Richmond, Virginia ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Richmond, Virginia, 10 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Richmond, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 12.0 months. The average case processing time in Richmond is 473 days.The Richmond average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 34%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Richmond ODAR office was last updated on 6/11/2019.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Richmond 10 12.0 months 473 days 2.3 21% 34% 45%
Virginia15.0 months515 days1.920%39%41%
National Average:14.9 months500 days2.120%42%38%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied

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Jared Vaughan
Judge: Deborah Foresman
12/22/2019 8:58:36 PM

Unfavorable decision on a long list of severe conditions with provided evidence. If this is your ALJ good luck. No compassion and very inconsiderate to those in need. My benefits will be reserved for the next related health condition case. Only those, addicts and uneducated individuals are allowed to receive SSI. They can play off their anxiety and other problems at ease in the hearing room. Unlike those who truly have problems they don't like to express, or can't easily express, all in which this ALJ clearly doesn't understand. It's a sad world. I've seen so many hard addicts on SSI it's so sad. If you can do basic math and talk clearly and have manners 𝐚𝐬 𝐚𝐬𝐤𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐝𝐨 𝐬𝐨. That too is a factor of not being eligible. That miraculously eliminates and cures your physical and mental incapabilities from the real world somehow. (As long as it's not Mrs Foresman who gets to go home to a quarter million dollar house every day). Happy holidays to you too. More social security for addicts. As long as they're secure right, Mrs Foresman? It's a tempting illusion when they're all spun out and feening. Anyway, off to be a bum, I can't even afford my ged.... Thank you Mrs Foresman.

Judge: Theodore P Kennedy
12/5/2019 9:33:24 PM

I would agree that he is tough but fair. If he finds you not credible it’s over. He will try to trip you up to make sure you are consistent but that’s his job. Don’t try to lie to him. He does his casework and he knows more about you than you would think. Remember one thing- your attorney will never win your case for you. 90% of the questions asked are to you personally- not your lawyer. Your case needs to be very well documented. He already has all the information he needs -but he is fair and will give you the time you need to defend your case. He is totally by the book. There are no free rides with him.

Judge: Melissa Hammock
10/28/2019 3:12:53 PM

Judge Hammock was very professional and in my opinion, asked direct and pointed questions. I believe if you answered her as best you could and in the same manner along with (and this is most important) documented your medical information you should not have a problem.

TiaDonna Lewis
Judge: Theodore P Kennedy
10/12/2019 1:30:18 PM

The judge didn’t believe my testimony, I remember him saying something like which one is it as if I was lying I don’t know if I heard his question right or if I understood his question, this is one of the symptoms that I have. The counselors at Region Ten and the medical dr at Northridge, Dr John Azer at outpatient psychiatric twisted my words around and didn’t write their notes right about me. I saw another medical doctor there also that didn’t listen to me how I was feeling about my symptoms. I tried to find another place to go but with my insurance a lot of doctors don’t take it so it is limited. My nurse practitioner kept telling me to go back to Northridge and I did finally. The psychiatrist that I see now listen to me about my symptoms and cared enough to do different tests on me to get to the root about how I be feeling. If you say that you are suidical they will help you, if you say you are not they won’t help you and take you seriously. Everyone is different and symptoms are not the same as the next person, it is a shame that the doctors wait until you try to kill yourself then you can get help. You might look ok on the outside but inside you are not because depression and ptsd symptoms are visible. I was doomed from the get go to be denied by the Ali judge, Theodore P Kennedy. My nurse practitioner has helped me a lot, she kept telling me to try the medicine, she knew I was hurting and an emotional wreck and at my lowest. I was denied because the Alj judge didn’t believe my testimony and what the nurse practitioner said about how I would be affected at work. I don’t have any reasons to lie about how I feel everyday, this is not living, I mostly stay home to myself and just because the medicine helps some that I don’t need help. I guess you have to be suidical to get help, I don’t want to kill myself,I want the pain to stop.

Robin Butler
Judge: William B Lissner
10/8/2019 9:47:26 AM

Judge Lissner granted me disability in 2004. He believed me when the doctors said nothing was wrong. In fact, I had 3 discs that were no longer there and I was finally diagnosed with degenerative disc disease. Since that time, I’ve had 5 back surgeries and will soon have the final one in October. My entire spine will be fused. Judge Lissner can obviously tell when a person is being truthful. Many thanks JUDGE. ❤️

Judge: L. R BaileySmith
8/10/2019 10:38:03 AM

I had my hearing with LR Bailey Smith recently and instead of asking appropriate questions pertaining to my physical and mental health, she proceeded to pass judgement and berate me about something she doesn't know the factors and schedules are about,I couldn't give the details because she made her mind up by the time I left the hearing.She is rude and condisending. My faith is in God Almighty and he will shine through the darkness. Rating is a -0 Stars

Judge: L. R BaileySmith
7/2/2019 8:12:03 PM

Had my hearing with Judge LR Bailey Smith today. Not sure how it will turn out but she seemed professional and well spoken. I was uncomfortable and in a little pain but she was patient with me even when I accidentally interrupted her. I have no idea how my case will be decided but I think she gave me a fair shot at presenting my case. It's in God's hands now. I have to trust in that.

Judge: L. R BaileySmith
1/26/2019 1:47:14 PM

Very unfair judge. Did not ask me any questions about my condition, yelled at my lawyer for simply asking me a question, she had her mind made up before I ever went to the hearing. She said she puts no weight in the doctors opinions that have been treating me for over five years. This judge went out of her way to twist the truth and hurt me. I'm 100% disabled and will be homeless because of this nasty woman. This system needs to be overhauled. If you're a white man you don't have a chance of getting disability with this judge.

Aleta buzzo
Judge: Mark Baker
11/10/2018 5:02:51 AM

Hello honoble judge ..... I am activating for my long time friend joe ...... just need some help r u available for that .... 5 yrs for waiting on SSi or Ss Disabi

Steve Lassiter
Judge: Deborah Foresman
10/5/2018 6:11:53 AM

Shame on people who discriminate against people with disabilities.People who do not do their proper research and act just upon the facts,should be removed/disbarred from any position dealing with peoples rights.Being born with disabilities is NOT a pre-existing condition.Being born without a heart is heartless.I would rate this a a negative but they dont go that low.SHAME SHAME SHAME!!!

Judge: Melissa Hammock
9/19/2018 11:54:53 AM

Arthritis chronic congestive heart failure High Blood Pressure Disorder Elevated Blood Sugar Level High Cholesterol Or Triglycerides Abnormal Cardiovascular Stress Test Coronary Heart Disease Varicose Veins Of Esophagus Gout Lower Leg Edema Constipation Sleep Apnea Fatty Liver Chronic Airway Obstruction Lower Abdominal Pain Diarrhea Obesity (bmi 30-39.9) Diabetes. ALL OF THIS IS WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME. AGE 54 WORKED 30 YEARS TRUCK DRIVER ALSO HAD QUADROPLE BYPASS 18 MONTHS AGO, HAD TWO MORE BLOCKAGES TWO WEEKS AGO HAD TWO HAVE TWO STENTS. JUST GOT THE TURN DOWN TODAY I HOPE NO ONE ELSE HAS TO GO IN FRONT OF THAT ***** ** ****

Judge: L. R BaileySmith
7/21/2018 8:32:44 PM

Judge Bailey, in my opinion is a fair and empathetic judge and person. I really feel that she cares about the people she serve and our situations, and does her best to rule fairly. I felt very comfortable talking to her and I feel that she related to my pain inside, what she couldn’t see, but as a human being, could feel.

David F Downey
Judge: Maria Alexander Nunez
7/2/2018 5:20:11 AM

Judge Nunez failed to issue Subpoenas for my Medical Records. 4 August 2017 Hearing was a joke. I withdrew on the record pointing out her errors. She is rude, disorganized and inept. Her Fault, I did not get the Award. She became abusive and later dismissed my case. I am 100% Disabled and have been so since 1993. My most recent appeal via Fax to the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review was denied by letter on 14 February 2018 with a Form Letter. Served my Nation for over 20 years in Various Capacities, and where I was disabled plus !

William Cratch
Judge: Anthony J Johnson
5/11/2018 11:15:38 AM

Had a hearing with Judge Johnson. He was very engaged with the process. He really seemed to care about my case. He earned my respect. Really was a outstanding professional. Excellent understanding of the issues

Brittany Phillips
Judge: Maria Alexander Nunez
12/15/2017 6:29:52 PM

I had my hearing with Judge Nunez today 12/15/2017 and I hope everything goes well! I am a nervous wreck. I have not stop thinking about my hearing. I have waited 2 years and I hope she rules in my favor. She was very nice and professional. I answered all her question just was very nervous

Judge: William H. Hauser
10/3/2017 11:40:25 AM

I was treated unfairly by him. He did not read my medical records. He said that I did not have a muscle disease, or that I had open wounds for three months on a hernia that is a foot by a foot. I have proof of all of this a the other six conditions I have. I had two hernia repairs and still got another one. I am deemed inoperable I have a lot of pain and the wounds keep bleeding through my clothes. I have seen people get disability for back pain or fibromyalgia that you can't prove. I have a ton of records to prove my health problems. He is a bad judge.

Judge: Maria Nunez
9/23/2017 2:29:21 PM

My mom had her hearing on June 28th. She has all new records and she requested a supplemental hearing in which we got a date for November. We faxed in the documentation that states we will appear. My mom's PCP and her neurologist wrote very detailed statements. My moms condition has declined and she meets the social security blue book official guidelines and the criteria for those guidelines. I am very confused we got a letter today that was sent to Joe Pitts pa state Rep n all it says is unfavorable decision and my mom has not even had her supplemental hearing yet. I'm calling the adjudicators office on Monday my mom has cognitive impairment she cannot remember things it's written in stone plus records going back to 2013 for very severe mental health and ongoing treatment plus cops and degenerative disc disease scoliosis spondylosis I have no idea what is going on it makes absolutely no sense

Judge: Melissa Hammock
8/25/2017 1:14:17 PM

Judge Hammock was very gentle during her questioning. I was very nervous but calmed down after i realized she was very kind and understanding. I have not received a decision yet but she was very pleasant to work with. Thank you.

Robby D
Judge: Anthony J Johnson
7/24/2017 2:28:55 PM

If all judges were as professional, knowledgeable, kind, courteous, and compassionate like Judge Anthony J. Johnson, Jr., the world would be a much better place!....

Judge: Anthony J Johnson
7/19/2017 8:52:25 AM

I had my hearing in June 2017, with Judge Brown! Was a little nervous as to what to expect being that the attorney appointed to my case wasn't much help! Only spoke to her once briefly a couple of days before the hearing! Anyway, so much for that! However, Judge Brown was very personable, mannerable, great personality, although I was shocked when I first entered because he looked too young to be a Judge! He appeared to be a very fair Judge! He listen, asked question based on my medical reports, tests etc! Which he was very knowledgeable of! And even the questions he asked the Vocational Expert I felt was appropriate! For I know that is their (Judges) job is to ask questions to see if there is any jobs we can possibly do! Overall,I can only give the max of 5 stars! Judge Brown I feel is a GREAT & FAIR Judge! And I really feel as though he will make the right decisions in cases that is presented to him!!!

Judge: Patrick J MacLean
3/28/2017 11:52:03 PM

My girlfriend was Tammy Sue Pollock. Her case was granted.I received a phone call 6 days after her passing that she won her case.She had opened an account in case something happened to her with my name on it.She wanted me to have the money for helping her everyday at home until her final day. Received this in the Estate of Tammy Sue Pollock and it said O/B/O.Not sure what this really meant.Appreciate your help.

Barbara Turner
Judge: Julia D Gibbs
1/23/2017 1:01:49 PM

I thank God for Judge Gibbs! In 2006 a close neighbor friend told me that she thought with everything I had going on I'd be eligible for Soc. Sec. Disab. I filed, turned down, filed again, turned down again, filed with a Lawyer, turned down, then he retired, turned me over to another Atty. who had been a former Soc. Sec. Judge himself and we came before Judge Gibbs, I went through the medical/psych exams and after all of my newer updated medical info. came back, she was livid. She instantly made Soc. Sec. pay me ALL of my backpay for having been denied and put me instantly on full Soc. Sec. / Medicare disab. in 11/1/09 and I've been on it ever since. She is my angel! I have since divorced after 33 years from a very abusive marriage, he did everything except physical abuse and mentally abused me, our two children and my Mother who lived with us, conned her out of all of her retirement then lied to the Mediator for our divorce that "I paid her all that back!" Uh, she says no he didn't. And now I fully qualify at 62 to draw my entitled 1/2 of his SS but they informed me "He will have to be drawing it in order for you to get it so you'll have to wait until he draws it at 65!" That is wrong and I know it is wrong. Plus I should not lose my Disability which is on MY OWN RECORD of my 40 quarters. I wish I could speak with her again and get her to intervene for me on this that I am legally entitled to my 1/2 of his SS after 33 years of marriage. B Turner, Chesterfield, VA

Judge: William H. Hauser
1/8/2017 4:23:44 PM

Judge Hauser is awesome. He is very candid, and he is extremely compassionate. He knows his stuff, AND it is commendable that at his age he continues to work full-time in spite of the fact that in all honesty he is probably more "disabled" than half of the claimants.

Judge: Patrick J MacLean
10/6/2016 11:51:34 PM

Honorable judge MacLean is a very nice laid back judge I was very nervous at first but then he made me feel comfortable as my daughter hearing went on salute this judge and many ways

Judge: Michael Carr
9/13/2016 6:40:45 PM

Don't give up, We The People do have the power to make changes to corruption in our government. Many don't know that as a US citizen you have the right to have “ANY” US employee investigated for miss use of power by your Congressman. I am opening a Congressional CASE investigation into how I have been mistreated and discriminated against by the SSDI and Judge Michael Carr, I am also naming Carolyn W. Colvin Social Security Administration “ACTING” Commissioner of SSI for the entire country. All you have to do is look up who your Congressman is and ask for the form to file a Congressional investigation into your case. They are required by law to investigate your case and determine if your were treated unfairly. If we can get enough people to file and name the unfair Judges, we can get them removed from office, as well as the “ACTING” director who is not doing her job by getting rid of the bad apples on her own. In my case, I have a M.D, that has me listed as permanently disabled and my medical records state several conditions that qualify me for my benefits, as well and a PhD that filled out all the required SSDI forms needed to qualify me for my benefits and I am over the 55 year old age requirement for the lowest level of requirements for my benefits, yet Michael Carr took half a year after my hearing to let me know he knows more then the MD's and PhD's about my conditions. He also knew that my only hope for fair treatment would be to appeal to SSDI for a review. Well guess what, ALL appeals are sent back to Michael Carr's office in Falls Church, VA to just be turned down by Judge Carr and his friends in his own office! When this is brought to light by enough of us requesting Congressional investigations into this clearly corruptible practice, We The People can get these unfair Judges and the Carolyn W. Colvin the“ACTING” commissioner of SSI, removed form ever abusing their power at any government job again! I appealed to Her office when I learned of the corrupt policy of sending my case back to Michael Carr's own office just to be turned down and what I got instead of help from her office, was a immediate refusal to even review my case from Michael Carr's own office. ARE YOU WITH ME, it's WE THE PEOPLE TIME!! Please contact your Congressman TODAY! When WE THE PEOPLE start hundreds or thousands of Congressional investigations in to this corrupt system, things will change and quickly! God bless all who will fight, and He will fight for us too. Thanks

Lon Ross
Judge: Michael Carr
9/11/2016 11:40:42 PM

I worked for 40 years and paid my government over a million dollars in taxes. I could no longer work due to my disability's and ask for my benefits that I paid for over those 40 years so I could take care of my 80 year old mother, the widow of a Veteran and policeman. We were hungry and needed food, we were thirsty and needed to drink, so we came to Michael Carr and pleaded for help and he said depart from me. Now he and his family will face the same treatment he gave to us, as it is written in God's word: Mathew 25 / 31-46 “Then He will say to those on His left, Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, Then they (Michael Carr and his) also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me. And these (Michael Carr and his) will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” You and yours, please enjoy Hell, and I will be there with the Lord as a testament against you on that day, you cursed a Veteran and Policeman's widow and her children, now the curse is on you and all you care about, Lon Ross, I will be there on your day of judgment before the Lord.

Judge: Melissa Hammock
8/18/2016 9:27:04 AM

Melissa Hammock is a very pleasant judge. She is very thorough and fair. I was very upset and full of anxiety at my hearing although I tried to hold it inside. She asked to the point questions in a very calming and polite manner. I know I left out quite a bit of stuff due to my racing thoughts. You could tell she read my records and was somewhat familiar with my case prior to the hearing. I did receive a fully favorable decision in a timely manner. I personally believe she is a fair and honest judge. I am so glad that I had the honor of presenting my case to her.

Carol L.
Judge: Maria Nunez
4/12/2016 12:21:00 PM

I found Judge Nunez to be both fair and professional. Her questions were comprehensive and clearly reflected familiarity with my case. She listened carefully to me, as well as, my attorney and the job expert and treated us all with respect. This was an unexpected, positive experience for me and I am grateful Judge Nunez heard my case.

Rhonda Wiley
Judge: Patrick J MacLean
4/6/2016 6:44:33 PM

Very nice laidback judge. Approved for partially. Changed onset date. But I did wish to get a fully favorable. But still blessed and grateful.

Judge: L. R BaileySmith
12/22/2015 11:55:27 AM

Just wanted to say a big thank you to Judge BaileySmith. I had my hearing with her by video conference on September 16,2015. I was nervous and scared like anyone would be but she made my experience pleasant . On December 4,2015 I received her decision and I thank GOD it was in my favor. I won the disability hearing so I will be receiving Social Security Benefits. You have truly made this a Christmas to be thankful for. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year............

Judge: Timothy C Pace
10/26/2015 8:07:19 PM

i went in front of judge pace in 2011 and he proceeded to berate me in the hearing ... i wish i could get a copy of the audio recording from that hearing, he denied me even though i had a letter from my doctors stating i am not capable of any gainful employment. i was hit with a mack truck in 2005 and have severe spinal cord injuries and if you go to this ssa site you can see what you have that qualifies you i have several listings from the musculoskeletal system and Neurological sections including multiple herniated disks and syringomyelia.

Sheila Callahan
Judge: Maria Nunez
10/8/2015 1:46:38 PM

I like her and I think she is doing her job very well. My son had a hearing with Judge Nunez on September 18th 2015. More evidence is being submitted and then we will wait for the verdict. I pray everything will work out but if it doesn't I know that everything was fair.

Fred JR Commodore
Judge: L. R BaileySmith
9/25/2015 2:26:13 PM

I was recently denied with all the health problems I have such as congestive heart failure what's a pacemaker /defibrillator, kidney failure, diabetes which I have to take three shots per day, asthma, shoulder replacement which I can't lift 10 pounds ever, arthritis, gout, plum sized hernia in my testicles, walnut sized hernia in my stomach, lungs constantly filled with fluid I mean making it difficult for me to breathe. I had to go back to work doing a different occupation because I was denied Social Security 5 times before that so I had to work to pay my bills and was hospitalized three times in 10 months of working at the new job, also I'm on 13 different medications which makes me dizzy and sleepy, by my working I had to skip dosage which made my conditions worse, the judge did not take that into consideration she pretty much denied me for going back to work. Very unfair judge I guess she get big bonuses for denying people.

Judge: L. R BaileySmith
9/16/2015 2:36:06 PM

Had my hearing today with Judge Bailey Smith and I just want to tell her thank you for being so polite,explaining the process, and listening to what I had to say. As far as I am concern she is doing her job well and yes she asked some tough questions I just answered truthfully and I am putting it in GOD'S HANDS and will wait for the outcome. I pray that it is in my favor but who knows.

Judge: Julia D Gibbs
9/3/2015 5:03:36 PM

I don't understand the decision. I have very limited use of my dominant hand. I've been through two previous surgeries, I need another surgery and my hand will still be of limited or no use. I've been and still am dealing with extreme depression, and insomnia. I have torn ligaments in my spine. All being supported by medical evidence. I never stated I was mentally challenged or crazy, but that I suffer from chronic depression and anxiety, which is controlled by medication. Sitting for long hours and/or standing for long hours sends my back into spasms and excruciating sharp pains. I cannot even lift a gallon of milk without experiencing severe pains in my hand and wrist, let alone maintain a beneficial job. I hope an appeal will be successful. I am very hurt, saddened, heart broken and torn.

Judge: Julia D Gibbs
4/9/2015 11:05:42 AM

ALJ Gibbs seems to come to her final "disabled" or "not disabled" decision first, and then work backwards to build an RFC which can justify the decision. Had several cases with her in a row, the first claimant was young and had very few physical complaints at all but she assigned a light RFC. The second case was with a 55+ year old man with significant spinal and weight bearing joint impairments and an RFC for medium... god forbid that she grid him out.

Judge: Phylis M Pierce
11/12/2014 11:43:50 AM

I agree with the 1/12/2012 post, except she may have gotten worse in her older age in Richmond. Ugh.

Judge: Maria Alexander Nunez
11/8/2014 7:47:20 AM

As Chief ALJ of Richmond, she has a moral and ethical responsibility to set the srandard according to the law. Claimants should NEVER be treated with bisa and personal prejudices. Her comments were racist and offensive to me. Her approval rate in Puerto Rico was a whopping 79%! In Boston 100%, and now in Richmond 32%! What does the last name Nunez have in common with PR?She needs to be investigated! With the recent class action lawsuit settlement in response the anti-claimant crew in Queens New York, can anybody say "Class Action Lawsuit against ssa anti-claimant ALJS in Richmond ODAR office?" Its time to shut anti-claimant judges like Nunez down! Is it possible to sue the SSA for emotional distress, pain and suffering caused by anti-claimant judges who deny legitimate claims?

Marguerite Brown
Judge: Anthony J Johnson
9/5/2014 9:32:35 PM

I was very nervous about my hearing. The closest I have ever been to a courtroom is watching Law and Order. Judge Johnson is an excellent listener. It is very hard to talk about a disease that you live with, plus most people don't want to hear about your struggles anyway. But Judge Johnson asked insightful questions, and really listened to my answers as evidenced by his follow up. He also was professional and had researched my very rare disease. I was grateful for this. His staff was also very pleasant to me.

Disability Advocate
Judge: Anthony J Johnson
7/8/2014 10:52:11 PM

Judge Johnson is knowledgeable in this area of law and fair. He is polite and personable. He asks witnesses thoughtful and probing questions directly related to the case. He asks the vocational expert very good questions based on the evidence and testimony that will indicate whether there are jobs and the number of jobs in the U.S. related to the evidence presented. However, if the evidence does not support your claim, he will deny your appeal. What more can you ask than a judge who makes his/her decision based on the evidence and testimony.

Judge: L. R BaileySmith
6/19/2014 11:26:47 PM

I do not believe that Judge BaileySmith makes fair decisions regarding social security disability. In my decision she stated that she gave NO weight to the governments doctor that evaluated me and stated I should not work around people. She stated she gave NO or no weight to my treating doctor who said I did not need to work. She did give weight to a doctor that I saw for 8 weeks & that I told constantly I was still in pain, but he told me to wait a month and see if I was still hurting... She stated I could sit for 30 min/then stand for 30 min all day and work like that. But my medical records state I am in pain if I sit or stand. They also state my medication makes me drowsy, as I've fallen asleep twise on the interstate already trying to do the right thing & work and not ask for help. But since Judge Bailysmith wants me to work if I hurt myself, or someone else because she chose not to believe factual statements from medical professionals and the patient then it will be her that has to live with that decision because I have not driven more than 5 miles I since it got so scared from falling asleep at the wheel after being kept up all night in severe pain. I didn't want to stop working, I had to quit working. I do understand that there are people that don't deserve it, but this is something I actually needed. I've never ask anyone for help before, and I've worked since I was 15 years old. I didn't ask for this pain. It's hard to understand unless you live in my shoes.

Judge: Timothy C Pace
1/30/2014 12:19:25 PM

Judge Timothy C. Pace: I had my hearing in November of 2013, and like so many people its a very long journey just to get to this court date. My disability and filing started in 2009 and there was some mistakes made within the SSD that put me way behind for me getting my trail date. After, a second filing in early 2012 and now with an attorney I got my date set in the middle of November. I advise anyone who is thinking about getting a attorney, Make sure they are local and NOT a national firm with lawyers scattered all over the country. I spoke to my attorney over the phone 3 times, twice within days of my hiring and never met him until I walked into the court room. My biggest mistake in my life. I did 99% percent of the talking and the lawyer made mistake right from the start, so I took control quickly and finished up the hiring. I even request that his fees be lowered if I won, right there at the time of the meeting. This action was granted by Judge Pace. Why did I gave Judge Pace a FIVE STAR review? Its simple and its based on two things and nothing more. 1) I had to deliver over 500 pages of medical records to the court before my court date because of my attorneys law firms poor handling of my case. So, I had a few calls and face to face meeting with the office staff. The staff was super helpful and truly cared about me as a person and my case. So, the staff shares in this review and the 5 stars. 2) Judge Timothy C. Pace got his five star rating for simply listening to my store. He just listened and you could tell he cared about my journey to disability status. Again, he listened and in the end that's all you can ask of any person: Judge, Doctor, Husband/Wife or partner. I walked out of the hearing knowing that I had my day and what ever happens next happens good or bad. But, I know in my heart and mind that I was heard!

Judge: William H. Hauser
12/4/2013 9:15:36 PM

I have been a non-attorney Representative since the early 80's; Judge Hauser is a rarity in that he KNOWS the medical record of the Claimant. He prefers discussing each exhibit for medical substantiation of symptoms; such a pleasure to present a case to for deserving client to an ALJ that listens and understands the Representative's theory of the case.Great Judge!trying to give him five stars but does not seem to stay..but he is a fiver!!! If your Representative does not like him it is because when an attorney or representative does not know your case, it will be obvious!

Judge: Theodore P Kennedy
8/29/2013 1:09:32 PM

He is a pleasant man and most of my clients find him comforting and personable. But, for his cases, if the doctor has not outlined limitations that put claimant below sedentary, then forget it! Explicit limitations or a Medical Source Statement outlining limitations must be on record. Or else, this judge is not approving this case. And if you have an awesome case, then expect him to apply a GRID for anyone having a recent birthday, resulting in less back pay. I rather take this than a denial altogether. I like this guy a lot but case needs to be SOLID or else he's not approving it.

Judge: Anthony J Johnson
8/29/2013 1:05:09 PM

Really good manners at the bench --- personable, smiles and claimants feel comfortable around him. He seems fair and tends to know the record well. He seems a bit young, 40ish, but professional nonetheless and good personality. He does not pull that stereotypical "hard-***"act that most ALJs try pull because they feel like being Judge Judy. Good ALJ overall!

Judge: Christine Coughlin
5/30/2013 12:32:12 AM

Very professional and very fair Thank you Judge Coughlin for saving my life May god bless you

Judge: Julia D Gibbs
5/5/2013 12:55:49 PM

Judge Julia D. Gibbs is the most professional/ethical Judge I have ever worked with. She's an asset to Social Security Administration

Judge: Theodore P Kennedy
4/11/2013 11:29:21 AM

Fits in good with many of the negative ALJs here Swank, Dawson, and Pierce

Judge: William H. Hauser
3/14/2013 5:46:08 PM

Unlike the comment above, Judge Hauser does NOT respect the Law, nor the Process! Judge William H. Hauser fabricated evidence, ignores the majority of the evidences submitted, made numerous mistakes, and was definitely NOT compassionate. He counted WATCHING TV against me, as activities that disproved my pain! I attempted to work but failed because of my disabilities. I worked only 40 hours in 3 months, and he stated this attempt disproved my pain! One of the greatest mistakes he made was this: He stated that I couldn't work my previous work, such as a Customer Service Job where I answered phones all day. Then he stated that I could work a job where I call out on phones all day. Wait, I cannot work a job where I answer phones all day, but I can work a job where I call out on phones all day? Do you think that's reasonable? When they say "fair," it's misleading. The only reason why they say that is because he will approve about 60% of his cases. They do not state what types of claims he approved. For example, if he denies 90% of his cases when the person is truly disabled, unable to work, and has more than enough evidence then that's not fair. For the record, they have a list of disabling conditions, known as the Social Security Administration's "Blue Book." If you have a condition that meets, or is equivalent to, the criteria in the SSA's "Blue Book," then they consider you disabled. The SSA's criteria is less severe than my condition, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome - The Hypermobility Type, and I was denied. My condition is easily 10-15 times more severe than what they have listed in their "Blue Book." Sadly, that is an under-estimation.

Judge: Theodore P Kennedy
3/7/2013 11:39:43 AM

I rlealy appreciate free, succinct, reliable data like this.

Judge: Patrick J MacLean
1/7/2013 3:10:11 PM

My husband said that this judge was a respectable judge, and compassionate, yet very firm. He would have given him a great rating.

Judge: Timothy C Pace
10/24/2012 8:55:10 AM

judge Pace is a fair man and open minded.

Judge: Drew A. Swank
9/26/2012 7:55:28 PM

For the poster who posted get over by ALJ Swank. You are a moron.

Judge: Drew A. Swank
9/14/2012 11:29:39 AM

Get over it!!

Judge: Drew A. Swank
9/7/2012 11:37:11 AM

How interesting that Judge S should opine about non-attorneys representing disability clients. What about Judge S pretending to be a judge, when in fact, he is not? Yet, he demands that title be used. What about Judge S pretending to be a medical expert, when he is not even close? He says the people who deny claims at the initial and reconsideration levels are highly trained professionals, and should not be overturned. Then why have judges in the first place? This fat little fattie should stick to what he knows - chinese buffets and Krispy Kreme.

Judge: Drew A. Swank
8/22/2012 3:26:44 PM

Drew Swank ruined my life. He is no judge at all, at least not a fair one. I pity him the day he has to stand before God and be judged himself. This man thinks I should work while having severe, near daily migraines and while taking nearly daily pain medication that I can't even legally drive while taking. The fact is, I can't work and no one will hire me or keep me in their employ in my condition, yet he has made me inelligeable for Social Security. He's a real piece of work and I hope the hammer falls on him one day. I do know that what goes around, comes around and paybacks are nasty when God gets vengence.

Judge: William H. Hauser
7/28/2012 7:40:45 AM

He has great respect for the process and the law. Engages representatives in a thoughtful back and forth that helps clarify the issues in any given case. Rewards good arguments and solid preparation. He truly possesses all the traits of a superior judge: compassionate, even-handed and measured in his approach, and well versed in his review of every case. Every judge should apply the regulations as expertly and fairly as he does.

Judge: L. R BaileySmith
7/18/2012 3:24:18 AM

This judge was very sympathetic and empathetic. She was kind, patient, and was willing to listen. I broke down often during the hearing, as the whole ordeal of the past several years has taken a toll on me. I do not WANT to be disabled, but I am. I think she understood that I wasn't just someone looking to avoid work, or trying to get it for an equally undeserving claim. I may get denied, but I do feel that she will be fair. Crossing my fingers at this point, and thanking her for trying to put me at ease, and trying to do her job well. Thanks Judge.

Judge: Phylis M Pierce
7/12/2012 4:58:47 AM

Miserable. Prepare for a denial. She is the Chief ALJ in St Pete, is never in a good mood, and denies everyone lately. Have record complete or you will be scolded. Brace yourself.

Homeless Al
Judge: Drew A. Swank
7/10/2012 8:09:57 PM

Before you file a complaint or appeal search 'Richmond-BristowBeat' It has an article March 19 2012 'Disability claimants see injustice in judges denials'. Read it & you will see Swank defend his actions by saying "the policy originates with the chief judges office in Faifax VA" and "there is a 'much bigger' story than you realize but he "can't elaborate" First of all what "policy" is he referring to?? Then realize that when you file a complaint agaist him it goes to guess who? the same Chief judges office in Fairfax that started whatever "policy" he is talking about. There is no way to get a fair shake at this scandal. I personally think the 'bigger story policy' is that the SSA has hired so many lazy illiterate (call SSA & see how you are treated on the phone)people that the backlog is so bad that they HAVE to turn down a lot of people because if they paid all the backpay the SSA really would be broke.

Judge: Timothy C Pace
7/4/2012 10:04:55 PM

That really captures the spirit of it. Thanks for pnostig.

Judge: Maria Alexander Nunez
7/3/2012 2:51:58 PM

You can always tell an expert! Thanks for contritbuing.

Judge: Christine Coughlin
6/28/2012 7:16:23 AM

I am an attorney who came from out of state to represent a client who had moved to Virginia. Appearing before Judge Coughlin was a pleasure. She is professional, fair, and has a wonderful disposition for the bench.

Judge: Drew A. Swank
6/21/2012 11:21:41 PM

I meant over 2000mg of pain pills.. how can I drive not alone take care of children. Mine take care of me now......

Judge: Drew A. Swank
6/21/2012 11:14:56 PM

I had this Judge as well and I feel all of your pain. My Lawyer knew we had won our case. He discredited all the Doctors I saw saying I was telling them what to say. Also he approved me for everything even gave me an offset date but denied me saying out of all of my jobs I could go back and work in Childcare. How? I walk with a cane and a Rollator chair. My left leg I drag and fall down a lot due to a back surgery that left me worser off. Yes he is a joke an dhe didnt have a Vocational Specialist at all in the room cliaming he has read my file over 7 times so he knows it by heart. Well no he didn't he lied and used statements from a closed case back in 2007 and put statements in from a closed case I had two years before I was appealing the 2009 case. My Lawyer was so upset after he read over my Denial Letter we both couldn't believe it. He lied on almost everything and put in there Doctor's I had never seen before. I have lost everything me and my 3 kids. I pray for this man everyday because I have went to two more doctors for an opinion and they all say the same. I have severe nerve damage and no surgery would help me and I will be in pain for the rest of my LIFE. Thanks Judge for saying I can go back to work with take over 200mg of pain pills.........................

Judge: Donna Dawson
6/14/2012 5:19:55 PM

Richmond is becoming a negative place for Claimant's to obtain disability. I believe ALJ Dawson was trained by ALJ Swank. I think she is a terrible judge as well; however, not as bad as ALJ Swank but I'm sure she will take comfort in the fact that she is on her way.I would give her a zero out of ten.

Judge: Drew A. Swank
6/13/2012 10:49:58 PM

So start the 20CFR 404.490 request for a different ALJ due to bias; refusal to recuse and you have reason number 1 for Appeals Council review and they WILL investigate allegations of bias when we all do it!!!

Judge: Theodore P Kennedy
6/13/2012 9:13:14 PM

Judge: Timothy C Pace
6/13/2012 9:11:34 PM

Well deserved one star. Never met a case he could Approve without Congressional interest. . .

Homeless Al
Judge: Drew A. Swank
5/20/2012 9:34:56 AM

Swank is not a judge at all because a judges uses evidence to make a decision. This jerk does whatever he wants & dis-credits doctors because he can get away with it. I think he used to be a military lawyer so then & now he doesn't mind taking a check from the government but thinks nobody else deserves what they have worked years for. He did this to me and now I can't even find a lawyer who wants to 'waste their time' because they don't want to deal with Swank. We all need to find somebody smart enough to start a lawsuit or whatever possible to re-hear our cases. I lost over $40,000 in backpay because of this clown and my house,etc. I also heard that he has been moved to the Charlottesville region from Richmond--Anybody know for sure??

Judge: Drew A. Swank
5/4/2012 8:31:02 AM

Nice article recently written by ALJ Swank which documents his bias towards non-attorneys. I'm sure SSA will turn a blind eye. He pretends in this article to be concerned about the Claimant's. I find it amusing that the law and agency policy completely disagrees with ALJ Swank who believes he is smarter than everyone else. ALJ Swank is a bias judge.

Judge: Drew A. Swank
5/3/2012 7:07:34 AM

i went before Judge Swank yesterday, and was warned before hand by my attorney that he was a pompase ***, sarcastic and has a god complex. I have been fighting for my disability now for almost 4 years, and my lawyer said my case was a slam dunk, until we found out what judge was assined to my case. They are already working on the appeal even before we left the hearing. Sad how many people wait so long for a hearing only to draw this judge. I am praying that my disability is approved, but knowing his stats, I wont get my hopes up. Problem is my attorney tells me it could take up to a year and a half to get the appeal, then I have to go in front of him AGAIN! if he denies it again, then another year or so wait then I can get another judge, but in the meantime my family is really suffering financially, and I am helpless to do anything about it.

Judge: Drew A. Swank
5/2/2012 10:02:40 AM

Swank wrote an article in volume 36 of the Southern Illinois University Law Journal titled "Non-Attorney Social Security Disability Representatives And The Unauthorized Practice of Law." This article is completely biased and disrespectful to non-attorney representatives. Swank is truly generalizing. I am surprised that any legitimate journal would allow such rubbish to be posted. He makes comments about non-attorney representatives that can just as easily be applied to attorney representatives. Swank's approval rating is offensive to the system, which shows he likely needs to get a psychiatric evaluation himself. I feel for the unlucky people that must go before him.

Dwight Brown
Judge: Drew A. Swank
4/15/2012 6:29:49 PM

Judge Swank is a JOKE. He should not be on the bench. In my case based on his opening remarks, he was clearly was prejudice. I was instructed how to respond to his questions, i.e. yes or no. Then he denied access to a vocational specialist, which would have help my case. SOME ONE NEEDS TOP THROW HIM OFF THE BENCH. I wish he would have to apply for SSA Disability benefits. I HATE THIS PERSON. I work for over 30 years and have this clown degrade me over benefits that I paid for. ONLY IN AMERICA

Judge: Donna Dawson
3/20/2012 2:17:55 PM

Don't be fooled by this ALJ coming across as pleasant during the hearing. She doesn't appear prepared during the hearing and cherry picks the evidence to find any minor inconsistencies. Another ALJ who makes a habit of dismissing the treating source opinion even when supported by the evidence but has no problems accepting check off boxes from state agency medical consultants.

Judge: Drew A. Swank
3/19/2012 9:44:21 AM

anyone else shocked that Swank's approval rate is that high?