Albuquerque, New Mexico ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, 13 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Albuquerque, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 12.0 months. The average case processing time in Albuquerque is 478 days.The Albuquerque average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 45%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Albuquerque ODAR office was last updated on 6/11/2019.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Albuquerque 13 12.0 months 478 days 2.2 13% 45% 42%
New Mexico15.3 months555 days1.116%39%45%
National Average:14.9 months500 days2.120%42%38%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied

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Rhondalene Gauthier
Judge: John W Rolph
1/30/2020 10:55:43 AM

Judge: Michael Leppala
1/20/2020 7:25:56 PM

Zero; it’s saying a lot to call Judge Leppala your honor when he has no honor. VE sands no work is available and looks at you and said you’ll probably make the grid rules. Surprise; I got denied me not giving weight to my 2 Medicial Source Statements from two different sources giving me a sedentary rating. I’m over 61 when I filled before 2017!

Rhondalene Gauthier
Judge: John W Rolph
1/10/2020 11:28:41 PM

I love love love this Judge he is polite, kind, understanding, not judgemental at all and very down to earth.definitely the kind of person I would want to go to his house for Christmas and spend time with his family seems like he's a very well-rounded family-oriented type of man. All American and all and great personality. I enjoyed my interview with him although I do not know what his decision will inevitably be in my case so far he's my favorite judge.

Judge: Michael Leppala
12/2/2019 2:49:02 PM

Judge Leppala is very down to earth and makes you feel comfortable; but he is also there to do his duty. I had my hearing a little over a week ago and I was so nervous. My attorney was a huge help making me understand what was going to happen. So I would recommend getting one if you don’t already have an attorney. I don’t know what is going to happen with my case but I do know everything in my case file and everything I said was true. I can no longer work. I can no longer even enjoy the things I used to love; riding horses, playing golf, riding bikes with my little ones, and most importantly my career. I absolutely loved doing what I was doing and not many people can say that about their work. Praying for a good outcome to start the new decade off right. My kids and I deserve something to go the right way after all the sacrifices we all have made since I came injured and ill I believe this judge is a fair man and follows the laws and rules set for him to follow. And I appreciate this no matter the outcome.

Judge: David R Gutierrez
12/1/2019 12:12:08 PM

Mr. Gutierrez is a crook and a first class LIAR! He denied my case and the appeal, despite having over 20 active medical issues, many of which are severe and/or potentially fatal. He copied and pasted numerous sentences from various parts of my medical; and, when he made reference to my records in the denial letter, he distorted the fact of the matter. So really, the multiple times that he perjured himself in manner, he threw the standard Straw Man garbage into a poorly concocted report which made no sense at all. A grade schooler could have done better, as even GUTierrez's grammar was abysmally poor. I have been told this guy is extremely racist against White males, makes his decision before the hearing even starts. Though having access to your medical records, he does not read them. This rogue judge needs to be removed from his position.

Stephen L Girouard
Judge: Lillian Richter
8/23/2019 3:26:33 PM

I had a disability case before judge Lillian Richter, very relaxed and orderly judge. A professional thorough reading of all the evidence for or against and caught every detail. To go before such a professional judge reaffirms my faith in America's judicial system.

Terry Wiggins Sr
Judge: Ben Ballengee
8/18/2019 9:30:52 AM

Judge Ballenger was very professional and responsive to my concerns and questions. I think he really cares for the fair treatment that the disability community needs.

Cassondra Barnes
Judge: Ben Ballengee
7/23/2019 12:43:46 PM

Judge Ballengee is an awesome judge, he is very bubbly but professional, he doesn’t make me feel nervous in his presence, and I love the way that he breaks his hearing’s down to claimant, explains the way hearing is proceeded. He takes his time and shows concern with the claimant as well as the rep. I absolutely enjoyed working with judge Ballengee we need more judges like him in the world.

Judge: Mark R Dawson
7/16/2019 1:20:18 PM

I have only wonderful things to say about Judge Dawson. He really is committed to serving the community in a professional, sympathetic, and honorable way. Judge Dawson is not only a true humanitarian, but an experienced judge that provides equality and judicious decisions. Also, Judge Dawson seems to have a way about understanding people with respect, intelligence, and a helpful manner. From my personal experience, he has enlightened, inspired, and encouraged me to optimistically change my outlook on life and renewed my faith in myself. When he told me to "find purpose" I did. I was immediately determined to check my CU Denver courses I had remaining for my psychology degree the next day. I now have a new philosophical, confident, and fearless attitude that has changed my life for good. Judge Dawson literally saved my life and has been a true Godsend. Thank you Judge Dawson, you are a true hero! FYI: If you have an "observer" for your court case make sure they know the appropriate etiquette for your court appearance. DO NOT ask the judge to shake his hand, totally inappropriate.

Judge: MaryAnn Lunderman
6/1/2019 7:44:33 AM

It was just a little messed up but I agree with all the reviews of this judge except David the one only positive one. I had the great pleasure of meeting Ms Mary Ann Lunderman. I waited for almost two years to get my hearing, then had it then had to wait over five months. We submitted all evidance and got denied. I had a lawyer but still got denied. While I have not gotten the decision the judge had all the information on my disability. She did not ask me nor the VR person one question related to my disability. The judge didn't even actually ask the VR person any question. And still denied me. I admit I havn't read the yet the answer but Im sure its as if she decides the case in her mind not based on the facts because of her lack of asking the right proper questions. Now I have to appeal and after already waiting 3 years have to wait another 2 or 3 to get a final decision, this already was an appeal too. The whole process needs revamp and its not right how they have this set up, now I"m stuck without being able to pay rent for another three years. Thanks so much Ms Mary Ann Lunderman! She really looked up all the facts of my case like David said! Honestly I'm not even sure that Mary Ann Lunderman understands what a disability is, you dont see all disabilities with you're eyes, dont you people know this? She claimed that I had not been hospitalized. She said that I lied and didn't tell SSA about my work. That is a lie because I have disability reports I filled them out. I filled out two recently in both reports I wrote it in and I filled out more than that. She did not bother to even read the decisions on my claim for the first award to see that it said what my disabilities are.

Judge: MaryAnn Lunderman
5/21/2019 7:58:40 PM

It was just a little messed up but I agree with all the reviews of this judge except David the one only positive one. I had the great pleasure of meeting Mr Mary Ann Lunderman. I waited for almost two years to get my hearing, then had it then had to wait over five months. We submitted all evidance and got denied. I had a lawyer but still got denied. While I have not gotten the decision the judge had all the information on my disability. She did not ask me nor the VR person one question related to my disability. The judge didn't even actually ask the VR person any question. And still denied me. I admit I havn't read the yet the answer but Im sure its as if she decides the case in her mind not based on the facts because of her lack of asking the right proper questions. Now I have to appeal and after already waiting 3 years have to wait another 2 or 3 to get a final decision, this already was an appeal too. The whole process needs revamp and its not right how they have this set up, now I"m stuck without being able to pay rent for another three years. Thanks so much Ms Mary Ann Lunderman! She really looked up all the facts of my case like David said! Honestly I'm not even sure that Mary Ann Lunderman understands what a disability is, you dont see all disabilities with you're eyes, dont you people know this?

zachary c juliano
Judge: Mark R Dawson
4/19/2019 6:54:59 PM

he decided before i got there didn't even wait to file the denile he should've told me after the case so i couldve ****** ****** then. his denile rate is almost 70% hes is an entitled white man who has been given a wonderful life . compared to him your not disabled so he wont approve it,. better hope you dont get him im really sorry ifr you do.

Judge: Michael Leppala
4/4/2019 2:22:41 PM

When somebody's approval/disapproval rate deviates this much from the statistical average (he pays almost nobody), you can be sure there's a political agenda at work. It's disgraceful and no better than his co-worker, James Burke, who displays the same problem in the opposite direction (by paying everybody.) Shame.

Judge: MaryAnn Lunderman
3/11/2019 6:37:22 AM

So… how many people has this ***, *****, ************** *** ******* over lately.. hum... sorry if your one of them .. it *****..

Judge: Frederick Upshall
2/22/2019 12:19:57 PM

Judge Fredrich Upshall is a ******! I had a hearing with him he was rude, condescending and a total and ***** *****. If you have a hearing with this judge and you are a minority don't expect to be treated fairly!

Judge: John W Rolph
11/11/2018 4:13:12 PM

This judge is *******/********. He Discredited/ dismissed out all my doctors/info, credit his phony s.s. doctors who did nothing when they examine me, no X-Ray, etc how would they know what's wrong with me? He denied my case said that I have a medium rfc lifting 50 lbs can climb ladders when my doctor is telling me no prolonged standing, walking, climbing or heavy lifting and my orthopedic surgeon knee specialist doctor says i need both knees replaced/surgery and has ordered knee braces what's the scam with social security.

Judge: MaryAnn Lunderman
10/24/2018 10:06:56 PM

This one got me ..I almost believed in her! No.. she’s an ****.. starts with c ...what a ******* I was!! There are many negative comments about disability ******* judges .. but here’s the thing ..I have no problem calling them a sense it’s not their fault.. they’re going by what they are told to do.. the bottom line folks’s a joke ..your likely to never get your disability benefits.. there is a percentage the government authorizes.. yes.. it’s all about money.. to go through.. you may be one of the lucky ones may not.. but it’s not based on how disabled you are .. they don’t give a running goddamn ******* **** *** about you.. not to say any one person’s claim is any less than another’s.. but when they deny 100% disabled Veterans who are 100% because of injuries they incurred by serving this ***** ** **** country.. that should tell you something.. I wish I had my 10 years back I gave them a point.. because I loved my job.. but still I served a country that threw me under the bus when I needed help..again because of what happened to me while I was serving this country..there is one why I have learned to deal with this.. I cannot work physically.. but I am capable of using a computer from home..I have made it the rest of my life’s goal to dissuade anyone from joining the military.. getting involved in any federal job, etc.. and I’m educating them on the ******** of voting .. I have succeeded with six people that I’ve saved .. I wouldn’t want the karma of these ***** ** **** Judges.. my advice ..don’t even apply ..they are going to make you jump through hoops like a ******* circus animal and they will still deny you .. that is a promise !

Judge: George W Reyes
10/15/2018 2:40:41 PM

It is very hard to tell what Judge Reyes was thinking at my hearing. I was in there for about 15-20 minutes and he never even asked the VE any questions. Reyes asked about my education. He made a comment "you were making good money"....I said yes sir. He asked how heavy the field scope tri-pod was, when I was assisting in the field with a designer and I guessed about 30#? My atty made some medical statements regarding a couple appts the SSA sent me to, but did not understand any of it. THEN IT WAS DONE. He was polite. My anxiety was off the chart. It's hard to rate him under my circumstances.

Devastated & Homeless
Judge: John W Rolph
9/24/2018 8:29:12 AM

It's true, the Honorable John W. Rolph is very polite, respectful and courteous. He denied my case, but I don't blame him because he didn't receive all my medical evidence in time. Out of 22 doctor's, my Attorney left out 8 doctor's, 3 of which were critical. I waited 3 years and now I have to appeal to the Appeals Council, which will take up to 2 years for them to give a decision. One specialist lied to SSA. Judge Roplh gave "light weight" to my Orthepedic Surgeon report. Judge Rolph didn't know at the time of my Hearing that my Orthopedic Surgeon referred me to a Neurologist. This Neurologist stated that I needed neck surgery. This Neurologist referred me to another Neurologist. This 2nd Neurologist stated (after a nerve test) that my neck was causing shoulder, arm, and finger numbness. What I can't comprehend is that I have emails to my Attorney regarding all the Dr's left out of my Hearing. There's a lot more to this devastating story.😔

Judge: John W Rolph
9/9/2018 5:13:12 PM

Lazy arrogant biased judge rolph, ss admin. received my document work restrictions from my treating physician because I called them and it was verified received over phone. which he totally neglected to include in his report that denied me which he incorrectly determined my medium rfc with cartilage loss in both knees. He didn't budge on my rfc, Just lazy because he's just passing my case on to cause more work backlog for ssa i received unfavorable decision because he was too lazy to include my teating physicians work restrictions letter that said no climbing ladders because I have more than 50% cartilage loss in both knees I experience excruciating 10 level knee pain when I try to climb ladders. His report puts me in harm's way saying I can climb ladders too dangerous, if i file appeal he will have to consider new evidence findings osteoarthritis of si joint plus he has to include my treating physicians work restrictions.

Sara Ortega
Judge: John W Rolph
8/17/2018 7:44:02 PM

Today my social security and disability taxes were taken out of my part time check. They took $97.51 out ,I started laughing. Because this piece of **** JUDGE JOHN ROLPH DENIED my disability claim. So why the **** are they taking taxes out ,it's not like I can use it when I retire or if I'm disabled. I've been working since I was 18 years old and I have paid my taxes and can't get a ****** thing out of it. I HOPE YOU *** A SLOW AND PAINFUL ***** judge John ROLPH. You ****** ******

Judge: John W Rolph
7/9/2018 3:08:24 PM

Judge: Michelle K Lindsay
5/1/2018 2:55:04 PM

She’s a ******* ***** ** ****. She left on family leave and ******* my case up taking over 6 months just to deny me.

Judge: Joseph Liken
4/4/2018 7:27:50 AM

I had my hearing November 15th 2017 and I'm still awaiting a decision from the judges office. My lawyers don't know anything other than it is still in the judges hands. I was told is have a decision within 90 days and as you can see, I'm still waiting. He was a great listener and i didn't feel intimidated at all. My issue is that the "process" takes entirely too long and some of us are in desperate need for a decision so that we know where to go from do i get my do i get the injections i do i keep paying my bills...what am i going to do about rent..All of this in some cases is contingent on a speedy decision. Thanks for listening.

Judge: Myriam C Fernandez Rice
2/1/2018 9:34:06 PM

This judge made a horrible mistake in judging my case she just keeped going on about my tattoos and I was just thinking to myself we are not here to talk about tattoos I thought were here to talk about a disability and the reasons why I can’t work but she was really just hung up about the tattoo situation again I was thinking to my self yes lady I know I got tattoos get over it already she was also judgmental on my Personal appearance my age ect so all in all I took her Decision to federal court and was in my favor for an appeal 18 months later here I go again back to court again all over her Mistake she made and For wasting my time at the end of the day she didn’t do her job right if you get this judge for your case be careful on your appearance and also be very careful on what you say she is very Judgmental and well deny your case for any little reason she feels like in my Experience is the worst judge to have.

Bryce Joseph Backman
Judge: Myriam C Fernandez Rice
11/14/2017 2:49:30 AM

I am the single case approved by the Albuquerque Odar ALJ. Mariam C Fernandez Rice in the year of our Lord 2017. The processing office is forcing me to appeal the decision without my consent. In processing the protected application date of the approved title 16 before the approved title 2 is being denied by the processing office. And forcing me to blame the ALJ as being in error. When P.O.M.S. D.I.27515.020 new title 2 D.I.B. claim- title16 disability previously established. Clearly refers the processing office as the responsible entity in favoring the claimant in detail. Please review.

Judge: Michael Leppala
10/19/2017 7:10:56 PM

From a rep in the trenches: He has a thing against you asking leading questions, he thinks all questions that ask for a yes-no answer are leading, he thinks all questions that don't ask for a yes-no answer aren't leading. Annoyingly, he will cut off your question if he thinks, based on the first word or two, it will be a leading question. Prep your clients accordingly. Leppala was never a claimant rep, and you can really tell from his attitudes on examination and the admission of medical evidence. However, he is affable and he is polite, even warm, to the claimants.

Judge: MaryAnn Lunderman
9/9/2017 12:47:52 PM

If you get this judge` you will be sorry! She is a total" B, and goes by if you are from another race! ¥

Judge: Mark R Dawson
4/26/2017 9:42:00 PM

Everything you would want in an objective finder of fact.

Judge: Mark R Dawson
3/13/2017 4:23:20 PM

This judge is a joke. Despite of what you tell him he seems to already have his mind set before you walk in the door. I wish he'd simply retire rather than toying with and destroying peoples lives. Those of us who are truly disabled need judges who truly understand their decision can cost us our lives. If I could give him negative stars I would. Thanks to this loser I'm homeless. May God have pity on him.

Judge: Mark R Dawson
11/10/2016 4:55:05 PM


Judge: Ann Farris
11/2/2016 2:30:50 PM

This judge has to be the slowest judge NM has! Why does it take her soooooo long? I have been waiting since May to hear any decision on my case!

Judge: Mark R Dawson
7/8/2016 2:05:39 PM


Nannette, Lucero
Judge: Eric Weiss
5/16/2016 12:54:09 AM

My name is Nannette Lucero and I wish to be known. I want the commissions office to hear our court recording he did not let me cross examine Mrs Frost that rolled her eyes at me when I went to ask her a question? and didn't answer what I had asked her because the judge got upset. I would love to pay the state beck out of my hard earned money that I worked so many years for because Eric Weiss wasted states money to fly this women out I will cut the state A CHECK THAT WAS WASTED TO GET THIS WOMEN OUT HERE TO TELL THE JUDGE THAT I COULD OFFICE HELP, AND PAPER PRESS I HAVE WORKED SO MANY YEARS UNTIL I BECAME SICK. THANKS FOR LISTENING I WILL SEND STATE SENATE OFFICE A COPY OF ALL MY PAPERWORK I GUESS I NEED TO BE PUT TO DEALTH BEFORE I GET SOME OF MY HARD EARNED MONEY BACK BECAUSE I CANNOT WORK ANYMORE . I HAVE TRIED AND THE WORST IS MY MEMORY AND MY PAINS THROUGH MY HEAD AND IF THE JUDGE READ UP ON MY ILLNESS LCH HE WOULD KNOW YOU CANNOT SEE lch THROUGH CT SCANS WITHOUT CONTRAST and I am allergic to contrast I need special testing that my insurance wont cover. Let alone a doctor that even knows what I have or how to treat my doctors in Albuquerque know what LCH is? do you? I hope I live to let the world know how unfair this judge was. this is nothing to laugh about he was very unfair I even went to the states doctor and she diogionesed me with depressive disorder and anxiety disorder, and the judges answer was its being taken care OF THROUGH MY MEDICATIONS, AND MY BONES ARENT DETERIATING OFF MY BODY SO I HAVE TO BE DYING TO GET ABY OF MY MONEY BACK WELL GUESS WHAT I AM GOING TO LIVE,iF I GET IN TROUBLE FOR TELLING YOU HOW I FEEL THEN I GUESS THE JUDGE CAN PRESS CHARGES ON MNE FOR SPEAKING THE TRUTH.

Judge: Myriam C Fernandez Rice
4/25/2016 2:20:49 PM

I understand that this could be taken as "this person got turned down and is upset". I am indeed upset, but it is because I was turned down for completely false reasons. So beware of this Judge. She will use anything she can against you. I thought my rep and I had everything in order. My T's crossed and I's dotted. I was wrong! This judge acted as if my PCP's RFC paperwork didn't exist because one minor thing was not in my medical history. My PCP supports the fact that I am disabled. I also have two other doctors that stated I had MDI's that met the SSA guidelines for disability. She uses things in your medical report that are autofill parts from specialists. Like my wrist Ortho's ROS form that I now know he doesn't fill out except for the reason HE is seeing you. That being my wrist. So he didn't fill out that I have fibromyalgia, severe headaches, back pain, weakness, etc. And that was used against me in the decision letter. Even though it was never asked about at the hearing. This judge seems to discriminate based on your age and medical condition(Still a lot of judges that refuse to see the conditions I have as real). Even though my MDI's are listed in the SSA guidelines she chose to not consider them. There are so many errors in her decision letter that my rep said it will take a while to list them all. So I guess that's a good thing. Problem is that I have been trying to get the disability I deserve for 4 1/2 years now. My family and I are financially ruined. The appeals council will take 14-18 more months per my rep and then if Federal suit is needed, another year or more. My family will be on the streets by then. The SSA system drains everything you have worked hard for in your life and drags the process out over way too many years. Just to be turned down by someone who doesn't follow guidelines and makes wild assumptions with no facts.

Judge: Eric Weiss
4/18/2016 4:04:43 PM

I am writing this review on Eric Weiss, He was my judge for a case I had on April 11th. Weather he approves me or not he was very fair in my hearing, if I said something that I was not suppose to say he corrected me in a very nice way, that meant a lot to me, he did not make me feel uncomfortable in any way, and I had no attorney, so I feel if a person goes to trial and speaks the truth then there is no reason to be scared or worried, if a person Is denied it is for a good reason, he is experienced in what he does. Just be HONEST and everything will go just fine weather you are approved, or denied, and if you feel like you are denied for a good reason then appeal your case.. Thank you very much Eric Weiss for your honesty and professionalism I wish to be left unknown

Judge: Lillian Richter
3/9/2016 9:50:14 AM

My hearing was extremely difficult due to the nature of the information I had to share. My attorney seemed pleased with the way the hearing went, but honestly, I was too busy crying to pay attention to that. Judge Richter was polite and very gracious as she ended the hearing. Apparently it can take months to find out the disposition of the hearing (not sure why--wouldn't it be better to make a decision when the facts are still new and clear in your head?). In all, I was pleased with the judge and hope that she makes the right decision in my case.

Judge: James A Burke
1/4/2016 2:26:50 PM

Judge Burke was very fair, and each time I called ODAR the person who answered my request was very helpful and professional! (and I called often)

Judge: James A Burke
10/21/2015 2:42:01 PM

Judge Burke was a very kind and professional Judge! He was very respectful and really listened to me , he gave me advice which I followed and I was successful in my case! Thank you Judge Burke!

Judge: Raul C Pardo
10/2/2015 5:22:00 PM

Pardo was very bias against me. Both in the video hearing and the final ruling that he gave. He misused information and only cherry picked words to fit what he wanted to say. He dismissed everything that MY doctors wrote and they had wrote plenty. He ONLY went by what the SSA doctor that they sent me to ONE time. He was outright unfair towards me. I have paid into the system for 25 plus years. Its not like I have never worked a day in my life.

Judge: Joseph Liken
8/11/2015 4:10:21 PM

I saw Judge Liken today and I believe he is a very good listener. I felt very comfortable in his courtroom. He was not intimidating like many judges. Regardless of the outcome I was happy to be seen by Judge Liken.

Judge: David R Gutierrez
8/4/2015 12:26:36 PM

My husband just went to court with Judge Gutierrez. I am very unhappy with the outcome. Mr. Gutierrez (Judge) denied my husband on a questionnaire that we filled out 4 years ago. We were honest on the questionnaire as of today my husband cannot do what he did back then. Letters from all his Doctors say that. If we didn't deserve back pay that is fine but my husband should have never been denied completely. We are so close to loosing our home we can't even put a full meal on the table for dinner. I work 2 jobs just to try to make it. My husband can't work. I am so upset with this outcome, I can't believe this happened.

Judge: George W Reyes
7/30/2015 12:30:34 AM

I have nothing good to say about judge Reyes, my wife tried to get disability he was the judge he barely gave her the time of day he turned her away so fast it wasn't even funny, as a matter of fact he had a cut her hearing short because the person behind her who could not speak English her interpreter had an emergency so he had to get to her as soon as possible. How does a woman who can't even speak English get this far for getting disability. Judge Reyes should be ashamed of himself for not giving my wife the proper time needed! My wife still cannot work to this day she still has all the same problems that she's had for the last 4 years and now since she can't work we are financially strapped. Mater of fact we are at the emergency room right now.

Bill Allison
Judge: W. Thomas Bundy
6/11/2015 4:32:54 PM

These comments are interesting. A few people actually like him and think he does a good job (the winners). Then there are the "worst judge ever" and "biased and judgmental" (the losers). I have appeared before Judge Bundy several times. I haven't always won, but I usually do. My take on him is that if the claimant is deserving, and his representative does a good job of representing him and is prepared for the hearing, he will award benefits. He doesn't always get it right, but who does? All in all - if you are a SS disability client - don't go to a hearing unrepresented. If you do get representation, get referrals from lawyers or other people who have been through the process. If you find a competent SS representative and you truly fit the SS definition of disabled, you will get a fair hearing from this judge, in my experience.

Judge: Patricia E Hartman
4/24/2015 6:17:27 PM

My wife had a hearing she denied me to be present during the hearing for absolutely no reason even my wife's attorney stated he had never seen this before. She discriminated against me from my occupation. Very sad a judge can be this petty.

Judge: Mark R Dawson
4/21/2015 3:36:01 PM

The Honorable Judge Dawson is a very fair and compassionate judge, taking time to research rare or lesser known disorders that may not be on the Social Security Administration's list of approved disabilities in order to hand down a fair and informed judgement.

Judge: Michelle K Lindsay
3/30/2015 12:09:26 PM

Judge Lindsey is fair and very professional and she is nice and knows how to tLk with kids and make them and myself feel nervous she is awesome. I'm waiting on my decision crossing fingers for son he has eplisey. Have a great day vanesa

Judge: Ben Willner
3/11/2015 8:10:36 PM

After suffering a mva and sustaining a TBI, the judge took all my evidence lightly, and denied my claim. This was even after my attorney asked the V.E. questions and she agreed that I would not be able to do the work. Poor judge, but makes him look good by saving money denying claims.

Judge: Ann Farris
11/16/2014 6:50:26 PM

Don't expect this judge to believe a bunch of wind and BS. Better have the facts. Intense scrutiny and professional standards are the norm in this judge's chambers. I wish that all who qualify will receive, but make sure you have your witnesses and your facts straight if you want to be recognized as disabled. I respect this judge, and I also acknowledge that her job is not easy.

Judge: Gary R Shelton
10/15/2014 8:29:14 PM

Very nice man!! Listened to everything I had to say without interrupting. He seemed to really care!

Judge: Donna Montano
9/15/2014 11:30:25 AM

Judge Montano is a Wonderful judge. My hearing was on July 3 and my Lawyer said I won my case but ODAR underwriting is taking such a long time, I'm getting VERY Discouraged and losing faith. :(

Judge: Frederick Upshall
6/5/2014 4:17:04 PM

I have known Judge Upshall for all of my life. I know how he was raised and know of his convictions. You folks in N.M. I have received a great gift. Please use him wisely

Judge: MaryAnn Lunderman
5/6/2014 11:14:14 AM

I want judge Lunderman to know that she has had a positive impact on many people's lives. Not many people take the time to thank someone who cared enough to really look at the facts...I will remember your name forever as a person who changed many lives...THANK YOU.

Judge: Claudi L Rosen-Underwood
3/29/2014 4:18:10 AM

I have been seeing my doctors for over 15 years. One of my doctors sent in 4 letters explaining my condition and how it renders me "totally disabled". My other doctor sent in 2 letters saying that in his opinion I am "totally disabled". SSA sent me to 3 of their doctors and all 3 of them said I am "totally disabled". There's 34 medical exihibits in my SS file containing almost 900 pages of medical reports. 8 months after my hearing, I get a decision denying my case! In the decision, this so-called judge actually states that she did not give much, if any, weight to the letters from my doctors because she did not understand what the term "totally disabled" means! I've asked 7 of my grandson's friends if they know what "totally disabled" means and all 7 of them knew exactly what it means and they are all only in the forth grade. It is absurd that a well educated so-called disability judge who is probably being paid over $100,000 per year with tax payer dollars, doesn't know what "totally disabled" means. I don't even know how such a thing is possible. She also said that I didn't have any muscle atrophy but she never got closer than 15 feet to me and as far as I know she isn't a doctor so how could she say I don't have muscle atrophy? That woman doesn't know what totally disabled means but yet she can diagnose whether a person has muscle atrophy without ever examining me or seeing my body. My lawyer appealed my case but he told me that it would take the appeals court over a year to decide my appeal and, get this, if the appeals court agrees with my appeal, they are going to send my case back to the same judge and instruct her to hold another hearing and issue a new decision! Why would they send my case back to the same judge who doesn't even know what the term "totally disabled" means?My lawyer said that even after the appeals court sends my case back to the same judge that it will take this judge another year or more to hold another hearing. So, if my appeal is successful, I will have to wait more than two more years before I have another hearing and then when I do, I will have to go back in front of this same stupid woman so she can just deny my case again. This is so absurd that I cannot even believe it is happening for real. It's like something out of a weird movie or something. SSA is a rip off. I wish I had done like so many and just worked under the table. That my health and well being as well as my life in general is in the hands of such blatant incompetence and stupidity is for me, a death sentence. My own government is spending hundreds of thousands of tax payer dollars to deny me from simply getting back my own money that I paid into SSA for the past 34 years is nothing short of a crime, especially when the person deciding my case has already admitted in writing that she doesn't understand a term that any 4th grader comprehends fully. What's really scary is that I am only one of millions of Americans who are subjected to this kind of inexcusable incompetence from our own government, a government we are paying for. The judge is no better than me. Her income comes from the same place my benefits would come from - the US taxpayer. Except, I paid for my benefits - it's my own money for God's sake!

Judge: Patricia E Hartman
3/8/2014 12:55:43 PM

I had a hearing a couple weeks ago judge was fair, up front

Judge: Raul C Pardo
2/20/2014 1:50:08 AM

Arrogant and unkind. From the beginning it was obvious he was not interested in what I had to say only what he had to say. He gets to live his wealthy life in his huge house while people like us who he denies suffer more and more.

Judge: George W Reyes
1/14/2014 11:46:03 AM

I think he is very professional,it took 2 times,but attorney did not get all info in in time !

Judge: Claudi L Rosen-Underwood
12/31/2013 12:22:58 PM

I applied for Social Security Disability September 2011, I worked 32 years. I have had Epilepsy since age 11. My epilepsy consist of Grand and petite Mal seizures, i have rheumatoid arthritis for the last 8 years in my spine and my hips. and i was diagnosed with spinal stenosis back in April of this year 2013 i have been taking epidural shots and I'm in a scooter wheel chair. My disability hearing was August 5th, 2013 location Social security administration building in Phoenix, AZ decision was decided October the 1st 2013. My case was finally closed December 24th, 2013. My case was denied by Claudia Rosen-Underwood. During my hearing the judge asked a Vocational rehab specialist can Tammy work 9 different jobs-each time the Vocation rehab Specialist said I was not able to work, and my Neurologist said I was no longer able to work and my family doctor said I was not able to work both doctors sent social security and my lawyer letters stating I'm no longer able to work. Claudia Rosen-Underwood stated in my social security denial letter she questioned both of my Doctors credibility! ..and she questioned my fathers, who is 78, credibility and said me and my Husband were Lying about my epilepsy and me of lying about me having a Stroke in 2005..and Doctor Shaw) sent me to have a. Cat Scan and MRI both test show Siezure Activity, Even though My Past Doctors and present Doctors have sent all my past medical records to show everything is 100% true

Judge: Myriam C Fernandez Rice
12/27/2013 6:16:16 PM

This judge made a terrible mistake in judging me incorrectly. She had numerous errors throughout the lengthy denial letter I received, regarding her supposed review of my medical records. She claimed I didn't have proof of several diagnosis' in my records when there was clear cut proof in these records. My third party who was supposed to testify at my hearing was not allowed to do so, and She made allegations in her letter about me that are downright descriminatory and false. She didn't ask me about several things during the hearing but then made statements in her letter accusing me of things she never gave me a chance to confirm or deny. She claims I am still able to work despite the fact I have become so ill that I can't keep up with my own personal hygiene let alone work. I haven't even been able to keep most of my appointments with several of my specialists because I have been too sick to drive myself to them. I have several diagnosis' on the adult list of disabling conditions, and I hope she sees this and knows that she was cruel and wrong about me, and my life has been completely destroyed because of her. I will most likely have to live on the street soon because she denied me benefits I have desperately needed. God help you if you have to have this judge in charge of your hearing. She is irresponsible and descriminatory and shouldn't be allowed to judge with her own personal opinions on a person. She is mean and will destroy your character if she doesn't like the look of you. That is what happened to me. She will destroy your life if she doesn't like you. This judge ruined my life that was already in the toilet from years of suffering from a rare illness.

John Doe
Judge: Raul C Pardo
12/20/2013 5:51:06 PM

Not at all impartial. He was accusatory and didn't listen. Would spend his time with his head down writing unless he was trying to argue with something or make a point about how my condition couldn't be as bad as I claimed. Seemed he had his mind made up from the beginning.

Judge: Ben Willner
12/2/2013 4:22:05 PM

This judged denied my claim almost cut and paste his first judgement onto my appeal,did not take any of my DR's seriously that iv seen for years and took some one bone Dr advice on my mental wellbeing that i saw once.

Dennis L Watkins Jr
Judge: W. Thomas Bundy
11/15/2013 6:03:45 PM

I thought I'd back Mr. DeGregorio's statements. I've also had the "honor" of meeting this particular judge during my last hearing. He is so biased and judgmental that he refuses to look at the FACTS and EVIDENCE in front of him. He SHOULD NOT have the power to decide the fate and/or well being of a lab rat, let alone a human being.

Concerned Attorney
Judge: MaryJoan McNamara
9/19/2013 1:20:37 PM

This judge is HORRIBLE!!!! She definitely likes to hear herself talk! She is biased, unfair and downright disrespectful! She barely lets council speak and when they do she cuts them off. She does not develop the file properly with CE exams, etc. She seems to be looking for a reason to deny! BEWARE!

Judge: Ann Farris
8/28/2013 5:45:09 AM

"He's a doctor, he should know better." She said due to my education I should have understood the legal system. Well judge, you are also highly educated, next time you need healthcare, do your own medical care. That in essence is what you are saying, if educated in one field, we know all. You followed the letter of the law, but not the spirit. You are not the kind of judge I want in public service, but then, you are not there to be of service are you. I will pray for you...

Joe DeGregorio
Judge: W. Thomas Bundy
8/16/2013 5:26:32 AM

After having to deal with the particular ALJ twice now, I can confirm what most of the posters here have said. This man's action border on the criminal and hopefully someone within SSA will see this and conduct an investigation into Mr.Bundys actions. He does not accept what a claimant's Doctor's say nor does he consider any MRI reports as credible either. I wish there was a way to have this man removed and banned from ever serving in a legal position again. And Mr. Bundy, IF you happen to read this, you know how to contact me if you want to address my grievance.But be forewarned, I do have a few choice words for you that I will refrain from publicly posting. And if anyone else out there has had bad dealings with Judge Bundy, please post and maybe enough of us can get SSA's attention and get Mr.Bundy put to pasture where he belongs.

Gloria Davis
Judge: Joseph Liken
8/9/2013 7:42:36 AM

I LIKE TO START OFF BY THANKING THE JUDGE FOR GIVING ME MY HEARING.AND HE ISa very. Good listen. Thank you very much and God bless you and your family.

Adam Boklage
Judge: John W Rolph
6/18/2013 9:40:17 AM

I'm an attorney who only practices Social Security disability law, and who routinely appears before judges from seven different ODARs (Portland, Eugene, Tacoma, Seattle, Spokane, Boise and Las Vegas - a total of 67 ALJs), and on occasion at virtually every ODAR across the country. I have seen it all, from wack-job judges who are truly insane -- pity anyone from Moreno Valley, CA or Billings, MT -- to judges on some sort of an agenda to deny (or approve!) as many people as possible. I can say without hesitation that Chief Judge Rolph is one of the most courteous, professional, thoughtful and genuinely compassionate judges that I have encountered. This is NOT the same thing as a high allowance rate. He only pays about 50/50, which means that he is denying a lot of cases who probably should be approved. However, I truly believe you get a fair shot with him. While he may not approve every claim, my experience is that he treats every claimant with respect as a human being. As bad as it is to have your claim denied, it is incredible how many judges insist on belittling people and treating them like crap. Judge Rolph never does this. The only time I have ever seen him lose patience, and even then it was slight, was when a claimant insisted on lying to him (and me) about current drug and alcohol use, was deceitful and very dishonest. Anyone who does that deserves a lot worse. Bottom line: I would love to win every one of my cases, but I would be more than happy if every one of my clients were assigned to Judge Rolph.

Judge: W. Thomas Bundy
3/28/2013 2:38:49 PM

This jerk is a nightmare. Fortunately, writes crap decisions that are frequently overturned. Shreveport gained and Alb. lost when this guy moved!

just me
Judge: Barry O'Melinn
1/24/2013 10:26:29 PM

Judge O'Melinn was a very exceptional judge. He was very educated in making decisions and took time to do his do diligence. I personally hate waiting but I appreciate the time he took to consider my case and make the decision that he felt was correct.

Judge: MaryAnn Lunderman
1/8/2013 11:22:46 AM

She is a bad judge with little care for anyone whom needs disability.I feel this judge should be debenched.

Dennis Hazeltine
Judge: Frederick Upshall
1/7/2013 1:00:17 PM

I am a former client of Fred Upshall when he was an Attorney here in NH. Judge Upshall is there for you and has great interst in his work and your concerns, he is a true professional. Rest assured when you are told something from Mr. Upshall he has researched it and knows what he is talking about. You couldn't ask for a fairer person.

Judge: Ben Willner
1/7/2013 11:28:05 AM


Judge: W. Thomas Bundy
1/4/2013 2:29:51 PM

Made a decision based on the testimony of the expert when the expert could not say how he got his info. said the claimant twisted his doctors arm to get a statement from him. cut off the claimant when testifying about the circumstances of his depression. UNFAIR.

Judge: Ann Farris
12/17/2012 9:56:14 AM

Aweful and unethical. Judge slipped in evidence on a paper file case on the day of the hearing, well after I had copied the file, used the evidence and failed to provide copies at the hearing.

Judge: Raul C Pardo
12/11/2012 9:45:25 AM

He was not at all neutral. It was a polite interrogation with out of context information chosen specifically to use against me. He argued with and dismissed most responses, especially when I was able to counter his accusations. The final report was equally as biased. His bias has ruined any chance I have to survive.

Judge: Frederick Upshall
11/22/2012 8:02:54 PM

I had a Video Hearing with Judge Upshall Jr. , and he seemed truly concerned about my situation.

Judge: W. Thomas Bundy
11/13/2012 1:17:28 PM

He is cold hearted and a big producer. He decides more cases than 95% of the other nudges. He denies most. He is so fast he makes big mistakes so he is easy to appeal.

Judge: MaryJoan McNamara
10/18/2012 7:43:39 AM

Takes longwinded testimony. Likes to hear herself talk

Judge: Claudi L Rosen-Underwood
9/14/2012 9:32:47 PM

this judge listened to my case she is very proffesional very effeciant going into her court was like how i ran my crew when i could work a well oiled machine

Judge: John R Morris
8/10/2012 11:01:33 AM

Judge Morris is one of the most compassionate judges I have worked with. He really listens to claimants' testimony.

Judge: Patricia E Hartman
7/24/2012 9:38:47 PM

I am a lawyer in Denver Colorado and I just had a hearing before her. Although I have not received the decision yet, I thought she handled the hearing more than appropriately. Her questions were thorough, she was polite, on top of the record and honed in on the appropriate records. At this time, I will give her a top rating.

Judge: Ben Willner
6/22/2012 3:21:37 PM

ALJ Judge Ben Willner is ego motivated to deny as many claims as he can. It seems he takes pride in possessing one of the Highest Denial of Claims percentage for Albuquerque ALJs

Judge: W. Thomas Bundy
6/10/2012 6:50:31 PM

ALJ Bundy is a biased ALJ. He has been for years and will continue as SSA has no power. He does not care about the Claimant. He is only there to protect the administration's supposed trust fund.

Judge: W. Thomas Bundy
6/7/2012 11:19:03 PM


Judge: Frederick Upshall
6/3/2012 8:53:17 AM

I worked for Judge Upshall for many, many years. Consistently we received comments from his clients about what a wonderful attorney and all around nice person he was. I concur! He was the best mentor I have had in my almost 25 year career in the legal arena.

Judge: Barbara L Perkins
5/23/2012 4:33:52 PM

Horrible judge in my opinion, she sat on my mother’s case for 2 years and after all the submissions of medical history and my mother unable to work she still said no and denied her disability. Two years to make a decision are you kidding me? People don’t get any better with time, they deteriorate even more when you don’t have the proper medical attention so with all do respect do your job and please don’t sit on cases for that long. If you are going to deny them or approve them it shouldn’t take years ….literally to make a decision.

Judge: Raul C Pardo
5/1/2012 3:53:21 PM

I truly understand Judge Pardo way of looking at the disabled and the not disabled..He try's very hard to distinguise between the two...Although, He was tough with me...I do understand, the logic, that He must pursue...Put yourself in their place...Judges should be honored and admired for their job! It truly must be something that keeps them up at night, and it has to take a Great deal of discernment...I can not believe I am writing this, but that is how I feel, after my Court date yesterday...I do understand!

Judge: Patricia E Hartman
4/19/2012 3:55:42 PM

she no good she is the reason that I am getting my affairs in order to die thank you for doing what you do

Judge: W. Thomas Bundy
4/11/2012 10:53:22 AM

Worst judge of all time!

Lori CapobiancoLandis
Judge: Raul C Pardo
4/4/2012 6:57:49 PM

I found Judge Pardo to be compassionate, and he put me at ease during a difficult time in my life.

Judge: W. Thomas Bundy
3/20/2012 10:38:22 AM

The states from this ALJ match up with how he conducts his hearings which are a joke. He will close hearings without allowing cross examination of the vocational expert and doesn't pay much attention to testimoy.

Judge: Joseph Liken
3/18/2012 1:16:37 AM

This judge is a good listener and very fair

Judge: MaryJoan McNamara
3/8/2012 11:46:25 AM

She is not at ODAR in Baltimore but at the National Hearing Center, Rolling Road, Woodlawn, Maryland

Judge: Barbara L Perkins
3/6/2012 7:03:09 PM

Judge Perkins sits on cases until the last minute before denying them and this is a well known fact and she needs to be investigated.