Dallas Downtown, Texas ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Dallas Downtown, Texas, 16 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Dallas Downtown, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 14.0 months. The average case processing time in Dallas Downtown is 560 days.The Dallas Downtown average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 41%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Dallas Downtown ODAR office was last updated on 3/9/2018.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Dallas Downtown 16 14.0 months 560 days 1.7 21% 41% 37%
Texas13.3 months477 days2.121%38%41%
National Average:17.3 months577 days1.921%43%36%
AVERAGE TIME
Hearing Wait Time: 14.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 1.72
Average Processing Time 560 days
Cases Pending 7207
Dispositions 2124
New Cases 1949
Hearings In Person 55%
Video Hearings 45%

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John Bryan Bothe
Judge: Stanley M Schwartz
7/21/2018 3:51:54 AM



I went to this so called judge on April 6, 2018 in the Dallas North office on Coit road with a mountain of evidence to prove my multiple mental disabilities and he denied my case 101 days later. He makes political decisions. Because I am an educated white male from the affluent neighborhood of Colleyville, TX he denied me. My family pays a fortune in taxes to pay for Stanley salary which he clearly doesn't earn. Warning this judge hates white men from affluent backgrounds.

Diane
Judge: Tresie Kinnell
7/18/2018 1:06:45 PM



Has anyone been to see judge tresie kinnell.What was the experiance.

Ann Reagan
Judge: Brock Cima
6/13/2018 6:26:50 PM



I had my hearing in front of Judge Brock Cima on February 21st I believe and he made his decision according to my lawyer on the 26th of February and I still have not received my award letter. Has anybody else experienced says and has it taken anyone this long to get their letter saying that they were approved or denied. I really love the judge that I had he was very easy to talk to and I felt very comfortable with him and felt very comfortable with the way things went is just slow process and this living on one income is killing us. Just wondering if anyone else could give me some advice on what to do next it's been 4 months since my court date and I still have not heard anything thank you


Judge: Tresie Kinnell
6/10/2018 3:10:29 AM



Anyone know about this Judge.


Judge: Peri Collins
5/8/2018 12:04:15 PM



She flatly denied me, would not even look at me, I was just a number not a human being. Yes, she is most likely well compensated, because that way she is there. More denied cases more money for her, us little people are not important once when we get sick. Her day will come, God sees and hears, and that is justice. This is from someone who's been bedridden for 11 years.

Melissa
Judge: Joseph Liken
4/4/2018 7:27:50 AM



I had my hearing November 15th 2017 and I'm still awaiting a decision from the judges office. My lawyers don't know anything other than it is still in the judges hands. I was told is have a decision within 90 days and as you can see, I'm still waiting. He was a great listener and i didn't feel intimidated at all. My issue is that the "process" takes entirely too long and some of us are in desperate need for a decision so that we know where to go from here...how do i get my surgeries..how do i get the injections i need...how do i keep paying my bills...what am i going to do about rent..All of this in some cases is contingent on a speedy decision. Thanks for listening.


Judge: Michael S Hertzig
3/14/2018 1:23:25 PM



He seem a nice judge waiting for the outcome

Laramie
Judge: Gary L Vanderhoof
3/2/2018 2:45:43 PM



Guy is 82 years old and basically denies everyone.

Debra Nolan
Judge: Anne H Pate
2/24/2018 2:17:08 AM



Anne Pate heard my my daughter's case. My daughter has a fever back injury from a four car pile up. This was in 2011. She also has PTSD, severe depression as was documented. This judge determined that she could work for six hours in a day a job that allows her to sit no more than 30 minutes or stand no more than 30 minutes. This judge isn't here when I had to call the Georgia crisis help line because my daughter has been suicidal. Her sister come see her. She doesn't go see them. Plus she had that Alisha worked five months ago which isn't true. She hasn't worked at all since 2013. After the wreckless driver smashed us, she had been out of work since 2011. She tried to work again in 2013. Many times I had to pick her up because she couldn't do her job due to pain. How can a person pay for medical bills on 6 hours a day? Is that really gainfully employed?? The vocation expert said if she missed 3 days at the 3 types of jobs she could do, she would be terminated. That would really go well being fired all the time for a person with PTSD. Where is common sense? I hope Social security reads my daughter's file and see that this judge was dead wrong! Alisha has a problem in that she isn't dramatic. Yet people with PTSD are not as a rule. They fold in. I will continue to pay my daughter's medical bills because I want to keep her alive as social security doesn't care if she lives. I'm selling my house so I can care for her. My daughter suffers due to no fault of her own. Yet if she was an addict she would get the help she needs. . Not right. Spondolothesis Spondolsis, and loss of disc height is a joint. It's the most important bones in your body. Back bones hold the person up. Yet I'm here when she is in tears from the pain. Ms. Anne Pate is not. I was here all the times she thinks life isn't worth living. Imagine as a mother hearing that from your child. Yet just like the ***** that hit us and broke my back in two places, we as victims always suffer. Alisha's back is ruined and yet no justice from this judge.


Judge: Ralph F Shilling
2/21/2018 5:05:15 PM



The only conclusion I can come to is that The Honorable Shilling is trying either run for office soon, or take over the VA administration. He denied me recently on the grounds that I can work while: not being able to operate a motor vehicle; must walk with a cane due to knee, foot, and back issues; I have anxiety disorders which include PTSD, Agoraphobia, ADHD, Bipolar, and Manic Depression. Yes, I believe he will do just fine in either position he chooses. Those people don't care about us either. Amazing that he is one of the highest paid judges in the nation for Social Security. Now I know why he is.

Johanna Kaser
Judge: James Linehan
11/10/2017 10:27:58 AM



This just stuns me! I had the pleasure of working with Mr. Linehan many years ago over my then husbands Federal Workers Comp claim and I couldn't believe how great he was. Fast, knowledgeable, friendly. So I have to go with my experiences with him as a FWC attorney.


Judge: James W Lessis
10/23/2017 2:18:47 PM



Had my hearing with judge Lessis a few weeks ago it went well he was very fair and considerate and all about business and down to earth and a man of God and im glad that God sent him to be my judge.

D. G.
Judge: Gal Lahat
9/28/2017 12:20:00 PM



What a joke of a judge. I suffered a massive stroke can not use half of my body lost 2 jobs because of stroke have memory problems no one will hire me because they say I am a liability and not hireable because of my stroke. This ****** of a judge says I can do manual labor. I wish you ***** of a judge. I have worked my entire life in the aircraft industry signing off billion dollar planes now I can't even get a job as a sacker at a grocery store because I am a liability. Well you ****** ***** of a judge then you hire me and pay me for the next 6 years along with my insurance as well. I can't even go see my doctor because my wife and I are dead broke and my condition has worsen to the point where dying is my only option. So to you judge I hope your happy with your decision because not only have you destroyed a mans family and pride you are also responsible for his death. I hope u *** ** **** for all of your unjust ways you have cause hurt to people


Judge: William E Sampson
9/20/2017 11:31:13 AM



Even though, Judge Sampson has left Valparaiso, I'm still spending my days filing and winning briefs on his cruel decisions. Make no bones about it, some ALJ's are incompetent. Some are mean. Some are lazy. Most try to do their jobs and make reasoned rational decisions. Judge Sampson is one of the mean ones. He is well aware what the correct decision is, but spends his decisions omitting facts and using tendentious logic. I imagine he will do much better in the 5th Circuit. Meanwhile, I'm just glad he's not here to hurt my clients any longer.

Shelle
Judge: Tammy A Thames
6/28/2017 6:51:38 PM



I had my hearing the Judge Tammy was wonderful listen to my case. And grant me a approved bench decision.


Judge: Peri Collins
6/23/2017 7:40:54 AM



My wife had more then 10 conditions listed as conditions that you can use for disability. 3 1/2 years later we get the word that she has ruled against and it was dismissed. 3 days after my wife passed away.

laughed at
Judge: James Linehan
4/21/2017 11:02:40 PM



This judge laughed about SSA Paperwork being lost! Years ago when he was a lawyer representing claimants he stated online in a blog (I have a printout) that SSA commonly loses paperwork! Today, after over a year I finally get a copy of the audio recording of the hearing. The main ODAR office has been blocking me getting it! Very obvious of why after listening to it. This judge demonstrated a nasty habit of interrupting me while I was trying to answer a question by asking another question. Unbelievable! Thank goodness I have an attorney now. By the way, the medical and healthcare professionals that regularly see me prior to the hearing and to this day were appalled at his decision and flat out said that his reasoning did not make any sense to them - one even pulls up records they sent and it was obvious they were completely ignored! Going in with anything less than an attorney with this ALJ will likely result in a swift denial. I went in with a representative, but as they had already found and attorney's I have spoken to and since retained one, have all said that to them it appears that "this Judge gets messy; even though he knows better; when the claimant is not represented or represented by a non-attorney representative". They seem to believe he does this because he knows that a non-attorney representative will drop out at this point and it is very hard to get an attorney to come in at the Appeals Council stage. So, you have been warned!

l.r
Judge: Gal Lahat
4/19/2017 9:50:30 PM



Thank you for being my judge i couldnt get a better judge than you !!!you were professional ,fair and thorough!!!!


Judge: Peri Collins
2/26/2017 3:13:01 PM



This so called judge denied my sister. My sister has NO income...and has been sick for the last four years. How can this woman sleep at night? My sister worked the same job for twenty years! Yet there are drug abusers sitting back collecting disability. How is this fair? It isn't, and this judge should realize there are people in dire need out there.


Judge: Sherrill A. L Carvalho
1/20/2017 11:17:56 AM



This judge seemed very fair but also very thorough. I didn't have any suprises from this judge but my attorney also did an excellent job of preparing for the case.

Ricky L Turner
Judge: Evelyn Maiben
12/23/2016 5:26:02 PM



Had Judge Mariben today, she was very professional and questioned the claimant fully and fairly. But she came up with more hypothetical person examples than I have ever encountered before for the vocational expert to comment on. Whoever your representative is, may sure he OR she is prepared to cross-examine the VE. Don't know if our claim was successful but the experience was priceless. Reps be ready!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cherri Robinson
Judge: Evelyn Maiben
11/11/2016 3:02:55 PM



Wonder if she is racially biased?

Wanda J. Nichols
Judge: James W Lessis
11/7/2016 12:59:42 PM



I have not had the pleasure of meeting this Judge yet. I just recently found out he has been assigned to my disability claim. From what I've read above, he seems to be a man after God's own heart. I Pray that he is equally fair to me if we should have to have a hearing. I have been fighting for the past 3 years and losing hope fast.God knows the pains I suffer on a daily basis from the time I awaken until the time I try to go to sleep. I'm not asking for a handout, I'm asking for what I've earned and paid into social security to aid in my attempting to live a normal life again. It's getting harder as the days go by to keep my head above water. I'm waiting on either an OTR decision or a Hearing. I put either in God's hands, He knows what I'm going through. I'll trust whatever decision Judge Lessis makes concerning me and my many conditions.


Judge: Charles L Brower
10/11/2016 9:59:36 AM



I found Judge Charles Brower to be very just and willing to hear the claimant expressing himself. Judge Brower was very humane and polite to the claimant and myself. He explained the whole hearing process to the claimant, he then went to admit the evidence into record. He swore the claimant and VE in. Then Judge Brower immediately interviewed the claimant, he then asked me if I had any questions for my claimant. I then interviewed my claimant and when done the Judge asked the VE two questions then got off the record.


Judge: Charles L Brower
9/15/2016 8:27:25 AM



I recently represented a claimant before Judge Charles Brower. Judge Brower was very humane and polite to the claimant and myself. He explained the whole hearing process to the client, he then went to admit the evidence into record. He swore the claimant and VE in. He immediately interviewed the claimant, he then asked me to explain and prove on the Medical record evidence, the client's dx that meets the SSA Listing, I presented the evidence to prove dx limitations he experiences and history his symptoms. I believe this Judge was very just and willing to hear the claimant expressing himself.


Judge: Gal Lahat
9/4/2016 6:06:32 AM



Judge Gal Lahat is very fair and thorough.


Judge: James Linehan
7/21/2016 5:44:22 AM



I agree with a previous post regarding not accepting a Video Hearing from ALJ Linehan. You must have a good attorney to deal with this Judge. I have been told by two different attorney's already that in their experience his decisions are way off base if you either do not have a lawyer as a representative. If you go in with a non-attorney representative (or worse no representative) he knows that you will have difficulty obtaining representation to effectively appeal as a non-attorney representative WILL drop your case following an ALJ Hearing. It would be a good idea also to have your United States Congressman's office inquire about your claim. He does appear to be particularly biased against Mental Health claims. Two different attorney's that have dealt with him have told me this.

Kim B
Judge: Sherrill A. L Carvalho
7/14/2016 9:28:11 PM



Judge Sherrill LaPrade Carvelho was very patient and kind. I pray all is in my favor and just wanted to express my experience. Thank you !


Judge: James Linehan
6/26/2016 10:49:54 PM



My experience with this Judge was horrible. He rushes through the hearing, will not let you finish answering a question when you are obviously confused with what he is asking. He will cherry pick anything in your records that he can twist around. And frankly, reading his decision was unbelievable. In several cases this Judge just outright lies. If he doesn't just blatantly lie in his decision rationale he lies like the Devil by omitting overwhelming records contrary. SHAME on this Judge. He should be removed. Yes I am appealing. Meet with new attorney today! In my opinion this Judge makes his decision before you ever go before him. He does not show any interest in fact gathering that does not meet the opinion he already has made. In my decision he took 1 doctors observation that I saw one time (not even for condition I applied for disability and not a specialist) while ignoring 5+ others (specialists) that saw me regularly and all reported the same thing. Nevermind, that the Doctor opinion he cited negatively in my favor is who gave the referral for me to see specialist. Oh the list goes on and on. Oh, and he thinks that when your medication is changed because you stopped taking it because it didn't work or had side effects that you can not handle that you are non-compliant in taking medication.

Sure Pennsylvania is glad to be rid of him
Judge: James Linehan
6/12/2016 4:06:51 AM



Do NOT accept a video hearing from Judge JAMES LINEHAN! Repeat do NOT accept a video hearing from this judge! He does not pay attention. Be prepared to have the majority of what you say be turned around by him. He is age biased and biased against Mental Health claims. If you have already been victim of Judge JAMES LINEHAN report him to: Division of Quality Service One Skyline Tower 5107 Leesburg Pike, Suite 1605 Falls Church, VA 22041 Include as many details as possible in your letter to aid DQS in its investigation. Note that filing a complaint with DQS does not constitute an appeal of your denial or partially favorable decision.

Karen b
Judge: Ralph F Shilling
5/16/2016 8:41:30 AM



Ive gotten nothing but the run around on a court date. Was first told they will schedule you for april but heard nothing then when calling back they said August. Called back after a month of no court date and now telling me as soon as they get a court date they will schedule me.very unprofessional.


Judge: Gary L Vanderhoof
5/15/2016 10:56:23 AM



Is he in Las Vegas now? I have a May 2016 hearing with a Judge Gary L. Vanderhoof in Las Vegas.


Judge: Evelyn Maiben
5/5/2016 10:32:56 AM



Anyone have any experience as a rep with this ALJ? Please post. Thank you.


Judge: Ralph F Shilling
4/27/2016 8:50:25 AM



I wish he knew how hard it is to live with depression and chronic diseases.


Judge: Gary L Vanderhoof
4/4/2016 7:46:50 PM



I find him to be conservative but very fair. I have been a disability lawyer since 1984. He knows the law and follows it.

Texan
Judge: Peri Collins
3/23/2016 3:58:41 PM



This is a self absorbed judge totally full of herself and seems proud of the fact the denies people disability after they have paid into the SSD system. She cut off my attorney and would not let them speak. She did not take my records in account she went off what she felt like. I had even thought maybe my rep was being paid by her or SS because it seems terrible what this judge gets away with in the hearing. We suffer and wait and keep suffering and this person thinks its all about her. While she goes home and sleeps at night in her cozy bed some of us are disabled and sleeping in cars or tents or someones sofa. Terrible judge that needs to be investigated!

Lacrecia Franklin
Judge: James Linehan
3/23/2016 10:06:48 AM



Its fair to say that you will be treated as a person and not a number, ,,,what he asked me I could tell he had read the file.Im sorry for those who deserve a fair chance to tell their story and happen to get a abusive judge, that, he is not. ,Even though it was quick ,I didn't feel rushed. Very consise and to the point.


Judge: James A Burke
1/4/2016 2:26:50 PM



Judge Burke was very fair, and each time I called ODAR the person who answered my request was very helpful and professional! (and I called often)

victim 2 the system
Judge: William E Sampson
1/4/2016 6:58:36 AM



Confused by his previous decisions. I went before him with supporting medical documentation that I had been unable to work for 3 years. Had tried and completed every possible alternative before filing for disability, including a spinal fusion, and had a witness testify as to the continued progressive advancement of my condition, yet he still rejected my claim. I spent almost 4 years unemployed, loaded up on prescription pain killers, sold everything that I possibly could including family heirlooms that will never be retrieved just to survive and still haven't been approved. If this is what you call a fair judge and you can afford to live without employment or income than good luck he's just the one for you. Or maybe I just had very poor representation. Oh well this is life, it beats the alternative.

Jackquine Thomas
Judge: Michael S Hertzig
12/1/2015 5:04:52 PM



I think judge hertzig was very nice

Alfred T-Max and Maima L. D.
Judge: Osly F. Deramus
11/13/2015 8:58:08 PM



Judge Osly Deramus exemplified a level of professionalism that reflected his experience and knowledge in our deliberations. At the onset of the hearing, he explained in detail the procedure and our rights under the law. His questions were clear and concise. He allowed enough time for responses to his questions. We were extremely pleased with the manner and dexterity with which he handled the hearings. Judge Deramus is a "FIVE STAR" Judge and comes recommended with our highest esteem. Thanks for your dedication to a call of duty.


Judge: James A Burke
10/21/2015 2:42:01 PM



Judge Burke was a very kind and professional Judge! He was very respectful and really listened to me , he gave me advice which I followed and I was successful in my case! Thank you Judge Burke!


Judge: Kelley Day
10/9/2015 7:44:25 AM



Denver ODAR getting a really good ALJ in Judge Day. Judge Day has been in Shreveport ODAR and was a pleasure to go before as a representative. She is fair and a great disposition for a Judge. I wished she had not left Shreveport, but I don't blame her for going to a place like Denver. Best wishes to her!!


Judge: Mary E Johnson
9/26/2015 7:46:24 PM



Had my court hearing with Judge Mary E Johnson in June and she was very caring and took time to listen to my and my lawyers comments. I am very pleased with her and highly recommend her to anyone else. Thank you so much Judge Johnson for listening to me and awarding me my benefits. God bless always.


Judge: William E Sampson
9/24/2015 2:21:33 PM



This judge was very calm and nice. He let me tell my side of things. I've suffered in pain for so long. I hope he approve my case. I was very nervous bein there but there was a hot blond court recorder to look at and I felt less nerves.


Judge: Gary L Vanderhoof
8/24/2015 6:38:23 PM



you have a better chance of winning the powerball than a favorable decision from him. completely dismissed all my dr diagnosis. you wouldnt win if you were just a head on a stick.


Judge: Janis Estrada
8/18/2015 2:47:52 PM



It was a pleasure meeting Judge Estrada. The judge was professional and patient when I stated I did not understand her question. Judge Estrada in my opinion was caring and concerned about my illness and my living conditions.I thanked the Lord for giving me such a compassionate and understanding judge to rule over my case. I'm still waiting for my approval letter, but I have that she will follow through with her judgement as she stated about my case.

KSNor
Judge: Joseph Liken
8/11/2015 4:10:21 PM



I saw Judge Liken today and I believe he is a very good listener. I felt very comfortable in his courtroom. He was not intimidating like many judges. Regardless of the outcome I was happy to be seen by Judge Liken.


Judge: Peri Collins
7/13/2015 1:08:40 PM



In my 35 years of work in this area, the worst example of a Judge I have ever seen. Incompetent and untrustworthy. Only her manners are worse.


Judge: Charles L Brower
5/19/2015 1:00:54 PM



Please hope that you dont get this judge. He was not only arrogant but also unprofessional. Talking about the case before me and how he knows shes faking it.. That he can tell when someone is in pain. Really? How can you physically see pain. Because of this judge i am bed bound, unemployed, no income, 35 and living with my parents. Im legally disabled, yet a man with no medical degree decides if i suffer or starve. I never got to bring in my witnesses, my lawyer was unprepared, ssi never sent me to their doctors, and I couldn't even read my statement.. seam fair?? What a joke.

Annette Waddle
Judge: Roy J Richardson
5/12/2015 4:41:21 PM



My daughter has epilepsy and major depression issues including suicide attempts. With 5 pages worth of cataloged proof of her disability from her psychiatrist, neuropsychologist, two different neurologists, and the mental hospital she was admitted to, he sees no proof of a disability. She has had seizures since she was three to nine and from 16 on. She cant drive because she has too many seizures, cant ride a bus alone, cannot work around machinery, chemicals, hot things, or flashing or fluorescent lights, and has no warning whatsoever of her seizures, she cannot work in a place where no one is briefed on what to do if she has a seizure, and cannot tell interviewers she has seizures because they wont hire her. he finds her "not disabled" after two years of appeals. I do not think he even read anything on this case, now my daughter will suffer because of this. Way to go, system, it would be nice if it was your kid falling thru the cracks but trust fund babies never do. He only approves 34% of his cases, how many people who are legitimately disabled, like my daughter does he deny? and why?


Judge: Peri Collins
4/5/2015 1:46:45 PM



One of the worse judges. She does not have a sympathetic bone in her body. She act more like the money will come out of her pocket even though you have paid into it from your earnings. She don't look at facts, she make her own decision. She need to be disbarred due to being incompetent.


Judge: Melinda W Kirkpatrick
3/23/2015 6:26:10 PM



She was very rude and showed no compassion. She had the wrong information on my file. She brought up a doctor's appointment that I did not go to, had no appointment with and according to her I went for the doctor to write me a note to obtain a floor apartment and not be forced to live on the second or third floor of an apartment building(problem with HER information, we live in a house that is paid for) the appointment was never set up and I wouldn't't have set it because we own our own house and make no payments. All of these judges need to be put out to pasture. They do not have a clue about the people and the information that pertains to that person. Out of touch with reality and human beings.The statement up above states that the judge may view your post. I hope she does, after the screwed up way she handled the hearing somebody needs to tell her she is INCOMPETENT.


Judge: James W Lessis
2/16/2015 10:14:29 AM



Had a hearing with him last week. Really a fine ALJ. All about the business at hand, yet down-to-earth, reasonable, interested in knowing the facts, interested also in making the claimant as comfortable as possible with the proceedings. Very unassuming yet he certainly gained my respect quickly by how he handled the hearing. He's probably ruling favorably for my client, but even if he ruled unfavorably, I'd still feel that he gave us fair and thorough consideration.


Judge: Rebecca D Westfall
2/3/2015 3:01:23 PM



My experience with this judge was positive. She did have some respiratory issues, but it was more in the way of asthma and did not interfere with her asking questions or following the case. I had the opportunity to see her without the robe later in the hallway, and she was neither obese nor using oxygen. Judge Westfall was extremely well prepared for my client's case and conducted about 30 minutes of direct examination herself. Our hearing went almost an hour and I sat directly below her. I did not see her sleeping, and she followed the flow of the hearing very well. When you consider that most Texas judges are far outside the standard deviation in denials, it is a great thing to have an ALJ that will actually pay a case. And to be sure, I don't know if we have won or lost yet.

WP
Judge: William E Sampson
2/1/2015 6:02:46 PM



When I found out what judge would be residing over my remand hearing, I read these posts to see if he sound like he would be a fair judge. After reading the posts, I figured he might be fair. Either way, I was scared. Wow, he listened to everything I had to say! By the questions he asked, I knew that he had went through my paperwork with a fine tooth comb and he really showed the compassionate that I should have been shown by the previous judge. He is no joke and I believe that anyone that appears before him, will be satisfied with any decisions he makes. He seems like he is by the book, and he makes his decisions by the evidence before him and he will look into why something went south before the case came back to him. Judge Sampson, thank you so much for looking over my case and listening to me and my representative. God Bless You!!!


Judge: Peri Collins
9/17/2014 4:07:52 PM



How is this quack a federal judge? Simply look at the yearly approval/denial rates. Unfathomable. Should be outsourced.

KF
Judge: Rebecca D Westfall
9/11/2014 12:03:21 PM



The 6/18/14 5-star rating/comment is total nonsense and obviously posted by a either a friend of hers or someone who has never argued a case before her in their life. Notice the commenter did not deny the specific criticism of sleeping during hearings, delayed cases. Ask ANY atty. who has ever appeared before her. They all laugh and roll their eyes when you mention her name. She DOES fall asleep during her hearings. She IS disorganized and DOES take an unreasonably long time to move cases. Complaint after complaint over the years, yet she still will not budge. Anyone with "health issues" so severe that they result in this kind of consistent weird behavior is clearly not up to the job. It is grossly unfair to claimants to make them wait so long and see them upset in her hearings when she takes a little nappy. Ethical rules require an incapacitated atty. to step down when incapacitated, unable to function. Same goes for a judge. This woman is all about ego, not the rights of claimants. And it's a crying shame.


Judge: Michael S Hertzig
7/8/2014 2:06:17 PM



This guy is a nightmare to work with, so good luck. He's completely unreasonable and will soon be facing a number of formal complaints filed with the Agency.


Judge: Rebecca D Westfall
6/18/2014 5:32:18 PM



Judge Westfall has never used an Oxygen tank and has the best record in this Dallas ODAR office. She does have some health issues, but the previous comments blow them out of proportion and are obviously exaggerated by a Lawyer who didn't get the outcome they wanted. You would be lucky to have Judge Westfall handle your case.


Judge: Mary E Johnson
6/2/2014 4:24:55 PM



HI my name is april curl my judge in the case for disability is judge Johnson. Have anyone let the judge decide and not have the hearing? what should I expect from judge Johnson. Right know I am suffering with bipolar depression very bad. I did not have a hearing because I feeling not myself. I have been fighting to get disability because my condition has woresen

Marshal Holiday
Judge: Anne H Pate
4/24/2014 2:20:19 PM



I believe that she is fair and really wants to help a person if they really need it she listens and puts a smile on her face she doesn't look all grumpy and mean she lets you know and feel that she also is human, And God has the last say. Thank you Judge Pate!! (smile)

Kara Oberry
Judge: Tammy A Thames
4/20/2014 11:50:21 AM



THis Judge was a very personal professional. She took her time, explained the process we were going through and expressed empathy with my case. She made this a personal experience, the first I have had since applying for help with Social Security.

Tony K
Judge: Osly F. Deramus
4/17/2014 1:26:10 PM



Judge Deramus was very professonal during the hearing asked me detail and fair question and listen to my answers carefully,very pleased with the whole process,He is very good conservative judge whom i respect. And very thankful for his timely and fair decision.FIVE STARS FOR THIS JUDGE.


Judge: Sherrill A. L Carvalho
3/6/2014 11:33:14 AM



Prepare your client to be cross-examined. This judge is not rude or hostile, but she comes across as not believing anything the client says. My client testified that a doctor told her something, and the ALJ crossed her on who and when. She did this repeatedly.

CJ
Judge: Melinda W Kirkpatrick
3/6/2014 7:01:02 AM



She is a very compassionate and caring Judge. She do know if your are disable or not. The thing I liked most about her was that she took the time to listen to what I was saying composed to the questions she asked me. I would recommend her to review a case for me at any given time.

Tyler Delaroche
Judge: Tom C Strafuss
3/2/2014 3:41:03 PM



This judge is one of the fairest and most knowledgeable you're likely to come across. He actually reads the record too, which is unfortunately not something that can be said of the all the rest.


Judge: Charles L Brower
2/4/2014 6:16:48 PM



Judge Brower started my hearing by asking about how I was and breaking the ice with Super Bowl small talk. He asked why I thought I was disabled and I went on to explain. He sincerely viewed all the medical evidence that my lawyers turned in prior to the hearing And asked me questions about my various Dr. visits. There was some evidence and things I said, however, that did make him have some doubts about the validity of my claim. In the end he gave Me sufficient opportunity to explain myself and he took my sincerity into serious consideration in regards to making his final decision. He apologized for upsetting me emotionally and thanked me for "fighting for myself". Things look very good. He's a good and fair judge.

Frieda Parson
Judge: Gary L Vanderhoof
2/3/2014 10:42:13 AM



Wow I was sitting here reading everyone's comments about this ALJ I was denied also and I have stage 3 colon cancer and have a statement from my treating doctor stating I was permanently disable and he threw that out so I'm going through the appeal process I hope each and everyone of you guys appeal your cases because I don't think his decisions was the right decision on all of our cases


Judge: Kelley Day
1/30/2014 2:32:06 PM



GREAT Judge. Her hearings a laid back and she listens to everything. really a great experience.

tami fabian
Judge: Roy J Richardson
10/24/2013 3:01:09 PM



this judge just got the government sued in a civil rights matter for violating my right to due process- if others would sue him perhaps he would stop the abuses you see posted on here- please if you are reading this don't let him just get away with violating your rights-

Jaydens Mommie
Judge: Kelley Day
8/16/2013 9:56:46 PM



She was kind hearted and took all my son medical evidence into consideration she listen to every thing I had to say... She treated my case fairly... Thanks Judge Day....

Gloria Davis
Judge: Joseph Liken
8/9/2013 7:42:36 AM



I LIKE TO START OFF BY THANKING THE JUDGE FOR GIVING ME MY HEARING.AND HE ISa very. Good listen. Thank you very much and God bless you and your family.


Judge: Mary E Johnson
7/3/2013 4:11:54 PM



I am very upset i just recieved my ss decision today.... denied! I served in army and ihave many issues...and cant work...she did twist alot of my words and left out parts of what i was saying...im appealing this.


Judge: Melinda W Kirkpatrick
6/14/2013 3:58:36 AM



This judge looked to be ok but she isn't , she listed somethings that wasn't true on my deny.


Judge: Mary E Johnson
4/17/2013 9:10:07 AM



a cherry picker. she looks to twist your words into what she thinks she can get them to mean. she did not explane a good reason for her judgement to me she needs all of her case's reviewed by the better higher ups.


Judge: Mary E Johnson
4/17/2013 8:37:19 AM



i was not payed a great deal of attention to only was heard to be unfavorable denied my social security benifits. i can tell when people don't liston and care "judge mary elizibeth johnson" should be fired for not doing people right it's ******* people to go thru the proscess and then to be carelessly judged against with silly old women resentfull like ideas she is discrimination material.people are not statistical numbers miss johnson is using people for her benifit. hopleyfull she will be gone fron ss soon.


Judge: William E Sampson
3/2/2013 10:43:28 AM



Very nice judge! New and younger. He will ask for a brief summary of severe impairments and argument at beginning of hearing, then he will ask most questions. Had five hearings with him today, two he told me on the record he found FF per GRID. Two of the others went very and he didn't even go to the VE, but didn't say OTR that he was granting, but should be FF. Seems like a very favorable judge, and pleasant to claimant and attorney.


Judge: William E Sampson
3/2/2013 10:43:05 AM



Nice judge, asks for opening/theory of case naming severe impairments. Seems open to award if you have a good case. If you need to amend your AOD do so right a way and normally he will go with it. Very favorable if you have grid application. I had some weak cases with him, but awarded the 2 good ones I had.


Judge: Barbara C Marquardt
2/27/2013 10:11:39 AM



I am writing this on behalf of my son. My son has an average IQ. He has excellent verbal skills but cannot put his thoughts in writing. His doctor has diagnosed to have brain damage. He also has ADHD, bipolar disorder, post traumatic syndrome and sleep apnea. The judge ridiculed and belittled my son and told my son that he belonged in prison and would amount to nothing but a janitor. The judge denied him and failed to understand that his deviant behavior has to do with his ADHD, bipolar and post traumatic syndrome. I rate this judge #1. She has no working knowledge of mental disabilities and is not current on how bipolar leads to violence, crime or other deviant behaviors.

michael russ
Judge: Ralph F Shilling
2/26/2013 11:58:11 AM



I was denied benefits by this judge,I dont understand how he came to his desision,when the perponderance of the evidences plainly show that im disable. Dianosed with Complex post-traumatic stress disorder,major depressive disorder,polysubstance dependence,panic disorder and personality disorder.What type of person could funtion properly with these diagnosis.


Judge: Tammy A Thames
1/31/2013 12:30:22 PM



I feel that Judge Thames is very good,She took her time with me reviewed all the documents,and took time to hear my case fairly,there was no hurry,although she is a very busy young lady.Thank you, Judge Thames


Judge: Tom C Strafuss
1/24/2013 8:59:56 AM



This judge is fair and is unintimidating. He allows the claimant to fully outline his argument. I don't put much stock in these percentages; being prepared is the key. It makes the job of everyone concerned much easier.


Judge: Tom C Strafuss
1/11/2013 8:28:52 PM



I had my hearing this week. I was late because of heavy rain. This judge waited for me. I was nervous at first but not at the end. He knew the record and was polite. Had two experts by telephone. This guy let me stand for part of the hearing because of back pain. My attorney said he is one of the better judges and knows the law. Don't know how he will rule.


Judge: Gary L Vanderhoof
1/10/2013 10:13:30 AM



Judge Vanderhoof statistically denies almost everyone. You are very unlucky if you have him. Apparently he is dumped in the Corpus Christi, Texas area so he does not deny everyone in San Antonio, Texas.

Andrew Smith
Judge: Anne H Pate
1/9/2013 5:34:30 PM



Something needs to done about this woman seriously she gives the social security system a really bad name.

Jese james
Judge: Mary E Johnson
1/7/2013 3:35:55 PM



Rushed us through hearing. Given only 25 minutes for case to be heard, and then omitted parts of my testimony from actual hearing. My case was denied. I have a form of cognitive impairment that is Early Alzheimers, but because of my age (46), I am being asked to remain in the work force doing menial work where I will most likely get fired within my 90 day period because of my memory. I have an attorney. I still lost. If I were four years older, I would get a compassionate allowance, by that point I may not even be able to remember it's available.


Judge: Barbara C Marquardt
1/3/2013 12:02:22 PM



I think she was a worker's compensation ALJ. Not Claimant or attorney/representative friendly. Appears to have already had her mind made up prior to hearing. Very negative ALJ.


Judge: Stanley M Schwartz
1/2/2013 8:06:28 AM



Great Judge! Really made the situation relaxing and explained the hearing process and his process in deciding cases. Too bad he's a senior Judge and only hears cases part of the year. He has been the best Judge I've been infront of. If you get Judge Schwartz you are VERY lucky!


Judge: Gary L Vanderhoof
12/11/2012 7:02:10 AM



Judge Vanderhoof denied my case, I have medical evidence that shows 3 different dissabilities,Essential tremors,Anxiety disorder and Degenerative Arthritis and he still denied me. When I did receive my letter of denial he failed to mention in the report my Degenerative Arthritis which would have qualified me. I have trouble walking,sitting,standing because of my arthritis,my body is in a constent tremor which keeps me from holding an eating utensil or a pen to sign my name if I need to,my Anxiety disorder is because I cannot function like I use to. Why I was denied I will never know.


Judge: Adolfo J Vila
12/5/2012 11:20:31 PM



I'll give him 2 stars due to high approval rate in comparison to others in the state. However, he tends to question claimants at length about personal issues that have no bearing on the case (e.g., marital status, reasons for divorce, etc.).


Judge: Marguerite Lokey
12/5/2012 11:16:55 PM



Always seems a bit flustered and disorganized.


Judge: Gary L Vanderhoof
12/2/2012 7:00:02 PM



The guy denied my claim, based on not believing the psychiatric evidence that clearly showed my severe depression and my inabiity to work.Funny how a guy that needs a psychiatrist himself gets to deny my psychiatric case


Judge: Michael S Hertzig
11/26/2012 4:53:52 PM



My hearing lasted almost an hour and a half in front of this judge. My attorney presented medical evidence from my medical records proving I was diagnosed with PTSD and Bipolar disorder. The vocational expert testified that I could get a job but not maintain it. After waiting 2 months he is requested a supplemental hearing and is now ordering that a medical expert be present and another vocation expert! It's already proven that I am disabled according to SSA guidelines yet he is still requesting another hearing when nothing has changed.


Judge: Rebecca D Westfall
11/16/2012 3:10:22 PM



I must agree with the 6-26-12 comment. She was very confused during the hearing. I dont think she ever actually opened her eyes while she was talking. I have no idea what to expect out of her. She did a lot of hacking also...all in all a very odd ALJ.


Judge: Adolfo J Vila
11/14/2012 9:17:25 PM



Excellent in all aspects.

msl
Judge: Melinda W Kirkpatrick
9/17/2012 10:38:19 AM



She is a very fair and accurate Judge.she listens to what people really has to say. She has a heart unlike so many in her type of position.

Trevor Roach
Judge: Tom C Strafuss
9/7/2012 1:51:14 AM






Judge: Adolfo J Vila
7/29/2012 4:31:58 PM



Excellent, fair.


Judge: Tammy A Thames
7/23/2012 12:00:05 PM



She shouldn't rush through her cases so fast. Take some time to read between the lines. Slow down.


Judge: Tammy A Thames
7/23/2012 11:57:38 AM



She Sucks.

AConcernedCitizen
Judge: Janis Estrada
7/17/2012 11:02:42 AM



Having had the complete and utter displeasure of meeting her, it is quite easy to rate her with the lowest marking, I would rate even lower if possible. She is rude, condescending, unethical, and completely incompetent as a judge. She cannot remain impartial and makes her decisions based on personal reasons, not the facts presented her. I am ashamed that a person of this caliber and low moral fiber is allowed to hear cases that determine the future of honest applicants and depend on her decision to better their unfortunate situation.


Judge: Roy J Richardson
7/8/2012 11:55:59 AM



There are lots of judges like Roy J Richardson, there is one that sits at Blackpool county court, Lancahire, England.


Judge: Rebecca D Westfall
6/26/2012 8:18:21 AM



This woman should have gracefully retired A LONG TIME AGO!!! She's disorganized and falls asleep during hearings! Unreasonably long waits for hearings and post-hearing decisions. I had a hearing with her during in which she actually fell asleep mid-sentence. Unfortunately, she nodded off during the MD expert's testimony that my client met 2 listings, so the ME had to repeat the testimony after waiting for her to wake up again. Then she took ANOTHER 6 months POST-HRG to get around to issuing her decision AND reprimanded me for inquiring about the case status months after the hearing. My poor client was furious and despondent and felt he didn't even get a fair hearing!! While I am sorry that she struggles with obviously severe health issues (she's elderly, morbidly obese with respiratory issues, and uses an oxygen tank), her ego should defer to the best interests of SSA claimants. Her inexplicable, stubborn insistence on remaining on the bench is doing a disservice to SSA claimants.


Judge: Roy J Richardson
6/17/2012 2:22:45 PM



He is a very uncaring, biased, hateful, intimidating....I could keep goin....My last trial i went too I had just came from the mental hospital and he just looked down on me like i was on drugs and just a piece of trash. He found my last case unfavorable which was November 2009 and I just got the reults in April 2012.I think this is so unfair because i was appealling his case then the people a social security said to re-file. I got the second case within a month or two. Mr. Richardson did not like that at all so he combined the both cases and then denied the single case. I am on so much medicine, i have to go to regular doctors, my psychiatrist, my therapist, my allergist, my chiropractor plus regular visits to the ER.


Judge: Ralph F Shilling
6/13/2012 12:23:40 PM



my heart rate goes up to 180 in less than five minutes after walking like a turtle. And this judge say's i can work.


Judge: Roy J Richardson
6/3/2012 1:13:31 PM



THE ABOVE IS TOTALLY TRUE!!! I HAVE A FRIEND IN CENTRAL TEXAS THAT IS IN THE SAME SITUATION THAT HAS BEEN IN A MENTAL HOSPITAL DOZENS OF TIME BECAUSE OF HER MENTAL ILLNESS AND HER BEING MORBIDLY OBESE. SHE HAS TRIED TO TAKE HER OWN LIFE SEVERAL TIMES. SHE HAS BEEN TOO MANY DOCTORS WHO HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO SEE BEYOND HER SUBSTANCE ABUSE. SHE HAS BEEN TRYING TO SELF MEDICATE HERSELF WITH HERBAL REMIDIES, AND OTHER UNLAWFUL THINGS, ONLY BECAUSE THE MEDICAL DOCTORS HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO HELP HER. SHE IS SUFFERING TERRIBLY, AND THIS JUDGE IS HER BIGGEST PROBLEM!!! SOMETHING MUST HAVE HAPPENED IN HIS PAST THAT CAUSES HIM TO BE SO BIASED AGAINST PEOPLE WITH SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROBLEMS THAT HE SHOULD NOT BE ABLE TO DECIDE THEIR CASES!!!!! HE HAS SOME SERIOUS ISSUES !!!!!!!!!!!!!


Judge: Roy J Richardson
5/31/2012 6:38:01 PM



He is totally biased and my goodness, forbid you have a dual diagnosis. He seems to think that people with mental disabilities have never, in the history of psychology, ever been shown to self-medicate. And even if there is proof (via monitor, etc.), he'll just say everyone involved is lying. He pretends to be an medical doctor, psychiatrist and expert on psychological behavior. My friend has physical, mental and behavioral limitations and in reading the answer this judge gave, it is full of lies, inferences and contradictions - throughout his opinion. No wonder my friend is on the verge of a total breakdown. We all know that the system need revamping. But what happens when people like this are out of resources? Only tragedy.

Larry Smith
Judge: Tammy A Thames
5/25/2012 1:06:09 PM



This is a large case load! This judge should be commended. I wish our judges down south were as productive instead of playing golf or beating their children.


Judge: Ralph F Shilling
4/17/2012 12:37:45 PM



I was denied my this judge. so many errors were made such disresprect beyond to describe. I would wish anyone this Judge.

Beverly Gibson
Judge: J. M Brounoff
4/9/2012 3:39:32 PM



After reading the information provided in the different websites about what goes on in the process of deciding disability cases, I realize now how stressful if must be to have to make these kind of decisions concerning the lives and well being of people who are unable to actively support themselves in the workforce. Please know that I am praying for you and your family and that you will be led by your good conscience and experience in dealing with this task everyday. May God bless you and keep you.

Beverly Evon Gibson
Judge: J. M Brounoff
4/9/2012 12:47:46 PM



I appeared before Judge Brounoff on February 8,2012. As of today,April 9,2012, I have not received a decision yet. However, I am hoping that the Honorable Judge will rule in my favor. My lawyer gave my confidence that my case will be considered as favorable.

annoymous
Judge: Ralph F Shilling
3/29/2012 10:05:10 AM



I recently had an appeal with Judge Shilling, he spoken to me with compassion and hearthfelt for my suffering which seem genuine. This being the first for me and never seeing what a Disability Judge asked. Truth be told, the guy was hard to read, not even my representative could read him. He also doesn't seem to care to much for representative's in general. He wants to hear it from the horse's month per se.


Judge: Joseph Liken
3/18/2012 1:16:37 AM



This judge is a good listener and very fair


Judge: Sherrill A. L Carvalho
3/14/2012 10:30:29 PM






Judge: Tom C Strafuss
3/13/2012 3:27:04 AM