Salt Lake City, Utah
I have been practicing Social Security law for a long time. Disability cases have been almost 100% of my caseload since I opened my own practice in January 1994. For the three years prior to that, I was a staff attorney at the Social Security Office of Hearings and Appeals, where I learned how things work on the inside. Prior to that, I worked for Utah Legal Services for seven years, the last three years at the attorney in charge of Social Security cases for the Salt Lake City office.
I think that there are some things besides my experience and success rate that distinguish the way I handle cases from others. My paralegal, Jody, has been working for me for nine years and can answer almost any question you have. Whereas some firms have paralegals review the file and make decisions about the medical evidence, or have junior attorneys handle the case, I am the one making all the decisions about your case and I will be the one who goes to court with you. Some people think bigger is better, but don't you want the person who has the experience and expertise to be the one making the decisions in your case? Also, some firms will take almost any case. I can tell that some cases have merit after the initial phone call, but in many others I will investigate the case thoroughly before I take it. So you know that when I take your case, you have a good shot at winning. I'm not usually going to give up if the Administrative Law Judge rules against me. I usually appeal to the next level, the Appeals Council, and often appeal to Federal Court after that. And some firms do not even meet with their client before they go to court. I will meet with you and we will discuss the case in detail and I will answer any questions you have. I don't think there is any other way to make the best possible presentation to the judge.
I've made it through a serious illness myself and know what it's like to spend a lot of time in the hospital and be stuck at home unable to do most things. And I know dealing with the disability process is often frustrating and usually time-consuming. The government doesn't move very fast. I'd like to help you get the benefits you deserve. So call my office. I don't charge anything to evaluate the case and do not charge a fee unless we win.
Every legal matter is different. The outcome of each legal case depends upon many factors, including the facts of the case. An attorney's success in past legal matters should not be relied upon to predict a successful outcome in your own case.