St Petersburg Fl, Florida ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in St Petersburg Fl, Florida, 13 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in St Petersburg Fl, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 16.0 months. The average case processing time in St Petersburg Fl is 535 days.The St Petersburg Fl average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 45%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the St Petersburg Fl ODAR office was last updated on 6/11/2019.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
St Petersburg Fl 13 16.0 months 535 days 2.2 20% 45% 35%
Florida15.1 months543 days2.220%44%36%
National Average:14.9 months500 days2.120%42%38%
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Judge: Donald G Smith
2/16/2020 9:42:11 PM

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

Judge: Elving L Torres
11/30/2019 3:03:21 PM

Don't let this judges smile and jokes in courtroom make you think you won your case. He will question your crediabilty and your medical records and throw them out. He was also evaluate your appearance and how you sit threw hearing. He will watch you walk put of room and note his finding on how you move in his decision letter. Good luck with this judge, your gonna need it.

Judge: B. T Amos
11/26/2019 8:02:43 PM

I had this judge in 2015. While my lawyer was asking me questions about my disability, Judge Amos would glance my way without staring me down. He was obviously observing my demeanor, proper attire, age, and work history. The vocational expert seemed to agree with my answers. After my lawyer, one of the best in the state, and I left the courtroom, he told me that the judge was impressed. About three weeks later, I was approved.

Judge: Kurt G Ehrman
10/22/2019 12:49:32 PM

I was diagnosed with Septis vasculitis Lupus back in Dec. 2017. I have been taken out of work by my Rheumatologist at that time. I was assigned this Judge for my upcoming hearing this Jan. This decease can kill me if I do not take precautions such as taking the proper medicine. My condition was presented on TV on Dr. G., Medical Examinier, and when I saw what my type of decease can do to me, I can no longer sleep at night. Seeing this Judge thinks he a doctor maybe he will understand my condition better than me and my Rheumatologist and allow to collect disability. We will have to wait and see I guess. Keeping my fingers crossed.

Judge: Kurt G Ehrman
10/20/2019 7:02:35 AM

If Kurt Ehrman is such an expert in the medical industry by denying everyone disability, then I want to see his medical license.

Just Me
Judge: Elving L Torres
10/16/2019 7:31:53 AM

I haven’t had a decision yet. From Judge Torres however I think a lot of these comments are unfair he has a very hard job to do he has to weed out the frauds from the people that are actually disabled I didn’t have a hard time understanding his accent he had very kind eyes he seemed very sweet and extremely professional I had a God awful attorney and judge Torres took the first 45 minutes to Reprimand my attorney and he also cut my Hearing short because of the time it took to call out my attorney Of course I’m going to be extremely disappointed if I’m not awarded Social Security...But I don’t believe it will be the judges fault I will believe that it will be my attorney’s fault for not doing his job correctly we live in a society where there are a lot of Frauds out there and unfortunately the judges have to decipher fact from fiction If I am not approved then I will just appeal and start the process over again I know it’s hard and I know it’s unfair to a lot of people however it is the way it is and that is to keep the frauds at Bay....You have my vote judge to ask whether I’m approved or not

Judge: Lloyd E Hubler III
9/25/2019 7:00:32 PM

Judge hubbler listened to me and was sincere and kind , a rare item in the odar judges a very nice man.

Girl with no face
Judge: Elving L Torres
9/23/2019 11:26:51 PM

Still waiting for an appeal of this Judge. 6 months for them to open my case, just waiting for an answer if I get approved, denied or see the Judge. So much was missed.

Judge: Kurt G Ehrman
9/19/2019 6:59:50 AM

I refuse to call this man a judge. He should not even be allowed to judge a dog show! He was very biased, he had no compassion and before I could sit down he was already saying my case was unfavorable... I have learned that he says that prior too all hearings he wants to denied while microphone and recordings are off. I did not he was such an expert in medicine. WOW! He knows more than doctors. I have had multiple hip, shoulder and back surgeries and I can barely function. yet he denied me benefits!

Judge: Joseph F Dent
8/23/2019 2:49:46 PM

Is this the same Judge that was arrested for shoplifting and choke and puke, who denied me my disabilty. I was honest, medical records proved it but they let him deny me

Donna Khoury
Judge: John D McNamee-Alemany
6/13/2019 9:02:26 PM

It was obvious how knowledgeable he is. I found him to be very approachable and down-to-earth yet extremely professional . You can tell he pays attention to the facts of the case. His staff was exceptional. I hope others are lucky enough to get him as their judge for because they can be reassured they will be given a very fair and honorable judgment.

No one
Judge: Elving L Torres
5/6/2019 2:30:27 AM

The judge missed so much medical on my application, 3 years of X-rays, medical appointments, blood work, medications & doctors backing disability. Lawyer wasn’t much help, now I have to appeal in Virginia. Another 15 months. I think they want you to give up or die.

US.Marine vet.
Judge: Anne V Sprague
3/15/2019 4:42:51 AM

I am a combat US.Marine and I have spinal core issues and I was denied by Judge Sprague. I am 51 years old and confined to a bed most of the time .Shame on her and so much for our judges helping US vets. After looking at this site and seeing her financial record it looks like she gets a raise in salary every year. But can approve a vet for a lousey 1000.00 dollars a month so I'm not homeless.Thanks a lot USA.

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

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

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

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

Judge: Arline Colon
12/4/2018 5:54:41 AM

Responsible for making life changing decisions for others but these are the decisions she makes in her own life?

Anthony Jackson
Judge: Lloyd E Hubler III
11/23/2018 9:46:17 PM

I think it sad to go through so much to prove your disable when you work 34 years of your life two jobs combined over 21years making over 40 grand a year to settle for disability and get denied oh by the way I'm 49years old delever furniture back back and knees had surgery on one need on other first surgery is still bad so I'm not having the other surgery two herniated disc and sciatic nerve

Anthony Jackson
Judge: Lloyd E Hubler III
11/20/2018 6:19:20 PM

Judge Hubler was nice and he seems to be a fare judge seems concerned about your situation which is rare

Barbara A Smith
Judge: Anne V Sprague
10/20/2018 10:52:17 PM

I have a court date with her on 10/22/2018. I am so scared after reading her reviews!!!! The first Judge I had was a known denying judge, that was Judge Dent! I have multiple health issues and am 57 years old. I have been praying and praying for her to understand my words and approve me. I don't think mentally that I could go through another 2 years of this as it has already been 5 years now! The Doctor they sent me to was not a heart or mental Doctor so why I was sent there I do not know. I have Coronary Artery Disease, Conjestive Heart Failure, Type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure, Hypertension and I am Bipolar! I have Anxiety and Depression to the point that it takes everything I have to do chores or just get out of bed. Thank God for my Son who lives with me and he does it all for me, bless his heart. I do not look disabled like most people but ALL MY DOCTORS HAVE SAID I AM!!!!!I hope she reads and I mean really reads all my records so she knows. I did desk jobs most of my life, but with that desk comes a phone and a computer THAT CAUSE STRESS!!! Stress is the number one killer for Heart Patients. I get Angina at least once a week which means I am down in bed for 2 days which means more work missed. I have been fired from every job I have had hear in Florida due to Hospital stays, surgeries, doctor appointments and so on. PLEASE Judge Sprague I hope you read this and approve me! I cry everyday for no apparent reason, I am in my jammies 24/7 as I just don't have the energy to get dressed anymore and being out in Society ONLY MAKES IT WORSE! People are just too ****** and upset me to the point of no return!!! So my Son goes out for me so I don't have to deal with it and make my heart worse from the stress of being pissed off by ****** people!!!! My Surgeon who did my Triple Bypass in Sept. of 2016 gave me 10 to 15 years with some interventions. I don't have a lot of time left so please help me Judge Sprague! Thank you

James Smith
Judge: Joseph F Dent
10/4/2018 4:47:28 PM

The First thing This Judge Dent said is I'm A Veteran Too I receive 80 % His opening statement told me is Get Denied. VA. Total permanent. I was Awarded I am Recomending Judge Dent be removed. Possibly In These Near Perfect People. There Heads Get too. Swelled. I Have No respect for this Judge.

Bruce Manton
Judge: Norman R Zamboni
9/20/2018 7:30:41 AM

I met with Judge Zamboni, A very intelligent, kind, and sincere person. Whatever decision Judge Zamboni levels, I will accept as Gospel. The legislative branch needs more honorable people with the character, Like Judge Zamboni.

jeff siemietkowski
Judge: Norman R Zamboni
9/13/2018 8:46:22 AM

I was very happy with Judge Zamboni. He really puts you at ease making the process very simple. He seems fair an thorough and I will respect his decision ether way. We need more judges with his peaceful demeanor in the judicial system.

Judge: Arline Colon
9/5/2018 9:26:41 AM

a bit of comeuppance

Judge: Steven D Slahta
8/8/2018 7:38:13 AM

I am still floored that judge Slahta denied my SSDI claim over 6 months ago, first of all if you re reading this I assume you filled for SSDI and doing research if there is three things i could pass on to you it would be 1. most ppl on the internet say if it takes a long time after your hearing to hear about your judge ruled on you, you most likely won that was not my case it took almost 6 months to learn that the judge turned me down 2, my lawyer my cardiologist and my primary care doctor all said i would have no problem getting put on disabilty, now my lawyer said nothing is guaranteed but i was almost for sure going to win my case as she put it you never know how the judge will rule but i had a really strong case and should win no problem, so just because ppl that should know what they are talking about say something in your favor the only opinion is what the judge thinks if the judge is having a bad day you will lose your case! 3, they always give you a chance to talk during your hearing towards the end of it take advantage of that i feel like i didnt take full advantage of that time. and a 4th thing I was sent to a SSDI doctor and when I got there they said I didnt have an appointment so I had to call someone at SSDI to give me an appointment luckly I had the appointment letter with me so the doctors ppl said they would try to work me in after about 2 hours after my appointment time i was seen by the doctor for all of three minutes half of which the doctor complainded about her pay she got from SSDI appointments in the the letter from the judge he talked on and on about how my 3 minute appointment the doctor did not find cause for me to be put on SSDI the judge never once in his final report mentioned my Cardiologist of over a year or my primary care doctor who i had seen at that point for over 10 years both wrote letters of support to get on SSDI so long story short SSDI doctors are jokes. Im a gulf war veteran and I feel completely abandoned and betrayed by my country and mostly by this judge Slahta

Kori W
Judge: Elving L Torres
7/12/2018 7:10:46 PM

Mr. Torres was the ALJ judge for my disability hearing on March 14, 2018. In the courtroom I was represented by an attorney, myself, the court reporter, and a vocational expert. I began my disability hearing outlining the facts of my disability. Judge Torres listened as I stated my claim, asked questions that were relevant to my disability and deferred questions to the vocational expert. In my opinion, Judge Torres is fair, upholds the laws of social security disability, and listens to the defendants. I see no reason that his decisions are not based on facts and if there is proof of disability then he decides accordingly. I did not find his accent thick at all as a previous poster stated.

Judge: Norman R Zamboni
7/4/2018 10:26:23 PM

Had my hearing with judge zamboni last week felt very at ease with him he asked a lot of questions about my problems and told him the truth lawyer said I should be good that the hearing went great should know a answer in a month or two. Hopefully it a good answer but as far as a judge he seemed fair and reasonable.

Judge: Anne V Sprague
4/26/2018 7:33:39 AM

If I could give a rating of Less than 0, I would. With significant evidence from many doctors, she felt not one was significant enough to warrant approval. You can work all your life with illnesses (physical and mental) till you get to a point you can no longer tolerate the pain, and she will deny you because you are under 60. She said everything is under control or being managed significantly enough I can at least answer a telephone. She doesn't recognize PTSD as a disability regardless of cause. (PTSD grew more severe as time progressed and I'm getting counselling and have for years.)

Military Wife
Judge: Arline Colon
4/12/2018 5:41:13 AM

She's very biased against Military Veterans! She needs to be investigated, what a horrible human being. Her life must be so awful that she takes it out on everyone around her, especially Veterans who fight for her freedoms. I pray for her!

Judge: Steven D Slahta
3/12/2018 2:10:47 AM

This judge has caused me many of sleepless nights like tonight he denied my case even though I had a recommendation from a cardiologist and a primary care provider to go on ssdi I'm an Iraq war veteran and I basically have gulf war syndrome I have seizure like activity that comes on with no warning that is the biggest problem I have the doctor took away my drivers license I'm probably going to end up losing my home cause he denied me, he was nice at the hearing but in the end he denied me I got a vib he just don't like veterans hope you have better luck with him

Judge: Anne V Sprague
3/6/2018 6:36:35 PM

I agree with all these comments, I too am a young person who was denied. In her statement of my denial, she said she gave more weight in her decision to my high school counselor who only saw me 3 times, than the psychiatrist that I have been seeing regularly for over 6 years. She also cares more about the opinions of the government appointed doctors who analyze you for 15 minutes than the doctors who have actually been treating you for years and who actually know your condition.

Judge: Kurt G Ehrman
2/14/2018 4:11:23 PM

He was very biased, he had no compassion and before I could sit down he was already saying my case was unfavorable.

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

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

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

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

Judge: Arline Colon
1/4/2018 7:47:18 PM

Judge Colon was fair and impartial to my wife’s disability case. Talking with many attorneys who appear in front of Judge Colon, she is fair but not one to approve unless the facts meet the criteria....if you do not quantitatively meet criteria listed in the blue book and/or can not prove that you do she will likely not approve you. We just got a fully favorable decision after a 2.5 year battle with SSD, my wife has a rare auto-immune condition and subsequently developed metastatic cancer. Judge Colon approved us in under 60 days which is more than fair and showed compassion. I think many of the Colon haters who write could not really prove their cases in a way SSD requires, so do this if you apply: 1. Study the blue book. 2. Get a good SSD attorney, it’s a max of $6,000 in FL + attorney expenses and worth every penny 100x over. 3. Have good quantitative medical evidence that aligns with the blue book requirements. 4. You need to manage your attorneys, doctors, and getting information to the judge. We were very actively involved in managing this process, relying on no one but ourselves to get not expert tasks done. Have these things and you will get a fair chance to get approved. We want to thank Judge Colon, she did right by us as we need the SSD to save my wife’s life. Thank you Judge Colon.

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Judge: Kurt G Ehrman
12/17/2017 11:21:34 AM

Judge Ehrman has not ruled on my case yet. However. Honestly regardless of his decision. I owe him to say thank you for making it an easy experience at the hearing. I was extremely nervous. Scared even. However as soon as he greeted me with respect and started to explain the process in a pleasant way I was much calmer. Judge Ehrman stayed very calm. Patient respectful and very kind through out the hearing. Thank you very much.

Linda A
Judge: Kurt G Ehrman
12/17/2017 11:13:02 AM

Judge Ehrman has not made a decision yet on my case. However regardless of his decision. I have to say he was such a professional, pleasant, clear,understanding. And just a very nice person through out the trial. I was extremely nervous and kind of scared but as soon as he greeted me and started to explain the process in a very calling way. O felt much better. Very patient and great person. I owe him to say thank you for making it an easy experience.

Susan Donaldson
Judge: Norman R Zamboni
12/11/2017 10:21:51 AM

I have been on disability since 2009. It ended in 2010(-11). I was told I could reapply which I did. I requested a hearing before the Judge but was unable to attend in person. My disability was stopped again in 2013. I applied and asked for a reconsideration and to keep my benefits while waiting for a new hearing which was granted. My benefits were stopped again in April of 2016. I was told I could reapply, but also told that if I did, the information in the old file could be used with my new case. This went on for well over a year. I know how I feel and because people can not see my multiple illnesses, it is not real to them. The 2nd partial hearing I had with Judge Zamboni earlier this year had to be stopped so I could get legal representation. I contacted several lawyers none of which would take my case, because of this a continuation of benefits case, and not an initial filing. I received a letter from my attorney stating he was withdrawing as my lawyer. Now I am back to square one. My anxiety and panic attacks are real. The depression is real my all over body pain on a daily basis is real my CHF is real. I said all that to say this, it's not Judge Zamboni's fault that I have chronic illnesses, however with the number of medications makes doing other tasks difficult. I have a teleconference with the Judge on February 8, 2018, to decide my case. He has always been respectful to me and courteous. No matter the outcome, I have to respect his decision.

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

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

Judge: McArthur Allen
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: Norman R Zamboni
7/24/2017 8:13:34 AM

We need more judges like this. Even if it is not favorable for the applicant, he is fair and explains the process and his position.

Joseph F
Judge: Elving L Torres
6/14/2017 6:04:09 AM

All I can say if you tell the truth you will have no problem. I remembered everything I answered on the paper when I filed for S.S everything was the same to many people don't want to work I wish I could work and I pray that someday I might be able to go back to work. He has a job to do .

Judge: Anne V Sprague
3/18/2017 7:03:33 PM

I found her to be a very kind and pleasant judge. Keep in mind, most people complaining about her were not approved, so perhaps they are biased. This was my second hearing, and trust me, the judge I had prior to her was a mean, mean, mean man! I left my hearing crying, so to me, she was like a breath of fresh air compared to him. Good luck to all. I know we are all in the same situation, waiting for years to be approved. Keep praying!

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: Elving L Torres
2/3/2017 1:36:33 PM

Judge seemed very friendly during my husband's hearing. His case was denied because this judge did not feel that my husband's mental issues met the criteria. How do you judge someone by asking them simple yes or no questions in 30 minutes. Can you look at someone's face and tell if they are having a panic attack , anxiety attack or are depressed to the point where they are having suicidal thoughts ? Mental illness has no face...but he felt qualified to judge with no medical degree. These judges should have to spend a FULL day with each individual before deciding on their case.

L. Espinosa
Judge: Richard P Gartner
12/22/2016 8:51:28 AM

Judge Richard P. Gartner presided on 12-19-16 @ 11:am during my Disability Hearing via Video Teleconference. I, with God as my lawyer, was in the Miami, Florida (I have been a Miami resident for 57 years) ODAR office and the Judge was in St. Petersburg, Florida. My wait time for this hearing started on October 31st, 2014 until my receipt of the Notice of Hearing on November 21st, 2016 (2 years and 21 days plus the one year before the hearing starting on October 21st, 2013 when I applied). An excruciating, stress-filled three year period of my now 60 year old life, which I cannot wish on my worst enemy. The honorable Judge Gartner is truly HONORABLE in the full extension and meaning of the word. He and his staff ( Roxana, and the others I spoke with were Diana, Tania and Chad) are considerate, respectful and thoughtfully attentive. He asked many specific questions and explained many proceedings, rights and laws in detail. In addition, I had the extraordinary good fortune of having the presence of Ms. Cynthia Stephens (appointed by ODAR), from Professional Evaluations Plus, who gave her professional opinion as to my disabilities when asked by Judge Gartner. I am grateful to all mentioned. May good health, laughter and sincerity be theirs always! It is a very real pity that the exact OPPOSITE of my compliments and experience with the St. Petersburg, ODAR is true of the Miami Fl. ODAR receptionist, Duroy, and a man named, Claudio De Leon x 28315 listed as the Miami, Fl. ODAR contact for any questions on the SSA website regarding any questions about the upcoming court hearing. De Leon, answered as if angry that his slumber had been disturbed. He hung up on me after asking where I got his extension; I called him back and his excuse for being rude was that he was the Miami ODAR Operations System Administrator!!! He is an employee of SSA and he was listed as the contact by SSA on their website. SSA is HIS employer. There are no words other than just awful, but a MUST mention as part of my overall experience. I hope this helps others as to what to expect and have the good luck of having Judge Gartner preside at their hearing.

Judge: Scott T Miller
11/8/2016 8:03:04 AM

Judge Miller was kind and patient with me and very thorough with my case. He was honest and upfront. He carefully went through my case condition by condition, I waited a long time for someone to finally listen to me and take my issues seriously. I cannot thank this man enough!

Judge: Elving L Torres
8/2/2016 2:46:48 AM

A recent study showed that nationwide, 34% of Imaging reports have different Findings versus Impressions. The impressions will leave out parts of the more descriptive findings. Judge Torres must not know this, or maybe he does? He only read and referenced the Impressions in all of my MRIs and x-rays. He assumed I was working when there was income shown on my tax refund, when I had not worked. He deliberately misconstrued a form my doctor had completed (that incidentally the Department of Education understood and thus approved my disability, discharging my student loan debt); stated it contradicted my doctor's RFC and then that gave Torres justification to give NO weight to my treating doctor's opinion! You would think a judge would ask for clarification from the physician, my attorney or me-but no, I did not know any of this until I read his decision-he had decided before I even walked into his courtroom. So be prepared for this judge-have your attorney point out in his pre hearing brief items on your imaging report findings. Explain any discrepancies, etc in your medical records. Although my attorney claimed to know this judge and "gone up against him" many times, evidently my lawyer was not prepared. Now I head to the Appeals Council, alone or with a different attorney, but what a waste of time! Looking at the other reviews-you either love him (if you are one of the 28% he approves) or hate him. But he did not do his job, he was not thorough...maybe the other commentators had better attorneys?

Judge: Arline Colon
7/30/2016 8:07:31 PM

I have spent the whole weekend crying.... Of course I was denied, my judge was Colon. I don't know what to do, it's disgusting to know there are so many out there claiming and abusing the system Totally disregarded my Drs info and gave heavy weight to the state dr I saw for all of 10 minutes, furthermore she threw in some total bs for good measure. Can someone explain how the woman still has a job and why with so many complaints she is not being investigated? She needs to be disbarred.

Judge: Anne V Sprague
6/8/2016 12:53:06 PM

if you are a young person you will most likely lose with this alj. even on proven severe pain cases she denies.

Matthew D, Burgett
Judge: Joseph F Dent
6/3/2016 8:44:43 PM

Judge Deat, Yes i am a Christian. Yes i do have a Good mind. The info that you Gave me will be used to prove my point with the Va and gives me The Truth of what they have done to me over the last 9+ years. If you knew what i went thru to just get the meds. They refuse to grant me that alone. There lies with what i wanted show them Prof of what is going on. You need to look up ptsd with Dystonia. I would show you 90% of what i brought to the table was totally right. Now this gives me what i need To know for myself and to push on. It is not right for Good men to have to do to get understood. I Thank you. I got exactly what i needed. That alone shows he pick a good man to be a judge.

Judge: Norman R Zamboni
5/11/2016 8:38:45 AM

I had a client before Judge Zamboni yesterday. As far as judges go, Judge Zamboni is in the top-tier of the type of judges we should have in Social Security disability matters. He was kind, respectful, and thorough. My client felt heard and that is the best we can ask.

Judge: Anne V Sprague
3/23/2016 12:15:53 PM

watch out. behind her smile a massive force of cruelty lurks. very hard on young people regardless of the evidence. places more weight on government dr than treating dr.

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!!!

Ms. Dugger
Judge: Elving L Torres
2/5/2016 7:50:17 AM

Judge: Elving L Torres/Fully Favorable No Amends I went in front of Judge Torres and gave my full testimony after waiting 3 years to present my case. I was overwhelmed with my conditions, financial stress, and deep depression from losing my job. I was represented by a very astute lawyer who arranged for all the pertinent information to be mentioned and covered during my day in court. Mr. William Hemmer represented me. Judge Torres listened to my testimony and I felt like I was the first client he ever had. He never seemed to be tainted or opinionated towards my condition. I felt heard and understood. I am pleased to say after waiting 3 more months I received a Fully Favorable decision from Judge Torres. There were not any amends to my case so let it be on the record he does give Fully Favorable decisions. Thank You Judge Torres for overseeing my dilemma and helping me find some "Liberty and Justice For All". Don't let his poker face fool you he is a kind and honest Judge. Thank You so much for helping me to get on with the second half of my life.

Nancy l.welch- pierce
Judge: Elving L Torres
2/1/2016 11:25:02 AM

I would like to express my thanks to Judge Torres, he was a very understanding judge and I could not as for someone more understanding of my situation. I was awarded my disability, I kept my representives informed and everything went smooth, I did read the reviews and went in scared but with a positive attitude. You have to put your trust in your doctors and that if you present things truthfully and be patient everything will work out, I am thankful for each day.

Judge: Elving L Torres
8/12/2015 7:55:11 AM

He manipulated my son. Had him sign something before the hearing started, and wouldn't let me see it. When I asked my son what he signed, he replied "my name". I asked what the paper said, and he just shrugged. he had no idea. Judge Torres asked my son if he went to regular school or special ed. My son replied "regular school". Judge Torres asked how many kids were in his class? And my son counted on his fingers, whispered his classmates names, and replied "8". Judge Torres said that that sounded like special ed to him. and my son replied "that's right!" My son was 21 years old at the time. Judge Torres wrote a scathing denial letter. He stated that I manipulated my son's pediatrician that he had for 17 years to say what I wanted him to say. He gave 'very little weight' to the school system, ESE teachers and specialists. I tried to speak up, and when I did, Judge Torres stated "let the record show that "I" had interrupted the proceedings". I tried to explain how my son needed constant supervision and had impaired safety awareness. It didn't matter at all. Judge Torres's voc rehab rep in court stated my son could work heavy construction. Well, since the hearing, the state of florida vocational rehab has dismissed my son from their program, stating that he requires too much direct supervision to be employable. and voc rehab suggested my son pursue SS and services from the Agency for Person's with disabilities. go figure. and he was approved immediately for APD and medicaid. THis judge needs to go. He is horrible. ANy lawyer I spoke to rolled their eyes when I told them his name. I was just diagnosed with cancer. My son has NOTHING if something happens to me. He can't work. He has no money. No means to thrive. What is he supposed to do? I have to sign this annonymous, as we may be referred back to this horrible man on appeal.

Judge: Arline Colon
8/7/2015 9:20:20 PM

Judge colon was not cold at all I felt very at ease in her court room my Attorney presented the facts and Judge agreed thank you Judge colon for being fair

Judge: Joseph F Dent
8/5/2015 12:32:14 PM

He was very kind to me, after being denied twice in the past, and he approved me with very few questions at the hearing. He is a fair judge and a good person. I do think he wants to help people and shows compassion. He had really read my records, was knowledgable about my situation and had a few questions about things. He's smarter than the other two judges I saw. Do Not Lie To Him. My lawyer advised me be as honest as I could possibly be even if it makes me look bad as being lied to or omitting things is his thing that really pisses him off. He does ask provoking questions that you may not like answering, but answer them honestly anyway. I did and I was approved, and my answers were a little embarrassing. We don't apply for disability because we're well. Good luck!

Tiara D.
Judge: Richard P Gartner
7/28/2015 7:49:10 AM

My lawyer told me that Judge Gartner was a new judge so our attention was on high and we were hoping for the best but prepared for the worst. I'm in the hospital now as we speak and was unable to attend my hearing due to hospitalization and some haunting health impairments. I was able to get a letter from doctor by the skin of my teeth so that Judge Gartner wouldnt dismiss my case due to me being unable to physically appear. We sat by the phone waiting to see if he was going to postpone or dismiss. Surprisingly he approved my case without even speaking or seeing me. I was floored and excited!! My lawyer and I were amazed because I was told that something like this was rare and highly unlikely. I want to thank him for looking and observerving the evidence and realizing that I am in a position of health decline. I am honored to to be the first person from what I see to write a honorable report on Judge Gartner. This will be a huge burden taken off of my family and myself. I now can pay for my own medications and can pay out my tab at a few of my health appointment locations. I've read only a few reviews and I must say I believe I was assigned to the most favorable guy in the building!! Thank you Judge Gartner for everything and it would have been my honor and a pleasure if I was able to meet you in person.

Joseph S Catalano
Judge: Scott T Miller
7/18/2015 12:15:49 AM

Well I must say on July 2nd, 2015 I felt very comfortable appearing before Judge Miller, he was very good at what he does and I feel that he will see all the facts in my case were the truth and we'll do the right thing for my case. He was very good at explaining all the details so I can understand him. Thank you Judge Miller.

Judge: Arline Colon
7/17/2015 6:19:40 AM

I had this same judge. I thought it unusual she would ask through which employer I collected unemployment, what I like to read, why I cancelled my appointments with Vocational Rehabilitation and who scheduled my mental health appointments. Those questions, in my opinion, had nothing to do with my disabilities...maybe she rationalized if I was able to do those things, I could work. There's a huge difference between being able to function at home and in the outside world. I don't work well with others. Haven't received my decision yet but was told by my attorney it could take up to 6 months to receive, which is due to the slow processing of the staff, not the judge. So, I just have to wait it the time I receive a decision, I will be homeless. And, BTW...who cares if the Judges see the posts on this website?

Judge: Joseph F Dent
7/16/2015 12:33:56 PM

I was moved by his compassion and caring comments. He's a wonderful human!!

Judge: Joseph F Dent
7/11/2015 8:13:53 PM

Judge Dent is firm but very fair. I was very happy to amend my onset date and very thankful with a partially favorable decision. God Bless you Judge Dent.

sean fried
Judge: B. T Amos
6/13/2015 6:02:13 AM

i had him in may 2014 took 15 minutes he said i won that day if you have a good work history thats a plus hes the best out there very fair

Judge: Arline Colon
5/4/2015 1:43:21 PM

This judge is the worst. She has the heart of a sociopath. But she writes stone clad decisions even if she's making up her own facts.

Judge: Joseph F Dent
4/3/2015 1:06:58 PM

My daughter's disability benefits has been stopped,thanks to Judge Dent. I am on disability,and, cannot support myself and my daughter. She was also denied Medicaid.This Judge Dent has ruined many people's lives,from what I have been told. We will fight this to the end.

Elva Bias
Judge: Donald E Garrison
3/4/2015 8:34:25 AM

Dear Judge Garrison, I need your help. I have been waiting for three and a half years to have a hearing. My atty Spencer Barnes in Jackson,Tn had spoke with you about my case about six months ago and I got a letter to approve a hearing by your office but still nothing has happened. PLEASE I AM BEGGING FOR HELP. I can't get any help from anyone. If you could just look into my case and help in some way I would be so grateful. Thank You for your help.

Judge: Arline Colon
1/22/2015 1:21:45 AM

We were very unhappy with Judge Colon. Besides waiting 6 1/2 months after the hearing for a decision, that was nothing. We were told afterward by my husbands attorney that she only goes for mentally ill claimants. My husband has been sick for a long time but did not apply for SSD right away because he was trying to get better but only got much worse. He has severe depression and anxiety, neck and back injuries, neuropthy throughout his body, vision problems, can't stand or sit for long without a lot of pain and very bad swelling in his feet and ankles up his legs with his legs getting bright red, early stage 4 kidney disease, heart disease, chronic kidney stones, passes out for unknown reasons and trouble breathing, he has oxygen. He was denied, even after the VE said he could not perform any of the job duties and would be fired. He said this on every job that was brought up. He has like 5 different specialists that he sees aside from his primary doctor. I am to the point that I don't know how sick someone has to be to get approved. She is being discriminating against the people that are not mentally ill. For the one person that is for her, yes people would be happy if they won, but there are plenty of people out there including my husband that are truly sick & would love to work and can't due to his illnesses. He has the documentation of everything and all his doctors don't understand why he has not been approved. That he should absolutely be on it. Something needs to be done about Judge's doing this to people.

Judge: Elving L Torres
12/17/2014 6:27:29 AM

He is a sorry excuse as a judge. Look at the article about him using an old woman's handicap sticker when he is fine. He doesn't care about any of our well beings. I have a disabling non curable disease and he denies me. Makes a lot of sense to me. I hope he is fired for being a scumbag.

Judge: Phylis M Pierce
11/12/2014 11:43:50 AM

I agree with the 1/12/2012 post, except she may have gotten worse in her older age in Richmond. Ugh.

Judge: B. T Amos
11/10/2014 8:10:47 AM

Went before this judge several weeks ago. He seemed caring, and fair. He only asked me a couple of questions but I felt he believed me and that's what was important to me. We are waiting for his 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 T Miller
9/29/2014 11:16:55 PM

I have found Judge Miller to be fair and kind to claimants. He takes time to ask questions, often takes notes about your case, and provides numerous examples/questions in an attempt to understand the claimant's condition. I am always thankful to have a case before him.

Judge: Joseph F Dent
9/29/2014 11:14:13 PM

I have found this judge to be extremely arrogant and dismissive of claimants. He once told a homeless client that "at least he has a tan." He also found that a schizophrenic client was able to socialize/maintain social functioning by going to church... a church he regularly attended because he thought he was Jesus. Your case could go either way- judge will often ignore numerous documents confirming disability by claiming he didn't find the claimant credible.

Judge: Arline Colon
9/29/2014 11:10:04 PM

This judge is often cold, and disconnected from the claimants. She will interrupt you, she will cut you off, she will ask about miniscule things in your clients' records and use them against you in your denial. She has misapplied the law/facts in several of my cases, and has been appealed.

Beside Myself... NOT FAIR
Judge: Arline Colon
9/9/2014 6:39:43 PM

I was turned down as well. I have told this story so many times it makes me want to vomit. I would like to know how to contact the persons on this site. I feel for all of you as well as myself. I was represented by an attorney and they dropped me after she turned me down. I appealed myself to the council in Falls Church, VA on 7/11/14. I still have not heard from them. Yes, Feeling Forsaken, she did the same thing to me as well. The vocational expert said I was not able to perform my past work and she managed to find some loop hole... there isn't one. She is the most feared Judge in the area. If anyone wants to contact me feel free... I am beside myself! We need to do something!

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: Arline Colon
8/3/2014 12:20:37 PM

I thought the coldness I felt during my hearing was just me, overreacting! I had notes from Doctors stating Iam disabled, I have multiple conditions i will have for the rest of my life. I was given an unfavorable decision and it hurt! Judge Colons notes even stated just because someone seems sincere, wow so I am faking 4 years of pain and mental issues. The biggest problem I have with this is how can a Judge override what a Doctor or ARNP has written and say it isn't so! Who has hurt this woman? I sat there and just shook my head, even as she sighed and rolled her eyes I kept my cool. I am so disheartened in this system, I have lost faith in this process. I have always treated others with respect and kindness and worked my butt off, now I cant get the help I deserve? Please pray for me and my family as I appeal this decision again. The twisting of the medical records and ignoring recent records and advice of Physicians is just unbelievable. How has she gotten away with this for so long? RED FLAGS ALL OVER THE PLACE!Feeling down and out!!!!! SUCKS!!!

Judge: Arline Colon
7/18/2014 8:26:59 AM

No judge is above the law. Based on everything I have read, researched and personally experienced concerning Arlene Colon, it is very concerning that she is demonstrating a bias toward SSD applicants. The link I have copied and pasted below will provide everyone with the information they need on how to handle any Bias or misconduct they have undergone by this judge. The Division of Quality Services in Falls Church Virginia has the authortiy to investigate and take the necessary action concerning bias or misconduct by any Administrative Law Judge. We have all seen what one person can do with the recent events that surrounded the mistreatement of our Veterans by the VA and it is becoming obvious that the SSA and many Adimistrative law Judges are refusing to abide by the guidlines that the judges are bound to adhere to when making a decision. Judge Colon's approval rating of 21% is nearly 30% below those of her fellow judges at the St. Pete ALJ and 23% below the national average. This in itself is a cause for concern. Statistics do not lie and we can clearly see that based on these statistics along with the voluminous testimonies concerning Judge Colon, it is now time that we become pro-active and take a stand. Many people are afraid to report the actions of a judge or believe that there is no overseeing authority. The link below will show all of you that this is not the case. Let us also not forget the power of the media and what it did for our hero veterans who also suffered injustices which regrettably resulted in several of our heroes dying.

Judge: B. T Amos
7/8/2014 10:05:02 AM

This judge runs a great hearing with no nonsense, though he cherry picks to the extreme in his decisions. He's not the worst judge you can get in St Pete, but you could definitely do better.

Judge: Patricia Lobo
6/21/2014 3:10:39 PM

Dear 6/10/2014 - Waiting for a Hearing and inquiring about ALJ Lobo. You are not going to have your case heard by ALJ Lobo as she has retired. She was wonderful to appear before and she was very "pro-claimant." Keep in mind that the main thing any of the other ALJs will base their decision upon is the medical treatment evidence you have received for your condition and how you have responded to this. Your testimony is considered to the point that it coincides with your treatment records.

Judge: Patricia Lobo
6/10/2014 9:17:00 PM

I am waiting on a hearing date, which should be coming up very soon and I am really hoping to get this judge. I have been told that she is down to earth and very easy to talk to and that is what I need. I suffer from panic attacks, anxiety, depression, bi-polar,personality disorder, mood disorder, a tumor in my neck, and several other problems and am not sure that I am going to make it through my hearing without breaking down or snapping on someone. I very nervous about the situation and I have worked my whole life since I was 12 until two years ago. Can anyone let me know if I am hearing the right things about this particular judge please? Thank you

Debbie Thompson
Judge: Elving L Torres
6/7/2014 11:53:35 AM

St. Petersburg Times (now known as the Tampa Bay Times) article from January 26, 2007 - "Handicapped Parking Space Filled by Judge" - I didn't find out about this article until after the staged hearing I had, in 2011, in front of him. The hearing was staged, like the one three years before, with ALJ McDonnell. I know that my so called attorney was in cahoots with this judge, as well. She intentionally threw the case, and a few other things, like making my witnesses wait in the lobby. I was not allowed witnesses. She had me sign something, right before going into the hearing, don't even know what it was, but, whatever it was, it was used against me. This judge also ignored my documentation from a well seasoned infectious disease doctor, and used the Social Security doctors from the previous hearing, (this was supposed to be a fresh new hearing, according to the so called attorney...another lie), who saw me for five minutes, and who are paid to say no. He sent me a scathing 14 page denial letter, using the "not credible" fairytale. Judge Torres was parking in handicapped spots, with a placard that belonged to an 86 year old woman from Bradenton. I consider him to be not credible, and according to Social Security, I also have no recourse against this judge, either. YOU, Judge Torres, are not credible!!!!!!! (Notice I didn't need to use 14 pieces of paper to tell YOU that!) I will not rate this judge, other than to say, "Why is he still on the bench??"

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: Arline Colon
5/13/2014 3:03:37 PM

After 15 minutes, recused herself. After reading the above negative comments, perhaps I am lucky. She did seem very cold, interrupted me often and robot-like.

james tou
Judge: Elving L Torres
5/12/2014 3:17:20 PM

this judge is unfair unable to speak english without that god awful accent looking like slugworth and sounding just like him on willie wokna and the choclate factory this guy got no life so he will try to end yours its how i feel

starting over cause of idiot judge
Judge: Anne V Sprague
4/23/2014 1:14:52 PM

She is a terrible judge. I had 5 doctors saying I couldn't work. She completely didn't pay any mind to what they had to say because of my age. She called my foot doctor an idiot. I am a diabetic with scoliosis and I have aspergers syndrome which is a form of autism. If you are under 50, Pray like **** you don't get her. My lawyer told me if I had had any other judge we would have won. If you get her and you're under 50. be sick that day.

Case Approved
Judge: Laurel J Greene
4/4/2014 8:03:01 PM

Judge Greene is a wonderful person with a kind soul, and a very broad knowledge of what it means for her clients to be disabled. She listens with informed interest to every word the disabled applicant has to say, an gives the truth the weight it deserves. She is soft-spoken, but very professional, and is not afraid to break protocol once in a while to answer a question or allow the applicant to make a statement if it is pertinent to the facts at hand. She is the best of the best, and if you are lucky enough to have your case heard by her, tell your story, be truthful and listen to your counsel. Don't be freaked out by the vocational expert's testimony about the hypotheticals, as Judge Greene understands everything about your claim before the hearing, and as long as there are no contradictions in your testimony, she will give it equal weight and perhaps rule in your favor. Biggest suggestion? TELL THE TRUTH, look her in the eye when speaking to her because she has earned the respect of the position as your ALJ. If you have a valid case, you will be taken care of in a very timely manner. Just do not confuse her kindness for weakness. She is a very strong and informed judge, who understands the pain you are in. No need to put on a "show" or try to fake restraint when you feel pain. Be yourself. When you first speak with Judge Greene, all your stress will melt away and the rest takes care of itself. Judge Greene is a kind, decent and wonderful soul.

Judge: Joseph F Dent
3/28/2014 2:26:30 PM

My wife is having her ss hearing in April with judge Dents, can anyone give any feedback on their experiences with him?

Judge: Donald E Garrison
3/16/2014 6:26:14 PM

I had a hearing with him a few days ago. I have no idea how he ruled but he was very thorough and seemed fair.

Todd W,
Judge: Patricia Lobo
3/12/2014 9:06:33 AM

I went before Judge Lobo on 3/11/2014 and, as nervous as I was, she put me at ease and was a wonderful judge. Between my attorney and Judge Lobo, I couldn't ask for a better combination in an effort to receive Disability Benefits. Judge Lobo was very compassionate and seemed genuinely interested in my case and the background leading up to my disabilities. She is truly a caring judge. I am grateful to have had her as my hearing judge and now I just wait and hope for the Best!

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.

Kathy McMullen
Judge: Elving L Torres
2/6/2014 11:30:55 AM

My daughter went before him, she cried because he was so kind nice, she said "I believe he is fair, honest, kind and was very patient with her. Not knowing her decision yet, she still felt comfortable with him.....

Judge: Arline Colon
1/30/2014 11:33:12 AM

I have just received my "answer" to my case which I have been fighting for 8 years this April. Unfavorable! My last hearing was in December of 2009 when I was denied by her "mentor" (now retired), Phyllis Pierce. Ms. Pierce denied my claim in a mere 3 days. Judge Colon LIED about the facts of my case (just as Peirce did). Twisted the evidence set before her to suit her "decision." And in fact, I was not even afforded a hearing this time. Just an "unfavorable" after waiting over 2 years from last "decision." Her reasoning, no point in it as I already had one. My case (and the evidence that supports my disability) are so strong, I have won in Federal court twice. Second time the Federal judge was LIVID that the SSA did not do their jobs and ORDERED that the evidence be considered. It was not. Five doctors have all agreed that I am disabled, yet Judge Colon seems to fancy herself an expert above them all. I want to know who is policing these judges who are not doing their jobs. Playing fast and loose with people's lives and the EVIDENCE that supports valid claims for disability benefits. She should be fired! it is just that simple! If you cannot do your job without preconceived ideas and be unbiased, you have NO business doing this at all!

Judge: Steven D Slahta
1/1/2014 12:29:12 PM

I have not had you for a Judge but I am rating you for those who have. How do I request you for a Judge because I am suffering from PTSD and BI-Polar disorder, if I get a bad Judge, it won't be good. I can not go back to work because I will probably hurt someone and if I am forced to stay home because of the denial from a Judge then I would be depressed enough to hurt myself. Do you know how bad I feel not being able to buy my children stuff because I am in pain and mentally can't work, I feel like a crappy parent, my children need shoes and I can not afford to even buy them. Then I wait all the time to see a Judge, and I do have the worst luck humanly possible,so I will get the Judge who hates life, disabled people, and mentally ill people. Now my children get to go without even longer because of someone elses poor and unfair decision. Please tell all of us who truly can't work and need this money desperately, how to request you for our Judge. Thank you for caring and listening!

WIlliam M.
Judge: Patricia Lobo
11/21/2013 11:33:28 AM

I had a court date with Judge Lobo on November 19, 2013 and she was wonderful. She was very understanding and compassionate. She approved my case after almost 5 years of fighting. My wife and I have to say THANK YOU Jude Lobo for your understanding and ruling on the case. I am so grateful to you for this your honor.

Judge: Scott T Miller
10/8/2013 3:59:16 PM

He is very a very unfair Judge.He twisted my words around to use against me.Took 2 months to decide unfavorable!

Judge: Patricia Lobo
9/23/2013 2:33:38 PM

I had my hearing on /aug. 13, 2013...still waiting for a decision. I called ODAR in St. Petersburg and they said a decision has been made and it has been sent to a decision writer....then it goes back to the judge for final editing...then they send the decision out. No one would tell me the decision....I guess it is top=secret..but Judge Lobo was fair, compassionate, sensitive and did say that she would get my file over to processing for payment. That was at the hearing...although it was not a on the record decision, I still have to wait for the "letter". Hopefully I will hear something in the next few weeks....things are getting rough financially.

Anxious Survivor
Judge: James P Alderisio
9/16/2013 10:07:04 AM

I am waiting from August hearing. Anyone know how takes to get decision with Judge. Just reaching for hope. I am struggling everyday with no income or means to make income due to my disability. I did feel comfortable with Judge. He seems like a fair Judge basing decision on facts and extensive medical records etc. He did ask me lots of questions that I answered truthfully. He was very kind especially knowing my anxiety and depressed mental state.

Judge: James P Alderisio
8/31/2013 9:03:09 AM

very good judge, i got fully favorable at the hearing, asked me some questions, also consulted with ehe vocational person, after reviewing my doctors findings and recomendations, everything went thru smoothly.

Judge: Arline Colon
5/8/2013 7:37:46 PM

She totally rocks!

Judge: Arline Colon
5/2/2013 9:08:40 PM

I am almost 60 years old and have worked since I was 16. I finally became so disabled from serious mental impairments and life-threating physical and mental impariments...including early onset Alzheimer's AND a terminal illness... that I finally had to stop working, use all my savings, and file for disability. Judge Colon is a vicious pathological LIAR and outright EVIL. She denied me my benefits, based on her utter distortion of my well documented Case and her BIZARRE interpretion of Law.

Judge: Patricia Lobo
4/24/2013 7:28:50 AM


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: Arline Colon
4/2/2013 12:15:43 PM

As a representative who practiced in front of Judge Colon for over a year, I can only say this line "Some of those who are taking this so personally may not have been well-served by their representatives" is off-base. Judge Colon's denials were poorly and dishonestly written. At many points in her Unfavorables, she quoted half a sentence, out of context, while deliberately ignoring other evidence. In one denial, she claimed my client was not credible because she has filed for disability three times. Of course, the record showed those three times were 1997, 1999, and 2008, with almost a decade of work after the second. Of the six denials I received from Judge Colon, Federal judges over-turned five of those decisions. The problem is with Arline, who is an embarrassment to SSA, and not with the representatives who practice in front of her

Judge: F. T Eckert
3/29/2013 8:21:35 AM

Very pleasant, friendly judge. Usually does not have expert witnesses at hearing. Will allow openings/closings. Normally covers background questions himself and then turns over to rep to develop impairment details. Very fair judge.

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

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

Racheal Jenkins
Judge: Patricia Lobo
3/13/2013 9:11:29 AM

Im going up for my hearing im very nervous and scared i know i need help but dont wont sympathy im epalepsy bad gran mal seizures i pray i have ms.patrica she seems fare

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: Joseph F Dent
3/10/2013 8:00:07 AM

I think you hit a bullseye there flleas!

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

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

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

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

Judge: Scott T Miller
1/24/2013 12:07:11 PM

I had a hearing Nov. 20th for my child. And received a fully favorable decision in January. Judge Miller listened to details of my child that no other person seem to car for. I had an awesome Attorney. I have been trying to get help since 2010 and Social Security kept denying her. Thanks Judge Miller.

Judge: Norman R Zamboni
1/15/2013 9:41:26 AM

Judge Zamboni is very fair and reasonable. I'm glad I had him on my case. He saw the truth and was very thorough. He isn't just going to give you a favorable decision, but will grant it if you are truly disabled. You shouldn't be in front of him unless you truly are though, as there are too many people who really need SSA and we can't have anybody holding up the process which is already long. Best advice I can give is to just go into the hearing and present your honest case. He will see it all for himself. Don't go in there trying to put on a front because he isn't dumb and I'm sure will see right through it.

Judge: Joseph F Dent
1/5/2013 4:11:51 PM

i have 10lb lift restriction,cant sit or stand over 15min at a time,two herniated disc L4-L5 and L5 s-1,nerve damage in right shoulder,nerve damage in back,i have to use a cain and back brace,migraines,anxiety and depression im sure i missed something but with all this he denied my disability GOD only knows why i wonder want else has to be wrong with me to get help!!!!

D fick
Judge: Norman R Zamboni
12/28/2012 6:18:08 PM

THANK YOU JUDGE ZAMBONI. For being a Judge that can tell when people and their Dr. and test are telling the truth.

Judge: B. T Amos
12/24/2012 8:24:33 PM

2012 Statistics for this particular ALJ: Judge B T Amos 12% Dismissed 48% Approved 40% Denied These statistics are available online had those who are critical chosen to thoroughly research. In addition, the Social Security Regulations are online for those who wish to research the criteria for being awarded disability payments under the law. The statistics being cited in previous postings are those thus far for fiscal year 2013, which started October 1, 2012.

Judge: B. T Amos
12/24/2012 10:59:26 AM

Agree with the previous comments. I think they are right on point. Keep in mind that this ALJ is not alone. There are many more like him and in fact many that are worse than him. Despite contrary belief no one believes everyone is disabled and that someone should get something for free. However, something needs to change within the system. There are judges who pay consistently 10-20 percent of their cases. The system needs to change.

Judge: Richard D Brady
12/22/2012 5:50:37 PM

Was Judge Brady an attorney supervisor in Tampa ODAR before he became an ALJ? If so, he is a really nice man.

Judge: Norman R Zamboni
12/9/2012 10:32:03 PM

I don't think that when a judge has Doctors note stating that some one can not work and they still think they have the right to play DR. or GOD with some ones life when they say NO. When people just can not keep paying med bills an and for their meds. I thought that when you work for 30 plus years and you need help I thought we pay it forward when we pay ss out of our pay checks. I guess I was wronge.Do judges really think that when some one gives up their job because they cann't do it any more and stop working for 4 years because they are so sick, I guess the judges just cann't see that.

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

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

Judge: Elving L Torres
12/3/2012 12:14:48 PM

judge torres is a very fair man doing a very difficult job

Judge: John D McNamee-Alemany
11/19/2012 10:08:24 AM

I had a slightly complicated case because of the processing and the fact that prior counsel had executed the notice of representation two months prior to the client's actually filing the application, so it misled the judge into thinking there was a prior application. There wasn't. We wrote a brief, the ALJ got it right, all is well. Good judge, listens to the testimony, and willing to correct himself it he is started down the wrong path to misunderstanding a point.

Judge: Norman R Zamboni
10/30/2012 1:13:58 PM

ALJ Zamboni is VERY nice, explains everything thoroughly, asks if representative wants to do an optional opening, conducts Hearings with a loose, conversational tone, respects the client and representative, is very sharp and a pleasure to work with!

Judge: B. T Amos
10/30/2012 1:03:19 PM

An extremely fair Judge who cuts to the chase, knows the law and applies it properly. I would rather be denied by a Judge of this caliber, than to be paid by a liberal, everyone who walks into the hearing office Judge.

Judge: Scott T Miller
10/22/2012 7:55:37 AM

I had my court date with judge Miller Oct 13 I have not got an answer yet been going back and forth seSen 07. He was nice and seemed caring. He is on top of his game with research. Hopefully all goes well. Good luck all I await an aswer

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: 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: Arline Colon
8/30/2012 7:08:10 PM

I think it is more sad that someone believes an ALJ can't show bias in spite of her giving fake smiles or not yelling. I think most people could really careless whether an AlJ will play nice to get you to talk and then deny you or just go by the book. However, if an ALJ is only paying 23% of the cases he or she is adjudicating then they are not applying the law. Yes, the grids are beneficial for people over 50 but that does not mean people under 50 aren't disabled. Further, each case should be reviewed on an individual basis and if she is not paying people are under 50 strictly because of age then she is bias, no matter how nice she is to you.

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: Arline Colon
8/23/2012 8:56:12 PM

It is disappointing to read the wildly uncharitable comments made below about Judge Colon. In my experience, she is an extremely knowledgeable and hard-working person who seeks to apply the facts to the law in an unbiased fashion. I understand that people are going to be quite naturally displeased when they do not get what they want. Some of those who are taking this so personally may not have been well-served by their representatives, who should have explained to them that just because you know in your heart with all sincerity that you have a certain problem does not always mean that you have presented sufficient evidence to prove it. Everyone loves the judges who unscrupulously give away the store to nearly every claimant, whether it is justified or not. However, that is the easy way out. All of the incentives in this system go in this direction. Judges who do not give in to this relentless pressure do so because they feel an obligation to call "balls and strikes" as they see them, knowing full well that at least one side very often wont like the call. Judge Colon may adjudicate cases conservatively, but she shows no signs of the bias she is unfairly accused of here. Does she berate the claimants, make sharp comments toward them or abuse them in any way? Does she behave at all in an unpleasant way toward them? Anyone who has dealt with her can tell you that she does no such thing. I might not agree with her every decision, but I know she is calling them as she sincerely sees them and without an ounce of malice or bias against anyone. As for the alleged bias against younger claimants, that's not Judge Colon, that's the way the rules are written. The "grids" heavily favor older claimants. Finally, to the rep who suggested that you are better off the more evidentiary support you have for the claim: Well, yes, that is the way this is supposed to work. This just proves my point. The better your evidence is, the better your chances are. I would be far more concerned about a judge for whom this was not the case.

Ray Badini
Judge: Arline Colon
8/18/2012 3:43:19 PM

We were told by our attorneys prior to the hearing for my aunt to hope that the assigned judge wouldn't be Arline Colon due to her reputation for fixating on any scraps of testimony to hang the "denied" hat on. Unfortunately bad luck came our way and my aunt got her. Not surprisingly, her subsequent verdict was to deny any benefits despite doctor statements supporting such. Quite the android. Perhaps justice will be served if Colon suffers the misfortune of a genuine injury and goes before a judge like herself who thinks she's faking it. Maybe she'll also get to endure the ignominious recommendation to become a file clerk (even though she can't sit in one place for more than 10 minutes).

Judge: Donald E Garrison
8/16/2012 9:04:39 AM

I don't like him. Must have been having a Bad Day the day I went before him. I've waited so long and for what a BIG NO? Its not fair, who are they? Hate it if you get him as a judge.

cristina rodriguez
Judge: Elving L Torres
8/7/2012 8:31:17 PM

saludos! Elving L. Torres; desde Puerto Rico, Cristina Rodriguez/PO BOX 1003/DORADO, PR 00646/CEL:(787)344-9475

Judge: B. T Amos
8/4/2012 9:59:12 PM

This is, without a doubt, the best Judge before whom I have presented cases. His hearings are crisp and to the point. He holds no-nonsense hearings and wants only that you fill in the blanks..he knows the file backwards and forwards and wants you to focus on material not covered or on discrepancies in the record. Word to those interested in what he is looking for: your client need not go in and tell a lie. This is one of his pet peeves. Be up front with him, and don't annoy him by allowing your client to exaggerate his/her condition. If the medical evidence supports the client's testimony and meets the letter of the law regarding disability he will issue an award; otherwise, he will not.

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

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

Judge: Elving L Torres
7/13/2012 10:23:03 AM

I like Judge Torres, he is nice and fair. He definitely does like to amend, or offer closed periods. Will favor obvious physical impairments!

Judge: Arline Colon
7/12/2012 5:03:22 AM

She is very nice, but will NOT approve anyone that is under 50 with NO mental impairments. She seems to have ZERO sympathy for physical impairments. Claimants with obvious physical issues do nothing for her. If they aren't crazy, she will deny with a pretty smile!

Judge: Phylis M Pierce
7/12/2012 4:58:47 AM

Miserable. Prepare for a denial. She is the Chief ALJ in St Pete, is never in a good mood, and denies everyone lately. Have record complete or you will be scolded. Brace yourself.

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

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

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

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

Judge: B. T Amos
6/19/2012 4:35:07 PM

I am an attorney who regularly appears before Judge Amos. I am pleased every time my client gets this Judge because I know we will be given a fair hearing. He relies on the testimony to the extent that it is substantiated by the medical evidence of record. He gives great credence to a client who is up front and truthful, not given to histrionics and embellishment. I don't win every case with this Judge, but I always feel he is fair and well versed in each case.

Judge: Kurt G Ehrman
6/19/2012 4:14:43 PM

A hateful, biased man.

L Sportsman
Judge: Scott T Miller
6/15/2012 1:09:00 AM

Part of my disiability is lack of memory. He held that against me. We did a questionaire over two years ago that he held against me. He didn't understand the fact that their are times that things get worse. I could of told them all the truth about me being a abused child, and all the blows to the head.The fact that I have seizures caused by abuse. He didn't like the face that I'm not getting medical attention. I have no insurance. What about that is so hard to understand? Or that I didn't tell the free clinic every thing. I went there a couple times. I have pain in my back and I needed help. oh that got held against me. I guess he thought I did that cause of the hearing. mr. miller i did not lie to you! I told you things that day about myself that I tell no one. I thought you understood me. I was fooled. Chances are now I could be standing at deaths door and i will not seek treatment. i know that every thing I say is held against me.

Judge: Scott T Miller
6/12/2012 12:08:51 PM

At my hearing he seamed very nice.I don't think he has a clue what it is like to be in front of a judge. How every time in life you admit to any thing, some thing gets taken from you. This was very rough. I do not think he was fair at all. need less to say I lost my hearing.

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

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

Judge: Elving L Torres
6/8/2012 1:28:38 PM

amend amend amend. Don't go in expected a Fully Favorable decision because even IF he's inclined to pay your case, he'll ask you to amend. You can ask for a different date, and he may be amenable to that. But amend amend amend. He also doesn't appear to believe that psych cases are real. Denies denies denies. Make your case strong. Must have good testimony- he likes to manipulate claimant testimony. If he rephrases what claimant said- make sure claimant knows what he/she actually said and don't let ALJ manipulate the testimony.

Judge: F. T Eckert
6/8/2012 1:26:32 PM

He's pretty amazing. Hardly denies any cases. You do most of the questioning and if you do it right and present a compassionate claimant, he'll likely approve. His hypos are usually based on the crediblity of the claimant- which the VE says no jobs, which equals a FF.

Judge: Arline Colon
6/8/2012 1:25:21 PM

She's evil. She may appear nice during the hearing, but don't be fooled: when your decision comes out and it's unfavorable- it's character assasination. She doesn't like young people, she doesn't like overweight folks. Even older people who served our country who walk with walkers can sometimes not get granted. A LOT of her unfavorable decisions are being upheld at AC and going to Federal Court, so she's probably not getting enough remands to know what she's doing wrong. She also dismisses a lot- and unfortunately, her dismissals are usually appropriate. But again- evil. Wish I could give you better advice on how to win a claim with her, but I only know for sure what she won't pay (above) and I can't figure out what she WILL pay (ex: she paid an younger individual, SSI only, smoker, with back/heart problems, on oxygen- not compassionate claimant at all- fully expected denial). I think the more support you have (RFCs AND narrative reports) the better you are.

Judge: James P Alderisio
6/8/2012 1:21:35 PM

This ALJ is quirky and wacky. He chews on nuts during the hearing and will put up his feet on the desk. He's approved psych cases with DAA (which he will should have) without any treating support, then denied a younger individual with ZERO DAA, and several sets of treating support. Everyone seems to think they luck out with him, but he's unpredictable. Make sure your case is strong and don't think for one minute that because he goes to the VE before you can question your claimant that he's going to approve. He may just be violating due process...

Judge: B. T Amos
6/8/2012 1:18:24 PM

Will hardly grant any SSI claims, or even SSD claims with expired DLIs. Has HUGE respect for folks with great earnings records. Will probably approve on an AC remand. If you present a fair argument (and you're not SSI, or expired DLI) he'll probably pay- and he'll tell you that at the hearing. If he goes tot he VE and talks about the claimant's capabilities as opposed to what they are NOT capable of- he's going to deny. Ever since I figured out his pattern, I like him. I just don't like how I don't know if I'm going to have him before the hearing!

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: B. T Amos
5/24/2012 5:20:24 AM

This Judge has a reputation for being an extremely compassionate but fair Judge. He is known for holding crisp and to the point hearings; it is acknowledged by attorneys and other participants in his hearings that he does not allow "smoke and mirror" type presentations during the hearing process.

Judge: Patricia Lobo
4/30/2012 1:23:38 PM

Judge Lobo is a very decent, compassionate, and fair-minded jurist.

Sherri R Ansel
Judge: Elving L Torres
4/27/2012 12:22:38 PM

I do not think this judge had enough info on my case in Febuary, 2011. Plus my attorney did not say but one line before I walked in and that was, This Judge and I do not get along. He, Judge Torres, felt I could work secondary, part time. I had to come to Ohio for medical. Episodic Motor Weakness is what the doctors and neurologist here, have found. If the doctors at the clinics there would have sent me to the proper place, I know this Judge would have disabaled me. POINT: Make sure you know your lawyer and make sure you get the right doctors. I am still in reconsideration but had to transfer to Ohio. The sad part of this is even the judge has guidelines he has to follow. Judge Torres is a fair Judge. It is the Social Security Attorney who did not complete his job, nor the doctors in Englewood, Florida.

Judge: B. T Amos
4/19/2012 7:09:33 AM

Very disappointed in him. My son went before him and was in their 15 minutes. He never asked him one question. My son was denied. My son is 24, neat in appearance, doesn't abuse his medication (vicotin, xanex, cymbaltra) and has a college degree (college accommodated his disability). I believe this is what he based his decision on. It was never taken into consideration that my son has the body of an 80 year old. He had a double spinal fusion. Has a metal rod from his neck to his butt with about 8 screws 6 inches long in his spine. Doesn't bend, lift or twist. Lives in constant pain. I could go on and on, like how SS's dr said he is the worse case they have ever seen. He has now been denied twice. Maybe he should say he is by-polar and he can be approved like half of the other people around here. It's disgusting.

Judge: Scott T Miller
4/14/2012 12:51:09 PM

Judge Miller DID HAVE A HUGE backlog but I was being treated the same way, until i found out that he had a heart bypass surgery in Nov. and then had complications after that so they did move alot of cases to other areas that were not as backed up as his. I have been waiting for 5and a half years for a decision and finally got approved but my family was hurting and still is until i get my payments, so I do share your frustration!

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

Judge: Reinhardt Korte
3/28/2012 4:06:18 AM

He is now retired, FYI.

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

Yea, This judge is dishonest.

Another anonimus
Judge: Elving L Torres
3/22/2012 12:45:06 PM

He is firm but fair. Treats people with respect.

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

Judge: Elving L Torres
3/17/2012 5:18:40 PM

He Is a very cruel judge and lacks common sense and compasson for those that are very ill

Judge: Scott T Miller
3/15/2012 2:38:52 PM

On the morning of October 20th, 2011, I was allowed to present my case before Judge Miller, regarding my application for Social Security Disability Benefits. As of this date, March 15th, 2012, I have NOT received a reply from Judge Miller. I have contacted my attorney on several occasions, as well as contacting my Congressman, Gus Bilirakis. I received a letter dated February 23rd, 2012,from Mr. Bilirakis stating he did receive my notice of concerns and would be in touch with me as soon as possible. Then, I received a letter from my attorney, dated February 24th, 2012, stating he finally got a call back from Judge Miller's office stating due to a large backlog of cases my file was sent to another office to have the Decision typed and finalized, and, hopefully it would not be much longer until the Decision is mailed to me. Where do I fall in the statistics listed above?

Judge: Arline Colon
3/12/2012 8:39:51 PM

Very unfair judge! Don't expect even a "slightly fair" hearing, even if you have multiple long-term, progressive/degenerative conditions. She does not consider numerous obvious & pertinent FACTS, which are provided to her...clearly and detailed, in black & white. Her main focus is a person's age and whether or not they have been able to work while going through the SSDI process. She DOES NOT take into consideration that some people push themselves way beyond their mental & physical limits, to the point of having NO personal life whatsoever due to severe chronic pain and major depression, just so they can keep a roof over their head and not end up on the streets. People like Judge Colon should NOT be employed by S.S.D., where they are required to make "FAIR" decisions for the U.S. Government. She gives the entire process and that division of the government a VERY bad name.

Judge: Reinhardt Korte
3/12/2012 10:43:38 AM

This man could easily be compared to Hitler. I listened to him laugh about people he denied disability and talk about how FAT and stupid they are. Fair and balanced - never. Oh well, seems to be the USA system. They find people like this to hear these cases, and then the poor suffer while the rich keep getting richer. The time is coming to an end....and this will no longer happen.