Topeka Ks, Kansas ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Topeka Ks, Kansas, 7 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Topeka Ks, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 15.0 months. The average case processing time in Topeka Ks is 451 days.The Topeka Ks average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 28%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Topeka Ks ODAR office was last updated on 6/11/2019.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Topeka Ks 7 15.0 months 451 days 2.4 21% 28% 51%
Kansas13.0 months455 days2.419%34%47%
National Average:14.9 months500 days2.120%42%38%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied

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Judge: Cynthia K Hale
11/2/2019 11:01:30 AM

As to my opinion of Judge Hale, I think she treated me fairly and seemed empathetic, but the evidence she was given was flawed. I am in the process of appeal her unfavorable decision. I don't know how folks with an even worse case of mental disability gets through this. I'm in year four of this and I don't think I can take much more.

Judge: Michael D Shilling
10/9/2019 12:13:50 PM

may the Good Lord grant him the same "justice" that he hands out. one good reason to abolish the alj core and redo the system. when your decision depends on which judge that you draw something is very wrong.

Judge: LaSandra Morrison
11/21/2018 7:13:43 PM

Pleasant and intelligent but has clearly gotten the memo to deny more claims.

Judge: Michael D Shilling
9/5/2018 4:17:31 PM

This judge is a ***!!! All he cares about is upholding his high denial ratings! My "Unfavorable" denial letter was full of nothing but opinion! Medical records submitted from decades ago when I was originally diagnosed were dismissed cuz they were from too long ago. ***? What kind of a backwards state is this? Let Karma take care of this *** ******.

Judge: Cynthia K Hale
7/16/2018 10:21:50 AM

I liked this Judge a lot. She took time to listen to my case. Really made me feel comfortable even though I was in a lot of pain. I never felt I had to convince her of my condition. She has my records, has seen enough people and I believe she knows by looking at people who is really being truthful and needs the SSDI.

Judge: Michael D Shilling
5/10/2018 10:52:40 PM

I don't think that the judge has ever been around or understand the mentally ill. He should take some classes where the family as well as the mentally ill share some of their daily frustratations and difficulties. He only seems to see what is happening on the surface. I was very disappointed in some of her observations. He is not able to pick up on what happens behind closed doors . I think he is more concerned about his numbers instead of the person involved. Very sad

Judge: Michael D Burrichter
4/24/2018 10:59:09 AM

Total *****. does not care about anyone but himself. Good Lord willing he will develop all the back problems I have, just to be denied benefits after working for 43 years.

Judge: Christina Y Mein
1/15/2018 4:43:16 AM

Judge who makes decision based on her biased perception. Even if you have medical records with doctors’ statements and vocational expert testifying there is NO jobs with your type of disabilities get ready for a disappointment: no medical records, testimonies can change her mind. I wish someone would look at her cases and determine if she is cable of not biased decision.

Charlotte Mueller
Judge: Cynthia K Hale
9/19/2017 6:30:45 AM

She is a good judge she made me feel that she was listening to every thing i said

Judge: Michael D Burrichter
9/12/2017 4:04:56 AM

Very straight forward get down to business judge

Judge: Christina Y Mein
6/22/2017 8:47:00 AM

I suffer from PTSD anxiety panic disorder I have back problems cognitive problems nuerlogoical. Problems and many other health problems now I'm suffering from leg numbness I'm waiting on a decision I visited this site and now I'm scared for my decision I can't sleep or do anything I feel bad for myself depression is the worst feeling anyone can suffer from and I've dealt with this for many years now not gotten any better the judge seemed understanding and I'm praying for the decision she sees suitable

Judge: Michael D Mance
5/17/2017 1:25:36 AM

Horrible judge. Shouldn't be allowed to be in office as an ALJ. Originally had him in Topeka for my first hearing. When he asked about my conditions, I informed him I have Asperger's Syndrome and can't work. He angrily said "I know people who have Asperger's and can work. I'm no fool!" He totally upset my witness AND my mom, along with me. I was going to file a complaint against him, but didn't. I should have though. He is nothing but someone who has no empathy for any of his claimants. He already had his mind made up after I said that. Although, he did allow me to continue my hearing because I had no attorney NOR did I have all the evidence secured to proceed. Thankfully, after two attorneys turning me down, I retained one who requested a LIVE hearing, so I got to get away from him. My attorney did not pursue filing a complaint against him, although I advised him of my treatment and what happened. I wish all of you who get stuck with him luck. He is someone who can be angered easily and after that, have his mind made up. Be prepared to appeal and use his exact words against him if he does throw that crap at you like he did me. Horrible treatment and he REALLY needs to get out of office. I wish there was a way to fire them. He would be the first to go.

Larry Bryan
Judge: Christina Y Mein
3/11/2017 8:43:30 AM

She does not have backbone to change a previous judges ruling, who lied to me and then used the lie to threaten me into not going through with the hearing. My attourney "joke" Brent Powers, his social security knowledge is alittle less than the slowest homeless person on earth, advised me, you on your own pal,I don't know what to do. Christina I don't know how people like you are allowed to ruin regular peoples lives. But I really hope there is such a thing as karma,because you and your predecessor deserve some of your own treatment

Judge: Timothy G Stueve
10/9/2016 5:19:22 AM

During my hearing, I was advised of three positions that i could possibly do. Two of them were denied. Then the third position as well was denied. When I received my denial letter. The third position that was denied was changed to something that was never even discussed at my hearing. Therefore, I believe my hearing should be re-evaluated by someone else. How can this judge just change whatever, to whatever he wants it to say?

Judge: Janice E Barnes-Williams
7/26/2016 9:31:55 AM

This judge was respectful, but based her decision on the Social Security doctor's 10 minute exam, instead of my primary care doctor's evaluation of me. I knew going in she had a very low approval rating compared to others in the KC office. She seemed to have her mind already made up at the beginning. Just bad luck on my part to have her assigned to my case instead of one of the others. Good luck to others if she ends up being your ALJ.

Judge: Michael D Shilling
5/12/2016 1:17:47 PM

let us start a movement to abolish this position, one can do better dealing the state agency this this far right judge who goes by his personal agenda to rule. no way to justify the numbers he puts up except to say that this is his agenda.

Judge: Michael Comisky
5/12/2016 1:06:29 PM

may he receives as he dishes out. stays on his leash for the government. onesided aint the word why even have a hearing if you draw this alj. more proof that this position should be changed. draw this alj and lose draw another and win,

Buggs Bunny
Judge: Michael D Shilling
5/3/2016 10:41:02 PM

What is unemolyable? then u seniev my case.I gave up a good job.The person that said jobs I couls do 3 ..Lawyer asked with my limetATRions 00.aND STILL DENIED /. can i work there .seems easy justv say

Judge: Timothy G Stueve
4/7/2016 10:26:53 AM

facts are facts. approval rating of 24%. his personal attitude is controlling. not law-- just his political beliefs. another reason to do away with this section of the agency. draw one alj and you win draw another and you loses.

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: Robert J Burbank
2/5/2016 11:53:15 AM

how come the national average is 44 % and this office is 31& ? does the political attitude of the alj come into play? _____ right it does and this system should be changed. the alj slot should be cut out since it turns on the attitude of a single person. whom you draw as judge should not determine your case.

Judge: Michael D Shilling
2/4/2016 1:17:11 PM

he only accepts government exam. treating phys are "inconsistent with the record." very little reasoning in his decisions . he does what his masters in Washington tell him to do. may he receive the same justice that he hands out is my sincere prayer. at least he keeps the hearings short so that he will not have to be confused with facts when he writes his short form denials.

Judge: Christina Y Mein
1/16/2016 12:50:43 AM

I am writing this for my husband who is completely distraught after we read his decision and I am beside myself. I should be clear since she assumed he authored certain well written cogent letters to doctors when in fact I had to and he signed I've been his POA for two years. I've been to all his therapy and Dr appointments he has in the last several years had 6-7 Dr's cardiologist neurologist neorosurgeons primary dr phsycogist psychiatrist ambulatory, therapists and I've lived with him for years. He's had so much testing and blood drawing every 3 months and MRI's X-rays psych evaluations. Btw I should note I am also an HR expert with over 16 years real world experience and degrees and certifications so I know a thing or two about disabilities job hiring types of jobs policy relating to breaks and limitations and all that governs it. They should live with him before they decide to make uneducated and incredibly dubious comments, assumptions, and claims. He Never met a more two face dishonest person and I agree after what I read and know to be true. She has her own agenda clearly either that or I'd have to question her competence on disabilities and disability law. She threw out Social Securities own Dr's evaluation and said he wasn't credible. She claimed his Reg dr wasn't credible because he didn't list all his conditions even though the records reflected them and details which her personal dr said should be in his records based on testing and because he didn't have him on a higher dose of Oxycodone consistent with his physical conditions and medical records. She then said his psychiatrists wasn't credible because her diagnosis and limitations were only her medical opinion, even though they were supported with extensive testing and records. The judge added more conditions and limitations beyond what My husband had initially and the vocational expert said some weren't even in the manual so she wasn't even sure He could do the non skilled 3 jobs she selected from nation wide which were only 20,30 and 50 thousand jobs nationwide. She went on to add more limitations in the decision. The jobs all but one existed mostly in reality as a duty within other duties for a office job title like document scanner almost everywhere no matter your job one of your additional duties is to scan your own documents. Almost no one hires a "document scanner" circuit boards mostly are made in China, packers mostly ups or fed ex or a company like amazone where he can't have the limitations imposed. She claimed no foot peddles no in an out of hot or cold no bending stopping crouching crawling lifting no real thought or decision making. Little interaction with co workers or supervisors. There's not a job in the world that allows those limitations. She didn't tell the whole truth as reflected by the record about explained actions that when in school He was a slow learner and needed help and graduated a year later yet she said he graduated so it was a sign of lack of disability. She claimed because he attempted to cut our 15X15 ft yard with a self propelled mower he wasn't disabled yet it was explained in hearing and in my letter he had to take many breaks and I had to help finish she could ask the neighbors for Christ sake. She claimed I the wife was not credible when she never met me and had no information on me other than what I Privately wrote to her about his symptoms conditions and limitations which were 100% true.

Judge: Robert J Burbank
9/16/2015 9:28:13 AM

i AM UNEMPLOYABE BUT HE GAVE NO WEIGHT TO MY Dr?Saying that why have a hearing if my dr. was not used in determaning outcome?

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: Michael D Shilling
6/10/2015 4:13:57 AM

He should be removed. He is not qualified and he is causing irreparable harm to the claimants who must go before him as well as the Social Security Administration.

Judge: Christina Y Mein
1/26/2015 12:42:15 AM

Great judge Either way my decision goes I was very impressed with her, she listens is smart and cares about the situation. Glad she is there

Judge: Christina Y Mein
12/16/2014 1:26:12 PM

Very pleasant Judge. I applied for SSDI in May 2013 denied in July 15 2013 and appealed the decision July 15 2013. Hearing date was November 17 2014. Fully favorable Decison on December 8 2014. I'm only 39 years old and have severe DDD in lower lumbar. My attorney had all my evidence together like MRI ,X-rays and notes and RFC from my orthopedic surgeon. Good luck to everyone cause it is tough and a long wait. But Judge Mein was very nice and seemed very sincere about what I had to say and she was great. Thank you.

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.

Bella Vedder
Judge: Michael D Mance
8/20/2014 11:28:12 AM

Normally i dont think that personal testimony and opinion counts for a lot...but since "Mike" bases all of his professional decisions off nothing more than his opinion, i guess it counts more than the facts, in this case. Apparently, Mike is also a doctor...or thinks he is. Who knew?! He gave me his opinions on my medical records, and wow! They were things id never ever been told i even had before! Crazy! Ive been to all these specialists and my disability judge knew waaaay more than ANY of them!!!! He even manifested some of my lost paperwork!!! Or l*ed...but when has anyone ever known the government to l*e. Ppsh! Never! P.s. Its weird when you dont look people in the eye, might lead them to believe theres some other....reason behind it.

No one
Judge: Cynthia K Hale
7/25/2014 5:25:01 AM

She is a pathetic judge who doesn't go by the law.

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!!!!!

Judge: Michael Comisky
3/25/2014 10:45:22 AM

Judge Comisky made me feel at ease during the process explaining what would take place step by step. I actually felt more at ease with the Judge than I did with my lawyer.

Judge: Christina Y Mein
3/1/2014 5:40:39 PM

I'm praying that jesus reveals to your heart who I am and you are able to decern through records and truth how much pain I have and how I can't do anywork due to my conditions. The lord has chose not to heal me for his higher purposes and I except that. But I believe I will not be denied at hearing and to him be ALL the praise and glory! Amen

Judge: Christina Y Mein
2/21/2014 3:02:23 PM

Don't include me in you lowest approvel and highest denial stats! Base your decision on medical facts and not whatever way you have been doing it PLEASE, back disorders are real! and for some much more dibilitating than others. When I read your stats I instantly thought all this time and pain and this is what I'm gunna get??

No name
Judge: Michael D Shilling
1/19/2014 5:36:36 PM

Never worked a day in his life and no compassion for people who need help better be on death bed before he even thinks about it.his day of judgement is coming. Bad judge

No name
Judge: Michael D Shilling
1/15/2014 4:18:57 AM

Bad judge dishonest frauder

No name
Judge: Michael D Shilling
1/8/2014 3:55:14 PM

Ur a liar and a fraud er u state info in ur denial letter that wasn't even said at hearing to ur advantage

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: Timothy G Stueve
5/11/2013 6:33:11 PM

I had this judge at my ALJ hearing. I believe he was compassionate and fair. I was nervous and know I made a few mistakes but he was kind. Received my fully favorable decision exactly 2 weeks after hearing. Thank you

Judge: Michael D Mance
2/13/2013 4:19:32 PM

To-the-point, no-nonsense. Very professional.

Judge: Christina Y Mein
2/6/2013 6:41:59 PM

Very respectful and understanding. Professional.

Judge: Robert J Burbank
1/29/2013 2:55:45 PM

The judge seemed to have made up his mind before he even saw me. Did't listen to the court witness, (his own witness said I couldn't do my job) He totally ignored that in making his ruling. Not going to leave my name because I don't trust him.

Judge: Robert J Burbank
1/15/2013 11:05:27 AM

Very understanding, professional and respectfull.

Judge: Janice E Barnes-Williams
10/17/2012 6:20:26 AM

Very professional and respectful.

Judge: Michael D Shilling
8/9/2012 10:07:02 AM


Judge: Michael D Shilling
8/8/2012 12:56:28 PM


Judge: Michael D Mance
8/8/2012 11:36:40 AM

This judge will tell the claimant not to smoke and then after the hearing go around back for a smoke break.

Judge: Christina Y Mein
8/8/2012 11:18:58 AM

Another young judge who doesn't get it.

Judge: Michael D Mance
7/27/2012 9:20:26 AM

It's my opinion that Mr. Mance make his opinions based on his on personal views. Whereas, Mr. Mance denied a person Social Security because he figured the person would experience a substantial financial gain. "ALJ-Mance", the claimant would experience a substantial financial gain if he were to be awarded [sic] Supplemental Security Income Payments. Not that the person is disabled and entitled to the benifits. How can Mr. Mance make the right decision when it's clear that his decisons are not based on law, but, his on prejudice bias thoughts.

Ivan Cain
Judge: Timothy G Stueve
7/12/2012 12:39:07 PM

To ad to my earlier comment, his decision was based also that I can prepare meals. FYI- I don't prepare meals. I only make a sandwich, or put something in the microwave. I don't know how to cook. A disabled person should'nt be able to make a sandwich? Get real!! These facts that were used are unexceptable. In my opinion, he was finding reasons that are unexceptable to deny my claim. Is this all you could come up with for reasons to deny someone? If so, it's really sad that we put our lifestyles in the hands of people like this. In my opinion, he should contact me, overturn his decision and make it right. Will he? A REAL ALJ would.

Judge: Christina Y Mein
7/12/2012 12:00:47 PM

A sorry excuse for a judge. To get approved you must be on your death bed. Does she ever take a day off for being sick? If so, how hypicritical can she be? If she had some kind of surgery, would she take time off? Of course she would. If she had the disabilities that some of the cases she heard, she would commit suicide. But she denies them. For any aches or pains that she has, go to work like you expect everyone else to do.

Ivan Cain
Judge: Timothy G Stueve
7/12/2012 10:25:25 AM

I recently had Timothy G. Stueve as my ALJ. I was denied because he based his denial off of untrue facts. I had solid evidence that i'm disabled and he made several mistakes in his decision. He based his decision off of facts for example, "I able to make my own decisions", "I'm able to drive" and "I get along with my girlfriend and co-workers". First of all, a physically and mentally disabled person that suffers from serious disabilities are able to drive, make some decisions,and get along with a few people.And my question is, how does he know how I get along with my girlfriend? And get along with co-workers? The problem with this is I haven't worked since February 07. The occupational person that set in on the hearing could only come up with 3 jobs I could possibly do. And with common since my disabilities would keep from doing these jobs. The facts he used were false and now I have to appeal his decision and wait a year or better for the results. I haven't been able to work for 5 1/2 years now because of my injuries. And now because of Timothys denial, I have to wait another year? I have not had a income since June 09. Very sad we have ALJ's that make bad decisions.

Judge: Michael D Shilling
5/12/2012 8:12:56 AM


Judge: Michael D Shilling
4/13/2012 8:02:15 PM

Great Judge!