Spokane, Washington ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Spokane, Washington, 10 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Spokane, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 15.0 months. The average case processing time in Spokane is 482 days.The Spokane average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 52%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Spokane ODAR office was last updated on 6/11/2019.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Spokane 10 15.0 months 482 days 2.2 19% 52% 29%
Washington14.3 months469 days2.022%41%37%
National Average:14.9 months500 days2.120%42%38%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied

LATEST COMMENTS         to leave your own comment, select a judge from the list above and leave a comment on that judge's page

Judge: Paul T Hebda
1/15/2020 7:30:18 PM

I read his report and he incorrectly cited who I was in multiple ways at different times. Not only was he representing the facts wrong, but he wasn't even being consistent with himself. Debar him and put him at the deep fryer.

Jack Cooper
Judge: Moira Ausems
12/23/2019 6:21:22 PM

I found that Judge Ausems was very in tune and up to date with my case and the disability injuries that affect my life every day for the last 37 years. She was very empathetic to my daily struggles and made it a point to talk about them in detail on the record giving me time to tell my side of my disabilities that I suffer from daily. I found her to be very professional as well as prepared with the facts of my case she made me feel like I was being heard for the first time in my 37 years of dealing with my on the job injury that nearly took my life when I was just 20 years old. Judge Ausems made me feel comfortable and not rushed at all she made my 2-year wait seem worth it in her more than the favorable decision she made regarding my case and even made a point to come and share a fist bump and a quote she shared with me about something we both have had to deal with making me feel like she really does care and understand what we go through when we are no longer able to work because of our disabilities. Like the other single fathers that replied I have been told many different things by the agents that we contact when we have questions about our back pay. My hearing was in the middle of July I got my letter from the judge September 18th on what to expect on the back pay owed in that letter she says within 60 days i should be seeing some money from the payment center and when that never happen I called the number she told me to call to only get told many different things without any real reason why,no back pay yet and the payment center got the same info on september 18th as I did from the judge and they have already paid my lawyer his money and the amount that im suppose to recieve has been determined I even had the agents verify the amount with me so I know that they are just sitting on it against the judges ruling it has been five and a half months since I won my case yet they are still putting my life on hold when everything has been done for months. They say that they understand what we have gone through to get to this point and that they make it a priority to process these claims at this point of the process quickly ,but i have seen no evidence of that in my case,but rather quite the opisite and for them to offer many reasons why or to tell me different things when I call them is just wrong,however in no way do I blame Judge Ausems for flaws in social security ability to process her orders on my case in a timely fashion so I give Judge Ausems a big warm thumbs up in her part in all of this. Today is December 23rd, 2019 and I am still waiting for my award letter along with my sizeable back pay they owe me.

Shannon Linn
Judge: Lori L Freund
10/23/2019 9:36:57 PM

I was in her court for 15 minutes and she did a wonderful job. Very kind lady and very understanding. Thank you judge freund!

Judge: Paul T Hebda
5/7/2019 11:08:19 AM

The judge explained how the case was going to proceed. Explained that he was going to call an internal medicine doctor, a psychologist, and a vocational expert. He proceeded to call the internal medicine doctor, who said I met the disability requirements on 3 different sections. After getting off the phone with the doctor, he thanked me for coming in and asked if I had any questions. So I did ask if was going to call the others on his list? He said he was not going to argue with the doctor, and said I would receive my decision within about 2 weeks. I am assuming this means I am approved, but I wanted to write a review because before my court date, I read these previous reviews and was so scared. He was very polite, respectful and professional in my case.

Judge: Lori L Freund
5/6/2019 1:23:18 PM

The Honorable Lori L. Freund heard my case at a second hearing after a remand by the AC (Appeals Council). Her Honor was kind, compassionate and respectful as well as professional and open minded. I received a fully favorable decision 6 weeks later and I am ever grateful!! That was my last chance because my work credits had expired and at my first hearing I was denied. The AC found that Judge Grace (1st hearing) had erred and sent my case back for a new hearing and expert testimony from a Physician. Her Honor presided over that 2nd hearing and took in all information available to make a fair and favorable decision!

Judge: Donna L Walker
4/17/2019 5:47:33 AM

ALJ Kats is a corrupt judge. He tells me good luck before leaving the courtroom and then holds out til the very end of the days when he is forced to send his decision. It went to Federal court where his decision was vacated and he was reprimanded. He had his good ole voc rehab & Dr. Cunningham (state doctor) falsify there evaluations to contradict records from other doctors. Now forcing me to go through it once again with his good ole ******** people willing to scratch each others backs to place me and my life in harm's way. He is a judge who will happily comply with those willing to do exchange favors in order too created chaos in the life of those whom are on the blacklist of the good ole boys list. Thank god for the paper trail to prove their malicious intentions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Josh A Ferrel
Judge: Jesse K Shumway
12/26/2018 6:13:46 PM

Judge is horrible he knows nothing he listens to some lady from denver who looks at your records over night. I have had social security and disability my whole life untill he denied me I have ADHD and ADD and OCD and really bad anxiety and I have never had a job because of it and he just denied me please find a better judge also I had one of the best attorneys for the case Dana C madson and he still turned me down

Michael Naughton
Judge: Marie Palachuk
10/23/2018 1:59:10 PM

The system may be broken evolving to embelishers and fakers rather then the real broken people with real problems. Marie is fair to the system which is good for all. Shes also fair to the claimant which is good for the real disabled Americans who did their part for as long as possible. Judges like this bridge the gap away from systemic problems and back to the safe guard for Americans that Social Security should be.

Judge: Marie Palachuk
10/10/2018 2:36:16 PM

The hearing was a video hearing. Which didnt bother me until I was there. It was not as easy to follow as one would like. The judge is a great judge. She actually cares. She wasn't in a hurry and it was as comfortable as possible for a humiliating experience in general. *bring tissues especially if light stress or screens can cause headaches. There is none provided

Judge: Marilyn S. Mauer
9/12/2018 8:25:01 AM

The Honorable Judge Mauer is thorough in her assessment of the case. She reads all reports and weighs all the facts of the case completely without bias. She is a quick study, fair, impartial, and tough. Her knowledge of hundreds of submitted documents spoke volumes about her dedicated preparation to make a determination in my case. I am thankful that she was the judge assigned to hear the appeal and honored to have come before her with an extremely complicated case.

John Haapala
Judge: Donna L Walker
7/11/2018 1:30:02 PM

ALJ Walker is all business and very compassionate. She runs an efficient hearing and has little patience for irrelevance. She will readily rely upon medical experts at hearing, and does not rely much on claimant testimony. She requires pre-hearing memorandum identifying what evidence and arguments the claimant is relying upon. She is a good draw and an asset to the Administration.

Keith Gunder
Judge: Stewart Stallings
3/5/2018 6:37:47 PM

Stewart Stallings has a reputation of being fair and impartial. He thoroughly examines the case and asks pointed questions. Overall, I believe he represents what is fair.

Chris Hodges
Judge: Paul T Hebda
1/10/2018 7:10:51 PM

Judge Paul Hebda is conducting hearings illegally, is my belief - this is based on re-reading ssa.gov repeatedly and asking legal assistance in other states since Alaska has zero real legal help. Hebda is hostile, unfair, does not allow you to ask civil question. He is a very angry and illogical man, who seems to have a grudge against the universe.....let's talk, Darth Vadar? He made derogatory personal comments about me that are based on zero facts and his court flat out lied to the ssa about my case. He tried to dismiss my case saying that I have "brain cancer" which I don't, and that I am mentally incapacitated, which I'm not. He had the recorder stop typing when he made the inappropriate personal remarks about my character, which I pointed out to him. We are now in the Federal Court of Appeals and I am filing a Federal Lawsuit against him and the entire Alaska SSA. The Alaskan SSA is 100% corrupt, in case your planning on dealing with them. I am a resident of another state now and have checked in with 4 other states SSA offices regarding my SSA matter. ALL the other states agree with me. I have kept EVERYTHING proving how corrupt the AK SSA is. I suggest you do the same.

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.

Judge: Marie Palachuk
8/23/2017 7:10:21 PM

Judge Palachuk was so calming and kind. Her clerk was so nice.

Patty Weimer
Judge: Marilyn S. Mauer
8/3/2017 11:03:39 AM

Honorable Judge Mauer makes her decisions on the facts of the case! She even dismissed their Psychiatric evaluation due to absolute false statements! She is my Hero! Thank you ALJ Marilyn S Mauer!

Tim B.
Judge: R. J Payne
7/21/2017 10:49:15 PM

This Judge is an absolute certified *******!! His assistant told us we should go into the court room to our chagrin, the ******* yelled at us to "Get out of his court room"! ( Excuse Me? Who payed for "Your Court Room"?) Then you denied my wife's claim because a Dr. In California said she can work? This Judge is a "CERTIFIED *******" come get me ya ******! Just saying what the truth is! Request a different Judge if you get this prick! Even our Lawyer was scared ******** of this *******! Yeah, Judge Payne! You're a REAL PAYNE IN MY ***!.... YOU *****! I have to work 7 day's a week just to squeak out a living!! What a *****!! Thank you very much!!! Nothing like the truth Huh?? We didn't apply right away because I guess "pride" got in the way! I didn't mind working 80+ hour's a week when I was in my 30's and 40's! Now, I am an in my 50's and I REALLY DO GIVE A **** about working 7 day's a week YOU *****! You have ruined my family.. My boy's 17 and 14 have only been camping 1 time! You *******! And fishing only a few times! What have I PAID YOU TO DO *******?? Vacation every year? I have had 1 Vacation in the last 20+ yrs. Only because my Son has severe Epilepsy .. Yeah, he was not expected to live.. He was granted a "Make A Wish!" we got to go see Pearl Harbor... No Thanks to you, you *******! I really hope you see this. I owe you a SEVERE PUNCH TO YOUR FACE... Maybe just a SEVERE beating! I hope I don't see you on the street you *****! Or you will receive what you have earned!! A really PISSED OFF Citizen! Hope you have a short retirement *******!!

Judge: Mark Kim
4/13/2017 12:37:37 PM

Judge Mark Kim, thank you so very much for being so kind and understanding of my case. You made me feel very comfortable. God bless

Judge: Mark Kim
4/13/2017 12:21:50 PM

I wanted to say thank you to judge Mark Kim for seeing me yesterday and my hearing his very kind and understanding of my PTSD very nice and made me feel very comfortable I just want to say thank you again God bless

Judge: Paul T Hebda
1/25/2017 12:36:09 PM

Most unprofessional judge I have ever been in front of. He and the ME spent 20 minutes embarrassing my client for being overweight. Claimant should have gridded out but he put a 56 year old with a neck surgery at heavy work. Sad and horrific!!!!

Kat Hu
Judge: Paul T Hebda
1/16/2017 8:55:31 AM

Don't listen to advice about taking your appeal higher up. I appealed to the federal court and won. The federal judge saw through judge hebdas ridiculous reasoning for denial and chewed him a new one.

Patricia Liston
Judge: Marie Palachuk
12/22/2016 11:34:16 AM

Very warm and fair judge.

Judge: Paul T Hebda
11/28/2016 3:59:28 PM

I have been in front of Judge Hebda twice and am waiting on my decision. I did not find him as a tyrant or out of control. He has a specific way he runs his courtroom and expects you - and your representative - to adhere to it. I have to admit during my first hearing he did as much as acknowledge me and in the second he did. I thought that very odd. Even though I do not feel real good about the outcome of my case due to his low approval numbers - and my representation - I am going to give this Judge a break. He's tough, but if you come prepared I believe he will do the right thing. Thus I give him 3 1/2 stars.

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.

Judge: Donna L Walker
9/19/2016 1:46:34 PM

She is very rude and discriminated me because of my age race and the fact that I have 5 children. She began asking questions that had nothing to do with my claim and totally crossed the line. I am going to filing an official complaint. She didn't want to hear anything that was favorable to my case and kept looking at me as if I was foreign.

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

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

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: Paul T Hebda
8/22/2016 4:36:27 PM

Judge Hebda really did me a good turn. The firm I hired, Premier Disability out of Minnesota did a poor job representing me. Premier hired a contract attorney to appear at my hearing. This man, Casey Cox, out of Oregon only had access to my files for a week prior to the hearing yet was able to get me a favorable decision from Hebda. Hebda was so displeased with Premier that he denied the fee agreement, meaning he did not want them paid out of my back pay. 6 months later Premier tried to get paid through a process called a fee petition. They did not reply to the judge for 170 day (there was a sixty day limit). Now I began to call the national SS number every two weeks trying to get my money. I went to the local field office a few times trying to resolve this. One young man there (finally) read the two denials of payment and agreed with my claim that the 6000 was mine. He went to bat for me through the SS nightmare channels. Eventually, like a year later, after many calls and not losing my temper, his boss filed a "supervisor to superviser" request to resolve this mess and I just received notice that the he 6000 is mine😂😂😃😉. Thanks again judge Hebda, and thanks Casey Cox (I recommend Cox highly, he has helped friends of mine also win their hearings)

Chelsea caudle
Judge: Gene Duncan
5/31/2016 11:59:14 AM

Judge duncun was very understanding about my back hip and knee problems he was fair understanding and ruled in my favor I was late getting there and had gone to wrong social security building he understood thank god for this judge

Judge: R. J Payne
5/30/2016 2:49:07 PM

Judge RJ Payne cost my mom her home of 40 years because he denied her disability. Making her homeless for the first time in her life. It's bad enough you have to wait two and half years to get a disability hearing, then to end up with a Judge like RJ Payne. Judge Payne was literally hostile towards my mother. Not to mention the fact he didn't take into account any of the new medical information she had. He seemed more concerned with the fact I was not working and acting as her care giver. He out right lied in his written decision several times. One lie was the fact she made it into the courtroom without any help from a walker or cane. The fact is her attorney asked if I could escort her into the courtroom and help her get seated. Which I did because she didn't have a walker at the time of her hearing. Then when she got up to leave the courtroom with the help of her attorney her legs gave out and she passed out hitting her head on the floor. She got up and sat down again in the courtroom for awhile and I then went to help her to the chair in the waiting room. We had to wait for a ride home, she cannot stand long enough to even do that, so we stayed in the lobby. While we were in the lobby the court reporter came to spy on us to see how we left. Well let me help you out, we sat in the chairs until our ride got there, then I helped her to the elevator, and then to the car. She held onto me the entire time she was standing up. So tell me again she walked unassisted. She suffers from fibromyalgia, migraines, arthritis, and mobility issues (her legs will randomly give out sometimes with no explanation). She is going to be lucky if she doesn't end up with PTSD before this is all said and done.

Judge: Marilyn S. Mauer
5/26/2016 12:50:55 PM

Judge Mauer is a tough taskmaster. It is my experience that no mistakes by attorneys or representatives will be overlooked or excuses accepted. This is a good thing. She is very tough on such matters, and I am a more cautious, careful representative because of it. I have not appeared in her court in some time, but I found her case decisions spot-on.

Judge: Paul T Hebda
4/13/2016 2:51:20 PM

Do not file for Social Security Disability in Alaska unless you are on your deathbed, literally. SSA routinely denies good cases all over the US, but then in most states you will have a fairly reasonable judge to fix the denial. NOT IN ALASKA. Judge Hebda and LaCara have records that reflect little or no compassion for whatever ails you. (They award the fewest cases in the entire nation) They not only don't care, but they aren't willing to spend someone else's money, (yours, if you paid federal taxes) to help you while you are down on your luck. If you only have an average case, nothing spectacular like brain cancer, move down to Hawaii or the lower 48 ASAP before filing for Social Security Disability.

Kris Rose
Judge: Mark Kim
2/17/2016 11:08:41 AM

Judge Kim was actually filling in for another judge and I am glad. He was very nice and did not make me feel anxious or uncomfortable at all. My hearing only took 20 minutes and he gave me a favorable decision right there.

Judge: Moira Ausems
11/26/2015 10:27:07 AM

I want to start with a thank you to judge Ausems for the full favorable decision.i waited for 2 long yrs for my hearing,at the hearing at the end judge Ausems said she would have her decision out in 30 day's.it has been over 60 days and I'm a single dad of 3 young children. i took what she said about the 30 days to heart and i have been living on barely anything for several yrs now ..i just wish that when they say something they would stick to it.i have talked to representatives and they all have different answers.in my opinion(which means nothing to them because they don't have to struggle)but if you win your case they should process it in a timely matter..

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: Moira Ausems
11/14/2015 10:53:51 PM

I want to thank Judge Ausems for the favorable decision,I waited for almost 2 years for my hearing..I'm also a single dad of 3 children.I was told by Judge Ausems that she would have the favorable decision in 30 days and in just a few days it will be 60 days...i hope after the lengthy wait for the hearing that this process will be alot faster.

Judge: Jesse K Shumway
11/4/2015 9:49:45 AM

Awesome judge!!!

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.

Diondrae Slaughter
Judge: Gene Duncan
7/15/2015 11:37:43 AM

Hello I had a disability hearing with Judge Gene Duncan about my epilepsy and seizure disorder.Judge Duncan was very fair and understanding about my condition. I thank god Judge Duncan was my judge and to all that have a Real disability Judge Duncan will listen. Thank you. Diondrae Slaughter

Denise Kuhn
Judge: Mark Kim
5/8/2015 10:56:25 AM

I would like to thank Judge Mark Kim as he looked thoroughly through my case and seen how I was with my medical issues, and favored it. The Judge I had before him in my video conferencing did not look into my medical he only looked at my work history and then sent to appeals, I was have to admit I was scared going into this courtroom. THANK YOU JUDGE MARK KIM

Judge: Marilyn S. Mauer
5/3/2015 5:32:00 PM

Another thing about this incompetent judge: She asked me about my PTSD. I said, "Well, it's fear and --" she CUT ME OFF. I told her I do better in therapy with a Christian pastor or therapist,and she twisted my words. She badgered me. She put me down. This woman has NO compassion. Again, I was told by Disability that I was get an "impartial" judge. I was even going to ask for just "supplemental" disability, but she wants me to go AGAIN to "their" psychs. just to be told "nothing's wrong with her." They are PAID to say nothing is wrong with me! I have cut my arms when I get depressed She saw PICTURES of my bloody arms! I even TOLD her at the end of the hearing that I "don't want to be like this. I WISH I could go put on my nice suits and kick butt and work, but I can't!" She just tsked her tongue and walked away. There is something wrong with this woman!! When I was working and an attorney would get verbally abusive, I had panic attacks,and one time the ambulance and cops had to come to the deposition! She accused me of not taking my meds, which is a flat-out lie! I even talked to the doctor who's treating me after the hearing and he said he didn't say that. Whatever! She's so nasty and just doesn't give a crap!

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: R. J Payne
3/20/2015 5:24:04 PM

judge payne issued an order of dismissal of my request for an alj hearing appeal because it was filed late. i filed all my appeals for each level of appeal late due to narcolepsy cataplexy i suffer from. when i read the decision of denial made on june 20 2014, i lost it i got extremely emotional and extreme emotion is a trigger for the cataplexy then it throws me into sleep attacks due to narcolepsy. my decline was so severe that i now have a personal care provider. i do not understand what was so different this time when i filed the alj appeal late, when i filed my alj appeal years ago it was late to but i still got to go to the alj hearing. my past late filings showed that i was not able to file on time and it was not a problem then, but with alj payne it was a problem so he dismissed my claim. that means years of appeals and protential back gone if he does not vacate this dismissal. and my work credits insured dates ran out end of 2014 which is what i qualify with. alj payne said in my past appeals i filed on time and that i should have been able to this time which is not true. i do not believe he read the file, if he had read it he would have not used that as a reason to dismaiss because it is not true. look at the history. we filed a motion to vacate the dismissal and ssa still has not sent it to him. we shall see. I AM NOT AFRAID TO SAY MY NAME IS SANDRA SCHMAUS I WANT THESE PEOPLE TO HEAR MY STORY AND MY QUESTIONS. and i want you alj payne to know i do not understand how you can base your decision to dismiss my appeal on my ability to file on time in the past when that is not the case as outlined with dates in my motion to vacate the dismissal. i cant afford to do this whole process over again because you did not base your decision on the facts of my past appeals. so please look at those dates and base your decision of the motion to vacate your order of dimissal on the facts that are in my file, thank you for your time your honor.

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: Paul T Hebda
3/5/2015 12:29:43 PM

I had judge Paul Hebda over my case twice. The first time he denied. He ignored medical evidence such A physical capacity report and a letter from my treating doctor then I had to go through the appeals council and won and had a second hearing with him again where I had new medical issues. Where he ignored medical evidence again in my case and denied me a second time. He's the kind a judge that pretty much makes a decision before your hearing even begins and has prejudice against disability cases. I advise you if you have a physical capacity report saying you cannot work and your doctor writes a letter saying you cannot work and he ignores your evidence and denied you go to the bar association with your paperwork and file complaints against him because this judge needs to be removed from office!!!!!

Judge: Paul T Hebda
12/30/2014 7:06:38 AM

I am a 53 year old man with crohns disease. I was formerly approved for SSDI and attempted to recur to my job as a civil engineer. I had a few jobs at various companies, all of which i was let go due to absenteeism ( I was still sick). Judge Hebda expressed his displeasure with the way my case was presented in the paperwork by my attorney and spoke about his dislike for the firm I hired. I was issued a Contract Attorney who had only had my case file for a few days prior to the hearing, but somehow managed to convince the judge to give a "fully favorable" ruling. I was thoroughly impressed by the judge himself advocating for me. If you live in The Pacific Northwest I recommend my contract attorney, Mr. Casey Cox, whole-heartedly. Thanks Judge Hebda!

Judge: Marilyn S. Mauer
7/8/2014 2:02:56 PM

Good luck with her! She's an absolute witch and is by far the most unreasonable ALJ in the entire country. She will do all she can to antagonize your client and criticize everyone at the hearing, including the vocational expert and the hearing reporter. She is a nightmare to work with and ODAR would do well to get rid of her.

A Little Mouse
Judge: Paul T Hebda
6/12/2014 1:25:36 PM

I had an experience with Paul Hebda. ;) I ended up filing a complaint against him for chauvinistic comments at my first hearing. After my complaint was submitted my case was then swiftly sent to Spokane Washington for review and it was approved. My lawyer then took me out of $30,000 and he had his license suspended for hurting several other disability claimants last year. I’m in the process of suing my lawyer which will be starting very soon. After Paul Hebda denied my claim- I was forced to go back to my job, where I put up with sexual harassment from a dirty old elderly man. In part due to the duress the denial created in my life- I had a back injury that injured my Cervical, Thoracic, and Lumbar Spine. I will probably be on disability for the rest of my life, even after I recover from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The Social Security Administration is probably one of the most poorly organized and unjust systems in the United States. It rates right up there with the negligence and abuse of our Veterans. Every day that I wake up and cannot bend or move, and I’m in pain... I remember Paul Hebda. These Judges get paid well and in order to look like they are doing their jobs- they deny claims, many of which should not be denied. When Paul Hebda looked at me and asked me if “I could cook”… I knew instantly that he was choosing me to meet his “quota” for denials, and that there was no hope for me at that time. I will spend the rest of my life in physical pain. My life will never be the same; and Paul Hebda will still have his retirement and benefits in the end. That’s all this is really about to these Judges. Hopefully my lawsuit against my lawyer will be won. I plan to raise a lot of concerns to our Congressmen to raise the issue that Social Security needs to be reformed “again.” The government went to providing benefits to almost everyone who applied instantly, to murdering its citizens. An estimated 10-15,000 deaths occur each decade to people waiting, who may have been saved had their benefits been approved from my understanding. The government saves so much money on the deaths of our veterans, and the disabled by torture. They also save money on the deaths of our disability claimants, who may have lived had their disability claims been approved sooner. It took twelve months for a man in my hometown to get disability. He was sleeping in a tent in a remote area due to being homeless. He almost lost his foot due to a spider bite, and he did not have the knowledge or the transportation to go receive health care. My friend took him all her camping supplies, and drove him to several doctors’ appointments, and helped him get food. She wrote to a congressman to help the man get his claim approved sooner, but it still took twelve months. He almost died. There are worse places to live. BUT This country has a long way to go before it will ever be a place that measures up to what it dictates. Thank you!!! ALJ Paul Hebda! AND God Bless America!!!! I pray that Karma comes around to those who are responsible for human suffering. Sometimes that’s all we can do…

Judge: Lori L Freund
5/1/2014 9:28:30 PM

I was in Judge Freund's court with my attorney last year and she was very kind and compassionate. She was very fair and professional. I want to thank her for being so patient and treating. Me with dignity.

Judge: Marilyn S. Mauer
3/29/2014 10:21:31 AM

Unfavorable for me but made mistakes, so lots of opportunity for an appeal and a reversal.

Judge: Paul T Hebda
3/20/2014 4:02:27 PM

Judge Hebda is, essentially, an idiot. Of all the judges, he is probably among the top 5 worst, if the worst overall. His rationale in the written decisions are filled with contradictions, hypocrisy, improper application of the regs/rulings, ignorant of relevant medical records, giving great weight to false information, mischaracterizing (lying about) important evidence, and written as if by a high schooler. In the hearing he's always harping about tiny issues, yelling at reps and claimants alike, as well as holding hearings that go for hours long. He'll complain and complain about the cases before him and if he makes a mistake, he'll blame anyone but himself. And, if you make a mistake, he'll slam you for it long after the hearing is done or the case has moved on. He tends to forget or not know fundamental parts of the disability process, such as case law, rulings on DAA, and even changes to the regulations themselves. He's not a fair judge, nor honest, and definitely not smart either. If you get him, try to find a way out of it, even if that manes dropping your case altogether. Trust me, one hearing with him, and you'll spend the next 2-5 years trying to untangle the damage he'll do to your case.

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

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

Judge: Paul T Hebda
8/29/2013 5:24:30 PM

It has been my personal experience and only my opinion that the Judge is out of control. He is angry, short tempered and, as other comments allude to, he makes too many "mistakes". I have to wonder if the gross concentration of errors in my case are actual "mistakes", especially after reading about other cases. Additionally, we applicants are held to the fire for mistakes, but he is not held liable for his mistakes that have ruined our lives (applicants). Another concern of mine is the low benefits approval rating (accuracy unknown) shown on the internet. Furthermore, how can he dismiss a neurologist's findings mentioned in one comment within this site. I never received the report from a psych. hired by SSA. Later, I found the report was in my favor. My suggestion to you all is to go to your senator's, not just the democratic side, but the republicans and independents, file a complaint, be concise about issues with the judge and the SSA. I have done that and, one office is helping me. The Senator said, "I don't know why I have to handle their (the SSA) issues, so the senator is not thrilled with the organization. If we don't squeak, we wont get the grease we need.

Judge: Paul T Hebda
7/3/2013 12:22:56 PM

I'm an attorney and I've never been in front of a more openly hostile judge, ever.

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.

Judge: Paul T Hebda
6/14/2013 7:06:20 PM

I am the one who posted on Paul T. Hebda on 4/17/2013. I received a partially favorable decision around June 10th, 2013. Despite not agreeing with his ruling, I would have to say that I still like him as a judge. I have some disagreements in his decision and found at some points that there were contradictions in his statements and even some wrong information in what is written. I have not decided if I am going to appeal his decision or not. Will give myself the weekend to hopefully get a better grip on if I have a chance at an appeal to his decision. According to the partially favorable, my onset date was moved one year ahead, basically not giving me any back pay at all. I truly feel my disability was a strong case before his new onset date. I appreciate his decision, but I think I will chance taking it to appeals. I don't have much going for me in life and I feel I really don't have anything to lose. I am pretty much at my lowest so there is no where to go but up.

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.

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: Paul T Hebda
4/17/2013 6:02:52 PM

I had my hearing with Hebda a while back. I have not recieved a decision yet, but I found him to be very kind, patient and aware of how hard it was for me to come before a judge in my hearing. I felt like he had some compassion and that made me a little more comfortable and the whole hearing bareable. I was sent to a doctor for a Mental Status Exam after my hearing and had a very favorable report from that doctor. I await Hebda's decision now.

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: Paul Gaughen
4/2/2013 8:57:28 AM

as i said above, on 3/18 this judge seized upon my twice-weekly alcohol use, and called it "abuse". this led him to negate all my medical records, saying i could function without "alcohol abuse" (2 times weekly) if this guy wants to deny your claim to keep his NHC ratios in order, he will find a way.

Judge: Paul Gaughen
3/29/2013 8:11:36 AM

Very pleasant judge. Knows when he has to do a fully developed hearing and also when he doesn't. Likes to cut to the chase on clearly solid cases.

Judge: Paul Gaughen
3/18/2013 2:22:07 PM

i dont know how my hearing will be decided, but he was very even-tempered and unimposing. i was worried, but he seems very fair.

Judge: Paul T Hebda
1/13/2013 8:27:09 PM


Judge: Marilyn S. Mauer
12/5/2012 10:35:29 PM

Very efficient, kind. Granted my client a favorable OTR. However, I find the clerks in this ODAR a bit disorganized.

Judge: Moira Ausems
12/5/2012 10:32:36 PM

I flew to Spokane in the middle of winter to represent a client before Judge Ausems a few years ago. Unfortunately, the weather worsened and I was actually stranded at the Spokane airport in the middle of a blizzard. I called ODAR to inform the clerk and ALJ Ausems was very kind, understanding, and even arranged for me to participate in the hearing via phone from my hotel room.

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.

T. Lamb
Judge: Paul T Hebda
8/17/2012 5:40:56 PM

I think Judge Hebda is not particularly objective in his decision making process. He Claimed I worked during 2011, which is not true. He also felt like the evaluation the Neurologist performed carried no weight because the neurologist has only seen me one time, yet hypocritically sited over and over physicians who only saw me once and avoided being too descriptive of my injuries and illnesses to protect the Veterans Administration. It would be difficult for me to form an objective review of Judge Hebda. In court he was pleasant and things were done quickly. But he denied my claim and his reasoning for denial is not consistent with his reasons for acceptance. Judges who have double standards are not good judges in my opinion. The whole idea of going before a judge is so a reasonable person can make a decisions without a predisposition for denial.

Judge: Wynne O'Brien-Persons
6/27/2012 7:14:05 AM

When I went into my hearing with Judge Wynne O'brien Perdons I was happy to hear that I was going before a new judge. I have never in my life been before any type of judge or any law enforcement, so to hear she was new put me a little at ease, since this whole disability world is new to me. God knows, I would much rather be able to work then go through all of the chronic pain and suffering that I go through every single day and every night, as I am sure many other people out there who are truly disabled would agree. Looking back at the day of my hearing I was so nervous I couldn't think straight. For me; It was like going to a doctor and having so many questions for them, and wanting to tell them all of the things that I battled physically during the month, but my mind goes completly blank at that presice moment of course. When leaving my appointment all of the questions I wanted to ask comes back to me like a flood, and I would think to myself "I forgot to tell him/her this or that". Unfortuntely, my case was denied, I think because of my own testimony and other reasons. When my hearing was over and I walked out the door, all of things I wanted to tell her came back like a flood, and all I wanted to do was go back in there and cry out for mercy because the pain I am in all the time, and I know I cant work, but I didn't. After reading her desision all I did was cry for days. I felt her jugement of me was so unfair because things were taken out of content, and I truly have alot of pain, how can chronic pain even be measured? I have worked hard all of my life, until I finally had to admit to myself that I am disabled. This was a very hard thing for me to come to terms with. After reading some of the reviews regarding the other judges, I was glad that I went before Judge Wynne O'brien Persons. Best of luck to all of the people who are truly disabled, but were denied.

Milton Brabb
Judge: Paul T Hebda
6/15/2012 9:48:06 PM

I went before Judge Hebda he denined me due process holding my benefits back to get me a payee for know aparent reason,,He stated i abuse marijuana and because of it i need a payee,TWO doctors in there reports stated i was able to receive benefits both were not mentioned in his report,,yet the same report was used to award me fully disabled,I told him I had PTSD and needed my wife with me during my hearing and he said no.I stood before him in fear because of it,yet it states i could have her with me in the booklet i received,,he denied me my rights and then discriminated against me my judgement date was april 2nd to date im still fighting to regain my pride and benefits and my family of 3 kids are suffering This judges actions were shameful when i went through everything the state asked to get judgement then have it delayed over my Legal marijuana use Permit # available..im a 52yr old disabled vet married 28 years, in alaska since 79 why treat me this way Judge??????

Wade Sanders
Judge: Moira Ausems
6/2/2012 2:27:06 PM

I received a denial for a hearing from Judge Ausems in 2010. In her denial Ausems wrote that I could request that she vacate or set aside her decision if I appealed to her within 10 days. I wrote to her and appealed to her to set aside her decision and submitted my request within the ten day period. I am still waiting to hear back from Judge Ausems. When my representatives went to the ODAR office in Spokane on my behalf to talk with Judge Ausems, Judge Ausems refused to speak with them and they were ordered out of the office at gunpoint by security.

Judge: Paul T Hebda
5/30/2012 1:41:16 PM

I went before Judge Hebda last Oct. and was denined my Dissability Claim. I then appealed, again. At the same time, I atempted to hire a lawyer. After several months the lawyer sent me a letter stating part of the reason he chose not to take my case is that Judge Hebda is flat-out a lier, and that he misleads the claimant, and that his mind is made up befores he hears your testimony. Among other comments/statements about this particular Judge. How do I get a fair hearing???