Heard & Smith, L.L.P.

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Firm Overview

Heard & Smith has over a quarter of a century of experience with Social Security to help you best determine if you will qualify for Social Security Disability or SSI.

Social Security Disability is a national program and Heard & Smith uses state of the art technology to work with the Social Security office nearest you, nationwide, to win you the benefits you are entitled to as soon as possible.

When you decide to work with Heard & Smith you will be assigned to a team of experienced and compassionate professionals who know and understand the Social Security Disability benefits process.

According to the General Accounting office of the US Government, the percentage of favorable claimants with representation was about 58% compared to 39% without representation.
Main Office

Main Office
3737 Broadway Ste. 310
San Antonio  TX  78209

  • (210) 820-3737
  • (210) 820-3777

John R. Heard

John R. Heard received his B.A. with honors from the University of Texas in 1971, and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin Law School with honors in 1975. In Law School, Mr. Heard was on the Law Review, and also served as a Teaching Quizmaster. After serving as law clerk for a United States District Court Judge, he began his own law practice in San Antonio in 1976. Mr. Heard is a frequent lecturer at legal seminars addressing social security issues. He has successfully represented Social Security claimants for over 30 years.

Mr. Heard is the Past President of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives and is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is licensed to practice in all Texas Courts, the Federal Courts of the Eastern, Western and Southern Districts of Texas, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the United States Court of Veterans Appeals. He was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of the United States in 2001. He is a maintaining member of the College of the State Bar of Texas, and is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.
  • Bar Number: 09334500
    Texas , 1975
  • University of Texas at Austin Law School
    J.D. - Juris Doctor , 1975
    Austin, TX

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Advice for your Social Security Disability Hearing from John R. Heard

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How a Disability Lawyer Can Help You Win Social Security Disability or SSI

Created On: 10/23/2010

The best strategy for winning a Social Security or SSI case is hiring a lawyer to assist with your claim.  Attorneys have experience and knowledge of the process and that is critical to winning these often times complicated...

Who Will Attend Your Social Security Disability Hearing?

Created On: 10/01/2010

You may file for a Social Security Disability hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) once your initial application and request for reconsideration are denied by the DDS (Disability...

How Legal Representation Can Help With Medical Issues in a Disability Case

Created On: 09/29/2010

You do not need an attorney or representative to win your case BUT having an attorney does increase your odds of being awarded. An attorney has the proper knowledge and expertise to assist you with your case...