Charlotte, North Carolina ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Charlotte, North Carolina, 11 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Charlotte, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 18.0 months. The average case processing time in Charlotte is 513 days.The Charlotte average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 53%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Charlotte ODAR office was last updated on 9/18/2014.

SSA, Charlotte ODAR Office
6701 Carmel Road, Suite 300
Charlotte, North Carolina 28226
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Phone: (888) 397-4124 -- Fax: 704) 341-8949
eFile Fax: 704) 542-5984 (For sending evidence)

OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Charlotte 11 18.0 months 513 days 2.2 15% 53% 32%
North Carolina16.6 months506 days2.114%51%35%
National Average:12.5 months405 days2.018%44%38%
Hearing Wait Time: 18.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 2.21
Average Processing Time 513 days
Cases Pending 10832
Dispositions 4505
New Cases 5791
Hearings In Person 92%
Video Hearings 8%

Comments about Judges at the Charlotte North Carolina ODAR office:

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Judge: Kevin F Foley
Date Posted: 10/30/2014 2:45:28 AM
Submited By: John W. Craft



I found Judge Foley very polite and seemed to be very knowledgeable about some of my medical conditions. He did however seemed upset with the lack information in the medical records sent from numerous doctors. I would hope that none of this would be held against me, as I have no control of what is in the medical reports. He also seemed concerned that after I had been denied previously twice and was financially suffering and tried to return to work but only made it 4 months before being terminated for to much time missed for hospital stays but made a substantial amount of money during that time before I refiled for disability. I hope he does not hold this against me because I want to work but just am not able anymore with numerous health problems. He seemed fair and I certainly hope so because I am at the end of my financial means.

Judge: Frederick McGrath
Date Posted: 10/8/2014 3:52:25 PM
Submited By: Unknown2



Judge Frederick McGrath approved my case on yesterday. I believe he's a very witty, smart & compassionate guy....charming & interesting...I may add... My hearing was brief & to the point...The past 21 months of my life has been the most challenging time in my life...happy to know it will get better soon...very thankful I was approved.

Judge: Wendell M Sims
Date Posted: 9/27/2014 12:49:10 PM
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I had a hearing a few years ago with this judge, and it does not matter your disabilities or anything else, this so called judge already has his mind made up and not in your favor at all, and the V.E. is nothing more than a person that makes sure your screwed. So the people that say they got there disability no questions asked is total B.S..

Judge: Robert Egan
Date Posted: 9/15/2014 3:44:11 PM
Submited By: n/a



ALJ Egan, once he gets a notion in his head, will not be dissuaded by the evidence. He gives far greater weight to his own gut rather than to treating sources. He wastes a lot of time pontificating on philosophy, while ignoring the evidence in the case. It is time for him to retire and allow a sharper mind to replace him.

Judge: Frederick McGrath
Date Posted: 8/27/2014 3:10:35 PM
Submited By: Social Security Disability Attorney



As an attorney, I practice before several Social Security hearings offices and numerous judges throughout the Southeast. My experience with Judge McGrath has been consistently positive, and I have found him to be fair-minded and efficient in his handling of cases where I have appeared before him. While he takes a streamlined, no-nonsense approach to hearings, he appears to do this out of a sense of duty to move his cases efficiently and to minimize delay in resolving claims where claimants have already been required to wait months (or even years) without income leading up to finally getting their day in court.

Judge: Todd D Jacobson
Date Posted: 8/15/2014 10:19:10 AM
Submited By: K Luckie



I think Judge Jacobson is a very fair and knowledgeable Judge. Although he did not grant me most of my backpay, he could just as easily denied my case. He understands that people feel pain differently and I was more concerned going forward because my condition will get worse as time goes on. He also is very direct and doesn't waste anyones time, all I can say is that if you get him as your Judge at your hearing, no matter the outcome, he is very fair and considers all evidence.

Judge: Theresa R. Jenkins
Date Posted: 8/14/2014 11:06:01 AM
Submited By: Nicki



I had a Phone interview w/Judge Jenkins, and she listened to what I and my friend had to say.....no matter the outcome of my case, I was very pleased w/Judge Jenkins.

Judge: Thaddeus J Hess
Date Posted: 8/8/2014 12:39:55 AM
Submited By: SSA Victim



Does not review medical records or diagnostic tests. On 3 instances in Mr. Hess's denial, he stated for each impairment, there were no medical records, findings or lab results backing claimants impairment thus the claimant is not credible. Yet, within the records, even the ones Mr. Hess had ( copies submitted to me by SSA ), there were a multitude of medical records, imaging, labs and Doctors statements..How crooked is the system? My attorney informed me the judge made an error of findings and we appealed to the review council . The review council wouldnt even review the "proof of error", these crooks, blatantly sent it back siding with the judge?? My attorney stated they were wrong but also stated that It's the government, if they tell you the sky is brown, you best believe it is brown. He said cases before Judges are a toss of a coin. How true it seems!

Judge: Robert Egan
Date Posted: 7/7/2014 8:01:43 AM
Submited By: Desiree Christopher



Judge Egan was not fair... He denied me disability because I had a boyfriend who took me to the beach to provide me an escape from reality. Judge Egan also said I was not credible because he felt I could carry more than a gallon of milk... my answer at the time was based on the fact that I had just had my second shoulder surgery a couple months prior to my hearing. I was told just to answer his question as simple as possible with no explanations... That didn't get me too far. Just after my hearing Judge Egan took a few weeks off to take care of a sick family member... I feel when he returned he may have had some negative feelings having had someone in his family that sick, who may have passed away and took it out on his cases by comparison to that sick family member. I have way too many debilitating illnesses to have been denied for going to the beach and having a boyfriend. That's just wrong.

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: Frederick McGrath
Date Posted: 6/4/2014 11:54:48 PM
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This Judge knows his job. He gets straight to point and does not waste anytime or taxpayers money. He is well prepared. He has an idea of what his decision will be before the hearing. He shows concern about the claimant and takes everything into consideration. He does his job well without hesitation. He can see right through a person if they are full of BS. Great service for the people!

Judge: Kevin F Foley
Date Posted: 5/2/2014 6:33:51 AM
Submited By: Brenda Hodges



I had heard negative comments about this judge before going into my hearing, but I didn't find them to be true. He made me feel comfortable and was very pleasant. He did ask questions, but nothing that I felt was out of line, condescending or inappropriate. I felt he paid attention to my responses and understood my condition. I also believe that god is going to let this man the right decision in my favor for my disability.....Thank you so much Mr.Foley for your kindness....

Judge: Kevin F Foley
Date Posted: 5/1/2014 7:17:31 PM
Submited By: James Johnson



I had heard negative comments about this judge before going into my hearing, but I didn't find them to be true. He made me feel comfortable and was very pleasant. He did ask questions, but nothing that I felt was out of line, condescending or inappropriate. I felt he paid attention to my responses and understood my condition.

Judge: Saul W Nathanson
Date Posted: 3/24/2014 6:27:03 AM
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Judge Nathanson made the right decision in my case, without seeing me. PTSD resulting from war, is a disability we never "get over".

Judge: Kevin F Foley
Date Posted: 12/12/2013 2:57:19 PM
Submited By: Ms. A. Harris



Wow! the previous comments are in contrast to my experience with Judge Foley. I felt his questioning of my case was reasonable and I did not feel that he was being disrespectful at any time during the hearing. I am not just saying this to earn brownie points. Regardless of the outcome of my claim I did not find him to be unreasonable. I feel if I were in his position I would want to know the same things he wanted to know about my claim. The part of this process I have a problem with is not the judge. I may not understand every aspect of the process but I do know I waited nearly three years for this hearing and now I am waiting another 90-120 days for a decision on my appeal. I don't think this wait time is reasonable, especially after waiting so long for a hearing. What's the point of having a hearing if the judge or any other decision making person gets an additional 3 -4 months to pick apart the claim. The playing field is certainly not level. I didn't get an additional 3-4 months to explain or prove my case further. I want the people making the decisions to understand it is pure torture to make people wait and wait and wait on an answer that should have been given at the time of the hearing. I submitted evidence to support my claim and I don't know why that is not sufficient to have made a decision at the time of my hearing. If my claim is denied I think I should be able to skip any further processes with this office and appeal directly to the US Supreme court level with a valid argument that my claim was handled unfairly. If ODAR gets additional time to try to prove me able to work. I should be awarded the same amount of time to show why I am unable to work. It's sad that this system is broken there are people who don't need benefits that are approved automatically and people who really need it cant get it and pay the price for the ones taking advantage of the system. I'm tired of not knowing where my next meal is coming from and if you have to endure this for three years you would be too. please make a decision on my case, "reasonable" left the building the moment the hearing was over without a decision being made. I have lost everything due to my medical condition and I just want to recover some of what has been lost and survive as best as I can. If there is not a case out there that has been approved on less than what I submitted than I won't complain but I know better and I am just as entitled if not more entitled to my benefits as some people who have been approved for benefits but are able to work. I wish I could work, I could make more monety.. and those people taking advantage of disability need to either pay back the benefits or go to jail. If my claim is denied or my back pay altered there is no way at this point for anyone at Social Security Administration to argue that this is NOT a matter of discrimination.

Judge: Robert Egan
Date Posted: 11/26/2013 3:08:46 PM
Submited By: jbrooks



Judge Egan is very fair and compassionate. We were so fortunate to have him! He shows great interest in someone's profile and is encouraging.

Judge: Theresa R. Jenkins
Date Posted: 10/2/2013 3:36:09 PM
Submited By:



I concur completely with the preceding 5-star opinion. Judge Jenkins is an exemplary judge.

Judge: Wendell M Sims
Date Posted: 9/20/2013 11:37:54 PM
Submited By:



I find it appauling yhat my husband who has had 2 back surgeries, a third of his large intestine removed and also has mental problems inspite working 32 years at the same job was denied ALL of his retro pay. We have been waiting 21 months for his disibility inwhich he paid into to omly be treated this way. Our attorney said that this was done because Judge Sims is trying to move up in office. So we being law abiding citizens have to sffer. We have has to eshaust ALL savings due to this exdessive wait and denial of his back pay.

Judge: Todd D Jacobson
Date Posted: 8/29/2013 1:34:14 PM
Submited By: SSDI Rep



I'm an atty rep and I hear he is ex-military from other attys when I've been waiting for my cases. That will probably explain his reserved character. It intimidates some people but he's really a top-notch guy, professional and thorough. He is very fair and in my experience if he denies a case, then it is definitely not a well-supported case. I like his style at the bench... doesn't try to pretend to be your best friend but respects people and looks them in the eye, which I respect.

Judge: Theresa R. Jenkins
Date Posted: 5/23/2013 8:36:32 AM
Submited By: Advocate



Judge Jenkins is a warm, compassionate human being. She reads her files thoroughly and expects reps to be prepared. She is respectful and courteous to claimants and puts them at ease. She isn't a soft touch by any means but she applies the law fairly and without favor. Gets 5 stars from me.

Judge: Frederick McGrath
Date Posted: 4/16/2013 2:06:29 PM
Submited By:



my first claim was DENIED by this alj, even though he stated in his decision that i did in fact have two severe impairments.. of course the AC kept his ruling intact and my atty filed in federal court. well here it is 6 1/2 yrs from initial filing and 3 yrs after it was denied at appeals council and taken to fdc, my claim was remanded due to ERROR by the alj for NOT giving my treating doctors RFC any weight and going by what the ssa med examiner (which i never saw to begin with)said at some point before my initial denial (which only took a few months to get)..my hearing was NOT that quick, and also we waited for at least 15-20 minutes before hearing started as the VE was LATE. mind you judge started without the VE, and he finally arrived about 10 minutes before my hearing was over..he heard me answer the last 2 question is all. yet the judge took his opinion that there were thousands of jobs in the national economy within our region that i could do?? i am like the rest of you, i believe he has his mind made up before you go in the door...well, he messed up on this one and now i get a new hearing and hopefully with another judge

Judge: Frederick McGrath
Date Posted: 3/28/2013 2:26:12 PM
Submited By:



Our office has had numerous hearings with Judge McGrath. He has a reputation for scheduling several hearings at the same time and taking them on a first come/first served basis; will start early if you get there early; does NOT like submission of medical records on the day of the hearing. Generally does not ask for opening; lets rep do most of questioning and just cuts in when he has a question. I think he often has a good idea of how he feels about a case and uses the hearing to see if it changes his mind. His award rate is not out of line, so he's not denying everything that comes through the room. (Claimants need to understand it isn't the number of pages of records you have, but how well the opinions are supported by clinical evidence, diagnositic testing and your own credibility).

Judge: Wendell M Sims
Date Posted: 3/13/2013 8:17:51 PM
Submited By:



Approved me right on the spot great judge. He was very friendly.

Judge: Frederick McGrath
Date Posted: 3/11/2013 7:35:08 AM
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Yes he has mind made up before the hearing. He schedules way too many hearings on one given day and they are conducted to quick. Rarely uses a VE. The Jacksonville ODAR is filled with fairly negative ALJs.

Judge: Frederick McGrath
Date Posted: 3/7/2013 7:45:47 PM
Submited By: Shannon



Judge Frederick McGrath claimed he could not read the RFC filled out by my doctor because "the doctor's handwriting was not completely legible and his signature was indistinguishable." There were approximately 30 cases he ruled on before he saw me the day of my hearing and it seemed like he had already made up his mind on each case before the people even entered the courtroom. He wrote about my mental health in his official ruling even though my claim was entirely a physical case with all of my mental health issues (depression because I am unable to work) being a direct result of my physical disability.

Judge: Frederick McGrath
Date Posted: 3/7/2013 6:57:22 PM
Submited By: Caretaker



I was denied even though I have more than 4,000 pages of medical records, dozens of doctors supporting my claim and submitting written statements, and the court-appointed vocational expert testified that there was not a job I was suitable to do. Mcgrath ruled against this suggestion and said I could do a job that did not require standing, sitting, working with my hands, concentration, memory, interaction with people, and would allow me to lie down for extended periods of time each hour. I also require a caretaker (who is writing this message as I am unable to do so) on a fulltime basis to feed, cloth, bathe, drive, make appointments and manage my dr. schedule, clean, cook, and take care of basically all of my needs/activities of daily living. He made the decision in less than 5 minutes and asked me less than 10 quick questions. His decision was overturned on appeal and has been sent back to be heard in court for a second time. I first applied for disability in 1999 and have spent the last 6 years appealing his ruling. I am going back to court in the next 6 months or so and will let you know who I get and the judgement.

Judge: Thaddeus J Hess
Date Posted: 2/23/2013 9:37:06 PM
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Judge Hess was very respectable, approved my case, and allowed me to testify about my medical condtions in a professional manner. Thank you Judge Hess Sir, you are highly respected, and appreciated!

Judge: Robert Egan
Date Posted: 2/18/2013 8:33:39 AM
Submited By: twanna



JudgeEgan seems very nice I. Hope he makes the right choice for daughter.we are waiting.

Judge: Kevin F Foley
Date Posted: 2/9/2013 9:15:07 PM
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This so called Judge is just that, he judges you even before the case starts, he uses half of what you say against you and doesn't listen to anything you have to say, I'm a smoker so he judged me as unfit for benefits I worked and paid in for, he used only parts of my statements to rule against me in my claim not even caring that I haven't been able to work, do yard work or have any kind of a meaningful life since my health has went down so much, I tried to go back to work and found out that my legs, heart and back would not allow me to do so, but this a$$ thinks I should sell off my bought and paid for home and take a chance on a job hundreds of miles from where I live and that the jobs I can do are plentiful outside of my county! He doesn't care that if I was able to find a sit down only job that I could do that if the company decided I wasn't able to do it later on that me and my family would join the ranks of homeless street people that are gathering in this country.

Judge: Saul W Nathanson
Date Posted: 2/1/2013 8:57:08 PM
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Judge Nathanson is a great ALJ, he is very fair and always friendly with the attorneys and the clients he is the best ever thank's for bening so nice too me!

Judge: Thaddeus J Hess
Date Posted: 11/25/2012 5:12:07 PM
Submited By: Robert



This judge is a joke. You have many medical experts oppinions backing your claim, "but" because he doesnt like the answers, he gives them no merit or weight! He is a judge, not a doctor, but he feels the need to, in so many words, say, "your doctor doesnt know what he/she is talking about". He doesnt review all medical records. ONE, example of MANY inconsistencies from Him ( he wants to point out inconsistencies of the claimant, lets point fingers at him! Had A CT scan showing, cirrhosis, enlarged spleen, Gal stones. His words "claimant states he has enlarged spleen but no medical record proving such" ( realy? who is inconsistent now?) Diagnosed with Agorapbobia, social phobia, bi polar, fear of being around people. The judge seems to believe, if you have such phobia, surely this would be observed and a problem being around people in a venue setting such as an "emergency room" REALLY? So if someone has agoraphobia or social phobia, this would prevent them from doing something thats not an option. Medical Emergency, hospital, Emergency room ? this isnt dinner, its a MUST.

Judge: Clinton C Hicks
Date Posted: 11/16/2012 3:35:32 PM
Submited By: Advocate



Nice guy who treated my client with respect and courtesy. Knew the file well. Called a VE but didn't ask him to testify after hearing my client's testimony.

Judge: Wendell M Sims
Date Posted: 11/1/2012 10:00:31 AM
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Approved me right on the spot with no questions asked at all. Great judge highly recommended. Thank you Judge Sims.

Judge: Frederick McGrath
Date Posted: 9/7/2012 10:25:39 AM
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What a hoot! Seems to have his mind made up by the time we sit down. Holds 6 minute hearings. Gives great weight to RFCs. Somewhat of a "Nero" approach, either thumbs up or thumbs down, without excessive narrative. Does not like substance use or middle aged women with mental health issues.

Judge: Russell R Sage
Date Posted: 8/31/2012 7:38:30 AM
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I can truly sympathize with you, as I too was wrongfully judged. The medications that I was on have continued to cause further complications, therefore allowing me not to be able to work. Had to be hospitilized again in Jan. and Feb. and needed 5 more units of blood. At my hearing, myself, my husband, and my lawyer were all humiliated and embarressed by Judge Sage. A very good thing is that I realize that I serve a GOD that says HE will supply all my needs according to HIS riches in glory, even by Christ Jesus.

Judge: Kevin F Foley
Date Posted: 8/24/2012 7:47:34 PM
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Judge Foley: Arrogant, condescending, rude, smart ***. Treats claimants as if they are on trial for horrendous crimes. Fails to allow claimant to thoroughly defend case. When trying to explain illnesses, etc., he will cut you off and tell you how wrong you are. Makes pre-judgments without hearing sufficient evidence or allowing claimant to demonstrate when needed. Makes unrealistic judgments as to claimant's health, without requiring proof while claimant is right there in front of him. Hesitant to interview witnesses and get the whole picture.

Judge: Russell R Sage
Date Posted: 6/25/2012 11:14:01 AM
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because of his wrong decision im left without any income insurance food car or anything since nov of 2011 he has a poor judgement of truth

Judge: Saul W Nathanson
Date Posted: 6/14/2012 8:50:32 AM
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Judge Nathanson is a great ALJ, he is very fair and always friendly with the attorneys and the clients.

Judge: Saul W Nathanson
Date Posted: 4/30/2012 5:40:20 PM
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Judge: Richard L Leopold
Date Posted: 4/26/2012 9:45:55 AM
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Judge Leopold is deaceased, having died early in 2011.