Greenville, South Carolina ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Greenville, South Carolina, 12 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Greenville, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 19.0 months. The average case processing time in Greenville is 596 days.The Greenville 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 Greenville ODAR office was last updated on 5/19/2016.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Greenville 12 19.0 months 596 days 1.8 14% 46% 40%
South Carolina18.3 months587 days1.917%44%38%
National Average:15.9 months510 days1.920%44%37%
AVERAGE TIME
Hearing Wait Time: 19.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 1.80
Average Processing Time 596 days
Cases Pending 8649
Dispositions 2949
New Cases 2720
Hearings In Person 85%
Video Hearings 15%
LIST OF JUDGES / 18

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SAD
Judge: John S Lamb
6/13/2016 2:13:34 PM



Judge Lamb stated at my hearing there was no work I could do then turned around afterwards and denied my claim. He looked at opinions of their Drs that have never even saw me over all of my Drs opinions (3 diff Drs). I have numerous issues and take to many meds to list. Some of the info that I received back from him isn't even correct. Now to appeal if I live long enough.

Paul Dyne
Judge: Thaddeus J Hess
5/27/2016 4:38:05 PM



It is your Uncle Paul

Watcher
Judge: James R McHenry III
4/26/2016 8:17:50 AM



This man is looking to deny your claim or to force you into giving up any entitlement to retroactive benefits. His determinations on credibility are inconsistent with the Rulings. His decisions are full of boilerplate but not a great deal of substance. State agency doctors are given more weight that your treating doctor. Read his decisions carefully as much that is in there doesn't hold up to scrutiny.

DRM
Judge: John S Lamb
4/22/2016 9:48:45 AM



I had the opportunity to present my case in front of Judge Lamb in April of 2016 and he was very helpful. I didn't have an attorney but he still treated me with respect and ensured I understood the process. My decision was favorable and I am grateful for his compassion concerning my case. He also was very knowledgeable of my records and submitted paperwork.

Advocate
Judge: James M Martin
4/7/2016 12:04:00 PM



Be careful with this ALJ and be prepared to get denied, even if you have got a good case. It does not matter if you are 55 or older, you will get denied even if your doctors say you are disabled. He does not believe what he is told by claimants.

Dangermouse
Judge: J. Petri
2/16/2016 1:40:46 PM



This judge will turn you down. She will be nice to your face but she's looking to deny your claim if she can even if your evidence is good. The Greenville ODAR is bringing in a lot of low-paying judges and she follows the party line; deny as many as you can.

Recent
Judge: Alice Jordan
2/6/2016 8:27:26 PM



I was very impressed with her I have to applauded her for the hard work that goes into making her decision and all the evidence and notes and laws she has to deal with daily weeding out the fraud from real hurt people hard job done well kudos


Judge: Alice Jordan
2/5/2016 8:02:40 AM



I believe Judge Alice Jordan is very thourgh in her decisions with reviewing all information provided. There should be more Judges like her so people with REAL disabilities are approved & not the addicts & people that pretend they are disabled that is what makes it so hardfor the true ddisabled people to get approved. Judge Jordan has a great sense of judgment to sort these people out.

Mzz
Judge: Theresa R. Jenkins
12/8/2015 2:34:07 PM



Judge Jenkins was precise, thorough, diligent, and professonal. Judge Jenkins based her decision on medical opinon as well as her conclusion from facts she gathered from me.


Judge: John S Lamb
11/5/2015 12:44:41 PM



I had my day in front of Judge John S Lamb today. He was understanding and very fair. He made me feel relaxed. Needless to say, I think he is very honest judge even though I couldn't go back to the beginning of my disability claim, I understood the decision he made.I thank my lawyer, the vocational expert and judge lamb for the quick and favorable decision. This judge is the real deal

Jacqueline clinkscales
Judge: Harold Chambers
9/30/2015 11:02:58 AM



My name is jacqueline and ive got judge chambers for my hearing ,ive read some very good things about him and i pray that i get approved .He seems like a very fair judge and im glad to go before him for my case.


Judge: Glen H. Watkins
6/10/2015 9:14:00 PM



He's a friendly snake. He doesn't care and will deny you. Even if you have 30 doctors agreeing with you, including theirs and the vocational expert.


Judge: Theresa R. Jenkins
3/27/2015 8:50:05 AM



This judge is totally unprofessional and sets her own rules. fails to consider "your" medical doctors testimony but gives all wait to SSA examiners. She claimed I claimed several impairments but no medical records to back those claims thus my testimony was not credible. This judge had MORE than enough medical records to prove disability otherwise. Regarding my mental health, she claimed no history of suicidal attempts or ideations, yet, in the record was 4 recent medical records I went to an er with suicidal ideations, I have cut my wrist, Go to a mental health facility whom conducted an evaluation for SSA and stated I was very much not able to hold a job due to conditions. I have ( prior to hearing ) over the past year, SENT THE SSA ODAR OFFICE suicidal letter letting them know, i would be killing myself ( luckily I did not - wouldnt want them to win) but records are ALL in the exhibits and evidence. A week prior to hearing, was in the hospital, 2 different surgeons stated I needed an important surgery but they refused to do the surgery because my health make me a high risk for major complication and a 50% chance of something going wrong! she FAILED to reference that. Even at the hearing, I asked her, "please review all the files in depth", she promised me she would, said she takes her job seriously and will review all the medical records. BS - Prior to Hearing, SSA ODAR office sent me a cd with the exhibits that would be reviewed during hearing ( evidence ). The CD they sent me, had a complete strangers medical records on it. After the denial letter, I wrote that office in disgust being they had a complete strangers medical records in my evidence file and "if" they would have "thoroughly" reviewed my evidence, they would have seen the mistake..2 days after I told them about this, they sent 4 officers from Homeland Security to my house to retrieve that CD..They tried im sure, to sweep it under the rug, but I have also contacted all major news outlets about this.

sonya morrell
Judge: Glen H. Watkins
3/17/2015 4:11:49 AM



I have a court date may 26,2015 for my daughter, I have heard alot, he hard on people or he never approves anyone at all, or he cold hearted, well I'm not for sure what type of person he is, but I'm sure he's doing the best he know how , and if my daughter doesn't get approved, well I will keep trying, I try to put myself in other people shoe, I'm sure it's not easy for him also,to make decisions for so many people, believe me it may seem like he cold hearted, but I promise you, he is a sweet heart deep down inside

SSA Victim
Judge: Theresa R. Jenkins
3/6/2015 12:43:00 PM



Horrible experience with Judge Jenkins: Got my denial letter today and A SLEW of false information. additionally, there were SEVERAL medical records she failed to consider. any information , regarding my medical issues, she ignored. ONE MAJOR issue was this: I was hospitallized and told I needed surgery, yet 2 different hospital surgeons refused to do the surgery because of my poor health and the real possibility of something major going wrong. She didnt even consider this. again, their are A LOT of medical evidence/records she failed to review. Yet, the information provided by the SSA's doctors ( of course in the governments favor), she referenced, my doctors testimony, she gave little or no weight! Additionally, something troubling- her office sent me, a encrypted CD with all of the exhibits/evidence for my review. this is a CD you have to have a passcode to open. last evening, after I received the denial letter and within the denial letter, she referenced exhibits, I went to my CD, opened the documents to compare testimony and discovered around 24 pages of a medical file for some complete stranger..Not giving out the name, but it was a female who gave birth to a baby premature with a great deal of health issues. We have similar last names but a complete stranger. I have her medical history, account number, etc..I will be contacting my local news outlet about this. Im sure they will want to do a story regarding patients medical privacy. Im going to do my best and try and track down the patient in my file and let her know about this. Clearly A HIPPA violation. As well, it goes to show that the ALJ, judge Jenkins, certainly did not review my entire medical history, for if she had, she would have assuredly seen this inexcusable mishap .

W.K. Ashley
Judge: Thomas F. Batson
2/27/2015 2:41:31 PM



Judge Batson is a gentleman and seams to be a caring and understanding person! He took time went over everything, conversed with me and my attorney, had to make changings in paperwork because dates were wrong and a few other things that my attorney had wrong which he caught, he's very sharp! I had very good med records to back me and I think what was what made it as a little more easy and the fact my doctor wrote a letter stating my medical condition! I respect this Judge and in my view of him he was right, just, and fair!

marcia wilson
Judge: Juliana P Heaton
2/25/2015 11:12:47 AM



My brother went before Judge Heaton Feb 02 2015.WE have been trying to get help for 5 year's and it was like no one was listing this judge made us feel very comfortable did not make you feel like you we're been looked down on.so glad she was the judge for my brother's case she told us right there my brother had won his case so thankful for that there's nothing worse than waiting and my brother had done a lot of that and I'm also thankful for the doctor that sat in on the case. Thank you so much Judge Heaton for helping my brother GOD bless you

colwell
Judge: Harold Chambers
2/6/2015 9:13:54 AM



Had judge chambers very pleased with him. He was the best judge to have.

stacy godfrey
Judge: John S Lamb
11/25/2014 7:32:53 AM



I think Judge Lamb was as fair as they come, he took time to read my medical records and knew my health would get no better. My health is getting worse and i am very thankful he took the time to read my medical conditions. I wish he also issued the checks, he awared my disability on June 17, 2014 and recived first check fourth Wed. in Sept. I have yet to get my back pay and everytime I call I get a run around from each person i talk too. I wounder if they had to pay interest I would get it any faster. December 17 will be 6 months, I beleve if Judge Lamb was over that as well we would not have to wait as long and keep getting a run around. Sincerly, Stacy Godfrey

unknown
Judge: Ann G. Paschall
11/19/2014 12:42:52 PM



I saw this judge on August 7th and had she seem compassionate to what I have been through and I have been waiting for an approval and all of a sudden she ask for a questionnaire to be filled out by an independent PH.D to review my files. Did anyone else go through this and what does it mean. I have been ill for a long time and always dreaded going to this extinct to get my disability but can't work so I had no choice. The waiting is the worst for me.

sean k
Judge: Jerry W Peace
11/18/2014 11:37:49 AM



Judge peace was very thoughtfull and professional and listened very well he gave me an answer a timely manner if u get him u have a good judge


Judge: Glen H. Watkins
10/28/2014 12:45:12 PM



Judge Watkins will deny you. This is true 70% of the time for Hearings that are actually held. He can do an entire Hearing without even making eye contact with anyone in the room. Pathetic.


Judge: Ann G. Paschall
10/12/2014 3:48:27 AM



Judge Paschall heard my disability case. She offered to grant it immediately using the amended onset date of one year. I declined to accept that but the judge still approved it that day.and am in the fourth month of waiting with no communication. I wonder if this wait is punishment for not accepting the amended date offer.

Nicki
Judge: Theresa R. Jenkins
8/14/2014 11:06:01 AM



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.

SSA Victim
Judge: Thaddeus J Hess
8/8/2014 12:39:55 AM



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!

Jim Conway
Judge: Colin Fritz
7/31/2014 9:33:35 AM



Very Good and Fair Judge. He did a very good job on my case.

mark strickland
Judge: Harold Chambers
7/3/2014 9:37:55 AM



I had my hearing in Feb 2014 was told by the judge would have decision in March it is now July no decision yet.Just wondering how long must I wait for a yes or no decision?

Joe Lee
Judge: Sarah B Stewart
5/22/2014 2:35:32 PM



Very fair and very professional.

Glen Hayes
Judge: Juliana P Heaton
4/7/2014 12:20:02 PM



Judge Heaton heard my disability case on Mar.26 2014. Actually on my birthday. She made me feel comfortable in her court room. She told me before we started if I needed a break or to stand and move around, it would be fine. I did have to stand up for a little while after sitting 15-20 min. She seemed genuinely interested in hearing what I had to say. She listend very close to what I said and seemed to soak up the information at hand. My attorney (Kenneth Miller) ask most all the questions. Judge Heaton only had 2 or 3 questions for me. She actually stopped my attorney before we were finished. To make her decision then and there. She didrule in my favor, whitch im grateful for. Judge Heaton seems to really care and try to understand what problems you are having. Before I left she wished me well with my health problems. And also a Happy Birthday!! Another reason she seems to be a REAL person. She sure didn't have to do that!!

Representative
Judge: Gregory M. Wilson
1/27/2014 4:01:15 PM



This ALJ is the rudest and most malicious I have encountered. I gather he has never experienced any personal hardship because he appears incapable of relating to people in need. He appears to think that he is personally responsible for protecting the government against the 47%, and in achieving this mission, he operates from a position of total distrust of the claimant. I'm told that this guy is an instructor for other ALJs. If that's true, God help us all.

attorney
Judge: John S Lamb
1/27/2014 3:56:41 PM



This is one of the worst judges I have appeared in front of. He pays no attention to the testimony, is unfamiliar with the details of the record, and has clearly made up his mind before he ever hears the first word from the claimant. Although he comes across as personable, he shows no capacity for actual empathy and evaluates people from a position of distrust rather than trust.


Judge: Thomas F. Batson
1/23/2014 12:25:31 PM



Judge Batson is a wonderful and understanding judge!!!!!!

Michael
Judge: John S Lamb
11/26/2013 10:27:42 AM



I like Judge Lamb. He made the best decision he could considering my attorney was not prepared. Judge Lamb makes you feel comfortable during the hearing. He can sense when you are nervous and makes you feel like everything is going to be ok.

Advocate
Judge: John S Lamb
11/11/2013 11:20:05 AM



Judge Lamb is one of the best judges I've appeared in front of. He pays close attention to what the doctors are saying and what the diagnostic tests reveal. He is kind and respectful to claimants. But do not mistake kindness for weakness. If your case is not a strong one, you'll have to work hard to convince him but Judge Lamb has always given my clients the benefit of the doubt.


Judge: Theresa R. Jenkins
10/2/2013 3:36:09 PM



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


Judge: Ivar E. Avots
9/2/2013 11:41:46 PM



This judge screwed my life up because he and my attorney did not get along. They letmy work credits run out before myheating came up without telling me. Needless to say my attorney retired the same month and Avots retired a month after that. I am a 100% Disabled Veteran so why dont I recieve SSDI which I starting paying into at age 15. VERY UNFAIR

clyde jones
Judge: Gregory M. Wilson
8/23/2013 6:50:27 AM



judge Wilson is very rude and unfair he needs to remember he is a small time judge not a doctor - he denied my claim mainly because I had went on a vacation the year before - I did not know people with a disability were not allowed to go on a vacation - I worked in the construction field for over 30 years as a brick mason my back is shot - I do not wish the pain I have on anyone but if Wilson could have him some of it for a few days maybe he would be more understanding and a better judge

Advocate
Judge: Sarah B Stewart
8/21/2013 11:15:51 AM



Very good judge. She's a fairly new ALJ but you'd never guess by the way she conducts her hearings. She handles them like she's been doing the job for years. She is very fair-minded and treats claimants and counsel with respect.

Advocate
Judge: Theresa R. Jenkins
5/23/2013 8:36:32 AM



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: John S Lamb
4/12/2013 1:30:58 PM



I enjoy my hearings with Judge Lamb. He is sarcastic to reps which I don't take as negative and he has always been kind to my clients. I respect him and appreciate his willingness to have a discussion about the case.


Judge: Gregory M. Wilson
4/12/2013 1:27:48 PM



It would be nice of Judge Wilson to keep an open mind instead of trying to look for any reason to deny a case. Obviously these cases are borderline cases and all have positives and negatives. Keep in mind the standard of review.


Judge: Gregory M. Wilson
4/12/2013 10:35:53 AM



Very rude and disrespectful. This guy needs to be reminded what the real world is like. He's a complete drain on the tax payers.


Judge: John S Lamb
3/25/2013 10:44:34 AM



Good judge. Understanding

An observer.
Judge: Alice Jordan
3/19/2013 5:14:32 PM



Not fair. Does not read or review all of the evidence presented or is not smart enough to properly evaluate it.

diabled
Judge: Alice Jordan
3/19/2013 6:17:04 AM



Needs to read all evidence in order to give an informed ruling.


Judge: Thaddeus J Hess
2/23/2013 9:37:06 PM



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!

Suspicious
Judge: Glen H. Watkins
2/19/2013 9:00:57 AM



The comment dated 2/11/13 looks like it was written by Judge Watkins himself. Anybody who has had the misfortune of appearing in front of him would never write such a glowing testimonial.

Happy as Heck
Judge: Ivar E. Avots
2/19/2013 8:58:35 AM



Break out the champagne. Avots has gone.

Impressed
Judge: Glen H. Watkins
2/11/2013 7:09:18 PM



While I have experienced the same lingering feelings of frustration and concerns as many claimants do during the seemingly long wait times for a hearing, I am relieved to say my confidence with the entire process was ultimately bolstered when my hearing began with Judge Watkins, who clearly demonstrated he had already reviewed the facts in evidence prior to my hearing and proceeded to conduct the hearing in not only a professional manner, but with a calming demeanor as well, all in a very impressive effort to efficiently clarify the facts before him. While waiting months for my hearing, I had let myself become too distracted with overall claim statistics, when in the end, I am now more convinced than ever, the facts ultimately do prevail thanks to those such as Judge Watkins, who no doubt has a responsibility on his shoulders which most fair minded people would not likely enjoy having, if trying to fill his shoes. Simply said, Judge Watkins is certainly fair (but of course a fair hearing will not change the facts for which any claimant must rightfully rely upon to prevail.)

Justinian
Judge: Ivar E. Avots
1/16/2013 9:26:59 AM



He has retired. Thank God.


Judge: Harold Chambers
1/7/2013 3:09:36 PM



i went in front of him in dec he is a very good judge just pray i get approve

WP
Judge: John S Lamb
11/29/2012 10:53:59 PM



I had Judge Lamb in 2009 and he was more than fair with me...Done an On the Record review and apologized for me ever having to wait....Never held the hearing because he said it was clearly unnecessary based on the file...

Robert
Judge: Thaddeus J Hess
11/25/2012 5:12:07 PM



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.

cindy
Judge: Gregory M. Wilson
11/15/2012 3:08:23 PM



I thought that he was being very up front and went by the rules he is supposed to go by.

Advocate
Judge: Alice Jordan
9/27/2012 1:11:26 PM



Sensible and fair. She doesn't much like cases involving drugs and alcohol but she won't deny just because your client is a lush. She's well-versed in the Rulings and Regulations and likes to see a pre-hearing brief.

Advocate
Judge: Ann G. Paschall
9/27/2012 1:09:02 PM



A kind, compassionate judge who'll pay a righteous claim and won't try and force an amended onset date. She knows her cases so be prepared and you'll be fine.

Advocate
Judge: Paul C. Armitage
9/27/2012 1:07:21 PM



A gentleman of the old school. Likes a good opening statement. He's like your favorite uncle but he's no soft touch. You'd better have good evidence.

Advocate
Judge: Gregory M. Wilson
9/27/2012 1:05:44 PM



Judge Wilson can be very tough, but the rep who works his file well and is prepared to put forth a good solid argument for his client will find Judge Wilson receptive.

Advocate
Judge: Harold Chambers
9/27/2012 1:04:02 PM



Make sure you submit a pre-hearing brief and be prepared to discuss the evidence. If you know your file, Judge Chambers is a very decent judge to deal with. If you do sloppy work, he won't be very forgiving. Overall, Judge Chambers is one of the good guys but his hearings do tend to drag out longer than most.

Advocate
Judge: Thomas F. Batson
9/27/2012 1:01:31 PM



He's a true gentleman and a fine human being.


Judge: Thomas F. Batson
9/17/2012 11:04:38 AM



I hope I get this Judge for my hearing. He has the highest approval rate. This whole process is nerve racking, and has really made my Manic Depressive Disorder worse.

tyrone sadler
Judge: Harold Chambers
8/28/2012 8:10:54 AM



chambers is out on med leave.Guess i have to wait

larry brock
Judge: Harold Chambers
7/5/2012 11:16:50 AM



Just had video hearing.very fair judge

Billy BOB
Judge: John S Lamb
5/19/2012 7:13:57 AM



Send Judge John S. Lamb to Jail. He`s obviosly a criminal judge and should be sent to prison,


Judge: Thomas F. Batson
5/1/2012 4:14:17 PM



very undderstanding judge!!!!!!!

Raymond
Judge: John S Lamb
4/25/2012 1:50:43 PM



Shame on you. Norway


Judge: John S Lamb
4/25/2012 7:30:58 AM



i hope you die and burn in ****, you american *******