Omaha, Nebraska ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Omaha, Nebraska, 9 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Omaha, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 11.0 months. The average case processing time in Omaha is 444 days.The Omaha average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 40%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Omaha ODAR office was last updated on 6/11/2019.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Omaha 9 11.0 months 444 days 2.1 18% 40% 42%
Nebraska11.0 months444 days2.118%40%42%
National Average:14.9 months500 days2.120%42%38%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied

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Judge: Jan E Dutton
2/19/2020 9:57:12 AM

Many people use the system to gain something they should not get. Others are accused of doing that even if they are not. For many people this is their only choice. Just because you can't see mental disorders doesn't mean they are not there and it doesn't mean they can perform job duties as assigned if they are having a panic attack or side effects from all of the medication they take for their mental disorders. Unless you have experienced this or lived with it one can never be sure just how hard it can be on the entire family. I have and it is horrible and especially when you have someone of authority who can help you but treats you as if you are insignificant and just someone trying to work the system, it's not like a court of law where you are innocent until proven guilty it is you are guilty of trying to get something you need and can not live without but are being treated as if you are working the system. Please be open to people with mental disorders on many medications for it.... getting in a car to go to work and having no clue what to do when they get there....this has happened to our family & happens when you are on psych meds all the time. I am not even going into the physical it effects they have on you. Shame on the ones who work the system for their own pathetic reasons but don' make others pay for what they have done in the past. Many of the ones who really do need it are depending on your expertise to see the difference.

Jessica Seward
Judge: Michael A Lehr
2/18/2020 7:38:30 PM

Judge Lehr was very professional in the courtroom as I had my hearing using a television. Judge Lehr did not ask me any questions as he lead it up to my attorney to ask the questions. The reason I am giving Judge Lehr a 1 star rating is because after receiving my unfavorable decision I was reading through what Judge Lehr had said why he gave me the unfavorable decision and most of what he had said was not true and my words was twisted on what I said in the courtroom. For example, Judge Lehr said I said in the courtroom that I walk my dog and bath and feed my dog. What I actually said was I let my dog out during the day while my husband is at work so he can use the bathroom. Not once did I say I feed and bathe my dog!! My words was twisted so much that I am highly livid! Please be aware of this judge as he will twist your words. Another example I was denied is because I have been in a relationship with my husband since 2016. He said if I can live with someone then I can work! Wow this Judge really needs to work on himself!

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

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

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

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

Judge: Chris Stuber
5/30/2019 5:11:21 PM

Very kind and understanding. Thankful to have had him for my hearing.

Sherrie Lemongello
Judge: Chris Stuber
11/20/2018 10:08:09 AM

I found this judge to be very compassionate. He was difficult to read during the hearing, which tells me he was weighing the evidence in a fair manner.

Judge: Jo Ann L Draper
7/5/2018 7:37:15 AM

This judge seemed ok at first. As the hearing went on, she got condescending and flippant. I have medically documented issues and she barely addressed them. My husband, who is my representative, was not allowed to be in the hearing with me! 5 months later I got my denial letter. The comments she made concerning my medical issues were no where near what I stated in the hearing. I knew her decision before I left due the smirk on her face. I have worked for over 40 years. It is almost like it is coming out of her own pocket. I will be hiring an attorney soon.

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: J. Doug Wolfe
8/14/2017 5:38:27 PM

I had a hearing with Judge Wolfe today, and I was afraid as I'm sure anyone would be. I have medical issues that embarrass me and are hard to talk about. Judge Wolfe was very nice. He listens to what is being said, and treated me with respect. Of course I hope he decides in my favor, as this is a life changing decision, but if he doesn't I still believe him to be a fair and nice man. Thank you Judge Wolfe!

michael e hayslett
Judge: Marc Mates
8/2/2017 7:06:15 AM

so happy got approved by JUDGE MARC MATES very nice and did his job very well got approved on MAY 19 2017 wish somebody could help me on back pay lights been cut off once already cant go to ear dr. tube half way out hurting bad no gas money washer AND dryer messed up could not get all my medicine last month WHY wont they send me my check can somebody PLEASE HELP ME THANKS have a blessed day

Judge: David G Buell
7/19/2017 2:35:33 PM

This applies to all of the judges but A Tyrant will always find a pretext for his Tyranny.

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.

Judge: David G Buell
12/23/2016 8:24:57 AM

I just had my hearing before the judge this week. He was compassionate and kind in my case.He seemed truly willing to hear my side.I await my decision but know I have gotten a fair hearing no matter what the decision is.This judge does not talk down to you but talks to you.I believe he knows when a person is not being honest.People need to realize honesty is the best policy.

Judge: David G Buell
11/10/2016 12:47:22 PM

He had his mind made up before I limped in the door based off of my age. The denial was incomplete and he contradicted himself 6 times. Think it is time for him to retire.

Judge: David G Buell
11/10/2016 12:47:08 PM

He had his mind made up before I limped in the door based off of my age. The denial was incomplete and he contradicted himself 6 times. Think it is time for him to retire.

Jerry Cooper
Judge: David J DeLaittre
10/27/2016 11:54:32 PM

Such a professional and trustworthy personality, you'll never meet someone who has a better sense of modesty and moderation. Someone with a life mission to fulfill, limitless to the growth and possibilities of what God has in store for another person.

Judge: David J DeLaittre
9/18/2016 1:00:13 AM

A great Judge with a wonderful sense of responsibility, collaboration and management.

Jessica Matthews
Judge: David J DeLaittre
9/8/2016 1:24:36 AM

He really seems quite honest and heartfelt. Very inspiring and likeable. I trust that he knows what he is doing.

Diana Booth
Judge: Diana Erickson
9/6/2016 10:51:31 PM

JUDGE DIANA ERICKSON Is a very open-minded, understanding Judge, that is very fair! My second claim appeal went to her for the hearing. I was very nervous because her approval rate was the lowest of all of the other ALJs! My attorneys Parmele and Parmele, requested a decision on review (think that's what it's called.) Basicly asking for her to look at all of the evidence and approve my case, without going to a hearing. The morning of the hearing I get a call from ODAR. I was getting coffee and missed it. I just saw the missed call and knew the office wasn't technically opened and figured it was my attorneys. I called and she asked if it was me and I said yes. She said I'm trying to get ahold of your attorneys, but wanted to let you know that you don't need to come to the hearing today. I didn't understand. She said " I'm not supposed to tell you, but the Judge made a decision on record this morning. Your appeal was approved!" I just started crying and couldn't talk for a minute. Thanked her a billion times and told my ride to turn around and what happened! She changed my life! That was on 1/26/16 and I got my first payment the end of February or beginning of March! I'm took my 1st claim to Federal Court and my new appeal is today at 9am with Judge Christina Cooke! She was very unfair, and used the oldest information possible and picked and choose what parts she wanted to use. Words direct from the Federal Court when they sent it back for a new hearing as well! She took a medical experts opinion, over my own Rhuemotologist that I had been seeing every 3 months (at minimum) for 2 years, simply because "he encouraged me to exercise to decrease pain!" So I face her with my new attorneys now! Good luck to anyone who has her.

Judge: Diana Erickson
8/27/2016 1:32:31 AM

I have not received my decision from Judge Erickson yet, but I have to say I've been through this process before and she was a very pleasant judge to have. In the past I was told it was a waste of time to represent myself, I don't know how it turned out, but she did at least let me speak, and I feel, really listened to me. I was nervous going in, and still shakey going out, but it was not because of Judge Erickson, but rather just nerves. Compared to my last hearing, Judge Erickson was very fair, and pleasant.

Judge: David G Buell
6/30/2016 7:12:32 PM

I can't really give him any stars yet, but I am concerned about Judge Buell. My wife has evidence and proof of unable to do any type of sedentary work, my lawyer asked for a On the Record review and he is stating that a hearing is required. I don't know why the system is setup to play the people that are disabled and everyone that really isn't disabled can get it with a flip of a switch. My wife isn't working and yet have to wait 15 months for a hearing. It's stuff like this that I really don't believe in our government.

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..........

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: 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: Matthew Levin
5/27/2015 2:07:19 PM

This man has no compassion for public safety officials who served their state for 24 years.

Judge: David G Buell
4/28/2015 6:22:39 PM

This judge appeared to have his mind made up before the hearing. He said I was lying and making my symptoms seem worse than they really are. He said I have an account on LinkedIn which makes me look quite good (who tries to make themselves look bad there?) He also found an account on Eharmony and said people with depression don't want to date. He clearly has NO Knowledge of mental illness.

Malinda Prior
Judge: David G Buell
6/10/2014 10:43:07 AM

the Honorable Judge David Buell of the Social Security Addministratuon is one of the most passionate judges i have had the pleasure of sharing ny hardship with and i prayer that as hard as it is to believe he must uphold his duty and grant ssi to everyone equally which means there must be proof to support a disability that are used to base qualifications on these I'm sure were set long befor he became the. Honorable judge David buek

Brenda Mccormick
Judge: David J DeLaittre
2/27/2014 9:04:31 PM

A very kind, caring and knowledgeable Judge.

Judge: David G Buell
12/4/2013 10:17:40 AM

He is a harsh judge and it seems as though he has made up his mind about a case prior to hearing.

Judge: Jo Ann L Draper
9/6/2013 2:12:56 PM

Seemed very professional and to the point, without being over-bearing.

Judge: Marc Mates
5/14/2013 10:02:31 AM

Bad Judge- seems nice on the surface but has now denied two legitimate claims of mine for no good reason, that no other rational judge would have denied. Be prepared even on strong claim for a denial- strongly recommend not doing a video hearing if you can avoid it because both denials were video hearings.

Judge: Ronald D Lahners
5/4/2013 5:31:18 PM

I believe Judge Lahners is an older judge with older opinions and values. He needs to step down or retire. He asked me questions during my hearing that were tacky and rude and in no way did they pertain to my claim. In his letter to me that denied my claim, he repeated the same topics over and over again and did not consider all the evidence. He even said that state doctors that I was seeing were not credible. Isn't SSD state or government owned? Is he referring to his own office as well. I believe he had "no" already in his mind as soon as the hearing began. Government services did not move very fast but his denial letter was typed and mailed to me withn 8 days of the hearing. I did not receive a fair hearing and it was prejudicial because I had a bad advocate at my first hearing and he cut the hearing short and said "to be continued." My attorney had a steep hill to climb and as I said -- and Judge Lahners had "no" in his mind as we progressed through the hearing. Shame on him. Please retire.

Judge: David J DeLaittre
4/12/2013 8:05:41 AM

Judge means well, however, in the end he still has no control over disability. They don't care what he does or says. Federal judges have the final say, I don't think so. Very disappointed, his failure to stand his ground or hold his authority, whatever, cost us everything.

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: Jo Ann L Draper
2/8/2013 11:52:18 AM

Very easy-going, yet professional.

Judge: Michael A Lehr
1/17/2013 4:24:49 PM

Very professional and efficient.

Judge: Kathleen Muramoto
12/16/2012 1:51:45 PM

Judge Muramoto asked questions concerning my living arrangements, including if the person I live with is disabled and his source of income. I do not believe she has any reason to ask about the person a claimant resides with. After all it is about the claimant and independent of other immediate family members and partners. In her determination she stated my back problems affecting both sciatic nerves are severe. She further determined my statement of being in pain all the time is not credible. I also have arthritis, fibromyalgia, and bursitis. I do not understand why she can blatantly state a claimant is a liar concerning pain and discomfort when she fails to delve into it. It is her job to determine who is and isn't disabled within the disability guidelines. It appears she was prejudiced against me because I live with someone who is disabled and her inability to comprehend an individual can be in pain all the time.

Judge: David G Buell
7/17/2012 8:34:12 AM

Fairly negative ALJ as reflected in his decisions. I agree that both extremes aren't good but the WV ALJ didn't start this controversy. SSA knows exactly what it is doing and is no hurry to investigate the ALJ's who pay 20-30 percent of their claims or less.

Judge: David G Buell
6/29/2012 8:11:51 PM

Would the statics be more reflective of the real world if this particular judge and judge Morris' decisions were removed from the data matrix? I firmly know that individuals such as this DO SCEW THE DATA, but we as citizens can't get rid of them any more than we can get rid of the WV Judge which started this controversy in the first place. What I do know is that both extremes are hurtful to the SSA objectives.

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

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

Judge: Michael A Lehr
5/7/2012 11:26:00 AM

i think he should have to live with some of these that are denied because he doesnt see enough evidence wellwhen you live with someone 33 yrs and they complain of the pain and they have no insurance to seek medical because medicaid denies them because not proven be disabled especially when you see so many getting ssi because they have mental problems well to some exinct i feel i have mental stress from my spouse fighting to get his disabilty he worked for it seems more get ssi than those who actually worked and the stress of worrying how care for children and bills and shopping because your spouse isnt capable to help you out but then a judge says not enough evidence i dont really know who is hiring anyone walking in with a cane for support but my opion is look more into what is really said not what you think they said and when did a fishing trip with your son make you not diasbled because i see a man with one leg in a wheel chair fishing daily i see a sqezo prantic deer hunting gambling in a casino but bi polar and cant be around a group people but they are in wal mart they are in gambling and my spouse cant stand in walmart longer about thirty min he in pain and in the car with the seat laid back just saying how you pick and chose

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: Matthew Levin
3/25/2012 10:36:05 PM