Tucson, Arizona ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Tucson, Arizona, 6 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Tucson, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 10.0 months. The average case processing time in Tucson is 345 days.The Tucson 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 Tucson ODAR office was last updated on 4/8/2014.

SSA, Tucson ODAR Office
Rio Nuevo Professional Plaza, Suite 265
201 N. Bonita Ave.
Tucson, Arizona 85745
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Phone: 888-383-8694 -- Fax: (520) 670-6909
eFile Fax: (877)394-4580 (For sending evidence)

OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Tucson 6 10.0 months 345 days 2.3 17% 50% 33%
Arizona10.3 months353 days2.019%44%37%
National Average:11.9 months392 days2.019%44%38%
Hearing Wait Time: 10.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 2.32
Average Processing Time 345 days
Cases Pending 4667
Dispositions 1654
New Cases 2526
Hearings In Person 54%
Video Hearings 46%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied
Judge Peter J Baum 22%55%24%
Judge Norman R Buls 16%44%40%
Judge Laura S Havens 17%43%40%
Judge Larry E Johnson 18%55%28%
Judge Lauren R Mathon 13%49%38%
Judge George W Reyes 17%53%30%

Comments about Judges at the Tucson Arizona ODAR office:

To leave your own comment, select a judge from the list above and leave a comment on that judge's page.

Judge: Larry E Johnson
Date Posted: 1/14/2014 4:25:40 PM
Submited By: Sherry



I wish to thank Judge Larry E. Johnson for his fairness, and understanding. He can not begin to know the life change he has given to me. After a life of horrific pain and struggle, he saw that the blows from the hammer of life had taken it's toll. I have been a recluse for so very long. He is a very compassionate , and understanding human being.

Judge: George W Reyes
Date Posted: 1/14/2014 11:46:03 AM
Submited By: pl



I think he is very professional,it took 2 times,but understandable....my attorney did not get all info in in time !

Judge: Lauren R Mathon
Date Posted: 12/21/2013 11:39:41 PM
Submited By: gf



This judge is one of those people that use the truth your swore to tell against you in every possible way. It seems that she has a personal vendetta against disabled people. After doing some searching, I found that she has one of the lowest approval rates in the COUNTRY. Like the person above mentioned, she cuts people off in the middle of their answers and is just plain mean to the disabled and their attorney. I've spoken to several people after their hearings and kept in contact with them after their hearings just to hear about the decision. Out of 8 people, 8 were denied. This woman is viciously biased against people with disabilities and all who represent them.

Judge: Norman R Buls
Date Posted: 10/17/2013 2:47:55 PM
Submited By: hard rock



Judge Buls made time on his very busy schedule to address my dire needs request when no one else would.I found him to be a no nonsense and right to the point type of Judge and also a very fair Judge..make sure to control your emotions because he is there to help you and he cant do that if tears are running down your face.

Judge: Larry E Johnson
Date Posted: 9/16/2013 8:10:00 AM
Submited By: Diane



I just found out attorney, john kunlein, requested my medical records one month before my hearing. He went back only one year. Why didn't the judge question that?

Judge: Norman R Buls
Date Posted: 9/10/2013 10:09:38 AM
Submited By:



This judge denied my claim twice. All he knows how to do is try and find one little thing to give him an excuse to deny people's claims. He completely disregarded all the favorable supporting medical evidence going back 12 or 13 years and even his own ordered evaluation, which was favorable. I don't know what is so miserable in his life that he feels he needs to take it out on deserving individuals but it is a horrible injustice. He has no business being a judge with his personality. My lawyer even said he should have never been appointed a judge. Currently my claim is back at the appeals board. Since this judge didn't do what the appeals council ordered him to do the first time it was remanded back to him, I don't think they are going to be too happy. God I feel for anyone who is assigned this miserable old man as a judge.

Judge: Norman R Buls
Date Posted: 8/3/2013 2:09:50 PM
Submited By: helpless



I hope that all the judges take into consideration that some of us might look healthy but in reality are not and there isn't any medical help for single adults in Arizona. Judge Buls I am asking for more consideration, than just your Doctors evaluation which he was more concerned that me teeth were still there, would not listen to anything I had to say and I could not perform most of what he asked and wrote something different. At consideration level I should have been sent to another Doctor for my new illness Calcified Menginoma and it was not considered. Please look at all the facts.

Judge: Larry E Johnson
Date Posted: 6/20/2013 5:39:13 AM
Submited By: Diane



I feel blindsided by my attorney as well. We didn't even have a meeting beforehand nor did he recommend witnesses that have seen my decline. I thought a vocational expert would be there, but there wasn't. My background is restaurant, floral and retail. All involves strenuous work, which I can no longer do. The system really doesn't work, and at 61 my life is ruined. I needed a hand up, not a hand out.

Judge: Larry E Johnson
Date Posted: 6/20/2013 5:06:37 AM
Submited By: Diane



I have 3 medical conditions and will turn 61 in August. I was denied. Judge made it very clear, I looked "too good " to receive benefits. I have osteoarthritis of both shoulders and neck, Interstitial cystitis and epelepsy.

Judge: Norman R Buls
Date Posted: 4/13/2013 11:17:51 PM
Submited By: paula perkins



He helped my mom case approved it se has been trying since 2009 finally won

Judge: Lauren R Mathon
Date Posted: 1/30/2013 3:59:01 PM
Submited By:



My best friend went before this Judge. J. Mathon told my friend, if she didn't stop crying and being so emotional the judge was goiong to make her come back another time. My friend was there for emotional disorders ~and has knee & back problems~ The Judge kept cutting her AND her attorney off while they were trying to answer questions. Mathon didn't believe that my friend actually doesn't do or go anywhere unless it ABSOLUTELY has to be done. She washes under garments out in the sink and Mathon said, "So, you DO, do laundry. You just told me you didn't!". There's much more to say but not enough room. The lawyer even came out and apologized several times for the way my friend was treated.People who scam the system seem to get help but not those who are in desperate need of it. How sad. Since there's more room to write, I just want you to beware and be prepared if this is the judge you have to go up to. Good luck to you, cause we didn't have any.

Judge: Peter J Baum
Date Posted: 12/20/2012 11:52:16 AM
Submited By:



Fair, happy with case

Judge: Larry E Johnson
Date Posted: 11/16/2012 11:12:53 AM
Submited By:



It should be known that Judge Johnson saved a life recently. By way of his diligence and willingness to consider records spanning close to three decades, Judge Johnson saved the life of a woman who was at risk of otherwise falling through the gaps. She was also at her wits end, and reports she would have killed herself if she had not received this help as she was unable to pay for the care she needs, and was unable to make the simplist arrangements to seek help for herself.

Judge: Lauren R Mathon
Date Posted: 10/12/2012 11:20:32 AM
Submited By: JA



She seemed nice, professional and thorough to me.

Judge: Larry E Johnson
Date Posted: 8/27/2012 12:17:21 AM
Submited By:



I was surprised to see that ALJ Johnson has better stats than the other 5 Tucson ALJs for 2012. Although this ALJ was a likeable guy at the hearing, his decision had very little to do with the evidence presented. He completely disregarded the testimony from his own vocational expert. He discounted ALL favorable medical opinion and ALL lay witness testimony for the flimsiest of reasons. Many of his finding of facts were inaccurate or simply made up of whole cloth. My conclusion: this ALJ is just plain lazy (which, I suppose, is still better than "evil").

Judge: Lauren R Mathon
Date Posted: 6/26/2012 7:45:12 AM
Submited By:



Beware. A real ... on steroids. Plays intimidation games with clients and attorneys.