West Des Moines, Iowa ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in West Des Moines, Iowa, 7 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 12.0 months. The average case processing time in West Des Moines is 426 days.The West Des Moines average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 43%. 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 11/12/2014.

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
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
West Des Moines 7 12.0 months 426 days 2.5 14% 43% 43%
Iowa12.0 months426 days2.514%43%43%
National Average:12.2 months421 days2.018%44%38%
Hearing Wait Time: 12.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 1.92
Average Processing Time 418 days
Cases Pending 4790
Dispositions 3206
New Cases 3742
Hearings In Person 33%
Video Hearings 67%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied
Judge Tom Andrews 17%50%33%
Judge Eric S Basse 12%26%62%
Judge Julie K Bruntz 15%47%38%
Judge David G Buell 17%39%43%
Judge Thomas M Donahue 20%36%44%
Judge Jo Ann L Draper 18%34%48%
Judge Tela L. Gatewood 22%35%43%
Judge John E Sandbothe 15%54%31%

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

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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.