Albany, New York ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Albany, New York, 13 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Albany, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 18.0 months. The average case processing time in Albany is 611 days.The Albany average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 51%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Albany ODAR office was last updated on 3/9/2018.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Albany 13 18.0 months 611 days 2.2 18% 51% 32%
New York21.8 months700 days1.922%48%30%
National Average:17.3 months577 days1.921%43%36%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied

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Judge: Charlie M Johnson
10/25/2018 5:34:54 AM

Biased ****....

Judge: Tom Duann
9/27/2018 4:07:22 PM

This judge is very respectful and listened very patiently.....he allowed me to add more information regarding my case. I didn't notice any negative behavior.

Judge: Brian LeCours
10/24/2017 6:16:38 PM

He was and ok Judge. It’s been 3 months and no decision yet. Very nerve wracking. Overall he was nice and let my attorney ask me questions.

Judge: Brian LeCours
7/25/2017 9:34:23 AM

Decision was definitely made prior to my hearing as it was listed as made the day after my hearing. All medical evidence provided, without a doubt proved my claim. Vocational expert essentially said I was unemployable. Questioned notes in my medical records several times and twisted the answer around to make it seem I was a liar. Unfavorable decision listed a myriad of reasons for the denial including dates, physical statements, and other such information seemingly made up out of thin air. Causing intense friction between myself and medical providers as I believed what he said was true. Now I am an unemployed disabled mother without benefits or the ability to care for my child or take care of myself.

Judge: Dale Black-Pennington
11/10/2016 4:26:47 PM

I found her to be very compassionate and understanding, I had my hearing in mid August and still haven't heard anything about the results of my case. I am not liking this waiting game.

Judge: Dale Black-Pennington
7/25/2016 3:36:10 AM

I found her to be professional and patient. I do not have my decision yet but I know it takes a little while. Hearing date 7/20/2016.

Judge: Arthur Patane
4/27/2016 11:12:31 PM

i had my fair hearing on 4/15/16 with judge Arthur Patane the judge was very professional and allowed me to voice my say about why i should recieve ssi ssd benefits i was honest with the judge and he ruled in my favor on 4/26/16 to be approved under the ssi ssd laws as my fair hearing ended he wish me well , and said good luck to me which is very kind to do again thanks judge Arthur Patane for everything

Judge: Mary Sparks
12/4/2015 10:25:51 AM

I have not gotten approved at this point but I felt compelled to write that Judge Mary Sparks was compassionate and patient as well as understanding. I think, whether approved or not, this judge is one in a million and Social Security is fortunate to have her as well as the people that come before her for judgement. Wonderful person indeed. Thank you your honor for being such a humanitarian.

Judge: Brian LeCours
12/2/2015 2:48:37 PM

I thought he was kind, direct and to the point. I feel like I may not have provided all information to him that I wanted to. But overall I was content and don't honk someone else would have been better

Kurt nous
Judge: Carl E Stephan
11/10/2015 11:30:25 AM

Far from, on a power trip

V Butts
Judge: Mark Sochaczewsky
10/21/2015 9:01:01 AM

You were a very patient with my son that has adhd and other issues. We appeared to you from Jamestown New York court room via satellite in 2009. You denied the fee of the legal aid because basically you relax if they were taking advantage of low incom people . Well my son was reviewed and a few months later approved again in 2015. I can't find anyone to help me. Now 6 years later not from this case but from the decision made in 2009 social security is giving my sons back pay from the new case to them. Can you please direct me in th way I should go

Judge: Michelle S Marcus
5/22/2015 3:49:14 PM

Judge: Michelle S Marcus For more than half my life, I have had to fight to prove this disease, not to my doctors, but to family and friends and people who just don't have a clue. TMJ is not a common disease/disability - still so very much unknown about it which is a crime in itself, as so many people have it and so many don't know how debilitating and devastating it is to the individual suffering, their family, their co-workers and friends. I am so grateful and thankful that I was tried before a compassionate and understanding but more than that, knowledgeable judge that sees this disease as it truly is.

Judge: Arthur Patane
4/8/2015 4:47:23 PM

I went before Judge Patane regarding my SS claim. I was injured a few years ago and have had several doctors including my employers IME rule in my favor saying that I am permanently disabled. I can no longer work at my job and was terminated because of it. Despite having sent the judge over 200 documents including some from my employer I was given a hearing and essentially called a liar. My attorney could not make the hearing and I wasn't granted an adjournment. Judge Patane was rude and condescending, questioning why I couldn't still do my job. Maybe its because my employer got rid of me. I have been working with NYS employment agencies and they can't find me work within my disability but Judge Patane knows better. I had sent him all the records of this including my evaluations from NYS Vesid with them saying I will not be able to work unless its within my disability and how hard that would be. But instead he chose to be rude and give me a hard time.

Judge: Terence Farrell
9/13/2014 9:58:04 AM

got good results with judge Farrell was a very kind and understanding, respectful judge thank you judge Farrell.

Judge: David F Neumann
8/17/2014 11:17:38 AM

I have a court date on the 8/20/2014 I hope I do good I'm nervous.

Bernie Shapiro
Judge: Robert Wright
7/22/2014 7:58:41 PM

True New York Gentleman, great dedicated lawyer, true jurist, whose intention and drive is to do the right thing. Over the long haul, this Judge has demonstrated that he is dutibound, consistent, fair, realistic and intuitive. This is the quality ALJ that the SSA needs to seek and be sure to have appointed. He properly demands that the attorney have a command of the case facts and be ready to present the case effectively, efficiently and politely, and he deserves the respect of having his expectation met every time. If the case deserves to win, it will win, and if it doesn't immediately appear to be a "winner," he's willing to listen to the presentation and be impressed by evidence. And if the case isn't proven, he'll do the right thing there, and deny.

Gerald Major
Judge: David F Neumann
6/26/2014 8:50:28 AM

Great and fair but firm judge! Very knowledgeable and fair but firm. Good man and Judge.

Judge: Arthur Patane
6/12/2013 11:25:54 AM

2009 I went through weeks of paperwork, phone interviews, appeals about being over resources. SS could not comprehend that my check register (money available) was always much lower than bank statements because I charge everything on credit cards to float the money for 3+ weeks cycle. I'm on automatic payments scheduled after the first week of the month when the checks come in, that money is committed to the payee, I can't use it for anything else. The Judge's phone call was fast, pleasant, courteous and efficient, he got it, and absolved me completely.

Judge: John G Farrell
4/24/2013 11:24:04 AM

Judge Farrell was very fair. I was expecting him to be intimidating. He made me feel very comfortable. After a 5yr process; I am glad it is over finally. Now just awaiting back payment.

Judge: Carl E Stephan
2/21/2013 8:47:25 AM

A good man and fair judge

Judge: Brian LeCours
1/30/2013 7:38:11 PM

Very dismissive! Rude and harsh. His mind is made up before the hearing.

Judge: John J Pickett
9/25/2012 8:52:33 AM

I have appeared before Judge Pickett on several occasions. He is second to no one in terms of intellect, judicial demeanor, and kindness. My main problem with Judge Pickett is that when I am in his presence, I have difficulty concentrating. He is so handsome,sexy and charming that I can barely keep my eyes off him to deal with my claimant. This has caused me difficulties, and while I always hope he is the judge before whom I will appear, I also hope that it is one of the other judges so that I can concentrat on something beside him.

Judge: Michelle S Marcus
9/24/2012 11:07:48 PM

Didnt give much weight to their own Doctor. Denied me. Said i wasnt in therapy( which i am ). No VE at hearing.

Judge: Carl E Stephan
7/31/2012 1:35:47 PM

Judge: Mary Sparks
7/5/2012 12:54:14 AM

Absolutely first rate and cpoper-bottomed, gentlemen!

Judge: Tom Duann
6/13/2012 8:49:28 PM

Too inexperienced for complex theory cases....whoosh...over him but good potential.Does not appear to be listening... Too interested in filling out his forms during testimony. He is improving but I wilt when I find he is the ALJ when there are ANY issues that are not covered by the usual boilerplate type case cites. :-/

Judge: Mary Sparks
6/12/2012 10:57:55 AM

ALJ Sparks is the Greatest Judge to come through Social Security. Judge Sparks not only is compassionate but reviews the cases thoroughlly. I had an attorney who was not performing his duties and she was able to correct his action. My Attorney was able get the medical records I needed and my case was granted in my favor. Awesome Judge

Karren Bergland
Judge: Robert Wright
6/4/2012 4:44:08 AM

I have all the respect in the world for Judge Wright amd feel he has always been fair and accurate with his decisions here in the Northeast. Mu uncle Judge Steven Fleck was also a ALJ for many years, starting out in Pittsburgh and then relocating to Los Angeles.