HOW I CAN HELP YOU
more than 20 years experience with the Social Security
Administration, most recently as an SSA Administrative
Law Judge. I understand the requirements for
Social Security disability, retirement, and survivors' benefits.
I know the eligibility requirements for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
As a former employee of the Social Security Administration (SSA), I have taken many claims for the various types of
Social Security benefits and for SSI. As an Attorney Advisor, I wrote numerous disability decisions and researched
Social Security statutes and regulations.
As an SSA Administrative Law Judge, I held approximately 700 hearings and decided/disposed of a total of 1,000
cases. Most of these cases involved disability
issues. Now I am ready to put my experience to
work for you!
Social Security Benefits and SSI Payments
In cases before SSA, I know what evidence is needed to decide a claim.
If the medical evidence warrants, I will ask for SSA to review your case "on the record" even before a hearing date is set.
In appropriate cases, I will work with you to obtain
medical evidence to submit to SSA and, prior to the
hearing, I will prepare a letter brief to the
Administrative Law Judge, citing the relevant Social
Security/SSI regulations and the evidence in your file
which supports a decision in your favor.
I primarily accept
cases at the hearing level: Cases which have already
had a Request for Hearing filed, or cases denied at
reconsideration which need to file a Request for
Hearing. I can help you file an appeal online. Contact
me as soon as you receive a reconsideration denial
letter so we file a timely appeal, within the deadline
set by SSA.
Fees and Expenses
initial consultation is free. My fee must conform
to the amounts set out in Social Security statutes and
must be approved by SSA. For cases with
retroactive benefits, I get paid only if you win your
case, and my fees are often withheld from your
retroactive check before you get it (25% of retroactive
benefits, maximum $6,000).
cases involving Social Security and SSI disability
cessations, SSI age 18 disability redeterminations,
and other general
Social Security/SSI issues, fees can be paid by retainer
on a monthly installment plan. In this case, I
accept monthly payments while the case is pending, and
deposit them into my law firm escrow account. At
the resolution of the case, I will petition SSA to
approve my fee amount, based on my hourly rate and the
number of hours I've worked on your case. If SSA
does not approve the entire amount you have paid as a
retainer, I will return the difference to you.
lose, you may be responsible for expenses, such as
obtaining medical reports, extensive travel, or
I will work with you and for you throughout the entire process, obtaining necessary evidence and presenting your case to the Social Security Administration
in the strongest possible way. For disability
cases, once your medical evidence is submitted, it may
be appropriate for me to formulate a legal theory as to
how you meet the disability standards. I will consult with
you when I take your case; keep you updated on the
progress of your case via phone, mail, and/or email;
explain what will happen at the hearing; go with you to
the hearing; and advocate for you each step of the way.
You don't have to face the government alone!