Cleveland, Ohio ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Cleveland, Ohio, 17 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Cleveland, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 13.0 months. The average case processing time in Cleveland is 490 days.The Cleveland average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 34%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Cleveland ODAR office was last updated on 6/11/2019.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Cleveland 17 13.0 months 490 days 2.2 16% 34% 49%
Ohio15.4 months535 days2.317%39%43%
National Average:14.9 months500 days2.120%42%38%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied

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Judge: Charles Shinn
5/10/2020 7:18:39 PM

Completely disagree with his verdict. Was not able go into any considerable length explaining health issues and limitations. His letter said that there are "numerous jobs" that I would qualify for but did not, and arguably could not provide one. Very disappointed in this judge and in our government. I have worked since I was old enough to be legally eligible to, 15.5 years old. I worked until I was no longer able. I have never used or benefited from any form of government assistance. Unbelievable. I don't know how out of touch you have to be with human health to come to this verdict.

Judge: Joseph A Rose
3/21/2020 2:46:27 PM

l felt Judge Rose was very fair.

Judge: Kevin W Fallis
3/18/2020 3:48:20 AM

This was my 2ond time in front of this man who was jolly and happy to smile at my face while saying my previous hearing wasn't even being considered then ask me questions from my FIRST hearing. He is a liar and smiles like a Cheshire cat while telling you how he understands. GOOD LUCK unless your on life support or in a wheel chair walker or expected to die you might get a favorable decision. Mental illness is least possible now but .... My sister who has had a claim for over 12 years for agoraphobia but when that back pay came in she was shopping joining gyms and went back to college also got a FULL TIME JOB also. She still getting checks while working full time and attending full time college maintaining a 4.0 gpa. I shake my head in disgust at SOCIAL SECURITY FAKE. HEARINGS to push us through and in Judge Fallis is the WORST judge to go in front of and least favorable judge in Genesee County.

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Judge: Eric Westley
2/22/2020 6:40:10 PM

the best of the best my hero my boss to in any good american issue all time the answer us super yes yesssssssssss fro his excellency.

Robert Horton
Judge: Tammy Georgian
12/15/2019 6:19:36 AM

Thank God we have a judge who uses common sense! In order to receive disability benefits you should be TOTALLY disabled. Too many people are gaming the system. I wish we had more like her.

Bobby Jackson
Judge: Kevin W Fallis
12/13/2019 4:01:19 PM

How does one case get denied after careers under construction couldnt find a job that i could work?

Thomas Parsley
Judge: Catherine Ma
12/9/2019 7:46:07 PM

The judge is completely inept! I have a spinal injury I received from work, and after 2 surgeries, countless injections, and more physical therapy than you can imagine, I have found a place I can deal with. I live EVERY day in pain and take a full medicine cabinet full of meds. I was also assaulted back in 2012 and have severe PTSD among other conditions that I have struggled. I can't sit, stand, or walk for less than 2 hours! Some ho she says I'm not a candidate for disability. Her reasons were comical and were based on her opinion, and not at all to do with the evidence she was given! This person should not be allowed to have any say over people's lives! The occupational therapist who was on the phone at the hearing said there was a 0% chance of finding gainful employment! She says in her assesment that she "doesn't take stock" in parts of evidence that are pretty crucial! She went by opinion and not the facts and now my life gets put on hold yet again!

Judge: Joseph A Rose
12/9/2019 4:19:52 PM

This is a dire need request! I'm hoping ALJ Joseph A. Rose gets this mssg. My daughter ending up homeless even tho she had a combination diagnosis. Also the Vocational Expert when asked the hypothetical is there any job that what permit missing more than 3 to 4 day a work week for a person in my daughter's condition the answer was no judge. The ALJ gave my daughter these specific instructions, "when you get letter in mail call Mr. Bell ( consultant) right away. Well when the letter arrived 2015 it was a unfavorable decision. No way!!! I reached out seeking representation to help appeal it, Appeals Counsel went with ALJ' s decision. I did file right back 2017and she did get approved. But now here's the thing she was approved dating back 2010, but was only paid back two years 2015! This is awful maltreatment and her condition is critical even as of now her living situation is beneath standards. We're looking for legal help to change her onset date, since were told the ALJ decision is unable to be overturned! I really want to think some how this was an awful oversight!!! Attempting to get legal representation has been a nightmare ! Recovery is this young woman's goal... Stable housing is desperately needed!!!

Judge: Tammy Georgian
8/15/2019 3:43:04 PM

This judge is bias and should not be in pratice with a verdict from job experts saying no work available how the heck is someone to live. I’m not done with this case. Hella gate has opened.

Judge: Traci M Hixson
8/15/2019 9:40:44 AM

Judge Hixon took her time with my case she could tell I was very nervous and was having trouble talking. She did not rush me I felt she heard my side of the case. She asked pertinent questions and allowed me to answer as best I could. I am still awaiting a decision but whatever it is I am confident that Judge Hixon considered my testimony

Judge: Tammy Georgian
7/17/2019 6:38:10 AM

I received a negative opinion from this judge. She was never supposed to be there, as Social Security was supposed to provide a face to face hearing, not a video hearing. She asked me no questions regarding my disability beyond the questions asked on the form given my attorney. She overruled my doctors, Social Security's own doctors who tested me, and did not even admit that my doctors had repeatedly disabled me and the ER doctor who treated me for my last seizure (which could only be stopped through administering medication through an IV) had notified the DMV of SC that I was no longer to drive because of the severity of my seizures. She spent a lot of time mentioning my weight, which I gained from doctors treating me with steroids. She also claimed I had refused steroid treatment, not noting they were causing extensive weight gain each time the doctors had given me steroids along with severe mood swings. She completely ignored that my feet are deformed due to post-stroke complications and that I cannot stand long without pain, and it is painful to walk due to my feet. I took the medical collar off so the doctors could test how far I could turn my head. They cannot do the test without my removing it. She failed to note my vision grays out completely when I turn my head, and turning my head immediately causes agonizing pain in my head. I had a seizure while she was questioning me, my words slurring and it was obvious I was having trouble forming words. This she also ignored. She came running into the video, threw on a robe, and looked at me through the screen as if she hated me on sight. I knew her decision would be no before I even received it. She is the coldest person I ever dealt with, and in my opinion, should not be allowed to judge disability claims. She seems to have an agenda, and is following it irregardless of evidence supporting her denials of benefits. If she had checked records more closely, she would have found out I have had multiple surgeries on both eyes that have not resolved my glaucoma. She had records that showed I have almost no peripheral vision and have lost vision in all four quadrants in both eyes. She not only overlooked my doctors' disabling me, social security doctors statements regarding my inability to work, but also failed to do due diligence in checking my own records herself. I doubt she has a medical background, and is not competent to overrule treating doctors or Social Security's doctors. She also made allegations saying I was not completely honest about my disabilities. She left out many of my medical problems from her decision. I found her review of my medical records dishonest and incomplete.

Regina berry
Judge: Penny Loucas
6/27/2019 12:25:11 AM

She should be ashamed.

Judge: James M Martin
5/8/2019 1:46:41 PM

I had a hearing with this Administrative law judge today after a 3 year appeal battle with Social Security. This judge didn't seem to have no interest in my case and appeared to be kinda rude. I would not wanna have to have another hearing with this judge. It is like he doesn't believe what a claimiant is telling him when it is all clearly in the medical evidence file.

Judge: Stephen M Hanekamp
5/7/2019 2:53:47 PM

I just posted a review for Mr. Hanekamp but forgot to give the star rating. It only lets you select up to 5 but Mr. Hanekamp deserves way more than 5 stars!!!!!

Judge: Stephen M Hanekamp
5/7/2019 2:45:43 PM

ALJ Hanekamp was the judge during my hearing for disability. There are many positive words I could use to describe Mr. Hanekamp but I'll just keep it simple and use one (amazing). Mr. Hanekamp made you feel very comfortable during the hearing. He is a very understanding judge and can see the truth. Be honest and Mr. Hanekamp can see that. He is a very knowledgeable ALJ. He did not down play anything that I am struggling with. He sees that a person of any age can be disabled and does not judge you based on your age but judge's based on your condition. He is a very fair judge and a very good person!!!! I am blessed to have had mr. hanekamp as my alj during my hearing.

Judge: Joseph G Hajjar
4/29/2019 5:56:18 PM

I saw this judge in 2016, and he denied me right away. He did not take my Doctor's opinions or medical records into consideration. He also talked to me like I was lying in court. The VE that was there named a few jobs I could do, and my lawyer stated the case against those, and she agreed. The judge asked her for her final report and said I could do 0 jobs with my conditions. I appealed, and again was denied. But my lawyer stood by my side and took it to Federal court. After about 6 months, I received a letter saying that this judge made many many mistakes and they are remanding it back to the Alj for another hearing to see me again. The letter stated over 10 mistakes he made while we were in court. I am pretty sure I have to see the same judge again, but my lawyer states I may get someone else. I'm sure I'll get the judge who has a 26% approval rate again. But this time, I'm seeing him over video instead of in person so he cannot intimidate me. I also have many more medical and mental conditions that are included in my medical reports. If he denies me again, I will know FOR SURE he is just doing it to do it!!! BEWARE IF YOU GET THIS JUDGE!!!!! I have also heard his wife is an alj as well and she denies everyone too!!

Judge: Joseph A Rose
3/28/2019 4:42:04 AM


Judge: Dennis LeBlanc
2/17/2019 3:03:37 AM

I believe in my heart this judge is a fair and honest man who believes in the process of truth. I believe hhe listens to the person and looks at the evidence and studies long and hard before making his decision. So in my book he is what we need in a judge

Aaron Walker
Judge: Eric Westley
2/13/2019 12:10:05 PM

Hi I'm Aaron Lee Walker social security number 302-96-6399. I was denied SSI when I am a fully disabled person who been on SSI since birth , bvut was taken off in 2013 . I been trying to get back on but got denied February 13th by ic Westley. I have solid proof I'm a ADHD and been having day to day issues. Massive issues. My disibility stated something about my wieght. My claim has nothing to do with wieght. I cant function in a work eviorment for a long period of time. You disibilty evaulators wont understand a disibilty unless you are having those problems day to day . I'm extremely disappointed in the decision staff of SSI adminerstration . poor judgement of claim, and dont wont why your judge can pass people who are not disabled, and let them fool you into claim, but a actually factual client with masiive day to day problems gets denied. During my court appeal on Novemeber, the vocational guide lady stated thier was no jobs that fit my criteria.

Ramona T.
Judge: Traci M Hixson
11/18/2018 2:37:12 AM

I was very nevous , but anxious to tell her about all my problems, I spoke a little soon because of it, but over all she was nice , ask questions about your health, but overall I liked her, and what ever the decision is I know she considers all the facts, and I know she understands the pain I have daily with swelling and all other factors, I'm hoping for a good outcome. Just have to wait on decision

Daniele McLean
Judge: William Leland
9/18/2018 2:35:11 PM

Judge Leland denied my case. I was 49 and had a long list of of health issues. Lupus, fibromyalgia, triple bypass and stents, spinal fusion, arthritis. He argued with the career person as to what I could do. She said I could not do any of the Jobs. He over ruled her and denied my case. As a result of this I lost all my doctors because I could not pay them. I struggle to live. I feel like a victim of his misjudged opion.

Judge: Mary Lohr
9/9/2018 9:05:59 PM

Hearing was going good until the end when she yelled because I missed a couple of appointments...Even though my attorney showed that I couldn't even do sedentary work I still probably will be denied..I guess they don't realize that people miss appointments when they are ill especially with C.O.P.D.

Judge: Stephen M Hanekamp
8/14/2018 6:45:32 PM

My hearing was held today. I'm very thankful for having Judge Hanekamp. I do not have my decision yet, however I could not have asked for a better Judge. He knew my medical history and was very understanding of the pain I was in during the hearing. This Judge is compassionate and does not belittle the individual. Prayerfully I am approved, but even if I'm not, I stand by my comments regarding Judge Hanekamp. Thank you to everyone who left a review, the comments really helped me before my hearing.

Shannon Olson
Judge: George D Roscoe
7/18/2018 9:24:24 AM

I thought he took the time to listen to me regarding my daughter's disability. Even though I did not agree with the teachers statement, he seemed to understand that I am her parent & I know my child more.

Judge: Suzanne A Littlefield
4/7/2018 4:13:31 PM

Judge Littlefield was very welcoming from the time I walked in. She asked straight to the point questions, and I felt that she really took a look at my records. The VE never said a word. Then she started talking to my attorney saying terms I didn't understand and talking dates. My attorney walked me out side and stated she would find me disabled at my hearing if I changed my onset date. From Sept 2014 to April 2015. I had no problem doing that. My hearing last maybe 10-15 mins. A word of advise is to let your records speak for themself. Don't over exaggerate, because they know when you do.

Judge: Martin McClelland
3/13/2018 10:29:08 AM

This man, call judge, is nothing more than a biased snobbish ****, in a black cape. I was denied my case because he believed that lupus was caused by my weight. He then cited that he was also going off the recommendation of the psychologist, that I saw. Funny thing THAT psychologist actually supported my claim - he and I had a very volatile visit but he supported the claim none-the-less! Absolute proof that he legislates from a tiny chair and believes he does not need to be bothered with the file, and reading all those notes and stats. He has eyes, and he is 'godly'. He has the psychic like intuition. He doesn't need any third party or medical recommendations. He can look at you and just know what you're worth, what you deserve, and who you are. Forget appalled, I am simply grossed out by the putridity of your organization. My absolute Solace is that I have a GOD. And we all will stand before HIM. May HE judge each of you completely and may you suffer the consequences of your actions eternally. Your game that you've been playing with the sick, the diseased and the broken makes you and those who follow that evil logic nothing more than legal mass murderers and torturers. GTH, Brandee

Judge: Peter Beekman
3/5/2018 2:00:12 PM

Thank-you for you patience understanding and favor Judge Beekman

Mike G
Judge: Mary Lohr
2/2/2018 6:04:47 PM

Judge Mary Lohr is an intellegent soft spoken women with a calmness that puts you at ease. After years of denials and rejection is was nice to feel her empathy to my sons condition. She is truely a genuine person.

Judge: Penny Loucas
1/6/2018 7:33:29 AM

This judge acts like she's giving you the money. I've worked 30 yrs in the same field now my back, hips & legs are done. She says I can still work, doing what? Working a minimum wage job to care for myself & daughter. This system is flawed, ppl addicted to drugs & alcohol have no issue with being approved, hardworking ppl are subjected to having to fight for benefits. To say I'm displeased with her judgement is an understatement.

Scotty C.
Judge: Joseph G Hajjar
12/15/2017 1:18:55 PM

He sounds like he has marbles in his mouth

Judge: Amy Budney
12/8/2017 5:47:30 AM

Had my hearing December 7th with Amy Budney. I felt like she really listened to my issues and smiled which made me feel much more comfortable in answering her question. She was kind and companionate. My lawyer helped me through as well in keeping me comfortable throughout the hearing. I was really happy about my hearing. I don’t know if I’m approved yet, but I must say that my hearing was way better than expected. Amy is a great judge.

Susan Olding
Judge: Kendra S Kleber
10/11/2017 8:47:44 AM

I was very nervous when I got to the hearing. From the very moment I arrived the courtesy of the security officer helped me settle down. It has been a very long road of ups and downs I was very thankful that Judge Kleber was patient and attentive to me and I found her to see me as a whole person. Judge Kleber was well prepared and my attorney was very impresse with her understanding of my case. Its been a long road of ups and downs and I hope that tomorrow will be a new day of of stability financially for me. I thank God for the glitches in the rocks that kept me from falling. Judge Kleber is a very sincere, kind, and patient disability law judge be prepared because she is!

C. Gayles
Judge: Peter Beekman
8/3/2017 6:04:39 PM

The reviews above made some of my nervousness go away about this Judge as I appeared before him via video yesterday. I agree that he does listen and asks his questions indiscriminately with understanding. Too soon yet to say he will rule in my favor but overall to be able to tell my story to a person who is familiar with my condition and can relate, took some weight off my heart. Thanks for your reviews.

Judge: Tammy Georgian
6/20/2017 1:24:13 PM

Finally I got a overturned decision by this horrible judge. I suffer from PTSD and have a lower left foot amputation. She deemed that I could work long I did not stand or sit for linger than hour of and on through a 8 hour shift. Moreover; se stated that my Veteran Affairs doctors was lying about the severity of my conditions. She stated that because the veterans affairs doctors was a separate division and those doctors cared no weight when it come to a Residential Function Capacity nor could the evaluate my daily living. I am a 100% Permanent and Total Disabled War Veteran. Here's the kicker Voc. Rehab guy went along with her. Following the hearing he congratulated me of my service and stated that he was in the Bay Of Pigs campaign. I was so angry I became tearful. Judge Tammy Georgian, question all of my military health record's even though 5 different Dr.'s state disability's. She diagnosed me herself as norsicistic and now I am even more suicidal. She need to be disbarred

Judge: Stephen M Hanekamp
5/16/2017 10:18:56 AM

I was fortunate to have Judge Stephen M Hanekamp. The short story was I travelled about 1.5 hours to the hearing and was feeling very poorly due to the ride. I then stepped off the curb wrong trying get past the crosswalk light and my back and legs really started hurting severely. I was just absolutely miserable.I them meet my attorney for the first time after working with a group out of St louis for 2.5 years I was assigned an attorney from Indiana and did not find out until just a few days prior to the hearing who was actually representing me. I was nervous and miserable to say the least, after such a long wait for the hearing I had to go through the hearing. That's where Judge Hanekamp showed great professionalism and empathy for folks in poor health really showed through. I was setting there trying to pay attention to the proceedings and really could not focus due to the pain. I needed to stand up due to severe back spasms and was afraid to at first. I did not want to disrespect his court. Finally I asked my attorney and she said to get relief, it only took a couple minutes to ease it enough to allow me to refocus on what was truly the most important day in my life for a very long time. I am thankful he did not perceive it wrong and allowed me that small break. He demonstrated a fair and balanced approach to his job and takes it serious. I am thankful for men like Judge Hanakamp

B. Irvan
Judge: Joseph A Rose
5/11/2017 10:39:27 AM

Had my hearing with Judge Rose yesterday and he seemed very compassionate. He asked relevant questions and listened to everything I had to say. Very nice man.

Judge: Traci M Hixson
3/6/2017 1:37:01 PM

We were very nervous on the day of the hearing and Judge Traci Hixson made us feel at ease. She was very professional and well prepared regarding our case. Judge Hixson asked very astute and insightful questions. By her questioning, I felt heard and that she understood what our position was. I think she is a fair and treats people with respect. Whatever the outcome I believe she will make a decision based on facts presented and the truth.

Judge: George D Roscoe
1/24/2017 10:41:07 AM

You are very rude and disrespectful. I started to turn around the minute I walked in the room because your first words were sarcastic stating sorry for your long wait I had an attorney in the hearing before you who doesn't know when to shut up. Then I could barely talk. I felt like I was being scolded for not parenting the way you would in my situation after answering questions and hearing your responses and you act like you were a doctor criticizing medical treatments. You are unfair and should step down because you are bitter from doing that job that you already have in your mind a negative perception of the people you serve. Your judgement is biased based off of how you feel and not what is outlined by social security administration. Go into a different field

Judge: George D Roscoe
1/24/2017 10:40:56 AM

You are very rude and disrespectful. I started to turn around the minute I walked in the room because your first words were sarcastic stating sorry for your long wait I had an attorney in the hearing before you who doesn't know when to shut up. Then I could barely talk. I felt like I was being scolded for not parenting the way you would in my situation after answering questions and hearing your responses and you act like you were a doctor criticizing medical treatments. You are unfair and should step down because you are bitter from doing that job that you already have in your mind a negative perception of the people you serve. Your judgement is biased based off of how you feel and not what is outlined by social security administration. Go into a different field

Judge: Scott R Canfield
1/14/2017 2:26:06 AM

He was very patient and kind I had my hearing sept 13th 2016 and I'm still waiting for a decision about my case so hopefully soon I can get a decision and move on with my Life

Judge: Kendra S Kleber
1/11/2017 4:28:02 AM

Judge Kleber is well prepared so you better be as well. She speaks fast so be very attentive. She considers all the facts of the disability case including small details that you may think don't matter. I found her to be very fair. The vocational expert that was assigned to my case was helpful. Be sure to get a good attorney to represent you.

Jessica lebok
Judge: Scott R Canfield
1/4/2017 6:43:33 AM

My judge seemed very good to me. He read my case and medical evidence, and without a lawyer helped me know what kind of questions to ask. I live in pain daily (fibromyalgia, degeneritive disc disease, sciatica, bulging and herniated discs and shoulder pain) and have debilitating anxiety and depression as well as adhd & PTSD. He understands me it seems. He saw how I was in the court room having to stand up constantly and move around and he was very understanding. He had me sign a new medical release and also gave me a fax number to get some paperwotk and information they felt would help my case since it was not inckuded in my file.I really appreciated his kindness as well as his helpfulness. I am still waiting on a decision but I just wanted to write a review on how nice, helpful, and understanding of my conditions at my age, judge Canfield is.

Judge: Joseph G Hajjar
12/26/2016 3:59:08 PM

I received my written decision by this Judge JOSEPH HAJJAR, I found so many inconsistencies with my testimony, I will appeal this decision and win but with your mistakes you didn't take my treating physicians reports into affect my life is going to suffer. You were wrong and I'm coming for your job. You have a VE maybe he could've suggested that I can do your job. You call yourself a judge, just like the state examainers call there selves doctors. All you people think that your professionals in your trade. You Are the lowest form of life.

Judge: Cheryl M Rini
12/21/2016 12:57:31 PM

She judges my brothers disability based on his age because he is 50. His back problems didnt change from 49 to 50 years old, he still has the same problems, you didn't even look at his file. Seriously. You had his file for a year and because his Attorney called and asked what was going on in the beginning of December you suddenly came up with this lame decision. You should walk a mile in his shoes for about 2 months and I bet you would feel different.

Judge: Mary Lohr
12/21/2016 11:13:26 AM

Professional & Courteous. Does not belittle you and seems interested and sincere in getting to all aspects of your case. Very nice lady.

Judge: Joseph G Hajjar
12/17/2016 8:05:40 AM

I look online today to find out this judge has denied my claim I am in heart failure, I have an ef fraction of 25% have a defibulator doctors have told my condition is only going to get worse. I have met all the "BLUE BOOK" requirements. I havent been able to work since 2015 due to my condition. I had 1 cardiologist for this condition and from a very reputable hospital in the Cleveland Clinic, he obviously didnt take anything into an account on what she put in the records. This judge is just there to deny claims. I am out of time and know where else to turn. I am homeless and another appeal is going to last over a year I wont make it. they wonder why around this time of the year so many commit suicide. So Marry Christmas to You Judge Hajjar. And good luck to any that gets this judge he is only going to deny you

Judge: Sara L Alston
12/15/2016 11:38:12 AM

Judge Alston is intelligent, wise, compassionate and thorough. There should be more judges like her.

Judge: George D Roscoe
11/29/2016 1:56:51 AM

Judge Roscoe was arrogant, condescending, and just flat out rude. He barely let me complete my responses without interrupting me. Thought he was a doctor and contradicted what symptoms I should have for one of my diseases even when both I and my doctors notes stated what my symptoms are. Grumpy, jaded judge.

Judge: James M Martin
11/26/2016 11:41:51 AM

Very kind and compassionate. He made me feel at ease. He does review your medical and helps you feel at ease. I have not received a decision as of this time , but I will say he is a fair judge.

Judge: Sara L Alston
11/21/2016 12:03:19 PM

She was so much nicer than I thought. She made the entire situation easier on me, even though I was having terrible anxiety attacks. And she had a great sense of humor and was very friendly and chill person.

Judge: George D Roscoe
11/18/2016 3:25:22 AM

This judge is terrible, does not care...tries to intimidate you....I don't think he likes women. I have had 8 surgeries on my back and he has denied me twice...I have worked for 35 years and have paid into ss......his decision was very unfair....this judge needs to retire

Jody Hovland
Judge: Sara L Alston
11/6/2016 3:54:23 AM

I found Judge Alston very thorough. She had true compassion toward me. Most are quick to judge because of my age, 47. To which my usual response would be "you lay pavers, shovel limerock & carry heavy equipment for 10+ yrs, & contact me when your 47" Judge Alston did not do that. Instead she reviewed my medical records very thoroughly and asked pertinent questions related to my injuries how they can to be and limitations. I attended the hearing without an attorney, (fired them just weeks prior to hearing date notification). I had absolutely no idea what to expect, my anxiety was high & was in tears for the majority. She was amazing in keeping me calm & to focus. Her words soothing. When it's hard to even leave your home, physically & mentally it's a nice relief to find someone in her position that is able to make someone as I feel comfortable enough to control my tears & answer the questions she had. My decision has yet to come in,Whatever her decision, I am confident she will review all information submitted. Five 🌟⭐️✨💫🌟

Judge: Suzanne A Littlefield
10/30/2016 3:48:26 PM

Judge Littlefield had made statements of SSA Juvenile law statutes in reference my sons disability case, and my sons age is 22. When we brought up that the SSA statute should be referenced because my son is now 22, Judge Littlefield did not acknowledge the one that we were bringing up. I can't believe that a twenty minute talk with the SSA doctor would be more credible than years in the Marcus institute in Atlanta, and the full diagnosis from the Emory Autism Center along with notable Dr. Leslie Rubin. She gives me the feeling she may have become routine instead of a case by case Judge like her earlier record indicates.

Edwin A. Anderson
Judge: James Dixon
10/24/2016 2:44:48 PM

I have appeared in front of Judge Dixon many times. In my experience, I have found him to be knowledgeable and thorough when hearing a case. He appreciates a case that is thoroughly prepared beforehand. He likes the evidence to be in the file early and allows the attorneys who appear before him to make their arguments before he makes a decision. Edwin A. Anderson of Cannon & Anderson, Attorneys. (865) 522-9000.

Joe Donelan
Judge: Catherine Ma
10/2/2016 8:26:56 PM

I feel the decision by the judge was unfair. My appearance seemed to aggravate her, knowing my looks have a lot be desired. Statements were made that gave me every reason to believe my IQ ranged somewhere around 60 because the VE basically called me a moron without saying it. She said I was only capable of doing the lowest form of work and quoted all those jobs available. When I spoke, I heard snickers, like they all thought I was a simpleton or cretin. My disease is the 6th leading killer in the world! I was denied with a very unfavorable conclusion. I understand why people commit suicide from the cold and quiet slaughter of human character made by these judges.

Judge: Tammy Georgian
9/10/2016 9:00:27 AM

THIS JUDGE NEEDS TO BE REMOVED! I'm 57 years old, worked for 37 years in retail sales. I have lymphoma cancer, severe arthritis, bad back, hip replacement, CKD (result of pain medication) . I cannot stand for hours as necessary in my job because of back/joint arthritis and constant pain. Driving to work is challenging, I have a 40 minute commute. Yet this judge was more concerned in my appearance and how I traveled to the hearing (my daughter drove me, I dressed professional as I always have) Questions suggested I could "find a way to sit" or "transferring" to a backroom job. I was denied. My attorney was flabbergasted as I am. Now I see why. The highest denial rate for a relatively new judge earning pay in the upper 10% of SSA. This is a sham! Her high pay must be tied to her high denial rate. A disgrace to disabled workers and to judges!!!

Tanja morgan
Judge: Stephen M Hanekamp
8/18/2016 1:46:06 PM

I love this guy, He is a great guy he's easy going and very understanding I worked, with him for many years and you can't beat him. Because he's overall best.

Judge: Cheryl M Rini
8/3/2016 11:51:32 AM

5 stars for being a very kind and compassionate judge. 1 star for the hearings are way, way, way too long (over two hours). Too many non-relevant questions.

Judge: Jonathan Eliot
7/13/2016 3:12:22 PM

What a waste of judge. Doesn't listen to you or read what your doctor has sent him. Didn't listen to the VE. The VE stated there are no jobs I could do and yet he still turned me down. I thought it was a robot sitting at the judge's stand where a real person should have been. Devoid of any personality. Try to avoid him if you can.

salona banks
Judge: William Leland
6/21/2016 12:16:36 AM

I am currently waiting on judge Leland we were at the hearing he was soooo respectful, he actually was listening and even was apologetic as we both talked at the same time. Very polite...I wish we had more time for us to talk, even face to face. I at some point on Saturday wishes I could have called him..I was in so much pain and it hurts my heart that no one is here..I just needed someone to talk to..I ask like why does my back and knee hurt so bad. Like I done cried so from the pain sometimes tears don't even fall from my face. I just really wanted him to be here to see how I have to make it through the day..I went to go to the washroom and fell because my knee was hurting. My baby girl began to cry with me, that hurt me to see her hurt and she wants so bad to make mommies feel better. Let me go knees hurting and I'm trying to find a position in this bed because I want to sleep here tonight..thanks for listening.

Alicia L. Walker
Judge: Yelanda Collins
6/13/2016 10:20:14 AM

Dear Honorable Judge Yelanda Collins, First and foremost I would like to ask God to bless you for having to deal with so much and such a heavy load far as the workload that you have and I appreciate if you do see this message and God's name that you can add me to your list, Judge Collins I have had to have two major surgeries on my shoulder for major damage that has caused me to be unable to work since 2011- Present, I've been through the Storm and back but with Gods good grace I'm still holding on, I haven't been able to work at all since that time and I have no income and I was 46yrs old at the time of my injury and I'm 52 years old now and I am in diar nerd of financial assistance and I know I promised God I would be patient and I must keep that promise, I'm hoping that you may just take a moment of your time just to acknowledge this plea to beg you to see if you can please help me just to get a hearing date so I can keep my Faith at least to know that help is on the way, I don't even know how I got to this page to be able to express myself to you or even why I choose you out of all the judges but I just want to ask if you can please save me from all the hardship I'm going through just waiting for a hearing, and if you can please help me with any information that will assist me to at least get a hearing date, I have Faith in Our Lord Jesus Christ and all I'm asking for is if you can pray for me to speed up my case or if you can respond to me with any kind of updates on the status of my case, I really need your help if at all possible please help me. Thank you even if this message touched your heart in any kind of way, I'm located right here in Jacksonville Florida, 32208 May God bless you even if there's nothing you can do I appreciate you just taking a moment just to read my comment I know that I can't expect anything more than that but I know All things come through and from Almighty God, so I will stay strong, be patient and keep my Faith that this is my Season, Amen

Vickie L Adkins
Judge: Amy Budney
5/14/2016 6:14:37 PM

I had my hearing on May 11. 2016, i have a lot of health issues,one being severe anxiety..i was very nervous about my hearing..when my attorney and i were called into the court room,Judge Amy Budney looked up and smiled..This put me at ease..Judge Amy introduced herself,the court reporter,the vocational expert and what to expect form the hearing,again smiling..i feel like Judge Budney really cared and was interested in my case..she looked at me as i was speaking and really listened...Regardless of the outcome of my case,i want to thank Judge Budney for being so polite,so kind and for your smiles.God Bless

Judge: James M Martin
4/7/2016 12:04:00 PM

Be careful with this ALJ and be prepared to get denied, even if you have got a good case. It does not matter if you are 55 or older, you will get denied even if your doctors say you are disabled. He does not believe what he is told by claimants.

Judge: Andrew M Emerson
4/3/2016 7:24:02 AM

Judge Andrew Emerson presided over my hearing on March 2016. He was very professional to me and my attorney. He asked me clear, concise questions such as.." How do you spend day?" Why are you unable to work? How far can you walk? Etc..He allowed me to explain and finish my thoughts. He was never rude or condescending. The VE expert said a few words to the judge at the end of the hearing. Overall, this Judge made the experience much less scary. Thank you Judge Emerson...

tami whitaker
Judge: Kevin W Fallis
3/20/2016 5:07:33 PM

I had a hearing with judge fallis in February 2016. I found him to be a very nice man.we did the video conferencing which was a little bit weird to me but all in all he made me feel comfortable. I am still waiting on a decision as of yet.

Jimmy Come Lightly
Judge: Tammy Georgian
3/16/2016 8:36:07 PM

Why is this judge here? She heard my case December 16, 2015 and denied it also. I have nothing mean to say about her, but I know my body and what I can and cannot do and at this point I am 57 years of age. I was working towards my retirement and had a tumor found on my spinal cord. The removal of the tumor cause me more problems than before it was removed, but for her to make a decision on me being able to hold down a job when I take pain meds four times a day. I found it hard to stand at my sink to wash dishes, or cook. I can't stand cold weather or the air conditioner. She asked how I could be at my hearing and that how I looked. Well what did she want me to do come as I looked when I got out of bed? Really, but looking at these status and this just is just amazing. How do they sleep at night? Do they serve a God and how do they do it. I will not give up and just keep on doing what is required of me by the state of SC. I will be 62 in 5 more years. Will they deny me for the next five year I have heard so people say they have tried for a total of 9 years to get disability? What kind of system is this?

Shirley showman
Judge: Joseph A Rose
3/12/2016 9:58:52 AM

I saw Judge Rose yesterday and I was so scared and nervous when I went into the room but once Judge Rose started talking to me you can see he is a very fair judge he really reads your case very well and he understands when a person is lying or being sincere I poured my heart out to him yesterday and he listened to every word I was very honest to...I have been homeless now for Quite a while my mental is unstable and my leg and back kills me everyday from having degenerated disc disease...but Judge Rose I want to thank you for listening to me you made me feel it was ok to open up and share my pain with you and the reason why I need this so bad...I have faith in God and I know in my heart Judge Rose knows this is my last hope here of ever trying to have some stability in life, if I got denied I couldn't tell you how I would feel or what I would do with myself this is really my last I'm going to pray do hard that Judge Rose really understands that by him granting me my social security will give me some faith and give me some stability in my life where I know I'll never be homeless again..thank you Judge Rose for taking the time to hear me out yesterday I know whatever decision you make will be in my best interest cause you care about others and you want to see people ok not out here messed up...God Bless You and your family Judge Rose.

Judge: Kevin W Fallis
3/7/2016 8:00:25 AM

I have a hearing coming up before this judge. I don't see how this system is fair. There are judges with a 75% approval rate and others with 38%. I have not had any income for 2 years. This decision is vital for me to have quality of life again. I worked 36 years of my life and would be working today if I could. So it scares me to think I may not be approved because of the judge I was assigned.

Judge: Jonathan Eliot
2/14/2016 6:12:03 AM

A very nice man. He asked many questions concerning my disability and other health problems I didn't list on my application. He was very compassionate when I broke down and gave me time to get myself back together to answer more questions. When it came to the VE listing jobs I could preform, it felt like the judge was on my side when he kept reminding her of my restrictions. By the end the VE had no jobs I could do. The judge then stated that I would hear from him in written form. The only thing I wish is he could of give me an answer right there. I hope that the reason I have to wait is for him to take a closer look at my records. It's been a long journey to this point

Judge: Sara L Alston
2/5/2016 7:04:02 PM

I would rate this judge five stars because she looks at all the evidence before making decisions.Very happy!

Judge: Traci M Hixson
2/1/2016 4:05:12 PM

I was denied after my hearing. A lot about my denial letter is either wrong or missing. No mention of my medications that make me tired. No mention that I have MRSA and can't have abdominal surgery. She wants me to work in a factory after being a bank manager? With men after being sexuallu harassed then wrongfully terminated? Wow I think I was discriminated against for many reasons.. In the letter I have problems talking to people then later I don't? Wow I want going to win unless I was locked up in a rubber room

Judge: Eric Westley
12/17/2015 12:05:14 PM


Judge: Joseph G Hajjar
12/2/2015 10:00:31 AM

I dont think this judge was fair. He didnt take into account anything my treating doctors had to say, only to give all weight with a state examiner that had either never met me, or briefly met me. My life has been so negatively affected by this decision,and appeals take over a year. It isnt fair that he could take this decision so lightly when my entire life depends on it, and when legal errors are made,it will take over a year to fix it. Maybe he would be a little more compassionate if his pay was suspended for an entire year every time he made a mistake in someones case. Just because it will eventually be paid if approved doesnt mean its ok to make someone suffer for a year like I am suffering now. Not knowing if your going to have a place to live is a horrifying feeling,and being absolutely helpless to the situation is even worse.

Teila summers
Judge: Joseph A Rose
11/20/2015 10:17:41 AM

I had my hearing yesterday in front of judge rose I walked in nervous and shaking like I don't know what after awhile of talking with the judge I felt comfortable and I begin to feel at ease. Win or lose my case he is fair he listens and he is a very nice man!!! Also I didn't have a lawyer by my side so the questions were simple and understandable where you can understand what heis saying thanks judge rose.

Judge: Eric Westley
11/16/2015 11:01:03 PM

Judge: Andrew M Emerson
11/12/2015 1:08:46 PM

Very polite Judge. Did what I would term a standard hearing with opening statement, questioning of the claimant, VE questions, and closing statement. The Judge did the vast majority of the questions to the claimant. I don't know the outcome yet but I have no complaints regarding his professionalism.

Judge: Frederick Andreas
10/22/2015 9:27:30 AM

I was very surprised and somewhat offended that the judge went on the record to ask me about my experience representing claimants. What if this had been my very first hearing, would that have made him biased? The judge was very pleasant and very fair. I have a significant amount of experience, but what about new reps? It was the first time I had encountered this, and it wasn't pleasant, but the judge was very nice.

Judge: Traci M Hixson
10/19/2015 10:23:08 PM

My hearing was September 28th. My case was left open and now scared it will take a long time to hear a decision. Judge Hixson was very nice but my council was not good. She didn't submit records I told them about and they blamed me. I hope judge Hixson will see through a lot of that. She seemed very caring and aloud me to speak, however my anxiety was so bad I didn't tell her everything I needed to about my pain and how severe my depression is. I was way too nervous. I think the judge saw I worked my whole life and couldn't believe I was in disability court.

Judge: Jonathan Eliot
10/12/2015 11:39:43 AM

This guy is the poster child for the new "model" ALJ ODAR has hired, i.e. robotic in demeanor; devoid of any emotion during the hearing; asks an inordinate number of questions, many of which aren't necessary/non-sensical and/or irrelevant to the underlying issues; and seemingly euphoric when he goes to great lengths to slam a claimant's credibility in his hearing decisions.

Judge: Stephen M Hanekamp
9/28/2015 6:12:23 PM

Wonderful judge. Don't have a decision, of course if denied I will be somewhat angry as would anyone. But, I can't ask for a more level playing field than with this judge. He goes by the book, but makes people comfortable. I hope he serves for many years to come. This judge does not seem to be doing this for the paycheck, but for the greater good...... I stand by these words even if I get a denial.

Judge: Traci M Hixson
9/25/2015 5:28:22 AM

Wow! I thought she was a very good judge in the courtroom, I felt that I was heard and the questioning was very thorough to get an idea of why I have had to apply for disablity, until I got my decision...she took my testimony and only used parts of it or used it incorrectly to say that I was not credible! The hearing is audio taped, how can a judge not correctly document your testimony? How can they use parts of it and put it wherever they want to say you are not credible? It looks like she focused on one aspect and then 'cherry picked' through the testimony to find a way to discredit me and justify her decision. Not one mention of anything that was testified to of my daily pain and pain when trying to do household chores and the fact that I stated that my children and husband take the brunt of everything...she simply stated that I testified that I do all this, plus much more! She also discredited me for the fact that I had no choice but to drive myself to the hearing, without stating the reason that I explained and how I felt because of the drive and walk to the office. These are just a few things!

Sandra Conner
Judge: Peter Beekman
8/29/2015 10:25:57 AM

My experience before Judge Beekman was very comfortable and I felt that he actually listened to me as a person with many health problems that have caused me to not be able to do any type of gainful employment. He was fair in his questioning and he LISTENED to me when I was asked to speak. In his decision, he followed all the applicable laws for disability requirements. I am very grateful that he thoroughly reviewed my case and gave me a fully favorable decision. Many thanks for such a competent Judge.

Judge: Joseph Vallowe
6/24/2015 7:33:28 AM

I had my hearing in Apr 2015,he pretends to care but he has an hidden agenda. I was not allowed to ask about the side effects of my medication does cause when i am operating a motor vehicle. I know that people say it's not about race but it really is with this judge. Be careful at his hearing his kindnesss can be a sheild. He stated the cause of my ptsd was because my water was disconnected just an example of what he put in his answer.

Terrie Green
Judge: James Dixon
6/15/2015 3:42:58 PM

I went before Judge Dixon on May 13, 2015. He made me feel at ease, and he listened to me and treated me with respect. Judge Dixon is a very good Judge and a honest human being. He told me would let me know decesion in two weeks, whether i am approved or denied, I know Judge Dixon was a fair Judge to me.

Christine Mitchell
Judge: Stephen M Hanekamp
6/2/2015 8:12:37 PM

I just had my case heard last week and it went really well. Judge Hanekamp was very sympathetic to my diagnosis and very respectful to not only me but also to my lawyer. He knew that I had trouble with my heath and gave me extra time to answer his questions. I couldn't have asked for a better Judge. Even though I haven't heard his decision just yet, I still had a very positive experience. There should be more like him around.

Judge: Tammy Georgian
5/29/2015 12:02:12 PM

She has the highest denial rate of all the judges 69% as of 5/11. Something's not right about that. Is it because she's new? That needs to be looked into.

Judge: Tammy Georgian
5/29/2015 11:41:25 AM

I just thought I would have yo say something about my case. It is just so hard to believe that this judge would denied my case. I have s disease that is not visible to the human eye. When you a disease that's destroying your muscle,that is slow moving and people don't take the time to research and learn about a dfiseade that there is no cure for nor a treatment to make it better. I just don't understand this. I feel the dedesion is wrong.I have worked all my life and just couldn't do it anymore because of all the pains I have on a daily bases. I don't know what it is yo have a good day pain free. Its no right, but who am I .I wonder what purpose am I serving by living everyday.

Judge: William Leland
3/16/2015 3:46:43 PM

I am currently waiting for Judge Leland decision on my case. As far as the hearing went, I found the judge to be very polite in asking questions pertaining to my case. I thought he treated me fair and he also seemed to be well educated as far as the disability laws go.

Keith C Montgomery
Judge: Cheryl M Rini
3/10/2015 10:01:18 AM

Carefully prepared on my medical records , listen to me like she cared ,didn't make me feel like just another number , Anyone that gets her as their Judge feel Bless , Thank You Judge Cheryl Rini, And Bless you .

Judge: Sara L Alston
3/3/2015 2:01:50 PM

Five stars! Compassionate and knowledgable. She kind of rambles through the medical records, commenting on things she notices. As an attorney I hardly asked a single question. The hearing was fast, the result good (and fair!).

Judge: Cheryl M Rini
12/15/2014 2:48:01 PM

Bert Prisby
Judge: Keith J Kearney
12/5/2014 11:23:43 PM

Judge Kearney was a very level headed and completely professional person. He made me feel at ease with all the questions he asked while asking me directly the questions instead of asking my attorney. He made me feel as though I was in the process so he could make the best possible decision. He was a very fair man and who completely explained and introduced everyone who was in the court proceedings. It went very smoothly and I felt he understood what I have been going through. He is a very honest and fair man. Thank you for your time and professionalism.

Diona Chandler
Judge: Joseph A Rose
10/20/2014 8:11:27 AM

Great and compassionate Judge. I was awarded my Disability this year and I up for review. I have faith in God that Judge Rose will rule in accordance win or loose, he made the last hurdle a compassionate one allowing to me get the care that is needed.

Judge: Penny Loucas
10/3/2014 7:38:50 AM

BRILLIANT..Judge Loucus has figured out a way to determine the differences between..Educated Pain and Non.Educated Pain - Educated Mental Illness and Non.Educated Mental Illness - Educated Disabilities and Non. Educated Disabilities. BRAVO

Judge: Penny Loucas
10/2/2014 11:33:34 PM

Excellent skills in picking apart the information presented in order to make facts appear meaningless...Powerful

Gill Page
Judge: James Dixon
9/12/2014 12:58:55 AM

I think Judge Dixon was far and really listened to my case and made a informative decision.

Judge: Penny Loucas
8/5/2014 12:21:28 PM

Judge Loucas is very knowledgeable about the law concerning disability. She looks and asks you about your complete work and medical histories. Your lawyer needs to be very prepared to countering and follow her logic of applying the laws to your case. If you can do ANY type of work, you will not prevail in her courtroom.

Judge: Penny Loucas
7/10/2014 2:21:50 PM


Todd Miller
Judge: Barbara Sheehe
7/8/2014 5:03:20 PM

Very nice and fair judge thank you judge sheehe

Judge: Patricia Lobo
6/21/2014 3:10:39 PM

Dear 6/10/2014 - Waiting for a Hearing and inquiring about ALJ Lobo. You are not going to have your case heard by ALJ Lobo as she has retired. She was wonderful to appear before and she was very "pro-claimant." Keep in mind that the main thing any of the other ALJs will base their decision upon is the medical treatment evidence you have received for your condition and how you have responded to this. Your testimony is considered to the point that it coincides with your treatment records.

Judge: Patricia Lobo
6/10/2014 9:17:00 PM

I am waiting on a hearing date, which should be coming up very soon and I am really hoping to get this judge. I have been told that she is down to earth and very easy to talk to and that is what I need. I suffer from panic attacks, anxiety, depression, bi-polar,personality disorder, mood disorder, a tumor in my neck, and several other problems and am not sure that I am going to make it through my hearing without breaking down or snapping on someone. I very nervous about the situation and I have worked my whole life since I was 12 until two years ago. Can anyone let me know if I am hearing the right things about this particular judge please? Thank you

Debbie Protopapa
Judge: Keith J Kearney
5/1/2014 4:33:12 PM

I only just had my hearing for ssd this morning but I have to say that regardless of the outcome, I found Judge Kearney to be a very pleasant and likeable man. He made me feel very comfortable and at ease throughout my hearing. If I was given the choice of judges I wouldn't think twice in choosing Judge Kearney.

Judge: Keith J Kearney
4/1/2014 12:41:29 PM

I think Judge Kearney is a very nice compassionate man. I do not know the outcome of my hearing yet but that's okay for now. I was so nervous and tried my best to not get too emotional and he understood.

Todd W,
Judge: Patricia Lobo
3/12/2014 9:06:33 AM

I went before Judge Lobo on 3/11/2014 and, as nervous as I was, she put me at ease and was a wonderful judge. Between my attorney and Judge Lobo, I couldn't ask for a better combination in an effort to receive Disability Benefits. Judge Lobo was very compassionate and seemed genuinely interested in my case and the background leading up to my disabilities. She is truly a caring judge. I am grateful to have had her as my hearing judge and now I just wait and hope for the Best!

Judge: Joseph A Rose
2/4/2014 3:09:15 PM

Win or lose, he was very fair and understanding. Found him to be very competent and made me the claiment feel at ease in a stressful situation

Judge: Yelanda Collins
2/3/2014 3:30:57 PM

I didn't think it was possible to feel more depressed, anxious, sad, panicked, and sick. Thank you for proving me wrong Ms. Collins. I was a tax-paying citizen for 16 years before becoming ill. I told Ms. Collins of my plan of action to get well in the not-to-distant future. I told the truth as nervous as I was. What I received in return was an unfavorable decision in which 2 things were stated that I never said (and I am sure I didn't say them because they are just plain untrue) and most of what I did say was omitted or ignored. This has been such a heavy, dejecting process. I am sad, but I am also so angry that this woman who knows nothing about me (and has the facts wrong about what she thinks she does know) gets to decide if I am sick enough to use the Social Security that I have paid into my whole life for what it is intended for. I understand that many do take advantage of the system. I told the truth and had all my ducks in a row. So, why am I sitting here worrying about how I am going to tell my kids that we have to move our of the only home they have ever lived in?

george Hall
Judge: Dennis LeBlanc
1/6/2014 9:16:39 PM

The Judge has ruled totally incorrect in a recent case. Since her major back surgery in October the lady has lost over 50 pounds and now only weighs 94 pounds. On top of that she had two other surgeries 2 weeks fter her back surgery and has since been diagnosed with chronic pancreatitus. She has been in and out of the hospitial since October 2, and now is hospitalized again and today had to have a feeding tube inserted since her pancreatitus had worsened. On top of all of this this Judge totally ignored the facts in this case. Just another BS rubber stamp denial. He doesn't even rate having any stars. His 12 page report was horse .... and he knows it. And the examing doctor that stated she could lift a hundred (100) pounds will be sued for improper diagnosis and malpractice.

WIlliam M.
Judge: Patricia Lobo
11/21/2013 11:33:28 AM

I had a court date with Judge Lobo on November 19, 2013 and she was wonderful. She was very understanding and compassionate. She approved my case after almost 5 years of fighting. My wife and I have to say THANK YOU Jude Lobo for your understanding and ruling on the case. I am so grateful to you for this your honor.

Amy Willis
Judge: Stephen M Hanekamp
11/4/2013 5:40:49 PM

Judge Hanekamp was very pleasant and attentive to my issues!!! I could not have asked for a better Judge to handle my case!!! Very nice and professional!!! I still dont know my judgement yet but either way I had a very positive experience with Judge Hanekamp!!!

Judge: Patricia Lobo
9/23/2013 2:33:38 PM

I had my hearing on /aug. 13, 2013...still waiting for a decision. I called ODAR in St. Petersburg and they said a decision has been made and it has been sent to a decision writer....then it goes back to the judge for final editing...then they send the decision out. No one would tell me the decision....I guess it is top=secret..but Judge Lobo was fair, compassionate, sensitive and did say that she would get my file over to processing for payment. That was at the hearing...although it was not a on the record decision, I still have to wait for the "letter". Hopefully I will hear something in the next few weeks....things are getting rough financially.

Denise Kuhn
Judge: Keith J Kearney
9/9/2013 7:57:09 AM

WE have people out here that get SSD and work full time and only have fibromyalgia n depression. I go to work fighting my pain with my back swelling back and hips and legs. I have gone to doctors after doctors and they can not find what the cause is, while that I fight to work to keep a roof over my head 21 hours a week. I go to school to keep my mind going and fight sitting and standing. This lawyer denied me for that. But orhter people get it for easy things. this is a shame people fighting for the pain they can not tolerate. I will fight more. it is that days i dont even want to be here because of the pain.

j rifenbery
Judge: Joseph A Rose
9/6/2013 3:40:36 PM

Very nice and considerate Judge.He tries to make you feel comfortable.Just answer best you can and be honest. He gives off a persona of caring very much.Thank you

Denise Kuhn
Judge: Keith J Kearney
9/5/2013 3:19:08 PM

I don't understand how come it takes so long to make decisions on cases. I fight my pain everyday,wake up every day n go to sleep in pain. There are times after working i want to go the ER because i hurt so much. No medicine will help my pain Dr.s have tried everything. I work go to work n fight my pain just to keep a roof over my head. I go to school to keep my mind going n better myself and fight pain walking,sitting and standing. I have a feeling it will be denied and I'll have to start all over again. These doctors out here really don't want to help you if your on medicaid and it is a shame.

Kathy Spragg
Judge: Peter Beekman
8/5/2013 12:58:50 PM

Very pleasant judge that is so understandable of peoples disabilitys and the pain they have suffered over time. Thank you

Judge: Kevin W Fallis
6/8/2013 11:24:08 AM

Note: These percentages are deceptive. Fallis' effective fully favorable win rate is only 29.2%. Take the total number of fully favorable decisions issued (61) and divide this number by the total decisions issued (209). See These are official ODAR numbers are for the period 9/29/12 through 4/26/13. Although I've never practiced before this judge, numbers like these speak for themselves.

yankees fan
Judge: Joseph A Rose
5/29/2013 7:25:50 PM

does he appove on the record requests, before hearings ? if so how long before actual hearing ? please submit a answer asap ? please ? just wondering because I have several herniated disks (7) including neck and took forever to get any type of treatment and was denied on application and reconsideration and practically homeless and need help financialy.And I see him in several months for hearing. Any suggestions ? I hear he is very fair though .

Judge: Patrick J Rhoa
5/24/2013 5:39:25 PM

Judge Rhoa was very caring and compassionate. He treated me with the utmost respect. Thank you sir!

Judge: Patricia Lobo
4/24/2013 7:28:50 AM


Judge: Kendra S Kleber
4/14/2013 6:41:45 PM

Judge: Pamela E Loesel
4/8/2013 7:22:42 PM

I was made to feel comfortable during hearing, usually I'd have been a sobbing wreck. The interview was a teleconference from Minneapolis, and I guess I just wasn't keen on doing it that way, but Lawyer's rarely tell the truth...After the hearing I felt the only problem was that it felt so nice that she didn't make me spill my guts and cry the whole time, which is hard for a guy to do. But I hope that all the medical evidence holds it's weight, because now I think about it I should have brought much more to bear! Hearing was on 3/5/13 it is 4/8/13 no word but I feel positive because of honesty, alj's had reviewed records before hearing, I could tell by the questioning, which made my day! As with Bi-Polar things are balancing once again, she could read that from medical reports, And I hope that after all the years of suffering institutions, hospitals a brighter future will be in store, although most days are still unreal...

Judge: Eric Westley
4/4/2013 11:35:47 AM

I just had a hearing before Judge Westley. He seems nice enough, but I am nervous because of his approval ratings. His approved cases is among one of lowest for the Cleveland Office and it says a lot about him.

Judge: Stephen M Hanekamp
3/29/2013 7:45:56 AM

ALJ Hanekamp is one of the most pleasant judges to work with. He knows his stuff, he has a good sense of humor and a nice disposition. He is considerate and understanding towards claimants and he treats reps very well. We need more like him!

Racheal Jenkins
Judge: Patricia Lobo
3/13/2013 9:11:29 AM

Im going up for my hearing im very nervous and scared i know i need help but dont wont sympathy im epalepsy bad gran mal seizures i pray i have ms.patrica she seems fare

victim of judge rose
Judge: Joseph A Rose
1/19/2013 12:43:18 PM

Judge Rose has allowed testimony to be entered into record in which a doctor had never seen a patient; "split hairs" with an attorney and took his aggravation out on a claiment. This is a sign its time to step down.

Judge: George D Roscoe
1/15/2013 9:36:25 AM

Sister said he is a very friendly Judge and listens very carefully.

Judge: Alfred V Lucas
1/8/2013 7:04:35 AM

Very fair thank you.

k wilson
Judge: Alfred V Lucas
11/22/2012 4:16:37 PM

He gave my full favorable approval decision (verbally) in 14 minutes!

Judge: Joseph A Rose
10/30/2012 4:39:49 PM

cute as a button

Asdrubel Martinez
Judge: Penny Loucas
9/7/2012 12:08:41 PM

Good luck

Judge: William J Mackowiak
8/14/2012 1:57:38 PM

Its also easier to deny without applying the facts and the law. Nice selective argument you chose.

Judge: Richard N Staples
8/10/2012 6:49:11 AM

Richard Staples is very fair.

Judge: William J Mackowiak
8/9/2012 9:56:41 AM

Allowing someone is always easier than making a comprehensive review of the facts and the law

Judge: Charles Shinn
7/20/2012 6:55:53 AM

Good judge. Has excellent demeanor at hearings and is respectful to claimants. His decisions are generally consistent with my position on the case.

Judge: Joseph A Rose
7/16/2012 6:47:17 PM

Super judge. Fair and competent.

Carla T
Judge: Traci M Hixson
7/9/2012 6:20:04 AM

Judge Hixson is very good. She is competent and thorough. I fell heard in her courtroom. She listened carefully and was familiar with my medical history at the time of the hearing.

scott nation
Judge: Richard N Staples
6/29/2012 7:28:22 PM

******** judge not fair at all

Tim Welles
Judge: Traci M Hixson
6/28/2012 11:41:29 AM

Judge Hixson is a very incompetent judge.

Judge: Thomas A Ciccolini
6/9/2012 6:18:11 AM

Judge: Patricia Lobo
4/30/2012 1:23:38 PM

Judge Lobo is a very decent, compassionate, and fair-minded jurist.

Judge: Kendra S Kleber
3/31/2012 5:59:26 PM