Orland Park, Illinois ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Orland Park, Illinois, 14 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Orland Park, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 16.0 months. The average case processing time in Orland Park is 548 days.The Orland Park average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 44%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Orland Park ODAR office was last updated on 3/10/2017.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Orland Park 14 16.0 months 548 days 1.5 20% 44% 36%
Illinois17.0 months571 days1.420%44%37%
National Average:17.3 months559 days1.821%45%34%
Hearing Wait Time: 16.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 1.50
Average Processing Time 548 days
Cases Pending 8042
Dispositions 1660
New Cases 2520
Hearings In Person 50%
Video Hearings 50%

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Judge: Rebecca LaRiccia
4/26/2017 9:46:45 PM

Respectful and thoughtful. Really seems to try to gain a deeper understanding through her questions as opposed to maintaining a rigid routine. Decisions are well written and rational.

Judge: Kathleen Mucerino
2/26/2017 12:02:21 PM

I just want to say this Judge approved my case AFTER MANY UNFAIR DENIALS I have been living like a pauper for years fighting for my benefits. I have been so sick and she looked at things and read them researched the facts in my case and saw the unfairness and granted me a fully favorable decision. She has no idea though it won't cure my illness and disability it has enabled me to survive. I thank her so much may God Bless her!! Great judge !!! Fair and honest

Judge: Nadine Overton
1/31/2017 8:51:45 PM

I love this judge very kind well spoken..

Judge: Deborah E Ellis
12/24/2016 2:09:22 PM

Very cold and heartless! Does not have a clue about being disabled or chronic illnesses. Hope and pray that God will someday show her how wrong she has been.

Judge: Mary Ann Poulose
12/14/2016 9:49:23 PM

Some people's are saying negative stuff about judge Poulsbo but she was my judge and i don't agree to this nagstivety . She seems fair I don't know what went on in your case but something went wrong may be your evident toward your case or you lied about something and she called you out on it. Look before my case I Google this judge and i came across all this negativity about her and when my court date came around I was soooo scared that this judge so I went in the court room nervous and shaking in my shoes but I was truthful to the answers she asked. Then with all be in said she was not a bad judge so stop making people's nervous and scared with all this back lash if your case went wrong with her for what ever reason but if your not gone tell the entire story of your case to the point of the negative stuff keep your thought to yourself because it is terrifying to someone who has this judge for there case. I don't mean any harm I just know what the negativity did to me.

Cruel and Unusual
Judge: Deborah E Ellis
12/1/2016 6:48:41 PM

Very unfortunate that someone could be so heartless and cold. It's good to ask questions to get to the truth, but this judge was verbally abusive with insults and condemnation. It's humbling enough to even have to apply for disability in the first place- it wasn't necessary for her to treat my spouse and I as though we were the scum of the Earth. Even with physical limitations that are quite visible, Judge Ellis makes a suicidal person even more suicidal. I pray that God will warm her heart because it is so very cold with the ice that flows through her veins. I'm disheartened by this process and how unjust it has been for families that legitimately need it.

Judge: William Spalo
8/26/2016 12:58:58 PM

I have not received my judgement yet but Judge Spalo and his assistants had the room at ease.. He asked questions and got an understanding of my serious condition... In which I pray is justified.. My lawyer and I have an understanding and I feel the truth Will set me free...

Judge: Karen Sayon
8/9/2016 6:58:01 AM

Judge Cherry picks medical information and loves to find claimants as discreditable. As how would she know? As a Judge who is certainly has a discrimination for people who have disabilities. My advice is to appeal in Federal Court. Many cases have been heard and won there as these ALJ'S have been repeatedly warned on how they deny claimants. Her record speaks for itself and Judges like this Social Security Loves as our Nation is broke and so is Social Security as Trillions pour overseas for failed outcomes. These Judges should be voted in by the public and held accountable for their actions. Not how it is set up now which stakes the deck against you. The heartache is real but keep fighting and get a good attorney for Federal Court.The merit of your case will win out.

Judge: Sylke Merchan
7/2/2016 6:53:04 PM

Heavily biased against the mentally ill. Cherry-picks statements from doctors to support her own conclusions while completely ignoring the opinions of other treatment professionals. Focuses on minor issues such as grooming (she puts a *lot* of stock in appearance) and uses them to make completely unfounded allegations of malingering. If you haven't had the money to obtain tests or get treatment for a problem, she'll use it against you. Takes your own words out of context, twists them around, and makes it appear as if you said something you didn't. Dismisses evidence when it's inconvenient. This sorry excuse for a human being has her mind made up in advance and if it's set against you, you're screwed. I would give her no stars if possible. Thanks, Judge, for calling me a liar, relying entirely on what that fool of a doctor said, ignoring the views of the person who sees me every week (if you'd read her notes you'd know I'm really not that well-groomed), contradicting yourself, saying I refuse to take one class medication I actually take (could've just checked the list I gave you) and failing to notice that I had to tell Dr. Useless THREE TIMES that I COULDN'T take another class because the side effects are too severe. I don't have the energy to go to the appeals council. I'm done.

david myers
Judge: Lee Lewin
6/28/2016 11:29:43 AM

thank you judge lewin for approving my wife sandra rigby its been a long long road but with your help it will get easier now and she can get the meds she needs thank you

Judge: Paul R Armstrong
6/26/2016 10:42:23 AM

Don't be fooled by this judge's pleasant demeanor. He's no-nonsense, but will treat you nicely. But. This is a judge who believes that most people who are disabled are trying to game the system and just want a way to take an early retirement. If you have lived a decent, law-abiding, hard-working, middle-class life, getting disability is no fun pay day. You aren't getting to live high on the hog. It allows you to eat. That's pretty much it. If he bothered looking at the whole person, what kind of life they led, the kind of work they did, what is preventing them from doing so now, he'd see that most people aren't just burger flippers or factory workers on their feet whose vague claims of back pain seek to get them out of a hard-working, low pay existence. Many of us loved our jobs and never wanted to stop. We were paid well and led middle-class lives. We would not seek disability unless our pain and conditions made working unbearable. If you are being treated by doctors and specialists, and are on heavy pain meds; have given up your good life and existed in relative poverty, waiting to be awarded a pittance so you can now just put enough food on your table, this judge, like a certain percentage, should, take this into account, but don't. Compassion is left at the door. It should not be the overwhelming criteria that decides cases, but a modicum of human decency, when recognized, can help make a difference if he and others of his bent would actually see the person sitting before them. We are not numbers, to be caught up in judges trying to redress a balance of leniency. But that is how we're viewed. And then they go home and sleep, impervious to people who really can't work, who then become homeless. Who must rely on friends and family to eat. If you are unlucky enough to get a conservative judge, whose only focus is to comply with the push to curb what they see as runaway disability approvals, your case will fall victim to a numbers game. Judges like Paul Armstrong will likely only approve cases that are most likely terminal, or something incredibly catastrophic, like paralysis from a stroke. Otherwise, you are looking at a flat, outright denial. My disability lawyer sighed and apologized when discovering who my judge was. He tried to keep a glimmer of hope alive by telling me to keep positive, maybe I'd be part of the miniscule approval. But we both knew what the odds were. If you are unfortunate enough to recieve this judge, I'm really sorry. Your case will not be judged fairly. Period.

Candiss M. Donato
Judge: Victoria A Ferrer
6/25/2016 11:41:46 AM

Potassium 1 tablet a day, (because of the Lasix I take for my congestive heart failure); Furosemide 20mg 1 tablet a day, (to prevent water retention around my heart); Lisinopril 20mg 1 tablet twice a day, (for heart function); Metoprolol 50mg 1 tablet twice a day (for blood pressure); Atorvastatin 40mg 1 a day, (for cholesterol); Metformin 500 mg twice a day, (to control diabetes); Tylenol with Codeine, 1 tablet every four hours, (for fibro myalgia and degenerative disc disorder pain); 81mg aspirin, 1 a day to prevent stroke and control heart); melanoma cancer and now breast cancer. Tremor in left arm with severe weakness. This is what I take on a daily basis and I'm not considered disabled? I worked two jobs my entire life and served eight years in the United States Navy some of which was during ODS, and this is what my government and you Judge Ferrar consider fair. There are so many people out there cheating our system and you denied me my benefits that I paid into all my life. Because the State of Illinois wouldn't give me Medicaid, because I didn't fulfill their criteria for coverage at the time and couldn't see a doctor, because I didn't have any money or insurance, you decided I wasn't disabled. Your decision Judge Ferrar was not right in my case and you know it. Go after the cheaters who lie and get disability and have never worked or fought for this country.

Not standing for this!
Judge: Deborah E Ellis
5/28/2016 3:15:57 AM

Fair she is not! She was hostile and largely verbally abusive, and openly stated at my video hearing she "didn't believe 37 year old could be disabled for life". (Discrimination 1) In my denial letter, she referenced my single parent status multiple times as a basis for denial. (Discrimination 2). Also in my denial letter, she threw out all of my primary care physician's diagnoses, even though i've seen him for 13 years. Ssa policy states the long term primary care opinions are to carry "controlling weight" in all decisions. (Evidence of bias 1) By throwing out his medical evidence, she was free to cherry pick the remaining evidence supplied by doctors who have never examined me in order to create her unfavorable decision, and threw out any part of their opinions that remotely supported my disability. (Evidence of bias 2) FYI SSA policy on non examining doctors opinions is that their opinions carry the least weight in the decision process. I'm filing a discrimination and bias grievance against her with both the Appeals Council as well as the Program Discrimination Complaint Adjudication Office. I strongly suggest anyone else who has been unfairly and prejudicely denied file with them as well. The only way to stop this type of treatment is to speak out. I am, and I hope you do as well.

Judge: Victoria A Ferrer
4/30/2016 12:01:01 PM

This judge was understanding and asked questions professionally. Have not received decision as of yet but I do give credit to her for being professional and understanding.

michael bell
Judge: Denise M Martin
4/24/2016 11:54:10 AM

Just wanted to thank u for being so understanding when u made your decision on my case.im in tears of joy thank u so much Mrs.Martin

jennifer schlage
Judge: Carla Suffi
4/21/2016 12:41:57 PM

I felt really comfortable with this judge she was very nice and i wasn't a bit nervous at all when answering her questions regarding my daughter claim.

Esad Turkanovic
Judge: Lee Lewin
4/5/2016 5:45:58 AM

Just had hearing yesterday with judge Lewis lee.don't know she approve me or not but she did good job I think...she is honest and professional judge

Michael Bell
Judge: Denise M Martin
2/25/2016 5:03:32 PM

Was a very relax fair judge.had my hearing today as her being the judge she was very kind and seem understanding God bless.

Judge: Michael Hellman
2/21/2016 9:46:24 PM

I had a stroke in my sleep which left me with vision issues, my equilibrium is off, and I have frequent dizzy spells. The result was brain surgery. I had a tumor which was about to burst. I shouldn't even be here on God's green earth. I am currently taking 15 different medications. All of which intensifies my symptoms. Two different neurologist saying no need to see them again. All the medical records in the world. And by looking me up on "Facebook", he ignores medical reports and made a judgement on my life and denied me. Boy, I understand about the fraud thing, but this is ridiculous. Some people on it, don't really need it, and the people who need it, can't get it!!!

Judge: Rebecca LaRiccia
1/16/2016 8:12:32 PM

Very unhappy this judge mixing up all the facts in the case and also not looking into the misdiagnosis on my case file. I had severe pain in my back upper and lower and possible nerve damage, I was bed ridden for months even and currently in physical therapy. The judge had the vocational counselor come out and tell me I could do work in a factory which indeed could harm my health condition, I could not believe this when I heard it. Not only did the judge make many assumptions she thought I was just perfectly fine, she took everything out of context and reversed it backwards on me. I even sent her more evidence as to her mistakes in her judgements, she never looked at my case and dismissed everything.. my new evidence and xrays , Dr's letters etc. The fact my case was from the get go misdiagnosed and my previous condition of 15 years erased and now I am classified as having some mental condition I was appalled and disgusted with this I will surely appeal with a lawyer. No wonder she has a 43% approval rating, thanks for the facts.

Debra L.Parker
Judge: Paul R Armstrong
1/14/2016 9:57:00 AM

Before my hearing my lawyer had me so stressed, I took triple my stress medication. He told me not to say anything only yes or no to any question, let him do the talking. So I guess it was my fault I was denied. Judge Armstrong was such a Gentleman, I answered all questions he asked. I do not remember much of my hearing but when someone treats me as a person and not just a number. I respect that person. YES my case was denied, I have appealed. I feel my case was not presented properly. I did not get to see what my lawyer presented before hand. a lot of what was presented was wrong. He did not put my new Doctors diagnosis. So if I lose this I will file again WITHOUT A LAWYER. Thanks.....

Debra L.Parker
Judge: Paul R Armstrong
1/14/2016 9:54:03 AM

O.K. This is my second attempt to share my comments about Judge Armstrong. Before my hearing my lawyer had me so stressed, I took triple my stress medication. He told me not to say anything only yes or no to any question, let him do the talking. So I guess it was my fault I was denied. Judge Armstrong was such a Gentleman, I answered all questions he asked. I do not remember much of my hearing but when someone treats me as a person and not just a number. I respect that person. YES my case was denied, I have appealed. I feel my case was not presented properly. I did not get to see what my lawyer presented before hand. a lot of what was presented was wrong. He did not put my new Doctors diagnosis. So if I lose this I will file again WITHOUT A LAWYER. Thanks.....

Judge: William Spalo
1/9/2016 3:50:11 PM

very good judge to me.

Cindy Daubenmire
Judge: David R Bruce
12/16/2015 9:37:08 AM

I was fortunate enough to have Judge Bruce. He is a very good listener asks many questions and is very knowledgeable. I just wish I could have asked about insurance, my attorney informed me that if approved for disability I would have to wait a year or so for insurance don't understand that concept, that means no meds or dr appt for me. But I feel that Judge Bruce was a very good Judge to have went in front of treated you like a person and was interested in you.

Judge: Deborah E Ellis
12/1/2015 11:29:53 AM

Judge Ellis, is a very fare person she knows the law & she knows it well. If you truly are disabled she will know she evaluate every aspect of the case. But for those who are not disabled tryna get a free ride. SHE is going to KNOW, and u will get denied

Judge: Dennis R Kramer
10/9/2015 6:49:24 PM

All I can say is I was very greatful to have judge Kramer as my jugde .He's everything other have said about him,respectful, thoughtful, honest and very concerned He listened every step of the way when I explained my sons case I very well respect that and I hope other will be as fortunate as I was to have you as there jugde.

Judge: Edward P Studzinski
9/9/2015 8:21:25 AM

He was very nice at my hearing

Judge: Karen Sayon
4/21/2015 4:41:47 PM

Very Poor.

Judge: Edward P Studzinski
3/4/2015 5:32:58 PM

I've had several hearings before this judge. If you prepare your hearings well he can be very approachable. Submit a prehearing brief at least 3-4 days prior to the hearing. I've found the best approach is to discuss each allegation individually and outline objective findings. This does not have to be long and formal. Simply open noting any major issues (outstanding records, DLI issues, amending onset). Keep your brief simple and to the point. Address any issues - DAA, lack treatment... In closing you can address proposed RFC or GRID argument. If you don't have objective support for an allegation he is not going to give it a lot of weight. He is very favorable to treating source statements and opinions. He will tell you why he has an issue with the claim - address that issue specifically and support your argument with direct citation to the record. Know your record and cite, cite, cite! Be prepared to amend your onset for GRID and/or lack of treatment. He will come right out and ask about listings - do not make a loose listing argument, just move on to step 4 or 5. He will go back and forth with you about the allegations and can be persuaded. If you come in prepared and submit the brief ahead of time your hearing will go much more smoothly and you will give your client an increased likelihood of approval.

Judge: Paul R Armstrong
1/27/2015 2:43:55 PM

I went in to my hearing expecting the worst, but Judge Armstrong listened to my case and quickly understood why I could not work. I am only 32 years old battling heart issues and he understood this, when the lower levels of the process did not.

Judge: William Spalo
12/21/2014 1:38:01 AM

I pray anyone who gets this judge reads this. This Judge asked the VE in my husband's case one hypothetical question about having to elevate his feet. The VE said there were no jobs. This caused the lawyer to not cross examine. Well the judge denied his claim saying he didn't believe he was being truthful about the intensity or persistence of his pain and need to elevate his feet. So no other limitations were addressed such as missed work due to his pain condition etc. Three years we've been going through hardships and our shot in court was stolen from us because the judge used trickery and the lawyer fell for it. This judge is here to deny claims and he's good at it! Our family is broken. Be aware and make sure your lawyer is aware

Judge: Mary Ann Poulose
11/9/2014 5:16:42 PM

She does not like to listen if you are sick. She only respects the social security administration, she is the worse judge. Very strong. She thinks that the people lie and invent what the disability people is suffering

Judge: Edward P Studzinski
11/2/2014 3:11:04 PM

He was an unprofessional jerk. I truly believe he was intoxicated at my hearing. He made the advocate cry and he screamed like a little pig. Was so unorganized..... Refuse to let me have a copy of the proceedings to prove he was drunk. I plan on running him to him someday soon. He refused to let me cross exam any witness. I'm suffering from heart disease which has caused massive depression and anxiety. Over paid piece of crap.... I've paid into as for 30 years yet its being given to illegals that haven't paid a dime.

angela hossenlopp
Judge: Paul R Armstrong
10/27/2014 9:25:33 PM

He is an awesome judge and my case is not even decided on.

Judge: Paul R Armstrong
9/13/2014 10:32:38 AM

He had his mind made up before the hearing approval rating nation wide 62% at a hearing. My God Armstrong's is 15% I had no chance at all. KY quit hearings here and now are run video from Chicago he compared my problems with a different case all together. 28 months of waiting for this I am applying on my own again and turning in everything i possibly can and hope i never have to see another one of these judges again. I am losing my place to live being evicted from the land i rent to put my mobile home on my landlord will take it he knows i can't afford to move it, everythings being turned off. Me and my kids will be on the street my x husband has stage 3 cancer no child support he can't work. I hope this judge feels the pain i do right now it would kill him to be where i'm at he couldn't handle it.

Judge: Kim L Bright
8/19/2014 8:11:22 AM

She is a fair Judge, very polite. Still waiting on decision.

Judge: William Spalo
8/18/2014 7:57:37 AM

What can I say ,17 thing wrong with me,and this ALJ set and lied any way he could to stop me from getting SSDI,have worked 33 years at back braking jobs,and when no one will hire you because of the bad shape you are in Very sad that this is how we the people are treated this ALJ needs to step down and retire

Craig Patterson
Judge: Kathleen Mucerino
7/18/2014 1:33:31 PM

I found this judge to be through, professional and well prepared. She was personable while being efficient even though my appearance was over an hour long. All of the personal (the vocational and the note taker) in her court were clearly on the same page as Judge Mucerino. It seemed to me that they have worked together for awhile. The only question I had after leaving is when the "on set" date of my disability would be considered. According to my attorney it could be the date of application (June 2011)or perhaps the date I stopped working June 2010. An argument could be made that while I continued to work I was in fact disabled I 2006. Since I have no idea of the rules determining this I will rely on the Judge for a determination. No matter the decision I am confident that it will be correct.

Judge: Edward P Studzinski
7/17/2014 11:02:41 PM


Kenneth Tennant
Judge: Sherry D Thompson
7/16/2014 12:01:17 PM

Can you explain, without using the word: CORRUPTION, or mentioning crooks, ie Debra Bice, Carolyn Colvin, Sherry Thompson, David Thompson et al., why a 100% Service-Connected DISABLED veteran, who hasn't been gainfully employed since honorable discharge 1987 would be denied ssdi benefits ? Do you think the SSA has more criminals employed than does the VA ? Have you blown the whistle on any of the crooks you see at the SSA ?

darold chandler
Judge: Dennis R Kramer
5/27/2014 11:25:47 AM

Judge Kramer was a fair judge. He listened to my case gave time for me and my lawyer to explain my case. he was very pleasant yet stern. I'm just waiting for my decision now.

Judge: Kathleen Mucerino
5/15/2014 4:30:48 AM

I don't know her decision yet. But I am very concerned about it as she made a remark at the end that I will NEVER forget. She said "You must understand that it is very hard for me to label someone your age disabled for the rest of your life." I have a progressive autoimmune disease that has NO cure and NO real treatment. It WILL get worse and it WILL eventually take my life. I am in my forties with the health of someone almost twice my age. I pray that she fully understands this and my need to help care for myself and my family. I am scared because of her statement. The unknown is the worst part.

Judge: Joel G Fina
4/29/2014 7:39:44 AM

It my belief he pays more attention to social security doctors then claiments personal doctors who know claiments cases , its my hope he would realize people need to be given fair unbias decisions to his cases.

Judge: Edward P Studzinski
4/16/2014 11:52:06 AM

I received my Letter of Denial from Judge Edward Studzinski, and I found it very unfair that he only used parts of my medical information, and only took parts of my testimony from the hearing, to create his denial decision. I honestly don't know how this is okay for him to do, or allowed. It is not surprising to find out he used to work for Social Security, as an attorney, against people filing for disability.

Judge: Edward P Studzinski
3/6/2014 12:56:46 PM

This guy is so rude. Love the hoop earring too! smh This guy should not be a judge. He acts like he has a chip on his shoulders. He interrupted every single person in the room and spoke to the claimant as if he were lying or on trial. Even our rep was shocked! This is a SSDI hearing and SHOULD NOT be adversarial! This judge was unbelievable. Someone should sue him. This hearing was awful.

Judge: Rebecca LaRiccia
1/28/2014 3:46:12 PM

When the court started judge Lariccia read off to me my condition. She had not read all my medical and when told this at the hearing she still could not accessit without my lawyers help. She went into the hearing with precocieved notions and never changed them. When the vocational counselor from the state went over jobs he stated i couldnot perform light duty with my conditions I stated to the Judge. In her decision Judge Lariccia said she agrees with the doctor that I have severe pain but I can still perform a light duty job. Then she spelled out what i could perform as it relates to lifting. Noware in any reports or FCE did it say I could do that. Also she said the vocational couselor said I could perform light duty with my spoken evidence. He never said that. I faxed in a release for the hearing proceedings and never recieved them. In my opinion Judge Lariccia was not prepared for the case, and looking at her basis for decision she never read all the medical.

Judge: Edward P Studzinski
1/23/2014 12:49:33 PM

This judge really needs to be investigated he has a hundred percent denial rating and treats individuals like criminals... my girlfriend had this man she said he was very rude and inconsiderate... he would let her or her attorney finish their sentences he would interrupt them... people with disabilities are not criminals one day you'll be disabled and I hope you get treated like your criminal judge or one of your other family members get treated that way... shame on you... for how you treat other's this man needs to be remove from his set...

Judge: Rebecca LaRiccia
12/10/2013 11:36:01 AM

Excellent Judge. Very friendly and compassionate. Definatly happy to present in front of her. She is always fair and knowledgeable.

Judge: Kathleen Mucerino
12/2/2013 2:11:49 PM

Judge Kathleen Mucerino was great. She was well prepared for my case and asked questions that pertained to my disability. She spoke respectfully and never seemed as if she was uninterested in my case. My lawyer had spoken to me over the phone prior to my hearing and said that she might come off as being short and hard with her questions. It was nothing like that. I was a little nervous going into the hearing, but within minutes, my mind was at ease. I believe that she use my statements and make a well educated decision.

Judge: Curt Marceille
9/30/2013 6:16:24 AM

In reference to my post on November 20, 2012: After receiving this judge's unfavorable decision, I personally filed a new claim for disability on behalf of my husband. No attorney involved. My husband was granted disability within 4 WEEKS!!!! 4 WEEKS! Tell me he wasn't disabled when he went before Judge Marceille. (right). In the end, we won, however, due to this judge's decision, my husband was not qualified to receive the 3 years back pay that he was due. Thank you SO much Judge.

Judge: Kim Soo Nagle
8/14/2013 3:59:59 PM

Reversed and remanded again! A judge cannot lie and claim evidence does not exist when it clearly does.

Judge: Edward P Studzinski
8/10/2013 4:19:26 PM

I haven't gotten the decision from him yet, but if the hearing is any indicator, it will be a denial. This man treats you like you are on trial for a crime rather than seeking help. He was outright rude to my attorney. If I get approved for this I will be shocked. But, it ain't over til it's over. He may surprise me yet...

Judge: Edward P Studzinski
6/26/2013 2:16:24 PM

Why is this guy still a judge? He is rude, crude, biased and acts like the claimant is a criminal. Why hasn't anyone sued for this? We should all get together.

Judge: Dennis R Kramer
6/12/2013 6:31:48 AM

He seemed very fair. He wasn't rude, very respectful. asked numerous question, listened to all evidence. I don't know my out come. It will be mailed

Judge: Paul R Armstrong
5/6/2013 8:32:27 PM

Iam over 50 and I got denied.i heard if you get Armstrong you will get denied I got Armstrong and I got denied, he lived up to his reputation as far as I can see.I have no ideal how I will survive are if I will

Judge: Nadine Overton
5/1/2013 4:13:47 PM


Judge: Paul R Armstrong
4/22/2013 10:30:08 AM

If you're less than 50, stay home. You don't have a chance.

Judge: David R Bruce
4/16/2013 10:02:52 AM

He is very nice but do not let that fool you. He uses VE typically asks decent hypo's but really asks lengthy questions take notes make sure he did not leave anything out as his questions will take a better part of 45 minutes and you get kind of bogged down.

Judge: Kim L Bright
4/14/2013 6:31:50 PM

Very fair and polite judge. Professional, respectful manners.

Judge: Nadine Overton
4/13/2013 4:40:15 PM

rough judge but too the point and she listens too clients and interested.

Judge: Mary Ann Poulose
4/10/2013 2:58:48 PM

took the time to explain the law to me so I understood it. explained that if I did not have medical records before my insurance date ended I was not going to get disability. she spent time to help me figure out where I went to the doctor and then said she would try to get those records. don't think i'll get disabilty based on what she said, but at least she cares enough to try.

Judge: Romona Scales
4/9/2013 5:29:14 PM

Had 4 hearings with this judge, she asks hypotheticals that all over the place. Asked about 7 different hypos on each hearing. Hard to tell how she will rule. Asks a lot of questions herself, lets attorney have 15 minutes to discuss the medical conditions and limitations.

Stephen Sunshino
Judge: Marlene R Abrams
4/3/2013 10:51:22 AM

This "judge" is horrendous. I am waiting for 31 months now for her decision. Of course when you call the SSA office, the answer is you can do nothing but wait. The last time I called they told me to stop calling and bothering the office with unnecessary inquiries that obviously I have a complicated case (which I don't, I have a qualifying condition) and the ALJ will rule when she is ready to. Meanwhile, I sit here with no insurance and my doctor's office patient rep told me she was going to prevent me from seeing the doctor any longer until I get my medicare in order.

Judge: Rebecca LaRiccia
3/27/2013 7:45:59 AM

This ALJ used to be in the NHC in Chicago. Her award rate has been fairly consistent. She is pleasant, sometimes ready to start hearings early. She asks for opening and then she questions claimant. A good, strong work history is always a plus. She will do bench decisions too. In my experience this ALJ is very fair. All judges have to formuate opinions on crediblity and severity of symptoms.

Judge: Marlene R Abrams
3/20/2013 6:31:18 PM

Just awful. She has no idea what she is doing. She rejects countless medical expert opinions of her own expert witness! Finally, she waits over a year to make a decision in almost every case.

Judge: Kim Soo Nagle
3/20/2013 6:27:40 PM

Judge Nagle really seems to understand the disability process. I have appeared before dozens of ALJs in disability cases in Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia and I rank her among the top three. I look forward to having cases with her in the future.

Judge: Jose Anglada
3/17/2013 2:17:36 AM

Judge Jose Anglada Truly knows what he is doing compared to other Judges. . . .see for you self

Judge: Kim Soo Nagle
3/8/2013 10:32:55 PM

Very fair judge. She is smart and knowledgeable about Social Security law.

Judge: Shirley M Michaelson
3/8/2013 7:55:41 AM

Keep in mind when I added this note she had a 45% approval rating?? Not a very nice judge. She is very argumentative with the attorney as soon as you go on the record. Hearings can last about 2 hours she requires the client to bring all medications they are on as well. She will quiz the client about ALL medications and exactly which medication they take for what impairment. In addition she will need a simple outline of each treating doctor the client is seeing and for what condition they are seeing that particular doctor for (again it just doesn't seem she reads the records or the brief before hearing)but again she will argue why a family doctor is treating for specific impairments. She is very argumentative and tends to give medical opinion about your case while citing incorrectly or mischaracetrizing the evidence. It is apparent she does NOT read briefs and for that fact she reads very little of the medical records that is how she mischaraterizes so much of the medical records. Example: in my case she argued (yep) that my client only had one back impairment when several were listed and really counselor it's all the same (when no they are not) she will argue and try to get you to stipulate to her reasoning. VE: she uses a VE but wants to skip over listing out the jobs the national numbers and the local numbers. She will again ask the attorney to stipulate that there are jobs without listing them out. No doubt her hearings are ripe for appeal but need to take very detailed notes stay on your toes and if you do go to AC with an appeal GET THE TRANSCRIPT OF THE HEARING.

Judge: Shirley M Michaelson
3/7/2013 1:59:01 PM

Hearings last about 2 hours

Judge: Shirley M Michaelson
3/7/2013 1:51:11 PM

Judge wants to inspect medications bring them to hearing

Judge: Shirley M Michaelson
3/7/2013 1:38:13 PM

Pretty argumentative judge she tends to give a medical opinion about the case and cites to the record incorrectly.. Listen close you will need to correct her characterization of the medical evidence. Submitted a brief in the case and she did not read it before the hearing but still asked for a theory of the case wanting the attorney to repeat everything in the brief? Huh ...she has a pretty good approval rating so I am hopeful the decision will be favorable. If you are an attorney just be on your toes about how she characterizes the medical evidence. Will quiz your client about medications even though you have submitted med list she still expects the client to have them memorized even when they are a few pages long.

Judge: Mary Ann Poulose
3/1/2013 11:59:45 AM

Polouse doesnt know a hole from a apple extremly incompitant as a judge or human bieng and should step down from the podeum she sits on for she unfit to judge others the worst jugde would nt trust her with a tooth pick

Judge: Mary Ann Poulose
2/28/2013 6:04:17 PM

She is terrible, god awful judge. Its nice that SSA employees defend the indefensible.

Judge: Mary Ann Poulose
2/22/2013 6:21:27 PM

Judge Poulose is one smart judge with a lot of Social Security experience. She really knows the law and weighs the evidence fairly. Not every doctor is believable and she is able to explain why. She is very skilled at getting to the heart of the issues.

Judge: Curt Marceille
2/22/2013 6:12:20 PM

Judge Marceille is professional and thorough. He gives great consideration to every claim and makes fair decisions based on the evidence he's given.

Judge: Mary Ann Poulose
2/15/2013 3:30:31 PM

Has no heart. Is not sympathetic with respect to terminal cases.

Judge: Patrick Nagle
2/12/2013 4:46:40 PM

Why are you not at work. What kind of Guy are you. You don't hold hearings. I quess you don't want to work too. You just get a free government paycheck. Wow! the government must have a lot of money to just give away.

Judge: Mary Ann Poulose
1/30/2013 3:09:39 PM

The ALJ is not competent!!! She ignores evidence, blows off treating source opinions, uses poor judgement and is prone to be long winded. She needs to be removed.

Judge: Patrick Nagle
1/24/2013 3:25:00 PM

He's never at work, nor holds hearings. Where is he at all the time.

Judge: Patrick Nagle
12/24/2012 3:44:10 PM

He's never at work, schedule hearings nor hold hearings. Where is he at all this time. Where do they get all of these judges that never wants to work.

Judge: Curt Marceille
12/23/2012 3:08:38 PM

I can't believe the US Government allows Judges, like him to make accusations and judgment on individuals that are truly disabled and their medical records speak for themselfs. This Judge has put a hold on our lives and hopefully something can be done about this. We want to wish him a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, something we are not having this year!

Judge: Shirley M Michaelson
12/13/2012 10:58:09 PM

I reviewed the comments about all Chicago Judges; I had a hearing before her and she seems knowledgeable and listened, she allowed the hearing to last over an hour. Other comments about the Chicago judges seem to be sour grapes by Obama supporters. They got the President and the Administration they asked for, now live with it. You are an idiot

Judge: Shirley M Michaelson
12/11/2012 1:34:48 PM

I reviewed the comments about all Chicago Judges; I had a hearing before her and she seems knowledgeable and listened, she allowed the hearing to last over an hour. Other comments about the Chicago judges seem to be sour grapes by Obama supporters. They got the President and the Administration they asked for, now live with it.

Judge: Patricia W Supergan
12/6/2012 5:26:50 AM


Judge: Curt Marceille
11/29/2012 1:49:03 PM

I have never had a hearing with this ALJ present in the room. Always by video from Chicago. Very rude and accusatory tone with claimants. Poor judicial temperament. If I had to guess, I'd say he worked in insurance defense before he became an ALJ, and still thinks his role is the same as a PI defense attorney rather than adjudicator. I have had 4 hearings in front of this guy and only one favorable.

Judge: Curt Marceille
11/20/2012 5:56:24 PM

Pray this is not your judge. He will not consider you disabled as long as you're still breathing. My husbands unfavorable decision is 15 pages, full of twisted comments, insinuations, insults and snide comments. Unbelievable. Tough? Yeah! Knowledgeable, obviously, Fair? No way!

Judge: Rebecca LaRiccia
11/16/2012 2:52:46 PM

This judge has approval rating of 43% and apparently uses the same justification for all her cases. She states while the impairment is "severe" and there is objective evidence to support it, she does not agree with limitations and pain expressed. Who is she to know how much pain somoneone is in and how can she deny the medical evidence that supports the pain? Shameful..

Judge: Marlene R Abrams
11/10/2012 5:36:14 PM

Maybe she doesn't work and cannot perform the ALJ duties. She doesn't work much. How are these people getting these jobs.

John Cottoasten
Judge: Carla Suffi
11/8/2012 4:39:07 PM

Doesn't know the law

Judge: Edward P Studzinski
10/1/2012 9:20:45 AM

as an attorney who has been in front of him, i have to agree that he spends a lot of time letting you know he needs to be shown evidence on every little point. he treats everyone with little respect (by talking over attorneys and claimants to make any point he thinks is important and questioning claimants as if they are all liars) and clearly looks for any reason to give everyone a hard time. he questions treating source opinions as if the doctors will just say anything to help a claimant.

elizabeth bissonette
Judge: Edward P Studzinski
8/27/2012 9:14:18 PM

Ive never seen a Dr. Lee in my life. Badmouthing the states own doctor REPEATEDLY throughout the entire 15 pages, quite a charm. I have visited this page NUMEROUS times because I am besides myself with misunderstanding of the truth and the LAW. NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE............... know justice........... know peace

elizabeth bissonette
Judge: Edward P Studzinski
8/27/2012 3:42:35 PM

His exact words as described by social securities own medical examiner on line 12 "patient has less than 20 degrees of visual field which meets the ssd definition of legal blindness". I guess a judge, not a doctor let alone the states own medical examiner knows what I can see. Well, he does not. He is not a doctor or a specialist of the eye. I cannot believe this judge is allowed to sit on a bench and make up whatever story he wants about my vision and its allowed. Thats why the state has their own state appointed doctors. So that there can be an accurate and legally binding decision made about blindness. If it were up to the judges to decide without legal decisions from their own doctors it would be a farse like this. This is illegal and it is wrong to make up your own findings and decisions. Thats what medical doctors for the state are here for. To help people like me and keep people that lie from lying.

elizabeth bissonette
Judge: Edward P Studzinski
8/27/2012 3:27:53 PM

On page 13 of 15 Judge Studzinski argued the opinion of "suzanne lee" saying he "thinks my vision is more like 25%I which does not meet ssa guidelines. He didnt bother to look at the signature of the doctor. Jason Brooks is my doctor. I was sent to him by the social security administration. Judge Studzinski is arguing that his own state appointed doctor for the social security administration. He states that the medical examiner for the state of indiana and representing the social security administration is incorrect. How could this be Judge Studinski? And his tests were included in the finding to support this. Those test results were in your opinion not satisfactory as commented at my hearing. Well, why do they have tests for blindness then? Why does the state of indiana employee state appointed doctors to tell social security the truth. Like I said, he wants to go above a medical experts decisionand create his own. What has happened to me is a tradegy and a disgrace. I hope this never happens to anyone else with this condition in any other state, by any other Judge.

elizabeth bissonette
Judge: Edward P Studzinski
8/24/2012 11:20:22 AM

This is a continuation of my previous post. I was denied social security by judge studzinski on august 20th and today august 24th i recieved a letter from medicaid applied on june of 2012the saying I am eligible for medicaid for the BLIND starting september 1st 2012.This judge is not only less than zero he is bias, discriminatory, and sick. I am going BLIND for Gods sake and this man has the lowest respect I have ever had for another human being. If I can I am filing charges against him in Hammond federal court. This is a discrace against the needy and the blind and he should be made accountable for my poverty hunger and confinement to my house. I cant go get help from the guild for the blind, no, he said I should return to work. And p.s. the medicaid people said it was doctor jason brooks, social securities own doctor for the state of indiana that signed my papers for the blind and p.s.s attorney tom scully is the worst lawyer ive ever witnessed. I have never heard or seen such an unproffesional, missing half my documents, unprepared loser in my life. I am ashamed of the law that represented me and i am even more ashamed of judge studzinski.

elizabeth bissonette
Judge: Edward P Studzinski
8/23/2012 12:41:42 AM

Well I would have to give him less than zero. I am going blind due to an inherited eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa. I have no periphreal vision left, I cannot see outside of the rim of my water glass. I have fallen down a flight of stairs leaving me with 2a bulges in my vertebrae, I was told by the state medical eye examiner that I am legally blind and am not allowed to drive. The depression from going blind is too much to bear, I cry almost every day. First my eyes are failing now I cant drive. I am a genetic defect and it is not my fault. This disease affects only. 05% of the entire world and there is no cure. It leads to complete tunnel vision, where you can only see through a hole, and then it leads to complete blindness. I waited 22before months in agony, hungry, worried,terrified because I cannot get the help I need, and then a denial by judge studzinski. I need more than anything to go to the guild for the blind in chicago where I was invited to learn braille and mobility training and join a support group. I am so mentally unstable with depression I cannot express my agony in words. There are no words to describe my fear. I have been dealing with the loss of vision since 2006. It is so far gone now that I am afraid I wont get the help I need when I go blind. I am terrified I wont be prepared. I dont know if I can make it as a blind person at all. I can thank judge studzinski for making my life worse than it has ever been. Close your eyes for an entire day and imagine being blind. I would rather be in a wheel chair with no arms or legs.I cry all day and it hurts so bad that noone will help someone going blind.

Judge: William J Mackowiak
8/14/2012 1:57:38 PM

Its also easier to deny without applying the facts and the law. Nice selective argument you chose.

Judge: William J Mackowiak
8/9/2012 9:56:41 AM

Allowing someone is always easier than making a comprehensive review of the facts and the law

Judge: Sylke Merchan
8/4/2012 12:52:26 AM


Judge: Jose Anglada
7/27/2012 8:30:26 PM

Judge Jose Anglada is a wonderful and understanding Judge. He makes honest and fair decision with his cases. He was the Judge, for my case . . . in whish he made a great impact in my life base on the disicion that, he made on my case. . . and for that, I will be thankful as well as my family. Thank you !!!

Judge: Kathleen Mucerino
6/26/2012 2:08:28 PM

Disorganized and crabby.

Judge: Marlene R Abrams
6/19/2012 8:30:16 AM

I have had 2 claims with this ALJ it is going over a year and half with still no decision. That in of itself is an embarrassment.

Judge: Karen Sayon
6/3/2012 11:58:32 AM

Excellent Judge. Got to core issue quickly and effectively.

Judge: Denise M Martin
5/18/2012 9:27:45 AM

Its wrong that you denied us and sent the papers to the wrong address. I have children to feed and I see that you are not concerned about our needs. I hope you sleep good at night after an unfavorable decision with all of the medical evidence and testimonies. Thanks for nothing

David Bermingham
Judge: Lee Lewin
5/17/2012 6:39:33 PM

I just wanted to say a few things. I have epilepsy, both gran mal and petit mal seizures. 2-3 gran mal a month, 4-5 petit mal a month.In my condition I cannot walk or drive to any job or even work at a job without an episode happening that could cause a life threatening injury for that matter. This is proven in my medical records. Yet somehow despite my claim medical records and all the evidence, Judge Lee Lewin denied me. Soon i will be forced to drive to a job so I can make ends meet where I will be in danger of having a seizure in hazardous places. Each day of my life is a roll of the dice not knowing when its coming or where I will be. I hope you can sleep at night. It makes me sick. You have no idea what i go through. I hope you read this.

Judge: Jose Anglada
5/16/2012 7:42:17 PM

Jose . . . Thank so much for understanding my case last year . . . you would not know what a blessing it became about . . . I would always be grateful . . I am doing a little bit much better . . . Again, Thank you so very much for understanding . . . you are a great judge . . . keep up the good work!!!! I rate you a 100% = 10

Judge: Curt Marceille
4/24/2012 8:30:28 PM

This judge is tough, knowledgeable, and fair. He's now at the Chicago National Hearing Center.

Judge: David R Bruce
4/3/2012 2:36:18 PM

This judge is well prepared and is very patient and a good listener. You are lucky if you get Judge Bruce to hear your case.

Judge: Dennis R Kramer
3/21/2012 7:22:52 AM

I agree with the other comments. While his hearings sometimes run over, he is thorough and thoughtful. He brings in both a vocational expert and medical expert and his medical experts are thorough, as well. He does appreciate and reviews memos prepared by the attorneys in advance of the hearing.

Judge: Edward P Studzinski
3/21/2012 7:10:55 AM

Judge has one of the highest denial rates in this office. Even though these hearings are non-adversarial, he conducts hearings as if claimants are on trial. One can tell he has already made up his mind before the hearing. Not surprising when you research his background -- he use to be the Attorney for the Office of General Counsel, Social Security Administration (in other words, he argued on behalf of SSA when claimants appealed their decision to the federal court). When giving hypotheticals to vocational experts, he conveniently leaves out key limitations. In short, go in planning to appeal -- therefore, make the record clear, object, and cross-examine witnesses so you can have appealable issues.

Judge: Mary Ann Poulose
3/20/2012 10:33:22 AM

She is much more prone to deny in spite of good medical evidence. She makes a habit of dismissing treating source opinions even when they match the evidence as a whole.

Judge: Dennis R Kramer
3/15/2012 11:27:08 AM

Judge Kramer is very thorough and conscientious. You are well served if you are fortunate enough to have him as a judge.