Pasadena, California ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Pasadena, California, 7 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Pasadena, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 17.0 months. The average case processing time in Pasadena is 563 days.The Pasadena average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 48%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Pasadena ODAR office was last updated on 6/11/2019.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Pasadena 7 17.0 months 563 days 2.1 22% 48% 30%
California17.1 months562 days2.220%45%35%
National Average:14.9 months500 days2.120%42%38%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied

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Phyllis Renea Bishop
Judge: Gal Lahat
5/21/2020 3:40:37 PM

I'm sorry for the family loss but after reading your family case _there must of had been error of judgment based on the law and ruling of the Judge. During the recession of your family case the history of all clamaint cases are based on material facts and facts of finding that constitute the ALJ file _ motion to suppress patient facts and finding of his /her /child/disability condition and to what degree in meaning the _Listing of Impairments based on several subparts,howver,with employment history that he/she had _I'm more than sure she could of receive benefits within 120 days based on post eligibility until the agency received physician complete summary and factual details why the patient is disable. Another important fact is that sometimes _VE{VOCATIONAL EXPERT} if representation was done then they might of not ask the Vocational Expert the mininum number of questions that would have enlighten the clamaint eligibility for ALJ to approve. Finally,if all medical facts was conclusive then there is no way that the ALJ shouldn't have approved the clamaint therfore ,I WOULD RULE THAT CASE AS _ERROR OF Fundamental Judgement based not on rule but maybe lack of material which is considered evidence was reported during the creation of the record.

Judge: Michael J Kopicki
3/23/2020 5:22:51 PM

Very unfair he didnt review my whole chart, dimissed things that were important. ty

Judge: James D Goodman
11/30/2019 11:34:16 PM

The hardest judge hands down, I tried to have him recuse himself 2 weeks before hearing date, He does not care, he leads you as a plantiff in his questioning, I made a mistake during the hearing and he almost jumped off his chair in excitement that I pinned myself in a corner, luckily I had an attorney to bail me out of the problem. This judge should not be seen without an Attorney present, This Judge does not read medical charts instead poked me on an application mistake 3 years earlier I made without the aid of an Attorney. I hope you do as I did when he led me and remarked to the judge "Thank you for Answering my Question, I could not have answered it any better". Caution, Hire a Lawyer and dont take his crap, 3 years to have him as my judge seemed like the Titanic.

Judge: Lesley Troope
6/2/2019 1:55:13 PM

This judge was very kind and thorough at my hearing. She seemed very fair and caring.

Bret boy
Judge: Gal Lahat
10/31/2018 7:23:26 AM

I’ve waited two years to go before this man I have lost everything in the process all materialistic things are long gone I’ve been away from my wife and three children for 8 months now because there is nowhere for us to stay together as a family so she stays in east Texas with a family member and I stay in the cleburne area jumping from couch to couch when I’m not in the hospital in the last two years I have spent more time in the hospital then I have out I am only 31 years old I’ve worked manual labor jobs most of the Rhine 6 days a week since I was 15 years old I have always worked hard for my family to provide for them and when I got sick for the big time two years ago my family suffered for it I am almost completely blind from diabetic retinopathy I am a sever type one diabetic I’ve had my big toe on my right foot amputated and I’m on dyialises I am still waiting to go before this man I’ve had the attorney submit diar needs letters multiple times I am tired of hearing my three year old daughter cry for her daddy every night and me not be able to do anything about it this small family needs this please judge if you read this please see that I am a person that this is a family a Christian family with three small children in the home and a fourth that is older and lives with his mother from a previous marriage but none the less he is affected by this as well because I have not a home for him to be able to come to to visit this waiting ‘‘tis destroying a family that just wants to be a family I have never been in trouble not once have I had a drug charge or anything more than a traffic violation I may have tattoos all over my arms but it’s my life’s story not a symbol of crime I go to church I talk and walk with God everyday I worked my **** off when I was able up until the day I could not any longer and believe me it started way before September of 2016 that I was sick but I still pushed on throwing up all day hurting so bad I was in tears just trying to provide for my family because nothing has ever been given to me my dad taught me to work for what you have want and need and I did but now I’m not able to so I need this sir if you read this I’m still waiting to have my hearing scheduled this is Halloween day I don’t want to spend the holidays away from my wife and children as well so please please please see that we are a family and take that into consideration sincerely Bret B.

Tom Strileckis
Judge: Michael McKenna
8/28/2018 6:12:05 AM

Judge?? He must’ve been reading the newspaper instead of medical reports from all my doctors. Clearly reads can’t lift more than 10 lbs, if work 4 hours probably need breaks every 15-30 minutes. Tremors that are side effect from side medication, he believes it’s from coffee intake and I should switch my meds for epilepsy even if consequences are worse. Fair?? Judge?? Thanks, single dad that lost everything .

Tom Strileckis
Judge: Michael McKenna
8/28/2018 6:11:52 AM

Judge?? He must’ve been reading the newspaper instead of medical reports from all my doctors. Clearly reads can’t lift more than 10 lbs, if work 4 hours probably need breaks every 15-30 minutes. Tremors that are side effect from side medication, he believes it’s from coffee intake and I should switch my meds for epilepsy even if consequences are worse. Fair?? Judge?? Thanks, single dad that lost everything .

D. G.
Judge: Gal Lahat
9/28/2017 12:20:00 PM

What a joke of a judge. I suffered a massive stroke can not use half of my body lost 2 jobs because of stroke have memory problems no one will hire me because they say I am a liability and not hireable because of my stroke. This ****** of a judge says I can do manual labor. I wish you ***** of a judge. I have worked my entire life in the aircraft industry signing off billion dollar planes now I can't even get a job as a sacker at a grocery store because I am a liability. Well you ****** ***** of a judge then you hire me and pay me for the next 6 years along with my insurance as well. I can't even go see my doctor because my wife and I are dead broke and my condition has worsen to the point where dying is my only option. So to you judge I hope your happy with your decision because not only have you destroyed a mans family and pride you are also responsible for his death. I hope u *** ** **** for all of your unjust ways you have cause hurt to people

Judge: Diana J Coburn
5/29/2017 3:06:29 PM

I do not know what decision the judge has or will decide for me, But what I can truly say is Judge Coburn made me feel comfortable in her Court Room. She listened to all my explanations regarding to my Medical issues, even though I forgot to add other things on how my injuries make me feel, as far as other symptoms, not sleeping at night, etc. I was in Pain at my hearing since I didn't take my medicine because I did not want to fall asleep and I became very emotional but I was able to get through the hearing, Through it all Judge Coburn continued the case with Professionalism. I've heard stories from people on how their cases went and how their Judge treated them. Judge Coburn was not at all a Disrespectful Judge, She carried herself very Professional, Thank You Your Honor.

Judge: Gal Lahat
4/19/2017 9:50:30 PM

Thank you for being my judge i couldnt get a better judge than you !!!you were professional ,fair and thorough!!!!

Judge: Gal Lahat
9/4/2016 6:06:32 AM

Judge Gal Lahat is very fair and thorough.

Judge: Lesley Troope
8/26/2016 9:37:50 PM

Thorough and fair. Judge Troope took time to carefully review entire file and followed procedures. Also very compassionate. Grateful to have met her.

Judge: Selwyn S Walters
1/6/2016 6:41:14 PM

Judge Walters was very attentive when I was giving testimony for my Ssdi hearing. He listened and asked about all my conditions and medications. Very knowledgeable. The best! My hearing was 1 hour but with medical evidence I was approved.

Diamon Johnson
Judge: James D Goodman
4/30/2015 9:27:05 PM

I recently am in post hearing status with James Goodman ... I am not fully aware of my rights but since my hearing I have conyinued to recieve zero help in the process of what Mr Goodman gas asked for from health advocates nor my primary. Care dr ...I ended up going to Arcadia methodist and receiving a battery of tests and was referred out to a cardiologist and neutoligists from Dr Fakoori upon my release at Arcadia my intake was done at Arcadia Mental health I don't see the actual dr until June 8th I am awaiting for the approval for the neutral gist and cardiologist from my primary care dr ..... I am asking for more time from Mr Goodman to provide the medical tests he needs to make his decision based on his findings I don't have enough records for him for approval I have had zero help from my primary nor health advocates recently i have saught other council Barbara Case I no longer am in need of health advocates services they DONT believe nor care about the severity of my health I am.constantly sick very confused most days about every two weeks I have a break down of silicone I have brain fog often ... I have one letter from Dr Valotta stating my limitations and the length He has treated myself .... I need more time I have to be taken everywhere I am in serious duress all the time trying to care for myself ....tomorrow morning I am suppose to speak with Sal Mr Goodman's assistant. ...I will be taken to the office of Mr Goodman's. Asking for more time and explaining I have had no help with medical or dr refferels from. My primary dr or health advocates I am going back to my valotta and it takes three weeks for my insurance t approve my request to start seeing Dr Valotta again in the mean tumeDr Paul which is my primary. Current has done nothing to help this process to provide Mr Goodman with the information he needs for his determination

Achim V. Barnes aka Vernon L. Barnes
Judge: Selwyn S Walters
9/19/2014 10:09:45 AM

As a former H.M. Customs & Excise collegue of Judge walters, I just want to say a heartfelt congratulations on making Chief Judge. Well deserved Sir.

Judge: Donna Montano
9/15/2014 11:30:25 AM

Judge Montano is a Wonderful judge. My hearing was on July 3 and my Lawyer said I won my case but ODAR underwriting is taking such a long time, I'm getting VERY Discouraged and losing faith. :(

Judge: Michael J Kopicki
8/13/2014 3:41:30 PM

A fairly good judge. I have appeared in front of Judge Kopicki a number of times and I find him to be intelligent, sincere, and thorough, even in cases he turned down. If a case he turned down is remanded to him he has been fair about reconsidering his prior decision. He is neither liberal nor conservative in his decisions. On occasion he has prejudged a case and digs in his heels during the hearing, but usually he is open-minded. I have not seen him to be cyncial.

Carmen Clarissa Ridley-Clause
Judge: Stuart Waxman
1/5/2014 10:33:47 AM

I am going to sent an enquiry to Judge Stuart Waxman via the "contact us"portion/link on your page per the instructions. Thank you in advance Judge Waxman for your patirnce and understanding in my disability hearing at the end of last year. Sincerely, Carmen Clarissa Ridley Clause January 05, 2014

Judge: Dennis T Bennett
4/2/2013 6:35:27 PM

To the Honerably Dennis T. Bennett. You do exactly what your job demands.If all Judges followed protocal the same it would make the system more fair. Their are to many fakes that have slipped thru the cracks. To many SDI people don't even live in their own state or country?

Judge: Dennis T Bennett
3/11/2013 11:46:38 AM

All these comments are subjective and correct. I worked with Judge Bennett and he is basically all of these. Most of these judges should stepped down they are a waste of government money. All government employees should have physicals.

Judge: Joel B Martinez
3/6/2013 2:36:15 PM

Hearing held by video. Had an arrogant attitude and seemed very conservative. Has less than average approval rating. Formed opinions in his decision that totally ignored medical evidence. AC remanded for this reason.

Judge: Dennis T Bennett
2/21/2013 6:20:23 AM

Absoluley appauling Individule.Comes to court with a black eye skined up forehead and cheek. Maybe its Martini time or AA. He is definatley unorganized and does not remember what he ask for or why.I won my case but this man should step down! Just another waste of tax payers money. So long Honerable Bennett

anthony dominguez
Judge: Michael J Kopicki
1/26/2013 5:49:06 PM

Judge was fair

Judge: Stuart Waxman
1/8/2013 3:06:07 PM

Polite. Very thorough and long Follows his judge's notes. Really most interested in how many stairs a person has. Have not received decisions yet but I'm sure he will deny on credibility.

Judge: Ken H Chau
1/7/2013 6:08:19 PM

RACIST! discriminating! Denied me because im white. Called me a liar! Absolute unfair!

Judge: Ken H Chau
12/30/2012 12:13:37 PM

Very professional.

Janet Burns
Judge: Philip J Simon
12/13/2012 4:23:40 PM

I thought this judge was very kind and professional. Also patient while I answered his questions and very polite. I was nervous about my hearing but he relaxed me right away with his good morning! He also wanted to see all my records before making a decision and I know that he already made his decision but passed it to the writers. I was happy I had Judge Simon.

Judge: Dennis T Bennett
9/7/2012 3:44:18 PM

By far the best ALJ I have come across. While it is true that he orders a lot of CE's, at the end, he is very passionate about what people are going through with their physical and mental conditions. If you case is heard by this judge, consider yourself fortunate.

Judge: Dennis T Bennett
8/8/2012 10:59:16 AM

What a sweetheart. Look at that approval rating! He is a gem in that super conservative office. One of my favorite Judges of all time. My pet peave...disrespectful lawyers. If a lawyer has a problem with Judge Bennett, maybe they should consider how they come across. Name calling and arrogance will surely put you on anyone's bad side. I whole heartedly disagree with any negative comments about this Judge. Consider yourself super lucky if your case is assigned to Judge Bennett!

Judge: Joel B Martinez
7/25/2012 9:11:34 PM

He doesnt ask for a opening/closing. May discuss with you about what kind of claim (ssd or ssi). He sometimes is friendly and will joke around with the client but at time he can be a bit rude with questions. He always wants to know if he found the cliamant a job that would fit his restriction (like..stand or sit option) why they cant perform it so prepare your clients to answer these questions. He goes off CE RFC as an hypo. Also, make sure you have CE already in the file if not he will continue the hearing and wont take any testimony at all so for his sake and your client it might be best to request a CE so that your hearings arent continued.

Judge: Dennis T Bennett
7/9/2012 4:11:44 PM

Issues of relevancy and necessity can be highly subjective. If one of the CEs found a claimant disable, would that still be deemed "unnecessary"? I believe that it would be a greater disservice to the claimants and SSA to under-develop cases and just pass them on as a denial???

Judge: Dennis T Bennett
6/26/2012 8:53:26 AM

Has to be one of the worst ALJs in the country. Ill-tempered and horribly, horribly disorganized. Wastes countless taxpayer dollars and claimants' time ordering unnecessary CEs and demands endless numbers of supplemental hearings--all to chase after irrelevant issues. Why can't ODAR make these senile, old coots retire gracefully? They are a disservice to claimants and SSA.

Judge: Michael J Kopicki
6/2/2012 5:44:27 PM

Terrible judge. Ignores evidence; twists statements, and is one of the most cynical individuals I have ever dealt with. Believes he knows more than doctors' do. I sincerely feet sorry for any disabled individual that has to go in front of him. Personally speaking, I don't think he's that intelligent and informed medically, despite what I am sure he believes of himself.