Columbia Sc, South Carolina ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Columbia Sc, South Carolina, 12 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Columbia Sc, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 20.0 months. The average case processing time in Columbia Sc is 655 days.The Columbia Sc average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 49%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Columbia Sc ODAR office was last updated on 9/7/2017.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Columbia Sc 12 20.0 months 655 days 1.7 20% 49% 31%
South Carolina20.3 months673 days1.821%43%35%
National Average:18.0 months582 days1.921%45%34%
AVERAGE TIME
Hearing Wait Time: 20.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 1.74
Average Processing Time 655 days
Cases Pending 5895
Dispositions 2895
New Cases 1674
Hearings In Person 83%
Video Hearings 17%
LIST OF JUDGES / 18

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Angela Pinkney
Judge: Amanda Craven
7/24/2017 4:46:57 AM



To the Honorable Judge Amanda Craven, Thank you for the disposition in my situation. I risked my life every minute of everyday that I went to work, I appreciate you and your fairness. I Pray continued peace and blessings upon your life. You were very fair and professional in your proceedings. Once again, Thank you maam

John D. Tomlinson
Judge: Janice Ulan
6/15/2017 12:21:34 PM



I truly thank you Judge Janice Ulan, for Approving my case.. I feel you are truly impartial and fare, you asked reasonable questions and didn't try to trap me into saying something that would be damaging to my case.. You listened, and allowed me to tell you how i feel, and how it effected my daily life.. I felt like you really cared, and was sympathetic.. You are one judge that cares about the every day person, and what your disability can do to change your life.. God bless you and thank you again.....


Judge: WILLIAM F TAYLOR
6/12/2017 5:48:04 PM



Judge Taylor is very understanding am glad he was my judge

Tammie Neal
Judge: Troy M Patterson
5/16/2017 2:36:27 PM



Very nice and professional. Explained all facts. He really listened. Very thankful for his time. I give him 5stars

Angela
Judge: Paul Elkin
1/13/2017 6:09:09 PM



Hi my name is angela.I am 52 years old.When I was 13 years old I had scoliosis surgery and the doctor done surgery on me told me that I could not lift nothing over 10 pounds, no pushing and pulling, no bike riding, no jumping off diving broad, no motorcycle riding, no jumping off diving broad, no sports what so ever, no mowing grass, no skating,.The doctor told me if my steal rod ever pop out of place it would cripple me, I also had learning disabilities through out my school years from k -12 grades years.I also have speech problems in still do.The disability has denied me.But do have a lawyer on my claim.I take pain pain pills for my back and hip.I have arthritis in my back, hip , shoulder, knee, hands, high blood pressure and bad headache and I take medication for it by doctor. I know my case pending in your courthouse.I just wondering how long will it take before you get to me The disability denied me it be a year in march of 2016.reason I can spell some words my phone spell them out that help

Edwin A. Anderson
Judge: Donna Lefebvre
10/24/2016 2:39:36 PM



I regularly appear in front of Judge Lefebvre and have found her to be both professional and courteous. She takes the time to listen to the claimant and is thorough in her questions. She appreciates a case that is thoroughly prepared beforehand and allows the attorneys who appear before her to make their case before she makes her decision. Edwin A. Anderson of Cannon & Anderson, Attorneys. (865) 522-9000.

Cynthia
Judge: Arthur L Conover
4/5/2016 4:22:26 PM



This MAN rating has been up and down. Check it out. Now is he a fair judge. I do not know it has been one month since my hearing. I have been receiving benefits for 30 years.

Columbia Rep
Judge: Tracy Daly
12/22/2015 12:18:36 PM



A thoroughly unpleasant individual who makes his decisions based on speculation. He does not review evidence and he does not listen to what the claimant is telling him.

Clyde Barden
Judge: Ethan A Chase
12/5/2015 7:57:30 PM



I was very nervous at my hearing and couldn't explain all my problems but with Sarcoidosis it takes no activities at all to suffer day in and day out with severe pains and pulmonary problems of abnormal breathing.I didn't get a chance to explain the muscle discomfort with numbness throughout my body caused by sarcoids scaring between my soft tissue and bones which causes severe aches and pain..polyarthritis causing swelling and severe pain in my foot,ankle,knees,shoulders and elbows, that also causes me shortness of breath cause the pain are so severe.. I deal with skin rashes and scabies on my face,chest,back and legs that burns and itches.. I also have a high Gout level in my foot that causes me not to be able to where laced shoes and pain and stiffness in my shoulder... the fact that it cause no activities to suffer from these symptoms causes depression that adds on to my fatigue and causes chaos in concentration.. As one of my physicians stated; I'm all around screwed...

Carrie Coleman
Judge: John R Martin
11/19/2015 10:52:30 AM



This is a great judge. The attention he showed for my brother at his hearing will be with us always. Thank You Judge Martin for the heart you have for people that you can help.

Bridgett Graham
Judge: WILLIAM F TAYLOR
10/18/2015 8:22:41 AM



My first time before a judge and I am glad it was Judge Taylor. I felt he was very fair, understanding, and truly listened.

lynette ramos
Judge: Ronald Fleming
9/9/2015 11:33:02 AM



he is the worst judge any one can so you know if you get him for a judge you already know that you are going to be denied if your skin is not white

paul hoehn
Judge: Ronald Fleming
8/11/2015 9:19:17 AM



Evidence and supported documentation be damned. His rulings appears to be based on prejudice and vengeful pettiness. He is a consummate bureaucrat.

kevin
Judge: WILLIAM F TAYLOR
7/6/2015 5:09:31 PM



judge taylor not fair,has spanish voc lady,

Ronnie
Judge: John R Martin
7/26/2014 9:43:14 AM



Judge martin is a great judge that cares about the person he is dealing with just a great all around fair and understanding person thank you so much judge Martin.

Charles M. West
Judge: Robert C Allen
7/21/2014 9:01:57 AM



I would like to thank Judge Robert C. Allen very much for his understanding and compassion in the hearing of my case on May 14, 2014 in Augusta, Georgia. He was very courteous and apologetic in the handling of my hearing. I really appreciate your professionalism. My Mother assisted me in writing these comments. Charles M. West

Marilyn Sullivam
Judge: Walter C Herin
7/15/2014 12:40:43 PM



Judge Herin had a great disposition and listened to what I had to say.He thourouhly questioned the vocational guy.Regardless of my outcome will be favorable or unfavorable I thought he was very professional.

vet
Judge: Michelle Thompson
5/28/2014 8:27:26 PM



I would like to just say she is a fair and just judge she truly listen and provide fair decisions based on the evidence if more judges were this unbiased and did everything on a case by case basis and not under any preconceived stereotype this world would be a better place


Judge: Michelle Thompson
5/19/2014 8:08:53 PM



She took the time to listen to me and was very caring.


Judge: Tracy Daly
4/27/2014 6:20:02 PM



He denied a friend of mine,who almost lost her foot,if any one derserves to be approved she did,after high hopes of being approved,it crushing,because is unable to work and has children,so cannot say I think too highly of him right now,but ask him to review his decision,thanks in advance.


Judge: Donna Lefebvre
4/20/2014 9:21:56 PM



She goes through the motions of being professional but she has no respect for anyone trying to get disability. She has a hateful, angry look etched into her face and her dislike of disability claimants is obvious. In the legal community she's known as poison. She will attack you in her decision over things that she didn't even bring up in the hearing. She is spiteful and malicious and clearly has a private vendetta against disability claimants.


Judge: Donna Lefebvre
4/1/2014 12:08:28 AM



Catty and treacherous. Watch out and make sure you have a strong lawyer.


Judge: Peggy McFadden-Elmore
12/20/2013 9:52:47 AM



She is very rude and asks bizarre questions of the Claimant as well as the Rep. To the person who rhetorically asked "is she supposed to be Mary Poppins?" No, but one would expect that she could simply treat the people in her presence as human beings as opposed to complete scum not worth her precious time. Many, many other ALJs seem to have no problem just doing that.

Cora Williams
Judge: Robert C Allen
9/20/2013 2:32:34 PM



I think that Judge Robert C. Allen is very fair, I really like the way that he listen to what I were saying and not just looking past me like some other judges, he patiently let me finish what I were saying before he would start talking.


Judge: Troy M Patterson
8/19/2013 5:44:32 AM



Very professional and courteous. Explained everything in detail and asked what I felt were the appropriate questions.

Linda
Judge: Frederick W Christian
6/6/2013 10:37:40 AM



Judge Frederick W Christian made my son and I feel so relaxed. We felt like he really listened, and was concerned from a professional standpoint, and from his heart. He explained our rights to us in a way that it caused our hearts to trust his judgments without desiring a attorney. I would recommend Judge Frederick W Christian to everyone, because you'll definitely get a fair hearing.


Judge: Donna Lefebvre
4/18/2013 10:58:16 PM



I really liked this judge, she really seemed to understand what I had gone through, seemed compassionate and professional! When I received my letter from her, not only was I in shock, but my attorney was as well! She went totally opposite of how we thought she would go, not only because of the evidence but also just the way she reacted to everything in court! I think I would've rather had a judge that would've been a total ***** and pretty much let me know how she felt in court than to have a total surprise like we did!


Judge: Donna Lefebvre
4/12/2013 5:43:21 PM



very profesional

Don Spriggsdosp
Judge: Peggy McFadden-Elmore
3/24/2013 8:21:31 PM



I think that Judge Elmore is on point. So many are complaing about her demeanor. My question is, " Was she suppose to be Mary Poppins? She has a job to do. I am sure she has a heavy case load, Awith many questionable claims. From what I have read here many that have posted seem to be white. And they feel it is a race issue. Tisk tisk I say to you. Then I offer because many of your people denied so many blacks you feel she is doing the same to you. Sad for you. However, Judge Elmore is a bigger person than that.


Judge: Tracy Daly
3/13/2013 11:53:08 AM



A good judge who reads the record and knows the file well.

L. Polite
Judge: John R Martin
3/11/2013 6:32:54 AM



Judge Martin gave me a fully favorable decsison. This judge took in consideration of my health as well as what the voc rehab lady had to say about my conditions. The process was smooth and he understood my past and future disabilities. He is awesome.

L. Polite
Judge: John R Martin
3/11/2013 6:27:11 AM



i was found fully favorable in 2012. This judge took in to consideration of my health aas well as what the voc rehab lady had to say. The process was smooth and he understood my current and future conditions.

Thought it would be fair
Judge: Ronald Fleming
3/5/2013 8:06:48 AM



He will twist med records that are in your favor and find one misplaced word and rule against you . If you get him as a judge you have 24% shot .


Judge: Walter C Herin
2/14/2013 9:47:24 AM



this gentleman was the most self-righteous judge i have ever come across. very preachy and smug.


Judge: William F Pope
2/13/2013 9:49:30 AM



Had a hearing with this judge. He immediately began nit-picking dates and diagnosis information submitted by my attorney. Wasn't sure where he was going with this but the attorney knew to play along and not get irritated. Turns out it was his way of "negotiating" onset of disability. He took a few pot-shots at my medical history, including my weight which was irrelevant, but attorney had warned me not to take any of it personally. When I was finally asked questions, I answered as briefly and as specifically as possible. Attorney advised me that this judge cannot stand vague words & answers. He thanked me each time I answered a question and did not attack me personally in any way. He did not "approve" my case but led the attorney to believe that with a few technical corrections, he would. Fingers crossed!


Judge: Troy M Patterson
2/5/2013 3:01:13 PM



Rude and disrespectful,claims that disabled people who have physicians who back their claim are stupid and dimwhitted.Also, says that they are easily manuiplated into believing someone can't find work regurdless of their level of disabilty.


Judge: William F Pope
2/2/2013 10:17:36 PM



Very sarcastic, and ridiculed my mother into crying. He smirked they entire time and stayed off topic. He was very unprofessional and didn't even do an oath. He couldn't even tell me his name.


Judge: William F Pope
2/2/2013 10:16:26 PM



Very sarcastic, and ridiculed my mother into crying. He smirked they entire time and stayed off topic. He was very unprofessional and didn't even do an oath. He couldn't even tell me his name.


Judge: William F Pope
2/2/2013 10:15:12 PM



Very sarcastic, and ridiculed my mother into crying. He smirked they entire time and stayed off topic. He was very unprofessional and didn't even do an oath. I hope he rots. He couldn't even tell me his name.


Judge: Walter C Herin
1/30/2013 12:47:23 PM



Judge Herin saved my life!!!! My lawyer told me that Judge Herin would give me a fair hearing, and he was right!!!! I got approved today for my benefits. Thank you Judge Herin!!!! Thank you thank you thank you!!!! You are a great man. You saved my life!!!!


Judge: WILLIAM F TAYLOR
1/9/2013 12:24:25 PM



He is very nice, understanding and caring. I have never met anyone like him!!

Columbia Rep
Judge: Frederick W Christian
1/4/2013 12:27:16 PM



Love this man's personality! Very professional but kind, listens to the claimants. And he has a great smile that make the claimants feel more at ease, and reps too!

Columbia Rep
Judge: John R Martin
1/4/2013 12:25:44 PM



He is awesome. Very laid-back and calm... He has a "cool" temperament and he shows compassion. And is overall fair.


Judge: Peggy McFadden-Elmore
12/17/2012 6:31:25 PM



She's way out in left field. Look at her rating of approval. SS has got to love her


Judge: Peggy McFadden-Elmore
12/14/2012 1:38:55 PM



She is rude to the client and attorney (or rep). To the attys - don't back down...she is still bound by the law whether she believes she is or not. I can't wait to have her any decision she denies overturned on appeal.


Judge: Peggy McFadden-Elmore
10/30/2012 12:17:06 PM



ALJ has a very low approval rating and perhaps she is biased but with a rating that low she is denying just about everybody. Claims of racial bias are nonsense.


Judge: Peggy McFadden-Elmore
10/1/2012 12:41:59 PM



Based on her approval rating, I am certain the claimant's race is not a factor; hardly anyone gets paid.

Advocate
Judge: Arthur L Conover
9/27/2012 12:59:53 PM



Make sure you know your case well. Judge Conover doesn't suffer fools gladly. Any rep who isn't prepared to work his files better watch out.


Judge: William F Pope
9/17/2012 3:30:31 PM



Truly, he's a good judge- believe it or not-- just wants the reps to earn their money and to make sure the truth is being testified and brought forth during the hearing. Credibility goes a long way with this judge. As far as treatment of claimants-- no words to describe. Sadly, even seeing these comments above in print will have no effect. I just wish some of the raw edges could be smoothed and the abrasiveness put to rest.


Judge: William F Pope
9/7/2012 10:30:15 AM



Bullied my client into an emotional breakdown. Rude to the extreme. I know my cases forwards and backwards and I still come away feeling like a terrible lawyer. Went so far as to pick on the WAY my client filled out routine paperwork.

Anonymous
Judge: Peggy McFadden-Elmore
9/6/2012 4:26:51 AM



ask any attorney and they will tell you that McFadden is not a fair ALJ. Why she is still in the ODARS office is beyond me. Look at her record, it speaks for itself. She doesn't seem to comprehend doctors notes, records. If a person has 6 doctors saying this person cannot work then what is the problem? She should be investigated. It would seem she is only in her position for money and not for the office she holds

Anita P. Stallings
Judge: Tracy Daly
9/4/2012 2:28:27 PM



I wanted to take the time to post a Derserved comment toward the Honorable Judge Tracy Daly. In my opinion, he is the most Respectful, Most Understanding Judge, I have ever had the priveledge to deal with. My whole life has changed due to his Compassion and Understanding, where my case was concerened. All my Graditude goes First to GOD, and 2nd to the Honorable Tracy Daly for carrying out Gods work. Thank you for giving my some life back, that I had lost, somewhere along the way.


Judge: William F Pope
9/4/2012 12:45:36 PM



Be ready for 45 minutes of torture.


Judge: Walter C Herin
9/4/2012 12:43:55 PM



This judge spends half the hearing time talking about himself. And the stories are boring. You're supposed to believe he had a difficult childhood. But he did not. And it's no excuse for his smarmy attitude. Needs to get a real job.


Judge: Michelle Thompson
8/23/2012 5:03:21 PM



I dont think she took in to consideration what I have to go through everyday dealing with children that have ADHD and ODD have twins one approved other one keep being denied I wish she could walk in my shoes and see how it feels to get calls from school because your child cant stay in her seat or that the child is being suspended for fighting hope she one day look at the whole picture and not just her question she asked us


Judge: Michelle Thompson
8/23/2012 4:57:14 PM



I don't understand her decision I have twins one approved other denied several times never went to court one other twin but the oldest getting denied they both have the same medical history and they take med everyday which is five to be exact and hopefully when I appeal I will have some type of representation because why do one get approved and the other one keeps getting denied keep in mind they are only three mintues apart bug the oldest twin keep getting denied ever chance I apply

Angela m Green
Judge: Ethan A Chase
8/16/2012 6:01:58 PM



Hi my name is Angela Marie Green and I applied for disibility benifits after I had a injury that left me in tremendous pain! I finally found out that I had degenerate **** disorder and herniation, in which I had surgery! I have had like for steriod shots and tryed different pain medications and still in a lot of pain! I cannot sleep and maintain the activities that I use to do without subjecting myself from the agany! This has caused me to be very depressed and overwhelmed. I have been waiting a long time for a hearing and have been feeling scared for my three children! I love them very much and feel like they are going without! I have a attorney but haven't heard anything! I can't even keep my lights on at my house. I know there are others waiting as well; I just wish I didn't have to stand in the dark! If there is anything you can do to help I would kindly appreciate it. Thank You


Judge: William F Pope
7/30/2012 2:17:09 PM



Pope is not the worst judge ever. Believe me, with a 44% approval rating, that's better than some whose approval rating is as low as 10%. Pope's attitude is a good candidate for the worst ever. He is profoundly rude to claimants, but in my experience will not take liberties with a well prepared representative. If he knows that the representative knows the case backwards and forwards, he quickly goes from "Insult" Mode to "Let's Make a Deal" mode. He'll typically throw out a ridiculous proposal to amend the onset. You must then be ready to give him a good counter-offer based on the evidence, which still ensures you get paid! If you do, he will likely accept the representative's proposed amended onset. Knowing how to deal with Pope is more than half the battle. . .... . . . .


Judge: William F Pope
7/30/2012 2:16:07 PM



Bad man wont let you talk


Judge: Tracy Daly
7/30/2012 12:56:20 PM



Judge Daly is exceptionally fair and equitable. His patient, informed style shows a true commitment to impartially considering each case on its full merits. He treats everyone with respect and dignity. He always gives the clients a thorough opportunity to explain their disabling conditions, but he expects you to fully prepare in advance. File a prehearing brief for this ALJ.

Robert Coleman
Judge: William F Pope
7/28/2012 7:16:54 AM



I agree nasty attitude It must be the robe Anywhere else he would get his clock cleaned Bet he doesn't talk to people outside like that I am disabled, back gone, fighting prostate cancer at 62 Doctors form said I can work 2 hrs Should be a no-brainer I will report results in 30 days

Advocate
Judge: Walter C Herin
7/12/2012 9:22:18 AM



Awful judge. No compassion whatsoever.

Miss bi-polar
Judge: Peggy McFadden-Elmore
7/8/2012 7:47:21 AM



As a bi-polar plus other mental health issues with letters from phyciatrist, doctors and so fourth writting that due to my conditions I am unable to work with others or follow the simplest instructions. I was denied by this judge. she didnt even read the last two years of medical reports from my mental health doctors. or the last year from medical doctors. she made up lies in my denial letter.my meds run out in a few days and with no income and gov health care that doesnt want to aprove my meds or care because of cost. I take 7 dif meds per day. It will be very interesting to see how my life turns out now. She is very cold and does not understand medical reports and very lazy at her job if she cant read the last two years. dont get this judge unless you are black. she approved a friend that was less off than me but is black and much younger. hopefully the review board will do a better job if not the court system after that. i will keep filing over and over till I find a judge that knows what they are doing. (written by a friend for Miss Bi-polar in her presents and in her own words)


Judge: William F Pope
6/26/2012 9:02:08 AM



Wins my vote for ALJ with the worst Napoleonic Complex. Why do some people think that wearing a black robe gives one license to be rude to people? Also, be warned that this ODAR (and the clerks and security guard) is one of the poorly organized (and some clerks are lazy) in the nation? The security guard actually makes you remove your shoes, then scans the BOTTOMS of your feet for bombs (I kid you not!!). LOL. This office is straight from Central Casting for the Beverly Hillbillies meets Deliverance!! Perhaps this explains Pope's nastiness. After working there every day for years....

Ben
Judge: Peggy McFadden-Elmore
6/20/2012 10:04:25 AM



I really wish I could find something good about this ALJ, But I can't find even one positive thing to say. In all my years I have never seen a person as cold and inept to understand a medical report and what is in it. You will find many lies in your denial letter for reasons of such. If you get this judge you may as well not show up and just file a new claim and hope for a ALJ that has good comprehension skills. I would like to know the ratio of Black Vs Whites that have been approved by her.

Jasmine
Judge: Peggy McFadden-Elmore
6/18/2012 12:35:26 PM



Ms Elmore doesn't take medical information to rule and doesn't know what is in the files. It would seem she uses more personal feelings into her decision. It would seem like she skims over the records what little records she must read. There is no way some people that are being denied should have. If you are getting this judge please do yourself a favor and beg to be switched. SC really need to get rid of this ALJ. A very bad ALJ in my opinion and should not be in the position she is. She should be practicing in private law. All this ALJ is doing is clogging the review boards and federal appeals office with appeals. I have a feeling most of her judgements will be over turned which in turns does nothing but waste money in which SC cant afford.


Judge: Peggy McFadden-Elmore
6/16/2012 12:07:07 PM



Fabricates false evidence by miss reading doctors reports. Has no idea what doctors are saying in reports. A very bad example of a ALJ. she needs to be investigated. Does not know the claimants file or must be blind as to what is in it if she does read. She doesn't seem to like white people

BT
Judge: Peggy McFadden-Elmore
6/8/2012 7:52:35 AM



This ALJ is notorious for not knowing the content of the claimant's file, ignoring evidence that does not fit her preconceived notions of the claimant, and dismissing legal argument out of hand if she did not think of it first. Her demeanor is ice-cold. Unlike other bad ALJs who are polite in their direct contact with claimants and representatives, Peggy acts like the whole world is her enemy.


Judge: Michelle Thompson
6/7/2012 4:49:36 PM



Hottest looking ALJ I've seen. Very cute french sounding accent and a nice demeanor as well.

ST
Judge: Ronald Fleming
5/21/2012 12:28:23 PM



Very nice courtroom demeanor -- very pleasant and respectful to the claimant; discussed the case with the rep prior to and during the hearing to work out a favorable resolution to the case


Judge: Peggy McFadden-Elmore
5/4/2012 6:07:23 AM



She is a very straight forward judge that is fair. She does have a low approval rate but I feel that is due to frivolous claims and new on the job in Columbia SC. If you are truly disabled, I am sure you will be happy with her. If your case is frivolous, she will see right through it.


Judge: William F Pope
4/11/2012 2:09:47 PM



Pope is not the worst judge ever. Believe me, with a 44% approval rating, that's better than some whose approval rating is as low as 10%. Pope's attitude is a good candidate for the worst ever. He is profoundly rude to claimants, but in my experience will not take liberties with a well prepared representative. If he knows that the representative knows the case backwards and forwards, he quickly goes from "Insult" Mode to "Let's Make a Deal" mode. He'll typically throw out a ridiculous proposal to amend the onset. You must then be ready to give him a good counter-offer based on the evidence, which still ensures you get paid! If you do, he will likely accept the representative's proposed amended onset. Knowing how to deal with Pope is more than half the battle.


Judge: Robert C Allen
3/20/2012 9:44:34 AM



The most competent ALJ I have worked with, and regret that he left Hattiesburg ODAR several months ago.


Judge: Ethan A Chase
3/18/2012 12:28:19 PM



...is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I've ever known in my life.


Judge: William F Pope
3/13/2012 4:54:15 PM



Worst. Judge. Ever.