Pamela Houston , Orlando, Florida ODAR Office, Administrative Law Judge

For the 2019 *fiscal year, Judge Pamela Houston has disposed 453 cases at the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Orlando, Florida. Out of those 453 dispostions, 78 were dismissed, 165 were approved and 210 were denied. This means that the percentage of dispositions that Judge Houston has approved in Orlando for the 2019 fiscal year is 36%. The information below for Judge Pamela Houston was last updated on 6/11/2019.

Average statistics
Office*Fiscal YearTotal DispositionsTotal DecisionsTotal DenialsTotal AwardsCases
Orlando 2010 441 388 194 194 12%44%44%
Orlando 2011 643 546 301 245 15%38%47%
Orlando 2012 656 537 217 320 18%49%33%
Orlando 2013 686 573 183 390 16%57%27%
Orlando 2014 635 513 197 316 19%50%31%
Orlando 2015 591 494 254 240 16%41%43%
Orlando 2016 566 455 181 274 20%48%32%
Orlando 2017 563 465 184 281 17%50%33%
Orlando 2018 224 182 89 93 19%42%40%
Orlando 2019 453 375 210 165 17%36%46%
*The United States Government fiscal year is from October 1st - September 30th.
Pamela HoustonNo Stats for FY 2020
All ALJs in Orlando Office 21% 44% 34%
All ALJs in Florida20%44%36%
All ALJs in the Nation20%42%38%
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Judge: Pamela Houston
8/15/2019 10:35:23 AM

She presided over an appeals hearing of mine. The only time she even looked at me was when I was leaving. The rest of the time, she sat smugly behind her computer screen, occasionally shaking her head in apparent "disdain". It was obvious she had already "judged" my case. If you get this woman, I pity you. She shouldn't even be on the bench!

Judge: Pamela Houston
7/11/2019 10:59:37 AM

Unbelievable. Just wanted yes or no answers. My attorney, who by the way never said one word, informed me the night before that she didn't want to hear any stories. So never really got a chance to explain anything . Whenever I tried she just said to me" Is your answer yes or no?" Terribly unfair. So I had an awful attorney and a terrible judge. THis is the most screwed up system I have ever been unfortunate to be a part of.

Judge: Pamela Houston
6/17/2019 2:31:45 PM

Approved for SSI by a Adjudicator.Had hearing with Judge Houston for SSDI she denied me for SSDI which right away when I walked into her courtroom I already knew that she would deny me for SSDI but never thought I would lose my SSI she said I should have never been approved for SSI to begin with said in her decision.Well if Judge Houston would have actually read the same records that the Adjudicator read she would have seen that from 2011 -2018 that I was admitted to the hospital 147 times for my COPD attacks that is why the adjudicator approved my SSI and actually the day that he called to approve me he had to call me at the hospital my daughter gave him the room number and the hospital number and that’s how I was approved from a hospital bed because I had a COPD attack.That is why I was approved for SSI.

Steven Smith
Judge: Pamela Houston
1/26/2018 6:51:23 AM

Awful-same as she was yearsago

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

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

Judge Houston is the best judge in Orlando!

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: 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.

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.

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 !!!!!!!!

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: 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.

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: 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?

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: 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: 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.

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