Tulsa, Oklahoma ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Tulsa, Oklahoma, 9 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Tulsa, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 17.0 months. The average case processing time in Tulsa is 518 days.The Tulsa average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 51%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Tulsa ODAR office was last updated on 9/7/2017.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Tulsa 9 17.0 months 518 days 2.1 19% 51% 31%
Oklahoma14.3 months510 days2.218%47%35%
National Average:18.0 months582 days1.921%45%34%
AVERAGE TIME
LIST OF JUDGES / 18
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied

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Judge: Lantz McClain
1/4/2018 3:28:42 PM



This Judge should be removed because he fails to read the case presented to him, denies a claim and in his explanation claims the person doesn’t meet criteria that they do meet in disability law. Judges decisions are based of judgment in this case because the person is younger than he feels should be eligible. Psoriatic arthritis with pustular psoriasis on the hands and feet is only about 2% of cases worldwide. Flares lasting 3 to 8 months. Affecting not only two extremities but all 4 at one time. Not just lesions but joint pain and swelling. How is someone suppose to hold down a job. No employer will allow for the amount of leave or call ins necessary to monitor and treat this condition. He has no compassion or any idea what it’s like to deal with a lifetime disability and should change professions if he can’t at least educate himself about a case before making a decision.


Judge: Jeffrey S Wolfe
11/28/2017 5:01:19 PM



This Judge is to the point, straight forward and fair.


Judge: Christopher Hunt
11/16/2017 3:13:08 AM



Lord have mercy on Ricelawoffice and ALJ Hunt

Disabled
Judge: John W Belcher
8/24/2017 7:34:23 PM



A disgrace to the bench. A capricious, heartless SOB

Rusty
Judge: Luke Liter
8/13/2017 8:47:20 PM



This is one of the sorriest judges out there. If you get Liter look out I've waited three years and he denied me again even though I've been through 2 years of chemo my back is destroyed but according to this piece of work I can work 6 hours a day no problem. What a DumbA**! I wish he could live in my body one day the he may think twice. Also he doesn't give a shit that your about to be homeless. I've worked since I was 14 I'm now 57 but I guess I'm not deserving. I wish to god there were a way to sue the judge.

Georgia Steinberg
Judge: Deirdre O Dexter
7/26/2017 12:08:05 PM



I had my hearing before this judge. I liked her and thought that she did a very good job at following the process. I do not know her decision yet, but I believe that she will do her job according to the evidence presented whether I am approved or not.

Tammy
Judge: Mark Ferguson
6/27/2017 10:38:23 AM



I had my hearing this morning with honorable judge Mark Ferguson. He was very kind and listened to my answers very closely. He spoke very clearly and made me feel comfortable. I give this judge 5 stars.


Judge: B. D Crutchfield
6/21/2017 1:07:24 AM



Even if i had been totally denied, this judge is fair, compassionate, and willing to listen.I believe she is capable and ready to render a true decision to individual case. I didn't get a fully favorable decision, however, I did receive a fair decision.

Russ mangum
Judge: Jeffrey S Wolfe
3/29/2017 6:14:12 AM



a Gentleman

under oath
Judge: Belinda D Crutchfield
3/3/2017 1:58:33 PM



Her permanent record (decision rational) of my client stated a history of criminal charges to include 3 felonies, alcohol abuse, non-compliance with pain medication, 2 positives drug screens for marijuana, taking vacations when my client cannot drive, fraud, was referenced as the opposite gender, and threatened to falsify court records. Upon review, all is false. Crutchfield did falsify records. My clients history has none of this. As well as no relevance to our social security hearing, we were denied a chance to correct any of it. All of this was falsely documented and redundant in her "partially favorable" decision. Wow! Belinda D. Crutchfield is a liar! I am supposed to hold her in the highest regard for her authority? I do not. Hearing was June 30, 2016 via monitor from Enid Ok. I hope her friends and enemies see this. She has several issues of her own to include insecurity, infidelity, prescription drug use, male pattern baldness and being a liar.


Judge: Glenn A Neel
1/16/2017 8:39:28 PM



My mom went before this judge Nov 2015. Took him until Oct 2016 to make a decision, took his office until Jan 2017 to write up the decision. A denial. From what all the medical records agreed (including the doctors the social security sent her to) that she had a disability. But according to him and his office she's not. I think they all should have to answer to someone for why it takes 14 months to let someone know a denial, she could have already started her appeal to a higher court. Must be nice to sit there and get paid a nice paycheck while your taking your time. People's lives are on hold, squeaking by on bills just for a man to decide on your future. His office is a joke!!!!! But you can get out of prison and within 3 months you can draw a SSI check without ever paying anything in. If you work for 25 years and your job finally takes a tole on you and you are forever disabled don't think you will be taken care of, instead be lazy, obese and a convict and your good to go.

Damon D Wells
Judge: Jeffrey S Wolfe
12/27/2016 10:27:55 AM



I am check on my disability award latter

Damon wells
Judge: Jeffrey S Wolfe
12/19/2016 12:00:52 PM



Check on my suff

Judy
Judge: B. D Crutchfield
7/15/2016 12:08:39 PM



Great judge! Very nice and compassionate. Seemed like she was really concerned! Gave me a favorable decision!

Kat Thompson
Judge: James Stewart
6/23/2016 12:37:58 PM



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Judge: B. D Crutchfield
5/3/2016 12:14:26 PM



We had this judge and she was not compassion. With many documentation towards our favor . She denied my family member. The professional on SS side stated my family member could not do the previous job. Which was 35, 00 yearly and had college. The judge stated my family can do fast food. Much doc stated my family would miss work a week at a time or more due to the illness. The voc person stated in the hearing most employers would not hire someone like that. Due to the age , college and skills my family can change to a fast food setting easily but needs supervision.


Judge: Christopher Hunt
2/17/2016 8:53:44 AM



Why must my factual messages be erased?

Carol Rice
Judge: Christopher Hunt
1/31/2016 12:56:15 AM



Interesting relationship with attorney in Oklahoma.

Dan Rice
Judge: Christopher Hunt
1/8/2016 4:47:01 PM



good job


Judge: Jeffrey S Wolfe
12/17/2015 7:06:56 PM



The best mean old ALJ going!

Local rep
Judge: Deirdre O Dexter
11/17/2015 12:32:16 PM



This alj is very new. Her stats are actually much lower than posted. She comes off as friendly but she has a definite burr in her saddle. 20% or lower actual approval rate. Great cases are getting denied every day. Prepare to appeal.


Judge: Christopher Hunt
8/30/2015 1:59:25 PM



(social security atty) and judge hunt are very good friends. They have nothing but good things to say about each other. You could venture to say they are partners in crime.

AA
Judge: Jeffrey S Wolfe
7/11/2015 9:51:57 PM



Abrasive and blunt. However, he will do anything to make sure that a claimant finds representation before disability is determined, plus he also makes extensive use of consultative examinations. He can get pretty upset at representatives for not coming to hearing with a clear theory of the case, so be prepared answer at what stage of the 5 step process a claimant is disabled. One can stand up to him, but do so respectfully. He does everything he can to ensure every claimant he evaluates has a full range of testing done for alleged impairments and does not seem to mind putting cases on hold for CE exams. If the rep has had the case a long time, though, he may grill the rep on why one was not requested. Really, he is pretty fair. His big schtick is credibilty, and if anyone tries to fib to him, he will be on it like a ticjk on a hound. Be truthful.

Richard
Judge: John W Belcher
4/13/2015 10:37:29 PM



Hey was a pretty nice guy strait forward though

Tantekupkarw
Judge: B. D Crutchfield
3/29/2015 11:39:16 PM



Exhibited genuine care & concern, sensitivity, humor, fairness, & professionalism.

Marlene
Judge: Jeffrey S Wolfe
1/29/2015 5:34:10 PM



Judge Wolfe is an honest and fair Judge that is a no nonsense type of person. he seems to be very effective in weeding out the bull. From what i see he is just in all his decisions.


Judge: John W Belcher
9/9/2014 3:57:13 PM



This judge said on the record he would grant benefits. The decision arrived unfavorable.


Judge: Deborah L Rose
4/24/2013 1:39:31 PM



Have had several hearings with Judge Rose. She typically will ask for an opening statement, then she will question the claimant regarding past work experience and then will turn it over to the rep to cover the medical/impairment issues. Rarely asks any follow up questions, and then goes to VE. She likes to keep her hearings in the 30-40 min range.


Judge: Mark Ferguson
4/18/2013 2:02:18 AM



I had my hearing in front of a younger guy he was in his late 30s to early 40s but i don't remember his name. He was very nice he asked me most of the questions looked at my evidence and asked my lawyer if he had anything to add. He said no he thought i had said everything i needed to so he want going to waste his time. It lasted maybe 15 minutes then asked me if i had a drivers license and said he was rolling my date back to the date of my car wreck. I don't know if i won or lost but my lawyer said he felt really good about it.


Judge: Belinda D Crutchfield
4/9/2013 5:52:01 AM



I've had about four hearings with this judge so far. She is very fair, very well prepared and very efficient. She will tell you up front she is a stickler for certain details. For example, if there is any post onset income in the form of short term or long term disability, wages, work comp, etc. you will need to have documentation showing where the money came from and what it was for. If you don't have it a the hearing you'll get 24 hrs to get it in. Also, make sure your AOD is at least the day after the claimant last worked as opposed to the last day worked. She will ask for rep's theory of the case and then she will question the claimant. Often she will propose going right to the VE for hypos and will afford the rep an opportunity to question afterwards if necessary.


Judge: Luke Liter
4/9/2013 5:51:34 AM



This judge is pleasant and professional. He will ask the rep what the impairments are and theory of the case and will then question the claimant first. He seems very well prepared and works efficiently.


Judge: Christopher Hunt
3/29/2013 7:47:26 AM



I've had one hearing with ALJ Hunt. He is younger, newer to the bench I believe and he treated me and my client very well. It was a well run, fair hearing. Based on his award rate I think he's a very reasonable judge.


Judge: Mark Ferguson
3/28/2013 1:51:30 PM



I've had two hearings with this ALJ and my experience is consistent with other comments here. He's very easy going, pleasant to work with, non-confrontational. Like most ALJ's over the last couple years, if they had a high award rate they seem to have gotten pressured to come down in the 45-60% range.


Judge: Edmund C Werre
3/27/2013 7:15:22 AM



ALJ's name is pronounced like "Weary". Knows the file very well. Is relaxed and informal. Will ask rep for theory of case and expects you to be able to cite exhibits and page numbers in support of your allegations regarding RFC. Also, if a doctor expresses an opinion about RFC it should include the doctor's opinion about how long that RFC has existed. Does not like when claimants receive unemployment so be prepared to amend your onset to date after receipt of UE benefits.


Judge: Lantz McClain
3/27/2013 7:10:57 AM



This ALJ is pleasant, calm, professional. Likes to do 30-40 minute hearings. You should be well prepared and brief in your presentation. Usually asks for an opening statement, does brief background questions and then turns over to rep. Will usually give one hypo based on DDS and one based on claimant's inability to do coninuous work. Will allow closing argument. Award rate is conservative.


Judge: Gene M Kelly
3/27/2013 7:07:32 AM



I have had this judge on 2 different occasions and he was like two different people. His award rate has dropped significantly over the last couple of years. I felt his hypotheticals were extremely unrealistic based on the evidence. Be prepared to argue your case as he can take a very skeptical stand in the face of strong evidence for your client.


Judge: Richard J Kallsnick
3/27/2013 7:03:30 AM



This judge has a very pleasant demeanor. Does want documented opinion on RFC from treating Dr and wants a copy to give to VE (very few ALJs request this and now that we don't know the ALJ until the day of the hearing it's hard to anticipate this). Wants documentation on any income after onset. He really appreciates narrative reports from treating physicians.


Judge: Mark Ferguson
3/27/2013 6:58:43 AM



Pleasant, easy going. Questions claimant generally and then lets rep develop specifics. His award rate has come down over the last year.


Judge: David W Engel
3/27/2013 6:56:35 AM



This ALJ is thorough and methodical. Will ask for opening statement and do general questioning. Usually does one hypo based on DDS opinions of RFC and one based on FCE or client's testimony.


Judge: John W Belcher
3/27/2013 6:53:52 AM



In my experience this judge tends to be good natured, pleasant, upbeat. Gives very clear definitions to the terms he uses (i.e. what he means by "drug abuse"). Usually just has rep develop disabilty/impairment related issues in the case. Always covers smoking, drinking, criminal background. If claimant has anyone else in household who is receiving SSD or SSI expect a full exploration of that situation. He will award cases with merit and he's tough on weak cases.


Judge: Jeffrey S Wolfe
3/27/2013 6:49:10 AM



Tends to be very serious, humorless and can be insulting and condescending to claimants and reps. Usually starts hearings asking you to provide your theory of the case,list of impairments, which vocational guidelines or listings apply, key exhibits etc. He will ask some background questions, then let rep question, but he continuously interrupts and sidetracks the line of questioning, often to rather irrelevant matters. If claimant testifies in any way inconsistent with prior statements he will say to the rep, "Your client's credibility is dwindling dangerously..." or something to that effect.

misty ragsdale
Judge: Belinda D Crutchfield
2/13/2013 12:57:37 PM



She heard my case on Jan 31st she was very understanding and made me feel very comfortable like talking to ur aunt very down to earth but was also very aware of evidence in Odar file she looked. At every exhibit she's very fair with you she made me change onsite date due to unemployment I collected but that's fair i sure she approved me even after I broke dowñ in court room I really liked her alot very fair respectful nice lady


Judge: Belinda D Crutchfield
2/7/2013 11:10:33 AM



Her hearings are quick and often don't require a lot of testimony. However be thorough with your listings, grid rules and theories of disability. She only really does two VE hypotheticals. So far her approval percentage is high so I would say she is very fair and concise.


Judge: Deborah L Rose
2/6/2013 10:15:24 PM



I like Judge Rose as she is nice to the claimant, but she has a bad habit of completely ignoring any Remand Order findings. She often seems to be unable to grasp a complex case and instead just denies it and hopes the AC or Feds will fix it for her, which they rarely ever will.At least she does approve more than she denies, which is excellent considering some of the other ALJ's in Tulsa.

patricia
Judge: Mark Ferguson
1/6/2013 11:19:17 AM



this was very good i was at ease with him.

Jen
Judge: Mark Ferguson
12/18/2012 2:50:47 PM



Seamed very down to earth. Spoke clearly and said to let him know if I did not understand the question so I felt better at ease. I did not fear him like I expected to 'fear the judge'. I felt like he was understanding of unusual circumstances, even though I did not receive a verdict that same day.


Judge: John W Belcher
11/26/2012 9:27:22 PM



This man has some issues and need to be locked up in the nut house asap....


Judge: David W Engel
9/27/2012 6:27:50 AM



Fair judge, but be ready to address unemployment, inconsistent statements in the file, or drug and alcohol issues. He does not overlook that kind of thing at his hearings but tends to be cool that hit those issues head on honestlyrather than try to cover them up as if they did not exist.

Bibin
Judge: David W Engel
9/17/2012 7:14:42 PM



With all these silly websites, such a great page keeps my interent hope alive.


Judge: John W Belcher
7/10/2012 9:51:45 AM



A real PR man...and that does not stand for public relations!


Judge: John W Belcher
7/6/2012 7:13:45 AM



Another black eye and embarrassment for the administration.


Judge: David W Engel
6/9/2012 8:22:36 PM



A lot nicer than wolfe but approves less cases. Pretty cool judge.


Judge: Jeffrey S Wolfe
6/8/2012 1:30:47 PM



Very rude and obnoxious but cool about favorable decisions and very fair in determining disability. Very intelligent and thorough. If you can stand a whole hearing with him and tell him the truth, you will probably win with good medical evidence.


Judge: John W Belcher
6/7/2012 2:06:02 PM



One word....nuts

Micheal
Judge: Richard J Kallsnick
5/10/2012 12:42:52 PM



Very kind and understanding judge. Get residual functional Capacity forms for mental and medical health. You can get free rfc forms on google. This judge gives a lot of weight to treating physicians opinions. I felt he was thorough and kind. Also he was not concerned that I was drawing unemployment and applying for ssdi

Anna Lee Shaheen
Judge: John W Belcher
4/23/2012 1:49:09 PM



A.L. Shaheen of Texas agrees.


Judge: John W Belcher
4/20/2012 7:09:50 AM



ALJ is hostile and will make up reasons to deny claims even those that are supported by evidence in the file.