Philadelphia East, Pennsylvania ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Philadelphia East, Pennsylvania, 12 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Philadelphia East, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 14.0 months. The average case processing time in Philadelphia East is 492 days.The Philadelphia East average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 35%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Philadelphia East ODAR office was last updated on 6/11/2019.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Philadelphia East 12 14.0 months 492 days 2.2 30% 35% 35%
Pennsylvania13.5 months515 days2.324%38%39%
National Average:14.9 months500 days2.120%42%38%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied

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Mr. Martellio
Judge: Nicholas Cerulli
1/31/2020 8:37:35 AM

i was with my Aunt at her hearing and she had nothing but nice things to say about Judge Cerulli. My Aunt has tremors and a very bad speech impairment and the Judge let her take her time so she wasnt overwhelmed. I want to Thank Judge Cerulli for treating my Aunt with respect and compassion not everyone has patience with her so Thank you again.

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

She is rude and lacks compassion

Lisa S
Judge: Nicholas Cerulli
10/18/2019 7:59:58 PM

Just had my hearing with Judge Cerulli today. I don't know the outcome yet but I have to say he made the whole process so easy. He's kind, he listens put me at ease right away.

Judge: Nycole Watson
8/13/2019 1:57:33 PM

Corrupt judge. Doesn’t listen to the person or lawyer in their hearing, makes a decision without looking at the evidence and then cherry picks your file for irrelevant things taken out of context to deny your legit claim. This woman has no business being in a courtroom.

Judge: Nycole Watson
8/1/2019 5:21:55 AM

She was rude to my lawyer and to me. she wouldn't allow me to explain things and would cut me off after only a few seconds. This is unprofessional.

Lamont Connelly
Judge: Nycole Watson
5/27/2019 6:40:48 PM

She's a fair and reasonable Judge

T. Tan
Judge: Barry H Jenkins
5/7/2019 6:32:58 PM

I had read these comments prior to being in front of Judge Jenkins, and was expecting something different than what I experienced. I found Judge Jenkins to be a normal, no nonsense kind of individual. I did not feel pre-judged, nor did I feel intimidated by his demeanor. As to the vocational expert, again, I did not find her to be adversarial either.

Judge: Nycole Watson
9/23/2018 8:38:51 PM

She's so rude and nasty! She only approves 19% of cases and most likely will not approve your case! She has no compassion or empathy and it's obvious during your hearing. She was nasty to me and my Attorney! I honestly do not know how she is a Judge, she is extremely unprofessional!!!

Judge: Stuart Gauffreau
7/26/2018 10:29:56 AM

Haughty. Cold and calculating. This judge has, virtually, no compassion. He needs to find another job. Perhaps the White House?

T. Bennett
Judge: Barry H Jenkins
5/17/2018 4:29:06 PM

Finally Had my hearing on 4/4/18 with Judge Jenkins with the Las Vegas ODAR Office. My file has been in their office since 7/27/16. In July of 2017 I finally received my date for my hearing. 11/27/17 is the date scheduled.......yes, the Monday after Thanksgiving. So, after waiting anxiously for over 480 days, they call and cancel it on Black Friday.....yes, the day before my hearing basically. Do you think I was put back on the schedule right away? Nope!!!!! Had to wait 5 more months for my hearing. As far as Judge Jenkins, he was professional and courteous........hearing lasted 30-40 mins. My attorney thought it went well. My file is waiting for a Decision Writer as I write this. So my only real gripe is the cancellation of my Nov hearing and not being expedited automatically. As of todays date , my file has been with Las Vegas ODAR for 659 days. Im hoping for a good outcome.

Stephanie Gordon
Judge: Barry H Jenkins
4/24/2018 12:56:27 PM

Has to be the worst Judge I've ever come across in NV. Their alleged "expert" was nearly an hour late and he was ALL peaches and cream with her. I wasn't even put on the calendar for the hearing, and the wannabe rent-a-cop at the door in his rubber gloves and magic wand didn't want to let me in. I sat in the waiting room for 50 minutes before anybody spoke to me. Judge Jenkins flunky called me, but somebody needs to tell these ****** that when you're dealing with the hearing impaired/deaf you need to speak up. He wanted to waste my time lecturing me on representation and wanted me to review THEIR file. My file and their file are two different things. He also had his flunky take my sugar-free Powerade out of the room. Not only out of the room, out in the hallway, between the bathrooms, on top of a water fountain. Somebody could have put something in it, spit in it, drank out of it. I'm filing a Judicial Discipline Complaint and taking my case to District Court. This **** is truly unfit to be on the bench. His attitude and tone of voice are of the worst I've ever seen. There's a statute on that specific demeanor. The Barney Fife knock-off at the door has the very same demeanor and disposition. Neither of them have any business dealing with the impaired and disabled. BOTH should be decommissioned ASAP! IF either of them call themselves MEN, what a disgrace to the gender, they're both ZERO's! And Lisa Rhodes is as incompetent as they come. That warrants a complaint of waste and abuse. Overpaid and underworked.

Lily Taylor
Judge: Emily R Statum
4/8/2018 12:59:18 AM

I went to my hearing before ALJ Statum. I was given a CD to review and see if all my medical records are on it. I mentioned to the ALJ Statum that some important records are missing, including my current treatment. The ALJ promised that those records will be obtained before she delivers her decision, which she said will be in 2 months. Almost 5 months after my hearing, I receive a denial decision. After reading through the entire decision, I realize that ALJ Statum never ordered my current / recent medical records as promised in the hearing. She states "Claimant has not had any treatment recently, and she does not take any medications", which is completely false. I am in limbo and under tons of stress as I am looking for a representative to help me file for an appeal!!! I am totally devastated!

Judge: Nycole Watson
3/22/2018 2:43:18 PM

Agree with all the other reviews on her. My experience as not good with her

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.

Cody Reddy
Judge: William J Reddy
2/19/2018 9:54:31 AM

Hey, I'm Cody Reddy your long lost grandson of Linda from Pittsburgh. Son of Joseph Reddy. Would be cool to talk or meet sometime.

Yafa Fula
Judge: Barry H Jenkins
2/3/2018 9:20:12 AM

For a judge to watch you cry and break down in court over something and the judge continue to do the same **** by ignoring the claimant and denying the ssi/ssdi. Just another statistical old white male judge with a 36% favorable approval rate. The judge don’t care about you or your claim, he only wants to keep his job and his paycheck.

Fellow citizen
Judge: Barry H Jenkins
1/31/2018 9:23:49 AM

I had a alj hearing with this devil dog judge, but was also denied disability benefits. The previous comment about this judge is accurate.

Judge: Nycole Watson
1/6/2018 9:20:09 AM

If you google her name you find that she wanted to be a civil court judge. She left her job to try and be a civil court judge but she couldn't win the position. Then she sued her former employer for her job back and lost. When you have a hearing with her it's really obvious she has a chip on her shoulder about this and just wanted to be a judge for the power trip. She doesn't care about disabled people at all.

Judge: Nycole Watson
12/29/2017 4:05:31 PM

She's not a nice person and has really low approval rating

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: Jennifer M Lash
7/7/2017 5:28:46 AM

Definitely the worst judge ever and has no understanding of mental health issues or fibromyalgia

Judge: Nycole Watson
5/23/2017 5:02:03 PM

Beware of this Judge, she's very rude and will either deny you or amend your onset date for no justifiable reason. She wants to prove she is tough but she lacks professionalism and compassion! Honestly doesn't seem like she knows the social security laws that well either.

Judge: Nycole Watson
4/18/2017 5:44:35 PM

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: Stephen Bosch
4/4/2017 12:08:52 PM

The judge typically will ask the see the representative alone before the start of the hearing. I also found him to be quite compassionate.

Judge: Nycole Watson
3/8/2017 11:56:59 AM

She's rude, she should try acting more professional. Also she takes forever to write decisions, like a ridiculous amount of time! My case was in May 2016 and we still have no decision!!! It's really ridiculous, she's an awful

Judge: Nycole Watson
3/8/2017 11:54:19 AM

She's rude, she should try acting more professional. Also she takes forever to write decisions, like a ridiculous amount of time! My case was in May 2016 and we still have no decision!!! It's really ridiculous, she's an awful

Judge: Stephen Bosch
2/27/2017 3:30:59 PM

I'm not sure yet I'm supper scared and tired of my life I hope this the end of my problems may God be with me on my mar.10.

Judge: Nycole Watson
1/8/2017 10:13:57 AM

Judge Watson left South Jersey ODAR and moved to Philadelphia ODAR. Instead of deciding her NJ cases first... She just moved on to deciding Philadelphia cases leaving NJ cases languish. There are hurt people waiting for a decision but she is busy deciding her newest cases for her new boss. DISPICAPLE!

Judge: Nycole Watson
10/20/2016 11:44:12 AM

I found her to be very rude and unfair. She seems like she is a ALJ just for a power trip and not compassionate at all.

Judge: Jennifer M Long
10/16/2016 11:37:00 PM

I had my hearing on 9/16/2016 before Judge Jennifer Long. I want to say thank you judge Long for setting aside time out of you schedule to hear my case . I also want to thank you for being empathetic and compassionate to my illness I wish there where more people in the world like you .

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!

Judge: Nicholas Cerulli
9/22/2016 10:02:40 AM

I had been waiting for a decision for over 2 months and have not heard anything. The judge told me at the hearing that I will hear something withing 30 days. I do not have a lawyer maybe I should get one, this is not fair. Any suggestion? I need that Medicare.

Judge: Nycole Watson
9/12/2016 7:29:53 AM

I had a hearing with her. rude. beware anyone who gets her. it seems like she doesn't know what shes doing. my lawyer said her questions were dumb and not in line with the rules.

Judge: Nycole Watson
9/7/2016 7:34:22 AM

She is impatient and rude. But heard she's leaving which is good

Judge: Nycole Watson
9/2/2016 8:40:54 AM

I just had a hearing with her she was nasty to my lawyer & she would not allow me to explain my past circumstances. I believe she was unfair & I hope who ever gets her they watch out

Judge: Howard Wishnoff
8/3/2016 12:12:28 PM

A wonderful and kind judge. Conducts excellent hearings. Knows the file and asks relevant questions and lets the claimant answer. Patient and concise.

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: Nicholas Cerulli
5/27/2016 5:05:15 PM

Very kind Judge and fair!

Andrew Comfort
Judge: Jennifer M Long
5/14/2016 2:05:46 PM

I had my hearing on the 11th of May 2016. I felt as though Judge Long was very decent to me. She is a no nonsense Judge but very warm hearted. She gathered very good points and asked a bit of questions to be as clear as possible. Do not try to talk over her like the vocational expert tried to do, she is very big on respect, as any adult should be. I feel as though she makes no biased opinion, and feels out every case for which is brought to her. As long as you tell the truth, don't try to play the system, be a man or woman, have respect, and have serious issues not to waste her time, you will be fine. I liked her very much so. I see some people commented with rather rediculous comments. I think she was great to me. She heard every point of my case my Lawyer and I had to say, did not interrupt or rush us, was very polite, and warm hearted, very respectful to me and didn't make me feel terrible about what has happened to me in my life time due to my illnesses. I have nothing but good things to say about the Judge. Warning though, if you are someone who is just to lazy to work, and taking up valuable time for people like us who really need help, and are just trying to get over on the state, I hope you get her because she is a no nonsense Judge by far who does not like her time to be wasted. I can tell she hears alot of cases that I am sure are bogus. Let your medical records speak for themselves. Thank you for being so kind and concerned about my well-being Judge Long. I wish more people were like you in the world.

Judge: Stuart Gauffreau
4/12/2016 9:51:43 AM

Does not approve a lot of cases, but is kind, courteous, and respectful. You will get your day in court.

april cunha
Judge: Frank Barletta
3/3/2016 5:07:54 PM

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Duane Duff
Judge: Stuart Gauffreau
6/24/2015 8:47:53 AM

Hello your honor, I would just like to say that I have a hearing in front of you on August 20th at 1 o'clock p.m. I've been dealing with my disability for over ten to fifteen years I take a cocktail of meds I'm living in a shelter I sometimes steal food I've had panic attacks was in the hospital I've had multiple doctors and therapist through the years I hope the evidence proves my disability and I am waiting to get out of the shelter being a white male in Philadelphia in a shelter is very challenging I've been robbed just I'm at the end of my rope and I put myself on the mercy of the court that you review the evidence presented and grant my claim I thank you for your time to read this. Duane A Duff

Judge: Jennifer M Long
3/6/2015 3:31:11 PM

Had my hearing day before yesterday and I felt like going immediately to the emergency room from an anxiety attack. I am not sure if it was intentional but this was a very tense stressful situation. I felt like I was being interrogated and because I am disable I had done something wrong. I wouldn't wish this on my worse enemy. We have to do better with citizens.

Gregory Holland
Judge: Jennifer M Long
1/26/2015 9:16:21 PM

One of the nicest person I have ever met. Have not receive a decision yet but she was very nice to me. Was in the hearing room for over an hour. My lawyer said we did good but still waiting.

Judge: Barry H Jenkins
12/17/2014 8:16:08 AM

Mr Jenkins, it appears you have made the choice throughout a good portion of your working life to hold positions within the scope of Public Servant. Including receiving your education as the result of service for the people of the United States. You are in fact a employee of the tax payers and citizens of the United States. A public Servant. As a employee it’s apparent we the citizens and tax payers find your conduct, your attitude, and your ability to perform your duties as defined to be sadly lacking. Please make every effort to rectify theses issues, or seek other employment . It would be a shame to have to have your service terminated by public forum, petition, and public demand. In other words, by the people who employ you, the people you in fact are employed by and work for.

Douglas Eskridge
Judge: William A Kurlander
10/20/2014 8:31:48 AM

On 9/11/2014 I was awarded disability after 2 years and three months I felt the Judge was very understanding in regard to my case he said he would send out a letter in four (4) weeks and asked something to the effect if this would be a burden I explained my out of pocket expenses for meds were over 1000.00 dollars per month so he said I would receive it in 2 weeks! It is now October 20, 2014 and still have not received anything I have called the hearing office to try and to get help with everyone telling me it could be three months what is wrong with the system when a Judges word is ignored? This is very painful!

Judge: Jennifer M Long
7/1/2014 6:38:21 PM

If I could give this judge 0 stars I would. She made up her mind before I even sat down. I had the worst attorney ever. Dont ever get one of those national attorneys. I couldnt get ahold of mine at all. On the day of my hearing I never heard back from my attorney as to wether or not he had got my medical records. I made the mistake of wearing my medical records in a backpack. The judge decided that because I could limp into her courtroom with a backpack on I wasnt disabled. I have a degenerative bone disease. After 8 surgeries I have no material in my shoulders or knee joint to work with. Also have PTSD, anxiety disorder, Bi polar depression, ADHD... I have been in mental health treatment my entire adult life. I spent 5 years in prison. She denied my claim. Never mentioned PTSD or other mental health issues. Wouldnt let me present my mental health records from prison. I begged this judge for mental health treatment and she spit in my face. I dont know what else Im supposed to do. This is one messed up decision. Judge Jennifer long told a man who had already been to prison for reckless endagerment that he had no mental issue. Its unreal

Judge: Nicholas Cerulli
6/24/2014 12:56:22 PM

I just had a hearing with this ALJ. Even though I don't know how the decision will come out, I can say that he held the hearing in a kindly manner and was not threatening to my client. He was very fair and very thorough.

Judge: Nancy Lisewski
5/19/2014 2:09:19 PM

IF you want a fair Judge that listens and ask the best questions about your case, she reads and understands, i been threw alot but i kept on because i have worked, and this judge is differant than the other one i had. shes a great judge i will tell anybody that. thank u judge NANCY FOR YOUR FAVORABLE DECISION ON MY CASE. ITS BEEN A LONG AND HARD ROAD FOR ME.

K. Barron
Judge: Jennifer M Lash
3/24/2014 1:50:09 PM

I didn't experience that, nor did see that in her. My experience was/is a compassionate ALJ who asked pertinent questions and took the time to listen. I sensed she was no nonsense, yet fair. She weighed my case on the evidence before her. My suggestion is, have yout matters in check meaning all I's dotted, all T's crossed before you go before her or any judge assuming you will win with limited information. I had an attorney with me which helped, I believe. I felt at ease with her and the fact that she was there to do her job, nothing more.

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: 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: Nancy Lisewski
2/20/2013 9:45:55 AM

I find her to be respectful to the claimant and the representative. She may not approve many cases but she is professional.

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: Nancy Lisewski
2/6/2013 8:06:05 PM

Low-class. Should be disbarred. She is disgusting.

Judge: Nancy Lisewski
11/8/2012 8:17:32 PM

Brash, rude, and condescending. She has decided the case before you even walk through the door. Disgrace.

Judge: Nancy Lisewski
9/7/2012 12:58:35 PM

Conducts a quick hearing. Lets the representative do most of the questioning. However, she will find any loophole to deny; especially D & A.

Judge: Stephen Bosch
9/7/2012 12:56:08 PM

Easily the most fair and compassionate judge I have ever appeared before.

Judge: Paul R Sacks
9/7/2012 12:54:26 PM

Judge Sacks does come across as rude and arrogant. Though he tends to yell at attorneys and occasionally claimants, he has surprised me with mostly favorable decisions. I have an 8-1 win-loss record with him. With mental health cases, of which I do many, Judge Sacks will go with the claimant's treating source evaluation every time. In fact, if a PRT is not available, he'll continue the case and have DDS do an evaluation. I don't recommend rolling the dice with DDS, however. Get that PRT from the treating Psychiatrist.

Judge: Jennifer M Lash
9/7/2012 12:47:10 PM


leo hamilton
Judge: Paul R Sacks
8/14/2012 1:59:33 PM

I have personally been in front of Judge Paul Sacks numerous times. I find him very fair. He likes to do all of the development which is fine with me. Likes to be on time.

Judge: Nancy Lisewski
8/2/2012 2:44:02 PM

Looks for the legal ways to deny - disregards the person.

Judge: Paul R Sacks
7/8/2012 4:51:36 PM

I second the above.

Judge: Paul R Sacks
5/23/2012 9:40:45 AM

Rude, haughty, arrogant. Comes across as very unfair and mean tempered. Lacks a decent judicial temperament. Seems to be oblivious to the serious circumstances faced by claimants.

Judge: Jennifer M Lash
5/8/2012 10:33:16 AM

I disagree with the last comment. I am in front of her quite regularly and think she is quick, to the point, and fair. Not an easy judge but definitely not unreasonable.

Judge: Jennifer M Lash
4/15/2012 6:53:29 PM


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

Your hearing will not begin at its scheduled time.

Judge: Nancy Lisewski
3/13/2012 1:08:16 PM

Appears to know the file well. Does not request opening statement.