Manchester, New Hampshire ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Manchester, New Hampshire, 9 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Manchester, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 15.0 months. The average case processing time in Manchester is 420 days.The Manchester average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 39%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Manchester ODAR office was last updated on 6/11/2019.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Manchester 9 15.0 months 420 days 1.9 30% 39% 31%
New Hampshire15.0 months420 days1.930%39%31%
National Average:14.9 months500 days2.120%42%38%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied

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Judge: Lisa Groeneveld-Meijer
1/6/2020 2:10:42 PM

This judge has denied me 2 times. I have a very good feeling she does not like me.

Judge: Thomas Merrill
5/2/2019 3:45:15 PM

Judge Merrill does not pay attention to small details, such as the way a previous was employed is spelled, so of course he can't find information on a place he cannot spell correctly. Moreover, I was claiming PTSD, Bipolar 2, as well as IBS-D, he denied me and gave me an unfavorable decision based on "Depression and ADHD" which is not in ANY of my medical history nor a diagnose I have. So basically, he denied me on a diagnosis he made up with as a lie. He also stated since I can take care of my children, I am therefore not disabled. I get a lot of help in taking care of my children. He needs to be disbarred, he is nothing but an ableist and shouldn't be a judge.

Judge: Matthew G Levin
11/13/2018 5:18:51 PM

He is all intellect and no empathy. I had the bad luck to get this judge. One year I was so sick I saw 8 different doctors to try to get well. I was in no condition to work. He ruled my case unfavorably. It's sickening that judges make 100-200 thousand a year denying sick people a measly $800 a month. This is my humble opinion.

Kerry Cameron
Judge: Matthew G Levin
8/13/2018 9:56:42 AM

This is an honest review as I have not received a decision. I think Judge Levin is nothing but fair I think he looks at all evidence good and bad and is nothing but professional. He was nothing but kind during the hearing and listened to everything. I don’t think he has any kind of agenda to deny everyone despite his approvals ratings. If you have a hearing with him don’t go in assuming he is going to deny you and be negative. Negativity shows be honest and truthful and you will be fine.

George Crannell
Judge: Debra Boudreau
6/27/2017 3:39:12 AM

I hope you are the right Debra Boudreau. My last supervisor in the Army was Debra Boudreau. We were stationed at Fort Lewis, WA until 1995. When I was discharged she went off to go to Military Judge school. Then after school she was stationed back at Fort Lewis, WA. Very few bosses in my life have impressed me more than LTC Boudreau.

Tommy Sosbee
Judge: Debra Boudreau
4/3/2017 7:37:50 AM

Judge Boudreau needs to understand that although she does truly try to expedite claims from 100% disabled veterans; there are others within the SSA such as Brandon who are prejudiced against veterans. I spoke to Brandon 4 times already. All he can tell me is that my payment was mailed out on 27 March. There is no place inside the United States, where it takes 2 weeks for a government letter to arrive in the mail. I called him last Friday, and he said it might take another week. To me, that sounds like he is procrastinating or delaying my payment intentionally. Why couldn't Brandon just direct deposit my payment, like everyone else does? Then he tells me that my monthly payment will be deposited on the 4th Wednesday of the month? What?? Judge Boudreau understands what expediting really means. Brandon doesn't. Sounds like he is making up the rules as he goes. I just want a straight answer. Maybe Judge Boudreau can speak with Brandon at (816) 936-4526. Maybe she can convince him to do his job.

Judge: Thomas Merrill
9/8/2016 8:24:12 PM

He needs to get off the bench. My case was remanded back to him 2 times. Totally screwing with my life. He needs to be removed.

Judge: Thomas Merrill
9/8/2016 8:23:56 PM

He needs to get off the bench. My case was remanded back to him 2 times. Totally screwing with my life. He needs to be removed.

Judge: Thomas Merrill
5/3/2016 7:38:19 AM

You have no empathy, no concern for the person, just twists everything in the hearing to be denied. Needless to say I was not impressed with this Judge nor his "Ortho MD expert." Wouldn't you know when they were spinning the dial, the dial ended up picking this Judge after waiting over a year for a hearing. I was warned before walking in I would more than likely be denied and will need to appeal. Judge Merrill of course didn't disappoint me. I felt he was rude, and referred to my late husband as if he was still living. To me, that mistake should of given me a favorable outcome. If you don't have to wait another year for a hearing, I'd find a way to cancel and reschedule your hearing if you find out you have this judge. I wish my lawyer had suggested that!! Now we appeal and still wait another year and half for another answer. I can't even give this judge ONE star.

Judge: Matthew G Levin
10/23/2015 5:33:13 PM

I thought he was very nice and professional. From the comments I thought I would be doomed just the opposite felt very comfortable with him.

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: Dory Sutker
3/20/2015 9:36:08 AM

Sorry, I can't even rate 1 star. This racist judge (don't be white) not only disregards 3 doctor's opinions, but deems a person not disabled because she shows up in court "looking okay".

Judge: Matthew G Levin
9/14/2014 5:27:38 PM

Look at his approval rates year to year -- the ratios remain the same. Judge has an agenda to deny, period.

Rodney Pontillo
Judge: Dean K Franks
6/29/2014 6:51:35 AM

After years of abuse, loss of documents and incompetence from state SS workers (I have documented proof and names). Finally to have someone/department who actually listened and looked at the facts. JUDGE FRANKS is fair, really looked at the facts and actually has common sense. Thank you to all in his office Aloha/Mahalo

Judge: Ruth L Kleinfeld
6/8/2014 4:33:11 AM

I have an eleven year old son who has Spinal Bidifa Occulta, ADHD a learning disability and ADHD. I had an appeals hearing in November 2012. I had notes from 4 specialist along with the school documentation supporting my son"s disability. She remarks on the stand: "I realize that children with Spinal Bifida lack the ability to know when to defecate on their own."Then I inform her that my son cannot participate in physical sports because he has severe asthma.I get an unfavorable decision: She states that my son"s counselor over exaggerated his disability and stated that my son participates in physical sports even though I told her on the record that he could not. My son has been with the same counselor for seven years now.I had submitted over 905 pieces of evidence backing my claim.She seen my son for fifteen minutes. I guess she knows him better than I and his physicians. I wonder where these judges come from because they obviously do not pay attention to detail. I am at the federal level now waiting for a hearing date. I have been waiting for three years now. I have paid into the system all my life. My child should be able to receive what is due him. The whole process is disgusting.

Judge: Dory Sutker
12/26/2013 8:06:56 AM

Judge thinks she's all-knowing. Has destroyed my daughter's life.

Judge: Lisa Groeneveld-Meijer
12/11/2013 3:50:39 PM

Although i don't have a disposition yet I was pleasently surprised by the judge. She asked very specific and probing questions which proved to me and my attorney she obviously read my file. This process is stressful and frustrating so i am grateful i had a judge who made the effort to speak with me, ask questions and put a face to my file.

Dee Pressed
Judge: Thomas Merrill
11/14/2013 1:28:37 PM

His record speaks for itself. He denies almost everyone - well above the standard percentage that is routinely denied. He does not thoroughly read the provided documentation, picks, chooses and twists data he does read and disregards the testimony of the claimant. Most attorneys in the area have filed complaints against him so if you are facing him in court, be prepared for an appeal.

Judge: Paul G Martin
9/6/2013 8:09:56 AM

I just went through my appeals process at the ODAR office and was denied. I have two auto immune diseases and the judge has denied me. I find it very sad to think the judge denies people who actually need it, yet gives people disability that does not deserve it. I worked for my money and now that I need it I can't have. Gee, do I say thank you Judge Paul for denying me and now I am going to lose everything. Who are you to say a person can work 8 hrs a day or anything else for that matter. You don't live with them. You get a healthy paycheck every week so what do you care what anyone else goes through. Thanks for nothing.

Patrick Czech
Judge: Paul G Martin
7/1/2013 2:46:26 PM

The WORST judge I have ever had the experience of meeting. I have an eye missing, fibromyalgia that was confirmed by a rheumatologist, neurologist, 2 pain clinic specialists and my PCP. I had my psychotherapist write a detailed evaluation of my anxiety and depression problems, and I have 2 herniated discs and chronic insomnia. The judge denied me in Jan. of 2012. We appealed it and two judges remanded the case back to the same judge for not giving enough weight to a couple of doctors. I had my second hearing on Jun. 4th, 2013 and 24 days later, the same judge denied me again because I did not have one or more illnesses that were termed disabled. My PCP even wrote a letter that stated that I was in no shape both physically and mentally to assume a 40 hour/wk job and there were no questions asked of the vocational expert that was present. I believe the judge did not like the other Appeals judges disagreeing of his handling of my first hearing and thus denied my second appeal. I rate this judge along with Merrill and Levin. I will appeal this again to the Appeals Council and I hope this time they will approve it instead of making me proceed to the Federal Court. I've waited 3 and a half years for this whole process and it has gotten me nowhere.

Steve Presley
Judge: Thomas Merrill
6/25/2013 7:45:37 AM

Judge Merrill discriminates against people who have Neuropathy and he has NO idea of what Neuropathy is nor how painful it is to live with nor does he care how difficult it is to live with!!! Even with all of the evidence presented there before him and still having my drivers license permanently revoked because I have Neuropathy and still he decides to give me an unfavorable decision based on an "expert" from the career center instead of three medical doctors diagnosis and recommendations!!! I plan to appeal his decision and get a new trial with a new judge!!!

Lisa Chasan
Judge: Thomas Merrill
4/2/2013 3:18:52 PM

Judge Merrill discriminates against the mentally ill and has no real understanding of the realities that face them. He does not have the skills necessary to make judgements for or against the mentally ill and I feel should not be in this type of job. A skilled group of people, such as psychologists and psychiatrists, should be the ones to determine eligibility.

Judge: Matthew G Levin
2/14/2013 8:06:51 PM

Horrible. Takes everything negative and ignores the good. Seriously an idiot and doesn't know how to use spell check. I hate him

Judge: Lisa Groeneveld-Meijer
1/3/2013 8:51:12 PM

Judge Lisa is wonderful as She askes questions and listens and reviews the medical evidence.She does her job very well indeed.

Theresa Shaw
Judge: Dean K Franks
8/29/2012 6:47:18 AM

A California Superstar who hold the candle high and mighty! Hawaii is very lucky to have his young wit. He was my Judge in 2004.

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