Atlanta Downtown, Georgia ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Atlanta Downtown, Georgia, 18 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Atlanta Downtown, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 19.5 months. The average case processing time in Atlanta Downtown is 676 days.The Atlanta Downtown average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 51%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Atlanta Downtown ODAR office was last updated on 3/9/2018.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Atlanta Downtown 18 19.5 months 676 days 1.7 21% 51% 28%
Georgia16.6 months575 days1.520%48%32%
National Average:17.3 months577 days1.921%43%36%
AVERAGE TIME
Hearing Wait Time: 19.50 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 1.70
Average Processing Time 676 days
Cases Pending 10461
Dispositions 1898
New Cases 1887
Hearings In Person 91%
Video Hearings 9%

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Judge: Brendan F Flanagan
12/5/2018 5:11:43 PM



so case was disapproved, every element was not allowed. wow the thought of some of the comments made and to think the defendant didn't even know how to say that the information that they were being asked was wrong or not something that they understood or knew about. WoW and what was the attorney doing but trying to help, and being told to stop. These aren't criminal cases they are disability cases. Judge them and sentence them to a life of no assistance, thats what you've done and contrary to the judges belief it's not his money that these people are receiving most have worked and or had parents or spouses that have worked and are eligible under them to assistance.


Judge: Carla McMichael
11/16/2018 10:27:32 AM



I had two hearings in front of ALJ McMichael today under very trying circumstances. My uncle was in ICU, his life hanging on by a thread. I was 5 minutes late for the hearing but had warned all necessary parties. Everything was fine until the ALJ seemed to care about keeping her schedule than being compassionate, a tenant of her job. In between hearing I voiced my displeasure with the lack of professionalism displayed by the ALJ. Mainly, that they can be late for whatever reason they feel necessary, yet I have a life or death situation and they could care less. Well fast forward, she calls me in knowing all of this and not knowing my uncle passed during the first hearing. She then proceeds to bring up the fact I’ve been fired previously as well as question when exactly my uncle died in order to support her nasty attack on me. SHE QUESTIONED DURING WHICH HEARING HE PASSED DURING!! If she as paying attention she would’ve noticed how visibly upset I was simply by the continued use of tissues. This was the most disgusting display of unprofessionalism I have ever witnessed, and from a federal judge. If it were any other profession she would’ve been fired on the spot. She is a nasty, unforgiving, cold, inhumane, and a flat out mean woman. Good luck having your case in front of her.


Judge: Brendan F Flanagan
10/7/2018 3:58:05 AM



This Judge has a job to do, you can bet he's going to do it. If he don't ask you questions, how's he suppose to render a just decision on your case. Was approved and didn't go in his courtroom to lie or play games.


Judge: Nikki A Flowers
9/10/2018 8:00:19 AM



Judge Flowers had thoroughly reviewed my file and asked a few questions for clarification. The hearing was conducted in a forthright, fair and respectful manner.

Greg West
Judge: Carla McMichael
8/11/2018 9:23:22 PM



Presenting my case before Judge McMichael was an awesome and educational experience. I have not received my approval or denial letter yet, but I am satisfied with the professionalism she displayed. I did my homework on the appeals process and she really did hers reviewing records. Very thorough Judge.

Varian Martin
Judge: Todd S Colarusso
7/28/2018 7:27:14 PM



ALJ Todd S Colarruso has not made a decision on my hearing ad of yet but i must say he is a very attentive judge and he pays close attention to you as you speak so that lets me know he listens to you and i just wanna say thank you for listening.

Cynthia
Judge: Kyle C Alexander
7/23/2018 9:58:35 AM



Judge Kyle C Alexander, You gave me a few off the wall jobs that your Specialist said I could do. I'm asking you to help me find one of them, mind you one that I don't have to talk too much, because as I stated in my previous message I sent and as you well know, I lose my voice because of a partially paralyzed vocal chord. You said in your Denial I refused to get surgery to correct it, but what you didn't ask is why I didn't want to get the surgery. If I had the surgery there were risks not worth taking....I need you to show me the job, where I don't have to worry about my Back, knees, or feet hurting and burning from just daily living.... I want you to please remember that I am Human. I didn't ask for all the health issues I have, that when compacted together cause more pain that I Pray you or a Loved one ever has to face. If you can find me one of those jobs I can do with all of the daily obstacles I face, then please let me know what it is.

Anastasios Theoharatos
Judge: Kerry Morgan
6/24/2018 5:01:36 AM



Brilliant attorney, and an even more brilliant human being. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work under her for a period of time. She was practicing in Bowling Green, KY during that time at Breen & Morgan, a small but successful law firm where I primarily served and assumed the responsibilities of the "Runner", assuring that priority documentation was filed at the local Warren County Courthouse before the scheduled deadlines, ensuring there would be no problems or unforeseen obstacles once litigation was scheduled to begin. I was also given the chance to embark on a "case file transfer" project, whereby my singular goal was to transfer any and all cases heard by the firm within the previous 25 years (which had previously been kept on paper) into a streamlined, user-friendly, case organization program on the computer.. what a great experience. Rarely does a young PreLaw undergraduate student get to place his hands on such material, but Kerry trusted me to handle it, and because of that, I was exposed to more material in one summer than most law students before entering their 3rd year of law school! I've missed her greatly since she called all of us to her office and broke the "good news" that she was moving to Atlanta!!... bitter sweet.. so many tears. Hope all is well with you and the family, Kerry. Thanks for everything!


Judge: Brendan F Flanagan
6/23/2018 6:39:12 PM



The problem here with this judge may be because he believes patients have the ability to work when they do not. To show up to work daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly, and work full time is difficult for many people who could appear only minorly disabled. Judges are not medical people. This is the single biggest flaw in the system. Judges do not have training, experience, knowledge in medical illnesses causing disabilities. To expect a judge to know when a persons disability will significantly interfere with work is ignorant. You must be able to understand the medical implications of the disability in the work placed and you cannot do this if you do not understand the illness and if you do not treat these patients over time and have experience in how patients are actually impacted with varying degrees of severity of the disorders and how different jobs are impacted over time. You really must be a physician to know the answers. Physicians can be biased but so can attorneys trying to get approvals and make money. Attorneys are not always ethical because they receive money based on the outcome of cases where physicians get paid for the treatment. This judge, if stats are correct, lacks wisdom and believes people can do more than they can without crumbling. And the high rate of denials are extreme and he is arrogant and wrong and people die from his arrogance. It is only with a few cases where the healthy and not disabled win disability. His extreme rates of denial are off the mark. He is not the only smart attorney. Most judges do a very good job.

bobby holley
Judge: Robert T Jackson
6/19/2018 11:53:07 AM



hello my name is bobby holley i currently went to court an had judge jackson jan 15 2018 at nine am . my hearing had me very nervous at first but i calm down once i starting talking. the judge was very understanding an asked me what were my limitations an asked me how does my condition affect my everyday life. he talked too my attorney about my conditions of my mental illness an my surgerys in the past. after my hearing i was told to wait 4to six weeks for a decision. as of june 19 2018 i can say thank god i was approved an the wait is over . i just wanted too say to anyone that goes too court too be very honiest an striat to the point let your case speak for itself . an as for the judge thank u for your time an hearing my case.

jhon hamilton
Judge: Robert T Jackson
6/16/2018 12:12:28 PM



hello my name is john hamilton. this judge was really great an straight too the point an very compassionate to the claimant

EJ
Judge: Kyle C Alexander
6/16/2018 12:52:19 AM



Thank you Judge for approving my case after it was denied twice and gave me the chance to tell my story to you and how this injury have affected me and my wife life. I am vey grateful to you for helping me receive my benefits. This shows me that the SSA system is fair if you have your medical records and a SSA attorney with you when you go to a hearing. Great Judge to have to tell your truth to him. And you do not have to be nervous at the hearing.


Judge: S. Charles Murray
6/12/2018 9:06:16 PM



Judge S Charles Murray already had his mind made up before he held my hearing. I wasdenied by this Judge. Judge Murray is supposed to look at the evidence in my case and make a decision but instead, he acted as a doctor and a psychiatrist himself. I have 6 diagnosis from 2 psychiatrists, one being the states psychiatrist. I have severe PTSD, anxiety, severe panic attacks, depression, ocd and dissociation. This judge wasn't fair at all and kept cutting me off when i spoke about my problems. I didn't like how he smurked his lips up either. I've lost numerous jobs because of my problems. I have many issues daily as well but this judge said he believes I'm making all of this up. I sure wish that Murray could stay here with me for a few days to see for himself. If he did, he would immediately change his verdict and attitude. I don't appreciate the unfairness of this judege nor do i appreciate his attitude. Murray gets 1 star from me because a half of a star option isn't available.


Judge: Suzanne A Littlefield
4/7/2018 4:13:31 PM



Judge Littlefield was very welcoming from the time I walked in. She asked straight to the point questions, and I felt that she really took a look at my records. The VE never said a word. Then she started talking to my attorney saying terms I didn't understand and talking dates. My attorney walked me out side and stated she would find me disabled at my hearing if I changed my onset date. From Sept 2014 to April 2015. I had no problem doing that. My hearing last maybe 10-15 mins. A word of advise is to let your records speak for themself. Don't over exaggerate, because they know when you do.


Judge: Brendan F Flanagan
3/18/2018 4:07:54 PM



I have been waiting on my decision and I waited 3 years to get a court date and wondered if anyone knew how long he takes to issue a decision. I am broke and tired of waiting!


Judge: Brendan F Flanagan
3/6/2018 8:01:14 PM



How social security continues to allow judges like this to operate is beyond me. They need to remove judges like this that clearly have an anti-clamant agenda. They also need to investigate the Las Vegas office as their approval rating is ridiculously low as well. To think that someone who is waiting 3 years and hasn't worked the entire time is somehow not disabled is beyond me.

Matthew Mott
Judge: Todd S Colarusso
1/23/2018 6:40:53 PM



He is a great judge very good listener and takes all the facts into consideration. Thank you your honor for hearing my case

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Judge: McArthur Allen
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Judge: McArthur Allen
12/28/2017 1:21:11 AM



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Judge: Kyle C Alexander
12/17/2017 5:32:58 PM



Judge Alexander saw me & immediately made the comment that he read what the Doctors said, but I was too young to be having all the problems I was. He then sent me to his Dr. who even said that I would not be able to lift over 20lbs, stand too much, squat, bend, put my arms above my head, climb stairs, and yet I was still denied. He had the date of my Disability incur switched to when I filed, even though I only was working because SS said I needed to work another year in order to even file, because I was short credits. I have General Anxiety Disorder, Hypothyroidism, Hypoglycemia, Hypertension, MVP, a partially paralyzed vocal chord, Tendonitis in both Wrist & Elbows, Tarsal tunnel in both Ankles, Arthritis in both knees, Scoliosis with Herrington rods, Degenerative disc Disease in my lower n upper Back & Cervical Lordosis, Bulging disc in my lower spine. I can not talk for more than 20 minutes or I will lose my voice. I can't walk for more than 30 minutes without hurting, I have to sit in a lounge position and even then my bottom falls asleep & hurts. I take medicine for my Pain, stay fatigued, trouble with my Memory & Hair loss, constipation, weight gain, mood swings. According to the Judge & the Vocational Rehabilitation rep. that called into my 2nd Appeal I can work certain jobs, mind you I have a High School education and my job experience is in Child care & retail, 2 jobs I can't do again. All I can say for certain is that I am a Christian and I know that God has me facing All of this for a reason. The Judge had a Chance to be fair, but he wasn't, but I am not going to hold it against him. I forgive him, after all he will have to stand before the Lord one day & will have to answer for the Judging he does.

BARBARA
Judge: McArthur Allen
12/3/2017 5:32:03 AM



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



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Judge: Edward T Morriss
11/17/2017 2:16:46 PM



I think all Judges after my experience with this one should have to be educated on AUTISM TERMINOLOGY how can someone judge something they know nothing about .Even though I tried to help him. VOCAL TICS OR VOCAL STIMMS ARE NOT THE SAME THING AS BED WETTING.Ha Ha Ha .And how can a child be pre school age in the year 2015 But as written this same child be in kindergarten in 2014 being evaluated by the school. I don't know does not add up to me. And how did this child only go to 9 therapies when for two years we have been going to 4 therapies a week with 6 therapies in total all of them once a week for two years .This as well does not add up. Does it ?And no mention or did you notice the physical impairment of this poor child .You did not see that he had leg braces on .Shame Shame Shame. Well I will say one thing because of this experience with this judge I will not stop till all disability judges have to take a course and be certified that they pass that course to be able to judge AUTISM. I am not just my sons mother but I am also my sons advocate surprise ! Help is on the way AUTISM COMMUNITY . I will not stop we all have enough on us .We want help and we want answers.

Negative1billionstar2u
Judge: Brendan F Flanagan
11/14/2017 12:06:13 AM



Did not read anything in my file but good things, I am so sorry I have had a good day once and a while. You are worthless and do not deserve to be a judge!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Melissa Brock
Judge: Carla McMichael
8/19/2017 10:48:29 AM



Professional & Knowledgeable Judge and entire Staff!

GC
Judge: J. S Childs
6/20/2017 8:26:21 PM



Completely Incompetent Judge and System. Not only was my Birth Date incorrect, after fixing it and supplying Documentation...but the decision wasn't even based on what I applied for. The decision was based on information that was completely incorrect and I never once said was an issue. What a waste of time and effort. My dog could've done a better job.

Darrin Hall
Judge: J. S Childs
6/9/2017 4:07:12 PM



J s childs was a very nice judge regardless f the outcome of my situation. God bless Mr. Childs

Debra ormsby
Judge: Renee B Hagler
6/4/2017 2:24:21 AM



I feel that judge hagler did not take all my physical problems into consideration, my whole body hurts all the time and she said I could go back to the collection, office work I used to do, I would rather die. I was just barely able to keep my job then. I was even seeing the employee assist counselor there.i hope she knows she has ruined my life and I will probably lose what little we have. I have been paying into ss since 1974. I am 59 now and have worked hard all my life, I never took any handouts from anyone

N Carson
Judge: J. S Childs
6/1/2017 9:27:13 AM



Terrible decision; wasn't based upon the law nor the facts in the case. Even the VE testified no work was available due to amount of absences and time off required for my medical care; and he still ruled against me.

D Nixon
Judge: Nikki A Flowers
6/1/2017 9:17:44 AM



Judge Flowers was well aware of the issues in my case and had thoroughly reviewed my file. Her decision was based on the facts in my case and on the law. She told me before I left to expect a decision within a week or so; took a little longer but I know the delay was not her fault. Thanks Judge Flowers!!


Judge: Edward T Morriss
5/8/2017 9:49:27 AM






Judge: Leroy C Bryant
4/26/2017 9:50:08 PM



Very good judge.

K Forrester
Judge: Todd S Colarusso
4/4/2017 12:35:33 PM



He looked at my medical records & based his judgment on the opinions of the doctors I treat with, other than listening to the doctor the ssa paid. I received a fully favorable decision 6 weeks later.

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



After reading these mixed reviews, I feel intimidated

Jimmie Orange
Judge: Leroy C Bryant
1/13/2017 4:14:17 PM



Judge Brian said in court that I would be rewarded my disability when I got them when I got the paperwork in the mail it is unfavorable so he is a lying a******


Judge: Nikki A Flowers
12/23/2016 5:19:34 PM



This Judge is 100% unfair. She does not make decisions based on the medical evidence in the file. She always try to make professional comments that she is not qualified to make. She has denied me twice and each time I appealed it and the case was sent back to her for a new decision. This time the appeals board ordered that a NEW Judge get my case and follow the law and make a new decision. I pray that the correct decision is made this time.

Mary Frazier
Judge: Brendan F Flanagan
12/16/2016 1:32:22 PM



This Judge does not go on the facts presented before him...He had already made a decision is his mind to deny me my benefits without even hearing the whole case out...Because I had went to college @GSU for one semester...Does he not know that people with mental disabilites can go to college with a lot of assistance...Do not want to go in front of him again...because he will deny me again...I pray for this man...in my opinion, i feel that he was bias in my situation.


Judge: Karen A Cornick-Craig
12/11/2016 3:54:36 PM



Word is she is retiring.

Vickie Hutto
Judge: Kyle C Alexander
12/7/2016 8:50:40 AM



Hi, I would like to say that I consider Judge Alexander to be a fair Judge. He asked detailed questions and actually listened to what I had to say. I thank him for approving my case. My only problem is that now that I'm approved, why is it taking so long to get the process started. I have been waiting over 2 1/2 years. My lawyer, Deborah Grossman, has expedited my case and we still have no results. I have lost everything I have waiting. I am single and have no one to help me. My mom has been doing her best but she only gets 969.00 a month in SS. She can no longer help. I can't afford to go see my doctor or the specialists. I can't afford to get my medication. I am in so much pain. I need to see my ENT because I'm afraid the cancer is back in my mouth , I have been suspecting it for about 6 months.

Mindy
Judge: Nikki A Flowers
11/19/2016 8:21:32 AM



I am curious because a attorney advised me that NIKKI FLOWERS is no longer a judge! I know she has really changed my entire life. I don't think that she is capable of doing her job . I know that she doesn't read information that is turned in regarding my case . Each decision made wasn't based on me , and in the hearing they have a person who decides what work you can do. He said less than minimal! My decision said I can lift 50 lbs and do this for a full time job! I believe that she has ruined many people's lives and not even blinked a eye ! She should not have a job because she doesn't do her job! Rude, states request information but never does! I pray she is gone! Every case that she has made ruling should be reviewed so WE THE PEOPLE CAN ACTUALLY RECEIVE WHAT WE HAVE ALREADY EARNED!!!

rhonda
Judge: Glenn M Embree
11/3/2016 1:16:17 AM



This judge got good reviews.


Judge: Suzanne A Littlefield
10/30/2016 3:48:26 PM



Judge Littlefield had made statements of SSA Juvenile law statutes in reference my sons disability case, and my sons age is 22. When we brought up that the SSA statute should be referenced because my son is now 22, Judge Littlefield did not acknowledge the one that we were bringing up. I can't believe that a twenty minute talk with the SSA doctor would be more credible than years in the Marcus institute in Atlanta, and the full diagnosis from the Emory Autism Center along with notable Dr. Leslie Rubin. She gives me the feeling she may have become routine instead of a case by case Judge like her earlier record indicates.


Judge: Robin R Palenske
9/23/2016 8:05:13 AM



I just want to let the public know be very aware that these comments are not always true and anyone including the judges family, friends, and associates can make anonymous comments. I don't know this judge I just wanted to get this comment in.

Paul L. Jenkins, Esq.
Judge: Robin R Palenske
9/4/2016 2:19:17 PM



Judge Palenske has been the recipient of some incredibly false and ridiculous critiques on this board. Firstly, her award rate is in line with the national average, which would itself indicate that she is applying the law faithfully and fairly. As a highly successful SSDI attorney, I have appeared before her many times. She rightly expects lawyers to fully and thoroughly present their cases. She listens more than she talks, and many of her colleagues on the Bench could learn from the thoughtful way in which she conducts her hearings. She is always respectful and courteous to each and every claimant, and always arrives at well reasoned legal conclusions regardless of whether the outcome is an award or a denial. If you have a good lawyer who follows Judge Palenske's specific pre-hearing instructions, and takes the time to carefully develop your testimony in court, this judge will award your case, provided that the medical evidence supports the severity of your allegations. By all standards of judicial fairness, temperament, and preparation, Judge Palenske is a model ALJ.

NA
Judge: Carla McMichael
8/30/2016 11:06:31 AM



Excellent judge. Thoroughly reviews claimant's file before the hearing. Concise and to the point while still being polite, professional and compassionate.

dina cowger
Judge: Glenn M Embree
8/29/2016 11:42:34 AM



This is for Judge Glenn Embree. I am desperate.I went before him on Feb19 2016. My representation(lawyer) hasn't been able to resolve my case. IRS claims I didn't file 2013 taxes , but I did. I've submitted all documents , and still no resolution. Please help me .I've contacted every office , but no one can help me. My # is 404-246-1147 My name is Dina Cowger. I'm begging please help me.

Shawnythia Walton
Judge: Melinda L Dula
8/24/2016 4:43:33 AM



Judge Melinda Dula, definitely doesn't have a heart!!! She denied my moms case. My mom has suffered from epilepsy for the past 20+ years and has basically took over her mind. It's like living with a parent that suffers from Alzheimer's where they remember some things but can't remember other things. It breaks my heart to know that she is continuously depressed because she hates that she can't work to take care of herself and has to depend on others to take care of her finincally. Not even that but if she didn't have family that stepped up to the plate she would be homeless because she doesn't have any source of income. What these judges forget is that work for the people but they don't have people in mind. One day they will be faced with the same problems that these people face and that's when they will fully understand the magnitude of what these people go through on a daily bases. What these judges also fail to realize is that God always has the final so and he always wins! God has my mom and always has, we will continue to keep the faith!


Judge: Brendan F Flanagan
7/29/2016 1:06:06 PM



To classify this guy as a Judge is an injustice to American society. His personal opinions out weighing medical facts, treatments and documentation ( by PHYSICIANS) which he is not, is an absolute disgrace. To simply put it, he is a waste of taxpayers money, whom I myself have paid . ALL of this idiots cases should be IMMEDIATELY reviewed by The Appeals Board and him REMOVED not only from the ALJ position, but disbarment from law practice FOREVER! If you're going to be arrogant and condescending, at least be Smart and fair!

John Ward
Judge: Robin R Palenske
7/24/2016 8:16:43 AM



She made me feel very comfortable considering my health issues. I have a problem staying focused and communicating to people. I'm waiting for her decision and pray that it is favorable. This was written for me by Gwen Ward my wife.

nedra
Judge: Karen A Cornick
5/28/2016 12:34:38 PM



I'm waiting on her to make a decision on my disability. Lord Jesus after reading all of these comment I just say Mercy Lord!!!!!!


Judge: Brendan F Flanagan
5/18/2016 11:54:31 AM



I am appealing this man's decision. Not only did he fail to consider all medical records he makes false statements regarding testimony given. Hope the appeals council reviews my trial transcripts.

P Davis
Judge: Karen A Cornick-Craig
5/9/2016 12:12:47 PM



May 09, 2016 She is freakin awful!!!!! I am so disgusted!!!!! HEARING DATE: February 10, 2016 May 09, 2016: Still no decision has been made. 1. She conducted my entire hearing without having acccess to review my treating physicians medical records or supporting documentation. 2. She waited until the end of the hearing to informed me that my medical records were not in my eletronic file. 3. Actually that was not true. My medical records were in the file, she just failed to search my file properly. 4. How could she have given me a fair hearing when she never reviewed any of my medical records or supporting documentation? 5. She just basically asked me gerneric questions but nothing pertaining to my disability claim. 6. No decision has been made yet, What should I do at this point?

Relieved in Atlanta
Judge: Kyle C Alexander
5/6/2016 12:26:09 PM



I was very surprised with the judge, after reading these comments I'll admit I was worried about nothing. I found Judge Alexander to be very nice and seemed to really listen to what I had to say. He was pressed for time, but allowed my attorney to present the particulars about my case. After testifying and answering the questions he had, I was approved. Part of my case was not even presented due to missing doctor notes! I can only say to be prepared to testify. It's not just about a diagnosis but how the diagnosis affects you and your ability to work. A vocational expert will be there to testify about any work you may be able to do despite your disability. Make sure you have proper documentation also. You need to be under a doctors care, and not just go in with an opinion from a doctor.

l gilchrease
Judge: Robin R Palenske
3/28/2016 8:38:48 PM



She fabricates, cherry-picks, and manipulates evidence to conform to a predetermined decision. Does not know the meaning of "Judge" and does not deserve the title.


Judge: Glenn M Embree
3/21/2016 10:13:16 AM



this is a very fair judge, doesn't try to make you fill guilty for being disabled. He is very much straight forward in getting to the facts of your case.

John
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!

Advocate
Judge: Edward T Morriss
3/9/2016 3:03:16 PM



This man is utterly clueless. He hasn't got the faintest idea how to apply Social Security's Rulings to the facts. For example, he found, without the aid of a VE, that a limitation to frequent handling and fingering has no impact on the light, unskilled job base. The Appeals Council will be busy dealing with these decisions.

Freedom
Judge: Frederick McGrath
3/3/2016 8:52:02 AM



He is The hardest working ALJ in the Nation and that office!!!


Judge: Brendan F Flanagan
11/16/2015 4:11:39 PM



I found Judge Flanagan to be very thorough, and his line of questioning was thoughtful and precise. He is clearly dedicated to only awarding SSDI benefits to those who are truly unable to work, which I personally find commendable. Yes, he does ask some questions several times after re-wording them, but as long as the applicant is being honest, the answers should always be the same, regardless of how the question is framed. Sadly, there are MANY people who apply for SSDI who are not truly disabled; Judge Flanagan makes every effort to ferret such people out and deny them benefits. While it is unfortunate that the general mindset toward SSDI applicants is that they are able-bodied until they prove themselves to be disabled beyond a shadow of a doubt, applicants can thank the MANY people who try to scam the system and obtain benefits when they are not truly disabled for this. In other words, Judge Flanagan is not "the bad guy" in this scenario. To the contrary, it is the lying deadbeats who stand before him and his colleagues claiming to be disabled when they are not who have made the journey to receiving SSDI benefits as tedious and demeaning as it is. I am giving Judge Flanagan four stars instead of five because I did not agree with his decision to award my counsel full legal fees. As he was aware, she made a number of serious mistakes/oversights in presenting my case, and was extremely unprofessional. When Judge Flanagan contacted me and asked for my input, I provided what I felt was a solid argument as to why my attorney did not deserve to be awarded full compensation. While I was disappointed with his decision to award her the full $6,000, I was otherwise quite pleased with his handling of my case. I realize there will be many people who disagree with my opinion - but it is just that: MY opinion, based on MY personal experience with Judge Flanagan. Clearly, people rush to post negative remarks about Judge Flanagan when they are not awarded benefits. My hope is that my positive experience with Judge Flanagan will balance things out a bit. If your SSDI hearing has been assigned to Judge Flanagan's calendar, I believe you will get a fair hearing. If you are truly disabled and provide a scrupulously honest testimony, you will likely receive a favorable ruling. Is it possible that Judge Flanagan sometimes makes a mistake and denies benefits to someone who is truly disabled? Of course - he is human. Judge Flanagan has a responsibility to all taxpayers to be as thorough as possible when hearing cases and rendering decisions, and I believe it is to his credit that he takes that responsibility very seriously.


Judge: Nikki A Flowers
11/3/2015 8:05:48 PM



I thought she did not have a lot of knowledge on what social security finds to be disabled. when she was not sure of a case she leans toward denial.

wade kirkley
Judge: Brendan F Flanagan
10/25/2015 7:55:11 AM



I was in the 207 denied. He judged my personal life instead of medical thats wrong. I wake up all time thinking what i should have told him. My attorney suxs.when we first walked in the judgement room my atty daid judge i have another case in 45 mins judge said it wont take to long i was scared to day anything my atty advised me to say as little as possible. Now if i could work no one hire me im a liability. Ins cost to much. Im screwed thank judge for everything u didnt do. Now how am i going to support my family. I havent able to by christmas gifts for 2 years

Rebecca
Judge: Kyle C Alexander
10/16/2015 2:38:06 PM



I had a hearing with Him and he was extremely caring and really put my anxiety at ease to where I was able to explain myself and go into great detail of how bad my physical and psychological disabilities are. I was so scared for months before my hearing. I was mentally and physically exhausted. He took the time to listen to me and was so sweet to me. Thank you your Honor I now feel like a big heavy weight has been lifted off of my chest. God bless you!

Margaret Gibson
Judge: Dale D Glendening
9/9/2015 10:43:24 AM



My records speak for themselves. However, when a judge makes decisions based on how he chooses to rewrite records - I take issue with that. His warbled decision has left me desolate. The sad thing is that he will continue this behavior as long as he is in that position. It's scary to know he controlled not only my well being but countless others, as his record states. Perhaps a lesson in the difference between a heart attack and cardiac arrest (which is what I actually suffered) would be a great start. Then let's teach him about the psychological after effects of said experience along with an extreme medical history of cardiac issues that was also voided to said judge but never once mentioned in decision. Or how about the fact that I did not smoke for 15-20 years @2 packs a day, as he claimed. Or the fact that I wasn't admitted to the hospital a few months later for a "panic attack" but for Ventricular Tachycardia which is a constant extremely rapid heart best - and into open heart surgery within a week thereafter. (240 beats a minutes for episodes of 2-3 minutes at a time) but that's a panic attack??? Getting psychological treatment is difficult with no insurance and not even being able to determine all physical issues. Back issues are difficult to prove when doctor no longer has records available and no "surgical" treatment" was received - Ben after informed said judge that due to pretty much lifelong use of anticoagulants tends to dissuade certain surgical procedures. Really? These are just a few examples of his inability to correctly interpret and understand medical terminology, which makes me ask.....WHY IS HE STILL EMPLOYED???

Kathy
Judge: Glenn M Embree
8/26/2015 2:46:54 AM



Very honest,fair,compassionate man all around compitent judge


Judge: F. J Hughes
8/18/2015 12:42:50 PM



Review the number of approval percentages below, and ask yourself the question, "Did the law change in 2013, or did the ALJ change?" One should expect better from this ALJ, who is a good man, but has clearly succumbed to internal pressures.


Judge: Dale D Glendening
8/3/2015 1:44:03 PM



I think he is Bias and he does not take the time to review the facts of his cases. I have been before this judge 3 times and had medical records proving my disability and he denied me within 10 days and closed out my case. The reason I feel like he has his picks, is because I filed before the appeals counsel and they reopened my case, sent it back, and told him to review it again.

m Elliott
Judge: Kyle C Alexander
8/3/2015 5:16:30 AM



My wife is suffering from severe depression from losing our son in 1999 been in and out of institutions even a 6 month stay in Columbus whats wrong with this judge

Tolen
Judge: Leroy C Bryant
7/9/2015 11:12:30 AM



Excellent Judge! He has a great grasp of not only the law, but the pain the claimants go through. In my opinion, the best judge to handle your case. He doesn't just assume we're making this stuff up!

seg
Judge: Todd S Colarusso
7/8/2015 12:50:13 PM



he was very sympathetic and really looked at my case. favorable decision within 3 weeks.


Judge: Melinda L Dula
6/19/2015 5:08:41 PM



She doesn't have heart..... You suppose to help people to get what they need you have denied my my mother 5 years ago an she has been waiting 8 years now it seem like judges want people to die cause yall really don't know what a person go threw or has been . A few word on a paper doesn't means anything think about that . I give you my blessing even doe you denied hers

Lee Brown
Judge: Todd S Colarusso
6/15/2015 8:01:49 AM



This judge clearly MISSTATED the facts .lied . even when the voc tech said no jobs , why have a voc tech in there . I seen this judge within a year of filing ,then they wait 3 yrs to mail my appeal paperwork to WRONG address then he took what a ER doc said 2 years prior to filing to help him deny me . Bet he wouldn't take a ER doc saying how I cant work as a reason to approve .Ignored my 3 other docs saying I CANT work .. Thanks alot ! is this why some ppl lie and file in another state ?

Shawanda King
Judge: S. Charles Murray
5/19/2015 8:17:06 PM



Judge Murray was very organized and concerned about my son. He is really a good judge and is fair.

Steven Kirks
Judge: Brendan F Flanagan
5/14/2015 12:13:04 PM



Judge Flanagan flat out lied to me. Then did not even have the decency to send me notice that he dismissed my appeal. I was told to wait until a decision was reached and finally called only to find out he had dismissed my case two months prior. Talk about ineptitude.

Abogado
Judge: Dale D Glendening
5/9/2015 7:12:47 AM



This ALJ has a 2% approval rate for Fiscal Year 2015. Draw your own conclusions.


Judge: Kyle C Alexander
4/16/2015 4:20:59 PM



I just had a hearing in front of him and he approved me on the spot! Remember if necessary, you can appeal the judges decision. I found the Judge to be rather caring and he took the time to listen and read the brief and any other information as he saw fit.


Judge: S. Charles Murray
4/14/2015 9:46:58 AM



The whole process was intimidating at first, but he soon made me feel very comfortable. I felt like he cold sympathize with me. Whether I approved or not, I don't know, but he was nice.


Judge: Heather Joys
2/24/2015 12:16:56 PM



To whoever wrote the comment about Judge Joys, she has not been at the atlanta downtown hearing office in a long time, so are you talking about an old case or did you recently have a hearing? If you had a new hearing in atlanta it was not likely Judge Joys but i could be wrong

Teresia Watts
Judge: Heather Joys
2/16/2015 10:57:04 AM



I don't feel she is fair. One would have to meet her on their dying bed. She sees color when she makes her decisions. I feel she does everything she can to make you drop your case even if you are living on the streets. You can be assured that if she had her way everyone would be denied.


Judge: Nikki A Flowers
2/9/2015 8:19:51 AM



I went to court for the second time ! My appeal got her decision revoked and lucky me had another court date! She couldn't make a decision because records that were faxed to her got lost!!! LOL ! So the info has been there because I collected and turned in the information! I was told by the professional person that says if u can work! He agreed I can't work! After 6 years you think degenerative disc disease would be approved ! No i have lost everything and now losing hope period ! I'm stuck in a room waiting and will not keep waiting I'm done! My life is ruined! Thanks for all the help!

Atlanta Advocate
Judge: Robin R Palenske
1/26/2015 12:12:17 PM



One of the worst judges in this office. Doesn't use vocational experts. Forgets to swear in witnesses. Sits on denials for months at a time. Will find the dumbest reasons to hold the record open in cases. For people that have waited years to have their cases heard, be prepared to wait even longer to hear back from her. Poor doesn't properly describe the job that she does. Taxpayers definitely deserve more.


Judge: Melinda L Dula
1/13/2015 2:11:46 PM



Still waiting on a decision,with a letter from my doctor stating that I can not work pages of medical problems over three months no decision. I have been out work three years and can't get any help. I know undeserving people who got it in a few months really what am I supposed to do

ficcamycup
Judge: Edward T Morriss
1/2/2015 9:18:39 AM



I had my hearing in October 2014 with Judge Morris and I am happy to say that I I just received a fully favorable decision in the mail. I had come here and read comments about this judge many times before court and was scared to death to appear in front of him. I kept calm and talked to my attorney basically while he listened. He only asked me a handful of questions, there was no VE or ME present and I thought sure I was going to lose. I answered all the questions as truthfully as I could and didn't try to sugarcoat anything. Everything I said matched my medical papers. He listened to my answers and was very nice when he spoke to me. So, for those reading now although he is a tough judge he does give approvals. I pray for those going through all this. It is hard and I was very close to being homeless. With the help of my children we have barely made it. I am still waiting for benefits so I am not out of the water yet. God Bless the ones coming to this site now.

Carmen allen
Judge: J. S Childs
12/14/2014 3:08:05 PM



He make the process so simply and understanding.i am happy that he was my Judge regardless of the outcome of order


Judge: Edward T Morriss
10/28/2014 10:27:07 AM



I had the unfortunate circumstance to have Judge Morriss as my judge for my hearing. I thought that only after a hearing can a judge make a decision. Isn't that what a hearing is for? This judge determined my case unfavorable before the hearing. A vocational expert was not in attendance. The only reason why a vocation expert would not be in attendance is if the judge decided he is definitely going to find the outcome favorable or definitely find it unfavorable. The 17% approval rate and a 62% denial rate says everything anyone needs to know about him. This is not free money Judge Morriss. I paid over 45 years into Social Security. I hope that Judge Morriss or anyone in his family does not have to suffer hardships and have to go groveling to a man like him. Judge Morriss - There but for the grace of God go I. Shame on you.


Judge: Edward T Morriss
10/24/2014 8:40:51 PM



My husband is 90% disabled with a joint finding of the VA and DOD rating scale. He was denied by Judge Morriss after waiting almost the full 6 months for his decision. Two medical boards found that he was unable to do any reasonable/relatable work and that he was no longer able to function under the normal requirements of the general work force and still denied by Judge Morriss! We are currently asking for an appeal on the council level and I truly hope his stats finally reach the appropriate eyes and something is done about him.

Unknown2
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: J. S Childs
6/12/2014 1:06:47 PM



No complaints..very compassionate human being. Whatever the decision he renders I am glad I had him.


Judge: Dale D Glendening
6/12/2014 3:47:31 AM



He is slow to issue opinions and slow to schedule your hearings. He adds another 12 months to your case if assigned.


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!

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



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


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



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


Judge: Brendan F Flanagan
4/29/2014 8:42:10 AM



Should be removed from the bench. He has an agenda. Denies approximately 90 percent of claims. I have had clients die shortly after he denied their claim. He has no business being a judge. A disgrace.

Jeff Spence
Judge: Harry E Siegrist
3/28/2014 3:08:06 AM



I dont know Harry Siegrist,,,what I am aware of is that what was discussed during the hearing was ignored on my unfavorable decision. Nothing in me understands Is the system designed to leave some completely in the dark. My mind is so beyond normal worked over 2 dozen jobs in 13 years yet SSA states my impairments are not severe enough, wow. They have found me disabled but they claim its not total disable its only partially disable,,,What part is that? Diagnosed with Major Depressive disorder and other disorders as well but,,they say Im invested in being sick how does someone do that. 2 years Ive been getting federally funded as well as federally funded run around. I take prozac and trazdone Do people have a clue what I take them for. This has been my experience Take your meds and good luck,,wow some country we live in Aint no help or hope for folks like myself,,Im doomed. Jeff Spence Atlanta Ga. God bless humanity


Judge: Kyle C Alexander
3/10/2014 8:57:08 AM



I have an upcoming hearing and after reading the above comments I am scared my case will be denied. Any suggestions? I do have a Lawyer, but any comments would be greatly appreated.


Judge: Kyle C Alexander
2/26/2014 8:19:59 PM



This judge have to remember one day he will be judged and it want be good....he deny peoples that is really sick and need help...You are one low down dirty man. Courteous he are that's what fake and sneaky people do laugh in your face while hurting you behind your back. I guess he was bullet at school and now he think he got power to hurt peoples but you hurting the wrong one.


Judge: Edward T Morriss
2/24/2014 1:57:58 PM



I had a hearing with this judge in October. It is now almost March. Only one action has been taken on my case. I was informed by SSA that he has 6 months to make a decision. It seems as though he is going to take every moment of that time to make a decision. If you happen to read this Judge Morriss, you should consider that citizens (you know..the people who worked and paid taxes?) can't sustain years without income. The time you take to deny far more claims than you approve can leave people homeless, and penniless. I understand that you must consider all arguments, but these delays are cruel and damaging to families. All I can say is that while I found you to be polite and professional, your lengthy decision making process is unfair. If you believe that every disabled person should wait this long after an already long hearing process, you do not have our interests at heart. While you collect a paycheck, some of us are struggling to feed our families. I worked for this insurance. I got hurt. I didn't ask for this. I am sure that I will not be one of the few that you feel qualifies for the insurance I paid into because I had the misfortune of being randomly assigned to your docket. All I can say is that I hope you are a better person in the real world than you are within ODAR. I will appeal my case to next level, and it will be overturned or I will file a new claim and hope that I get a judge who realizes that those cases stacking up in front of them represent real people who need their cases heard and answered. God bless you, Judge Morriss. Everyone has to answer to someone for their indifference and hatred for those less fortunate than ourselves.


Judge: Brendan F Flanagan
2/19/2014 9:57:49 PM



SSA should remove this person from the bench before more deserving American citizens die because he illegally and improperly denied their claim. He does not understand the law or how to apply it. If you case is assigned to this judge, you should demand that your case be assigned to a different judge before your hearing is held.


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!!

McNeill
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.

Myllette Puckett
Judge: Harry E Siegrist
2/3/2014 2:08:52 PM



Very concerned with ones health and well-being.


Judge: Dale D Glendening
1/7/2014 12:32:57 PM



He was extremely professional and had read the file. He was quick to hone in on areas of exaggeration or problematic testimony. He could combat overstatement by relying on evidence in the record and he required evidence for all broad statements or conjecture. Firm, but fair.


Judge: Karen A Cornick
11/17/2013 5:00:18 PM



I totally agree with everyone about this judge. I received my unfavorable decision yesterday. There was a lot of untruths in my decision letter after it was determined that I have four different types of arthritis, depression, rototor cuff syndrome,and diabetes I was still denied. It was also determined that I could be a ticket giver even though I can barely use my hands.

Happy and blessed!
Judge: Robin R Palenske
11/15/2013 3:17:42 AM



She was very good the evidence spoke for its self! Fully favorable!


Judge: Dale D Glendening
11/10/2013 2:39:49 PM



i feel no judge should ever make an impartial decesion since his title does not come under the medical field and no judge can look at a person and tell them how they do or dont feel


Judge: Edward T Morriss
9/24/2013 1:29:50 PM



I just found out that Judge Morriss is going to be my ALJ. Looking at his statistics, I am wondering if I should even bother going. My disability has been life changing for my whole family, but I now doubt that I am going to see a dime of the money I worked to pay into the system that is supposed to protect me should I become disabled. His approval rating is 16% less than ALL ALJ's in his office. That to me sounds like he is more likely to deny cases that other judges would approve. I sincerely hope that I receive a fair chance at trial, but I have my doubts. There are no other comments here regarding this judge, but I am preparing for what will most likely be a loss. I did find out that judges review the case before the cases are scheduled to determine if there is enough evidence to make a favorable decision without a hearing. If the case is reviewed prior to scheduling, why would the outcome be any different 30 days later? It would seem any judge has already made up their mind before going to hearing. That borders on prejudice if you ask me. I hope that I am wrong about this judge and his record. I hope that I am the 1 in 4 that wins. If not, I have no idea how we are going to make it. I worked for this insurance, it was not handed to me/

Ms. Rose
Judge: O. Lisa Dabreu
8/22/2013 11:17:33 AM



It was very nice seeing an confidently smart African American Judge. I use to want to be a lawyer before i got sick. I have been working since i was 14, and hate that I became ill. With no help or family it is hard taking care of 5 children disable. I love my children so I will continue to fight the good fight of faith. I have lost everything my home, car, credit, ambition, & husband. I just pray that approved or denied. God will use me to continue to spread faith hope & love, I do believe I am pregnant with divine purpose so I will wait to see what the end will be.


Judge: Dale D Glendening
8/5/2013 9:46:59 AM



What a bunch of whiners & losers. I have known this judge for years. If you are disabled, he pays the case. Those of you who are trying to cheat the system, you deserve what you get. It's people like you who clog up the system so those who are truly disabled have to wait. And yes, he does review the files before he has hearings. You claimants' reps are not only lazy, you're clueless. Why not try doing your job right for a change, instead of pissing and moaning about a judge who disagrees with you becuase he realizes your claimant is faking.

Mr Tinney
Judge: S. Charles Murray
6/15/2013 12:35:42 AM



Judge Murray was very professional I appreciate his fairness. He was complimentary to me for being a great support for my wife. Thank You


Judge: Nikki A Flowers
6/10/2013 5:51:05 PM



ALJ Flowers very professional and straight forward.


Judge: Kyle C Alexander
5/17/2013 8:54:43 AM



The chances of getting a fair hearing before this Judge are not good. It almost appears he has a bias toward injured claimants. Any adverse medical opinion will be adopted in his decision. If there is not an adverse opinion in the record, he will send out for one. He is very courteous as he guts your case.


Judge: S. Charles Murray
5/9/2013 7:13:12 PM



I really appriciated that he asked my daughter(who I am filing for) to leave before we talked about her condition. It's really hard to make your kids feel as "normal" as possible then turn around and let her hear about how she will never be "normal". The judge we had before made her stay in the room.


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: Harry E Siegrist
4/14/2013 6:40:13 PM



Very thorough and personable.

Robert Bishop
Judge: Nikki A Flowers
4/14/2013 11:40:35 AM



This ALJ seemed to me as straightforward and fair. My lawyer bailed on me two days before hearing, and I decided to represent myself. She explained proceedings, and seemed to try to put me at ease. She struck me as impartial to past denial, and more than willing to weigh all evidence on both sides to make a fair and just judgment.I think to many people are looking at her approval/denial ratings, and jumping to conclusions.If you have the evidence, which you need in any case no matter who the ALJ is, she will render a just and fair decision.


Judge: Brendan F Flanagan
4/5/2013 7:54:14 AM



I wouldn't love him as a taxpayer either. He wastes money. Why don't we just save money by not having a hearing since he routinely goes with the agency opinion no matter what. Not to mention the waste of money from appealing it to the AC and then having it remanded only to go in front of this fool again.


Judge: S. Charles Murray
4/4/2013 1:38:14 PM



Seems to start every hearing with, "Now I'm a federal judge. Don't lie to me, now. Can you be truthful?" Just be prepared for it.


Judge: Dale D Glendening
4/4/2013 1:31:32 PM



Which Judge Glendening will show up on any given day? I've seen days where he approves all 5 cases without a second thought. Other days, he denies them all. It does not seem to be about merit.


Judge: Nikki A Flowers
4/4/2013 1:26:05 PM



She starts out as a denial, then basically challenges you to change her mind. There is nothing of merit about her.


Judge: Brendan F Flanagan
4/4/2013 1:06:31 PM



Interesting guy. Uber conservative. He asks the same question many times, then if any of the answers are not identical, concludes that the testimony is inconsistent. Plays "gotcha" with the evidence. Starts from an "unfavorable" vantage, and is rarely moved from it. Looks like he really enjoys the torment of the hearings process. Lulls the rep into a sense of complacency by posing favorable hypotheticals that he has absolutely no intention of ever considering. In his eyes, everyone is a faking cheat. As a taxpayer, I love him. Otherwise, not so much.


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).

Frank jackson
Judge: Nikki A Flowers
3/13/2013 9:13:27 PM



I like her she seems fair and nice


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.

Shannon
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.

Caretaker
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: Lorenzo Level
2/22/2013 6:13:11 PM



Nice guy, quiet, polite.


Judge: Robin R Palenske
2/12/2013 11:45:21 AM



Judge Palenske is horrendously unfair. She shot us down on a very solid case, but didn't just deny it. She sat on it for over six months before issuing the denial. Absolutely unacceptable.


Judge: Todd S Colarusso
1/22/2013 11:27:09 AM



judge todd colarusso is a very fair judge he know if you are really disable thank you for being the judge for atlanta


Judge: Dale D Glendening
1/21/2013 4:19:23 PM



Dale is leading the pack on the worst approval rate, which is pretty amazing considering that Fishman is in Atlanta now. Of course, the odds of seeing him for a hearing is slim, since he has only heard 31 cases since October 1 at the beginning of the fiscal calendar. It makes one wonder - how does this ALJ justify his princely salary?


Judge: Kerry Morgan
1/15/2013 4:49:23 PM



Nice lady. A lot younger than what i expected, but she was really nice and pretty. My attorney told me she used to represent claimants. . She got to the point and didn't beat around bush so I liked that about her.


Judge: Melinda L Dula
12/12/2012 10:53:56 AM



I am still waiting on my decision, but I wanted to say that I thought she was very polite and professional. She is a Judge overseeing a case, so yes there must be evidence proven as with any case.


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



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


Judge: Karen A Cornick
12/6/2012 4:23:58 PM



Absolutely terrible.

Michigan Freemason
Judge: Harry E Siegrist
10/11/2012 11:44:33 AM



A very intellectual judge who knows the law and reviews his cases on factual evidence. I hold the highest regard for the Honorable Judge Siegrist!

Sandra Benton
Judge: Robin R Palenske
9/30/2012 12:12:10 PM



very few questions.Let the lawyer who knew very little about me ask the questions. not very happy.

Ms.G
Judge: Robert T Jackson
9/23/2012 7:29:43 PM



I have been waiting since July 11th for a decision. Everytime my lawyer checks the status it's still on the judges desk. Can anyone tell me how long does it take for him to give a decision..geesh. I'm losing everything! !!


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: Robin R Palenske
9/12/2012 4:22:13 PM



Her conservative personality should have nothing to do with how she decides claims. She is to appy the rule of law and to take a fresh look at each individual claim.


Judge: Brendan F Flanagan
9/12/2012 9:43:20 AM



This guy seems to think that all DDS decisions are correct. They why have ALJs? If this is acceptable performance, then let's go straight from DDS to civil court. Hope you lose your job, ALJ (i.e. not a real judge) Flanagan.


Judge: Dale D Glendening
9/10/2012 4:15:10 PM



I agree with the other post here. I went before him without a lawyer and he pretty much said he didn't want to hear from me and for me to go get a lawyer. I checked his record and he has only fully approved 15 cases while denying 35. You better have a lawyer and a good case if you go before him.


Judge: Robin R Palenske
9/7/2012 10:30:04 AM



Space Cadet. Which Judge Palenske will show on a given day? On bad days, she has sworn in witnesses more than once. Asks very few questions in general. While I tend to share her conservative philosophy, she is not an easy judge.


Judge: S. Charles Murray
9/7/2012 10:27:15 AM



Gentlemanly. Seems to have studied the file beforehand, and has more than an inkling of how to proceed to a decision.


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: Heather Joys
9/7/2012 10:22:43 AM



Extremely pleasant. Generally non-confrontational, but not a bleeding heart. Seems to pay much attention to testimony - nearly as much as to the evidence in file.


Judge: Robert T Jackson
9/7/2012 10:21:19 AM



Judge Jackson will literally wear out the claimant on postural and exertional limitations, so prepare well beforehand. Seems generally oriented toward the claimant. Not afraid to make a decision before all evidence is received.


Judge: F. J Hughes
9/7/2012 10:19:34 AM



Nice guy. Misleading, in that he will lead you to think one way about his hypotheticals, and later determines a less restrictive hypothetical to be more appropriate. Often has not read the case by the time of the hearing.


Judge: Dale D Glendening
9/7/2012 10:17:48 AM



A self-absorbed little pissant. Bully. Arbitrary. Mercurial.


Judge: Nikki A Flowers
9/7/2012 10:16:41 AM



She seemed to start in Atlanta as an uber-tough judge, but seems to have mellowed as of late. Fair but tough. Tends to ask a lot of clarifying questions during testimony.


Judge: Glenn M Embree
9/7/2012 10:15:03 AM



Asks many questions himself, most geared toward getting to the crux of the case theory. Transparent. Not tricky. Does not like substance use.


Judge: Melinda L Dula
9/7/2012 10:14:09 AM



Seems overly impressed with herself. Evidence must be there, and you must point it out.


Judge: O. Lisa Dabreu
9/7/2012 10:13:21 AM



Fair, but not a pushover. Evidence must be in file. Often does not use VEs, and when she does, she seems to have difficulty constructing hypotheticals. Uses non-standard adjectives in hypotheticals.


Judge: Karen A Cornick
9/7/2012 10:11:23 AM



Grumpy. Disengaged. Definite bent toward denial. Will at times ignore compelling evidence in file without comment. Tricky hypotheticals.


Judge: Todd S Colarusso
9/7/2012 10:10:09 AM



Fair and transparent. Nothing "tricky" about him.


Judge: Leroy C Bryant
9/7/2012 10:09:02 AM



Has both an excellent grasp of the issues, and a heart for the claimant. Great ALJ. Do not BS him.


Judge: Larry A Auerbach
9/7/2012 10:07:59 AM



Appears to be confused or disorganized much of the time. Nice enough.


Judge: Lorenzo Level
9/2/2012 7:39:56 AM



WORKPLACE BULLY!


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



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


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



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


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



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


Judge: O. Lisa Dabreu
7/23/2012 10:09:14 AM



She is a fair judge. Her hypotheticals will mirror hard evidence in the file, so get you file squared away prior to the hearing.


Judge: Robin R Palenske
7/10/2012 6:01:00 PM



If you don't have representation, you don't stand a chance with Judge Palenske. She and the sytem work against those of us who cannot afford an attorney due to the length of time waiting to be heard. Beware!


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: Dale D Glendening
6/29/2012 9:07:19 AM



It seems pretty safe to say he hasn't got a clue what a claim is about, hasn't really examined a file prior to the hearing, and isn't capable of grasping the issues of a claimant during the hearing either. Other than that, this is a great judge.


Judge: Robin R Palenske
6/28/2012 5:28:12 PM



Obviously trying to be "THE" tough ALJ. "Trying" for sure.


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



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

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



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


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



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


Judge: Robin R Palenske
5/23/2012 2:09:32 PM



Fair


Judge: Brendan F Flanagan
5/15/2012 8:43:15 PM



His approval rating hs gone consistently down over the last couple of years. I think his decisions are poorly written. He comes across as an arrogant jerk.

Jason Stewart
Judge: Karen A Cornick
5/3/2012 12:03:11 PM



I Really think its time she Retires. She is someone who should not be a judge, And if she is gonna stay a judge she really needs to look over cases more so then she does.


Judge: Brendan F Flanagan
4/30/2012 5:20:14 AM



thank you disability pro you are 100 percent rite with what you have said we are in the market for a new laywer to represent us on our apeal if interested write eback and i will foward my info


Judge: Karen A Cornick
4/24/2012 9:33:34 AM



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Tom
Judge: Karen A Cornick
4/20/2012 6:54:04 PM



I Also think judge Karen Cornick does not look over files corectly. My partner was giving less then 14 months to live and have been awaiting her decision almost 5 months. It should have been a very open and closed case


Judge: Todd S Colarusso
4/20/2012 2:24:35 PM



Previously a claimant's attorney. Generally fair, but some of his denials are clearly contrived. He is keying on something in such cases that turns him off but I have yet to identify it.


Judge: Robin R Palenske
4/20/2012 2:22:00 PM



Frighteningly poor.


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






Judge: Karen A Cornick
4/9/2012 7:10:55 PM



She is disengaged with a rather flat effect. She will basically have a representative handle all the questioning, and mainly solicit negative VE testimony. I doubt she bothers to read or familiarize herself with files before hearings, based on my observations. Her limited questioning to claimants certainly supports that view. Overall, she is one of the Atlanta ODAR's more unimpressive adjudicators.


Judge: Nikki A Flowers
4/9/2012 7:03:17 PM



To her credit, she demands superior preparation on the part of advocates, and will ultimately award a case if it's been expertly argued. Be ready to cite exhibits in support of a case theory, and be ready to defend any positions asserted. Be mindful that she tightly controls when and how representatives may rebut her on-the-record characterizations of what the evidence depicts. As a result of the friendly back and forth repartee that she enjoys, her hearings can run longer than average. While she can be difficult at times, I respect her reverence for process and her willingness to give a representative all the time he or she needs to make the best case.


Judge: Harry E Siegrist
4/2/2012 12:15:57 PM



A warm, wonderful, exceedingly wise Judge with a high pay rate.


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



Yea, This judge is dishonest.


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






Judge: Robert T Jackson
3/7/2012 8:17:46 AM



I went before Judge Robert T. Jackson, Jr last year for my disability hearing and received a full favorable disabiltiy and soon after that I was told that my case was being reviewed. My biggest problem is that I have been trying to get my disability since August of 2007, I was unable to get it then last year after all this time I was told that they are reviwing what he did my issue is that how can you have someone doing a job then turn around and change your minds about his position. I am a single parent with a 14 year old son I have lost my home and car as a resolute of the going back and forth that I have been through during the last 4 years how can I get any help if you tie the judges hands when he makes a choice in giving a person there disability.