Dallas Downtown, Texas ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Dallas Downtown, Texas, 17 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Dallas Downtown, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 11.0 months. The average case processing time in Dallas Downtown is 412 days.The Dallas Downtown average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 41%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Dallas Downtown ODAR office was last updated on 8/7/2014.

SSA, Dallas Downtown ODAR Office
Plaza of the Americas, North Tower
700 North Pearl Street, Suite 600
Dallas, Texas 75201
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Phone: (866) 563-3885 -- Fax: (214) 880-9869
eFile Fax: (877) 904-5484 (For sending evidence)

OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Dallas Downtown 17 11.0 months 412 days 2.0 21% 41% 39%
Texas10.6 months377 days2.421%37%43%
National Average:12.4 months402 days2.018%44%38%
Hearing Wait Time: 11.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 2.00
Average Processing Time 412 days
Cases Pending 7289
Dispositions 4750
New Cases 5339
Hearings In Person 74%
Video Hearings 26%

Comments about Judges at the Dallas Downtown Texas ODAR office:

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Judge: Peri Collins
Date Posted: 9/17/2014 4:07:52 PM
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How is this quack a federal judge? Simply look at the yearly approval/denial rates. Unfathomable. Should be outsourced.

Judge: Rebecca D Westfall
Date Posted: 9/11/2014 12:03:21 PM
Submited By: KF



The 6/18/14 5-star rating/comment is total nonsense and obviously posted by a either a friend of hers or someone who has never argued a case before her in their life. Notice the commenter did not deny the specific criticism of sleeping during hearings, delayed cases. Ask ANY atty. who has ever appeared before her. They all laugh and roll their eyes when you mention her name. She DOES fall asleep during her hearings. She IS disorganized and DOES take an unreasonably long time to move cases. Complaint after complaint over the years, yet she still will not budge. Anyone with "health issues" so severe that they result in this kind of consistent weird behavior is clearly not up to the job. It is grossly unfair to claimants to make them wait so long and see them upset in her hearings when she takes a little nappy. Ethical rules require an incapacitated atty. to step down when incapacitated, unable to function. Same goes for a judge. This woman is all about ego, not the rights of claimants. And it's a crying shame.

Judge: Rebecca D Westfall
Date Posted: 6/18/2014 5:32:18 PM
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Judge Westfall has never used an Oxygen tank and has the best record in this Dallas ODAR office. She does have some health issues, but the previous comments blow them out of proportion and are obviously exaggerated by a Lawyer who didn't get the outcome they wanted. You would be lucky to have Judge Westfall handle your case.

Judge: Mary E Johnson
Date Posted: 6/2/2014 4:24:55 PM
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HI my name is april curl my judge in the case for disability is judge Johnson. Have anyone let the judge decide and not have the hearing? what should I expect from judge Johnson. Right know I am suffering with bipolar depression very bad. I did not have a hearing because I feeling not myself. I have been fighting to get disability because my condition has woresen

Judge: Anne H Pate
Date Posted: 4/24/2014 2:20:19 PM
Submited By: Marshal Holiday



I believe that she is fair and really wants to help a person if they really need it she listens and puts a smile on her face she doesn't look all grumpy and mean she lets you know and feel that she also is human, And God has the last say. Thank you Judge Pate!! (smile)

Judge: Tammy A Thames
Date Posted: 4/20/2014 11:50:21 AM
Submited By: Kara Oberry



THis Judge was a very personal professional. She took her time, explained the process we were going through and expressed empathy with my case. She made this a personal experience, the first I have had since applying for help with Social Security.

Judge: Osly F. Deramus
Date Posted: 4/17/2014 1:26:10 PM
Submited By: Tony K



Judge Deramus was very professonal during the hearing asked me detail and fair question and listen to my answers carefully,very pleased with the whole process,He is very good conservative judge whom i respect. And very thankful for his timely and fair decision.FIVE STARS FOR THIS JUDGE.

Judge: Sherrill A. L Carvalho
Date Posted: 3/6/2014 11:33:14 AM
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Prepare your client to be cross-examined. This judge is not rude or hostile, but she comes across as not believing anything the client says. My client testified that a doctor told her something, and the ALJ crossed her on who and when. She did this repeatedly.

Judge: Melinda W Kirkpatrick
Date Posted: 3/6/2014 7:01:02 AM
Submited By: CJ



She is a very compassionate and caring Judge. She do know if your are disable or not. The thing I liked most about her was that she took the time to listen to what I was saying composed to the questions she asked me. I would recommend her to review a case for me at any given time.

Judge: Tom C Strafuss
Date Posted: 3/2/2014 3:41:03 PM
Submited By: Tyler Delaroche



This judge is one of the fairest and most knowledgeable you're likely to come across. He actually reads the record too, which is unfortunately not something that can be said of the all the rest.

Judge: Gary L Vanderhoof
Date Posted: 2/3/2014 10:42:13 AM
Submited By: Frieda Parson



Wow I was sitting here reading everyone's comments about this ALJ I was denied also and I have stage 3 colon cancer and have a statement from my treating doctor stating I was permanently disable and he threw that out so I'm going through the appeal process I hope each and everyone of you guys appeal your cases because I don't think his decisions was the right decision on all of our cases

Judge: Roy J Richardson
Date Posted: 10/24/2013 3:01:09 PM
Submited By: tami fabian



this judge just got the government sued in a civil rights matter for violating my right to due process- if others would sue him perhaps he would stop the abuses you see posted on here- please if you are reading this don't let him just get away with violating your rights-

Judge: Joseph Liken
Date Posted: 8/9/2013 7:42:36 AM
Submited By: Gloria Davis



I LIKE TO START OFF BY THANKING THE JUDGE FOR GIVING ME MY HEARING.AND HE ISa very. Good listen. Thank you very much and God bless you and your family.

Judge: Mary E Johnson
Date Posted: 7/3/2013 4:11:54 PM
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I am very upset i just recieved my ss decision today.... denied! I served in army and ihave many issues...and cant work...she did twist alot of my words and left out parts of what i was saying...im appealing this.

Judge: Melinda W Kirkpatrick
Date Posted: 6/14/2013 3:58:36 AM
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This judge looked to be ok but she isn't , she listed somethings that wasn't true on my deny.

Judge: Mary E Johnson
Date Posted: 4/17/2013 9:10:07 AM
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a cherry picker. she looks to twist your words into what she thinks she can get them to mean. she did not explane a good reason for her judgement to me she needs all of her case's reviewed by the better higher ups.

Judge: Mary E Johnson
Date Posted: 4/17/2013 8:37:19 AM
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i was not payed a great deal of attention to only was heard to be unfavorable denied my social security benifits. i can tell when people don't liston and care "judge mary elizibeth johnson" should be fired for not doing people right it's ******* people to go thru the proscess and then to be carelessly judged against with silly old women resentfull like ideas she is discrimination material.people are not statistical numbers miss johnson is using people for her benifit. hopleyfull she will be gone fron ss soon.

Judge: Barbara C Marquardt
Date Posted: 2/27/2013 10:11:39 AM
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I am writing this on behalf of my son. My son has an average IQ. He has excellent verbal skills but cannot put his thoughts in writing. His doctor has diagnosed to have brain damage. He also has ADHD, bipolar disorder, post traumatic syndrome and sleep apnea. The judge ridiculed and belittled my son and told my son that he belonged in prison and would amount to nothing but a janitor. The judge denied him and failed to understand that his deviant behavior has to do with his ADHD, bipolar and post traumatic syndrome. I rate this judge #1. She has no working knowledge of mental disabilities and is not current on how bipolar leads to violence, crime or other deviant behaviors.

Judge: Ralph F Shilling
Date Posted: 2/26/2013 11:58:11 AM
Submited By: michael russ



I was denied benefits by this judge,I dont understand how he came to his desision,when the perponderance of the evidences plainly show that im disable. Dianosed with Complex post-traumatic stress disorder,major depressive disorder,polysubstance dependence,panic disorder and personality disorder.What type of person could funtion properly with these diagnosis.

Judge: Tammy A Thames
Date Posted: 1/31/2013 12:30:22 PM
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I feel that Judge Thames is very good,She took her time with me reviewed all the documents,and took time to hear my case fairly,there was no hurry,although she is a very busy young lady.Thank you, Judge Thames

Judge: Tom C Strafuss
Date Posted: 1/24/2013 8:59:56 AM
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This judge is fair and is unintimidating. He allows the claimant to fully outline his argument. I don't put much stock in these percentages; being prepared is the key. It makes the job of everyone concerned much easier.

Judge: Tom C Strafuss
Date Posted: 1/11/2013 8:28:52 PM
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I had my hearing this week. I was late because of heavy rain. This judge waited for me. I was nervous at first but not at the end. He knew the record and was polite. Had two experts by telephone. This guy let me stand for part of the hearing because of back pain. My attorney said he is one of the better judges and knows the law. Don't know how he will rule.

Judge: Gary L Vanderhoof
Date Posted: 1/10/2013 10:13:30 AM
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Judge Vanderhoof statistically denies almost everyone. You are very unlucky if you have him. Apparently he is dumped in the Corpus Christi, Texas area so he does not deny everyone in San Antonio, Texas.

Judge: Anne H Pate
Date Posted: 1/9/2013 5:34:30 PM
Submited By: Andrew Smith



Something needs to done about this woman seriously she gives the social security system a really bad name.

Judge: Mary E Johnson
Date Posted: 1/7/2013 3:35:55 PM
Submited By: Jese james



Rushed us through hearing. Given only 25 minutes for case to be heard, and then omitted parts of my testimony from actual hearing. My case was denied. I have a form of cognitive impairment that is Early Alzheimers, but because of my age (46), I am being asked to remain in the work force doing menial work where I will most likely get fired within my 90 day period because of my memory. I have an attorney. I still lost. If I were four years older, I would get a compassionate allowance, by that point I may not even be able to remember it's available.

Judge: Barbara C Marquardt
Date Posted: 1/3/2013 12:02:22 PM
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I think she was a worker's compensation ALJ. Not Claimant or attorney/representative friendly. Appears to have already had her mind made up prior to hearing. Very negative ALJ.

Judge: Stanley M Schwartz
Date Posted: 1/2/2013 8:06:28 AM
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Great Judge! Really made the situation relaxing and explained the hearing process and his process in deciding cases. Too bad he's a senior Judge and only hears cases part of the year. He has been the best Judge I've been infront of. If you get Judge Schwartz you are VERY lucky!

Judge: Gary L Vanderhoof
Date Posted: 12/11/2012 7:02:10 AM
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Judge Vanderhoof denied my case, I have medical evidence that shows 3 different dissabilities,Essential tremors,Anxiety disorder and Degenerative Arthritis and he still denied me. When I did receive my letter of denial he failed to mention in the report my Degenerative Arthritis which would have qualified me. I have trouble walking,sitting,standing because of my arthritis,my body is in a constent tremor which keeps me from holding an eating utensil or a pen to sign my name if I need to,my Anxiety disorder is because I cannot function like I use to. Why I was denied I will never know.

Judge: Adolfo J Vila
Date Posted: 12/5/2012 11:20:31 PM
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I'll give him 2 stars due to high approval rate in comparison to others in the state. However, he tends to question claimants at length about personal issues that have no bearing on the case (e.g., marital status, reasons for divorce, etc.).

Judge: Marguerite Lokey
Date Posted: 12/5/2012 11:16:55 PM
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Always seems a bit flustered and disorganized.

Judge: Gary L Vanderhoof
Date Posted: 12/2/2012 7:00:02 PM
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The guy denied my claim, based on not believing the psychiatric evidence that clearly showed my severe depression and my inabiity to work.Funny how a guy that needs a psychiatrist himself gets to deny my psychiatric case

Judge: Rebecca D Westfall
Date Posted: 11/16/2012 3:10:22 PM
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I must agree with the 6-26-12 comment. She was very confused during the hearing. I dont think she ever actually opened her eyes while she was talking. I have no idea what to expect out of her. She did a lot of hacking also...all in all a very odd ALJ.

Judge: Adolfo J Vila
Date Posted: 11/14/2012 9:17:25 PM
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Excellent in all aspects.

Judge: Melinda W Kirkpatrick
Date Posted: 9/17/2012 10:38:19 AM
Submited By: msl



She is a very fair and accurate Judge.she listens to what people really has to say. She has a heart unlike so many in her type of position.

Judge: Tom C Strafuss
Date Posted: 9/7/2012 1:51:14 AM
Submited By: Trevor Roach





Judge: Adolfo J Vila
Date Posted: 7/29/2012 4:31:58 PM
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Excellent, fair.

Judge: Tammy A Thames
Date Posted: 7/23/2012 12:00:05 PM
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She shouldn't rush through her cases so fast. Take some time to read between the lines. Slow down.

Judge: Tammy A Thames
Date Posted: 7/23/2012 11:57:38 AM
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She Sucks.

Judge: Roy J Richardson
Date Posted: 7/8/2012 11:55:59 AM
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There are lots of judges like Roy J Richardson, there is one that sits at Blackpool county court, Lancahire, England.

Judge: Rebecca D Westfall
Date Posted: 6/26/2012 8:18:21 AM
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This woman should have gracefully retired A LONG TIME AGO!!! She's disorganized and falls asleep during hearings! Unreasonably long waits for hearings and post-hearing decisions. I had a hearing with her during in which she actually fell asleep mid-sentence. Unfortunately, she nodded off during the MD expert's testimony that my client met 2 listings, so the ME had to repeat the testimony after waiting for her to wake up again. Then she took ANOTHER 6 months POST-HRG to get around to issuing her decision AND reprimanded me for inquiring about the case status months after the hearing. My poor client was furious and despondent and felt he didn't even get a fair hearing!! While I am sorry that she struggles with obviously severe health issues (she's elderly, morbidly obese with respiratory issues, and uses an oxygen tank), her ego should defer to the best interests of SSA claimants. Her inexplicable, stubborn insistence on remaining on the bench is doing a disservice to SSA claimants.

Judge: Roy J Richardson
Date Posted: 6/17/2012 2:22:45 PM
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He is a very uncaring, biased, hateful, intimidating....I could keep goin....My last trial i went too I had just came from the mental hospital and he just looked down on me like i was on drugs and just a piece of trash. He found my last case unfavorable which was November 2009 and I just got the reults in April 2012.I think this is so unfair because i was appealling his case then the people a social security said to re-file. I got the second case within a month or two. Mr. Richardson did not like that at all so he combined the both cases and then denied the single case. I am on so much medicine, i have to go to regular doctors, my psychiatrist, my therapist, my allergist, my chiropractor plus regular visits to the ER.

Judge: Ralph F Shilling
Date Posted: 6/13/2012 12:23:40 PM
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my heart rate goes up to 180 in less than five minutes after walking like a turtle. And this judge say's i can work.

Judge: Roy J Richardson
Date Posted: 6/3/2012 1:13:31 PM
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THE ABOVE IS TOTALLY TRUE!!! I HAVE A FRIEND IN CENTRAL TEXAS THAT IS IN THE SAME SITUATION THAT HAS BEEN IN A MENTAL HOSPITAL DOZENS OF TIME BECAUSE OF HER MENTAL ILLNESS AND HER BEING MORBIDLY OBESE. SHE HAS TRIED TO TAKE HER OWN LIFE SEVERAL TIMES. SHE HAS BEEN TOO MANY DOCTORS WHO HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO SEE BEYOND HER SUBSTANCE ABUSE. SHE HAS BEEN TRYING TO SELF MEDICATE HERSELF WITH HERBAL REMIDIES, AND OTHER UNLAWFUL THINGS, ONLY BECAUSE THE MEDICAL DOCTORS HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO HELP HER. SHE IS SUFFERING TERRIBLY, AND THIS JUDGE IS HER BIGGEST PROBLEM!!! SOMETHING MUST HAVE HAPPENED IN HIS PAST THAT CAUSES HIM TO BE SO BIASED AGAINST PEOPLE WITH SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROBLEMS THAT HE SHOULD NOT BE ABLE TO DECIDE THEIR CASES!!!!! HE HAS SOME SERIOUS ISSUES !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Judge: Roy J Richardson
Date Posted: 5/31/2012 6:38:01 PM
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He is totally biased and my goodness, forbid you have a dual diagnosis. He seems to think that people with mental disabilities have never, in the history of psychology, ever been shown to self-medicate. And even if there is proof (via monitor, etc.), he'll just say everyone involved is lying. He pretends to be an medical doctor, psychiatrist and expert on psychological behavior. My friend has physical, mental and behavioral limitations and in reading the answer this judge gave, it is full of lies, inferences and contradictions - throughout his opinion. No wonder my friend is on the verge of a total breakdown. We all know that the system need revamping. But what happens when people like this are out of resources? Only tragedy.

Judge: Tammy A Thames
Date Posted: 5/25/2012 1:06:09 PM
Submited By: Larry Smith



This is a large case load! This judge should be commended. I wish our judges down south were as productive instead of playing golf or beating their children.

Judge: Ralph F Shilling
Date Posted: 4/17/2012 12:37:45 PM
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I was denied my this judge. so many errors were made such disresprect beyond to describe. I would wish anyone this Judge.

Judge: J. M Brounoff
Date Posted: 4/9/2012 3:39:32 PM
Submited By: Beverly Gibson



After reading the information provided in the different websites about what goes on in the process of deciding disability cases, I realize now how stressful if must be to have to make these kind of decisions concerning the lives and well being of people who are unable to actively support themselves in the workforce. Please know that I am praying for you and your family and that you will be led by your good conscience and experience in dealing with this task everyday. May God bless you and keep you.

Judge: J. M Brounoff
Date Posted: 4/9/2012 12:47:46 PM
Submited By: Beverly Evon Gibson



I appeared before Judge Brounoff on February 8,2012. As of today,April 9,2012, I have not received a decision yet. However, I am hoping that the Honorable Judge will rule in my favor. My lawyer gave my confidence that my case will be considered as favorable.

Judge: Ralph F Shilling
Date Posted: 3/29/2012 10:05:10 AM
Submited By: annoymous



I recently had an appeal with Judge Shilling, he spoken to me with compassion and hearthfelt for my suffering which seem genuine. This being the first for me and never seeing what a Disability Judge asked. Truth be told, the guy was hard to read, not even my representative could read him. He also doesn't seem to care to much for representative's in general. He wants to hear it from the horse's month per se.

Judge: Joseph Liken
Date Posted: 3/18/2012 1:16:37 AM
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This judge is a good listener and very fair

Judge: Sherrill A. L Carvalho
Date Posted: 3/14/2012 10:30:29 PM
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Judge: Tom C Strafuss
Date Posted: 3/13/2012 3:27:04 AM
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