Charlotte, North Carolina ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Charlotte, North Carolina, 14 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Charlotte, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 21.0 months. The average case processing time in Charlotte is 664 days.The Charlotte average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 50%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Charlotte ODAR office was last updated on 3/9/2018.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Charlotte 14 21.0 months 664 days 1.9 21% 50% 30%
North Carolina19.9 months663 days1.819%51%31%
National Average:17.3 months577 days1.921%43%36%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied

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Judge: Robert Egan
5/18/2019 2:16:13 AM

Judge: Robert Egan He is fair, very detailed through the process of making a decision on my case. He makes you feel comfortable through the process as well. she is compassionate and gives you the upmost respect as a person. He is awesome and I appreciate him.

Judge: Robert Egan
5/17/2019 3:03:49 PM

Judge: Robert Egan I appreciate him to the up most. He's very clear to the point when explaining how he made his decision, very nice, laid back to a point he makes you feel comfortable. I have nothing bad to say about the judge, he's awesome!! 😃

L. Smith
Judge: Todd D Jacobson
3/4/2019 10:16:40 AM

Judge Jacobson was very fair. I was very nervous going in because I am in my thirties. I am fairly young to be disabled. He listened to my case and was very empathetic to my disability. He asked relevant questions and seemed very knowledgeable to my condition. Overall I was very pleased with my experience with the ODAR office and Judge Jacobson. He was very fair.

Sandra Leclercq
Judge: Wendell M Sims
9/17/2018 9:41:23 PM

Judge Wendell Sims was Very nice and respectful to me. I just wanted to thank him for making me comfortable during the hearing. I haven’t got his decision yet but no matter how it goes. I still think he is a fantastic Judge.

Judge: Thaddeus J Hess
8/24/2018 10:20:07 AM

Judge Hess has gotten worse. He used to be a pretty decent ALJ but now he's turning down cases he wouldn't have thought twice about when he was in Charlotte. Maybe it's government targets but it's no coincidence that Greenville judges average 42% denial rate. There's no spread there at all and I guess it's the same all over. Hess has opted not to rock the boat and deny righteous cases to keep his average up. Shame on him.

Jerry Lee POWELL Jr
Judge: Valorie Stefanelli
7/16/2018 4:17:47 PM

Valorie Stefanelli is a very nice and straight forward judge.You. better be very clear and prepared when you go in front of her.She asked a lot of questions and you better be honest and truefull cause she will tell if your lying.I don't know the decision of my hearing yet but either way I can't complain,I had a great lawyer and plenty of evidence to prove my disability.But the final decision is is still pending.

Judge: Robert Egan
7/11/2018 5:48:08 PM

No one can find the paper work from 2010 when I received a letter from judge Egan approved 100 percent. How and where can I get it. Someone help

Judge: Theresa R. Jenkins
6/28/2018 5:24:10 PM

Judge Theresa R. Jenkins is discerning, she's respectful and she's fair...'nuff said.

Judge: Clinton C Hicks
4/24/2018 7:04:10 PM

This judge does not want to help people. He don't even listen to the whole story. He had his mind made up before I went in and when I tried to give details of my situation and the daily struggles I face due to my disability he acted as if i was lying. I felt humiliated. Why do they let judge a that dont know what all i have been thru and how I hurt on a daily basis do this to people. Now I will lose all i have. I had such high hopes. I figured after hearing and seeing my file I would definetely win. He turned me down just like that. I think it's because I'm white. Only reason I can think of

Judge: Clinton C Hicks
4/1/2018 11:26:21 AM

Unfair racist judge won't give a white person a fair chance

Judge: Susan Poulos
2/27/2018 10:52:47 AM

I have rheumatoid arthritis and she has denied me twice. I am hoping to get to see a new judge because she just doesn't care about people. She has lied in her denial letter. She says things like I continue to travel to the islands every year because I have darker skin. I came into court with a heavy purse and she doesn't believe my doctors! I don't understand why she is allowed to do this. I haven't traveled to ANY islands and the bag I had with me in court had almost nothing in it. It contained slippers, wallet and some papers. My surgeon, pain management doctor, RA doctor and primary care physician are not liars! And she can make statements like saying she doesn't believe them without any evidence to show why should be thrown out and she should be reprimanded for making such statements! There are so many people who get disability benefits who are not disabled and many disabled people who get denied. Something is very wrong going on. She is proud of her very low approval rating. She just wants to save the system money and couldn't care less about the people who need it. I have worked since I was 15years old and put alot of money into S.S. and can't get the help I need now that I am unable to work again. I have to give a 1 star rating because 0 is not an option. Believe me, I would give 0 if I could. Whether she reads these comments or not is unimportant because I don't think she cares what people say or think or need anyway.

Cp lady
Judge: Kevin F Foley
11/2/2017 6:30:38 AM

Judge kevin foley is very thorough. He listened to my case and was very good. I appreciate how he conducts his hearing as he is very professional in his approach.

Judge: Susan Poulos
7/10/2017 3:18:16 PM

I suffer and I mean I suffer and she denied me my disability but that's fine. I have worked hard in my life never ask know one for nothing. I hate to say this but I pray she suffers just half as bad as I do before she dies. Sorry but that's how I feel I guess cause I am not a drug addiction I lost

Judge: Wendell M Sims
6/19/2017 11:42:58 AM

Was very reasonable, respectful judge. Thank you judge sims

Judge: Clinton C Hicks
5/1/2017 10:32:22 PM

He did not read my file. I had several surgeries and more in the future. He said he did not believe me. Maybe if he opened my file. I almost died twice. He told me not to dare call the court if I had a question. He called me a liar. He was discriminante. He is a *******. I wish I had died instead of dealing with him. That's how he made me feel.

Jason evans
Judge: Randall D Huggins
3/26/2017 9:49:53 AM

You r so wrong.

Judge: Benjamin R McMillion
3/21/2017 10:07:49 AM

I had my hearing on February 17th for SSI in front of Judge Mcmillion. It is now been over 1 month and I have still not received a decision either way and as I'm sure all of you out there are very familiar with, this has been 4 LONG financially, emotionally, and psychologically traumatizing experience. While I was very scared and nervous judge McMillion was extremely easy to talk to, he asked fair questions and listened to not only my answers but my attorneys as well. I do feel that he was very fair and he made the hearing process far less intimidating and scary than I thought it would be. Can't rate him as far as his decision goes because I don't know what it is yet. I do know that by the time you have waited a minimum of 1 year and from the looks of it a maximum of maybe 6 or7 years, that once you get to the hearing stage you should receive your decision in a quick and timely manner, as there is nothing worse then waiting for a decision after you have already been waiting years to even get to this point. I'm quite sure they count on most of us to give up or drop this at some point in time due to the financial hardships and burdens it puts on the claimants because of the lengthy amount of wait time for a hearing. Filing for benefits has been the most frustrating, bureaucratic, time consuming, nerve wracking, financially draining thing I've ever gone through and that's saying something!! Best of luck to all of you who have filed and are awaiting decisions my heart goes out to you and I pray for favorable decisions. All in all I found judge McMillion to be compassionate, fair and very thorough.

Intimidated by Reviews
Judge: Frederick McGrath
2/21/2017 10:23:01 AM

After reading these mixed reviews, I feel intimidated

Judge: Jane A Crawford
1/16/2017 9:58:02 AM

Judge Jane Crawford had heard my case in 2013. I was the first case on a Monday morning at 8:30 am. She was living proof that she was pure **** on that day. She was a very hateful. And even if I had a good case she still denied my claim. I can only hope that she herself has to stand in front of a judge just as mean as she was.

Angela Csucsai
Judge: D. Randall Frye
12/1/2016 6:29:23 AM

I had a disability hearing with Judge Frye just a couple of days ago. I don't even know the outcome yet but I wanted to say that he is a very compassionate Judge. He is not at all condescending nor does he make you feel uncomfortable when asking you questions. Either way it goes with the decision, I can say nothing bad about him. Thank you Judge Frye for making something so difficult easier to explain.

Lynn Forbes
Judge: Randall D Huggins
9/6/2016 12:15:48 PM

This Judge listens and is extremely smart, very smart. Unfortunately, I did not have a decent attorney, which I was unable to speak with until less than 24 hours prior to my hearing. Upon my meeting with my attorney, he proceeded to advise me he did not have any of my medical records, which I had been faxing for over a year to his office and have the faxes and confirmation faxes. Even though, I have severe degenerative disc disease, uncontrolled diabetes mellitus (take five plus shots a day of insulin), COPD, severe depression, disorder, RA and a few more issues, not to mention my age and normal health declines after 50 and I am pushing 60, my attorney and the vocational lady at my hearing seem to think I am fine and dandy, but the Honorable Randall D. Huggins was obviously the one that actually read my medical records and others. I am forever indebted and appreciative this Judge was on the bench the day of my hearing or I would probably no longer be living right now. This Judge is extremely observant, intelligent and does his homework prior to his case load. I just wish my attorney would have been more on the ball so I would have received more than one year back pay as to be able to save my home, but at least now I can buy toilet paper when I need to. Thank you so much Judge Huggins for your wise decision.

Ms. Stokes
Judge: Kevin F Foley
9/4/2016 9:54:34 PM

I'd like to thank all of these judges for taking the time to hear the people's cases. As I'm sure it's a tough job, somebody has to do it, and I appreciate and respect them all for all they do. My case was heard in July and I received my decision in August. While I still do not fully understand the process of it all, I am saddened for those who are ultimately judged by the lives they've had to live , versus the disabilities they have to live with by no fault of their own. I could only hope that one day, life can be tolerable whereas it has been unbearable. Being born with something you have no control over is a fight within itself. Normal has never been a word in the vocabulary of my life. Without going into detail, I was denied..again. The fact that I keep getting denied isn't what hurts most, it's watching people abuse and lie to the same system that could look at my case/disability and say I don't believe you deserve it although your disability is "severe." I will continue to pray for all the others who struggle with life everyday, and have to prove their cases in court, and for the ones such as myself who lose their cases with good cause, good luck in the future.

Judge: Robert Egan
9/1/2016 10:17:57 AM

It is true once he gets a notion in his head he's stuck on that. Even after the vocational rehab expert said I wouldn't be able to hold a job in my condition I was still denied. I have mental health and physical issues. He needs to retire.

The system works!
Judge: Randall D Huggins
8/16/2016 12:14:41 PM

Excellent judge had my hearing July 15 and had my approval in less than a week. From initial filing to hearing was 1 year wait and he made everything right.Fair and to the point! Thanks Judge Randal

Judge: Thaddeus J Hess
8/16/2016 4:21:58 AM

Judge Hess is very fair, his compassion and caring professionalism was truly appreciated. Thank you Judge Hess!

Kenneth Flowers
Judge: Kevin F Foley
7/18/2016 5:13:27 PM

My wife has a lot if mental health problems and I are for her daily she has had them since age 11 and is now 31. My wife was seen infront of judge Foley on June 29 th and they already mailed decicion today! My wife said that he truly was concerned for her he was very compassionate. Some people have to understand there doing there job!! There are so any people out here faking diseases serious diseases. GID bless them. My wife did have quite a different experience with judge Foley...

Paul Dyne
Judge: Thaddeus J Hess
5/27/2016 4:38:05 PM

It is your Uncle Paul

Judge: Kevin F Foley
5/11/2016 6:15:13 PM

I found Judge Foley to be very understanding. He has to listen to a lot of cases, yet he took time to hear mine.

Judge: Frederick McGrath
3/15/2016 7:02:39 AM

ALJ McGrath went above and beyond recently, and by his efforts, allowed my client her hearing when there had been a serious miscommunication regarding my client's file (it had been sent to another hearing office by mistake, and the hearing cancelled - all without notice to myself or my client). Another ALJ might have shrugged their shoulders and said nothing could be done, so sorry; ALJ McGrath instead tracked the file down, had it sent back to North, and worked the hearing into his already scheduled docket. While we are still awaiting results, we are grateful to have been able to conduct the hearing as we had planned, especially since my client traveled from TN to Athens for the hearing. Thank you Judge McGrath!

Judge: Frederick McGrath
3/3/2016 8:52:02 AM

He is The hardest working ALJ in the Nation and that office!!!

Not A. Fool
Judge: Clinton C Hicks
2/19/2016 11:43:54 AM

I've heard others say the same about this judge and it was true in my case from 2015. Hicks does not pay one bit of attention to what your treating physicians document. The 'experts' who write and justify Judge Hick's unfavorable decisions are laughable. These clowns can not be anything more than part time help from some sub standard staffing company. They take notes or maybe individual words might be a better description, from your medical records and twist them around to the point that you end up getting 25 plus pages of foolishness that in no way supports your case but only gives what looks like supportive documentation to back the unfavorable decision of Hicks. It seems to me after reading my "Hicks Unfavorable Book", that he had already made his decision before he saw my pretty little face. Judge Hick's fine writers/staff discredited 3 of my treating MDs. I think Hicks fancies himself a physician in addition to a judge. He does not rule by the SSA standards. Be prepared to appeal his decision and hopefully, if you have enough money, you can sue the SSA in Federal court. Good luck to all of you who get this rascal.

Judge: Clinton C Hicks
2/18/2016 12:45:55 PM

I felt like Judge Hicks asked questions of me that were somewhat, in an attempt to mislead me in order to benefit his effort to deny my claim. He literally would spill out short sentences, if you will, that were his words and not mine. I did not feel comfortable with this judge. I have not gotten my results from my hearing- but although my doctors were in agreement that I am unable to work, I know in my gut that Hicks has his agenda and that I will be denied the benefits that I worked so many years to secure in a situation - such as I find myself in at the presence.

Johnny Darnell mobley
Judge: Clinton C Hicks
1/30/2016 9:14:07 PM

Am not mad at judge Clinton hicks he had a job to do he's a fair judge and a good one at that just because i was denied can't blame him I blame myself my lawyer was good she did her best i think so maybe next time keep up the good work better yet keep pounding like the panthers.

Judge: Theresa R. Jenkins
12/8/2015 2:34:07 PM

Judge Jenkins was precise, thorough, diligent, and professonal. Judge Jenkins based her decision on medical opinon as well as her conclusion from facts she gathered from me.

johnny darnell mobley
Judge: Clinton C Hicks
12/8/2015 12:14:55 PM

Well he made his decision on December 1 2015 it was a denial letter Am not mad at him my gut was telling me what it was going to be he's not a bad judge he just have a job to doand i thank him he just have a lot on his plate keep up the good work judge Clinton c hicks

johnny d mobley
Judge: Clinton C Hicks
11/19/2015 2:50:26 PM

Mr hicks is a good judge haven't gotten my decision yet he listens to people so am proud to meet him no matter what the out come is am just glad I met him I just couldn't lie to him my records should be enough to prove my case and they say judges work for the same people we are trying to get or benefits from and there not playing fair I don't believe that they just have a job to do

Judge: Clinton C Hicks
11/16/2015 9:25:15 PM

Very nice and understanding man he listened to everything I had to say with me trying to deal with my multiple sclerosis I am so glad he was my judge I appreciate him so much great man.

johnny darnell mobley
Judge: Clinton C Hicks
9/29/2015 11:44:12 AM

correction never told the truth to anyone like I told him he was honest with me so why not be honest he can only say two things yes or no mine was no he was fair pray your case get in front of him he's respectful and honest

johnny darnell mobley
Judge: Clinton C Hicks
9/29/2015 11:36:02 AM

did a good job on my case judge hicks and my lawyer lindsey from Myler disability i couldn't of asked for anyone better i never told the truth to him like I never told to anyone he's a fair judge and my lawyer was dead on point even though I didn't get approved they were good and respectful so stop lieing he is fair and honest thank you judge hicks keep up the good work and don't pay this foolishness on the web they write know attention you have a job to do so keep up the good work.SMIB

johnny darnell mobley
Judge: Clinton C Hicks
9/29/2015 11:26:37 AM

did a good job on my case judge hicks and my lawyer lindsey from Myler disability i couldn't of asked for anyone better i never told the truth to him like I never told to anyone he's a fair judge and my lawyer was dead on point even though I didn't get approved they were good and respectful so stop lieing he is fair and honest thank you judge hicks keep up the good work and don't pay this foolishness on the web they write know attention you have a job to do so keep up the good work.SMIB

Disabled person!!!
Judge: Wendell M Sims
8/25/2015 10:11:40 AM

Very unreasonable judge!!!! Very sarcastic !!! Asks a lot of questions not pertaining to disability !!! Cares less whether he's wrong he thinks he's right!!! He must've been bullied when he was a kid!!! Because now he tries to do all the bullying!!!

Judge: Kevin F Foley
7/21/2015 7:24:19 PM

I was insulted and laughed at by kevin foley. He is not fit to be called a judge. He said he didn't understand why I have problems holding my urine due to spinal injuries. He doesn't have MD after his name. He was very condescending to me and my injuries. He even questioned my mri disc that clearly showed the extent of my injuries. I have been out of work for three years due to my injuries. I had to move in with my Dad, who has retired and is now living on a fixed income. I am not as mobile because of the pain and depression. I have since gained about 60 lbs. Kevin foley feels my disability is mostly due to obesity. I had returned back to work for six months until I could no longer bare the pain. No one should be treated this way.

Judge: Kevin F Foley
6/17/2015 6:52:38 PM

Just so some of you know, these judges work for the same government you're try to get your benefits from and as so will almost always rule against you no matter what kind of medical problems you have, they don't care about you or your families. I have been denied my claims since 2007 and was grilled not about my health problems by this judge but how I could afford to see a heart specialist when I had no income, didn't even get a chance to properly address his question because he cut me off very rudely. Another thing you need to take into consideration is that ALL of these judges have already reviewed your case long before you get into their so called courtroom and have already made their decisions!

Donna Waters
Judge: Benjamin R McMillion
6/17/2015 5:46:58 AM

Very nice and polite man.

Judge: Wendell M Sims
4/28/2015 1:20:25 PM

Awesome judge, my daughter suffers from bi polar disorder and has some Other mental disabilitys, she was denied two times and I appealed her case For the last time, and judge Sims got her case. He listened to her case and Throughly gathers the right information he needs, not only that, gave my daughter time To submit additional information before he made his decision. I Thank God for judge Sims, because he took the time to observe all records that were submited and Approved my daughter. 5*STAR JUDGE♡

Judge: Clinton C Hicks
4/23/2015 11:56:14 AM

Did not do a good job of going over my file as evidenced by the inaccuracies in statements on the written decision. This judge is a terrible listener also, taking a break a few minutes into the hearing and making statements about time management. I do not feel that he reviewed my case carefully and made a fair decision.

Judge: Theresa R. Jenkins
3/27/2015 8:50:05 AM

This judge is totally unprofessional and sets her own rules. fails to consider "your" medical doctors testimony but gives all wait to SSA examiners. She claimed I claimed several impairments but no medical records to back those claims thus my testimony was not credible. This judge had MORE than enough medical records to prove disability otherwise. Regarding my mental health, she claimed no history of suicidal attempts or ideations, yet, in the record was 4 recent medical records I went to an er with suicidal ideations, I have cut my wrist, Go to a mental health facility whom conducted an evaluation for SSA and stated I was very much not able to hold a job due to conditions. I have ( prior to hearing ) over the past year, SENT THE SSA ODAR OFFICE suicidal letter letting them know, i would be killing myself ( luckily I did not - wouldnt want them to win) but records are ALL in the exhibits and evidence. A week prior to hearing, was in the hospital, 2 different surgeons stated I needed an important surgery but they refused to do the surgery because my health make me a high risk for major complication and a 50% chance of something going wrong! she FAILED to reference that. Even at the hearing, I asked her, "please review all the files in depth", she promised me she would, said she takes her job seriously and will review all the medical records. BS - Prior to Hearing, SSA ODAR office sent me a cd with the exhibits that would be reviewed during hearing ( evidence ). The CD they sent me, had a complete strangers medical records on it. After the denial letter, I wrote that office in disgust being they had a complete strangers medical records in my evidence file and "if" they would have "thoroughly" reviewed my evidence, they would have seen the mistake..2 days after I told them about this, they sent 4 officers from Homeland Security to my house to retrieve that CD..They tried im sure, to sweep it under the rug, but I have also contacted all major news outlets about this.

SSA Victim
Judge: Theresa R. Jenkins
3/6/2015 12:43:00 PM

Horrible experience with Judge Jenkins: Got my denial letter today and A SLEW of false information. additionally, there were SEVERAL medical records she failed to consider. any information , regarding my medical issues, she ignored. ONE MAJOR issue was this: I was hospitallized and told I needed surgery, yet 2 different hospital surgeons refused to do the surgery because of my poor health and the real possibility of something major going wrong. She didnt even consider this. again, their are A LOT of medical evidence/records she failed to review. Yet, the information provided by the SSA's doctors ( of course in the governments favor), she referenced, my doctors testimony, she gave little or no weight! Additionally, something troubling- her office sent me, a encrypted CD with all of the exhibits/evidence for my review. this is a CD you have to have a passcode to open. last evening, after I received the denial letter and within the denial letter, she referenced exhibits, I went to my CD, opened the documents to compare testimony and discovered around 24 pages of a medical file for some complete stranger..Not giving out the name, but it was a female who gave birth to a baby premature with a great deal of health issues. We have similar last names but a complete stranger. I have her medical history, account number, etc..I will be contacting my local news outlet about this. Im sure they will want to do a story regarding patients medical privacy. Im going to do my best and try and track down the patient in my file and let her know about this. Clearly A HIPPA violation. As well, it goes to show that the ALJ, judge Jenkins, certainly did not review my entire medical history, for if she had, she would have assuredly seen this inexcusable mishap .

linda selfm
Judge: Jane A Crawford
1/8/2015 3:05:13 PM

My case was heard by judge Jane A Crawford on Oct 27 2014. Was wondering how long it usually takes to know if I was approved or not cause I haven't heard anything yet. Judge Jane Crawford was nice. To me I was very nervous. I had a lawyer and still had to do a lot of talking. Still waiting on the desicion.

John W. Craft
Judge: Kevin F Foley
10/30/2014 2:45:28 AM

I found Judge Foley very polite and seemed to be very knowledgeable about some of my medical conditions. He did however seemed upset with the lack information in the medical records sent from numerous doctors. I would hope that none of this would be held against me, as I have no control of what is in the medical reports. He also seemed concerned that after I had been denied previously twice and was financially suffering and tried to return to work but only made it 4 months before being terminated for to much time missed for hospital stays but made a substantial amount of money during that time before I refiled for disability. I hope he does not hold this against me because I want to work but just am not able anymore with numerous health problems. He seemed fair and I certainly hope so because I am at the end of my financial means.

Judge: Frederick McGrath
10/8/2014 3:52:25 PM

Judge Frederick McGrath approved my case on yesterday. I believe he's a very witty, smart & compassionate guy....charming & interesting...I may add... My hearing was brief & to the point...The past 21 months of my life has been the most challenging time in my life...happy to know it will get better soon...very thankful I was approved.

Judge: Wendell M Sims
9/27/2014 12:49:10 PM

I had a hearing a few years ago with this judge, and it does not matter your disabilities or anything else, this so called judge already has his mind made up and not in your favor at all, and the V.E. is nothing more than a person that makes sure your screwed. So the people that say they got there disability no questions asked is total B.S..

Judge: Robert Egan
9/15/2014 3:44:11 PM

ALJ Egan, once he gets a notion in his head, will not be dissuaded by the evidence. He gives far greater weight to his own gut rather than to treating sources. He wastes a lot of time pontificating on philosophy, while ignoring the evidence in the case. It is time for him to retire and allow a sharper mind to replace him.

Social Security Disability Attorney
Judge: Frederick McGrath
8/27/2014 3:10:35 PM

As an attorney, I practice before several Social Security hearings offices and numerous judges throughout the Southeast. My experience with Judge McGrath has been consistently positive, and I have found him to be fair-minded and efficient in his handling of cases where I have appeared before him. While he takes a streamlined, no-nonsense approach to hearings, he appears to do this out of a sense of duty to move his cases efficiently and to minimize delay in resolving claims where claimants have already been required to wait months (or even years) without income leading up to finally getting their day in court.

K Luckie
Judge: Todd D Jacobson
8/15/2014 10:19:10 AM

I think Judge Jacobson is a very fair and knowledgeable Judge. Although he did not grant me most of my backpay, he could just as easily denied my case. He understands that people feel pain differently and I was more concerned going forward because my condition will get worse as time goes on. He also is very direct and doesn't waste anyones time, all I can say is that if you get him as your Judge at your hearing, no matter the outcome, he is very fair and considers all evidence.

Judge: Theresa R. Jenkins
8/14/2014 11:06:01 AM

I had a Phone interview w/Judge Jenkins, and she listened to what I and my friend had to matter the outcome of my case, I was very pleased w/Judge Jenkins.

SSA Victim
Judge: Thaddeus J Hess
8/8/2014 12:39:55 AM

Does not review medical records or diagnostic tests. On 3 instances in Mr. Hess's denial, he stated for each impairment, there were no medical records, findings or lab results backing claimants impairment thus the claimant is not credible. Yet, within the records, even the ones Mr. Hess had ( copies submitted to me by SSA ), there were a multitude of medical records, imaging, labs and Doctors statements..How crooked is the system? My attorney informed me the judge made an error of findings and we appealed to the review council . The review council wouldnt even review the "proof of error", these crooks, blatantly sent it back siding with the judge?? My attorney stated they were wrong but also stated that It's the government, if they tell you the sky is brown, you best believe it is brown. He said cases before Judges are a toss of a coin. How true it seems!

Judge: Valorie Stefanelli
6/25/2014 3:33:57 PM

Any One Ever Had a Case with this Judge? Just wanting to know some information on her and how it is during the hearings?

Judge: Frederick McGrath
6/4/2014 11:54:48 PM

This Judge knows his job. He gets straight to point and does not waste anytime or taxpayers money. He is well prepared. He has an idea of what his decision will be before the hearing. He shows concern about the claimant and takes everything into consideration. He does his job well without hesitation. He can see right through a person if they are full of BS. Great service for the people!

James Johnson
Judge: Kevin F Foley
5/1/2014 7:17:31 PM

I had heard negative comments about this judge before going into my hearing, but I didn't find them to be true. He made me feel comfortable and was very pleasant. He did ask questions, but nothing that I felt was out of line, condescending or inappropriate. I felt he paid attention to my responses and understood my condition.

Judge: Saul W Nathanson
3/24/2014 6:27:03 AM

Judge Nathanson made the right decision in my case, without seeing me. PTSD resulting from war, is a disability we never "get over".

Ms. A. Harris
Judge: Kevin F Foley
12/12/2013 2:57:19 PM

Wow! the previous comments are in contrast to my experience with Judge Foley. I felt his questioning of my case was reasonable and I did not feel that he was being disrespectful at any time during the hearing. I am not just saying this to earn brownie points. Regardless of the outcome of my claim I did not find him to be unreasonable. I feel if I were in his position I would want to know the same things he wanted to know about my claim. The part of this process I have a problem with is not the judge. I may not understand every aspect of the process but I do know I waited nearly three years for this hearing and now I am waiting another 90-120 days for a decision on my appeal. I don't think this wait time is reasonable, especially after waiting so long for a hearing. What's the point of having a hearing if the judge or any other decision making person gets an additional 3 -4 months to pick apart the claim. The playing field is certainly not level. I didn't get an additional 3-4 months to explain or prove my case further. I want the people making the decisions to understand it is pure torture to make people wait and wait and wait on an answer that should have been given at the time of the hearing. I submitted evidence to support my claim and I don't know why that is not sufficient to have made a decision at the time of my hearing. If my claim is denied I think I should be able to skip any further processes with this office and appeal directly to the US Supreme court level with a valid argument that my claim was handled unfairly. If ODAR gets additional time to try to prove me able to work. I should be awarded the same amount of time to show why I am unable to work. It's sad that this system is broken there are people who don't need benefits that are approved automatically and people who really need it cant get it and pay the price for the ones taking advantage of the system. I'm tired of not knowing where my next meal is coming from and if you have to endure this for three years you would be too. please make a decision on my case, "reasonable" left the building the moment the hearing was over without a decision being made. I have lost everything due to my medical condition and I just want to recover some of what has been lost and survive as best as I can. If there is not a case out there that has been approved on less than what I submitted than I won't complain but I know better and I am just as entitled if not more entitled to my benefits as some people who have been approved for benefits but are able to work. I wish I could work, I could make more monety.. and those people taking advantage of disability need to either pay back the benefits or go to jail. If my claim is denied or my back pay altered there is no way at this point for anyone at Social Security Administration to argue that this is NOT a matter of discrimination.

Judge: Robert Egan
11/26/2013 3:08:46 PM

Judge Egan is very fair and compassionate. We were so fortunate to have him! He shows great interest in someone's profile and is encouraging.

Judge: Theresa R. Jenkins
10/2/2013 3:36:09 PM

I concur completely with the preceding 5-star opinion. Judge Jenkins is an exemplary judge.

Judge: Wendell M Sims
9/20/2013 11:37:54 PM

I find it appauling yhat my husband who has had 2 back surgeries, a third of his large intestine removed and also has mental problems inspite working 32 years at the same job was denied ALL of his retro pay. We have been waiting 21 months for his disibility inwhich he paid into to omly be treated this way. Our attorney said that this was done because Judge Sims is trying to move up in office. So we being law abiding citizens have to sffer. We have has to eshaust ALL savings due to this exdessive wait and denial of his back pay.

Judge: Todd D Jacobson
8/29/2013 1:34:14 PM

I'm an atty rep and I hear he is ex-military from other attys when I've been waiting for my cases. That will probably explain his reserved character. It intimidates some people but he's really a top-notch guy, professional and thorough. He is very fair and in my experience if he denies a case, then it is definitely not a well-supported case. I like his style at the bench... doesn't try to pretend to be your best friend but respects people and looks them in the eye, which I respect.

Judge: Theresa R. Jenkins
5/23/2013 8:36:32 AM

Judge Jenkins is a warm, compassionate human being. She reads her files thoroughly and expects reps to be prepared. She is respectful and courteous to claimants and puts them at ease. She isn't a soft touch by any means but she applies the law fairly and without favor. Gets 5 stars from me.

Judge: Frederick McGrath
4/16/2013 2:06:29 PM

my first claim was DENIED by this alj, even though he stated in his decision that i did in fact have two severe impairments.. of course the AC kept his ruling intact and my atty filed in federal court. well here it is 6 1/2 yrs from initial filing and 3 yrs after it was denied at appeals council and taken to fdc, my claim was remanded due to ERROR by the alj for NOT giving my treating doctors RFC any weight and going by what the ssa med examiner (which i never saw to begin with)said at some point before my initial denial (which only took a few months to get) hearing was NOT that quick, and also we waited for at least 15-20 minutes before hearing started as the VE was LATE. mind you judge started without the VE, and he finally arrived about 10 minutes before my hearing was over..he heard me answer the last 2 question is all. yet the judge took his opinion that there were thousands of jobs in the national economy within our region that i could do?? i am like the rest of you, i believe he has his mind made up before you go in the door...well, he messed up on this one and now i get a new hearing and hopefully with another judge

Judge: Frederick McGrath
3/28/2013 2:26:12 PM

Our office has had numerous hearings with Judge McGrath. He has a reputation for scheduling several hearings at the same time and taking them on a first come/first served basis; will start early if you get there early; does NOT like submission of medical records on the day of the hearing. Generally does not ask for opening; lets rep do most of questioning and just cuts in when he has a question. I think he often has a good idea of how he feels about a case and uses the hearing to see if it changes his mind. His award rate is not out of line, so he's not denying everything that comes through the room. (Claimants need to understand it isn't the number of pages of records you have, but how well the opinions are supported by clinical evidence, diagnositic testing and your own credibility).

Judge: Wendell M Sims
3/13/2013 8:17:51 PM

Approved me right on the spot great judge. He was very friendly.

Judge: Frederick McGrath
3/11/2013 7:35:08 AM

Yes he has mind made up before the hearing. He schedules way too many hearings on one given day and they are conducted to quick. Rarely uses a VE. The Jacksonville ODAR is filled with fairly negative ALJs.

Judge: Frederick McGrath
3/7/2013 7:45:47 PM

Judge Frederick McGrath claimed he could not read the RFC filled out by my doctor because "the doctor's handwriting was not completely legible and his signature was indistinguishable." There were approximately 30 cases he ruled on before he saw me the day of my hearing and it seemed like he had already made up his mind on each case before the people even entered the courtroom. He wrote about my mental health in his official ruling even though my claim was entirely a physical case with all of my mental health issues (depression because I am unable to work) being a direct result of my physical disability.

Judge: Frederick McGrath
3/7/2013 6:57:22 PM

I was denied even though I have more than 4,000 pages of medical records, dozens of doctors supporting my claim and submitting written statements, and the court-appointed vocational expert testified that there was not a job I was suitable to do. Mcgrath ruled against this suggestion and said I could do a job that did not require standing, sitting, working with my hands, concentration, memory, interaction with people, and would allow me to lie down for extended periods of time each hour. I also require a caretaker (who is writing this message as I am unable to do so) on a fulltime basis to feed, cloth, bathe, drive, make appointments and manage my dr. schedule, clean, cook, and take care of basically all of my needs/activities of daily living. He made the decision in less than 5 minutes and asked me less than 10 quick questions. His decision was overturned on appeal and has been sent back to be heard in court for a second time. I first applied for disability in 1999 and have spent the last 6 years appealing his ruling. I am going back to court in the next 6 months or so and will let you know who I get and the judgement.

Judge: Benjamin R McMillion
3/7/2013 9:01:36 AM

Very nice man

Judge: Thaddeus J Hess
2/23/2013 9:37:06 PM

Judge Hess was very respectable, approved my case, and allowed me to testify about my medical condtions in a professional manner. Thank you Judge Hess Sir, you are highly respected, and appreciated!

Judge: Robert Egan
2/18/2013 8:33:39 AM

JudgeEgan seems very nice I. Hope he makes the right choice for daughter.we are waiting.

Judge: Kevin F Foley
2/9/2013 9:15:07 PM

This so called Judge is just that, he judges you even before the case starts, he uses half of what you say against you and doesn't listen to anything you have to say, I'm a smoker so he judged me as unfit for benefits I worked and paid in for, he used only parts of my statements to rule against me in my claim not even caring that I haven't been able to work, do yard work or have any kind of a meaningful life since my health has went down so much, I tried to go back to work and found out that my legs, heart and back would not allow me to do so, but this a$$ thinks I should sell off my bought and paid for home and take a chance on a job hundreds of miles from where I live and that the jobs I can do are plentiful outside of my county! He doesn't care that if I was able to find a sit down only job that I could do that if the company decided I wasn't able to do it later on that me and my family would join the ranks of homeless street people that are gathering in this country.

Judge: Saul W Nathanson
2/1/2013 8:57:08 PM

Judge Nathanson is a great ALJ, he is very fair and always friendly with the attorneys and the clients he is the best ever thank's for bening so nice too me!

Judge: Thaddeus J Hess
11/25/2012 5:12:07 PM

This judge is a joke. You have many medical experts oppinions backing your claim, "but" because he doesnt like the answers, he gives them no merit or weight! He is a judge, not a doctor, but he feels the need to, in so many words, say, "your doctor doesnt know what he/she is talking about". He doesnt review all medical records. ONE, example of MANY inconsistencies from Him ( he wants to point out inconsistencies of the claimant, lets point fingers at him! Had A CT scan showing, cirrhosis, enlarged spleen, Gal stones. His words "claimant states he has enlarged spleen but no medical record proving such" ( realy? who is inconsistent now?) Diagnosed with Agorapbobia, social phobia, bi polar, fear of being around people. The judge seems to believe, if you have such phobia, surely this would be observed and a problem being around people in a venue setting such as an "emergency room" REALLY? So if someone has agoraphobia or social phobia, this would prevent them from doing something thats not an option. Medical Emergency, hospital, Emergency room ? this isnt dinner, its a MUST.

Judge: Clinton C Hicks
11/16/2012 3:35:32 PM

Nice guy who treated my client with respect and courtesy. Knew the file well. Called a VE but didn't ask him to testify after hearing my client's testimony.

Judge: Wendell M Sims
11/1/2012 10:00:31 AM

Approved me right on the spot with no questions asked at all. Great judge highly recommended. Thank you Judge Sims.

Judge: Frederick McGrath
9/7/2012 10:25:39 AM

What a hoot! Seems to have his mind made up by the time we sit down. Holds 6 minute hearings. Gives great weight to RFCs. Somewhat of a "Nero" approach, either thumbs up or thumbs down, without excessive narrative. Does not like substance use or middle aged women with mental health issues.

Judge: Russell R Sage
8/31/2012 7:38:30 AM

I can truly sympathize with you, as I too was wrongfully judged. The medications that I was on have continued to cause further complications, therefore allowing me not to be able to work. Had to be hospitilized again in Jan. and Feb. and needed 5 more units of blood. At my hearing, myself, my husband, and my lawyer were all humiliated and embarressed by Judge Sage. A very good thing is that I realize that I serve a GOD that says HE will supply all my needs according to HIS riches in glory, even by Christ Jesus.

Judge: Kevin F Foley
8/24/2012 7:47:34 PM

Judge Foley: Arrogant, condescending, rude, smart ***. Treats claimants as if they are on trial for horrendous crimes. Fails to allow claimant to thoroughly defend case. When trying to explain illnesses, etc., he will cut you off and tell you how wrong you are. Makes pre-judgments without hearing sufficient evidence or allowing claimant to demonstrate when needed. Makes unrealistic judgments as to claimant's health, without requiring proof while claimant is right there in front of him. Hesitant to interview witnesses and get the whole picture.

Judge: Russell R Sage
6/25/2012 11:14:01 AM

because of his wrong decision im left without any income insurance food car or anything since nov of 2011 he has a poor judgement of truth

Judge: Saul W Nathanson
6/14/2012 8:50:32 AM

Judge Nathanson is a great ALJ, he is very fair and always friendly with the attorneys and the clients.

Judge: Saul W Nathanson
4/30/2012 5:40:20 PM

Judge: Richard L Leopold
4/26/2012 9:45:55 AM

Judge Leopold is deaceased, having died early in 2011.