Milwaukee, Wisconsin ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 12 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Milwaukee, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 19.0 months. The average case processing time in Milwaukee is 586 days.The Milwaukee average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 35%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Milwaukee ODAR office was last updated on 3/10/2017.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Milwaukee 12 19.0 months 586 days 1.5 29% 35% 36%
Wisconsin19.5 months584 days1.725%43%32%
National Average:17.3 months559 days1.821%45%34%
AVERAGE TIME
Hearing Wait Time: 19.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 1.50
Average Processing Time 586 days
Cases Pending 9944
Dispositions 1299
New Cases -111
Hearings In Person 74%
Video Hearings 26%

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Judge: Patrick Berigan
3/12/2017 8:06:04 PM



I was totally wrong makes you feel like he's on your side but denial letter was full of lies


Judge: Timothy J Malloy
3/6/2017 12:39:40 PM



Worst Judge!! Needs to be investigated! In the process of filing a complaint. Extremely discriminating. He had my case all figured out before trial, nothing but a waste of ones time. Acts as if your asking for welfare. Previous comments are correct. He acts as if the money is coming out of his pocket. Why work & pay into SS if you can't even get it when your disabled and in need?

TruthVsLies
Judge: Carla L Waters
1/19/2017 6:17:22 PM



Falsify of facts, says things that are not true-forces her self on professional job consultants and states things from her view that were never opioned by the job expert. Relegates an Appeals Council finding of fact to not be considered-reverses their findings-reverses des finding-The case came back for a job expert to complete the process which they did-yet you did not like the results so you reverse the Appeals councel for confirmation of jobs available-no jobs where available. Des factually stated I could not do the job I left-what you do is to undo that and say otherwise-to rule out what the Appleals councel found as significant issues-to render it your way-to steal away the case to be based on your fabricated lies.


Judge: Wayne L Ritter
1/9/2017 8:31:23 PM



This guy is a disgrace. He made me have two people take off work and drive 250 miles round-trip, and he didn't even take their testimony. He probably hates the military because he was tossed off the Tailhook case for "a legal impropriety." Just google his name and dig a little for the story. No wonder people think that the system is rigged! . '


Judge: Jeffry Gauthier
12/25/2016 7:49:47 PM



Jeffrey Gauthier needs to research more on the subject of Multiple Schelosis. I didn't feel he was at all familiar with the severity and how it can affect so many people I n so many different ways. There are lots of books and articles on the subject that would make you understand its effects so that you could be more sympathetic to those of us with the disease and understand it much better than you did in court.

Bernice Smith
Judge: Eric W Borda
12/4/2016 4:27:23 PM



my son's case was heard on Oct 6,2016, I am very anixious for him, he has had problems, is a long story, the only thing I kind'a have a problem with is the waiting period to be notified if they were approved or not. I am sure, the court / judges are somewhat aware how much stress and emotional roller coaster these people are experincing and their families. I pray every day for my son to at least hear the findings of the court. I am sure the Judhe will take all the evidence presented at the hearing into consideration in his decision, I just don't know how much more stress, pain and mental my son can endure, I pray the findings will come soon. Sincerely yours. Bernice Smith (919-773-7773) (mother of Kenneth Joshua Oakes)

JH
Judge: Patrick Berigan
11/15/2016 11:23:10 AM



I appreciate this judge never talked over me and made me feel comfortable seems very understanding still waiting on a decision


Judge: Wayne L Ritter
10/29/2016 7:05:36 PM



I know Judge Ritter from back when he was in the Navy. Yes, I need all you vets that he is screwing over to know that he was in the military himself. He should have more compassion. However, even when I knew him (at the time we went to the same church) he had little compassion for people who didn't meet his ideas of who matters. He is a big reason that I went crazy, ended up in a mental hospital and left Christianity. He believes he knows best for EVERYONE. I suggest to those of you who can to leave WI and move to a more liberal state. Remember though he IS a veteran.


Judge: Jeffrey W Hart
10/26/2016 10:39:33 AM



Excellent Judge, very fair and kind. Considers all facts of the case and obviously spends a lot of time on each case.

Lori Reedy
Judge: Roger E Winkelman
9/30/2016 8:57:50 AM



It had been a long journey. I was denied disability. I found out a few months ago after 3+ yrs of waiting. I lie here this morning wondering why & what I could have done differently. My conclusion is I couldn't do anything differently. I was honest & did my best despite how hard it was for me to be at my hearing. Judge Winkleman seems to be a good judge but the problem is he is not a medical specialist & when one has an uncommon & complicated condition, (one which he can't possibly have any understanding of) it's unfair for him to decide if you're "worthy" to be compensated for your disability. I was declared disabled by 2 medical Drs (specialists) & the occupational Specialist assisting at the hearing. Judge Winkleman appeared as intelligent, understanding, & compassionate as the hearing began. Things changed quickly. He became assertive, disbelieving, & assuming. He wanted yes or no answers with no explanation-unless he specifically asked for one. I felt defeated-it's so hard to try to give explanations as to how I feel or how I get through my days living with the chronic pain & other symptoms I've lived with for many years. I don't even understand my disease how could Judge Winkleman even begin to understand. He asked questions such as; Are you able to dress yourself? Are you able to bathe yourself? Etc. I am able to do this & other things-doesn't mean I'm able to hold a job. He asked about Facebook & how many friends I have. I had commented earlier in the hearing that I had no friends. Anyone who's suffers with a disability knows that the FB connection is just another crutch to help ourselves to feel like a valued human being. Judge Winkleman denied my case & with that he denied me in so ways. He denied medical care (can't afford treatment that may help), He denied me trust (trust in the system), he denied me security (abandoned by the system), he denied me self esteem (He didn't believe me), he denied me equal status (feel like less of a person & extremely guilty), he denied me financial help (can't work-my husband bears the load), he denied me peace (wondering what I did wrong), he denied me hope (I'm never going to get better). I believe that Judge Winkleman is a good judge & able to give good judgement awards in clear-cut cases such as disabilities dealing with Cancer, Stroke, Heart disease, etc. When disability cases are associated with invisible diseases, however, there has to be a better understanding & a much better system. I continue to struggle through my days. I really wish Judge Hinkleman was right & that I wasn't disabled. I would give almost anything to live Without this burden & to be able To work & do the things he probably takes for granted. ( For anyone going through this process, I wish you all the luck in the world! Just as a word of precaution-you may want to delete or make private your FB account. Judge Winkleman seemed way to concerned about it. He asked multiple question pertaining to it. I believe wholeheartedly that he checked mine before my case, although this is forbidden. It is also unethical in my opinion. )


Judge: Patrick J Toal
8/27/2016 7:21:25 PM



This judge was cherry picking at my first disability hearing on November 20, 2012. My attorney said that he had all judges which were completely/most understanding of a client. From the beginning, he put words in my mouth and was not interested at all about what I said. He did not listen well and I suspect he was against me from the beginning. He denied my disability claim, and my attorney was furious that day about his cherry picking. He was blindsided as he had not had this judge previously. He would not allow family/friends as witnesses. I sat on two pillows as I have pain there in my left buttock and down my left leg into my left foot for a ling time. He even asked if I ever used the cane to ambulate or was I just balancing it at the time. I was trying to answer his questions, but he was more interested in the fact that I previously had sinusitis, a doctor had noticed the start of arthritis in my right index finger and I had a pap smear. These ridiculous cherry picking incidents were not going to make me disabled. I hobbled out with my offset cane. I then appeared before him on July 19, 2016, for a remand hearing. He had his mind set for whatever reason to argue to dismiss my claim and not award me any monetary amount. My attorney was again completely blindsided. I don't drive, but a volunteer driver brought me that day. I was completely stunned and blindsided myself. My attorney prepped me for the remand hearing in May of 2016. Judge Patrick J. Toal was rude and condescending to me. For example, He said I see you have brought your pillows with you again. Of course, I did. I have pillows to sit on at home all over the place. Several different chairs and I sleep only on my right side because of the pain on my left side with a leg spacer. He is a very mean and controlling judge. Not willing to listen to me or my attorney. I believe he should be removed from the Bench. My rating is so low that I would not even give him one star.

Coco
Judge: Carla L Waters
8/24/2016 12:29:26 PM



Shame on you Judge Waters. You have no idea the pain I'm in. I worked in the ER so I know how many fakers on SSD. I am not faking and if you read the reports you can see. I worked 35+ years and never received any support including child support. Now when I need the support you are deciding my fate. I have been knocked down several times and got right back up, this time did me in. Now I'm about to be 59 and I'm devastated. You know no one will hire me. I didn't plan this you can see I have worked since 15 years old. Why pay a "Vocational Expert" if your not going to listen? He said with all my limitations I can not work. I guess the MRI showing 4 disc budge ,protrusion,slit in L4-5 and the height loss plus since first denial I have had Breast Cancer surgery and 2 skin Cancer surgeries,on heavy medication and very depressed! Making a salad or microwave dinner or using a swifter doesn't mean I'm not in pain! By the way I now have nothing and stay in a room at my son's house, I don't do any of that! Pain Management told me to keep body moving.some days I hurt so bad my 5yr old granddaughter rubs me. Dr said I'm always going to be on medication and even surgery wouldn't help my back. The people who see me often know how I struggle. Like anything good days and more bad days. I heard that most are denied the first time, I must say after all reports you received I saw a light at the end of the tunnel. I guess it was just a flashlight for when I'm homeless.


Judge: Roger E Winkelman
8/16/2016 12:01:16 PM



Homeless and mentally disabled and find out he is my judge. SSI has taken so many year's and just to know by stats that I have a judge that shouldn't be on the bench from Milwaukee to here, great I'm screwed and found out he has my case with the dire need letter. All doctor's say no i cant butt he will deny me. New fiscal year is October, been woundering why i have no date, be the first denial on his next year. Heartless and ruthless is his track record. I don't cate what people say about him just the stats and his decisions. He don't even really care. The one's he gives out he has to. Cant be 100 percent denial of every claim. Have be lucky. Sad time we live in with people like this who have power over you're life and give a rat's behind.


Judge: Roger E Winkelman
8/16/2016 11:14:58 AM



This judge discriminates abd don't care. There are dire need letter he will get ahold of it to make you wait longer. He don't care about what you say and you can work. Have 100 doctors say you can't buy he will deny you, how is thus allowed? Why do we have puppets for judge's? He's one of them like 90 percent are. Sad

SG
Judge: Jeffry Gauthier
7/31/2016 3:26:41 PM



Judge Gauthier is a great judge, I had back surgery on September 24, 2013 due to Spinal Stenosis. After my hearing he apologized for me waiting so long to get my hearing and thanked me for trying to return to work. Before, I left the room I told him I had to have second back surgery in February 2016 and he was very sympathetic. I'm glad I got him as a Judge.


Judge: Roger E Winkelman
6/28/2016 7:02:50 AM



Judge Roger E. Winkelman has a reputation for being rather cold and unsympathetic, it appears he "cherry picked" on my medical records instead of concentrating on the latest x-rays and doctor notes. I feel very sorry for Judge Winkelman, his life seems to be a pitiful one.


Judge: Roger E Winkelman
6/19/2016 12:28:25 PM



Worst human being I have ever met. He kept getting my case mixed up with another one. He wouldn't let me answer the questions. With medicine, it is not always a yes or no answer. How dare he treat me the way he did. A real piece of work! I accept the decision he made in the case, but I do not respect it or him. He should not be on the bench!


Judge: Wayne L Ritter
6/7/2016 10:49:40 PM



I am a veteran and had congressional interest. It took FOREVER. To get an answer. I actually called the offices in Mlwke and found out Ritter was on a leave of absence. I was told he would be back the following week and I should have a answer soon. Like the two judges b4 him it was a NO. The state of WI disability judges have a serious problem with the VA. They will do everything to discredit everything the doctors say at the VA. My conditions continue to get worse. In the past year my wife has left me. My kids no longer talk to me. I am alone in a house I am going to loose. No wonder 22 veterans take their own lives a day. I have tried various ways to get help and I can not get help. If there is a hell- I hope u and the 2 judges b4 u go there. I mean who do u and your back office people think you are. I look at other states and it is so easy for a veteran to get benifits thru social security if you are rated at just 90%. I have one rating at 100% alone for just one condition.

Terrell
Judge: Patrick J Toal
4/21/2016 10:16:05 PM



Respectfully witty and kind when speaking to me. Professional and forthcoming; apologized when previous case had taken longer than expected; He tells it like it is and wants yours statements to match the facts; no negativity and one of the most magnanimous people I've ever had the pleasure of meeting.

D
Judge: Kevin Vodak
3/29/2016 11:16:53 AM



I'd give him zero stars, but at least he let me speak. I'll put it this way, Judge Vodak already has his mind made up before you enter the room. You can be sincere, truthful and completely open and it will not sway him at all. I have had the same disease for ten years and have now been kicked off disability with no hope of being able to find much less hold one of the jobs recommended. Best of luck to you if you draw him for your hearing. You better be missing a leg to get any sympathy from this judge.

Stephanie Sihpol
Judge: Thomas S Inman
3/16/2016 10:21:27 AM



I just wanted to say Judge Inman's rule was not a just one. While he acknowledged my illnesses, he did not acknowledge all of them. In addition to SLE which has many manifestations, I have Fibromyalgia, arthritis, no cartilage in my knees, disc disease in my back and cervical dystonia (this being the one he ignored), he actually showed great confusion I regard to his understanding of my headaches. I did not claim they were from migraines, they were due to the dystonia, yet he mentioned several times how my migraines were much better in response to treatment. Migraines were not a major issue on my end and my lawyer never used them as part of our argument, they were simply listed as one of my ailments that I live with. It appears the judge went through my records for the sole purpose of evidence of hypochondria. One if his examples was a doctor visit I had in November of 2013, I thought I was having a Lupus flare, he notes that my doctor didn't think so and if it was then it was a mild one.

Charles Epps III
Judge: Jeffrey W Hart
3/6/2016 5:47:26 PM



This man should be admonished. Taken off the bench. I appeared before him as a 100% disabled veteran to request SSI and he denied me. then told me to file a claim against the Veterans Affairs office. This was a side bar right after the hearing. He made it clear he had worked for the Veterans Affairs prior to this current job at the Social Security Administration. He put information in my file that was not even related to the case, and had no bearing on my disability request. He is still serving in the military at Fort Snelling, Minnesota. I feel he has no conscience and does not even care about his fellow military service members in need of help.


Judge: Patrick H Morrison
2/25/2016 1:06:20 PM



Had a hearing on January 2016 The judge was very fair and thorough. Just be honest with him and do not exaggerate symptoms. He is very well versed in the law and treated me with dignity and respect.


Judge: Timothy J Malloy
1/22/2016 8:14:22 AM



I am extremely worried now. I have Schizoeffective disorder, paranoia, depression, anxiety, and anger issues, and have been racking my brain all morning trying to figure out who my judge will be. I hope he's in good spirits and is understanding of my case but going by what the other comments say I don't have a very good chance. Hopefully I'll be able to keep myself composed for the hearing and get approved.


Judge: Brian Lucas
12/16/2015 9:21:57 AM



Judge Lucas denied my husbands case. After reading the decision letter I found numerous discrepancies. The judge has his education level incorrect, stated that my husband claims were different in court vs what was previously stated on record. The problem with this is my husband answered questions with specific answers. These answers were taken completely out of context. I believe if the judge had asked the questions in a different format he would have received different answers. The judge stated the doctors released my husband advising they found all treatments were successful. What the judge didn't see was that the doctors dismissed my husbands complaints about continuing pain saying their "work" was good. Their work was good but did not relieve his pain. Maybe if the judge's questions weren't so vauge and if the answers had been taken in the correct context the outcome would have been very different.


Judge: William K Mueller
10/28/2015 11:53:31 PM



I had my hearing with Judge Mueller and I must say I have never been so degraded as a human being until I had Judge Mueller hear my case. Not only did he degrade me but he made every effort to belittle me and mentally and emotionally attack me. He took various parts of my reports and misconstrued them any way to put me down. It seemed to only upset him when I re-clarified those parts of my records that he was taking out of context. This judge is non-compassionate, ignorant, unworthy of doing his job in a professional manner, arrogant, disrespectful and the list can go on. Judge Mueller also felt it was his right to question me on personal information not related to my medical information or disability. It is really upsetting that someone with his characteristics is someone you should be comfortable to discuss your disability and hardships with. I felt from the moment I walked in he had already stereo-typed me as an unworthy person. I really hope he never finds himself in my position and have someone like him determine his fate.

jone
Judge: Timothy J Malloy
10/26/2015 6:31:27 AM



Ive been Waiting FOR decisión sense August 13 NOTHING YET GOOD OR BAD


Judge: Thomas W Springer
10/24/2015 6:19:26 AM



He got most if not all the facts of my fiancés case wrong. Simple things like whether or not she has glasses, and she was wearing them. He said she doesn't have a car, yet she does. He deserves no accolades.

KS
Judge: Kevin Vodak
10/20/2015 8:15:07 PM



I had Judge Kevin Vodak for my disability hearing on October 7, 2015. He seems very nice. I do not know the outcome yet but, I am hoping for an approval ,of course. I will be happy to tell you a few things I saw in him as the hearing was in action. He seemed very well spoken. He seemed very in tune and interested in hearing what I had to say. He had a very nice composure and made me feel like a person not just a case. I wanted him to understand my pain but of course that is impossible to do. He did seem like he had empathy though and I really appreciated him taking the time to hear me and my case and not just dismiss me and make me feel like nothing. I already feel like nothing because I have lost so much of "me" in my new world of pain . No one has to remind me. Overall I thought it went well. He seemed like a very nice Judge.

bethany
Judge: Roger E Winkelman
9/14/2015 10:19:11 AM



This Judge is unfair he does not take the correct amount of time to hear you in the hearing room I was rushed out and got a denial letter shorlty after he is rude he is the worst judge out there very unsympathetic and RUDE!!! he does not deserve that position not exactly sure how he got it ...

Z
Judge: Eric W Borda
8/10/2015 6:01:31 AM



I understand individuals are often disappointed by unfavorable outcomes. There is no way ALJ Borda denied a case because the claimant was black. If your mother were represented by a lawyer (even a black lawyer) that has appeared before him they would tell you there's no way he would deny a case because of the claimant's race.


Judge: Eric W Borda
7/21/2015 6:59:48 AM



eric borda is a racist! He sent my mother to 2 exams and both said she needed help medically, that it was extreme. He/she whatever he is sent her a denial letter. God has favored her, so this fake crooked being decision doesn't matter. I hope you do read this page. YOU denied my mother because she was black, did not have a lawyer, and did not want to pay her the back pay. That's why she didn't get a lawyer because you thought she was going to split the cost with your redneck friends. GO BACK TO JERSEY FAGOT! You are not gonna pull that crap off down here in the south. You knew my mother case was strong. You denied her because she was a BLACK, AFRICAN QUEEN and you could not take it. I know you can't live with yourself, you are a unprofessional, crooked liar. I hope someone opens up my record and see that you are a LIAR!!! Your mother and father failed and so did you! The ve fake, tacky expert julie sawyer the hell with her and the ugly court writer. GOD IS THE JUDGE and I AM FAVOR!!!!!

Angela Renee
Judge: Nathaniel Plucker
7/20/2015 9:07:52 AM



My understanding was that this Judge was fairly new to St. Louis ODAR. I thought he seemed very fair during our hearing. He made me feel more comfortable than usual when I'm in these situations, which I appreciated. He said he had thoroughly reviewed my file and I believed he did by his comments throughout. No decision yet, but I have a very old case which is causing complications. I did wonder if the Voc Rehab rep was biased by some of her comments. I tend to take things very negatively even when not warranted often, so its hard for me to tell at times. I would say regardless of result he seemed to do what was appropriate from what I witnessed. I had a hard time not turning in multiple rants on how things I had forgotten were left out or how something I might of said may look conflicting, an unfortunate side effect I've yet to come close to mastering.


Judge: Nathaniel Plucker
6/29/2015 9:11:53 PM



I had heard lets just say not to kind words of this Judge. So I was very nerviness going into my hearing with the ratings I've seen on him here online. That said He did ask some very important ?s some of them may seem like he knew the answers but wanted to see how you answered them. He gave you plenty of time to answer the ?s. I can't sit long so he had no problem of me standing or to do whatever I had to do. He seemed to care and even made a comment about me shaking from the pain and asked why and how often it happens.Let me be clear he knows what his doing and if you try to blow smoke up his ass He'll see it coming a mile a way. He's a new Judge comes from St.paul or the other twin city to STL in the last year i think. I'm told he's a hard Judge BUT what I seem of him he seems fair.My lawyer said he normally takes over an hour per case. I don't think I was I the hearing more than 20 minutes so I don't know if that is good or bad. I don't know the out come yet.

Patti
Judge: Brian Lucas
5/24/2015 10:46:13 PM



I saw this judge via video thru Marquette MI a couple weeks ago. He was very polite and listened to my case. My atty spoke very highly of the judge. I have not heard anything yet but am hopeful. These judges do not have easy jobs with all the cases that are not true. Good luck to all applications. .


Judge: Wayne L Ritter
1/12/2015 11:47:52 AM



I have to say if you get Judge Ritter you will need to have all your ducks in a row and I mean make sure you go through your case and make sure its solid. This judge finds anyway to deny you everytime. I did not realize how bad it really was until i had to go through the process. At one time I even was looking at getting a different lawyer. I thought if i had one from Wisconsin it maybe better...NOPE I looked into over 5 different lawyers as soon as the Heard Judge Ritter they told me right out they will not take my case because he will just continue to deny you over and over. And these were all first contact phone calls so these lawyers didn't even look at any of my records or anything. I am in the appeals process now and my only hope is that they remand it and not send it back to him because if they do we already know it will be denial.


Judge: Wayne L Ritter
11/4/2014 5:48:10 AM



The person who postedo on Judge Ritter on 11/2/2014. When was your hearing? I had mine 09/03/14 still waiting on a decision.Thanks.


Judge: Wayne L Ritter
11/2/2014 5:37:28 PM



Judge Ritter is a very fair judge I dont know why these people said such horrible things about him yes in deed he changed my life for better I'm so greatful for this man he's wonderful understanding and down to earth!!!

danny
Judge: Carla L Waters
10/9/2014 11:45:41 AM



When did you have your hearing?


Judge: Carla L Waters
10/7/2014 6:23:24 PM



I just want to voice my opinion on the Unfavorable decision that was made on my case recently. I want to let you know how disappointed I was when I read your decision. Although, you found my doctors credible in their diagnosis of my disabilities you questioned my character and called me a liar for the answer that I gave you under Oath. While reading this report I find it disturbing because you contradict yourself, your/my doctor’s notes. Ergo, the testimony that I gave to you concerning my day-to-day activities, my health, schooling and simply trying to care for two teenage sons you dismissed it. I have worked for over 35 years, which is on record, not mentioning the years that are not on record. If I were not in pain from day to day sometimes continuously, I would have a job and be working. I believe that everyone has good in them and people try to be fair to the very best of their ability. However, I also know that you really have to consult your higher being when it comes to making decision that could shatter a person’s life. I am sorry that my integrity and character was questionable to you. I thank God that I am a woman who has great Hope in him. Because if I did not I would have been crushed not only from you denying my case but also because you attacked my character by calling me a liar. My hope is that the next person who comes before you that you see and hear them. I believe that you are a fair judge who weighs all the factors in people’s cases to the best of your knowledge. Therefore, my prayer for you is that God gives you more discernment when you make judgments on peoples cases and character. I prayed that because it is a need for all involved in making decisions on people’s livelihoods. Our system is so broken that when honest people who really have issue in theirs lives and they need the system to work for them it does not. I pray that God give you all wisdom and discernment. Thank you for reading.

Steve army oif 09-10
Judge: William M Zellman
9/30/2014 7:11:20 PM



The first Judge I saw over a year ago had a approved rating of over 20%. This judge Well.... 34. Denial at 46% and dismissal at 20%. Meaning- GOOD LUCK PAL. I will say this judge seems knowledgeable. However, I provided several pages of documents from the VA over 1400 pages- and I am RATED 100 % DISABLED BY THE VA VA disabled. YET- SOCIAL SECURITY finds I can work. And this judge seems to find the same thing. So heres my options. I can appeal. Well---- Guess what, this veteran is going to appeal. I have provided stacks and stacks of documents. I read what your feedback said- you discredited my doctors. REALLY? People that talked me out of suicide. You never once asked me what I do in a day. I saw something in my review about cooking cookies. I haven't cooked anything in over 9 months. I almost burned the house down on more than one occasion. And I don't feed my dogs. You never asked me what I do. I sit and stare at the floor. People that reviewed my file said I grocery shop- I have not done this in close to a year. I do not leave the home only once a week to go to a apnt with the doctor. You said you had no evidence to support the claim of migraines. Well- request it? I can provide it. Your people discredited doctors at the va and the vet center. People that have degrees and are professionals and only treat vets with ptsd, anxiety disorder, and tbi- when I saw these people I was never told "Oh by the way the social security administration does not recognize us as creditable doctors?" WELL WHO DO YOU ? I AM RATED 100% disabled through the VA disabled for gods sake. What more do you need? I was told I can appeal my decision. Or file a new one. Well guess what- I am appealing. Its going to the feds to decide. I believe you were wrong. What is sad, is now..... I have to wait another year to hear something. Shame on you. And shame on that last judge. I had a lawyer. I had stacks upon stacks. Proof. Yet you said I could carry on a conversation. We met for what? A hour. Come to my home. Sit with me for the afternoon. Spend the day with me. Spend the night with me. Talk to my former employer.Talk to former friends. I have none now. But talk to former friends. Talk to my wife. Talk to my kids. Get answers. You would see- You made the wrong decisions. I hope you sleep well tonight. Karma is well- you know what

Danny
Judge: Charles Muhl
9/29/2014 11:36:49 AM



How long does it take to recieve a decision after you've had a hearing?


Judge: Roger E Winkelman
7/2/2014 1:52:11 PM



Judge Winkelman is a fair judge. He puts the time in to review your case and make the correct decision. He spent over 45 minutes with me during hearing, asking me questions about my condition and confirming what was already noted by all my doctors. He is smart and compassionate. My feeling is... Judge Winkelman's knowledge on different disabilities is great! And if you are truly disabled he can identify through your Dr. notes and by the questions he asks during hearing.


Judge: Roger E Winkelman
7/1/2014 12:25:57 PM



This man should not be on the bench. See State of Michigan complaints.

Army
Judge: Patrick H Morrison
6/24/2014 1:45:20 PM



On one hand Judge Morrison seems very knowledgeable and professional. I believe he is very well versed in the law. Having said that I do not feel he nor Social Security Disability treated my case as a veteran fairly. I provided stacks of medical records from doctors at the VA. I show a definite history and pattern of disability as defined by our government. Yet some how judge Morrison and Social Security both feel I can still work a part time job in food service with minimal interaction with people. It makes me ill that my country asks so much of its men and women In the armed forces and when we come to our own government with obvious problems and need help, we can't get it. I try to get help at the VA and it takes 2-3 years to get anywhere. I file claims with disability and they just get denied. Thanks judge and thanks SSD for really nothing. It has been over a year since You last heard my case. I still do not work and bills continue to mount up. I know, not your problem. For the record, on my case you were dead wrong. Pain rules my life. Fear controls my daily living. I am not the person I used to be. Shame on you for not doing your job.


Judge: Eric W Borda
6/12/2014 1:41:45 PM



ALJ Borda will be leaving this ODAR for another one. I will miss him. As an attorney, it has been a pleasure doing hearings before this excellent judge.

N. W
Judge: Joseph D Jacobson
6/11/2014 12:47:08 AM



Hi, I have not received my decision yet and I don't want to say my name but this man seems very compassionate and he was so polite. My decision is currently being wrote and I pray it's correct because we are in ruff shape. I trust he sees my/the truth. This judge seems awesome! :-)


Judge: Patrick J Toal
5/5/2014 7:32:32 AM



After my recent hearing with Judge Patrick J Toal, I found him to be an upstanding judge. He's very professional, well versed, knowledgeable of your case,a good listener,very polite and straight to the point. He only ask questions relevant to your case, giving you the opportunity to further explain if necessary. I'm glad I had the opportunity to meet with him, and wish him well in his career.


Judge: William M Zellman
2/24/2014 2:43:48 PM



After an application process that lasted years, I had just about lost any hope of getting SSDI. I was very very nervous about the hearing, especially after reading the reviews about Judge Zellman on this site, but he was understanding and fair. My lawyer was a great help and support to me as well. I made it through the hearing and anxiously awaited the judge's decision, which came a few weeks later. I was very grateful and relieved to have been awarded SSDI benefits. I wanted to write about my experience to give people hope who are still struggling. Don't give up!

Sheila Everett
Judge: Patrick J Toal
2/9/2014 1:17:03 PM



Judge Toal was very informed and knowledgeable in regards to my medical history and conditions. He took his time with me while asking questions which I greatly appreciated. He tried his best to make me feel comfortable and relaxed during the hearing.


Judge: Thomas W Springer
9/23/2013 1:04:53 PM



Very fair man. Open minded to hearing all the facts before ruling.

Amy
Judge: Patrick H Morrison
9/19/2013 1:52:28 PM



I found Judge Morrison to be a fair Judge. He read over all my records, all four inches of records and even did study on my disease which he had never heard of before my hearing. I can stress to you that you MUST have Medical Evidence and have your Dr write a letter stating why he feels you are disabled. If you do not have medical proof forget it. He is smart so just be honest with him and he also treated me with respect.

Sandra Sandmeyer
Judge: Christopher Messina
8/13/2013 12:19:44 PM



I found ALJ Messina to be very thorough and he considered all of the facts in my younger claimant's case. He dictated the decision right there in the courtroom and it was in my mailbox the next day. That's pretty awesome service!

Dave M
Judge: Patrick J Toal
5/21/2013 8:17:15 PM



Had my hearing with Judge Toal about 4 weeks ago. Still waiting on the decision but I believe I won. He understood my struggles. He also read my entire med file so he could relate to my condition and 100% understood it. Judge Toal has a low rating, but like stated before its because of all the BS claims. I believe this to be ture as well. Its people like me that truely suffer that lose out because of it. I'm glad I got judge Toal. I wont sit here and say...I know people with less of a disability than me and they won. Bla Bla Bla. Believe in your case and that you truely deserve this, and you will win. Lie and fake it, you deserve to lose. And with my experience with Judge Toal. He sees this everyday, hes extremely smart. Try to pull some BS claim, your done. I told the truth and he seen that I was honest and unfortunately suffering. Win or lose my hearing. I applaud you Judge Toal !! Dave M


Judge: William K Mueller
5/8/2013 11:11:44 AM



This official of the courts was one of the best I have ever encountered. He allowed me to speak and he gave me the courtesy to present my evidence. I will say, that he was very stearn from the outset of the case, but once he realized that an error had been made by the Social Security Administration, the Judges' demeanor changed. I wish that all Judicial officials could take a page from this Judges court etiquettes. I have encountered many Judge's that demoralize and treat the disabled as harden criminals, but this Judge was neither unprofessional, nor stereotypical.

Mike
Judge: Patrick J Toal
4/21/2013 7:47:19 AM



After hearing of Judge Toal's low approval rating, I was very concerned. I had been unable to work for nearly three years and wasn't sure how much longer I could survive without any income if I were to be denied. I agree that Judge Toal probably had his decision prior to my hearing at least a pretty good idea. However I would expect that, after admittedly reading all 600 pages of my medical reports and supporting documents. He seemed surprisingly familiar with my case and only needed clarification of certain details. I would guess one main reason the system is so overloaded is due to the large amount of bogus claims. Judge Toal, in my opinion, was courteous, to the point and showed true concern for my well being. I think His Approval/disapproval percentage represents that of a, conscientious and dedicated, quality ALJ.


Judge: Patrick J Toal
4/12/2013 11:14:12 AM



After reading about the disability system running out of money very soon it is refreshing to hear about a Judge who is not digging this country deeper in debt. I have known people who file for disabilty when they are fully able to work. I applaud Judge Toal.


Judge: William M Zellman
4/10/2013 7:25:04 AM



Appears all ALJ's are afflicted with "mental conduction".


Judge: Timothy J Malloy
4/9/2013 9:47:40 PM



somebody needs to monitor this judge and Ogrady...now I understand if peole are faking and I have p worse...problems thats getting worse I know w whoever he is I am going to get denied..this coming may...thos will be third time meeting with these evil judges


Judge: William M Zellman
4/7/2013 3:59:37 AM



he turned me down even with mental conduction


Judge: Wayne L Ritter
4/4/2013 12:18:06 PM



I had an 8 inch stint put in my main artery besides possible MS and he still denied me. Im not a bad or evil person but I hope Karma pays him a visit...


Judge: Patrick J Toal
4/3/2013 1:18:16 PM



Also first hearing with this judge. He did have his own adgenda, you could tell that he had already made up his mind before you even entered the room. He suggested going to the DVR programs which is also an application process for people with disabilities. If he doesn't believe the disabilities are bad enough what makes him believe they will think differently. He also belittles the person who is disabled to make them feel worse about themselves.


Judge: Eric W Borda
4/2/2013 7:58:34 PM



Hope I have this Timothy Mallory and o Grady was too mean


Judge: Timothy J Malloy
4/2/2013 6:31:32 AM



He had his mind made up before the hearing started. Very unprofessional and rude. He couldn't even read or understand the facts that were in front of him. He thought my doctor and witness were lying. The hearing was over one hour late and acted like it was my fault. I was in the waiting room over an hour before the hearing time. I don't know what his problem is but he surely has one. He acts like I was asking him for benefits out of his personal pocket. This denial was so unfair it bordered on ridiculous. He needs to be investigated. I don't this SSA would go against their own no matter how wrong they are. A HORRIBLE JUDGE AND A HORRIBLE PERSON!!!!!!


Judge: Patrick H Morrison
4/1/2013 11:38:42 AM



Judge Morrison appears to be a very knowledgeable person with respect to the social security disability cases. Very pleased!


Judge: Patrick J Toal
3/29/2013 7:15:36 AM



ALJ put words in claimant's mouth and would not listen when she tried to correct. ALJ made statement regarding the record and appended the statement with a question mark - did not ask real questions. Did not let claimant finish answering questions when her testimoney contradicted what he wanted to hear. ALJ had an agenda and was looking for information that supported it. ALJ argued with claimant. ALJ was dismissive of claimant.

lew
Judge: William K Mueller
3/23/2013 6:31:10 AM



actually called 7 doctors i saw for my conditions liars!!! Also, that the 3 mri's 4 catscans and 5 x-rays of my 3 herniated discs in my neck c-5/c-6/c-7 as well as c-9 barely hanging on by a thread, as hyping up my condition, and the facts don't show the severity i claim???Oh, did i mention that i was found totally and permanently disabled by the dr. review boards of hillsboro mo. for my conditions, ste. genevieve mo. for same and st. francois co. in mo. all 3 by THEIR GOVERNMENT drs.(when they tried to deny me medicaid and i appealed and won all 3) as well as 4 others they sent me to, (also military dr.s for my early discharge), all at different times over the last 7 years which i've been unable to work at all.(he called like 17 college educated dr.s evaluations, 13 image scans of various sources etc. etc. etc. as opinion evidence!!!) Also did i mention the 3 cancers i had so far??? including the eventual loss of my kidney, as well as 5 other disabling conditions??? Also, they changed dates around of dr's. i saw to discredit me, as well as left data out completely, altered some facts, some dates, and actually made up things i supposedly said that i did not say!!! (is that not libel???) as i can prove this and would like to sue his ignorant @ss!!! P.S. SOMETIMES THE JUDGE GETS JUDGED HIMSELF!!!!!!!!!! P.S.S. the dates are wrong too, it took me over 3 years to be denied from the time i applied not the 8.5 months they say here, just more lieing @ss jewberment crap!!!!!! Oh and get this the judge states to try to discredit me anyway possible, "Indeed treatment records reveal that the claimant had no psychological complaints, and no suicidal thoughts on nov. 22, 2011. (Ex 36f, at 5) Further a mental status examination showed that the patient had normal orientation, affect, speech and memory." (ID) I SAW THAT DR. one time to get a steroid injection in my neck for the pain. THis guy isnt qualified to make a mental evaluation, this is pure crap!!!! also why would i tell a one pain injection dr, a thing about my mental state


Judge: Wayne L Ritter
3/21/2013 11:15:17 AM



I would like to know how much this judge makes off a case he denied that clearly should have been aproved..


Judge: Patrick H Morrison
3/20/2013 10:05:33 AM



It was obvious based on his demeanor and questioning that "Judge" Morrison had made up his mind prior to my wife's hearing and his decision ignored the opinion of her primary treating doctor in favor of the doctor SS sent her to who in his report said there was no indication that my wife even has the disorder she is seeking disability for!

Claimant Representative
Judge: William M Zellman
2/25/2013 8:17:00 AM



Thoughtful, considerate, compassionate, understanding. Stopped the hearing in the middle and awarded benefits on the spot. Being well prepared obviously bore fruit.


Judge: William M Zellman
2/20/2013 1:39:59 PM



i agree. its so frustrating im a leg amputee, psoriatic arthritis, ptsd, i could go on and on. my denial stated there was no way i could do any past work i had done, but they had ONE job listed i could do i looked up the job code and it was a small parts seperator at a desk. any little thing to turn you down


Judge: William M Zellman
2/19/2013 9:58:18 AM



It's very frustrating. I wasn't making a whole lot when I had to stop working. I didn't need to though, as my wife made more then enough to support the family. I truly loved my last job, and the people I worked with. If I could still work, i'd be back there in a second. I told Judge Zellman that, and he stopped me, and said basically, that I was lying. I have yet to actually get the final decision from him, but my rep and I both know it's denied. I just wish he's hurry up and send it, so it'll officially be done, and I can start over. Maybe with a real lawyer this time.


Judge: William M Zellman
2/18/2013 9:48:28 AM



guys i feel your frustration, the last 3 years i worked i made a little over 50,000 each year. ive been trying since jan 2011 to get my disability and i just dont understand why any judge with a ounce of common sense would think i wanted to give up the lifestyle i had for 1,000 a month. ive been in front of a judge once and was denied now im on my second try yet i see people with hardly anything wrong with them who gets approved. again i dont get it


Judge: William M Zellman
2/18/2013 9:24:48 AM



Agreed. He plowed me into the ground. Had his mind made up before I even had my hearing. I never had a chance, even with a lawyer.

Mia
Judge: Christopher Messina
1/7/2013 8:38:29 PM



He sounds like a fair Judge. I hope I'll get him on my case.


Judge: Wayne L Ritter
12/9/2012 1:41:54 PM



Judge Ritter had statements in the Notice of Decision letter that were not accurate and I will be contacting someone about that. If to do nothing else than to clear my testimony as true and not "inconsistent statements undermine her credibility" as he writes. Ritter also states that he "gives little weight to the opinion of treating provider Dr. _____; my psychiatrist and that he also "gives little weight to the multiple opinions of treating provider Dr ______; my psychologist. The day of the hearing my attorney felt he needed to let me know that Judge Ritter denies 80% of the cases that come in front of him. How is it that this one judge would get so many cases that do not warrant disability benefits?


Judge: Wayne L Ritter
12/9/2012 9:30:09 AM



He weighed the "observations" of two people who spent a whopping 15 minutes each with me more heavily then those of my OWN doctor, someone who observed the worsening of my condition. My lawyer warned me that it was a crap shoot having him and that's NOT something that should be predictable. You should not be able to look at the judge's name and say "Oh, you don't stand a chance with him." as this just shows how unfair his decisions really are. I'm left with no choice but to try and appeal now and who KNOWS what's going to happen.


Judge: Patrick J Toal
12/6/2012 7:06:06 AM



Recent first hearing with this particular judge. Rather shockingly unprofessional. Clearly had mind made up, dismissive of and belittling to claimant, and clearly not interested in claimant testimony. Repeatedly interrupted claimant while she attempted to ask questions, especially when testimony would have been supportive of claim for benefits. Claimant over age 50 with 2 level cervical fusion and residual upper extremity radicular symptoms. A very unfortunate appearance, reflecting poorly on generally high quality ALJs


Judge: Patricia W Supergan
12/6/2012 5:26:50 AM



horrible


Judge: Patrick D Halligan
11/26/2012 2:23:21 PM



This ALJ is an example of a Judge who already has his mind made up prior to the hearing. He will attack your credibility and will call you a liar. According to these stats he has only issued 18 decisions this year. I expect his denial rating to go up dramatically.


Judge: Wayne L Ritter
11/23/2012 9:44:39 AM



the guy steps on our rights as americans to recieve disabilty benefits, i have 3 qualifying physical health and 4 qualifying mental health and 54yrs old very uncompassionate and fair, im sure he ate well off the taxpayers, sure he enjoys his socialist health care plan payed for by tax dollars. most of us have work history and payed taxes and into the social security system, yet he denies us a meager income and health care, which those with disorders and conditions need. makes you wonder about his patriotismto our country


Judge: Wayne L Ritter
10/30/2012 8:41:10 PM



He ruin my case this year did not look at all my medical history Ian very mad not a good judge


Judge: Brent C Bedwell
9/25/2012 6:10:19 PM



He is fair and just.


Judge: Timothy J Malloy
9/21/2012 1:29:15 PM



Something is fishy about this Judge...


Judge: Margaret J O'Grady
9/21/2012 1:27:53 PM



Pray that you dont get this one Judge Judy

darrell
Judge: Timothy J Malloy
9/7/2012 9:02:41 AM



Wow, something is not right with this judge for these denial rates to be so extremely high. Probably needs to be investigated, I would think.


Judge: Wayne L Ritter
8/30/2012 6:31:16 AM



I feel sorry for you if you get him. He ruined my family's life. I don't know how he sleeps at night.


Judge: Christopher Messina
8/25/2012 12:01:56 PM



I am an attorney, and I must say that this ALJ is incompetent. He took more than 90 days to finally make a decision on my case, and did not want to approve the fee agreement without giving any reason for it. He then asked me to write a fee petition which he did not want to approve. He further stated that I was only going to get one payment that would cover claimant and all of her dependents, which is against Social Security standards. An attorney gets pay for each separate claim, his client and the auxiliaries (dependents). I had to appeal his decision on this matter to the Chief Regional, and won. I finally got all the attorney fees that were due. This case was seen in January and I finally got paid in August. He needs to be instructed on Social Security guidelines.


Judge: Wayne L Ritter
7/25/2012 9:22:05 AM



Worst possible judge means that he is in the 1st percentile nationally with regard to approval rates. The federal courts are beginning to catch on to his bizarre interpretation of the law. Lawyers who work for SSA have know this for some time.

Matt B.
Judge: Patrick D Halligan
6/15/2012 7:23:30 AM



Just had my hearing in 06/2012. Judge Halligan was courteous, compassionate, informed, and professional. I appeared without representation, but wouldn't recommend for everyone (my work history was in health services and court-related). He approved my case, and advised me steps on reopening earlier claims.

Alex Tice
Judge: Ira S Epstein
5/17/2012 5:51:57 PM



Wonderful Judge!!! Thank you

Anonymous
Judge: Christopher Messina
5/14/2012 7:44:22 AM



Judge Messina, I must say seemed to be very attentive and compassionate towards myself and my disability case. He listened and made me feel very comfortable and at ease even though I was extremely nervous! My attorney on the other hand, my God was he awful, but I have to give all the Glory and Honor to God for placing me in the hands of Judge Messina, may God bless you sir!


Judge: Wayne L Ritter
3/21/2012 5:53:05 AM



this is the worst possible judge you could get to hear your disability case!


Judge: William M Zellman
3/14/2012 4:26:47 PM



He lies about things that wasn't even said at the hearing, bring your lawyer when attending any of his hearings..