Creve Coeur, Missouri ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Creve Coeur, Missouri, 12 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Creve Coeur, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 15.5 months. The average case processing time in Creve Coeur is 561 days.The Creve Coeur average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 36%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Creve Coeur ODAR office was last updated on 6/11/2019.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Creve Coeur 12 15.5 months 561 days 2.4 24% 36% 40%
Missouri15.3 months538 days1.822%37%42%
National Average:14.9 months500 days2.120%42%38%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied

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Judge: Randolph E Schum
5/6/2020 8:03:57 PM


Judge: Randolph E Schum
4/7/2020 1:06:52 PM

This judge is absolutely the worst, I am a 20 yr old Retired Military Veteran and at no time during the hearing took no time to thank me for my service, never looked at me and was very condescending. Ask me questions but never looked at me. This man needs to understand that you get respect where you give it. I served just as he did and needs a reality check. Acted as if he already had a decision before we even started. Terrible

Doesnt Matter
Judge: Koren Mueller
3/19/2020 10:42:58 PM

Update: Unfavorable all the things i deal with mentally and all the perfect proof in medical records i was denied. Its sad how the people who dont have problems could get approved but the people that really needs it doesnt. I'm tired of fighting. I should've just believed the last reviews. Deserves no stars but I'll give 1 i guess.

Brietta C
Judge: Koren Mueller
1/12/2020 11:34:38 AM

Recently had my hearing with her and I believe she is an overall very nice judge. Just waiting on a decision as of now but other than that she didnt seem as bad as people making her out to be. She's just doing her job.

Judge: Gerardo R Pico
9/23/2019 1:46:59 PM

I agree with past comments for Judge Pico;) He reviewed all facts in my case. Very intelligent, honest and fair. I could tell he has a good heart. God Bless you Mr. Pico.

Judge: Lori Imsland
7/11/2019 10:04:40 AM

Not professional in my opinion. Shows to much emotion and argues about something that has nothing to do with your case. Shouldn't be a judge of medical conditions if you don't have a medical degree. No stars deserved!

Judge: Lori Imsland
2/26/2019 9:54:34 AM

Will not award someone under 50 unless they meet a listing.

Judge: Randolph E Schum
9/21/2018 6:05:22 PM

Judge Schum was very kind in court, but his decision was entirely in favor of the vocational advocate who testified against me. This is a real ****** *****. Additionally, I was rated at low intelligence, but pleasant. That hurts.

Judge: Lyn Farmer
8/27/2018 7:36:55 PM

After 10 years of trying to get disability, I once again get a judge that refuses to do what the appeals judge said needs to be done on my case. My case was also deemed "dire need" because I was in the process of losing my home. Judge Farmer didn't care. As a matter of fact she actually opened the door and through me and my disabled son right out on the street. I thought that they are suppose to help people, not make them homeless. All doctors reports said I'm disabled but Judge Lyn Farmer doesn't believe any of them. I have carpel tunnel in both wrists and even had surgery on my right wrist. It failed and is worse now then it originally was. Judge Farmer said I can work using a keyboard. Yeah, right, hello, carpel tunnel, failed surgery. The Appeals Council said the judge needed to finish evaluating all the doctors reports and make a new DECISION. There's only 2 decisions - Yes or No. It was suppose to be Yes. Thanks, Judge Farmer for not doing what you were suppose to do.

****** *******
Judge: Randolph E Schum
5/21/2018 1:26:04 PM

Somehow this ********* ***** ** **** thinks a couple hours a day of an art hobby is enough to live on. I hope this ********* ***** **** of cancer or d**** slowly in a ****.

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

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

Judge: Robin J Barber
3/22/2018 6:26:09 PM

An ***** that does not know her job or who is actually disabled. I guess I should renounce my citizenship and sneak back into the country. Then the ******* government would give me all the help I need for my 15 abdominal surgeries over the last 18 years. I guess I can just keep working and have another surgery every 18 months. What a *****

Judge: Joseph R Doyle
1/31/2018 11:57:19 AM

Ahhh judge Doyle. Careful if you get this one especially if you are younger as he is the man when it comes to age discrimination. Unfortunately my conditions don’t care how old you are but he does. 700+ pages of medical evidence and a letter from a physician and he comes back and says not enough medical treatment.

Judge: Craig Ellis
1/11/2018 8:21:56 AM

He was by far the best Judge that I have ever been in front of. I was having issues with my ignorant attorney trying to botch my case but he still asked me questions and took time to see the reality of my situation...

David Goodman
Judge: Robin J Barber
9/22/2017 8:32:35 PM

These comments are edited and placed here by other people. Probably the administrator.. That's very bad, I know not 1 person to ever have a pleasant experience with this judge.. SHE ONLY DENIES.. Should be a crime !!!

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

Very straight forward get down to business judge

Judge: Lyn Farmer
8/24/2017 9:44:58 AM

I had my hearing yesterday, but I still wanted to leave feedback. Before my hearing, my attorney told me that it's difficult to gauge the direction that Judge Farmer will lean because she allows the attorney to do the majority of the talking and doesn't ask many questions. However, in my hearing, she led the discussion, with my attorney talking, perhaps, five minutes: once to ask me questions to encourage me to flesh out how my issues affected my daily life and once to counter the vocational expert. (The vocational expert testified that I could do no jobs in the national economy, which is a positive!) Even though I don't have an decision yet, I really felt that Judge Farmer was interested in truly learning about how my disabilities affected my life, and how they prevented me from working. No question she asked -- and she asked a lot -- was unreasonable or unfair. If I were in her place, they would have been questions I would have asked. I know there are judges that already have their minds made up before even meeting a claimant, but if that were the case with Judge Farmer, I couldn't detect it all. Incidently, upon leaving the hearing, my attorney stated that she felt it went very well because she could gauge how the judge was leaning based on her questions, which was toward an approval. Of course, nothing is set until I get that decision. But however the judge leans, I will feel that she was as impartial as possible.

Judge: Koren Mueller
7/7/2017 5:55:50 AM

Korin Mueller has one of the lowest case approval ratings. If you are unfortunate enough to have her appointed as your Judge, consider your hearing as only a formality. How there can be a 40% difference between Judges approval of cases is beyond me. The judge you are assigned is most important part of deciding your approval for SSD. How you dress, behave, or answer questions is secondary. The most important factor is the Judge that you are assigned. Just hope that the Judge lottery does not appoint Korin Mueller as your judge.

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

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

Judge: Victor L Horton
5/12/2017 9:31:23 PM

I had Judge Victor Horton for my disability appeal. I really liked him. I felt that he was considerate of my feelings. I had read other comments on her prior to my hearing and I was a bit worried about having him as my judge. I think that as long as one is being honest and straight forward with his questions, then you'll do just fine. I don't know if I've been approved or not yet.

Judge: David Tobias
4/5/2017 7:33:13 PM

I just went before judge Tobias yesterday 4/4/17 and he seemed fair and asked all questions due to my medical records from multiple doctors. I did not think the vocational testimony from the woman was correct or fair and there were so many questions and answers I wanted to answer her but couldn't I am awaiting my decision from the judge and feel with over 800 pages of medical evidence and the medicine I take dayialy that I could be denied I can not work I just hope and pray that the judge can see that it's a horible thing being this sick at my age but it's all genetic and holes in my heart from birth and the nurological problems and breathing asthma with machines to sleep at night wich don't even work I can never work a full or part time job I would be absent more then 20% easily and would get fired in an instant. Please your honor I am in horrible health and had to move in with my parents as a single dad and haven't worked since 2010 before that I was a workaholic I can't even walk or play with my son and that breaks my heart. I wish I can be 100% healthy my life would be a billion times easier and better and funner. So I feel this judge will decide on proof and evedance so for that reason I think he was a nice judge who will do his job. Thank you for letting me comment

William riley
Judge: Koren Mueller
1/2/2017 3:39:31 PM

She very fair

Judge: Koren Mueller
12/30/2016 4:36:01 PM

I am writing this to all who give judges 5 stars before they hear results and also to the nature of the disability system in MO which is legitimately corrupt. I believe judges should be fair and reasonable and LISTEN to the medical reasons for a disability as well as examine Dr. records. Some judges will do this and still reject your claim. Others will be rude and talk over your comments and ignore everything you say just to deny you. This is wrong and these judges need to be removed from the bench. The press should have revealed this long ago. From my understanding, the system uses the monies for disability claims to also pay the judges and then give them a bonus if they deny claims more than approve if there is money left over. This is highly questionable and unfair. I believe the entire system needs to be setup again properly with good judges and a fair payment to them for service not from the funds of the afflicted. I hope Governor-Elect Eric Greitens can clean up and drain prejudicial and unfair swamp soon! St. Louis and MO is in dire need of a major change in our judicial system to make it fair and equitable for real hurting disabled individuals and not give out awards for skin color or any other reason.

Mike Swanson
Judge: James B Griffith
12/16/2016 11:11:41 AM

James Griffith -- Arrogant, Condescending, Unprofessional. Incompetent and Disrespectful Federal Employee. Bully. I had surgery on my gonads as a result of a motorcycle accident and James Griffith really seemed to dwell on that, asking way too many questions about my penis. It made me very uncomfortable. It was totally unrelated to my disability claim, so I do not understand why he would engage in this line of questioning. He seems to hate military veterans. Maybe it's because deep down inside, he knows that he was too much of a wimp to join up himself.

Judge: Robin J Barber
9/2/2016 9:21:31 AM

Judge Barber was very professional and compassionate. It was a very pleasant experience. She makes you feel at ease when you are there.

Judge: Randolph E Schum
7/19/2016 4:44:48 PM

Although i was very unimpressed with the lack of care my physicians paid to my records i felt as if Judge Schum listened with courtesy and respect to what i had to say about my conditions. I am unsure how the verdict will turn but i can say while in his chambers his honor treated me with dignity and respect.

Judge: Randolph E Schum
7/12/2016 4:36:39 PM

Terrible, rude, condescending, unprofessional.

Judge: Lyn Farmer
6/21/2016 5:14:03 PM

Your Honor, What advice could you give to an individual that realizes many errors and omissions have taken place with their disability claim. This would be like a modern day "agent orange" claim. 12" Med Records on his side. ICD on his side. E-E was he. Which direction shall he move towards? Main Street Palisades LLC

william skasick II
Judge: Bradley Hanan
4/12/2016 10:45:15 PM

Its very rare in todays society that you meet someone in Judge Hanans position that listens interacts with claimant and also shows so much professionalism of his job. You can't helpvbut feel that he wants to hear your story of how you got to this point in your life's journey. My advice is if you don't draw him as your ALJ your missing out on one fine judge.!!

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.

Mark Koester
Judge: Robin J Barber
3/14/2016 10:48:59 PM

This judge seems courteous but she definately ignores the facts of the case. My wife had several doctors treat her which included three spinal surgeries . There are several more to come. My wife had to endure the denials of two judges before Barber. She runs with constant pain and suffering and disability for several years and the judge can't understand the facts and apparently hasn't done the research . Complete fail. Disgusting .

Judge: James B Griffith
12/2/2015 10:10:31 AM

I went before this judge and all the above comments are correct. He is very heartless he never even made eye contact with me was sarcastic to my attorney. We walked away after only 25 minutes he only ask me 2 questions. My claim was denied and we are appealing it.

Judge: W. Gary Jewell
9/15/2015 8:45:35 AM

Judge Jewell did not use the correct information in making his decision on my SGA appeal. He used the incorrect year of earnings, my job title was incorrect and he did not consider all employees are disabled who work for my employer. If the correct information was considered, I know the outcome of the decision would have been favorable to me. Although his demeanor was very nice, his decision was based on the incorrect facts

Lisa Far
Judge: Craig Ellis
9/1/2015 8:48:54 PM

He was a horrible judge!!! He ignored my illnesses and with physical proof from doctors tests in his hands, essentially called me a liar. I was and still am so upset, I truly have not been able to work and haven't been for about 8 years now. His decision claimed, that I knew that 3-4 years after applying for SSDI, whether approved or not my life would be easier, forget that I'm in constant pain, also when I didn't work I was a stay home 24/7 Mom he didn't bother to ask. He deemed me as lazy and looking for a hand out. He did not read my med charts nor smart enough to understand them. I was just a lazy Mom of 3 young kids, and when I did work paid a hefty sum for child care to work, till my body gave out. He is the WORST Judge!!!!

Judge: Randolph E Schum
8/26/2015 4:03:35 AM

this man thinks you are non-compliant if you disagree with your doctors and make your own health care decisions. he is horrible.

Judge: James B Griffith
7/18/2015 4:52:31 PM

I have been representing claimants for two years now and have never been in front of a more pompous, arrogant, rude judge. He seems like someone who gets off on being in power and belittling others. My heart sinks when I see that he is the judge I am going in front of. I can't say enough bad things about this man.

Judge: James B Griffith
7/4/2015 11:28:25 AM

Judge James B. Griffith was polite, kind and very brief at my hearing. All he said was that my evidence was in order and that he is approving my disability. Then, he signed the paperwork. The whole process took less than 5 minutes. I guess it pays to have good attorneys and everything to prove you deserve disability.

Judge: Joseph R Doyle
9/27/2014 8:59:17 AM

Judge Doyle is very polite, extremely attentive and really listens closely to everything that is said. He begins the hearings on time, and he is efficient and straight to the point. He made me feel at ease. I was satisfied about the entire hearing process the day of my hearing.

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

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

elizabeth H
Judge: W. Gary Jewell
8/16/2014 3:14:06 PM

I think that he was a fair judge.I don't know the outcome of my hearing yet.My attorney was very incompitaint.He didn't even know what I got diagnosed with and wouldn't tell the judge about the 25 plus medications Im on and the side effect of those medications.I don't see how someone spends there day taking pills from the time they get up till they go to bed and don't supper side effects.i am nausea from morning till night and over half my medications cause drowsiness.I hope that they judge seen that my lawyer did not present my case in the right fashion.i am so so upset.

Judge: Sheila E McDonald
7/29/2014 12:58:18 PM

Her Honor was a very pleasant and fair judge. She studied my medical records like a good judge should. I was approved but even if I hadn't been, I was happy with her questioning and overall professionalism. Judgement was less than a month which surprised me after hearing all the horror stories.

Judge: J. Pappenfus
5/20/2014 1:29:43 PM

Worst Judge Ever......She more or less so called me a liar and said the only reason I stopped seeing my Doctor was because he wouldn't prescribe me narcotics which is a TOTAL lie....I started seeing my doc in 2012 and that's when she said I dropped him was in 2012 even my lawyer cant stand her cause he warned me about her before I had to go in front of her........Lets just say I would have honestly rather went in front of Judge Judy

Judge: James B Griffith
5/7/2014 11:02:05 PM

This creep ruined my life. He was rude, and highly nasty and screamed at myself and my lawyer at the time. He ignored evidence, and his behavior started a chain of events in which the next "judge" ignored evidence as well, despite me having more evidence than the first time in court. Because of his behaviors, and the behaviors of the SSA, and them deliberately dragging their feet on my case for 7 yrs, they caused me to no longer be eligible for SSD, only SSI, in which the so called gvt can ****** money from SSI as they see fit. There is a time limit on whether you can be eligible for SSD and this fool and all of his buddies were in cahoots together to try and ruin me. I also filed a complaint to the White House, the mayors office in Jefferson City as well as the commissioner's office and all of that was to no avail. SSA thinks they are God, and they will back up the judge no matter how much evidence he ignored, no matter how racist they are, they will back that person up. Now are you ready for this? I found out that he is no longer listed with the SSA judges. How interesting is that. Can you sniff sniff, smell a cover up? I can. I guess his buddies told him that there were too many complaints and that he needed to retire. I hope to God with the REAL God, that he gets everything that he deserves in life. How dare you p** on ppl who have lost their health, lost their careers and now they lost their chance for a real hearing with a real judge with real emotions.

Judge: Victor L Horton
4/8/2014 8:14:08 AM

It wasn't easy at first. He was very helpful. I didn't have an attorney..He wasn't able to help me as one. He listened to what I had to say and extended my approval/denial. So I may get my witness statements in. But trying to get a hold of him when he said I could talk to him if I needed anything else. Extension etc.. This is issue I am having right now. Not able to get a hold of him at all. That is hard very hard. I don't think anyone wants to patch me through to him. Or what.

Judge: J. Pappenfus
11/25/2013 7:33:21 PM

Before we even went on the record I was reprimanded like a child for trying to eat a mint. My medication and condition makes my mouth dry! It seemed like she had me pegged as a liar before i even opened my mouth. She has some sort superiority complex. Her attitude was standoffish and accusatory! I told the truth for EVERY question she asked me and i am pretty sure i will penalized for it. i KNOW i am sick. My doctors KNOW i am sick. This woman has NO RIGHT to sit there and act like she has any idea what being sick and in pain is like let alone hold other people's lives in her hands. I was fighting tears the whole hearing but was afraid of letting even one tear fall in front of this heartless woman! What kind of person, law aside, treats people that way?!!

Judge: James B Griffith
8/29/2013 1:25:33 PM

This ALJ did grant my client's case and of course I was very gracious. And to his credit he may have a generous heart, but it does not show in how he conducts himself on the bench. He rudely kept sending the court reporter to try to force us to begin early and my client had questions before we went into hearing. Once we entered, he was quite rude and unprofessional. For example, he asked about the amended onset date and when I told him. He shouted and asked if I forced claimant into amending her onset date or threatened to kill her. He told me I was being combative ---- there was a better way he could have handled this. When I told him to repeat what he needed from us, he turned really ugly..... To get irritated and upset because someone has a question is being a huge jerk. More like a power tripper as someone on this blog stated. I normally amend onset dates on the record and never had an issue but he likes a specific line of questioning from attorney to claimant where claimant swears you did not threaten their life to change their disability date. I completely understand why he does it, but just explain it because every judge handles this differently, don't be a huge d*ck about it.

Judge: Julian Cosentino
5/22/2013 1:32:46 PM

I was a nervous wreck before and during my hearing, as most of us are. I had read reviews here for months prior and of course we never know which judge will hear our claim and whether they will approve our disability. I thankfully was in a hearing with Judge Consentino. He asked questions, listened intently and nodded as I spoke, which helped me to continue vs. forgetting all that I needed to say. When I started crying, he told me that it was ok and that it was very normal for people to cry at this process. He seemed very kind and bid me farewell as I left the room. I received my approval before 30 days, I was shocked at how quickly, since it took so long for my hearing date. I feel Judge Consentino was very fair and his report for my fully favorable decision was thorough. Best of luck to you.

Judge: Victor L Horton
4/16/2013 5:30:53 PM

could not be more obvious this person has spent his entire life living off the federal government in some capacity. Biased and foolish.

Judge: Victor L Horton
4/16/2013 5:20:46 PM

fundamentally insecure. Asks questions and points out inconsistencies in claimant statements, sometimes well below their intellectual capacity and at other times so obviously trivial. Then he looks to others in the room to react to what he has obtained from the claimant. Asks questions which would never be admissible if Social Security hired its own counsel and then relies on the information he elicits. If he is going to approve someone he will then advocate for Social Security and eliminate the claimant's back pay or a substantial portion of it.

Judge: J. Pappenfus
4/13/2013 4:07:48 PM

Just wanted her know my brother took his life last month. Maybe she should understand what pain can do to someone before she treats them like ****. He came out of her hearing crying and upset do to her behavior towards him He was never able to get over it. Better understand people before you judge all people the same. Sincerely, I hope you live a lonely life like our family has to.

Judge: Craig Ellis
4/10/2013 7:27:00 PM

Judge: Randolph E Schum
3/29/2013 8:27:21 AM

He's very conservative and will only pay very strong cases. Can be snide/sarcastic in comments to reps. Does not hide his disdain for the ill-prepared or people with credibility issues.

Judge: Bradley Hanan
3/29/2013 8:24:20 AM

Very pleasant and understanding judge. Tends to talk very fast. Treats claimants and reps very well. Usually questions claimants first and then lets rep follow up. Gives realistic hypos to VE.

Judge: F. T Eckert
3/29/2013 8:21:35 AM

Very pleasant, friendly judge. Usually does not have expert witnesses at hearing. Will allow openings/closings. Normally covers background questions himself and then turns over to rep to develop impairment details. Very fair judge.

Judge: Julian Cosentino
3/29/2013 8:19:16 AM

This judge likes to do shorter hearings (30 min); if there are any earnings/income after AOD you will need documentation! He has a very pleasant disposition and will do thorough, conversational questioning of claimant. He doesn't usually ask for opening or closing statement. Has a reputation as being a very fair judge.

Judge: Robin J Barber
3/29/2013 8:16:51 AM

I've had several hearings with Judge Barber. She is very friendly, compassionate and has a good sense of humor. She often comes across as a bit discombobulated and disorganized in her approach and questioning, but she is always professional and treats claimants and reps well. I think the most important issue for her is credibility. She zeros in on any inconsistencies with testimony, histories given to doctors, etc. Your case needs to be very clean on that score or she will deny you. She is very conservative and will only pay really strong cases.

Judge: William E Kumpe
3/29/2013 7:55:46 AM

I've had several hearings with Judge Kumpe. He has a military background, is used to getting things done efficiently. He does talk quickly, often in short, clipped sentences and can use terminology and analogies that are hard to follow. I've had clients tell me after the hearing they couldn't understand half of what the judge was talking about. Still, he's always been very pleasant and professional in how he runs his court. He will do things like fire quick little questions to the claimant such as "What's 7 x 25?" "What is the color of that wall? In that sentence I just gave you, what is the subject? What is the verb?" These are little tests that he knows will get unrehearsed answers and tell him what he needs to know about the claimant's functioning. More often than not, when I go in for a hearing, the judge will do a brief questioning and then order Consultative Exams and will likely schedule a supplemental hearing. I get the impression he doesn't think much of the DDS examiners routinely used and he often wants more accurate and thorough exams, especially where claimants have had limited medical work up. I think he's a very fair and understanding judge.

Baby Boy Blue
Judge: Robin J Barber
3/28/2013 8:10:10 AM

It must be noted to all that someone edits these comments.

Judge: J. Pappenfus
3/25/2013 9:08:39 AM

Very abusive lady should not be on bench.

Judge: James K Steitz
3/21/2013 8:28:49 AM

Great individual and even if my client loses it is a professional experience.

Judge: A. Klingemann
3/20/2013 5:42:59 PM

This judge is terrible. Not sure by looking at this judge in person if it is a man or a woman but very rude person. Doesn't approve anybody and lies on decision letters.

Judge: James E Seiler
3/18/2013 10:58:42 PM

Does anyone know how long it takes Judge Seiler to send his decision out? I seen him in December and he sent me to a consultative exam,my attorney just send in her final brief to Judge Seiler about 2 1/2 weeks ago.Any help about how long Judge Seiler takes to send his decision out,would be greatly appreciated

Judge: A. Klingemann
3/18/2013 7:07:25 PM

This Judge is cruel and manipulative. I don't know how she sleeps at night. It wasn't enough to deny my disability again and again, she had to be insulting and mean. I truly feel compassion for ANYONE who gets her. If I have to step foot in her court room for the fourth time I will die.

Judge: William E Kumpe
3/14/2013 2:19:41 PM

Honest,efficient,no non-sense,fair,thorough and helpful. Explained process, and issues that determine his decision. Spoke very fast in legal-ese which made it difficult to follow everything.

Judge: J. Pappenfus
3/13/2013 6:38:03 AM

She is a alcoholic and takes it out on rest of the world.

Judge: James B Griffith
3/11/2013 3:13:36 PM

He is a total jerk!

Judge: J. Pappenfus
3/7/2013 2:32:18 PM

Are there negative numbers like -10 to describe her.

Judge: James K Steitz
3/7/2013 2:29:50 PM

Excellent judge.I don't always win in front of him,but we always get a fair shot.I wish that ODAR could clone him.He is thoughtful,respectful and dignified.He is proof that someone can do a great job,be fair and conduct themselves in an exemplary manner.

Judge: J. Pappenfus
3/7/2013 2:20:48 PM

Worst judge hands down anywhere in any court,not just social security.Is the most confrontational ,ill-manner person you will ever meet.Asks stupid irrelevant questions and has no empathy towards anyone,regardless of how sad their situation may be.Yelled at a claimant who had an operated brain tumor because she struggled to express herself concisely enough.Has no regards to any standards of decency or civility.

Judge: Craig Ellis
3/4/2013 11:50:12 PM

Great Judge he really understands

Judge: J. Pappenfus
3/2/2013 1:32:45 PM

To say you tried and worked in front of this judge she will chew your *** out. Told her i tried to work and it didn`t go good. She told me if i thought i was disabled why did i try to work ? Feeling of self worth and seeing if i could. She shouldn`t be on bench at all something is wrong with her. I`m no expert but i have seen people that are not stable and she is on top of the list. I understand everyone coming in front of her does not qualify for benefits, but she takes her hearing to a whole another level. I feel sorry for anyone that has to go in front of this person. You can be good at your job but her disrespecting of people who go in front of her is not called for. She had me in tears and chewed up my lawyer and made her look bad. I think about ending my life everyday cause of what i go threw and that day almost pushed me over the edge.But i believe life will get better in time and pray every night for happiness and just having one good day a week helps me make it thru the week. I will never say a prayer for this women she needs to step down and go home to kick her dog. Sorry for post but i had to vent some how. Good luck for anyone who goes in front of this mean person.

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

The best Judge very Honest

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

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

Judge: Randolph E Schum
2/6/2013 1:36:04 PM

I have heard that this Judge is possibly in cahoots with some Dr. Spencer guy who just does what he's told. Who appoints these people?

Judge: James E Seiler
1/23/2013 11:03:13 AM

He didnt talk at all at my hearing. Just swore me in. He is very informal. I like him because he gave me an approval.

Judge: Bradley Hanan
1/14/2013 8:44:57 PM

I was in front of Judge Hanan last week, as the determination of my case is still unknown to my 100% I feel compelled to share my expirience. I agree with everything I read so far. He is fair, he is kind, he does listen , and he does ask a lot of questions that are important. He judges you only for what he hears and sees in his court room , any prior testimony from other SSA workers is not an issue. As I know I need my Disability and its well deserved, I am pretty sure he has approved my case because he is smart and knowledgable. I really liked him.

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Judge: Robin J Barber
1/10/2013 9:20:59 PM

As far as being an ALJ Judge goes she is an awesome lady. During the hearing she came off as a very kind and easy going person. Very down to earth.

Judge: Kenneth G Biskup
1/10/2013 9:19:13 AM

Extremely fair and listened to my case.

Judge: J. Pappenfus
12/24/2012 10:20:35 AM

She is quite possibly the worst judge in the country. She has no heart and no soul. The administration and everyone affiliated should be embarrassed that so many have been denied without having a full and fair hearing. I wonder how many who would normally be found disabled in front of most average judges have died as a result of her intentional disregard for the law.

Judge: J. Pappenfus
12/12/2012 10:02:03 PM

The Honorable Judge Pappenfus presided over my case over a year ago. While I did not enter into the hearing with any expectations of the Judge being amiable, neither did I expect the disdain in which I was treated. But despite leaving the hearing near tears, I left choosing to believe that she was not a pernicious person at heart, but that she might possibly be having such a serious cause of concern in her private life so that her attentions might have been elsewhere. And as such, I earnestly prayed for her and her family. And while she did not award a favourable decision (and based in part on her complete and utter lack of regard to my physicians statements, the Federal Courts have since ruled to remand my case back to the ALJ for review, and in a different city this time), I continue to keep her in my thoughts and prayers. Regardless of all that I’ve read, I still refuse to believe that she is a bad person. And for those who have suffered her disapproval and your cases end up getting remanded, look on the bright side...your next ALJ can't be any worse. :)

Judge: Robin J Barber
11/29/2012 9:30:21 PM

Yet her approval rating is 15%

Judge: J. Pappenfus
11/29/2012 8:56:46 AM

I have been very close to walking out of the hearing office with her due to her abusive and ignorant behavior. I personally know of two or three reps who actually did.

Judge: Robin J Barber
11/22/2012 6:14:12 PM

You must have some really bad cases to be denied by Judge Barber. She has been really straight forward with all my clients and I have NO problem with apperances before her

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: Craig Ellis
11/15/2012 1:11:59 AM

Great Judge

Judge: Randolph E Schum
10/15/2012 9:43:06 AM

This judge is one of the most fair, judicious judges in the system. He is highly intelligent and takes great care and concern in deciding his decisions.

Judge: Victor L Horton
10/2/2012 2:13:51 PM

He'll act like he's listening, but he's not. Is mind is already made up before your hearing, he's just going through the motions. Then when you get your denial, you'll see that he only uses the evidence that benefits his decision and doesn't even acknowledge the evidence that supports a favorable decision.

Judge: J. Pappenfus
9/28/2012 6:39:16 AM

This judge is the worst judge I have ever appeared before including State and Federal courts. I have represented claimants in over 1,000 hearings from the west coast to the east coast and she is hands down the worst judge I have ever had the unfortunate privilege to have appeared before. She is rude, mean, crude, abusive, insensitive, and worst of all ignorant as to the applicable laws, rules and regulations. It is impossible to prepare your client to appear before this ALJ because she treats the attorneys just as horribly as the claimants. Multiple complaints have been filed with Creve Coeur ODAR, Social Security and the Chief Judge all to no avail. She requests claimants obtain information that is not relevant to their case and constantly continues hearings to obtain information that does not exist for a particular claim all to just deny the case in the end. DO NOT give up on your good claim just move closer to downtown St. Louis to get out of the Creve Coeur jurisdiction OR to another state.

Judge: J. Pappenfus
9/12/2012 5:02:10 PM

Totally agree. She is the worst ALJ in the state and among the worst in the country. Unfortunately, despite her obvious bias she will continue to prey on the weak and disabled. SSA is only interested in punishing the ALJ's who they believe are paying too many claims.

Judge: Bradley Hanan
9/7/2012 5:25:43 AM

Very good judge - no nonsense, straight-to-the-point. I agree with the 8/8/12 post.

Judge: J. Pappenfus
8/29/2012 3:37:29 PM

Have been doing hearings over 20 years. This is the only judge I will post on. This judge does not get the fundamental nature of a trial is to be heard by an impartial adjudicator. Perhaps its time Social Security hires judges the same way the rest of the country des through legitimate appointments or elections. In all of my years of practice this is the only judge I would say should be removed from the bench

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

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

Judge: Julian Cosentino
8/8/2012 11:35:22 AM

This judge is a good guy. He gives the claimant the benefit of the doubt.

Judge: Bradley Hanan
8/8/2012 11:32:42 AM

This guy is a good judge. He knows what he is doing and he is fair. He is balanced in his decisions; not too lenient, not too strict. If all judges were more like him, I think the system would be much better off.

Judge: James B Griffith
8/8/2012 11:24:52 AM

This guy is a *****. He will approve claims, but he the whole process is just weird.

Judge: Victor L Horton
8/8/2012 11:21:36 AM

Not a good judge. He doesn't want anyone to have any back pay. He'll try to cheat you out of benefits.

Judge: Randolph E Schum
8/8/2012 11:18:02 AM

A horrible person. One of the worst ALJs out there.

Judge: J. Pappenfus
8/8/2012 11:15:46 AM

I truly think she is just a bad person.

Judge: A. Klingemann
8/8/2012 11:10:16 AM

She sucks! She is a new judge and doesn't understand the law very well. She is pleasant in person, but is not sincere. She talks a mile a minute. Hope you don't get her. She denies even good cases.

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

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

Judge: Robin J Barber
7/16/2012 11:15:49 AM

I'm sorry that your experience wasn't a good one. I did kind of worry when I came here and seen her approval rate vs. her disapproval rate. I was told that I could not have a nicer judge. She seemed like she understood for the most part, and I hope that reflects i her decision and she doesn't change her mind upon review. She did say she was backed up, I hope that doesn't mean that it will take even longer than normal.

Judge: Robin J Barber
7/13/2012 7:50:24 AM

The decision may be written by an attorney or paralegal but it is the ALJ's signature attached and he or she is responsible for its content. I'm glad she was nice to you but I would not be fooled she is a negative ALJ and is prone to mistakes.

Judge: Robin J Barber
7/5/2012 3:32:13 PM

I just met with this judge on the 2nd. Being severely agoraphobic it was hard enough to leave the house let alone sit in a strange place and try to explain to strangers to the best of my ability what was/is wrong with me without claming up and panicking/puking/crying. She had a very professional demeanor and was very patient and seemed to really listen. For that I am thankful and consider myself lucky. I also wonder what the comment pertaining to the "writing of the decision" means, considering I was under the impression that most decisions are written by a completely different person only using an outline of the reasons the judge decided deemed someone "disabled".. Maybe I am incorrect on that one, hmmm.

Judge: James B Griffith
6/21/2012 6:06:31 AM

I have had this judge before. He is pretty intimidating. I hope things go better the second time around!

Judge: J. Pappenfus
6/18/2012 7:18:07 AM

Sale date on my home and everything i ever worked for about to go. Health going down fast. bmp protein i signed waiver for in my neck was not FDA approved and is swelling up causing more neurophy. People say GOD has a plan I say bull....... .People tell me i`m a stronge person for what i have been threw the last ten years. I say bull....... i`m done

Judge: J. Pappenfus
6/14/2012 5:28:48 PM

One of the worst ALJ's in the country. She is abusive and bias. She has no hear and no soul.

Judge: F. T Eckert
6/8/2012 1:26:32 PM

He's pretty amazing. Hardly denies any cases. You do most of the questioning and if you do it right and present a compassionate claimant, he'll likely approve. His hypos are usually based on the crediblity of the claimant- which the VE says no jobs, which equals a FF.

Judge: J. Pappenfus
6/5/2012 1:27:27 PM

Judge: J. Pappenfus
6/4/2012 10:02:56 AM

I don`t mind changing onset date doesn`t matter one difference to me. I have lost are losing my house anyway cause of backlog of cases. I`m upset i had to loose everything including 401k,company stock, etc to keep roof over my child's head.

Judge: J. Pappenfus
5/21/2012 5:45:27 PM

Well she made me feel like a dirt bag with no compassion at all. For the fact its not a perfect world i tried to work and get questioned for it. I dont want to be on disability my whole life, i want to get better.I cant provide a good life for my daughter on disability. I made some bad choices in my life when younger that still haunt me. But i have always been a good worker with solid working history. Looks like i will lose my case and this is my gut feeling. I always was told to be polite growing up. She made me feel like i was ignorant. I grew up in a very abusive childhood of verbal assaults. This was like going back in time all over again.

Judge: A. Klingemann
5/10/2012 2:53:33 PM

Apparently another negative ALJ out of this office. She will be nice but she is one of the newer judge's who have been trained to deny the majority of claims and to distort testimony and medical evidence. This office pales in comparison to the STL ODAR in terms of how ALJ's conduct their hearings.

Judge: James B Griffith
5/10/2012 11:14:41 AM

This judge just likes to be adversarial with the attorney/claimant. It is a power trip for him. Don't let him fluster you, but be confident in your testimony/closing statements, etc.

Judge: Robin J Barber
5/10/2012 8:03:13 AM

I hope she ends up being one of the better ALJ's in that office. However, lets keep in mind ALJ Pappenfus and ALJ Schum deny most everything and ALJ Griffith is always in a bad mood even when he pays claims.

Judge: J. Pappenfus
5/7/2012 9:34:36 AM

Another bias ALJ who is abusive. She doesn't pay claims unless its amended onset the day of the hearing. She does get remanded frequently because she has total disregard for the applicable law

Judge: James B Griffith
4/30/2012 3:04:23 PM

I cannot even give him a star..he is so absolutely unprofessional and disrespectful. I abhor knowing that I am getting this judge.

Judge: James B Griffith
4/30/2012 1:43:45 PM

One of the most condescending Judges I have ever seen.

Judge: Julian Cosentino
4/30/2012 11:50:55 AM

ALJ Cosentino has been doing this work for a long time and really knows SSA. He is fair and very professional in his conducting of hearings. He gives ALJ's a good name.

Judge: Robin J Barber
4/30/2012 11:49:37 AM

This ALJ seems very kind. Yes she is new, but I think she will end up being one of the better ALJ's in this office simply due to her compassion.

Judge: Randolph E Schum
4/28/2012 9:49:00 AM

A good man and a great humanitarian. My son Timmy was able to get new crutches because of him.

Judge: Robin J Barber
4/24/2012 4:58:31 PM

ALJ is fairly new and doesn't have a clue in terms of how to conduct a hearing. The actual wording of her decisions reflect her lack of knowledge. She will get remanded often if the AC does their job

Judge: J. Pappenfus
4/5/2012 12:58:46 PM

I`m really scarred to see this judge cause of her record. I world has been turned inside out since my conditions don`t get any better. Looking at me one would think yes he can work but pain never goes away. There are days when i say get off my butt and work then doing just yard work my body knots up and i`m down for days on end. Cant afford proper doctors and in the time it has cost me my retirement and losing home right now. Dealing with intense pain is one thing but over time it changes one cause there is nothing that can be done. I know i will be denied and homeless, i see it coming. Being under 50 hurts me to so no options left. I`m just so tired of not being able to afford health care and the life i have been in for the last three years have been the worst i have ever had in my life.I tried to work and now it seems to hurt my case coming up. Its not fair i have been a caretaker twice in my life before the age of 45. Once my wife with ALS and three years ago with my mother with Cancer. A **** shame people abuse the system so my case will be that much harder. Know i find out i have this judge and she has a disapprovel rate this high. Doesn`t get much better than this.Why couldn`t i of died instead of my wife and mother it would of been a lot easier on everyone

Judge: J. Pappenfus
3/7/2012 2:04:55 PM

I hope she has a heart in her for the people who try and body won`t let them.