Norfolk, Virginia ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Norfolk, Virginia, 10 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Norfolk, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 13.0 months. The average case processing time in Norfolk is 432 days.The Norfolk average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 43%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Norfolk ODAR office was last updated on 6/11/2019.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Norfolk 10 13.0 months 432 days 2.3 16% 43% 41%
Virginia15.0 months515 days1.920%39%41%
National Average:14.9 months500 days2.120%42%38%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied

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Sabrina Royal
Judge: Maryann S Bright
10/10/2019 1:08:06 PM

I went before Judge Maryann Bright and although the process caused me a lot of anxiety she had a calming presence. She was professional and pleasant. I forgot to express how my medication made me feel but other than that she allowed me to explain my illnesses and how it’s affected my life. I don’t know the outcome yet because it’s only been a couple of weeks but she was definitely fair.

Jason Ellington
Judge: Jeffrey M. Jordan
7/14/2019 10:23:23 PM

This man should be removed as a judge. My claim was denied. All these mental health people recommended me to file for benefits. Ive paid into the system for 25 plus years. He makes over $170,000 a year, yet he denied me a $700 plus per month benefit! Not impressed with him. Fuck Jeffrey M. Jordan and his overpaid ass. Probably got his job through affirmative action! Fuck you Judge Jordan. I would really like it if you dropped dead !!!!!!!.Consensus seems to be you might be prejudiced you piece of shit! Jason Ellington says FUCK YOU loud and clear. All my issues and health problems and you denied me. Youll get whats coming to you one day and i hope it really really really hurts. Fuck off you incompetent,non-understanding ,unsympathetic ,overpaid ,unqualified, biased piece of shit. You will get yours, trust me. Unapologetically, Jason Ellington.

J. Hubbard
Judge: Jeffrey Jordan
4/23/2019 7:38:45 AM

I just want to say don't believe these comments on this site about mr. Jordan he is not in any way shape or form how those other people are describing him I believe if you go before this judge with Clean Hands and an honest heart and speak the truth you have nothing to worry about. Thank you mr. Jordan I want to personally apologize for the racist and derogatory remarks that these other people have said. I know you have a lot of weight on your shoulders from trying to sift through the liars sorry for your heart on that responsibility that you have God bless

Octavia Dyson
Judge: Jeffrey M. Jordan
2/14/2019 5:28:54 AM

I want to say thank you for Myler disability team and to Judge Jordan. My life was impacted by my accident in 2016 where I lost my job and the ability to pay my Bill's and take care of myself. The judge was compassionate and very understanding. I walk with a cane and sometimes with a walker due to my severe chronic back pain and mental health has declined a lot. My disability was approve before the hearing was over. Thank you so much....

Judge: Tom Duann
9/27/2018 4:07:22 PM

This judge is very respectful and listened very patiently.....he allowed me to add more information regarding my case. I didn't notice any negative behavior.

Judge: O. P Dodson
2/23/2018 11:06:47 AM

I have been fighting for my disability for going on 5 years now. When I had a hearing this judge was on circuit closed tv network. Several times during my testimony I caught him looking away and was distracted by something around him there, not really listening to what I was testifying too. He denied my claim yet again and I'm appealing that as well. IMHO, he needs to vacate his position because he's not listening to the claimant, nor reading the doctor statements. In fact this judge very bluntly put it in black and white that my doctor didn't have the correct ability to make such statements about my health and neurological status. I have a spinal cord implant that cost my insurance over $400,000.00 with out this unit I'm paralyzed from mid chest down, even with the unit I still fall from the loss of use of my legs. Since the replacement of this unit over a year ago I now can no longer hold things in my hands, my hands shake all the time now, I have great difficulty in writing anymore. I wonder how he'd feel not being able to know you have to go to the bathroom? or being able to do for yourself? Live in pain 24/7? I feel he needs to step off the bench.

Italia Fajardo
Judge: Carol Matula
11/11/2017 12:47:53 PM

I suffer from bipolar and manic depression when i had my hearing on october 23 2017 i was very nervous and very overwhelmed she tryed to makw me comfortable as possible nice lady.i am still waiting for my decision

Judge: O. P Dodson
4/7/2017 10:07:24 PM

The judge was texting while i stated my disability to him, i just wrote Washington DC and FTC about him, I didn't get a fair hearing at all even though i'm disabling sick with diabetes neuropathy, degenerative joint disc and degenerative joint disease, asthma, and a list of other documented disabling issues. The vocational expert claimed i can stand at a cash register and press buttons all day with numb painful hands and feet, This deserve special attention from the commander and chief. I will write everyday until i get answers.

LaKesha Mills
Judge: O. P Dodson
1/24/2017 1:04:27 PM

I have Bren fighting for my disability for over three years. Finally had my hearing on 12/13 and seem it went well until at the end, the judge said he would have to review my records and send me a letter. The vocational expert stared there were no jobs available for the criteria my attorney stated

Judge: O. P Dodson
10/8/2016 5:36:48 PM

Very nice judge, he listened to what myself and my attorney had to say. My hearing was 10/6/16 Waiting on a approved or not letter.

Judge: Maryann S Bright
8/25/2016 9:34:42 AM

I don't have anything nice to say about judge Bright. She hears what she, wants to hear. Then twist your words around very disappointed by the way she came up with her decision just plain ignorant.

George Harmon
Judge: Jeffrey M. Jordan
5/24/2016 12:01:59 AM

This man had no reason to deny me. I had medical records and proof of my disability. He stated at my hearing that my before and after x-rays were frightening. But said in his disposition that if I can talk on the phone, I can work. This man is clearly predujuce. He needs to be removed. If your black and you scraped your knee. Your in luck, because this fool will hand over SSI, but be white and ain't getting squat!

Judge: Jeffrey M. Jordan
4/4/2016 8:12:14 AM

He is very polite. I wish that he could render a decision from the bench. This long wait is very agonizing and throws me into a panic. This waiting period is not good for those who suffer from mental illness. We already have to work the nerve up to come I to court than to wait no that before a decision I no good. Please just try to work on making a decision from the bench(which is what is suppose to happen in the front place). Thanks for reading

Judge: Jeffrey Jordan
11/24/2015 10:57:46 PM

Dear Judge JJ, Been trying to find the Judge that heard my case first time. The comments I heard fit to you as close as the way I was treated in the over the "air" hearing where you denied all the pertinent evidence from the hospital that was able to do the work needed to keep me alive. I only came back east because I am unable to function for even a small amount of time outside "my shell" After incidents back east I was clearly determined to be as screwed up as the doctors in New Mexico determined... thing is, you even agreed that the diagnosis was valid, but since you did not understand the situation... I DID NOT was considered a crippled being. I was proud of everything I accomplished, and accomplishments I hoped to complete. Now, I can just barely get around and am driving a 10 year old car with little hope of improving my existence. I hope when you finally come up for your personal judgement that you understand you are only going to be judged as you have judged others. OH... BTW... I am not certain you are the Judge Jordan that heard my case. but the thing I read sounded so much like what I experienced, and even though what happened did not occur in this state, I cannot accept any evidence you might produce where the incident occurred, It wouldn't be valid in this state, Besides, I believe you were faking it. I am tired and I still hopee

Jack Gately
Judge: William T Vest
4/21/2015 8:12:54 AM

I wholeheartedly concur with the comments made above- particularly re not suffering fools lightly. Bill Vest was a superb Navy trial judge who had the courage of his convictions. This character trait has carried over to his work as an SSA ALJ over the past two decades. A well-prepared summary of evidence/case brief is critical. he does actually read amendments to your brief and can think "on the the fly" quite well. You will be hard-pressed to find a better ALJ in this area of the country.

stacey douglas
Judge: O. P Dodson
3/4/2015 1:00:55 PM

This judge conducted a hearing on December 18,2014 and he was sleeping or appeared to be sleeping and then he started doing neck exercise and did not pay attention he should be removed from being a judge.

Judge: Irving A Pianin
1/23/2015 11:17:55 AM

Judge Pianin is a good listener and was quite polite and kept me focused when answering his questions. I felt he was very courteous and respectful. Still waiting for a decision, however, either way, he made a stressful morning, less stressful with his calm manner and non-abrasive tone.

Judge: Alfred J Costanzo
9/22/2014 9:11:32 AM

He was very understanding. I really appreciate the time he took to listen. Im very appreciative. No decision yet. Fingers crossed..

Judge: Irving A Pianin
3/3/2014 9:11:45 AM

He was very polite during the hearing. I had my hearing the first part of February. Just waiting for an approval or denial. The wait is causing so much unwanted stress. uggg

Judge: Jeffrey M. Jordan
8/23/2013 8:50:50 AM

Would love to find a site on the individuals that Judge Jordan approved. Might be interesting.

Kenya 7
Judge: James J Quigley
2/7/2013 6:37:05 PM

I really hope I receive this judge I have been suffering with Crohns disease and other health issues that make it hard to maintain nevertheless work any where. I have heard so many great things about him I really pray and hope he is my judge and really can understand the issues and pain and everyday frustration I have been through. Kenya 7

Mary Stallings-Whiting,CPA
Judge: Irving A Pianin
11/5/2012 12:37:10 PM

He read my several (3) briefs. He is a listener, understood my issues/concerns and professional. I am a CPA and not an attorney and Judge Pianin was a pleasure to work with

Judge: Jeffrey M. Jordan
9/19/2012 2:45:23 PM

I can't in my right mind even call this guy a judge. It was obvious that he did not read all the facts of my disabilities. I had M.R.I.'s to prove my neck and back disc degeneration. Also my doctors form stating i have bipolar disorder and i take 300 mg of seroquel. This medicine causes me to have a zombie like effect when i am awake. It also causes me to sleep from 12 to 16 hours. How am i supposed to go to work when i can barly get out of bed. I also have had problems with arrhythmia and sleep apnea. I'm probably living on borrowed time but this judge did'nt give a crap. I used and attorney and was told they would'nt have taken my case if they could'nt win it. This judge should be fired because he abused his discretion and position.

Judge: Jeffrey M. Jordan
9/15/2012 1:11:32 AM

Yes, ALJ Jordan out of the 162 cases approved he only paid black Claimant's with black attorneys. Get a clue.

Judge: Jeffrey M. Jordan
9/4/2012 4:34:47 PM

Need to be black and have a black lawyer.

Judge: James J Quigley
8/5/2012 11:27:47 PM

I rate him a 10 :) Mr./Judge Quigley is a very kind,well spoken and highly educated man. I know I had to have shown my complete nervousness but, after speaking and listening to him talk with kindness ,I felt relief. He was truly a great Judge even though I was denied and my case is almost at the three year point (from the first date I applied) which has deeply effected my overall health... I totally understand and more importantly respect his professional opinion and decision, I can only hope to have him review my very complex SSD case records.He is a patient man and I pray that Mr.Judge Quigly and the good Lord will render the right decision any day now, for this has been a very trying, exhausting,long and difficult journey for myself as well as my family. God Bless and best wishes..

Judge: Alfred J Costanzo
7/20/2012 10:51:51 AM

A consummate professional, understanding and compassionate. Thank You

Judge: Jeffrey M. Jordan
6/13/2012 11:34:20 PM

Shipped him out for bias

Judge: Tom Duann
6/13/2012 8:49:28 PM

Too inexperienced for complex theory cases....whoosh...over him but good potential.Does not appear to be listening... Too interested in filling out his forms during testimony. He is improving but I wilt when I find he is the ALJ when there are ANY issues that are not covered by the usual boilerplate type case cites. :-/

Judge: James J Quigley
6/13/2012 8:44:39 PM

A wonderful person! So kind during the Hearing. A good ALJ for a new attorney to SSA.Want a fair hearing on an iffy case, he is you ALJ. Did I say NICE FELLOW...really.

Judge: William T Vest
6/13/2012 8:40:58 PM

My most respected ALJ; when he Denies a case I usually agree with him!!!and if I do not, he will graciously hear your written expression of disagreement and ACTUALLY will Hear more evidence on those issues. Has Revised his Decisions with evidence to specific issues. Have NEVER had an Appeals Council Reversal or Remand. Be certain to write a well documented Brief.Such a courteous and Procedurally correct ALJ. Does NOT suffer fools lightly. If you only prepare for a case by reading the case file while waiting for the Hearing on hearing day, your Decision will reflect that preparation..GUARANTEED!

Judge: O. P Dodson
6/13/2012 8:31:21 PM

Such a nice man however that "concerned presentation" disarms Claimants and you may find out facts that dramatically change your case when your client testifies! All and all a fair ALJ.

Judge: Alfred J Costanzo
6/13/2012 8:27:19 PM

If you have a rare disease process or a medical set of symptoms that took the medical community a lllloooonnnggg time to diagnose..THIS IS YOUR JUDGE. He loves those odd ball medical cases. He is a great ALJ when you need a little extra time to explain your theory of Allowance. My second favorite ALJ in Norfolk; I wish he were hearing more cases. Appreciates a well written brief.

Judge: Irving A Pianin
6/13/2012 8:22:11 PM

Great ALJ. Uses his ears and actually listens and understands even complex theories of Allowance presented by Brief. Don't have enough Hearings with him!

Judge: Jeffrey Jordan
6/13/2012 8:16:05 PM

Does not review medical records or he does not UNDERSTAND the information in the Record; does not read Briefs; rude to non-attorney representatives; condescending, unwarranted arrogance, seems poorly educated generally. Will soon be defending a BIAS assertion under Hallex 1-3-125 for "off the Record comments and facial expressions".....stay tuned

Judge: Irving A Pianin
4/29/2012 3:47:08 PM