Hartford, Connecticut ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Hartford, Connecticut, 7 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Hartford, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 16.0 months. The average case processing time in Hartford is 512 days.The Hartford 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 Hartford ODAR office was last updated on 5/19/2016.

SSA, Hartford ODAR Office
William R. Cotter Federal Building
135 High Street, Room 331
Hartford, Connecticut 06103-1193
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Phone: (866) 931-2878 -- Fax: (860) 724-9843
eFile Fax: (860) 548-1600 (For sending evidence)

OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Hartford 7 16.0 months 512 days 1.9 18% 34% 48%
Connecticut15.5 months510 days1.818%38%44%
National Average:15.9 months509 days1.920%44%37%
Hearing Wait Time: 16.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 1.87
Average Processing Time 512 days
Cases Pending 3896
Dispositions 1157
New Cases 1905
Hearings In Person 99%
Video Hearings 1%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied
Judge John Aletta 67%33%0%
Judge Ryan A Alger 19%42%40%
Judge Louis Bonsangue 16%36%48%
Judge Alexander P Borre 22%34%44%
Judge John Noel 18%21%62%
Judge Edward F Sweeney 16%37%46%
Judge Bruce H Zwecker 2%49%49%

Comments about Judges at the Hartford Connecticut ODAR office:

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Judge: Virginia Kuhn
Date Posted: 2/23/2016 2:48:08 PM
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Judge: Kelly Davis
Date Posted: 12/6/2015 9:07:03 AM
Submited By: Alvin Holland Jr

Well I was denied by this judge on 3/6/2015. Since that time, my conditions have gotten worser than what they were when I had my hearing. Actually, I was hospitialized within that same month from 3/28 to 4/8 for major depressive disorder recurrent episode severe, generalized anxiety disorder, vasovagal syncope, & allergic rhinitis. I also got hospitalized again from 5/2 to 5/12 because of major depressive disorder recurrent severe. I was also hospitalized again from 11/26 to 12/3 and this time for bipolar affective disorder depressed severe with psychotic behavior. My pains have also gotten worser because I can't stand or walk for long periods of time without my sides, the lower part of my back, and my right leg hurting. This judges decision on me, I feel was not right. I have all of these problems with me and as the time went by, they just got worse. SO I SAY THANKS TO THIS JUDGE FOR THIS DECISION. NOT. I have also worked and put in the time to recieve my benefits and still didn't get it. SO I HOPE YOU ARE HAPPY WITH YOURSELF CAUSE I'M NOT.

Judge: Alexander P Borre
Date Posted: 12/3/2015 8:41:18 AM
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Not a fan. Either he is just an unhappy person in general or he is just ill suited to this position. No empathy whatsoever. It's almost like he got this job, started doing it and realized, wait, I really don't like this. That may be the case, but don't take it out on the Claimants who have paid into the system. Does not appear to read the files in advance. His hypothetical s frequently do not track the claimant's actual restrictions.

Judge: Louis Bonsangue
Date Posted: 12/3/2015 8:36:15 AM
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Best of the bunch in Hartford. Polite, knowledgeable and prepared. He actually has a background doing these kind of cases and it shows. If only they all could be that good.

Judge: Louis Bonsangue
Date Posted: 10/20/2015 3:14:01 PM
Submited By: Susan Jahnke

Judge Louis Bonsangue is a highly capable individual presently affiliated with the Social Security Administration, Office of Disability Adjudication. His knowledge, legal background and experience substantiate his qualifications for this responsible position. He is committed to nothing less than excellence in his decisions.

Judge: Kelly Davis
Date Posted: 8/4/2015 4:46:09 PM
Submited By: Comina M.

She was a very pleasant judge. She let my attorney talk as well as myself,everything was very quick and calm. She is a joy to be around. She also was very nice to my daughter which is the person I was there for I could not have asked for a better judge. She didn't give me a bench decision but I'm very hopeful. She said I should get a letter within six weeks. Fingers crossed!!! :)

Judge: Sharda Singh
Date Posted: 7/19/2015 4:42:27 PM
Submited By: Martinez

Although I was nervous and wasn't sure what to expect, my interview went pretty good, only to BE DENIED 4 MONTHS later. This judge has NO idea how her decision has impacted my entire life. I'm ALWAYS IN PAIN, not to mention, i suffer from depression and now I have to wait 15-18 MORE MONTHS for this next appeal! Just because I'm "young" it doesn't take away from the FACT that I'll have 6 screws in my lower back forever. Ive been fighting my case for almost 4 yrs already, Its unfair and even tho I'm only 30, I ACTUALLY have a medical problem and SUFFER from chronic pains and Muscle Spasms. I didn't choose this life. Yet I get denied because I'm to young and I speak well enough to find a "sit down" job!!! ARE YOU SERIOUS !!!!! What does my age and my vocabulary have to do with my PAINNNNNN !!!!!! PLEASE PRAY FOR ME BECAUSE I DON'T DESERVE THIS !!! (Tears) IN JESUS NAME, MY CASE IS FAVORABLE !!!!!!!

Judge: Edward F Sweeney
Date Posted: 5/13/2015 9:35:33 AM
Submited By: ismael

This judge is very unfear!!! I had serious health problems and he just said my conditions are mild, he should get FIRE!!! unfear!!! hope no one has to meet him.

Judge: Sharda Singh
Date Posted: 2/9/2015 6:04:26 PM
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I had my hearing with Judge Sharda Singh on 12/22/14. Right off the bat, I could tell this woman had an attitude and didn't want to to be there that morning. She would ask me the same questions over and over again, even after I answered her. My lawyer had requested for me to be awarded a "Closed Period of Benefits" and after I gave her my testimony, my hearing was done. I finally got my answer from her office today 02/09/15 and it was a denial. I feel that her decision was not fair and was offended at some of ger notes in my letter. 12 pages of insults towards my character...so rude! To anyone reading this, please pray to God, Buddah or whomever you worship, that you don't get her as your ALJ.

Judge: Jane A Crawford
Date Posted: 1/8/2015 3:05:13 PM
Submited By: linda selfm

My case was heard by judge Jane A Crawford on Oct 27 2014. Was wondering how long it usually takes to know if I was approved or not cause I haven't heard anything yet. Judge Jane Crawford was nice. To me I was very nervous. I had a lawyer and still had to do a lot of talking. Still waiting on the desicion.

Judge: Kelly Davis
Date Posted: 9/8/2014 9:54:07 AM
Submited By: Tieisha Jones

Judge Davis was awesome!! I had my hearing 9/4/14. She was attentive, engaged, and passionate. She is clearly concerned about the claimants and makes the best decision for them. However, she did not give me a bench decision.....but, I do feel confident about it.

Judge: Kelly Davis
Date Posted: 7/12/2014 11:49:20 AM
Submited By: Danielle Boggs

I guess I seen her on her bad day she was sick and could careless that I had been wobbling around on a torn acl and shattered meniscus and an anckle that also needed surgery same leg for the past 3years unfixed. She told me I was nolonger able 2 do the job I had been doing for 20 years which was food service serving tables or demo samples but I could do a harder more vigorous jobs like laundry attendant or house keeping that included climbing latters and climbing steps while carrying laundry or whatever. I was also told that being manic depressant, ptsd and bipolar wasn't crazy enough. So the bottom line was I worked enough quarters but Im not hurt or crazy enough. May her unwell being is what through her day and mine off or maybe she jus didn't care that I haven't had a god leg 2 work on in 3 yrs.. ooh and BTW they jus fixed my knee this yr and its been damaged and unstable for so long I had to have over 60% of my medial meniscus removed and its not healing well at all so now its taking longer to also fix my foot. So I'll be limping in pain and wobbling for ever. Which will continue to keep me depressed But I don't deserve the money I worked for all these years. I thank Mrs Davis every holiday and birthday I cant afford gifts for my two kids on being Autisic.. SO THANK YOU MRS.KELLY DAVIS FOR MAKING ME AND MY KIDS LIFE A LIVING ****.. I feel like she feeds into the system that allows drug addicts the right to benefits for destroying their own brain for 20+ years never contributing anything but someone who has worked and contributed to the system cant get whats rightfully ours and it makes me sad for our world.

Judge: James E Thomas
Date Posted: 10/16/2013 1:10:38 PM
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If only judges had some training and insight into the complex workings of the human brain. Disabled DOES NOT MEAN STUPID! So just because I may have a good vocabulary or I may be intelligent, does not by any stretch of the imagination mean I am not greatly suffering. I've spent over 40 years tormented by demons, nightmares, flashbacks & self-mutilation. And you want proof? People like you don't understand that people like me can't just jump on a comfy, plush sofa for CBT or EMDR and be "over it" in six months.

Judge: Edward F Sweeney
Date Posted: 8/21/2013 4:04:14 PM
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Judge Sweeney was very compassionate and fair. I could not have asked for a better judge and I'm very happy he officiated over my case.

Judge: Ryan A Alger
Date Posted: 6/12/2013 6:05:57 PM
Submited By: Been doing this 14 years.

Judge Alger is a very nice and respectful judge. He has always treated my clients with the utmost respect and care.

Judge: James E Thomas
Date Posted: 1/31/2013 2:58:37 PM
Submited By: Aunt Carmel

Thank you Judge Thomas for helping my nephew today.

Judge: Kim K Griswold
Date Posted: 1/14/2013 10:13:40 AM
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I do not care for Kim K. Griswald, as she does not care for me. Yes, I have used substances throughout the years, probably because of my condition. My only hope to make it in this world was social security income, and now that's shattered. She grilled me on my marijuana use, and honestly that stuff HELPS me, and I know this, because I'm me. It's 2013, and I just got my decision of unfavorable. Thanks Kim

Judge: Edward F Sweeney
Date Posted: 12/10/2012 8:37:26 AM
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Had 3 video-teleconference hearings in a row with Judge Sweeney. Thorough, professional, courteous and compassionate. The only problem was the remote location. The local SSA office hosting the hearings didn't open until 9:00, yet the first hearing was scheduled to start at 9:00. Nothing that the judge can control. He was patient and tolerant about our getting started late because of SSA's new office hours.

Judge: Kelly Davis
Date Posted: 11/16/2012 1:30:30 PM
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She is such a cutie, with true joy in her heart. She cares very much about the claimants who appear before her and does her best to get them a decision as soon as possible. We need more like this hard working judge.

Judge: Kelly Davis
Date Posted: 4/3/2012 9:29:43 AM
Submited By: Sarah Davis Harrison, Esq.

I found her to be thoughtful, compassionate, and willing to allow the attorney to direct the questioning. She made a responsible, efficient, carefully considered bench decision, without fanfare or hesitation; did not play games.