Louisville, Kentucky ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Louisville, Kentucky, 11 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Louisville, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 13.0 months. The average case processing time in Louisville is 417 days.The Louisville average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 44%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Louisville ODAR office was last updated on 9/18/2014.

SSA, Louisville ODAR Office
Gene Snyder U.S. Courthouse
601 W. Broadway, Suite 300
Louisville, Kentucky 40202
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Phone: (866) 755-0197 -- Fax: (502) 582-6819
eFile Fax: (877) 347-9192 (For sending evidence)

OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Louisville 11 13.0 months 417 days 2.2 17% 44% 40%
Kentucky12.3 months404 days2.515%42%43%
National Average:12.5 months405 days2.018%44%38%
Hearing Wait Time: 13.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 2.24
Average Processing Time 417 days
Cases Pending 6410
Dispositions 4555
New Cases 4859
Hearings In Person 89%
Video Hearings 11%

Comments about Judges at the Louisville Kentucky ODAR office:

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Judge: Anthony R Smereka
Date Posted: 10/15/2014 8:52:50 AM
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This judge acts like he knows it all, but he's very ignorant. He doesn't bother to take the time to review all of your case notes. He's a very unprepared judge and unfortunately it hurts you and he doesn't care.

Judge: Scott T Miller
Date Posted: 9/29/2014 11:16:55 PM
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I have found Judge Miller to be fair and kind to claimants. He takes time to ask questions, often takes notes about your case, and provides numerous examples/questions in an attempt to understand the claimant's condition. I am always thankful to have a case before him.

Judge: Daniel A Traver
Date Posted: 9/5/2014 10:20:08 PM
Submited By: TLS



I believe that Judge Traver just wants all the facts yes he very vocal, but he is fair I walk out of there crying but that is because he was just telling the truth. I am happy that I was in front of him, and he is as honest as he is. HE JUST WANTS THE FACTS, so that if you are really disabled you will get the help you need. He is very different than any judge I had ever been in front of, but very thorough when trying to decide 100's of cases. You should be so lucky to be in front of him. Thanks Judge Traver for making me open my eyes and see that I had kids to think about, and that taking care of me was important.

Judge: William C. Zuber
Date Posted: 9/5/2014 4:26:57 AM
Submited By: fed up



Heartless and ignorant. Suggests that person could frequently climb ramps and stairs when the SSA medical examiner says NO. Went over the opinions of VE and examiner. Uses old statements thinking stuff cant get worse. LIES too.

Judge: Candace A McDaniel
Date Posted: 9/3/2014 10:00:38 PM
Submited By: Dottie



I was really nervous going into the hearing. I was told that this judge was a very hard and skeptical judge. She did not at all make me feel uncomfortable, and never was she rude. She was to the point and she seems to look at everything. I have not received my decision yet but I would never speak badly of her either way. These judges don't know you personally. They have only documented facts to go by. Anyone going through anxiety about your hearing... just be yourself and be honest. The judges won't bite you. Thank you to all the judges who hear many stories.

Judge: Anthony R Smereka
Date Posted: 8/26/2014 8:48:50 PM
Submited By: emmett harris



I had my ssdi hearing on June 19 and was asked to change my onset date my lawyer said that he found a specific date that proves my disabilities and August 13 I got my approval letter I'm very grateful for his decision and understanding of my case

Judge: Anthony R Smereka
Date Posted: 5/20/2014 9:07:20 AM
Submited By: Blessing. A



Judge Anthony Smereka You are the greatest. Thanks for your humbleness, listening aptitude, and great analytical insight. Thank you for your human feeling. Keep up with the good job. God bless you.

Judge: Daniel A Traver
Date Posted: 5/16/2014 6:18:01 PM
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This judge is EVIL! He did not follow procedure during my hearing. I was barely allowed to speak during my hearing. My rep was not allowed to speak AT ALL!! He berated, belittled and insulted me the whole time. He did not address all the medical issues I have filed for. He made things up and lied about the information received to substantiate my case. I should have been approved under Social Security Blue Books regulations for only one of my illnesses and he ignored that! He broke the law as far as I'm concerned. Pray you aren't sent for a hearing in front of this EVIL, bitter, angry and tired old man. I'm not just angry. I haven't exaggerated above.

Judge: George A Jacobs
Date Posted: 4/22/2014 12:10:20 PM
Submited By: LarryYoung



Judge Jacobs had the wrong medical records discredited me and made me out to be a liar.I have ben thinking for 6 yrs they had the write medical records.I thought I was going crazy.I paid taxes until I was run off the road in June 2055 have not recieved a dime in benefits and my wife has breast cancer they told me it would be another.14 months until my second ALJ hearing.I need helpn.

Judge: Patrick B Kimberlin III
Date Posted: 3/17/2014 6:27:43 AM
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I think he is very fair and seemed very compassionate. Thank you Judge Kimberlin.

Judge: Scott T Miller
Date Posted: 10/8/2013 3:59:16 PM
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He is very a very unfair Judge.He twisted my words around to use against me.Took 2 months to decide unfavorable!

Judge: Anthony R Smereka
Date Posted: 9/16/2013 9:47:16 AM
Submited By: v. bank



Thank you Judge Smerka, It was a pleasure to have you hear my case.

Judge: George A Jacobs
Date Posted: 9/7/2013 2:19:49 PM
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His "findings" regarding my case were absurd. He seemed to be looking at someone else's case completely when coming to his unfavorable decision. The impartial vocational expert even agreed that I should be on disability but he ignored her completely. I was informed by his assistant before even going into the courtroom that I was required to say "yes, sir" or "no, sir" when answering questions and that I was to keep my answers to his questions short. He didn't seem to be paying attention to my case at all and had his decision as soon as I walked into the room. I felt bullied and unheard.

Judge: Daniel A Traver
Date Posted: 5/29/2013 9:16:00 PM
Submited By: Nicole



Judge Traver is one of the best judges on the panel. Very compassionate and understanding! I was in there maybe 20 minutes and he approved my case and told me while I was there that he approved my disability. He is a lovely Judge and I am glad that I was lucky enough to have him over everyone else in the judges panel. Look at his case approval rate.. he has the highest of all the judges and I think he is very fair!

Judge: George A Jacobs
Date Posted: 4/25/2013 9:47:53 AM
Submited By: pam lock



he was not fair to me i cant work at all how can he sleep at nite knowing i am hungary and homeless i will eat the ttrash now his trash

Judge: Jim Fraiser
Date Posted: 3/28/2013 2:05:14 PM
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Based on our experience this ALJ used to be very friendly, easy going and had a much higher award rate. In the last couple of years he's become much tougher and has a very conservative award rate. He tends to like to work fast, asks rapid fire, pointed questions to claimant. Usually asks one hypo based on DDS and one assuming inability to do full time work. Does not usually ask for opening or closing and does most of questioning himself.

Judge: PETER C EDISON
Date Posted: 2/20/2013 8:14:17 AM
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This judge is cold-hearted and has no empathy for mental illness claimants. He not only called three psychiatrist and a social security psychologist, two primary doctors liars but me as well. His problem is since he can't see the illness physically then you can work. I believe he wants me to go out in the workplace and have one of my mental breakdowns whereby I hurt someone or vice-versa for him to see that a person that suffers with bipolar I & II are very moody people who can't always control themselves. I also suffer with manic depression, PSTD, social anxiety, anxiety, claustophic, panic attacks, OCD, high blood pressure, asthma, bronchitis, heart disease,etc. I am a 50 year old black female who has worked 30 years of her life always giving and caring for others. I have attempted suicide twice because I am my wits end. It took almost 4 years for this unfair system to tell me no I don't qualify for sdi in which I paid into the system. I guess, I will have to prove to this ### and the rest of them that I refuse to let others come here and live off of me when they never worked a day in this country.

Judge: Sheila Lowther
Date Posted: 2/19/2013 9:15:22 PM
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I got denied by this ALJ and she was very nice and listened very carefully. I have Fibromyalgia along with other things. In my denial letter she actually accused me of lying. I don't know what I lied about I was very nervous and I can't help that I am that way. I just told the truth and it really upsets me to be called a lair. I have never lied about my condition, no one but myself know how I feel unless they have walked in my shoes. Not even the doctors. I know they see all walks of life with everyone they see on a daily basis. And yes I would say at least 75% do lie. If I have to lie to get something, then I will do without but I have worked most of my adult life, paid in to ss and they tell me I am not disabled? I will not stoop to the level that some do.

Judge: Scott T Miller
Date Posted: 1/24/2013 12:07:11 PM
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I had a hearing Nov. 20th for my child. And received a fully favorable decision in January. Judge Miller listened to details of my child that no other person seem to car for. I had an awesome Attorney. I have been trying to get help since 2010 and Social Security kept denying her. Thanks Judge Miller.

Judge: William C. Zuber
Date Posted: 1/23/2013 6:32:45 PM
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Judge Zuber no sense limited point of view stay away

Judge: Kerry Morgan
Date Posted: 1/15/2013 4:49:23 PM
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Nice lady. A lot younger than what i expected, but she was really nice and pretty. My attorney told me she used to represent claimants. . She got to the point and didn't beat around bush so I liked that about her.

Judge: George A Jacobs
Date Posted: 1/14/2013 6:17:20 PM
Submited By: Bridgette Johnson



I just want to say Thank You Judge Jacobs. The process is very lengthy and I continue to go down hill, mentally as well as physically but I have never been a quitter. There was so much in my files a lot I did not agree with but choose to accept because you did partially rule in my favor and I don't blame you for not granting a full judgement because I believe if I had been smarter and more educated I back in 2009 I would have not stopped until I found a doctor who was dedicated to finding out why I was so I'll. I am just truly blessed that now I can move forward and with my benefits I can try to find some sort of assisted living...You truly are a fair judge..

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: George A Jacobs
Date Posted: 12/28/2012 1:12:37 PM
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i really think he is not a fair judge he does not listen to your case he all ready has he mind made up before you ever leave the cour room

Judge: Candace A Shaughnessy
Date Posted: 12/21/2012 2:55:22 AM
Submited By: Mr. Beshaun C Price



I am so greatful to Judge Shaughnessy for her approving my Soc Sec Disability this time last year. She saw through the negatives of my case & recognized that my set of challenges warranted an approval. I just don't know where i'd be medically as well as socially if this had not occurred. The income has helped to adjust to a somewhat debilitating situation & now i can purchase all my meds without taking half doses or skipping. As far as i'm concerned Judge Candace Shaughnessy is an angel in disguise. She certainly was an instrument of God's grace! I shall never stop thanking God enough for her ruling. I wish she & her family the most perfect Christmas a family can have, can i do any less! Thank you for allowing me to share what's been in my heart for a year now. Happy Holiday!

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: Scott T Miller
Date Posted: 10/22/2012 7:55:37 AM
Submited By: Melissa



I had my court date with judge Miller Oct 13 I have not got an answer yet been going back and forth seSen 07. He was nice and seemed caring. He is on top of his game with research. Hopefully all goes well. Good luck all ....as I await an aswer

Judge: Jim Fraiser
Date Posted: 9/7/2012 11:21:55 AM
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I found Judge Frasier to be quite understanding and personable. He did change the onset date, however he had a sound basis for so doing. I say, "Keep up the good work."

Judge: Jim Fraiser
Date Posted: 8/26/2012 12:31:10 PM
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Guys I understand your frustration. Been denied, however not by judge fraiser but my point is I know people that have very limited things wrong with them and yet they get approved no problem. Also I think these judges shouldnt be able to make such decisions based on medical evidence when they have no clue what some of it means. they are not doctors and have never worked in the medical field. So how can they determine whats severe or not? Or as my denial stated you have 3 severe impairments but not severe enough. Oh the world we live in

Judge: Jim Fraiser
Date Posted: 8/25/2012 1:42:38 PM
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I think Jim Frasier needs to step down!!!! He thinks he is above the law. He is very judge mental!!! He is an awful Judge!!

Judge: Sheila Lowther
Date Posted: 8/4/2012 10:53:58 AM
Submited By: Seriously Help



I am not sure if this was the judge that I got to see. Even though I have not received a decision as of yet I must say that the judge was nice. She smiled & let me know straight up that hey who needs to be here is not here so I will have to do something else. If this can be paid out, I will. Bottom line to that. So now I sit here in pain waiting. I have been diagnosed with cancer which has spread to my lungs, chronic muscle spasms, bone pain & type 2 diabetes (uncontrolled). Most days with medication I am a zombie or sleep. Without the medication I am in pain. My doctor wants to increase my Percocet to 2 at one time in hopes that would relieve the pain. Now tell me, how will I go to work sleep? Come on now

Judge: PETER C EDISON
Date Posted: 8/1/2012 10:13:47 AM
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although judge edison wasnt my judge I understand your frustration my hearing was june 20th and I havent recieved a decision letter in the mail yet. My conditions is left leg ampuation, psoriatic arthritis, and post tramatic stress syndrome. now if that doesnt qualify as disabled after i worked many years in the workforce then what would? I often think the same thing you guys do. what does it take to get approved roll in there on a hospital bed or a wheelchair. however my judge was extremely nice and seemed interested in my case but the low approval rates they have speak for themselves

Judge: PETER C EDISON
Date Posted: 7/30/2012 4:53:14 PM
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This ALJ barely even looked at me during my hearing (June 2012) and never reviewed any medical findings after July 2011, which confirm my diagnosis. Also he basically said I was a liar and therefore denied me any disability benifits at all. I am on 19 prescribed medications, I can barely function while taken them, they have impaired my thinking skills. I also have hyper somnia, means I sleep for hours at any given time of day, but somehow that evidence was not in his report. If I was pushed in to the hearing in a wheel chair with drool hanging from my mouth, maybe he would believe me. But since I am an upbeat person ( to hide all the crap on the inside)he sees me as functional. I have good days and I have bad days , some days I have no pain and other days all I have is pain. I'm a mixed bag-who in their right mind would hire a person like myself? I can't sit or stand for too long, i can only do minimal light non-thinkinh kind of work, I will fall asleep on the job, I will forget the task I've been given and wander the office. I would get fired within a week, that or get that special baseball helmet for my head. this man infuriates me

Judge: Daniel A Traver
Date Posted: 7/10/2012 4:21:06 PM
Submited By: ricky



i cant understand when the vocationale witness said i could not work and he stll turnrd me down

Judge: Sheila Lowther
Date Posted: 7/3/2012 2:46:34 PM
Submited By: Deborah Sue Dubois



why is it that when someone that has worked their whole life,i'm in Chronic Heart Failure and can't get any help.i signed up on SSI,been denied twice.i repealed it,now i have to go before a judge.i also have a Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm,and will need surgey in a few months.i saw my heart doctor today.he said i'll see you again in 6 months.i looked up and said if i'm still alive.my body is so weak.he said my heart is in real bad shape,it's barley pumping now.why can't i get any help.all i get is 200 foodstamps.i can't pay my doctor bills.i need help now.i have medicine i need too for my heart.is there any help out there for me.i don't have much longer to live i already know this.like my doctor said today,if i was a drunk or druggie,i would have had help already.can you try and help me?why do i have to go before a judge? to get help.

Judge: Anthony R Smereka
Date Posted: 7/1/2012 12:32:58 PM
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I WENT IN FRONT OF THIS JUDGE AND KNOWING HE WAS LOW APPROVING, STILL HOPED FOR A FAIR HEARING. HE DISREGARDED DOCTORS NOTES, EVEN SSA DOCTOR AND ARGUED WITH THE VE.HAD HIS MIND MADE UP BEFORE WE WALKED IN.PUT HIS OWN OPINION IN AS FAR AS MEDICAL ISSUES.SORRY DID NOT SEE HIS MEDICAL LICENSE HANGING ANYWHERE.I WONDER IS HE TAKING IT OUT ON THE DISABLED BECAUSE HE HAS BEEN REPRIMANDED AND FINED BY THE STATE FOR ABANDONING CLIENTS,NOT FILING PAPERS, ETC.ETC.ETC.UNLESS THEY WHEEL YOU IN ON YOUR HOSPICE BED,AND HE WOULD STILL PROBLY CHANGE YOUR ONSET DATE. I WOULD SAY IF YOU FIND OUT HE IS YOUR JUDGE THEN JUST WALK OUT THE DOOR.HE DOES NOT EVEN TRY TO BE POLITE AND MAKES YOU VERY UNEASY.VERY DISAPOINTED.

Judge: Jim Fraiser
Date Posted: 6/19/2012 8:32:19 AM
Submited By: Debbie Harris



bad judge

Judge: Scott T Miller
Date Posted: 6/15/2012 1:09:00 AM
Submited By: L Sportsman



Part of my disiability is lack of memory. He held that against me. We did a questionaire over two years ago that he held against me. He didn't understand the fact that their are times that things get worse. I could of told them all the truth about me being a abused child, and all the blows to the head.The fact that I have seizures caused by abuse. He didn't like the face that I'm not getting medical attention. I have no insurance. What about that is so hard to understand? Or that I didn't tell the free clinic every thing. I went there a couple times. I have pain in my back and I needed help. oh that got held against me. I guess he thought I did that cause of the hearing. mr. miller i did not lie to you! I told you things that day about myself that I tell no one. I thought you understood me. I was fooled. Chances are now I could be standing at deaths door and i will not seek treatment. i know that every thing I say is held against me.

Judge: Scott T Miller
Date Posted: 6/12/2012 12:08:51 PM
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At my hearing he seamed very nice.I don't think he has a clue what it is like to be in front of a judge. How every time in life you admit to any thing, some thing gets taken from you. This was very rough. I do not think he was fair at all. need less to say I lost my hearing.

Judge: Jim Fraiser
Date Posted: 5/12/2012 8:07:18 AM
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JIM ABUSE HIS AUTHORITY AND WHY IS THE FBI INVOLVE IN THESE CRIMES

Judge: Jim Fraiser
Date Posted: 4/22/2012 3:40:30 AM
Submited By: Sadanddisappointed



How does this man sleep at night....really? Has denied my disabled daughter twice already and she has overwhelming evidence proving she is disabled. Idk how all these ppl faking it to make it can get a check yet she has to struggle and cant get help? Someone needs to pray for these folks to start approving...because the economy is already bad enough without us all scrimpimg and sacrificing to get the help we need and medicine and choosing between medicine food and bills to live.smh i bet none of the judges have to evvvvver sacrifice and worry and go hungry or without meds or utilities or be homeless....we have.

Judge: Scott T Miller
Date Posted: 4/14/2012 12:51:09 PM
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Judge Miller DID HAVE A HUGE backlog but I was being treated the same way, until i found out that he had a heart bypass surgery in Nov. and then had complications after that so they did move alot of cases to other areas that were not as backed up as his. I have been waiting for 5and a half years for a decision and finally got approved but my family was hurting and still is until i get my payments, so I do share your frustration!

Judge: Michael J Nichols
Date Posted: 3/19/2012 10:32:07 AM
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two psychiatrists/ two pshychologists/ and two vocational rehab representatives agree that because of proven brain atophy (2 MRI's, 2CT scans, and 2 Psych tests that I am Unable to retain any gainful employment. He is still without a decicion. One of my psyciatrist asked, what does it take, do you have to lose the other half of your brain as well?

Judge: Scott T Miller
Date Posted: 3/15/2012 2:38:52 PM
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On the morning of October 20th, 2011, I was allowed to present my case before Judge Miller, regarding my application for Social Security Disability Benefits. As of this date, March 15th, 2012, I have NOT received a reply from Judge Miller. I have contacted my attorney on several occasions, as well as contacting my Congressman, Gus Bilirakis. I received a letter dated February 23rd, 2012,from Mr. Bilirakis stating he did receive my notice of concerns and would be in touch with me as soon as possible. Then, I received a letter from my attorney, dated February 24th, 2012, stating he finally got a call back from Judge Miller's office stating due to a large backlog of cases my file was sent to another office to have the Decision typed and finalized, and, hopefully it would not be much longer until the Decision is mailed to me. Where do I fall in the statistics listed above?