South Jersey, New Jersey ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in South Jersey, New Jersey, 11 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in South Jersey, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 22.0 months. The average case processing time in South Jersey is 736 days.The South Jersey average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 53%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the South Jersey ODAR office was last updated on 3/9/2018.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
South Jersey 11 22.0 months 736 days 2.0 25% 53% 22%
New Jersey21.3 months703 days2.120%47%33%
National Average:17.3 months577 days1.921%43%36%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied

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Judge: Elana Hollo
11/2/2018 1:48:04 PM

Excellent judge, really listens to the claimant and doesn't use the vocational expert if it's not necessary.

Judge: Nycole Watson
9/23/2018 8:38:51 PM

She's so rude and nasty! She only approves 19% of cases and most likely will not approve your case! She has no compassion or empathy and it's obvious during your hearing. She was nasty to me and my Attorney! I honestly do not know how she is a Judge, she is extremely unprofessional!!!

Nathan Thompson
Judge: Margaret M Gabell
6/27/2018 12:54:03 PM

She seemed to care and the vocational expert answered "No" to every question regarding whether I could hold down employment....... still denied. I hope she lives happily with herself while I debate whether to walk into traffic or check into a psych ward. I can't get benefits and can't work. There's no hope

Judge: Daniel N Shellhamer
5/17/2018 1:03:36 PM

He's a very professional and kind Judge. He is also prepared and reads the file ahead of time. If you have this Judge you are lucky, he has a decent approval rate as well!

Judge: Daniel N Shellhamer
5/17/2018 1:03:28 PM

He's a very professional and kind Judge. He is also prepared and reads the file ahead of time. If you have this Judge you are lucky, he has a decent approval rate as well!

Judge: Nycole Watson
3/22/2018 2:43:18 PM

Agree with all the other reviews on her. My experience as not good with her

Judge: Karen Shelton
2/22/2018 1:24:26 PM

Very impatient, appeared confused, power-hungry, and all over the map. A bit rude as well. Wondering how long she's doing this, as it doesn't appear she's learned the ropes just yet.

Judge: Marguerite Toland
2/9/2018 5:15:19 PM

Judge Toland is a professional of the highest integrity and professional standards. Her anaylasis of cases is meticulous, exacting and expert. She has genuine concern and conducts herself with proper judicial decorum.

Judge: Nycole Watson
1/6/2018 9:20:09 AM

If you google her name you find that she wanted to be a civil court judge. She left her job to try and be a civil court judge but she couldn't win the position. Then she sued her former employer for her job back and lost. When you have a hearing with her it's really obvious she has a chip on her shoulder about this and just wanted to be a judge for the power trip. She doesn't care about disabled people at all.

Judge: Nycole Watson
12/29/2017 4:05:31 PM

She's not a nice person and has really low approval rating

Judge: Daniel N Shellhamer
5/31/2017 6:08:46 AM

Judge Shellhamer was fair and extremely thorough in his review of my case. He was prepared and knew all the facts of the case at the onset of the hearing. I was very impressed with his professionalism and demeanor.

Judge: Nycole Watson
5/23/2017 5:02:03 PM

Beware of this Judge, she's very rude and will either deny you or amend your onset date for no justifiable reason. She wants to prove she is tough but she lacks professionalism and compassion! Honestly doesn't seem like she knows the social security laws that well either.

Judge: Nycole Watson
4/18/2017 5:44:35 PM

Judge: Nycole Watson
3/8/2017 11:56:59 AM

She's rude, she should try acting more professional. Also she takes forever to write decisions, like a ridiculous amount of time! My case was in May 2016 and we still have no decision!!! It's really ridiculous, she's an awful

Judge: Nycole Watson
3/8/2017 11:54:19 AM

She's rude, she should try acting more professional. Also she takes forever to write decisions, like a ridiculous amount of time! My case was in May 2016 and we still have no decision!!! It's really ridiculous, she's an awful

Judge: Lisa Hibner
2/15/2017 5:25:11 PM

Attended my hearing on2/14/17 judge lisa hibner heard my case, 2 thumbs up was treated with respect plus she was very upbeat sincere. I was on my medication which i think she realized and made me feel very comfortable despite my personal issues i wish her the best.....

Jaclyn jean-baptiste
Judge: Margaret M Gabell
2/6/2017 3:21:36 AM

My name is Jaclyn Jean Baptiste. Judge Gabell heard my case in August 2016. She was very nice & she seems to be very thorough when it comes to her cases. Its been 6 months & i still didnt get an answer yet, but not judge Gabells fault. She had to subpoena for my medical records. I beleive if the place would of given her my records when first initially asked then she would of been able to make her decision. Thank you Judge Gabell.

Judge: Daniel N Shellhamer
1/17/2017 6:47:28 AM

My old lawyer is no longer working for me after the failure they induced. But still wants payment if I'm approved down the road. Yeah right...

Judge: Daniel N Shellhamer
1/17/2017 6:43:38 AM

So I'm back to work because I was too young...too educated and had too many skills to be disabled. Didn't find toy stuffing or addresser jobs so I'm back to my field in order to make the same money. The way things are going ill see you again soon. Maybe the bias won't be there next time. Thanks for nothing.

Judge: Nycole Watson
1/8/2017 10:13:57 AM

Judge Watson left South Jersey ODAR and moved to Philadelphia ODAR. Instead of deciding her NJ cases first... She just moved on to deciding Philadelphia cases leaving NJ cases languish. There are hurt people waiting for a decision but she is busy deciding her newest cases for her new boss. DISPICAPLE!

Judge: Daniel N Shellhamer
11/10/2016 9:59:35 AM

was explained by council that possibly my calling to the office too much weighed in on my declination of benefits.

10/26/2016 10:42:40 AM

Great judge! He knows each file and is able to get to the heart of the matter right away. Very fair and objective. Great sense of humor.

Judge: Nycole Watson
10/20/2016 11:44:12 AM

I found her to be very rude and unfair. She seems like she is a ALJ just for a power trip and not compassionate at all.

Judge: Nicholas Cerulli
9/22/2016 10:02:40 AM

I had been waiting for a decision for over 2 months and have not heard anything. The judge told me at the hearing that I will hear something withing 30 days. I do not have a lawyer maybe I should get one, this is not fair. Any suggestion? I need that Medicare.

Judge: Nycole Watson
9/12/2016 7:29:53 AM

I had a hearing with her. rude. beware anyone who gets her. it seems like she doesn't know what shes doing. my lawyer said her questions were dumb and not in line with the rules.

Judge: Nycole Watson
9/7/2016 7:34:22 AM

She is impatient and rude. But heard she's leaving which is good

Judge: Nycole Watson
9/2/2016 8:40:54 AM

I just had a hearing with her she was nasty to my lawyer & she would not allow me to explain my past circumstances. I believe she was unfair & I hope who ever gets her they watch out

Judge: Louis G Mc Afoos III
7/12/2016 4:37:07 PM

Judge Mc Afoos was a very kind and fair man. He thoroughly read my case file before I walked into the room and knew what he was talking about. He made a very scared me, much more comfortable with the whole process.

Judge: Kenneth Bossong
6/8/2016 3:12:49 PM

He is a nice Judge, very professional and fair

Judge: Karen Shelton
6/1/2016 2:34:37 PM

I will copy the person below me because I had the same experience. She is an extremely serious Judge, kind of intimidating. I felt like she made up her mind even before the hearing and it was unfair.

Judge: Nicholas Cerulli
5/27/2016 5:05:15 PM

Very kind Judge and fair!

Judge: Karen Shelton
5/27/2016 4:59:26 PM

She is an extremely serious Judge, kind of intimidating. I felt like she made up her mind even before the hearing and it was unfair.

Judge: Karen Shelton
5/24/2016 6:36:14 AM

Judge: Karen Shelton
10/5/2015 6:00:51 PM

She is very far and makes you feel at ease she told me yes when ever body told me no

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Judge: Joseph M Hillegas
9/30/2015 12:37:21 PM

A stern, fair, fact-finding Judge. Although the entire claim processing time was long, Judge Hillegas, through patience, careful review of all facts/evidence will without a doubt make an informed, unbiased decision.

2/4/2015 6:29:45 AM

As an attorney who has also appeared before Judge Wesner, I am amused by the earlier comments. They must necessarily have emanated from a claimant or attorney in a case which was unfavorable. That, or possibly from an advocate who was intimidated by the Judge's superior intellect.

Judge: Louis G Mc Afoos III
1/21/2015 9:56:18 AM

Very kind and fair judge. Not intimidating

Judge: Louis G Mc Afoos III
12/17/2014 3:36:47 PM

I was very pleased with my outcome after being denied 3 times.he recognized i wasnt treated fairly..

Judge: Nicholas Cerulli
6/24/2014 12:56:22 PM

I just had a hearing with this ALJ. Even though I don't know how the decision will come out, I can say that he held the hearing in a kindly manner and was not threatening to my client. He was very fair and very thorough.

Nunzie Agobi
5/28/2014 6:56:49 AM

This guy is one of the smartest judges in all of ODAR by far. A bit brusque at times, he knows how to get to the heart of the case.

Judge: Nancy Lisewski
5/19/2014 2:09:19 PM

IF you want a fair Judge that listens and ask the best questions about your case, she reads and understands, i been threw alot but i kept on because i have worked, and this judge is differant than the other one i had. shes a great judge i will tell anybody that. thank u judge NANCY FOR YOUR FAVORABLE DECISION ON MY CASE. ITS BEEN A LONG AND HARD ROAD FOR ME.

5/19/2014 10:14:02 AM

Unfair Judge by faR

Judge: Nancy Lisewski
2/20/2013 9:45:55 AM

I find her to be respectful to the claimant and the representative. She may not approve many cases but she is professional.

Judge: Nancy Lisewski
2/6/2013 8:06:05 PM

Low-class. Should be disbarred. She is disgusting.

2/3/2013 1:55:44 PM

Not a nice Judge at all above I agree with above comment

1/30/2013 8:53:09 AM

Very scary Judge

Judge: Nancy Lisewski
11/8/2012 8:17:32 PM

Brash, rude, and condescending. She has decided the case before you even walk through the door. Disgrace.

Judge: Nancy Lisewski
9/7/2012 12:58:35 PM

Conducts a quick hearing. Lets the representative do most of the questioning. However, she will find any loophole to deny; especially D & A.

Judge: Nancy Lisewski
8/2/2012 2:44:02 PM

Looks for the legal ways to deny - disregards the person.

Judge: Nancy Lisewski
3/13/2012 1:08:16 PM

Appears to know the file well. Does not request opening statement.