Reno, Nevada ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Reno, Nevada, 3 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Reno, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 18.0 months. The average case processing time in Reno is 568 days.The Reno average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 35%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Reno ODAR office was last updated on 3/9/2018.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Reno 3 18.0 months 568 days 1.7 33% 35% 31%
Nevada17.5 months571 days1.920%37%43%
National Average:17.3 months577 days1.921%43%36%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied

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KF, Disability Attorney
Judge: Eileen Burlison
9/14/2015 3:53:15 PM

The notion that an ALJ who tells a claimant: "I follow the law" and "the law says you have to be so severely disabled that you cannot do any work" is somehow "rude" or unfair is beyond absurd. She is simply doing her job in educating the claimant about the legal standard ALJs must apply under SSA's regulations. As for the gripe that she discounted medication side effects or diagnoses. Well, gee, MOST Americans have some kind of chronic medical conditions (back pain, obesity, diabetes, depression, to name a few common ones) and take some kind of medication, most of which, yes, have side effects. It's pretty common for people to blame the judge (or attorneys) when their case merits are weak or an unfavorable decision is rendered. Happens all the time. Yes, ALJ Burlison is a bit set in her ways and likes to conduct her hearings with formality, in an orderly fashion, but I've never seen her display annoyance unless the claimant or attorney cut her off midsentence or had an argumentative attitude. That really ticks her off and, in my opinion, rightfully so.

Judge: Eileen Burlison
8/12/2015 12:54:10 PM

I went before this judge, and I was very respectful. But it was clear that she already had her mind made up in my case. It was clear that she did not read my file, and had no idea why I was before her. When I made mention of facts in my case she rudely stated "I follow the law" and "the law says you have to be so severely disabled that you cannot do any work" never mind that my medications side effects, or the fact that I have several medical diagnoses to support my claim. She is not a proper judge, and those that feel that I have sour grapes, or that my case was weak, I invite you to look at my file. I judge by facts not by feelings, like a judge should.

Judge: Eileen Burlison
6/18/2015 1:46:05 PM

I recently appeared before this judge for the first time on behalf of 3 clients. I found her to be very professional, well organized, and thorough in her questions and demeanor. Yes, she is a senior citizen and a bit formal in her demeanor, but not at all condescending or rude. I never felt that she was anything other than cordial and super respectful toward me or my clients. She was completely fair, objective, and gave me/my clients ample time to speak and present the case in detail. She even rendered a favorable bench decision in one of the cases and joked with me and my client afterwards, off the record. I don't know why others' comments here are so critical. Many of them sound like just personal cheap shots (slamming her age) or sour grapes from those with weak cases. Or perhaps they were rude to her first, unduly argumentative, interrupted her, or lacked respect for her experience or office. That's certainly not unusual to see in this day and age.

Douglas Eskridge
Judge: William A Kurlander
10/20/2014 8:31:48 AM

On 9/11/2014 I was awarded disability after 2 years and three months I felt the Judge was very understanding in regard to my case he said he would send out a letter in four (4) weeks and asked something to the effect if this would be a burden I explained my out of pocket expenses for meds were over 1000.00 dollars per month so he said I would receive it in 2 weeks! It is now October 20, 2014 and still have not received anything I have called the hearing office to try and to get help with everyone telling me it could be three months what is wrong with the system when a Judges word is ignored? This is very painful!

Judge: Eileen Burlison
4/25/2014 11:32:19 AM

I found so many complaint against this judge that it is apparent that she is incapable of making sound decision. She disregards legitimate proof of disability from doctors and refuses to grant Veterans their rightfully earned SSDI. Shame on her!

Judge: Eileen Burlison
2/19/2014 6:32:03 AM

She certainly appeared old - I have no idea whether she is or not. She certainly understands how living in rural nevada can be cathartic - and sometimes better than professional counseling or psychotic drugs. I think she wants to gather all appropriate information and is not afraid to take the time to do so. again whether she is fair in her rulings is not something that I can evaluate - I liked the one she gave me.

Judge: Eileen Burlison
4/11/2013 12:23:18 PM

This judge is so old I question her ability to make sound decisions! She is very hard of hearing and I believe out of touch with people and their plights.Very Rude to people just the way she speaks to them like she is superior.

Judge: Eileen Burlison
3/23/2013 10:23:25 AM

She definitely thinks the world revolves around her just because she is a Judge. She announces that she sits on the bench and we should all bow down to her because that makes her extremely special and no one else in the world is as important as her.

Judge: Eileen Burlison
8/15/2012 10:32:26 AM

I agree with all afore mentioned opinions.What is this woman doing in such an important position?? My "unfavorable" decision was not only insulting, but accused me of being immoral and accused me of illegal dealings that were assumed and if she had asked me I could have explained to her satisfaction. I have worked since I was 15 and now because of a crippling disease at 45, I can no longer work. I am not a liar! Because of the decision this Judge, who is suppose to be fair and making decisions in our best interest, I am being evicted from my apartment and cannot feed my 8 year old son. I have nowhere to go. What do I do now?

Judge: Wynne O'Brien-Persons
6/27/2012 7:14:05 AM

When I went into my hearing with Judge Wynne O'brien Perdons I was happy to hear that I was going before a new judge. I have never in my life been before any type of judge or any law enforcement, so to hear she was new put me a little at ease, since this whole disability world is new to me. God knows, I would much rather be able to work then go through all of the chronic pain and suffering that I go through every single day and every night, as I am sure many other people out there who are truly disabled would agree. Looking back at the day of my hearing I was so nervous I couldn't think straight. For me; It was like going to a doctor and having so many questions for them, and wanting to tell them all of the things that I battled physically during the month, but my mind goes completly blank at that presice moment of course. When leaving my appointment all of the questions I wanted to ask comes back to me like a flood, and I would think to myself "I forgot to tell him/her this or that". Unfortuntely, my case was denied, I think because of my own testimony and other reasons. When my hearing was over and I walked out the door, all of things I wanted to tell her came back like a flood, and all I wanted to do was go back in there and cry out for mercy because the pain I am in all the time, and I know I cant work, but I didn't. After reading her desision all I did was cry for days. I felt her jugement of me was so unfair because things were taken out of content, and I truly have alot of pain, how can chronic pain even be measured? I have worked hard all of my life, until I finally had to admit to myself that I am disabled. This was a very hard thing for me to come to terms with. After reading some of the reviews regarding the other judges, I was glad that I went before Judge Wynne O'brien Persons. Best of luck to all of the people who are truly disabled, but were denied.

Judge: Eileen Burlison
6/18/2012 4:32:13 PM

Poor professional. Probably makes up her mind before the hearing, and then attempts to fit the hearing into what she has already decided. Has a history of hiding her unfavorable presumptions rather than to disclose them, so that the party cannot argue against them during the hearing.

Judge: Eileen Burlison
5/21/2012 12:08:58 PM

Mean, nasty, rude, unfair, i give her no rating of stars.

Judge: Eileen Burlison
5/20/2012 3:11:04 PM

I Want to truly believe that these Judges have our best interests in mind and want to see the honestly disabled to be taken care of in the proper manner and not be judged a liar because of those who take advantage of a system that is here to help us. My lawyer on the other hand, also has about as much medical background as the Judge. And, what a putz. Judge Burlison, please READ the records and if questions arise, you might find that the disabled party has studied all the records and would be happy to very quickly go over those records with you so that they make sense. Lawyers - You might want to spend more than 5 minutes with your client.

Judge: Eileen Burlison
5/18/2012 9:06:00 AM


Judge: Janice E Shave
3/9/2012 7:05:07 AM

Judge Shave seems very nice. I do not approve of comments that she made about my case. She got information about me that when she blerted out a question about something I said to a Disability Psych. that did a interview with me was way not correct. I feel that she should not attack someone in that way. What was said is Depervation of Character and was way out of line. I would like to see that report and set the Record Straight. She took 3 different accurances and 3 different people and combined it into one incident with 1 person. Which leads me to believe that she was either fed the wrong information by someone that was not listening completely or she intentional did it. I would like to think she would not do that. She stated that she was not medicaly qualified to look at pictures that go with the report made by a Qualifed Phyician and Surgion who took the pictures of my insides, So my question would be how can you be qualified to do a Medical judgment as to if a person is truly in pain or disabled. I feel that judges that sit on this panel should have a medical background in order to get the right decision. Other wise this is a true injustice to the persons she or any other judge that has the authority to make the decision as to how much pain or the nature of the persons true disability.