Dayton, Ohio ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Dayton, Ohio, 5 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Dayton, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 16.0 months. The average case processing time in Dayton is 481 days.The Dayton average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 40%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Dayton ODAR office was last updated on 6/14/2017.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Dayton 5 16.0 months 481 days 2.1 21% 40% 39%
Ohio18.3 months556 days1.919%42%39%
National Average:18.2 months573 days1.921%45%34%
AVERAGE TIME
Hearing Wait Time: 16.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 2.05
Average Processing Time 481 days
Cases Pending 4910
Dispositions 1033
New Cases 1479
Hearings In Person 94%
Video Hearings 6%
LIST OF JUDGES / 18
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied
Judge Eric Anschuetz 10%40%50%
Judge Mark Hockensmith 17%40%43%
Judge Gregory G Kenyon 17%43%39%
Judge Elizabeth A Motta 22%40%38%
Judge Deborah F Sanders 58%27%15%

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Judge: Irma J Flottman
6/12/2017 1:01:01 PM



Calm and patient Judge. Seems very kind. Quite thorough in her questions so Attorney is left with little to follow-up on. Process goes smoothly and seamlessly.


Judge: Mark Hockensmith
6/3/2017 9:34:12 AM





Donnie
Judge: Irma J Flottman
4/17/2017 6:53:14 PM



I had a court date 1-10-2017 in front of judge Flottman, she was very kind and ask questions concerning my disabilities, I learned her decision is in editing writing as of last week and this week waiting for her to sign then it will be mailed out. Please keep me in your prays for a fully favorable. God Bless

Jody
Judge: Gregory G Kenyon
4/12/2017 7:09:44 PM



Judge kenyon was so very nice and understanding. He made me feel at ease when I was in room and answering his questions. Couldn't have had a better judge.

Annoyed
Judge: Larry J. Butler
1/31/2017 10:43:24 AM



Had a hearing in may 2016 and it's now February 2017 and U still have not heard anything. I'm not gonna be very happy if I've waited this long and racked up a bunch of debt trying to survive just to get a denial.

Gilbert Derriso
Judge: Gregory G Kenyon
1/28/2017 5:53:55 AM



Judge Kenyon was very fair in my case

Michelle
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

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.

LMA
Judge: Maria Hodges
1/2/2017 1:41:35 AM



I had a hearing before her in July of 2016. Yes, she did ask a lot of questions, very specific ones, and I tried to answer as honestly and truthfully as I could. Yet despite the massive evidence placed before her, she denied me and it has caused disastrous consequences for myself and my husband. My husband is totally disabled, too, and we are living on 475.00 (his SSI) per month now that I cannot work. I have re-filed for help, but am in fear of losing our home before something gives, or before I even get a decision.I have a personal diagnosed history of 2 heart attacks, 3 coronary stents due to coronary artery disease, degenerative disk disease and one past back surgery, arthritis, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, PTSD, generalized anxiety disorder and major bouts of recurrent major depression. In May of this year I fell, resulting in a fractured clavicle and torn tendon of my right rotator cup. Yet after 5 days hospitalization, I returned to work, in great pain, as it was a hot, hard job with heavy lifting, not knowing at the time that my collar bone was fractured. I was summarily dismissed 2 weeks later, and was replaced by a 19-year-old. Of course they did not tell me it was due to my health, but I knew, as hard as I tried, I simply was not able to keep up with the work pace anymore. I explained all of this to her. I also went to Vocational Rehabilitation, but my counselor closed my case, stating she wishes she could help me find placement, but she simply felt that by my medical record, there was no job or training into which she felt she could safely place me. Now, I know that judges are required to follow stringent laws and rules, but I wish I were able to ask Her Honor is she ever truly takes into consideration what kind of havoc her decisions wreak on the lives of those who truly want to be able to work, but who simply cannot do it anymore. I am scared, and I feel there is no place left to turn. I just want to be able to stay in my home, and to pay my bills.

Terri Johnson
Judge: John J Barry
9/22/2016 1:48:50 PM



Judge John J Barry was very patient and polite.

Bridget McNair
Judge: Christopher L Dillon
9/14/2016 9:08:09 AM



I just wanted to say Thank you to this judge. I appeared before him last May 2015 where he gave me a bench approval....because of him I got Medicare insurance which I needed for an Mri because they are sooooo expensive.... well, after 4 MRI's 7 x-rays , a lumbar puncture and a total body scan I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis yesterday. The MS was not known at the time of my appearance but every doctor I have been to had that suspicion but was unable to confirm because of the cost of testing. I am so grateful that he was my judge.

John Jones
Judge: Elizabeth A Motta
9/12/2016 8:44:45 AM



I have had 3 ALJ hearings in Dayton by three different judges and Ms. Motta was definitely the worst of all three. She did not ask me any questions, she instead told me my answers, she assumed more than anything, was not interested in hearing any testimony on my behalf, did not follow the Court of Appeals orders, does not have any understanding of my condition and in fact in her denial described all of the medical history that is required to rule everything else out with the exception being my actual condition. My lawyer at the time stated that he had never seen a case with such a thorough and lengthy medical file and strongly felt the case spoke for itself. She also made up her own diagnosis of my condition, which has nothing to do with the majority of my records, like 95% of my medical records. She basically cut and pasted the denial from ALJ Flottman, my previous ALJ, who denied my case and the Court of Appeals reversed and remanded it back for my third ALJ hearing (with ALJ Motta) and she not only ignored the Court of Appeals orders, she made her decision based on all of the weight of the two SS physicians that had never seen me even though I have an extremely extensive medical file where more than 5 treating physicians either straight up said I was disabled or alluded to it. Including two of their own physicians that saw me. She said my testimony was not credible, yet she didn't even give me a chance to say anything so I dont know why she would have said "my testimony" was not credible. She didn't give me the opportunity to testify on my own behalf. In addition, I had 5 people who see me on a regular basis sitting outside of the courtroom ready to testify on my behalf. She also chose to mention the dumbest medical exhibits, the ones that had absolutely nothing to do with my disability claim in the first place. She does not follow the law, makes quick assumptions that are not true nor have any basis alluding to the validity of it being truthful and is prejudicial in her decision making. She does not deserve nor has earned the ability to be an ALJ as far as I am concerned. She clearly does not know the law or give any credibility to treating physicians. She makes up her own diagnosis, assumes everything, does not give any supporting weight to treating physicians I have been with for over 23 years, Others at least 4 years or more, She is not supposed to try and be a physician, she is supposed to be an ALJ that looks at the medical record, give the proper supporting weight based on its entirety and be fair and unbiased in her conclusion of the law. Nothing close to that happened. She should just go back to being a bad lawyer instead of a bad ALJ.


Judge: Elizabeth A Motta
8/9/2016 4:50:02 AM



She approved my case 8 weeks ago but the office tells me it's still being written up. Any ideas?

Lawyer representing SSA claimants
Judge: Maria Hodges
6/15/2016 2:14:56 PM



Oh, and to the person who posted 11/20/2012 and said that the vocational expert found you excluded from gainful employment - I think perhaps there's a misunderstanding there as well. Vocational experts typically respond to hypothetical questions about persons with the claimant's age, education and work experience, but with various types of limitations. Normally at least three different hypothetical questions are asked and, yes, the goal is to find a hypothetical individual who most closely matches the claimant's work-related restrictions. The vocational expert never gives testimony about whether or not YOU, the claimant, can or cannot engage in "substantial gainful activity" work. However, it is not uncommon for the expert to identify at least one of the hypothetical people as having no work available to him or her in the national economy. My guess is, the hypothetical individual the ALJ found closest to your situation was NOT identified by the vocational expert as having no work available to him/her, which may have been the basis for your denial.

Lawyer representing SSA claimants
Judge: Maria Hodges
6/14/2016 1:57:18 PM



I've been a member of the bar for over 30 years, and one who has represented claimants in Social Security cases. First of all, to the law student who posted 3/22/14 - by now, you may be practicing law, and no doubt are a bit more seasoned. To speak so disrespectfully about a judge you don't know, and to suggest she should be disbarred, is not appropriate - especially since you apparently are not familiar with the Social Security law's definition of disability. To the rest of you, I am sympathetic, honestly, but I hope that none of you had attorneys or other representatives - if you did, they may not have explained the applicable law to you as carefully as they should have. While your treating physician's opinion is entitled to great weight IF he/she points to objective medical evidence (tests, etc.) and limits his/her opinion to how long you can sit/walk/stand, how much you can lift, and other points of work-related function, other than simply saying you are 'disabled,' it is not entitled to weight if all your doctor says is "my patient is disabled" and there is no indication that he/she has even reviewed Social Security's definition. The law's definition of disability is not the one you find in the dictionary, or what you think of as disability as an average citizen. In reality, the Social Security law is slanted in favor of the claimant, believe it or not. BTW - my experience with Judge Hodges is that she is fair, courteous, and knows the law. I suspect those who are displeased with her here are those who disagreed with her decisions. If so, appeal them - don't complain about her just because you don't agree with her outcome.


Judge: Maria Hodges
3/11/2016 6:58:55 AM



Personally, I don't think she follows the procedure she is supposed to. I have been seeing my doctor every 30 days for 18 years, yet she said in her decision that she placed no credibility in my treating physicians. I was well into a six-figure salary, and I'm not so stupid that I would rather have $2000/mo than $10000/mo. I had a major heart attack in which I had a 95% blockage in the left coronary, and a 90% blockage in my right coronary. The only reason I survived, and this was said by 2 cardiologists, was just so happened that I lived next door to the local ambulance service and stumbled in there before I lost consciousness. If I had waited 10 to 15 minutes for paramedics I would have never survived. Judge Hodges said in her decision that the stenting was successful, and therefore there were no remaining issues with my heart. After showing my cardiologist that, he said "that is the most ludicrous statement I have ever seen!" I still have a 65% blockage that can only be reached by open heart surgery, and all doctors said that my best course of action was to treat the remaining blockage with medication, and to "hang it up". However, she stated that I could do a job as long as I could sit and stand at will, takes breaks as often as I needed one, and as long as my employer placed no pressure to perform at a pace that I could not tolerate. I am over 55, and even the courts VE said I was limited to sedentary work. Even going by the "grid rules" I am considered disabled.

Melissa
Judge: Eric Anschuetz
3/4/2016 7:48:36 AM



This Judge made me feel like I was still important. He understood that I still wanted to work, but that I just cannot.He explained everything to me so I understood it and he genuinely cared about me and my health. He also made me feel safe and easy to talk to. He took his time and did not rush me.He also got his decision back to me in a very short time period. I want to thank him for his compassion and understanding. Great Judge!!!! Thank you Judge Anshuetz


Judge: Larry J. Butler
10/28/2015 9:01:45 AM



One of the most hateful, smart mouth judges I've ever witnessed in my life. I spent 6 yrs fighting this judge. Lost all disability credits and had to reapply for ssi. I was given a different ALJ and won my case. This man is the worst of the worst.

Content
Judge: Maria Hodges
10/23/2015 8:52:04 PM



I personally have sat in front of her to here my case. I found that she was very polite and formal. She knows exactly what she is doing. She was very engaged and interested in hearing my testimony. She asked lots of questions and gave me her undivided attention. I did have a lawyer with me just because I wanted to make sure I was treated fairly after reading horror stories about these hearings. I have not had a decision yet from my hearing but I have no doubt she puts a lot of consideration of the medical facts, testimony, and overall assessment of one's character in her decisions. Regardless Of a favorable decision, if I am given one, I thought she was very professional and fair.

Ida Ruth Profitt
Judge: Elizabeth A Motta
10/13/2015 12:39:19 AM



She seemed to be pretty throughel and did allow my attorney to ask questions. However, she didn't making a ruling on disability case the day of my hearing and 2&1/2 months ago and she still hasn't made a ruling. I don't understand what the holdup is when all the medical evidence is there stating multiple health problems. Does anyone know how long they actually have to make a decision? My attorney said that she could take 6 months if she wanted to. That doesn't seem right because when I first filed, they only have 120 days to make a decision. In the meantime, since becoming disabled, after working hard for almost 30 years, paying into social security, I've lost everything I worked hard for!


Judge: Gregory G Kenyon
5/14/2015 3:09:41 PM



This man was the kindest most caring individual I have come in contact with during the whole disability process. I never imagined a judge being so kind and reassuring. This Judge is fair and made me feel like my life had some hope. Thank you Judge Kenyon!


Judge: Irma J Flottman
2/6/2015 6:34:24 AM



Doesn't know or care to learn disability law. Couldn't understand why I'm on so many pain meds. Here is an idea for her...google lupus. Lord help you if you are unlucky enough to draw this judge.

Alexander Christian Ellis
Judge: Gregory G Kenyon
11/11/2014 12:52:17 PM



Thank you, Judge Gregory G Kenyon and staff for hearing my case and also expediting my case. I am very grateful. Sincerely, Alexander Christian Ellis

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Judge: Larry J. Butler
9/5/2014 12:40:27 PM



I went in front of this Judge and all he wanted to know was where I slept and nothing about my health !!!!!

Linda Gersic
Judge: Larry J. Butler
8/27/2014 2:51:01 PM



I was told by my attorney that Judge Butler takes Months and months to decide on disability cases. I went to see him on August 7, 2013...after already waiting 2 years to get my Hearing date with a Federal Judge. SO now I have waited 3 years. I broke my foot off my ankle in 2008. I have a plate and 6 screws holding it on. I have daily pain in my right ankle. It is tearing up my left knee that was operated on in 1996...I have a torn meniscus on my right knee and my right hip is getting worse the more I walk. I had a Nervous Breakdown in 2010 and Found out I am Manic Depressive and this whole thing with not being able to walk is driving me nuts. I have not worked...I can not work. My dyslexia is so bad I have had to back space and retype just to type this so you can read it. I want to make a Formal Complaint about Judge Larry Butler... How do I do that?

Natalie R
Judge: Gregory G Kenyon
6/15/2014 5:22:13 AM



I agree with Approved a Thank a The Lord..... I do not know how it will turn out but can say I think he is more fair than SS people, who led me astray in circles for years, false info etc.... Which has cost me dearly in so many ways. Judge Kenyon, made me feel at ease I was terrified, but his kindness and caring way helped so much. Thank You for your time sir.n nNatalie R

sharon
Judge: Larry J. Butler
4/12/2014 5:03:17 PM



this judge made a decision on what he "believes" not what the evidence showed. this whole process has been a joke, legal people making medical decisions. the "Doctor" they sent me to checked my vitals, testes my reflexes all in about 5 minutes didnt even want to talk about why i was there. but this judge gave a great deal of weight to this quack who is just running a ss scam for money!! i dont qualify for a mental disability, but that was never my issue it was physical! what a joke. i want to know who he has approved and how long he has sat on other decisions.


Judge: Maria Hodges
3/22/2014 11:11:48 AM



Her denial rate is approximately 15% higher than the national average....????? Has there ever been any kind of an investigation about a possible motivation for denying claims?


Judge: Maria Hodges
3/22/2014 11:07:05 AM



Wow....I am a law student reading this and it is pretty disheartening. A judge that disregards medical evidence? Isn't that the basis for determining whether or not a disability exists? This so-called "judge" should be disbarred. Personal opinion should not enter into it. A judge is required to make a decision based on the evidence provided.

APPROVED THANK THE LORD
Judge: Gregory G Kenyon
1/25/2014 10:59:33 AM



very GREAT JUDGE CARES ABOUT PEOPLES ILLNESS AND GIVES YOU A CHANCE TO TELL HIM HE MADE THE PROCESS NOT SO SCARY THANK GOD FOR THIS JUDGE


Judge: Maria Hodges
11/20/2013 3:11:00 PM



To say while sitting on the bench that your physician and therapists reports have no merit is poor judgement. To put more merit on the opinions of so called experts who only is in contact with you for 15 or 20 minutes how this judge renders a decision. I would ask her record be reviewed and something done about her decision making process. While I sit here after working 25 years and in this process for 2 years (and my 2nd denial) I watch my neighbor a drug addicted former nurse breeze through the process and get approved first try!


Judge: Amelia G Lombardo
9/4/2013 12:46:31 PM



See Federal Magistrate ruling in Chatterton v. Commissioner: May 29, 2013 S. ohio : " The court concludes that the ALJ (Lombardo) created her own lay medical opinion with regard to Plaintiffs mental impairments in contravention of the applicable regulations and weight of the evidence." nuff said!

hopeful
Judge: Irma J Flottman
8/9/2013 5:54:15 PM



i have a hearing if front of her seems like shes a fair judge from stats anyone had a case with her please let me know what to do scared to death i hope to win have many illness truely cant work


Judge: Amelia G Lombardo
8/8/2013 4:31:25 AM



I love how she can make decisions off medical fields that you are never gave the opportunity to personally be evaluated by. I have a condition that only 1 in 500,000 people will acquire in a lifetime and more than likely she will never see again in her courtroom but she seems to be an expert in. Heck the Drs involved in treatment will maybe see once in their career. I would say the only expert in my mess is the one living it. Twenty plus years of working flushed down the toilet. In the meantime I will watch others that never worked get disability for things such as inability to handle authority figures and obesity.

Constance Guernieri
Judge: Larry J. Butler
5/12/2013 9:40:14 AM



Judge Butler is a very excellent Judge. Very open minded and professional.


Judge: Christopher L Dillon
5/10/2013 7:51:15 PM



FAIR JUDGE HE PASSINATE OF YOUR DISABILITY, AND WILL ENFORCE THAT YOUR CLAIM IS WITHIN THE LAW OF SOCIAL SECURITY, PLEASE BE HONEST HE WILL KNOW!!!!


Judge: Christopher L Dillon
4/11/2013 11:53:33 AM



The important thing is that Judge Dillon was very kind and compassionate. He approved my claim. Don't expect the paperwork to be done expeditiously though, be patient. you are in for a wait.


Judge: Amelia G Lombardo
4/2/2013 7:26:31 PM



She does not apply social security's own rules correctly; she thinks she is a doctor and rejects real doctors' opinions when it suits her; she is unfair in how she weighs credibility; she is extremely suspicious of claimants even when they are just ordinary working people and not drug addicts or malingerers. For example, see Pulfer v. Astrue.

juanita bogle
Judge: Christopher L Dillon
3/24/2013 8:56:30 PM



He was compassionate very interestd in my limtations of my disability very nice young man


Judge: David A Redmond
3/21/2013 7:16:40 PM



Great Judge, Very fair and understands peoples issues. Doesn't try to over reach his understanding of medical issues. He said he needed 2-3 months to review the evidence and in about 2 weeks we got his letter determining me "Fully Favorable" My over 2 year battle is finally over. Now to start a new chapter in my life!

NFVFV HDUKL.;
Judge: Amelia G Lombardo
3/17/2013 2:59:58 PM



HOW CAN A JUDGE APPROVE SO LOW OF A PERCENT IN THE STATE JUST WRONG


Judge: Thomas R McNichols II
3/16/2013 7:32:28 AM



Thomas Mcnichols did well to retire. In my decision, he actually said that the doctors that made statements as to my disability status were "extending" the truth and their decisions were not based on medical facts. Funny, I thought he was a judge, not a doctor.

VTP
Judge: Irma J Flottman
2/12/2013 12:26:27 PM



Pretty nice judge starts with the questions and allows attorney for follow up but she is so thorough very little questions left to ask


Judge: Maria Hodges
11/20/2012 5:02:11 PM



Doctor notes and evidence does not matter to her ask me if i had ever seen my dr or did he just write me scripts that is total bs this woman ruined the rest of my life thanks she had her mind made up before i seen her vocational expert said i was excluded from gainful employment but still unfavorabe cause my dr notes and evidence held no weight.


Judge: Maria Hodges
11/20/2012 4:52:13 PM



worst judge ever said my doctors opinion held no weight been going to that doctor for year and a half but the doc the state had me see once matters makes no srnse to me

frustrated with system.
Judge: Thomas R McNichols II
10/31/2012 6:44:08 PM



Tough, even made my attorney cry. I've been waiting for 9 yrs.

Emile Titone
Judge: John J Barry
8/18/2012 11:53:05 PM



I am not sure if I was approved or denied yet, but I felt he was extremely thorough and patient.


Judge: Amelia G Lombardo
7/25/2012 10:26:47 AM



SHE SHOWS NO COMPASSION FOR THE ONES WHO ARE LESS FORTUNATE AND ARE REALLY DISABLED.I HOLD NO ANGER AT HER BUT FEEL SORRY FOR HER INSTEAD.ALL A PERSON HAS TO DO IS LOOK AT HER RECORD OF DENIALS.


Judge: James I Knapp
6/21/2012 6:28:26 AM



Judge Knapp was seemingly fair and compassionate in his listening at my hearing and although this process is extremely nerve-racking, made it a tad bit better for me. Thanks to him for that. Good luck to all whom are in this struggle!


Judge: Maria Hodges
5/17/2012 7:55:01 AM



wonder if she would even approve her own mother even if she knew her mother was disabled. I kinda doubt it.........just sayin


Judge: John J Barry
3/25/2012 8:25:29 AM






Judge: John J Barry
3/23/2012 11:17:37 AM