South Jersey, New Jersey ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in South Jersey, New Jersey, 14 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 17.0 months. The average case processing time in South Jersey is 610 days.The South Jersey average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 44%. 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 6/11/2019.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
South Jersey 14 17.0 months 610 days 2.4 19% 44% 37%
New Jersey17.0 months600 days2.320%47%33%
National Average:14.9 months500 days2.120%42%38%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied

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Mr. Martellio
Judge: Nicholas Cerulli
1/31/2020 8:37:35 AM

i was with my Aunt at her hearing and she had nothing but nice things to say about Judge Cerulli. My Aunt has tremors and a very bad speech impairment and the Judge let her take her time so she wasnt overwhelmed. I want to Thank Judge Cerulli for treating my Aunt with respect and compassion not everyone has patience with her so Thank you again.

Judge: Trina Moore
10/30/2019 8:14:23 AM

Extremely racially bias ALJ. Requires supplemental hearings for missing records - waste of Federal Government funds in a system that is already backed up and running out of funds.

Lisa S
Judge: Nicholas Cerulli
10/18/2019 7:59:58 PM

Just had my hearing with Judge Cerulli today. I don't know the outcome yet but I have to say he made the whole process so easy. He's kind, he listens put me at ease right away.

Judge: Jennifer Pustizzi
10/2/2019 3:40:57 AM

I had Jennifer Pustizzi and was extremely nervous! but she made me feel at ease, had an extremely nice demeanor and asked all the right questions. She doesn’t have the best approval ratings BUT she is fair. All I can recommend is make sure you have a long extensive record and be completely 100% honest.

Judge: April M Wexler
9/16/2019 7:12:50 AM

I'm a 42 which had me worried to begin with. I was quit pleased with Judge Wexler. She listen to what I had to say and treated me fairly. That's all that I ask. I believe she will make a fair ruling based on all the evidence.

Judge: Nycole Watson
8/13/2019 1:57:33 PM

Corrupt judge. Doesn’t listen to the person or lawyer in their hearing, makes a decision without looking at the evidence and then cherry picks your file for irrelevant things taken out of context to deny your legit claim. This woman has no business being in a courtroom.

Judge: Trina Moore
8/6/2019 10:01:29 AM

Likely the worst ALJ I have been before. She is rude and arrogant. She speaks towards her computer screen and expects the entire room to hear her. If asked to repeat herself, she makes eye contact and speaks to you as if you don't speak English. She does this to Attorneys and claimants alike - as if Attorneys have not gone to law school as she has?!. She should probably rethink her entire career if she cannot be respectful towards people who are disabled and suffering before her. She also totally misses the issue in cases and will have unnecessary supplemental hearings.

Judge: Nycole Watson
8/1/2019 5:21:55 AM

She was rude to my lawyer and to me. she wouldn't allow me to explain things and would cut me off after only a few seconds. This is unprofessional.

Judge: Marguerite Toland
7/1/2019 7:26:57 PM

Judge Toland is a kind and compassionate judge. She respects claimants.

Judge: Jennifer Pustizzi
5/30/2019 8:24:39 AM

Denied.... ALJ jennifer Pustizzi. I don’t blame the judge. I blame my rookie attorney who works for a big box firm. Unprepared... didn’t question much of anything the vocational “expert “ said. I still stand by my previous comments about judge Pustizzi. Very courteous and professional.

Lamont Connelly
Judge: Nycole Watson
5/27/2019 6:40:48 PM

She's a fair and reasonable Judge

Judge: Margaret M Gabell
5/20/2019 8:39:27 PM

Happy to say I got denied, deep down I didn't want to be controlled by the governement. I Just pray that those people like myself that are truthful, get the money they worked for. Being stuck in your room more then what you are outside is not easy to deal with. If you get denied dont worry, pray to God and he will hear you. If you follow God the right way he will provide. God spoke to me and told me that if I cant work to learn to live by faith and that is what I will do! GOD WILL PROVIDE

Judge: Jennifer Pustizzi
5/9/2019 10:26:42 PM

Judge Pustizzi was very professional and courteous. Although it appears she hasn’t been an ALJ for SSA long according to records you would think she’s been doing it for years. She goes right to the heart of your ability to work,past work, etc. My hearing lasted approximately 35 minutes. I don’t know the outcome yet but I’m not righting this review based on whether I’ve won my case or not. What’s important to me is that I was treated with respect,compassion,kindness and professionalism. She doesn’t yuck it up with your attorney in which my case my attorney has been in front of this judge multiple times or her staff during your hearing.. The court reporter was so quiet you wouldn’t have known she was there. Very professional. No matter her ruling I felt she was respectful, kind and above all else fair in her questioning and treatment of myself and my attorney.Thank you your honor! You are a true professional. Note: I wrote this review because everyone that has to go to an ALJ hearing is nervous, anxious, and scared if you’ve never testified before a judge. Fortunately for myself I have been before many judges in my law enforcement career. I’ve seen amazing judges and some I thought were rude, egotistical, and unprofessional. I saw none of those traits with Judge Pustizzi. Tell the TRUTH. Don’t put on a show or exaggerate. These judges have seen and heard it all. Your capacity to work is the judges main concern. Listen to your council and talk to the Judge about your condition just as you would your doctor. Sorry this is so long but I felt it needed to be done as I’ve seen zero reviews on this judge.

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: Trina Moore
6/18/2018 4:41:56 AM

ALJ Trina Moore was very professional, pleasant, understanding and knew exactly what she was looking for in assessing my case. I feel that my medical situation was properly analyzed and taken into account by Judge Moore. Very knowledgeable, nice and fair ALJ to be in front of.

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

Ronald Merchant
Judge: Trina Moore
3/22/2018 1:08:00 PM

She was a very nice lady. I don't know what her decision is yet- but I'm very hopeful.

Judge: Trina Moore
2/27/2018 8:37:37 PM

Racist if you are white you better just go back to work. lied completely about what was said in the hearing and she never even met me she made a decision for another alj she is a lier.

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: Kim Soo Nagle
11/21/2017 8:28:25 AM

Extremely fair judge with a pleasant demeanor. She gets right to the point and does not waste time with unnecessary questions. She is very respectful of the Claimant and can be interactive with counsel. She handles most of the questioning and the hearings last 30-45 minutes.

Judge: Mark Hockensmith
10/7/2017 4:39:17 PM

Judge: Mark Hockensmith
6/3/2017 9:34:12 AM

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

Disabling Tears of Joy
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.

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.

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: Kim Soo Nagle
8/14/2013 3:59:59 PM

Reversed and remanded again! A judge cannot lie and claim evidence does not exist when it clearly does.

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"

Judge: Kim Soo Nagle
3/20/2013 6:27:40 PM

Judge Nagle really seems to understand the disability process. I have appeared before dozens of ALJs in disability cases in Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia and I rank her among the top three. I look forward to having cases with her in the future.

Judge: Kim Soo Nagle
3/8/2013 10:32:55 PM

Very fair judge. She is smart and knowledgeable about Social Security law.

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.