Lexington, Kentucky ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Lexington, Kentucky, 13 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Lexington, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 18.5 months. The average case processing time in Lexington is 611 days.The Lexington 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 Lexington ODAR office was last updated on 6/11/2019.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Lexington 13 18.5 months 611 days 2.3 17% 42% 41%
Kentucky14.6 months540 days2.416%42%42%
National Average:14.9 months500 days2.120%42%38%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied

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C. Ingram
Judge: Jim Fraiser
5/4/2020 7:14:28 PM

I was very nervous not knowing what to expect but Judge Fraiser made me feel comfortable from the beginning of the hearing. Seemed very polite. Just waiting on his decision but the hearing wasn’t bad as I thought it would be.

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.

Judge: Karen R Jackson
2/18/2020 2:48:25 PM

I have a hearing coming up in April. Does anyone k ow how she is with mental illness.

Jerry’s a cunt
Judge: Jerry Lovitt
1/1/2020 11:24:21 PM

Jerry Lovitt is an arrogant douche, I also had pages on pages of statements and facts from multiple doctors and specialists saying flat out NO HE CANNOT WORK, but he still denied me and acted like I bought my can at Walmart for effect, I even had 2 separate prescriptions for my cane.

Vicki Corkern
Judge: Michelle Thompson
12/27/2019 9:04:38 AM

The disability rules, law, I should of got my disability, but this judge denied me my disability. I am a very sick person, there is days I can barely walk, I honestly don't know if I am going to make it some days.. I have so much pain , so forgetful, the social security doctor said I was disable to work, because of my disease. She mention of me being obesity, and lack of education. It never stopped me working before. I have worked ever since I was 12 years old, worked hard for over 40 years. I have worked for everything I have, and now I am not able to work and about to lose everything I have ever worked for, because I am not able to work, and this Judge made this unfair and inhumane decision, on behalf I felt she is a prejudge Person. It is such a shame that a judge can make this kind of decision, because they don't like a person. What has our country become to. So sad that's it's become that such cases are treated like this. God be with us all.

Judge: Jerry Lovitt
10/29/2019 7:32:10 AM

Over 1000 pages of medical records and having several listed disabilities with multiple doctor physical assessment forms stating unable to work. I also am in cancer recovery. DENIED. I don't under stand how these people come up with there decisions or what there looking for.They must flip a coin. nice enough judge, but his skills as a judge are definitely in question.

Judge: Davida H Isaacs
10/28/2019 9:15:44 PM

Davida Isaacs was very polite and understanding she denied my claim the first time I later discovered my attorney failed to hand in my medical records for the last 3 years after appeals council remanded my case I found out all this info. Fingers crossed this time will have a better outcome. Very grateful for davida Isaacs shade me feel comfortable at a very stressful time

Robert johnson
Judge: Charles J Arnold
10/27/2019 4:32:46 PM

I had a hearing in April of 2019 and then in June got a letter that he wants to do a rehearing which is set for the middle of next month November 2019 No one i know has ever heard of this happening.i hope this is a good thing

Judge: Kelley Fitzgerald
9/6/2019 2:48:58 PM

She is an extremely fair Judge. She goes over your doctors records with a fine tooth comb. If you don't deserve to be on disability you wont be. Just the way it should be.

Judge: Traci M Hixson
8/15/2019 9:40:44 AM

Judge Hixon took her time with my case she could tell I was very nervous and was having trouble talking. She did not rush me I felt she heard my side of the case. She asked pertinent questions and allowed me to answer as best I could. I am still awaiting a decision but whatever it is I am confident that Judge Hixon considered my testimony

Judge: Davida H Isaacs
7/27/2019 12:51:18 PM

This woman is a terrible judge. She made a mockery of my case and took everything out of context to suit her agenda. She ignored important evidence, and was rude and short with me. I have been fighting for 2 years and I finally get my day in court and this is who I get! I'm not giving up, her denial is biased and she ignored crucial evidence. Well karma is real judge Isaac's and it's coming for you.

Judge: Tommye C Mangus
6/17/2019 9:06:40 AM

You will not get your ssi or anything else you will be denied she dont give a blank about if your disabled and cant work read the review above there all telling you the turth

Pam H
Judge: Karen R Jackson
4/18/2019 12:55:56 AM

Wow I called the phone number today to find out if my SSI has been approved I had I had no idea what the outcome is going to be I had heard a lot of things about this judge but I found her to be very pleasant very businesslike a very sweet actually they said that I had them favorable outcomes so I'm waiting on my letter to see how much and when and all the above it's took me 8 years 8 years to get this to go through so I actually love this judge she was really good for my case so keep your head up people it is what it is good luck

Judge: Karen R Jackson
4/3/2019 10:45:57 PM

I saw this judge for my hearing, I found her to be distracted. After working physical labor for 20 years I haven't worked in 4 years, I have physical and mental disabilities according to everyone but her, it's a shame that my families life is held in the hand of a woman Who is a stranger, her decision determines if I can pay my bills or continue to struggle, and yes , she turned me down, so I hold her personally responsible for the further downfall of my family, I wish there was a way to have bad judges removed or fired, If I die before she leaves the bench she should have to pay for my funeral!

Judge: Kelley Fitzgerald
4/2/2019 5:30:09 AM

This is my second post about this judge. To this day I cry a few times a week thinking about how much I needed to get approved. I have depression, bipolar, suffer from debilitating headaches at least three times a week. My whole life I haven’t been able to hold a job for very long because I would have to go home sick or call in. I’m so extremely sensitive and I don’t like to be around too many people. There is more but too long to list. I don’t know how they come up with “jobs” they think I can do. How the **** do they know that? They don’t know me. I know I can “do” some jobs but it’s keeping them that’s the problem. I try looking online for something but I get severe anxiety attacks when I think about even applying. My whole life I’ve had this and have been hospitalized for it. SHE looked right over that. I can’t reapply because it’s been too long and ssd only goes back ten years which they wasted four of those. I also got a lawyer online which didn’t help me but it’s too late. No hope left for me. I cannot see a light at the end of the tunnel. ZERO STARS. Very very very depressing:(

Judge: Karen R Jackson
3/26/2019 12:03:38 PM

I am waiting on her decision I had my hearing March 1st I so wanted to show her pics of my legs and feet with the diabetic neropathy and pheripial also the swelling is so bad I can't stand it walk for that matter anyways my nerves got the best of me and I forgot to show her pics is there anyway I could fax them to get it is it to late I really feel like I hurt my own case by not showing them

Judge: Todd Spangler
2/27/2019 7:06:17 AM

Todd Spangler is an ***** of the 1st degree. Doesn't know anything about medical issues and should be fired. He does not go through all medical records as he should, he knit picks and uses what he wants to use.

Stephanie Herrin
Judge: Jim Fraiser
12/16/2018 3:30:33 PM

Seems my review wasn't put on here. My husband was told by a doctor he is not able to work and my husband has several chronic problems he has COPD with a 50% lung compasity which he has to do breathing treatments throughout the day and he does the brio puffer everyday. He also has Ademia he has had 2 open heart surgeries and he was in an accident that left him crippled broke both legs he has a pin in his right hip that is the size of a railroad spike also he has a rod from his hip to his right knee with screws holding his knee together he also has a plate in his left ankle with screws holding it in and he has a screw in the talos of his left foot. His left foot swells constantly which causes him to have to prop it up several times a day and ice it just to be able to walk and the swelling never goes all the way down he walks with a Cain because he has no balance anymore he desperately needs surgery on his left foot again but with him but having any kind of insurance he is forced to live with it and he also has high blood pressure and high cholesterol and severe depression my husband is NOT able to work he has not been able to in years the Judges decision should be looked at again and my husbands conditions and medical records should be takin into consideration again. If he reads this I Pray he finds in his heart to reconsider we are sending an appeal and we are at a loss as what to do if he doesn't help I can see my husband dying because we just could not afford to get medical help. I am the only one with an income and I am 100% disabled this has been so hard on me and him both I can see how depressed he has become again and it has me worried because he is not able to get the proper medical help and he is NOT able to work. Please please please Judge Frazier if you read this I Pray you will reconsider my husbands case he has had a long hard road and he has come a long way but you ultimately hold his life in your hands all of his back pay and his medical help please reconsider my husbands decision we really need help I'm desperately begging you to hear us out one more time. We will be sending an appeal please if you will we Pray you will look at how his life is in the ballots with your decision in more way than one. Thank you sincerely Stephanie Herrin

Judge: Tommye C Mangus
12/14/2018 1:00:27 PM

She seemed to genuinely listen to me. I was so nervous I kept drawing blanks. Eventually she just let my lawyer question me, which put me a bit more at ease. She only asked the vocational expert 2 questions and the ve said no available jobs both times, so I'm hopeful. It was overall an okay experience considering how stressful the situation is.

Judge: Karen R Jackson
11/21/2018 3:46:09 PM

I recently had a hearing and got my unfavorable decision from this person, my personal opinion of her is bad. I agree with some other post about her being a bad judge, there's no possible way anyone could find my case unfavorable with all the medical evidence and doctors notes, and my diagnosis and medicine I'm taking, this whole system is rigged, I don't think she took my medical diagnosis and Doctor notes serious, who does she think she is to dispute my medical reports and diagnosis, she is not qualified to do that. I know she needs to keep her biased opinions of me to herself and start ruling on evidence alone. It was just time for a turndown on someone I was that person. She isn't competent enough to work at McDonald's.

Judge: Karen R Jackson
11/21/2018 1:13:46 AM

I guarantee of all the law judges she would be the only one to find my case unfavorable,she must have had headphones in when the vocational witness was talking, I think she is not competent to be a judge sh needs to turn in her resignation, she doesn't pay any attention to medical facts or medical findings by doctors and psychs, who is she to refute what the doctor reports state, she needs to follow the medical evidence, and not her biased opinion, any judge that keeps a certain percentage of approval rating close to the same all the time is only deciding cases to keep their numbers of percentage the same. I have worked harder in six months than she has her whole life , and for her to find me unfavorable that is disgraceful.

Judge: Karen R Jackson
11/20/2018 5:22:50 PM

She should be removed as a judge, she is not competent, she is biased and it shows, her record speaks for itself she constantly hovers around 40 percent approval rating, and if any judge is fair and is doing their job right their approval rating would go from 5 perCent approval to 95 percent approval. I think she woke up mad and she takes it out on people. She thinks I can work, so I think she should be forced to give her job to me. The sad part is her mind was made up before the hearing began, you can tell by her numbers

Ramona T.
Judge: Traci M Hixson
11/18/2018 2:37:12 AM

I was very nevous , but anxious to tell her about all my problems, I spoke a little soon because of it, but over all she was nice , ask questions about your health, but overall I liked her, and what ever the decision is I know she considers all the facts, and I know she understands the pain I have daily with swelling and all other factors, I'm hoping for a good outcome. Just have to wait on decision

Y. Thacker
Judge: Christopher C Sheppard
11/4/2018 7:14:30 AM

I had a video hearing with Judge Sheppard on August 10, 2018. I received an unfavorable decision this week. After reading the findings, I am beyond confused. My disabilities are Rheumatoid Arthritis, anxiety and other conditions. I never stated some of the things that are listed in the decision. I never said that I teach Sunday school or do tai chi. I also don’t understand why little to no weight was given to the very doctors the administration sent me to, to be examined. I don’t go see my general physician except for my scheduled bloodwork or if I am sick with a cold or flu. I don’t go to the dr every time I feel bad or I would be there constantly. I am on the maximum doses of some of my meds. My anxiety affects me everyday. I cannot handle crowds, simple trips to the store or make simple decisions. I can’t handle any financial matters due to my anxiety and forgetfulness. I see a rheumatologist for my rheumatoid arthritis that hit me like a ton of bricks in the spring of 2015. I have deformities in both hands, mostly my left. I have various arthritis nodules on my body. Judge Sheppard made it clear at the hearing that he was not interested in seeing my deformities. Despite my treatment, I am in pain every day. I never know what will be hurting each day. I don’t complain to my doctors about pain because I am being treated with the required meds. I don’t talk to my rheumatologist about the side effects of the methotrexate, nabumetone anti-inflammatory and enbrel injections, which are cramping, diarrhea, nausea, brain fog and headaches, because the alternative is worse. I spoke with my dr early on about this and whether he mentioned it in my records or not, I don’t know, but he said he had never seen RA hit someone so hard, so quickly. He said the benefits of the meds outweigh the risks. There are so many more discrepancies and inconsistencies in the denial. Judge Sheppard seemed detached, uninterested in my hearing. He referred to the vocational expert in the denial as a she when he is a male. He also reversed what the vocational expert stated. I worked 27.5 years for state government, not to mention the work history I had before. I moonlighted for 2.5 years working 7-10 five days a week to get my children through college. I am not a lazy person, looking for a handout. I would still be working if I were able. It was devastating for me to apply for disability and have to admit that I cannot do the things I once did. I worked as long as I could, in the pain I was in. I could no longer concentrate, perform my duties or remember the policy I had known for years. Needless to say, I am very upset and disillusioned by this whole process. I have been made to feel as if I don’t matter and that my illnesses are unimportant. I understand that the administration deals with fraud constantly but if this or anything else, makes Judge Sheppard doubt everyone, then he is definitely doing a disservice to the public he is paid to serve. I have appealed with the Appeals Council but have no hope for the outcome I need. I accidentally “hit” one of the stars in the rating and don’t know how to undo it. In my case, he deserves no stars as he treated me with such disrespect. I do hope when Judge Sheppard is in need of anything, people listen to him and treat him better than he treated me.

Judge: Gloria W Green
8/15/2018 1:06:04 AM

Incredibly detailed judge who reviewed every facet of my case and the detailed court records were amazing, reflecting a deep medical understanding of my case that I would have only expected from an MD, so she understood the key points of my records to an astonishing level of detail. Very fair judge and exceptionally thorough. Unfortunately I won my case, and I'm very sad to have lost my career and all my work friends. I'd give it up in a heartbeat if I could be made well, but it just doesn't seem in the cards, despite so many major surgeries I've lost count. As long as you have objective evidence clearly indicated in your medical records and have done your best to work and be made well, you will get a very fair hearing. Social security disability has a much higher standard than normal private disability so learn the differences before your case. Also, make sure you hire a good reputable attorney because they are worth the fee. Judge Green is one of the best at what she does, and if you have done your homework and tried your best and simply cannot work, and you meet the stringent social security disability standards, you'll not go wrong with this judge.

Judge: Davida H Isaacs
7/4/2018 1:02:20 PM

David a issacs denied my disability when I have MRI and 7 yrs of bloodwork for ra and spinal stenosis there is no way these conditions will get better they can be managed but I will have them the rest of my life and will never be pain free if i am honest and put on job applications my illness 5here is no way id be hired for any job my lawyer made it very clear he didn not like her and told me she would deny it i cant help but think she didn't like him and that's why I was denied she was very unfair and didnt go by evidence

Judge: Gloria W Green
6/29/2018 10:49:42 AM

Went to a hearing in February of this year for my 9 year old daughter. She had ADHD currently taking medication which is considered a narcotic. Dyslexia (currently in a class for kids with dyslexia) and a learning disability she has an IEP and has been place in special education ( special ED) state testing shows she's below her age level. Her reading level is on a kindergarten level she's in the 3rd grade , and math skills are very weak as well after already having to redo the kindergarten. Her teacher state she has made some improvement but still far behind her peers. I found out on the 15th of July her case was closed and it was ruled unfavorable wow and I haven't received a letter in the mail. Not sure how this decision was made but in my opinion it was the wrong decision. Clearly these disabilities has and will continue to affect her, not sure what the judge was thinking.

Jessica Perez
Judge: Charles J Arnold
4/19/2018 5:08:48 AM

Judge Arnold was very kind and seemed very understanding to my daughter situation. We’ve been fighting for social security for 3 years for my adopted daughter who is autistic. We are waiting for his descision but I am confident about how court went he seems fair. But we shall see.

Judge: Greg Holsclaw
4/1/2018 3:29:31 PM

Not a good experience. Just shy of 8 months to find out decision from hearing. Ignored key information on child being murdered after abusive marriage. MRI showing severe findings with spine. Ignored severity of neck. Attorney barely said much. Never interviewed by vocational expert nor any by mental health expert or physcian.

Connie Banks
Judge: Ronald M Kayser
2/16/2018 11:25:14 AM

This man should not be in charged of making life decisions for people unable to work . I was already drawing my disability when an old appeal came up in the system ( another government screw up ) so he said i should have not gotten it to begin with . Well I have had pins put in and fused together and have nerve damage and now a pain pump , so I think he should pay me since i cant even apply now because my time has expired and i would have been fine if he had not took it away .

Judge: Christopher C Sheppard
1/30/2018 11:58:25 AM

When I left my hearing everything went great. Vocational said I could not do any other job. I suffer from fibromyalgia and depression and irritable bowel . I will be 59 years old not many places will hire me because of my age I also am very forgetful ! Just called my attorney and looks like the final process will take another year! I have been on this journey since 2014 hope I live another year and that the outcome is different ! Praying for favorable next time! Thank you judge Shepherd for your time and service!

Judge: Kelley Fitzgerald
11/12/2017 5:23:33 AM

Wished she hadn’t been the judge I was assigned to. I did not feel comfortable in front of her at all. I had to see her twice. Very sad I went through four years of this mental misery with the whole process but honestly do not think she really paid close attention to detail of my case. I’m more depressed. I did not care for her and for obvious reasons.... I did not get disability. Of course I’m going to feel mad and frustrated, who wouldn’t. 4 YEARS OF HELL I WENT THROUGH ... UGH!!! My rating is -1 star.

Susan Olding
Judge: Kendra S Kleber
10/11/2017 8:47:44 AM

I was very nervous when I got to the hearing. From the very moment I arrived the courtesy of the security officer helped me settle down. It has been a very long road of ups and downs I was very thankful that Judge Kleber was patient and attentive to me and I found her to see me as a whole person. Judge Kleber was well prepared and my attorney was very impresse with her understanding of my case. Its been a long road of ups and downs and I hope that tomorrow will be a new day of of stability financially for me. I thank God for the glitches in the rocks that kept me from falling. Judge Kleber is a very sincere, kind, and patient disability law judge be prepared because she is!

Suzette Sanborn
Judge: Charles J Arnold
9/15/2017 7:52:22 AM

NEED HELP! Last job 2007. Filed 2009. Multiple Incurable Illnesses. Long time still suffering!

Charles Howard
Judge: Davida H Isaacs
9/13/2017 6:21:38 AM

Judge Isaacs, has meticulous study habits. She is a good listener, Most important she follow the evidence. I appreciate her.

Jenny Stapleton
Judge: Boyce Crocker
8/10/2017 1:25:08 PM

Judge Crocker denied my husbands disability. My husband cant walk, sit, sleep and he is in pain most every waking hour! He has reports from 2 doctors that give him a maximum of lifting 10 pounds! My husband has ALWAYS been a hard working man and all his hard work proved was showing that he is a fighter and it got him denied! He has had numerous surgeries and has spondylolisthesis, carpal tunnel in both hands, diverticulitis, crohn's disease, he has to walk on a cane due to sudden weakness in his legs and at times I even have to wipe his behind ! Yet he was denied! What the heck is wrong with these judges! I'm willing to bet if he had gone before the judge and NEVER worked he would have been approved! I don't know how we are expected to survive, we have paid into the system from the time we were 18 and now he is 49 and I am 50, and the stress from worrying about the bills have taken their toll. I work full time but we all know it takes 2 incomes! He isn't asking for a handout he is has worked his entire life and paid into the system! I know this judge is new but good grief show some compassion! During the hearing you guys couldn't even find a job that he could do!

Judge: Tommye C Mangus
8/7/2017 5:59:04 PM

She denied me even though i have medical records proving that i cant work. I can barely get around.

Good Riddens
Judge: Willie L Rose
8/3/2017 6:54:24 PM

An absolute *******, he's dead now---won't be rude & disrespectful to NO ONE else!! We won't have to worry about him and his evil courtroom antics!! Thank you Lord!!! 💁🏼👌🏼✌🏼👀👀👏🏼😋

Good Riddens
Judge: Willie L Rose
8/3/2017 6:54:04 PM

An absolute *******, he's dead now---won't be rude & disrespectful to NO ONE else!! We won't have to worry about him and his evil courtroom antics!! Thank you Lord!!! 💁🏼👌🏼✌🏼👀👀👏🏼😋

Judge: Roger L Reynolds
8/2/2017 8:56:37 AM

Really great judge. I was scared going in but he made me very comfortable. He was a really nice guy. I haven't been approved or denied but either way he was a good listener and great judge in my opinion.

Ricky malone
Judge: III Evans
7/28/2017 9:04:31 AM

My name is Ricky Malone and my case was approved by Mr Evans after being denied several times in the past. Mr Evans seen that I was unable to work and I am thankful because my mom has been paying my bills and her husband passed and now is unable to. My son has been taking care of my daily needs and I have exhausted all options of money. My utilities and water is about to be cut off and my car is down please help to speed up my pay my son and I have suffered long enough. Thank you Mr Evans for seeing what others didn't!!!

Judge: Kelley Fitzgerald
7/17/2017 1:26:34 PM

I have done disability battle with this judge for 7 straight years now. I was denied by her in 2011. I appealed and won the appeal by being remanded back in front of in 2014. She denied me again in 2014 and I appealed again and won my appeal. But on a second remand you are assigned to a different judge. I know it is proper to respect a judfes decision but in both of her written decisions her denial bordered on a personal attack. All this and I can't even hardly walk. This judge does not follow the law or pay much attention to medical evidence. I feel sorry for anyone who has to go in front of her. Fortunately her denials are often successfully appealed so don't lose hope.

Melissa Ann Escobar
Judge: Todd Spangler
6/26/2017 10:10:14 AM

I had my hearing with Judge Spangler 26 Jun 17, he is very professional and quite knowledgeable about your ailments. He asks very pertinent questions and is always on point, he presents a very calm demeanor which quickly puts you at ease. I was a nervous wreck and fatigued and had a tendency to go off subject a bit...he is a patient judge. Thank you and have a great day

Ricky Walker
Judge: Jim Fraiser
6/16/2017 8:56:42 PM

Such a calm and relaxed court room.Judge was very respectful and polite. He was to the point with great questions and very attentive to my answers. Allowed plenty of time for me to respond. He made his ruling from the bench and I was out of there. Thank you Judge Fraiser for such an experience in life.

Alice Neel
Judge: Kelley Fitzgerald
3/10/2017 1:38:26 PM

I have been disabled for 7yrs now My husband was a veteran and he passed away Oct 2016 He and I both took care of each other now since he has passed I'm about to loose everything We did not have life insurance and I'm not able to work. I hope and pray that she can help me this time I have fell into a depression because of all of this I hope she can help me Alice Neel

Judge: Traci M Hixson
3/6/2017 1:37:01 PM

We were very nervous on the day of the hearing and Judge Traci Hixson made us feel at ease. She was very professional and well prepared regarding our case. Judge Hixson asked very astute and insightful questions. By her questioning, I felt heard and that she understood what our position was. I think she is a fair and treats people with respect. Whatever the outcome I believe she will make a decision based on facts presented and the truth.

Judge: Robert B Bowling
2/26/2017 7:21:46 AM

I am yet another person who was turned down for disability. I have and took to the court a stack od medical files 6 inches think. I have neuropathy in both feet from 4 foot surgeries,fibromayalga, auto-immune hepatitis that I will have for the rest of my life,and have to take medication for it.I have been depressed for a few years now since I was diagnosed with the auto immune this disease has bitterly stolen my life.I have oseoarthrits in both feet and in both knees I have to have 2 knee replacement in april. I have Chronic liver disease for the rest of my life through no fault of my own. I don't drink or smoke.Yhis judge was very unsympathetic to my disability I looked at the numbers of cases that he approves/disaproves and they are higher in huntington wv than any where else the minute he asked me if I went to church,and I said no ,I had a gut feeling he would deny it and I told my lawyer when we walked out of the hearing. I am an american citizen. I have worked all my life raised 3 children on my own, Each of my children are college graduates and contributors to society. I f this was your money that you paid to SS all your life and you become disabled through no fault of your own,and you had a passel of Drs. reports to back you up how would you feel,someone need to check on HIM.

Intimidated by Reviews
Judge: Frederick McGrath
2/21/2017 10:23:01 AM

After reading these mixed reviews, I feel intimidated

Judge: Willie L Rose
2/2/2017 1:19:29 PM

I found this judge to be fair. HE spoke with me and my representative with respect even inquiring about my activities as far as my illness. He was fair with myself and representative with all respect. It was calming to see his pleasant smile as he held court. Thank you

Henry Brown
Judge: Jim Fraiser
1/29/2017 1:23:51 AM

Thank you Judge Fraiser. You saw all of the evidence in my medical records and gave me a favorable decision. Thank you sir!

Judge: Ronald M Kayser
1/23/2017 9:08:09 AM

I do not understand how this man is allowed to mess with peoples lives. He is not fare and he is very rude. I have so many doctors stating that I can't work and in his mind he says I can.. He said that I can do things when my doctors say I can't. How dare anyone have this man still have a job!! Social Security should see how this man really is. Go sit in on a hearing Social Security and you will see how people are getting screwed over by him. I have earned all my credits by working all my life so I have put into Social Security for this reason--- ( NOT ABLE TO WORK!!) The Government does not take care of us if they allow this to happen!

Judge: Kendra S Kleber
1/11/2017 4:28:02 AM

Judge Kleber is well prepared so you better be as well. She speaks fast so be very attentive. She considers all the facts of the disability case including small details that you may think don't matter. I found her to be very fair. The vocational expert that was assigned to my case was helpful. Be sure to get a good attorney to represent you.

Judge: Kelley Fitzgerald
12/21/2016 1:03:52 PM

I was actually terrified when I heard I had this judge. I had read all the negative comments and it made me think I was royally screwed. However, that was not the case. It took eight months but she approved my full disability with back pay! Actually she did it just in time for Christmas. So my new year will definitely be looking up. Thank you so much Judge Fitzgerald!

Judge: Bonnie Kittinger
12/14/2016 6:31:39 AM

Warm and compassionate. Because od these reviews I was scared to death. She put me at ease within the first 2 minutes of walking in.

Judge: Ronald M Kayser
10/24/2016 12:19:45 AM

Terrible horrible person! He has no heart whatsoever. Horrible experience with this man. Shame on him!

Judge: Katherine D Wisz
9/20/2016 10:54:45 AM

Absolutely amazing Judge. Very caring, great eye contact, listens, and considered all factors in my son case.

Judge: Sheila Lowther
9/16/2016 12:08:32 PM

I appeared before Judge Lowther and I had a very positive experience. She was kind and attentive. I answered all her questions briefly yet honestly. I was quite impressed with her knowledge of my case, she does her homework before the hearing. I want to express to those who are struggling in this process how important it is to have substantial medical documentation that supports your claim. Get copies of your medical records, go to the doctor frequently, don't stop advocating for yourself!!The burden of proving your disability is on you, it's not just what you say, it's what your evidence can prove. I worked day and night getting every piece of paper I could to prove my claim. I even had notarized statements from caregivers, previous employers, family, friends and most importantly a current letter from my treating physician stating the severity of my illnesses. I worked in conjunction with my attorney (whom had not defended a disability case before). I just didn't stop going to the doctor!!! Medicaid paid for my doctor visits, surgeries, and medications because I had no income. I was very nervous going into the hearing, that's a normal response. I just kept calm, concentrated on what the judge asked me and I was honest. I knew everything I said to her could be corroborated by my medical evidence. Keep your head up and don't stop advocating for yourself!

Waiting patiently
Judge: Jim Fraiser
9/16/2016 2:02:37 AM

He was a compassionate judge listened to me and knew I was creditable, and he ruled in my favor at the hearing on April 20, 2016 thank you Judge Frasier

Ryan phipps
Judge: Todd Spangler
9/11/2016 7:57:16 PM

Very respectful and knoligible judge

Gena Bohler
Judge: Christopher C Sheppard
8/19/2016 9:22:28 AM

I thought Judge Sheppard was understanding the facts in my case. Being that the Lady thAt was sitting there with him clearly told him and myself and my Lawyer that I clearly couldn't find or possibly get a job doing anything out here in Kentucky with my disability's. I have been going through this for so many year's and he just over looked that I was trying to explain to him. I am 47 yrs old and have a body and insides like a 74yr old. And they keep saying because of my age and work experience I can find a job. But that's not it. I AM ALL WAYS IN SO MUCH PAIN MY BODY IS SHUTTING DOWN ON ME AND THEY KEEP TELLING ME I'M ALRIGHT I CAN GET A JOB. I THOUGHT JUDGE SHEPPARD HEARD THE LADY AND UNDERSTOOD THAT BUT I GUESS HE DIDN'T OR IT WAS JUST HIS JOB TO DENI ME AGAIN. I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO I CAN'T WORK AND I HAVE NO INCOME AT ALL. MY ONLY HOPE WAS FOR MY SSI AND MEDICAL SO I COULD CONTINUE MY DOCTOR AND SPECIALIST VISITS. BUT I GUESS HIS JOB WAS TO DENI ME AGAIN AND TELL ME I'M ALRIGHT NO I AM NOT ..THANK YOU MR. SHEPPARD I THOUGHT YOU UNDERSTOOD THAT I AM SEVERELY DISABLED AND HAVE NO POSSIBLE WAY TO GET ANY TYPE OF WORK.

Sherman Meadows
Judge: Rebecca B Sartor
8/13/2016 9:55:18 AM

The allowance rate on the initial claim is 30 % and less than 5% on the Reconsideration but the allowance rate with the Judges is 44% so your best chance is with the ALJ. The key to getting approved is be prepared. You need a Rep that is interested in your case and SSA is not just a sideline. You and YOUR Rep need to Know the requirements for entitlement : the decision is based on age, education, vocational background and your DISABILITY. The judges in the Tupelo office are good judges I have always found Judge Sartor to be respectfully to me and the Claimant. She, as well as the other Judges, will try to give you the benefit of doubt but they cannot approve your disability if you do not have medical evidence to support YOUR Case- SSA will tell you that you must prove that you are disabled. No i have not won all my cases with her or the others but when the Hearing was over I knew and the Claimant knew that the decision would be fair and based on the evidence. This is the best shot at approval that you got so get a GOOD REP and be prepared.

Judge: Roger L Reynolds
8/13/2016 8:06:26 AM

I was scared to go before a judge I will admit.But he made me feel at ease from the time I walked in the room.It is our choice to go before a judge so we can not blame him for doing his job.He sees this stuff all day long you can't expect him to be on everyone side.His job is to take into account what is presented in front of him and go from there.Just like we were at our jobs.I can't stand negativity and bad mouthing someone to who is doing there job.It was our CHOICE to go before a judge.Dont blame him.We were well aware of what his job was before we ever entered his courtroom.Judge Reynolds was nothing but respectful to me.He asked the right questions and when I left there I got in the car and told my niece (who had driven me there)Whether he rules in my favor or not he was a really nice guy.Don't blame the judge the choice was ours we were well awear that his ruling my not go in our favor.

Judge: Jim Fraiser
7/26/2016 12:11:19 PM

Judge Fraiser is not a very nice person. I was struck by a car while walking. I suffered severe injuries to my body, head, spine, leg and arm/shoulder. Judge Fraiser suggested I could work as a parking lot attendent! When I tried to remind him that we had discussed the PTSD I have, and real fear I still have of moving cars around me, he told me to SHUSH! I was denied! I have written a complaint and refiled. A PARKING GARAGE? Is that some kind of sick joke?

Judge: Robert B Bowling
7/20/2016 3:05:36 PM

I really feel as if this Judge should be investigated. There is no way a ALJ should have statistics that read 1,842 cases, 1,550 decesions, 1,116 denials, and 434 approved. For the Fisical year as of 05/19/16, this judge has a 20% approval rating, and 63% Denied, 17% dismissed. Numbers don't lie. Due to incurable illness and you are in a wheelchair, receiving home health 3- 5 days a week, a service dog for PTSD, can't grip or hold items well anymore, but I was given unfavorable decision..especially when there is more than enough evidence to support it. Not being able to work for almost 3 yrs, and yet you still are given an Unfavorable Decision..Seriously?? Than your lawyer calls to ask if you want to appeal or start over...You should not have to fight so hard to get disabiltiy if you truly are deserving of it, and especially when you worked the last 25 yrs previous to your diagnosis. This is ridiculous!!

Judge: Roger L Reynolds
6/10/2016 1:12:39 PM

This Judge will only put in his own opinions, i had 6 Dr. Saying i wad Disable, and the Vocational Expert told the Judge 3 Times there was no work that i could do, and his favorite word is Lightly, because everything the Drs. said and the Vocational Expert said, he said he took there work Lightly, Like he a Professional Dr. or a Vocational Expert or Phy., he a Sorry Excuse for a Judge, i believe if you had Jesus Christ as your Lawyer he would take his word Lightly also and Deny you...and Judge Reynolds dont take this Lightly you are Low Down pathetic Judge, and to the ones that has to face this Judge, dont waste your Gas and Time, try and get another Judge...and there is no Rating for this Judge he is not even fit to be a Judge...

Judge: Tommye C Mangus
6/8/2016 7:35:33 AM

She put things that aren't so in her own words, and makes it look like the person is able to do more than they can, conderdicing herself to make her look good in her decision .she definitely needs someone to refresh her skills. She also makes it look like the clients are luring when the facts are there....

Judge: Gloria W Green
4/19/2016 10:47:09 AM

I went to court Dec. 4, 2015 and I haven't been able to work going on 3 years. It is extremely hard to function day to day without income. I'm on my way to being homeless because the bills are getting high and no money to help pay them. I live with my brother and he cant afford to take care of his household and myself..unfair for him and anyone else whom I lived with. Waiting for a judge to decide my fate is very hectic..and if my body could take on everyday work I would be working..but I just can't do it.

Judge: Kelley Fitzgerald
4/15/2016 4:17:08 PM

Although it took six months from my hearing for a decision, ODAR Judge Kelly Fitzgerald was very thorough, which one should expect for the job done right. I appreciate this. In the courtroom Judge Fitzgerald and staff showed courtesy which eased my fears greatly. All the staff including the security guards were a joy to be around on a very stressful day. Thank You and God Bless.

Judge: Frederick McGrath
3/15/2016 7:02:39 AM

ALJ McGrath went above and beyond recently, and by his efforts, allowed my client her hearing when there had been a serious miscommunication regarding my client's file (it had been sent to another hearing office by mistake, and the hearing cancelled - all without notice to myself or my client). Another ALJ might have shrugged their shoulders and said nothing could be done, so sorry; ALJ McGrath instead tracked the file down, had it sent back to North, and worked the hearing into his already scheduled docket. While we are still awaiting results, we are grateful to have been able to conduct the hearing as we had planned, especially since my client traveled from TN to Athens for the hearing. Thank you Judge McGrath!

Shane humphries
Judge: Kenneth Wilson
3/7/2016 8:20:49 PM

Mr. wilson i honestly didnt mean any disrespect just put urself in my shoes fighting for four years an getting denied mostly because i dont have any medical insurance or any money an i cant go to the specialist an other doctors that i need to go to especially about my heart an the neck surgery needed to get an like me you couldnt get anyone to understand thats why i dont have these specific details that are needed an the thought of not seeing my kids an possibly by the time i get approved two of them is gonna be grown up an ive missed out on time ill never get back with them if i could work i would i hate all this everything that makes my life worth living i have lost because i am unable to work an the denials i got before this last one i had a place to live an was hanging on but i couldnt afford to get denied when i went in front of you in court i new that pretty much my life was in ur hands i know that sounds dramatic but its true an i have witnesses that will testify to my situation i even asked my lawyer if i could let you know all of that at the end of the hearing an she said it wasnt a good idea i just knowed if i would have ben you athen i would have wanted to know if my decision could possibly put a persons life in danger meaning me not having food of a way to go to the doctor an get my medication well i just thought i should double check an make sure you new i wasnt trying to be rude at all an i truly believe if another person was in my situation they would say what i have said an everything i have said is true if proof is eded i can prove utit an i hope you read these comments thank you for youre time.

Judge: Frederick McGrath
3/3/2016 8:52:02 AM

He is The hardest working ALJ in the Nation and that office!!!

Judge: Greg Holsclaw
3/3/2016 6:12:43 AM

seemed to be a good guy and basically focused on the facts of my case.. been 50 days after that hearing and I have heard nothing .. I was in court with the judge via video for 1 hr..

Judge: Traci M Hixson
2/1/2016 4:05:12 PM

I was denied after my hearing. A lot about my denial letter is either wrong or missing. No mention of my medications that make me tired. No mention that I have MRSA and can't have abdominal surgery. She wants me to work in a factory after being a bank manager? With men after being sexuallu harassed then wrongfully terminated? Wow I think I was discriminated against for many reasons.. In the letter I have problems talking to people then later I don't? Wow I want going to win unless I was locked up in a rubber room

Judge: Robert B Bowling
1/26/2016 11:16:36 AM

Based upon the national averages, all of this judge's decisions should be reviewed by the Appeals Counsel. His metrics are too far away from the national averages.

12/3/2015 3:48:17 PM

I just had a hearing from her today regarding my daughters SSI case. She was very understanding and allowed me to speak and explain many of my daughters ailments due to her prematurity. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a favorable decision.

Joseph Bailey
Judge: Bonnie Kittinger
11/24/2015 9:39:01 AM

I feel my life had hope but now its as good as over. I worked all my life in heavy construction laying watering since I was 14yrs old threw summer school breaks and then after high school worked full time for the same company 15yrs. Ive been completely unable to work for the past 4yrs due to many health issues that have completly broken me down. I have ashama, depression, axienty, hepC and was diagnocted with type 1 diabetes 4yrs ago and shattered my hip socket completely out. My leg is now supported by a metal plate and screws. My leg is shorter now and I cant support my own body weight with out pain. I walk with a walking stick now just to go to the bathroom. I live with my mother because I have no income to survive or just get by. I was denied benefits by Vinnie K. Today after 4yrs trying to get someone to honestly look at me and reward me and help me. Now I don't know what I'm going to do. Do I live with and burden my mother for the rest of mine or her life? I am a father of 4 children all under 13. I'm never going to be able to do anything for them in their life's. That alone has me in tears at the moment. I'd do anything to have my health back and go back to work. I can go without mostly everything in life, but having to watch my kids do without and not being able to help them is a nightmare to me. I've already lived 4yrs like this praying to god that someone would do their job and take the honest time needed to see how disabled I am. All this judge paid any attention to was my crimanal back ground. My mistakes in my past. That overided my dissabilitys. I was asked in the court hearing more questions about that then my own medical records and health issues. I don't get it. Bonnie's is without a doubt coldhearted and did me honestly wring here. If anyone deserves to be awarded benifets it doesn't matter! If she doesn't like you then you are not going to be rewarded dissabled or not! I pray god helps her! Please pray for me Thank you

Judge: Kenneth Wilson
11/10/2015 9:12:20 PM

Fair,thorough, very attentive to my case and I really appreciated this judge for treating me like a person. God bless.

Judge: Traci M Hixson
10/19/2015 10:23:08 PM

My hearing was September 28th. My case was left open and now scared it will take a long time to hear a decision. Judge Hixson was very nice but my council was not good. She didn't submit records I told them about and they blamed me. I hope judge Hixson will see through a lot of that. She seemed very caring and aloud me to speak, however my anxiety was so bad I didn't tell her everything I needed to about my pain and how severe my depression is. I was way too nervous. I think the judge saw I worked my whole life and couldn't believe I was in disability court.

Judge: Traci M Hixson
9/25/2015 5:28:22 AM

Wow! I thought she was a very good judge in the courtroom, I felt that I was heard and the questioning was very thorough to get an idea of why I have had to apply for disablity, until I got my decision...she took my testimony and only used parts of it or used it incorrectly to say that I was not credible! The hearing is audio taped, how can a judge not correctly document your testimony? How can they use parts of it and put it wherever they want to say you are not credible? It looks like she focused on one aspect and then 'cherry picked' through the testimony to find a way to discredit me and justify her decision. Not one mention of anything that was testified to of my daily pain and pain when trying to do household chores and the fact that I stated that my children and husband take the brunt of everything...she simply stated that I testified that I do all this, plus much more! She also discredited me for the fact that I had no choice but to drive myself to the hearing, without stating the reason that I explained and how I felt because of the drive and walk to the office. These are just a few things!

Judge: Don C Paris
9/14/2015 12:54:48 PM

Even after winning appeal council for new trial this judge still refused to consider my Drs opinion. And appeal council said my dr should be considered. If anything it angered him, and he flat said it would have to be revisited. So going on 5 years already reached retirement age still waiting on my second appeal. This judge was rude and not comprehending the paperwork. My question why is there appeal council if a judge can ignore their ruling!

Judge: Ronald M Kayser
8/31/2015 7:34:00 AM

I am waiting for a decision. I was born with asthma and have struggled with it all my short life. I've worked as a CNA mostly and due to that Ive done something to my right side neck, shoulder, arm and lower back because it hurts and spasms constantly. I wear a back brace now and get PT regularly. I also have mental problems and stomach problems that can cause an embarrassing scene. My asthma has gotten worse over the past 4 years, my mind is definitely not as sharp as it was. I have problems concentrating, remembering, counting, paying attention just to name a few. I wheeze constantly, need my rescue meds more often, and I am more limited in what I do. Strong smells, even food, cause me to wheeze. I'm so weak after a BM that I can't get up from the toilet sometimes. Then once I do I need to rest for at least 20 mins. If I don't get to the toilet in time I have no control, How embarrassing! I don't line being in crowds or around a lot of people due to a childhood incident, and I also don't drive. I take medicine for anxiety, depression, migraine/anti seizure, pain, high blood pressure, asthma and heartburn/GERD. I haven't worked since Jan 2012. There was a rep at my hearing Roman office. I can't remember exactly. Vocational I think. She did say something about me not being employee in a competitive job market because of my ailments and the amount of time is miss work caring for flare UPS and exacerbations. Not sure of het exact words. I just hope that the judge will remember those words and knows that not everyone is looking for some lazy way out. I've honestly tried to work. Been laid off many times or just had to quit for not being able to handle the workload or surroundings. If I could be working I'd be doing it. I loved being a CNA. I miss it so much.

Judge: Jim Fraiser
8/20/2015 8:12:31 PM

I have an upcoming date with Judge Jim. I pray tgat my Lord lays it on his heart to see & understand my type of disability and he approves me. And to Sadanddisapointed, i am trueky sorry your daughter was turned down. Don't give up. Try again. I will pray for all that didn't get it......,.God bless!

Judge: Don C Paris
8/5/2015 9:18:46 AM

Reply to Donna. I went through same. Agree he needs to step down!

Judge: Don C Paris
7/14/2015 10:11:24 PM

Good luck if you receive this judge. As a health professional it was obvious that he had poor grasp of my diagnosis. He does appear to be demente as well. His short term memory was very poor and listening skills were non existent. In his denial letter he made several mistakes due to his poor attitude and inability to continue to do his job. It is a shame that people like myself have to be treated with such condescension by a 72 year old man who has no business practicing any longer. I can't even give him one star as he needs disability himself. It is a shame that honest citizens have no recourse against such an inept "judge"

Judge: Willie L Rose
7/11/2015 8:48:23 PM

I do not know this judge, but to answer your question:  to whom can you report a judge's "awful" behavior,  contact the American Bar Association or that of your state.  Also, a simple search online will give you the names  and contact information of various ethics' review boards.  Judges, even though most have tenure or are appointed for life, are expected to abide by certain rules  of conduct and ethics.  Besides "knowing the law and courtroom procedure", these judges are also expected to conduct themselves and their "court" in such a way that their attitudes and tones reflect the seriousness and "judicial-minded ness" of their responsibilities. (They are also expected to write and communicate clearly and concisely.).     Know this: A tenured judge CAN be disciplined and even removed from his or her position, although several reports may have to be made and his or her behavior may have to be flagrantly rude, bizarre, extremely dismissive of his or her claimants' rights,  etc.  Also, judges must not be biased against any race or sex, etc.; must not hint that they are.  There are other ethical rules they must adhere to, and legal ones as well.  (Ignoring or not being familiar with medical records upon issuing a ruling ---not good).  If all else fails, contact the media.   Local and state news channels/papers have investigative reporters who will be happy to look into what is going on for you if you feel certain you have been mistreated, were not given a fair and impartial hearing, you were yelled at or treated in an unethical way, etc.  (Most hearings are recorded; get a copy of the tape.)  These judges' positions are coveted, so there is always a younger, better qualified, less cynical and irritable judge willing to take the older judges' places.  Im sure SSA would love to hire these younger judges at lower wages, especially if some older judge is behaving in ways that embarrass the SSA in the media.  However, if you are just mad at a judge because you didn't get what you expected, look out.  You could be sued for libel at the very least.  Remember, most judges are doing the best they can in a system that is cracking under the weight of so many people who are now claiming disability.  At the end of a long day of listening to everyone's stories, you might be tired and a little grouchy too.     But if you have a legitimate complaint, remember too, some of these judges have private practices, so you can go to a webpage and leave a review so that others are forewarned.    And know this, if an SSA judge is labeled as HORRIBLE to deal with by a few lawyers, well,  lawyers share information formally and informally, and eventually, there will be negative repercussions for the judge.    

Judge: Don C Paris
7/3/2015 5:32:42 AM

Hello all. I'm new here, but been lurking for months. What in the world is going on with the SSA?? I've been denied at all levels. Applied October 2012- denied Appealed June 2014- denied ALJ Hearing Someone needs to tell this man to take a bow and step down. I seriously believe he's got dementia. He forgets questions he's already asked and asks them over again. I don't  believe this is a tactic to make sure you're giving the same answer every time to weed out the system abusers, but believe it's his mind wilting away. He must be pushing 100 years old and bears a strong resemblance to The Crypt Keeper. We sat there for minutes listening to him stumble over his words to find the right word. He obviously didn't thoroughly read  over medical records, or maybe didn't remember that he had. He was on the spot trying to sift through medical documents. He kept asking if i enjoyed kroger and asked multiple times if I liked my dog. He kept referring to my doctor as my friend, referring to my son as my aunt, referring to my aunt as my grandfather...I didn't know what the heck he was talking about. Here's an example of his hypothetical to the vocational expert: "Due to the...uh...due...the claimant's....uh, if someone...uh...uh...due...uh...to the same impairments...uh...hmm...uh...same impairments...uh...could, could...uh...someone...uh...find...uh, find, uh...gainful work?" What the what?? Ridiculous. Hearing took over two hours due to his scrambling for words. DENIED with 7 years worth of medical records and hospitalizations simply for the fact that I care for my son with out help. I met all disability criteria to deem me disabled, but denied because I'm able to drive my son to school and cook him simple meals. Who else is supposed to do it? Most of my family are dead, including both of my parents who were murdered. I've got enough stress and trauma not to have to be put through this social security circus. I've paid thousands of dollars to FICA, but oh, well. It's time for this dementia-stricken, biased, 100 year old man to hang up the robe and go relax in his luxurious house paid for by tax money, While I'm camping out in my aunt's spare bedroom because I can't afford a place of my own after losing my house and belongings due to not being able to work. Just who are these 17% approvals? My guess is if you aren't rolled into the hearing in a coffin, you aren't gonna win with this one.

Judge: Christopher R Daniels
6/16/2015 12:13:41 PM

Judge Daniels is very professional and courteous, though somewhat reserved. He is extremely knowledgeable of the Social Security rules and procedures. He is always familiar with the claimant's file prior to the hearing. He prefers to ask most of the questions at the hearing but will allow representatives the opportunity to make opening and closing remarks and question witnesses. He is always polite to both claimants and representatives. Excellent ALJ!

wanda james
Judge: Christopher R Daniels
6/15/2015 10:50:27 AM

Thank you for going through all my sons records and being fair you are very good at your job.

Pat McCusker
5/24/2015 9:51:13 AM

This is the most fair ALJ I have ever encountered.

John Payne Jr.
Judge: Jim Fraiser
4/21/2015 7:32:34 AM

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU JUDGE FRAISER, My file has been hanging in the balance since 2012, was sent to Jackson Ms.from Ga.. Between Belinda Hemphill, Judge Fraiser and Sonya Frisby I had an appt. schld within 2 weeks for a hearing. I have to use the library computor due to being homeless and a friends phone. I have prayed a Judge would see my file and approve based upon the facts, but at least I got an appt date because Judge Fraiser saw it as dire..Thank you Sir and those ladies who help make this possible...God Bless you all and Jackson Ms ODAR for doing their job above the national avg. Thank you so much

Judge: Kelley Fitzgerald
3/30/2015 5:04:35 PM

This judge will smile to your face and you the back as soon she denies you. she has the highest rejection rate out of all the judges and is 10% over the national average HOW CAN THIS BE. In my rejection letter she attacked my character instead of taking the word of an accredited Univesity doctor.

Judge: Tommye C Mangus
3/26/2015 3:54:32 PM

She does not check the facts, she tryed to say i was working a business my wife owns when our tax papers sayes different

Judge: Ronald M Kayser
2/4/2015 5:30:21 PM

I have had the worst 4 years of my life with ongoing medical and mental problems,,i even have a friend typing this for me since i get all confused sometimes,,,i have lost everything i have from not being able to work and cry myself to sleep often when i think of what else i could loose..this judge has denied me SSI and made it sound like i was able to work a 8 hour shift with no problem,,,i have not worked now for 24 months and there is no way ill be able to,,,i have fibromyalgia, a slipped disc c-4 c-5,,l-4 l-5,,i have both rotator cuff tears,bursitis ,tendinitis,COPD,and yet when he sent me to one of their doctors in lexington they reported there was nothing wrong with my shoulders but yet 3 weeks later i was having surgery on my right one and told i needed the left one done as soon as posible,,i just found out last week i have full blown carpal-tunnel in both hands and nerve damage in my left arm..the doctor who did this rest said i needed to have my legs done as well for she thinks there could be a problem there as well. I hate to think i would have to draw a check for the rest of my life and not be able to live the life that i so much enjoyed,,,but to have him dismis me as though i was a liar goes toooo far...i wish this man could walk just one day in my shoes,,then he would see he was not at fair,,

Sharon Smith
Judge: Kenneth Wilson
2/1/2015 9:27:35 AM

5 star good judge

Judge: Kelley Fitzgerald
1/19/2015 7:22:40 PM

There has got to be a way to get rid of her. She is one of the rudest, corrupt judges I have ever met. She must get kickbacks for every case she denies. I'd love to see her have to go through the process.

Judge: Greg Holsclaw
1/3/2015 8:04:11 PM

Very fair judge..really knew the facts of my case and was not intimidating. Hearing was somewhat brief, and he was to the point on his questioning. Have nothing but good things to say about this judge!

Judge: Rebecca B Sartor
11/13/2014 10:59:01 AM

I saw others comments that she is unfair I agree

Judge: Karen R Jackson
11/3/2014 11:10:41 PM

When I first pulled this judge for my hearing I was not very hopeful given her approval statistics and the posted comments. That's why I wanted to come back and post my experience with this judge. I found her to be business like but approachable. I personally could not tell which way things were going to go from the hearing one way or the other. However, my lawyer was very confident. The findings letter was spot on what was said in the hearing and what was in my medical records. I found no inconsistency at all. I ended up with a fully favorable decision. I hope that gives a little hope to others that draw this judge.

Judge: Robert B Bowling
10/29/2014 3:35:01 PM

this judge should only have - stars to evaluate his judicial worthiness, You sir are completely heartless and uncaring. I watch my dear friend suffer agonizing, unrelenting and unimaginable pain on a daily basis as she was unfortunate enough to develop reflex sympathetic dystrophy along with other disabling ailments, yet you in your infinite wisdom and understanding of social security law and rules state that although her impairments are severe and affect her ability to perform work related activity you can still find reason not to award her deserving and much needed benefits. How can that be?????

Judge: Frederick McGrath
10/8/2014 3:52:25 PM

Judge Frederick McGrath approved my case on yesterday. I believe he's a very witty, smart & compassionate guy....charming & interesting...I may add... My hearing was brief & to the point...The past 21 months of my life has been the most challenging time in my life...happy to know it will get better soon...very thankful I was approved.

Steve army oif 09-10
Judge: William M Zellman
9/30/2014 7:11:20 PM

The first Judge I saw over a year ago had a approved rating of over 20%. This judge Well.... 34. Denial at 46% and dismissal at 20%. Meaning- GOOD LUCK PAL. I will say this judge seems knowledgeable. However, I provided several pages of documents from the VA over 1400 pages- and I am RATED 100 % DISABLED BY THE VA VA disabled. YET- SOCIAL SECURITY finds I can work. And this judge seems to find the same thing. So heres my options. I can appeal. Well---- Guess what, this veteran is going to appeal. I have provided stacks and stacks of documents. I read what your feedback said- you discredited my doctors. REALLY? People that talked me out of suicide. You never once asked me what I do in a day. I saw something in my review about cooking cookies. I haven't cooked anything in over 9 months. I almost burned the house down on more than one occasion. And I don't feed my dogs. You never asked me what I do. I sit and stare at the floor. People that reviewed my file said I grocery shop- I have not done this in close to a year. I do not leave the home only once a week to go to a apnt with the doctor. You said you had no evidence to support the claim of migraines. Well- request it? I can provide it. Your people discredited doctors at the va and the vet center. People that have degrees and are professionals and only treat vets with ptsd, anxiety disorder, and tbi- when I saw these people I was never told "Oh by the way the social security administration does not recognize us as creditable doctors?" WELL WHO DO YOU ? I AM RATED 100% disabled through the VA disabled for gods sake. What more do you need? I was told I can appeal my decision. Or file a new one. Well guess what- I am appealing. Its going to the feds to decide. I believe you were wrong. What is sad, is now..... I have to wait another year to hear something. Shame on you. And shame on that last judge. I had a lawyer. I had stacks upon stacks. Proof. Yet you said I could carry on a conversation. We met for what? A hour. Come to my home. Sit with me for the afternoon. Spend the day with me. Spend the night with me. Talk to my former employer.Talk to former friends. I have none now. But talk to former friends. Talk to my wife. Talk to my kids. Get answers. You would see- You made the wrong decisions. I hope you sleep well tonight. Karma is well- you know what

Judge: Charles J Arnold
9/15/2014 3:46:19 PM

Guess he needs glasses or his competency level isnt there gives very little weight to dds drs but says my medical records indicate my limitations are more severe than dds drs say, then just finds me unfavorable. You need to retire rather than collecting pay from disability insurance just to deny people! I rate your approval rating a total thumbs down.

Judge: Ronald M Kayser
9/14/2014 6:01:09 PM

How on earth is this joker an ALJ? Obviously anti-claimant to the extreme, something needs to be done to remove him from his position. Bad human being.

Judge: Don C Paris
9/12/2014 2:13:45 PM

Would love to see a post from someone who: 1) Had a client offered an amended onset; and 2) Client didn't agree; and 3) Judge denied. A simple "that happened to me" would suffice.

Judge: Ronald M Kayser
9/10/2014 8:46:12 PM

Another denier judge. His agenda is obvious: send them all to the McDonalds job fair and if they don't get hired, they're lazy.

Social Security Disability Attorney
Judge: Frederick McGrath
8/27/2014 3:10:35 PM

As an attorney, I practice before several Social Security hearings offices and numerous judges throughout the Southeast. My experience with Judge McGrath has been consistently positive, and I have found him to be fair-minded and efficient in his handling of cases where I have appeared before him. While he takes a streamlined, no-nonsense approach to hearings, he appears to do this out of a sense of duty to move his cases efficiently and to minimize delay in resolving claims where claimants have already been required to wait months (or even years) without income leading up to finally getting their day in court.

Judge: Karen R Jackson
7/3/2014 11:58:11 AM

WEll I received my letter today and as with the other poster on here this Judge changed the facts of my case and turned them around where I could not get my benafits so if you get this Judge be prepaired for there to be nothing but lies told in your report I do feel sorry for some one who will change the facts around just to make herself look good the government .

Judge: Kelley Fitzgerald
6/18/2014 10:03:54 AM

Does it usually take 6 months or better to get the judges answer to wether the person is approved or not? I was told 4 to 6 weeks for an answer. I'm just curious as I don't know how these things go. This is all new to me.

Judge: Karen R Jackson
6/11/2014 12:11:16 PM

I had a hearing with this Judge on May 28th 2014 the person from SSI told her that I could not do anything and %100 on my side but I will have to wait 6 to 8 weeks to find out what the Judge has to say about it ? I hate waiting games !!

Judge: Frederick McGrath
6/4/2014 11:54:48 PM

This Judge knows his job. He gets straight to point and does not waste anytime or taxpayers money. He is well prepared. He has an idea of what his decision will be before the hearing. He shows concern about the claimant and takes everything into consideration. He does his job well without hesitation. He can see right through a person if they are full of BS. Great service for the people!

Judge: Michelle Thompson
5/28/2014 8:27:26 PM

I would like to just say she is a fair and just judge she truly listen and provide fair decisions based on the evidence if more judges were this unbiased and did everything on a case by case basis and not under any preconceived stereotype this world would be a better place

Andrew Atkinson
Judge: Kenneth Wilson
5/22/2014 1:40:18 PM

Judge treated my wife with the upmost respect. Friendly & fair.

Judge: Michelle Thompson
5/19/2014 8:08:53 PM

She took the time to listen to me and was very caring.

Judge: George A Jacobs
4/22/2014 12:10:20 PM

Judge Jacobs had the wrong medical records discredited me and made me out to be a liar.I have ben thinking for 6 yrs they had the write medical records.I thought I was going crazy.I paid taxes until I was run off the road in June 2055 have not recieved a dime in benefits and my wife has breast cancer they told me it would be another.14 months until my second ALJ hearing.I need helpn.

Judge: Don C Paris
4/19/2014 2:23:56 PM

He is an extremely knowledgeable judge. He knew the medical issues in my case and they were very complicated. I have to stay in bed 75% and the dds in NC did not consider my fatigue and other symptoms. I hope I can now afford the new treatment for Hep. C.

Judge: Rebecca B Sartor
4/15/2014 2:02:17 PM

Do not like judge sartor. She just looks at the social security dr findings too much. She had me nervous and upset for the get go. I believe she already had her mind made up when I went to the hearing. A lot of things can come up from the time u see their dr and the hearing. In my denial letter is looks like I am completely lying abt all of my problems. I am not making up migraines bc it is no fun getting botex shots all over my head.

Judge: Roger L Reynolds
4/12/2014 2:05:27 PM

I had a non disability case before judge Reynolds. The law involved was complicated outside his comfort zone. Nevertheless he tried. Very unprepared and unprofessional in his questioning, he only looks for clues to deny claims and ignores evidence that supports the claim and he cherry picks. His research of claim related information is incomplete and misleading. Makes things up in his decision that the claimant never said. This is a judge to avoid if you can, a disgrace for the judge profession community.

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

Three long years of fighting thank you sir for your decision.no complaint here he was excellent

3/10/2014 7:02:54 PM

Had my hearing with her on March 4th. Treated me with respect being a combat vetetan. Hearing lasted 45 minutes and she asked the VE two hypotheticals and told me I would get a written decision in the mail. Keeping fingers crossed.

Judge: William M Zellman
2/24/2014 2:43:48 PM

After an application process that lasted years, I had just about lost any hope of getting SSDI. I was very very nervous about the hearing, especially after reading the reviews about Judge Zellman on this site, but he was understanding and fair. My lawyer was a great help and support to me as well. I made it through the hearing and anxiously awaited the judge's decision, which came a few weeks later. I was very grateful and relieved to have been awarded SSDI benefits. I wanted to write about my experience to give people hope who are still struggling. Don't give up!

Judge: Karen R Jackson
1/13/2014 9:16:52 PM

she seemed to be concerned and really wanting to help , then when I received my decision , wow... is all I can say... unless the person who writes the decision up had a mix up , everything wrote down that I said was totally opposite from what I said in the hearing and this made me look like I was lying... and all is recorded on tape... I just don't understand but I will not give up and I will continue to pray for her for the job that she does...

Judge: Kenneth Wilson
1/10/2014 11:31:49 PM

Fair, Objective, and Thorough.

Judge: George A Jacobs
9/7/2013 2:19:49 PM

His "findings" regarding my case were absurd. He seemed to be looking at someone else's case completely when coming to his unfavorable decision. The impartial vocational expert even agreed that I should be on disability but he ignored her completely. I was informed by his assistant before even going into the courtroom that I was required to say "yes, sir" or "no, sir" when answering questions and that I was to keep my answers to his questions short. He didn't seem to be paying attention to my case at all and had his decision as soon as I walked into the room. I felt bullied and unheard.

Judge: Karen R Jackson
8/31/2013 12:45:34 PM

Does anyone have any info this judge? Have you had a case with her? What did you think? I scheduled soon and anxiously awaiting my hearing.

Judge: Kenneth Wilson
8/28/2013 9:17:30 AM

was great

Major Pain
8/13/2013 10:40:32 AM

Judge Robert Spurlin seemed to be in a great mood today. I went to court very well prepared. Their medical doctor and the Vocational expert already submitted a report that I was truly disabled. went in at 8:27a.m. my appointment was set for 8:30a.m. I was in there for maybe 10 minutes if that long and got my approval. He only asked me about 3 simple questions as he had already had his decision before I got there. so, I can't complain at all. Thank God.

Judge: Roger L Reynolds
7/3/2013 9:16:49 PM

Signed up since 8/26/2010. Both my rotator cups, both shoulders, neck and lower back.. GREAT PAINS. After a year and a month of wait from Rodger's denial, Appeals Council Action states, '' We considered whether the Administrative Law Judge's, Roger Reynolds, action, findings, or conclusion is contrary to the weight of evidence of record.'' '' Given the already very restricted residual functional capacity finding by the Administrative Law Judge, we found that this information does not provide a basis for changing the Administrative Law Judge's decision.'' Once lawyers that knows him finds out it's Roger Reynolds they will say that he approves no one and recommends to auto drop it and file a new claim but social security will not let you until this one is settled. That's why I had no lawyer on court day. That's bad when can't get a lawyer to represent one just cause they know he DENIES everyone.

Judge: Greg Holsclaw
5/8/2013 1:04:55 PM

I had my hearing two days ago, and the VE said there are no hypothetical jobs for the hypotheticals that were presented. I initially felt good about the hearing. Now I am back to discouraged. Anyone know how often he sides with the VE?

pam lock
Judge: George A Jacobs
4/25/2013 9:47:53 AM

he was not fair to me i cant work at all how can he sleep at nite knowing i am hungary and homeless i will eat the ttrash now his trash

Judge: Frederick McGrath
4/16/2013 2:06:29 PM

my first claim was DENIED by this alj, even though he stated in his decision that i did in fact have two severe impairments.. of course the AC kept his ruling intact and my atty filed in federal court. well here it is 6 1/2 yrs from initial filing and 3 yrs after it was denied at appeals council and taken to fdc, my claim was remanded due to ERROR by the alj for NOT giving my treating doctors RFC any weight and going by what the ssa med examiner (which i never saw to begin with)said at some point before my initial denial (which only took a few months to get)..my hearing was NOT that quick, and also we waited for at least 15-20 minutes before hearing started as the VE was LATE. mind you judge started without the VE, and he finally arrived about 10 minutes before my hearing was over..he heard me answer the last 2 question is all. yet the judge took his opinion that there were thousands of jobs in the national economy within our region that i could do?? i am like the rest of you, i believe he has his mind made up before you go in the door...well, he messed up on this one and now i get a new hearing and hopefully with another judge

Judge: Kendra S Kleber
4/14/2013 6:41:45 PM

Judge: William M Zellman
4/10/2013 7:25:04 AM

Appears all ALJ's are afflicted with "mental conduction".

charles w perrin jr
Judge: Roger L Reynolds
4/9/2013 6:56:47 PM

very unfair judge was thrown from a car in 09 have problems focusing remembering feel unconnected and depressed high axiety.all from a head injury that still shows the side in my head has a big dent.i also have degenerated disk disease hard to stand and walk.and denied me because I use marijuana to forget about the pain and craziness in my head.all these old farts need to be put out of office.they need new blood people who understand the use and benefits of marijuana. oh well try again what don't kill us makes us stronger.

Judge: William M Zellman
4/7/2013 3:59:37 AM

he turned me down even with mental conduction

Judge: Bonnie Kittinger
4/1/2013 10:26:15 AM

Which I had any other judge but her something is wrong if she only approves 20 percent of her cases.

Judge: Todd Spangler
3/28/2013 2:42:34 PM

Based on our experience ALJ does have a tendency to come to the hearing without a strong handle on the facts of the case and rep may need to get him back on track. He will do most of the questioning and won't usually ask for opening or closing.

Judge: Willie L Rose
3/28/2013 2:38:57 PM

I've had one hearing with this ALJ. I found it very hard to understand him when he speaks. He did not seem familiar with the medical evidence in the file. He does not usually ask for opening or closing statements. Questions claimant first and then let's rep follow up. From the comments by others it sounds like he has a tendency to be less than cordial with claimants.

Judge: Frederick McGrath
3/28/2013 2:26:12 PM

Our office has had numerous hearings with Judge McGrath. He has a reputation for scheduling several hearings at the same time and taking them on a first come/first served basis; will start early if you get there early; does NOT like submission of medical records on the day of the hearing. Generally does not ask for opening; lets rep do most of questioning and just cuts in when he has a question. I think he often has a good idea of how he feels about a case and uses the hearing to see if it changes his mind. His award rate is not out of line, so he's not denying everything that comes through the room. (Claimants need to understand it isn't the number of pages of records you have, but how well the opinions are supported by clinical evidence, diagnositic testing and your own credibility).

Judge: Jim Fraiser
3/28/2013 2:05:14 PM

Based on our experience this ALJ used to be very friendly, easy going and had a much higher award rate. In the last couple of years he's become much tougher and has a very conservative award rate. He tends to like to work fast, asks rapid fire, pointed questions to claimant. Usually asks one hypo based on DDS and one assuming inability to do full time work. Does not usually ask for opening or closing and does most of questioning himself.

Judge: Frederick McGrath
3/11/2013 7:35:08 AM

Yes he has mind made up before the hearing. He schedules way too many hearings on one given day and they are conducted to quick. Rarely uses a VE. The Jacksonville ODAR is filled with fairly negative ALJs.

Judge: Frederick McGrath
3/7/2013 7:45:47 PM

Judge Frederick McGrath claimed he could not read the RFC filled out by my doctor because "the doctor's handwriting was not completely legible and his signature was indistinguishable." There were approximately 30 cases he ruled on before he saw me the day of my hearing and it seemed like he had already made up his mind on each case before the people even entered the courtroom. He wrote about my mental health in his official ruling even though my claim was entirely a physical case with all of my mental health issues (depression because I am unable to work) being a direct result of my physical disability.

Judge: Frederick McGrath
3/7/2013 6:57:22 PM

I was denied even though I have more than 4,000 pages of medical records, dozens of doctors supporting my claim and submitting written statements, and the court-appointed vocational expert testified that there was not a job I was suitable to do. Mcgrath ruled against this suggestion and said I could do a job that did not require standing, sitting, working with my hands, concentration, memory, interaction with people, and would allow me to lie down for extended periods of time each hour. I also require a caretaker (who is writing this message as I am unable to do so) on a fulltime basis to feed, cloth, bathe, drive, make appointments and manage my dr. schedule, clean, cook, and take care of basically all of my needs/activities of daily living. He made the decision in less than 5 minutes and asked me less than 10 quick questions. His decision was overturned on appeal and has been sent back to be heard in court for a second time. I first applied for disability in 1999 and have spent the last 6 years appealing his ruling. I am going back to court in the next 6 months or so and will let you know who I get and the judgement.

Claimant Representative
Judge: William M Zellman
2/25/2013 8:17:00 AM

Thoughtful, considerate, compassionate, understanding. Stopped the hearing in the middle and awarded benefits on the spot. Being well prepared obviously bore fruit.

Judge: Rebecca B Sartor
2/21/2013 10:04:47 PM


Judge: Rebecca B Sartor
2/21/2013 9:55:48 PM


Judge: William M Zellman
2/20/2013 1:39:59 PM

i agree. its so frustrating im a leg amputee, psoriatic arthritis, ptsd, i could go on and on. my denial stated there was no way i could do any past work i had done, but they had ONE job listed i could do i looked up the job code and it was a small parts seperator at a desk. any little thing to turn you down

2/20/2013 8:14:17 AM

This judge is cold-hearted and has no empathy for mental illness claimants. He not only called three psychiatrist and a social security psychologist, two primary doctors liars but me as well. His problem is since he can't see the illness physically then you can work. I believe he wants me to go out in the workplace and have one of my mental breakdowns whereby I hurt someone or vice-versa for him to see that a person that suffers with bipolar I & II are very moody people who can't always control themselves. I also suffer with manic depression, PSTD, social anxiety, anxiety, claustophic, panic attacks, OCD, high blood pressure, asthma, bronchitis, heart disease,etc. I am a 50 year old black female who has worked 30 years of her life always giving and caring for others. I have attempted suicide twice because I am my wits end. It took almost 4 years for this unfair system to tell me no I don't qualify for sdi in which I paid into the system. I guess, I will have to prove to this ### and the rest of them that I refuse to let others come here and live off of me when they never worked a day in this country.

Judge: Sheila Lowther
2/19/2013 9:15:22 PM

I got denied by this ALJ and she was very nice and listened very carefully. I have Fibromyalgia along with other things. In my denial letter she actually accused me of lying. I don't know what I lied about I was very nervous and I can't help that I am that way. I just told the truth and it really upsets me to be called a lair. I have never lied about my condition, no one but myself know how I feel unless they have walked in my shoes. Not even the doctors. I know they see all walks of life with everyone they see on a daily basis. And yes I would say at least 75% do lie. If I have to lie to get something, then I will do without but I have worked most of my adult life, paid in to ss and they tell me I am not disabled? I will not stoop to the level that some do.

Judge: William M Zellman
2/19/2013 9:58:18 AM

It's very frustrating. I wasn't making a whole lot when I had to stop working. I didn't need to though, as my wife made more then enough to support the family. I truly loved my last job, and the people I worked with. If I could still work, i'd be back there in a second. I told Judge Zellman that, and he stopped me, and said basically, that I was lying. I have yet to actually get the final decision from him, but my rep and I both know it's denied. I just wish he's hurry up and send it, so it'll officially be done, and I can start over. Maybe with a real lawyer this time.

Judge: William M Zellman
2/18/2013 9:48:28 AM

guys i feel your frustration, the last 3 years i worked i made a little over 50,000 each year. ive been trying since jan 2011 to get my disability and i just dont understand why any judge with a ounce of common sense would think i wanted to give up the lifestyle i had for 1,000 a month. ive been in front of a judge once and was denied now im on my second try yet i see people with hardly anything wrong with them who gets approved. again i dont get it

Judge: William M Zellman
2/18/2013 9:24:48 AM

Agreed. He plowed me into the ground. Had his mind made up before I even had my hearing. I never had a chance, even with a lawyer.

Judge: Katherine D Wisz
2/11/2013 2:43:05 PM


Judge: Gloria W Green
1/26/2013 5:23:47 PM

Judge green give those who have disbilty an cannt work their benifit they deserve

Bridgette Johnson
Judge: George A Jacobs
1/14/2013 6:17:20 PM

I just want to say Thank You Judge Jacobs. The process is very lengthy and I continue to go down hill, mentally as well as physically but I have never been a quitter. There was so much in my files a lot I did not agree with but choose to accept because you did partially rule in my favor and I don't blame you for not granting a full judgement because I believe if I had been smarter and more educated I back in 2009 I would have not stopped until I found a doctor who was dedicated to finding out why I was so I'll. I am just truly blessed that now I can move forward and with my benefits I can try to find some sort of assisted living...You truly are a fair judge..

Judge: Todd Spangler
1/8/2013 9:53:08 AM

Watch how evidence is characterized in your case he does not seem to read file prior to hearing so you will need to educate about the case AT hearing. He is friendly but that is fatal to your case if you underestimate what he knows about the file. When going to VE in GRID cases watch as he does not have sedentary evaluated he will just address medium and light work even though there are NO transferrable skills.

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.

Raleigh Rep
Judge: Katherine D Wisz
1/4/2013 12:44:34 PM

As a rep, my first encounter with her was horrible! I just knew she was like that all the time. But I've seen her many times since then, she's awesome actually. Pleasant, professional and she listens, she does not rudely cut people off, and lot of female judges are rough (look at percentages overall on this site), especially to female reps, she is not like that. She is intelligent as the review above said, she has a toughness too that I respect but I see compassion in her. She is fair and I do not think she denies claims lightly as some other judges in this office.

Judge: Bonnie Kittinger
12/28/2012 5:40:52 PM

Yes, she is a terrible ALJ.

Judge: George A Jacobs
12/28/2012 1:12:37 PM

i really think he is not a fair judge he does not listen to your case he all ready has he mind made up before you ever leave the cour room

James Martin
Judge: Bonnie Kittinger
12/28/2012 8:42:51 AM

You denied a HOMELESS man, who has been fighting SSA (SSD/SSI) since 2003 and you should have READ his information as stated by the Veterans Administration Hospital for his conditions Medical and Mental. As classified by this site, you have approved 13% of your cases, I guess you feel that in order to get SSI a person must be close to DEATH, well.... I hope someone will help me.....

Judge: Bonnie Kittinger
12/11/2012 1:58:48 PM


Judge: Bonnie Kittinger
12/5/2012 8:43:34 AM

New ALJ?

Ashley johnson
11/29/2012 2:03:32 PM

Very nice and easily understands children's cases!!!

Judge: Willie L Rose
11/20/2012 1:46:22 PM

Im wondering what can be done about this man disrespectfulness in the court room it ridiculous how he behaves hollering I assume thats his way of intimidating sad who can talk to in reference to his conduct.

Judge: Gloria W Green
11/20/2012 9:38:13 AM

Any one thinking to go before judge Green just to get signed up ,because tired of working or whatever is in for a very rude awakening.Do not expect to have it easy even with hard evidence.She makes sure that you are really at the end of your working life.She also leaves no stone unturned.She is an asset to ssa.The people that are in dire need and have all the evidence to prove you will be given a fair chance.I would not wish this experience on any one and I had years of documentation.They have gotten to a point where so many people that are trying to work the system,that it is hard for the people that actually want to still work but are not able are having to really prove your case.

10/28/2012 11:00:14 AM

I went to court with this judge on Oct 23, 2012 I had Bypass Surgery in May, 2012 a heart attack in July of 2010...This judge seems to be polite he asked me questions in which i answered I mentioned that i had my bypass surgery which he had over looked my attorney told him which exhibit page it was on in which he seemed satisified also stated that I had gotten worse since the last time I saw him which was last year (remanded back)after I start to read off my meds he stops me and says that he needs to have a M.E. and wanted to reschedule my hearing OR I could have a inaroggatory intern answers somes questions and I may not have to come back for another hearing. He also wants to change my onset date...Dont know if that means I might be approved and also to give him a few weeks he didnt say that my case was closed but, my attorney says to give him 30 days...I hope this will all be over soon...Ive had this judge twice the only issue the last time isthat all my medical records were not in even though he gave TEN days to have them in so I was DENIED at that point. Now Im so hoping that this nightmare is almost over...

Judge: Don C Paris
10/10/2012 6:57:10 AM

This chief ALJ is tough. If you have hearing, you are probably going to lose claim. Reps & attorneys seem to agree about that. Seems to make up his mind during pre-hearing screening & you probably can't change his mind. Uses extremely leading & loaded questions (result oriented) to claimants. Interrupts claimant rep's if they attempt to do same. Can be rude and overbearing to rep's & attorneys. However, friendly and direct with claimants. Apparently signs lots of on the record prehearing decisions, so award rate with hearings is lower. Per some local attorneys, he may offer amended onset dates pre-hearing and then deny claim completely if offered amendment not accepted by claimants.

Judge: Greg Holsclaw
10/10/2012 6:44:33 AM

Sort of new in Lexington ODAR. Seems fair, efficient, friendly but business like in hearings. Can be tough in decisions, so close case outcome very uncertain.

Judge: Roger L Reynolds
10/10/2012 6:39:09 AM

Can be extremely tough judge. Award rate probably lower than indicated because he occasionally issues closed period & amended onset date favorables. Real award rate probably closer to 20-25% and has no problem denying mentally ill claims with drug or alcohol history, and no problem denying middle aged claimants with failed lumbar fusions.

Judge: Ronald M Kayser
9/17/2012 7:12:11 PM

This judge is completely unfair. I feel for anyone who has to deal with him because you basically have no chance. You will not be given a fair trial and do not be surprised if you are accused of being a deadbeat because you have medical problems. Do not be relieved if you happen to get an honest report from one of his scheduled consultations because if he does not like what is said in your report, he will find someone, paid by them, to say there is nothing wrong. People should be aware of this judge. Anyone who has a 24% approval rate should be looked into. There are not that many people in the state who will fight that hard and go through all of this crap to get a measley 6-700 dollars a month unless they desperately need it.

Judge: Jim Fraiser
9/7/2012 11:21:55 AM

I found Judge Frasier to be quite understanding and personable. He did change the onset date, however he had a sound basis for so doing. I say, "Keep up the good work."

Judge: Frederick McGrath
9/7/2012 10:25:39 AM

What a hoot! Seems to have his mind made up by the time we sit down. Holds 6 minute hearings. Gives great weight to RFCs. Somewhat of a "Nero" approach, either thumbs up or thumbs down, without excessive narrative. Does not like substance use or middle aged women with mental health issues.

Judge: Gloria W Green
9/2/2012 11:47:41 PM

I think this is a fair judge.She could have heard my case all the way thru, but she stopped me and suggested that I seek council.As she cases like mine are very complicated and hard to win without council.

8/26/2012 4:40:14 PM

Judge Spurlin is also known to harass and ridicule disabled people. He's a worthless piece of garbage.

Judge: Willie L Rose
8/26/2012 3:52:01 PM


Judge: Jim Fraiser
8/26/2012 12:31:10 PM

Guys I understand your frustration. Been denied, however not by judge fraiser but my point is I know people that have very limited things wrong with them and yet they get approved no problem. Also I think these judges shouldnt be able to make such decisions based on medical evidence when they have no clue what some of it means. they are not doctors and have never worked in the medical field. So how can they determine whats severe or not? Or as my denial stated you have 3 severe impairments but not severe enough. Oh the world we live in

Judge: Jim Fraiser
8/25/2012 1:42:38 PM

I think Jim Frasier needs to step down!!!! He thinks he is above the law. He is very judge mental!!! He is an awful Judge!!

Judge: Michelle Thompson
8/23/2012 5:03:21 PM

I dont think she took in to consideration what I have to go through everyday dealing with children that have ADHD and ODD have twins one approved other one keep being denied I wish she could walk in my shoes and see how it feels to get calls from school because your child cant stay in her seat or that the child is being suspended for fighting hope she one day look at the whole picture and not just her question she asked us

Judge: Michelle Thompson
8/23/2012 4:57:14 PM

I don't understand her decision I have twins one approved other denied several times never went to court one other twin but the oldest getting denied they both have the same medical history and they take med everyday which is five to be exact and hopefully when I appeal I will have some type of representation because why do one get approved and the other one keeps getting denied keep in mind they are only three mintues apart bug the oldest twin keep getting denied ever chance I apply

Judge: Charles J Arnold
8/17/2012 8:39:18 AM

i agree by the way he acted during my hearing i thought i would surely get approved then couple weeks later denied...should i even appeal or just start over

Judge: Katherine D Wisz
8/17/2012 6:36:12 AM

Judge Wisz is a very intelligent and professional judge. She is always well prepared and is courteous to the claimants and representatives. She is one of the best judges in the agency.

Judge: Charles J Arnold
8/16/2012 1:56:30 PM

he will make u feel right at home and you will leave thinking you did well. then a letter saying your denied. better be ready if you get this guy

8/14/2012 11:32:03 PM

I just found out this guy is a judge. Completely and totally unqualified to be one, in fact not even qualified to be dog catcher. His main attribute is ONE thing. Connections. That's how he got the job, and that's how he'll keep it. In fact, it scares the heck out of me that he has this kind of power over people's lives. No moral compass, and no values. Good luck Florida. We were VERY glad when he left his state job and moved away. Kentucky just...smells better now.

Judge: Willie L Rose
8/13/2012 3:26:46 PM

The judge does not do a indepth study of the evidence of record. The judge discounts the findings of the claimant's allegations although they are supported by the evidence of record.

8/6/2012 10:42:58 AM

The issue being discussed is whether Judge Spurlin does HIS homework. Just because a judge is approving some cases--that happen to be yours--it's both self-serving and idiotic to assume all criticism is invalid. If you have nothing more than childish comments to add, take a walk.

Seriously Help
Judge: Sheila Lowther
8/4/2012 10:53:58 AM

I am not sure if this was the judge that I got to see. Even though I have not received a decision as of yet I must say that the judge was nice. She smiled & let me know straight up that hey who needs to be here is not here so I will have to do something else. If this can be paid out, I will. Bottom line to that. So now I sit here in pain waiting. I have been diagnosed with cancer which has spread to my lungs, chronic muscle spasms, bone pain & type 2 diabetes (uncontrolled). Most days with medication I am a zombie or sleep. Without the medication I am in pain. My doctor wants to increase my Percocet to 2 at one time in hopes that would relieve the pain. Now tell me, how will I go to work sleep? Come on now

Judge: Charles J Arnold
8/1/2012 2:39:26 PM

Very nice man seemed to listen not sure how my case will go but as a person he was very nice.

8/1/2012 10:13:47 AM

although judge edison wasnt my judge I understand your frustration my hearing was june 20th and I havent recieved a decision letter in the mail yet. My conditions is left leg ampuation, psoriatic arthritis, and post tramatic stress syndrome. now if that doesnt qualify as disabled after i worked many years in the workforce then what would? I often think the same thing you guys do. what does it take to get approved roll in there on a hospital bed or a wheelchair. however my judge was extremely nice and seemed interested in my case but the low approval rates they have speak for themselves

7/30/2012 4:53:14 PM

This ALJ barely even looked at me during my hearing (June 2012) and never reviewed any medical findings after July 2011, which confirm my diagnosis. Also he basically said I was a liar and therefore denied me any disability benifits at all. I am on 19 prescribed medications, I can barely function while taken them, they have impaired my thinking skills. I also have hyper somnia, means I sleep for hours at any given time of day, but somehow that evidence was not in his report. If I was pushed in to the hearing in a wheel chair with drool hanging from my mouth, maybe he would believe me. But since I am an upbeat person ( to hide all the crap on the inside)he sees me as functional. I have good days and I have bad days , some days I have no pain and other days all I have is pain. I'm a mixed bag-who in their right mind would hire a person like myself? I can't sit or stand for too long, i can only do minimal light non-thinkinh kind of work, I will fall asleep on the job, I will forget the task I've been given and wander the office. I would get fired within a week, that or get that special baseball helmet for my head. this man infuriates me

7/19/2012 3:20:19 PM

You guys are too rough on him. He is just a Judge that wants only the truly disabled to collect benefits. Once you get to know him he is not a bad guy and in fact he does pay my clients. Ease up people just do your home work and he will eventually pay your cases.

Carla T
Judge: Traci M Hixson
7/9/2012 6:20:04 AM

Judge Hixson is very good. She is competent and thorough. I fell heard in her courtroom. She listened carefully and was familiar with my medical history at the time of the hearing.

7/6/2012 1:01:11 PM

Brusque, unprepared, and elderly. During hearings, it appears that he looks for reasons to raise his voice. In one instance, he loudly alleged that there was no medical evidence to support a RFC from a particular treating source, only to be corrected that there were indeed more than 63 pages of evidence from this provider that he apparently failed to examine or even notice. In his denials, his idea of dealing with Social Security Ruling 96-7p is to simply insert in italics all of the claimant's testimony on one page. He then generally dismisses all of it as unpersuasive, without actually discussing what specific aspects he found objectionable.

Judge: Todd Spangler
7/4/2012 10:00:07 PM

Appraetnly this is what the esteemed Willis was talkin' 'bout.

Deborah Sue Dubois
Judge: Sheila Lowther
7/3/2012 2:46:34 PM

why is it that when someone that has worked their whole life,i'm in Chronic Heart Failure and can't get any help.i signed up on SSI,been denied twice.i repealed it,now i have to go before a judge.i also have a Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm,and will need surgey in a few months.i saw my heart doctor today.he said i'll see you again in 6 months.i looked up and said if i'm still alive.my body is so weak.he said my heart is in real bad shape,it's barley pumping now.why can't i get any help.all i get is 200 foodstamps.i can't pay my doctor bills.i need help now.i have medicine i need too for my heart.is there any help out there for me.i don't have much longer to live i already know this.like my doctor said today,if i was a drunk or druggie,i would have had help already.can you try and help me?why do i have to go before a judge? to get help.

Judge: Charles J Arnold
6/29/2012 8:18:06 AM

very nice judge, never once said a negative word to me. now its just a waiting game for the decision. I have plenty medical records to prove my case but i really believe that in alot of these cases people are in fact disabled but the judge just doesnt wanna hear it. which is wrong in so many ways.i mean when you look at some of these judges approval rates in the low 20% range you pretty much know your chance of getting it is over.

Tim Welles
Judge: Traci M Hixson
6/28/2012 11:41:29 AM

Judge Hixson is a very incompetent judge.

6/23/2012 11:38:18 AM

This judge violated several procedures reviewing disability cases.

Debbie Harris
Judge: Jim Fraiser
6/19/2012 8:32:19 AM

bad judge

Judge: Todd Spangler
6/12/2012 1:47:18 PM

I had my ssa hearing at 9:00 this morning , june 12th. Judge TODD SPANGLER Preceded over my case and was on time and very professional the whole time. He touched base on every issue i had. He was very blunt and to the point but would also explain why! The Vocational expert and court recorder was also nice and professional! I admit to being real nervous when i first went in the room but Judge SPANGLER was pleasant talking and calm which made me feel the same way after the hearing started. So my experience with Judge TODD SPANGLER was a very good one! GOOD LUCK ! I HOPE YOU GET JUDGE SPANGLER ALSO !

Judge: Michelle Thompson
6/7/2012 4:49:36 PM

Hottest looking ALJ I've seen. Very cute french sounding accent and a nice demeanor as well.

Judge: Kenneth Wilson
5/23/2012 1:39:49 PM


Judge: Gloria W Green
5/18/2012 1:01:54 AM

My bad her approval rating is not 76% it is 69%. But dad gum still seems high....wow..

Judge: Gloria W Green
5/18/2012 12:54:30 AM

Couldnt help but notice the national average for approved disability is 49%. But judge Green seems to give everybody disability at a approval rating of 76%. Wow! Sign me up so I dont ever have to work again, my back hurts...lol

5/16/2012 9:11:09 AM

Judge: Jim Fraiser
5/12/2012 8:07:18 AM


Judge: Charles J Arnold
5/10/2012 10:37:08 AM

Very nice , respectable person. Thank u for ur time

Judge: Jim Fraiser
4/22/2012 3:40:30 AM

How does this man sleep at night....really? Has denied my disabled daughter twice already and she has overwhelming evidence proving she is disabled. Idk how all these ppl faking it to make it can get a check yet she has to struggle and cant get help? Someone needs to pray for these folks to start approving...because the economy is already bad enough without us all scrimpimg and sacrificing to get the help we need and medicine and choosing between medicine food and bills to live.smh i bet none of the judges have to evvvvver sacrifice and worry and go hungry or without meds or utilities or be homeless....we have.

Judge: Kelley Fitzgerald
4/14/2012 10:33:36 AM


Judge: Kendra S Kleber
3/31/2012 5:59:26 PM

Judge: III Evans
3/21/2012 7:01:19 AM

tough but fair. knows the file better than most judges. be prepared if you go before him. not a bad looking guy either.

Judge: William M Zellman
3/14/2012 4:26:47 PM

He lies about things that wasn't even said at the hearing, bring your lawyer when attending any of his hearings..