Tallahassee Fl, Florida ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Tallahassee Fl, Florida, 8 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Tallahassee Fl, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 13.0 months. The average case processing time in Tallahassee Fl is 481 days.The Tallahassee Fl average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 47%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Tallahassee Fl ODAR office was last updated on 6/11/2019.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Tallahassee Fl 8 13.0 months 481 days 2.1 17% 47% 36%
Florida15.1 months543 days2.220%44%36%
National Average:14.9 months500 days2.120%42%38%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied

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Judge: Lisa Raleigh
12/17/2019 9:01:41 AM

I know she’ll never see this but Judge Raleigh missed the whole point of my disability case. It’s not rocket science.

Susie West
Judge: Lisa Raleigh
7/27/2019 5:44:12 AM

She’s listens to everything that you have to say. She’s very experienced and professional.

Judge: Andrew Dixon III
5/6/2019 12:59:37 PM

Judge Dixon has always seemed to be fair to me and he is one of the few judges that gives all the time needed to give you a complete fair hearing no matter if running late or not.

Judge: Andrew Dixon III
6/25/2018 7:38:45 PM

Have anyone from this judge recieved a decision yet

Tamika Wolfe
Judge: Andrew Dixon III
3/6/2018 6:42:46 PM

I seen him a week ago . My mother was in his court room . I think he is very fair , and understanding. May God Bless You !

William Warren
Judge: Andrew Dixon III
2/20/2018 1:02:58 AM

I saw him this past Friday and he seemed very busy. He could just be very busy and I'm sure it's stressful. I hope he finds the strength to do gods work from where he is. He's in a position to help people. He also is in one to stop people who are bad people. He seemed very kind to me. I felt very ill during and he left me to go to the bathroom to wash my face.

6/12/2017 5:48:04 PM

Judge Taylor is very understanding am glad he was my judge

Shannon Walker
Judge: Jeffrey Marvel
5/6/2017 7:23:31 AM

Judge Marvel is an excellent Judge who really listened about my disability case and can't thank him enough about the time it took to make a decision. Thanks again.

Judge: Joshua R Heller
4/16/2017 9:35:14 AM

Judge Heller is a fair and compassionate ALJ. He listened attentively to me as I explained my case, and he carefully reviewed my medical history. Judge Heller allowed for an expedited decision- so instead of waiting for up to three months, he made a FULLY FAVORABLE decision in less than a week! I could never thank Judge Heller enough for what he has done for me. After years of battling illnesses, he seemed to be the one person who fully understood and empathized with my plight.

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

After reading these mixed reviews, I feel intimidated

Judge: Stacy Paddack
7/26/2016 10:10:27 PM

I haven't even had a decision as of yet. I really just feel like I need to speak up about Judge Paddack. She made me feel so much relief after she spoke to me. I am very grateful that she was assigned my case, as I was scared to death going in. She seems to be a wonderful person and judge!

Judge: Amy Uren
7/23/2016 10:40:15 AM

Judge Uren was a pleasant professional person. She listened to my claimaints clearly and attentively. I was not represented because my attorney withdrew months before the hearing so I represented myself to the best of my ability. Unfortunately I was denied again. In 2013 I had a microdiskectomy and a year later my condition worsened. This year in March I had a Lumbar Fusion with steel rods and screws now in my back. Before the surgery I had to do therapy for my neck also because I was and still is experiencing severe arms pain including numbness all the way down in my fingers. I failed therapy because it did not help. After the Fusion I had minor pain with my neck and arms but for the past three months the pain has returned. My back has began to hurt more middle and lower and pain generating down right leg severely. I cant sleep well stand or sit long or wallk long without hurting. My daily activity is limited completely. I am currently waiting for another hearing because I appealed Judge Urens decision. I pray for better results this time around because I have been denied four times. My occupation was a Certified Nursing Assistant of seventeen years. I am not able to work anymore and pray for a decision in my favor this time.

Judge: Joshua R Heller
6/1/2016 12:43:28 PM


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!!!

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


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

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

7/6/2015 5:09:31 PM

judge taylor not fair,has spanish voc lady,

Judge: Stacy Paddack
12/19/2014 10:06:13 AM

Fair and passionate about what she does. Very concerned about determining the need of others and what is right legally. She is very HUMAN about and UNDERSTANDING of your disability.Love her!

M. Geldreich
Judge: Amy Uren
11/20/2014 7:04:24 PM

She is a pleasant person but I am still waiting on a decision nearly 90 days after my hearing.

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.

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: 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: Stacy Paddack
5/29/2014 11:06:44 PM

Very pleasant, treated me like a human being.

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

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

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

He's awesum

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

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

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

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

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

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

Judge: Andrew Dixon III
2/23/2013 9:18:40 AM

Repeated questions asked by the attorney during the hearing. Did not do good job asking hypothetical. Seems angry and was not very friendly.

Judge: Janet McCamley
2/18/2013 3:10:09 AM

This Judge is very fair and looks at all the facts.

1/9/2013 12:24:25 PM

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

Judge: Amy Uren
10/16/2012 1:31:15 PM

Well, I haven't recieved my decision yet, but I pray that God leads her to rule the right way! Thanks for the information, but I will stay prayed up!!!!

Judge: Charles W Dorman
10/14/2012 6:30:45 AM

Charles Dorman is a retired Brigadier General from the Marine Corp. His military history is reflected in his approach to his work as an ALJ by his sense of obligation to duty. I had the pleasure of being before him many times during his time in Tallahassee. He was always very prepared. No matter how large the file, he was familiar with every page of the claimant's file. Although he didn't have a background in Social Security Law, he learned the law quickly. I did not always agree with his determinations, but when he denied a case, his denials where well founded. Obviously, not all cases are clear cut, and could go either way.

Judge: Amy Uren
10/11/2012 11:50:10 AM

Utterly unreasonable. Don't be fooled by a pleasant working demeanor. Your claim will be denied unless you are rolled into the hearing room on a stretcher. She will pull any small thing out of the record and weave it into a reason to deny a claim. As evidence of her toughness, her pay rate has declined from around 50/50 to 37%. Well qualified individuals are being denied by ALJ Uren. Plan on appealing her decision, every time.

Judge: Stacy Paddack
9/9/2012 2:31:45 PM


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: Stacy Paddack
8/28/2012 11:49:56 AM

Sooooo sweet and nice. You kind of wonder how such a nice lady ever turns anyone down....

Judge: Amy Uren
4/26/2012 8:15:38 AM

Judge Uren is tough, and I have to appeal her decisions regularly, for she is far too willing to elevate State Agency doctor opinions above the opinions given by primary treating docs. On the positive side, however, Judge Uren is courteous and patient, and will afford your claimant all the time needed to present the entire case. She is thorough in her questioning as well. I rate her at four stars because she is professional and a delight to deal with. She'd get five if she would pay out claims at a slightly better rate!

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

Great Judge!

Julie Carmichael
Judge: Janet McCamley
4/10/2012 11:03:33 AM

Doesn't seem to understand why someone can't work at a sedentary job. Someone with back pain can work a few hours or 8 hours a day or a few days and then have too much persistent pain to work for days after. I have watched my stepson try to work for years and I have seen him flat of his back on the floor writhing with pain.

Judge: Charles W Dorman
3/25/2012 2:27:08 PM