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 16.0 months. The average case processing time in West Des Moines is 507 days.The West Des Moines average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 45%. 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 5/19/2016.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
West Des Moines 8 16.0 months 507 days 1.7 19% 45% 36%
Iowa16.0 months507 days1.719%45%36%
National Average:15.9 months510 days1.920%44%37%
AVERAGE TIME
Hearing Wait Time: 16.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 1.69
Average Processing Time 507 days
Cases Pending 5791
Dispositions 1476
New Cases 2343
Hearings In Person 31%
Video Hearings 69%
LIST OF JUDGES / 18
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied
Judge Tom Andrews 18%53%29%
Judge Eric S Basse 15%32%54%
Judge Julie K Bruntz 23%43%35%
Judge Jo Ann L Draper 23%30%47%
Judge Henry Hamilton 20%47%33%
Judge Mark Naggi 33%33%33%
Judge Thuy-Anh T Nguyen 0%0%0%
Judge John E Sandbothe 19%54%27%

LATEST COMMENTS         to leave your own comment, select a judge from the list above and leave a comment on that judge's page

Judge: David G Buell
6/30/2016 7:12:32 PM



I can't really give him any stars yet, but I am concerned about Judge Buell. My wife has evidence and proof of unable to do any type of sedentary work, my lawyer asked for a On the Record review and he is stating that a hearing is required. I don't know why the system is setup to play the people that are disabled and everyone that really isn't disabled can get it with a flip of a switch. My wife isn't working and yet have to wait 15 months for a hearing. It's stuff like this that I really don't believe in our government.


Judge: Robert J Labrum
6/15/2016 7:56:49 PM





Mr. L. Melton
Judge: Eric S Basse
6/10/2016 12:28:59 AM



Judge Basse did a Very Good Job from start to finish, he was kind and made it very clear that he was aware of my case . I appreciate his fairness you don't find them no better than Judge Basse. Thank You

Mr. Gouge
Judge: Sherianne Laba
3/17/2016 12:22:16 PM



Best judge ever, fair, tough, doesnt put up with BS, but has a heart.

Anonymous
Judge: Tom L Morris
2/9/2016 4:21:52 PM



I just had my hearing today. I don't know what the outcome will be but I will say that I feel that judge morris was attentive and asked the appropriate questions. He was very professional and polite. He did seem not very interested in anything that my doctors said but that could be wrong. He did listen to me and my attorney and also the vocational expert and asked the proper questions so we'll see how it goes. I've been fighting this since September 2013 and living on $197/mo.

Melissa
Judge: Tom L Morris
1/26/2016 8:07:03 PM



It took him 11 months to decide my case there was no reason for to have to last that long he kept putting in for more extensions wanting more paperwork and then I got the senator involved and then he denied it he won't let you talk in court he talks down to you like you're stupid he doesn't have a lot of patience and I've been told by numerous people if you get this job you're going to get an automatic denial in fact my attorney when we walked in there says I hate him he's horrible he's nothing but a pain in my rear and there's no way we're going to get this will get it at the appeals level so I went to court April 9th and got the decision on January 26th got the full denial decision today like what other people said if you have this judge don't bother showing up he's just a waste of your time and is going to draw all out as far as he can


Judge: Denzel R Busick
1/13/2016 4:15:09 PM



How can a judge with no medical experience decide the fate of my life!?!? These judges have no medical training.This judge chose to not "give weight" to my 2 specialist.My records clearly show my conditions.How can they know better than a person that has spent 8 yrs or more of their life in schooling. He did not clearly state why he did not give my Dr any weight,he made untrue statements. The job vocationalist said that hypotheticaly that with my my side affects of my meds I was unemployable,that with my mental state I was unemployable,that with the time needed off for dr appointments I was unemployable.

David Francy
Judge: Thuy-Anh T Nguyen
12/7/2015 11:29:48 AM



very thoughtful seemed to really listen. I am very nervous and hope to hear some good news before christmas.

RJ
Judge: Mark Naggi
6/29/2015 4:16:55 AM



I don't know how Judge Naggi can possibly have a 58% approved rate. He went out of his way to deny my disability claim. He tried to play doctor by claiming that since I haven't tried cortisone shots in 15 years then I haven't tried enough. Well Judge you are no doctor and my doctors laughed at the idea. They understand that cortisone only works in the joint it is injected into. Not an option when you have 30 joints that are affected. Furthermore, he threw out an affidavit from a doctor for no better reason than it was a clear indication of the validity of my claim. He did the same with my testimony. Since my hearing the stress from the continued uncertainty of my future has cost me my family, my home and my truck. I have to rely on others just to have a roof over my head. Judge Naggi and all the others in disability determination are ruining lives by constantly denying legitimate claims. And it is my opinion and only an opinion that they are doing so not out of ineptitude but purposefully and maliciously.


Judge: Robert J Labrum
6/16/2015 1:20:35 PM



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?

joy swinton
Judge: Eric S Basse
5/4/2015 11:51:12 AM



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
4/28/2015 6:22:39 PM



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
4/21/2015 12:58:28 PM



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!

Brian
Judge: Tela L. Gatewood
3/10/2015 1:29:46 PM



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
2/3/2015 2:13:27 PM



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
1/31/2015 8:44:02 PM



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

Keisha Harvey
Judge: John E Sandbothe
10/1/2014 3:06:15 PM



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
9/14/2014 5:58:12 PM



Simply review the below data of his history as an ALJ. Denier judge. Dislikes claimants. Should be disbarred.


Judge: Mark Naggi
9/9/2014 11:35:19 AM



At my hearing Judge Naggi did not seem to have any agenda other than determining a fair ruling. He displayed great patience in trying to sort through some issues with my confusing medical records, was considerate, and while I don't know yet the final outcome, I am confident by his professionalism and demeanor that he will make his ruling based on what he believes is fair and just.

jason dodson
Judge: Mark Naggi
6/27/2014 1:22:40 PM



Thank You! for the favorable decision. Very kind judge. was very kind and the hearing was professional. I was scared going in but He made it pleasant. I'm glad I went in and was honest it paid off.!! don't remember his clerks name...she was pleasent with my many calls. and floyd was extremely nice with all my calls over the months with me bugging him. he made it pleasant also!!!!!

Malinda Prior
Judge: David G Buell
6/10/2014 10:43:07 AM



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

Mary
Judge: Eric S Basse
4/6/2014 8:22:17 AM



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
12/4/2013 10:25:08 AM



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
12/4/2013 10:18:58 AM



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
12/4/2013 10:17:40 AM



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
12/4/2013 10:15:59 AM



He knows the file well and is very fair. He treats claimants fairly and with respect.

Jason
Judge: Jo Ann L Draper
9/6/2013 2:12:56 PM



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

Jennifer Croy
Judge: Mark Naggi
8/15/2013 4:40:06 PM



He was a great considerate kind judge when asking me questions and I felt he was through and understanding my case, I would recommend him to any one filing for disability for physical or mental conditions. He also waited on my attorney closing statement with consideration for my case.


Judge: Tom L Morris
5/22/2013 10:18:12 AM



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
5/3/2013 6:48:21 PM



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.

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Judge: Julie K Bruntz
4/23/2013 5:04:19 AM



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.

Taz
Judge: Troy Silva
3/30/2013 3:41:52 AM



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
3/27/2013 4:39:49 PM



A very nice gentleman.


Judge: Jo Ann L Draper
2/8/2013 11:52:18 AM



Very easy-going, yet professional.


Judge: Robert J Labrum
1/2/2013 1:12:25 PM



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
12/4/2012 3:53:06 PM



Don't bother showing up.

Tracey
Judge: Tela L. Gatewood
11/1/2012 5:43:34 AM



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


Judge: David G Buell
7/17/2012 8:34:12 AM



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
7/11/2012 1:57:57 PM



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
6/29/2012 8:11:51 PM



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.

chris
Judge: Tela L. Gatewood
5/12/2012 12:08:07 PM



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