Montgomery, Alabama ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Montgomery, Alabama, 13 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Montgomery, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 13.0 months. The average case processing time in Montgomery is 427 days.The Montgomery average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 41%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Montgomery ODAR office was last updated on 4/8/2014.

SSA, Montgomery ODAR Office
4344 Carmichael Road, Suite 200
Montgomery, Alabama 36106
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Phone: (866) 931-9032 -- Fax: (334) 213-3696
eFile Fax: (877) 871-3055 (For sending evidence)

OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Montgomery 13 13.0 months 427 days 2.5 19% 41% 40%
Alabama12.3 months426 days2.119%45%36%
National Average:11.9 months392 days2.019%44%38%
Hearing Wait Time: 13.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 2.45
Average Processing Time 427 days
Cases Pending 7954
Dispositions 3463
New Cases 3273
Hearings In Person 65%
Video Hearings 35%

Comments about Judges at the Montgomery Alabama ODAR office:

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Judge: Joseph F Dent
Date Posted: 3/28/2014 2:26:30 PM
Submited By: Chris



My wife is having her ss hearing in April with judge Dents, can anyone give any feedback on their experiences with him?

Judge: Perry Martin
Date Posted: 2/22/2014 6:54:08 PM
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I waited over 2 months for a favorable decision. This man saved my life. Thank you Mr. Perry Martin for understanding my condition.

Judge: Mary E Helmer
Date Posted: 1/29/2014 7:40:03 AM
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Mean-spirited. Does not make it to 1 on a scale of 0 to 10.

Judge: Reni Barnett-Jefferson
Date Posted: 1/29/2014 7:38:56 AM
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Obnoxious, does not apply law; maybe she is just not informed.

Judge: Vincent P Intoccia
Date Posted: 1/29/2014 7:35:15 AM
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Judge is by far the best ALJ at the ODAR in Montgomery. He reviews - better said - he READS his cases before a hearing. If a case meets the standards of the law, he approves the case without a hearing. He appreciates a well prepared case and a brief. Distinguished in the conduct of a hearing. Projects impartiality. If he denies a case - I do not appeal - I am confident he has fairly studied the case and strictly uses law, regs, SSR's policy - So, know the law before you go in his hearing.

Judge: Ricky V South
Date Posted: 1/29/2014 7:30:09 AM
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Knows his cases - keeps hearings short and to the point. Look forward to hearing with Judge South.

Judge: Frank M Klinger
Date Posted: 12/21/2013 11:29:20 AM
Submited By: LaCynthia Williams



I had my hearing 12/09/13 with judge Frank Klinger everything was going smooth for a while until he got to the Ve. He asked him if i could do my past job and he responded with a yes and the other 2 or 3 hypotheticals he said no to so I was wondering if anyone else got approved that way or not. The judge seems a bit nice but I am scared of the outcome that it may bring. I just hope that I got an approval on my case because I have been denied benefits years ago and never got approved.

Judge: Angela L Neel
Date Posted: 9/22/2013 5:36:46 AM
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Great ALJ. Extremely compassionate, fair and understanding.

Judge: Angela L Neel
Date Posted: 9/9/2013 5:28:46 PM
Submited By: Fully favorable



Don't be discouraged about the stats posted on this website. If you have sound medical and don't give up and pursue your case to the end . Judge Neel is a fair judge.

Judge: Paul W Johnson
Date Posted: 8/31/2013 5:14:20 PM
Submited By: Stacey rivers



judge Johnson a kind man may God bless you.

Judge: Perry Martin
Date Posted: 8/26/2013 6:23:02 AM
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Judge perry martin was my judge in August and he seemed very nice and compassinate I'm sleepless waiting for his decision nobody has a condition the same as I do all in one so'm in limbo waiting

Judge: Frederick McGrath
Date Posted: 4/16/2013 2:06:29 PM
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my first claim was DENIED by this alj, even though he stated in his decision that i did in fact have two severe impairments.. of course the AC kept his ruling intact and my atty filed in federal court. well here it is 6 1/2 yrs from initial filing and 3 yrs after it was denied at appeals council and taken to fdc, my claim was remanded due to ERROR by the alj for NOT giving my treating doctors RFC any weight and going by what the ssa med examiner (which i never saw to begin with)said at some point before my initial denial (which only took a few months to get)..my hearing was NOT that quick, and also we waited for at least 15-20 minutes before hearing started as the VE was LATE. mind you judge started without the VE, and he finally arrived about 10 minutes before my hearing was over..he heard me answer the last 2 question is all. yet the judge took his opinion that there were thousands of jobs in the national economy within our region that i could do?? i am like the rest of you, i believe he has his mind made up before you go in the door...well, he messed up on this one and now i get a new hearing and hopefully with another judge

Judge: Michael J Amendola
Date Posted: 3/31/2013 4:03:25 AM
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He's awesum

Judge: Frederick McGrath
Date Posted: 3/28/2013 2:26:12 PM
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Our office has had numerous hearings with Judge McGrath. He has a reputation for scheduling several hearings at the same time and taking them on a first come/first served basis; will start early if you get there early; does NOT like submission of medical records on the day of the hearing. Generally does not ask for opening; lets rep do most of questioning and just cuts in when he has a question. I think he often has a good idea of how he feels about a case and uses the hearing to see if it changes his mind. His award rate is not out of line, so he's not denying everything that comes through the room. (Claimants need to understand it isn't the number of pages of records you have, but how well the opinions are supported by clinical evidence, diagnositic testing and your own credibility).

Judge: David L Horton
Date Posted: 3/15/2013 7:13:38 PM
Submited By: big mike



Went before the judge today. he seemed fair and respectful lawyers do very little for what they maket don't think if you hire a TV lawyer that they will be the who you get they send a young flunky lawyer that you don't meet until 10 min before court

Judge: Frederick McGrath
Date Posted: 3/11/2013 7:35:08 AM
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Yes he has mind made up before the hearing. He schedules way too many hearings on one given day and they are conducted to quick. Rarely uses a VE. The Jacksonville ODAR is filled with fairly negative ALJs.

Judge: Joseph F Dent
Date Posted: 3/10/2013 8:00:07 AM
Submited By: David



I think you hit a bullseye there flleas!

Judge: Carl B Watson
Date Posted: 3/8/2013 7:11:04 PM
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I had my hearing in front of this judge on 3-7-2013. I was very nervous going in with not knowing what to expect. I read the reviews on this site and was really scared of going in for my hearing. But I have to say that this judge is very respectful. Although I do not know the decision made on my case, I do not think that there is a better judge that you could want. He was very nice, respectful, prepared, and listened to everything my attorney and I had to say.

Judge: Frederick McGrath
Date Posted: 3/7/2013 7:45:47 PM
Submited By: Shannon



Judge Frederick McGrath claimed he could not read the RFC filled out by my doctor because "the doctor's handwriting was not completely legible and his signature was indistinguishable." There were approximately 30 cases he ruled on before he saw me the day of my hearing and it seemed like he had already made up his mind on each case before the people even entered the courtroom. He wrote about my mental health in his official ruling even though my claim was entirely a physical case with all of my mental health issues (depression because I am unable to work) being a direct result of my physical disability.

Judge: Frederick McGrath
Date Posted: 3/7/2013 6:57:22 PM
Submited By: Caretaker



I was denied even though I have more than 4,000 pages of medical records, dozens of doctors supporting my claim and submitting written statements, and the court-appointed vocational expert testified that there was not a job I was suitable to do. Mcgrath ruled against this suggestion and said I could do a job that did not require standing, sitting, working with my hands, concentration, memory, interaction with people, and would allow me to lie down for extended periods of time each hour. I also require a caretaker (who is writing this message as I am unable to do so) on a fulltime basis to feed, cloth, bathe, drive, make appointments and manage my dr. schedule, clean, cook, and take care of basically all of my needs/activities of daily living. He made the decision in less than 5 minutes and asked me less than 10 quick questions. His decision was overturned on appeal and has been sent back to be heard in court for a second time. I first applied for disability in 1999 and have spent the last 6 years appealing his ruling. I am going back to court in the next 6 months or so and will let you know who I get and the judgement.

Judge: Perry Martin
Date Posted: 2/25/2013 5:18:07 PM
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waited over two. Months for decision that was unfavorable did not accept doctors diagnosis

Judge: PETER C EDISON
Date Posted: 2/20/2013 8:14:17 AM
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This judge is cold-hearted and has no empathy for mental illness claimants. He not only called three psychiatrist and a social security psychologist, two primary doctors liars but me as well. His problem is since he can't see the illness physically then you can work. I believe he wants me to go out in the workplace and have one of my mental breakdowns whereby I hurt someone or vice-versa for him to see that a person that suffers with bipolar I & II are very moody people who can't always control themselves. I also suffer with manic depression, PSTD, social anxiety, anxiety, claustophic, panic attacks, OCD, high blood pressure, asthma, bronchitis, heart disease,etc. I am a 50 year old black female who has worked 30 years of her life always giving and caring for others. I have attempted suicide twice because I am my wits end. It took almost 4 years for this unfair system to tell me no I don't qualify for sdi in which I paid into the system. I guess, I will have to prove to this ### and the rest of them that I refuse to let others come here and live off of me when they never worked a day in this country.

Judge: Joseph F Dent
Date Posted: 1/5/2013 4:11:51 PM
Submited By: jb



i have 10lb lift restriction,cant sit or stand over 15min at a time,two herniated disc L4-L5 and L5 s-1,nerve damage in right shoulder,nerve damage in back,i have to use a cain and back brace,migraines,anxiety and depression im sure i missed something but with all this he denied my disability GOD only knows why i wonder want else has to be wrong with me to get help!!!!

Judge: Candace A Shaughnessy
Date Posted: 12/21/2012 2:55:22 AM
Submited By: Mr. Beshaun C Price



I am so greatful to Judge Shaughnessy for her approving my Soc Sec Disability this time last year. She saw through the negatives of my case & recognized that my set of challenges warranted an approval. I just don't know where i'd be medically as well as socially if this had not occurred. The income has helped to adjust to a somewhat debilitating situation & now i can purchase all my meds without taking half doses or skipping. As far as i'm concerned Judge Candace Shaughnessy is an angel in disguise. She certainly was an instrument of God's grace! I shall never stop thanking God enough for her ruling. I wish she & her family the most perfect Christmas a family can have, can i do any less! Thank you for allowing me to share what's been in my heart for a year now. Happy Holiday!

Judge: Ricky V South
Date Posted: 9/20/2012 8:01:59 AM
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Most thorough questioning from an ALJ I have seen in 30 years of practice. Done in a respectful and nonjudgmental manner.

Judge: Carl B Watson
Date Posted: 9/15/2012 6:04:40 AM
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Very kind man. Well prepared and treats everyone with respect.

Judge: Frederick McGrath
Date Posted: 9/7/2012 10:25:39 AM
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What a hoot! Seems to have his mind made up by the time we sit down. Holds 6 minute hearings. Gives great weight to RFCs. Somewhat of a "Nero" approach, either thumbs up or thumbs down, without excessive narrative. Does not like substance use or middle aged women with mental health issues.

Judge: Ricky V South
Date Posted: 8/12/2012 7:27:19 AM
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Awesome. Smart, efficient, productive and would be an asset to any office.

Judge: PETER C EDISON
Date Posted: 8/1/2012 10:13:47 AM
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although judge edison wasnt my judge I understand your frustration my hearing was june 20th and I havent recieved a decision letter in the mail yet. My conditions is left leg ampuation, psoriatic arthritis, and post tramatic stress syndrome. now if that doesnt qualify as disabled after i worked many years in the workforce then what would? I often think the same thing you guys do. what does it take to get approved roll in there on a hospital bed or a wheelchair. however my judge was extremely nice and seemed interested in my case but the low approval rates they have speak for themselves

Judge: PETER C EDISON
Date Posted: 7/30/2012 4:53:14 PM
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This ALJ barely even looked at me during my hearing (June 2012) and never reviewed any medical findings after July 2011, which confirm my diagnosis. Also he basically said I was a liar and therefore denied me any disability benifits at all. I am on 19 prescribed medications, I can barely function while taken them, they have impaired my thinking skills. I also have hyper somnia, means I sleep for hours at any given time of day, but somehow that evidence was not in his report. If I was pushed in to the hearing in a wheel chair with drool hanging from my mouth, maybe he would believe me. But since I am an upbeat person ( to hide all the crap on the inside)he sees me as functional. I have good days and I have bad days , some days I have no pain and other days all I have is pain. I'm a mixed bag-who in their right mind would hire a person like myself? I can't sit or stand for too long, i can only do minimal light non-thinkinh kind of work, I will fall asleep on the job, I will forget the task I've been given and wander the office. I would get fired within a week, that or get that special baseball helmet for my head. this man infuriates me

Judge: Perry Martin
Date Posted: 7/15/2012 8:25:56 PM
Submited By: JANIE



Hi this is Janie again i am still waiting my decision i did get news that it has already been placed with a writer i cant wait to get my decision i hope it is favorable i need this so i can properly support my children i wanted to thank Judge Martin for being so nice and making me someone with lots of mental issues comfortable enogh to be able to tell my story thanks again for listening!!! P.S. I know the next person that recieves him as a Judge on their case will feel the same for him.

Judge: Perry Martin
Date Posted: 7/6/2012 3:37:56 PM
Submited By: janie xilohua



I am still waiting now but i have no doubt he is a good judge either way i still think he is cool its been a very hard road for me with disability but he will make the right decision for me and still not knowing the outcome of my hearing how ever it turns out i still have the upmost respect for him!!!!!

Judge: Perry Martin
Date Posted: 7/6/2012 3:37:10 PM
Submited By: janie xilohua



I am still waiting now but i have no doubt he is a good judge either way i still think he is cool its been a very hard road for me with disability but he will make the right decision for me and still not knowing the outcome of my hearing how ever it turns out i still have the upmost respect for him!!!!!

Judge: Perry Martin
Date Posted: 6/28/2012 1:24:26 AM
Submited By: janie



judge martin is so nice something about him the day of my hearing he was very into everything i had to say and like my other post said it does not matter if he does not award me i will still respect him he was not mean in anyway to me his job has to be hard and i would not like to have to decide something like that daily because naturally when people do not get what they wanted or expected they then suddenly do not like you on the other hand if you were to get what you wanted you would love him but in this world things do not lways go the way that you would like sorry you had a bad day and i hope all works out for you in the end!!!

Judge: Perry Martin
Date Posted: 6/23/2012 11:08:18 PM
Submited By: janie



i am still waiting the results of my hearing with judge martin i think he was very nice and made me feel as if he was listening to everything i had to say and taking it into consideration he seemed interested and caring and no matter how my case turns out and what decision i get i will still have respect for him because he was listening and he has a job to do that has to be very difficult to see who is actually disabled or just trying to collect so i will had it to him they do what they think is best and if denied and you are truly disabled i encourage you to take it that extra step i do not think the judges are looking at anyone and acting as if they are lying under oath but just simply trying to find weather the conditions meet the ssa codes good luck to everyone and very much luck for those who truly need it!!!

Judge: Perry Martin
Date Posted: 5/26/2012 7:24:38 PM
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i have been waiting for two yrs on my hearing , and have barely made it i have a legitament reason for not being able to work , i havent complaind about waiting because im not the only one who waites , i really didnt expect to be treated like a lier right out of the box , it was demeaning , and degrading , ive earnd the right to benefit from social security ive paid my dues , personally i dont know the man , he treated me like i was a crook and thats all i have to say

Judge: Ricky V South
Date Posted: 5/1/2012 3:35:09 PM
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Excellent ALJ!

Judge: Michael J Amendola
Date Posted: 4/10/2012 12:05:51 PM
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Great Judge!

Judge: Vincent P Intoccia
Date Posted: 4/2/2012 11:47:50 AM
Submited By: martin cortez



You rock vince was just thinkin of you