Tampa, Florida ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Tampa, Florida, 14 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Tampa, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 15.0 months. The average case processing time in Tampa is 468 days.The Tampa average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 48%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Tampa ODAR office was last updated on 3/10/2014.

SSA, Tampa ODAR Office
Fountain Square II, Suite 200
4925 Independence Parkway
Tampa, Florida 33634
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Phone: (813) 883-7300 -- Fax: (813) 883-7355
eFile Fax: (877) 330-7844 (For sending evidence)

OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Tampa 14 15.0 months 468 days 2.1 19% 48% 33%
Florida15.1 months496 days1.820%44%36%
National Average:11.7 months389 days1.919%44%37%
Hearing Wait Time: 15.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 2.11
Average Processing Time 468 days
Cases Pending 11130
Dispositions 2867
New Cases 3138
Hearings In Person 99%
Video Hearings 1%

Comments about Judges at the Tampa Florida ODAR office:

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Judge: Laurel J Greene
Date Posted: 4/4/2014 8:03:01 PM
Submited By: Case Approved

Judge Greene is a wonderful person with a kind soul, and a very broad knowledge of what it means for her clients to be disabled. She listens with informed interest to every word the disabled applicant has to say, an gives the truth the weight it deserves. She is soft-spoken, but very professional, and is not afraid to break protocol once in a while to answer a question or allow the applicant to make a statement if it is pertinent to the facts at hand. She is the best of the best, and if you are lucky enough to have your case heard by her, tell your story, be truthful and listen to your counsel. Don't be freaked out by the vocational expert's testimony about the hypotheticals, as Judge Greene understands everything about your claim before the hearing, and as long as there are no contradictions in your testimony, she will give it equal weight and perhaps rule in your favor. Biggest suggestion? TELL THE TRUTH, look her in the eye when speaking to her because she has earned the respect of the position as your ALJ. If you have a valid case, you will be taken care of in a very timely manner. Just do not confuse her kindness for weakness. She is a very strong and informed judge, who understands the pain you are in. No need to put on a "show" or try to fake restraint when you feel pain. Be yourself. When you first speak with Judge Greene, all your stress will melt away and the rest takes care of itself. Judge Greene is a kind, decent and wonderful soul.

Judge: Richard E Ouellette
Date Posted: 3/30/2014 5:19:09 AM
Submited By: Eric Scott

Judge Ouellette is a mostly fair Judge but very judgmental on appearance, He calls it as he see's it. I lost with him when I should have won but I blame my atty for not presenting the evidence. I didn't like that he stated that I attempted to join the Marine Corps but was "Unsuccessful". He did not have enough information on my military history to make that biased assumption and it had nothing to do with a dicission on my disability, it did not need to be said. I did my active duty enlistment almost complete and in the infantry at that, I got an "Honorable Discharge with Medical Conditions" when I attempted to re-enlist 3 years into my contract of a 3 year enlistment.

Judge: Elving L Torres
Date Posted: 2/6/2014 11:30:55 AM
Submited By: Kathy McMullen

My daughter went before him, she cried because he was so kind nice, she said "I believe he is fair, honest, kind and was very patient with her. Not knowing her decision yet, she still felt comfortable with him.....

Judge: Steven D Slahta
Date Posted: 1/1/2014 12:29:12 PM
Submited By: Julie

I have not had you for a Judge but I am rating you for those who have. How do I request you for a Judge because I am suffering from PTSD and BI-Polar disorder, if I get a bad Judge, it won't be good. I can not go back to work because I will probably hurt someone and if I am forced to stay home because of the denial from a Judge then I would be depressed enough to hurt myself. Do you know how bad I feel not being able to buy my children stuff because I am in pain and mentally can't work, I feel like a crappy parent, my children need shoes and I can not afford to even buy them. Then I wait all the time to see a Judge, and I do have the worst luck humanly possible,so I will get the Judge who hates life, disabled people, and mentally ill people. Now my children get to go without even longer because of someone elses poor and unfair decision. Please tell all of us who truly can't work and need this money desperately, how to request you for our Judge. Thank you for caring and listening!

Judge: Robert Ballieu
Date Posted: 11/22/2013 10:03:07 AM
Submited By: An experienced attorney

The judge is very well prepared, very polite, runs a good hearing, appears to have no "agenda" to deny or award. Know your medications! Does the initial questioning on background and work history, then lets attorney do the rest of the hearing. Appears to be a really nice person, but obviously from his approve-deny record, not going to award weak cases. Even though I'd love a "liberal" judge for my clients, at least give me a "conservative" who let's you present the case and be a real and independent judge - not, as some do, regard themselves as the opposing side. I'd be happy to be in any courtroom - Judge Judy to the Supreme Court - with this jurist.

Judge: Paul L Johnston
Date Posted: 8/13/2013 7:10:03 PM
Submited By: Ted

Judge Johnston was very fair and listen to what me n the attorney said he said he made his descion and told me to leave n then talked with my lawyer he is an amazing judge

Judge: Christopher Messina
Date Posted: 8/13/2013 12:19:44 PM
Submited By: Sandra Sandmeyer

I found ALJ Messina to be very thorough and he considered all of the facts in my younger claimant's case. He dictated the decision right there in the courtroom and it was in my mailbox the next day. That's pretty awesome service!

Judge: Richard E Ouellette
Date Posted: 6/26/2013 8:15:58 AM
Submited By: Jae

Excellent Judge very fair.

Judge: Patrick J Foley
Date Posted: 6/21/2013 10:32:42 PM
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Honorable . Respecting Combat Vets. God Bless Judge Foley.

Judge: Richard E Ouellette
Date Posted: 6/21/2013 1:27:57 PM
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I went before judge Ouellette and was denied. He is very unfair and did not act like he was even interested in you as a person. I am still waiting another court date. I seen him in 2011. If you go before this man you better expect to be denied. Good luck to all who gets appointed to see this judge.

Judge: Patrick J Foley
Date Posted: 6/19/2013 3:02:48 PM
Submited By: Mr.Do Rite

Judge Foley is a wonderful judge takes his time and lets you explain yourself,and makes his decision before you walk out the hearing he granted me mines.

Judge: Richard E Ouellette
Date Posted: 4/26/2013 4:49:03 PM
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I just had a hearing before this judge on the 15th and I am so glad I did not read any of this beforehand. It is stressful enough going through this process and then waiting on a decission from what seems to be a very unfair Judge. I have to say though that he was not disrepectful in anyway and was very professional throughout the hearing. I can only hope that this man does the right thing.

Judge: Richard E Ouellette
Date Posted: 4/19/2013 11:33:24 AM
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They need to get rid of this person. He judges you before you even meet him. All the lawyers will tell you how unfair he is and he feels people who apply for disability are lazy and worthless. That is coming from lawyers who have dealt with him. They need to clean slate and get rid of these old morons who have no clue what people are dealing with. If your medical doctor knows what you are going through, that should be enough to make a fair judgement. Karma will come back to this man in the end.

Date Posted: 2/20/2013 8:14:17 AM
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This judge is cold-hearted and has no empathy for mental illness claimants. He not only called three psychiatrist and a social security psychologist, two primary doctors liars but me as well. His problem is since he can't see the illness physically then you can work. I believe he wants me to go out in the workplace and have one of my mental breakdowns whereby I hurt someone or vice-versa for him to see that a person that suffers with bipolar I & II are very moody people who can't always control themselves. I also suffer with manic depression, PSTD, social anxiety, anxiety, claustophic, panic attacks, OCD, high blood pressure, asthma, bronchitis, heart disease,etc. I am a 50 year old black female who has worked 30 years of her life always giving and caring for others. I have attempted suicide twice because I am my wits end. It took almost 4 years for this unfair system to tell me no I don't qualify for sdi in which I paid into the system. I guess, I will have to prove to this ### and the rest of them that I refuse to let others come here and live off of me when they never worked a day in this country.

Judge: Glen H. Watkins
Date Posted: 2/19/2013 9:00:57 AM
Submited By: Suspicious

The comment dated 2/11/13 looks like it was written by Judge Watkins himself. Anybody who has had the misfortune of appearing in front of him would never write such a glowing testimonial.

Judge: Richard E Ouellette
Date Posted: 2/14/2013 10:55:44 PM
Submited By: KAT KAT

I agree with the other comments.....this Judge does not understand apparently what he is reading....he discredited my doctor (which is one of the best in his field)basically because I was not seeing him anymore.....because he RETIRED..said the last report was old and went with the new doctors report (there was only 3 months between them)..said I hadn't seen my original doctor enough for him to know me.....crap, been seeing him for 10 years.....and he contradicts what he says in one paragraph to another. OH, and the doctors that social security has are clowns also....they re-arrange your interview sentences in a way that changes the whole meaning. Yes, there is no way this judge should have denied my case. Well, I am going to submit my findings to upper government and have them look into this matter. This Judge should be FIRED....

Judge: Glen H. Watkins
Date Posted: 2/11/2013 7:09:18 PM
Submited By: Impressed

While I have experienced the same lingering feelings of frustration and concerns as many claimants do during the seemingly long wait times for a hearing, I am relieved to say my confidence with the entire process was ultimately bolstered when my hearing began with Judge Watkins, who clearly demonstrated he had already reviewed the facts in evidence prior to my hearing and proceeded to conduct the hearing in not only a professional manner, but with a calming demeanor as well, all in a very impressive effort to efficiently clarify the facts before him. While waiting months for my hearing, I had let myself become too distracted with overall claim statistics, when in the end, I am now more convinced than ever, the facts ultimately do prevail thanks to those such as Judge Watkins, who no doubt has a responsibility on his shoulders which most fair minded people would not likely enjoy having, if trying to fill his shoes. Simply said, Judge Watkins is certainly fair (but of course a fair hearing will not change the facts for which any claimant must rightfully rely upon to prevail.)

Judge: Robert Ballieu
Date Posted: 2/7/2013 1:32:02 PM
Submited By: RJ

Judge Ballieu is a good guy, I went before him about a month ago and he was easy to talk to and was very professional with a smile.

Judge: Richard E Ouellette
Date Posted: 2/1/2013 2:49:09 PM
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no star low enough for this sorry excuse for a paid Federal employee...disrepecfulful, snears, and his attitude of superiority over me and my case ranks him on a list to not even be eligible to pick up dog poop. Should have been terminated a long time ago. He changes his decisions from one minute to the next,in a hearing, and then in a final decision again...makes me wonder what type of mental problem he has ...GET RID OF THE THIS OVERPAID ... before he ruins over peoples' lives.

Judge: Robert Ballieu
Date Posted: 1/27/2013 6:14:49 AM
Submited By: nofuture

I think he's very nice,but a lot of questions I didn't know the answer to,like the names of all the medications that I have to take from all the.doctors.Its hard to remember all their names on the spur of the moment, so I had to say I don't know.When I got home I read them all,and one was changed but I still take all the rest. The other questions I haven't thought about because my life if such a struggle trying to find ways to survive and take care of my son. He's a very nice man and looks too young to be a jud

Judge: Daniel A Piloseno
Date Posted: 1/25/2013 9:15:34 PM
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after approving my case i was so grateful.my life has been full of misfortune and dispair along with some not so good choices due to the hand iv been delt. but i really needed help.he didnt judge me only seen me for someone in need of help.il be forever grateful.

Judge: Richard E Ouellette
Date Posted: 1/22/2013 3:16:54 PM
Submited By: Ripped off

I agree with the other comments! They covered all the bases. This guy is a power freak and has no empathy whatsoever. Time to retire from the throne your majesty.

Judge: Patrick J Foley
Date Posted: 1/11/2013 1:37:10 PM
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Judge: Christopher Messina
Date Posted: 1/7/2013 8:38:29 PM
Submited By: Mia

He sounds like a fair Judge. I hope I'll get him on my case.

Judge: Richard E Ouellette
Date Posted: 1/3/2013 4:06:20 PM
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This judge is totally unable to be objective in his decision making. He fixates on aspects of the claims that are secondary and seems to think he has personal knowledge of persons character. Something terrible must have happened to him in his past to make him like this. I know he doesn't believe it exists by he may be suffering from PTSD. If Ebenezer Scrooge was an ALJ he would be just like Mr. Ouellette.

Judge: Daniel A Piloseno
Date Posted: 12/12/2012 7:42:50 AM
Submited By: Lynda Huggins

Very nice and listened to my husband. Judge Piloseno had decided before we even started due to my husband's medical records but heard testimony anyway. He understood the urgency of my husband's need for Medicare as well. God Bless you Judge Piloseno.

Judge: Elving L Torres
Date Posted: 12/3/2012 12:14:48 PM
Submited By: jwh

judge torres is a very fair man doing a very difficult job

Judge: Patrick J Foley
Date Posted: 10/16/2012 8:36:30 AM
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Very fair. Took all in considersation. Listened to me Reviewed all my medical files

Judge: Benjamin F Parks
Date Posted: 9/25/2012 1:31:35 PM
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He is one of the most personable, courteous, and reasonable individuals I have encountered in a long time. He is also fair, accommodating, and considerate.

Judge: Richard E Ouellette
Date Posted: 9/6/2012 7:29:11 AM
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I can honestly say that This Judge takes things out of context, hears only what he wants to hear, dismisses what he doesn't want to hear, uses only information that is detrimental to the case, discards or takes out of context information that is beneficial, and seems to create opinions about one's personal life without knowing them at all. In my opinion this Judge is a disgrace to his profession.

Judge: Christopher Messina
Date Posted: 8/25/2012 12:01:56 PM
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I am an attorney, and I must say that this ALJ is incompetent. He took more than 90 days to finally make a decision on my case, and did not want to approve the fee agreement without giving any reason for it. He then asked me to write a fee petition which he did not want to approve. He further stated that I was only going to get one payment that would cover claimant and all of her dependents, which is against Social Security standards. An attorney gets pay for each separate claim, his client and the auxiliaries (dependents). I had to appeal his decision on this matter to the Chief Regional, and won. I finally got all the attorney fees that were due. This case was seen in January and I finally got paid in August. He needs to be instructed on Social Security guidelines.

Judge: Kurt Ehrman
Date Posted: 8/10/2012 9:07:21 AM
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He will NOT allow any discussion regarding allegations that are not in the record for AT LEAST 1 year. Will interrupt claimant or rep if they mention a condition that is not on his cheat sheet. So have your exhibit/page numbers ready for every condition, or expect to be ripped to shreds.

Judge: Elving L Torres
Date Posted: 8/7/2012 8:31:17 PM
Submited By: cristina rodriguez

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Judge: Richard E Ouellette
Date Posted: 8/3/2012 1:59:07 PM
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This thing lies in his own written decision. His own record indicates that he can't come to an objective opinion based on evidence. He decides cases through his own distorted lens of racism and sexism. He is incapable as a Judge because of his prejudices and hatred for people that need help. Charles Manson would be a more intelligent and effective Judge than this old fool. This person should be BARRED from law. He is old, foolish and ugly inside and out. He is a wanna be Ted Nugent.

Date Posted: 8/1/2012 10:13:47 AM
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although judge edison wasnt my judge I understand your frustration my hearing was june 20th and I havent recieved a decision letter in the mail yet. My conditions is left leg ampuation, psoriatic arthritis, and post tramatic stress syndrome. now if that doesnt qualify as disabled after i worked many years in the workforce then what would? I often think the same thing you guys do. what does it take to get approved roll in there on a hospital bed or a wheelchair. however my judge was extremely nice and seemed interested in my case but the low approval rates they have speak for themselves

Date Posted: 7/30/2012 4:53:14 PM
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This ALJ barely even looked at me during my hearing (June 2012) and never reviewed any medical findings after July 2011, which confirm my diagnosis. Also he basically said I was a liar and therefore denied me any disability benifits at all. I am on 19 prescribed medications, I can barely function while taken them, they have impaired my thinking skills. I also have hyper somnia, means I sleep for hours at any given time of day, but somehow that evidence was not in his report. If I was pushed in to the hearing in a wheel chair with drool hanging from my mouth, maybe he would believe me. But since I am an upbeat person ( to hide all the crap on the inside)he sees me as functional. I have good days and I have bad days , some days I have no pain and other days all I have is pain. I'm a mixed bag-who in their right mind would hire a person like myself? I can't sit or stand for too long, i can only do minimal light non-thinkinh kind of work, I will fall asleep on the job, I will forget the task I've been given and wander the office. I would get fired within a week, that or get that special baseball helmet for my head. this man infuriates me

Judge: Elving L Torres
Date Posted: 7/13/2012 10:23:03 AM
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I like Judge Torres, he is nice and fair. He definitely does like to amend, or offer closed periods. Will favor obvious physical impairments!

Judge: Richard E Ouellette
Date Posted: 6/23/2012 11:49:14 AM
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A worthless piece of crap!!!

Judge: Kurt G Ehrman
Date Posted: 6/19/2012 4:14:43 PM
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A hateful, biased man.

Judge: Elving L Torres
Date Posted: 6/8/2012 1:28:38 PM
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amend amend amend. Don't go in expected a Fully Favorable decision because even IF he's inclined to pay your case, he'll ask you to amend. You can ask for a different date, and he may be amenable to that. But amend amend amend. He also doesn't appear to believe that psych cases are real. Denies denies denies. Make your case strong. Must have good testimony- he likes to manipulate claimant testimony. If he rephrases what claimant said- make sure claimant knows what he/she actually said and don't let ALJ manipulate the testimony.

Judge: Daniel A Piloseno
Date Posted: 5/15/2012 7:13:14 PM
Submited By: Grateful Veteran

Very Compassionate. Trustworthy. I will be forever grateful for his compassion to veterans causes. Eases the suffering of veterans.

Judge: Christopher Messina
Date Posted: 5/14/2012 7:44:22 AM
Submited By: Anonymous

Judge Messina, I must say seemed to be very attentive and compassionate towards myself and my disability case. He listened and made me feel very comfortable and at ease even though I was extremely nervous! My attorney on the other hand, my God was he awful, but I have to give all the Glory and Honor to God for placing me in the hands of Judge Messina, may God bless you sir!

Judge: Elving L Torres
Date Posted: 4/27/2012 12:22:38 PM
Submited By: Sherri R Ansel

I do not think this judge had enough info on my case in Febuary, 2011. Plus my attorney did not say but one line before I walked in and that was, This Judge and I do not get along. He, Judge Torres, felt I could work secondary, part time. I had to come to Ohio for medical. Episodic Motor Weakness is what the doctors and neurologist here, have found. If the doctors at the clinics there would have sent me to the proper place, I know this Judge would have disabaled me. POINT: Make sure you know your lawyer and make sure you get the right doctors. I am still in reconsideration but had to transfer to Ohio. The sad part of this is even the judge has guidelines he has to follow. Judge Torres is a fair Judge. It is the Social Security Attorney who did not complete his job, nor the doctors in Englewood, Florida.

Judge: Elving L Torres
Date Posted: 3/22/2012 12:45:06 PM
Submited By: Another anonimus

He is firm but fair. Treats people with respect.

Judge: Elving L Torres
Date Posted: 3/17/2012 5:18:40 PM
Submited By: annomymous

He Is a very cruel judge and lacks common sense and compasson for those that are very ill

Judge: Robert Ballieu
Date Posted: 3/14/2012 3:10:21 PM
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