Roanoke, Virginia ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Roanoke, Virginia, 9 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Roanoke, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 23.0 months. The average case processing time in Roanoke is 727 days.The Roanoke average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 44%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Roanoke ODAR office was last updated on 9/7/2017.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Roanoke 9 23.0 months 727 days 1.8 18% 44% 38%
Virginia21.6 months649 days1.521%40%39%
National Average:18.0 months582 days1.921%45%34%
AVERAGE TIME
Hearing Wait Time: 23.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 1.76
Average Processing Time 727 days
Cases Pending 4661
Dispositions 2935
New Cases 1509
Hearings In Person 39%
Video Hearings 61%
LIST OF JUDGES / 18

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Judge: Melvin G Olmscheid
9/21/2017 11:48:43 AM



I have a friend who appeared before Judge Olmscheid in 2015 and a month after he heard my friend's case, he gave them an unfavorable decision. My friend has bipolar disorder and mild cerebral palsy, and has been the subject of some mistreatment by former employers because the medication they must take for the bipolar affects their ability to understand directions, especially verbal directions. They have a Master's degree in biochemistry which was earned in 1998, but in 2012 they tested at the 4th grade level in math and the 7th grade level in reading due to the fact that they do not do well on timed tests and do not work quickly. I know of somebody who recently was awarded SSDI for liver failure which was caused by the fact that this person almost drank themselves to death. This person, in my opinion, did it to themselves. My friend did not cause their own disability. Still, they cannot follow directions well, and Judge Olmscheid denied them because they have a Master's degree and said he could not understand why my friend would have one and still score so poorly on the tests. Their lawyer kept saying the tests were timed, and that my friend does not do well under stress, but Judge Olmscheid didn't seem to buy it. If you spent enough time around this person, it would be obvious that they deserve to be awarded disability. Please explain to me how such a person is denied, yet someone who caused their own liver failure is approved? I feel that a serious injustice has been done here.

David Huffman
Judge: John Dawkins
9/2/2017 7:46:48 AM



Had a hearing on August 31st, 2017 with this judge. He seemed to be a real nice judge didn't down me or talk smart to me. I hope he make the right decision because am unable to work because of my health problems. I am in pain everyday and some days are worse. I wish I could have talked more about my health problems but once I get in front of someone I freeze up and don't say much. I felt like I should have said more but my anxiety was bothering me that morning and I couldn't think. I have a herniated disk in my neck a lot of bone spurs and I have a nerve touching my spine. I have high blood prssure, high cholestrol,have lower arthritis in my back followed with bad back spasms, I struggle with depression and sleep. I am on a cane due to my legs and feet hurt me. I can't sit for periods on long time. My feet swell , have migraines everyday. There are more stuff that is wrong with me just to much to put on here..there is no way I could work ever again .so I hope this judge is fair and makes the right decision..

Tomcat
Judge: John Dawkins
9/1/2017 10:04:28 AM



Just saw this judge on August 31 2017 hope he makes the right decision for me i,can't work no more due to my health problems..

Ashley
Judge: David S Lewandowski
7/31/2017 7:01:10 AM



Judge Lewandowski He is very patient and kind overall I could tell he took in thought what I brought before him I felt comfortable in front of him but aside my nerves still bothered me being around people I didn't know which set my anxiety off then on tip of that some of the question I was ask made me very emotional and i couldnt wait to get home where i just wanted to stay and not be botheres hate that feel8ng of isolatio But what can you do just work through it but I still want to thank the judge for taking time for hearing my case may God bless you!


Judge: Steven A De Monbreum
7/31/2017 6:22:44 AM



I have asked my wife to post this comment..... I found Judge De Monbreum to very pleasant and reasonable in proceeding over my case. He took the time to ask many questions and listened to what was part of my case. Now the vocation rehab testimony was not very knowledge in my work history. She stated I could be a Manger which is not at all probable, due to the fact that if a person does not show up to work I would have to cover for them and do their job! and that would require me to do past my limitations... so it is not probable for me to do a job like that....I have tried to find employment previous to filing and no one would hire me due to all my limitations... So I hope that Judge De Monbreum see that in this case. Other than that I feel good about this judge - fair and understanding.

debra burgess
Judge: Geraldine H Page
7/20/2017 4:13:36 PM



This women is a heartless!!! She has denied me twice. I have had an open case for eleven years. She told me my mental and physical conditions were severe but she was denying me any.

Domna
Judge: Benjamin R McMillion
3/21/2017 10:07:49 AM



I had my hearing on February 17th for SSI in front of Judge Mcmillion. It is now been over 1 month and I have still not received a decision either way and as I'm sure all of you out there are very familiar with, this has been 4 LONG financially, emotionally, and psychologically traumatizing experience. While I was very scared and nervous judge McMillion was extremely easy to talk to, he asked fair questions and listened to not only my answers but my attorneys as well. I do feel that he was very fair and he made the hearing process far less intimidating and scary than I thought it would be. Can't rate him as far as his decision goes because I don't know what it is yet. I do know that by the time you have waited a minimum of 1 year and from the looks of it a maximum of maybe 6 or7 years, that once you get to the hearing stage you should receive your decision in a quick and timely manner, as there is nothing worse then waiting for a decision after you have already been waiting years to even get to this point. I'm quite sure they count on most of us to give up or drop this at some point in time due to the financial hardships and burdens it puts on the claimants because of the lengthy amount of wait time for a hearing. Filing for benefits has been the most frustrating, bureaucratic, time consuming, nerve wracking, financially draining thing I've ever gone through and that's saying something!! Best of luck to all of you who have filed and are awaiting decisions my heart goes out to you and I pray for favorable decisions. All in all I found judge McMillion to be compassionate, fair and very thorough.


Judge: Anne V Sprague
3/18/2017 7:03:33 PM



I found her to be a very kind and pleasant judge. Keep in mind, most people complaining about her were not approved, so perhaps they are biased. This was my second hearing, and trust me, the judge I had prior to her was a mean, mean, mean man! I left my hearing crying, so to me, she was like a breath of fresh air compared to him. Good luck to all. I know we are all in the same situation, waiting for years to be approved. Keep praying!


Judge: Geraldine H Page
2/9/2017 9:54:41 PM



Pray you do not get this person,I am not calling her a judge.If you get her you will be denied.


Judge: Joseph T Scruton
12/18/2016 8:26:32 AM



This judge was really nice when came time for my hearing, he listened,was not harsh and treated me like a gentleman. He wanted to hear very detailed explanations about my disability which I had no problem explaining since it was the truth,if I had to go through this process again I would definitely would want him as my judge again.he delivered my decision in a timely manner


Judge: Geraldine H Page
9/26/2016 7:11:50 PM



Well look at the new rates Judge Page is 5% below State of Va. average. Anyone wonder if she gets a bonus for denying SSDI? Bet she does! Also an individual who has a graduate degree that refers to any person as a liar needs to attend professional accountability. This is because she is not accountable to anyone for anything. Oh, an high level government employee. They do what they want, have 4 weeks vacation, 2 weeks of paid holidays, sick time, come in late, leave early, work 1-2 days a week. Collect a paycheck every 2 weeks and rude probably to coworkers and stakeholders. Nothing happens! You think she reads the comments? I have seen comments changed when they are "personal" or states the truth on ODAR Judges! My dad is ill and can not work. He has been in the hospital several times. He cannot stand, sleeps a lot and getting ready for dialysis. You say he can work on manufacture line? REALLY?? He pees every 15-445 minutes. Can stand no more than 30 minutes at a time. Forgets what he is doing and what he is to do! You 'decided" UNFAVORABLE for him. Made numerous allegations and comments in your response that were wrong! Based on how the SS system works he will be dead before his appeal happens I want you to know Ms. Geraldine Page that you have hurt many people for numbers!! One day you must realize that what you leave behind is a reflection of yourself Do you really want to be known as a mean heartless person who denies the biggest amount of people? Maybe one day you need to sit in a store parking lot and look at the people who park in handicapped They have nice new cars, walk in the store with no equipment and the underlying ethnic situation is? only in America


Judge: Geraldine H Page
9/12/2016 9:45:56 AM



may Almighty God reward you for your cruelty . your vicious bitterness is overwhelming

Brenda Caviness
Judge: Jeffrey J Schueler
8/6/2016 4:51:46 AM



I have read some of the comments. It's easy to to see from only one side and make assumptions. Our judiciary system as a whole is overburdened, overworked and understaffed. I respect all of those still trying to make headway. This judge was a professional thru my hearing. His sincerity was genuine. Thank you for the work that you do your honor.


Judge: Geraldine H Page
7/26/2016 11:53:38 AM



why is this alj so pro government mean and cruel ignores solid evidence why----bitter old woman


Judge: Anne V Sprague
6/8/2016 12:53:06 PM



if you are a young person you will most likely lose with this alj. even on proven severe pain cases she denies.


Judge: Geraldine H Page
5/14/2016 11:29:25 AM



KUDOS to below!! Yep I noticed that your post was changed?? Guess Judge did not like it?? Wonder why? I to am a victim of her UNFAVORABLE ALSO Rude, inconsiderate and wanted to know just what I did. A judge is a lawyer that has been given or appointed there job and is an GOVERNMNET employee. What is disgusting is seeing all the FAKE lazy people who are on disability so people who are sick and need it get denied or is your ethnic background??? what are the percent's when that is viewed?????? LESSON one always tell your doctor you feel bad. if you are military and been trained not to complain...do it anyway. she will say you lie also get other opinions cause she won't accept your own doctors sad sad day in America when I paid in for years and get nothing and foreigners can come over and get housing, food, medical care, education. I served my country and who cares?????? I KNOW JUDGE PAGE DOES NOT CARE


Judge: Geraldine H Page
5/6/2016 8:17:56 PM



This judge has only 2 written reviews posted for years of work? Why is that? I find it extremely interesting since she has the highest denial and dismissed rate among ODAR in Roanoke Va. Do not think any of the ODAR staff are on your side, even though citizens of the USA have PAID into SSDI (I = insurance) you will find they are not. It doesn't matter what condition you have or how long you have had it. It is all about saving the government money. Mind you it takes years (4 YEARS) to get a hearing to receive an unfavorable ruling. What is concerning is the audacity of referring to me as a liar. How dare you say you are unable to believe me? Did you ever think that if you had obtained the correct records you would of noted I was telling the truth? I want you to know that I have not worked for 4 years and the only people you have managed to hurt is my family.


Judge: Thomas W Erwin
3/27/2016 1:51:30 PM



i was told how "fair this judge is" i actually felt like that may be true..until the day we met. he heard my son's case, with OBVIOUS bias. we were unrepresented, but had very good evidence. several providers didn't think we needed an attorney, because it is so clear that my son is disabled. from the very first question, i knew we were in trouble. this judge clearly believed that my son had concocted this idea, to what"get rich quick"? by social security?? his mind was made up before our hearing, and what he based that decision on, i have absolutely no idea. it certainly was not, evidence, or law!!! i have NOW retained an attorney for my son. it is a shame that this has become the racket that it has. i only fear i have wasted precious time that my son DOES NOT HAVE!!!!


Judge: Anne V Sprague
3/23/2016 12:15:53 PM



watch out. behind her smile a massive force of cruelty lurks. very hard on young people regardless of the evidence. places more weight on government dr than treating dr.


Judge: Geraldine H Page
2/24/2016 8:26:00 AM



it would be helpful if the government would teach this judge how to reason and not use form . does what her bosses in Washington tells her one example of why this office needs to be changed. robot judges we do not need

Clyde Barden
Judge: Ethan A Chase
12/5/2015 7:57:30 PM



I was very nervous at my hearing and couldn't explain all my problems but with Sarcoidosis it takes no activities at all to suffer day in and day out with severe pains and pulmonary problems of abnormal breathing.I didn't get a chance to explain the muscle discomfort with numbness throughout my body caused by sarcoids scaring between my soft tissue and bones which causes severe aches and pain..polyarthritis causing swelling and severe pain in my foot,ankle,knees,shoulders and elbows, that also causes me shortness of breath cause the pain are so severe.. I deal with skin rashes and scabies on my face,chest,back and legs that burns and itches.. I also have a high Gout level in my foot that causes me not to be able to where laced shoes and pain and stiffness in my shoulder... the fact that it cause no activities to suffer from these symptoms causes depression that adds on to my fatigue and causes chaos in concentration.. As one of my physicians stated; I'm all around screwed...

Beverly Bailey
Judge: Jeffrey J Schueler
11/14/2015 5:50:09 AM



My son Eric Bailey will be standing before you on Dec. 3rd. I pray that his testimony will be strong enough to help see what his ailments are, inside and out. I am Eric's mother Beverly Bailey and I would be their if my health permitted. I guess I know him inside and out and I hope the judge will read this and know this comes from the bottom of my heart. Eric has been with me for over a year helping in any way his body permits. Eric's mind is troubled as well as his body. He recently had a nervous break down, which left him even more disturbed.Eric's mind is the size of a 10 year old. He can't handle discord, and more then ever could not complete a task. Eric's disability is mostly inside, although I know his body is broken down.. Eric has a10 yr. old and a 15 yr.old living in his home I do what I can and pray daily that he will be awarded his disability. He says he does not care about back pay, just a little to pay bills and help with food for him and his children. I write this from my heart, and pray you will see what is inside of my son.

Bernie Shapiro
Judge: Jeffrey J Schueler
10/25/2015 5:10:14 AM



From Attorney--My comment reflects the above comment by claimant with PTSD-I just reviewed one of my cases that will be heard in the next six months and my written comment to my staff was to obtain all evidence available as Judge Schueler is a caring and considerate gentleman, who, presented with proper evidence is dedicated to doing the right thing for people. His judicial manner is great and he has a heart while dutifully adhering to the law, as required. It's a comfort to be able to look forward to appearing before Judge Schueler again and trusting that a well-based decision will be made.

Donna Waters
Judge: Benjamin R McMillion
6/17/2015 5:46:58 AM



Very nice and polite man.

Deb Lippert
Judge: David S Lewandowski
1/6/2015 12:28:28 PM



I recently had a hearing in front of Judge Lewandowski. I have to say that he made me feel very comfortable and was a kind man. I have not recieved a decision on my case as of yet but if i had to do it again, i would hope that i would be assigned the same Judge.


Judge: Joseph T Scruton
12/30/2014 9:40:22 AM



I sat before Judge Scruton several months ago and found him to be a very nice person. His questions were direct and to the point. At no time did I feel did I feel uncomfortable with Judge Scruton. His decision was deliver fairly and quickly.


Judge: Steven A De Monbreum
12/3/2014 7:38:32 AM



I recently went in front of Judge De Monbreum and was granted an Approval on my case. He was NOT at all Rude as previously stated. My case was heard & denied by another Judge sometime ago, so I appealed that decision and Won the appeal. Next, my case came back for review in front of Judge De Monbreum, who actually took the time & looked at ALL of my Medical History after my surgeries, which the other Judge did NOT do. He made the right decision, which should have been done the first time, but it was well worth the wait! Thanks

haydn bronte
Judge: Jennifer M Horne
10/26/2014 2:39:12 AM



Ms. Horne, why did you help an attorney steal $5,000 from my disabled son? Patrick Hartley was suppose to represent my child at a Social Security Disability Hearing and just never showed up. When the judge called him on the phone during the hearing he told her he was in a separate courtroom due to a scheduling conflict. The judge had a clerk check to confirm this but Patrick was no were to be found. We should have known something was off when Patrick declined to meet us to prepare for the hearing. We won the disability case without representation. The complete file with all medical records had already been prepared by us months earlier. Mr. Hartley provided no services at all and a decision was entered against paying Hartley a fee. Without any notice to us Patrick Hartley appealed this decision and succeeded at getting the decision reversed and collecting over $5,000 of my child's disability payments. A signature on the notice of Administrative Review Determination is as follows: Jennifer M. Horne, Acting Assistant Regional Chief Administrative Law Judge on behalf of Caroline Beers Acting Regional Chief Administrative Law Judge. Patrick Hartley provided no services,and did not show up to the hearing yet he petitioned for over $5,000 from my son's back-pay. The only notice we received that Mr. Hartley was attempting to gain access to any money was a notice from SSA the night before the deadline to dispute the decision along with a notice that Patrick had been paid the fee. This is the second time we have experienced a similar incident and suspect this is standard practice in the legal industry. Please investigate.

starting over cause of idiot judge
Judge: Anne V Sprague
4/23/2014 1:14:52 PM



She is a terrible judge. I had 5 doctors saying I couldn't work. She completely didn't pay any mind to what they had to say because of my age. She called my foot doctor an idiot. I am a diabetic with scoliosis and I have aspergers syndrome which is a form of autism. If you are under 50, Pray like **** you don't get her. My lawyer told me if I had had any other judge we would have won. If you get her and you're under 50. be sick that day.

Anom
Judge: Jeffrey J Schueler
4/18/2014 4:11:04 AM



I have went in front of ALJ Schueler twice. My first was time in november and the second time was 2 days ago. He seems like a good person and treats claims with respect. I suffer from PTSD and a few other thing, but the PTSD bothers me the most. I was avictim to a ruthless violent crime where I was nearly beat to death in public by 5 people in broad daylight but the people that witnessed the crime did not bother to at least call the cops. I would have died if the guy that recognized me and helped me would have been 1 minute later literally. This has left me aprisoner of my own home for the past 8 years almost. I have no way to support myself so I have to rely on family. I shouldnt have to be their life long burden. The judge sent me to be evaluated by one of their consultants. The consultant did agree that I have severe limitations around the public. I have severe anxiety around anyone I dont know. I just hope he comes to a just decision and i can help my family take care of me. He seems to actually cares about the claims and over all is a genuine nice person. I have done research when I can about other cases in different states from people that suffer from PTSD. I have read about a man that was approved because the store he worked at was robbed and the the man was held up at gun point. I know that had to be traumatic but I am lucky just to be alive. I hope all of you that are truly disabled get a ALJ like Schueler. He doesnt degrade people, and shows respect to us that are. I know he cannot approve every case but if all your asking for is a fair chance and for some one to really look at your case he will.


Judge: Steven A De Monbreum
10/22/2013 5:43:23 PM



Appeared before him in a video hearing. Fair, reasoned, great judge. Allowed me to question claimant about possibly damaging information in some of the medical reports. Absolutely no complaints about Judge DeMonbreum; would like more ALJs to be as balanced and fair as he is and to run their hearings as well as he does his.


Judge: Steven A De Monbreum
4/24/2013 9:17:56 AM



He was very rude to me and had me in tears worse than my disability. I have worked all my life and deserve my benefits. I honestly felt I was at a trial for committing a crime. It was the worse experience of my life. Where is our justice system? Very shameful.


Judge: Jennifer M Horne
3/19/2013 4:07:24 PM



Very kind to clients; very efficient in hearings.


Judge: Benjamin R McMillion
3/7/2013 9:01:36 AM



Very nice man


Judge: Joseph T Scruton
12/31/2012 7:40:34 PM



Same person as above.....forgot to say.... he said I was "Dr Shopping" because my practitioner was OUT one day and I needed to be seen AND; I saw another Dr at the practice so I was 'Dr Shopping". Now I have moved across town so since my practitioner has left town I have decided to get a Dr on the side of town I am in . Lord have mercy!


Judge: Joseph T Scruton
12/31/2012 6:58:19 PM



This judge is un-empathatic. He is down near hateful. I am fully disabled but I was honest because that is how I was brought up. So get this, for instance, I put if I get ONE load of clothes washed and dried, showered and dinner done that is a 'good' day for me. He used THAT against me stating that if I could do those things surely I could do some form of work. SO you have to be an un moving, catatonic slug to be deemed disabled? Okeeeee. So I guess I will quit showering, wear dirty clothes and just throw dishes on top of each other like on hoarders. WHat the......??????? I am incapacitated by irritable bowel syndrome related to my fibromyalgia (which he is still stuck in the dark ages because he deemed it a 'abstract dx' tho I do have scans showing tangible evidence of my neck pain. My neck looks like a train wreck basically. I have compressed nerves every where. Fibro has been proved for over a decade to be REAL and when someone in his family gets affected someday because kharma works that way, he will see. THEN.....he said I could work because I flew home to California to BURY MY MOTHER. Excuse me sir for wanting to say goodbye to my Mom.... I don't have any parents left to lose, but if I did, I would take that under advisement. Does the fact that we live in a DISABLED FRIENDLY SOCIETY mean anything. I was driven directly to my gate. I was golf carted to my connecting flight where I spent the next 3.5 hours SLEEPING. I had already TOLD HIM I SPEND at least 1/2 my night sleeping sitting straight up like, oh, I don't know, AN AIRPLANE. Whoa that took some effort to sit in that seat and sleep. Then, with one SMALL carry on with WHEELS and my sister picking me up 30 feet from my gate, I was off to go home. Same coming back. Flying is not hard for a disabled person if you are carted to your connecting flight, allowed to board ahead (passengers with special needs).... you would not believe the stuff he pulled out of his hat. It is appalling. My IBS has flared the last two days and I have taken 10 immodium with only mild relief. He says I can work as an assembler or inspector. WHERE? Where in this area do they have those jobs. I will tell you THEY DONT! This person had it in for me for some reason. He is not fit to be a judge. Be warned if you get him..... just tell him you cannot do ANYTHING. NOTHING. NOTHING....... you are an incapable slug. I do a bit of crafting when I feel like it. 30 mins is about the most I can do it. REMEMBER you are a slug. You can do nothing. SLUG SLUG SLUG SLUG. I have lost all belief in justice. OUR SYSTEM DOES NOT WORK. It is crap and does not work. I am disabled. PERIOD. I am in pain 24/7 and I hold no acoountability for the actions I take upon myself. I am at the lowest point I have ever been in my life.

Angela m Green
Judge: Ethan A Chase
8/16/2012 6:01:58 PM



Hi my name is Angela Marie Green and I applied for disibility benifits after I had a injury that left me in tremendous pain! I finally found out that I had degenerate **** disorder and herniation, in which I had surgery! I have had like for steriod shots and tryed different pain medications and still in a lot of pain! I cannot sleep and maintain the activities that I use to do without subjecting myself from the agany! This has caused me to be very depressed and overwhelmed. I have been waiting a long time for a hearing and have been feeling scared for my three children! I love them very much and feel like they are going without! I have a attorney but haven't heard anything! I can't even keep my lights on at my house. I know there are others waiting as well; I just wish I didn't have to stand in the dark! If there is anything you can do to help I would kindly appreciate it. Thank You


Judge: Geraldine H Page
5/15/2012 5:32:07 AM



Judge Geraldine Page was Biased and Predjudice against my Husbands disability case. She did not want to hear previous descision by Judge Swartz who died of Cancer and had sent her The Case for a " New Decision". She was very Rude and I saw on another site ,that she is not even a judge! She was hired by The Court to Practice as a Judge but is only a Lawyer.


Judge: Steven A De Monbreum
3/19/2012 2:59:48 PM



I found Judge De Monbreum very rude and inconsiderate. He actually made the remark that I was morbidly obese (I am obese but not morbidly so) and if I lost weight all of my aches and pains would go away. Thanks, "dr." De Monbreum for letting me know that Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid arthritis, Stenosis, and chronic shingles are all caused by my weight! A weight, I might add, I have been at for the past 15 years ( 5'3"", 191 lbs)....


Judge: Ethan A Chase
3/18/2012 12:28:19 PM



...is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I've ever known in my life.