Billings, Montana ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Billings, Montana, 8 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Billings, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 16.0 months. The average case processing time in Billings is 513 days.The Billings average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 37%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Billings ODAR office was last updated on 6/11/2019.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Billings 8 16.0 months 513 days 2.1 19% 37% 44%
Montana16.0 months513 days2.119%37%44%
National Average:14.9 months500 days2.120%42%38%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied

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Judge: David Willis
3/18/2020 3:51:34 AM and Steven Jones are the same people. A simple internet search would show that it is Steven Jones Mr. Jones is a convicted felon and served time in Texas for a hit and run while drunk driving. He has not seen this Judge in person outside of a jail cell in over 43 years, but because his feelings were hurt on Facebook, he has used this website to post his lies. This "libel" statements should not be allowed. This website is for Claimants that have comments about the Judges that they have appeared in front of, not a personal dispute that has NO CONNECTION TO SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY!

Judge: David Willis
3/5/2020 12:02:20 PM

This Judge shows no empathy ,no heart, and often harassing about how his tax dollars being are spent on lazy ass people. I have a screen shots of such post. He has a sever case of alcoholism from childhood. I would hate to think I had to go b4 this Judge ,take a look at approval rate .He should be taken off the bench. This is the truth I will send you copies of this federal Judge David Willis and often brags about his making of 175,000and paying 30,000 in income taxes. If you would like to see these obnoxious post contact This post has been sent "rights to a good disability Judge.

Steven Jones
Judge: David Willis
3/3/2020 6:53:32 PM

Judge: Luke A Brennan
1/28/2020 8:27:04 PM

Trick questions, convenient hearing, ignorance and arrogance are his modes of operation. His denial for me ran to 17 pages and he stated that I am able to do11 things that I can no longer do. The vocational witness said there are no jobs I can do but that doesn’t stop this prat “ judge” from having a judgment made before you get in the room. If he tells you good luck you will need it because he has decided to deny your case.

Unsatisfied abused
Judge: Stephen Marchioro
1/19/2020 11:33:11 PM

This Judge while appearing pleasant in court mis read 2 question on the paper work and accused me twice of lying and drug seeking even tho he had medical proof from doctors in front of him. He asked me questions totally unrelated to my disabilities and even my Lawyer Kelling Jennings turned on me as well and asked me if all i did was sit and eat all day as i have gained a great deal of weight do to the medications i was forced to take. It was a horribl biased experienced. Completely unfair. My witness was denied to testify in my behalf. I have NEVER been examined by a SSI doctor or psychiatrist ever. They ignored Ive been applying for 7 years and they want to pay me back pay for 2. Completely unprofessional and inappropriate behavior. They should both be disbarred.

Sonya Rodgers
Judge: Luke A Brennan
10/2/2019 2:14:49 PM

Judge brennan was pleasant and made my experience a little more comfortable. I sincerely hope he is able to help me.

Clever Name
Judge: Stephen Marchioro
6/27/2019 4:57:40 PM

This guy is a class-A douchebag, pure and simple. Ignores evidence and biased. Acts respectful in person, but his opinions on paper regarding case and character were absurd. Blatantly ignored evidence and brought in other issues from outside the case timeline that had nothing to do with the claim, I don't even think that is legal. The occupational specialist even admitted that my "time off task", at the very least, would prevent me from holding substantial gainful employment. I thought he seemed pretty nice and respectful at the hearing, but after reading his denial letter, I not only felt insulted, but infuriated at the lack of respect this guy exudes in his "observations". Although I was extremely nervous at the hearing, I was open, honest and forthcoming and never once tried to exaggerate my symptoms, condition or story. This guy not only denied me in the face of solid evidence, but also had the nerve to question my integrity. This talking suit is a slimeball. Probably couldn't hack it as a real judge, so now hes a SJA ,skrewing people out of their much needed (and paid-into) disability benefits. I wish I could give him negative-stars. He has a reputation. If you get this guy, I feel for you and you might as well get your appeals counsel paperwork ready. Good luck.

Judge: Kurt D Schuman
3/30/2019 9:28:49 PM

Kurt D Schuman is one of the worst alj’s In Colorado.If u get this judge,I would give him the ****** in more ways then one.Now I must suffer and still have to go back to a job,that will only lay me off for my symptoms. *** * *** *** **** ****** *** ******.

Judge: Kurt D Schuman
3/29/2019 10:44:17 PM

Kurt d bag shuman was my alj.He was unprofessionally,he argued with a lady all about paper from the printer.Rude and heartless.*** *** ****... ****** *** ***** **** ** **** *** **** *** ******.He knew I was living in a van with my 4 month old son on oxygen.!

Judge: Richard A Opp
3/20/2019 7:00:17 PM

Richard a opp is judging my case on "hypothetically speaking , Mr Grant" ...Where does JESUS use hypotheticals? Father, in Your name JESUS I pray a light of salvation vibrant to capture Your son Richard's hypothetical mind. Amen. Sheol is not a hypothetical question. I'm Hebrew/Ashkenazi Jew. Jude Opp, hypothetical, really? I'm giving transcription to all of GOD'S children. My name is in the "Lambs Book of Life" Fear GOD and deny not justice for His children. Amen.

How is she a ALJ???
Judge: Michele M Kelley
3/2/2019 5:50:41 PM

Absolute joke! Kelly completely disregarded EVERYTHING my doctors, social security doctor and medical records say. Her mind was already made up before I entered the room. Very bitter woman that thinks she can ‘save’ social security by rejecting such a high %. How does this cold hearted ***** sleep at night? I was a witness for a friend of mine 6 years ago in Spokane. Kelly was as nice as pie. She made small talk, friendly and approved my friends disability on minimal grounds. Here I am...6 years later filing for my own disability and Kelly acts like money comes directly out of her pocket! Insulted me, belittled me, degraded me causing me MORE emotional harm. My service dog didn’t even like her!!! At all costs...request a different ALJ judge! The ***** himself giving me an enema with a hot poker would have gone better.

Judge: Michele M Kelley
5/27/2018 9:25:22 PM

About the only suggestion I have for any one in Montana applying for disability, move and hope 60 minutes does a story on this area. Kelley was run out of West Virginia, 7% approval now up to 20%, don't go to your hearing with her or Kiljoy, you have no chance. I bet they get a bonus for most denials.

Judge: Kurt D Schuman
5/12/2018 3:26:10 PM

Horrible. Asks belittling questions, ignores treating physicians’ records and notes, doubts diagnoses and undermines your disabilities. Got a denial that could’ve passed for a Mad Libs.

Judge: Michael A Kilroy
5/5/2018 9:32:48 PM

Saw Kilroy last year. Denied me stating that I wasn't in enough pain. Can barely use thumbs and have severe pain in back due to degenerative osteoarthritis. Employment specialist was unable to find a job I could do in his book. Guy is a shyster. Acts like we are taking money from HIM.

Judge: Michele M Kelley
4/23/2018 8:19:00 AM

AlJ Kelley was quick to point out that I had cannabis in my system for the record. However, she failed to report that it was approved By the VA Doctor and Medical Marijuana card is on file. Dr. even states that he recommends eating cannabis verse smoking it. Funny how they leave certain things out to make people think you're abusing the system. In all reality the ALJ's are the ones abusing their power by not being honest about reviewing your claim in full.

Kevin Loader
Judge: Michele M Kelley
4/19/2018 8:31:41 PM

Here goes another appeal. AlJ Kelley adopted and copied AlJ Kilroy's conclusion word for word and denied case. I guess she didn't take time to review the 9th Circuit Supreme Court decision stating that AlJ Kilroy errored in most of his conclusion. This is so wrong! What a waist of time for everyone. I guess they call this monopoly game job security. People's lives really don't matter.

Judge: Michele M Kelley
4/17/2018 12:39:12 PM

Well folks, you're not alone. I've been filing since 2012. Denied by ALJ Kilroy. Took it to 9th Circuit Court. Had court with AlJ Kelley while waiting on 9th Circuit decision. 9th Circuit judge said ALJ Kilroy made many errors. Case was reversed and remanded. She denied my case seeing I can have a retrial based on his errors. Here goes six years now. The system is very corrupt.

Judge: Michael A Kilroy
4/8/2018 11:09:00 AM

Thanks Judge Kilroy, I'd rather eat crumbs with bumbs than steaks with snakes!

Kevin Loader
Judge: Michael A Kilroy
4/5/2018 5:02:37 PM

It's me again! Year's later... After dealing with ALJ Kilroy I had to take it to the 9th Circuit Supreme Court. Affirm, reverse and remand. ALJ made many errors. Want to thank him for making my living hell and becoming homeless at one point. Don't give up folks! They want you to do that. Had ALJ Kilroy in 2012 and 2014. It's 2018 and finally being fixed. He will try and belittle you but that's just who he is. Fight until the end.

Judge: John T Molleur
3/8/2018 11:50:37 AM

Judge Molleur denied my case. I had lumber fusion of the l4,l5, S1 with all of my attending physicians writing that I am unable to work. Even the Dr that sits in the hearing stated on record that hypothetically he cannot do any work of any type. I was in severe pain and and was unable to sit while the hearing was going on. However the Judge still denied me. How unfair the people that need it can't get it.

Carl Rysn
Judge: Michael A Kilroy
9/21/2017 3:00:17 PM

Judge Kilroy is a criminal. He reviewed my sons case and found him disabled for the first two years of his disability when the other reviewers said he was not disabled. Later, he used a doctors statement that said he was doing better than before while ignoring totslly the same doctors statement that was written later saying he was totally disabled and could never work again. How do people like this live with themselves? I couldnt.

Judge: Lloyd E Hartford
6/12/2017 12:36:05 AM

This Judge is a bully who knows weather he will deny your case or approve it before you even sit down. He cherry picked from my medical records giving weight to anything that could be used to deny me benefits, while overlooking any supporting evidence. This judge spoke around me to the Psychiatrist or Vocational Expert. He was not only not concerned that I understand and follow the hearing, he made certain to keep in confusing. This ALJ failed to ask many ralevant questions and mad incorrect assumptions. I think he is racist and sexist but I cant prove that.

Kelli Whithorn
Judge: Lloyd E Hartford
5/20/2017 8:22:07 PM

Judge Hartford is a compassionless, condescending & cruel judge. During my appeal, he repeatedly interrupted me, talked over me & flat out accused me I was lying & exaggerating my symptoms. He asked few, specific questions of the medical and employment specialists in a way that did not permitted them to express their assessments of my work ability, which were in my favor. He deemed all four letters I had from specialists outlining my many health issues as disabling 'uncredible' because in my file when I visit the doctor I try to be positive and ONCE I said 'I feel fine today.' I survived a rare form of aggressive childhood cancer only to battle with the aftermath of said treatment for the past 25 years. I lost 12ft of my small bowel, got congestive heart failure, have a dead kidney, chronic pain & migraines, endometriosis, fibroids & my belly is full of adhesions. I suffer from depression, anxiety attacks, PTSD. I am malnurished due to short bowel syndrome & radiation enteritis. I literally never know how I'm going to feel from day to night, hour to hour. This so-called man didn't hear a word I said; he had already decided I wasn't 'worthy' of benefits before my hearing even began. He said I should just work a little more (I work part time, but never exceeded the earnings limit). I needed to try harder...!!!???!!! Every single day is a struggle & if I wasn't trying as hard as I can to stay alive, I'd have been dead years ago. But I have a positive outlook on life (which saved my life) has become a huge detriment to my ability to keep the ssdi benefits I need to survive. I've never encountered such heartlessness.

Judge: Lloyd E Hartford
4/20/2017 4:04:41 PM

Judge Hartford is an imbecile. He is condescending, and lacks basic decency and professionalism. He also acts like he is a doctor and knows more than any medical professional. It's amazing he's still employed, but it is the federal government, so I shouldn't be surprised he's so incompetent. My spouse, who had worked for 34 years was diagnosed with a chronic illness several years ago, causing them to basically be bedridden and not work anymore. When my spouse met with Hartford, he asked why hadn't my spouse taken the shots to clear the health problem. The attorney told him that no such medicine or shot exists to fix this health issue. Hartford disputed that and said there was and again wanted to know why the shots weren't taken. He argued for several minutes over this. I was totally surprised that a judge knew more about any treatment than our Dr., because the shots Hartford felt should be given to restore perfect health DOESN'T EXIST. We went back to the doctor and asked about why the doctor hadn't prescribed the treatment and his exact words were, "What school did this idiot judge get his medical degree? The meds don't exist. If it did, I would have given it to you years ago." We already knew that, but just needed confirmation. It's amazing that people with so little decency and personality can be employed in a position of such importance. If there were negative starts, I would rate him a negative.

Judge: John T Molleur
11/14/2016 6:49:41 PM

All I can say about Judge John T Molleur is he is fair. I was told by my own attorney he was mean and all that but I didn't feel any hostility from him at all, he let me explain my situation no matter how long I took. I had my hearing on 8 Sept 2016 and was told my case was approved on 10 Nov 2016. Now just waiting on my letter and back pay. The thing he wanted was me to change my onset date which I totally approved of, so I have nothing negative to say about him, he asked what he's required to ask but obviously he agreed with me. The Vocational expert did say there was no job for me to do as well, I guess that helped but I haven't gotten my package yet.

Rachel Y.
Judge: Richard A Opp
10/21/2016 6:10:17 PM

Honorable Judge Richard Opp, I can not tell you how wonderful it was to go to court in front of you and see you not only listened to me but you read the medical evidence you looked at everything and was familiar with my record before I walked in the door. You treated me like I was a real person. After years and years of fighting for any help or disability and believing in my heart again I would not get it because of how the last law judge treated me. Like I was dirt and worthless and a lair. Without even concitering any of my medical and throwing out anything that did prove I am disabled. You Sir were a god-sent to be in front of. You were very professional and took my fears away even through my body pain sitting there that day was great. You Sir understood and read the MRI reports and the rest of the evidence. You Sir I can not thank you enough for treating me like I wasn't garbage to be sitting in front of you. I wish more judges ( like you did ) would take the time to read the record and not just say I don't want to be bothered.

service connected disabled veteran usmc
Judge: Richard A Opp
10/4/2016 9:50:24 AM

Honorable Judge Richard Opp is absolutely honorable and very deserving of that title, he is very fair, if you have a legitimate case and the evidence to back it up he will decide in your favor, you cant ask for anything more. My disability lawyer Casey Cox of of Camas WA, is an awesome disability lawyer and if you want a disability lawyer that will actually work for you and fight for you, he is it. Casey was aggressive, wouldnt take no for an answer, kept right on fighting even after some denials and that is key, dont let SSDI deny you and try and make you think you cant win because you can if you have a legitimate case, consistency is key, attack, attack, attack and we won because of GOD's divine help of course. May GOD bless these honorable gentlemen. service connected disabled veteran usmc

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.

Judge: Michele M Kelley
9/17/2016 8:45:21 AM

If you get your notice for a hearing, and this judge is listed, don't go, protest, check whatever laws are on the books, you could have terminal cancer, and she would think you could still work the remaining 6 months of your life. At 18%, that basically means no one wins, surprisingly, when this judge was in West Virginia she approved 7%.

Judge: Michele M Kelley
9/6/2016 8:28:48 PM

What does this judge have to do to lose her job? This is a clear case of someone laughing all the way to the bank. This is amazing.

Judge: Lloyd E Hartford
7/26/2016 9:28:07 AM

I have testified as a Medical Expert for ALJ Hartford on more than one occasion. He has been insulting, undermining, asked for information that a secretary could glean from the record. He has not been interested in receiving my full testimony, or my Expert opinion based on my knowledge of the field I am considered an Expert in. He may be sexist as well. He did not allow me to testifyl my full opinion from the claimant's record, which would bias his decision towards a Denial of a claim (as the full opinion of the Expert has not been heard). If you are assigned to this judge in any capacity, proceed at your risk of being attacked!

Judge: Michele M Kelley
6/23/2016 3:22:08 PM

Kelley is the worst woman ive ever had the displeasure of meeting. I was scheduled a hearing October 27th, she postponed 2 days before my hearing, 8 months later I finally got my case heard, wich by then I waited 2 years 8 months. she gave us ( by us I mean my lawyer and I ) 50 minutes to present our case, of those 50 minutes she took up most of it herself. by the time we tried to present my case she wouldn't listen to my lawyer she kept cutting him off!! he finally got up to leave and she yelled at him and told him to sit down. even the v.o.c rep wouldn't look up not even once. it was the most horrible excperence ive ever been in. my lawyer said out of the thousands of cases hes done mine was best to receive disability. he said I should consider moving out of state because I had no chance with her. my advice to anyone that gets her as a judge don't even waste your time you will lose. someone should have her investigated and removed from the bench. what a poor exscuse for a judge and a woman.....

Judge: Michele M Kelley
5/25/2016 6:20:52 AM

The beat goes on, and she keeps her job. Doesn't anybody care? You gotta be kidding me.

Judge: Michele M Kelley
4/8/2016 6:27:50 PM

How could one judge approve 78%, and this judge 22%?

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: John T Molleur
12/13/2015 7:18:02 PM

i seen him on 12 8 2015 when should i expect to here from him?????????

Sharen Dimase
Judge: Stephen Marchioro
11/3/2015 9:57:16 AM

To Judge Stephen Marchioro: He was very respectful at the hearing and the hearing went good with the career counselor. When reading my denial of papers sent to me 2 months later, there seemed to be confusion about my certain medical conditions. The Judge did use certain terms that were incorrect while making his decisions. A little bias to his outlook that did not make sense when the hearing was different then the letter and facts sent to me. The Judge was nice in the court room but did get some of the information mixed up which hurt me and with his decision of this case. These facts were not correct and some of my new medical information is submitted. There should be a better outlook about me as the Judge made decisions based upon some wrong outlook as compared to the actual situations. Very disappointed in his viewpoint as a hard worker in the working world for over 15 years providing healthcare and caring about people. This needs to be addressed as the information was not correct to make a decision about, nor was the newer medical information finished.

Judge: Michele M Kelley
10/23/2015 9:47:20 PM

If you ever get judge Kelley, you may as well start your appeals council report, this judge is by far the worst in the United States. The sad thing about it, nobody seems to care. My advice to anyone, before you apply for social security disability, move to another state, you will not win in Montana. She has to be writing her decisions before the hearing. What happened in Queens, New York has to be coming to Montana, what's going on here is too obvious. Judge Kelley is a hired gun from West Virginia, her approval rating there was a whopping 7%, and she keeps her job, only in America.

Judge: Kurt D Schuman
8/21/2015 5:05:43 PM

Got denied for no good reason. The Disability system isn't nearly adequate to adress all the disabled in this country. This is why we have so many crazy people sleeping on the streets.

Judge: Michael A Kilroy
7/12/2015 7:16:36 AM

Him and Kelley must have a bet, who can deny the most cases. Why not, they can't get fired, and Social Security is proud of them for saving them money. I bet there is a year end bonus. I can't wait for the day that 60 minutes exposes these guys.

Judge: Michele M Kelley
7/11/2015 10:48:31 PM

This judge is getting worse, next to Alaska, you have no chance to win in Montana. Who's watching these judges, no wonder West Virginia told Kelley to please leave.

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: John C Arkoosh
5/14/2015 9:55:39 AM

Great judge. He always tries to be fair and follow the law. I wish there were more like him. He is one of the best.

Judge: Michele M Kelley
5/14/2015 5:25:13 AM

Did anyone else have this experience with this judge, she relies strictly on people who never examine you, and discounts doctors who have seen you for years, even social security doctors who perform CE exams. This is abuse of power.

Judge: Michele M Kelley
5/12/2015 2:52:58 PM

She seems to go through the file looking for anything negative that she can use to deny the case. Good judges give Claimants a fair opportunity. She seems to be completely consumed by getting the hearing over with and finding a way to deny the case. I also think she largely writes her decisions ahead of time. One has to wonder why even have hearings with that type of approach.

Judge: Michele M Kelley
4/2/2015 6:59:10 PM

I have a strange feeling she starts writing her denial before the hearing. It's funny, if she approved 83% of her cases, there would be red flags going off everywhere, she's so far the national average it's amazing. I can't overemphasize the need to stand up like the Queens, New York victims.

Judge: Michele M Kelley
4/2/2015 6:06:13 PM

I have to agree that her numbers and metrics do indeed merit an investigation from the national office.

Kevin Loader
Judge: Michael A Kilroy
2/14/2015 10:24:43 AM

Mr. Kilroy falls under borderline "paranoia" and has a very vague mind. He review's your notes and already has his mind made up before your hearing. 1st claim denied: He states that a nurse practitioner or chiropractor notes are not credible in federal court. 2nd claim denied: MD notes conflict with nurse and chiro whome he claims are not credible. Is this some kind of sick joke!???

Judge: John T Molleur
1/29/2015 4:58:54 PM

i have to go in front of him what should i expect

Dana Cook
Judge: Richard A Opp
11/20/2014 12:20:36 PM

Very fair judge. He was very polite and very professional. It was obvious that he and the vocational expert had reviewed my medical records beforehand. After almost 3 yrs of fighting and waiting due to my age, he approved my case on the spot. Very grateful.

Lydia Mitchell
Judge: Michael A Kilroy
10/13/2014 7:49:33 AM

My disability file presented to Judge Killroy is a foot tall mess. There is a huge chance I will loose my case but I do not find patient , mature , and tries to work with you. He is not God he has to follow the rules but after going thru the ssid being treated poorly he at least gives me dignity and is patient. It's not personal to this man. He is following the rules. I'm already getting ready to file again because denial rates are high. I respect this man and staff.

Judge: Kurt D Schuman
9/14/2014 5:31:27 PM

Was rude, sarcastic, seemed like he had more important things to do. Not at all the characteristics I expected from a federal judge in such an important event for the claimant.

Judge: Lloyd E Hartford
8/19/2014 12:27:59 PM

Also after I had read my decision I found Judge Hartford decided to answer his own questions he did not have time to ask me during the interview, sadly, he came up with the wrong answers leaving great discrepancies in the total interview!

Judge: Lloyd E Hartford
8/13/2014 4:02:21 PM

Judge Hartford seems to feel his personal opinions and politics should be the deciding factor in his cases. I am appalled at how he treats people in his court. He would ask me a question and cut me off in the middle of my answer. He was very rude. I do not care whether he feels the person deserves the benefits or not..He should be required to treat all people coming before him like human beings. He should not be able to treat anyone the he does.

Judge: Marsha Stroup
8/8/2014 9:55:50 AM

I have been before Judge Stroup several times over the years representing claimants. She is always personable and allows the claimant's to have a fair and full hearing. In my opinion, she weighs the evidence objectively and without pre-conceived biases as some ALJ's seem to do. She knows her record well, and is thoughtful and balanced. Even in the cases that have been disapproved, my clients felt respected by her which says a lot about her nature.

Judge: Michele M Kelley
4/6/2014 1:44:05 PM

This hack of a judge has a 71% denial rate....seriously? She denies people based on her hefty prejudices. This woman should be disbarred and thrown to the wolves. Shame on her for acting the way she does! She doesn't deserve to do this job, denying genuinely disabled people for her sick pleasure!

Judge: Kurt D Schuman
3/20/2014 3:41:51 PM

Judge Schuman tends to stick close to a script for the beginning of his questions and then delves deeper if he sees anything that isn't in the record or that is confusing. He tends to be moderately prepared for the hearings beforehand, reviewing the evidence somewhat. However, he's cagey and tries to confuse reps with whether he'll grant or not. Hearings tend towards an hour long. Nice in person to most reps, but he'll push claimants ******* certain issues, such as lack of exercise, post-onset work activity, age, and even how they pay the bills. He is very understanding to inability to afford treatment. Apparently he was kicked out of the Denver office and does most hearings in Casper, WY. All in all, a middling type of judge.

Judge: Michael A Kilroy
2/5/2014 8:40:44 AM

People, when are you going to learn, this is why no one wants to move to Montana, look at the judges approval ratings, lowest in the country. Until someone is willing to do what was done in Queens, New York, judges like this Kilroy will run amok. I would venture to say they have a private pool amongst themselves, who can deny the most claims especially against minorities. Hopefully 60 Minutes will do a show on our situation in Montana. I would imagine this state has the most cases remanded.

Judge: Lloyd E Hartford
12/22/2013 5:37:54 PM

As Americas we were brought up expecting we could pick what kind of trial wheather it be a jury trial or the judges design. With soc secerity the judge is the judge , jury and proscuter witch is not fair there personal apinons and thoughts come into the desions . And we the peaple are paying them to make falty desiones and there pay never gets taken away or a cut in pay to save the government money . They probley vote in there own raises. One man can put someone on the street or under the bridge is that the way we want our country ran . Think peaple should post this stuff on there face book and ather stuff so they can see what our government is doing to good family's . Hope the judge that denied me see this cause I'm going over his head going to write my cogres men and president and any ather important peaple that can hear my story.

Judge: Lloyd E Hartford
12/21/2013 10:37:59 AM

I was denied my benefits and kicked of my soc security benefits . I'm 37 years old and my dad has Ben living with me for 9 years and helping me out with my daily stuff and judge loyd hartford took my benefit s away and said I basically could work. If that was the case a 37 year old man probably wouldn't live with his father for help with his daily activitys . I think I was basically screwed to save the government money . Back in agust of 2013 my work comp went up and they said u got a raise and I said right there I was denied my soc secerity before we even got to my hearing . Cause work comp was paying the offset and soc secerity basically had there mind made up. . . I'm going two right my government and my Congress men and daily documents movie channels like dateline so they can here my complaints . My gramps died at the age of 50 and didnot even get to draw his out and if he new the crap I went through to keep mine going just to get denied before there was even a hearing they would of never paid in !!! It might of just Been a coincidence but I dont think it was a fair hearing or trial . Whatever u call it. Think the system that was put in place two help people is now Been corrupted to make people fail. Now we had to take back my kids Christmas gifts to make our house payment . Hopefully someone sees this that can help.

Judge: Richard A Opp
4/2/2013 10:59:44 AM

It is very important, to have your Primary Care Provider to complete the Residual Functional Capacity(RFC) forms for you. The Judge needs evidence of your total impairment(s) and limitations. The Judge must adhere to the federal guidelines. Your work history will speak for you. If you are 55 or older, and have the appropriate medical evidence and your documents are well organized by you or your representative, this is a plus. Answer all questions honestly, and make sure your paper work is up-to-date. Be prepared to answer questions concerning your Daily Activities. Visit and search for "Social Security Disability Hearings", the videos are very helpful. The Lawyers provides helpful information.

Judge: Richard A Opp
3/18/2013 8:00:59 AM

He seems to be biased towards intelligent men. Somehow, he does not think they are suffering from major depression unless they break verbs and fit into his limited scope of what a depressed man should look like and how they should articulate.

Judge: Michael A Kilroy
2/11/2013 4:55:42 PM

Anyone up for class action lawsuit against this judge, Michael Kilroy will end up ruining more lives than Bernie Madoff. It worked in Queens, New York, a class action lawsuit against 5 bias aljs there. There is something rotten in Montana, everybody else 50 percent, this guy 38. Hm

tena brooks
Judge: Richard A Opp
2/6/2013 6:37:46 PM

VERY FAIR, EVIDENTLY READS YOUR FILE CASE CAREFULLY BEFORE HEARING.ASK FAIR QUESTIONS AND IS VERY POLITE AND WELL MANNERED WHILE SPEAKING TO YOU. BUT, ALSO SEEMS TO BE "all business" which if your truly disabled shouldn't be a problem. got me approval letter within 10 days.

Judge: Michael A Kilroy
2/2/2013 5:35:36 PM

Despite lawsuit against Queens,Ny aljs, senate hearings, this guy is getting worse, like the song says, "How long will this keep going on"

Judge: Kurt Schuman
1/30/2013 12:28:48 PM

He signed my friends' death warrant by denying her Social Security by saying "She just needs to lose weight." Will losing weight grow her a new kidney, make neuropathy in legs go away, make post polio syndrome go away, make depression from illnesses for so long, make uncontrollable anxiety go away? ...." He's a jerk. I am writing anyone who will listen.

Judge: Marsha Stroup
1/2/2013 1:11:30 PM

She is actually the Regional Chief Judge, and doesn't really do many Utah cases.

Judge: Michael A Kilroy
10/27/2012 10:27:36 PM

Typical Government worker.Probably never held a real job.I have lost my home and dignity due to his uncaring,lying.For what reason I don't know.Maybe someday his back will go out rendering him paralyzed and in unthinkable pain!Only then could he understand the damage his decisions create!

Judge: Michael A Kilroy
10/8/2012 8:30:15 PM

What am I missing, Judge Kilroy is not only the worst judge in Montana, but the worst in the USA, he generally already his mind set before he sits down, disregards medical findings even from social security own doctors, why is he still a judge? You would think the money is coming out of his pocket, I wonder how many of his cases are remanded?

Judge: Richard A Opp
8/17/2012 1:46:07 PM

It was evident that he had reviewed the record extensively prior to the hearing (unlike most judges out there). He was respectful and extremely 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.

Randy Stewart
Judge: Michael A Kilroy
7/31/2012 8:19:03 AM

another lie from Kilroy, when deciding against me he left out in his "finding of fact" the fact that i had a herniated disc causing a deformation of the ventral aspect of my spinal cord and claimed that i didn't suffer any pain. he also didn't give any validity to my treating physicians statements, calling him a liar more or less and relied on some other physicians testimony that has never even met me. Kilroy is the only liar here, that is the only fact.

Judge: Michael A Kilroy
5/30/2012 10:44:09 PM

Judge Kilroy is a liar. He had approved my husbands disability at the hearing but was arguing the onset date. So our attorney asked for an extension to submit more evidence. The new evidence was submitted and we got a letter in the mail stating that my husband is capable of working. All the jobs that were suggested had been backed up by medical evidence as to why he couldn't perform said job. Point is, he lied. He said that he would approve his disability but then didn't.

Judge: Richard A Opp
4/25/2012 1:45:31 PM


Dana Millhouse
Judge: Lloyd E Hartford
3/16/2012 2:18:54 PM

I'm hoping my comments will get to Hartford somehow. My daughter, Katherine Cera Millhouse, has been on SSI since the age of five due to a rare birth defect called bladder exstrophy, which is life-long, life-debilitating, and life-threatening. He's holding onto her case... determined to deny her now that she's an adult. He's making a big mistake.

Judge: Richard A Opp
3/5/2012 9:46:47 AM

My husband had a hearing in Rome Ga a few weeks ago over a tv. He really liked him and said that he seemed to be really nice. Just want to say thank you for hearing his case. God bless.