Franklin, Tennessee ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Franklin, Tennessee, 10 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Franklin, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 18.0 months. The average case processing time in Franklin is 567 days.The Franklin average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 53%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Franklin 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
Franklin 10 18.0 months 567 days 2.0 18% 53% 28%
Tennessee17.4 months558 days2.118%52%30%
National Average:18.0 months582 days1.921%45%34%
AVERAGE TIME
LIST OF JUDGES / 18
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied

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Stephanie
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.

LT
Judge: Elizabeth P Neuhoff
10/24/2017 2:55:00 PM



I was nervous before the hearing, however, she outlined what to expect during the hearing. She was very courteous and professional. It took awhile for the decision, however, she did advise me during the hearing that she was short staffed and to please be patient.


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

Ronald D McKelvy Jr
Judge: Elizabeth P Neuhoff
10/28/2016 5:41:19 AM



Judge Neuhoff was a good and understanding Judge very nice and helped me through my hearing

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: Linda Gail Roberts
2/16/2016 6:04:42 PM



In the last three years I've appeared before Judge Roberts about seven or eight times (maybe more, memory fails). What I've learned is, to do well in her courtroom, the representative should: 1. submit a prehearing brief, and 2. be prepared to argue the case before her, citing exhibits and applicable rulings or listings. The times she's been irritated or exasperated, she took it out on me, not my claimants, which is exactly what I'd want. I'm always happy to appear before her.


Judge: Brian Lucas
12/16/2015 9:21:57 AM



Judge Lucas denied my husbands case. After reading the decision letter I found numerous discrepancies. The judge has his education level incorrect, stated that my husband claims were different in court vs what was previously stated on record. The problem with this is my husband answered questions with specific answers. These answers were taken completely out of context. I believe if the judge had asked the questions in a different format he would have received different answers. The judge stated the doctors released my husband advising they found all treatments were successful. What the judge didn't see was that the doctors dismissed my husbands complaints about continuing pain saying their "work" was good. Their work was good but did not relieve his pain. Maybe if the judge's questions weren't so vauge and if the answers had been taken in the correct context the outcome would have been very different.

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.

martha e moore
Judge: Linda Gail Roberts
8/31/2015 7:57:59 AM



she denied me and i have lung cancer. i would give her the opportunity to explain how someone that says they have a bad back, yet plays golf, darts and does an array of other things can be more disabled than someone with small cell lung cancer. and i was just denied

Lawyer
Judge: Linda Gail Roberts
8/28/2015 7:36:46 AM



I find Judge Roberts to be one of the most hard working judges I have appeared in front of, she is knowledgeable about disability and the claim that is before her, very straight forward and to the point, you just can't ask for more than that from an ALJ.


Judge: Linda Gail Roberts
8/17/2015 6:01:16 PM



Judge Roberts issues more awards, on average, than other ALJs in this area, so it's probably worth putting up with her quirky behavior. She is generally courteous to Claimants but is frequently insulting and rude to representatives.

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



judge taylor not fair,has spanish voc lady,

kevin hooper
Judge: Elizabeth P Neuhoff
7/1/2015 1:36:28 PM



Judge neuhoff Was a good judge she help you throw the hearing

Patti
Judge: Brian Lucas
5/24/2015 10:46:13 PM



I saw this judge via video thru Marquette MI a couple weeks ago. He was very polite and listened to my case. My atty spoke very highly of the judge. I have not heard anything yet but am hopeful. These judges do not have easy jobs with all the cases that are not true. Good luck to all applications. .

Elva Bias
Judge: Donald E Garrison
3/4/2015 8:34:25 AM



Dear Judge Garrison, I need your help. I have been waiting for three and a half years to have a hearing. My atty Spencer Barnes in Jackson,Tn had spoke with you about my case about six months ago and I got a letter to approve a hearing by your office but still nothing has happened. PLEASE I AM BEGGING FOR HELP. I can't get any help from anyone. If you could just look into my case and help in some way I would be so grateful. Thank You for your help.

Trey
Judge: Elizabeth P Neuhoff
2/24/2015 12:16:15 PM



My attorney sent Neuhoff 120 pages of med records the day before my hearing. I show up and sit for nearly two hours then the judge decides she won't hear my case at this time. So now I have to wait again. She could have told the attorney she wasn't hearing it asp we didn't waste our time. Idk if I should be pissed at the judge or more at my attorney


Judge: Linda Gail Roberts
10/19/2014 4:34:58 AM



Judge Roberts is a fair judge. Yes it is true she does not like to be called "mam". She is a tough judge who does not mind saying what she thinks, to include talking to attorneys. She practically tore my attorney down to midget size, but overall her questions and judgment was fair and honestly straight forward. I have to say that she was a good judge.

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: 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: Donald E Garrison
3/16/2014 6:26:14 PM



I had a hearing with him a few days ago. I have no idea how he ruled but he was very thorough and seemed fair.

Barry
Judge: John R Daughtry
1/30/2014 9:00:07 PM



This is a very through Judge and one that will not beat around the bush. He will know the answer to the question before you answer, so you had better be honest. I think he is very well studied and a great reader of people. I think he has heard it all and probably seen it all too. I do not know the decision of my case yet but I will go ahead and say I am not sure there is a better Judge, if you want a fair shot. I think it is going to boil down to 2 or 3 things with this Judge, truth, credibility and evidence. Not necessarily in that order. You had better not lie because he will know. You had better be credible because you will be tested. Also, you had better have lots of evidence because he will not just give you a favorable decision without it.


Judge: John R Daughtry
1/19/2014 4:53:51 AM



He is very professional respectful and very detailed. He will read every word of every file you submitted. Make sure you are prepared to answer every possible question because by the time he gets finished asking questions your lawyer will not have any to ask. Make sure your answers are consient with your records because he will call you on it if your answers do not match. IT IS OBVIOUS HE READS YOUR ENTIRE FILE BEFORE YOUR HEARING. KNOW YOUR ANSWERS BEFORE YOU GET THERE. He is a good ALJ in my opinion.


Judge: Marty S Turner
1/8/2014 7:46:54 PM



I thought my hearing went well. I was told by social security office this judge found my case unfavorible. I am suffering from PTSD from an attack that also caused severe back and neck injuries. I do not understand how judge came to that conclusion. I also have suffered from agoraphobia for the pays few years. During my hearing VE said there were no jobs I can perform. I am very upset that this judge acted so compassionate then found my case unfavorable. I do plan on filing an appeal or reapplying. Just because this judge acts if he cares it is all an act. I hope the longer he deals with disability hearings he realizes how he is affecting people who are really disabled. There are so many people getting disabiliy that does not deserve it. I am so upset and don't even see how I can go on.


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: 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: John R Daughtry
4/16/2013 10:49:53 AM



Though I donot know the decision yet he was courteous professional and seemed to listen to me.


Judge: J. D Reap
4/14/2013 6:47:46 PM



Very thorough and compassionate!


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



very profesional


Judge: Elizabeth P Neuhoff
2/25/2013 2:53:10 PM



This judge treated me very respectfully and helped me to understand how my hearing would operate. I felt like I was listened to and understood. I may not win my appeal but I do feel like this judge understood what I was going through. I do not agree with the earlier comments about this judge. Those comments must have been made by someone who is not very nice and does not understand the process.


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: Marty S Turner
1/17/2013 7:17:48 PM



Very attentive, kind and compassionate. This goes a long way with people and they never forget. Thanks Judge Marty! You are truly one that cares and you are much appresciated.


Judge: Kerry Morgan
1/15/2013 4:49:23 PM



Nice lady. A lot younger than what i expected, but she was really nice and pretty. My attorney told me she used to represent claimants. . She got to the point and didn't beat around bush so I liked that about her.


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!!

alex
Judge: Barbara Kimmelman
12/9/2012 5:02:12 PM



Very caring person, listened to what I had to say.If you get her as a judge just be respectful to her.She seems to really care.


Judge: Marty S Turner
10/24/2012 2:21:23 PM



Really nice. Kind of cute, too.


Judge: Marty S Turner
10/2/2012 7:12:47 AM



Very nice compassionate and professional.This is a judge that listens


Judge: Marty S Turner
10/2/2012 7:04:24 AM



Very nice compassionate judge


Judge: Linda Gail Roberts
9/28/2012 6:44:25 PM



Roberts is unbelievably lazy. It's clear that she doesn't read the files before the hearings.

na
Judge: Ronald E Miller
9/17/2012 6:06:05 AM



Apparently he had reviewed my file thoroughly and seemed to have an understanding of my disability and the impact it has had on my life. He was very professional yet empathetic. So I guess we'll see what happens.


Judge: J. D Reap
9/14/2012 10:04:40 AM



He has not made a decision on my case yet...but I would say he was respectful. He seemed to care about how I was able to take care of my daughter..which I think is a good question. He was hard to read. Said it would be eight more weeks of waiting...;( As we all know eight weeks can be life changing...but what other option do I have?


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


Judge: Linda Gail Roberts
8/16/2012 2:05:25 PM



If you are under age 50, it is extremely difficult to be awarded your benefits.


Judge: Linda Gail Roberts
8/16/2012 9:06:47 AM



YES SHE IS A *****


Judge: Donald E Garrison
8/16/2012 9:04:39 AM



I don't like him. Must have been having a Bad Day the day I went before him. I've waited so long and for what a BIG NO? Its not fair, who are they? Hate it if you get him as a judge.


Judge: John R Daughtry
8/11/2012 5:28:00 PM



This judge is not accurate, fair or even "objective." He's made several determinations in our case that are NOT the privilege nor RIGHT of an ALJ. He is NOT a doctor, nor can he say which Doctors have credibility or not. The bottom line is that this person WILL review your case FULLY before you set foot in the hearing room. He will disect your case after and pick apart, based on what we saw, from his own feelings/perceptions/opinions...none of which were truly and legally binding. In other words, John Daughtry treated me like I was a lying, manipulative faker. I hate to put it in the kinds of words, but if you get this judge, I would recommend having all of your doctors come to your hearings so he can tell THEM to their faces that their medical recommendations and diagnosis are "extremely pessimistic" like he said about all 7 of our doctors. He based his whole decision concurring with the SOCIAL SECURITY HIRED DOCTOR who spent all of 15 minutes examining me vs. my doctors who have examined me countless times over the last 7 years.


Judge: Linda Gail Roberts
8/9/2012 11:07:32 AM



She's a *****


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: Linda Gail Roberts
5/2/2012 9:56:44 AM



Don't call her "mam"...she'll get angry.