Billings, Montana ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Billings, Montana, 11 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Billings, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 13.0 months. The average case processing time in Billings is 469 days.The Billings average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 38%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Billings ODAR office was last updated on 7/8/2016.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Billings 11 13.0 months 469 days 1.8 23% 38% 40%
Montana13.0 months469 days1.823%38%40%
National Average:16.5 months517 days1.920%44%36%
AVERAGE TIME
Hearing Wait Time: 13.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 1.83
Average Processing Time 469 days
Cases Pending 5271
Dispositions 2793
New Cases 3042
Hearings In Person 63%
Video Hearings 37%
LIST OF JUDGES / 18

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Judge: Lloyd E Hartford
7/26/2016 9:28:07 AM



I have testified as a Medical Expert for ALJ Hartford on more than one occasion. He has been insulting, undermining, asked for information that a secretary could glean from the record. He has not been interested in receiving my full testimony, or my Expert opinion based on my knowledge of the field I am considered an Expert in. He may be sexist as well. He did not allow me to testifyl my full opinion from the claimant's record, which would bias his decision towards a Denial of a claim (as the full opinion of the Expert has not been heard). If you are assigned to this judge in any capacity, proceed at your risk of being attacked!


Judge: Michele M Kelley
6/23/2016 3:22:08 PM



Kelley is the worst woman ive ever had the displeasure of meeting. I was scheduled a hearing October 27th, she postponed 2 days before my hearing, 8 months later I finally got my case heard, wich by then I waited 2 years 8 months. she gave us ( by us I mean my lawyer and I ) 50 minutes to present our case, of those 50 minutes she took up most of it herself. by the time we tried to present my case she wouldn't listen to my lawyer she kept cutting him off!! he finally got up to leave and she yelled at him and told him to sit down. even the v.o.c rep wouldn't look up not even once. it was the most horrible excperence ive ever been in. my lawyer said out of the thousands of cases hes done mine was best to receive disability. he said I should consider moving out of state because I had no chance with her. my advice to anyone that gets her as a judge don't even waste your time you will lose. someone should have her investigated and removed from the bench. what a poor exscuse for a judge and a woman.....


Judge: Michele M Kelley
5/25/2016 6:20:52 AM



The beat goes on, and she keeps her job. Doesn't anybody care? You gotta be kidding me.


Judge: Michele M Kelley
4/8/2016 6:27:50 PM



How could one judge approve 78%, and this judge 22%?


Judge: Christopher R Inama
1/21/2016 5:06:29 PM



I felt that Judge Inama was annoyed at the prospect of even having to hear my case. He looks for any reason to deny benefits and I felt his disgust towards me the whole time I was in front of him. He has no business being in this position of holding people's livelihood in his hands!

DONALD
Judge: John T Molleur
12/13/2015 7:18:02 PM



i seen him on 12 8 2015 when should i expect to here from him?????????

Sharen Dimase
Judge: Stephen Marchioro
11/3/2015 9:57:16 AM



To Judge Stephen Marchioro: He was very respectful at the hearing and the hearing went good with the career counselor. When reading my denial of papers sent to me 2 months later, there seemed to be confusion about my certain medical conditions. The Judge did use certain terms that were incorrect while making his decisions. A little bias to his outlook that did not make sense when the hearing was different then the letter and facts sent to me. The Judge was nice in the court room but did get some of the information mixed up which hurt me and with his decision of this case. These facts were not correct and some of my new medical information is submitted. There should be a better outlook about me as the Judge made decisions based upon some wrong outlook as compared to the actual situations. Very disappointed in his viewpoint as a hard worker in the working world for over 15 years providing healthcare and caring about people. This needs to be addressed as the information was not correct to make a decision about, nor was the newer medical information finished.


Judge: Michele M Kelley
10/23/2015 9:47:20 PM



If you ever get judge Kelley, you may as well start your appeals council report, this judge is by far the worst in the United States. The sad thing about it, nobody seems to care. My advice to anyone, before you apply for social security disability, move to another state, you will not win in Montana. She has to be writing her decisions before the hearing. What happened in Queens, New York has to be coming to Montana, what's going on here is too obvious. Judge Kelley is a hired gun from West Virginia, her approval rating there was a whopping 7%, and she keeps her job, only in America.


Judge: Kurt D Schuman
8/21/2015 5:05:43 PM



Got denied for no good reason. The Disability system isn't nearly adequate to adress all the disabled in this country. This is why we have so many crazy people sleeping on the streets.


Judge: Michael A Kilroy
7/12/2015 7:16:36 AM



Him and Kelley must have a bet, who can deny the most cases. Why not, they can't get fired, and Social Security is proud of them for saving them money. I bet there is a year end bonus. I can't wait for the day that 60 minutes exposes these guys.


Judge: Michele M Kelley
7/11/2015 10:48:31 PM



This judge is getting worse, next to Alaska, you have no chance to win in Montana. Who's watching these judges, no wonder West Virginia told Kelley to please leave.

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Judge: Christopher R Inama
5/28/2015 10:23:03 AM



I felt some sort of disdain and contempt coming from Judge Inama at my hearing. I think he wanted to deny me and then set about finding a way to do so. I paid into the system for 20+ years and now I am making a legitimate claim, and he denies me. The system failed, and this judge failed. Disgusted.


Judge: John C Arkoosh
5/14/2015 9:55:39 AM



Great judge. He always tries to be fair and follow the law. I wish there were more like him. He is one of the best.


Judge: Michele M Kelley
5/14/2015 5:25:13 AM



Did anyone else have this experience with this judge, she relies strictly on people who never examine you, and discounts doctors who have seen you for years, even social security doctors who perform CE exams. This is abuse of power.


Judge: Michele M Kelley
5/12/2015 2:52:58 PM



She seems to go through the file looking for anything negative that she can use to deny the case. Good judges give Claimants a fair opportunity. She seems to be completely consumed by getting the hearing over with and finding a way to deny the case. I also think she largely writes her decisions ahead of time. One has to wonder why even have hearings with that type of approach.


Judge: Michele M Kelley
4/2/2015 6:59:10 PM



I have a strange feeling she starts writing her denial before the hearing. It's funny, if she approved 83% of her cases, there would be red flags going off everywhere, she's so far the national average it's amazing. I can't overemphasize the need to stand up like the Queens, New York victims.


Judge: Michele M Kelley
4/2/2015 6:06:13 PM



I have to agree that her numbers and metrics do indeed merit an investigation from the national office.

Kevin Loader
Judge: Michael A Kilroy
2/14/2015 10:24:43 AM



Mr. Kilroy falls under borderline "paranoia" and has a very vague mind. He review's your notes and already has his mind made up before your hearing. 1st claim denied: He states that a nurse practitioner or chiropractor notes are not credible in federal court. 2nd claim denied: MD notes conflict with nurse and chiro whome he claims are not credible. Is this some kind of sick joke!???


Judge: John T Molleur
1/29/2015 4:58:54 PM



i have to go in front of him what should i expect

Dana Cook
Judge: Richard A Opp
11/20/2014 12:20:36 PM



Very fair judge. He was very polite and very professional. It was obvious that he and the vocational expert had reviewed my medical records beforehand. After almost 3 yrs of fighting and waiting due to my age, he approved my case on the spot. Very grateful.

Lydia Mitchell
Judge: Michael A Kilroy
10/13/2014 7:49:33 AM



My disability file presented to Judge Killroy is a foot tall mess. There is a huge chance I will loose my case but I do not find patient , mature , and tries to work with you. He is not God he has to follow the rules but after going thru the ssid being treated poorly he at least gives me dignity and is patient. It's not personal to this man. He is following the rules. I'm already getting ready to file again because denial rates are high. I respect this man and staff.


Judge: Kurt D Schuman
9/14/2014 5:31:27 PM



Was rude, sarcastic, seemed like he had more important things to do. Not at all the characteristics I expected from a federal judge in such an important event for the claimant.


Judge: Lloyd E Hartford
8/19/2014 12:27:59 PM



Also after I had read my decision I found Judge Hartford decided to answer his own questions he did not have time to ask me during the interview, sadly, he came up with the wrong answers leaving great discrepancies in the total interview!


Judge: Lloyd E Hartford
8/13/2014 4:02:21 PM



Judge Hartford seems to feel his personal opinions and politics should be the deciding factor in his cases. I am appalled at how he treats people in his court. He would ask me a question and cut me off in the middle of my answer. He was very rude. I do not care whether he feels the person deserves the benefits or not..He should be required to treat all people coming before him like human beings. He should not be able to treat anyone the he does.

GR
Judge: Marsha Stroup
8/8/2014 9:55:50 AM



I have been before Judge Stroup several times over the years representing claimants. She is always personable and allows the claimant's to have a fair and full hearing. In my opinion, she weighs the evidence objectively and without pre-conceived biases as some ALJ's seem to do. She knows her record well, and is thoughtful and balanced. Even in the cases that have been disapproved, my clients felt respected by her which says a lot about her nature.


Judge: Michele M Kelley
4/6/2014 1:44:05 PM



This hack of a judge has a 71% denial rate....seriously? She denies people based on her hefty prejudices. This woman should be disbarred and thrown to the wolves. Shame on her for acting the way she does! She doesn't deserve to do this job, denying genuinely disabled people for her sick pleasure!


Judge: Kurt D Schuman
3/20/2014 3:41:51 PM



Judge Schuman tends to stick close to a script for the beginning of his questions and then delves deeper if he sees anything that isn't in the record or that is confusing. He tends to be moderately prepared for the hearings beforehand, reviewing the evidence somewhat. However, he's cagey and tries to confuse reps with whether he'll grant or not. Hearings tend towards an hour long. Nice in person to most reps, but he'll push claimants ******* certain issues, such as lack of exercise, post-onset work activity, age, and even how they pay the bills. He is very understanding to inability to afford treatment. Apparently he was kicked out of the Denver office and does most hearings in Casper, WY. All in all, a middling type of judge.


Judge: Michael A Kilroy
2/5/2014 8:40:44 AM



People, when are you going to learn, this is why no one wants to move to Montana, look at the judges approval ratings, lowest in the country. Until someone is willing to do what was done in Queens, New York, judges like this Kilroy will run amok. I would venture to say they have a private pool amongst themselves, who can deny the most claims especially against minorities. Hopefully 60 Minutes will do a show on our situation in Montana. I would imagine this state has the most cases remanded.


Judge: Lloyd E Hartford
12/22/2013 5:37:54 PM



As Americas we were brought up expecting we could pick what kind of trial wheather it be a jury trial or the judges design. With soc secerity the judge is the judge , jury and proscuter witch is not fair there personal apinons and thoughts come into the desions . And we the peaple are paying them to make falty desiones and there pay never gets taken away or a cut in pay to save the government money . They probley vote in there own raises. One man can put someone on the street or under the bridge is that the way we want our country ran . Think peaple should post this stuff on there face book and ather stuff so they can see what our government is doing to good family's . Hope the judge that denied me see this cause I'm going over his head going to write my cogres men and president and any ather important peaple that can hear my story.


Judge: Lloyd E Hartford
12/21/2013 10:37:59 AM



I was denied my benefits and kicked of my soc security benefits . I'm 37 years old and my dad has Ben living with me for 9 years and helping me out with my daily stuff and judge loyd hartford took my benefit s away and said I basically could work. If that was the case a 37 year old man probably wouldn't live with his father for help with his daily activitys . I think I was basically screwed to save the government money . Back in agust of 2013 my work comp went up and they said u got a raise and I said right there I was denied my soc secerity before we even got to my hearing . Cause work comp was paying the offset and soc secerity basically had there mind made up. . . I'm going two right my government and my Congress men and daily documents movie channels like dateline so they can here my complaints . My gramps died at the age of 50 and didnot even get to draw his out and if he new the crap I went through to keep mine going just to get denied before there was even a hearing they would of never paid in !!! It might of just Been a coincidence but I dont think it was a fair hearing or trial . Whatever u call it. Think the system that was put in place two help people is now Been corrupted to make people fail. Now we had to take back my kids Christmas gifts to make our house payment . Hopefully someone sees this that can help.

pattty
Judge: Richard A Opp
4/2/2013 10:59:44 AM



It is very important, to have your Primary Care Provider to complete the Residual Functional Capacity(RFC) forms for you. The Judge needs evidence of your total impairment(s) and limitations. The Judge must adhere to the federal guidelines. Your work history will speak for you. If you are 55 or older, and have the appropriate medical evidence and your documents are well organized by you or your representative, this is a plus. Answer all questions honestly, and make sure your paper work is up-to-date. Be prepared to answer questions concerning your Daily Activities. Visit youtube.com and search for "Social Security Disability Hearings", the videos are very helpful. The Lawyers provides helpful information.


Judge: Richard A Opp
3/18/2013 8:00:59 AM



He seems to be biased towards intelligent men. Somehow, he does not think they are suffering from major depression unless they break verbs and fit into his limited scope of what a depressed man should look like and how they should articulate.


Judge: Michael A Kilroy
2/11/2013 4:55:42 PM



Anyone up for class action lawsuit against this judge, Michael Kilroy will end up ruining more lives than Bernie Madoff. It worked in Queens, New York, a class action lawsuit against 5 bias aljs there. There is something rotten in Montana, everybody else 50 percent, this guy 38. Hm

tena brooks
Judge: Richard A Opp
2/6/2013 6:37:46 PM



VERY FAIR, EVIDENTLY READS YOUR FILE CASE CAREFULLY BEFORE HEARING.ASK FAIR QUESTIONS AND IS VERY POLITE AND WELL MANNERED WHILE SPEAKING TO YOU. BUT, ALSO SEEMS TO BE "all business" which if your truly disabled shouldn't be a problem. got me approval letter within 10 days.


Judge: Michael A Kilroy
2/2/2013 5:35:36 PM



Despite lawsuit against Queens,Ny aljs, senate hearings, this guy is getting worse, like the song says, "How long will this keep going on"


Judge: Kurt Schuman
1/30/2013 12:28:48 PM



He signed my friends' death warrant by denying her Social Security by saying "She just needs to lose weight." Will losing weight grow her a new kidney, make neuropathy in legs go away, make post polio syndrome go away, make depression from illnesses for so long, make uncontrollable anxiety go away? ...." He's a jerk. I am writing anyone who will listen.


Judge: Marsha Stroup
1/2/2013 1:11:30 PM



She is actually the Regional Chief Judge, and doesn't really do many Utah cases.


Judge: Michael A Kilroy
10/27/2012 10:27:36 PM



Typical Government worker.Probably never held a real job.I have lost my home and dignity due to his uncaring,lying.For what reason I don't know.Maybe someday his back will go out rendering him paralyzed and in unthinkable pain!Only then could he understand the damage his decisions create!


Judge: Michael A Kilroy
10/8/2012 8:30:15 PM



What am I missing, Judge Kilroy is not only the worst judge in Montana, but the worst in the USA, he generally already his mind set before he sits down, disregards medical findings even from social security own doctors, why is he still a judge? You would think the money is coming out of his pocket, I wonder how many of his cases are remanded?

Rep
Judge: Richard A Opp
8/17/2012 1:46:07 PM



It was evident that he had reviewed the record extensively prior to the hearing (unlike most judges out there). He was respectful and extremely fair.


Judge: Christopher R Inama
8/7/2012 3:07:37 AM



I forgot to say that he looks for the legal ways to deny. Don't be fooled by the way he treats you.


Judge: Christopher R Inama
8/7/2012 2:39:33 AM



This judge is not looking for truth. He has other priorities.Race and nationality matter to him a lot.

Randy Stewart
Judge: Michael A Kilroy
7/31/2012 8:19:03 AM



another lie from Kilroy, when deciding against me he left out in his "finding of fact" the fact that i had a herniated disc causing a deformation of the ventral aspect of my spinal cord and claimed that i didn't suffer any pain. he also didn't give any validity to my treating physicians statements, calling him a liar more or less and relied on some other physicians testimony that has never even met me. Kilroy is the only liar here, that is the only fact.


Judge: Michael A Kilroy
5/30/2012 10:44:09 PM



Judge Kilroy is a liar. He had approved my husbands disability at the hearing but was arguing the onset date. So our attorney asked for an extension to submit more evidence. The new evidence was submitted and we got a letter in the mail stating that my husband is capable of working. All the jobs that were suggested had been backed up by medical evidence as to why he couldn't perform said job. Point is, he lied. He said that he would approve his disability but then didn't.


Judge: Richard A Opp
4/25/2012 1:45:31 PM



MAY GOD BLESS THIS ALG. I AM A DISABLED VETERAN WHO SERVED MY COUNTRY. I BECAME DISABLED IN 2005. I HAVE APPLIED FOR SSD BENEFITS FOR 6 YEARS, I AM HOMELESS, LOST MY RETIRED MILITARY WIFE, WHO SERVED THIS COUNTRY BEFORE PASSING AWAY.WORKED EVERY SINCE I WAS 15 YEARS OLD. THE SSA DENIED ALL MY REQUESTS, OTHER JUDGES DENIED MY REQUEST. BUT, JUDGE OPP FINALLY APPROVED IT. HAVING BEEN BORN IN HARD TIMES, SUFFERING WAS NOT NEW TO ME. THE MONEY WAS NOT AN ISSUE TO ME. JUST BEING AWARDED SOMETHING THAT I EARNED, AND, IN MY WORSE OF THE WORSE TIME, NEEDED. THIS ONE JUDGE READ ALL THE DOCUMENTS, AND SAW THAT FOR 6 YEARS, I WAS UNFAIRLY DENIED MY BENEFITS. HE WILL BE TRULY BLESSED WHEN HE LEAVES THIS WORLD. AND, I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HIM FOR SEEKING THE TRUTH.

Dana Millhouse
Judge: Lloyd E Hartford
3/16/2012 2:18:54 PM



I'm hoping my comments will get to Hartford somehow. My daughter, Katherine Cera Millhouse, has been on SSI since the age of five due to a rare birth defect called bladder exstrophy, which is life-long, life-debilitating, and life-threatening. He's holding onto her case... determined to deny her now that she's an adult. He's making a big mistake.


Judge: Richard A Opp
3/5/2012 9:46:47 AM



My husband had a hearing in Rome Ga a few weeks ago over a tv. He really liked him and said that he seemed to be really nice. Just want to say thank you for hearing his case. God bless.