West Des Moines, Iowa ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in West Des Moines, Iowa, 8 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in West Des Moines, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 13.0 months. The average case processing time in West Des Moines is 454 days.The West Des Moines average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 41%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the West Des Moines ODAR office was last updated on 5/11/2015.

SSA, West Des Moines ODAR Office
Regency West, Building 1
1501 50th Street, Suite 300
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266
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Phone: (877) 628-6577 -- Fax: (515) 223-0371
eFile Fax: 877-417-4609 (For sending evidence)

OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
West Des Moines 8 13.0 months 454 days 2.3 14% 41% 45%
Iowa13.0 months454 days2.314%41%45%
National Average:13.3 months445 days2.118%44%38%
Hearing Wait Time: 13.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 2.33
Average Processing Time 454 days
Cases Pending 4989
Dispositions 1969
New Cases 2120
Hearings In Person 37%
Video Hearings 63%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied
Judge Matthew Allen 21%39%40%
Judge Tom Andrews 14%49%37%
Judge Eric S Basse 14%32%54%
Judge Julie K Bruntz 10%42%47%
Judge David G Buell 0%23%77%
Judge Jo Ann L Draper 17%26%57%
Judge Tela L. Gatewood 28%25%47%
Judge John E Sandbothe 11%60%28%

Comments about Judges at the West Des Moines Iowa ODAR office:

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Judge: Robert J Labrum
Date Posted: 6/16/2015 1:20:35 PM
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I have appeared before this judge several times representing clients. He is fair, he is prepared, and he understands the law regarding disability claims. If you don't have good medical evidence (as noted by the other commenter on this page), what are you doing at a hearing? SSA can reverse any favorable decision that isn't based on medical records. Why would Judge Labrum waste time approving your claim based on your own personal account, without supporting medical evidence, when it's only going to be reversed when SSA appeals?

Judge: Eric S Basse
Date Posted: 5/4/2015 11:51:12 AM
Submited By: joy swinton



He seemed to know my case. Let me correct errors in paper work. Since I had no counsel he let me provide evidence that day, and also getting updated medical records. He was very nice. Very good with listening and asking questions Wish his approval rate was higher. I've got a rare unpredictable eye disease. Fibromyalgia etc. No decision yet. Feb 20 hearing.

Judge: David G Buell
Date Posted: 4/28/2015 6:22:39 PM
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This judge appeared to have his mind made up before the hearing. He said I was lying and making my symptoms seem worse than they really are. He said I have an account on LinkedIn which makes me look quite good (who tries to make themselves look bad there?) He also found an account on Eharmony and said people with depression don't want to date. He clearly has NO Knowledge of mental illness.

Judge: Tom L Morris
Date Posted: 4/21/2015 12:58:28 PM
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I know some court clerks. When I told them WHO the disability judge was, they said "Oh, no wonder she was denied." This client had BRAIN SURGERY and has a timeline of all the ER and Dr trips and her medical file is 3" thick. The 10-page DENIAL still claims she's making "more of it than the facts present."His REASONING, was based on OLD information too. Decision took 5 MONTHS. This has drug out for 2 YEARS now, no income. Did I mention she has a neurosurgeon and is on so much medication for pain, seizures, etc., that driving or working is not possible? Yet she has a friend with a foot injury that is on Disability...explain that? And he doesn't let witnesses or the client talk AND the vocational "expert" said she could be a "grain sorter" SERIOUSLY? It's a JOKE! Shame on you TOM MORRIS! You make me SICK!

Judge: Tela L. Gatewood
Date Posted: 3/10/2015 1:29:46 PM
Submited By: Brian



Took over a year with no decision on my case. I had to involve a congressman for help, then within a week she sent the denial letter. Looks like if she gets pushed she will deny. She is clearly unworthy of her position.

Judge: Tela L. Gatewood
Date Posted: 2/3/2015 2:13:27 PM
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I had an appeal hearing with her 11 months ago. She promised I would have a judgment within one week. Every time I call the ssi office I'm told she can not be reached or held accountable but that she takes longer than any other judge. I'm told there is nothing that can be done. I can only imagine my case folder has found the trash can or slipped between her desk and the wall, but nothing can be done.

Judge: Matthew Allen
Date Posted: 1/31/2015 8:44:02 PM
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It great to see the how the process works even though I did get it got turned down. everyone in the court was very nice. hope next one goes better

Judge: John E Sandbothe
Date Posted: 10/1/2014 3:06:15 PM
Submited By: Keisha Harvey



Judge Sandbothe I seen him on September 9, 2014 He was caring and non judgemental, he was listening to all evidence of case.He did make it quick but got all proof to make his decision. I feel good about getting him even though I haven't got a decision. I pray he see what I'm going though and it wasn't something I asked for just something that happened to me.

Judge: Eric S Basse
Date Posted: 9/14/2014 5:58:12 PM
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Simply review the below data of his history as an ALJ. Denier judge. Dislikes claimants. Should be disbarred.

Judge: David G Buell
Date Posted: 6/10/2014 10:43:07 AM
Submited By: Malinda Prior



the Honorable Judge David Buell of the Social Security Addministratuon is one of the most passionate judges i have had the pleasure of sharing ny hardship with and i prayer that as hard as it is to believe he must uphold his duty and grant ssi to everyone equally which means there must be proof to support a disability that are used to base qualifications on these I'm sure were set long befor he became the. Honorable judge David buek

Judge: Eric S Basse
Date Posted: 4/6/2014 8:22:17 AM
Submited By: Mary



Judge Eric S Basse had obviously read my entire file and was knowledgeable about all the medical evidence I had submitted. I found him to be kind and to the point in his questions. I have nothing negative to say about how he conducted himself or the hearing.

Judge: Eric S Basse
Date Posted: 12/4/2013 10:25:08 AM
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Was reading the file during hearing was hardly looking at the claimant so did not see her start to shake at times or her reactions. He should be better prepared for the hearing to be more attentive.

Judge: John E Sandbothe
Date Posted: 12/4/2013 10:18:58 AM
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Very fair. He prefers for hearings to be fast. He gets the information he feels is necessary and is ready for the hearing to be over.

Judge: David G Buell
Date Posted: 12/4/2013 10:17:40 AM
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He is a harsh judge and it seems as though he has made up his mind about a case prior to hearing.

Judge: Tom Andrews
Date Posted: 12/4/2013 10:15:59 AM
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He knows the file well and is very fair. He treats claimants fairly and with respect.

Judge: Jo Ann L Draper
Date Posted: 9/6/2013 2:12:56 PM
Submited By: Jason



Seemed very professional and to the point, without being over-bearing.

Judge: Tom L Morris
Date Posted: 5/22/2013 10:18:12 AM
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seems like you denied more than any judge do you do that to get a big head grow up people do need there benefits they pay for

Judge: Julie K Bruntz
Date Posted: 5/3/2013 6:48:21 PM
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not very thorough, made many mistakes on dates, added things to my case per her opinion not through medical records. didnt notice some medical records in my file that were not even mine. said in denial letter that i was to picky about jobs i am applying for even though i have applied for 170 since filing, complained that i did have records about osteo arthritis in my left knee but had not had surgery on it yet but it was scheduled. found i had "SEVERE" impairments but they were not as severe as one on the 'LIST'. said i cannot sit or stand for more than 2 hours during 8 hour day but i can still do sedentary work that doesnt require kneeling or squatting or ladders or pulling ropes or lifting more than 10lbs among other things. completly inconsistant in her findings. i will be appealing to next level. MADE MANY MISTAKES THAT COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED. OBVIUOSLY DID NOT GO OVER THE RECORDS THOROUGHLY AS SHOWN BY THE MISTAKES.

Judge: Julie K Bruntz
Date Posted: 4/23/2013 5:04:19 AM
Submited By: T



She is a fair judge and she dose a great job making sure no rock is left un turned. Make sure your files are complete and everything turned in properly this way she does not have the aggravation of asking for it. She is considerate and do not take advantage because this will not be favorable for you.

Judge: Troy Silva
Date Posted: 3/30/2013 3:41:52 AM
Submited By: Taz



Awful judge. Doesn't think straight sometimes. Doesn't understand limitations too. However, there are worse judges than him so he's just okay.

Judge: Tom Andrews
Date Posted: 3/27/2013 4:39:49 PM
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A very nice gentleman.

Judge: Jo Ann L Draper
Date Posted: 2/8/2013 11:52:18 AM
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Very easy-going, yet professional.

Judge: Robert J Labrum
Date Posted: 1/2/2013 1:12:25 PM
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If there is evidence in the file supporting the claim, he does a good job. If the evidence isn't very clear, he will likely deny the case.

Judge: Tom L Morris
Date Posted: 12/4/2012 3:53:06 PM
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Don't bother showing up.

Judge: Tela L. Gatewood
Date Posted: 11/1/2012 5:43:34 AM
Submited By: Tracey



I think Judge Gatewood acessed my hearing very well, she listens without judgeing you. God Bless Your Honor

Judge: David G Buell
Date Posted: 7/17/2012 8:34:12 AM
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Fairly negative ALJ as reflected in his decisions. I agree that both extremes aren't good but the WV ALJ didn't start this controversy. SSA knows exactly what it is doing and is no hurry to investigate the ALJ's who pay 20-30 percent of their claims or less.

Judge: Troy Silva
Date Posted: 7/11/2012 1:57:57 PM
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He is a nice judge but he is extremely thorough with his cases and so you want to make sure that you know the record well because he will ask you questions about it. He will listen to your argumenst but you kind of know what he is leaning toward at the hearing. Doesnt require a brief or anything. One more thing, make sure you have all of your records and if you dont he will ask why you dont have them especially if they are older records.

Judge: David G Buell
Date Posted: 6/29/2012 8:11:51 PM
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Would the statics be more reflective of the real world if this particular judge and judge Morris' decisions were removed from the data matrix? I firmly know that individuals such as this DO SCEW THE DATA, but we as citizens can't get rid of them any more than we can get rid of the WV Judge which started this controversy in the first place. What I do know is that both extremes are hurtful to the SSA objectives.

Judge: Tela L. Gatewood
Date Posted: 5/12/2012 12:08:07 PM
Submited By: chris



Honorable Tela Gatewood is very thorough and considerate. Looks and considers the evidence. Very reputable. Thank you your honor. God bless.