Michael Leppala , Albuquerque, New Mexico ODAR Office, Administrative Law Judge

For the 2019 *fiscal year, Judge Michael Leppala has disposed 405 cases at the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Out of those 405 dispostions, 65 were dismissed, 112 were approved and 228 were denied. This means that the percentage of dispositions that Judge Leppala has approved in Albuquerque for the 2019 fiscal year is 28%. The information below for Judge Michael Leppala was last updated on 6/11/2019.

Average statistics
Office*Fiscal YearTotal DispositionsTotal DecisionsTotal DenialsTotal AwardsCases
Albuquerque 2017 148 96 46 50 35%34%31%
Albuquerque 2018 199 163 107 56 18%28%54%
Albuquerque 2019 405 340 228 112 16%28%56%
*The United States Government fiscal year is from October 1st - September 30th.
Michael LeppalaNo Stats for FY 2020
All ALJs in Albuquerque Office 13% 45% 42%
All ALJs in New Mexico16%39%45%
All ALJs in the Nation20%42%38%
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Judge: Michael Leppala
1/20/2020 7:25:56 PM

Zero; it’s saying a lot to call Judge Leppala your honor when he has no honor. VE sands no work is available and looks at you and said you’ll probably make the grid rules. Surprise; I got denied me not giving weight to my 2 Medicial Source Statements from two different sources giving me a sedentary rating. I’m over 61 when I filled before 2017!

Judge: Michael Leppala
12/2/2019 2:49:02 PM

Judge Leppala is very down to earth and makes you feel comfortable; but he is also there to do his duty. I had my hearing a little over a week ago and I was so nervous. My attorney was a huge help making me understand what was going to happen. So I would recommend getting one if you don’t already have an attorney. I don’t know what is going to happen with my case but I do know everything in my case file and everything I said was true. I can no longer work. I can no longer even enjoy the things I used to love; riding horses, playing golf, riding bikes with my little ones, and most importantly my career. I absolutely loved doing what I was doing and not many people can say that about their work. Praying for a good outcome to start the new decade off right. My kids and I deserve something to go the right way after all the sacrifices we all have made since I came injured and ill I believe this judge is a fair man and follows the laws and rules set for him to follow. And I appreciate this no matter the outcome.

Judge: Michael Leppala
4/4/2019 2:22:41 PM

When somebody's approval/disapproval rate deviates this much from the statistical average (he pays almost nobody), you can be sure there's a political agenda at work. It's disgraceful and no better than his co-worker, James Burke, who displays the same problem in the opposite direction (by paying everybody.) Shame.

Judge: Michael Leppala
10/19/2017 7:10:56 PM

From a rep in the trenches: He has a thing against you asking leading questions, he thinks all questions that ask for a yes-no answer are leading, he thinks all questions that don't ask for a yes-no answer aren't leading. Annoyingly, he will cut off your question if he thinks, based on the first word or two, it will be a leading question. Prep your clients accordingly. Leppala was never a claimant rep, and you can really tell from his attitudes on examination and the admission of medical evidence. However, he is affable and he is polite, even warm, to the claimants.

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