Salt Lake City, Utah ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Salt Lake City, Utah, 13 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Salt Lake City, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 16.0 months. The average case processing time in Salt Lake City is 561 days.The Salt Lake City average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 43%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Salt Lake City ODAR office was last updated on 6/11/2019.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Salt Lake City 13 16.0 months 561 days 2.7 18% 43% 39%
Utah16.0 months561 days2.718%43%39%
National Average:14.9 months500 days2.120%42%38%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied

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Judge: Luke A Brennan
5/20/2020 3:59:42 PM

Judge Brennan was very understanding and fair throughout my exceptionally difficult hearing. He and my attorney gave me hope in the justice system again.

Judge: Luke A Brennan
1/28/2020 8:27:04 PM

Trick questions, convenient hearing, ignorance and arrogance are his modes of operation. His denial for me ran to 17 pages and he stated that I am able to do11 things that I can no longer do. The vocational witness said there are no jobs I can do but that doesn’t stop this prat “ judge” from having a judgment made before you get in the room. If he tells you good luck you will need it because he has decided to deny your case.

Judge: Kathleen Laub
10/30/2019 5:43:44 AM

This judge is a miserable human being. Because of this, she inflicts her anger and frustration out on claimants and attorneys. She ignores 10th Circuit precedent in evaluating evidence. She ignores Social Security regulations, particularly the "5-Day Rule." Her interpretation of the 5-Day Rule has no basis in law or fact. Claimants will not receive a fair hearing or due process with this judge.

J Schminkey
Judge: Denzel R Busick
10/24/2019 8:27:52 AM

This judge denied me on a persistent basis and without giving my two 10 yr. long treating specialists any weight. During my final hearing with him, he would literally rip a page out of my file and throw it. He would slam his coffee cup down. It was clear the man did not like me for some reason. He was not professional and had a anger problem. Later my case was given to the federal judge and reversed and said for payments to begin immediately. I have no respect for Busick

Sonya Rodgers
Judge: Luke A Brennan
10/2/2019 2:14:49 PM

Judge brennan was pleasant and made my experience a little more comfortable. I sincerely hope he is able to help me.

Ted Yosses
Judge: Kathleen Laub
8/31/2019 10:40:58 AM

I am a disabled man as of December 2012. Social security stole my benefits! Kathleen is a party to theft by helping social security commit this fraud & abuse against me. The recording of our hearing clearly shows Kathleen would talk over me, like a child would, not allowing me to state facts that prove my case unequivocally!!! It’s on & everyone is becoming famous for all the wrong reasons, especially Kathleen’s lying face. NBC, cbs, cnn, etc...will all get the facts proving not only that you stole my benefits but you violated my civil rights! Hello bar association! You ppl stole from the wrong person!!!!

Ted Yosses
Judge: Kathleen Laub
8/31/2019 10:23:28 AM

Kathleen is a party to theft. Social security stole my benefits & she helped! You ppl violated my civil rights! It’s on & when I’m done, everyone is becoming famous for all the wrong reasons, especially Kathleen’s lying @ss!

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: Lyle Olson
6/24/2019 4:23:32 PM

He was talkative, understanding, questioned and examined facts and included my daughter and I in the dialogue. Very impressed with this Judge!

Judge: Jason W Crowell
6/24/2019 12:46:14 PM

This judge is extremely condescending to attorneys and claimants. Chances are, you will have a terrible experience if you go in front of him. His conduct is very unbecoming and it would do SSA well to investigate further in to his bizarre, unprofessional behavior. He is also extremely rude and abrasive with is co-workers and fellow judges. It's a shame that our tax dollars are supporting such a terrible person.

Judge: Chris Stuber
5/30/2019 5:11:21 PM

Very kind and understanding. Thankful to have had him for my hearing.

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: 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: B Hobbs
3/23/2019 7:05:16 PM

She doesn't care about people. I felt she had made her decision before the hearing. What a waste of time and an effort that has landed me under a bridge with only a wet sleeping bag to keep me warm. I have been fired for my disability and haven't found a job since. The fact that ive been looking is why she denied me How am I supposed to survive

Judge: B Hobbs
3/22/2019 6:14:02 PM

Rushed through my hearing and didn't ask any questions of me or my lawyer. Acted as though we weren't there. After the vocational expert guy said I could still do house work while having several seizures per day, she said okay, "lets go to lunch" My lawyer looked baffled. He told me he had never had that happen before. I have been homeless in order to stay in oregon where I can get my seizure medication. I hope she gets hers someday. I don't mean lunch.

Brown Girl
Judge: Jason W Crowell
1/22/2019 4:32:27 PM

I have been fighting for disability since 2012. I was in a horrible car accident that almost took my life and the life of my unborn child. I was in the hospital for a month healing from emergency child birth and internal bleeding. I now suffer from multiple health and mental problems. Before that I was working and going to school. I am a single mom of 6 kids and Judge Crowell is a horrible person to deal with in this process. He makes up his mide by the way you look. If you are not pretty much homeless and almost in a wheelchair, he isn’t going to approve your case. When I was telling my story he was playing on his computer and rolling his eyes. Not to mention he bullied my attorney. My own attorney told me he he discriminates and judges people. I get an appeal and have to see him again. He made up his mind as soon as I walked in. He is a ignorant person and shouldn’t be a Judge.

Sherrie Lemongello
Judge: Chris Stuber
11/20/2018 10:08:09 AM

I found this judge to be very compassionate. He was difficult to read during the hearing, which tells me he was weighing the evidence in a fair manner.

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.

Jeremiah J.
Judge: Denzel R Busick
5/2/2018 7:59:19 AM

Judge Busick did an exceptional job taking the time to understand my case. Having an extremely complicated condition with medical science having a relatively limited understanding and few treatments has left me struggling with putting together a core group of specialists overseeing my treatment. Judge Busick reasoned through my complicated records and made the correct decision. This was no easy task and I will forever be greatful to him for doing a thorough job. My only complaint is my family and I may be homeless before my approval is processed. I’m not sure where food will come from the next two weeks. The system is extremely backed up and the government would do well to find more competent judges like Judge Busick.

Michelle Brewer
Judge: Gilbert A Martinez
3/31/2018 9:47:08 AM

A cable truck running a red light while reaching for his cell phone T-boned me at 7 months pregnant. I herniated 2 discs and ruptured a third. After so many visits to the hospital for premature labor that I can't even count them, I had to be induced to negate the medication, and at one point, the medication had a negative response to my heart, prompting emergency measures. After the baby was born (healthy, luckily), my spine returned to it's "normal" positioning, pinching a major nerve. I had been a full-time, 4.0. I drove a school bus for several years until a month prior to the accident. I had to take a temporary position until my daughter was born because I couldn't complete the pre-trips, which simply means I had no insurance yet. The bus driving positioned promised my job would await my return. After a series of doctors and surgeons examined and x-rayed my spine and neck, giving their verdict on why I'd lost 2.5 inches to my height and verified I could not sit or stand for periods of longer than 30 minutes max, several years had passed. There were honestly times my children and I went without eating because I couldn't drive to the store. We wound up in two different shelters before Martinez's first denial, certain, according to my attorney, I would be given just treatment. My attorney was wrong. As if that wasn't enough, I discovered Judge Martinez was the least likely judge to rule in favor of the defendant. Regardless, the second time I went back to court a couple of years later, guess who I was in front of? Right. The same judge who sat staring down his nose at a single mother in the state of Utah asking for help. His specialist informed me that there were two jobs I could do in my condition -- an egg-candler who checks eggs to ensure they aren't fertile before packaging (there was one position listed in southern Utah, I was informed, making a menial income) and a cigarette packager who collects packages at the end of a conveyer belt to box. I'd been attending a four-year-college with an impeccable educational record, and he felt I should provide for myself and two children with this work? He is nothing short of a fraud. Without the social security court, which I'd been paying into for over 20 years, I obtained my degree and discovered that my spine wasn't the only organ affected. As anyone is aware, our organs have an impact on our other body parts -- after 7 years of moving in and out of homeless shelters and attending school online (so I could sit and stand as necessary) I was tilted back in my recliner, unable to move due to extreme pain in my lower regions. My daughter, who was now 7 years old, called an ambulance against my will after an hour of crying. My appendix was rupturing. The surgeon removed my appendix and sent me home a new woman. After all that time, I'd gained 70 lbs. (This was extremely sad coming from a history of swimsuit modeling and weightlifting.) I graduated from my new school with a 3.7, meaning I'm NOT someone who stands on the street corner begging for everyone else to support me. I'm a hard worker and extremely angry with the judicial system in this state, namely Judge Martinez. I will grant him 1 star for showing up (even though he was certainly paid for his lackadaisical efforts). He doesn't give two shakes as to the three lives (myself and my children) he's tampered with. As a writer, perhaps I'll include him as a character to make me feel better.

A concerned attorney
Judge: Jason Crowell
3/22/2018 8:00:54 PM

A petty tyrant. He relishes exercising the minute power with which he is entrusted. He has never represented a disabled person and it shows. He enjoys the insignificant technicalities over the big picture and squanders his responsibility. I feel for those who appear in front of him and wish you the best. Yet another example of a underqualified attorney out of their depth finding refuge on the bench in the SSA.

Judge: John T Molleur
3/8/2018 11:50:37 AM

Judge Molleur denied my case. I had lumber fusion of the l4,l5, S1 with all of my attending physicians writing that I am unable to work. Even the Dr that sits in the hearing stated on record that hypothetically he cannot do any work of any type. I was in severe pain and and was unable to sit while the hearing was going on. However the Judge still denied me. How unfair the people that need it can't get it.

Judge: Kathleen Laub
10/27/2017 9:05:48 AM

Witnessing a judge with an apparently crooked agenda and an attitude that she can treat disabled people as criminals, bully them, even sexually harass them, including use of intimidation, has led me to contact SSA directly and we are in the process of filing a formal complaint. I encourage others to also file their complaints. Were you also denied an advocate? Did Judge Laub seem intent on taking your hearing time to push you to reschedule (after 2 years of waiting!), in order to have legal representation that you did not want (to have to give them your money, because you only pay if you win!)--does she only award based on lawyers receiving a percentage of your money? Are you a male whom she used sexual intimidation against as a courtroom tactic? Or maybe you are female and she committed a verbal sexual assault against you? All this happened and more, which is why I am not standing for it--bullies need to be terminated from jobs that require intelligence, not intimidation. Bottom line, as many disabilities can result from assaults, including sexual, a judge who behaves in this manner, has no business working with disabled people. She belongs in a criminal court!

Robin Reeder
Judge: Jason W Crowell
9/8/2017 8:10:33 PM

I thought Judge Jason Crowell was really fair Judge at least with me, still waiting to hear the yes or no decision he makes but due to the pain in my tailbone, I was allowed to stand during the meet. I found him very respectful, and yet conservative in his nature. Don't let others intimidate you by seeing him. You will make your own decision about him. Being a respectful human being and he will treat you as such. Let me remind you, you are not there to make the decision he is.

Judge: J. Doug Wolfe
8/14/2017 5:38:27 PM

I had a hearing with Judge Wolfe today, and I was afraid as I'm sure anyone would be. I have medical issues that embarrass me and are hard to talk about. Judge Wolfe was very nice. He listens to what is being said, and treated me with respect. Of course I hope he decides in my favor, as this is a life changing decision, but if he doesn't I still believe him to be a fair and nice man. Thank you Judge Wolfe!

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

Everything you would want in an objective finder of fact.

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.

Judge: Gilbert A Martinez
2/1/2017 3:21:57 PM

I was hurt by a kid texting and driving. I'm 54 worked my whole life. This man is no judge! He is doing what SSDI wants deny at all cost. i have seen 16 docs 3200 pages of info. 2 back surgery's 3 knee surgery's. now in pain management. He ask the VE is there any jobs this man can do on these meds she said no. in his ruling he said nothing about pain management or my meds! ***** ******! Also i have no doc release And he knew that but he is a joke of a person. If everyone was held to this standard no one would ever get SSDI. But he went through 3200 pages in 2 days. i had his Pack of lies in 20 days. He was super fast but all doctors said he is hurt and can not work at all ALL 16 of them. But he is smarter then them. smarter then mri's emg and x-rays. just a complete JOKE abad bad one but a ***** JOKE of a man!

r wagoner
Judge: Denzel R Busick
12/9/2016 11:12:25 PM

I tried atleast 5 cases with Denzel Busick, before he went on the bench. He was one of the best Malpractice Lawyers in Nebraska and probably the hardest working. Very good in the court room, very good with evidence and he knew medicine better than most MD's. Don't confuse causation with confusion. He knows Causation medicine better than most--that is why he is rated in the top ten percent of ALJ's.

Judge: John T Molleur
11/14/2016 6:49:41 PM

All I can say about Judge John T Molleur is he is fair. I was told by my own attorney he was mean and all that but I didn't feel any hostility from him at all, he let me explain my situation no matter how long I took. I had my hearing on 8 Sept 2016 and was told my case was approved on 10 Nov 2016. Now just waiting on my letter and back pay. The thing he wanted was me to change my onset date which I totally approved of, so I have nothing negative to say about him, he asked what he's required to ask but obviously he agreed with me. The Vocational expert did say there was no job for me to do as well, I guess that helped but I haven't gotten my package yet.

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


Judge: Michael Carr
9/13/2016 6:40:45 PM

Don't give up, We The People do have the power to make changes to corruption in our government. Many don't know that as a US citizen you have the right to have “ANY” US employee investigated for miss use of power by your Congressman. I am opening a Congressional CASE investigation into how I have been mistreated and discriminated against by the SSDI and Judge Michael Carr, I am also naming Carolyn W. Colvin Social Security Administration “ACTING” Commissioner of SSI for the entire country. All you have to do is look up who your Congressman is and ask for the form to file a Congressional investigation into your case. They are required by law to investigate your case and determine if your were treated unfairly. If we can get enough people to file and name the unfair Judges, we can get them removed from office, as well as the “ACTING” director who is not doing her job by getting rid of the bad apples on her own. In my case, I have a M.D, that has me listed as permanently disabled and my medical records state several conditions that qualify me for my benefits, as well and a PhD that filled out all the required SSDI forms needed to qualify me for my benefits and I am over the 55 year old age requirement for the lowest level of requirements for my benefits, yet Michael Carr took half a year after my hearing to let me know he knows more then the MD's and PhD's about my conditions. He also knew that my only hope for fair treatment would be to appeal to SSDI for a review. Well guess what, ALL appeals are sent back to Michael Carr's office in Falls Church, VA to just be turned down by Judge Carr and his friends in his own office! When this is brought to light by enough of us requesting Congressional investigations into this clearly corruptible practice, We The People can get these unfair Judges and the Carolyn W. Colvin the“ACTING” commissioner of SSI, removed form ever abusing their power at any government job again! I appealed to Her office when I learned of the corrupt policy of sending my case back to Michael Carr's own office just to be turned down and what I got instead of help from her office, was a immediate refusal to even review my case from Michael Carr's own office. ARE YOU WITH ME, it's WE THE PEOPLE TIME!! Please contact your Congressman TODAY! When WE THE PEOPLE start hundreds or thousands of Congressional investigations in to this corrupt system, things will change and quickly! God bless all who will fight, and He will fight for us too. Thanks

Lon Ross
Judge: Michael Carr
9/11/2016 11:40:42 PM

I worked for 40 years and paid my government over a million dollars in taxes. I could no longer work due to my disability's and ask for my benefits that I paid for over those 40 years so I could take care of my 80 year old mother, the widow of a Veteran and policeman. We were hungry and needed food, we were thirsty and needed to drink, so we came to Michael Carr and pleaded for help and he said depart from me. Now he and his family will face the same treatment he gave to us, as it is written in God's word: Mathew 25 / 31-46 “Then He will say to those on His left, Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, Then they (Michael Carr and his) also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me. And these (Michael Carr and his) will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” You and yours, please enjoy Hell, and I will be there with the Lord as a testament against you on that day, you cursed a Veteran and Policeman's widow and her children, now the curse is on you and all you care about, Lon Ross, I will be there on your day of judgment before the Lord.

Judge: Jason W Crowell
8/12/2016 5:54:13 AM

Warring...this judge will deny your claim. I am very upset he denied my claim. At this time I'm at a loss on what to do with my life. I can't work its just impossible for me to work with my ailments but this doesn't matter to judge Crowell. He gets to go home to his over sized house in his over priced car and not give a damn how I'm supposed to feed my children and keep a roof over their heads.

Judge: Jason Crowell
7/30/2016 1:06:03 AM

He was very nice and also joked a little to lighten the mood in the courtroom. He seemed to be on my side when dealing with the vocational. I hate the anticipation on an answer. I feel good about how it went but you never know.

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


Judge: Lyle Olson
6/30/2016 5:32:25 PM

What a joke you wait over two years with a doctor saying you are disabled ,not even sedatary work , then lyle decides on his own that the social security doctors where wrong and my wife should be light duty then he asked the dvr expert if there were jobs for that .of course there is but he didn't add that the dvr said no to her being able to work with her restrictions , but lyle old buddy used only his version,her doctor had her no work and the social security doctors never examined her and gave an updated opinion on her ,with no updated testing on her ,with her new mri results showing a bad back and arthritis in her spine among other things .its very clear the new ssid theme is now ,deny deny, deny,good luck if you get this guy.oh and they purposely delayed giving the results to us ,so now she can't reapply ever again .her credits expired on the 30th and even though he made is decision before that he made sure to put the reapply date on the first ,what a joke ,of course he will never admitt that .we will appeal and hope for justice .and a new alj.

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

Judge: B Hobbs
5/10/2016 10:55:22 AM

Smart judge

Debbie C. Stoughton
Judge: Jeffrey Mastin
5/2/2016 11:52:09 PM

I want to thank Judge Matsin for his favorable decision in my case.

MJ Brewer
Judge: Gilbert A Martinez
2/2/2016 4:13:48 PM

Disappointed doesn't even come close to describing my opinion of the courts. A car accident while pregnant with my daughter, who is now 9, disabled me my herniating two disks and rupturing a third while literally shortening my body by 2 inches. I don't know how in the world someone could fake this or anyone could consider this issue as not impairing. My children and I have been in three different homeless shelters trying to make our lives work. Because of my inability to either sit or stand for extended periods of time or even carry a gallon of milk from my car, I was forced from the school where I had an outstanding GPA. Since these denials, I've taken online courses from an extremely expensive school and maxed out my loans. I graduated last year with a 3.69 GPA. This is NOT the score of a lazy person. I plan on becoming a sitting/standing writer with my BFA.

Judge: Denzel R Busick
1/13/2016 4:15:09 PM

How can a judge with no medical experience decide the fate of my life!?!? These judges have no medical training.This judge chose to not "give weight" to my 2 specialist.My records clearly show my conditions.How can they know better than a person that has spent 8 yrs or more of their life in schooling. He did not clearly state why he did not give my Dr any weight,he made untrue statements. The job vocationalist said that hypotheticaly that with my my side affects of my meds I was unemployable,that with my mental state I was unemployable,that with the time needed off for dr appointments I was unemployable.

Judge: John T Molleur
12/13/2015 7:18:02 PM

i seen him on 12 8 2015 when should i expect to here from him?????????

Judge: Robin L Henrie
11/9/2015 11:30:19 AM

After the hearing he got the VE to change what she said. He wanted me to become Jewish for one job. NO REALLY he did. everyone at the hearing said no work. so the hearing ended, he PRESSURED the VE to change and we didn't find out about these underhanded ways of doing things. if he was a honest man he could do it at the hearing but he's not. A DISHONORABLE MAN. THANK GOD HE'S NOT AROUND ANYMORE! I can't tell what a burden he but on us. Oh Ya I worked solid since 1978 No breaks and now this??? CRAZY!

Judge: Jason Crowell
10/27/2015 9:13:23 PM

I haven't been told whether or not I've been approved yet but I will say that Judge Crowell was extremely fair in my hearing. I do feel that he asked meaningful questions to draw an accurate picture of what I go through. I also thought it was very fair that he allowed me to be seen by a psychologist after my hearing, instead of denying me because I didn't have enough to doctors notes. He was also very kind when I had a panic attack. He allowed me to take a break, assured me to take as much time as needed, and even joked with my attorney to make me laugh. I feel that he did his job 100% correctly and did everything in his power to get all of the information needed to come to a decision. I accept whatever his decision is, that's how well I believe he worked to get enough information.

Judge: Robin L Henrie
9/17/2015 5:36:04 PM

Judge Henrie was very fair with me. I had to get an attorney. I'd applied three and a half years ago following several hospitalizations and a misdiagnosis nearly ended my life. I have a chronic pain condition as well as PTSD. He asked detailed questions, yes. When he discovered that part of my condition evolved extreme sensitivity to light in my eyes he dimmed the light for me. He was kind, thoughtful and helpful. The fact that I am now 61 years old and have suffered from these conditions for many years I think was in my favor. I'd worked many years with these issues. It seems that is all about documentation. He essentially dismissed the Social Security doctors as their findings did not match either my doctors medical findings or even their own ex-rays. I appreciated his thoughtfulness. I am in constant unrelenting pain that is difficult to "prove". I give him 5 stars.

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.

Sadly frustrated
Judge: Robin L Henrie
7/12/2015 11:00:49 PM

My doctors reported that I have permanent disabilities. I worked 41 years paid my taxes. Never thought of having to apply for SSD, I was embarrassed to say the least that I would become disabled and worse yet that I was denied. To me being denied is calling me a liar, and my professional doctors liars. I feel this administrative law judge is not professional. Good luck to all those who have this ALJ assigned to their hearing.

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.

christopher russell
Judge: Robin L Henrie
3/9/2015 2:34:03 PM

i pretty much broke my neck and all heck broke loose and ive been geting worse ever since and i see my doctrs as i am supposed to and take my meds as i am to and i research my meds and conditions to see if there is anything i can do to help me. so keep hanging in there it will work out. i havent gave u. im done now, i spent the last three days writing and saving this so i could hopfully help ppl keep hope and not be scared. be yourself and tell the truth. and also no im not buttering up this judge im a very truthful person and i belive ppl need to be backed when bad mouthed and they dont need to be bad mouthed there job is hard enough. thank u for reading

Judge: John T Molleur
1/29/2015 4:58:54 PM

i have to go in front of him what should i expect

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.

Judge: Robin L Henrie
8/17/2014 1:21:18 PM

If you can work, why would you get ssdi? Crazy!! But that would be expected when dealing with judge Henrie! He makes things up!! and no one is allowed to say wait LOOK at this. If everyone was held to the same standard then fine. But that's not to be. A VERY POOR JUDGE!!

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.

Restored Faith in the Justice System
Judge: Nicholas T Kuzmack
7/12/2014 7:56:56 AM

When I finally got a hearing I was assigned to Judge Nicholas Kuzmack. I did not have an attorney. I assume by looking at me the Judge could tell that I have been through hel_ and body was the evidence. Good for me the court had a tissue box in arms reach. My guess many disability seekers are broken down by the time they see the judge and need the tissues. I was afraid when I was seated by the security guard. There was a court reporter, a vocational specialist representing social security, a state attorney, and another attorney. Five people to question me without an attorney to represent me. The judge started off by introducing everyone in the room. A microphone was in front of me to respond to questions. After the judge told me who everyone was he started telling me he was denying benefit something or other. This is why you need your attorney present. I did not even know what he was talking about. Then the judge starts asking me questions concerning a list of doctors I was seeing. This is what I did at home before seeing the judge at this hearing. If you are representing yourself I suggest you do this too. I made a list of every doctors appointment with the doctors name, address, phone, what I saw the doctor for and what treatment the doctor gave me. Attached I had all surgery reports from all my doctors and all MRI, CT, and x-ray reports with pathology reports. The judge thanked me for having all this in order as it made it easier for him to ask me questions concerning my illness and treatments. Also, the judge enter these reports into my record. The judge did not look very health himself as he was on oxygen and he is still working. Yet, I believe because he has a health issue he can better understand health issues and the suffering involved with those who seek their disability in his court. After the judge went through my list of surgeries and diagnosis he asked the vocational specialist what job I would be fit to do as I had done in the past. The vocational specialist respond she did not believe I could do the work I had done before. She was correct. I took care of others who could not care for themselves. At the time I would go home and cry as I was in so much pain and could not get medical treatment for myself. Always asking God for mercy as I did not find in my family as they wanted me to help them. I will say this judge was fair. I have found in my life that "fair" must be on another planet. However, this judge reviewed my records, he asked me health questions, and he consulted his specialist as to their opinions on my illnesses. If you are assigned this judge I would go prepared. Do not go into his court without your paperwork. I sent my paperwork by certified mail to social security three times and when I appeared in court they had no record of this. Therefore, do not depend on others at social security to do their job. You take your paperwork to your hearing with this judge so he can make an informed decision based upon your medical records. I think Judge Kuzmack is a rare judge. You have to respect someone who does their job well and listens to the facts. I would give this ODAR judge five stars. I hope he does not retire soon for those in line for a hearing with him he would be the best judge for you to get a "fair" hearing.

lose soul
Judge: Jan Donsbach
7/11/2014 2:08:02 PM

This Judge does not go by evidence and medical files presented by actual doctors, he rather send you to an doctor, which is social security doctors where they can deny your cases, this is all a setup, judges need to be investigated as well as the clinics they send you to.

Judge: Kathleen H Switzer
7/3/2014 10:23:50 AM

ALJ Kathleen H Switzer is a very fair judge that reviews your medical evidence thoroughly. If you provide the Judge with complete documented prove such as MRI’s , Cat scans, Surgery reports, A complete history of medical records that also include a doctors clearly written RFC that documents you can't do sedentary work you will be approved. If you do not have clearly documented proof of the fact you cannot do sedentary work you should not expect to be approved. The Administrative Law Judges have rules to follow, just because you say I have pain or depression is not a reason that Tax Payers should pay your bills. If you are capable of performing Sedentary work that takes place mostly sitting down, but allows lifting up to 10 pounds, occasionally carrying objects (like files), and walking and/or standing up to two hours per day then ALJ Kathleen H Switzer will order you to do so. Thank you Judge Kathleen H Switzer for carefully reviewing all my medical evidence and providing me with a fair justified decision.

J Daw
Judge: Nicholas T Kuzmack
4/24/2014 9:15:02 AM

I knew Judge Kuzmack in law school. This does not surprise me. He had a good idea what the law was for then, and clearly has it now.

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.

Daniel R Zirbes
Judge: Lyle Olson
2/10/2014 2:15:25 AM

Awakened by a bad dream again. In it, running, searching, knowing safe harbor is close, shelter I afforded myself. Awakened, realizing reality, I find no succor.

Daniel R zirbes
Judge: Lyle Olson
2/8/2014 9:32:13 AM


Daniel R zirbes
Judge: Lyle Olson
2/8/2014 9:31:52 AM


Judge: Nicholas T Kuzmack
12/2/2013 9:42:11 PM

Judge Kuzmack, Thank you for being so compassionate and understanding. You are the best. The comment above is so true when they said that "Judge Kuzmack's goal is to help people and not deny them if they have a disability". I just wish I had him a lot sooner. I was approve by Kuzmack in August 2013 after 8 yrs, still waiting to get paid from SSD though.

Judge: Robin L Henrie
11/21/2013 2:52:27 PM

I had my hearing on September 5, 2013 and I was really nervous because of everything that I read about Judge Henrie. But he was very kind and respectful to me, I didn't have any problems with him. I am disappointed that I was denied benefits but I thought his decision was fair anyways. He was encouraging about my part-time job and my future. Don't be nervous if you have him for a hearing; he's very kind.

Judge: G. A Martinez
10/4/2013 12:43:03 PM

Very unsupportive of fibromyalgia claims. Even if you have the support of your doctors (even multiple doctors) he will ignore them in contradiction to Social Security requirements which require that their opinions be given determinative weight, just because he doesn't like the disease. If you have a fibro claim, try to get another judge because you will likely not get approved.

angela fuentes
Judge: Robin L Henrie
9/10/2013 12:43:32 AM

I finally had my opportunity on Sept 6th, 2013 to appear in court in front of Judge Robin Henrie, I was terrified because I had read the reviews online about him. Although he has not made a decision on my case yet, I feel that he was very kind, he did not in any way belittle me, the questions he asked me were appropriate, he accommodated to my needs to make sure I was comfortable, and I appreciated that. So for anyone that has a hearing with Judge Henrie don't get caught up with all of the negative things you read. Obviously the decision was not in their favor or they wouldn't have anything negative to say right?

Judge: G. A Martinez
8/16/2013 10:49:34 AM

I had my hearing with ALJ Martinez on January 18, 2013. On February 8, 2013, I learned ALJ Martinez denied my claim. I immediately appealed, and on March 1, 2013, the Appeals Council vacated and remanded ALJ Martinez's decision. The SSA transferred my case to Jericho, NY on March 15, 2013. On May 6, 2013, an ALJ based in Jericho, NY (using the exact same medical evidence that ALJ Martinez had access to on January 18, 2013), approved my claim without the need for a re-hearing.

Judge: G. A Martinez
4/14/2013 6:36:48 PM

Great judge!

Judge: Robin L Henrie
4/4/2013 3:46:26 PM

Interesting comments by the person on 03/21/13. I heartily agree there are many receiving Social security benefits that are able-bodied men and women who could be out in the work force. I personally am acquainted with more than a couple that lied their way into receiving money that they do not deserve. I am disgusted by them. Not only did they not pay into the system for years on end but also can be found golfing, do all sorts of physical chores and even taking vacations. That said, I greatly resent the post on the 21st which lumps everyone together that were denied benefits by Judge Henrie. I posted earlier about my husband’s efforts in trying to find something, anything he could do after his impairment. 3/21 poster, my husband and I have worked for over 35 years each, indeed I now work two jobs to make ends meet while we wait for help from Social Security. We have both paid into the system and you are right, we feel he should be granted disability; his poor physical condition prohibits him from finding any gainful employment. We have exhausted all avenues to help him find something he can do. I will not go into what his day is like living with constant pain, managing his many medications and trying to think outside the brain fog that surrounds him. Judge Henrie looked for ways to disqualify him even when 4 doctors independent of each other said he could not work, the State of Utah’s Rehabilitation Department said they could not retrain him for any gainful employment and a psychologist working with him also testified to his inability to re-enter the work place. Having an independent doctor’s opinion (one who had never seen my husband, mind you) count more than those that had been working with my husband for years is reprehensible. Suggesting absurd careers that had already been established as undoable by the experts who had had already testified was insulting and belittling to a man who sorely sought a way to provide for his family outside of government aid. We have both paid our dues for just such a catastrophic event in our lives but are now awaiting an appeal for something that should have already gone through. Your careless post on 03/21/13 was insulting and thoughtless.

Judge: Robin L Henrie
3/26/2013 7:27:59 AM

I had my hearing on March 6 2013. Judge Henrie listened with kindness to my situation. He asked me many questions regarding my disability. One of my disabilities was unique and was difficult to prove that I desreved disability. I have a lot of medical records dating back many years and a great lawyer by my side. I ALSO AM A CHOSEN ONE THAT DID NOT GET DISCREINATED ON! I GOT APPROVED! Thank you Judge Henrie HAPPY EASTER!

Judge: Robin L Henrie
3/21/2013 8:45:08 AM

Our country is stretched thin with entitlement programs and people that are upset about not getting money they feel "entitled" too are calling for this Judge's impeachment and attacking him? Here's an idea. Why don't you see what jobs out there you can actually do whether than try to take advantage of the money that I pay in taxes. I see people on disability every day and see how this system is exploited by those that see themselves are vicitims and unable to help themselves. Give me a break!

Judge: Robin L Henrie
3/11/2013 11:04:27 PM

Beware of Judge Robin Henrie. This man is openly a racist. His record reflects his hatred for Blacks, Hispanics, Jews, and impoverished whites. His low approval ratings parallel anti-Semitic policies toward Jewish families in the Salt Lake City, Utah area. There is a myriad of complaints file with SSA concerning Judge Henrie. SSA has willfully failed to investigate one single complaint. As of this writing Rescue My Chosen People is engaged in a full blown investigation of Judge Robin Henrie. Thomas Cain, Rescue My Chosen People.

Judge: Robin L Henrie
1/31/2013 10:46:59 AM

My husband went before this judge last year. He had greatly desired to return to work after a series of unfortunate events left him permanently disabled. Four different doctors who evaluated him independantly as we well as the vocational rehab specialists with whom he pleaded to be retrained all agreed he was severely disabled. At the hearing, Judge Henrie offered rediculous suggestions for possible jobs my husband might be able to do. The Rehab specialist said he could not do any of them. In the end, my husband was denied anyway. The judge gave heavy weight to the testimony of a doctor he had privately contacted to review my husband's files. This doctor who had never seen my husband said he felt my husband was capable of working 6 hours a day. Very little weight was given to the testimony of those that had been working with my husband for the last several years. A shocking decision. Clearly this judge is not interested in justice, but only in denying as many cases as possible through wahtever means possible. Shame on Judge Henrie for these biased decisions. Shame on the doctor he holds in his back pocket that makes arbitrary medical decisions without ever seeing a patient. I am ashamed of the system that we have paid into all of our lives that has failed us in our time of need.

Judge: Nicholas T Kuzmack
1/28/2013 10:59:58 AM

This is one of the best Judges in the Country. He is understanding and compassionate. His goal is to help people and not deny them if he thinks they have a disability.

Judge: Robin L Henrie
1/24/2013 2:56:41 PM

When My attorney found out that I had judge Henrie they dropped me like a hot potatoe the night before the hearing. I showed up alone and he walked all over me. He did ask if my attorney was there, what they might say. I wonder how we go about getting him impeached. He Really needs to go.

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: G. A Martinez
1/2/2013 1:09:56 PM

Evidence doesn't really matter. That may help or not. Because he does not review the evidence, his cases are often reversed on appeal.

Judge: Robin L Henrie
1/2/2013 1:07:30 PM

He has one of the lowest approval stats in the region, not just Utah. He is often reversed on appeal. If you are with him, you are in trouble. When the vocational expert says there are no jobs, the judge will start trying to find jobs.

Judge: Robin L Henrie
9/25/2012 7:54:21 PM

Awful Man.

Janet Joan DelVecchio (Richardson)
Judge: Rand G Farrer
7/7/2012 4:22:58 PM

Judge Rand G. Farrer was the Judge at my SSDI hearing in December 2010. The hearing took place at the Comfort Inn Hotel Conference room. It is located on Blufff Street in St. George, Utah. Judge Farrer is the perfect portrait of a Boy Scout in action. Serving as a professional that exhibited a gentle kindness his clients. It seems that Judge Farrer, as his name implies, is fairer than others. It was easy to be in his presence and inspiring to watch him act within the bounds of his profession with such ease and grace. May I say that he knows the hearts of his clients well, and judges them in truth because of this gift. I feel blessed to have had Judge Rand G Farrer to hear my case and to determine its outcome.

Judge: G. A Martinez
6/22/2012 11:18:19 AM

Beware! Medical evidence is not enough, bases decisions on personal opinion and bias, even in contradiction to medical opinion.

paul armendariz
Judge: Robin L Henrie
5/31/2012 1:15:38 PM

The reason so many people are denied by judge henrie is that he overlooks personal dr opinions and only accepts social security paid dr.s. At my hearing the vocational expert AGREED with my lawyer that no job would be able to accomodate me based on my limitations. so afterwards i thought that would help me. WRONG! somehow judge henrie had the expert rescind his findings and even listed the very same jobs that he agreed i couldnt do at the hearing in my denial letter saying i could now do them! judge henrie i hope you know you have made me unable to pay for my medicine and my rent and my wife and children. im a dead man walking thanks to you.

Judge: G. A Martinez
5/8/2012 9:36:55 AM