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The Minneapolis, Minnesota Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) has 12 different administrative law judges (ALJ) who conduct hearings.

  • In Minneapolis The average case processing time is 653 days.
  • In Minneapolis average for winning a Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability hearing is 45%.

The links below display detailed information on each Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) assigned to the Anchorage hearing office.

Updated on Wednesday, March 6, 2019.


250 Marquette Avenue
Suite 300
Minneapolis, MN 55401

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(877) 512-3856
(612) 348-1255
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Office Judges Average Processing Time Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ Cases Dismissed Cases Approved Cases Denied
Minneapolis, MN
12 653 days 2.17 18% 45% 37%
Minnesota 653 days 2.17 18% 44% 38%
National Average 537 days 2.15 19% 43% 38%
Hearing Wait Time 21 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 2.17
Average Processing Time 653 days
Cases Pending 8463
Dispositions 35
Hearings In Person 89%
Video Hearings 11%
Full name Dismissed Approved Denied
Judge Brown, William G 15% 57% 28%
Judge Kimball, Peter 22% 44% 34%
Judge Kuhn, Virginia 33% 27% 40%
Judge Pharris, Micah 27% 36% 37%
Judge Thrasher, Richard 17% 53% 30%
Judge Washington, David B 14% 54% 32%
Judge Thompson, Sherry D 0% 0% 100%
Judge Ayling, Corey 15% 56% 29%
Judge Grey, Nicholas 20% 37% 43%
Judge McLaughlin, Corinne T 17% 39% 44%
Judge Alford, Stewart 16% 34% 50%
Judge Schmidt, Erin 16% 39% 45%
Reviews about Judges at the MINNEAPOLIS hearing office:
To leave your own comment, select a judge from the list above and leave a comment on that judge's page.
Virginia Kuhn
Monday, January 21, 2019, 3:00 am
Terry
*****
The judge was heavily biased against both Md's who submitted I was unable to work and myself. She was dismissive of any evidence provided, misinterpreted things said by me, made up evidence that didn't exist, and lied about evidence that should have been available if she had bothered to look for it. She made claims that I asked my Dr. for a handicap placard and wrote that she was unable to find any evidence that I ever received one. She never asked about a handicap placard during the hearing. I had the initial placard that was only good for one year in the glove box of my car and a five year placard in the window of the same car parked outside on the street. She dismissed my statement that I had not had health insurance for much of my life and a large portion of the last 15 years. She claimed there was no record I ever applied for health coverage during the last 15 years. She clearly never checked the records. I did apply and was turned down as well. I did apply years later to get on a sliding fee I didn't make enough to pay per month so canceled it when I had the teeth I needed removed pulled. I again applied a few years later after loosing my last job due to my multiple medical issues. Clearly she didn't bother to check this and just assumed I lied about it. She claimed that since I am able to buy groceries 2 or 3 times a month that it proves I am not disabled. How am I supposed to eat if I don't buy groceries and how am I supposed to pay someone to do it for me when I have no income? She never asked about how each of those shopping visits caused me pain later or how long I would suffer from that pain. She claimed that since I never went to the emergency room it proves I am not disabled yet completely ignored the records showing I had gone many times to urgent care clinics. This clearly shows her bias towards low income or no income people when she thinks that the emergency room is an acceptable form of healthcare for non emergency situations like getting a note from a Dr because you missed time from work due to pain or severe migraines/dizziness that drugs either do nothing or make the migraines/dizziness worse. One such visit to the urgent care clinic had a Dr. I had seen sever times there issued a prescription for some medication to ease the sharp stabbing pain I was experiencing in my low back. I took 1 pill on Fri and within an hour or so realized I was having an adverse reaction to the medication that lasted through the weekend even though I only took the one dose on Friday. Because of a miscommunication issue between me and the receptionist and the receptionist to the Dr. I was fired because I didn't get the note to be able to return to work until days later. I had already missed a lot of work for being sick from workplace fragrances and chemicals, missed days due to a extremely painful pinched nerve in my neck that lasted over 6 months. She completely misrepresented what happened and assumed that because I never refilled the prescription I was not disable. She never asked about the medication or the situation about the medication in the hearing but, cited it numerous times in her summary as a reason for not approving my claim. There were many examples of how she cited things that happened when I was working and visiting the after hours urgent care clinic. The judge incorrectly cite information from a Dr. I initially saw a for a bleeding hemorrhoid and I think one follow up visit when I 1st received healthcare. That Dr. recommended I see a migraine specialist after I explained my multiple chemical sensitivity but, I was not being exposed to the chemicals or fragrances that gave me the migraines since I was unemployed at the time and was not having migraines. The Dr. also referred me to an allergist who I called to set an appointment with. After explaining my multiple chemical sensitivities and that I had seen an allergist about the issue years ago in the 90's and tried multiple medications that did nothing the allergy clinic said they would not be able to help because it wasn't an allergy issue so the appointment was not made. The judge never asked about that during the hearing but, did cite how I never made an effort to follow through with the referrals. She would probably claim that because I was able to write this long comment at a very ergonomically set up desk, taking many breaks every time I started to feel discomfort over a period of about 3 hours that it is proof I am not disabled and would be able to work a full time job day in day out week after week. Because no Dr. has been able to help me with medication or referrals to someone who understands Multiple Chemical Sensitivities I have very little evidence other than what I tell my Dr.s. Because I have had the back issues since about 1990 when I had surgery to remove disc material from my left sciatic pouch and removed disc material from the bulging disc in my low back I have had to deal with medications that don't help with the pain except when they make me so doped up I don't care I am in pain, or make me terribly sick. I have had cortisone injections in the spinal column of my low back in the 1st few years after my surgery. It was always a short term fix and the Dr. always told me it was dangerous to have the procedure more than a few times a year and if I remember correctly would not do any more injections after that 1st year or so. What is the point of going to a Dr. when they are unable to help me? I have had enough physical therapy to know that it doesn't allow me to stand in one spot for more that 10 minutes or without experiencing what is often crippling pain. That time is now down to about 2 to 5 minutes. I know what exercises to perform without seeing a physical therapist because I have had this issue since I was as fit as an Olympic gymnast in my late 20's and early 30's. I spent years of going to gyms to perform the exercises recommended by the physical therapists as well as my former neurologist. They never allowed me to be able to stand in one spot for more than 10 minutes when I was fit and now that I am 61 and definitely not in very good shape I am unable to stand in one spot for more that 3 to 5 minutes without risking crippling pain. Yet, this heavily biased judge disregarded signed documents from multiple Doctors that stated I am unable to stand more than a few minutes at a time. One from 2014, a physical medicine specialist and the internist I have been seeing since 2016. Instead the judge claims I should be able to perform light duty activities that include 4 hours per day of standing, walking, or sitting per day.
Nicholas Grey
Thursday, March 8, 2018, 3:54 am
Sheezacrafty1@hotmail.com
*****
Judge Grey was kind and respectful.
Nicholas Grey
Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 3:25 am
Rockstar
*****
Good Listener and easy on the eyes.
John Kooser
Saturday, February 28, 2015, 6:06 am
Rebecca Doane
*****
Great judge, very fair!
John P Ramos
Monday, October 13, 2014, 6:38 pm
Tony
*****
Very rude and did not let me get in my full story. He based me on the 45 min that was there and did not give me a chance to talk. Many times overstepping me. He was not friendly at all and quick to make decisions.
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