Cascadia Disability Law

We represent individuals in claims, applications and appeals for disability benefits before the Social Security Administration (SSA) or the Veterans Administration (VA)

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Firm Overview

Attorneys at Law in a Social Security Disability and Veterans Disability law practice - representing individuals from the initial application through any necessary federal court appeals.

Example cases

We represent clients at all phases of the social security disability process, from applications, to reconsiderations, to hearings, to appeals in federal court.

Client v. Commissioner - Outcome: Award of Benefits for 2004 to present

Description: Assisted a client who turned 22 years of age in 1993 and had been wrongfully denied Disabled Adult Child benefits in 2004 to reopen his case and be awarded more stable Disabled Adult Child benefits and get off variable and unstable Supplemental Security Income benefits.

Outcome: Award of Past-due Benefits for approx. 9 years

Description: Assisted a client in proving disability on current application and also showed that the agency had never acted on a previous application (filed approximately six years before the second application.) Then assisted client in showing a date of disability directing benefits on the first application, resulting in an award of past-due benefits to the client of nearly $150,000.00

Main Office

Main Office
847 NE 19th Avenue
Suite 260
Portland  OR  97232

Phone
  • (503) 891-8376
Fax
  • 888-988-0014

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

We are always happy to consult with potential clients and there is never a fee for the initial consultation which generally lasts 30 or so minutes.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

All our fees are contingent per Social Security and Veterans Administration law. For Social Security the fee is the smaller of 25% or $6,000 of a claimant's past-due benefits (whichever is less.) For Veterans Disability cases, the fee is 20% of any past-due benefits awarded.

Hourly Rates

All our fees are contingent, for Social Security the fee is the smaller of 25% or $6,000 of a claimant's past-due benefits (whichever is less.) For Veterans Disability cases, the fee is 20% of any past-due benefits awarded.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, other times by arrangement.

Office Manager

Aviva G. Brown

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Languages Spoken

English, Spanish

Other Offices

  • Pacific Northwest
    We also can handle the intake process and other paperwork
    via telephone, US mail, and e-mail - call us before you apply!
    Anytown,  OR  97003
Social Security Disability
We represent individuals with disabilities and strive to enforce your rights when you seek disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. To see if we can help you with your Disability benefits matter - please call 503-891-8376!
We bring substantial experience, dedication and accumulated knowledge to fight for your disability benefits before the Social Security Administration. To see if we can help you with your Social Security Disability or Veterans benefits matter - please contact Cascadia Disability Law. Call Us Before You Apply or Appeal:

Office: 503-891-8376 Toll Free: 800-891-0867
Email: Voice@CascadiaDisabilityLaw.com
Brian: 503-891-8381

The attorneys at Cascadia Disability Law assist individuals to obtain social security disability (SSD), supplemental security income (SSI), disabled widow / widower (DWB), and childhood disability (CDB) benefits. We approach our relationship toward each of our clients with compassion, dedication, concern, respect and care. When you hire Cascadia Disability Law, we are with you every step of the way, whether you need assistance applying for benefits, appealing a denial of your application for benefits or deciding whether to pursue Social Security benefits, treating you with dignity and respect. When you contact Cascadia Disability Law, you speak with an attorney and that attorney never forgets that you are a human being attempting to get to a better place, not a number or a piece of a caseload.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has a number of programs affording benefits to individuals with disabilities. Social Security Disability (SSD, formally known as disability insurance benefits or DIB) provides benefits for a disabled individual based upon your employment earnings record. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) affords benefits to a disabled individual without sufficient earnings history to qualify for SSD, based in part on your financial need. Disabled Widow Benefits (DWB) provides benefits based upon the earnings record of your deceased spouse or deceased former spouse if you are disabled and 50 years of age or older. Childhood Disability Benefits (CDB) allows benefits to an individual who can show disability before reaching 22 years of age and is based upon the earnings record of the individual's deceased, disabled or retired parent.

Sadly, more than 65% of Social Security disability initial applications are denied at the first stage in a frustrating process that may take several months as examiners technically do not have set time limits for processing your claim. Even individuals suffering from legitimate disabling conditions that prevent them from working most likely will be denied Social Security disability benefits when they first apply. When your application is denied you have the legal right to appeal that decision the deadlines for appealing a denial generally are strict and not very long so do not delay in appealing a denial from the SSA (we can help you with the appeal process - please call Cascadia Disability Law at 503-891-8376 to discuss your situation.)

Unfortunately, more than 80% of those who appeal their initial or first stage denial are again denied at the second stage or reconsideration in another several month process that often increases one's level of frustration. Clearly, many individuals suffering from legitimate disabling conditions that prevent them from working are denied Social Security disability benefits when they apply and again when they ask for reconsideration of that initial denial. Once again, you have the legal right to appeal that reconsideration decision by asking for a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ and yes, once again, the deadlines for appealing a reconsideration denial generally are strict and not very long so do not delay in asking for a hearing before the SSA judges. (we can help you with the appeal process - please call Cascadia Disability Law at 503-891-8376 to discuss your situation.)

The good news is that more than 50% of the individuals who go before an ALJ are awarded disability benefits by a judge's favorable decision (we can help you with the hearing - please call Cascadia Disability Law at 503-891-8376 to discuss your situation.) A few weeks after the hearing the ALJ will issue a written decision. This decisions will fully favorable to the individual claimant, partially favorable (usually the benefits begin at a later date than you requested on your initial application) or an unfavorable (a denial) decision.

What about those individuals who do not receive a favorable decision after seeing the judge? Once again, those individuals have the right to appeal the ALJ's denial to the Appeals Council are short, so do not delay in appealing an unfavorable decision from an ALJ (we can help you with your Appeals Council appeal - please call Cascadia Disability Law at 503-891-8376 to discuss your situation.)

Disclaimer
Information on this site is provided as general information, not legal advice, and use of this information does not establish an attorney-client relationship. If you have questions about your specific situation please call Cascadia Disability Law at 503-891-8376 to discuss your situation.
SSDI
We represent individuals with disabilities and strive to enforce your rights when you seek disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. To see if we can help you with your Disability benefits matter - please call 503-891-8376!
We bring substantial experience, dedication and accumulated knowledge to fight for your disability benefits before the Social Security Administration. To see if we can help you with your Social Security Disability or Veterans benefits matter - please contact Cascadia Disability Law. Call Us Before You Apply or Appeal:

Office: 503-891-8376 Toll Free: 800-891-0867
Email: Voice@CascadiaDisabilityLaw.com
Brian: 503-891-8381

The attorneys at Cascadia Disability Law assist individuals to obtain social security disability (SSD), supplemental security income (SSI), disabled widow / widower (DWB), and childhood disability (CDB) benefits. We approach our relationship toward each of our clients with compassion, dedication, concern, respect and care. When you hire Cascadia Disability Law, we are with you every step of the way, whether you need assistance applying for benefits, appealing a denial of your application for benefits or deciding whether to pursue Social Security benefits, treating you with dignity and respect. When you contact Cascadia Disability Law, you speak with an attorney and that attorney never forgets that you are a human being attempting to get to a better place, not a number or a piece of a caseload.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has a number of programs affording benefits to individuals with disabilities. Social Security Disability (SSD, formally known as disability insurance benefits or DIB) provides benefits for a disabled individual based upon your employment earnings record. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) affords benefits to a disabled individual without sufficient earnings history to qualify for SSD, based in part on your financial need. Disabled Widow Benefits (DWB) provides benefits based upon the earnings record of your deceased spouse or deceased former spouse if you are disabled and 50 years of age or older. Childhood Disability Benefits (CDB) allows benefits to an individual who can show disability before reaching 22 years of age and is based upon the earnings record of the individual's deceased, disabled or retired parent.

Sadly, more than 65% of Social Security disability initial applications are denied at the first stage in a frustrating process that may take several months as examiners technically do not have set time limits for processing your claim. Even individuals suffering from legitimate disabling conditions that prevent them from working most likely will be denied Social Security disability benefits when they first apply. When your application is denied you have the legal right to appeal that decision the deadlines for appealing a denial generally are strict and not very long so do not delay in appealing a denial from the SSA (we can help you with the appeal process - please call Cascadia Disability Law at 503-891-8376 to discuss your situation.)

Unfortunately, more than 80% of those who appeal their initial or first stage denial are again denied at the second stage or reconsideration in another several month process that often increases one's level of frustration. Clearly, many individuals suffering from legitimate disabling conditions that prevent them from working are denied Social Security disability benefits when they apply and again when they ask for reconsideration of that initial denial. Once again, you have the legal right to appeal that reconsideration decision by asking for a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ and yes, once again, the deadlines for appealing a reconsideration denial generally are strict and not very long so do not delay in asking for a hearing before the SSA judges. (we can help you with the appeal process - please call Cascadia Disability Law at 503-891-8376 to discuss your situation.)

The good news is that more than 50% of the individuals who go before an ALJ are awarded disability benefits by a judge's favorable decision (we can help you with the hearing - please call Cascadia Disability Law at 503-891-8376 to discuss your situation.) A few weeks after the hearing the ALJ will issue a written decision. This decisions will fully favorable to the individual claimant, partially favorable (usually the benefits begin at a later date than you requested on your initial application) or an unfavorable (a denial) decision.

What about those individuals who do not receive a favorable decision after seeing the judge? Once again, those individuals have the right to appeal the ALJ's denial to the Appeals Council are short, so do not delay in appealing an unfavorable decision from an ALJ (we can help you with your Appeals Council appeal - please call Cascadia Disability Law at 503-891-8376 to discuss your situation.)

Disclaimer
Information on this site is provided as general information, not legal advice, and use of this information does not establish an attorney-client relationship. If you have questions about your specific situation please call Cascadia Disability Law at 503-891-8376 to discuss your situation.
Disability
We represent individuals with disabilities and strive to enforce your rights when you seek disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. To see if we can help you with your Disability benefits matter - please call 503-891-8376!
We bring substantial experience, dedication and accumulated knowledge to fight for your disability benefits before the Social Security Administration. To see if we can help you with your Social Security Disability or Veterans benefits matter - please contact Cascadia Disability Law. Call Us Before You Apply or Appeal:

Office: 503-891-8376 Toll Free: 800-891-0867
Email: Voice@CascadiaDisabilityLaw.com
Brian: 503-891-8381

The attorneys at Cascadia Disability Law assist individuals to obtain social security disability (SSD), supplemental security income (SSI), disabled widow / widower (DWB), and childhood disability (CDB) benefits. We approach our relationship toward each of our clients with compassion, dedication, concern, respect and care. When you hire Cascadia Disability Law, we are with you every step of the way, whether you need assistance applying for benefits, appealing a denial of your application for benefits or deciding whether to pursue Social Security benefits, treating you with dignity and respect. When you contact Cascadia Disability Law, you speak with an attorney and that attorney never forgets that you are a human being attempting to get to a better place, not a number or a piece of a caseload.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has a number of programs affording benefits to individuals with disabilities. Social Security Disability (SSD, formally known as disability insurance benefits or DIB) provides benefits for a disabled individual based upon your employment earnings record. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) affords benefits to a disabled individual without sufficient earnings history to qualify for SSD, based in part on your financial need. Disabled Widow Benefits (DWB) provides benefits based upon the earnings record of your deceased spouse or deceased former spouse if you are disabled and 50 years of age or older. Childhood Disability Benefits (CDB) allows benefits to an individual who can show disability before reaching 22 years of age and is based upon the earnings record of the individual's deceased, disabled or retired parent.

Sadly, more than 65% of Social Security disability initial applications are denied at the first stage in a frustrating process that may take several months as examiners technically do not have set time limits for processing your claim. Even individuals suffering from legitimate disabling conditions that prevent them from working most likely will be denied Social Security disability benefits when they first apply. When your application is denied you have the legal right to appeal that decision the deadlines for appealing a denial generally are strict and not very long so do not delay in appealing a denial from the SSA (we can help you with the appeal process - please call Cascadia Disability Law at 503-891-8376 to discuss your situation.)

Unfortunately, more than 80% of those who appeal their initial or first stage denial are again denied at the second stage or reconsideration in another several month process that often increases one's level of frustration. Clearly, many individuals suffering from legitimate disabling conditions that prevent them from working are denied Social Security disability benefits when they apply and again when they ask for reconsideration of that initial denial. Once again, you have the legal right to appeal that reconsideration decision by asking for a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ and yes, once again, the deadlines for appealing a reconsideration denial generally are strict and not very long so do not delay in asking for a hearing before the SSA judges. (we can help you with the appeal process - please call Cascadia Disability Law at 503-891-8376 to discuss your situation.)

The good news is that more than 50% of the individuals who go before an ALJ are awarded disability benefits by a judge's favorable decision (we can help you with the hearing - please call Cascadia Disability Law at 503-891-8376 to discuss your situation.) A few weeks after the hearing the ALJ will issue a written decision. This decisions will fully favorable to the individual claimant, partially favorable (usually the benefits begin at a later date than you requested on your initial application) or an unfavorable (a denial) decision.

What about those individuals who do not receive a favorable decision after seeing the judge? Once again, those individuals have the right to appeal the ALJ's denial to the Appeals Council are short, so do not delay in appealing an unfavorable decision from an ALJ (we can help you with your Appeals Council appeal - please call Cascadia Disability Law at 503-891-8376 to discuss your situation.)

Disclaimer
Information on this site is provided as general information, not legal advice, and use of this information does not establish an attorney-client relationship. If you have questions about your specific situation please call Cascadia Disability Law at 503-891-8376 to discuss your situation.

Is your firm willing to help a client with one discrete part of a case, without taking on the whole case?

Yes, we do Appeals Council and federal court appeals when a client has been represented by another attorney and lost.

What are your policies about dividing work within the firm to make the process most cost-effective for the client?

All out fees are contingent and fees are set by Social Security law, so we take a team approach to every case - all of the attorneys and staff at Cascadia Disability Law are focused on helping individuals win their disability benefits. So, while clients receive the benefits of many years of accumulated experience brought by our attorneys, Brian, Jonathan and Aviva, and staff it does not increase a client's fee to have the entire team working on the individual's claim!

How frequently does your firm use mediation, arbitration, or collaborative law to resolve cases?

This is not applicable to our practice.

Does your firm provide pro bono legal services or otherwise participate in your community?

Our lawyers provide pro bono legal services through Legal Aid Services of Oregon and other organizations.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

We are a small firm and we work one-on-one with all our clients. We do not use paralegals, legal assistants or secretaries to screen our clients or do our legal work.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

We work with all kinds of clients and all kinds of disabling impairments, regardless of whether the impairments are mental or physical. Some clients want to know more about the legal process than others, but all of our clients feel comfortable picking up the phone and calling us or emailing us if they have any questions.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

Yes, by arrangement.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

Yes, but such coaching is not a substitute for actual representation and must not be considered an attorney/client relationship.

Brian Scott Wayson

Aviva Brown was admitted to practice law in 1992, Brian Scott Wayson was admitted in 2004, and Jonathan Caver was admitted to the Oregon Bar in 2006. Brian and Aviva formed their law practice together in 2010 and Jonathan joined the practice at the end of 2012. The three owners renamed their firm - Cascadia Disability Law - in January 2013.

All our fees are contingent and the fees are set by Social Security law.

License
  • Bar Number: Oregon State Bar
    Oregon , 2004
  • Bar Number: 041147
    Oregon , 2004
Education
  • Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College
    JD , 2003
    Portland, OR
  • Portland State University
    MPA , 2000
    Portland, OR
  • Linfield College
    BS , 1998
    McMinnville, OR
  • Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College
    JD , 2003
    Portland, OR
  • Portland State University
    MPA , 2000
    Portland, OR
  • Linfield College
    BS , 1998
    McMinnville, OR
  • Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College
    JD , 2003
    Portland, OR
  • Portland State University
    MPA , 2000
    Portland, OR
  • Linfield College
    BS , 1998
    McMinnville, OR

Aviva G. Brown

- After raising a family and working as a political fund raiser, Aviva returned to the practice of law in 2007, and since has focused exclusively on Social Security disability matters.


- Aviva is a 1992 graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law.

License
  • Bar Number: 925740
    Oregon , 1992
Education
  • University of Oregon School of Law
    JD , 1992
  • University of Oregon School of Law
    JD , 1992

Jonathan Caver

Jonathan has been practicing Social Security Disability Law since 2006. Jonathan has vast expertise and extensive experience in helping claimants win the Disability benefits they deserve. Jonathan has represented claimants at more than one thousand hearings before Social Security Administrative Law Judges. In addition he has won hundreds of cases "on the record," by writing briefs arguing that the medical and vocational evidence satisfies the agency
License
  • Bar Number: 062928
    Oregon , 2006
Education
  • University of Michigan Law School
    JD , 2005
    Jonathan also holds a B.A. in philosophy from Miami University and an M.A. in philosophy from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His long-standing interest in concepts of freedom and justice led him to study
    philosophy and then led him beyond the "ivory tower" to pursue a legal career.
    career so he could use his talents to help individuals pursue freedom and
    justice within the complicated legal bureaucracies that have increasingly
    come to dominate our society. Socia
  • University of Michigan Law School
    JD , 2005
    Jonathan also holds a B.A. in philosophy from Miami University and an M.A. in philosophy from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His long-standing interest in concepts of freedom and justice led him to study
    philosophy and then led him beyond the "ivory tower" to pursue a legal career.
    career so he could use his talents to help individuals pursue freedom and
    justice within the complicated legal bureaucracies that have increasingly
    come to dominate our society. Socia

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