Columbia Sc, South Carolina ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Columbia Sc, South Carolina, 15 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 11.0 months. The average case processing time in Columbia Sc is 433 days.The Columbia Sc average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 52%. 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 6/11/2019.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Columbia Sc 15 11.0 months 433 days 2.5 15% 52% 33%
South Carolina14.0 months513 days2.217%45%38%
National Average:14.9 months500 days2.120%42%38%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied

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Anthony weston
Judge: Ronald Fleming
2/13/2020 2:07:24 PM

Mr Fleming made me feel calm not nervous..I stated my case an hope everything work out for me an my family.I just to thank him for having time to hear my case.

Vicki Corkern
Judge: Michelle Thompson
12/27/2019 9:04:38 AM

The disability rules, law, I should of got my disability, but this judge denied me my disability. I am a very sick person, there is days I can barely walk, I honestly don't know if I am going to make it some days.. I have so much pain , so forgetful, the social security doctor said I was disable to work, because of my disease. She mention of me being obesity, and lack of education. It never stopped me working before. I have worked ever since I was 12 years old, worked hard for over 40 years. I have worked for everything I have, and now I am not able to work and about to lose everything I have ever worked for, because I am not able to work, and this Judge made this unfair and inhumane decision, on behalf I felt she is a prejudge Person. It is such a shame that a judge can make this kind of decision, because they don't like a person. What has our country become to. So sad that's it's become that such cases are treated like this. God be with us all.

Jared Vaughan
Judge: Deborah Foresman
12/22/2019 8:58:36 PM

Unfavorable decision on a long list of severe conditions with provided evidence. If this is your ALJ good luck. No compassion and very inconsiderate to those in need. My benefits will be reserved for the next related health condition case. Only those, addicts and uneducated individuals are allowed to receive SSI. They can play off their anxiety and other problems at ease in the hearing room. Unlike those who truly have problems they don't like to express, or can't easily express, all in which this ALJ clearly doesn't understand. It's a sad world. I've seen so many hard addicts on SSI it's so sad. If you can do basic math and talk clearly and have manners 𝐚𝐬 𝐚𝐬𝐀𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐝𝐨 𝐬𝐨. That too is a factor of not being eligible. That miraculously eliminates and cures your physical and mental incapabilities from the real world somehow. (As long as it's not Mrs Foresman who gets to go home to a quarter million dollar house every day). Happy holidays to you too. More social security for addicts. As long as they're secure right, Mrs Foresman? It's a tempting illusion when they're all spun out and feening. Anyway, off to be a bum, I can't even afford my ged.... Thank you Mrs Foresman.

Tony miles
Judge: Walter C Herin
12/3/2019 2:54:47 PM

Some lady post he was not racist it was prolly judge herin himself. The discrimination case as many are online nice try "brandy" Im sure after all these post he try to clean act up.

Judge: Walter C Herin
11/27/2019 7:12:34 AM

judge Walter C. Herin Jr is not racist he's the best judge I have been in front of, he is taking his time reviewing my baby case and not going off what the others jugdes said.....I have been in front of several adj.judges and they ain't take the time too review my baby case because i got her denial before 30 days so i know definitely they didn't review it thoroughly but Judge Herin Jr is taking his time and I thank God for a Great judge we had on Nov.20,2019......

John F Hooks Jr
Judge: Walter C Herin
10/2/2019 7:57:20 AM

thought he was great judge ,but didn`t like the outcome , I`ll try again!!

Imvestigate walter cunt herin
Judge: Walter C Herin
9/9/2019 9:10:15 AM

There should be an investigation on walter c herin. HE gives you a rfc report without asking you to do anything.A person of color has no chance everyone knows he racist

Judge: Jonathan T Shoenholz
9/9/2019 7:29:16 AM

This judge actually listens to understand.

This judge has a discrimination case
Judge: Walter C Herin
8/21/2019 7:42:30 AM

James v. Herin South Carolina District Court Judge: Cameron Mcgowan Currie Referred: Bristow Marchant Case #: 3:16-cv-02041 Nature of Suit 442 Civil Rights - Employment Cause 42:1983 Civil Rights (Employment Discrimination) Case Filed: Jun 17, 2016 Terminated: May 02, 2017 Docket Parties (2) Docket last updated: 10 hours ago Tuesday, May 02, 2017 45 misc Document Mailed Tue 10:20 AM ***DOCUMENT MAILED43 Order Ruling on Report and Recommendation,44 Judgment placed in U.S. Mail to Vernice L James (cbru, ) 44 misc Judgment Tue 10:18 AM JUDGMENT dismissing this action with prejudice (cbru, ) 43 order Order Ruling on Report and Recommendation Tue 10:15 AM OPINION AND ORDER adopting 39 Report and Recommendation, granting 32 Motion to Dismiss. Signed by Honorable Cameron McGowan Currie on 5/2/2017. (cbru, ) Wednesday, April 12, 2017 40 misc Document Mailed Wed 2:25 PM ***DOCUMENT MAILED39 REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION re32 MOTION to Dismiss and Memo in Support filed by Walter Herin, Jr placed in U.S. Mail to Vernice L James. (cwhi, ) 39 motion Report and Recommendation Wed 2:24 PM REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION of Magistrate Judge Bristow Marchant. It is recommended that the Defendants motion to dismiss be granted, and that this case be dismissed with prejudice. Objections to R&R due by 4/26/2017. Add an additional 3 days only if served by mail or otherwise allowed under Fed. R. Civ. P. 6 or Fed. R. Crim. P. 45. Signed by Magistrate Judge Bristow Marchant on 4/12/2017. (cwhi, ) Tuesday, April 04, 2017 37 respm Response in Opposition to Motion Tue 10:30 AM RESPONSE in Opposition re32 MOTION to Dismiss and Memo in Support . Response filed by Vernice L James.Reply to Response to Motion due by 4/11/2017. Add an additional 3 days only if served by mail or otherwise allowed under Fed. R. Civ. P. 6.(cwhi, ) Att: 1 Exhibit A-E, Att: 2 Envelope Monday, March 06, 2017 36 misc Document Mailed Mon 3:33 PM ***DOCUMENT MAILED35 Order on Motion to Substitute Party placed in U.S. Mail to Vernice L James. (cwhi, ) 35 order Order on Motion to Substitute Party Mon 3:32 PM ORDER granting 31 Motion to Substitute Party. United States added. Walter Herin, Jr terminated. Signed by Magistrate Judge Bristow Marchant on 3/6/2017.(cwhi, ) Monday, February 27, 2017 34 misc Document Mailed Mon 3:02 PM ***DOCUMENT MAILED33 Roseboro Order, placed in U.S. Mail to Vernice L James. (cwhi, ) 33 order Roseboro Order Mon 3:02 PM ROSEBORO ORDER directing clerk to forward summary judgment explanation to the opposing party and directing that party to respond in 34 days. Response due to 32 MOTION to Dismiss and Memo in Support by 3/30/2017. Add an additional 3 days only if served by mail or otherwise allowed under Fed. R. Civ. P. 6 or Fed. R. Crim. P. 45. Signed by Magistrate Judge Bristow Marchant on 2/27/2017. (cwhi, ) Friday, February 24, 2017 32 motion Dismiss Fri 10:36 AM MOTION to Dismiss and Memo in Support by Walter Herin, Jr. Response to Motion due by 3/10/2017. Add an additional 3 days only if served by mail or otherwise allowed under Fed. R. Civ. P. 6 or Fed. R. Crim. P. 45.No proposed order.Motions referred to Bristow Marchant.(Bailey, Terri) Att: 1 Memo in Support, Att: 2 Certificate of Service Thursday, February 16, 2017 31 motion Substitute Party Thu 12:21 PM MOTION to Substitute Party Notice of Substitution of Party by Walter Herin, Jr. Response to Motion due by 3/2/2017. Add an additional 3 days only if served by mail or otherwise allowed under Fed. R. Civ. P. 6 or Fed. R. Crim. P. 45.Proposed order is being emailed to chambers with copy to opposing counsel.Motions referred to Bristow Marchant.(Bailey, Terri) Att: 1 Certification by United States Attorney Monday, January 23, 2017 30 misc Document Mailed Mon 11:20 AM ***DOCUMENT MAILED 29 Order on Motion for Extension of Time to Answer placed in U.S. Mail to Vernice L James PO Box 8032 Columbia, SC 29202 (egra, ) 29 order Order on Motion for Extension of Time to Answer Mon 11:19 AM TEXT ORDER granting 28 Motion for Extension of Time to Answer. Walter Herin Jr. answer due 2/27/2017. Entered at the direction of Magistrate Judge Bristow Marchant on 01/23/2017.(egra, ) Friday, January 20, 2017 28 motion Extension of Time to File Answer Fri 9:53 AM MOTION for Extension of Time to File Answer re1 Complaint by Walter Herin, Jr. Response to Motion due by 2/3/2017. Add an additional 3 days only if served by mail or otherwise allowed under Fed. R. Civ. P. 6 or Fed. R. Crim. P. 45. No proposed order.Motions referred to Bristow Marchant.(Bailey, Terri) Friday, December 02, 2016 27 misc Status Report Fri 2:42 PM STATUS REPORT And Notice to Court as to Answer Due Date by Walter Herin, Jr.(Bailey, Terri) Att: 1 Exhibit 1 - Declaration of Walter C. Herin, Jr. Thursday, October 13, 2016 26 notice Notice of Appearance Thu 1:43 PM NOTICE of Appearance by Terri Hearn Bailey on behalf of Walter Herin, Jr (Bailey, Terri) Wednesday, October 12, 2016 25 service Summons Returned Executed as to USA-Complaint Served Wed 9:12 AM SUMMONS Returned Executed by Vernice L James. Walter Herin, Jr served on 10/3/2016, answer due 12/2/2016. (cwhi, ) Monday, September 19, 2016 23 service Summons Issued as to USA Mon 2:43 PM Summons Issued as to Walter Herin, Jr. U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General. Service due by 12/22/2016. (cwhi, ) 22 misc Document Mailed Mon 2:35 PM ***DOCUMENT MAILED21 Order Service - Non-Inmate placed in U.S. Mail to Vernice L James. (cwhi, ) 21 order Order - Service - Non-Inmate Mon 2:34 PM ORDER authorizing service of process by clerk and directing plaintiff to notify the clerk in writing of any change of address. Signed by Magistrate Judge Bristow Marchant on 9/19/2016. (cwhi, ) Friday, September 16, 2016 18 discov Answer to Interrogatories Fri 11:07 AM ANSWER to Court's Special Interrogatories from Vernice L. James by Vernice L James.(cwhi, ) Att: 1 Envelope Monday, August 22, 2016 17 misc Document Mailed Mon 4:09 PM ***DOCUMENT MAILED15 Proper Form Order and required document placed in U.S. Mail to Vernice L James. (cwhi, ) 16 order Order on Motion for Leave to Proceed In Forma Pauperis Mon 4:07 PM REFERENCE 15 ORDER granting 4 Motion for Leave to Proceed in forma pauperis. Signed by Magistrate Judge Bristow Marchant on 8/22/2016.(cwhi, ) 15 order Proper Form Order Mon 4:05 PM PROPER FORM ORDER. Case to be brought into proper form by 9/15/2016. Signed by Magistrate Judge Bristow Marchant on 8/22/2016.(cwhi, ) Monday, August 01, 2016 11 discov Answer to Interrogatories Mon 3:35 PM ANSWER to Court's Special Interrogatories from Vernice L. James by Vernice L James.(cwhi, ) Att: 1 Exhibit - List of expenses Thursday, July 07, 2016 10 misc Document Mailed Thu 2:20 PM ***DOCUMENT MAILED9 Proper Form Order and required documents placed in U.S. Mail to Vernice L James. (cwhi, ) 9 order Proper Form Order Thu 2:19 PM PROPER FORM ORDER. Case to be brought into proper form by 8/1/2016. Signed by Magistrate Judge Bristow Marchant on 7/7/2016.(cwhi, ) Friday, June 17, 2016 4 motion Proceed In Forma Pauperis Mon 3:48 PM MOTION for Leave to Proceed in forma pauperis Related [+] by Vernice L James. Response to Motion due by 7/5/2016. Motions referred to Bristow Marchant.(bshr, ) 3 discov Local Rule 26.01 Answers to Interrogatories Mon 3:48 PM Local Rule 26.01 Answers to Interrogatories by Vernice L James.(bshr, ) 1 cmp Complaint Mon 3:47 PM COMPLAINT against Walter Herin, Jr, filed by Vernice L James. Service due by 9/19/2016(bshr, )

Judge: Ronald Fleming
5/13/2019 4:30:57 PM

Had hearing March 5th...I found the judge to be very professional ...pleasant and kind. I had to represent myself and I was nervous because I read he had somewhat of a low rating but i was honest and did the best i could. I ended receiving a bench decision...I left in glad this long fight is over

Judge: Brian Garves
3/12/2019 6:30:04 PM

I felt like he was all business. I did not feel any special connection or favor. My case was compelling with very ample witnesses and medical evidence. My lawyer was very very on point and good. Waiting on decision.

Judge: Amanda Craven
2/26/2019 9:23:11 AM

Mrs Amanda Craven is fair trustworthy blessed and real she passionate about her work she's awesome great judge of character and understanding of people and what they go threw one of a kind me and my family thank God for her

April R Reed
Judge: Ethan A Chase
2/14/2019 8:04:24 PM

Haven't gotten approved for my disability yet and I was so nervous because I had never been through this before. After I had started being asked questions, I started to feel able to get through it. He was very understanding and compassionate. He told me other info also that was needed for my case. I just pray everything works out because God is definitely in control!

Joel coker
Judge: Ethan A Chase
2/13/2019 2:22:02 PM

Has anyone been in front of judge Ethan Chase. How was he thank you?????

Steve Lassiter
Judge: Deborah Foresman
10/5/2018 6:11:53 AM

Shame on people who discriminate against people with disabilities.People who do not do their proper research and act just upon the facts,should be removed/disbarred from any position dealing with peoples rights.Being born with disabilities is NOT a pre-existing condition.Being born without a heart is heartless.I would rate this a a negative but they dont go that low.SHAME SHAME SHAME!!!

Anne Palazzola
Judge: Walter C Herin
8/21/2018 9:13:05 AM

Judge Herin Jr,,,,Gravy Or Sauce? You Are One Of The Coolest Judges I’ve Ever Encounted!

Judge: Peggy McFadden-Elmore
1/19/2018 7:58:40 AM

I am incredibly impressed with Her knowledge and attention to detail. She took the time to review my case ahead of time and asked the right questions. I am a white woman and disagree with so many of these negative reviews about race. Just be HONEST. She can see right through you. She’s doing her job and doing it right.

A. Wynn
Judge: Brian Garves
12/8/2017 12:11:32 PM

I havent received my decision yet, but I was well pleased with Judge Garves, his assistant, as well as the Adjucator. I felt like I was treated human, and not like another number on the calander. My hearing seemed promising. Praying for the best!!!

Judge: Donna Lefebvre
11/22/2017 1:43:32 PM

Judge Lefebvre made me feel at ease, because honestly I was a nervous wreck. An incident in the waiting area prior to the hearing left me a little shaken and embarrassed and was part of one of my conditions, so when my lawyer asked about this problem I broke down in the hearing. I was also embarrassed that when I had to stand up to readjust during the questioning, my hip popped quite loudly but the judges demeanor did not show disdain. I have not received the outcome of my case yet. Either way it goes, I hold no feelings either way towards the judge as a person. She has a job to do like everyone else in the system. I am just grateful I finally got my chance to tell my story, and was well enough to stand(and sit) before her to do so.

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.....

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

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.

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
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.

Judge: Peter Jamison
7/28/2015 12:28:45 PM

Too early to know the decision, but Judge Jamison was very kind during the hearing, really putting the claimant at ease. He was patient with her and took time to really explain everything.

7/6/2015 5:09:31 PM

judge taylor not fair,has spanish voc lady,

Judge: Arthur L Conover
12/28/2014 6:01:12 AM

judge arther conover,dont lok at the fact he just look at how much money you receive from workmen comp,he told me that i had a problem with authority figurer,it broke me because i was so mistreade on my job,i recorded my boss tell me workmen comp was going to fire me, durning my injury my boss refuse to let me take during my surgery,i went back to work 3-4 time trying to work i could do it, i had to get all my money out of retiredment because my supervisor never agave me the paper work, i refuse to agreee with my boss when the dictor caught him playing domio he came to to me and said it the white against the black,for 15 yrs i loved my job it was my life because i couldnt read but i could work the state let me down,im sorry if i had to remove everything out of my retirement judge conover but i would have loss my home,i never had aa problem with authority figure,but this boss did me like a dog and laugh in my face doing injury because i wasnt with him with the black and the white thing,2009-2014 hve be able to work judge my grandbaby,my friend my daughter my sons ,my family help me do evrything i tryed with my hold heart,my boss was right the state wouldnt help me , was done so wrong ,a for this judge to say that to me broke my heart because i nevr dispected any boss i every had,the only thing i can do is pray that someone listen to my crys for what right.o my god im 2011-2015,why is this judge treat me so bad, im a good person,please judge conover i beg you to please,belive me i never did anything to hurt anyone my job put me out perment resticted,

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.

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.

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!!!!

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.

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.

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

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 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....

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.

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

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.

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 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.