Macon, Georgia ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Macon, Georgia, 8 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Macon, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 19.0 months. The average case processing time in Macon is 630 days.The Macon average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 37%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Macon ODAR office was last updated on 6/11/2019.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Macon 8 19.0 months 630 days 2.1 15% 37% 48%
Georgia14.6 months523 days1.720%43%36%
National Average:14.9 months500 days2.120%42%38%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied

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Judge: Russell W Lewis
2/8/2020 6:46:09 AM

Judge Lewis is a very nice and caring man. He listens well and goes over your case.

Judge: Catherine Harper
1/31/2020 8:44:37 AM

She’s cool and easy to talk to. She gave me time to tell her everything I wanted to say. She’s going to help me get records that my doctors didn’t send in. I don’t know if I won yet but my opinion on her won’t change.

Judge: Cam Oetter
1/23/2020 10:55:09 PM

This judge is racist

Judge: Cam Oetter
12/19/2019 9:26:43 PM

It’s time to have something done about the prejudice and the falsifying reports Mr.Oetter, Mr.Lewis and Ms.Catherine Harper has done so long to deny African Americans their benefits. If you’re African American and you have your SSDI hearing before one of these RACIST MONkEYS stay home don’t waist your time because you will be Denied.

Judge: Catherine Harper
12/9/2019 6:02:44 PM

Judge Harper was awesome! The person I paid to be my representative was a LOSER who didn’t look at my case AT ALL and talked to me for TWO SECONDS but Judge Harper smiled at me and I could tell she had read what my doctors said. She is an angel.

Judge: Catherine Harper
11/8/2019 7:27:46 AM

I had my hearing with Judge Harper yesterday. She was so nice! Very friendly. And easy on the eyes.

Judge: Catherine Harper
10/30/2019 5:19:16 PM

Judge Harper was very professional and knew my case really well. I was so nervous and started having a panic attack but she calmed me down and talked to me like a real person. Judge Harper was patient and kind. I felt like she really listened to what I had to say. I got my decision in only 2 weeks and I won!

Santana Davis
Judge: Russell W Lewis
8/7/2019 9:49:20 PM

Judge Russell Lewis, shows that their are still good people in this world, he listens to u and he doesn't just brush u off some people actually do care and I thank him for taking the time out to hear my case

Judge: Russell W Lewis
12/11/2018 10:20:29 AM

Russell Lewis, Cam Oetter, Catherine Harper These 3 is headed to****. lying on their decision .(messing with peoples lives) with the Lies, Lies, Lies👺 👹💩

Disability Rep
Judge: Carol G Moore
8/30/2018 3:28:50 PM

Recently had a hearing with this ALJ. I was impressed with her candor and she was also very patient with my client who had difficulty answering questions. Most ALJ's would have been much less patient trying to get testimony out of this sort of client. ALJ was professional and fair, without being harsh toward me or the client. Nothing but good things to say about this Judge. My impression is that if you have a case that should be favorable under the SSA rules, this judge will grant benefits, if you do not have a case that should be granted under the rules, you will be denied- exactly as it should be. In the case I had before her, she granted benefits but not until a relatively recent date, so there will be little back pay. The lack of back pay is not great for me or my client, but under the facts of the case, it was the best outcome under the disability rules- so you certainly cannot complain about that.

Judge: Catherine Harper
6/18/2018 2:21:25 PM

She is not a kind person unless you're caucasian. I'd be curious to see percentages of how many of the applicants she approves are black, how many are white, how many are other ethnicities and their ages.

Judge: Catherine Harper
6/3/2018 6:26:11 PM

She was compassionate and really listened. She asked some questions and then said I was approved. Praise be the Lord! Thank you Judge Harper!

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

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

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Judge: Michael L Levinson
10/11/2017 11:14:37 AM

Did you know that even though you are denied you can still appeal to the board for another decision.

Judge: Michael L Levinson
10/6/2017 1:15:18 PM

I will say that I was not impressed with how I was treated at my ALJ hearing for my SSDI. Being a medically retired veteran and 100% disabled rated by the VA. After going through a heart attack, several spinal procedures and injections for pain from injury sustained in Iraq while deployed for a year and over 20+yrs in the service. I felt he was more concerned that I was receiving my military retirement pay instead of focusing on what I was at the hearing for "My SSDI" that I have paid into and earned over the past 30yrs! As I had to keep saying, I was forced to retire from my full-time job and it's hard to deal with the pain. Over 700 pages of medical documentation from doctors/specialist and still denied! The hearing was a complete waste of time and I think this judge did not like the fact that I draw my earned retirement and applied for my SSDI!!!

Judge: Michael L Levinson
9/26/2017 3:36:58 PM

This judge is great -- he has a sense of humor, abundant common sense, compassion, and a unique ability to relate to a diverse variety of people.

Judge: Emily Y Howard
6/21/2017 6:05:45 PM


Judge: Stephen Thompson
6/11/2017 8:25:39 PM

I'll take 4 stars off my previous statement! Well he failed me with having a lawyer. Even with all the testimony from my personal doctors. Also with the 5 years worth of deteriorating of my physical and mental health. So because I'm able to walk, talk, drive, and surf the internet with an iPad. That I'm able to FULLY work. Even said "although you have all these conditions and testimonies. I don't see why any of it stop you from work!" Just because I look perfectly find on the outside doesn't mean that I'm fully working on the inside! Especially right after getting denied my wife left me and wants a divorce. And now I'm about to be homeless. And just two days ago I got into a wreck and lost my car. FML

Dave Cummings
Judge: Stephen Thompson
5/17/2017 1:35:10 PM

I've had the opportunity to have two hearings with this judge. Each hearing was very stressful for myself. Though I do realize that the judge and others involved in disability hearings. Are strict to every aspect in the case they are dealing with. Fairlness is what I assume that all judges have to face. To treat people that are involved with these types of hearing equally and no favoritism. Though I've been patiently waiting for his decision on my particular case. I m sure whatever the outcome is judge fairly and reasonably. Though my future right now is at the hands of this judge. I appreciated his time and patience throughout both my hearings. And everyone that was there as well.

Judge: Catherine Harper
10/17/2016 8:30:06 PM

bitch DENIED my claim based on a fkn NUMBER in my file she saw BEFORE my hearing started!!! that number she saw was "42". that was how old I was when I hoveled the fk into her "room"! my then attys: Henson Fuerst, they were SHOCKED beyond belief! They had won SSDI cases for clients with LESS wrong with them and next to NOTHING in proof (medical records)! This denial came after 3 fkn years of pain and fighting them! So, here I am YEARS LATER with NO INSURANCE (fkn OBUMMER was a LIAR about the SO-CALLED "ACA"), NO PHYSICAL WAY TO WORK/GO TO SCHOOL (yes, YES!! MY FKN DISABILITIES ARE REAL!!!), BUT! I do have something.... PAIN... PAIN EVERY FKN MINUTE OF EVERY FKN DAY!!! THAT DOES NOT GO AWAY! Sorry for the screaming... so here is what I know: CH was TRANSFERRED OUT of GA's system because she was denying 9 of 10 cases! My then attys: Henson Fuerst, it was their FIRST time in front of her with a case...she kinda just came outta nowhere, it was a switched up calendar and she was given my case at the last minute. I know, weird right! that # though.... 42. in her fkd up mind: "how can a 42 yo mixed race woman be so disabled she cannot work at all?" even when the evaluator (who actually had to REPEAT herself) stated that " my 'degenerating' state, none of [my] acquired trades would or ever COULD be an employment option for [me]..."; that glorified white bitch in a black robe still denied my claim. It's sad that ppl have to look at someone's color, make assumptions and TOTALLY SCREW THEIR LIVES UP FOREVER and still be revered as NORMAL. She just gets to bask in her WHITE WORLD brainless bs fkn ppls lives up along the way. COLLECTING to $$$$stufff along the way from all the UNSAVORIES of the world.... but HEY! I'm sure ShesWithHer and that's how THOSE TYPES work isn't it.......

Judge: Catherine Harper
10/13/2016 12:53:32 PM

I had judge Harper today, and I was scared going in. She was very nice and listened to my attorney, and then asked me a few additional questions. She asked me if I had anything else to say, and I just said a few sentences to her as to how it RA affects my personal life with my children/husband on a daily basis. She then awarded me a fully favorable decision and said that she wishes me luck in the future and I thanked her. It went a lot better than I had pictured, but I also had a ton of medical records and letters from my doctors supporting me. I also had a fantastic attorney. Thank you again Judge Harper! "Sara"

Janice Stockton
Judge: Emily Y Howard
9/19/2016 6:59:19 PM

I want to say thank you to this Judge. If it was not for her and God. !!!!!! I HAVE BEEN FIGHTING TO GET MY DISABILITY FOR YEARS!!!! JUDGE Howard Thank you so much for helping and approving me!!!!!

Judge: W. S Callahan
8/11/2016 12:32:12 PM

My husband just saw Judge Callahan the other day - said he was very respectful and actually listen. Took his time to ensure all of his document was added to his case. It’s in God’s hand !!!!! MSGT Wife

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

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

Judge: Catherine Harper
6/27/2016 9:06:55 PM

Judge Harper has her decision before you even go into her. I had all my paperwork from my doctors and letters from the doctors and she still denied me. She doesn't like to hear what you have to say. They could care less about us their families are taken care of.

Judge: Catherine Harper
5/16/2016 1:45:58 AM

I found that she mocks you for what she bases her opinion and the law. So if. You have had a slow job and coded by their criteria then you are considerd a slow working and thinking person. She asks a lot of questions and one being Do you go to church? She will smile and stab you in the back at the same time. Whether you have a lawyer or not she will find you unfavorable to the most without thinking about it.

Terry Jenkins / Deqwaun Coleman'
Judge: Carol G Moore
5/14/2016 8:23:06 PM

I had my son Case about a week and Mrs Moore was very nice caring and understanding bout my child problem's so if we get a denied decision I think she is great and if we get a full favorable decision it would be great so think u judge Moore for presiding over a son case

Donovan Scott
Judge: Russell W Lewis
2/26/2016 1:22:44 PM

I had a hearing before Judge Lewis in December 2015. He was nice, caring and a great listener. No decision has been made in my case yet but I feel from his tone and attitude that he is a great judge of character. I truly feel he understood my disabilities and will be fair in his decision.

Judge: Catherine Harper
1/14/2016 11:26:48 AM

I WENT BEFORE JUDGE HARPER IN NOVERBER 2015 FOR MY HEARING MY HEARING LASTED OVER AN HOUR JUDGE HARPER ASKED A LOT OF QUESTIONS AND I TRIED TO ANSWER THEM THE BEST I COULD I REPRESENTED MYSELF BECAUSE I NEEDED THE 5 OR 6 THOUSAND DOLLARS A LAWER WOULD HAVE GOT IF I WAS APPROVED FOR DISIBILITY ANYWAY THE MAJOR THINGS THAT HELPED ME GET A FULLY FAVORABLE RULING WAS A SPINE MRI I HAD GOTON AT THE VA IN DURHAM AND THE FACT I AM ON A PERMANENT PAIN CONTROL PROGRAM FROM THE VA WHICH INCLUDE HYDROCODENE AND MUSCLE RELAXERS FOR MT BACK PAIN ALSO MY AGE 62 AT TIME OF HEARING AND EDUcation all was factored in by the judge in my case the judge just mwanted to get all the relevant facts m so she could make a ruling according to the social security m disability laws if a person goes to the hearing with the proper evidence proving their disability falls under the laws of ssd this judge will rule accordingly I thought she was fair and wanted to make the correct ruling in my case

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.

Judge: Cam Oetter
12/29/2015 1:04:40 AM

Judge oetter you denied me my disability in march 2015.I'm not able to hold a job there are days when i cant even get out of bed and you states that I can hold a job this really did destroy me I dont know what to do who will hire me in this shape (mind and body ).yes I do have a 14 year old and I also have grown kids that help me I'm so stressed and depressed. I have worked all my life holding down two jobs and now I'm not able to do any more work this is how America is going to treat me I know you're probably saying thats just the way it goes (but wait)I'm at the end of my rope I feel so be littered asking for help with my doctor visits no I haven't stop going to the doctor this is something I must do because of the pain in my body I'm not going to judge you I just wish you had given my case a chance you acted as if my doctors were liars they have been seeing me for years they have no reason to lie or falsify information mr.oetter keep praying for me and I will do the same for you God Bless

kizzy mable
Judge: Russell W Lewis
12/21/2015 1:46:42 PM

Hi, Judge Russell Lewis was very caring, nice and fair he is a very good listener cause when you is having health issue sometimes you need that someone to see what you really going through that cares beside your doctors. I really didn't understand when he ask me what I like to do? Or what I do in my daily days routine. I apologize cause I" stated read which I don't cause after taken over 10 medication a day I cant do anything but sleep. Maybe watch a little t,v that all. The med makes me sleep, confuse a bit and drowsy so I lay down at least 4-5 times daily.

Judge: Peter B Storey
10/30/2015 1:01:19 AM

I was recently reading the positive reviews about Judge Peter Storey and his 65% approval rate and I thought to myself this can't be the same judge at my hearing in July 2015. My hearing lasted all of 15 minutes and when I received my unfavorable decision and read his negative comments I was so confused. He ignored all my relevant medical records and focused on the most ridiculous stuff to deny my case. I am a 100% disabled vet and I am under the care of more than 10 doctors, specialists and surgeons and I take more than 25 medications on a daily basis. I have thousands of medical records and reports and he never asked me questions about comments in my records. Even though he said he carefully reviewed my records I doubt that he did because he made a decision in less than 90 days. He commented on the fact that VA gave me a rating due to my uterus being removed but didn't review doctor note about the severe pain I am still in and the medications associated with the removal. I suffer from severe migraines but because I didn't report having a migraine everytime I saw one of my doctors he thought that I was lying. I had foot surgery in Jan 2014 and he said that in Mar 2014 my physical therapy notes said I was walking alot but he ignored that I was in therapy twice a week for 2 months and went from not able to walk without crutches to walking more. I have numerous medical conditions and they are controlled by alot of medications that states do not operate a vehicle or equipment while using but he says that I have minimal limitations and never asked me about the side effects of my medications. The bottom line is that his mind was already made up before I enter the hearing and he does not want the reputation as being the judge that is approving too many cases. I just began my appeal at the appeals council where I have less than a 2% chance of them saying he made a mistake. I’m 52 been working since I was 16, spent 28 years serving in the military and left mentally and physically ill and now being told by social security experts that I am not really really sick and I can find a job that will let me work for 2 hours a day and go to medical appointments every week and oh yeah I will be heavily medicated while working. This entire process is broken in Macon Georgia and needs an outsider to investigate the wrong doings.

Kay VanPelt
Judge: Catherine Harper
10/16/2015 5:18:29 AM

This is how it went with her initially. I received letter as a reminder from the first initial contact. I found that my boss had changed my 4 hours of work to another day. I called to postpone hearing when I received reminder. The judges administrative clerk told me to send a letter telling why I wanted it postponed. So I faxed the next day. Received a voicemail that I had to be there. So I called back again and acknowledged that I would be there. I went to initial hearing and signed 2 forms. I will be receiving new date. I talked to an attorney a month ago gave info when his clerk asked so they say they would take care of it and not do anything. Attorneys and judges are all running a racket here anyway.

on a wing and prayer
Judge: Carol G Moore
8/25/2015 6:36:53 AM

Guess God just now want me to see this site. I have nothing negative to say bout Judge Moore. I remembering asking God to bless me with judge he want. I had to fight my mind when my attorney said she was tough, well this make us even. I pray all the time that I don't die before I see my fully favorable decision. I made it this far by faith. I crawl around my house plenty of time due to pain. my hearing was june, 16th this year. I hope my comments inspire somebody to see the good in their turn down. if at first you don't succeed, keep trying. I been turn down but I have not quit. I do know money matters in this world and in our daily lives because folks will get tired of helping you. everybody mind can't take these negative comments!

Cheryl Gunn
Judge: David Cornelius
6/24/2015 11:10:39 PM

This is Cheryl Gunn, I have filed for disability back in July, 2013. I'm here in Hueytown,Alabama. Just a short note about me. I have Lupus, fybromyala, chronic pain, Osteoarthrosis of both hands,Neuropathy, muscle spasticity, Lipoma, Right Footdrop, depression, degenerative arthritis, Chronic low back pain, Chest Wall pains (everyday), Carpal Tunnel both hands, Hypertension, Thoracic back pain, SI joint pain, Dry mouth, Anxiety, Lymphedema of left leg, Right arm numbness, Pericarditis, Insomnia, Aptyalism, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Right hip pain, Knee pain, Swelling, Aching and Neck pain. My MRI showed at C5-6 Chronic degeneration of the disc and a right para central, disc osteophyte complex. At C6-7 there is chronic degenerative collapse of the disc and minor bulge of annulus. I just had surgery on my right ankle which was Synovitis, Arthrofibrosis, Entrapment of superficial Peroneal nerve, Arthroscopic debridment and Superficial Peroneal neurolysis. My medication is Robaxin, Duexis, Tylenol-Codeine#3, Norvas, Hydrochlorpthiazide, Metoprolol, Pantoprazole, Cymbalta, Folic acid, Hydroxychloroquine, Methotrexate, Prednisone, Wellbutrin, Klonopin, Mirtazapine, Chlorhexidine gluconate, Caltrate 600+D, and Restasis. I have had court twice here in Alabama but the judge couldn't make a decision and he sent the case to you all. I have been waiting for 18 months. I'm on disability through my job, and I have doctor letters stating I need to be on disability, they had ask the judge to pute on disability. I have a lot of Lupus Flare ups, the chronic pain and fybromaliga and it bad on me, I have to stay in bed for 2 weeks to rest. I can hardly see out of my right eye, I have inflammation in it also it was just discovered that I now have inflammation on my brain. After my right foot is well, I then have to have surgery on my shoulder. My pain clinic has lined up steroid injections and nerve blocks. It's hard for me I'm not married, I have one son who will be graduating this December from UAB for Criminal Justice and Psycology. I had to move in with my friend because the doctors thought it was good because I would faint and have chest pains. Iam depressed at times and stressed because at times I don't always have money to buy my medicine. I'm not sure why this case was sent to you all, i mean I don't understand but I need help please. My paper work should be up there to confirm everything I just said. Please have a good day.

Judge: Catherine Harper
3/18/2015 4:06:38 PM

I found Judge Catherine Harper to be a fair, compassionate,honest Judge. She was very professional and very well informed about the facts in my case. She listened to the testimony with an open mind and she was NOT adverserial at all. She asked important questions and applied the law.I was glad that I had her as my ALJ.

Judge: Catherine Harper
2/18/2015 11:22:04 AM

First off Martin is not my real name, but I like it. I have read all of these comments and wonder how many of these cases were ready for prime time. I also wonder how many of these posters had good attorney's. I'm not a fan of the big box attorney's you see on TV taking cases nationwide. I far more prefer a local attorney hungry for a win. I think they prepare better cases. Judge Harper was fair in my case. She asked hard questions and seemed to really want to know the answer. She is well prepared and had read the material. I wonder if getting an unfavorable decision sparked the fire for some of these comments. Again, the Judge I saw (via video) was attentive, polite and again, prepared for the hearing. If you go before this Judge, please make sure your ready and that your attorney is ready. Things will go smoothly if you do. This is my second post.

Judge: Catherine Harper
2/17/2015 6:08:17 AM

I had Judge Harper and was treated fairly. Had a fully favorable decision on a case with tons of medical documentation. Also had an attorney that wrote a great brief/summary for the Judge that I'm sure made it easier for her to reach a decision. I know there are some negative comments about this judge, but in my case it was a fair hearing. I'm also aware that not all cases are ready for the judge and that could result in the unfavorable decisions.

Judge: Catherine Harper
2/6/2015 10:33:01 AM

There is NO way that this judge approves 56% of the claims she hears. 6% might be accurate, but that would probably be high. There is only one ALJ in the entire State of NC that is anywhere near as incompetent as she is. She will ignore all relevant medical records and testimony and focus on the most ridiculous stuff imaginable. If you get assigned to her, you are better off dismissing your request for hearing and starting over, because you will NOT get approved.

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

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

Judge: Dawn Scholz
10/2/2014 11:51:26 PM

22% approval rating says it all. This woman doesn't care.

mariyah Taylor
Judge: David Cornelius
8/6/2014 7:53:06 AM

Hi all I'm in the process of doing an appeal and need a little information who is a good lawyer? How long did it take to receive a hearing date? How long does it take to receive your approval or denial? How long did it take to start receiving payments?

Judge: Dawn Scholz
6/12/2014 5:20:43 AM

Completely ignored my depression and its effects on me.

Judge: Catherine Harper
6/3/2014 12:24:11 PM

I had this judge for my hearing and was of course denied. Catherine interrupted my representation while he was talking and said that we needed to wrap it up so she could get to the next case. My lawyer told me that she is the lowest and worst judge that there is. She really needs to be taken off of the bench and all of the cases that she denied need to have the chance of being done again in front of a non-biased and fair judge that will take everything into consideration and not base their decision on what someone else thought. Catherine really messed up my case and falsified information. In addition she committed defamation of character and slander which is most definitely judicial misconduct and against the law. My lawyer has just informed me that he will not take my case any further due to my age. This judge, that is supposed to uphold, enforce, and follow herself, has broken the law, fabricated information, and made great mistakes in my case which ultimately ended up in an unfavorable decision. Now I have to appeal her decision and pray that the Appeals council will take a look at it and they will see how much Catherine Harper lied and falsified information just so that she could deny me. She already had her decision made before I even walked into the room. My hearing was ultimately a waste of time and for show. What goes around comes around. Always treat others the way you want to be treated.

Takyesha Allen
Judge: Duane D Young
3/17/2014 6:48:46 PM

I seen Judge Young on March 12 and I must say, he was very respectful and actually LISTENED!!!! He did not rush through my hearing and I feel he is a very fair Judge.I can say I was one of the blessed ones to have had a Judge that knows what he is doing!! Good luck to everyone on your hearings.

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

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.

B. Monday
Judge: Dawn Scholz
2/6/2014 5:51:24 PM

Even if I get denied or approved Judge Scholz is an excellent judge. She's very caring and understanding. My lawyer was very understanding too. That's all you have to do is be honest. My lawyer, my son, and I court date went very well.

Judge: Carol G Moore
1/28/2014 9:33:49 PM

this judge tried my case and the mdical records were there but did not believe my doctor, in closing she ask the field representative was there any thing that i could do on a eight hour work day do to my inability to stand or sit do to my knee/back problems and he said absolute nothing and she still denied me,also questions that were ask was change to the opposite of what was said. i wish some one could pull the video tape around june 2011-12 and compare what was said and what the video captured,i wish the could have been my position and see how it feels,to have family to provide for and had the opportunity to make a difference in some ones life but didnt help. i have put the time in ,i have been working since i was 16 so i think i have put the time in.CAROL MOORE YOU COULD HAVE GIVEN ME A SECOND CHANCE IN LIFE, WOULD U WANT ONE.MY REPRESENTATIVE AS WELL AS MYSELF FELT GOOD ABOUT THE TRUTH WE HAD GIVEN YOU.

Judge: Emily Y Howard
12/27/2013 10:40:25 PM


Judge: Duane D Young
9/7/2013 12:01:21 AM

I haven't received my decision regarding my SSDI hearing yet, but I do want to say that Judge Duane Young is a pretty fair judge. I didn't see this page until after my hearing when I was told the judges have their approval ratings online, so I wanted to present a fair view of him now and how I feel regardless of how he rules. He's good when it comes to your records and will allow you to explain what's in your records. I was honest with him about my records and my physical limitations and he was respectful. He did ask me a couple of tricky yes or no questions that were hard to answer in my situation but he understood what I was talking about. I've heard about other judges and how they do things, but Judge Duane Young actually seems to be one of the more respectful judges. Plus there are a lot of people out there who hope for a judge that gives them a fair shake and they don't always get that, especially from the sound of some of the newspaper articles around the country talking about how the judges don't hear them out or pay attention to the medical evidence. My final 2 cents is that as long as you're honest with him and you try to answer his questions the best you can, he's fair and you'll feel comfortable.

SS rep
Judge: Carol G Moore
5/9/2013 1:12:30 PM

She is tough but fair. If you have the records, she will approve you but she is not a push over. She has a problem with smokers and feels that if you are seeking disability for breating related problems, the least you can do to help yourself is quit.

Richard Dassing
Judge: Vernon J King
5/5/2013 2:38:00 PM

It's about time these judges do their job. Judge King looks to be doing more than all the other judges combined. Good for him. I can tell these two other comments came from degenerates who were denied.

Judge: Catherine Harper
5/2/2013 1:03:00 AM

First of all, to the person who compared the "53% Catherine Harper" to the "24% Catherine Harper": While I congratulate you on your exceedingly rare positive experience with Judge Harper, I respectfully disagree with your glowing review, based on my recent appearance before her as a claimant. I have worked for over half a century, and have endured the mandatory deductions from every paycheck I have ever earned, by the SSA. This arrangement, we are told, is partially to ensure that funds will be available to workers who become disabled, and can no longer work to support themselves. In all fairness to you, I can understand your perspective as a representative OF a disabled person appearing before Judge Harper. You are still employed whether she approves or denies your client's claim, and you still have the means to support yourself. Imagine how you'd feel if you were a disabled person and found out, MUCH to your surprise, that the Judge assigned to decide your case was cold, arrogant, rude, and totally lacking in compassion and understanding. It is unthinkable that a person with the disposition of Catherine Harper would CHOOSE a profession that requires her to make decisions that affect people's lives and futures...since she so obviously holds working class people in such contempt. We are advised to "think before we post" because the judge we are leaving comments about might read them. I humbly submit that perhaps Catherine Harper should "think before she destroys a person's life". If you are reading this, Catherine...remember that no one chooses to be disabled, and we would rather be working and earning a living as opposed to this harsh, cruel reality we are now faced with, a reality of an uncertain future and basic, day-to-day survival because you denied our claim after we have held up OUR part of the bargain. As a representative of the Federal Government, it's your turn to hold up YOUR part of the bargain you made with US....when you took our money all these years and DECADES. If we had pulled a scam like this, we'd all be in a Federal Prison for racketeering.

Steven Sanchez
Judge: Duane D Young
4/30/2013 10:34:42 PM

My husband just saw judge young the other day and he was very nice. He seemed to know what he was talking about! Prayers to all that are in the process!

Judge: Carol G Moore
4/21/2013 1:41:05 PM


Judge: Catherine Harper
3/8/2013 9:08:02 AM

I am an extremely well experienced representative. For those of us who have been around awhile, it's interesting that within a year ALJ Harper has gone from a 24% approval rating, with one of the lowest rates in Macon, to one of the highest with 53%. Looks like a total reinvention, as the numbers don't lie. The previous posters were writing about the 24% version of Judge Harper, not the apparently new and improved one.

Judge: Catherine Harper
3/6/2013 10:19:57 AM

Reps at my firm said that Judge Harper was really nice. That's been my experience as well. She friendly and very pleasant, putting clients at ease with her down to earth conversational style. Her approval rate is higher than many other judges in the office too.

Judge: Catherine Harper
2/3/2013 11:30:36 AM

Absolutely astonishing....I was searching for information about Catherine Harper in order to discover if she treated others the same way she treated me, and I see that I wasn't her first victim.....and probably won't be her last. I'm sorry all you folks in Georgia had to endure appearing before this maniac, and you'll be relieved to learn that she's been transferred to Raleigh, NC. Apparently, I was one of the first few here to have the misfortune to appear before her. She was arrogant, rude, hateful, snide, and EXTREMELY abusive to me AND my lawyer. I had already decided to make it a new hobby of mine to have her removed from the bench even BEFORE I knew if she would deny my claim! Of course, she denied my claim, and twisted the statements on my claim as well as what I said at my hearing...even calling Tramadol an "over the counter medication" after asking me at the hearing where I got it, and me telling her "from a doctor's prescription". Just before my hearing, my lawyer warned me that "She seems to have a bubbly, vivacious personality, but word has it she's a Battleaxe!" As a person who has worked and paid into Social Security since the early 70's, I had an expectation to AT LEAST be treated with dignity and respect at my hearing. The research I have conducted so far indicates that she treats younger people like me (I'm 51) like DIRT, even CRIMINALS who are trying to scam the system! I was on my second dose of Tramadol when I appeared in her courtroom, which left me completely unable to think fast enough to counter the barrage of hostile questions. Fortunately, the medication I was on probably saved me from ejection from the hearing, as well as being arrested for suggesting the optimal internal location for her gavel. This "judge" is not fit to impartially make decisions that can determine a person's future, and should be removed from the bench....I've seen Pitbulls with more compassion, and rattlesnakes with more empathy, than this egotistical, black-hearted witch! God help those who have the bitter misfortune to have their SSD claims decided by Cathrine Harper.........a true menace to society, and the bane of common decency.

Judge: Catherine Harper
1/22/2013 11:59:09 AM

She is a nut.

Judge: Catherine Harper
12/21/2012 3:55:39 PM

Unless Judge Harper has reinvented herself, the last poster's favorable endorsement is hard to believe. She's well known for conducting short-shrift hearings. How many "tough questions" can a judge ask inside of 15 minutes?

Judge: Catherine Harper
12/7/2012 2:26:37 PM

I've always found Judge Harper to be very nice and quite reasonable. She asks the tough questions, but it's because she's actually taken the time to read all of the medical records. I like her.

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

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

Judge: Emily Y Howard
12/5/2012 6:44:55 PM

Wonderful ALJ!!!

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

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

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

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

Tom Jones
Judge: Peter B Storey
10/13/2012 10:58:34 AM

I have known Judge Storey as a colleague at the Board of Veterans Appeals and as an ALJ prior to my retirement in 1996. He is a fair and honest judge and anyone fortunate enough to come before him should be assured of an objective and thorough decision.

Judge: Peter B Storey
10/13/2012 10:22:38 AM

Judge Storey has always been a fair and compassionate adjudicator, first with the BVA and then with OHA.

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

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

SS Lawyer
Judge: Catherine Harper
10/10/2012 12:33:39 PM

LOL. If the stakes weren't so high for our clients she would be comical. She is Delores Umbridge from the Harry Potter series

Judge: Peter B Storey
10/1/2012 8:30:30 AM

very nice and caring individual. I feel blessed to have met him!

Judge: Carol G Moore
9/28/2012 6:04:35 PM

This judge is a ***** and has no dam heart. She don't care calls everyone a drug addict.

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: Catherine Harper
9/17/2012 10:22:29 AM

Catherine harper is evil my condition kekeeps me from working.if I could I would but I have no choice and she denied me. I hope something be done about the way she is handling these cases .catherine I hope you never have to come in contact with a person that is evil like you

Judge: McArthur Allen
9/15/2012 11:05:30 PM

Bad Judge!!

Judge: Duane D Young
9/12/2012 9:35:56 AM

Ever notice how if approved, someone rates a judge great, but if denied, he is a devil? Just sayin'.

Judge: Vernon J King
9/12/2012 9:30:38 AM

This judge sends a registered letter, requiring all sorts of pre-hearing development, rather than allowing the atty to put on the case he/she wants. Asks for pharmacy printouts. Will not hold the hearing until all his requests are met. Strange. Belittles clients who are illiterate or mentally challenged. Someone should file a complaint on this judge.

Judge: David Cornelius
9/12/2012 9:27:37 AM

Tends to pick up on strange little details, then weave them into something to use against the claimant. Seems tough on younger claimants.

Judge: Catherine Harper
9/12/2012 6:28:53 AM

The SSA promises claimants a non-adversarial hearing. Webster defines that as friendly, hospitable, nonantagonistic, nonhostile, sympathetic. Judge Harper has no concept of what that means. The best judges are the ones who have learned how to deny cases that need to be denied who still hold truely non-adversarial hearings.

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: Cam Oetter
9/7/2012 10:53:39 AM

Judge Oetter is probably the most intelligent ALJ I've known. However, I envision him nerdishly poring over the records for some inconsistency or other. He studies reactions of both claimant and rep, presumably for clues on credibility? He often finds claimants not to be credible. Often gives little or no weight to RFCs, summarily stating that they are inconsistent with the medical records. He ALWAYS seems to understand issues that escape many ALJs, such as SGA, subsidies, etc. I actually like him, but always try to bring my A-game.

Judge: Carol G Moore
9/7/2012 10:49:32 AM

Background in family law, and seems to pay more attention to spousal and childhood abuse than do most judges. Definitely has a heart, but can be particularly tough on younger individuals. No tolerance for substance abuse, as it should be.

Judge: Russell W Lewis
9/7/2012 10:47:30 AM

Fair, reasonable, personable, transparent.

Judge: Vernon J King
9/7/2012 10:46:36 AM

What a maroon! Asks all sorts of extraneous questions, trying to trick someone into giving an answer he can use to deny. Seems to be the kid who was picked on in elementary school, and is now determined to get his revenge. Sad guy.

stacey meals
Judge: Duane D Young
8/28/2012 11:11:13 PM

Judge Young Alj odar is not fair and dont no the system of mental and psychical disability.He needs to be removed of bench.God dont like ugly you devil.

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.

Stacey Meals
Judge: Duane D Young
7/12/2012 6:55:53 PM

Judge Duane young was the adminstrative law judge on my case July,11. He was very knowledgeable about my mental and physical disablity, Thank you for being a sincere judge. GOD bless....

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: 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: Catherine Harper
6/1/2012 7:43:34 AM

she denied my husband. he is blind in one eye from diabetes.he can hardly walk on his left foot from surgery. he sleeps alot from the medication. he has worked all his life and was at his last job 25 years. She treated him as if he never worked and was just someone wanting a check. although i wasn't in the courtroom i could hear her outside. she seems very rude and loud. she didn't want to listen to him talk or explain anything. i hope she never becomes disabled. if she does it would probably be from not being able to sleep at night.

Judge: Duane D Young
5/30/2012 10:28:37 PM

missed the star rating on my prior comment; 5x5 gold stars for Judge Duane Young

Judge: Duane D Young
5/30/2012 9:59:07 PM

I saw Judge Duane Young today. He was empathetic, knowledgeable about my case and handled my aged case in a way that I felt heard and understood unlike before. I feel providentially blessed that he was my judge

Brandon Fleming
Judge: Duane D Young
5/14/2012 1:17:22 PM

Judge Young recently saw my case. He was very nice and very thoughtful. He was extremely nice. I wish more people were like him. HE IS GREAT. God Bless you Judge.

Judge: Catherine Harper
5/10/2012 7:37:44 PM

I found Judge Harper to be very thorough and fair. She afforded me all the time we needed to discuss my case.

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: Duane D Young
4/30/2012 2:22:05 PM

He was very patient,helpful,kind

Judge: Duane D Young
4/27/2012 11:39:15 AM

he was very nice

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

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

Judge: Catherine Harper
4/22/2012 3:40:59 AM

I agree with all the above comments, I went before her via video conference and she was very rude. She acted as though I was lying to her about my medical and mental conditions. When I received my denial letter its like she took everything I said and twisted it. I really don't believe that she read any of my medical or mental records. She also stated after VE testimony that I can't go back doing my previous jobs but I can do other jobs which would very much be a strain on me because of my medical condition. How crazy is that? She really need to be removed from the bench because she does not have any sympathy for others I really hate it if she ever becomes disabled and faced with the same problem.

Judge: Catherine Harper
4/16/2012 7:00:48 PM

Catherine harper is very rude. My social security is in the appeal process because she didnt take the time to acknowledge my disabilities.

Judge: Cam Oetter
4/16/2012 4:03:34 AM

Judge Cam Oetter is definitely a judge that you do not want for an ALJ hearing

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: Catherine Harper
3/23/2012 8:30:04 AM

Very negative ALJ. She is rude to the Claimant's and their representation. Even in the rare times she decides to pay the case she still shows her true colors by her horrible attitude.

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