Fresno, California ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Fresno, California, 8 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Fresno, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 19.0 months. The average case processing time in Fresno is 578 days.The Fresno average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 34%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Fresno ODAR office was last updated on 5/19/2016.

SSA, Fresno ODAR Office
2440 Tulare Street, Suite 300
Fresno, California 93721
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Phone: 1-866-596-7568 -- Fax: (559) 443-1281
eFile Fax: (877)394-4582 (For sending evidence)

OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Fresno 8 19.0 months 578 days 1.7 18% 34% 48%
California16.9 months524 days1.819%45%36%
National Average:15.9 months509 days1.920%44%37%
Hearing Wait Time: 19.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 1.71
Average Processing Time 578 days
Cases Pending 6101
Dispositions 1205
New Cases 1716
Hearings In Person 95%
Video Hearings 5%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied
Judge John Cusker 18%31%52%
Judge Cynthia Floyd 15%34%51%
Judge Paula Fow 0%100%0%
Judge Kevin Gill 15%57%28%
Judge Sharon L Madsen 14%32%55%
Judge Vincent Misenti 23%31%46%
Judge Danny Pittman 22%39%39%
Judge Kelly Walls 0%22%78%

Comments about Judges at the Fresno California ODAR office:

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Judge: John Cusker
Date Posted: 5/19/2016 7:52:33 PM
Submited By: Ronald Pierce

Got a partially favorable out of this pugnacious judge back in 2012. Was find with his ruling but appealed a couple of things he erred on. Appeals Council appeared to agree with me and vacated his decision on remand to fix those things. He was not happy. So he waits almost ninety days and rules on my birthday I'm now no longer disabled at all. This judge is a menace to the public and will use his office to target claimants he doesn't like. He's rude and insinuating. You get this judge? Request recusal for your own sake.

Judge: Serena S Hong
Date Posted: 2/1/2016 4:55:24 PM
Submited By: Jon Martin

Had my hearing in Jan, 2016! Judge Hong was very nice and easy to talk with, I thought I would have time to meet with my lawyer but it didn't happen. Not her fault! Hope all goes well.

Judge: Serena S Hong
Date Posted: 1/21/2016 9:36:33 PM
Submited By: D J Davis

Judge Hong was friendly and personable during my hearing in October; hoping to hear her decision soon!

Judge: Danny Pittman
Date Posted: 12/18/2015 4:27:04 PM
Submited By: Bernadine Martin

Danny Pittman has denied me twice I have worked about 30years. First denied he made a decision before more medical records came. Then they tell me I can work with limitations then I hear I can't work then they I can work. As I deal with since 2010 until this year he denied me again. Medical records and X-rays don't lie and doctors will not put their jobs on the line to lie. I am a dietbic, depression, insomnia, shoulder needs to be replace knee replacement glacoma, two disc problems in my lower back, can't sleep on my back. I feel it's discrimination because I am native Americans/African American. I wasn't treated fairly and that's not right or fair I have other medical condition but my records is on file. I been fighting to get my Disabilty since 2010.

Judge: Sharon L Madsen
Date Posted: 12/6/2015 9:06:27 PM
Submited By: None comment

I just had a hearing with judge madden just recently and my case was denied even though my doctor signed off on my disability. I guess have 6 screws n your neck does not qualify you to be disabled. My attorney was shocked that we lost. If my hearing was in San Jose I would hav been award on this case. Now my attorney appealing this case.

Judge: Tamia N Gordon
Date Posted: 8/9/2015 8:11:39 AM
Submited By: Carlos Rafael Diaz

The judge Gordon is very professional,human,and respectfully.I had a hearing with Judge Gordon on August 4,2015.I still waiting for my decision.She is a very special person.

Judge: Tamia N Gordon
Date Posted: 6/20/2015 1:02:36 PM
Submited By: Georgia Martin

I had this judge on 05/15/2015 was denied but i can't fault her she was on doing her job by going by the rules and after reading her decision why I was denied I would have to agree because lawyers don't summit all your medical documents, medical history also your doctor's don't properly document your findings and history properly. So don't blame the judge blame the ones we have represented us and ourselves for not making sure everything is in files before meeting with judges. I went before this judge and was denied but I would give her a 5 star rating because she was polite, listen and took every piece of evidence that was given to her in to consideration, because they most important part of my disability was not present like my fibromyalgia and hypothyroidism. Thank you. ALJ for doing your job well. May the Lord continue blessing you in all areas of your life God Bless.

Judge: Jeffrey A Hatfield
Date Posted: 6/17/2015 6:20:52 AM
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Good Judge! Walked in the court room nervous, but got relaxed quickly. Asked me few questions and I answered it as is. My lawyer also answered it. Judge asked me if I could shower, cook and drive. I said yes, yes and yes, but may have hard time to cook if I have to reach anything over my head level. And Judge asked me again, if everything is below your head level, can you cook? I said yes. Fully won. Great weight given to my 100% VA and great weight given to my doctors statement. Very nice guy. Thank you.

Judge: Andrew Verne
Date Posted: 3/3/2015 3:36:46 PM
Submited By: Deborah

I had the pleasure to have my hearing with Judge Verne and before I go on I have not had a decision made on my claim. Judge Verne was very compassionate and patient man. He listens to you very carefully and speaks to you in a soft demeanor which will help you to relax and get through your hearing. However caution should be used for Judge Verne he is highly intelligent and does his homework reviewing your case records. He is a new SSA ALJ but you would never know this based on the above mentioned. I wish him luck on his new career and everyone that will appear before him.

Judge: Danny Pittman
Date Posted: 1/14/2015 3:04:44 PM
Submited By: Jerry Ballard

This judge did not do his Home work. the court refused to allow me to present evidence I thought important and in the letter that followed after my day in Court, I was called a liar while my disabilities are fully documented from the military. He chose to use a reference from a Doctor at VA Hospital named Dr. Martin Lauber who lied and falsified my Medical Records and He never mentioned that I said under oath that the Doctor lied and i could prove it. In my view, This Judge must get paid by Social Security to deny certain cases. I worked 40 years and paid into Social Security and when I become Disabled? I can't draw my Social Security because the social Security Administration robes us who are disabled I am 80% disabled from VA I have 50% sleeping Disorder and 30% nerve damage from active duty in the Military. I have been to 4 Physical Rehabs and over 3000 pages of medical records. The fact is I did not get my Disability because I am white and not Hispanic. Social Security you are crooks and i bet you pay an incentive to judges who deny cases too but that is my view and my right to hold it. my social security goes to social Security unions for their trips not to those who need it

Judge: Michael J Kopicki
Date Posted: 8/13/2014 3:41:30 PM
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A fairly good judge. I have appeared in front of Judge Kopicki a number of times and I find him to be intelligent, sincere, and thorough, even in cases he turned down. If a case he turned down is remanded to him he has been fair about reconsidering his prior decision. He is neither liberal nor conservative in his decisions. On occasion he has prejudged a case and digs in his heels during the hearing, but usually he is open-minded. I have not seen him to be cyncial.

Judge: Cynthia Floyd
Date Posted: 4/12/2014 5:31:46 PM
Submited By: Edith

Be prepared for the worst. She rolls her eyes, gasps for air, and plunges her body on the bench incessantly. When attempting to coax you into telling her things you can do, she bobs her head up and down. She will not allow you to talk about all your conditions; only the ones she wants to talk about. She will omit any medical evidence which supports your case. She is also a liar. She will state you said things and reported conditions that are not supported by the transcript. Maybe she doesn't know that the claimant and attorney are privy to transcripts. With this judge, if you can make a sandwich, you're a chef. If you can take a bath, you're a lifeguard. If you can drive a car, you're a taxi driver. If you can buy a gallon of milk, you're a seasoned shopper. If you can pick up a broken glass, you're a housekeeper. If you can watch television, you're a movie producer. If you live with someone, you are a socialite and get along well with others. If you live alone, you are 100% self sufficient and therefore, not disabled. If you stopped taking meds due to finances, you've not followed doctors orders. If you have continually taken prescribed medicines, your medical condition is being controlled with said medicines. She relies heavily on the initial SSDI findings of years past and discredits opposing and more recent medical opinions. This, in spite of the fact that you have probably never met with a state employed doctor. Her apparent knowledge of the law is nil. Her propensity for error is unmatched. Her ethics do not encompass common honesty as falsehoods and lies abound.

Judge: Sherrill A. L Carvalho
Date Posted: 3/6/2014 11:33:14 AM
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Prepare your client to be cross-examined. This judge is not rude or hostile, but she comes across as not believing anything the client says. My client testified that a doctor told her something, and the ALJ crossed her on who and when. She did this repeatedly.

Judge: Tamia N Gordon
Date Posted: 2/28/2014 3:22:58 PM
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Denied my very mentally ill son, this judge is one of the worst in Fresno. Totally non compassionate. Hopefully we don't lose our son because of her decision.

Judge: Danny Pittman
Date Posted: 1/17/2014 2:58:56 PM
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This is the worst alu judge I know he denied me cause I visit my dad and go to church he reasons other then that were lies said I had surgery I never did claimed I made statements that werent true and attacked my character waiting for appeals decision to take case to federal court

Judge: Sandra R DiMaggio Wallis
Date Posted: 11/25/2013 5:31:13 AM
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i am just sicken to be denied again. i worked hard in my young yrs and now that im sick i have to beg to be approved what i have paid into.

Judge: Sharon L Madsen
Date Posted: 10/31/2013 1:44:20 PM
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Judge Madsen will be pleasant enough at the hearings. She use to be a decision writer. Her life experiences do not make for a sympathic judge. She has no feel for what people are saying nor does it seem to register that some people may be in real pain. I many times wonder why bother having a hearing with her. Her approval ratings are dismal. She interprets the medical evidence in a harsh light and adverse to the claimant. Even if she approves someone she then amends the onset date to a later date for not real strong reasons. You will leave the hearing thinking she is a nice judge, sympathetic and she will be fair. That has not been my experience at all. I have been in front of her over 25 times.

Judge: John Cusker
Date Posted: 8/10/2013 6:19:21 PM

I was declared %100 disabled around 2000 by a board certified pain specialist. I have applied foe dissability 16 previous. I have been denied every time. Over these many years I have lost my home and every possesion worth anything to support my two children. I have developed savier depression i have attempted suicide 7 times before seeing this judge and once when again I recieved his denial after waiting 70 day.s for a responce.I am couch ridden and cannot walk without really bad back pain froma spinal tear. I went befor Cuscer may 29th 2013. I was bankrupt and owed friends and relatives $30,000. I am unable to sit in a chair without pillows allowing my back to be at 45' angle. Cuscer mocked me for bringing the pillows to court. Both my G.P. and psychiatrist reported limitations that resulted in no jobs available for me.He still denied me!STUNNED

Judge: John Cusker
Date Posted: 5/26/2013 9:03:21 PM
Submited By: Love2001

I went to court on 03/22/2013 This Judge comes across as being rude, However he really does listen. He asked questions about my case that were really important. By the end of the trial I wasn't sure if he was on my side or against me. With all that said, I just received a fully favorable award letter on 05/23/2013. I'm so excited!!!!

Judge: Christopher Larsen
Date Posted: 5/17/2013 9:17:15 AM
Submited By: Mike

Judge Larsen is a knowledgable, thorough, and fair judge. It's too bad any hot-headed sore loser can post whatever they want onto this website with impunity.

Judge: Sandra R DiMaggio Wallis
Date Posted: 4/19/2013 9:32:33 PM
Submited By: vance adams

I have found through personal interaction that Judge S oandra R DiMaggio Wallis is a consummate professional who engages claimants with an object and open mindset. It is my hope that she continue to facilitate her duties with the application of knowledge and the faculty of wisdom with which she has received from our Most High God.

Judge: Vincent Misenti
Date Posted: 4/19/2013 6:30:55 AM
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This ALJ challenged my question to the claimant as to what restrictions his doctor had given him. The ALJ said the question was not admissible because it was hearsay. What does this say about his knowledge about administrative/SS hearings

Judge: Vincent Misenti
Date Posted: 4/12/2013 8:12:37 PM
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Misenti was an ALJ for the California Department of Social Services, widely regarded as the worst in the state. He doesn't listen, learn or reason, and thinks most claimants/applicants are malingerers.

Judge: Tamia N Gordon
Date Posted: 3/24/2013 9:42:40 PM
Submited By: Joe Applicant

Very Fair, very thorough in her decision process, I wish to address all of the people leaving negative feedback on this website. If you have all of your documents in order and have followed all of the rules you have nothing to worried about. This is a legal process that goes by the guidelines that are thoroughly spelled out for each individual if you follow them and meet the requirements for being disabled you will be given a favorable decision, If you do not meet the requirements then stop crying and complaining about the Judge was not fair to you, because baby the judge was fair, you where the one that was unprepared. You and you your self are to blame if you do not get a favorable rating. Follow the law and the law will prevail in your favor.

Judge: John Cusker
Date Posted: 3/24/2013 10:58:42 AM
Submited By: MR.GARCIA


Judge: Michael J Kopicki
Date Posted: 1/26/2013 5:49:06 PM
Submited By: anthony dominguez

Judge was fair

Judge: John Cusker
Date Posted: 1/26/2013 2:12:33 PM
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This Judge is RUDE and inconsiderate. I wish they would allow the lawyers to choose the judge that will review your case.Everything you say he acts as if it is a lie.

Judge: Caroline H Beers
Date Posted: 1/18/2013 1:15:39 PM
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Her approval rating must be an error. She may seem nice, but she NEVER grants.

Judge: Michael J Haubner
Date Posted: 12/26/2012 9:27:43 AM
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He left Social Security in Dec. 2012 for a judge job back east.

Judge: Michael J Haubner
Date Posted: 12/11/2012 9:29:08 PM
Submited By: Pete R.

He's definitely persistent, so I wouldn't beat around the bush or try to B.S. him. Bottom line, he's fair and he obviously does his homework, he knew my case better than my own lawyer.

Judge: Christopher Larsen
Date Posted: 11/30/2012 6:20:03 PM
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He actually lied and manipulated evidence. He wrote things in the report without ever having asked me what my side of the story was. (The truth was MARKEDLY different than what he wrote!!)Larsen is very weaselly and cannot be trusted. Be SURE you have an attorney. You will not be treated fairly and he will have no qualms about lying in order to "win".

Judge: Christopher Larsen
Date Posted: 11/16/2012 11:16:09 PM
Submited By: SC

I just wanted to say thank you Judge Larsen for allowing me to speak my case. When I stood, to compose myself, your intent look, I knew you where concerned about me as a human being. I don't know what way this man is going to see my case, all I can say is - no matter what the outcome, your conduct was very professional. Have a great Thanksgiving - and Christmas. .

Judge: Robert E Lowenstein
Date Posted: 10/23/2012 3:14:38 PM
Submited By: Richard Donaldson

I knew Mr. Lowenstein before he became a judge. He is an extremely knowledgeable attorney and a decent human being, a combination of qualities rarely possessed by the same person. The Agency is fortunate to have him; claimants are blessed to have their cases decided by him, and the hearing level adjudication process is far better off merely because he is a part of it.

Judge: Jeffrey A Hatfield
Date Posted: 10/18/2012 1:25:44 PM
Submited By: Jim Hustin

I waited over a year! ....and was denied the first time filing upon my own. It was over a year before I went in front of Judge Hatfield. I had a strong disability case ..and I truly suffered while waiting to see the judge. He was a very compassionate, and I will never forget him! for listening and helping me with my case.. HOWEVER?.. he's not a push over by no means! he looks at all the facts very well before making his final decision, but he will be fare and is a very good listener! and a good judge!

Judge: Sandra R DiMaggio Wallis
Date Posted: 7/11/2012 1:36:20 PM
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Judge: Danny Pittman
Date Posted: 7/6/2012 11:35:43 PM
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This so called Judge ( puppet ) is Put in a position to do the right thing And completely and utterly failed us. Looking over his ruling with our Newley Hired attorney I'm completely beside Myself, that his ruling was unfavorable. He left out so much! If I were to do my Job like he did for us we would be in the Soup line. I do find solace in the fact That every knee shall bow. And everyone Will give an account for the things they've Done and in this case haven't done.

Judge: Tamia N Gordon
Date Posted: 7/5/2012 6:20:24 PM
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comes off very nice and sweet but her decisions due not refect her attitude on the bench.

Judge: Michael J Haubner
Date Posted: 6/26/2012 7:58:12 AM
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Many clients and attorneys are put off by his demeanor. He gives a first impression of being very rigid, brusque--almost to the point of rudeness. (I think he was either a prosecutor, a drill instructor, or a nun in his past life!) While I respect (and agree with) his well-intentioned attempts to expedite and bring more efficiency to the hearing process, I feel he goes a bit overboard in interrupting and reprimanding clients for every single (in his mind) "incorrect" response. Of course, this management style, especially his rigid insistence on limiting comments to only "yes" or "no" responses to questions is fertile, easy ground successful AC appeals.

Judge: Michael J Kopicki
Date Posted: 6/2/2012 5:44:27 PM
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Terrible judge. Ignores evidence; twists statements, and is one of the most cynical individuals I have ever dealt with. Believes he knows more than doctors' do. I sincerely feet sorry for any disabled individual that has to go in front of him. Personally speaking, I don't think he's that intelligent and informed medically, despite what I am sure he believes of himself.

Judge: Jeffrey A Hatfield
Date Posted: 5/22/2012 4:50:36 PM
Submited By: JasonLee

This judge is pretty fair, he's appears to be all business with his findings, but is also very kind and seems compassionate if you are truly disabled. I personally went before him and at the end , he told me that he was sorry that the system had taken so long to review my case..

Judge: John Cusker
Date Posted: 5/15/2012 3:06:43 PM
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Below average ALJ. Not pleasant at all to deal with and borderline rude. He will search and search for any apparent inconsistency that would not be normally material to most average ALJs but use that against a Claimant in reference to credibility. I don't believe his decisions are well written so remand is frequent.

Judge: Sharon L Madsen
Date Posted: 4/30/2012 8:01:33 AM
Submited By: plm

went to court on the 17th of april and had this judge she was very kind and seemed to really care. i have been having anxiety on this hearing it's been a emotional rode but it wasn't so bad thanks to her thank you for that

Judge: James P Berry
Date Posted: 3/27/2012 2:42:44 PM
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He retired at the end of December 2011

Judge: Sherrill A. L Carvalho
Date Posted: 3/14/2012 10:30:29 PM
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