Colorado Springs, Colorado ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Colorado Springs, Colorado, 9 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Colorado Springs, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 16.0 months. The average case processing time in Colorado Springs is 530 days.The Colorado Springs average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 29%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Colorado Springs ODAR office was last updated on 6/11/2019.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Colorado Springs 9 16.0 months 530 days 2.4 21% 29% 51%
Colorado14.5 months491 days2.420%36%44%
National Average:14.9 months500 days2.120%42%38%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied

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Penny Best
Judge: Bryan Henry
3/25/2020 12:01:46 PM

I want to apologize to Judge Henry for speaking so abrupt, I was frustrated, and angry. It has been a grand ordeal all that I have been going through and to be denied was just so sad for me that my depression worsened, and I felt like no one cared. I'm sorry for saying the things I did, I meant no great disrespect. I do understand the about of stress and pressure you must feel. And I do know as a former Paralegal there are many cases that should not even be allowed to waste SSA's time in processing. I know you are just doing your job. I hope you accept my apology. Thank you. Stay safe and healthy.

Judge: Matthew C Kawalek
3/5/2020 6:43:07 AM

I had a hearing scheduled for February 11, 2020, (after a grueling 3-1/2 year process), my attorney I were turned away my hearing cancelled, without notice or reschedy, due to a water leak in the building in Pueblo, Colorado... I'm having to beg plead fight to request an expedited rescheduled's March 12, 2020 as of yet only excuses about people out of Pueblo/Colorado springs offices and lack of availability and coordination with central scheduling. I'm desperately in need of my hearing, and feel there is not accountability by SSA or advocacy from attorney. I can't rate the judge yet, only the process trying to get a hearing with him... it's been exasperating disappointing slow and unfair. I feel like they just want me to die. Praying for a miracle.

Judge: Matthew C Kawalek
12/5/2019 1:00:07 AM

Had my hearing the 2nd. He was Very fair and kind, still awaiting my Decision BUT i feel good about it!

Penny Lane Best
Judge: Bryan Henry
9/24/2019 9:54:32 AM

Judge Henry is focusing more on what Social Security would want him to do than what he should be doing as a impartial judge. He has made more mistakes, and not any more than Judges elsewhere, they have all been warned, I'm sure to not really accept other disabilities than those that are completely dire, and keep denying others that aren't visually dire and forcing them to reapply. I think he's trying to use his own weeding out method, unfortunately what is happening is that he's missing the mark. I should not have been denied. I know this. He made mistakes, many. Now, here I sit in a wheelchair with massive back injuries after a fall AGAIN that broke both my legs and have nerve pinched in spine or nerve damage in my legs. You see they were only looking at what my Doctors were say, yet how many times we all know our doctors aren't now correctly putting into our medical records what we say and are discussing with them. There is something now right about healthcare, some deep in the core of it. The government we voted in is corrupt, no doubt, and the judicial system is the same, which includes federal departments. I speak this and type while my hands are burning and aching from arthritis and carpal tunnel, because Judge Henry's mistake on only accepting what doctors thinks is like telling a Murder suspect is free to go because there wasn't anything written in their file. Hmmm, let's think about that. Maybe they never got caught.... Look, personally, I'm sure he is a fine man, however our lives are in the hands of these Judges who don't see between the line. I loose my balance anywhere any time and fall and break bones. That is just the outcome of my medical conditions. My spine is ready to give out. I've been work hard since I was 13 yrs old. I know it's because denying us means they do not have to put our for back pay. Think about it. If ALL of us were approved who right deserve it and we've been fighting and appeal for 2-4 yrs; that's a lot of money...Yeah I was so upset I chopped all my hair off...I got so depressed that just a few days ago I'm finally coming out of it and my hearing was in May...

Damon Owens
Judge: Diane S Davis
9/13/2019 8:54:44 PM

Judge Diane Davis denied my disability claim but I have nothing bad to say about her. I felt a little confused reading the denial where it stated that I can take care of my mentally disabled 37-year old daughter (Meningitis at 8 months). Well, it's either me trying to help her or her trying to help me. The latter is not possible! We're both in need but I'm her father! As financially strapped as we are - I'll crawl to another job if I have to! It's sad that there are so many fraudsters seeking disability that it hinder folks like me - who need help, not just financially but medically!

Judge: William Musseman
8/8/2019 2:54:54 PM

8/8/2019 I went before this judge in july. He is a know nonsense judge and didn't ask me a single question. I'm 55 and don't know if this helped me my lawyer asked me some questions I had letters from my doctor and therapists he then asked the specialist based on Social Security rules and he named five of them could I work. She said know . He then said hearings over. Took a little over a week to get my letter from him. Fully favorable decision. Not I had over 3 years of documented medical history showed appointments every week that I went to and still do and I'm on 6 different medications I take daily. You need to be prepared before this judge you need a strong pattern of weekly appointments with your doctors and therapists documented. No gaps in care. You do this you Will be fine.

Disgruntled Veteran
Judge: Diane S Davis
8/7/2019 8:44:00 AM

Her approval rating speaks for itself. Denied with a 17 page report that completely didnt even acknowledge one of the main issues spoken about for a good 45 minutes of the hearing. The rest of the report was her stating her petsonal opinions. Apparently you have to be incapable of carrying on a conversation and must stare at a wall all day to be approved. Very disappointing

Judge: Mark R Dawson
7/16/2019 1:20:18 PM

I have only wonderful things to say about Judge Dawson. He really is committed to serving the community in a professional, sympathetic, and honorable way. Judge Dawson is not only a true humanitarian, but an experienced judge that provides equality and judicious decisions. Also, Judge Dawson seems to have a way about understanding people with respect, intelligence, and a helpful manner. From my personal experience, he has enlightened, inspired, and encouraged me to optimistically change my outlook on life and renewed my faith in myself. When he told me to "find purpose" I did. I was immediately determined to check my CU Denver courses I had remaining for my psychology degree the next day. I now have a new philosophical, confident, and fearless attitude that has changed my life for good. Judge Dawson literally saved my life and has been a true Godsend. Thank you Judge Dawson, you are a true hero! FYI: If you have an "observer" for your court case make sure they know the appropriate etiquette for your court appearance. DO NOT ask the judge to shake his hand, totally inappropriate.

Judge: Debra J Denney
5/21/2019 9:10:18 PM

Judge Denney is a very compassionate judge. She ask the questions and let me answer fully before going on to next one. She lets you give her as much information as you want and listens with respect and does not rush you . I don’t know what the decision is yet but I can say she is a very nice judge to have. Just had my hearing in April.

Judge: William Musseman
5/13/2019 6:22:50 PM

Musseman is full of bias, the denial was decided before I entered the courtroom, which was all of ten minutes. I do believe he should be disbarred. In 2019 thus far he has denial rate of 59%, Dismissing 21% and approving only 20%. This man was a joke of a Judge, discarding the facts of my claim and my Professional Doctors opinions. I was sexually assaulted in 2014 and suffer from Severe Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia and Depression. My Panic Attacks are triggered by white geriatric men, so why would they have him hear my case. It was a blatant disregard for my welfare and safety. It is clear he is BIAS, he makes an annual salary of 172000.0. I am not surprised by the Federal Agency as I have been violated by multiple Agencies in the past and present.I am angry and frustrated!!!

zachary c juliano
Judge: Mark R Dawson
4/19/2019 6:54:59 PM

he decided before i got there didn't even wait to file the denile he should've told me after the case so i couldve ****** ****** then. his denile rate is almost 70% hes is an entitled white man who has been given a wonderful life . compared to him your not disabled so he wont approve it,. better hope you dont get him im really sorry ifr you do.

Judge: Debra J Denney
4/16/2019 12:51:02 PM

Still waiting on my decision, however I can say she was amazing, I'd been out of town before my hearing and ended up needing to do it by phone at last minute due to getting caught in a storm, but she willingly accommodated the situation, listened very thouroughly to everything and the details of my impairments. She was very kind, understanding and compassionate, as everyone I hope to get approved, but even if I don't, I still have nothing bad to say about her as a judge or person.

Judge: Kurt D Schuman
3/30/2019 9:28:49 PM

Kurt D Schuman is one of the worst alj’s In Colorado.If u get this judge,I would give him the ****** in more ways then one.Now I must suffer and still have to go back to a job,that will only lay me off for my symptoms. *** * *** *** **** ****** *** ******.

Judge: Kurt D Schuman
3/29/2019 10:44:17 PM

Kurt d bag shuman was my alj.He was unprofessionally,he argued with a lady all about paper from the printer.Rude and heartless.*** *** ****... ****** *** ***** **** ** **** *** **** *** ******.He knew I was living in a van with my 4 month old son on oxygen.!

Judge: Bryan Henry
10/5/2018 10:53:09 AM

This judge is rude and doesn't let you or your attorney speak I have not been able to work for four years, he has a bad judgement.

Judge: Matthew C Kawalek
9/10/2018 3:37:07 PM

58 years old, in congestive heart failure with a 25% ejection fraction, lymphoma survivor and traumatic brain injured and you think I can lift 50 pounds for 1/3 of a day and 25 pounds for 2/3 of a day?

Judge: Bryan Henry
9/10/2018 3:32:58 PM

Who knew that recurrent breast cancer resulting in a bilateral mastectomy is not a condition likely to cause more than a minimal impact on a person's ability to work a job? Why, Judge Bryan Henry, that's who. You can't even accept that recurrent bilateral breast cancer is a severe impairment? A double mastectomy? Just work through that stuff, eh?

William Ennis
Judge: Debra J Denney
8/19/2018 1:11:34 PM

Judge Denny let me tell my story completely! She was very kind, considerate and made me finally feel good about the Social Security system.

Judge: Kurt D Schuman
5/12/2018 3:26:10 PM

Horrible. Asks belittling questions, ignores treating physicians’ records and notes, doubts diagnoses and undermines your disabilities. Got a denial that could’ve passed for a Mad Libs.

5/10/2018 10:41:53 AM

Just had the Supplemental Hearing which the lack of issuing a Subpoena to my Neurologist after requesting for the purpose of cross examination of the Vocational Expert who has never seen me or examined me. He stated on Record, he had never received that request prior to the Supplemental Hearing and his office signed for it Fed Ex.....Dont know what to think....... will appeal if denied.

Keith Gunder
Judge: Stewart Stallings
3/5/2018 6:37:47 PM

Stewart Stallings has a reputation of being fair and impartial. He thoroughly examines the case and asks pointed questions. Overall, I believe he represents what is fair.

Judge: Kathryn D Burgchardt
12/27/2017 10:00:07 PM

I have written my senator since my decision was made. This judge belittled my medical diagnosis. It's unfortunate that one person has that type of control. My family & friends are shocked as they witness what I go through daily. No one gets up one day after working 20 years & says I want to just sit home & be sick. I cried so hard my eyes were swollen shut. She minimized my struggles as if everything I go through is a lie. I won't let one person dictate who I am. Our system is so broken for people who really need this. She asked trick questions in court & put you on edge. I found that to be cruel & in just. Your so nervous & emotional as is.

Judge: Diane S Davis
11/1/2017 9:21:12 AM

Diane S. Davis was very nice, she was honest, fair, and did as a lot of hard questions. in the end i believe she is an excellent judge

Judge: Diane S Davis
10/3/2017 12:13:57 PM

Diane Davis unfairly ruled over my disability case this year and denied me at my hearing. I had attorney representation. And I believe she abused her power.

George Crannell
Judge: Debra Boudreau
6/27/2017 3:39:12 AM

I hope you are the right Debra Boudreau. My last supervisor in the Army was Debra Boudreau. We were stationed at Fort Lewis, WA until 1995. When I was discharged she went off to go to Military Judge school. Then after school she was stationed back at Fort Lewis, WA. Very few bosses in my life have impressed me more than LTC Boudreau.

6/5/2017 7:58:22 PM

Trying to contact Nicholas. He is classmate from class of 67.

Judge: Mark R Dawson
4/26/2017 9:42:00 PM

Everything you would want in an objective finder of fact.

Tommy Sosbee
Judge: Debra Boudreau
4/3/2017 7:37:50 AM

Judge Boudreau needs to understand that although she does truly try to expedite claims from 100% disabled veterans; there are others within the SSA such as Brandon who are prejudiced against veterans. I spoke to Brandon 4 times already. All he can tell me is that my payment was mailed out on 27 March. There is no place inside the United States, where it takes 2 weeks for a government letter to arrive in the mail. I called him last Friday, and he said it might take another week. To me, that sounds like he is procrastinating or delaying my payment intentionally. Why couldn't Brandon just direct deposit my payment, like everyone else does? Then he tells me that my monthly payment will be deposited on the 4th Wednesday of the month? What?? Judge Boudreau understands what expediting really means. Brandon doesn't. Sounds like he is making up the rules as he goes. I just want a straight answer. Maybe Judge Boudreau can speak with Brandon at (816) 936-4526. Maybe she can convince him to do his job.

Judge: Matthew C Kawalek
3/27/2017 9:55:42 AM

I just received a fully favorable decision from Judge Kawalek. My Attorney advised me he was a fair judge and he was! I was nervous about my hearing after reading the above comment but I feel if your medical records are in order and you are truthful that is what matters most.

Judge: Mark R Dawson
3/13/2017 4:23:20 PM

This judge is a joke. Despite of what you tell him he seems to already have his mind set before you walk in the door. I wish he'd simply retire rather than toying with and destroying peoples lives. Those of us who are truly disabled need judges who truly understand their decision can cost us our lives. If I could give him negative stars I would. Thanks to this loser I'm homeless. May God have pity on him.

Tore the Decision to pieces
Judge: Matthew C Kawalek
3/7/2017 3:01:39 PM

He comes across as a "nice guy" and knowledgeable, as a Judge. look at his Decision and wonder whether he was even in the same Courtroom as you and whether he has ANY knowledge of the medical Cases he presides over, at the Disability level. You'll note(As of this writing.), that he has ONLY approved 37% of Disability Cases. It ISN'T due to much in false Disability claims, as he is an Appeals Judge. In order to go to Appeal, it must first be approved and THEN you must learn how to survive for anywhere from 12 months to 2 years to have your Case heard. In my situation, I have a wife and she(With Parkinson's Disease, Lupus and Fibromyalgia.) has been supporting our family since my disabilities prevented me from work. This is my 2nd time "through the ringer" with Disability Judges and this has been ongoing for almost FIVE YEARS(Almost 2, of which have been wasted, waiting on this "Judge" to write a 15 page, "clown car" Decision that had little to no reliance on the FACTS of the Case.). I wouldn't recommend this Judge, nor do I fid him as competent to do the job that was assigned "By the People", as he is all about preventing proper care, for those who aren't in need of ambulatory care on a daily basis. I have 2 diseases that are 1 in a million people, a "rash" that is "contained" under low physical stress(perspiration takes it to covering my body.), ongoing Hydradenitis(I get boils/infections that lead me to being hospitalized if I sit in one place too long, perspire too much.), spinal degeneration in my neck, upper, lower and middle of my spine and a myriad of other illnesses that combine with these things to make work...unattainable. Does it matter to him, sitting upon his "pulpit" of "Law"? Not at all. Back to the drawing board? No. On to the Judge Panel in a follow up Appeal. If they approve the medical problems, based on my experience over the past 5 years...not much in faith with this clown of a "system". Now for the biggest problem, with him: As if it isn't bad enough that one had to document anything and everything medically for Disability; this guy actually LIES about "Findings". A flippin' "Judge". SMH Even as you read through his Decision, you find him countering his OWN arguments, WITHIN the Decision. A quick, easy example would be me stating that I have a slight hearing problem(Not part of the Disability Case.) and needing the speakers adjusted for our Video Conference of which I set up nothing. I stated that I can/do go on the Web play a game, talk on rare occasion and have the comfort of my cushioned couch(Can't sit in any office chairs for extended periods, as they further deteriorate my spine and hurt within 10 minutes.) to be able to adjust as often necessary. From his Decision..I can sit in a office chair for a full day of work(No evidence ever presented to show this.), I can Video Conference Chat and am familiar with it(Never stated that, nor do I do it or know how to get beyond clicking on my video system, hitting record and having a short video.) and...I had to get them to move the speaker during our Conference, as I couldn't hear what he was saying. But...I must be an expert. RME Want the truth about Kawalek and the other Judges/Magistrates that do the Disability Hearings? They AREN'T required to have a Degree in ANYTHING medically related! I learned that from one of my old Primary Doctors, who had been part of Disability and was told/required that his OWN medical knowledge/opinion was NOT to be stated on Legal Documents, stating that a person is "Handicapped"(And similar wording.) as the ONLY person that could state it is...a Judge(No knowledge of medical required, nor needed.). The "system" is fictional and, in this Case, Judge Matthew C. Kawalek is one of the LEad Writers for the Fiction. Anyone wonder why "seemingly normal" people "turn to crime"? It's because the "System" forces them into that lifestyle, when it fails them at the Disability level. Fortunately, as stated prior, I have a wife who cares and provides just enough to scrape by. Anything less....I'd probably be being educated in some prison, FREE, and be receiving the PROPER medical care that most/all Inmates receive. When I came out...I'd HAVE Disability. What a joke of a "System" and "Judge", when a Disabled person can be "better off" by GOING to prison, over going to a Government Office. SMH@Both. P.S. IF this guy is your "Judge"...request a new Judge by yourself or through your attorney, as this guy is a flippin' joke.

Judge: Mark R Dawson
11/10/2016 4:55:05 PM


William Musseman
Judge: William Musseman
10/12/2016 8:23:06 AM

I am blown away by this judge! He did not ask my husband any questions besides irrelevant things such as his height and weight (nothing to do with his claim) and then said ok and had the attorney ask all the questions to my husband. When we just received the decision my husband was denied for the Seventh time, and he is 100% disabled by the military and hasn't worked since 2012!!! In the decision letter there were multiple things incorrect to include his SEVERE impairments 3 of them I have never even heard of so I have no idea where they got that from. They put in there my husband is obese and that was one of his severe impairments mind you he was filling for disability because of his PTSD so what does obesity have to do with that? I have read multiple reviews about this judge and there is not one positive review on him and I think something needs to be done about this!

Virginia Sullivan
Judge: William Musseman
8/22/2016 10:04:24 AM

I'm going to state my peace because frankly, that's all I can do at this point and my heart hurts so bad - at least sharing my experience will hopefully make me feel a tiny bit better and may help others who could go through a similar situation, avoid mistakes that you won’t even know about until it’s too late. My mother is profoundly deaf, she has been profoundly deaf her entire life. She filed for SSI after many years of making it on her own – really from having a good man who loved her despite of her disability. Thank God for my father who has been able to support her and their children mostly on his own throughout our lives. I’m glad my grandparents didn’t institutionalize her as suggested when she was 5 – and I’m glad she ignored the doctors who recommended that she not have children due to her disability. Unfortunately my father became disabled a few years ago, it was then that my mother really decided she would try to get SSI benefits for her disability. She had MANY audiology tests done throughout her life - but apparently they weren't filled out properly. When she finally made it to a hearing with a judge after a few years of being denied, he asked that she have a test done by an audiologist who understood what portions of the form needed to be completed. That judge retired or something so my mother's case was next heard by Judge William Musseman. He heard the facts, read the report that clearly stated that she was profoundly deaf - he quickly closed the hearing. The lawyer was ecstatic. As my mother, the lawyer and my father left the courtroom the lawyer said "you won". My parents asked him how he knew that, he stated that he could tell. The report proved that she was profoundly deaf, and that Judge understood that she was truly disabled, had admitted that she wasn't employable and had closed the case without further questioning. 15 months or so later, my parents received their denial letter. The Judge William Musseman had decided that because the audiology reports, that had been done prior to seeing a judge, had not been completely filled out, and the report that the latest audiologist completed was AFTER her 10 year deadline to file (after she had been unemployed for 10 years is my understanding) - she was not eligible. So at the end of the day, my mother - who has been disabled HER ENTIRE LIFE, who has worked through her struggles, managed to make it without the resources that she did have available – now cannot get the assistance that disabled individuals in our country are entitled to. I can guarantee you that there was never a question about whether or not my mother had always been profoundly deaf. You can hear it in her voice, you can tell by the words she uses – it is beyond ridiculously obvious. Was the denial handed out because someone thought she was being fraudulent? Nobody could say that with truth in their words. My mother COULD have been on disability a long time ago but chose to fight to make it without government assistance. This is her re-payment for that. Insurance doesn’t cover hearing aids. She now has one broken/outdated hearing aid that she can’t wear and another one on the brink of going out. Hearing aids cost anywhere between $4k and $8k. Imagine someone profoundly deaf who can’t afford hearing aids, who can barely hear WITH THEM trying to get employment without them…. This is such an injustice. I could get hundreds of letters from upstanding United States citizens who have known my mother to prove that she has always been profoundly deaf. Even her AUDIOLOGISTS could testify on her behalf. So I called the lawyer myself, and asked what the next step was. He said the Supreme Court. But that he couldn’t take it any farther because of several reasons. One, it would cost him about $20k and he’s only allowed to keep $6 so it would cost his company out of pocket $$ and two – the date of the proper audiologist report could continue to be an excuse as to why she could be denied. I will be writing a letter to every Congressman, Attorney General, Senator, that I can. I know that this is all a waste of my time – but can I really sit around and do nothing? I’m afraid that my mother has given up on everything, and I just can’t do that. She is done fighting for herself. It’s so sad to see someone who has done what is right her entire life, had so many obstacles to overcome – who has worked hard to be an upstanding United States Citizen to get treated like this – it’s just sickening. Every day she cries – and she doesn’t understand. It’s hard enough to explain what happened to her when she can’t hear – it’s even more difficult to explain to her when it’s just so wrong. She doesn’t understand how she was supposed to know the audiology reports weren’t sufficient. “Why didn’t someone tell me” she says. Truth is, who would have known? Her biggest mistake was not engaging a lawyer a lot earlier. She doesn’t understand how they can “get away with this”. There is nothing I can say to her as I don’t understand how someone could be so thoughtless about the reality of her situation and the sheer blatant disregard for someone’s REAL life disability situation. I think it would have been easier if she would have been an alcoholic, or a drug addict which frankly is a choice. She never had a choice. She SHOULD HAVE chosen to utilize gov’t assistance her entire life. Now she has also been diagnosed with COPD to top it all off…. She’s at odd with the world, at odds with God, and has no faith in our Government. At what point will she really just give up? Sincerely, a worried and disappointed daughter and US citizen – Virginia Sullivan

Judge: Mark R Dawson
7/8/2016 2:05:39 PM


Judge: Robert J Labrum
6/15/2016 7:56:49 PM

Not Important
5/17/2016 10:36:49 AM

I beg to differ with the comments left on the page, Judge Lawritson was very fair to me, he reviewed my case, he explained all of the legalities to me because I had no clue of what to do and what nots, he also asked if I was being represented and I said no because I didnt know of the time frame to get a lawyer and was unaware that it was too late for me to get a lawyer until the judge (Lawritson) told me, well I felt hopeless and screwed and didnt know what to do and the judge(Lawrtison) said he would personally see to it that we get all of my records because they want to charge me for my own records....judge Lawritson assured me that he would get the records and further discuss options once he had recieved the rest of my records. I at least was given the benefit of the doubt and told that he would either make the decision himself or have me back for another hearing but that ether way for me to hang in there and he would work as fast as he was able to help me get through this whole mess, so Judge Lawritson....thank you for truly showing that you care and that you are willing to help out people who arent familiar with what to do in these cases. Keep up the good work and thank you again......

3/18/2016 12:03:15 PM

Worst judge yet I've been denied 4 times twice by him and the appeals council keeps remanding it back to him........ Don't u think that means he's missing something in my opinion he's to old to be on the bench! Didn't ask me anything during heading just read what last judge before him said..... Been fighting for this for almost 6 years!!!!!!!!!! Need a new judge but no the appeals council remanded it back to him AGAIN.

Judge: William Musseman
1/11/2016 4:56:17 PM

I had my hearing with this judge. I was denied, even though the guy who says what kind of jobs you can do, stated that there were no jobs that would hire me, due to the restrictions I had, and the time that would have to be missed due to numerous medical conditions. I also had forms from three of my doctors stating that I could not work. I just don't understand when the guy that the courts bring in, says there are no jobs I could do, and then I still get denied??? I have since reapplied, and have to wait another 15 months or so to get my hearing date to try again. It's so disappointing, especially when you have worked for this money, paid into the disability fund, and then get denied.

Raimond Eisaei
Judge: Kathryn D Burgchardt
10/13/2015 11:50:19 PM

Not every case is approved and there are sicknesses that judges have to take a close look at by the law. This judge is just doing her job . I found her reasonable and honorable . Thankful for sure.

Judge: Kurt D Schuman
8/21/2015 5:05:43 PM

Got denied for no good reason. The Disability system isn't nearly adequate to adress all the disabled in this country. This is why we have so many crazy people sleeping on the streets.

Judge: Debra J Denney
8/13/2015 3:23:21 PM

Very nice Judge, my first time in front of her, very fair and to the point, no idea of outcome, but she is fair to the client, and that is all one can ask for in hearings.

Judge: Robert J Labrum
6/16/2015 1:20:35 PM

I have appeared before this judge several times representing clients. He is fair, he is prepared, and he understands the law regarding disability claims. If you don't have good medical evidence (as noted by the other commenter on this page), what are you doing at a hearing? SSA can reverse any favorable decision that isn't based on medical records. Why would Judge Labrum waste time approving your claim based on your own personal account, without supporting medical evidence, when it's only going to be reversed when SSA appeals?

Judge: Mark R Dawson
4/21/2015 3:36:01 PM

The Honorable Judge Dawson is a very fair and compassionate judge, taking time to research rare or lesser known disorders that may not be on the Social Security Administration's list of approved disabilities in order to hand down a fair and informed judgement.

Judge: Richard J Maddigan
2/2/2015 10:48:56 PM

Retired effective January 31, 2015

Cheryl Terhune
Judge: William Musseman
12/23/2014 5:39:04 AM

This judge barely listened to me. I felt like I was taking up his "valuable golf time" in fact. I have countless medical records to back up my disability claim - even from a spine surgeon that said surgery wouldn't even help me. Add in my other medical disabilities and what should have been a favorable decision was not, even after 2 years!! I have worked since age 13, always working & many times more than one job at a time even, so I am no "slacker" as I think this judge sees the people that come before him. My lawyer asked if I was appealing (it would be my second) and I am NOT - I am near homeless and starving waiting on a process that is unbearable. The lawyer said "Well, it was our bad luck to draw this judge." Having a decent judge should NOT be "luck of the draw".

Judge: John A Beall
10/19/2014 2:14:22 PM

I wish I would have known about this site before rescheduling my client-employer's hearing date due to a lack of legal representation. He now has been rescheduled with a different judge, which based on these ratings is bad news. All I can do is pray to God and reach out to family and friends support and additional advocacy. After being forced to abandon my previous life and career in exchange for a less important job at half the wage I am worth, and after years of persevering and advocating with all my heart for my client-employer's basic rights to dignity and independence, after all we have been through, I can only pray that whichever judge is assigned will be a judge of honor who is able to really take the time to hear our story and give us the chance to explain 6 years worth of evidence. I also pray that I am able to locate and retain and affordable attorney who is passionate enough about the ins and outs of my clients needs and the enormous challenges that have been wrongly inflicted on my client, my client's advocates and my client's family members. I pray the judge will be able to understand and sympathize with all the barriers to services that have been built by employees who don't even bother to read or understand the very rules that their entire careers are based on.

Judge: Kurt D Schuman
9/14/2014 5:31:27 PM

Was rude, sarcastic, seemed like he had more important things to do. Not at all the characteristics I expected from a federal judge in such an important event for the claimant.

8/8/2014 10:08:59 AM

Judge LoBurgio is the most thorough ALJ I have ever had, and through the years of practicing I have learned a great deal from doing hearings before him. I appreciate that he knows the case record very well, and in my opinion strives for fairness in hearing every case before him. He can be tempermental at times, however when you are prepared for your hearings this is rarely a problem and has no impact on his decision-making. Generally he is very pleasant and has a good nature. He is very knowledgeable of the all the pertinent rules and regulations and applies them fairly, and his manner of examining medical experts and vocational experts is un-matched. Having a chance to work before him has strengthened my skill-sets, and I believe he sets a great standard for ALJ's hearing claims. Overall, if you have a case before him, I am of the opinion he applies the law the way he is supposed to do.

Judge: Marsha Stroup
8/8/2014 9:55:50 AM

I have been before Judge Stroup several times over the years representing claimants. She is always personable and allows the claimant's to have a fair and full hearing. In my opinion, she weighs the evidence objectively and without pre-conceived biases as some ALJ's seem to do. She knows her record well, and is thoughtful and balanced. Even in the cases that have been disapproved, my clients felt respected by her which says a lot about her nature.

Judge: William Musseman
6/30/2014 8:08:24 AM

This Judge solely makes his decision on the social security statues, also those by-laws for individuals under the age of 50 are extremely direct. Meaning if you are under the age of 50 chances are that you will be denied,I had suffered a stroke in 05, medical records from 4 different doctors stating that I am in need of a total shoulder replacement & suffer from mid-range of COPD and was told that I can still be a telemarketer. There has to be a human element when making a decision that is going to effect someones life, if you do not have this then a computer can do this job, by just filling out a check list and giving you a award or denial. An individual must be heard, understood & shown at least a little empathy as to what is happening with them as a whole or whats the point of being a judge? Definition of a judge from Websters:to form an opinion about (something or someone) after careful thought.:to regard (someone) as either good or bad. law : to make an official decision about (a legal case) This judge has none of above and does not do this.

Judge: Kurt D Schuman
3/20/2014 3:41:51 PM

Judge Schuman tends to stick close to a script for the beginning of his questions and then delves deeper if he sees anything that isn't in the record or that is confusing. He tends to be moderately prepared for the hearings beforehand, reviewing the evidence somewhat. However, he's cagey and tries to confuse reps with whether he'll grant or not. Hearings tend towards an hour long. Nice in person to most reps, but he'll push claimants ******* certain issues, such as lack of exercise, post-onset work activity, age, and even how they pay the bills. He is very understanding to inability to afford treatment. Apparently he was kicked out of the Denver office and does most hearings in Casper, WY. All in all, a middling type of judge.

Judge: William Musseman
4/22/2013 9:56:24 AM

You need to look at the person and all that is brought to your attention! You are denying people who well deserve and need their disability which some have paid into! STOP being discriminative to people under the age of 50! Do you think they can't and/or don't have medical problems before the age of 50???

Judge: William Musseman
4/1/2013 2:55:44 PM

No B.S. allowed before this gentleman. He is tough, but fair. Workers under 50 will have to prove a listing to win. Be prepared. He rarely questions a claimant.

Judge: Robert J Labrum
1/2/2013 1:12:25 PM

If there is evidence in the file supporting the claim, he does a good job. If the evidence isn't very clear, he will likely deny the case.

Judge: Marsha Stroup
1/2/2013 1:11:30 PM

She is actually the Regional Chief Judge, and doesn't really do many Utah cases.

Judge: Kathryn D Burgchardt
11/13/2012 11:50:22 AM

she appears concerned about her clients, I have found her to be of assistance knowing she has to work in such a difficult system. thank you to Kathryn for your hard work, the bad references are probably just people who did not qualify for what they wanted.

Judge: Kathryn D Burgchardt
11/13/2012 11:46:09 AM

she is fair and balanced, the people who are not pleased with their outcome should contact the federal government and ask them why the SS resources are so rationed, this judge has been a savior to many and is operating by the letter of the law. perhaps Obama should be asked why he is destroying access to these resources, but slinging insults is a poor showing and indicates perhaps the level of these malcontents. ignorance and needy people always complain they do not get enough. she performed a great service for me and I will always be grateful

Judge: Debra J Denney
10/10/2012 1:57:16 PM

Very professional, respectful and compassionate.

Judge: Kathryn D Burgchardt
9/16/2012 10:36:10 PM

AMEN! I echo your thoughts on this judge. she used to be a bankruptcy lawyer, and i think that now her life involves making sure that the people that go before her, to be seen for social security, stay bankrupt. she clearly has no skills in logical thinking, or empathy for people facing horrible life changing health, and mental issues. i can't believe that she's allowed on the bench either.

Judge: Kathryn D Burgchardt
6/13/2012 12:20:46 AM