Rio Grande Valley Tx, Texas ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Rio Grande Valley Tx, Texas, 6 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Rio Grande Valley Tx, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 13.0 months. The average case processing time in Rio Grande Valley Tx is 535 days.The Rio Grande Valley Tx average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 33%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Rio Grande Valley Tx ODAR office was last updated on 6/11/2019.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Rio Grande Valley Tx 6 13.0 months 535 days 2.3 17% 33% 50%
Texas10.7 months406 days2.519%39%42%
National Average:14.9 months500 days2.120%42%38%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied

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Judge: Allen G Erickson
3/28/2020 11:23:44 PM

Judge Erickson did award me a favorable decision, so it is hard for me to say he was anything but fair. However, I’m aware that he is not an “easy” judge, so I’m hoping that what I write here might help those who will be seen by him….He was skilled in deciding when to ask what questions in order to obtain a full picture of my disabling limitations. Like most have said on here, during the hearing he did seem to be very understanding and empathetic, and was also kind and accommodating during the hearing. The day of my hearing, I was in severe pain. It hurt to sit for more than 5 mins, hurt to stand more than 5; so, I was up and down the entire time. At first the judge made a comment about how most people don’t display such a debilitated affect, which freaked me out because I thought he thought I was acting or exaggerating, which, of course, I wasn’t, as I read that’s the worst thing someone can do during a hearing. Nevertheless, he sought to understand my affect, asking me well-rounded questions to get that it was a manifestation of not just physical symptoms, but also severe anxiety…. As for other factors I think influenced his decision, here are some: I am 35 and had a nerve die in my leg 13 years ago; although I got some feeling back and could walk again, the nerve injury developed into a disease: Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). Mobility devices and other various accommodations helped me get through University successfully. I expressed to the judge how I fought so hard, how I wasn’t going to let my disability get in the way of accomplishing my academic goals. However, my condition worsened toward the end fo school, causing it to take much longer for me to complete my degree. After graduating, I actually got my dream job –only to lose it after a few months due to my disability. I submitted a letter to the judge from that job stating how much work I missed for documented medical reasons (25-50% depending on the month). It seemed he appreciated knowing how hard I’ve tried to overcome my disability over the years, the ways I have succeeded despite it, and the ways I've failed because of it…. Furthermore, since that last work attempt, my other leg sustained damage from a surgical mesh implant. I had to get an operation on it a few months ago, but now my formerly-good leg is permanently damaged; so now, I have two bad legs. Although this incident has caused even greater physical limitations, it seemed it was not a determining factor in the judge’s decision; rather, justification for his decision was largely based on the impact of prognosis of the CRPS, as well as my depression and anxiety. I have documentation across multiple mental health providers that state a consistent affect, complaints of symptoms, and how those symptoms limit me. I could not hide the affect of my mental limitations during the hearing. The anxiety was clear; but, the longer it went on, the more pain I was in, and the slower my ability to think and process became….On another note, I have a care taker through the COPES program for 25 hrs a week, but I have no idea to what degree being approved for a care taker made a difference for my case; however, the letter my care taker wrote to the judge likely did…..He seemed to be REALLY BIG ON CONSISTENCY from my presentation during the hearing to its relation to my medical records, including the letters I submitted from my prior job and care taker, and evals my attorney gave my doctors to fill out.

Judge: David R Gutierrez
12/1/2019 12:12:08 PM

Mr. Gutierrez is a crook and a first class LIAR! He denied my case and the appeal, despite having over 20 active medical issues, many of which are severe and/or potentially fatal. He copied and pasted numerous sentences from various parts of my medical; and, when he made reference to my records in the denial letter, he distorted the fact of the matter. So really, the multiple times that he perjured himself in manner, he threw the standard Straw Man garbage into a poorly concocted report which made no sense at all. A grade schooler could have done better, as even GUTierrez's grammar was abysmally poor. I have been told this guy is extremely racist against White males, makes his decision before the hearing even starts. Though having access to your medical records, he does not read them. This rogue judge needs to be removed from his position.

Judge: Helen F Strong
11/8/2019 12:39:18 PM

I wouldn't wish this process on anyone! After dedicating 30 plus years of my life to working hard, raising a family, paying the bills and contributing to a system I believed in, the day came that I needed the system to work for me. Unfortunately though I've come to realize that the system is more broken than I am and according to everyone except Judge Strong and the handpicked members of her squad, I'm pretty darn broken. I'm a 51 yr old widow diagnosed as follows; 5 Bulging Discs of the Lumbar Spine, Scoliosis of 13%, Multi level Lumbar Spondylosis, Disc Osteophyte Complex, Facet Osteoarthritis, Severe Disc Degeneration, Moderate Narrowing of the Spinal Canal/Moderate Spinal Canal Stenosis, Anterollothesis w/ disc uncovering, Retrolisthesis, Severe disc height loss with disc vacuum Phenomenon, Lumbar spine facet arthrosis and Severe Neural Foraminal Stenosis which could result in complete Paralysis if not treated pretty quick. My physician said there was nothing more they could do and referred me to spinal surgery. As a result of the conditions mentioned above my right side from hip to toe is completely numb to the point I had to stop driving last October. I can not sit, walk, stand or lay in any one position for more than 10-15 minutes. I can't stoop, squat, bend or carry any weight. I'm in so much pain that I rarely leave my house. My quality of life is so low that at this point I just feel like I'm waiting to die. I made good money for 30 years and for 30 years I paid good money to the Social Security Administration in the event something like this might happen however, it was painfully obvious as I sat in front of Judge Strong that I was the only person in the room who had a clue what any of my medical conditions were, how they effected my daily life or if any of them met a listing. Everyone was too busy rattling off their well rehearsed, predetermined, "professional" opinion in response to Judge Strong's inquiries and collectively they managed to squash my hope of getting my back fixed so I can go back to work and actually have a life worth living again. I was never asked any questions or given the opportunity to described what living with these conditions was like, I was only given the chance to speak(very briefly) because I asked the judge for permission to do so. I waited 3 years for my appointment with Judge Strong and in less than 30 minutes a group of strangers were given the power to interpret the guidelines written by the administration thereby convincing Judge Strong to not only over look the limitations of movement and ability to perform simple tasks, the constant state of relentless pain and the referral for spinal surgery but also ignore the fact that 75% of section 1.04 of the disability evaluation of Spinal condition listings in the Social Security Disability Handbook mirrors my medical chart verbatim, still the decision was made that there is plenty of substantial gainful activity for a 51 year old woman of my health with my abilities and limitations which means the 6 figure investment I've paid into over the past 30 years will not be used to aid in the financial burden I'm currently facing for spinal surgery that hopefully allows me to get back to work and also provide treatment in time to prevent paralysis but instead it gets to be passed along to help someone else with their medical issues....The System is BROKEN!

Judge: John D Sullivan
10/16/2019 5:44:52 PM

This judge is extremely judgemental , and will ignore all of your medical evidence. I feel for any individual that goes before him.

Judge: Allen G Erickson
7/31/2019 5:22:48 PM

I saw him in November 2016. He is a rude bully! He asked me questions but then he answers them with his assumptions. He denied me, saying he chooses to not believe the 9 different experts, including the 3rd party expert in the court room. I’m not sure why he thinks he knows more than the educated doctors. I think he enjoys playing God over people’s lives. Don’t expect him to approve your disability, no matter how much evidence you have. I can only pray that Karma teaches him a valuable lesson one day...

Judge: Randi E Lappin
7/13/2019 2:06:04 AM


Timothy Ethridge
Judge: Ross Stubblefield
5/4/2019 7:46:05 AM

I myself have faith in judge Stubblefield he's a really good administrative law judge and he's doing a fine job if you ask me plus he's one of the best administrative law judge's if not the top of all administrative law judge's to me and this is my up right opinion on judge Stubblefield..

Judge: Vadim Mozyrsky
2/21/2019 2:52:27 PM

It was a short hearing but the judge listened to what I had to say. First time I saw my lawyer and he didn’t ask me much. I got my decision and the judge did a good job.

Judge: Gary J Suttles
2/4/2019 12:44:59 PM


Judge: Patricia C Henry
8/9/2018 6:47:05 PM

I used to work for this judge and she is the most ***** ****** I have ever met in my life! It is very obvious that she has no God in her life and she is as ****** to people working for her as she is to her claimants!! She was thrown out of the office that I used to work in if that tells you anything and they’ve never done that to anyone ever!!! God bless anyone that comes in contact with her! It’s a fight against ***** himself and that’s no lie!!!!

Thurman Tyndall
Judge: Gary J Suttles
7/4/2018 8:36:52 AM

This so called judge is a disgrace to human beings. My daughter just went through with this sob and his so called report was nothing but lies and false statements. This was my daughters 2 times being denied her disability. I have been supporting her since 2000. She can not work I wonder how many people have committed suicide because of his lies and false report. I wonder how many people he has killed with ssi's help by letting him do this type of review of peoples health when he is not a doctor and knows nothing about peoples disabilities. I know what I am saying about this sob because i was in the hearing with her. I was a administrative police sergeant for years and I have never dealt with this type people with his so called status as a judge and being inhuman. I blame social security for having incompetent people deciding by themselves without regulation with or panel of doctors whether a person is disabled are not. This so called judge is a disgrace to united states law. Social security an the way they do american citizens is a joke. Illegal aliens can come across the border never paying in social security gets social security and $500 to $600 per kid they have and no control how many kids they can have at taxpayer expense. I have paid into social security for fifty years an my daughter is an american citizen and can get nothing. As far as I am concerned he is not a qualified person to do peoples disabilities it should be done by a panel of doctors.

Judge: Gary J Suttles
2/26/2018 9:39:09 AM

Rules are for the Pharisees. In America we rule by common law, Gary. Use some common sense. Look beyond the strict rule of law. These are human beings you are passing your judgement upon.

Judge: Vadim Mozyrsky
2/22/2018 1:21:07 PM

for future applicants, talk with your lawyer about what's in your case, this guy asked me a bunch of stuff about what my doctors said that I didn't know. luckily my lawyer was able to help me answer questions

Judge: Gary J Suttles
11/30/2017 7:38:10 AM

Everyone: You are aware Mr. Suttles can be sued under Federal Law under TORT CLAIMS ACT-- sue this **** file claim for $ 2 million for damages then they have to investigate and send you a response from that Agency

Judge: Gary J Suttles
11/1/2017 9:27:57 AM

How can Mr. Suttles be an ALJ SSA judge-requires current state bar number (Texas) Mr. Suttles updated his in 2017 this year. How did he get by 5 CFR investigations requirements. All of his cases need to be over turned due to judicial conflicts. ( congress needs to do their job) He is not qualified for anything dealing with law. Worst judge ever.

ken blackburn
Judge: Gary J Suttles
10/3/2017 8:27:09 AM

Judge Suttles is allowed to do what he wants. Under current law (joke) the Congress writes statues , Now the first problem the Agency writes the CFR ( by non-elected personnel) working for the Secretary of the Agency by the Agency, to promote and protect the Agency. Now the second problem the Agency writes the Regulations again ( by non-elected personnel) working for the Secretary of the Agency by the Agency, to promote and protect . None reviewed by the Judiciary Committee as required. At present we have 3 stories high Federal Regulations if stacked. 81,036 pages added in 2015. In 2014 per government records there were 175,268 at 212 volumes printed. All you can do is start researching regulations for rebuttal of any changes of files by SSA at Field Office. Everything is re-written by non-elected , poorly trained employees to violate the rights of all US citizens. Right to Jury Trials. All designed since APA was written to circumvent the constitution.

Judge: Gary J Suttles
8/10/2017 9:28:31 AM

The only thing a person can do is do a rebuttal on any additions to your case file or change offices. ( called Washington and they suggested a different office -they know the issues) Constant review is required when dealing with SSA. Remember SSA will always ASSUME anything against claimant ( the worst ) Suttles will deny admissions of evidence. Hopefully they give you SSI ( back pay to disability date) plus Medicaid ( Cigna Plus coverage) All I can advise is to check and review case files constantly and check SSA rules (POMS) they are different than what they assume. Get the right form SSA they will not give you any assistance. Required on Internet for public. Do the same ASSUME SSA is lying about everything. You can win!!!

Ken Blackburn
Judge: Monica J Anderson
6/27/2017 10:00:43 AM

If judge Anderson cannot or will not reign in Gary J Suttles , she is as bad as Suttles. Tell her to keep sitting on her hands and let him do anything.

keith kuzniarek
Judge: Thomas J Helget
6/9/2017 6:32:20 AM

This Judge is fair,he is strict an to the point but after recordings he will let you speak,my lawyers screwed up an didnt get needed info to him, i on the otherhand sent him everything i had an i know it got to him cause i got a confirmation from usps.He wondered why i had a walker,well the info he needed he didnt have,so i just waiting for an yes or no on my case it sucks for the time one has to wait in pain cause of no money coming in,an how i got hurt helping others as a volunteer firefighter,but the back pain i have will last till i am dead an gone. but would be nice to pay my bills instead of being in the red all the time.But he is fair,an down to the would recomend him if i could.

Judge: Gary J Suttles
5/4/2017 8:47:35 AM

Unbiased judging? Not even close! By LAW the ALJs are required to be unbiased. The law does not apply to Gary Suttles as has been proven time and again. When I caught him giggling at my hearing I had to look this man up. No wonder he breaks the law - he hasn't even completed his training requirements! The man refuses to watch a 17 minute video regarding equal rights for gays, lesbians, transsexuals, and bisexuals for fear of offending his religious rights. Yes, read that again. He is SUING his employer rather than take 17 minutes to meet mandatory minimum training requirements. Does that really sound too stupid to believe? Look it up! Just type Gary J Suttles and the term LGBT in your search tool and prepare to see your page fill with facts. I hope you have some reading time. Never mind his newsworthiness regarding Mr. McMurray above, he's popular as well. (Thank You for your service, Shawn.) And that's just the evidence that made the news so we'll never know what other training he's lacking in. Did this lack of training effect your case? It did mine! He picked and chose only the evidence in my Doctors' and Neurologists' records to support his agenda, and when there weren't enough facts to support his agenda, he simply made numbers up based on nothing presented to him in my records without acknowledging one single fact out of pages of documents to support my crippling disease. He made claims my daily life was "normal" with "no issues" although every claim he referenced to come up with this conclusion was taken out of context. Every incident he cited required assistance which he managed to leave those details out. Sorry to say it folks, but the system I paid into non-stop for 30 years and many of you even longer is broken. How do the judges get away with this? Simple! The "system" made them untouchable. If the judge can't be held accountable, he/she is supposed to have the freedom to judge without bias. Look it up. It sounds like a good plan, but let the record speak for itself. As I type this 84% of the people sitting through his hearings are "Liars". Many folks want a free ride and I get it. I wasn't lying with paperwork to prove it. Were you?

K Blackburn
Judge: Gary J Suttles
4/26/2017 6:32:50 AM

Is Judge Gary J Suttles an attorney 5 USC require ALJ's have Bar Number Is he even eligible to be a so called Judge? Please check on this settlement On January II, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the Social Security Administra tion ("SSA"), the Department of Justice, and class counsel for plaintiffs, Gibson Dunn & Crutch- er LLP ("Gibson Dunn") and the Urban Justice Center, the parties reached a proposed settlement agreement. The settlement expressly denies wrongdoing on the part of defendant Commissioner. Under the terms of the settlement, a class member whose claim for disability benefits was denied or partially denied during the period from January I, 2008 through the date on which the settlement agreement is approved is entitled to a readjudication of his or her claim before an ALJ other than a Named ALJ, with certain exceptions. (See Settlement Agreement, D.E. # 112-1, at 2 III.A.l-2.) The class member must affirmatively request readjudication within sixty days after receiving notice of his or her right to the relief. (See id.; Notice A, D.E. # 112-2.)

Ken Blackburn
Judge: Gary J Suttles
4/21/2017 6:46:45 AM

My son has been denied for 7 years and 23 SSA doctors confirming disability. Still denied. Crushed leg , spinal problems, and two strokes. This Judge made almost the same statement " He would see him dead before he releases any funds, or wait until his credits run out (??) " He was over ruled and took a personal issue and went and stopped funding of SSI. This man has real issues. The government needs to stop this guys. I am 71 years old and pay all his medical bills.

Judge: Vadim Mozyrsky
3/18/2017 9:07:27 AM

I am so grateful for your help! Ive spent years fighting the system to get what is owed. Judge Mozyrsky actually took the time to look at what my doctors were saying about my disability.

Judge: John D Sullivan
2/24/2017 11:12:33 AM

I have 3 servere disabilitys and am waiting for a court date it has been a very iong time my name in Christopher k neco phone #4093546716 could u forward any information to mr email account thank you

Judge: Vadim Mozyrsky
12/17/2016 10:36:48 AM

Good judge. He asked a lot of questions at the hearing but I just got a favorable decision and think that he is fare.

Judge: Gary J Suttles
10/6/2016 2:06:03 PM


Judge: Vadim Mozyrsky
9/16/2016 9:31:52 PM

This judge doesn't care what happens to people with mental health diagnosis. He twists everything so he can deny you. He has a very high denial rate. He needs to try to get SSD so he can go thru the hell the SSD puts people thru. I have now been denied five times. They don't take into account what the vocational expert says. Why waste taxpayer money on the VE if this judge doesn't listen to them. He also must like people with mental health disabilities. He must think everyone who has that diagnosis is not credible. I'd like him to try to get SSD. The entire system is flawed from your first filing to the appeals council you don't get a fair shot at getting SSD unless you are obese, alcoholic or a drug addict. He needs to retire from the bench or show some compassion for what the claiments are going thru. I hope he doesn't stay in Portland very long he needs to go back to Texas or California this man has way to much power and he screws people what is rightfully yours.

B. Herrera
Judge: Richard A Gilbert
9/5/2016 11:05:22 PM

I was told that my Judge would be Richard A. Gilbert and that "He is fair".... I found this to be true. Thank you Judge Gilbert...

Judge: John D Sullivan
7/27/2016 10:08:04 PM

Very polite. He seems to be a fair judge he listened to everything from all parties. Said he would review all evidence and make a decision. Court went fast but not rushed

Judge: Gary J Suttles
7/26/2016 2:17:49 PM

This so-called judge loves to belittle people that come before him. Recently my wife had a disability hearing and about all he did was being up her previous marriage and children. You tell me what any of that has to do with getting disability? The rep my wife had also told her that he did the same thing to the very next client she was representing. Seems that the ONLY reason he is still ok the bench is his record of not approving anyone that comes in his court room.

Judge: Vadim Mozyrsky
6/19/2016 7:24:42 PM

Judge Vadim Mozyrsky, he should be fired. He denies claims saying that your not credible and your doctor and therapist are not credible also. He needs to be disbarred. I called my Senators office and they were upset also. I am trying to get my SSD again. I have already been denied again. My attorney and the guy reviewing my case didn't get my medical records. The determination guy only went by the denial I got the first time I called. He contacted people I have never had anything to do with. My attorney didn't do there job either. SSD didn't recognize who my attorney was until after they made my decision. I've had to get my own medical records for my appeal. I am not very happy. I think the guy in the determination depart need to be fired. When I was working I would never be allowed to do a half a**ed job.

Judge: Thomas J Helget
5/9/2016 8:22:19 AM

Any Rep out there had this ALJ? Can you provide some input, how he conducts hearing, opening statements, etc. Thanks.

Judge: Gary J Suttles
3/14/2016 2:11:00 PM

Can I please ask the people who have commented here if they did the "in person" hearing or the "video" hearing? Does it make a difference with this judge?

Judge: Vadim Mozyrsky
3/7/2016 10:41:54 PM

This judge needs to try and get SSD himself and try to live in poverty and almost homeless. He is very arrogant doesn't care about people with mental disabilities or medical disabilities. I've been trying for over three years and have been denied 3 times. I'm now appealing his decision. He told me that my doctors and I where not credible. The 'VE said I couldn't do my previous jobs but, I could detail cars, hospital housekeeper or a yard maintenance. I'm 54 years old. Get off your bench and do those jobs yourself!

Judge: Vadim Mozyrsky
1/27/2016 1:46:59 AM

I feel that he does not care about people with mental health issues. He said that I wasn't credible he also said this about my regular Dr. My file was reviewed by doctors I have never seen in my life. The 'VE said I couldn't do any of my previous jobs and my skills where not tranferrible. Was told I could do jobs I know nothing about. I'm over 53 so my age wasn't taken into consideration. He's not a fair judge.

Cynthia garsa
Judge: John D Sullivan
1/26/2016 12:17:41 AM

Not a good judge not fair.he dosnt care too hurt the disable people feelings he put you down he dont care he has done a bad conduct i should report this judge for bee rude mean and not caring.i think he should bee sitting in ehere he dont desever too be judge i hope you lose next time

Shawn McMurray
Judge: Gary J Suttles
1/11/2016 12:44:53 PM

Hey Gary why wont the Federal Government release the investigation into your bias and discriminating comments towards Navy Gulf War vets..What are you hidding???. I will find out ..... And show the state off texas how corrupt the system is......Everybody can read the article Just Google Judge Gary Suttles belittles gulf war vet....Thank You.... Ps I dont rate uneducated idiots like you....

Judge: Vadim Mozyrsky
12/20/2015 10:23:00 PM

Judge Mozyrsky twists your answers to fit a denial. He is not qualified to read my x rays but never states who did. Accused all medical and mental health practitioners and myself of lying, exaggerating and being manipulative.I He gives you every chance to explain yourself but your not going to prove yourself unless you have a good lawyer. Be educated about you own case and confident. I was terrified and under so much mental and emotional turmoil that I barely remember anything. I know I could have given direct answers to his questions. Being vague and not specific enough gives them an opportunity to guess at your claimed disability. It also doesn't seem to matter what the Vocational expert says so why do they even bother with them? Judge does not take onto consideration your documents but that of his own medical staffs opinion, again he never mentions who they are. The Judges medical staff never examined, evaluated, met or even spoke to me. So if my Dr's, the x rays and myself are lying what chance do we have? Judge I understand it's your job to sort out the undeserving but you are so wrong in many of your cases. I'm not willing to lose everything I have including a roof over my head just to get disability, apparently you must think I would. Please use a little more compassion.

Judge: Vadim Mozyrsky
12/3/2015 4:39:55 PM

I give it his judge 0 stars. I am 50 years old and I haven't worked since 2010. I am single and my 12 year old autistic son lives with me. We live on $733 per month plus food stamps. I went before him in November 2014 in Portland Oregon. My lawyer was very happy be ause the doctors all agreed except one that I don't even remember seeing (this includes three of Ssd doctors). The vocational expert agreed and said I could not be gainfully employed. When I received my denial letter and read the absolute garbage this guy stated as fact I couldn't believe that it was real. My lawyer sent in my appeal that same week. He decided that I could be employed as a bank monitor watcher even after the expert said no to that very job. Did you know there are three jobs in the entire state of Oregon for a bank monitor watcher? He said that since I was able to smoke that my hands are in fact not disabled. He took things that were written in my records by my specialist totally out of context and didn't ask me anything about them during my hearing. He said I refused to follow his orders about physical therapy. Totally not true. My insurance does not cover it! My doctor in fact wrote that it would help and there was a request made and denied. He said I have a boyfriend to take care of me. What has that got to do with my disability? Not to mention that is 100% untrue. He said since I was able to smoke my hands aren't in fact disabled. What? There are over 50 mistakes and lies in his findings. Now I am still 9 months away from another shot, but it will NOT be in front of this person! I am requesting a new judge this week!

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: Helen F Strong
11/13/2015 8:38:23 AM

Bless GOD for Judge Helen Strong! She's nice, fair and thorough in her decisions. Perhaps she looks over her cases before the hearing and have a pretty good idea of what the decision could be. It takes will documented and ongoing medical records, good work ethics. Having a good work history helps as well. Also, a good attorney advocating for you to win benefits helps a great deal. Truly more judges like Judge Strong are needed in this process. I was told she was nice and was a fair and thorough judge. I agree! My decision was GOD sent and I thank GOD that He sent Judge Strong to be the presiding judge for my hearing. GOD knew my case had merit and was warranted. You must believe all that's good is in God's timing!

Judge: Patricia C Henry
10/27/2015 10:57:56 AM

She misstated evidence, misrepresented testimony, ignored evidence, excluded specific conditions and made numerous factual errors. If you appear in front of this judge, your claim is going to be denied.

Judge: Gary J Suttles
8/17/2015 10:52:51 AM

Judge Suttles stated in court that " he would see me dead before he approves any funds from my account" a quote on court records. He need to be run out of office.

Judge: David R Gutierrez
8/4/2015 12:26:36 PM

My husband just went to court with Judge Gutierrez. I am very unhappy with the outcome. Mr. Gutierrez (Judge) denied my husband on a questionnaire that we filled out 4 years ago. We were honest on the questionnaire as of today my husband cannot do what he did back then. Letters from all his Doctors say that. If we didn't deserve back pay that is fine but my husband should have never been denied completely. We are so close to loosing our home we can't even put a full meal on the table for dinner. I work 2 jobs just to try to make it. My husband can't work. I am so upset with this outcome, I can't believe this happened.

Judge: Vadim Mozyrsky
7/29/2015 9:36:48 PM

I'm not sure how to rate this judge. I agree with what others have said, he was professional and courteous during the hearing. On the other hand, he asked some really hard questions about things I didn't know my doctors said. I'm not sure if I won my case or not.

stephon johnson
Judge: Helen F Strong
6/9/2015 4:10:55 PM

My stephon johnson I hope I get this judge she seems very nice cause I do have mental helath with me and I would love to have her as a judge so I hope she reads this

Judge: Allen G Erickson
5/27/2015 10:40:33 AM

My experience with Judge Erickson was very similar to Eric B.'s comments dated 3/9/2015. He was understanding, sarcastic, and intimidating, all in one hearing. In the unfavorable decision, he places more weight on the less significant details of your medical records, and less weight on the proof that SHOULD get you approved. A lawyer recently said to me, 'he denies just about everything.' The SSA needs to revamp its process for case reviews, because it is a violation of due process to allow judges such an extreme amount of discretion in their decisions. Our lives should not depend on the 'luck of the draw' in being assigned to a judge. There are laws and guidelines that should be followed.

Eric B
Judge: Allen G Erickson
3/9/2015 3:10:53 PM

This judge is full of crap and will deny you. In my wifes meeting with him, the vocational expert and the Judge himself said there was no type of work my wife had done in the past that she could perform now. But when the "official" report the judge wrote came back it states they both said she could. They say things in the meeting that make you feel good and that you will win, but that is not the case. The judge even put things in like asthma that my wife has ever said anything about in the report. He also basically called my wife a drug seeker and an addict.

Judge: Patricia C Henry
2/9/2015 7:33:04 PM

I just received my denial letter, I saw Judge Patricia Henry, every paragraph was lies, she twisted and contorted my records and testimony to fit her denial. She basically committed perjury! She contradicts herself in different paragraphs in regards to my disabilities and abilities, she needs to get off the bench STAT! I will be filing all sorts of complaints and even taking this to our legislature. We presented her with evidence, she twisted factual evidence to being non-existent! If you get this judge, kiss your case good-bye!

Judge: Thomas G Norman
1/7/2015 1:04:32 PM

Only approves 6% of cases. Wow! You better be disabled and have super good medical evidence.

Randy Bland
Judge: Monica J Anderson
7/25/2014 9:21:08 AM

I think Judge Anderson is a very smart and fair person and our government needs more just like her.

Ambrun Moore
Judge: Richard A Gilbert
7/24/2014 9:18:05 AM

Very nice judge and truely compassionate

Judge: Barry Peffley
6/2/2014 1:56:17 PM

I pray that he approve me..

Judge: Ross Stubblefield
5/27/2014 5:26:12 PM

He will smile in your face while stabbing you in your back. I told the truth and he still denied my claim, uncredible witness he said. 10 herniated discs, with terrible pain. Worked hard all of my life only to have this person call me a liar.

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: Barry Peffley
2/19/2014 11:10:11 AM

Very good Judge.

reginna c. martin
Judge: Gary J Suttles
2/6/2014 4:34:13 PM

I think it's time to overhaul the ssi systems and get rid of these judges who think they know everything. When I know five different people who get ssi that are convicted felons , drug users makers and destroyers of their families and hard working honest people are turned down well WE HAVE a PROBLEM! When a person gets treated worst than a felon or drug addict(crack, coke) What's this world coming to. Keep up the good job Judge Suttles, you have to retire some time. I will keep going and when I lay here suffering I will think of you.

Judge: Gary J Suttles
12/23/2013 5:37:23 PM

they need to get this judge off the bench. He denies people that can not work,and has proven there case.I am one of them .

Joshua De Leon
Judge: Thomas G Norman
12/14/2013 2:12:00 PM

I know this is just a comment place but from the comments, I can guess Judge Norman is pretty good at his job. I'm not looking for sympathy just a fair chance for my mom. Would anyone by chance have his e-mail because I really would like to speak to him. I don't know how these things work but I would appreciate any help as soon as possible! I don't want my mom to suffer any longer nor do I want to lose her. She has been denied 4 times and hasn't worked for about 5 years.

L. Sullivan
Judge: Thomas G Norman
10/24/2013 11:28:50 AM

I must say I was pleasantly surprised. Of course I was nervous, but was put at ease upon meeting Judge Norman. His staff was also very pleasant, which helped me feel more confident to speak once the hearing began. I have a somewhat unusual situation that brought me to an ALJ hearing, but Judge Norman understood my challenges more than I expected. My advice is to be sure you are prepared prior to your hearing and whenever you speak to any Social Security personnel, be sure to take detailed notes or record the conversation. Keep your documents organized, so they are readily available and up-to-date. This way you have solid evidence of what transpired. I did not feel I needed a representative, so I did my own forms and letters. I hope I did well enough to receive a favorable outcome. Either way, Judge Norman is a cool guy.

Judge: Allen G Erickson
9/23/2013 8:00:57 PM

I have not yet had the privilege of meeting Judge Erickson, but I am scheduled for my hearing tomorrow morning. Since I didn't see any comments on here, I decided to post and comment that my attorney's office has told me that Judge Erickson is extremely fair and knowledgeable. He apparently has a reputation for taking time to listen to and read all the evidence. I'm not worried so much about the hearing as I trust that he will be fair, what I'm concerned about is making the one hour drive to the courthouse and struggling with using medical supplies in front of people.(I just pray I won't have to!) When I stumble in front of people it's very embarrassing, so I just have to remind myself that the people in the courtroom will know why I'm struggling and it'll be okay. I will most definitely come back and post a follow-up comment tomorrow, since I believe that if I came in here wanting to see feedback, I'm sure others will as well. Note: I'm giving the 5 stars based on what I have heard, since I won't meet him myself until tomorrow. Thanks for understanding.

Judge: Ross Stubblefield
4/13/2013 10:22:38 AM

When I was sworn in to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, they should of did the same thing with this judge. No wonder the social security system is total failure. It's based on one big scam and that's truly shameful. So many people have worked hard all their lives literally breaking their bodies and paying into a system that promises at your time of need the assistance will be there. But, when the time comes, they make you wait so long that you lose your home, your car,etc..... You have a nervous break down from the anxiety of waiting and mounting medical bills. These government monkey judges don't care. They all have at least a six figure income and probably the best health insurance money can buy. And bonuses from the government for every claim they deny. So why should they have compassion for their fellow man when their living so well. People wonder why it takes at least two years for the social security disability claim process. It's not because of the case load, there are hundreds, if not thousands of judges out there. The delay comes from the fact that judge will look at a case and study it ever so slowly to come up with as many illegal loop holes and lies as he or she possibly can just to stall the case. It's these lies and deceit that have caused the social security system to crash and burn.

Judge: Patricia C Henry
3/18/2013 9:55:32 AM

Read what she did to me @

Judge: Ross Stubblefield
3/13/2013 11:10:45 AM

This judge kept a smile on his face the whole time I was giving testimony and 39 days later(total wait time two years) denied my claim. Multiple disc herniations with stenosis,multiple discs already fused and cauda equina. How many more spinal surgeries do I need and how much more nerve damage do I have to endure before I'm finally approved for disabilty. This is one piece of crap.

Marilyn Streetman
Judge: Paul W Schwarz
3/4/2013 8:45:42 AM

Judge Swartz was professional, forthcoming and extremely pleasant to me at the hearing. He took the time to explain the process before I presented my case before him. The SSA should be pleased to have such knowledgeable and competent Judge. He allowed me to present my case uninterrupted. I believe from his demeanor that he makes fair decisions based upon the evidence presented before him. Overall I give Judge Swartz a five star rating. I was very pleased with the professionalism afforded me in this matter.

Judge: Patricia C Henry
2/4/2013 8:26:21 PM

I agree with one other commenter - this judge is a total idiot!!! She needs to be admitted to a mental health unit and that's no lie!!!!

Judge: Vadim Mozyrsky
1/25/2013 9:51:08 AM

Fair judge. He knew my medical record and was polite. I got a chance to say everything I wanted to say. I'm not do sure about the vocational expert who said I could work as a hand packager. I don't know what that is.

Judge: Thomas G Norman
12/14/2012 1:32:01 PM

I found Judge Norman to be extremely fair and compassionate. I did not have any problems with him at my hearing. He was also very polite and friendly when he addressed me. I did not have a lawyer, I don't know if that affected how he perceived me. But I was very impressed with him. My claim was approved at the ALJ hearing level.

Judge: Richard A Gilbert
12/13/2012 5:41:34 PM

Thanks Judge Gilbert He was a very knowledgeble Judge and very understanding

Judge: Vadim Mozyrsky
11/10/2012 5:42:13 PM

This judge is very professional, kind and courteous. He will let you explain yourself to the fullest, but also ask the appropriate questions as well. Make sure you have all medical records to back up your testimony. Because if not he will see right through you, his numbers can contest to that. Again if you don't have the medical records to back up your statement, I suggest you don't waste his time or your time........

Judge: John D Sullivan
10/16/2012 12:22:25 PM

Takes control of his Court and moves proceedings along swiftly, yet will allow an Appellant time to present ALL his/her evidence fully. Often questions the Government's Labor Classification Expert and sworn Appellant from the Bench.

Judge: David Gutierrez
6/8/2012 1:40:24 PM

Very nice and professional. You will win with good evidence and a good representative.

Judge: Patricia C Henry
6/4/2012 1:41:01 PM

This judge is a total *****!!

Judge: John D Sullivan
5/15/2012 3:54:40 PM

Extremely polite and professional.

Judge: Paul W Schwarz
4/11/2012 6:54:53 AM

Make sure that you have your records submitted prior to your hearing or he will eat you alive. He only likes med list and rep forms submitted on the day of the hearing.

Judge: Gary J Suttles
3/5/2012 3:22:56 PM

Judge Suttles denies everybody and I heard the he denied a lady the had cancer and a few months later she died. This is not right and I think that someone need to investigate him. I know there are rules and guidelines to follow, but if a person is disable why would you do that to them. He is using his authority to his advantage. He need to start denying some of these people for SSI that have not put money into the system instead of the ones that have put their money in the system.