Savannah, Georgia ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Savannah, Georgia, 10 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Savannah, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 14.0 months. The average case processing time in Savannah is 466 days.The Savannah 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 Savannah ODAR office was last updated on 3/10/2014.

SSA, Savannah ODAR Office
8 Southern Oaks Court, 2nd Floor
Savannah, Georgia 31405
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Phone: (866) 964-7590 -- Fax: (912) 652-4411
eFile Fax: (877) 338-4215 (For sending evidence)

OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Savannah 10 14.0 months 466 days 1.9 18% 48% 33%
Georgia13.5 months471 days1.519%45%36%
National Average:11.7 months389 days1.919%44%37%
Hearing Wait Time: 14.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 1.87
Average Processing Time 466 days
Cases Pending 6310
Dispositions 1853
New Cases 2053
Hearings In Person 52%
Video Hearings 48%

Comments about Judges at the Savannah Georgia ODAR office:

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Judge: Richard Furcolo
Date Posted: 3/27/2014 9:51:50 PM
Submited By: Dawn Jones



A very nice man. Very respectable, patient, and caring. Please stand up when he enters the room. He deserves this and likes it.

Judge: John H Maclean
Date Posted: 2/25/2014 1:42:23 PM
Submited By: FAITH LYNN GORDON



I appeared before Judge Maclean on January 14th, 2014, and he was very prepared for my case. He was very considerate, and seemed understand my circumstances and my case very well. He is very fair in my opinion. I think he tries to always do what is right for the people. For this reason, I am writing this with hope that Judge Maclean will see this and hopefully, I will get my case handed to the UNDERWRITING DEPARTMENT. I really need your help Mr. Maclean, and I do hope that you will get them to work on my case very soon. I have been waiting, and I called the office today, but all I got was voice mail, and I left 3 messages with no return phone call, or reply. PLEASE HELP ME!! MY CAR WAS REPOSSESSED AND I AM ABOUT TO BECOME HOMELESS! I just don't understand why this process is taking so very long to simply send over to the underwriters...PLEASE HE ME!!!

Judge: Donald B Fishman
Date Posted: 11/26/2013 12:58:35 PM
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I agree with everyone else, he dismissed my case before I even sat down I think. As the others said he is a bully, who wants to confuse you. But you can win a appeal against him but if you win your appeal you have to go right back to the same judge. Yes someone please move this judge to drug cases.

Judge: John R Mason
Date Posted: 10/15/2013 8:38:13 AM
Submited By: karen barrett



judge mason I'am trying to reach you youheard my case and I was denied but thats ok the file you have for me needs to be sighned off on by you to cancel your decision because I have a clark case allready opened so if you would please sighn my file please thanks.

Judge: John H Maclean
Date Posted: 10/3/2013 1:58:49 AM
Submited By: Michael Smith



I appeared before Judge Maclean last week. Judge Mac lean was extremely prepared for my hearing. He wasvery concerned, I felt, for my well being and that of my family. However my attorney, Mr. Shapiro of Herd and Smith, was in my opinion not prepared for the hearing. He failed to produce the pre trial brief requested by Judge Maclean,now a week out, after being given 30 days to complete the brief,my attorneyhas notified me that they have been given additional time to complete the brief and I should anticipate a 2 to 4 month wait before Mr. Maclean makes a final ruling in my case. I do not feel like this is at the Judges request. I believe it is in some way an attempt in the behalf if my attorney to draw out the decision in my case in an effort to increase their revenues received, as a % of my back pay. I don't knowwhat to do I can barely put a meal together for my children and my psychological conditions continue to get worse. Judge Maclean in my opinion will not allow this if he knew the current temperature of my families financial conditions. I DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO!! HELP JUDGE MACLEAN

Judge: John R Mason
Date Posted: 8/20/2013 4:28:39 PM
Submited By: Tom



Very knowledgeable and stern. Although I was very nervous sitting in front of him, he listened to what I had to say and asked questions. I believe in my heart Judge Mason treated me like a human and that is what meant the most to me. I was convinced my claim would be denied because I was so nervous and I had/have a decent claim. Judge Mason was able to see this and review the law and put his masterful touch on my claim. I am greatly proud to say to Judge Mason you are a Great Man with a load of responsibility but yet you took the time to read and review my case and listen. I salute you Judge Mason "Rangers Lead the way".Thanks for all that you do...

Judge: L. E Davis
Date Posted: 6/18/2013 7:47:05 PM
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I think the judge is 50% fair he listens to a social worker that says you can or cant work. In my case she was unfair and bias. Fact in case is I was able to work in child care. I'm an old man over 50 working in child care and the jobs she read off OR NOT ON FILE at the dept. of labor. I see that she is very biased and needs to be moved to another dept due to the jobs she makes up.

Judge: Craig R Petersen
Date Posted: 5/13/2013 6:37:46 AM
Submited By: Duane B



Still waiting on final decision because my case went to "Quality Review" after the Judge's decision. Judge Peterson helped me to feel comfortable at my hearing. Do yourself a favor and be completely honest. Give him the benefit of the doubt because I got the feeling he knows when you're blowing smoke. I was "totally" honest about my being Bipolar and how it's been hard for me to keep a job because of my mood swings and personality disorder. I was so nervous. I take different medications ( 7 ) to manage my Bipolar. He asked a lot of questions but I didn't feel irritated as I normally do ( part of my illness) when someone asks me " a lot" of questions. I'm also a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and my illness has been really ******* my relationships with family, friends and employers. Because Judge Peterson really was kind respectful and courteous, I didn't feel that way at all. Even though his case approval rating is less than 50%, I really feel good about my outcome.

Judge: Morton J Gold
Date Posted: 4/30/2013 6:02:32 AM
Submited By: Prefer to Withhold from Public



I know Judge Gold does not have a high approval rate but I was honest and provided as much medical support as possible for one without insurance. As a result of some confusion in locating the venue, I was almost late and apologized but Judge Gold soothed that concern and continued the hearing without any negative discern. He was professional; listened without interruption and appeared to be genuinely open to what both my attorney and I had to say. I may not have had all that is required to win over a SSDI approval but I feel I did all that was possible and followed the guidelines of qualification as outlined on the SSA SSDI pages. My attorney reviewed with Judge Gold the “positives” of my being (no drugs, no drinking, no smoking, no switch from unemployment to disability filing, sparkling work history, etc.). I DO believe that if you try to smoke the Judge (or hide things), he has heard everything and would see right through you and any negativity of this Judge would be the result of one not being honest with themselves and thus, the courts. Know the rules, be completely honest, have facts not speculation and be concise in your presentation. I don’t believe this Judge comes into his court with any preconceived notions unless your case presents red flags that suggests possible fabrication. Regardless of a favorable/unfavorable decision of this Judge, I feel his overall delivery of my hearing was just and fair.

Judge: Morton J Gold
Date Posted: 4/29/2013 8:13:50 PM
Submited By: Midnight



I felt fortunate for Judge Gold being the judge assigned to my disability hearing. Judge Gold conducts his hearings in a professional and dignified manner. He is very articulate and obviously highly intelligent (don't think for one second you can get something over on him) and hears the claimants case with patience and a sincere desire to know the case and it's merits from the claimants point of view. In any case involving mental disabilities embarrassing questions MUST be asked and answered with complete honesty for the judge to get the information he needs to make a fair decision. Don't try to downplay anything. That will only hurt your case and could easily lead to a denial. Don't be shy.Tell it exactly as it is. Judge Gold has heard worse I assure you.

Judge: John G Farrell
Date Posted: 4/24/2013 11:24:04 AM
Submited By: pat



Judge Farrell was very fair. I was expecting him to be intimidating. He made me feel very comfortable. After a 5yr process; I am glad it is over finally. Now just awaiting back payment.

Judge: L. E Davis
Date Posted: 4/21/2013 7:08:04 PM
Submited By: Randy Foster



I know Judge Davis for more then 30 years, Outstanding Person and Judge, he is the best to handle your case.

Judge: Morton J Gold
Date Posted: 4/5/2013 10:25:44 AM
Submited By: Rita Kirkland



I went before Judge Gold for a mental disability. Sever depression disorder, anxiety disorder and bi-polar disorder. All very well documented for approx. 6 years. Prior to the hearing I was sent to the states doctor for an evaluation. He agreed with my doctor in that I could no longer work. During the hearing Gold asked the states Vocational Expert his opinion. Not once, but twice, he stated that I was unemployable. Gold STILL denied my claim. Although he was very kind and respectful during the hearing I question if he should determine the fate of SSDI claimants as he only approves 28% of the cases which come before him.

Judge: John H Maclean
Date Posted: 2/26/2013 3:51:55 PM
Submited By: a judge



Judge Maclean transferred to Savannah several yeats ago

Judge: John R Mason
Date Posted: 2/26/2013 1:48:20 PM
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Judge: L. E Davis
Date Posted: 1/16/2013 12:17:05 PM
Submited By: gwendolyn hudson



never been b4 a judge.This judge appeared sincere.i don'this decision but felt he wad fair.

Judge: Craig R Petersen
Date Posted: 1/8/2013 1:38:07 PM
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We are still waiting for a decision, but he was very polite and had reviewed the file prior to the hearing. He treats both the claimant and attorneys with respect.

Judge: Robert O Foerster
Date Posted: 1/8/2013 1:22:27 PM
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He is the greatest Judge. He is the very best Judge. His wife is a lucky woman!

Judge: L. E Davis
Date Posted: 1/5/2013 2:16:25 PM
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Judge Davis is an outstanding judge ......... He cares.....

Judge: G. W Davenport
Date Posted: 1/2/2013 11:01:07 AM
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I agree with the above comments. He is a very cruel and heartless person. He does not deserve to make decisions on the future of the disabled. He obviously has no compassion for people and enjoys belittling people. His decisions are written like a middle school note from a bully. He needs to be thrown out of office.

Judge: Donald B Fishman
Date Posted: 12/6/2012 3:06:10 AM
Submited By: The guy that Mrs Fishman was the judge for



Fishman is a horrible judge. I agree with many of the negative comments that I read about this judge. I know that there is no way that he reviewed all of my evidence correctly. He even lied and put words in my mouth stating that I denied failing a drug test. There was so much that I wanted to get out and say but I froze up after I realized how much of a jerk that this guy was. That is exactly what is wrong with our society today. We are not looked at as equal and no one cares anymore. My brother went over seas and almost got killed fighting for Judge Fishmans freedom and this is how he treats me? Dear Mr Fishman. You are not better than nobody.

Judge: Craig R Petersen
Date Posted: 11/9/2012 7:13:47 PM
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Judge Petersen asked questions, but he allowed me time to respond. He asked another question if he didn't fully understand my initial response. He was mannerable and did not intimidate me as the others I have read about. He did not talk down to me and I did not feel degraded. He was not rude and was very professional.

Judge: Donald B Fishman
Date Posted: 11/5/2012 3:39:35 PM
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This is a very mean spirited Judge. He calls people liars, tries to make them look like they are lying, he bullies people, he yells at people, and makes you feel as if you are worthless. He definitely feels that he is much better than those that have to be in his court.He does Not care who he attacks: man, woman, or child. He should be removed.

Judge: Millard L Biloon
Date Posted: 10/8/2012 2:22:46 PM
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Judge Biloon is fair and knows the folder from cover to cover. He appreciates pre-hearing memos. Claimants should answer questions and not ramble. Overall, one of the most knowledgeable ALJ's in the business

Judge: G. W Davenport
Date Posted: 9/25/2012 12:09:12 PM
Submited By: John A Reese



My wife went beofre him twice he seemed to be focused on her having a stroke when the big picture is she's worked all of her life until she had a stroke as a result of heart catheral test, but besides that her heart is leaking very badly and they wanted to do open heart surgery 7 years ago, she has a fibulatir in her chess and now her heart is leaking very severely now, and he was about to turn her down again , as if she still can work

Judge: Donald B Fishman
Date Posted: 9/18/2012 7:15:59 PM
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very much a bully and does not respect you at all discriminates very much on his own personal opinions and must hate women who are heart broken

Judge: John H Maclean
Date Posted: 9/17/2012 2:33:07 AM
Submited By: terry andaerson



john h maclean is a good judge i listen to what you got to say. and if the medcail not right he send you to won of his doctors.i went in front of him a couple months ago and he a good judge .only dang i really dont care for he didnt ask me how long my kids been doing with out becuse of me that what really sad .but i was far and a good judge

Judge: Donald B Fishman
Date Posted: 9/7/2012 10:58:35 AM
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My hearing was 2 1/2 hours. Unnecessary. He badgered and actually attempted to confuse, quick to pounce on perceived inconsistencies rather than to seek clarification. Bully.

Judge: Craig R Petersen
Date Posted: 8/29/2012 7:30:18 PM
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judge petersen is working at a fantastic pace on the backlog of cases.he is commended for his work ethic , only being on the job for one month...

Judge: Donald B Fishman
Date Posted: 8/15/2012 11:47:07 AM
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Agree with previous comments. He is a very negative ALJ. His questions are borderline badgering.

Judge: Morton J Gold
Date Posted: 7/23/2012 8:37:57 AM
Submited By: Billie Jean Massey



I was more than pleased that Judge Gold reviewed my file and my SSA attorney's five page legal brief before the ODAR hearing. I believe that Judge Gold is efficient, thus effective: he realized my life long hard working life wrought with never-ending disability discrimination and perhaps that I would not have gotten one word out in the hearing without falling a part! My SSDI entitlement was approved immediately and without a hearing-question asked. Thank you so very kind sir! I was only on this website to check on hearing dates and although unsolicited, I am very displeased or rather seriously disgusted with the Savannah SSA clerks (not licensed to practice law - hint, hint SSA applicants) for unlawfully keeping 2/3rds of my SSDI entitlement back pay, etc; the Savannah SSA ignored my SSA attorney (whom is licensed to practice law) for over 2.5 ignored Appeal years and thanks to Congressman Barrow's office and the Savannah ODAR again (and in less than one day), my SSDI back pay is being released at some bureaucratic point and without a bothersome hearing! If that is because of Judge Gold too, I thank you again.

Judge: John H Maclean
Date Posted: 6/11/2012 10:54:59 AM
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Judge Maclean transferred to Savannah ODAR several years ago.

Judge: Millard L Biloon
Date Posted: 6/6/2012 2:08:58 PM
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This judge made you feel as though you are perfectly fine when he knows darn well youre sickly. I felt the warmth of this judge. He is sympathetic to your needs, but also see through bs so dont come before him lieing or he will know. I havent gotten my decision but he is a very sweet judge and most of all respectful!

Judge: Donald B Fishman
Date Posted: 5/25/2012 9:44:06 AM
Submited By: diane sheely



i think judge Donald Fishman to dismissed from his jurdisdiction..... he is not understanding at all not considerate... he is to quick to a case:::: he practically denies all: the case: without really looking all the evidence.... in the case....no matter what is the case n reference... to .... he always get picked to be a judge in all case... no he is not a good ALJ... some one else should be appointed as a judge;;;;

Judge: G. W Davenport
Date Posted: 5/10/2012 1:53:28 PM
Submited By: teresa mizell



my name is teresa mizell i went in front of you april 11 2012 if you realy knwed me im a good person some of the drs you talked to didnt tell the truth dr jonnalagadda i saw him a few times he told me he wanted to in and cut some of my colon out because it was stretched then he got his security to call me to tell since i dont have anykind of medicaid or ins. that he wouldnt be able to do it .he preferd me to go to another dr. but i dont have the money in back may 2003 i had more than a small bruise i had 2 black eyes knot all over my head and body i was beat up really bad.please take this in consideration and help me with some kind of benefit i been trying sir for 7 years my health is not no better thats why i have 1 dr he treats me with my mental problems and my pain

Judge: G. W Davenport
Date Posted: 5/10/2012 1:25:25 PM
Submited By: teresa mizell



mr davenport he dont have a heart he dont care who he hurts i have been under a depression for 8 days know who going to fix my heart out of 44 years of my life ive never had no one to hurt me the way this maN HAS discriminated my name so bad he must have never had his heart broken i havent been the same since april 11 2012 he took the life out of me i want never be the same shame on him he dont know what it feels like to have to live like this i already problems but this takes the cake i just wish he would take in my consideration of the problems that i have know i am really got mental problems theres something that i could do about how hes discriminated my name when he dont know the real facts i m the only one that could tell him about my life.please who ever reads this take it in my consieration and have a heart for me i need help real bad if you have a heart please see that i can get some kind of benifits

Judge: Donald B Fishman
Date Posted: 4/24/2012 5:01:41 PM
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Not impressed by this ALJ. He gets a kick out of badgering Claimant's and holds long hearings

Judge: John H Maclean
Date Posted: 4/11/2012 2:00:35 PM
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If you have notice that he is your judge, be sure to write a pre-hearing memorandum, which he especially appreciates. If it's your first time before him, he may try to test a representative's preparation. Overall, he is respectful to both representatives and claimants. He is always prepared for a hearing, always fair, and does his best to make the right call by applying the regulations the way they were intended. A lot of ALJs could learn a lot from Judge Maclean.

Judge: G. W Davenport
Date Posted: 4/11/2012 1:55:45 PM
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Truculent and snide with representatives. Disrespectful to claimants. Writes poorly drafted decisions that cry out for appellate reversal.

Judge: Robert O Foerster
Date Posted: 3/30/2012 7:59:03 AM
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