Sackett and Associates

Firm Overview

Since 1980, we have represented individuals with claims for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. We represent individuals with claims for Social Security disability insurance benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. While we primarily focus on representing clients in California, we have also appeared on behalf of claimants in: Arizona, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Michigan, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington.

Example cases

Barry v. Heckler, 620 F. Supp. 779 (N.D. Cal. 1985), holding that the application of "Bellmon Review Program," to pressure selected administrative law judges to reduce the percentage of benefit allowances, denied claimant's right to an impartial judge and thus denied him due process.

Bustamante v. Massanari, 262 F.3d 949 (9th Cir. 2001), holding (1) ALJ's failure to determine whether the claimant was disabled by evaluating claimant's impairments using the five-step sequential process without separating out the impact of his alcoholism, precluded finding that claimant's alcoholism was contributing factor to claimant's disability, and (2) ALJ's determination that claimant's mental impairments were not severe, regardless of impact of alcoholism, was not supported by substantial evidence.

Main Office
Post Office Box 5025
San Jose  CA  95150-5025
  • 1 (800) 913-3000
  • (408) 295-7444


Free Initial Consultation?
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
Fees in a Social Security disability case are paid on a contingency basis and are subject to approval by the Social Security Administration. If your case is successfully concluded at the initial administrative hearing level or at any stage before that, by law, the fee you pay us will be the lesser of either 25% of the past-due Social Security and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits owed to you. Or, any auxiliary beneficiaries (eligible children and spouse), or $6,000, or the applicable maximum set by the Social Security Administration in accordance with the Social Security Act.

If an appeal of all or a part of the administrative hearing decision is filed, and is successful, by law, the fee you pay us will be a maximum of 25% of the past due benefits owed to you, and any auxiliary beneficiaries, i.e. minor children.
Hourly Rates
Not applicable.

Office Information

Office Hours
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Emergency After Hours
Languages Spoken
The Social Security Disability system can be complex. You can only win benefits if you fit the legal definition "disabled." We can help determine if you qualify for Social Security Disability.
Our attorneys have been practicing Disability Law in Northern California for 35 years. We have the local resources and proven experience to help win your disability claim.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

By focusing only on Social Security and Veterans Disability Law, we've become experts in both fields. We use our knowledge and understanding of the law to help win you the disability benefits you need. We are here to help people.

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

It is important that our clients understand the legal issues involved in their case. It is our responsibility to ensure that clients understand their legal rights.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

Yes, reviewing documents prepared by the client can provide us with critical information beneficial towards their case.

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

We discourage clients from representing themselves. We explain that there are critical legal issues that arise during a typical case that must be handled by an attorney with expertise in these matters.

Harvey P. Sackett

I have been practicing Social Security law exclusively since 1980.

I know that the work that I do puts a roof over the head of someone who wouldn't have one without our representation.

Our purpose is to provide the highest quality of legal representation through a service-oriented and client-focused approach. Our firm enjoys a solid reputation in the legal community for providing a high level of service to each client and exceeding our client's expectations.

Personal interests:

My personal interests include watching sports, playing golf, food and wine, travel, and spending time with my family and pet Border Terrier.

  • Bar Number: 72488
    California , 1976
  • Western State University
    Juris Doctorate , 2006
    Fullerton, CA
    Managing Editor and Executive Editor of the Law Review.
  • Ohio State University
    Bachelor of Arts , 1972
    Columbus, OH

Sonya Arellano

Sonya Arellano is a passionate advocate with a commitment to social justice. While earning a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from UC Berkeley, she double majored in American Studies, with a concentration in law, race and public policy and Ethnic Studies. Sonya then received her law degree from UC Hastings College of the Law. She is duly admitted to the California State Bar and the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

Earlier on, Sonya successfully represented a client in a Social Security Disability matter through her participation in UC Hastings' Civil Justice Clinic. Sonya also served as a law clerk for personal injury and employment law firms where she assisted in fighting for the rights of people harmed or wronged.

Prior to joining Sackett and Associates, Sonya zealously advocated on behalf of her clients as a criminal defense and immigration attorney. Sonya embarked on her legal career with a determination to make a meaningful impact on people's lives. Sonya is doing just that by helping people with their Social Security Disability and SSI claims. She shows a thorough understanding of how to most effectively use the law to establish disability, as well as displaying great empathy for her clients.

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