Albuquerque, New Mexico ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, 10 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Albuquerque, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 12.0 months. The average case processing time in Albuquerque is 432 days.The Albuquerque average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 58%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Albuquerque ODAR office was last updated on 4/8/2014.

SSA, Albuquerque ODAR Office
555 Broadway, NE, Suite 200
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102
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Phone: (866) 731-3998 -- Fax: (505) 346-7862
eFile Fax: (877) 559-1913 (For sending evidence)

OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Albuquerque 10 12.0 months 432 days 2.1 17% 58% 25%
New Mexico11.5 months414 days1.118%50%32%
National Average:11.9 months392 days2.019%44%38%
Hearing Wait Time: 12.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 2.14
Average Processing Time 432 days
Cases Pending 8462
Dispositions 2154
New Cases 3217
Hearings In Person 56%
Video Hearings 44%

Comments about Judges at the Albuquerque New Mexico ODAR office:

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Judge: Claudi L Rosen-Underwood
Date Posted: 3/29/2014 4:18:10 AM
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I have been seeing my doctors for over 15 years. One of my doctors sent in 4 letters explaining my condition and how it renders me "totally disabled". My other doctor sent in 2 letters saying that in his opinion I am "totally disabled". SSA sent me to 3 of their doctors and all 3 of them said I am "totally disabled". There's 34 medical exihibits in my SS file containing almost 900 pages of medical reports. 8 months after my hearing, I get a decision denying my case! In the decision, this so-called judge actually states that she did not give much, if any, weight to the letters from my doctors because she did not understand what the term "totally disabled" means! I've asked 7 of my grandson's friends if they know what "totally disabled" means and all 7 of them knew exactly what it means and they are all only in the forth grade. It is absurd that a well educated so-called disability judge who is probably being paid over $100,000 per year with tax payer dollars, doesn't know what "totally disabled" means. I don't even know how such a thing is possible. She also said that I didn't have any muscle atrophy but she never got closer than 15 feet to me and as far as I know she isn't a doctor so how could she say I don't have muscle atrophy? That woman doesn't know what totally disabled means but yet she can diagnose whether a person has muscle atrophy without ever examining me or seeing my body. My lawyer appealed my case but he told me that it would take the appeals court over a year to decide my appeal and, get this, if the appeals court agrees with my appeal, they are going to send my case back to the same judge and instruct her to hold another hearing and issue a new decision! Why would they send my case back to the same judge who doesn't even know what the term "totally disabled" means?My lawyer said that even after the appeals court sends my case back to the same judge that it will take this judge another year or more to hold another hearing. So, if my appeal is successful, I will have to wait more than two more years before I have another hearing and then when I do, I will have to go back in front of this same stupid woman so she can just deny my case again. This is so absurd that I cannot even believe it is happening for real. It's like something out of a weird movie or something. SSA is a rip off. I wish I had done like so many and just worked under the table. That my health and well being as well as my life in general is in the hands of such blatant incompetence and stupidity is for me, a death sentence. My own government is spending hundreds of thousands of tax payer dollars to deny me from simply getting back my own money that I paid into SSA for the past 34 years is nothing short of a crime, especially when the person deciding my case has already admitted in writing that she doesn't understand a term that any 4th grader comprehends fully. What's really scary is that I am only one of millions of Americans who are subjected to this kind of inexcusable incompetence from our own government, a government we are paying for. The judge is no better than me. Her income comes from the same place my benefits would come from - the US taxpayer. Except, I paid for my benefits - it's my own money for God's sake!

Judge: Raul C Pardo
Date Posted: 2/20/2014 1:50:08 AM
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Arrogant and unkind. From the beginning it was obvious he was not interested in what I had to say only what he had to say. He gets to live his wealthy life in his huge house while people like us who he denies suffer more and more.

Judge: George W Reyes
Date Posted: 1/14/2014 11:46:03 AM
Submited By: pl



I think he is very professional,it took 2 times,but understandable....my attorney did not get all info in in time !

Judge: Claudi L Rosen-Underwood
Date Posted: 12/31/2013 12:22:58 PM
Submited By: Tammy



I applied for Social Security Disability September 2011, I worked 32 years. I have had Epilepsy since age 11. My epilepsy consist of Grand and petite Mal seizures, i have rheumatoid arthritis for the last 8 years in my spine and my hips. and i was diagnosed with spinal stenosis back in April of this year 2013 i have been taking epidural shots and I'm in a scooter wheel chair. My disability hearing was August 5th, 2013 location Social security administration building in Phoenix, AZ decision was decided October the 1st 2013. My case was finally closed December 24th, 2013. My case was denied by Claudia Rosen-Underwood. During my hearing the judge asked a Vocational rehab specialist can Tammy work 9 different jobs-each time the Vocation rehab Specialist said I was not able to work, and my Neurologist said I was no longer able to work and my family doctor said I was not able to work both doctors sent social security and my lawyer letters stating I'm no longer able to work. Claudia Rosen-Underwood stated in my social security denial letter she questioned both of my Doctors credibility! ..and she questioned my fathers, who is 78, credibility and said me and my Husband were Lying about my epilepsy and me of lying about me having a Stroke in 2005..and Doctor Shaw) sent me to have a. Cat Scan and MRI both test show Siezure Activity, Even though My Past Doctors and present Doctors have sent all my past medical records to show everything is 100% true

Judge: Myriam C Fernandez Rice
Date Posted: 12/27/2013 6:16:16 PM
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This judge made a terrible mistake in judging me incorrectly. She had numerous errors throughout the lengthy denial letter I received, regarding her supposed review of my medical records. She claimed I didn't have proof of several diagnosis' in my records when there was clear cut proof in these records. My third party who was supposed to testify at my hearing was not allowed to do so, and She made allegations in her letter about me that are downright descriminatory and false. She didn't ask me about several things during the hearing but then made statements in her letter accusing me of things she never gave me a chance to confirm or deny. She claims I am still able to work despite the fact I have become so ill that I can't keep up with my own personal hygiene let alone work. I haven't even been able to keep most of my appointments with several of my specialists because I have been too sick to drive myself to them. I have several diagnosis' on the adult list of disabling conditions, and I hope she sees this and knows that she was cruel and wrong about me, and my life has been completely destroyed because of her. I will most likely have to live on the street soon because she denied me benefits I have desperately needed. God help you if you have to have this judge in charge of your hearing. She is irresponsible and descriminatory and shouldn't be allowed to judge with her own personal opinions on a person. She is mean and will destroy your character if she doesn't like the look of you. That is what happened to me. She will destroy your life if she doesn't like you. This judge ruined my life that was already in the toilet from years of suffering from a rare illness.

Judge: Raul C Pardo
Date Posted: 12/20/2013 5:51:06 PM
Submited By: John Doe



Not at all impartial. He was accusatory and didn't listen. Would spend his time with his head down writing unless he was trying to argue with something or make a point about how my condition couldn't be as bad as I claimed. Seemed he had his mind made up from the beginning.

Judge: Ben Willner
Date Posted: 12/2/2013 4:22:05 PM
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This judged denied my claim almost cut and paste his first judgement onto my appeal,did not take any of my DR's seriously that iv seen for years and took some one bone Dr advice on my mental wellbeing that i saw once.

Judge: W. Thomas Bundy
Date Posted: 11/15/2013 6:03:45 PM
Submited By: Dennis L Watkins Jr



I thought I'd back Mr. DeGregorio's statements. I've also had the "honor" of meeting this particular judge during my last hearing. He is so biased and judgmental that he refuses to look at the FACTS and EVIDENCE in front of him. He SHOULD NOT have the power to decide the fate and/or well being of a lab rat, let alone a human being.

Judge: MaryJoan McNamara
Date Posted: 9/19/2013 1:20:37 PM
Submited By: Concerned Attorney



This judge is HORRIBLE!!!! She definitely likes to hear herself talk! She is biased, unfair and downright disrespectful! She barely lets council speak and when they do she cuts them off. She does not develop the file properly with CE exams, etc. She seems to be looking for a reason to deny! BEWARE!

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: W. Thomas Bundy
Date Posted: 8/16/2013 5:26:32 AM
Submited By: Joe DeGregorio



After having to deal with the particular ALJ twice now, I can confirm what most of the posters here have said. This man's action border on the criminal and hopefully someone within SSA will see this and conduct an investigation into Mr.Bundys actions. He does not accept what a claimant's Doctor's say nor does he consider any MRI reports as credible either. I wish there was a way to have this man removed and banned from ever serving in a legal position again. And Mr. Bundy, IF you happen to read this, you know how to contact me if you want to address my grievance.But be forewarned, I do have a few choice words for you that I will refrain from publicly posting. And if anyone else out there has had bad dealings with Judge Bundy, please post and maybe enough of us can get SSA's attention and get Mr.Bundy put to pasture where he belongs.

Judge: W. Thomas Bundy
Date Posted: 3/28/2013 2:38:49 PM
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This jerk is a nightmare. Fortunately, writes crap decisions that are frequently overturned. Shreveport gained and Alb. lost when this guy moved!

Judge: Barry O'Melinn
Date Posted: 1/24/2013 10:26:29 PM
Submited By: just me



Judge O'Melinn was a very exceptional judge. He was very educated in making decisions and took time to do his do diligence. I personally hate waiting but I appreciate the time he took to consider my case and make the decision that he felt was correct.

Judge: MaryAnn Lunderman
Date Posted: 1/8/2013 11:22:46 AM
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She is a bad judge with little care for anyone whom needs disability.I feel this judge should be debenched.

Judge: Frederick Upshall
Date Posted: 1/7/2013 1:00:17 PM
Submited By: Dennis Hazeltine



I am a former client of Fred Upshall when he was an Attorney here in NH. Judge Upshall is there for you and has great interst in his work and your concerns, he is a true professional. Rest assured when you are told something from Mr. Upshall he has researched it and knows what he is talking about. You couldn't ask for a fairer person.

Judge: Ben Willner
Date Posted: 1/7/2013 11:28:05 AM
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BEN WILLNER- ALWAYS SEEMS NOT TO REVIEW ALL THE FACTS IN EVIDENCE. HE SEEMS TO SKIP OVER CRUCIAL EVIDENCE FACTS AND HARDLY LISTENS TO THE VOCATIONAL SPECIALISTS NO WONDER HE IS SUCH A LOSER..

Judge: W. Thomas Bundy
Date Posted: 1/4/2013 2:29:51 PM
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Made a decision based on the testimony of the expert when the expert could not say how he got his info. said the claimant twisted his doctors arm to get a statement from him. cut off the claimant when testifying about the circumstances of his depression. UNFAIR.

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: Raul C Pardo
Date Posted: 12/11/2012 9:45:25 AM
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He was not at all neutral. It was a polite interrogation with out of context information chosen specifically to use against me. He argued with and dismissed most responses, especially when I was able to counter his accusations. The final report was equally as biased. His bias has ruined any chance I have to survive.

Judge: Frederick Upshall
Date Posted: 11/22/2012 8:02:54 PM
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I had a Video Hearing with Judge Upshall Jr. , and he seemed truly concerned about my situation.

Judge: W. Thomas Bundy
Date Posted: 11/13/2012 1:17:28 PM
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He is cold hearted and a big producer. He decides more cases than 95% of the other nudges. He denies most. He is so fast he makes big mistakes so he is easy to appeal.

Judge: MaryJoan McNamara
Date Posted: 10/18/2012 7:43:39 AM
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Takes longwinded testimony. Likes to hear herself talk

Judge: Claudi L Rosen-Underwood
Date Posted: 9/14/2012 9:32:47 PM
Submited By: Paul



this judge listened to my case she is very proffesional very effeciant going into her court was like how i ran my crew when i could work a well oiled machine

Judge: John R Morris
Date Posted: 8/10/2012 11:01:33 AM
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Judge Morris is one of the most compassionate judges I have worked with. He really listens to claimants' testimony.

Judge: Patricia E Hartman
Date Posted: 7/24/2012 9:38:47 PM
Submited By: JC



I am a lawyer in Denver Colorado and I just had a hearing before her. Although I have not received the decision yet, I thought she handled the hearing more than appropriately. Her questions were thorough, she was polite, on top of the record and honed in on the appropriate records. At this time, I will give her a top rating.

Judge: Ben Willner
Date Posted: 6/22/2012 3:21:37 PM
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ALJ Judge Ben Willner is ego motivated to deny as many claims as he can. It seems he takes pride in possessing one of the Highest Denial of Claims percentage for Albuquerque ALJs

Judge: W. Thomas Bundy
Date Posted: 6/10/2012 6:50:31 PM
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ALJ Bundy is a biased ALJ. He has been for years and will continue as SSA has no power. He does not care about the Claimant. He is only there to protect the administration's supposed trust fund.

Judge: W. Thomas Bundy
Date Posted: 6/7/2012 11:19:03 PM
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HE SEEM LIKE HE REALLY CARE.

Judge: Frederick Upshall
Date Posted: 6/3/2012 8:53:17 AM
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I worked for Judge Upshall for many, many years. Consistently we received comments from his clients about what a wonderful attorney and all around nice person he was. I concur! He was the best mentor I have had in my almost 25 year career in the legal arena.

Judge: Barbara L Perkins
Date Posted: 5/23/2012 4:33:52 PM
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Horrible judge in my opinion, she sat on my mother’s case for 2 years and after all the submissions of medical history and my mother unable to work she still said no and denied her disability. Two years to make a decision are you kidding me? People don’t get any better with time, they deteriorate even more when you don’t have the proper medical attention so with all do respect do your job and please don’t sit on cases for that long. If you are going to deny them or approve them it shouldn’t take years ….literally to make a decision.

Judge: Raul C Pardo
Date Posted: 5/1/2012 3:53:21 PM
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I truly understand Judge Pardo way of looking at the disabled and the not disabled..He try's very hard to distinguise between the two...Although, He was tough with me...I do understand, the logic, that He must pursue...Put yourself in their place...Judges should be honored and admired for their job! It truly must be something that keeps them up at night, and it has to take a Great deal of discernment...I can not believe I am writing this, but that is how I feel, after my Court date yesterday...I do understand!

Judge: Patricia E Hartman
Date Posted: 4/19/2012 3:55:42 PM
Submited By: die



she no good she is the reason that I am getting my affairs in order to die thank you for doing what you do

Judge: W. Thomas Bundy
Date Posted: 4/11/2012 10:53:22 AM
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Worst judge of all time!

Judge: Raul C Pardo
Date Posted: 4/4/2012 6:57:49 PM
Submited By: Lori CapobiancoLandis



I found Judge Pardo to be compassionate, and he put me at ease during a difficult time in my life.

Judge: W. Thomas Bundy
Date Posted: 3/20/2012 10:38:22 AM
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The states from this ALJ match up with how he conducts his hearings which are a joke. He will close hearings without allowing cross examination of the vocational expert and doesn't pay much attention to testimoy.

Judge: MaryJoan McNamara
Date Posted: 3/8/2012 11:46:25 AM
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She is not at ODAR in Baltimore but at the National Hearing Center, Rolling Road, Woodlawn, Maryland

Judge: Barbara L Perkins
Date Posted: 3/6/2012 7:03:09 PM
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Judge Perkins sits on cases until the last minute before denying them and this is a well known fact and she needs to be investigated.