Paul W Jones , Lansing, Michigan ODAR Office, Administrative Law Judge

For the 2017 *fiscal year, Judge Paul W Jones has disposed 365 cases at the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Lansing, Michigan. Out of those 365 dispostions, 109 were dismissed, 103 were approved and 153 were denied. This means that the percentage of dispositions that Judge Jones has approved in Lansing for the 2017 fiscal year is 28%. The information below for Judge Paul W Jones was last updated on 6/14/2017.

Average statistics
Office*Fiscal YearTotal DispositionsTotal DecisionsTotal DenialsTotal AwardsCases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Grand Rapids 2010 669 519 335 184 22%28%50%
Grand Rapids 2011 207 154 106 48 26%23%51%
Lansing 2011 212 168 122 46 21%22%58%
Lansing 2012 557 428 330 98 23%18%59%
Lansing 2013 622 479 354 125 23%20%57%
Lansing 2014 585 404 284 120 31%21%49%
Lansing 2015 463 360 235 125 22%27%51%
Lansing 2016 427 336 220 116 21%27%52%
Lansing 2017 365 256 153 103 30%28%42%
 Totals:41073104213996524%23%52%
*The United States Government fiscal year is from October 1st - September 30th.
AVERAGE TIME
 DismissedApprovedDenied
Judge Jones30%28%42%
All ALJs in Lansing Office 20% 47% 33%
All ALJs in Michigan18%50%32%
All ALJs in the Nation21%45%34%
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Cheryl
Judge: Paul W Jones
6/30/2017 11:06:02 AM



I want to say I am extremely happy with Judge Paul Jones. Many may complain but when you are honest he is going to truly be fair... Please respect the judges and be prepared as well

Frankie
Judge: Paul W Jones
9/28/2016 1:22:58 PM



Went in front of this judge twice. The first time he only asked what my spouse did for a living and did I currently have health insurance. He complained to my attorney that I had too many medical records. I received a two-page denial that talked about how I couldn't do my job due to my physical impairments, then said I had no impairments so I was denied at step two. SSA voluntarily remanded the case. He was extremely condescending and rude at the second hearing. He started out with saying I was wasting his time because he'd already heard this case. Also, my date last insured had passed; he required me to state "back then, during the relevant time period" before every single sentence. I missed one, and he jumped on me and said we weren't talking about present day. I asked if he needed me to repeat what I said with that sentence tacked on to the front. He said if I didn't he would assume it was irrelevant to my case. I was a basket case by the end of that interrogation. I received an almost identical-to-the-first denial about a week after the hearing.

CHRISTIAN CHARLES OTTO
Judge: Paul W Jones
9/26/2016 11:36:40 AM



Since first handling my case the only thing this person has been is dishonest. In the beginning he attempted to stave off my hearing in a variety of ways including claiming he hadn't had a chance to read documents then blaming it on staff and that there was missing documentation, this is not true, every possible shred of relevant medical records were turned in. I then filed a complaint with the office manager Nicole, and informed her of this and she said, "I'll be sure to tell the judge that.". At my hearing 2 months later Jones wasted 37 minutes on irrelevant conversation regarding the purpose of "false mall walls" and the physics involved in manually moving a 50 gallon drum of flammable viscous liquid. He then proceeded to badger me with the same irrelevant question over and again, then ultimately raised his voice at me, pushing me into a full blown anxiety attack rendering me unable to complete my testimony. An hour of my life wasted on an abusive, arrogant, condescending person who has been spoon fed his life from a silver platter and got his position through his family connections (unfiltered web access can provide a wealth of information). Considering he makes near $200,000 a year (in the top 10 percentile of all government employees) with an average of $9,000 a year in raises since taking his current position (public information available online), people need to wake up and start fighting back, that is taxpayer money in his pocket, he works for us. In my denial letter he misrepresented not only my testimony, but medical records and the vocational experts testimony. More dishonesty. I recorded the hearing, there is no way he can deny this. I now have a gentleman in a brand new 2017 (2016?) Dark charcoal grey 4 door sedan following me around taking pictures of me. I could be wrong but I could have sworn it was him, I have video and photographs to back this up. Considering there are 18 security cameras in my complex, the fact that this and another vehicle have been drawing attention to the neighborhood watch program (they thought they were drug dealers), by the end of this week I will have the past couple of months sifted through by myself and the housing director (a police report has been filed) to identify said driver of vehicle better with and obtain clearer images. I suppose this is an effort to dredge up intelligence on whether or not I am working or some other nonsense... it's only fraudulent if you lie, which is something I have not done and I never do, these subjects will be discussed at my next hearing along with extensive medical documentation as to any situation the SSA or this judge deems it necessary to have me followed and my privacy ruined. I feel this is simply another attempt at staving off my disability claim with some kind of Perry Mason drama, I am not a criminal and have not hidden a single thing from the SSA. Even though I was not given the opportunity to present my case in January this is not the forum to address that particular battle. Something else to think about: There are at least 2 comments on this page that REALLY don't add up...1/25/2016: why would an "anonymous" person give arbitrary advice on "...(not) using a cane unless you use it 100% of the time"? I find this odd as it appears 1 week after my hearing, I am prescribed a cane for 2 different reasons and do not use it all the time, only as needed since it causes the neuropathy in my right hand to act up and discomfort in my right elbow as well, due to a reconstructed left hand, holding a cane on that side is problematic and painful at times. If you are prescribed a cane by a doctor for any reason and require the use of it the day of your hearing, take it with you. 8/28/2013: these are the words of a person defending themselves, doesn't sound to me like a 3rd party, the use of exclamation marks and capital letters denotes anger, not sympathy, there is also the sentence"...and I agree with the guy!" which appears word for word in my denial letter except replace "him" with "her". No matter what a person does, a part of their personality comes through whatever they write, you decide whatever you want regarding those comments. I am fed up with dealing in an affair steeped in lies and corruption. My denial was nothing more than retaliation for filing a complaint against him. His denial letter was actually so absurd and poorly written I actually felt sorry for him, it was nothing more than a string of insults. I will not back down, When a man no longer has anything left to lose... these are not criminal proceedings and people with verifiable disabilities or health conditions preventing them from gainful employment or working a full time job should not be treated in this manner. This is an abomination. File complaints with the Virginia ODAR if he mistreats you in any way or misrepresents your case, they can give you the information including a fax number to speed things up. This aggression will not stand, man.

CHRISTIAN CHARLES OTTO
Judge: Paul W Jones
9/25/2016 11:28:37 AM



Since first handling my case the only thing this person has done is lie. In the beginning he attempted to stave off my hearing in a variety of ways including claiming he hadn't had a chance to read documents and that there was missing documentation, this is a lie every possible shred of relevant medical records were turned in. I then filed a complaint with the office manager Nicole, and informed her of this and she said, "I'll be sure to tell the judge that." (9:50 ish am Nov 6th 2015, I recorded the conversation). At my hearing 2 months later Jones wasted 37 minutes on irrelevant conversation regarding the purpose of "false mall walls" and the physics involved in manually moving a 50 gallon drum of flammable viscous liquid. He then proceeded to badger me with the same irrelevant question and ultimately raised his voice at me, pushing me into a full blown anxiety attack rendering me unable to complete my testimony. An hour of my life wasted on an abusive,  arrogant,  condescending person who has been spoon fed his life from a silver platter and got his position through his father's connections (Google is your friend, firefox your pal, the dark web a godsend). Considering he makes near $200,000 a year with an average of $10,000 a year in raises since taking his current position (public information available online),  people need to wake up and start fighting back, that is taxpayer money in his pocket, he works for us. In my denial letter he misrepresented not only my testimony,  but medical records and the vocational experts testimony. More lies. I recorded the hearing,  there is no way he can deny this. I now have a gentleman in a brand new 2017  (2016?) Dark charcoal grey 4 door sedan following me around taking pictures of me. I could be wrong but I swear it's him, I have video and photographs to back this up. Something else to think about: There are at least 2 comments on this page that REALLY don't add up... read closely, then read your denial letters or any other documents written by him. I am fed up with dealing in an affair steeped in lies and corruption. My denial was nothing more than retaliation for filing a complaint against him. His denial letter was actually so absurd and poorly written I actually felt sorry for him. I will not back down, When a man no longer has nothing left to lose.... these are not criminal proceedings and people with verifiable disabilities or health conditions preventing them from gainful employment or working a full time job should not be treated in this manner. This is an abomination. File complaints with the Virginia ODAR if he mistreats you in any way, they can give you the information including a fax number to speed things up. This aggression will not stand, man.

Donald SOUTHWELL
Judge: Paul W Jones
8/29/2016 12:27:44 PM



I went infront of Paul Jones, he ruled against all Doctors, vocational experts, by his own irrational beliefs of fiction and did not rule on factual evidence that was presented, I am still under a doctors care from shoulder surgery last October, it's been 2 yrs now and now another appeal, although this judge claimed I was 53 in his opinion, actually I am 58, 59 in another month....when you have someone like him deciding on many futures, wonder who he knew to get appointed to that position......what a JOKE , at the TAXPAYER'S expense, something that is supposed to be in place for those who are unable to work ,


Judge: Paul W Jones
3/3/2016 9:24:02 AM



"He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you." ~Friedrich Nietzsche~

Anonymous
Judge: Paul W Jones
1/25/2016 11:26:40 PM



I had judge jones last week and he was great!! My lawyer and myself were very prepared for our case and were able to have all of my records submitted to him about a week prior to my court date . He was very cordial with us and was never condensing toward me. He came out asking question that I answered quickly and honestly. My case was paid. He comes off as a judge that does not want to see laziness and people trying to get over on the system which from what I hear Is a on going problem in Lansing and any other city or State for that matter. If something is legitimately wrong you go in there and be you!!using a cane or walker if not always the best idea in my opinion unless you use It 100% of the time.My best advise is go in there and be honest and the rest will fall into place ! I would definitely recommend this judge to anybody who gets him!if your sick or injured be honest and don't embellish it just makes you look stupid on this comment section! Sorry for rambling 👍


Judge: Paul W Jones
1/23/2016 11:17:55 AM



What follows is the Administrative Law Judge job description for the U.S. government, nowhere does it state that an ALJs duty is "to protect tax money". That statement is the most ridiculous thing I've ever read and obviously written by an egomaniac.... Summary Responsible for adjudicating claims for benefits offered by government. Reviews evidence and examines other factors and documentation to determine ruling. Works for government. Primary responsibilities Adjudicate claims for benefits offered by government. Work on cases assigned by the government to determine: (1) a person's eligibility for various Social Security or workers' compensation benefits, (2) protection of the environment, (3) the enforcement of health and safety regulations, (4) employment discrimination, and (5) compliance with economic regulatory requirements. Review applicant’s case and examine background. Check all reports and facts thoroughly, including criminal history, immigration and citizen status, and intelligence reports. Prepare analysis for government recommending specific courses of action. Show justification for recommended course of action. Maintain security clearance. Supervise support personnel. Research and analyze laws, regulations, policies, and precedent decisions to prepare for hearings and to determine conclusions Issue subpoenas. Determine existence and amount of liability according to current laws. Authorize payment of valid claims. Compromise on settlements. Monitor activities of trials and hearings. Explain rulings to claimants and how they may appeal. Prepare written decisions. Evaluate claim applications, birth and death certificates, and employer records.


Judge: Paul W Jones
5/27/2015 7:45:06 AM



I have known and practiced in front of Judge Jones for a number of years. He is arrogant, has made racist comments to me, and has expressed a personal philosophy contrary to his position as a judge. he should not be a Social Security ALJ. If you are a claimant, make damn sure you have an attorney who knows his propensities going into the hearing with you. If he miss treats you file a formal complaint.

Brenda MacDonald
Judge: Paul W Jones
10/23/2014 8:54:10 AM



My hearing was with Judge Paul Jones and he turned everything I said around. An example of this: Judge Jones asked me about my boyfriend. I told him that we broke up January 2, 2014. He then went on to say that I was able to keep a supportive relationship with my boyfriend and family. The only time my family was mentioned is when I stated my grandson mowed my lawn for me. How did he get that I had a supportive relationship with my boyfriend and family. I don't have a boyfriend and my family isn't supportive. This is just one example. I thought he was very arrogant and full of himself.


Judge: Paul W Jones
5/6/2014 6:56:55 PM



This guy is by far the biggest ***** i have ever encountered in over many years of Social Security practice. Be ready to go to the Appeals Council if your hearing is with him.

V.B
Judge: Paul W Jones
11/18/2013 3:59:04 PM



Judge jones is a fair judge. Im not very old but i been thru alot of things in my lifetime. I thought the judge would pre judge me from this blogs but to me he was fair and understanding. I do believe that i let him lead the conversation more than i should have but i think he gave me a fair shake. I just should have came a lil more prepard. i wasn't gonna blog but i think he deserve to have someone say something good about him since you all are trying to bash him. I just want you to know Judge jones i think you a great Judge and did a fair job no matter what others say


Judge: Paul W Jones
8/28/2013 6:03:45 AM



judge jones does a scathing cross of claimants, he cant stand laziness and dishonesty. If those factors aren't present, i believe u do get a fair hearing. After all, sympathy is NOT a basis for eligibility. His tough detailed questioning is to try to expose fraud, if its there. there were cases i was sorry to lose, but frankly, i agreed with the guy! dont we all know some of this psych stuff is hot air and pity parties? SSA benefits are awarded based on functional deficits, NOT diagnosis or sympathy! yes his manner can be rough, but he's SUPPOSED to guard our tax $! If u get this judge, be ready to explain how/why u cant function. He will get into every detail. if u are honestly disabled, just answer the man.


Judge: Paul W Jones
4/17/2013 11:45:09 AM



I knew going in front of a judge was going to be hard, but I don't think it could have been any worse. Judge Jones was so pompis, rude, intimating and arrogant that I felt sick after leaving. He has certainly took his power as an ego trip. I have absolutely no hope after going in front of him.


Judge: Paul W Jones
4/8/2013 1:38:16 PM



This man seems to feel that his job is to inflict as much pain on the disabled as is humanly possible. He smiles and comes across as a nice guy, but he's not. His questioning of clients about their sex lives borders on being prurient. He clearly is denying benefits to deserving claimants. When the sheep are separated from the goats, he is going to have to answer for the hurt he has inflicted on the least among us.


Judge: Paul W Jones
12/6/2012 8:54:31 AM







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