Elkins Park, Pennsylvania ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, 15 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 20.5 months. The average case processing time in Elkins Park is 678 days.The Elkins Park average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 41%. 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 3/9/2018.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Elkins Park 15 20.5 months 678 days 1.9 25% 41% 34%
Pennsylvania20.7 months673 days1.827%40%34%
National Average:17.3 months577 days1.921%43%36%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied

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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.

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

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: 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??

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: 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: 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.

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.

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: 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: 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.