James F Prothro , Grand Rapids, Michigan ODAR Office, Administrative Law Judge

For the 2016 *fiscal year, Judge James F Prothro has disposed 447 cases at the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Out of those 447 dispostions, 103 were dismissed, 98 were approved and 246 were denied. This means that the percentage of dispositions that Judge Prothro has approved in Grand Rapids for the 2016 fiscal year is 22%. The information below for Judge James F Prothro was last updated on 6/11/2019.

Average statistics
Office*Fiscal YearTotal DispositionsTotal DecisionsTotal DenialsTotal AwardsCases
Grand Rapids 2011 521 433 312 121 17%23%60%
Grand Rapids 2012 614 495 336 159 19%26%55%
Grand Rapids 2013 489 388 287 101 21%21%59%
Grand Rapids 2014 452 344 263 81 24%18%58%
Grand Rapids 2015 432 317 246 71 27%16%57%
Grand Rapids 2016 447 344 246 98 23%22%55%
Tupelo 2017 405 304 241 63 25%16%60%
Tupelo 2018 179 136 116 20 24%11%65%
Tupelo 2019 421 362 313 49 14%12%74%
*The United States Government fiscal year is from October 1st - September 30th.
James F ProthroNo Stats for FY 2020
All ALJs in Grand Rapids Office 16% 44% 39%
All ALJs in Michigan16%47%37%
All ALJs in the Nation20%42%38%
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Judge: James F Prothro
9/26/2019 8:01:38 PM

This Judge was a total Azz! After 25 years of military service,being put out unfit to work any job and receiving 100% disability from VA. All my doctors and notes from clinic said I was unable to hold any job. This judge said I could bake cakes and clean houses. I would love to clean his out. I serve and protect him that long, pay in my part and he sits behind a damn screen and just looks down, never makes eye contact, never once said thank you for your service, Nothing!! It’s a shame people that don’t need help get approved and the ones like me get denied so the sorry a zz people can mooch off government. Well I served and paid my part. They can get their ass up and go to work like I did. I am sick of seeing sorry lazy people get approved and hard workers get denied. It’s ass backwards if you ask me. This judge acts like it’s his damn money I’m asking for. It’s not! It’s mine that I’ve paid in SOB!! I have about hearing coming up in grenada on 15 November and I prey to the good lord that I’m blessed after this one. You can not rat this sorry ass judge because it doesn’t go that low. His will be Hell for denying all the ones that needed help. And the government wonders why soldiers lose it and do crazy things as they say. That’s right if you fight for your country your crazy. While these judges make all the good money and laugh while we protect them. Fingers crossed on next hearing. I wish all the ones on here that had this judge like me good look on next one. Hon bless everyone who spoke against him. HE IS THE SORRIEST PIECE OF CRAP TO WALK THE EARTH. I COULD STAY ON MY SOAP BOX BUT IM GETTING ANGRY RIGHT NOW.

Judge: James F Prothro
12/20/2018 11:18:19 AM

I just found out that Judge Prothro has denied my husband's disability 7 months after he appeared before him in court. That in itself is ridiculous, but his record of denials is even more outrageous. The attorney warned us that he would probably be denied, so it's no surprise. However, not only is my husband suffering from a shoulder and neck injury suffered while overseas, he now has cancer as well and we will have to file with the appeals court which will take even more time. I did not rate this judge because he doesn't deserve one! This will cause financial hardship for our family and possible bankruptcy. I don't know how the man sleeps at night.

Judge: James F Prothro
11/23/2018 2:01:16 PM

Just got my denial, what a joke. Both my psychiatrist and family doctor recommended disability. Out of options now. Blood is on this corrupt judges hand.

Judge: James F Prothro
10/6/2018 8:53:59 AM

The worst Alj I have ever known. After reading all the bad reviews on him. I knew I had already lost my case in which I did despite all the medical evidence and doctor's report. For one thing he need to retire because he does not focus on anything you say to him. All he say is umm hmm the whole time in court but of course he make over $180,000 a year to deny people their benefits with an 11-20% approval rating which is God awful sad. His day is coming sooner than he thinks.

Judge: James F Prothro
8/25/2016 8:49:15 AM

ALJ Prothro spent the beginning of his tenure as an ALJ in Grand Rapids MI. and built a reputation as the most damaging ALJ for claimants. As an attorney who has significant experience with a large quantity of ALJs over many years, it is my opinion he was the worst ALJ I have ever had to deal with ever. He is now in Mississippi. I hope things go better for claimants in Mississippi.

Judge: James F Prothro
2/1/2016 1:02:53 PM

. His reasons for denial are ridiculous and many parts of the denial were flat out false and misleading. We're merely a toy to this judge, he's infamous for a reason. Discuss appealing this judge's decision with your lawyer before getting into the court room. I've seen other stories of lawyers not taking up cases against this judge, it's understandable, he's incredibly unfair. He seems nice but very out of touch with this world (in a cognitive sense), he seems to have some issues with paying attention. I'm not saying this to bash him, he's an awful judge I'll just say that, but he literally seems to have concentration issues and really should retire. The really sad part is what I just said is what many others have said.

Judge: James F Prothro
12/31/2015 7:17:00 AM

It is very clear that Prothro is a terrible ALJ. In my opinion, the worst I have ever dealt with in three decades. Obviously, his decisions can be appealed. But, attorneys and claimants should keep in mind that UNFAIR TREATMENT COMPLAINTS can be forwarded to the Regional Office. This is the only recourse within the system to try to convince SSA to get rid of ALJ's who are bias. If complaints are not filed, SSA really has no notice that there is a problem and won't review his conduct. The fact is the vast majority of ALJ's do a good job and make decisions based on applying the rules. But, when one is clearly playing games to deny as many claimants benefits as possible something should be done.

Judge: James F Prothro
10/15/2015 11:21:52 AM

All I can say is, if you get this "judge", and I use the term VERY loosely, then start preparing your appeals ASAP. He will deny your claim without good reason and the SSA has started to refuse to reconsider his opinions. Be prepared for a LONG court fight if you are unlucky enough to draw this "judge" for a hearing. Just look at the numbers on his cases, he provides a favorable ruling less than half of the time of the WORST other judge in the GR office, and they are, for the most part, worse than the state average. Why he hasn't had a peer-review that has sent him packing by now begs the question, just who evaluates the judges? Anyone? I doubt it!

Judge: James F Prothro
9/18/2015 9:08:21 PM

I have had extensive physical and psychological issues since I was a toddler. My grandfather who raised me was my hero and never missed but one half day of work and I always strive to be just like him. But with my pain headaches seizures which I have had all of my life the doctors say probably even in the womb I am unable to function in the workplace. Vomiting, trying to work with my eyes closed to avoid the light and noise, I finally came to the conclusion that higher education was my only recourse then I sustained a severe head injury which stopped the possibility of that even happening. Now Judge Protho has denied my case? How am I to survive? The state of Indiana has declared me disabled for years and has since put me on disability insurance. If medical records went back more than a few years it would be easy to see that I have suffered most of my life have suffered multiple trauma to the head have thousands of tumors throughout the body, seizures, migraine headaches and much of the time can't even get out of bed for days I can't work. If for no other reason just because of the days missed but there are many more be assured. I am absolutely sick, disgusted, confused, the homeless shelters I have been don't even like dealing with my illnesses what am I to do?

Judge: James F Prothro
7/2/2015 1:42:13 PM

He is very unfair and twists your words around and I know in my file he said things I never said. I know because I went through my cd of the hearing very carefully. We went to federal court and they remanded my case back to him. My lawyer informed me that most lawyers in Grand Rapids won't even take a case that was handled by Judge Prothro but this one will because he hates this judge and thinks he should be removed from this job and he is not the only lawyer that I have talked to thst feels this way

Judge: James F Prothro
6/24/2015 3:55:59 PM

I love a Southern gentleman, and that he is. I believe he is just doing what he is paid to do; maybe a little too much. I know better though, he will deny anyone no matter what, I just pray.

Judge: James F Prothro
6/30/2014 7:04:33 AM

This guy knows more than any doctor all he will do is deny you you are wasting your time just have some comfort in the fact that he will be judged one day....I do believe that he thinks it is his own money this man has ruined more lives why cant someone due something about him

Judge: James F Prothro
6/28/2013 5:41:36 AM

Judge Prothro forgets us that have funded SSA all our lives through our paychecks. And forgets who signs his paychecks. I would challenge him to live the life for one year of those lives hee wrecks!

MI Atty
Judge: James F Prothro
10/31/2012 11:11:20 AM

He is by far the worst judge I have ever had a hearing with.

Judge: James F Prothro
7/23/2012 2:41:44 PM

as an attorney who has had a significant amount of experience with prothro, i can be fair and objective. though some aljs are more conservative than others, i have found the decisions from prothro are much more than just conservative. i believe he is one of, if not the only alj in the country who gives about twice as many part favorable decisions as favorable. many of the part favorable decision i have seen are very damaging to claimants. his fully favorable rate is about 10%. what is most alarming is the decisions are very hard to understand when looking at facts. he often gives little credit to treating doctor opinions which can result in a strong case resulting in the claimant and their doctor being called liars for the most part. my personally opinion is he gives all the part favorable decisions to push his allowance rate up to about 30% even though only about 10% get fully favorable decisions even if they have strong support from their own doctors and strong medical evidence. when considering the fact that i have presented cases to at least 100 aljs as an attorney, i would pick prothro last if given a choice. of course the draw is random. i don't believe a claimant deserves to get there benefits without solid evidence to support their claim. but i do believe everyone deserves to have a fair alj review their case. my opinion is prothro is unfair. my advice to other attorneys is to fight hard for your clients and use the appeal process when appropriate.

Judge: James F Prothro
7/16/2012 10:22:43 AM

Do you want to play a game of whose on first? Since my denial in May, I have been recuperating as result due to the judge's loose terminology, discriminatory and insulting language plus sexual harassing undertones with the term "exotic." Prothro has no idea about abuse and abusive language, but that is right he is from Grand Rapids. I am still seething in anger, and this judge is very lucky that my medications have been bumped up because I can be a little anti-social and have been in trouble with the law, which I fear can happen in the workplace when provoked. Yet the judges thinks people with disabilities are stupid hence the way we are treated and hence why many feel they deteriorate over time. I mean if this erupts and I harass, harm or get violent whom sues whom? But I'm sure judges already have the means to dispose of people like us. I might as well say "Hiel Hitler" when it comes to the office of disability and jurisdiction in this country. You have no criterion; it is just the judges own subjective opinion. So riddle me this--whom are you speaking to Mr. Judge Prothro and what is your degree? He doesn't deserve any rating not even one star.

Judge: James F Prothro
7/7/2012 2:58:32 PM

He is lucky I waited several months to post a comment. I have a lot of doubt this man has every watched the movie "The Patriot" or has a family member whom fought during any war. This judge is an absolute power judge and denies people their rights whom have worked. He is discriminatory, used sexual harassing language in his denial and was most inappropriate. Just because a person has a disability does not mean they are stupid. He treats people as such as well as he is a coward and does not have the gumption to confront in public his doubts and can deny an individual without proof. He knows the thin red line and knows how to cross it. I believe he is a socialist and cares only about lining his own back pocket.

Judge: James F Prothro
3/25/2012 10:15:28 AM

Hello, over the course of 6 years or so, my ex-wife was denied ssdi by James F Prothro. her attorney wasnt much help at all. she has extensive medical records supporting many conditions that anyone it ther right mind would assume that approval for benefits would be in line, and of course her right to the entitlment of such as she worked for many years and paid in to social security. However, he denied her appeals more than three times over the course of about 4 years. So confused and dont know how to fight this any longer, since the latest decision was also denied by the administration, of which her attorney did nothing, he even has tried all angles to not provide her with all her records. In the mean time she had a masive stroke and missed the 60 day dadline for yet another appeal....the ss office said she cannot appeal because of the missed deadline....should her attorney have been responsible to prevent that?....also the ss office said now that she had been out of work for 5 years, the entire time she continued to be denied, that she was not even eleigible to appy for ssdi.... she was aproved for ssi due to her stroke and now recieves 698.00 a month to try and live on. this seems so so so wrong and we just dont know if there is any way to pursue any other feasible ways to get her ssdi which would be more than her ssi, probably not a whloe lot but, never the less there is also principles and right and wrong....she worked hard and by surely no choice of her own has been battling many disabling conditions since year 2000 but yet the huge amounts of medical records, her attorney, and the judge who she seen 3 times on appeals denied her over a period of time that has now made her even ineligble because she has no work credits that are recent enough....but what about all the work she did do in years past and what about the system just doing her so so so wrong....can anyone "REALLY" help. shouldnt someone be held accountable for this improper injustice concerning her rights as a hard working citizen that paid her dues.... sorry to ramble but just so frustrated and so unfair. Please contact me if you have any real suggestions that would help fight this if at all possible....I can provide very extensive details on the entire situaion that began long ago if that would help. Thank you Jim The ex-husband that is taking care of her since her stroke that occoured on 3-13-2011

Judge: James F Prothro
3/20/2012 6:23:09 AM

Very courteous with claimants. Don't let that fool you. He will use any excuse possible to turn down a claimant.

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