Newark, New Jersey ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Newark, New Jersey, 15 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Newark, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 23.0 months. The average case processing time in Newark is 709 days.The Newark average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 48%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Newark ODAR office was last updated on 9/7/2017.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Newark 15 23.0 months 709 days 1.8 21% 48% 31%
New Jersey23.0 months722 days1.721%52%27%
National Average:18.0 months582 days1.921%45%34%
Hearing Wait Time: 23.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 1.75
Average Processing Time 709 days
Cases Pending 9557
Dispositions 5134
New Cases 4341
Hearings In Person 97%
Video Hearings 3%

LATEST COMMENTS         to leave your own comment, select a judge from the list above and leave a comment on that judge's page

Judge: Norman R Zamboni
7/24/2017 8:13:34 AM

We need more judges like this. Even if it is not favorable for the applicant, he is fair and explains the process and his position.

Judge: Peter R Lee
7/22/2017 9:25:53 AM

I don't see any reviews regarding Judge Lee. Just that he has to worst track record of approvals

Judge: Leonard Olarsch
6/29/2017 7:54:55 AM

My hearing was held May 31st. Judge Olarsch was very kind and understanding of my disability. I suffer from myasthenia gravis, restless leg syndrome and anxiety. I've waited almost 3 years and have been unemployed. I hope I hear a decision soon.

Judge: Laureen Penn
6/28/2017 1:46:01 PM

Judge penn was pleasant during the hearing but I do not think her ruling was just particularly for my case, the condition I have will stay with me for the rest of my life so I don't understand how I could be considered disabled only for a year of my life even with all my medical evidence plus you could just look up crohn's disease you'll understand stand why I think my ruling was wrong

Judge: Meryl L Lissek
6/3/2017 6:02:19 AM

She has compassion and is very thorough

Judge: Leonard F Costa
6/3/2017 6:00:42 AM

He was very fair and by the book

David H
Judge: Richard West
6/1/2017 8:52:33 PM

Judge Richard West was incredible. He understood the problems I have and the disability it was causing me. He listened, understood, and was extremely knowledgeable about my situation. This means he read my files and understood what was going on with me before I walked into his room. The SSA is lucky to have him on the bench!

Judge: Leonard Olarsch
5/23/2017 10:21:28 PM

My hearing with Honorable Judge Leonard was held April 20th. As a younger 32y/o gay male with mental illness, I was anticipating on being looked down on by a male judge. However, Judge Leonard was extremely fair and compassionate with me. Speaking out on sensitive and embarrassing topics was tough but he would tell me take a minute and not apologize for crying spells. I thank him from the bottom of my heart for my fully favorable decision and kind deameor.

Judge: James Andres
5/8/2017 5:19:31 PM

Further reading of his decision has left me shocked. Judge Andres interpretation of what took place is a joke. To think he is in such an important position that effects many peoples lives is scary. This is sickening abuse of one mans power. Being turned down is something I could have handled if not for the obvious mishandling of information by this judge. This is a sad bureaucratic system at work.

Robert Henry
Judge: James Andres
5/1/2017 10:11:09 AM

Judge Andres had his mind made up on me and I never had a chance. But what bothered me most was the paperwork that came explaining his decision. It was full of inaccuracies and mistakes. During my last hearing his told me to be brief with my answers, he rushed me. Part of my problem is an inability to express myself quickly my concentration is limited. So Judge Andres had me speak quickly but the doctors just took their sweet time answering all the questions and in the process this only confused me further. Don't like this judge but more importantly have no respect for his actions. Shameful. Ask yourself.....If you went to any law school and asked students what law career they hoped to pursue, very few if any, would say they hoped someday to be a judge in a disability court.

Judge: Richard West
4/5/2017 12:20:50 PM

Compassionate and professional Judge! Very efficient and kind!

Judge: Peter R Lee
3/7/2017 7:51:38 PM

Has anyone had this ALJ? How is he?

Keith Robert Edwards
Judge: James Andres
7/4/2016 6:40:55 AM

Nervious, after almost 3 years to get see him, and two months ago. a law firm starts with "P" miss leaded me to believe I had terminated their empolyement for poor communication skills,and laziness. I rescheared and found a local go gether that knows how to hunt for the paper work. Anyway I feel better going it alone,at this point. Cant even afford anymore time. Really Lost how people can get medical documation, Nobody within 3 counties wont take Medicad share of cost... My duedilgence, he is one of the highest 10% paid Adminstrative Judges, which means he's good and knows his "A" game. I have lost my life twice, Daughter,wife( after 24yrs.) It takes so long to get here, if favorably then another 3months or more before the calvary comes. Guess thats cause people trying to get for broken toes....still cant believe that. the way i look at his stats its a 50/50 chance, top ten in Admin. Judges i wouldve to give him a 10 even if i am diened .... Paper work i found out is 80% your case and 20% is testimony.

yvonne ransom
Judge: Laureen Penn
5/31/2016 6:26:05 PM

March 23 2016 my hearing date Lauren was aļjdenied my claim she disregarded ?y medical impairments although I have 8. This judge is. A iiar am very ill. something has to be done'

Judge: Norman R Zamboni
5/11/2016 8:38:45 AM

I had a client before Judge Zamboni yesterday. As far as judges go, Judge Zamboni is in the top-tier of the type of judges we should have in Social Security disability matters. He was kind, respectful, and thorough. My client felt heard and that is the best we can ask.

Stephen rutella
Judge: Richard West
4/3/2016 6:51:45 AM

Judge west was very professional and fair, he really made the procedure go smoothly and made me feel comfortable

Judge: Elias Feuer
3/31/2016 4:10:26 PM

He is a very bad judge, cherry-picks facts and doesn't follow ssa laws. His denial was so inaccurate that the appeals council reversed it to be favorable.

John Intonato
Judge: Michael A Rodriguez
2/17/2016 8:06:47 PM

Everyone is nervous at the time of their hearing. Having Generalized Anxiety Disorder makes it that much worse. I feel the Judge took the time to listen to my Medical Conditions. It was much appreciated.

Judge: Theresa Merrill
1/14/2016 1:13:19 AM

Judge Merrill is a very kind and compassionate human being I felt very comfortable during my hearing with her. I was lucky to have my hearing with the pleasant Judge Merrill. of course everyone is a bundle of nerves at this life altering event and it's nice to have someone who excels at their job.

Judge: Richard West
12/24/2015 5:25:42 AM

I had my hearing recently with Judge West, and I found him to be fair, considerate, and sympathetic to my situation.
Judge: John Giannopoulos
11/12/2015 8:05:42 AM

Has anyone had this judge for a hearing

Judge: Michael A Rodriguez
10/22/2015 12:07:21 PM

This judge told me on July 16 2015 That I'm clearly disabled I just got my letter today after waiting 3 yrs that I'm denied. I can't walk with out my cane I have neurapty thru out my whole body all buldging & herniated disc how can some judge rate my pain unreal & unfair this system is sick

Judge: Theresa Merrill
7/5/2015 7:08:49 AM

My hearing is the 7/28/2015 I hear this is a very good judge I will see and update my status I hope all goes well.

Judge: Laureen Penn
5/3/2015 10:35:04 PM


Judge: Donna A Krappa
4/11/2015 2:12:05 PM

still waiting- my hearing 11 months ago!! i need closure.

Judge: April M Wexler
2/28/2015 8:35:37 PM

I sincerely feel bad for the other reviewer and hope that he/she has been approved or better yet, healed, I had a different experience. I am a 38 year old male with MRI's that show bad arthritis in multiple places, tile table was positive for severe orthostatic hypotension. BUT, the rest of my illness is an "invisible illness". I did not exaggerate anything, if anything I under-played my illness (stupid pride). Judge Wexler listened to everything I had to say and appeared attentive to my complex issues. I'm not yet sure if she ruled fully or partially favorable, I just received notice from my local SSA, not yet from ODAR. No matter what her decision, I believe she ruled fairly in my case at least. Now, I need to work on getting more tests and trying to find treatment that works so I can get OFF disability! I take off a star on the assumption that the previous commenter was indeed denied based SOLELY on ability to drive.

Mrs.melissa newton
Judge: Richard West
2/23/2015 9:20:31 PM

I had my hearing on febuary 11, 2015 with judge west . He was a nice man who seemed to be compassionate . He made me feel at ease with my extreme anxiety

Judge: Donna A Krappa
1/27/2015 1:57:58 PM

Judge Krappa was a very professional judge. She was clearly knowledgeable about my case and was very understanding to my needs. She is a true asset to the judicial system.

Judge: Leonard Olarsch
1/25/2015 6:07:19 PM

I had my hearing on 12/10/14 with Judge Olarsh. Within minutes he made me less anxious and had no issues with me standing at times. He's a true professional who asks all pertinent questions about your claim record and gets straight to the point. I Know how important it is to be truthful and credible in your responses and I was. I knew in my heart that Judge Olarsh would make a fair decision and he did! Fully Favorable on 1/9/15!!!! Waited since 2011 and couldn't be more grateful! Thank you!

Judge: Donna A Krappa
12/15/2014 2:31:18 PM

Had my hearing 7 months ago.. called again today.. to be told again that it is in editing.

Judge: Marissa A Pizzuto
12/2/2014 5:10:54 PM

Thank you judge Pizzuto for being fair and balanced. The fact that your also very caring towards the claimants makes the experience of appearing before you all the more enjoyable.

Hopelessly Waiting
Judge: Donna A Krappa
11/13/2014 9:59:41 AM

I had a hearing Jan 2014 and another July 2014. Still no decision. I called and someone said my case was "in writing." How are people supposed to survive let alone get decent medical care when they cannot work and cannot get help? Judge Krapper seemed professional and fair but if it wasn't for family, my daughter and I would be homeless. Now I am just hopeless. Do the judges even see this website? I wonder if Judge Krapper has been ill or something? I wonder if a decision is delayed just to build up more retroactive money so my lawyer gets paid more. I'd rate Judge Krapper 5 stars if I had gotten a timely decision.

Judge: Donna A Krappa
11/10/2014 12:31:48 PM

still "pending" hearing was on 5/14/2014

Judge: Donna A Krappa
10/23/2014 8:07:07 AM

I had my hearing on 5/14/2014, still waiting~~~ I called to check the status, "pending", but, two weeks ago they said it was in editing and I should receive something in the mail within a week. But, we're back to "pending" status.

Nervous Wreck
Judge: Donna A Krappa
10/17/2014 3:11:14 PM

Has anyone gotten a decision yet?

Judge: Donna A Krappa
8/20/2014 12:22:31 PM

The Judge was very nice and her voice gave off a vibe of really caring. She asked a lot of questions and was very professional about having to explain something to me if I didn't understand. I was initially very nervous but with her I was at ease. I went to hearing in June 2014 still waiting on her decision. Anybody else has gotten a decision?

Adrienne P
Judge: Elias Feuer
6/5/2014 8:29:30 AM

I was told this judge is no longer in Newark. However he still has my hearing pending. Does anyone know where I can send him additional supporting documents to make his decision?

Judge: Donna A Krappa
5/7/2014 9:17:35 AM

I had my hearing with Judge Krappa already and I must say she was wonderful. Easy to talk to, gave ample time, no rushing, she was very understanding to my situation as a person. She made my experience in the hearing a lot more less stressful than I had been anticipating. She even understood when I had to stand for a few minutes. Still waiting and praying. Judge Krappa is an asset to the ODAR. She treated me with compassion and most of all respect. In a process such as this we need really need that.

Nervous Wreck
Judge: Donna A Krappa
5/4/2014 7:54:59 AM

This woman seemed to be a very honorable person and judge. She listens to what you say intently and seems compassionate to sensitive material I don't know what her decision will be but I am praying for the best. She is highly professional and seems to be the only one who has genuinely listened to my condition and disorders

Judge: James Andres
4/13/2014 12:11:32 PM

I am appalled at the courtesy afforded to me on my initial visit. I phone in I get told in a very courteous manner waiting for med. rec. which should be in by the 17th call back after that. The next day recv. docs. from the court the first in a very official way. The latter doc. was very unprofesional and illegible. consider this within my 10 days to reply. Thabk You. MJL/0632

Judge: Michael A Rodriguez
4/3/2014 11:51:27 AM

This judge did in fact say clearly I am disabled in January 2014 but now its April of 2014 and I still have heard nothing about my case. I am getting worse in my conditions and now I am getting anxiety attacks from not being able to purchase basic everyday items. When I went in front of this judge he asked what he needed yo and kept switching around and said we will come back to that question and didn't. I really think I was forgotten about. All judges should have two weeks maximum to make a decision. If not be penalized for not doing so. Also when calling to get answers the lady who answers the phone don't even know the panel is!

Judge: Marissa A Pizzuto
3/16/2014 6:22:58 PM

Judge Marissa A Pizzuto was the judge that was in charge of my SSDI case in 2011. She was passionate and understanding when asking questions and listening to my response. Judge Marissa made me feel comfortable as in any court proceeding one would tend to be nervous. Judge Marissa ruled a fully favorable decision on my clam and I wish to thank her for her professionalism and caring in my SSDI case.

Judge: Richard West
11/18/2013 12:13:41 AM

Judge west was fair ,thorough, and a true asset to the SSA.

Michael G.
Judge: Marissa A Pizzuto
11/14/2013 8:40:56 AM

Judge Marissa A Pizzuto is a caring, compassionate and understanding Judge. Her sincere display of kindness and concern for my well being was truly amazing and very much appreciated!! She's a very professional Judge who is heartfelt and genuine. My family and I are so grateful that I was assigned such an intelligent and patient Judge who really cares!! Thank you so much, "Your Honor". Sincerely…Michael G.

Judge: James Andres
9/11/2013 11:41:18 AM

These posts really scare me!!! From what I understand, I have to go before this Judge. I went for a hearing already and a decision was made, but because the Judge retired, the decision is void and I have to go for another hearing. I am in desperate need of help and now after reading these comments, it looks as though I may not have much luck in getting the help I need. Signed, homeless!!

Judge: Donna A Krappa
8/9/2013 10:28:16 AM

I haven't received her decision yet but in the hearing she seemed to be very fair and wanted to ascertain all the facts rather than simply looking for an excuse to deny me as the previous judge had been.

Judge: April M Wexler
6/26/2013 5:55:03 PM

Judge April M. Wexler is a Judge who is definitely not aware of the fact that many people who are applying for disability are actual people who have serious pre existing and continued long term medical issues and medical problems. I believe she looks at the actual person instead of the combined medical evidence, which includes narratives MRI's, and x-rays provided by the Medical Doctors. Furthermore I believe that Judge Wexler is biased with many of her rulings and decisions. In my case her words to me directly were " If you can drive then you are not DISABLE period regardless of your medical conditions"

james gizzo
Judge: Joel H Friedman
3/22/2013 9:24:19 PM

He was very respectful and was right to the point.

chris ricci
Judge: Marissa A Pizzuto
3/14/2013 11:38:33 AM

On behalf of myself and my son thank you for being a true professional. People who serve their country deserve the respect u display.

Judge: Norman R Zamboni
1/15/2013 9:41:26 AM

Judge Zamboni is very fair and reasonable. I'm glad I had him on my case. He saw the truth and was very thorough. He isn't just going to give you a favorable decision, but will grant it if you are truly disabled. You shouldn't be in front of him unless you truly are though, as there are too many people who really need SSA and we can't have anybody holding up the process which is already long. Best advice I can give is to just go into the hearing and present your honest case. He will see it all for himself. Don't go in there trying to put on a front because he isn't dumb and I'm sure will see right through it.

Judge: James Andres
1/12/2013 1:26:31 PM

There are no words to explain how I feel but I will try, After going before Judge Andres in Ft. Lauderdale 3 Minutes into the hearing, I felt like I was A piece of **** asking for Disability help for a Broken Toe. My family and I are Devastated beyond words or description My Treating Doctors are "Blown Away" that I was denied. Now I know why so many people decide Suicide and kill themselves. If the public could see my evidence,....Well, It's one that would shock the Conscious of the Community..... i.e. Blow peoples minds...

D fick
Judge: Norman R Zamboni
12/28/2012 6:18:08 PM

THANK YOU JUDGE ZAMBONI. For being a Judge that can tell when people and their Dr. and test are telling the truth.

Judge: Norman R Zamboni
12/9/2012 10:32:03 PM

I don't think that when a judge has Doctors note stating that some one can not work and they still think they have the right to play DR. or GOD with some ones life when they say NO. When people just can not keep paying med bills an and for their meds. I thought that when you work for 30 plus years and you need help I thought we pay it forward when we pay ss out of our pay checks. I guess I was wronge.Do judges really think that when some one gives up their job because they cann't do it any more and stop working for 4 years because they are so sick, I guess the judges just cann't see that.

Judge: Dennis O'Leary
12/5/2012 10:19:01 AM

He is incompetent and shows a general bias towards clients.

Judge: Norman R Zamboni
10/30/2012 1:13:58 PM

ALJ Zamboni is VERY nice, explains everything thoroughly, asks if representative wants to do an optional opening, conducts Hearings with a loose, conversational tone, respects the client and representative, is very sharp and a pleasure to work with!

Judge: Marissa A Pizzuto
9/26/2012 5:25:08 PM

Pearl of judge

Judge: Marissa A Pizzuto
8/23/2012 5:30:13 PM

god blass you and your families i wait for hearing just im pray

Judge: Marissa A Pizzuto
8/23/2012 5:25:16 PM

god bless you

Judge: Michael A Rodriguez
7/16/2012 8:25:07 PM

An honorable, fair minded judge.

Judge: Richard L De Steno
7/3/2012 2:43:46 PM

I really wish there were more airtlces like this on the web.

Judge: Curtis Axelsen
7/3/2012 12:46:43 PM

This atricle went ahead and made my day.

Judge: Kenneth Chu
6/13/2012 1:07:48 PM

This judge is extremely fair even when he does not find on your behalf.

Judge: Curtis Axelsen
6/8/2012 10:28:00 AM

Professionalism at its best. Outstanding knowledge of the law, soft temparent and helpful.

Judge: Joel H Friedman
4/23/2012 7:21:36 AM

Real cool and fair.

Judge: Donna A Krappa
4/6/2012 2:24:54 PM

This judge doesn't even need to really read a case file, all she has to do is to read another judge's opinion who denied a claim, copy their report as their own, and even usurp the opinion of the US District court when they remand the case back down to the original court. I wonder what the job description is anyway...

Brian G. Eichelhart
Judge: James Andres
3/23/2012 4:54:04 PM

I had 4 hearings with him and he denied ALL 4 claimants, this is statistically impossible. I do not know what his gig is but he will have to learn the hard way about aggressive South Florida lawyers.

Judge: Dennis O'Leary
3/20/2012 9:39:34 AM

I wish it was possible to rate negative stars. In his decision on my case, this "judge" cherry-picked, manipulated facts, ignored evidence and flat out lied.