Donald R Colpitts , Las Vegas, Nevada ODAR Office, Administrative Law Judge

For the 2019 *fiscal year, Judge Donald R Colpitts has disposed 229 cases at the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Las Vegas, Nevada. Out of those 229 dispostions, 46 were dismissed, 138 were approved and 45 were denied. This means that the percentage of dispositions that Judge Colpitts has approved in Las Vegas for the 2019 fiscal year is 60%. The information below for Judge Donald R Colpitts was last updated on 6/11/2019.

Average statistics
Office*Fiscal YearTotal DispositionsTotal DecisionsTotal DenialsTotal AwardsCases
Las Vegas 2010 529 456 43 413 14%78%8%
Las Vegas 2011 519 430 72 358 17%69%14%
Las Vegas 2012 464 367 92 275 21%59%20%
Las Vegas 2013 409 338 118 220 17%54%29%
Las Vegas 2014 503 400 121 279 20%55%24%
Las Vegas 2015 466 387 112 275 17%59%24%
Las Vegas 2016 343 268 64 204 22%59%19%
Honolulu 2017 28 23 2 21 18%75%7%
Las Vegas 2017 249 188 39 149 24%60%16%
Las Vegas 2018 151 124 21 103 18%68%14%
Las Vegas 2019 229 183 45 138 20%60%20%
*The United States Government fiscal year is from October 1st - September 30th.
Donald R ColpittsNo Stats for FY 2020
All ALJs in Las Vegas Office 20% 36% 44%
All ALJs in Nevada20%35%46%
All ALJs in the Nation20%42%38%
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Judge: Donald R Colpitts
3/23/2016 4:26:42 PM

I am an attorney who regularly has hearings in 8-10 different ODARS. Over the years, I have also had hearings across the country from Key West to Anchorage; Kauai to Norfolk. I've seen a LOT of judges. Judge Colpits is one of the top 5 ALJs in the country. If you are reading this because you just received your Notice of Hearing and learned that Colpits has been assigned to your case, then you have been blessed. Not because of his approval rate, but because he actually follows the law. Instead of having his own "gut-check" definition of who is disabled, he actually applies the law and regulations in the spirit that they were written. I would not call him "pro-claimant". He is simply not anti-claimant; he does not start from a presumption of denial; and he is not typically adversarial. (I've only seen him get snarky when he knew someone was lying to him.) It's a horrible comment on the state of affairs with SSA's ALJs, but the biggest compliment I can give Judge Colpits is that he does his job the way that it is supposed to be done. The fact that he is also cordial, professional, respectful, and even compassionate at times is just a bonus. Chit-chat note: I believe he flew an F-4 in Vietnam. (USAF, I think. Could have been Navy, though.) He once surprised me in the middle of a hearing by switching to Vietnamese for a minute or two when talking to my client who immigrated when she was younger.

Judge: Donald R Colpitts
4/1/2014 4:24:13 PM

Judge Colpitts is an excellent Judge! He heard my case, read through my documentation, listened to my Advocate and came to a very sound conclusion. My Advocate and I were at ease with Judge Colpitts. He assured Us that everything would be alright. He is a great judge and compassionate.

Judge: Donald R Colpitts
4/10/2013 7:32:44 PM

He is smart and competent. A friendly guy, but make no mistake he is nobody's fool. Don't think you can saunter in with no evidence and a sad story. Be prepared.

Judge: Donald R Colpitts
9/13/2012 5:45:37 PM

This judge made my family member at ease and even joked with them. Efficent and very friendly. That being said, doesn't mean he will approve ur case. Evidence is crucial as well as the hearing....

Judge: Donald R Colpitts
6/26/2012 2:05:05 PM

One of the best judges in the nation. Very friendly, knowledgeable, and runs hearings with thoroughness, efficiency, and compassion. Jokes with attorneys off the record. Very good at putting everyone (clients and attorneys) at ease.

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