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The Orange, California Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) has 8 different administrative law judges (ALJ) who conduct hearings.

  • In Orange The average case processing time is 604 days.
  • In Orange average for winning a Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability hearing is 41%.

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

Updated on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.

1120 West La Veta Avenue
Centrum North, Suite 600
Orange, CA 92868

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(866) 596-7568
(559) 443-1281
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Office Judges Average Processing Time Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ Cases Dismissed Cases Approved Cases Denied
Orange, CA
8 604 days 2.76 25% 41% 34%
California 474 days 1.99 22% 44% 34%
National Average 419 days 2.02 20% 43% 37%
Hearing Wait Time 19 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 2.76
Average Processing Time 604 days
Cases Pending 3819
Dispositions 1
Hearings In Person 100%
Video Hearings 0%
Full name Dismissed Approved Denied
Judge Fernandez Rice, Myriam C 0% 0% 100%
Judge Hopson, Sharilyn 29% 34% 37%
Judge Kays, John 24% 51% 25%
Judge Lisiecki III, Joseph P 23% 40% 37%
Judge Markiewicz, Alan J 25% 44% 31%
Judge Rosen-Underwood, Claudi L 0% 0% 100%
Judge Lenzini, Robert 28% 38% 34%
Judge Zimmerman, Stacy 24% 36% 40%
Reviews about Judges at the ORANGE hearing office:
To leave your own comment, select a judge from the list above and leave a comment on that judge's page.
Sharilyn Hopson
Friday, June 14, 2019, 12:18 pm
Steve Jenson
Here’s my opinion of what you might expect if you have an SSD hearing with this Judge, based on my Wife’s experience; There’s a very good chance that she (The Judge) will have decided your case before you even step into her court room. Even though you are under oath to tell the truth your testimony, along with any witness you bring, will be given very little, if any, weight in determining you’re case. Regardless of your past work history, the severity of your injuries, and never applying for any Government assistance as many do multiple times, your future will be decided on the basis of a 5 to 10 minute examination by a Dr., along with the opinion of someone (Vocational Expert) who likely has never done the type of work you’ve done. No Doctor, anywhere, can determine the severity of a person’s pain and no one who hasn’t actually done the type of work you’ve done can know what’s “really” required by simply researching the internet. Yet, the Judge’s decision will almost be entirely based on those opinions and none of your sworn testimony. My wife had 2 major back surgeries and a third, inserting a titanium device, has been recommended. My wife worked over 36 years for one company and actually enjoyed her job. After her work injury doing work that, had she been given adequate help, would have never happened, her job was eliminated. During her efforts to seek help from our Government we have lost all of our savings. Had she been able to continue doing the only job she was ever trained for we would never have let this happen. My wife is one of those rare people who loved working. She will never be able to do the same work and, thanks to this Judge’s decision, we will likely lose much of what we worked so hard for. The sad part is so many people are out there cheating the system and getting away with it and we went through all the proper steps only to have no weight given to our testimony. During both my Wife’s and my testimony this Judge was actually yelling at our Attorney. During my testimony she drastically limited what our Attorney could ask me (by yelling and threatening to end the case right away) because she had somewhere she had to be and wanted the hearing to be completed quickly. She’s deciding the most important decision of my Wife’s future and wants it to be completed fast because she had somewhere to be! Answer this Judge; Where does a 61 year old Woman who’s had 2 back surgeries, needs a third, and who can’t stand or sit for extended periods, thanks to no fault of her own, get work? All I can tell you is, if you have a hearing with this Judge, and maybe their all the same, GOOD LUCK. Steve Jenson
Kenneth E Ball
Friday, June 15, 2018, 8:22 am
Judge Ball was a friendly man who explained the process clearly and understandably. He was efficient and did his job in an expedient manner. He allowed me to be heard and his manner made me feel comfortable during the process of my hearing.
Joseph P Lisiecki III
Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 9:50 am
Judge Lisiecki was very pleasant, polite and professional. He seemed genuinely interested in what you had to say.
Joseph P Lisiecki III
Friday, April 20, 2018, 2:02 am
I had Judge Lisiecki and he was wonderful. He was kind, direct and he truly seemed to care about my disability and the way it affected me. He was on time and very obviously extremely prepared for my case as he referenced several details in my medical file. He asked questions only to determine whether or not I was disabled and allowed me time to explain everything. Although I do not know the outcome of the case, I am happy to have had him judge my case. He is a just judge.
John Kays
Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 10:49 pm
Judge Kays, was very pleasant,attentive,allowed me to be heard. Ofelia
Stuart Waxman
Thursday, October 1, 2015, 1:31 pm
This Judge does not judge fairly. I feel she is denying people for reasons other then what are acceptable. She denied my case, and made false claims, so I wouldn't get approved. She reported I had no surgeries done, yet two pages before she stated,I was restricted from shoulder surgerie. Many other contradictory statements about my case. I would definitely not want her to be my Judge or someone else's Judge.
John Pope
Thursday, September 17, 2015, 2:31 pm
Travis albaugh
I agree with jerry and nancy he denied me because i went to church and was able to play bingo its stated in his denial also at the hearing the vocational expert claimed i only could work 2 jobs however in his denial he put down three i was there i know what was said i even asked my attorney and she said usually they wanted u to have atleast three jobs u can work after his denial and i brought attetion to attorney dennis bromberg they said they werent questioning the judge i dnt recommened this lawyer to anyone last but not least my dr has had me on disability for 5 years he had a state dr diagnose me which when i say that i mean he checked my reflexes and eyesight and went with his decison over my drs and he also clanied he felt i was lying about my disability i dnt like garbage like this judge
John Pope
Sunday, May 24, 2015, 1:16 pm
Jerry Ballard USNRet
Jennifer Whang
Thursday, January 29, 2015, 9:22 pm
I'm so glad to be first person to write a review on Judge Verne. This judge was very compassionate and highly intelligent and very patient with me during my hearing. He listened carefully and spoke with a soft demeanor making me feel comfortable even though I was extremely nervous and was in a lot of pain during my hearing. He is a new judge to SSA and truly believe he will have a great career and will make the right decisions in your disabilty case. So relax...he's a good one!
John Pope
Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 7:21 pm
Nancy Reed
This judge is nothing but a liar and a conniving schemer that picks apart your entire case file and chooses bits and pieces from 5 or 6 years before to be able to deny you. I have been in front of him twice now and both times he's lied about me in his denial letters. He even has went as far as changing what the Vocational Expert said under oath to suit his personal vendetta against me. He lied in his denial letter and said that I didn't see a neurosurgeon when I did and didn't include health issues that I have. He lied and said I had a bulging disc in my neck when in fact I have a HUGE herniation and two bulging discs underneath it. He lied and said there was no nerve compression when in fact the second neurosurgeon I saw clearly stated there was. He calls my Lupus questionable even though I see a lupus specialist regularly for the last 2 1/2 years. He insists on using old experts written testimony some of which have never even laid eyes on me instead of my own doctor's written reports saying that I am totally disabled. He went too far this time saying that although I have a significant impairments that limit my ability to perform basic work activities and are therefore severe that I can be a palletizer or a Packer Operator both of which he set the exertional level at light. What a joke a Palatalizer light work. I would like to see him get his fat buns out there and palatalize for 8 hours a day like he's trying to say I can with a neck, and back injury and scoliosis on top of that not to mention my other health problems. He gave my doctor's little or no weight and gave his paid by the government experts reports all the weight. First he denied me on the basis that my doctor's opinions weren't on the right type of report. Then when I got him what he needed he brushed over it and didn't even consider it. He put in his first denial letter that to him I haven't worked as much as he thought I should (although I ended up being shelved for a work related injury)so therefore in his opinion I didn't deserve nor qualify for SSI. Newsflash that's the difference in applying for SSI compared to Social Security. In other words what he is saying is it doesn't matter what reports or evidence I ever bring him I will never get an approval from him because of his personal opinion of me. It doesn't even matter that I have appealed my case to the state of Virgina Appeals Council twice and gotten a remand granted to me. The last time they literally wrote like an 8 page letter virtually telling him step by step how to do his job (they seem to be getting fed up to) he still won't budge. What's worse is my lawyer just sits next to me in court an doodles on a stupid note pad. My only hope is that when I appeal it this time the Appeals Council will see him for what he is and this time overturn his decision instead of just remand my case again. It's pretty bad my case can be reviewed by a panel of 6 judges two times already and they believe that I should be approved but yet I don't have enough evidence for this guy.
Maria Hodges
Thursday, August 22, 2013, 9:23 pm
Cameron Michael Chipchase
Judge Hong has to be one of the best judges I have appeared before within the legal system, she is direct in her questions and does not word questions in a manner that would be confusing for the average individual. She was on time and very professional; now hopefully she sides with the department of veterans affairs feelings towards my inability to work in a competitive 40hr work week. I hope Judge Hong is one of the sparks that will help stream line disability awards from SSDI to veterans on unemployablity and will set the president for approvals, we need more continuity within our government and unity within our society. Unity and Oneness is essential for creating effective change. I hope this review helps and either way Judge Hong keep up the work in portraying our government in the manner that it should be.
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