Catherine Harper , Raleigh, North Carolina ODAR Office, Administrative Law Judge

For the 2019 *fiscal year, Judge Catherine Harper has disposed 391 cases at the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Raleigh, North Carolina. Out of those 391 dispostions, 79 were dismissed, 199 were approved and 113 were denied. This means that the percentage of dispositions that Judge Harper has approved in Raleigh for the 2019 fiscal year is 51%. The information below for Judge Catherine Harper was last updated on 6/11/2019.

Average statistics
Office*Fiscal YearTotal DispositionsTotal DecisionsTotal DenialsTotal AwardsCases
Macon 2011 398 365 211 154 8%39%53%
Macon 2012 539 464 332 132 14%24%62%
Macon 2013 9 8 7 1 11%11%78%
Raleigh 2013 533 430 195 235 19%44%37%
Raleigh 2014 570 477 282 195 16%34%49%
Raleigh 2015 497 423 191 232 15%47%38%
Raleigh 2016 426 360 190 170 15%40%45%
Raleigh 2017 441 346 137 209 22%47%31%
Raleigh 2018 201 167 76 91 17%45%38%
Raleigh 2019 391 312 113 199 20%51%29%
*The United States Government fiscal year is from October 1st - September 30th.
Catherine HarperNo Stats for FY 2020
All ALJs in Raleigh Office 17% 45% 38%
All ALJs in North Carolina17%50%33%
All ALJs in the Nation20%42%38%
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Judge: Catherine Harper
1/31/2020 8:44:37 AM

She’s cool and easy to talk to. She gave me time to tell her everything I wanted to say. She’s going to help me get records that my doctors didn’t send in. I don’t know if I won yet but my opinion on her won’t change.

Judge: Catherine Harper
12/9/2019 6:02:44 PM

Judge Harper was awesome! The person I paid to be my representative was a LOSER who didn’t look at my case AT ALL and talked to me for TWO SECONDS but Judge Harper smiled at me and I could tell she had read what my doctors said. She is an angel.

Judge: Catherine Harper
11/8/2019 7:27:46 AM

I had my hearing with Judge Harper yesterday. She was so nice! Very friendly. And easy on the eyes.

Judge: Catherine Harper
10/30/2019 5:19:16 PM

Judge Harper was very professional and knew my case really well. I was so nervous and started having a panic attack but she calmed me down and talked to me like a real person. Judge Harper was patient and kind. I felt like she really listened to what I had to say. I got my decision in only 2 weeks and I won!

Judge: Catherine Harper
6/18/2018 2:21:25 PM

She is not a kind person unless you're caucasian. I'd be curious to see percentages of how many of the applicants she approves are black, how many are white, how many are other ethnicities and their ages.

Judge: Catherine Harper
6/3/2018 6:26:11 PM

She was compassionate and really listened. She asked some questions and then said I was approved. Praise be the Lord! Thank you Judge Harper!

Judge: Catherine Harper
10/17/2016 8:30:06 PM

bitch DENIED my claim based on a fkn NUMBER in my file she saw BEFORE my hearing started!!! that number she saw was "42". that was how old I was when I hoveled the fk into her "room"! my then attys: Henson Fuerst, they were SHOCKED beyond belief! They had won SSDI cases for clients with LESS wrong with them and next to NOTHING in proof (medical records)! This denial came after 3 fkn years of pain and fighting them! So, here I am YEARS LATER with NO INSURANCE (fkn OBUMMER was a LIAR about the SO-CALLED "ACA"), NO PHYSICAL WAY TO WORK/GO TO SCHOOL (yes, YES!! MY FKN DISABILITIES ARE REAL!!!), BUT! I do have something.... PAIN... PAIN EVERY FKN MINUTE OF EVERY FKN DAY!!! THAT DOES NOT GO AWAY! Sorry for the screaming... so here is what I know: CH was TRANSFERRED OUT of GA's system because she was denying 9 of 10 cases! My then attys: Henson Fuerst, it was their FIRST time in front of her with a case...she kinda just came outta nowhere, it was a switched up calendar and she was given my case at the last minute. I know, weird right! that # though.... 42. in her fkd up mind: "how can a 42 yo mixed race woman be so disabled she cannot work at all?" even when the evaluator (who actually had to REPEAT herself) stated that " my 'degenerating' state, none of [my] acquired trades would or ever COULD be an employment option for [me]..."; that glorified white bitch in a black robe still denied my claim. It's sad that ppl have to look at someone's color, make assumptions and TOTALLY SCREW THEIR LIVES UP FOREVER and still be revered as NORMAL. She just gets to bask in her WHITE WORLD brainless bs fkn ppls lives up along the way. COLLECTING to $$$$stufff along the way from all the UNSAVORIES of the world.... but HEY! I'm sure ShesWithHer and that's how THOSE TYPES work isn't it.......

Judge: Catherine Harper
10/13/2016 12:53:32 PM

I had judge Harper today, and I was scared going in. She was very nice and listened to my attorney, and then asked me a few additional questions. She asked me if I had anything else to say, and I just said a few sentences to her as to how it RA affects my personal life with my children/husband on a daily basis. She then awarded me a fully favorable decision and said that she wishes me luck in the future and I thanked her. It went a lot better than I had pictured, but I also had a ton of medical records and letters from my doctors supporting me. I also had a fantastic attorney. Thank you again Judge Harper! "Sara"

Judge: Catherine Harper
6/27/2016 9:06:55 PM

Judge Harper has her decision before you even go into her. I had all my paperwork from my doctors and letters from the doctors and she still denied me. She doesn't like to hear what you have to say. They could care less about us their families are taken care of.

Judge: Catherine Harper
5/16/2016 1:45:58 AM

I found that she mocks you for what she bases her opinion and the law. So if. You have had a slow job and coded by their criteria then you are considerd a slow working and thinking person. She asks a lot of questions and one being Do you go to church? She will smile and stab you in the back at the same time. Whether you have a lawyer or not she will find you unfavorable to the most without thinking about it.

Judge: Catherine Harper
1/14/2016 11:26:48 AM

I WENT BEFORE JUDGE HARPER IN NOVERBER 2015 FOR MY HEARING MY HEARING LASTED OVER AN HOUR JUDGE HARPER ASKED A LOT OF QUESTIONS AND I TRIED TO ANSWER THEM THE BEST I COULD I REPRESENTED MYSELF BECAUSE I NEEDED THE 5 OR 6 THOUSAND DOLLARS A LAWER WOULD HAVE GOT IF I WAS APPROVED FOR DISIBILITY ANYWAY THE MAJOR THINGS THAT HELPED ME GET A FULLY FAVORABLE RULING WAS A SPINE MRI I HAD GOTON AT THE VA IN DURHAM AND THE FACT I AM ON A PERMANENT PAIN CONTROL PROGRAM FROM THE VA WHICH INCLUDE HYDROCODENE AND MUSCLE RELAXERS FOR MT BACK PAIN ALSO MY AGE 62 AT TIME OF HEARING AND EDUcation all was factored in by the judge in my case the judge just mwanted to get all the relevant facts m so she could make a ruling according to the social security m disability laws if a person goes to the hearing with the proper evidence proving their disability falls under the laws of ssd this judge will rule accordingly I thought she was fair and wanted to make the correct ruling in my case

Kay VanPelt
Judge: Catherine Harper
10/16/2015 5:18:29 AM

This is how it went with her initially. I received letter as a reminder from the first initial contact. I found that my boss had changed my 4 hours of work to another day. I called to postpone hearing when I received reminder. The judges administrative clerk told me to send a letter telling why I wanted it postponed. So I faxed the next day. Received a voicemail that I had to be there. So I called back again and acknowledged that I would be there. I went to initial hearing and signed 2 forms. I will be receiving new date. I talked to an attorney a month ago gave info when his clerk asked so they say they would take care of it and not do anything. Attorneys and judges are all running a racket here anyway.

Judge: Catherine Harper
3/18/2015 4:06:38 PM

I found Judge Catherine Harper to be a fair, compassionate,honest Judge. She was very professional and very well informed about the facts in my case. She listened to the testimony with an open mind and she was NOT adverserial at all. She asked important questions and applied the law.I was glad that I had her as my ALJ.

Judge: Catherine Harper
2/18/2015 11:22:04 AM

First off Martin is not my real name, but I like it. I have read all of these comments and wonder how many of these cases were ready for prime time. I also wonder how many of these posters had good attorney's. I'm not a fan of the big box attorney's you see on TV taking cases nationwide. I far more prefer a local attorney hungry for a win. I think they prepare better cases. Judge Harper was fair in my case. She asked hard questions and seemed to really want to know the answer. She is well prepared and had read the material. I wonder if getting an unfavorable decision sparked the fire for some of these comments. Again, the Judge I saw (via video) was attentive, polite and again, prepared for the hearing. If you go before this Judge, please make sure your ready and that your attorney is ready. Things will go smoothly if you do. This is my second post.

Judge: Catherine Harper
2/17/2015 6:08:17 AM

I had Judge Harper and was treated fairly. Had a fully favorable decision on a case with tons of medical documentation. Also had an attorney that wrote a great brief/summary for the Judge that I'm sure made it easier for her to reach a decision. I know there are some negative comments about this judge, but in my case it was a fair hearing. I'm also aware that not all cases are ready for the judge and that could result in the unfavorable decisions.

Judge: Catherine Harper
2/6/2015 10:33:01 AM

There is NO way that this judge approves 56% of the claims she hears. 6% might be accurate, but that would probably be high. There is only one ALJ in the entire State of NC that is anywhere near as incompetent as she is. She will ignore all relevant medical records and testimony and focus on the most ridiculous stuff imaginable. If you get assigned to her, you are better off dismissing your request for hearing and starting over, because you will NOT get approved.

Judge: Catherine Harper
6/3/2014 12:24:11 PM

I had this judge for my hearing and was of course denied. Catherine interrupted my representation while he was talking and said that we needed to wrap it up so she could get to the next case. My lawyer told me that she is the lowest and worst judge that there is. She really needs to be taken off of the bench and all of the cases that she denied need to have the chance of being done again in front of a non-biased and fair judge that will take everything into consideration and not base their decision on what someone else thought. Catherine really messed up my case and falsified information. In addition she committed defamation of character and slander which is most definitely judicial misconduct and against the law. My lawyer has just informed me that he will not take my case any further due to my age. This judge, that is supposed to uphold, enforce, and follow herself, has broken the law, fabricated information, and made great mistakes in my case which ultimately ended up in an unfavorable decision. Now I have to appeal her decision and pray that the Appeals council will take a look at it and they will see how much Catherine Harper lied and falsified information just so that she could deny me. She already had her decision made before I even walked into the room. My hearing was ultimately a waste of time and for show. What goes around comes around. Always treat others the way you want to be treated.

Judge: Catherine Harper
5/2/2013 1:03:00 AM

First of all, to the person who compared the "53% Catherine Harper" to the "24% Catherine Harper": While I congratulate you on your exceedingly rare positive experience with Judge Harper, I respectfully disagree with your glowing review, based on my recent appearance before her as a claimant. I have worked for over half a century, and have endured the mandatory deductions from every paycheck I have ever earned, by the SSA. This arrangement, we are told, is partially to ensure that funds will be available to workers who become disabled, and can no longer work to support themselves. In all fairness to you, I can understand your perspective as a representative OF a disabled person appearing before Judge Harper. You are still employed whether she approves or denies your client's claim, and you still have the means to support yourself. Imagine how you'd feel if you were a disabled person and found out, MUCH to your surprise, that the Judge assigned to decide your case was cold, arrogant, rude, and totally lacking in compassion and understanding. It is unthinkable that a person with the disposition of Catherine Harper would CHOOSE a profession that requires her to make decisions that affect people's lives and futures...since she so obviously holds working class people in such contempt. We are advised to "think before we post" because the judge we are leaving comments about might read them. I humbly submit that perhaps Catherine Harper should "think before she destroys a person's life". If you are reading this, Catherine...remember that no one chooses to be disabled, and we would rather be working and earning a living as opposed to this harsh, cruel reality we are now faced with, a reality of an uncertain future and basic, day-to-day survival because you denied our claim after we have held up OUR part of the bargain. As a representative of the Federal Government, it's your turn to hold up YOUR part of the bargain you made with US....when you took our money all these years and DECADES. If we had pulled a scam like this, we'd all be in a Federal Prison for racketeering.

Judge: Catherine Harper
3/8/2013 9:08:02 AM

I am an extremely well experienced representative. For those of us who have been around awhile, it's interesting that within a year ALJ Harper has gone from a 24% approval rating, with one of the lowest rates in Macon, to one of the highest with 53%. Looks like a total reinvention, as the numbers don't lie. The previous posters were writing about the 24% version of Judge Harper, not the apparently new and improved one.

Judge: Catherine Harper
3/6/2013 10:19:57 AM

Reps at my firm said that Judge Harper was really nice. That's been my experience as well. She friendly and very pleasant, putting clients at ease with her down to earth conversational style. Her approval rate is higher than many other judges in the office too.

Judge: Catherine Harper
2/3/2013 11:30:36 AM

Absolutely astonishing....I was searching for information about Catherine Harper in order to discover if she treated others the same way she treated me, and I see that I wasn't her first victim.....and probably won't be her last. I'm sorry all you folks in Georgia had to endure appearing before this maniac, and you'll be relieved to learn that she's been transferred to Raleigh, NC. Apparently, I was one of the first few here to have the misfortune to appear before her. She was arrogant, rude, hateful, snide, and EXTREMELY abusive to me AND my lawyer. I had already decided to make it a new hobby of mine to have her removed from the bench even BEFORE I knew if she would deny my claim! Of course, she denied my claim, and twisted the statements on my claim as well as what I said at my hearing...even calling Tramadol an "over the counter medication" after asking me at the hearing where I got it, and me telling her "from a doctor's prescription". Just before my hearing, my lawyer warned me that "She seems to have a bubbly, vivacious personality, but word has it she's a Battleaxe!" As a person who has worked and paid into Social Security since the early 70's, I had an expectation to AT LEAST be treated with dignity and respect at my hearing. The research I have conducted so far indicates that she treats younger people like me (I'm 51) like DIRT, even CRIMINALS who are trying to scam the system! I was on my second dose of Tramadol when I appeared in her courtroom, which left me completely unable to think fast enough to counter the barrage of hostile questions. Fortunately, the medication I was on probably saved me from ejection from the hearing, as well as being arrested for suggesting the optimal internal location for her gavel. This "judge" is not fit to impartially make decisions that can determine a person's future, and should be removed from the bench....I've seen Pitbulls with more compassion, and rattlesnakes with more empathy, than this egotistical, black-hearted witch! God help those who have the bitter misfortune to have their SSD claims decided by Cathrine Harper.........a true menace to society, and the bane of common decency.

Judge: Catherine Harper
1/22/2013 11:59:09 AM

She is a nut.

Judge: Catherine Harper
12/21/2012 3:55:39 PM

Unless Judge Harper has reinvented herself, the last poster's favorable endorsement is hard to believe. She's well known for conducting short-shrift hearings. How many "tough questions" can a judge ask inside of 15 minutes?

Judge: Catherine Harper
12/7/2012 2:26:37 PM

I've always found Judge Harper to be very nice and quite reasonable. She asks the tough questions, but it's because she's actually taken the time to read all of the medical records. I like her.

SS Lawyer
Judge: Catherine Harper
10/10/2012 12:33:39 PM

LOL. If the stakes weren't so high for our clients she would be comical. She is Delores Umbridge from the Harry Potter series

Judge: Catherine Harper
9/17/2012 10:22:29 AM

Catherine harper is evil my condition kekeeps me from working.if I could I would but I have no choice and she denied me. I hope something be done about the way she is handling these cases .catherine I hope you never have to come in contact with a person that is evil like you

Judge: Catherine Harper
9/12/2012 6:28:53 AM

The SSA promises claimants a non-adversarial hearing. Webster defines that as friendly, hospitable, nonantagonistic, nonhostile, sympathetic. Judge Harper has no concept of what that means. The best judges are the ones who have learned how to deny cases that need to be denied who still hold truely non-adversarial hearings.

Judge: Catherine Harper
6/1/2012 7:43:34 AM

she denied my husband. he is blind in one eye from diabetes.he can hardly walk on his left foot from surgery. he sleeps alot from the medication. he has worked all his life and was at his last job 25 years. She treated him as if he never worked and was just someone wanting a check. although i wasn't in the courtroom i could hear her outside. she seems very rude and loud. she didn't want to listen to him talk or explain anything. i hope she never becomes disabled. if she does it would probably be from not being able to sleep at night.

Judge: Catherine Harper
5/10/2012 7:37:44 PM

I found Judge Harper to be very thorough and fair. She afforded me all the time we needed to discuss my case.

Judge: Catherine Harper
4/22/2012 3:40:59 AM

I agree with all the above comments, I went before her via video conference and she was very rude. She acted as though I was lying to her about my medical and mental conditions. When I received my denial letter its like she took everything I said and twisted it. I really don't believe that she read any of my medical or mental records. She also stated after VE testimony that I can't go back doing my previous jobs but I can do other jobs which would very much be a strain on me because of my medical condition. How crazy is that? She really need to be removed from the bench because she does not have any sympathy for others I really hate it if she ever becomes disabled and faced with the same problem.

Judge: Catherine Harper
4/16/2012 7:00:48 PM

Catherine harper is very rude. My social security is in the appeal process because she didnt take the time to acknowledge my disabilities.

Judge: Catherine Harper
3/23/2012 8:30:04 AM

Very negative ALJ. She is rude to the Claimant's and their representation. Even in the rare times she decides to pay the case she still shows her true colors by her horrible attitude.

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