Denver, Colorado ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Denver, Colorado, 15 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Denver, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 11.0 months. The average case processing time in Denver is 359 days.The Denver average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 44%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Denver ODAR office was last updated on 7/9/2014.

SSA, Denver ODAR Office
1244 Speer Boulevard, Suite 752
Denver, Colorado 80204-3584
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Phone: 888-383-8889 -- Fax: (303) 844-5817
eFile Fax: 877-389-4221 (For sending evidence)

OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Denver 15 11.0 months 359 days 2.1 22% 44% 35%
Colorado10.8 months344 days2.122%43%35%
National Average:12.3 months400 days2.018%44%38%
Hearing Wait Time: 11.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 2.05
Average Processing Time 359 days
Cases Pending 6372
Dispositions 4654
New Cases 4850
Hearings In Person 93%
Video Hearings 7%

Comments about Judges at the Denver Colorado ODAR office:

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Judge: Jennifer B Millington
Date Posted: 6/30/2014 10:02:34 AM
Submited By: mike

I have appeared many times before ALJ Millington and she has the most pleasant personality and temperament of all the Denver ODAR judges. Of course, everyone has a bad day, I guess, but a "nasty temper" is something I have never seen. She is also one of the few judges I have appealed, obtained a remand from the US District Court back to her, and, after a rehearing, she agreed with me and reversed herself, granting benefits. I am always relieved to get her on an SSDI or SSI claim. I know she is going to treat my client like a human being and she will listen carefully. I think she reads the file well before the hearing.

Judge: Kurt D Schuman
Date Posted: 3/20/2014 3:41:51 PM
Submited By:

Judge Schuman tends to stick close to a script for the beginning of his questions and then delves deeper if he sees anything that isn't in the record or that is confusing. He tends to be moderately prepared for the hearings beforehand, reviewing the evidence somewhat. However, he's cagey and tries to confuse reps with whether he'll grant or not. Hearings tend towards an hour long. Nice in person to most reps, but he'll push claimants ******* certain issues, such as lack of exercise, post-onset work activity, age, and even how they pay the bills. He is very understanding to inability to afford treatment. Apparently he was kicked out of the Denver office and does most hearings in Casper, WY. All in all, a middling type of judge.

Judge: Lyle Olson
Date Posted: 2/10/2014 2:15:25 AM
Submited By: Daniel R Zirbes

Awakened by a bad dream again. In it, running, searching, knowing safe harbor is close, shelter I afforded myself. Awakened, realizing reality, I find no succor.

Judge: Lyle Olson
Date Posted: 2/8/2014 9:32:13 AM
Submited By: Daniel R zirbes


Judge: Lyle Olson
Date Posted: 2/8/2014 9:31:52 AM
Submited By: Daniel R zirbes


Judge: Lowell Fortune
Date Posted: 2/4/2014 11:22:12 PM
Submited By:

Judge Fortune wrote in his decision that I did not display the symptoms of PTSD in the courtroom. I thought it was the judge's job to examine the facts and put together the puzzle from what the doctors diagnosed, not to diagnose conditions themselves, after all they are not doctors so they do not have the training to diagnose medical conditions. I was discharged from the military for PTSD and am currently rated 100% disabled by the Veteran's Administration for PTSD, based on their doctors who specialize in PTSD, but I guess judge fortune (I did not capitalize intentionally) knows more about PTSD than the dozen or so doctors I have seen and am still seeing from the military and VA. Also, he was very disrespectful and utterly rude. Two things that have no place from a judge. Maybe his parents never taught him to treat people properly. I have never said someone should be fired but judge lowell fortune has no business as a judge!!!

Judge: Michael G Heitz
Date Posted: 10/4/2013 9:55:23 PM
Submited By: Carol

this alj has published papers on TBI and KNOWS the disability effects differ from day to day, even hour to hour. I truthfully answered "yes" bcuz i have swept snow off my 2x2 foot front porch some days--said that qualifies me to be a maid..never mind I forget where I park my car or if I've put away the milk, turned off the stove, etc. Johns Hopkins brain surgeon report AND NIH study for effects of headaches that last for days...also said I could be pipe fitter -- omg, documented nerve damage to my dominant hand. He disregarded the fact that I get lost easily and pointed to all the jobs that are 20 miles away from where I CAN navigate.

Judge: Lowell Fortune
Date Posted: 4/19/2013 10:23:18 AM
Submited By:

What is Judge Fortune's allowance rate on remand?

Judge: Patricia C Henry
Date Posted: 3/18/2013 9:55:32 AM
Submited By:

Read what she did to me @

Judge: Patricia C Henry
Date Posted: 2/4/2013 8:26:21 PM
Submited By:

I agree with one other commenter - this judge is a total idiot!!! She needs to be admitted to a mental health unit and that's no lie!!!!

Judge: Kurt Schuman
Date Posted: 1/30/2013 12:28:48 PM
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He signed my friends' death warrant by denying her Social Security by saying "She just needs to lose weight." Will losing weight grow her a new kidney, make neuropathy in legs go away, make post polio syndrome go away, make depression from illnesses for so long, make uncontrollable anxiety go away? ...." He's a jerk. I am writing anyone who will listen.

Judge: Lowell Fortune
Date Posted: 1/16/2013 4:51:33 PM
Submited By: Shawn West

Judge fortune or mis-fortune as he is referred to by those who have the mis fortune to be in his court is the worst type of person the world has produced. I have been in front of him three times and each time he is more rude and strange the previous times. I had four experts witnesses find in my favor, two are doctors, one was fortunes own expert on my kind of heart condition and the vocation expert, he had gone out and found another doctor that said I was not disabled. To call this obscene is an understatement and to call him a professional or judge is and over statement. If you get this judge, be afraid, very afraid. He is charge of peoples lives and shouldn't be in charge of a broom.

Judge: Marsha Stroup
Date Posted: 1/2/2013 1:11:30 PM
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She is actually the Regional Chief Judge, and doesn't really do many Utah cases.

Judge: Jennifer B Millington
Date Posted: 12/5/2012 11:08:38 PM
Submited By:

Disorganized and nasty temper.

Judge: Lowell Fortune
Date Posted: 11/30/2012 11:31:55 PM
Submited By:

This man needs to see a therapist himself!

Judge: Lowell Fortune
Date Posted: 11/27/2012 11:32:36 AM
Submited By: Tom

This man is very disrespectfull he started my hearing by lecturing me. He went so far as to call one of my highly reguarded doctors a lire, He was very hostile and seemed to have an agenda of making a personal attack

Judge: Lowell Fortune
Date Posted: 9/17/2012 4:17:32 AM
Submited By: Ben T. Over

He should be called a federal pre-judge. He is the epitome of disrespect and biased analysis. After destroying so many lives, I can only hope that he doesn't sleep well at night. But, then again, I should know better; a psychopath is incapcable of empathy or remorse.

Judge: Patricia E Hartman
Date Posted: 7/24/2012 9:38:47 PM
Submited By: JC

I am a lawyer in Denver Colorado and I just had a hearing before her. Although I have not received the decision yet, I thought she handled the hearing more than appropriately. Her questions were thorough, she was polite, on top of the record and honed in on the appropriate records. At this time, I will give her a top rating.

Judge: Lowell Fortune
Date Posted: 7/16/2012 6:50:21 AM
Submited By:

He is far from a fair judge and he should be brought up on charges for how he treats the people who come before him. I have never met a more unpleasant person in my life and for him to be someone in authority and sit in judgement of others lives is wrong. VERY WRONG. To call people liars and say they are fat, lazy, or any of those things is wrong. He should not be allowed to stand in judgement of people until he has walked in their shoes! He has no respect for anyone's problems in life, so why should they give him respect. FOR HEAVENS SAKE, he rolled his eyes. Teenage girls do that when they are told to do something. This man is no better than a spoiled teenager only he is given the job of calling someone a liar!! I sure would like to see if he treats his family & possible friends the same way he treats the people who come before him in his job. Being a fair judge is a good thing, being one who does not actually listen to the facts before him and makes a decision is a whole other ball game.

Judge: Patricia C Henry
Date Posted: 6/4/2012 1:41:01 PM
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This judge is a total *****!!

Judge: James A Wendland
Date Posted: 5/13/2012 12:40:37 PM
Submited By: K.B. Roehm

This ALJ is terrible and opinionated. His findings of fact and conclusions are not supported by the evidence, he abuses his discretion and...he misapplies the statutes, rulings, and regulations.

Judge: Patricia E Hartman
Date Posted: 4/19/2012 3:55:42 PM
Submited By: die

she no good she is the reason that I am getting my affairs in order to die thank you for doing what you do