Elkins Park, Pennsylvania ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, 21 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Elkins Park, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 16.0 months. The average case processing time in Elkins Park is 572 days.The Elkins Park average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 44%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Elkins Park ODAR office was last updated on 6/11/2019.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Elkins Park 21 16.0 months 572 days 2.2 24% 44% 32%
Pennsylvania13.5 months515 days2.324%38%39%
National Average:14.9 months500 days2.120%42%38%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied

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Judge: George C Yatron
3/6/2020 5:24:51 PM

Great judge. You will be missed.

Judge: Suanne S Strauss
2/3/2020 3:02:37 PM

judge S Strauss yelled at me, claiming I did not list the meds I mentioned. when I told her I told her the name brand bc I could not pronounce the generic she scoffed at me. she actually threw out my doctors report claiming my doctor was a friend of mine!!!! the stenographer looked in horror at my lawyer, who sat with his head down! I was shocked!!!!! first off I was told my my lawyer Berg , to put grease in my hair and speak spanish?! I was told by my new lawyer that "judge" Strauss she was fired for mental health reasons?!

Judge: Anne W Chain
10/21/2019 10:25:46 AM

She is rude and lacks compassion

Judge: April M Wexler
9/16/2019 7:12:50 AM

I'm a 42 which had me worried to begin with. I was quit pleased with Judge Wexler. She listen to what I had to say and treated me fairly. That's all that I ask. I believe she will make a fair ruling based on all the evidence.

Judge: Paula Garrety
9/10/2019 6:48:30 PM

Fast denial - this judge flip-flops many times to justify her decision. Her approval % says it all. Total waste & now have to start over and play judge roulette again! She's a disgrace - 16 judges and she's the 4th worst & shooting for number 1. Disgusting individual

Judge: Margaret M Gabell
5/20/2019 8:39:27 PM

Happy to say I got denied, deep down I didn't want to be controlled by the governement. I Just pray that those people like myself that are truthful, get the money they worked for. Being stuck in your room more then what you are outside is not easy to deal with. If you get denied dont worry, pray to God and he will hear you. If you follow God the right way he will provide. God spoke to me and told me that if I cant work to learn to live by faith and that is what I will do! GOD WILL PROVIDE

Judge: Paula Garrety
4/10/2019 1:42:30 PM

Thank you for ruining my life Ungrateful at all the evidence to back me up and still denied me three weeks later Its a shame someone can decide your life in one hour I hope when you truly are disabled you’ll get denied to so you can see how it feels **** if I can give no stars I would

Judge: Elana Hollo
11/2/2018 1:48:04 PM

Excellent judge, really listens to the claimant and doesn't use the vocational expert if it's not necessary.

Debra Benton
Judge: Sandra R DiMaggio Wallis
7/31/2018 9:04:16 AM

Please Help Me.Please

Nathan Thompson
Judge: Margaret M Gabell
6/27/2018 12:54:03 PM

She seemed to care and the vocational expert answered "No" to every question regarding whether I could hold down employment....... still denied. I hope she lives happily with herself while I debate whether to walk into traffic or check into a psych ward. I can't get benefits and can't work. There's no hope

Judge: Paula Garrety
3/30/2018 8:50:18 PM

Waited over 2 years and had a date for August for my hearing and on that date had to get surgery rescheduled for January 8 Th she seems to care but I guess that’s a front waited 3 months and denied I have bulging and deteriorating discs I need a knee replacement hip problems and Raynauds

Judge: Anne W Chain
3/16/2018 9:06:50 AM

The Judge will twist most of your evidence against you. She also will invent evidence against you. Her opinions are snidely written.

Jodi Fitzgerald
Judge: Michael A Rodriguez
2/6/2018 10:42:31 AM

Judge Rodriguez seemed very fair. I haven't received my letter so I can't say anything about approval or denial but he definitely was thorough and clear and made me less nervous. My hearing was Dec. 13, 2017 and it is now only February so I should know the outcome in a month or so but either way I am glad I had him and how he treated me making my experience as pleasant as possible. I was very very nervous and he didn't judge and answered any questions I had not making me feel inferior. I was supposed to have Judge Weakley but got switched to Judge Rodriguez and from what I'm reading I am very grateful for that. He really was understanding and seemed fair.

Judge: Anne W Chain
12/26/2017 1:11:18 PM

Judge Chain is hard-pressed to deny those who have evidence to substantiate claims of disability benefits. It is as though she breathes just to make sure another disabled individual does not receive benefits. It is as though she judged the case before hearing and reviewing all of the evidence, in addition to being dismissive of evidence from treating physicians. She is clueless and uses her authority to dismiss as many cases or limit any awards to disabled individuals so her stats do not look as horrific as they are. Hopefully she or a family member never has to cross the bridge of requiring assistance due to a disability and come across someone as unjust and unfair as she is.

Sharon Moten
Judge: Sandra R DiMaggio Wallis
11/15/2017 8:24:27 PM

Judge Sandra Dimaggio Wallis really helped my wife in receiving her fully favorable decision. She was a very understanding Judge being that my wife suffers with debilitating complex regional pain syndrome (crps) and bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome (cts). Thank you so very much Judge Sandra Dimaggio Wallis!!! You are the best!! May God bless you tremendously! 👏👏👏👏👏

Judge: Deborah Mande
7/7/2017 3:56:45 PM

Seems to me she just wants to keep her numbers even. Since your uneducated decision I've been homeless and hungry and unable to hold a job because of my lupus. I had a kidney transplant which theres no doubt about it will fail since I cant get my medications or labs done to monitor my function. I hope you get sick and suffer.

Judge: Anne W Chain
4/11/2017 1:04:39 PM

This woman lacks basic Social Security knowledge. Her decisions take 6 months to be written. She is an embarrassment to the Administration.

Judge: Daniel L Rubini
2/21/2017 11:11:15 AM

Rubini ignored all evidence, threw out the vocational experts statement that there was not a job out there that I could do. He did not listen to Dr reports, he even added a Dr I never saw to further his agenda.

Jaclyn jean-baptiste
Judge: Margaret M Gabell
2/6/2017 3:21:36 AM

My name is Jaclyn Jean Baptiste. Judge Gabell heard my case in August 2016. She was very nice & she seems to be very thorough when it comes to her cases. Its been 6 months & i still didnt get an answer yet, but not judge Gabells fault. She had to subpoena for my medical records. I beleive if the place would of given her my records when first initially asked then she would of been able to make her decision. Thank you Judge Gabell.

Judge: Deborah Mande
9/28/2016 11:57:31 AM

I feel so sorry for anyone who gets this judge. She denied me benefits in January of 2016. Her letter was full of things I never stated and a lot of lies. But I didn't give up. I went to Allsup advocacy group and guess what, they filed a new intiial claim and I just received my reward today! They listen to you and help you and I got through directly with the disability claim examiner reviewing my case and no more BS hearings. In my opinion these judges get a bonus check at the end of the year for every case they deny. Stay away from the judges and go through the Advocacy group for ease and without frustration. If you have been denied 4 times or more like I was, they will get you approved. Thanks Judge Mande for wasting my time!

9/21/2016 3:03:26 PM

dear judge bede i went in front of you on june 6th i did have ssi before and i do have a lot of problems on what people are doing to me please if you can let me explain what i know about my brain and what people have been doing to me my whole life i ask you to heip me with my problem and i have been monitored on almost everything i do i ask you please to assist me with some financial hep and let me keep on trying to move forward on becoming the best i can on becomming a good man i promise you that i will not let nobody make me do nothing bad i blame knowbody for anything i do today i am still not perfect but i aM CREATING A STRONG PERSON INSIDE MY HEART MY FEALINGS ARE GENIUNE. BETWEEN WHO I HAVE LEARNED ON THE PERSON I WAS BEFORE TO WHO I WANT TO BE TODAY YOUR HONOR I BEG YOU TO BELIEVE ME THAT MY LIFE HAS BEEN CONFUSED AND WHAT I THINK PEOPLE HAD FUN DAMMAGING MY SOUL AND STILL TO THIS DAY WITH OUT MY PRAYER AND READING THE BIBLE AND TRYING TO GET WISDOME AND STREGTH I AM TRYING TO WORK AT MCDONALDS I STARTED TODAY I WORKED FOR 6 HOURS AND I FEEL IS THO I COULD NOT THINK RIGHT AND VERY DIZZY I HAVE SO MUCH MORE TO TELL YOU ON THIS BATTLE I AM SINCERE RICHARD HESS

Judge: Michael Carr
9/13/2016 6:40:45 PM

Don't give up, We The People do have the power to make changes to corruption in our government. Many don't know that as a US citizen you have the right to have “ANY” US employee investigated for miss use of power by your Congressman. I am opening a Congressional CASE investigation into how I have been mistreated and discriminated against by the SSDI and Judge Michael Carr, I am also naming Carolyn W. Colvin Social Security Administration “ACTING” Commissioner of SSI for the entire country. All you have to do is look up who your Congressman is and ask for the form to file a Congressional investigation into your case. They are required by law to investigate your case and determine if your were treated unfairly. If we can get enough people to file and name the unfair Judges, we can get them removed from office, as well as the “ACTING” director who is not doing her job by getting rid of the bad apples on her own. In my case, I have a M.D, that has me listed as permanently disabled and my medical records state several conditions that qualify me for my benefits, as well and a PhD that filled out all the required SSDI forms needed to qualify me for my benefits and I am over the 55 year old age requirement for the lowest level of requirements for my benefits, yet Michael Carr took half a year after my hearing to let me know he knows more then the MD's and PhD's about my conditions. He also knew that my only hope for fair treatment would be to appeal to SSDI for a review. Well guess what, ALL appeals are sent back to Michael Carr's office in Falls Church, VA to just be turned down by Judge Carr and his friends in his own office! When this is brought to light by enough of us requesting Congressional investigations into this clearly corruptible practice, We The People can get these unfair Judges and the Carolyn W. Colvin the“ACTING” commissioner of SSI, removed form ever abusing their power at any government job again! I appealed to Her office when I learned of the corrupt policy of sending my case back to Michael Carr's own office just to be turned down and what I got instead of help from her office, was a immediate refusal to even review my case from Michael Carr's own office. ARE YOU WITH ME, it's WE THE PEOPLE TIME!! Please contact your Congressman TODAY! When WE THE PEOPLE start hundreds or thousands of Congressional investigations in to this corrupt system, things will change and quickly! God bless all who will fight, and He will fight for us too. Thanks

Lon Ross
Judge: Michael Carr
9/11/2016 11:40:42 PM

I worked for 40 years and paid my government over a million dollars in taxes. I could no longer work due to my disability's and ask for my benefits that I paid for over those 40 years so I could take care of my 80 year old mother, the widow of a Veteran and policeman. We were hungry and needed food, we were thirsty and needed to drink, so we came to Michael Carr and pleaded for help and he said depart from me. Now he and his family will face the same treatment he gave to us, as it is written in God's word: Mathew 25 / 31-46 “Then He will say to those on His left, Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, Then they (Michael Carr and his) also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me. And these (Michael Carr and his) will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” You and yours, please enjoy Hell, and I will be there with the Lord as a testament against you on that day, you cursed a Veteran and Policeman's widow and her children, now the curse is on you and all you care about, Lon Ross, I will be there on your day of judgment before the Lord.

Patricia j Dejesus
Judge: Jay Marku
7/13/2016 9:55:45 AM

Denied my son i sat in on hearing reading paperwork its confusing basing denial on drug use- sir my sin has been in & out of mental institutions since childhood- MANY HOSPITAL STAYS MENTAL & physical PSTD- bipolar- ied- personality disorder@ at 23 diagnoised leukemia/ pancreatitis/ pancreatic divisin ( genitic) gastriparis_ food rots) stomach@ leaky heart valve But you determined he can do sedentary work- this process is horrid. I wish you would reconsider..... We all are trying here- mental health group 3xs a week. Clean/ sober no relapses longest ever.. He tried to help me in yard- his arms hands blew up enormous- hospital. Dr says he can use his arms ugh i am exhausted........ Plz someone help- he is penniless- trying to live right. Keeping suicial ideation at bay. This denial didnt help. Im calling everyplace i can & will continue til hes deceased & then more Ss is a mess. Somethings not right here

Judge: Robert J Labrum
6/15/2016 7:56:49 PM

Judge: Craig De Bernardis
4/29/2016 3:12:58 AM

There is no more glaring example of negative pressure and influence by the agency "bean counters", Congress, and other entities affecting the judicial independence and decision making of this Judge than the dramatic change in his pay and deny rates. His pay rate was in the area of 80%, he was then cited as an outlier because of this rate in a report and his pay rate dropped drastically to the area of 40%. How absurd is that????!!!!

Rita Jones
Judge: James Garrett
3/31/2016 10:49:06 AM

Approved thank you Judge Garrett

Neida L. Cintron Romero
Judge: George C Yatron
2/26/2016 3:57:47 PM

I do not ,know The judge,l only see him one time at the day of my audiencie., and seen to be a person , that know well what he's doing he tool me,I recommend you Ms.Cintron to look for somebody to represent you.,and give the opportunity to do so ,I appreciate it.He give me another apoinmet I'm think that was good for me.

John Intonato
Judge: Michael A Rodriguez
2/17/2016 8:06:47 PM

Everyone is nervous at the time of their hearing. Having Generalized Anxiety Disorder makes it that much worse. I feel the Judge took the time to listen to my Medical Conditions. It was much appreciated.

Judge: Michael A Rodriguez
10/22/2015 12:07:21 PM

This judge told me on July 16 2015 That I'm clearly disabled I just got my letter today after waiting 3 yrs that I'm denied. I can't walk with out my cane I have neurapty thru out my whole body all buldging & herniated disc how can some judge rate my pain unreal & unfair this system is sick

Judge: Henry Oliver
9/29/2015 2:25:48 AM

The data suggests that 99.9% of this Judge's decisions based on the merits of the cases are supported by Medical Experts and Vocational Experts findings and opinions.

Judge: James Garrett
8/22/2015 11:04:04 PM

In June I had my hearing with Judge James Garrett. He was very nice and straight to the point . I think that my hearing only lasted at lease 15 min. I was so very scared but he really didn't ask me any questions. My lawyer asked all the questions and before I knew it the Judge said Good Luck. I am still waiting on a decision I am so very scared. I am very sick and have been waiting for this day for 3 years. Please Judge Garrett I need an approval. Here it is 2 months later and I'm still waiting {sweating and stressing. I can't eat nor sleep Lord Help me

Judge: Craig De Bernardis
7/24/2015 5:19:59 AM

What is extremely interesting is the drastic change in this Judge's approval rate during the past one and a half to two years: from the high 70% or low 80% to, now, only 44%! WHY IS THAT??

Judge: Robert J Labrum
6/16/2015 1:20:35 PM

I have appeared before this judge several times representing clients. He is fair, he is prepared, and he understands the law regarding disability claims. If you don't have good medical evidence (as noted by the other commenter on this page), what are you doing at a hearing? SSA can reverse any favorable decision that isn't based on medical records. Why would Judge Labrum waste time approving your claim based on your own personal account, without supporting medical evidence, when it's only going to be reversed when SSA appeals?

Mark Tucci
Judge: Eric Schwarz
4/20/2015 7:38:30 AM

Honarable Judge E. Schwarz is a very fair judge. He allowed me time to seek the help of an attorney, however the lawyers that claim to work for a percentage of the payment, actually have fine print that you may incur other charges. That being said Judge Schwarz was very informative. He also helped me with the Vocational Expert, after she stated a particular job that may be in my wheel house, he questioned her by saying with Marks disability(s) is he able to perform this type of work and she stated that there was no notations for my disability and that I may or may not be able to. The judge did not try to play down any of my issues and asked me questions pertaining to those issues. He has decided to send me for an evaluation to compile more facts about my statements. I will respect his decision, as I wait with my fingers crossed. Judge Scwharz, I'm my opinion is extremely professional, I have nothing negative to say about the hearing and treatment by the judge. He treated me with dignity and respect.

Judge: April M Wexler
2/28/2015 8:35:37 PM

I sincerely feel bad for the other reviewer and hope that he/she has been approved or better yet, healed, I had a different experience. I am a 38 year old male with MRI's that show bad arthritis in multiple places, tile table was positive for severe orthostatic hypotension. BUT, the rest of my illness is an "invisible illness". I did not exaggerate anything, if anything I under-played my illness (stupid pride). Judge Wexler listened to everything I had to say and appeared attentive to my complex issues. I'm not yet sure if she ruled fully or partially favorable, I just received notice from my local SSA, not yet from ODAR. No matter what her decision, I believe she ruled fairly in my case at least. Now, I need to work on getting more tests and trying to find treatment that works so I can get OFF disability! I take off a star on the assumption that the previous commenter was indeed denied based SOLELY on ability to drive.

Judge: Henry Oliver
2/9/2015 5:01:34 AM

For January 2015 88.92% of this Judge's approved decisions were based on a combination of medical experts' and vocational expert's findings and opinions.

Judge: Henry Oliver
1/10/2015 5:41:59 AM

For FY 2015 (thru December 23,2014) the percentages of this Judge's approved decisions based on medical experts' findings and opinions are: October 36.84%, November 58.62%, December 62.50%.

Judge: Henry Oliver
12/27/2014 6:01:27 AM

It is noteworthy that 62.50% of this Judge's December 2014 approved decisions are based on medical experts' findings and opinions!!

Judge: Henry Oliver
12/15/2014 12:16:50 PM

It is noteworthy that 58.62% of those approved decisons for the period are based on medical experts' findings and opinions!!

Judge: Paula Garrety
4/23/2014 8:14:38 PM

This judge failed to evaluate my record as a whole and give proper weight to my medical evidence. She is not a very nice judge, and does not believe claimant's. I had a attorney present, and he was a very good attorney with many years of experience.

Judge: Michael A Rodriguez
4/3/2014 11:51:27 AM

This judge did in fact say clearly I am disabled in January 2014 but now its April of 2014 and I still have heard nothing about my case. I am getting worse in my conditions and now I am getting anxiety attacks from not being able to purchase basic everyday items. When I went in front of this judge he asked what he needed yo and kept switching around and said we will come back to that question and didn't. I really think I was forgotten about. All judges should have two weeks maximum to make a decision. If not be penalized for not doing so. Also when calling to get answers the lady who answers the phone don't even know the panel is!

Paul A. Feiner
Judge: Daniel L Rubini
12/20/2013 8:57:08 PM

Judge Rubini has served his country well. First, as an administrative law judge for the SSA, second as a member of the Judge Advocate General's Corps, United States Army, retiring with the rank of colonel after serving in many active war zones. After retirement, he was recalled to active duty to serve on the staff of the Hon. Paul Bremer, United States High Commissioner for Iraq where served with distinction and high honors. Judge Rubini is an excellent lawyer and a man of integrity.

Judge: Sandra R DiMaggio Wallis
11/25/2013 5:31:13 AM

i am just sicken to be denied again. i worked hard in my young yrs and now that im sick i have to beg to be approved what i have paid into.

Judge: Jay Marku
10/29/2013 7:04:47 AM

Comes off as sarcastic, snarky. Conducts a quick hearing. You may get some questions in, but he'll tell you to wrap it up! I think he is fair though. I won't mind being in front of him again.

Judge: April M Wexler
6/26/2013 5:55:03 PM

Judge April M. Wexler is a Judge who is definitely not aware of the fact that many people who are applying for disability are actual people who have serious pre existing and continued long term medical issues and medical problems. I believe she looks at the actual person instead of the combined medical evidence, which includes narratives MRI's, and x-rays provided by the Medical Doctors. Furthermore I believe that Judge Wexler is biased with many of her rulings and decisions. In my case her words to me directly were " If you can drive then you are not DISABLE period regardless of your medical conditions"

Marige O'Brien
Judge: Suanne S Strauss
5/28/2013 9:44:12 AM

Judge Strauss presided over my disability hearing on August 19, 2011 and ruled against me, despite 4 separate doctors attesting that I was and am disabled -- two of which were appointed by SSDI -- as well as her own court-appointed work-expert. All agreed I could not work. But one doctor, who was ignorant of my condition, submitted a highly biased report and, according to her decision, was the only doctor she believed. At least, she cited his report six times in her statement, never mentioning any others. What she did not know was that, prior to the hearing, I had asked my lawyer to submit a statement by me as evidence. I knew this doctor was prejudiced against me because I did not have health insurance. (I had read the report, myself.) As a result, his report was littered with inaccuracies and out-right lies. Several times he quoted me as saying things that were said TO me, but to which I had not even considered. Yet he presented them as my ideas. But, what I only found out AFTER the hearing was that my lawyer never submitted my statement. When I questioned him, his reason was that it was, "too long." Excuse me but, I understood that in any court hearing, evidence no matter the length must be considered. Yet, when I first sent it to him and asked if it was all right to submit it, he said it was, "fine." This implied to me that he would submit it. So I walked into that hearing thinking she had read my statement. This explains her remarks, many of which were, simply put, rude. But in all her comments, never once did she interview me about the doctor in question, not even to verify any of his comments. After my hearing, it took some time for me to understand the whole situation. Remember, I am disabled. In a 'nutshell' the doctor is God and no one questions them-- even when they are openly biased against someone. Not the judge, not other doctors and not even my own lawyer. My hearing was a farce. While Judge Strauss was permitted to base 90% of her decision on one report from one, ignorant doctor (and, really, with the internet available to everyone, this in itself, shows gross negligence), she did so with prejudice since the examination from which this report resulted was never discussed in the hearing. Never once was I allowed to comment on it, so that my comments were never allowed into the record. Since the entire purpose of a hearing is to reveal all information relevant to a case and this was not even attempted, nor achieved, the decision and the hearing were based primarily on prejudice rather than evidence. Since that time, I have suffered greatly, both medically and financially, as a direct result of this judgement.

vance adams
Judge: Sandra R DiMaggio Wallis
4/19/2013 9:32:33 PM

I have found through personal interaction that Judge S oandra R DiMaggio Wallis is a consummate professional who engages claimants with an object and open mindset. It is my hope that she continue to facilitate her duties with the application of knowledge and the faculty of wisdom with which she has received from our Most High God.

Judge: Deborah Mande
3/8/2013 7:49:16 PM

Judge Deborah Mande listened very carefully to my case, She made me feel very comfortable in a stressful situation, and I believe, followed the law. I did prevail, so am a little biased, but she was fair,observant and professional.

Judge: Daniel L Rubini
3/5/2013 12:14:29 PM

the worst, most biased judge in the history of the disability system. This man makes up WHATEVER reasoning he wants, ignores every and/or any aspect of medical evidence, ignores objective finddings and might as well be sleeping through testimony. He is an embarrassment to the disability process.

Judge: Craig De Bernardis
2/21/2013 10:24:31 PM

This man sounds sympathetic and understanding, why oh why couldnt I have gotten him? If you have medical reports that back you up there should be no reason to be denied. Since when do these judges has licenses to practice medicine?

Judge: Suanne S Strauss
2/20/2013 10:03:45 AM

I have appeared before this ALJ many times. She knows the claimant's file and lets you present your case. I find her to be very reasonable and smart.

melyssa ford
Judge: Deborah Mande
2/15/2013 12:00:18 PM

I feel bad for anyone who gets deborah mande for a ssi case. She's heartless and could care less about you or your disability!

Judge: Gerald J Spitz
2/5/2013 2:05:05 PM

Reply to: Judge: Gerald J Spitz Date Posted: 2/5/2013 1:40:35 PM Submited By: Interesting your husband was honest and was called an alcoholic, yet at my hearing the Vocational Expert had her face plastered all over mugshots dot com for multiple DUI's with property damage and the judge (not the same as yours) called them credible.

Judge: Gerald J Spitz
2/5/2013 1:40:35 PM

My husband suffers from a mental disability which met ALL THE DISABILITY REQUIRMENTS. He told my husband "you are a gross exaggeration of melodramatics". He called him an alcoholic (because my husband told the truth and said he occassionally drank wine),and a drug addict (because my husband told the truth again that he tried marijuana as a teenager) in spite of representing a clean drug test time and time again which my husband voluntarily submitted to prove the judge wrong! My husband has never been a drug addict or alcoholic! So, never ever ever admit to drinking an occassional glass of wine or being a "normal" teenager back in the 60's. You will be DOOMED! My husband did manage to finally obtain disability benefits from 2001-2004 and guess who terminated those benefits after finding out that my husband won his benefits - yes, the "out of touch with reality" Judge Spitz. AND we are paying the money back to the SSA, all $40,000! We lost our house of 21 years and we are in ouR late 50's. HE RUINED OUR LIFE - REALLY!

Judge: Robert J Labrum
1/2/2013 1:12:25 PM

If there is evidence in the file supporting the claim, he does a good job. If the evidence isn't very clear, he will likely deny the case.

Judge: Craig De Bernardis
9/10/2012 7:38:31 PM

Can somebody explain to me how 1 judge can have a 71% approval rate and another judge has a 24% approval rate? Is one judge being more sympathetic than the other? I really don't understand the huge difference. Look at some of the approval rates and denial rates across the board. Makes NO sense to me!

Judge: Paula Garrety
8/18/2012 9:35:49 AM

What do you call Social Security Disability? The Hispanic Lottery. Case Denied.

Judge: Suanne S Strauss
8/2/2012 11:14:20 AM


Judge: Michael A Rodriguez
7/16/2012 8:25:07 PM

An honorable, fair minded judge.

Judge: Sandra R DiMaggio Wallis
7/11/2012 1:36:20 PM


Judge: Suanne S Strauss
4/28/2012 9:29:21 AM

Judge: Joseph Davidson
4/28/2012 9:28:21 AM

Judge: Paula Garrety
4/28/2012 9:25:56 AM

This is an intellegent judge. She tends to disbelieve claimants. She appears tougher than she is. If your client has a good and diligent work history, you will be successful.

Judge: Anne W Chain
3/16/2012 7:58:57 PM

Your hearing will not begin at its scheduled time.