Columbia, Missouri ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Columbia, Missouri, 7 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Columbia, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 19.0 months. The average case processing time in Columbia is 639 days.The Columbia average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 34%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Columbia ODAR office was last updated on 3/9/2018.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Columbia 7 19.0 months 639 days 1.9 25% 34% 41%
Missouri18.8 months633 days1.622%38%40%
National Average:17.3 months577 days1.921%43%36%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied

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Judge: Debra J Denney
4/16/2019 12:51:02 PM

Still waiting on my decision, however I can say she was amazing, I'd been out of town before my hearing and ended up needing to do it by phone at last minute due to getting caught in a storm, but she willingly accommodated the situation, listened very thouroughly to everything and the details of my impairments. She was very kind, understanding and compassionate, as everyone I hope to get approved, but even if I don't, I still have nothing bad to say about her as a judge or person.

Judge: Dennis LeBlanc
2/17/2019 3:03:37 AM

I believe in my heart this judge is a fair and honest man who believes in the process of truth. I believe hhe listens to the person and looks at the evidence and studies long and hard before making his decision. So in my book he is what we need in a judge

Judge: Renita K Bivins
9/12/2018 8:36:18 PM

Renita K Bivins seems like a nice judge when you first go in there but beware because she is a ******** *****. There is a reason her approval rating is so low. She would not let me bring a family member in for emotional support, and she barely asked me any questions so it seemed she had her mind made up against me before my time to plead my case had even came. I knew enough to know to start volunteering information that I wanted the SSA to know because she wasn't asking. She didn't care that my doctor has been seeing me for years and the testimonials of my family members who know me best. She twisted anything I actually did say into a reason why I am able to work. If you drive then you comprehend the law and can follow direction so beware of that and god forbid you feed yourself. If you are unlucky enough to get this judge then I recommend you moving to another district or starting over with a new case because she will not approve you. She should not be a judge at all. Don't let her polite exterior fool you she is a *****.

William Ennis
Judge: Debra J Denney
8/19/2018 1:11:34 PM

Judge Denny let me tell my story completely! She was very kind, considerate and made me finally feel good about the Social Security system.

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

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

Judge: 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.

Judge: Kelli Wingate Campbell
9/26/2017 7:38:59 AM

this judge left out anything that was presented in my daughters (child) case that could of helped her be approved and only inserted things such as the dr. saying mostly normal findings over and over....she now has no medical coverage for her mental illness and this is why people such as her cant get the medical help they need after being on meds for 10 plus years now cant get any...I don't know how she sleeps at night knowing she is denying a child with disabilities her right to is not over ....I will go to my grave fighting this and I hope she drops DEAD real soon.....calling my 72 year old mother a liar is unexceptable after she has supported us for the last 15 years due to my child having a mental disability and me the mother being required to stay home to tend to the many problems she has .......This judge is a disgrace to our society and what U.S. stands for and should be terminated

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

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

M. Clinton
Judge: Renita K Bivins
8/15/2017 3:03:32 AM

Judge Bivins was fair on my case I really was expecting a different outcome. She was very nice and funny, do not under estimate her, she will get the job done as long as you tell her the truth she will definitely cross examines you. I had a great outcome. Good luck to you all.

Michael Dietz
Judge: Elizabeth Watson
7/30/2017 3:17:09 AM

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.

under oath
Judge: Belinda D Crutchfield
3/3/2017 1:58:33 PM

Her permanent record (decision rational) of my client stated a history of criminal charges to include 3 felonies, alcohol abuse, non-compliance with pain medication, 2 positives drug screens for marijuana, taking vacations when my client cannot drive, fraud, was referenced as the opposite gender, and threatened to falsify court records. Upon review, all is false. Crutchfield did falsify records. My clients history has none of this. As well as no relevance to our social security hearing, we were denied a chance to correct any of it. All of this was falsely documented and redundant in her "partially favorable" decision. Wow! Belinda D. Crutchfield is a liar! I am supposed to hold her in the highest regard for her authority? I do not. Hearing was June 30, 2016 via monitor from Enid Ok. I hope her friends and enemies see this. She has several issues of her own to include insecurity, infidelity, prescription drug use, male pattern baldness and being a liar.

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.

Justice Seeker
Judge: Renita K Bivins
1/30/2017 5:54:33 PM


Deborah Frisch
Judge: Elizabeth Watson
10/22/2016 1:45:29 AM

This judge brags on facebook that she majored in beer drinking at the UO. she has trampy pictures with visible nipples. She should be in prison for fraud and other crimes. What a stupid drunk tramp.

Judge: Renita K Bivins
8/10/2016 1:24:45 PM

Judge Bivins seem to be fair, from previous comments I was expecting a totally different person, she asked question and listen to my response, was rather nice, VE seem to be a little confused from the judge question, my case, my problem was the vocational so called expert, not an expert at all, hopefully he didn't hurt my case :(

Judge: Renita K Bivins
8/10/2016 1:24:11 PM

Judge Bivins seem to be fair, from previous comments I was expecting a totally different person, she asked question and listen to my response, was rather nice, VE seem to be a little confused from the judge question, my case, my problem was the vocational so called expert, not an expert at all, hopefully he didn't hurt my case :(

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: 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: Gerald Meyr
5/11/2016 11:49:14 AM

Judge Meyr was professional and ran his courtroom with integrity. He never talk over anyone and was patient during our testimony. He even explained that he would not be making eye contact because he was reading the notes and listening to us at the same time. I feel confident this judge has no agenda other than to make a fair determination.

Judge: Renita K Bivins
5/11/2016 10:21:09 AM

This woman does not understand the most basic aspects of disability law. Her 10% approval rate is so far outside the national bell curve that SSA needs to investigate why she is so far outside the national average - to be approving no more than 10% of cases assigned to her when the national average for approvals is a bit over 50% should make it clear that something is terribly wrong with the way this woman adjudicates cases. Recently, she demanded that a dead claimant (died in 2014 and it took SSA until March 2016 to hold the hearing) amend his alleged onset date to the following year simply because the claimant had earned SGA prior to his alleged onset date! She seems to be under the impression that if a person earns more than the SGA threshold amount in a given year then that person cannot be found disabled at any time in that year! It is inexcusable that SSA would allow someone who lacks understanding of one of the most fundamental aspects of disability law to work as a judge and pay them over $160K a year to improperly deny meritorious cases up to 90% of the time. If your case is assigned to this judge, you need to move into another jurisdiction so you can transfer your file out from under this judge before your hearing takes place.

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

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

Judge: Renita K Bivins
3/9/2016 12:03:56 PM

I understand that in this day and time there is abuse to the system. I'm all for fairness and people not abusing the system. But Judge Bivins is ALL ABOUT the numbers so she can look good. She is the most uncompassionate person. She should take time to dive into people's lives and situations because she wants to deny on anything even if you can wash your own hair. She has no idea about mental concerns when a person has worked their whole life and they had a severe traumatic event happen to them that has left them barely surviving. I've been seen by the same doctor since my tragedy everything documented but Judge Bivins doesn't care that she is dealing with people's lives that are really in need and can ruin their life forever.

Judge: G. Roderic Anderson
2/4/2016 3:58:03 AM

I have Parkinson's. I had brain surgery a couple of weeks ago. If a person with an incurable disease, that had to have holes drilled into their head and cannot go to the bathroom by themselves and cannot take care of the basic custodial needs is not considered disabled, who is? I am currently waiting for a local judge to get assigned to my case. I just picked a random judge to type my comment. I am vey frustrated that the SSA can say I am not disabled when the UNMC doctors and the surgery I have had states otherwise. will/can someone help me????????? I am not leaving my name because I really don't have any backlash.

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.

Judge: Robert Hodum
12/3/2015 7:54:39 AM

Very fair judge. Knowledgeable and courteous.

Judge: Elizabeth Watson
9/26/2015 1:59:15 AM

Judge Watson is a good judge.

Judge: Debra J Denney
8/13/2015 3:23:21 PM

Very nice Judge, my first time in front of her, very fair and to the point, no idea of outcome, but she is fair to the client, and that is all one can ask for in hearings.

Judge: Carol L Boorady
6/3/2015 1:16:28 PM

On the paperwork sent to us for the hearing, It states that you can have anyone and or a attorney to represent you. This Judge Carol was extremely rude and disrespectful in her voice,body language, and verbal style to our non attorney rep. If they want to treat people this way why do they waste their time in allowing non professionals to be reps. We do not have the denial or acceptance yet, but she was just as I believed she would be, do not know if that is good or bad but it is what it is?!?!?!!?

Kristina Sackett
Judge: Robert F Spaulding
2/5/2015 7:22:58 PM

The judge started out in a negative mood that shadowed the hearing. While I was approved, he removed 2 years off of my disability claim. The two years removed were the years that my Bipolar visor made it impossible for me to function. 2-4 days I could not get out of bed, days my husband stayed home from work because he was worried I would kill myself. The only conclusion I have is that This judge does not consider mental illness to be a real disease that can affect people's lives. From my work as an ER nurse, From working the Thurston Shooting, To raising a son diagnosed with Bipolar disorder at 13, and having to have him taken to the ER in police restraints because his violent outburst broke his father's nose and sprained my arm, I think I am very qualified to say that Bipolar disorder is a disease that is just as debilitating if not more that all of the blown out disc's in my back. Thank you for listening.

Judge: Renita K Bivins
1/29/2015 9:18:44 AM

Judge Renita K Bivins Is very investigative and comprehensive. She is fair if the evidence and testimony match. She is very concerned about doing her job by the book.

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?????

Disgusted by the System
Judge: Renita Bivins
8/23/2014 1:11:58 PM

I have never had to ask for help and had worked for 30 plus years until I was unable to do so in 2012. I was a nervous wreck at my hearing. I was there for over 2 hours being drilled up and down. I never thought in my life I would have to fight so hard for my benefits from a system that I have paid into that was supposed to be there when I needed it. She stated in my denial letter I was prone to hyperbole that I did not follow my doctors orders and I could go on and on.

broken back
Judge: Renita K Bivins
7/28/2014 4:43:33 AM

Judge Bivins is not a fair Judge, she picks one line out of the full medical report from 13 doctors that says you are disabled and denies your case saying that there has to be a job that you are able to do out there that will allow to to take breaks every thirty minutes to lay down for thirty minutes. I'm sorry but common sense says that no employer is going to allow you to do that. For a Judge , she's the dumbest i have ever seen and needs to be replaced instead of our tax dollars paying her , ( to obliviously lay down when ever she wants)

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

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

Judge: Renita K Bivins
7/17/2014 6:42:51 PM

Buckle your seatbelts for this one had court with Judge Bivins today very thourough and she goes by her script she will try to find the most easiest job for you to prove her case against even having a listing that should automatically qualify you for disability. She will cross examine you like a prosecutor so good luck and she is new to Covington Ga

Judge: Ross Stubblefield
5/27/2014 5:26:12 PM

He will smile in your face while stabbing you in your back. I told the truth and he still denied my claim, uncredible witness he said. 10 herniated discs, with terrible pain. Worked hard all of my life only to have this person call me a liar.

george Hall
Judge: Dennis LeBlanc
1/6/2014 9:16:39 PM

The Judge has ruled totally incorrect in a recent case. Since her major back surgery in October the lady has lost over 50 pounds and now only weighs 94 pounds. On top of that she had two other surgeries 2 weeks fter her back surgery and has since been diagnosed with chronic pancreatitus. She has been in and out of the hospitial since October 2, and now is hospitalized again and today had to have a feeding tube inserted since her pancreatitus had worsened. On top of all of this this Judge totally ignored the facts in this case. Just another BS rubber stamp denial. He doesn't even rate having any stars. His 12 page report was horse .... and he knows it. And the examing doctor that stated she could lift a hundred (100) pounds will be sued for improper diagnosis and malpractice.

Judge: Ross Stubblefield
4/13/2013 10:22:38 AM

When I was sworn in to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, they should of did the same thing with this judge. No wonder the social security system is total failure. It's based on one big scam and that's truly shameful. So many people have worked hard all their lives literally breaking their bodies and paying into a system that promises at your time of need the assistance will be there. But, when the time comes, they make you wait so long that you lose your home, your car,etc..... You have a nervous break down from the anxiety of waiting and mounting medical bills. These government monkey judges don't care. They all have at least a six figure income and probably the best health insurance money can buy. And bonuses from the government for every claim they deny. So why should they have compassion for their fellow man when their living so well. People wonder why it takes at least two years for the social security disability claim process. It's not because of the case load, there are hundreds, if not thousands of judges out there. The delay comes from the fact that judge will look at a case and study it ever so slowly to come up with as many illegal loop holes and lies as he or she possibly can just to stall the case. It's these lies and deceit that have caused the social security system to crash and burn.

Judge: Belinda D Crutchfield
4/9/2013 5:52:01 AM

I've had about four hearings with this judge so far. She is very fair, very well prepared and very efficient. She will tell you up front she is a stickler for certain details. For example, if there is any post onset income in the form of short term or long term disability, wages, work comp, etc. you will need to have documentation showing where the money came from and what it was for. If you don't have it a the hearing you'll get 24 hrs to get it in. Also, make sure your AOD is at least the day after the claimant last worked as opposed to the last day worked. She will ask for rep's theory of the case and then she will question the claimant. Often she will propose going right to the VE for hypos and will afford the rep an opportunity to question afterwards if necessary.

Judge: Ross Stubblefield
3/13/2013 11:10:45 AM

This judge kept a smile on his face the whole time I was giving testimony and 39 days later(total wait time two years) denied my claim. Multiple disc herniations with stenosis,multiple discs already fused and cauda equina. How many more spinal surgeries do I need and how much more nerve damage do I have to endure before I'm finally approved for disabilty. This is one piece of crap.

Judge: Robert Spaulding
3/2/2013 9:34:38 AM

Very very new judge. Typically asks questions of the claimant first and then will allow attorney time for follow up questions. He uses a VE and poses pretty good hypo's. I do not have a decision back so I dont know how favorable he is. He allows the record to be left open for additional MER's but you will need to take his proper scolding about it first.

Judge: Robert Hodum
2/23/2013 8:21:46 AM

BONUSES?!...... "....A former administrative law judge in the Huntington office told the Wall Street Journal in a May 2011 article he thought supervisors didn't crack down on Daugherty because he helped the office meet its goals for processing cases, which would bring bonuses. The Social Security Administration started investigating Daugherty after that May 2011 article, which pointed to Daugherty as an example of the financial strains that threaten to drain one Social Security disability fund dry. Daugherty told the newspaper he had done nothing improper in awarding disability payments to people. He resigned in mid-2011."

Bill Brown, Palm Springs, CA
Judge: Robert Hodum
2/22/2013 9:17:05 PM

Just becasue you were denied benefits on appeal does not mean the judge is bad. Stop trying to live off the taxpayers and get a job.

Judge: Gerardo R Pico
2/22/2013 8:34:42 AM

The best Judge very Honest

misty ragsdale
Judge: Belinda D Crutchfield
2/13/2013 12:57:37 PM

She heard my case on Jan 31st she was very understanding and made me feel very comfortable like talking to ur aunt very down to earth but was also very aware of evidence in Odar file she looked. At every exhibit she's very fair with you she made me change onsite date due to unemployment I collected but that's fair i sure she approved me even after I broke dow├▒ in court room I really liked her alot very fair respectful nice lady

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: Belinda D Crutchfield
2/7/2013 11:10:33 AM

Her hearings are quick and often don't require a lot of testimony. However be thorough with your listings, grid rules and theories of disability. She only really does two VE hypotheticals. So far her approval percentage is high so I would say she is very fair and concise.

Judge: Ken H Chau
1/7/2013 6:08:19 PM

RACIST! discriminating! Denied me because im white. Called me a liar! Absolute unfair!

Judge: Ken H Chau
12/30/2012 12:13:37 PM

Very professional.

Judge: Robert Hodum
12/25/2012 1:29:09 AM

Im scared....i had a hearing with Hodum....and he gave the Vocational Expert an extra week to find jobs for im wondering if thats a bad thing???

Judge: Gerardo R Pico
11/15/2012 6:46:47 AM

Very Honest!!!! Gets to the truth looking at all the facts! God Bless Him!

Judge: Debra J Denney
10/10/2012 1:57:16 PM

Very professional, respectful and compassionate.

Darlene owan
Judge: Robert Hodum
9/11/2012 3:13:18 PM

You are ever so right I live in Tennessee and the judge Denied me of my disability, and for a appeal I have to Wait two years before I hear from my appeal and that Stands an eighty five percent chance of being denied. I will need to make a new claim and loose all my back. And I am fifty five and of age for my benefits.

Judge: Robert Hodum
8/22/2012 6:15:14 AM

Sounds like a FAIR judge to me.....

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.

Anthony McC ormick
Judge: Jan E Dutton
5/2/2012 3:30:55 PM

Attention Jan E Dutton Hello, My name is Anthony McCormick and u have rejected me on my social security two times already,why I dont know..I really dont know what to say to convince you to give me social security so i can go on living and not live in depression,anxiety and pain.No the social security wont take my pain away but it will releive me of my depression and anxiety.It will help to make outstanding medical bill payments and house payments,put food on the table and clothing on our back.I am an american citizen born in this country and worked all my life untill i got ill..People like me look for ways to make money to get by and live,we will go through all extremes to get it when we are denied from the help we need.People like you put people in the situations of doing illegal or criminal actions to try to get benefits cause we cant work and the vibe i get from you not giving me social security is you dont care..For all the time I have worked in my life I think I deserve something...So please consider helping me ...Please

Judge: Robert Hodum
4/4/2012 11:00:11 AM

He's a coward who makes decisions on peoples behalf behind their backs instead of face to face. That kind of cowardice needs recognition. I'll bet if he was required to make decisions in the company of the litigants, his track record would be better. I'll bet if he were to see one of his former litigants on the street, one that was denied, he would turn tail and run like the yellow scum he is.

Judge: Robert Hodum
4/4/2012 10:48:29 AM

No doubt his decisions are based on ethnicity rather then facts. If medical information supports that I'm disabled, and I'm denied, then racism is the only conclusion that I can come up with. I truely think that he bases his decisions on the ethnicity of a persons last name or the color of their skin. He needs to be removed. He's no doubt a racist.

Judge: Robert Hodum
3/30/2012 2:05:16 PM

Judge Hodum is the most worthless piece of **** on the face of the earth. He does not take into account all viable information before making his uninformed decisions and does not have the mental ability to take all variables into account and understand them. Therefore, his decisions are uninformed and radical. If this is the type of garbage we have sitting on our disability benches in the State of Missouri, then no one need apply for benefits. His ability to twist the facts in the governments favor and deny claims based on partial information, should make him a prime candidate for a socialist decoration of the highest order.