San Juan, Puerto Rico ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in San Juan, Puerto Rico, 13 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in San Juan, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 19.0 months. The average case processing time in San Juan is 757 days.The San Juan average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 56%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the San Juan ODAR office was last updated on 6/11/2019.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
San Juan 13 19.0 months 757 days 2.1 10% 56% 34%
Puerto Rico12.3 months557 days2.411%56%33%
National Average:14.9 months500 days2.120%42%38%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied

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Judge: Elving L Torres
11/30/2019 3:03:21 PM

Don't let this judges smile and jokes in courtroom make you think you won your case. He will question your crediabilty and your medical records and throw them out. He was also evaluate your appearance and how you sit threw hearing. He will watch you walk put of room and note his finding on how you move in his decision letter. Good luck with this judge, your gonna need it.

Just Me
Judge: Elving L Torres
10/16/2019 7:31:53 AM

I haven’t had a decision yet. From Judge Torres however I think a lot of these comments are unfair he has a very hard job to do he has to weed out the frauds from the people that are actually disabled I didn’t have a hard time understanding his accent he had very kind eyes he seemed very sweet and extremely professional I had a God awful attorney and judge Torres took the first 45 minutes to Reprimand my attorney and he also cut my Hearing short because of the time it took to call out my attorney Of course I’m going to be extremely disappointed if I’m not awarded Social Security...But I don’t believe it will be the judges fault I will believe that it will be my attorney’s fault for not doing his job correctly we live in a society where there are a lot of Frauds out there and unfortunately the judges have to decipher fact from fiction If I am not approved then I will just appeal and start the process over again I know it’s hard and I know it’s unfair to a lot of people however it is the way it is and that is to keep the frauds at Bay....You have my vote judge to ask whether I’m approved or not

Girl with no face
Judge: Elving L Torres
9/23/2019 11:26:51 PM

Still waiting for an appeal of this Judge. 6 months for them to open my case, just waiting for an answer if I get approved, denied or see the Judge. So much was missed.

Judge: Gerardo R Pico
9/23/2019 1:46:59 PM

I agree with past comments for Judge Pico;) He reviewed all facts in my case. Very intelligent, honest and fair. I could tell he has a good heart. God Bless you Mr. Pico.

Judge: Peter Kimball
6/19/2019 12:13:12 PM

This the judge this denying my right to in person hearing based on bias. I plan to file a complete complaint.

No one
Judge: Elving L Torres
5/6/2019 2:30:27 AM

The judge missed so much medical on my application, 3 years of X-rays, medical appointments, blood work, medications & doctors backing disability. Lawyer wasn’t much help, now I have to appeal in Virginia. Another 15 months. I think they want you to give up or die.

Elizabeth O.
Judge: Maria T Mandry
2/18/2019 11:35:10 AM

Judge Mandry was professional, fair and thorough in hearing my case. Simply be upfront and honest about your situation and abilities; Make sure your medical records are complete and up to date. I cannot thank her enough for her considerations and judgment.

Rachel Shovel
Judge: Alma S de Leon
2/6/2019 8:02:11 PM

Judge Alma S de Leon was prepared prior to my hearing. Mostly she confirmed with me the facts provided in my file. She asked me direct questions, there was no confusion understanding h All I could do is be honest and it was ok not to fight back my tears. The attorney ahead of time said she was a great judge, and I know now what they meant. She made eye contact and her tone was strong yet gentle to the words we exchanged. My attorney enabled me the strength to stay in the moment. All in the courtroom with me made a painful, embarrassing and emotional moment a safe haven to speak of my disabilities. The first thing I remember walking out of the courtroom: VALIDATION at last , second to when my attorney accepted my case. Currently i am waiting for a written decision. As so many are before me, may God bless them.

Marlene Morrison
Judge: Aaron M Morgan
12/16/2018 5:14:54 PM

The social security and job compensation Judge's don't treat Black people fair. After waiting for two years to be seen, I was told that if I didn't sign a piece of paper saying I'm waiving my SSD benefits, if not I'll have to wait for another court date. He basically threatened me, knowing that I person who have a waited over two years and now if I say I don't want it, I can received my award soon. But when my white friends applied, they got SSI and SSD, if you look my race, how each person was awarded, YOU WILL FIND DISCREPANCY AND UNFAIRNESS!

Judge: Ramon Suris-Fernandez
9/28/2018 8:17:45 AM

Did anyone get there dession yet from judge Fernandez? If so how long did it take and did he ask the VE 2 question? He did for my case and VE said no jobs but im still a nervous wreck

Judge: Ramon Suris-Fernandez
8/7/2018 4:10:53 PM

he hear my case and told me you would hear from us with in about 30 days i think it went well

Kori W
Judge: Elving L Torres
7/12/2018 7:10:46 PM

Mr. Torres was the ALJ judge for my disability hearing on March 14, 2018. In the courtroom I was represented by an attorney, myself, the court reporter, and a vocational expert. I began my disability hearing outlining the facts of my disability. Judge Torres listened as I stated my claim, asked questions that were relevant to my disability and deferred questions to the vocational expert. In my opinion, Judge Torres is fair, upholds the laws of social security disability, and listens to the defendants. I see no reason that his decisions are not based on facts and if there is proof of disability then he decides accordingly. I did not find his accent thick at all as a previous poster stated.

David F Downey
Judge: Maria Alexander Nunez
7/2/2018 5:20:11 AM

Judge Nunez failed to issue Subpoenas for my Medical Records. 4 August 2017 Hearing was a joke. I withdrew on the record pointing out her errors. She is rude, disorganized and inept. Her Fault, I did not get the Award. She became abusive and later dismissed my case. I am 100% Disabled and have been so since 1993. My most recent appeal via Fax to the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review was denied by letter on 14 February 2018 with a Form Letter. Served my Nation for over 20 years in Various Capacities, and where I was disabled plus !

J. Bond
Judge: E Rodriguez-Quilichini
4/26/2018 2:00:45 AM

I don't have any complaints about this judge so I'm a bit surprised at all the negative comments about him. I'm assuming (yes I know I shouldn't) that the people who left the negative reviews didn't get their appeal approved. I'm sorry for that, but obviously, there had to be a reason or reasons why the appeal wasn't approved. I waited 26 months for a hearing and was so happy to finally get a hearing date that my only concern was making sure the Judge had all of my medical records by sending updated records to him directly (his office requested all current records be sent to him directly). So I went to my hearing two (2) weeks ago and although I had the typical nerves, I was hopeful that my medical records would speak volumes as to my disability. The judge had his administrative person & an Occupational Therapist in the room & told me what both ladies would be doing. He told me he would hear from me and if there were questions that weren't asked or answered by my attorney he would ask me questions. He then explained why the Occupational Therapist was there and told me not to be concerned when he spoke to her using numbers as opposed to occupations. Once the hearing started, my attorney asked me about 10 questions and the judge told him that was enough. The judge then asked me 2 questions - "How has your disability changed your life" and "How have you been paying your bills since you've been unemployed for over 2 years". I answered both questions and then he asked the OT two questions. From what I could hear (I have lousy hearing), he asked her about jobs he thought I might be able to do. Both questions were answered in my favor by the Occupational Therapist. The judge then told me that I would receive a decision as to his ruling in about 4-6 weeks. He advised that I could appeal that decision if it was not in my favor, and then dismissed us. When we left the hearing office my Atty. was surprised at how quick the hearing went and that the judge only gave the OT two (2) possible variables as to jobs I might be able to perform. I didn't know if that was a good thing or a bad thing, but my Atty. felt it was definitely a good thing. After 11 days, including weekends, I received my notice in the mail and it was "Fully Favorable". I cried because I was so relieved. Reading his 10-page letter justifying his decision, it was beyond obvious that the read and reviewed all of my medical records and made his decision based on those records. So for those of you who are worried about this judge, if there is any advice I can give to you it would be to make sure you have all of your medical records, including updated records since most hearings are approx. 2 years after your initial claim for benefits. Make sure those records have all the information the judge wants & needs to make a ruling on your appeal. I feel bad for those of you who didn't get approved, but perhaps you can/should file an appeal and make sure the judge has every bit of information he needs to make his decision. Best of luck to anyone who is still waiting for their appeal to be heard.

Judge: Myriam C Fernandez Rice
2/1/2018 9:34:06 PM

This judge made a horrible mistake in judging my case she just keeped going on about my tattoos and I was just thinking to myself we are not here to talk about tattoos I thought were here to talk about a disability and the reasons why I can’t work but she was really just hung up about the tattoo situation again I was thinking to my self yes lady I know I got tattoos get over it already she was also judgmental on my Personal appearance my age ect so all in all I took her Decision to federal court and was in my favor for an appeal 18 months later here I go again back to court again all over her Mistake she made and For wasting my time at the end of the day she didn’t do her job right if you get this judge for your case be careful on your appearance and also be very careful on what you say she is very Judgmental and well deny your case for any little reason she feels like in my Experience is the worst judge to have.

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Judge: E Rodriguez-Quilichini
1/7/2018 4:57:42 PM

if you want to file a complaint with any of them Esp. this one here is the address Office of Disability Adjudication and Review Division of Quality Service 5107 Leesburg Pike, Suites 1702/1703 Falls Church, VA 22041-3255

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Judge: E Rodriguez-Quilichini
12/29/2017 7:32:44 PM

Very unfair!!!!!!! He should be disbarred ASAP... He don't listen to any evidence at all or maybe he only approves certain people of his own race??? I won a federal case which the federal judge found many of issues he did wrong things wrong that do besides listening to evidence. He is a horrible judge and if you get him try to ask for someone else hopefully you will be treated with fairness cause this man don't at all !

John M
Judge: Richard J Ortiz-Valero
12/17/2017 7:07:00 PM

Treated my case professionally and gave me a full approval. If you make sure you have all your Dr. information documented and get at least 1 Doctor to agree that you are permanently disabled you should be ok. In my case I had 2 Board Certified Doctors fill out forms in agreement with my diagnosis of full disability along with may years of Doctor visits and surgeries. Bottom line if you take the time to get the medical documentation in order this Judge is fair (in my opinion).

John M
Judge: Richard J Ortiz-Valero
12/17/2017 7:06:50 PM

Treated my case professionally and gave me a full approval. If you make sure you have all your Dr. information documented and get at least 1 Doctor to agree that you are permanently disabled you should be ok. In my case I had 2 Board Certified Doctors fill out forms in agreement with my diagnosis of full disability along with may years of Doctor visits and surgeries. Bottom line if you take the time to get the medical documentation in order this Judge is fair (in my opinion).

Brittany Phillips
Judge: Maria Alexander Nunez
12/15/2017 6:29:52 PM

I had my hearing with Judge Nunez today 12/15/2017 and I hope everything goes well! I am a nervous wreck. I have not stop thinking about my hearing. I have waited 2 years and I hope she rules in my favor. She was very nice and professional. I answered all her question just was very nervous

Bryce Joseph Backman
Judge: Myriam C Fernandez Rice
11/14/2017 2:49:30 AM

I am the single case approved by the Albuquerque Odar ALJ. Mariam C Fernandez Rice in the year of our Lord 2017. The processing office is forcing me to appeal the decision without my consent. In processing the protected application date of the approved title 16 before the approved title 2 is being denied by the processing office. And forcing me to blame the ALJ as being in error. When P.O.M.S. D.I.27515.020 new title 2 D.I.B. claim- title16 disability previously established. Clearly refers the processing office as the responsible entity in favoring the claimant in detail. Please review.

Judge: Richard J Ortiz-Valero
7/27/2017 12:51:02 PM

He denied my father for social security when he CLEARYLY needs it! Provided his medical history and had a medical professional at the court hearing stating he cannot hold a full time job. My father can barely stand for more than 15 min due to his back. Very unfair for him as my father has worked his entire life and now when he needs help, he gets a slap in the face. This denial is based off opinion and not FACTS! This is so unfortunate to the people that actually need the help.

Joseph F
Judge: Elving L Torres
6/14/2017 6:04:09 AM

All I can say if you tell the truth you will have no problem. I remembered everything I answered on the paper when I filed for S.S everything was the same to many people don't want to work I wish I could work and I pray that someday I might be able to go back to work. He has a job to do .

Judge: Angel X Viera
3/28/2017 4:41:27 AM

Very professional, he reviewed my medical chart beforehand. Kind, understood my medical condition extremely well.

Judge: Gerardo Perez
3/7/2017 10:36:13 AM

His son is a member of the Church of Satan he will commit genocide to help aid devil worship there's a massive ponzi scam going on and Louisiana is Detroit, Michigan of the South due to this judge. Devil worship is how you can obtain disability; false prescription and prostitution available in Amite, LA. Louisiana debt is currently $22.2trillion with a ponzi scam to help aid saharia law, cocaine, crystal meth, heroin, and prostitution. This Judge will help aide a fugitive from the law: but sadly so will the federal government with the witness protection program

Judge: Elving L Torres
2/3/2017 1:36:33 PM

Judge seemed very friendly during my husband's hearing. His case was denied because this judge did not feel that my husband's mental issues met the criteria. How do you judge someone by asking them simple yes or no questions in 30 minutes. Can you look at someone's face and tell if they are having a panic attack , anxiety attack or are depressed to the point where they are having suicidal thoughts ? Mental illness has no face...but he felt qualified to judge with no medical degree. These judges should have to spend a FULL day with each individual before deciding on their case.

Judge: E Rodriguez-Quilichini
1/5/2017 9:12:33 AM

The biggest ******* judge ever he is ****** he didn't care about the truth he is just a cold hearted *******

Paul Thomas
Judge: E Rodriguez-Quilichini
10/19/2016 6:33:33 AM

As a practicing attorney, it is always delightful to appear before him. He has a good temperament and knows his records well. I don't always win but his decisions are fair.

Ruth Ellen Friddle
Judge: E Rodriguez-Quilichini
9/26/2016 9:07:56 AM

This "judge" doesn't listen to their own experts in court. He would rather deny a claim than take to the time to review the medical records. This "judge" should be disbarred!!!!!!!

Judge: Elving L Torres
8/2/2016 2:46:48 AM

A recent study showed that nationwide, 34% of Imaging reports have different Findings versus Impressions. The impressions will leave out parts of the more descriptive findings. Judge Torres must not know this, or maybe he does? He only read and referenced the Impressions in all of my MRIs and x-rays. He assumed I was working when there was income shown on my tax refund, when I had not worked. He deliberately misconstrued a form my doctor had completed (that incidentally the Department of Education understood and thus approved my disability, discharging my student loan debt); stated it contradicted my doctor's RFC and then that gave Torres justification to give NO weight to my treating doctor's opinion! You would think a judge would ask for clarification from the physician, my attorney or me-but no, I did not know any of this until I read his decision-he had decided before I even walked into his courtroom. So be prepared for this judge-have your attorney point out in his pre hearing brief items on your imaging report findings. Explain any discrepancies, etc in your medical records. Although my attorney claimed to know this judge and "gone up against him" many times, evidently my lawyer was not prepared. Now I head to the Appeals Council, alone or with a different attorney, but what a waste of time! Looking at the other reviews-you either love him (if you are one of the 28% he approves) or hate him. But he did not do his job, he was not thorough...maybe the other commentators had better attorneys?

Candiss M. Donato
Judge: Victoria A Ferrer
6/25/2016 11:41:46 AM

Potassium 1 tablet a day, (because of the Lasix I take for my congestive heart failure); Furosemide 20mg 1 tablet a day, (to prevent water retention around my heart); Lisinopril 20mg 1 tablet twice a day, (for heart function); Metoprolol 50mg 1 tablet twice a day (for blood pressure); Atorvastatin 40mg 1 a day, (for cholesterol); Metformin 500 mg twice a day, (to control diabetes); Tylenol with Codeine, 1 tablet every four hours, (for fibro myalgia and degenerative disc disorder pain); 81mg aspirin, 1 a day to prevent stroke and control heart); melanoma cancer and now breast cancer. Tremor in left arm with severe weakness. This is what I take on a daily basis and I'm not considered disabled? I worked two jobs my entire life and served eight years in the United States Navy some of which was during ODS, and this is what my government and you Judge Ferrar consider fair. There are so many people out there cheating our system and you denied me my benefits that I paid into all my life. Because the State of Illinois wouldn't give me Medicaid, because I didn't fulfill their criteria for coverage at the time and couldn't see a doctor, because I didn't have any money or insurance, you decided I wasn't disabled. Your decision Judge Ferrar was not right in my case and you know it. Go after the cheaters who lie and get disability and have never worked or fought for this country.

Judge: E Rodriguez-Quilichini
5/7/2016 11:26:03 AM

This judge was very compassionate and respectful and he made my anxiety go away after I realized that he understood my terrible situation. I don't like going to court but he made me feel welcomed and I felt at ease. Thank you!

Judge: Victoria A Ferrer
4/30/2016 12:01:01 PM

This judge was understanding and asked questions professionally. Have not received decision as of yet but I do give credit to her for being professional and understanding.

Judge: Myriam C Fernandez Rice
4/25/2016 2:20:49 PM

I understand that this could be taken as "this person got turned down and is upset". I am indeed upset, but it is because I was turned down for completely false reasons. So beware of this Judge. She will use anything she can against you. I thought my rep and I had everything in order. My T's crossed and I's dotted. I was wrong! This judge acted as if my PCP's RFC paperwork didn't exist because one minor thing was not in my medical history. My PCP supports the fact that I am disabled. I also have two other doctors that stated I had MDI's that met the SSA guidelines for disability. She uses things in your medical report that are autofill parts from specialists. Like my wrist Ortho's ROS form that I now know he doesn't fill out except for the reason HE is seeing you. That being my wrist. So he didn't fill out that I have fibromyalgia, severe headaches, back pain, weakness, etc. And that was used against me in the decision letter. Even though it was never asked about at the hearing. This judge seems to discriminate based on your age and medical condition(Still a lot of judges that refuse to see the conditions I have as real). Even though my MDI's are listed in the SSA guidelines she chose to not consider them. There are so many errors in her decision letter that my rep said it will take a while to list them all. So I guess that's a good thing. Problem is that I have been trying to get the disability I deserve for 4 1/2 years now. My family and I are financially ruined. The appeals council will take 14-18 more months per my rep and then if Federal suit is needed, another year or more. My family will be on the streets by then. The SSA system drains everything you have worked hard for in your life and drags the process out over way too many years. Just to be turned down by someone who doesn't follow guidelines and makes wild assumptions with no facts.

Judge: Maria T Mandry
3/21/2016 12:18:40 PM

no star for you judge not even one. the second I stood in front of you. you preceded to let me and my attorney know that you did not have time to review the case as you read about it to late. you had a vocational jackass decide that I can do a job . wrong I can do any job there is ,there is nothing I cant do.. but I have too suffer severe mental and physical pain to do it. and obviously its okay to you. I have read the denial letter which is also incomplete. as you totally left out the reason I asked for an early decision. anyone reading this do yourself a favor ask for a different judge..

Judge: Richard J Ortiz-Valero
3/11/2016 9:58:15 PM

Very professional, very fair and courteous.

Ms. Dugger
Judge: Elving L Torres
2/5/2016 7:50:17 AM

Judge: Elving L Torres/Fully Favorable No Amends I went in front of Judge Torres and gave my full testimony after waiting 3 years to present my case. I was overwhelmed with my conditions, financial stress, and deep depression from losing my job. I was represented by a very astute lawyer who arranged for all the pertinent information to be mentioned and covered during my day in court. Mr. William Hemmer represented me. Judge Torres listened to my testimony and I felt like I was the first client he ever had. He never seemed to be tainted or opinionated towards my condition. I felt heard and understood. I am pleased to say after waiting 3 more months I received a Fully Favorable decision from Judge Torres. There were not any amends to my case so let it be on the record he does give Fully Favorable decisions. Thank You Judge Torres for overseeing my dilemma and helping me find some "Liberty and Justice For All". Don't let his poker face fool you he is a kind and honest Judge. Thank You so much for helping me to get on with the second half of my life.

Nancy l.welch- pierce
Judge: Elving L Torres
2/1/2016 11:25:02 AM

I would like to express my thanks to Judge Torres, he was a very understanding judge and I could not as for someone more understanding of my situation. I was awarded my disability, I kept my representives informed and everything went smooth, I did read the reviews and went in scared but with a positive attitude. You have to put your trust in your doctors and that if you present things truthfully and be patient everything will work out, I am thankful for each day.

Michael Lawrence
Judge: Maria T Mandry
8/12/2015 11:48:53 AM

Judge Mandry was very prompt, polite, understanding, and detailed in my hearing. She was extremely fair, and truly understood my conditions. I felt very comfortable in her courtroom, and not nearly as anxious as my previous hearing. I was very fortunate to have her hear my case, consider all the evidence fairly, and grant me a positive adjudication of my disability case. She is thorough, and you need to be able to verbalize your impairments to backup your assertions of being disabled. Having seen my doctors on a regular basis, and their conclusions all matching made it a lot easier. Thanks you Judge Mandry for making the process less stressful, and rendering a fair decision. Also the great expert representation by my lawyers at Levan & Niedenberg out of Ft. Lauderdale assured that all the relevant facts were presented, and favorable outcome. Highly recommend them.

Judge: Elving L Torres
8/12/2015 7:55:11 AM

He manipulated my son. Had him sign something before the hearing started, and wouldn't let me see it. When I asked my son what he signed, he replied "my name". I asked what the paper said, and he just shrugged. he had no idea. Judge Torres asked my son if he went to regular school or special ed. My son replied "regular school". Judge Torres asked how many kids were in his class? And my son counted on his fingers, whispered his classmates names, and replied "8". Judge Torres said that that sounded like special ed to him. and my son replied "that's right!" My son was 21 years old at the time. Judge Torres wrote a scathing denial letter. He stated that I manipulated my son's pediatrician that he had for 17 years to say what I wanted him to say. He gave 'very little weight' to the school system, ESE teachers and specialists. I tried to speak up, and when I did, Judge Torres stated "let the record show that "I" had interrupted the proceedings". I tried to explain how my son needed constant supervision and had impaired safety awareness. It didn't matter at all. Judge Torres's voc rehab rep in court stated my son could work heavy construction. Well, since the hearing, the state of florida vocational rehab has dismissed my son from their program, stating that he requires too much direct supervision to be employable. and voc rehab suggested my son pursue SS and services from the Agency for Person's with disabilities. go figure. and he was approved immediately for APD and medicaid. THis judge needs to go. He is horrible. ANy lawyer I spoke to rolled their eyes when I told them his name. I was just diagnosed with cancer. My son has NOTHING if something happens to me. He can't work. He has no money. No means to thrive. What is he supposed to do? I have to sign this annonymous, as we may be referred back to this horrible man on appeal.

Tracy Greco
Judge: Maria T Mandry
7/20/2015 8:31:37 AM

Judge Mandry is extremely professional and detail oriented. Be prepared to explain your medical records, care and medication she goes over all your medical records and is very thorough. It was my pleasure to have her hear my case.

Judge: Gerardo Perez
6/26/2015 12:58:02 PM

I had my hearing with Judge Perez 6/24/15. He was very fair, he seemed compassionate and had done his homework before my hearing. I am very satisfied with this judge.

Judge: Aaron M Morgan
3/17/2015 11:55:03 AM

hey its homeless again judge Moran I for give you for all the pain you have caused me the loss of my home which was my inhairantance which was from my mother.the back money from 2010 when i filed the claim and your unfair and wrong decision in 2012 and would also like to thank the appeals counsil for the poor job that they did in not looking at the new evidents which would have fixed the problem but you also did not do your jobs i sent new records that showed new proof of my disabilty and you say that you looked at them but when you sen the evadents you supposly looked at it was not there wonder were it went. thin air? So i had to refile in 2013 which took my work credits cause i had to refile so now i get ssi not ssd i fought my ass off to keep all my things and lost all of it my mother the house all the things in the house cloths pictures furnture family airlooms all my mothers stuff my stuff as people picked threw it on the side of the road and after all that you will not even do nothing to fix the mistake but i forgive its time to move on because there is one thing you could not take is my happiness and determnation and my spirit.

Judge: Aaron M Morgan
2/19/2015 12:25:10 PM

this judge should be removed from the bench. there doctors siad i was disabled my doctors said the mom died jan 9 2012 his decision came jan 12 2012 denied could not make house payments lightbills food borrowed money to creamate her lost my my work credits lost my back pay and for what because he said i did not look disabled so i guss he just disregards top doctors in there field opinion.thing i lost the house everything but there is vendication i won my case feb 12 2015 in front of judge thompson who they say is the tuffest in florida and the second in the country he said i should have received it then and if he would have been the judge he would have given it to me. so with that being said i am homeless when it should not have happend i lost over half of my back pay and at least half of the monthly money so were justice for the working man there is none.p.s judge thompson was very fair and throw

Judge: Elving L Torres
12/17/2014 6:27:29 AM

He is a sorry excuse as a judge. Look at the article about him using an old woman's handicap sticker when he is fine. He doesn't care about any of our well beings. I have a disabling non curable disease and he denies me. Makes a lot of sense to me. I hope he is fired for being a scumbag.

Judge: Maria Alexander Nunez
11/8/2014 7:47:20 AM

As Chief ALJ of Richmond, she has a moral and ethical responsibility to set the srandard according to the law. Claimants should NEVER be treated with bisa and personal prejudices. Her comments were racist and offensive to me. Her approval rate in Puerto Rico was a whopping 79%! In Boston 100%, and now in Richmond 32%! What does the last name Nunez have in common with PR?She needs to be investigated! With the recent class action lawsuit settlement in response the anti-claimant crew in Queens New York, can anybody say "Class Action Lawsuit against ssa anti-claimant ALJS in Richmond ODAR office?" Its time to shut anti-claimant judges like Nunez down! Is it possible to sue the SSA for emotional distress, pain and suffering caused by anti-claimant judges who deny legitimate claims?

Judge: Alma S de Leon
10/30/2014 6:00:47 PM

Judge De Leon was very professional. She asked a lot of questions and was very understanding and listened attentively to all of my answers. she was extremely thorough and made sure that anything that myself or my attorney had to say was also heard. this was my first and only experience before a judge of any kind and she was everything you would want a judge to be. You can count yourself lucky if she hears your case because you will get a fair hearing.

Judge: Aaron M Morgan
8/23/2014 1:05:55 PM


Judge: E Rodriguez-Quilichini
8/7/2014 5:20:37 AM

I didn't get the vibe that this judge was "cold and unfair" in fact he seemed genuinely compassionate. He seemed as though he understood the pain I was in and the challenges that my disability cause. He doesn't need to be "replaced" as far as I'm concerned ODAR could use MORE judges like him. I know that it isn't customary for a claimant to speak to the alj ever again, but if it were possible, I would like to shake his hand, and tell him thank you.

Debbie Thompson
Judge: Elving L Torres
6/7/2014 11:53:35 AM

St. Petersburg Times (now known as the Tampa Bay Times) article from January 26, 2007 - "Handicapped Parking Space Filled by Judge" - I didn't find out about this article until after the staged hearing I had, in 2011, in front of him. The hearing was staged, like the one three years before, with ALJ McDonnell. I know that my so called attorney was in cahoots with this judge, as well. She intentionally threw the case, and a few other things, like making my witnesses wait in the lobby. I was not allowed witnesses. She had me sign something, right before going into the hearing, don't even know what it was, but, whatever it was, it was used against me. This judge also ignored my documentation from a well seasoned infectious disease doctor, and used the Social Security doctors from the previous hearing, (this was supposed to be a fresh new hearing, according to the so called attorney...another lie), who saw me for five minutes, and who are paid to say no. He sent me a scathing 14 page denial letter, using the "not credible" fairytale. Judge Torres was parking in handicapped spots, with a placard that belonged to an 86 year old woman from Bradenton. I consider him to be not credible, and according to Social Security, I also have no recourse against this judge, either. YOU, Judge Torres, are not credible!!!!!!! (Notice I didn't need to use 14 pieces of paper to tell YOU that!) I will not rate this judge, other than to say, "Why is he still on the bench??"

Eric W Matal
Judge: Roberto Lebron
6/4/2014 8:12:27 AM

I had this judge and I can only show empathy for anyone who has this judge. I saw him in November 2012, waited til March 2013 to find out that I was went to appeal his decision with a bit more evidence of my disability, and have been waiting over a year to just get another hearing. Fortunately, the ODAR came back with a fully favorable decision and I am approved, which I guess is rare. So, if you are assigned to have your hearing with Judge Lebron, according to the statistics, you have a 12% chance. This judge should be sent back to Puerto Rico because that's the only place he has done any good.

james tou
Judge: Elving L Torres
5/12/2014 3:17:20 PM

this judge is unfair unable to speak english without that god awful accent looking like slugworth and sounding just like him on willie wokna and the choclate factory this guy got no life so he will try to end yours its how i feel

Judge: Aaron M Morgan
4/29/2014 10:45:53 AM

I went before this judge and the only thing he could use against me was that I smoke cig's lmao. This judge didn't even open my records. He would not stop about smoking. This judge needs banned fromk the bench.

Judge: E Rodriguez-Quilichini
3/26/2014 11:22:07 AM

cold and unfair judge, he didnt even review the medical records correctly he was more interested in denying the claim based on what he believes instead of the real evidence in front of him, i hope he is replaced.

Teraysa J L
Judge: Mario G Silva
3/11/2014 12:19:48 PM

I got denied because he could not read my doctor's hand wrighting and because I can also retained eye to eye contact with all of my medical personal staff just because your looking at someone doesn't mean your are retaining the information, and all doctor's say that anyways even if it's not true and missed doctor's appointments maybe I have a valid reason for missing them, he didn't even mention anything about my degenerative lumbar stenosis back issues in the denial letter I am NOT allowed to lift anything over 15 pounds. And I have to have another surgery on my back, every job I have applied to I they want you to be able to lift at least 30 to 35 pounds and as soon as I told them that I could not lift that they told me there's no reason to hire you, and I also have bipolar disorder high anxiety and just because I retain a driver's license I was also denied there are people out there with no limbs at all that received Social Security supplement and drive a vehicle also, this was not a very fair decision at all and I am also taking this to the appeals Council I got my denial letter on the 6th day of this month, and I aso feel that the man that does the job things at the hearing was so not impartial to me because the state of Indiana was paying him for his services, I have other issues also I'm not trying to collect free money I cannot honestly work, I also probably got denied due to the fact that I did not have a lawyer but I'm hard headed stubborn and I like to try to do things on my own, :\ I don't think your decision was very fair or just on my behalf,

Kathy McMullen
Judge: Elving L Torres
2/6/2014 11:30:55 AM

My daughter went before him, she cried because he was so kind nice, she said "I believe he is fair, honest, kind and was very patient with her. Not knowing her decision yet, she still felt comfortable with him.....

Judge: Myriam C Fernandez Rice
12/27/2013 6:16:16 PM

This judge made a terrible mistake in judging me incorrectly. She had numerous errors throughout the lengthy denial letter I received, regarding her supposed review of my medical records. She claimed I didn't have proof of several diagnosis' in my records when there was clear cut proof in these records. My third party who was supposed to testify at my hearing was not allowed to do so, and She made allegations in her letter about me that are downright descriminatory and false. She didn't ask me about several things during the hearing but then made statements in her letter accusing me of things she never gave me a chance to confirm or deny. She claims I am still able to work despite the fact I have become so ill that I can't keep up with my own personal hygiene let alone work. I haven't even been able to keep most of my appointments with several of my specialists because I have been too sick to drive myself to them. I have several diagnosis' on the adult list of disabling conditions, and I hope she sees this and knows that she was cruel and wrong about me, and my life has been completely destroyed because of her. I will most likely have to live on the street soon because she denied me benefits I have desperately needed. God help you if you have to have this judge in charge of your hearing. She is irresponsible and descriminatory and shouldn't be allowed to judge with her own personal opinions on a person. She is mean and will destroy your character if she doesn't like the look of you. That is what happened to me. She will destroy your life if she doesn't like you. This judge ruined my life that was already in the toilet from years of suffering from a rare illness.

Judge: Roberto Lebron
11/25/2013 10:11:29 AM

I have been I front of this Judge twice and both times he had to be reminded of my lung surgery. On June 13, 2013 he made a decision and took it back when his assistant reminded him that I was in front of him once before. Talk about incompetent! When I saw him for my second time he was complaing how expensive it was for him to get an x-ray and rumbled on about his illnesses. It's been over a year now and I am still waiting for his decision. This judge is easly confused and has to be redirected by the attorney repeatily, my attorney needs OVER 8 hours of sleep do deal with this judge. His retirement is over due.

Judge: Ramon Suris-Fernandez
10/9/2013 10:54:14 AM

Very fair judge...pleasant to appear in front of. He does request a written brief prior to the hearing. He seems to pay close attention to the Claimant's testimony and will allow the claimant the opportunity to explain any inconsistencies in the record. He does not automatically defer to the CE

Judge: Mario G Silva
3/26/2013 9:25:42 AM

I would just like to thank Judge Silva for making me feel comfortable in what has been a long and trying experience.

Judge: Mario G Silva
3/2/2013 10:44:28 AM

This judge asks very limited preliminary questions; questions atty about: 1. Client meeting or equaling a listing 2. severe impairments that do not meet or equal a listing 3. looks through every page of exhibits and if they are not your clients better be ready to strike them 4. asks random surprise questions (sorry cant be more detailed than that i.e. he asked me why on an RFC submitted by clients doctor would he say the noise level should not be more than moderate and THEN asked me to piont out medical records that would substantiate that conclusion) Really nice guy really pleasant in hearings but they last a very long time

Judge: Gerardo R Pico
2/22/2013 8:34:42 AM

The best Judge very Honest

Judge: Mario G Silva
2/19/2013 1:43:10 PM

I read comments about all these judges and wheather I win my cas or not, Judge silva Listened to my answers made sure he covered all bases of my disability and was not rude in anyway he was very professional

Judge: Roberto Lebron
1/4/2013 12:36:19 PM

This Judge has absolutely no idea what he's doing on the bench. He is beyond incompetent, incapable of following the rules and regulations set forth by the administration and has zero knowledge of the law and how it applies to cases. He violates claimants' due process rights, unnecessarily schedules examinations and wastes governmental resources. He uses cardiologists for orthopedic cases, fails to issue decisions within a reasonable time-frame and has no grasp on the law. He actually used to have 2 doctors and a vocational expert for every single case, until someone at SSA finally reprimanded him for his blatant waste of governmental resources. He has no business adjudicating any kind of case.

Judge: Roberto Lebron
12/6/2012 4:36:17 PM

Mr. Lebron was extremly adversarial and incompetent. He is totally incoherent and vasolates from topic to topic. His illiteracy of the law and the understanding of medical records is incomprehensible. To address him as " Your Honor" is a joke.The Uninted States government should spare the disabled society ,and dismiss him of his position.They say ignorance of the law is no excuse. So based on that premise, Roberto gets a pass, because being a moron is not against the law

Judge: Elving L Torres
12/3/2012 12:14:48 PM

judge torres is a very fair man doing a very difficult job

Judge: Gerardo R Pico
11/15/2012 6:46:47 AM

Very Honest!!!! Gets to the truth looking at all the facts! God Bless Him!

Judge: Roberto Lebron
11/5/2012 9:42:15 PM

I went in front of this judge and he was very abusive. He stated that my medical condition wasn't that severe even after multiple surgeries. He further stated or refused to look at my medical evidence. No one has a chance with this gentlement. Mr. Lebron is an embarestment for the social security administration. I give this man 00000000000000000 stars.

Katie Sullivan
Judge: Aaron M Morgan
10/23/2012 4:39:48 PM

Tough but fair.

Judge: Milagros Farnes
10/20/2012 2:01:44 AM

She was a very pleasant lady and judge. I had my hearing October 3 2012, and 9 days later received my fully favorable letter from her.

Judge: Milagros Farnes
10/10/2012 1:16:58 PM

A very fine ad conscientious ALJ. She will give you a decent chance. No tricks or traps and straight forward. What more could you ask for?

James Edwards
Judge: Aaron M Morgan
9/27/2012 4:34:32 PM

Arrogant little bully!

so sad
Judge: Aaron M Morgan
9/27/2012 4:32:12 PM

Completely disregards the concept that the hearing is the claimant's opportunity for a fair and impartial hearing. Selects certain non-favorable evidence to base his decision on and disregards the remaining record. Attempts to embarrass reps and claimants. Should be reported to chief ALJ.

Judge: Roberto Lebron
9/9/2012 12:58:28 PM

The statistics on allowances and denials by this judge are indeed most curious. In Puerto Rico, he granted benefits in the vast majority of cases, and he issued decisions in a similar manner when he first came to White Plains. By contrast, he now denies benefits in more than twice as many cases as he allows them. This radical change, in so short a period, is hardly compatible with a picture of a fair, knowledgeable and independent judge.

Judge: Aaron M Morgan
9/9/2012 8:01:46 AM


cristina rodriguez
Judge: Elving L Torres
8/7/2012 8:31:17 PM

saludos! Elving L. Torres; desde Puerto Rico, Cristina Rodriguez/PO BOX 1003/DORADO, PR 00646/CEL:(787)344-9475

Judge: Roberto Lebron
7/18/2012 4:59:22 AM

It's astonishing that this judge "Lebron" had a favorable rating of approving cases in San Juan at 82% in 2010 supporting his fellow Puerto Ricans with very few denials. Since he has been in White Plains from late 2010 to 2012, he has overwelmingly denied cases and has only approved 25% as of 2012. This judge should retire! He is very undecisive and was "all over the place" during testomony with a report that was documented in the same manner by him and not true. I feel that this is a form of prejudice by him with his statistics to prove it. Retire Lebron and stay in San Juan!

Judge: Elving L Torres
7/13/2012 10:23:03 AM

I like Judge Torres, he is nice and fair. He definitely does like to amend, or offer closed periods. Will favor obvious physical impairments!

Judge: Maria Alexander Nunez
7/3/2012 2:51:58 PM

You can always tell an expert! Thanks for contritbuing.

Judge: Curtis Axelsen
7/3/2012 12:46:43 PM

This atricle went ahead and made my day.

Judge: Elving L Torres
6/8/2012 1:28:38 PM

amend amend amend. Don't go in expected a Fully Favorable decision because even IF he's inclined to pay your case, he'll ask you to amend. You can ask for a different date, and he may be amenable to that. But amend amend amend. He also doesn't appear to believe that psych cases are real. Denies denies denies. Make your case strong. Must have good testimony- he likes to manipulate claimant testimony. If he rephrases what claimant said- make sure claimant knows what he/she actually said and don't let ALJ manipulate the testimony.

Judge: Curtis Axelsen
6/8/2012 10:28:00 AM

Professionalism at its best. Outstanding knowledge of the law, soft temparent and helpful.

Sherri R Ansel
Judge: Elving L Torres
4/27/2012 12:22:38 PM

I do not think this judge had enough info on my case in Febuary, 2011. Plus my attorney did not say but one line before I walked in and that was, This Judge and I do not get along. He, Judge Torres, felt I could work secondary, part time. I had to come to Ohio for medical. Episodic Motor Weakness is what the doctors and neurologist here, have found. If the doctors at the clinics there would have sent me to the proper place, I know this Judge would have disabaled me. POINT: Make sure you know your lawyer and make sure you get the right doctors. I am still in reconsideration but had to transfer to Ohio. The sad part of this is even the judge has guidelines he has to follow. Judge Torres is a fair Judge. It is the Social Security Attorney who did not complete his job, nor the doctors in Englewood, Florida.

Another anonimus
Judge: Elving L Torres
3/22/2012 12:45:06 PM

He is firm but fair. Treats people with respect.

Judge: Elving L Torres
3/17/2012 5:18:40 PM

He Is a very cruel judge and lacks common sense and compasson for those that are very ill