West Des Moines, Iowa ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in West Des Moines, Iowa, 10 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in West Des Moines, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 16.0 months. The average case processing time in West Des Moines is 537 days.The West Des Moines average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 48%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the West Des Moines ODAR office was last updated on 6/11/2019.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
West Des Moines 10 16.0 months 537 days 2.3 17% 48% 34%
Iowa16.0 months537 days2.317%48%34%
National Average:14.9 months500 days2.120%42%38%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied

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Jessica Seward
Judge: Michael A Lehr
2/18/2020 7:38:30 PM

Judge Lehr was very professional in the courtroom as I had my hearing using a television. Judge Lehr did not ask me any questions as he lead it up to my attorney to ask the questions. The reason I am giving Judge Lehr a 1 star rating is because after receiving my unfavorable decision I was reading through what Judge Lehr had said why he gave me the unfavorable decision and most of what he had said was not true and my words was twisted on what I said in the courtroom. For example, Judge Lehr said I said in the courtroom that I walk my dog and bath and feed my dog. What I actually said was I let my dog out during the day while my husband is at work so he can use the bathroom. Not once did I say I feed and bathe my dog!! My words was twisted so much that I am highly livid! Please be aware of this judge as he will twist your words. Another example I was denied is because I have been in a relationship with my husband since 2016. He said if I can live with someone then I can work! Wow this Judge really needs to work on himself!

Judge: Henry Hamilton
12/4/2019 12:46:19 PM

I really liked judge Henry Hamilton he was very patient and respectful, he took his time listening to me and didn’t rush me. I’m waiting on his decision by mail whether I get approved or not he’s a great judge and think we need a lot more like him!! Thank you Judge Hamilton!!!

Judge: Matthew J Gordon
10/30/2019 9:55:11 PM

I felt that judge Gordon was very easy to talk to. I explained to him the questions that was asked of me. When I needed a moment to stop myself from having a pannic attack he was very calm and willing to give me my time to get myself back together. I am still in the process of waiting for his decision but I definitely feel like he was very understanding and listened to everything I had to say.

J Schminkey
Judge: Denzel R Busick
10/24/2019 8:27:52 AM

This judge denied me on a persistent basis and without giving my two 10 yr. long treating specialists any weight. During my final hearing with him, he would literally rip a page out of my file and throw it. He would slam his coffee cup down. It was clear the man did not like me for some reason. He was not professional and had a anger problem. Later my case was given to the federal judge and reversed and said for payments to begin immediately. I have no respect for Busick

Judge: John P Mills III
9/19/2019 2:59:21 AM

Very polite,understanding and easy to talk to.He made it easy for me to understand the questions and paid attention to everything I said and was patient with me when it took me time to remember things.I expected to go in scared to death and was treated with respect and felt at ease.I don't know what my verdict will be,hopefully god will be on my side and either way,he was a good judge!!

Judge: Julie K Bruntz
9/4/2019 9:19:22 AM

She is blatantly sexist, I could tell she hates men, and this is just a job to get even one man at a time. I could not have had a worse judge. Acted like I didn't even exist. Her clown show job consultant was so stupid the only word she uttered was no in 1 hr.

Judge: Thuy-Anh T Nguyen
8/28/2019 3:48:51 PM

I went before this judge a few weeks ago, waiting on her decision! I think she listened and didn't badger me or try and make me feel guilty for applying, she told me that it was her decision and she didn't have to go by social security decisions, which made me feel better. I just hope that I proved my son's case to her without a doubt, that's all I can hope for.

Judge: Michael L Larner
8/22/2019 7:13:53 PM

Respectful and competent. Will pay good cases. Doesn't get bogged down in silly details. One of the best.

Judge: Tom L Morris
8/15/2019 2:45:07 PM

Judge Morris doesnt care about you. The government does not care about you. Best to help yourself.

Judge: Tom Andrews
8/8/2019 8:20:46 PM

I am writing this review before knowing whether or not I have been approved, because my approval or denial has no bearing on how this judge does his job. Judge Andrews seems to be a very kind and understanding man. He seemed to genuinely want to understand my illness. He was very thorough in his questioning, trying to get a real sense as to how my illnesses effect my daily life. Judge Andrews seems, from the outside at least, to be very good at his job. He is intelligent, well spoken, and very respectful. I only wish every person fighting for their disability could get such a wonderful judge.

Judge: Kim A Fields
7/11/2019 8:02:02 AM

dear judge my name is Demetrius H. DuFauchard I was late to my hearing and miss it the bus was running late and I was there at 1 20 please reschedule me thank you.

Shay Towns
Judge: Robert A Kelly
7/4/2019 6:13:21 AM

High denial rate! Be a more understanding! Be willing to listen, look at providing and approving evidence and just approve when it should be! Don't add more stress and anxiety to claimants! Soften your heart!

ken wines
Judge: Robert A Kelly
7/4/2019 6:06:05 AM

Don't know how much evidence one will need for this guy to approve you! Rather not deal with this guy!

Scott Selby
Judge: Thuy-Anh T Nguyen
6/24/2019 10:36:25 AM

I am waiting. I am scared. I cannot keep borrowing money to keep the utilities on. In February, I had emergency surgery to replace my shunt. I was in hospital/rehab over a week. In March, about the time I was getting able to feed and dress myself, I collapsed in the shower. My shunt settings had to be adjusted. Luckily I only spent about 2 days in the hospital this time. I have been doing Physical and Occupational Therapy ever since. My wife has had to take time off of work to help take care of me: days, weeks, or months at a time. I can only hope that my case gets sent back here and that Judge Nguyen gives me a favorable decision this time. Otherwise, I don't know what to do. Who would hire me in my present condition? Again, even though it indicates below that your name is "optional", it is NOT

Judge: John Priester
6/22/2019 10:21:25 PM

Judge Priester must follow the requirements of the law, but he can also show compassion by seeing into an applicant's world to fairly evaluate the individual's honesty and needs as a part of the evidence to balance before his decision. My wife's case was difficult on us as her issues are neurological, coming and going without any pattern, triggers and intensities remaining without any, as yet, recognized consistency. Her life is a bit easier thanks to his positive verdict. We know many will feel cheated when they are denied their claim, but every day my wife and I know that we are evidence that Judge Priester will do what he can, when he can, to assist each person as an important individual.

Jason William Staiert
Judge: Robert A Kelly
6/22/2019 10:48:26 AM

It is disheartening to know that a Administrative Judge as accidentally or deliberately incompetent as Robert A. Kelly is allowed to serve in that capacity. My justification for this opinion is backed by the following facts of my case: 1) Mr. Kelly ignored testimony by a vocational expert employed by the SSA that would require a ruling in my favor according to 20 CFR Part 404.1520 (g). 2) Mr. Kelly ignored evidence that supports a disabled status determination according to 20 CFR Part 404, Subpart P, Appendix 1. 3) Mr. Kelly ignored reputable medical test results, and claimed there were none. 4) Mr. Kelly ignored diagnoses by a reputable medical specialist, and substituted his own. 5) Mr. Kelly didn’t bother to learn my case and personal history and drew erroneous conclusions as a result. 6) Mr. Kelly used a personal interpretation of SSA rules to omit material that was submitted on time and that would have further supported my case. Avoid a hearing by Mr. Kelly if you can.

Scott Selby
Judge: Thuy-Anh T Nguyen
2/15/2019 3:17:25 PM

Got my official denial in January. My attorney has sent the paperwork on to the next level. I just got out of the hospital after brain surgery. But, anything new may not be admissible. So, even though I can't see straight, can't drive, and am not supposed to walk without supervision, I will probably be told I can go back to work; even though I haven't worked in over 10 years and have basically been stuck in my recliner or bed. Oh, this site says your name is optional, but it won't post unless you include it.

Kevin D Hendrix
Judge: Thuy-Anh T Nguyen
2/12/2019 12:50:00 PM

she seemed nice enough, but my attorney has been preparing me to lose ever since we knew before christmas that we drew her. With my arthritis and deafness and tinnitus, between the judge and the vocational expert, they have managed to come with work i can do! My Cancer is out of remission(just found out 2 weeks ago) but not long enough to merit disability since it's only the third time, and unless your are terminal, you can work with cancer and even if its terminal, you can still work up until a certain point....right? I've been living with family and friends since i lost my apartment back in sept of 2018 and since i've been back in Cincinnati on Jan 11th, i've been homeless, and have been spending the last of my money i get from a 30% military disability pension on a cheap motel for myself and my 2 emotional support dogs! i've not worked in 2 years, and i can't work enough to support myself with my severe hearing loss and not being able to bend and lift. My platelets are so bad in my blood that a slap on my arm breaks the skin and makes me bleed, but that is just a matter of stoping what your doing and put a band aid on. I have 2 sets or hearing aids from the VA and there of no use to me because they can't fix the ringing in my ears! I been seen by psychologist and told i have some disorders that will keep me for seeking gainful employment , but my attorney could not argue that point as he said this judge just wouldn't hear it! I won't get my official turndown for a few months and there is no appeal as my attorney told me "we are the public defenders of SSDI" and with this judge, you only get one shot. As long as the economy is good, between her and the vocational expert, there is no such thing as ssdi , basically if you have no arms and no legs, and are in a wheel chair, they can find you something like an opening at great american ballpark this summer, where you can flop out of your wheel chair and lay on the base path and be one of the bases!

C. Dollar
Judge: Matthew J Gordon
1/17/2019 6:18:10 PM

I thought Judge Matthew Gordon was very good at his job. I had no problem talking to him. I felt comfortable and confident explaining my personal information to him during my hearing.

Jason Arnet
Judge: Michael L Larner
11/27/2018 4:55:34 AM

He is a very mean and thoughtless man. Doesn't care about doing his job as an unbiased member.

Judge: Tom L Morris
9/30/2018 11:04:00 PM

I also agree with the previous comments. The judge is an age discriminator. He talks down to you like your a child and treats you with little to no respect at all. I'am a 37yr old man with 3 open heart surgeries, pacemaker installed,stroke,asthma, 2 bullging disck in my lower back, chronic right shoulder pain, and anxiety disorder all proven medical also been given a permanent disabled placard from my dr. The judge still deniend me! I don't know how is in a position to play with peoples live? Instead of destroying them he should try to help them in this world that wasn't made for the disabled.

Judge: Tom L Morris
9/30/2018 10:57:44 PM

I also like many other have had this Judge and agree with the vast comments. This judge is rude and talks down to you as if your a child. I'm a 37yr old man with 3 open heart surgeries,stroke, 2 bulging disc in my lower back, chronic right shoulder, asthma, and anxiety disorder. My lawyer also said he is a tough judge and will deny you nomatter what. No I'm hoping my appeal will find me in favor. How is somebody like in the role he is. All he does is destroy peoples lives instead giving them a chamce to live in a world that wasn't made for people with handicaps.

Judge: Eric S Basse
7/31/2018 2:03:13 PM

Upon entering Judge Basse eased my tension by letting me know the process and what to expect. He was very thorough and professional. He allowed me to wear my headphones to dampen the noise from the court reporter typing and keep my sun glasses on during the hearing. I was really surprised when he got up and cut down the lighting to make me as comfortable as possible. It was a very pleasant experience.

Judge: Jo Ann L Draper
7/5/2018 7:37:15 AM

This judge seemed ok at first. As the hearing went on, she got condescending and flippant. I have medically documented issues and she barely addressed them. My husband, who is my representative, was not allowed to be in the hearing with me! 5 months later I got my denial letter. The comments she made concerning my medical issues were no where near what I stated in the hearing. I knew her decision before I left due the smirk on her face. I have worked for over 40 years. It is almost like it is coming out of her own pocket. I will be hiring an attorney soon.

Andrea E.
Judge: Troy Silva
5/8/2018 9:27:52 AM

I am so grateful that the fate of my case landed in the hands of ALJ Troy Silva. His professionalism, fairness and compassion rekindled my faith in the "system" when I thought that was no longer possible. I was most impressed by his discernment in reviewing my case file (that was filed 6 years ago). I feared that after all these years a favorable decision was not going to happen. It was no so much my lack of faith in the SSA, but rather in my attorney, Dr Bill LaTour, who was supposed to be representing me in my claim. His office was extremely negligent, sloppy, uncommunicative and unprofessional with my case. It was difficult and at times impossible to get a return call, medical records were lost or not turned in, his representatives were rude and unprofessional, etc. His office is ran like a puppy mill. His clients are just another digit on his paycheck in my experience. ALJ Troy Silva was able to look beyond that and focus primarily on my disability, which saved me from a denial of benefits due to incompetencies of my own representative. I cant explain how saved I felt during my hearing when I suddenly realized that Judge Silva could sift thru it all and see my case clearly and now he was going to step in and handle my case how it should have been from the beginning. Thank you Judge Silva. You are a fair, intelligent, patient and discerning man and our society is blessed to be judged by someone like you! Respectfully, Andrea E.

Jeremiah J.
Judge: Denzel R Busick
5/2/2018 7:59:19 AM

Judge Busick did an exceptional job taking the time to understand my case. Having an extremely complicated condition with medical science having a relatively limited understanding and few treatments has left me struggling with putting together a core group of specialists overseeing my treatment. Judge Busick reasoned through my complicated records and made the correct decision. This was no easy task and I will forever be greatful to him for doing a thorough job. My only complaint is my family and I may be homeless before my approval is processed. I’m not sure where food will come from the next two weeks. The system is extremely backed up and the government would do well to find more competent judges like Judge Busick.

Judge: Matthew J Gordon
12/24/2017 9:51:20 PM

Cruel, heartless, racist and ignorant Judge. When you side on the side of a ****** predator, and allow pedophiles to continue to assault children, you are one sick *******. That is ALL.

Judge: Tom L Morris
7/28/2017 4:49:54 PM


Judge: David G Buell
7/19/2017 2:35:33 PM

This applies to all of the judges but A Tyrant will always find a pretext for his Tyranny.

Shannon Walker
Judge: Jeffrey Marvel
5/6/2017 7:23:31 AM

Judge Marvel is an excellent Judge who really listened about my disability case and can't thank him enough about the time it took to make a decision. Thanks again.

A fighter
Judge: Tom L Morris
4/16/2017 1:36:14 AM

Racist that's all I will say he is so cruel and treats white women like their ***** for SSI cases I've been dealing with this **** for 5 years I've been threw hell been turned down on everything I gave medical proof of my disability he always seems to find a loop hole threw everything .. This guy needs to be fired

Relieved in Redlands
Judge: Troy Silva
3/14/2017 1:20:55 AM

My high rating is due to receiving Judge Silva's favorable decision though it was unexpected. The SSA is a wonderful institution which grants me the fortune of their assistance. Yet, their processes are intimidating and, in recent years, have resulted in diminished security for individuals of need. Consequently, I suffered severe anxiety when the SSA noticed me of an over-payment issue and had a dismal outlook about my hearing. With the help of Legal Aid, I presented my case honestly and Judge Silva was fair and compassionate. His decision offered me relief for which I am profoundly grateful. The world would be a better place if other judges aspired to be like Judge Silva!

Bryan Buck
Judge: Matthew Allen
1/12/2017 3:11:09 PM

Fair Judge. He does not degrade you in his courtroom. He listens to your testimony; however, he rules according to the law and not emotions. I won my appeal, but I was denied a considerable amout of backpay. (14 months).

Judge: David G Buell
12/23/2016 8:24:57 AM

I just had my hearing before the judge this week. He was compassionate and kind in my case.He seemed truly willing to hear my side.I await my decision but know I have gotten a fair hearing no matter what the decision is.This judge does not talk down to you but talks to you.I believe he knows when a person is not being honest.People need to realize honesty is the best policy.

r wagoner
Judge: Denzel R Busick
12/9/2016 11:12:25 PM

I tried atleast 5 cases with Denzel Busick, before he went on the bench. He was one of the best Malpractice Lawyers in Nebraska and probably the hardest working. Very good in the court room, very good with evidence and he knew medicine better than most MD's. Don't confuse causation with confusion. He knows Causation medicine better than most--that is why he is rated in the top ten percent of ALJ's.

Judge: David G Buell
11/10/2016 12:47:22 PM

He had his mind made up before I limped in the door based off of my age. The denial was incomplete and he contradicted himself 6 times. Think it is time for him to retire.

Judge: David G Buell
11/10/2016 12:47:08 PM

He had his mind made up before I limped in the door based off of my age. The denial was incomplete and he contradicted himself 6 times. Think it is time for him to retire.

Judge: David G Buell
6/30/2016 7:12:32 PM

I can't really give him any stars yet, but I am concerned about Judge Buell. My wife has evidence and proof of unable to do any type of sedentary work, my lawyer asked for a On the Record review and he is stating that a hearing is required. I don't know why the system is setup to play the people that are disabled and everyone that really isn't disabled can get it with a flip of a switch. My wife isn't working and yet have to wait 15 months for a hearing. It's stuff like this that I really don't believe in our government.

Judge: Robert J Labrum
6/15/2016 7:56:49 PM

Mr. L. Melton
Judge: Eric S Basse
6/10/2016 12:28:59 AM

Judge Basse did a Very Good Job from start to finish, he was kind and made it very clear that he was aware of my case . I appreciate his fairness you don't find them no better than Judge Basse. Thank You

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

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

Judge: Tom L Morris
2/9/2016 4:21:52 PM

I just had my hearing today. I don't know what the outcome will be but I will say that I feel that judge morris was attentive and asked the appropriate questions. He was very professional and polite. He did seem not very interested in anything that my doctors said but that could be wrong. He did listen to me and my attorney and also the vocational expert and asked the proper questions so we'll see how it goes. I've been fighting this since September 2013 and living on $197/mo.

Judge: Tom L Morris
1/26/2016 8:07:03 PM

It took him 11 months to decide my case there was no reason for to have to last that long he kept putting in for more extensions wanting more paperwork and then I got the senator involved and then he denied it he won't let you talk in court he talks down to you like you're stupid he doesn't have a lot of patience and I've been told by numerous people if you get this job you're going to get an automatic denial in fact my attorney when we walked in there says I hate him he's horrible he's nothing but a pain in my rear and there's no way we're going to get this will get it at the appeals level so I went to court April 9th and got the decision on January 26th got the full denial decision today like what other people said if you have this judge don't bother showing up he's just a waste of your time and is going to draw all out as far as he can

Judge: Denzel R Busick
1/13/2016 4:15:09 PM

How can a judge with no medical experience decide the fate of my life!?!? These judges have no medical training.This judge chose to not "give weight" to my 2 specialist.My records clearly show my conditions.How can they know better than a person that has spent 8 yrs or more of their life in schooling. He did not clearly state why he did not give my Dr any weight,he made untrue statements. The job vocationalist said that hypotheticaly that with my my side affects of my meds I was unemployable,that with my mental state I was unemployable,that with the time needed off for dr appointments I was unemployable.

David Francy
Judge: Thuy-Anh T Nguyen
12/7/2015 11:29:48 AM

very thoughtful seemed to really listen. I am very nervous and hope to hear some good news before christmas.

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: Robert J Labrum
6/16/2015 1:20:35 PM

I have appeared before this judge several times representing clients. He is fair, he is prepared, and he understands the law regarding disability claims. If you don't have good medical evidence (as noted by the other commenter on this page), what are you doing at a hearing? SSA can reverse any favorable decision that isn't based on medical records. Why would Judge Labrum waste time approving your claim based on your own personal account, without supporting medical evidence, when it's only going to be reversed when SSA appeals?

joy swinton
Judge: Eric S Basse
5/4/2015 11:51:12 AM

He seemed to know my case. Let me correct errors in paper work. Since I had no counsel he let me provide evidence that day, and also getting updated medical records. He was very nice. Very good with listening and asking questions Wish his approval rate was higher. I've got a rare unpredictable eye disease. Fibromyalgia etc. No decision yet. Feb 20 hearing.

Judge: David G Buell
4/28/2015 6:22:39 PM

This judge appeared to have his mind made up before the hearing. He said I was lying and making my symptoms seem worse than they really are. He said I have an account on LinkedIn which makes me look quite good (who tries to make themselves look bad there?) He also found an account on Eharmony and said people with depression don't want to date. He clearly has NO Knowledge of mental illness.

Judge: Tom L Morris
4/21/2015 12:58:28 PM

I know some court clerks. When I told them WHO the disability judge was, they said "Oh, no wonder she was denied." This client had BRAIN SURGERY and has a timeline of all the ER and Dr trips and her medical file is 3" thick. The 10-page DENIAL still claims she's making "more of it than the facts present."His REASONING, was based on OLD information too. Decision took 5 MONTHS. This has drug out for 2 YEARS now, no income. Did I mention she has a neurosurgeon and is on so much medication for pain, seizures, etc., that driving or working is not possible? Yet she has a friend with a foot injury that is on Disability...explain that? And he doesn't let witnesses or the client talk AND the vocational "expert" said she could be a "grain sorter" SERIOUSLY? It's a JOKE! Shame on you TOM MORRIS! You make me SICK!

Judge: Tela L. Gatewood
3/10/2015 1:29:46 PM

Took over a year with no decision on my case. I had to involve a congressman for help, then within a week she sent the denial letter. Looks like if she gets pushed she will deny. She is clearly unworthy of her position.

Judge: Tela L. Gatewood
2/3/2015 2:13:27 PM

I had an appeal hearing with her 11 months ago. She promised I would have a judgment within one week. Every time I call the ssi office I'm told she can not be reached or held accountable but that she takes longer than any other judge. I'm told there is nothing that can be done. I can only imagine my case folder has found the trash can or slipped between her desk and the wall, but nothing can be done.

Judge: Matthew Allen
1/31/2015 8:44:02 PM

It great to see the how the process works even though I did get it got turned down. everyone in the court was very nice. hope next one goes better

Keisha Harvey
Judge: John E Sandbothe
10/1/2014 3:06:15 PM

Judge Sandbothe I seen him on September 9, 2014 He was caring and non judgemental, he was listening to all evidence of case.He did make it quick but got all proof to make his decision. I feel good about getting him even though I haven't got a decision. I pray he see what I'm going though and it wasn't something I asked for just something that happened to me.

Judge: Eric S Basse
9/14/2014 5:58:12 PM

Simply review the below data of his history as an ALJ. Denier judge. Dislikes claimants. Should be disbarred.

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.

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!!!!!

Malinda Prior
Judge: David G Buell
6/10/2014 10:43:07 AM

the Honorable Judge David Buell of the Social Security Addministratuon is one of the most passionate judges i have had the pleasure of sharing ny hardship with and i prayer that as hard as it is to believe he must uphold his duty and grant ssi to everyone equally which means there must be proof to support a disability that are used to base qualifications on these I'm sure were set long befor he became the. Honorable judge David buek

Judge: Eric S Basse
4/6/2014 8:22:17 AM

Judge Eric S Basse had obviously read my entire file and was knowledgeable about all the medical evidence I had submitted. I found him to be kind and to the point in his questions. I have nothing negative to say about how he conducted himself or the hearing.

Judge: Eric S Basse
12/4/2013 10:25:08 AM

Was reading the file during hearing was hardly looking at the claimant so did not see her start to shake at times or her reactions. He should be better prepared for the hearing to be more attentive.

Judge: John E Sandbothe
12/4/2013 10:18:58 AM

Very fair. He prefers for hearings to be fast. He gets the information he feels is necessary and is ready for the hearing to be over.

Judge: David G Buell
12/4/2013 10:17:40 AM

He is a harsh judge and it seems as though he has made up his mind about a case prior to hearing.

Judge: Tom Andrews
12/4/2013 10:15:59 AM

He knows the file well and is very fair. He treats claimants fairly and with respect.

Judge: Jo Ann L Draper
9/6/2013 2:12:56 PM

Seemed very professional and to the point, without being over-bearing.

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: Tom L Morris
5/22/2013 10:18:12 AM

seems like you denied more than any judge do you do that to get a big head grow up people do need there benefits they pay for

Judge: Julie K Bruntz
5/3/2013 6:48:21 PM

not very thorough, made many mistakes on dates, added things to my case per her opinion not through medical records. didnt notice some medical records in my file that were not even mine. said in denial letter that i was to picky about jobs i am applying for even though i have applied for 170 since filing, complained that i did have records about osteo arthritis in my left knee but had not had surgery on it yet but it was scheduled. found i had "SEVERE" impairments but they were not as severe as one on the 'LIST'. said i cannot sit or stand for more than 2 hours during 8 hour day but i can still do sedentary work that doesnt require kneeling or squatting or ladders or pulling ropes or lifting more than 10lbs among other things. completly inconsistant in her findings. i will be appealing to next level. MADE MANY MISTAKES THAT COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED. OBVIUOSLY DID NOT GO OVER THE RECORDS THOROUGHLY AS SHOWN BY THE MISTAKES.

Judge: Julie K Bruntz
4/23/2013 5:04:19 AM

She is a fair judge and she dose a great job making sure no rock is left un turned. Make sure your files are complete and everything turned in properly this way she does not have the aggravation of asking for it. She is considerate and do not take advantage because this will not be favorable for you.

Judge: Troy Silva
3/30/2013 3:41:52 AM

Awful judge. Doesn't think straight sometimes. Doesn't understand limitations too. However, there are worse judges than him so he's just okay.

Judge: Tom Andrews
3/27/2013 4:39:49 PM

A very nice gentleman.

Judge: Jo Ann L Draper
2/8/2013 11:52:18 AM

Very easy-going, yet professional.

Judge: Michael A Lehr
1/17/2013 4:24:49 PM

Very professional and efficient.

Judge: Robert J Labrum
1/2/2013 1:12:25 PM

If there is evidence in the file supporting the claim, he does a good job. If the evidence isn't very clear, he will likely deny the case.

Judge: Tom L Morris
12/4/2012 3:53:06 PM

Don't bother showing up.

Judge: Tela L. Gatewood
11/1/2012 5:43:34 AM

I think Judge Gatewood acessed my hearing very well, she listens without judgeing you. God Bless Your Honor

Judge: David G Buell
7/17/2012 8:34:12 AM

Fairly negative ALJ as reflected in his decisions. I agree that both extremes aren't good but the WV ALJ didn't start this controversy. SSA knows exactly what it is doing and is no hurry to investigate the ALJ's who pay 20-30 percent of their claims or less.

Judge: Troy Silva
7/11/2012 1:57:57 PM

He is a nice judge but he is extremely thorough with his cases and so you want to make sure that you know the record well because he will ask you questions about it. He will listen to your argumenst but you kind of know what he is leaning toward at the hearing. Doesnt require a brief or anything. One more thing, make sure you have all of your records and if you dont he will ask why you dont have them especially if they are older records.

Judge: David G Buell
6/29/2012 8:11:51 PM

Would the statics be more reflective of the real world if this particular judge and judge Morris' decisions were removed from the data matrix? I firmly know that individuals such as this DO SCEW THE DATA, but we as citizens can't get rid of them any more than we can get rid of the WV Judge which started this controversy in the first place. What I do know is that both extremes are hurtful to the SSA objectives.

Judge: Tela L. Gatewood
5/12/2012 12:08:07 PM

Honorable Tela Gatewood is very thorough and considerate. Looks and considers the evidence. Very reputable. Thank you your honor. God bless.

Judge: Michael A Lehr
5/7/2012 11:26:00 AM

i think he should have to live with some of these that are denied because he doesnt see enough evidence wellwhen you live with someone 33 yrs and they complain of the pain and they have no insurance to seek medical because medicaid denies them because not proven be disabled especially when you see so many getting ssi because they have mental problems well to some exinct i feel i have mental stress from my spouse fighting to get his disabilty he worked for it seems more get ssi than those who actually worked and the stress of worrying how care for children and bills and shopping because your spouse isnt capable to help you out but then a judge says not enough evidence i dont really know who is hiring anyone walking in with a cane for support but my opion is look more into what is really said not what you think they said and when did a fishing trip with your son make you not diasbled because i see a man with one leg in a wheel chair fishing daily i see a sqezo prantic deer hunting gambling in a casino but bi polar and cant be around a group people but they are in wal mart they are in gambling and my spouse cant stand in walmart longer about thirty min he in pain and in the car with the seat laid back just saying how you pick and chose