Indianapolis, Indiana ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Indianapolis, Indiana, 13 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Indianapolis, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 13.0 months. The average case processing time in Indianapolis is 434 days.The Indianapolis average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 46%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Indianapolis ODAR office was last updated on 8/7/2014.

SSA, Indianapolis ODAR Office
Market Square Center, Suite 400
151 North Delaware Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-2510
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Phone: (866) 931-4820 -- Fax: (317) 226-5827
eFile Fax: (877) 670-6919 (For sending evidence)

OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Indianapolis 13 13.0 months 434 days 2.0 15% 46% 39%
Indiana11.5 months390 days2.114%45%41%
National Average:12.4 months402 days2.018%44%38%
Hearing Wait Time: 13.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 2.04
Average Processing Time 434 days
Cases Pending 9457
Dispositions 4550
New Cases 5367
Hearings In Person 99%
Video Hearings 1%

Comments about Judges at the Indianapolis Indiana ODAR office:

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Judge: Albert J Velasquez
Date Posted: 10/2/2014 8:01:35 AM
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I found Judge Velasquez to be very personable, and friendly. A very nice judge who listened intently, and had my best interest at heart. In my opinion, I wish there were more judges like him!

Judge: Ronald T Jordan
Date Posted: 10/2/2014 7:20:24 AM
Submited By: SS Atty



He is a fairly laid back and personable ALJ. Don't always agree with his decisions, but he does not have an agenda and tries to do the right thing. You will get a fair hearing before him.

Judge: Albert J Velasquez
Date Posted: 10/2/2014 7:17:10 AM
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Can occasionally be rude to claimants, but over the years has evolved into one of the better and more fair ALJs. Will give bench decisions.

Judge: Monica LaPolt
Date Posted: 10/2/2014 7:12:41 AM
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She runs a fair hearing but is severe in her rulings with a low approval rate. Not an ALJ you necessarily want to be in front of with anything but a very good case.

Judge: Joan Ho
Date Posted: 10/2/2014 6:57:21 AM
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She conducts her hearings in a very unfair manner. She will spend an hour grilling the client and then tell his attorney, who has just started his/her examination, that there is a shortage of time. Her mind is made up prior to the first word of testimony, and this is reflected in her attitude and questioning. Judge **'s decisions are slanted with the negative highlighted and the positive ignored. This is a an ALJ to avoid.

Judge: John H Metz
Date Posted: 9/10/2014 12:59:06 PM
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Most judges are respectful of people appearing before them even if they know they are going to deny the claim. They recognize that the claimant is struggling with something that is at least severe enough that they feel it is disabling, and that whether it is or not, they are going through a tough time. NOT JUDGE METZ. At best, he isn't hateful toward winning claimants; he is a monster toward those he plans to deny, and he does it with a huge smile on his face, like he truly enjoys brow-beating these people. I'm not the bleeding heart attorney type - I know when my clients have mediocre cases - Metz definitely denies legitimate claims more often and in the face of stronger evidence than most judges. I'm surprised to see his grant rate - I would expect it to be lower (even though I'm above it with him). I suspect he is granting some cases that should never make it through - otherwise, his grant rate should be about 10% lower. Word around the office is that he doesn't read prehearing briefs so don't bother. I submit them anyway just in case, but can say that it's very unusual to hear him talk about the case as though he's read it. Overall, the Indy ODAR office was definitely a better place without him.

Judge: T. Whitaker
Date Posted: 6/30/2014 12:14:26 PM
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I have worked indirectly with ALJ Whitaker on numerous occasions. I have had many clients go in front of her for hearings and she is probably one of the more fair ALJs within Social Security. I worked with her when I was still with a practice in Indiana and I look forward to working with her more in the future upon her transfer to Ft. Myers. She is unbiased in her opinions and works off evidence, not off assumptions. Please notice when reviewing her that her numbers are one of the few ALJs whose numbers have stayed relatively consistent over time.

Judge: Monica LaPolt
Date Posted: 6/26/2014 12:57:28 PM
Submited By: Kelley Greer



After having a hearing with this ALJ which doesn't impress me that she is even considered a judge! After reading reviews on this gal, how is she still a so called "Judge?" She lied right to my face under oath at my hearing! Does she NOT know that is perjury? This gal needs to lose her title, and her job with her dishonest behavior! I was lied to by several in this office and nobody knows what they are doing! I've taken my complaint higher to the Indiana Bar, I would be happy to see this gal lose her job and legal license! Unreal!! Why is a "judge" allowed to lie??? I shall keep you posted that whole office needs to be investigated and further more-jobless!! Give the jobs to honest Americans that wl do the job!! Sometimes authority gets ya "judge!"

Judge: David L Welch
Date Posted: 6/3/2014 12:24:32 PM
Submited By: MRS. LAURIE WHITIS



VERY KIND AND CARING AND WS PATIENT WITH ME AS I ANSWERED QUESTIONS AND WAS 100% HONEST TO HIM TO WHICH HE SEEMED PLEASED WITH THANK YOU FOR SEEING MY DISABILITY FOR WHAT IT IS A DISABILITY YOU WERE AWESOME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Judge: David L Welch
Date Posted: 4/21/2014 10:07:36 PM
Submited By: Shawna



I had my court date January 22nd. Judge Welch was very patient and listened patiently and gave me plenty of time as I was confused as to some of the opinions/comments of the Dr. they used to review my file. I did have to put my case on hold for an additional test which was received by the ODAR on Feb 25th but the case is still on hold waiting for the judges decision. I'm just wondering how long it generally takes as it has been several weeks. My attorney's office hasn't returned calls throughout the process and still isn't so I'm worried the file didn't make its way back to the judge. Not unlike many I'm sure, I'm very close to being homeless and I am very worried and not sure if there is something else I should be doing. If anyone has had a similar experience any words of wisdom or advise regarding your own case would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much.

Judge: James R Norris
Date Posted: 4/17/2014 6:02:48 AM
Submited By: NA



Who is the ME? Meridian Diagnostic, Agneineri? If so The Social Security Administration needs to look into why he is using the same ME over and over that is an ethical problem and conflict of interest. Nice that Social Security uses this man for their diagnostics.

Judge: Monica LaPolt
Date Posted: 4/6/2014 5:36:05 AM
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She dismissed my doctors recommendations and decided to think she was my doctors. Denied by her with untrue things in denial letter. I really think she didn't read my file right as she stated as she said I was still doing some hobbies which it clearly stated I have not done them in years. Anyway federal appeal ruled she was wrong so that tells you right there she doesn't do her job right and should find another job. If denied by her take it to federal and you will win.

Judge: Monica LaPolt
Date Posted: 3/10/2014 2:18:35 PM
Submited By: Sharon Hummel



This judge is a joke! She threw out or had a negative response to everything in my file. I couldn't believe the untrue or negative responses in my denial letter. Someone isn't doing their job properly. Threw out both of my doctors responses, said I was a liar, my daughter and sister. I am very sick have been for a long time now and no one will help me. I am about to loose my house and anything I have. I have worked my entire life very hard and to be treated like this is a insult. This judge needs replaced. They need to take in to account their responses. I would be interested in knowing how many suicides occur from judges and doctors that seem like their only goal is to kick you when your down. Be a professional like you are supposed to be!!!! I am very angry how good people are treated from judges and doctors, people we are suppose to respect.

Judge: James R Norris
Date Posted: 3/8/2014 7:33:10 AM
Submited By: Attorney



Judge Norris is unprofessional. Agree with comments about the ME. When crossing the ME, ALJ gets irritated with the attorney if they try to make the ME explain or support his reasoning at all. Further, the ME makes inappropriate credibility remarks so be ready for them. Luckily, if questioned, the ME is so ridiculous it will be an easy appeal. ALJ wants to hear nothing from the claimant so he will get angry if you try to rightfully try to develop case via questioning claimant on limitations and ADLs.

Judge: Monica LaPolt
Date Posted: 2/4/2014 12:00:43 PM
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I thought she was very nice and understanding. She was very knowlegable about my file and all the evidence included. I have not yet receieved a decision, but felt she was fair during the hearing.

Judge: T. Whitaker
Date Posted: 8/5/2013 7:50:40 AM
Submited By: SS Atty



ALJ Whitaker runs a fair hearing. She certainly is not a "giveaway" ALJ. Makes a decision based on the medical evidence and is flexible and willing to change her mind if the evidence is there. Does not appear to have an agenda as some ALJs do.

Judge: Charles W Ardery
Date Posted: 6/28/2013 8:08:10 AM
Submited By: Janie Drummond and Family



We have known Judge Ardery since the 1960's. In our opinion, he has been the most fair, honest, sincere, and talented person we have ever known. His work has been his passion, and he has always believed in people, and the human spirit. His love for ALL people, no matter their race, creed, or religion is legendary, and has been a wonderful example for the next generation. Judge Ardery is loved by everyone with whom he is associated. His integrity shines so very brightly. Judge Ardery is retiring, from his long service of duty, this Friday, June 30th. He will be terribly missed by those whom he serves, as well as those special people who serve with him. And so, GOD SPEED to you, judge Ardery. You have served your time well ... Proudly, with Compassion, Grace, and above all ... Honor.

Judge: Charles W Ardery
Date Posted: 6/26/2013 10:13:06 PM
Submited By: Karen Jane Ardery Drummond



We have known Judge Ardery since the day we were born. In our opinion, he has been the most fair, honest, sincere, and talented person we have ever known. His work has been his passion, and he has always believed in people, and the human spirit. His love for ALL people, no matter their race, creed, or religion is legendary, and has been a wonderful example for the next generation. Judge Ardery is loved by everyone with whom he is associated. His integrity shines so very brightly. Judge Ardery is retiring, from his long service of duty, this Friday, June 30th. He will be terribly missed by those whom he serves, as well as those special people who serve with him. And so, GOD SPEED to you, Daddy. You have served your time well ... Proudly, with Compassion, Grace, and above all ... Honor. We love you! Janie, Nina, Bill, and Jim

Judge: Belinda J Brown
Date Posted: 3/18/2013 3:02:40 PM
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Very nice judge polite to claimant and atty she generally uses ME and VE and seems to be pretty favorable.

Judge: Daniel J Mages
Date Posted: 3/18/2013 3:00:31 PM
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Very Nice judge he asks almost all questions and his hearings are super short. Get there early.

Judge: John H Metz
Date Posted: 3/18/2013 2:59:01 PM
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Judge Metz does the questioning----if it is a crappy case, he sure lets you know. Sounds like he is nice enough, kind of depends on the case as to how he acts.

Judge: Thomas L Wang
Date Posted: 3/18/2013 2:57:05 PM
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Really new judge but very very nice he asks most of all the questions will allow the attorney to fill in the gaps pretty short hearings he does use at least in my case VE and ME and did get pretty detailed in his questions to the claimant about negatives of case alcohol smoking and any and all drug use

Judge: T. Whitaker
Date Posted: 3/18/2013 2:53:14 PM
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Cant have hearings with any other judge the same day as this judge or you will get admonished by Whitaker.

Judge: Monica LaPolt
Date Posted: 3/18/2013 2:45:24 PM
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Her numbers say it, 25% you are going in just to make a record to appeal. She will interrupt you often. She pulls a lot of negatives out of the file so be prepared for drug/alochol and yes prison time even though it is outside the time frame of an AOD or PFD. She will also have the VE classify work as PRW although it doesnt fit SS definitions of PRW. If your client worked doing anything at all for any length of time it is PRW.

Judge: Monica LaPolt
Date Posted: 3/18/2013 2:39:59 PM
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She is the new CJ in Indy. VERY NICE!!! But she specifically asked me to let the other attorneys know that she expects you and the claimant to be at hearing and ready to go 30 minutes prior to the hearing time. The notice says that, and she EXPECTS that! She asks most questions, then turns it over to attorney. AND she told me she does not want me to get testimony regarding what doctors have told them, or what she could read in the medical evidence.

Judge: Monica LaPolt
Date Posted: 3/18/2013 2:39:20 PM
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nice judge, she knows the file, usually will let you cover sections on limitations and adl's. Moves quickly through the hearing.

Judge: James R Norris
Date Posted: 3/7/2013 4:53:40 AM
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This judge is out of his mind!! he has an ME he ALWAYS uses who ALWAYS tells him what he wants to hear - that your claimant has no disabilities whatsoever. The judge himself is a bully and will browbeat you after each question as you try to question his medical experts. He does not appear to listen to claimant testimony at all and doesn't appear to care period what the claimant has to say. He is there to bully reps and deny claims. He should seek other type of employment.

Judge: Tammy H Whitaker
Date Posted: 2/12/2013 8:25:10 PM
Submited By: SSA Employee



I work DIRECTLY with Judge Whitaker on a daily basis. She is a BIG supporter of 'due process' for the Claimant. She is always focus on the Claimant and their right to that 'due process'. In her daily decisions she is always ready to take a 'hard right' instead of an 'easy left'. A unfavorable decision does not equate to a wrong decision. There is a human being under that robe. And from my position I have seen her humanity. From a Claimants position, they love her on a favorable decision and denounce her on an unfavorable decision. THAT in and of its self is inhumane to pin on such a Professional with such a responsibility to the public.

Judge: James R Norris
Date Posted: 1/29/2013 9:30:43 AM
Submited By: VTP



This judge is a bit of a character in a bad way make sure that you have all medical records in or he will continue the hearing on you to get them.

Judge: D. L Pickett
Date Posted: 1/1/2013 3:10:03 PM
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Thinks he is ten feet tall and bullet proof,every dog has his day.

Judge: David L Welch
Date Posted: 12/20/2012 5:56:57 PM
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I went to court november 14th (i think) i had my lawyer with me..i just got an approval letter...he was really nice and seemed to care what I said and made me feel comfortable in the room and not so nervious! thank you Mr.Welch!!

Judge: Charles W Ardery
Date Posted: 12/11/2012 8:57:04 AM
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Judge Ardery was very nice and respectful. Was also very fair during my hearing.

Judge: Monica LaPolt
Date Posted: 12/4/2012 1:11:03 AM
Submited By: Fred F.



I had Judge LaPolt as my disability judge and thought that she ignored my medical records and letters from employers about my disabilities.I am a diabetic and have denegenitive disc disease the lower 3 discs in my back are black on xrays and MRI's.She ignored these findings in all of my evidence presented to her.Her letter to me in my denial letter were very upsetting and I have lost my house and wife for her unprofessionable findings.I hope she gets into another type of law before she ruins more lives like mine.

Judge: D. L Pickett
Date Posted: 11/6/2012 8:22:27 PM
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Head injury,;this judge puts "little weight" in treating doctors,19 months of treatment,speech therapy,headaches,memory loss,confusion,anger issues.his recomendations? no contact with co-workers,no contact with supervisors, no machinery or chemicals.No ladders or heights.DENIED.What is that job anyway? He put "great weight" in the 2 doctors who never talked or looked at my dad not sure if this so-called "judge" really looks at the facts.If your really hurt and you go in front of him good luck and godbless, this man has no compassion,and your treating doctors will carry "LITTLE WEIGHT.I do not know how this man sleeps at night.

Judge: Charles W Ardery
Date Posted: 10/21/2012 2:24:28 AM
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Judge: Charles W Ardery was very nice when i went for my hearing.

Judge: Charles W Ardery
Date Posted: 9/24/2012 7:39:45 PM
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I think this judge id v.bBery sympatetic and fair

Judge: Mark C Ziercher
Date Posted: 7/7/2012 10:39:23 AM
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I think this judge wants to go down in History as having the most denials. His record speaks volumes. I wish I had any other judge. In the denial letter of 26 pages he stated things that were not true. He has no empathy or compassion. I feel sorry for anyone who is assigned this man.

Judge: Ronald T Jordan
Date Posted: 6/27/2012 9:56:49 AM
Submited By: Linda Gibson



I went before Judge Jordan, and I found him to be very human and he understood my nervous ramblings, and he seemed to understand the pain I was in, I haven't heard one way or the other about my case, I just pray that I do hear something soon. It is very hard not knowing if I will be able to get the help I need, or If I will be just another homeless individual living under a bridge, because Ive lost the ability to use my arms and legs effectively, and no one will hire me. I pray that I can come back on here and have a positive outcome to my case, so far Judge Jordan gets the highest mark for his ability to empathize with my life situation. I will be back to confirm his 5 star rating or to change it. Staying hopeful, you do the same.

Judge: James R Norris
Date Posted: 6/7/2012 10:19:13 AM
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My step-father has had everything below his bladder removed because of cancer and has diabetes and got denied by Judge Norris. Everyday, deadbeats and lazy people are given social security assistance but ones that actually need it are denied. It is very disappointing.

Judge: Tammy H Whitaker
Date Posted: 4/4/2012 7:41:51 AM
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This Judge is cruel and inhumane. Making someone who has a lot of health issues, physically, mentally and emotionally wait 6 months from a hearing date for an unfavorable decision. What took you so long? You may have won the first round, but this fight for what is due to me, is far from over. I hope you sleep well tonight. Shame, Shame on you!

Judge: Reinhardt Korte
Date Posted: 3/28/2012 4:06:18 AM
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He is now retired, FYI.

Judge: Reinhardt Korte
Date Posted: 3/12/2012 10:43:38 AM
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This man could easily be compared to Hitler. I listened to him laugh about people he denied disability and talk about how FAT and stupid they are. Fair and balanced - never. Oh well, seems to be the USA system. They find people like this to hear these cases, and then the poor suffer while the rich keep getting richer. The time is coming to an end....and this will no longer happen.