Knoxville, Tennessee ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Knoxville, Tennessee, 15 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Knoxville, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 16.0 months. The average case processing time in Knoxville is 497 days.The Knoxville 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 Knoxville ODAR office was last updated on 9/18/2014.

SSA, Knoxville ODAR Office
135 Circle Lane
Knoxville, Tennessee 37919
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Phone: (877) 692-3141 -- Fax: (865) 545-4676
eFile Fax: (865) 212-9799 (For sending evidence)

OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Knoxville 15 16.0 months 497 days 1.9 14% 46% 41%
Tennessee13.8 months433 days2.214%50%36%
National Average:12.5 months405 days2.018%44%38%
Hearing Wait Time: 16.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 1.85
Average Processing Time 497 days
Cases Pending 7795
Dispositions 4544
New Cases 4413
Hearings In Person 75%
Video Hearings 25%

Comments about Judges at the Knoxville Tennessee ODAR office:

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Judge: Charles Muhl
Date Posted: 9/29/2014 11:36:49 AM
Submited By: Danny

How long does it take to recieve a decision after you've had a hearing?

Judge: James Dixon
Date Posted: 9/12/2014 12:58:55 AM
Submited By: Gill Page

I think Judge Dixon was far and really listened to my case and made a informative decision.

Judge: K. Dickson Grissom
Date Posted: 7/16/2014 6:43:58 AM
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great judge --very patient and listens to the claimant--found him to be very fair

Judge: John R Barker
Date Posted: 5/26/2014 6:37:27 PM
Submited By: Louann Daugherty

I've never been in front of an ALJ before because I'm still waiting on my court date hearing . I applied for disability May 2012 & I have received letters stating that my case is sitting at the ALJ Office. My attorney told me that its still pending but I should be hearing something any time since its been over a year or 2. I had a hearing in April 2013 but I missed it. I don't know what to expect or do. I'm a little scared.

Judge: Donna Lefebvre
Date Posted: 4/20/2014 9:21:56 PM
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She goes through the motions of being professional but she has no respect for anyone trying to get disability. She has a hateful, angry look etched into her face and her dislike of disability claimants is obvious. In the legal community she's known as poison. She will attack you in her decision over things that she didn't even bring up in the hearing. She is spiteful and malicious and clearly has a private vendetta against disability claimants.

Judge: K. Dickson Grissom
Date Posted: 4/14/2014 9:46:38 PM
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THIS judge does not listen to anything you said and when you do talk he acts like your wasting his time if you go before this judge you will be denied he makes his on laws dont go by the laws to me he is worthless

Judge: Juliana P Heaton
Date Posted: 4/7/2014 12:20:02 PM
Submited By: Glen Hayes

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!!

Judge: Donna Lefebvre
Date Posted: 4/1/2014 12:08:28 AM
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Catty and treacherous. Watch out and make sure you have a strong lawyer.

Judge: Andrew G Sloss
Date Posted: 1/12/2014 2:54:55 PM
Submited By: chris thornton

i think judge sloss needs to get facts about disabled people hunting and fishing before making decision on a case and screw up peoples lives passing a judgement when he know's nothing about disabled hunters and fisherman

Judge: John R Barker
Date Posted: 1/7/2014 6:05:40 PM
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Went in front of Mr Barker on Nov 8th 2013 then he decided to send me to their doctors after my hearing I went to one Dec 9th and the other one Jan 6th Really do not feel I am going to be approved because during my hearing this judge made me feel as if I was wasting his time being in front of him. Had a video conference hearing so who knows what is going to happen

Judge: Alfred M Smith
Date Posted: 12/20/2013 1:37:25 AM
Submited By: Tina

I also have not recieved my letter of decision in the mail yet. Judge Smith made me feel very at ease, the anxiety level went down the longer he spoke to me, I felt like I could trust him more than my own attorney at the time. Judge Smith is a real person, like one you would have sitting in front of your tv with you at home. Good luck, if you are reading this you are probably worried about your appearance date in front of him, it will be fine as long as you are legitimate and honest.

Judge: John E Case
Date Posted: 10/1/2013 10:19:13 AM

URGENT JUDGE AND NEEDS ATTENTION IN THE WORST WAY. WHAT DO I DO ..I was found disabled back in dec last year. ssi is with holding my monthly check from me that i use to live on. they made a mistake on what to pay my attorney and are now withhoding my ssi because Judge John E. Case re-opened my case after finding i was disabled and added more back-pay. I am about to be evicted because I havent been able to pay my rent on disablity alone which is only $375. my rent is $600 a month and my only source of income is social security. shouldnt that amount that my attorney was owed come from my back pay and not my monthly check im suposed to live on. i called both local and main social security offCie and they tell me there is nothing they can do to help me. Judge if you read this please I beg you to respond to me. I asked my attorney for help and they tell me my case is done and theres nothing they can do either. PLEASE HELP ME. You were a very nice Judge and made me feel comfortable but now i feel overwhelmed that no one wants to help me. Please help. this is real urgent. im sick over it.

Judge: Alfred M Smith
Date Posted: 5/14/2013 7:48:24 PM
Submited By: Kiley

I have yet to receive my decision in the mail on my case, so this is an impartial review. Judge Smith seemed like a very professional, compassionate and caring person and even though I cried through most of my testimony and had to tell him about some of the more embarrassing truths about my disability, he made me feel at ease. He seemed like a good person. I would say say IF you find yourself in front of Judge Smoth, count yourself lucky :)

Judge: Donna Lefebvre
Date Posted: 4/18/2013 10:58:16 PM
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I really liked this judge, she really seemed to understand what I had gone through, seemed compassionate and professional! When I received my letter from her, not only was I in shock, but my attorney was as well! She went totally opposite of how we thought she would go, not only because of the evidence but also just the way she reacted to everything in court! I think I would've rather had a judge that would've been a total ***** and pretty much let me know how she felt in court than to have a total surprise like we did!

Judge: Donna Lefebvre
Date Posted: 4/12/2013 5:43:21 PM
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very profesional

Judge: Frank Letchworth
Date Posted: 4/4/2013 11:37:33 AM
Submited By: Carl E Wheeler

He accused me of drug seeking in 2010 and didnt read doctors reports of a office visit with 11 return narcotics, 2 weeks later return visit of 22 narcotics missing a prescription for the next two weeks. Not the behavior of a drug addict. He discriminates and was transferred from knoxville for his discrimination. He is worthless crap

Judge: Todd Spangler
Date Posted: 3/28/2013 2:42:34 PM
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Based on our experience ALJ does have a tendency to come to the hearing without a strong handle on the facts of the case and rep may need to get him back on track. He will do most of the questioning and won't usually ask for opening or closing.

Judge: Edward Bowling
Date Posted: 3/19/2013 5:45:28 AM
Submited By: eharrell

What a disappointment to the league of ALJ! Avoid him like the plague!

Judge: Douglas J Kile
Date Posted: 1/31/2013 2:54:51 PM
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In the many years that I have appeared before Judge Kile, I found him to be professional, sympathetic and kind. When he denied a case, I always knew why. He will be missed.

Judge: Todd Spangler
Date Posted: 1/8/2013 9:53:08 AM
Submited By: VTA

Watch how evidence is characterized in your case he does not seem to read file prior to hearing so you will need to educate about the case AT hearing. He is friendly but that is fatal to your case if you underestimate what he knows about the file. When going to VE in GRID cases watch as he does not have sedentary evaluated he will just address medium and light work even though there are NO transferrable skills.

Judge: Douglas J Kile
Date Posted: 12/22/2012 11:23:31 AM
Submited By: Carole Williams

Judge: Joan A Lawrence
Date Posted: 12/6/2012 8:42:59 AM
Submited By: Carl Wheeer

After Vocational rehab stated i was not employable Joan denied benefits to protect prior judge discrimination. She is not fair and is completely discriminative to the citizens of america.

Judge: Joan A Lawrence
Date Posted: 8/27/2012 1:36:50 AM
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Judge Lawrence listened and made a fair decision. She has a great demeanor and seems to really care for the folks that come in front of her.

Judge: Douglas J Kile
Date Posted: 8/23/2012 1:52:40 PM
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Good judge. Doesn't pay very many females though

Judge: Frank Letchworth
Date Posted: 8/23/2012 1:51:22 PM
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Judge: John E Case
Date Posted: 8/23/2012 1:49:55 PM
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A judge could not make a claimant feel more at ease. He is very good judge.

Judge: Mark Siegel
Date Posted: 8/9/2012 10:59:43 AM
Submited By: chad rutherford

Judge Seigel was very polite and courteous, he handle himself in a professional and swift manner. A man who seems to know his job. I can only hope he understood my dire need for disability.

Judge: Jim Beeby
Date Posted: 8/1/2012 12:01:55 PM
Submited By: TIM N Richard

Congratulations Jim for your stellar performance on your first day. Richard and Tim of Oklahoma Say Hello.

Judge: Jack B Williams
Date Posted: 7/12/2012 10:41:58 AM
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I found Judge Williams to be rude and just plain hateful to me and to my client. I am thankful he has retired.

Judge: Todd Spangler
Date Posted: 7/4/2012 10:00:07 PM
Submited By: Jose

Appraetnly this is what the esteemed Willis was talkin' 'bout.

Judge: Joan A Lawrence
Date Posted: 7/3/2012 5:15:17 PM
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This woman is 67 years old and needs to go home and spend more time with the grandkids. She is an idiot who barely made a living as a lawyer. She should retire now and live out a comfortable upper class retirement and look forward to a horrible eternity

Judge: Todd Spangler
Date Posted: 6/12/2012 1:47:18 PM

I had my ssa hearing at 9:00 this morning , june 12th. Judge TODD SPANGLER Preceded over my case and was on time and very professional the whole time. He touched base on every issue i had. He was very blunt and to the point but would also explain why! The Vocational expert and court recorder was also nice and professional! I admit to being real nervous when i first went in the room but Judge SPANGLER was pleasant talking and calm which made me feel the same way after the hearing started. So my experience with Judge TODD SPANGLER was a very good one! GOOD LUCK ! I HOPE YOU GET JUDGE SPANGLER ALSO !

Judge: Mary E Richardson
Date Posted: 6/5/2012 11:01:22 PM
Submited By: pamela williams

I had my hearing about 2 weeks ago and she was nice and straight forward. If you get this judge she will treat you with dignity and with respect. Win or lose she was fair and made me feel comfortable and I really felt like she cared. A very nice lady indeed.

Judge: K. Dickson Grissom
Date Posted: 5/18/2012 11:35:56 AM
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These statistics are flawed in the percentages presented. They all are flawed on this site. The only numbers that reflect the true behavior of an ALJ are his or her decisions on the merits. ALJ Grissom had 213 determination on the merits of the claims. (Subtract the dismissals.) 122/213 = 57% approval rate, 43% denial rate. He is about an average ALJ in his approval rates vis a vis the national average. Comment by an experienced advocate who has appeared in front of scores of ALJs in decades of client representation.

Judge: Mark Siegel
Date Posted: 5/9/2012 6:20:44 AM
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Judge Seigel started our hearing early...always a plus in my book! He gave odd hypos, I thought, but a lot of them, and they eventually got to where they needed to be. I will reserve judgement on how that goes until I see the decision. Very dry, pleasant presentation. Will put your client at ease well enough.

Judge: Frank Letchworth
Date Posted: 5/2/2012 9:51:10 AM
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Thank god he's gone!

Judge: III Evans
Date Posted: 3/21/2012 7:01:19 AM
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tough but fair. knows the file better than most judges. be prepared if you go before him. not a bad looking guy either.