Kingsport, Tennessee ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Kingsport, Tennessee, 8 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Kingsport, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 19.0 months. The average case processing time in Kingsport is 573 days.The Kingsport average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 62%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Kingsport ODAR office was last updated on 3/9/2018.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Kingsport 8 19.0 months 573 days 2.5 12% 62% 26%
Tennessee15.8 months547 days2.217%51%32%
National Average:17.3 months577 days1.921%43%36%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied

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Judge: John L McFadyen
2/2/2019 10:31:55 AM

Pompous, arrogant, ***. thinks he is God. Worst judge in entire building. May he **** in eternal fire.

a lawyer
Judge: Sherman D Schwartzberg
12/31/2018 9:22:44 AM

This is one of the rudest judges I have ever appeared before. He is a disgrace and is incompetent. Full of himself because he wears a robe. When will the Social Security Administration remove abusive judges? A rating of zero is too good for him.

Judge: Charles R Howard
12/4/2018 4:11:28 PM

If I could give 0 stars I would for this judge. He has no soul and no heart. He is more about numbers than an individuals true disability. It is a true shame they let him continue to hear and rule on cases. Judges like him need to be screened better because people’s lives with true disabilities depend on his rulings to be fair and just.

Disabled and not appoved
Judge: Keith C Pilkey
2/7/2018 11:53:23 AM

I have suffered for years with various conditions and I poured my heart out to him. I felt he was very understanding and felt my pain. Thought I was finally going to get help this time but didn't happen. I'm very disappointed in his "Unfavorable Decision" for my last hearing. I cannot work and hadn't worked for years now. I have multiple places I go for medical help but obviously it wasn't enough. Conditions I have are approvable under the Disability act. The vocational advocate played a huge roll in my denial I think as she believes everyone can work, no matter their medical conditions. I would much rather be able to work and have money and insurance than to have to depend on family and friends to help me when they can. I guess you have to be on your deathbed in order to get approved. I have been denied for years but I am not gonna appeal his decision as you have to wait two years to get another denial from Falls Church, Va. I am disabled and I will continue to refile new applications til I get approved or die,,whichever comes first. Although, I have had friends who have died while awaiting a decision. This is uncall for. How is one suppose to live during such a long process? I need medical help and because I have no insurance, I can't get help. Any solutions?

chicken juice
Judge: Gerald I Krafsur
12/14/2017 3:50:28 PM

This old fool needs to be kicked out! The overwhelming majority of people collecting disability are capable of working, but just don't want to. Lazy *******, cut them all off! Get off your lazy ***** and work!

James Smithey
Judge: Keith C Pilkey
10/10/2017 10:59:54 PM

Is one of the best judges I have seen listened to me.and was very concerned about me thanks

Ricky malone
Judge: III Evans
7/28/2017 9:04:31 AM

My name is Ricky Malone and my case was approved by Mr Evans after being denied several times in the past. Mr Evans seen that I was unable to work and I am thankful because my mom has been paying my bills and her husband passed and now is unable to. My son has been taking care of my daily needs and I have exhausted all options of money. My utilities and water is about to be cut off and my car is down please help to speed up my pay my son and I have suffered long enough. Thank you Mr Evans for seeing what others didn't!!!

William Hanlon
Judge: Douglas G White
7/10/2017 6:47:35 PM

I need a sooner hearing my body cannot keep this up I hert moor and moor every day and it is not getting any better and some days I can't get out of bed OK need to go for now have a great day

Judge: Marshall D Riley
6/9/2017 12:04:24 PM

Judge Riley is obviously very understanding. He waited 3 hours for someone to show up for their hearing. He was very patient and nice with my attorney and I. I do not have my decision yet.

Benny Greene
Judge: Michael J Davenport
3/13/2017 9:08:54 PM

Can you reschedule my hearing. I will need to come alone again . An attorney did not meet with me. I was told by the social security office that an attorney would do that. I have no representation. Can you reschedule my hearing ? Benny Lee Greene 423-268-0946

Vicie Vance
Judge: S. D Schwartzberg
11/24/2016 4:21:09 AM

This judge was very fair. I was made to feel very welcomed as soon as I entered the room. He greeted me and introduced the other two ladies that were in the room as well. The whole process took maybe 15 to 20 minutes. Although I was very very nervous before I went in but the atmosphere in the room was welcoming and inviting and which calmed my fears greatly.

Judge: John L McFadyen
10/17/2016 12:30:35 PM

Just what I expected, when you go to court to argue something like this, one has to be prepared to prove it. I was ready, but at the same time, I was never 100% sure how it went because he is hard to read. Upon getting the notice in the mail he described in detail why he approved my disability. I think he is fair, but a word to the wise, answer clearly, truthfully and be prepared.

antoinette reshenberg
Judge: Marshall D Riley
8/30/2016 9:33:01 AM

well i filed a appeal 2 months ago. Now last week i received a us direct express card. my understanding that is for ss benefits to go on. Well i thought my appeal went through , and i was going to start receiving benefits. the emotion of relief came over me. Well i have been waiting for a letter. nothing , so called my lawyer she knew nothing, so i called social security to find out what is going on. she said i have NOT been approve that the card was just send for just incase the appeal went through. well my heart dropped in my lap!!!! why would someone send something if you were NOT approved yet?? this gave me false hope, well i can no longer handle this anymore. this is too hard for me. ss needs to change this , don't send out the cards unless approved. i don't have no one to help me through this , my husband left 5 years ago when my health went down hill, needles to say i am still married but have no clue to where he is. so i have just about lost everything. i had to give my grandkids back to their mother because i can not afford and because my emotional state. too much for me to handle. i hope she gets off the drugs, but this is sad , i had no choice. PS people can wait for a card if they are approve .

antoinette reshenberg
Judge: Marshall D Riley
6/26/2016 2:12:31 PM

i can't eat, sleep or feel right. i had a typo error in wording in my last post. sorry. I also have other problems that are minor compared to those i mentioned in last post. I feel so useless.

Antoinette Reshenberg
Judge: Marshall D Riley
6/26/2016 9:17:03 AM

I thought he was fair , but the system is flawed. I can eat sleep and feel right. I am afraid to go to the doctors because when i go , all they want to do is give me more shot and they have to freeze my foot before they give it, it only last for about 28 days and you can only have them 3 times a year. after you have them shots you get sharp pain in your foot , that is the side affect, so i don't show up for my appointment not because i am not in pain but cause i am very scared of the shot. but my lawyer told me not to say much at the hearing . so what do you do. so on that note i got a unfavorable judgement. i have not been able to get out of bed for the last 4days since i got the notice. this is the first day i have got up. I have been thinking how in the world am i going to work!!! i also have fibromyalgia also my body is weak and aches. nobody seems to understand what it is . I wish everyone could understand it. you are not in a lot of pain but you are a scarecrow lifted out in the rain and need oiled very very badly , you are STIFF ,hard to move you get very restless , can't sit ,can't lay or can not stand for a long period of time. i have been trying to work not like the rest to just sit and do nothing . then they are the ones who get it, then you seen them out working under the table.. system if not right . the people who try get shafted. it took me 3 hours to type this., due to my arms get week but they say i am able to work. it is not the judges fault it is the system. they should have people come in for a full physical , activities,heart monitors and everything to see really how week people are. not do some 2 minute evaluation at their office. when you sit in front of a judge you are nerves and you have a lawyer telling you not to speak much at all.

Judge: John L McFadyen
6/22/2016 6:07:59 AM

This judge is so problematic that when I was searching for a new lawyer majority of attorneys wouldn't even take my case when they heard it was McFadyen. He is a jerk. He didn't ask me anything either,most of case taken up with vocational expert and him what jobs I could do. I was told by my attorney that because McFadyen has had 3 back surgeries he has no sympathy for any one else. You have to have had as least as many surgeries as him for him to consider you. Yes well we all don't have health insurance or paid sick leave OR a job to come back to after recovery time,do we ?? He is rude,impatientband frequently over ridden by appeals Court. Good luck if you get him because you're STUCK with him!

Judge: Keith C Pilkey
6/5/2016 7:11:38 PM

Great judge, took the time to listen to me and was very understanding.

Darrell Gillespie
Judge: Charles R Howard
5/22/2016 1:38:41 PM

I would like to thank judge Howard for listening to my case. he took the time to look at my medical records in my hearing and made a very very fair decision.Thank you so much.

Judge: John L McFadyen
9/2/2015 12:44:59 PM

The "Judge" and "impartial Dr" had already made a decision on my case before I even entered the room. Dr wouldn't answer any of my attorney's questions, Judge didn't ask me any questions or give me a chance to speak at all. He acted like I was wasting the precious 10 mins the hearing took & only looked up at me once. I left knowing I'd be receiving a denial letter any day. Unfortunately in TN if you appeal, it goes before the same Judge! Now I have absolutely no money, will be losing my home any day, and cannot afford the necessary medical care or prescriptions and if I appeal but haven't complied with my Dr's treatment I will be denied for that.

Judge: Charles R Howard
9/2/2015 9:10:54 AM

Not a good judge at all. over looked my records and said he didn't see certain illness that were in my record. the records iv'e got showing the illness i got sent from his office !

Judge: John L McFadyen
6/6/2015 6:27:29 PM

Very unprofessional..Sitting up in his chair with his eyes closed smiling while I'm hurt and trying to get help..Denied me after 3 years of waiting..I will have Lamar Alexander on the one should be treated the way.

Judge: John L McFadyen
5/19/2015 6:12:57 AM

EXTREMLEY DISAPPOINTED WITH "JUDGE" McFadyen... WAAAY TO CONSERVATIVE. Did not seem to care too much about me or my case. It made no difference that I was homeless, many physical/mental problems despite evidence to the contrary just like the doctor at the dhs office. Judged this book by its cover. Thought because I was a man and had glasses I didn't need any help. Almost died, froze/starved to death. Worked hard for years and paid into my share of ss and stayed on the right sid of the law. Contradicted himself on the stand and said if problems were mostly mental he would approve but did no such thing. Got a letter saying denied again and would have to sue the Fed. Come to find out my "lawyer" wasn't even a lawyer. Trying to get my SSI/DI made my problems even worse. Like a war of attrition I wasted what I had left to my name to try to do this. Seems these judges are giving benefits to these punks who don't need them and never worked sit around and have kids smoke cigarettes have tattoos and commit crimes don't have a thing wrong with them and then knock those down who REALLY need help. SYSTEM TOTALLY BROKEN. Had to fix my problems in "other" ways and done it... Would have made a diffefence if I had a minority/female/hispanic judge. Voc expert was no good either. I am aware of folks with same said problems who are younger than myself who get benefits first time and who NEVER worked one day IN THEIR LIFE. Appreciate all the help the doctors/psychologist/lawyer etc have given me (eyeroll)-CHRIS

Judge: Marshall D Riley
4/9/2015 9:52:09 PM

Good judge listen to everyone an fair thank you

Judge: Marshall D Riley
12/22/2014 4:14:47 PM

Denied mine when occupational therapist said there would be no work I am an epileptic with ptsd and anxeity and no medication because I can not afford it.

flora gray
Judge: Charles R Howard
10/19/2014 1:05:10 PM

Seems like he doesnt care if your really disabled or not with all medical records he just doesnt care

tim m
Judge: Charles R Howard
8/6/2014 7:40:55 PM

This is an evil judge. He does not care what the treating physicians opinion may be. He is a control freak.

Judge: Michael J Davenport
7/2/2014 11:38:12 AM

I recently appeared in front of Judge Davenport. My wife suffers from severe social phobia and mental psychosis. The Judge was very kind to allow me to sit in the room with my wife. I feed the judge listend fairly to my wifes testimony. Responded well with the lawyer and VE. He asked well target hypothetical questions to the VE regarding my wifes conditon. Regardless of the outcome; I feel Judge Davenport provides a fair and non judgmental court room where the actual evidince is used and the judge does not predetermin cases.

Judge: Gerald I Krafsur
6/6/2014 9:47:33 AM

I had a hearing with this judge, he was very nice, listen to the testimony from the state. And the state official was also very friendly to my attorney and me, I was told unofficially that I was approved,so iI waited and waited, now I have found out the judge was found incompetent, and now I have to be heard by a nother judge, the state official made decision not the judge, I'm very confusedand upset, what do iI do

Judge: Michael J Davenport
5/9/2014 4:32:09 PM

Wish I could appear before him with more cases. Reasonable, calm, professional, rational and logical--whatever his decision, I believe he will make it fairly and will consistently apply the law. Know your case, though, and be prepared to adapt your presentation if he points out an issue about which he wants more information. In my most recent case, he asked me to address a past work issue at the beginning of my questioning.

Stevie Bancroft
Judge: Charles R Howard
4/21/2014 5:02:43 PM

Judge Howard is very, very comprehensive in his review of your records. The questions he asked me proved he had reviewed my records. In his written decision approving my award, on two occasions he disagreed with the opinions of the doctors who reviewed my case for SS, stating they were not in touch with my case and their opinions were without merit. Although it took 2.5 months to get my written decision, it was favorable to me.

Judge: S. D Schwartzberg
4/2/2014 11:41:44 AM

After the hearing, and before I said anything, my own attorney apologized for the judge's treatment of me, stating that he had never seen the judge do that before. During the hearing, it was clear that the judge had already made up his mind before I had walked into the room, something my attorney said was commonplace for this judge. Also, the judge totally dismissed the expert testimony of medical professionals. Lastly, the judge presented three hypotheticals to a Vocational Expert that included none of elements or limitations of my medically documented disabilities! So you tell me, how was the VE supposed to respond?! And consider this... there is a reason why this judge has the LOWEST approval percentage of eight judges for this office.

Judge: Douglas G White
2/12/2014 12:42:36 PM

I just had my hearing today. I have not received a decision yet obviously, so the outcome is not impacting my review. Judge White was super friendly and personable. He was sensitive in discussing health issues that one can often be self-conscious about but are obviously a key factor regarding a claim. (I.E. in my case super morbid obesity)I feared that I would made to feel inferior and bothersome at my hearing, but instead both Judge White and the vocational expert validated the concerns addressed in my claim and I felt respected by both of them. Judge White seemed knowledgeable about my claim which clearly indicated that he had truly taken time to review it prior to the hearing. He was patient and allowed my attorney to express her input regarding my claim to her satisfaction. Overall, I am highly satisfied with my interaction with Judge White.

Judge: Marshall D Riley
11/4/2013 11:36:10 PM

Judge Riley was absolutely awesome. He is truly a fair judge that listens to you.

Judge: S. D Schwartzberg
10/28/2013 2:14:26 PM

Very fair! Took all my disabilities into consideration. He let me talk, he took the VE testimony into consideration.

Shannon Brooks
Judge: Charles R Howard
10/25/2013 1:27:42 PM

I really appreciate Judge Howard's time and am very pleased with his ruling. He is a very honorable person, and the SSA is lucky to have him as a ALJ. He looked at all information/documentation pertaining to my case and made his ruling without bias.

Judge: Charles R Howard
10/16/2013 4:21:08 PM

This is a very cruel man. He is very sarcastic and unprofessional. He does not care what the medical doctors have to say. This man abuses his power.

Constance E. Crosby
Judge: John L McFadyen
6/21/2013 1:41:02 PM

I was very pleased with my experience with Judge McFadyen. He was very fair in listening to the vocational expert's opinion, and made his decision based on the exam by the doctor that the state initially sent me to early on in my case. I never even seemed to need all of my own records and was very surprised, pleasantly so. I also never expected such a positive experience, but I am very grateful for it. With my mental condition, I would never have been able to cope well with an awful experience as described above, and I am sorry to know that others have not had good outcomes. I waited a long time to get mine, but it was worth it in the end. Judge McFadyen, I can't thank you enough!

Janet G. Cantrell
Judge: Peter Z Behuniak
4/12/2013 5:32:26 PM

I worked for Client Centered Legal Services in SW Virginia for several years in the late 1970's and early 80's. I represented clients at their Social Security/SSI and Black Lung claims before the ALJ's at the Kingsport Office: Judge Behuniak, Overton and McArdle during that time. I learned so much and had a great deal of respect for those judges. Now working for a lawfirm in Tampa for the second time, working with claimants and loving my job.

Judge: S. D Schwartzberg
2/9/2013 10:18:15 AM

Interesting how divergent the other 2 comments are. Likely based primarily on whether the person was approved or denied?

Judge: Charles R Howard
2/9/2013 10:16:37 AM

Could it be that he holds contempt for non-attorney representatives? Be forewarned.

Robert Stafford
Judge: S. D Schwartzberg
1/28/2013 3:35:08 PM

This judge was very fair.... He let me speak and then questioned a VE , who said I couldn't work.. I received my fully favorable decision in 2 weeks.

Robert Dunbar
Judge: John L McFadyen
12/27/2012 2:11:37 PM

Judge John L McFadyen is a wonderful judge that approved me after several months. He did ask for a drug list dating back 4 years which was tough to get. Overall he is a great man.

Judge: Keith C Pilkey
10/12/2012 2:19:38 PM

He is the finest man I have ever known.

Judge: Charles R Howard
10/10/2012 10:53:09 AM

Goes out of his way to discredit RFCs from treating physicians. Really reaches to find credibility issues. Not a good ALJ.

Judge: Marshall D Riley
10/3/2012 11:24:07 AM

Good, Judge

Judge: Charles R Howard
9/7/2012 10:44:07 AM

Mechanical. Give more weight to DDS opinions than to treating physician opinions. Highly matter-of-fact.

Judge: S. D Schwartzberg
9/7/2012 10:42:42 AM

What a joke. Draws incorrect inferences maliciously. Totally mean-spirited, and seems to have quite a Napoleonic complex. Ignores or impugns evidence that should lead to a clear approval.

Judge: Keith C Pilkey
9/7/2012 10:40:47 AM

Reasonable, nothing tricky about him. Straightforward, but does not accept BS. Good judge.

Judge: John L McFadyen
9/7/2012 10:39:04 AM

Mean spirited. I think he actually IS part of the NJ Mafia. If he ever feels threatened to have to pay a case, he will reschedule with VE, ME, PE and anyone else he can think of. Likes others to do his dirty work for him, as he absolutely manipulates what can be asked and how it can be asked. That said, he's a tough bird and I personally like him. He does a lot of amended onset dates and closed periods. Seems to ask for pharmaceutical records frequently, so be prepared.

Judge: Gerald I Krafsur
9/7/2012 10:34:51 AM

I really miss Judge Krasfur. So nice, and so unconcerned with what ODAR told him about his allowance rates. I wish you health and enjoyment in retirement.

Judge: Patricia H Hawkins
8/29/2012 9:17:31 PM

patricia you relly hurt me my kid and my wife when you did not grent me my disibilty after five years with out nothing i work hard all my life labor work i can't do it no more my back is gone

Judge: Gerald I Krafsur
6/5/2012 7:45:20 PM

Once again SSA comes down on a ALJ who they feel pays to much. While the ALJs who pay consistently pay 20 percent or less of their claims and are bullys continue on with no regard for the disabled. There is no balance with SSA.

Judge: Gerald I Krafsur
5/28/2012 4:49:32 AM

I wonder how the removal of Judge Krafsur will affect those disability claimants that recently appeared before him for a hearing, but have not had a ruling on the hearing.

Judge: Gerald I Krafsur
5/27/2012 12:56:57 PM

This ALJ should have been looked at a long time ago. He pays 30 year olds for back pain based on one MRI of the spine that revealed no more than minimal degenerative disc disease. Takes no pain medication and does seek treatment from a doctor. He will pay a person for a mental illess just beacuse the person says that they are sad now and then and again takes no medication for this and does not see a doctor. They live normal lives perfomring normal activities and more, such as chopping wood, volunteer on EMS, riding horses, being on a baseball team and actually playing on a regular basis, etc. Medical records contain little or no medical evidence to support his decision that a person is disabled. And he will not send the person for a consutlative evaluation at the expense of the government to see if the person acutally havae the medical problems that they are reporting. This ALJ disgards the SSA rules and regulations that are there to guide the ALJ in determining if a person is disabled or not. He is such a joke. He also like to take 2 to 3 hours a day at thye gym to work out on government time, anyone else would be have to take leave time. I know this from my own personal experience working for SSA. ALJ's should be held to the same standards as the rest of the staff.

Judge: Gerald I Krafsur
5/22/2012 10:41:48 AM

I believe this man is highly capable and has proven this time and again with his years of service in the law community. He truly believes that the system is flawed and performed his job the way that he was trained to do it. He may not make the best decision every time but he does not deserve to be stripped of all integrity for working within a flawed system the way he was trained.

Judge: Gerald I Krafsur
5/19/2012 8:45:53 AM

Glad the system finally caught up to this guy. He's been a menace for over 20 years. Keep in mind he's not an Article III judge, he's an Article I judge. That means he's not appointed for life. He serves at the pleasure of the Congress. This is the worst type of Judge. It's all about him. It's his own ego bestowing gifts upon his subjects. The lack of judicial temperament as evidenced by the lawsuit he filed against his superiors (funded with taxpayer money), and his recent arrest for DUI, are only the icing on the cake. I hope they make an example of him. He won't have a single moment of self reflection or remorse.

Judge: Gerald I Krafsur
5/15/2012 2:53:27 PM

I have known this ALJ for years too. He was an attorney for Dr. Michael Baden (who was the cheif criminal pathologist in the O.J Simpson case) who was suing former New York Mayor Ed Koch. I do not think this would qualify him as "a joke". Sounds pretty capable to me. If a judge feels people qualify for payment, should he not pay? Besides, if he pays everyone he ever sees, will it even cost the taxpayers as much as 1 military plane? The money paid to these people is most likely not sitting in a savings account, but is being spent on the necessities of life. What bothers others is if a person should get paid, and does not. Imagine if that was you or family. Best err on the side of caution i would think.

Judge: Gerald I Krafsur
5/15/2012 11:20:09 AM

How bad must the one case he denied have been?

Judge: Gerald I Krafsur
5/8/2012 7:29:48 PM

I know for a fact and from personal experience that this ALJ is a joke.

Terry Lewis
Judge: John L McFadyen
5/8/2012 7:11:16 PM

He's fair.

Judge: John L McFadyen
5/2/2012 9:58:15 AM

Mean spirited. Looks like he should be in the NJ mafia.

Judge: Gerald I Krafsur
4/30/2012 8:58:14 PM

Judge Krafsur needs to be reminded that he is not Santa Claus, and that the benefits he so liberally bestows -- at a rate unprecedented among the members of the ALJ corps, save one from Huntington, West Virginia who has recently resigned under fire and amidst multiple allegations of wrongdoing -- are rapidly bankrupting the Social Security trust fund and giving aid and comfort to Right Wing forces who seek to dismantle the public "safety net" entirely. Does anyone really believe that virtually every claimant who appears before this judge meets the statutory definition of disability?

Judge: III Evans
3/21/2012 7:01:19 AM

tough but fair. knows the file better than most judges. be prepared if you go before him. not a bad looking guy either.