Covington Ga, Georgia ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Covington Ga, Georgia, 10 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Covington Ga, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 19.0 months. The average case processing time in Covington Ga is 637 days.The Covington Ga average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 50%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Covington Ga ODAR office was last updated on 9/7/2017.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Covington Ga 10 19.0 months 637 days 2.0 18% 50% 32%
Georgia17.0 months595 days1.522%48%30%
National Average:18.0 months582 days1.921%45%34%
Hearing Wait Time: 19.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 2.04
Average Processing Time 637 days
Cases Pending 5032
Dispositions 3382
New Cases 2354
Hearings In Person 90%
Video Hearings 10%

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M. Clinton
Judge: Renita K Bivins
8/15/2017 3:03:32 AM

Judge Bivins was fair on my case I really was expecting a different outcome. She was very nice and funny, do not under estimate her, she will get the job done as long as you tell her the truth she will definitely cross examines you. I had a great outcome. Good luck to you all.

Judge: Kelley Fitzgerald
7/17/2017 1:26:34 PM

I have done disability battle with this judge for 7 straight years now. I was denied by her in 2011. I appealed and won the appeal by being remanded back in front of in 2014. She denied me again in 2014 and I appealed again and won my appeal. But on a second remand you are assigned to a different judge. I know it is proper to respect a judfes decision but in both of her written decisions her denial bordered on a personal attack. All this and I can't even hardly walk. This judge does not follow the law or pay much attention to medical evidence. I feel sorry for anyone who has to go in front of her. Fortunately her denials are often successfully appealed so don't lose hope.

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.

6/12/2017 5:48:04 PM

Judge Taylor is very understanding am glad he was my judge

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

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.

Tammie Neal
Judge: Troy M Patterson
5/16/2017 2:36:27 PM

Very nice and professional. Explained all facts. He really listened. Very thankful for his time. I give him 5stars

Kim M.
Judge: Melinda K Hart
4/28/2017 2:57:46 PM

I had my hearing in January of 2017. Although I am still waiting on Judge Hart to write up her decision, she ruled in my favor. I have nothing but great things to say. I was very nervous, anxious, embarrassed and depressed about my situation. Judge Hart was very kind and compassionate. She listened to my attorney as well as myself and took the time to really hear us. In no way did I feel rushed. The hard part now is waiting since I am 5 months in to the year with no healthcare or income and many cancelled doctor appointments. Thank you Judge Hart for helping to make this day go a little easier for me and showing me that there are still compassionate people out there.

Alice Neel
Judge: Kelley Fitzgerald
3/10/2017 1:38:26 PM

I have been disabled for 7yrs now My husband was a veteran and he passed away Oct 2016 He and I both took care of each other now since he has passed I'm about to loose everything We did not have life insurance and I'm not able to work. I hope and pray that she can help me this time I have fell into a depression because of all of this I hope she can help me Alice Neel

**** *** ******...
Judge: L. E Davis
3/1/2017 12:36:55 PM

someone needs to hang this ******.. Hes fighting for attorneys and our loving federal gov... **** him.. ***** look me and show up at my door ****** and i will ***** you in your ******* face. now you can say i am not disabled. dare you *****

Justice Seeker
Judge: Renita K Bivins
1/30/2017 5:54:33 PM


Judge: Kelley Fitzgerald
12/21/2016 1:03:52 PM

I was actually terrified when I heard I had this judge. I had read all the negative comments and it made me think I was royally screwed. However, that was not the case. It took eight months but she approved my full disability with back pay! Actually she did it just in time for Christmas. So my new year will definitely be looking up. Thank you so much Judge Fitzgerald!

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.

J Love
Judge: Melinda K Hart
10/20/2016 1:22:29 AM

Judge hart made me feel ok to talk to her about when i was shot. Its hard because my cousin was killed and he only got shot once and i got shot 3 times. She was very compassionate and caring. Didnt get my decision yet but still want to thank her no matter the decision.

Ms. Stokes
Judge: Kevin F Foley
9/4/2016 9:54:34 PM

I'd like to thank all of these judges for taking the time to hear the people's cases. As I'm sure it's a tough job, somebody has to do it, and I appreciate and respect them all for all they do. My case was heard in July and I received my decision in August. While I still do not fully understand the process of it all, I am saddened for those who are ultimately judged by the lives they've had to live , versus the disabilities they have to live with by no fault of their own. I could only hope that one day, life can be tolerable whereas it has been unbearable. Being born with something you have no control over is a fight within itself. Normal has never been a word in the vocabulary of my life. Without going into detail, I was denied..again. The fact that I keep getting denied isn't what hurts most, it's watching people abuse and lie to the same system that could look at my case/disability and say I don't believe you deserve it although your disability is "severe." I will continue to pray for all the others who struggle with life everyday, and have to prove their cases in court, and for the ones such as myself who lose their cases with good cause, good luck in the future.

Judge: Kristen Glover
8/22/2016 11:20:36 AM

I must admit that I went before this judge with overwhelming feelings of anxiety but just hoped and prayed for the best outcome based on my truth. Though her statistics show her to be tough, I think it's more that she is a no non sense judge. I found her to be very compassionate as if she was hearing someone like me for the first time ever; I had her undivided attention. She was making reference to my records so that I knew she'd read them. She challenged some of the contents in my records but I never felt bullied. She made me feel that she cared and I honestly believed that she did and could relate to my circumstances and how those circumstances led me to require assistance. I use to say that I want my life back however I have come to accept that it may not even be possible so now I just pray for a normal life again. I'm more than grateful for her professionalism and compassion.

Judge: Renita K Bivins
8/10/2016 1:24:45 PM

Judge Bivins seem to be fair, from previous comments I was expecting a totally different person, she asked question and listen to my response, was rather nice, VE seem to be a little confused from the judge question, my case, my problem was the vocational so called expert, not an expert at all, hopefully he didn't hurt my case :(

Judge: Renita K Bivins
8/10/2016 1:24:11 PM

Judge Bivins seem to be fair, from previous comments I was expecting a totally different person, she asked question and listen to my response, was rather nice, VE seem to be a little confused from the judge question, my case, my problem was the vocational so called expert, not an expert at all, hopefully he didn't hurt my case :(

Kenneth Flowers
Judge: Kevin F Foley
7/18/2016 5:13:27 PM

My wife has a lot if mental health problems and I are for her daily she has had them since age 11 and is now 31. My wife was seen infront of judge Foley on June 29 th and they already mailed decicion today! My wife said that he truly was concerned for her he was very compassionate. Some people have to understand there doing there job!! There are so any people out here faking diseases serious diseases. GID bless them. My wife did have quite a different experience with judge Foley...

Steven m potter
Judge: L. E Davis
6/6/2016 10:46:59 AM

No one is listening

Steven m potter
Judge: L. E Davis
6/6/2016 8:13:02 AM

My doctor's told me that I had one thing and charged me money for treatment but then told the judge that I was fine!! Then the consultant exam from SSI was texting someone while he was supposed to be giving me an exam!!! I have never been involved with so many liers!!! These people are all losers!! Lies lies lies!!! Don't waste your time just go and gang yourself cause that is you only option!

Steven m potter
Judge: L. E Davis
6/6/2016 8:06:26 AM

Don't waste your time! They will take truths and make them anything that works to their advantage. My BS rheumatologist tell me that I have spondylitis and give me poison that does work and says that I am better after it doesn't work and then gives me something stronger that doesn't work and then something else that doesn't work finally they said there is nothing that they can do and that I will only get worse. So they dropped me and said they cannot help me and referred me to pain management seeing how I got better!! All of my medical records are contradictory to what the doctors told lies lies lies!!!!!

Steven m potter
Judge: L. E Davis
6/5/2016 12:44:39 PM

I put so much FAITH in this guy.But like everyone else whom I thought cared just goes to show you i can not trust anyone. The CDC calls it abandonment I call just another LIE and more false hope. I thought if I could just make it until the hearing that I might be able to keep on living with just a little help.There is no reason to live in a world of lies and deceit. SSI if a fraud!

Steven m potter
Judge: L. E Davis
6/5/2016 7:44:16 AM

The VE said I cannot return to my old job and the VE said there were no jobs that I could do. My medical records show everything that that would make me me eligible for help! 4years of compiling evidence and I was still rejected!

Judge: Laurie A Bedell
5/22/2016 3:13:47 PM

Judge Bedell was compassionate, understanding and made me and my witness feel comfortable talking with her. As many of the previous comments posted here are not favorable to Judge Bedell, it is of my opinion, if they had legal counsel representing them, maybe their representative was not as thorough as they could have been on legitimate claims. My reason for stating this is because Judge Bedell seemed very pleased with the amount of information and how it was presented in the overview of my claim by my representative. I have not been fond of the legal system for quite some time but Judge Bedell gave me hope that there are Judges who care about following the law and the legal guidelines they are given. My experience was very positive and I have heard others state the same. I thank Judge Bedell for her professional and compassionate approach in my case and I thank the transponder for her friendly demeanor and the Vocational Expert for her thoroughness of the job market.

Judge: Kevin F Foley
5/11/2016 6:15:13 PM

I found Judge Foley to be very understanding. He has to listen to a lot of cases, yet he took time to hear mine.

Judge: Renita K Bivins
5/11/2016 10:21:09 AM

This woman does not understand the most basic aspects of disability law. Her 10% approval rate is so far outside the national bell curve that SSA needs to investigate why she is so far outside the national average - to be approving no more than 10% of cases assigned to her when the national average for approvals is a bit over 50% should make it clear that something is terribly wrong with the way this woman adjudicates cases. Recently, she demanded that a dead claimant (died in 2014 and it took SSA until March 2016 to hold the hearing) amend his alleged onset date to the following year simply because the claimant had earned SGA prior to his alleged onset date! She seems to be under the impression that if a person earns more than the SGA threshold amount in a given year then that person cannot be found disabled at any time in that year! It is inexcusable that SSA would allow someone who lacks understanding of one of the most fundamental aspects of disability law to work as a judge and pay them over $160K a year to improperly deny meritorious cases up to 90% of the time. If your case is assigned to this judge, you need to move into another jurisdiction so you can transfer your file out from under this judge before your hearing takes place.

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.

Judge: L. E Davis
4/24/2016 12:14:38 PM

I am not sure how it will turn out. ALJ Davis! This fellow really does care.. He was really listening, I cannot describe it. I feared that i would say to much, so i paraphrased how i felt to keep it short and to the point and i feel like he heard what i was trying to convey...if i am denied i hope that i feel the same way, but at that point nothing will really matter, because i tried, and i am running out of energy. Hypertension mixed with depression is an awful mix.

Judge: Kelley Fitzgerald
4/15/2016 4:17:08 PM

Although it took six months from my hearing for a decision, ODAR Judge Kelly Fitzgerald was very thorough, which one should expect for the job done right. I appreciate this. In the courtroom Judge Fitzgerald and staff showed courtesy which eased my fears greatly. All the staff including the security guards were a joy to be around on a very stressful day. Thank You and God Bless.

Mr. Gouge
Judge: Sherianne Laba
3/17/2016 12:22:16 PM

Best judge ever, fair, tough, doesnt put up with BS, but has a heart.

Stoke Victim at 31
Judge: Laurie A Bedell
3/10/2016 6:11:42 PM

She admitted that she did not review my records and she needed time. She was so pleasant but she did not listen to the VE or my doctors. What do you do when you don't qualify for SSA,( productive US citizen who worked since 15) medicaid (and you have a daughter) or food stamps? What are you supposed to do when the system, and the process turns their back on you and drags out the process until you give up or die? How are you supposed to see a doctor when you can't afford "Obama care" and you can't work bc you don't have feeling on your left side of your body? I understand some people don't deserve or have earned assistance! But what about the people who do? What about the people who paid into a system that abandons us? What about us and our children? I waited for my day patiently and at the end of this day I'm crushed! If you have her for a judge please please reschedule or ask for another judge. It's not worth your time or energy to go in front of her.

Judge: Renita K Bivins
3/9/2016 12:03:56 PM

I understand that in this day and time there is abuse to the system. I'm all for fairness and people not abusing the system. But Judge Bivins is ALL ABOUT the numbers so she can look good. She is the most uncompassionate person. She should take time to dive into people's lives and situations because she wants to deny on anything even if you can wash your own hair. She has no idea about mental concerns when a person has worked their whole life and they had a severe traumatic event happen to them that has left them barely surviving. I've been seen by the same doctor since my tragedy everything documented but Judge Bivins doesn't care that she is dealing with people's lives that are really in need and can ruin their life forever.

Judge: Edgar J Perkerson
1/7/2016 6:04:11 PM

This judge is a joke , I am disabled and cannot work. I suffer from ptsd, copd,high blood pressure, heart disease. I have been on this journey for almost ten years. God wil always make a way.

Clyde Barden
Judge: Ethan A Chase
12/5/2015 7:57:30 PM

I was very nervous at my hearing and couldn't explain all my problems but with Sarcoidosis it takes no activities at all to suffer day in and day out with severe pains and pulmonary problems of abnormal breathing.I didn't get a chance to explain the muscle discomfort with numbness throughout my body caused by sarcoids scaring between my soft tissue and bones which causes severe aches and pain..polyarthritis causing swelling and severe pain in my foot,ankle,knees,shoulders and elbows, that also causes me shortness of breath cause the pain are so severe.. I deal with skin rashes and scabies on my face,chest,back and legs that burns and itches.. I also have a high Gout level in my foot that causes me not to be able to where laced shoes and pain and stiffness in my shoulder... the fact that it cause no activities to suffer from these symptoms causes depression that adds on to my fatigue and causes chaos in concentration.. As one of my physicians stated; I'm all around screwed...

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.

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!

Dovetta Robinson
Judge: Laurie A Bedell
10/15/2015 3:28:25 PM

She moved pretty swiftly , I'm glad she was my judge great job

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

Judge: Kevin F Foley
7/21/2015 7:24:19 PM

I was insulted and laughed at by kevin foley. He is not fit to be called a judge. He said he didn't understand why I have problems holding my urine due to spinal injuries. He doesn't have MD after his name. He was very condescending to me and my injuries. He even questioned my mri disc that clearly showed the extent of my injuries. I have been out of work for three years due to my injuries. I had to move in with my Dad, who has retired and is now living on a fixed income. I am not as mobile because of the pain and depression. I have since gained about 60 lbs. Kevin foley feels my disability is mostly due to obesity. I had returned back to work for six months until I could no longer bare the pain. No one should be treated this way.

7/6/2015 5:09:31 PM

judge taylor not fair,has spanish voc lady,

Judge: Kevin F Foley
6/17/2015 6:52:38 PM

Just so some of you know, these judges work for the same government you're try to get your benefits from and as so will almost always rule against you no matter what kind of medical problems you have, they don't care about you or your families. I have been denied my claims since 2007 and was grilled not about my health problems by this judge but how I could afford to see a heart specialist when I had no income, didn't even get a chance to properly address his question because he cut me off very rudely. Another thing you need to take into consideration is that ALL of these judges have already reviewed your case long before you get into their so called courtroom and have already made their decisions!

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: 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: Kelley Fitzgerald
3/30/2015 5:04:35 PM

This judge will smile to your face and you the back as soon she denies you. she has the highest rejection rate out of all the judges and is 10% over the national average HOW CAN THIS BE. In my rejection letter she attacked my character instead of taking the word of an accredited Univesity doctor.

patricia sanchez
Judge: Laurie A Bedell
3/9/2015 10:21:01 AM

She did read all my medical reports and got the ball rolling for me. She was very respectful. My disability was approved by her.

Judge: Renita K Bivins
1/29/2015 9:18:44 AM

Judge Renita K Bivins Is very investigative and comprehensive. She is fair if the evidence and testimony match. She is very concerned about doing her job by the book.

Judge: Kelley Fitzgerald
1/19/2015 7:22:40 PM

There has got to be a way to get rid of her. She is one of the rudest, corrupt judges I have ever met. She must get kickbacks for every case she denies. I'd love to see her have to go through the process.

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

Sandy Gorham
Judge: Melinda K Hart
11/13/2014 1:49:51 PM

Judge Melinda K. Hart was very kind and professional during my trial. In addition, her thorough knowledge about me and my health issues made me feel that she really cared about people.

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.

John W. Craft
Judge: Kevin F Foley
10/30/2014 2:45:28 AM

I found Judge Foley very polite and seemed to be very knowledgeable about some of my medical conditions. He did however seemed upset with the lack information in the medical records sent from numerous doctors. I would hope that none of this would be held against me, as I have no control of what is in the medical reports. He also seemed concerned that after I had been denied previously twice and was financially suffering and tried to return to work but only made it 4 months before being terminated for to much time missed for hospital stays but made a substantial amount of money during that time before I refiled for disability. I hope he does not hold this against me because I want to work but just am not able anymore with numerous health problems. He seemed fair and I certainly hope so because I am at the end of my financial means.

broken back
Judge: Renita K Bivins
7/28/2014 4:43:33 AM

Judge Bivins is not a fair Judge, she picks one line out of the full medical report from 13 doctors that says you are disabled and denies your case saying that there has to be a job that you are able to do out there that will allow to to take breaks every thirty minutes to lay down for thirty minutes. I'm sorry but common sense says that no employer is going to allow you to do that. For a Judge , she's the dumbest i have ever seen and needs to be replaced instead of our tax dollars paying her , ( to obliviously lay down when ever she wants)

Judge: Renita K Bivins
7/17/2014 6:42:51 PM

Buckle your seatbelts for this one had court with Judge Bivins today very thourough and she goes by her script she will try to find the most easiest job for you to prove her case against even having a listing that should automatically qualify you for disability. She will cross examine you like a prosecutor so good luck and she is new to Covington Ga

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: Kelley Fitzgerald
6/18/2014 10:03:54 AM

Does it usually take 6 months or better to get the judges answer to wether the person is approved or not? I was told 4 to 6 weeks for an answer. I'm just curious as I don't know how these things go. This is all new to me.

Judge: Laurie A Bedell
6/14/2014 7:42:47 PM

My child has not been approve or denial yet ,but i have to say i thank her and the people who works at her office and mr steve after it been few days after my 60 days and i called and judge Bedell clerks was very nice to me as well as Mr steve .in times like these you need someone just to talk to you nice and Iam so glad that this judge and her staff understands. thx so much

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: 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.

James Johnson
Judge: Kevin F Foley
5/1/2014 7:17:31 PM

I had heard negative comments about this judge before going into my hearing, but I didn't find them to be true. He made me feel comfortable and was very pleasant. He did ask questions, but nothing that I felt was out of line, condescending or inappropriate. I felt he paid attention to my responses and understood my condition.

Judge: Laurie A Bedell
3/31/2014 2:25:37 PM

I agree with all previous post..she shouldnt be a judge!! She denied me of disability and is WRONG. I have every intention to appeal her decision rest assure. She has no business denying ppl that have medical records to support their claim..she is no doctor,therapist or psychiatrist and shouldnt be a judge.

Judge: Laurie A Bedell
3/16/2014 6:56:32 PM

This woman was long overdue to be removed from the ODAR judges! Too bad it wasn't before she ruled on my case. Others are right when they say she does NOT read medical records. In fact, I dont think she reads them AT ALL. I hope she takes her menapause meds before she is allowed to judge another case. Good riddance!

Effie Myers
Judge: Calvin Washington
3/13/2014 3:40:42 PM

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: 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.

Judge: Laurie A Bedell
1/14/2014 11:25:00 AM

I agree with the above! She does not listen or pay attention to the records submitted! She discreditted my own counselor who gave testimony before her. She also added her "personal and preduditial (sp) opinions and thoughts", instead of sticking to law. I am very disappointed in the system!!!!

Ms. A. Harris
Judge: Kevin F Foley
12/12/2013 2:57:19 PM

Wow! the previous comments are in contrast to my experience with Judge Foley. I felt his questioning of my case was reasonable and I did not feel that he was being disrespectful at any time during the hearing. I am not just saying this to earn brownie points. Regardless of the outcome of my claim I did not find him to be unreasonable. I feel if I were in his position I would want to know the same things he wanted to know about my claim. The part of this process I have a problem with is not the judge. I may not understand every aspect of the process but I do know I waited nearly three years for this hearing and now I am waiting another 90-120 days for a decision on my appeal. I don't think this wait time is reasonable, especially after waiting so long for a hearing. What's the point of having a hearing if the judge or any other decision making person gets an additional 3 -4 months to pick apart the claim. The playing field is certainly not level. I didn't get an additional 3-4 months to explain or prove my case further. I want the people making the decisions to understand it is pure torture to make people wait and wait and wait on an answer that should have been given at the time of the hearing. I submitted evidence to support my claim and I don't know why that is not sufficient to have made a decision at the time of my hearing. If my claim is denied I think I should be able to skip any further processes with this office and appeal directly to the US Supreme court level with a valid argument that my claim was handled unfairly. If ODAR gets additional time to try to prove me able to work. I should be awarded the same amount of time to show why I am unable to work. It's sad that this system is broken there are people who don't need benefits that are approved automatically and people who really need it cant get it and pay the price for the ones taking advantage of the system. I'm tired of not knowing where my next meal is coming from and if you have to endure this for three years you would be too. please make a decision on my case, "reasonable" left the building the moment the hearing was over without a decision being made. I have lost everything due to my medical condition and I just want to recover some of what has been lost and survive as best as I can. If there is not a case out there that has been approved on less than what I submitted than I won't complain but I know better and I am just as entitled if not more entitled to my benefits as some people who have been approved for benefits but are able to work. I wish I could work, I could make more monety.. and those people taking advantage of disability need to either pay back the benefits or go to jail. If my claim is denied or my back pay altered there is no way at this point for anyone at Social Security Administration to argue that this is NOT a matter of discrimination.

Judge: Troy M Patterson
8/19/2013 5:44:32 AM

Very professional and courteous. Explained everything in detail and asked what I felt were the appropriate questions.

Judge: Paul McAdam
8/8/2013 10:23:50 AM

Judge Mcadam is a very understanding judge, he made me feel very comfortable and reassuring. Everything was explained to my understanding.

Judge: L. E Davis
6/18/2013 7:47:05 PM

I think the judge is 50% fair he listens to a social worker that says you can or cant work. In my case she was unfair and bias. Fact in case is I was able to work in child care. I'm an old man over 50 working in child care and the jobs she read off OR NOT ON FILE at the dept. of labor. I see that she is very biased and needs to be moved to another dept due to the jobs she makes up.

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.

Mike White
Judge: Melinda K Hart
5/2/2013 7:28:13 AM

I had the sense she actually listened to what my attorney and I had to say. She was very professional but the atmosphere was very relaxed. I had a good feeling when I left the hearing and found out yesterday her ruling in my case is "Fully Favorable".

Judge: Melinda K Hart
4/27/2013 8:00:33 PM

Professional, compassionate, wise, fair and knowledgeable. Judge Hart bases her decisions on the evidence. I was very blessed to have hear my case. I walked out feeling as if she actually listened.

Randy Foster
Judge: L. E Davis
4/21/2013 7:08:04 PM

I know Judge Davis for more then 30 years, Outstanding Person and Judge, he is the best to handle your case.

Judge: Laurie A Bedell
3/11/2013 11:41:50 AM

Very nice, but not very good. It is clear that she does not review medical records properly.

Disability Attorney
Judge: Melinda K Hart
3/1/2013 7:39:44 AM

Judge Hart is knowledgeable and fair. She conducts hearings in a professional manner.

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

Nice guy, quiet, polite.

Judge: Kevin F Foley
2/9/2013 9:15:07 PM

This so called Judge is just that, he judges you even before the case starts, he uses half of what you say against you and doesn't listen to anything you have to say, I'm a smoker so he judged me as unfit for benefits I worked and paid in for, he used only parts of my statements to rule against me in my claim not even caring that I haven't been able to work, do yard work or have any kind of a meaningful life since my health has went down so much, I tried to go back to work and found out that my legs, heart and back would not allow me to do so, but this a$$ thinks I should sell off my bought and paid for home and take a chance on a job hundreds of miles from where I live and that the jobs I can do are plentiful outside of my county! He doesn't care that if I was able to find a sit down only job that I could do that if the company decided I wasn't able to do it later on that me and my family would join the ranks of homeless street people that are gathering in this country.

Judge: Troy M Patterson
2/5/2013 3:01:13 PM

Rude and disrespectful,claims that disabled people who have physicians who back their claim are stupid and dimwhitted.Also, says that they are easily manuiplated into believing someone can't find work regurdless of their level of disabilty.

gwendolyn hudson
Judge: L. E Davis
1/16/2013 12:17:05 PM

never been b4 a judge.This judge appeared sincere.i don'this decision but felt he wad fair.

1/9/2013 12:24:25 PM

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

Judge: Laurie A Bedell
1/7/2013 12:45:45 PM


Judge: L. E Davis
1/5/2013 2:16:25 PM

Judge Davis is an outstanding judge ......... He cares.....

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: Melinda K Hart
12/20/2012 10:52:19 AM

Judge Hart is very professional and knowledgeable. She has no political agenda and decides each case on its own merits.

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

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

Judge: L. J Rodriguez
11/23/2012 5:59:47 PM

I didn't have any luck with him, so good Luck!!!

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: Edgar J Perkerson
10/17/2012 12:13:59 PM

EJP.. is a great judge he is a Vet and understands...

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: Calvin Washington
9/7/2012 10:55:48 AM

Judge Washington has that rare capacity to discern the human heart. He is compassionate, but not a bleeding heart. He tolerates no BS. I respect him greatly.

Judge: Laurie A Bedell
9/5/2012 12:31:54 PM

She does not real medical records very wrll found alot of inconsistant things in here reoprt of why I was denied compared to my medical records.

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


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: Kevin F Foley
8/24/2012 7:47:34 PM

Judge Foley: Arrogant, condescending, rude, smart ***. Treats claimants as if they are on trial for horrendous crimes. Fails to allow claimant to thoroughly defend case. When trying to explain illnesses, etc., he will cut you off and tell you how wrong you are. Makes pre-judgments without hearing sufficient evidence or allowing claimant to demonstrate when needed. Makes unrealistic judgments as to claimant's health, without requiring proof while claimant is right there in front of him. Hesitant to interview witnesses and get the whole picture.

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

Angela m Green
Judge: Ethan A Chase
8/16/2012 6:01:58 PM

Hi my name is Angela Marie Green and I applied for disibility benifits after I had a injury that left me in tremendous pain! I finally found out that I had degenerate **** disorder and herniation, in which I had surgery! I have had like for steriod shots and tryed different pain medications and still in a lot of pain! I cannot sleep and maintain the activities that I use to do without subjecting myself from the agany! This has caused me to be very depressed and overwhelmed. I have been waiting a long time for a hearing and have been feeling scared for my three children! I love them very much and feel like they are going without! I have a attorney but haven't heard anything! I can't even keep my lights on at my house. I know there are others waiting as well; I just wish I didn't have to stand in the dark! If there is anything you can do to help I would kindly appreciate it. Thank You

Judge: Laurie A Bedell
8/7/2012 1:08:17 PM

She is nice but not consisent with her reports compared to medical reports....

David Archibald
Judge: Melinda K Hart
8/5/2012 10:23:25 AM

sure hope that I have this Judge, It seems like she takes the time and really looks at the facts and makes a knowledgeable decision.

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Melinda K Hart
5/10/2012 1:06:20 PM

She screwed me out of $20,000.00

Judge: Calvin Washington
4/30/2012 8:26:42 PM

Benefits are essentially available for the asking with this judge, who rarely lets the record get in the way of a claimant's payday.

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: Kelley Fitzgerald
4/14/2012 10:33:36 AM


Judge: Melinda K Hart
4/13/2012 10:28:39 AM

Super nice and very very professional!!

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

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: Ethan A Chase
3/18/2012 12:28:19 PM the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I've ever known in my life.