Laura Valente , Seattle, Washington ODAR Office, Administrative Law Judge

For the 2017 *fiscal year, Judge Laura Valente has disposed 218 cases at the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Seattle, Washington. Out of those 218 dispostions, 78 were dismissed, 71 were approved and 69 were denied. This means that the percentage of dispositions that Judge Valente has approved in Seattle for the 2017 fiscal year is 33%. The information below for Judge Laura Valente was last updated on 6/14/2017.

Average statistics
Office*Fiscal YearTotal DispositionsTotal DecisionsTotal DenialsTotal AwardsCases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Seattle 2010 441 386 137 249 12%56%31%
Seattle 2012 538 425 233 192 21%36%43%
Spokane 2012 2 2 0 2 0%100%0%
Seattle 2013 522 411 256 155 21%30%49%
Seattle 2014 434 324 199 125 25%29%46%
Seattle 2015 24 22 15 7 8%29%62%
Ponce 2016 15 12 4 8 20%53%27%
Seattle 2016 297 219 110 109 26%37%37%
Seattle 2017 218 140 69 71 36%33%32%
 Totals:24911941102391822%37%41%
*The United States Government fiscal year is from October 1st - September 30th.
AVERAGE TIME
 DismissedApprovedDenied
Judge Valente36%33%32%
All ALJs in Seattle Office 28% 35% 37%
All ALJs in Washington23%43%35%
All ALJs in the Nation21%45%34%
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Jim
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.

Jim
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.

Jim
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.

Mike
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.

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



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


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.

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.

ra
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

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.



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