Little Rock, Arkansas ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Little Rock, Arkansas, 13 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Little Rock, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 12.0 months. The average case processing time in Little Rock is 467 days.The Little Rock average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 36%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Little Rock ODAR office was last updated on 6/11/2019.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Little Rock 13 12.0 months 467 days 2.5 15% 36% 49%
Arkansas12.0 months455 days2.315%38%47%
National Average:14.9 months500 days2.120%42%38%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied

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Judge: Mark Schafer
2/20/2020 1:31:59 PM

This mark Schafer judge twisted my words and I think it's unfair. I AM not going to give up. I will win.

Karrie Browning
Judge: Dennis Hansen
2/1/2020 12:22:18 PM

Very thankful for judge Hansen, may God bless him.

Judge: John H Goree
10/26/2019 10:56:12 AM

This so called "judge" is a joke and should be removed from his position... If you want a FAIR hearing, I highly recommend almost any other Judge in the state. I am a mentally and somewhat physically disabled light infantry combat veteran, and thanks to this joke of a judge and hearing, I will continue to be unable to financially provide for my family!!!

Judge: John H Goree
10/26/2019 10:56:02 AM

This so called "judge" is a joke and should be removed from his position... If you want a FAIR hearing, I highly recommend almost any other Judge in the state. I am a mentally and somewhat physically disabled light infantry combat veteran, and thanks to this joke of a judge and hearing, I will continue to be unable to financially provide for my family!!!

Judge: Wendell C Fowler
10/8/2019 8:56:34 AM

I just had my case heard by judge Fowler. Took all of 30 minutes. I've been told o won. The vocational expert was present via phone. And when asked she provided.. My attorney told me verbally that I won outside in the lobby... great listener. Amazing judge.

Adelina Tantau
Judge: Wendell C Fowler
8/27/2019 1:03:15 PM

Very good listener very understanding haven't received my decision yet but Lord knows i need help my health is really bad all I need is help I don't ask for nothing but help I pray he sees my need and help honestly speaking very good judge weather I'm approved or not Lord bless him and his family ...

Judge: Wendell C Fowler
7/9/2019 5:49:20 PM

I go in front of this guy in October I see his approval ratings are good. I pray he sees my need for it as well. Anyone with advice?

Mendy West
Judge: David L Knowles
11/25/2018 4:12:35 PM

This afternoon I realize that you are a man of honor. I shall not disrespect that. I am appreciative of your time. Thank you. Mendy West

Mendy Dee West
Judge: David L Knowles
11/24/2018 11:30:31 PM

I was wondering were we approved. I was pretty sure I. Thanks

Judge: Dennis Hansen
9/13/2018 2:34:03 PM

are there any representatives out there who have had cases before Judge Hansen and would not mind sharing how he is with hearings, questioning, openings by rep, etc. Thanks.

Lill Snow
Judge: Thomas Cheffins
5/13/2018 9:08:48 PM

BEST JUDGE EVER. I am 19 year old white male from Arizona . At the age of 15 I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety and was prescribed Xanax 2mg x 4 times a day. Due to the side effects of my drugs, I can not work. However, I need them to manage my condition. The judge was understanding and granted me full disability. Never met a more understanding judge!

Judge: Mark Schafer
9/14/2017 4:17:52 PM

According to my husband's attorney he got the luck of getting this judge Mark Schafer, the attorney said it's not a good thing but that's what happened and how it was after waiting years to even to be seen or heard for his disability with a crippling spinal stenosis and disk degeneration that's going to end up for a life time which he will be in a wheelchair within 5 years because of this disease. We're praying that this judge will have some heart to understand that this is not preventable and he's condition will not get better and he cannot work or drive anymore. We always have bad luck or we wouldn't have any but we're leaving this into gods hands. Please Pray that he get his disability approval and that this judge can be understandable and reasonable with my husband and help our family with a quick approval and not put my husband on trial cause he hasn't committed any murder as everyone is saying he's going to treat my husband like and I pray for my husband he has strength and he will get through this he's waited so long and I mean years.

Stacia W
Judge: Linda Marshall
9/13/2017 8:43:03 AM

She was very patient with me and seemed understanding. She did treat me with respect and dignity, something the previous judge did not. I didn't have an attorney, but she allowed me to turn in almost a thousand pages of medical records that day. I'm sure by reading my file beforehand without almost two years of records, she went into that hearing with her mind made up for an automatic denial. However, I personally believe she kept an open mind given the new records. I haven't received a decision yet, and it's been well over four months. But, I'm hoping and praying it's because she's really reviewing all the records to make her final decision. This has been a long hard road for me and I really need to get a favorable outcome this time. I get so frustrated when I see people who claim to be disabled for mental reasons only getting approved, yet I have a page long list of diagnosis of mental AND physical issues and have been in this fight for years. PLEASE let me win this time.

Judge: Bradley L Davis
6/29/2017 11:14:06 AM

I would like t apologize for my recent post on June 12th, I suffer from severe bipolar disorder that wasn't apparently recognized fully in court along with other serious medical issues. Said decision caused me to have a bipolar episode and I made that post and I do apologize to you Mr. Davis, I am sorry

Judge: Dennis Hansen
6/28/2017 7:01:46 AM

Judge: Mark Ferguson
6/27/2017 10:38:23 AM

I had my hearing this morning with honorable judge Mark Ferguson. He was very kind and listened to my answers very closely. He spoke very clearly and made me feel comfortable. I give this judge 5 stars.

jesse cap
Judge: Bradley L Davis
6/12/2017 11:24:34 AM

I pray this piece of **** chokes on his wifes ****

Judge: Eliaser Chaparro
3/2/2017 7:28:12 AM

How much more time is on case

Judge: Mark Schafer
2/10/2017 8:58:31 PM

Here it is 9 months after the hearing and 7 months since sending it to the appeals council and I am still waiting and in more pain than before. I do believe that Judge Schafer was very impartial to my case. I read somewhere it could take up to a year and a I am hoping that it doesnt.. Im not going to give up. Im will stick it out to the very end.. and to those of you who are going in front of this judge be careful and hope you have a great attorney... if you do not have you one you will need one.. good luck everyone...

Judge: Thomas Cheffins
1/30/2017 1:35:30 PM

I am 60 years old. From 2014 until 2016 I I was disabled with a non-union fracture of the femur. I also had medical history of soft tissue sarcoma. First occurrence was in 2000 and a second occurrence in 2002, and advanced degenerative disc disease. Even by the rigid DDS standards, I have a disabling condition, and should have been allowed SSDI. but that did not seem to occur to the "judge." My doctor generated a letter indicating I was not able to work full time, even at a DOT sedentary level, but this was also disregarded.

Judge: II Gabbard
12/11/2016 3:49:41 PM

I appealed my first hearing denial from Judge Gabbard. Appeal went to VA then federal appeal. I was awarded a new hearing on remand from VA and Federal court. New hearing g was on Oct 6 2016. My lawyer and I was arguing for a closed period of disability as I was able to return to work after my disabilty. Judge Gabbard was really great. He put me at ease with his questions. I received on Dec 5 2016 an fully favorable decision.

CPL felix
Judge: Thomas Cheffins
11/12/2016 3:32:29 PM

Had court last month and I'm a medically retired vet apparatus to him I can work because I tried to find a job Because I have 4 kids in o provide for which nobody would hire me!!! Started stating that I said certain things which I never said ... Twisted things I said in court to his favor to were it made it seem I wasn't disable. I serve my country I get fucked up and this is how he treats wounded veterans .. I can speak English well.. Oh he's not disable .. He has hearing loss but rt he has hearing aids he's not disable. I get migraines take medication everyday but yet don't see doctor everyday. Oh his problem has dissminish in his words. Wait till it happens to one of his kids or grand kids then they will really know how unfair the system is

Judge: Eliaser Chaparro
10/5/2016 5:02:17 PM

I thought he was on my side even the 've said there's nothing I can do and still denied.Gee thanks for nothing.

Judge: Linda Marshall
10/3/2016 6:36:05 PM

would like to hear from any reps who have had judge marshall before. what is she like as far as how she conducts her hearings, does she require opening statements, does she go first or let rep, etc. thank you for your feedback.

Judge: Mark Schafer
9/8/2016 1:31:12 PM

Would like to hear from any Reps who have had Judge Schafer. Does he usually ask for opening statement, does he question clmt first, etc. Thanks

Tired of the pain
Judge: Mark Schafer
9/1/2016 6:53:52 PM

Judge Schafer was very friendly however he disregarded my medical documentations from the paper work that my attorney had submitted on my behalf. He was very impartial to what my paper said and my condition which is really hard to understand until you have been through it yourself. He told me that I could change professions since i am young which goes against what the Vocational expert said. This is ok as long as my medical history shows what i have and i fight i will win! Just do not give up. He is one of the hardest judges if not the hardest to get approved by. Good luck to all those who go in front of him.

Judge: Bradley L Davis
8/17/2016 12:48:23 PM

Can any rep provide some new insight about this ALJ. On one hand seems to be a nice guy, but he currently has a 23% approval. Not real good. Is he ok with openings, no openings, realistic to when medicals are very supporting as opposed to going after CE to muddy up the water. Thanks

Judge: David J Manley
5/17/2016 4:46:57 PM

This judge is very unfair!! He does not like women! I feel he is also a racist!! He needs to step down from the bench and stop denying those that are entitled to Social Security disability benefits.He does not consider all the facts concerning being disabled,he is very uncaring, inconsiderate, very biased!!!!

Judge: David J Manley
5/12/2016 6:12:53 PM

If there is a Representative out there who has had ALJ Manley I would appreciate any feedback as far as how he typically conducts his hearings, opening, etc. Thanks.

A claimant who filed complaint with SSA
Judge: Mark Schafer
11/6/2015 8:57:44 PM

I did NOT receive a fair and impartial assessment of my physical and mental disabilities. ALJ Shafer wantonly and without total regard to SSA laws, rules, and regulations: (1) deliberately ignored critical medical evidence, (2) failed to properly evaluate and consider both precipitating and aggravating factors of my disability and the type, dosage and effectiveness of my medications, and (3) failed to properly assess my limitations by failing to properly theorize appropriate hypotheticals to the vocational expert on the record as a whole; therefore, ALJ Shafer could not rely on the VE's testimony as substantial evidence in support of his denial of benefits. See Chrupcala v. Heckler, 829 F.2d 1269, 1276 (3d ir.1987); Podedworny v. Harris, 745 F.2d 210, 218 (3d Cir.1984);

A claimant who filed complaint with SSA
Judge: Mark Schafer
11/6/2015 8:55:20 PM

ALJ Shafer has one of the lowest, if not the lowest, approval decisions in the Little Rock ODAR. There is a reason for that. He is capricious, deceitful, and obviously predisposed to denying many qualified claimants their SSA benefits. In my opinion, ALJ Shafer needs to be removed from the bench and replaced with an ALJ that will consider the facts of the whole case impartially and without bias when making a decision. Keeping ALJ Shafer as a federal judge trashes the entire SSA system by forcing claimants to appeal to the Appeals Council, which has a backlog of cases due to ALJ Shafer, and will now take 18 months or so to have a decision rendered and finally start receiving SSA disability benefits. It is ALJ Shafer that causes our government to waste millions of our tax dollars to have armed officers at SSA offices nationwide – to protect the employees who violate the people’s trust.

Vanessa Steves
Judge: Kevin T Alexander
9/29/2015 7:34:57 PM

I truly believe you should be sent to SS doctors if they don't believe your drs. I have cried, and just for the life of me can't figure out why I was turned down. I am now awaiting the appeal council to change the decision and only God can help me there. They say it usually gets denied there but I'm trusting with all my heart. Facts were not presented, my absentee wasn't discussed. Nothing. I was so let down by a system I trusted. I should be hearing from the appeals council anytime. My lawyer is Sheila Campbell and a good person. Judges need to realize someone whose worked since they were 16 and lived their job would not sit at 60 unless they couldn't get around like they use too. I would gladly go to their dr

Vanessa steves
Judge: Kevin T Alexander
9/29/2015 12:15:02 PM

Judge Toni Shopshire was very nice but she did not take into consideration I cannot lift anymore. My whole life has changed to where even with med I take I run to bathroom all the time. The vocation it's had what I did all wrong. I have about 6 things including anxiety and depression to fight all the time but no one except a 20 minute psychologist checked me out and didn't know me at all. I've suffered depression over my life change and yet to have a huge turn you down when you've worked all your life???? It's crazy. It should have been passed due to the fact I'd miss work alot and lose my job. We've almost lost our home and all over this. Now it's in appeal. I'm 60 just not tight

Judge: Kevin T Alexander
9/28/2015 12:12:16 PM

I went in front of Judge Alexander on February 9th and Im still waiting on a decision almost 8 months later but its understandable due to fact my attorney had to submit more medical records to him. Im not angry because I feel like the judge listened to my case and I have been waiting since 2010 to be approved. I understand things take time and getting angry does not help anything even though it has took this long. I feel like Judge Alexander is a fair Judge and I feel like he listened to my case and just didnt stamp denied on it!

Alan Nussbaum
Judge: David L Knowles
6/4/2015 10:46:16 AM

He is one of the highest paying Judges in Little Rock

Judge: Wendell C Fowler
5/15/2015 9:45:30 AM

I have not received my decision in the mail yet, but he was a very good listener and made me feel very comfortable. I pray that I am approved because lord knows I need my benefits. I am so stressed.

Sharon Spicer
Judge: Eliaser Chaparro
2/26/2015 4:00:06 PM

can I ask a question?? I'm mentally unstable and afraid to post anything, I need help!

Disability Advocate
Judge: John H Goree
1/13/2015 3:35:10 PM

Judge Goree is one of the rare Judges I know who actually cares about his job along with the claimants. He is not easy to please; however if your medical records show that you are disabled then he will actually listen. He is very detail orientated and takes every word that you say to determine your credibility. I have respect for Judges who are passionate with their job, and Judge Goree is one of them. Overall do not lie to him or he will deny you

Judge: Mark Schafer
11/8/2014 11:08:54 AM

Maliciously,writes deceptive court results and he should be punished and fired. Its shameful all of the very unnecessary,unjust bullcrap that the real disabled are subject to due to some person of authorities opinion. I challenge each and all people of power, to step down off that high chair and get a dose of "real life"! How is it that I have one hearing with an very un organized or just plain dumb! Judge Knowles, whose decision on my case was so screwed, they had to allow a remand. Cause, I know after listening to him briefly, that he wasnt gone to be fair. Why do I, the dISABLED cONSUMER hAVE TO BE PUNISHED OR UNFAIRED JUDGED? I DIDNT ASK FOR THIS. BUT IM GOING TO FIGHT IT TO THE DEPTHS OF PURE D ****!!!

Judge: Gary R Shelton
10/15/2014 8:29:14 PM

Very nice man!! Listened to everything I had to say without interrupting. He seemed to really care!

Judge: David L Knowles
10/6/2014 7:54:05 AM

This Judge didn't hear Kevin McReynold's case and his lawyer was not involved with travelgate nor is he related to the Nussbaum who handled his case.This Judge does pay an individual whom he believes is disabled under the rules he is required to follow.He is also polite.

Judge: Toni Shropshire
8/5/2014 5:38:11 PM

She's horrible and didn't even use the correct ruling for interstitial cystitis. Not sure how long she has been a judge but that was a huge mistake on her part. Now on to the judicial council

Judge: David L Knowles
7/11/2014 8:23:17 AM

I know this person who posted the above comment about being homeless. His name is Kevin McBurnett. He lost part of his vision when Cheryl Harris throw a brick at him and she called the police and Kevin when to jail. You know a prisoner is suppose to have rights even in Little Rock, Arkansas. Eventually Kevin is taken to UAMS eye center where a doctor is to save this eye. During the surgery Kevin wakes up and the doctor cuts his eye which causes Kevin to loss his eyesight completely. Kevin is taken back to jail. Once Kevin is out the guard who was from the jail and was in the surgery saw everything. He calls Kevin once he is out of surgery and tells him his cousin is an attorney. He also told Kevin he saw everything and that he was not given enough anesthesia during the surgery and that is why he woke up while the doctor was cutting on his eye. So Kevin goes to this guards cousin who is an attorney. The attorney gets the medical records of this surgery at UAMS or that is what Kevin is told. Months and months go by and Kevin is told by this attorney he is working on the case. The attorney moves his office and Kevin is told the attorney has lost the records. Oh really? I think maybe he cut a deal with the eye doctor and his attorney! The eye doctor was head of the eye unit at UAMS and suddenly he has left that post and has gone back to his country. Now Nussbaum the attorney handles Kevin's disability case and Judge Moody is the judge. You know Nussbaum from travelgate and Judge Moody who married Vince Foster's widow? Of course Kevin is turned down for disability. Kevin has less than 30% vision in his so called "good eye." Totally blind in the other. Under the United States Social Security disability rule Kevin does not need an attorney or judge to decide his case. A legally blind person is qualified for disability. So, why does Kevin have to keep going to court for disability? Kevin was abused by his father, William O. McBurnett. He was beat without mercy and Kevin's mother could not do anything about this as she was beat herself. Kevin begin drinking at ten years old to help him deal with this abuse. He has been in and out of rehabs because of this. Kevin's problems started as a child where he was suppose to be loved and protected. He was not. So, now as an homeless adult he continues to be abused by society. Kevin needs the his social security benefit to get off the streets. You arrogant judges deny him his benefit that he worked and paid into the system? LAWDAWG JUDICAL WATCH

Judge: Bradley L Davis
6/6/2014 9:18:44 AM

I have been in front of more than one judge, but this one most recently. I completely agree that maybe I didn't "look" sick enough for them. I have years of records documenting my illness, but it appears that drs, nurses and therapists who have seen me regularly over the years are not as qualified to judge my ability to work as a ssa dr that is reading my file! And I can't pick and choose my Dr's at will since I have medicaid.'s a miracle I have people that will see me at all. I also agree about statements being picked and chosen and manipulated at will or downright fabricated to fit you into the "unfavorable" final note. This will probably identify me to the judge but I don't care anymore. I've been fighting these jerks for nearly 6 years now, they'd sooner see me dead than approved. Right before my attorney and I were leaving my hearing, my atty asked about some evidence that should have been in the record but he couldn't see it. Your honor's (there's a good one) response?? "If it's not there I'm sure you'll see it ON APPEAL." sooooo....anybody who had any doubt that these judges went in with an objective mind as to whom was going to get approved, yeah....IT IS THEIR JOB TO FIND A REASON TO DENY US OUR BENEFITS. I hope that one day these guys get a good helping of karma,it's just not right to play with people's lives like this!

Kaliyah Star
Judge: Wendell C Fowler
4/17/2014 12:51:40 AM

He was a very good listener , he really seemed to care about others

Judge: Wendell C Fowler
3/22/2014 4:41:42 AM

He is very understanding

Mark E.
Judge: Mark Schafer
3/20/2014 2:30:53 PM

I found judge Schafer to be very fair. You had better be well prepared, and able to answer many questions that he will ask of you. He allowed me to answer every question that he asked of me, and I had all the time I needed to do so. Although I did think he was asking me questions he thought would trip me up. In all honesty I found him very open minded and very fair.

Judge: David L Knowles
2/7/2014 12:45:08 PM

I have a hearing coming up soon with this judge. I see that a total of 61% of his cases are unapproved. I am so scared. I am at the library now. I am homeless and have the flu I have had for over two weeks. I went to UAMS and was told they do not take Medicaid patients. I am so depressed that I just really want to die. I don't want to be a burden or a begger but everywhere I go I am treated like an outcast. I quess because that is what I have become. Please pray for me that God will have mercy if I make it to the hearing with this judge. I have no attorney to represent me as I am homeless. If I had disability I could go to the doctor, have a place to live, and take a bath and be clean. I know that's why I am hated. I am not completely stupid.

Judge: Lesly W Mattingly
2/6/2014 1:00:28 PM

Read the above post. Have you ever heard of the Americans with Disabilities Act? I suggest you phone the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D. C. and ask for the disability department. If your friend has no vision in one eye and only 20% vision in his good eye you do not need this judge's approval. Blindness is a covered disability with the Social Security Administration. Good luck/ESQ.

Judge: Kevin T Alexander
2/5/2014 1:37:28 AM

I went in front of Mr Alexander, and I thought that I had proved my case, but I was still denied. I was disappointed, and somewhat upset. I had a VA claim open at the same time, that I went in front of the judge, and not that I am saying that I would have been approved, but 3 months after I got denied by the judge, My VA claim started finalizing and my Service Connected Disability had doubled from 30% to 60%, and I was awarded my VA Disability Pension for total disability. I had appealed to the counsel, but was denied a review. I reopened my disability claim, and I was told, that the judges ruling was the farthest back, that my offset date can be set at. In opening my new claim, I found out that the Social Security did not have almost 8 years of my back medical history. It is my fought, I guess, that the history was missing. I knew that I had gone to the VA hospitals and doctors, so I requested my VA records, and I also told Social Security that I went to the VA, but I found out today, that since I had transferred from one VA Hospital to another, I had only received records from my current hospital. My records from 2003 until 2010, that showed my continuing cycle was never even seen by anyone in the Social Security, like I previously said, even if I would have had all my records, I still might not have been approved, but as of right now, I can't go back to then, and Social Security could only base me on what they had, so whether Mr Alexander reads this or not, I wanted to let him know, that I no longer had any ill feelings toward him. If you are a veteran, and you do not already know, unless it has changed, be sure to name every individual VA Clinic or Hospital that you go to, because just requesting your Medical from your current VA hospital, will not give you your whole history.... I found that out the hard way.

Judge: Lesly W Mattingly
2/3/2014 8:31:07 PM

My friend had to go before this judge for disability. He has an eight grade education and does not speak well in front of others. He is completely blind in one eye and he say he has about 20% vision left. When I talk to him he worries about being homeless which he has been before. He is always depressed. No one will hire him to work and the only skill he had he can no longer see to do. I have tried to help him over the years and be a true friend. I have taken him to the hospital and grocery numerous times, but it takes him a long time in a grocery store. His family has helped him on and off as they can. I just wonder why citizens pay in to SOCIAL SECURITY where in my friend's case he has no social security as he does not know how to fight for it. This judge turned a blind man down for social security and he can not get a job to support himself. I just don't understand this.

Judge: John H Goree
1/4/2014 5:17:43 PM


Judge: Toni Shropshire
12/5/2013 7:33:10 AM

Had my daughter hearing with Judge Toni Shropshire the end of September, per her statements there is no job that she can do! But got my denial letter in the mail yesterday 12/3/13... which stated that she could so a unskilled secretarial work. Which I have not seen any listed in our newspaper for her. So where is she to get a job listed as that? So her Atty. is appealing her decision. Wish she would have had a different Judge. After reading through the Judges decision... well I am not very happy with how she twisted some of the statements that my daughter put in the forms she filled out. She has Depression, Anxiety and a few other thing going on one of which is a problem of concentrating and sometimes getting out the work she is thinking of. But the Judge thinks my Daughter was I guess not truthful in her statements and the Doctors reports were not very truthful or something. Just my the way she worded some of the statements. I don't see how on one hand you can say there is not Job someone can do, then to turn around and deny them benefits. For someone that has paid in just like everyone else. So I guess thanks to the new rules and the New President My Daughter will probably not get to draw what she has paid in...and has not become disabled! This is a person that wants to work... but can't. She had rather make the money she was before she came off them to have no income. If I could come face to face with this judge I would tell her this. What is it going to take for the hard working AMERICANS THAT HAVE PAID IN DEARLY TO THE SYSTEM TO BE ABLE TO DRAW THE BENEFITS THEY ARE DUE WHEN IT IS NEEDED? NOT FOR SOME JUDGE TO SIT UP THERE AND BE PREDIJUSE TO US AMERICANS THAT HAVE PAID DEARLY TO THE SYSTEM... JUST SO SOME OTHER PERSON THAT HAS FRIED THEIR BRAIN ON DRUGS CAN DRAW INSTEAD OF US... HELLO AMERICA WE HAVE A PROBLEM HERE.... WE NEED TO FIX IT.

Straight Shooter
Judge: Mark Schafer
9/27/2013 7:15:00 PM

I found Judge Schafer to be a No nonsense sincere steward of the people's money. He ask some pertinent questions and allowed me to answer without interruption. He was well aware of what was in my case file and often made reference to statements that were made my myself or my doctors. He may come off as a hard case because most people aren't use to hearing the truth. I appreciated his direct no nonsense approach. He is a lawyer's nightmare if he's not prepared to represent his client.

Judge: John H Goree
6/28/2013 10:54:28 AM

I have had at least two hearings with this judge. He is always well prepared and knows the file. If there are any negative issues such as drug/alcohol abuse or criminal history you should be prepared to explain it. He is firm but fair. Will do general questioning first and then turn over to rep. Credibility is very important.

Judge: Harold D Davis
5/22/2013 7:13:34 AM

As a rep I have had several cases with Judge Davis. He will typically call you in ahead of time, make sure you understand that he doesn't allow leading questions and doesn't want you to elicit extremely emotional testimony about suicide attempts, etc. He generally does not ask for opening statement. He begins questioning with a nice, easy pace; his questions are very clear and straightforward covering the basics about onset and impairments. He likes documentation re any income after onset (STD, LTD, WC, UE, etc). If client is 50+ and has good strong work history it's a plus. He usually has a VE and likes to do hearings that take about 30-45 min. I have found him to be very pleasant, very fair and he does a good job.

Trish Coker
Judge: II Gabbard
5/17/2013 11:46:11 AM

Well I got my decision today and it was unfavorable. We will be appealing.. Judge Gabbard followed the 5 steps.. But said I had severe disabilities but listed 3 jobs I could do.. None are located within 100 miles of me! Gabbard denies most of his cases. We have a chance of getting decision remanded or overturned because of the jobs are not plentiful here.. Gabbard does need to me replaced on the bench!

Hurting One
Judge: Eliaser Chaparro
5/14/2013 10:02:41 AM

This Judge is a very compassionate man that will listen to the truth. He will ask to hear a person's story. I think he is a rare individual to be in the position he holds, and to have the amount of empathy for others - it is just uncommon. He seems to be very fair, I hope so anyway as he listened to every word spoken.

Judge: Mark Ferguson
4/18/2013 2:02:18 AM

I had my hearing in front of a younger guy he was in his late 30s to early 40s but i don't remember his name. He was very nice he asked me most of the questions looked at my evidence and asked my lawyer if he had anything to add. He said no he thought i had said everything i needed to so he want going to waste his time. It lasted maybe 15 minutes then asked me if i had a drivers license and said he was rolling my date back to the date of my car wreck. I don't know if i won or lost but my lawyer said he felt really good about it.

Judge: Linda Marshall
4/16/2013 5:31:59 PM

treats claimants with dignity and gives an honest fair hearing

Judge: II Gabbard
4/4/2013 9:47:43 PM

I had my hearing on March 21 with Judge Gabbard. I am awaiting the decision but after reading his low approval rating I am scared to death even though my attorney assures me everything went very well. I liked Judge Gabbard he is a very nice man and was very intelligent in the questions he asked.

Judge: Bradley L Davis
3/29/2013 8:06:27 AM

Have had several hearings with this ALJ. He is friendly and personable, younger and newer to the bench. He allows openings and closings and has rep to questioning. He has a reasonable award rate and will clearly pay cases with merit. Nice judge to work with.

Judge: Mark Ferguson
3/28/2013 1:51:30 PM

I've had two hearings with this ALJ and my experience is consistent with other comments here. He's very easy going, pleasant to work with, non-confrontational. Like most ALJ's over the last couple years, if they had a high award rate they seem to have gotten pressured to come down in the 45-60% range.

Judge: Mark Ferguson
3/27/2013 6:58:43 AM

Pleasant, easy going. Questions claimant generally and then lets rep develop specifics. His award rate has come down over the last year.

Judge: Thomas Cheffins
3/8/2013 11:01:12 PM

Today i went for 2 hearing and i was granted ssd :) so happy wish all the best to all

Judge: David J Manley
1/30/2013 2:28:37 PM

WEll, I did finally get my decison. Denied. deos he even read the medical records? Report was filled with contridicting statements. Absolutely ridiculous. We pay into this system, we are owed this,. Its not their money to hold., He denied me due to the fact that that I can care for my personal care and for my children. appealing and probably wont get very far.

Judge: David J Manley
1/11/2013 2:48:52 PM

I found this judge to be nice, seemingly fair. I have not gotten my decision yet, but he treated me with respect. I was expecting the hearing to be harsh. It was hard due to sitting up adn the lighting in those rooms ( I have severe vertigo) but besides that.... the judge was nice to me and let my husband sit in with me

Judge: Mark Ferguson
1/6/2013 11:19:17 AM

this was very good i was at ease with him.

Judge: Thomas Cheffins
1/2/2013 2:39:29 AM


Judge: Thomas Cheffins
12/28/2012 4:44:08 PM

Agree with the previous comments. He is biased. ALJ routinely goes against treating source opinions even when they are consistent with the evidence as a whole. When multiple treating physicians and even consultating physicians are in agreement on limitations and the AlJ still goes against these opinions then you know something is up. why do certain ALJ's believe they can play medical doctor and God.

Judge: David J Manley
12/24/2012 3:03:58 PM

unfair, unjust, slaughters one's character, makes false statements in his denial's, very harsh, insecure, dis-respectful.

Judge: Mark Ferguson
12/18/2012 2:50:47 PM

Seamed very down to earth. Spoke clearly and said to let him know if I did not understand the question so I felt better at ease. I did not fear him like I expected to 'fear the judge'. I felt like he was understanding of unusual circumstances, even though I did not receive a verdict that same day.

Judge: Mark Schafer
12/15/2012 3:05:51 PM

I feel the same way you do, Judge Shafer was reading a case log which didn't even belong to me, he was getting all the wrong information. I too was told there were no jobs I could do as stated by the VE, when given a hypothetical scenario there was nothing available. It makes me angry to know that the system would approve people for disability who go from day to day with no physical impairments and individuals who profess to be mental get approved and control their own monies. God knows what is best and he has the last word, Faith the size of a mustard seed works everytime. Therefore sit back and allow God to work.

Judge: Mark Schafer
11/28/2012 10:57:46 PM

Do not go to this judge, he will lie about every thing you say to him, he will not consider your doctors evidence he will only listen to what he has to say,i dont even know why he is a judge if he cant judge his own mind. In my case he made statements that were untrue, and lied about statements i made, i laughed at his denial because i knew i would win at the next level, it was like he thinking about someone elses case while he was working on mine. for ex, he said the ve, said i could work two jobs when incase the the ve said there was no jobs i could work. Thats ok, i will still get it.

Barbara Burrow Deuschle
Judge: Don Curdie
9/12/2012 9:52:42 PM

You can't get any better than DON CURDIE! I'm proud to know Judge Curdie!

Judge: Thomas Cheffins
7/28/2012 6:53:33 AM

Nice smiley-puss who is pleasant in the hearing room and a nasty creep in his opinions. I really do not know how he sleeps at night. He has condemned many legitemately disabled people to lives of abject poverty. He has adopted a definition of disability different from the standard that is contained in the social security statutes and regulations. The protection we all pay for with our social security taxes is not available in his hearing room. He denies claims by ignoring treating opinion evidence and just making facts up out of whole cloth. And there is nothing we can do about it. Northern Arizona no longer has the benefit of the social security system that they paid into because of this creep and the others in this ****-hole of an office. My advice; if you are disabled and live in Northern Arizona: move. There is no fair hearing in this office, much less before this "judge."

Amra Domazet
Judge: Thomas Cheffins
7/27/2012 1:57:33 AM

He denied my disability after having two open hart surgeries ,2 strokes,two peacemaker and back problems i have contact senator John McCain and also he can not believe that i was not approved i did an appeal.So will see also have new diagnoses now ptsd and also seizures .Best luck to all with this Judge you will need it

Larry E. Binz
Judge: Don Curdie
7/4/2012 8:32:21 AM

This is the same person I knew as Don "Redbird" Curdie in our days at Catholioc High, Class of 1965. Tell the judge I saw the article in the Sunday July 1 edition of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. I have been living at Clarksdale, Miss. for the past 8 years and basically retired after 45 years in communications. Take care, Judge Don. Larry

Judge: Thomas Cheffins
6/19/2012 5:25:35 PM

He denied my disability.Many of the facts he listed in his decision were wrong. I feel he did not listen. One issue he got wrong was listing arthritus as a condition in my left leg when in fact my calf muscle and Achilles tendon were destroyed by gangrene.

Judge: II Gabbard
6/18/2012 12:24:28 PM

Very cool