Frederick McGrath
Administrative Law Judge

Miami, Florida ODAR Office

For the 2012 *fiscal year, Judge Frederick Mcgrath has disposed 95 cases at the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Miami, Florida. Out of those 95 dispostions, 7 were dismissed, 45 were approved and 43 were denied. This means that the percentage of dispositions that Judge McGrath has approved in Miami for the 2012 fiscal year is 47%. The information below for Judge Frederick Mcgrath was last updated on 5/19/2016.

Judge Mcgrath24%49%28%
All ALJs in Miami Office 22% 52% 26%
All ALJs in Florida21%45%34%
All ALJs in the Nation20%44%37%

SSA, Miami ODAR Office
One Riverview Square
333 S. Miami Avenue, 8th Floor
Miami, Florida 33130

Phone: (866) 964-5052 -- Fax: (305) 536-4788
eFile Fax: (877) 330-7137 (For sending evidence)

Comments about Judge Frederick Mcgrath

Judge: Frederick McGrath
Date Posted: 3/15/2016 7:02:39 AM
Submited By: John

ALJ McGrath went above and beyond recently, and by his efforts, allowed my client her hearing when there had been a serious miscommunication regarding my client's file (it had been sent to another hearing office by mistake, and the hearing cancelled - all without notice to myself or my client). Another ALJ might have shrugged their shoulders and said nothing could be done, so sorry; ALJ McGrath instead tracked the file down, had it sent back to North, and worked the hearing into his already scheduled docket. While we are still awaiting results, we are grateful to have been able to conduct the hearing as we had planned, especially since my client traveled from TN to Athens for the hearing. Thank you Judge McGrath!

Judge: Frederick McGrath
Date Posted: 3/3/2016 8:52:02 AM
Submited By: Freedom

He is The hardest working ALJ in the Nation and that office!!!

Judge: Frederick McGrath
Date Posted: 10/8/2014 3:52:25 PM
Submited By: Unknown2

Judge Frederick McGrath approved my case on yesterday. I believe he's a very witty, smart & compassionate guy....charming & interesting...I may add... My hearing was brief & to the point...The past 21 months of my life has been the most challenging time in my life...happy to know it will get better soon...very thankful I was approved.

Judge: Frederick McGrath
Date Posted: 8/27/2014 3:10:35 PM
Submited By: Social Security Disability Attorney

As an attorney, I practice before several Social Security hearings offices and numerous judges throughout the Southeast. My experience with Judge McGrath has been consistently positive, and I have found him to be fair-minded and efficient in his handling of cases where I have appeared before him. While he takes a streamlined, no-nonsense approach to hearings, he appears to do this out of a sense of duty to move his cases efficiently and to minimize delay in resolving claims where claimants have already been required to wait months (or even years) without income leading up to finally getting their day in court.

Judge: Frederick McGrath
Date Posted: 6/4/2014 11:54:48 PM
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This Judge knows his job. He gets straight to point and does not waste anytime or taxpayers money. He is well prepared. He has an idea of what his decision will be before the hearing. He shows concern about the claimant and takes everything into consideration. He does his job well without hesitation. He can see right through a person if they are full of BS. Great service for the people!

Judge: Frederick McGrath
Date Posted: 4/16/2013 2:06:29 PM
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my first claim was DENIED by this alj, even though he stated in his decision that i did in fact have two severe impairments.. of course the AC kept his ruling intact and my atty filed in federal court. well here it is 6 1/2 yrs from initial filing and 3 yrs after it was denied at appeals council and taken to fdc, my claim was remanded due to ERROR by the alj for NOT giving my treating doctors RFC any weight and going by what the ssa med examiner (which i never saw to begin with)said at some point before my initial denial (which only took a few months to get) hearing was NOT that quick, and also we waited for at least 15-20 minutes before hearing started as the VE was LATE. mind you judge started without the VE, and he finally arrived about 10 minutes before my hearing was over..he heard me answer the last 2 question is all. yet the judge took his opinion that there were thousands of jobs in the national economy within our region that i could do?? i am like the rest of you, i believe he has his mind made up before you go in the door...well, he messed up on this one and now i get a new hearing and hopefully with another judge

Judge: Frederick McGrath
Date Posted: 3/28/2013 2:26:12 PM
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Our office has had numerous hearings with Judge McGrath. He has a reputation for scheduling several hearings at the same time and taking them on a first come/first served basis; will start early if you get there early; does NOT like submission of medical records on the day of the hearing. Generally does not ask for opening; lets rep do most of questioning and just cuts in when he has a question. I think he often has a good idea of how he feels about a case and uses the hearing to see if it changes his mind. His award rate is not out of line, so he's not denying everything that comes through the room. (Claimants need to understand it isn't the number of pages of records you have, but how well the opinions are supported by clinical evidence, diagnositic testing and your own credibility).

Judge: Frederick McGrath
Date Posted: 3/11/2013 7:35:08 AM
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Yes he has mind made up before the hearing. He schedules way too many hearings on one given day and they are conducted to quick. Rarely uses a VE. The Jacksonville ODAR is filled with fairly negative ALJs.

Judge: Frederick McGrath
Date Posted: 3/7/2013 7:45:47 PM
Submited By: Shannon

Judge Frederick McGrath claimed he could not read the RFC filled out by my doctor because "the doctor's handwriting was not completely legible and his signature was indistinguishable." There were approximately 30 cases he ruled on before he saw me the day of my hearing and it seemed like he had already made up his mind on each case before the people even entered the courtroom. He wrote about my mental health in his official ruling even though my claim was entirely a physical case with all of my mental health issues (depression because I am unable to work) being a direct result of my physical disability.

Judge: Frederick McGrath
Date Posted: 3/7/2013 6:57:22 PM
Submited By: Caretaker

I was denied even though I have more than 4,000 pages of medical records, dozens of doctors supporting my claim and submitting written statements, and the court-appointed vocational expert testified that there was not a job I was suitable to do. Mcgrath ruled against this suggestion and said I could do a job that did not require standing, sitting, working with my hands, concentration, memory, interaction with people, and would allow me to lie down for extended periods of time each hour. I also require a caretaker (who is writing this message as I am unable to do so) on a fulltime basis to feed, cloth, bathe, drive, make appointments and manage my dr. schedule, clean, cook, and take care of basically all of my needs/activities of daily living. He made the decision in less than 5 minutes and asked me less than 10 quick questions. His decision was overturned on appeal and has been sent back to be heard in court for a second time. I first applied for disability in 1999 and have spent the last 6 years appealing his ruling. I am going back to court in the next 6 months or so and will let you know who I get and the judgement.

Judge: Frederick McGrath
Date Posted: 9/7/2012 10:25:39 AM
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What a hoot! Seems to have his mind made up by the time we sit down. Holds 6 minute hearings. Gives great weight to RFCs. Somewhat of a "Nero" approach, either thumbs up or thumbs down, without excessive narrative. Does not like substance use or middle aged women with mental health issues.

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Office*Fiscal YearTotal DispositionsTotal DecisionsTotal DenialsTotal AwardsCases
Atlanta Downtown 2010 2942 2651 838 181310%62%28%
Atlanta North 2010 109 103 9 946%86%8%
Lexington 2010 161 137 26 11115%69%16%
Miami 2010 316 255 52 20319%64%16%
Montgomery 2010 92 78 36 4215%46%39%
Atlanta Downtown 2011 153 141 27 1148%75%18%
Atlanta North 2011 972 856 319 53712%55%33%
Charlotte 2011 7 6 3 314%43%43%
Fort Myers Fl 2011 245 212 100 11213%46%41%
Greensboro 2011 288 261 133 1289%44%46%
Jackson 2011 134 125 73 527%39%54%
Jacksonville 2011 79 70 9 6111%77%11%
Miami 2011 1216 1034 238 79615%65%20%
Montgomery 2011 2 2 2 00%0%100%
St Petersburg Fl 2011 17 16 9 76%41%53%
Tupelo 2011 427 391 167 2248%52%39%
Atlanta Downtown 2012 2 2 0 20%100%0%
Atlanta North 2012 740 662 319 34311%46%43%
Fort Myers Fl 2012 116 108 59 497%42%51%
Miami 2012 95 88 43 457%47%45%
St Petersburg Fl 2012 1 1 1 00%0%100%
Tallahassee Fl 2012 50 43 29 1414%28%58%
Atlanta North 2013 909 782 284 49814%55%31%
Tallahassee Fl 2013 38 37 35 23%5%92%
Atlanta North 2014 803 630 313 31722%39%39%
Atlanta North 2015 678 598 272 32612%48%40%
Atlanta North 2016 320 244 88 15624%49%28%
*The United States Government fiscal year is from October 1st - September 30th.