Seattle, Washington ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Seattle, Washington, 16 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Seattle, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 17.5 months. The average case processing time in Seattle is 610 days.The Seattle average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 38%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Seattle ODAR office was last updated on 3/9/2018.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Seattle 16 17.5 months 610 days 1.5 30% 38% 33%
Washington16.8 months563 days1.725%42%33%
National Average:17.3 months577 days1.921%43%36%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied

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Judge: Mattie Harvin-Woode
2/26/2019 7:54:08 AM

Thanks Ms Harvin for being the final straw that I can take in my life. Thank you for denying me because now you have helped to push me over the edge. My suicide and blood is on your hands and I hope you do a better job next time so you don't cause anyone else to lose their lives.

Judge: John W Rolph
11/11/2018 4:13:12 PM

This judge is *******/********. He Discredited/ dismissed out all my doctors/info, credit his phony s.s. doctors who did nothing when they examine me, no X-Ray, etc how would they know what's wrong with me? He denied my case said that I have a medium rfc lifting 50 lbs can climb ladders when my doctor is telling me no prolonged standing, walking, climbing or heavy lifting and my orthopedic surgeon knee specialist doctor says i need both knees replaced/surgery and has ordered knee braces what's the scam with social security.

Judge: Tom L Morris
9/30/2018 11:04:00 PM

I also agree with the previous comments. The judge is an age discriminator. He talks down to you like your a child and treats you with little to no respect at all. I'am a 37yr old man with 3 open heart surgeries, pacemaker installed,stroke,asthma, 2 bullging disck in my lower back, chronic right shoulder pain, and anxiety disorder all proven medical also been given a permanent disabled placard from my dr. The judge still deniend me! I don't know how is in a position to play with peoples live? Instead of destroying them he should try to help them in this world that wasn't made for the disabled.

Judge: Tom L Morris
9/30/2018 10:57:44 PM

I also like many other have had this Judge and agree with the vast comments. This judge is rude and talks down to you as if your a child. I'm a 37yr old man with 3 open heart surgeries,stroke, 2 bulging disc in my lower back, chronic right shoulder, asthma, and anxiety disorder. My lawyer also said he is a tough judge and will deny you nomatter what. No I'm hoping my appeal will find me in favor. How is somebody like in the role he is. All he does is destroy peoples lives instead giving them a chamce to live in a world that wasn't made for people with handicaps.

Devastated & Homeless
Judge: John W Rolph
9/24/2018 8:29:12 AM

It's true, the Honorable John W. Rolph is very polite, respectful and courteous. He denied my case, but I don't blame him because he didn't receive all my medical evidence in time. Out of 22 doctor's, my Attorney left out 8 doctor's, 3 of which were critical. I waited 3 years and now I have to appeal to the Appeals Council, which will take up to 2 years for them to give a decision. One specialist lied to SSA. Judge Roplh gave "light weight" to my Orthepedic Surgeon report. Judge Rolph didn't know at the time of my Hearing that my Orthopedic Surgeon referred me to a Neurologist. This Neurologist stated that I needed neck surgery. This Neurologist referred me to another Neurologist. This 2nd Neurologist stated (after a nerve test) that my neck was causing shoulder, arm, and finger numbness. What I can't comprehend is that I have emails to my Attorney regarding all the Dr's left out of my Hearing. There's a lot more to this devastating story.😔

Judge: John W Rolph
9/9/2018 5:13:12 PM

Lazy arrogant biased judge rolph, ss admin. received my document work restrictions from my treating physician because I called them and it was verified received over phone. which he totally neglected to include in his report that denied me which he incorrectly determined my medium rfc with cartilage loss in both knees. He didn't budge on my rfc, Just lazy because he's just passing my case on to cause more work backlog for ssa i received unfavorable decision because he was too lazy to include my teating physicians work restrictions letter that said no climbing ladders because I have more than 50% cartilage loss in both knees I experience excruciating 10 level knee pain when I try to climb ladders. His report puts me in harm's way saying I can climb ladders too dangerous, if i file appeal he will have to consider new evidence findings osteoarthritis of si joint plus he has to include my treating physicians work restrictions.

Michele Koval
Judge: M. J. Adams
8/31/2018 3:01:24 PM

I have major depressive disorder ( suicidal idiolizations)- lack of interest in care for self and life. Major PTSD my therapist just told me on Tuesday- triggers easily , Social anxiety which turned into agrophobia - I don't leave my apt. Weeks on end ( it's my safe haven and I cannot be around crowds ) , Major anxiety disorder (I grind my teeth , I pick at my skin , I eat my dandruff), and I have borderline personify disorder . I have stage 3 chronic kidney disease, fibromyalgia I have had that since my early 20 but I didn't see doctor for pain until my 30 to get diagnosed , I have arthritis my knees ( and yes when I try to climb stairs or bend they want to give out on me - so screw the mild degenrative arthritis - I fell 2 time once when I was homeless living in a forest on my left knee and another time on cement got bruises . if walk to much which I hadly can't anymore because of constant pain ..I get bruises on my knee where ice fallen and on my other leg and adema .I have shouder arthrtis showed up in a bone scan I had like in 2012 or something like that . I have arthritis in my C6 C7 and C7 herniated disc . I get neck pain a lot. I have two bulging discs that the spine surgeon found in my upper spine .. I have two bulging discs in my lower spine and early degenerative disc disease . I have sciatica nerve pain down both legs my neurologist know this - I can't sit for long period not stand because of that pain . I have a combination of insomia and chronic fatigue ( where it feels like you have the flu ..and can't barely keep your eyes open ). I'm finally going to get that sleep study done so put off I have catacts effecting my near sight vidion. Not ready for that surgery he said until a year or two. Yeah yada yada more. I was denied by this judge ..but hey I was not calling or fitting . I have fricking depression . I could care less about myself . Yet ..I started therapy again .. because another part of me doesn't like living this way.. I'm always going to struggle .. I'm 42 years old ..he said I was 52 .. my doctors say I'm way to young to have all this ..I think well yeah..then tell me what is causing it. It is not because I am overweight or going through a divorce . Yeah life traumas may have contributed to things . Some are genetic mom had and my sister has depression .. My brother committed suicide ..yet they don't ask that crap in these cases . They don't ask to see videos of your life ..or how you can walk ..or if you can .. they just think you can work ..when you know you can't .. Don't you think I would give anything in my life to not have any of this .. i would .. and damn..trigger ptsd we go again.. So now I have to appeal ..wish me luck .

Sara Ortega
Judge: John W Rolph
8/17/2018 7:44:02 PM

Today my social security and disability taxes were taken out of my part time check. They took $97.51 out ,I started laughing. Because this piece of **** JUDGE JOHN ROLPH DENIED my disability claim. So why the **** are they taking taxes out ,it's not like I can use it when I retire or if I'm disabled. I've been working since I was 18 years old and I have paid my taxes and can't get a ****** thing out of it. I HOPE YOU *** A SLOW AND PAINFUL ***** judge John ROLPH. You ****** ******

Judge: Eric S Basse
7/31/2018 2:03:13 PM

Upon entering Judge Basse eased my tension by letting me know the process and what to expect. He was very thorough and professional. He allowed me to wear my headphones to dampen the noise from the court reporter typing and keep my sun glasses on during the hearing. I was really surprised when he got up and cut down the lighting to make me as comfortable as possible. It was a very pleasant experience.

Judge: John W Rolph
7/9/2018 3:08:24 PM

Disabled more ten years
Judge: Kimberly Boyce
6/25/2018 9:35:02 PM

Very slow judge! She will pretend that she's listening to you and that shes doing you a favor do not! I repeat do not fall for her trapped. She is there to outright denied your claim. She will not look at the medical records that will support your claim, she will give the most absurd reason to denied your claim, be very very careful what u say she will use it against you. The only way she'll approve your case is if you're dead or dying! I wish she could feel my pain and suffering and I guaranteed that she will not last for a day! Nobody wants to be disabled and it’s not like we’re asking for a hand out! Karma will soon catch up to these brutal unfair judges. The burden social security has put me through def put a tolls on my mental health.

Judge: Kimberly Boyce
6/18/2018 5:56:17 PM

Worse judge ever! My doctor clearly stated that I could not perform any type of work even sedentary works! Have all the medical evidences in the world to prove that I’m disabled. All the attorneys know who judge Kimberly Boyce is and how unfair she is and that she does not follow the rules. I truly believe she deserved to lose her seat as an ALJ. Note: attorneys will not take your case as soon as they hear judge Boyce’s name therefore, I will file a complaint against her and take it to the top.

Michael Kope
Judge: Mattie Harvin-Woode
5/30/2018 4:06:26 AM

Judge Harvin-Woode was very thorough and took time to listen to the details of my condition. After more than 4 years of waiting for a hearing she wasted not time as her decision took less than 30 days. I am not happy to be disabled, but very happy that she could navigate through my complicated medical records and make a decision. Thank you Judge Woode for your time and consideration regarding my case.

Judge: M. J. Adams
5/15/2018 9:05:53 AM

Had a hearing with this judge and he was absolutely abusive. Abusive people have nothing I want. This is a typical case of a person manipulating vulnerable people. The problem is these judges operate above the law. Even the Social Security Administration can't do much to them. I'm reporting him for misconduct and I'll REFUSE anything from Social Security. I don't take things from abusers. You don't need to be a genius in math to look at his numbers and know something is seriously wrong. If he were an insurance company he'd be under investigation by the state for his claim-payment record.

Judge: Michael C Blanton
2/10/2018 4:59:46 PM

Hello I wanted to know how kind did it take for you to get a decision letter from him .. please respond .

Judge: Mary Gallagher Dilley
2/4/2018 2:29:28 AM

Update from last comment in January 2018, decision received. UNFAVORABLE. This judge gave minimal weight to ANYTHING that supports my disabilities, even some of the Social Security doctor reports and the DSHS state doctor report. It is very obvious to me that this judge is biased. Well, unfortunately for me, I've decided not to put anymore financial strain on my family and just "remove myself from the equation" Done with this. Goodbye.

Judge: Mary Gallagher Dilley
1/19/2018 10:08:44 PM

She seemed very fair at the hearing, although I was very nervous she was so nice that I felt there wasn't anything to worry about. But, I went to court in JUNE 2017. It is now January 2018 and I do not have a decision yet. For whatever reason this has got to be the slowest judge on making decisions. Over a 6 month wait for any judge to make a decision is absurd, within 90 days should be the law. These kinds of cases are people's lives. Some cannot wait, unfortunately. Judge Mary, please understand the financial and emotional pain it is to stall that long on cases where disabled people depend on a timely decision one way or the other so they can either move on with their lives or file an appeal (if necessary). Living off of family and $197 DSHS ABD benefits per month is no way to live. The star rating will be mediocre due to the long wait, otherwise this judge is super nice.

Judge: C. H Prinsloo
1/11/2018 5:45:11 PM

I had my hearing with Judge Prinsloo on 9/28/17 in Seattle, WA he is no longer in St. Louis. Here it is 1/11/18 and still no decision. I am very upset by this. I called Seattle ODAR the other day and they said it has been in unassigned writing since 10/6/17. Since approvals take priority and denials are harder to write my guess is that it is a denial as it has been sitting waiting to be written for 3 months. I am very distraught and i find this practice of approvals being written up first to be completely disrespectful to those denied. They should be written in order recieved the approvals should NOT take priority as their fight is over and the denials need to figure out their next move... Appeals Council? New Application? Look for a job they probably won't get and IF they did wouldn't be able to keep? Or give up and kill themselves cause at least their kids would be able to collect survivor's benefits? FYI i am NOT suicidal i am just listing it as an option. So, you may ask why did she give this judge 5 stars? I won't judge someone based on their approval or denial of me... I haven't recieved a letter so technically i am not denied YET. Plus the other stuff of me waiting forever and approvals taking priority is all bureaucracy and not necessarily in his control. Whether i get a denial or by the grace of God an approval I am rating him with 5 stars for his court mannerisms... He was respectful and listened. So thank you Judge Prinsloo for your time both in court and out working on my case. It can't be easy having a job deciding someone's fate.

Judge: Laura Valente
1/5/2018 7:36:00 PM

Ex-Military or their spouses stand a very good chance of winning from Laura V. I've had 4 favorable returns by ODAR and still no win after 15 years. It should be illegal to drag this out past multiple FAVORABLE findings by ODAR in the applicants favor! Instead I have lost everything! There should be a maximum of five years in the ssdi process.

Jimmy maines
Judge: Keith Allred
12/27/2017 4:55:38 PM

Had my hearing today with this judge. Dont kniw the outcome but found him to be fair. Gave me a chanve to explain, asked fair questions involving my case. Its been a hard road eitger way. But will say he seemed fair enough.

Frustration Nation.
Judge: Kimberly Boyce
10/4/2017 8:10:32 PM

This is the slowest Judge, with the highest dismissal rate, the highest turn down rate and the lowest approval rate for not only Seattle but comparatively. They should be paid according to how many cases they work, then it wouldn't drag on for months, sometimes years. Hopefully they will allow families to hold these judges responsible when their actions result in claimants taking their own lives due to the stress and grief they cause. If I could rate with negative stars I would.

Judge: Ilene Sloan
9/20/2017 12:53:12 PM

Todd, the damaged plumber: SSA looks at your age, education and past work history, not your race. Reread you decision again and if it says race, then the decision is a mess. Sounds like a mess anyway, but I'm writing to take some of the sting out of the decision. The system (I've been SS attorney for over 25 years) is getting increasingly difficult to navigate. The favorable decision rate at the hearing level has dropped from 70% to approximately 45% starting about 10 years ago, especially for claimants under 50 years old. Good luck. Don't stop fighting!

Judge: Gordon W Griggs
9/5/2017 8:28:58 PM

The Priviledge of his time was greatly appreciated and I thanked him for his time. He was very nice and polite and said I was the only one in all his years to Thank him and if I needed anything else, contact him and I have sent him a Gmail. KUDOS Judge Griggs for help with SSDI instead of SSI.

Judge: Mary Gallagher Dilley
9/1/2017 8:24:59 PM

Compassionate and considerate. Her assistant could do a better job though, as she doesn't return phone calls as required by law.

Judge: Gordon W Griggs
8/15/2017 3:44:59 PM

Best and fairest Judge I have met.

Jimmy maines
Judge: Ilene Sloan
8/9/2017 12:08:38 PM

Met with this judge on 8/9/17 today. My case was continued, due to lack of all evidence. She was very nice, fair, and advised me of all my rights. Ive been fighting this for over 2 years plus. I hate the process because im very much a recluse and hide 8n my home so this is a major challenge for me. I felt somewhat comfortable in her court. I am forced to wear earplugs and sunglasses because sound and certain lighting can trigger me, either enrage or send me into a full panic attack. So it was pleasant enough to feel somewhat calm in the room for the short time. Seems fair.

Judge: Larry Kennedy
8/1/2017 6:35:23 PM

See prior reviews rather accurate, except for the most recent

Judge: Tom L Morris
7/28/2017 4:49:54 PM


Judge: Michael C Blanton
6/14/2017 8:48:37 AM

My hearing went before ALJ Blanton one week ago and I found him to be very kind. As I was getting settled, he even made a couple of witty jokes that helped me calm down and see him as a man instead of a prosecutor. It also seemed apparent the Judge Blanton reviewed my file ahead of time, based on the questions he asked me and what he asked the employment expert. Overall, my experience was good. ALJ Blanton showed everyone in the room kindness and respect. Most importantly, he demonstrated what and why the bailiff calls out, "The HONORABLE judge...".

A fighter
Judge: Tom L Morris
4/16/2017 1:36:14 AM

Racist that's all I will say he is so cruel and treats white women like their ***** for SSI cases I've been dealing with this **** for 5 years I've been threw hell been turned down on everything I gave medical proof of my disability he always seems to find a loop hole threw everything .. This guy needs to be fired

Jerry Cooper
Judge: David J DeLaittre
10/27/2016 11:54:32 PM

Such a professional and trustworthy personality, you'll never meet someone who has a better sense of modesty and moderation. Someone with a life mission to fulfill, limitless to the growth and possibilities of what God has in store for another person.

Albert M Venti
Judge: Kimberly Boyce
10/16/2016 7:57:01 AM

You may find in the future that she did you a big favor...Many time opportunity comes disguised as disaster. You will be surprised that what transpired will be an asset in the futre.

Judge: M. J. Adams
9/30/2016 6:59:00 PM

judge adams is contemptuous and so blatantly incorrect in his findings that he needs removed from office and/or spend some time in jail for his mail fraud. I received his ruling and found so many mistakes that I am going to confer with my lawyer about charging him with mail fraud, he signed it, he should do the time! 0 stars

Judge: Gordon W Griggs
9/22/2016 8:24:23 AM

Judge Griggs started very friendly and well mannered. He seemed to care about my concerns an health but towards the end I felt rushed. I understood time was limited but if I only get an hour for you to get to know my problems I think it's your job to listen. Of course he denied me after I waited three years to get that court date, he twisted my words, he granted little weight to what my doctors said, he basically called us all liars. I'm sorry your a judge not a doctor nor do you live in my body so how would you know anything. Those who do know me and worked with me wrote letters, not people I just met but people known for many years even decades but he granted little weight to them too. Was written that some of the letters were made up, although numbers and addresses were provided so he could have contacted anyone at anytime for verification. He judged me not on my medical conditions but by his own judgements. Everything I said I did he shot me down, well, how do disable people drive, cook, shop for groceries, get their kids to school, help with homework, pay bills, take a shower? Because these were the reasons my disability was denied.

Judge: David J DeLaittre
9/18/2016 1:00:13 AM

A great Judge with a wonderful sense of responsibility, collaboration and management.

Judge: Virginia M Robinson
9/14/2016 3:08:28 PM

Judge Robinson is statistically the worst judge in WA. My original attorney quit when she found out who the hearing judge would be. All these lawyers play the odds. They have to win a certain percentage of cases and collect their maximum fee out of it to make it worth their while. My attorney, and others I’ve heard about, don’t see the odds in their favor in Judge Robinson’s court room so they quit the case. In my case one of the factors in my disability stems from a back condition called kyphosis. In exaggerated cases it’s what’s known as a hunchback. The condition causes me a lot of pain and mobility problems. The employment specialist at the hearing decided I could work as an industrial cleaner and Judge Robinson bought that statement hook line and sinker. Seriously? An industrial cleaner? Do these idiots have any idea what that job entails? It's usually a hard physical labor job. Maybe Judge Robinson would have better stats if she weren’t an idiot.

Jessica Matthews
Judge: David J DeLaittre
9/8/2016 1:24:36 AM

He really seems quite honest and heartfelt. Very inspiring and likeable. I trust that he knows what he is doing.

Judge: Virginia M Robinson
6/16/2016 8:17:23 PM

I went before this judge today and she seemed to be a very nice woman. I can only just pray that she sees the truth and rules in my favor. I am a broken man from head to toe and I can only hope the system works the way it's supposed to. After all these years I've been working full-time so hard on my body since my early teens. I Won't Give Up if she rules against me I will appeal and continue this fight. It's been a long few years and I hope this social security legal stuff that weighs so heavy on me goes away and I can focus on my deteariating health. Im always in pain. Everyone, please say a prayer for me I need it. Thank you

Mr. L. Melton
Judge: Eric S Basse
6/10/2016 12:28:59 AM

Judge Basse did a Very Good Job from start to finish, he was kind and made it very clear that he was aware of my case . I appreciate his fairness you don't find them no better than Judge Basse. Thank You

Judge: Michael C Blanton
3/30/2016 9:06:51 PM

What a day, anxiety was high and emotional is an understatement. Mr. Blanton was truly understanding and gave me time to compose myself after the tears, anxiety and emotional outburst. He was very understanding and patient with me. I wait to hear my decision via mail but I felt he was very fair and had compassion.

Judge: Stephanie Martz
3/15/2016 8:42:12 AM

I went before Judge Martz in late July 2015. My application was filed in 2012. My injury was 10,10,10. Due to the incompetence of my attorney asking for contuences and the judge wanting more appointments it is now late March 2016. I am homeless and without a penny. They know this. This is only making my condition worse.The vocational representative that was at my hearing states there is no job I could do with my limitations. I fired my attorney but was told He had to submit it. He hasn't. But wait " He works for me" Apparently not. Where do we go for help.

James D
Judge: Keith Allred
3/13/2016 9:42:21 PM


Judge: Larry Kennedy
2/22/2016 10:54:03 AM

US Advocates appear before all administrative law judges across the country- while some judges may seem harsher than others, all are not in the "business" of denying claimants' claims that appear before them. They review the case folder before them, take the claimants testimony, review the medical evidence, request an occupational experts opinion, etc., then compares the entire file against the criteria in which the Social Security Administration allow the judge to grant the award or denial based on. Im pretty confident in saying that if your claims folder is developed properly, highlighted how you meet the criteria of disability according to SSA, the judge is more than happy to grant disability. On the flip side a poorly developed claims folder is guaranteed to be denied. A judge can not produce a medical claims folder that does not exist, nor a work history, or clear inconsistencies. It can only review whats before each of them.

Judge: Tom L Morris
2/9/2016 4:21:52 PM

I just had my hearing today. I don't know what the outcome will be but I will say that I feel that judge morris was attentive and asked the appropriate questions. He was very professional and polite. He did seem not very interested in anything that my doctors said but that could be wrong. He did listen to me and my attorney and also the vocational expert and asked the proper questions so we'll see how it goes. I've been fighting this since September 2013 and living on $197/mo.

Judge: M. J. Adams
1/28/2016 10:06:28 PM

I was certain before we left the room he will disapprove me. I got the impression he is not keen toward veterans and never let me counter the false comments being made.

Judge: Tom L Morris
1/26/2016 8:07:03 PM

It took him 11 months to decide my case there was no reason for to have to last that long he kept putting in for more extensions wanting more paperwork and then I got the senator involved and then he denied it he won't let you talk in court he talks down to you like you're stupid he doesn't have a lot of patience and I've been told by numerous people if you get this job you're going to get an automatic denial in fact my attorney when we walked in there says I hate him he's horrible he's nothing but a pain in my rear and there's no way we're going to get this will get it at the appeals level so I went to court April 9th and got the decision on January 26th got the full denial decision today like what other people said if you have this judge don't bother showing up he's just a waste of your time and is going to draw all out as far as he can

Judge: Kimberly Boyce
1/25/2016 1:28:11 PM

I showed up with RA, severe depression, two herniated discs and a neurostimulator implant. I was postponed for over a year, until my "date last insured" ran out. Then I was denied. I nearly killed myself from grief. If you get this judge, go crazy or something in the court room. Get it thrown out, or moved. Good luck.

Jerome Cramer
Judge: Sue Leise
12/7/2015 4:27:55 PM

I want to thank judge Leise for believing in me and awarding me with a Check to help me get my life started back up after a 6 year battle of a brain tumor. After two surgeries and a lot of Bikram Hot yoga, I am completely healthy. I'm now a full time teacher of Bikram Hot yoga in Katy TX. I have a new life now. With the money I got, I moved to TX from Oregon, got my car fixed, an apartment and so on. I'm now helping people get healthy, I love my job, and I love this new life I have. I'm so grateful. I could not have moved and got this full time teaching job if I had not received this money. I just want judge Leise to know that I spent every penny on starting my life over and now I'm back to a productive person in our community, and I give back every day. Thank you and God bless you.

Judge: M. J. Adams
12/3/2015 6:34:31 PM

Had a hearing the other day, no decision yet. This ALJ was arrogant, rude, seemed closed-minded, and was very impatient with people. The irony is that the characteristics and unprofessional behavior of this guy were such that he would likely not keep a job in the private sector if this behavior was chronic which it seems to be based on other comments, ie has impairment in how he relates socially, yet he is the one looking down his nose from his self-constructed ivory tower judging others' impairments. Strange system we have.

Judge: M. J. Adams
12/2/2015 3:27:02 PM

Judge Adams was pleasant only until something benign irritated him, then his true colors showed. He was rude, unprofessional, and closed minded. He even said things that were incorrect, but in a contemptuous way, which further underscored why he is unfit for this job. As an attorney, I give respect and expect the same. Judge or not, he is also an attorney who should be professional and not disrespect himself by being so rude and unprofessional. He asked scant and slanted questions that seemed biased against the claimant.

Judge: Laura Valente
11/18/2015 8:05:11 PM

I was denied twice by Valente. I filed in Federal Court, got a new hearing without an attorney, got a new ALJ & got a Fully-Favorable decision. So much for fairness, impartiality & discrimination on Valente's part. I think, but may not be right, that Valente's father was a lawyer in Chicago & somehow finagled this job for her & they all moved to Seattle as who wants to live in Chicago with 20+ shootings a day. I wonder if she even has a law, medical or any other degree besides a high school diploma.

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: Laura Valente
10/17/2015 9:40:20 PM

Reading the comments it seems as if you are a woman & break down & cry throughout the hearing you will get approved.

Deborah O'Keefe
Judge: Laura Valente
10/6/2015 2:15:38 PM

I just found out today that my SSDI claim was approved. I'm beyond grateful to Judge Laura Valente. I, originally filed an SSDI claim, three years ago. Judge Laura Valente heard my case in June of this year, and approved it four months later. She was very professional and compassionate. Thank you so very much Judge.

Steve Reno
Judge: Laura Valente
9/22/2015 1:26:38 PM

Deborah, I hope you get approved but with Valente my bet is you will be denied. I hope I am wrong!

Deborah O'Keefe
Judge: Laura Valente
8/4/2015 6:06:49 AM

I had a video hearing with Judge Valente, a few month's ago. I feel that she was respectful, compassionate and thorough. I'm a veteran and the widow of a veteran. My time in the Navy, the loss of my Husband and, the past 35 year's have all, finished me off, physically and mentally. There's no way I could hold down a job, but I'm not, financially making it. I pray that I get approved, and soon.

Judge: Keith Allred
7/10/2015 9:34:11 AM

I can confirm the last person's comments. I've waited more than enough time to have received MY OWN MONEY from social security disability only to have this so called judge WASTE my time and tax payers time with the circus over there they call a disability hearing. This Keith Allred should be ashamed of himself for ruining credibly disabled people's lives. He gives all the weight o his decision to a five minute office visit by A DOCTOR WHO IS PAID BY SOCIAL SECURITY TO DENY CREDIBLE ILL PATIENTS. I've had two more surgeries and countless tens of thousands of hours of suffering all to go to this joke of a disability hearing run by this sham of a federally run tax payer funded garbage can called disability determination services. If you get Keith Allred don't even bother wasting your time. He is a going to automatically deny you. Sorry to those who have this so called judge. I can't Even give him a half star rating. He gets a ZERO rating.

Judge: Ilene Sloan
6/20/2015 4:16:06 PM

Can hardly believe this woman is someone to look up to. Completely, over the top RUDE and beyond unfair. Must be trying to help cut the budget because she's certainly not fair to those of us that truly need help. Outraged!

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: Kimberly Boyce
5/27/2015 6:52:02 PM

Judge Boyce's job is not to fairly take in the information and judge it, it is to turn down as many cases as possible. You can tell this from the second she opens her mouth. She acts as if you are an annoyance to her; rolls her eyes, groans, etc. If you give her an answer that doesn't fit her agenda she gets angry. I knew from minute one that I had no chance. Even with her own witnesses saying I could not work, she turned me down. If I could rate her negative stars I would. She obviously is not qualified for this position nor to judge the evidence. Everything is based off of her personal feelings.

joy swinton
Judge: Eric S Basse
5/4/2015 11:51:12 AM

He seemed to know my case. Let me correct errors in paper work. Since I had no counsel he let me provide evidence that day, and also getting updated medical records. He was very nice. Very good with listening and asking questions Wish his approval rate was higher. I've got a rare unpredictable eye disease. Fibromyalgia etc. No decision yet. Feb 20 hearing.

Jeff A
Judge: Sue Leise
5/1/2015 12:17:53 PM

She was very thorough but affable. Had my case been denied I probably would not be quite as generous but it was approved.

Judge: Tom L Morris
4/21/2015 12:58:28 PM

I know some court clerks. When I told them WHO the disability judge was, they said "Oh, no wonder she was denied." This client had BRAIN SURGERY and has a timeline of all the ER and Dr trips and her medical file is 3" thick. The 10-page DENIAL still claims she's making "more of it than the facts present."His REASONING, was based on OLD information too. Decision took 5 MONTHS. This has drug out for 2 YEARS now, no income. Did I mention she has a neurosurgeon and is on so much medication for pain, seizures, etc., that driving or working is not possible? Yet she has a friend with a foot injury that is on Disability...explain that? And he doesn't let witnesses or the client talk AND the vocational "expert" said she could be a "grain sorter" SERIOUSLY? It's a JOKE! Shame on you TOM MORRIS! You make me SICK!

Judge: Kimberly Boyce
4/15/2015 2:23:37 PM

Not much to say about Judge Boyce that hasn't already been said. She's a horrible judge who was trained like a parrot to say "No." You know they call the documents they produce "opinion statements?" That is because they're not qualified to determine whether or not someone is disabled. And they're not meant to. They're meant to interpret the evidence. Judge Boyce doesn't care about evidence, though. She's there to tear you down and say "no." She said she "didn't understand how having money would help my mental state." Clearly she's never felt actual hunger or cold. Clearly she knows nothing about mental health issues, or at least has grown so soulless that she's willing to blanket deny people no matter what. With the vocational expert sitting next to her saying "I don't think this person would be able to find/hold a job competitively even as a janitor" she denied. Even with a stack of paper 7 inches thick documenting life-long chronic depression, social anxiety, chronic recurring migraines, PTSD, and a bunch of other issues, "no." If you have Judge Boyce, give up any hope of winning your case now. No matter what paperwork you have. Cancel the hearing, start over.

Judge: Laura Valente
3/24/2015 2:18:34 PM

Obviously ALJ Laura Valente gets her medical knowledge from watching the DVR's of Dr. Phil & Dr. Oz. They just threw out her decision in my case for the third time in nine years. She has zero knowledge of mental disorders. Instead of doing a little research she thinks all she has to do is look at you & she can tell if you have anything wrong with you. They should put her in the criminal court system as she only takes ten seconds to arrive at a decision. The first time I walked into her court & before she turned on the recorder she said 'I can tell by looking at you that you are not depressed or suicidal. These ALJ's get their jobs by knowing someone or as a political favor. They don't get them based on intelligence or education.

Judge: Caroline Siderius
3/17/2015 10:42:02 AM

judge Siderius was very nice, respectful and genuine. Thank you judge siderius. and I would recommend her. she takes all medical evidence into considartion.

Judge: Keith Allred
1/19/2015 12:49:18 AM

Falsefied documents lied on legal paper work. Violated civil rights. Needs to be sued for civil rights violations and damages. Should be ashamed. LIED ON LEGAL DOCUMENTS. PADDED THE CASE WITH FALSE MEDICAL RECORDS

Judge: Virginia M Robinson
1/16/2015 11:31:27 AM

On January 15, 2014 I had a hearing with this woman. First thing out of her mouth was " I see you are a dog breeder". I am going to make a long story short. I had gone in front of Judge Adams who brought it up because of an old face book page (had one litter). He denied me, and we refiled a new claim that was not suppose to be used, but she used it anyway. So when those words came out of her mouth, my Attorney's jaw dropped. So we finished up with the vocational woman saying that I could be a waitress. ( 10 lb weight limit, can't walk more that 10 minutes without a lot of pain). Then again back to the old case, and she said that I was 49 when I started this process, I am going to be 55 this year. She did this on purpose. My attorney filed for an appeal which should be coming up soon. He said that she committed reversible error by going outside the period at issueand cites testimony and documentary evidence from the previous decision to buttress the current decision, completing ignoring black letter law of res judicata and thereby committing reversible error. This is just a couple of things that happened, there is about 6 in total that she messed up. I have stated nothing but the truth in this statement, and have records to prove it. I see people on judge judy all the time on SSDI and they get it for the stupidest things! I have many issues and it's just not right.

Todd the damaged Plumber
Judge: Ilene Sloan
10/17/2014 1:37:28 PM

she is a criminal. on the front page of my denial is clearly stated: due to my age, race, and educational background.... I can work. 3 years of denials, my 800 credit score ( for the lest 20 years)is gone, as is any retirement and savings, and finally I have back surgery next week on Wednesday Oct 22nd 2014- my wife works, so I am still and have not been eligible for any state benefits at all, even though our household income was reduced by 60%.

Judge: Eric S Basse
9/14/2014 5:58:12 PM

Simply review the below data of his history as an ALJ. Denier judge. Dislikes claimants. Should be disbarred.

judge justice
Judge: M. J. Adams
9/9/2014 2:25:40 PM

Just so your clear reader who's reading this. You have a 0% chance of winning ssdi in king county if your mentally challenged, or any mental infliction. I'm extremely bi polar have committed suicide attempts regularly with 14 years of mental illness documentation. M.j. adams and kimberly boyce or any of these judges DO NOT CARE about any mental illness claims. At all. They will dismiss you after putting you through abusive interrogation. Just how they do. Federal is where you'll have a 55% chance of winning after 5 years. If your lucky. Washington state is broke, they hope your mental illness leads to death or homelessness skid row so you drop off and don't collect measily 750$ a month. Its darwinism, and washington state and olympia fat cats cut everything related to social well being first and foremost. Thats why your dshs is 197$ a month. Thats why texas state has better ssdi approval ratings (the redest state in america). Somethings wrong with the olympia government and washington state has the worst mental help offerings than any state in america. YOU want your ssdi granted? MOVE. And if you stay prey you don't get kimberly boyce as your judge. She's at a 15-19% approval rating and 0% for mental illness no matter the evidence.

Appeals Master
Judge: M. J. Adams
8/30/2014 10:53:56 AM

I'm sorry to hear that Judge Adams was harsh and didn't look at anyone's evidence. He did the same to me, he took one look at me and made up his mind before I said a word. He sat and smiled the entire time and I knew from the look on his face he wasn't going to approve me. But what Judge Adams didn't know was once I sink my teeth into something I don't let go, at any price. So I appealed it through a panel in Boston, they didn't even look at the evidence. My attorney said "you have a case" and got me another attorney that took my case into Federal Court. Thanks to the Federal Court Judge, Judge Adams verdict was overturned. If your case is good enough to go to Federal court and get overturned, I think you have a better chance of getting your SSI/SSDI. Good luck to everyone.

Judge: Sue Leise
8/29/2014 8:20:32 PM

If you have Leise for an ALJ you should consider yourself lucky. She is thorough but that is a good thing if you have to appeal or if you get a quality review. Don't try and pull the wool she will see right through it. I doubt many appeal her desicison, don't think many would win that.

mary hoeft
Judge: Sue Leise
8/26/2014 4:01:43 PM

I am still waiting for my decision, it has been almost 60 days however judge Leise was very kind and very patient with me as i was nervous and trying to answer the questions as well as i could. i appreciate her time and even if i am denied i will hold no harsh feelings. i will still appeal any denial however i do not hold harsh feelings because it would be hard as a judge to determine whether or not a person who is maybe borderline disabled meaning i cant work however my work history shows a period of 10 years of work. which ended in termination because of the lack of coming to work due to the depression.

Judge: Keith Allred
8/13/2014 11:18:51 PM

I found Judge Allred to be very professional. He gave me all the time I needed to explain my situation and was patient and took the time to listen. If you find his name on your paperwork, you can plan on a relaxed, fair, and complete hearing. Judge Allred is more than apt at reading people too so no BS, be straight and honest or he will call you out!

Judge: Larry Kennedy
7/1/2014 2:12:07 PM

This judge is TERRIBLE! He just wants to play God and deny everyone. He doesn't even look at the evidence. He just automatically denies. We have been trying to get this approved for over 5 years, then a week before my hearing, he postponed it "indefinitely"! How can he get away with this nonsense??

Judge: Michael C Blanton
6/25/2014 8:03:35 PM

He was very understanding and nice. Allowed me to enter the court room with my husband and got straight to the point so we were not in there for ever. Almost like he took his time reviewing the case file before hand and already had his decision made.

Judge: Joanne E Dantonio
6/21/2014 8:43:51 AM

This judge saved a life on Wednesday. She undertook an extensive review of a huge paper file, conducted a thorough and difficult hearing and helped everyone in the room better understand this very troubled and injured person who told me in tears after the hearing that the benefits were her last hope. She saved a life on Wednesday.

Judge: Sue Leise
5/30/2014 3:21:49 PM

It was a long and lonely process, but you have given me hope. Thank you Judge Sue Leise. I can't stop crying. I hope the suicidal thoughts will go away as a result of your favorable decision. My parents don't need to be burdened with me any more. I will be able to continue treatment and stay on medication. I have a new "Leise" on life! I would not wish my problems on anyone.

kimmy boyce-boyce
Judge: Kimberly Boyce
4/19/2014 3:51:00 PM

15% approval rating in a job meant to help sick and mentally ill people is disgusting. All of her male counterparts have higher approval ratings. Woman judge feels like she has to prove something by denying and ultimately killing off her judgements. Please go do another job.

Judge: Eric S Basse
4/6/2014 8:22:17 AM

Judge Eric S Basse had obviously read my entire file and was knowledgeable about all the medical evidence I had submitted. I found him to be kind and to the point in his questions. I have nothing negative to say about how he conducted himself or the hearing.

james russell terry
Judge: Kimberly Boyce
4/4/2014 7:35:45 PM

Not a pleasant situation dealing with Her meat grinder style of Judgement. She has no place being a Judge.

Judge: Keith Allred
4/1/2014 2:01:11 AM

Allred was fair but the time it took for the dission to go thru writting and then singnature was way too long (2 1/2 months).

Judge: Keith Allred
3/30/2014 1:13:17 AM

Judge Allred gave me my day in court and thats all anyone should expect.I believe anyone who gets this judge will receive a fair hearing.

Judge: Ilene Sloan
3/8/2014 10:40:26 AM

Just got my unfavorable decision from this "judge" In it she depicted me as a Fat, lazy pot head whom every symptom I have is is bogus, and in my head. She repeatedly calls me a hypochodriac and states that my Doctors opinion whom i have seen for 2 years is invalid, because he tells me what I want to hear to appease me. I have severe chronic pain, caused by Fibromyalgia and CFS. I have also been worked up to look for Multiple Sclerosis as I have intense weakness in my arms, and hands. She twisted every single thing to make me seem someone I am not. Repeatedly mentioned the fact that since I have become disabled, I am on Facebook, and play video games. Which has nothing to do with anything.... I still have to frequent breaks even when doing said things. She also states that because at the time of doctors visists, they noticed no signs of panic disorder, and that I was intelligent, and handled myself appropriately that I was not suffering from a panic disorder, and only suffering at my own convinence when I wanted pitty, or approval from DR.. She is beyond cruel, she dismissed ALL my evidence as nothing but doctors trying to make me feel good. She referred to me as drug seeking as well... I have saught treatment, as anyone else would.. I smoked marijuana a total of 5 times just because they had tried me on everything from Hydrocodone to Fentanyl and NOTHING worked. If you get this Judge, I sincerely feel sorry for you, you WONT have a fair hearing. She even knew that I had 3 kids to provide for, am unable to do so now..

Brenda Mccormick
Judge: David J DeLaittre
2/27/2014 9:04:31 PM

A very kind, caring and knowledgeable Judge.

Judge: Laura Valente
2/7/2014 5:17:16 AM

I got Judge Laura Valente for an SSD hearing a few months ago. She was an absolute monster in the courtroom - she disregarded every single piece of evidence that validated my disability to cherry pick what fit her motive to deny me. She was abusive, condescending, and did everything possible to pigeon hole me instead of looking at my case objectively. She attacked me for being a Medical Marijuana cardholder and asked several times how I could guarantee my medicine wasn't "Dipped in PCP". The court even refused to let my witnesses in, 3 of my family members who had come on my behalf because "there isn't enough room" in the small 2 person conference room they held the hearing in via video conference. There are even signs up in the lobby area where you wait, after you clear security, that says "No witnesses allowed in courtroom". Yet I received a letter saying I could bring any witnesses pertinent to my case - wouldn't you think my family, the people who take care of me and support me, would have something pertinent to say about my case? That is just the tip of the iceberg. Judge Valente is anything but objective and will do anything possible to attack you to make a case for denial. I will be submitting an ethics complaint through the Washington Commission on Judicial Conduct here shortly. Complaint forms are on their website and I highly suggest that if you have experienced what you believe to be misconduct by Judge Laura Valente that you report it. I went looking for help and all I got was beat up even more.

Judge: M. J. Adams
1/31/2014 4:02:29 AM

I am still waiting for a decision from Judge M. J. Adams. I don't know what his decision will be, but I feel that I provided him with enough evidence to prove I am disabled. I didn't feel disrespected in any way and felt the court proceeding was very professional. I did have representation, but at the end of the day, I am still waiting for a decision. It's been over 60 days now and I must admit that I am a bit worried that the longer it takes that a denial is looming. Still, I wasn't made to feel that I was wasting his or the courts time and I was listened to. Just hoping for the best now.

Judge: M. J. Adams
1/21/2014 11:16:34 PM

I have to disagree with the other comments left on this page about Judge Adams. I found him to be professional and respectful. His final judgement is pending further information from my Doctor. Whether or not he decides to approve my benefits, I still believe he treated me kindly and fairly. He listened to what I had to say and was not harsh in his tone. I had representation with me, I am not sure if the others who commented did. Maybe that made a difference.

Judge: Joanne E Dantonio
1/2/2014 9:38:52 AM

I waited from 1999 to 2011 to have my story finally heard, & when I received my paperwork I cried for over a week straight. She not only turned info about me into bold face lies, but also based my entire 12yr struggle on a Drs opinion that I saw one time! I've had to live in poverty, since my disease makes having kids a huge problem, but if I would have had them if be able to receive benefits. Me attending college & being misdiagnosed for 5yrs cost me everything. I think she's extremely unkind, uncaring, & doesn't take each case into consideration. She saw a young woman, who doesn't look disabled, & wrote up a denial letter that only the most heartless person could ever write. She's the reason I will remain w/out finances to even purchase my 8 meds monthly.

D Mac
Judge: M. J. Adams
12/22/2013 10:25:46 PM

His numbers speak for himself. I was denied with a large amount of evidence. I felt he was very rude and jaded. He failed to look at all my evidence and doctors reports. I felt my case was finished before it started. He was more interested in discrediting me and being mean he should be removed from the bench. It is pure hate that a person with his credentials to sit up their and treat people that have worked their whole life and when they need their benefit's are denied out of spite.

Judge: Eric S Basse
12/4/2013 10:25:08 AM

Was reading the file during hearing was hardly looking at the claimant so did not see her start to shake at times or her reactions. He should be better prepared for the hearing to be more attentive.

Judge: Larry Kennedy
10/11/2013 8:30:37 AM

This judge is obviously biased towards denying claims.He called my wife, childs teacher, and doctor liers. It was obvious from the beginning of the hearing that he had already made his decision prior to us even entering the room.He is obviously not qualified to make determinations based on any claims of impairment.

Cynthia Nelson
Judge: Stephanie Martz
10/2/2013 3:32:55 AM

I feel very blessed that my SSD case was in Judge Martz's courtroom. Judge Martz was very professional and thorough as well as personable while making me feel comfortable in an unfamiliar setting especially since I did not have an attorney representing me. Although I have not received an approval or denial of my claim I have the upmost respect for the manner in which she conducted my hearing. and the way she cMartz ansd Judge Martz and the

Judge: Laura Valente
9/22/2013 11:42:56 PM

If you get Judge Valente move to another state as FAST as you can!

jeffrey james
Judge: Sue Leise
8/26/2013 1:38:55 PM

I still wait for answer on my claim takes so long as I wait I have no money I cannot work I cannot even afford some meds for depression if denied I might as well give up on life I will be homeless with no income I am not even able to get get my kids school stuff this year all the kids make fun because we are so poor if something does not happen soon we WILL be homeless.

Judge: Laura Valente
6/29/2013 6:09:10 AM

Can I give negative stars? I was on a remand like no way. I found he/she described Valente very well. She threw out all evidence that helped me. There were two main things I feel that qualifies me & in both appearances she never ask me a single question about either one of them. She is arrogant & ignorant which is a bad combination for a judge. She said by looking at me she could tell I was not depressed or suicidal. That is a great talent. She also questioned one of my prescriptions saying no doctor would give me that drug in my condition. The prescription was out in my car. Every question she ask me she said I was a liar. The latest doctor report I turned in to the court Valente accused me of bribery or coercion of the doctor.

Adam Boklage
Judge: John W Rolph
6/18/2013 9:40:17 AM

I'm an attorney who only practices Social Security disability law, and who routinely appears before judges from seven different ODARs (Portland, Eugene, Tacoma, Seattle, Spokane, Boise and Las Vegas - a total of 67 ALJs), and on occasion at virtually every ODAR across the country. I have seen it all, from wack-job judges who are truly insane -- pity anyone from Moreno Valley, CA or Billings, MT -- to judges on some sort of an agenda to deny (or approve!) as many people as possible. I can say without hesitation that Chief Judge Rolph is one of the most courteous, professional, thoughtful and genuinely compassionate judges that I have encountered. This is NOT the same thing as a high allowance rate. He only pays about 50/50, which means that he is denying a lot of cases who probably should be approved. However, I truly believe you get a fair shot with him. While he may not approve every claim, my experience is that he treats every claimant with respect as a human being. As bad as it is to have your claim denied, it is incredible how many judges insist on belittling people and treating them like crap. Judge Rolph never does this. The only time I have ever seen him lose patience, and even then it was slight, was when a claimant insisted on lying to him (and me) about current drug and alcohol use, was deceitful and very dishonest. Anyone who does that deserves a lot worse. Bottom line: I would love to win every one of my cases, but I would be more than happy if every one of my clients were assigned to Judge Rolph.

no way 2
Judge: Laura Valente
6/8/2013 1:23:52 AM

I agree with no way. If you draw ALJ Valente you have my sympathy.

Judge: Tom L Morris
5/22/2013 10:18:12 AM

seems like you denied more than any judge do you do that to get a big head grow up people do need there benefits they pay for

Kenneth Alan Hughes
Judge: Caroline Siderius
4/19/2013 10:18:20 PM

I have had this ALJ two times in seperate Fair-Right Hearings and both times she has denied me of my Benefits which I do not agree with the way she looks at her cases along with the choice of words that she used in her decision letters. I would not choose to ever see this What you want to call an Administrative Law Judge and wouldn't recommend this judge to handle other peoples cases. I am unhappy with her performance

Judge: David J DeLaittre
4/12/2013 8:05:41 AM

Judge means well, however, in the end he still has no control over disability. They don't care what he does or says. Federal judges have the final say, I don't think so. Very disappointed, his failure to stand his ground or hold his authority, whatever, cost us everything.

Judge: M. J. Adams
4/9/2013 2:57:10 PM

Very cold and unprofessional. Doesnt take the time to ask questions to compare to evidence. Very short, dont waste your time on him. Youll get denied. He acts like he doesnt even want to be there to give benefits to the people who need them. I had more than plently enough evidence that i couldnt work, but he had made his decision before i even walked in the room. After 2 years of fighting, i was denied in less then 10 minutes.

Judge: M. J. Adams
4/3/2013 7:49:27 PM

Judge Adams sometimes does not evaluate evidence correctly, even when the evidence of disability is overwhelming. See Echtinaw v. Astrue.

Judge: Mary Gallagher Dilley
3/10/2013 1:42:38 AM

no decision from her yet. but i liked her. seemed very fair.

Carol Bailey
Judge: Timothy Mangrum
1/21/2013 5:30:44 PM

Judge Mangrum, my name is carol Bailey I was before you on 1/17/2013. I want to thank-you for your decision at my hearing, you can not imagine the tears of joy that fell down my face when my lawyer told me the results!!May God bless you and your family! Thank-you so much from the bottom of my heart.

Judge: Ilene Sloan
12/4/2012 4:08:51 PM

Very biased against claimants and can be downright cruel to them in the courtroom. Do not expect a fair hearing.

Judge: Tom L Morris
12/4/2012 3:53:06 PM

Don't bother showing up.

Judge: C. H Prinsloo
11/9/2012 6:08:31 PM

This man is doing a disservice to people who are really in need and in dire situations, he ignores or overlooks many things that are of benefit to the claimant including VE testimony, letters from a claimants treating physician/specialist whose body of work includes peer reviewed publications in his area of expertise,and medical records that include dozens of hospitalizations for an incapacitating illness. Some ALJ's were only hired, it seems to reduce the back log of cases and are simply on a mission to dispose of cases and doing a shoddy job of it and in the process disregarding the SSA rules, and putting valid claimants lives in jeopardy and causing undue pain and suffering to them and their families. 37% award percentage is disturbing, disgusting and shows a callous disregard for life and human decency. Is there an unspoken contest to see who gets the most remands, or Federal circuit court Judge reversals? Or maybe the NHC's should stop making these ALJ's drive to the hearings in remote locales, perhaps they would be in a better mood and frame of mind in order to serve the public like they should, instead of taking it out on them.

Judge: Laura Valente
10/25/2012 4:21:34 PM

I just met with this judge and at first she was rough but after i broke down, she became sympathetic and also allowed me to speak freely and get off track to get my point across. I found her to be very polite butt to the books. No neg feedback in my case

John Silver
Judge: Gordon W Griggs
10/4/2012 4:14:47 PM

Judge Griggs treated me with respect and dignity while I was in his courtroom. He was truly professional and appears to take his position seriously. As this was my only appearance in a court of any kind, I wasn't sure what to expect. He made the process much less traumatic. At least one person now sees our court system positively as a result.

no way
Judge: Laura Valente
8/17/2012 8:31:52 PM

She is aggressive, hostile and I felt VERY harassed by her while under going my ssdi claim. There was no compassion or empathy, nor even an attempt at understanding my situation. Her only care was to get more information to justify her original denial of my claim and to work her way around the around the civil courts remand decision.

Judge: Wayne N Araki
7/28/2012 3:32:23 AM

This man is a judicial sociopath who likes to toy with disability claimants in the courtroom with rapid fire questioning and is very ignorant of mental illness. He has a very strong prejudice against claimants who are mentally ill. If you have mental illness, there's no hope of getting badly needed Social Security benefits in his courtroom. If you're going before him, make sure you have a lawyer with extremely strong teeth to counteract his foolishness and erroneous judgement. If your court hearing goes past 30 minutes with this guy, you'll know you're getting punk'd by him and you will most likely lose. He should be seriously investigated and then removed from the bench for judicial malfeasance.

Judge: Stephanie Martz
7/23/2012 2:10:31 PM

Judge: Larry Kennedy
7/23/2012 3:43:07 AM

This judge is obviously biased towards denying claims. My mentally retarded daughter was deny benefits by this a++. The only evidence that he chose to give any weight to was that of a state appointed vocational specialist and psycologist, he dismissed all other evidence which included 18 years of school IEP records, personal physician notes, and special education teacher recommendations. He called my wife, childs teacher, and doctor liers. It was obvious from the beginning of the hearing that he had already made his decision prior to us even entering the room. He dismissed state wasl reports and any other testings supporting our claim and cherry picked through anything that supported his position. 2 years of heartache and waiting down the drain. Look at his record of the last three years, obviosly that of an activist judge in the making. He is obviously not qualified to make determinations based on metal disorders.

Judge: Joanne E Dantonio
7/16/2012 11:39:34 AM

I'm assuming you appeal the decisions you disagree with. I have appealed more than one decision in front of this ALJ and each time they were remanded back.

Judge: Verrell Dethloff
6/26/2012 10:24:59 PM

Yes these people couldn't care less about people who need them all they care about is getting ratings and getting paid..... I say fight them until the end and take everything u got in ur soul to help ur self.... I am I hate this state they make me want to die....

Judge: Mattie Harvin-Woode
6/26/2012 9:51:19 PM

U grill people to a point of no return... Have some compassion and don't be such a tuff women.....

Experienced Attorney
Judge: Joanne E Dantonio
6/14/2012 11:59:42 AM

I must disagree with the prior poster. Judge Dantonio's opinions are well thought out and well reasoned. I rarely appeal her decisions as a result. Although I may not always agree with her decisions, the clients are treated fairly and I know that she will consider all of the evidence in an impartial manner.

Judge: Michael C Blanton
5/10/2012 8:07:58 AM

This is an excellent ALJ. I'm sure his denial rate will go up at some point a little but he will show compassion and treat everyone fairly.

Judge: Joanne E Dantonio
5/10/2012 8:05:32 AM

Not one of the better ALJs. Her decisions are not written well.

Judge: Cheri L Filion
4/10/2012 7:23:22 PM

-5 stars if that is even possible. Uses her own opinions in writing decisions, which are not necessarily based upon factual evidence presented in the hearing, let alone based upon evidence gathered from medical records, written statements from family members etc, etc unless they can be reinterpreted to hinder you case.Will form an opinion using her own life experiences and false preconcieved notions of what is or isn't true or even pertinant to your medical condition. If you are unfortunate enough to be assigned this woman...RUN AWAY, call in sick, whatever, definately change your judge at whatever cost.