Valparaiso In, Indiana ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Valparaiso In, Indiana, 12 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Valparaiso In, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 11.0 months. The average case processing time in Valparaiso In is 479 days.The Valparaiso In average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 42%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Valparaiso In ODAR office was last updated on 6/11/2019.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Valparaiso In 12 11.0 months 479 days 2.4 15% 42% 43%
Indiana13.4 months493 days2.415%43%41%
National Average:14.9 months500 days2.120%42%38%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied

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Sad Applicant
Judge: Gladys Whitfield
3/20/2020 3:32:23 PM

Hearing held in Nov 2019. Judge shocked me. Very rude. Cut my attorney short. Disregarded info from 3 doctors we submitted. Listened only to SS docs. Disregarded my age, my true ability to work full-time and how likely I am to be able to find and keep a job. Quit work 3 years ago because of medical matters. Almost 3 years later I get denied by this judge. Something definitely not right here. Hope she can sleep well at night. Sad. Very sad. Why pay for SS benefits 45 years.

Ashley woodward
Judge: Jonathan Stanley
3/7/2020 1:01:56 PM

He’s a pos an I wouldn’t piss on him if he was on fire, he knows all my medical history an has still denied me after years of applying an dr appointments an even having my dr sign off on my disability papers, he’s a crooked son of a bitch just like the rest of the fucken ingrates in the court system, their all for their grimy ass selves an it’s fuck everyone, well fuck you jonathan Stanley you need to eat shit an die rotten bastard

Judge: Jonathan Stanley
3/3/2020 8:30:33 AM

This judge was very nice and considerate and treated me as a person. Hearing wasn't an hour long like others I have been before. Thank you for treating me like a human and not a number.

Robert Vroman
Judge: Edward P Studzinski
2/11/2020 10:42:24 AM

Hello your Honorner my name is Robert Vroman. I have been trying get a hold of someone to give them a phone number to the medical records office so you get my medical records for my case.

Judge: Cindy Martin
1/30/2020 4:13:00 PM

Judge Cindy Martin, seemed to be fair. In fact my attorney stated that he felt very good about the upcoming decision. However I got my decision letter today, and was denied. On one account she based it on the fact that my pain maybe exacerbated because I’m over weight. That’s fair enough however she ignored the fact that prior to getting hit by a semi truck and being not able to move for over a year I wasn’t. Of course you gain weight if you can’t move. She also stated that my age 42, allowed for me to be retrained? Retrained at what? Who’s going to retrain a 42 year old who was a case manager but now can’t lift anything heavier than a can of soup? Well 42 year olds get hit by trucks too. I don’t see how people can get approved who have no real disabilities, but those of us who do can’t, even when hit by a semi truck. This has been a real eye opener.

Judge: Cindy Martin
1/30/2020 4:12:11 PM

Judge Cindy Martin, seemed to be fair. In fact my attorney stated that he felt very good about the upcoming decision. However I got my decision letter today, and was denied. On one account she based it on the fact that my pain maybe exacerbated because I’m over weight. That’s fair enough however she ignored the fact that prior to getting hit by a semi truck and being not able to move for over a year I wasn’t. Of course you gain weight if you can’t move. She also stated that my age 42, allowed for me to be retrained? Retrained at what? Who’s going to retrain a 42 year old who was a case manager but now can’t lift anything heavier than a can of soup? Well 42 year olds get hit by trucks too. I don’t see how people can get approved who have no real disabilities, but those of us who do can’t, even when hit by a semi truck. This has been a real eye opener.

Judge: Jason Mastrangelo
1/27/2020 5:12:59 PM

If I could give this pos a 0 star I would. To everyone who is waiting i pray you don't get this so called man. I am 33 years old, suffering from ankylosing spondylitis, fibromyalgia, g.a.d, osteoarthritis (multiple sites), and the list goes on. In the hearing this "judge" seemed to be very interested in what I had doing on and seemed genuinely concerned of my health. It took him not even 30 days to deliver a denial to me. I was unable to get a functional assessment done due to the area I live in not having many options to get it done and the few places you can are booked out for 1 1/2-2 years, therefore he had to go off my dr's notes alone. Now even though my Dr's notes all state that I am limited in functions, they do not (as most don't) go into specific details as to exactly what I can and can not do (how long I can sit/stand, how much I can/can't lift ect.) And because of that he denied me. He agrees that I have limitations but does not feel in his opinion they prevent me from being able to work. I can not stand or sit more than 30-45 mins without having issues, when I do sit I have to constantly fluctuate my weight around and even still after 30-45 mins (depending on the day) I start having severe pain (hips) as well as numbness & pain in my feet & calves. I am unable to stand long enough to even cook for myself 95% of the time. This guy's numbers show that he does not like to give people SSI/SSDI, and because of my age made it an even easier decision for this guy. My past work experience is a cook, I have worked for a very long time... Sometimes 2 and 3 jobs at once, I have paid into SSI/SSDI, and yet I have been denied. If I could work please believe me when I say I would. This man should not be a judge doing this work, as he obviously doesn't understand disability. I am devastated right now as the last 2 years I have been fighting this case have been for nothing. I only have until 9/30 of this year before my work credits run out and have no choice but to start this whole process again from the beginning. So to anyone who is stuck going before this horrible man/judge you will be in my prayers. And I hope that no one in this man's family/close friends ends up with a disability and has to go before a judge that thinks and does things like he does and end up getting denied. Although if it did happen that way maybe he would open his eyes and actually learn to understand and have compassion and empathy for those of us he has denied and told that they don't have a disability.

Judge: Edward P Studzinski
12/18/2019 7:51:09 PM

I had my hearing today, and although I went in very nervous about the judge, he was friendly and professional, nothing scary like all these reviews. He was upset at the incompetence of my lawyer but so was I (although I did not show it or say it). I'm hoping I get a fully favorable decision, even though my lawyer tricked me into changing my onset date :/ I guess I'll find out in a couple months.

James McGarr
Judge: Jason Mastrangelo
11/21/2019 6:22:43 AM

This guy is the biggest pile of shit ever to breath. Liar and a disgusting pig. Dude changed my doctors records to suit his need to deny 70% of the Americans that need help. Garbage human that will be burning in hell someday, and deservedly so.

Judge: Trina Moore
10/30/2019 8:14:23 AM

Extremely racially bias ALJ. Requires supplemental hearings for missing records - waste of Federal Government funds in a system that is already backed up and running out of funds.

Judge: Charles J Thorbjornsen
10/6/2019 3:15:08 PM

This judge wasn't prepared for my case at all. I was badgered for an hour and a half, and after waiting over 90 days for a decision. I was denied. The denial letter was very back and forth and my 14 year old son picked out all of the things that were in my favor, then they weren't. If you can get a different judge, do so immediately

Judge: Trina Moore
8/6/2019 10:01:29 AM

Likely the worst ALJ I have been before. She is rude and arrogant. She speaks towards her computer screen and expects the entire room to hear her. If asked to repeat herself, she makes eye contact and speaks to you as if you don't speak English. She does this to Attorneys and claimants alike - as if Attorneys have not gone to law school as she has?!. She should probably rethink her entire career if she cannot be respectful towards people who are disabled and suffering before her. She also totally misses the issue in cases and will have unnecessary supplemental hearings.

Judge: Margaret Carey
3/22/2019 4:58:55 AM

She was ********. A ***** ****** and *** *****. Might as well wear a *** **** *** ****.

Linda Florio Tavares
Judge: Jason Mastrangelo
2/16/2019 11:59:47 AM

Thank you Judge Mastrangelo for your kindness and support on 2-14-19. Your sincere nature is truly a blessing.

Judge: Laurie Wardell
1/3/2019 9:27:08 PM

Judge Wardell concluded that I was unable to perform any past relevant work yet the vocational expert gave me three examples with two of them (dinning room attendant and sandwich maker) being past work I did part-time in college 20 years ago. Does it make sense to you?

Judge: Laurie Wardell
1/2/2019 9:53:20 AM

This ALJ is mentally ill. The vocational expert classified the claimant's past relevant work as light and sedentary. The ALJ also confirmed the claimant was unable to perform any past relevant work. So the logic conclusion should be the claimant couldn't even perform sedentary work. Yet this ALJ still refused to approve the case and wanted to drag the claimant into the labor force doing heavy weight lifting work instead. It is like asking people who could barely walk to run instead.

Judge: Laurie Wardell
1/1/2019 8:18:55 PM

I have never met a more unprofessional judge in my entire life. First, the hearing started late with no file to preview before the hearing even though I arrived an hour earlier. The ALJ stated there were only medical records in file. The ALJ then started to question based solely on her biased assessment of the evidence and pressured me for answers even after repeatedly disagreement on facts. She did not call me a liar in front of my face but questioned about my motive for filing for disability after the hearing. I was angry and very upset after the hearing because she was rude and with very little knowledge about my medical records. An ALJ may disagree with the level of severity of any physical and or mental condition, and may not think a person is disabled, but that is what the written decision is for. She made negative statements during the hearing before even had a chance to listened to me. An ALJ's job during the hearing is to review the evidence, listen to the testimony, act accordingly and professionally, and when all is evaluated to come to a decision. This ALJ will definitely ignore all the evidence in order to willfully draw her biased decision. She would not even bother to check and verify any obvious errors during and after hearing. I wondered how she got this job as she seems unfit for the position. I have empathy for anyone who gets this judge with close to 60% denial rate on record.

Judge: Laurie Wardell
12/31/2018 12:57:25 PM

This ALJ noticed I was not on any medication but failed to even mention that I was presented to ER. Ignored all evidences associated with that ER visit. She also ignored that I was took to ER after lost my conscious in public. Despite all the ER visits with complaints of chronic fatigue and memory loss, ALJ Wardell still strongly believed that I was happy most of the time and stated that I was looking forward to getting disability and enjoying travel. She has had a consistent tendency to ignore all the tears I had, all the pain I suffered, and all the events I went through. She even heartlessly suggested and cited that I did not need to be admitted to ER at least on one occasion. The ALJ ignored all past medical history, then cited a lack of medical evidence made it impossible to draw her conclusion. Maybe she was reading the wrong medical notes and focused only on positive not negative symptoms. The most ironic part is she repeatedly and shamelessly stated that she had given me the benefit of a full and fair adjudication on my claim throughout the entire process. By literally lying about my medical conditions???

Judge: Laurie Wardell
12/28/2018 7:43:38 PM

This ALJ Wardell and or its writer enjoyed to write fair tales. I made less than $2000 in 3 weeks once in a few years. It turned out in the Judge's hearing decision letter as I earned $30,000 suddenly. I registered a shell company to keep track of 401K retirement funds I legally borrowed from Fidelity to pay bills. It turned out in the Judge's decision letter that it appeared I had several shell companies I renewed yearly and I was trying to hide money. I was not dead for sure but I rarely get out of the bed or door for years. However, you are not disabled in this ALJ's eyes if you could still cook, eat, walk, drive and travel at all by any chance. Even the fact that I rarely visit my family becomes a big issue. Once every several years up to 10 years was still too frequent by this Judge's common sense. I can only pray for God's blessings for my appeal ...

Judge: Laurie Wardell
12/28/2018 5:54:03 PM

Judge Laurie Wardell is ******. I was very sick and went to Emergency Rooms more than a dozen times within a year. I could barely lift 25 lbs even when I was not sick, yet she demanded me to lift 50 lbs for work. No kidding.

Judge: Laurie Wardell
12/21/2018 4:22:07 AM

Very unkind person I have ever met in this life. Although she pretend to be fair and I tried to be calm throughout the hearing process, I believe she was extremely mean and could care less about if I live or die. Avoid her if you could.

Judge: Laurie Wardell
12/10/2018 4:38:43 PM

Judge Wardell seems like to cherry pick on medical records with a great focus on remarkable errors while ignoring most facts. She reads medical records with great bias and chance to deny.

Judge: Jason C Earnhart
11/30/2018 1:22:07 PM

Saw him in mid August, 2018 and just heard yesterday (November 30, 2018) that the hearing has been rescheduled for March 2018 because Earnhart is not longer an ALJ and all his cases have to be revisited. Seems totally unfair to have to wait 4 additional months and go through it all again. Why couldn't he close all his current cases??

SSDI Claimant
Judge: Robert Long
11/25/2018 1:54:45 AM

He is a pleasant mannered judge who fairly presided over my disability hearing. I appreciate that he respected the Federal Court remand that I had along with my 5 years of consistent medical records, that he gave "great weight" to. I also appreciate that he gave me a short wait to receive his Fully Favorable decision. Thank you Judge Long.

Judge: Kathleen Fischer
10/23/2018 11:19:40 AM

I as well as my representative am beyond baffled as to why this judge made a decision that was an error to the law decision now forcing me to struggle longer and go through an appeals process which could take up to a year. I have met state guidelines and the ve said there was no jobs for myself to do. Why a judge would go against what the law says is beyond me. We look to these judges to uphold the law.

Daniele McLean
Judge: William Leland
9/18/2018 2:35:11 PM

Judge Leland denied my case. I was 49 and had a long list of of health issues. Lupus, fibromyalgia, triple bypass and stents, spinal fusion, arthritis. He argued with the career person as to what I could do. She said I could not do any of the Jobs. He over ruled her and denied my case. As a result of this I lost all my doctors because I could not pay them. I struggle to live. I feel like a victim of his misjudged opion.

Debra Benton
Judge: Sandra R DiMaggio Wallis
7/31/2018 9:04:16 AM

Please Help Me.Please

Judge: Trina Moore
6/18/2018 4:41:56 AM

ALJ Trina Moore was very professional, pleasant, understanding and knew exactly what she was looking for in assessing my case. I feel that my medical situation was properly analyzed and taken into account by Judge Moore. Very knowledgeable, nice and fair ALJ to be in front of.

Judge: Cindy Martin
5/2/2018 5:19:38 AM

Judge Martin over saw my case. She is a very passionate judge and makes sure to take every little detail into consideration. Even though it is too early for a decision I am very confident she will make the correct decision based on evidence and the laws she has to abide by.

Judge: Edward P Studzinski
4/18/2018 9:36:23 AM

Unfortunately it takes 5 minutes of research to find out that the ALJ chief Sherry Thompson is being investigated for corruption as well as much other wrong doing. So whoever left the message to contact her about judge Studzinski needs to understand this.......... Pot Kettle. They are both corrupt and there is nothing we can do about it. Nobody cares if the judge is a **** or a complete ***. He should however not be biased. And the fact that he lie's so easily and often should disturb everyone. Hey Lawyers, you are the people in position to file ethics complaints against these judges. People that are truly disabled are being screwed. #disabledanddenied

Jason Earnheart
Judge: Jason C Earnhart
3/27/2018 6:43:14 PM

Im with you Kathy had my hearing in feb no news yet im going on 3 years from my file date. Im only 35 he was nice but very hard core

Ronald Merchant
Judge: Trina Moore
3/22/2018 1:08:00 PM

She was a very nice lady. I don't know what her decision is yet- but I'm very hopeful.

Judge: Martin McClelland
3/13/2018 10:29:08 AM

This man, call judge, is nothing more than a biased snobbish ****, in a black cape. I was denied my case because he believed that lupus was caused by my weight. He then cited that he was also going off the recommendation of the psychologist, that I saw. Funny thing THAT psychologist actually supported my claim - he and I had a very volatile visit but he supported the claim none-the-less! Absolute proof that he legislates from a tiny chair and believes he does not need to be bothered with the file, and reading all those notes and stats. He has eyes, and he is 'godly'. He has the psychic like intuition. He doesn't need any third party or medical recommendations. He can look at you and just know what you're worth, what you deserve, and who you are. Forget appalled, I am simply grossed out by the putridity of your organization. My absolute Solace is that I have a GOD. And we all will stand before HIM. May HE judge each of you completely and may you suffer the consequences of your actions eternally. Your game that you've been playing with the sick, the diseased and the broken makes you and those who follow that evil logic nothing more than legal mass murderers and torturers. GTH, Brandee

Judge: Trina Moore
2/27/2018 8:37:37 PM

Racist if you are white you better just go back to work. lied completely about what was said in the hearing and she never even met me she made a decision for another alj she is a lier.

Judge: Dennis R Kramer
2/27/2018 8:31:48 PM

He is a horrible judge to old to give fair decision no heart more like a iceberg cold heart

Judge: Dennis R Kramer
2/27/2018 8:29:10 PM

Guys a ******* he try’s too deny you from the start if you have This judge sow your leg back on your going back to work

Judge: Edward P Studzinski
1/22/2018 8:34:54 AM

For the many people who have been abused by the unnecessarily rude and adversarial misconduct of this judge, your formal complaints should be directed to: Sherry D. Thompson, Regional Chief Administrative Law Judge Social Security Administration 200 W. Adams Street, Suite 2901 Chicago, IL 60606 This is the only process that will get any attention. The Division of Quality Service (DOQ) is required to review and respond to all such legitimate complaints. Being unhappy with his decision will not get attention, but his notorious rude and adversarial behavior should get attention because it violates specific SSA rules against adversarial conduct. Statistics are kept to track the number of complaints against each judge. The is the best process to help get this judge removed. Everyone should file complaints. Too many people are abused by this judge.

Judge: Angelita Hamilton
1/20/2018 8:39:39 AM

Its now been 7 months since a friend of mine with PTSD and severe depression has seen this Judge and still NO ANSWER. My friend is slowly losing their self due to lack of income and finances to pay their bills. And with OK dropping funding for mental health it is getting harder and harder to get them the treatment and meds they need. Judge Hamilton please don't try and blame your lack of speediness on so many cases are do to overload, because down in south Texas where the population is three to six times as here in Oklahoma they are getting people their rulings within 6-8 weeks. If you judge Hamilton are unable to do your job in a timely manner then you need to step down and let SS replace you with someone who can. Or is the problem that you just enjoy playing mind games with people who have mental health issues? Either way, not impressed with you at all as a judge..

Judge: Angelita Hamilton
11/28/2017 5:56:44 PM

A good friend of mine who is suffering from PTSD saw Judge Hamilton this past June 2017. He felt that she was nice, seamed to be concerned and he left feeling like all was good. Well 5 months have now passed by and nothing, all he gets when he calls is someone saying the Judge has yet to sign off one way or another on his case. Leaving someone with mental issues in limbo this long is not good at all. I cant believe that she is that busy that she couldn't of signed off one way or another in five months. My friend has no income, so far he has help from others, but that is coming to an end. He is facing the strong possibility of losing everything he has and not being able to afford his medication because some judge feels its ok to take their time deciding someone else's fate..even if she would deny it ( which there is NO REASON to ) he could get on with an appeal, but instead she is leaving him in limbo...NOT GOOD zero stars for Judge Hamilton

Sharon Moten
Judge: Sandra R DiMaggio Wallis
11/15/2017 8:24:27 PM

Judge Sandra Dimaggio Wallis really helped my wife in receiving her fully favorable decision. She was a very understanding Judge being that my wife suffers with debilitating complex regional pain syndrome (crps) and bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome (cts). Thank you so very much Judge Sandra Dimaggio Wallis!!! You are the best!! May God bless you tremendously! 👏👏👏👏👏

Judge: William E Sampson
9/20/2017 11:31:13 AM

Even though, Judge Sampson has left Valparaiso, I'm still spending my days filing and winning briefs on his cruel decisions. Make no bones about it, some ALJ's are incompetent. Some are mean. Some are lazy. Most try to do their jobs and make reasoned rational decisions. Judge Sampson is one of the mean ones. He is well aware what the correct decision is, but spends his decisions omitting facts and using tendentious logic. I imagine he will do much better in the 5th Circuit. Meanwhile, I'm just glad he's not here to hurt my clients any longer.

Kevin Bonato
Judge: Edward P Studzinski
9/19/2017 1:47:03 PM

To anyone that has filed a review on judge Studzinski that felt the judge messed up their case. Writing a review on here is great to vent and see that others have had the same problems with this judge. However no changes will ever happen with reviews here. Make sure you file complaints against this judge. I will be filing a discrimination complaint against judge Studzinski as well as a Complaint with the Division of Quality of Service. We all need to report this judge. This judges ruling on my case was virtually all fabricated. Filing official complaints is the only way to get his behavior noticed. I am also going to be having an investigative journalist as well as a watchdog group investigate my case. If you'd like you can contact me at my name at the place where mail is hot. Or contact the Illinois watchdog There are also groups in D.C. that can help.

Julie Brown
Judge: Romona Scales
9/18/2017 9:23:30 PM

Forgot to leave rating

Kevin Bonato
Judge: Edward P Studzinski
9/16/2017 2:47:01 PM

After my wife and I reviewed judge studzinski's ruling further, while preparing a formal complaint as well as a discrimination complaint.....we discovered that this judge fabricated evidence (a statement) that was never in anything, anywhere. Then used that fabricated statement numerous times in his unfavorable ruling. This judge obviously discriminates against everyone to some point. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see why the average approval in Oakbrook is double his average. It is him. I can'tell wait to expose him to the world. A person like him should not be in a position of authority. The other judges and especially the appeals council should be ashamed of him, as well as themselves for allowing this person to act on people's lives as he does.

Kevin Bonato
Judge: Edward P Studzinski
9/13/2017 2:28:49 PM

This was my second hearing. The judge from my first hearing retired. This judge said out loud that he was inclined to approve my claim between 2010 and 2012. But wanted more evidence that I was still disabled. My lawyer got him the exact information he asked for. My mental health doctor that I have been seeing for nearly seven years reported that I have severe PTSD and severe anxiety / panic attacks. The judge claimed I need to be graded as severe by my doctors. He received that information. He also wanted evidence that I was still physically disabled. My orthopedic surgeon reported his diagnoses that I was 100% disabled. That I was a functional parapatetic. Meaning that while I can move my arms, I have little use. Also that I am at risk of injury if I work, seeing get that I have broken my wrist in 2012 and didn'the know. I got 3rd degree burns and my arm in 2011 and didn'the know again. I'very received numerous stitches do to cutting myself in and around the house and not knowing until I saw blood. I take Valium daily, some times numerous times a day do to my mental health problems. Who will be liable if i hurt myself or somone else at work because of my diabilities as well as being on valium. My doctor will never release me to ever work again. Am i now supposed to take medical advise from the judge? This judge ignored everything. The first vocation expert said that I could not do any jobs. This judge ignored it. This judge cherry picked various words from different statements, put them together and spun a narrative that allowed for a denial. I could have been a Quadrapalegic on a ventilator with severe brain damage and he would have still denied. My medical evidence cover exactly what the law says my limittens need to be to be approved. Actually my medical evidence more than covers all requirments. On Oct 1st I will be turning over all off my files ruling and all paperwork to an I've investigative journalist and a watchdog group here in illinois, as well as in Washington dc. Maybe when their bias and discrimination are splashed on the front page of the newspaper and the 10 pm news this judge will be fully exposed. This has been seven years. I will never get rich on disability. Even if I never win I will make it my mission in life to expose lying manipulative judges like this.

Kevin Bonato
Judge: Edward P Studzinski
9/13/2017 2:28:37 PM

This was my second hearing. The judge from my first hearing retired. This judge said out loud that he was inclined to approve my claim between 2010 and 2012. But wanted more evidence that I was still disabled. My lawyer got him the exact information he asked for. My mental health doctor that I have been seeing for nearly seven years reported that I have severe PTSD and severe anxiety / panic attacks. The judge claimed I need to be graded as severe by my doctors. He received that information. He also wanted evidence that I was still physically disabled. My orthopedic surgeon reported his diagnoses that I was 100% disabled. That I was a functional parapatetic. Meaning that while I can move my arms, I have little use. Also that I am at risk of injury if I work, seeing get that I have broken my wrist in 2012 and didn'the know. I got 3rd degree burns and my arm in 2011 and didn'the know again. I'very received numerous stitches do to cutting myself in and around the house and not knowing until I saw blood. I take Valium daily, some times numerous times a day do to my mental health problems. Who will be liable if i hurt myself or somone else at work because of my diabilities as well as being on valium. My doctor will never release me to ever work again. Am i now supposed to take medical advise from the judge? This judge ignored everything. The first vocation expert said that I could not do any jobs. This judge ignored it. This judge cherry picked various words from different statements, put them together and spun a narrative that allowed for a denial. I could have been a Quadrapalegic on a ventilator with severe brain damage and he would have still denied. My medical evidence cover exactly what the law says my limittens need to be to be approved. Actually my medical evidence more than covers all requirments. On Oct 1st I will be turning over all off my files ruling and all paperwork to an I've investigative journalist and a watchdog group here in illinois, as well as in Washington dc. Maybe when their bias and discrimination are splashed on the front page of the newspaper and the 10 pm news this judge will be fully exposed. This has been seven years. I will never get rich on disability. Even if I never win I will make it my mission in life to expose lying manipulative judges like this.

Judge: John P Giannikas
9/9/2017 1:21:33 AM

I just hope and pray that this guy die soon rather than later

Julie Brown
Judge: Romona Scales
9/9/2017 1:18:50 AM

Waiting since March for a decision. Was living with my mom on her socal security and she passed away recently. Now I have no income and cannot work at all... please please need a positive decision very soon. Judge was very professional and seemed very fair. I pray every day I hear news soon.

Judge: Henry Kramzyk
8/22/2017 6:43:19 AM

Has anyone had any good ratings about this judge? I'm really starting to lose faith

Judge: Melody Paige
8/8/2017 8:17:21 PM

I had Judge M.Paige and quite honestly I find that she was an amazing Judge very understanding to my situation,very nice and soft spoken.With her previous nursing experience she understood what I was going through. I suffer from Trigeminal and Occipital Neurolgia along with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Fibromyalgia just to name a few. She listen to me and was companionate with me. I can't be more greatful.. Thank you Judge M.Paige

Sheila P
Judge: Angelita Hamilton
7/25/2017 4:53:18 PM


Judge: Henry Kramzyk
7/24/2017 1:02:58 PM

Well I wasn't ready for the news about this judge after reading about him. I have a hearing November 2 2017 with him, and just reading about him I really don't want to see him, but I guess I will go into that court room with lots of faith in my side that I will win this case. It so funny how the system gives people such a hard time . The people who needs to be questioned an drag in the ground they don't bother them. I'm going in with God on My Side an strong faith that everything will go into my favorite. I won't let the judges low rate scared me off. Until I go to the hearing I will repost an let you know how things went. Hopefully I will have good news when it's all said and done. Be back in a few weeks for the update.

Judge: Edward Kristof
6/27/2017 9:41:24 AM

Judge kristoff was very nice and actually took time in listening. Very respectful judge. Does anyone have a email for judge edward kristoff?

Liz Marie Ramirez
Judge: Jason Mastrangelo
12/22/2016 12:14:06 PM

I didn ask for this mental ilness, im trying to do the best that i can. Just because myillness is not physical doesnt mean im not ill. Im just tired of this worl, 'love is the absence of judment' -dalia lama signed no one important

Judge: Henry Kramzyk
12/13/2016 7:07:45 AM

I'm just wondering what the time frame is on notification of decision? I too went before Judge Kramzyk a little over a month ago and I'm waiting for the decision. The vocational expert did say that there were no jobs available for me, but I'm still nervous. I'm sure it's normal that I am, my future is depending on his decision.

Judge: John P Giannikas
12/7/2016 10:57:52 AM

I attended a hearing at the ODAR with my daughter, who has PTSD and specific phobias. My daughter was assaulted at school and we were treated very abusively by our local school district. They were relentless in engaging in an attack on my daughters and myself, because they lost the litigation that they filed against my family. Yes, school districts litigate against families. This judge does not know that. He knows nothing about the Office of Administrative Hearings Special Education division, due process, or educational assessments. He told me that schools don't sue parents. I have two binders of transcripts that prove otherwise. He also was belligérant to me and my daughter. She had an anxiety attack at the hearing and he told her to stop crying. Thanks to him, she is re-traumatized. The judge also has no understanding that some disabities has a genetic connection, so it is entirely possible that three people in the same family can have related disabilities at the same judge. The inmput of the Vocational Rehab Specialist was also completely ignored. I guess this judge had to seem tough so he took it out on the minority family, because you know that we are all schemers according to the make America great again folks. Lose the quotas and make real decisions. This judge was rude, abrasive, overtalked me, my daughter, and her attorney. He had a made up mind before he heard one word of testimony. Judges should be knowledgeable regarding all aspects of disability rights, including the IDEA. This judge is not.

Judge: David Skidmore
10/7/2016 10:00:22 AM

It's been 7 months since I had my hearing and still no decision....I suffer from hydranitis and has have several surgeries in the past 3 years....he has agreed that I can't work and even the occupational experts agreed as well...but yet my case is still in post review and just today I've gotten an eviction notice because now I can't pay my rent because all my savings are gone....what gives these ppl deny us of money we put into the system in case we become disabled and when we do they drag on decision makings and are paid by us because they are public servants....this judge sucks

Judge: Michael Carr
9/13/2016 6:40:45 PM

Don't give up, We The People do have the power to make changes to corruption in our government. Many don't know that as a US citizen you have the right to have “ANY” US employee investigated for miss use of power by your Congressman. I am opening a Congressional CASE investigation into how I have been mistreated and discriminated against by the SSDI and Judge Michael Carr, I am also naming Carolyn W. Colvin Social Security Administration “ACTING” Commissioner of SSI for the entire country. All you have to do is look up who your Congressman is and ask for the form to file a Congressional investigation into your case. They are required by law to investigate your case and determine if your were treated unfairly. If we can get enough people to file and name the unfair Judges, we can get them removed from office, as well as the “ACTING” director who is not doing her job by getting rid of the bad apples on her own. In my case, I have a M.D, that has me listed as permanently disabled and my medical records state several conditions that qualify me for my benefits, as well and a PhD that filled out all the required SSDI forms needed to qualify me for my benefits and I am over the 55 year old age requirement for the lowest level of requirements for my benefits, yet Michael Carr took half a year after my hearing to let me know he knows more then the MD's and PhD's about my conditions. He also knew that my only hope for fair treatment would be to appeal to SSDI for a review. Well guess what, ALL appeals are sent back to Michael Carr's office in Falls Church, VA to just be turned down by Judge Carr and his friends in his own office! When this is brought to light by enough of us requesting Congressional investigations into this clearly corruptible practice, We The People can get these unfair Judges and the Carolyn W. Colvin the“ACTING” commissioner of SSI, removed form ever abusing their power at any government job again! I appealed to Her office when I learned of the corrupt policy of sending my case back to Michael Carr's own office just to be turned down and what I got instead of help from her office, was a immediate refusal to even review my case from Michael Carr's own office. ARE YOU WITH ME, it's WE THE PEOPLE TIME!! Please contact your Congressman TODAY! When WE THE PEOPLE start hundreds or thousands of Congressional investigations in to this corrupt system, things will change and quickly! God bless all who will fight, and He will fight for us too. Thanks

Lon Ross
Judge: Michael Carr
9/11/2016 11:40:42 PM

I worked for 40 years and paid my government over a million dollars in taxes. I could no longer work due to my disability's and ask for my benefits that I paid for over those 40 years so I could take care of my 80 year old mother, the widow of a Veteran and policeman. We were hungry and needed food, we were thirsty and needed to drink, so we came to Michael Carr and pleaded for help and he said depart from me. Now he and his family will face the same treatment he gave to us, as it is written in God's word: Mathew 25 / 31-46 “Then He will say to those on His left, Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, Then they (Michael Carr and his) also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me. And these (Michael Carr and his) will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” You and yours, please enjoy Hell, and I will be there with the Lord as a testament against you on that day, you cursed a Veteran and Policeman's widow and her children, now the curse is on you and all you care about, Lon Ross, I will be there on your day of judgment before the Lord.

Judge: Christa Zamora
9/5/2016 8:36:03 PM

I have worked with Judge Zamora for many years. She is conscientious and takes her job seriously. She reviews evidence, not just sentiment, as it should be. These judges hear hundreds of cases per year and I have every confidence that Judge Zamora reviews the evidence, is prepared, and makes a determination based on the information presented to her. She is a professional and should be treated as such. I have a great deal of admiration and respect for her.

Judge: Margaret Carey
8/23/2016 1:42:41 PM

A racist judge from a republican state (Indiana)....only came to Illinois so she can deny as many people as she possibly can because President Obama is from Illinois and represented Illinois and is now the President of the US. She needs to pack up and move back to Indiana because she is not welcomed here!

Judge: John P Giannikas
6/23/2016 1:21:23 AM

After waiting over 2 1/2 years from my initial SSDI case being filed and the wait for the ALJ hearing, I just received my Notice of Decision - Unfavorable from this "Judge" regarding my PTSD, fragments of shrapnel from a gun shot wound that I nearly died from, and IBS during my active duty time in the service. I'm currently receiving 100% Service Connected from VA Compensation & Pension disability benefit from these disabilities mentioned, but this "Judge" stated that "After careful consideration of all the evidence, the undersigned (Judge) concludes the claimant (Me) was not under a disability" according to their SSA definition. Give me a break "Judge," even a blind person can recognize when someone is disabled based on the overwhelming evidence that I've submitted. This "Judge" seems to made a decision on my case before it even started. His own Vocational Rehabilitation counselor told him at the hearing (which was recorded) that there was no substantial gain of employment for panic attacks from my anxiety disorder/PTSD. I believe the true reason why my case was denied was because this "Judge" didn't want to award me the $48,000 retro pay for making me wait 33 months, along with the additional $1,500 per month for SSDI. I'm a bit disappointed, but not mad at all because I'm still getting VA benefits and will reapply for SSDI very soon because I know I have a very strong case and just need the right person to get me that favorable approval. It just does not make any sense to me on why I was not approved, but another fellow veteran with the same exact disability is getting SSA and 100% SC C&P. Please get a very good Lawyer for ALJ hearings, especially when dealing with this "Judge."

salona banks
Judge: William Leland
6/21/2016 12:16:36 AM

I am currently waiting on judge Leland we were at the hearing he was soooo respectful, he actually was listening and even was apologetic as we both talked at the same time. Very polite...I wish we had more time for us to talk, even face to face. I at some point on Saturday wishes I could have called him..I was in so much pain and it hurts my heart that no one is here..I just needed someone to talk to..I ask like why does my back and knee hurt so bad. Like I done cried so from the pain sometimes tears don't even fall from my face. I just really wanted him to be here to see how I have to make it through the day..I went to go to the washroom and fell because my knee was hurting. My baby girl began to cry with me, that hurt me to see her hurt and she wants so bad to make mommies feel better. Let me go knees hurting and I'm trying to find a position in this bed because I want to sleep here tonight..thanks for listening.

Judge: Jason C Earnhart
6/20/2016 1:43:08 PM

Judge Earnhart is very nice , patient & thorough . Very thankful to get such a great judge

Donna Smith
Judge: Gladys Whitfield
6/13/2016 7:44:34 AM

I think she is considerate and fair. It was not intimidating in her presence. She seems to evaluate the evidence and rule with sound judgement. She receives an A approval reference from me

Judge: Henry Kramzyk
5/10/2016 9:03:24 PM

Waited nearly 6 months after my hearing for an unfavorable decision, I feel sorry for whomever has the unfortunate luck of dealing with this ALJ. If one thing is out of line in your case, it will be scrutinized to the fullest extent! 25% club is right, odds are against you if you are seeking a positive outcome, definitely avoid if at all possible!

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 in tears of joy thank u so much Mrs.Martin

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: Angelita Hamilton
2/17/2016 10:46:45 AM

After almost 5 years of trying for disability Judge Hamilton approved my case right on the spot. Of course having a good attorney was helpful. The Judges and attorneys don't make it up as they go along. If you don't have a valid medical condition and medical records you won't be successful. So don't hate the judge. The hatred does you no good.

Linda kirby
Judge: Gladys Whitfield
1/22/2016 11:35:18 AM

She was a kind woman. I as so happy to b in front of the judge finally but I was also so nervous I failed to tell her very valuable things that would help me win my case! Duh! I wish my fiancé could've went in with me! He would've made sure my lawyer presented ALL of my ailments! He helps me in every way possible, including typing n googling this! I wrote everything down! Only to forget the papers I wrote it all on! Miracles happen everyday tho!

Judge: Jason Mastrangelo
1/20/2016 5:48:46 PM

Appearing before judge Mastrangelo I found him to be extremely thorough and very professional. He listened intently to the evidence provided and addressed me directly with additional question's he needed information on. He is not a judge who simply "goes through the motions" he listens, asks many questions and treated me with dignity.

victim 2 the system
Judge: William E Sampson
1/4/2016 6:58:36 AM

Confused by his previous decisions. I went before him with supporting medical documentation that I had been unable to work for 3 years. Had tried and completed every possible alternative before filing for disability, including a spinal fusion, and had a witness testify as to the continued progressive advancement of my condition, yet he still rejected my claim. I spent almost 4 years unemployed, loaded up on prescription pain killers, sold everything that I possibly could including family heirlooms that will never be retrieved just to survive and still haven't been approved. If this is what you call a fair judge and you can afford to live without employment or income than good luck he's just the one for you. Or maybe I just had very poor representation. Oh well this is life, it beats the alternative.

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: Margaret Carey
12/12/2015 7:48:25 AM

How is 72% of her cases disapproved. This shows the system that she is not a fair judge. Needs to be removed. This is shameful. Needs to retire.

Judge: David Skidmore
12/7/2015 4:05:48 PM

I have appeared before ALJ Skidmore many times and have nothing but good to say about this judge. He is objective, impartial, polite and patient with both, attorneys and clients. I don't recall him ever denying a claim without a solid ground for an unfavorable finding. It's a pleasure to work with him.

Shari Marstellar
Judge: Michael Harris
10/26/2015 12:28:36 PM

Thank you so much for hearing my case! I was nervous when I appeared before you but you treated me with compassion & kindness! I will never forget that!

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: William E Sampson
9/24/2015 2:21:33 PM

This judge was very calm and nice. He let me tell my side of things. I've suffered in pain for so long. I hope he approve my case. I was very nervous bein there but there was a hot blond court recorder to look at and I felt less nerves.

Judge: Jason C Earnhart
9/21/2015 10:51:49 AM

He was very nice and seemed througho. No decision yet, but I still liked him

Judge: Christa Zamora
9/20/2015 10:48:56 AM

This judge allowed the VE to practically sleep in his chair. He yawned loudly throughout my hearing and then started ripping open cardboard mail envelopes.... I had some notes I had brought and when asked a question I referred to them and when I hesitated to get my thoughts together, I was asked if I wanted to submit these notes. I was already in an anxiety attack and didn't know what to do. I never answered her question - the lawyer took my notes and the hearing moved on. I was in tears trembling from anxiety and it didn't matter, she was done. Yes, my lawyer sucked but to have severe anxiety, be agrophobic and in a room with 3 people I don't know being very rude (VE) I just broke. It was also perfect timing to receive my denial on christmas eve. I am 5/5 weigh 135, have dx ra, fibro, severe anxiety and the top job suggestion on my denial was a Bouncer. The next a house supervior. She also did not look at any of my current doctor's notes - or did and just didn't believe them or ignored them. I don't know what I'll do. She may be nice, but her goal is to deny.

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

He was very nice at my hearing

The Truth Hurts
Judge: Angelita Hamilton
7/30/2015 8:03:27 AM

Whoever wrote the comment of 3-8-15 has obviously not presented very many claims to this ALJ, nor have they reviewed her record. While there is no doubt but that ALJ Hamilton is a very nice and kind lady, there is also little doubt but that she is either completely incompetent or just does not care. This is evidenced by the claims that she approves versus those she will deny. I have numerous examples of claims that ALJ Hamilton has denied where the evidence in the claim is much more substantial than in a claim she had approved. There appears to be little reasoning to her decisions and a complete lack of understanding of the law. To state that denials from this ALJ are because of some lacking "qualifications" or "documentation" is just being naive. Unless of course the "qualifications" referred to are the qualifications of this ALJ.

Judge: Melody Paige
7/21/2015 8:23:11 PM

She treats you like you're a criminal or bad person and denies you even when the appeals council remands your case back to her b/c they feel her denying you was wrong and that you should've been approved. She gets mad and acts like YOU did something to her personally.

Judge: Mark Naggi
6/29/2015 4:16:55 AM

I don't know how Judge Naggi can possibly have a 58% approved rate. He went out of his way to deny my disability claim. He tried to play doctor by claiming that since I haven't tried cortisone shots in 15 years then I haven't tried enough. Well Judge you are no doctor and my doctors laughed at the idea. They understand that cortisone only works in the joint it is injected into. Not an option when you have 30 joints that are affected. Furthermore, he threw out an affidavit from a doctor for no better reason than it was a clear indication of the validity of my claim. He did the same with my testimony. Since my hearing the stress from the continued uncertainty of my future has cost me my family, my home and my truck. I have to rely on others just to have a roof over my head. Judge Naggi and all the others in disability determination are ruining lives by constantly denying legitimate claims. And it is my opinion and only an opinion that they are doing so not out of ineptitude but purposefully and maliciously.

Judge: Laurie Wardell
6/21/2015 1:30:55 PM

Judge Wardell made a decision on my case, it seems without reading or understanding the medical records provided. If you have this judge, be prepared to be called a liar, despite having objective evidence to support your claim.

Judge: Henry Kramzyk
3/26/2015 5:34:29 PM

He seems nice but gives representatives no time to ask questions. If you are a lawyer, get ready for some hostile treatment. Your best bet is do a substantial file memo before hearing or have your client do an extensive affidavit or better yet, take your clients testimony before the hearing by statement under oath and file the transcript. This judge is part of the NHC , which should be called the 25% club.(percentage approved) get ready to get screwed while he stacks up the unfavorables like firewood. Avoid video...Avoid Kramzyk.

Judge: William Leland
3/16/2015 3:46:43 PM

I am currently waiting for Judge Leland decision on my case. As far as the hearing went, I found the judge to be very polite in asking questions pertaining to my case. I thought he treated me fair and he also seemed to be well educated as far as the disability laws go.

Judge: Angelita Hamilton
3/8/2015 7:59:52 PM

I initially filed in April of 2013, my hearing date was Nov. 2014. I was extremely fearful walking into the court room. When I saw Judge Hamilton, I felt a sense of calm. She didn't look stern like I anticipated. She was up to date on my condition, she had to if read my file in detail to know the facts she knew. She allowed me to speak without feeling rushed. I got very emotional several times during the hearing and she was patient and asked if I needed a break. Judge Hamilton asked several questions regarding my diagnoses. Here's my thoughts on the disability system...if you meet the qualifications and the documention is there from the proper people then the judge has no reason to deny. The denials are because something was lacking in either the qualifications or the documention. The negative comments left will be only from people who get denials. The positive ones will be from the people who get opinion has never matter what the outcome is, Judge Hamilton was kind, respectful and didn't make me feel less than or scared. Thank you Judge Hamilton.

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: William E Sampson
2/1/2015 6:02:46 PM

When I found out what judge would be residing over my remand hearing, I read these posts to see if he sound like he would be a fair judge. After reading the posts, I figured he might be fair. Either way, I was scared. Wow, he listened to everything I had to say! By the questions he asked, I knew that he had went through my paperwork with a fine tooth comb and he really showed the compassionate that I should have been shown by the previous judge. He is no joke and I believe that anyone that appears before him, will be satisfied with any decisions he makes. He seems like he is by the book, and he makes his decisions by the evidence before him and he will look into why something went south before the case came back to him. Judge Sampson, thank you so much for looking over my case and listening to me and my representative. God Bless You!!!

Judge: Jason Mastrangelo
1/14/2015 2:14:30 PM

I hope he understands what Iam going threw in my life with panic depression cervical spondylosis pain back pain pinched nerves in neck he seems nice asked a lot of questions I hope he understands God bless him

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.

Judge: Christa Zamora
11/1/2014 1:38:04 PM

My ALJ TOLD me 30-60 days and I will know if I was approved or denied but I dont know.if i should count weekends or not what's everyones thought?

Judge: Mark Naggi
9/9/2014 11:35:19 AM

At my hearing Judge Naggi did not seem to have any agenda other than determining a fair ruling. He displayed great patience in trying to sort through some issues with my confusing medical records, was considerate, and while I don't know yet the final outcome, I am confident by his professionalism and demeanor that he will make his ruling based on what he believes is fair and just.

Judge: Melody Paige
9/6/2014 9:34:25 AM

I had commented earlier about Ms. Paige and my comments were accidently deleted. Here is everything. SS needs to check backgrounds of judges like Melody Paige. She has been accused of racial bias, not following law, ignoring medical evidence, manufacturing medical evidence etc…. In my case she used knowledge of my other condition to deny my claim although that was not part of my claim. She wrote her opinion using things not presented into evidence. The fact that I am a black Jew was brought up at trial. I saw the sneer on her face. What does my being Jewish have to do with the trial? She insulted my black husband who had nothing to do with the case. He was there only to support me, his wife. He was sitting quietly in the last row in her courtroom and she went out of her way to address him and insult him, I was in shock. She wrote things in her opinion that my doctors never said and were not verified. I had reached an out of court settlement with GM. Melody Paige destroyed it. Before Ms. Paige came to SS she was a Workers Comp judge for almost two decades and seemed to do as she pleased. SS awarded me benefits on the same claim Melody twisted. Little of the original claim made it in her opinion and what did, she completely twisted. I have proof of her lies. I have copies of everything the court has. I have written a book. Inside my book, I’m going to put in the original documents presented to the court and then place Ms. Paige’s written opinions next to them. She allegedly contracted a serious disease herself. I know my case was postponed because of her getting sick from something. I hope the medicine she has taken has not affected her brain while rendering decisions. Sorry she has a disease but she is affecting other people’s lives. Shortly after she arrived at SS someone tried to get my case reviewed and possibly take away my benefits. I believe she had something to do with it. She seemed to have a need to hurt me. I feel for any minority that gets her as their judge. Thank goodness she is not the final judge. Ms. Paige gave me a lot of stress and I can prove she’s a liar.

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

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

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


jason dodson
Judge: Mark Naggi
6/27/2014 1:22:40 PM

Thank You! for the favorable decision. Very kind judge. was very kind and the hearing was professional. I was scared going in but He made it pleasant. I'm glad I went in and was honest it paid off.!! don't remember his clerks name...she was pleasent with my many calls. and floyd was extremely nice with all my calls over the months with me bugging him. he made it pleasant also!!!!!

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: 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: Christa Zamora
4/15/2014 11:33:29 AM

I find it suspicious that every time a negative post is made about this judge there is a sweet and flowery rebuttal saying how fair she is. The facts percentages speak for themselves. Her low percentage of approval speaks to the truth. I wouldn't be surprised if the only good comments on here are from the judge herself. Definitely a nice but unfair judge!

busy bee
Judge: Christa Zamora
4/12/2014 8:55:54 AM

I regularly appear before this judge - i think she is fair and courteous - she let me present my client's case thoroughly. Unlike the post on 4/5/14, her demeanor shows that she's been a judge for a while - she controls her hearing room well. I thought she had a good grasp of my clients' medical records and the law. You'll get a fair hearing with her.

Judge: Christa Zamora
4/5/2014 11:51:57 AM

Judge Zamora was very nice and polite. She was very respectful to all in the court room. That being said, I do not feel she is a very good judge. The reasons she stated for denying me have me completely shocked. She only used parts of my medical history, and only took parts of my testimony from the hearing. The first time I was denied before the hearing, SS said that after I went to their own doctors, I could no longer do my old job because of my pain and limitations. But because I was too young according to them, I could find something else to do. After going to the hearing, Judge Zamora says I can do my past work and had the nerve to suggest that although she could not prove it, she thinks I FORCED my doctor to fill out my RFC report to say I was disabled. She would not use any of his medical records or opinions, nor the doctors that SS sent me to. She listed a denial because I missed one of my doctor appointments due to a lapse in my insurance. She also denied me because I have 3 children I take care of. I told her at the hearing that all my children take care of themselves and help take care of me! Two of them in college and one in highschool! UNBELIEVABLE! The vocational expert said there were no jobs I could do with my RFC or do my past work at the hearing and she said in the denial letter that he said I could do my past work. The list of reasons for the denial went on and on! She asked if I cook. I told her yes, but only sometimes and when I do it takes a very long time and I have to take breaks in between and have help. She denied me because she said I do chores. Like I said, she was very nice at the hearing, but she doesn't know how to be an ALJ!

Case Approved
Judge: Laurel J Greene
4/4/2014 8:03:01 PM

Judge Greene is a wonderful person with a kind soul, and a very broad knowledge of what it means for her clients to be disabled. She listens with informed interest to every word the disabled applicant has to say, an gives the truth the weight it deserves. She is soft-spoken, but very professional, and is not afraid to break protocol once in a while to answer a question or allow the applicant to make a statement if it is pertinent to the facts at hand. She is the best of the best, and if you are lucky enough to have your case heard by her, tell your story, be truthful and listen to your counsel. Don't be freaked out by the vocational expert's testimony about the hypotheticals, as Judge Greene understands everything about your claim before the hearing, and as long as there are no contradictions in your testimony, she will give it equal weight and perhaps rule in your favor. Biggest suggestion? TELL THE TRUTH, look her in the eye when speaking to her because she has earned the respect of the position as your ALJ. If you have a valid case, you will be taken care of in a very timely manner. Just do not confuse her kindness for weakness. She is a very strong and informed judge, who understands the pain you are in. No need to put on a "show" or try to fake restraint when you feel pain. Be yourself. When you first speak with Judge Greene, all your stress will melt away and the rest takes care of itself. Judge Greene is a kind, decent and wonderful soul.

Judge: Christa Zamora
4/4/2014 8:14:47 AM

I felt that I needed to respond to the post dated 3/31/14 regarding Judge Zamora. I felt that she was very fair at my hearing. She asked questions and listened to my responses. She was polite and professional. When I received her decision in the mail it was obvious she was very thorough. She referenced the various "exhibits" (documents) that had been submitted so she had taken the time to review all of the information pertaining to my case. We may not always agree with the decisions the judges make. All we can ask is that they take the time to look at everything that is presented and make an informed decision. I believe Judge Zamora did exactly that. At the conclusion of my hearing Judge Zamora said I would receive her decision within 60 days. I received the Notice of Decision in less than a month.

Judge: Christa Zamora
3/31/2014 12:18:07 PM

This judge is a complete airhead!!! She does not know this area of law very well at all. She is a new judge who clearly does not get it. It is clear her goal is to deny as many people as she can without knowing the facts. She does not know how to way medical opinions and she fails to even utilize evidence that demonstrates disability from the State's own doctors. I feel sorry for all disabled Americans stuck with this person as a judge!

Teraysa J L
Judge: Mario G Silva
3/11/2014 12:19:48 PM

I got denied because he could not read my doctor's hand wrighting and because I can also retained eye to eye contact with all of my medical personal staff just because your looking at someone doesn't mean your are retaining the information, and all doctor's say that anyways even if it's not true and missed doctor's appointments maybe I have a valid reason for missing them, he didn't even mention anything about my degenerative lumbar stenosis back issues in the denial letter I am NOT allowed to lift anything over 15 pounds. And I have to have another surgery on my back, every job I have applied to I they want you to be able to lift at least 30 to 35 pounds and as soon as I told them that I could not lift that they told me there's no reason to hire you, and I also have bipolar disorder high anxiety and just because I retain a driver's license I was also denied there are people out there with no limbs at all that received Social Security supplement and drive a vehicle also, this was not a very fair decision at all and I am also taking this to the appeals Council I got my denial letter on the 6th day of this month, and I aso feel that the man that does the job things at the hearing was so not impartial to me because the state of Indiana was paying him for his services, I have other issues also I'm not trying to collect free money I cannot honestly work, I also probably got denied due to the fact that I did not have a lawyer but I'm hard headed stubborn and I like to try to do things on my own, :\ I don't think your decision was very fair or just on my behalf,

Judge: Jonathan Stanley
3/11/2014 11:58:21 AM

Three long years of fighting thank you sir for your complaint here he was excellent

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.

Janice Alonso
Judge: David Skidmore
2/7/2014 6:38:11 PM

My sister went to a hearing with judge Skidmore last September 2013. We;her family ,friends,former co-workers have seen how her health have deteriorated in the past 5 years. Judge Skidmore looked like a fair man,listening, making visual contact, empathetic gestures as the hearing got into the subjects that caused her to apply for disability. The vocational expert was clear on the recommendation when the "hypothetical" scenario was mentioned. He said that there was no jobs that the person on the hypothetical situation could do. Our representative did not help either since we had to request an investigation for possible fraud to the social security. We were fully cooperative and she wrote a letter to the judge(heartbreaking) because she has been out of work for 3 years. Attempted to work multiple times and fired from jobs due to related incidents to get impairments. She is in the streets, not good enough to get hired by any employer but not ill enough to be considered disabled due to paperwork I guess. A person who had been out of work for 3 years will not have the financial means to attend to every medical appointment, to pay for her medicines...and yes for transportation etc. And yes after all that she got a non favorable decision, I'm typing as I'm watching her sleep at a hospital's room after attempting suicide earlier today. What does it take for this people to act like human beings? It seems like someone's life. And by the way the hearing was in September, this judge just made a decision on January 31st. Thanks

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: Sandra R DiMaggio Wallis
11/25/2013 5:31:13 AM

i am just sicken to be denied again. i worked hard in my young yrs and now that im sick i have to beg to be approved what i have paid into.

Jennifer Croy
Judge: Mark Naggi
8/15/2013 4:40:06 PM

He was a great considerate kind judge when asking me questions and I felt he was through and understanding my case, I would recommend him to any one filing for disability for physical or mental conditions. He also waited on my attorney closing statement with consideration for my case.

Judge: Melody Paige
8/13/2013 11:23:28 AM

I went before this Judge & who I've learned she is also a Registered Nurse. She seemed to be very unhappy & on the defense. The few questions that she asked me was not pertaining to my health issues that limit me from working. She ask why I had not considered back surgery...."really?" I too being a nurse, that can make a decent income & survive, why would I not want to work? I've even tried to work a job making 3 times less than what i could normally make. I think her decision was actually made before I even went before her. My Attorney is well known, but did not intervene on any statement she made, also as if he was intimindated by her. Everything routine with these cases. It's so unfair. There are of course so many people that abuse the siystem; but God help those of us who are just thrown in the same corner with those people without a fair view of our health issues. I'm suffering physically, mentally & financially. With 2 denials. What else is left other than....."What, take more pills?" The Bible says that we should all be FAIR & JUST in our dealings. This Judge will reap every unfair case she decided. Why educate yourself only to hurt people & cause them more suffering.

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: Patrick J Rhoa
5/24/2013 5:39:25 PM

Judge Rhoa was very caring and compassionate. He treated me with the utmost respect. Thank you sir!

Judge: Henry Kramzyk
5/24/2013 10:55:49 AM

I have just learned of this site to post about the judges, and I as well had Henry Kramzyk, I just had my hearing about a month ago, and awaiting the results, and after looking at the rating for appraoval and denial I must admit I am on pins and needles, since the approval rate of this judge is the lowest approval rating compared to the other judges, and a high denial I have been waiting long enough..keeping fingers crossed

Judge: Melody Paige
5/2/2013 11:44:27 AM

She is definitely rude and disrespecful to my African American clients. She implies they are lying and her demeanor is one of superiority and distrust. Its too bad we have someone like that hearing disability cases. She forgets these claimant's are not criminals.

Judge: Henry Kramzyk
4/27/2013 10:17:12 PM

I agree that most people wouldn't care how nice a judge is but I do have to wonder why the rating is so low for approvals. It could be that he doesn't allow weak cases, or bogus cases to go through. Isn't it possible that he IS fair and doesn't allow for those who really are not disabled according to SSA? Just playing devil's advocate maybe. I saw the approval rating and was expecting a denial as easily as an approval. After holding my breathe for a while I recieved a fully favorable decision. A very detailed one at that.

vance adams
Judge: Sandra R DiMaggio Wallis
4/19/2013 9:32:33 PM

I have found through personal interaction that Judge S oandra R DiMaggio Wallis is a consummate professional who engages claimants with an object and open mindset. It is my hope that she continue to facilitate her duties with the application of knowledge and the faculty of wisdom with which she has received from our Most High God.

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: 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.

Judge: Angelita Hamilton
4/2/2013 2:50:19 PM


Judge: Mario G Silva
3/26/2013 9:25:42 AM

I would just like to thank Judge Silva for making me feel comfortable in what has been a long and trying experience.

Judge: Henry Kramzyk
3/21/2013 8:28:40 PM

in response to the last comment, I also find him to be nice. but, his decisions are bad news. who cares if a judge has a kind way of running a hearing. all that matters is if the alj can be fair.

Judge: Mario G Silva
3/2/2013 10:44:28 AM

This judge asks very limited preliminary questions; questions atty about: 1. Client meeting or equaling a listing 2. severe impairments that do not meet or equal a listing 3. looks through every page of exhibits and if they are not your clients better be ready to strike them 4. asks random surprise questions (sorry cant be more detailed than that i.e. he asked me why on an RFC submitted by clients doctor would he say the noise level should not be more than moderate and THEN asked me to piont out medical records that would substantiate that conclusion) Really nice guy really pleasant in hearings but they last a very long time

Judge: William E Sampson
3/2/2013 10:43:28 AM

Very nice judge! New and younger. He will ask for a brief summary of severe impairments and argument at beginning of hearing, then he will ask most questions. Had five hearings with him today, two he told me on the record he found FF per GRID. Two of the others went very and he didn't even go to the VE, but didn't say OTR that he was granting, but should be FF. Seems like a very favorable judge, and pleasant to claimant and attorney.

Judge: William E Sampson
3/2/2013 10:43:05 AM

Nice judge, asks for opening/theory of case naming severe impairments. Seems open to award if you have a good case. If you need to amend your AOD do so right a way and normally he will go with it. Very favorable if you have grid application. I had some weak cases with him, but awarded the 2 good ones I had.

Judge: Henry Kramzyk
2/28/2013 9:56:20 AM

When I was at the hearing office and found out I was walking into Judge Kramzyk's room I expected the worst. I know his approval rating is very low so I have to admit I was disappointed that he is over my case. Due to his low approval rating and some of the reviews of similar judges I was honestly expecting a rude and confrontational person. Mr. Kramzyk was neither. I do not know the outcome of the hearing yet, but I wanted to say that as a Judge, he was polite and not what you might expect from a person with a 22% approval rate. For what it's worth...

Judge: Mario G Silva
2/19/2013 1:43:10 PM

I read comments about all these judges and wheather I win my cas or not, Judge silva Listened to my answers made sure he covered all bases of my disability and was not rude in anyway he was very professional

Judge: Jonathan Stanley
1/7/2013 9:02:45 PM

31 years of hard work then not able to work.Only to have to fight till your life and everyone in the households is in shambles. Then if you win out this alj will get personal and start picking. You or your attorney will be given no credit for testimony even when you have to take an oath. So if you have been a hard working tax paying decent citizen all of your life then this is what to expect.

Judge: John P Giannikas
11/26/2012 3:51:08 PM

Judge Giannikas spent a lot of time listening. I had to return after the first hearing for a supplemental hearing. He changed my onset date twice but ruled in my favor. After reading the negative comments about several of the judges in Valparaiso, I think I was fortunate to have my case reviewed by someone who was paying attention.

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: Sandra R DiMaggio Wallis
7/11/2012 1:36:20 PM


Harold Morgan
Judge: Henry Kramzyk
6/16/2012 10:46:43 PM

I'll type another comment in hopes it will be posted. I suffer from mental illness, which has a large influence on all aspects of my life as well as neurological disorders, which both contribute to the picture. My hearing was conducted in March of this year with a unfavorable decision. Of course since I have been seeking benefits for over five years I found the decision frustrating and hurtful. I have been suffering for about twenty years as I am 28, it has been two thirds of my life. One thing I cannot understand is the disparity in statistics between the judges in Porter county. Judge Kramzyk only approves 18 percent, which is questionable only because in the context of his colleagues in Porter Co. his approval rating is clearly not pro claimant.

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

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: Melody Paige
3/20/2012 9:44:20 PM

If you get this judge, she is very rude and, she knows nothing about mental illness and or any other disability. She should be disbarred from her position. Because when I got my denial notice I tried to commit suicide. This woman is no judge with a degree to be able to make a correct diagnosis, which should be left with the 5 doctors I had, based on my disability. When I looked at her record before her denials were 50 and approvals were 50, so you’re just a number to her. She sent the denial and you could tell she never read any of the medical documents from several doctors including the ones that she sent me to. Thanks to her my health is much worse; I hope she can live with herself. She doesn’t read them, her staff does, but she makes the denials. Very poor excuse for a Judge!

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.