Philadelphia East, Pennsylvania ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Philadelphia East, Pennsylvania, 11 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Philadelphia East, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 19.0 months. The average case processing time in Philadelphia East is 607 days.The Philadelphia East 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 Philadelphia East ODAR office was last updated on 5/19/2016.

SSA, Philadelphia East ODAR Office
833 Chestnut Street. Suite 502
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
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Phone: (866) 572-9721 -- Fax: (215) 597-3480
eFile Fax: (215) 446-4239 (For sending evidence)

OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Philadelphia East 11 19.0 months 607 days 1.8 29% 36% 35%
Pennsylvania18.1 months565 days1.924%42%35%
National Average:15.9 months509 days1.920%44%37%
Hearing Wait Time: 19.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 1.76
Average Processing Time 607 days
Cases Pending 6851
Dispositions 2030
New Cases 2182
Hearings In Person 99%
Video Hearings 1%

Comments about Judges at the Philadelphia East Pennsylvania ODAR office:

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Judge: Nicholas Cerulli
Date Posted: 5/27/2016 5:05:15 PM
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Very kind Judge and fair!

Judge: Jennifer M Long
Date Posted: 5/14/2016 2:05:46 PM
Submited By: Andrew Comfort

I had my hearing on the 11th of May 2016. I felt as though Judge Long was very decent to me. She is a no nonsense Judge but very warm hearted. She gathered very good points and asked a bit of questions to be as clear as possible. Do not try to talk over her like the vocational expert tried to do, she is very big on respect, as any adult should be. I feel as though she makes no biased opinion, and feels out every case for which is brought to her. As long as you tell the truth, don't try to play the system, be a man or woman, have respect, and have serious issues not to waste her time, you will be fine. I liked her very much so. I see some people commented with rather rediculous comments. I think she was great to me. She heard every point of my case my Lawyer and I had to say, did not interrupt or rush us, was very polite, and warm hearted, very respectful to me and didn't make me feel terrible about what has happened to me in my life time due to my illnesses. I have nothing but good things to say about the Judge. Warning though, if you are someone who is just to lazy to work, and taking up valuable time for people like us who really need help, and are just trying to get over on the state, I hope you get her because she is a no nonsense Judge by far who does not like her time to be wasted. I can tell she hears alot of cases that I am sure are bogus. Let your medical records speak for themselves. Thank you for being so kind and concerned about my well-being Judge Long. I wish more people were like you in the world.

Judge: Stuart Gauffreau
Date Posted: 4/12/2016 9:51:43 AM
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Does not approve a lot of cases, but is kind, courteous, and respectful. You will get your day in court.

Judge: Frank Barletta
Date Posted: 3/3/2016 5:07:54 PM
Submited By: april cunha

Thought-provoking post , I Appreciate the specifics , Does anyone know if my business would be able to acquire a fillable SOAP Notes example to type on ?

Judge: Stuart Gauffreau
Date Posted: 6/24/2015 8:47:53 AM
Submited By: Duane Duff

Hello your honor, I would just like to say that I have a hearing in front of you on August 20th at 1 o'clock p.m. I've been dealing with my disability for over ten to fifteen years I take a cocktail of meds I'm living in a shelter I sometimes steal food I've had panic attacks was in the hospital I've had multiple doctors and therapist through the years I hope the evidence proves my disability and I am waiting to get out of the shelter being a white male in Philadelphia in a shelter is very challenging I've been robbed just I'm at the end of my rope and I put myself on the mercy of the court that you review the evidence presented and grant my claim I thank you for your time to read this. Duane A Duff

Judge: Jennifer M Long
Date Posted: 3/6/2015 3:31:11 PM
Submited By: Angie

Had my hearing day before yesterday and I felt like going immediately to the emergency room from an anxiety attack. I am not sure if it was intentional but this was a very tense stressful situation. I felt like I was being interrogated and because I am disable I had done something wrong. I wouldn't wish this on my worse enemy. We have to do better with citizens.

Judge: Jennifer M Long
Date Posted: 1/26/2015 9:16:21 PM
Submited By: Gregory Holland

One of the nicest person I have ever met. Have not receive a decision yet but she was very nice to me. Was in the hearing room for over an hour. My lawyer said we did good but still waiting.

Judge: Barry H Jenkins
Date Posted: 12/17/2014 8:16:08 AM
Submited By: Public

Mr Jenkins, it appears you have made the choice throughout a good portion of your working life to hold positions within the scope of Public Servant. Including receiving your education as the result of service for the people of the United States. You are in fact a employee of the tax payers and citizens of the United States. A public Servant. As a employee it’s apparent we the citizens and tax payers find your conduct, your attitude, and your ability to perform your duties as defined to be sadly lacking. Please make every effort to rectify theses issues, or seek other employment . It would be a shame to have to have your service terminated by public forum, petition, and public demand. In other words, by the people who employ you, the people you in fact are employed by and work for.

Judge: William A Kurlander
Date Posted: 10/20/2014 8:31:48 AM
Submited By: Douglas Eskridge

On 9/11/2014 I was awarded disability after 2 years and three months I felt the Judge was very understanding in regard to my case he said he would send out a letter in four (4) weeks and asked something to the effect if this would be a burden I explained my out of pocket expenses for meds were over 1000.00 dollars per month so he said I would receive it in 2 weeks! It is now October 20, 2014 and still have not received anything I have called the hearing office to try and to get help with everyone telling me it could be three months what is wrong with the system when a Judges word is ignored? This is very painful!

Judge: Jennifer M Long
Date Posted: 7/1/2014 6:38:21 PM
Submited By: Eddy

If I could give this judge 0 stars I would. She made up her mind before I even sat down. I had the worst attorney ever. Dont ever get one of those national attorneys. I couldnt get ahold of mine at all. On the day of my hearing I never heard back from my attorney as to wether or not he had got my medical records. I made the mistake of wearing my medical records in a backpack. The judge decided that because I could limp into her courtroom with a backpack on I wasnt disabled. I have a degenerative bone disease. After 8 surgeries I have no material in my shoulders or knee joint to work with. Also have PTSD, anxiety disorder, Bi polar depression, ADHD... I have been in mental health treatment my entire adult life. I spent 5 years in prison. She denied my claim. Never mentioned PTSD or other mental health issues. Wouldnt let me present my mental health records from prison. I begged this judge for mental health treatment and she spit in my face. I dont know what else Im supposed to do. This is one messed up decision. Judge Jennifer long told a man who had already been to prison for reckless endagerment that he had no mental issue. Its unreal

Judge: Nicholas Cerulli
Date Posted: 6/24/2014 12:56:22 PM
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I just had a hearing with this ALJ. Even though I don't know how the decision will come out, I can say that he held the hearing in a kindly manner and was not threatening to my client. He was very fair and very thorough.

Judge: Nancy Lisewski
Date Posted: 5/19/2014 2:09:19 PM

IF you want a fair Judge that listens and ask the best questions about your case, she reads and understands, i been threw alot but i kept on because i have worked, and this judge is differant than the other one i had. shes a great judge i will tell anybody that. thank u judge NANCY FOR YOUR FAVORABLE DECISION ON MY CASE. ITS BEEN A LONG AND HARD ROAD FOR ME.

Judge: Jennifer M Lash
Date Posted: 3/24/2014 1:50:09 PM
Submited By: K. Barron

I didn't experience that, nor did see that in her. My experience was/is a compassionate ALJ who asked pertinent questions and took the time to listen. I sensed she was no nonsense, yet fair. She weighed my case on the evidence before her. My suggestion is, have yout matters in check meaning all I's dotted, all T's crossed before you go before her or any judge assuming you will win with limited information. I had an attorney with me which helped, I believe. I felt at ease with her and the fact that she was there to do her job, nothing more.

Judge: Jay Marku
Date Posted: 10/29/2013 7:04:47 AM
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Comes off as sarcastic, snarky. Conducts a quick hearing. You may get some questions in, but he'll tell you to wrap it up! I think he is fair though. I won't mind being in front of him again.

Judge: Deborah Mande
Date Posted: 3/8/2013 7:49:16 PM
Submited By: Paul

Judge Deborah Mande listened very carefully to my case, She made me feel very comfortable in a stressful situation, and I believe, followed the law. I did prevail, so am a little biased, but she was fair,observant and professional.

Judge: Nancy Lisewski
Date Posted: 2/20/2013 9:45:55 AM
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I find her to be respectful to the claimant and the representative. She may not approve many cases but she is professional.

Judge: Deborah Mande
Date Posted: 2/15/2013 12:00:18 PM
Submited By: melyssa ford

I feel bad for anyone who gets deborah mande for a ssi case. She's heartless and could care less about you or your disability!

Judge: Nancy Lisewski
Date Posted: 2/6/2013 8:06:05 PM
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Low-class. Should be disbarred. She is disgusting.

Judge: Nancy Lisewski
Date Posted: 11/8/2012 8:17:32 PM
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Brash, rude, and condescending. She has decided the case before you even walk through the door. Disgrace.

Judge: Nancy Lisewski
Date Posted: 9/7/2012 12:58:35 PM
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Conducts a quick hearing. Lets the representative do most of the questioning. However, she will find any loophole to deny; especially D & A.

Judge: Stephen Bosch
Date Posted: 9/7/2012 12:56:08 PM
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Easily the most fair and compassionate judge I have ever appeared before.

Judge: Paul R Sacks
Date Posted: 9/7/2012 12:54:26 PM
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Judge Sacks does come across as rude and arrogant. Though he tends to yell at attorneys and occasionally claimants, he has surprised me with mostly favorable decisions. I have an 8-1 win-loss record with him. With mental health cases, of which I do many, Judge Sacks will go with the claimant's treating source evaluation every time. In fact, if a PRT is not available, he'll continue the case and have DDS do an evaluation. I don't recommend rolling the dice with DDS, however. Get that PRT from the treating Psychiatrist.

Judge: Jennifer M Lash
Date Posted: 9/7/2012 12:47:10 PM
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Judge: Paul R Sacks
Date Posted: 8/14/2012 1:59:33 PM
Submited By: leo hamilton

I have personally been in front of Judge Paul Sacks numerous times. I find him very fair. He likes to do all of the development which is fine with me. Likes to be on time.

Judge: Nancy Lisewski
Date Posted: 8/2/2012 2:44:02 PM
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Looks for the legal ways to deny - disregards the person.

Judge: Paul R Sacks
Date Posted: 7/8/2012 4:51:36 PM
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I second the above.

Judge: Paul R Sacks
Date Posted: 5/23/2012 9:40:45 AM
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Rude, haughty, arrogant. Comes across as very unfair and mean tempered. Lacks a decent judicial temperament. Seems to be oblivious to the serious circumstances faced by claimants.

Judge: Jennifer M Lash
Date Posted: 5/8/2012 10:33:16 AM
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I disagree with the last comment. I am in front of her quite regularly and think she is quick, to the point, and fair. Not an easy judge but definitely not unreasonable.

Judge: Jennifer M Lash
Date Posted: 4/15/2012 6:53:29 PM
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Judge: Anne W Chain
Date Posted: 3/16/2012 7:58:57 PM
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Your hearing will not begin at its scheduled time.

Judge: Nancy Lisewski
Date Posted: 3/13/2012 1:08:16 PM
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Appears to know the file well. Does not request opening statement.