heads. 32% approval will tell you she doesn't believe you and you will be denied. She would be better suited in a job she doesn't hate. That way she wouldn't take her frustrations out on the people who appear in front of her.

Judge: Joseph A Rose
10/30/2012 4:39:49 PM

cute as a button

Judge: Pamela Houston
9/28/2012 9:02:25 PM

thank you MRS. Pamela, for being so well treating veterans with several medical issues, including PTSD, severe back problems, and with all medicines i take everyday, this judge is in orlando?? can you believe she countersaid all i had on my medical evidence? with all due respect MRS. Pamela, try to get another career, because not only me, a medical discharged from the army is going to disagree with your decisions, any one is going to be.

Richard Withers
Judge: Robert D Marcinkowski
9/11/2012 1:18:45 PM

We had a hearing with Judge Marcinkowski today. He is a very competent, knowledgeable and smart judge who knows the law and gets to the point. He understands medical evidence and obviously has a significant amount of experience in SSI matters.

J.S. Moore Group; Inc.
Judge: Chester G Senf
8/3/2012 6:24:46 PM

Over all a good judge. Be prepared to proove your case. Does not use m.e's or v.e's. Get rfc"s from tx sources.

Judge: Joseph A Rose
7/16/2012 6:47:17 PM

Super judge. Fair and competent.

Judge: Mary C Montanus
7/5/2012 5:01:10 PM

The famous Ice T s drinking aunt received Social Security for him after his parents died as a teenager. I had to start working as a disabled teenager since I was 15 trying to get out. I am now a grown single women without children, who does not drink, and does not do drugs. However, I live with three alcoholics. My mother, my father, and my sister. I have been denied and discriminated against by the Social Security Administration since way back in the 2000's for having a comprised immune system of my drinking female physician nearly killing me, debilitating me while still suffering debilitating migraines, cluster headaches and vision and hearing disorders. As soon as my father had a heart condition he was immediately given Social Security. When I was hit by a female drunk driver my Social Security claim was treated like an accident claim. The date isn't even for the date of the accident based on my closed head injury. When I was in with the ALJ Montanus the only question my male Catholic attorney asked was how much I weighed. I was given a partially favorable decision based on the male physicians and it is bad. That means they want my alcoholic family to handle my finances. I am still fighting after all these years and their is no end to the discrimination in my area. I wouldn't even give this one star. All of their "working programs" have also been discriminating against me since the 2000's. I couldn't even get food stamps but now that their is a democratic president in the white house. I can now have food stamps. When I have to renew them. The black children and family service workers still ask me if I am pregnant yet. No I did not receive any money from the white drunk driving female that hit me. She had a black female judge and a black female prosecutor on her side because she is dating a black man with two children.

Judge: Mary C Montanus
6/13/2012 10:40:16 AM

This ALJ makes her decision basically on how she sees the claimant at the hearing, not on what is presented in the medical file. My child who is almost 10 years old suffers from ADHD and is borderline retarded, being retained in 1st Grade for four years in a row. There is sufficient medical information on the medical file, not only from medical experts, but from school as well. She denied the claim because he responded some of her questions at the hearing, not realizing that he made up some of the answers. My attorney and I told ALJ about it, but she still denied the claim. I hope the Appeals Council remands the case.

Judge: Douglas A Walker
6/13/2012 10:24:31 AM

This ALJ is extremely unfair and unrealistic. My daughter suffers from ADHD, almost borderline retarded and still plays with dolls at the age of 19. She will not leave home without her stuffed ponies and acts as an 8 year old. At the hearing she took with her two ponies and did not respond to any of his questions. There was sufficient medical evidence from her psychiatrists and psychologists proving her mental condition, still he denied the claim. The Appeals Council remanded the case, and although my attorney showed new evidence that supports her challenging mental impairment he once again denied the claim. The case has been appealed at the Council once again, and we are waiting for it to revoke this awkward ALJ.

Judge: Philemina M Jones
6/12/2012 7:07:07 PM

Know how to present your evidence to your judge. Enough said.

Judge: Pamela Houston
6/12/2012 7:02:20 PM

As I perused these comments, which gave me a good hearty laugh, I thought I'd do something generous for my bretheren. Let me start by saying that I don't always agree with this judge, but at least I've been smart enough to know how to present a case to her. Let me help you out. Don't expect her to do your work for you. Do not allow your arrogance to over shadow your ability to ask relevant questions. She doesn't care who helps your client with daily activities. And she'll probably tell you that. Focus on what your client does. If your client says they do nothing all day, she won't believe it. She'll believe that they do what everyone else does, but that they struggle. Don't walk in not knowing your evidence. She reviews it ahead of time and is well versed in much of it before you walk in. When you say she's already made up her mind, I don't completely agree with that. I say that because she has an idea of what she'll do because she's reviewed the evidence- she's an evidence judge- all judges do that. But, if you point to the record and show how findings are consistent, she will hear you out. She expects really good evidence, which we don't always have, but I think she's starting to recognize how bad doctor's notes in Florida can be. Be advised she was a med mal trial attorney for many years, so she's got a grip on medical records. If you leave the hearing relying only on your client's testimony and the medical evidence, you've not done your job. The evidence, many times, can be weak. So, start out by being very direct about the evidence. She will appreciate that. Point to evidence that is consistent. Don't expect her to wrap it up in a pretty bow for you. I agree that younger claimants may have a harder time in front of her. She's tough. But, try a different approach. Simple, direct, wrap it up with VALID references to the record. And, ask reasonable hypotheticals that are supported by the medical evidence. Again- tie it to the record. Also, don't tell your client to moan and groan during the hearing. Be honest about drug and alcohol use. I know an attorney in her office who says she is incredibly diligent in what goes into her decisions. I've had smokers before her, and haven't experienced the problems that are on this site, but I think you all need to understand/change how you are presenting your evidence. The reason I submitted this is because I think these comments on here are entirely undeserved. Probably 10% of the statements on here are true, the rest are from mere frustration. Regardless, taking personal shots at this judge's family are down right rude, unprofessional and give our profession a bad name. So, take a deep breath and take my advise above. Focus on the evidence, not a wish. I will clarify that I don't always like her decisions- but I will admit I've had some on the fence cases as well. I've been doing better since I tweaked my presentation. In all honesty, I do NOT mind at all appearing in her courtroom anytime.

Judge: Douglas A Walker
6/8/2012 1:43:16 PM

This man asked my 20 year old autistic client who is still in high school with severe paranoia and OCD what he thinks about UFOs. Really?

Judge: Janet Mahon
6/8/2012 1:42:15 PM

If she feels sorry for your claimant, she'll approve. She's very nice- VERY soft-spoken, hard to hear. She does a lot of eye-rolling, but don't take it personally- I think it's a tic?

Judge: Pamela Houston
6/8/2012 1:41:13 PM

If you smoke and have pulmonary issues, she'll deny you. If you smoke and have cardiac conditions she'll deny you. She once said in a decision (that the claimants read, by the way) that because the claimant attempted suicide, but failed, it couldn't have been as serious as alleged. The reason she appears nice during the hearing is largely because she's not listening to what's being said. She's already made up her mind. She must have been trained by ALJ Jones. And she has a young son... is she raising him to be a miserable person too?

Judge: Philemina M Jones
6/8/2012 1:37:27 PM

Claimant survived lung cancer in 2003- chemo port pierced her heart and she devloped cardiac conditions that led to her filing for disability. UF with ALJ Murray (good riddance), got Jones on remand. After requesting all kinds of records prior to the claimant's onset date, and other things both relevant and not relevant, we got all the records and submitted them. Claimant diagnosed with cancer again. Died. Almost one year after the hearing, the ALJ issued a partially favorable decision- granting benefits the date of her 50th birthday, which was two months before she died. Her son will get ZERO benefits because of this decision. I don't know how this woman lives with herself and can sleep at night.

Judge: Philemina M Jones
6/1/2012 7:19:00 AM


Judge: Mary C Montanus
5/19/2012 3:32:03 PM

I was approved for backpayment but denied for monthly benefits in 2010. I have re-applied for monthly benefits due to new injuries since that decision and have gone before Judge Montanus again as of 01/2012. I find that her decisions are fair and based solely on the facts of the situation, not on emotion. Her assistant works just as hard to make sure that ALL avenues have been pursued before a decision is handed down. I am blessed to have people dedicated to bettering the lives of those who truly are in need working in my corner. I pray that the other judges in this division are as atimate about the welfare of the disabled and the bettering of their lives as Judge Montanus. Thank you & God Bless to her, her staff, and their families.

Judge: Janet Mahon
5/3/2012 10:32:53 AM

Very nice judge. Very personable and soft spoken.

Disability Pro
Judge: Philemina M Jones
5/1/2012 4:34:50 PM

Forgot to rate in my prior post. Overall, tough but fair.

Disability Pro
Judge: Pamela Houston
5/1/2012 1:32:28 PM

Those are fair comments about her stats. Frankly, I have personally been before Judge Houston with very borderline cases. So, I do not endorse the comments of someone else on here who alleged inconsistency in her rulings. I've seen no evidence of that. My specific critique is limited to how I think Social Security Ruling 96-7p should be applied--specifically: all materially relevant testimony should be referenced and discussed in making credibility determinations. Of course, many if not most ALJs give this rule somewhat summary treatment at times. For the record, she is very polite to representatives and clients, and allows representatives to fully state their case. I retract a prior statement I made on this thread which was mainly tongue and cheek, responding to a posting on 3/22 that I found a little too saccharin.

Judge: Pamela Houston
5/1/2012 10:02:42 AM

I have worked with Judge Houston for quite a few years, and have found her work to be some of the best around. She knows the law and knows how to apply it. However, there are a couple of representatives that go to the Orlando office who are terribly sub-par and lack knowledge as to how to present a case. They try to schmooze their way through cases with the judges. It's apparent that the comments above derive from one of these representatives who fails to realize his own shortcomings. Look at her percentages above! She doesn't have as many denials as other judges. It's probably the representative trying to make his quick $6,000. And because she didn't approve his case, he pouted and decided to make derogatory comments about the judge.

Disability Pro
Judge: Philemina M Jones
4/27/2012 6:55:31 AM

Be on guard for the poorly crafted and very confusing questions she poses to Vocational Experts. Because consultative examiners and DDS documents are sacred to her, you must undermine the credibility of those exhibits to stand a chance with Judge Jones. However, if you sufficiently undermine the qualifications of a CE examiner or point to inconsistencies in a state agency consultant's findings, she will listen if you press these issues sufficiently.

Disability Pro
Judge: Pamela Houston
4/27/2012 6:50:39 AM

Thanks for chiming in with you self-assessment, Pamela. Those who have seen your often poorly reasoned denials would quarrel that you are "very fine" or "one of the best in Orlando."

Judge: Michael J Amendola
4/10/2012 12:05:51 PM

Great Judge!

Judge: Pamela Houston
3/22/2012 10:44:49 AM

A very fine judge, one of the best judges in the Orlando office

Judge: Pamela Houston
3/11/2012 10:27:25 AM

Inconsistent in her rulings. She gets remanded by the Appeals Counsel often. A judge you can't trust to rule correctly. If your client is under the age of 50, she will find a way to deny the claim. By far one of the more unfair judges on the bench.