Billings, Montana ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Billings, Montana, 6 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 11.0 months. The average case processing time in Billings is 331 days.The Billings average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 46%. 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 4/8/2014.

SSA, Billings ODAR Office
2900 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 500
Billings, Montana 59101-1266
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Phone: (406) 247-7550 -- Fax: (406) 247-7555
eFile Fax: 877-389-4223 (For sending evidence)

OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Billings 6 11.0 months 331 days 2.2 20% 46% 34%
Montana11.0 months331 days2.220%46%34%
National Average:11.9 months392 days2.019%44%38%
Hearing Wait Time: 11.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 2.18
Average Processing Time 331 days
Cases Pending 3491
Dispositions 1561
New Cases 1645
Hearings In Person 61%
Video Hearings 39%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied
Judge John C Arkoosh 16%62%22%
Judge Louis M Catanese 22%38%40%
Judge Lloyd E Hartford 31%30%39%
Judge Michael A Kilroy 16%41%44%
Judge John T Molleur 22%35%43%
Judge Jessica H Pugrud 14%67%19%

Comments about Judges at the Billings Montana ODAR office:

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Judge: Kurt D Schuman
Date Posted: 3/20/2014 3:41:51 PM
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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
Date Posted: 2/5/2014 8:40:44 AM
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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
Date Posted: 12/22/2013 5:37:54 PM
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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
Date Posted: 12/21/2013 10:37:59 AM
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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.

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

Judge: Michael A Kilroy
Date Posted: 2/2/2013 5:35:36 PM
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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
Date Posted: 1/30/2013 12:28:48 PM
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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
Date Posted: 1/2/2013 1:11:30 PM
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She is actually the Regional Chief Judge, and doesn't really do many Utah cases.

Judge: Michael A Kilroy
Date Posted: 10/27/2012 10:27:36 PM
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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
Date Posted: 10/8/2012 8:30:15 PM
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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?

Judge: Michael A Kilroy
Date Posted: 7/31/2012 8:19:03 AM
Submited By: Randy Stewart



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
Date Posted: 5/30/2012 10:44:09 PM
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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: Lloyd E Hartford
Date Posted: 3/16/2012 2:18:54 PM
Submited By: Dana Millhouse



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.