Phoenix, Arizona ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Phoenix, Arizona, 8 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Phoenix, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 13.0 months. The average case processing time in Phoenix is 424 days.The Phoenix average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 50%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Phoenix ODAR office was last updated on 7/9/2014.

SSA, Phoenix ODAR Office
Siete Square, Suite 200
3737 North 7th Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85014
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Phone: (888) 748-1991 -- Fax: (602) 640-2165
eFile Fax: (877)394-4579 (For sending evidence)

OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Phoenix 8 13.0 months 424 days 1.8 23% 50% 26%
Arizona11.7 months371 days2.119%44%37%
National Average:12.3 months400 days2.018%44%38%
Hearing Wait Time: 13.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 1.82
Average Processing Time 424 days
Cases Pending 5490
Dispositions 1548
New Cases 3304
Hearings In Person 91%
Video Hearings 9%

Comments about Judges at the Phoenix Arizona ODAR office:

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Judge: Kathleen Mucerino
Date Posted: 7/18/2014 1:33:31 PM
Submited By: Craig Patterson



I found this judge to be through, professional and well prepared. She was personable while being efficient even though my appearance was over an hour long. All of the personal (the vocational and the note taker) in her court were clearly on the same page as Judge Mucerino. It seemed to me that they have worked together for awhile. The only question I had after leaving is when the "on set" date of my disability would be considered. According to my attorney it could be the date of application (June 2011)or perhaps the date I stopped working June 2010. An argument could be made that while I continued to work I was in fact disabled I 2006. Since I have no idea of the rules determining this I will rely on the Judge for a determination. No matter the decision I am confident that it will be correct.

Judge: John W Wojciechowski
Date Posted: 6/13/2014 9:46:41 PM
Submited By: Attorney M.



Very rude, patronizing, unethical and cold-hearted. Worst judge I have yet to app[ear before. Does not have any empathy or compassion whatsoever. Claimant is clearly disabled due to his mental disability of bi-polar and social anxiety. He overlooks the whole thing and finishes hearing swiftly denying him. If you appear before him for a mental disability, tough luck. Claimant is currently being evicted due to an unethical judge. He lacks knowledge in the mental health department. Why is he a SSI judge for the disabled?

Judge: Kathleen Mucerino
Date Posted: 5/15/2014 4:30:48 AM
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I don't know her decision yet. But I am very concerned about it as she made a remark at the end that I will NEVER forget. She said "You must understand that it is very hard for me to label someone your age disabled for the rest of your life." I have a progressive autoimmune disease that has NO cure and NO real treatment. It WILL get worse and it WILL eventually take my life. I am in my forties with the health of someone almost twice my age. I pray that she fully understands this and my need to help care for myself and my family. I am scared because of her statement. The unknown is the worst part.

Judge: Christa Zamora
Date Posted: 4/15/2014 11:33:29 AM
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I find it suspicious that every time a negative post is made about this judge there is a sweet and flowery rebuttal saying how fair she is. The facts percentages speak for themselves. Her low percentage of approval speaks to the truth. I wouldn't be surprised if the only good comments on here are from the judge herself. Definitely a nice but unfair judge!

Judge: Christa Zamora
Date Posted: 4/12/2014 8:55:54 AM
Submited By: busy bee



I regularly appear before this judge - i think she is fair and courteous - she let me present my client's case thoroughly. Unlike the post on 4/5/14, her demeanor shows that she's been a judge for a while - she controls her hearing room well. I thought she had a good grasp of my clients' medical records and the law. You'll get a fair hearing with her.

Judge: Christa Zamora
Date Posted: 4/5/2014 11:51:57 AM
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Judge Zamora was very nice and polite. She was very respectful to all in the court room. That being said, I do not feel she is a very good judge. The reasons she stated for denying me have me completely shocked. She only used parts of my medical history, and only took parts of my testimony from the hearing. The first time I was denied before the hearing, SS said that after I went to their own doctors, I could no longer do my old job because of my pain and limitations. But because I was too young according to them, I could find something else to do. After going to the hearing, Judge Zamora says I can do my past work and had the nerve to suggest that although she could not prove it, she thinks I FORCED my doctor to fill out my RFC report to say I was disabled. She would not use any of his medical records or opinions, nor the doctors that SS sent me to. She listed a denial because I missed one of my doctor appointments due to a lapse in my insurance. She also denied me because I have 3 children I take care of. I told her at the hearing that all my children take care of themselves and help take care of me! Two of them in college and one in highschool! UNBELIEVABLE! The vocational expert said there were no jobs I could do with my RFC or do my past work at the hearing and she said in the denial letter that he said I could do my past work. The list of reasons for the denial went on and on! She asked if I cook. I told her yes, but only sometimes and when I do it takes a very long time and I have to take breaks in between and have help. She denied me because she said I do chores. Like I said, she was very nice at the hearing, but she doesn't know how to be an ALJ!

Judge: Christa Zamora
Date Posted: 4/4/2014 8:14:47 AM
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I felt that I needed to respond to the post dated 3/31/14 regarding Judge Zamora. I felt that she was very fair at my hearing. She asked questions and listened to my responses. She was polite and professional. When I received her decision in the mail it was obvious she was very thorough. She referenced the various "exhibits" (documents) that had been submitted so she had taken the time to review all of the information pertaining to my case. We may not always agree with the decisions the judges make. All we can ask is that they take the time to look at everything that is presented and make an informed decision. I believe Judge Zamora did exactly that. At the conclusion of my hearing Judge Zamora said I would receive her decision within 60 days. I received the Notice of Decision in less than a month.

Judge: Christa Zamora
Date Posted: 3/31/2014 12:18:07 PM
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This judge is a complete airhead!!! She does not know this area of law very well at all. She is a new judge who clearly does not get it. It is clear her goal is to deny as many people as she can without knowing the facts. She does not know how to way medical opinions and she fails to even utilize evidence that demonstrates disability from the State's own doctors. I feel sorry for all disabled Americans stuck with this person as a judge!

Judge: Claudi L Rosen-Underwood
Date Posted: 3/29/2014 4:18:10 AM
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I have been seeing my doctors for over 15 years. One of my doctors sent in 4 letters explaining my condition and how it renders me "totally disabled". My other doctor sent in 2 letters saying that in his opinion I am "totally disabled". SSA sent me to 3 of their doctors and all 3 of them said I am "totally disabled". There's 34 medical exihibits in my SS file containing almost 900 pages of medical reports. 8 months after my hearing, I get a decision denying my case! In the decision, this so-called judge actually states that she did not give much, if any, weight to the letters from my doctors because she did not understand what the term "totally disabled" means! I've asked 7 of my grandson's friends if they know what "totally disabled" means and all 7 of them knew exactly what it means and they are all only in the forth grade. It is absurd that a well educated so-called disability judge who is probably being paid over $100,000 per year with tax payer dollars, doesn't know what "totally disabled" means. I don't even know how such a thing is possible. She also said that I didn't have any muscle atrophy but she never got closer than 15 feet to me and as far as I know she isn't a doctor so how could she say I don't have muscle atrophy? That woman doesn't know what totally disabled means but yet she can diagnose whether a person has muscle atrophy without ever examining me or seeing my body. My lawyer appealed my case but he told me that it would take the appeals court over a year to decide my appeal and, get this, if the appeals court agrees with my appeal, they are going to send my case back to the same judge and instruct her to hold another hearing and issue a new decision! Why would they send my case back to the same judge who doesn't even know what the term "totally disabled" means?My lawyer said that even after the appeals court sends my case back to the same judge that it will take this judge another year or more to hold another hearing. So, if my appeal is successful, I will have to wait more than two more years before I have another hearing and then when I do, I will have to go back in front of this same stupid woman so she can just deny my case again. This is so absurd that I cannot even believe it is happening for real. It's like something out of a weird movie or something. SSA is a rip off. I wish I had done like so many and just worked under the table. That my health and well being as well as my life in general is in the hands of such blatant incompetence and stupidity is for me, a death sentence. My own government is spending hundreds of thousands of tax payer dollars to deny me from simply getting back my own money that I paid into SSA for the past 34 years is nothing short of a crime, especially when the person deciding my case has already admitted in writing that she doesn't understand a term that any 4th grader comprehends fully. What's really scary is that I am only one of millions of Americans who are subjected to this kind of inexcusable incompetence from our own government, a government we are paying for. The judge is no better than me. Her income comes from the same place my benefits would come from - the US taxpayer. Except, I paid for my benefits - it's my own money for God's sake!

Judge: Michael D Tucevich
Date Posted: 3/28/2014 7:02:54 AM
Submited By: T. Dunbar



Judge Tucevich was fantastic. He made me feel very comfortable. He was warm and genuinly caring. Thank you for helping make such a stressful event easier.

Judge: Michael D Tucevich
Date Posted: 3/9/2014 2:55:51 AM
Submited By: Jasna Pecarski



I did not feel that I was at a hearing but conversing with a friend. Wonderful judge and fair.my case was approved in June 2011.

Judge: Nancy Alden
Date Posted: 1/1/2014 12:41:30 PM
Submited By: Julie



I want to move back to AZ to finish my claim but I want to request you as a Judge so I get a fair trial and the money I deserve. I can't work and when I get a Judge who is unfair then I get denied, I will never have money to provide for my children.

Judge: Claudi L Rosen-Underwood
Date Posted: 12/31/2013 12:22:58 PM
Submited By: Tammy



I applied for Social Security Disability September 2011, I worked 32 years. I have had Epilepsy since age 11. My epilepsy consist of Grand and petite Mal seizures, i have rheumatoid arthritis for the last 8 years in my spine and my hips. and i was diagnosed with spinal stenosis back in April of this year 2013 i have been taking epidural shots and I'm in a scooter wheel chair. My disability hearing was August 5th, 2013 location Social security administration building in Phoenix, AZ decision was decided October the 1st 2013. My case was finally closed December 24th, 2013. My case was denied by Claudia Rosen-Underwood. During my hearing the judge asked a Vocational rehab specialist can Tammy work 9 different jobs-each time the Vocation rehab Specialist said I was not able to work, and my Neurologist said I was no longer able to work and my family doctor said I was not able to work both doctors sent social security and my lawyer letters stating I'm no longer able to work. Claudia Rosen-Underwood stated in my social security denial letter she questioned both of my Doctors credibility! ..and she questioned my fathers, who is 78, credibility and said me and my Husband were Lying about my epilepsy and me of lying about me having a Stroke in 2005..and Doctor Shaw) sent me to have a. Cat Scan and MRI both test show Siezure Activity, Even though My Past Doctors and present Doctors have sent all my past medical records to show everything is 100% true

Judge: Michael D Tucevich
Date Posted: 12/11/2013 3:12:38 PM
Submited By: Mel



Judge was very respectful and treated my disabled daughter with great respect. My daughter was approved and he reviewed everything accordingly. Thanks to him everything is going awesome for us.

Judge: Kathleen Mucerino
Date Posted: 12/2/2013 2:11:49 PM
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Judge Kathleen Mucerino was great. She was well prepared for my case and asked questions that pertained to my disability. She spoke respectfully and never seemed as if she was uninterested in my case. My lawyer had spoken to me over the phone prior to my hearing and said that she might come off as being short and hard with her questions. It was nothing like that. I was a little nervous going into the hearing, but within minutes, my mind was at ease. I believe that she use my statements and make a well educated decision.

Judge: Philip E Moulaison
Date Posted: 11/18/2013 10:13:16 AM
Submited By: Chester Kercher



Well I see that your percentage of case approval's have been dwindleing in the past 4 yrs. I wonder if the pressure from the government and your superiors is adding to your ability to make fair "judgements? With the media's imput with article saying that disability approval by soc. sec. "judges" have been on an incline must be tough being fair and unbias.Maybe if the gov. wouldn't have taken the lock box off soc. sec. to help fight needless wars and create us mentally disable veterans they wouldn't have this so called soc. sec. safety net, probably would have a "running short " of money issue. That might help in letting the "judges" feeling pressure to disapprove so many case unjustly. Seem's the going approval rate is at 46%?Wonder what it will drop to by the end of this year ?The system is flawed.You have gallantly stayed right on the national approval average. My My!

Judge: Philip E Moulaison
Date Posted: 11/11/2013 1:47:15 PM
Submited By: CHESTER kERCHER



Judge/Doctor Moulaison, in you disertation on why you found "unfavorable" in my case was that their was a job I could do. A JOB THAT (!) YOU SAID I DID FOR 15 YRS, THATS UNTRUE, 2, a job that I worked 4 yrs at and asked for and received a transfer to another position with that company because of physical difficulties in performing that job which later I was terminated from because of my mental issues in dealing with other co workers and lack of respect for those of authority and YOU recommend I can do work like that physically and safely?You should have study my file and listened to the PROFESSIONAL DOCTORS IN MAKING YOU DECISION.YOU WOULD HAVE THEN BEEN DOING THE SYSTEM JUSTICE!

Judge: Joan G Knight
Date Posted: 9/9/2013 11:38:22 AM
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People who are Not disabled should Not recieve disability. I agree. People who are SHOULD. The "psyhologist" she used has been banned from tesifiying leaving her to trust her opinion over that of medical specialists and professionals. The manner in which Judge Knight decides these cases is Absolutly with prejudice and show signs of fatigue. Using the law as a method to find loopholes to prevent honest people with real disabilities from recieving the benifits they worked so hard to pay for before becoming disabled is Poor judgement. the requirement for disability was 7 out of 10 sysmtoms. I have met all 10. Where is the "justice" in this? Appeal process? 4 years and counting...ABSURD and Cruel!

Judge: Ronald S Robins
Date Posted: 4/7/2013 10:36:46 AM
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judge Robins, thank you again, I know your desision could have gone either way, but when I left your court room, I felt you listened. I knew either way it went , if I seen you again I would shake your hand an thank you .Your desision made such a impact on mylife , it gave me a chance to try to get close to what I lost because of my disability. I just wanted to tell you that A friend !!!!!! TM.

Judge: Randolph E Schum
Date Posted: 3/29/2013 8:27:21 AM
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He's very conservative and will only pay very strong cases. Can be snide/sarcastic in comments to reps. Does not hide his disdain for the ill-prepared or people with credibility issues.

Judge: Michael D Tucevich
Date Posted: 3/23/2013 1:32:58 AM
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ALJ T is the greatest ALJ in the Phoenix ODAR officer, besides ALJ Moulaison. He is fair in his judgments and is the most comical in regards to his court hearings. The thoroughness he displays in his decisions is excellent, and there's a reason he's been on the bench for all these years.

Judge: James E Seiler
Date Posted: 3/18/2013 10:58:42 PM
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Does anyone know how long it takes Judge Seiler to send his decision out? I seen him in December and he sent me to a consultative exam,my attorney just send in her final brief to Judge Seiler about 2 1/2 weeks ago.Any help about how long Judge Seiler takes to send his decision out,would be greatly appreciated

Judge: Ronald S Robins
Date Posted: 2/13/2013 1:45:46 PM
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Its been awhile since I heard back from his office, look forward to his decision in my case. I must say he returned the same respect I gave him, but didn't have a medical expert or a vocational expert at my hearing? How can I defend my position if I cannot cross examine the states withnesses. Otherwise he listened and made total since when answering my questions.

Judge: Randolph E Schum
Date Posted: 2/6/2013 1:36:04 PM
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I have heard that this Judge is possibly in cahoots with some Dr. Spencer guy who just does what he's told. Who appoints these people?

Judge: James E Seiler
Date Posted: 1/23/2013 11:03:13 AM
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He didnt talk at all at my hearing. Just swore me in. He is very informal. I like him because he gave me an approval.

Judge: Michael D Tucevich
Date Posted: 12/31/2012 12:03:35 AM
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Agreed. I would love for the current commissioner or whomever is selected to actually sit in on hearings for judge's like this. The hearing process is supposed to be non-adversarial but this poor excuse for a human being is somehow unaware.

Judge: Michael D Tucevich
Date Posted: 12/6/2012 12:57:50 PM
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This ALJ is very bias, outrageous, unenthical, screams and yells, believes everyone else in untruthful and not forcoming if there is a slight difference or misunderstanding in communications. He see himself as a GOD like figure and treats the claimant as a criminal who should be locked up for life. I could hear him yelling through the door at the claimant before me, and he yelled as me as well, even though I was doing the best I could considering I had not had my medication. The doctor on the phone had advised him that she did recommend an approval for my disability, but he wanted me to give up what was owed to me (in back pay), and take less in payments from SSDI in order to approve my claim. This (ALJ) clearly has no respect for his oath, postion, or people and should be removed from the bench and duties he has abused.

Judge: John W Wojciechowski
Date Posted: 11/14/2012 12:54:09 PM
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very little knowledge or sympathy for mental impairments. Very condescending and argumentative with claimant.

Judge: Randolph E Schum
Date Posted: 10/15/2012 9:43:06 AM
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This judge is one of the most fair, judicious judges in the system. He is highly intelligent and takes great care and concern in deciding his decisions.

Judge: Joan G Knight
Date Posted: 10/5/2012 12:01:16 PM
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The only opinion she valued was that of the psychologist and none of my doctors... highly prejudicial! She is far from fair and objective. I only hope she never finds herself disabled and at the mercy of a judge who rules like she does... good luck with that.

Judge: Joan G Knight
Date Posted: 9/23/2012 4:45:12 PM
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She is an excellent judge. Takes her job seriously. More than some of the other judges that practice. Someone who is not disabled, should not get disability payments. Everyone that works with her feels the same.

Judge: Claudi L Rosen-Underwood
Date Posted: 9/14/2012 9:32:47 PM
Submited By: Paul



this judge listened to my case she is very proffesional very effeciant going into her court was like how i ran my crew when i could work a well oiled machine

Judge: RONALD C DICKINSON
Date Posted: 8/21/2012 9:01:11 PM
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Decent judge. Usually, does some of the questioning but leaves room for you to ask the questions of your client. Usually, will ask for a closing at the end.

Judge: Philip E Moulaison
Date Posted: 8/18/2012 12:37:33 PM
Submited By: nancy schmid



Thank you for your kindness and fairness.

Judge: Randolph E Schum
Date Posted: 8/8/2012 11:18:02 AM
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A horrible person. One of the worst ALJs out there.

Judge: Michael D Tucevich
Date Posted: 8/6/2012 2:32:05 PM
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This ALJ tends to say outrageous comments and belittle people. Prepare your claimant for either a 5 minute hearing or a 45 minute berating. The ALJ will often talk off the record before the hearing and try to get you to withdraw, amend or simply tell you he will grant the case. If he does not intend to grant the case then the ALJ focuses on any part of the claim he perceives as criminal or fraudulent and will cross-examine your claimant as if in criminal court. As a result, a claimant will often leave the hearing in tears or furious.

Judge: Joan G Knight
Date Posted: 8/4/2012 3:13:11 PM
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Glad you practice in front of her. Her stats tell the story.

Judge: Ronald S Robins
Date Posted: 8/4/2012 2:48:48 AM
Submited By: KD Fritz



I will have to say, Judge Robins really made me feel at ease. I went in to do one thing, tell the complete truth, obviously, as to my condition and why I am unable to work. I do not know the outcome at this point, but whatever it is, I fully believe that Judge Robins will make the best decision for me. I consider myself a very stoic person; however, when I had to explain the difficulty I had coming to grips with leaving my career behind, I tried extremely hard to not sound as though I was about to bawl! Just not being able to do what I loved to do for 22 years of my life. I hope that who ever reads this understands that these administrative law judges really do make decisions on what your best interest may be. We just might not be able to see it at the time.

Judge: Joan G Knight
Date Posted: 8/1/2012 3:50:07 PM
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She does her decisions with objective facts and evidence. I practiced in front of her and found her to make her decision on evidence. If you don't meet the standards of federal law, you are not disabled. She affirms when it is justified.

Judge: Kathleen Mucerino
Date Posted: 6/26/2012 2:08:28 PM
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Disorganized and crabby.

Judge: Diana Weaver
Date Posted: 6/26/2012 9:16:49 AM
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The best ALJ in Phoenix. Will grant favorable bench decisions if at all possible.

Judge: Diana Weaver
Date Posted: 6/26/2012 7:42:30 AM
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I have represented many clients in hearings before Judge Weaver. She has a very kind, compassionate demeanor. Her hearings are very thorough, with ample time for the client to discuss her or his concerns. In my view, she is one of the finest ALJs in the US.

Judge: Joan G Knight
Date Posted: 5/17/2012 1:27:30 PM
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26% approval rating tells me far from fair and objective.

Judge: Joan G Knight
Date Posted: 4/30/2012 12:06:47 PM
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FAIR AND OBJECTIVE

Judge: Randolph E Schum
Date Posted: 4/28/2012 9:49:00 AM
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A good man and a great humanitarian. My son Timmy was able to get new crutches because of him.