Minneapolis, Minnesota ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Minneapolis, Minnesota, 14 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Minneapolis, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 18.0 months. The average case processing time in Minneapolis is 633 days.The Minneapolis average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 44%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Minneapolis ODAR office was last updated on 6/11/2019.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Minneapolis 14 18.0 months 633 days 2.3 18% 44% 38%
Minnesota18.0 months633 days2.318%44%38%
National Average:14.9 months500 days2.120%42%38%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied

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

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

Judge: Corinne T McLaughlin
9/10/2019 1:24:38 PM

Judge Mclaughlin is an excellent listener. Thorough and fair. She is clear and direct in her questions and is apprised of each case before, during and after her decision. She takes each client's case as individual and is focused on making a decision in the best interest of each person before her. While I do not know the decision she has made on my case, I write this opinion based upon my experience not based upon the results. I appreciated Judge McLaughlin because she was different than I expected and was not "burned out" listening to so many cases each one runs together. I appreciated being treated compassionately and like an individual. Thank you.

Judge: Raymond L Souza
8/29/2019 12:50:05 PM

I appreciate Chief Judge Souza. I thought he was nice and down to earth. He reminded me of my Uncle back home spoke to me. Direct, respectable and honestly. Chief Judge Souza is very easy to talk with. I hope all the people that were sent denial letters by other judges, will go back and re-read the top page and realize that there was an error and to be fair, it is in your best interest when finding an attorney that he or she takes the time to serve you the best . In mentioning this, I am the person who is responsible for notifying a certain Judge that used this error against me due to my being Homeless in Seattle,WA. The formal letter requesting a hearing use to state that : There is a phone hearing/interview at 1:30 P.M. and then the date: ____________. Then below this paragraph there was space of 6 lines, then below that was wording that stated you were to also attend this appointment in person. I missed this the first couple times, I had read it, but after, a particular Judge whom I had never met, talked down to me, and treated me disrespectfully and there was no reason for that kind of behavior. I had caught the error and I am hoping from now on there will be more fairness and respectful and honest outcomes in the near future for all those who are in need. Sincerly, and Take care,

Judge: Raymond L Souza
8/29/2019 12:36:14 PM

I felt Judge Souza was down to earth. Reminded me of my Uncle Delano in Oregon. Judge Souza is direct and reliable, respectable during the hearing. I use to be timid, shy and passive aggressive, which hurt me and my character. Sometimes, people think I am angry, when I am talking, writing letters. I can be intense and I am very passionate about the truth, my circumstances. I care about people, and their well being and for the good for others. I hope that all those people before me that had gone through the Social Security application and hearings process will go back and appeal their denial letters due to the copy of letter that the Social Security Administraton office's automatically printed out letters to prospective clients that read like this: You are expected to go to a hearing and you have a phone interview at 1:30 P.M. with Judge So and So ____________________________ and the remainder of the letter, it states that you are also to be at the hearing in person. I am the person responsible for those letters being amended due to another Judge, whom, I will not say due to Privacy laws and common sense. I will say that through my going through the a Judge_______________________I found out that, I could write a letter to our Representative, asking for assistance. I had been discriminated against me for being Homeless.

Deb Farm
Judge: George Gaffaney
7/31/2019 12:39:15 PM

I am from MN and Judge Gaffney was my mother's attorney. She has recently died and I desperately need to talk to him. Does anyone have a phone number or email?

Wendell ignacio
Judge: Daniel G Heely
7/25/2019 3:55:44 PM


Patricia Flores
Judge: Timothy S Snelling
6/27/2019 9:06:37 PM

I was seen by Judge Snelling on 426/2019, he was very professional and he was very attentive and he looked directly at me when asking questions so that made me fewl very comfortable. He is a fair Judge and he is very thorough. They need more judges like him in the system because i truly believe that he cares about doing what is right and fair. I just want to say thank you Judge Snelling.

Judge: Peter Kimball
6/19/2019 12:13:12 PM

This the judge this denying my right to in person hearing based on bias. I plan to file a complete complaint.

Bruce Johnson
Judge: Richard Thrasher
6/13/2019 8:23:51 PM

First I do understand how a judge's job would be very difficult but I do not always believe them to be fair. Some are, some not so much. They are human and can be bent by feelings rather than facts. They can be guilty of jumping to conclusions despite their training and education. I had a Judge named Thrasher. He and their attorney Peter Johnson ignored evidence that someone had misused my SSN/DOB/name and that was part of why I was dealing with him in the first place. thewy even ignored the neurology diagnosis of TBI. I had been accused of fraud which had nothing to do with me but had to do with misuse of my information, which I told him in person (I had a completely useless lawyer named Paul Onkka -total joke washed up junkie). I even backed my claim up with a few verifiable reports (police and so forth). Basically I was on my own with a head injury trying to fight this legal system (impossible task in my shoes --very unfair). The system failed me clearly. I should have been absolved of any wrong doing and reinstated immediately. This judge made a deliberate choice to explain away the evidence I provided and still called me guilty of the assumptions. He took cracks at my character which I though was uncalled for, as well as untrue. I could prove his statements untrue. It took less than 4 months to get a hearing that allowed them to charge me 18K and take away my benefits and basically place my life into ruins. It has taken me more than 5 years to get anything back and I still haven't had face time with a Judge. I will never get everything back. I now have damage to deal with for life based on the assumptions that were never true. Real justice would allow me to sue over it. These people handled it badly and did so with some degree of malice, IMO. Intent might be more clear with all the facts out to be seen. I am now involved with a more reputable attorney. Second, I recall him making some off-the-cuff remark about my issues being depression and seizures. I had a vocorder for memory because of the TBI during my 'court session'. Well I never lied to anyone, I assume I was mis-diagnosed with depression based upon similar symptoms Asperger's can be mistaken as depression (blunt affect, lack of typical interest in social shit). The other issue I can't fake seizures, the EEG says they are there in REM sleep, to assume I am lying about a head injury because it isn't listed as the original reason I was approve decades ago is a bit questionable. To accuse me of any wrong doing on the records in your files is really outrageous since I have no input into what medical records you collect or what providers have placed there. My hands never touched any of that as is the way you do business. But I am assumed at fault somehow?! For the record, normal people who do not have brain damages --generally do not suffer seizures, so such an assertion is asinine. If people have seizures they obviously have damage and any fool would know that. No medical degree is needed to figure that out. Yes maybe the reasons I should have been approved should have been listed as TBI or OBD but I had no part in how those issues were documented medically nor how the original Judge wrote this up. I certainly haven't lied/malingered or any other disreputable act that I have been accused of. Regardless, I still have a TBI and the seizures are part of that issue. Because they happen in sleep cycle I am not going to remember anything about them and that is common sense! To accuse me of lying over such crap is again questionable. Still happen to be disabled regardless of your assumptions. How I can be blamed and held to standards for any of thee above.... is absurd and very questionable from a legal standpoint. So to drill this down YOU DID A HALF-ASS JOB for JUDGE (especially one with so many years experience) and I consider you very dishonest in your tactics. Yes, you saw facts but you assigned them value rather than asking me for relevant background on things that were not clear. There are days I wish my brain were more consistent because I feel I could have done your job better than you did and given your yearly salary-- I could have done your job cheaper too. I still question the tactics taken in my case by the SSA. Ridiculous! You dishonor the agency you work for with your shoddy work ethics. Shame on YOU.

Judge: Corey Ayling
5/6/2019 12:36:47 PM

Unfair judge. I felt he used my ailments against me. I also feel he goes by the "person" instead of the facts.

Judge: Daniel G Heely
11/30/2018 11:30:40 PM

Roberta Davis
Judge: David K Gatto
11/20/2018 2:28:20 PM

Judge I would like to Thank you for the out come of my case and being so cool during my hearing. You were better to me than anyone who was involved in my case, which took seven years to be done, thanks to you. I want you to know No harm no foul-I'm referring to the mistaking health condition added to my court papers, which you corrected. Thank you again!

Judge: William G Brown
10/26/2018 9:45:00 PM

I recently had a hearing in front of Judge Brown. I was extremely nervous and waited a long time for that day. Judge Brown couldn't have been more understanding. He was very understanding and compassionate. I wish I could have shook his hand.

Judge: Daniel G Heely
9/7/2018 1:16:57 PM

Had my hearing on July 9, 2018. This judge was very thorough explained everything very well as i did not have representation. Still waiting on decision was told 6-12 months which i feel is outrageous but i still think he is a fair judge and was sympathetic to my disability

Judge: William G Brown
6/9/2018 11:05:39 AM

Judge William Brown is an excellent judge! He is fair and very compassionate. I was very nervous and in much pain but he put me at ease. He is a brilliant man and made me feel as comfortable as he could. In the end he issued my decision from the bench. This made me very happy. I fought for so long but in the end a fair and caring man made the right decision for me. I thank and salute you sir!

Judge: Richard Thrasher
3/7/2018 5:16:51 PM

I waited nearly 2-1/2 years before getting a hearing before Judge Thrasher. In the meantime, I had had numerous rounds of physical therapy; back and hip injections; two back surgeries with another pending; and two hip surgeries, the second of which was a total replacement. Not enough time was scheduled for the first hearing, so it was delayed another four months. Information he requested was submitted within 10 days of the first hearing, and I faxed a letter that the information had been submitted, requesting a final hearing date. Less than three weeks later, I received a letter threatening a decision since the information had no been received -- clearly, my letter had not even been read. I was told I could not get another hearing until February, so I responded saying, fine, then go ahead and make the threatened decision so we can move on. That was denied, and a hearing was scheduled for December. At the end of that hearing, he said that he found the initial findings of non-disability were incorrect; but that he would not issue a decision that day. Three months later, with another surgery pending in a few weeks and the very real possibility of losing my apartment (relayed in another letter to the judge), he has yet to write a decision. He is aware I was essentially orphaned before the age of 5 and grew up in foster care and lack a safety net; yet he still fails to act. Perhaps he will finally make a decision after I become homeless and am unreachable.

Judge: David K Gatto
2/20/2018 2:28:36 PM

Ive had alj gatto for 2 separate hearings now. Denied first time because of my age, 46. Denied at 2nd hearing at age 52 with multiple disabling illnesses including 3 heart attacks, 1 which happened after gatto said i could still work, MDD,ptsd,major anxiety disorder, and back and neck disc problems with evidence from 3 separate Dr's from the v.a. Saying I was unable to work. Gatto said my Dr's weren't credible and dismissed their evidence. Also, what i said at my hearing got completely turned around making me look like lying fool. And to top it all off, hearing was mid September, didn't get denial letter until mid February. Very disappointed at the whole system.

Judge: Raymond L Souza
11/2/2017 11:38:40 AM

Judge Souza terminated my benefits after I'd received them for 18 years. I'm 55 yrs old and unable to work due to bipolar disorder. The SSDI psychologists reports said I was disabled as did my own Dr and therapist. He threw those reports out. Instead, he called a Dr in another state who has never seen me. That Dr said so what, she has mood swings, don't we all and laughed. This was the testimony Judge Souza went by. He also relied heavily on false information about me online and photos from my Facebook page. He has little to no knowledge of mental health issues. Having a photo of oneself smiling sitting in the sun does not mean that a person no longer has bipolar disorder. If my Facebook page was a problem then probably no one should qualify for SSDI. Judge Souza also based decision on a report done by undercover police Sent to my house under false pretenses. Sending male police officers to my house has caused PTSD. I am a rape victim and he should have considered that would be a trigger for me. This 3 year appeal process has left my health worse than when I started. The entire SS process needs to be looked at. It's damaging and the wrong people are getting terminated in order to cut the budget for the state of MO.

Vegas Dad
Judge: David K Gatto
7/20/2017 11:37:44 AM

He was fair and was easy to talk to. He listened to the VE's testimony and mine. I was approved partially favorable at 6 weeks via mail. My condition is not an easy one to get approved for and was prepared to lose. I really feel that he took the time to review my records and while yes he gave me a favorable verdict, I still would give him 4 stars as he was kind and fast.

Judge: Richard Thrasher
6/5/2017 8:30:49 PM

I disagree he assumes to much and if there is doubt he will hold it against you with his version of why he assumes something negative. For example: A client with a roommate are in an ACP program...he assumed they are enrolled to avoid creditors and possibly to hide from the law. Rather than accepting that programs such as this encourage all parties in the shared household to enlist proactively. This client before SSA ruined his life had a 798 FICO score....hardly the type of person who would have to hide from creditors. The client also had no legal issues to fear other than the assumptions of the SSA. He also assumes that SSA will have current up-to-date medical information on-file regarding disability issues when a client has been approved for over 15 years and health issues change and there would be no need to have ongoing medical information on-file after a person has won their disability. So if a concern is not in the file than it is assumed the client is lying about their health (not truly disabled per the Judges assumptions). So say the client has a head injury and that causes seizures which is common. But the head injury is not the reason his disability was approved....than the Judge assumes you are lying because head injury was not listed as the reason for disability being granted?! Oh and how about this...a person who has been a victim of ID theft and fraud...they legally change their name in sealed court but the fact that they have had more than one name makes them a dishonest person...rather than figuring out why they have legally changed their name. These are but a few examples of how this judge screws up .... This Judge is the king of cherry picking facts to fit his case and explaining away any exoneration of contrary evidence as not good enough. Sometimes facts can be used to fit a scenario but they are not telling of the whole truth. Facts can often be molded to fit assumptions. But he can chose to interpret them as he desires because he wears a robe. How about a person with a substantial TBI....often they do not have the ability to recall information or to do so accurately but if you tell this judge anything and it happens to be incorrect than that makes you not credible and a liar (even when non intentional). Often people with moderate head injury will fill in the facts without knowing that things are not completely factual or in order. That is not intentional dishonest but you will never get this judge to agree with that. With TBI a person may not be aware that their version of something isn't in line with other peoples estimate of events.

Jamie T.
Judge: Daniel G Heely
4/11/2017 6:08:24 PM

I had my hearing today and no matter what people think, Judge Heely does a thorough job. I can't remember the recorders name but she was very pleasant as well. Judge Heely was great, especially when I forgot questions while answering or if my comprehension of what was being asked was incorrect and I didn't answer right. Thank you for having patients with me sir. Now I'm wiped out but I am glad I had the chance after 2 1/2 years to finally be heard.

Judge: Raymond L Souza
3/27/2017 11:24:25 AM

Judge Souza was very kind. He was very familiar with my case and adjourned the hearing within 20 minutes. I received a favorable decision 3 months later.

Sershi S
Judge: Daniel G Heely
11/26/2016 12:16:35 AM

He s a anything but impartial , now my own attorney will not take my letter of disagreement of unfavorable decision to appeals counsel What wrong with this picture , I feel stabbed in he back . He at I'm disabled why more proof do I freaking need . I. Disgusted did I say wrong thing to you or what ????????????

Gilbert Gutierrez
Judge: Timothy S Snelling
11/6/2016 11:55:46 PM

Im looking for attorney or judge to help me get my ssi...

Judge: Micah Pharris
10/28/2016 10:06:56 AM

He is very good looking and I wasn't expecting that at all, that made him even more intimidating. He is a straight to the point, no bull shit kind of guy. I can't say he was super good, or super bad. This was my first hearing/s. So based off my experience, I thought Judge Pharris handled the hearing well. My medical condition is not listed, and is rather complex. This was his first time encountering someone with this condition, and knew little to nothing about my condition prior to my case. So I was impressed that he actually took the time to do some researching on my condition before the hearing. I felt like he was a bit harsh sometimes but made his points VERY clear. Mainly focusing on how your condition efffects your ability to work, but he also looks at how it effects all other aspects in life.I felt like he genuinely cared and took everything into consideration. Overall, I think it went alright and hope to hear his final decision soon.

Judge: Jeffrey W Hart
10/26/2016 10:39:33 AM

Excellent Judge, very fair and kind. Considers all facts of the case and obviously spends a lot of time on each case.

Hank Rockwell Jr
Judge: Christopher R Inama
9/23/2016 2:04:42 PM

Too bad there isn't a rating lower than one or I would give this Obama Ass Clown that rating.

Melody perez
Judge: Daniel G Heely
9/19/2016 12:12:17 PM

No decision yet but, judge heely was polite, friendly, and professional. I felt relaxed and comfortable, considering my future will strongly be affected by his decision. Its in Gods hands now. Overall good experience.

Judge: Virginia Kuhn
8/23/2016 10:35:10 PM

Malicious evil bitch. Wonder what online outfit gave her her "degree"

Judge: John J Rabaut
8/11/2016 3:17:43 PM

John rabuat disapporved me . I have fusion and fused together verterbrate and feet fused and problems hands grasb. Ankylosing spondylitis .I have two kids and a wife. He ruined my life and makes himself evils. Medication will crreate a goood verterbrate and fix them very soon this is his best answer.

Bonnie H
Judge: Daniel G Heely
8/9/2016 3:00:36 PM

I suffer from severe panick attacks, PTSD, Anxiety, and depression and my case was denied. Can I get something from him when I go out looking for a job that says "this person can't be fired for taking unscheduled breaks when she is having a severe panick attacks that feel like a heart attack etc.. and this person can't be fired for missing days from work for having to take days off when they get really bad" I am extremely disappointed. I know a few drug addicts on disability how can they get it so they can keep getting high but I am struggling with several things here and I can't?

Judge: George Gaffaney
8/3/2016 8:47:05 PM

I recently had a video hearing with this judge and after reading the reviews I was absolutely terrified. I was pleasantly surprised by him he wasn't rude he allowed me to speak and my attorney. He wasn't overly friendly he was just simply about getting the facts and doing his job. At this point I don't know if I have been approved or denied but I can say he heard my attorney and myself out and I do feel like he was fair in that.

Judge: Raymond L Souza
6/26/2016 2:02:20 AM

Denied my claim a few weeks later after the hearing when I had all of my records and an attorney... Now I will have to wait even longer..........

Judge: G. Ross Wheatley
3/27/2016 1:14:34 PM

Judge Wheatley is very nice in person but his first decision was harsh but at that time I had no insurance and therefore no personal doctors' opinions. At the second hearing with him he was again very personable but stern. He had 3 experts to testify at my hearing but once he heard the first two, together with the Soc Sec dept.'s doctors' examination reports (I did 2), all four of their doctors said I was disabled. He approved my case from the bench. He did not talk to me at all except to swear me in. So I believe once he had the actual opinions from my doctors (which I was able to get with medi-cal) and their 4, he did the right thing.

Charles Epps III
Judge: Jeffrey W Hart
3/6/2016 5:47:26 PM

This man should be admonished. Taken off the bench. I appeared before him as a 100% disabled veteran to request SSI and he denied me. then told me to file a claim against the Veterans Affairs office. This was a side bar right after the hearing. He made it clear he had worked for the Veterans Affairs prior to this current job at the Social Security Administration. He put information in my file that was not even related to the case, and had no bearing on my disability request. He is still serving in the military at Fort Snelling, Minnesota. I feel he has no conscience and does not even care about his fellow military service members in need of help.

Judge: Virginia Kuhn
2/23/2016 2:48:08 PM

Steven John
Judge: Micah Pharris
2/10/2016 6:05:01 AM

I did what was required to continue to receive Medicare and Disability benefits by going down to the St. Paul office and signing forms, twice. First I was dropped from disability and now my benefits have stopped. I have found multiple lies in my record and I don't think anyone else here stating the experienced the same things are liars, I believe everyone making these claims to be truthful. And I know I am truthful and what I claim are lies are not simple errors or misstatements, they are entire lines fabricated and said to be my testimony. I've notified both the Inspector General and also gave all relevant detailed info to the FBI via phone correspondence, everything was heard and acknowledged by the FBI on the phone for what it is worth. Criminal allegations have been made by me and now both my Medicare and my Disability benefit have stopped. Though I continue to receive care from the hospital and health care workers.

Judge: Christopher R Inama
1/21/2016 5:06:29 PM

I felt that Judge Inama was annoyed at the prospect of even having to hear my case. He looks for any reason to deny benefits and I felt his disgust towards me the whole time I was in front of him. He has no business being in this position of holding people's livelihood in his hands!

Judge: Timothy S Snelling
12/22/2015 6:55:27 PM

he needs to be reviewed on his cases based on how many hispanics he denied.

Colleen Insley
Judge: William G Brown
12/10/2015 2:04:41 PM

I was scared and super nervous about my hearing, but Judge William Brown seemed very kind. I take a medication to keep fluid out of my ear, my side effects are that I am always thirsty all of the time. I felt distracted as my mouth was so dry, that it was hard to talk. My attorney arrived 15 minutes prior to the hearing, I also felt not prepared on what type of questions I would be asked, due to not having much time to prepare. I am glad my case is done and I look forward to seeing the outcome from Judge William Brown's decision.

Judge: George Gaffaney
8/28/2015 1:51:36 PM

Judge Gaffaney is an embarrassment to SSA. I've done hundreds of hearings and lost plenty of case, but rarely seen the misconceptions and lies like the ones from George Michael Gaffaney. His denial of my disabled claimant caused laughs in the office due to medical and legal errors (no, your honor, the RFC determination is NOT reserved to the Commissioner). I wish i could go back in front of him when this is remanded, but alas, I cannot put my client through this farce anymore. George is why client's representatives opt of video hearings. If the Commissioner wishes to have more of these, she needs to get rid of the Chicago NHC and its 20% payment rate (less than half the national average).

Judge: Evangelina P Hernandez
6/19/2015 2:50:17 AM

Hon.E.Hernandez. Her body language,way she sat,appropriate eye contact & words used,tone,facial expression,calm assertiveness were consistent,Hence, my perception; Judge was not prejudiced bias or angry but patient in control.Hon. E. Hernandez omits power,without abusing it. "Her performance in official capacity, "Brings Honor to title Judge".

Kimberly Hansen
Judge: Timothy S Snelling
6/8/2015 2:48:10 PM

I was very nervous at first, but he assured me that he just wanted to know my story...I cried a little, he was understanding, compassionate, and mase me feel much more relaxed. I do not yet know my results but I would rather go in front of Judge Snelling than any other judge.

Your Name
Judge: Christopher R Inama
5/28/2015 10:23:03 AM

I felt some sort of disdain and contempt coming from Judge Inama at my hearing. I think he wanted to deny me and then set about finding a way to do so. I paid into the system for 20+ years and now I am making a legitimate claim, and he denies me. The system failed, and this judge failed. Disgusted.

Judge: Timothy S Snelling
5/22/2015 4:10:01 PM

very high kudos to Judge Snelling,he was professional in my ALJ hearing..my Atty was also very professional in asking me the questions..Judge wasnt harse but investigative at the trial I was really nervous and being that I am in Texas he decided to have my trial by phone..he didn't act like he wasn't going to make the decision that day he was fair and Honest.we went to local SSI office on 22nd of May and had person print out letter which is Favorable in Judge Snellings decision. to me which I've never have seen him or my Atty he had to go over all the evidence my Atty presented to him.Judge snelling in my book is fair.

Judge: Dian Townsend-Anderson
3/23/2015 2:58:26 PM

I concur with the above opinion. This judge is obviously biased. She cited the fact that I am collecting disability from another source as evidence I am malingering / disincentivized to work?! What?! It should be some evidence that I am disabled. What a dingbat. None of my witnesses were allowed. Apparently I, and ALL of my doctors, are liars. My case has been going on since 2011. I think someone once said its foolish to believe everyone, but something far worse to believe no-one. I almost feel sorry for this judge.

Richard Wening
Judge: David K Gatto
3/6/2015 12:52:57 PM

It is my concern that the standards provided by Social Security to the administrators are biased towards applicants who have ready access to medical services. I'm sure this was not the intent, but it is the reality.

Amanda R Thomas
Judge: William G Brown
3/2/2015 9:06:02 AM

I was scared when being in the present of the Judge William G Brown. He was kind and made it a Little more comfortable then scary I Thank him for taking the time to hear my case and being fair About his decision.

Margaret Seamon
Judge: Roger W Thomas
2/8/2015 8:47:23 AM

I went before this person without an attorney. He was rude to me, would ask questions and not bother to listen to replies. HE LIED and he broke his own Court order. He actually said he thought I tried to commit suicide to receive benefits! He claimed all the years I worked: not enough. Out of 38 years of employment; I did not work 7. I sealed my fate when I answered those two remarks! He is a woman hater. He said I had a Napoleon person! And look who became a judge! I was disabled in 1999; worked full time until 2002. Thomas waited out 4 years, would not go back to starting date. I was owed about 30-40 dollars, never saw a penny. Plus, I was making $22,000.00 yearly when I had accident. Because he waited so long, I get $800.00 a month.

Judge: Dian Townsend-Anderson
2/3/2015 1:13:24 AM

My experience with her was unbelievable. She was deceitful with her decisions, making up evidence to "support" her verdict, assuming that there was no one who would verify her evidence. My wife's case dragged on for 9 years. When we appealed her first denial, the case was remanded back to her stating that Townsend-Anderson's decision was not supported by the evidence. The second hearing, my wife's lawyer totally took apart Townsend-Anderson's case; I still have it on cd. Townsend-Anderson again denied my wife using as her supporting evidence things that never happened meaning that she was making up evidence to strengthen her case. We appealed again and this time it was denied. My wife's lawyer quit at that time saying she didn't handle cases in federal court. She did however refer us to a lawyer in Chicago. When I talked to him, he said, don't bother, you'll just be wasting the filing fee as word has come from Washington to deny everyone appealing in a federal court. The pathetic thing is Townsend-Anderson offered to give my wife benefits, after her case was remanded, if my wife agreed to start her benefits in 2007 instead of 2003. My wife would have accepted but her lawyer found out the latest the offer could start was 2005 and Townsend-Anderson wouldn't start the benefits from then. I talked to 3 other lawyers and no one would help. Townsend-Anderson knew my wife had a legitimate disability or else she would have never made an offer to settle, but didn't want to pay out any earlier than 2007, so instead she denied. What a country. Deceitful people prosper and honest people suffer. On a final note, one of Townsend-Anderson's premises was that all the experts that we had testify for my wife, she stated that they felt sorry for my wife and their testimony can't be relied on. Those people would be expert witnesses in any courtroom. These were all professionals. My personal opinion is that she didn't like my wife's lawyer and took out her hatred on my wife. From what I've seen, it is not what you have for a disability, but who you draw as a judge. With the right judge, you can get your benefits with 1 page of evidence. My wife had more than a person should need, but got railroaded. The system failed which gives a person the power to abuse their position and make up enough evidence to support a wrong decision. How can she sleep at night?

Judge: Evangelina P Hernandez
12/7/2014 9:01:03 PM

Judge is perfect at her job listens to your testimony without discrimination of character takes the time to fully understand your medical issue and evidence provided very pleasant and respectful they could not have appointed a better person for this job thank you for your fairness!

Judge: George Gaffaney
10/27/2014 2:39:38 PM

First of all remember that the merits of your case will rule the day. I had a case history going back 11 years which made for a strong case. Although for whatever it’s worth, by the time I had my hearing on September 11, 2014, this had been my 3rd time third filing for Disability since 2008. Also a year before my hearing I was refused an On The Record Review of my case. Its known that it is tough to win with Judge Gaffaney but if your medical problems are undeniable then you stand a chance of prevailing in front of him and that’s what I did. The judges’ bases their decision on what the vocational expert says and he said there were no jobs I could do. Judge Gaffaney told me that he would expedite my decision and I received it in 6 weeks, so I don’t know how long it normally takes. I just know that I was lucky enough to get a fully favorable one.

Judge: Michael D Quayle
9/30/2014 1:18:10 PM

As a representative of a client I am embarrassed of Michael D Quayle. He interrupted my client several times making (him/her) feel very uncomfortable. There is literally no compassion while he uses his high power crushing the dreams and possibilities of others. The focus was on the facts and also breaking down my client.

Judge: Michael D Quayle
9/23/2014 9:51:07 AM

Very honest and direct Judge, calls it as he see's it and if your truthful and honest you will gain more respect from him.

Timothy W. Jones
Judge: Richard Thrasher
9/20/2014 11:48:39 AM

ALJ RICHARD THRASHER was fair, thorough, & very professional. Make sure you have all your medical records up to date & complete. He rules his courtroom w/ a kindness but don't be fooled, he's very astute and perceptive, so remember to come w/ your A-game, meaning be very honest, detailed in your description of your disibility & forthright. ALJ R. THRASHER is a good JUDGE because I believe he cares about those of us who are really disabled.

Dr Genella M Stubrud
Judge: Jerome J Berkowitz
9/14/2014 9:48:49 PM

Thoughtful, thorough, fair, and truly a humanist.

Kenneth Tennant
Judge: Sherry D Thompson
7/16/2014 12:01:17 PM

Can you explain, without using the word: CORRUPTION, or mentioning crooks, ie Debra Bice, Carolyn Colvin, Sherry Thompson, David Thompson et al., why a 100% Service-Connected DISABLED veteran, who hasn't been gainfully employed since honorable discharge 1987 would be denied ssdi benefits ? Do you think the SSA has more criminals employed than does the VA ? Have you blown the whistle on any of the crooks you see at the SSA ?

Judge: Evangelina P Hernandez
4/20/2014 12:48:42 PM

Excellent judge. Fair and thorough. Helps put claimants at ease.

Judge: Mary M Kunz
3/14/2014 11:43:56 AM

Judge Kunz does not judge fairly, as she did not know nearly enough about my disability to make a fair judgment. Why in the world would SS put/allow her in that seat when she may know the law, BUT not EVEN the basics of the SSDI approved disabilities???

Judge: George Gaffaney
1/14/2014 11:03:17 PM

Frankly, the first three comments are so fantastically counter to my experience in this guy's hearing room, I have concluded that perhaps his honor posted them himself! At the time of my hearing he was turning down almost nine of every ten who came before him. I'm not talking about a tough, fair minded judge here, he was contemptuous, arrogant, condescending, and biased. I came before him with three RFC's, one from my neurologist of "five years," one from my primary internist of "ten years," and the Neurologists PA, all fully supportive of my complete disability including reams of documentation. In his decision, he accorded all of the weight to the SSA hack, who had never so much as looked upon my face, let alone examined my body! He stated that my "board certified" neurologist was only minimally credible, and that my primary was wholly not credible, a black outrage! Further, he opined in his decision that because I came from the work comp system, I was likely trying to game the system, a speculation wholly unsupported by any evidence whatsoever, and so outrageous based upon the mountains of medical evidence available to him, that it bordered on the criminal!(its a federal crime to retaliate against a worker for having come through the work comp system) This man cost me years of further anguish, the loss of my last few possessions, and the return of my cancer with zero coverage resulting in the loss of my Prostate, bladder, and glands! the appeals council refused to even review his decision, mind you they refused to even "review" it, an action that took them 14 months to inform me of! But I got this evil man back, the federal district court slam dunked him, though it tacked on an additional "two years" of waiting! My attorney at the time of the hearing simply told me straight up, this man is ruthless, even though your case is a no-brainer, its highly unlikely that you will prevail in front of him, he was more then understating the issue...

Judge: William G Brown
12/5/2013 2:50:11 PM

I was so scared about speaking in front of anyone, but the atmosphere in Judge Brown court was pleasant and straight to the points. I really liked the way he handle the procedures (straight to the point).

Judge: Roger W Thomas
12/3/2013 3:12:17 AM

Before I read this site, I also found inaccuracies, omissions, wrong provider information & information exclusions to support denial. I have had significant increased stress with using my provider time to understand how the medical reference was referenced. It seems like there was deliberate disregard to social security guidelines. I want to believe it is an honest mistake, but he would know I won't qualify to reapply again. Seems to feel families should bear the financial burden rather than the social security administration. Will use the same work history that gave you enough earning credits as a sword to deny you benefits. My hope is the situation can be remedied with providing additional information. If not, I guess it is why there is judicial review.

Judge: William G Brown
9/27/2013 7:52:45 PM

I was scared to death, but Judge Brown was very kind. He is the strong silent type who can read you, so above all else BE HONEST, if you are not this judge will see right through it. My hearing lasted less then 30 minutes, but a lot of information was covered during the time. I'm relieved to be done with court, and am thankful that this judge was very fair, and kind!

I don't believe in the American dream anymore
Judge: Roger W Thomas
8/28/2013 10:39:09 AM

Has the lowest rate of approval of Minnesota Judges. He misrepresent the facts so that he can deny you. This man clearly believes that everyone is out to con the system. I have contacted my Dr who denies ever stating what this Judge said. He also used a retired Dr from St Cloud. Being Jewish I am concerned what this Doctor said as St Cloud is the most Anti Semitic city in Minnesota. I was doomed from the start. This judge should be impeached.

Great Judge!!
Judge: Roger W Thomas
7/5/2013 9:20:30 AM

I totally disagree with the comments above. According to the numerous attorneys, he is well-known to be a tough judge to approve it. In my opinion, once he sees a claimant is really disabled, the judge is very nice and reasonable. He was very friendly to me during the hearing and made me very comfortable. I was very relax during the entire hearing.

Judge: George Gaffaney
3/7/2013 11:24:45 PM

Super intelligent judge. Cuts to the chase and is fair minded about disability claims.

Judge: George Gaffaney
2/22/2013 6:08:01 PM

Best judge I've come across. Smart and experienced.

An Honest Assesser
Judge: George Gaffaney
2/22/2013 6:03:34 PM

Judge Gaffaney presides over hearings with professionalism and intelligence. He is able to get to the heart of the claim and ask all relevant questions. Sometimes the claimants and representatives might not like this, but they have to admit that he is skilled at getting to the truth and bringing out discrepancies.

J. Schedlbauer
Judge: William G Brown
2/14/2013 11:50:06 PM

No clue if I got approved yet. I was so scared I was just about jumping out of my skin the whole time I was in there, but he never once made me uncomfortable. I thought in this type of hearing the judges would treat you like a criminal or a fraud looking for a handout but this was NOT the case with Judge Brown and I'm very grateful I went in front of him. Very kind and empathetic judge.

Judge: George Gaffaney
2/12/2013 12:36:57 PM

I don't think he was fair. The witness they provided even stated I could not work with my limitations... And yet I was still denied. There doctor they sent me to put it would be very difficult for me to work.. I just dont get it .

Judge: Raymond L Souza
2/8/2013 3:11:48 PM

I agree with previous comments. He was friendly and straightforward. Knew the file well. Issued a favorable bench decision.

Judge: Roger W Thomas
2/4/2013 1:35:20 PM

The corruption of the system and those involved and the inability of this Judge and I use this term loosely to execute his duties is astounding. I read some of the other comments posted and could not believe the similarities of what has recently happened with my wives hearing and subsequent "Unfavorable" findings. The double speak and and statements in the findings have so many errors its hard to believe that this judge still has a job, only a weatherman can make such errors and still be employed. This judge clearly put alot of thought into misrepresenting the facts of the case. The so called medical witness (MD) that provided testimony is not even qualified to testify with regards to my wife case. Our lawyer stated after the testimony was complete that if an MD is to compliant to support the claimant for approval, they are usually fired and no longer used to testify as it is the purpose of the system to do its best to deny any and all of the benefits the claimant is/are entitled to. I can only wonder how a they can live with there less than moral behavior. 2-1/2 years and counting, what a wonderful Government we have! I am so glad that I have had the opportunity to contribute over $850,000 to the Social Security Ponzi scheme. I rate the system and this judge a resounding negative 10 stars.

Judge: Michael D Quayle
1/11/2013 11:26:34 AM

He is a no nonsense judge very cordial but you really need to have a case put together well. Write a brief have all MER's in and state your case. He asks for an opening you should rely on the brief you wrote and he does most of the questioning but will allow atty/rep follow up

Judge: Mary M Kunz
1/11/2013 11:16:34 AM

Really nice judge treats atty/rep and client nicely but... this is a judge that you really need to prepare well for. She reads very little about a persons impairment related issues BUT educates herself very well with negatives in a medical record (i.e. traveling,smoking,drug use,job seeking,criminal history etc..) I do not believe she reads a brief that is submitted for a case (she hasn't done so in my cases) so when she asks for an opening treat it like she has not read your brief it and address everything as well as any and all the negatives. She will take at face value everything her VE testifies to and has used VE's in the past that "skim" over details of what they are testifying to that is favorable (i.e. will not say the percentage of time a person can be off task rather just say: "not much can a person be off task") Lastly listen closely to her hypo's they tend to not cover impairments in the medical records by treating providers but rather from what she garners or gleens from client testimony and DDS. Look at your case and prepare for this judge as if you are preparing an appeal at Federal District Court level and MAKE A RECORD.

Judge: Michael D Quayle
12/17/2012 8:49:36 AM

This judge is horrible. He assumes the worst without my ability to give explanation. Doctors are wrong many times and I couldn't even speak. He was very rude and condescending.

Judge: Roger W Thomas
11/12/2012 11:59:45 AM

Not a fan of him at all.

Judge: Richard N Staples
8/10/2012 6:49:11 AM

Richard Staples is very fair.

Judge: Christopher R Inama
8/7/2012 3:07:37 AM

I forgot to say that he looks for the legal ways to deny. Don't be fooled by the way he treats you.

Judge: Christopher R Inama
8/7/2012 2:39:33 AM

This judge is not looking for truth. He has other priorities.Race and nationality matter to him a lot.

What A Nightmare
Judge: Roger W Thomas
8/6/2012 2:14:12 PM

State of Minnesota Obstacles ♦ Up to two-thirds of SSI applicants drop out of the extensive approval process before getting to the hearing level. ♦ Minnesota is ranked 44th out of 50 states in the rate of people on SSI. ♦ In Minnesota, 57.6% of initial SSI claims are denied. Of all claimants who request reconsideration, 81.2% are denied. ♦ Total time from initial SSI application to hearing usually exceeds one year.

What A Nightmare
Judge: Roger W Thomas
8/5/2012 5:41:46 PM

This judge's track record is absolutely horrendous!! With no fault of his own, my brother in-law who lives with us will suffer the consequences of this judges decision for awhile!! We found this information out on this website just before my brother in-laws hearing. Judge Robert Thomas has the worst percentage for cases denied and 2nd worst for approvals. My brother in-law will now be added to this judges negative statistics. My brother in-law had extensive testing done by 3 separate Psychologist in the last 2 years for the mental disability he was born with. The results of 3 independent tests reached the same agreement that there was developmental cognitive disorder and other significant mental deficits that would make it extremely difficult for my brother in-law to work and hold a job. In conclusion this judge gave the opinion of other medical professionals significant weight and or great weight with their subjective comments. Some of these medical professionals had never seen, talked to or tested my brother in-law. The judge made his decision that my brother in-law was not disabled and denied him benefits. Some of the information we discovered when reading this judges decision was erroneous and not true. We were getting free, but horrible representation thru Chamberlin Edmonds. The attorney was supposed to arrive a 1/2 hour before the hearing to discuss my brother in-laws case. She was assigned to us just a week before the hearing. We had no previous contact with her until she arrived just moments before the hearing was due to start (1/2 hour late). We had 2 minutes of conversation with her and walked into the hearing room 5 minutes late. We plan to tell her she's fired. We also plan to appeal the decision of this judge and get more qualified representation thru Midwest Disability.

scott nation
Judge: Richard N Staples
6/29/2012 7:28:22 PM

******** judge not fair at all

Judge: Raymond L Souza
6/26/2012 2:01:27 PM

One of the best judges I have appeared before in representing clients before SSA. Very prompt (convened hearing 2 min. early!!)and very friendly. Joked with my client to put him at ease. He obviously read the file prior to the hearing. He chatted with my client for 10 minutes, then issued a favorable bench decision.

Judge: John J Rabaut
6/22/2012 11:20:12 PM

I requested that Judge Rabaut recuse himself from my client's case. He called and berated me for requesting the personal appearance of the CE, which is allowed by law. I told him that he was acting inappropriately and requested on the phone that he recuse himself, which he verbally denied. So, then I wrote a letter requesting he recuse himself and submitted the letter via Electronic Records Express. I asked in my letter that he never call me again and that he instead send me any communications via writing.

Judge: David B Washington
5/3/2012 7:57:06 PM

As someone who has brought cases before him many times in the past, I can attest that Judge Washington is indeed a very fine jurist and a compassionate man. One of the best I've come across.

Judge: Michael D Quayle
4/5/2012 10:24:51 PM

As an attorney practicing before Mpls ODAR for many years I was trouble by Judge Quayles absolutely disrespectful behavior towards a claimant at a recent hearing. I was absolutely ashamed as an attorney that a sitting judge, who knows better, let his emotions get the better of him. This was uncharacteristic of Judge Quayle and I hope I never witness such unprofessional behavior by him again.

Judge: Michael D Quayle
3/20/2012 11:08:31 AM

Judge: David B Washington
3/12/2012 9:50:50 PM

Excellent, understanding, empathetic judge who listens and cares about the person.