Hattiesburg, Mississippi ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, 11 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Hattiesburg, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 14.0 months. The average case processing time in Hattiesburg is 455 days.The Hattiesburg average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 36%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Hattiesburg ODAR office was last updated on 8/7/2014.

SSA, Hattiesburg ODAR Office
1901 Broadway Drive
Hattiesburg, Mississippi 39402
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Phone: (866) 348-5831 -- Fax: (601) 264-7702
eFile Fax: 877-372-8804 (For sending evidence)

OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Hattiesburg 11 14.0 months 455 days 2.2 16% 36% 49%
Mississippi14.8 months476 days2.216%41%43%
National Average:12.4 months402 days2.018%44%38%
Hearing Wait Time: 14.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 2.22
Average Processing Time 455 days
Cases Pending 6485
Dispositions 3716
New Cases 3707
Hearings In Person 47%
Video Hearings 53%

Comments about Judges at the Hattiesburg Mississippi ODAR office:

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Judge: L. D Pischek
Date Posted: 9/4/2014 3:05:15 PM
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Scratch the contempt part of my message. My neighbor said I can't hold a judge in contempt. My neighbor said I mixing an ALJ hearing with an Al Picino movie. Pardon me Judge L D Pischek.

Judge: L. D Pischek
Date Posted: 9/4/2014 2:54:28 PM
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I have not gone before the ALJ yet. But I hope I get this judge. Going before a judge who has denied so many claims means an award is out there waiting for the right person to take it. I will take that rare award and I'll do it without a representative, or an attorney. After I win I'll tell the judge to come to this page and read that I knew I would win. I'm so sure I will get that award I'm tempted to give out my name. Even if he knows my name my medical evidence is so strong that if it is questioned I will call out of order. Three out of orders and I will hold that judge in contempt. I say to those who say we need representatives and attorneys. You're out of order! 30 days in the hole!

Judge: Douglas Gilmer
Date Posted: 9/2/2014 10:38:10 PM
Submited By: Vincent Hatten



Seems to me to be a fair judge. My lawyer and he has a great history together and he was very proffesional

Judge: Margaret M Sullivan
Date Posted: 9/2/2014 9:48:34 AM
Submited By: Shannon Montgomery



She was very fair and she listened. Been fighting case for a long time and I'm grateful that I was given such a kind and fair judge.

Judge: Robert C Allen
Date Posted: 7/21/2014 9:01:57 AM
Submited By: Charles M. West



I would like to thank Judge Robert C. Allen very much for his understanding and compassion in the hearing of my case on May 14, 2014 in Augusta, Georgia. He was very courteous and apologetic in the handling of my hearing. I really appreciate your professionalism. My Mother assisted me in writing these comments. Charles M. West

Judge: L. D Pischek
Date Posted: 6/26/2014 1:56:22 PM
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By far the lowest approval and highest denial rate of any ALJ in Mississippi, so you know exactly what to expect when you have the misfortune of drawing her, your client is going to be denied.

Judge: Valorie Stefanelli
Date Posted: 6/25/2014 3:33:57 PM
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Any One Ever Had a Case with this Judge? Just wanting to know some information on her and how it is during the hearings?

Judge: Wallace E Weakley
Date Posted: 4/9/2014 6:53:48 PM
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I live out of state but was born and raised in MS. Judge Weakly just denied a family member. This family member has a trach in due to throat cancer treatment. He also just had bladder removed due to cancer. But Weakley said no he can work. Seriously! Has been trying to get SSI for 3 yes I said 3 years to get help and to no avail! I will be filing a grievance with the state bar against him. Some day Judge you will be held accountable for your injustices!

Judge: Rebecca LaRiccia
Date Posted: 1/28/2014 3:46:12 PM
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When the court started judge Lariccia read off to me my condition. She had not read all my medical and when told this at the hearing she still could not accessit without my lawyers help. She went into the hearing with precocieved notions and never changed them. When the vocational counselor from the state went over jobs he stated i couldnot perform light duty with my conditions I stated to the Judge. In her decision Judge Lariccia said she agrees with the doctor that I have severe pain but I can still perform a light duty job. Then she spelled out what i could perform as it relates to lifting. Noware in any reports or FCE did it say I could do that. Also she said the vocational couselor said I could perform light duty with my spoken evidence. He never said that. I faxed in a release for the hearing proceedings and never recieved them. In my opinion Judge Lariccia was not prepared for the case, and looking at her basis for decision she never read all the medical.

Judge: John S Lamb
Date Posted: 1/27/2014 3:56:41 PM
Submited By: attorney



This is one of the worst judges I have appeared in front of. He pays no attention to the testimony, is unfamiliar with the details of the record, and has clearly made up his mind before he ever hears the first word from the claimant. Although he comes across as personable, he shows no capacity for actual empathy and evaluates people from a position of distrust rather than trust.

Judge: Rebecca LaRiccia
Date Posted: 12/10/2013 11:36:01 AM
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Excellent Judge. Very friendly and compassionate. Definatly happy to present in front of her. She is always fair and knowledgeable.

Judge: John S Lamb
Date Posted: 11/26/2013 10:27:42 AM
Submited By: Michael



I like Judge Lamb. He made the best decision he could considering my attorney was not prepared. Judge Lamb makes you feel comfortable during the hearing. He can sense when you are nervous and makes you feel like everything is going to be ok.

Judge: Connie J Haskins
Date Posted: 11/14/2013 3:42:25 PM
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Of all the Metairie and New Orleans - based (not visiting) hearing judges I've been in front of over the years, she is the most professional. Many (perhaps even most) of the others encountered unfortunately seem to enjoy being discourteous, to claimants and representatives alike.

Judge: John S Lamb
Date Posted: 11/11/2013 11:20:05 AM
Submited By: Advocate



Judge Lamb is one of the best judges I've appeared in front of. He pays close attention to what the doctors are saying and what the diagnostic tests reveal. He is kind and respectful to claimants. But do not mistake kindness for weakness. If your case is not a strong one, you'll have to work hard to convince him but Judge Lamb has always given my clients the benefit of the doubt.

Judge: Laurie H Porciello
Date Posted: 10/29/2013 3:12:05 PM
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This ALJ will often play games with representatives. For instance, she will solicit favorable VE testimony that would mean a win at step 5, but then deny the case at step 2. All the while with a very fake smile on her face. Doesn't matter how strong the case is either -- I suspect this is because she rarely gets a serious challenge to her rulings. If you get this ALJ, try to get your hearing rescheduled so you can get a new one. Or move to another state. If you get Porciello, you'll likely lose. You're only other option is to find a way to get her to recuse herself. Good luck with that!

Judge: James F Barter
Date Posted: 10/2/2013 2:47:53 PM
Submited By: Loren



I found this Judge to be vary unfair and with a lack of understanding and compassion. After being told by His Job Placement Addvocate that there was no type of work out there for my husband to do but yet my husband should find himself a job with the following... (words off the denial letter) "Specifically he is limited to work that does not require more than basic interaction with supervisors, co-workers and general public. He would need a well-spaced work environment to reduce the amount of his interaction. He should not be required to read instructions, write reports, or handle money." Someone please find my husband a job that requires the above noted. No where will hire my husband because of his very limited education and to get a job he can't do how long do you think he will be able to keep this job. I understand that he sees many people that are trying to skimp on the governments pocketbook but jundge please keep in mind that there are those of us who do need the help. And deserve it after paying into the system for years.

Judge: Robert C Allen
Date Posted: 9/20/2013 2:32:34 PM
Submited By: Cora Williams



I think that Judge Robert C. Allen is very fair, I really like the way that he listen to what I were saying and not just looking past me like some other judges, he patiently let me finish what I were saying before he would start talking.

Judge: Margaret M Sullivan
Date Posted: 9/10/2013 12:56:11 PM
Submited By: cs



I am posting this before I receive my decision...if I agree with it or not... she was very fair and allowed me to present my argument. She was very polite, professional and treated me with respect.

Judge: Ann Farris
Date Posted: 8/28/2013 5:45:09 AM
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"He's a doctor, he should know better." She said due to my education I should have understood the legal system. Well judge, you are also highly educated, next time you need healthcare, do your own medical care. That in essence is what you are saying, if educated in one field, we know all. You followed the letter of the law, but not the spirit. You are not the kind of judge I want in public service, but then, you are not there to be of service are you. I will pray for you...

Judge: James F Barter
Date Posted: 8/20/2013 8:33:35 AM
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I found Judge Barter to be caring and empathetic. Not harsh at all, nor biased. He really wanted to understand the predicament I am in with my disability. Thank you, Judge Barter for being a great Judge!

Judge: Paul Reams
Date Posted: 8/6/2013 10:30:26 AM
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was wondering did you client win their disability case with Judge Reams?

Judge: Margaret M Sullivan
Date Posted: 6/29/2013 9:59:10 PM
Submited By: MS A



Judge Sullivan is can be very rude during a hearing . She is not fair and does not give very much weight on the treating doctoe give too much weight on doctors that have never even seen you . I give her a BIG FAT F ... This women need manners in a big way ... So don't trust her ...

Judge: Lanier Williams
Date Posted: 6/29/2013 9:51:36 PM
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Williams is not a fair Judge at all. He was going to hear my case on Sept 29, 2010 and just one day before the hearing I was arrested for things I did not say . After I got out of jail Judge Williams denied my case. I had to file another Claim and the new one was approved but this one with Williams had to go to FED Court and back to the ODAR office. I don't know why he is even a Judge... Very Bad !!!!

Judge: Wallace E Weakley
Date Posted: 6/22/2013 11:46:45 AM
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This judge apparently had already made a decision before my hearing began. The first question asked was if I had a representative? Why should that matter if you are honest about your claim? He was also surprised at the types and amount of medications I was taking on a daily basis, all of which are prescribed by a physician. Why was I not examined by a physician of the SSDA who only read my report and a decesion was made on that opinion. I feel the decesion was made on my case was biased and prejudicial. Apparently working all your life, paying in, and now not being able to receive what is rightfully yours doesn't work. Shame on you and the entire system.

Judge: Paul Reams
Date Posted: 5/30/2013 2:19:23 PM
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I'm a rep and have had one hearing with ALJ Reams. He appears to be early 60's is one of the most pleasant gentleman I've appeared before. He takes time to explain some basics to the claimant. He asks Rep for an opening statement and listens attentively. He questions the claimant in a general way, covering past work, impairments, symptoms and functional problems. Let's rep follow up. As he explained, he usually asks a range of hypos to the VE covering limitations that both allow work and would prevent work. He allows rep to give closing argument if desired. He is very nice, very respectful to all involved and seems quite fair in his consideration of the evidence.

Judge: Paul Reams
Date Posted: 5/1/2013 10:41:39 AM
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looking for anyone that has been in front of him for your disability case.

Judge: Douglas Gilmer
Date Posted: 4/19/2013 9:01:29 AM
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This judge is biased against applicants. My wife has nerve damage from chemo as well as degenerative disc disease, she is in bed constantly since she can't sit or stand for long comfortably, she is on pain killers and patches but they don't help much. Despite doctor testimonials and medical evidence he ruled against my wife. He didn't want to believe any of the evidence even though his own witness said she couldn't work at any job 8 hours a day. If you get Gilmer your claim will be denied. Like a previous commenter wrote he should go back to Chicago where he belongs. It is obvious that he has an agenda and hates being in Mississippi, as well as the people that depend on him to fairly judge their disability claim. Despicable person.

Judge: Lori J Williams
Date Posted: 4/16/2013 10:17:03 PM
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pray you dont get judge williams....to her it is not about your status or doctors statments......It all becomes her personal opinion. If you smoke, drink, or have any dollars to take care of bills....or any personal situation she thinks that is more important than the disibility facts..... All I can say to Judge williams is you need to rethink you position as a judge....this is not personal lisa....Hope you had a good xmas...I didn't.

Judge: John S Lamb
Date Posted: 4/12/2013 1:30:58 PM
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I enjoy my hearings with Judge Lamb. He is sarcastic to reps which I don't take as negative and he has always been kind to my clients. I respect him and appreciate his willingness to have a discussion about the case.

Judge: Connie J Haskins
Date Posted: 4/5/2013 9:32:02 AM
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Really nice judge impression is that she has read the file and your brief. Very professional.

Judge: Wallace E Weakley
Date Posted: 4/2/2013 11:01:39 AM
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Judge Weakley is generally pleasant. Will usually ask if the medical is up to date. If you have significant medical that is not in the file you might well get a postponement until such time as it is in the file and you will get dressed down in front of your client. He will usually ask for an opening statement/theory of the case. He will do fairly thorough questioning of the claimant himself. Usually schedules hearings for about 45 min and don't be surprised if he's ready early. In addition to being a lawyer he has a background in mechanical engineering.

Judge: Margaret M Sullivan
Date Posted: 3/27/2013 7:47:57 AM
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This ALJ's award rate has dropped significantly in the last year or so. She will pay a strong case, but she's gotten increasingly conservative.

Judge: Rebecca LaRiccia
Date Posted: 3/27/2013 7:45:59 AM
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This ALJ used to be in the NHC in Chicago. Her award rate has been fairly consistent. She is pleasant, sometimes ready to start hearings early. She asks for opening and then she questions claimant. A good, strong work history is always a plus. She will do bench decisions too. In my experience this ALJ is very fair. All judges have to formuate opinions on crediblity and severity of symptoms.

Judge: Laurie H Porciello
Date Posted: 3/27/2013 7:40:03 AM
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I have had a couple of hearings with this ALJ. She is very conservative, but will award very strong cases. Let's rep do opening and initial questioning. If a doctor says the claimant is limited in a serious way, you better have good clinical and diagnositic support for that opinion.

Judge: Nancy L Brock
Date Posted: 3/27/2013 7:36:52 AM
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I have heard complaints about this ALJ being intoxicated in the past; my understanding is that this situation is under control now. I've had a number of hearings with her in the past couple of years and she always seemed fine and well prepared. She doesn't usually ask for opening or closing statements. She will cover most of the important stuff in a general way and then let rep follow up on specifics. She will award a solid case. She does often run late in starting hearings.

Judge: Lanier Williams
Date Posted: 3/27/2013 7:32:40 AM
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I have had a number of hearings with Judge Williams. They always start with him going down the list of things he has concerns about. He tells you right up front what he considers to be the weaknesses in your case and enjoys having you argue your case and convince him you have the evidence to support your position. He is not inflexible and will come around on a solid argument. You should prepare your client for this little debate and tell them to listen because what he outlines is the stuff you're going to have to address. He demeanor can come across as condescendingly skeptical at times and he does like to challenge claimants on inconsistencies in testimony and statments made to doctors, for example. Credibility is front and center with this judge.

Judge: John S Lamb
Date Posted: 3/25/2013 10:44:34 AM
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Good judge. Understanding

Judge: Douglas Gilmer
Date Posted: 3/15/2013 3:22:48 PM
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Lowest approval rate among all the ALJS. Nuff said about him.

Judge: Wallace E Weakley
Date Posted: 3/14/2013 7:16:50 AM
Submited By: Ashley



This man here is a very good Judge. Got to have all your documents in order for him....

Judge: Nancy L Brock
Date Posted: 3/7/2013 12:58:08 AM
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I would like to thank Judge Brock for finally approving disabitity for a very Good friend of mine that almost lost his foot due to waiting for 3 years for disability we appreciate you thanks!

Judge: L. D Pischek
Date Posted: 3/4/2013 7:35:39 AM
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This lady is VERY investigative! She smiles alot but listens for contradictions in your answers and will ask alot of questions! You better know what you are talknig about when you enter the courtroom because she is aware of not only your condition but the meds associated with it!

Judge: Laurie H Porciello
Date Posted: 3/2/2013 10:55:17 PM
Submited By: disappointed



I have add the judge and abe is completly unfair. Have medical that states herniated disc and other diagnose and she still denied. The so call vocational expert that social security use reads out a book and tell you about different jobs you can do. but cant tell you where to apply for these jobs. How can these people you how much pain your in. Its your money that is paid in.

Judge: Ann Farris
Date Posted: 12/17/2012 9:56:14 AM
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Aweful and unethical. Judge slipped in evidence on a paper file case on the day of the hearing, well after I had copied the file, used the evidence and failed to provide copies at the hearing.

Judge: John S Lamb
Date Posted: 11/29/2012 10:53:59 PM
Submited By: WP



I had Judge Lamb in 2009 and he was more than fair with me...Done an On the Record review and apologized for me ever having to wait....Never held the hearing because he said it was clearly unnecessary based on the file...

Judge: Laurie H Porciello
Date Posted: 11/24/2012 9:40:17 PM
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This judge is 100 percent unfair. I have severe depression and chronic lower back problem that has medical documentation for 8 years. I went bankrupt bacause of my disabilities. This judge lies about medical evidence and turns the meaning of medical evidence upsidedown. I wish could see her face to face and tell to f off. She is a bi-ch. She said my Mri's showed improvment in my back condition which was lie. Thats OK because I will never pay another dime into the system. I just got a high rating from the VA so one way or another I will get my money. As soon I turn 65 I will get my money that I paid in. My wife is on social security disability and she see doctors on almost a daily basis and get tons of medicines, so then again one way or another social secuity will pay. Why are they so dumb by turning down the disabled claims?

Judge: Rebecca LaRiccia
Date Posted: 11/16/2012 2:52:46 PM
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This judge has approval rating of 43% and apparently uses the same justification for all her cases. She states while the impairment is "severe" and there is objective evidence to support it, she does not agree with limitations and pain expressed. Who is she to know how much pain somoneone is in and how can she deny the medical evidence that supports the pain? Shameful..

Judge: James F Barter
Date Posted: 11/13/2012 6:00:56 PM
Submited By: OK



Harsh but fair.

Judge: Laurie H Porciello
Date Posted: 9/13/2012 9:55:54 AM
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This judge denies valid claims, even when two or more treating physicians state that the claimant can't work. Her denial rate supports this assertion.

Judge: Lanier Williams
Date Posted: 8/14/2012 2:01:59 PM
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Generally a fair Judge, but unfortunately he is increasingly beginning to browbeat and belittle the Claimants who appear before him, sometimes to an extent which goes beyond what a Judge should do. It doesn't cost anything to be polite and courteous to Claimants as well as their representatives.

Judge: Lanier Williams
Date Posted: 7/9/2012 4:34:55 PM
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Lanier Williams is a very unfair judge and is a disgrace to the legal system

Judge: John S Lamb
Date Posted: 5/19/2012 7:13:57 AM
Submited By: Billy BOB



Send Judge John S. Lamb to Jail. He`s obviosly a criminal judge and should be sent to prison,

Judge: Wallace E Weakley
Date Posted: 5/12/2012 5:16:04 PM
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This is a very fair Judge but he expects you to have your case prepared. He is willing to listen as long as the Medical Documentation is there.

Judge: James F Barter
Date Posted: 5/10/2012 2:42:33 PM
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This Judge clearly traded his white sheet and hood for a black robe. I never seen such blatant dislike for a race of people. Shame, Shame, Shame!

Judge: Nancy L Brock
Date Posted: 5/10/2012 2:36:45 PM
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I requested that the Appeals Council reopen a case where an unrepresented client went before her. They agreed!! The Judge said that the client was a secretary and performed someother job that she never did. Also, the client was 3 months away from turning 55, and she would have grided out with the light RFC that the Judge gave her. However, the Judge in her discreation found her to be 54, and denied her case. Also, the Judge never considered several of the claimant's medically determinable impairments.

Judge: Lanier Williams
Date Posted: 4/27/2012 4:27:23 PM
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As a Representative, I really think Judge Williams is the fairest Judge we have. You better have your case together and know what you are fighting for. Be prepared to do alot of arguing but trust me he will come around after about an hour... I really like this Judge and he approves most all of my cases. Make sure you know what you are talking about before you walk in the Hearing office.

Judge: Nancy L Brock
Date Posted: 4/27/2012 4:22:24 PM
Submited By: Sandy



This Judge really doesn't need to be doing Hearings. I never had a Representative but the Representative that was with her before me laughed on the Hearing date about how the Judge had been drinking. I do not drink but I really don't know why our SSA allows a Judge under the infulence to listen to cases.. This Judge was literally falling on the desk, speach slurred and I was amazed this woman was going to make a decision on me that would affect the rest of my life. Of course I got denied but she had no clue what was going on that day and I get a denial because of her inability to even stay focused on my Hearing... Thanks Judge Brock (maybe I would have done better if I would have come intoxicated to the Hearing?)

Judge: John S Lamb
Date Posted: 4/25/2012 1:50:43 PM
Submited By: Raymond



Shame on you. Norway

Judge: John S Lamb
Date Posted: 4/25/2012 7:30:58 AM
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i hope you die and burn in ****, you american *******

Judge: Laurie H Porciello
Date Posted: 4/7/2012 7:20:13 PM
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Judge: Lanier Williams
Date Posted: 3/20/2012 9:46:20 AM
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A fair ALJ, but know your case and be prepared to argue with him to support it.

Judge: Robert C Allen
Date Posted: 3/20/2012 9:44:34 AM
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The most competent ALJ I have worked with, and regret that he left Hattiesburg ODAR several months ago.

Judge: Douglas Gilmer
Date Posted: 3/20/2012 9:43:19 AM
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Nice enough in the hearing room, until you get his decision, then you realize he is just putting on a front. I wish he would go back to Chicago where he came from.

Judge: Margaret M Sullivan
Date Posted: 3/20/2012 9:41:43 AM
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A very fair Judge. I hardly ever appeal her decisions.