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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

Main
Post Office Box 5025
San Jose  CA  95150-5025

Phone
  • 1 (800) 913-3000
Fax
  • (408) 295-7444

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes.

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

No

Languages Spoken

Spanish.

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

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?

Reviewing documents prepared by the client can provide us with critical information.

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.

License
  • Bar Number: 72488
    California , 1976
Education
  • 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

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